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COMMENT: Yes, Novak Djokovic is flawed, but his greatness should be allowed to define him

Novak Djokovic has been roundly criticised for showing his frustrations on court at the Olympics, but surely we must forgive our greats their flaws? --- As...

COMMENT: It’s time to accept that the ‘Big Three’ no longer dominate tennis – Novak Djokovic does

Another day, another 'Next Gen' claiming they are closer to the 'Big Three'. The problem for them, though, is they are no closer to...

COMMENT: It’s hard to deny Novak Djokovic is the greatest when he keeps on beating our greats

After Novak Djokovic produced a stunning performance to beat Rafael Nadal at the French Open, it's harder than ever to deny him his due. --- There...

COMMENT: Roger Federer may have made a smart decision, but it’s a deeply disrespectful one

It was perhaps always inevitable, or at least predictable, but Roger Federer deciding to withdraw from Roland Garros should not be without criticism.Saturday night...

COMMENT: Naomi Osaka French Open withdrawal a powerful vehicle for her argument

The French Open is rarely short of talking points, and Naomi Osaka has certainly provided them this year.The Japanese star announced before the tournament...

Roland Garros in numbers: All your essential stats ahead of the 2021 French Open men’s singles

The French Open begins this weekend, and there is an awful lot to watch out for in the men's singles, including Rafael Nadal, Novak...

STAT PACK: How often do Grand Slam matches go to five sets and how big a difference does it make?

The question of whether or not the men's singles at a Grand Slam should no longer be best-of-five reared it's head last week. Opinion can...

COMMENT: Grand Slams are the crown jewels of tennis, not any individual players

Today, a particularly provocative comment piece appeared in the Telegraph, imploring Grand Slams to change. The reason? To ‘save’ Roger Federer and Andy Murray....

COMMENT: Novak Djokovic may not be the hero tennis wants, but he is the hero tennis needs

Novak Djokovic remains a highly divisive figure among fans, but while he may not be the hero tennis wants, is he the hero that...

‘His unsinkable standard is the one everyone will strive to be’ – 15 great quotes about Novak Djokovic

It is March 8, and that means Novak Djokovic has surpassed Roger Federer's record for most weeks at world number one. It realises a long...

ANALYSIS: How often did the young big three lose first round matches, and how does it compare to Next Gen?

In all honesty, the young players of today are on a hiding to nothing when it comes to comparisons with the big three -...

REMEMBER WHEN: Great Britain tried to recruit a teenage Novak Djokovic

There can be little room for doubt that Novak Djokovic and Serbia are intrinsically intertwined, such is the passion with which the world number...

STAT PACK: The amazing numbers behind Novak Djokovic’s latest ATP record

It's official: there is not a single man to ever walk this earth who has spent more time as world number one than Novak...

COMMENT: Why Rafael Nadal is most deserving of Laureus Award recognition

Rafael Nadal has been nominated for a prestigious honour in this year's Laureus Awards, and it's hard to imagine anyone more deserving.  --- When it comes...

FEATURE: The top ten ATP Open Era greats listed by tournament win-percentage

Tennis is not short of great players achieving great feats, and that seems to be especially true in the modern era of Roger Federer,...

COMMENT: Why Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open win must rank among his greatest achievements

When you have won as many major titles as Novak Djokovic, it becomes impossible to compare them in terms of sporting successes.Every Grand Slam...

COMMENT: Novak Djokovic right to take media to task, and it is to tennis’ shame that he must

Novak Djokovic has opened up about what he believes to be 'unfair portrayal' of him in the media, and it's hard to disagree with...

STAT PACK: Which players have won the most career Australian Open matches?

Another Australian Open is upon us, and it feels like it could be a more open tournament than ever before. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal...

COMMENT: If Nick Kyrgios is truly devoted to accountability, he should start with himself

If there is one thing that Nick Kyrgios has proven during his career – aside from the fact he is a richly talented tennis...

COMMENT: Asking a question does not make Novak Djokovic Australian Open bad guy

Whether you love Novak Djokovic or hate him – and it certainly seems it is always one or the other – you have to...

COMMENT: Roger Federer must be forever celebrated, but tennis no longer needs him

Roger Federer may be about to embark on his final year on the ATP Tour, but his inevitably impending retirement should not be feared.When...

FEATURE: Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and eight more players in need of a big bounce-back year in 2021

Next season in tennis promises much, with the likes of Roger Federer and Andy Murray attempting to haul themselves back to the top. 

COMMENT: Obsessively vilifying Novak Djokovic is the fashion trend tennis can do without

Novak Djokovic is a player who many fans love to hate - and the media seem far too happy to pander to it. But is that healthy for tennis?

ANALYSIS: What would the year-end ATP rankings look like if ONLY 2020 points were counted?

Perhaps 2020 is not a true asterisk year for tennis, although the year-end ATP rankings could probably do with a couple here and there. 

COMMENT: Why Daniil Medvedev has exposed the flaws of the on-court coaching debate

Tennis has many on-going debates, but the Russian is best argument for ending this one.

COMMENT: Novak Djokovic is wrong, but tennis should be open to the discussion

"Sometimes it feels like too many people find disagreeing with Novak Djokovic is more important than listening to what he’s actually saying..."

COMMENT: Novak Djokovic year-end world number one achievement a fitting way to cement his greatness

Novak Djokovic has equalled a 22-year Pete Sampras record, and it is surely the most fitting way to cement his greatness.

ANALYSIS: The stats, context, and caveats behind the incredible 1001 career wins of Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal just can’t seem to hitting career milestones right now, and the stats behind them only keep getting more impressive.

FEATURE: Five reasons why we can’t wait to see Roger Federer back playing tennis in 2021

Whilst the tennis in 2020 has often been spectacular, we make absolutely no apologies for having missed Roger Federer immensely. 

COMMENT: Novak Djokovic has had an objectively outstanding season, and two defeats doesn’t change that

The press has not been kind to Novak Djokovic since his Vienna Open defeat, but two defeats shouldn't change anything. 

REMEMBER WHEN: Novak Djokovic earned ‘Joker’ reputation with impersonations even Rafael Nadal (eventually) loved

If there is one thing that confuses younger tennis fans more than anything, it's Novak Djokovic's 'Joker' nickname. Well, it was well-deserved.

COMMENT: To claim Roger Federer has ‘cost’ tennis anything is an exercise in the ridiculous

Gilles Simon has controversially claimed that Roger Federer and his popularity has 'cost tennis 20 years,' and we could not disagree more.

ANALYSIS: Why the Rafael Nadal record no one is talking about may just be the greatest of them all

Rafael Nadal very quietly broke a long-standing ATP record this week, but the quiet does a serious disservice to the magnitude of the achievement.

COMMENT: Love him or hate him, tennis NEEDED Novak Djokovic to rise, and it still needs him now

The question of legacy and greatness has never felt more relevant than it does right now in tennis, but without Novak Djokovic, it wouldn't be.

COMMENT: Dominic Thiem will likely prove kingmaker for Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal in history hunt

The race appears to be on between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, but will another man prove pivotal?

REMEMBER WHEN: The Paris Masters tore up their court, twice, specifically to help Roger Federer win

Carpet courts used to be all the rage in tennis - until tournament directors figured out they wanted Roger Federer more.

ANALYSIS: Rafael Nadal Paris Masters decision not about world number one – but it is about Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal is not frightened of Novak Djokovic - or anyone else - but he certainly respects him, and his Paris Masters decision shows it.

COMMENT: For all he has given tennis, Andy Murray does not get the credit his finest achievement deserves

It's a year to the day since Andy Murray achieved the impossible, and it's time he got the proper recognition for it.

ANALYSIS: Why Novak Djokovic is disadvantaged in tennis GOAT debate, and the stat that shows he’s not behind the curve

Since Rafael Nadal won the French Open in quite brilliant style last week, the world has been seemingly clamouring to declare the tennis GOAT...

STAT ATTACK! The top ten hardcourt returners in 2020, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic vying for top spot

Got a hunger for tennis stats? We've got you covered. Get 'em while their hot...

WAY BACK WHEN: Remembering the first ATP title ever won by an 18-year-old Rafael Nadal

If you are asked to think about iconic tennis venues, then Sopot, Poland probably doesn’t leap to mind. If that is the case, though,...

COMMENT: Novak Djokovic is a genius borne of adversity, so it’s never been more dangerous to write him off

Novak Djokovic was well-beaten in Paris by Rafael Nadal, but that only makes him more dangerous than ever.

COMMENT: Rafael Nadal achieved rare tennis perfection to avenge painful Melbourne mauling

Rafael Nada will almost certainly win another French Open, but this level of perfection will be tough to repeat.

ROLAND GARROS WINNERS AND LOSERS: Rafael Nadal absolutely perfect, but top ten duo in worrying slide

Who came out of the French Open with credit and who will be disappointed?

COMMENT: In the year when everything changed, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic have proven their indomitable brilliance

We will remember 2020 as the year almost everything changed, and we can thank Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic for that smidgen of blessed normality.

ANALYSIS: Why the facts struggle to support medical time out accusations against Novak Djokovic

Accusations have been made and opinions formed... but do the facts stack up?

COMMENT: It is to tennis’ shame that where Federer is credited with ‘miracles,’ Djokovic is accused of faking

Why Pablo Carreno Busta's accusations of Novak Djokovic put tennis to shame.

REMEMBER WHEN: ‘I won’t be the last guy to lose a final to Roger Federer, he’s simply too good…’

Once upon a time, Roger Federer just couldn’t beat Tim Henman to save his life. That’s a surreal thought.In truth, their careers were overlapping...

REMEMBER WHEN: The day John McEnroe caused an international incident with ‘cow dung’ accusation

John McEnroe is probably not the go-to guy for many people when it comes to diplomacy, but back in 1999 he proved he can...

FEATURE: ‘I was so scared for her’ – The time Rafael Nadal hit a ball girl and kissed it better

'It's has happened to many other players,' says Novak Djokovic, and he's right.

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COMMENT: Yes, Novak Djokovic is flawed, but his greatness should be allowed to define him

Novak Djokovic has been roundly criticised for showing his frustrations on court at the Olympics, but surely we must forgive our greats their flaws? --- As...

‘I could not play – my body decided’ – Rafael Nadal explains Wimbledon and Olympics absences

Rafael Nadal says a foot injury sustained at Roland Garros forced him out of Wimbledon and the Olympics earlier this summer.Nadal lost out at...

‘What Novak Djokovic has achieved this year is amazing,’ says Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic has achieved 'something amazing' this year whether he wins the calendar slam or not.Djokovic has already won the Australian...

‘One Olympics medal is not good by my standards,’ says Novak Djokovic

Novak Djokovic says 'only' winning one Olympics medal in four appearances at the Games is well below his expectations.Djokovic was the favourite for gold...