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In Brief: Vettel posts best practice

F1: Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest time in the second practice session of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix yesterday.

In cooler evening temperatures, the German clocked a best lap of one minute, 41.335 seconds to finish .155 ahead of Red Bull teammate Mark Webber and .355 clear of Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton.

Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen was fourth quickest after narrowly avoiding a crash, while his teammate Romain Grosjean who was fastest in the first practice but the Frenchman struggled with a brake problem in the second and finished 12th.

Meanwhile, Raikkonen says he has not been paid any of his salary by Lotus this season and has threatened to skip the final two races of the season in protest.



TENNIS: Novak Djokovic won his 15th straight match and Roger Federer avenged last week's loss to Juan Martin del Potro, setting up a semi-final match between the two at the Paris Masters.

Djokovic beat Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-1, 6-4, while Federer defeated Del Potro of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 yesterday.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal also moved into the semi-final places with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Richard Gasquet of France.

The eight quarter-finalists at the Paris Masters are the same eight who have qualified for the ATP World Tour Finals in London next week.

Federer had lost to Del Potro in last weekend's Swiss Indoors final, but the 17-time Grand Slam champion played nearly flawless tennis in the first set, making 17 winners and only four unforced errors.



SNOOKER: Joe Perry fell agonisingly short of reaching the second major final of his long career as the Cambridgeshire cueman lost 9-8 to Marco Fu at the big-money International Championship in China.

In a semi-final which he led 5-3 at the interval, Perry was pegged back and overtaken by Fu before forcing a deciding frame.

"It was a very tight match," said 35-year-old Fu. "Neither of us were at our best and we dragged each other down. I just feel very fortunate that I'm in the final. Towards the end I couldn't control my arms because I was so tired."