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Sascha Zverev outguns John Isner to reach Rome final

Alexander “Sascha” Zverev became the youngest Masters Series finalist in a decade when he beat American veteran John Isner 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-1 at the Rome Masters.

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Maria Sharapova ready to enter Wimbledon qualifiers. Pic: AFP/Getty

Maria Sharapova will not seek Wimbledon wild card

Maria Sharapova has announced she will not seek a wild card into Wimbledon’s main draw and will instead play the qualifying rounds to secure her place.

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The Lawn Tennis Association has accepted a request from Maria Sharapova to play at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham next month. Picture: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Maria Sharapova handed wildcard for Aegon Classic

The Lawn Tennis Association has confirmed it has accepted a request from Maria Sharapova to play at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham next month.

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Andy Murray has conceded he is "not playing good tennis" at the moment. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Andy Murray turns to Ivan Lendl in bid to revive his game

Andy Murray has had a brief clay court season so far, winning five matches (one by walkover), losing four, and failing to defend his Rome title. It is not how he would have wanted it and is in stark contrast to this time last year when the Scot was excelling on the surface, winning in Italy and reaching the final of the French Open.

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Andy Murray fell to Fabio Fognini at the Italian Open in Rome. Pic: AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Andy Murray: I’m not playing good tennis

Andy Murray conceded he is “not playing good tennis” as his concerning run of form continued with another early exit from a tournament, this time in Rome.

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Andy Murray was soundly defeated by Fabio Fognini in Rome. Pic: AFP

Defending champion Andy Murray crashes out in Rome

Andy Murray’s recent slump continued after he was bundled out of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome by Fabio Fognini 6-2, 6-4.

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Maria Sharapova is playing in Rome this week. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

No French Open wildcard for Maria Sharapova

Two-time champion Maria Sharapova has not been given a wild-card entry for the French Open.

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Eighteen-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has announced he will not participate in the French Open. Pic: Steve Paston/PA Wire.

Roger Federer decides to skip French Open

Eighteen-time grand slam champion Roger Federer has announced he will not participate in the French Open.

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Andy Murray takes break from Rome Masters to celebrate 30th

With a single-minded focus on sporting glory, Andy Murray has little time for fanfare or celebration, even when it happens to fall on a landmark occasion.

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Andy Murray celebrates Davis Cup victory with Team GB. Picture: Jane Barlow

Quiz: 30 questions for Sir Andy Murray’s 30th birthday

AS A tribute to Scotland’s tennis hero Sir Andy Murray who celebrates his big 3-0 today, we thought we’d serve up a special birthday quiz to mark the occasion.

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Rafael Nadal unleashes a forehand return to Dominic Thiem during the final of the Mutua Madrid Open. Picture: Getty.

Rafael Nadal warms up for French Open with victory in Madrid

Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic
Thiem 7-6 (10-8), 6-4 yesterday in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open.

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Andy Murray shows off his Wimbledon trophy at the champions diinner last year. Photograph: Getty Images

Andy Murray at 30 - Scot still a winner

Landmark birthdays – they are to be approached with caution. Turning 18 or 21 is fun: you now get to do things officially that you have been doing unofficially for years. But now you don’t get told off. After that, though, it is all downhill. Your 30th means you are supposed to be grown up; 40 is the first step to being past it and let’s not even talk about 50.

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Andy Murray is anxious to find the spark that has been missing from his game. Picture: AP.

Ivan Lendl to fly in on rescue mission for Andy Murray

Ivan Lendl makes an unlikely superhero but next Sunday he will don his cape and mask and sweep into Europe in a bid to salvage Andy Murray’s clay court season.

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Andy Murray has struggled for form in 2017. Pic: by Julian Finney/Getty Images

Five reasons why world number one Andy Murray has lost form

Andy Murray’s third round exit to Borna Coric at the Mutua Madrid Open confirmed that the world number one’s miserable 2017 on the court continues.

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Andy Murray of Great Britain gives a less-than-enthusiastic thumbs up to his coaching staff. Picture: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Andy Murray frustrated by errors in Madrid Open defeat

Andy Murray is a man of many talents but one of his greatest strengths is his sheer cussed, dogged and bloody-minded refusal to be bested by anyone.

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Novak Djokovic plays a forehand during his match against Nicolas Almagro. Picture: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Novak Djokovic warns Andy Murray chasing pack is after him

Tennis players are creatures of habit; they really do not like change, even if it is change for the good.

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Andy Murray acknowledges the Madrid crowd after defeating Marius Copil 6-4, 6-3. Francisco Seco/AP

Andy Murray wants clarity as Sharapova offered LTA wild card

Andy Murray sounds like he has had enough. He is trying to put his game back into top gear in time for the French Open later this month and Wimbledon in July and yet all he seems to do is talk about Maria Sharapova.

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Judy Murray celebrating World Tennis Day. Picture: Lisa Ferguson.

Judy Murray: ‘We had no money when Andy was little’

The mother of tennis champ Andy Murray has told how she struggled with money when her son was a child.

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Dan Evans smashes his racquet in frustration during his defeat by Robin Haase at the Madrid Open. Picture: Getty.

Dan Evans refuses to accept British ranking below Aljaz Bedene

Dan Evans insists he is still the British No 3, despite dropping behind Aljaz Bedene in the world tennis rankings.

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World No 1 Andy Murray keeps his eye on the ball as he practises in preparation for the Mutua Madrid Open. Picture: Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Andy Murray fit and ready to find his feet on clay in Madrid

His nose is to the grindstone, his shoulder is to the wheel and finally Andy Murray believes that his elbow is behind him.

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