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London | Murray into last four

British ace Jamie Murray and Brazilian Bruno Soares have reached their second successive doubles semi-final at the ATP Finals at the 02. And Murray will have to face up to former partner John Peers for a final spot on Saturday. Australian Peers teams up Henri...

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London | Goffin sweeps past Thiem

David Goffin, so feather light it looks as if a breeze might knocked him over, faces a storm as Roger Federer blows in. Goffin stunned Dominic Thiem 6-1 6-4 to earn a semi-final date against Federer on Saturday when Grigor Dimitrov and Jack Sock match up in the other last-four encounter The Belgian beat world No.1 Rafa Nadal earlier in his group but freely admits he has no idea how to stop the Swiss master’s campaign to lift a record seventh...

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London | He played because it was the Finals, coach says

Rafael Nadal will have to wait another year to win the ATP World Tour Finals after losing his opening match to David Goffin 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-4 last Monday at the O2 Arena, and subsequently withdrawing from the season-ending tournament. Nadal pulled out of the Paris Masters at the quarter-final stage 10 days earlier and admitted ahead of the ATP Finals on the indoor hard-court he struggles on, that his knees, which have caused him trouble throughout his career, were still not...

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London | Sock shocks Zverev

Outsider Jack Sock shocked “choking” Alexander Zverev  6-4 1-6 6-4 to seal a semi-final date against Grigor  Dimitrov at the ATP Finals. And when asked if he felt he could go all the way insisted: “Why not? I think Grigor has really kind of found his game. But I’m playing with a lot of confidence. Coming off winning in Paris (at the Masters), winning my matches here and getting into the semi-final. You never know what can...

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London | Federer makes a clean sweep of his matches

Roger Federer came back to defeat Marin Cilic  6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 in a repeat of their Wimbledon final. Federer had already booked his last-four berth for the 14th time at the O2 and Cilic knew he would not progess going in having lost his first two matches. And it looked as though the fifth-seeded Croatian might be on the road to avenge his All England Club loss which signalled the Swiss master becoming the first winner of eight men’s singles titles in London SW19. Cilic, whose meeting with Federer at Wimbledon was hampered by a blister, edged in...

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London | Dimitrov turns on the style

Everything turned gold for Grigor Dimitrov as he reached the semi-finals of the Nitto ATP Finals with a 6-0 6-2 destruction of David Goffin in 74 one-sided minutes. And the debuting Dimitrov said in front of the 02 crowd to the BBC’s Annabel Croft: “You get a few days out of the year that whatever you touch turns to gold, and that was the first...

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London | Federer still the Master

Roger Federer reached his 14th semi-final in his 15th appearance at the year-end ATP Finals by overcoming Alexander Zverev 7-6 5-7 6-1 in just his second-round robin group match. The victory for the oldest ever competitor at the event against the youngest  in nine years saw 36-year-old Federer stay on course for a record seventh title triumph at the tournament. And with world No.1 Rafa Nadal withdrawing through knee trouble, the odds are even shorter on the Swiss master achieving his stated aim of glory under the dome at the 02 Centre in...

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London | Sock scores his first O2 win

Jack Sock has ensured all four first-time qualifiers by right, marked their debuts with a victory at the Nitto ATP Finals – despite being woken up at 4am by a fire alarm at his hotel on the morning of it. The American defeated Marin Cilic  5-7 6-2 7-6 to follow triumphant debutants  Alexander Zverev, David Goffin, who played as an alternate for the injured Gael Monfils last year, and Grigor Dimitrov. He was clearly alert even though the unwanted wake-up call left him having to shiver in the cold outside his temporary abode alongside fellow residents and 02 competitors...

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London | Nadal loses and withdraws from the O2

Rafa Nadal has quit in pain at the Nitto ATP Finals in London with a nagging knee problem after losing his opening group match 7-6 6-7 6-4 to David Goffin. He made the decision before the end of the thrilling encounter at the 02. And the 31-year-old, who won the French and US Open in 2017, declared: “I really believe that I don’t deserve after this great season to spend two more days on court with these terrible feelings.” Nadal was clearly troubled by the injury which forced him to retire before his quarter-final at the recent Paris...

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