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French Open: Smiling Tsonga lands first knock-out

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With a little skip and swishing an Ali-like uppercut through the evening air to the accompaniment of cheers from his Philippe-Chatrier courtiers, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrated a straightforward knock-out win on Tuesday as he launched his 10th attempt to win the French Open. They do adore their heavyweight champ here and love was in the air again as Tsonga, while never ...

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Serena Williams eats dog food but reaches Italian Open quarters

Serena Williams celebrates with her dog after winning the 2013 Madrid Masters

Serena Williams made herself ill after eating dog food hours before reaching the last eight of the Italian Open. The world number one tried “a spoonful” of food meant for her dog, Chip, before beating fellow American Christina McHale in straight sets in Rome. “I thought ‘what the heck, I’m gonna try a piece, it looks good’,” she said. “Fast ...

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Italian Open: Roger Federer beaten by Dominic Thiem

Federer won only 67% of points on his first serve

Roger Federer has been beaten in straight sets by world number 15 Dominic Thiem at the Italian Open. The 34-year-old Swiss, who has struggled with a back injury, lost their third-round match 7-6 (7-2) 6-4. Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner, made 34 unforced errors in the Rome encounter ahead of the French Open, which starts on 22 May. Austrian ...

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Novak Djokovic beats Andy Murray in Madrid Open final

Murray (right) has lost 23 of his 32 meetings with Djokovic

World number one Novak Djokovic beat defending champion Andy Murray 6-2 3-6 6-3 in the Madrid Open final. The defeat means the 28-year-old Briton will lose his world number two ranking to Roger Federer on Monday. The Scot was blown away in the opening set, but fought back to level, only to fall to the Serb’s power and accuracy in ...

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Rafael Nadal invites the ITF to publish his drug test results

Rafael Nadal has won 14 Grand Slam titles (Image credit: Reuters)

World number five Rafael Nadal has invited the International Tennis Federation to publish the results of all of his drugs tests. The Spaniard is suing former French government minister Roselyne Bachelot, who accused him of doping. In a letter to the ITF, he said people should not “speak without evidence”. The 29-year-old added: “Please make all my information public, my ...

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Rafael Nadal wins ninth Monte Carlo Masters title

Rafael Nadal was playing in his 100th ATP World Tour final

Former world number one Rafael Nadal claimed a ninth Monte Carlo Masters title with victory over Gael Monfils. Nadal, who beat Andy Murray in the last four, won 7-5 5-7 6-0, his 68th victory from 100 finals on the ATP World Tour. “It has been a very important week,” said the Spaniard, 29. “The victory confirms that I am better.” ...

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Novak Djokovic out of Monte Carlo Masters after Jiri Vesely loss

Novak Djokovic exits a tournament before the final for a first time since the first event of 2015 in Doha (Image credit: Getty Images)

Novak Djokovic has been knocked out of the Monte Carlo Masters by world number 55 Jiri Vesely. The world number one was beaten 6-4 2-6 6-4 by the Czech, his first exit as early as the second round since the Madrid Masters in 2013. Vesely, 22, had never before beaten a player ranked in the world’s top 10. Eleven-time Grand ...

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Novak Djokovic defeats Kei Nishikori for sixth Miami Open title

Djokovic's $1m winnings from this tournament sees him become the all-time leading money-winner in tennis with career earnings approaching $100m

Novak Djokovic beat Kei Nishikori in straight sets to win the Miami Open for a record-equalling sixth time. The world number one matched Andre Agassi’s Miami tally with a 6-3 6-3 triumph in one hour and 26 minutes. The 28-year-old Serb becomes the first man to win the Indian Wells-Miami double three years in a row. Japan’s Nishikori, 26, was ...

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Nick Kyrgios into Miami semi-finals and world’s top 20

Kyrgios has reached the quarter-finals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open (Image credit: AP)

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios beat Canadian Milos Raonic at the Miami Open to reach his first Masters semi-final and break into the world’s top 20. Kyrgios beat the 12th seed 6-4 7-6 (7-4) to set up a semi-final against Japan’s Kei Nishikori. The result means Kyrgios, who turns 21 on 27 April, will become the youngest man in the top 20 ...

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Andy Murray loses to Grigor Dimitrov in Miami Open

Andy Murray is a two-time Grand Slam winner

Britain’s Andy Murray went out of the Miami Open as he lost 6-7 (1-7) 6-4 6-3 to Grigor Dimitrov in the third round. Scot Murray, 28, was 3-1 up in the third set but told BBC Sport “a lot of unforced errors crept into my game”. Bulgarian Dimitrov won the last five games and Murray will now return to Europe ...

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