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Andy Murray Exits Rennes Open After Losing to Roman Safiullin in Last 16



Andy Murray Exits Rennes Open After Losing to Roman Safiullin in Last 16

Andy Murray is out of the Rennes Open after a punishing 6-2 4-6 6-1 defeat to Roman Safiullin in the last 16.

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The world number 116 was sluggish in the first set but hit back to take the second against the big-serving Russian. Seeded fifth, Murray had hoped for a run of games in France, attracting large crowds for his two matches.

But an unfortunate net cord at break point down in the third set broke his resistance and Safiullin ran away with the match. Murray, 34, was impressed in the first round and wanted to build his ranking with a good run in this ATP Challenger event.

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Dominic Thiem Outclasses Rafael Nadal




Dominic Thiem became the first man to move into the last four of the ATP Finals event in London.

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The Austrian beat Rafael Nadal 7-6 7-6 in a high-quality match for his second victory of the season-ending event at the O2 Arena in London.

Nadal had two set points in the first-set tie-break but could not convert with Thiem eventually securing the win on his fifth match point.

Dominic Thiem’s qualification was secured when Stefanos Tsitsipas beat Andrey Rublev.

Defending champion Tsitsipas survived a match point as he won 6-1 4-6 7-6 in Tuesday’s other match of Group London 2020.

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Gumel: Sports Administration Key to Development




The third Module of fifth edition of Sports Administration and Advanced Sports Management Course (ASMC) started on Tuesday November 11, 2020 at the National Olympic Committee (NOC) boardroom, National Stadium Complex, Surulere, Lagos.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) course which the NOC is partaking in, is a global sport management course put together to produce and promote excellence in sports administration.

Engineer Habu Gumel, President, Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) at the opening session told the participants to see the course as a key to national development and an opportunity to know and as well have first hand information as regards sports administration globally.

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“The International Olympic Committee (IOC) through the Olympic Solidarity designed this course to provide National Olympic Committees the needed assistance to conduct administrative courses in their respective countries. This is to enhance their skills as sports administrators in their day to day activities”, Gumel added.

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The three day programme which is virtual and conventional, has twenty five participants in attendance with Prof. Clement Fasan and Mr. Dyagas Jonathan as certified IOC Program Directors. They are assisted by Mrs. Nyakno Oluokun, Assistant Director, National Institute for Sports and Mrs. Olanipekun Bodunrin of the Lagos State Sports Commission.

The course ends on November 13, 2020.

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Nadal Beats Thompson to Reach Quarter-Finals



Nadal Beats Thompson to Reach Quarter-Finals

World number 61 Thompson gave Nadal plenty to think about, but missed a set point to force a decider in his first meeting with the 20-time grand slam champion.
Top seed Nadal, who claimed his 1,000th career victory by coming from behind to beat Feliciano Lopez on Wednesday, has never won the Paris title.

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Playing in his first tournament since taking a record-extending 13th french open crown across the french capital at Roland Garros last month, Nadal will face fellow Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta for a semi-final spot.

Carreno Busta, who has reached the US open semi-finals and french open quarters this year, needs to win the title this week to have any chance of snatching the last ATP tour finals spot from Diego Schwartzman.
Nadal raced through the opener against thompson in just 31 minutes, breaking twice and sealing it on his fourth set point after a brief stutter from 40-0 up in the seventh game.

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