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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Saturday, October 31, 2015
BASEL---Rafael Nadal rode another comeback
win into the Swiss Indoors semifinals, beating
Marin Cilic 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 yesterday.
Third-seeded Nadal trailed by a set and a break
before getting his third three-set win this week.
"I think he (Cilic) was playing great. Then I tried
to change position a little bit on (my service) return,"
said Nadal, who on Monday had to break serve to
avoid a quick first-round exit against Lukas Rosol.
The match turned when seventh-seeded Cilic s
service faltered and Nadal seized a fourth straight
break-point chance to lead 5-3 in the second.
Nadal broke service twice more in the decider
and clinched when the tall Croatian sent a backhand
In the semifinals on Saturday, Nadal plays Richard
Gasquet who had a close escape in his quarterfinals
The fifth-seeded Frenchman saved a match point
in the deciding tiebreaker to beat big-serving Ivo
Karlovic of Croatia 6-4, 6-7 (2), 7-6 (6).
Gasquet got the only break of serve in the match
despite 36-year-old Karlovic firing 32 aces.
Top-seeded Roger Federer had a late start for his
hometown fans against David Goffin of Belgium,
with Jack Sock awaiting the winner.
Sock rallied to beat Donald Young 5-7, 6-4, 6-
2 in an all-American quarterfinal. (AP)
SINGAPORE---Garbine Muguruza reached the
semifinals of the WTA Finals by beating former
champion Petra Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 yesterday,
with the Czech player also advancing after Lucie
Safarova beat Angelique Kerber in straight sets.
Muguruza finished the round-robin stage 3-0
and only needed to win a set against Kvitova to
earn a semifinal berth.
The other three players in the group all finished
1-2, but Kvitova advanced because of more sets
After losing to Muguruza, Kvitova needed the
already eliminated Safarova to beat Kerber without
dropping a set, and her compatriot came through
by winning 6-4, 6-3.
Kvitova will play Maria Sharapova, who won the
other group, with Muguruza facing Agnieszka Rad-
wanska in the other semifinal.
In a match that featured 15 breaks of serve,
Muguruza converted her fourth match point with
a backhand crosscourt volley to win in 2 hours, 33
The Spaniard is also into the doubles semifinals
with countrywoman Carla Suarez Navarro, and
said the heavy workload is taking a toll.
"For sure I m tired today," Muguruza said. "It s
going to a challenge for me to see how much my
body can handle, because now I don t have a day
off. It s great to be in my position I think now, to
be playing singles and doubles semifinals." (AP)
The Los Angeles Clippers won their
opening home game of the new NBA sea-
son on Thursday night, beating Dallas
104-88 in something of a grudge match
between two franchises that had an off-
The two teams wrangled in the offseason
over DeAndre Jordan, who agreed to join
the Mavericks before the Clippers swooped
and persuaded him to renege on that deal
and move to Los Angeles. Jordan had 15
In the day s other games, Memphis won
at Indiana, and Atlanta also took a road
victory, beating New York.
Los Angeles Blake Griffin had 26 points
and ten rebounds while Jamal Crawford
added 15 points for the Clippers, who
pulled away in the second half with a
strong performance from the bench play-
Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 points for the
Mavericks, who played without injured
starting guards Deron Williams and Wesley
Memphis Marc Gasol scored 20 points
to lead the Grizzlies to a 112-103 win at
Mike Conley added 13 points and ten
for the Grizzlies, who had seven players
score in double figures and closed it out
by outscoring Indiana 18-7 over the final
George Hill scored 20 points for the
Pacers, who have dropped their two open-
ing games of a season for the first time
Memphis, which has won four straight
over the Pacers, shot 50 per cent from the
field, were a solid seven of 16 on 3-pointers
and scored 39 points in the final 12 min-
Atlanta s Jeff Teague scored 23 points
as the Hawks won 112-101 at New York.
Al Horford added 21 for the Hawks, who
lost heavily in their home opener but
returned swiftly to the form that saw it
win 60 games last season and have the
best record in the Eastern Conference.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and
was ten for 27 from the field for New York.
semis at WTA Finals
Nadal edges Cilic to
advance to Swiss semis
Clippers down Mavericks in Jordan grudge match
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