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  • Nadal survives fright on Centre Court

    Nadal survives fright on Centre Court

    Rafa Nadal and Maria Sharapova led a parade of former champions into the Wimbledon second round yesterday after Marion Bartoli briefly lit up Centre Court without swinging her racket. An order of play littered with big names began with a tearful...

  • Internet dating? I’m not that desperate, says Wozniacki

    Internet dating? I’m not that desperate, says Wozniacki

    Dumped publicly by her former boyfriend, surely internet dating will mend Caroline Wozniacki’s broken heart? “I’m not that desperate!” quipped bubbly Dane Wozniacki (picture) after she beat Shahar Peer 6-3 6-0 to reach the second round of...

  • Perfect start for Murray

    Perfect start for Murray

    All was as it should be on the opening day of Wimbledon when returning British hero Andy Murray opened the defence of his historic title with an impressive first-round victory yesterday. Under bright skies, with the Centre Court grass glistening,...

  • Nadal set for another dangerous liaison with Wimbledon

    Nadal set for another dangerous liaison with Wimbledon

    To most tennis players, Wimbledon’s inviting lush lawns represent green and pleasant land. For Rafa Nadal, however, dangers lurk around every nook and cranny of the famed grass arena. A champion at the All England Club in 2008 and 2010, memories...

  • Murray has Djokovic in his sights after theWimbledon draw

    Murray has Djokovic in his sights after theWimbledon draw

    A potential semi-final with number one seed Novak Djokovic looms for defending champion Andy Murray following the Wimbledon draw yesterday. Second seed and French Open champion Rafa Nadal has been named on the same side of the draw with seven-time...

  • Murray defends SW19 seeding system

    Andy Murray has defended Wimbledon's unique seeding system, even though the reigning champion is the chief beneficiary. Britain's double grand slam winner will learn who his opening opponent in his Wimbledon defence will be in Friday morning's...

  • Murray seeded third for his title defence

    Murray seeded third for his title defence

    Defending champion Andy Murray will be the number three seed at Wimbledon, it was announced yesterday. The 27-year-old Scot returns to the All England Club having become the first British men’s singles winner since 1936 when he beat Novak...

  • Lucky seven for Federer in Halle

    Roger Federer claimed his seventh Gerry Weber Open title with a hard-fought 7-6 7-6 win over Alejandro Falla in Halle, yesterday. The Swiss made it through to his ninth final in 12 years at the German venue after dispatching Kei Nishikori, the...

  • Nadal concedes shock defeat in Halle

    The switch from clay to grass did not go according to plan for Rafa Nadal yesterday and the Spaniard was jettisoned from the Gerry Webber Open with a 6-4 6-1 second-round defeat by maverick German Dustin Brown. A player who is almost unbeatable on...

  • Hingis granted wildcard

    Former world number one Martina Hingis has been awarded a wildcard for the Wimbledon doubles competition as she continues her second comeback following retirement in 2007. The 33-year-old Swiss, who won five singles and nine doubles grand slam...

  • Mauresmo starts Murray coaching stint

    Mauresmo starts Murray coaching stint

    Andy Murray (left) speaks with Amelie Mauresmo during warm-up prior to his match at the Queen’s Club Championships tennis tournament in London, yesterday. Murray has appointed former women’s number one Mauresmo as his new coach. France’s Mauresmo...

  • Nadal is not special says uncle

    Rafael Nadal’s incredible records at the French Open can be matched because he is “not special”, according to his coach and uncle Toni. On Sunday, Nadal fought back from a set down to defeat Novak Djokovic and win his ninth title at Roland Garros...

  • History boy Nadal looks ahead

    History boy Nadal looks ahead

    Rafa Nadal is not ready for Roland Garros to be renamed in his honour, but he can picture a time when he might be the one handing out the trophies in Paris rather than breaking records on court. He bosses the French Open, defeating great rival...

  • Nadal reaches cloud nine

    Nadal reaches cloud nine

    Claycourt machine Rafa Nadal held off another challenge from great rival Novak Djokovic to claim a record extending ninth French Open title with a 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory yesterday. The world number one from Spain became the first man to win five...

  • Queen of endurance Sharapova wins Open in three ... hours

    Maria Sharapova had given warning that she was ready for a three hour French Open final – and she was true to her word, stopping the clock at three hours two minutes to lift the trophy. After her three previous rounds also went to three sets, it...

  • Murray appoints Mauresmo as coach

    Andy Murray has appointed former women’s number one Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach, the Wimbledon champion said yesterday. Former Wimbledon and Australian Open champion Mauresmo will initially take up the role for the grasscourt season and will...

  • Sharapova floors Halep in final

    Sharapova floors Halep in final

    Maria Sharapova claimed her second French Open title when she floored Romanian fourth seed Simona Halep 6-4 6-7 6-4 after a marathon encounter in yesterday’s final. The seventh seed from Russia secured her fifth grand slam title after Wimbledon...

  • Old hands Nadal and Djokovic do battle in Paris

    Old hands Nadal and Djokovic do battle in Paris

    This is their 42nd clash, so there will be few surprises for the world’s top two players Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic when they face each other over the net in the French Open final this afternoon. Both are looking to cement their positions among...

  • Halep proves she’s the girl with a master plan

    Halep proves she’s the girl with a master plan

    Simona Halep (picture) is a player with a plan. A few of them in fact. While lacking the power of some of the biggest names in the women’s game, the wily Romanian has plotted her way through to today’s French Open final without dropping a set...

  • Nadal, Djokovic set up Sunday scorcher

    Nadal, Djokovic set up Sunday scorcher

    The belated appearance of the blazing sun at what had been a cold and chilly French Open until yesterday allowed Rafa Nadal to scorch past Andy Murray and set up a hotly-anticipated final with Novak Djokovic. Murray’s bid to become the first...

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