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Ramos advances in Barcelona, to play Nadal next

Barcelona, Apr 22 (EFE).- Spain's Albert Ramos defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell and will be world No. 1 Rafael Nadal's first opponent at that French Open tune-up. Ramos won a tight first set against the Russian former world No. 3 by converting the lone break point created by either player. In the second set, Davydenko broke Ramos' serve in the second game and was a point away from a 3-0 lead but proceeded to lose four games in a row to put himself two games away from defeat.

Ramos advances in Barcelona, to play Nadal next

Barcelona, Apr 22 (EFE).- Spain's Albert Ramos defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-4, 6-4 on Tuesday at the Barcelona Open BancSabadell and will be world No. 1 Rafael Nadal's first opponent at that French Open tune-up. Ramos won a tight first set against the Russian former world No. 3 by converting the lone break point created by either player. In the second set, Davydenko broke Ramos' serve in the second game and was a point away from a 3-0 lead but proceeded to lose four games in a row to put himself two games away from defeat.

Tennis: Djokovic, Williams run hot in Melbourne

Title favourites Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams shrugged off a second day of intense heat to reach the Australian Open third round Wednesday alongside China's Li Na. Djokovic, watched by new coach Boris Becker, flew past against Argentina's Leonardo Mayer 6-0, 6-4, 6-4, extending his Melbourne streak to 23 straight wins. With temperatures close to 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) Williams also took the fast route with a 63-minute demolition of Serbia's Vesna Dolonc.

Tennis: Qatar Open results - 2nd update

Results in the first round of the Qatar Open on Tuesday: Andy Murray (GBRx3) bt Mousa Shanan Zayed (QAT) 6-0, 6-0 Daniel Brands (GER) bt Nikolay Davydenko (RUS) 6-4, 6-4 Dustin Brown (GER) bt Ivan Dodig (CRO) 6-4, 6-2 Peter Gojowczyk (GER) bt Dominic Thiem (AUT) 7-5, 6-0 David Ferrer (ESPx2) bt Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-3, 5-7, 6-3 Ernests Gulbis (LATx7) bt Daniel Evans (GBR) 6-2, 4-6, 6-0 Florian Mayer (GER) bt Michal Przysiezny (POL) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(7-5) afp

Tennis: Davydenko makes shock first-round exit

Russia's Nikolay Davydenko blamed a wrist injury for his shock first-round defeat at the Malaysian Open on Tuesday. The world No. 45, who won the tournament in its inaugural year in 2009, said he has been suffering from the injury for some time but ATP rules did not allow him to withdraw. He lost 6-3, 6-4 to Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas. Davydenko said he may also face a first-round defeat at the China Open in Beijing next week. "I'm not feeling good. I have a wrist injury. It will take six, seven or nine weeks to heal. I'm not sure when it will be better," he said.

Nadal crushes Brazilian Silva to power into third round

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal remains undefeated on hardcourts this year by crushing Rogerio Dutra Silva of Brazil 6-2 6-1 6-0 to storm into the third round of the U.S. Open on Thursday. The second-seeded Spaniard improved his hardcourt mark to 17-0, a run that has brought him tournament titles at Indian Wells, Montreal and Cincinnati among his nine trophies in 2013. Nadal faced only one break point in the 92-minute rout on Arthur Ashe Stadium's center court, ripping 30 winners to just nine.

Del Potro books spot in 3rd round of Cincinnati Masters

U.S. Sports Desk, Aug 14 (EFE).- Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro moved through to the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati, Ohio, with a 7-5, 7-5 victory Wednesday over Russia's Nikolay Davydenko. In the first set, the Russian put 86 percent of his first serves in play but was only able to win 57 percent of those points thanks to Del Potro's strong return game.

Tennis: Nadal to begin Barcelona tilt against Berlocq

Rafael Nadal will start his campaign at the Barcelona Open against Carlos Berlocq after the Argentine beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver 7-5, 6-4 on Tuesday to earn the right to face the second seed. Nadal, the world number five who stands behind compatriot and three-time losing finalist David Ferrer in the seedings at the Real Club de Tenis, insists his focus is on this tournament and not his preparation for next month's French Open at Roland Garros.

UPDATE 3-Tennis-Dubai Championships men's singles quarterfinal results

Feb 28 (Infostrada Sports) - Results from the Dubai Championships Men's Singles Quarterfinal matches on Thursday 2-Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) 6-2 6-2 1-Novak Djokovic (Serbia) beat 7-Andreas Seppi (Italy) 6-0 6-3 3-Tomas Berdych (Czech Republic) beat Dmitry Tursunov (Russia) 6-3 6-2 4-Juan Martin Del Potro (Argentina) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 6-4 6-2

Reuters Sports Schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday Feb 28

Reuters sports schedule at 0600 GMT on Thursday: NBA Thunder rumble on past struggling Hornets Kevin Durant landed a triple double as the Oklahoma City Thunder recorded a 119-74 blowout victory over the outclassed New Orleans Hornets. (NBA-THUNDER/, moved, 250 words) - - - - NHL Bad blood, good memories for Montreal and Toronto fans.
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