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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Roger Federer to try for a record eighth Wimbledon title in Sunday's final against Novak Djokovic

Linda Pearce So much for the brave new world of men's tennis. Sunday's Wimbledon final will be Roger Federer versus Novak Djokovic, instalment No.35.

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Novak Djokovic's finest win in his greatest final, against Roger Federer at Wimbledon in five sets

Djokovic kisses the trophy.

Linda Pearce Never has Novak Djokovic played in a higher-quality grand slam decider, he believes, and never has he been more proud of a victory, given the number of opponents he felt the need to beat.

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Beaten in the Wimbledon final by Novak Djokovic, was this Roger Federer's last hurrah?

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Linda Pearce As Roger Federer walked across the footbridge from Wimbledon’s centre court to the players’ lawn in the hour after his finals defeat, he was flanked by his four-year-old identical twin...

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Roger Federer eases through opener in Paris

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Swiss hands out a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 defeat to Slovakian Lukas Lacko on the opening day.

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Lleyton Hewitt fights back to earn place in final against Roger Federer

Lleyton Hewitt of Australia celebrates his win against Kei Nishikori of Japan during their two-and-a-half hour long men's singles semi-final match at the Brisbane International tennis tournament in Brisbane, January 4, 2014.   REUTERS/Jason Reed  (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)

Linda Pearce So often in the past 16 years, the story has been about Lleyton Hewitt's will/fight/heart/grit/determination.

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Lleyton Hewitt scores a win for the ages with his Brisbane International title win over Roger Federer

Lleyton Hewitt.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt fought as if he would rather die than retreat, surrender, or concede even a centimetre.

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Fit Roger Federer says he's keen to play and do his charity show

Linda Pearce Roger Federer has felt no after-effects from his hot and busy week

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Roger Federer says he's a better player and hungry for Open title

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer insists he is a better player now than when he won the first of his four Australian Opens.

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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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Roger Federer coolly anticipating meeting James Duckworth

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer admits it will be a case of sight-unseen when he meets young Australian James Duckworth in the first round of the Australian Open on Tuesday.

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Roger Federer has been a coup for the Brisbane International

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Linda Pearce However much it cost to help lure Federer to Brisbane, it was money well spent.

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Roger Federer crashes out of US Open

Roger Federer.

Linda Pearce Roger Federer suffered a stunning upset in the fourth round of the US Open, the 17-time Grand Slam champion falling to Spanish 19th seed Tommy Robredo in a last-16 match on Monday.

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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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Roger Federer to play in Queensland

Roger Federer

Linda Pearce Roger Federer, still the biggest name in the game, will play at the 2014 Brisbane International.

How Vermont reserves got Sam Groth's tennis career back on track

Sam Groth playing for Vermont reserves in 2011.

Linda Pearce Sam Groth remains in contact with a number of his Vermont football pals, who this weekend will contest Eastern Football League finals for beer money while Groth plays for much higher stakes at the US...

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Lleyton Hewitt will play in the Australian Open despite US Open defeat

Returning: Lleyton Hewitt will play at the Australian Open next year.

Linda Pearce Lleyton Hewitt's latest US Open may be over, but his grand slam career is not, with the dual major champion intending to make at least one more competitive visit to Melbourne Park next January, and...

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Lleyton Hewitt prevails in four to enter second round at Wimbledon

Lleyton Hewitt plays a forehand against Michal Przysiezny of Poland.

Linda Pearce The last of the survivors from 1999 remains an accomplished - a passionate - grasscourter in 2014, and Tuesday's first-round win at the All England Club was his 13th.

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Nick Kyrgios can handle the pressure

A heart that Phar Lap would be proud of: Nick Kyrgios.

Linda Pearce Wherever tennis takes Nick Kyrgios after a remarkable Wimbledon, the certainty is that nothing will ever be the same again.

Nick Kyrgios knocks Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon in four sets

Nadal and Kyrgios

Linda Pearce Australia's world number 144 Nick Kyrgios caused one of the greatest Wimbledon sensations when he sent world number one and 14-time Grand Slam title winner Rafael Nadal crashing to a shock defeat.

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