Rafael Nadal handed Roger Federer blow

Rafa Nadal has pulled out of his Laver Cup matches on Sunday due to inflammation in his hand, denying fans the opportunity to see him partner Roger Federer in the doubles on the final day of the tournament in Geneva. Team Europe's Nadal was scheduled to take on Team World's Nick Kyrgios in his singles clash before partnering Swiss Federer […]

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Tennis: Kerber through to Pan Pacific Open semi-finals

OSAKA, Japan (AP) – Fourth-seeded Angelique Kerber advanced to the semifinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open on Friday (Sept 20) after Madison Keys retired injured in the deciding set. Kerber led 6-4, 4-6, 2-1 when the fifth-seeded Keys retired. “It was a really good match in the first two sets, and this is never the way that you want […]

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Tennis: Bertens, Stephens bow out of Pan Pacific Open

OSAKA (REUTERS) – Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova stunned second seed Kiki Bertens 6-1, 7-5 to reach the Pan Pacific Open quarter-finals in Osaka on Thursday (Sept 19), while American Sloane Stephens suffered another early exit. World No. 8 Bertens made a slow start and fell 4-0 behind in the opening set after serving five double faults in two games. The Dutchwoman […]

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Tennis: Kukushkin defeats Dzumhur at St Petersburg Open

ST PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) – Mikhail Kukushkin reached the quarterfinals of the St Petersburg Open on Wednesday (Sept 18), while Adrian Mannarino was eliminated in the second round. Kukushkin, the St Petersburg champion in 2010, recovered from 4-2 down in the first set to win 7-6 (2), 6-2 against 2017 champion Damir Dzumhur, who saved four match points before he […]

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