France – South Africa, the 2022 World Cup play-offs, Alacaraz – Tstisipas, Messi: the news on a set from 03/29/2022

What you may have missed between last night and this morning

1. Tennis – ATP Miami: Alcaraz and Tsitsipas after Medvedev: the heavyweights ensure

No surprise in Miami. Stefanos Tsitsipas, 5th player in the world, signed a successful performance to overcome the Australian Alex De Minaur (6-4, 6-3). The Greek will face the Spanish prodigy Carlos Alcaraz, dominating a little earlier against the Croatian Marin Cilic (6-4, 6-4), for a remake of their tasty duel at the US Open. It also happened for the Russian Daniil Medvedev against the Spaniard Pedro Martinez (6-3, 6-4) as well as for the defending champion, the Polish Hubert Hurkaczwinner of the Russian Aslan Karatsev in three sets (7-5, 4-6, 6-3).

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2. Tennis – WTA Miami: Osaka and Swiatek in complete serenity

Naomi Osaka continues to move forward in Florida, without the slightest hitch. On Monday, the Japanese, down to 77th place in the world, showed authority to win against Alison Riske, 50th in the WTA, in two sets (6-3, 6-4) in the round of 16. In the process, Iga Swiatek largely dominated Cori Gauff (6-3, 6-1) who cracked after a hung first set. Qualifications also for the Spaniard Paula Badosa against the young Czech Linda Fruhvirtova (6-2, 6-3) and Petra Kvitova, another Czech, against the Russian Veronika Kudermetova (7-6, 6-4).

3. Basketball – NBA: Siakam brings down Boston, Jokic still dazzles

40 points, 13 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and above all the decisive basket in overtime: Pascal Siakam was a real nightmare for the leader of the Eastern Conference, Boston, beaten by the Toronto Raptors (115-112 ap). The Celtics, deprived in particular of Jayson Tatum, Jaylen Brown and Robert Williams, were very diminished however and give way to Miami, winner of Sacramento (123-100), to the East. Nikola Jokic, as usual, also panicked the counters with a big triple double (26 points, 19 rebounds, 11 assists) to guide the Denver Nuggets to victory against the Charlotte Hornets (109-113). Finally, note the performance of French Théo Maledon (23 points, 10 rebounds) during Oklahoma City’s victory in overtime against Portland (131-134).

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Fabien Galthié has seen his contract with the XV of France extend until 2028, i.e. until the next World Cup in 2027. Excellent news for Jean-Baptiste Lafond who has only one fear: to see him fly away to other skies where millions of euros flow freely… Instead, the French coach is on his way to continue his idyll with the Blues and Bernard Laporte.

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What you will be sure to follow today

1. Football – Friendly matches: Mbappé and firsts against South Africa

Package Friday against the Ivory Coast, Kylian Mbappé should return to the breast of an unprecedented French team, with the probable first starts of Jonathan Clauss, Mike Maignan and William Saliba, against South Africa (9:15 p.m.). Other key selections will be on hand to prepare for the World Cup in Qatar: Spain against Iceland (8:45 p.m.), England against Côte d’Ivoire (8:45 p.m.), Belgium against Burkina Faso (8:45 p.m.) . And there will be a particularly enticing clash between the Netherlands and Germany (8:45 p.m.).

2. Football – 2022 World Cup play-offs: Time for the big thrill

So many countries will vibrate to the rhythm of the dams this Tuesday. In Europe, with the duel between Portugal and North Macedonia, executioner of Italy, and that between Poland by Robert Lewandowski and Sweden by Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Kick off at 8:45 p.m. But also in Africa with Nigeria – Ghana (7:00 p.m., 0-0 one way), Senegal, winner of the CAN, who must come up a goal behind against Egypt (7:00 p.m.), Tunisia – Mali (9:30 p.m.), Morocco – DR Congo (9:30 p.m.) and Algeria – Cameroon (9:30 p.m.). The Fennecs are on a favorable tie after their success in Douala (0-1) thanks to Islam Slimani.

3. Tennis – ATP Miami: Sinner – Kyrgios and Alcaraz – Tsitsipas, big duels

The tension will go up a notch in Florida with great displays in the round of 16. To start with the clash between Italian Jannik Sinner and Australian Nick Kyrgios. Briton Cameron Norrie will face off against Norwegian Casper Ruud, Russian Daniil Medvedev will face American Jenson Brooksby and German Alexander Zverev against Australian Thanasi Kokkinakis. And a tasty dessert to finish: the young Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz against the Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, two players who had offered an exceptional spectacle during their confrontation at the US Open last year.

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