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'The facts are not right': Federer fumes over scheduling row

Roger Federer has hit back at claims he gets preferential treatment from tennis tournaments due to his status as one of the sport's all-time greats. Federer was responding to controversial comments from French veteran Julien Benneteau, who said the 20-Grand Slam champion was able to use his reputation

Roger Federer eases past Dominic Thiem to keep O2 campaign alive
Roger Federer eases past Dominic Thiem to keep O2 campaign alive

Roger Federer got his O2 campaign back on track on Tuesday night, as he delivered a comfortable 6-2, 6-3 victory over Dominic Thiem to keep his prospects of featuring in this weekend's semi-finals alive. Federer had been in the news over the last 48 hours after Julien Benneteau, the former French Davis

Tennis: Federer outclasses Thiem to keep ATP Finals hopes alive
Tennis: Federer outclasses Thiem to keep ATP Finals hopes alive

The Swiss maestro found himself with his back to the wall after an error-strewn loss to Kei Nishikori in his opening round-robin match -- his first straight sets defeat in 46 group stage matches at the season-ending showpiece. Another loss would have made it impossible for him to reach the semi-finals

Australian Open organiser hits back at claims Roger Federer receives preferential treatment
Australian Open organiser hits back at claims Roger Federer receives preferential treatment

Fans and broadcasters demand that Roger Federer play in the prime-time slot on Rod Laver Arena, said the Australian Open's tournament director Craig Tiley on Tuesday, in a strongly-argued response to claims of cronyism and preferential treatment. This story began with a radio interview given at the weekend

Tennis: One of my best matches ever, Anderson says after Nishikori thrashing

Nishikori is the world number nine and on Sunday beat six-times champion Roger Federer in straight sets. "Amongst the best I've played," Anderson told reporters when asked to rate his 64-minute masterclass.

Sublime Anderson thrashes Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at ATP Finals
Sublime Anderson thrashes Nishikori 6-0 6-1 at ATP Finals

The 32-year-old debutant at the ATP's blue riband event won the first 11 games of the round-robin clash before a relieved Nishikori finally got on the scoreboard with an angled winner. Normal service was quickly resumed though, as Anderson finished off a glum-faced opponent just past the hour mark

Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis
Anderson thrashes Nishikori to be on verge of ATP semis

Kevin Anderson thrashed Kei Nishikori 6-0, 6-1 on Tuesday to move to the brink of the last four on his ATP Finals debut. The 32-year-old South African was on the verge of completing just the second whitewash in the competition's history until Nishikori won the penultimate game. Anderson, who lost

Anderson hammers Nishikori in ATP Finals humiliation
Anderson hammers Nishikori in ATP Finals humiliation

Kevin Anderson handed Japan's Kei Nishikori a humiliating 6-0, 6-1 thrashing at the ATP Finals as the South African moved to the brink of a semi-final berth on Tuesday. Anderson won the first 11 games and needed only 64 minutes to demolish the woeful Nishikori in a remarkably one-sided group stage

Pouille to lead France in Davis Cup final against Croatia

Lucas Pouille will lead France in the Davis Cup final against Croatia this month as the hosts bid to win successive titles. Pouille wrapped up France's 10th Davis title last year by winning the decisive point against Belgium in the final.

Trending: Serena Williams On Cover Of GQ Magazine
Trending: Serena Williams On Cover Of GQ Magazine

Tennis legend Serena Williams in the cover of GQ magazine and tops their list for fierce females of 2018

Tennis podcast: Shorter sets or long form classics? Does tennis really need to change?
Tennis podcast: Shorter sets or long form classics? Does tennis really need to change?

As tennis looks to embrace the social media era and appeal to younger fans, a shorter format with a revised scoring system has emerged. With sudden-death deuce points and best-of-five sets to four games, the aim is to speed up play. It's a format which divides opinion, but one man who is a big proponent

Sock shines in doubles at ATP Finals after rankings plunge
Sock shines in doubles at ATP Finals after rankings plunge

Jack Sock found himself in the bizarre situation of being back at the ATP Finals as a doubles player on Monday -- just a year after taking part in the singles event. The US player has plummeted to 106 in the singles rankings after a season to forget -- in November last year he reached a career-high

Zverev will not play in revamped Davis Cup finals
Zverev will not play in revamped Davis Cup finals

The first two editions will take place in Madrid's La Caja Magica, the current venue for the Madrid Open. Men's Tour the ATP have also announced the start of a rival World Team Cup to begin in Australia in January 2020 with the likes of world number one Novak Djokovic and 20-time Grand Slam

Djokovic backs Federer in preferential treatment row
Djokovic backs Federer in preferential treatment row

Frenchman Julien Benneteau caused a stir during an interview on French radio station RMC Sport on Sunday in which he said tournament referees were often kinder to Federer when it came to scheduling his matches. Benneteau was particularly referring to the Australian Open where he said 20-time Grand Slam

Roger Federer given unfair benefits, complains former French Open doubles champion Julien Benneteau
Roger Federer given unfair benefits, complains former French Open doubles champion Julien Benneteau

As Roger Federer prepared for a match that could potentially expel him from the Nitto ATP Finals, concerns were raised about the preferential treatment he received at the biggest tournaments this year. In an interview with the French radio station RMC, Julien Benneteau, the former French Open doubles

Zverev inflicts more ATP Finals pain on Cilic
Zverev inflicts more ATP Finals pain on Cilic

Almost a year to the day since Zverev marked his debut in the season-ending showpiece by toppling the big-serving Croat, the 21-year-old again prevailed in a sometimes scrappy contest to take his career record over Cilic to 6-1. Last year he failed to back up his victory over Cilic, losing his next

Nicolas Mahut wants Tour Finals hoardings changed after injuring leg - but is then accused of play-acting
Nicolas Mahut wants Tour Finals hoardings changed after injuring leg - but is then accused of play-acting

Blood was shed on the doubles court on Monday as Nicolas Mahut collided painfully with an advertising board at the back of the court. To add insult to injury, his opponent Mate Pavic then accused him of over-reacting to his fall. The incident took place in the eighth game of a match which Pavic and his

Cilic errors gift Zverev victory in ATP Finals opener
Cilic errors gift Zverev victory in ATP Finals opener

Of all the errors Marin Cilic made in another ATP Finals defeat, the most costly one may not have come off his racket. Cilic made 46 unforced errors as he gave up a break advantage in both sets in losing to Alexander Zverev 7-6 (5), 7-6 (1) on Monday, dropping the Croat's record at the season-ending

Zverev sees off Cilic threat in error-strewn ATP Finals match
Zverev sees off Cilic threat in error-strewn ATP Finals match

Alexander Zverev kept his nerve at the key moments to beat Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/1) at the ATP Finals on Monday as Novak Djokovic prepared to launch his campaign for a record-equalling sixth title. In a contest littered with unforced errors at London's O2 Arena, the 21-year-old third seed

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France's Gasquet withdraws from Davis Cup final

(Reuters) - France number one Richard Gasquet said on Monday he had pulled out of this month's Davis Cup final against Croatia, with French media reporting that he has a groin injury. The 32-year-old Gasquet, whose last appearance was at the Paris Masters in October, wrote on Twitter that he was

Federer skips practice ahead of crucial Thiem clash

Federer, making his 16th appearance at the ATP's showpiece finale, had not lost any of his previous 45 round-robin matches in straight sets before his 7-6(4) 6-3 loss to the Japanese player. It means the 37-year-old faces an uphill battle to reach the semi-finals for the 15th time and another straight

Zverev inflicts more ATP Finals pain on Cilic
Zverev inflicts more ATP Finals pain on Cilic

Almost a year to the day since Zverev marked his debut in the season-ending showpiece by toppling the big-serving Croat, the 21-year-old Zverev again prevailed in a scrappy contest to take his career record over Cilic to 6-1. Cilic, ranked two places below world number five Zverev, will be scratching

France lose Gasquet for Croatia Davis Cup final
France lose Gasquet for Croatia Davis Cup final

France will have to take on Croatia in the Davis Cup final in two weeks time without their top ranked star Richard Gasquet. The world number 26 pulled out of the France pre-final training camp Monday with an unspecified injury. Gasquet drops out of an already depleted squad and his versatility as

The Tennis Podcast: Looking back at 10 years of O2 tennis memories
The Tennis Podcast: Looking back at 10 years of O2 tennis memories

As the O2 celebrates 10 years of hosting the ATP Finals, The Tennis Podcast team reminisce about some of the standout moments from the past decade. Presenter David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport) and The Telegraph's Simon Briggs discuss the bizarre but brilliant title run of Nikolay Davydenko that kicked

Federer crashes to Nishikori in ATP Finals opener
Federer crashes to Nishikori in ATP Finals opener

Roger Federer suffered a shock straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori at the ATP Finals on Sunday, severely denting his bid for the 100th title of his illustrious career. The result means Federer is now in danger of failing to qualify for the semi-finals for just the second time in 16 appearances at

Kyle Edmund hopes to have conquered recurring tonsillitis as he looks towards Australian Open
Kyle Edmund hopes to have conquered recurring tonsillitis as he looks towards Australian Open

Doctors have spent much of this season trying to explain Kyle Edmund's frequent bouts of ill-health. After a disastrous power failure at August's US Open, Edmund himself said "I don't really know what it is, it's an illness that takes it out of you, it has a bit of a complicated name." Happily, the mystery

Roger Federer picks up rare code violation as he opens ATP Finals with straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori
Roger Federer picks up rare code violation as he opens ATP Finals with straight-sets defeat to Kei Nishikori

Roger Federer is looking for a 100th singles title in London this week, but he will have to go the long way round after losing his opening match last night in a flurry of miscued groundstrokes. Amazingly, it was the first time in 46 round-robin outings at the ATP Finals that he had failed to win a set

Nishikori beats error-prone Federer in ATP Finals opener
Nishikori beats error-prone Federer in ATP Finals opener

Roger Federer's hopes of winning a record-extending seventh ATP Finals title suffered a blow as Kei Nishikori stunned the Swiss great 7-6(4) 6-3 in their round-robin opener on Sunday. Nishikori went 6-1 ahead in the first set tiebreak and although Federer clawed back to 6-4, a forehand into the

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It's not just power as agile Anderson dances past Thiem

Try as he could with his punishing baseline game, Austrian Thiem struggled to knock Anderson off balance in a 6-3 7-6(10) defeat in their opening round-robin match in a group named after one of the game's most nimble movers Lleyton Hewitt. In actual fact it was Anderson who often launched counter-attacks

Tennis chief hails final set tiebreaks at Slams, tips Aussies to follow suit
Tennis chief hails final set tiebreaks at Slams, tips Aussies to follow suit

The International Tennis Federation head on Sunday endorsed final set tie-breaks trimming overlong matches at Grand Slam, praising Wimbledon for its decision to introduce them in 2019 and expecting the Australian Open to follow suit in January. Wimbledon announced the new rule in October, following

Anderson defeats Thiem on his debut at age 32 in ATP Finals
Anderson defeats Thiem on his debut at age 32 in ATP Finals

Kevin Anderson made a confident start to his ATP Finals debut with a 6-3, 7-6 (10) victory over Dominic Thiem on Sunday. Having qualified for the season-ending tournament for the first time, the 32-year-old Anderson produced a dominant serving display to take the first set at the O2 Arena, before saving

Anderson off to flyer at ATP Finals with win over Thiem
Anderson off to flyer at ATP Finals with win over Thiem

Wimbledon runner-up Anderson, the first South African to qualify for the season-ender since Wayne Ferreira in 1995, was comfortably the better player in a one-sided first set. The second set was a much tighter affair with serve dominating but Anderson sneaked a gripping tiebreaker 12-10 on his fourth

Anderson outmuscles Thiem to win ATP Finals opener
Anderson outmuscles Thiem to win ATP Finals opener

Kevin Anderson overpowered Dominic Thiem 6-3, 7-6 (12/10) to win his ATP Finals opener on Sunday as Roger Federer prepared to launch his bid for the 100th title of his storied career. South African giant Anderson came into the match with a healthy 6-2 lead over Thiem in head-to-heads but had lost their

Siniakova leads Czechs to sixth Fed Cup title in eight years
Siniakova leads Czechs to sixth Fed Cup title in eight years

Katerina Siniakova beat Sofia K