Monday 18 December 2017

Murray on course for Nadal clash


ANDY MUrrAY'S autumn bandwagon showed no sign of slowing down yesterday as the 24-year-old Scot beat David Nalbandian 6-4 7-5 to earn a meeting with David Ferrer in today's semi-finals of the Japan Open.

Murray is on course for a showdown in tomorrow's final with Rafael Nadal -- the only player to have beaten him in his last 20 matches.

Nadal, who had to dig deep to overcome Santiago Giraldo 7-6, 6-3 yesterday, meets Mardy Fish in today's other semi-final.

McGee turns up heat

to reach semi-finals

James McGee powered his way to the semi-finals of the ITF Men's Futures event in Cordoba, Spain, yesterday. Appearing in his first third-tier Futures tournament after four second-tier Challengers, the 24-year-old Dubliner, who is seeded No 5, beat unseeded Spaniard Ivan Arenas-Gualda 7-5 6-3.

Meanwhile, Amy Bowtell and Briton Lucy Brown bowed out in the doubles semi-finals in the ITF Women's Circuit event in Madrid.

Wozniacki stunned by China collapse

Caroline Wozniacki suffered a humiliating 3-6 6-0 7-6 defeat to Italian Flavia Pennetta in the China Open quarter-finals.

The world No 1's game collapsed in the second set and she was repeatedly left stranded by Pennetta's repertoire of lobs, volleys and baseline returns.

O'Grady's haul sees

Bective collect points


Fly-half Gearoid O'Grady's 14- point haul kicked Bective to their first win of the season against Trinity College in Division 2A of the All-Ireland League at Donnybrook last night, the final score being 19-12 in their favour.

Rangers No 8 John Byrne nipped in just before half-time for a swiftly taken try, converted by fly-half O'Grady, to give them a 13-6 lead.

Trinity captain David Joyce twice narrowed the gap with his third and fourth penalties in the 51st and 62nd minutes, but they were cancelled out each time by similar efforts from O'Grady in the final quarter.

No let-up for Kean as Indian fans vent anger


Blackburn Rovers' ground-breaking friendly against Pune FC in India yesterday was marred by further demonstrations against manager Steve Kean, with Indian supporters displaying 'Kean Out' banners following similar protests at Ewood Park.

A Jason Roberts brace and one from Ruben Rochina secured a 3-0 victory as Blackburn became the first Premier League club to play in India.

Irish Independent

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