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Andy marches on

TENNIS: Andy Murray emerged unscathed as he completed back-to-back wins at a blustery Aegon Championships yesterday in his first matches following a four-week break caused by a back injury.

Gusting winds could not blow Murray off course as he first completed a rain-delayed 6-3 7-6 (4) win over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut before returning 3.5 hours later to crush Marinko Matosevic 6-2 6-2 for a place in the quarter-finals.

Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat compatriot Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3 6-7(2) 6-3 and later dismissed Dutchman Igor Sijsling 7-5 5-7 6-3.

 

TJAART IN CHARGE

Golf: South African Tjaart van der Walt took advantage of an early start to secure the lead after the opening day of the St Omer Open in northern France.

The 38-year-old, starting on the back nine, carded a four-under-par 67 to lead by one shot from Frenchman Victor Rui.

Van der Walt, who has yet to win an event in 14 years as a tour professional, carded five birdies in windy conditions.

Rui, also starting on the back nine, leapt into contention thanks to a birdie-birdie-eagle finish after just one birdie and two bogeys in his first 15 holes.

 

RAST RACES CLEAR

Cycling: Gregory Rast sprinted clear in the final kilometre to win the sixth stage of the Tour de Suisse following a four-man breakaway yesterday.

BMC Racing's Mathias Frank finished in the main field to retain the yellow jersey and his 23-second lead over Roman Kreuziger of Saxo-Tinkoff.

Swiss rider Rast timed his finish to perfection and ended up finishing 25 seconds ahead of second-place Mathew Hayman.


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