Sunday 25 February 2018

Basketball: Stars on show at the Masters

A host of veteran stars will be on show this weekend at the third Galway Masters International Tournament which is being hosted at NUIG Kingfisher in association with Failte Ireland.

The two-day tournament will see a total of 21 men's and women's teams from Spain, Italy, Scotland Northern Ireland, England, Ireland and the US compete to raise funds for worthy causes.

This year promises to be extra special with the attraction of a Masters Team from Madrid. Eight members of the team played for Real Madrid up to U-19 level where they won the Spanish championship in 1991. The team includes two Irishmen, Paul Herrick from Galway and Niall Healy from Dublin.

The beneficiary of this year's event will be Wheelchair Basketball in Galway.

World No 1 Rafael Nadal booked his place in the third round of the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris with a straight sets win over fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.

The top seed came through 7-5 7-5 in one hour 42 minutes to line up a meeting with Jerzy Janowicz.

Third seed David Ferrer also progressed, but he was taken to three sets by Lukas Rosol, eventually winning 6-0 2-6 6-3.

Juan Martin Del Potro, seeded fourth, saw off the challenge of Marin Cilic 6-4 7-6 (7/3) to book a third-round match with Grigor Dimitrov.

Fergal O'Brien made his exit from the International Championship in China following a 6-3 loss to Welshman Ryan Day.

Day's victory over the Dubliner earned him a clash with Joe Perry, who beat Antrim's Mark Allen 6-4.

Veteran Peter Ebdon left world No 1 Neil Robertson reeling, producing a heavy-scoring display against the Australian to reach the quarter-finals.

Ebdon edged a tight deciding frame to topple Robertson 6-5 and set up a clash with Ding Junhui.

Irish Independent

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