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Rafael Nadal forced to retire from US Open semi-final with knee injury

• Juan Martín del Potro through after taking first two sets 7-6, 6-2• Spaniard began to struggle with knee problem in second setJuan Martín del Potro returns to contest the final of the US Open on Sunday nine years after winning the title, but he did n…

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US Open heat rules intensify glare on Del Potro’s quest to outlast Nadal

The Spaniard is favourite to extend his record against the Argentinian despite having played two of the longest matches of the tournamentThe United States Tennis Association on Thursday issued a reminder that supervisors “will decide whether to retire”…

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Rafael Nadal survives late-night marathon against Dominic Thiem

World No 1 wins 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5)Match ends at 2am after four hours 49 minutes on courtDefending champion Rafael Nadal remains on course for a fourth US Open title, but only just, after being taken to a fifth-set tiebreak by Dominic Thiem…

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US Open quarter-finals: Sloane Stephens v Anastasija Sevastova – live!

Coverage of Juan Martín del Potro v John Isner to followMillman stuns Federer to reach quarter-finalsAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 4.07pm BST Action! Um, of sorts! Del Potro is on Arthur Ashe at the moment, doing a bit of warming up. T…

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US Open quarter-finals: Sloane Stephens v Anastasija Sevastova – live!

Coverage of Juan Martín del Potro v John Isner to followMillman stuns Federer to reach quarter-finalsAnd you can email Simon here or tweet him here 4.07pm BST Action! Um, of sorts! Del Potro is on Arthur Ashe at the moment, doing a bit of warming up. T…

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Serena Williams relieved to emerge from tough battle with Kaia Kanepi

• Former champion drops her first set of US Open• Williams to face Karolina Pliskova in quarter-finalAs one favourite after another has staggered out of this US Open, Serena Williams has looked resolute and indomitable in pursuit of a seventh title – u…

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Rafael Nadal reaches US Open quarters after battle with Nikoloz Basilashvili

• Spaniard wins 6-3, 6-3, 6-7 (6-8), 6-4• Nadal will face Dominic Thiem in last eightExpectations that the US Open quarter-finals would bring together last year’s finalists were shredded on Sunday when Rafael Nadal won after a struggle and Kevin Anders…

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US Open 2018: Nadal v Basilashvili, Thiem v Anderson and more – live!

Latest updates from the men’s last 16 singlesFederer hands Nick Kyrgios a lessonFeel free to email Alex or tweet: @A_Hess 3.49pm BST Amid all that, fourth seed Alexander Zverev became the biggest casualty of the tournament so far last night, beaten in …

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Rafael Nadal beats back young lion Karen Khachanov in US Open thriller

Nadal wins 5-7, 6-5, 7-6 (7), 7-6 (3) to advance to third roundSerena Williams v Venus Williams: third round – live!Rafael Nadal had to fight like a junkyard dog in the longest match of the week to shake off the determined challenge of the young Russia…

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US Open 2018 day five: Stephens v Azarenka, before Nadal and Serena v Venus Williams – live!

Live updates on the third round at Flushing MeadowsUmpire ‘pep talk’ row is latest drama in Kyrgios soap operaMurray targets Davis Cup return after encouragement of US OpenAny thoughts? You can email Katy or tweet @KatyMurrells 5.06pm BST Here they com…

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US Open 2018 day five: Stephens v Azarenka, before Nadal and Serena v Venus Williams – live!

Live updates on the third round at Flushing MeadowsUmpire ‘pep talk’ row is latest drama in Kyrgios soap operaMurray targets Davis Cup return after encouragement of US OpenAny thoughts? You can email Katy or tweet @KatyMurrells 5.06pm BST Here they com…

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How Roger Federer and Serena Williams came to see themselves in each other

Ahead of what will be their 18th US Open main draw appearance, Serena Williams and Roger Federer are far more than a warrior and a maestroA few weeks before this year’s US Open, Roger Federer turned 37. A few weeks after the tournament, Serena Williams…

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US Open draw: Williams sisters face early clash as Murray eyes Del Potro tilt

Serena and Venus could meet during first week of US OpenFederer and Djokovic drawn into potential quarter-final clashUnseeded Murray could face off with Del Potro in round threeSerena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest grand slam …

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US Open draw: Williams sisters face early clash as Murray eyes Del Potro tilt

Serena and Venus could meet during first week of US OpenFederer and Djokovic drawn into potential quarter-final clashUnseeded Murray could face off with Del Potro in round threeSerena and Venus Williams could be headed toward their earliest grand slam …

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Ronaldo and Serena defy the race against time for elite athletes | Paul MacInnes

Athletes confront middle age sooner than mere mortals and beating the clock is tougher each yearBeing an athlete must give you a messed-up perspective on mortality. On the one hand you are the very model of physical perfection, able to run faster, jump…

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Wimbledon highlights day 12: Kerber and Djokovic overpower Serena Williams and Nadal – video

An epic 12th day at Wimbledon that played host to royal sisters-in-law Kate and Meghan, saw Angelique Kerber beat Serena Williams to win her first Wimbledon title. In the men’s singles, after an epic five-hour battle over two days, Novak Djokovic outla…

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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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Novak Djokovic outlasts Rafael Nadal in epic Wimbledon semi-final

• Three-times champion wins 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (11), 3-6, 10-8• Serb to face Kevin Anderson in final on SundayNovak Djokovic is back, and back in the Wimbledon final. The three-times champion outlasted Rafael Nadal in yet another dramatic five-setter, final…

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Wimbledon 2018 men’s semi-final: Novak Djokovic v Rafael Nadal – live!

Updates as play resumes with Djokovic leading 2-1 in setsAnderson suffers survivor’s guilt after Isner marathonAnd you can email Will or tweet @Will_Unwin 12.58pm BST No need for the roof today as it is a lovely, warm day across London. I am very much …

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Novak Djokovic edges ahead in Wimbledon semi-final with Rafael Nadal

• Former world No 1 takes third set on tie-break• Nadal had hit back to level semi-final showdownAt the end of a very long Friday when nothing could be taken for granted, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic added an entertaining late-night postscript to th…