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Rafael Nadal reclaims world no 1 spot

Tennis superstar Rafael Nadal has reclaimed the world number one spot for the first time since his long absence three years ago in the latest ATP rankings released on Monday. The 31-year-old Spaniard last topped the men’s charts in July 2014.

Nadal, who has spent 141 weeks in the top spot, has struggled with knee injuries since first becoming No. 1 in August 2008 and he has admitted doubting he could ever regain the number one spot after so many years.

He won his 15th Grand Slam title this year at Roland Garros, deposes Britain’s Andy Murray, who withdrew from the tournaments in Montreal and Cincinnati with a hip injury.

Roger Federer, who won a record-breaking 8th Wimbledon title had to settle for the third position on the ranking.

Top 10 ATP rankings on August 21

1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 7.645 (+1)

2. Andy Murray (GBR) 7.150 (-1)

3. Roger Federer (SUI) 7.145

4. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 5.690

5. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 5.325

6. Alexander Zverev (GER) 4.470 (+1)

7. Marin Cilic (CRO) 4.155 (-1)

8. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 4.030

9. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 3.710 (+2)

10. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 3.195 (-1)

 

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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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