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Murray Out Before Quarters

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September 8, 2015

Kevin Anderson played the match of his life to defeat Andy Murray 7-6 (7-5), 6-3, 6-7 (2-7), 7-6 (7-0) at the US Open – and now he faces Stan Wawrinka in his first ever Grand Slam quarter-final. Just when it seemed the Scot had regained the momentum in an absorbing match that lasted more than […]

Two sets up and out: Rafa’s nightmare

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September 5, 2015

Rafa Nadal, losing a match after going two sets up? It’s unheard of…until now. As his dashing conqueror, Fabio Fognini pointed out afterwards: ‘It’s always tough playing Rafa. But playing against him when you’re two sets down is especially tough. You go a break up in the final set and you start thinking too much. […]

Can Coco’s Tantrum Help Serena?

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September 3, 2015

It sounds crazy. But that racquet-smashing tantrum, the one that has made Coco Vandeweghe so famous, could help Serena Williams realise her ultimate dream. Serena just has to choose to use it wisely. On the face of it, there is little similarity between the psychological struggles of Vandeweghe and Williams. Coco lost her inner fight […]

Murray Through In Kyrgios Thriller

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September 2, 2015

Andy Murray emerged triumphant from a scintillating clash with Aussie rebel Nick Kyrgios, using all his experience to prevail under pressure 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1. But the shot of the match came from the 20-year-old, whose delayed, sizzling hot-dog split the New York night air with such searing speed that Murray did well to get […]

Nishikori and Ivanovic Fall At First Hurdle !

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August 31, 2015

  Benoit Paire provided one of the great shocks at the US Open in the very first round by defeating fourth seed Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6, 6-4. The Frenchman didn’t waver when he served for the match, after coolly re-taping his racquet during the last changeover. At 3-5, Nishikori had stayed in the […]

It’s the US “Wide Open!”

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August 28, 2015

Could it be Federer or Nishikori? How about Murray or Wawrinka? Just for once, we go into a Grand Slam with no clear favourite among the men. Feels strange, doesn’t it? And very exciting. SHIFT What has caused this shift in the landscape? The indifferent form of Novak Djokovic, at least by his own extraordinary […]

Fabulous Federer Shocks Djokovic

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August 23, 2015

  What more can you say about a sporting legend who just keeps on doing it? Roger Federer provided a master-class for the world number one and shocked everyone who expected a closer battle in Cincinnati. It was Federer’s 87th career title, his 24th Masters 1000 title, his seventh in Cincinnati, and richly deserved in […]

Braveheart Murray Beats Djokovic At Last

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August 16, 2015

  After more than two years and eight consecutive defeats, Andy Murray finally defeated Novak Djokovic. In doing so he won the Montreal Masters 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 and returned to number two in the world. Murray certainly wasn’t second-best to Djokovic in Canada, whatever the latest rankings say. A backhand at its exquisite best and […]

What a ride for the Americans at Wimbledon 2015 !

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August 11, 2015

American tennis players were at the centre of so much drama during Wimbledon 2015 – and Serena Williams was crowned queen for the sixth time! We just have to start with the greatest of them all. She secured her second “Serena Slam” with her 6-4, 6-4 win over Garbine Muguruza in the final, meaning Williams […]

Incredible Nishikori Seals Tenth Title

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August 9, 2015

Japanese superstar Kei Nishikori took his tenth title and third of the year with a fantastic three-set triumph over John Isner in the final in Washington DC. And after his hard-fought 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory, Nishikori drew extraordinary praise from the American he had conquered. REVENGE Generous Isner said: ‘Congratulations to Kei, he is incredible […]

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