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Tennis: Murray, Djokovic set up dream Qatar final DOHA: Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic on Friday won through to the Qatar Open final, setting up a hugely-anticipated early season clash between the two best players in the world. Djokovic only got through after saving five match points against world number 42 Fernando Verdasco, to win a thrilling match 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-3.Murray swept aside Tomas Berdych in far more straightforward fashion 6-3, 6-3 to secure a 28th consecutive victory, a record which stretches back to September last year.The mouthwatering final between the world number one, Murray, and his nearest rival takes place on Saturday and will be a key litmus test ahead of the season's first Grand Slam in Australia which starts on January 16.Djokovic said he was lucky to be in his second successive Doha final after being on the brink of a straight sets defeat as he trailed in the second set tie-break.But through a combination ...

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Another scalp for Siniakova in Shenzhen SHENZHEN: Unseeded Czech tennis player Katerina Siniakova defeated Britain's world number 10 Johanna Konta on Friday to secure a place in the WTA Shenzhen Open final.Siniakova eliminated second seed Simona Halep earlier in the $750,000 tournament but another upset looked unlikely when Konta raced into a 5-0 first set lead and took it minutes later.But the world number 52 recovered to level the match. Third seed Konta again took the lead in the decider, but ...

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Pakistan emerges victorious against Israel in tough WWE battle Mustafa Ali, the first ever wrestler of Pakistani origin to enter the World Wrestling Entertainment or more popularly called the WWE, returned to his hometown of Chicago emerging victorious against the Israeli-Scottish wrestler Noam Dar.Ali was involved "in a highly competitive match", reported WWE, on WWE 205 Live Wednesday, in a high-octane match filled with speed and agility.The high-flying Ali started off aggressively, until the momentum was shifted towards Roam Dar, thanks to an elbow ...

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Djokovic downs evergreen Stepanek to reach Qatar semis DOHA: Novak Djokovic eased through to his first semi-final of the season at the Qatar Open on Thursday and denied evergreen veteran Radek Stepanek the chance to make history.Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in testing, blustery conditions to set up a semi-final against Spain's Fernando Verdasco. If the 38-year-old Stepanek had won he would have been the oldest player to have qualified for an ATP semi-final in almost 25 years, since a 40-year-old Jimmy Connors reached ...

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Get Inspired! 105 year old cyclist sets new record PARIS: A 105-year-old French cyclist set a new one-hour record for his age Wednesday although Robert Marchand was already in a class all of his own.Marchand pedalled for 22.547 kilometres (14.01 miles) in the national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines west of Paris to the cheers of hundreds of spectators and when he had finished he said he could have gone faster.I didnt see the sign saying there were 10 minutes to go, otherwise I ...

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Auckland wants Serena back despite stormy exit AUCKLAND: Auckland Classic organisers have appealed for Serena Williams to return next year despite the world number two lashing out at conditions following her shock second-round exit.Williams said she "abhorred" the Auckland wind and called the conditions the "least favourite" she had played in after losing 6-4, 6-7 (7/5), 6-4 to world number 72 Madison Brengle on Wednesday.As she prepared to go to Melbourne for the Australian Open, where she will attempt to win an ...

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Tennis: Federer loses to teenager Zverev PERTH: Roger Federer's comeback from injury struck its first hurdle on Wednesday when he was beaten by teenager Alexander Zverev at the mixed teams Hopman Cup in Perth, but the Swiss champion remained upbeat.In one of the highest quality singles matches ever seen in the 29-year history of the event, Federer showed plenty of the class which has won him a record 17 Grand Slams, but couldn't quite hold off the bold 19-year-old German.Despite the ...