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Man City draw on recent memory for New Year title fight

Champions Manchester City go into 2013 facing a daunting seven-point deficit on Premier League leaders Manchester United and a testing encounter against stubborn Stoke City on Tuesday.

Roberto Mancini’s side ended the year which delivered their first Premier League title with a gritty 4-3 triumph over Norwich City, proving their high-profile players also have the mettle for a fight.

It is early days in the long title run-in but United, who travel to Wigan Athletic on New Year’s Day, are traditionally strong in the second half of the campaign.

Mancini, however, does not need to trawl the memory banks too far for inspiration, as United threw away an eight-point advantage with only six games left to play last season.

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Baghdatis through to second round in Brisbane

Marcos Baghdatis needed just over an hour and 15 minutes to overcome local wild card entrant Benjamin Mitchell 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round of the Brisbane International on Monday.

In the second round Baghdatis will take on sixth-seeded German Florian Mayer, who became the first player of the 2013 ATP World Tour season to record a match win in singles main draw action, defeating Colombian Santiago Giraldo in straight sets.

The 27-year-old Cypriot beat Mayer 6-3, 6-3 in their only meeting on the tour in the quarterfinals of the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in 2007.

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