Rafael Nadal

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 Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning his second round singles match against Yannick Hanfmann of Germany. Photograph:  Daniel Pockett/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal put on a clinical performance to ease past German qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 6-2 6-3 6-4 and reach the third round of the Australian Open(...)

 Spain’s Rafael Nadal serves against Marcos Giron of the US during their men’s singles match on day one of the Australian Open  in Melbourne. Photograph:  Brandon Malone/AFP via Getty Images

Rafael Nadal is taking no pleasure from the absence of great rival Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, even if it means he has a clearer shot at th(...)

Novak Djokovic at Melbourne Airport yesterday following his deportation. Photograph: Loren Elliott/Reuters

The tennis world reacted with a mixture of silence and disappointment to the news that Novak Djokovic would be deported from Australia after an extrao(...)

Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning the Melbourne Summer Set title. Photograph:  Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal warmed up for the Australian Open by clinching the Melbourne Summer Set title with a straight-sets victory over American qualifier Maxime(...)

Protestors dance outside an immigration detention hotel in Melbourne where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to be staying. Photograph: Hamish Blair/AP

Novak Djokovic’s wife Jelena has expressed her gratitude to the player’s fans for “using your voice to send love to my husband” as he remains held in (...)

File photo of Novak Djokovic after winning this year’s Australian Open. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

As one of the most extraordinary days in the history of professional tennis finally came to an end, uncertainty still reigned. Novak Djokovic had star(...)

Naomi Osaka will play at the Australian Open. Photo: Andy Cheung/Getty Images

An email from Tennis Australia, offering television networks footage of defending champion Naomi Osaka’s arrival in Melbourne, arrived midway through (...)

People walk on a quiet street in the center of Amsterdam on Sunday as the Netherlands goes back into lockdown to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Photograph: Ramon Van Flymen/ANP/AFP via Getty Images

So many people are becoming infected with the Omicron variant of Covid-19 that healthcare systems may quickly become overwhelmed, the World Health Org(...)

Rafael Nadal has tested positive for coronavirus. Photograph: Mitchell Layton/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal has tested positive for coronavirus in a development that could throw his Australian Open participation further into doubt. The 20-time (...)

Daniil Medvedev greets  Novak Djokovic at the net after winning during the US Open at Flushing Meadows. Photograph: Kena Betancur/AFP via Getty Images

As Novak Djokovic sat silently in his chair after being thoroughly outplayed by Daniil Medvedev in the US Open final on Sunday, a match he had suggest(...)

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