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Spanish tennis star and World No.4 Rafael Nadal reached the third round of the Rome Masters after compatriot Nicolas Almagro pulled out due to injury. Almagro was trailing 0-3 to Nadal, a record seven-time champion here in Rome, when he decided to withdraw due to a left knee injury.

The 30-year-old Nadal is set to play American Jack Sock in the next round after the youngster downed Czech Jiri Vesely 6-4, 3-6, 7-6(1).

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Top seed Sir Andy Murray moved into the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament on Tuesday courtesy of a comfortable straight sets 6-4, 6-3 win over Romanian wildcard Marius Copil. Murray was the biggest name in action on a blustery Tuesday in Madrid, but needed just over one hour and 20 minutes to claim his win to move into the last 16.

Some of Tuesday's matches were for a place in the second round with Spain's Nicolas Almagro booking a tie against Novak Djokovic after defeating countryman Tommy Robredo 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

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Second-seeded Novak Djokovic had to play some smart tennis in the deciding set to beat French veteran Gilles Simon 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the second round of the men's singles at the ATP Monte-Carlo Masters tennis tournament.

Top seeded Sir Andy Murray of Britain beat Giles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5 , 7-5 in a tough second round encounter that lasted just under two hours. The Briton will next face Spain's Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who ousted Argentine Carlos Berlocq in the second round. Third seed Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland also entered the third round with a 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 win over Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic.

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Scot tennis star Andy Murray returned to action after a month-long injury lay-off in a charity exhibition match against Swiss legend Roger Federer.

35-year-old Federer dominated the game - named "Match for Africa 3" - against the current World No.1 from Scotland, winning 6-3, 7-6 (7-5) in Zurich on Monday. The game was organised by the Roger Federer Foundation, which manages several projects in Africa.

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Serbia's Novak Djokovic and Scot Sir Andy Murray have been ruled out of the Miami Open, beginning from Wednesday, due to right elbow injuries to both.

World No.2 Djokovic was the defending champion in the men's singles category. He also won the title in Miami six times.

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Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil defeated British World No.1 Sir Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6 (5) in a huge second-round upset at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament. The win on Saturday night was the biggest in the 26-year-old Canadian's career.

"If I pick a handful of great moments in my career, this is definitely one of them. To beat the No. 1 player and somebody as accomplished as Andy, one of the greats of the game, is amazing," Pospisil said.

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British tennis star Sir Andy Murray and America's Serena Williams stayed at the top of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world rankings and Women's Tennis Association (WTA) rankings released on Monday.

The 29-year-old Scot led the rankings for the first time in his career on November 7 and has kept the lead since with 11,540 points. Serbia's Novak Djokovic is in second place with 9,735 points, followed by Swiss Stan Wawrinka. Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga jumped four places to occupy seventh position in the rankings courtesy of his title triumph in Marseille on Sunday. Swiss legend Roger Federer as a result fell a place to 10th with 3,260 points.

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