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It was anticipated the Spaniard would provide

However, he has never been able to break into the top 10 and has struggled to beat higher-ranked opponents on a regular basis. It was anticipated the Spaniard would provide a sterner challenge to Djokovic than any of the Serb’s previous opponents and his fighting spirit – not to mention his all-round game – troubled

Bautista Agut is one of the most consistent

Bautista Agut is one of the most consistent players on the tour having climbed into the world’s top 20 for the first time in July 2014 and not dropping out of the top 30 since. However, he has never been able to break into the top 10 and has struggled to beat higher-ranked opponents on

Djokovic still had a moody expression

Djokovic controlled the opening exchanges without earning a break point and, after a slight wobble midway through a tight set where the pair traded baseline blows, converted his first opportunity to clinch the set. Momentum continued to flow with Djokovic at the start of the second, breaking at the first chance, only to allow Bautista

After a quarter final defeat by Dominic

After a quarter-final defeat by Dominic Thiem last year, Djokovic returned to Roland Garros not expected to challenge for the title following a year disrupted by an injury which needed surgery after the Australian Open in January. A lack of action since has resulted in him dropping to 22nd in the world rankings – below

Perhaps the most important thing

The four-time World Cup winners are not at the finals for the first time in 60 years, and the deficiencies behind that absence were exposed by France. However, Mancini, who has brought Mario Balotelli back after a four-year international hiatus, believes his team can reach an equal footing within 12 months. “This can help to

The four-time World Cup winners

Italy’s new head coach Roberto Mancini celebrated a 2-1 victory in his first game against Saudi Arabia on Monday but this was a step up in class for his team. The four-time World Cup winners are not at the finals for the first time in 60 years, and the deficiencies behind that absence were exposed

France have now won five and drawn one of the six games

France have now won five and drawn one of the six games played between the two nations since Italy – who have failed to qualify for Russia – defeated them on penalties to win the World Cup final in 2006. While this was far from the level of that high stakes encounter in Berlin’s Olympic

France continued their impressive build up to the World

France continued their impressive build up to the World Cup with a comfortable victory over Italy in Nice. Samuel Umtiti set the hosts on their way after Kylian Mbappe’s effort was parried by the Italian goalkeeper, Salvatore Sirigu. The French doubled their lead when Antoine Griezmann converted a penalty after Lucas Hernandez had been fouled.

could have disqualified Morocco

However, Fifa’s taskforce said it had obtained “enforceable government guarantees” which state the 12 host cities in Morocco will have a sufficient number of hotel rooms by 2026. The North American bid did not contain any high risk elements but had three medium risk measures – government support, human rights and labour standards, and organising

The North American bid did not contain

Only two of the 14 stadiums were deemed to have “sufficient levels of accommodation” resulting in a second “high risk” conclusion. A third area of analysis – accommodation and transport combined – was also deemed “high risk”. However, Fifa’s taskforce said it had obtained “enforceable government guarantees” which state the 12 host cities in Morocco