Thiem shoots down young gun Zverev to reach final

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Dominic Thiem overcame Alex Zverev 3-6 6-4 7-6(3) 7-6(4) to reach his first Australian Open final on Friday and set up the ultimate test against Melbourne Park maestro Novak Djokovic. In an enthralling semi-final featuring a rain interruption, a lighting failure and a plenty of drama besides, the fifth seeded Austrian shrugged…

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Zverev rues missed chances against Thiem

MELBOURNE (Reuters) – Alexander Zverev rued a series of missed opportunities in his Australian Open semi-final defeat to Dominic Thiem on Friday, but left the tournament satisfied with his game’s overall progress. The German seventh seed went into the match trailing Thiem 6-2 in previous meetings and had lost both his Grand Slam clashes against…

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Russia’s sports ministry suspends athletics federation’s accreditation

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s sports ministry on Friday suspended the accreditation of the country’s athletics federation (RUSAF), which oversees the sport domestically, until March 1. RUSAF has been suspended from international competition since a 2015 report commissioned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) found evidence of widespread doping in the sport. The Athletics Integrity Unit…

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