Tuesday 20 February 2018

Djokovic too hot for Ferrer

TENNIS

Novak Djokovic beat defending champion David Ferrer 7-5 7-5 to win the Paris Masters and keep alive his hopes of reclaiming the world No 1 spot by the end of the year.

"I knew that coming into the match I was going to have to work for my points," Djokovic said.

"He was not going to give me too many free points. He was going to run for every ball. He's a great competitor, one of the most respected guys on tour because he works hard and he's humble and a very nice person.

"I'm playing at a very high level and have lots of confidence."

Banbridge have to go the long way round if they are to win the Irish Senior Cup for the first time since 1986.

Bann beat Harlequins 8-0 in a one-sided first round tie at Farmer's Cross. The victors were drawn away to Cork C of I in the second round.

Monkstown beat UCC 3-0 in Rathdown to earn a trip to Portadown.

UCD are heading for Hillsborough and a date with Lisnagarvey after seeing off Belfast Instonians.

Meanwhile, Irish star Nikki Evans hit five for UCD against hapless Corinthians in Saturday's 10-1 Electric Ireland Cup success.

She also scored in a 4-0 win over Old Alexandra in yesterday's Leinster League game at Belfield.

IRELAND'S Elite stars will finish 2013 commanding four top-three places in the AIBA World rankings.

Katie Taylor (1), Jason Quigley (2), Michael Conlan (2) and Paddy Barnes (3) are in the top three at light, middle, bantam and fly.

Joe Ward is at 10 in the light-heavy class and Tommy McCarthy nine at heavyweight.

Meanwhile, Phil Sutcliffe Jnr improved to five straight KO wins on Saturday night when he stopped Hungary's Karoly Lakatos in round four at Our Lady's Hall in Drimnagh.

Kildare driver Kevin O'Hara was best of the Irish contingent in the Walter Hayes Trophy Race at Silverstone, finishing third in the Grand Final of the major race that closes the Formula Ford 1600 season.

Elsewhere, Andrew Morris took the Supercar Final at Mondello Park's Rallycross.

Irish Independent

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