The Malta Independent 5 March 2021, Friday


Francesca Curmi into historic ITF final in Tunisia tournament

Saturday, 27 February 2021, 16:45 Last update: about 5 days ago

18-year-old Francesca Curmi has become the first Maltese player to reach a final of a Futures event after beating Slovakian player Victoria Morvayova in Tunisia. Curmi will now face Pole Weronika...

Cloud 9: Djokovic wins 9th Australian Open, 18th Slam title

Sunday, 21 February 2021, 16:59 Last update: about 11 days ago Associated Press

Maybe, just maybe, the thinking went, Novak Djokovic would be just a tad more susceptible to trouble this time around at the Australian Open. After all, he tore an abdominal muscle in the third...

Osaka claims 4th Slam trophy by beating Brady in Australia

Saturday, 20 February 2021, 12:14 Last update: about 12 days ago Associated Press

The trouble for Naomi Osaka at Grand Slam tournaments comes in Week 1. Get beyond that stage at the hard-court majors, though, and start preparing to etch her name on the trophy. Osaka won her...

Medvedev tops Tsitsipas in Australia to reach second Slam final

Friday, 19 February 2021, 12:21 Last update: about 13 days ago Associated Press

Daniil Medvedev simply does not lose right now. Not to Top 10 opponents. Not to anyone, really. Certainly not to a drained Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Australian Open semifinals. Now let’s...

223-2: Nadal blows 2-set lead against Tsitsipas in Australia

Thursday, 18 February 2021, 06:39 Last update: about 15 days ago Associated Press

Rafael Nadal entered his Australian Open quarterfinal with a 223-1 record when grabbing the first two sets of a Grand Slam match. Thanks to his own mistakes — and some spirited play by...

Smashing success: Djokovic beats Zverev, into Australian SF

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 15:46 Last update: about 16 days ago Associated Press

Novak Djokovic smashed a racket, sending a piece of the frame flying. Later, he plopped himself down right there at the back of the blue court, looking forlorn as can be. He dropped the opening...

Bad back? What bad back? Rafael Nadal rolls to 43rd Slam QF

Tuesday, 16 February 2021, 06:48 Last update: about 17 days ago Associated Press

So much for the thought that Rafael Nadal's bad back might hold him back at the Australian Open as he tries to break a tie with Roger Federer for the most Grand Slam singles titles won by a...

Injured Djokovic advances to quarters at Australian Open

Sunday, 14 February 2021, 16:35 Last update: about 17 days ago Associated Press

Novak Djokovic wore tape above his right hip, and winced when he stretched for some shots in a three-hour match against Milos Raonic that will go into the records as his 300th win at a major. For...

Medvedev in 5 sets, finally, advances to 4th round in Australia

Saturday, 13 February 2021, 16:47 Last update: about 19 days ago Associated Press

Daniil Medvedev finally worked out how to a win a five-setter. All by himself. The fourth-seeded Medvedev was 0-6 in Grand Slam matches that went to five sets, and his Australian Open third-round...

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