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Birthday boy Nadal in last-8

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Rafael Nadal earned his second straight sets victory in succession as his challenge for an eighth French Open title gathered pace with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Japan’s Kei Nishikori to secure a quarter-final spot on Monday.
Troubled in his first two rounds where he had to come from a set back, Nadal celebrated his 27th birthday in style with a brutal demolition of 13th seed Nishikori.

Brazil avoid blues at home

Paulinho equalised late on with a volley for Brazil to draw 2-2 with England on Sunday and prevent the 2014 World Cup hosts from losing their opening match at the revamped Maracana Stadium.

Serena sails into quarter-finals

Serena Williams bludgeoned her way to another lopsided win at the French Open on Sunday as she continued her quest for a second French Open title, 11 years after her first.

Sharapova, Azarenka survive Paris fault lines

Paris, June 1: Defending champion Maria Sharapova and third-seeded Victoria Azarenka reached the French Open last-16 on Saturday, but piled up a combined 18 double faults and 65 unforced errors between them.
World number two Sharapova clinched a 6-1, 7-5 win over China’s Zheng Jie, the world number 43, in a third round clash which witnessed 11 breaks of serve.

Nadal blasts scheduling, Federer in cruise mode

Defending champion Rafael Nadal blasted French Open schedulers as a “joke” on Friday as long-time rival Roger Federer remained on Roland Garros easy street.

Djokovic destroys Pella, Li Na out

Novak Djokovic’s French Open credentials were given the lightest of examinations in a 6-2, 6-0 6-2 second-round win over Argentina’a Guido Pella on Thursday.

Nico wins amidst chaos

Nico Rosberg kept his cool amid the chaos to win the crash-marred Monaco Grand Prix on Sunday and give Mercedes their first victory of the season, as well as emulate his father’s victory from 30 years

India go down to Indonesia in Sudirman Cup

India failed to make the quarter-finals of the Sudirman Cup mixed team badminton championship after suffering a 1-4 thrashing at the hands of Indonesia in their second group match here on Monday.

Paris, toast of France

Paris Saint-Germain sealed their first Ligue 1 title since 1994 with a 1-0 win at Lyon on Sunday.
Marseille’s 2-1 win over Toulouse on Saturday, their fourth success in a row, had ensured PSG would have to keep the champagne on ice until after their own game.

Se-reign-a!

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Serena Williams beat Maria Sharapova 6-1, 6-4 in the final of the Madrid Open on Sunday to both retain her no. 1 ranking and collect her 50th career title.

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