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Paul Newman is Tennis Correspondent for The Independent.

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Andy Murray returns a shot during a practice session at Roland Garros yesterday, hoping to deny the world No 1 Rafa Nadal a ninth French Open final place

French Open 2014 - Andy Murray v Rafael Nadal: Murray will have to dig deep to break latest record – and semi-final opponent

The undisputed king of clay stands in the way of Scot's first final in Paris
Maria Sharapova came back from a set down to beat Eugenie Bouchard yesterday

French Open 2014: Maria Sharapova shows her famous fighting spirit to reach final

Maria Sharapova has won the title at all four Grand Slam tournaments, topped the world rankings and made more money than any sportswoman in history, but her hunger for success on the court remains undiminished.

Andy Murray reaches to hit a return during his epic quarterfinal victory over Gaël Monfils at Roland Garros

French Open 2014: Andy Murray digs deep to beat Gael Monfils and set up the semi-final with Rafael Nadal

Scot sets up Roland Garros semi-final against Rafael Nadal
Simona Halep celebrates after beating Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2, 6-2

French Open 2014: Simona Halep and Andrea Petkovic power into first Grand Slam semi-finals

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Ernests Gulbis followed his victory over Roger Federer by beating Tomas Berdych

French Open 2014: Ernests Gulbis follows up victory over Roger Federer by crushing Tomas Berdych

The Ernests Gulbis bandwagon shows no signs of slowing down. The 25-year-old Latvian built on his victory over Roger Federer here at the French Open by crushing Tomas Berdych 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to claim a place in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in his career.

Andy Murray works on his backhand at Roland Garros in preparation to face Gaël Monfils

French Open 2014: Andy Murray v Gael Monfils - Scot peaking in time to end home run

British No 1 feeling fitter than ever since surgery and hitting backhand beautifully

French Open 2014: Andy Murray survives his longest match to roar into reunion with Fernando Verdasco

When a long-distance race becomes a marathon you can usually rely on Andy Murray to cross the finish line first. The longest match of Murray’s career in terms of the number of games played ended here at the French Open yesterday with the 27-year-old Scot beating Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10. After play had been suspended because of fading light at 7-7 in the final set the previous evening, Kohlschreiber was the man who eventually cracked under the pressure of repeatedly having to serve to stay in the match.

Russia's Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrates her victory over Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova at the end of their French tennis Open third round match at the Roland Garros

French Open 2014: Latest epic win moves Svetlana Kuznetsova from title outsider to contender

The Russian beat Petra Kvitova over three sets to reach the fourth round

Spain's Rafael Nadal hits a return to Argentina's Leonardo Mayer during their French tennis Open third round match at the Roland Garros

French Open 2014: Rafael Nadal prevails over Leonardo Mayer but progress proves painful

World No 1 wins easily enough to make it through to the fourth round of the French Open in Paris but back problems are forcing the Spaniard to alter his game to go the distance

Ernests Gulbis defeated Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 yesterday

French Open: Maverick Gulbis rides ‘last train’ to Federer test

Ernests Gulbis, who will face Roger Federer here at the French Open on Sunday in his first appearance in the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for six years, insists he is a changed man. However, ruffling feathers still appears to come naturally to the Latvian maverick.

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