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Diego Costa has hit the ground running at Chelsea as the latest English Premier League import from Atletico Madrid

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Atletico Madrid's Argentinian coach Diego Simeone looks on during the Spanish league football match Club Atletico de Madrid vs Sevilla FC at the Vicente Calderon stadium in Madrid on September 27, 2014. Photo - AFP
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Tennis: Nadal returns in style, Djokovic wins in China
The 14-times Grand Slam winner won his first round match in Beijing 6-4, 6-0, overcoming sporadic resistance in the first set before crushing his 22nd-ranked opponent in the second.

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