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Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic set up a US Open final clash as Rafael Nadal was left to curse the return of the knee problems that have dogged his career.
Looking to retain the title he won last year and cap another hugely successful season, Nadal must instead focus on rehabilitation after pulling the plug two sets into his semi-final against Del Potro.
The Spaniard had played down concerns over his right knee after having it taped during a long third-round match against Karen Khachanov and had survived a brutally physical encounter with Dominic Thiem in the last eight.
England captain Harry Kane has brushed aside concerns over his workload, insisting his early-season statistics are nothing to worry about.
That Kane found himself facing questions over his mental and physical freshness on the eve of Spain’s Nations League visit to Wembley was perhaps puzzling; he will, after all, be collecting the World Cup Golden Boot before kick-off and has already netted twice in four games this term.
But there are wider worries about the burden he carries for club and country, both of whom treat him as indispensable, and how it is shaping his game.
Former England captain Alastair Cook was hoping for a fairytale finish with a century in his final Test match at The Oval.
But it wasn’t to be as he was bowled by Jasprit Bumrah after a fighting 71 from 190 balls.
New England No3 Moeen Ali, who scored an even slower 50 off 170 balls, and Cook had put the hosts in a strong position at 133 for one but then both Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow went for bagels as they lost three wickets for just one run.
In the end England recovered to be 198 for seven at the end of the day but much of Cook and Ali’s good early work had been undone.
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“They try to bludgeon you,” Genia told Sport360 from Brisbane.
“When you play against the All Blacks it’s the speed and the tempo of the game but with the Springboks – one thing I remember from playing against them is just how physical it is.
“Once they start getting on top of you physically they can certainly hurt you.”
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