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Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0 – match report

Hull 0 Crystal Palace 0: Tigers growl but can't break staunch Eagles defence

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UPDATED:

22:11 GMT, 27 November 2012

Hull failed to make their dominance count as Steve Bruce had to settle for a goalless draw against former club Crystal Palace at the KC Stadium.

The Tigers boss watched his side produce a superb performance against the Eagles, who he managed for a short spell in 2005 before leaving to take up the hotseat at Birmingham.

However, City were unable to convert their chances with Robert Koren – making his 100th appearance for the club – firing over from close range midway through the first half when the goal was at his mercy.

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed

Big chance: Robert Koren fired over when well placed

MATCH FACTS

Hull: Stockdale, Elmohamady, Chester, McShane, Bruce, Brady (Rosenior 83), Koren (Proschwitz 76), Evans, Meyler, Quinn, Aluko (Mclean 76).

Subs Not Used: Jakupovic, McKenna, Simpson, Faye.

Booked: Meyler, Brady, Mclean, Rosenior.

Crystal Palace: Speroni, Ward, Ramage, Delaney, Parr, Zaha, Dikgacoi, Garvan, Jedinak, Bolasie, Easter (Wilbraham 61).

Subs Not Used: Price, Martin, Moxey, O'Keefe, Appiah, Gabbidon.

Booked: Easter.

Att: 16,656

Ref: Darren Drysdale (Lincolnshire).

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The visitors seemed to be feeling the
effects of seeing their 14-game unbeaten run come to a halt at Leeds on
Saturday, but could have won it with the last kick of the game, only for
David Stockdale to deny winger Wilfried Zaha.

The draw sees Hull drop a place to
sixth in the npower Championship, while Ian Holloway's outfit stay a
point behind leaders Cardiff, who were held at Derby, after failing to
find the net for the first time this season.

City went close to making the
breakthrough in the third minute, but Koren and David Meyler could not
get on the end of a dangerous Robbie Brady ball that fizzed across the
six-yard box and out of play.

Palace responded and on-loan Fulham goalkeeper Stockdale had to be alert to stop an angled drive from Yannick Bolasie.

Koren was guilty of missing a glorious chance to make his side's dominance count in the 24th minute.

Ahmed Elmohamady's persistence on the
right saw him deliver a cross that fell to the influential midfielder
just six yards out, but he leant back and blazed the ball over the top.

The Hull captain was aggrieved not to
be given a penalty when his blocked shot rebounded on to a Palace's
defender's hand in the box before Stephen Quinn volleyed wide in the
35th minute.

Hull started the second half where
they left off in the first and Julian Speroni had to parry a Quinn shot
to safety, while Sone Aluko curled a 25-yard free-kick just over.

The Tigers kept knocking on the door
and Quinn wasted another chance, flicking an Elmohamady cross wide,
before Koren failed to breach the defences of Speroni.

Hull were fortunate not be reduced to
10 men with 14 minutes remaining when last man Brady was only booked for
bringing down Zaha 25 yards out.

Bolasie had a chance two minutes from
time, but he shot wide after latching onto a short back pass, while
Speroni, diving to his right, produced a wonderful save to deny
substitute Aaron Mclean moments later.

Zaha – linked with a January move to
Arsenal – almost snatched the three points for Palace deep into stoppage
time, but Stockdale was on hand to deny him.

Wilfried Zaha wanted by Arsenal, confirms Arsene Wenger

Get Zaha! Wenger confirms Arsenal interest in signing 20m-rated Crystal Palace and England winger in January

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UPDATED:

11:29 GMT, 27 November 2012

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed his interest in Crystal Palace wonderkid Wilfried Zaha.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed the Gunners’ intention to sign the England international on October 8.

Former assistant manager Pat Rice – who still works for the club – and chief scout Steve Rowley have both watched the 20million forward in recent weeks and reported back to Wenger with glowing reviews.

Wonderkid: Zaha has been outstanding for Crystal Palace this season

Wonderkid: Zaha has been outstanding for Crystal Palace this season

Arsenal will make a starting offer of 9million when the transfer window reopens in January, but Eagles chairman Steve Parish will not let his prized-asset leave without a fight.

When asked specifically about his interest in Zaha on Tuesday morning, Wenger said: ‘We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad – but he is not more on the list than anyone else.’

Liverpool, Manchester City and
Manchester United have also been keeping tabs on Zaha, who made his
England debut against Sweden earlier this month.

The
20-year-old made his Palace debut as a 17-year-old back in May 2010 and
has gone on to make 112 appearances for the Selhurst Park outfit,
scoring 14 goals.

Meanwhile, Wenger feels Arsenal must build their future around young British players like Jack Wilshere.

Debut: Zaha came off the bench for England against Sweden

Debut: Zaha came off the bench for England against Sweden

The 20-year-old has just returned from a long injury lay-off and is understood to be in preliminary negotiations over a contract extension.

Wenger believes along with fellow England internationals Kieran Gibbs and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Wilshere – who has been at the club since the age of nine – can become the heartbeat of the team.

'He has two-and-a-half years left – that's quite a long time. We have built a team [where] we have a lot of young English players, or British players like Gibbs, Chamberlain, Wilshere. We still have the case of [Theo] Walcott, Aaron Ramsey. You want them all on long-term contracts,' Wenger said.

Last summer, then captain Robin van Persie did not agree a new contract, eventually signing for Manchester United in a 24million deal.

Walcott, meanwhile, has yet to commit himself past the end of the season, with Wenger revealing 'unfortunately, I cannot give you any news' on the player's future at Arsenal's pre-match press conference ahead of tomorrow's trip to Everton.

Unresolved: Walcott's future has yet to be decided

Unresolved: Walcott's future has yet to be decided

Wenger, however, is confident when the time comes, Wilshere – touted as a future club captain – will sign on the dotted line.

'Jack has always been very committed to this club and I hope he will show that. There is only one way to show it and that is to commit your long-term future to the club,' the Arsenal boss said.

Arsenal are now benefiting from their home-grown recruitment policy, which Wenger feels will make a strong bond between the developing players and their club.

'If the quality is local, it is of course even better because it gives you more guarantee of stability because the players who are English who play for Arsenal are more likely to stay for a longer term than foreign players, but we look first at quality, that is the most important,' he added.

Leeds 2 Crystal Palace 1: Sloppy leaders toppled

Leeds 2 Crystal Palace 1: Sloppy leaders toppled as Becchio and Green cash in

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22:18 GMT, 24 November 2012

Luciano Becchio and Paul Green knocked Crystal Palace off the top of the Championship as Leeds punished some feeble defending at Elland Road.

Argentine striker Becchio, who has lacked his usual sharpness for much of the season, cashed in on a dreadful mix-up by hooking in his 11th goal of the season in the 52nd minute.

Starting today: Leeds United ended Palace's 14-game unbeaten run

Starting today: Leeds United ended Palace's 14-game unbeaten run

MATCH FACTS

Leeds: Kenny, /11/24/article-2237766-163124F7000005DC-395_468x381.jpg” width=”468″ height=”381″ alt=”Impressed: Leeds director Salem Patel cheered as one of the goals went in for his new club” class=”blkBorder” />

Impressed: Leeds director Salem Patel cheered as one of the goals went in for his new club

Palace manager Ian Holloway said: 'We have to start another run now after those 14 games unbeaten.

'We deserved at least a point but
that's football. Leeds gained energy from the takeover and a couple of
loan signings and they have a very good manager in Neil Warnock.'

Leeds began the day seven points
above the relegation places, but a message in the programme from
potential new owners GFH Capital was reassuringly upbeat.

It read: 'All those involved with
the acquisition of the club are fully committed to making the right
longterm investments that benefit everyone both on and off the pitch.

'We want to restore Leeds United to
the Premier League as soon as possible and will be working with Neil
Warnock and his coaching staff to ensure he has what he needs to build a
side ready to achieve that.'

Palace have Premier League ambitions,
too, but, with Thomas and Tate having inspiring Leeds debuts, the
visitors struggled at times.

Paddy Kenny also made a stunning double save from Jonathan Parr and the mercurial Wilfried Zaha.

Wilfried Zaha wears boots with St George"s Cross sewn on

Is he choosing England Torn Zaha shows sign he could snub Ivory Coast as winger wears St George's cross on boots in training

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21:39 GMT, 14 November 2012

Wilfried Zaha has given the strongest indication yet that he could be committed to an international career with England rather than the Ivory Coast, his country of birth.

The Crystal Palace winger wore boots with the English flag embroidered on them as he and his international team-mates warmed up ahead of their 4-2 defeat against Sweden this evening.

Roy Hodgson did not start the highly-rated 20-year-old, who has said he is '50-50' about whether he will choose to play international football for England or the Ivory Coast in the long term.

Committed Wilfried Zaha wore boots with the English flag embroidered on them

Committed Wilfried Zaha wore boots with the English flag embroidered on them

Hang on a minute! Zaha changed his blue boots to black ones as he sat on the bench. The new pair were missing the England flag

Hang on a minute! Zaha changed his blue boots to black ones as he sat on the bench. The new pair were missing the England flag

Hang on a minute! Zaha (left) changed his blue boots to black ones as he sat on the bench. The new pair were missing the England flag

Zaha, whose side sit at the top of the npower Championship, was wearing similar boots to Paris Saint-Germain superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic during the pre-match warm-up.

Ibrahimovic, who scored four goals against England at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, had the yellow and blue Sweden flag sewn into his Nike boots.

When Zaha sat on the bench to watch his
team-mates battle the match out, he had changed his bright blue Nike
boots for the same style, but in black. His new pair were lacking the St
George's cross, but still had the text “W Zaha 16” sewn into the side.

Zaha had to wait for his first England cap though. He replaced Liverpool youngster Raheem Sterling in the 85th minute after Ibrahimovic netted his third goal with a free-kick.

Although Wednesday evening's contest was recognised by FIFA, Zaha is not obliged to play for England because it is not a competitive fixture.

Should Zaha, who has lived in south London for most of his young life, decide he wants to play for the Ivory Coast, he could still be eligible if selected for the Africa Cup of Nations squad in January.

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four as Sweden beat England 4-2

Wonder goal: Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored four as Sweden beat England 4-2

On he comes: Zaha replaced Raheem Sterling in the 85th minute

On he comes: Zaha replaced Raheem Sterling in the 85th minute

Perhaps worryingly for Hodgson is that the Ivory Coast play a competitive match before England's next World Cup Qualifier against San Marino in March.

Zaha was born in Abidjan and earned a cap for England when he came on this evening.

But he could still switch allegiance to join the likes of Manchester City's Yaya and Kolo Toure for the west African country.

Zaha's large family mostly come from the Ivory Coast, and the talented youngster has said he is torn between the two countries.

Former Chelsea striker and Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba has even been in contact with Zaha over his decision.

The Palace winger said earlier this week: 'I was born in the Ivory Coast but all I know is England. It’s 50-50 at the moment.

'Didier Drogba called me and I was shocked, to be honest. He’s a humble guy.

'I’ve been with England Under 21s and now I will have to make a decision.'

Ultimately, Zaha – and the rest of the England players – were upstaged by the outstanding Ibrahimovic.

Not satisfied with his hat-trick, the giant Swede pounced on an errant Joe Hart header to score his fourth by twisting and turning in the air and spectacularly firing the ball over his own head from 25 yards out into the open net.

Torn: Zaha had said he was 50-50 about whether to choose to play for Ivory Coast or England

Torn: Zaha had said he was 50-50 about whether to choose to play for Ivory Coast or England

Torn: Zaha had said he was 50-50 about whether to choose to play for Ivory Coast or England

Steven Gerrard should quit leave Liverpool and join "a big international club", says Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Gerrard should leave Liverpool and join 'a big international club', says Ibrahimovic

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06:32 GMT, 14 November 2012

Sweden captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic has urged England counterpart Steven Gerrard to quit Liverpool and move to 'a big international club'.

Gerrard is poised to win his 100th cap in this evening's friendly international between the two countries to mark the opening of the Friends Arena in Stockholm.

Ton up: Steven Gerrard set to make his 100th appearance for England in Sweden

Ton up: Steven Gerrard set to make his 100th appearance for England in Sweden

Ibrahimovic is a big admirer of Gerrard but feels he should leave Anfield after more than a decade of loyal service spanning over 600 games.

The Paris St Germain striker said: 'Steven Gerrard is respected throughout Europe and is always the player the coach says to be careful with because he is the one that makes the difference.

'But, although of course Liverpool is a big club, I would like to see Steven at a big international club.

'I would like to see that also for England because it is very exciting when someone goes abroad and shows who he is in another competition.

'For me, a fantastic player can make the difference in every country wherever he plays. I'm pretty sure Steven would do that also.'

Centre of attention: Sweden's captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Centre of attention: Sweden's captain Zlatan Ibrahimovic

Sweden coach Erik Hamren admits he has little knowledge of Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha after his surprise call-up into the England squad.

But he has cautioned against expecting too much too soon from the 20-year-old. Hamren said: 'I don't know about him. I will have some information.

'I have a scout so he can look but, for this game, I haven't been so focused on England because we have only had a couple of days to prepare.

'But I hope I will not have a bad surprise from this player (Zaha). Sometimes you (the media) get carried away. You have to need these heroes and stars and sometimes you make them a star too early.

'Then it is a problem for a player. It is better to make him a star when he is a star because we have seen some examples of that in world football.

'I hope he is not a star tomorrow but in the future, I hope you are right.'

ATP World Finals 2012: Andy Murray special champagne bottles

Champagne moment as Murray finds perspective in Muamba miracle after scraping past Tsonga in ATP World Finals

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13:25 GMT, 10 November 2012

Andy Murray eased through to the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals but the biggest cheer of the night was reserved for a spectator sitting courtside.

When Fabrice Muamba, the former Bolton footballer who almost died during a match against Tottenham earlier this year, was shown on the big screen, the O2 Arena hailed one of sport's most remarkable survivors.

Muamba returned to White Hart Lane on Thursday, the scene of his dramatic collapse from a cardiac arrest that stopped his heart beating for 78 minutes.

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Famous faces: Muamba with Murray and Spacey

Famous faces: Muamba with Murray and Spacey

Murray would be able to celebrate his 6-2 7-6 (7/3) victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga with some
champagne after Moet made special bottles with the US Open
champions' name on them.

Muamba tweeted a picture of
himself and fellow celebrity spectator Kevin Spacey with Murray which
brought memories of that fateful day in March flooding back for the
Scot.

Murray said: 'I remember exactly
where I was when it happened. I was watching the match on the TV in the
States. I sat in front of the TV, there was nothing on the TV. I just
couldn't believe it happened.

'When you heard a few hours later
that he was okay, it was quite incredible. It was very cool to meet him.
He's got a pretty incredible story to tell.'

Gotta lotta bottle: Moet have fashioned some special champers for Murray

The afternoon clash sees Roger Federer, who has already qualified for the semi-finals, take on Juan Martin Del Potro.

Gotta lotta bottle: Moet have fashioned some special champers for Murray

Novak Djokovic's 6-2 7-6 (8/6) win
over Tomas Berdych earlier in the day had ensured victory in Group A for
the world number one and made Murray's life slightly easier.

The 25-year-old went into his clash
with Tsonga only needing a set to progress and that turned out to be a
simple task as the Frenchman sprayed shots all over the O2 and Murray
raced through the first four games.

Tsonga roused himself in the second
set, even creating a set point in the 12th game only to fire a backhand
wide. And Murray quickly took control in the tie-break before clinching
victory with an ace.

Who the home favourite faces in the semi-finals will depend on the results of the final round-robin matches in Group B today.

Full stretch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not cope with Murray's power and speed

Full stretch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not cope with Murray's power and speed

Full stretch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not cope with Murray's power and speed
SATURDAY'S ACTION

SINGLES
R Federer (Swi) v JM Del Potro (Arg)
D Ferrer (Sp) v J Tipsarevic (Ser)

DOUBLES
B Bryan & M Bryan (US) v
L Paes (Ind) & R Stepanek (Cz)
M Granollers & M Lopez (Sp) v
A Qureshi (Pak) & J-J Rojer (Hol)

TV: Live on BBC2 from 3.45pm, Sky Sports 1 from noon (moves to Sky Sports 3 at 5.30).

The afternoon clash sees Roger Federer, who has already qualified for the semi-finals, take on Juan Martin Del Potro.

A Federer win would ensure he
definitely won the group and faced Murray while a straight-sets victory
for Del Potro would send the Argentinian through to a meeting with the
Scot.

Fourth seed David Ferrer will be
hoping Federer can do him a favour as the Spaniard faces the unwelcome
scenario of being already eliminated prior to his match against Janko
Tipsarevic should Del Potro beat the defending champion.

Meanwhile, a repeat of the Basle
final of two weeks ago, which Del Potro won against Federer in three
sets, would complicate things even further.

In that case, a Ferrer win would mean
it was Federer who Murray faced, while defeat for the Spaniard would
make Del Potro the group winner and set up a semi-final between the
Argentinian and Murray.

Home crowd: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears was in the crowd supporting the US Open champion

Home crowd: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears was in the crowd supporting the US Open champion

Peter Schmeichel (left) also watched Murray book his place in the last four at the O2

Peter Schmeichel (left) also watched Murray book his place in the last four at the O2

Congratulations: Tsonga was gracious in defeat

Congratulations: Tsonga was gracious in defeat

ATP World Finals 2012: Andy Murray beats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

Murray survives late scare to beat Tsonga and seals place in ATP World Finals last four

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22:00 GMT, 9 November 2012

Andy Murray wasted no time booking his place in the semi-finals of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The Scot knew prior to his final group match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga that one set would be good enough after Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych earlier in the day.

And he took any potential drama out of the situation by winning the opening set 6-2, which in turn ended Tsonga's hopes of progression.

Get in: Andy Murray celebrates after hitting a winner at the O2 Arena

Get in: Andy Murray celebrates after hitting a winner at the O2 Arena

Murray has a great record against the
Frenchman, winning six of their last seven meetings and five in a row,
including in the Wimbledon semi-finals this summer.

The Scot quickly set about making it
six in a row, using his vicious slice to break in the opening game, and
it was not until four games later that Tsonga finally got on the board.

The seventh seed is very popular in
the UK but the cheer that greeted his service hold was largely because
the crowd desperately wanted to see a good match.

Full stretch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not cope with Murray's power and speed

Full stretch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not cope with Murray's power and speed

Full stretch: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga could not cope with Murray's power and speed

Tsonga was offering no real threat on
the Murray serve, though, and he wrapped up the set in 33 minutes thanks
to a wild return from his opponent.

It is the second time the 25-year-old has reached the last four at the O2 and the third time at the tournament as a whole.

Murray made the semi-finals in his
first appearance at the Tour Finals in 2008 in Shanghai, losing to
Nikolay Davydenko, while two years ago he came out on the wrong end of
an epic clash with Rafael Nadal.

This time he is likely to have to
defeat Roger Federer and Djokovic if he wants to end his season with a
trophy, although his last-four opponent will not be confirmed until the
final Group B matches tomorrow.

Home crowd: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears was in the crowd supporting the US Open champion

Home crowd: Murray's girlfriend Kim Sears was in the crowd supporting the US Open champion

No 1 fan Actor Kevin Spacey was also in the crowd cheering on the US Open

No 1 fan Actor Kevin Spacey was also in the crowd cheering on the US Open

Peter Schmeichel (left) also watched Murray book his place in the last four at the O2

Peter Schmeichel (left) also watched Murray book his place in the last four at the O2

Both men seemed to want to get the
match over with quickly, and Tsonga donated another break to Murray in
the opening game of the second set with a double fault.

Among the celebrities watching
courtside tonight were actor Kevin Spacey, who was also in the crowd for
Murray's US Open victory over Djokovic, and former footballer Fabrice
Muamba.

The match burst into life in the
eighth game with a brilliant rally that eventually ended with a Murray
lob dropping just long, handing Tsonga his first break points of the
match, and he took the first with a slightly mis-hit return that landed
on the line.

Murray had chances to break again for
6-5 but could not take them, and in the next game it was Tsonga who had
set point but he fired wide.

And there were no second chances in
the tie-break, Murray winning four points in a row from 2-2 and
clinching victory on his second match point with an ace.

Congratulations: Tsonga was gracious in defeat

Congratulations: Tsonga was gracious in defeat

Meanwhile Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen were unable to make it three wins out of three as they went down 6-3 7-5 to Robert Lindstedt and Horia Tecau at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London.

The Anglo-Danish partnership were already assured of finishing group winners at the O2 Arena after winning their opening two matches, while Sweden's Lindstedt and Tecau of Romania had no chance of making the semi-finals.

Lindstedt and Tecau were, though, looking for a bit of revenge against the pair who beat them in the Wimbledon final, and they managed a consolation victory to finish their season.

Marray and Nielsen will find out who they will play in the semi-finals on Sunday when Group B is completed on Saturday.

Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Latest score

Andy Murray v Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: Follow the latest from big ATP Tour Finals clash

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19:53 GMT, 9 November 2012

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19:53 GMT, 9 November 2012

Alex Kay Talks Tennis

Andy Murray takes on Jo Wilfried Tsonga at the ATP Tour Finals today. The Scot was beaten by world No 1 Novak Djokovic last time out in London, so must be at his best here.

Murray had opened his Group A campaign with a win against Tomas Berdych as the season comes to an end at London's O2.

Roger Federer, David Ferrer, Juan Martin Del Potro and Janko Tipsarevic are in Group B.

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Great Scot: Andy Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

Great Scot: Andy Murray was beaten by Novak Djokovic at the O2 Arena on Wednesday afternoon

French fancy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will provide a stern test for Murray as he looks to bounce back

French fancy: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will provide a stern test for Murray as he looks to bounce back

Juan Mata and Novak Djokovic go to tennis at O2

The genius and the magician: Mata and Djokovic swap tips on way to watch Federer

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14:06 GMT, 8 November 2012

Have you heard the one about the genius and the magician watching the tennis

Fresh from helping Chelsea to a last-gasp Champions League victory over Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday night, Juan Mata is enjoying a well-earned rest watching the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena.

The Spaniard is at the London venue to cheer on countryman David Ferrer who faces the imposing figure of Roger Federer in the second round of matches. And who better to show him the ropes than world No 1 Novak Djokovic

Band of brothers: Novak Djokovic (left) and Juan Mata head to the tennis

Band of brothers: Novak Djokovic (left) and Juan Mata head to the tennis

The pair traded gushing superlatives on Twitter after Mata posted a picture of them travelling to the venue together.

He posted the photo along with the caption: 'Going to O2 Arena with a genius' to which Djokovic replied 'Football magician 🙂 Enjoy tennis, amigo!!'

Main man: Djokovic beat Andy Murray at the O2 on Wednesday

Main man: Djokovic beat Andy Murray at the O2 on Wednesday

Murray tickets in demand

Tennis fans have been rushing to viagogo to snap up tickets for Friday’s Barclays ATP World Tour Finals matches.

The site has seen searches for tickets quadruple since the bumper line up was revealed.

Those with tickets for Friday’s evening session will see Murray take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the singles and a repeat of Jonny Marray and Freddie Nielsen’s Wimbledon final against Horia Tecau and Robert Lindstedt.

The Australian Open winner is also
enjoying a rest day after he defeated Britain's Andy Murray in a tight
three-set match on Wednesday.

He faces Tomas Berdych in his final group match on Friday as he looks to end the season on a high.

The 25-year-old is a keen footballer and has admitted he could have pursued that sport had he not found tennis.

Mata meanwhile is no stranger to
posting pictures of his travels around London. Shortly after signing for
Chelsea from Valencia last year, he took his camera on a whistle-stop
tour of the capital.

The playmaker has been an integral part
of the Blues' side this season and was named player of the month for
October after scoring twice in the derby win over Tottenham.

Sightseeing: Mata has kept his fans updated on his London travels

Sightseeing: Mata has kept his fans updated on his London travels

Party time: Mata (left) celebrates Victor Moses' winner against Shakhtar

Party time: Mata (left) celebrates Victor Moses' winner against Shakhtar

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.