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LONDON --- Two days after winning a
grass-court title in Stuttgart, Rafael Nadal
was knocked out in the first round of the
Queen s Club tournament yesterday when
he fell 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4 to Alexandr Dol-
By contrast, top-seeded Andy Murray
opened his bid to recapture the title he lost
last year to Grigor Dimitrov with a comfort-
able 6-4, 7-5 win over Taiwanese qualifier
Lu Yen-Hsun, and French Open winner Stan
Wawrinka began his bid for a first grass court
title by defeating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-
Watched by Chelsea soccer manager Jose
Mourinho and the former king of Spain, Juan
Carlos, Nadal was kept under pressure
throughout the match by the free-hitting
Ukrainian, who ended a three-match losing
streak with his second successive victory
over his Spanish opponent.
Dolgopolov held three points for a 4-0
first set lead as Nadal struggled to make an
impression, and although the fifth-seeded
Spaniard eventually worked his way into the
match he faced a match point in the tiebreaker
before taking the second set.
In the final set, Nadal broke for a 2-1 lead,
but Dolgopolov leveled at 4-4. Nadal then
held three break points in the next game,
but it was Dolgopolov who broke at 5-4 to
claim victory with his second match point.
"I was fighting in every point," Nadal said.
"I was with the right concentration, with
the right motivation, don t giving up when
I had tough moments.
chance to win, but that s it. The good thing
is I am positive mentally. I feel myself playing
well. I hope to have some more good days
of practice here and some good rest at home,
and I gonna come back strong with a good
week of practice before Wimbledon."
Despite his defeat, the Spaniard believes
that with his victory in Stuttgart he has
played enough matches as he heads into
Wimbledon in a little under two weeks.
"I played five matches the year that I won
here in 2008, and this year I already had five
matches," he said. "This week I lost an oppor-
tunity, but my feeling, my thoughts are no
different today than yesterday. I am playing
better than before, and enjoying more on
court than before."
Wawrinka, playing his first match since
defeating Novak Djokovic to lift the French
Open trophy and wearing check shorts similar
to those which drew so much attention in
Paris, needed patience before eventually gain-
ing an advantage over Kyrgios.
A backhand error from his opponent gave
the Swiss a break and a 5-3 lead, and after
serving out the set to love Wawrinka, he
swiftly confirmed his lead by breaking for
2-1 in the second set.
The No 2 seed then had to fight off three
break points at 3-2 before securing victory
with his ninth ace.
"It was good, really good start," Wawrinka
said. "I m feeling quite good, for sure. Still
need more time on the grass, more adjust-
ment especially for moving. Sometimes I m
not moving that well, but today it was a great
Dimitrov completed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory
over American 2010 tournament winner Sam
Querrey after their match had been suspended
overnight at one set all. (AP)
Nadal loses to
Dolgopolov in 1st
round at Queen's
HALLE --- Second-seeded Kei Nishikori
won a close contest against Dominic
Thiem of Austria 7-6 (4) 7-5 to reach
the second round of the Gerry Weber
The Japanese player saved nine of 10
break points he faced to set up a second-
round clash with Dustin Brown of Ger-
Nishikori led 5-3 and wasted a set point
before dropping his serve. He then had
to fend off three set points before winning
Third-seeded Tomas Berdych defeated
Victor Estrella Burgos 7-5, 6-3. Estrella
Burgos double-faulted to deliver the first
set to Berdych, who breezed through the
No 4-seeded Gael Monfils beat Lukas
Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4,
but No 7 Bernard Tomic crashed out
against Steve Johnson. The American had
12 aces in winning 6-3, 7-6 (4).
Jerzy Janowicz beat sixth-seeded Pablo
Cuevas 6-3, 6-4 and Andreas Seppi oust-
ed Tommy Haas 7-5, 6-2.
No 8 Ivo Karlovic blasted 28 aces to
overcome Santiago Giraldo of Colombia
6-7, (4), 6-4, 6-4.
Ernests Gulbis and Mikhail Kukushkin
also advanced at the grass-court event,
a tune-up for Wimbledon.
advance at Gerry
BIRMINGHAM --- Victoria Azarenka ral-
lied from 4-0 down in the first set to beat
Varvara Lepchenko of the United States
7-6 (7), 6-4 in the first round yesterday
of the Aegon Classic, a grass court Wim-
bledon warm-up event.
The former top-ranked Azarenka came
within one point of losing the fifth game
of the opening set five times, but managed
to steer clear of trouble with a powerful
However, there were more difficult
moments to come, with the Belarussian
being a set point down in the tiebreaker
and then losing a second set lead of 4-1.
"At those times I really decided I want
to try to lift myself up and try to fight
through whatever it is," Azarenka said.
"That definitely helped me to get my body
going, get my concentration better, and in
general energy higher. I think the most
important was the mindset."
Looking ahead, the 25-year-old Azarenka
was upbeat about her Grand Slam chances.
"Being a young player, I think everybody
is dreaming about winning Wimbledon,"
she said. "So that is definitely a dream of
mine as well. I think my game has raised
a lot (this year) ... the level that I ve been
showing in the last couple of tournaments
I think is pretty high."
Azarenka was joined in the second round
by another former No 1, Jelena Jankovic,
and top-seeded Simona Halep.
Jankovic beat Tereza Smitkova 6-4, 6-
4 and Halep defeated Naomi Broady 6-
MONTREAL --- Russia and Turkey produced the
most doping violations, with athletics and weightlift-
ing leading the sports with the highest number of
cases, according to a report by the World Anti-Doping
The WADA report found that 1,953 sanctions were
handed out for doping violations committed in 2013.
The cases involved athletes and support personnel in
115 countries and in 89 sports.
WADA said it was the most comprehensive set of
doping statistics compiled to date.
"With close to 2,000 sanctions in one year and
almost every sport represented, it s evident that doping
still represents a huge threat to modern day sports,"
WADA president Craig Reedie said in a statement.
Russia led all countries with 225 violations, followed
by Turkey with 188 and India with 90.
Athletics produced 280 violations, followed by
weightlifting with 252 and cycling with 203.
The report covers both positive drug tests and so-
called "non-analytical investigations," which includes
biological passport cases that rely on monitoring of
athletes blood profiles for evidence of doping.
Of Russia s 225 cases, 42 were in athletics. In Turkey,
there were 53 violations in athletics and 48 in weightlift-
ing.WADA set up a three-person independent com-
mission in December to investigate allegations made
in a German television documentary of widespread
doping and cover-ups in Russia, particularly in track
and field. Numerous Russian race walkers have been
sanctioned for doping in recent years.
The WADA commission, headed by former president
Dick Pound, is scheduled to deliver its findings by the
end of the year. (AP)
WADA report: Russia,
Turkey lead world in
SCHWARZENBACH --- Michael Matthews of Australia
edged Peter Sagan for victory in the Tour de Suisse
fourth stage yesterday, and Tom Dumoulin retained
the overall lead.
Matthews added to stage wins at the Giro d Italia
and Paris-Nice this season at the end of a 193.2-kilo-
meter (120-mile) route from Flims to Schwarzenbach.
The Orica-GreenEdge rider out-sprinted Slovakian
Sagan, who won on Monday, in four hours, 36 minutes.
Greg van Avermaet of Belgium was third.
Sagan is now second but with the same time as
Dumoulin in the overall standings. The Dutch rider
with Giant-Alpecin has led since the prologue stage
Daniel Moreno of Spain is third, trailing by 8 seconds
ahead of the main mountain stage today, which ends
near the Soelden ski resort in Austria.
Matthews races to win
Tour de Suisse stage
PARIS --- Former world champion Philippe Gilbert
won t ride in the Tour de France next month because
of a right leg injury.
Gilbert withdrew from the Tour de Suisse yesterday
because of the injury "that will keep him from being
considered for the BMC Racing Team s Tour de France
roster," his team said.
Gilbert is still suffering from a "non-displaced frac-
ture" after crashing at the Fleche Wallonne in April.
The BMC leader at the Tour, which starts on July
4, will be Tejay van Garderen. The American was run-
ner-up to Chris Froome at the Criterium du Dauphine
BMC president Jim Ochowicz says, "We want the
best eight candidates (to support Van Garderen) at the
start in Utrecht and, right now, Philippe is not at his
Gilbert out of Tour de
France with leg injury
Spain's Rafael Nadal looks up after
losing a point to Ukraine's Alexandr
Dolgopolov during their men's singles
tennis match at Queen's tennis
championship in London, yesterday.
Nadal lost 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4. AP PHOTO
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