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Djokovic too good for Nadal in Monte Carlo

Novak Djokovic overpowered eight-time champion Rafael Nadal to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters.

Djokovic was too good for Nadal in Monte Carlo. Credit: Reuters

Djokovic, the world number one, will meet Tomas Berdych in Sunday's final and victory will see the Serb become the first player to sweep the opening three ATP World Tour Masters 1000s of the season.

The 27-year-old has not dropped a set on his 2015 clay-court debut this week and he was simply too good for Nadal as he closed out a comfortable 6-3 6-3 victory in one hour and 38 minutes.

Nadal managed an early break but Australian Open champion Djokovic levelled at 2-2 and broke the Spaniard in the eighth game to take a stranglehold on the first set.

Djokovic's second-set pressure told in the seventh game as he broke for a 4-3 lead and he rattled off the final two games, with only Berdych now in his way from adding the Monte Carlo title to his March Masters wins in Indian Wells and Miami.

Sixth seed Berdych booked a spot in his fourth Masters 1000 final by ending the run of wild card entry Gael Monfils 6-1 6-4.

Williams sisters advance to Miami Open quarter-finals

Serena has set up a last eigh clash with Sabine Lisicki of Germany. Credit: PA

Top seed Serena Williams advanced to the quarter-finals of the Miami Open as Venus Williams upset fourth seed Caroline Wozniacki.

Serena beat 24th seed Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-2 6-3, while her elder sister Venus, who is the 16th seed, beat former world number one Wozniacki of Denmark 6-3 7-6 (7/1).

Venus will play Carla Suarez Navarro, the 12th seed, in the last eight after the Spaniard saw off seventh seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland 5-7 6-0 6-4.

Next up for Serena is a clash with Sabine Lisicki of Germany after her 6-1 6-2 defeat of Italy's Sara Errani.

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Nadal suffers shock exit in Miami

Nadal was beaten by Verdasco. Credit: PA

Rafael Nadal was dumped out of the Miami Open on Sunday as he suffered a shock defeat to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

The second seed is a four-time finalist in Florida but has never won the tournament and will have to wait at least another year after going down 6-4 2-6 6-3 to his countryman.

Nadal fought back well after losing the first set and looked to have all the momentum but was broken to go 3-1 down in the third and Verdasco held his nerve to move into the last-16.

British third seed Andy Murray cruised to a 6-3 6-4 victory over Santiago Giraldo with the minimum of fuss.

Former Wimbledon champion Bob Hewitt guilty of rape

Former Wimbledon doubles champion Bob Hewitt has been found guilty of two charges of rape and one charge of sexual assault of minors by a court in South Africa.

Bob Hewitt had been charged with assaulting three underage girls. Credit: Reuters

Australian-born Hewitt, 75, had been charged with assaulting three underage girls during his time coaching children in South Africa in the 1980s.

Bob Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles titles, including five at Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Hewitt won nine Grand Slam doubles, including five titles at the All England Club, and six Grand Slam mixed doubles titles in the 1960s and 1970s.

Hewitt had denied all the charges.

Murray to add Bjorkman to coaching team

Andy Murray is set to add former world number four Jonas Bjorkman to his coaching team.

Murray celebrating his recent Davis Cup win. Credit: Reuters

The Scot has been looking for a second coach to work alongside Amelie Mauresmo since splitting from long-time team member Dani Vallverdu in November.

Swede Bjorkman will spend a week with Murray at some point in the next month with a view to joining the team on a permanent basis.

Jonas Bjorkman, left, is set to join Andy Murray's coaching team. Credit: Reuters

Murray ensures Great Britain reach Davis Cup quarter-finals

Murray beat Isner. Credit: PA

Andy Murray wrapped up a Davis Cup triumph for Great Britain with a straight-sets victory over American number one John Isner.

Murray saved three set points before taking the opener on a tie-break and he remained in control after that to claim a 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 7-6 (7/4) victory in Glasgow.

The win sealed a 3-1 triumph over the United States and set up a World Group quarter-final tie against France.

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Nadal one away from clay-court record

Rafa Nadal is one away from a record. Credit: Reuters

Rafael Nadal secured a record-equalling 46th clay-court title by beating Juan Monaco in the final of the Argentina Open presentado por Buenos Aires Ciudad.

Nadal won 6-4 6-1 in a little under an hour and a half to draw level with Guillermo Vilas for the number of titles won on clay.

Murray loses in straight sets to Croatian teenager

Murray lost in straight sets. Credit: PA

An out-of-sorts Andy Murray lost in straight sets to Croatian teenager Borna Coric to crash out of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday.

Murray thrashed Coric in a Davis Cup singles tie in September 2013 in their only other previous meeting, but was second best throughout Thursday's quarter-final encounter as the 18-year-old Coric won 6-1 6-3 in one hour and 19 minutes.

Coric's reward for claiming the world number three's scalp is a semi-final match against Roger Federer, providing the Swiss world number two can successfully overcome Richard Gasquet later.

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