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No grand slam winners but France have impressive depth PARIS: France have a real chance of beating Switzerland in the Davis Cup final, even if Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka will stand in their way.While the Swiss, who will play away, rely on the fitness of grand slam champions Federer and Wawrinka in the singles, the less illustrious French can boast impressive strength in depth.Les Bleus, who knocked out holders Czech Republic 4-1 in the semi-final, have five top 30 players to choose from - an important consideration as yet another energy-sapping season draws to an end."France can choose the clay again, and they have five top players, so it's 50-50," said Czech captain Jaroslav Navratil.Against the Czech Republic, who had won the two previous editions of the competition, France captain Arnaud Clement opted to leave Gael Monfils out of the first singles despite - or perhaps because of - his fine run at the US Open, where he ...

Casey fends off Dyson to claim KLM Open victory AMSTERDAM: England's Paul Casey withstood a late surge from compatriot Simon Dyson to win his 13th European Tour title at the KLM Open on Sunday.Casey started the day four shots behind overnight leader Romain Wattel but the Englishman carded a four-under-par 66 at the Kennemer Golf Club in Zandvoort to finish in a total of 266.Three-time tournament winner Dyson finished one shot off the lead after making a late surge up the standings thanks to ...

Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final GENEVA: Roger Federer secured Switzerland's place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy's Fabio Fognini in Geneva on Sunday.Roared on by a capacity crowd in the Palexpo Arena, Federer dismantled world number 17 Fognini 6-2 6-3 7-6 (4) in just under two hours to give the Swiss an unassailable 3-1 lead.Switzerland, who lost to the United States in their only other Davis Cup final appearance, ...

Groth, Kyrgios seal 5-0 win for Australia over Uzbekistan PERTH: Nick Kyrgios and Sam Groth wrapped up a 5-0 clean sweep for Australia in their Davis Cup World Group play-off against Uzbekistan in Perth on Sunday.Big-serving Groth, replacing Lleyton Hewitt, launched his Davis Cup career with a 6-3, 6-2 win over world number 527 Temur Ismailov in 63 minutes.Teenager Kyrgios made even lighter work of world number 736 Sanjar Fayziev, posting a 6-1, 6-1 demolition in just 39 minutes.The win means 28-time Davis Cup ...

Wallabies lose hooker Polota-Nau for the season GOLD COAST: The Wallabies' hooker woes intensified Sunday with news that Tatafu Polota-Nau is set to miss the rest of the season and may need ankle surgery.Scans have shown Polota-Nau suffered a syndesmosis (high ankle sprain) injury in the first half of Saturday's 32-25 Rugby Championship win over Argentina on the Gold Coast and he faces two months on the sidelines.It is a major blow for both Australia and the injury-plagued New South Wales hooker, ...

Mayweather tweaks game plan to beat Maidana LAS VEGAS: Undefeated boxer Floyd Mayweather scoffed at claims he is showing signs of aging, saying he's kept his perfect record intact because of his ability to make mid-fight adjustments. Mayweather won his second-straight fight over Marcos Maidana, beating the Argentine slugger by a unanimous decision Saturday at the MGM Grand Hotel to retain his World Boxing Council and World Boxing Association 147-pound titles. "I can't say what aging felt like. I felt like the ...

Bruce critical of Newcastle talk LONDON: Hull boss Steve Bruce has scoffed at reports saying he could replace under-fire Alan Pardew as manager of Newcastle saying they were "disrespectful" to the current incumbent.Pardew's position became ever-more precarious following the 4-0 thumping that the Magpies endured on Saturday at SouthamptonThe 53-year-old coach, who has a contract at Newcastle until 2020, deciding to skip the post-match press conference at St Mary's.But Bruce, all too familiar with managerial life in the northeast after ...


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