Novak Djokovic of Serbia returns to Roger Federer of Switzerland during the final of the Cincinnati Masters. photo AFP The former world number one became the first man to win all nine of the ATP's elite Masters 1000 events since the ATP was formed in 1990. Federer, a seven-time champion in Cincinnati, lost a final in the hardcourt US Open tuneup for the first time. In addition, his streak of 100 straight unbroken service games in Cincy was ended by Djokovic in the seventh game of the first set. The 37-year-old Swiss had been aiming for a 99th career trophy, but was unable to get over the line due in part to four double-faults at the most inopportune of times. "Thanks for letting me win here once," Djokovic joked to Federer at the trophy presentation. "I didn't play my best tennis today, but I managed. "It's been a roller-coaster week," he added after players dealt for days with lengthy rain interruptions. Djokovic claimed the opening set in 37 minutes and came back from an early … [Read more...] about Djokovic downs Federer to win long-sought Cincinnati crown
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DUBLIN: Bryson DeChambeau birdied the second extra hole to beat South Korea's An Byeong-hun and capture the biggest title of his career on Sunday (Jun 3) at the Memorial. Bryson DeChambeau poses with the trophy after winning the The Memorial Tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio. (Sam Greenwood/Getty Images/AFP) DeChambeau, 24, thrust his arms skyward in no less than seven double fist-pumps after rolling in his winning 12-foot putt at the 18th hole at Muirfield Village. DeChambeau, An and Kyle Stanley had ended regulation play tied on 15-under par, but only after the two Americans each bogeyed the 72nd hole. Stanley, 30 was eliminated with another bogey on the first playoff hole - the 18th. An and DeChambeau returned to the 18th tee for the second playoff hole, with An's second shot coming to rest against a spectator's umbrella. After a free drop he found the green but DeChambeau settled things with his birdie effort, saying his second career US PGA Tour … [Read more...] about DeChambeau birdies second extra hole to win Memorial
WEMBLEY: Chelsea manager Antonio Conte insisted he is a "serial winner" after ending a difficult season on a high by beating Manchester United 1-0 to lift the FA Cup thanks to Eden Hazard's penalty at Wembley on Saturday (May 19). Manchester United's Serbian midfielder Nemanja Matic (L) vies with Chelsea's Belgian midfielder Eden Hazard (R) during the English FA Cup final football match between Chelsea and Manchester United at Wembley stadium in London on May 19, 2018. (Photo: AFP/Glyn Kirk) In what is still widely expected to be Conte's final game in charge, the Blues withstood a second-half onslaught from United after Hazard's 22nd-minute spot-kick to ensure Jose Mourinho's men end the season trophyless. A year on from winning the Premier League in his debut season in English football, Conte failed to even qualify Chelsea for the Champions League as they finished fifth in the Premier League. "I am the first to understand because I am the coach of an important club … [Read more...] about Hazard the hero as Chelsea hold firm to win FA Cup
This Saturday afternoon will be like no other in Vietnam. The national football team will be competing in the final of the Asian Football Confederation Under-23 (AFC U23) Championship, marking the first time ever a team from Southeast Asia has made it so far. Vietnamese fans started dreaming the unthinkable when the team made it to the semifinals, and many assumed it would be South Korea they'd be facing in the biggest game in the team's history. Yes, it had to be South Korea, the runner up of the AFC U23 last year. But just a few hours after Vietnam secured a ticket to the final with a dramatic win over Qatar on Tuesday, it was Uzbekistan's turn to surprise fans. It wasn't until that moment that Vietnamese fans, who had been celebrating their team's remarkable cup run that led them becoming the first in Southeast Asia along with Malaysia to reach the quarterfinals, started looking at what Uzbekistan has achieved so far in this tournament. Uzbekistan knocked out 2017 champion … [Read more...] about Vietnam vs Uzbekistan: Can will to win overcome attacking intent in mouthwatering cup final?
Tennis BRISBANE, Australia – A much happier Nick Kyrgios sent Australia into the Davis Cup semi-finals when he beat American Sam Querrey in the first of the reverse singles in Brisbane on Sunday. Kyrgios’s 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 6-4 win gave the Australians an unassailable 3-1 lead over the US before John Isner won the dead rubber 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 over Sam Groth. The controversial Kyrgios, whose on court behaviour has led to a host of criticism from fellow players, commentators and fans, was the model of decorum and dedication in his two matches. The 21-year-old revealed later that Australian captain Lleyton Hewitt had asked him to be the team’s leader and he had been happy to accept the challenge. Kyrgios, who once confessed to not enjoying the game, said he was in a much better place now and his recent results reflected his mindset. "I’m playing better, but I’m just in a happier place," he said. "I’m going out and playing the game how it’s … [Read more...] about Kyrgios beats Querrey to seal Davis Cup tie