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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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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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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No ordinary Jo

Linda Pearce Jo-Wilfried Tsonga has no plans to do Roger Federer any more favours.

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How Stanislas Wawrinka failed at becoming a failure

Linda Pearce

Linda Pearce Stanislas Wawrinka had faltered 14 times in a row against Novak Djokovic. Not this time.

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Wawrinka joins famous faces on Melbourne Park's Champions' Walk

Wawrinka

Linda Pearce Swiss admits that few in his homeland thought he could reach these heights.

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Stanislas Wawrinka beats Rafael Nadal in Australian Open final

Stanislas Wawrinka

Linda Pearce What Rafael Nadal has called his unluckiest grand slam has defeated him once more.

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Roger Federer looks for new angles with new specialist coach Stefan Edberg

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Champion asked if new coach means he needs to play more aggressively.

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Fed up with nicknames, Grigor Dimitrov plays it straight

Grigor Dimitrov

Linda Pearce The colour in Dimitrov's game is being toned down, even as his status as Maria Sharapova's handbag ensures a long lens trained on more than his backhand.

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Court speed at Australian Open tennis unchanged, says tournament director Craig Tiley

Linda Pearce Director denies that quicker version of Plexicushion has been ordered for grand slam.

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Tomas Berdych taking the tweet approach

Tomas Berdych.

Linda Pearce The new Twitter cult figure that is Tomas Berdych comes as a quirky, amusing contrast to the slightly dour, aloof Czech who has occupied the mid-to-lower rungs of the world's top 10 for more than...

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Australian Open: Great expectations

Switzerland's Roger Federer

Linda Pearce You might call it a dream tennis day, and it was, so we will. First, sitting with Roger Federer on Rod Laver Arena for a strictly-few-minutes chat that stretched nicely beyond.

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Raf and ready

Linda Pearce A fighting fit Rafael Nadal is set to rip at Rod Laver Arena, writes Linda Pearce.

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Top local hopes in Australian Open drawn to meet big guns of tennis

Rafael Nadal after defeating  Bernard  Tomic.

Linda Pearce The local hopes at the Australian Open will at least get to test themselves against some of the world's best on the grand slam stage.

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Boris Becker says he can help Djokovic win

Tennis legend and Novak Djokovic's coach Boris Becker.

Linda Pearce Djokovic's newly appointed coach, Boris Becker, believes his pupil can win more titles than he did.

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Rafael Nadal returns to claim elusive prize

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal is back for the only major he has not won at least twice, having suffered a double dose of injury during eight Australian Open visits.

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No time to rest on his laurels

Novak Djokovic is always striving to be better.

Linda Pearce Novak Djokovic is pushing his limits chasing a fifth Australian Open title.

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The teen who beat Djokovic

Double act: Good mates, doubles partners and rising Australian tennis hopes Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis spend most of their spare time talking basketball.

Linda Pearce Nick Kyrgios also stunned former top-tenner Radek Stepanek on debut.

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Rare view from top of world

When he was king: Lleyton Hewitt says of his time as world No.1: ''You look back now and you realise how big an achievement it was.''

Linda Pearce Three Australians are among the 25 men who have been No.1 in the world.

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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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Superb Nadal in ominous form on return

Rafael Nadal

Linda Pearce Rafael Nadal has won all 16 of his hardcourt matches this season, and is 54-3 since his return from the knee problems that prompted the latest round of muttering about his future in tennis,...