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Roger Federer will begin the defence of his Wimbledon title against Romanian’s Victor Hanescu. Photograph:  Dominic Lipinski/PA

Roger Federer faces a tough road to another Wimbledon final after Friday’s draw threw Rafa Nadal and home favourite Andy Murray into the champion’s pa(...)

  Spain’s Rafael Nadal.  Photograph: PA Wire

Andy Murray was confirmed as the second seed for the Wimbledon men’s singles today and French Open champion Rafael Nadal is a potential quarter-final (...)

Gareth Bale of Tottenham Hotspur will be a target for Real Madrid this summer. Photograph: RicTapia/Getty Images

Florentino Perez admits Real Madrid would have no qualms paying big money for Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale, but he says they need to wait for thei(...)

 Rafael Nadal  celebrates match point during the  men’s singles final against David Ferrer  at Roland Garros in Paris. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Rafael Nadal became the first man ever to win eight singles titles at a single Grand Slam with a straight-sets win over Spanish compatriot David Ferre(...)

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates defeating Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in their men’s singles quarter-final match during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium yesterday. Photograph: Reuters

On a warm day that dulled the senses but not the reflexes or the perspective of the favourites, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic cruised in different g(...)

Fabio Fognini of Italy stretches to play a forehand against Rafael Nadal of Spain on day seven of the French Open at Roland Garros in Paris. Photograph:  Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

The good news for Rafa Nadal on Saturday was his game began to click, the sun shone and the red clay courts got bouncy - the bad news was French Open (...)

Rafael Nadal celebrates match point in his  match against Daniel Brands of Germany during day two of the French Open at Roland Garros  in Paris. Photograph: Getty Images

Rafael Nadal suffered through a return to Grand Slam tennis that at one stage looked like it would be unthinkably brief.Since coming back from seven m(...)

Andy Murray has withdrawn from the French Open. Photograph: CliveMason/Getty Images

The Big Four is still alive and well as a tennis concept, but bringing Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray together in (...)

Rafael Nadal plays a forehand against Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria in their quarter-final match of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters. Photograph: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

Eight-times champion Rafael Nadal was taken to the brink by improving Bulgarian prospect Grigor Dimitrov before completing a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victor(...)

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