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Djokovic Wins at Shanghai Masters, Extends Winning Streak

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Djokovic’s victory helps him secure his ninth title for the season.

Novak Djokovic completes Shanghai Treble and extends winning streak with masterful display.

The Serbian affirms himself as the World No. 1 defeats Jo-Wilfried Tsonga by 6-2, 6-4 in 78 minutes.

Tsonga, who defeated Nadal earlier in the semi-finals came into the match having served 64-aces in the tournament.

However, he was broken four times by Djokovic and was prevented from securing even a single ace.

Though Djokovic himself was broken by the 30-year old Frenchman in the opening set, he was already ahead by 3-0.

Subsequently, he gave little opening for Tsonga to score. He also gave no mistake on his serve.

“Today the key was to get as many serves back into play to Jo because he has one of the biggest serves in the game,” said Djokovic.

“Generally I felt always in control of the match. I felt like I’ve done everything right. I’ve won many of my service games very comfortably. I didn’t allow him to get into the rhythm, get into the match. Today’s match, and overall the tournament, it’s gone incredibly well for me.”

Djokovic now boasts of an unbeaten record of being unbeaten in 17 matches and straight wins for his last 22 sets.

Now, with 25 the master titles he has one title more than Roger Federer and needs just two more to level with Rafael Nadal.

Newton Leads Panthers Comeback in Dramatic Win

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Cam Newton (No.1)’s efforts was instrumental for the Panther’s comeback.

Of all the sounds the Carolina Panthers heard Sunday, none was better than the silence that filled CenturyLink Field after Greg Olsen’s game-winning touchdown catch.

Down 23-14, Carolina went 80 yards on each of its final two possessions for touchdowns that left the Carolina Panthers jubilant and the Seattle Seahawks stinging about a second straight fourth-quarter collapse.

Newton capped Carolina’s fourth-quarter rally with a 26-yard touchdown pass to Olsen with 32 seconds left, and the Panthers improved to 5-0, rallying for a stunning 27-23 win over the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.

Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman had some miscommunication on the game-winning 26-yard touchdown throw to Panthers tight end Greg Olsen with under 32 seconds left. They both appeared to believe that the other man would cover Olsen, and something went wrong.

Newton was 12-of-15 for 169 yards in the fourth quarter and threw for 269 yards overall. His first 80-yard drive in the final quarter resulted in Jonathan Stewart’s second 1-yard touchdown run with 3:55 left to cut Seattle’s lead to 23-20. But Graham Gano pulled the extra point wide left.

After Carolina’s defense forced Seattle to punt, Newton led a final 80-yard scoring drive that left Seattle stunned for the second straight week.

“We’re doing what we expected to do,” Newton said. “It comes as no surprise to us. It was going to be a big game. We were going to expect a lot from so many players.”

Carolina winning its first four games was impressive. But this victory adds the validity.

“It’s a great win, but it does only count for one,” Olsen said. “That’s the reality of this business. But it felt good. We’ve had our battles against these guys.”




Tottenham Vs Liverpool

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  • Spurs have lost just one of their last eight games (W4, D3, L1).
  • Team news:
    • Tottenham is injury plagued; Son Heung-min, Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb and Alex Pritchard are ruled out with injuries.
    • Eric Dier serves a one-game ban after accumulating five yellow cards.
    • Dejan Lovren as returned to training following an ankle injury


  • Liverpool had been victorious against Tottenham in their last five encounters, all in the Premier League.
  • The Reds have won one of their last nine Premier League away games (D4, L4). That was their victory at Stoke on the opening weekend of the season.
  • Liverpool have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last eight matches in all competitions.
  • Only once before has a Liverpool manager won his first Premier League match. (Gerard Houllier, against Southampton in August 1998)
  • Team News:
    • Joe Gomez and Danny Ings could miss the rest of the season
    • Christian Benteke and Roberto Firminio are unavailable
    • Philipe Coutinho is fit despite minor groin problem
    • Dejan Lovren is back in training after an ankle injury

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Federer Suffers Shock Defeat in Shanghai Masters

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World no.3 Federer was knocked out in the Shanghai Masters opening.

Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas has stunned Roger Federer in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters after beating the second seed 7-6(4), 2-6, 6-3 on Tuesday evening.

Going into the contest, the No. 70-ranked Ramos-Vinolas was 0-15 against Top 10 players and had won just two sets.

But the 27-year-old Spaniard played fearless tennis as he shocked defending Shanghai champion Federer in just over two hours.

Federer failed to convert two break points in Ramos-Vinolas’ opening service game and would rue his missed opportunity as Ramos-Vinolas went on to sneak the first set in the ensuing tie-break.

The Swiss hit back strongly in the second set, breaking in the fifth and seventh games to level the match, but could not carry his momentum into the deciding set.

Ramos-Vinolas earned a crucial break in the eighth game and went on to serve out victory to 30.

Federer was playing for the first time in three weeks, since helping Switzerland to a Davis Cup World Group Play-off victory over The Netherlands.

The Basel native has already punched his ticket to the year-end Barclays ATP World Tour Finals and was looking to win his sixth title of the season this week.