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October 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Juan Martin del Potro served notice on Saturday that he's a force again in men's tennis by upsetting No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters. Del Potro, who has climbed back to No. 5 in the world after a debilitating wrist injury cost him most of 2010 on the tour, will play second-ranked Novak Djokovic in the finals. Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 7-5, in the other semifinal. The last time Del Potro defeated Nadal was in the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, which happens to be the only Grand Slam singles title of the Argentine's career.
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October 13, 2013 | Wire reports
Jimmy Walker finally won on the PGA Tour in his eighth year and 188th tournament, and with a little help from Brooks Koepka . Tied for the lead with four holes to play Sunday, Walker rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to take the lead for good in the Frys.com Open at San Martin, Calif. Three closing pars for a five-under-par 66 turned out to be more than enough for the 34-year-old Texan to take home a trophy and plenty of perks. Walker is going to the Masters for the first time, and he also cracked the top 50 for the first time in his career.
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October 12, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
After almost 3½ years together, Roger Federer has split with coach Paul Annacone according to Federer's website. Federer, 32, failed to win a major tournament this year and saw his ranking drop from No. 1 to No. 7. Annacone had also been the successful coach of American Pete Sampras, coaching Sampras to his final Grand Slam win at the U.S. Open after which Sampras retired. "After a terrific three and a half years working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our professional lives," Federer wrote on his website Saturday.
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October 12, 2013 | By Dan Loumena
Juan Martin del Potro served notice on Saturday that he's a force again in men's tennis by upsetting No. 1-ranked Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 6-4, in the semifinals of the Shanghai Masters. Del Potro, who has climbed back to No. 5 in the world after a debilitating wrist injury cost him most of 2010 on the tour, will play second-ranked Novak Djokovic in the finals. Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, 6-2, 7-5, in the other semifinal. The last time Del Potro defeated Nadal was in the semifinals of the 2009 U.S. Open, which happens to be the only Grand Slam singles title of the Argentine's career.
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October 13, 2013 | Wire reports
Jimmy Walker finally won on the PGA Tour in his eighth year and 188th tournament, and with a little help from Brooks Koepka . Tied for the lead with four holes to play Sunday, Walker rolled in a six-foot birdie putt on the 15th hole to take the lead for good in the Frys.com Open at San Martin, Calif. Three closing pars for a five-under-par 66 turned out to be more than enough for the 34-year-old Texan to take home a trophy and plenty of perks. Walker is going to the Masters for the first time, and he also cracked the top 50 for the first time in his career.
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October 12, 2013 | Wire reports
Brooks Koepka knows what it's like to hold the lead going into the final round. And he knows what it's like to win. Just not in America. Playing the PGA Tour behind stops in Scotland and Shanghai, Koepka gave himself a great chance at yet another detour in his around-the-world journey this year. He had a 4-under 67 on Saturday in the Frys.com Open for a two-shot lead over George McNeil and Jason Kokrak going into the final round at CordeValle. Koepka has won in Spain and Portugal, Italy and Scotland.
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October 15, 2010 | Wire reports
Roger Federer routed No. 5-ranked Robin Soderling , 6-1, 6-1, in the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Friday. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also cruised into the semifinals, and unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina took nearly three hours to oust Jurgen Melzer of Austria, who beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal on Thursday. Federer and Djokovic will meet Saturday for the 17th time, and the first since their stunning U.S. Open semifinal when Djokovic saved two match points in a five-set victory.
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October 30, 2011 | Wire reports
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, beating Anthony Kim with a par on the first hole of a playoff. McIlroy holed a two-foot putt for the victory after Kim missed a three-footer. McIlroy had a chance to win in regulation, but the 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland missed an eight-foot birdie putt. He closed with an even-par 72 to match Kim (69) at 18 under par on Lake Malaren's Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course. The $2-million first prize is the richest in golf.
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October 10, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
The man who won all four Grand Slam tennis events in a single year -- twice -- Rod Laver, says there is no argument in his mind who is the greatest player of this generation: Roger Federer. “When I look at Federer, with what he's accomplished, against the competition that he's accomplished it with, I'd have to say I would think that Roger is the greatest player,” Laver said while attending the Shanghai Masters on Thursday in China. And while Rafael Nadal has a 21-10 career advantage over Federer, Laver doesn't think he has the complete body of work that Federer has accumulated.
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October 13, 2010 | Staff and wire reports
A charge of felony fourth-degree sexual abuse against former Kings assistant coach Mark Hardy has been dismissed in Washington. Craig Renetzky , an attorney of Hardy's, said by phone Tuesday that his client was happy and relieved. "He's very appreciative of the support he's gotten from friends, family and fans," Renetzky said, "and he's really looking forward to moving on with his life. " Hardy has not been working "because he wanted to focus in on the case," Renetzky said.
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October 12, 2013 | Wire reports
Brooks Koepka knows what it's like to hold the lead going into the final round. And he knows what it's like to win. Just not in America. Playing the PGA Tour behind stops in Scotland and Shanghai, Koepka gave himself a great chance at yet another detour in his around-the-world journey this year. He had a 4-under 67 on Saturday in the Frys.com Open for a two-shot lead over George McNeil and Jason Kokrak going into the final round at CordeValle. Koepka has won in Spain and Portugal, Italy and Scotland.
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October 12, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
After almost 3½ years together, Roger Federer has split with coach Paul Annacone according to Federer's website. Federer, 32, failed to win a major tournament this year and saw his ranking drop from No. 1 to No. 7. Annacone had also been the successful coach of American Pete Sampras, coaching Sampras to his final Grand Slam win at the U.S. Open after which Sampras retired. "After a terrific three and a half years working together, Paul and I have decided to move on to the next chapter in our professional lives," Federer wrote on his website Saturday.
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October 30, 2011 | Wire reports
U.S. Open champion Rory McIlroy won $2 million in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday, beating Anthony Kim with a par on the first hole of a playoff. McIlroy holed a two-foot putt for the victory after Kim missed a three-footer. McIlroy had a chance to win in regulation, but the 22-year-old star from Northern Ireland missed an eight-foot birdie putt. He closed with an even-par 72 to match Kim (69) at 18 under par on Lake Malaren's Jack Nicklaus-designed Masters course. The $2-million first prize is the richest in golf.
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October 15, 2010 | Wire reports
Roger Federer routed No. 5-ranked Robin Soderling , 6-1, 6-1, in the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Friday. Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also cruised into the semifinals, and unseeded Juan Monaco of Argentina took nearly three hours to oust Jurgen Melzer of Austria, who beat top-ranked Rafael Nadal on Thursday. Federer and Djokovic will meet Saturday for the 17th time, and the first since their stunning U.S. Open semifinal when Djokovic saved two match points in a five-set victory.
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October 15, 2010 | Lance Pugmire and Eric Sondheimer, Staff and Wire Reports
Weary in body and mind, Rafael Nadal knows there are days when his game simply fails to rise to the moment. Nadal, winner of three Grand Slam tournament titles this year, lost to Austria's Jurgen Melzer , 6-1, 3-6, 6-3, Thursday in the third round of the Shanghai Masters in China. It was the first time this year the top-ranked Spaniard failed to reach the quarterfinals. "This isn't a surprise for me. I didn't play well," Nadal said. "I felt slow on court and I made more mistakes than usual.
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