Federer defeats Isner to win 101st career singles title at Miami Open

(CNN)Roger Federer defeated defending champion John Isner in straight sets at the Miami Open on Sunday to win his 101st career singles title. Isner, 33, told ATP he had started feeling pain in his foot during the first set of the match. “It’s a terrible feeling, because you’re on an island out there, and you have no teammates to hide behind. I was going up against the greatest player ever, playing in this incredible atmosphere and my foot’s killing me,” he said. “Not that I would have won the match, anyways, let’s make that clear, but I think I could have made for a more interesting match and one that was a little more fun. Roger was too good.” Second …

Wildcard Bianca Andreescu, 18, shocks Angelique Kerber to win Indian Wells

Bianca Andreescu upset three-time major champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to win the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells Bianca Andreescu completed her emergence as the latest new star of womens tennis after a scintillating three-set win over Angelique Kerber in the final of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells. The 18-year-old Canadian fought off exhaustion and held her nerve to triumph 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 over the three-time grand-slam champion, becoming the first wildcard winner of the prestigious event. Her $1.35m winners cheque dwarfs her previous career earnings of $350,000. This moment has become a reality so its really, really crazy, Andreescu told the crowd after her victory. With her victory she followed in the footsteps of Naomi …

Roger Federer 100 not out but still hungry for elusive Olympic gold | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federers 100 titles have not relieved him of the dream of becoming the Olympic tennis champion six days before his 39th birthday Roger Federer did more than win his 100th Tour-level tournament when he handed the Greek prodigy Stefanos Tsitsipas (his conqueror in the fourth round of the Original Article : HERE ; This post was curated & posted using : RealSpecific

Andy Murray cautiously hopeful gamble on hip surgery may extend tennis career

Andy Murray is no longer in pain following his latest hip operation but he remained unsure whether he will be able to play top-level tennis again Andy Murray says he gambled on the advice of a leading London hip specialist after years of listening to surgeons who told him the operation he opted for would not save his tennis career. The former world No 1 and three-times grand slam champion knows he may yet be unable to return to the game at the highest level and playing at Wimbledon this summer looks unlikely but he says he is pain-free and optimistic for the first time in 18 months, because of the work of Miss Sarah Muirhead-Allwood, who performed losing in …

Andy Murray feeling ‘battered and bruised’ after hip surgery

(CNN)Andy Murray has undergone hip surgery as he bids to save his career. In an emotional press conference, Murray said he was unsure whether he could play through the pain “for another four or five months.” “I can play with limitations but having the limitations and the pain is not allowing me to enjoy competing or training,” Murray said. “Wimbledon is where I would like to stop playing but I am not certain I am able to do that. “Not feeling good. Been struggling for a long time. I’m not sure I can play through the pain for another four or five months. “Pretty much done everything that I could to try and get my hip feeling better and it …

Nadal 2.0 hitting new heights at Australian Open

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)As one of the brawniest, fittest tennis players to ever play the game, Rafael Nadal will, for some fans, forever be considered someone who wins simply by chasing balls and outlasting opponents. READ: Kvitova, Osaka to battle for title Those are but a few. People laughed when, as a teenager, he said he wanted to win on the grass of Wimbledon. Now he has two titles there. The notion that he’s a defensive player can stem from his unprecedented success at Roland Garros, where running for miles over five sets certainly helps in amassing victories. It is, though, only a part of the reason why he’s picked up 11 trophies there — the most of any player in …

Serena Williams loses at Australian Open, so no Osaka rematch

Melbourne, Australia (CNN)Serena Williams’ hunt for a 24th grand slam title goes on. There was no umpire controversy this time, rather a left ankle injury to Williams that surely contributed to squandering a massive 5-1 advantage and four match points to Karolina Pliskova — even if the 37-year-old played down the problem and its effect on the outcome. “I don’t think it had anything to do with my ankle per se,” said Williams. “I just think she was just nailing and hitting shots. Obviously I made some mistakes but she played really well after that.” The Czech, who also beat Williams at the 2016 US Open, prevailed 6-4 4-6 7-5 in a shade past two hours in Melbourne. Williams will …