Federer sets up Tsonga showdown

TORONTO: Roger Federer eased into the final of the Rogers Cup with a 6-3 6-4 win over Spain’s Feliciano Lopez on Saturday, putting the Swiss maestro on the brink of a landmark 80th career title. Standing between Federer and another trophy is Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who claimed his third straight upset by dispatching seventh-seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6- 3. After knocking off world number one Novak Djokovic in the…

Venus upsets Serena to reach Rogers Cup final

MONTREAL: Venus Williams upset little sister Serena 6-7(2) 6-2 6-3 on Saturday to register the first win over her top ranked sibling in five years and move into the Rogers Cup final in Montreal. The meeting marked the 25th time the sisters had squared off but the first time Venus had come out on top since a 2009 semi-finals encounter in Dubai. World number one Serena holds a 14-11 lead…

Sharapova, Serena advance in Montreal

MONTREAL: Fourth seed Maria Sharapova rallied for a 4-6 6-3 6-1 second-round win over Spain’s Garbine Muguruza while Serena Williams destroyed former US Open champion Samantha Stosur as order and power was restored to the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday. A day after the tournament was left without power and its main attraction when Canada’s Wimbledon finalist Eugenie Bouchard suffered a surprise opening-match loss, the event enjoyed a return…

Murray cruises past Kyrgios on return

TORONTO: Britain’s 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray made light of an absence from the ATP tour of over a month to defeat promising Aussie teenager Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 6-2 in less than an hour yesterday in the secondround of the Toronto Masters. Murray, the eighth seed who won the Canadian title in 2009 and 2010, had been seen as a poential scalp for the dangerous Kyrgios since losing to Bulgarian…

Serena storms past Petkovic into final

STANFORD: Serena Williams stormed into the final of the WTA hardcourt tournament at Stanford on Saturday, winning the last eight games of a 7-5, 6-0 victory over Andrea Petkovic. The world number one and top seed, playing her first tournament since a disappointing Wimbledon campaign in which she was slowed by a virus, will face third-seeded German Angelique Kerber in late yesterday’s final. Kerber, ranked eighth in the world, saved…

Young, Raonic and Gasquet advance

WASHINGTON: Donald Young reached his first ATP semifinal in three years by beating seventhseeded Kevin Anderson 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2 on Friday at the Citi Open. His semifinal opponent late yesterday will be No. 2 Milos Raonic, who ended the surprising run of unheralded American Steve Johnson, winning 7-6 (2), 6-2. Johnson beat the tour’s top two servers, John Isner and Ivo Karlovic, in his previous two matches, but he…

Serena Williams wins in her return

STANFORD: Top-ranked Serena Williams won in her first match since defaulting in a doubles match with sister Venus at Wimbledon, beating Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 6-2 yesterday in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic. At Wimbledon, Williams tried to play through a viral infection that caused her to lose her equilibrium during the doubles match. On Wednesday night, encouraged by a large crowd, Williams fought through a…

Djokovic ends Federer record dream

LONDON: Novak Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title and seventh major with a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 5-7, 6-4 victory over Roger Federer yesterday, shattering the Swiss star’s dream of a record eighth triumph in an epic struggle.    Victory allowed the top seeded Serb, who was also the 2011 champion and runner-up last year, to end a run of three successive defeats in Grand Slam finals, but the 27-year-old…
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