MURRAY CRUISED THROUGH IN CINCY
Britain's Andy Murray steamrolled Frenchman Julian Bennetau 6-2 6-2 in just 69 minutes at the Cincinnati Open as he continues his preparations ahead of defending his US Open crown.
Novak Djokovic also came through, handing Belgian qualifier a tennis lesson – as well as a bagel – in a 6-2 6-0 win.
Things weren't quite so easy for Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, however, with the two being pushed all the way in their respective matches.
Having just returned from time out with a sore back, the Swiss maestro looked rusty and needed three sets to beat Tommy Haas 1-6 7-5 6-3 before Nadal extended his winning streak to 12 matches with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 win over Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov.
HEJNOVA DESTROYED FIELD TO CLAIM 400M HURDLES GOLD
Czech athlete Zuzana Hejnova cruised to a her World Championships gold medal with a national record time of 52.83 seconds. An error free run saw the Czech finish some distance ahead of her nearest competitor Dalilah Muhamad who claimed silver in 54.09.
Britain's Perri Shakes-Drayton, who had looked in good form ahead of the final, fell to pieces when it really mattered and could only manage a disappointing seventh place finish in a time of 56.25. Compatriot Eilidh Child impressed, however, finishing in a respectable fifth as she clocked 54.86 – just half a second shy of making the podium.
TOTTENHAM ADDED TO THEIR RANKS, WENGER PROMISED AND MOYES MOANED
Tottenham Hotspur confirmed the signing of French midfielder Eienne Capoue from Tolouse for a reported fee of £9.5million with a potential £1.7million in add-ons. The defensive midfielder's signature took Tottenham's spending to over £50million for the summer. All they've got to do now is keep hold of Gareth Bale.
In other football news, Arsene Wenger, who has failed to make a single signing throughout the transfer window as of yet, promised Arsenal fans that signings were imminent. There had been reports that Wenger had been given a £70million war-chest to significantly strengthen Arsenal's squad following chief executive Ivan Gazidis claims that the Gunners now had 'financial muscle,' but this still remains to be seen.
And finally, new Manchester United boss David Moyes has been moaning about the Reds' fixtures, claiming that he struggles to believe the process is completely random. United face Swansea, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City before the end of September and the United boss certainly made it clear that he was sceptical of the 'process.' "I find it hard to believe that's the way the balls came out of the bag, that's for sure," said Moyes. "I hope it's not because Manchester United won the league quite comfortably last year (that) the fixtures have been made much more difficult."
THIS VIDEO MADE US LAUGH
Aldosivi keeper Carril Oeste produced a shocking howler in the opening minute of a game against Ferro in Argentina's lower leagues.
MOST VIEWED - Er, is that a five-year-old playing in the France v Belgium match?
France's 0-0 draw with Belgium yielded little in the way of action highlights, but a tremendous photograph from the fixture has gone viral online.
THE AGENDA – WHAT'S ON TODAY
It's back to the Luzhniki Stadium for Friday's action with six gold medals on offer. Mo Farah will aim to become only the second man ever to hold 10,000m and 5000m Olympic and World titles, following Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, if he can beat a very competitive field to the finish line during the shorter of the two distances.
The world's fastest man Usain Bolt is also in action, running in the 200m heats and semi-finals, should he make it there. Which he will.
Britain's women compete in the 4x400m relay and stand a good chance of claiming a medal despite the tough field.
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