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Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

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Rafael Nadal put his remarkable resurgence down to his "love for the game" after claiming a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.The 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win his third title in New York.Following his French Open success in June, it is the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won two Slams in a year."I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things," he said."I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While that keeps happening, I will be here."When some day arrives that I don't feel the nerves or that extra passion for the game that I feel, it will be the day to say, 'OK, I do another thing.'"I am 31, I'm not 25, but I still have the passion and the love for the game....
Tour de France champion Froome to race in Vuelta a Espana

Tour de France champion Froome to race in Vuelta a Espana

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Four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome has confirmed he will ride in this year's Vuelta a Espana in pursuit of a historic double.Briton Froome, 32, won his latest Tour title on Sunday in Paris.No rider has won the Tour and Vuelta in the same year since the race moved from April, to August and September in 1995. "I've got the opportunity and I'm certainly going to go for it," Team Sky's Froome, who has finished second on three occasions in the Vuelta, said."The Vuelta is a race I love - it's vicious but it's three weeks that I enjoy. I've come second three times now and I'd love to win."To win both the Tour and the Vuelta in one year would be absolutely incredible."Froome can go on to win more titles - BrailsfordIs Froome Britain's least loved great sportsman?The 2017 Vuelta - the S...
Ex-teacher Horn shocks champion Pacquiao to win WBO title

Ex-teacher Horn shocks champion Pacquiao to win WBO title

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Former schoolteacher Jeff Horn stunned champion Manny Pacquiao to win the WBO world welterweight title with a unanimous points decision in Brisbane.The three judges scored the fight 117-111, 115-113, 115-113 to the 29-year-old Australian at Lang Park."That's the decision of the judges. I respect that," said 38-year-old Pacquiao.The Filipino, an eight-weight world champion, has now lost four of his past nine fights.Horn, 29, was aggressive from the opening bell, although Pacquiao's left jabs scored points in the early stages.Horn, who has now won 17 and drawn one of his 18 bouts, caused Pacquiao problems during the middle rounds and cut him above both eyes.The veteran fought back with a brilliant counter-attack in the ninth round, only for Horn to win the 10th.Both fighters tired in the fin...