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ROME - Canadas Milos Raonic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday to r
23.12.2017, 09:31
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ROME - Canadas Milos Raonic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday to r
ROME - Canadas Milos Raonic defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 7-6 (5), 6-4 on Thursday to reach the Italian Open quarterfinals. Jake Muzzin Jersey . Raonic, the No. 8 seed from Thornhill, Ont., won five of the last six points in the first-set tiebreaker. He picked up a break in the second set en route to his first career victory over the 11th-seeded Frenchman. Tsonga outlasted Raonic in a marathon match at the London Olympics in 2012 and beat him again last year at Indian Wells. Raonic hit seven aces and saved five break point chances on the red clay courts at the Foro Italico. Hell make his fourth Masters 1000 Series quarterfinal appearance of the season Friday against Jeremy Chardy of France. Chardy, who upset Roger Federer of Switzerland in the second round, advanced with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Croatias Ivan Dodig. Raonic has yet to reach a semifinal this year. Also Thursday, Rafael Nadal was pushed to three sets for the second consecutive match before ultimately prevailing to set up a quarterfinal against Andy Murray. The top-ranked Nadal dropped behind a set and a break against Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, then won 11 of the final 12 games to win 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-1 on another windy day at the Foro Italico. "Get used to (it)," Nadal said of his recent struggles. "With the years thats the normal thing. Everybody suffers. Thats part of the sport." At 27, Nadal believed his best days were probably behind him. "At this age, (Bjorn) Borg was doing other things," said Nadal, a 13-time Grand Slam winner. "Its not possible to win for 10 years with easy scores and easy matches. At the same time, Im sure I can do much better than I am doing." Nadal was looking forward to facing Murray for the first time in more than two years. "I play against one of the top players in the world after two tough days," Nadal said. "If I play well Im going to have my chances, if not Im going to spend the weekend (at home) in Mallorca." Murray eliminated Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-6 (1), 6-4 to celebrate his 27th birthday. In an upset, the seemingly ageless Tommy Haas beat third-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka 5-7, 6-2, 6-3. On the womens side, Maria Sharapovas 12-match winning streak — which included titles in Stuttgart and Madrid — ended with a 6-1, 6-4 loss to Ana Ivanovic. Showing no signs of trouble from the left thigh injury that forced her to withdraw from Madrid, defending champion Serena Williams cruised past fellow American Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-2. Pushed for three hours by Gilles Simon to nearly midnight a day earlier, Nadal didnt generate the usual depth with his groundstrokes, and began to take control only when Youzhny started committing more unforced errors. "The conditions were very impossible," said Nadal, a seven-time Rome champion. "You always have to find the positive thing. I was able to play with the right motivation even if the feeling was not perfect." Nadal consistently ran around his backhand, a shot that also caused him concern in recent losses to David Ferrer and Nicolas Almagro in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, respectively. Of Nadals 29 winners, only two of them came with his backhand. Haas, the oldest player in the draw at 36, used his expertise to give Wawrinka trouble with heavy topspin. Haas last beat a top-10 player more than a year ago in Miami, where he took out then-No. 1 Novak Djokovic. "These things dont happen too often anymore, so when I take them Im really proud of them," the German said. He has been winning this week in Rome for the first time since he lost the 2002 final to Andre Agassi. Wawrinka cited a back injury that occurred in colder conditions during his opening win. "I couldnt move too well," he said. "Its really nothing serious. Its just painful and I need some rest — maybe a few days." Wawrinka has made a great start by winning the Australian Open and the Monte Carlo Masters but another early exit in last weeks Madrid Open leaves his form in question with the French Open starting in 10 days. Haas quarterfinal opponent will be Grigor Dimitrov, who at 22 is the youngest player in the top 20. Dimitrov rallied past sixth-seeded Tomas Berdych 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-2. Fifth-seeded David Ferrer beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 6-3 and will meet either Novak Djokovic or Philipp Kohlschreiber, who were playing late. In womens play, second-seeded Li Na defeated Sam Stosur 6-3, 6-1 and will next meet Sara Errani of Italy, who kept the crowd content by beating Czech qualifier Petra Cetkovska 6-4, 7-6 (3). Also, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska eliminated Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 6-1, and will play 2007 and 2008 Rome champion Jelena Jankovic, who got by Flavia Pennetta 6-2, 6-3. Rogie Vachon Jersey . For one, he still gets to crank the intensity to the max. "I push pretty angry. I ran pretty angry too though, but I have fun doing it," Lumsden said. Marcel Dionne Jersey . Its a blessing and a burden for nine sons of former NHL players who are all expected to be taken in the first four rounds of the draft this weekend. . The Italian football federation announced the appointment, three days after new president Carlo Tavecchio was elected. Tavecchio and Conte spoke on the phone early Thursday.SEATTLE – The Blue Jays arrived at Safeco Field for Wednesdays series finale against the Mariners knowing the importance of leaving the Pacific Northwest with a victory. “You dont want to get swept, period, especially by a team thats ahead of you in the standings,” said Casey Janssen. “Is it a must-win? No. Is it an important game? Absolutely. Being one game back sounds a heck of a lot better than being three.” Janssens right. The term “must win” gets thrown around too much, anyway, but there is a sweeter smell to bolting Seattle down a game to the Mariners (and two to the Tigers, who beat the Pirates on Wednesday). Being three behind Seattle would carry with it a less appealing stench. With less than 40 games to go, this is one of those swing games in the standings. “I think this is a big game for us, I really do,” said manager John Gibbons. “You dont want to come in here and get swept. They shut us down pretty good the last two games. We made a little run late last night but we came up short. Its a big game for us. Its the team we came in here tied with. Its a big game for us.” After a 15-11 July, the Blue Jays are 3-8 in August. Theyve scored only 30 runs, an average of 2.7 runs per game. Thats not going to get it done. Part of the clubs recent struggles has to do with the quality of starting pitching its faced. Toronto hung close when last years Cy Young award winner, Max Scherzer, started for the Tigers on Saturday and came back to win against relievers Joe Nathan and Joba Chamberlain. On Sunday, the Jays trailed 5-0 in the sixth against David Price but slowly chipped away, tying the game off of Chamberlain with two outs in the ninth and then winning in a franchise-record setting 19 innings. Outings against Seattles “King” Felix Hernandez on Monday and Chris Young on Tuesday were less favourable. Baseballs daily grind is a blessing to players in this respect: theres no time to cling to the sorrow of a difficult loss the night before. Alec Martinez Jersey. “I feel like every time this team wins a game, we could win 10 in a row and every time we lose, it stings a lot and you wonder if youre going to be able to get out of that rut the next day or not,” said Janssen. “We played a good series against Detroit and Im sure everyone was hoping that would carry over into this series. Say what you will about 19 innings and traveling across the country, the last two games havent gone our way. Credit those guys for their pitching performances.” Entering Wednesdays action, the Tigers and Mariners were on pace to win 87 games. The Orioles, the AL East leader, stood to achieve 93 victories. The Jays need to go 27-14 to win 90 games, 24-17 to win 87. The players focus is on winning series. “If we can take two out of three the rest of the way, well be in good shape,” said Janssen. “You dont want to get into breaking down the numbers because sometimes that can seem like a taller task than take the series, take the series, take the series and see where you end up at the end of the day.” What if the Jays lose in Seattle on Wednesday? What if they get swept in front of a hometown crowd in a faraway place? “The seasons not over,” said Janssen. No Change in Rotation Despite off days on Thursday, Monday and next Thursday, John Gibbons wont be changing the order of his starting rotation. There was some thought to giving the young kids, Drew Hutchison and Marcus Stroman, some extra down time, but that wont be happening. Stroman, Mark Buehrle and Hutchison will go as scheduled beginning on Friday when the Jays open a three-game set with the Chicago White Sox. J.A. Happ and R.A. Dickey will then start in the two-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers starting next Tuesday. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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