Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce is the Chief Tennis Writer and general sports reporter for The Age. She writes about a range of sports, including football, netball, and gymnastics. Linda has twice been named Australian tennis writer of the year.

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Nadal loses to del Potro in Shanghai Masters upset

Linda Pearce There will not be a 39th instalment, not yet, in the prolific series between reinstated world No.1 Rafael Nadal and the man he usurped.

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Dethroned Djokovic first into final of Masters

Oh yeah: A jubilant Novak Djokovic.

Linda Pearce Defending champion eliminates seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5.

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Del Potro 'beaten' before his semi against Nadal

No. 1: Rafael Nadal celebrates after beating Stanislas Wawrinka.

Linda Pearce Seventh-seeded Juan del Potro trails Rafael Nadal 8-3 in career meetings.

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Federer phenomenon rolls on

Always charming: Roger Federer signs autographs during a meet-the-fans event before the Shanghai Masters.

Linda Pearce He's in decline, but you wouldn't know it given the continued adoration of his fans.

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Novak Djokovic defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga to take semi-final in Shanghai

Serbia's Novak Djokovic reacts to his win over France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga during the singles semifinal match of the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament at the Qizhong Forest Sports City Tennis Center in Shanghai, China on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013. Djokovic won  6-2, 7-5.  (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Linda Pearce The world No.1 ranking is again Rafael Nadal's, but the first place in the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters belongs to Novak Djokovic.

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Novak Djokovic back on form at Shanghai Masters with defeat against Gael Monfils

Linda Pearce Defending champion Novak Djokovic lost his first set of the tournament but won his way safely through to the semi-finals of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4 defeat of Gael...

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There's hope still for Tomic to realise potential, says legend Laver

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce Rod Laver remains optimistic about the career prospects of Bernard Tomic.

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Monfils beats Federer in Shanghai

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer is not yet ready to concede, but the evidence of his decline is mounting.

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Tomic bites bullet on new coach to replace father

John Tomic

Linda Pearce Bernard Tomic acknowledges the time has come, finally, to appoint a new coach.

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Future hangs on wrist scans

Lleyton Hewitt plays a return to Andreas Seppi of Italy during their first-round match at the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's immediate future will be determined by scans on a wrist injury.

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Tomic, Hewitt find accord in a new open era

Bernard Tomic and Lleyton Hewitt

Linda Pearce The relationship between Lleyton Hewitt and Bernard Tomic, once fractured, is now healed.

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Freed-up Nadal eyes history

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Newly re-crowned world No.1 plans to play on until the 2016 Rio Olympics, at least.

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No Grand Slams? No worries, says Roger Federer

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce As Roger Federer acclaims his Spanish rival Rafael Nadal's recovery from the depths of knee injury despair to the No.

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Reclusive Pete Sampras to present rich 2014 Australian Open prize

Pete Sampras hits up on centre court at Rod Laver Arena.

Linda Pearce Dual champion Pete Sampras will make a rare grand slam appearance to present the Australian Open men's trophy in January, when a total prizemoney purse of $33 million will be shared among the world's...

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New TA chief Tiley targets player growth

Linda Pearce Building the playing base will be the focus of new Tennis Australia chief executive Craig Tiley.

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Kooyong Classic faces shake-up

Lleyton Hewiit with his children Mia, Cruz and Ava after winning the Kooyong Classic in January 2013.

Linda Pearce Kooyong's AAMI Classic is primed for a revamp under new owners IMG - but not in 2014.

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'I am now regretting why I really didn't punch him'

 John Tomic

Linda Pearce EXCLUSIVE Defiant John Tomic disputes accuracy of claims by son Bernard's former hitting partner.

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Rafter finds hope in faultless Tomic

Bernard Tomic

Linda Pearce On Wednesday, Australia will learn its 2014 Davis Cup fate via the world group draw in London. Over recent days, in Warsaw, third-year captain Pat Rafter learnt a little more about Bernard Tomic,...

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Hewitt grit a cup boost

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's next stop: Warsaw, via Munich, for Australia's Davis Cup qualifying tie against Poland.

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Williams, Djokovic smash their opponents

Serena Williams

Linda Pearce Four-time US Open champion Serena Williams embarrassed Carla Suarez Navarro 6-0, 6-0 on a windy Arthur Ashe Stadium to book a semi-final against fifth seed Li Na.