Step up in class for Murray
TENNIS: Andy Murray was due to receive his sternest test yet in his bid to clinch a record third straight Masters Series title when he was set to face reigning champion David Nalbandian in the quarter-finals in Paris today. Murray has not dropped a set in his march to the last eight in the French capital, looking comfortable in routine wins over Sam Querrey and 15th seed Fernando Verdasco. Nalbandian, the eighth seed who always seems to come good at this late stage of the season, will pose more of a problem, however. Argentina’s No1 claimed the title in stunning fashion last year and his form seems to be just as strong 12 months on. He also has the ideal motivation, knowing winning the title here will automatically qualify him for the season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai next month.
GOLF: Padraig Harrington needs one of the best comebacks of his career if he is to add a second European Order of Merit title to his three majors.But the Dubliner believes he is perfectly capable of it.A five-over-par 76 left Harrington joint 43rd of the 57 players in the season-ending Volvo Masters at Valderrama going into today’s second round.And given he has to finish first or second to have a chance of denying Ryder Cup partner Robert Karlsson the No1 spot, he conceded it had not been a good start.Harrington said: “It’s been proven that this is not a hard course to come back on – it’s a good one. Someone shot six under today and if I shoot six under tomorrow I am going to be well into it going into the weekend.”That someone was Denmark’s Soren Kjeldsen, who a year after losing a play-off to Justin Rose carded a superb 65 to lead by three from tournament favourite Sergio Garcia.