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Rafael Nadal Defeats Marin Cilic To Reach Semifinals In Toronto



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Tennis world No1 Rafa Nadal has reached the semi-final round at the ongoing Master 1000 tour in Toronto after a hard-fought victory over Croatian player Marin Cilic last night.

The Spaniard emerged Champion after three set which he played 2-6 ,6-4, 6-4 during the close encounter.

In his post-match reaction after the game, the 17 grand Slam winner revealed that Cilic was a tough man to play against but he was lucky to have  progressed to the next round at his expense.

It should be recalled that Cilic defeated Nadal during this year’s Australia Open but he wasn’t able to repeat such feat in yesterday’s match as he couldn’t match Nadal’s strength and techniques.

When asked if the win against Cilic was a revenge, the world No1 said that he didn’t believe in revenge and he played the game with one thing at the back of his mind – and that’s Victory.

“No, no. I never believe on revenges at all. No, no. It’s not because of Australian Open match, not at all, “said Nadal

Despite his victory over Cilic, Nadal praised the Croatian international for his mature and world-class display throughout the game.

According to him, Cilic played more aggressively and that helped him played every shot perfectly. He hit every shot at the right spot and they all landed in his own half of the court.

“He’s playing aggressively. He’s very difficult to stop and very difficult to play against him when he’s playing that way —— He was just hitting every ball fantastic, hitting all the right spot in every shot” he praised his opponent.

Nadal further thanked his fans who were present at the venue to sheer him to victory and he promised to make them proud in the next round of the competition.

“Amazing support for me tonight. Can say thank you very much to all the people here in Toronto.” Nadal shows his appreciation.

With his victory over Cilic, the Spaniard will be playing in the Master 1000’s semifinal round for the first time since 2010.


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Rafael Nadal injury update : will the Spaniard return before China Open?



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Tennis World No1 Rafael Nadal could be back in time to take part in the China Open which kickstart on the first of October.

The tennis star pulled out of US Open while in action against Juan Martin Del Potro in the semifinal of the competition.

According to former world No2 tennis player Alex Corretja, Nadal’s injury looked a bit minor, however, it is intense enough to mar his dream of winning the US Open.

Corretja told reporters that Nadal wanted to continue the match against Del Potro but he couldn’t due to the pain he felt on his knee.

This season has been a difficult one for the Spanish No1 as he battled so many injuries. It should be recalled that Nadal pulled out of Australia Open due as result hip injury which ruled him out of action for three months.

As result of his knee injury, Spain couldn’t count on the experienced player at the ongoing Davis Cup.

Spanish Davis Cup captain Sergi
Bruguera confessed that the team are unhappy for not having the World No1 in their team.

According to Bruguera, Nadal is a great player whose experience would have helped the team during the competition.

Though Corretja suggest that Nadal might be back before China Open, it remains unknown if he would be fully fit to compete in his best form during the competition at the Asian country.

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US Open Champion Naomi Osaka To Sign New Mega Deal With Adidas



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20-year-old Tennis player Naomi Osaka won her first grand-slam title on Saturday when she defeated her ‘idol’ Serena Williams 6-2, 6-4 in a match that was filled with controversy and fallout.

The player was rewarded with an instant cheque of $3.8m by the tournament’s organizers for her great run of form throughout the competition.

However, there are more rewards for the youngster with the latest one reportedly coming from a sporting retail giants Adidas.

According to reports, the Jamaican international is set to sign a new deal with Adidas, which would make her one of the highest-paid women in Sports.

Yahoo Sports claimed that the contract would see her become the second highest-paid sport woman, a place behind her childhood role model Serena Williams.

The contract is said to worth nothing less than $8.5m and that will be the biggest deal Adidas has ever signed with a female athlete in their history.

Naomi, who became the first Japanese player to Win US Open final, is definitely reaping the reward for her hard work throughout the competition.

The Times also revealed that the deal is set to be sealed as early as tomorrow (Thursday), should everything work out as planned.

All eyes are now on the youngster to see if she would be able to continue her rapid rise to fame in a short period of time.

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Umpires frowned at the treatment of Carlos Ramos by Serena Williams in the US Open final.




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A match that already saw Naomi Osaka cruising to win her first ever Grand Slam title did not burst up completely without a show of entertainment.

The 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena branded Carlos Ramos a “thief” and a “liar” while she continued to muster words seeking for apologies who after the match proclaimed that sexism was behind his choice to dock her game.

The umpire sanctioned Williams as follow:

-first Violation: on-court coaching.
-second violation: racket abuse.
-third violation- verbal abuse (calling him a “thief”).

She was, however, backed by United States Tennis Association (USTA) and Women’s Tennis Associative after the outbreak.

Ramos was supported by International Tennis Federation in a statement on Monday:

“Mr Ramos’s decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open’s decision to fine Ms Williams for the three offences.”

Willians was fined $17,000 by the US Open for her revilement even after she earned $1,850,000 million for finishing second.

USTA Head Katrina Adams defended Serena, saying

“Men are badgering the umpire on the changeovers and nothing happens”

She also added that she’s all about gender equality and thinks when one takes a glimpse at such a situation, it would be a story to be discussed another time.

She equally asserted that we should treat each other (both male and female) fairly and the same.

What do you think about Serena’s decision?

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Novak Djokovic Wants Air-conditioning Court After Struggling To Reach Semifinals At Us Open



Serbian Tennis star Djokovic struggled to reach the semifinals at the ongoing Us Open as he defeated John Millman last night.

The former World No1 struggled in the first set of the game but his experience was able to see him through to the next round of the competition by defeating his opponent 6-3, 6-4, 6-4.

Despite his win, the Serbian is not happy with the condition of the court, according him, the atmospheric condition of the court was unbearable for him throughout the encounter.

The called on the organizers to provide an air conditioning inside the Arthur ashe’s Stadium.

It was obvious Djokovic struggled with the temperature of the stadium as he changed his wears countless times before the end of the game, this is because his wears got wet too easily.

It should be recalled that Rodger Federer — who shockingly lost to John Millman in the fourth round of the tournament — also complained about the heat and humidity level of the stadium.

According to Federer after crashing out of the tournament, he struggled to breathe during his game against his fourth-round opponent and that played major role in his defeat.

As much as Djokovic wants to see an air-conditioning stadium in the next edition of the competition, the Serbian star praised the organizers for the cover roof present in the stadium.

Following his victory over Millman, many fans are tipping the Serbian to face his arch-rival Nadal at the final.

The Spaniard progressed to the semifinals of the competition after recording a hard-fought victory against Thiem in a grueling four-hour encounter.

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