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Tennis, boxing correspondent for Guardian, Observer. War, Baby Jacobs Beach, Frank Bruno's Fighting Back, Break Point (on tennis). Ali book out Nov '14

Tears of joy from Roger Federer as Switzerland win Davis Cup — More tears, then, for the Swiss but tears of joy this time, not recrimination - for Roger Federer, his proud and tiny country, as well as tennis - on a historic afternoon in a sealed-off arena at one end of a football stadium in the lowlands of northern France.

Federer and Wawrinka give Switzerland Davis Cup final lead over France — Severin Lüthi does not appear to be one of life's intuitive gamblers, and perhaps he risked no more than passing embarrassment in throwing a recovering Roger Federer into the doubles alongside Stanislas Wawrinka here on Saturday.

France and Switzerland all square after day one of Davis Cup final — For those too cold of eye and heart to accept that emotion is a significant part of winning in sport, the first afternoon of the 2014 Davis Cup final gave the lie. To mangle the old joke, imagine you went to a football stadium and a tennis match broke out - with all of the noise but none of the trouble (as when Everton visited Lille last month).

No love lost between Nathan Cleverly and Tony Bellew, but one must lose — There is something deeply uncomfortable about the bitterness Tony Bellew has been directing towards Nathan Cleverly, a conversation that will be brought to some sort of violent conclusion when these excellent British cruiserweights collide in the Liverpudlian's home town on Saturday night. That is probably the point: Bellew wants the Welshman to feel uneasy in his presence.

Roger Federer’s back problem leaves Davis Cup final on knife edge — Roger Federer, smiling but cautious after a light Thursday morning workout on his suspect back, admitted he is not 100% fit, but promised to "give it a go" against Gaël Monfils when the Davis Cup final begins in the impressive Stade Pierre Mauroy on Friday.

Finally! A use for algebra in real life — Sitting in the back row at a sixth-form open day, listening to how recent changes to AS-levels will affect me (they won't, is my understanding, because I'm not the one entering sixth-form next year), I was reminded of an evening last week when I was briefly put before a video camera and asked, "What's the most important thing you learned at school?"

Rafael Nadal hits out at Spain’s female Davis Cup captain Gala León — Rafael Nadal has criticised Spain's female Davis Cup captain for feeding a "false and absurd" debate that started when his uncle questioned whether a woman could coach in the men's game. The 14-times Grand Slam winner struck out at both the captain, Gala León, and the Spanish tennis federation.

Roger Federer denies Stan Wawrinka feud and hopeful for Davis Cup final — Switzerland's Roger Federer, who pulled out of the final of the ATP World Tour final in London on Sundaywith a back injury, is no more than hopeful of playing in the Davis Cup final against France this week - but is adamant there is no feud with team-mate Stanislas Wawrinka.

Talking at a tennis match? Zip it please — Another first-world conundrum. You plunge hand relatively deep into pocket, as I did, and in return they send tickets for the ATP World Tour Finals tennis tournament at the O2 in London. Not yesterday's final itself, which never happened because Roger Federer pulled out with back trouble.

Novak Djokovic is king of the court: the top six players of 2014 — 2014 Won 61 Lost 8 Titles 7 Prize money $14,250,527 Won 61 Lost 8 Titles 7 Prize money $14,250,527 There is no sensible argument about who is the best player still standing at the end of 2014.
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Nov 23, 2014

RT @JulianBurnside: As the Australia Network goes off the air today, we remember Abbott's promise before the election

Nov 22, 2014

RT @darren_cahill: A number of candidates for coach of the year in 2014 but Macca deserves coach of the decade. Helped the Bryan Bros win approx 80 titles.

Nov 22, 2014

RT @simonrbriggs: Sherlock fans might empathise with @kevinmitchell50's theory that Swiss captain Severin Luthi resembles Andrew Scott, who plays Moriarty

Nov 22, 2014

RT @Shaneytweet: @mattmacklin Hard luck last week man. You done urself and everyone in Tipp proud. #topman

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