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Rafael Nadal reclaims world no 1 spot

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has reclaimed the world number one spot for the first time since his long absence three years ago in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. The 31-year-old Spaniard last topped the men’s charts in July 2014.

Nadal, who has spent 141 weeks in the top spot, has struggled with knee injuries since first becoming No. 1 in August 2008 and he has admitted doubting he could ever regain the number one spot after so many years.

He won his 15th Grand Slam title this year at Roland Garros, deposes Britain’s Andy Murray, who withdrew from the tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati with a hip injury.

Roger Federer, who won a record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title had to settle for the third position on the ranking.

Top 10 ATP rankings on August 21

1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7.645 (+1)

2. Andy Murray (GBR) 7.150 (-1)

3. Roger Federer (SUI) 7.145

4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 5.690

5. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 5.325

6. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4.470 (+1)

7. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4.155 (-1)

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4.030

9. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 3.710 (+2)

10. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3.195 (-1)

 

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Roger Federer Wins 6th Australian Open Title

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Roger Federer Wins 6th Australian Open title

Roger Federer has successfully defended his Australian Open making it a record sixth title in Melbourne and a landmark of 20th Grand Slam of his career with a five-set victory against Marin Cilic on Sunday.

Federer, playing in his 30th Slam final, was pushed all the way by Cilic but came through a riveting contest 6-2 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 3-6 6-1 in three hours and three minutes.

Speaking after the victory, Federer said;

“I’m so happy, it’s unbelievable. It’s a dream come true and the fairytale continues,” an emotional Federer said during his on-court presentation

“It’s been a long time waiting for this final. It’s easier in the afternoon, but when it’s at night you think about it all day. I’m happy it’s over now. After the year I had last year, it’s incredible.”

 

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BREAKING: Serena Williams reveals return Date

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BREAKING: Serena Williams reveals return Date

Tennis Champ, Serena Williams has revealed that she will return to the tennis courts next month for the U.S. in their Fed Cup first round tie against the Netherlands.

The news of Serena‘s return was disclosed by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on Tuesday.

Serena Williams has not played a WTA tournament since she won the Australian Open title last year and skipped this year’s opening Grand Slam over concerns about her fitness four months after giving birth to her first child.

She has seen action once since picking up her Open-era record 23rd Grand Slam in Melbourne last year. Serena lost to Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko in an exhibition match in Abu Dhabi last December.

The 36-year-old American will be joined by older sister Venus Williams and world number nine CoCo Vandeweghe with a fourth player to be announced next week.

The February 10 to February 11 tie is to be played on an indoor hard court in Asheville, North Carolina. The U.S. beat Belarus last year for a record-extending 18th Fed Cup title, their first in 17 years.

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Maria Sharapova beats Aryna Sabalenka to win Tianjin Open

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Maria Sharapova beats Aryna Sabalenka to win Tianjin Open
Current world no. 57, Maria Sharapova has beaten Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6 (10-8) to win the Tianjin Open final. Her first title since May 2015.

The Russian tennis superstar was playing her seventh event since she returned to the tour in April from a 15-month drug ban.

The 30-year-old trailed 4-1 in both sets before launching a great comeback against the 19-year-old Belarusian, who was contesting her first WTA final, in two hours and five minutes.

Sharapova reached the Tianjin Open after beating Shuai Peng 6-3 6-1. It is the five-time Grand Slam winner’s 36th WTA tournament victory.

After her return, Sharapova was denied a wildcard for the French Open and also missed Wimbledon through injury and reached the US Open fourth round as a wildcard before losing to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

The Russian, who began the week ranked 86th in the world, received a wildcard for the event in China.

Sharapova came into the tournament ranked 86th but the win would move her up to number 57 in the world rankings.

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