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Nadal will surprise us again, says Kuerten LONDON: Three-times French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten knows what it is like to have a career plagued by injury but believes Rafael Nadal will come back strong from his latest ailments.Spaniard Nadal has not played since a shock defeat by Nick Kyrgios at Wimbledon, since when a wrist problem and a troublesome appendix have sidelined the former world number one.Nadal, whose ninth French Open title in June was a rare highlight in a difficult year, will return to action after Christmas and Kuerten expects the 28-year-old to be challenging for more grand slams in 2015."It's worrying for all of us who love watching him when he's injured but then he keeps surprising us," the 38-year-old Kuerten, forced to retire in his prime due to hip problems, told Reuters."He turned it around last year and finished up as the number one again. Anything is possible for Rafa, but it depends on ...

Philippines reach AFF Cup semis, Vietnam edge closers HANOI: Philippines booked their place in the semi-finals of the AFF Suzuki Cup on Tuesday with a 4-0 win over a 10-man Indonesia at the My Dinh National Stadium in Hanoi.Philippines followed up their 4-1 victory over Laos on Saturday to register their second straight win in Group A and secure a place in the last four of the eight-nation tournament."I am obviously very happy that we have reached the semi-finals (after just) the second ...

Bottom side Stuttgart turn to Stevens again BERLIN: Dutch trainer Huub Stevens is back again at Bundesliga bottom side VfB Stuttgart after being named successor to Armin Veh as head coach on Tuesday.Veh was sacked on Monday after just six months in charge having claimed only nine points in 12 league games and Stevens is reported to have been given a contract by Stuttgart until the end of the season.The 60-year-old returns to Stuttgart after only six months away.After taking charge in ...

Watzke demands 'blood, sweat, tears' from Dortmund BERLIN: Borussia Dortmund boss Hans-Joachim Watzke has said only 'blood, sweat, tears' and league points will turn around the club's dire Bundesliga plight in their bid to escape the relegation places.Dortmund play Arsenal on Wednesday having already reached the Champions League knock-out phase with two game to spare and are five points clear of the second-placed Gunners at the top of Group D.But Borussia are enduring the worst start to a league season in the ...

McCullum excited at Vettori's comeback and record SHARJAH: New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum is excited at the prospect of veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori's return to Test cricket in the third and final Test against Pakistan in Sharjah on Wednesday.The 35-year-old spinner was surprisingly added to the Test squad to bolster New Zealand's chances of levelling the series they trail 1-0 after losing the first Test and drawing the second.Vettori played last of his 112 Tests (111 for New Zealand and one ...

Australia’s Phillip Hughes in critical condition after surgery Australian Test cricketer Phillip Hughes has undergone surgery and remains in critical situation after being hit on the head by a vicious bouncer during the Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and South Australia at the SCG.“He is undergoing surgery, he has sustained a head injury; but he is in a critical condition”, said David Faktor, a spokesman for St Vincent's Hospital. A hospital statement later said Hughes was out of surgery but remained ...

Sania Mirza excited to be part of Roger Federer team Indian tennis star Sania Mirza is excited to be part of Roger Federer team in an upcoming International Premier Tennis League (IPTL). According to media reports Mirza said, “I am really excited. It is great for tennis in India and Asia. I am really excited to play in same team as Roger Federer”IPTL will launch on November 28, 2014, and will have teams in four Asian cities; Dubai, Manila, New Delhi and Singapore. Mirza and ...


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