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Sports Round-up

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By Sanford Chiwone

The F1 calendar is in Bahrain this weekend for the fourth race of the season amid its customary sandstorms and ongoing safety concerns.
The race was cancelled in 2011 due to political protests in Bahrain while it was under threat again last year from human rights activists along with reported safety breaches.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone Wasforced to throw his support behind the race this week following a series of explosions in the
troubled state recently.
Last year’s race winner Sebastian Vettel leads the championship by three points from Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton – the same top four from last season’s final standings, aside from Raikkonen and Alonso swapping places.

World number one Novak Djokovic overcame a scare in his opening Monte-Carlo Masters match, seeing off Mikhail Youzhny in three sets.
The Serb dropped serve twice in the opening set as Russian Youzhny raced to an early lead, but experience told in the final two sets as Djokovic rounded out a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win after two hours and 15 minutes on Wednesday.
Djokovic, who had been a doubt heading into the
tournament after injury his ankle on during Davis Cup action , will now face Juan Monaco in the third round, following the Argentine’s 6-0 3-6 6-3 win over Ernests Gulbis of Latvia.
Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal were also among the second-round winners at the Monte Carlo County Club. Murray made light work of French qualifier
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, needing just over an hour-and-10 minutes to clinch a 6-1 6-4 victory.
The world number two fired eight aces and broke four times in a dominant performance that sees him advance to take on Swiss 13th seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who disposed of Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes 6-1 6-1. Nadal also eased into the third round after beating Australian Marinko Matosevic 6-1 6-2. The third-seeded Spaniard needed just over an hour to extend his winning run in the tournament to 43 consecutive games, as he looks to claim a ninth successive title.

In football, three matches are on tonight in the English Premier League. At Upton park, Westham United host Manchester United. Boss Sam Allardyce in awe of Man United ahead of this game due to their impressive league form this season. Elsewhere, 2nd placed Manchester City will be at home against Wigan Athletic and then Chelsea will be seeking to take advantage of Arsenal’s slip-up last evening against Everton when the gunners were held to a goalless draw.


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