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SHANGHAI, China -- Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic overcame tough challenges in their quarterfinals at the Shanghai Masters on Friday and moved a step closer to a possible showdown in the final. Top-ranked Nadal saved three set points and finally closed out a 20-minute tiebreak in the first set against Switzerlands Stanislas Wawrinka before winning 7-6 (10), 6-1. Djokovic, the defending champion, needed nearly 2 1/2 hours to rally past Frances Gael Monfils 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4. Djokovic and Nadal improved to a combined 20-0 record against the pair. Their semifinal opponents had much easier matches. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga defeated Florian Mayer 6-2, 6-3, and Juan Martin del Potro advanced with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Nicolas Almagro. Tsonga next plays Djokovic, while del Potro meets Nadal. If Djokovic and Nadal do meet in the final, it would be their 39th professional matchup -- and second in as many weeks. Djokovic defeated Nadal last Sunday in the China Open final in Beijing after the Spaniard was assured of retaking the No. 1 ranking from him. Nadal had a lengthy first set against Wawrinka -- a player who had never taken a set off him in 10 matches. After fending off three set points by Wawrinka, the Spaniard hit a cleverly disguised drop shot from the baseline to go up 11-10 in the tiebreak and finally managed to win it on his fourth set point with a forehand winner. "Match in general, first set especially, was very, very hard one," Nadal said. "Positive thing, when he was playing well, I was playing well, too. I was able to resist. If I was not playing well, I was going to lose that set." Djokovic looked out of sorts against Monfils. The Serb hadnt been broken in his two previous matches in Shanghai, but he dropped serve twice in the first three games. "Inexplicably, I started serving quite bad, but not many unforced errors," he said. "Its just sometimes that you start off slowly and youre not feeling the ball as much." Monfils played remarkable defence in the first set, sliding and stretching for every ball and forcing errors. At one point, Djokovic was so frustrated, he clenched his fists and let out a full-throttle scream. "Today was a very physical match and very intense," he said. "I knew coming into the match that hes going to run for every ball and hes going to make me play an extra shot. Sometimes I was even surprised with the balls that hes getting back." In the second set, it was Monfils turn to get emotional. Down 3-1, he sprinted after a drop shot and did a split trying to reach it, falling on his back. After lying still for 15 seconds, he finally wandered back to the service line -- and received a time violation. Monfils angrily questioned the umpire about the rule and berated him on the changeover. Then, a couple of games later, he began grimacing in pain and took an injury timeout to have a trainer massage his abdominal muscles. He never recovered, looking increasingly drained in the third set. "It was really tough," said the Frenchman, who ousted Roger Federer in the third round. "I get a bit scared with my abs. It was tough for me to serve full bore. For sure, against Novak, its impossible to win if not serving 100 per cent." Meanwhile, Del Potro and Tsonga each spent a little over an hour on the court. Del Potro, the 2009 U.S. Open champion, moved back into the top five in the rankings on Monday for the first time in more than three years. He believes hes capable of challenging Nadal, Djokovic and Andy Murray for Grand Slam titles again. A win in Shanghai would make a statement: Hes never won a Masters title and he would have to get past Nadal and possibly Djokovic to do so. "I felt close to them in some parts of the year, some matches during this year, like in Wimbledon (where he lost in a five-set semifinal to Djokovic), or when I beat Djokovic (and) Murray in Indian Wells," he said. Tsonga is also on the comeback trail. He missed several months with a knee injury and also parted ways with his coach, Roger Rasheed, after less than a year. Hes slipped to No. 9 in the rankings -- his lowest position in two years. Tsonga believes he has a good shot against Djokovic, despite losing their past eight matches. "I think he has lost more matches this year than the other years, so maybe its an opportunity for me," Tsonga said. Andrej Sekera Jersey . The Nuggets leading scorer, Lawson is characterized as day to day by the team. Hes averaging 17.9 points and 8.9 assists. Lawson suffered the injury late in Denvers win Sunday at Sacramento. Justin Faulk Jersey . 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Cobb, the Packers starting wide receiver opposite Jordy Nelson, missed 10 games last season with a broken leg suffered while making a reception against the Baltimore Ravens. He returned to play in the Packers season finale and lone playoff game, but was not featured on special teams. In 2012, Cobb led the NFL in all-purpose yards, including 954 receiving yards, 132 rushing yards and a 75-yard punt return touchdown. He returned three punts for an average of 7.7 yards with a long of 16 yards last season. Hyde beat Packers first-round pick Ha Ha Clinton-Dix in training camp for the starting free safety position. He returned 24 punts last season for an average of 12.3 yards and a 93-yard touchdown as a backup cornerback. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday the team simply need to allow their best playmakers to have an opportunity to make plays. "We need to get back to giving special teams the proper resources to be successful," McCarthy said, defending the decision in his news conference. Led by Hyde, the Packers ranked seventh in punt return average last season, but finished last in the league with an average of 20.3 yards on kick returns. This year, the Packers will employ running back DuJuan Harris on kick returns. Harris missed all of 2013 with a ruptured patellar tendon. McCarthy noted he has no fear of risking injury for Cobb on special teams after the wide receiivers injury last season.dddddddddddd. "I think Randall has come off his injury excellent," McCarthy said. "Hes had an excellent offseason and training camp. Hes ready to go." Seahawks coach Pete Carroll went into less detail describing his decision to start one of the leagues premier defensive backs on special teams. When asked if the three-time Pro Bowler would return punts, Carroll simply replied "Yeah," and moved on. Thomas has no history of punt returns in his regular season NFL career, however, he returned a punt 59-yards against the Chicago Bears in Week 3 of the preseason. Thomas said after that Week 3 contest that he was glad to have the opportunity to impact the game. "I dont have any fear. Im just happy to be back there and I want to make something happen," Thomas told ESPN. "Thats why I rarely will fair catch." Though Thomas is excited to see extra playing time, not all of his teammates share his enthusiasm. Strong safety Kam Chancellor, who starts opposite of Thomas, was noted in the preseason as not wanting Thomas on special teams due to injury concerns. Special teams has long been known for the injury risk associated with kickoffs and punt returns and with the exception of returners, the coverage groups consist almost entirely of backups. In order to lower the number of injuries on kickoffs, the NFL moved kicks up five yards from the 30-yard line to the 35-yard line prior to the 2011 season. The rule change led to more touchbacks and less returns, leading to less injuries. However, the Seahawks dont appear to fear the risk of injuries of punt returns as fellow two-time First Team All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman is listed as Thomas backup on special teams. Whether either decision pays off or has any impact at all will be seen Thursday night. Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Wholesale Cheap Jerseys Wholesale Wholesale Nike NFL Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Free Shipping ' ' '
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