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Nadal breaks McEnroe’s record to reach Madrid quarters

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World number one Rafa Nadal set a new record of winning 50 consecutive sets on a single surface by beating Argentine Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Madrid Open quarter-finals.

The Mallorcan surpassed John McEnroe’s previous record of 49 consecutive sets on carpet which had stood since 1984 by seeing off 13th seed Schwartzman and claiming a 21st consecutive win on clay.

Nadal will face Austrian Dominic Thiem in the last eight on Friday in pursuit of a sixth Madrid Open title.

He began the claycourt season by winning an 11th Monte Carlo Masters and lifting the Barcelona Open trophy for the 11th time.

World number six Juan Martin del Potro crashed out of the tournament after Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic came back from a set down to beat the Argentine 3-6 6-4 7-6(6) in the third round.

Del Potro looked in complete control as he converted two break-point opportunities to take the opening set but Lajovic, ranked 95th in the world, dug deep to stay in the contest.

A break midway through the second set was enough for Lajovic to force a decider before he wrapped up his first career victory over a top-10 opponent in the tiebreak.

“It’s for sure my best win, and definitely one of the best matches I’ve played,” the Serbian said.

“I still am not believing it 100 per cent, but I know I deserved to win today.”

In the quarter-finals, Lajovic will meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson who overcame German Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-3 7-6(7).

Britain’s Kyle Edmund followed up his surprise win over Novak Djokovic by defeating world number 10 David Goffin to reach the last eight of an ATP Masters 1000 event.

It was the first of such in his career.

The 23-year-old broke his Belgian opponent’s serve twice in the opening set and once in the second, to seal a 6-3 6-3 victory in an hour and 12 minutes.

“I managed my game very well,” the Briton said. “My game is better the better I manage it and pick the moments not to be aggressive.

“If I don’t pull the trigger too often, then I play well. It’s about being controlled and relaxed and not worrying too much. Goffin is a top player so I’m very pleased.

“My new trick is to try and continue that momentum and not just have a good win and not back it up.”

Edmund will next face Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov, who achieved a 6-4 6-4 win over compatriot Milos Raonic.

“It was definitely one of my best days on clay,” said 19-year-old Shapovalov, who is ranked 43rd in the world, 19 places below Raonic.

“To be on the court against such a legend for me, and for my country, it was an honour.

“What (Raonic) does for our country, for tennis, for these past couple years, it’s incredible. To beat him, it was a huge confidence booster for me.”

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Super Falcons book France, South Korea, Norway in World Cup

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Nigeria celebrates lifting the trophy during the 2018 TOTAL African Womens Cup of Nations Final match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium, Cape Coast on 01 December 2018 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix


African champions, Nigeria’s Super Falcons have been drawn alongside hosts France, South Korea and Norway in Group A of the FIFA Women’s World Cup next year.

Two-time champions Germany are in Group B with China, Spain and Africa’s second representatives South Africa, while 2015 hosts Canada are with European champions the Netherlands, Cameroon and New Zealand in Group E.

The ceremony at La Seine Musicale in Boulogne-Billancourt, just outside Paris, also set reigning champions the United States up for a clash with Thailand to begin their defence of the title.

Hosts France in Group A would meet with South Korea in the opening game of the 24-team tournament at the Parc des Princes in Paris on June 7 as Les Bleues hope to match their male counterparts, who won this year’s World Cup in Russia.

The final will be played on July 7 in Lyon, the 58,000-seat stadium in the city that is home to the women’s Champions League holders.

In other highlights of the draw, England and Scotland will meet each other in their opening game after being placed in the same group in Saturday’s draw alongside former winners Japan as well as Argentina.

For England, the draw co-hosted by their former star Alex Scott handed them the tantalising prospect of an opening game in Group D against old rivals Scotland in Nice on June 9. Scotland are making their debut in the competition.

England and Scotland also met in their opening group game at Euro 2017 in the Netherlands, with England romping to a 6-0 victory on their way to a semi-final defeat against the hosts.

United States, the champions in 2015, are in Group F with Sweden, Thailand and tournament newcomers Chile.

The USA have won three of the previous seven tournaments.

Australia were among the top seeds but Alen Stajcic’s side must face Brazil and Italy as well as debutants Jamaica in Group C.

The Matildas will meet Italy in their opening game in Valenciennes on June 9.

All the Groups:

Group A:
FRANCE
KOREA REP.
NORWAY
NIGERIA

Group B:
GERMANY
CHINA PR
SPAIN
SOUTH AFRICA

Group C:
AUSTRALIA
ITALY
BRAZIL
JAMAICA

Group D:
ENGLAND
SCOTLAND
ARGENTINA
JAPAN

Group E:
CANADA
CAMEROON
NEW ZEALAND
NETHERLANDS

GROUP F:
USA
THAILAND
CHILE
SWEDEN

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EPL: Mourinho takes decision on Pogba’s chance of playing for Man United again

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Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho has taken a decision on midfielder, Paul Pogba’s chances of still playing for the club.

Mourinho and Pogba have been at loggerheads ever since a 2-0 defeat to Tottenham back in February.

And Mourinho reportedly labelled Pogba a ‘virus’ after their 2-2 draw with Southampton last week.

The 25-year-old found himself benched for the Red Devils’ 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday.

It is said that because of the midfielder’s ability, Mourinho will still give him game time.

Pogba has been tipped to leave for Barcelona or Juventus.

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EPL: Chelsea’s squad to face Manchester City revealed

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Chelsea manager, Maurizio Sarri, faces no fresh injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s match against Manchester City.

Sarri will however have to choose between Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud to lead the line, as he seeks to bounce back from a 2-1 defeat at Wolves in midweek.

Chelses squad:

Goalkeepers: Arrizabalaga, Caballero, Green

Midfielders: Fabregas, Jorginho, Drinkwater, Kante, Barkley, Loftus-Cheek, Kovacic

Forwards: Hazard, Pedro, Giroud, Willian, Morata

Potential Chelsea XI: Kepa; Azpilicueta, Rudiger, Luiz, Alonso; Kante, Jorginho, Kovacic; Pedro, Giroud, Hazard.

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