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.

Novak Djokovic wins ATP World Tour Finals after Roger Federer withdraws with injury

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic has completed the predicted hat-trick of ATP World Tour Finals, but this time without hitting a ball in the deciding match.


Novak Djokovic keen to crash the party

Novak Djokovic

Linda Pearce Just as John McEnroe once pursued Bjorn Borg and Jimmy Connors, so Novak Djokovic is still striving to join the conversation dominated by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Novak Djokovic beats Kei Nishikori after dropping set for first time at ATP World Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic celebrates beating Kei Nishikori.

Linda Pearce Finally, a contest. Finally, however briefly, a challenger to the dominance of Novak Djokovic.

Roger Federer beats Stan Wawrinka in thriller to set up dream final against Novak Djokovic


Linda Pearce Roger Federer saved four match points before winning a gripping semi-final in a deciding set tiebreak against fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka on Saturday to set up a dream ATP World Tour Final climax...


School's in for Nick Kyrgios, teenage dux of Australian tennis

Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios is the top-ranked and highest-profile among the 10 students at the ATP University.

Djokovic on top of the world - on and off court

World No.1, again: Novak Djokovic celebrates his win.

Linda Pearce So exceptional are his great rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, says Novak Djokovic, that he is always forced to win a major title or two if he also wants the top ranking.

With a triumphant roar, Novak Djokovic secures the world No.1 spot at season's end

World No.1, again: Novak Djokovic celebrates his win.

Linda Pearce With a third, relentless, round-robin clinic at the ATP World Tour Finals, Djokovic becomes just the seventh player in more than four decades of ATP rankings history to finish at least three seasons...


Roger Federer humbles Andy Murray at ATP World Tour Finals

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer's renaissance year has produced five titles, but not entirely the desired result. Still, two big titles remain unclaimed, and by Sunday week the 33-year-old could yet be celebrating...


Japanese tennis star Kei Nishikori is forging his own path to the top

Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Linda Pearce For a player who admits he used to show excessive Japanese-style respect to his elders, Kei Nishikori is not necessarily the beacon of hope for the emerging tennis men of Asia that might be assumed.

Roger Federer belts Andy Murray, moves into ATP semis

Andy Murray holds his face in a towel during a break.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer sent Andy Murray crashing out of the ATP Tour Finals in humiliating fashion with 6-0 6-1 victory on Thursday that ensured Japan's Kei Nishikori would qualify for the semi-finals.

Kei Nishikori downs David Ferrer, makes life tough for Andy Murray

Kei Nishikori hits a return during his victory over David Ferrer.

Linda Pearce Kei Nishikori's three-set defeat of alternate David Ferrer refined the equation to this: for Andy Murray to join Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the ATP World Tour Finals, the Scot needs to beat...


Novak Djokovic still cruising to top ranking

Novak Djokovic: Expects closer, longer battles are to come.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic is one win from securing the year-end No.1 ranking for the third time in four seasons.

Marin Cilic loses in straight sets to Tomas Berdych at ATP World Tour Finals

Marin Cilic.

Linda Pearce As Rafael Nadal arrived for a post-surgery promotional appearance at the ATP World Tour Finals, the man who took his place in the eight-man field was effectively departing.

Roger Federer zeros in on win number 1000

Still so much at stake: Roger Federer in London.

Linda Pearce As Roger Federer approaches his 1000th career match win, No.994 would guarantee the 17-time major winner the top qualifying place in his round-robin group at the ATP World Tour Finals.

Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori at ATP World Tour Finals

Roger Federer is the only undefeated player in Group B.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer clobbers US Open finalist Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-2 in 69 minutes at London's O2 Arena.

Novak Djokovic thrashes Marin Cilic at ATP World Tour Finals

Novak Djokovic is favoured to finish the year at No.1 for the third time in four years.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic may have workshopped the mysterious business of parenting with experienced dad-of-four Roger Federer, but the world No.

Stan Wawrinka shakes off form slump to thrash Tomas Berdych at ATP World Tour Finals

Linda Pearce, London Form slump? What form slump? Despite having won a single match in his previous four tournaments, the Australian Open champion dominated the Czech world No.7 at the ATP World Tour Finals, 6-1, 6-1.

Rising Japanese star Kei Nishikori puts Andy Murray back on his heels

In charge: Kei Nishikori was able to dictate terms against  Andy Murray, whom he had not beaten in three previous attempts.

Linda Pearce Andy Murray admits he faces a challenge to advance past the round-robin stage of the ATP World Tour Finals after a poor opening against Kei Nishikori, the rising Japanese star who has had a more...

Resurgent Roger Federer threatens to pinch Novak Djokovic's glory

Comeback king: Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce When Roger Federer departed this year's Australian Open as the soon-to-be world No. 8, it seemed, not for the first time, that one of the great sporting careers was in a terminal decline.

Pat Rafter takes on role of Tennis Australia's director of team performance

Keen and engaged: Pat Rafter in a meditative mood.

Linda Pearce Is Pat Rafter excited to be Tennis Australia's new director of performance? That would not be his word. Optimistic? Yes. Keen and engaged? Absolutely.