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Federer ‘never imagined’ having chance to become oldest number one

ROTTERDAM: Roger Federer can become the oldest world number one on Friday, a remarkable achievement for the 20-time Grand Slam title winner who admitted he "never imagined" he'd get the opportunity. The 36-year-old faces Dutchman Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open where victory will allow him to replace old rival and close friend Rafael Nadal at the top of the rankings. The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days. It would be Federer's first…

Serena Williams can ‘absolutely’ break Grand Slam record, says Graf

ZHUHAI, CHINA: Tennis legend Steffi Graf said on Sunday that Serena Williams can "absolutely" break Margaret Court’s Grand Slam singles title record if she returns to tennis. Former world number one Serena Williams, who gave birth earlier this year, has already overtaken Graf with 23 Grand Slam wins but is yet to surpass Court, who boasts 24 major titles. "Absolutely, yes," Graf said when asked if the record was within Williams' reach. Court is renowned as the most successful player in Grand Slam history -- the only…

Sharapova sparkles on return to grand slam stage

NEW YORK: Maria Sharapova proved she will be someone to contend with for the U.S. Open crown after the Russian wild card outlasted second seed Simona Halep 6-4 4-6 6-3 on Monday to get the year’s final grand slam off to an electrifying start. Still shaking off the rust from a 15-month doping ban and a string of nagging injuries, the 30-year-old Sharapova needed all her skill, determination and two hours and 44 minutes to snatch victory in front of a packed Arthur Ashe stadium. The victory becomes the highlight of what…

Federer beats Cilic to win record 8th Wimbledon

LONDON: Roger Federer won a record eighth Wimbledon title and became the tournament's oldest champion Sunday with a straight-sets victory over injury-hit Marin Cilic who dramatically broke down in tears midway through the final. Federer claimed his 19th Grand Slam title 6-3, 6-1, 6-4 and at 35 is Wimbledon's oldest men's winner of the modern era, succeeding Arthur Ashe, who was almost 32 when he won in 1976. However, the Swiss superstar's 11th Wimbledon final, and 29th at the majors, will also be remembered for the…

Still motivated to be world’s best, says Djokovic

LONDON: Novak Djokovic has set his sights on regaining the world number one ranking and silencing the doubters by winning the ATP Tour Finals for a record-equalling sixth time. Djokovic arrives at London's O2 Arena in the unusual position of being questioned by critics who claim he has lost his appetite for success. Since winning the French Open in June, to secure the one Grand Slam missing from his trophy cabinet, Djokovic has been mired in a puzzling slump that ended his 122-week reign on top of the world last…

Struggling Nadal shuts down 2016 season

MADRID: Former world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal shut down his season on Thursday to concentrate instead on recovering full fitness for a fresh trophy assault in 2017. The 30-year-old has been plagued by physical problems and has now gone through a second successive campaign without adding to his majors collection. A wrist injury forced him to withdraw from the French Open before the third round and kept him on the sidelines until the Olympics. "It is no secret that I arrived to the Olympic…

Nadal confident he and Federer not finished yet

MADRID: Rafael Nadal insists he can still compete with the best in the world for "many years to come" after opening his tennis academy alongside Roger Federer in Mallorca on Wednesday. Nadal and Federer have slipped down the world rankings this season due to a lack of form and fitness respectively. However, the 30-year-old Spaniard insists two of the most successful players in the history of the sport can make it back to the top. "Roger and I haven't forgotten how to play tennis and we are working to get back to competing…