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Carreno Busta beats Paire to reach Estoril final   ESTORIL: Pablo Carreno Busta took full advantage of a serving collapse from Benoit Paire to post a 6-3, 6-3 victory into the final of the Estoril Open on Saturday.The Spanish winner benefitted as his French opponent dropped serve seven times.For what will be his second semi-final of 2016, Carreno Busta will next face either second seed Nick Kyrgios or experienced Spaniard Nicolas Almagro with the title at stake.The Spaniard constructed his second straight victory over France's Paire to put himself into possible title position after reaching the Sao Paulo final last February, where he lost to Pablo Cuevas.Paire made a brief last stand by breaking his opponent while Carreno Busta served for victory, but the triumph was short-lived as the 50th-ranked Iberian broke straight back to complete the job in 73 minutes.The Spaniard, who is seeking the first trophy of his career, denied Paire a first ATP semi-final since Tokyo ...

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Kohlschreiber bids for third ATP Munich title BERLIN: Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber will be bidding to win Munich's ATP tournament for the third time after blasting past Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-1, 6-4 in Saturday's semi-final.In Sunday's final, Kohlschreiber, 32, who won the Munich title in 2007 and 2012 but lost to Britain's Andy Murray in last year's final, will face Austria's rising star Dominic Thiem, who is ranked 15th in the world, but on a rich vein of form.With 26 wins and two ...

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Froome takes stage, Quintana stays in charge PARIS: Two-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome snatched a dominant win on the penultimate stage of the Tour of Romandie on Saturday but Colombian rival Nairo Quintana stayed on course for overall victory.Sky star Froome, who has no chance of winning on Sunday, enjoyed a four-second advantage on the stage to Villars-sur-Ollon after a gruelling day negotiating three premier category climbs.French rider Thibaut Pinot, who was third on the stage right on the wheel ...

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Toulouse too tough for Toulon PARIS: Toulouse boosted their hopes of making the French Top-14 playoffs with a battling 12-10 win at struggling Toulon on Saturday.All their points came from penalties as star-studded Toulon struggled to find a way to break down the Toulouse defence despite dominating possession.The win leaves Toulouse in fifth place on 61 points, eight points clear of Bordeaux and Castres who were both due to play later Saturday. Only the top six qualify for the playoffs.Toulon ...

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Thiem bounces back to reach Munich final BERLIN: Austria's Dominic Thiem, ranked 15th in the world, reached the final of Munich's ATP tournament by fighting back to beat German teenager Alexander Zverev in Saturday's semi-final.Having lost the first set, Thiem recovered to seal a 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 on clay in the Bavarian capital to end the run of 19-year-old Zverev.In Sunday's final, Thiem will face the winner of Saturday's other semi-final when Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber, who won the Munich title in 2007 ...

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Bjerregaard joins Aguilar to lead China Open BEIJING: Denmark's Lucas Bjerregaard joined Chilean Felipe Aguilar at the top of the leaderboard after the third round of the Volvo China Open in Beijing Saturday, boosting his chances of securing a first European Tour win.The 24 year-old began the round on top form with an eagle on the par-4 third, followed by four birdies on the back nine to card a seven-under par 65 and an overall score of 200 at the Topwin Golf ...

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Hamilton faster than ever in final Sochi practice SOCHI: Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton prepared for Russian Grand Prix qualifying with the fastest lap yet of the Sochi circuit in Saturday's final practice.The Mercedes driver lapped in a best time of one minute 36.406 seconds, well inside the 2015 pole position time of 1:37.113 set by team mate Nico Rosberg, after also ending Friday fastest on the timesheets.Hamilton is chasing a Russian Grand Prix hat-trick, having won the two previous races held ...