Australian Open: Nadal, Raonic Qualify For Last 16

Milos Raonic , Rafael Nadal, Australian OpenFormer champion Rafael Nadal has beaten Alexander Zverev to reach the fourth round of the Australian Open.

The 30-year-old, who won the title in 2009, overcame his opponent in a gripping contest to qualify for the last 16 stage of the competition in Melbourne.

He came through 4-6 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 6-2 in four hours and six minutes on Saturday.

Nadal, will play France’s Gael Monfils, who also beat Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6 (7-1) 6-4.

Canada’s Milos Raonic has also cruised to the next round with a 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 3-6 6-3 win over France’s Gilles Simon.

Roger Federer To Miss French Open

Roger Federer, French Open has withdrawn from this year’s French Open after failing to recover from a back injury.

The 34-year-old did not play in the Madrid Open earlier this month after hurting his back during practice for the tournament.

Federer returned for the Italian Open but was beaten in the third round by Dominic Thiem.

“I regret to announce that I have made the decision not to play in this year’s French Open,” the 2009 Roland Garros champion wrote on his Facebook page.

It means Roger Federer will miss a grand slam for the first time this century.

Frenchman, Gael Monfils, has also pulled out of the tournament after complaining of having a virus.

The 29-year-old, who was born in Paris, would have been a dark horse at Roland Garros after the most consistent start to a season in his career.

Rafael Nadal Wants More Trophies After Monte Carlo

Rafael NadalAfter ending his four-year wait for a ninth Monte Carlo Masters, Rafael Nadal looks set to equal Guillermo Villa’s record of 49 clay titles with the Barcelona Open this week.

Nadal, who has taken eight titles in Barcelona, more than any other player in the history of the tournament is keen to keep the winning momentum.

One of the favourites for the tournament alongside the Spaniard is Japan’s Kei Nishikori.

The world number six is two-time reigning champion of the open and Nadal is wary of the challenge he faces.

The former world number one, overcame a spirited Gael Monfils to 7-5 5-7 6-0 to win a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title.

Rafael Nadal had described his victory at the Monte Carlo Masters as unbelievable after claiming his 28th masters title.

His 28th masters 1000 crown draws him level with Novak Djokovic at the top of the all-time list.

Nadal now heads to his home country for the Barcelona Open as the top seed.

Djokovic Proceeds To Miami Open Semi-Final

Miami Open- Novak DjokovicWorld’s number one tennis player, Novak Djokovic, has progressed to the semi-finals of the Miami Open in Florida after defeating Tomas Berdych.

Djokovic rolled into the semi-final phase of the competition with a 6-3 6-3 romp over Berdych as he continued his pursuit of a fifth title in six years on key Biscayne.

Berdych was coming off a marathon win against Richard Gasquet on Tuesday and did not have enough left to challenge Djokovic.

He won just six of his 23 second service points and was broken four times.

Djokovic has now recorded 26 victories with just one defeat this year.

He had beaten powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 to advance to the quarter-finals at the Miami Open.

Miami Open: Djokovic, Nishikori Advance To Quarter-Final

novak-djokovic-Miami Open- NishikoriTop-seeded world number one, Novak Djokovic has beaten powerful Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 to advance to the quarter-final at the Miami Open in Florida.

Djokovic needed four match points before finally prevailing against the world number 14.

Next up for the Serb is a quarter-final against Czech’s Tomas Berdych, who beat Frenchman Richard Gasquet 6-4 3-6 7-5 in an endurance.

Japan’s Kei Nishikori also advanced to the last eight following a 6-2 6-4 defeat of Spain’s Robert Bautista.

Sixth seed Nishikori used his strong backhand to punish Bautista for any tactical errors.

He took just under an hour and a half to beat the Spaniard and would face Gael Monfils in the quarter-finals on Thursday.