Tommy Robredo celebrates his unlikely victory

Tommy hits high notes with another comeback

Robredo pulls off third successive recovery from two-sets down to reach the quarter-finals

Spain's David Ferrer celebrates after defeating compatriot Nicolas Almagro earlier this year

French Open: David Ferrer eases into the fourth-round with victory over Kevin Anderson

David Ferrer served notice of his intent at the French Open with a fourth-round demolition of Kevin Anderson.

Serena Willams at the French Open

French Open: Serena Williams swats aside Sorana Cirstea to reach fourth round

The world number one is bidding to win only her second singles title at Roland Garros

Laura Robson returns to eventual winner Caroline Wozniacki

French Open: Laura Robson's hopes turn to dust as Caroline Wozniacki prevails in Paris

Perhaps it had all been too good to be true. In the absence of the injured Andy Murray, the stage had been set for Laura Robson to become the focal point of British attention here at the French Open, but for once the 19-year-old failed to deliver. While a 6-3, 6-2 defeat by Caroline Wozniacki was a fair reflection of the two players' rankings – the 22-year-old Dane sits 27 places higher than the Briton at No 10 in the world – there could be no escaping the sense that this was a missed opportunity.

The women’s world No 1 position was up for grabs but it is no surprise that there were will not be a change when the updated rankings are announced

Serena Williams makes short work of Roland Garros opener

Serena Williams crushed one of her French Open ghosts with an unstoppable demolition of Anna Tatishvili in the first round in Paris.

Laura Robson: The Briton will play Caroline Wozniacki in the first round in Paris

French Open: Laura Robson handed chance to add to her giant-killing reputation

For a player who loves nothing better than to topple the biggest names at the biggest tournaments, Laura Robson was yesterday handed the perfect draw for the French Open, which begins in Paris tomorrow.

Laura Robson

Laura Robson draws former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in first round of French Open

The British number one faces tough start at Roland Garros

Laura Robson hits a return during her second-round elimination by Serena Williams in the main stadium at the Italian Open

Laura Robson remains positive following defeat to Serena Williams

The British No 1 was beaten in straight sets in Rome

Brad Drewett: Tennis player who became a leading official in the game

Brad Drewett: Tennis player who became a leading official in the game

As a player he had been a deft serve-and-volleyer who climbed as high as No 34 in the world

Laura Robson: 'Most people love those big matches because it’s always so easy to play when you’ve got nothing to lose'

Laura Robson: Wimbledon? Olympic gold? I'm not fussed

Britain's best female tennis player for more than two decades is keeping a level head amid the ups and downs of the circuit's merry-go-round. Paul Newman meets Laura Robson

Sportonomic$, by Gavin Newsham

"Statistics are like bikinis – they show a lot, but not everything." Gavin Newsham sets out his stall on the opening page with this teaser from the baseball manager Lou Piniella, and his sideways look at sport by numbers is certainly revealing, if not displaying quite the originality of Freakonomics, the book that inspired the title.

Masters stroke: Andy Murray hits a forehand in the win over Richard Gasquet which put him through to the final

Andy Murray is one win away from rising to world No 2

Victory in today's Miami Masters final will lift Scot above Roger Federer

By 2017 it will rise to $50m, almost double the figure for last year, when Andy Murray won his maiden Slam

US Open prize money rise challenges Wimbledon

The total prize money at Flushing Meadows will rise to $50m in the summer

Victoria Azarenka celebrates her Australian Open final victory against Li Na

Tearful Victoria Azarenka trumps ailing Li Na in Melbourne to retain Australian Open title

The Belarusian won her second Slam title but ceded the crowd's sympathy to the injured Chinese

My 100 per cent record against Andy Murray has no bearing on our semi-final match, says Roger Federer

Pair meet in the Australian Open tomorrow morning

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