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With his fifth Madrid Masters title, Nadal received 1,000 points and rose to World No. 4 in the ATP rankings after starting the new season with a cloud of uncertainty hanging over his future. But in December or January, I was not expecting to play badly, because I knew I was doing a very good off-season. Neither player could break again and while the home favourite took the lead in the tie-break, his Austrian opponent briefly staged a comeback before Nadal clinched the set.
  • Ronaldo and Isco likely to start despite suspension risk

    Ronaldo and Isco likely to start despite suspension risk

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    Real's domestic record on their travels certainly makes for encouraging reading, are they are now riding a seven-game winning streak on the road. Thanks to Zidane's constant rotation and a new role as a centre-forward, Ronaldo seems fully fit as the season reaches its decisive stages.
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    The Mirror claims that the Portuguese boss wants Carrick to continue being part of the team, but is also keen for the former England global to impart wisdom onto the young players coming through. "We've won the FA Community Shield and the EFL Cup, and obviously we're delighted to have reached the final of the Europa League , the only major trophy we have never won".
  • Sharapova must move on from French Open snub: Shriver

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    Since Sharapova returned to tennis last month after a 15-month suspension for testing positive for a banned substance, she has been given wildcards by three other tournaments, including the Italian Open. "Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open", said the Swiss tennis superstar in a statement on his Twitter page on Monday. She could have saved them that dilemma by reaching the semi-finals in Rome to boost her ranking but withdrew injured from her match with ...
  • Antonio Conte targets win record after league win

    Antonio Conte targets win record after league win

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    Terry made his first Premier League start since September 11 at Swansea, having initially lost his place due to injury before Chelsea grew from dysfunctional unit last season to champions this term. "The FA Cup final, you don't play that on Saturday". "I never wanted to be that player that was kind of hanging about, stopping the younger players from coming through".
  • Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

    Ainge's patience pays off with Celtics' draft lottery win

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    Now, here are seven takeaways. A day after reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Boston Celtics won the National Basketball Association draft lottery, earning the No. For all of these teams, they're now not only chasing Cleveland, but trying to keep pace with Boston as well. The Los Angeles Lakers had a lot riding on the 2017 NBA Draft Lottery .
  • Prioritising Europa League not a gamble, says Mourinho

    Prioritising Europa League not a gamble, says Mourinho

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    Arsene Wenger's side closed the gap on third-placed Liverpool to seven points with two games in hand and Xhaka had impressed before limping off with a recurrence of the problem he first picked up at Tottenham the previous Sunday. I don't enjoy. But today I tried to win. "I try to look at it in a pragmatic way". Arsene Wenger finally conceded before the match that Olivier Giroud's presence in the starting eleven does have a negative effect on how the team play, with the team going more ...
  • Boston Celtics win NBA draft lottery, Lakers second

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    Celtics owner Wyc Grousbeck was the lucky charm for a team that, despite its shamrock logo, hasn't had such good fortune in the lottery. The Celtics did not make a move, and ultimately took Brown, Guerschon Yabusele out of France, and Ante Zizic out of Croatia with their three first-round picks.
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    Philippe Coutinho admits Barcelona interest is "cool"

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    That's what he did today - obviously he felt really well in this position and that was a good game". Hull completes a trio of clubs from northeast England dropping into the second-tier League Championship, with Sunderland and Middlesbrough having their relegation confirmed in recent weeks.
  • Djokovic, Nadal fight on as Wawrinka bows out — Madrid Open

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    I wasn't winning too many points on his service games until the last one where I managed to return many balls back in play and then win the match . World No.59 Coric, who won his first ATP title last month in Morocco, took the second break point to serve out for the match , sending last year's finalist and two-time Madrid victor Murray packing.
  • Zidane excited by 'beautiful final' against Juventus

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    Madrid has scored 167 goals since a 0-0 draw at Manchester City in the first leg of the Champions League semifinals a year ago. They knew Atletico had tried everything possible, but the damage had been done eight days before in the Bernabeu stadium.
  • Real Madrid win Nacho yellow card appeal amid Barcelona outrage

    Real Madrid win Nacho yellow card appeal amid Barcelona outrage

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    All the information you need on how, where and when to watch Celta Vigo v Real Madrid , 2016/17 LaLiga Santander match on Wednesday May 17th 2017 kicking off at 21:00 CET at Balaídos. "It's tricky because they're a good team", Zidane said. InAndreu Fontas, Sergi Gomez and Carles Planas, Celta have three players who all began their careers at Barcelona and will surely be giving their all to help out the Blaugrana.