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Sports Round Up

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By Sanford Chiwone


Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will meet in the final of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters once again after both won through on Saturday.
Defending champion Nadal prevailed 6-3 7-6(7-3) against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while worldnumber one Djokovic beat Fabio Fognini 6-2 6-1to reach the decider. Nadal and Djokovic met in the 2012 and 2009 finals, with the Spaniard triumphant on both occasions.
Nadal, seeking his ninth consecutive Monte Carlo title, posted his 46th straight win at the event after defeating French sixth seed Tsonga in
blustery conditions.

Formula one

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has qualified fastest for Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix ahead ofSebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso. Rosberg claimed the second pole position of his career and first since last year’s Chinese Grand Prix with a fastest lap of one minute 32.330 seconds at the Bahrain International Circuit on Saturday.

“It’s a fantastic result,” Rosberg said. “The team did a good job overnight. I was happier with the car this morning and I’m very happy with the lap.

Other news

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp admits his side face an ‘almost impossible’ task to avoid relegation. After slumping to a 2-0 loss at home to Stoke City on Saturday, QPR are 10 points from safety with four English Premier League games remaining. Redknapp has led several teams from the brink of relegation to safety but said his QPR side had little hope of staying in the top flight.

“It looks like that’s it,” Redknapp said. “It is almost impossible now. “It is a big disappointment but even today I felt in the first half we were bang in the game. I was disappointed to come in at half-time 1-0 down as I thought we did OK in the first half. “But we lack a forward ball and without Bobby Zamora it is very difficult. We’ve got no real target up there. “Loic Remy needs to play off somebody as he is not a target man and it was just a problem for us.”

If Aston Villa can cause an upset and beat Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday, the fates of QPR and Reading will be decided. Redknapp said he had given his all to try and keep QPR up but believes it simply has not been enough. “It is disappointing but I’ve had other disappointments and I’ll have more in the future I am sure,” Redknapp said. “I get as disappointed as anyone when it doesn’t go well but you can only do what you can do. “I can’t look back and say I have not worked hard and tried hard because I have. I have given everything and at the end of the day it just hasn’t been good enough.”

Stoke City assistant manager Dave Kemp said his side needed to build on their win after they moved six points clear of the bottom three.

“We just have to keep going after that,” he said. “We’ve got four more games and we need to concentrate on our performance and getting more points. “We’re certainly not going to sit back and rest on that now. We’ve had a bad run and obviously came out of it today with the points so we’ve got to keep that going in the last four games.”

Bayern Munich equaled the Bundesliga record for most points in a single season after thumping Hannover 6-1 on Saturday. Bayern have 81 points with four games left to play and need only one more point to break the record set by Borussia Dortmund last season.


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