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Novak Djokovic seals fourth Wimbledon title in final stroll over Kevin Anderson

• Serb wraps up his 13th major title with straight-sets win• Anderson’s battle to reach the final catches up with himIt took Novak Djokovic five minutes to break Kevin Anderson’s serve, but he could not break his admirable resistance over two hours and…

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Novak Djokovic seals fourth Wimbledon title in final stroll over Kevin Anderson

• Serb wraps up his 13th major title with straight-sets win• Anderson’s battle to reach the final catches up with himIt took Novak Djokovic five minutes to break Kevin Anderson’s serve, but he could not break his admirable resistance over two hours and…

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Novak Djokovic and Kevin Anderson must slug it out in Wimbledon final | Kevin Mitchell

Weary warriors in a men’s final that resembles a gruelling boxing match – and this is the last time the All England Club should allow it to happenIf Kevin Anderson and Novak Djokovic are hurled into another marathon fifth set to decide the winner of th…

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Angelique Kerber wins Wimbledon title after victory over Serena Williams

• No 11 seed wins 6-3, 6-3 on Centre Court• Serena Williams’ wait for a 24th grand slam title goes onTiger Woods and Serena Williams could spend hours talking about struggle and pain – as black American athletes in historically white sports, and champi…

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Nadal v Djokovic provides the main course after battle of the big servers

John Isner, with 161 aces under his belt and yet to lose his serve, plays Roger Federer’s conqueror, Kevin Anderson, in first semi-final before 52nd meeting between old rivalsJohn Isner will play no-Trumps but a lot of aces in his first Wimbledon semi-…

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Rafael Nadal shows his warrior spirit to beat Del Potro and reach semi-finals

• Spaniard fights back to win 7-5, 6-7 (7), 4-6, 6-4, 6-4• Nadal will meet Novak Djokovic in last four on FridayA few hours after Roger Federer’s exit from the championships, the player most observers expected to be waiting for the defending champion a…

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Novak Djokovic back on Centre Court as Roger Federer is pushed out to No 1

• Serbia’s three-time winner to take on Nishikori in quarter-final• John Isner threatens to invite Donald Trump to any semi-finalRoger Federer has been shunted off Centre Court for the first time in three years for his quarter-final against Kevin Ander…

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on course for inevitable conclusion | Kevin Mitchell

Many promising young guns wilted under the blistering Wimbledon sun during week one but the list of champions remaining leaves the tournament set for another classic finishAs the grass rested on a murderously hot Sunday, many of the 16 contenders left …

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal on course for inevitable conclusion | Kevin Mitchell

Many promising young guns wilted under the blistering Wimbledon sun during week one but the list of champions remaining leaves the tournament set for another classic finishAs the grass rested on a murderously hot Sunday, many of the 16 contenders left …

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Novak Djokovic fights back to end Kyle Edmund’s Wimbledon hopes

• British No 1 takes first set but loses 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4• Djokovic sets up fourth-round meeting with Karen KhachanovPut away the flags, turn down the music, take off that silly hat, don’t forget to put out the cat. Kyle Edmund, surfing the wave of n…

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Rafael Nadal pulls no punches to knock out teenager Alex de Minaur

• Spaniard defeats 19-year-old Australian 6-1, 6-2, 6-4• Nadal retains No 1 ranking going into fourth roundRafael Nadal, who saw off the Australian teenager Alex De Minaur in three sets on Saturday, is enjoying the sort of renaissance only champions su…

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Kyle Edmund keen to watch England before encountering Novak Djokovic | Kevin Mitchell

The British No 1, a keen Liverpool fan, hopes to be among the millions watching England tackle Sweden before facing his own Herculean task on Centre Court at Wimbledon on SaturdayKyle Edmund, who gives the impression it would take an atomic bomb to dis…

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Serena Williams beats Mladenovic to give notice that comeback title is on

• Seven-times Wimbledon champion reaches fourth round• ‘I worked really, really hard. It’s been a long, arduous road’If anyone doubted Serena Williams was worth consideration as a winner of this tournament for an eighth time – let alone the 25th seedin…

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Johanna Konta knocked out of Wimbledon by Dominika Cibulkova

• British No 1 in chastening 6-3, 6-4 second-round defeat• Konta will fall 19 spots in the world rankings to 43rd placeAs much as she would like it to be otherwise, everything in the garden is not so light-hearted, cake-filled and rosy for the ever-smi…

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Kyle Edmund and Swedish coach focus on Klahn before World Cup

British No 1 is preparing to face the Californian in the second round before England v Sweden separates them for a dayGood judgment and serendipity threw Kyle Edmund and his Swedish coach, Fredrik Rosengren, together last year in a partnership tha…

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Wimbledon’s mother’s day ends with Serena Williams in and Azarenka out

Serena Williams stormed past Viktoriya Tomova but Victoria Azarenka was well beaten by Karolina Pliskova on Centre CourtThree women at this tournament will be remembered as champions of struggle against all odds long after they stop playing: Petra Kvit…

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Nadal and Zverev make progress at Wimbledon with minimal delays

• Spanish No 2 seed defeats Israel’s Dudi Sela 6-3, 6-3, 6-2• Zverev of Germany sees off James Duckworth 7-5, 6-2, 6-0It never does to look too far ahead in a sporting tournament, yet a minor frisson of expectation is beginning to ripple through the me…

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Johanna Konta into Wimbledon second round with win over Vikhlyantseva

• British No 1 wins 7-5, 7-6 winner in hour and three quarters• Konta loses five match points before winning on sixthMost of Johanna Konta’s very good and marginal qualities were on show on day two at Wimbledon, as she overcame her own nerves and a rou…

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Andy Murray is a perfectionist but his Wimbledon decision may be flawed | Kevin Mitchell

Will to win rather than injury fears led to the withdrawal – yet competing with no expectations could have proved fruitfulThe supreme micro-analyst of tennis, Andy Murray did not go lightly from Wimbledon. He checked every statistic, talked at length w…

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Roger Federer swats aside Dusan Lajovic to start Wimbledon title defence

• Defending champion eases to 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 win on Centre Court• ‘I felt good from the start. I was really able to enjoy it’Roger Federer, favourite again in his 20th consecutive Wimbledon, began his pursuit of a record ninth title in the same calm way…