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Svitolina lays down French Open marker in Rome

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Rome (AFP) – Elina Svitolina underlined her status as a top favourite for the French Open by sweeping Simona Halep aside 6-0, 6-4 to successfully defend her Italian Open crown on Sunday.

In a repeat of last year’s final at the Foro Italico, Ukrainian Svitolina, seeded fourth, was up against Halep a day after the Romanian top seed had ousted Russian Maria Sharapova.

Goffin out of ATP event in Geneva ahead of French Open

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Lausanne (AFP) – Belgian world number 10 David Goffin will miss the ATP event in Geneva, which starts on Saturday, organisers announced Wednesday.

The 27-year-old would have been the top seed in Switzerland, which is the final tournament before the start of the French Open on May 27, and is currently playing at the Italian Open.

Goffin out of ATP event in Geneva ahead of French Open

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Lausanne (AFP) – Belgian world number 10 David Goffin will miss the ATP event in Geneva, which starts on Saturday, organisers announced Wednesday.

The 27-year-old would have been the top seed in Switzerland, which is the final tournament before the start of the French Open on May 27, and is currently playing at the Italian Open.

Rafael Nadal

SPANISH SPORTS | RAFAEL NADAL WINS HIS 9th FRENCH OPEN

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SPANISH SPORTS | RAFAEL NADAL TAKES FRENCH OPEN RECORD EIGHT STRAIGHT WIN

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RAFAEL NADAL WINS HIS 7TH FRENCH OPEN | PLUS MAKES HISTORY

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This post is old news almost 6 hours later. Impossible to post on time as I was earning a living at my employment & blogging is not my function during working hours. However a post that definitely needs to go up independently of the time as it is a Historical event for Spanish Tennis & for Spanish Sports.

WANTED: something to do with my weekends until August...

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Unlike the rest of the world, my calendar doesn't run from January to December: it starts in August and ends in May.


The last game of the season is like Christmas day: the party you've all been building up to.

The Champions League final and the Play Offs are that little bit of extra excitement: like New Years Eve.

SPANISH SPORTS | RAFAEL NADAL WINS HIS SIXTH FRENCH OPEN TENNIS TITLE

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SPANISH SPORTS received another glorious historical moment this afternoon thanks to an extraordinary Spanish Sportsman. Spaniard & World Nº1 Tennis player RAFAEL NADAL won his 6th FRENCH OPEN title after defeating ROGER FEDERER 7-5, 7-6,5-7,6-1 in the 2011 Final in Paris France. The 25 year old Rafael Nadal equals the record feat of Bjorn Borg with six French Open titles,  & no one doubts that

SPANISH SPORTS | DJOKAVIC WINS NADAL AGAIN IN THE TENNIS ROMA 1000 MASTERS FINAL

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SPANISH SPORTS, & especially the Tennis fans, are having a name "tattoed" on their forehead: NOVAK DJOKAVIC. The Serb managed to beat last years ROMA TENNIS MASTERS 1000 Champ & Spanish Nº1 RAFAEL NADAL 4-6 4-6 for a 4th straight time in a Final this year. The Serb is in a "State of Grace" that will take him soon onto the Nº1 World Spot if he can win the upcoming French Open, plus the surface

Pelé as a Comedian

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I'm thinking about David Foster Wallace's essay on Roger Federer, the famous one that ran in the New York Times's now-defunct sports magazine, Play, in 2006. If you don't remember for it for the argument, you might remember it for the title, "Roger Federer as Religious Experience," which even back in '06 felt like a strange combination of terms.

Murray v Tsonga At Wimbledon Decides Who Faces Nadal Or Soderling

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Welcome to my boudoir, Andy Murray. Do you really think you can defeat me at Wimbledon?

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Andy Murray takes on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga on Centre Court at Wimbledon today, and will have a tough task indeed to progress to a semi-final against either Rafael Nadal or Robin Soderling.

Nadal Wins French Open

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After a difficult year in 2009, where he lost at Roland Garros, endured the separation of his parents, and suffered through knee tendinitis, Rafael Nadal beat Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to win the 2010 French open title. Nadal is now 38-1 at Roland Garros, with the only loss to Soderling in the fourth round last year.

SPANISH SPORTS | TENNIS RAFAEL NADAL WINS HIS 5TH FRENCH OPEN | SPANISH RIDERS HIGH IN MOTO GP

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Great & outstanding weekend for SPANISH SPORTS in two areas were Spanish Sportsman are traditionally strong: Clay-court Tennis & Motogp racing.Spanish Tennis ace & World Nº1 , as of tomorrow, RAFAEL NADAL won his 5th FRENCH OPEN after defeating 6-4 6-2 6-4 Swede Robin Soderling. The Spaniard regains all the lost ground after suffrering a terrible year with injuries that showed by his tears of joy

TENNIS: RAFAEL NADAL ELIMINATED FROM THE 2009 FRENCH OPEN

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Nothing lasts forever, it's an Iron Law of Life, & it applies equallyin Sports & their human "gods". World Nº1 Tennis ranked player &Spaniard RAFAEL NADAL was convincingly eliminated from theFRENCH OPEN this afternoon by Swede Nº25 World ranked playerROBIN SODERLING 6-2, 7-6, 4-6, 6-7.The Swede used his two main weapons – the "riffle" serve &forehand – to sweep Nadal off the pitch & end any hopes

BEIJING 2008 - OLYMPIC TENNIS: RAFAEL NADAL WINS GOLD MEDAL IN MENS SINGLES

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At the age of 22 Spaniard RAFAEL NADAL has already notched up 30 individual titles ( including 4 French Open & 1 Wimbeldon), a Davies Cup title & now an Olympic Gold Medal after defeating... Read all the news, results, details & comments in English on Spanish Football & Sports

FRENCH OPEN 2008: RAFAEL NADAL WINS HIS 4TH STRAIGHT TITLE

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Roger Federer is a Champion there is no doubt, but Spanish World Nº2 RAFAEL NADAL is unbeatable till now on a clay court. So much so that the Nadal semi-trailer crushed in 3º staright sets, 6-1,... Read all the news, results, details & comments in English on Spanish Football & Sports

Europe

NASL Week 10: RailHawks on the Right Track, Scorpions Sting another Opponent

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It's been a busy sports weekend with the 2012 Euro competition beginning Friday, the Heat winning the NBA Eastern Conference final, the New Jersey Devils denying the LA Kings in the NHL finals, MLB interleague play, World Cup qualifiers going on everywhere but Europe, the French Open, MLS, USL PRO and PDL soccer matches going [.

23 for 2010 – France: World Cup Squad analysis pt.1 (Keepers & Defenders)

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French National Team for World Cup 2010 23 Man Squad –Who it might contain:

Goalkeepers/Guardiens de But –

Hugo Lloris (9/0) – This exciting young goalkeeper has been one of, if not the player of the season at Olympique Lyonnais this season, making some fabulous saves.

Wimbledon

Rafa Nadal lashes out at UEFA

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Real Mallorca shareholder and tennis numero uno Rafa Nadal hit out at UEFA's decision to exclude the financially troubled club from their rightful Europa Cup representation. Mallorca placed fifth in the Liga after a thrilling see saw battle with Sevilla which went right down to the wire.

The governing body ruled that the club had not fulfilled the admission criteria to be allowed into the competition.

Andy Murray v Sam Querrey: British Hopes For Wimbledon Again With Scot

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Andy Murray represents Britain's best tennis hope at Wimbledon again.

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So far two players in the men's draw of Wimbledon 2010 have shone: Swedish French Open finalist Robin Soderling and Andy Murray.

British number one Murray has not dropped a set in his first three matches, but faces a tougher challenge on Centre Court today.

Remember the season that just passed

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Every year I get to this stage when the French Open and Wimbledon takes centre stage on my telly and its a sure-denial way for me to say the season is over. Saturdays and Sundays once again become less interesting, and I long for the adrenaline of football. But as they say all good things [...]

Best Euro Group Teams Ever

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1980 was an interesting year in sports. The US beat the Soviet Union in the most famous hockey game ever. The Wenzels were dominating the world of competitive skiing, and Björn Borg won both the French Open and Wimbledon. But the most significant sports event of that year from our limited perspective was the 1980 European Championship, the first to include a group stage.

The Rest

Sugarpova: Maria Sharapova Launches Sweet New Business

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Maria Sharapova, the top-paid female athlete in the world for eight years running, is going into the candy business. The 25 year old four-time Grand Slam title winner is indulging her sweet tooth by launching a new company: a premium line of gummy candies called Sugarpova.

Starting Monday, the business will offer a dozen different sweets an "accessible bit of luxury," according to the website.

Seriously, why CAN'T the U.S. Produce a Soccer Star?

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Why can't the U.S. build a soccer star? This was the title of a recent Wall Street Journal article. It's a compelling question and one that deserves our attention. In the past month or two we've had a Chinese woman win the French Open, a German win the NBA Championship and a Northern Irishman (are..

World Cup Sh*t Lookalikes: Mauro Camoranesi & Francesca Schiavone

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By Ollie Irish

One is a mannish, clay-kissing tennis player from Italy who just won the (women's) French Open. The other is a footballer from Italy with a heinous ponytail.

Jan Plees

Great spot Jan! Send your lookalikes to ollie@anorak.

Australia v USA and Betting

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It is just a little bit tempting to be distracted by tonight's tennis game. I gaped in awe at the news that Sam Stosur actually beat Serena Williams, as I thought that could only ever be done by a Serena Williams clone. Note to any future genetic engineers: if you're going to make a sporting superhero, make sure you make two, so the competition can stay interesting.

The Errors of Juve’s Management

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There has been widespread criticism of the Bianconeri board and its directors yet there are some obvious aspects which have been overlooked by the reporters and fans alike. The Juve management has actually erred in allowing Pavel Nedved to retire, in hiring Cirro Ferrara to lead the team and in their choice of players brought in to Turin.

At First, I Thought Nadal Had Something to Do with It, But Now I'm Leaning Toward Thinking "Drunk Messi"

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Any other theories about why the man who ran out onto the court and attempted to put a hat on Roger Federer in the second set of the French Open final today was carrying the flag of F.C. Barcelona?

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