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Tennis

Paes-Stepanek enter final in Japan
Agencies
Tokyo, October 06, 2012
First Published: 23:33 IST(6/10/2012)
Last Updated: 23:34 IST(6/10/2012)

Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek outplayed Daniele Bracciali and Frantisek Cermak in straight sets to storm into final of the ATP Japan Open on Saturday.

The top seeded Indo-Czech pair defeated the Italian-Czech combination scored a comfortable 6-3, 6-1 in one hour and three minutes in the semifinals of the $ 1,280,565 hard court event.

Murray ousted
US Open champion Andy Murray was stunned by Milos Raonic 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in the semi-finals of the Japan Open on Saturday, ending the Briton's defence of his Tokyo title.'

Local favourite Kei Nishikori became the first Japanese player to reach the final after thrashing Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2 in just 61 minutes.

Murray's temper erupted on several occasions, the Olympic champion smashing another racquet and yelling furiously at himself after blowing a 4-1 third set lead and two match points.

“He started the match well and I was slow to get off the mark,” the world No 3 told reporters. “There was always going to be a bit of residue from the last few months.”

Tsonga in China final
Beijing: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat Feliciano Lopez in the semi-finals of the China Open on Saturday to keep alive his hopes of qualifying for November's season-ending World Tour finals in London.

Third seed Tsonga, ranked number seven in the world, won the first set 6-1 and was up 4-1 in the second when his Spanish opponent retired due to a left wrist injury.


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