• Skiing U-turn made me a champion, says Djokovic

    By Zoran Milosavljevic BELGRADE (Reuters) - The dedication to sporting excellence which moulded Novak Djokovic into the world’s top tennis player was preceded by a passion for skiing which remains one of his greatest joys, the 27-year old Serb told Reuters on Sunday. Cutting a relaxed figure…

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  • Nadal aims for slice of clay-court history

    Reigning French Open champ Rafael Nadal defeated Carlos Berlocq in straight sets to reach the final of the Argentina Open where he will try to secure a slice of clay-court history. "I was serving short in the first set and he (Berlocq) was very aggressive," said Nadal, who won 7-6 (9/7), 6-2. Nadal…

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  • Tennis-Ferrer downs Nishikori for fourth Mexico title

    David Ferrer won a record-equalling fourth Mexican Open title with a 6-3 7-5 victory over Kei Nishikori in the Acapulco hardcourt final. The Spanish world number nine's triumph put him level with Austrian Thomas Muster with four Mexican titles having also won the tournament three times from…

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  • Awesome Federer floors Djokovic in straight sets

    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer's enduring class shone through again as the Swiss maestro beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-3 7-5 to win the Dubai Championships for a seventh time on Saturday. The 33-year-old's serve is the least praised of his repertoire but it was his awesome…

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  • Federer stuns Djokovic in Dubai

    Roger Federer claimed the 84th title of his legendary career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time on Saturday. He had to be pleased with what he had done, he reckoned,…

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  • Nadal reaches first final of year in Argentine Open

    By Rex Gowar BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Rafael Nadal, pushed to the limit in a high octane first set, made up for his semi-final defeat at the Rio Open a week ago by reaching the Argentine Open final with a 7-6(7) 6-2 victory over Carlos Berlocq on Saturday. The world number four will meet a fourth…

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  • Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

    DOHA, Qatar (AP) — Fed Cup winner Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday.

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  • Sharap-ova and out as bug forces top seed to withdraw

    A stomach virus caused world number two Maria Sharapova to pull out of the Acapulco International in Mexico just hours before her semi-final on Friday. "I want to thank the tournament for organizing such a great event and most importantly the fans who were so passionate during all my matches."…

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  • Federer lauds rivalry with Djokovic after 20th win

    By Matt Smith DUBAI (Reuters) - Roger Federer rates his rivalry with Novak Djokovic as highly as his duels with Rafa Nadal, the Swiss said after beating the Serb to win a seventh Dubai title on Saturday. It was their 37th meeting and Federer's 6-3 7-5 victory means he leads the series 20-17.…

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  • Ex-England captain brings Becks appeal to Qatar Open

    One surprise spectator at the Qatar Open on Friday was footballer David Beckham and Victoria Azarenka admitted it was great to have him watching in the crowd. Beckham was constantly shown on the big screen in his VIP seat at the Khalifa International Complex, Doha, each time bringing loud cheers…

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  • Nadal to play Monaco in final of Argentina Open

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Rafael Nadal beat Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7), 6-2 on Saturday, setting up a final against Juan Monaco at the Argentina Open.

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  • Maria Sharapova withdraws because of stomach virus

    ACAPULCO, Mexico (AP) -- Top-seeded Maria Sharapova of Russia withdrew Friday before her Mexico Open semifinal against Caroline Garcia of France because of a stomach virus.

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  • Tennis - Nadal cruises into Argentina semis

    - Rafael Nadal, who is gunning for a record-tying 46th clay-court title, surged into the semi-finals of the Argentina Open on Friday with a 6-1, 6-1 rout of Federico Delbonis. The world number four Nadal will face Carlos Berlocq for a berth in the final of the ATP Tour tournament. Nadal needed just…

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  • Defending champ Federer beats Djokovic to retain Dubai title

    Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday. This marked the seventh consecutive year - 11th time in 13 years - that Federer or Djokovic won this title. The only other tournaments…

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  • Tennis-Safarova beats Azarenka to win Doha title

    Czech player Lucie Safarova claimed the biggest title of her career when she beat former world number one Victoria Azarenka 6-4 6-3 at the Qatar Open on Saturday. The world number 15 reached the final with a string of impressive wins and continued her form against Azarenka, who made little…

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  • Djokovic to face defending champ Federer in Dubai final

    Top-seeded Novak Djokovic will face defending champion Roger Federer in the final of the Dubai Championships after a three-set win over Tomas Berdych on Friday. ''You don't expect anything less than hard work against someone who has been a top 10 player for many years,'' Djokovic said. ''Even when…

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  • Gasquet pulls out of Davis Cup tie with lower back pains

    PARIS (AP) — Richard Gasquet has pulled out of France's first-round Davis Cup match against Germany next week because of lower back pains and has been replaced by Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

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  • Nadal crushes Delbonis to reach Argentine Open semi-final

    Nadal, who went down to a first defeat in 53 consecutive semi-finals on clay at the Rio Open last weekend, pumped his fist after winning a superb rally in the fifth game of the second set and again when the Argentine hit the ball wide on second match point. "It was very important for me to reach…

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  • Tennis - Safarova sees off Azarenka for Qatar title

    - Lucie Safarova continued her fine start to 2015 by claiming her first ever victory over Victoria Azarenka to win the Qatar Open title in Doha. The Czech won in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, to boost her chances of realising her "dream" of getting into the world top 10. The victory in Qatar comes on…

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