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Posted 10-31-2012 at 11:11 AM by Philip Oliver
British number one Heather Watson has revealed her Olympic snub spurred her on to greater things in 2012.

The 20-year-old admitted she was "disappointed" Andy Murray chose Laura Robson to partner him in the Olympic mixed doubles, but insisted the rejection has made her stronger.

Watson, a favourite of the sport betting community, had won a doubles title just before London 2012 but was overlooked in favour of her rival and friend Robson, who went on to claim...
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Posted 10-31-2012 at 09:39 AM by Philip Oliver
Andy Murray’s decision to pull out of the Swiss Indoors this week should not affect his chances of lifting the ATP Tour Finals crown in November, despite a back injury clearly being a problem for the Scot.

Murray, who was expected to use the tournament as indoor preparation for the London showdown next month, suffered a back strain ahead of the Basel meet and has rightly decided to rest up and wait for the hurt to ease.

Indeed, coming off the back of his arduous Shanghai...
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Posted 10-25-2012 at 01:57 PM by Philip Oliver
World number three Andy Murray says eight-time Grand Slam champion Ivan Lendl has played a huge role in some of the impressive live scores he’s posted on his rise to glory.

Murray will reflect on 2012 as his breakthrough year. The Scot claimed gold in the men's singles event at the Olympics on home soil before breaking his Grand Slam duck at the US Open. He also reached his maiden Wimbledon final.

The 25-year-old's watershed year comes in Lendl's first term as coach....
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Posted 10-24-2012 at 09:37 AM by Philip Oliver
World number two Novak Djokovic insists he has enjoyed "an incredible year" despite ending 2012 with only one Grand Slam title.

The Serbian was the stand-out player in 2011 – winning 10 tournaments, including Grand Slam tournament victories at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Djokovic also captured a record-breaking five ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles.

The 25-year-old picked up where he left off at the start of this year, reclaiming his...
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Posted 10-19-2012 at 02:25 PM by Philip Oliver
Japan Star hits Pain Barrier in Basel

So often is the case in tennis that winners of big ATP tournaments or Grand Slams feel the pain of their victories only days later, when another competition comes along. Kei Nishikori, who lifted the Japan Open title a fortnight ago, as expected in the early tennis previews, this week suffered from the same fate.

Nishikori has been forced to pull out of the Swiss Indoors because of injury to his right ankle. The Japanese number...
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