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Tennis: Federer serves up hot starter

Grand Slam record-holder Roger Federer began the second phase of what he hopes will be a revival of his fortunes by racing into the second round of the Dubai Open. In the process, he displayed some care-free hitting, lively footwork, and an air of authority which evoked his greatest days. Beating Benjamin Becker, the German once ranked in the a top 40, 6-1, 6-4, was some way from suggesting these might return, but Federer did look pleasingly upbeat and confident as he dispatched a competent middle-range opponent in only 62 minutes.

Tennis: Sampras laments modern one dimensional tennis

American legend Pete Sampras Friday lamented the lost art of serve and volley tennis and the one dimensional nature of the modern game, which he likened to "throwing rocks" at each other. The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who is in Melbourne to present the trophy to the men's winner of Sunday's Australian Open final, was the master of serve-volley, replete with a intuitive single-handed backhand. Sampras said tennis has changed substantially since he retired after winning the 2002 US Open.

Tennis: Sampras laments modern one dimensional tennis

American legend Pete Sampras Friday lamented the lost art of serve and volley tennis and the one dimensional nature of the modern game, which he likened to "throwing rocks" at each other. The 14-time Grand Slam champion, who is in Melbourne to present the trophy to the men's winner of Sunday's Australian Open final, was the master of serve-volley, replete with a intuitive single-handed backhand. Sampras said tennis has changed substantially since he retired after winning the 2002 US Open.

Sharapova makes no promises over Brisbane return

(Reuters) - Having pulled out of the Brisbane International tournament through injury for the last two years, Maria Sharapova might consider it a victory in itself if she actually gets out on court at the Pat Rafter arena on Monday. The tournament is perhaps more important to the Russian world number four as a warm-up for the Australian Open this year as she is on the comeback trail after four months on the sidelines with a shoulder injury.

Tennis: Nadal loses 54-shot rally, but still emerges winner

In the city that never sleeps, it was the point that threatened never to end as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fought out an exhausting 54-shot exchange in Monday's US Open final. With Djokovic leading 3-2 in the second set, after Nadal had clinched the opener, the world's two best players matched each other forehand against forehand and backhand to backhand before the Serb came out on top. It brought a standing ovation for both men and was just one of a number of brutal exchanges, some of which were over 20 shots.

Serena to meet Cirstea in Toronto final

By Matt Cronin TORONTO (Reuters) - Top seed Serena Williams shook off a spirited attempt by Agnieszka Radwanska and moved into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 7-6(3) 6-4 victory on Saturday and will meet Romania's Sorana Cirstea, whose surprising run continued when she beat China's Li Na 6-1 7-6(5). The American held a 5-0 record against Radwanska coming into the match, but the Pole surprised the 16-times grand slam champion by being aggressive and not mixing up her shots.

Isner edges Anderson in Atlanta Open final

(Reuters) - American John Isner saved two match points before beating South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-7(3) 7-6(2) 7-6(2) in the final of the Atlanta Open on Sunday to claim his seventh ATP career title. The towering Isner, who stands six-foot-10 (2.08m), fired down 24 aces in a match dominated by big serving from two of the tallest players in tennis. Neither player was able to break their opponent's serve in the slugfest, which lasted almost three hours, with each set decided by tiebreakers.

Tennis: Isner edges Hewitt to book clash with Anderson

Top seed John Isner and second-seeded Kevin Anderson set up an Atlanta Open final billed as the tallest in ATP tour history with semi-final triumphs on Saturday. Isner fired 21 aces in a 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5) victory over Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt, while South Africa's Anderson saved two set points in the 12th game of the second frame to force the tiebreaker en route to a 6-3, 7-6 (7/3) victory over Ryan Harrison.

Tennis: Karlovic ends illness misery with Bogota title

Croatia's Ivo Karlovic, who was struck down with viral meningitis earlier this year, celebrated his first title in five years on Sunday when he captured the Colombia Open. The 34-year-old giant defeated home hope Alejandro Falla, 6-3, 7-6 (7/4) in the final. Karlovic served a total of 104 aces during the claycourt tournament. The former world number 14 is now projected to climb from 155 back into the top 100 with his victory. "It was an unbelievable week," said Karlovic.

Point-by-point guide to Murray's decisive game

By Mitch Phillips LONDON (Reuters) - Andy Murray had Britain on tenterhooks on Sunday in a nerve-shredding 13-minute final game of the Wimbledon final before winning it to beat Serbia's Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 6-4. Here is a point-by-point guide to the remarkable decisive game in which Murray earned and lost three championship points and Djokovic squandered three break points before the Scot triumphed to end Britain's 77-year wait for a Wimbledon men's singles champion.
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