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Murray beats Djokovic to win Rome title

Andy Murray beat Novak Djokovic. Credit: PA

Andy Murray celebrated his birthday in style by beating Novak Djokovic 6-3 6-3 in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia final in Rome.

Murray, turning 29 and the first Briton to win the Italian crown in the Open era, was in scintillating form against world number one Djokovic, who had won 12 of his 13 matches against the Scot since the 2013 Wimbledon final.

Four-time champion Djokovic was second best against Murray, who beat the Serb for the first time on clay and clinched his 12th ATP Masters 1000 title.

Murray storms into Rome final with easy win

Murray reached his second successive final after easing to a straight-sets victory. Credit: PA

Andy Murray reached his second successive final after easing to a straight-sets victory against Lucas Pouille in the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome.

Murray was always in control and a 6-2 6-1 victory in just 59 minutes continued his impressive form on clay ahead of the French Open, following his run to the final in Madrid last week.

Murray was facing Pouille for the first time, with the Frenchman only the second lucky loser to reach the last four of an ATP Masters event, and the gulf in class showed.

The world number 52 had lost in qualifying but Jo Wilfried-Tsonga's withdrawal due to injury allowed him to take his place in the main draw, before a bye in the first round and a walkover in the quarter-finals meant he only won two matches to reach the semi-finals.

Murray took control when he battled back from 40-0 down to break serve in the fourth game and, after a short rain delay, he produced another break to close out the first set.

The players stayed on as light rain began to fall and Murray again broke serve in the fourth game of the second set before racing through the next three games, completing victory with an ace on his first match point.


Murray splits with coach Mauresmo

Andy Murray has worked with Mauresmo for two years. Credit: PA

British No.1 Andy Murray has split with coach Amelie Mauresmo after two years working together, the Scot has confirmed.

I’ve learned a lot from Amélie over the past two years. She’s been a calming influence in the team and we’ll miss having here around.

I’ll take some time to consider the next steps and how we progress from here, but I’d like to thank her for everything she has done, she’s been an invaluable member of the team.

– Andy Murray

Maursemo admitted committing to the exhaustive regime of a top tennis player has been a struggle for her.

Working with Andy over the last two years has been a fantastic experience for me. I’ve thoroughly enjoyed being part of the great team of people he has around him.

Dedicating enough time along with the travel has been a challenge for me. I wish him and the team well and I hope he goes on to win any more titles.

– Amelie Mauresmo

Robson uses protected ranking to make French Open

Laura Robson will be one of seven British singles players in the main draw of the French Open next month.

The former British number one is ranked down at 465 but is using her protected ranking of 58 following her long absence with a wrist injury.

Robson last played at Roland Garros in 2013. Credit: PA

Robson had surgery in April 2014 and her progress has been frustratingly slow but the 22-year-old is at least free of pain.

Her only two victories this season were in qualifying for a small tournament in the United States, with her last tour-level win coming way back in September 2013.

Robson, who last played at Roland Garros in 2013 and has never been beyond the first round, joins Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady in the women's singles.

Broady's only previous grand slam appearances have come courtesy of Wimbledon wild cards but the 26-year-old goes straight into the main draw after reaching 79th in the rankings.

World number two Andy Murray is joined by Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund in the men's singles, making it the most British players in the singles main draws at Roland Garros since 1985.


Bedene loses appeal to represent GB in the Davis Cup

Bedene failed in his appeal. Credit: PA

Aljaz Bedene's hopes of playing Davis Cup tennis for Great Britain have been dashed once again after he lost his latest appeal.

The 26-year-old, who was granted a British passport last March, presented his case to the International Tennis Federation board on Sunday.

He said: "Of course I am very sad with today's result and that it has not gone the way I had hoped.

"I would like to thank all the fans, my team and the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) for continuing to support me all the way. I will have to assess my situation now before I decide on what steps to take next."

Bedene has fallen foul of a rule brought in at the start of 2015 preventing players competing for more than one country in the competition.

Because he played in three dead rubbers for his native Slovenia between 2010 and 2012, he is ineligible to represent Britain.

Raymond Moore resigns after comments on women's tennis

BNP Paribas Open tournament director Raymond Moore has resigned. Credit: Reuters

Indian Wells chief Raymond Moore has resigned after saying that female players were riding "on the coat-tails of men's tennis".

The BNP Paribas Open tournament director was criticised after he said that female players should "go down every night on (their) knees and thank God that Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal were born".

A statement on the tournament website by Indian Wells owner Larry Ellison said: "Earlier today I had the opportunity to speak with Raymond Moore. Ray let me know that he has decided to step down from his roles as CEO and tournament director effective immediately. I fully understand his decision."

Moore resigned after women's tennis legend Martina Navratilova said his comments were "disheartening".

"It would be hard to imagine any women to want to go and play at Indian Wells if Moore stays as the tournament director," she said.

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