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Murray survives fresh five-set Paris battle PARIS: Second seed Andy Murray survived his second successive five-set French Open battle to reach the third round Wednesday, avoiding what would have been his worst Grand Slam loss in eight years.Murray, three times a semi-finalist, wore down France's world number 164 Mathias Bourgue, who had never won a tour-level match before this week, 6-2, 2-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 and goes on to face 37-year-old Ivo Karlovic for a place in the last 16.After coming back from two sets to love down to beat Radek Stepanek, also 37, in the first round in a tie played over two days, the British star had looked down and out once again on Wednesday.After pocketing the third set, 22-year-old Bourgue, reduced to tears by the end, had break points for a 1-0 lead in the fourth.But once they were squandered, the Frenchman's challenge quickly wilted as the physically stronger Murray raced away with ...

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Kluge steals in for surprise stage win CASSANO D'ADDA: German IAM rider Roger Kluge got ahead of the pack in the final kilometre to bamboozle the sprint teams and steal a stage win on a flat run in the 17th stage of the Giro d'Italia on Wednesday.There was no change in the overall standings with Dutchman Steven Kruijswijk still leading Esteban Chaves by 3min 03sec and veteran Spaniard Alejandro Valverde by 3min 23sec in third.The 196km run between Molveno and Cassano d'Adda ...

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Muguruza eases past French wildcard to reach third round PARIS: Spanish fourth seed Garbine Muguruza strolled into the third round of the French Open when she eased past French wildcard Myrtille Georges 6-2 6-0 on Wednesday. Muguruza, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros in the past two years, will next face either Russian 27th seed Ekaterina Makarova or Belgium's unseeded Yanina Wickmayer.Muguruza, looking to become the first Spanish woman to lift the Suzanne Lenglen Cup since Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario in 1998, broke in the ...

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Wawrinka makes smoother progress past Japan's Daniel PARIS: Holder Stan Wawrinka avoided a repeat of his French Open first-round scare although the Swiss was still made to work hard for a straight-sets win over Japan's Taro Daniel on Wednesday. The third seed won 7-6(7) 6-3 6-4 on a sunny Court Suzanne Lenglen, although it was by no means straightforward against a skilful opponent ranked 93rd in the world. Wawrinka, who needed five sets to scrape past Lukas Rosol in the opening round, ...

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Impressive Nishikori races into third round in Paris PARIS: Japan's Kei Nishikori maintained his impressive clay-court form to outclass Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3 6-3 6-3 in the second round of the French Open on Wednesday. The fifth seed, a quarter-finalist at Roland Garros last year, had too much in his armoury for 40th-ranked Kuznetsov on a sun-bathed Court One, although he made a slow start. He dropped serve in the third game of the match when he drove a forehand long, but broke ...

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Thousands greet victorious Fiji, Olympics up next SUVA: Fiji's victorious Sevens World Series team arrived home to a rapturous reception Wednesday but captain Osea Kolinisau said there was little time to savour the win as they prepare to chase Olympic gold.Thousands of supporters lined Suva's waterfront to congratulate the Flying Fijians after they defended their world series title earlier this month in London.The Pacific islanders are now favourites to claim a gold medal in Rio, where rugby will return to the Olympics ...

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Westbrook's Thunder put Warriors on the brink LOS ANGELES: Russell Westbrook tallied a triple double and Kevin Durant finished with 26 points and 11 rebounds as Oklahoma City routed Golden State 118-94 to put the Warriors on the brink of elimination Tuesday.Westbrook had 36 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder who can advance to the NBA finals with a victory in Thursday's game five on the road."I am proud of the way the guys hung in there," said Oklahoma ...