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Djokovic breezes past Zhang Ze and moves forward to the quarter finals in the China Open tournament

Novak Djokovic drew level with Jimmy Connors for the second-longest unbeaten record at an ATP Tour event by beating Chinese wild card Zhang Ze 6-2, 6-1 on Thursday to improve to 26-0 at the China Open.

Now, he only trails behind Nadal’s 31-0 start at the French Open from 2005 to 2009.

The tennis ace had already won five titles at the China Open for the past six years excluding 2011 when he did not play in the tournament.

Djokovic said that the conditions in China suits his game as he advances into the quarter finals.

“I feel very pleasant playing on the center court,” he said. “I guess as I keep coming back each year with that positive record, obviously gives me more confidence knowing that I played so well in the past on this court.”

Meanwhile, third seed Rafael Nadal also gets into the quarter finals by beating Vasek Popisil in round two of the China Open.

The 29-year-old Spaniard gave a much-improved performance and won 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 to set up a quarter-final against American Jack Sock on Friday.

“Obviously I improved from yesterday,” said Nadal, who lost serve four times against China’s Wu Di in round one.

“Every victory gives me opportunities to keep practicing the things that I need to practice.”

“Practicing outside of the competition is very important, but at the end you have to compete well. Every match is an opportunity for me.”


Nadal: “”Every victory gives me opportunities to keep practicing the things that I need to practice.”

Ancelotti: Ronaldo will end career with Madrid

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Carlo Ancelotti worked with Ronaldo in Real Madrid for almost 2 years.

Despite being linked to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain, former manager Ancelotti believes that a move for Ronaldo is unlikely.

“He etched his name into the record books at Real Madrid the other day when he equaled Raul’s goalscoring record,” Ancelotti told Le Parisien.

‘I cannot imagine him leaving Real Madrid. I think he will stay at Madrid until the end of his career. Everybody at the club loves him.’

When asked if Ronaldo would join PSG, Ancelotti replied “I don’t know.”

He also added a tidbit regarding his departure from the Spanish giants, conceding the he “knew what he was getting into”.

“At Madrid, when you don’t win [a trophy], you’re fired. It’s not normal but I knew what could happen when I signed for Madrid,” he added.

“Those were two great years but they decided to change the coach. Now I think about finding a new club.”

Ronaldo has 10 goals in 10 appearance for Real and Portugal this season, including two in Real’s 2-0 Champions League victory over Swedish club Malmo.

Those goals saw the 30-year-old tie the club record 323 goals set by Raul but will have to wait until after the international break to take the record outright after failing to score in his side’s 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

Watzke: Bayern Munich already won Bundesliga

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Bayern Munich’s 5-1 thrashing of Dortmund moves them further up the Bundesliga table by 7 points.

Bayern Munich’s 5-1 thrashing of Dortmund moves them further up the Bundesliga table by 7 points.

Following Dortmund’s Klassiker thrashing, Hans-Hoachim Watzke is already putting Bayern Munich’s name on the Bundesliga crown.

Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke believes there are no team in the Bundesliga to stop Bayern Munich from securing another consecutive title.

After just 8 matches Bayern had stretched its advantage at the Bundesliga summit to seven points thanks to a comprehensive 5-1 win over Dortmund on Sunday.

Regardless of the result, Watzke does not think his club able enough to challenge Bayern’s dominance.

“Yes, the championship is decided,” he said. “I have already said that before our game against Bayern Munich.

“In Germany the situation is similar to the situation in France. There is one strong team – in Germany Bayern Munich, in France PSG – with an unbelievable economic power. It is not possible for us to catch up with Bayern Munich.”

Nevertheless, Watzke was still confident of getting one over on his club’s rival and he did not held back in outlining his disappointment with the weekend’s result.

“To be honest, I still feel like s***,” he added. “I didn’t expect that we would lose in such a bad way. We all know that Bayern Munich has the best resources in Germany but it is possible to beat Bayern Munich in 90 minutes. We beat them in the cup last year.

“That loss hurts and I just hate it to lose a game. We will learn from that defeat. By the way that was just our first defeat under the new coach [Thomas Tuchel].”


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India’s Gurjinder Singh failed to convert India’s only penalty.

India’s Gurjinder Singh failed to convert India’s only penalty.

India men’s hockey team lost to New Zealand 0-2 in the opening Test match of the four-match at Nelson on Tuesday.

New Zealand took the lead early in the sixth minute via a penalty corner conversion by Nick Haig. In the second half, the hosts double the lead when Jared Panchia found the net late in the second half.

It was evident that New Zealand mens hockey team had the control of the game in the first two halves of the first Test match.

The hosts continued to remain upbeat and looked for more goals in the second half as well. They eventually doubled their lead late in the second half when Jared Panchia found the back of the net just ahead of the final whistle.

Meanwhile, India’s Gurjinder Singh failed to convert the lone penalty corner earned by India. The visitors came back strongly in the third and the fourth quarter but failed to find the net.

One would have expected a better result from India after they had won two back-to-back games against New Zealand A team ahead of this first Test match, but they could not carry that momentum into this game and ended up losing it.

India will surely try and bounce back in this series against the upbeat hosts in the second Test match of the series, which will be played on Wednesday.