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The dethroned 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal will continue his quest to reclaim his throne, and he faces the imposing figure of world no.2 Andy Murray in his path next as the 8-time Monte Carlo Masters winner advanced to the semi-finals of the competition with a convincing 6-1, 6-4 win against reigning French Open Champion Stan Wawrinka.

Nadal, looking very much at home at the start of the European summer, needed just 68 minutes to topple Wawrinka, who had beaten the Spaniard just thrice in 17 prior career meetings.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic crashed out of the Monte Carlo Masters today in his very first match of the tournament, going down to 22 year old Czech star Jiri Vesely in three sets, 6-4, 2-6, 6-4.

Djokovic, the defending champion here in Monte Carlo, never really found the level of consistency that one usually takes for granted from the Serb, going down to the world no.55, who was a semi-finalist in Morocco last week.

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DjokovicPlaying this past week in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Novak Djokovic suffered his first loss of the 2016 season. It was his first tournament action since claiming his 11th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, and he bowed out in the quarter-finals against Spain's Feliciano Lopez. However, it wasn't as if Djokovic was simply beaten. He lost the first set 6-3 and then retired due to what was later explained to be an eye infection.

It may be that Djokovic would have lost the match in Dubai regardless. He took a fairly lengthy break after his Australian Open triumph, and though he looked uncomfortable in the quarterfinal, he was beaten head-to-head in the first set. That being said, the fact that the world number one's only loss this season so far came at least partially as a result of infection raises the question: just who on tour can stop him from completely dominating the field in 2016? Let's consider some of the candidates.

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Golf has the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup. And now, tennis will have the Laver Cup™.

In a major global tennis innovation TEAM8, which manages Roger Federer, Tennis Australia, which runs the Australian Open, and Jorge Paulo Lemann, a Brazilian businessman and former Davis Cup player for both Brazil and Switzerland, have combined to create a three-day event that will pit a team of the greatest tennis players from Europe against a team comprised of their counterparts from the rest of the world.

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World no.1 Novak Djokovic stayed on course for a sixth Australian Open title, brushing aside the challenge of legendary Swiss Roger Federer in the first couple of sets before a rejuvenated and more aggressive Federer gave the Serbian ace a run for his money and made the match a real contest. Djokovic finally prevailed in four sets, 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3.

Federer surprised pundits and fans alike by opting to receive on winning the toss, many believing handing the psychological advantage already to Djokovic.

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It's the match-up that all tennis fans have been waiting for ever since the draw was made for the 2016 Australian Open nearly a fortnight ago, and the big two haven't disappointed with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, armed with 9 Australian Open crowns between them, set for a semi-final showdown after picking up rather routine wins in their respective quarter-final outings on Australia Day.

Federer was up first, taking on 30 year old Czech Tomas Berdych, and it was the no.6 seed who struck first, breaking Federer's serve in the third game to nudge ahead. Federer though came back to force the opening set into a tiebreak, and a mini break early on was enough for him to pocket it 7-4.

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The top four seeds in the men's draw took their pre-anointed places in the Australian Open quarter-finals, but it was a day of some lopsided scorelines with Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori dominating their respective fourth round opponents, while Novak Djokovic and Tomas Berdych both needed five sets to squeeze into the last 8.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic played arguably his worst match in over a year, but somehow still managed to win, despite making an incredible 100 unforced errors against 14th seed Gilles Simon.

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