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
Winning ATP Finals undefeated a ‘great boost of confidence’ for Grand Slams, says Daniil Medvedev
Confidence high for Daniil Medvedev.
Andy Murray on the best-of-five-set matches debate: ‘People often mistake long matches for epics’
What are Murray’s views on best-of-five-set matches?
‘I want to climb up the Rankings,’ says Dominic Thiem as he eyes new highs after ‘outstanding year’
Dominic Thiem eyeing top two spots in the ATP Rankings.
Daniil Medvedev triumphs in ATP Finals as Australian Open uncertainty continues
Medvedev won the biggest title of his career.
Daniil Medvedev hopes ATP Finals a sign of things to come with young guns forming ‘great rivalries’
Russian completed an unbeaten week at The O2.
Daniil Medvedev is last man standing in London as he beats Dominic Thiem to win 2020 ATP Finals
Medvedev came from a set down to defeat Thiem.
End of Big Three era? A look at state of men’s game after Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s ATP Finals exit
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have dominated men’s game.
Dominic Thiem on expanding Andy Murray’s one-man club against the Big Three: ‘It’s super special’
A milestone win for Dominic Thiem.
Australian Open dates to be set ‘as soon as possible’ amid Covid uncertainty
Tennis Australia’s Craig Tiley ‘confident we will have decisions soon’.
Daniil Medvedev on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal getting beaten at ATP Finals: ‘It’s super for tennis’
Big Two beaten twice at London’s O2 Arena.