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Djokovic saves three match points to set up Dubai final with Tsitsipas

Saturday, 2020-02-29 08:03:31
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Tennis - ATP 500 - Dubai Tennis Championships - Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium, Dubai, United Arab Emirates - February 28, 2020 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates winning his Semi Final match against France's Gael Monfil. (Reuters)
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World number one Novak Djokovic saved three match points to beat France's Gael Monfils 2-6 7-6(8) 6-1 on Friday as he set up a final showdown at the Dubai Open with Greek second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas.

* Norwich City's Jamal Lewis threw his relegation-threatened side a lifeline with a a 70th-minute goal to beat visiting Premier League high-flyers Leicester City 1-0 and secure a vital three points on Friday.

* World records continued tumbling at the world track championships as Italian Filippo Ganna smashed his own mark in the individual pursuit on Friday. Ganna scorched round the 4km distance in 4:01.934 to top the times in the qualification round, averaging 61kph around the banked wooden track in Berlin's velodrome.

* Andre Silva scored twice as Eintracht Frankfurt reached the last 16 of the Europa League on Friday with a 2-2 draw, and 6-3 aggregate win, over FC Salzburg in a storm-delayed match in Austria. Frankfurt, 4-1 winners at home, will now play Swiss side Basel in the next round.

* Petra Kvitova battled past world number one Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 on Friday (Feb 28) to set up a Qatar Open final against Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka.

* Leeds United goalkeeper Kiko Casilla was banned for eight matches and fined 60,000 pounds (US$77,964.00) on Friday after being found guilty of racist abuse in a Championship match against Charlton Athletic last September.

* Valterri Bottas took his Mercedes to the top of the time charts once again on Friday's final day of pre-season Formula One testing. Two weeks out from the season-opener in Melbourne, Bottas, runner-up to Hamilton in the world championship in 2019, clocked a best run of 1min 16.196sec off a total of 79 laps.

* World No. 2 Rafael Nadal remained on course for his third ATP Mexico Open title by breezing past the Republic of Korea's Kwon Soon-woo 6-2, 6-1 in their quarter-final clash on Thursday (Feb 27). Next up for Nadal is Grigor Dimitrov, who ousted third seed Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 6-4 earlier in the day.

* China's triple Olympic swimming gold medallist Sun Yang has been found guilty of refusing to give a doping sample and banned for eight years in a ruling that excludes him from the Tokyo Olympics and effectively ends his career. The judgement from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld the appeal by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against swimming's ruling body (FINA) and Sun, 28, who had already served a three-month doping ban in 2014.

* The Swiss soccer league (SFL) has called off all of the weekend's football matches after the government banned large events expected to draw more than 1,000 people as a measure to curb the new coronavirus epidemic. The SFL also said that it would have to consider playing future matches behind closed doors in order to finish the season.

* Manchester United will meet Austrian club LASK in the last 16 of the Europa League, while Wolves were pitted against Olympiakos in Friday's (Feb 28) draw in Nyon.

* Britain's Adam Yates was declared winner Friday (Feb 28) of the UAE Tour, after the final two stages fell victim to the coronavirus outbreak. Yates led the overall race after Thursday's fifth stage of the WorldTour event scheduled to finish on Saturday. Second was Tadej Pogacar of Slovenia with Kazak Alexey Lutsenko third.

* Tokyo has no Plan B for this year's Summer Olympics despite alarm over the spread of the coronavirus in Japan and elsewhere with under five months before the event, said Katsura Enyo, deputy director general of the Tokyo 2020 Preparation Bureau at the city government.

Reuters, CNA