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BRISBANE, Australia -- Roger Federer and Lleyton Hewitt earned three-set victories on Saturday to set up a meeting in the Brisbane International final, renewing a rivalry that stretches back to the last millennium. Federer beat No. 8-seeded Jeremy Chardy 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-3 in a semifinal featuring just two service breaks, immediately after Hewitts 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over second-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan. The pair of 32-year-old former No. 1s have met 26 times dating back to Hewitts win at Lyon in 1999. Federer leads their head-to-head record 18-8, including 16 wins in their last 17 matches, and has 17 Grand Slam titles to Hewitts two. "We go way back," Federer said. "My rivalry with him was pretty intense. Never nasty or anything, but just good matches. "Were total opposite from one another the way we play. ... I think thats why its always an interesting matchup for both of us." Hewitt is coming back from long-term foot and toe injuries, is ranked in the 60s and is into his first final on home soil since losing the Australian Open decider to Marat Safin in 2005 -- that last time he went beyond the semifinals at a major. The last time they met in a final, Hewitt broke Federers streak of 15 wins in head-to-heads with a comeback victory in three sets at Halle in 2010. That was the last of Hewitts 28 career titles. Federer has won 77 titles, the last being at Halle last year. "You want to play against the best players, and obviously Roger and I have a good history and a lot of tough matches in the past in slams and Davis Cups and everything," Hewitt said. "Were the same age. We grew up together. Hes a great guy. I have the upmost respect for him, not only as a player but for what he does off the court as well." Hewitt handled the heat better than his Japanese opponent as the temperatures topped 104 F (40 C), and his grinding style paid dividends as the match extended to 2 1/2 hours. He "I love a battle," said Hewitt, who won the U.S. Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002 and spent 80 weeks at No. 1 before Federer assumed the top ranking and held onto it for 4 1/2 years. "Mentally this is a major win to have come back and gone the distance." Federer said he struggled against Hewitt earlier in his career before getting on top in the rivalry. Now both married with kids, theyre occasional practice partners and get on well. Both players have reflected on a Davis Cup semifinal between Australia and Switzerland at Rod Laver Arena in 2003 as the turning point in their rivalry, and in Federers career. Hewitt rallied from two sets and a break down to win that match, but it still changed Federers mindset for the better. "I was ... serving for the match, ended up losing 6-1 in the fifth," Federer recalled Saturday. "It really proved to me that I could play great tennis not just for a set, two sets, but three sets or maybe even longer against the toughest guys out there. "And for me to be able to not just do it tennis-wise but physically and mentally gave me the big belief that I could hang with the best -- then I went on a run like I did." Francesco Totti Jersey . But Josh Bailey scored the shootout winner to lead the Islanders to a 3-2 win over the Montreal Canadiens in a battle of the Eastern Conferences two worst teams. Luca Pellegrini Jersey .C. United on Wednesday night. Forward Bright Dike scored the games only goal in the 85th minute on a foggy night in Bradenton, Fla. http://www.asromafcstore.com/clement-grenier-as-roma-jersey/. The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. Lorenzo Pellegrini Jersey . -- Aaron Rodgers looked fine on the practice field Thursday. Radja Nainggolan Jersey . Johnny Manziel, college footballs most entertaining player with the reputation for pulling off magical plays, was selected with the No.SAN ANTONIO - A disappointing loss left the Los Angeles Clippers angry, so they took out their frustration on the defending NBA champions.Blake Griffin had 31 points and 13 rebounds, and the Clippers rolled to a 105-85 victory over San Antonio on Saturday night, snapping the Spurs six-game home winning streak.They played harder than we did, San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. They played smarter. They executed what they wanted to do at both ends of the court better. It was a butt-kicking. I dont know how else you all want me to describe it.Its a feeling the Clippers know well after losing 108-103 to New Orleans on Friday night.We were sick about that loss last night, so I just think it was just a mindset with everybody (to come out energized), Griffin said.San Antonio had won four straight over Los Angeles, but this time the Spurs were unable to match the Clippers quick pace.The teams combined to take 14 shots in the first 3 minutes. The frenetic tempo better suited Los Angeles, which raced to an 11-4 lead that led Popovich to call a timeout.We had great focus, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. Our pace was fantastic. I thought that was the key offensively. Then everybody contributed. Our bench was phenomenal.Chris Paul had 20 points and Spencer Hawes scored 11. DeAndre Jordan added eight points and 19 rebounds while limiting All-Star reserve Tim Duncan to four points, which matched his season low.San Antonios Big Three of Duncan, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili combined for 18 points.Griffin scored 19 in the first half on 8-for-15 shooting, sprinting the length of the floor for a series of layups, pull-up jumpers and one dunk.San Antonio had five turnovers in the first quarter and went 2 for 12 on 3-pointers, missing six straight.Theyre a great offensive team, but they did miss some shots, Rivers said. I just thought we ran them off a lot of shots and made them take in-between shots. They had open looks, but a lot of them may have been shots they didnt want to have.Griffin had 10 points in the third quarter, including a pair of free throws with 43.9 seconds remaining that gave the Clippers an 84-65 advantage.The Spurs were 4 for 7 on 3s in the third quarter but only had a pair of 2-ppoint field goals in the period, both coming in the final 2 minutes.ddddddddddddKawhi Leonard scored 24 points for the Spurs. Danny Green added 16, including five 3-pointers.San Antonio went 10 for 30 on 3s and was outrebounded 56-36.If (Popovich) thinks it is (a lack of competitiveness), then it is and it worries me, Ginobili said. I thought we just executed poorly. We were distracted. We werent on the same page in every possession. Sometimes you play and you think youre doing one thing, and then you dont. The coaches are the ones who see it the best way.___TIP-INSClippers: Paul and Ginobili got entangled with 4:37 remaining in the third quarter as Ginobili was racing downcourt after stripping the ball from the Clippers point guard. Paul held Ginobili after grabbing him from behind, but no flagrant foul was called despite howls from the sellout crowd. ... Los Angeles leads the NBA in offensive efficiency, averaging 110.9 points per 100 possessions entering the game.Spurs: Duncans selection as a reserve for the Western Conference marks the 36th time in the past 39 years that the Spurs have had an All-Star representative. Its the most by any team in the league during that span, one ahead of the Lakers. ... With Wednesdays win over Charlotte, Parker became the fastest player to 700 career victories. He did so in 973 games, which was seven fewer than Scottie Pippen. ... G Marco Belinelli (strained left groin) participated in all but the final 10 minutes of San Antonios practice Friday, but did not play. He has missed 11 straight games and 18 overall due to the injury.FIFTY-FIFTYJordan was 3 for 5 from the field, marking the 33rd straight game he has shot 50 per cent or better. Its the leagues longest streak since James Donaldson had 35 in a row for the Clippers in 1985.OUCHBoris Diaws 3-point attempt at the halftime buzzer sailed over the backboard, hitting Popovich squarely in the back of the head as he was halfway down the walkway. The Spurs coach hurried off the court ahead of his team, but never stopped walking even after being hit by the shot that was launched from the opposite 3-point line.UP NEXTClippers: Visit Brooklyn on Monday.Spurs: Host Orlando on Wednesday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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