Tennis is a sport played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players each (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a ball, a hollow rubber sphere covered in felt, over a net into the opponent's court. In some places tennis is still called lawn tennis to distinguish it from real tennis (also known as royal tennis, court tennis or jeu de paume), an older form of the game that is played indoors on a very different kind of a court. Originating in England in the late 19th century AD, the game spread first throughout the English-speaking world, particularly among the upper classes. Tennis is now played in the Summer Olympic Games and at all levels of society, by individuals of all ages many countries around the world. Its rules have remained remarkably unchanged since the early 1900s. Along with its millions of players, tennis claims millions of people who follow the sport as spectators, being particularly interested in the four Grand Slam tournaments.
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and Rafael Nadal
are professional tennis
players engaged in a storied rivalry, which many consider the greatest in the game's history.
Their first match was in 2004.
Federer and Nadal are the only pair of men to have finished six consecutive calendar years as the top two ranked players on the ATP Tour, from 2005-2010. Federer was ranked No. 1 for a record 237 consecutive weeks beginning in February 2004. Nadal, who is four years and ten months younger, ascended to No. 2 in July 2005 and held this spot for a record 160 consecutive weeks before surpassing Federer in August 2008. Federer regained the No. 1 ranking in June 2009, due in part to Nadal's injury hiatus, which also caused Nadal to briefly fall to No. 3. Nadal returned to No. 2 in September but dropped two spots in February 2010, and regained the World No. 2 after winning the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open in May 2010 (against Federer in the final). After winning the 2010 French Open, Nadal regained the No. 1 position again.
Nadal leads their overall head-to-head series 14–8. Because tournament seedings are based on rankings, 17 of their matches have been in tournament finals, including an all-time record 7 Grand Slam finals. From 2006 to 2008 they played in every French Open and Wimbledon final, and then they met in the 2009 Australian Open final. Nadal won five of the seven, losing the first two Wimbledons. Three of these matches lasted five sets (2007 and 2008 Wimbledon, 2009 Australian Open), and the 2008 Wimbledon final—which Nadal won—has been lauded as the greatest match ever by many long-time tennis analysts. They have also played in a record 9 Masters Series finals, including their lone five hour match at the 2006 Rome Masters which Nadal won in a fifth-set tiebreak.
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(born 21 January 1994) is an English tennis
player. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation
(ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls' Championship
at the age of 14. As a junior, she also twice reached the final of the Australian Open
, in 2009
. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008. As of 8 November 2010, Robson has a rank on the WTA
singles tour of 206 and doubles tour of 127.
Robson began 2010 playing with Andy Murray in the Hopman Cup, as part of Great Britain's first team in the tournament since 1992. She lost her opening match 6–4 3–6 0–6 to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. Later in the day she won the mixed doubles match against Kazakhstan, partnering Murray to secure a 6–3 5–7 12–10 win. Robson was defeated by Germany's Sabine Lisicki 6–7, 3–6 but won the mixed doubles against Germany. Robson and Murray defeated Russia to advance to the finals. Her first win of the tournament came in the finals against world no. 26 María José Martínez Sánchez of Spain. Robson and Murray made it to the final of the tournament, but lost to Spain's Martinez Sánchez and Tommy Robredo in a very close match, 7–6 7–5. Robson was granted a wild card in the qualifying draw for the women's singles of the Australian Open. In her first match, she defeated Sophie Ferguson of Australia 6–4, 2–6, 6–4. In her second match she lost to Michaëlla Krajicek of the Netherlands 6–4, 7–6(7). Robson, however, received a Wildcard into the main draw of the doubles, partnering Sally Peers. They defeated Craybas and Spears 6–3 7–5, to set up a second round clash with the twelfth seeds Chia-Jung Chuang and Květa Peschke, who they beat in straight sets, 6–3 6–4. Peers and Robson won their third round clash with Vera Dushevina of Russia and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia in 6–3, 6–3, to advance to the quarter-finals, before falling to the number 15 seeds, Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwańska.
||It's a nice thing to remember. If I had played bad, I would had to live with it for the rest of my life thinking "how can I be such a donkey, there's the opportunity and I'm not live up to it!"
—Balázs Taróczy, in 2005 recalling his 1985 Wimbledon Championships doubles title.
- Nov. 12 – World no. 1 Novak Djokovic edged world no. 2 Roger Federer in the final of the ATP World Tour Finals in London in two close sets, 7-6(8-6), 7-5.