Murray loses in Cincinnati, clearing Federer’s path

first_imgJudy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Grigor Dmitrov, the defending champion who is seeded fifth, was not entirely upset about Nadal’s absence.“When Rafa is missing, he’s missed, not so much by the players as much as the fans,” he said. “All joking aside, I love spending time with Rafa and practicing with him and playing with him. I would be the last person to say I wouldn’t want to play with him.”Monday’s first full day of main-draw competition opened with wild-card Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open champion, coming back to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (5), 6-2, 6-4.Also, Lesia Tsurenko routed Danielle Collins 6-0, 6-2; qualifier Viktoria Kuzmova topped Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-0, 4-6, 6-1; and Anett Kontaveit defeating Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-0.On the men’s side, Kei Nishikori beat Andrey Rublev 7-5, 6-3; 13th-seeded Pablo Carreno Busta knocked off Richard Gasquet 6-3, 2-6, 6-3; and Peter Gojowczyk downed Joao Sousa 2-6, 6-4, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT As Asian Games host, Indonesia has more at stake than sport Andy Murray, of Great Britain, chases down a return from Lucas Pouille, of France, in the first round at the Western & Southern Open, Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, in Mason, Ohio. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)MASON, Ohio — Andy Murray lost to Lucas Pouille 6-1, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round of the Western & Southern Open on Monday, clearing another obstacle for Roger Federer in this U.S. Open tuneup.Top-seeded Rafael Nadal dropped out Sunday night to prepare for the U.S. Open after winning his fifth title of the year in Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Federer, seeded second, has won in Cincinnati a record seven times but hasn’t played there since winning in 2015. In 2016 he had a knee injury, and in 2017 he had back problems.“Cincinnati has always been a good tournament for me,” said Federer, the reigning Australian Open champion. “I was sad not to play here last year, and two years ago there wasn’t a chance. I’m glad to be back.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’Even with the top-ranked Nadal missing, Federal liked the strength of this field, especially with Murray and Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic also successfully recovering from injuries. Murray had his best result since missing 11 months following hip surgery when he reached the quarterfinals in Washington two weeks ago.“That’s why you have such a good, exciting draw,” Federer said before Murray’s match was over. “It’s a pity Rafa isn’t playing. He would have added massively to that part of the draw.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWslast_img read more

Report: Atletico 1 Valencia 0

first_imgAtletico Madrid 1 Valencia 0: Correa rocket closes gap on Barca to nine Harry West Last updated 1 year ago 05:38 2/5/18 AngelCorrea - Cropped Twitter @atletienglish Angel Correa’s stunner saw Atletico Madrid defeat Valencia 1-0 and make up some ground on Barcelona in LaLiga. Atletico Madrid gained on LaLiga leaders Barcelona as Angel Correa’s screamer secured a 1-0 win over third-placed Valencia.Earlier on Sunday, Barca narrowly avoided suffering their first league loss of the season by rescuing a late 1-1 draw at Espanyol, and Atletico capitalised on a rare slip to reduce the gap to nine points.Diego Simeone’s side coped manfully with losing starting centre-halves Stefan Savic and Diego Godin to injury and Correa’s 25-yard rocket sent the Wanda Metropolitano into raptures shortly before the hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player His rasping drive flew into the top corner beyond Neto, who was perhaps fortunate not to concede a penalty for earlier clattering into Godin in the incident that saw the defender leave the field.Correa’s strike was a standout moment of quality in an otherwise largely turgid affair in which Valencia offered next to nothing by way of an attacking threat, Marcelino’s side failing to muster a single shot on target.6 – Angel Correa has scored six goals in La liga this season, more than in any other season for @atletienglish. Blockbaster pic.twitter.com/xJkcTrYw5j— OptaJose (@OptaJose) February 4, 2018Victory moves Atletico nine points clear of their opponents, who now turn their attentions to overcoming a 1-0 deficit when they host Barca in Thursday’s Copa del Rey semi-final second leg.Valencia came into the meeting on the back of successive defeats and they were on the back foot for much of the opening exchanges here, although Atletico’s only effort of note saw Neto parry Saul Niguez’s 35-yard drive around the post.Diego Costa had missed the last two games with a hamstring injury but he introduced himself to Jose Gaya by wrestling his opponent to the floor at an Atleti set-piece just past the half-hour.The striker continued his personal duel with Gaya, getting above his man to meet Koke’s corner and power a header goalwards which was clawed away from the top corner by Neto.Valencia’s goalkeeper was in the action again early in the second period as he came to collect Antoine Griezmann’s free-kick but succeeded only in punching Godin in the face, though referee Ignacio Iglesias was uninterested in home complaints.Atletico had already lost Savic to a thigh complaint in the first half and Godin was also unable to continue as he departed down the tunnel and was replaced by Juanfran.The hosts soon shrugged off that setback, however, and forged ahead in the 59th minute as Correa picked up a pass from Koke, spun away into space and unleashed an unstoppable effort that zipped beyond Neto into the top-right corner.59’ | 1-0 | OH MY WORD! WHAT A BEAUTY, @AngelCorrea32! #AúpaAtleti #AtletiValencia pic.twitter.com/eWQw3S0Akp— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) February 4, 2018Correa tried his luck again 15 minutes later from just outside the area, but this time his effort lacked the required venom and Neto got down to his left to make the save.If Atletico expected a late glut of pressure from the visitors, it never arrived as Simeone’s men were able to comfortably see out the victory and give their slim title hopes a welcome boost. Key Opta stats:- Valencia have not managed a shot on target against Atletico Madrid in their two meetings in LaLiga this season.- Atletico have kept clean sheets in their last four games against Valencia, their best run against them.- All of Angel Correa’s goals in LaLiga this season have been the opening goals, winning eight points for Atletico.- Valencia have lost three consecutive games in LaLiga for the first time under Marcelino. read morelast_img read more