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The Czech star rattled through the first two sets before overcoming a brief blip in the third to beat the Spaniard 6-1 6-4 2-6 6-4 and book his place in the semi-finals

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English youth teams show it's not doom and gloom

The superior technique and decision-making of Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder may have been a chastening experience for England at Wembley, but the Football Association remains optimistic that the future is bright.

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One of Josef Sudek's many images of his beloved city

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Kim Sengupta: There were barrels of liquid, protection suits and gas masks

The sight of arms caches containing everything from Kalash-nikov rifles to surface-to-air missiles lying abandoned had become commonplace in Libya after Muammar Gaddafi's downfall. Some were stripped bare in front of us by armed gangs and even, on occasions, by families on a day out with children.

Serena recorded her 500th professional win

Serena Williams untroubled in win at Australian Open

Serena Williams said before the start of the Australian Open that even with just two warm-up matches under her belt she was ready for Melbourne Park. More than ready it seems.

Jonathan Biss, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

The American pianist Jonathan Biss prefaced his Southbank appearance with the release of a Kindle ebook called ‘Beethoven’s Shadow’, in which he discusses the challenge of Beethoven’s piano music.

James Ward is looking to join Andy Murray in the men's main draw

British trio progress in Australian Open qualifying

British trio James Ward, Laura Robson and Naomi Broady have progressed through to round two of Australian Open qualifying in Melbourne.

On Flying Objects, By Emil Hakl

The past few weeks have seen the deaths of two leading Czech writers whose work steered offbeat and ironic paths through the monstrous follies of Stalinist dictatorship: Vaclav Havel, the playwright-president, and Josef Skvorecky, the dissident novelist and publisher. Of their post-revolution heirs, we hear too little in this country. Born in 1958, a cult figure in Prague, Emil Hakl deserves a wider readership abroad – although these bleakly comic, achingly melancholic short stories might do little for the Czech tourist trade.

Former Ukraine prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko (centre)

Tymoshenko's husband flees amid claims of persecution

Meanwhile his wife, Ukraine's ex-Prime Minister, faces 24-hour surveillance in jail

Hindujas back in driving seat as Souter quits bid for bus firm

Struggling British bus-builder Optare looks set to fall into the clutches of the Indian billionaire Hinduja brothers after Sir Brian Souter's rival company pulled out of potential takeover talks less than a day after expressing an interest.

Poisonous snakes found in luggage at Buenos Aires airport 

A man tried to board a plane in Argentina with almost 250 poisonous snakes and endangered reptiles in his baggage, each meticulously labelled with its Latin name.

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World leaders gather as Vaclav Havel exits stage left

All the world became a stage yesterday for the final bow of Vaclav Havel, the playwright, turned prisoner, turned president.

George Michael home from hospital

Singer George Michael has returned home to the UK after leaving hospital in Vienna.

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