Djokovic, Nadal, Hit Round Two


first_imgAUSTRALIAN OPENDefending champion Novak Djokovic reached the second round of the Australian Open by beating Spain’s Fernando Verdasco in straight sets. The 12-time Grand Slam champion secured a 6-1 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 victory in an entertaining match in Melbourne.World number nine Rafael Nadal earlier reached the second round with a commanding display.The injury-hit Spaniard, who lost in the first round last year, beat Germany’s Florian Mayer 6-3 6-4 6-4.World number two Djokovic will next face Denis Istomin or Ivan Dodig while Nadal, attempting to win his first Grand Slam title since 2014, will play Marcos Baghdatis.Djokovic, 29, was hardly stretched as he took the first set inside 31 minutes as Verdasco, who received warm support from the crowd, badly mistimed several shots.But Verdasco broke straight away in the second set, putting Djokovic under pressure. He eventually forced a tie-break despite a slew of unforced errors.However, his inconsistency meant he could not capitalise on Djokovic’s errors and the Serb went on to secure his place in the second round.“It feels like home,” said Djokovic. “It feels like coming to the place where I have an amazing number of incredible memories.“When I saw the draw I thought to myself, this is going to be the only match I could focus on.”Nadal, 30, had played just four matches since September’s US Open after struggling last year with a wrist injury.He dominated Mayer from the start, taking just over two hours to secure a straight-set victory in 39 degree heat.“I was healthy enough to practise the way I wanted to, so that’s important for me,” Nadal added.“I’ve had a longer period of time here in Australia, it was great experience and I was able to play in Brisbane.”Third seed Milos Raonic went through with a comfortable 6-3 6-4 6-2 victory over Germany’s Dustin Brown.The 26-year-old Canadian, a semi-finalist last year, hit 18 aces and 46 winners, and will next face either Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller or American Taylor Fritz.Brisbane International champion Grigor Dimitrov beat Australia’s Christopher O’Connell 7-6(2) 6-3 6-3, while France’s Richard Gasquet also advanced after a 6-4 6-4 6-2 over Australian Blake Mott.Croatia’s Ivo Karlovic and Argentine Horacio Zeballos played out a mammoth match on court 19 lasting five hours and 14 minutes.Karlovic, the 20th seed, eventually took the fifth set 22-20 after a total of 84 games. He won 118 of the 226 points played.The match, which Karlovic won 6-7 (6-8) 3-6 7-5 6-2 22-20, is the longest at the Australian Open in terms of games since tie-breaks were introduced for the first four sets in the 1970s.It is the joint-second longest in terms of time, alongside Nadal’s semi-final win over Verdasco in 2009 and behind only Djokovic’s defeat of Nadal in the 2012 final.However, it falls almost six hours short of the longest match in history – John Isner taking 11 hours and five minutes to beat Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010 in a match decided 70-68 in the final set.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Ayew on top of the world? – Fans excited as Black Stars forwards start season in style


first_imgWell played once again, my opinion of you and some others wasn’t great when we’re relegated but I can’t fault your efforts so far this season! Well done Andre— Garry Leech (@garryleechswans) August 22, 2019 The Ayew brothers are two of the most divisive players to pull on Ghana’s national team jersey.One minute, they are the toast of fans and can’t do any wrong in their eyes. The next, the two aren’t good enough or committed enough. and don’t deserve a place in the team.This isn’t limited to just the Black Stars either. The divide opinion even in their club sides.However, after a brilliant start to the season, both players are fast becoming cult heroes at their respective clubs.Having both played at French club Marseille before securing big moves to the Premier League, the pair was set to light up the league.Ayew quickly became a fan favourite at Swansea and secured a big-money transfer to West Ham.After a short but productive time at the East London club, Ayew returned to Swansea as the Welsh side looked to retain their Premier League status.Jordan started off at Aston Villa in the Premier League where, despite scoring seven goals, he couldn’t stop them from going down.Following a season in the Championship, Jordan also moved to Swansea.After their relegation, however, many fans began to question the commitment of the brothers as both sought a path out of the club and back into the top flight.Jordan moved to Crystal Palace on loan while Andre signed a temporary deal with Turkish club Fenerbahçe.This summer, Jordan’s move to Palace was made permanent, while Andre looked destined to make a move away from the Liberty Stadium.Scourge of Man Utd Jordan’s goalscoring record has been ammo for his critics as he scored on two goals for Crystal Palace on loan last season.Jordan strokes the ball past David de Gea for Crystal Palace’s opener against Man UnitedHowever his work rate has never been in doubt, and his start to the season clearly shows that.In Palace’s first game of the season, a 0-0 draw with Everton, Jordan was praised for his performance and was named Man of The Match.In the 1-0 loss to Sheffield United, there was an uproar from Eagles fans as Jordan was dropped to the bench by Roy Hodgson in favour of Christian Benteke.He was restored to the starting lineup against Man United and justified it with a fantastic first 45 minutes, scoring the goal that looked to be the winner until the late flurry which saw Palace win 2-1 at Old Trafford.Jordan celebrates scoring Crystal Palace’s opener against Man UnitedHe was voted the Man of The Match by Palace fans yet again for his performance and a number of them had praise for him afterwards, begging Hogdson to keep him in the first eleven. Nothing will be gained until If is done. We don’t expect you to stay but we need you to stay this season. We need you beyond January. Have faith as we have with you. Something special is happening— Nigel Thomas (@Tomtomthomas25) August 22, 2019 Bossing the ChampionshipAndre’s performances for the Welsh club at the start of the season have had fans reconsidering their calls for him to leave and praying for the window to shut.Some have also taken to Twitter to appeal to the Black Stars captain to stay at the club.Andre Ayew scores against NorthamptonA number of them believe that keeping Andre and teammate, Borja Baston who has also discovered a new lease of life would almost certainly guarantee promotion back up to the Premier League.Swansea have played five games this season, Andre Ayew has played four of them, and has been influential in each.Against Northampton, he scored twice as Swansea came from behind to win in the EFL Cup.Andre playing for Swansea against QPRHe played a huge role in the 3-2 win over Preston before providing two assists as the Swans beat QPR on Wednesday. Against Birmingham, Andre Ayew may not have scored but he might have as he had a header saved and then fired over the bar.His performances have had Swansea fans buzzing and has left many of them wondering whether only one Ayew leaving this summer might be enough.center_img Excellent. Keep your sleeves rolled up and help the Swans get back to the Premier League! You’ll get your big money move then 😉— Mark Campion (@MarkkCampion) August 22, 2019 Well played @AyewAndre I am still glad you’re back please stay 👏🏻👏🏻You and @BorjaBaston can propel @SwansOfficial to promotion to the premier league where we belong 👍🏻👍🏻— paul beer (@paul195164) August 22, 2019 Two amazing assists Andre, keep up the good work and please don’t leave us 🙏🏼— Sarah Butler (@Liberty_Butler) August 22, 2019Here are highlights of Swansea’s last game against QPR in which Andre Ayew assisted Swansea’s first and third goals in a 3-1 win🎬 Extended highlights of tonight’s victory at QPR are now available! 🎬📺 Watch now 👉— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 22, 2019The two players have clearly built on a brilliant AFCON individually and look set to finally become the players most fans, their clubs and the media expect them to be.READ ALSO:Swansea fans beg Andre Ayew to stay after two assists in win over QPR [VIDEO]PL on Citi: Jordan Ayew scores as Manchester United stunned by Crystal Palacelast_img read more



first_imgThe trial has started of a man charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Letterkenny.Letterkenny District Court.The man is charged with sexually assaulting the woman on May 17th, 2010. The man pleaded not guilty to the charge when he appeared at Letterkenny Circuit Court.The woman is expected to give her evidence by video-link from Australia where she now lives.TRIAL BEGINS OF MAN CHARGED WITH LETTERKENNY SEX ASSAULT was last modified: February 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more