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There's a sensational selection of treats, treasures and unique experiences up for grabs in our annual charity sale. John Walsh wields his gavel and introduces the lots
It was just Sir Elton and his grand piano for this intimate, power-ballad-laden recital of hits, the odd rarity (including, unexpectedly, "Sixty Years On" and the exquisite rock-stomp "Take Me to the Pilot", both from 1970's Elton John) and songs from his return-to-form album, The Union.
Fourth seed Robin Soderling booked his place in the semi-finals of the Paris Masters with a 7-5 6-4 defeat of American Andy Roddick on Friday.
Andy Murray, who knows how costly such injuries can be, took no risks after feeling pain in his right wrist midway through his match against David Nalbandian in the Paris Masters here yesterday. The Scot sent for a trainer but recovered to record an encouraging 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory and is hopeful that he did not sustain any lasting damage.
Andre Agassi recalls that when he won Wimbledon in 1992, beating Goran Ivanisevic in a final which crackled like gunfire, he entered a state of almost surreal ecstasy.
Andy Murray arrived at Wimbledon yesterday riding on the hopes of a nation. By 7pm, he had the weight of British disappointment on his shoulders. But, as the sun set behind Murray Mound in the early evening, his legions of fans left their hero's patch of grass clinging to the consolation that "there's always next year".
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An independent panel concluded yesterday that 45 professional matches from the past five years require further review because of suspicious betting patterns. The International Tennis Federation, the ATP, the WTA Tour and the four Grand Slams published the findings of the panel in a 66-page report.
A week in which you have beaten the world No 1 will always be a source of satisfaction but Andy Murray will also look back on the Barclays Dubai Championships as a missed opportunity after his defeat by Nikolay Davydenko in the quarter-finals here yesterday. By disposing of Roger Federer in the first round Murray had opened up his route to a possible third final of the year, but instead it will be Davydenko, a player he had beaten in their three previous meetings, who will meet Feliciano Lopez, the world No 41, in today's semi-finals.
He committed just seven unforced errors in the course of the final two sets after 21st seed Kiefer's big hitting had rattled the world number one in the second set of their semi-final. Kiefer continually dictated rallies early on, but rash shots cost him the chance to break as he dropped serve in the fourth game of the opening set. Although the 21st seed saved two set points on serve, Federer reeled off two big winners to wrap up the first set in 44 minutes.
Women's final: Williams takes third All England title with exhausting triumph in true test of stamina and strength