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Ten­nis

Rafael Nadal is hop­ing to ad­dress is­sues in his game that con­trib­uted to a shock Ital­ian Open de­feat just a week out from the start of the French Open. The 12-time Roland Gar­ros cham­pion fell to a 6-2, 7-5 quar­ter-fi­nal loss against Ar­gen­tine Diego Schwartz­man. Nadal said: “I’ll go back home and then see what’s go­ing on. I did my job here. I did a cou­ple of things well and other things bad.” In the women’s event, Simona Halep reached a third Ital­ian Open fi­nal with a hard-fought win over Gar­bine Mugu­ruza. There was lit­tle to sep­a­rate the two for­mer French Open win­ners as Halep tri­umphed 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in front of 1,000 fans at the Foro Ital­ico. Halep, who lost in the 2017 and 2018 fi­nals, will face Karolina Pliskova in to­day’s show­piece.

Cricket

Sha­heen Afridi posted sen­sa­tional fig­ures of six for 19 to help Hamp­shire fin­ish the Vi­tal­ity Blast with a 20-run tri­umph over Mid­dle­sex. With Hamp­shire re­stricted to 141 for nine, the vis­i­tors looked on course for vic­tory un­til a crazy spell in which the Pak­istan bowler claimed four wick­ets in four balls, giv­ing him a six-wicket haul as Mid­dle­sex were dis­missed for 121.

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