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Impressive Djokovic beats Dimitrov as Nadal pulls out in Paris

Sunday, 2019-11-03 07:37:31
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Tennis - ATP 1000 - Paris Masters - AccorHotels Arena, Paris, France - November 2, 2019 Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his semi-final match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. (Reuters)
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Novak Djokovic reached the Paris Masters final for the sixth time when he downed Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov 7-6(5) 6-4 on Saturday (Nov 2) but Rafael Nadal pulled out injured.

* Holder Elina Svitolina will face world number one Ash Barty in the end-of-season WTA Finals showpiece on Sunday (Nov 2) after they got past Belinda Bencic and Karolina Pliskova respectively in the semi-finals at Shenzhen Bay Sports Centre.

* Newcastle United eased their Premier League relegation woes after goals from Ciaran Clark, Federico Fernandez and Jonjo Shelvey helped them to a nervy 3-2 win at West Ham United on Saturday.

* Liverpool staged a thrilling fightback to beat Aston Villa 2-1 thanks to Sadio Mane's last-gasp winner, while Manchester City kept in touch with the Premier League leaders after their own escape act in a 2-1 victory against Southampton on Saturday (Nov 2).

* Manchester United's revival came to a disappointing end as Bournemouth forward Joshua King's goal on the stroke of halftime earned a 1-0 victory on a blustery south coast on Saturday.

* Manchester City survived a scare at home to a battling Southampton as late goals from Sergio Aguero and Kyle Walker earned them a 2-1 victory in the Premier League on Saturday.

* A header by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half goal for Arsenal as the teams played out a 1-1 draw in their Premier League clash that smouldered for long periods, but never really caught fire.

* Striker Tammy Abraham scored one goal and created another as Chelsea beat Watford 2-1 at Vicarage Road in the Premier League on Saturday, with Ben Foster putting on a superb display between the posts for the home side despite the defeat.

* Diego Costa squandered a penalty as Atletico Madrid missed the chance to go top of La Liga on Saturday by drawing 1-1 away to Sevilla and failing to cash in on Barcelona's surprise defeat at Levante earlier in the day.

* Real Madrid passed up the chance to go clear at the top of La Liga after slip-ups from title rivals Barcelona and Atletico Madrid, when they could only draw 0-0 at home to struggling Real Betis on a difficult Saturday for Spain's top three sides.

* A header by Wolverhampton Wanderers' Raul Jimenez cancelled out Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang's first-half goal for Arsenal as the teams played out a 1-1 draw in their Premier League clash that smouldered for long periods, but never really caught fire.

* Romelu Lukaku scored twice in the last 15 minutes, the second a stoppage-time penalty, as Inter Milan dramatically came from behind to win 2-1 at Bologna in Serie A on Saturday (Nov 2) and keep up the pressure on Juventus.

* Juventus stayed top of Serie A and maintained their winning routine in fixtures against their less glamorous neighbours Torino when a second-half goal from Matthijs de Ligt gave them a 1-0 away win in Saturday's Derby della Mole.

* AS Roma missed one penalty and converted another on Saturday on their way to a 2-1 Serie A win over Napoli who hit the woodwork twice in the first half as their frustrating run continued.

* Memphis Depay's last-gasp goal earned a recovering Olympique Lyonnais a 3-2 victory at Toulouse in Ligue 1 on Saturday.

* Marseille took advantage of two comical defensive mix-ups to secure a 2-1 win at home to Lille on Saturday (Nov 2) that sent them up to fourth in Ligue 1 and alleviated some of the pressure on coach Andre Villas-Boas.

* Borussia Dortmund's Thorgan Hazard scored one goal and helped to set up another as his team beat VfL Wolfsburg 3-0 on Saturday to snap their unbeaten league run and move into second place, three points behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach.

* Eintracht Frankfurt crushed 10-man Bayern Munich 5-1 on Saturday (Oct 2) to send them tumbling to fourth in the Bundesliga, four points behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach who won 2-1 at Bayer Leverkusen.

* Tampines Rovers won the 2019 Komoco Motors Singapore Cup after four different players scored goals to beat Warriors 4-3 on Saturday (Nov 2).

* Forge FC scored a dramatic injury time winner to beat Cavalry 1-0 on Saturday and win the inaugural Canadian Premier League.

* Red Bull's Max Verstappen set the pace in final practice on Saturday (Oct 2) for the US Grand Prix while Lewis Hamilton was an unbothered fifth best with a sixth drivers' title already in his grasp.

* Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas snatched pole position for the US Grand Prix on Saturday, breathing life into his remote title hopes while signalling to Lewis Hamilton he will not be gifting a sixth drivers' crown to his team mate.

* South Africa overpowered England 32-12 with a brutally effective forward display to win their third Rugby World Cup in Yokohama on Saturday (Nov 2).

Reuters, CNA