TENNIS - Rafael Nadal easily negotiated his first hurdle of the 2013 Monte Carlo 1000 Masters tournament, a championship that the Spaniard has won in each of the previous eight years. He is attempting to become the first player to win the same ATP tournament on nine different occasions.
FOOTBALL - Tuesday’s Premier League match between Arsenal and Everton will be a crucial encounter in terms of Champions League berths and will allow stalwart managers Arsène Wenger and David Moyes to renew their coaching rivalry. Our Infographic is below.
FORMULA 1 - On Sunday, the Grand Prix of China will take place for the 10th time. The previous nine races have been won by eight different drivers, making this the most diverse winners’ circle among Grands Prix that are currently on the F1 calendar. Our Infographic shows where each race stands.
FOOTBALL - FC Barcelona drew 1-1 with Paris Saint-Germain to reach the semifinals of the Champions League on Wednesday. This is the 29th time Barça reached a semifinal in any European competition, equalling the record set by Real Madrid yesterday. Bayern München reached the semifinals of a European competition for the 23rd time, which is third most of all clubs. Juventus, eliminated by Bayern today, were held to 20 semifinals.
TENNIS - This weekend, the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup World Group will take place. Defending champions Czech Republic travel to Kazakhstan, who have chosen clay as the surface for only the second World Group tie they host. Argentina host a match on clay, which they almost always do. The two North American hosts have opted for their preferred hardcourts. Click on the picture below to enable our Infographic’s interactive features. Check and uncheck the boxes to see which surfaces are popular with which hosts.
BASEBALL - Estimates indicate that the New York Yankees will go into the 2013 Major League Baseball season not having the highest payroll of all teams for the first time in 15 years. In 1998, they played second fiddle to the Baltimore Orioles. Want to know how payrolls have developed? And who are this year’s biggest spenders? Click on the picture below to enable its interactive features and then use the check-boxes on the right to match up any teams you choose.
FOOTBALL - Liverpool become the first club to record their 1,800th top flight victory. They lead that list from Arsenal (1,751) and Everton (1,745). We have made an Infographic depicting the entire Top 10. Click on the picture below to enable its interactive features.
CYCLING - Tom Boonen needs to win the Ronde van Vlaanderen one more time to become the first rider to win this classic four times. The Ronde van Vlaanderen is the only classic of the big-5 (Monument races) that has been won a maximum three times.
FOOTBALL - Bayern München can win the Bundesliga title as early as this Saturday and head coach Jupp Heynckes’s next championship title seems a matter of time. It has been 23 years since he won his last Bundesliga crown. No coach has ever taken more than 20 years to win his next championship in one of Europe’s top 5 leagues.
FOOTBALL - On Tuesday, Japan can become the first team other than hosts Brazil to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. In 2006 and 2010, Japan were also the first nation besides the hosts to qualify. Our Infographic shows you when each team qualified for the last four World Cups. By using the interactive features you can toggle between years and confederations. You can access our interactive Infographic by clicking on the picture below.
GOLF - Tiger Woods is about to start his final round at the Arnold Palmer Invitational on Sunday. At the start of the day he had a 2 stroke lead, making him the favourite to win this tournament. If he wins, he reclaims the number one spot of the World Golf Ranking for the first time since October 2010. Leading or co-leading after the third round, Woods has won a PGA Tour tournament 51 out of 54 times. Woods has won this tournament seven times and can equal the record number of wins at a single PGA tournament (Sam Snead won Greater Greensboro Open eight times).
FORMULA 1 - Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday, winning his first GP of the season. The German driver has now won a Grand Prix in six successive seasons, a feat nine other drivers have achieved. Later this season, Lewis Hamilton can win a GP in seven consecutive seasons. Vettel has now won 27 Grands Prix, equalling Jackie Stewart on sixth place on the all-time list.
SPEED SKATING - Ireen Wüst reached the podium in the 1000m and 5000m in today’s women’s disciplines, adding her total to four medals in these World Single Distance Championships. In 2011, she also reached the podium on four occasions, making her the only person to achieve this feat twice. Tomorrow, Wüst can equal the record of five podiums, if she wins a medal in the Team Pursuit.
TENNIS - The Sony Open in Miami is this season’s second Masters 1000 series and the two players that lead tournaments of that level in career singles titles, Rafael Nadal (22) and Roger Federer (21), have chosen to forego this championship. Of the players taking part this year, Novak Djokovic (13) has most career Masters 1000 titles under his belt. Our Infographic shows the Top 10. You can access it by clicking ‘Read More’.