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Nadal returns to old claycourt hunting ground

Monday, 2018-04-16 07:58:48
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Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his match against Germany's Alexander Zverev, Davis Cup - Quarter Final - Spain vs Germany - April 8. (Photo: Reuters)
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Rafael Nadal's build-up to what he hopes will be another French Open triumph begins in earnest this week when the Spaniard returns to one of his favourite old haunts, Monte Carlo. The Mallorcan world number one has been off the Tour since injuring himself at the Australian Open but looks to have recovered just in time for the European claycourt swing he has dominated throughout his career.

* Arsenal crashed to a fifth consecutive away defeat in the Premier League as Matt Ritchie fired Newcastle to a 2-1 win at St James' Park on Apr 15. Arsene Wenger's side took an early lead through Alexandre Lacazette, but Ayoze Perez equalised before Ritchie bagged the second half winner. Newcastle's fourth successive win ended Arsenal's unbeaten run of seven games in all competitions.

* Spain's Pablo Andujar won the Grand Prix Hassan II claycourt title in Marrakech for the third time when he easily beat Britain's Kyle Edmund 6-2, 6-2 on Sunday. Second seed Edmund was playing in his first ATP Tour final but was no match for Andujar who repeated his triumphs of 2011 and 2012 when the event was staged in Casablanca.

* Paris St Germain claimed their seventh Ligue 1 title in emphatic style with a 7-1 home win against defending champion AS Monaco on Sunday. PSG, who netted four goals in the opening half-hour, have 87 points with five games remaining and lead second-placed Monaco by 17 points after doubles by Giovani Lo Celso and Angel Di Maria, goals by Edison Cavani and Julian Draxler and a Radamel Falcao own goal.

* PSV Eindhoven claimed a 24th Dutch league title at a jubilant Philips Stadion on Sunday after a comprehensive 3-0 victory over Ajax Amsterdam, who finished with nine men. Gaston Pereiro and Luuk de Jong fired first-half goals and Steven Bergwijn scored a third after the break for PSV. The victory took manager Phillip Cocu's side to 80 points from 31 games, an unassailable 10-point lead over second-placed Ajax with three rounds of the season remaining.

* AC Milan goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma foiled title challengers Napoli with a stunning stoppage-time save in a 0-0 draw on Sunday and Juventus took full advantage by beating Sampdoria 3-0 to go six points clear at the top of Serie A. Juve have 84 points with Napoli on 78 followed by Lazio and AS Roma on 61.