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Wednesday 25th May 2022

French Open: Extra gym work fuelling Emma Raducanu's title bid

Emma Raducanu says she is feeling the benefits of a more rigorous fitness regime as the US Open champion prepares to continue her French Open campaign.

The 19-year-old plays Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus in her second-round match on Wednesday.

Raducanu battled from a set down to overcome Czech teenager Linda Noskova in her Roland Garros debut.


 

Australian Open: Rafael Nadal beats Daniil Medvedev from two sets down in Melbourne epic

Rafael Nadal won a record 21st Grand Slam men's title in the most stunning fashion, fighting back from two sets down to beat Russia's Daniil Medvedev in a classic Australian Open final.

Backed by a loud Melbourne crowd, sixth seed Nadal rallied to win 2-6 6-7 (5-7) 6-4 6-4 7-5 on Rod Laver Arena.

US Open champion Medvedev was going for his second successive major title.

Medvedev, 25, was in command before Nadal showed all of his renowned grit and fight to earn an extraordinary win.

The 35-year-old Spaniard has been at the centre of some of the sport's most incredible triumphs - but this surely goes down as the most amazing Grand Slam victory of his illustrious career.

Nadal's achievement comes only a few months after he thought he would never be able to return to the tour because of a foot injury.

In the absence of the deported Novak Djokovic and the injured Roger Federer in Melbourne, Nadal has moved one ahead of his great rivals in the race to finish with most major men's singles titles.

It is the left-hander's second Australian Open title and comes 13 years after his only previous success.


 

Team Europe dominate to win Laver Cup

Europe won the Laver Cup for the fourth consecutive time as Andrey Rublev and Alexander Zverev beat Reilly Opelka and Denis Shapovalov in the doubles to complete a dominant 14-1 victory.

Team Europe went into Sunday needing one more victory after winning all four matches on Saturday against Team World.

It came as Germany's Olympic champion Zverev and Russia's Rublev beat Opelka and Shapovalov 6-2 6-7 (4-7) 10-3.

Europe also won the 2019 (Geneva), 2018 (Chicago) and 2017 (Prague) editions.

The Laver Cup sees six of the best European players take on six from the rest of the world over three days, with three singles and a doubles match per day.


 

Wimbledon 2021: Novak Djokovic beats Matteo Berrettini to win sixth title

Novak Djokovic won his sixth Wimbledon title to equal Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal's record of 20 men's Grand Slam victories after fighting back to beat Italy's Matteo Berrettini.

The 34-year-old Serb won 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-4 6-3 in front of a passionate and vocal 15,000 crowd on Centre Court.

Seventh seed Berrettini, 25, received loud backing but could not maintain his advantage in his first major final.

Top seed Djokovic has now won all three Grand Slam men's titles in 2021.

Having already claimed the Australian Open and French Open, Djokovic is the fifth man in history - and only the second in the Open era after Rod Laver in 1969 - to win the first three majors of the season.

And with Djokovic retaining his crown at the All England Club, he has moved a step closer to becoming the second player to achieve a 'Golden Slam'.

Only Germany's Steffi Graf in 1988 has ever won all four majors and the Olympics in a calendar year.


 


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