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Rafael Nadal injury update: Is the Spaniard fit enough to make Acapulco?

The Spaniard has been hampered by a thigh injury which forced him to retire in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic last month. That followed a knee problem which brought an abrupt end to his 2017 season at the World Tour Finals in November and forced him to miss several events. But Nadal travelled to the Mexican island of Cozumel last week to begin intensive training ahead of the Mexican Open, where he will make his return from his latest absence. Nadal is co-owner of…

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Roger Federer SHOCK: Swiss star is NOT oldest ever world number one because of two reasons

Federer continued his fantastic 2017 form by winning the Australian Open last month to close the ATP World rankings gap to Rafael Nadal to 155 points. And the Swiss star won the Rotterdam Open over the weekend to leapfrog Nadal to the top of the men’s game and become the oldest player to hold such an honour. Federer, 36, beat Andre Agassi’s record which stood at 33 years old. But recent findings have revealed that the 20-time Grand Slam winner is not the oldest man of all time to be…

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Olympic curler suspected of doping raises question: Why?

GANGNEUNG, South Korea — Fans of curling at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics describe the sport as cerebral, calculating and generally genteel. If you’re wanting feats of physicality, they say, head over to the mountain for freestyle skiing. However, Monday’s announcement that Russian curler Alexander Krushelnitsky — the winner of a bronze medal last week with wife Anastasia Bryzgalova in the mixed-doubles competition — is suspected of doping after failing a preliminary drug test has sent shockwaves through a sport not commonly associated with scandal. “It’s a little different than like…

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Russian bronze medal-winning curler reportedly tests positive for banned substance

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — Russian curlers said Monday a coach told them that mixed doubles bronze medalist Alexander Krushelnitsky tested positive for a banned substance at the Pyeongchang Olympics. Women’s skip Viktoria Moiseeva said the coach “came to tell us the news” late Sunday. She added the team wanted to comfort Krushelnitsky and his wife and curling partner Anastasia Bryzgalova but “we thought that there are no words to comfort now. We just tried to stay away.” Russian Curling Federation president Dmitry Svishchev would not confirm the name of…

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Roger Federer proved one thing when he became world No 1 – Marin Cilic

Federer overtook Rafael Nadal in the ATP Tour rankings on Friday to become world No 1 for the first time since 2012 when he beat Robin Haase in the quarter-finals of the Rotterdam Open. The Swiss legend took the title yesterday when he saw off Grigor Dimitrov in the final yesterday in straight sets. Cilic has lost two Grand Slam finals in the past six months to Federer – Wimbledon and the Australian Open. And the Croat thinks the 36-year-old deserves to be No 1, because he continues to show…

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Russian curler’s doping tests return positive

A Russian athlete has failed a doping test at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and now faces investigation by the group overseeing the Olympic Athletes from Russia. Curler Alexander Krushelnitskiy tested positive for traces of meldonium, a medicine that increases circulation in the brain and aids with heart failure and chest pain, The New York Times reported Sunday. The World Anti-Doping Agency decided to ban the substance in September 2015, stating that it is classified as a performance-enhancing drug. The ban came into effect in January the following year. The…

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Roger Federer vs Grigor Dimitrov: The stat that has Dimitrov fans worried ahead of final

Dimitrov, 26, is seeking a first ATP Tour title for the season. He progressed to the final after opponent David Goffin had to retire injured in Saturday’s semi-final. But Dimitrov faces one of his toughest battles yet to get past Federer. And history is not on his side. For Federer has NEVER lost to Dimitrov in their six previous meetings. Furthermore, Dimitrov has managed to win just TWO sets against Federer from those six matches. It took Dimitrov until his fourth match to claim a set against Federer, during his…

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Roger Federer vs Robin Haase LIVE updates: Latest score from Rotterdam Open quarter-final

Roger Federer vs Robin Haase LIVE updates: Express Sport brings you the latest score from Rotterdam Open FEDERER *4-4 HAASE Robin Haase survives a momentary brain freeze when making a mess of a simple smash, and fires an ace straight down the middle. Bet Fed is regretting those three missed break points in Haase’s opening service game… FEDERER 4-3* HAASE Another. Simple. Hold. Federer’s serving is scarily accurate and it’s all over in the blink of an eye. Haase with the new balls now. FEDERER *3-3 HAASE He IS human…

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Roger Federer: This Rafael Nadal win proved Swiss would become world No 1 again – Fleming

Federer will return to the top of world tennis if he beats Robin Haase in the quarter-final of the Rotterdam Open this evening. The Swiss legend has not been No 1 since 2012 and will become the oldest man to do so at the age of 36. Federer has won three of the last four Grand Slams he has entered and landed his 20th career slam by winning the Australian Open last month. Fleming believes Federer’s rise back to the top of the game has been monumental. And he claims…

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Roger Federer: Tracy Austin reveals one doubt about shock contender to Swiss for No 1 spot

That is the shock verdict of three-time Grand Slam champion Tracy Austin. Federer, who started the Rotterdam Open just 155 points behind Rafael Nadal, could top the ATP rankings should he overcome Robin Haase in the quarter-finals later today (6.30pm). Should he prevail, he will also become the oldest No 1 in the men’s game since Andre Agassi, who was 33 when he achieved that feat. Federer has started the season in fabulous form and he lifted his 20th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open last month with victory…

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