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Nadal battles past Dimitrov to reach fourth China Open final

Nadal battles past Dimitrov to reach fourth China Open final

BEIJING, Oct 7 (Reuters) - World number one Rafa Nadal beat Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 4-6 6-1 in the China Open semi-finals on Saturday to reach his ninth final of the year. The 16-times grand slam winner will take on Australian Nick Kyrgios in Sunday's final as the eighth seed progressed to his first final of the season after beating German second seed Alexander Zverev 6-3 7-5 in the last four. The top-seeded Spaniard took control from the start, winning 13 consecutive points on his own serve and breaking Dimitrov to seal the first set in 35 minutes. Nadal led the second 3-1 but world number eight Dimitrov fought back to level at 4-4 before clinching the set. Bulgarian Dimitrov's eye-catching shots were not enough to overcome the 31-year-old, however, and Nadal broke serve three times in the deciding set. Kyrgios dominated the first set and the hard-hitting Australian served seven aces in the second to frustrate 20-year-old Zverev who was favourite to progress after sealing his spot in the ATP Finals on Friday. Nadal will be gunning for his sixth title of the season but faces a tough challenge against world number 19 Kyrgios who has beaten him twice in their four previous meetings. REUTERS PS 2052

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Shivani Amineni of India drubs fellow Indian Kaavya Sawhney to enter quarter final in ITF Juniors

Shivani Amineni of India drubs fellow Indian Kaavya Sawhney to enter quarter final in ITF Juniors

17 Jan 2018 | 9:09 PM

Kolkata, Jan 17 (UNI) Third seed in Girls Singles Under 18, Shivani Amineni of India drubs
fellow Indian Kaavya Sawhney to enter the quarter final of the ongoing DKS ITF Juniors
2018, been held at the red clay courts of the Dakshin Kalikata Sansad here today
Amineni took about 1 hr and 35 minutes to outclass unseeded Sawhney by a straight
6-4,7-5.

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Blind Cricket World Cup: India to face Pakistan in summit clash

Blind Cricket World Cup: India to face Pakistan in summit clash

17 Jan 2018 | 8:49 PM

Dubai, Jan 17 (UNI) Continuing their winning streak, a dominant India on Wednesday defeated Bangladesh by 7 wickets at the MCC Ground Ajman, UAE to enter the summit clash of the ongoing Blind Cricket One Day World Cup.

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Kyrgios keeps calm and carries on into third round

17 Jan 2018 | 8:23 PM

* Kyrgios shows maturity to beat Troicki
* Distracted by fan and helicopter in second set
* Suffers late wobble but wins in straight sets
By Martyn Herman
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) Nick Kyrgios's new-found calm remained intact despite a night of bizarre distractions as the fiery home favourite outplayed Serbia's Viktor Troicki to reach the Australian Open third round without conceding a set on Wednesday.

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Dimitrov survives scare against McDonald to reach third round

17 Jan 2018 | 8:21 PM

By Ian Ransom
MELBOURNE, Jan 17 (Reuters) Third seed Grigor Dimitrov suffered a huge scare against 186th-ranked qualifier Mackenzie McDonald before holding his nerve in a tension-charged decider to win 4-6 6-2 6-4 0-6 8-6 and reach the Australian Open third round on Wednesday.

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Five share first round lead at Final Qualifying Stage

17 Jan 2018 | 7:58 PM

Ahmedabad, Jan 17 (UNI) The first round of the PGTI’s Final Qualifying Stage for the 2018
season saw five golfers shoot scores of two-under-70 for the joint lead at the Kensville Golf
& Country Club here today.

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