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  • There is a strange symmetry to Paris and London; despite the natives’ protests, the two cities are strangely similar in size and attitude, although London is more reflective of global culture than Paris’ more quintessentially French outlook.

    The second day of the World Tour finals boasted a quite remarkable line-up as the draw pitched Rafael Nadal against David Ferrer, while Novak Djokovic faced Roger Federer – exactly the same as the Paris Masters semi-finals in Bercy last week.

    There was no symmetry on court across the channel, though. Ferrer won in Paris but he was hammered in London.

    Prior

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  • It's one of sport's oldest debates, but it won't go away as players and top figures in tennis throw their weight behind new ideas.

    It has previously been argued by some to the point of tedium that women's matches should be extended to five sets if they are to warrant receiving equal prize money, but now the attention has shifted to the other professional tour.

    Victoria Azarenka has become the latest top player to argue that men's Grand Slam matches should be reduced.

    The fact is, sport is becoming more and more dictated by television schedules and the demands of spectators - many of whom do

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  • Tennis legends smash annual earnings record

    Tennis history was created this week, and it all comes down to money.

    Rafael Nadal moved to $10,700,000 (£6.7m) for the season this week, and it is the first time ever that two players have cracked the eight-figure barrier in the sport.

    Who was the other? Well, it is not a rival player from the ATP Tour.

    Serena Williams is the other legendary tennis star to have reached the eight-figure mark - a women's prize money record - meaning that one player from each tour has done so this year.

    To date in her career, Serena has racked up an incredible $51,738,481 in prize money alone, while Rafa has

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  • Roddick: I almost started fight with Djokovic at 2008 US Open

    Roddick and Djokovic at the 2008 US Open

    Back in 2008, the tennis world looked a lot different. American Andy Roddick was still fighting for a second Grand Slam title, Roger Federer was the man to beat, and Novak Djokovic was a player not known for his dominance, but his on-court antics and injuries when the going got tough.

    Roddick and Djokovic met at the 2008 US Open for a spot in the semi-finals, but before the match it was the chattering between the two players that had a lot of fans circling this match as a must-watch.

    Roddick, now an analyst on Fox Sports Live, took part in a conversation about confrontations in sports and

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  • Former women's tennis world number one Martina Hingis has allegedly beat up her estranged husband with the help of her mum, according to several Swiss newspapers.

    French showjumper Thibault Hutin claimed in July that he had walked in on Hingis to find her with another man after one year of marriage. He claims he took her back only to discover her cheating again.

    In a bizarre twist, Hutin - who is waiting to divorce the Grand Slam champion - says he was sitting at home minding his own business when Hingis, her mother and her mother's boyfriend combined to launch an attack on him.

    “On Monday

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  • Jamie Baker: Murray-inspired Britain now a match for anyone

    The assignment that was named "the long road back to the World Group" by new captain Leon Smith in Eastbourne three-and-a-half years ago reached its objective on Sunday in the beautiful Croatian coastal town of Umag.

    With a Wimbledon champion and a great crop of world-class doubles players at his disposal, Smith could be forgiven for thinking ahead and wondering just exactly what might be possible in the coming years for Great Britain's Davis Cup Team.

    Perhaps the biggest surprise about the weekend's tie was the lack of hostility, normally associated with away matches, that the Brits had to

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  • Ivan Dodig is Croatia's highest-ranked player available for the play-off with GB

    Former Great Britain captain and two-times Grand Slam mixed doubles champion Jeremy Bates says home advantage will play a key part in the outcome of the World Group play-off tie this weekend.

    Spearheaded by Andy Murray, Great Britain travel to Croatia with the hope of returning to the prestigious World Group for the first time since 2008.

    Although Croatia will be without their star player Marin Cilic and big-serving Ivo Karlovic, the hosts will be boosted by a raucous crowd in Zagreb.

    “Home advantage is massive,”

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  • Jamie Baker: Murray’s Britain favourites for Croatia clash

    This weekend Great Britain will have the opportunity of returning to the prestigious World Group of the Davis Cup for the first time since 2008.

    The British Team will be boosted not only by the presence of a certain Andy Murray but also by the recent emergence of an ever-improving Dan Evans.

    Combined with a very strong doubles pairing, this makes GB favourites to win this tricky away tie on the red clay in Umag.

    GB captain Leon Smith, taking charge of his first away tie, will be delighted to have the Wimbledon champion at his disposal.

    Much has been made of the absence of Murray from the

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  • Serena’s tumultuous year

    Eurosport tennis expert Mats Wilander discusses an eventful year with US Open champion Serena Williams.

    Disappointment mixed with joy saw Serena re-establish herself as the greatest women's player in the world, and possibly of all time.

    Despite coming to the latter stages of her career, the 31-year-old is hitting some of her best form and has not lost any of her hunger to win.

    This exclusive one-to-one interview with former player Wilander lifts the lid on a remarkable 12 months, and what drives the American on to succeed.

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  • Is this the most incredible rally you have ever seen?

    There are athletes, and then there are those special athletes that rise above even the professionals as the best out there.

    LeBron James comes to mind, as does Adrian Peterson and even Tiger Woods, who have been able to take on countless amounts of pain, injury and struggle only to overcome it and triumph.

    Number one Novak Djokovic and number two Rafael Nadal are playing in the championship of the US Open, and athleticism might be an understatement with these two.

    Nadal cruised in the first set, and while the second set again started off slow for Djokovic, he had a chance to break Nadal for

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