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Tennis fans can now follow the fortunes of Algarve tennis star Rui Machado on the internet after the current world No129 became the first Portuguese player to have his own digital website. At www.ruimachado.pt personal details, match schedules, results and other information are all readily available.

Last weekend the 24-year-old was in Davis Cup action for his country against Cyprus, loosing his opening singles rubber 3-6, 5-7, 4-6 to former world No8 and Australian Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis before being rested for the doubles in which Frederico Gil and Leonardo Tavares were outgunned 6-4, 3-6, 4-6, 6-3, 6-1 on the way to losing the tie.