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  • Djokovic can turn to Federer for baby advice

    Novak Djokovic may be asking Roger Federer for one or two tips in the coming weeks about how to combine parenthood with playing on the ATP Tour.

    Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after defeating him in their men's singles final on Centre Court at Wimbledon (Reuters)Novak Djokovic of Serbia shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after defeating him in their men's singles final on Centre Court at Wimbledon (Reuters)

    Novak Djokovic may be asking Roger Federer for one or two tips in the coming weeks about how to combine parenthood with playing on the ATP Tour.

    World number one Djokovic became a father last week and is eager to be involved in his son's life despite his busy travelling schedule with the tennis tour.

    "I will try to have my family travel with me as much as they can, obviously," the Serbian told a news conference at the Paris Masters, which will decide the four remaining spots for this month's ATP World Tour finals.

    "For me, it's important to participate in my child's life as much as I can, in

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  • Serena Williams is the greatest athlete in a generation - so why doesn't she get the credit she deserves?

    The world number one possesses an incredible arsenal and has had a stunning year, but deep-seated prejudice counts against her.

    Serena Williams of the U.S. poses with the trophy after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in the women's singles final tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 26, 2014. Serena Williams of the U.S. poses with the trophy after defeating Simona Halep of Romania in the women's singles final tennis match of the WTA Finals at the Singapore Indoor Stadium October 26, 2014. 

    Serena Williams is the single greatest athlete of this generation. It's about time we say it, we shout it and, if we must, scream it from the rooftops.

    But she wasn't on Wednesday October 22nd. Against Simona Halep in the group stages of the WTA Finals, she didn't even resemble a professional tennis player. It was the worst tennis match of her career. She won two games. She had a bagel unceremoniously shoved down her throat, losing it 6-0 6-2.

    “To be quite frankly honest,” she whispered afterwards, with the vague hint of a threat. “I'm looking forward to our next meeting because she is making

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  • Andy Murray's opponent had this hilarious reaction after losing

    We've all wanted to let our frustration out like this at one point or another...

    We've all been there. Maybe it was when you lost 10-0 at five-a-side football, or lost 6-0 6-0 to a county tennis player.

    You just want to tell your tormentors to kindly do one.

    And in a manner of speaking, that is precisely what Tommy Robredo did after losing to Andy Murray in three sets in the Valencia Open.

    Robredo saw five match points slip through his grasp as Murray eventually won 3-6 7-6 (9) 7-6 (8) in a fairly epic encounter.

    And as Murray strode across for the traditional handshake, Robredo just couldn't resist giving him two fingers...

     

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  • Simona Halep mania is alive but she may have missed her chance

    Simona Halep mania is alive but she may have missed her chance

    Simona HalepSimona Halep

    After Maria Sharapova, she the global superstar and brand, dramatically captured her second French Open title alongside two large clay-court warm-up events, the WTA ran its hopelessly irrelevant fan-voted player of the month award.

    It was supposed to be a no brainer, a simple formality for the overwhelmingly dominant player on clay in 2014.

    The votes came in, they were counted and verified, and Simona Halep won with 95% of the vote.

    Of the 305,000 fans to choose between Sharapova, Serena Williams and Halep, 291,000 furiously clicked for Simona Halep. Never mind that small footnote that the

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  • Serena Williams at the WTA finals in SingaporeSerena Williams at the WTA finals in Singapore
    When Juan Martin Del Potro walked from the net after disposing of Roger Federer in 2009 under the lights of the 02 Arena in London, it would take another 25 minutes of frantic rushing and desperate calculations before he learnt whether he had done enough to leapfrog Andy Murray advance to the semi-finals.

    Back in his locker room, Murray waited and waited until he could wait no longer. Desperation took over and on went Twitter.

    "Anyone know what's going on?" he asked the public. "I think I'm audi [out] but the rules aren't worded too well."

    Five years later, tennis still can't do maths. For the

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  • Wozniack gestures at the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore (AFP)Wozniack gestures at the WTA Tour Finals in Singapore (AFP)

    Caroline Wozniacki screamed, she bellowed, she seethed. She ploughed her racquet on the concrete three successive times. Her skin flushed, eyes crossed in abject rage.

    All the while, the laughable fluttering ruffles on her dress only made a mockery of her attempts to be taken seriously.

    She was at the umpire's chair before anyone knew it. She smashed down on the net thrice and probably should have received a warning.

    A couple of F-bombs followed as she rounded on the umpire, and with her arms held up a metre apart in demonstration of her struggle, she repeatedly screamed “this far out!” at

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  • Serena Williams used to be mean. After rushing off the court following a loss in record time, Williams used to invariably surface mere minutes later - the walkie talkies of WTA staff crackling and their legs desperately attempting to catch the athlete's furious stride towards the press room.

    With a loss, there tend to be two plans of action for all tennis players required to speak with the press. The victors and the calmer souls who coolly concede defeat will often choose to schedule their press conferences 40-odd minutes later, allowing themselves a shower as well as both a figurative and

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  • SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 18: L-R Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland,Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia,Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic and Simona Halep of Romania walk from the Marina Bay.SINGAPORE - OCTOBER 18: L-R Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland,Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, Ana Ivanovic of Serbia,Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic and Simona Halep of Romania walk from the Marina Bay.
    The ground rumbled, the roof shook, fireworks pierced through the lightless arena, an army of raging drummers leapt into the air before crashing back down on their sorry instruments.

    In the corners of the arena, machines coughed up faux smoke that would linger in the atmosphere long after, creating an apocalyptic mist when the players arrived afterwards to more fireworks and flames.

    As the light returned, a random two-piece band appeared, plopped down their equipment and, without a second to spare, began to play the most horrifically dainty medley of pop covers ever heard.

    Welcome to the WTA

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  • Andy Murray (Getty)Andy Murray (Getty)

    Andy Murray has reportedly had enough of being looked after by sportswear giants Adidas and now wants to pursue a 'high-street look' with a smaller brand.

    It amounts to a gamble for the Brit, who has been in the Adidas stable of top athletes since 2009 when he traded up money-wise from his previous deal with Fred Perry.

    According to a report from Simon Briggs in the Daily Telegraph, Murray will finish with close to £15 million – including performance-related bonuses – from the five-year contract with Adidas that is due to end in December.

    Murray’s agents are now believed to be eyeing niche

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  • Gala León's appointment as Spain's first female Davis Cup captain could be a milestone for women in Spanish sports. For now, though, it has instead fuelled a debate about whether a woman is fit to coach a man.

    León's nomination Sunday sparked criticism from former and current men's players and coaches, including the suggestion that she would face a "logistical" problem in entering a men's locker room.

    At her official presentation Tuesday, León said, "I'm not here to create a sexist debate but to bring back home the salad bowl," a reference to the Davis Cup trophy. She said that she would

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