Tuesday 16 January 2018

Murray bites dust in Madrid Open

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Andy Murray tumbled out of the Madrid Open last night after losing his third-round match with Thomaz Bellucci in straight sets.

World No 4 Murray, who had never before faced his Brazilian opponent, was beaten 6-4 6-2.

Murray had three break points in the first set but failed to take any of them, while Bellucci boasted a 100pc record as he broke the Scot three times, once in the final game of the first set and twice in the second set.

Bellucci, the world No 36, will now play seventh seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

Meanwhile, Irish duo Sam Barry and Daniel Glancy yesterday powered their way to the doubles semi-finals in the ITF Men's Futures event in Tarsus, Turkey. They will now take on Spain's Carlos Calderon-Rodriguez and Marc Giner for a place in the final.

Colin Lynch finished second in the C2 Road Race at the UCI Para-Cycling Road World Cup in Sydney to add to Mark Rohan's brilliant gold in the H1 Road Race.

Lynch put in a great performance holding on to an early break by the C3 Riders, and although he was eventually dropped by this group, he had built up a sufficient lead on the chasing C2 group and was able to hold on for silver.

Following the race, Lynch said: "I am delighted with the result and I am looking forward now to the Time Trial." Lynch, Cathal Miller and Rohan will all compete in the Time Trial tomorrow.

Fernando Alonso says Ferrari will make a step forward at the Turkish Grand Prix but will not yet be at the front.

His team-mate Felipe Massa said Ferrari must improve after a poor start to the season had left them languishing behind title rivals Red Bull and McLaren.

Alonso said: "We have some new parts here. It's an improvement, but it's not a revolution.Step-by-step we are trying to close the gap."

The Spaniard said he expected the car to be "a couple of 10ths" of a second faster than in the Chinese Grand Prix three weeks ago.

KEN EGAN has replaced World Youth champion Joe Ward on the Irish squad for next week's training camp and round robin with Germany and Britain in Frankfurt.

Ward picked up a stomach bug and welterweight champion Adam Nolan has also withdrawn because of injury and has been replaced by Willie McLaughlin. Paddy Barnes, Darren O'Neill and Ray Moylette have also been included.

Meanwhile, European bronze medallists Eric Donovan and John Joe Joyce have been named on the Irish squad for tomorrow's clash with Poland in Warsaw, along with their St Michael's Athy team-mate Davey Joe Joyce. Chris Phelan replaces Ryan Burnett, who pulled out with an injury, while Ex-Elite champion Declan Geraghty doubles up at flyweight.


Irish Independent

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