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Game, Set & Match: Caped crusader helps Nick to dig deep

By Staff Reporter

Nick Kyrgios hailed a Batman fan for providing the inspiration behind his latest show-stopping exploits. A four-set win over Milos Raonic emphasised the 20-year-old Australian's burgeoning talent, but had it not been for the fan in the Batman T-shirt, Kyrgios might have been heading home to Canberra. "He was just a fan. I thought he was key in the match," Kyrgios said. "He was actually saying some really good things at crucial moments. I think he helped."

Murray's swift to dish dirt on his pals

Andy Murray has exposed the musical differences that set him apart from fellow British stars by revealing James Ward's Taylor Swift obsession. Murray said: "When the guys come out to Miami they normally stay with me and you find out some interesting things about each other. James Ward's  musical taste is interesting. I don't mind Taylor Swift but that was all he was playing. It's probably not something he would let people know he listens to, but I am happy to reveal that for him."

Sharapova rules out a role in coaching

Maria Sharapova has ruled out a future as a super-coach. While the likes of Amelie Mauresmo, Boris Becker, Ivan Lendl and Stefan Edberg have transferred their grand slam champion knowledge to new careers in coaching, Sharapova says that is simply not for her. The Russian said: "I think it's incredible that someone is able to take their knowledge and experience and bring it to a younger generation. That's not something that I could see myself doing."

McEnroe tells Rafa to ditch uncle Toni

John McEnroe has told Rafael Nadal he should ditch his uncle Toni from his coaching team. Nadal suffered a fourth successive exit before the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon as the two-time champion was hurried out of the tournament by previously unheralded Dustin Brown. McEnroe said: "Rafael Nadal is one of the great champions. He plays with a lot of effort and energy, but is it time for some fresh blood in the Nadal camp? Uncle Toni's going to be upset. He has done a magnificent job - but it would appear that some fresh ideas would be in order."

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