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    Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic pulls off shock at Sofia Open to beat Stan Wawrinka and reach first ATP final

    Bosnian qualifier Mirza Basic bludgeoned his way to a shock 7-6(6) 6-4 victory over top seed Stan Wawrinka to set up an intriguing title clash against big-serving Romanian Marius Copil as the two players reached their maiden ATP final.Wawrinka, looking to play himself back into form after a long layoff due to a knee surgery, saved two set points in the opening tiebreak but Basic won it with a thundering serve that gave the 32-year-old Swiss no chance.The aggressive Bosnian, playing his sixth match this week, showed no nerves in the second set, sending fizzing forehands across court and down ...

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    Great Britain maintained fine Fed Cup form as Johanna Konta and Heather Watson earn straight set wins over Hungary in play-offs

    Johanna Konta and Heather Watson continued their fine Fed Cup form to send Great Britain through to the World Group II play-offs for the second straight year.After topping their group in the Europe/Africa Zone, Konta and Watson both posted their third straight victories to give Britain an unassailable 2-0 lead in their play-off against Hungary.The victory means Anne Keothavong's side are one step away from the tournament's elite for the fourth time in the last seven years. Johanna Konta put in another dominant performance to send Great Britain marching on Konta and Heather Watson produced their third straight sets win ...

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    Serena Williams is set for her competitive return in USA's Fed Cup doubles match against Holland

    Serena Williams is scheduled to make her return to competitive action in the Fed Cup doubles on Sunday as the USA begin their title defence against Holland.According to Friday's draw, Williams will link up with Lauren Davis to take on Dutch duo Lesley Kerkhove and Demi Schuurs in the final match of the World Group First Round clash in Asheville, North Carolina.That will be Williams' first competitive outing since winning the 2017 Australian Open final, with the 23-time Grand Slam champion having given birth to daughter Alexis Olympia on September 1. Serena Williams is set for her competitive return in ...

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    Jo Konta and Heather Watson are too hot for hosts Estonia as Great Britain book Fed Cup play-off

    Jo Konta and Heather Watson were victorious again as Great Britain beat Estonia to progress through to a Fed Cup play-off on Saturday.Konta and Watson both won their singles matches as Britain saw off Portugal 3-0 on Wednesday, and the pair were triumphant again on Friday against host nation Estonia in Tallinn.After Watson had thrashed 15-year-old Katriin Saar 6-1, 6-1 in just 57 minutes first up, Konta eventually emerged victorious in a much-tougher encounter with world No 27 Anett Kontaveit to earn Britain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the tie. Jo Konta (above) and Heather Watson both won their singles ...

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    Caroline Wozniacki will compete at 2018 Eastbourne International after signing up for pre-Wimbledon event

    World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki has signed up for this summer's Eastbourne International.The Australian Open champion won the Wimbledon warm-up event, which runs from June 22-30, nine years ago at the age of 18.Wozniacki, the beaten finalist last summer, said: 'I've had an exciting start to the year so far, and I'm looking forward to seeing where that takes me in the first half of the season, and during the British summer of tennis. Caroline Wozniacki has signed up for the Eastbourne International which takes place in June Danish star Wozniacki is the current world No 1 after winning the ...

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    Roger Federer grabs chance to claim No 1 ranking at the Rotterdam Open and beat Andre Agassi's record

    Roger Federer will bid to replace Rafael Nadal as world No 1 when he competes in Rotterdam next week.The 36-year-old Swiss won his sixth Australian Open title and 20th grand slam last month and reaching the semi-finals of the Rotterdam Open in Holland would return him to top spot in the ATP rankings.He would also surpass Andre Agassi as the oldest ever world No 1 - the American was 33 when his sixth stint at the summit of men's tennis ended in September 2003. Roger Federer will bid to replace Rafael Nadal as world No 1 in Holland next week ...

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    Novak Djokovic provides injury update as former world No 1 has 'small medical intervention' on his elbow after Australian Open exit

    Novak Djokovic stepped up his bid to fix his troublesome elbow as Serbian ace opened up about a recent 'medical intervention'. The 12-time Grand Slam champion and former world No 1 wrote on his Instagram page on Friday: 'It seems like I am on the good road now to full recovery.'Djokovic sat out the last half of 2017 because of problems with his right arm, saying it had been bothering him for more than a year. Novak Djokovic has opened up about recent minor surgery to ease his continued elbow injury The former world No 1 has been plagued with elbow ...

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    Cameron Norrie pulls off sensational Davis Cup shock as he beats world no 23 Roberto Bautista Agut to draw Great Britain level with Spain

    Cameron Norrie was a student in the US this time a year ago, but on Friday produced one of the great Davis Cup debut performances to put Great Britain level against Spain in the Davis Cup first round. With GB expected to be lambs to the slaughter on the clay courts of Puente Romano Norrie – who had never played a professional match on the brown dirt before – came back to beat world number 23 Roberto Bautista Agut 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in four hours and one minute.The world no 114, raised largely in New Zealand, trailed by two sets and ...

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    Jo Konta confirms she will play in Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne ahead of Wimbledon

    British No 1 Jo Konta has announced her intention to play in the Nottingham Open, Birmingham Classic and Eastbourne International in the lead up to Wimbledon this summer.Konta, who was the runner-up in the Nottingham Open last year, went on to become the first British woman to reach the Wimbledon singles semi-finals since Virginia Wade in 1979.'I'm so excited to be returning to play these fantastic tournaments in the summer,' the 26-year-old said.  Jo Konta has outlined her plans for the grass-court season ahead of Wimbledon this summer'The grass-court season is one of my favourites and nothing compares to competing ...

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    Roger Federer arrives back home in Switzerland after winning 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open

    Roger Federer has arrived back home in Switzerland after winning his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open on Sunday. Fans gathered at Airport Kloten in Zurich on Tuesday as the 36-year-old returned holding the Slam trophy in his arms. Federer beat Marin Cilic in a five-set thriller, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, in Melbourne.   Roger Federer has arrived back home in Switzerland after winning his 20th Grand Slam title Fans gathered at Airport Kloten on Tuesday as he returned holding the Slam trophy in his arms Federer beat Marin Cilic in a five-set thriller, 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, ...

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  • Tennis

    Kyle Edmund jumps to career-high World No 26 after spectacular Australian Open journey... and moves to within six places of Andy Murray

    Kyle Edmund's recent Australian Open adventure has seen him rise to a career-high ranking of World No 26.The Brit reached his first Grand Slam semi-final in Melbourne last week where he was eventually halted by Marin Cilic in straight sets.Edmund, who has climbed 23 places as a result of his incredible performances, overcame World No 11 Kevin Anderson in the opening round before needing four sets to dump third seed Grigor Dimitrov out in the quarter finals. Kyle Edmund has risen to World No 26 after reaching the Australian Open semi-final The 23-year-old banked around £500,000 after his unlikely run to ...

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    Roger Federer insists he'll defend his Australian Open crown next year as Swiss star jokes: 'I might actually think I can win it, and then I probably won't!'

    Roger Federer snatched a precious couple of hours sleep after his Australian Open celebration party, and then re-emerged to reassure fans that he will be back next year.Blinking into the daylight, the 36 year-old Swiss suggested it was a matter of 'when' not 'if' he would return as he paraded the trophy at Government House before heading home.'Maybe next year when I do come back, I might actually think I can win it, and then I probably won't,' he half-joked. 'It's better to stay really relaxed about my chances, especially in my later years on the tour. I think it's ...

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    Roger Federer shows off his Australian Open trophy outside Government House in Melbourne after sealing 20th Grand Slam title of his career

    Roger Federer paraded the Australian Open trophy at Government House in Melbourne the day after sealing his 20th Grand Slam title.Veteran Federer, 36, overcame Marin Cilic in five sets on Sunday to land his sixth Australian Open title and extends his men's record number of major titles.Before heading back to his native Switzerland, Federer had the customary photoshoot in front of photographers and reporters as he reflected on his success.  Roger Federer kisses the Australian Open trophy during his photocall after beating Marin Cilic in the final on Sunday It was his twentieth Grand Slam title of the 36-year-old's career, ...

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    Roger Federer hits 20: A look back through every Grand Slam title won by the Swiss superstar

    After a tricky five-set thriller against Marin Cilic in Melbourne on Sunday, Roger Federer got his hands on the twentieth Grand Slam trophy of his career.In a league of his own in the men's game, the Swiss international first won a Major at Wimbledon in 2003 and he is solely responsible for 10 per cent of all Grand Slam titles won in the Open Era.Sportsmail rolls back the years to take a look back at each of Federer's Grand Slam successes...2003 – WimbledonA 21-year-old Federer found himself in uncharted territory having failed to get past the quarter-finals at any previous Grand ...

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    Rio Ferdinand and Eugenie Bouchard lead tributes to Roger Federer as Twitter reacts to the 'greatest of all time' winning 20th Grand Slam title

    Roger Federer overcame Marin Cilic in five sets on Sunday to win the Australian Open, much to the delight of his huge following across the world.The 36-year-old, who claimed a remarkable 20th Grand Slam title in Melbourne, was hugely lauded on social media by some of the top sports stars around the globe following his latest success.The likes of Eugenie Bouchard, Rio Ferdinand and Mesut Ozil were among the stars to lead the tributes to one of the greatest sportsman of all time. Tennis great Roger Federer became the first man to win 20 Grand Slam career titles on Sunday 23-year-old ...

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