Andy Murray practises serving as coach Ivan Lendl looks on at Queen’s yesterday

Andy Murray: I’m not match tough after the pain of French Open

Pulling out of the French Open was one of the toughest decisions Andy Murray has ever made, but the  26-year-old Scot said yesterday that watching Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic fighting toe-to-toe for more than four and a half hours in Paris confirmed that he had made the right call.

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The Spaniard only recently returned from a long term injury

Nico Rosberg on his way to victory

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Novak Djokovic celebrates his quarter-final victory at the French Open

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The collision of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic here in the semi-finals of the French Open has looked as inevitable as a rush-hour traffic jam on the Périphérique and the two juggernauts duly booked their showdown. Nadal, the seven-times champion of Roland Garros, and Djokovic, the world No 1, will meet on Friday for the right to face Jo-Wilfried Tsonga or David Ferrer in Sunday's final.

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French Open 2013: Bernard Tomic in limbo as all the Slams ban his father following head butt

Australian retires from French with injury while his dad and coach is suspended over butting

Rafael Nadal: 'Poker is like tennis. You can’t play crazy because you’ll make mistakes’

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Grigor Dimitrov shakes hands with Novak Djokovic after beating the world No 1

Madrid Masters: Victory over Novak Djokovic could be breakthrough match for Grigor Dimitrov

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Le Grill, Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino, MC 98000, Monaco

The great Anthony Burgess used to live in Monaco. He was friendly with Princess Grace but wasn't wild about the Porsche-posing throng who hung out there. Asked how it felt to be "one of the Beautiful People", he replied, "Beautiful People? I have no time for those irrelevantly gilded with adventitious photogeneity".

Novak Djokovic stretches to make a backhand in the Monte Carlo final

Tennis: Novak Djokovic ends Rafael Nadal's epic run to fire French Open ambitions

Spaniard suffers first defeat at Monte Carlo in 10 years as world No 1 shows pedigree on clay

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Andy Murray of Great Britain plays a backhand volley at a practice session prior to his second round match during day three of the ATP Monte Carlo Masters

Andy Murray ready for clay season - starting in Monte Carlo

The new world number two spent time practising on clay in the USA

Andy Murray is confident of putting together a good run on clay

Andy Murray needs feats on clay to seize world No 1 crown from Novak Djokovic

The British number one is currently ranked second in the world

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