The world number one, bidding to win the Paris indoor title for an unprecedented third time in a row, broke to love in the last game of the opening set, playing tighter when it mattered.

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He broke again in the eighth game of the second set as Bellucci sent a forehand long and closed out the match on serve to snatch his fifth win against Bellucci in as many encounters.

“The last match I played indoors was last year in London. So that’s why it’s always tricky to start out well,” Djokovic told a news conference.

“I have had a few things that I could have done better tonight. But again, all in all, it was a very solid match.

“I played against a player who was in form and who is playing well and gave me a hard time.. it’s always good to have a test like this.”

Top seed Djokovic, who already has three Paris Masters titles to his name, next faces a Frenchman, 14th seed Gilles Simon or Benoit Paire.

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Earlier, Stan Wawrinka started his Paris Masters challenge with a 6-3 7-6(6) win over Australian Bernard Tomic after surviving a blip in the tiebreak to reach the third round.

The world number four from Switzerland trailed 5-2 in the tiebreak but raised his game to close out the match in straight sets at a renovated Bercy Hall.

“I was not in a good position, that’s for sure,” said Wawrinka, who is bidding to become the first player to win the French Open and Paris Masters in the same year since Andre Agassi in 1999.

“I played one good point, aggressive, then he missed an easy forehand, and you’re back,” he told a news conference.

Wawrinka next faces either Spanish 15th seed Feliciano Lopez or Serbian Viktor Troicki.

Spanish eighth seed David Ferrer also reached the third round when he swept aside Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine 6-2 6-2.

The Paris Masters is the last tournament before the season-ending ATP World Tour finals, which will be played between the eight best players of the season from Nov. 15-22 at the 02 arena in London.

Djokovic, Wawrinka, Roger Federer, Rafa Nadal, Kei Nishikori, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych and Ferrer have all qualified.

(Editing by Ed Osmond and Ken Ferris)

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Michelle Payne created history as the first woman jockey to win the Cup, steering 100-1 chance Prince Of Penzance to a half length win, and surprising trainer Darren Weir who’d only hoped for a top 10 finish against the strong international field.

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Reactions to the win around the world have been overwhelmingly positive with many outlets describing the historic win as a victory for women in a male dominated sport.

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“I can’t say how grateful I am (to the people who helped me), and I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because women can do anything and we can beat the world,” Payne said.

Starting at $101, Prince Of Penzance also made headlines as one of the longest-priced winners in Melbourne Cup history.

Payne said she hopes her win in the nation’s biggest horse race helps kids realise that dreams do come true.

“That’s what I would like to say to everybody, that every young kid growing up, female or male, you have to follow your dreams because dreams do come true and it’s a fairytale really how it all worked out with my brother, Stevie,” said the fresh-faced jockey, the morning after winning the race that stops the nation.

Speaking after the race yesterday Payne praised trainer darren Weir for backing her: “To Think that Darren Weir has given me a go and it’s such a chauvinistic sport, I know some of the owners were keen to kick me off, and (part-owner) John Richards and Darren (Weir) stuck strongly with me.”

The Darren Weir trained horse swept to the lead at the 200m, before holding off a late challenge from Irish stayer Max Dynamite. Criterion came third.

Meanwhile shortly after the win #getstuffed was appearing on twitter.

#michellepayne doing for herself her family her dear stripper brother and women jockeys ! That’s right all her critics….. #getstuffed

— April Barker (@ab_aprilb) November 3, 2015

Payne is one of ten siblings, but it was her brother Stephen Payne, who has Down syndrome, that added to the positive story of success.

Stephen has been Prince Of Penzance’s strapper and the joy of the win was clear on his face yesterday.

Prince Of Penzance became only the fourth 100-1 chance to win the Melbourne Cup in its 155th running.

Payne, 30, had to push the six-year-old gelding after he came out of gate one slower than she would have liked but soon had him in a better than midfield position with English horse Big Orange leading the pack form Excess Knowledge.

The youngest of 10 children raised on a farm in rural Victoria, Payne felt the win was pre-ordained: “I actually really had a strong feeling I was going to win but I thought ‘ah, don’t be stupid, it’s the Melbourne Cup.

“It turned out exactly how I thought it would.”

 

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PSG will rue their poor finishing as they missed several chances, especially in the first period when Adrien Rabiot’s volley hit the post after 37 minutes.

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Former-Real player Angel Di Maria also struck the woodwork late on with a free-kick for the visitors.

“It was not a comfortable game for us at all,” Real defender Sergio Ramos told reporters.

“It was a difficult game and it has given us a lot to think about. We played a lot better away in Paris where we could only draw. We were up against a strong side with good players who had a lot of possession and created chances.”

Real have 10 points from four games in Group A while PSG, who suffered their first defeat in all competitions this season, are second with seven. Shakhtar Donetsk beat visiting Malmo 4-0 in the other group match with both teams now on three points.

There was a disruptive start to the game with players receiving treatment for knocks and PSG lost Marco Verratti after 17 minutes with what appeared to be a twisted ankle and he was replaced by the 20-year-old Rabiot.

It was the visitors who found their feet first with a shot from Blaise Matuidi straight at goalkeeper Keylor Navas and then Zlatan Ibrahimovic, inside the area, stroked the ball a whisker the wrong side of the right post.

Real fullback Marcelo then limped off after 33 minutes to add to the home side’s injury problems this season, with Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema among those unfit to face the French.

Replacement Nacho made an instant impact by knocking the ball home after a Kroos shot deflected to him off Thiago Silva.

Real responded when Rabiot hit the post with a long-range volley and Edinson Cavani miscued with only Navas to beat in first half stoppage time.

After the restart Di Maria was also denied by Navas in front of goal but as the game went on Real took most of the steam out of the contest. Di Maria was inches away in the 89th minute, however, with a long-range free-kick that clipped the bar.

(Reporting by Tim Hanlon in Barcelona, editing by Ken Ferris)

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According to market research by IBISWorld, the Australian Online Shopping Industry is growing at a much faster rate than the bricks-and-mortar retailing, with e-Commerce sales in Australia topping $16 billon in the past year and now employing over 62,000 Australians.

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Each online consumer in Australia spends more than $2,000 per year, with the most popular online purchase categories being travel & accommodation, music & DVDs and clothing & jewellery.

But with wasteful consumption in Australia amounting to over $10.5 billion annually spent on goods and services that are never or hardly ever used, it seems as though the ability to buy online has just made it that much easier for us to make impulsive and regrettable purchases.

To find out if more money is being wasted in bricks-and-mortar shops or online, we surveyed some Stockspot clients to ask them about top purchases they regret.

Gym memberships (offline)

It always starts with good intentions – to be fitter and healthier (especially in the new year). These grand plans funnel around $3 billion into the Australian fitness industry, $1.7 billion of which goes towards gyms and personal training.

However 60% of gym memberships go unused after the first few visits, meaning we are spending more than $1 billion on imaginary workouts. In fact one Stockspot client told us that she recently helped cancel a gym membership which hadn’t been used for over 12 months since her friend was too embarrassed to cancel it herself.

Splurging too much on pets (offline / online)

Many pet owners admit they are initially hypnotised by cuteness and companionship, and stunned later by the continuous financial commitment that comes with caring for a pet properly.

It’s a bit harsh to say you regret your pet, but there’s no arguing that we often fall into the trap of splurging on things that our pets don’t really appreciate as much as we do. The pet industry makes million of dollars from us with expensive items like organic pet food made with natural ingredients, designer pet clothing and accessories, and gadgets like PetBit – a wearable fitness tracker for your pet – or PetCube so that you can chat to your pet remotely from your smartphone while you’re at work.

ABC’s ‘The Checkout’ even has a regular segment satirising the ridiculous things we buy for our pets:

For a cat or dog, MoneySmart estimates that owners will spend between$2,000 to $4,000 in the first year. The cost of owning a cat or a dog over its lifetime is between $13,000 and $25,000 – taking into account food, vet expenses, flea treatments, training, accessories and insurance.

Wedding waste (offline / online)

The cost of weddings in Australia continues to rise, with couples paying an average of $36,200 for their big day.

It’s very easy to get swept away with all the stuff you think you’re expected to have at your wedding, but looking back, many newlyweds admit to regretting having their initials embossed on napkins for $2,000 or spending $250 a head on great uncles, aunts and second cousins who haven’t been spotted since the wedding day.

With florists, caterers and photographers all charging a premium once the ‘w’ word is dropped, it pays to figure out ways to spend smarter on your wedding so that you can save your hard earned money for more long-term investments such as a down payment on a house! Here are our 15 money-saving wedding tips.

New tech gadgets (offline / online)

With so many new gadgets coming out onto the market, we are often lured into buying them as soon as they’re released without considering whether we’ll actually end up using them.

For example, many Australians now own a wearable fitness tracker like FitBit, Jawbone or Garmin Vivofit, with the sales of these devices increasing almost 4-fold compared to a year ago. However research has found that 50% of owners have stopped using them, with 33% giving up using it within the first 6 months. With the popular brands selling for up to $350 each, it’s probably more cost efficient to consider one of the cheaper versions that costs around $20 so that you’ve wasted less money down the track.

Professional amateurism (offline / online)

Nothing says newbie like unwrapping a brand new Taylor Made golf driver in your Jason Day outfit before a swing-and-a-miss on the first tee-off in front of your Sunday golf partners. As the saying goes, ‘All the gear but no idea’.

In an attempt to emulate their professional athlete heros, Australians love spending big dollars on top-tier sporting equipment. In fact, sports equipment is the 5th most popular online purchase category for Australians.

But for those of us who experience extreme enthusiasm about a new and expensive hobby such as golf, fishing, tennis or kiteboarding, getting your gear from garage sales, Gumtree or borrowing from a friend can sometimes suffice – at least to start.

Tattoos (offline)

22% of Australian men and 29% of Australian women aged 20-29 have at least one tattoo, while a third (34%) of tattooed Australians say that they feel some regret towards getting ink done.

Taking average prices in Sydney and Melbourne as a guideline, you would pay about $4,500 to get a 10 x 10cm multi-coloured tattoo removed, and $19,500 to get rid of a 30 x 40cm multi-coloured tattoo. And it may cost more than you’re initially led to believe. Tattoos are leaving inked-up Aussies with a continuous financial reminder of their decision.

Too much barista coffee (offline)

Aussies drop a whopping $3 billion dollars a year on their morning coffees and afternoon caffeine hits. One-a-day will cost you around $1,275 and if you’re more of a 2-a-day coffee drinker – you can do the maths.

68% of Aussie coffee-lovers have now admitted to investing in a machine for home and are saving a small fortune from their decision. Even a one-a-day drinker can save $1,000 per year by home-brewing versus buying from your local barista. The market for single-serve coffee is estimated to have grown 47% in 2014 to US$8 billon globally, presumably driven by George Clooney’s good looks. Looking past the celebrity endorsement, CHOICE did a taste test of barista coffee versus capsules and here were the results. 

It still seems that offline purchases take the cake when it comes to purchases Australians regret. Travel and music, which are the most popular online shopping items, are much less likely to result in a case of buyer’s remorse.

Chris Brycki is the CEO and founder of Stockspot.

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Scientists are undertaking a major worldwide study of rest in the 21st Century.

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The subjective nature of how people rest means it has been hard for the topic, so crucial for wellbeing, to be studied by researchers.

So, experts have put together an online “Rest Test” to gather thousands of responses from around the world on how people from different backgrounds do it.

The study is being launched on the UK’s Radio 4’s All in the Mind show and will be broadcast on the BBC World Service.

Durham University’s Dr Felicity Callard, a director of the Hubbub research centre, says people defined rest differently.

“Some people say they feel most rested doing 20 lengths in the swimming pool, for other people it’s when they watch television,” she said.

While sleep and work have been well-researched, rest has not been so closely studied, she said.

But it was a highly-relevant subject with social media keeping our minds active long after work has supposedly finished, with the latest technology allowing people to track their daily exercise and studies showing that working long hours damages productivity.

The growing phenomenon of mindfulness – of concentrating on the moment – has become popular as people struggle with the frenetic pace of modern living.

“We want to know how people’s life experiences – of work and worklessness, of health and ill-health – affect their ability to rest,” Dr Callard said.

“Data from The Rest Test will allow us to look at, from a whole range of different angles, who rests most, least, and how – and who feels they can’t get rest.

“In time, these data might well help us to rethink how work might be re-organised, and how societal interventions might find more creative ways in which to facilitate people’s bodily and mental rest.”

Claudia Hammond, presenter of Radio 4’s All in the Mind and associate director of Hubbub, said: “Rest is widely regarded as important to our wellbeing but there’s so much we don’t know about it.

“Sometimes we want to calm our minds, while at other times we focus on letting our bodies recover.

“The test will help us find out more about our relationships with rest and how it affects all our lives.”

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