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Nole is back in Nadal's sights; UPDATE.

RAFAEL NADAL booked a semi-final clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Monte Carlo today - to stay on course for a rematch of last year's final against Novak Djokovic.

Grigor Dimitrov pushed the eight-time defending champion all the way yesterday.

But as the Bulgarian 21-year-old was hit by cramp, Nadal broke and served it out for a 6-2 2-6 6-4 victory.

Next up for the Spaniard is home favourite Tsonga. He edged Stanislas Wawrinka - who thrashed Andy Murray on Thursday - 2-6 6-3 6-4. Serb Djokovic brushed aside Jarkko Nieminen 6-4 6-3 to set up a semi clash with unseeded Italian Fabio Fognini who beat Richard Gasquet of France 7-6 6-2. ? Scotland's Elena Baltacha is missing from the British team for today's opening singles matches in the Fed Cup promotion clash in Buenos Aires having played once in eight months following surgery. Captain Judy Murray has opted for Johanna Konta and British No.1 Laura Robson.

MODERN PENTATHLON: Aberdeen's Rebecca Wain was 22nd at the World Cup in Chengdu, China, on her toplevel debut with GB mate Katy Burke 21st. The Ukraine's Ganna Buriak took gold. VOLLEYBALL: Scotland and GB middle players Mark McGivern and Chris Lamont are poised to reach the Pro A League in France with ASUL Lyon as they face Plessis Robinson in a two-leg play-off starting today.

HOCKEY: Scotland striker Sarah Robertson is back from injury for Edinburgh University against Grove Menzieshill in their Scottish Cup semi-final at Peffermill today, with Milne Craig Western favourites against CALA Edinburgh. GYMNASTICS: Fifthplaced Dan Purvis missed out on the all-around medals at the European Championships in Moscow as GB mate Max Whitlock took silver. Fellow-Scot Dan Keatings is in today's pommel final.

ATHLETICS: Oban's Susan Partridge and Kilbarchan's Derek Hawkins carry Scottish hopes in tomorrow's London Marathon with Olympians Freya Murray-Ross and Andrew Lemoncello injured.

Falkirk's Jade Nimmo has her Scottish long jump record in sight today at an earlyseason meeting in Florida.

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