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Federer, Nadal Renew Rivalry in Shanghai Final

first_imgWimbledon champion Federer beat Nadal to win the Australian Open in January and has won the last four matches between the two legendary players, who have 35 Grand Slams between them.Cilic, who will rise to a career-best fourth in the world rankings, created three set points in the first set but Nadal took it in 67 minutes. The Croat’s first two service games comprised 30 points, while Nadal conceded only three points in his first four games on serve.But Cilic, the 2014 US Open champion and beaten finalist at Wimbledon this year, gradually imposed himself on proceedings and a crunching forehand down the line from the back of the court earned two break points.He was unable to take those as Nadal demonstrated his powers of resolve and the Croat, having saved six break points, eventually conceded the only break of the set.Cilic saved three break points in game nine but then a stunning whipped Nadal forehand down the line on the run created a break that he duly seized.Nadal, bidding to win the Shanghai title for the first time, calmly served out to force a tie-break and the Spaniard completed his fifth victory in six matches against Cilic, his 16th consecutive victory in all tournaments.“The way doesn’t matter,” said Nadal, 31, with a smile. “We are at the highest level of our sport so nobody wins easy.”With rain falling, the roof was closed for the second semi-final, in which Del Potro was able to participate after a test on the wrist he injured during victory over Viktor Troicki in the previous round.Del Potro saved a break point in the third game and then claimed the decisive break in the opening set, clinching it in 38 minutes with his eighth ace.Federer’s patience was rewarded in the next, however, as he finally secured a break with his fifth chance of the fifth game.Del Potro had persistent exchanges with the umpire about the exuberant crowd, the majority of which were emphatically in favour of the Swiss maestro, which eventually resulted in a request from the official for quiet on serve.Federer claimed a key early break in the decider and, as Del Potro began to show signs of fatigue, he meticulously maintained his advantage to complete a 17th win in 23 matches against the Argentine.The 19-time Grand Slam champion now turns his attentions to Nadal, who holds a 23-14 record over him.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The world’s top two tennis players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, will contest the Shanghai Masters final today after both secured hard-fought wins friday.Top seed Nadal, seeking a seventh title of 2017, beat Croat Marin Cilic 7-5 7-6 (7-3) in two hours, 11 minutes. Federer showed great resolve to thwart Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 3-6 6-3 6-3 in just under two hours.It will be the elite pair’s fourth meeting of the year and the 24th time they have faced each other in a final.last_img read more

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GAA’s religion-like status keeps its games alive

first_imgThat’s the view of former Tipperary hurler Paddy Stapleton, who thinks other games would have fallen by the wayside if they were organised in the same way as the association’s.The Borrisoleigh clubman is particularly concerned about the long gaps between matches for non-intercounty players.He says the GAA’s enduring presence is remarkable given the largely self-inflicted problems it faces.last_img

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Taiwo Awoniyi- Back at Mouscron with a Bang

first_imgAfter signing for Liverpool, he was immediately loaned out to FSV Frankfurt. He made his debut for the club the following year.In August 2016, Awoniyi went on another loan spell at NEC Nijmegen in Holland and it was another loan spell the following year to Royal Excel Mouscron in Belgium, scoring nine goals in 16 matches.On 17 July 2018, Awoniyi signed a new long-term deal with Liverpool and on 23 July of the same year, he was sent on a season-long loan to another Belgian club, KAA Gent. He failed to score a single goal for the club after five months.In January this year, his loan to Genk was cut short, and Awoniyi was loaned to Mouscron again.At Mouscron, Awoniyi, showed early signs of returning to the top scoring form he had with the club last season, as he made the best of his second debut with a well-taken goal for the club. The ex-youth international showed his quality in his first game with aplomb.He put aside the woes he faced at Gent, to romp home Mousconr’s match-winner against KV Oostende.Though, Awoniyi failed to score a single league goal in 16 appearances with Gent, he has hit the ground running on a familiar hunting ground in Mouscron.His effort helped Mouscron snatch a 2-1 home win that took them up to 14th on the table with 20 points from 22 matches, six points clear of relegation spot and Awoniyi’s reaction was overwhelming.“I am extremely happy to start so well in my first game back at Royal, and that my goal helped us win this important match,” Awoniyi posted.Late Super Eagles Coach Stephen Keshi once gave the U-20 striker the green light to lead the Super Eagles’ attack with the hope that he can bring his eye for goal to the senior team. “I gave Awoniyi his first call up to the Super Eagles sometimes ago because I know that he has the quality of a goal poacher who can deliver the goals when needed, but playing for the age-grade national teams is different from the Super Eagles.“Awoniyi is young and talented and has the quality of a good striker. So, who says he can’t lead the Eagles attack? He just needs to be ready for the task and show it on the field of play which I believe the boy is capable of doing,” late Keshi said.If Awoniyi continues with this form at Mouscron, perhaps, he would get a permanent deal at the club. Even Liverpool may come looking for him. For now, he has to remain focused.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram After Nigeria crashed out in the second round against Germany at the 2015 FIFA U-20 World Cup, the lackluster performance of the Flying Eagles did not deter European teams from scrambling for the signature of a member of the squad – Taiwo Awoniyi. He stood out of the lot and immediately became the toast of most European clubs. Prior to the 2015 U-20 World Cup, Awoniyi also had a scintillating performance for the Golden Eaglets at the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup held in the United Arab Emirates. However Awoniyi still struggling to actualise his potential in EuropeAfter the 2015 U-20 World Cup, Awoniyi was courted by Porto, Sporting Lisbon and Benfica, but he briefly settled for Swedish club, Kalmar. The young Nigerian trained with the first team on his arrival in Sweden. But he did not sign any professional contract with them.The product of Imperial Academy, Odogbolu, Ogun State, eventually signed for English Premier league club, Liverpool, on August 31, 2015, for a fee of around £400,000. Four years on, Awoniyi is yet to blossom to the star he was touted to be.last_img read more

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