Thiem claimed his sixth ATP World Tour title and third in 2016, having lifted the trophy on the clay of Buenos Aires and hard courts of the 500-level event in Acapulco. He is the 10th player to retain a tour-level title this year and the second to do so in the seven-year history of the Nice event. Nicolas Almagro also won back-to-back titles in the French city, in 2011-12.
"It's been an unbelievably great week," said Thiem. "The first time I had to defend a title and I made it. Maybe I played better in the three matches before this, but a final is always special. You have so much to win and so much to lose. I played a solid third set and I'm really happy. My arm is a little tired, but I will be ok for Roland Garros on Monday."
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One-time world title challenger Jonathan Taconing is finally set to have his long overdue mandatory title shot at the WBC world flyweight title when he battles champion Ganigan Lopez on June 11 in Mexico.
Taconing (22-2-1, 18 KOs), who lost his first world title attempt in a highly controversial match against Kompayak Porpramook in 2012, is on a nine-fight winning streak, eight of which he won by stoppage.
Lopez (27-6, 17KOs), meanwhile, is coming off two victories after suffering a points defeat against Pedro Guevara last year. He won the WBC world flyweight title in his last fight and will enjoy a home crowd advantage when he takes on the relentless Taconing. — APG, GMA News...
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Twenty-four hours on from her marathon victory over Virginie Razzano, Garcia looked fresh as a daisy. The nerves that so often accompany French players competing on home soil were conspicuous by their absence as she raced into a 5-1 lead....
Women's world number one Liu Shiwen will not take part in the table tennis singles at the Rio Olympics after failing to secure one of China's two spots in the competition, the International Table Tennis Federation has announced.
The Chinese Table Tennis Association have instead handed the slots to tried and tested Olympic campaigners in reigning champion Li Xiaoxia and world champion Ding Ning, the London silver medallist.
Liu will, however, get the chance to make her Olympic debut in Brazil when she teams up with Li and Ding to defend China's team title after London gold medallist Guo Ye was dropped from the national team due to a spine injury....
Sophomore Jericho Cruz, on the other hand, was expected to take on a bigger role in the backcourt, especially after Ryan Arana and Jonathan Uyloan got traded and TY Tang retired to concentrate on his family business.
To head coach Yeng Guiao’s surprise, both Cruz and Ponferada exceeded expectations something that was a huge factor for the Elasto Painters in their title run in the Oppo PBA Commissioner’s Cup....
|Team History (Last 10 Conferences)|
|2015-2016 Philippine Cup||5||7||0.417||8th|
|2014-2015 Governors' Cup||6||6||0.500||6th|
|2014-2015 Commissioners' Cup||5||7||0.417||7th|
|2014-2015 Philippine Cup||4||8||0.333||9th|
|2013-2014 Governors' Cup||3||7||0.300||8th|
|2013-2014 Commissioners' Cup||2||7||0.222||9th|
|2013-2014 Philippine Cup||5||11||0.312||6th|
|2012-2013 Governors' Cup||4||6||0.400||6th|
|2012-2013 Commissioners' Cup||5||9||0.357||9th|
|2012-2013 Philippine Cup||4||10||0.286||9th|