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  • Will Murray ever win a Grand Slam?

    It was hardly a surprise to see Andy Murray crash out in the quarter-finals of the French Open, but the manner of his defeat was extremely concerning to his supporters.

    David Ferrer is a very fine player on clay and represented a tough test for the Brit, but he hardly needed to produce a vintage display as a frustrated Murray imploded.

    The fourth seed failed to reach the semi-finals but, after committing a staggering 59 unforced errors in the match, it was surely not a shock to anyone. Ferrer made just 32.

    Such a poor performance can easily be put down to a simple 'off day' or 'aberration' -

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  • French Open funnies, part 2

    Check out some more rib-tickling moments from Roland Garros.

  • Azarenka loses cool as well as match

    The torment of losing to Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round at Roland Garros proved too much for Victoria Azarenka on Sunday.

    During her 6-2 7-6 loss to the Slovakian 15th seed, the world number one lost her temper and took out her frustrations on her racket after failing with a drop shot.

    Azarenka initially motioned to smash her racket off the Parisian clay but stopped as a ball boy came to collect the ball she had spooned into the net.

    However, the world number one then angrily hurled her racket at the ground and continued her assault when seated, breaking the frame on the floor during

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  • France's Richard Gasquet and Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov shared the most incredible rally of the French Open so far.

    But while the crowd were left royally entertained by the epic, 38-shot exchange, the two players were rendered broken wrecks by the extraordinary sequence, with Dimitrov left writhing on the floor in agony and Gasquet vomiting onto the hallowed clay of Roland Garros.

    The rally came with Gasquet on break point against Dimitrov, with the Bulgarian 5-4 up and serving to win the second. Gasquet took control of the rally with the 32nd shot, a fierce topspin forehand, and pressed home

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  • Andy Murray reached the third round of the French Open with an ultimately-comfortable 1-6 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory over Jarkko Nieminen on day five at Roland Garros.

    But the scoreline doesn't tell the story of his victory, in a match where it looked for all the world as if he would not be able to continue.

    Eurosport's Virginia Wade, commenting on the match, branded Murray a "drama queen". Murray has responded, expressing his "disappointment" at her assessment.

    The world number four, a semi-finalist last year, needed treatment on his back from early in the first set, by which time he had already

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  • French Open funnies

    Check out some rib-tickling moments from the opening few days at Roland Garros.

  • Tears and tantrums for French

    There were tears and tantrums from Alize Cornet and Pauline Parmentier as their hopes of representing France at the London Olympics vanished following first-round defeats at Roland Garros.

    With world number eight Marion Bartoli ineligible to compete at the Games as she does not play in the Fed Cup, Cornet and Parmentier had hoped to make the cut for the July 28-Aug. 5 tournament at Wimbledon.

    Cornet's 6-4 6-4 defeat by China's Zheng Jie and Parmentier's 6-4 6-3 loss to Pole Urszula Radwanska mean that the duo will drop out of contention for London as they will fall below the cutoff point in

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  • In his way, Ljubicic was great

    Indian Wells Masters champion 2010 Ivan Ljubicic

    "It's the end of something beautiful for me." — Ivan Ljubicic

    To say that Ivan Ljubicic, who retired earlier this week, was one of the most limited players to ever reach number three in the world might initially sound like a disparaging remark.

    In reality though, it is actually a compliment; because despite not having the raw, natural ability that some of the game's true greats were blessed with, the likeable Croat managed to reach the game's top tier through sheer application and hard work.

    He might have been a bit too reliant on his serve and he didn't quite have the reaction speed or

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  • Serena ‘scary good’ right now

    Serena Williams has never been one for hyperbole or overreaction, so when the self-effacing and bashful American declared that she was so good it was "scary" it really means something. Or so Tramlines likes to think.

    On Saturday, the fifth-seeded Williams defeated number two seed Sam Stosur in just 58 minutes, 6-1 6-1, compiling an almost unheard of +14 differential on clay against one of the best clay courters on the WTA Tour -  29 winners to 15 errors.

    If that wasn't 'scary' enough, the match time of the final against Lucie Safarova was the same as her semi-final, 58 minutes, but her

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  • Time for a return to five sets?

    Miami Masters final

    We are into the fifth year of the revamped Masters 1000 series and the latest final in Miami between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray underlined why these showpieces really should be a best of five set affair as they were before 2008.

    Etiene de Villiers, former Executive Chairman of the ATP Tour, pushed to have the Masters finals reduced due to player tiredness.

    That appears a hollow excuse and has taken credibility away from the events.

    If de Villiers really wanted to make a difference, he should have pushed harder to get the tennis season reduced to 10 months which would allow players to get

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