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    Is tennis star Sloane Stephens and USA striker Jozy Altidore America's most famous power couple?

    Sloane Stephens has quickly established herself as the up and rising star of women's tennis and booked her spot in the French Open final at Roland Garros by beating her compatriot Madison Keys this week.The American's boyfriend Jozy Altidore is also enjoying an impressive year himself, and has scored five times in 11 games this season for Toronto. So, is this USA's most famous power couple? The pair were childhood friends who reconnected at the start of 2016 and began a relationship. Sloane Stephens and Jozy Altidore could be America's most famous sporting power couple Stephens booked a spot in the French Open ...

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    Returning Andy Murray to play at the Shenzhen Open in September

    Andy Murray intends to start the Asian leg of the ATP Tour at the Shenzhen Open in September.Murray is currently on the comeback trail from hip surgery in January and hopes to return to action for the grass-court season this month.His long rehabilitation has picked up pace this week after getting back on the practice courts following a setback, but he was forced to pull out of next week's Libema Open in s'Hertogenbosch, which was his scheduled return to the tour. Andy Murray intends to play at the Shenzhen Open in September after hip surgery The two-time Wimbledon champion will ...

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    Juan Martin del Potro ready to spring shock against Rafael Nadal at French Open

    Juan Martin del Potro faces the most daunting task in tennis on Friday - taking on Rafael Nadal in a French Open semi-final.Nadal reached the last four at Roland Garros for the 11th time after finally overpowering tricky Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in four sets.The Spaniard has won all 10 of his previous semi-finals in Paris, and gone on to lift the trophy each time. Juan Martin del Potro faces one of the toughest assignments in tennis against Rafael Nadal The Argentine takes on the world No 1 on Friday afternoon in the French Open semi-finals Nadal is imperious on clay ...

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    Marco Cecchinato defeats Novak Djokovic in tie-breaker thriller at Roland Garros

    A shattered Novak Djokovic cast doubt over whether he will turn up and play the grass court season after he was humbled by Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato in the French Open quarter finals.The Sicilian, ranked 72 in the world, became the first Italian man in 40 years to make the last four of a Grand Slam after a pulsating 6-3, 7-6, 1-6, 7-6 win over the former world number one.He took an epic second tie-break 13-11 on his fourth match point, displaying remarkable sangfroid for a man who had never even won a match at a Major beforehand.  Marco Cecchinato ...

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    Andy Murray 'getting closer' to playing return in time for Wimbledon

    Andy Murray maintains that he is within sight of a return to competitive tennis, but that the process of recovering from hip surgery has been much more arduous than expected.The twice Wimbledon champion confirmed what his mother Judy said on Monday that he has been able to restart practising again in recent days.However, it must be very doubtful that he will be able to participate in next week's ATP event in Rosmalen, Holland, for which he is still officially entered.   Andy Murray has revealed he is 'getting closer' to a playing return in time for Wimbledon The former British No ...

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    Muguruza books French Open quarter-final tie with Sharapova after opponent Tsurenko retires

    Spain's Garbine Muguruza reached the French Open quarter-finals without breaking sweat when her Ukrainian opponent Lesia Tsurenko retired after two games on Monday.The third seed, bidding for a second title in Paris after her 2016 triumph, was 2-0 ahead when Tsurenko pulled out with what appeared to be a hamstring injury.Tsurenko, ranked 39th, stretched to reach a Muguruza serve in the second game and immediately clutched the back of her thigh before calling for treatment. Garbine Muguruza has booked her place in the quarter-finals of this year's French Open Lesia Tsurenko retired after just two games following what appeared to ...

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    Andy Murray resumes practising as he aims to be fit for grass court season

    Judy Murray has revealed that her son Andy has returned to practising on the court, and hinted that he may make an attempt to play during the forthcoming grass court season.The twice Wimbledon champion, who has kept a determinedly low profile for the past month, is still down to play the ATP grass court Libema Open in Rosmalen next week.'He's doing the rehabilitation. He's been back on the court in the last couple of days,' Judy told BBC Sport. Andy Murray is hoping to be fit for when the grass court season gets underway Judy Murray revealed that her son ...

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    Rafael Nadal remains on track for 11th French Open title after victory over Maximilian Marterer

    Rafael Nadal is through to the quarter-finals of the French Open following a straight-sets win over Germany's Maximilian Marterer.The Spanish top seed, looking to win for the 11th time at Roland Garros, was broken in the opening game by his 22-year-old opponent. That proved only a minor blip, though, as Nadal secured two breaks of his own to take the first set. Rafael Nadal booked his place in the quarter-finals of the French Open on Monday afternoon Maximilian Marterer managed to break the 10-time champion in the first game of the match A break in the first game of the second ...

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    Daria Kasatkina overcomes world no 2 Caroline Wozniacki to reach French Open quarter-finals

    Saved by fading light the night before, there was no escape for world number two Caroline Wozniacki on Monday as Russian Daria Kasatkina completed a 7-6(5) 6-3 victory to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open.Kasatkina, the 14th seed, had played beautifully to lead 7-6 3-3 on Sunday when play was called off but any hopes Australian Open champion Wozniacki harboured that her 21-year-old opponent's level would dip on the resumption proved fanciful.It was all over in a matter of minutes on Court Philippe Chatrier as Kasatkina rattled off the three games she needed to reach her first Grand Slam ...

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    Serena Williams PULLS OUT of French Open showdown with Russian rival Maria Sharapova

    Serena Williams caused a major disappointment at the French Open on Monday when she announced that she was withdrawing from her much-anticipated match against Maria Sharapova with injury.Instead of following Rafael Nadal onto the Court Philippe Chatrier for their fourth round encounter she called a press conference to reveal that she would not be able to play.On Sunday Williams played a three set doubles match alongside sister Venus which they ended up losing 6-0 in the decider, with signs that there might be some discomfort, especially when serving. Serena Williams has pulled out of her French Open showdown with Russian ...

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    World number 72 Marco Cecchinato causes shock at French Open as he defeats David Goffin

    Unheralded Italian Marco Cecchinato stormed into the French Open quarter-finals by upsetting Belgian eighth seed David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-0 6-3 on Sunday.World No 72 Cecchinato, who had never been past the first round at a Grand Slam, will next take on 2016 champion Novak Djokovic of Serbia.'For me it's a dream, I'm really really happy,' Cecchinato, who rallied from two sets down in the first round, said on court. Marco Cecchinato reached the quarter-finals of the French Open with a shock victory World number 72 Cecchinato beat David Goffin 7-5 4-6 6-0 6-3 in the fourth round 'And now I'm playing ...

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    Beaming Alex Zverev is finally a major hit after Karen Khachanov win

    The only person capable of solving the mystery of why Alex Zverev could not progress in Grand Slam events was the young German himself.The world No 3, serial collector of Masters titles, has struggled to justify his future world No 1 tag by continually failing to go beyond the last 16 at the tournaments where it matters most.That changed on Sunday when he finally made it to a quarter-final, and nobody could claim he had rid himself of being a major choker the easy way. Alex Zverev is finally a major hit after reaching the quarter-final of the French Open ...

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    Andy Murray set to end silence on injury

    Nick Kyrgios, Heather Watson and Dan Evans are in action at the Surbiton Trophy this week as the professional grass-court season leading into Wimbledon begins.The biggest development off the court, however, will be Andy Murray breaking his silence on his plans for the next few weeks, or lack of them. Murray is expected to reveal all in the next 48 hours after keeping a low profile in the last couple of months on his return from a hip injury. Andy Murray is expected to reveal all about his return from a hip injury in the next 48 hours  Surbiton heralds the start ...

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    Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova face off in French Open grudge match

    From the dozens of mentions Serena Williams gets in Maria Sharapova's autobiography, one theme that emerges is of the Russian positioning herself as the underdog.It is her contention Williams has never forgiven her for the shock defeat she inflicted on her in the 2004 Wimbledon final, after which she heard the American sobbing in the locker room.Sharapova refers to how physically imposing her so-called rival is, with her 'thick arms and thick legs', and how tall she is. That reference is especially strange, because Sharapova is five inches taller. Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova are set for a grudge match ...

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    Novak Djokovic overcomes Fernando Verdasco in straight sets to reach quarter-finals of French Open

    The scoreboard says this match was three sets, but really it was two games.Once Novak Djokovic had survived two mini-epics in the first three games of the match, when Fernando Verdasco threw everything at him, this was over as a contest.The 30-year-old Serb won 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 and moved into the quarter-finals of the French Open.  Novak Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco to reach the quarter-finals of the French Open Djokovic is building his form very nicely here in Paris. Every match he looks more like the man who won here in 2016 and less like the one who, at the ...

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