Tennis legends Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic label ban on Russian and Belarusian players from this year's Wimbledon over Moscow's assault on Ukraine "unfair," saying they are not responsible for the offensive.
Taylor Fritz, ranked 20th in the world, claims his second career title and his first at elite Masters 1000 level while denying Rafael Nadal a record-equalling 37th Masters crown.
Rafael Nadal defeated Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (0), 5-7, 6-4 to reach the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in a match featuring obscenities, underhand serves, a point penalty and smashed rackets.
Following his historic win at the Australian Open, Nadal expressed that he is ready for more.
The 35-year-old Spaniard also becomes just the fourth man in history to win all four of the sport’s major Grand Slam titles at least twice.
The 35-year-old Spaniard advanced to the Australian Open final for a sixth time with a 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 win over seventh-seeded Matteo Berrettini.
Osaka, winner of the 2019 and 2021 Australian Opens, has vowed to have more fun on court this year, following a difficult last year in which she said she had suffered from depression.
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said authorities in Australia "humiliated themselves" and Prime Minister Ana Brnabic called the decision to deport tennis player Novak Djokovic "scandalous."
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal's Australian Open preparations remain on track after he beat American Maxime Cressy 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 in the final of the Melbourne Summer Set.
The 20-times Grand Slam champion has spent four months on the sidelines with a foot injury.
World number-two ranked Daniil Medvedev of Russia beat John Isner of the United States 6-2, 6-2 in the National Bank Open semifinals to face American Reilly Opelka in the final.
It was Novak Djokovic's sixth Wimbledon title and 20th at a major tournament, putting him tied for first on the all-time list with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.
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