LIECHTENSTEIN They reign over a mere sliver of a state, but their fortune is decidedly big league. The Liechtenstein familys wealth, which predates their purchase of the principality that bears their name, was once concentrated in vast land holdings in the Holy Roman Empire.
Jenson Button will start Sunday’s Monaco Grand Prix from pole position while Lewis Hamilton — the man he hopes to succeed as world champion — suffered another humiliating blow. Championship leader Button made it four poles in six races in 2009 in his Brawn GP with a dramatic final lap of one minute 14.902 seconds while fellow Briton Hamilton will start from 16th on the grid.
Rafael Nadal beat Andy Murray in straight sets to reach the final of the Monte Carlo Masters where he will play Serbia’s Novak Djokovic on Sunday. Nadal will be bidding for his fifth straight title in the principality but was made to work for his 6-2 7-6 victory by Scot Murray who once again showed his growing adaptability to clay.