Kevin Mitchell

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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

Nov 10

Rafael Nadal hints knee injury may force withdrawal from ATP World Tour Finals

• Nadal due to meet David Goffin on Monday but ‘can’t predict’ if he will play• Roger Federer says he may never appear at French Open againRafael Nadal and Roger Federer, whose parallel dominance has defined modern tennis, will bring their triumphant s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/10/rafael-nadal-atp-world-tour-finals-knee-injury

Nov 08

Andy Murray’s return probably too late for GB’s Davis Cup purposes

• ‘Playing Spain is the tie that everyone thought would be the most difficult’• Captain Leon Smith still upbeat about Great Britain’s chancesAndy Murray surprised Roger Federer by how well he moved in their exhibition match in Glasgow on Tuesday night …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/08/andy-murray-return-great-britain-davis-cup

Nov 06

Deontay Wilder gives hope of new heavyweight era with Anthony Joshua | Kevin Mitchell

Bermane Stiverne dishonoured boxing’s most important crown when destroyed by the American and with a lack of contenders the sport needs Joshua v WilderThe good news is that Deontay Wilder is making all the right “Bomb Squad” noises about putting his WB…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/06/deontay-wilder-gives-hope-new-heavyweight-era-anthony-joshua

Nov 05

Jack Sock wins Paris Masters as Andy Murray drops out of top 10

• American beats Serbia’s Filip Krajinovic 5-7, 6-4, 6-1• Injured Murray falls to No15 in year-on-year rankingsJack Sock, a name easier to remember than some of his past performances, blasted an even lesser known outsider, Filip Krajinovic, off the Ber…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/05/jack-sock-wins-paris-masters-andy-murray-atp-finals-london

Nov 01

Caroline Wozniacki and co court shocks before Serena Williams’ expected return

Simona Halep, Maria Sharapova and others seem set to ensure when the winner of 23 grand slams rejoins the WTA Tour it will be anything but dullWhen Serena Williams returns to tennis as expected in the new year, with a baby daughter, Alexis, in her ento…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/01/caroline-wozniacki-and-co-court-shocks-before-serena-williams-return

Oct 27

Anthony Joshua must fight complacency against a stand-in with nothing to lose | Kevin Mitchell

Carlos Takam faces a defining night as he seeks to unsettle the WBA and IBF heavyweight champion’s well-planned roadshow in CardiffAs his wait for a fight wound down, the world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua looked and sounded like a man guarding …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/oct/27/anthony-joshua-carlos-takam-world-heavyweight-title-cardiff

Oct 27

Katie Taylor eyes Sánchez scalp and a Dublin homecoming as a champion | Kevin Mitchell

The versatile Dubliner can take the WBA lightweight crown in just her seventh professional bout with victory against Argentina’s Anahi Sánchez on the Anthony Joshua undercard in CardiffFor more than a decade, Katie Taylor was widely and justifiably reg…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/27/katie-taylor-anahi-sanchez-wba-lightweight-title-cardiff

Oct 25

Carlos Takam takes the Anthony Joshua heavyweight challenge in his stride

• I’m not bothered about fighting in front of 80,000 people, the 36-year-old says• Kubrat Pulev’s replacement looking forward to IBF heavyweight title fightCarlos Takam is remarkably relaxed about the ordeal that awaits him against Anthony Joshua in Ca…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/25/carlos-takam-anthony-joshua-heavweight-title-ibf-cardiff

Oct 25

Anthony Joshua risks taking his eye off Carlos Takam with Wilder talk | Kevin Mitchell

There is an infinitesimal sliver of suspicion that Anthony Joshua is breaking the golden rule of boxing: looking beyond his next opponentAnthony Joshua does not get much wrong. He lives the life and he talks it in a string of articulate interviews lit …

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Oct 24

Anthony Joshua risks taking his eye off Carlos Takam with Wilder talk | Kevin Mitchell

There is an infinitesimal sliver of suspicion that Anthony Joshua is breaking the golden rule of boxing: looking beyond his next opponentAnthony Joshua does not get much wrong. He lives the life and he talks it in a string of articulate interviews lit …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/24/anthony-joshua-carlos-takam-deontay-wilder-boxing