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Novak Djokovic and Garbine Muguruza

The show takes in the continued brilliance of Novak Djokovic, the rise of Garbine Muguruza and how Wimbledon ball boys and girls are shaping up for this year’s tournament.

Open Court is CNN’s monthly show featuring all things tennis, presented by Pat Cash.

The show covers the latest news, player interviews and action from the men’s and women’s games, with added video features from the Open Court.

Open Court airs the second Thursday of every month at the following times at 16:30 and 22:30 GST.

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Alexander Zverev stuns Roger Federer to reach Halle final

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Zverev celebrates a remarkable win.

Error-strewn Federer’s vulnerability on his favourite surface could perhaps be explained by a back injury that made the 34-year-old miss last month’s French Open, but this was not the build-up to Wimbledon that the Swiss ace wanted.

The 19-year-old Zverev triumphed 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-3 to reach only his second ATP Tour final after being beaten by Dominic Thiem on clay in Nice last month.

The tournament will see an all-German final after 192-ranked Florian Mayer crushed world No7 Thiem, 6-3, 6-4 in the second semi-final.

As Zverev bids for his maidencareer title, Mayer plays his sixth final and first in nearly five years as he targets a second ATP title after Bucharest in September 2011.

“It’s unbelievable to get a win against Roger, especially on grass,” said Zverev. “I played very good and served well once again. I think that helped me a little bit and I played well in the important moments.

“It’s nice to get a win like that. It’s nice with that kind of match going into Wimbledon and obviously into the final here as well. Don’t forget that that is a very big match for me. We’ll see what happens tomorrow but I’m happy with my performance today.”

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Andy Murray and coach Ivan Lendl back working together again

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Murray and Lendl will work together for the first time since 2014.

The world number two enjoyed the best moments of his career under the guidance of Lendl, winning Olympic gold and the US Open in 2012 and then Wimbledon the following year.

Lendl will be with Murray for the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club, which starts on Monday.

Murray said: “I had two very successful years working with Ivan, he’s single-minded and knows what it takes to win the big events. I’m looking forward to Ivan joining the team again and helping me try and reach my goals.”

Murray split from Lendl in March 2014 after the eight-time grand slam champion decided he no longer wanted to spend 20 plus weeks travelling.

It was a huge blow for Murray, especially given it came at an uncertain period when the Scot was still recovering from back surgery.

Murray replaced Lendl with Amelie Mauresmo in the summer of 2014 and climbed back to number two in the world.

But further grand slam titles have remained elusive and Murray’s ground-breaking partnership with Mauresmo ended last month.

The 29-year-old appeared content to work with his assistant coach Jamie Delgado, under whom he reached the French Open final last weekend, losing to Novak Djokovic.

But he had raised the prospect prior to travelling to Paris of reuniting with Lendl and it has now become a reality.

Lendl said: “I enjoyed working with Andy in the past. Andy and I have always stayed in contact so it should be fun to be part of his team again.”

Lendl helped Murray improve his game, particularly on the forehand, but crucially also gave him the belief to beat the world’s best on the biggest occasions.

He defeated Roger Federer to win Olympic gold and then saw off Djokovic in both the US Open and Wimbledon finals.
Murray’s main motivation for rehiring Lendl is surely to try to help him break the stranglehold of Djokovic, who holds all four grand slam titles after beating Murray in the finals of both the Australian and French Opens.

Since splitting from Lendl, Murray has lost all five slam meetings with Djokovic and also failed to beat his other ‘big four’ rivals Federer and Rafael Nadal over five sets.

But the 29-year-old’s form on clay, culminating in a first French Open final, shows that his game is in great shape and he will hope Lendl can give him an extra edge at Wimbledon in two weeks’ time.

Lendl is expected to spend a similar amount of time with Murray as in his first stint but will maintain his role with the United States Tennis Association’s player development programme.

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