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Rafael Nadal beats David Ferrer 6-0 6-2 in Mexican Open final

Nadal crushes Ferrer to claim Mexican Open title… and he's raring to go for Indian Wells!

By
Steven Donaldson

PUBLISHED:

12:32 GMT, 3 March 2013

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UPDATED:

12:44 GMT, 3 March 2013

A dominant Rafa Nadal dismantled fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-0 6-2 on Saturday to win his second Mexican Open title and continue his successful comeback from a long injury lay-off.

Nadal, ranked fifth in the world, needed just over an hour to dispatch top seed Ferrer and was delighted with his form.

'For me, I played almost perfectly,' said Nadal following the match. 'My knee responded well all week.'

King of clay: Rafael Nadal collects his trophy wearing a sombrero in Acapulco

King of clay: Rafael Nadal collects his trophy wearing a sombrero in Acapulco

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Moving on: The Spaniard will play in the Indian Wells Masters tournament next week

Nadal also confirmed he would play in next week's Indian Wells hard-court tournament, despite speculation he might skip the event to spare his knee.

'My heart tells me I should continue competing, that I need to move on to the next tournament,' he added.

Nadal had been sidelined for more than seven months due to a partially torn tendon in his knee. He made his return early last month at the Chilean Open, losing in the final to Argentine Horacio Zeballos. A week later he claimed the Brazil Open title.

Easy: Nadal dropped just two games and was on court for little more than an hour against David Ferrer

Easy: Nadal dropped just two games and was on court for little more than an hour against David Ferrer

Easy: Nadal dropped just two games and was on court for little more than an hour against Ferrer

The former world number one charged out of the blocks and won the first eight games against three-time defending champion Ferrer, who saw his 19-match winning streak at the clay-court event come to an end.

'Rafa was just better than me today,' said Ferrer.

World No 4 Ferrer waited 44 minutes to win his first game of the final, the crowd erupting in applause as he put away a service winner to trail 2-1 in the second set.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Success: Nadal added the Mexican title to his triumph in Brazil and final in Chile since his return from injury

Crushed: Ferrer admitted his compatriot was the better man on the day

Crushed: Ferrer admitted his compatriot was the better man on the day

With Ferrer serving down 3-1, an extended rally in which both players scrambled back and forth from the net ended with a top-spin lob winner by Nadal, bringing the crowd to its feet and the score to 30-30.

Second seed Nadal, the 2005 Mexican Open champion, won the next two points to go up two breaks in the set and virtually put the match away.

Rafael Nadal wins Brazil Open, beating David Nalbandian 6-2 6-3 in the final

Back to winning ways! Nadal cruises past Nalbandian to seal first title since comeback

before he was sidelined by tendon trouble in his left knee after
an early exit from Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Victory: Rafael Nadal won his first title since his injury return in Sao Paulo

Rafael Nadal

Nadal made his long-awaited comeback at last week's clay-court event in Vina Del Mar but surprisingly missed out on the title after losing in three sets to Argentinian Horacio Zeballos the final.

The Spaniard struggled to find a rhythm in the beginning but was still able to break Nalbandian's serve twice to take the first set, then rallied from 3-0 down in the second to win six straight games to close out the match.

Nalbandian was playing in a final for the first time since he was disqualified for kicking an advertisement board and injuring a line judge at Queen's Club last June. The former world No 3 hasn't won a title since 2010 in Washington.

Too good: Nadal cruised past David Nalbandian in the Brazil Open final

Too good: Nadal cruised past David Nalbandian in the Brazil Open final

Nadal, who was coming off two three-set matches, still looked far from his best and didn't seem to be moving well. The knee appeared to be bothering him again and he left many balls unchallenged throughout the match.

But with the support from the local fans and with former Brazil star striker Ronaldo and mixed martial arts champion Anderson Silva in the crowd, Nadal took control of the match in the second set to secure the victory.

The 11-time Grand Slam champion admitted that the level of the competition in Brazil was not as high as in other tournaments but said that it wasn't bad either, giving him the perfect opportunity to give his knee a good test. The Spaniard will play another clay-court tournament in Mexico in two weeks.

Delight: The Spaniard celebrates after beating his Argentine opponent

Delight: The Spaniard celebrates after beating his Argentine opponent

Delight: The Spaniard celebrates after beating his Argentine opponent

Nadal had won four of his six career matches against Nalbandian, the last one a three-set victory in the quarterfinals of Indian Wells last year. Nalbandian's last victory over Nadal was in 2007 in the final of a Master Series tournament in Paris.

The 31-year-old Argentine made his season debut in singles at the Brazil Open. He was out of action for several months last season because of an abdominal injury.

Sao Paulo: Nadal signs autographs for the Brazilian fans

Sao Paulo: Nadal signs autographs for the Brazilian fans

DEL POTRO WINS FIRST TITLE OF YEAR IN ROTTERDAM

Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro clinched his first title of the year as he overcame Julien Benneteau 7-6 6-3 in the final of the World Indoor Tournament in Rotterdam on Sunday.

Del Potro, beaten in last year's final by Roger Federer, lost his serve in the first set but Benneteau had no answer to his solid baseline performance which earned him the tiebreak 7-2.

After an early break in the second set Del Potro never looked back against 39th-ranked Benneteau, still seeking a first title having lost all eight finals he has contested.

Juan Martin Del Potro

'It was so important to win the tie-break as I missed several opportunities through mistakes I made to clinch the first set sooner,” Del Potro told reporters.

Del Potro became only the second Argentine after Guillermo Vilas to triumph at the tournament.

'I had a great week and really enjoyed the tennis I played from the first round on,” added Del Potro.
Benneteau said he had fought with all his might to match the hitting and power of world number seven Del Potro.

'It was tough to stay in the first set as I was under pressure every game, as well on my own serve as his,' said the Frenchman, who beat Federer in the last eight.

Tomas Rosicky blames Arsenal form on possession

Rosicky blames Arsenal's slump on lack of possession as Gunner face crisis

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UPDATED:

23:48 GMT, 5 December 2012

Tomas Rosicky has blamed Arsenal's poor start to the season
on their inability to keep possession like Arsene Wenger's teams of old.

The Arsenal midfielder questioned his team's confidence and
said he could understand the fans' frustration after the club's worst start to
the season for 18 years. Arsenal lie tenth in the Barclays Premier League with
only 21 points from their first 15 games.

Rosicky, who started his first match this season and scored
in Arsenal's 2-1 defeat by Olympiacos in the Champions League on Tuesday night,
said: 'Sometimes we don't keep the ball as we used to. It is definitely a
matter of confidence. You can see there are more back passes than we used to
do. You have to gain confidence by winning the next game.

Lashing out: Tomas Rosicky (centre) criticised Arsenal's possession

Lashing out: Tomas Rosicky (centre) criticised Arsenal's possession

'I can understand the frustration as I am an Arsenal fan as
well. We all have to stick together. That is what we did last season when
everyone wrote us off and we came back stronger.

'It will be difficult, there is no doubt about it, but we
are OK to do it again. We have to sort it out quickly.'

The statistics back up
Rosicky's observations, with Arsenal averaging 59.3 per cent of possession in
the league so far this season compared to 60.1 per cent in their last campaign.
Wenger's side are making and completing more passes, too, but are less
clinical, with just one goal in their last three league games.

Rosicky impressed on his 45-minute comeback in Athens after
aggravating an achilles tendon problem while playing for the Czech Republic at
last summer's European Championships.

Gutted: Arsenal lost to Olympiacos to miss out on top spot

Gutted: Arsenal lost to Olympiacos to miss out on top spot

The midfielder said the injury was a particularly
frustrating setback and claimed he has to 'fight constantly' to avoid being
kicked by opponents during games.

'How can you defend yourself when someone kicks you,' said
Rosicky. 'It is frustrating for me to pick up another injury. During the season
I had already received a kick on my achilles and then I got finished off in the
Euros.

'For the position I play, I always have someone on my back
and with the position I have, I am often receiving the ball with someone behind
me. How can I defend myself 'It is part of the game and I have to take it. It
is difficult for me. I have to fight constantly and that is what I am able to
do.'

Imperial Commander injury rules Cheltenham 2010 Gold Cup winner out of Betfair Chase at Haydock

Imperial Commander's comeback bid in Betfair Chase derailed by fresh injury blow

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UPDATED:

14:38 GMT, 20 November 2012

The comeback of 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander has been derailed by a fresh injury.

The Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding has sustained a small fracture in a splint bone in a hind leg.

It means Imperial Commander misses Saturday’s Betfair Chase at Haydock, which had been due to be his first run since the 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup having been sidelined with a tendon injury.

Twiston-Davies is hoping that he can get Imperial Commander back on track early next year, but with the son of Flemensfirth turning 12-years-old on New Year’s day time is running out for the gelding.

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Out of the running: 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander will miss the Betfair Chase at Haydock

Twiston-Davies said: ‘He's suffered a small fracture of a splint bone in a hind leg unfortunately. It's nothing dramatic but it means he won't be in full work for around six weeks.

‘We can still do swimming with him and things like that. It's disappointing but these things happen.

‘We'll see how we get on but the obvious race for him when he comes back is the race at Cheltenham in January (Argento Chase).’

Imperial Commander had been as short as 9-2 for Saturday’s race, a chase he won in 2010 having been beaten a nose by Kauto Star 12 months earlier.

The sponsors now make Nicky Henderson’s Long Run 11-8 favourite with the Paul Nicholls-trained Charlie Hall Chase winner Silviniaco Conti 9-4 and last season’ s Gold Cup runner-up The Giant Bolster a 7-1 chance.

JP Duminy ruptures achilles tendon as South Africa take control of first Test in Brisbane

Duminy ruptures achilles in warm-down to mar South Africa's strong start to Australia tour

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UPDATED:

12:27 GMT, 9 November 2012

South Africa batsman JP Duminy could miss up to six months after rupturing an achilles tendon after the first day's play of the opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.

Duminy was taking part in warm-down exercises on the Gabba outfield when he fell to the turf clutching his left leg.

He was rushed to hospital where the severity of the injury was confirmed.

Blow: Duminy could be out for around six months

Blow: Duminy could be out for around six months

South Africa team manager Dr Mohammed Moosajee said: 'At first assessment JP said he heard a loud clicking sound and it felt like he had been hit by an object.

'The diagnosis of an Achilles tendon rupture was confirmed by the MRI scan this evening and he will undergo surgery to re-attach the tendon on Saturday morning.

'Injuries of this nature are caused by a sudden contraction against the direction of movement by the calf muscle as was the case during his sprint.

'We will only be able to gauge further down the line on an expected recovery date, but injuries of this nature have been known to take up to six months before the player can resume playing cricket.

GABBA CURSE STRIKES AGAIN

This isn't the first time in recent years an international cricketer has succumbed to a serious injury on the Gabba outfield.

Back in the 2002 Ashes series, former England fast bowler Simon Jones ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments sliding to field a ball.

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

Century stand: Kallis (above) and Amla (below) have put the tourists in control

'He is obviously disappointed, but JP, being JP, is trying his best to stay positive, he says everything happens for a reason.'

The Proteas' 12th man Francois du Plessis will field in Duminy's place in Brisbane but will not be able to bat.

A century partnership from Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis has put the Proteas firmly in control on 255 for two at the end of day one.

The early loss of captain Graeme Smith for 10 to a DRS lbw decision did not prove too much of a setback as Amla (90 not out) and Alviro Petersen (64) saw them through to lunch without further incident.

And when Petersen fell victim to the match's only specialist spinner, Nathan Lyon, Jacques Kallis (84 not out) picked up where he left off.

Andy Turner to miss indoor season after surgery on both achilles tendons

Injury-hit Turner to miss indoor season after surgery on both achilles tendons

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UPDATED:

08:54 GMT, 16 October 2012

British 110m hurdler Andy Turner will miss next year's indoor season after surgery on both ankles.

Nottingham-born Turner, 32, who has
endured an injury-hit season, underwent an operation to remove a
plantaris tendon and have both his achilles tendons scraped.

Target: Andy Turner aims to be 'pain-free' by end of the year

Target: Andy Turner aims to be 'pain-free' by end of the year

'I'm just trying to get pain free so I can train fully and have a good outdoor season and make amends for a poor 2012,' said Turner on his own website.

'At present I haven't set myself exact targets but to make the world final (World Athletics Championships in Moscow in August) and to break my PB, are two things I'm confident I can do if I'm pain free.

'It (the operation) sounds a lot worse than it is. I should be back in full training by Christmas, so unfortunately indoor this year will not be happening.'

Turner failed to reach the final of the hurdles in the London 2012 Olympics, finishing fourth in his semi-final.

Rafael Nadal out for another two months with knee injury

Nadal faces another two months on sidelines with knee injury

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UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 3 September 2012

Rafael Nadal has been ruled out for another two months as he struggles to overcome a knee injury.

The world No 3 has not played since a shock second-round loss to Czech Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon, missing the Olympics and the ongoing US Open as a result.

He will now sit out Spain's Davis Cup semi-final clash with the United States later this month as he continues his rehabilitation.

Blow: Rafael Nadal will be out of action for at least another two months

Blow: Rafael Nadal will be out of action for at least another two months

In a statement released through his official Twitter account, Nadal said: 'I have missed the Olympics and the US Open in the last few weeks, two of the most important tournaments of the year and (ones) that I really wanted to play.

'I really want to be back competing and enjoying the tennis tour, but I have many years in front of me and my knee needs some rest.'

Nadal, 26, has a partial tear of the patella tendon in his left knee and is insistent he will not return until he is 100 per cent fit.

He added: 'I will be back when I have no pain and able to compete with guarantees.

Shock: Nadal has not played since losing to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon

Shock: Nadal has not played since losing to Lukas Rosol at Wimbledon

'I feel better after the meeting with my doctors and happy knowing that the evolution of the past weeks has been positive and surgery has been avoided.

'I will continue to work with the plan my doctors have established to be able to compete as soon as possible in the right conditions.'

The former world No 1 was embarking on another stellar year when the injury struck.

He lost in the final of the Australian Open in an epic five-set encounter to Novak Djokovic but then clinched his seventh French Open by gaining revenge over the Serbian at Roland Garros.

He also claimed titles at Rome, Barcelona and Monte Carlo.

Adriano signs for Flamengo

One more go… Adriano signed by old flame Flamengo and given pay-as-you-play deal

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UPDATED:

12:44 GMT, 22 August 2012

Former Inter Milan and Brazil forward Adriano has been given another chance to revive his flagging career after re-signing for Brazilian club Flamengo.

The Rio de Janeiro club said that the 30-year-old, who left Corinthians in March after failing to get match fit, had been given a contract until the end of the season and that it would be based on 'productivity'.

Once known as the Emperor, Adriano's career reached its height in 2004-05 when he was at Inter and was also top scorer for Brazil at the 2004 Copa America in Peru and the Confederations Cup in Germany the following year.

Deal: Adriano has been offered a contract based on productivity

Deal: Adriano has been offered a contract based on productivity

After that, he had a disappointing World Cup with Brazil in 2006 and his career has been going steadily downhill since.

Adriano – who has been beset by drinking, depression and weight problems in recent years – made only seven appearances in his one-year stint at Corinthians, scoring two goals.

Although his progress was interrupted by an Achilles tendon injury, Adriano was given several chances to lose weight amid reports that he had passed the 100-kilogramme mark.

The club eventually lost patience when he missed training in March and he refused to let the club doctor weigh him. His departure, officially by mutual consent, signalled what many thought could be the end of his career.

Comeback: Adriano's career looked finished but he has got another shot

Comeback: Adriano's career looked finished but he has got another shot

Flamengo, who earlier this year parted company with Adriano's former Brazil team mate Ronaldinho after he suffered a loss of form, have a soft spot for the player who was raised at the club and played there in 2009-10.

Adriano was the Brazilian championship's joint top scorer in 2009 with 19 goals as he helped Flamengo win the competition that year.

'I'm going to honour this shirt, which has always been mine, with a lot of goals,' promised Adriano, who has also played for Fiorentina, Parma, Sao Paulo and AS Roma.

'Thank you for everything. You can count on me.'

Steven Taylor looking to make Newcastle return after achillies injury

He clattered me and I knew my pain was over, says returning Taylor

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UPDATED:

21:53 GMT, 17 August 2012

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Steven Taylor is possibly the first player to welcome a nasty, late rake down his calf.

It happened last month in a friendly against Den Haag, the second game on his comeback trail from an achilles injury that could lead to a Barclays Premier League return against Tottenham at home.

‘This lad came round the corner,’ says Taylor. ‘He really caught me, right down the bottom of my leg.’ The Newcastle defender proudly points to the inch-wide pink scar from his operation and a barely visible stud mark at the base of his tanned leg.

Fit again: Steven Taylor's ruptured achilles kept him out for seven months

Fit again: Steven Taylor's ruptured achilles kept him out for seven months

‘He stamped on me and caught my tendon. I really had no pain, nothing. That was a big moment. If it wasn’t right I was going to find out there and then.’

Taylor is relaxed and happy. Indeed, he says he has never been happier.
‘I have got my love for football back again,’ says the Newcastle defender who, seven months ago, thought his career was over.

‘My dad said it’s probably the happiest he has seen me. When you first get in the first team you are like an excited little fan and that is me again. I have just got a bit bigger and greyer.I have the same feelings I had when Bobby Robson turned to me against Real Mallorca six years ago and said, “You’re going on”. I am excited again.’

Taylor will never forget the moment he thought he had played his last game. It was October, the stadium was still called St James’ Park, Chelsea were the visitors.

Happier days: Taylor scoring against Arsenal

Happier days: Taylor scoring against Arsenal

‘I was tracking Fernando Torres, jockeying sideways and I felt a bang,’ he said. ‘It was like someone had just kicked me in the calf but there was no-one near me.

‘My studs got lost in the turf. My foot went floppy. There was no pain at that point in my achilles, which is why I tried to walk off. I couldn’t understand it. I got in the dressing room and there was no response in my leg when the physio squeezed my calf.

‘The physio said, “You’ve ruptured your achilles’’. I’m glad he came out and told me straight to my face. That night I was in agony. The painkillers weren’t strong enough, but I couldn’t have the operation for two days. I haven’t felt any pain since then.’

It took him a week to get over the shock and deal with the prospect of months of misery and inactivity.

Pain game: Taylor watching on from the sidelines during his injury

Pain game: Taylor watching on from the sidelines during his injury

‘That first week was the hardest, just trying to get my head around it,’ he said. ‘The medical team kept trying to get into my head saying, “You’ll get through it”.

‘I had to live with my mum and dad at first because I was trying to get round on crutches but I moved out after a week or two. I’m the type who doesn’t like things being done for them.

‘I had to inject myself every morning so I didn’t get a blood clot and that gave me the shakes every time I did it. I felt useless and a bit sorry for myself, which is the worst thing.’

It took four-and-a-half months before he lost the limp and felt the hard work was starting to pay off.

He says: ‘I don’t want people to feel sorry for me but it took that long to start feeling half-decent about myself again.

‘I feel sorry for the medical staff because I was always nagging at them, pushing myself. It must have been like having a nagging wife. Most days they got me in at 7.30 in the morning and I didn’t leave until 8pm.

‘They were long days putting my body through pain and testing myself and how hard I could train, with boxercise, rowing machines, anti-gravity treadmills, gym sessions, ice baths, all crammed in together. You have to go through the pain barrier to be ready for games.

‘For four-and-a-half months it was agony and then there was a bit of light coming in. Six months into the injury, I was thinking, “I’ll be back now”.’

Now he can concentrate on helping Newcastle better last season’s fifth-place finish.

He added: ‘I have seen players just get forgotten about, but I was always in among the lads. They are my team mates, I am an old boy and I wanted to be with them.

‘At team meetings we have said we want to win as many games as possible and we won’t look too far ahead. We had a great year but that is what we did, taking it game by game. The fans can be in dreamland but we have to keep our feet on the ground.’

And Taylor is relieved he can again plant his feet firmly in the turf.

London 2012 Olympics: Hannah England misses out on 1500m final

England shock as Dobrisky and Weightman go through to women's 1500m final

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19:25 GMT, 8 August 2012

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Britain will have two women in the final of the 1500m after Lisa Dobriskey and Laura Weightman advanced from the semi-finals, but world silver medallist Hannah England missed out.

Dobriskey, who has made a remarkable return to fitness after being diagnosed with potentially fatal blood clots on her lungs earlier this year, was fourth in the first semi-final to qualify automatically.

Mixed fortunes: Hannah England failed to reach the 1500m final but Britain team-mate Lisa Dobriskey booked her place in the finale

Mixed fortunes: Hannah England failed to reach the 1500m final but Britain team-mate Lisa Dobriskey booked her place in the finale

Falling behind: England was struggling to make up the ground and didn't manage to put in one of her trademark strong finishes

Falling behind: England was struggling to make up the ground and didn't manage to put in one of her trademark strong finishes

On the charge: Dobriskey hunts down the leading pack to book her place in the final

On the charge: Dobriskey hunts down the leading pack to book her place in the final

But Weightman endured an agonising
wait as officials examined a photo finish in the second semi before
going through as one of the two fastest losers in a new personal best of
4:02.99.

Weightman edged out Slovakia's Lucia Klocova on the line, with both athletes given the same time.

England, who spent five days in
hospital earlier this year after being spiked in her Achilles tendon
during a race, was ninth in the first semi in 4:06.35.

Waiting game: Laura Weightman had an agonising wait before realising she had reached the final as one of the fastest losers

Waiting game: Laura Weightman had an agonising wait before realising she had reached the final as one of the fastest losers