Russell Fuller

Tennis correspondent

Analysis and opinion from our tennis correspondent

About Russell

I started life as the BBC's tennis correspondent in the... Read more about Russell Fuller wake of Andy Murray's Wimbledon triumph, and will be reporting here on events at each of the four Grand Slams, as well as the best other stories as the circuit zigzags the globe.

I joined BBC Sport in the late 1990s, as a presenter on 5 live and the World Service, and have covered four Olympic Games, South Africa's 2010 World Cup, and more Open Championships than I care to remember.

Andy Murray

'This may be Murray's greatest achievement'

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When Novak Djokovic won the French Open in early June, his lead at the top of the world rankings was more than 8,000 points. He had just beaten Andy Murray in a Grand Slam final for the third time in 18 months; their rivalry felt jaded because of its one-sided nature.

The announcement, just seven days later, of Ivan Lendl's return to Murray's coaching team caused a surge of optimism. But even after a second Wimbledon title was secured in July, and a second Olympic gold medal won in Rio in August, topping the world rankings before the year was out seemed inconceivable.

Andy Murray and Ivan Lendl

'We both enjoy a little laughter'

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Ivan Lendl won 94 singles titles as a player, including eight Grand Slams. But he also lost 11 Grand Slam finals, and his dislike of finishing second remains very much alive.

"I lost on the golf course yesterday, so I'm not a happy person," he says, as we meet to talk about his return to Andy Murray's coaching team.

Maria Sharapova

Maria Sharapova: The story behind her downfall

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Former world number one Maria Sharapova has been banned for two years by the International Tennis Federation for using a prohibited drug. But what led to that suspension and the damning verdict of the tribunal panel?

The year after winning Wimbledon as a 17-year-old, Maria Sharapova was taken to Russia by her father to visit Moscow's Centre for Biotic Medicine.

Steffi Graf and Novak Djokovic

Djokovic primed to claim 'Golden Slam'

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Like Andre Agassi and Roger Federer, and Don Budge and Fred Perry before them, Novak Djokovic's moment of crowning glory came on the Philippe Chatrier court.

The eighth man to have claimed all four of the sport's Grand Slam titles has also done something that has (so far) proved beyond both Federer and Rafael Nadal. For the first time since man landed on the moon, the same player is the Wimbledon, US Open, Australian Open and now French Open champion.

Britain's Heather Watson and Andy Murray

GB tennis seeks formula for success

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Success in tennis is too often judged by what you earn and what you are entitled to, according to the man responsible for high performance in the British game.

Peter Keen, who kick-started the revolution in British Cycling, spoke to the BBC as Great Britain prepare to start the defence of the Davis Cup against Japan on Friday.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic

'Murray must plan for Djokovic task'

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Andy Murray arrived back in the UK from Melbourne no closer to cracking the code required to defeat Novak Djokovic in a Grand Slam.

The world number two played some outstanding tennis in the second and third sets of the Australian Open final. And yet he still left the court with nothing to show for it, and without a win over the Serb at this level since the 2013 Wimbledon final.

Britain's Johanna Konta

Konta faces Melbourne's other big surprise

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Johanna Konta's path to the semi-finals of the Australian Open is blocked by a woman who, in the words of the British number one, is on an even "more incredible journey" than she is.

Konta will be the first British woman to contest a Grand Slam quarter-final for 32 years when she takes on Chinese qualifier Zhang Shuai on Rod Laver Arena from 01:30 GMT on Wednesday.

GB captain Leon Smith

How Smith masterminded Davis Cup win

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The first point of Leon Smith's reign as Davis Cup captain was scored by Jamie Baker in Eastbourne in July 2010. His opponent was Turkey's world number 866 Ergun Zorlu.

Great Britain won every match that week to avoid dropping into the competition's fourth division, but the top tier World Group - let alone the giant sterling silver cup which Dwight Davis lent his name to in 1900 - was a distant dream.

Novak Djokovic

Djokovic's body clock gives him time

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Only six men in the history of tennis have won more Grand Slam titles than Novak Djokovic, and as he promised after winning a 10th in New York on Sunday: "As long as there is this flare in me, I will be coming back."

Winning three more Grand Slams would take him past Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson on the all-time list, and in sight of Pete Sampras and Rafael Nadal, who both have 14 to their name.

Andy Murray at the 2015 US open

Why Murray faces tough decisions

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This has, in many ways, been a very reassuring year for Andy Murray.

He won his first Masters Series title for over two years in Madrid in May, and added another in Montreal last month. And by reaching the Australian Open final, as well as the last four at Roland Garros and Wimbledon, Murray has re-established himself as one of the best three players in the world. He even beat Novak Djokovic - to end a run of eight consecutive defeats by the world number one.