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Tennis: Home joy as Herbert and Mahut win doubles title

Sunday, 2018-06-10 07:05:49
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France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert (R) and Nicolas Mahut celebrate with the trophy after winning the men's doubles final against Austria's Oliver Marach and Croatia's Mate Pavic. (Photo: Reuters)
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Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hughes Herbert became the third home duo to win the French Open men’s doubles when they beat second seeds Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic 6-2 7-6(4) on Saturday.

The only other all-French pairs to win the men’s doubles at Roland Garros were Julien Benneteau and Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 2014 and Henri Leconte and Yannick Noah in 1984.

* Sebastian Vettel handed Ferrari their first Canadian Grand Prix pole position since Michael Schumacher in 2001 on Saturday while Formula One championship leader Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth for Mercedes. Vettel, 14 points behind the Briton, will start from the front for the fourth time at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve after setting a track record of one minute 10.764 seconds on a sunny afternoon.

* England's Football Association has set manager Gareth Southgate a target of reaching the World Cup quarter-finals in Russia "as a real sign of progress" even though they have not won a knockout game at the tournament for 12 years. The 1966 World Cup winners failed to get out of the group in 2014, when they were defeated by Italy and Uruguay, and lost 4-1 to Germany in the round of 16 in 2010. They last won a knockout tie in 2006, against Ecuador, when they reached the quarter-finals.

* Argentina have called up River Plate midfielder Enzo Perez as a last-minute replacement for injured Manuel Lanzini, the Argentine Football Association said on Saturday. Lanzini dropped out Argentina's World Cup squad on Friday after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

* England skipper Harry Kane has signed a contract with his club Tottenham Hotspur which will keep him at the north London club until 2024. The English Premier League side announced in a statement that the 24-year-old striker has put pen to paper on a new six-year contract. Kane, who scored 30 Premier League goals last season, had a previous contract due to expire in 2022.

* Brazil coach Tite angrily denied on Saturday that he had been in contact with Real Madrid over the possibility of replacing Zinedine Zidane, who resigned at the end of May, dismissing the suggestion as a lie. Tite was asked about reports that he was set to take charge of the Champions League winners during a news conference ahead of Sunday's friendly against Austria, although it was not clear where they had originated.

Reuters, Xinhua