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May 10, 2015

Tennis-Marriage helps Murray to Madrid triumph

MADRID, May 10 (Reuters) – Andy Murray attributed his stunning victory over Rafa Nadal in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday not only to the work of his team but also to a happy private life following his recent marriage to Kim Sears.

Murray beat home favourite Nadal 6-3 6-2 with another superb performance on the red dust to secure his second clay title in a week following his debut triumph on the surface in Munich.

May 10, 2015

Murray stuns clay king Nadal to win Madrid Masters

MADRID (Reuters) – Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay when he pulled off a stunning upset to dethrone home favourite Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday and claim his second title on the surface in a week.

Following up his debut triumph on the red dust on Monday in Munich, Murray denied Nadal a third straight triumph in the Spanish capital — and record fifth overall — and raised fresh doubts over the Spaniard’s form heading into the French Open.

May 10, 2015

Tennis-Murray stuns clay king Nadal to win Madrid Masters

MADRID, May 10 (Reuters) – Andy Murray continued his remarkable run on clay when he pulled off a stunning upset to dethrone home favourite Rafa Nadal 6-3 6-2 in the Madrid Masters final on Sunday and claim his second title on the surface in a week.

Following up his debut triumph on the red dust on Monday in Munich, Murray denied Nadal a third straight triumph in the Spanish capital — and record fifth overall — and raised fresh doubts over the Spaniard’s form heading into the French Open.

May 10, 2015

Atletico miss chance to pull away in third

MADRID (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid squandered a chance to all-but secure their place in next season’s Champions League group stage when Fernando Torres had to come off the bench to rescue a 2-2 draw at La Liga strugglers Levante on Sunday.

After fourth-placed Valencia drew 2-2 at Real Madrid on Saturday, a win for the champions would have propelled them six points clear in third with two games left but they slipped up against a team fighting for their top-flight status.

May 10, 2015

Soccer-Atletico miss chance to pull away in third

MADRID, May 10 (Reuters) – Atletico Madrid squandered a chance to all-but secure their place in next season’s Champions League group stage when Fernando Torres had to come off the bench to rescue a 2-2 draw at La Liga strugglers Levante on Sunday.

After fourth-placed Valencia drew 2-2 at Real Madrid on Saturday, a win for the champions would have propelled them six points clear in third with two games left but they slipped up against a team fighting for their top-flight status.

May 10, 2015

Nadal to face Murray in heavyweight Madrid final

MADRID (Reuters) – Holder Rafa Nadal looked something close to his old masterful self on clay again as he crushed Czech Tomas Berdych 7-6(3) 6-1 on Saturday to set up a heavyweight Madrid Masters showdown against Andy Murray.

Third seed Nadal, bidding for a third consecutive title in the Spanish capital but still searching for form and consistency, edged a tight first set before turning the screw in the second to exact revenge for a straight-sets defeat by Berdych in this year’s Australian Open quarter-finals.

May 10, 2015

Barca four points clear after Real held by Valencia

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid’s hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona suffered a stinging blow when they were held to a 2-2 draw at home to Valencia on Saturday to slip four points behind their arch rivals with two games left.

Treble-chasing Barca had earlier secured a nervous 2-0 victory at home to Real Sociedad and Real’s stumble capped a superb week for the Catalan giants after Wednesday’s 3-0 drubbing of Bayern Munich put them on the brink of a place in the Champions League final.

May 9, 2015

Real’s La Liga hopes not totally extinguished, Ancelotti says

MADRID (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to throw in the towel after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Valencia left their hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona hanging by a thread.

Real fought back from two goals down at the Bernabeu but were unable to snatch a winner and slipped four points behind their arch rivals with two games left.

May 9, 2015

Soccer-Real’s La Liga hopes not totally extinguished, Ancelotti says

MADRID, May 9 (Reuters) – Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti refused to throw in the towel after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at home to Valencia left their hopes of overhauling La Liga leaders Barcelona hanging by a thread.

Real fought back from two goals down at the Bernabeu but were unable to snatch a winner and slipped four points behind their arch rivals with two games left.

May 9, 2015

Barca edge Sociedad 2-0 to pull five clear of Real

MADRID (Reuters) – Barcelona moved within touching distance of a fifth La Liga title in seven years and piled pressure on chasing Real Madrid when Pedro scored a late stunner to seal a 2-0 win at home to Real Sociedad on Saturday.

The leaders’ victory over the mid-table Basque club at the Nou Camp stretched treble-chasing Barca’s lead over second-placed Real to five points ahead of the Madrid club’s game at home to Valencia later on Saturday.