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Queen Elizabeth privately supported by Prince Andrew at the Platinum Jubilee amid sex abuse scandal, an insider says

Queen Elizabeth II, the mother of the Duke of York, is celebrating her 70th jubilee on the throne with platinum jubilee celebrations running throughout the weekend. Prince Andrew has tested positive for COVID. (Author: Gardener)

Prince AndrewPrince Andrew is not expected to be seen by Queen Elizabeth during Platinum Jubilee weekend. On Thursday, a Buckingham Palace spokesman announced that the Duke of York had tested positive for COVID. He will not attend Thanksgiving service at St. Paul's Cathedral on Friday to celebrate his mother's 70 years on the throne. The 62-year-old did not appear on the palace balcony for Trooping the Color. He resigned from royal duties in 2019 over his controversial association with recently convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. "Following a routine test, the Duke has tested positive for COVID and will regretfully not be attending tomorrow's service," a palace spokesman said. Andrew was last spotted on a horse at the royal estate in Windsor on Wednesday. He reportedly appeared "in high spirits." Andrew is believed to have been meeting with the 96-year-old Queen for the past few days but is taking regular tests and has not seen her since he tested positive. Before the diagnosis, True Royalty TV co-founder Nick Bullen told Fox News Digital he didn't expect to see the prince on camera during Platinum Jubilee weekend. Bullen described how Andrew quietly supported the Queen behind the palace doors at this joyous moment in her decades-long reign. "It is well known that the Queen and the Duke of York are very close," he explained. In the early years, when they were children, the Queen traveled extensively in the Commonwealth. It was the early days of their queen. So for a large part of her younger life she was busy being the queen. "By the time Andrew came on, she had been on the job a lot longer," Bullen added. Bullen is an award-winning documentary filmmaker who has been producing programs about the British royal family for 20 years and has worked closely with Charles, 73, for around a decade. To celebrate the Platinum Jubilee, the video-on-demand subscription service is introducing a new special, Her Majesty's Platinum Jubilee: The Collection, along with six documentaries featuring historical footage and interviews from the Queen's reign. "The relationship between the Queen and Prince Andrew has always been strong," Bullen said. "I know because he lives only a few minutes from the castle where the Queen resides." His children are grown and his siblings are all busy fulfilling their royal duties. Andrew has largely been kept out of the spotlight since he resigned in late 2019 following his disastrous interview about his ties with Epstein. In January, the Queen stripped Andrew of his military titles and patronage. However, Andrew cannot use "His Royal Highness" in any way. On March 29, Andrew accompanied the Queen to a Thanksgiving service in honor of his late father, Prince Philip. The choice of the reigning monarch's escort was seen as support for her son after he settled a legal battle related to his relationship with Epstein. Andrew's role underscored that he is still a member of the royal family, even after the scandal rocked the palace. She accused the British king of sexually abusing her while traveling with Epstein in 2001 when she was 17. Giuffre, 38, reached a settlement with Andrew after a judge denied the prince's request for the lawsuit to be dismissed early this year. A letter to the judge from Giuffre's attorney David Boies included a statement that said, among other things: "Prince Andrew intends to make a sizeable donation to Ms Giuffre's charity in support of victims' rights. Prince Andrew never intended to slander the character of Mrs Giuffre, and he accepts that she has suffered both as an established victim of abuse and as a result of unfair public attacks.” PRINCE ANDREW AND SARAH FERGUSON'S DAUGHTER PRINCESS EUGENIE, THE TIME BETWEEN BRITAIN AND PORTUGAL DIVIDED: REPORT According to the statement, Andrew acknowledged that Epstein trafficked "countless young girls" over many years and said the prince "regrets his association with Epstein and commends the courage of Ms Giuffre and other survivors in doing so, for himself." and others." He also pledged to support sex trafficking victims to show his regret. Giuffre claimed she met Andrew while she was traveling frequently with Epstein between 2000 and 2002, when her attorneys claim she was "on call for Epstein for sexual purposes" and was "loaned to other powerful men," including Andrew Having had sex with Andrew three times: in London during a trip in 2001, at Epstein's New York mansion when she was 17, and in the Virgin Islands when she was 18. QUEEN ELIZABETH'S SON PRINCE ANDREW HAS 'ALWAYS GETTING A LOT MORE' FROM THE MONARCH ATTENTION, BOOK CLAIMS Andrew has repeatedly denied Giuffre's allegations and said he can't remember ever meeting her, despite a photo of Giuffre and Andrew together at a London townhouse , his arm around her bare waist, was included in Giuffre's lawsuit against him. Inconsistencies in her testimonies over the years, which would have been highlighted by Andrew's attorneys at trial, may in part have motivated her to come to an agreement, although she has explained them as innocent mistakes that occurred when she faced traumatic years later events remembered. Andrew spent years battling concerns about his ties to Epstein, who took his own life in 2019 at the age of 66 in a Manhattan federal prison while awaiting trial on sex trafficking charges. A settlement in Andrew's lawsuit follows agreements Giuffre made years ago to settle separate lawsuits against Maxwell and Epstein. It was recently revealed that Epstein had settled for $500,000.

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The New Zealand duo put England behind by a century

Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell put down a straight 180 to push their side by 227 on stumps. (Author: Gardener)

New ZealandThe New Zealand duo put England behind with century-goals Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell to put their side 227 ahead with an uninterrupted 180 on stumps. England's inspiration dried up on the second day of the first LV= Insurance Test when an emphatic stand of the century between Daryl Mitchell and Tom Blundell gave New Zealand control at Lord's. After a frenetic first day that saw 17 wickets fall, a further seven were added to the tally before the Black Caps' fifth pair of wickets settled into what could be considered a match-winner stay. Mitchell ended the day with 97 not out, three just short of a well-deserved century in the home of cricket, with Blundell 90no in an impressive 236 total for four. Daryl Mitchell (left) and Tom Blundell put New Zealand ahead (Adam Davy/PA) After a strong start, the core-seam unit struggled to separate the Kiwis' middle-class pairing who knocked out the hugely experienced James Anderson and Stuart Broad , before finally showing impressive debutant Matthew Potts that Test cricket wasn't quite as easy as he might have thought. The Durham quick began by removing visiting captain Kane Williamson for the second time in as many days, taking his match tally to six when opener Tom Latham nodded. New captain Ben Stokes was too expensive at more than five and there was an inconclusive first look at England's first concussion replacement, Matt Parkinson. After tearing down the Manchester motorway to replace Jack Leach on Thursday afternoon, the Lancashire leg spinner finally got a long-awaited chance to prove his skills at deceiving county batters, which he executed at the highest level. He started well, landing his first few broken legs in solid areas and getting a small bite off the field, but Mitchell and Blundell's initial struggles to find their timing against him soon faded. England had previously climbed to 141 from 116 for seven overnight and led the narrowest of nine runs. That left little room for error, but Anderson again set an excellent tone, finding Will Young's outside edge with the first ball of his second over. Williamson's recent lack of runs continued as he failed to impress again and Anderson nodded off the slips before attempting to hit Potts off the back foot and inflicting a waist-high catch in the cordon on Jonny Bairstow. Potts severed Latham just before lunch, picking up another thin edge and adding another layer to a hugely encouraging first appearance. Play finally returned to something approaching a regular Test match rhythm in the afternoon session as New Zealand dug in to add 90 for losing just one wicket. Devon Conway was the man to go, poking Broad into Ben Foakes' gloves before Mitchell and Blundell picked up the slack. Ben Stokes is playing his first Test since taking over as England captain (Adam Davy/PA). The introduction of Stokes upped the run rate, despite some amazing setbacks, and by the time Parkinson finally got his hands on the ball, New Zealand were 90-four. For a player whose last four appearances have been T20 appearances in Vitality Blast, he had admirably little nerve as his first delivery broke well and turned away as Blundell defended. Parkinson was followed by suggestions he's airborne too slow to pose a real threat at Test level and batsmen seemed to need a few sightings before they could grapple with his style. He didn't concede a boundary until his fifth over, but there was also a lack of danger as England's hunt for a breakthrough began to work. Blundell had successfully caught up and beat his partner in the first half century of the game, getting there with a compact 101-ball square drive from Potts. Mitchell didn't have to wait long to follow, coming in with a nudged single from Broad, and it was becoming increasingly clear that the game was marked by two prudent shots. There were niches of activity, with five boundaries within three overs as Mitchell took on Anderson and Blundell did the same with Broad, but it was the methodical style and lack of chances that impressed most. Join the home of live sport for just £25 a month. Get the best of sport on BT TV. Watch Solihull vs Grimsby in the National League Play-off Final on BT Sport. Watch Solihull vs UFC and BT Sport announce new long-term media rights agreement

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QPR should look to pounce on Reading FC's situation for the 30-year-old

Queens Park Rangers had a decent 2021-22 championship season, finishing 11th in the standings. However, since they were targeting the playoffs, the Hoops will be disappointed with their final league placement. (Author: Gardener)

QPRThe start of the summer was a bit slow for the R's as a priority was a manager appointment following the departure of Mark Warburton after his contract with the club expired. A key area QPR will need to consider as they prepare for the new season is defensively, with a number of players out of contract and decisions yet to be made. Specifically as a right-back, Rangers currently have two options on the books in Moses Odubajo, who was first choice last season despite being out of contract with the club this summer and picking up an injury towards the end of the season. Someone the R recruitment team should consider to help them in this position is Andy Yiadom. Yiadom has been an integral part of Reading's squad since joining ahead of the 2018/19 season. In the last league campaign, he made 38 appearances for the team and also contributed one goal and two assists. The Ghana international's contract with the Royals expired this summer and it remains to be seen if his stay at the club will be extended. Despite Reading having had a poor season, Yiadom is a player who could definitely still find a job in a team chasing the playoffs. The 30-year-old could offer leadership and experience both on and off the pitch, having already played in the second division for a number of seasons. Additionally, while reliable defensively, he is able to bring the pitch up the pitch with exciting runs down the wing and contribute balls in the penalty area to aid his side's attacking efforts. So unless a new contract is signed between the player and his current team, QPR should definitely consider a player as he would suit their team and offer them what they need. Considering it would also be a free transfer it would be a great deal for the Hoopes and a solid start for Beale's business as QPR boss.

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Fikayo Tomori thrives in the shadow of AC Milan's streetwise legends

Tomori has embraced life in Italy which has resulted in a Serie A title and now has his sights set on the World Cup with England (Author: Gardener)

Fikayo TomoriFikayo Tomori enjoyed an excellent season with AC Milan, winning the Serie A title. As a place to learn the art of defending, there is no better school for Fikayo Tomori than AC Milan. Paolo Maldini follows the sidelines of the Milanello pitches and Franco Baresi strolls around the San Siro on matchdays. Then there's the presence of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, more of a legendary striker than a defender, who has been injured for most of this title-winning season but gives detailed instructions in the dressing room. "He was always talking before the game, pacing and talking, talking and talking," says Tomori. When Tomori was first called up for England three years ago, there was little to suggest Tomori would become a centre-back in the grizzled Italian form. But after 18 months in Serie A he has become a street connoisseur in the methods perfected by the likes of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci. Tomori started as an Erasmus student on loan before Milan exercised their option to sign him from Chelsea. He embraced the culture and learned the language to the point where he thinks in Italian. "Now we only speak Italian. It's not perfect yet and I'm still learning, but it's part of the experience," said Tomori. Sometimes I think in Italian instead of English in the changing rooms. Being in the dressing room is easier than having a tutor just because everyone is talking. In the showers, in the locker room, on the pitch. Fikayo Tomori has only been in Italy for 13 months and has already learned enough Italian to speak it fluently in an interview. There is also a different culture on the pitch. The referees are more selective, there is less pressing, but everything focuses on preventing attackers from getting past. “I learned more and had to think about my position on the pitch. They have this pride of saying 'I'm the great defender', not in an arrogant way, just in relation to football, to be the best they can be. Little things like the manager will tell me "make sure you block a run" or make sure you don't allow that or get contact in the pits etc. Being there and seeing the likes of Bonucci and Chiellini, all those types of defenders, you see what they're doing and they're very smart. Tomori has adopted a different culture in Italy. On the pitch, defenders take it personally when they concede a goal and at Milan the club's rich defending history is constantly remembered. “Of course I talk to Paolo [Maldini, the technical director], he's there every day. Sometimes we chat a bit and he asks me how it's going and talks to us defenders as a collective. After the last game I saw Baresi which was kinda cool. Not just defenders, but you see various legends just flying around. Every time it happens you're like, 'Woah, that's crazy'.” Preparing for English Nations League games, Tomori is still on a high following the title-winning celebrations. He believes Ibrahimovic made the difference throughout the season with his advice to players and his influence was seen in his dressing room speech after winning the Scudetto, which went viral. Ibrahimovic urged his teammates to "celebrate like champions," which included a victory parade that was a party in the streets of Milan. "I've never seen anything like this before," says Tomori. It was like a 5km pull but it took hours. Of course I saw the fans down in Milan, but seeing everyone on the streets like that all afternoon, I can't really describe it. Tomori had seen something similar a year ago when Italy celebrated winning the Euros after beating England. The importance of winning for the Italians was shown again when they failed to reach the World Cup after losing to North Macedonia. I remember [Sandro] Tonali and [Alessandro] Florenzi [on the Italian side] were there, so people brought Macedonia to the training ground. They just didn't expect to lose.” However, when Tomori returned to Milanello after the EURO final, he wasn't kidding, just analyzing how the game was going and where it was won and lost. There will be no Italy at the World Cup in Qatar but Tomori hopes to be there with the help of the country that has been home for 18 months.

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Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev latest result and updates after epic first set tiebreak

Follow all the action from the men's semifinals at Roland Garros (Author: Gardener)

Rafael NadalFollow live updates as Rafael Nadal takes on Alexander Zverev for a spot in the French Open final in another blockbuster day of action at Roland Garros. Nadal had two days to recover from his momentous and epic victory over his great rival Novak Djokovic in Tuesday's quarterfinals, with the 13-time French Open champion sealing the win in four sets at 1.15am local time. Nadal has admitted this could be his last French Open due to his chronic foot injury and the Spaniard, who turns 36 today, faces another seismic challenge against Zverev. The German defeated rising star Carlos Alcaraz in another thrilling upset in the quarters and was perhaps the best win of the Grand Slam career for the 25-year-old, who is trying to win his first Major. After playing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in Tuesday's night session, Nadal returns to his favorite afternoon slot for the first of two men's semifinals today. Later, Marin Cilic will be looking to reach the fourth Grand Slam final of his career and continue his unlikely journey at this year's French Open. The Croatian has not progressed past the fourth round of a Slam since 2018 and will take on Norway's Casper Ruud, who is aiming to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. Follow below for live scores and updates from Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev: *Nadal saves four set points to go 10-8 in opening tiebreak *Nadal vs. Zverev runs with roof closed *Hewett and Reid up to wheelchair- Doubles final The second set wasn't a classic but it was a tense semi-final and Zverev showed in the first set that he had the game to damage Nadal and perhaps take the shock out of Philippe-Chatrier. Had Zverev made it to the second set tie break and managed to level the match after more than three hours, he might even have been favored to win, maybe in five sets. Right in the middle, Nadal is in the final of the French Open and has kept alive his hopes of winning a 14th title at Roland Garros. I know how badly he wants to win a Grand Slam. Zverev returns to the court on crutches and shakes hands with Nadal. We've hit three hours of play as Nadal has two game points to take this into a tiebreak... Zverev twisted his right ankle when he slipped to return a forehand. Nadal, fresh off his serve, pings a winner in the corner to move 0-30 on Zverev's serve. But the German hits back, with a backhand down the line that puts him at 30-30. A big serve down the middle is followed by a smash and a roar as he pressures Nadal to hold and force a second tiebreak. Nadal chooses a terrible time to throw in his double fault of the game as Zverev is 0-30 and two points from the set. Remember that Nadal still hasn't held a serve in this set, nicking a simple shot into the net to get back up to 15-30. Zverev then presents Nadal with a loose backhand that goes long. Zverev blinks the overhead again after Nadal struggles to keep the point alive, hanging it in the sky. A chance now for the elusive hold - and as he rushes to the net and tucks away the backhand volley, he takes it! As he raises his arms, has Nadal ever celebrated a serve like this before? Zverev screams after a double fault on the first point of a crucial service game. He reacts and wins the next few points, but another double fault from Zverev puts a nervous point at 30-30. The next second serve tumbles over the net and Nadal attacks, Zverev drifts off for a shot. Breakpoint Nadal - and would you believe it, another double fault from the world No. 1 throws the service away. You can't afford three double faults in a match, let alone serve in the second set of a Grand Slam semifinal. At 30-30 and with Nadal scampering across the court as if he's rediscovered his energy, the Spaniard misses an easy overhead and then meets a forehand. Another break from Zverev and he's now a serve away from set number two. From a relatively comfortable position in that second set and Nadal on the ropes, Zverev wobbles and throws in a double fault at the breakpoint. Can Nadal now hold for the first time since going 6-5 in the opening game? More excitement, more fear, but it's now safer to say that Nadal's level has slipped quite a bit in that second set. Zverev breaks at love for the third time in the set, giving him a crucial 4-2 lead after his hold. We played a set and a half in two and a half hours. It seems like we're back in the zone of the Nadal-Djokovic twilight pendulum where you can't afford to have even two points ahead of you. Zverev marched into a 30-0 and it looked like Nadal was struggling. Then Zverev throws long forehands and Nadal finds himself at 30-40 with a break point. Zverev saves, squeezes a backhand pass onto the line. He boosts it on the first serve but then cuts the net with a forehand as the game swings back to deuce. Nadal brings his opponent into play with a dropshot, but a sliding Zverev hits the passing winner. But then Zverev nets and the fear continues. An ace and then the backhand winner Zverev seals the hold in no time, breaking the streak of four games without one. After a bumpy first few points, Nadal misses with the forehand crosscourt and Zverev finds himself with two more breakpoints. He can't turn it back on, and another forehand miss sees Zverev snap right back. Nadal wins his fifth and then his sixth straight point on Zverev's serve to quickly get to 0-30 before Zverev responds and then lands a stunning forehand winner in the corner to level at 30-30. Zverev then plays a loose one on his backhand but saves the break point after Nadal sets up the forehand smash crosscourt. Deuce but Nadal quickly gets another break point as Zverev serves and volleys but nets it after Nadal gets to his feet. Both players hold on, hitting it in the corners and keeping it in play. 44 shots later, Zverev hits the crosscourt with his backhand, but it misses an inch! Super touch at net from Nadal puts him 40-15 and seemingly sailing towards the hold, but a mistake at net and then a faulty forehand down the line puts Zverev back in the game. Out of nowhere, Zverev finds himself with a break point as Nadal slices the net and sees his forehand fall wide. A frantic exchange of blows at the net ends with Zverev putting the forehand smash into Nadal's feet! Nadal produces some brilliant angles to score the first two points with a drop shot and then a volley, almost surprising Zverev with the switch. Zverev's head must have fallen and after going long on the next point he suddenly finds himself at 0-40 in his opening service game. And there it is, just like that, Zverev goes long again and Nadal hits early in the second. Zverev was a break-up, played brilliantly and then had four set points in the tie-break, but Nadal pulled off an incredible rampage to lead after a grueling 91 minutes. After that, both players took a break. Zverev will struggle to understand why he's not set up but his level has slipped at some crucial points while Nadal found his best stuff down from 2-6. Another flying forehand winner from the Spaniard whipping a brilliant pass down the line! It's his set point now, but Zverev holds on after catching the baseline with a deep backhand. 7-7 now as both players stay cautious only for Zverev to net a backhand! Setpoint Nadal and on serve. He had a chance after entering the court but tried to backhand too much across the court as he pushed it wide! 8-8 as we hit 1 hour 30 minutes for this opening set! Nadal puts Zverev in play with the drop shot but the German's pass is tame and Nadal wins the point as Zverev can't return with the volley. Put the point back and there it is! Zverev leaves Nadal in the tightest corridor after stepping into the net and Nadal plays a great winner down the line to win the opening set. What a remarkable opener - how did Nadal win that? Big punches from Zverev as he takes a 5-2 lead and puts massive pressure on Nadal on serve. But Zverev ups it again, back to the levels he set earlier in the match as he crushes groundstrokes deep to push Nadal back before unloading in the corner. The first of four points set, Nadal saves with an ace in the distance before Zverev goes long as he tries to finish it with a serve and volley! The serve was perfect, but not for the first time the volley let him down! It's the shot of the game so far! Zverev must have thought he had won the set after playing a brilliant point and forcing Nadal to run, but he picked up the forehand on the stretch to unleash the passing winner across the court! And how did Nadal win that point! The drop shot was good but Zverev caught it before putting a ball in the corner. Nadal crawled back to find the lob when Zverev went wide on the backhand smash! Nadal saved four set points and it's 6-6 in the tiebreak! Nadal lets Zverev chase the opening point and the German goes long as he digs out a backhand from behind the baseline, only for Zverev to respond immediately with a non-returnable serve. Zverev then goes long with his forehand under little pressure but Nadal is unable to take advantage as he slices a forehand into the net. Zverev gets away with one after Nadal stormed into the net. There was space on either side of Nadal, but his passing shot was aimed squarely at Nadal, who frowned. And Zverev goes into the break at 4-2 after increasing power and driving Nadal wide! Excellent by Zverev to transition from the backfoot to attacking Nadal with a deep ball at his feet followed by a forehand that Nadal is unable to return. A strong first serve results in an ace in the middle while going wide of another. It looks like we're headed for an easy hold, but a backhand from Zverev to the net is followed by a double fault - his fourth set. Zverev then gets away with it as he cuts the net and Nadal is unable to reach the ball as it falls to his side of the court. Nadal threatens a pressure point on the second serve, but Zverev shovels the return into the net. The German then winks again with a forehand and Nadal is able to escape with his hold after saving two break points. Zverev finds his level in the first seven games as he attacks, first stepping into a short ball from Nadal to pocket a winner and then passing him from the baseline with a brutal display of power. Zverev finds his level in the first seven games as he attacks, first stepping into a short ball from Nadal to pocket a winner and then passing him from the baseline with a brutal display of power. Nadal responds with a delicate dropshot that Zverev can't reach before the double bounce. Nadal responds with a delicate dropshot that Zverev can't reach before the double bounce. Then Nadal repeats the trick and Zverev can reach it this time, but steers the volley far out. Then Nadal repeats the trick and Zverev can reach it this time, but steers the volley far out. It gets exciting between the two players, who exchange short balls through the middle of the court before Zverev makes the change with a backhand winner who catches the line! It gets exciting between the two players, who exchange short balls through the middle of the court before Zverev makes the change with a backhand winner who catches the line! It sets the break point but Nadal survives on an excellent serve while Zverev sees the return drift long. It sets the break point but Nadal survives on an excellent serve while Zverev sees the return drift long. Zverev keeps the pressure on as he takes the long point again and takes the win with an unstoppable inside-out forehand winner. Zverev keeps the pressure on as he takes the long point again and takes the win with an unstoppable inside-out forehand winner. Nadal returns to serve and volley and can throw it past Zverev at the net! Nadal returns to serve and volley and can throw it past Zverev at the net! One more long game and we'll move on. One more long game and we'll move on. Another mistake by Zverev brings a third target value up! Nadal sped across the court as Zverev tried again to play on the front foot, but groundstrokes don't land with the same accuracy as he pushes one wide. Zverev comes back out with his biggest serve of the match so far, using the double hit to beat the forehand winner across the court. Another bomb, this time in the middle, is flicked into the net by a stretching Nadal. Zverev had a chance to hit the net but looked awkward as he tried to adjust back to the volley and the nets! Back to the duel and another Zverev volley error! He cuts the net cord with a simple punch but he gets away with it as Nadal goes wide! My goodness that was a tense mistake, but Zverev produces an ingenious serve wide and then completes it with a skillful volley at the net. That was tough, but Zverev gets through it after 13 or 14 minutes I think. Zverev's first-serve percentage has dropped and Nadal can now step onto the pitch more often. He moves around a backhand to send a forehand down the line that Zverev can't return to pressure the German at 30-30. Zverev responds with a winner, but his second double fault brings another two! Zverev comes into the net and brings Nadal in with a dropped volley before pocketing the smash. He then frames more of a forehand as Nadal upped the pressure with a deep shot into the corner. Zverev then fails to put Nadal away with a forehand, with the Spaniard stranded on the edge of the court before netting! Sentence point Nadal! But Zverev finds the first serve wide and Nada; nets. It's such a big weapon and Nadal scores again on the opposite side after Zverev jabbed him deep. Zverev rolls away in frustration after his second double fault of the game. Zverev then has Nadal right where he wanted him as he came in the net but put the volley long! Second setpoint! But again Zverev lands a big one wide out and this time makes no mistake with the volley as he smashes it away. After a nearly flawless first seven games, his first mistakes of the game are punished as Nadal breaks back. Two powerful serves from Nadal put him 30-30 out of a tense moment as Zverev failed to return both times. Zverev hasn't made a mistake so far, but after claiming the first point on his next service game, a floating drop shot isn't advisable. Nadal puts away the backhand pass and then Zverev falters with a mistake on his backhand side. That increases the noise in Philippe-Chatrier as the crowd recognizes an opportunity, but Zverev holds on with two first serves - the first ending with a planted volley and the second with an ace down the middle. But Nadal keeps the pressure on as Zverev swings after a long-drifting forehand. Zverev has barely had a second serve to serve so far but he makes a double fault to set the break point! Zverev went short after a tense rally but Nadal hits the forehand after entering the court! Zverev found his first serve but then made a horrible mistake as he set a smash volley a good 10 feet wide! At the next breakpoint, Nadal grabs a clever angle and Zverev blinks on the backhand crosscourt! Out of nowhere Nadal breaks! Nadal plays his shot of the game so far with a wonderful backhand pass to take a 30-0 lead on serve. He then comes into the net and drops the volley with a nice touch of backspin. Zverev sends a forehand an inch or two wide across the line as Nadal responds with a love grab of his own. Zverev generates a powerful leap onto an opening ace up middle before switching to a wide serve followed by a backhand winner down the line. Nadal is pushed wide again but holds on, only for Zverev to run across the line and unleash a brilliant backhand winner down the line - this was even better than the last. And that's a perfect serve as Zverev connects with a forehand winner across the court. Two more of them and he'll be a set-up. "C'mon," Nadal mutters as he sends an ace over the T after playing his first drop shot of the game at the opening point. However, Zverev wins the longer rallies as he forces Nadal to chase from side to side and then sees him in the net. Nadal goes back to the wide serve working on Zverev. The German netts and then goes long while Nadal moves on with a quick hold. Zverev comes into the net for the first time and calmly puts away the backhand volley on the second attempt. That big serve of his quickly puts him 30-0 up and Nadal, struggling for answers at the moment, sees a backhand drift long after intense Zverev pressure. Nadal comes in with the angle on Zverev's next serve to force the error into the net and the German then goes long but holds wide to Nadal's backhand with a well-placed serve. Nadal slices again on the opening point of his hold before Zverev wraps his arm around another forehand winner. Nadal responds with a powerful serve down the center of the court, but another short ball from the Spaniard is lapped by Zverev, who approaches the ball and crushes another winner, this time on the backhand side. Nadal opens the angle and moves Zverev around on the next point to get back to 30-30 and Zverev wants his next two returns to come back as he nets on the forehand and then the backhand side. Nadal scores on his first return before Zverev powers a winner down the line. A few mistakes by Zverev put Nadal back in the game, but he kicks into a short ball from Nadal to unleash a forehand crosscourt winner that Nadal is unable to match. Zverev immediately went on the attack on his groundstrokes, not deterred from dropping the first few points after cutting the net, and retreating to 30-30. Nadal, who needs to cut to slow Zverev, then hits a backhand to give the German an early break point. Zverev had to hold on to the point after Nadal forced him wide before the Spaniard went long. Both players are on the pitch as birthday boy Nadal is greeted by his home crowd on Philippe-Chatrier. It's a horrible day in Paris and with the roof closed, that could mean different conditions for tonight's game and suit the German. You can catch Roland Garros live action on Eurosport 1 – Sky Channel 410, BT 435, Virgin 521. Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid advance to their 10th consecutive Grand Slam final in wheelchair doubles after defeating Spanish pair Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin De La Puente 6-3 3-6 1-0 (10-8) today Morning. Hewett and Reid have won their last nine Grand Slam titles and can continue their extraordinary run when they meet Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda in the final. Hewett saw Thursday's defense of his singles title at the French Open end against Fernandez 6-1, 6-1 in what was a tough defeat. The prospect of a French Open double remains alive for Coco Gauff. After defeating Martina Trevisan to set up a singles final against Iga Swiatek on Thursday, the 18-year-old teamed up with Jessica Pegula to end the doubles final in a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Taylor Townsend and Madison to reach Keys in an all-American semifinal earlier today. While Gauff will face Swiatek in her first singles final tomorrow, she reached the doubles final of the US Open last season. Barbora Krejcikova made the French Open double last season after winning both titles. Zverev on the challenge of beating Nadal at the French Open: "There is a reason why they are the best in the world at Grand Slams. They've been at the top of the game for 15, 20 years and there's a big reason for that. “In the end, yes, I didn't beat [one of tennis' big three] in majors, but I feel like I came very close. I feel like I had very difficult and tough games against them. “But there is a big difference between a tough match and beating them. Hopefully today I can get that win and put it on the pitch on Friday." Alexander Zverev after beating Carlos Alcaraz to reach the French Open semi-finals: "At the end of the day I said many times, I'm not 20 or 21 anymore; I'm 25. "We still have the best players in the world playing with Novak, Rafa and Roger and he's coming back. I'm not sure if he will win Grand Slams again at the age of 41, but of course he has to be mentioned. "I think tennis is at a pretty high level at the moment, men's tennis and I think you have the mix of the best in the world like Rafa and Novak and Roger when he comes back but you have to call the mix the younger generation too, which poses a threat to them I think.” Tim Henman believes Rafael Nadal's biggest challenge against Alexander Zverev at the French Open will be mental rather than physical. Nadal shook off a chronic foot injury to beat arch-rival, defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic in four grueling sets on Tuesday night. The Spaniard, who turns 36 on Friday, faces another major test of his fitness when he takes on 25-year-old world number three Zverev in the semifinals. Then 10 days later he's in this tournament playing incredible tennis. He really had to pull it out of the bag against (Felix) Auger-Aliassime to win the five sets. "We know he's not getting any younger, but to then recover and go up against Djokovic - one of his biggest rivals, the world No. 1 player - and put in a performance like that isn't just the quality of tennis, it's his attitude, the physicality for four hours and 12 minutes, it's incredible.” Ahead of today's game, Rafael Nadal hinted that this year's French Open could be his last as the former world No. 1 defeated Novak Djokovic despite his scintillating quarter-final win continues to be plagued by injuries. Nadal has won the men's singles cup 13 times at Roland Garros, making him the most successful player in the tournament's history. No player has won as many titles at any other Grand Slam, and Nadal holds more major trophies than any other male player (21). The Spaniard moved one step closer to a 14th French Open trophy by beating rival Djokovic on Tuesday and defeating the world No. 1 in four sets in a late finish on Court Philippe-Chatrier. However, every step becomes increasingly difficult for Nadal as he continues to struggle with a chronic foot injury. Rafael Nadal reiterates French Open could be his last after beating Novak Djokovic

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Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev latest result and updates after epic first set tiebreak

French Open 2022 LIVE: Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev latest result & updates after epic first set tie-break - Follow all the action from the men's semi-finals at Roland Garros (Author: Gardener)

Rafael NadalPlease use a supported version for the best MSN experience. French Open 2022 LIVE: Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev latest result and updates after epic first set tiebreak Follow for live updates as Rafael Nadal takes on Alexander Zverev for a spot in the French Open final in another blockbuster day of action at Roland Garros. Nadal had two days to recover from his momentous and epic victory over his great rival Novak Djokovic in Tuesday's quarterfinals, with the 13-time French Open champion sealing the win in four sets at 1.15am local time. Nadal has admitted this could be his last French Open due to his chronic foot injury and the Spaniard, who turns 36 today, faces another seismic challenge against Zverev. The German defeated rising star Carlos Alcaraz in another thrilling upset in the quarters and was perhaps the best win of the Grand Slam career for the 25-year-old, who is trying to win his first Major. After playing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in Tuesday's night session, Nadal returns to his favorite afternoon slot for the first of two men's semifinals today. Later, Marin Cilic will be looking to reach the fourth Grand Slam final of his career and continue his unlikely journey at this year's French Open. The Croatian has not progressed past the fourth round of a Slam since 2018 and will take on Norway's Casper Ruud, who is aiming to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. Follow below for Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev live scores and updates: Nadal saves four set points to make opening tiebreak 10-8Nadal vs Zverev runs with roof closedCilic vs Ruud follows Philippe-ChatrierHewett and Reid to wheelchair- Doubles Final 16-44, Jamie Braidwood Incredible. At 30-30 and with Nadal scampering across the court as if he's rediscovered his energy, the Spaniard misses an easy overhead and then meets a forehand. Another break from Zverev and he's now a serve away from set number two. 16:37 , Jamie Braidwood Okay, no, never overdo it. From a relatively comfortable position in that second set and Nadal on the ropes, Zverev wobbles and throws in a double fault at the breakpoint. Can Nadal now hold for the first time since going 6-5 in the opening game? 16:34, Jamie Braidwood More excitement, more fear, but it's now a little safer to say that Nadal's level has slipped quite a bit in that second set. Zverev breaks at love for the third time in the set, giving him a crucial 4-2 lead after his hold. We played a set and a half in two and a half hours. 16:18 , Jamie Braidwood It seems like we're back in the Nadal-Djokovic twilight pendulum zone where you can't afford to have even two points ahead of you. Then Zverev throws long forehands and Nadal finds himself at 30-40 with a break point. Zverev saves, squeezes a backhand pass onto the line. He boosts it on the first serve but then cuts the net with a forehand as the game swings back to deuce. Nadal brings his opponent into play with a dropshot, but a sliding Zverev hits the passing winner. But then Zverev nets and the fear continues. An ace and then the backhand winner Zverev seals the hold in no time, breaking the streak of four games without one. 16:11 , Jamie Braidwood What's going on in this set! After a bumpy first few points, Nadal misses with the forehand crosscourt and Zverev finds himself with two more breakpoints. He can't turn it back on, and another forehand miss sees Zverev snap right back. 4:04 p.m., Jamie Braidwood Nadal wins his fifth and then sixth straight point on Zverev's serve to quickly get to 0-30 before Zverev reacts and then lands a stunning forehand winner in the corner to put it at 30-30 to balance. Zverev then plays a loose one on his backhand but saves the break point after Nadal sets up the forehand smash crosscourt. Deuce but Nadal quickly gets another break point as Zverev serves and volleys but nets it after Nadal gets to his feet. 44 shots later, Zverev hits the crosscourt with his backhand, but it misses an inch! 15:57 , Jamie Braidwood's super touch at the net from Nadal puts him at 40-15 and appears to be sailing towards the hold, but a mistake at the net and then a faulty forehand down the line puts Zverev back in the game. Out of nowhere, Zverev finds himself with a break point as Nadal slices the net and sees his forehand fall wide. A frantic exchange of blows at the net ends with Zverev putting the forehand smash into Nadal's feet! 15:48, Jamie Braidwood Nadal produces some brilliant angles to take the first two points with a drop shot and then a volley, almost surprising Zverev with the switch. Zverev's head must have fallen and after going long on the next point he suddenly finds himself at 0-40 in his opening service game. And there it is, just like that, Zverev goes long again and Nadal hits early in the second. 15:45 , Jamie Braidwood What an exceptional game of tennis. Zverev was a break-up, played brilliantly and then had four set points in the tie-break, but Nadal pulled off an incredible rampage to lead after a grueling 91 minutes. Zverev will struggle to understand why he's not set up but his level has slipped at some crucial points while Nadal found his best stuff down from 2-6. 15:39 , Jamie Braidwood Magic by Nadal! Another flying forehand winner from the Spaniard whipping a brilliant pass down the line! It's his set point now, but Zverev holds on after catching the baseline with a deep backhand. 7-7 now as both players stay cautious only for Zverev to net a backhand! Setpoint Nadal and on serve. He had a chance after entering the court but tried to backhand too much across the court as he pushed it wide! 8-8 as we hit 1 hour 30 minutes for this opening set! Nadal puts Zverev in play with the drop shot but the German's pass is tame and Nadal wins the point as Zverev can't return with the volley. Put the point back and there it is! Zverev leaves Nadal in the tightest corridor after stepping into the net and Nadal plays a great winner down the line to win the opening set. What a remarkable opener - how did Nadal win that? 15:32, Jamie Braidwood Huge scores from Zverev as he takes a 5-2 lead, putting massive pressure on Nadal on serve. But Zverev ups it again, back to the levels he set earlier in the match as he crushes groundstrokes deep to push Nadal back before unloading in the corner. The first of four points set, Nadal saves with an ace in the distance before Zverev goes long as he tries to finish it with a serve and volley! The serve was perfect, but not for the first time the volley let him down! Zverev must have thought he had won the set after playing a brilliant point and forcing Nadal to run, but he picked up the forehand on the stretch to unleash the passing winner across the court! And how did Nadal win that point! The drop shot was good but Zverev caught it before putting a ball in the corner. Nadal crawled back to find the lob when Zverev went wide on the backhand smash! Nadal saved four set points and it's 6-6 in the tiebreak! 15:22 , Jamie Braidwood Nadal has Zverev chasing the opening point and the German goes long as he digs out a backhand from behind the baseline, only for Zverev to respond immediately with a non-refundable serve. 1-1 Zverev then goes for a long time under little pressure with his forehand but Nadal can't take advantage as he slices a forehand into the net. 2-2 Zverev gets away with one after Nadal rushes into the net. There was space on either side of Nadal, but his passing shot was aimed squarely at Nadal, who frowned. And Zverev goes into the break at 4-2 after increasing power and driving Nadal wide! 15:19, Zverev's Jamie Braidwood Excellent to transition from the backfoot to attacking Nadal with a deep ball to his feet, followed by a forehand that Nadal is unable to return. A strong first serve results in an ace in the middle while going wide of another. It looks like we're headed for an easy hold, but a backhand from Zverev to the net is followed by a double fault - his fourth set. Zverev then gets away with it as he cuts the net and Nadal is unable to reach the ball as it falls to his side of the court. 15:15, Jamie Braidwood Nadal threatens a pressure point on a second serve, but Zverev shovels the return into the net. The German then winks again with a forehand and Nadal is able to escape with his hold after saving two break points. 15:13, Jamie Braidwood Zverev finds his level from the first seven games as he switches to attack, first stepping into a short ball from Nadal to pocket a winner and then passing him from the baseline with a brutal show of force. Nadal responds with a delicate dropshot that Zverev cannot reach before the double bounce. Then Nadal repeats the trick and although Zverev can reach it this time, he deflects the volley wide. Things get tight between both players, who trade short balls through the middle of the court, before Zverev turns up with a backhand winner who catches the line! Brilliant angle. It sets up the break point but Nadal survives wide on an excellent serve while Zverev sees the return drift long. Zverev keeps the pressure on as he takes the long point again and earns the win with an unstoppable inside-out forehand winner. Nadal returns to serve and volley and can throw it past Zverev at the net! 15:12, Jamie Braidwood Zverev finds his level from the first seven games as he moves on to attack, first stepping into a short ball from Nadal to pocket a winner and then passing him from the baseline with a brutal show of force. Nadal responds with a delicate dropshot that Zverev can't reach before the double bounce. Then Nadal repeats the trick and Zverev can reach it this time, but steers the volley far out. It gets exciting between the two players, who exchange short balls through the middle of the court before Zverev makes the change with a backhand winner who catches the line! It sets the break point but Nadal survives on an excellent serve while Zverev sees the return drift long. Zverev keeps the pressure on as he takes the long point again and takes the win with an unstoppable inside-out forehand winner. Nadal returns to serve and volley and can throw it past Zverev at the net! 15:05 , Jamie Braidwood Another mistake by Zverev brings a third target! Nadal sped across the court as Zverev tried again to play on the front foot, but groundstrokes don't land with the same accuracy as he pushes one wide. Zverev comes back out with his biggest serve of the match so far, using the double hit to beat the forehand winner across the court. Another bomb, this time in the middle, is flicked into the net by a stretching Nadal. Zverev had a chance to hit the net but looked awkward as he tried to adjust back to the volley and the nets! Back to the duel and another Zverev volley error! He cuts the net cord with a simple punch but he gets away with it as Nadal goes wide! Gosh, was that a tense error game, but Zverev produces a brilliant serve wide and then ends it with a skillful volley at the net. It was tough, but Zverev comes through after 13 or 14 minutes I think. 2:55 p.m., Jamie Braidwood Zverev's first serve percentage is down and Nadal is now able to step onto the court more often. He moves around a backhand to send a forehand down the line that Zverev can't return to pressure the German at 30-30. Zverev responds with a winner, but his second double fault brings another two! Zverev comes into the net and brings Nadal in with a dropped volley before pocketing the smash. He then frames more of a forehand as Nadal upped the pressure with a deep shot into the corner. Zverev then fails to put Nadal away with a forehand, with the Spaniard stranded on the edge of the court before netting! Sentence point Nadal! But Zverev finds the first serve wide and Nada; nets. It's such a big weapon and Nadal scores again on the opposite side after Zverev jabbed him deep. Zverev rolls away in frustration after his second double fault of the game. Zverev then has Nadal right where he wanted him as he came in the net but put the volley long! Second setpoint! But again Zverev lands a big one wide out and this time makes no mistake with the volley as he smashes it away. 14:50, Jamie Braidwood A penny for Zverev's thoughts right now. After a nearly flawless first seven games, his first mistakes of the game are punished as Nadal breaks back. Two powerful serves from Nadal pull him out of a tense moment at 30:30 as Zverev failed to come back both times. Can Zverev get his aggression back now? 14:41 , Jamie Braidwood Zverev hasn't made a mistake so far but after claiming the first point on his next service game, a floating drop shot isn't advisable. Nadal puts away the backhand pass and then Zverev falters with a mistake on his backhand side. That increases the noise in Philippe-Chatrier as the crowd recognizes an opportunity, but Zverev holds on with two first serves - the first ending with a planted volley and the second with an ace down the middle. But Nadal keeps the pressure on as Zverev swings after a long-drifting forehand. Zverev has barely had a second serve to serve so far but he makes a double fault to set the break point! Zverev went short after a tense rally but Nadal hits the forehand after entering the court! Zverev found his first serve but then made a horrible mistake as he set a smash volley a good 10 feet wide! At the next breakpoint, Nadal grabs a clever angle and Zverev blinks on the backhand crosscourt! Out of nowhere Nadal breaks! 14:36, Jamie Braidwood Nadal plays his shot of the game so far with a wonderful backhand pass to take a 30-0 lead on serve. He then comes into the net and drops the volley with a nice touch of backspin. Zverev sends a forehand an inch or two wide across the line as Nadal responds with a love grab of his own. 14:33 , Jamie Braidwood Zverev creates a powerful leap onto an opening ace up middle before switching to a wide serve followed by a backhand winner down the line. Nadal is pushed wide again but holds on, only for Zverev to run across the line and unleash a brilliant backhand winner down the line - this was even better than the last. And that's a perfect serve as Zverev connects with a forehand winner across the court. 14:29 , Jamie Braidwood "C'mon," Nadal mutters as he sends an ace over the T after playing his first drop shot of the game at the opening point. However, Zverev wins the longer rallies as he forces Nadal to chase from side to side and then sees him in the net. Nadal goes back to the wide serve working on Zverev. The German netts and then goes long while Nadal moves on with a quick hold. 14:26, Jamie Braidwood Zverev comes into the net for the first time and calmly puts away the backhand volley in the second attempt. That big serve of his quickly puts him at 30-0 and Nadal, struggling for answers at the moment, sees a backhand drift long after intense Zverev pressure Netz and the German then goes long but he holds wide to Nadal's with a well-placed serve backhand. 14:20, Jamie Braidwood Nadal slices again on the opening point of his hold before Zverev wraps his arm around another forehand winner. Nadal responds with a powerful serve down the center of the court, but another short ball from the Spaniard is lapped by Zverev, who approaches the ball and crushes another winner, this time on the backhand side. Nadal opens the angle and moves Zverev around on the next point to get back to 30-30 and Zverev wants his next two returns to come back as he nets on the forehand and then the backhand side. 14:15 , Jamie Braidwood Such power from Zverev. Nadal scores on his first return before Zverev powers a winner down the line. A few mistakes by Zverev put Nadal back in the game, but he kicks into a short ball from Nadal to unleash a forehand crosscourt winner that Nadal is unable to match. 14:12 , Jamie Braidwood What a start for the German! Zverev immediately went on the attack with his groundstrokes, undeterred from dropping the first few points after cutting the net and retreating to 30-30 German for an early break point. Zverev had to hold on to the point after Nadal forced him wide before the Spaniard went long. Both players are on the pitch as birthday boy Nadal is greeted by his home crowd on Philippe-Chatrier. It's a horrible day in Paris and with the roof closed, that could mean different conditions for tonight's game and suit the German. 2:02 PM , Jamie Braidwood 2:02 PM , Jamie Braidwood 2:01 PM , Jamie Braidwood 2:00 PM , Jamie Braidwood How to watch the French Open online and on TV 1:55 PM , Jamie Braidwood You can catch live action from Roland on Eurosport Watch Garros 1 – Sky channel 410, BT 435, Virgin 521. Hewett and Reid advance in wheelchair doubles final 13:45 , Jamie Braidwood Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have reached their 10th consecutive Grand Slam wheelchair doubles final, after beating Spanish pair Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin De La Puente 6-3 3-6 1-0 (10-8) this morning. Hewett and Reid have won their last nine Grand Slam titles and can continue their extraordinary run when they meet Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda in the final. Hewett saw Thursday's defense of his singles title at the French Open end against Fernandez 6-1, 6-1 in what was a tough defeat. 13:35 , Jamie Braidwood The prospect of a double at the French Open remains alive for Coco Gauff. After defeating Martina Trevisan to set up a singles final against Iga Swiatek on Thursday, the 18-year-old teamed up with Jessica Pegula to end the doubles final in a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Taylor Townsend and Madison to reach Keys in an all-American semifinal earlier today. While Gauff will face Swiatek in her first singles final tomorrow, she reached the doubles final of the US Open last season. Barbora Krejcikova made the French Open double last season after winning both titles. Zverev confident of beating Nadal after 13:25 win over Alcaraz, Jamie Braidwood Zverev on the challenge of beating Nadal at the French Open: “There is a reason why they are the best in the world at Grand Slams. They've been at the top of the game for the last 15, 20 years and there's a good reason for that. “In the end, yes, I haven't beaten [one of tennis' big three] in majors, but I feel like I was really close. Hopefully I can get that win today and put it on the pitch on Friday." Zverev 'at the stage where I want to win' 13:15, Jamie Braidwood Alexander Zverev, spoke about Carlos Alcaraz after the win, to reach the semi-finals of the French Open: “At the end of the day, I've often said I'm not 20 or 21 anymore; I'm 25. I'm in the phase where I want to win, I'm in the phase where I should win. “We still have the best players in the world playing with Novak, Rafa and Roger coming back. I mean, I've also won big events like the Olympics. “I think tennis is at a pretty high level at the moment, men's tennis and I think you have the mix of the best in the world like Rafa and Novak and Roger when he comes back but you also have to have the mix of the newer generation name that poses a threat to them I think.” 13:05 , Jamie Braidwood Tim Henman believes Rafael Nadal's biggest challenge against Alexander Zverev at the French Open will be mental rather than physical. Nadal shrugged to beat arch-rival, defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic in four grueling sets on Tuesday night. The Spaniard, who turns 36 on Friday, faces another major test of his fitness as he takes on 25-year-old world number three Zverev in the semifinals. But Eurosport pundit and former Britain number one Henman said: "Rafa's physicality is incredible." Let's rewind the clock as we watched him leave the pitch after losing to Denis Shapovalov and limping in Rome. Then 10 days later he's in this tournament playing incredible tennis. He really had to pull it out of the bag against (Felix) Auger-Aliassime to make the five sets. "We know that he's not getting any younger, but then to recover and to face Djokovic - one of his biggest rivals, world number one - and to show such a performance, not only the quality of tennis but also his attitude, physicality for four hours and 12 minutes, it's incredible. ” Nadal reiterates French Open could be his last 13:00 , Jamie Braidwood Before today's game, Rafael Nadal hinted that this year's French Open could be his last as the former world No. 1 continues to recover from injuries despite his scintillating quarter-final win Novak Djokovic is plagued. Nadal has won the men's singles trophy 13 times at Roland Garros, making him the most successful player in the history of the tournament. No player has won as many titles at any other Grand Slam, and Nadal holds more major trophies than any other male player (21). The Spaniard came one step closer to a 14th French Open trophy by defeating rival Djokovic on Tuesday, the world No. 1 in four sets in a late finish on Court Philippe-Chatrier he continues to struggle with a chronic foot injury. Rafael Nadal reiterates French Open could be his last after beating Novak Djokovic

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Is Kevin Spacey, Ghislaine Maxwell Buckingham Palace Picture Real?

One photo shows Kevin Spacey, who faces new sexual assault charges, and convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell, seated in the throne room at Buckingham Palace. (Author: Gardener)

Kevin SpaceyWhile Kevin Spacey faces four new sexual assault charges in the United States. One in particular shows the American Beauty star seated next to convicted sex trafficker Ghislaine Maxwell in a royal throne at Buckingham Palace. Maxwell, a fixer of the late Jeffrey Epstein, was convicted in December 2021 on federal sex trafficking charges. She was pictured alongside many prominent public figures including Elon Musk, Donald Trump and (perhaps most infamously) Prince Andrew, the second eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II. But is the picture of Spacey and Maxwell shared on social media authentic? A photo that appears to show Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey seated in the estate's pair of chairs in Buckingham Palace's Throne Room was retweeted by a number of accounts in May 2022, with "Prince Philip" in which "the Queen herself was not seated." has... The photo of Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey has been in circulation since 2020 and was featured on the front page of the New York Post, along with other media reports. While Newsweek could not independently verify how the photo's circumstances came about, a source speaking to the British newspaper had claimed Spacey was invited to Buckingham Palace in 2002 for a tour organized by Prince Andrew Duke (Prince Andrew). Although Jeffrey Epstein was reportedly not on the same tour, the newspaper reported Epstein visited the royal residences of Sandringham and Windsor Castle as a guest of Prince Andrew puts his arm around Virginia Giuffre while Ghislaine Maxwell looks on in the famous picture she filed against him as part of her sexual abuse lawsuit. Giuffre said the picture was taken by Jeffrey Epstein with her camera in London in 2001. A follow-up story from the Telegraph claimed the chairs, as described in the tweet, were the same seats used at Queen Elizabeth II's 1953 coronation, and that their use by Maxwell and Spacey was "against every protocol." Maxwell is said to have sat in the same seat occupied by the Queen, while Spacey was pictured in the seat 'usually occupied by the Duke of Edinburgh'. "They were fooling around on the thrones and making royal waves," a source told The Telegraph. "Ghislaine sat on the Queen's throne with Spacey, pretending to be the Duke of Edinburgh." According to the Royal Collection Trust, the Queen's chair was made for the Coronation in 1953, while the Duke of Edinburgh's was made after the ceremony. Embroidered on the back are the ciphers EIIR for the Queen and P for Prince Philip, who died on April 9, 2021. Although Newsweek could not find any instructions online that specifically state whether the chairs may be used by visitors to the Throne Room, it seems highly unlikely that such permission would be universally granted. Whether the Queen has sat on one of the two chairs since 1953 can hardly be verified. The Chairs of Estate used by Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey can be seen in the background of this photograph of Queen Elizabeth II. Robert Langer presents the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering during a reception in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace on October 26, 2015, London, England. Kevin Spacey, 62, who recently reappeared in a trailer for indie thriller Peter Five Eight, was charged with four counts of sexually assaulting three men in May 2022, according to a statement from U. Ghislaine Maxwell, 60 , who Convicted of her role in assisting convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein in the sexual abuse of underage girls, had a motion to vacate her conviction, which was denied by the U. Trial with Virginia Giuffre, a woman who accused him of abusing her as a teenager to have raped. Giuffre claimed she was raped when she was a 17-year-old sex trafficking victim of the prince's friend Jeffrey Epstein. Newsweek has reached out to Buckingham Palace and The Daily Telegraph for comment. The photo, believed to have been taken in 2002, shows Spacey and Maxwell seated on the Pair of Chairs of Estate found in the Throne Room of Buckingham Palace. Several media outlets reported that Ghislaine Maxwell and Kevin Spacey were invited to the palace as part of a tour organized by Prince Andrew. While we cannot verify whether or not the Queen has sat in any of the chairs since the coronation, it seems highly doubtful that the palace would allow guests to use them.

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The Manchester United forward is "very happy" to stay at Old Trafford despite a poor season

Cristiano Ronaldo has played 19 consecutive Champions League seasons but will miss out on the competition if he stays at Man Utd next season; The 37-year-old says he is very happy at Old Trafford and believes the team will recover under new manager Erik ten Hag (Author: Gardener)

TraffordCristiano Ronaldo has insisted he is "very happy" to stay at Old Trafford and believes Manchester United will bounce back from a terrible 2021/22 season under new manager Erik ten Hag. Ronaldo returned to United last summer, 12 years after originally leaving the club for Real Madrid, and has scored 24 goals in 38 games to become the club's top scorer in all competitions. But while it was a strong campaign in front of goal for the 37-year-old, it was underwhelming for the team as United finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to win a trophy for the fifth consecutive season. Ronaldo has played 19 consecutive seasons in the Champions League and United's failure to qualify for the competition has led to speculation that the Portugal international could leave Old Trafford for a second time. But in an interview with the club, Ronaldo said: "Obviously I was happy to be back at a club that really advanced my career, so it was incredible, the feeling of coming back. It was nice to feel the fans - their joy was great." For me, the most important thing is trying to win the games and trying to win a league or a cup, but I believe Manchester will be there they belong. As I said, sometimes it takes time but I still believe Ten Hag has filled the gap in the lead after guiding Ajax to the Eredivisie title and Ronaldo says the Dutchman should be given time to turn United's fortunes. I know he's done a fantastic job for Ajax and that he's an experienced coach, but we have to give him time," Ronaldo said. "Things have to change the way he wants them to. "I certainly hope that "We're going to be successful because if you're successful, the whole of Manchester will be successful too." will." A rare bright spot for United this season was the performance of their Under-18 side, who last month won the FA Youth Cup for the first time in 11 years, reflecting that achievement and a desire to pass on the lessons he's learned in 20 years as a professional , mean Ronaldo is keen for United's current offspring to have the opportunity to impress Ten Hag. “I am in favor that we should give chances to the young generation, of course, because they will be the future,” declared Ronaldo. “But you also need to help them put them in the right place because there is a lot of pressure to play in the Premier League, which I think is by far the most difficult league in the world. "You have to give them time, give them opportunity and let them grow in a normal way without pressure, but I think we should give chances to the young generation." They understand that in order to succeed, you have to make sacrifices. hard work, work ethic, dedication but if the kids ask me for advice then of course I will give my opinion and advice because I want to help." Erik ten Hag's determination to skip a furlough and jump in as Manchester manager immediately told United the story of the scale of the work he is having to endure.The 52-year-old inherits a squad in need of a major makeover after the worst Premier League season in their history.This almighty task must be accomplished amidst a restructuring of the organization - including recruitment - behind the scenes as United seek a "underperforming detox" Let's take a look at the squad itself, which consists of 21 players underpinned by five different managers with no underlying stylistics or age p profile United can't just be backed by Cristiano Ronaldo while it's the midfielder ld lacked offensive protection and advancement. United need an elite anchor, a dynamic central midfielder, a top-class striker, a confident centre-back who is strong in the air and capable of defending large areas with ease, new full-backs and another attacker to counter Jadon Sancho. Ten Hag has a clear football ideology, which helps in building a recruitment profile. Sky Sports News was told he wanted "more technical, aggressive, quick-thinking players" who have a "deep responsibility of being off the ball and working for each other". With significant changes to scouting operations and a lack of football negotiations, it will be interesting to see how United handle extensive spending and earnings. A lack of Champions League participation also puts the club at a disadvantage, but United believe Ten Hag's continental exploits with Ajax and his ability to improve players will prove attractive enough for their goals. Another element sold to potential recruits is the opportunity to "write a new history of Manchester United". Ten Hag will oversee a very different squad and is expected to introduce a culture shift and more discipline in a toxic, divided environment. Keep up to date with the latest transfer news and rumors on our dedicated Transfer Center blog on Sky Sports' digital platforms. You can also read about the pros, cons and analysis on Sky Sports News.

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Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev latest results and updates

French Open 2022 LIVE: Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev latest results and updates - Follow all the action from the men's semi-finals at Roland Garros (Author: Gardener)

Rafael NadalThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. 'Unexpected level' - Nadal on his performance after defeating Djokovic Follow for live updates as Rafael Nadal takes on Alexander Zverev for a spot in the French Open final in another blockbuster day of action at Roland Garros. Nadal had two days to recover from his momentous and epic victory over his great rival Novak Djokovic in Tuesday's quarterfinals, with the 13-time French Open champion sealing the win in four sets at 1.15am local time. Nadal has admitted this could be his last French Open due to his chronic foot injury and the Spaniard, who turns 36 today, faces another seismic challenge against Zverev. The German defeated rising star Carlos Alcaraz in another thrilling upset in the quarters and was perhaps the best win of the Grand Slam career for the 25-year-old, who is trying to win his first Major. After playing on Court Philippe-Chatrier in Tuesday's night session, Nadal returns to his favorite afternoon slot for the first of two men's semifinals today. Later, Marin Cilic will be looking to reach the fourth Grand Slam final of his career and continue his unlikely journey at this year's French Open. The Croatian has not progressed past the fourth round of a Slam since 2018 and will take on Norway's Casper Ruud, who is aiming to reach a Grand Slam final for the first time in his career. For live scores and updates, follow Rafael Nadal vs Alexander Zverev, below: Nadal vs Zverev runs with the roof closed at love before Zverev wraps his arm around another forehand winner. Nadal responds with a powerful serve down the center of the court, but another short ball from the Spaniard is lapped by Zverev, who approaches the ball and crushes another winner, this time on the backhand side. Nadal opens the angle and moves Zverev around on the next point to get back to 30-30 and Zverev wants his next two returns to come back as he nets on the forehand and then the backhand side. 14:15 , Jamie Braidwood Such power from Zverev. Nadal scores on his first return before Zverev powers a winner down the line. A few mistakes by Zverev put Nadal back in the game, but he kicks into a short ball from Nadal to unleash a forehand crosscourt winner that Nadal is unable to match. 14:12 , Jamie Braidwood What a start for the German! Zverev immediately went on the attack with his groundstrokes, undeterred from dropping the first few points after cutting the net and retreating to 30-30 German for an early break point. Zverev had to hold on to the point after Nadal forced him wide before the Spaniard went long. Both players are on the pitch as birthday boy Nadal is greeted by his home crowd on Philippe-Chatrier. Oh, and that indoor record previously mentioned in the head-to-head stats between Nadal and Zverev? It's a horrible day in Paris and with the roof closed, that could mean different conditions for tonight's game and suit the German. 2:02 PM , Jamie Braidwood 2:02 PM , Jamie Braidwood 2:01 PM , Jamie Braidwood 2:00 PM , Jamie Braidwood How to watch the French Open online and on TV 1:55 PM , Jamie Braidwood You can catch live action from Roland on Eurosport Watch Garros 1 - Sky channel 410, BT 435, Virgin 521. You can also stream the action live on Discovery+, a subscription is £6.99 a month or £59.99 a year on Sky, Amazon Prime Video channels, Roku and Vodafone. Hewett and Reid advance in wheelchair doubles final 13:45 , Jamie Braidwood Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid have reached their 10th consecutive Grand Slam final in wheelchair doubles after beating Spanish pair Daniel Caverzaschi and Martin De La Puente with 6th : 3, 3: 6 had defeated 1:0 (10:8) this morning. Hewett and Reid have won their last nine Grand Slam titles and can continue their extraordinary run when they meet Gustavo Fernandez and Shingo Kunieda in the final. Hewett saw Thursday's defense of his singles title at the French Open end against Fernandez 6-1, 6-1 in what was a tough defeat. 13:35 , Jamie Braidwood The prospect of a double at the French Open remains alive for Coco Gauff. After defeating Martina Trevisan to set up a singles final against Iga Swiatek on Thursday, the 18-year-old teamed up with Jessica Pegula to end the doubles final in a 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Taylor Townsend and Madison to reach Keys in an all-American semifinal earlier today. While Gauff will face Swiatek in her first singles final tomorrow, she reached the doubles final of the US Open last season. Barbora Krejcikova made the French Open double last season after winning both titles. Zverev confident of beating Nadal after 13:25 win over Alcaraz, Jamie Braidwood Zverev on the challenge of beating Nadal at the French Open: “There is a reason why they are the best in the world at Grand Slams. They've been at the top of the game for the last 15, 20 years and there's a good reason for that. “In the end, yes, I haven't beaten [one of tennis' big three] in majors, but I feel like I was really close. I feel like I had very difficult and tough matches against them. “But there is a big difference between a tough match and beating them. Hopefully I can get that win today and put it on the pitch on Friday." Zverev 'at the stage where I want to win' 13:15, Jamie Braidwood Alexander Zverev, spoke about Carlos Alcaraz after the win, to reach the semi-finals of the French Open: “At the end of the day, I've often said I'm not 20 or 21 anymore; I'm 25. I'm in the phase where I want to win, I'm in the phase where I should win. “We still have the best players in the world playing with Novak, Rafa and Roger coming back. I'm not sure if he will win Grand Slams again at the age of 41, but of course he has to be mentioned. I mean, I've also won big events like the Olympics. “I think tennis is at a pretty high level at the moment, men's tennis and I think you have the mix of the best in the world like Rafa and Novak and Roger when he comes back but you also have to have the mix of the newer generation name that poses a threat to them I think.” 13:05 , Jamie Braidwood Tim Henman believes Rafael Nadal's biggest challenge against Alexander Zverev at the French Open will be mental rather than physical. Nadal shrugged to beat arch-rival, defending champion and world number one Novak Djokovic in four grueling sets on Tuesday night. The Spaniard, who turns 36 on Friday, faces another major test of his fitness as he takes on 25-year-old world number three Zverev in the semifinals. But Eurosport pundit and former Britain number one Henman said: "Rafa's physicality is incredible." Let's rewind the clock as we watched him leave the pitch after losing to Denis Shapovalov and limping in Rome. Then 10 days later he's in this tournament playing incredible tennis. He really had to pull it out of the bag against (Felix) Auger-Aliassime to make the five sets. "We know that he's not getting any younger, but then to recover and to face Djokovic - one of his biggest rivals, world number one - and to show such a performance, not only the quality of tennis but also his attitude, physicality for four hours and 12 minutes, it's incredible. ” Nadal reiterates French Open could be his last 13:00 , Jamie Braidwood Before today's game, Rafael Nadal hinted that this year's French Open could be his last as the former world No. 1 continues to recover from injuries despite his scintillating quarter-final win Novak Djokovic is plagued. Nadal has won the men's singles trophy 13 times at Roland Garros, making him the most successful player in the history of the tournament. No player has won as many titles at any other Grand Slam, and Nadal holds more major trophies than any other male player (21). The Spaniard came one step closer to a 14th French Open trophy by defeating rival Djokovic on Tuesday, the world No. 1 in four sets in a late finish on Court Philippe-Chatrier he continues to struggle with a chronic foot injury. Rafael Nadal reiterates French Open could be his last after beating Novak Djokovic

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Moscow vows to keep fighting "until all objectives are achieved" as war enters day 100 - live

Kremlin spokesman dismisses idea of ​​peace as UK says Russian forces 'appear to be taking the initiative' in the east (Author: Gardener)

MoscowThis website uses cookies for analytics, personalized content and ads. By continuing to browse this site, you agree to this use. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience. Russia-Ukraine War: Moscow vows to keep fighting 'until all objectives are met' when war ends in 100s. Our Shaun Walker on how some Ukrainians look back on the weeks leading up to the Russian invasion and wonder if more could have When Russia's invasion of Ukraine began in the early hours of February 24, with mass rocket attacks and the advance of a land force, many key Ukrainian officials appeared to have been taken by surprise from multiple directions. Rumors of a Russian invasion had been circulating for weeks, and the night before US and Ukrainian intelligence agencies received information that almost certainly pointed to an invasion that night. President Volodymyr Zelenskyy was at home with his wife and children. Scores of officials responsible for key regions near the border and mayors of cities with strategic military targets have told the Guardian in interviews in recent weeks that they lay in bed and woke up in shock to the sound of the booms, rather than having spent the last hours of peace to coordinate the defense of their cities. A woman walks near members of the Ukrainian military guarding a street in Kyiv on February 24. It's possible it wouldn't have made a difference anyway, but as the Russian invasion of Ukraine hits the 100-day mark, some are beginning to look back to before the war and wonder if more could have been done. But in addition to the praise, there are also questions about the weeks before the war, in January and February. Why has Zelenskyy remained skeptical of increasingly alarming US intelligence warnings that Vladimir Putin was planning a full-scale invasion? "We don't want to open investigations for the time being, but we cannot avoid them in the future," said Volodymyr Ariev, a deputy from former President Petro Poroshenko's European Solidarity party. He said his party had been pushing for weeks leading up to the invasion for the government to take the threat of war more seriously. Read the full article: As the war drags on, Ukrainians are wondering: could we have prepared better? Related: As the war drags on, Ukrainians are wondering: Could we have prepared better? Vladimir Putin and his "war of aggression" are responsible for the risk of hunger in Africa and not in the West, said a spokesman for the Federal Foreign Office. Germany strongly condemns the Russian president's attempt to create a narrative that the West is responsible for causing the global food crisis, they said at a regular government press conference. We must emphasize that the fact that there is a threat of famine in parts of the world, that some countries are being cut off from grain exports, is a consequence of the Russian war of aggression and not of Western sanctions. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said increased German military spending means a remilitarization of the country and would increase security risks for Moscow. We see the statement by the German Chancellor [Olaf Scholz] as further confirmation that Berlin has set the course for an accelerated remilitarization of the country. Unfortunately, this is known from history. Friends and relatives of Colonel Oleksander Makhachek kneel as a coffin containing his remains arrives for a funeral ceremony at a military base in Zhytomyr, Ukraine. According to comrades-in-arms, Makhachek was killed fighting Russian forces when a shell fell on his position on May 30. Photo: Natacha Pisarenko/AP Here is more from Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, who said Minsk is ready to discuss the possible transit of Ukrainian grain through Belarus, with some "compromises". Belarus will allow transit of Ukrainian grain to ports on the Baltic Sea if it is allowed to ship Belarusian goods from those ports, state news agency Belta Lukashenko was quoted as saying. The topic was discussed today in a phone call between Lukashenko and UN Secretary-General António Guterres, reports Belta. Lukashenko told Guterres that Belarus is ready to free up needed capacity on its railway for Ukrainian grain, Belta said. The Belarusian leader also suggested organizing talks between Belarus, Ukraine and countries willing to grant access to their ports, Belta said. The most important thing, as mentioned in the conversation, is that these ports - in Germany, Poland, the Baltic States or in Russia - should also be opened for Belarusian goods. It was also said that if conditions were created for the transit of Ukrainian grain, the transshipment ports should also be able to load goods from Belarus. Belarus, a major global potash producer, has been hit by tough western sanctions since 2021, disrupting its exports of the fertilizer via Baltic Sea ports. The suspension of grain and fertilizer exports is caused by “the policies that the West and rich countries, especially the United States, are pursuing today,” Lukashenko was quoted by Belta as saying. Earlier this week, Guterres warned that an agreement to unblock shipments of goods from the region was still a long way off, as "the fact that everything is connected makes negotiations particularly complex". The scale of the destruction in Ukraine "is incomprehensible," the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said in a statement marking the 100th day of the conflict. Thousands of people "live in the agony of not knowing what happened to their loved ones," said ICRC director-general Robert Mardini. It is hard to overstate the toll the international armed conflict has taken on the civilian population in Ukraine over the past 100 days. Homes, schools and hospitals have been destroyed and civilians have suffered the horrors of the conflict, with lives lost and families torn apart. The UK has taken in fewer Ukrainian refugees per capita than all but one of 28 European countries, a Guardian analysis of official figures from across the continent has revealed. According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), seven million people have fled Ukraine to other European countries since Russia invaded on February 24. The Home Office put the number of Ukrainians who had arrived in the UK on May 29 at 65,700 - the equivalent of about 10 refugees for every 10,000 people. By May 11, 720,000 Ukrainian refugees had arrived in Germany, which has a similar population to Britain at 87 per 10,000 people. People at the Shehyni border crossing into Poland, outside Mostyska, Ukraine. France is the only European country with roughly the same per capita figure as Britain, with just over 57,500 arrivals as of May 25, or nine refugees per 10,000 people - although figures from individual prefectures suggest 93,000 have now arrived in the country , considerably more than the latest available official figure. Some countries, much smaller in terms of population, including Austria, the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, have received many more refugees, both in absolute and relative terms, according to their governments. Bulgaria, for example, was the initial destination of more than 290,000 people fleeing the war, which is 423 per 10,000 population. The countries bordering Ukraine have, as expected, taken in many more: UNHCR data shows that a total of 5 million refugees have entered Poland, Romania and Hungary. With 957 refugees per 10,000 inhabitants, Poland has taken in the highest rate of Ukrainian refugees of any EU country. Relative: Britain takes in fewer Ukrainians per capita than most of Europe Russia 'will remain in Ukraine until all targets are met' Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has spoken to reporters at his regular briefing, where he said Russia will be its military operation continue ” in Ukraine until all their goals are achieved. Referring to the Russian-controlled areas in Luhansk and Donetsk, Peskov said: One of the main goals of the operation is to protect people in the DNR and LNR. He also spoke about the meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the head of the African Union, Senegal's President Macky Sall, taking place today in Sochi. The visit of Sall and the president of the African Union Commission to Russia was planned "amid the presidency's efforts to help de-escalate amid the war in Ukraine and to release grain and fertilizer stocks, the blockade of which is particularly affecting African countries," it said in a statement from Sall's office. The meeting's agenda will highlight "the deep concern of the African continent over the growing food crisis and fertilizer shortage," Peskow said. He added that Putin will give the Senegalese President a "comprehensive" statement on what is really happening to Ukraine's grain. The Kremlin announced that Ukrainian grain will also be at the top of the agenda when Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visits Turkey next week. It's Léonie Chao-Fong who takes over from Martin Belam to bring you the latest developments from the war in Ukraine. Former Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zagorodnyuk writes for us today that Ukraine is desperate for peace but will not embark on a bogus deal with Russia: Among those who advocated a quick fix was former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, who suggested We should cede territory in exchange for ending the war. His intervention was appalling and surprisingly non-strategic for a well-known strategic thinker. Giving up territory will not end the war. Russia has not given up its main goal of getting rid of Ukraine and erasing us from the map. Far from halting Russia's pursuit of its broader military goals, it would feel emboldened. Responding to violence with territorial concessions would also have tragic global consequences. We don't want to live in a world where brute force decides which country we live in and which regime we belong to. We do not want to live in a world where only large countries can truly be sovereign. Reuters reportedly has an exclusive interview with Attorney General Iryna Venediktova, who is leading several war crimes investigations in Ukraine. Prosecutors investigating war crimes cases in Ukraine are reported to be looking into allegations of the forcible deportation of children to Russia to face genocide charges. Venediktova said: “We have more than 20 cases of forced displacement of people. From the very first days of the war, we started this genocide case.” She said that amidst the chaos and destruction caused by Russia's attack, focusing on removing children is the best way to secure the evidence, required to meet the strict legal definition of genocide: "Therefore, this forcible transfer of children is very important to us." Venediktova declined to give a figure on how many victims were forcibly transferred. The Human Rights Ombudsman of the Ukraine's Lyudmyla Denisova, however, said in mid-May that Russia had relocated more than 210,000 children during the conflict, part of more than 1.2 million Ukrainians who were deported against their will, according to Kiev.Russia has said in the past that it offering humanitarian aid to people trying to flee Ukraine voluntarily, Russia's state news agency Tass was quoted as saying on Mon An unnamed law enforcement official said: "More than 1.55 million people who came from the territory of Ukraine and Donbass crossed the border into the Russian Federation. Among them more than 254,000 children.” Venediktova said the war is hampering efforts to collect evidence. “To this day we have no access to the territory. We don't have access to people to ask, to interview," she said. Ukrainian officials are launching a concerted diplomatic push to start the country's path towards EU membership amid skepticism about a fast-track move in a number of Western European capitals. Since Russia's invasion, many in Europe, including European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, have advocated putting Ukraine on a fast track to EU membership by granting it candidate status. "It will be very hard to say no, but it will be even harder to say yes," said a European diplomat briefed on the discussions. Ultimately, the decision is likely to come down to face-to-face talks between European leaders at the summit, with the positions of France's Emmanuel Macron and Germany's Olaf Scholz seen as crucial. Russia now controls one-fifth of Ukraine's territory Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said in a video address to Luxembourg's parliament that Russian forces occupy about 20% of Ukraine's territory. The frontlines of the struggle stretch for more than 1,000 km (620 miles), Zelenskyy said, adding that 100 Ukrainians are dying and another 450-500 injured every day in eastern Ukraine. About 60% of infrastructure and residential buildings in Lysyhansk, one of only two eastern cities still under at least partial Ukrainian control, have been destroyed in attacks, according to a local official. Oleksandr Zaika, head of the Lysychansk city's military-civilian administration, said 20,000 people remained in the city, up from a pre-war population of 97,000. Meanwhile, Zelenskyy said Ukraine had "some success" in fighting in the eastern city of Sievierodonetsk, but it was too early to tell. Many cities are facing a powerful Russian attack,” he said.

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