Pete Sampras

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 Novak Djokovic kisses the winner’s trophy after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini during their men’s singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The Big Three now have 20 apiece. It is a development that would have seemed unlikely to Novak Djokovic as he made his way onto the tour in the 2000s (...)

Roger Federer leaves Centre Court after his quarter-final defeat to Hubert Hurkacz. Photograph:  David Gray/PA

In 2017 I advised Roger Federer he was a busted flush as a Grand Slam champion. He was 35 and had not won a Slam in four years. Sands of time and all (...)

 Novak Djokovic  celebrates during his  quarter-final match against Marton Fucsovics at Wimbledon. Photograph: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

From the very moment that all eyes and attention switched from Novak Djokovic’s historic second French Open title to the fortnight of Wimbledon to fol(...)

Pete Sampras during his 2000 Wimbledon final win over Pat Rafter - his seventh and final Wimbledon Championship. Photograph: Gary M Prior/Allsport

Hollywood endings are exceedingly rare among even the greatest champions. Muhammad Ali fought 10 more times after the hellfire of Manila left him with(...)

Croatia’s  Goran Ivanisevic celebrates after defeating Pat Rafter to win the 2001 Wimbledon men’s singles final. Photograph:  Gary M Prior/Allsport

The mind can be a difficult place to bide time. Full of broken thoughts, there are corners of it in players where indecision lurks. Doubt hangs out. C(...)

 John McEnroe  curls into a ball during his match against Andre Agassi at the 1992 Wimbledon Championships. Photograph:  Bob Martin/Allsport

This lockdown. You never would have thought. Useful things have become useless. The car. Tequila bars. Leinster in the RDS on a Friday night. Zumba cl(...)

Germany’s Alexander Zverev and Roger Federer after their match at the O2 Arena. Photograph: Getty Images

Roger Federer will end the year tantalisingly short of his 100th career title after the king of men’s tennis was forced to bow to young prince Alexan(...)

Novak Djokovic  at the AccorHotels Arena ahead of the  Paris Masters. Photograph:  Justin Setterfield/Getty Images

Ranked number 22 in June, Novak Djokovic has an excellent chance to be back at number one by November. No man has made it to the top from so far back (...)

Novak Djokovic kisses the trophy after defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the men’s final of the US Open. Photograph: AP

Sitting on a French mountaintop provided the inspiration for Novak Djokovic to climb back to the tennis summit. The 31-year-old defeated Juan Martin (...)

 Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem during their men’s singles final at Roland Garros. Photograph: Christophe  Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

The Roland Garros men’s final and a squadron of jets with red, white and blue smoke trailing behind, rush low above the heads of the people in the Par(...)

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