LENDL TEACHES ANDY

Tennis enthusiasts over the age thirty-five will certainly recall that Andy Murray’s new coach Ivan Lendl had a coldly uncommunicative way of behaving himself on court. Wojtek Fibak, Lendl’s own mentor told that looking very stern, so serious is a help. Just by the way Ivan is, he gets a lot of free points … Ivan is really an intimidator.

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SMITH ON STAND BY

Leon Smith, team captain for the Great Britain Davis Cup team has backed the decision of his star player Andy Murray to withdraw from this week’s Davis Cup Europe/Africa Zone Group I tie against Slovakia, scheduled to be held over the weekend in the Scottish city of Glasgow, Murray’s home town.

Murray was part of the Great Britain side in the Davis Cup that won their last two rubbers to secure promotion to the Group I of the zone meaning that they only have one group to win in order to return to the prestigious World Group.

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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.

COX EXITS

Daniel Cox lost surprisingly to Sergiy Stakhovsky to exit from the Wimbledon tournament. Resuming at 6-2 0-1 down after the match was suspended because of rain on Monday, Cox struggled in the face of Stakhovsky's serve and ground strokes.

Early breaks in the second and third set followed as Stakhovsky, ranked 46 in the world, won through 6-2 6-4 6-4.

The Ukrainian will now go on to face Ivan Ljubicic or Marin Cilic.

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DJOKOVIC DEFEATS DEL POTRO

Juan Martin Del Potro suffered a defeat at the hands of Novak Djokovic in a highly entertaining encounter. After recovering to one-set all on Friday, Del Potro looked set to rock the world number two with two break points for a 3-2 lead in the third set.

But Djokovic held his serve and powered on to win 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-2 to set up a meeting with Richard Gasquet.

World number one Rafael Nadal eased past Croatian Antonio Veic 6-1 6-3 6-0.

Despite stuttering at times in the opening two rounds, there were few problems for the Spaniard, who celebrates his 25th birthday on 3 June.

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MURRAY SUFFERS DEFEAT

Andy Murray was defeated in Miami in a surprising fashion after he was expected to win the Sony Ericsson open.Murray was broken seven times as the world number 118 secured a 6-1 7-5 victory in an hour and 35 minutes.

The loss comes two weeks after Murray was dumped out the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells by Donald Young.

And the Scot has failed to win a single set since defeating David Ferrer at the Australian Open in January.

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SODERLING CILIC FINAL SET

Robin Soderling is also to face Marin Cilic in Open 13 final. In Saturday's semi-finals, Swedish world number four Soderling beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 7-5 6-1.

Unseeded Croatian Cilic saved a match point before beating third seed Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 6-2 1-6 7-5.

Soderling and Cilic have only played each other once before, with the Swede winning in straight sets at last year's French Open.

The win over unseeded Tursunov continues an impressive start to the year for Soderling, who has won 16 out of his 17 games played, taking titles in Rotterdam and Brisbane.

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MURRAY FACING BECK

Andy Murray is set to play Karol Beck at the Australian Open. The 23-year-old Scot, seeded fifth, is in the same half of the draw as world number one Nadal.

Fellow British number one Elena Baltacha takes on a qualifier in her opening match in Melbourne.

Britons Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson and Katie O'Brien are still involved in the qualifying tournament.

Murray will play Beck for the first time, with the 28-year-old Slovakian currently ranked 104 in the world.

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KIEFER RETIRES

Nicolas Kiefer has announced that he will be retiring from tennis in this season. The 33-year-old German reached a career-high fourth in the rankings in 2000 but has struggled with form and injury in the last year two years.

He did not reach a Grand Slam final but made the 1997 Wimbledon quarter-finals, the 2006 Australian Open last four and won an Olympic silver medal in 2004.

With a current ranking of 722, Kiefer wants to spend more time with his wife and daughter, who was born in August.

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FEDERER WINS

Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal to win the final in London. The 29-year-old's attacking game carried the Swiss to a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win in one hour and 37 minutes at the O2 Arena.

Federer's victory ensured that an inconsistent year by his standards was bookended by wins at the Australian Open in January and now the ATP World Tour Finals in November.

Nadal had been hoping to land the only significant title to so far elude him but a three-hour semi-final against Andy Murray on Saturday looked to have taken the edge off his game, and Federer proved the stronger in the closing stages.

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