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Federer loses to young Russian rival

CINCINNATI (AFP) – World No. 1 Novak Djokovic has a remarkably clear road to the ATP Cincinnati Masters final after producing an efficient victory Thursday while third seed Roger Federer crashed out of the US Open tuneup event. Djokovic was never in danger in his 6-3, 6-4 triumph over 53rd-ranked Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta, whom […]

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Osaka, Halep advance; Sharapova falls

CINCINNATI (AFP) – World No. 1 Naomi Osaka and Wimbledon champion Simona Halep battled to three-set triumphs Wednesday at the ATP and WTA Cincinnati Masters while top seed Ashleigh Barty ousted Maria Sharapova. Reigning US and Australian Open champion Osaka needed more than two hours to outlast Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 7-6 (7/3), 2-6, 6-2. The Japanese […]

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Venus, 39, upsets Bertens; Serena withdraws

MASON, Ohio (AP) – Going small paid off big for Venus Williams. Tuesday didn’t go as well for sister Serena. On a day when back problems forced the younger Williams to withdraw before her second-round match, Venus Williams reached the third round of the Western & Southern Open with a 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (4) upset […]

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MIA Gemida mastered top seed Corazon Lambonao twice to emerge the lone double gold medalist in the PPS-PEPP Baybay national age-group tennis tournament at Baybay City Tennis Club in Leyte over the weekend. Gemida surprised fellow Ormoc City bet Lambonao in the girls’ 16-and-under finals, 6-3, 6-2, then repeated over Lambonao in the 18-U championship, 6-3, […]

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Gasquet spoils Murray singles return in Cincinnati

CINCINNATI (AFP) – Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray said he “did OK” in his first singles match in seven months – a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Richard Gasquet at the Cincinnati Masters on Monday. “I don’t really know what I was expecting, to be honest,” said Murray, sidelined since January by a career-threatening hip […]

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Nadal topples Russian foe for 35th Masters title

MONTREAL (AFP) – Rafael Nadal completed a 6-3, 6-0 demolition of Russian Daniil Medvedev to win in Montreal on Sunday and extend his record haul of Masters 1000 titles. The world number two secured his 35th Masters crown, pulling clear by two in that category from Novak Djokovic, who has won 33 of the elite […]

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