Thursday 14 November 2019

In brief: Gasquet sends Federer crashing


Roger Federer failed to make the quarter-finals of a tournament for the first time in a year when he was knocked out of the Rome Masters by Frenchman Richard Gasquet yesterday.

The world No 3 took the first set 6-4 but lost the next two against the 16th seed on tiebreaks (7-2 and 7-4) in a superb match of clean-hitting strokes.

"I should never have lost this match," said the 16-time Grand Slam champion. "I had multiple chances but I couldn't make the difference."

World No 1 Rafa Nadal returned to form with a 6-4 6-2 win over fellow Spaniard Feliciano Lopez despite almost withdrawing with a fever, and fourth seed Andy Murray also progressed.

* IRISH duo Sam Barry and Barry King yesterday powered their way to the doubles final in the ITF Futures event in Adana, Turkey.

Limerick's Barry and Dubliner King, the No 2 seeds, sent Belgian pair Gaetan de Lovinfosse and Alexandre Folie, the No 4 seeds, packing on an emphatic 6-3 6-1 scoreline.

Today, Barry and King face the unseeded pairing of Egypt's Mohamed Safwat and Syria's Issam Al Taweel, who shocked the No 3 seeds in the semi-finals.


Ken Egan will be looking to bounce back from Wednesday's round-robin defeat when he meets Britain's 2005 World Cadet champion Obed Mbwakongo in Germany tonight.

Ireland will take on Team GB over nine bouts in Schwedt Oder having being edged out by Germany in Cottbuss on Wednesday.

Egan lost to Tyron Zuege in that meeting as Germany, who are using two squads at the Round Robin, claimed a 5-4 win. Ireland and Team GB are taking part in a training camp and round-robin dust-up with the Germans in Frankfurt Oder.

Ireland were originally slated to meet Germany -- who beat Team GB 8-2 on Wednesday -- again today but will instead meet the hosts on Sunday.


The Maguire twins, Lisa and Leona, are set to make their debuts at the ISPS Handa Portugal Ladies Open at Campo Real from today.

Leona was invited to play in the professional Ladies European Tour event as the reigning Portuguese Ladies Amateur Open champion, having won the title at nearby Aroeira in January.

She agreed to play this week's event on the condition that Lisa could come along.

The 16-year-old sisters from Slieve Russell are making their fourth appearance in a professional Ladies European Tour event.

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