Wednesday 25 April 2018

Djokovic pain is Nadal's gain

tennis rugby

World No 1 Rafael Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic 7-5 6-2 at the ATP World Tour Finals in London last night after the Serb suffered eye trouble.

What had been an intense battle became a stroll for Nadal after World No 3 Djokovic needed treatment for a problem with his contact lenses.

Nadal broke serve at five games all to take the first set and showed no mercy as he seized two breaks in an anti-climactic second set, which sped by in 36 minutes.

The Spaniard closed out victory when Djokovic wafted a return out and now leads Group A with two victories.

Meanwhile, Colin O'Brien yesterday progressed to the second round of the ITF Futures event in Opava, Czech Republic. The 26-year-old Dubliner beat Jakub Lustyk 7-6 (7/2) 6-2.

Two second-half tries from No 8 Conor Murphy secured the Connacht Schools Senior League title for Coláiste Iognáid after a 26-11 replay victory over Calasanctius College, Oranmore at the Sportsground yesterday.

After drawing 5-5 in the first final, Jes were dominant from the off and 14 minutes in, lock Jordan Healy powered over from close range, with Robert Butler converting.

That lead was doubled when full-back Nils Murphy scored a wonderful solo try.

Penalties either side of half-time from Jonathon Kelliher gave the Oranmore side a chance, but Murphy's two excellent tries put Jes in total control. Sean O'Brien scored a late consolation try.

Coláiste Iognáid -- N Murphy (C Darcy 68); R Butler (S Knight 68), F Bourne (S Fahy 68), B Dixon, C Divilly (R Browne 59); D Cunnane (J Dooley 59), P Power; B Madden (S Fallon 26 (G Hanley 56)), D Wilkinson, R Brennan; J Healy, J O'Donnell; M Burke, J Kennedy, C Murphy.

Calasanctius College -- J Kelliher; C Whyte (M Kavanagh 55), S O'Brien, P O'Donnell (A Kavanagh 68), B O'Connell; R Burke, R O'Donnell; C Folan (T Huxford 61), S Dunne (J Lardner 68), E Breen (K Finneran 68), C Considine (M Daly 51), J Caulfield; P Hackett, E Grealish, B Huxford.

Ref -- D Flood (CBIRFU).

Irish Independent

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