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Sep 10, 2013

Tennis-Nadal crowns his ‘most emotional season’ ever

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Engulfed in a mixture of relief and utter joy, Rafael Nadal fell on his back and covered his face with his hands after beating Novak Djokovic in four sets to win the U.S. Open, the 13th grand slam title of his career.

A year ago, Nadal was sat at home watching on television as Andy Murray defeated Djokovic, dealing with the knee injuries which had raised questions over his longevity in the sport.

Sep 9, 2013

Mexico face U.S. with little room for error

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Mexico face the United States in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday knowing that anything but a victory would seriously compromise their aim of a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

While CONCACAF group leaders Costa Rica can secure their place in the finals with a victory in Kingston against bottom-placed Jamaica and the United States, despite their 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on Friday, remain well-placed in second spot, Mexico are becoming increasingly desperate.

Sep 9, 2013

Soccer-Mexico face U.S. with little room for error

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Mexico face the United States in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday knowing that anything but a victory would seriously compromise their aim of a place in next year’s World Cup finals in Brazil.

While CONCACAF group leaders Costa Rica can secure their place in the finals with a victory in Kingston against bottom-placed Jamaica and the United States, despite their 3-1 loss to Costa Rica on Friday, remain well-placed in second spot, Mexico are becoming increasingly desperate.

Sep 9, 2013

Serena Williams shows no signs of fading, matches Federer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It has been 14 years since Serena Williams won her first U.S. Open but there was no hint of decline as the 31-year-old American outlasted Victoria Azarenka to claim her fifth U.S. Open singles title on Sunday.

Initially frustrated by a swirling wind at Arthur Ashe Stadium and shaken by Azarenka’s second set comeback from 4-1 down, Williams regained the momentum in the third set with her power and range of strokes propelling her to a 17th grand slam title.

Sep 9, 2013

Williams shows no signs of fading, matches Federer

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It has been 14 years since Serena Williams won her first U.S. Open but there was no hint of decline as the 31-year-old American outlasted Victoria Azarenka to claim her fifth U.S. Open singles title on Sunday.

Initially frustrated by a swirling wind at Arthur Ashe Stadium and shaken by Azarenka’s second set comeback from 4-1 down, Williams regained the momentum in the third set with her power and range of strokes propelling her to a 17th grand slam title.

Sep 8, 2013

Nadal laments another Olympic failure for Madrid

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal said it was hard to accept that Spain had failed in a third successive bid to host the Olympics and described the process as “tiring” for the country.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) eliminated Madrid in the first round of voting and chose Tokyo for the 2020 summer Games on Saturday shortly before Nadal took to the court to defeat France’s Richard Gasquet in his U.S. Open semi-final.

Sep 8, 2013

Tennis-Nadal laments another Olympic failure for Madrid

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Rafa Nadal said it was hard to accept that Spain had failed in a third successive bid to host the Olympics and described the process as “tiring” for the country.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) eliminated Madrid in the first round of voting and chose Tokyo for the 2020 summer Games on Saturday shortly before Nadal took to the court to defeat France’s Richard Gasquet in his U.S. Open semi-final.

Sep 8, 2013

Tennis-Nadal deals with Gasquet to set up final with Djokovic

NEW YORK, Sept 7 (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 faces a highly anticipated clash with world number one Novak Djokovic.

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

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.

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