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Nadal storms into Brisbane second round BRISBANE: Former world number one Rafael Nadal enjoyed an ideal start to his first Brisbane International Tuesday, storming into the second round with a straight sets win over Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov.Nadal took only 74 minutes to see off Dolgopolov 6-3, 6-3 and book a second round clash with Germany's Mischa Zverev, who earlier outclassed 17-year-old Australian qualifier Alex De Minaur 6-3, 6-3.Dolgopolov had beaten Nadal on their previous two encounters and he started well, breaking the Spaniard's second service game.But Nadal broke straight back then broke again to take the first set in 39 minutes.He broke once more in the second set to the delight of the packed house at Pat Rafter Arena."It's tough to play against him," Nadal said of Dolgopolov."He's able to -- he plays a little bit Kamikaze, you know. "He's very aggressive with all the shots. It's difficult to construct a point with him."Nadal, who played ...

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smooth sailing for Radwanska in Shenzhen SHENZHEN: Top seed and world number three Agnieszka Radwanska made short work of her second round opponent at the WTA Shenzhen Open on Tuesday.The Pole disposed of Romania's Sorana Cirstea 6-0, 6-3 in an hour and 18 minutes. Cirstea, ranked 78th in the world, lost more than half the points she served and faced 14 break points, losing six of them. It was a contrast to the defending champion's first-round match on Monday, when she ...

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Serena shakes off rust for comeback win AUCKLAND: Serena Williams was troubled by windy conditions and some early rust before beating 69th-ranked Pauline Parmentier 6-3, 6-4 to launch her comeback from a four-month lay-off at the Auckland Classic on Tuesday.In her first outing since she was shocked by Karolina Pliskova in the US Open semi-finals in September, the world number two made a sluggish start to a season in which she is seeking a record 23rd Grand Slam title.In her first-round match, ...

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Rugby-Varndell equals try-scoring record LONDON: Former England winger Tom Varndell equalled Mark Cueto's English Premiership career try-scoring record when he dotted down his 90th score during Bristol's victory at Sale on Sunday.Despite Bristol struggling at the foot of the table Varndell has been in great form in recent weeks, scoring a hat-trick in their vital win over fellow-struggles Worcester.That had been the promoted club's only league victory of the season until Sunday's 24-23 triumph at Sale.Varndell joined Bristol, then ...

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Tennis: Djokovic survives scare in season opener in Doha DOHA: Novak Djokovic battled back from 5-1 down against the world number 63 Jan-Lennard Struff to claim his first victory of the season at the Qatar Open in Doha on Monday.The world number two lost his opening two service games to the German before rallying in determined fashion to eventually take the first-round match 7-6 (7/1), 6-2."It wasn't a great start, I was 1-5 down, it didn't look very good," Djokovic said after winning in ...

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Ferrer beats Tomic to dash local hopes at Brisbane BRISBANE: Former world number three David Ferrer dashed local hopes when he downed Australia's Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday.The eighth seeded Spaniard was the model of consistency as he saw off Tomic 6-3, 7-5 on Pat Rafter Arena.Ferrer, now the world number 21, is ranked just five places above Tomic and had lost to the Australian on their previous two encounters.But he proved too strong ...

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Nadal hopes schedule change brings success BRISBANE: Spanish superstar Rafael Nadal hopes a dramatic change to his longstanding schedule will lead to success in the Australian Open later this month.After opening his season in Doha for seven of the past eight years, Nadal has this year opted to begin his Melbourne campaign at the Brisbane International.It will be the first time since Sydney in 2009 that Nadal will have played an Australian ATP tournament in the lead-up to the year's first ...