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Swiss legend Roger Federer was made to dig deep to advance to the quarter-finals of the MercedesCup, batting his way past American Taylor Fritz in the second round on Thursday.

The top seeded Swiss defeated his opponent 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 after rains halted the match on Wednesday. World No.3 Federer will next face 32 year old German Florian Mayer in the quarter-finals. Mayer hasn't played much tennis this year, just the 4 matches on the ATP Tour in fact, losing three before coming into this tournament.

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novak_djokovic4There was a feeling of Deja Vu around Centre Court at Wimbledon as world no.1 Novak Djokovic denied Swiss legend Roger Federer's quest for an 8th Wimbledon title for the second consecutive year. Unfortunately for the thousands of Federer fans packed into Centre Court, the Swiss superstar was unable to replicate the level of tennis he displayed on Friday in the semi-final against Andy Murray - quite possibly it was Novak Djokovic's unerring accuracy and ability to chase down every ball that didn't allow him to - however, when the last shot was hit and it was all said and done, it was the 28 year old Serb who emerged victorious in four sets, 7-6 (1), 6-7 (10), 6-4, 6-3.

The opening two sets were like war. Federer matched Djokovic shot for shot, and for a while appeared to be getting the better of the early exchanges. Federer broke Djokovic to take a 4-2 lead in the opening set, only to be broken right back. Having the advantage of serving ahead, Federer had set points on the Djokovic serve late in the set, but the world no.1 staved them off and forced the set into a tiebreak.

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sania_mirzaIt was a day of three finals at Wimbledon, and the last of these proved to be the best of the lot as India's Sania Mirza and the original 'Swiss Miss' Martina Hingis produced an incredible fightback, clawing their way back from 2-5 down in the deciding set to beat the second seeded pairing of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova 5-7, 7-6, 7-5 in a fantastic exhibition of doubles tennis.

The win for Hingis was her third Doubles triumph on the green grass of Wimbledon, coming an amazing 17 years after she last won this tournament whilst still very much in her teens. Now at 34, Hingis showed the calm and poise of true veteran as she guided Mirza to her first Wimbledon triumph and her maiden Women's Doubles title at a Grand Slam.

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World no.1 Serena Williams continued her complete dominance of women's tennis, winning her fourth Grand Slam title in a row at Wimbledon on Saturday afternoon to complete yet another 'Serena Slam' and stay on course for equalling Steffi Graf's legendary 'Calendar Slam' effort of 1988.

Williams, vying for her 21st Grand Slam title and her sixth Wimbledon crown, was up against a spirited challenger in 21 year old Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, 12 years her junior.

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roger_federer3The final Friday of Wimbledon, reserved for the men's semi-finals rarely disappoints, and while neither of today's two semi-finals went beyond three sets, the quality of tennis on offer was quite exhilarating.

7-time Champion Roger Federer took a massive step towards rewriting the history books once more as he dismantled local hope Andy Murray in straight sets 7-5, 7-5, 6-4. Murray played well, Federer was just better. The 33 year old Swiss superstar produced an incredible exhibition of serving, conceding just a solitary break point all match, that too against one of the best returners of serve in the game.

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There was double delight for Martina Hingis in the doubles events as she followed up her win in the Women's Doubles Semi-final earlier in the day by also advancing to the Final of the Mixed Doubles event at Wimbledon. Amazingly both her partners are Indians.

After teaming up with Sania Mirza to crush their American semi-final opponents Raquel Kops-Jones and Abigail Spears 6-1, 6-2 in under an hour, Hingis returned on court alongside veteran Indian doubles ace Leander Paes to power into the Final of the Mixed Doubles event, beating another pair of Americans Americans Mike Bryan and Bethanie Mattek-Sands, 6-3, 6-4.

Paes and Hingis are chasing their second Grand Slam title of the year, having won the Australian Open in January. Their opponent in the final is yet to be determined.


The world no.1 duo of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis cruised into the Final of the Wimbledon Championships with a crushing 6-1, 6-2 win over the all American duo of Abigail Spears and 32 year old Raquel Kops-Jones, seeded fifth.

Mirza and Hingis, playing on Court No.1, needed less than an hour to ease past their opponents and set up a Wimbledon Final showdown with the second seeded pairing of Elena Vesnina and Ekaterina Makarova. Indian fans will remember Vesnina as a former doubles partner of Sania Mirza with the duo playing together for a brief period.

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