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Baines seeks to capitalise on Cole’s England absence

Ward digs deep in five-set epic to lift Britain off the bottom

Beating arguably the weakest opposition Britain have ever faced in the Davis Cup should be kept in perspective, but James Ward had every right to be proud of his tie-winning performance against Tunisia here yesterday. Ward secured victory in this Europe Africa Zone Group Two tie by beating Malek Jaziri 3-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 after a gruelling encounter that lasted 15 minutes short of four hours.

Victory over Tunisia, but GB pair make it hard slog

Considering that even Tunisia's players admit their country is more successful at handball and petanque, Britain should not have been expecting anything other than an emphatic victory in this weekend's Davis Cup tie.

Bogdanovic in Davis Cup squad despite his rankings plunge

First the bad news for Alex Bogdanovic. Yesterday's world rankings saw the Briton fall 86 places to No 378, his lowest position for eight years. The good news for the British No 6 was a recall to his country's Davis Cup squad for next week's Europe Africa Zone Group Two tie against Tunisia at Bolton Arena.

Clijsters wins to complete remarkable five-year climb back to summit

Kim Clijsters will return to No 1 in the world rankings next week for the first time for five years.

Murray quiz: Game, set and championship!

Andy Murray, his strengths and his foibles: a five-set quiz mirroring tennis's scoring system for two or four players. Good luck!

Team Murray careful to do their homework on little-known Marchenko

It might be tempting to suggest that the gap in talent between Andy Murray and Illya Marchenko is as wide as the distance between their respective birthplaces of Dunblane and Dneprodzerzhinsk, but last year's Australian Open runner-up is taking nothing for granted.

Murray rises to royal occasion and swaggers past Nieminen

Job done, thank you ma'am, and goodnight. The Queen's affection for tennis is probably reflected in the fact that her visit to the All England Club yesterday was her first for 33 years, but at least Andy Murray did her proud. On a day when John Isner and Nicolas Mahut completed their 11-hour marathon, Murray ensured that the monarch would be back in time for tea by winning his second-round match against Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in just an hour and 42 minutes. After a brief conversation with the two men, she was on her way home.

Murray dismisses concern over knee

Andy Murray insists a knee problem will not hinder his progress as he bids to defend his title at the AEGON Championship at Queen's.

Murray's Davis Cup dilemma

His close friend Leon Smith is the new team captain, but World No 4 remains reluctant to commit to Britain's cause

Oh brother! Graysons glad to play family fortunes

Simon can lead Leeds to glory as Paul basks in promotion with cricket's Essex

Britain's got talents on the courts (at last)

Five new names enter world's top 100, but search for next Murray goes on

Bryan brothers thunder on

Bob and Mike Bryan will bid for their second Wimbledon men's doubles crown tomorrow after beating Wesley Moodie and Dick Norman in yesterday's semi-finals.

Growing pains end reign for Robson

The raw talent and mentality is demonstrably in place, but Laura Robson yesterday had a painful reminder that these assets must still be harnessed to her physical development. Still only 15, Robson surrendered her girls' singles title when a back injury contributed to her third-round defeat by Quirine Lemoine, of the Netherlands.

Roddick uses express service to slow Melzer

Andy Roddick wasn't born when "Boom Bang-a-Bang" was written, yet the title of Britain's 1969 Eurovision Song Contest entry perfectly sums up his tennis. The sixth seed served splendidly in his third-round match yesterday, deploying his primary weapon to devastating effect in overcoming the Austrian left-hander Jürgen Melzer 7-6 7-6 4-6 6-3.

Doubles: Robson and Stoop conquer in battle to save face

Those who fancy themselves cynical would doubtless suggest that here was the only feasible way of reducing the exorbitant expectations vested in Andrew Murray. But a true cynic would view the epic, 24-game deciding set between the four British players conveniently drawn together in the first round of the Women's Doubles as confirmation of some national dread of success.

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