Nadal survives Monfils fightback to reach quarter-finals
MELBOURNE Rafa Nadal returned to the grand slam big-time by fending off Gael Monfils 6-3 6-3 4-6 6-4 in a tense clash on Monday to reach the Australian Open quarter-finals.
BARCELONA Barcelona will be without their Netherlands goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen for three weeks after he sustained an ankle injury in training on international duty, the Spanish champions said in a statement on Monday.
The Dutchman, who joined Barca from Ajax Amsterdam in the close season for 13 million euros ($14.56 million), will miss La Liga fixtures against Deportivo La Coruna, Valencia and Granada plus two Champions League group games with Manchester City.
Cillessen is back-up to Marc-Andre ter Stegen, his only appearance this season coming in a shock 2-1 home defeat by Alaves.
Barca added that right back Sergi Roberto, who missed Spain's World Cup qualifying win away to Albania on Sunday, has strained the adductor in his right leg but is expected to be fit for Saturday's home game against Deportivo.
His Spain team mater Jordi Alba is set to miss the Deportivo game with a hamstring injury suffered in Thursday's 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw with Italy but the left back is expected to return for the visit of Manchester City on Oct. 19.
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(Reporting by Richard Martin; editing by Ken Ferris)
MELBOURNE Seeing world number 50 Mischa Zverev and wildcard Denis Istomin upset the top two players in the world at Melbourne Park shows more players believe they can take shake up the established order and that can only be good for tennis, says Roger Federer.
SYDNEY Australia opening batsman David Warner won the Allan Border Medal on Monday for the second year in row, becoming only the fourth player to achieve that feat.