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Andy Murray beats John Millman to reach Brisbane International quarter-finals

Murray pushed all the way by Aussie wildcard before progressing to Brisbane quarter-finals

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14:53 GMT, 3 January 2013

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22:34 GMT, 3 January 2013

Andy Murray started the new year with a scare as he was pushed to three sets yesterday by Australian qualifier John Millman at the Brisbane International.

Murray shrugged off a second-set slump to triumph 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 in two hours and five minutes against the world No 199, to set up a quarter-final meeting with Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Murray said: ‘I wasn’t too disappointed with the way I played. For a first match of the year, that was a perfect match in many ways to go through some tough moments, a lot of long rallies, close games and important points.’

Villain of the piece: Andy Murray was heckled by the home fans against John Millman

Villain of the piece: Andy Murray was heckled by the home fans against John Millman

Fright: Murray survived a second-set scare

Fright: Murray survived a second-set scare

Wildcard: Millman put up a good show in front of his home crowd

Wildcard: Millman put up a good show in front of his home crowd

Battle: The US Open champion was pushed all the way in Brisbane

Battle: The US Open champion was pushed all the way in Brisbane

Murray raced through the opening set with three breaks of the Millman serve but was broken twice in the second as the 23-year-old, playing in only his fifth tour-level match, fought back to take the tie into a decider.

Murray claimed the solitary break in the third to wrap up the win.

Meanwhile, Heather Watson has withdrawn from the Moorilla Hobart International, just a week before the Australian Open.

The British No 1 suffered an elbow problem in Wednesday’s 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 defeat by world No 63 Kiki Bertens in the second round of the ASB Classic in Auckland. Watson, 20, tweeted: ‘I have to withdraw from Hobart. Doing everything I can to get healthy.’

Struggling: Murray has been far from his best at the start of this season as he lost to Janko Tipsarevic in Abu Dhabi last week

Struggling: Murray has been far from his best at the start of this season as he lost to Janko Tipsarevic in Abu Dhabi last week

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts

Andy Murray of Great Britain reacts

Wounded: Murray looked in pain at times on Pat Rafter Arena

Last eight: The Scot will play Denis Istomin in the quarter-finals

Last eight: The Scot will play Denis Istomin in the quarter-finals

Branislav Ivanovic desperate to win World Club Cup

Winning Club World Cup will help make up for Champions League exit, claims Ivanovic

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10:27 GMT, 15 December 2012

Branislav Ivanovic has claimed Chelsea's World Club Cup final with Corinthians could be the key game for this generation at the club.

Defender Ivanovic suggested a win in tomorrow's match in Yokohama would be the catalyst for a new era of success at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea's Champions League triumph in May was a watershed moment for the club, having been followed by an overhaul in both personnel and playing style.

Raring to go: Branislav Ivanovic believes the Club World Cup can be a launchpad

Raring to go: Branislav Ivanovic believes the Club World Cup can be a launchpad

And Ivanovic said of tomorrow's world-title decider: 'For us, this is maybe the key game for this generation.

'We know how we have to play the final and we know that it's going to be tough.

'So, we have to be ready.'

Ivanovic admitted Chelsea becoming the first Champions League holders to crash out of the competition before Christmas – the third trophy they have missed out on already this season – made victory tomorrow even more imperative.

'It's going to be a key point for this generation because to be eliminated from the first stage of the Champions League is, for us, a little bit disappointing,' he said.

'We have to work hard and how we worked hard in the past to be champions.

Main man: Rafael Benitez hopes to win his first piece of silverware with his new club

Main man: Rafael Benitez hopes to win his first piece of silverware with his new club

'Tomorrow is the one new chance to make history.

'I think we are ready for that challenge.'

The Club World Cup has been cast somewhat as an ugly sister to the Champions League but Ivanovic added: 'I think this is one of the biggest chances we have in our lives, what we have at the moment.

'So we have to try to do everything to take it.

'We know why we came all the way here.'

The common perception is that the tournament means more to South American clubs than those in Europe.

Eyes on the prize: FIFA President Sepp Blatter with the Club World Cup

Eyes on the prize: FIFA President Sepp Blatter with the Club World Cup

Ivanovic countered that and said: “We know how this competition in South America is very big, very huge.

'But, for us, it's the same.

'There are not a lot of chances to be a world champion.

'We have to take this chance like it's the last one and we have to play this way.'

Tomorrow's match is being played at a neutral venue but Chelsea's travelling fans are expected to be completely outnumbered and outsung by their Corinthians counterparts.

'This is quite a similar situation to the Champions League final, when we actually played the game away,' Ivanovic said, recalled May's triumph against Bayern Munich – in Munich.

'Tomorrow, there are going to be a lot of Brazilian supporters.

Training days: Chelsea warm-up before the final against Corinthians

Training days: Chelsea warm-up before the final against Corinthians

'But there are going to be our supporters as well.

'We know the atmosphere is going to be quite like it is in South America but we will try to adapt to this quickly and try to stay focused on the game.'

Interim manager Rafael Benitez revealed he had yet to decide on his starting line-up, particularly whether to hand Frank Lampard a first start since his recovery froma a calf problem.

'The good thing about this team, this squad, is I can choose any player and I'm sure that they will perform,' Benitez said.

'Frank is one of these players. He's a good player, a very good player.

'Still, I don't have the team in my head.

'After talking with my staff, we will decide.'

Asked if defender David Luiz might keep his place in midfield, Benitez said: 'Why not'

Shaun Murphy beats Ali Carter to reach UK Championship final

Murphy in remarkable fightback to get Carter and book place in final

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23:04 GMT, 7 December 2012

Shaun Murphy staged one of snooker's great fightbacks on Friday night to leave Ali Carter stunned and book a place in Sunday's final of the williamhill.com UK Championship.

It looked to be Carter's match when he led 8-4 in the best-of-17 contest, but Murphy played like a player transformed after the mid-session interval, with breaks of 76, 49, 105 and 78 forcing a decider.

Murphy had said after Thursday's victory over 17-year-old Luca Brecel that a dressing-room rocket from his manager Brandon Parker had saved him from defeat, and whatever was said on Friday evening behind closed doors clearly also did the trick.

Slow start: Murphy found himself 8-4 down

Slow start: Murphy found himself 8-4 down

Murphy held his nerve in a tense final frame as breaks of 39 and 29 carried him through to a clash with Mark Selby or Mark Davis, a 9-8 winner.

Carter, who broke down in tears afterwards as he spoke about his continuing battle with Crohn's disease, said: 'Shaun's played unbelievably from 8-4 behind. I was in complete control. All credit to Shaun, I can't be too hard on myself.'

Speaking about his painful condition, Carter said: 'If I could pay to get rid of it, I would.'

Carter had been ahead in the decider, reaching 32 before missing a red with the rest. He dropped his head to the baize, knowing the error had presented Murphy with the chance to take frame and match.

Murphy reached 39 but left himself a difficult black. It was stick or twist time and the 30-year-old opted to stick, playing safe, armed with a seven-point lead.

It proved a judicious choice, for when another half-chance came along Murphy rifled in a tough red, especially tough given the circumstances, to the right-centre pocket. That gave him the platform on which to build the match-clinching break.

Get Carter: Murphy reeled in the Essex potter

Get Carter: Murphy reeled in the Essex potter

Murphy said: 'I don't feel that Ali lost it – I feel that I won it and I'm really proud.

'I was four down with five to play. It's pretty straightforward and you know where you stand with that.

'For the semis of the UK Championships, when I was all but dead and buried, that's got to be my best five-frame spell ever.

'I can't believe that I won the match. I felt he was going to paste me 9-4. I'm blown away.'

Murphy will be bidding for his second UK Championship title, having pipped Marco Fu to the trophy in 2008.

It will be the first all-English final in the UK Championship since Jimmy White beat John Parrott at Preston in 1992.

Carter has reaped the benefits of a diet low in gluten and wheat since admitting after a second-round exit to Mark Allen in York last December that he was considering retirement.

Final date: Murphy booked his place in Sunday's showdown

Final date: Murphy booked his place in Sunday's showdown

After almost a decade of battling Crohn's disease, an inflammatory bowel condition, Carter has struck on a diet that allows him to stay focused enough to remain a snooker force.

But the problem can only be managed rather than cured, and there are days when Carter suffers particularly badly.

On the table he looked untroubled for much of Friday's match, with afternoon breaks of 77 and 101 seeing him seize a 5-3 lead.

When Carter won three of the evening session's opening four frames, he was one away from the final and a 1/40 shot to win the match.

It looked hopeless for Murphy, but his belief never wavered.

The Manchester-based potter knew he could have played better early on, adding: 'I left it until the death until I started playing.'

Joao Moutinho watched by Tottenham boss Andre-Villas Boas

Tottenham ready to move for Moutinho as AVB runs rule over Porto midfielder

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08:12 GMT, 6 December 2012

Interest: AVB watched Moutinho play against PSG

Interest: AVB watched Moutinho play against PSG

Tottenham are poised to renew their interest in Porto midfielder Joao Moutinho.

Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas travelled to France to watch the 24million-rated star play for Porto in their 2-1 defeat at Paris-Saint Germain on Tuesday.

Spurs failed to complete a club-record bid for the Portugal international during the summer but are poised to re-open negotiations when the transfer window opens next month, according to The Mirror.

'Whenever Porto are close to the place where I am, I go see them,' said Villas-Boas of his former club.

'I went to see them last season against Manchester City and took the opportunity to go and see them again against PSG.'

Meanwhile, the Spurs boss insists he isn't about to offload goalkeeper Brad Friedel despite interest from Blackburn.

Villas-Boas is poised to recall the American for tonight's Europa League decider against Panathinaikos.

French fancy: Lloris has started the last five games fro Tottenham

French fancy: Lloris has started the last five games fro Tottenham

Hugo Lloris has started Tottenham's last five games after ousting Friedel from the first team, but the 41-year-old will have a chance to win back his spot on a permanent basis tonight when he lines up against the Greek side.

Friedel's future at White Hart Lane has been in doubt since Tottenham rebuffed an enquiry from his former club Blackburn last month.

And should the Lancashire club bid for the player again in January, Villas-Boas says he will adopt the same stance.

'I don't know anything about (Blackburn's bid). We are trying to hold on to our best assets and Brad is certainly one of them,' the Tottenham manager said.

'Brad has been excellent, I spoke to him and he has been such an important player for us.

'Rotation has not been because of performances. Both goalkeepers' performances have been excellent. It gives me the ability at any time to throw a different keeper into the game.

'Hugo will not be involved in (the Panathinaikos) game.'

Kevin Pietersen"s five best innings – Sportsmail looks back

After his man of the match knock in Mumbai, Sportsmail remembers five of KP's best

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08:29 GMT, 26 November 2012

1 158 v Australia, The Oval, 2005

Secured England’s first Ashes victory since 1986-87 with a stunning post-lunch assault on Brett Lee, and finished with seven sixes on one of the most famous days in English cricketing history

2 151 v Sri Lanka, Colombo, 2011-12

Switch-hit Sri Lanka to distraction, whacking six sixes in a 165-ball innings to help England square the series after four Test defeats in a row.

Reaching new heights: KP was at his big-hitting best in Colombo in 2012

Reaching new heights: KP was at his big-hitting best in Colombo in 2012

3 149 v South Africa, Headingley 2012

Two days before claiming ‘it’s hard being me’, Pietersen suggested it was actually quite fun, destroying the world’s best seam attack on a memorable Saturday afternoon

4 186 v India, Mumbai, 2012-13

With the pressure on after his double failure at Ahmedabad, Pietersen showed he was none for the worse for his exile. Walked off to a standing ovation at the Wankhede.

Turn around: KP turned a terrible situation into a match-winning one

Turn around: KP turned a terrible situation into a match-winning one

5 129 v New Zealand, Napier, 2007-08

England were 4 for 3 on the first morning of the series decider against the Kiwis, but Pietersen gauged the seam-friendly conditions perfectly to set up victory.

England's finest on century duty

Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen have scored more Test runs in Asia than any other English batsmen.

England in India

Cook and Pietersen equalled the English record of 22 Test tons (Wally Hammond, Colin Cowdrey and Geoff Boycott) but they are a way behind the world’s top five.

The best

Pietersen is currently 35th on the all-time Test run-scoring list and Cook is 44th.

Best ever

Cook has now scored more runs than any other batsman by the age of 27.

Cook

Brazilian Grand Prix 2012: Stats and facts

Brazilian Grand Prix: All you need to know about the title decider at Interlagos

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08:53 GMT, 23 November 2012

INTERLAGOS TRACK GUIDE

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For the 27th time in Formula One history the fight for the title goes down to the final race of the season.

Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso go into Sunday's Brazilian Grand Prix separated by 13 points, and in with a chance of becoming a three-time world champion.

Alonso's odds appear slim, but not hopeless as on 10 occasions the driver going into the final race behind in the standings has emerged the winner.

That includes in 2010 when Vettel trailed Alonso by 15 points ahead of the season-ending showdown in Abu Dhabi, only to emerge as champion.

For the final time this campaign, Sportsmail presents a comprehensive list of stats and figures for the race at Interlagos.

Samba beat: Formula One is in Brazil for the final round of the 2012 championship

Samba beat: Formula One is in Brazil for the final round of the 2012 championship

Venue: Interlagos

Circuit length: 4.309km/2.68miles

Laps: 71

Race distance: 305.909km/190.10miles

Lap Record: Juan Pablo Montoya (2004) 1min 11.473secs

2011 pole position: Sebastian Vettel 1min 11.918secs

2011 winner: Mark Webber

2011 fastest lap: Mark Webber 1min 15.324secs

Number of corners: (10 left/5 right)

Tyre compounds to be used: hard/medium

Bumpiness: medium

Overtaking chance: low

Engine severity: medium

Brake wear severity: medium

Average lap speed: 205kph (127.39mph)

Full throttle per lap: 70 per cent

Gear changes per lap: 42 (race = 2982)

2011 winning strategy: 3 stops (laps 18, 38, 58)

2011 total race pit stops: 57

2011 total 'normal' overtakes: 11

2011 total DRS overtakes: 7

Number of safety cars over last 10 years: 6

Champions: Red Bull sealed the constructors' title in Austin

Champions: Red Bull sealed the constructors' title in Austin

Phil Duncan F1 blog

Vettel or Alonso will join an
exclusive club on Sunday as only eight drivers have won three or more
titles – Michael Schumacher (7), Juan Manuel Fangio (5), Alain Prost
(4), Jack Brabham, Jim Clark, Jackie Stewart, Nelson Piquet and Ayrton
Senna (3 each).

Only two drivers have previously won three in a row – Schumacher (2000-2004) and Fangio (1954-57).

In spite of a reputation for unsettled weather, only three of the last 10 races have been affected by rain at Interlagos.

Eight of the last 10 Brazilian Grands Prix have been won from the front row, including the past four in a row.

However, there have only been two winners from pole position over the last 10 years, with the last back in 2008. 15 of this season's 19 races to date have been won from the front row, including 10 from pole

In the 39 previous Brazilian Grands Prix, McLaren are the most successful team, winning on 11 occasions.

Michael Schumacher bows out of F1 on
Sunday in what will be his 308th race, the second highest total in the
sport's history behind Rubens Barrichello.

Schumacher has now failed to score a point in his last six races, by far the worst run of his entire F1 career.

Kimi Raikkonen has now had 16
consecutive results in the points. Only Michael Schumacher (24),
Sebastian Vettel (19) and Fernando Alonso (18 & 17) can boast a
longer run.

In the United States on Sunday, Red
Bull became only the fourth team to win three consecutive constructors'
titles, following in the footsteps of Ferrari: (1975-77 and 1999-2004),
McLaren (1988-1991) and Williams (1992-1994).

In only their eighth season Red Bull
has won 23.4 per cent of all races they have started, and taken pole
position in 31.7 per cent of qualifying sessions they have been involved
in.

Five Brazilian drivers have won their
home grand prix: Emerson Fittipaldi (1973-74), Carlos Pace (1975),
Nelson Piquet (1983, 1986), Ayrton Senna (1991, 1993), and Felipe Massa
(2006, 2008).

Alain Prost is the most successful
driver in the history of the race with six victories (1982, 1984-85,
1987-88, 1990). Among the current field Michael Schumacher (1994-95,
2000, 2002), Massa and Webber (2009, 2011) are multiple winners. Kimi
Raikkonen (2007) and Vettel (2010) have also won here.

Arsenal and Spurs stars in kits from 125 years ago and legends recall favourite derby moments

As Arsenal and Spurs stars pose for Sportsmail in the kits from 125 years ago, north London legends recall their favourite derby moments…

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00:01 GMT, 16 November 2012

Record – all competitions

Arsenal wins: 98

Tottenham wins: 81

Draws: 62

Abandoned 2

On a wintry November afternoon 125 years ago, the beginning of something special was born on Tottenham Marshes.

The newly formed Royal Arsenal were the visitors to face Tottenham, the sides meeting for the first time in what would become the north London derby. Back then, Arsenal, who had been formed just a year earlier as Dial Square, were based in Woolwich. Spurs had been formed five years previously.

Their first meeting had to be abandoned, Arsenal arriving so late it got dark before the end of a match that Spurs were leading 2-1.

If that was a bit of a damp squib, what followed was not. There have been goalfests, Arsenal's 'Double' decider in 1971 and Invincible title in 2004, a couple of sizzling Spurs semi-final wins, great comebacks and no shortage of passion.

Here, some of the greats who have played in the fixture pick their favourite games.

The way they were: From left, Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky, Gervinho, Olivier Giroud and Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker and Jake Livermore

The way they were: From left, Laurent Koscielny, Tomas Rosicky,
Gervinho, Olivier Giroud and Jermain Defoe, Michael Dawson, Kyle Walker and Jake Livermore

Alex Kay on the photo shoot

Doing work for the media is never going to be high up on the list of things footballers want to do. But all eight players who took part in this picture were fantastic.

We bought the kit in to them and all took an interest straight away, surprised that the clubs' crests were different 125 years ago and amazed that players used to take to the field in such thick material. Tomas Rosicky and Michael Dawson were quick to spot that you wouldn't want to sweat in the heavy tops.

There was genuine interest in the history of the derby too, as well as amazement at the length of the shorts!

It was nice that some of the players asked to keep the shirts. Olivier Giroud didn't take his off after the shoot, Jake Livermore kept his as a birthday present (it was good of him to take part on his birthday) and an excited Jermain Defoe had his name and No 18 put on the back of his before running around excitedly to show his team-mates.

It was fun to do, something different and made me realise that footballers get a hard rap sometimes.

CLIFF JONES

Tottenham 1958-68 (370 appearances, 159 goals)

I signed from Swansea in February 1958 and my first game was against Arsenal at Highbury. I was doing my national service in the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery so I was Gunner Jones, strangely enough. I travelled by Tube from St John's Wood to the Marble Halls.

Bill Nicholson said I had to be at the ground at 1.30pm. I got to Highbury and there was this big commissionaire standing at the door and he wouldn't let me in. He didn't recognise me. I said I'd just signed for Tottenham and he said: 'I've heard that one before, son.' I told him to get Bill, which he did.

Bill shook my hand, then looked at his watch and said: '/11/15/article-2233668-160CD52F000005DC-278_470x423.jpg” width=”470″ height=”423″ alt=”Olivier Giroud” class=”blkBorder” />

Laurent Koscielny

Tip top: Arsenal stars Olivier Giroud (left) and Laurent Koscielny

MICKY HAZARD

Tottenham 1978-85, 93-95 (170 apps, 25 goals)

It was in 1982, we played at Highbury. We won 3-1. I made two goals and scored a wonder goal. I was voted man of the match as well. It was the best goal I ever scored for Spurs. Ricky Villa passed the ball to me on the right-hand side a yard inside their half. I went past one player, then I went past a second. Then John Hollins, who later signed me for Chelsea, came out. He was playing right back but I skipped past him about 25 yards from goal then rifled it into the top corner with my left foot. The Arsenal players had adverts on their shirts, and in those days they weren't allowed, so the match never got televised. Very frustrating! Whenever anyone asks about a favourite memory, it's always linked to when you've played great or scored. I did both.

ANDERS LIMPAR

Arsenal 1990-94 (116 apps, 20 goals)

MY first derby was the third game into the 1990 season at Highbury. Gazza played and he kicked me down early on. I was on the floor with my shinpad split in two and he stood over me and said: 'Welcome to England you f*****g Swede.' I had to have two stitches in my leg. That was the perfect introduction to English football from Gazza. I loved it. When it came to Tony Adams firing up all the guys in the dressing room, it was amazing to see him before the games against Spurs. He was frothing like a bull. For me he was always man of the match against Spurs. He was Mr Arsenal and I was honoured to play with a captain like that. JURGEN KLINSMANN Tottenham 1994-95, 1997-98 (68 apps, 38 goals)

IT was a game late in the season, a 1-1 draw at Highbury in April 1995. I scored a header and, even though I felt we should have won, I remember the atmosphere being special. I was up front with Teddy Sheringham and he was such an intelligent player to play with. That season, I won Footballer of the Year, which was very special. I've played in many derbies but none mean more to the fans than this one.

Michael Dawson

Jake Livermore

Flash: Spurs duo Michael Dawson (left) and Jake Livermore

CHARLIE NICHOLAS

Arsenal 1983-88 (184 apps, 54 goals)

I was under a lot of pressure from
our fans, especially in my first derby because I'd not scored in 10 or
12 games. But they were really supportive. When I went to White Hart
Lane and scored twice, it helped me bed in with the Arsenal fans. A few
were questioning whether I would fit into the system and my goals
against Spurs helped. After the match we had a few drinks with the Spurs
boys in the players' room. There was no malice or anger. We'd been
kicking lumps out of each other for 90 minutes but let it go after the
game. Graham Rix and I used to go for a drink and we'd meet up with
Glenn Hoddle, even Graham Roberts at times.

JAMIE REDKNAPP

Tottenham 2002-05 (49 apps, 4 goals)

I played in that 2-2 draw against the Invincibles at White Hart Lane. At half-time, it could have been 6-0 – Pires, Henry, Vieira, Cole and Campbell were immense. We were delighted to only be 2-0 down. Then I scored after the break with a decent strike past Jens Lehmann, who then gave away a very dubious penalty to Robbie Keane in the last minute. We equalised but the draw meant they won the league. It was odd in that sense as both teams were happy. They won the title but we had a result against the best team in Premier League history. We were buzzing, we'd got out of jail. We'd been outclassed.

Smokin': Ashley Cole leads celebrations after Arsenal won the title at White Hart Lane in 2004

Smokin': Ashley Cole leads celebrations after Arsenal claimed league title at White Hart Lane in 2004

Not for faint-hearted: Tottenham's Graham Roberts and Arsenal's Charlie Nicholas end up in the crowd

Not for faint-hearted: Tottenham's Graham Roberts and Arsenal's Charlie Nicholas end up in the crowd

BILLY McCULLOUGH

Arsenal 1958-66 (268 apps, five goals)

My first derby was at Highbury when Dave Mackay and Danny Blanchflower beat us. But it is the 4-4 at White Hart Lane in October 1962 that sticks in my memory. We had a centre half, Laurie Brown, who had been transferred to Tottenham earlier in the year. He didn't take much abuse though, I don't think it was as bad then. If anyone says they're not nervous when they play in a derby, there's something wrong with them. You can feel the tension in the dressing room before you run out, but once you're out there you're just concentrating. Afterwards, we'd have a cup of tea or a bottle of beer with the other players and their wives. There was never much animosity.

STEVE PERRYMAN

Tottenham 1969-86 (854 apps, 39 goals)

I probably played more derbies than any other Spurs player. The strangest was when the great Pat Jennings – who played for both clubs and was then with Arsenal – was given the red book at the end of a game for This Is Your Life. It had to be secret so no one could tell him. Some of us from Tottenham were invited to travel on the Arsenal bus to the studios. The Spurs fans were making their feelings known to the visiting bus as it left – until they saw some familiar faces on board – one being me. It was a special event to go to, but if you were a Spurs fan you'd probably think we shouldn't have been on that bus! I got in the team under Bill Nicholson and he was the type who would pull you up if you drove a red car or had a red coat. If an office lady had a red coat, he'd make her life a misery. If there was a speck of red in your tie, watch out. I got the message. There's more respect between the two clubs than some other derbies. After my heart problems I had messages from Arsenal fans, which was particularly nice.

Tottenham's Steve Perryman takes on Arsenal's John Hollins

True colours: Spurs legend Steve Perryman got the message

Magic moment: Paul Gascoigne scores with a free kick against Arsenal in 1991 FA Cup semi-final

Magic moment: Paul Gascoigne scores with a free kick against Arsenal in 1991 FA Cup semi-final

CHRIS HUGHTON

Tottenham 1977-90 (398 apps, 19 goals)

WITHOUT a doubt our 5-0 win at home in April 1983. I'd watched from the sidelines in 1978 as Liam Brady scored a wonder goal when Arsenal won by the same scoreline, so it felt great for our fans to win so emphatically. On a personal note it was great as I scored two.

PERRY GROVES

Arsenal 1986-92 (120 apps, 28 goals)

There's no better feeling than scoring the winner in front of the North Bank – I know because I did it in March 1988. I'm probably being self-indulgent but it was magical. The game was live on ITV, which was massive back then because not many games were broadcast. We were 1-0 up thanks to Alan Smith and I was played through in the 24th minute. The ball bounced up so sweetly for me and it was in front of the Clock End. I remember thinking: 'It's only Bobby Mimms in goal, I'll definitely score this!' But somehow I screwed my shot wide and I couldn't believe it. So you could imagine what was going through my mind when Clive Allen equalised. I was going to be hung by the fans for missing that chance. But then the moment arrived. Kenny Sansom took a throw and the ball dropped on my left foot. When the ball hit the net, it was a mix of exhilaration and relief. I dived into the North Bank!

Derby surprise: Eamonn Andrews stuns Pat Jennings

Derby surprise: Eamonn Andrews stuns Pat Jennings

GERRY FRANCIS

Tottenham boss 1994-97 (146 games)

IT has to be the 1-0 win at home on January 2, 1995. It was always going to be special because it was my first as manager. We were playing well at the time, so went into it with confidence. Gica Popescu scored the only goal and White Hart Lane erupted. To make it more special, that was the last time Tottenham finished the season as London's top club.

ATP World Tour Finals 2012: David Ferrer beats Janko Tipsarevic in dead rubber to set up Andy Murray"s clash with Roger Federer

Ferrer beats Tipsarevic in dead rubber to set up Murray's clash with Federer

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23:11 GMT, 10 November 2012

Andy Murray will meet Roger Federer in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals after David Ferrer bowed out of the tournament with victory over Janko Tipsarevic.

The pair were in the unusual situation of both being unable to reach the semi-finals but knowing their result would have an impact on those who had.

Going out on a high: David Ferrer won his final match in the O2

Going out on a high: David Ferrer won his final match in the O2

In the end, Ferrer's 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 victory meant he joined Federer and Juan Martin Del Potro on two wins in Group B but his record was the worst in terms of sets won and lost, with Federer top by that criteria.

Del Potro, who beat Federer earlier to book his place in the last four, will meet Group A winner Novak Djokovic in the other last-four clash.

Shake on it: Janko Tipsarevic and Ferrer meet at the net

Shake on it: Janko Tipsarevic and Ferrer meet at the net

Watching brief: Jack Wilshere travelled to east London

Watching brief: Jack Wilshere travelled to east London

Ferrer was particularly unfortunate after beating Del Potro in the first round of matches, while Tipsarevic had won only eight games in total against the Argentinian and Federer.

The Serb began the tournament struggling with illness and has been well below his best but he came out firing.

With 200 ranking points and $130,000 up for grabs, there was still plenty to play for, but Ferrer, usually the most dogged of competitors, looked out of sorts at the start.

He lost the first four games and, although he staged a good fightback, it was not enough to deny Tipsarevic his first set of the tournament.

Among the almost full crowd was Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, and Ferrer cheered the Spanish fans by winning the first three games of the second set.

This time it was Tipsarevic's turn to come back, but he could not sustain it, and he smacked his racquet angrily to the ground as he was broken in the third game of the decider, after which he did not win another game.

ATP World Tour Finals 2012: Tomas Berdych sees off Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Berdych sees off Tsonga to set up nerve-wracking finish to Murray's Group A

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23:57 GMT, 7 November 2012

Tomas Berdych broke his London hoodoo with victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London to ensure Group A will go down to the wire.

The Czech world number six had lost all three of his matches in the capital this year, going out in the first round at Wimbledon and the Olympics and losing his opener to Andy Murray at the O2 Arena on Monday.

Three-way tie: Tomas Berdych's victory will mean either he, Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will progress

Three-way tie: Tomas Berdych's victory will mean either he, Andy Murray or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will progress

But he recovered impressively from dropping the second set to race through the decider and secure a 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 victory.

A Tsonga win would have sent Novak Djokovic, a three-set winner over Murray earlier, through to the semi-finals and eliminated Berdych, but this result means nothing has yet been decided.

Zut alors! Tsonga looks disconsolate during his defeat at the O2

Zut alors! Tsonga looks disconsolate during his defeat at the O2

This was Berdych and Tsonga's third meeting in a month after clashes in Shanghai and Stockholm, both of which were won by the Czech.

He looked like he may have blown his chance in the first set when he missed a simple volley on break point in the seventh game, but made amends in the 11th game and served it out.

Czech her out: Model Ester Satorova hails her boyfriend's victory

Czech her out: Model Ester Satorova hails her boyfriend's victory

Tsonga, who lost to Roger Federer in last year's final, was staring at the exit door as a straight-sets defeat would have seen him eliminated tonight but he hit back and broke for a 3-1 lead in the fourth game of the second set.

The popular Frenchman then saved a break point on his way to serving out the set, and had two chances to break Berdych in the opening game of the decider but it was the Czech's turn to dig in.

That proved to be a crucial moment as Berdych broke in the fourth game and polished off victory in an hour and 52 minutes with his fifth game in a row.

ATP Tour Finals 2012: David Ferrer beats Juan Martin Del Potro

Ferrer sees off Del Potro challenge as Spaniard extends winning run

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23:18 GMT, 6 November 2012

David Ferrer extended his indoor winning streak to 11 matches with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Juan Martin Del Potro at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The Spaniard recovered well from losing the second set and will meet Roger Federer in his second Group B clash on Thursday.

Ferrer came into the tournament as the
form player in the field after winning titles in Valencia and Paris, his
first Masters crown.

In form: Ferrer has extended his winning run to 11 matches

In form: Ferrer has extended his winning run to 11 matches

He has also won more matches and more titles on the ATP Tour than any other player and has the chance to overtake compatriot Rafael Nadal as world No 4 with a run to the final here.

He did not finish playing in Paris until Sunday afternoon but showed few signs of fatigue, racing into a 4-1 lead and forcing Del Potro to save two more break points in the next game.

The fourth seed's relentless game is
renowned and it has not been a good match-up for Del Potro, who had not
won a set off Ferrer in two previous meetings this season.

The
Spaniard duly wrapped up the first set and Del Potro had to save four
break points before finally holding to lead 2-1 in the second.

Defeat: De Potro was beaten in three sets by Ferrer on Tuesday evening

Defeat: De Potro was beaten in three sets by Ferrer on Tuesday evening

That provided the Argentinian, the only different face at the tournament from last year, with the spark he needed as he broke through in the next game.

Ferrer had the chance to hit back when Del Potro served for the set but the sixth seed dug in and levelled the match with the coolest of drop shots. But parity lasted only as long as it took Ferrer to break for a 2-0 lead in the decider.

Del Potro had got his mighty forehand working and he fought back impressively to level at 4-4 but Ferrer seized his moment again when his opponent served to stay in the match.