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Roger Federer: Methuselah of sport still has unshakeable belief in his talent

Seemingly immune to the ravages of time, Roger Federer says a bit of luck and understanding his body have kept him competitiveRoger Federer, who is ageing with the irresistible longevity of an oak tree, is the very antithesis of Andy Murray. While the …

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Pain, regrets and post-tennis plans: Andy Murray on his hardest decision

In his first major interview since his tearful announcement of imminent retirement, Britain’s tennis great talks of his first-round tie in Melbourne – and how he’ll cope afterwardsAndy Murray has been guarding a chronic hip condition for several years,…

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Kyrgios and Tomic could learn from Osaka and show us they care | Kevin Mitchell

Naomi Osaka’s candid remarks in defeat are in contrast to both Australians’ claims that they ‘could not care less’ about losingWhen Andy Murray berated a social media troll as “a clown” for accusing him and other senior players of extending their caree…

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Fearsome foursome go to Australian Open aware the end could be near

Injuries and rise of a new generation threaten to expose Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray at the first slam of the yearThe four greatest players in modern tennis – who between them have won more than £300m across 16 years – a…

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Andy Murray’s class and vulnerability both on display in long-awaited return | Kevin Mitchell

The former world No 1 easily beat James Duckworth in Brisbane but swift changes in direction no longer come naturallyAlmost a year to the day since he sat alone in a Brisbane hotel room for more than 10 hours contemplating his future, Andy Murray survi…

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Flashpoints of 2018: Serena Williams blows her top in the US Open final

The 23-time grand slam title winner blamed all and sundry after falling foul of the rules in her losing final with Naomi Osaka at Flushing MeadowsThe turmoil that enveloped Serena Williams and Carlos Ramos during the final of the 2018 US Open had littl…

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Johanna Konta: ‘I basically just ran out of steam this year’

British No 1 has a new coach, Dimitri Zavialoff, and will allow herself more recovery time in an effort to reach top 10 againJohanna Konta headed south on Sunday for the warmth and familiarity of the country of her birth with a new coach, management co…

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Dillian Whyte’s win leaves Anthony Joshua weighing up options | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearn claims a clash between the Britons would fill Wembley but Joshua prefers to try to become undisputed world heavyweight champion by taking on Deontay WilderEddie Hearn admitted on Sunday he has less time than the prime minister does with Bre…

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‘No more late nights’: Dereck Chisora finds focus for Dillian Whyte rematch

The fighter formerly known as ‘Del Boy’ cut a leaner, calmer figure at the weigh-in as the two heavyweight rivals prepare to relive their epic 2016 clashDereck Chisora, the ring artist formerly known as “Del Boy”, has found God and David Haye, serendip…

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Tyson Fury is no angel but he should have been on the Spoty shortlist | Kevin Mitchell

It is toweringly paradoxical that a fighter who is trying against mountainous odds to put embarrassing chunks of his past behind him is reminded of his sins again in a public referendumGeraint Thomas deserves the acclaim of armchair Britain as the nati…

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Brook v Khan may be latest fight that gets away in boxing’s numbers game | Kevin Mitchell

The two 32-year-olds are past their box-office peaks and Khan is being lined up to take on WBO title-holder Terence CrawfordThe immediate, logical reaction to Kell Brook grinding out a flat-footed points win over the Australian Michael Zerafa in Sheffi…

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Rocky Fielding: ‘To fight at Madison Square Garden is unbelievable’

The Liverpudlian fighter is not expected to beat Saúl ‘Canelo’ Álvarez but has the confidence to cause an upsetThe odds of Rocky Fielding replicating Tyson Fury’s heroics when he steps into the ring at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night against Sa…

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Serena Williams’s US meltdown was handled badly all round, says McEnroe

• ‘She was wrong and so was the umpire,’ he adds • McEnroe in London for final appearance at Champions eventSerena Williams has “nothing to apologise for” after her meltdown at this year’s US Open, according to John McEnroe. The man who probably had mo…

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Serena Williams’s US meltdown was handled badly all round, says McEnroe

• ‘She was wrong and so was the umpire,’ he adds • McEnroe in London for final appearance at Champions eventSerena Williams has “nothing to apologise for” after her meltdown at this year’s US Open, according to John McEnroe. The man who probably had mo…

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‘People’s champion’ Tyson Fury evokes memories of Muhammad Ali era | Kevin Mitchell

The Mancunian’s display against Deontay Wilder has complicated the immediate future of the heavyweight divisionWhen Tyson Fury got up from the canvas to finish like a wounded bull in the 12th round of his achingly unfair draw with Deontay Wilder in a f…

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Tyson Fury comes out of Wilder contest a winner despite contested draw | Kevin Mitchell

Fury has overcome many personal problems to get this far so realised there was no need for anger at being denied victory by judgesUltimately Tyson Fury did win. He could not beat the judges but he beat the odds of life. And, in one of the many intervie…

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Where does Deontay Wilder v Tyson Fury stand in boxing’s pantheon? | Kevin Mitchell

A surfeit of heavyweight titles and champions since the days of Muhammad Ali v George Foreman or Joe Frazier means the sport has fallen from the forefront of public attentionIt is impossible to imagine the impact Muhammad Ali would have made on all our…

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Contentious Davis Cup revamp may be stepping-stone towards ATP merger | Kevin Mitchell

Tournament director admits new format is a gamble but vying for prestige with 2020 World Cup is ‘not good for any of us’Albert Costa, who won the Davis Cup for Spain three times, as player and captain, hopes tradition will be enough to stave off opposi…

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Tyson Fury can beat Deontay Wilder if fight goes distance, says Lennox Lewis

• Former champion says Briton should play long game• ‘If it’s a distance fight, it’s Tyson. If it’s short fight, it’s Deontay’Lennox Lewis, Britain’s finest ever heavyweight until Anthony Joshua extends his legacy to prove otherwise, believes Tyson Fur…

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Johanna Konta: Serena wrong to blame US Open final defeat on umpire

• Briton says umpire Carlos Ramos is stickler for rules• ‘I believe it was emotions running high and things snowballing’Johanna Konta, who relaunches her career under new management and coach in the new year, waved goodbye to an ordinary 2018 on Friday…