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Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal the clear French Open favourite, admits Novak Djokovic

Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal the clear French Open favourite, admits Novak Djokovic

Djokovic earned his first break point of the match in the 12th game and he took the opportunity to draw level at 2-2 but Nadal was in a ruthless mood and hit back immediately with another break to regain a lead he would not relinquish. 2 to sail into the Madrid Open showdown in front of a home crowd. Halep thanked much-criticized Fed Cup coach Ilie Nastase after the match , but the 70-year-old's role in the trophy presentation was labelled "irresponsible and unacceptable" by the WTA.



Dbacks' Iannetta has stitches in lip, fractured teeth, nose

Iannetta, who homered in the third inning, was replaced by Chris Herrmann in the seventh. He allowed eight runs in four innings. NOTES: The Pirates added IF David Freese and IF/OF Adam Frazier to the active roster from the disabled list, sending IFs Chris Bostick and Max Moroff to Triple-A Indianapolis.


West Ham confirm six out of Liverpool clash, in-form man doubtful

West Ham confirm six out of Liverpool clash, in-form man doubtful

Bilic is facing a selection headache with captain Mark Noble, midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and strikers Andy Carroll and Diafra Sakho all missing due to their respective injuries. The imperious Coutinho played a magical through-ball from inside his own half to the England striker, who was criminally played onside by Jose Fonte, before he rounded Adrian easily to give Liverpool the lead, and dash Arsenal's hopes for a Champions League place in the process.



Zidane unsure on Bale's Madrid return

Los Blancos President Florentino Perez is desperate to hold on to the Frenchman and has reportedly offered him a contract extension with a view to keeping Zidane as manager until the year 2020. Sevilla look like Real's most hard opponents in their three remaining games, though Jorge Sampaoli's team are far from the swashbuckling side who ended Real's 40-game unbeaten run in January.



LeBron hits historical highs in Cavs sweep of Raptors

Not that you needed any more evidence that LeBron James is perhaps the most dominant force in National Basketball Association history, but if you did, him getting a player like Kyle Lowry-a good player! an All-Star!-to publicly throw up his hands while still in a playoff series against James and admit, "Yeah, nobody is touching this guy" is pretty convincing.



Andy Murray sent packing from Madrid Open, Novak Djokovic eases into quarters

Nadal then raised his game to completely dismantle Nick Kyrgios, while Djokovic looked assured on serve as he moved past Feliciano Lopez . "I can not promise to play or pull out right now". Earning his first break point to start the second set, Lopez put a backhand into the bottom of the net as Djokovic won a 23-shot rally to save it and eventually hold.