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Mar 30, 2015

Nadal says suffering from nerves and lack of confidence

MIAMI (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has said was struggling with nerves and self-confidence issues after he was beaten in the third round by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco at the Miami Open on Sunday.

“It is not a question of tennis. The thing is the question of being relaxed enough to play well on court,” he told reporters after the 6-4 2-6 6-3 loss at Key Biscayne.

Mar 30, 2015

Tennis-Nadal says suffering from nerves and lack of confidence

MIAMI, March 29 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal has said was struggling with nerves and self-confidence issues after he was beaten in the third round by fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco at the Miami Open on Sunday.

“It is not a question of tennis. The thing is the question of being relaxed enough to play well on court,” he told reporters after the 6-4 2-6 6-3 loss at Key Biscayne.

Mar 29, 2015

Tennis-Nadal crashes out in Miami, Murray wins

MIAMI, March 29 (Reuters) – A struggling Rafa Nadal crashed out of the Miami Open in the third round on Sunday, losing 6-4 2-6 6-3 to fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

The 31-year-old Verdasco, who is ranked 34th in the world, has now won two in a row from world number three Nadal dating back to 2012 at Madrid. Nadal had won their previous 13 meetings.

Mar 29, 2015

Serena and Halep advance, Azarenka falls to Pennetta

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams comfortably beat 15-year-old CiCi Bellis 6-1 6-1 while Romanian third-seed Simona Halep and Italian Flavia Pennetta also progressed at the Miami Open on Sunday.

Williams, a seven-times winner at Miami, lost just eight points in the 12 games she won, with Californian Bellis holding serve just once in each set.

Mar 29, 2015

Tennis-Serena and Halep advance, Azarenka falls to Pennetta

MIAMI, March 29 (Reuters) – World number one Serena Williams comfortably beat 15-year-old CiCi Bellis 6-1 6-1 while Romanian third-seed Simona Halep and Italian Flavia Pennetta also progressed at the Miami Open on Sunday.

Williams, a seven-times winner at Miami, lost just eight points in the 12 games she won, with Californian Bellis holding serve just once in each set.

Mar 29, 2015

Murray closes in on 500th win

MIAMI (Reuters) – Andy Murray moved into the last 16 at the Miami Open after beating Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to move him within one win of 500 victories on the ATP Tour.

Murray would become just the ninth active player and only the 46th man in the open era to achieve the milestone should he defeat South African Kevin Anderson in the next round at Key Biscayne.

Mar 29, 2015

Tennis-Murray closes in on 500th win

MIAMI (Reuters) – Britain’s Andy Murray moved into the last 16 at the Miami Open after beating Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to move him within one win of 500 victories on the ATP Tour.

Murray would become just the ninth active player and only the 46th man in the open era to achieve the milestone should he defeat South African Kevin Anderson in the next round at Key Biscayne.

Mar 29, 2015

Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

MIAMI (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0 5-7 6-1.

Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week’s win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at Key Biscayne, took care of the first set in just 22 minutes but was broken when serving for the match at 5-3 in the second.

Mar 29, 2015

Tennis-Djokovic survives tricky test, Nishikori off to flying start

MIAMI, March 28 (Reuters) – World number one Novak Djokovic survived a second set fightback from Slovak Martin Klizan before winning his opening match at the Miami Open 6-0 5-7 6-1.

Djokovic, who is aiming to follow up last week’s win at Indian Wells with his fifth triumph at Key Biscayne, took care of the first set in just 22 minutes but was broken when serving for the match at 5-3 in the second.

Mar 29, 2015

Kaka inspires Orlando comeback, Galaxy suffer first loss

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Brazil’s former World Player of the Year Kaka inspired Orlando City to fight back from a two goal deficit and earn a 2-2 draw at Montreal Impact in Major League Soccer on Saturday.

The ex-AC Milan and Real Madrid midfielder set up one goal and then scored the equalizer as the MLS newcomers picked up a deserved point.

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