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Murray set for Queen's return in summer

Andy Murray will bid for his fourth Queen's Club title in seven years this summer after confirming his presence at the Aegon Championships along with defending champion Grigor Dimitrov.

Murray won the event in 2009, 2011 and 2013 and is looking to join John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick as a four-time champion.

Andy Murray has enjoyed a lot of success at Queen's. Credit: PA

The Scot, who lost to Radek Stepanek in the third round last year, said: "I'd love to win the tournament again.

"I've had some great moments on those grass courts. It's where I won my first professional match and my first title in Britain.

"When you see the names on the trophy, it shows how difficult it is to win. The year I won Wimbledon, it came a few weeks after winning at Queen's, and it's perfect preparation."


Federer matches Connors and Lendl with 1,000th career win

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer joined an elite club by claiming his 1,000th career win with a win over Canada's Milos Raonic in the final of the Brisbane International.

Roger Federer in action in Brisbane. Credit: David Kapernick/AAP/PA

Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl had achieved the feat before in the Open era; Federer reached the landmark after seeing off Raonic 6-4 6-7 (2/7) 6-4.

The milestone will give Federer plenty of momentum heading into the Australian Open, which gets under way in Melbourne next Monday.

Cilic out of Australian Open

US Open champion Marin Cilic will miss the Australian Open with a shoulder injury.

Maran Cilic lifts the US Open men's singles trophy in September 2014. Credit: Dubreuil Corinne/ABACA/PA

The Croatian said in a statement on his official website: "I am really disappointed to announce that I had to withdraw from the Australian Open. Right shoulder injury, that hampers me for some time now and forced me to withdraw from the ATP event in Brisbane, is improving day by day, but I still don't feel fit enough to be able to compete at the highest level.

"I am really sad that I won't be able to participate in Melbourne, especially after winning the last grand slam in New York, but I was advised by doctors to be careful as much as possible to avoid even more serious problems.

"I have received lots of support letters from my fans worldwide lately and I am grateful for your support and best wishes. I was really looking forward to be back on court in Australia and now I hope we will meet very soon in Zagreb."

Record prize money for Australian Open

The Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne. Credit: PA

The Australian Open has increased its prize money for this month's tournament to a record 40million Australian dollars.

Tournament organisers announced a prize pot of 36.3million (#19.5million) in October, an increase of 3.3million on 2014, but have ramped it up again because of the weakness of the Australian dollar.

The men's and women's singles champions will each earn 3.1million while first-round losers at the tournament, which begins on January 19, will take home 34,500.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga ruled out of Australian Open

Injury has ruled 2008 finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga out of this month's Australian Open.

The big-serving Frenchman will receive at least three weeks of treatment for inflammation in his right forearm.


Murray impresses in straight sets win

Andy Murray eased to victory. Credit: PA

Andy Murray continued his strong build-up in his quest for a maiden Australian Open title with a comfortable victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire in the Hopman Cup mixed-team event in Perth on Monday.

Fresh from his first title of 2015 in Abu Dhabi, the Scot, representing Britain at the event alongside Heather Watson, defeated Paire 6-2 7-5 in the evening match.

Dominant Djokovic breezes past Berdych

Djokovic made light work of his German opponent. Credit: PA

Less than 24 hours after Andy Murray's thrashing at the magical hands of Rodger Federer, it was Novak Dokovic's turn to administer his very own London mauling.

Djokovic ensured he finishes 2014 as world number one by dispatching Tomas Berdych 6-2 6-2 to set up a semi-final meeting with Japan's Kei Nishikori at London's ATP World Tour Finals.

Federer breezes past Murray's conqueror Nishikori

Federer was in fine form. Credit: PA

Roger Federer made it two wins from two group matches at the ATP World Tour Finals in London with a comfortable victory over Andy Murray's conqueror Kei Nishikori.

The Japanese player was the only debutant to win his opening match and was looking to maintain his good record against Federer.

However, this was a real contest only in the early stages as Federer breezed to a 6-3 6-2 win to add to his straight-sets victory over Milos Raonic on Sunday.

Federer will qualify for the semi-finals if Raonic defeats Murray later on Tuesday or Murray wins in three sets, with victory for the Scot now imperative to keep his chances alive.

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