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Beijing Open | Nadal just gets through

World No.1 Rafael Nadal saved two match points to avoid a shock defeat in the first round of the China Open, finally quelling a strong challenge from Lucas Pouille in three sets to secure his place in round two at the China Open in Beijing. The Frenchman broke Nadal on the way to taking the first set 6-4, and the World No.23 came within a whisker of sealing an upset when the second set went to a tie...

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US Open Day 12 | Rafa becomes favourite for his 3rd US title

Following days of uncertainty and with the removal of a series of favourites, the men’s US Open final will feature the world number one Rafa Nadal and Kevin Anderson, the 28th seed and world number 32. On the face of it Nadal should be collecting his third title at Flushing Meadows late on Sunday but in view of the various twists and turns which have taken place the past 11 days, that is not...

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US Open Day 8 | Rafa finds his true form

Having struggled somewhat in his opening matches, Rafa Nadal struck gold as he trounced Alexandr Dolgopolov in just one-hour and 41-minutes 6-2 6-4 6-1 in what was his most impressive performance of the tournament to date. That will no doubt raise his confidence as the world number one edges towards that first ever encounter at the US Open with Roger Federer but he has one more hurdle to clear in the shape of Andrey Rublev, the Russian teenager who ousted the ninth seeded David...

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US Open Day 6 | Roger and Rafa edge closer

Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal are edging closer to their scheduled semi-final meeting at the US Open which, if it materialises, will surprisingly be, in view of their lengthy careers, the first time the pair have played a match against each other at Flushing Meadows. They have shown a bit of ‘rustiness’ in their respective wins in New York this week despite the fact that the two thirty-year-olds, after lengthy lay-offs last year, returned to the game to dominate the Grand...

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