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World No3 Alexander Zverev blamed the ATP Tour’s scheduling for his underwhelming performance in yesterday’s Madrid Open final, in which teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz stormed to a 6-3, 6-1 victory in just 62 minutes. Alcaraz, 19, had knocked out Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the previous two rounds in matches that totalled six hours but did not face a single break point in the final as he made short work of the German, who struggled on serve. “The scheduling needs to be done better,” said Zverev. “Yesterday I started my match at 11pm. I played three sets. Finished at 1.30. Until I get back to the hotel, until I eat, until I do my work with the physio because I have to prepare my body for the next day, it’s 5am.”


Britain’s Mark Cavendish ensured a winning return to the Giro d’Italia as he sprinted to victory on stage three in Hungary. In the 36-yearold’s first appearance at the grand tour since 2013, he powered to the front with around 300metres remaining and held off Arnaud Demare and Fernando Gaviria to take victory in Balatonfured. It was the Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl rider’s 16th victory at the Giro d’Italia and 160th of his professional career. The riders have now flown to Sicily for tomorrow’s fourth stage after starting with three days in Hungary.

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