MELBOURNE - David Ferrer has won 19 titles and reached the semi-finals in three of the last five grand slams, yet for all his success, the Spaniard seems further away than ever from claiming one of the sport's major prizes.
MELBOURNE - It is a long-standing cliché in men's tennis that French players have an abundance of flair but would rather look good than get results.
MELBOURNE - For American tennis, it seems that when one door closes, another opens.
- A record of 70 points for the longest tie-break in professional tennis has been set at a Futures event in Florida when Monaco's world number 636 Benjamin Balleret beat unranked compatriot Guillaume Couillard 36-34.
MIAMI - Former world number one Andy Roddick believes the days when players captured grand slam titles in their teens are over and that Britain's Andy Murray has shown that years of hard graft need to be put in to achieve success in the modern era.
SYDNEY - Bernard Tomic's season got just a little bit worse on Thursday when Marinko Matosevic's victory at the Basel International ensured he would take over from his better-known compatriot as Australian number one.
MIAMI - U.S. Open champion and Olympic gold medalist Andy Murray and recently retired American Andy Roddick will play on a white court in an end-of-year exhibition event in Miami next month.
GIJON, Spain - Holders Spain are within a point of reaching a fourth Davis Cup final in five years after David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro secured contrasting singles victories over Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner on Friday.
- With Andy Roddick retired, Mardy Fish unavailable and Spain apparently unbeatable at home on clay, the United States look distant second favorites when the two nations clash in the Davis Cup semi-final in Gijon starting on Friday.