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George Groves sets his sights while Chris Eubank Jr runs out of options

• Boxer damaged his left shoulder in 12th round of the contest• Groves can prove his worth in final of World Boxing Super SeriesGeorge Groves, his left shoulder still throbbing, cast a quick gaze into the immediate future and smiled. He had emerged wou…

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George Groves beats Chris Eubank Jr on points despite shoulder injury drama

• Groves sees out last round with one arm immobilised• Hammersmith fighter through to World Boxing Super Series finalGeorge Groves finished a wild night in Manchester with his left arm hanging redundantly by his side, his WBA super-middleweight title i…

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Belligerent George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr trade verbal blows

• Super-middleweights fight in World Boxing Super Series semi-final• Groves: ‘I’m in the prime of my career, fighting better than ever’George Groves does not think Chris Eubank Jr is even the best Chris Eubank in his family – and the WBA champion recko…

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Roger Federer, the Alpine swift, ready to swoop back into world No 1 spot | Kevin Mitchell

In Rotterdam this week the Swiss can top the rankings again at the age of 36 and he is not ruling out an Olympic swansong in 2020Roger Federer seems on a permanent swoop through the tennis firmament, dipping and soaring like an ageless Alpine swift, he…

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Ageless Federer outlasts rivals with 2020 Olympics a possible farewell | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federer plans to stay on the Tour as long as his wife is happy while stricken rivals like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic can only watch onAn intriguing scenario is unfolding in the wake of Roger Federer’s sixth Australian Open triumph in which th…

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Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber can rise from Australian Open wreckage | Kevin Mitchell

New injury doubts over Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Petra Kvitova make it difficult to identify favourites in a tournament where confusion pervadesOnly a few days before the first ball is struck, the Australian Open resembles a shredded carcass. So …

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Andy Murray has hip surgery and aims to return before Wimbledon

• Murray to fly home in a fortnight after surgery in Melbourne• ‘The surgeon felt my hip will be feeling better than a year ago’Andy Murray revealed on Monday that he has had hip surgery in Australia which he hopes will not only allow him to play at Wi…

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Defending champion Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

The 23-times major winner and women’s titleholder gave birth to her first child last September and says she is not yet ready to competeSerena Williams on Friday joined the galaxy of tennis stars who have withdrawn from the Australian Open, which starts…

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Defending champion Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

The 23-times major winner and women’s titleholder gave birth to her first child last September and says she is not yet ready to competeSerena Williams on Friday joined the galaxy of tennis stars who have withdrawn from the Australian Open, which starts…

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Defending champion Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

The 23-times major winner and women’s titleholder gave birth to her first child last September and says she is not yet ready to competeSerena Williams on Friday joined the galaxy of tennis stars who have withdrawn from the Australian Open, which starts…

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Defending champion Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

The 23-times major winner and women’s titleholder gave birth to her first child last September and says she is not yet ready to competeSerena Williams on Friday joined the galaxy of tennis stars who have withdrawn from the Australian Open, which starts…

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Defending champion Serena Williams withdraws from Australian Open

The 23-times major winner and women’s titleholder gave birth to her first child last September and says she is not yet ready to competeSerena Williams on Friday joined the galaxy of tennis stars who have withdrawn from the Australian Open, which starts…

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Andy Murray heading home after pulling out of Australian Open

Murray now contemplating having surgery on his injured hipOperation could keep Scot out of the game for monthsAndy Murray’s blighted Australian sojourn came to a dramatic halt on Thursday, as he headed for home to contemplate the grim prospect of havin…

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David Goffin sets up an ATP Finals clash with his tennis idol Roger Federer

• Belgian seals final semi-final slot at O2 with 6-4, 6-1 win over Dominic Thiem• Goffin is yet to beat the eight-times Wimbledon championThe first time David Goffin played Roger Federer – five years ago as a 21-year-old lucky loser in the fourth round…

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Andy Murray can get back to his best after injury, says Jamie Delgado

• Coach optimistic about Murray’s prospects in the new year• ‘We are very confident and hopeful that he will be back to his best’The encouraging news is mounting for Andy Murray before his return to the Tour in Australia in the new year. His travelling…

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Daniel Jacobs shows his class and puts Billy Joe Saunders fight in the frame | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearn’s American middleweight put Golovkin defeat behind him by outpointing Luís Arias and Hearn will have some negotiating to do if Frank Warren’s Saunders wins in Canada next monthEddie Hearn’s invasion of America was not quite on a par with th…

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Roger Federer not averse to subtle change as tennis considers its future

Few expect revolution as grand slam committees meet at All England Club, but world No2 accepts his sport must start considering theories of evolution if it is to survive beyond modern eraTennis has been drifting inexorably towards a crossroads for at l…

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Andy Murray looks to lighten his workload as he eyes top-10 return

• British No1 continues recovery from hip injury with practice match at the O2• Murray will have to limit tournament appearances to extend his playing careerAndy Murray, who is unable to defend his title at the ATP World Tour Finals, which start on Sun…

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Rafael Nadal hints knee injury may force withdrawal from ATP World Tour Finals

• Nadal due to meet David Goffin on Monday but ‘can’t predict’ if he will play• Roger Federer says he may never appear at French Open againRafael Nadal and Roger Federer, whose parallel dominance has defined modern tennis, will bring their triumphant s…

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Andy Murray’s return probably too late for GB’s Davis Cup purposes

• ‘Playing Spain is the tie that everyone thought would be the most difficult’• Captain Leon Smith still upbeat about Great Britain’s chancesAndy Murray surprised Roger Federer by how well he moved in their exhibition match in Glasgow on Tuesday night …