Kevin Mitchell

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Feb 18

George Groves sets his sights while Chris Eubank Jr runs out of options

• Boxer damaged his left shoulder in 12th round of the contest• Groves can prove his worth in final of World Boxing Super SeriesGeorge Groves, his left shoulder still throbbing, cast a quick gaze into the immediate future and smiled. He had emerged wou…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/18/george-groves-wounded-but-victorious-defeat-chris-eubank

Feb 17

Groves beats Eubank Jr on points despite shoulder injury drama

• Groves sees out last round with one arm immobilised• Londoner into World Boxing Super Series final after brutal fightGeorge Groves finished a wild night in Manchester with his left arm hanging redundantly by his side, his WBA super-middleweight title…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/17/george-groves-chris-eubank-jr-fight-report

Feb 16

Belligerent George Groves and Chris Eubank Jr trade verbal blows

• Super-middleweights fight in World Boxing Super Series semi-final• Groves: ‘I’m in the prime of my career, fighting better than ever’George Groves does not think Chris Eubank Jr is even the best Chris Eubank in his family – and the WBA champion recko…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/16/belligerent-george-groves-chris-eubank-trade-verbal-blows

Feb 12

Roger Federer: ‘You feel your privacy has been taken away but it’s OK’

In Rotterdam this week the Swiss can top the rankings again aged 36 and he is not ruling out an Olympic swansong in 2020Roger Federer seems on a permanent swoop through the tennis firmament, dipping and soaring like an ageless Alpine swift, held aloft …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/12/roger-federer-rotterdam-world-number-one

Jan 29

Ageless Federer outlasts rivals with 2020 Olympics a possible farewell | Kevin Mitchell

Roger Federer plans to stay on the Tour as long as his wife is happy while stricken rivals like Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic can only watch onAn intriguing scenario is unfolding in the wake of Roger Federer’s sixth Australian Open triumph in which th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/29/ageless-roger-federer-outlasts-rivals-2020-olympics

Jan 10

Roger Federer and Angelique Kerber can rise from Australian Open wreckage | Kevin Mitchell

New injury doubts over Rafael Nadal, Stan Wawrinka and Petra Kvitova make it difficult to identify favourites in a tournament where confusion pervadesOnly a few days before the first ball is struck, the 2018 Australian Open resembles a shredded carcass…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/10/roger-federer-angelique-kerber-australian-open-nadal-wawrinka-kvitova

Jan 08

Andy Murray has hip surgery and aims to return before Wimbledon

• Murray to fly home in a fortnight after surgery in Melbourne• ‘The surgeon felt my hip will be feeling better than a year ago’Andy Murray revealed on Monday that he has had hip surgery in Australia which he hopes will not only allow him to play at Wi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/08/andy-murray-hip-surgery-aims-to-return-wimbledon-tennis

Jan 05

Serena Williams out of Australian Open

The 23-times major winner and women’s titleholder gave birth to her first child last September and says she is not yet ready to competeSerena Williams on Friday joined the galaxy of tennis stars who have withdrawn from the Australian Open, which starts…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/05/serena-williams-out-of-australian-open

Jan 04

Andy Murray heading home after pulling out of Australian Open

Murray now contemplating having surgery on his injured hipOperation could keep Scot out of the game for monthsAndy Murray’s blighted Australian sojourn came to a dramatic halt on Thursday, as he headed for home to contemplate the grim prospect of havin…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/04/tennis-andy-murray-heading-home-after-pulling-out-of-australian-open

Jan 02

Andy Murray considering hip surgery as career hangs in the balance

• British No1 out of Brisbane and unlikely to play in Australian Open• Murray considers surgery on injury that has kept him out since WimbledonA crestfallen Andy Murray withdrew at the last minute from the Brisbane International on Tuesday, then cast s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/02/andy-murray-doubt-australian-open-pulls-out-brisbane-international-tennis

Nov 17

Andy Murray splits with coach Ivan Lendl for second time

• ‘I’m thankful to Ivan for all his help and guidance over the years’• Lendl says: ‘We had a great run and a lot of fun’Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl have split for a second and no doubt final time – wishing each other season’s greetings and the best for …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/andy-murray-ivan-lendl-split-coach-tennis

Nov 17

David Goffin sets up an ATP Finals clash with his tennis idol Roger Federer

• Belgian seals final semi-final slot at O2 with 6-4, 6-1 win over Dominic Thiem• Goffin is yet to beat the eight-times Wimbledon championThe first time David Goffin played Roger Federer – five years ago as a 21-year-old lucky loser in the fourth round…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/david-goffin-sets-up-an-atp-finals-clash-with-his-tennis-idol-roger-federer

Nov 14

Andy Murray can get back to his best after injury, says Jamie Delgado

• Coach optimistic about Murray’s prospects in the new year• ‘We are very confident and hopeful that he will be back to his best’The encouraging news is mounting for Andy Murray before his return to the Tour in Australia in the new year. His travelling…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/14/jamie-delgado-confident-andy-murray-best-after-injury

Nov 13

Daniel Jacobs shows his class and puts Billy Joe Saunders fight in the frame | Kevin Mitchell

Eddie Hearn’s American middleweight put Golovkin defeat behind him by outpointing Luís Arias and Hearn will have some negotiating to do if Frank Warren’s Saunders wins in Canada next monthEddie Hearn’s invasion of America was not quite on a par with th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/13/daniel-jacobs-billy-joe-saunders-middleweight-title-fight

Nov 11

Roger Federer not averse to subtle change as tennis considers its future

Few expect revolution as grand slam committees meet at All England Club, but world No2 accepts his sport must start considering theories of evolution if it is to survive beyond modern eraTennis has been drifting inexorably towards a crossroads for at l…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/11/roger-federer-all-england-club-grand-slam-tennis

Nov 11

Andy Murray looks to lighten his workload as he eyes top-10 return

• British No1 continues recovery from hip injury with practise match at the O2• Murray will have to limit tournament appearances to extend his playing careerAndy Murray, who is unable to defend his title at the ATP World Tour Finals, which start on Sun…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/11/andy-murray-workload-top-10