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Murray celebrates 29th birthday with win over Djokovic in Rome Masters final

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first_imgJust a week after Djokovic had beaten him in the final of the Madrid Masters, the Scot gained his revenge over the world number one in another claycourt final with a superb 6-3, 6-3 win in one hour and 35 minutes.Djokovic was not at his best and in a grumpy mood, complaining on several occasions to the umpire about the slippery court surface on a damp day at the Foro Italico.Yet the defeat, just his third of the entire season, could not be totally put down to hints of weariness from Djokovic after a tough week’s work as he told Murray afterwards: “Well done Andy, you were just too good.”It was an emphatic triumph, after finishing runner-up in Madrid and making the semi-finals in Monte Carlo, to convince Murray that he now must have his best shot yet at winning the French Open, which begins next weekend.In the week that Murray announced an amicable split from coach Amelie Mauresmo, this was only the second time in their last 14 meetings that he had beaten Djokovic and it was his first victory in their six duels on clay.The light rain in the Italian capital really seemed to dampen Djokovic’s spirit as he complained to the umpire that it was “too dangerous” to continue but his appeals were brushed aside by the official, Damian Steiner.Murray was aggressive from the start, taking command in the light drizzle, and even when Djokovic appeared to be fighting back in the second set, Murray saved break points in successive games to begin imposing himself again.At the end, Djokovic capitulated with surprising swiftness, hitting a couple of errant forehands and a double fault at 3-5 down before Murray conjured up one inspirational backhand winner from way beyond the tramlines to lift the title.No British man had won the Italian title since Patrick Hughes in 1931 and the triumph will put Murray into the world number two spot on Monday ahead of Roger Federer before the second of the season’s slams starts in Paris.Reuterslast_img read more

Wolfsburg and Augsburg return to training

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first_imgWolfsburg have decided to return to training despite the spread of coronavirus. The German team, which has returned to the dynamics this Monday, is logically respecting all the recommendations of the central government, although the fact that they have returned to exercise has raised controversy in Germany.The club has reported that the players did not step on the grass and trained inside the facilities in four small groups. In addition, each of the divisions exercised two hours apart for the next to avoid direct contact between all members of the staff at all times. Disinfectant gels have also been placed throughout the rooms. Daniel Ginczek, footballer of the first team, spoke about the situation on the club’s website: “Of course, we would all prefer to play soccer, but now we have to accept the situation. It is our job to stay in shape, whether at home or in small groups together as we are now. The club has taken all possible measures in terms of hygiene“The player wanted to clarify that the rooms are large enough so that there is a reasonable distance between them and that each one had its own utensils. Even so, many fans have criticized this fact, for the risks of contagion that exist despite precautionary measures.They are not the only ones. Augsburg have also trained and, what’s more, they have done it on the pitch. It was in two groups of between seven and eight players, as reported by Bild. Of course, short passes were prohibited and could not collide. They devoted themselves to making long shipments for just over an hour. Subsequently, the showers were disinfected. Leipzig also ventured back last week.last_img read more