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April 21, 2018 2:56 PM Rafael Nadal reaches Monte Carlo final after dismissing Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets and edge closer towards record 31st Masters title

Rafael Nadal remains on course for a record 31st Masters title after beating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-1 in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-finals on Saturday. The top-ranked Spaniard never looked in trouble as he beat the fourth-seeded Bulgarian for the 11th time in 12 career meetings. If Nadal wins Sunday's final, he will also keep his No 1 ranking. Should 29

April 21, 2018 11:52 AM Fed Cup: Kvitova, Pliskova give Czechs 2-0 lead over Germany

STUTTGART, Germany (AP) - Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova gave the Czech Republic a 2-0 lead over Germany in their Fed Cup semifinal with dominant displays in their opening rubbers on Saturday. Kvitova defeated Julia Goerges 6-3, 6-2, before Pliskova followed up with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber in the World Group. "No one expected it," Pliskova 14

April 16, 2018 5:13 PM Novak Djokovic hammers Dusan Lajovic as former world No 1 shows signs of best form to advance from first round of Monte Carlo Masters

Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic showed signs of rediscovering his form with a dominant 6-0 6-1 victory over Dusan Lajovic in the opening round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday. Djokovic's start of the season was disrupted by an elbow surgery, and has since suffered defeats in consecutive opening matches at Indian Wells and Miami. But there were no signs 21

April 13, 2018 4:28 PM Travellers spotted at Southend leisure centre car park

A council is in the process of taking action against an illegal traveller encampment which has arrived this afternoon. The travellers arrived at the Southend Leisure and Tennis Centre at some stage yesterday. One witness told the Echo: "About a dozen caravans have taken over the side car park at the leisure centre, usually reserved for coaches and used as an overspill 11

April 6, 2018 10:21 AM The face that says, 'I've just been beaten by an 11-year-old': Youngest athlete at the Commonwealth Games brings her opponent, 27, to TEARS after 3-0 doubles defeat

A competitor from the Sri Lankan Commonwealth Games table tennis has been left devastated after her team lost to the Welsh team's doubles squad. Images from the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast show Ishara Manikku Badu holding her paddle and looking to the roof in defeat. Manikku Badu, 27, also appears to be holding back tears as she competes against 4

April 2, 2018 7:38 PM Romeo Beckham shows off skills in tennis lesson with Caroline Wozniacki

Victoria and David Beckham’s son Romeo proved he is a tennis ace during a private session with former world number one Caroline Wozniacki. A video posted on Instagram by proud mother Victoria shows Romeo, 15, hitting balls with Wozniacki in Miami. Victoria captioned the clip: “Amazing night watching @romeobeckham hit with @carowozniackiin Miami X kisses 13

March 27, 2018 1:44 PM Rafael Nadal named in Spain squad for Davis Cup quarter-final against Germany as he closes in on return after more than two months out

World No 2 Rafael Nadal has been named in Spain's squad for their Davis Cup World Group quarter-final against Germany in Valencia next month. The 31-year-old has not played in the competition since helping five-time winners Spain return to the top tier of world tennis with victory in India in 2016. Nadal was named in captain Sergi Bruguera's team alongside 16

March 24, 2018 7:14 PM Wozniacki and her family threatened and abused by spectators during Puig defeat

World number two Caroline Wozniacki claims she and her family were threatened and abused by spectators during her second-round defeat at the Miami Open. The Australian Open champion suffered a surprise 0-6 6-4 6-4 loss to unseeded Puerto Rican Monica Puig on Friday. Afterwards the 27-year-old Dane revealed her parents were subjected to death threats 12

March 23, 2018 3:30 PM Andy Murray sings ‘wanna make love to ya baby’ to Geri Horner

Andy Murray sings “wanna make love to ya baby” to Geri Horner in an “awkward moment” – after she crashes his hotel room in the middle of the night. Spice Girl Horner, 45, and comedian Michael McIntyre, 42, barged into Murray’s hotel room, for Sport Relief, as the twice Wimbledon tennis champion slept soundly. A previously-released clip showed a bare-chested 15

March 19, 2018 1:02 AM John McEnroe paid more than Martina Navratilova by BBC

Martina Navratilova has told BBC Panorama that John McEnroe was paid at least "10 times more" than she was for their commentating roles at the Wimbledon tennis tournament. The former Wimbledon champion told Jane Corbin that she was shocked when the BBC revealed how much its stars earned. John McEnroe was named on the list, appearing in the £150,000 - £199,999 bracket 7