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Jul 25, 2014

Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal

LONDON (Reuters) – Didier Drogba completed a remarkable return to Chelsea on Friday, signing a one-year deal to rejoin the club where he wrote his name into the record books and spearheaded the most successful period in their history.

Two years after leaving Stamford Bridge on a high after his heroics helped them win the Champions League, the emotional pull of reuniting with manager Jose Mourinho proved too great a draw for the Ivory Coast striker.

Jul 25, 2014

Soccer-Drogba returns to Chelsea on one-year deal

LONDON, July 25 (Reuters) – Didier Drogba completed a remarkable return to Chelsea on Friday, signing a one-year deal to rejoin the club where he wrote his name into the record books and spearheaded the most successful period in their history.

Two years after leaving Stamford Bridge on a high after his heroics helped them win the Champions League, the emotional pull of reuniting with manager Jose Mourinho proved too great a draw for the Ivory Coast striker.

Jul 6, 2014

Djokovic wins epic tussle with Federer to claim Wimbledon title

LONDON (Reuters) – Novak Djokovic claimed a second Wimbledon title after coming out on top in an extraordinary battle of wills against seven-times winner Roger Federer, eventually triumphing 6-7(7) 6-4 7-6(4) 5-7 6-4 in a gripping encounter on Sunday.

The Serb, who has now won seven grand slam titles, denied Federer the opportunity to win a record eighth All England Club trophy but was pushed all the way by the Swiss who faced a match point in the fourth set before forcing a decider.

Jul 6, 2014

Federer fights back to force decider against Djokovic

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer kept alive his hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title after levelling Sunday’s final against Novak Djokovic, saving a match point to force a decisive fifth set.

Djokovic led 5-2 in the fourth set before Federer fought back and, despite facing match point on his own serve at 4-5, he held, then hit back to level the encounter at 7-6(7) 4-6 6-7(4) 7-5.

Jul 6, 2014

Tennis-Federer fights back to force decider against Djokovic

LONDON, July 6 (Reuters) – Roger Federer kept alive his hopes of a record eighth Wimbledon title after levelling Sunday’s final against Novak Djokovic, saving a match point to force a decisive fifth set.

Djokovic led 5-2 in the fourth set before Federer fought back and, despite facing match point on his own serve at 4-5, he held, then hit back to level the encounter at 7-6(7) 4-6 6-7(4) 7-5.

Jul 5, 2014

Brutal Kvitova stamps authority on Canadian upstart

LONDON (Reuters) – After delivering a final devastating blow, Petra Kvitova lay sprawled on the turf, her arms raised in celebration having crushed tennis’s would-be princess in a Wimbledon final closer to a coronation than a contest.

It took just 55 minutes of thundering forehands and savage serves to hand the Czech a second All England Club title and leave her unwilling victim Eugenie Bouchard licking the wounds of a 6-3 6-0 mauling.

Jul 5, 2014

Tennis-Brutal Kvitova stamps authority on Canadian upstart

LONDON, July 5 (Reuters) – After delivering a final devastating blow, Petra Kvitova lay sprawled on the turf, her arms raised in celebration having crushed tennis’s would-be princess in a Wimbledon final closer to a coronation than a contest.

It took just 55 minutes of thundering forehands and savage serves to hand the Czech a second All England Club title and leave her unwilling victim Eugenie Bouchard licking the wounds of a 6-3 6-0 mauling.

Jul 4, 2014

Federer eyes record eighth title after crushing Raonic

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer reached a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of the bullet-serving Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterly display of the grasscourt arts on Friday.

Chasing a record eighth title at the All England Club, Federer set up a mouthwatering final against top seed and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic with an almost casual demolition of the 23-year-old Canadian, who looked overawed by the magnitude of the occasion.

Jul 4, 2014

Federer crushes Raonic to reach ninth Wimbledon final

LONDON (Reuters) – Roger Federer reached a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful display of the grasscourt arts on Friday.

Chasing a record eighth title at the All England Club, Federer set up a mouthwatering final against top seed and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic with an almost casual demolition of the 23-year-old Canadian, who looked overawed by the magnitude of the occasion.

Jul 4, 2014

Tennis-Federer crushes Raonic to reach ninth Wimbledon final

LONDON, July 4 (Reuters) – Roger Federer reached a ninth Wimbledon final after emerging unscathed from the crosshairs of bullet-serving giant Milos Raonic, winning 6-4 6-4 6-4 with a masterful display of the grasscourt arts on Friday.

Chasing a record eighth title at the All England Club, Federer set up a mouthwatering final against top seed and 2011 champion Novak Djokovic with an almost casual demolition of the 23-year-old Canadian, who looked overawed by the magnitude of the occasion.