Rafael Nadal of Spain walks off the court after being defeated by Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic in their men’s singles quarter-final match at the Australian Open 2015. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

A fourth-round thrashing of big-serving South African Kevin Anderson had given Rafa Nadal hope he might be back to his best, but the Spaniard’s limite(...)

Scotland’s Andy Murray reacts after winning a point  against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov during their men’s singles match at the  Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph:  Mal Fairclough/AFP/Getty Images

Andy Murray extended his streak of consecutive grand slam quarter-final appearances to 16 with a rollercoaster victory over Grigor Dimitrov in the Aus(...)

Louis de Paor: A modernity of tone and subject comes across in the translations. Photograph: Alan Betson

Louis de Paor edited Innti, the nursery of new Irish poetry, at University College Cork in the 1980s, after which he spent time in Australia before re(...)

 Roger Federer shakes hands with Gael Monfils after their quarter-final match at the US Open. Federer defeated Monfils in five sets 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-2. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Roger Federer pulled off a great escape by fighting off two match points to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils and reach the semi-finals of the US Open last (...)

Spain’s David Ferrer has received a bye into the third round of the US Open after Australia’s  Bernard Tomic pulled out with hip problems. Photograph:  Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

Fourth seed David Ferrer was handed a walkover into the third round of the US Open when opponent Bernard Tomic pulled out with hip problems.The Austra(...)

Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland in action during his victory over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan in straight sets at Wimbledon. Phogo: Valdrin Xhemaj/EPA

One of the misunderstandings about sport is that opponents always compete under equal conditions. That understanding is housed in one of the great cli(...)

Andy Murray celebrates defeating Kevin Anderson of South Africa at Wimbledon. Photograph: Stefan Wermuth/Reuters

Andy Murray booked his place in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon without dropping a set as he saw off the challenge of giant South African Kevin Anders(...)

Serbia’s ovak Djokovic falls during his third-round match  against France’s Gilles Simon at the Wimbledon Championships on Friday. Photograph: EPA

The danger this week was that much of it was frivolously spent admiring Andy Murray. It has been difficult to avoid. Less downbeat, a game that’s ding(...)

The cinema usher outside the Screen cinema in Dublin, which is owned by the Ward family. Photograph: Matt Kavanagh

The Ward family, which owns cinemas including the Savoy and the Screen in Dublin, booked a gain of more than €18 million last year when they sold the(...)

Rafael Nadal of Spain returns a shot in his men’s singles match against Dusan Lajovic of Serbia at the French Open in Paris. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Defending champion Rafa Nadal dismantled unseeded Serbian Dusan Lajovic 6-1 6-2 6-1 to set up a French Open quarter-final clash with fellow Spaniard(...)