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ATP Barcelona: Rafael Nadal beats Guillermo Garcia Lopez, extends clay court sets record

[ad_1] RAFAEL Nadal has extended his Open Era record to 40 for consecutive sets won on clay by easing past Spanish compatriot Guillermo Garcia Lopez 6-1 6-3 and into the Barcelona quarter-finals.World No.1 Nadal, chasing an 11th title at the tournament, a week after claiming the Monte Carlo Masters for an 11th time, will next face Slovakia’s Martin Klizan.Qualifier Klizan, ranked at 140, knocked out Novak Djokovic in the second
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Novak Djokovic splits with coaches Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek

[ad_1] NOVAK Djokovic has split with Andre Agassi and Radek Stepanek in the latest coaching change for the 12-time major champion.Djokovic announced the moves Wednesday on his website.Novak Djokovic has been battling on court this season.Source: APHe has struggled on the court this season as he deals with a right elbow problem that just won’t seem to go away, despite taking off the second half of last year and having
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Rafa shock! He loses match on clay

[ad_1] RAFAEL Nadal has found a worthy rival on clay. Dominic Thiem beat the top-ranked Nadal 7-5 6-3 in the Madrid Open quarterfinals, breaking the defending champion’s run of 21 straight wins on clay courts.Nadal hadn’t lost a single set on clay since falling to Thiem a year ago in the Italian Open quarterfinals.But Thiem succeeded in doing the nearly impossible with his deep drives: Make Nadal look sluggish and
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Indian Wells ATP: Serena Williams def. by Venus Williams score, video, draw

[ad_1] VENUS Williams defeated younger sister Serena 6-3, 6-4 in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open on Monday night, her first win in the sibling rivalry since 2014. It was the sisters’ earliest meeting since a 17-year-old Venus beat 16-year-old Serena in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. They played Monday night for the first time since last year’s Australian Open final, when a pregnant Serena
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Serena Williams billboards: Alexis Ohanian’s gesture romantic or cringe-worthy?

[ad_1] SERENA Williams was crowned sportswoman of the year at the Laureus Awards on Wednesday (AEDT) and her husband wants a gong of his own — spouse of the year.Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian wanted to do something special for his wife as she prepares to make a comeback to tennis after giving birth to daughter Alexis Olympia in September. Clearly he followed the “go big or go home” philosophy.Ohanian surprised
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Roger Federer world No.1, records, video: ATP Rotterdam quarter-final vs Robin Haase

[ad_1] ROGER Federer is world No.1 again, breaking Andre Agassi’s record as the oldest top-ranked player in history.Federer, 36 years and 195 days, has beaten Robin Haase 4-6 6-1 6-1 in the Rotterdam Open quarter-finals, meaning he will surpass Rafael Nadal as No.1 when rankings are updated on Monday and beat Agassi’s record by three years (the American was 33 years, 131 days, back in 2003).Federer will also extend his
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ATP Italian Open: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal win, scores, video, WTA

[ad_1] NOVAK Djokovic has moved into his first quarter-final of 2018 after defeating Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-1 7-5 at the Italian Open.The four-time Rome champion is making his way back this year after a six-month injury absence before the Australian Open, which was followed by elbow surgery.And the 30-year-old showed some of his old form as he got past Ramos-Vinolas to set up a rematch with Japan’s Kei Nishikori for
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French Open 2018: schedule, dates, how to watch, start time in Australia, draw

[ad_1] THE 2018 French Open gets underway at Roland Garros on Sunday with Rafael Nadal chasing an 11th title and Jelena Ostapenko defending the surprise women’s crown she claimed last year. Adding extra spice to the event is the return of three-time champion Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova, the two-time winner, who both missed the tournament in 2017.Here’s everything you need to know ahead of Roland Garros.Nadal's record Zverev defeat2:19WHEREThe
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French Open 2018 results, videos: Stan Wawrinka knocked out in first round

[ad_1] STILL reeling from knee surgeries, former champion Stan Wawrinka has lost a five-set battle to Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the first round of the French Open. Last year’s finalist lasted three and a half hours before bowing out with a 6-2 3-6 4-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 loss to the 67th-ranked Spaniard. Reigning champion Rafael Nadal was two sets up in his clash against Simone Bolelli when rain stopped play.The world
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Nick Kyrgios to play Queen’s; Surbiton Challenger event

[ad_1] A MISUNDERSTANDING over Nick Kyrgios’ decision to take a wildcard into the Surbiton Challenger next week has left British officials embarrassed.Tournament officials issued a media release, accompanied by a singles entry list, trumpeting the Aussie’s return to singles competition for the first time in two months.It seems tournament staff incorrectly added Kyrgios’ name to the singles entry.Nick Kyrgios will be playing doubles at Surbiton.Source: AAPCLOSE CALL: Crafty Barty pushes