Sunday 30 April 2017

Tennis: Djokovic on song in Paris

Novak Djokovic. Photo: Getty Images
Novak Djokovic. Photo: Getty Images

Novak Djokovic dismissed Ivan Dodig of Croatia 6-4 6-3 in the second round of the Paris Masters yesterday, showing no signs of the shoulder injury that bothered him last weekend in Switzerland.

If Djokovic hadn't played in Paris, he would have lost a $1.6m bonus paid to the year-end No 1 player for appearing in seven of the eight mandatory Masters events. The Serb didn't play in the Shanghai Masters last month because of injury.

Andy Murray and Roger Federer also moved into the third round.

Murray improved his record to 16-0 since the US Open by beating Jeremy Chardy of France 6-2 6-4, while Federer cruised past French wild card Adrian Mannarino 6-2 6-3.

Meanwhile, Amy Bowtell yesterday battled her way to the second round of the ITF Women's Circuit event in Loughborough with a 4-6 6-3 6-3 win over Britain's Aimee Gibson.

Cricket

India claimed an ultimately comfortable five-wicket win in the opening Test against West Indies, but Sachin Tendulkar's wait for a 100th international century goes on.

The 38-year-old Mumbai great became the first man to reach 15,000 Test runs on Tuesday, but remains on 99 centuries after being dismissed for 76 by Devendra Bishoo.

Michael Clarke produced the best innings of his young Australia captaincy, but South Africa edged an enthralling opening day of the first Test at Cape Town.

Clarke stood alone with an unbeaten century to help the tourists reach the close of a day shortened by rain and bad light at 214 for eight.

The 30-year-old defied a seaming Newlands wicket to score rapidly, finishing the day on 107 from 114 balls, all while his team-mates struggled against a Proteas attack led again by Dale Steyn.

Sailing

THE Abu Dhabi team were preparing to begin their massive game of catch-up in the Volvo Ocean Race last night as the restored Azzam departed Alicante, sailing cautiously to the location of her dismasting, where she will resume racing.

The Volvo Ocean Race fleet could remain in reach for the Emirati team, some 750 nautical miles ahead in the Atlantic, where Team Telefonica continues to lead in unusually light conditions.

Irish Independent

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