Paul Newman

Paul Newman is Tennis Correspondent for The Independent.

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French Open 2014: ‘Mad Dog’ turns the air blue but Murray bites his tongue to progress

The Wimbledon champion beat Marinko Matosevic 6-3 6-1 6-3

Garbine Muguruza shakes hands with Serena Williams at the net following her victory

Serena Williams tipped to roar back at Wimbledon after shock exit in Paris

Beware the wounded tigress. Following Serena Williams’ remarkable 6-2, 6-2 defeat by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza in the second round of the French Open here on Wednesday, her coach said he expected her to respond in characteristic fashion.

Simona Halep during her first round match

Simona Halep enjoys rapid rise up the rankings

Heather Watson’s next opponent will soon be known for more than an old surgical procedure

Andy Murray at full stretch during his first-round victory over Andrey Golubev at Roland Garros

French Open 2014: Andy Murray eyes tie with Aussie 'Mad Dog' after he and Heather Watson pass opening tests

On a day when a second Australian Open champion failed to survive challenging conditions here at the French Open, Andy Murray was more than happy to pass his first test. Playing his first match at Roland Garros for two years after missing the 2013 event with a back injury, Murray beat Kazakhstan’s Andrey Golubev 6-1, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 to earn a second-round meeting with Australia’s Marinko Matosevic.

Caroline Wozniacki said she feels ‘like a 10-year-old car’

French Open 2014: Caroline Wozniacki beaten in first match since split from Rory McIlroy

Former World No 1 fails to make it past first round at French Open

Andrey Golubev plays a volley at the Madrid Open earlier this month

French Open 2014: Literary heavyweight Andrey Golubev is Andy Murray’s first-round opponent

Andrey Golubev exchanges pleasantries with Andy Murray off the court - "all the top guys are good people," the world No 53 said - but it is probably a safe bet that they do not sit around the locker room discussing literature.

Roger Federer on his way to a straight-sets victory over Lukas Lacko

French Open 2014: Rafael Nadal still cast as an outsider on courts he has dominated

French ambivalence towards Rafael Nadal has always been hard to understand and the defending champion must have wondered last night what more he has to do to please. Nadal’s opening match here this afternoon at the French Open, where he will be aiming to win the title for a remarkable ninth time, will be staged not on Court Philippe Chatrier but on Court Suzanne Lenglen, the second of the main show courts at Roland Garros.

Hit maker: Li Na serves during the Rome Masters earlier this month. She reached the quarter-final at the Italian event

French Open 2014: Li Na eyes the big prize in Paris

The world No 2 has a spring in her step to repeat 2011 triumph at Roland Garros
Elementary: Heather Watson wins 6-1 6-1 to qualify for the French Open

French Open 2014: Managerless Andy Murray still takes advice from Ivan Lendl

He is no longer Andy Murray's coach, but Ivan Lendl continues to offer advice and support to the man he guided to two Grand Slam titles. Murray revealed yesterday that his former coach had been in contact before and after his quarter-final against Rafael Nadal at the Rome Masters last weekend. The Scot, who lost in three tight sets, said he planned to speak to Lendl again before the French Open starts today.

French Open 2014: Andy Murray can build on the clay foundations laid in Rome

The draw at Roland Garros has been reasonably kind to the Scot

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