Rafael Nadal crashes out of China Open
Rafael Nadal crashes out of China Open

Rafael Nadal crashed out of the China Open Friday, tiring at the end of a gruelling three-set quarter-final against qualifier Martin Klizan, while reigning women`s champion Serena Williams withdrew injured.

Asian Games: South Korea beat Japan 1-0 to reach football semis
Asian Games: South Korea beat Japan 1-0 to reach football semis

Hosts South Korea beat bitter rivals Japan 1-0 in a feisty Asian Cup quarter-final on Sunday thanks to a late penalty from captain Jang Hyun-Soo.

Andy Murray makes ATP Shenzhen Open semis, Richard Gasquet crashes
Andy Murray makes ATP Shenzhen Open semis, Richard Gasquet crashes

Andy Murray reached the last four of the ATP Shenzhen Open Friday, as he chases points to make November`s World Tour Finals in London.

Maria Kirilenko into WTA Korea Open quarters
Maria Kirilenko into WTA Korea Open quarters

Russia`s Maria Kirilenko reached her first quarter-final of the year on Thursday when she came from behind to beat Czech third seed Klara Koukalova at the WTA Korea Open.

Caroline Wozniacki battles for win in Tokyo
Caroline Wozniacki battles for win in Tokyo

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki battled from behind to beat Jarmila Gajdosova 4-6, 7-5, 6-3 at the WTA Pan Pacific Open Thursday in her first match since losing in the US Open final.

Basketball World Cup: France down hosts Spain to set up Serbia semi-final
Basketball World Cup: France down hosts Spain to set up Serbia semi-final

European champions France beat hosts Spain 65-52 in an epic World Cup quarter-final on Wednesday to book a date with Serbia in Friday`s semi-final.

Andy Murray buoyed by slugfest defeat by Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray buoyed by slugfest defeat by Novak Djokovic

For two sets, Andy Murray went toe-to-toe with world number one Novak Djokovic and battled him to a standstill at the U.S. Open.

Roger Federer, Gael Monfils to clash in US Open quarter-final blockbuster
Roger Federer, Gael Monfils to clash in US Open quarter-final blockbuster

Five-time champion Roger Federer set-up a US Open quarter-final blockbuster against eccentric French star Gael Monfils on Tuesday as the hugely-hyped new generation once again flopped.

Saina Nehwal crashes out of World Badminton Championships
Saina Nehwal crashes out of World Badminton Championships

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Copenhagen: India's star shuttler Saina Nehwal crashed out of the World Badminton Championships losing to her familiar foe, Chinese Li Xuerui in the quarter-final.

Novak Djokovic could face Andy Murray in US Open quarter-finals

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray were put on a quarter-final collision course for the US Open Thursday while Roger Federer`s hopes of an 18th Grand Slam title were buoyed by a kinder draw.

Canadian Milos Raonic uses big serve to beat Steve Johnson

Second seed Milos Raonic relied on his powerful serve to blast his way through his quarter-final match against American Steve Johnson at the Citi Open in Washington on Friday.

Angry Wilmots derides `ordinary` Argentina

Belgium coach Marc Wilmots branded Argentina "a very ordinary team with one extraordinary player" after they overcame his side 1-0 in the World Cup quarter-finals here.

Costa Rican fans didn`t celebrate penalties for long

There was something jarring about Costa Rica fans celebrating their team taking the Netherlands into penalties in their World Cup quarter-final on Saturday after a goalless 120 minutes.

Luiz attributes free kick technique to genetics

David Luiz can only explain the technique behind his game-clinching free kick in the World Cup quarter-final win over Colombia as a product of genetics.

Five previous France versus Germany clashes

Ahead of their World Cup quarter-final clash at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Friday, AFP Sport takes a look at five past meetings between European rivals France and Germany: Gothenburg, Sweden, June 28, 1958.

Colombia bans foam to avoid World Cup close shaves

Colombia will ban the sale of flour and shaving foam in Bogota for the quarter-final World clash with hosts Brazil, with thousands expected on the streets and passions running high in the football-mad country.

2014 FIFA World Cup: Brazil vs Colombia - Preview

Brazil are under intense pressure to breathe life into their World Cup campaign and produce a performance worthy of champions when they face Colombia and their free-scoring midfielder James Rodriguez in Friday`s quarter-final.

French renaissance put to the test against Germany

France have surprised many by emerging as World Cup contenders but face their toughest test yet against nemesis Germany in a quarter-final clash of European heavyweights at Rio de Janeiro`s Maracana stadium on Friday.

Neymar happy to settle for substance over style

Neymar on Wednesday insisted that he is happy for Brazil to win ugly as long as it gets them past Colombia in Friday`s World Cup quarter-final in Fortaleza.

Federer into ninth Wimbledon semi after Wawrinka scare

Roger Federer avoided joining Wimbledon`s growing list of Centre Court casualties as the Swiss star hit back to reach the semi-finals with a 3-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4, 6-4 victory over compatriot Stan Wawrinka on Wednesday.