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Novak Djokovic speaks about his relationship with Roger Federer Boris Becker and Srdjan Djokovic, the 16-time Grand Slam winner's father, once claimed Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer are false friends. The Serbian player clarified it's all good between him and the Swiss. "We have a very good relationship. We respect each other.

Bajin:'I never had a chance to appreciate what me and Naomi Osaka achieved' In an interview, as quoted by ESPN, Sascha Bajin spoke about her past co-operation with the world No. 1 Naomi Osaka. They have won two Grand Slam titles in a row together but they split just after this year's US Open.

US Open Fan Week: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic Featured Practices on Thursday US Open Fan Week: Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic Featured Practices on Thursday. US Open Fan Week - Thursday Event Schedule. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic Featured Practices Included in Thursday Slate.

ATP Beijing - Entry List: Rafael Nadal won't play. Nick Kyrgios is there The China Open, one of the richest tournaments on the Tour, counts on younger players in the edition that will take place from 30 September to 6 October 2019. Rafael Nadal is the big absent.

Novak Djokovic hailed ahead of US Open title defence - 'It's just insane' After winning at Wimbledon last month, Djokovic has now won five of the past six Grand Slam titles on offer and the challenge of beating him over five sets on a hard court is one of the most difficult in tennis. And Gilbert says Djokovic's focus is one of his best attributes.

Major Threat: Simona Halep, Serena Williams lead 10 best performers at recent Slams Who has consistently brought their best at the Slams over the last four years? WTA Insider crunched the numbers to determine the best Slam strike rate on tour.

2019 China Open: Osaka, Barty, Halep, Wozniacki, Serena set to star in Beijing This year's entry list features nine Grand Slam champions, including all three who have earned majors in 2019: Australian Open winner and World No.1 Naomi Osaka, who is also the reigning US Open winner, Roland Garros champion Ashleigh Barty, and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep.

On this day: Roger Federer tops Andy Roddick for first Cincinnati crown Tennis - In Cincinnati 2005, Federer scored the tenth win over Roddick in 11 encounters and claimed the ninth title of the season.

Newlywed Allertova kickstarts comeback with US Open return Denisa Allertova scored one of the biggest wins of her career at the 2016 US Open. Recently married to ATP pro Jan Satral, the Czech is aiming to play her first Grand Slam main draw since missing the end of 2018 due to a back injury.

US Open confirm seedings for Serena Williams, Ashleigh Barty and Naomi Osaka ahead of draw Ashleigh Barty, Australia. Karolina Pliskova, Czech Republic. Simona Halep, Romania. Elina Svitolina, Ukraine. Petra Kvitova, Czech Republic. Kiki Bertens, Netherlands. Serena Williams, United States. Aryna Sabalenka, Belarus. 10. Madison Keys, United States.

Top seed Wang flusters Ferro to reach Bronx quarterfinals No.1 seed Wang Qiang of China booked her spot in the NYJTL Bronx Open quarterfinals with a Wednesday afternoon win over qualifier Fiona Ferro of France, 6-1, 6-4. "I just tried to build my confidence for this tournament," Wang said, after her first victory since she defeated Tamara Zidansek in the second round of Wimbledon.

On this day: John McEnroe suffers unexpected, rare loss in historic season The defeat probably came in the perfect moment for John who took some rest and won the US Open crown two weeks later, beating Lendl in the final to avenge that Paris loss.

CNN Wonders If Smartphones Are Why The Tennis Youth Can't Beat Roger Federer An article over at CNN today formally advances a claim dropped casually by commentators, coaches, fans, and any crank with a taste for caricaturing a whole generation. Here goes: Smartphones are hampering tennis's young players, which is why they can't stop the Big Three in the men's game, who enjoyed the advantage of growing up before this era.

Osaka gears up for US Open in 'futuristic' streetwear: 'It makes me feel edgy and confident' World No.1 Naomi Osaka is back to where it all began in New York City, and she’s set to hit the US Open courts in style with an exclusive Nike x Sacai collection.

Rafael Nadal moves ahead of Andre Agassi on exclusive ranking list After 19 Challenger wins and the third-round appearance in Monte Carlo, Rafa cracked the top-100 in April and stayed on a steady course in the following months at such a young age, securing the place among the 50 chosen players in August.

Andy Murray adds new tournament to schedule in bid to step up singles return Andy Murray will play at the European Open in October as he adds to his singles workload after returning to action this month. Murray underwent hip surgery in January and started playing doubles in June to regain his fitness.

Four winners of majors get 2nd shot at Hall spot Goran Ivanisevic, Sergi Bruguera, Conchita Martinez and Jonas Bjorkman are the four candidates for the International Tennis Hall of Fame's class of 2020. The four players announced Wednesday, all former Grand Slam tournament champions, are in their second year of a three-year possible candidacy in the player category.

Hard Court Power Rankings: Pliskova keeps pounding pavement into US Open World No.3 Karolina Pliskova continues to lead the WTA Insider Hard Court Power Rankings as the tour turns to the final Slam of the season at the US Open, which begins on Monday. The WTA Insider Hard Court Power Rankings are based on an empirical formula that isolates a player's success rate on hard courts.

'I'm just happy to compete' - Cepelova overcomes injuries, closes in on US Open comeback Former World No.50 Jana Cepelova has scored wins over some of the best players in the game, and is one win from playing her first Grand Slam main draw since the 2018 Australian Open in Flushing Meadows.

Qualifiers draw for 2020 Fed Cup is revealed The race to the 2020 Fed Cup by BNP Paribas championship has started, as the draw for next year's Qualifier ties in the premier women's tennis team event was announced by the ITF.

ATP Tokyo - Entry List: Novak Djokovic to play for the first time In the past, the Rakuten Japan Open in Tokyo had worse entry lists than Beijing especially because of a difference in terms of budget. But this year the attention could be bigger on the Japanese tournament: for the first time in career, Novak Djokovic decided to compete in Tokyo.

Ump from '18 final won't get Williams matches Chair umpire Carlos Ramos will not officiate matches involving Serena Williams or her older sister, Venus, at this year's US Open following the confrontation that overshadowed last year's final. "We've decided that there are over 900 other matches, and Carlos, for 2019, will not be in the chair for a Williams sisters match," U.S.

Open No. 1 seeds go to champs Osaka, Djokovic Defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the No. 1 seeds for singles play in the US Open. Osaka, who beat Serena Williams in last year's final for her first Grand Slam title, recently regained the top spot in the WTA rankings from Ash Barty.

Visors: Now for Fashion, Not Just Tennis The once-preposterously preppy, country-club standby has undergone a legitimately stylish makeover.

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