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Nadal edges out Cilic to reach Shanghai Masters final

Nadal edges out Cilic to reach Shanghai Masters final

Undated, Oct 14 (REUTERS) World number one Rafael Nadal squeezed past Marin Cilic into the Shanghai Masters final with a 7-5 7-6(3) victory over the big-serving Croatian on Saturday. Nadal, runner-up in 2009, was pushed hard by the battling fourth seed, who put his booming forehand to good use but failed to derail the Spaniard, who has now won 16 matches in a row. The 31-year-old Nadal, who will face Swiss Roger Federer or Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final, forced Cilic to save six break points in his first two service games. The Croat hung on and even had a chance to take the lead, but squandered three break points of his own with the score tied at 5-5 in the first set. Nadal then finally broke the world number five before serving out the set. The Spaniard looked set for a routine win when he broke again early in the second to go 2-1 up, but Cilic had other ideas, forcing him to cough up another break point in the sixth game. Nadal missed an easy volley with his opponent stranded and pounded the net cord with his racket in frustration as Cilic wheeled away pumping his fist after levelling things up. There was more drama to come as a flurry of Cilic errors gave Nadal three break points with the second set tied at 4-4. The Croatian, who made 40 unforced errors in total, got himself out of trouble with three big serves but double faulted to hand the initiative back to Nadal and skied a forehand to give his opponent the chance to serve out the match. Nadal failed to capitalise, squandering a match point before Cilic unleashed two massive forehands to level again at 5-5 as the set headed towards a tiebreak where Nadal's ability to hold his nerve in clutch situations proved the difference. REUTERS SDR 1809

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20 Jul 2018 | 7:58 PM

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Women Quarterfinalists spotted in World Junior Squash

20 Jul 2018 | 5:41 PM

Chennai, Jul 20 (UNI) Amid intense competitions, the race to the top has begun as the quarterfinalists in the Women's section in the WSF World junior squash championship were identified on Friday.

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Fakhar becomes first Pakistani batsman to score 200 in ODI

20 Jul 2018 | 5:39 PM

Islamabad, July 20 (UNI) Opener Fakhar Zaman has become the first Pakistani batsman to enter the 200 club in One-day International cricket when he scored an unbeaten 210 runs against Zimbabwe, according to the reports here.

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FC Goa announce signing of Senegalese central defender Mourtada Fall

20 Jul 2018 | 4:43 PM

Panaji, Jul 20 (UNI) FC Goa have announced the signing of Senegalese central defender Mourtada Fall.

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PINTO NAMES 25-MEMBER SQUAD FOR U-20 COTIF TOURNAMENT

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20 Jul 2018 | 4:25 PM

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Spain, on July 21, All India Football Federation (AIFF) said on
Friday.

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