Monday 23 April 2018

Federer cruises into Masters last eight

TENNIS

World No 6 Roger Federer outclassed Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Paris Masters to set up a quarter-final clash with Juan Martin Del Potro.

Federer, who had already secured his place at next week's World Tour Finals in London, beat the German 6-3 6-4. Fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka and Frenchman Richard Gasquet will join Federer in London after Milos Raonic lost to Tomas Berdych.

Raonic was the last remaining player who could have made a late move into the line-up for the season-ending tournament, which features the top eight players of the year – minus the injured Andy Murray.

Second seed Novak Djokovic was tested by John Isner but eventually prevailed 6-7 (5/7) 6-1 6-2.

The Australian Open champion (26) will face Wawrinka – a man who took the Serb to five sets in a thrilling US Open semi-final in September – for a place in the last four.

ENGLAND SUFFER IN ASHES WARM-UP

England endured a chastening first day of their Ashes tour as a Western Australia Chairman's XI made 369-4.

Chris Lynn scored 104 and three other batsmen passed 50 as England's seam attack was made to suffer at the Waca.

James Anderson took 1-31 from 16 overs but fellow pacemen Steven Finn, Boyd Rankin and Chris Tremlett took one wicket between them for 245 runs.

England are chasing a fourth consecutive Ashes series win, beginning on November 21, something they have not achieved in over a century.

RED SOX CONQUER THE WORLD ON HOME SOIL

Boston Red Sox won the World Series with a 6-1 victory over St Louis Cardinals in game six at Fenway Park.

Boston have now landed three Major League titles in 10 seasons, following an 86-year drought which ended in 2004, when they also beat the Cardinals. The last time the Red Sox won the World Series at home, their side included the legendary Babe Ruth.

The subsequent sale of Ruth, baseball's greatest star, to the New York Yankees was said to have initiated the infamous 'Curse of the Bambino' which Boston took more than eight decades to break.

Irish Independent

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