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Date registered: September 28, 2014
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  1. Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win Madrid Open — May 14, 2017
  2. Eugenie Bouchard edges out Maria Sharapova in thrilling grudge match — May 8, 2017
  3. Dan Evans attacks ‘desperate’ LTA and questions eligibility of Aljaz Bedene — May 8, 2017
  4. Dan Evans says Aljaz Bedene should not play tennis for Britain — May 8, 2017
  5. Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory on stage one of Tour de Yorkshire — April 28, 2017

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May 14

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win Madrid Open

• Nadal wins 7-6, 6-4 for his third straight title this spring
• Spaniard in great form heading into French Open

Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem 7-6, 6-4 yesterday in the Madrid Open final to win his third straight title and continue his good form heading into the French Open. Nadal withstood a tough challenge from the ninth-ranked Thiem, converting on his fourth match point to earn his 15th straight victory on clay and tie Novak Djokovic’s record of 30 career titles in Masters 1000 events.

The triumph at his home tournament gave Nadal his 72nd career title, and 52nd on clay. It was Nadal’s second straight win against the 23-year-old Austrian, coming two weeks after the Barcelona Open final, when the Spaniard cruised to victory in straight sets. The victory also moves Nadal above Roger Federer to fourth in the world rankings.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/14/rafael-nadal-dominic-thiem-madrid-open

May 08

Eugenie Bouchard edges out Maria Sharapova in thrilling grudge match

• Canadian had claimed Russian should be banned for life for doping
• Bouchard now faces Angelique Kerber in third round of Madrid Open

Eugenie Bouchard produced a brilliant fighting display to win her grudge match against Maria Sharapova at the Madrid Open.

The pair faced each other in the second round with Bouchard winning a tense match 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.

Related: Maria Sharapova’s competitive instincts intact on her return from the wilderness | Jacob Steinberg

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/08/eugenie-bouchard-edges-out-maria-sharapova-thrilling-grudge-match

May 08

Dan Evans attacks ‘desperate’ LTA and questions eligibility of Aljaz Bedene

• Evans insists he is still British No3 despite falling behind Bedene
• World No58 says the LTA are ‘paying for Bedene to be British’

Dan Evans has launched a stinging attack on Aljaz Bedene’s British eligibility while questioning the Lawn Tennis Association’s “desperate” promotion of the Slovenia-born player.

Bedene moved to the UK in 2008 and switched nationality in March 2015, but previously represented Slovenia in three Davis Cup ties. His efforts to play for Great Britain – backed by the LTA – have been knocked back by the International Tennis Federation as rules do not allow players to represent more than one country in the competition.

Related: Novak Djokovic goes for nuclear option in bid to arrest worrying slump | Kevin Mitchell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/08/dan-evans-aljaz-bedene-tennis-britain

May 08

Dan Evans says Aljaz Bedene should not play tennis for Britain

• Evans insists he is still British No3 despite falling behind Bedene
• ‘I don’t think he really believes he’s British either,’ says Evans

Dan Evans insists he is still the British No3, despite dropping behind Aljaz Bedene in the world tennis rankings.

The British No4 has fallen to 58th, two places below the Slovenia-born Bedene, in the standings and was knocked out of the Mutua Madrid Open in the first round on Monday after a straight-sets defeat to Dutchman Robin Haase.

Related: Novak Djokovic goes for nuclear option in bid to arrest worrying slump | Kevin Mitchell

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/may/08/dan-evans-aljaz-bedene-tennis-britain

Apr 28

Dylan Groenewegen sprints to victory on stage one of Tour de Yorkshire

• Several riders brought down in huge crash on final approach in Scarborough
• Dutchman edges out Australian sprinter Caleb Ewan on the line

Dylan Groenewegen of the Netherlands edged out Caleb Ewan to win stage one of the Tour de Yorkshire after a huge crash on the final approach in Scarborough.

LottoNL Jumbo’s Groenewegen, winner of stage one of this race last year, just held on to beat the Australian sprinter Ewan in a photo finish after the 174km run from Bridlington.

Related: Tour of Britain bypasses past London but takes in Edinburgh and Cardiff

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/28/dylan-groenewegen-sprint-victory-stage-one-tour-de-yorkshire-cycling

Apr 20

Tiger Woods faces six-month recovery after ‘successful’ back surgery

• 14-time major winner undergoes fourth surgery to alleviate ‘ongoing pain’
• Woods has barely played in 2017 and ‘conservative therapy’ failed

Tiger Woods has announced he has undergone successful back surgery. The 41-year-old released a statement on Thursday confirming he had an operation to alleviate “ongoing pain in his back and leg”.

The 14-time major winner announced on his official website: “The surgery went well, and I’m optimistic this will relieve my back spasms and pain. When healed, I look forward to getting back to a normal life, playing with my kids, competing in professional golf and living without the pain I have been battling so long.”

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/apr/20/tiger-woods-back-surgery-masters

Jan 25

Doukara’s volley brings back memories of Tony Yeboah as Leeds beat Forest

Chris Wood scored his 20th goal of a prolific season and Souleymane Doukara cracked in a memorable volley as Leeds beat Nottingham Forest to move up to third in the Championship table on Wednesday.

The two second-half goals clinched a 2-0 win and condemned managerless Forest – who defied their hosts well for 45 minutes – to a 14th league defeat of the season.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/football/2017/jan/25/leeds-united-nottingham-forest-championship-match-report

Jan 22

Roger Federer beats Kei Nishikori in epic five set Australian Open match

• Federer wins 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3
• Swiss will play Mischa Zverev in quarter-finals

A resilient Roger Federer showed there was life in his 35-year-old legs as he overhauled the fifth seed Kei Nishikori 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 to book a place in the Australian Open quarter-finals.

Related: Australian Open 2017 day seven: Murray dumped out, Federer v Nishikori and more – live! | Les Roopanarine

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/22/roger-federer-kei-nishikori-australian-open-tennis-report

Jan 14

Dan Evans beaten in straight sets in first ATP Tour final in Sydney

• Gilles Müller beats British No3 7-6, 6-2 after five final defeats
• ‘I was hoping it was going to be six losses in finals,’ says Dan Evans

Great Britain’s Dan Evans was denied the first ATP World Tour title of his career after a straight-sets victory by Gilles Müller secured the Sydney International title on Saturday. The left-hander from Luxembourg had lost all of his previous five finals but will climb into the top 30 of the world rankings for the first time in his career after the 7-6, 6-2 triumph over Evans, who was competing in his first ATP Tour final.

Related: Dan Evans reaches Sydney final after battling past Andrey Kuznetsov

Related: Dan Evans pushes Stan Wawrinka to the limit in gruelling US Open defeat

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/14/dan-evans-atp-final-sydney-tennis

Jan 13

Dan Evans reaches Sydney final after battling past Andrey Kuznetsov

• British No3 wins 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 to reach final against Gilles Müller
• ‘I’m excited, I’m happy with how I played’ says Dan Evans

Dan Evans has a first ATP Tour title in sight after he reached the final of the Sydney International with a three-set victory against Andrey Kuznetsov on Friday.

The British world No67 had stunned the top seed and world No8 Dominic Thiem in the quarter-finals and made the most of Kuznetsov’s misfiring first serve to win a first set that was interrupted briefly by rain.

Related: Johanna Konta wins Sydney title after brushing Agnieszka Radwanska aside

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/13/dan-evans-sydney-andrey-luznetsov

Jan 06

Novak Djokovic beats Fernando Verdasco to reach Qatar Open final

• Novak Djokovic beat Fernando Verdasco 4-6, 7-6, 6-3
• Serb survived five match points against former top-10 player

The defending champion Novak Djokovic survived five match points against Fernando Verdasco to reach the Qatar Open final on Friday.

Djokovic prevailed 4-6, 7-6, 6-3 after the 42nd-rankedVerdasco, a left-hander and former top-10 player, controlled the first two sets until the latter stages of the tie-break.

Related: Andy Murray made to fight for his quarter-final place in the Qatar Open

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/06/novak-djokovic-beats-fernando-verdasco-qatar-open-final

Jan 04

Andy Murray made to fight for his quarter-final place in the Qatar Open

• World No1 beats Gerald Melzer 7-6, 7-5 to progress
• Novak Djokovic eases through with 6-3, 6-4 win over Horacio Zeballos

Andy Murray had to earn his place in the quarter-finals of the Qatar Open after a difficult 7-6, 7-5 victory against the Austrian Gerald Melzer.

They shared four breaks of serve in an opening set that was taken to a tie-break by Melzer and who fought back from 5-0 down to 6-6 in the first-set decider.

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/04/andy-murray-qater-open-novak-djokovic

Jan 04

Serena Williams on shock loss: ‘I’m trying to think of a word that’s not obscene’

• World No2 suffers surprise defeat to world No72 Madison Brengle
• Kyle Edmund into Brisbane quarter-finals

Serena Williams’ Australian Open preparation suffered a jolt when her fellow American Madison Brengle stunned the world No2 by beating her 6-4, 6-7 (3-7), 6-4 in the second round of the Auckland Classic on Wednesday.

Playing her first tournament since her semi-final loss at the US Open in September, Serena was left to rue the 88 unforced errors she made in the contest against an opponent 70 rungs lower in the WTA rankings.

Related: Andy Murray starts year with a win against Jérémy Chardy in Qatar Open

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/jan/04/serena-williams-shock-loss-word-not-obscene-tennis-results

Nov 19

Italy celebrate famous first win over sorry South Africa

• Italy 20-18 South Africa

Italy claimed their first victory over South Africa on Saturday, beating the demoralised southern-hemisphere giants 20-18 in Florence.

A delirious home crowd gave their team, ranked 13th in the world, a standing ovation after the match as the visitors – ranked fourth – formed a lonely huddle in the middle of the field, reminiscent of their shock loss against Japan in last year’s World Cup.

Related: England v Fiji: rugby union autumn internationals – live!

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2016/nov/19/italy-beat-south-africa-first-time

Nov 07

New York court upholds dismissal of $650m suit against Bernie Ecclestone

• State had ‘minimal interest’ in claims against F1 chief executive
• They relate to sale of major stake in the motor racing business
• Ecclestone pays his way out of court

A New York appeals court has upheld the dismissal of a $650m (£410m) lawsuit against the Formula One chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, saying he cannot be sued in the state’s courts over the sale of a major stake in the motor racing business.

In a 2012 suit, the investment firm Bluewaters Communications accused Ecclestone, now 84, of giving a $45m bribe to a German banker in 2006 to secure the deal for the private equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

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Permanent link to this article: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/nov/07/bernie-ecclestone-f1-new-york-court-appeal

Oct 23

Caterhams F1 future in doubt as Tony Fernandes hits back at Engavest

QPR owner says consortium did not honour obligations Administrators lock out more than 200 factory staff Caterham threaten former owner Fernandes with legal actionThe Caterham Formula One teams future was in doubt on Thursday night with employees loc…

Permanent link to this article: http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2014/oct/24/caterham-f1-team-future-tony-fernandes-engavest-administrators

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