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Djokovic cruises, Federer battles, del Potro out in Shanghai

By Sandra Harwitt, Associated Press SHANGHAI (AP) — Roger Federer was stretched to three sets for a second consecutive match to reach the Shanghai Masters quarterfinals on Thursday. Nevertheless, the top seed insisted he was content with how he's playing. Federer defeated Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain 6-3, 2-6, 6-4, a day after being taken the distance by Daniil Medvedev of Russia. "I'm actually quite happy," Federer said. "Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me. I mean, he really caught fire, I thought. I served, I think, 80 percent in that second set and got broken twice." Novak Djokovic cruised through his second-round match, but Juan Martin del Potro had to retire after hurting his right knee in a fall. Federer led Bautista Agut by a set and a service break when he became entangled in a fight that lasted until the second-to-last game of the third set. Bautista Agut, a finalist here in 2016, finally offered Federer an opening to take control by surrendering his serve in the ninth game of the third set. Federer will play eighth-seeded Kei Nishikori, a finalist in Tokyo last week, in the quarterfinals. Nishikori ousted Sam Querrey 7-6 (7), 6-4 on Thursday. Third-seeded Del Potro, who has been playing with a cold throughout the week, was playing Borna Coric when he fell near the end of the first set. Del Potro had the knee wrapped but called it quits after losing the first set 7-5. Djokovic earned partial revenge when he beat Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-0. The only other time the second-seeded Djokovic played Cecchinato was in the French Open quarterfinals, where the Italian upset him in four sets. A Masters event is a level below a Grand Slam, but Djokovic was rapt to crush Cecchinato. "I was making him play always an extra shot," Djokovic said. "I was aggressive when I needed to be. The second set was perfect, really." Since Djokovic lost that French Open match to Cecchinato, he's won 28 of his 30 matches. The Serb is on a 15-match winning streak, which includes title runs at Cincinnati and the U.S. Open. He's bidding to win a record fourth Shanghai title this week. He will take on seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson of South Africa, whom he leads 6-1 on head-to-head. Djokovic defeated Anderson in straight sets in the Wimbledon final in July. Anderson ousted 10th-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 6-4, 7-6 (1). Fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany also advanced to the quarterfinals by pasting Alex de Minaur of Australia 6-1, 6-4. Zverev will play Kyle Edmund after the Briton defeated Nicolas Jarry of Chile 7-6 (5), 6-3......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsOct 11th, 2018Related News

Federer: I& rsquo;m right where I want to be

Federer: I& rsquo;m right where I want to be.....»»

Source: Thestandard ThestandardCategory: SportsOct 9th, 2018Related News

Rafael Nadal still untroubled atop ATP rankings

PARIS, France – Spain's Rafael Nadal maintained his comfortable lead in the latest ATP tennis rankings released on Monday, October 8, ahead of second-placed Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in third place. Only one change affected the top 10 with Kevin Anderson of South Africa moving from ninth to eighth place ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsOct 9th, 2018Related News

Roger Federer, Serena Williams set for Hopman Cup team event

Serena Williams and Roger Federer have committed to play the Hopman Cup mixed teams event in late December while former Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber and Alexander Zverev will represent Germany......»»

Source: Philstar PhilstarCategory: NewsOct 3rd, 2018Related News

Roger Federer mulling clay court return in 2019

Team Europe Roger Federer of Switzerland and Team Europe Novak Djokovic of Serbia talk prior to their Men's Doubles match against Team World Kevin Anderson of South Africa and Team World Jack.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 23rd, 2018Related News

Isner a new pop while playing at the Laver Cup

CHICAGO (AP) — John Isner, the tall American with the blistering serve, has added a new role in the last week. He's a dad. His wife gave birth a week ago to their first child, a daughter, an experience Isner described as "the best moment of my life for sure." Being separated this week while he competes in the Laver Cup has been difficult. Isner said he received a picture on his phone of his daughter watching him play for the first time. "I don't think she will remember it," he joked. "My wife is changing her diaper and I'm on the TV." He's going to skip upcoming tournaments in Asia to be a family man. "It's been super tough being away right now," he said. "I certainly miss my daughter incredibly much right now." He's also hoping that his family will be able to travel with him next year. "We'll see how that goes," he said. "It's going to be an adjustment." Isner's career has been on the upswing at age 33. He won his first Masters 1000 title at Miami, beating Alexander Zverev in the finals. And later he reached the Wimbledon semifinals, losing a nearly seven-hour-long marathon to Kevin Anderson, who is his teammate this week on Team World. Isner had a difficult loss Saturday in the Laver Cup, falling to Zverez, who rallied for a 3-6, 7-6, 10-7 victory. Roger Federer then beat Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2 to give Team Europe a 7-1 lead in the team competition at the United Center......»»

Source: Abscbn AbscbnCategory: SportsSep 23rd, 2018Related News

Stars fall

MAJOR SHOCKER When you get in a good rhythm you just want to follow it. I think today that’s what I did CHICAGO, Illinois — Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock spoiled the doubles debut of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, but Team Europe still led Team World, 3-1, after the first day of the 2018 […].....»»

Source: Tribune TribuneCategory: NewsSep 22nd, 2018Related News

Team World socks it to Federer-Djokovic at Laver Cup

  CHICAGO, United States – Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock spoiled the doubles debut of Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic but Team Europe still led Team World 3-1 after the first day of the 2018 Laver Cup. Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin and Kyle Edmund all won their opening singles matches .....»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 22nd, 2018Related News

Federer to play doubles with Djokovic at Laver Cup

FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2016, file photo, Roger Federer, left, of Switzerland and Novak Djokovic, right, of Serbia, pose for a photo ahead of their semifinal match at the Australian Open tennis cha.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 21st, 2018Related News

Mourinho asks players to be like Federer ahead of Swiss game

Bern - Jose Mourinho says Manchester United must not be left making excuses when they begin their Champions League campaign on Wednesday on a synt.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 19th, 2018Related News

Big 3 back to nos. 1-2-3; Osaka at 7th after US Open title

NEW YORK --- The Big 3 is once again 1-2-3. Novak Djokovic's U.S. Open title moved him up three spots to No. 3 in the ATP rankings Monday, behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, making that trio the top three for the first time in 3 years. Naomi Osaka jumped 12 places to a career-high No. 7 in the WTA standings thanks to her first Grand Slam title. The runner-up, Serena Williams, is back in the top 20 at No. 16, after being No. 26 before the U.S. Open --- and outside the top 400 as recently as May, following the former No. 1's time away because she had a baby. Djokovic's rise from No. 6 thanks to claiming his 14th Grand Slam title continues his own steady progress in recent ...Keep on reading: Big 3 back to nos. 1-2-3; Osaka at 7th after US Open title.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 11th, 2018Related News

So tough not to sweat the small stuff at hot, humid US Open

NEW YORK--- Roger Federer positioned a tiny black fan so it would blow air right at his face during changeovers in a bid to cool off during what became a stunning loss at the U.S. Open. Rafael Nadal piled up so many soaked white towels next to his sideline bench the following night that it looked like laundry day. The man he beat after five sets and nearly five hours, Dominic Thiem, found it impossible to run in shoes he called "completely wet." And a day later, Novak Djokovic's quarterfinal opponent made an unusual plea to leave the court at 2-all, right in the middle of a set, so he could change out of his drenched clothes and sneakers --- and Djokovic was OK with it, becau...Keep on reading: So tough not to sweat the small stuff at hot, humid US Open.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 7th, 2018Related News

Djokovic tops Federer s conqueror for 11th US Open semifinal in row

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts during his quarterfinal against John Millman, of Australia, in the U.S. Open tennis tournament Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II).....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 6th, 2018Related News

After stunning Federer, Millman fails to conquer Djokovic

    NEW YORK, United States – Two-time champion Novak Djokovic ended John Millman's fairytale US Open run on Wednesday, September 5, beating the 55th-ranked Australian in straight sets to book a semifinal clash with Kei Nishikori. The Serbian star, who ended a 54-week title drought with his 13th Grand ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 6th, 2018Related News

Roger, over and out? Federer ready to keep Father Time at bay

Roger Federer surveyed the wreckage of his US Open exit at the hands of John Millman, insisting there was "no shame" in defeat and challenging the wisdom of anybody brave enough to start penning his career obituary. His 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to world number 55 Millman was his earliest in New York in five years. It was also the 37-year-old's first loss at the tournament against a player ranked outside the top 50 in 41 outings. "It was just hot. No shame there. These things unfortunately sometimes happen," said the world number two after his bid to win a sixth US Open, 10 years after his fifth, sunk in the crushing humidity of an airless Arthur Ashe Stadium. ...Keep on reading: Roger, over and out? Federer ready to keep Father Time at bay.....»»

Source: Inquirer InquirerCategory: Sep 5th, 2018Related News

Federer stunned by 55th-ranked Millman in US Open 4th Round

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, sits in front of a fan during a changeover in his match against John Millman, of Australia, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament early Tuesday,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 4th, 2018Related News

Djokovic gets through on hot day; Federer next at US Open?

Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, puts an ice towel around his head during a changeover against Joao Sousa, of Portugal, during the fourth round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018,.....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 4th, 2018Related News

Federer: I struggled to breathe in shock US Open loss

NEW YORK, USA – Roger Federer revealed he struggled to breathe during his shock 3-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9/7), 7-6 (7/3) defeat to world number 55 John Millman at the US Open on Monday, September 3.  The 37-year-old 5-time champion labored to his earliest loss at the tournament in 5 years with ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 4th, 2018Related News

Federer s unreal shot at US Open

Roger Federer, of Switzerland, returns a shot to Nick Kyrgios, of Australia, during the third round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 1, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow).....»»

Source: Philippinetimes PhilippinetimesCategory: NewsSep 2nd, 2018Related News

Federer ranks shot among most memorable

  NEW YORK, United States – Roger Federer's shot heard round the US Open – a jaw-dropping forehand around the post in a straight-sets win over Nick Kyrgios – ranks as one of his most memorable, the Swiss great said. "It was definitely one of the more unique ones," said Federer, who ........»»

Source: Rappler RapplerCategory: NewsSep 2nd, 2018Related News