Grass is always greener for Stuttgart champion Roger Federer
So what if Roger Federer hadn't played since March? He returned to action and did what he always does -- won a title.
Federer wins Stuttgart, his 18th grass-court title
Roger Federer, who will reclaim the No. 1 ranking on Monday, defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 7-6 (3) to mark his return from three months off with the Stuttgart Open title on Sunday.
Federer wins Stuttgart Open
World No. 1 Roger Federer picked up his 98th Tour title after defeating Milos Raonic in the Mercedes Cup final in Stuttgart.
Remember when Serena Williams posed in 2009? See photos from years past
Explore nine years of iconic images, all dedicated to the power of the athletic form.
'Think offense' movement in tennis could make life difficult for Roger Federer
The game is changing before our eyes, and that's why Roger Federer is hardly a lock to dominate the grass season again.
Rafael Nadal is not only the King of Clay, he's the GOAT
Call Rafael Nadal the King of Clay if you choose, but the numbers say that is a vast understatement.
Federer: Winning return to tennis wasn't as easy
Roger Federer revealed he suffered with the playing conditions during his Mercedes Cup win over Mischa Zverev.
Sachia Vickery isn't having it with racist trolls
The tennis player claps back on Twitter.
Skimming the surfaces: From French Open clay to Wimbledon grass
There are lessons aplenty as tennis moves from the clay season and everyone sets their sights on the grass of Wimbledon.
Same result, different day for French Open champion Rafael Nadal
It certainly doesn't surprise us that Rafael Nadal continues to dominate the French Open, but that doesn't mean this one, his 11th championship in Paris, wasn't special.
Rafa reigns supreme for an 11th time in Paris
ESPN's Nicolas Pereira breaks down Rafael Nadal's record 11th French Open title following his win in straight sets over Austria's Dominic Thiem.
Nadal: 11th title still very emotional for me
Although he's won a record 11 French Open titles, Rafael Nadal explains why the emotion and passion of victory still get the best of him.
ICYMI at French Open: Rafael Nadal continues old-man domination trend on tour
In with the old, out with the new. It's not supposed to be that way, unless it's the ATP Tour and your names are Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
By the numbers: Rafael Nadal 86-2 at Roland Garros
Here are some of the numbers from Rafael Nadal's clay-court season, which culminated in the Spaniard winning a record 11th French Open title on Sunday.
Thiem: This wasn't my last Grand Slam final
Dominic Thiem remained upbeat after his first Grand Slam final and praised Rafael Nadal after the Spaniard's historic 11th French Open title win.
Rafael Nadal now has 17 Grand Slam titles, three behind Roger Federer. After winning French Open title No. 11, the Spaniard was asked if he aimed to beat his rival’s tally. His response was brilliant: “No, you can't be frustrated always if somebody have more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more Grand Slams than you. You have to do your way. Because if you are looking next to you, you can be frustrated thinking that people have more things than you in general terms. I feel very lucky with all the things that happened it me.”
Following his 11th French Open title win, Rafael Nadal described the left-hand issue he suffered during the third set as “not normal cramping”. The Spaniard walked back to his chair during the fourth game of set three and frantically started ripping off the bandages on his fingers and left forearm. “I needed to go there and to cut it, and to understand what's going on,” he said in press. “It was quick in that moment, and for me was scary, because I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger. I was not under control of my finger. When I take the bandage out, things improved.”
Simona Halep always expected to be a Grand Slam champ, and now she is
You know what they say about the longer you wait, the more it means. Simona Halep found that out by winning the French Open, her first major title.
A few tactical changes made all the difference for Simona Halep
Simona Halep was losing badly in Saturday's French Open final, and that was probably the best thing that could have happened to her.
Halep wins 2018 French Open
ESPN's Nicolas Pereira recaps World No. 1 Simona Halep's first Grand Slam title after she defeated Sloane Stephens in the 2018 French Open.
Sloane Stephens takes jab at media
Following her French Open defeat to Simona Halep, Sloane Stephens gave the media a reminder of her achievements in Paris.
Even in defeat, there's no doubt Sloane Stephens has arrived
It might be a while before another American can claim her spot at the top -- even an American named Williams
Sloane Stephens was not happy with the some of the media after her French Open final defeat to Simona Halep. “Can I just state for the record that all of you guys [the media] in here were tweeting that I had a losing record anywhere except for the United States,” she said in press. “So I think I have done very well to make the finals of the French Open … because you seem to only want to say ‘She's 0 and 8 in the other countries, and blah, blah, blah.’” When asked if that was the reason she thanked everyone but the media in her on-court speech, Stephens smiled and said: “Exactly. You guys are my biggest haters.”
ICYMI at French Open: Simona Halep finally has the big trophy
Phew! Take a breath, Simona Halep. You can finally call yourself a Grand Slam champ.
Maria Sharapova's French Open return ends in muted fashion
Maria Sharapova's first French Open in three years ended in an abrupt quarterfinal defeat to Garbine Muguruza, who solidified her own title credentials ahead of a world No. 1 showdown with Simona Halep.
ICYMI at French Open: Simona Halep and service with a smile
Simona Halep promised to embrace all emotions on court at the French Open. So far for the world No. 1, it's been all smiles.
Novak Djokovic's revival stalls at unexpected juncture
Novak Djokovic changed everything and changed it back again after his quarterfinal exit at the 2017 French Open. But a year later, the 12-time Grand Slam winner finds himself stymied at the same point.
Out of nowhere, Marco Cecchinato now on road to somewhere
The unseeded Italian didn't break into the world's top 100 until last November, and now he has eliminated Novak Djokovic at the French Open.
Angry Djokovic may miss Wimbledon
Novak Djokovic gave a bad-tempered press conference after losing in the quarter finals of the French Open and suggested he may miss Wimbledon.
Ugra: In Mauritius, Mary Pierce finds peace in coaching and the church
The last French player to win at Roland Garros has left behind a tumultuous career, repaired family ties and is giving back to the game.
Serena: 'Super exciting' news regarding injury
Serena Williams was upbeat after seeing a doctor about her chest muscle injury, and she is awaiting MRI results to confirm "super exciting" news.
From buzz to buzzkill: Serena's injury spoils showdown against Sharapova
What could have been. Serena Williams' last-second withdrawal Monday at the French Open precluded us of the next chapter in her rivalry against Maria Sharapova.
Serena: 'Right now, I can't actually serve'
Serena Williams expresses her disappointment about a pectoral injury that has forced her to withdraw from the French Open.
A look at Serena Williams' recent timeline, courtesy ESPN Stats & Info.
After finding out Serena Williams had withdrawn from the French Open ahead of their fourth-round showdown, Maria Sharapova released this statement: "I was looking forward to my match against Serena today and am disappointed that she had to withdraw. I wish her a speedy recovery and hope she returns to the tour soon."
ESPN World Fame 100: Where does Serena rank?
Does the clay-court season take up too much of the tennis calendar?
It seems like the clay swing goes on forever, and the truth is, it's not a short stretch by any means. It's time to switch things up.
Mary Pierce on Sharapova, state of women's tennis
Pierce, who is in Bengaluru as a brand ambassador for the TCS World 10K, spoke to ESPN on a variety of topics, including Maria Sharapova's return from a doping ban, partnering up with a 16-year-old Sania Mirza, and the future of women's tennis.
Svitolina, Rafa in top form, but not all French Open contenders can say the same
We're getting close to the start of the French Open, and some players should be feeling good about their chances. As for others (ahem, Muguruza), there's work to be done.
Nadal wins eighth Rome crown in thrilling final
Rafael Nadal will head Roland Garros as the new world No. 1 after he claimed a record-extending eighth Italian Open title.
She did it her way, and that's why Danielle Collins will succeed on the WTA Tour
Danielle Collins was never cut out to take a straight-forward path to the tennis tour, which is why she has become one of the toughest competitors in the game.
Karolina Pliskova bashes her way onto list of notable tennis meltdowns
Karolina Pliskova lost her temper and took it out on the umpire's chair. She's hardly the first player to have an epic on-court meltdown.
Tennis pro Daria Gavrilova's toast with a twist
Daria Gavrilova is on the road more than she's at home, so she needs a breakfast she can make just about anywhere. These three healthy toast recipes fit the bill.
Osaka on beating Serena and skydiving dreams
Rising tennis star Naomi Osaka talks about her impressive 2018 so far and her speech that she calls the "worst of all time."
Why Frances Tiafoe could be the last American standing at the French Open
He's got game, and he digs clay. Frances Tiafoe has every reason to believe he will thrive once Roland Garros rolls around.
Nadal takes the plunge after Barcelona win
Rafael Nadal celebrated his 11th title at the Barcelona Open by taking a shirtless-plunge into a swimming pool with the tournament's ball boys and girls.
For Dominic Thiem, the ATP's ironman, the rest is mystery
The Austrian plays a heavy schedule and he sometimes feels the effects heading into the clay-court season. This year, Thiem had some rest while recovering from an ankle injury.
US Open champion Sloane Stephens is teaching kids how to play the game
She is rebuilding tennis courts in Compton and encouraging kids to live healthy lifestyles.
U.S., Croatia, Spain, France to Davis Cup semis
The United States will take on Croatia in its first Davis Cup semifinals since 2012, with Spain matching up against France on the other side of the bracket.
Finally, an optimistic forecast for American tennis in 2018
The season could not have started off any worse for the Americans, but something clicked at the Miami Open, and suddenly the red, white and blue are shining bright.
A winner's trophy, a slice of pizza and a day to remember for Sloane Stephens
From victory lane at the Miami Open to her favorite pizza joint, perhaps for the final time, it was quite a day for Sloane Stephens.
A look at a possible new, more streamlined tennis ranking system
Seemingly no one fully understands tennis' current ranking system, but there is a better, more relevant method that could more accurately alter a player's standing.
When did Roger Federer discover his dominance?
Roger Federer made this discovery in the 2004 U.S. Open final against Lleyton Hewitt, he discloses to writer Michael Steinberger. This is the never-before-told oral history of that moment.
Why Roger Federer might not be the best example for fellow players to follow
Word to the wise: Just because Roger Federer has thrived since a long hiatus from the tennis court doesn't mean other players will. Just look at Novak Djokovic.
Novak Djokovic's moment of dominance
In the past 10 years, Novak Djokovic has won 12 majors and 68 tournaments, seventh most in the Open era. Author Nathan Hill explores the 2011 forehand winner that defines the Djoker's now-storied career.
The Dominant 20: Usain Bolt, the 10th most dominant athlete of our time
He's a six-time IAAF Athlete of the Year, eight-time Olympic gold medalist and world-record holder in the 100 and 200 meters. Not bad! ESPN's Anthony Olivieri runs some other numbers on the fastest man in history.
The Dominant 20
In celebration of ESPN The Magazine's 20th anniversary, Peter Keating's crunched the numbers to find the most dominant athletes of our time.