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Nadal survives Sock scare to reach Beijing semis BEIJING: Rafael Nadal fought back from a set down to beat hard-hitting American Jack Sock and reach his first hardcourt semi-final in more than a year at the China Open on Friday.The Spanish great, scrapping to recover his form after a tough year, was frequently outgunned by Sock's howitzer forehand but he dug deep to see off the world number 30, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.Nadal's hardcourt semi-final drought had stretched back 10 tournaments to Beijing last year, but he will now play either Fabio Fognini or Pablo Cuevas for a place in Sunday's decider.On a cold, sunny day, Nadal paid for a slow start when he was broken in the first game. Sock's big forehand kept Nadal under pressure throughout the set which he ultimately yielded with a double-fault. But the 14-time Grand Slam-winner hit back by breaking first-up in the second set, and he gave a fist-pump of relief and ...

Brazil, Argentina upset as road to World Cup begins MONTEVIDEO: Argentina slumped to a shock home defeat against Ecuador while Brazil were beaten 2-0 by Chile on Thursday as upsets dominated the opening round of South America's qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup.A star-studded Argentina side badly missing the inspiration of injured captain Lionel Messi struggled to find a way through a disciplined Ecuador in a lackustre game at the Estadio Monumental.The tone for a miserable night for Argentina had been set early ...
Serbia thwart Albania's historic Euro hopes ELBASAN: Serbia gained a measure of revenge on Thursday with a 2-0 win in Albania in a tense match held amid tight security, a year after the Belgrade fixture between the Balkan rivals was abandoned due to violence.Stoppage-time goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Adem Ljajic earned the visitors a satisfying Euro 2016 qualifying victory and denied their hosts a historic first ever place in a major finals.Despite fears there might be trouble when the two ...
Uruguay grab first away win over Bolivia LA PAZ: Uruguay shrugged off the absence of star strikers Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani to score a historic first ever away win over Bolivia in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign opener here Thursday.Goals in each half from Martin Caceres and Diego Godin clinched a clinical 2-0 victory for the Uruguayans, who had never beaten Bolivia in the thin air of La Paz before in five previous attempts.The win was all the more impressive ...
Qatar beat China to maintain perfect World Cup record DOHA: Qatar's 2018 World Cup ambitions received a boost on Thursday when they defeated Group C rivals China 1-0 in a tense encounter in Doha.The win, secured by Karim Boudiaf's 22nd-minute header, maintained Qatar's 100 per cent record and secured their position at the top of the group with four games played.It also puts them five points ahead of China with just four games left to play.Only the winners of the group automatically progress to ...
All Blacks mum about path to final NEWCASTLE: If the All Blacks wanted to, they could reveal now their likely starting XV and game strategy for every match they could possibly play through to the end of the World Cup. Such is the meticulous preparation they have put into defending their world crown. After their final pool game against Tonga on Friday, the All Blacks will play the loser of Sunday's Pool D showdown between France and Ireland as they head into ...
Late flurry puts Fitzpatrick top at British Masters WOBURN: Rookie Matthew Fitzpatrick stormed into a first-round lead at the British Masters after carding a seven-under par 64 on Thursday at Woburn Golf Club in Buckinghamshire.Fitzpatrick, 21, recorded six birdies, including two at the 17th and 18th holes, and an eagle to take a one-stroke lead over a four-man chasing pack featuring Lee Slattery, Marc Warren, Soren Kjeldsen and Robert Karlsson.Fitzpatrick, tipped as a possible future star of English golf, is in his first ...


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