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World No 3 Roger Federer
survived his second scare in
as many matches but hung
on to defeat Russian Mikhail
Youzhny 6-1, 6-7 (3), 4-6, 6-4,
6-2 to reach the third round of
the US Open today.
Federer, who also claimed
a come-from-behind five-set
victory in his first round match
against 19-year-old Frances
Tiafoe, took advantage of a
clearly hobbled Youzhny, who
appeared to suffer from muscle
cramps midway throughout.
Despite looking at times
like he might retire from the
match, Youzhny put in his best
performance against the Swiss.
The former top 10 player’s
fate was all but sealed when
he double faulted to hand the
Swiss a 4-2 lead in the fifth set
and later saw Federer’s record
against him improve to 17-0.
The match marked the first
time the 36-year-old third seed
had ever started a grand slam
tournament with back-to-
back five set matches, raising
questions about whether he has
the stamina necessary to win his
20th career grand slam.
“These five set battles are
actually a lot of fun,” Federer
said during an on court
interview after the match. I
feel quite warmed up now,” he
added with a laugh.
Despite the win Federer
looked nothing like the
dominant player who won the
Australian Open to kick off the
year and later cruised through
Wimbledon without dropping
He committed 68 unforced
errors and the back injury that
kept him out of the Cincinnati
Masters earlier this month
appeared to limit his mobility.
Next up for Federer is
Feliciano Lopez, who defeated
fellow Spaniard Fernando
Verdasco in four sets in their
second round match. Federer
has defeated L opez in all 12 of
their previous meetings.
Meanwhile, another of the
fancied names crashed out as
Grigor Dimitrov was beaten by
teenager Andrey Rublev.
The seventh seed went into
the tournament among the
favourites to win his first grand
slam crown after claiming
his most important title in
Cincinnati two weeks ago. But
his career so far has been a story
of flattering to deceive and this
was yet another example, with
Rublev winning 7-5, 7-6 (7-3),
6-3 . At 19, the Russian is one
of the talented teens looking to
take over the game but has been
overshadowed thus far by the
likes of Alexander Zverev and
This was his breakthrough
moment on the big stage,
and he showed impressive
temperament to withstand
pressure from his opponent.
Dimitrov was a break up
in both the first two sets but
Rublev hit back, saving eight of
10 break points before taking
his first match point with a
brilliant forehand winner.
Dimitrov is the third top-10
seed to fall, joining Zverev
and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while
second seed Andy Murray
pulled out before the start
because of injury.
Rublev, who next meets
unseeded Bosnian Damir
Dzumhur, joins Shapovalov in
round three, making it the first
time since 2008 that two male
teenagers have reached this
stage at Flushing Meadows.
Former champion Juan
Martin del Potro beat Adrian
Menendez in straight sets to
advance to the third round
while Alexandr Dolgopolov
eliminated 15th seed and 2010
Wimbledon finalist Tomas
Berdych. Damir Dzumhur and
Viktor Troicki also kept their
campaigns alive. — Reuters
Friday, September 1, 2017
Leading New Zealand squash players Joelle
King and Greymouth’s Paul Coll have opened
their international seasons in style at the
China Open in Shanghai.
King was the most impressive, topping third
seed and defending champion Laura Massaro
11-0, 11-6, 7-11, 11-4 .
The Englishwoman had no answer to King’s
early attacks, with the New Zealand world
No 12 going on to record one of her best
results of 2017.
“I felt good out there, Laura is no mug, she
won here last year, so to come out and win in
four is really positive,” King said. “It’s early in
the season, but I put in a lot of work in the
summer and if I can keep playing my game
and produce more of the same then who
knows what will happen.”
King will face Malaysian eight-time world
champion Nicol David for a place in the semi-
Coll, also ranked 12th in the world, was all
business in beating rising Egyptian Zahed
Mohamed 11-5, 11-3, 11-4 .
His next opponent for sixth seeded Coll is
Egyptian fourth seed Fares Dessouky.
The tournament is being played a spectacular
venue comprising a glass court which overlooks
the Huangpu River in the city centre. — N ZN
New Zealand cyclist Aaron Gate was
uninjured and completed a stage of the
Vuelta a Espana after his team’s bus was
targeted in an arson attack in southern
and police are
investigating after the bus of Irish pro-
continental outfit Aqua Blue Sport was
set alight overnight as the riders slept at
an adjacent hotel in Almeria. A suspect
was reportedly arrested.
Images of the fire damaged bus were
accompanied by a message from the
team that the riders weren’t shaken by
the incident and were focusing on the
day’s 12th stage to Antequera.
Gate, who described the arson as
“crazy ” on social media, went on to cross
the line 168th out of 174 riders.
There was another notable pre-stage
moment for New Zealand yesterday
when leading professional George
Bennett pulled out.
Bennett has struggled with fatigue
from the outset of the gruelling three-
week grand tour, having failed to fully
recover from the illness that prematurely
ended his bold ride at the Tour de France
six weeks ago.
Bennett, who was battling for a top-
10 spot in France before being forced
out, admits he returned to the bike too
quickly for his LottoNL-Jumbo team.
“Sad to be leaving la vuelta. A little too
eager to come back after the tour and
nothing left to give. Important to look at
the big picture,” he tweeted.
Bennett was in 158th place, more than
two hours behind leader Chris Froome.
The three remaining New Zealanders in
the tour — Gate, Sam Bewley and Tom
Scully — are all among the backmarkers
with nine stages left. — NZ N
NZ cyclists team bus torched
New Zealand world champion Tom Walsh’s
dream shot put run has ended, slumping to
sixth at the season-ending Diamond League
meet in Belgium.
Walsh was well below his best, failing to
feature in a dramatic eight-man competition
won in the final round by unheralded
American Darrell Hill.
Throwers from the United States swept
all three medals while Walsh was never in
contention with his best distance of 21.38m.
It was a let-down for the Canterbury
builder who had won both his meets since
being crowned world champion in London
three weeks ago.
However, he failed to get going at a Brussells
street venue today, only clearing 21m twice
in his six throws, three of which were fouls.
His winning distance in London was 22.03m
while his personal best is 22.21m.
Despite his success through August, his
distances have dropped away, possibly not
helped by a groin injury.
Olympic champion Ryan Crouser
dominated through five rounds courtesy of
an opening 22.37m while compatriot Joe
Kovacs trailed him with his first-up 21.62m.
Neither could better those efforts and both
were eclipsed at the end by 24-year- old
compatriot Hill, whose 22.44m heave was a
meet record and surpassed his previous best
by more than half a metre.
Hill’s bolt from the blue came close to
Crouser’s season-best throw of 22.65m.
Walsh’s shot slumps to sixth in Belgium
King and Coll advance in China Open
Cricketing great Sir Richard Hadlee will
not be seeking re-election to the board of
New Zealand Cricket at its November annual
One of two directors required to resign by
rotation this year, Hadlee, 66, had signalled he
would not seek an extension to his four-year
term, NZC announced today.
Liz Dawson, who will also resign by rotation,
has opted to stand for re-election.
Hadlee said his tenure coincided with a
watershed time for NZC — particularly in
terms of a new strategic direction and a new
approach to the relationship between women
“I’ve been particularly impressed with the
determination and commitment within
the board towards making the game more
relevant and accessible to all New Zealanders
regardless of gender, ethnicity, or socio-
economic status,” he said.
NZC chairman Greg Barclay said Hadlee had
contributed across all areas of the organisation
and his experience and knowledge of the game
would be missed.
Considered New Zealand ’s finest cricketer,
Hadlee took 431 test wickets and scored 3124
runs between 1973 and 1990. He later became
chairman of selectors. — N ZN
Outgoing Hadlee happy with NZ Cricket progress
Federer sur vives
The All Whites insist there is
no complacency in their camp
ahead of tonight’s World Cup
qualifier against the Solomon
The Melanesian team are rank
outsiders for the home-and-
away Oceania play-off, and much
of the focus in this country is
already on the expected date
with a South American team in
It is a glamorous, head-turning
prospect, especially if Argentina,
Chile or Colombia are the
opposition. But the All Whites
are adamant they are not getting
ahead of themselves.
“It’s not hard for us,” All Whites
goalkeeper Glen Moss said.
“ We don’t talk about it. I know
it makes good media, when you
consider it could be Argentina or
any of those countries. That is the
next step, but if we don’t do the
job in the next couple of games,
then there won’t be a next step.”
Moss retained memories of
some difficult times against
Island teams and said there was
no chance of taking the Solomon
“Not at all — not for guys like
myself that have been beaten in
the past,” Moss said. “It’s about
relaying that message to the
younger guys as well, they are not
pushovers any more. They have
good coaches, facilities and a lot
of them train and play together
day in and day out. But the first
game is vital, if we can put them
on the back foot.”
All Whites coach Anthony
Hudson echoed those thoughts,
admitting he hoped the All
Whites can gain a significant
advantage before the second
leg in Honiara on Tuesday.
“O bviously we have the mindset
that we want to finish the (tie) off
tonight,” Hudson said. “ That ’s the
plan ... it’s not straightforward
and these are always tricky games.
I’m not going to set a target, but
everyone would see a scoreline of
2-0 or 3-0, that would be hard for
them — but we are not talking
“ We want to set the tempo and
make sure we have a big enough
advantage and the tie is done but
we are prepared either way.”
The All Whites prevailed 1-0
at the 2016 Nations Cup in the
last encounter between their two
teams, though their last three
clashes in this country have been
one-sided affairs (5-1, 6-1 and
6-1). — NZME
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All Whites not looking past Solomons challenge
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