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Rafael Nadal wins 10th French Open Title

Spain international, Rafael Nadal made history by winning a record 10th French Open title with victory over Stan Wawrinka in the final.

Nadal, 31, won 6-2 6-3 6-1 against the Swiss to claim his 15th major title.

He becomes the first person in the Open era to have won a Grand Slam tournament 10 times.

Wawrinka, 32, was beaten in a major final for the first time after winning his first three.

Nadal moves above Pete Sampras on the list of all-time Grand Slam winners into second place behind Roger Federer, who beat the Spaniard to win his 18th at the Australian Open in January.

Only Australia’s Margaret Court has more victories at a single Grand Slam tournament, with 11 Australian Open wins between 1960 and 1973.

The Open era, when the Grand Slam tournaments allowed professional players to compete with amateurs, began in 1968.

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Maria Sharapova beats Aryna Sabalenka to win Tianjin Open

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Maria Sharapova beats Aryna Sabalenka to win Tianjin Open
Current world no. 57, Maria Sharapova has beaten Aryna Sabalenka 7-5 7-6 (10-8) to win the Tianjin Open final. Her first title since May 2015.

The Russian tennis superstar was playing her seventh event since she returned to the tour in April from a 15-month drug ban.

The 30-year-old trailed 4-1 in both sets before launching a great comeback against the 19-year-old Belarusian, who was contesting her first WTA final, in two hours and five minutes.

Sharapova reached the Tianjin Open after beating Shuai Peng 6-3 6-1. It is the five-time Grand Slam winner’s 36th WTA tournament victory.

After her return, Sharapova was denied a wildcard for the French Open and also missed Wimbledon through injury and reached the US Open fourth round as a wildcard before losing to Latvia’s Anastasija Sevastova.

The Russian, who began the week ranked 86th in the world, received a wildcard for the event in China.

Sharapova came into the tournament ranked 86th but the win would move her up to number 57 in the world rankings.

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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters

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Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
Switzerland tennis player, Roger Federer has defeated world number one, Rafael Nadal 6-4 6-3 in the Shanghai Masters final.

The Wimbledon champion, who has lost only four times in 2017, was again in a red hot form as he won in 72 minutes.
Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
The victory over becomes his fourth win of the year against Nadal and his fifth in succession over the Spaniard.

Federer fired 10 aces, and the 19-time Grand Slam winner’s 94th career title cut his deficit against Nadal to 23-15.
Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
It moves him level with Ivan Lendl in terms of Open era titles, with only American Jimmy Connors (109) having more.

The Swiss survived a stern test against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro to win 3-6 6-3 6-3 in just under two hours in Saturday’s semi-final.
Roger Federer beats Rafael Nadal to win Shanghai Masters
It was the 24th meeting in a final between the world’s top two, and with the roof again closed because of rain in Shanghai, Federer soon built a 4-2 lead.

There was little between them in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.

Nadal, winner of the US Open and China Open, saved the first break point but could not survive the second as Federer surged to a second Shanghai Masters crown.

Federer is now the only man who can deny Nadal the number one ranking at the end of the year, but the Swiss said the ATP Finals at London’s 02 Arena next month was his main focus.

“I’ll go home and we will work out where I play next, Basel, Paris, one of those or none, before I go to London, which is my priority,” said Federer.

“World number one I don’t think will happen but if I play like this maybe I’ll get close, who knows?”

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Tianjin Open: Maria Sharapova Reaches first final since 2015

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Tianjin Open: Maria Sharapova Reaches first final since 2015
Russian tennis superstar, Maria Sharapova has reached the Tianjin Open after beating Shuai Peng 6-3 6-1. It is her first final since 2015.

Sharapova has been in a red hot form since her return in April from a 15-month ban for taking a banned substance identified as meldonium.

Sharapova defeated Peng in 78 minutes, and she is also considered favourite to claim the title on Sunday, when she will face world No 102 Aryna Sabalenka in the final.

The five-time grand slam champion was given a wildcard into the tournament, however, the 30-year-old has powered into the decider without dropping a set.

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