ATP Finals: Daniil Medvedev defeats Alexander Zverev in his opening Tokyo Group clash | Tennis News

first_imgOn the court, Zverev has appeared unaffected, but his recurrent second-serve troubles reared their head early on in this contest.The 23-year-old served six double faults in his first three service games, losing two of them, and the second break saw Medvedev take control after a series of lengthy rallies and close games.A break in the seventh game of the second set put the Russian within sight of the finish line, and in the next game he pulled out an underarm serve. Zverev scrambled well to retrieve it but miscued a volley. Medvedev will face world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday Medvedev will face world No 1 Novak Djokovic on Wednesday

McIlroy accepts fine run is over

first_img McIlroy was seeking his third win in four weeks, having followed his victory in the WGC-Cadillac Match Play with a third consecutive top-10 finish in the Players Championship and a seven-shot triumph at Quail Hollow on Sunday. However, the world number one slumped to a second round of 78 in the European Tour’s flagship event to finish five over par, 15 shots behind halfway leader Francesco Molinari. The 26-year-old admitted his patience was wearing thin after throwing a club in frustration during an opening 71, a situation which never looked likely to improve on Friday. Bogeys on the third and sixth were followed by a birdie on the eighth, before the wheels truly came off on the back nine with a bogey on the 10th and a double-bogey on the next, where a wild hook off the tee resulted in an unplayable lie and another hook into the crowd with his second attempt. Further dropped shots on the 13th and 16th were followed by a birdie on the 17th, but a three-putt bogey on the last summed up McIlroy’s day and the only good news was a welcome weekend off before his duties as tournament host in next week’s Irish Open. ” I’m not going to read too much into it,” McIlroy said after his worst score since also shooting 78 in the second round of the Scottish Open last July, which was one of a string of bad Friday performances ended in style during the following week’s Open Championship. “It was inevitable at some point that the run was going to come to a bit of an end. I’m sort of back to my usual at Wentworth. It wasn’t great before I won last year and it hasn’t been great after. “Any time you’re defending a title you want to come back and give it a valiant effort. This week wasn’t really that. “I’m not angry. A little disappointed I’m not going to be here for the weekend, but if there was any weekend to miss, coming off the back of three good weeks in the States…. I’m probably in need of a little bit of a rest. “If anything good comes out of this, it’s just that I get a couple of days over the weekend to refresh mentally.” Defending champion Rory McIlroy crashed out of the BMW PGA Championship on Friday, reverting to his “usual” performance at Wentworth by missing the cut for the third time in four years. Press Association McIlroy’s early departure was not the only bad news for tournament organisers and incoming European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley, who visited Wentworth on Friday as he prepares to succeed George O’Grady in July. Two-time winner Luke Donald carded a second successive 70 to finish four under par, but suggested that the greens needed replacing for the second time in six years. “I guess the only way to fix them is to redo them again,” said Donald. “I f there’s one tournament you should expect them to be perfect, it’s this one. “It’s not a question we haven’t talked about over the years. It has happened a few times. “When they redid the greens (in 2009) and I look at the success I had (finishing second in 2010 and winning in 2011 and 2012), I would certainly be a proponent of doing them again.” Former US Open champion Justin Rose agreed after a 72 left him one under, adding: “I just watched myself on TV knocking in a four-footer on 18 and it looked easy, but that was different from the running commentary in my head. ” They are bouncy and then it becomes a mental thing, you don’t quite trust your reads. “It’s disappointing in the sense that the whole reason we changed this course was that if a player has a six-foot putt to win and hits a good putt, it should go in. “We are back in the situation where that six-footer might not be true come Sunday afternoon.” Molinari, who has recorded three straight top-10 finishes at Wentworth and was joint second in the Spanish Open on Sunday, added a 69 to his opening 65 to finish 10 under par, one shot ahead of Korea’s An Byeong-hun, who completed a flawless 64 shortly before 8pm. ”Obviously I’m delighted to have gone a little bit further under par and just need to keep doing the same,” said Molinari, who recovered from two bogeys in his first three holes. “I know how hard I’ve been working the last few months, so it’s nice to see that it’s paying off on the course.” Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee were two off the lead on eight under, with Spanish Open winner James Morrison another shot back. last_img read more

Syracuse falls 1-0 to St. John’s in home opener

first_imgIn the 79th minute, Syracuse forward Maya Pitts crossed the ball from the left corner to the middle of the penalty box, where Stephanie Skilton headed the ball to Eva Gordon on the left side of the box. Gordon attempted to slip the ball into the left corner of the net, but St. John’s goalkeeper Diana Poulin dove to the grass to make the save, turning cheers of excitement from the SU fans into groans of disappointment.“I thought Eva did a great job of getting into the near post space,” Syracuse head coach Phil Wheddon said of the play. “(Poulin) made a good save, so I give her credit.”Poulin didn’t have to make many saves in the first half as the Orange struggled to create scoring chances. Syracuse adjusted its offensive strategy at halftime, getting in more opportunities similar to Gordon’s. But the Orange (1-2) failed to capitalize on any of them in a 1-0 loss to St. John’s (3-0) at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday night.In a scoreless opening 45 minutes, Syracuse was rarely able to get the ball inside the box on offense. Wheddon tried to make changes on the fly by substituting Gordon and forward Alex Lamontagne into the game for Alexis Koval and Sheridan Street, but not much changed.At halftime, the head coach said he talked to his team about taking advantage of the space between St. John’s midfielders and back line. And in the second half, Syracuse pushed up its wide players on the Red Storm’s defenders and began to pressure the ball more. Wheddon said that SU also attempted to isolate its forwards in one-on-one situations.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We just played way more direct and it showed in the opportunities we got,” Gordon said.The first of those opportunities came in the 41st minute, when Lamontagne dribbled the ball just in front of the penalty box before lofting a short lob pass ahead to midfielder Jackie Firenze. Only Poulin stood between Firenze and a goal, but the pass traveled a little too far and straight into the goalkeeper’s hands.Later, with 25 minutes to play, Street crossed the ball from the right side of the box toward the St. John’s goal. Poulin and Koval were the only players in the area. Both slid for the ball, but Poulin got there first and made the save.“I thought we were doing a great job,” Wheddon said. “We got some great services into the box.”Gordon’s scoring chance came with roughly 11 minutes left, and it would end up being one of Syracuse’s final shots on goal. But it wasn’t SU’s final opportunity, as the Orange was awarded consecutive corner kicks in the 87th and 88th minutes. Firenze took both, but Syracuse couldn’t convert on either.“We just needed to finish our chances,” Firenze said. “We had some good opportunities there but that’s just something that we’re going to have to work on.” Comments Published on August 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm Contact Michael: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more