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VOL.38 :: NO.22 :: May. 30, 2015



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Signs of feet of clay!
Ever since the day he made his debut as a 19-year-old in 2005, the clay at Roland Garros has been Rafael Nadal’s real home. He has lost there only once in a full decade — to Robin Soderling in 2009 when both his mind and body were fragile — and pocketed nine titles. So, it’s intriguing what has happened this year to a man as confident in his abilities as Nadal. He has stumbled from one failure to another since his comeback from injury at the start of the season.

Football
KICKING AROUND
The great Greaves
Jimmy Greaves, who suffered a severe stroke recently, was a superb footballer, a delightful person but, alas, denied his World Cup (1966) final, writes Brian Glanville.
A pedigreed campaigner
Having enjoyed such a long and distinguished career, Esteban Cambiasso found himself in an unusual position at the lower end of the table with Leicester, but they have enjoyed some notable scalps, including a thrilling 5-3 home victory against Manchester United. By Simon Dent.
FEATURE
Is Messi the greatest?
It is far easier today for a gifted player to excel without being ill used by ruthless opponents. In the last analysis, I suppose, we must stress that old saying, comparisons are odious. Yet I still stand by Pele and Di Stefano. By Brian Glanville.
PREVIEW
Two resurgent managers, once maligned!
Luis Enrique and Massimiliano Allegri, in charge of Barcelona and Juventus respectively, will grace one of the biggest stages in football — the Champions League final — with their reputations enhanced after enduring a period of mind-numbing hostility. They have also transformed their sides’ style of playing. By Priyansh.
FOCUS
Italian revival!
For once, Italian clubs have featured at the business end of continental competitions and harboured genuine hopes of winning them. It has been a welcome return to the limelight for a traditional powerhouse.
ANALYSIS
Mixed fortunes!
Real Madrid’s Carlo Ancelotti is on his way out, while Bayern Munich’s Pep Guardiola has cemented his place.
STARWATCH
Wanting to stay is a clever move!
Tom Cleverley wants to remain in Aston Villa and he has sound reasons to back his desire. By Nick Mashiter.

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