Expect Rafa Nadal to step it up in Paris, says Joh​n McEnroe
Expect Rafa Nadal to step it up in Paris, says Joh​n McEnroe

Seven-times grand slam John McEnroe knows how it feels when a tennis career starts going in the wrong direction.

Rafael Nadal no longer 'immovable' object in Paris, says Jim Courier
Rafael Nadal no longer 'immovable' object in Paris, says Jim Courier

Nine-times French Open champion Rafa Nadal will no longer be regarded as an "immovable obstacle" at Roland Garros this year, according to twice former winner Jim Courier.

Novak Djokovic battles through to Rome quarter-finals
Novak Djokovic battles through to Rome quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic had to fight back from a set down to beat Thomaz Bellucci and reach the Italian Open quarter-finals on Thursday while Rafa Nadal produced an "almost perfect" display to despatch John Isner.

Rankings slide leaves Rafael Nadal facing toughest challenge
Rankings slide leaves Rafael Nadal facing toughest challenge

 Rafa Nadal`s slide down the ATP rankings means if he wins a record-extending 10th French Open title early next month it would go down as one of the greatest achievements of his illustrious career.

Rafael Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide
Rafael Nadal coming to terms with rankings slide

This is normally the time of year when Rafael Nadal comes into his own, honing his formidable claycourt skills in preparation for Roland Garros and leaving a trail of brutalised opponents to pick themselves up off the red clay.

Stanislas Wawrinka thrashed by Grigor Dimitrov at Monte Carlo
Stanislas Wawrinka thrashed by Grigor Dimitrov at Monte Carlo

Defending champion Stanislas Wawrinka suffered an ugly third round beating at the hands of Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov at the Monte Carlo Masters on Thursday.

Stakes high for Rafael Nadal as he heads for Monaco
Stakes high for Rafael Nadal as he heads for Monaco

Rafa Nadal posted a photo of himself hosing down the court after practising at home in Mallorca this week before heading to Monte Carlo for the first of three Masters 1000 claycourt events en route to the French Open.

Roger Federer eases into semis at Indian Wells
Roger Federer eases into semis at Indian Wells

Roger Federer delivered a master class as he swept into the semi-finals of the BNP Paribas Open with a ruthless 6-4 6-0 demolition of Czech Tomas Berdych on Friday.

Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, join Andy Murray in Indian Wells quarters
Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, join Andy Murray in Indian Wells quarters

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal advanced to the quarter-finals of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday, joining Britain`s Andy Murray in the last eight, though Japan`s Kei Nishikori crashed out.

Japan`s Kei Nishikori soars to world number four
Japan`s Kei Nishikori soars to world number four

Record-breaking Japan superstar Kei Nishikori rose to fourth in Monday`s new world rankings, equalling Kimiko Date-Krumm as his country`s highest-ranked tennis player.

Novak Djokovic shows why he is king of the Australian Open
Novak Djokovic shows why he is king of the Australian Open

 Novak Djokovic may never win as many Wimbledon or U.S. Open titles as Roger Federer or as many French Open championships as Rafa Nadal but when it comes to the Australian Open the Serbian reigns supreme.

Oz Open: Nick Kyrgios bows out with good memories and another broken racquet
Oz Open: Nick Kyrgios bows out with good memories and another broken racquet

 Teenager Nick Kyrgios bowed out of the Australian Open on Tuesday having shown further proof of his prodigious talent but he leaves Melbourne Park with three smashed racquets, code violations and concerns about his on-court histrionics.

Oz Open: Rafael Nadal disappointed but bows out content with comeback
Oz Open: Rafael Nadal disappointed but bows out content with comeback

 A fourth-round thrashing of big-serving South African Kevin Anderson had given Rafa Nadal hope he might be back to his best, but the Spaniard`s limited preparations came back to haunt him against Tomas Berdych at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Bernard Tomic tees off at ''ridiculous'' Australian Open scheduling
Bernard Tomic tees off at ''ridiculous'' Australian Open scheduling

 Bernard Tomic bowed out of the Australian Open fourth round on Sunday with a stinging rebuke of the scheduling following his straight sets defeat by Tomas Berdych.

Djoker hits the books, video to study opponents
Djoker hits the books, video to study opponents

Top seed Novak Djokovic has justifiably been nicknamed `The Djoker` on the men`s tennis tour with his comical impersonations of fellow players but on Saturday he revealed he is also a bit of a swot.

Australian Open: Federer toppled but pain-free Nadal powers on
Australian Open: Federer toppled but pain-free Nadal powers on

Rafa Nadal restored a semblance of order to the Australian Open on Friday after Italian Andreas Seppi sent shockwaves through the tournament by toppling Roger Federer in one of the greatest Melbourne Park upsets in recent memory.

Australian Open: Djokovic lauds American Smyczek's sportsmanship
Australian Open: Djokovic lauds American Smyczek's sportsmanship

Novak Djokovic praised American Tim Smyczek`s act of sportsmanship in his second round marathon against Rafa Nadal as "greater than sport itself" at the Australian Open on Thursday.

Murray points to double-standards after Nadal cramps
Murray points to double-standards after Nadal cramps

Following Rafa Nadal`s problems with cramps in the second round of the Australian Open on Wednesday, Andy Murray has taken a swipe at critics who gave him a hard time after his own struggles at the U.S. Open.

New crop threatens ''Big Four'' hegemony, says Novak Djokovic
New crop threatens ''Big Four'' hegemony, says Novak Djokovic

With a crop of talented young players such as Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic knocking on the door of the exclusive men`s grand slam club, the "Big Four" hegemony over the game`s top tournaments may be coming to a close, said Novak Djokovic.

Spanish federation made mess of Gala Leon appointment, says Andy Murray
Spanish federation made mess of Gala Leon appointment, says Andy Murray

 British number one Andy Murray believes Gala Leon`s appointment as Spain`s Davis Cup captain was handled "horribly".