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Roger Federer poses with his trophy after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in their final match in Dubai to claim his 100th title win. Photograph:   Ali Haider/EPA

Roger Federer did more than win his 100th Tour-level tournament when he handed the Greek prodigy Stefanos Tsitsipas (his conqueror in the fourth round(...)

Novak Djokovic celebrates his straight sets win over Rafael Nadal. Photograph: Sam Moody/EPA

Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3. What should have been the match of the tournament – of the young year, in fact – between the two best(...)

Rafael Nadal celebrates his semi-final victory over Stefanos Tsitsipas. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

John McEnroe does not get a lot wrong. However, when he suggested a few days ago that Stefanos Tsitispas’s victory over Roger Federer might represent (...)

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in action  against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Thursday. Photograph: Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Novak Djokovic is still the player to beat at this Australian Open. In a routine three-set workout against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the world number one lo(...)

 Andy Murray after losing to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain at the Australian Open. Photograph: EPA

The Andy Murray story is not quite over. However, even a losing comeback to stand comparison with the best of his gilded career should not disguise th(...)

 Andy Murray celebrates with his mother Judy after winning in Wimbledon in 2013. Photograph: PA

It is a poignant oddity that Andy Murray’s tennis career is ending as it began: in pain, struggle and confusion. When the thin, hairy teenager from Du(...)

Rafael Nadal: revisiting former glory looks unlikely for the Spaniard. Photograph: EPA

The four greatest male players in modern tennis – who between them have won more than €447 million across 16 years – arrive in Melbourne ahead of the (...)

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(...)

Leo Borg and his father, Björn Borg, watch a Stockholm Open match. Photograph: Casper Hedberg/The New York Times

When he was 10, Leo Borg sat his mother down and told her something that made her cry: He wanted to be a tennis player. Until then, Patricia Borg had(...)

 Rafael Nadal will miss the ATP Finals in London to undergo ankle surgery. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

Rafael Nadal is to undergo ankle surgery after revealing he is out of the ATP Finals in London because of injury. The Spaniard pulled out of the Pari(...)

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