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Shock French Open exit for Bouchard

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard contemplates her first-round exit. Credit: Jon Buckle/Empics

Women's sixth seed Eugenie Bouchard lost in straight sets in the first round of the French Open on an opening Tuesday of few other shocks at Roland Garros.

Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal, the defending singles champions, both made it through to the second round with ease.

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Djokovic and Sharapova win Italian Open titles

Novak Djokovic is the hot favourite to win the French Open. Credit: PA

World number one Novak Djokovic made it four titles in a row with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Roger Federer in the Italian Open final.

The Serbian took a few weeks off after his Monte Carlo triumph but there were no signs of rustiness in Rome, where he eased to a 22nd successive win.

Djokovic has now won the Italian Open on four occasions and will be the man to beat when the French Open begins next Monday – you can watch the whole tournament live on ITV.

In the women's tournament, Maria Sharapova claimed her third Rome title after coming from behind to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 4-6 7-5 6-1.

'Very tired' Murray withdraws from Italian Open

Andy Murray has played a lot of tennis recently. Credit: PA

A tired Andy Murray paid the price for his unexpected success on clay by withdrawing from the Italian Open.

The world number three had made it 10 wins in a row on Wednesday with a straight-sets victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy that put him into the last 16 in Rome.

I'm very tired just now and I need to take a break.

I didn't expect to do what I've done the past few weeks. My body has never been through that before on the clay. It's a surface I've always struggled on physically. My body's always found the surface difficult. This year, it's been very good.

I also don't want to risk making it worse; in the past, I've maybe trained too much. I wanted to play in this event. It's a big tournament, a lot of points on offer. The time of year is tough on everyone and it's just one of those things.

There's no long-term injuries to worry about. Things are a little bit stiff and sore because of the amount of matches I've played.

– Andy Murray

Newlywed Andy Murray declares 'marriage works'

Andy Murray has declared that "marriage works" after blasting his way to a second clay court title.

The Scot has enjoyed a strong run of form since he married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in front of family and friends at Dunblane Cathedral last month.

And yesterday he beat Rafael Nadal in straight sets to become the Mutua Madrid Open champion, claiming the 6-3 6-2 victory in less than 90 minutes in front of the clay king's Spanish fans.

Andy Murray's love match has proved a winner on the court Credit: PA

After the game, the former Wimbledon champion wrote "Marriage Works!" on the lens of a television camera and told Sky Sports 3 that a happy personal life helps him perform better on the court.

It (marriage) has been nice and a lot of people have spoken about the honeymoon period.

But we've been together a very long time and getting married was the next step.

I've always said if the personal stuff is happy and under control that helps your performance on the court.

But I also feel healthy this year and I have trained well, I'm in much better shape on the clay than I have been for a number of years.

– Andy Murray

Murray won his first career clay court title at the Munich Open last Monday. He followed it up with yesterday's victory, which earned him the 10th 1000 Masters title of his career but his first such title on the red surface he has traditionally struggled on.

Andy and Kim, both 27, exchanged their vows in Murray's home town of Dunblane on Saturday April 11 in what was dubbed "Scotland's royal wedding".

The British tennis number one sported a blue and green kilt for the occasion while Sussex-born Sears wore an embroidered white gown with three-quarter-length sleeves and a long veil.


Murray doubles up with easy win in Madrid

Andy Murray in action in Madrid. Credit: Marc Mueller/dpa

Andy Murray showed no ill-effects from his late finish in the previous round as he stormed through to the quarter-finals of the Madrid Open with a quick-fire victory over wild card Marcel Granollers.

The world number three did not seem bothered about having to play twice on the same day as he brushed aside Granollers 6-2 6-0 in 65 minutes.

Murray, who won the Madrid title in 2008 in the final year it was an indoor tournament before switching to clay, will now face either fifth seed Milos Raonic or Leonardo Mayer for a place in the last four.

LTA to honour Balatcha at Nottingham

Elena Balatcha died on liver cancer. Credit: PA

The inaugural winner of this year's Aegon Open Nottingham WTA event will be presented with 'The Elena Baltacha Trophy', named in memory of the former British number one.

Baltacha died of liver cancer one year ago today at the age of 30, having been diagnosed with the illness in January of that year - just two months after retiring from tennis and only weeks after marrying her long-time coach Nino Severino.

Baltacha won her 11th and final ITF Women's Circuit title at Nottingham 2013, and the Lawn Tennis Association has marked the one-year anniversary of her death by announcing that a newly-commissioned trophy bearing her name will be awarded to the winner of next month's WTA tournament in the city.

Murray on course for first clay court title

Andy Murray. Credit: PA

Andy Murray defied exhaustion to reach the final of the BMW Open in Munich and stay on course for the first clay court title of his career.

The Scot claimed back-to-back wins over Lukas Rosol and Roberto Bautista Agut after a schedule pile-up caused by bad weather on Friday.

But the top-seeded Scot was forced to do it the hard way after fighting back from behind to beat world number 41 Rosol 4-6 6-3 6-2 in their morning quarter-final.

Meanwhile, Bautista Agut was also forced to go to three sets but enjoyed an easier 4-6 6-0 6-0 win over Victor Burgos of the Dominican Republic.

Murray was once again broken early when he returned to court for their semi-final, but battled back and broke the Spaniard twice on his way to taking the first set.

And one more break was sufficient in the second set for Murray to hold off his world number 16-ranked opponent and wrap up a 6-4 6-4 victory.

But the day's work was still not done for Murray as he was also scheduled for a doubles semi-final alongside Dutch partner Jean-Julien Rojer.

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