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Oct 10, 2012

Athletics-Bolt still flirting with more events

TOKYO, Oct 10 (Reuters) – World’s fastest man Usain Bolt is still toying with the notion of adding the 400 metres or long jump to his repertoire after retaining his 100 and 200 Olympic titles.

The 26-year-old, who also helped defend Jamaica’s 4×100 relay crown in London, said on Wednesday he could opt to branch out at the 2016 Olympic in Rio de Janeiro.

Oct 8, 2012

Japan’s Nishikori has grand slam plans

TOKYO (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori has mapped out a three-year plan to challenge for grand slam glory after blazing his way to a second career title.

The 22-year-old told Reuters that overcoming suffocating pressure to win the Japan Open had given him the belief he can break into the top 10 and walk with the game’s giants.

Oct 8, 2012

Tennis-Japan’s Nishikori has grand slam plans

TOKYO, Oct 8 (Reuters) – Japan’s Kei Nishikori has mapped out a three-year plan to challenge for grand slam glory after blazing his way to a second career title.

The 22-year-old told Reuters that overcoming suffocating pressure to win the Japan Open had given him the belief he can break into the top 10 and walk with the game’s giants.

Oct 7, 2012

Nishikori rips Raonic to win Japan Open

TOKYO (Reuters) – Kei Nishikori stunned big-serving Milos Raonic 7-6 3-6 6-0 with an electrifying display of attacking tennis to become the host country’s first Japan Open champion on Sunday.

It was the eighth seed’s second career title after winning in Delray Beach in 2008 and will elevate the 22-year-old from 17th to 15th in the world rankings.

Oct 7, 2012

Tennis-Nishikori rips Raonic to win Japan Open

TOKYO, Oct 7 (Reuters) – Kei Nishikori stunned big-serving Milos Raonic 7-6 3-6 6-0 with an electrifying display of attacking tennis to become the host country’s first Japan Open champion on Sunday.

It was the eighth seed’s second career title after winning in Delray Beach in 2008 and will elevate the 22-year-old from 17th to 15th in the world rankings.

Oct 6, 2012

Murray’s Tokyo loss provides perspective

TOKYO (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s shock semi-final defeat to Milos Raonic at the Japan Open on Saturday raised the same questions many thought had been answered by his Olympic gold medal and last month’s U.S. Open triumph.

Anguish etched across his face, the world number three crashed out 6-3 6-7 7-6 against the big-serving Canadian to lose his Tokyo title.

Oct 6, 2012

Tennis-Murray’s Tokyo loss provides perspective

TOKYO, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Andy Murray’s shock semi-final defeat to Milos Raonic at the Japan Open on Saturday raised the same questions many thought had been answered by his Olympic gold medal and last month’s U.S. Open triumph.

Anguish etched across his face, the world number three crashed out 6-3 6-7 7-6 against the big-serving Canadian to lose his Tokyo title.

Oct 6, 2012

Murray cut down by razor Raonic in Japan Open

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Andy Murray was stunned by Milos Raonic 6-3 6-7 7-6 in the semi-finals of the Japan Open on Saturday, ending the Briton’s defence of his Tokyo title.

Local favourite Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player to reach the final of the $1.28 million Tokyo event after thrashing Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-2 6-2 in just 61 minutes.

Oct 6, 2012

Murray cut down by razor Raonic

TOKYO (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Andy Murray was stunned by Milos Raonic 6-3 6-7 7-6 in the semi-finals of the Japan Open on Saturday, ending the Briton’s defence of his Tokyo title.

Murray’s frustration boiled over on several occasions, the Olympic champion smashing another racquet and yelling furiously at himself as Raonic saved two match points.

Oct 6, 2012

Tennis-Murray cut down by razor Raonic

TOKYO, Oct 6 (Reuters) – U.S. Open champion Andy Murray was stunned by Milos Raonic 6-3 6-7 7-6 in the semi-finals of the Japan Open on Saturday, ending the Briton’s defence of his Tokyo title.

Murray’s frustration boiled over on several occasions, the Olympic champion smashing another racquet and yelling furiously at himself as Raonic saved two match points.