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    Tim Henman insists Andy Murray should look no further than Jamie Delgado in search for new coach

    Andy Murray does not need to bring in a replacement for former coach Ivan Lendl, according to former British number one Tim Henman.Murray announced his split from Lendl on Friday after two spells together which yielded three grand slam titles and two Olympic singles golds.And Henman believes there is no reason why Jamie Delgado, a long-term member of Murray's coaching team, cannot now be asked to step up and do the job. Tim Henman believes Jamie Delgado (left) could be Andy Murray's new head coach Henman told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek: 'With Andy's experience and knowledge of the game, I ...

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    Roger Federer has historic season abruptly ended as David Goffin dumps his out of ATP Finals in three sets

    Roger Federer suffered a dramatic loss to end his historic season when Belgium’s David Goffin staged a most unlikely comeback to beat him in the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals.The 36-year-old Swiss was in sublime form in the first set but his level dropped in the second and the seventh seed, who at times this week has looked weary and even injured, found enough in the decider to score a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory.He will meet the winner of Saturday’s late match between Jack Sock and Grigor Dimitrov, but a first time champion of this event is guaranteed after ...

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    Andy Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl: 'I'm thankful for all his help and guidance over the years'

    Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl broke up their partnership for the second and - most likely – final time on Friday night.Out of the blue Murray announced that the two would be going their separate ways after a year in which their deal seemed to be petering out, regardless of the hip problems that have kept the 30 year-old Scot out since Wimbledon.They had seen each sporadically this season and, with Lendl based in America, hardly at all since the All England Club apart from during his abortive attempt to play at the US Open in late August. British No ...

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    Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares power into ATP Finals semis with emphatic win over world No 1 pair

    Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares put their shaky start at the Nitto ATP Finals behind them when they powered into the semi-finals with another decisive victory at London’s 02 Arena.The Scottish-Brazilian duo took only 73 minutes to defeat the world No 1 pair Brazil’s Marcelo Melo and Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 6-2, 6-4 in their final group match to clinch qualification.After losing their opener to the Bryan brothers, world No 4 partnership Murray and Soares appear to be running into form at the most opportune time after their demolition on Wednesday of Ivan Dodig and Marcel Granollers. Jamie Murray and Bruno ...

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    David Goffin reaches ATP Finals last four as he shocks Dominic Thiem to set up clash with Roger Federer in London

    David Goffin will meet Roger Federer in the last four of the ATP Finals after surging back to beat Dominic Thiem and clinch second place in his group.Goffin mustered only two games on Wednesday against an inspired Grigor Dimitrov, who will finish top of the pool, and looked set for another thrashing when Thiem stormed ahead 3-0.This time Goffin fought back, claiming 12 out of the next 14 games at London's O2 Arena to win 6-4, 6-1 in just an hour and 11 minutes.  David Goffin recovered from a slow start to beat Dominic Thiem at the ATP Finals in ...

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    Rafael Nadal wins defamation case against former French minister who accused him of faking injury to hide positive drugs test on television

    Rafael Nadal has won a defamation case against former French health and sports minister Roselyne Bachelot after she accused him of doping on television.Bachelot made the allegation about the 16-time Grand Slam champion to the D8 channel in March 2016. She has been handed a £454 fine by a court in Paris and ordered to pay £10,700 in damages and legal fees. Rafael Nadal has won a defamation case against former French minister Roselyne Bachelot Bachelot alleged that Nadal had faked an injury in order to hide a positive drugs testThe ex-minister from 2007-2010 alleged that Nadal had faked an injury in ...

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    Dominic Thiem sets up sudden death clash with David Goffin in ATP Finals with winner set to face Roger Federer

    Dominic Thiem will go head to head with David Goffin in a sudden death clash in the ATP Finals, with a showdown with Roger Federer the prize for the victor.Grigor Dimitrov thrashed Goffin to confirm himself as group winner and sail into the ATP Finals knock-out stages.As a result the Goffin versus Thiem showdown has been lined up, and will take place on Friday with Federer watching in the wings. Dominic Thiem will go head to head with David Goffin in a sudden death clash in the ATP FinalsThiem battled past Pablo Carreno Busta in three sets to keep himself ...

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    Roger Federer still standing at the ATP Finals but 4am fire alarm caps dismal London stay for Rafael Nadal

    Rafael Nadal may have gone – his brief London stay not helped by a 4am fire alarm on Tuesday at his Westminster hotel – but Roger Federer will be in town until at least the weekend.The 36-year-old Swiss guaranteed himself a place in the last four of the Nitto ATP Finals at the 02 Arena when he saw off an initially vigorous challenge from Germany’s Alex Zverev, who finally showed a British crowd what all the fuss is about.The 20-year-old German forced a set point in the opener before fading and losing 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 to the world No 2, ...

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    Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic's Davis Cup winner, retires at 38 after failing to recover from a back injury

    Czech Davis Cup winner Radek Stepanek announced his retirement from tennis on Tuesday after failing to recover his fitness following back surgery earlier this year.The 38-year-old Stepanek won five ATP singles titles and reached the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 2006 when he reached a career-high eighth in the world rankings.The following year a back injury threatened his career but Stepanek battled back and won two grand slam double titles with India's Leander Paes, the Australian Open in 2012 and the U.S. Open a year later. Radek Stepanek retires from tennis after failing to recover his fitness following a back injury The ...

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    Jack Sock claims maiden ATP Finals victory after seeing off Marin Cilic, who is on the brink of going out

    Jack Sock kept alive his hopes of reaching the ATP Finals knock-out stages by beating Wimbledon runner-up Marin Cilic in a final-set tie-break.Cilic had thrown away a break in the decider to lose against Alexander Zverev on Sunday and he managed the same again at London's O2 Arena as Sock fought back to win 5-7 6-2 7-6 (7/4).Sock said on court afterwards he was woken up at 4am on Tuesday morning by a fire alarm at his hotel but he showed little sign of fatigue and now has his debut victory in this end-of-season tournament.  Jack Sock punches the air ...

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    Jelena Dokic's abusive father made the former world No 4 sleep at Wimbledon after her semi-final loss against Lindsay Davenport in 2000

    Former world No 4 Jelena Dokic has told how her abusive father banished her from their hotel after she lost the 2000 Wimbledon semi-final against Lindsay Davenport.Former Wimbledon referee Alan Mills found her on a sofa in the player lounge at 11pm that night after being tipped off by a cleaner. He then had to arrange for her to be taken to a nearby house rented by her management company.This is one of many stories she related about her father Damir in her autobiography, which has highlighted the behaviour of the most notorious tennis parent in modern times. Jelena Dokic's ...

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    Sloane Stephens loses to Aryna Sabalenka as United States and hosts Belarus sit evenly poised at 1-1 on opening day of Fed Cup

    US Open champion Sloane Stephens lost in three sets to Aryna Sabalenka as host Belarus and the United States ended the opening day of the Fed Cup final evenly poised at 1-1.Sabalenka beat Stephens 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 Saturday after CoCo Vandeweghe earlier defeated Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4, 6-4 to give 17-time champion United States a 1-0 lead.The Americans are looking to break a 17-year championship drought, while Belarus is playing in its first Fed Cup final. Aryna Sabalenka beat US Open champion Sloane Stephens on opening day of Federation Cup Sabalenka beat US Open champion Stephens two sets to one 6-3, ...

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    Andy Murray steps up recovery from hip injury as Brit practices at O2 Arena and catches up with Rafael Nadal

    Andy Murray was put through his paces on Saturday morning as he stepped up his recovery from a hip injury.The 30-year-old hasn't played competitively since injuring his hip at Wimbledon in the summer but is doing everything he can to return to competition as soon as possible.Murray, who is seeking to return at the Australian Open in January next year, was pictured training at the O2 Arena in London on the weekend.  Andy Murray trained at the O2 Arena on Saturday as he steps up his recovery from a hip injury 30-year-old Murray has not played competitive tennis since Wimbledon ...

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    Rafael Nadal declares he is fit and raring to go at the London ATP Finals

    Rafael Nadal is adamant he will be fit to play in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals in London after another injury scare.Spain's Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters last week with a right knee injury, but is top seed here, with perennial rival Roger Federer second seed at the O2 Arena.'If I didn't believe I could be ready for Monday I wouldn't be here,' Nadal said at the pre-tournament media conference. Rafael Nadal is adamant he will be fit to play in the season-ending Nitto ATP Finals'I don't have to make a decision. I'm going to play. That's my ...

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    Eugenie Bouchard works on her tan lines as she takes 'dramatic' fall while trying her hands at wakeboarding

    Eugenie Bouchard is clearly enjoying her time away from tennis with the Canadian star spending much of her off-season in the sun as well as trying her hand at wakeboarding. The 23-year-old has endured a quite torrid season having dropped to World No 81 after winning just two of the last nine matches of her season. And it seems it's not just tennis the Canadian is struggling with most recently, as she put on a questionable wakeboarding display during her Florida break.  Eugenie Bouchard enjoys some time in the sun after concluding her tennis season The 23-year-old has been keeping active as ...

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