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Tottenham midfielder Sandro sings and plays guitar – video

VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: The Tottenham midfielder as you've never seen him before… Sandro sings for Sportsmail

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UPDATED:

12:57 GMT, 29 November 2012

Sandro is 23. He's played 16 times for Brazil and is quickly becoming the fulcrum around which Andre Villas-Boas is building his resurgent Tottenham side. And away from the training ground, he fancies himself as a budding guitar hero.

In an exclusive commission, to promote a big interview in Saturday's Daily Mail, Sportsmail chief photographer Andy Hooper has captured Sandro demonstrating his rockstar credentials at his Chigwell home.

His love of British pop music shines through as he belts out numbers from Coldplay and the Black Eyed Peas at the recording studio he has had built in his Essex house.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW IN SATURDAY'S DAILY MAIL…

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Harry Redknapp hits out at Vedran Corluka

Redknapp in blast at Corluka after defender blames boss for Spurs slump

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UPDATED:

21:30 GMT, 27 April 2012

Harry Redknapp has dismissed as ‘nonsense’ Vedran Corluka’s claim that Tottenham’s season has stalled because the manager failed to rotate his squad.

The Croatia defender reckons Spurs are tired and paying the price for letting him go on loan to Bayer Leverkusen in January.

Spurs could drop to sixth before tomorrow’s home game against Blackburn after a run of one league win in nine but Redknapp insists he is happy with the way he has managed the season.

Bad run: Spurs could be sixth in the league by the time they take on Blackburn

Bad run: Spurs could be sixth in the league by the time they take on Blackburn

He said: ‘When you lose a few, everyone suddenly has something to say. I didn’t hear anyone complaining a month ago when we were beating everyone and flying.

‘Most of the players have probably played 30 games. I didn’t play any of them in the UEFA Cup or FA Cup, and no player has said to me, “Gaffer, I’m tired”.

Angry: Redknapp hit back at Corluka

Angry: Redknapp hit back at Corluka

Frank Lampard plays how many games a season Ashley Cole, Wayne Rooney and Patrice Evra are not rotated, so it’s a load of nonsense. It’s an excuse.’

Redknapp also revealed he made a move to sign Carlos Tevez in January and insists Spurs need to strengthen in the summer.

He said: ‘We need to bring a couple of quality players in. I said to the chairman, “Can you get me Tevez” ‘It wasn’t possible, but that was my dream. His wages are whatever, 200,000 a week, it’s not possible at Tottenham to buy him. It was me thinking, “He’s not in the team, he’s fallen out with Mancini”. You don’t know, do you, unless you ask.’

Meanwhile, Blackburn boss Steve Kean has revealed he’s attempted to deal with the pressure of the relegation fight by playing guitar. He added: ‘Tottenham are going for a big prize but ours is bigger. Players know the consequences of not being in the top division.’

Andy Murray tries hairdressing, cooking and being a rock star

Murray a cut above as tennis star tries his hand at crimping, cooking and playing guitar

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UPDATED:

10:30 GMT, 15 March 2012

With his early-season form proving erratic, Andy Murray might be forgiven for wondering if he's in the right game.

But is the British No 1 seriously considering a new career as a chef serving up his own brand of pasta sauce – or joining a rock band, or crimping in a hairdressing salon

Fans will be reassured to learn that it's all just part of a bizarre advertising campaign for Murray's sponsor and racket maker Head.

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Disappointing service: Andy Murray's skills as a crimper were not really appreciated

Disappointing service: Andy Murray's skills as a crimper were not really appreciated

Like your style: Murray gets his scissors out

The 24-year-old, from Dunblane, Perthshire, gave the game away on his Twitter site, where he tweeted: 'Been checking out a few different work options on my @headtennis commercial. Best stick to the day job, I reckon.

'In the advert, I'm asked by a journalist what I would have done if I wasn't a tennis player. I'm playing out different daydreams about different jobs I could have done.

'Hairdressing is not something I thought about doing before. Tomato sauce is probably one of the only things I could cook.

A bit saucy: Murray cooks up a storm as he tries his hand at a pasta dish

A bit saucy: Murray cooks up a storm as he tries his hand at a pasta dish

Nice return: Murray takes a whack at a tomato

'Pasta is normally the only thing I am good at, and most of the time it is in tomato sauce so, of all the things I have done today, that might be the one that I am actually good at.

'I think everyone at some stage would have liked to be a rock star, a musician of some sort, so that was quite fun, although I did get a blister from strumming the guitar.'

For the tongue-in-cheek advert, Murray dresses up as a comedy chef, complete with outsized toque, to create his own sauce recipe by smashing tomatoes over a tennis net.

Rock on Andy: Murray struts his stuff with a guitar

Rock on Andy: Murray struts his stuff with a guitar

He also fronts his own rock band, Andy and the Radicals, before using his guitar as a racket to fend off teddy bears thrown by an adoring crowd.

And he proves a cut above the rest as a tennis-obsessed hairdresser, shaping one client's hair into a bright-yellow tennis ball.

Interestingly, as a child Murray did have an alternative career mapped out playing football, after being invited to train with Rangers at their School of Excellence – but eventually kicked it into touch to play tennis.

Novak Djokovic celebrates Australian Open 2012 win with AC/DC anthem

Djokovic celebrates electrifying Australian Open win… by belting out AC/DC classic

Unlike last year, when he beat his friend Andy Murray in straight sets
and then kicked off an all-night party with a rock band in the locker
room, Novak Djokovic admits he dispensed with the band and the raucous dressing room celebrations.

But, after the longest final ever in a Grand
Slam, it was only fitting that Djokovic put on a solo act. He chose the AC/DC rock anthem 'Highway To Hell', belting out a few lyrics and strumming the air guitar.

After a couple of hours sleep, Djokovic arrived at a customary post-victory photo shoot in a downtown Melbourne park, where he recalled the brief pre-dawn celebrations at Rod Laver Arena and made a half-hearted attempt to sing the refrain. His legs were too tired, and his throat a bit hoarse: 'Oh man, I'm tired.'

Water guy: Novak Djokovic raises the Australian Open trophy in front of the Royal Exhibition Buildings

Water guy: Novak Djokovic raises the Australian Open trophy in front of the Royal Exhibition Buildings

And so he should be. Djokovic completed a 5-hour, 53-minute 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 7-5 victory over Rafael Nadal at 1.37am – ending an epic match with a forehand winner that finally finished off the Spaniard.

He defied exhaustion to tear off his shirt and flex his bare torso as he made his way over to celebrate with his friends and family. He was still doing interviews after 4am. It didn't leave much time for celebrating.

'I didn't have any more energy left to celebrate,' Djokovic said on Monday. 'I was preferring my bed.'

Who's your friend: Djokovic adds a furry companion to the Norman Brooks Trophy

Who's your friend: Djokovic adds a furry companion to the Norman Brooks Trophy (above and below)

Who's your friend: Djokovic adds a furry companion to the Norman Brooks Trophy

When he awoke not long after, his body reminded him not just of the incredible events of the previous evening, nearly six hours of physically punishing tennis against one of the game's most ferociously competitive athletes, but also of a near five-hour semi-final two nights earlier against Murray.

'I felt lots of pain all over the body,' he said. 'The adrenalin is still there and I still am very excited about what I have experienced here in the last two weeks and especially last night. I'm full of joy, but I think still I don't have a real sense of what's going on.'

Djokovic wasn't the only one feeling a little dazed Monday. There were still 1.86million people watching in Australia until after 1.30am. The peak audience was 3.86million, approaching about one-fifth of the population. When the last ball was struck, hardly any of the almost 15,000 spectators in Rod Laver Arena had left.

National hero: The world No 1 signs an enthusiastic supporter's Serbia football kit

National hero: The world No 1 signs an enthusiastic supporter's Serbia football kit

An historic final provided a fitting climax to a men's tournament that also featured two riveting semi-finals between Nadal and world No 3 Roger Federer, and Djokovic and No 4 Murray.

Tournament director Craig Tiley, celebrating a record crowd attendance of 686,006 across the two weeks, described the final as 'the greatest match of all time'.

A day after celebrating her first Grand Slam title, even Victoria Azarenka came out to watch the men's final. The 22-year-old Belarusian needed 82 minutes – two minutes more than the first set lasted between Nadal and Djokovic – to rout Maria Sharapova and claim both the trophy and the No 1 ranking.

Great job: Tournament director Craig Tiley (left) congratulates the champion on his awesome victory

Great job: Tournament director Craig Tiley (left) congratulates the champion on his awesome victory

Djokovic's seventh straight win in a final over Nadal underlined his dominance of the men's game, which until last year had been headlined by Nadal and Federer. Nadal got closer to ending the Serb's recent stranglehold over him, but after being a break up in the fifth set, couldn't get over the line.

Despite a third straight loss in a Grand Slam final, Nadal leaves Melbourne more motivated than ever. Less than 24 hours before the tournament began, he was in tears, believing a freak knee injury he sustained while sitting on a chair would prevent him from competing in the tournament.

To end it having pushed his nemesis to the limit was more than enough consolation for the 10-time Grand Slam champion.

'I wanted to win, but I am happy about how I did,' he said. 'I had my chances against the best player of the world today. I played one against one.'

Sealed with a kiss: Djokovic is now turning his sights on winning the French Open

Sealed with a kiss: Djokovic is now turning his sights on winning the French Open

In the end, Djokovic's unshakable belief that began to develop when he won the Davis Cup with Serbia at the end of 2010, and strengthened when he went the first 41 matches of last season unbeaten, pulled him through.

Once the bridesmaid to Nadal and Federer, Djokovic understood exactly how his opponent felt.

'When I played three, four years ago against Rafa and Roger in Grand Slam semi-finals and finals, I felt that they were just superior on the court, that they had this mental advantage,' he said. 'Because they just know that when the time comes, when the match is breaking down, fifth set, they will always prevail, because they believe more, they have more experience and they know what to do.'

Now Djokovic is experiencing that unbeatable feeling. He is the fifth man in the Open Era to win three straight major titles, and already has the French Open – the one major to elude him – in his sights. He won't even rule out the ultimate: the Grand Slam.

Utter agony: Rafael Nadal suffered at the hands of his nemesis yet again in Melbourne

Utter agony: Rafael Nadal suffered at the hands of his nemesis yet again in Melbourne

'One player (Rod Laver) has done it, so it is possible,' he said. 'Obviously the times are different and tennis nowadays is much more competitive and much more physical. And that makes that challenge more difficult to achieve. But everything is possible.'

With the London Olympics to follow Wimbledon this year, Djokovic could even make it a Golden Slam by winning the gold medal at London 2012 to go with the annual four majors.

'The facts are that I'm at the peak of my career,' he said. 'I feel physically and mentally at the peak, I feel strong, I feel motivated, I feel eager to win more trophies.'

Novak's time: The final was the longest ever in grand slam history

Novak's time: The final was the longest ever in grand slam history