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Novak Djokovic turns to love and peace in a bid to end Andy Murray’s dream

Tennis - Shanghai Masters tennis tournament - Novak Djokovic of Serbia v Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain

Rarely have the strengths and frailties of modern athletes been so cruelly exposed as in the major tennis stadiums of the world over the past decade or so. In Paris this week, we will witness the tensile limits of two of the game’s most enduring men of steel, as Andy Murray seeks to unseat Novak Djokovic as the best player in the world.

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Rafael Nadal adds former world No1 Carlos Moya to his coaching team

If there was any doubt that Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were nearing the end of their glorious careers in the 12th year of their rivalry, John McEnroe spiked that bubble when he said this week the two players who dominated the game for nearly a decade had “maybe one or two more years” to add to their combined total of 31 majors.

Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Japan's Kei Nishikori after their semi final math

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray book finals shootout for No1 spot

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic meet for the 35th time on Sunday in a match loaded with more significance than even some of their many contests for majors: the championship of each other, as someone once described the trilogy of world heavyweight title fights between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier.

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Venus Williams rolls back the years to beat Yaroslava Shvedova at Wimbledon

It is 19 years since Venus Williams first played at Wimbledon, an opening step on the path to what has been an incredible career. Almost two decades on, the 36-year-old is back in the semi-finals here for the first time in seven years, an achievement which in many ways is every bit as good as any of the five titles she has pocketed here along the way.

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