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WORLD cham­pion Marco Mar­quez beat Dani Pe­drosa for a Rep­sol Honda 1- 2 at the Ger­man Moto Grand Prix yesterday, claim­ing his sixth straight in as many vis­its at the Sach­sen­ring.

Mar­quez crossed the line in 41min 1.087sec to main­tain his run of Ger­man vic­to­ries, all from pole po­si­tion, af­ter wins in Mo­toGP ( 2013, 2014), Moto2 ( 2011, 2012) and 125cc ( 2010).

It was the Spa­niard’s sec­ond vic­tory of the sea­son.

Ital­ian nine- time world cham­pion Valentino Rossi fin­ished third, 5.608sec be­hind, to stretch his lead atop the Mo­toGP stand­ings to 13 points over Yamaha team­mate Jorge Lorenzo, at fourth. AN em­bar­rassed Ten­nis Aus­tralia has apol­o­gised for a “typo” that said con­tro­ver­sial star Bernard Tomic is due to play at the “Hall of Shame Ten­nis Cham­pi­onships”.

Ten days af­ter Tomic was stood down from this week’s Davis Cup quar­ter­fi­nal against Kaza­khstan for his ex­plo­sive at­tack on TA of­fi­cials, the or­gan­i­sa­tion sent out the un­flat­ter­ing de­scrip­tion of his up­com­ing tour­na­ment in New­port, Rhode Is­land when list­ing his first- round match- up against coun­try­man John- Pa­trick Smith.

TA then fol­lowed up with an ex­pla­na­tion which de­scribed the blun­der as a “sim­ple cler­i­cal er­ror”. “Ten­nis Aus­tralia sin­cerely apol­o­gises,” it said.

NOVAK Djokovic vowed there were more Grand Slam ti­tles to come af­ter he clinched a third Wim­ble­don and ninth ca­reer ma­jor on Sun­day.

Af­ter see­ing off Roger Fed­erer for the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion at the All Eng­land Club, the world No. 1 moved ahead of An­dre Agassi, Jimmy Con­nors, Ivan Lendl, Fred Perry and Ken Rose­wall, who all won eight Grand Slams.

He now stands five be­hind the 14 cap­tured by Rafael Nadal and Pete Sam­pras, although the record of 17 held by Fed­erer may prove too dis­tant an ob­sta­cle. Djokovic is only 28 so has time on his side, es­pe­cially as Fed­erer is still a con­tender even at 33.

“I think there is no rea­son not to be sat­is­fied with what I have achieved,’’ he said.

“If you would have asked me as a 14- year- old back in Ser­bia try­ing to find my way, that this is how I’m go­ing to end up at 28, of course I would sign the deal and take it right away. I’m 28. I feel good. I don’t feel old.

“I have hope­fully many more years in front of me.

I’m go­ing to try to push my own lim­its and see how far I can go re­ally with ti­tles and with my­self play­ing on this high level.”

Eight of Djokovic’s nine Grand Slam wins have come since Jan­uary 2011. But he is also fired up by hav­ing lost eight fi­nals at the ma­jors, three of them at the French Open in the last four years as Roland Gar­ros con­tin­ues to frus­trate him.

“There were a cou­ple of Grand Slam fi­nals that I think I could have won,” Djokovic said.

“But, again, hav­ing said that, ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son.

“I try to learn from ev­ery ex­pe­ri­ence, es­pe­cially the ones that don’t end up vic­to­ri­ous for me. I’m go­ing to keep go­ing.”

Vic­tory on Sun­day took Djokovic’s record in 2015 to six ti­tles – the Aus­tralian Open, Mas­ters events at In­dian Wells, Mi­ami, Monte Carlo and Rome and now a third Wim­ble­don in four years. His match record is a re­mark­able 48 wins against just three defeats.

The most re­cent loss was to Stan Wawrinka in the French Open and Djokovic said he was re­lieved Wim­ble­don came along so quickly to help him ease his mis­ery. “I’m just glad I man­aged to make it,” he said.


STILL YOUNG: Novak Djokovic cel­e­brates with the tro­phy af­ter win­ning the fi­nal of the men's sin­gles against Roger Fed­erer at Wim­ble­don.

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