Wimbledon 2017: Roger Federer eases past Dusan Lajovic into third round

first_imgRoger Federer has risen above mere mortals on Wimbledon’s lawns over the past 14 years so it was almost comforting to learn the king of cool had an attack of nerves before his second-round match on Thursday.Usually so serene on his Centre Court stage, the 35-year-old Swiss was visibly snatching at some shots early on against 79th-ranked Serb Dusan Lajovic and dropped his first service game before ironing out the kinks to win 7-6(0) 6-3 6-2.His record-extending 86th win at the All England Club put him closer to becoming the first man to claim eight Wimbledon singles titles, having first lifted the trophy in 2003, but it was far from a routine day at the office for the 35-year-old.”I was feeling nerves for some reason. Not sure why,” third seed Federer, who will face German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev in round three, told reporters.”It was definitely more acute than I normally feel it. It was just like all of a sudden I was walking up to the locker room after my warm-up and I was feeling excited and nervous.”Then when I walked to the court it was still ongoing and after the warm-up it was still there. And down 1-0, 0-40, it was still there, and it was still there at 6-6 in the first set.”Just took a while to shake it off.”NERVOUS TENSIONThat Federer still has nervous tension after winning 18 majors is perhaps the strongest argument to suggest he can reclaim the title he last won in 2012.advertisementHe is clearly not a man just playing out the last few years of his magnificent career for fun.”It’s weird how sometimes you can be way more nervous for a second round than for a final,” he said. “I’m happy I got through this one feeling the way I did, because in a way it’s strange playing this way when you’re so tense.”His early-evening match became a piece of cake after he demoralised Lajovic with a masterful tiebreak.Lajovic had played admirably to stay with Federer throughout the first set and even led by an early break.The 27-year-old Serb must have felt he was in with a chance as the tiebreak began but Federer played seven scintillating points to finally calm the nerves.With dark clouds looming overhead the Swiss looked in a hurry to get the job done and broke early in the second set.The third set was one-way traffic and Federer sealed victory with his ninth ace.last_img read more


first_imgA benefit to help send a group of local Special Olympians to a national bowling tournament will take place this Sunday in Sioux City.Rudy Navarette will host the event in his Riverside restaurant to help send the group to Seattle in July for the 2018 Special Olympics Games:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BOWLING.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………room and board. ;22Ten people from Sioux City will make the trip to Seattle to participate.Navarette also plans to hold a silent auction at the event Sunday.He says he is proud to help the Special Olympians in what will be the trip of their lifetimes:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/BOWLING2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……..cool deal for everybody. :16Tickets for the taco bar at $10 each and Navarette says people may also make donations to help the Special Olympians if they are not able to attend.Again the event is Sunday from 11am-8pm at 2421 Riverside Boulevard.Photo providedlast_img read more

Filipe Luis: More players should be like Pique

first_imgAtlético Madrid More players should speak their mind like Pique, says Filipe Luis Ryan Benson Last updated 2 years ago 00:19 10/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) pique-cropped Getty Images Atlético Madrid Barcelona Atlético Madrid v Barcelona Primera División The outspoken Barca defender has split opinion recently with his public statements, but Filipe Luis affirmed he is right to state his beliefs Atletico Madrid defender Filipe Luis commended Barcelona’s Gerard Pique for speaking his mind with regards to the recent Catalan independence referendum, saying that more footballers should be like him.Centre-back Pique has not been far from the headlines in recent weeks, with the 30-year-old coming out in support of the disputed vote without aligning himself with either side in the debate.Atletico to beat Barca & over 3.5 goals 9/1 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Despite refusing to publicly back the yes or no campaigns, some Spanish football fans jeered Pique during an open training session while away on international duty, with sections of their support questioning his commitment to Spain.Filipe Luis, who will face Pique when Barcelona visit Atletico on Saturday, has come out in support of the former Manchester United youngster’s attitude.Speaking to El Mundo, Filipe Luis said: “I am a fan of Pique, although I often disagree with what he says.”But he dares, like [Alvaro] Arbeloa. They are people who are not afraid to say what they think, who do not hide behind their fame.”They are admirable and hopefully more footballers will be like them.”But the Brazilian, who has spent most of the last 12 years in Spain, cannot fathom the region’s desire to split from the country.He added: “It [the referendum] is a subject that I follow daily and I cannot understand.”I respect it, but in a world that tends to unite and open frontiers, it doesn’t sound right to me that a community wants to close itself.”I guess it’s because I have the vision of a Brazilian and in Brazil, with all its flaws, if the national anthem sounds, people are proud.”Left, right, it does not matter. People are proud of being Brazilian and something I cannot understand is why that doesn’t happen here [in Spain].”Why do you want to separate? What do you think will be better?”last_img read more