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Federer, Nadal race through as Wimbledon sweats LONDON: Seven-time champion Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 winner, raced into the Wimbledon second round Tuesday as the tournament sweltered in near record-breaking heat.Second seeded Federer, bidding to become the first man to win eight Wimbledon titles and take his majors tally to 18, enjoyed a 67-minute 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 win over Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia, the world number 88 he beat at the French Open this year.Federer will face Sam Querrey of the United States for a place in the last 32."I was happy I played aggressive. I was always going to miss playing that way a little bit but also he hung around," said the 33-year-old Swiss."He changed up his game a little bit which made it a little bit more difficult so it was interesting for me. But I'm very happy, always, to win like that."Nadal, defeated in the second, first and fourth ...

Brutal Kvitova begins title defence in style LONDON: Petra Kvitova began her Wimbledon defence as she left off in last year's final with a brutal exhibition of power tennis, dismantling Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-0 in a 35-minute rout on Tuesday. The Czech second seed has form for leaving the Centre Court crowd feeling slightly short-changed after battering Eugenie Bouchard in 55 minutes to lift the Rosewater Dish trophy 12 months ago. Bertens was overwhelmed by Kvitova's relentless barrage of winners and ...
Sevens on up, XVs needs reforming, says Lapasset PARIS: Rugby Sevens' growing popularity and competitiveness ahead of its return to the Olympic programme next year has led to a rethinking of XV's role in the game, World Rugby president Bernard Lapasset told AFP.The 67-year-old Frenchman, speaking on Tuesday ahead of a lucrative sponsorship announcement of both the men's and for the first time the women's sevens series, said there was a need for a new system for the XV's version of the sport."We ...
UEFA 'worried' by Italian match-fixing PRAGUE: UEFA said Tuesday it had been shocked by reports that Italian second division games have been fixed for 100,000 euros.UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino reacted after the president of Serie B club Catania reportedly admitted to buying the results of five matches in the past season."We are of course sad to learn what is happening. We are worried that a second division club can fix five matches paying 100,000 euros per match," Infantino told ...
Sharapova into Wimbledon second round LONDON: Fourth seed Maria Sharapova reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Britain's Johanna Konta. Sharapova, the 2004 champion, will face either Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands or China's Wang Qiang for a place in the last 32.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
I won't change, vows Kyrgios after Wimbledon rant     LONDON: Nick Kyrgios insisted he won't drop his brash attitude after the volatile Australian's latest outburst during his Wimbledon first round rout of Argentina's Diego Schwartzman on Monday.Kyrgios was back at Wimbledon 12 months after he stunned Rafael Nadal in a memorable fourth round upset on Centre Court that made him the lowest ranked player to beat a world number one at a Grand Slam for 22 years.On his return, the 20-year-old, who eventually bowed ...
Djokovic, Serena off to winning starts as Wimbledon security heats up LONDON: Defending champion Novak Djokovic and five-time women's winner Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon second round on Monday as organisers boosted security and weathermen ramped up warnings of a crushing heatwave.Top seed Djokovic enjoyed a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber with crucial breaks in the ninth game of each set and goes on to face either 2004 champion Lleyton Hewitt or Jarkko Nieminen for a place in the last 32."This is the ...


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