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Falling hero Wawrinka holds off Robredo to reach US Open quarter-finals NEW YORK: Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka battled cramps and a frightening fall on Monday but emerged with a gutsy four-set victory over Tommy Robredo and a US Open quarter-final place.The Swiss third seed fired 18 aces and saved two set points in the third-set tiebreaker to emerge with a 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9/7), 6-2 triumph.He was already struggling physically when he sailed into the courtside seats in the Louis Armstrong Stadium in the third set, diving at full stretch for a ball."It was crazy a little bit when I arrived in the stand, because it never happened to me," he said. "It was quite a bad fall, but I'm lucky I didn't have any big problem with that."I was already struggling physically, so was it was nothing from the fall. I think I was quite lucky with that."Wawrinka said it was mental toughness that saw him through."Mentally I was ...

Contador sets sights on Vuelta victory MADRID: Two-time Tour of Spain champion Alberto Contador has publicly admitted for the first time that he can compete to win the race for a third time just a month after suffering a broken shinbone.The Tinkoff-Saxo rider had originally ruled himself out of even taking part in his homeland after complications in the healing of the wound he suffered in crashing out of the Tour de France.However, he has looked in fine shape during the ...
Defending champ Serena Williams reaches quarter: finals NEW YORK: Two-times defending champion Serena Williams rode her big serve to a 6-3 6-3 victory over Kaia Kanepi of Estonia to advance to the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday. Williams won every one of her first serve points in the opening set, including six aces, as she pounded in 63 percent of them and never faced break point in the set. The second set saw both players struggle on serve, with a ...
Ronaldo raises questions about Real transfer policy MADRID: Cristiano Ronaldo appeared to offer a criticism of Real Madrid president Florentino Perez on Monday by saying the club's transfer policy would probably be different if he was in charge.After winning a record-extending 10th European Cup crown last season, when dressing-room heavyweight Ronaldo was the team's top scorer, Real sold midfielders Xabi Alonso and Angel Di Maria and brought in Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez. The departure of Alonso to Bayern Munich, in particular, ...
Real take Hernandez on loan from United MADRID: Real Madrid have moved to broaden their options in attack by agreeing to sign Mexico striker Javier Hernandez on loan from Manchester United for the 2014-15 season. The European champions have an option to buy the 26-year-old Hernandez, who is known as "Chicharito" (little pea) and will provide backup for Real's first-choice striker Karim Benzema, a France international. Hernandez, valued at 14 million euros ($18.4 million) on website, passed a medical and was ...
Italian Rossi suffers another knee injury MILAN: Fiorentina and Italy forward Giuseppe Rossi is to have yet another operation, this time an arthroscopy, on his troubled right knee, the Serie A club said on Monday. "A diagnostic arthroscopic intervention is necessary to solve the current problem of overload on the right knee," the club said in a statement. The 27-year-old United States-born forward complained of discomfort in the knee last month and did not play in Fiorentina's opening Serie A match ...
No experimentation for France against Spain: Deschamps PARIS: France coach Didier Deschamps admits there is unlikely to be much experimentation with his team in Thursday's friendly against Spain at the Stade de France.Deschamps said his starting line-up could be the same as that which played in the World Cup quarter-final defeat to Germany in Rio de Janeiro on July 4."I have not yet seen how everyone is between those who have been playing and those who haven't," said Deschamps as the France ...


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