Nadal advances to China Open quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal of Spain in action against Karen Khachanov of Russia on Thursday. (Reuters)
Updated 05 October 2017
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Nadal advances to China Open quarterfinals

BEIJING: Rafael Nadal earned his season-leading 58th victory on Thursday by beating Karen Khachanov 6-3, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the China Open.
The top-ranked Spaniard, who won the French Open and US Open this year, saved all six break points he faced and increased his lead over Roger Federer at the top of the rankings.
Nadal will next face John Isner. The big-serving American defeated Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-3.
“Tomorrow will be a tough one against Isner,” Nadal said. “John is a very good player from the baseline, too. I saw him today. He played so aggressive, having a lot of success, hitting a lot of winners, returning very well.”
Second-seeded Alexander Zverev also advanced to the quarterfinals, beating Fabio Fognini 6-4, 6-2. The German will next play Andrey Rublev, who defeated seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych 1-6, 6-4, 6-1.
In the women’s tournament, Jelena Ostapenko advanced after Peng Shuai, the last Chinese player in the competition, retired from the match while trailing 3-0.
Also, third-seeded Sorana Cirstea defeated fourth-seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-1, 7-5, Caroline Garcia beat Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1, and Petra Kvitova beat former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-1, 6-4.


Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

Updated 18 June 2018
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Brazil held to 1-1 draw by Switzerland at World Cup

  • Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.

ROSTOV-ON-DON, Russia: Brazil joined the list of big teams struggling to win their opening matches at the World Cup in Russia.
The five-time champions were held to a 1-1 draw by Switzerland on Sunday, a few hours after four-time champion Germany was beaten by Mexico 1-0.
Philippe Coutinho gave Brazil the lead in the 20th minute with a volley that bounced in off the right post.
Steven Zuber then headed in the equalizer in the 50th.
Mexican referee Cesar Ramos dismissed complaints that Zuber had shoved defender Miranda before getting to the corner from Xherdan Shaqiri.
Besides Brazil and Germany, Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by Iceland on Saturday and Spain and Portugal played to a 3-3 draw on Friday.