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Joe Joyce scores points for boxing’s integrity on night of hysteria | Kevin Mitchell

Shrewd defeat of Daniel Dubois showcased the sport’s best qualities before Mike Tyson took to the stage in LA It’s always the quiet ones. And they don’t come a lot quieter than Joe Joyce, whose impressive if inconvenient stoppage of Daniel Dubois has h…

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Joe Joyce takes titles after forcing Daniel Dubois to quit in 10th round

Joyce now British and European heavyweight championDubois suffers first defeat of his professional careerJoe Joyce, a 3-1 underdog and the antithesis of a growling heavyweight beast, forced his younger unbeaten opponent, Daniel Dubois, to quit in the 1…

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Few should have the stomach for farcical fight between Mike Tyson and Roy Jones | Kevin Mitchell

Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr – both in their 50s – meet in Los Angeles in an unsanctioned exhibition boutNobody in the history of paid fighting has used the language of violence with as much undiluted enthusiasm as Mike Tyson. Iron Mike gave credible vo…

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Andy Murray calls for ATP Tour to create domestic abuse policy

Comment follows allegations against Alexander ZverevMurray hopes players will take vaccine for ‘good of the sport’Andy Murray says the Association of Tennis Professionals, which governs men’s tennis, should take domestic abuse cases such as the one whi…

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Team GB coaches see talent emerging but grassroots tennis needs nurturing

Anne Keothavong and Leon Smith are presiding over competitive Billie Jean Cup and Davis Cup squads yet know there is still much to improve for Britain’s young playersFor one cloudy afternoon, Luke Milligan was as famous as Tim Henman. For the first tim…

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Dominic Thiem topples Novak Djokovic at ATP World Tour Finals

Austrian denies world No1 record eighth final appearanceDjokovic goes down despite leading 4-0 in final set tie-breakNovak Djokovic, five times a champion here, failed to reach the concluding Sunday of the ATP World Tour Finals for a record eighth time…

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Johanna Konta sounds alarm over coronavirus threat to Australian Open

Konta likely to shelve plans to spend Chrismas in Sydney British No 1 says tournament ‘at mercy of the government’Johanna Konta shares the anxiety of everyone in tennis as desperate administrators and nervous politicians argue over the viability of hol…

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What will British tennis have when Andy Murray hangs up his racket? | Kevin Mitchell

LTA’s Scott Lloyd has a bold plan to boost performance, but some think successes of the past decade has been squandered As the best eight players in men’s singles gathered in London this weekend for the ATP’s end-of-season jamboree, the home of tennis …

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Daniil Medvedev sends World Tour warning with Paris win over Zverev

Russian shows he will be a force at ATP World Tour FinalsMedvedev wins 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in high-quality Paris Masters finalDaniil Medvedev did more than win his third Masters title when he beat Alexander Zverev 5-7, 6-4, 6-1 in Paris on Sunday evening. In…

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Zverev powers past Nadal to set up Paris Masters final with Medvedev

World No 7 wins 6-4, 7-5 in dominant displayDaniil Medvedev battles past Milos RaonicAlexander Zverev blew Rafael Nadal off the court in a little over an hour and a half at Bercy on Saturday afternoon and plays the unpredictable Russian Daniil Medvedev…

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Rafael Nadal recovers to beat Carreño Busta and make Paris Masters semis

World No 2 beats Spanish compatriot 4-6, 7-5, 6-1Nadal to face Zverev, Medvedev will play RaonicRafael Nadal beat Pablo Carreño Busta in three sets of gathering power lon Friday night to reach the semi-finals of the Paris Masters, and simultaneously sh…

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Rafael Nadal defeats Jordan Thompson to reach last eight of Paris Masters

Spaniard triumphs over Australian 6-1, 7-6 (3) in BercyHe will play compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta in quarter-finalsNot many people in tennis know Rafael Nadal better than Francisco Roig, who has been part of his coaching team since 2005 and was among …

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Wawrinka shows pedigree with clinical win over Dan Evans at Paris Masters

World No 20 defeats British No 1 6-3, 7-6 (3) in BercySwiss hails ‘one of my best matches’ against EvansWhen Stan Wawrinka is on form, even the best players struggle to stay with him, as he showed in his whirlwind drubbing of Andy Murray in the first r…

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Wawrinka shows pedigree with clinical win over Dan Evans at Paris Masters

World No 20 defeats British No 1 6-3, 7-6 (3) in BercySwiss hails ‘one of my best matches’ against EvansWhen Stan Wawrinka is on form, even the best players struggle to stay with him, as he showed in his whirlwind drubbing of Andy Murray in the first r…

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Feliciano López on course to face Rafael Nadal on hard courts at Paris Masters

López earned second-round tie after defeat of KrajinovicNadal has not reached final at tournament since 2007Feliciano López has won only four of his 13 matches against Rafael Nadal, yet the 39-year-old left-hander from Toledo knows his illustrious Span…

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Rafael Nadal targets ATP Tour Finals as he seeks another title in Paris

Spaniard keen on London finale he comes through Paris MastersNovak Djokovic absent in Bercy after Vienna failureRafael Nadal, rejuvenated after winning his 13th French Open at 34, has committed to finishing his disjointed season in London in a fortnigh…

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Andy Murray: ‘Off court I’m pretty laid back’

The tennis player, 33, on difficult moment growing up, hating cruelty to animals and not punching wallsMy earliest memory would be when I was about four or five, walking into school on my first day. I don’t remember much about it, though. My brother Ja…

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Rafael Nadal demolishes Novak Djokovic to win 13th French Open title

World No 2 thrashes No 1 seed 6-0, 6-2, 7-5Spaniard equals Roger Federer’s haul of 20 grand slam titlesNovak Djokovic drove Rafael Nadal to almost unprecedented heights of excellence but was powerless to stop his old rival winning his 13th French Open …

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Iga Swiatek demolishes Sofia Kenin in final to make French Open history

First Pole to win a grand slam beats American 6-4, 6-1 19-year-old is youngest Paris winner since Monica Seles in 1992Iga Swiatek, the Polish teenager who arrived in Paris ranked 54 in the world, leaves as her country’s first grand slam champion after …

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Djokovic’s gift to unsettle threatens Rafael Nadal’s kingdom

The Serbian brings the element of uncertainty that will test Nadal in the French Open finalRafael Nadal has owned Roland Garros for nearly all of his career. Whether Novak Djokovic can take over the lease on Sunday afternoon depends on two factors: the…