Tennis Today: Just Rafael Nadal taking a swim and some doubles magic
In Tennis Today, Rafael Nadal comes to the party with a cheesy thumbs-up, we have doubles action and Novak Djokovic’s brilliant 41-0 streak.
What’s on the site
Roger Federer has equalled his best-ever start to a season with 16 wins in a row, but he falls well short of Novak Djokovic’s winning streak back in 2011.
Former world No 1 Marcelo Rios was never afraid to make controversial statements when he was a player. He once told Monica Seles “get your fat a*** out of my way”. Read why many considered him to be one of the most-hated players on the ATP Tour.
Dominic Thiem will miss next week’s Miami Open due to injury.
Russian Daria Kasatkina claimed the scalp of yet another Grand Slam winner as she reached the Indian Wells semi-final.
Meanwhile, Federer was again in cruise control against Hyeon Chung.
What’s in the news
The Lawn Tennis Association could give Dan Evans wildcard entries after he returns from his doping ban as “everybody deserves a second chance”, but the LTA’s head of performance Simon Timson warned in Telegraph Sport that Evans needs to commit to the programme.
The Guardian also runs with the story, but they went with the headline “Dan Evans must prove himself after drugs ban to get any wild cards, says LTA”.
Why is Juan Martin del Potro so popular?
What’s on social media
On Thursday we bemoaned the fact that the likes of Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are giving us scraps to live off in terms of news, so Nadal came to the party.
Just Federer and Chung arriving for their quarter-final clash at Indian Wells.
Some doubles magic from the BNP Paribas Open.
We are not sure if this can be classified as dancing.
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 16, 2018
Will Ferrell was back at the tennis.
As the countdown to the Miami Open continues, here’s a Tennis TV video to get you in the mood.
Six days until more laughs at @MiamiOpen ??
Get yourself in the mood with the funniest moments from last year… pic.twitter.com/JQANrlwYIi
— Tennis TV (@TennisTV) March 15, 2018
What’s on TV
ATP Indian Wells
The quarter-finals continue with Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic favourites to advance.
LIVE – Sky Sports Arena / Sky Sports Arena – Red Button
WTA Indian Wells
Venus Williams faces Daria Kasatkina in the first semi-final before Simona Halep tackles Naomi Osaka.
0:30-02:30 / 04:00-08:00
LIVE – BT Sport 1
Five of the best women’s matches at Australian Open featuring Naomi Osaka vs Garbine Muguruza, and more
Five of the best women’s singles matches at the 2021 Aus Open.
Ashleigh Barty laments giving away control to Danielle Collins as she suffers defeat in Adelaide
Early exit for defending champion Ashleigh Barty.
Toni Nadal believes the pressure got to Daniil Medvedev in the Australian Open final
Daniil Medvedev felt the heat.
Serena Williams still believes she can win another Grand Slam and has no plans to retire just yet, says her coach
Serena Williams not ready to quit.
Novak Djokovic’s father hits out at Western media over their negative portrayal of his son
Srdjan Djokovic slams Western media.
Andy Murray’s Montpellier run shortlived as he suffers first-round in Open Sud de France
Andy Murray went down in straight sets.
Boris Becker ‘impressed’ by Nick Kyrgios, insists Australian has talent to ‘win Wimbledon at least once’
Boris Becker doffs his hat to Nick Kyrgios.
Fit-again Johanna Konta falls at the first hurdle in Adelaide as she loses against Shelby Rogers
The British No 1 has recovered from an abdominal injury.
Ashleigh Barty insists there is ‘no extra pressure’ over world No 1 ranking battle with Naomi Osaka
“Extra pressure is non-existent for me,” says Barty.
Jamie Murray explains why Novak Djokovic’s NBA-style bubble idea would be difficult to pull off in tennis
“That’s obviously very difficult,” says Jamie Murray.