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On Friday, the final day of round-robin matches at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, there are still six scenarios by which two of three players in Group John McEnroe can make the semifinals. One of them -- wins by Stan Wawrinka and Kei Nishikori in two and three sets, respectively -- would actually send No. 1-ranked Andy Murray, author of a 21-match win streak, home to the London suburbs.Over in Group Ivan Lendl on Thursday night, it wasnt nearly as complicated. When No. 4 Milos Raonic met No. 9 Dominic Thiem, it was win and in.At this year-end tournament missing Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych and David Ferrer, here was a glimpse into the future of mens tennis, a battle between the two youngest qualifiers in London, a pair of heavy hitters destined to be top-10 players for quite some time.Raonic, 25, had just one more Finals appearance on his résumé than the first-time Thiem, 23. That experience -- and a nearly unreturnable serve -- manifested itself in a sparkling 7-6 (5), 6-3 victory.In the pivotal first-set tiebreaker, Raonic hit aces on his final three service swings.Hes also had some high-powered consultants watching from his box. In addition to primary coach Riccardo Piatti, Carlos Moya and John McEnroe sat side-by-side. Thats a total of eight Grand Slam singles titles.Thats why you have three guys, Raonic joked afterward. If the first two arent right, maybe the other one will be.McEnroe was brought on for a stint during the grass-court season, and Raonic responded by reaching his first Grand Slam final. McEnroes mantra was to encourage Raonic to come forward more often to take advantage of his huge serve and wingspan. While the quickness of the O2 Arena court didnt allow an excessive amount of that, the conditions suited Raonic. Thiem, who doesnt quite have Raonics reach, is more comfortable on clay.And now the possibility of a Sunday final showdown between Murray and Novak Djokovic, with the No. 1 ranking on the line, looms large.Earlier Thursday, the No. 2 Djokovic dismantled alternate David Goffin, playing for injured Gael Monfils (rib), 6-1, 6-2 in 70 minutes. Djokovic awaits the second-place finisher in the McEnroe Group in Saturdays semifinals.By defeating Wawrinka in the Friday afternoon session, Murray will advance to the semifinals for the first time in four years. That (and four of the other scenarios) would land him a meeting with Raonic, against whom he is 8-3, including 5-0 in 2016.The Canadian is playing the best tennis of his life, relying on one of the best serves on the planet. Against Thiem, he won 86 percent of his first-serve points, collected 13 aces and did not face a break point.Its a great match for me, Raonic said afterward in an on-court interview. It wasnt a round-robin match for us; it was a quarterfinal. I was fortunate to get through today.Thiem, whose forehand is one of the tours heaviest and whose one-handed backhand is lovely to behold, looked a little weary. After playing a terrific first set, he was broken on his first service game in the second. Thiems last shot was a weak backhand into the net on Raonics second match-point opportunity.This was Thiems 82nd match of the year, second only to Murrays 84. He was trying to become the youngest semifinalist in London since Juan Martin del Potro in 2009, but he finished with 57 match wins.After the then-22-year-old Thiem beat 19-year-old Alexander Zverev in the fourth round of the French Open this spring, he concluded, Such a great player, Sascha, and, yeah, I think the difference today was maybe probably the three years age difference.That also was the case with Raonic, who had lost his only two previous matches in London, to Federer and Murray in 2014, before pulling out with a thigh injury. Here hes won two of three matches (also beating Monfils) and pushed Djokovic into two tiebreakers. Raonic led in both frames but failed to hold his serve -- and his nerve.Those [key] moments he stepped up and played well, Raonic explained afterward. I just maybe hesitated a little bit too much.In Saturdays semifinal, most likely against Murray, Raonic will have to fly into those momentous occasions at full speed. Cheap Custom Jerseys China . 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BARCELONA, Spain -- Karim Benzema and Antoine Griezmann are fit to play Saturdays Spanish capital derby between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid.While Benzema is Madrids top choice to accompany Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in attack, Griezmanns importance to Atletico is paramount.Griezmann has scored eight goals for his club this season and should join Yannick Carrasco and Kevin Gameiro in attack for Atleticos home match. He was doubtful because of a foot knock picked up while playing for France until Atleticos team doctors cleared him after Fridays late practice.I have the good fortune to have a football player (like Griezmann) who wants to keep improving and is as talented as he is, Atletico manager Diego Simeone said.Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane picked Benzema, but he didnt reveal if he will start Benzema or place him in the reserves.He is better, and if he is on the squad then he can play, Zidane said.Benzema was in doubt because of a lingering hip problem. He has five goals in 13 appearances this season.Zidane will be without his other pure striker, Alvaro Morata, who injured a hamstring while playing for Spain over the international break.Once the capitals dominant team, Madrid hasnt beaten Atletico in six consecutive league derbies, although it has topped its cross-town rival in two Champions League finals during that stretch.Zidane gave credit to Simeone for transforming Atletico since his arrival midway through the 2011-12 season.Atletico gets better year after year, Zidane said. It has a coach that has changed so many tthings.dddddddddddd. He is doing a phenomenal job. Everybody always says Atletico defends well, but it is so much more than that.Madrid is also in fine form.Madrids defeat to Atletico last February marked the start of a remarkable run for Zidanes side, which hasnt lost in the league since -- a run of 23 matches.Besides Benzema, Madrid will also have back Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric after both recovered from knee problems, although Modric will be without fellow midfielders Toni Kroos and Casemiro due to injuries.Atletico has most of its midfielders, led by playmaker Jorge Koke Resurreccion, to choose from, including Nicolas Gaitan, who has recovered from a leg injury that sidelined him from Argentinas most recent World Cup qualifiers.Madrid leads the league and has a six-point advantage over fourth-place Atletico.But Simeone said that his teams main source of inspiration is the chance to win what will likely be the last derby played at the Vicente Calderon before Atletico moves to its new stadium.What we are focusing on is managing our emotions for what will be the last derby against our eternal rival in our home, Simeone said. Being nine, six or three points behind is not our concern right now. I know our fans will be like they always are. We need our `12th player and I dont need to tell them that.Defending champion Barcelona, which hosts Malaga on Saturday, is in second place two points adrift of Madrid. ' ' '

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