David Ferrer of Spain shakes hands with his compatriot Rafael Nadal after winning their quarter-final match at the Monte Carlo Masters. Photograph: Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Rafael Nadal’s 30-match winning streak ended on Friday when the world number one was upset 7-6(1) 6-4 by fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the M(...)

Roger Federer hits a return en route to beating Radek Stepanek during the Monte Carlo Masters. Eric Gaillard/Reuters

Roger Federer barely broke sweat as he breezed into the third round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Czech Radek Stepane(...)

The numbers game. Adam Scott, the master with the newest champion’s locker, felt there were 20 players capable of winning the green jacket in t(...)

 Roger Federer: has looked like his old self recently and now has a healthier back. Photograph: EPA/Daniel Murphy

Roger Federer leaves the BNP Paribas Open having reclaimed his champion’s aura, even after finishing as runner-up. After winni(...)

 Novak Djokovic  in action against Victor Hanescu from Romania at the BNP Paribas Open tennis in Indian Wells. Photograph: Michael Nelson/EPA ,

Novak Djokovic survived a few sticky moments on his way to an opening win over Victor Hanescu at the BNP Paribas Open but Tomas Berdych and J(...)

Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland celebrates winning championship point in his men’s final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Australian Open at Melbourne Park. Photograph: Robert Prezioso/Getty Images

If every champion were as humble as Stanislas Wawrinka, sport would be a very fine place indeed to celebrate all that is admirable about human ende(...)

Stanislas Wawrinka (Switzerland, left) shakes hands with Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic after winning their semi-final at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.

Stanislas Wawrinka reached his first Grand Slam final with victory over Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open. The 28-year-old knocked out three-time (...)

Roger Federer  celebrates after defeating Andy Murray  during their quarterfinal at the Australian Open tennis championship in Melbourne.

Andy Murray rallied briefly in the third set but could not provent Roger Federer from claiming victory in their Australian Open quarter-final today.F(...)

 Novak Djokovic of Serbia plays a backhand in his fourth round match against Fabio Fognini of Italy  at Melbourne Park.  Photograph:   Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic radiated confidence as he swatted aside Italian showman Fabio Fognini to reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. The Serbian (...)

Roger Federer of Switzerland rests between games during his match against Teymuraz Gabashvili

Things are about to get tough for Roger Federer at the Australian Open.The Swiss has cruised through three rounds, but now faces having to beat Jo-Wil(...)

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