Team of Switzerland led by the third and fourth in the world rankings Stanislas Wawrinka and Roger Federer managed to win both singles Sunday and emerged victorious against Kazakhstan.
Italy finally prevailed from local to Great Britain and will be away to the Swiss in the semifinals while France completed the comeback against Germany with Gael Monfils won the last point before the young Peter Gojowczyk. The Gauls are rivals Czech Republic.
Australia champion Wawrinka fall came Friday against Andrey Golubev and he had the responsibility of winning the first singles Sunday against Mikhail Kukushkin otherwise Kazakhs took the key. Concern filled the stadium as Kukushkin won the first set in tiebreaker 7-6 (4). Wawrinka reacted in time and took the next three sets 6-4 now leaving everything in the hands of Federer to close the key. Read more »
Do we refer this season the team Mercedes to such overwhelming dominance as the Red Bull had last year? The question hangs in the air and for the sake of the fans and hopefully not but for now the German team continues to show strength for example signing a double in the first two practice sessions of the Bahrain GP.
These two practice sessions meant the beginning of the third Grand Prix of the season that Lewis Hamilton is postulated as the favorite. The British driver comes in the form after winning just 7 days ago in Malaysia and has a great car that has allowed him to be the best of the day with a time of 1’34 “325 scored in the second session which were lowered much times obtained in the first.
Nico Rosberg was behind his teammate in both sessions. The German gave a couple of tenths in the first and three in the second, a significant difference but a pittance when you consider that Hamilton excelled in more than one second to Fernando Alonso. The Spaniard was ranked third in both batches being the best out of the Mercedes in a day of many tests but with little new about the cars that competed in Malaysia. Worst he went to Kimi Raikkonen who had mechanical problems. Read more »
Benzema to Carvajal Carvajal for Bale and Bale inside. Just two minutes into the game and had passed the fear of Borussia Dortmund faded. Ghosts of the semifinals last year vanished and it became clear that the German side is less fierce than met Real Madrid in the competition during the past year.
With that early goal from Bale, with both Isco (surprise in the starting lineup for today), and with both Cristiano Ronaldo (not fault his appointment with the goal in the Champions League), the Madrid scored a 3-0 in their favor, so it has taken a giant step to get into the semifinals. In addition, during the first half hour, the Madrid played so well that the result seems to short.
Thereafter, the Real Madrid a little diluted, which made for a few minutes, weigh the uncertainty of a possible goal for Borussia Dortmund. However, the team coached by Jurgen Klopp found a very toned Pepe, and pass to Lewandowski missed. While, the real problem was not the Dortmund midfield onwards, but midfield back. Read more »
It was the fourth time they faced Barcelona and Atletico Madrid and, as in the three previous occasions, he finished the match in a draw. As before, Barcelona had the ball but struggled to create chances, while Atletico was used hard, intense or if you prefer, without the ball and hoped their luck in attacking genius.
That genius came thanks to Diego Ribas. The Brazilian, who came in for the injured Diego Costa Pinto surprised with a big shot and dynamited a meeting that had hitherto been somewhat bland, and had only had a couple of chances to David Villa as the main attraction. With the score 0-1 in 35 minutes to go, Barcelona had no choice but to turn to attack.
Another Brazilian, Neymar, would do the other goal of the night. It had been 15 minutes after the Atletico goal and a brilliant pass from Iniesta left tray Neymar in the equalizer. From here, Atletico gave good result in this tie and was entrusted to Courtois. The Belgian, as usual in recent months, saving his team responded when I needed it, so the Atleti advantage to come back. Read more »
The classification of the ATP after the recent Miami Masters, the Sony Open which ended on Sunday with a win over Novak Djokovic Rafa Nadal, presents some significant changes Monday.
The most important changes are the promotion of Roger Federer and Tomas Berdych. The Swiss climbed to Rank 4 while Berdych became the fifth player in the world. However the most notable decline was the Scottish Andy Murray fell to eighth. Also David Ferrer dropped to sixth place.
Rafa still the leader but the difference Djokovic has been cropped to 1920 points. You then enter the Spaniard with maximum obligations on the clay season where end defends titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros. Read more »
Serbian Novak Djokovic (2) has achieved double Indian Wells – Miami on Sunday for the second time after beating the Spaniard unobjectionable as Rafa Nadal in straight sets. Get with it the title of Masters 1000 number 18, the second tournament of the year for him and his eighteenth victory over Rafa.
Another milestone is to emulate the Swiss Roger Federer in being the only player to capture Indian Wells and Miami in the same season twice. Rafa meanwhile still cannot break the curse in this contest his fourth final summing up empty.
For the fourth time ‘Nole’ takes over the title in Florida and has done so without giving sets. This Sunday overpowered Rafa in the second game of the first set. The world number one started in the best way to generate a break point but after save, Serbian became a wall. His fast-paced game with many angles forced Rafa to play mostly in defensive positions, taking the ball very fast. In addition to the first service lost only three points and took advantage of the only ball that had broken. This took the score 6-3. Read more »
Lewis Hamilton got the pole position in the GP of Australia with which the F1 season opened and the Malaysian GP has returned to do the same. The British driver brings to 33 the number of poles and confirms that Mercedes is strong and he has a lot of quality to function in adverse conditions such as those that occurred Saturday in Sepang track where the rain did not miss the party.
The water was on track could favor Red Bull was very close to Hamilton with Sebastian Vettel who was second. The German was able to overcome his compatriot Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso, best of Ferrari, which garnered a creditable fourth place after having problems in Q2.
The Sepang qualifying session had to start quite late due to the rain so he lasted about two hours with a lot of tension, the occasional accident and a couple of red flags, one in Q1 and again in Q2 with Fernando Alonso protagonist. The Q1 came when the session came to an end with a crash Marcus Ericsson who lost control of his Caterham crashing cons protection. Read more »
Novak Djokovic (2) Scottish defeated in straight sets Andy Murray – defending champion – on Wednesday at the Sony Open in Miami. With that Serbia has ranked semifinals while Murray will fall from the post on Monday 8 ranks.
In the second quarter-final match played at night, Roger Federer with many flashes was surprisingly eliminated by Japanese Kei Nishikori in straight sets much vertigo.
The first set between Djokovic and Murray was a symphony of good tennis. Variants with the punches, with the speeds and the effects would a visually appealing to the public show. Murray sure to kick goals and he could barely do it. The Scot looked safer especially from the eighth game.
Djokovic with some lack of coordination in particular walked right along the ledge in the eleventh game. After going 40-15 lost three straight points, including two double faults and was forced to save the first break of the match ball. Great service and then an ace saved the situation. Murray pulled to bring the outcome of a playoff. After a ball as Djokovic volley discussed putting the racket on the court Murray won the point, would a game to forget for the Scot. They broke in white and gave the set 7-5 in 53 minutes. Read more »
The Spaniard Rafa Nadal today continued his demolition job in the Sony Open and settled into Italian Fabio Fognini (14) losing only four games – nine three games – with a display of power from the kick and an array of fire from the background. Your opponent is now the Canadian Milos Raonic who beat German Benjamin Becker.
Roger Federer also developed a top-flight tennis against Frenchman Richard Gasquet (9) yielding only three games. The surprise was the fall of champion Australia, Stanislas Wawrinka (3) to the surprising Ukrainian Alexandr Dolgopolov. Other winners of the day was Andy Murray (5) and well surpassed the French Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Czech Tomas Berdych.
Rafael is on. It is going over his rivals and is doing leaving a good feeling with his punches and especially the service. With this weapon, the world number one is getting many points. Tuesday against Fognini, a rival out of clay loses prominence, brushed perfection losing only one point with the first two with the second. Read more »
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