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Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal showdown in Saudi Arabia called off

• World’s top two were due to meet in Jeddah on 22 December• Match attracted controversy after Jamal Khashoggi’s murderThe doomed December exhibition match in Saudi Arabia next month between Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal has been called off. The Span…

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of ATP Finals and to undergo ankle surgery

• Withdrawal from London event follows abdominal injury• Spaniard set to have ankle operation on MondayRafael Nadal is to undergo ankle surgery and has pulled out of the ATP Finals in London because of injury.The Spaniard withdrew from the Paris Master…

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters making Novak Djokovic world No 1

• Nadal pulls out of tournament with abdominal injury• Djokovic certain of top spot regardless of Paris displayRafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters because of an injury, a move that means Novak Djokovic will take over as world No 1 when th…

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Rafael Nadal pulls out of Paris Masters making Novak Djokovic world No 1

• Nadal pulls out of tournament with abdominal injury• Djokovic certain of top spot regardless of Paris displayRafael Nadal has withdrawn from the Paris Masters because of an injury, a move that means Novak Djokovic will take over as world No 1 when th…

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Nadal and Djokovic need to see bigger picture over Saudi exhibition match | Kevin Mitchell

The two players have at least addressed the situation but going ahead with December’s game in Jeddah given the global outrage over Jamal Khashoggi’s death is a mistakeOf the many withering put?downs John McEnroe uttered in his playing career, a favouri…

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Nadal and Djokovic need to break silence over Saudi exhibition | Kevin Mitchell

The two players appear to have remained deaf to growing clamour over seeming endorsement of Saudi Arabia amid outrage over disappearance of Jamal KhashoggiRafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, men of conscience and integrity, continue to risk their good nam…

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Djokovic’s kindness and Nadal’s water bottles: my life as a tennis ballboy

It’s little surprise that Fernando Verdasco snapped at a ballboy in China last week. Our job was fun, but we were also taught to soak up abuseDuring my three years as a ballboy at the Miami Open I learned that, like a waiter at a Michelin-starred resta…

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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 …