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No shock in Federer scheduling claims but Laver Cup row is more problematic | Kevin Mitchell

Everyone knows Roger Federer gets to play when and where he wants in every tournament he enters but Laver Cup issue is a sign of turbulent timesIt is rare to see Roger Federer flustered or short-tempered but both those sides of his personality were on …

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Roger Federer in line of fire over scheduling and Davis Cup claims

• Veteran Julien Benneteau makes accusations against Swiss• Wins for Djokovic and Zverev at ATP World Tour finalsRoger Federer, reaching for the 100th tournament win of his 20-year career in London this week, found himself at the centre of an awkward c…

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Roger Federer slumps to straight-sets loss against Kei Nishikori at ATP Finals

• Japanese world No 9 holds nerve to win 7-6 (4), 6-3 at O2 Arena• Federer picks up code violation for hitting ball into crowdIf Roger Federer is to win the 100th tournament of his 20-year career here this week, he will need to rediscover some of his r…

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Roger Federer hoping to rule London again as he pursues 100th title

The Swiss player could celebrate a special landmark at the ATP World Tour Finals, but Novak Djokovic stands in his wayIt is difficult to judge which was the most surreal image on the eve of the ATP World Tour finals in London: Novak Djokovic scrolling …

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Tony Bellew defiant as he prepares for final bow against Oleksandr Usyk

The Liverpudlian is hoping to go out on a high against the feared 15-0 Ukrainian at the Manchester ArenaTony Bellew reaches for a farewell victory on Saturday night, against the feared Oleksandr Usyk, that only his close associates give him a realistic…

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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal showdown in Saudi Arabia called off

• World’s top two were due to meet in Jeddah on 22 December• Match attracted controversy after Jamal Khashoggi’s murderThe doomed December exhibition match in Saudi Arabia next month between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has been called off. The Span…

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Todd Reid tragedy shows talent and self-belief do not guarantee glory | Kevin Mitchell

Todd Reid won Junior Wimbledon in 2002 but illness, disillusionment and serial comebacks meant his name flickered across the tennis firmament too brieflyAs young Stefanos Tsitsipas whipped away the headphones that connected him to his father and coach …

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There seems to be no saving Floyd Mayweather from his own ego | Kevin Mitchell

Five-weight former world champion has agreed to take on a 20-year-old Japanese kickboxer in what is the latest of the bored American’s money-making stuntsEvaluating the absurd in boxing is like trying to break open a coconut with a feather: intriguing …

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Nadal and Djokovic need to see bigger picture over Saudi exhibition match | Kevin Mitchell

The two players have at least addressed the situation but going ahead with December’s game in Jeddah given the global outrage over Jamal Khashoggi’s death is a mistakeOf the many withering put?downs John McEnroe uttered in his playing career, a favouri…

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Glenn Hoddle: the genius who Spurs fans love like no other

Kevin Mitchell, who stood on the Shelf in the 1970s watching Glenn Hoddle’s emergence, recalls the skills that made the stricken Tottenham star a legendWhen Glenn Hoddle collapsed on his 61st birthday in a TV studio in London on Saturday and slipped “c…

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Glenn Hoddle: the genius who Spurs fans love like no other

Kevin Mitchell, who stood on the Shelf in the 1970s watching Glenn Hoddle’s emergence, recalls the skills that made the stricken Tottenham star a legendWhen Glenn Hoddle collapsed on his 61st birthday in a TV studio in London on Saturday and slipped “c…

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Djokovic revival ready to rumble on as he closes on return to world No 1 | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb could secure the top spot for the first time in two years at the Paris Masters and the odds have shortened on him again holding all four major titles at the same timeFor all that the slams and Masters dominate the game and the headlines, the u…

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Djokovic revival ready to rumble on as he closes on return to world No 1 | Kevin Mitchell

The Serb could secure the top spot for the first time in two years at the Paris Masters and the odds have shortened on him again holding all four major titles at the same timeFor all that the slams and Masters dominate the game and the headlines, the u…

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Hearn right to mourn HBO’s boxing exit but the TV battle is intensifying | Kevin Mitchell

Matchroom managing director sees dangers for the sport while Kid Galahad’s rise continues and Ireland’s Michael Conlan attracts an unlikely comparisonEddie Hearn has always been someone who can read a trend, a trait he learned from his astute father, B…

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Advantage everyone: Wimbledon is right to have tie-breaks in fifth set | Kevin Mitchell

All England Club decision to use tie-breaks when score reaches 12-12 in deciding set will go down well with players and fansIt could never be said that the All England Club was bullied into hasty change; indeed it is rumoured some members still hanker …

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Advantage everyone: Wimbledon is right to have tie-breaks in fifth set | Kevin Mitchell

All England Club decision to use tie-breaks when score reaches 12-12 in deciding set will go down well with players and fansIt could never be said that the All England Club was bullied into hasty change; indeed it is rumoured some members still hanker …

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Hughie Fury steps in to fight Kubrat Pulev but cousin Tyson stays off limits

• Fight in Bulgaria this month will be IBF heavyweight eliminator• Dereck Chisora signs management deal with David HayeThe fairytale of the fighting Fury cousins could have been scripted to order: two Gypsy boys battling their way to the top of the hea…

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Nadal and Djokovic need to break silence over Saudi exhibition | Kevin Mitchell

The two players appear to have remained deaf to growing clamour over seeming endorsement of Saudi Arabia amid outrage over disappearance of Jamal KhashoggiRafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good nam…

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Wimbledon land grab shows money talks as golfers accept £63.75m offer | Kevin Mitchell

The All England Club’s generous offer will be ratified in December as members of Wimbledon Park golf club get ready for windfall of £85,000 eachWimbledon’s ambitions of trebling its space for the high point of the tennis summer came down to old-fashion…

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Great Britain to host home Fed Cup ties for first time in more than 25 years

• Bath University to host matches in 2019• ‘This will show everyone what Fed Cup is all about’Great Britain will host a home Fed Cup tie for the first time in more than 25 years in 2019, it was confirmed on Tuesday.The round-robin at Bath University fr…