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'No drama' as Nadal refuses to give up on Wimbledon LONDON: Rafael Nadal won't turn his back on Wimbledon despite a third successive flop engineered by 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios in a frightening glimpse of what the future may hold for the 14-time Grand Slam winner.The undisputed king of the French Open, where he has nine titles and owns a staggering match record of 66 wins to just one defeat, the 28-year-old Nadal is enduring diminishing returns at the All England Club.Champion in 2008 and 2010 and runner-up for a third time in 2011, Nadal was beaten in the second round in 2012, the first round last year and fell in the last-16 to Australian rookie Kyrgios on Tuesday losing 6-7 (5/7), 7-5, 6-7 (5-7), 3-6 in a stunning Centre Court upset.His record at the tournament now stands at 39 wins and eight losses while he has a similar 41-8 at both the US Open and Australian Opens.But in Melbourne and ...

Messi test for Belgium as last eight looms RIO DE JANEIRO: Four-time footballer of the year Lionel Messi's misfiring Argentina and Belgium completed the line-up for the World Cup quarter-finals and will face each other in a repeat of the 1986 World Cup semi-final.Their qualification on Tuesday leaves the make-up of the quarter-finals evenly balanced with four Latin American sides and four Europeans, giving the 'old continent' a good chance of finally triumphing in a World Cup hosted in the Americas. Both the ...
Laver leads Aussie praise for Kyrgios LONDON: Australian legend Rod Laver hailed Wimbledon sensation Nick Kyrgios for having no weaknesses after the teenager sent world number one Rafael Nadal crashing at the All England Club.The 19-year-old Kyrgios, ranked 144 in the world and making his Wimbledon debut, clinched a 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 victory to become the first wildcard in 10 years to make the quarter-finals.He was also the first player ranked outside the top 100 to defeat a ...
Kvitova hopes title triumph proves trump card LONDON: Petra Kvitova believes her experience of winning the Wimbledon title three years ago could be the decisive factor when she faces Lucie Safarova in an all-Czech semi-final at the All England Club.After a series of shock defeats for Serena Williams, Li Na and Maria Sharapova, sixth seed Kvitova is the only former Grand Slam winner left in the women's draw and that could a crucial advantage at the business end of the tournament.Away from ...
Japan play hardball with target Aguirre: report TOKYO: Japan's football supremos have refused to offer Mexico's Javier Aguirre a four-year contract to coach the national team, telling him he must prove himself, local media reported Wednesday.Italian Alberto Zaccheroni stepped down as coach after the Asian champions flopped at the World Cup, but the Japan Football Association (JFA) will not be forced into a knee-jerk reaction, according to technical director Hiromi Hara."He won't be given four years straight away," Hara told the Sankei ...
FIFA wowed by US World Cup response RIO DE JANEIRO: FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke on Tuesday said he had been impressed by the soaring popularity of the World Cup in the United States, which has discussed a possible bid for the tournament in 2026.Speaking to Brazilian television channel SporTV, Valcke said FIFA had noted the record viewing figures for World Cup matches in the United States. "What we have seen during this World Cup in the United States is incredible," Valcke ...
World Cup goalkeepers earn 'respect' RIO DE JANEIRO: Lionel Messi, Neymar and Robin van Persie make the headlines, but the World Cup's real heroes have been goalkeepers like Tim Howard, Guillermo Ochoa and Julio Cesar who throw themselves into the line of fire."Two words .. TIM HOWARD #respect," was the simple Twitter comment made by Belgium's captain Vincent Kompany within minutes of his country finally beating the United States in the last 16 on Tuesday.Belgium's Romelu Lukaku, who hit the ...


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