• 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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  • 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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  • Safarova beats Azarenka to win the Qatar Open

    Fed Cup winner Lucie Safarova beat Victoria Azarenka in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3 to clinch the Qatar Open on Saturday. The Czech snapped Azarenka's 14-match winning streak in Doha and also foiled the Belarusian's attempt to clinch a record third Qatar Open title. I'm happy at the way season has…

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  • Agassi says would be happy for Serena if she usurps wife

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - Andre Agassi says it would be a "beautiful thing to watch" if fellow American Serena Williams goes on to surpass his wife Steffi Graf's professional era record of 22 grand slam singles titles. Williams reached 19 with her Australian Open triumph last month and…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tennis - Bad back rules Gasquet out of Davis Cup

    - Edouard Roger-Vasselin, ranked 143rd in the world, was called up on Friday by France to replace injured Richard Gasquet for next month's Davis Cup clash with Germany. Gasquet was suffering from the problem at this week's Dubai Open when he was forced to retire when trailing Roger Federer 6-1 in…

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  • Tennis-Djokovic close to scaling tennis's Everest - Agassi

    By Martyn Herman LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Novak Djokovic may never have a better chance to complete his career grand slam than at this year's French Open but those predicting the decline of claycourt king Rafa Nadal should be wary, according to Andre Agassi. Had it not been for the Spaniard,…

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tennis - Djokovic earns Dubai showdown with Federer

    - Novak Djokovic defeated Tomas Berdych in three sets in the Dubai Open on Friday to earn a shot at his 50th title and an opportunity to atone for last year's loss to Roger Federer. The world number one from Serbia won 6-0, 5-7, 6-4 against the former Wimbledon finalist from the Czech Republic in a…

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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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  • Azarenka powers past Venus, Safarova awaits in Qatar final

    Former world number One Victoria Azarenka continued her comeback from injury on Friday in Doha by beating Venus Williams for the first time to make the Qatar Open final. Azarenka, now ranked 48th in the world since losing most of 2014 to a foot injury, stormed back from losing the first set to…

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  • Tennis-Federer and Djokovic to meet in Dubai final

    * Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 6-0 5-7 6-4 in Dubai semi * Roger Federer beat Borna Coric 6-2 6-1 in the other semi-final (Adds details on Djokovic's injury) By Matt Smith DUBAI, Feb 27 (Reuters) - World number one Novak Djokovic beat Tomas Berdych 6-0 5-7 6-4 at the Dubai Championships on…

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