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Federer beats Kyrgios to regain number one spot

Sunday, 2018-06-17 08:19:51
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Roger Federer will be back as world number one in the new rankings next week after coming from behind to beat Nick Kyrgios 6-7(2) 6-2 7-6(5) in the semi-finals of the ATP Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart. The 36-year-old Swiss will play Canada's Milos Raonic in Sunday's final.

* Richard Gasquet and Jeremy Chardy set up an all-French final at the Libema Open in Rosmalen after both saw off Australian challengers in Saturday's semi-finals. Second seeded Richard Gasquet ended Bernard Tomic's recent resurgence by winning 6-4 6-7(6) 6-2 while Chardy beat Matthew Ebden 6-4 7-5.

* Home favorite Johanna Konta kept her nerve through an hour’s rain delay to defeat defending champion Donna Vekic and reach her second successive Nottingham Open final. In a reverse of last year’s final, Konta beat the Croatian 6-2 6-3 and will now play top seed Ashleigh Barty, who overwhelmed Naomi Osaka 6-3 6-4 in the other semi-final.

* Gabriele Maruotti scored team-high 17 points to help Italy defeat China 3-1 at the 2018 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, racking up its 500th victory at international tournament.

* Underdogs Mexico are ready to cause a major upset and beat Germany for the first time in a tournament on Sunday, provided the central Americans realise the World Cup clash is just another football game, coach Juan Carlos Osorio said. Brimming with confidence ahead of their World Cup Group F opener in Moscow's Luzhniki stadium, Osorio conceded the four-times world champions were tournament favourites but said his team was in with a chance.

* Rugby league convert Semi Radradra made an immediate impact on his union test debut as he helped Fiji win their fourth successive Pacific Nations Cup title with a 37-15 triumph over Georgia on Saturday. Fiji won both of their games in the four-team tournament, beating Samoa 24-22 last week, to clinch the title ahead of Tonga, who earlier beat the Samoans 28-18 in Suva.

Reuters, CNA