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Djokovic reaches US Open semi-final

Novak Djokovic became the second man to reach three grand slam semi-finals this year, as he beat Spain's Carlos Moya 6-4 7-6 6-1 in the quarter-final of the US Open on Thursday.

While Djokovic's tennis proved compelling with a crucial tiebreaker in the second set, the third-seed proved that he could entertain spectators in other ways, earning laughter from the crowds with his on-court impressions of Maria Sharapova and Rafael Nadal.

"Obviously, the people are looking for that, a good tennis player, a player with a lot of emotions and personality. I'm really happy that people are looking at me that way," Djokovic said.

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Feliciano leaves Federer unflustered

World number one, Roger Federer remained unflustered on Monday as he came back from a first set defeat against Spain's Feliciano Lopez to book himself a place in the US Open quarter-final against Andy Roddick.

The Swiss tennis star, who is chasing his fourth consecutive US Open title, found himself in the unusual position of being a set down to 60th seed Lopez after 24 minutes.

But the world number one remained calm in face of his opponent, going on to win the fourth-round match 3-6 6-4 6-1 6-4.

"When you do lose a set like that (and) the other guy is playing unbelievable, you just start to wonder, 'maybe tonight it's not going to work out for me'," Federer said, speaking at a post-match news conference.

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ABTA: Holidaymakers should write their mobile numbers on luggage

Passengers should write their mobile number on or inside their suitcase in case their baggage is mislaid and keep receipts for its contents, says the Association of British Travel Agents (ABTA).

A mere two per cent of the bags reported lost are actually lost, while the rest are delayed, said Sean Tipton, spokesperson for the ABTA.

Most bags "are simply delayed and while this is an inconvenience, they are not lost, they will turn up. Most airlines try to get them back to you within 48 hours," he said.

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Roddick presses forward into third round at Cincinnati

Defending champion Andy Roddick made it through a difficult opening set to beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 7-6 6-2, securing himself a place in the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.

Verdasco, ranked 35 in the world, saw two chances to break Roddick's serve in a tense first set.

But the American won the tie-break 7-3, and went on to cruise to an easy victory. Roddick, seeded third, will be up against either 16th seed David Ferrer of Spain or the unseeded Czech, Radek Stepanek in the third round.

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Murray insists he's making strong recovery

Scottish tennis star Andy Murray has insisted he is on the road to recovery despite his disappointing exit from the Montreal Masters yesterday.

Murray was defeated in straight-sets by Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini in the second round but insisted he was "getting there" in the recovery from his wrist injury.

Speaking after the 6-2 6-2 defeat to the world number 139, Murray admitted that he was "not 100 per cent ready for the clash".

"I'm not too close in match fitness but in terms of being pain-free I'm getting closer - I'd like to think I'm maybe 70 or 80 per cent," he said afterwards.

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Murray makes perfect start after injury lay-off

Andy Murray marked his comeback with a comprehensive straight-sets victory over Robby Ginepri in the first round of the Montreal Masters.

The young Scot had been out for two months with a wrist complaint and, despite appealing for time to build up to match sharpness prior to the match, was nevertheless far too strong for his American opponent.

However, should he beat his next opponent he is likely to face stiff competition in round three - with world number one Roger Federer lying in wait.

"I missed being out on the match court," Murray said after the match.

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Tennis hopefuls offered chance to train in La Manga

A junior tennis tournament has been held in Wigan this week, with victors being offered the chance to play in a grand final to take place in either Center Parcs in Britain or the La Manga Club in Spain.

More than 120 players participated in the Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust Open Junior Tournament, including several Wigan locals - while other competitors hailed from as far away as Kent and Worcester.

The tournament is one of a series throughout the year being sponsored by the Sunday Telegraph and Center Parcs.

La Manga Club in Spain, set in the Murcian hills, provides for a range of leisure activities including swimming, bowling, squash and petanque.

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Murray returns to action in Montreal

Britain's number one tennis player Andy Murray is to return to action after a two month injury lay-off at the Montreal Masters this week.

Murray injured his wrist while playing in Hamburg in May, and missed the French Open and Wimbledon as a result.

However, he has now fully recovered and will play in three events in the lead-up to the final grand slam tournament of the year, the US Open at Flushing Meadows.

Before his participation in the tournament, Murray, now ranked 13 in the world, played down expectations over his form, citing a need to improve match fitness before he can reach top gear.

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British tourists boost Spain's holiday market

Spanish holidays are becoming increasingly popular, newly released figures show.

Data released by Spain's ministry of industry, commerce and tourism reveal the number of tourists arriving in Spain reached 5.8 million in June - up 4.8 per cent on a year ago.

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Booty and Stretch to go separate ways after US Open

British doubles specialist Jamie Murray - brother of top-20 singles player Andy - has announced he is to split with his men's doubles partner Eric Butorac after the US Open.

The pair - nicknamed 'Booty' (Butorac) and 'Stretch' (Murray) have won three titles so far this year - in Memphis, Nottingham and San Jose.

Murray also teamed up with Serbian star Jelena Jankovic to win the mixed doubles title at this year's Wimbledon.

"Booty and Stretch will be no more after the US Open.

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