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Federer reaches semi-finals after being stretched by Simon

Saturday, 2018-10-27 07:05:58
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Roger Federer of Switzerland reacts during his match against Borna Coric of Croatia. (Reuters)
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Roger Federer was stretched to the limit by Gilles Simon before overcoming the valiant Frenchman 7-6(1) 4-6 6-4 to reach the semi-finals of his hometown Swiss Indoors tournament on Friday.

* World number three Caroline Wozniacki revealed on Thursday (Oct 25) that she has been diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, a revelation she found out before the US Open.

* Inter Milan have appointed 26-year-old Steven Zhang as their new president, the Serie A club said on Friday. Zhang, who becomes the 21st president in the club's history, is the son of Zhang Jindong, chairman of China's electronics retailer Suning Holdings Group which bought a majority stake in the club in 2016.

* FIFA have set up a task force to examine president Gianni Infantino's plans for a new Club World Cup and Global Nations League, avoiding a damaging split with UEFA over the controversial proposals.

* Max Verstappen sent a warning to Formula One title contenders Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel on Friday by dominating Mexican Grand Prix practice before his Red Bull was halted by an hydraulics problem.

* Tottenham Hotspur have further delayed the opening of their new stadium until at least the New Year as work continues to iron out issues with the "critical safety systems" at their revamped White Hart Lane venue.

* Top seed Dominic Thiem's dream of a home win in the Vienna Open ended on Friday when he lost 6-3 6-1 in the quarter-finals to Kei Nishikori, who produced one of his best performances of the year.

* Imrul Kayes and Soumya Sarkar each scored a century as Bangladesh thrashed Zimbabwe by seven wickets in the third one-day international to complete a whitewash in the three-match cricket series in Chittagong on Friday (Oct 26).

* A former doctor for Lance Armstrong's US Postal Service (USPS) cycling team has had his lifetime ban lifted following his testimony against Armstrong team manager Johan Bruyneel, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said on Friday.

Reuters, CNA