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Sep 7, 2013

Nadal deals with Gasquet to set up final with Djokovic

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal comfortably dealt with France’s Richard Gasquet 6-4 7-6(1), 6-2, on Saturday to move into the final of the U.S. Open where he will face world number one Novak Djokovic.

After Djokovic needed five sets to deal with a determined Stanislas Wawrinka in the earlier semi-final, Nadal’s task seemed almost routine against an opponent he has now beaten in all 11 meetings between the pair.

Sep 7, 2013

Wawrinka says he ran out steam against nervous Djokovic

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Defeated U.S. Open semi-finalist Stanislas Wawrinka was moved by the support he received from a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday but simply ran out of steam in a five-set loss to top seed Novak Djokovic.

“Unfortunately I struggled a little bit physically,” Wawrinka told reporters after an enthralling 2-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 6-4 battle with Djokovic. “I think that this was completely different match than the (fourth round) match we played in the Australian Open.

Sep 7, 2013

Tennis-Wawrinka says he ran out steam against nervous Djokovic

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Defeated U.S. Open semi-finalist Stanislas Wawrinka was moved by the support he received from a packed Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday but simply ran out of steam in a five-set loss to top seed Novak Djokovic.

“Unfortunately I struggled a little bit physically,” Wawrinka told reporters after an enthralling 2-6 7-6(4) 3-6 6-3 6-4 battle with Djokovic. “I think that this was completely different match than the (fourth round) match we played in the Australian Open.

Sep 7, 2013

Mexico, U.S. suffer World Cup setbacks

By Simon Evans

(Reuters) – Mexico suffered only their second ever qualifying defeat in the Azteca Stadium with a 2-1 loss to Honduras on Friday that increases the pressure on coach Jose Manuel de la Torre and leaves ‘El Tri’ with plenty of work to do to qualify for Brazil.

Costa Rica, who top the CONCACAF region standings, took a step towards booking their place at next year’s finals with an impressive 3-1 win over the United States while Panama were held to a goalless draw at home to Jamaica in the other game.

Sep 7, 2013

Soccer-Mexico, U.S. suffer World Cup setbacks

Sept 7 (Reuters) – Mexico suffered only their second ever qualifying defeat in the Azteca Stadium with a 2-1 loss to Honduras on Friday that increases the pressure on coach Jose Manuel de la Torre and leaves ‘El Tri’ with plenty of work to do to qualify for Brazil.

Costa Rica, who top the CONCACAF region standings, took a step towards booking their place at next year’s finals with an impressive 3-1 win over the United States while Panama were held to a goalless draw at home to Jamaica in the other game.

Sep 6, 2013

Pennetta bows out after exceeding expectations

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Flavia Pennetta’s dream of a first grand slam final was crushed by Victoria Azarenka’s straight sets semi-final win on Friday but the Italian left the U.S. Open still proud of her unexpected run to the last four.

Three times previously Pennetta has been beaten at the quarter-final stage at Flushing Meadows and few had anticipated doing better just a year after a serious wrist injury.

Sep 6, 2013

Azarenka looks to bookend season in grand fashion

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Less than three months after hitting a low when she had to pull out of Wimbledon injured, a determined Victoria Azarenka put herself in prime position to bookend her stellar season with another grand slam title.

The Australian Open champion jumped for joy after securing a 6-4 6-2 win over Italy’s Flavia Pennetta in a U.S. Open semi-final on Friday that put her back into the final of the year’s last grand slam for the second straight year.

Sep 6, 2013

Tennis-Pennetta bows out after exceeding expectations

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – Flavia Pennetta’s dream of a first grand slam final was crushed by Victoria Azarenka’s straight sets semi-final win on Friday but the Italian left the U.S. Open still proud of her unexpected run to the last four.

Three times previously Pennetta has been beaten at the quarter-final stage at Flushing Meadows and few had anticipated doing better just a year after a serious wrist injury.

Sep 6, 2013

Azarenka relishes chance to face Williams in final again

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A confident Victoria Azarenka will get a chance to avenge last year’s U.S. Open final defeat to Serena Williams after the pair came through their semi-finals on Friday to set up a re-match.

Second-seed Azarenka beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-2 and will now face an opponent she has beaten just three times in 15 meetings.

Sep 6, 2013

Tennis-Azarenka relishes chance to face Williams in final again

NEW YORK, Sept 6 (Reuters) – A confident Victoria Azarenka will get a chance to avenge last year’s U.S. Open final defeat to Serena Williams after the pair came through their semi-finals on Friday to set up a re-match.

Second-seed Azarenka beat Italy’s Flavia Pennetta 6-4 6-2 and will now face an opponent she has beaten just three times in 15 meetings.

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