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Roger Federer famous in Asian Sub-Continent

Despite the fact that tennis is not such a popular game in the Asian continent especially in India, Roger Federer is still a superstar in that part of the world.

The Switzerland international has to play a few matches in India next month and the tickets for those matches have already been sold out.

In India, Federer will actually be participating in the International Premier Tennis League.

It’s not a singles tournament. It’s a team event which will go on for duration of two weeks.

Williams Paired With Hingis For First Time

Venus Williams has done almost everything on the tennis court, but, yesterday night, she did something for the first time. She paired with Martina Hingis of Switzerland in a doubles match of the ongoing World Team Tennis competition. Both these legends represented Washington Kastles and ended up winning.
This was the first time that Venus and Hingis were playing alongside each other at the professional level. They have been up against each other numerous times, but, not together before this. They used to share intense rivalry during the peak days of their careers.

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Bartoli Happy With Retirement

Marion Bartoli reckons that she didn’t make a mistake by deciding to retire after her Wimbledon glory last year.
Bartoli is in United Kingdom at the moment and yesterday, she even addressed the press at the All England Club as the previous year’s Wimbledon champion.

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Tsonga Falls To Djokovic

Novak Djokovic has entered the round of 8 in the ongoing French Open. He crushed his French opponent Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the straight sets yesterday.

This is the 20th consecutive major event in which Djokovic has made it to the quarter finals. It tells a thing or two about his form in the last few years.

Djokovic has won quite a few Grand Slams in his career till now, but, he is yet to achieve glory at Rolland Garros. He has been in the final at this venue once i.e. in 2012, but, he had got beaten that time.

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Federer not Complaining

When most of his fellow professionals are complaining about the hectic schedule that they are going through in preparation for the upcoming 2012 season, Roger Federer is quietly going on about his work, hell bent on reclaiming the number one position that he feels that he deserves.

MURRAY CALLS FOR STRENGTH

Andy Murray say that he needs to be more stronger. The Scot, 23, made a disappointing third-round exit at the US Open, which Nadal went on to win and so complete the career Grand Slam.

"I've got four or five months before the next Slam," Murray told BBC Sport. "I need to get physically stronger, improve my game and then I'll give myself the chance to beat him."

Murray had gone into the US Open with many predicting he could win his first Grand Slam title after a superb run at the Toronto Masters in the build-up, beating Nadal and Roger Federer on his way to winning the tournament.

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FEDERER CRUISES

Roger Federer sailed through to fourth round in New York with a 6-4 6-3 6-3 win over Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu. Federer, 29, did not have to be at his best as he reached the last 16 in total control at Flushing Meadows.

Third seed Novak Djokovic proved too strong for crowd favourite James Blake as he secured a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 win.

The pair were joined in the last 16 by Robin Soderling after the Swede eased past Thiemo de Bakker 6-2 6-3 6-3.

Second seed Federer revealed he had found the blustery conditions problematic on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

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FISH SHOCKS RODDICK

Andy Roddick was defeated by Mardy Fish to knock him out of the ATP Atlanta Championship. It ended a run of nine straight Roddick wins against Fish dating back to 2003.

Fish, who needed only one break to secure victory, firing nine aces and 27 winners, won in Newport this month and has gone nine matches without defeat.

In Sunday's final he faces John Isner, who he defeated in their only previous meeting last season indoors, after he beat Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-7 (7-9) 6-3.

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MURRAY PREPARING FOR FRANCE

ANDY Murray goes into his final preparations for next week’s French Open where he will be hoping to improve on last year’s tournament which saw him reach the quarter-finals. He watched the last grand slam final from prime Wimbledon Tickets.

That marked a career best at Roland Garros for Murray who looked back to somewhere like more usual form in Madrid last week.

While the British number one did eventually lose out 7-5 6-3 to Spain’s David Ferrer at the quarter-final stage in Madrid, he could at take heart from three pretty gutsy performances in the Spanish capital.

Nadal eyeing Clay Victory

The Madrid Open has begun in earnest and for local favourite Rafa Nadal, in contrast to last year, it could not have come at a more opportune moment both physically and mentally.

At Roland Garros in May 2009, Nadal ceded to Roger Federer the title he had dominated the previous four years, although it was Robin Söderling, in a harbinger of things to come for the now number seven-ranked Swede, who actually dispatched the reigning champion in the fourth round before reaching the final himself.

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