Federer edges Youzhny in 5 sets at US Open; Nadal needs 4

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul A couple of seeded men departed, too: No. 7 Grigor Dimitrov and No. 15 Tomas Berdych, the 2010 Wimbledon runner-up.The No. 3-seeded Federer won five consecutive U.S. Open championships from 2004-08 and also was the runner-up twice, including two years ago. But he missed last year’s tournament while taking off the second half of the season to let his back and surgically repaired left knee fully heal.That back, an off-and-on issue for years, flared up again while Federer was losing in the final of the Montreal Masters in August. He didn’t get to fully work on returns or serves, in particular, as the U.S. Open approached. That lack of training and the resulting lack of timing — rather than pain from his back — is what Federer said caused him problems Tuesday night in the first round against 19-year-old American Frances Tiafoe and again against Youzhny, a former top-10 player who reached the 2006 and 2010 U.S. Open semifinals but is now ranked 101st.“I’m pretty confident that I’m only going to get better from here. That’s a good thing,” Federer said. “Because I’ve played a lot, I definitely found some rhythm now.”He did falter repeatedly Thursday, though.Federer let a lead slip away in the second set and got broken while serving for it at 5-4.“He helped me to come back,” Youzhny said.Federer stumbled again while serving for the fourth set at 5-3, but responded to a break there by breaking right back.Still, Federer’s unforced errors continued to mount in the fifth set — 11 in the first four games alone, including a badly shanked forehand on his first break point at 2-1, a netted backhand on his second, and a long forehand to let Youzhny hold there. Eventually, Federer nosed ahead, aided by the considerable dip in the 35-year-old Youzhny’s level of play.While Federer played his first-round match Tuesday under the roof in Ashe, Youzhny’s opener was postponed until Wednesday because of rain, and he blamed that for his fatigue. His legs started cramping late in the third set Thursday and then reached other parts of his body, even his fingers, by the end. That made it hard to move forward or to jump normally while serving. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “He’s also a real man who plays tennis,” Youzhny noted. “He’s not a god.”Well, OK, that’s true. But remember: Federer did not drop a single set en route to his record eighth Wimbledon championship in July. And that he is 37-3 with five titles, including two at majors to raise his record total to 19.Second on that list, with 15, is No. 1-seeded Rafael Nadal, who trailed by a set and a break before figuring things out and beating 121st-ranked Taro Daniel of Japan 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Ashe at night. That followed 20th-seeded American CoCo Vandeweghe’s 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory over Ons Jabeur of Tunisia under the lights.What already was a wide-open women’s bracket became more so when 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova was upset by 116th-ranked Kurumi Nara of Japan 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. The No. 8-seeded Kuznetsova’s exit means five of the top eight women are already gone.Two other seeded women lost to Americans in the afternoon: Shelby Rogers edged No. 25 Daria Gavrilova 7-6 (6), 4-6, 7-6 (5) in a tournament-record 3 hours, 33 minutes, and Jennifer Brady eliminated No. 23 Barbora Strycova 6-1, 6-1.ADVERTISEMENT Promoters: Pacquiao-Horn rematch won’t happen this year Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim LATEST STORIES Rafael Nadal, of Spain, reacts after winning a point against Taro Daniel, of Japan, during the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Thursday, Aug. 31, 2017, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK — A bad back prevented Roger Federer from getting ready for the U.S. Open the way he prefers to prepare for a Grand Slam tournament. And it’s showed so far.Federer blamed a lack of proper practice after making an uncharacteristic 68 unforced errors and being forced to go five sets again before coming back to edge a cramping Mikhail Youzhny 1-6, 7-6 (3), 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 on Thursday in Arthur Ashe Stadium.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side It is the first time the 36-year-old Federer has played five-setters in both the first and second rounds at a major tournament.“I knew I was going to maybe struggle early on. Maybe I struggled more than I would have liked to. But I’m still in the draw, which gives me a chance. I still believe I’m going to pick up my game and become just more consistent because I’m not playing all that bad,” Federer said. “It’s just that I’m going a bit up and down in waves throughout the match.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingGiven that Federer entered the day with a 16-0 career record against Youzhny and a 16-0 mark in the U.S. Open’s second round, one might have thought that their match would be a mismatch.Think again. At 1-all in the deciding set, Youzhny collapsed to the court, grabbing at his right leg after whiffing on an attempted swat at Federer’s lob. Youzhny stayed down for a few moments, then grimaced and limped around for the rest of that game.Afterward, Youzhny chuckled at the mention of having lost all 17 matches against Federer, even leaning back in his chair and joking about how he would have completed the upset if Grand Slam rules were different: “I beat him in three sets now — but we played five sets. But come on, if we played three sets, I already beat him!”Federer, naturally, preferred to look at matters from a different perspective.“I find my way,” he said. “I don’t panic.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

Give youngsters a chance in Indian tennis

first_imgThe Indian tennis campaign at the London Olympics has ended, and I am extremely disappointed with the performance of the contingent.I was quite confident that they will win a medal in the mixed doubles, but that was not to be.What I could make out after talking the players is that it was a close match and the Indians had their chances, but could not capitalise.Had Paes and Sania made it through the semi-finals, they had a good opportunity to progress and even go for the gold, because there were no good pairs left in the draw. So, it was clearly a missed opportunity.In men’s doubles, the competition was expected to be extremely tough as lot of top singles players participated. But the positive sign for Indian tennis the way Vishnu Vardhan played. He held his own in the company of Leander Paes against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Michael Llodra.He served exceedingly well, his returns were of the highest quality and he was not caught wanting at the net.It augurs well for Indian tennis.Time has come for the All India Tennis Association to develop our youngsters and field them in Davis Cup. Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi have been there for over 20 years and they have served the country with distinction. Now the next generation of players should be given the chance to come up.Coming to women’s singles, it was indeed a masterclass by Serena Williams to beat Maria Sharapova 6-0, 6-1 for the gold. The score-line itself speaks volumes about her domination.advertisementI had mentioned earlier that Serena will be the hot favourite and was proved right.She got another gold in the women’s doubles with sister Venus. They defended their Beijing title with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka of the Czech Republic.It was amazing to see Andy Murray finally triumph at the All England Club by beating Roger Federer in straight sets. The Briton also avenged last month’s Wimbledon final defeat in style.(The writer is Fed Cup coach and a former India player)last_img read more

Catholic faithful begin annual pilgrimage to Costa Ricas Basilica de Los Ángeles

first_imgRelated posts:President Solís to sit out annual Costa Rican religious pilgrimage to Cartago La Negrita, please fix my peacock 19 photos from Costa Rica’s annual romería Pope Francis in Cuba: Mass before a packed Revolution Square This weekend, pilgrims from across Costa Rica will begin walking – if they haven’t already – to the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles for an annual pilgrimage of faith known as theromería. The purpose of their journey: to pay their respects to, and ask for favors from, the country’s patron saint: the Virgin of Los Ángeles, or La Negrita.Approximately 2 million people are expected to walk the annual romería. Many pilgrims already have begun their grueling trek to the church in recent days, but the majority of devotees will make the journey on Friday and Saturday, when special ceremonies are held.The nationwide tradition, which also draws thousands from across the Central American region and beyond, is based on the 17th century legend of the Virgin, in which an indigenous woman discovered in the forest a small statue of a woman carrying a baby in her arms. The woman took the statue to her home, but something unusual happened: the next day, the statue was gone. The indigenous woman again found the statue in the middle of the woods, in the same spot as before. She again took it home for the second time, and by the next day, to everyone’s surprise, the small statue vanished once more, reappearing at its spot in the woods. The woman decided to tell the town’s priest, and after witnessing the phenomenon, he declared it a message from the Virgin Mary. The priest said villagers should build a church at the place where the statue appeared.That church is the Basílica de Los Ángeles, in Cartago, about 25 kilometers southeast of the Costa Rican capital. Since the 19th century, millions of pilgrims have embarked on the journey to Our Lady of Los Ángeles; some cover hundreds of kilometers on foot, while others make the trek barefoot or on their knees to show their devotion.A relatively new part of this tradition is the “EcoRomería,” in which the Costa Rican Red Cross and Health Ministry carry out the difficult task of reducing trash and other pollution generated by the event. During last year’s pilgrimage this initiative managed to recycle 95 percent of the waste generated by the pilgrims, earning the romería a coveted environmental “Blue Flag” recognition.This year, the project plans to cover romeros in San Pedro, Curridabat, La Unión and Cartago, where 41 recycling posts will be located. The Red Cross will also establish 10 permanent posts where ambulances and personnel will be able to care for injured pilgrims, and 25 posts on main streets where auxiliary committees will take care of public security.Planning on walking in this year’s romería? Here are some tips:Wear comfortable clothing and fluorescent colors so drivers can easily see you. Don’t forget your coat, as Cartago can get cold!Wear a hat to avoid sunlight, and thus, a headache. Don’t forget to use sunscreen.Wear comfortable shoes (make sure you have used them before to prevent blisters).Bring extra socks and change them if they get wet.Carry an umbrella for both the rain and the sun.If you are sick, ask your doctor if it is wise to make the trek.Make sure to carry an ID, and try not to travel alone.If you travel with children, look after them at all times and give them a document stating where to contact you in case they get lost.Carry enough water and energy drinks. Try to eat foods rich in potassium, such as bananas and citrus.See photos from last year’s romería here. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

Rep Howrylak participates in billsigning honoring fallen Troy police officer

first_img Categories: Howrylak News,News PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Martin Howrylak, of Troy, this week joined Gov. Rick Snyder for the ceremonial signing of his bill to rename a portion of Interstate 75 in the city of Troy as Officer Martin ‘Marty’ Chivas Memorial Highway. Chivas was killed in 1974 while investigating a burglary at a gas station on Rochester Road and I-75. Chivas was only 24 years old. House Bill 4191 is Public Act 53 of 2018. Standing, from left to right, are Retired Troy Police Officer Mike Kerr; Ray Watts, assistant to Rep. Howrylak; Rep. Howrylak; Troy Police Officer Brenna Yunkari; Troy Police Officer Ben Hancock; Troy Police Officer John Julian; and Troy Police Captain Tom Gordon.### 07Sep Rep. Howrylak participates in bill-signing honoring fallen Troy police officerlast_img read more