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Roger Federer says he still believes
he can beat Rafael Nadal again and
relishes their clashes despite the
increasingly lopsided record in the
e world No 1 stretched his
head-to-head record against Federer
to 23-10, including the past ve in
succession, with last night's 7-6 (7-4),
6-3, 6-3 Australian Open semi- nal
It has been almost seven years since
the Swiss has downed Nadal in a
grand slam match.
But 32-year-old Federer said he had
not lost faith that he could nd a way
to win against Nadal and the hype
around their rivalry still motivated
"I enjoy playing against him because
it's always going to be on centre court,
it's always going to be a big story, you
know, going into the match," Federer
" at's kind of what you train hard
for, that's where you want to be.
"It's not where I don't want to be,
so I'm always happy when I come out
against him because the atmosphere
is di erent and I enjoy the matches
"I mean, it's not as cool when you
lose in straight sets.
"Nevertheless, there's good moments
out there as well."
Federer entered last night's clash
boosted by impressive wins over Jo-
Wilfried Tsonga and Andy Murray but
said facing Nadal was something else
"It's totally di erent playing Rafa
over anybody else. Playing Murray or
Rafa is day and night," he said.
"It's not because of the level
necessarily, but it's just every point
is played in a completely di erent
fashion and I have to totally change
"No excuse. It's just a fact."
But Federer said he would still leave
Australia reassured his game is back
on an upward cur ve after making the
Brisbane International nal then the
Australian Open semi- nals.
"I still feel my best tennis is only
ahead of me right now," the 17-time
grand slam champion said.
"So I'm looking for ward to the next
couple of months." --- AAP
Federer still relishes Nadal rivalry
PICTURE: Getty Images
Rafael Nadal, right, of Spain shakes hands with Roger Federer of Switzerland after Nadal emphatically won their semi- nal match.
For the third time this season,
the Wellington Phoenix has
lost 2-1 to the Brisbane Roar.
Both home xtures at the
Cake Tin earlier in the summer
produced the same scoreline
and the Roar made it a hat-
trick at Suncorp Stadium in
Brisbane last night due to
an 87th-minute winner to
mid elder Luke Brattan.
e Roar, the league leader,
wase made to work for the
result against Wellington and
needed two second-half goals
to overcome a spirited Phoenix
side which remains in ninth on
Phoenix mid elder Vince
Lia, who has not scored an
A-League goal since January
23, 2011, nearly opened the
scoring in the 11th minute but
his right-foot strike cannoned
o the post after he had driven
it past Brisbane custodian
e opening 10 minutes
belonged to the home side but
Lia's e ort on goal drew the
Phoenix players out of their
slumber as Stein Huysegems,
Jason Hicks and Jeremy
Brockie all had chances during
the ensuing 25 minutes.
Hicks in particular should
have done better when he was
put through at the top of the
box but eo made a superb
save to his left to deny the
mid elder his rst Phoenix
But Wellington's dominance
eventually paid o when
Huysegems capitalised on a
mis-hit shot from Brockie to
beat eo and Roar defender
Jade North to the ball to
bundle home a goal from close
range in the 36th minute.
Wellington's lead was
eventually taken from them
when 18-year-old debutant
Devante Clut scored a
remarkable goal in the 50th
minute when his neat touch
and volley gave Moss no
Brisbane's goal gave the
players belief as they started to
mount some serious pressure
on Wellington, which managed
to withstand the challenge
through some busy defensive
work and the brilliance of
goalkeeper Glen Moss.
Roar mid elder Dimitri
Petratos had the ball in the
back of the net in the 67th
minute but the goal was
disallowed for o side.
Eventually, Brisbane's weight
of pressure told and when
Brattan delivered his second
goal of the season --- with a
spectacular long-range drive ---
the Roar were able to claim all
Brisbane Roar 2 (Devante
Clut 50, Luke Brattan 87)
Wellington Phoenix 1 (Stein
Huysegems 36). Half-time 0-1.
Phoenix lose it late
PICTURE: Getty Images
Shane Stefanutto of the Roar heads the ball over Roy Krishna
of the Phoenix at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
Nick Willis was after a quick race and he found
it in the 800m event at the Capital Classic at
Newtown Park in Wellington last night.
Willis, who won silver at the Beijing Olympics
in the 1500m in 2008, rarely runs over 800m
but as he builds towards March's World Indoor
Championships in Poland he was keen to nd
an event with speed to help his preparation.
He clocked 3:55.98 over the mile in Wanganui
on Monday and covered 800m in 1:50.04 in the
capital last night as he comfortably took out the
senior men's 800m race.
"I always like to run in my home town when
it ts into what I need to do," Willis said after
"We've got the world indoor champs coming
up in six weeks and traditionally it's quite a
tactical race with the last 600 metres being
really fast. Doing an 800m is a bit of a shock to
the system to remember how to sprint again."
About 1000 people were on hand to watch
Willis run, which was a far cry from a packed
stadium at the Olympics.
But as a show of good faith, Willis later ran as
a pacemaker for part of the men's 3000m before
dropping out after 2km.
Brad Mathas pushed Willis during last night's
800m race but the New Zealand 1500m record
holder showed an impressive turn of speed
through the last 100m to run him down as
Caversham's Ben Anderson nished third in
"I knew my strength was there," Willis said.
"It was more a matter of if I went out too hard,
I just haven't done the training to handle that
early pace. My coach wanted me to run negative
splits, which means the second lap's faster than
the rst and we were probably pretty spot on to
doing that so it worked out." --- APNZ
Willis canters in Capital Classic
Lydia Ko wondered what all
the fuss was about.
After an o -season brimming
with change, she came out in
the rst tournament of the year
and showed her talent remains
exactly the same.
e 16-year-old shared the lead
after the opening round of the
Bahamas LPGA Classic, lending
credence to her claims that a
coaching swap, among other
alterations, amounted to little in
the big picture.
It was a only month ago that
Ko delivered a pre-Christmas
present to the news-deprived
media, with her decision to dump
long-time mentor Guy Wilson
leading both major networks'
Now she can again let her game
do the talking, Ko revealed her
shock at the scale of reaction
to her signing up with David
Leadbetter's United States-based
"I was so surprised," she told
AFP before teeing o . "I didn't
even know it would make a story,
but it was like big news in New
"A lot of people gave me
advice, saying this is what
happens when you're up there.
It's not always going to be
good --- there are going to be
negatives, as well.
"I kind of tried to go past it
then. I talked to a couple other
players, and they supported me. I
had to do what was the best for
me and my situation."
at attitude appeared to reap
immediate dividends on the
Bahamas' Paradise Island. With
Leadbetter and Sean Hogan
now guiding her, with Callaway
manufacturing her clubs and
with a new caddy carrying her
bag, Ko was as un appable as
always in shooting a ve-under
68 to lead her rst start as an
LPGA Tour member.
e world No 4 had six birdies
and a bogey on Atlantis Resort's
Ocean Club course, matching
South Korean Meena Lee and
putting to rest any doubts her
ability would be impinged by the
It may be premature to think a
teenager, in her nascent days of
professionalism, could be sent
into a slump after switching
coaches or equipment, but Ko
knew questions were being asked
and she was intent on providing
"Over the last month, hearing
the word change, it could pretty
much be my middle name," she
said after the round.
"I knew what happened before
with some other players, but
you never know what's going to
happen. at slump stage, you
never know when in your career
it will happen.
"It's good that I got o into a
good start and it will de nitely
help with the rest of the season.
I guess the change was quite big,
but I wanted a challenge."
Ko shrugs off
Indian o cials continue to up the
ante ahead of next week's crucial
International Cricket Council
meeting on the future structure of
Having struck out with Cricket
Australia and the England and
Wales Cricket Board to form a
"Big ree" to take the lion's share
of revenue and arrange tours to
their liking, the Board of Control
for Cricket in India (BCCI) has
hinted it will walk away from ICC
tournaments, such as the World
Cup and world T20, if it does not
get its way in Dubai next week.
At the same time, it is also
understood the BCCI will ask that
India host an ICC event once every
e World Cup is staged every
four years; the world T20 every
two. e Champions Trophy, a
four-yearly 50-over tournament
twice almost put to death, is
expected to be revived with the
imminent demise of the idea of a
e two-day meeting is on
Monday and Tuesday, after a
chief executives' meeting, to be
attended by New Zealand Cricket
chief executive David White.
Martin Snedden will be NZC's
representative at the ICC meeting.
e ICC's Finance and
Commercial A airs committee's
position paper, which outlined
the three countries' plans, also
recommended scrapping the
Future Tours Programme, bringing
in promotion-relegation for the
bottom-placed test-playing nation
--- but with the Big ree immune
from relegation --- and remodelling
the way nances are distributed.
It proposes each of those three
countries have permanent places on
an executive committee, with one
other person of their choice.
Snedden will carry NZC's wish
list to Dubai, with questions they
want answers to ahead of any vote.
As New Zealand has next to no
authority around the board table, it
is unlikely to get satisfaction.
South Africa has spoken out
against the plan; Pakistan --- part,
you would think, of a solid sub-
continental block --- has expressed
negative views. e West Indies
has stated it has "taken a position
in the best interests of West Indies
cricket"; the international players'
association, Fica, has condemned
It may be that countries next week
seek more time to study the plan
and defer a vote until the next ICC
quarterly meeting. India's actions
yesterday, at a meeting for its own
body to authorise the moves of
their leading o cials, smack of the
child not getting his way, taking
his toys and stamping o into the
In one respect, the BCCI might
be justi ed in arguing it is due
some relief. It brings in more than
70% of revenue for the ICC. It has
long maintained that it should get
some extra nancial compensation
for that rather than a more even
distribution alongside the other test
nations. ey want 21% of the pie.
As an idea of the sort of money
washing around the Indian game,
it was reported this week that the
BCCI made a $US70.7 million
($85 million) pro t on last year's
Indian Premier League, more than
double that of 2012.
Nobody ever said the FTP,
designed by New Zealand's Sir
John Anderson and the late Chris
Doig, was perfect, but it was
intended to present an even eld
for all test-playing nations. Now
the Big ree want to have the
right to simply bail out of any
bilateral arrangement which does
not suit, ie. does not make a buck.
Arms are being twisted;
essentially, support us or see you
around. e spin-o s could be
What stung most at the January 9
meeting at which the position paper
was unveiled, was that no other
nation knew what was coming.
ICC president, New Zealander
Alan Isaac, and chief executive
Dave Richardson knew about it.
Where does that leave their ability
to work in an atmosphere of trust
with the other nations? Even if
there are merits to the so-called
position paper, and even if the ICC
has been useless in many respects
as a governing body for years, you
cannot cede authority to a small
group of your own members.
--- APNZ-New Zealand Herald
India steps up
Wickets tumble in Plunket Shield
On a day dominated by ball, a
couple of batsmen gave Auckland
hope of earning a result against
With 43 wickets falling across
three games in the Plunket Shield,
Craig Cachopa and Colin de
Grandhomme chipped away at
Wellington's rst innings total of
399 before falling late in the day.
eir dismissals saw ascendancy
rmly with the hosts at the halfway
point at the Basin Reserve, but
Auckland at least has a chance of
snatching its second win of the
While Wellington added only
62 to its overnight score as James
Franklin ended unbeaten on 128, its
eventual total had an imposing feel as
Auckland began its turn with the bat.
at feeling was enhanced as
Auckland fell to 125 for four
shortly before tea, before Cachopa
and de Grandhomme mounted an
afternoon ghtback. e pair put
on 145 for the fth wicket --- twice
as many as any other Auckland
partnership --- but let themselves
down late in the day.
First Cachopa (79) was bowled
by Luke Woodcock, then de
Grandhomme (86) su ered a
similar fate from the bowling of
Mark Gillespie six overs later. eir
departures saw Auckland reach 280
for seven at stumps, leaving the tail
with some work if the Aces are to
make up the 119-run gap.
Canterbury are in a strong position
following two days of their visit to
Dunedin to play Otago. After Matt
Henry took ve wickets to help
dismiss the hosts for 200 in their
rst innings, Canterbury capitalised
on their 80-run advantage.
Peter Fulton (10) failed for the
second time in the match but
another half century from Tom
Latham, along with an unbeaten 42
from Rob Nicol, saw Canterbury
head to stumps ahead by 260 runs
with four wickets in hand.
e match between the com-
petition's two bottom teams is set for
an intriguing conclusion tomorrow,
with Central Districts making a
mess of a meagre chase against
Northern Districts in Napier.
After rolling the Knights for
139 in its second innings, CD was
set just 70 for victory but Scott
Kuggeleijn took three late wickets
to leave the host on 14-3. --- APNZ
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