Andy Murray cruised into the last eight at the Italian Open to continue his impressive clay-court campaign while Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow claimed synchro diving silver. Here’s our review of the last 24 hours:
- Murray sets up quarter-final clash with David Goffin
- Tom Daley & Dan Goodfellow claim silver as does Jack Laugher
- Giles Scott claims Finn world title
- Simon Amor picks Team GB’s Sevens wider training squad for Rio
- Federici and Clarke finish eighth in synchronised swimming
- Fencer Laurence Halsted revs up for Rio
Murray back at No.2 after downing Jeremy Chardy
Andy Murray moved effortlessly into the last eight of the Rome Masters with a 6-0, 6-4 win over Jeremy Chardy on Thursday.
Next up is a clash with Belgium’s David Goffin – the man he beat to seal Britain’s historic Davis Cup success last year.
Victory means Murray is now guaranteed to return to number two in the rankings next week, following Roger Federer's defeat on the same day.
Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are both into the quarters in Rome and Murray – who lost to the latter in the Madrid Masters final last week - is pleased to be back at No.2 in time for Roland Garros.
"It's not incredibly important but it's positive," he said. "Being seeded two is a little bit better than being seeded three or four in the major events, it can help the draw a little bit for sure. It's a positive thing."
Elsewhere, British number one Johanna Konta was beaten in three sets by Misaki Doi in the third round.
Konta, 24, took the opening set but went down 4-6 7-5 6-2 to her 25-year-old Japanese opponent.
Daley and Goodfellow claim silver to finish off a fine night
Tom Daley and Dan Goodfellow wrapped up a stellar night for Britain’s divers at the European Aquatics Championships on Thursday night, winning silver after Jack Laugher had earlier bagged his first-ever European medal with a second-place finish in the 3m springboard.
The duo, who had led the field until the final dive much to the delight of the vociferous home crowd at London Aquatics Centre, finished on a score of 444.30, just 0.96 points behind German winners Sascha Klein and Patrick Hausding.
And while Daley, who won gold on Wednesday night in the mixed 3m synchro, admits he and Goodfellow had all eyes on gold, he insists they were thrilled with their showing.
“I think we’ve got lots of positives to take from tonight’s performance,” he told British Swimming. “Yes we wanted the gold medal and yes it was really close but we’re happy.
“It was the highest score we’ve ever got on our first two dives and we were only two points off our highest score and we dropped two of our dives.”
With less than three months to go until the Olympic Games get underway in Rio, Laugher admits his first European medal is just the boost he needed ahead of the qualifying trials next month.
“I’ve had a positive season so far and that medal will help my confidence, but I’ve got things I know I can work on to be ready for the Olympic trials in June and then beyond," he said. Read more here.
Scott claims World title to prove he is ready for Rio
Giles Scott believes he is right on track ahead of his Olympic Games debut in Rio after successfully defending his Finn World Championship title in Gaeta, Italy.
The Brit secured an unassailable 21-point lead with one day remaining to clinch his fourth title and in the process become the second most successful sailor in the Finn Gold Cup’s 60-year history.
The only man now ahead of him is four-time Olympic champion and fellow Brit Sir Ben Ainslie – who in November 2014 recruited him to help win the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.
Scott’s immediate focus however is this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio.
“To win any World championship is massive, but to win the won three months out from the Games is great,” said Scott.
“We have seen this event as a dry run, a peaking event, we came here not to test anything but to perform well and to be able to do that sends a bit of a message out.
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Amor makes tough calls in wider training squad for Sevens
Simon Amor admitted there had been some tough decisions to make as the 25-strong rugby sevens wider training squad for this summer's Olympic Games was announced.
Team GB Sevens head coach Amor and his fellow coaching staff have decided upon the group of players they want to see in further detail during a seven-week intensive training period from May 30.
That includes a combination of sevens specialists and 15-a-side players from England, Scotland and Wales, such as Wasps' Joe Simpson , Glasgow Warriors Mark Bennett and Newcastle Falcons' Marcus Watson.
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Eighth and a personal best in the synchro for Federici and Clarke
European synchro duet Olivia Federici and Katie Clark secured their highest ever score for their ‘Snakes’ in the Duet Free final on Thursday.
The 2012 Olympians have only recently returned to the sport after a two-year hiatus, forming a partnership in December 2015, and their growing understanding of working as a pair is starting to show through their performances.
Yesterday they admitted that they have increased the difficulty of the routine since they qualified for Rio in March, and yet they still moved ahead of Israel’s Anastasia Gloushkov and Ievgeniia Tetelbaum in the rankings, finishing eighth overall.
“We’re really happy that we managed to improve our score,” said Clare. “We know we had a lot of things to improve on and refine from our prelim swim yesterday.
“We went away and we spent the time making the changes and so we’re really pleased with the better score.”
Federici added: “It’s been great having the European Aquatics Championships here in London and an awesome opportunity to perform in front of a home audience.”
Felsted hoping to re-write fencing history
More than 50 years have passed since Britain’s fencers last won an Olympic medal, but the 2016 contingent are intent on changing that statistic having already laid down a marker of intent before stepping on Brazilian soil.
Last week, Richard Kruse, Laurence Halsted and James Davis, with Marcus Mepstead as reserve, were announced as the quartet heading to Rio this summer after qualifying a British team place by right for the Games for the first time since the current qualification system was introduced in 1996.
For British number five Halsted, Rio will mark his second Olympic Games after making his debut in London four years ago as part of the team that finished in sixth position – their place in London having been assured by virtue of Britain being the host nation.
“We have a very different team this year compared to in London four years ago, and it’s a team that has come on leaps and bounds,” said the 31-year-old.
“We’re in with a realistic shot for a team medal and across the team in the individual event as well, so there is a lot more potential this time around.”
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