Rafael Nadal vs Victor Estrella Burgos: World number one breezes through Australian Open first round

Rafael Nadal glided through his first-round Australian Open match against Victor Estrella Burgos, winning in straight sets.

The world number one brushed off any doubts about his fitness after knee problems which plagued the end of last season.

In a routine encounter, Nadal beat his 37-year-old opponent 6-1 6-1 6-1 in an imperious display.

The Dominican had one moment of glory, winning a game in the second set which lasted more than 15 minutes, preventing Nadal from a bagel.

Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena crowd were treated to an almost perfect performance from the Spaniard as he won the opening set with ease.

There were no signs of problems with the world number one’s movement as his forehand and aggressive play allowed him to win the next two sets with ease.

It was a first encounter for the world number 81 against former champion Nadal, where each game won was celebrated like a mini victory.

Nadal’s next opponent is Argentinian Leonardo Mayer, who beat his first-round opponent Nicolas Jarry in straight sets.

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Rio 2016: Top 10 Team GB gold medal winning moments

Rio 2016

Four years after Team GB’s success at London 2012, the British athletes exceeded their previous medal haul by reaching 66 medals at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday. Great Britain’s unprecedented performance in Brazil, surpassing China to second in the overall medal table, produced iconic … Continue reading

MATCH REPORT: How Barnsley were promoted to the Championship

Barnsley will play in the Championship next season after beating Millwall in a confident display in the Sky Bet League 1 Play-off Final at Wembley Stadium.

Adam Hammill’s stunning goal was the highlight in a high-quality encounter, with 20-year-old Ashley Fletcher and Lloyd Isgrove also scoring for Barnsley. Continue reading

Are Brazil Looking Forward to the World Cup? Eric Cantona’s ‘Looking for Rio’ Enters the Debate at the Sidelines Football Festival

Eric Cantona and Joanna Kamenou supporting Football Beyond Borders

We’re on the eve of the opening game of the FIFA World Cup, the global spotlight is firmly on Brazil and what can we see? Enraged protestors, tear gas spreading from police canisters and the Brazilians showing the world their … Continue reading

PRESS CONFERENCE: England Can Win the World Cup! Professor Stephen Hawking Tells Us the Winning Formula

Surely if the world-renowned theoretical physicist Professor Stephen Hawking tells you that England can win the World Cup, then it must be a possibility? On Wednesday morning, at an exclusive press conference at the Savoy Hotel in London, and after … Continue reading

Two great sports documentaries to watch before the New Year

As 2013 nears its end, there seems to be an abundance of sports documentaries for fans to savour during the festive period. The recently released The Class of ’92 is just one of the documentaries that has been on the Christmas list of most sports fans. It looks back on the careers of the Manchester United youth team that went on to form the treble-winning United team in 1999. In celebration of this great film, which should be on your list of “must-sees”, here are two more programmes that have to be seen before the New Year celebrations are over.

Keane and Viera: Best of Enemies

Two Premier League greats, two fierce competitors and one fractious rivalry. This is a must-see documentary for all football fans as Roy Keane and Patrick Viera are reunited to look back on their infamous dual. Continue reading

Arsenal put on a special display

This season marks ten years since Arsenal won the League title at their invincible best and Saturday’s 4-1 win at Norwich had the same flair and prowess of Arsenal’s past. After a disappointing home defeat to Aston Villa on the opening day of the season Arsene Wenger’s side has blossomed into title contention. Seven games on and Arsenal have surprised everyone by heading the Premier League table.

At the Emirates on Saturday, the home team’s attacking play was purposeful, creative and clinical, as has been the case throughout this season. Wenger’s side entertained the crowd with their team play as his attacking players wove together exquisite passes to expose the Norwich City defence. Continue reading

The excitement of exploding tyres

This weekend’s build-up to the Grand Prix at Silverstone had British motorsport fans bursting with anticipation at the thought of a home victory for Lewis Hamilton. Unfortunately, for fans of the former world champion, their hopes imploded as fast as the rubber at the rear end of Hamilton’s Mercedes car.

For the drivers, today’s race has raised serious questions about their safety, as Pirelli are once again at the centre of a media storm. Fives tyre punctures over one race weekend will fill nobody with confidence. However, the high drama made the entire race unmissable viewing.  Continue reading