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
Novak Djokovic concedes he ‘deserved’ warning from umpire as anger issues continue
Serb continues to court controversy.
‘It will be strange without Rafael Nadal in the final,’ admits Novak Djokovic
Djokovic says he won’t underestimate Argentine.
Five players out of Roland Garros qualifying following positive coronavirus tests, officials confirm
Two players return positive tests.
Novak Djokovic survives Casper Ruud scare to advance into Italian Open final in Rome
Djokovic chasing title number 81.
Simona Halep holds off Garbine Muguruza to reach third Italian Open final
Halep is looking for a first title in Rome.
Rafael Nadal hopeful he can address the issues in his game before French Open
Nadal lost 6-2, 7-5 to Schwartzman in Rome.
Rafael Nadal beaten by Diego Schwartzman in Rome quarter-final
Nadal beaten in straight sets by Schwartzman.
The 2020 French Open: When is it, the high-profile absentees, TV channels, betting, prize money
A lowdown on the 2020 French Open.
A list of Rafael Nadal’s defeats on clay. Can you name the players who have beaten him on the red dirt?
Only 24 players have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay.