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  • 17 Jul
    Andy Murray lost in the Monte Carlo Masters semi-final after coming up short against clay court specialist Rafael Nadal. The British No 1 suffered a 6-2 4-6 2-6 defeat on Saturday and Nadal will now play Gael Monfils in the final on Sunday. Andy Murray is out of Monte Carlo As the build-up to the French Open intensified, it was a stark reminder for Murray of the world No 7s prowess on his favoured surface - although the Brit was repeatedly frustrated at the umpires generosity at Nadals time-keeping. Murray had won their previous clay court match, in last years Madrid Open final, but despite a positive start he was outmanoeuvred by the eight-time Monte Carlo champion who will now have a chance to win a ninth title. Rafael Nadal showed his clay expertise The Dunblane man signalled his intentions in just the second game, opening break point which he ultimately couldnt convert. The first five games, not for a lack of Murrays pressure, went with serve.Leading 3-2, Murray finally found the breakthrough that he had been threatening. Nadal, busy in a row with the umpire, conceded three break points and Murray sealed the advantage at the second attempt before holding his subsequent serve. Rafael Nadal recovered from a set behind A one-sided opening set was concluded with a second break for Murray who benefited from a wildly inaccurate Nadal smash, before striking a perfect drop shot.The Spaniard, the greatest ever clay court player, finally found his groove in the second set. An immediate break was cancelled out just as quickly by Murray but Nadal again won against the serve to go 4-3 ahead, winning an energy-sapping rally.In the third set, Nadal once again began with a quick-fire break of serve owing to a pair of deft drop shots. Murrays movements had become laboured and, desperately defending his own service games, he conceded another break to go 4-1 down. Nadals left hand continued to find its rhythm in the closing stages as he grew more commanding, and he saw out an arduous last game to book his 100th career final. Highlights from the second Monte Carlo Rolex Masters semi-final, as Jo-Wilfried Tsonga took on Gael Monfils Monfils, Nadals opponent in Sundays final, won his respective semi-final 6-1 6-3 against fellow Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Watch the final day of the Monte Carlo Masters live on Sky Sports 5 HD on Sunday, with the doubles final from 10.30am and the singles final from 1.30pm. Also See: ATP schedule Tennis on Sky Get a NOW TV pass Video Hydro Flask Estándar Boca .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable. Hydro Flask Café . - Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie never doubted he would bring back coach Dennis Allen for a third year despite back-to-back 4-12 records. . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. Hydro Flask Coffee . Breaking three of his own world records on his way to winning in Paris, Chan silenced the critics and left the audiences standing in appreciation and awe. Hydro Flask Boca Ancha . -- Lou Brocks shoulder-to-shoulder collision with Bill Freehan during the 1968 World Series and Pete Roses bruising hit on Ray Fosse in the 1970 All-Star game could become relics of baseball history, like the dead-ball era. FIVE KEY GEELONG v SYDNEY MATCH-UPS* Patrick Dangerfield (Geelong) v Kieren Jack (Sydney): Jack is the Swan best equipped to cope with Dangerfield - he can match the Cat for explosive pace, has the mental toughness to apply a tag, and is also a prolific ball winner.* Tom Lonergan (Geelong) v Lance Franklin (Sydney): This rivalry goes way back. Franklin will hope to burn off his opponent by drifting up-field but that may suit Lonergan. The further from goal the star Swan is, the better.* Scott Selwood (Geelong) v Josh Kennedy (Sydney): The Swan ball magnet can expect a tight tag but can Selwood handle Kennedys brute strength in the packss and lightning handalls which so often get the Swans moving?* Tom Hawkins (Geelong) v Heath Grundy (Sydney): The big Cat loves the big MCG stage at finals time.ddddddddddddGrundys uncanny spoiling ability will rely heavily on his midfielders applying pressure so Hawkins doesnt get silver service.* Steven Motlop (Geelong) v Nick Smith (Sydney): A week after taming Adelaides Eddie Betts, Smith gets another massive job on an elusive, game-breaking forward. Motlop had five shots on goal in the qualifying final. ' ' '