Novak Djokovic

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Rafael Nadal of Spain with the championship trophy after he defeated Kevin Anderson of South Africa in the men’s singles finals at the US Open in Flushing Meadows. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

In three words, Rafael Nadal captured the essence of his tennis career and his life: “Very happy, no?” It was getting late at Flushing Meadows, a pla(...)

Rafael Nadal is through to the last four of the US Open. Photograph: Matthew Stockman/Getty

Not everyone is reading from the pages of The Tales of the Unexpected at this US Open. Rafael Nadal is writing his own story, advancing to the semi-fi(...)

 Rafael Nadal of Spain during his fourth round match at the US Open in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. Photograph: Getty Images

Rafael Nadal hit form at the US Open to stroll into the quarter-finals for the first time in four years. The world number one had found the going tou(...)

 Rafael Nadal practises before  the start of the 2017 US Open in New York. Photograph: Chris Trotman/Getty Images

Even before injury scattered the men’s draw like so much chaff to the wind, discussions about who would win the US Open had already settled on the fam(...)

Martina Navratilova gets a hug from Chris Evert  after beating her in the final of the ladies’ singles at Wimbledon in 1978. Photograph: Rob Taggart/Central Press/Getty Images

For decades, women’s tennis was blessed with first-name-basis rivalries that remain etched in the public’s consciousness. But as tennis fans salivate (...)

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal: two titans could be poised to meet in the semi-final of the US Open. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have played each other 37 times over 13 years yet the US Open which starts on Monday provides a potential new twist to (...)

From left: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, tennis player Novak Djokovic and fashion designer Victoria Beckham are all vocal supporters of a grain-free diet. Composite: Irish Times Premedia Department

It’s hard to imagine a high-street fashion chain selling something that jokily referenced irritable bowel syndrome or a nut allergy. Yet last year, Za(...)

What to make of the state of men’s tennis? For the best part of a decade a quartet of hall-of-famers have transcended their sport by lifting it to hit(...)

 Rafael Nadal during the Rogers Cup in Montreal, earlier this month. Photograph: Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal will overtake Andy Murray to reclaim the world number one ranking next week after Roger Federer announced his withdrawal from the Western(...)

Novak Djokovic receives treatment during his Wimbledon quarter-final. Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Novak Djokovic has announced he will miss the rest of the 2017 season to recover from an elbow injury. The injury forced Djokovic to withdraw from hi(...)

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