articles by Deepti Patwardhan

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Maharashtra Open 2020: Emotions and nostalgia in the air as Leander Paes gets ousted from last ATP Tour event in India

Emotions and nostalgia in the air as Leander Paes gets ousted in quarter-finals of Tata Open Maharashtra, his last ATP Tour event in India.

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Maharashtra Open 2020: Indian tournaments should pursue high-ranked players 'aggressively,' says ATP Executive Vice-President Alison Lee

Alison Lee, Executive Vice-President of the ATP International Group that looks after the business affairs in Australia, Asia, Middle East, Russia and Africa, believes it is also because the organisers were not aggressive enough in signing up higher-ranked players

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In post Leander Paes-Mahesh Bhupathi era, India bereft of doubles exponents in Grand Slams

The last time an Indian was on a Grand Slam roll of honour was Rohan Bopanna, who won his one, and so far only, major at the mixed doubles event at the 2017 French Open

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Australian Open 2020: With hard-fought victory over Dominic Thiem, Novak Djokovic shows what he does best

It wasn't his prettiest, or most perfect, performance. But Novak Djokovic still managed to carve out a win which showed that he has become increasingly difficult to beat in the battle of wills.

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Australian Open 2020: With little time to rest, Dominic Thiem takes on 'King of Australia' Novak Djokovic in hardest test

Thiem v Djokovic promises to be more than a battle of generations. The Austrian has become increasingly difficult for Djokovic to shake off in recent times. Though the defending champion leads their head-to-head series 6-4, he has lost the last two matches that turned out to be absolute epics.

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Australian Open 2020: Novak Djokovic not slowing down for applause as he chases history

At 2020 Australian Open, firm favourite Novak Djokovic is not slowing down for applause as he chases history

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Australian Open 2020: Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev carve out breakthroughs for younger generation in Melbourne

Out with the old, in with the new: Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev carve out breakthroughs for younger generation at Australian Open

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Australian Open 2020: 'Miracle man' Roger Federer extends stay in Melbourne, just about

Somehow, through nerve or luck or both, Roger Federer saved seven match points against American Tennys Sandgren to script an unlikely 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-3 victory

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Australian Open: Stan Wawrinka’s big game and big-match experience help him edge out in-form Daniil Medvedev

As far as the rankings go, Medvedev was Wawrinka's biggest scalp since coming back from a knee surgery in 2017. The Swiss reckoned it was his best too.

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Australian Open 2020: Milos Raonic with a statement win over Marin Cilic to continue comeback

On Sunday morning, Raonic continued with his devastating serving form during a 6-4, 6-3, 7-5 victory over former finalist Cilic. Next up: Novak Djokovic.

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Australian Open 2020: Against Karen Khachanov, Nick Kyrgios displays mental fortitude to match his immense talent

Against Karen Khachanov, Nick Kyrgios displays mental fortitude to match his immense talent to enter Australian Open Round of 16.

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Australian Open 2020: Wozniacki bids farewell with a smile, knowing she had played her heart out

One of the most liked players on the tour, Wozniacki was also one of the most consistent. Her work-rate was one of the reasons she climbed to the top of the rankings at the age of 20, and stayed there for 71 weeks.

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Australian Open 2020: Rather than losing mind, Nick Kyrgios keeps head down to get the better of Gilles Simon

Nick Kyrgios won the opening round against Lorenzo Sonego and survived an emotional lapse late in the third set to beat Simon 6-2, 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 in two hours and 49 minutes at the Australian Open.

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Australian Open 2020: Unheralded Tommy Paul rises to the occasion as Grigor Dimitrov's inconsistency returns to haunt him

Though he has made the semi-finals of a Grand Slam thrice, and been in the top 5, Dimitrov is not one of the most consistent performers

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Australian Open 2020: Far from flawless, Daniil Medvedev lives to fight another day with win over Frances Tiafoe

Medvedev started and finished the match impressively to carve out a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 win in two hours and 36 minutes. But, in between, there were plenty of moments of anxiety, some self-inflicted, some by the pressure Tiafoe created.

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Australian Open 2020: Denis Shapovalov, Borna Coric continue to show lack of consistency on grand stage

Two of the more promising young talents, Coric and Shapovalov had distinctly different runs coming into the Australian Open.

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Age-defying Leander Paes prepares for the final lap of his illustrious career, and India will be cheering

On 25 December, less than a month after his record-extending 44th doubles win in Davis Cup, Paes though announced that he will retire at the end of 2020.

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US Open 2019: Daniil v Goliath — First-time finalist Medvedev takes on Rafael Nadal in battle of generations

Rafael Nadal will invariably try to turn the final into a physical battle. Daniil Medvedev may have to take a trick or two out of Marat Safin’s playbook to slay this giant.

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US Open 2019: Emulating past legends, Bianca Andreescu shuts out noise to beat Serena Williams for first Grand Slam title

Bianca Andreescu blocked the noise out at Arthur Ashe Stadium and subdued a fired-up Serena Williams for a stunning victory in the final of the US Open.

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US Open 2019, men's semi-final preview: Berrettini looks to pull off Italian job against Nadal; resurgent Dimitrov faces in-form Medvedev

Of the last four standing, Nadal is a million miles ahead of the rest in terms of experience at achievement. He has 18 Grand Slam titles to his name, has played in 26 major finals and will be playing his 33rd major semi-final on Friday evening.