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Bautista Agut survives early scare to reach Swiss Open final

Sunday, 2018-07-29 08:07:45
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Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut in action during his third round match at ATP Monte Carlo Masters against Belgium's David Goffin, Monte-Carlo Country Club, Monte Carlo, Monaco, on April 19, 2018. (Photo: Reuters)
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Second seed Roberto Bautista Agut survived a scare against Serbian Laslo Djere before holding his nerve to win 6-7(5) 6-4 6-4 to reach Swiss Open final in Gstaad on Saturday.

Earlier in the day, world number 84 Matteo Berrettini reached his first tour final with a 6-4 7-6(6) win over Estonian Jurgen Zopp.

* The Athletics Integrity Unit has welcomed new anti-doping regulations in the sport that put greater responsibility on national federations. Following an International Association of Athletics Federations council meeting, national federations will be divided into three categories with differing obligations based on their level of success and the perceived risk of doping.

* Mesut Ozil enjoyed a successful return to action at the end of a tumultuous week as the German midfielder scored the opening goal for Arsenal in a 5-1 victory over a makeshift Paris St Germain side in a pre-season friendly in Singapore on Saturday. Arsenal fielded a strong team with Ozil installed as captain and the Premier League side soon took control against weakened opposition.

* Serbian lucky loser Olga Danilovic reached her first WTA final with a stunning upset of fifth seed Aliaksandra Sasnovich, 6-2 5-7 7-5 at the Moscow River Cup on Saturday. The victory gave Danilovic - who was granted a place despite initially failing to qualify - a place in the final on Moscow clay against fellow teenager, Russian wildcard Anastasia Potapova, who came back from a set down to take the other semi-final.

* Australia’s Wendy Tuck became the first female skipper to win a round-the-world yacht race, after clinching overall victory in the Clipper 2017-18 event. Tuck and her Sanya Serenity Coast team started the 13th and final round of the race at the top of the leaderboard and did enough to finish ahead of the 10 other teams.

* Texan Bruce Lietzke, a prolific winner on the PGA Tour despite rarely practising, died on Saturday at the age of 67, PGA Tour reported. Lietzke was renowned for his sparse competitive schedule, never playing more than 20 tournaments in a single season after 1988. Lietzke's best major result was a runner-up finish to then-little known long hitter John Daly at the 1991 PGA Championship at Crooked Stick in Indiana.

* Defending champion Leonardo Mayer saved a match point before beating Slovakian qualifier Jozef Kovalik 6-7(6) 6-4 7-6(7) to reach his third German Tennis Championships final in five years on Saturday. Standing between him and a third Hamburg title is Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili, who overcame big-hitting Chilean Nicolas Jarry 7-5 0-6 6-1 in the other semi-final.