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.

Rafael Nadal of Spain puts in a screaming return in his victory over the Italian Fabio Fognini

French Open 2013: Rafael Nadal admits surprise at recent success ahead of meeting with Novak Djokovic

The Spaniard only recently returned from a long term injury

Nico Rosberg on his way to victory

F1: Lewis Hamilton fears tyre issues could trouble Mercedes in Canada

Nico Rosberg won in Monaco

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

French Open 2013: Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal cruise to semi-final showdown

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.

Bernard Tomic in action in Paris before retiring injured

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’

French Open: Poker-loving Rafael Nadal seeks eight of a kind at Roland Garros

The Spaniard looks back to his best after seven months out injured and is strong favourite to win another French Open title

Alain Prost with his great rival Ayrton Senna (left)

'Drivers closer to the engineers could get an advantage over the others': Alain Prost predicts turbocharged change

Former champion says new engines will make ‘brain power’ as vital as horsepower for drivers

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

Dimitrov has long been touted as the next Roger Federer

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

The Sport Matrix: Monday 22 April 2013

Suarez’s behaviour ‘not befitting a Liverpool player’

The Sport Matrix: Friday 19 April 2013

Farah 'hurt' by London Marathon greed claims

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – Five-star MS Swiss Corona 7 nights from £999pp
Lake Como St Moritz & the Bernina Express 7 nights from £809pp
Vietnam
Lake Maggiore, Orta & the Matterhorn 7 nights from £939pp
South Africa
Spain
Prices correct as of 19 December 2014
Isis in Iraq: Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment by militants

'Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself'

Yazidi girls killing themselves to escape rape and imprisonment
Ed Balls interview: 'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'

Ed Balls interview

'If I think about the deficit when I'm playing the piano, it all goes wrong'
He's behind you, dude!

US stars in UK panto

From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz: What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?

Grace Dent's Christmas Quiz

What are you – a festive curmudgeon or top of the tree?
Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Nasa planning to build cloud cities in airships above Venus

Planet’s surface is inhospitable to humans but 30 miles above it is almost perfect
Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history - clocks, rifles, frogmen’s uniforms and colonial helmets

Clocks, rifles, swords, frogmen’s uniforms

Surrounded by high-rise flats is a little house filled with Lebanon’s history
Return to Gaza: Four months on, the wounds left by Israel's bombardment have not yet healed

Four months after the bombardment, Gaza’s wounds are yet to heal

Kim Sengupta is reunited with a man whose plight mirrors the suffering of the Palestinian people
Gastric surgery: Is it really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Is gastric surgery really the answer to the UK's obesity epidemic?

Critics argue that it’s crazy to operate on healthy people just to stop them eating
Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction Part 2 - now LIVE

Homeless Veterans appeal: Christmas charity auction

Bid on original art, or trips of a lifetime to Africa or the 'Corrie' set, and help Homeless Veterans
Pantomime rings the changes to welcome autistic theatre-goers

Autism-friendly theatre

Pantomime leads the pack in quest to welcome all
The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

The week Hollywood got scared and had to grow up a bit

Sony suffered a chorus of disapproval after it withdrew 'The Interview', but it's not too late for it to take a stand, says Joan Smith
From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?

Panto dames: before and after

From Widow Twankey to Mother Goose, how do the men who play panto dames get themselves ready for the performance of a lifetime?
Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Thirties murder mystery novel is surprise runaway Christmas hit

Booksellers say readers are turning away from dark modern thrillers and back to the golden age of crime writing
Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there