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The Benetton equation - "shocking" ads, boring product - holds good with Gap, too. Only the Gap commercials are smart and charming rather than shocking, and all the more insidious for that. The recent Gap series, the dancing ones - Sixties go-go etc - and the singing ones, are all really good in their bland way. They recycle other people's ideas, aesthetics and music in good-taste, high-production-value, high-concept ways. And in very much a photographer's studio; white-out, tasteful settings, with no problematic class or tribal-specific detailing. It's all done with a strong stylist's editorial eye (rather as Ralph Lauren gained hugely from Ann Boyd's taste).

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PETE SAMPRAS avenged last year's loss to Patrick Rafter in the ATP Championship, beating the Australian in straight sets yesterday to seal his 60th tournament title.

Tennis: Martin's bravery in vain

TODD MARTIN was sick, distracted and an emotional mess after a bout of heat exhaustion on Sunday morning, but still showed plenty of heart before going down to a five-set defeat in the match that decided the Davis Cup quarter-final between the United States and Australia.

Tennis: Wimbledon '99 - Men beaten in pay league

AFTER ALL the recent arguments surrounding equal prize money for male and female players at Wimbledon, Lindsay Davenport yesterday managed to leave with more earnings than the men's singles champion, Pete Sampras.

Tennis: Wimbledon '99 - Supreme Sampras raises standard

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THE IDEA of a nation so transfixed by Tim Henman's semi-final date with Pete Sampras at Wimbledon on Saturday that even regular racegoers would be consumed by interest in the English hero's effort was soon laid to rest at Sandown Park.
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