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HindustanTimes Sun,20 Apr 2014

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Federer, Murray advance at Indian Wells

Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Stanislas Wawrinka won their opening matches Saturday in the BNP Paribas Open. Federer, the four-time champion seeded seventh, beat French qualifier Pail-Henri Mathieu, and the fifth-seeded Murray regrouped to top Lukas Rosol 4-6, 6-3, 6-2.

Saina crashes out, Lee in final

The Indian challenge at the prestigious $400,000 All England Open Badminton Championships came to an end when Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal was ousted from the women’s singles quarter-final by China’s Shixian Wang here. 

Agassi unhappy with ITPL dates

Andre Agassi will snub the inaugural International Premier Tennis League (IPTL) if it clashes with Thanksgiving, the former world No 1 said the day after being signed up by the Singapore franchise.

Federer subdues Berdych to win sixth Dubai title

Roger Federer roared back from a set and a break down to subdue Tomas Berdych 3-6 6-4 6-3 in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday as the Swiss maestro sealed a 78th singles title.

Somdev's Dubai campaign ends after defeat to Jaziri

A profligate Somdev Devvarman crashed out of the singles event of the Dubai Duty Free Championships after a straight set defeat against fellow wild card Malek Jaziri in the second round in Dubai on Wednesday.

Somdev ends ATP Delhi Open with a splash

Somdev Devvarman put up a dominant performance as he outplayed top seed Aleksandr Nedovyesov in the men's singles final to win the $100,000 ONGC GAIL Delhi Open ATP Challenger in New Delhi on Sunday.

Venus Williams wins Dubai title, her first in 16 months

Venus Williams won her 45th career WTA title in an impressive 6-3, 6-0 victory over Alize Cornet of France in the Dubai Championships final on Saturday.

Revenge, served in style for Somdev

At 15-40 down, one wondered what was going through Somdev Devvarman's mind. He looked up at his trainer Milos Galecic once who nodded his head. Bang, bang, two quick points to make it deuce.

'Fitness is Somdev's trump card'

It's all about the legs really. In pro tennis, if you don't have them, it's 'tough'. Ask Somdev Devvarman's trainer, Milos Galecic, the man behind the world No 96's legs.

Nadal rolls into Rio quarter-finals

World number one Rafael Nadal stormed into the quarter-finals of the $1.3 million ATP Rio Open on Thursday by hammering Spanish compatriot Albert Montanes 6-1, 6-2.

Johnson stuns Haas, Matosevic gets past ailing Hewitt

US qualifier Steve Johnson, ranked 142nd in the world, stunned top seed Tommy Haas on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Delray Beach Open.

Federer can win another major title: Sampras

Roger Federer could play for another four years and add to his tally of 17 Grand Slam titles, according to former No. 1 Pete Sampras.

Slow surface aids Somdev's progress

Somdev Devvarman made sure he worked the court to his advantage, keeping the ball in play to let the opponent cause the errors. Sixty-one minutes later, the story panned out as the second seed had imagined.

Federer has boosted my confidence: Ze Zhang

He didn't have to break a sweat during the 97 minutes he spent on centre court. Sure, he was playing a former top-60 player, someone who is trying to claw his way back again.

Nishikori beats Karlovic to retain Memphis title

Japanese top seed Kei Nishikori won his second consecutive ATP US Indoor Championships crown on Sunday, beating big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic 6-4, 7-6 (7/0) in the final.
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