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Murray Moves Into Top Eight

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October 19, 2014

In an extraordinary war of attrition, full of searing aggression and dramatic vulnerability, Andy Murray claimed the Vienna Open by defeating David Ferrer 5-7, 6-2, 7-5 in an intriguing final of two hours and forty minutes. The 250 world ranking points Murray won in Austria propelled him into the coveted top eight places for the […]

How are Wimbledon Ball Boys and Girls Chosen?

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October 17, 2014

Ball Boys and Girls Chosen What was your high school job? From petrol station attendant to retail assistant, most of us are happy to have any job during high school. For Wimbledon’s famous ball boys and girls, their high school job is far more than just a source of income. First, there are the perks […]

Red-hot Roger Downs Djokovic in Shanghai

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October 11, 2014

Sometimes tennis is almost too beautiful for words. Simply awe-inspiring…deliciously surprising…nothing can do justice to what just happened in Shanghai. Could Roger Federer even end the year as world number one? After this, anything seems possible. We thought we’d seen perfection from Novak Djokovic in the Far East. Then Roger Federer reminded us what sporting […]

Nadal To Battle On Despite Shanghai Defeat, Federer Saves FIVE Match Points!

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October 8, 2014

Rafa Nadal has vowed to play on until the end of the year, despite crashing out of the Shanghai Rolex Masters to Feliciano Lopez, still troubled by his appendix. Lopez took his chance 6-3, 7-6 (6), even though Nadal seemed to have battled his way back into the match. Nadal led 5-3 in the second […]

Perfect Djokovic Destroys Doubting Tomas

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October 5, 2014

Novak Djokovic almost served up a dreaded “double bagel” for Tomas Berdych in a ridiculously one-sided China Open final. ‘Something from above came into me,’ Djokovic claimed later, struggling to explain his own brilliance. No wonder the Serb suggested his tennis had been Heaven-sent. The quality of his game was quite mind-blowing. And then, as […]

Marvellous Maria Wins China Open

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Maria Sharapova defeated Petra Kvitova 6-4, 2-6, 6-3 to claim the China Open title with a typical display of stamina and determination. In doing so, she leap-frogged Kvitova and Simona Halep to become the world number two, behind her nemesis Serena Williams. Although this was her fourth title of the season, Sharapova hadn’t won a […]

Tearful Nishikori Makes Tokyo History

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A tearful Kei Nishikori made history when he became the first man ever to retain the Tokyo title. His second Japan Open was sealed 7-6 (7-5), 4-6, 6-4 and cemented Nishikori’s impressive rise in the sport. The win gave the Far East further confirmation that the region is now a major force in tennis, with […]

Stunning Novak Too Strong For Murray

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October 4, 2014

Novak Djokovic thwarted a brave comeback from Andy Murray to register an amazing 23rd successive win in Beijing, where he has never been beaten. The world number one was in imperious form as he brushed Murray aside 6-3,6-4 to show why he is virtually untouchable in the Far East. One more win, against either Tomas […]

Fiery Murray Crushes US Open Champion Cilic

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October 3, 2014

With beautifully crafted points and a self-assurance rarely seen in recent times, Andy Murray destroyed Marin Cilic 6-1, 6-4 to set up a mouth-watering semi-final clash against Novak Djokovic. It was one of Murray’s best performances since winning Wimbledon in 2013, although he did lose his head when a straight sets victory appeared momentarily to […]

Rafa’s Back In Style!

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September 30, 2014

Rafael Nadal made an impressive return to action at the China Open in Beijing by beating the flamboyant Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0. It was the ever-popular Spaniard’s first match since Wimbledon, after problems with an injury to his right wrist. Looking a little heavier but proving as aggressive as ever, Nadal broke early in the […]

Murray Wins A Title At Last!

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September 29, 2014

When you’ve gone 14 months without winning a tournament it doesn’t matter when, where or how you finally break your barren run. As it happened, this long-awaited triumph was born out of seemingly insurmountable adversity at the Shenzhen Open, in the form of five match points brilliantly saved, the turning point in a thrilling tie-break […]

Did Sachin Twist Federer’s Arm?

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September 23, 2014

Is it just a coincidence that Roger Federer has been persuaded to join a tennis team hosted by cricket-crazy India, home to his friend and fellow legend, Sachin Tendulkar? If you had been walking through the Competitors’ Lounge at Wimbledon a couple of years ago, you would have been astonished to see Federer taking tea […]

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