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Novak Djokovic beats Roger Federer in epic match to win fifth Wimbledon title

• Djokovic wins 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3)• Reaction as Federer denied a ninth title by SerbIn a final as memorable for its longevity and unfathomable swings of fortune as the quality of shot-making by two of the finest grass-court players o…

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A duel with no secrets but does Roger Federer have greater shock potential? | Kevin Mitchell

The two great champions know each other’s game inside out and the Swiss is going to have to find something extra to halt Novak Djokovic in the Wimbledon finalThere are no secrets between Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, nothing new to learn after 47 m…

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Simona Halep stuns Serena Williams to win first Wimbledon title

• Romanian storms to 6-2, 6-2 victory on Centre Court• Game-by-game report: how all of the action unfoldedSimona Halep played a near-flawless final on Saturday to become the first Romanian woman to win Wimbledon, simultaneously wrecking Serena Williams…

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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal in four sets to reach Wimbledon men’s final

• Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal 7-6 (3), 1-6, 6-3, 6-4• Federer to face Novak Djokovic in final on SundayIt was too much to expect a reprise of the 2008 Wimbledon classic from adversaries with a combined age of 70 but Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal …

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Serena Williams battles burden of expectation before Simona Halep final

Both Wimbledon finalists will be fighting their own emotions in what should be a momentous duel, with the American well placed for a 24th slamWhen Sabine Lisicki lost the final here to Marion Bartoli in 2013, she could not control the flow of tears tha…

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Serena Williams beats Barbora Strycova to go into Wimbledon singles final

• Williams beats Strycova 6-1, 6-2• American will face Simona Halep in finalPlaying tennis significantly better than in her nervous quarter-final, the old Serena Williams reappeared for her public on Thursday to beat the slightly less old Barbora Stryc…

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Roger Federer needs a quick kill in entrancing duel with Rafael Nadal | Kevin Mitchell

The 37-year-old’s knees may not be up to Rafael Nadal’s ploy of taking Friday’s Wimbledon semi-final to five gruelling setsRoger Federer and Rafael Nadal have not met at Wimbledon since 2008, when the Spaniard prevailed in a five-set final stretched ov…

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Roger Federer brings up Wimbledon century with Rafael Nadal next in line

• Four-set win over Kei Nishikori was his 100th at Wimbledon• Federer seeks 16th win over Nadal in 40 matches on FridayIf Roger Federer is to win Wimbledon for the ninth time he might have to reach deeper into his past than he did in beating Kei Nishik…

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Johanna Konta crashes out as Barbora Strycova powers into semi-finals

• Last British hope is beaten 7-6 (5), 6-1 on Centre Court• Czech Strycova will meet Serena Williams in last fourJohanna Konta left Wimbledon frustrated with herself and angry with her critics on Tuesday evening, one win short of a semi-final against S…

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Andy Murray fired up for singles return and confident he can challenge rivals

• Comeback continues at pace with positive doubles displays• Murray: ‘I’m sure that, tennis-wise, I will be able to keep up’Andy Murray sees no reason he cannot still beat Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the champions who have been part…

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More players older than 30 than younger left in men’s fourth round at Wimbledon

• Only four of the top 10 seeds remain in the tournament• Outside big three, Kei Nishikori has moved quietly through drawWhen the championships resume on Monday, the men’s fourth round will feature more players older than 30 than younger for the first …

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Cori Gauff’s astonishing rise wins a million hearts at Wimbledon

The 15-year-old is enjoying the fruits of her talent, while staying focused on winning the women’s singles titleThe prodigy looked out at a sea of faces she recognised only as recently won friends, cheerleaders, really, mutual strangers wondering what …

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Rafael Nadal riled by Nick Kyrgios but sees him off despite underarm ace

• Spaniard wins 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 7-6 after weeks-long war of words• Australian aims shot straight at Nadal and does not apologiseNick Kyrgios discovered on Thursday evening that you provoke a champion at your peril as Rafael Nadal husbanded his controlle…

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Pierre-Hugues Herbert focused on doubles action with Andy Murray

• Pair face Marius Copil and Ugo Humbert in first match• Frenchman upset regular partner Nicolas MahutPierre-Hugues Herbert upset his regular doubles partner, Nicolas Mahut, when he accepted Andy Murray’s invitation to play with him at Wimbledon, but h…

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Kyle Edmund blows two-set lead as Fernando Verdasco wins five-set thriller

• Fernando Verdasco beat Kyle Edmund 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3, 6-4• Verdasco: ‘We both fought hard, but I was able to win’Six years after hauling Andy Murray to the brink of defeat in the quarter-finals of the tournament in which the Scot ended 77 years …

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Rafael Nadal overcomes jitters to set up mouth-watering Nick Kyrgios clash

• Nadal wins against Yuichi Sugita in straight sets• Roger Federer beats South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in four setsAfter the tremor that ripped through Wimbledon on day one, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal survived early scares when they stepped on to the…

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Wimbledon Centre Court slot is an ‘honour’, says upbeat Kyle Edmund

• Briton will play Jaume Munar of Spain• Wildcard James Ward at Wimbledon after knee surgeryKyle Edmund says it is “a great honour” to return to Centre Court for the fourth time when Wimbledon starts day, and the most glorious setting in tennis might b…

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Canada united: Warm immigrant welcome breeds tennis heroes

Denis Shapovalov and Félix Auger-Aliassime head to Wimbledon with a whole nation behind them as they showcase the country’s enlightened immigration policySomething is stirring in Canada and it has nothing to do with flying hockey pucks or angry bears. …

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Novak Djokovic in the mood for defence of ‘sacred’ Wimbledon title

The Serb has faith in his grass game but has a likely final against Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to contend withRafael Nadal sent a brief shiver through Wimbledon before it had even started when he took a tumble in practice, which is not unusual on fr…

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Andy Murray gives little thought to chance of facing brother at Wimbledon

• Scot returns to SW19 for doubles tournament• Murray could play Jamie and Neal Skupski in third roundAndy Murray continues to dominate the British tennis landscape, even though his return to Wimbledon after two years away in various states of physical…