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Novak Djokovic appoints Boris Becker as head coach

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World number two Novak Djokovic has appointed six-time Grand Slam winner Boris Becker as his head coach.


Wimbledon champion Andy Murray wins SPOTY award

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Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has won the BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.


Net Talk: Who's playing where?


Staging one of your four major tournaments three weeks into the season is frankly a ridiculous situation for a sport to be in.


Serena Williams on her and sister Venus: ‘We changed tennis’


Think back to when Serena and Venus Williams turned professional. Two African American sisters with wacky hairstyles and incredible talent, the Williams sisters burst onto the scene, changing the sport of tennis for the better, and they know it.


Murray comeback event cancelled

Wimbledon champion Andy Murray's return to action following back surgery has been delayed after the Dream Cup exhibition in Barbados was cancelled.


Briton Chris Kermode named as new ATP executive chairman

Briton Chris Kermode is the new head of men's professional tennis after being appointed executive chairman and president of the ATP.


Davis Cup final: Czech Republic edge out Serbia to retain trophy

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Radek Stepanek won the decisive rubber against Dusan Lajovic as the Czech Republic beat Serbia to retain the Davis Cup in Belgrade.


Brilliant Djokovic wins Tour Finals


Novak Djokovic retained his ATP World Tour Finals title with a convincing win over world number one Rafael Nadal.


ATP Tour Finals: Novak Djokovic win sets up Rafael Nadal final

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Novak Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka at the World Tour Finals to take his winning run to 21 matches and set up a final against Rafael Nadal.


Djokovic books semi spot


Defending champion Novak Djokovic joined Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 victory over Juan Martin del Potro - and afterwards insisted he is willing to push himself to the limit in his bid to finish the season with more silverware.


Nadal ends year as number one


Rafael Nadal ensured he will end the year as world number one with victory over Stanislas Wawrinka at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.


Djokovic blasts Troicki ban


The world number two was reacting to the verdict of the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which on Tuesday ruled Djokovic's fellow Serbian Viktor Troicki should serve a 12-month ban for missing a doping test.


Nadal gets revenge on Ferrer


The world number one was not able to play at London's O2 Arena last year because of knee problems but since returning in February his form has been sensational.


Troicki: My dreams are over

The Serbian, who will not be able to play again until July 15 next year, had initially been banned for 18 months but had argued the punishment should be overturned.


Troicki: My dreams are over

The Serbian, who will not be able to play again until July 15 next year, had initially been banned for 18 months but had argued the punishment should be overturned.


Davis Cup: Great Britain to face US at San Diego's Petco Park

Great Britain's Davis Cup World Group tie with the United States will be played in San Diego on a clay court.

Petco Park - the home of baseball's San Diego Padres - has been selected to host the tie which takes place between 31 January and 2 February 2014.

It is the first Davis Cup tie in an open-air US baseball stadium, and the first US home tie on clay since 1992.

"Our squad is ready to go up against a tough adversary in the British squad," said US Davis Cup captain Jim Courier.

Great Britain have not beaten the United States since 1935, with the USA winning the last four meetings between the two countries

Britain returned to the tennis elite after an Andy Murray-inspired win over Croatia in September.

Wimbledon champion Murray, 26, has begun rehabilitation work following an operation on his back in the same month.

The Scot revealed after the win over Croatia that he hoped to be involved in the World Group match if he is "fit and healthy".

"Andy Murray is one of the strongest players in the sport and we expect our home crowd to come out and support us in what will be a thrilling Davis Cup tie," added Courier.

The matches will be played on a temporary clay court in an area that will seat around 8,000 people.

The last time Britain played at this level they lost 4-1 to Argentina.


ATP Paris Masters: Novak Djokovic beats David Ferrer to seal his sixth title of the season

Novak Djokovic claimed the Paris Masters title with a 7-5 7-5 victory against David Ferrer to retain his hopes of ending the year as world No 1.

Djokovic, who last suffered defeat in the US Open final against Rafael Nadal, came through in one hour and 52 minutes at a packed Palais Omnisports de Paris Bercy.

He secured his 17th straight victory to capture his sixth title this season and his 40th ATP title, the 15th player to reach this milestone and now heads into the season-ending World Tour Finals at the O2 in London as hot favourite.

Ferrer, who was trying to become the first man ever to retain the title in the French capital, picked up where he left off with a rip-roaring start.

The 31-year-old made his move in the fifth game, taking his opportunity with a delicate chip over the net on his second break point, before calling on all his reserves to hold in the next game.

Djokovic wins Paris masters

However, some metronomic tennis from Djokovic gave him a window of an opportunity at 4-3, but the Spaniard showed tremendous tenacity to hang on.

Ferrer tensed up whilst serving for the set and Djokovic only needed one of his two break point chances to restore parity in what was turning into an intoxicating battle.
Impressive Djokovic

The 26-year-old Belgrade native turned the screw and opened up two set points on Ferrer's next service game and he took it in 52 minutes of action thanks to a beautifully angled forehand which his opponent netted.

Djokovic hit an impressive 18 winners and won 83 per cent of his first serve points while Ferrer won only 29 per cent of his second serve points.

French Open runner-up Ferrer was trying to defeat three top 10 players in a row in the ATP rankings since Rome in 2010 and he received an instant boost with a break in the opening game of the second set.

But once again nerves got the better of him as he failed to serve out the set after crashing his forehand into the tramlines at 30-40 and from then on Djokovic took over, winning 16 of the final 21 points to reclaim the title he had previously won four years ago.

Speaking about the No 1 position after the match, Djokovic said: "It doesn't just depend on me, it depends on Rafa. It's very important for me to concentrate on myself and let things take care of themselves. I've taken a lot of confidence from this week."

Del Potro robbed of rosary blessed by Pope

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Paris (AFP) - Argentine tennis player Juan Martin Del Potro has revealed that he was robbed at a Paris railway station with thieves making off with a cherished rosary blessed by Pope Francis.


Federer seals London berth


Roger Federer came through 6-4 6-4 to book his place in the third round where he will face Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who had earlier beaten 11th seed Tommy Haas.


Tsonga blows London chance

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The 2008 winner came into his match against Japanese opponent Kei Nishikori as an overwhelming favourite but ended up on the wrong end of a 1-6 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (9/7) scoreline, one which means he fails to qualify for the season-ending finale in London.


Serena Williams can get even better - Patrick Mouratoglou

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Serena Williams's coach Patrick Mouratoglou says the world number one can do even better next year.