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A lethargic world number one Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning upset at the ATP Cup on Friday, crashing in two tough sets to Belgium’s David Goffin.

Rafael Nadal insists beating Roger Federer’s 20 Slams not important

World number one Rafael Nadal insisted Tuesday that matching or beating Roger Federer’s record 20 Grand Slam titles is not important and he was “super happy” with his tennis career regardless.
Jannik Sinner earns his first Grand Slam win, defeating Max Purcell at the Australian Open. Hannah Peters-Getty Images

Jannik Sinner revels in Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal praise after first Slam win

Fast-rising teenager Jannik Sinner won his first Grand Slam match Tuesday and basked in praise from Roger Federer, who said “we’ll see a lot more of” the Italian.

Maria Sharapova to drop out of top 350 after defeat at Australian Open

Maria Sharapova may not be at the Australian Open next year, with a first-round exit meaning she is set to drop out of the world’s top 350.
A 15-year-old Coco Gauff took down former World No.1 Venus Williams in straight sets.In one of the most-anticipated first-round clashes at the 2020 Australian Open, 15-year-old Coco Gauff took down former World No.1 Venus Williams in straight sets.

Coco Gauff stuns Venus in Australian Open first round

Fifteen-year-old American Coco Gauff beat Venus Williams at the Australian Open on Monday — the second time the teenager has dumped the veteran out in a Grand Slam first round.
Naomi Osaka of Japan serves during a practice session ahead of the Australia Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 18, 2020. (Photo by William WEST - AFP)

Naomi Osaka vows to block out negatives after ‘toughest year’

Defending Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka said Saturday that 2019 was the “toughest year of my life” after the Japanese ploughed through several coaches and suffered a major dip in form.
A man wears a mask as poor air quality from Australia’s bushfires hamper qualifying for the upcoming Australian Open tennis tournament in Melbourne on January 15, 2020. (Photo by William WEST - AFP)

Bushfire smoke hits Australian Open again, but rain raises hopes

Bushfire smoke disrupted the Australian Open build-up Wednesday for a second straight day to deepen concerns about the fate of the year’s first tennis Grand Slam, but a cool change late in the day raised hopes of rain soaking the blazes.
Roger Federer

Roger Federer to donate to Australia bushfires appeal

Roger Federer said he would donate to the Australia bushfires appeal on Monday after coming under criticism from climate campaigners including Greta Thunberg over his sponsorship deal with Credit Suisse.
World number one Ashleigh Barty battled into the China Open semi-finals on Friday with a gutsy three-set victory over familiar foe Petra Kvitova.

Ashleigh Barty still on top but gap narrows ahead of Australia Open

Dumped out of the Brisbane International in straight sets last week, Barty retains a comfortable cushion of 1,607 points over the Czech, who went on to win the Brisbane title for the third time in four years on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal instigated a Spanish comeback against Russia in the Davis Cup on Tuesday by capitalising on a raucous home crowd to beat Karen Khachanov in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal renews call for ATP Cup and Davis Cup to merge

World number one Rafael Nadal renewed his call Sunday for the new ATP Cup to merge with the Davis Cup, urging tennis chiefs to fix it “for the health of our sport”.
Novak Djokovic recorded a straight-sets victory over long-time rival Rafael Nadal on Sunday to keep Serbia’s hopes alive in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup team event in Sydney.

Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal to keep Serbia alive in ATP Cup final

Novak Djokovic recorded a straight-sets victory over long-time rival Rafael Nadal on Sunday to keep Serbia’s hopes alive in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup team event in Sydney.
Karolina Pliskova said her tough three-set win over Madison Keys in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday was the ideal preparation for next week’s Australian Open.

Karolina Pliskova wins in Brisbane to fire Australian Open warning

Karolina Pliskova said her tough three-set win over Madison Keys in the final of the Brisbane International on Sunday was the ideal preparation for next week’s Australian Open.
Serena Williams ended a three-year title drought and donated her winner’s cheque to victims of the Australian bushfires in an emotional WTA Auckland Classic final on Sunday.

Serena ends three-year title drought, hands winnings to bushfire appeal

Serena Williams ended a three-year title drought and donated her winner’s cheque to victims of the Australian bushfires in an emotional WTA Auckland Classic final on Sunday.
Novak Djokovic has described his longtime rival, Andy Murray, as a “warrior” and says he is “inspired” by the former world No.1’s journey back from a career-threatening injury.

Rafael Nadal’s Spain to meet Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in ATP Cup final

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will face each other in the final of the inaugural ATP Cup after winning epic three-set matches Saturday to steer Spain and Serbia into the decider.
Naomi Osaka of Japan reacts to a point against Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic during the women’s Semi Final match in the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 11, 2020. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON - AFP)

Karolina Pliskova sees off Naomi Osaka in epic Brisbane semi-final

World number two Karolina Pliskova will defend her Brisbane International title after edging Naomi Osaka in an epic three-set semi-final at Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday.
Ashleigh Barty of Australia reacts after a point against Jennifer Brady of the US during their women’s singles match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane on January 9, 2020. (Photo by Patrick HAMILTON - AFP)

Ashleigh Barty looks to kickstart season in Adelaide

Ashleigh Barty plans to use next week’s ATP-WTA Adelaide International to put the final polish on her Australian Open preparations after a shock defeat in Brisbane.
Novak Djokovic was at his battling best to topple gutsy fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev on an epic Saturday and send Serbia into the inaugural ATP Cup final.

ATP Cup: Battling Novak Djokovic leads Serbia into final

Novak Djokovic was at his battling best to topple gutsy fifth-ranked Daniil Medvedev on an epic Saturday and send Serbia into the inaugural ATP Cup final.
A lethargic world number one Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning upset at the ATP Cup on Friday, crashing in two tough sets to Belgium’s David Goffin.

Rafael Nadal upset by David Goffin at ATP Cup

A lethargic world number one Rafael Nadal suffered a stunning upset at the ATP Cup on Friday, crashing in two tough sets to Belgium’s David Goffin.
Top seed Serena Williams soared into the semifinals at the ASB Classic in Auckland after a solid straight sets performance against the tricky Laura Siegemund.

Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki march into Auckland semis

Serena Williams, chasing her first title in three years, wore down a tenacious Laura Siegemund on Friday to set up a semi-final showdown with Amanda Anisimova at the WTA Auckland Classic.

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