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Tennis: Bautista Agut, Carreno Busta set up last-16 clash in Rotterdam

Tuesday, 2020-02-11 09:07:05
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FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Australian Open - Third Round - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 24, 2020 - Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut reacts during the match against Croatia’s Marin Cilic. (Reuters)
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Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut and Pablo Carreno Busta were taken to three sets in their respective first round encounters of the Rotterdam Open but prevailed on Monday to set up a last-16 clash.

Bautista Agut came back from a set down to beat Hungarian qualifier Marton Fucsovics 4-6 7-6(1) 6-1, while Carreno Busta needed two hours and 45 minutes to dispatch Frenchman Adrian Mannarino, winning 7-5 6-7(3) 6-4.

* Five players have been sanctioned for brawling in the immediate aftermath of Bangladesh's victory over India in the under-19 World Cup final in South Africa at the weekend, the International Cricket Council (ICC) said on Monday.

* Football legend Pele is experiencing "a kind of depression" and barely leaves home anymore because health problems have left him unable to walk normally, his son said in an interview published on Monday (Feb 10).

* Rory McIlroy has returned to the top of golf's rankings for the first time in five years after a string of strong finishes. This will be his 96th week as number one, only behind only Tiger Woods (683), Greg Norman (331) an fellow Briton Nick Faldo (97).

* Formula One champions Mercedes sent a statement of intent about their future on Monday with the announcement of a five-year principal sponsorship deal with UK billionaire Jim Ratcliffe's petrochemicals giant Ineos.

* Italian side SPAL have sacked manager Leonardo Semplici and his staff after they endured a poor run of form and replaced him with former Italy youth team coach Luigi Di Biagio until the end of the season, the Serie A club said on Monday.

* La Liga referee Jose Maria Sanchez Martinez has not been allocated a game next weekend by the Spanish football federation following his officiating of the fixture between Real Betis and Barcelona on Sunday in which he angered both teams.

* Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov came out on Monday as the mystery buyer of the original 1892 Olympic manifesto, the most expensive piece of sports memorabilia ever sold at auction, when he donated it to the Olympic museum in Lausanne.

Reuters, CNA