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Nadal, Federer resume battle for supremacy

Nadal, Federer resume battle for supremacy

SYDNEY – One of sport’s great and enduring rivalries resumes with the battle for supremacy between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer dominating the new tennis season.
The 2011 campaign got underway this week in Australia, India, Qatar and New Zealand with the first Grand Slam of the season starting in Melbourne on January 17.
Nadal is unchallengeable at the top of the ATP rankings, some 3,305 points clear of Federer, after a superb 2010 season when he took the world number one

Federer wins charity ‘Match for Africa’

ZURICH: Roger Federer took the upper hand against Rafael Nadal on Tuesday with a two set to one win in a charity exhibition match in the Swiss city of Zurich. After losing the first set 4-6, Federer broke back against the world number one early in the second set to take a 6-3, 6-3 lead, watched by a capacity home crowd including Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel, ski-ing champions Lindsey Vonn and Didier Cuche.
The 10,500 tickets for the “Match for Africa” were sold out

Federer continues hot streak as London cast decided

PARIS: Roger Federer continued his current hot streak as the Swiss claimed a place in the quarter-finals of the Paris Masters as the final lineup for the eight-man year-end championships in London was settled Thursday.
The top seed, who is bidding for a third consecutive trophy after winning Stockholm and Basel, dispatched Radek Stepanek 6-4, 6-3, firing 11 aces, saving two break points and winning his tenth match from 12 against the Czech.
The win was a re-run of a

Top seed Federer ready to bid for first Bercy title

PARIS: Roger Federer arrived Monday on the back of two successive tournament titles, with the world number two eager to bid for a hat-trick as top seed at the Paris Masters.
The Swiss legend has a first round bye and will play France’s world ranked number 28 Richard Gasquet, who edged compatriot Nicolas Mahut in 3 sets, 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7) Monday evening.
Before travelling from his hometown of Basel, Federer admitted that he needs to recover energy before taking to the

Federer flawless as opponent withdraws

BASEL: Roger Federer made an imposing start on his hometown stage, with the top seed advancing unhindered into the second round of the Swiss Indoors on Monday when his opponent retired with an ankle injury.
World number two Federer was in total command against 48th-ranked Aleksandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine leading 6-4, 5-2 and serving for the match. But the youngster’s tumble on the hardcourt as he pulled level at 15-15 by unsuccessfully trying for a Federer winner brought about

Federer fights into Stockholm semis

Crowd-pleaser Roger Federer staged an heroic recovery from a set and a break down against fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka to reach the semi-finals of the Stockholm Open 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 as home favourite Robin Soderling crashed out.
Hopes of a potential elite final between the tournament’s top two evaporated as Soderling went down to defeat against German outsider Florian Mayer 7-6 (10/8), 6-1. Federer’s patchy game in the first set was unrecognisable from the

Federer, Soderling stay on course for final

Roger Federer, returning to the Stockholm Open after a decade away, swept past outgunned American Taylor Dent 6-1, 6-2 in his 900th career match on Thursday.
It took a mere 49 minutes for the top seed to move through, a tennis lifetime after his last appearance at the Kungligahallen which ended with a second-round loss.
The 16-time grand slam champion now stands 727-173 for his singles career and becomes the only active ATP player to reach 900 matches. Second

Federer ready to take back lost crown

STOCKHOLM: Roger Federer has endured his leanest season on the men’s circuit since 2001 but the Swiss maestro is already plotting a way to grab back the number one ranking from rival Rafael Nadal.
World number two Federer cannot dislodge his Spanish bogeyman from the top spot this year but that has not stopped the Swiss from planning his goals for 2011. “For me it’s not that important to be two, three or four. Sure you would like to be ranked as high as possible but for me it’s

Federer shrugs off Shanghai defeat

SHANGHAI: Roger Federer tried Sunday to put a brave face on his Shanghai Masters performance despite losing the final to Andy Murray in a crushing 6-3, 6-2 defeat.
The Swiss uncharacteristically felt the gods of tennis were set against him in the match, in which fourth-ranked Scot Murray defeated Federer in their second consecutive Masters final meeting.
“Every time it got important, it was not going my way,” the 16-time grand slam champion said. “You feel like it’s a wave