Rafael Nadal crashed out of the China Open Friday, tiring at the end of a gruelling three-set quarter-final against qualifier Martin Klizan, while reigning women`s champion Serena Williams withdrew injured.
Ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, AFP Sport takes a look at five past meetings between European rivals France and Germany: Gothenburg, Sweden, June 28, 1958.
Colombia will ban the sale of flour and shaving foam in Bogota for the quarter-final World clash with hosts Brazil, with thousands expected on the streets and passions running high in the football-mad country.
Brazil are under intense pressure to breathe life into their World Cup campaign and produce a performance worthy of champions when they face Colombia and their free-scoring midfielder James Rodriguez in Friday`s quarter-final.
France have surprised many by emerging as World Cup contenders but face their toughest test yet against nemesis Germany in a quarter-final clash of European heavyweights at Rio de Janeiro`s Maracana stadium on Friday.
Roger Federer avoided joining Wimbledon`s growing list of Centre Court casualties as the Swiss star hit back to reach the semi-finals with a 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over compatriot Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday.