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Roger Federer turns back time at 36 but Andy Murray faces hard questions | Kevin Mitchell

The Swiss has regained his position as world No 1, while Murray is heading out of the top 50 and should consider restoring his partnership with his brother, JamieLike Roger Federer’s exquisite backhand down the line, all things must pass – and nobody i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/may/16/roger-federer-andy-murray-jamie-murray

Andy Murray to make last minute decision on playing at Wimbledon

• Two-time champion still recovering from January operation• Murray aiming to play on grass at low-level tournament in HollandAndy Murray, still desperate to return to tennis in time for Wimbledon, has told his team he will delay his decision until the…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/13/andy-murray-last-minute-decision-wimbledon

Eddie Hearn boasts $1bn transatlantic streaming deal is ‘biggest ever in boxing’

• Promoter announces joint venture with US partner to show fights • Hearn says service will take Matchroom Boxing ‘to a new level’Eddie Hearn had promised a blockbuster announcement to shake up boxing, and on Thursday he confirmed he had sealed a $1bn …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/10/eddie-hearn-1bn-transatlantic-streaming-deal-boxing

Andy Murray will have to remodel his game again, whenever he returns | Kevin Mitchell

Whether or not he is fit to play at Wimbledon the Scot’s attritional style and long rallies may be a thing of the past given the hip problem that has almost ended his careerIt is testimony to Andy Murray’s enduring hold on our imaginations that mere in…

Permanent link to this article: http://sportgnome.com/blog/2018/05/09/andy-murray-will-have-to-remodel-his-game-again-whenever-he-returns-kevin-mitchell/

Andy Murray a doubt for Wimbledon after fears over recovery emerge

• Reports suggest Murray’s recovery from hip surgery has stalled• Johanna Konta crashes out of Madrid Open to Bernarda PeraFears Andy Murray could miss Wimbledon because of concerns that his recovery from hip surgery has stalled sent a shiver of dismay…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/08/andy-murray-doubt-wimbledon-new-injury-fears-johanna-konta

Boxing rips dignity away like a stolen heart – it’s time for David Haye to quit | Kevin Mitchell

After his second defeat by Tony Bellew, David Haye dodged questions about retirement but the 37-year-old is now a sitting duck for top fightersBoxing accommodates no calumny, which is why David Haye should look back over his pronouncements before and a…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/may/07/david-haye-boxing-quit-retirement-tony-bellew

Tony Bellew says David Haye will ‘pay for every word’ in grudge rematch

• Bellew promises to ‘smash’ Haye in fierce pre-fight tirade• Boxers return to ring 14 months after Bellew won first boutThe conversation with Tony Bellew was idling towards an emotional conclusion as he reflected on what mattered to him in life: famil…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/04/tony-bellew-cause-havoc-david-haye-rematch

Serena Williams should be seeded at Wimbledon for the good of the game

Having clarified that they can offer the seven-time Wimbledon champion a seeding, the All England Club must do the right thing or risk being seen to punish someone for having a babyThere are a few good reasons Wimbledon should break with precedent and …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/may/02/serena-williams-should-be-seeded-wimbledon-tennis-baby

Serena Williams in line for Wimbledon seeding after confusion in SW19

• Wimbledon avoids row with former champion after mixed signals • Williams has slipped to 449th in rankings as a result of pregnancySerena Williams, who is rebuilding her career the hard way at 36 after the difficult birth of her first child last Septe…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/01/serena-williams-wimbledon-seeding-confusion-sw19-preganacy

David Haye has one last chance to win back fans against Tony Bellew | Kevin Mitchell

At one stage the world’s most exciting heavyweight, the Hayemaker has been beset with injuries and has not achieved what many expectedDavid Haye was once the most exciting heavyweight in the world. He was fast, powerful and smart in the ring, punching …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/30/david-haye-has-one-last-chance-to-win-back-fans-against-tony-bellew

Novak Djokovic faces uncertain future after struggling in year of pain | Kevin Mitchell

Laid low by a chronic elbow injury, the former world No1 must rebuild his game like Roger Federer to have hope of climbing back to the topFading in recollections of Roger Federer’s barely believable progress to his 19th major at the start of the year i…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/28/novak-djokovic-struggles-elbow-injury-future-defeats

Dan Evans: ‘Cocaine is a shocking drug – it’s a life-ruiner’

After a one-year ban Britain’s Dan Evans returns to tennis cheeky, chastened and having discovered the drudgery of daytime TVDan Evans has taken a quiet look at the Barcelona Open on television this week, scene of his first Tour victory on clay nearly …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/27/dan-evans-cocaine-life-ruiner-tennis-ban-return

Tennis still defending its name despite integrity review warnings | Kevin Mitchell

Independent Review of Integrity has spent two years looking into corruption and 15% of players surveyed had first-hand knowledge of match-fixingIt would be unwise to ignore the diligence and expertise of three respected lawyers who have been investigat…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/25/tennis-defending-integrity-warnings-independent-review

Only a ring death will stop murdering drug cheats, says Billy Joe Saunders

• WBO middleweight champion says such a death would be a murder • Challenger Martin Murray agrees on Canelo case, saying ‘boxing is bent’The unbeaten world middleweight champion Billy Joe Saunders says only a ring death will jolt boxing into a proper c…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/24/ring-death-drug-cheats-billy-joe-saunders-martin-murray

‘Cincinnati Loudmouth’ Adrien Broner is an annoying contradiction | Kevin Mitchell

The former four-weight world champion can sell a fight but he shocked everyone bar his own fans with a slew of insults after drawing with Jessie Vargas in Brooklyn on SaturdayIt has always been an irritating paradox that Adrien Broner is so classy with…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2018/apr/23/boxing-adrien-broner-jessie-vargas-catchweight-brooklyn

Tyson Fury: ‘Denzel Washington will have to play me in the movie of my life’

Boxing’s biggest character is on the way back after two years of battling his demons and has a showdown with Anthony Joshua in mind as the climax to a great comeback storyWhen Tyson Fury says: “Not everything in life is about money,” for once he is not…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/apr/21/tyson-fury-denzel-washington-comeback-movie-of-life