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Jun 2, 2015

Nadal and Djokovic reluctant cast in blockbuster

PARIS (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic did not want it, Rafa Nadal was dreading it but fans will be transfixed when the world’s two best claycourters face off in a seismic French Open quarter-final on Wednesday.

It will become the ultimate nightmare for one of the two gladiators — both chasing records at this year’s tournament and both desperate to avoid an early flight home.

Jun 2, 2015

Tennis-Nadal and Djokovic reluctant cast in blockbuster

PARIS, June 2 (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic did not want it, Rafa Nadal was dreading it but fans will be transfixed when the world’s two best claycourters face off in a seismic French Open quarter-final on Wednesday.

It will become the ultimate nightmare for one of the two gladiators — both chasing records at this year’s tournament and both desperate to avoid an early flight home.

Jun 1, 2015

Nadal ready to fight after chalking up win number 70

PARIS (Reuters) – It should have been the final, it should have had a presentation ceremony at the end — yet the only prize up for grabs for Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic is a semi-final place at the French Open.

Yet never before has the stakes been higher for Nadal as he set up what he called the “toughest quarter-final of my career” against old foe Djokovic.

Jun 1, 2015

Tennis-Nadal ready to fight after chalking up win number 70

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – It should have been the final, it should have had a presentation ceremony at the end — yet the only prize up for grabs for Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic is a semi-final place at the French Open.

Yet never before has the stakes been higher for Nadal as he set up what he called the “toughest quarter-final of my career” against old foe Djokovic.

Jun 1, 2015

Tennis-Sharapova bows out, Nadal sets up Djokovic showdown

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – A cold chill circulated around Maria Sharapova as the title holder was frozen out of the French Open on Monday but there was no stopping Novak Djokovic and Rafa Nadal from blazing a trail towards a scorching showdown.

A day after rain played havoc with the schedule, Sharapova’s hopes of reaching a fourth successive final at Roland Garros were turned to dust in the fourth round by the dynamite forehand of Lucie Safarova, the Czech winning 7-6(3) 6-4.

Jun 1, 2015

Victorious Murray silences Chardy with racket work

PARIS (Reuters) – Andy Murray let his racket, rather than his mouth, do the talking when he silenced Jeremy Chardy with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 win in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday.

The Frenchman was critical of Murray’s decision to pull out of last month’s Italian Open, citing exhaustion, after he had lost to the Scot in the second round.

Jun 1, 2015

Tennis-Victorious Murray silences Chardy with racket work

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – Andy Murray let his racket, rather than his mouth, do the talking when he silenced Jeremy Chardy with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 6-2 win in the fourth round of the French Open on Monday.

The Frenchman was critical of Murray’s decision to pull out of last month’s Italian Open, citing exhaustion, after he had lost to the Scot in the second round.

Jun 1, 2015

Holder Sharapova frozen out by Czech Safarova

PARIS (Reuters) – The sun was shining again, spectators topped up their tans under clear blue skies but a cold chill circulated around Maria Sharapova as the holder was frozen out of the French Open in the fourth round on Monday.

A day after rain played havoc with the Roland Garros schedule, Sharapova’s hopes of reaching a fourth successive final at the claycourt major was turned to dust by the dynamite forehand of Lucie Safarova, the Czech winning 7-6(3) 6-4.

Jun 1, 2015

Tennis-Holder Sharapova frozen out by Czech Safarova

PARIS, June 1 (Reuters) – The sun was shining again, spectators topped up their tans under clear blue skies but a cold chill circulated around Maria Sharapova as the holder was frozen out of the French Open in the fourth round on Monday.

A day after rain played havoc with the Roland Garros schedule, Sharapova’s hopes of reaching a fourth successive final at the claycourt major was turned to dust by the dynamite forehand of Lucie Safarova, the Czech winning 7-6(3) 6-4.

May 26, 2015

Australian Bayliss appointed England head coach

LONDON (Reuters) – Trevor Bayliss has become the first Australian to be appointed head coach of the England national team after being handed the post on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old succeeds Peter Moores, who was sacked earlier this month following England’s dismal performance at this year’s World Cup and a 1-1 draw in a test series in West Indies.