Tuesday 20 March 2018

Tsonga too hot to handle for Federer


Jo-Wilfried Tsonga brushed Roger Federer aside 7-6 4-6 6-1 yesterday to book his place in an unlikely quarter-final line-up at the Montreal Masters.

Federer came into the third-round tie seeking revenge on the Frenchman, who dashed his bid for a seventh Wimbledon crown five weeks ago.

Federer's exit capped a surprising few days on the Canadian hardcourts, with three of the world's top four failing to reach the quarter-finals.

World No 2 Rafa Nadal and No 4 Andy Murray both lost their opening matches to leave Novak Djokovic as the only former champion left in the draw.

IRELAND'S Amy Bowtell captured the doubles title in the ITF Women's Circuit event in Gijon, Spain, without hitting a ball in yesterday's final.

Bowtell and Britain's Lucy Brown, the No 4 seeds, were given a walkover when the top seeds, Britain's Amanda Carreras and Venezuela's Andrea Gamiz, were unable to take to the court after Carreras sustained a leg injury in her singles semi-final.

And 17-year-old Greystones native Bowtell might well have clinched a place in that singles decider, but for the fact that she sustained a foot injury during her semi-final clash against Romania's Diana Stomlega.

After the first two sets were tied, 731-ranked Bowtell injured her foot early in the third set, and 717-ranked Stomlega went on to prevail on a 1-6 7-6 (7/2) 7-5 scoreline.


BATH have completed the signing of New Zealand out-half Stephen Donald on a three-year deal. The 27-year-old, who has 22 international caps, arrives at the Rec from Super 15 side Chiefs.

Doubts were cast over his move to the Premiership because RFU rules state foreign players must have featured for their country in the last 15 months, and Donald has not played for the All Blacks since September 2009. But, after an appeal, Donald was given an endorsement to play in England.

Donald was left out of Graham Henry's provisional World Cup squad, making it highly unlikely he will play any part in the competition.

Irish Independent

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