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There was double delight for fans of British tennis on Monday with world no.2 Andy Murray and unseeded Johanna Konta advancing to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open, the first time in 39 years that Britain is represented in the final 8 of both the men's and women's singles in a Grand Slam.

Murray wasn't at his best on Monday evening, yet had more than enough in his locker to quell the challenge of 16th seeded Australian Bernard Tomic in straight sets. A 4-time runner-up at Melbourne Park, Murray hit 43 winners to Tomic's 33, and had just 22 unforced errors to Tomic's 56, suggesting that it was largely one way traffic as the Scot beat an Aussie for the 17th straight time in his career.

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On a day when there wasn't an empty seat in the stadium, nor a dry eye inside it, Australia's favourite tennis son Lleyton Hewitt bade farewell to professional tennis going down in straight sets to 8th seed David Ferrer, 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to bring an end to a fantastic career.

The early plaudits on Day 4 of the Australian Open belonged to 2nd seed Andy Murray, who was in devastating form against big serving Aussie Sam Groth, dropping just 5 games en route to powering through to the third round, 6-0, 6-4, 6-1. Murray will next face the 32nd seed, Joao Sousa of Portugl, a 6-3, 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 winner against Santiago Giraldo of Colombia.

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Stanislas Wawrinka staved off a considerable challenge from Andy Murray 7-6(4), 6-4 in a tight, tense engaging encounter at the O2 Arena here in London. The French Open champion broke British hearts by defeating their home hero to seal his 3rd consecutive semifinal spot at the season finale. For Andy Murray, the loss not only knocks him out of the year end tournament, but leaves his tilt at the no.2 ranking in Roger Federer’s hands.

Earlier, in the dead rubber Rafael Nadal fought back from a first set loss to complete a 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 victory over the gritty David Ferrer in a gruelling two and a half hour encounter. It was the 24th win for Nadal over his compatriot in 30 meetings and sealed a 3-0 group campaign. For David Ferrer, his seventh appearance at the World Tour Finals capped a fine season at the ripe old age of 33 the oldest among the qualifiers behind the seemingly ageless Federer.

Nadal as the topper of group Ilie Nastase will play Novak Djokovic in the first semi-final tomorrow followed by Roger Federer who topped group Stan Smith taking on his compatriot Wawrinka in a replay of last season’s semifinal.

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Rafael Nadal continued his late season resurgence by defeating Andy Murray in the second round of matches of Group Ilie Nastase at the World Tour Finals in London. The Spaniard won 6-4, 6-1 in 92 minutes and secure his place in the semifinal. Later in the evening match, Stanislas Wawrinka overcame a sluggish start to complete a fine comeback victory over David Ferrer 7-5, 6-2. The win kept Wawrinka in the running for a place in the semifinal and the last group match against Murray turns into a de facto quarterfinal, with the winner progressing into the knockout stage.

Nadal was understandably pleased with his result against Murray, “[It] is an important victory obviously because that put me in a good position to be in the semifinals, and at the same time I have a big day against a great player in a tough surface”. Andy Murray’s quest to secure the world no.2 ranking will have to wait for another day as Nadal accelerated away after a tight first set. “Towards the end of the first set, he started to play a lot better. He was able to dictate most of the points. He was hitting the ball harder than he was at the beginning of the match. I was starting to drop the ball shorter. “, said Murray

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Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray completed strong wins over their respective opponents on day 2 to ensure that the big 4 dominated the opening salvoes at the World Tour Finals. Rafael Nadal was merciless in overcoming the dangerous Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2 while earlier Andy Murray also eased through in straight sets defeating David Ferrer 6-4, 6-4. The Briton is now just one win away from sealing the year end no.2 spot in the rankings, the first time he would achieve the feat. “it would be obviously nice to finish No. 2 because I haven't done it before…benefits of it, obviously for Australia, being seeded 2 is slightly better than being seeded 3 or 4”, said Murray.

In the evening encounter, Rafael Nadal surged past a relatively lacklustre Stanislas Wawrinka for the 14th time in 17 meetings. The pair had clashed in Paris last week where Wawrinka had edged it, but today the Swiss no.2 could not put together a consistent challenge. “Was just a really bad day at the office. [I’m] just disappointed in general. I don't think it was a great level” was how Wawrinka described his woes. Nadal on the other hand had an impressive day, as he showed his competitiveness and aggression in carving out the straightforward win. Nadal was certainly pleased with his performance stating “I think I play well. I think I play a solid match. I played aggressive. I played with not many mistakes.”

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david_ferrer33 year old Spanish veteran David Ferrer, seeded 8th, has pulled out of the 2015 Wimbledon Championships due to an elbow injury that he has been nursing for a few weeks.

While injuries are rarely good news, one player likely to be celebrating Ferrer's withdrawal is 28 year old Briton James Ward, who was scheduled to go up against Ferrer in the opening round. Now instead of taking on one of the world's best players, Ward will square off against Italy's Luca Vanni, a lucky loser from the qualifying rounds.

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Rafael Nadal suffered just the second defeat of his career on the red clay of Paris in his 11th visit to Roland Garros, yet no one will consider his loss today as an upset. 'The King of Clay' a 9-time French Open champion came into Roland Garros this year without his usual collection of European clay courts titles under his belt. His opponent today was the world no.1 Novak Djokovic, who had taken some of his more treasured titles off Nadal's hands this summer and was on a 26 match unbeaten run.

Djokovic started the match in red hot form, racing away to a 4-0 lead before Nadal dragged things back to level terms, frustrating Novak, who was clearly playing the better tennis, but wasn't being able to put his long time rival away.

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