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Wawrinka 'mentally dead' after Open exit MELBOURNE: Stan Wawrinka said he was "mentally completely dead" after bowing out in five sets to Novak Djokovic to end his Australian Open title defence in the semi-final on Friday.The Swiss fourth seed had his moments during the intense 3hr 30min match on Rod Laver Arena but it was the Serb world number one progressing to Sunday's final against Andy Murray after winning 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0.It was his fourth straight Grand Slam encounter with Djokovic to go to five sets after upsetting the seven-time major winner in the quarter-finals at last year's Australian Open.But a shortened off-season caused by Switzerland's euphoric first ever Davis Cup win in late November had him mentally jaded after winning five matches to reach Friday's semi-final."I'm really happy with my level. It was mentally that I think I'm paying for the price to finish off the season with Davis Cup and not ...

Chelsea's Costa gets three-match ban LONDON: Chelsea striker Diego Costa has been banned for three matches with immediate effect after being found guilty of a violent conduct charge, the Football Association announced Friday.The Spain international was suspended after a regulatory commission ruled he had stamped on the ankle of Liverpool's Emre Can in the 12th minute of Tuesday's League Cup semi-final second leg at Stamford Bridge, which Chelsea won 1-0 to complete a 2-1 aggregate victory.There is no right of ...
Have no fear of losing, urges Tunisia coach MALABO: Tunisia coach Georges Leekens has urged his side to go into Saturday's Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final against hosts Equatorial Guinea with no fear.The Carthage Eagles won the Nations Cup as hosts in 2004, but have not gone past the quarter-finals since.But they went through to the last eight as winners of Group B, and on Friday Leekens said: "Once you reach the quarter-finals, you want to go even further."I am a winner. The ...
Djokovic masters Wawrinka to reach Open final MELBOURNE: World number one Novak Djokovic fought off Stan Wawrinka over five tense sets to master the defending champion and reach his fifth Australian Open final on Friday, where he will meet Andy Murray.The Serb top seed won 7-6 (7/1), 3-6, 6-4, 4-6, 6-0 in 3hr 30mins and will face the British sixth seed for a third time in Sunday's Grand Slam decider.It was Djokovic's toughest match of the tournament and his serve was broken ...
Ronaldo accepts he made a mistake, says Ancelotti MADRID: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Friday that Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo admitted he made a mistake and would accept his two-match ban."He made a mistake and knows it," Ancelotti said after the World Player of the Year was banned after being sent-off for lashing out at Cordoba defender Edimar during Real Madrid's 2-1 win last weekend.Ronaldo apologised after the match but will miss home games against Real Sociedad and Sevilla, but will be ...
Dubai Desert Classic second round scores DUBAÏ: Select second-round scores in the $2.5million Dubai Desert Classic on Friday at the par-72 Majlis course of Emirates Golf Club:130 - Rory McIlroy (NIR) 66-64131 - Marc Warren (SCO) 66-65132 - Graeme McDowell (NIR) 67-65, Seve Benson (ENG) 66-66,133 - Danny Willett (ENG) 67-66, Stephen Gallacher (SCO) 66-67, Andy Sulliavan (ENG) 65-68, Lee Westwood (ENG) 65-68, Bernd Wiesberger (AUT) 64-69,134 - Morten Orum Madsen (DEN) 71-63, Renato Paratore (ITA) 68-66, Maximillian Kieffer (GER) 66-68, ...
Van Gaal ready to let Fletcher leave United MANCHESTER: Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal said Friday he was prepared to let Darren Fletcher leave on a free transfer to Premier League rivals West Ham as he ruled out adding to his squad before Monday's transfer deadline.The 30-year-old Fletcher has played for United for over a decade and has made almost 350 appearances for the club where he has so far spent all of his career.But despite being made vice captain by van ...


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