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(...)

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(...)

Li Na of China celebrates after defeating Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia to win the  Australian Open  in Melbourne.

In the immediate aftermath of most Grand Slam championships, the winners spout the usual clichés, shed a few tears and thank everyone they ever met an(...)

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Roger Federer of Switzerland in their men’s singles semi-final match at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Bobby Yip/Reuters

A ruthless Rafa Nadal crushed his great rival Roger Federer 7-6 (4) 6-3 6-3 on Friday in an awesome display of raw power and precision to reach his t(...)

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(...)

Slovakia’s  Dominika Cibulkova  celebrates after she defeated Maria Sharapova in their fourth-round match at the Australian Open  in Melbourne. Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

Maria Sharapova joined Serena Williams in making an early exit from the Australian Open on Monday but defending champion Victoria Azarenka swept into (...)

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