Australia Open| Federer reaches quarter-finals with win over Fucsovics

first_imgSIX-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer came from behind to reach the quarter-finals in Melbourne with victory over Marton Fucsovics.The Swiss, 38, beat the Hungarian 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-2 and will play American Tennys Sandgren in the last eight.After losing the first set, Federer breezed through the second and third, winning seven successive games.He twice broke Fucsovics in the fourth set before serving out the win on his third match point.Federer battled for more than four hours to see off John Millman in the third round and he looked unsure of the wind conditions on Rod Laver Arena.However, the 20-time Grand Slam champion found his footing and showed some fine touches at the net in the final two sets to reach the quarters.“The morning after the [Millman] match and this morning, I lay in bed and after an hour I was wondering how to get up,” Federer said.“I’m sure I’m going to feel better every day that goes by.“I had a good start to the second set and from then on it got a little bit easier.”Federer breezed through his first two matches but he was punished for a sluggish start by Millman and then again by Fucsovics on Sunday.Fucsovics has been in superb form at the Australian Open – the only set he dropped prior to facing Federer was in his first-round win against 13th seed Denis Shapovalov – and he made the first break of the match.The Hungarian capitalised as Federer’s backhand let him down and he remained composed to serve out the first set in 37 minutes.However, the Swiss stepped up in the next three sets, breaking Fucsovics early in each one as he grew stronger in his movements.Federer was particularly strong at the net, winning 31 of 37 points from there, and his backhand, particularly down the line, became more fluent as the match possessed.While his forehand could be wayward at times, particularly in the four-minute final game as he looked to close the set out, he was able to come through the match without any more significant problems.“It was a tough start – I thought Marton played clean,” Federer said.“After Millman, the guy gave me a beatdown from the baseline, so maybe that took away my confidence a bit.”He will face Sandgren, who has come through three gruelling matches so far in Melbourne, in Tuesday’s quarter-finals, while defending champion Novak Djokovic could await in the last four.(BBC sport)last_img read more

Hope aims to repeat performance and lead Windies to series win

first_imgHAMBANTOTA, Sri Lanka, (CMC) – Shai Hope, who made his ninth ODI hundred in the series opener which the West Indies lost to Sri Lanka, is aiming to repeat his outstanding performance but hoping for a different result when his side takes on the hosts in their second match on Wednesday.The wicketkeeper-batsman scored 115 at the Sinhalese Sports Club in Colombo – the highest score for the Windies in Sri Lanka, surpassing the 110 made by Adrian Barath at the same venue in 2011 – to lead the Windies to a competitive 289.Shai Hope put in an outstanding performance in the first ODI against Sri Lanka.He reached half-century off 77 balls at the start of the 26th over, before reaching his ton in the 43rd over off 128 deliveries – his second in his last seven innings.“I had to ensure that I came out and stamped my authority on the first game. Unfortunately, it didn’t come out to be a wining effort, but it was still nice to get some runs under my belt,” Hope said.“I think there were some key moments, where we could’ve probably put our foot down a bit more. The run out [between myself and Bravo], we probably could’ve gotten a lot more out of that partnership,” he added, looking back on the opener.As the Windies arrived here ahead of their second match, the 26-year-old was hoping his heroics would lead to a series win over Sri Lanka.West Indies need to win both of the upcoming matches – the other scheduled for Sunday – to achieve the goal of winning their first ODI series in Sri Lanka.“It’s now do-or-die for us. We’re 0-1 down and we have two more games to make amends. I’m sure the guys have what it takes to come out and turn it around,” Hope said.West Indies entered the series one point behind Sri Lanka in the ICC ODI rankings and are looking to move ahead of the hosts. Securing back-to-back wins in the ongoing series will be necessary to achieve that feat.Wednesday’s day/night contest will be played at the Mahinda Rajapaksa International Cricket Stadium here. First ball is 2:30 p.m. (5 a.m. Eastern Caribbean Time/4 a.m. Jamaica Time).last_img read more

For the First Time in his Career Damir Dzumhur among the 100 Best Players of the World

first_imgBiH tennis player Damir Dzumhur is currently among the 100 best players of the world, which is his best ranking in his career.Currently Džumhur is in Mexico on the ATP tournament, where he will play in the semifinals against the Spanish Adrian Menendez. BiH tennis player has previously won the tournament in the Dominican Republic, and now in Mexico he plays really well.Thanks to the points scored Damir is for the first time in his career in a group of 100 best players and so achieved the best ranking of his career. He currently has 552 points and has moved up six positions, and is now is on the 99th position.Džumhur has announced that his goal is entering the top 100.“I have surpassed all objectives. By the end of the year I want to be among the top 100 tennis players of the world. For now I’m on the right track, working well and getting ready. I hope to play well the last part of the season and that will be enough to enter the top 100”, said earlier Džumhur for portal Klix)last_img read more