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Thiem slays nemesis Nadal to reach Australian Open semis

Thursday, 2020-01-30 09:17:19
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Tennis - Australian Open - Quarter Final - Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia - January 29, 2020. Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning his quarter final match against Spain's Rafael Nadal. (Reuters)
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Dominic Thiem ended six years of Grand Slam frustration against Rafa Nadal on Wednesday with a seismic 7-6(3) 7-6(4) 4-6 7-6(6) upset that booked his maiden Australian Open semi-final and rocked the old guard of men’s tennis.

* German seventh seed Alexander Zverev recovered from a slow start to beat former champion Stan Wawrinka 1-6 6-3 6-4 6-2 in the Australian Open on Wednesday (Jan 29) to reach his first career Grand Slam semi-final.

* Liverpool continued their relentless march to a first English title in 30 years, easing to a 2-0 victory at West Ham United on Wednesday to move 19 points clear at the Premier League summit.

* Manchester City lost 1-0 to Manchester United on Wednesday but hung on to reach the League Cup final 3-2 on aggregate and will face Aston Villa at Wembley.

* Ligue 1 leaders Paris St Germain progressed to the French Cup quarter-finals with a comfortable 2-0 win at third tier Pau on Wednesday.

* Real Madrid thrashed a depleted Real Zaragoza side 4-0 on Wednesday to reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

* New signing Christian Eriksen enjoyed a memorable debut as Inter Milan defeated Fiorentina 2-1 on Wednesday to reach the Italian Cup semi-finals.

* Canadian forward Christine Sinclair tied American Abby Wambach's record for the most international goals when she scored her 184th against St. Kitts and Nevis in south Texas on Wednesday.

* Relegation-threatened West Ham United have signed Czech midfielder Tomas Soucek on loan from Slavia Prague with an option on a permanent transfer, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.

* Manchester United have agreed a deal to sign Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon, the Premier League club said on Wednesday. Sporting confirmed United will pay an initial fee of 55 million euros (£46.5 million), although the overall cost of the deal could increase with performance-related add-ons worth 25 million euros.

* Southampton have signed Tottenham Hotspur right back Kyle Walker-Peters on loan until the end of the season, the Premier League clubs said on Wednesday.

* Valentino Rossi will decide this year whether to call time on his stellar MotoGP career after Yamaha announced on Wednesday the signing of French youngster Fabio Quartararo as the Italian great's replacement from 2021.

* Roger Federer was fined US$3,000 for using an audible obscenity during his Australian Open quarter-final victory over American Tennys Sandgren, tournament organisers said on Wednesday.

* Alexander Zverev renewed a pledge Wednesday (Jan 29) to donate the A$4.12 million (US$2.83 million) Australian Open winner's cheque to bushfire relief if he lifts the title, after sweeping into the semi-finals.

Reuters, CNA