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Djokovic dominates after Azarenka controversy

Novak Djokovic installed himself as red-hot favourite for a third straight Australian Open title with a semi-final demolition of David Ferrer on Thursday after Victoria Azarenka had controversially set up a final against Li Na.

Serbian world number one Djokovic was brutally dominant as he pulverised the Spanish fourth seed 6-2 6-2 6-1 in 89 minutes in Rod Laver Arena to race into Sunday’s final against Roger Federer or Andy Murray.

“This was definitely one of the best matches of my career,” he said. “Tonight I just played incredible.”

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AEL, Anorthosis progress into national cup quarter-finals

An early goal and 2-0 first leg advantage were not enough for APOEL to secure their spot in the last eight of the national football cup, as they suffered a 3-1 defeat to AEL at the GSP Stadium in Nicosia on Wednesday afternoon.

“Based on how we played we should not have conceded three goals. This season whenever we need to make one step forward, we take two steps back,” APOEL’s coach Ivan Jovanovic said, visibly disappointed with his team’s elimination.

Aldo Adorno opened the proceedings only two minutes into the match, but Patrick Vouho levelled the score 10 minutes later from the penalty spot, after Michael Klukowski brought down Luciano Bebe.

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The truth is complicated

 

THEO PANAYIDES meets a young NGO worker thriving on life in some of the world’s furthest flung danger spots

 

It’s the coldest day of the year, and Alexandra Mitsidou is coming down with something. This is not, in itself, a surprise. Alexandra isn’t great at looking after her health, she admits, and is forever falling prey to this or that bug. “Almost every country I visit, I get gastro problems. This is just what happens.” She shrugs airily, with a 26-year-old’s blithe conviction that good health is important but not, in the end, that important: “But it’s okay.” 

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A minute with Tina Chester, Soprano

 

Where do you live?

In Peyia with kitten Mundy

 

Best childhood memory? 

I was about seven and performed on stage in a local concert. It was a poem and I remember I was dressed up in my mother’s clothes and shoes for it. I think it started clippity clop, clippity clop down the stairs I go… I loved it!

 

Most frequented restaurant and absolute favourite dish? 

It’s probably Neo’s, Coral Bay and I’ve eaten lots of Seafood Salad there. I enjoy lots of different foods but I don’t eat meat. However, since doing the Fusion tour around the mountain tavernas I am astounded at the high standard of the delicious food being served.

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Snow bound

With the first snow of winter last weekend it was time to head to the ski slopes. ALIX NORMAN struggles in vain to get there

 

I learnt to ski in Cyprus, starting with one of the very patient instructors from the Cyprus Ski Federation. Back then, there would be snow in December, January, February and March. And in one memorable year, there was still enough to ski on at the start of April. Those were the days.

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A passion for perfection

Set on a rocky outcrop in Paphos, one restaurant has proved so popular it has expanded nine times. BEJAY BROWNE meets its owner and chef

 

With a lifelong love of cooking, Nicos Dimitriou dreamt of owning his own restaurant from the time he was a young boy. Fourteen years ago he accomplished just that with the opening of Vatouthkia in Paphos. Raised in Kili, he learnt his basic culinary skills from his mother and grandmother and spent hours concocting meals with them at home.

“Cooking has been my passion for as long as I can remember. I worked in a number of hotels in Paphos, including the Annabel, the Paphos Beach and the Aloe for 11 years. But I always dreamed of owning my own restaurant,” he says.

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Film review: Les Miserables**

 

It opens like a Jason Bourne movie, the camera underwater and staring at the underside of a floating object; then it thrusts upwards, breaks the surface and just keeps soaring, craning up and up to reveal dozens of prisoners waist-deep in dirty water. “Look down, look down,” sing these poor wretches glumly, staking their claim as the most disgruntled gang of extras to open a major musical since the workhouse boys grumbling “All we ever get is gru-u-uel” in Oliver!. Everyone sings in Les Miserables, a stolid adaptation that’ll probably please fans of the (hugely successful) show despite a certain woolliness and a deadly-dull second half.

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