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China Open 2019: Dominic Thiem finally sheds his 'clay-courter' image with latest hard-court triumph in Beijing
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China Open 2019: Dominic Thiem finally sheds his 'clay-courter' image with latest hard-court triumph in Beijing

2019, all aside, has been quite the year for Thiem on the surface; he won his first Masters title this year - and on hard courts.

US Open 2019: Grigor Dimitrov comes good on promise, uses deft touch of backhand to down Roger Federer in five sets
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US Open 2019: Grigor Dimitrov comes good on promise, uses deft touch of backhand to down Roger Federer in five sets

Dimitrov won his first match against Federer in eight meetings and has advanced to his second Grand Slam semifinal, having previously reached the last four at Wimbledon 2016

US Open 2019: Despite five-set win, Alexander Zverev must avoid long-drawn battles to keep Grand Slam hopes alive
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US Open 2019: Despite five-set win, Alexander Zverev must avoid long-drawn battles to keep Grand Slam hopes alive

Alexander Zverev has been able to scramble out of the hole he keeps digging for himself. But he's expending too much physical and emotional energy in doing that.

Alexander Zverev splits with coach Ivan Lendl as latter's troubled one-year stint comes to a forgettable end
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Alexander Zverev splits with coach Ivan Lendl as latter's troubled one-year stint comes to a forgettable end

Ivan Lendl has ended his year-long spell as coach to Alexander Zverev, just days after the German world number five complained the former eight-time major winner spent more time talking about golf and his dog than tennis.

Turin's Pala Alpitour stadium pips London's O2 Arena to win ATP World Tour Finals hosting rights for 2021-2025 cycle
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Turin's Pala Alpitour stadium pips London's O2 Arena to win ATP World Tour Finals hosting rights for 2021-2025 cycle

The ATP Finals, the annual event bringing together the top eight men's players in the world, will take place in Turin, Italy, from 2021 to 2025.

Australian Open 2019: For high-flying Alexander Zverev, Grand Slams represent the final frontier
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Australian Open 2019: For high-flying Alexander Zverev, Grand Slams represent the final frontier

For high-flying Alexander Zverev and other young-guns of the game, Grand Slams represent the final frontier

Kevin Anderson interview: World No 6 on not subscribing to labels, regaining belief in his game after injury-enforced hiatus and more
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Kevin Anderson interview: World No 6 on not subscribing to labels, regaining belief in his game after injury-enforced hiatus and more

2019 will be the test of Kevin Anderson's steady progress with Federer, Nadal and Djokovic eager continue their renaissance and a host of NextGen players keen to prove themselves.

ATP Finals 2018: Novak Djokovic would look to cap comeback year with win at prestigious season-ender in London
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ATP Finals 2018: Novak Djokovic would look to cap comeback year with win at prestigious season-ender in London

It has been a long, topsy-turvy, eventful season for men’s tennis — none more so than for Djokovic. The Serb, who dipped to World No 22 in May, will be hoping to cap his comeback by winning the prestigious season-ender.

Firstpost Explains: Rules and format of ATP World Tour and Next Gen Finals ahead of season-ending tournaments
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Firstpost Explains: Rules and format of ATP World Tour and Next Gen Finals ahead of season-ending tournaments

Ahead of the 2018 ATP World Tour Finals and 2018 Next Gen Finals, Firstpost explains the rules and the format of the tournaments.

Paris Masters: Roger Federer beats Fabio Fognini in pre-quarters to go within three wins of 100th career title
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Paris Masters: Roger Federer beats Fabio Fognini in pre-quarters to go within three wins of 100th career title

Federer, 37, who captured his 99th trophy on home ground in Basel last week, will face Japan's Kei Nishikori on Friday for a place in the semi-finals in the French capital.

Australian Open 2018: 'Positive' Rafael Nadal happy to mark return from injury with victory
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Australian Open 2018: 'Positive' Rafael Nadal happy to mark return from injury with victory

Nadal's bid for a second Australian Open title and 17th grand slam win will continue with a step up in class against 52nd-ranked Argentine Leonardo Mayer.

Rafael Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International, but says he will compete at Australian Open
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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Brisbane International, but says he will compete at Australian Open

Reports casting doubt over Nadal's recovery from an injury to his right knee surfaced last week when he pulled out of an exhibition in Abu Dhabi this week.

ATP Finals: Grigor Dimitrov rallies to defeat Jack Sock and set up title clash with David Goffin
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ATP Finals: Grigor Dimitrov rallies to defeat Jack Sock and set up title clash with David Goffin

Grigor Dimitrov produced dazzling tennis to win 4-6, 6-0, 6-3 and set up a Sunday showdown with fellow debutant David Goffin.

Subdued Dominic Thiem could learn from Jack Sock's fun approach after disappointing end to 2017 season
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Subdued Dominic Thiem could learn from Jack Sock's fun approach after disappointing end to 2017 season

Dominic Thiem might want to take a leaf out of Jack Sock’s book when he sits down to ponder a disappointing end to his year.

ATP Finals: Roger Federer eyes seventh straight win over David Goffin in semis; Grigor Dimitov faces Jack Sock
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ATP Finals: Roger Federer eyes seventh straight win over David Goffin in semis; Grigor Dimitov faces Jack Sock

Roger Federer will walk out on court for his 14th semi at the ATP Finals against David Goffin on Saturday as the hot favourite.

ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem beats Rafael Nadal's replacement Pablo Carreno Busta to stay in semis race
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ATP Finals: Dominic Thiem beats Rafael Nadal's replacement Pablo Carreno Busta to stay in semis race

Dominic Thiem defeated Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 and now needs to defeat David Goffin to reach the last-four of the ATP Finals.

ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal withdraws from event due to injury after losing to David Goffin
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ATP Finals: Rafael Nadal withdraws from event due to injury after losing to David Goffin

Rafael Nadal pulled out of the ATP Finals admitting he had lost his fitness battle after crashing to defeat to David Goffin in a thrilling encounter.

ATP Finals: Roger Federer dismisses Rafael Nadal's demands for clay, says indoor hard-court fair for all
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ATP Finals: Roger Federer dismisses Rafael Nadal's demands for clay, says indoor hard-court fair for all

Asked about Nadal's desire for a clay finale to the season, Federer insisted the current surface was a good choice given the preponderance of other events on clay.

Double fault? Roger Federer left red-faced as Jack Sock bares 'big' bottom at ATP Finals
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Double fault? Roger Federer left red-faced as Jack Sock bares 'big' bottom at ATP Finals

Roger Federer joked that he should have taken aim at Jack Sock after he escaped unscathed despite bizarrely turning his backside towards Federer in their clash.

ATP Finals: Roger Federer cruises past Jack Sock to stay on course to winning seventh title
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ATP Finals: Roger Federer cruises past Jack Sock to stay on course to winning seventh title

Roger Federer made a strong start to his bid to cap his golden year with a seventh ATP Tour Finals title as the Swiss star defeated Jack Sock.