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Rodger Federer meets Pele in Brazil

Gifts for the great: Pele and Federer swap shirts as they meet in Brazil

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00:22 GMT, 11 December 2012

One legend met another as tennis star Roger Federer and former Brazil great Pele rubbed shoulders over the weekend.

Federer went to Pele's residence in Brazil to exchange gifts with one of the finest players in football history.

Pele was given a signed tennis shirt with a personal message from Federer, while in return he offered a signed 1960s-era blue Brazil shirt.

Exchange: Pele and Roger Federer swap gifts and then engage in a warm embrace (below)

Exchange: Pele and Roger Federer swap gifts and then engage in a warm embrace (below)

Hugs: Pele and Federer

Federer in a Brazil shirt

Football or tennis Federer with an over-sized tennis ball

It's gone to his head! Federer kicks an over-size tennis ball (right) at the Gillette Federer tennis exhibition

'I love playing tennis and today one of the greats of the game dropped by to say hello,' Pele wrote on his Twitter page.

'Roger Federer, you are a champion on the court and in life.'

Federer said on Facebook: 'Today I had the great honour of meeting the legendary Pele.'

He is in South America to play in the Gillette Federer tennis exhibition tournament.

The Sao Paulo competition also
involves Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki, Serena Williams and
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, among others.

Just for fun: Federer and Tommy Haas of Germany share smiles

Just for fun: Federer and Tommy Haas of Germany share smiles

On the ball

Balls in hand: Federer

LIVE: Andy Murray v Roger Federer: Score from ATP World Tour finals at O2 Arena

Andy Murray v Roger Federer: Latest score from the ATP Tour Finals at the O2 Arena with Djokovic awaiting winner in the final

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17:45 GMT, 11 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:51 GMT, 11 November 2012

… and Djokovic awaits in the final

Full report: Novak Djokovic reaches final

US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray will battle world No 2 Roger Federer for a place in the ATP World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena.

Murray has so far beaten Thomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and lost to Novak Djokovic as he attempts to end a stunning year on a high note.

The winner of the match will face Novak Djokovic after the world No 1 overcame Juan Martin del Potro in three sets earlier today.

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Handy Andy: Murray is battling for a place in the final at the ATP World Tour

Handy Andy: Murray is battling for a place in the final at the ATP World Tour

Andy Murray v Roger Federer: Follow the score

Andy Murray v Roger Federer: Follow the latest from the ATP Tour finals

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17:45 GMT, 11 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:45 GMT, 11 November 2012

… and Djokovic awaits in the final

Full report: Novak Djokovic reaches final

US Open and Olympic champion Andy Murray will battle world No 2 Roger Federer for a place in the ATP World Tour finals at London's O2 Arena.

Murray has so far beaten Thomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and lost to Novak Djokovic as he attempts to end a stunning year on a high note.

The winner of the match will face Novak Djokovic after the world No 1 overcame Juan Martin del Potro in three sets earlier today.

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Handy Andy: Murray is battling for a place in the final at the ATP World Tour

Handy Andy: Murray is battling for a place in the final at the ATP World Tour

Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Latest score

Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Follow the latest from big ATP Tour Finals clash

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19:53 GMT, 9 November 2012

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UPDATED:

19:53 GMT, 9 November 2012

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Andy Murray takes on Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP Tour Finals today. The Scot was beaten by world No 1 Novak Djokovic last time out in London, so must be at his best here.

Murray had opened his Group A campaign with a win against Tomas Berdych as the season comes to an end at London's O2.

Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic are in Group B.

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Great Scot: Andy Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

Great Scot: Andy Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

French fancy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will provide a stern test for Murray as he looks to bounce back

French fancy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will provide a stern test for Murray as he looks to bounce back

Juan Mata and Novak Djokovic go to tennis at O2

The genius and the magician: Mata and Djokovic swap tips on way to watch Federer

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14:06 GMT, 8 November 2012

Have you heard the one about the genius and the magician watching the tennis

Fresh from helping Chelsea to a last-gasp Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, Juan Mata is enjoying a well-earned rest watching the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

The Spaniard is at the London venue to cheer on countryman David Ferrer who faces the imposing figure of Roger Federer in the second round of matches. And who better to show him the ropes than world No 1 Novak Djokovic

Band of brothers: Novak Djokovic (left) and Juan Mata head to the tennis

Band of brothers: Novak Djokovic (left) and Juan Mata head to the tennis

The pair traded gushing superlatives on Twitter after Mata posted a picture of them travelling to the venue together.

He posted the photo along with the caption: 'Going to O2 Arena with a genius' to which Djokovic replied 'Football magician 🙂 Enjoy tennis, amigo!!'

Main man: Djokovic beat Andy Murray at the O2 on Wednesday

Main man: Djokovic beat Andy Murray at the O2 on Wednesday

Murray tickets in demand

Tennis fans have been rushing to viagogo to snap up tickets for Friday’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals matches.

The site has seen searches for tickets quadruple since the bumper line up was revealed.

Those with tickets for Friday’s evening session will see Murray take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the singles and a repeat of Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen’s Wimbledon final against Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt.

The Australian Open winner is also
enjoying a rest day after he defeated Britain's Andy Murray in a tight
three-set match on Wednesday.

He faces Tomas Berdych in his final group match on Friday as he looks to end the season on a high.

The 25-year-old is a keen footballer and has admitted he could have pursued that sport had he not found tennis.

Mata meanwhile is no stranger to
posting pictures of his travels around London. Shortly after signing for
Chelsea from Valencia last year, he took his camera on a whistle-stop
tour of the capital.

The playmaker has been an integral part
of the Blues' side this season and was named player of the month for
October after scoring twice in the derby win over Tottenham.

Sightseeing: Mata has kept his fans updated on his London travels

Sightseeing: Mata has kept his fans updated on his London travels

Party time: Mata (left) celebrates Victor Moses' winner against Shakhtar

Party time: Mata (left) celebrates Victor Moses' winner against Shakhtar

Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych: Follow the latest score

Andy Murray v Tomas Berdych: Follow the latest from the ATP Tour Finals opening match

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13:45 GMT, 5 November 2012

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UPDATED:

13:45 GMT, 5 November 2012

Andy Murray plays in front of a British crowd for the first time since winning the US Open today when he takes on Tomas Berdych at the ATP Tour Finals.

Scot Murray also faces world No 1 Novak Djokovic and Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga after being drawn in Group A for the season-ending tournament at London's O2.

Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic are in Group B.

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Tough test: Andy Murray faces Tomas Berdych at the ATP Tour Finals

Tough test: Andy Murray faces Tomas Berdych at the ATP Tour Finals

ATP World Tour Finals: Andy Murray to face Novak Djokovic

They meet again: Murray and Djokovic are set to face each other at ATP World Tour Finals

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15:47 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

17:57 GMT, 3 November 2012

Andy Murray will meet Novak Djokovic in the group stages of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after the draw was made in London.

As No 3 seed, the US Open champion was guaranteed to face either Djokovic or Roger Federer in the round robin stages of the season-ending tournament, which begins at the O2 on Monday.

As well as Djokovic, Murray will also face fifth seed Tomas Berdych and seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in what looks significantly the tougher of the two groups.

Raring to go: Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic warm up ahead of Monday's start

Raring to go: Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic warm up ahead of Monday's start

The top eight players over the season qualify for the tournament, although Rafael Nadal is absent through injury, meaning his Spanish countryman David Ferrer takes over as fourth seed.

Ferrer is in Group B with defending champion Federer, who will lose his world number one ranking to Djokovic on Monday, sixth seed Juan Martin Del Potro and eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic.

The draw guarantees at least one meeting between Murray and Djokovic, continuing a rivalry that has quickly developed into the sport's most compelling of the moment.

Warming up: Murray and coach Ivan Lendl in London

Warming up: Murray and coach Ivan Lendl in London

As well as the US Open final, where Murray won his first grand slam title in a dramatic five-set match, the pair also met in the final of the Shanghai Masters last month.

On that occasion, Murray held five match points but it was Djokovic who eventually came out on top, and the Scot will hope to end an unwelcome habit of losing matches he was one point away from winning.

His third-round defeat to Jerzy Janowicz of Poland at the Paris Masters last week made it three successive defeats since the US Open in which he has held match points.

Clash of the titans: Djokovic and Murray have served up some classics of late

Clash of the titans: Djokovic and Murray have served up some classics of late

Murray will be looking to end his season on a high with a first title at the World Tour Finals, a tournament Federer has won a record six times.

In four previous appearances, Murray has twice reached the semi-finals, most recently in 2010, when he lost an epic three-setter to Nadal.

The tournament is being held at the O2 for the fourth time after moving from Shanghai on a five-year contract in 2009, and organisers are expecting record attendances.

There is a prize pot of more than 1million available for an undefeated champion and 1,500 ranking points.

Novak Djokovic to end 2012 world No 1

Djokovic back on the top the world as Serb secures No 1 spot until end of 2012

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16:43 GMT, 29 October 2012

Novak Djokovic is guaranteed to finish the year ranked No 1 in the world, the ATP have confirmed.

The Serbian lost top spot to Roger Federer when the 31-year-old won Wimbledon in the summer but will regain it on Monday after his rival opted not to defend his title at the Paris Masters this week.

And, because Federer is also the defending champion at next week's season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London, he will be unable to gain enough points to overhaul Djokovic.

Shock Djok: Novak Djokovic will end the year as world No 1 once again

Shock Djok: Novak Djokovic will end the year as world No 1 once again

THE CURRENT TOP 10

1. Roger Federer – 12,315 points

2. Novak Djokovic – 11,970

3. Andy Murray – 7,690

4. Rafael Nadal – 6,905

5. David Ferrer – 5,610

6. Tomas Berdych – 4,985

7. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga – 4,710

8. Juan Martin Del Potro – 3,990

9. Janko Tipsarevic – 3,100

10. Juan Monaco – 2,775

The 25-year-old becomes the first player to finish consecutive years at No 1 one since Federer held the spot at the end of four straight seasons from 2004 to 2007.

Djokovic has failed to emulate his stunning 2011 season, where he won 10 titles, including three grand slam crowns, but he has enjoyed another superb year.

He began the season by successfully defending his Australian Open crown and also reached the finals at the French and US Opens as well as winning four ATP World Tour titles.

US Open 2012: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga knocked out

Fifth seed Tsonga dumped out of US Open as draw opens up for Murray

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20:52 GMT, 30 August 2012

Unheralded Slovakian Martin Klizan caused the shock of the tournament as he knocked out fifth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the second round of the US Open.

The Frenchman, who had been seeded to meet Olympic champion Andy Murray in the quarter-finals, was horribly out of sorts and crashed out 6-4 1-6 6-1 6-3.

Tsonga, a quarter-finalist here last
year and a semi-finalist at Wimbledon last month, looked like he had
turned things around in the second set but instead Klizan pulled away
again in the third.

Shock: Martin Klizan stunned Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the US Open

Shock: Martin Klizan stunned Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the US Open

The Slovakian then opened up a 4-0 lead in the fourth set and, although Tsonga responded to reduce the deficit to 4-3, it was not good enough.

Klizan, ranked 52nd in the world, has
had a good season but had never beaten anyone close to the calibre of
Tsonga before and lost to Britain's Dan Evans in the Davis Cup earlier
this year.

Eleventh seed
Nicolas Almagro had to fight back from two sets to one down to defeat
German Philipp Petzschner 6-3 5-7 5-7 6-4 6-4 while 17th seed Kei
Nishikori beat Tim Smyczek of the US 6-2 6-2 6-4.

It was Tsonga's earliest exit at a
grand slam since the Australian Open in 2007, and he did not have much
of an explanation for his poor performance.

The Frenchman said: 'In the second
set I played well. But at the beginning of the second set also it was
dangerous for me, and finally I came back.

'Today I was not in good shape. I
didn't play good tennis. It seemed like I couldn't hit the ball hard
enough to put my opponent out of position. I don't really know why it
was like this today, but sometimes it happens with me.

Struggles: Tsonga had been seeded to play Britain's Andy Murray later in the tournament

Struggles: Tsonga had been seeded to play Britain's Andy Murray later in the tournament

'I'm disappointed but it's tennis. Sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. Of course, it's always sad when you lose but I will wait for another good moment. I will forget it.'

Tsonga denied he was carrying any injuries, although fatigue is clearly taking its toll on a lot of players, while he admitted the dominance of the top four in men's tennis can be dispiriting.

He said: 'We have to play every week. I'm not a machine. Sometimes I'm tired, sometimes not. Sometimes in good shape, sometimes not. That's it.

'I work hard every week. I give a lot of myself every day. I never get rewards. That's why sometimes it's tough.'

Klizan, who is likely to face another Frenchman, 32nd seed Jeremy Chardy, in the next round, was understandably thrilled with his breakthrough victory.

The 23-year-old said: “He's number six in the world and I beat him.

Comeback: Mardy Fish fought back well to beat Nikolay Davydenko

Comeback: Mardy Fish fought back well to beat Nikolay Davydenko

'I feel great. I'm very happy. I think it's my best result in my career and I'm looking forward to playing Saturday in the third round. There is a chance to win again.'

American Mardy Fish, the 23rd seed, became the 10th player to recover from two sets down to win against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, a new record for the US Open.

Fish proved the tougher in sweltering conditions on Arthur Ashe Stadium to win 4-6 6-7 (4/7) 6-2 6-1 6-2 while 30th seed Feliciano Lopez narrowly avoided the same fate, beating fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-4 6-1 6-7 (5/7) 3-6 7-5.

Almagro, meanwhile, will meet American teenager Jack Sock after he reached round three at a grand slam for the first time with a 6-2 6-2 6-4 victory over Flavio Cipolla of Italy.

London 2012 Olympics: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beats Milos Raonic 25-23 in longest set

Tsonga wins longest set in Olympic history 25-23 to survive marathon with Milos

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18:10 GMT, 31 July 2012

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Milos Raonic after edging the longest set in Olympic tennis history on Tuesday.

Tsonga, of France, eventually won 6-3, 3-6, 25-23 in the second round at Wimbledon.

The fifth-seeded Tsonga of France leaped and roared when he won his fourth match point with a drop volley. Raonic of Canada congratulated Tsonga with a smile.

Sacre bleu: France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates finally beating Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon

Sacre bleu: France's Jo-Wilfried Tsonga celebrates finally beating Canada's Milos Raonic at Wimbledon

Tough nut to crack: Raonic pushed Tsonga all the way in the deciding set of their second-round match

Tough nut to crack: Raonic pushed Tsonga all the way in the deciding set of their second-round match

The previous record was 30 games, set in 2004 when Fernando Gonzalez defeated Taylor Dent 16-14 in the third set to win the bronze medal.