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Men's tennis ace Roger Federer believes Serena Williams can lay claim to being the sport's greatest player.
Bernard Tomic is one win away from penning one of sport's great redemption stories after storming into the final round of French Open qualifying in Paris.
Serena Williams will almost certainly be seeded at this year's Wimbledon championships despite being snubbed by French Open organisers, the All England Club confirmed on Tuesday (Wednesday NZ Time).
Rafael Nadal came out on top in a matchup of this year's top two clay-court players, beating defending champion Alexander Zverev 6-1, 1-6, 6-3 to win a record-extending eighth Italian Open title.
New Zealand tennis coach Sebastian Lavie is looking to give the best young players in the country a taste of what it takes to get to the top.
Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6 6-1 6-2 and reach the Italian Open semifinals overnight (NZT).
OPINION: A book just out by writer Jeff Bercovici posits the thesis that athletes sustain their talents not by striving to be stronger or faster, but smarter. It is an argument that could have been tailored for the totems of modern tennis. In 2015, Serena Williams, who turned 34 that September, entered only 11 events but won three major titles. Now, Roger Federer, a few weeks shy of his 37th birthday, has glided back to world No 1 despite abandoning the clay season altogether.
Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal has methodically exacted revenge on Canadian teen Denis Shapovalov with an emphatic 6-4 6-1 win to reach the quarterfinals at the Italian Open.
Former world No 1 Karolina Pliskova was so irate with an umpire in Rome that she smashed the umpire's chair with her racquet several times - instead of shaking hands - after a stunning loss to Maria Sakkari.
New Zealand's Michael Venus has beaten the player he teamed up with to win last year's French Open doubles title, in the first round of the Rome Masters.
New Zealand doubles player Michael Venus and his South African playing partner Raven Klaasen have been beaten in the quarterfinals at the Madrid Masters tennis tournament.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal lost to Dominic Thiem 7-5, 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Saturday (NZ time), breaking the defending champion's run of 21 straight wins on clay courts.
New Zealand's Michael Venus and his South African partner Raven Klaasen have staged an outstanding comeback to reach the quarterfinals at the Madrid Masters.
Rafael Nadal has broken John McEnroe's record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface after beating Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the Madrid Open on Thursday (Friday NZ time).
FOR THE PAST 17 YEARS I'VE LIVED OUT OF A SUITCASE as I've been playing competitive tennis since I was 10 and now I'm on the road at least 28 weeks a year, often getting to tournaments a week in advance to prepare. But I love travelling the globe and exploring new places.
Serena Williams has withdrawn from a clay-court tournament for the second time this month, putting in question her participation in the French Open, the second Grand Slam event of 2018.
Top Kiwi doubles player Michael Venus and his South African partner Raven Klaasen have staged a late rally to reach the second round at the ATP Masters 1000 tournament in Madrid.