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Rafael Nadal reaches Madrid Open quarters, Ash Barty into final

Rafael Nadal got through another young opponent and showed signs he was getting closer to his best form on clay as he defeated Alexei Popyrin 6-3, 6-3 to make it to the Madrid Open quarterfinals on Thursday. Nadal overcame eight aces and saved five break points against the Australian. The five-time Madrid champion cruised past […]

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Fitness and keeping things simple were crucial to India’s performance during recent tours: Surender Kumar

Indian men’s hockey team defender Surender Kumar feels high fitness levels and keeping things simple helped the side put up a solid show during its recent tours of Europe and Argentina. The 27-year-old, who has played 135 matches for the national team, was part of the team which won both its matches against Argentina in […]

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Bopanna-Shapovalov reach quarterfinals of Madrid Open Masters

India’s Rohan Bopanna combined with his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov to stun top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in straight sets and reach the men’s doubles quarterfinals of Madrid Open Masters 1000 tournament here. This was the 41-year-old Bopanna’s first win on the ATP tour in 2021. The Indo-Canadian duo won their round […]

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Madrid Open: Rafael Nadal cruises past Spanish teenage sensation

In a much-anticipated battle of generations, Rafael Nadal showed he is still clearly the man to beat in Spanish tennis, cruising to a 6-1, 6-2 win over teenage sensation Carlos Alcaraz in the second round of the Madrid Open on Wednesday. Nadal, seeking his sixth title in Madrid and looking to regain top form ahead […]

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Former top-ranked doubles player Barbora Strycova retires

Barbora Strycova, a former top-ranked doubles player and Wimbledon singles semifinalist, has announced her retirement. “Until now, tennis was the only world I knew,” Strycova said in a statement on Tuesday. “I have always had enormous love for this amazing sport. Even though all the pain, tears, renunciation and sweat, all the great moment(s) and […]

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How Mason Mount is on a mission to change perceptions at Chelsea

It’s one of the few mistakes Thomas Tuchel has made in his short but transformative time as Chelsea manager. One he has quickly rectified. Just two days into the job as Frank Lampard’s midseason replacement, Tuchel picked his first Chelsea lineup for a Premier League game against Wolverhampton in late January and, perhaps understandably, he […]

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Cricket Australia will not seek exemption from travel ban but will work to get its IPL players back home

Cricket Australia on Tuesday said it will not seek exemption from a government-imposed travel ban on flights from India but will coordinate with the BCCI to ensure that players from Down Under return safely following the suspension of IPL. The IPL was suspended indefinitely on Tuesday due to multiple cases being reported within its bio-bubble, […]

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COVID-19 effect: India’s FIH Pro League matches in Europe postponed

India’s upcoming FIH Hockey Pro League away fixtures against Spain and Germany later this month have been postponed due to the international travel restrictions imposed in the wake of surging COVID-19 cases in the Asian country, the world body (FIH) informed on Tuesday. The Indian men’s hockey team was scheduled to play against Spain on […]