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Mourinho hints at future friendship with Wenger

The pair have had their indifferences. Credit: PA

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says his respect for Arsene Wenger means the pair can be friends in future.

Wenger last week announced he would be leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge and takes the Gunners to Old Trafford for the final time on Sunday.

Mourinho and Wenger had a tempestuous rivalry during the Portuguese's two spells at Chelsea, which became physical when the pair were involved in an altercation at Stamford Bridge in October 2014.

Mourinho told Sky Sports News: "If he respects me even 50 per cent of what I respect him we can even be friends in the future. I have lots of respect for him.

"But the reality is that he was at Arsenal, he was the champion and I came to the country in 2004 and wanted to steal his title. That's football.

"But in the end I respect him a lot, I tried to show that in the past couple of years there were no more problems at a different stage of my career with a different profile."

Former world number one Djokovic out of Barcelona Open

Djokovic struggled badly on his return to competitive tennis since elbow surgery. Credit: PA

Former world number one Novak Djokovic has suffered another early defeat as Slovakia's Martin Klizan won their second round match at the Barcelona Open.

Djokovic has now won just two of five matches since the Australian Open, where he was beaten by Chung Hyeon, after a 6-2 1-6 6-3 loss at Sabadell on Wednesday. Klizan converted all three of his break-point opportunities to prevail.

After losing to Dominic Thiem of Austria at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, the 30-year-old Serb experienced another defeat ahead of the French Open at Roland Garros, which begins on May 22.

Djokovic suffered early exits at the Miami Open, losing to Frenchman Benoit Paire earlier this month, and last month at Indian Wells, where Japan's Daniel Taro was the victor. He has not reached the last eight of a tournament since Wimbledon 2017 and has struggled with a long-term elbow injury.

Klizan, a qualifier and world number 140, will meet Feliciano Lopez in the quarter-finals after the Spaniard's win over Serbia's Dusan Lajovic on Tuesday.

Top seed Rafael Nadal and second seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria experienced no such problems, but Japan's Kei Nishikori retired after losing the first set to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Nishikori had an issue with his right wrist.

Nadal beat fellow Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena 6-4 6-4 to win his 37th and 38th consecutive sets on clay, breaking a record he had jointly held with Ilie Nastase of Romania.

Nadal has now won 15 successive matches on the surface and next plays Garcia-Lopez.


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