Djokovic sub Murray ring rusty on return

first_imgAndy Murray of Great Britain returns the ball to Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during the Mubadala World Tennis Championship 2017 match in Abu Dhabi, on December 29, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / NEZAR BALOUTAndy Murray made his comeback from a nearly five months injury layoff, losing a one-set match to Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut in the Mubadala World Tennis Championship on Friday.The former world number one, winner of three Grand Slam titles, lost 6-2 after filling in for Novak Djokovic, who was a late withdrawal Friday after a recurrence of pain in his right elbow.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Murray did not speak to the media, but told the court-side commentator: “Obviously I made a slow start and Roberto is one of the best players in the world.“When you haven’t competed for a while, it takes time to get up to that pace. I started to feel a bit better towards the end but I need to keep improving for sure.“It was nice to be able to play. I was just planning on stopping here for a couple of days on the way to Australia to get some practice in with the guys.“But obviously it was unfortunate that Novak was not able to play and I was here so I agreed to play a set and obviously I am happy to be able to come out here and play in front of everyone.”South African world No14 Kevin Anderson continued his impressive run of form, dispatching world No5 Dominic Thiem 7-6 (6), 6-4 in one hour and 32 minutes.ADVERTISEMENT Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finals Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Bucks edge Thunder on controversial Antetokounmpo basket OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:44Djokovic wins Laureus Sportsman of Year Award03:30PH’s Rogen Ladon boxing flyweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award The US Open runner-up this year will meet Bautista Agut in the final Saturday after the Spaniard benefited from Djokovic’s late withdrawal from the tournament.The former world No1 Djokovic, winner of 12 Grand Slam titles, was expected to make his comeback after nearly five months of layoff due to an elbow injury, but felt pain in the same spot while practicing and withdrew.Anderson and Thiem traded one break each in the first set before the powerful service game of the tall South African helped him hold sway over the Austrian.Winner of all their three previous head-to-head matches on the ATP Tour, Anderson then broke Thiem in the opening game of the second set, and that proved decisive in the end.In the match to decide the fifth-sixth place, Russia’s Andrey Rublev beat Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta 6-4, 6-2.The highlight of what has traditionally been a men’s exhibition tournament will be the comeback match of the former women’s No1 Serena Williams on Saturday. The 36-year-old American, the most successful player in the history of women’s tennis with 23 grand slam titles, plays the reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a match scheduled to be held before the men’s final.Williams was last seen in action winning the Australian Open this January. She then took a sabbatical and to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anewcenter_img Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson The 30-year-old Scot was last seen in action in his loss to Sam Querrey in Wimbledon and then shut down the season after that to recover from a niggling hip injury.Murray moved gingerly on the court and clearly showed the rust physically, although he never clutched his back or showed any overt signs of still carrying the injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkRefusing to run down several balls in the opening few games, he was more competitive towards the end, the highlight being a 12 minute 15 second battle to hold his serve at 1-5 down.However, the damage was already done as he lost his first two service games to go 0-4 down at one stage. LATEST STORIES Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson MOST READlast_img read more

Five talking points from Serie A

first_img0Shares0000Cristiano Ronaldo slips towards the goal after missing a chance to score hist first goal for Juventus against Lazio. © AFP / Filippo MONTEFORTEMILAN, Italy, Aug 27 – Seven-time reigning champions Juventus beat Lazio 2-0 and last season’s runners-up Napoli came from two goals down to edge AC Milan 3-2 as the Italian league favourites both continued their perfect start to the season with a maximum six points after two games.Here are five talking points from the Italian Serie A league this weekend: – Ronaldo close range miss –Cristiano Ronaldo frustrated after close range miss. © AFP / Marco BERTORELLOCristiano Ronaldo showed his frustration as he missed a chance to score his first goal for Juventus on his debut at Turin’s Allianz Stadium.The former Real Madrid superstar looked certain to open his Serie A account in the 75th minute when a cross came from fellow Portuguese Joao Cancelo and the 33-year-old had the whole goal to aim for.But the ball bounced off Ronaldo’s feet with Croatian Mario Mandzukic just behind to tap into an empty net, to give the champions a 2-0 win after Miralem Pjanic had also scored.Ronaldo threw his hands in the air in disbelief, before turning to Mandzukic to celebrate.“Everyone is waiting for his goal, but I’m happy with what he did and how he is settling in because he is a very humble lad,” said coach Massimiliano Allegri.– Milan clubs suffer meltdowns –Coach Luciano Spalletti furious at Inter Milan meltdown. © AFP / Miguel MEDINABoth Milan clubs have made stuttering starts to the season despite being active on the transfer market this summer. Each threw away two-goal leads at the weekend.Gennaro Gattuso’s AC Milan lost 3-2 to Napoli, coached by his former boss Carlo Ancelotti, in their season opener and Inter were 2-2 by Torino in the San Siro, leaving Luciano Spalletti’s side with just one point from two games.Goals from Torino’s Andrea Belotti and Soualiho Meite cancelled out first-half strikes from Inter’s Croatian World Cup finalist Ivan Perisic and Stefan De Vrij.“These moments have characterised Inter in recent years,” said Spalletti, whose side have returned to the Champions League this season.“We are a team that should be fighting at the top together with four or five other sides. However, to remain at a certain level then we have to build a specific type of mentality.”Milan, meanwhile, whose first game against Genoa was postponed, remain without a point and are off the foot of the table only on goal difference.– Zielinski stars for Napoli –Napoli’s Polish midfielder Piotr Zielinski bagged a brace against AC Milan. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIPolish midfielder Piotr Zielinski scored twice before Dries Mertens came off the bench to grab the winner as Napoli rallied from 2-0 down to beat visiting AC Milan 3-2.Napoli are reportedly ready to offer Zielinski an improved contract extension until 2023. The 24-year-old has a 65 million euros ($75 million) release clause.“Piotr is a top-quality player,” said Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti. “He just needs to be a little less shy. I need to fire him up and give him belief because he’s got talent to burn.”– Higuain pegged back on AC Milan debut –“A vital player” – AC Milan coach praises Argentine forward Gonzalo Higuain. © AFP / Alberto PIZZOLIAC Milan coach Gennaro Gattuso chastised his side for failing to utilise Argentine goal machine Gonzalo Higuain.“We didn’t feed him, he didn’t have chances to score,” blasted Gattuso. “When he touches the ball he always provides quality. Higuain is a vital player for us, we must improve and put him in the best conditions to score goals.”The on-loan 30-year-old forward scored 16 league goals for Juventus last season before making way for Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival, having scored 91 times in 146 matches for Napoli between 2013 and 2016.– That’s my boy –“That’s my boy” – Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone watched as son Giovanni scored for Italian club Fiorentina. © AFP / GABRIEL BOUYSAtletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone was watching from the stands as son Giovanni scored the final goal for Fiorentina, who kicked off their campaign with a 6-1 rout of Chievo.The Tuscans opening match against Sampdoria was postponed because of the Genoa bridge disaster, but they inflicted a second defeat on The Flying Donkeys who also lost the previous week to Juventus.Argentine Simeone, 23, has scored 15 Serie A goals for Fiorentina since joining from Genoa last season.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more