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Evans and Konta storm into Miami Open second round

Dan Evans and Johanna Konta stormed into the second round of the Miami Open Credit: PA

Dan Evans and Johanna Konta stormed into the second round of the Miami Open after making light work of their opponents as the main draw got under way.

Evans, 28, ensured he did not waste a second chance at the Hard Rock Stadium, having landed a lucky loser reprieve on Wednesday.

The British number three broke Tunisian Malek Jaziri six times, dismissing him 6-2 6-0 in one hour 15 minutes to set up a clash with number 20 seed Denis Shapovalov.

In search of her second Miami Open title, Konta saw off a spirited challenge by American Jessica Pegula, beating the qualifier 6-1 6-4 in just 69 minutes.

Konta, 27, who reached the third round at Indian Wells earlier this month, will now play number 18 seed Wang Qiang.

Earlier Cameron Norrie tumbled out of the competition despite starting off well against Australia's Jordan Thompson.

The British number two went a set and a break up but eventually slipped to a 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-3 defeat.

Norrie, 23, broke into the top 50 for the first time earlier this month after reaching the semi-finals in Acapulco but also lost in the first round in Indian Wells.

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Murray unsure of Tennis future after hip surgery

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Andy Murray is no longer in pain but remains unsure whether he will be able to play top-level tennis again.

The former world number one had his second hip operation five weeks ago as he bids to overcome a problem that first became a serious issue in the summer of 2017.

Speaking at Queen's Club while announcing a long-term partnership with British clothing brand Castore, Murray said: "I want to continue playing, I said that in Australia. The issue is I don't know whether it's possible."

Murray laid bare his struggles at a tearful press conference ahead of the Australian Open, announcing he was planning to retire after this summer's Wimbledon but that the Melbourne tournament may be the last of his career.

That may yet turn out to be the case but Murray will attempt to break new ground by returning to top-level singles action.

He said: "I'm a lot happier now than I was, certainly the last 12 months, because I have no pain in my hip now and I was in pain for a long time.

"The rehab is slow but it's been going pretty well. I just need to wait and see how things progress. If it's possible, I'd certainly love to compete again."

Konta falls at quarter-final stage of Mexican Open

Number three seed Donna Vekic overcame Johanna Konta to advance to the semi-final of the Mexico Open in straight sets. Credit: PA

Number three seed Donna Vekic overcame Johanna Konta to advance to the semi-final of the Mexico Open in straight sets.

In a hard-fought battle, the Croatian prevailed 6-3 7-5 after Britain's number one collapsed late in the second set.

It was a nervy start for both players as the pair traded breaks in the opening two games, but Vekic claimed the edge at 5-3, before going on to serve out the first set.

Konta, the number eight seed, opened the second set by losing her serve but dug in to break Vekic at 2-2 and again for a 5-3 lead.

But Konta could not maintain the momentum, losing the final four games of the match as Vekic served out the match with an ace to advance to her third semi-final of the year.

Vekic will now take on Wang Yafan, who beat Beatriz Haddad Maia 6-3 6-4, while Bianca Andreescu continued her fine form in 2019 to reach the semi-finals after a 7-6 (3) 6-1 win over Zheng Saisai.

The Canadian reached her first WTA final in Auckland and secured a Challenger in the United States in January and needed two hours and one minute to see off her world number 40 Chinese oppontent.

Also through to the last four is fifth seed Sofia Kenin, who battled past two-time grand slam winner Victoria Azarenka 6-4 4-6 7-5.

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Djokovic inflicts crushing defeat Pouille to set up final with Nadal

Novak Djokovic will play Rafael Nadal for the 53rd time in the Australian Open final on Sunday after crushing Lucas Pouille. Credit: PA

Novak Djokovic will play Rafael Nadal for the 53rd time in the Australian Open final on Sunday after crushing Lucas Pouille for the loss of only four games.

Of the world number one's 24 grand slam semi-final victories, only the one over an injured Marin Cilic at the US Open in 2015 was more comprehensive than this 6-0 6-2 6-2 demolition, which lasted just an hour and 23 minutes.

Frenchman Pouille, who had never faced Djokovic before, had made it through to the last four of a slam for the first time but was left helpless in the face of such a brilliant performance.

Djokovic said: "It's definitely one of the best matches I ever had on this court. Everything worked the way I'd imagined it and even more so. Tough one for Lucas but he had a great tournament and I wish him all the best for the rest of the season."

The narrative at the start of the tournament was supposed to be about the next generation making their mark, but Djokovic and Nadal conceded just 10 games in the semi-finals between them.

The considerable consolation is that the stage is now set for another chapter in one of the great tennis rivalries, and their first slam final since the 2014 French Open.

Djokovic takes a 27-25 lead into the contest having won their last meeting in typically epic fashion in the last four at Wimbledon last summer. The last time they met here, meanwhile, in the final in 2012, Djokovic won after five hours and 53 minutes in the longest slam final in history.

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