Sunday 17 December 2017

Sport in Brief - Federer gets the better of Karlovic

Roger Federer hits a backhand against Ivo Karlovic (not pictured)
Roger Federer hits a backhand against Ivo Karlovic (not pictured)

Roger Federer caused the Ivo Karlovic service machine to malfunction last night as he got the better of him at the Sony Open in Miami.

The former World No 1 used his own serve to get the better of the 35-year-old ace specialist, winning 95 per cent of points on his first delivery and 92 per cent on his second.

He had the match wrapped up by a score of 6-4 7-6 (7/4) in just 75 minutes. Federer, the 2005 and 2006 champion, will meet Fernando Verdasco or Thiemo de Bakker in the third round.

Joining him will be Novak Djokovic, with the second seed in good touch against Jeremy Chardy.

The second seed outserved the Frenchman, sending down eight aces and winning 70 per cent of the points on his first serve en route to a 6-4 6-3 success. The number four seed, David Ferrer, was also victorious, seeing off Teymuraz Gabashvili 6-4 6-0.


Joe Tizzard has announced his immediate retirement from the saddle, believing it is "time to move on."

Tizzard, who sprang to fame in the late '90s through his association with Paul Nicholls, had been scheduled to be in action at Newbury yesterday for two rides. However, the 34-year-old decided in the morning he was not going to take up those mounts and called it a day.

The Grade One-winning rider, famed in recent seasons for his association with the top-class Cue Card on which he won the Cheltenham Bumper, has had just 11 winners this season.


NUI Maynooth's Declan Loftus claimed the biggest victory of his career in a memorable finale to the Irish Inter-varsity Championship at The Heritage in Killenard, Co Laois.

Loftus defeated University of Ulster's Tiarnan McLarnon, the reigning Irish Youths champion, in a dramatic play-off that required four holes of sudden death.

In the play-off, the first two holes were halved in pars and then McLarnon missed from five feet for what would have been a winning par at the third.

At the short fourth, McLarnon's tee shot finished 30 feet behind the flag, while Loftus played his approach to within 12 feet. McLarnon made a decent effort at his putt, but Loftus finished like a champion, rolling in his birdie two to clinch the title.

UCD's Chloe Ryan won the Ladies championship by six shots from defending champion Paula Grant (Lisburn).


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