Simona Halep plays a shot. File/ AFP
Nadal emerged triumphant that day, winning in five sets in a four-hour 48-minute epic of fluctuating fortunes that stretched out over seven hours because of constant, momentum-shifting rain interruptions.
Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer reached the last-32 of a Grand Slam for the 70th time as he disposed of British wild card Jay Clarke 6-1, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in the second round at Wimbledon on Thursday.
Defending champion Rafael Nadal swept past Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-3, 6-4 to advance to his first final on clay this season at the Italian Open on Saturday. The eight-time Rome winner had been stunned by Tsitsipas, seeded eighth, in the semi-finals at the Madrid Open last weekend.
Al Jazira kicked off the 2019/20 Arabian Gulf League (AGL) season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Al Dhafra at Mohamed Bin Zayed Stadium on Thursday. Al Jazira started the game
Bishkek: UAE defeated Iraq 1-0, while hosts Kyrgyzstan came from behind to beat Lebanon 3-2 in Group F of the AFC U-16 Championship 2020 qualifiers at the Dolen Omurzakov Stadium on Wednesday.
Treble-chasing New Zealand’s supremacy looks set to face a serious test from multiple challengers as the clock ticks down to an eagerly awaited Rugby World Cup in Japan.