Daily Archives: November 20, 2015

Djokovic advances into ATP World Tour Semi Finals

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The Serbian ace will face Nadal in the final four.

World number one Novak Djokovic required just one set to qualify for the semi-finals, and proceed to win his final group match 6-3 7-5.

The Serbian national joins Roger Federer in the last four at the ATP World Tour Finals with victory over Tomas Berdych in London.

He will face Rafael Nadal in Saturday’s semi-final, before Federer takes on Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka.

It was always going to be a tall order for Berdych to claim the straight-sets win he needed to edge out Djokovic – the Czech had won two of 22 matches against the Serb, and none of 17 on hard courts.

He managed to recover an early break of serve but Djokovic moved ahead again and clinched the set he required after 42 minutes.

Berdych, 30, still had the £109,000 on offer for every round-robin win to play for and again fought back from a break down in the second, but Djokovic broke for the fourth time at 5-5 and closed it out.

“I just waited for a game with more second-serve opportunities and that’s what happened at 5-5,” said Djokovic.

“It was a solid performance, I think. We both can have done better. It’s been a long year and we did our best.

“Rafa has another match tomorrow and I’m going to watch that a little bit with my team and prepare.

“Hopefully I’ll be able to perform at my best because that’s what’s needed to win against him.”

Klopp: Sturridge may feature in City game

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Jurgen Klopp believes that Sturridge could play against Manchester City during the weekend.

Striker Daniel Sturridge could be fit enough to feature against former club Manchester City on Saturday, says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.

Sturridge has not played under Klopp and has managed 242 minutes all season because of hip and knee injuries.

Klopp said: “He is as fit as he can be after a long break. Of course he is not at 100% and we have to see.

“But because he is that skilled maybe we should [include him]. As a striker sometimes five minutes are enough.”

The England international scored 24 times as Liverpool came close to the Premier League title in 2013-14 but has scored just six league goals since after a succession of injuries.

Klopp has warned the 26-year-old that he now needs a lengthy spell of training to return to full fitness.

“For four-and-a-half weeks he has not trained; no cycling, running, nothing,” he said.

“Everyone wants to see more of Daniel on the pitch so you have to train but we have to find the right balance.

“His quality is outstanding, we don’t have to talk about this, but everyone needs training.”

Captain Jordan Henderson, who has been out since mid-August with a heel problem and then a broken bone in his foot, is expected back in training next week.

And Klopp revealed that defender Mamadou Sakho, who sustained medial ligament damage against Crystal Palace, is not as seriously hurt as first thought.

Eddie Jones to take over England Rugby Team

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Eddie Jones will be the first foreign head coach of England.

Eddie Jones, 55, is set to become the first foreign rugby head coach of England.

The Australian had finalised the details of his appointment with Rugby Football Union chief Ian Ritchie during a meeting in London on Thursday.

Succeeding Stuart Lancaster, the former Japan national coach secured his release from a “long-term contract” with South African franchise the Stormers.

Former England captain Steve Borthwick could be brought in as part of Jones’ coaching team. He is under contract as forwards coach at Bristol and worked with Jones at Saracens and Japan.

Jones has been the frontrunner from the beginning of the recruitment process and will be among the highest paid rugby coaches in the world.

Jones was only appointed as the new Stormers head coach in September after leading Japan to the World Cup in England, during which they recorded a famous victory over South Africa in the pool stage.

He fits Ritchie’s desire to appoint a man with “proven international experience”.

The RFU are keen to have a core of English assistants working under Jones.