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 Juan Martin Del Potro: seemed to have the tennis world at his feet when he won the US Open in 2009 but his career has since been blighted by a series of injuries.  Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty  Images

So much pathos surrounds Juan Martin del Potro’s injury-wrecked tennis career that it makes for perhaps the ultimate ‘what might have been’ in sport. (...)

 Novak Djokovic kisses the winner’s trophy after beating Italy’s Matteo Berrettini during their men’s singles final at  Wimbledon. Photograph:  Adrian Dennis/AFP

The Big Three now have 20 apiece. It is a development that would have seemed unlikely to Novak Djokovic as he made his way onto the tour in the 2000s (...)

Defending champion Novak Djokovic will face 19-year-old Jack Draper at Wimbledon. File photograph: Cati Cladera/EPA

Everybody loves a winner, except of course when they don’t, something Novak Djokovic knows about all too well. If it is the Serb’s lot to be respected(...)

  Roger Federer serves a ball towards the Jet D’Eau on a boat   in Geneva during a presentation ahead of the Laver Cup tournament that will take place   next September. Photograph: Getty Images

Roger Federer is no longer chasing the top ranking and would rather be a contender at Grand Slams than battling Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal to be wo(...)

Action from the Melbourne Demons versus Collingwood Magpies AFL match which attracted over 83,000 to the Melbourne Cricket Ground/ Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Aussie Rules, or simply ‘football’ as it’s known hereabouts, does just that, but you only realise the extent of its dominance in the Australian psyche(...)

A general view inside Centre Court as Roger Federer of Switzerland plays his men’s  quarter-final match against Marin Cilic of Croatia last year.  Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

The stage is set. The actors primed. At Wimbledon everything has been Championship ready since last Saturday. The grass has been trimmed to precisely (...)

Rafael Nadal falls onto the court as he celebrates winning  a sensational men’s singles semi-final  against Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov at the Australian Open in Melbourne. Photograph: Issei Kato/Reuters

“When I played Connors, I’d look at him and think: am I trying as hard as this guy?” John McEnroe recalled as he watched Rafael Nadal in the midst of (...)

 Andy Murray of Great Britain hits a shot during a practice session prior to the start of the  US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Photograph: Getty Images

Andy Murray is in the form of his life but still a long way short of Novak Djokovic at his best, according to seven-time grand slam champion John McEn(...)

Roger Federer of Switzerland talks to Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic during a practice session prior to the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Photo: Getty Images

It’s true that in London the mood and conversations relate more to Nice and Roy Hodgson than Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic. As Wimbledon’s opening d(...)

 Andy Murray composes himself during the men’s final match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the Roland Garros 2016 French Tennis Open in Paris on Saturday. Photograph: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

Andy Murray might be the only player left standing between Novak Djokovic and the next stage of his seemingly unstoppable ascent to new levels of grea(...)

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