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Hibernian Scottish Cup win marred by pitch invasion

ABC Sport - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 7:38am

Hibernian fans invade pitch and scuffle with Rangers fans after Hibs end 114-year wait for a trophy with 3-2 Scottish Cup final win.

Tsonga Prepared For Roland Garros 2016

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 6:48am
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, a two-time Roland Garros semi-finalist, is happy to be playing in Paris in front of his friends and family.

United break Palace hearts in dramatic FA Cup final

ABC Sport - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 6:18am

An extra-time goal from Jesse Lingard gives Manchester United a 2-1 win over Crystal Palace at Wembley for the Red Devils' 12th FA Cup final triumph.

Murray Benefitting From Better Movement

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 6:13am
Andy Murray, a three-time Roland Garros semi-finalist, cites improvement in his second serve has helped him develop on clay over the past couple of years.

Jarryd Hayne still adjusting to new code after London Sevens

ABC Sport - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 5:39am

Serial code jumper Jarryd Hayne is finding the rugby sevens game "faster" and has a way to go to impress coach Ben Ryan enough for an Olympics berth.

Nadal Happy With Roland Garros 2016 Build up

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 5:36am
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is in confident mood on his return to the scene of so many of his famous triumphs.

Roland Garros 2016

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 5:17am

Djokovic Senses Historic Moment At Roland Garros 2016

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 5:13am
World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is aiming to become the eighth player in tennis history to complete the career Grand Slam with his first title at Roland Garros.

In Geneva, Wawrinka Fills Hole In Title Resume

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 4:58am

At last, Stan Wawrinka has won a title in his home country.

In a high-quality and entertaining final, the Swiss star dismissed Croat Marin Cilic 6-4, 7-6(11) on Saturday to win the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. The win gives Wawrinka his third title of the season and his first on clay this year. It also should build the Swiss star's confidence as he looks to defend his Roland Garros title.

"It's a dream come true to be able to win a title in Switzerland, after all these tournaments," Wawrinka said. "To be able to do it here in Geneva, in the event's second year is something special. The fans were great. They made a lot of noise today."

The World No. 4 jumped ahead early in the final against Cilic, who was playing for his first title of 2016. Wawrinka broke the World No. 11 to gain a 2-1 lead and later served out the set. The 31 year old didn't face a break point in the opening set.

In the second, though, Cilic earned the first break to go up 3-1 and consolidated it to lead 4-1. But Wawrinka broke the Croat at 3-5 to get the second set back on serve. The home tournament blasted KC and the Sunshine Band's “That's The Way (I Like It)” after Wawrinka broke back. The Swiss No. 2 then held at love to tie the match at 5-all and later forced a set tie-break.

In the tie-break, Cilic had five set points but lost all five. On Wawrinka's second match point, Cilic slapped a backhand long to give his opponent the match and the title.

"Marin is a great player," Wawrinka said. "He really ramped up the pressure toward the end, with those set points, so it was nice to be able to finish off the match."

Wawrinka had played for the singles title in Gstaad in 2005 and for the doubles title there in 2004 and 2008 but lost all three times. On Saturday, he erased those memories with his first Swiss title. He will receive 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €88,900.

Cilic will receive 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points and €46,820. The 6'6" right-hander also heads into Roland Garros with renewed confidence in his game. Geneva was his first clay-court tournament of the season and his first tournament since March because of a right-knee injury.

“It was an amazing week for me and this was something... I was not even expecting," Cilic said of his run to the final. “I definitely have great enthusiasm now for (Roland Garros)."

Thiem Retains Nice Title

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 4:15am

Dominic Thiem successfully defended his Open de Nice Cote d'Azur title, overcoming a stern test from #NextGen star Alexander Zverev 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 on Saturday.

Thiem claimed his sixth ATP World Tour title and third in 2016, having lifted the trophy on the clay of Buenos Aires and hard courts of the 500-level event in Acapulco. He is the 10th player to retain a tour-level title this year and the second to do so in the seven-year history of the Nice event. Nicolas Almagro also won back-to-back titles in the French city, in 2011-12.

"It's been an unbelievably great week," said Thiem. "The first time I had to defend a title and I made it. Maybe I played better in the three matches before this, but a final is always special. You have so much to win and so much to lose. I played a solid third set and I'm really happy. My arm is a little tired, but I will be ok for Roland Garros on Monday." 

ATP World Tour Repeat Titlists In 2016

Player

Tournament
Dominic Thiem
Nice
Novak Djokovic
Miami
Novak Djokovic
Indian Wells
Pablo Cuevas
Sao Paulo
Kei Nishikori
Memphis
Richard Gasquet
Montpellier
Victor Estrella Burgos
Quito
Novak Djokovic
Australian Open
Viktor Troicki
Sydney
Stan Wawrinka
Chennai

Zverev looked to be in control from the start, earning four break points on Thiem's serve early in the opening set. The German would convert his fourth with a backhand return winner, streaking to a quick 4-2 lead. But Thiem would clamp down, breaking back for 4-all after an untimely nose bleed forced Zverev to the sidelines for a medical timeout. The German teen double faulted to give the break back and did so once again when facing his first set point. Thiem would reel off six straight games to snatch the opener and grab a quick break in the second set.

But Zverev was not finished just yet. The lead vacillated once again, with the 19 year old breaking back immediately and claiming six of the next seven games to force a decider, as Thiem called for the trainer with an apparent right shoulder injury.

Zverev would fight hard, but it wasn't enough, as Thiem found a second gear in the decider. The Austrian won 24 of 29 points in the third set to secure the title. He fired five aces and converted six of eight break chances to emerge victorious after one hour and 39 minutes.

Thiem improved to 36-10 in 2016, already equaling his career-best 36 match wins from a year ago. He is just one victory shy of Novak Djokovic's tour-leading mark. The 22-year-old Austrian takes home €82,450 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Rankings points.

Appearing in his first ATP World Tour final, Zverev was bidding to become the first teen titlist since Marin Cilic in New Haven 2008 and the youngest winner since Kei Nishikori in Delray Beach, also in 2008. The German #NextGen star, who earns €43,430 and 150 Emirates ATP Rankings points, saved two match points in stunning second seed Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals, before upsetting fifth seed Joao Sousa in the semis. He is the third different teenager to reach a title match on the ATP World Tour this year, joining Borna Coric (Chennai, Marrakech) and Taylor Fritz (Memphis).

"I spent about 12.5 hours on court this week, so I'm a bit tired," said Zverev. "Against a player like Dominic, who is one of the best clay-court players right now, you have to be at your best to beat him. There's not a lot of chances. It's really tough to win when you're not at 100 per cent."

Cabal/Farah Storm Back For Nice Title

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 3:17am

Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah rallied past defending champions Mate Pavic and Michael Venus 4-6, 6-4, 10-8 for the Open de Nice Cote d'Azur title on Saturday.

"It's a great experience," Farah said following the match. "It's never too shabby to win tournaments and it's a great feeling. No better place to do it than in Nice, with a great atmosphere. The weather was perfect and I'm very happy."

After dropping the opening set, the Colombian duo turned the match around with a break for 4-3 in the second set, as Pavic and Venus double faulted on break point. The final would extend to a Match Tie-break, where Cabal and Farah clawed back from a 5-3 deficit to take the title.

The top seeds notched their third team title of the 2016 season and first away from South American soil, after lifting trophies in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in February. It's their seventh ATP World Tour team doubles title in total. They split €25,070 in prize money and 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. They were previously runners-up in Nice in 2013 (l. to Brunstrom/Klaasen).

"This is a tournament that has given us great memories," said Cabal. "We play really well here. We feel it on court. It will give us confidence for the next weeks."

Second seeds Pavic and Venus, meanwhile, were bidding for their fourth crown of the season, having captured titles in Auckland, Montpellier and Marseille. They fell to 4-3 in ATP World Tour finals overall and take home €13,170 in prize money and 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points. Last year, the tandem won their first team title in Nice, stunning Jean-Julien Rojer and Horia Tecau.

Querrey/Johnson Make Personal History In Geneva

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 3:07am

Sam Querrey and Steve Johnson might have to return to the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open more often. The American doubles team, playing the tournament for the first time, claimed their maiden ATP World Tour doubles team title on Saturday in Geneva. The pair hit five aces and breezed past compatriot Rajeev Ram and South African Raven Klaasen 6-4, 6-1 in one hour.

Querrey and Johnson had been runners-up two times, at the BB&T Atlanta Open in 2014 and at the Memphis Open in February. “You keep losing, it makes it tougher and tougher. So it was great to get a win here,” Querrey said. “We're both really excited.”

The team won 77 per cent of their service points (36/47) and never faced a break point in the final. They also pressured their opponents' serves throughout the match, seeing 12 break points and converting three of them.

Ram and Klaasen, who were runners-up at the Miami Open presented by Itau earlier this year, were seeking their first title of the season and second overall (2015 Halle, d. Bopanna/Mergea).

Querrey and Johnson, who have known each other since they were kids growing up in California, each will receive 250 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €27,000. Ram and Klaasen will receive 150 Emirates ATP Doubles Rankings points and split €14,200.

“This is my first title, singles or doubles, so I'm excited to get a win,” Johnson said. “It's going to be a fun train ride to Paris tonight.”

Chang Reflects On Coaching Nishikori At Roland Garros 2016

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 2:50am
Michael Chang reflects on Kei Nishikori's development and his memories of winning Roland Garros in 1989.

Nishikori Looks Forward To Roland Garros 2016

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 2:35am
Kei Nishikori, who reached the 2015 Roland Garros quarter-finals, looks forward to competing in Paris.

Brown Happy To Qualify For Roland Garros 2016

ATP news - Sun, 22/05/2016 - 1:36am
Dustin Brown talks about qualifying for Roland Garros and his hopes for the major championship.

Dockers remain winless as Tigers win in wet and wild conditions

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 10:45pm

Fremantle slumps to an 0-9 record to start the season as Richmond claims a 38-point win in wet and windy conditions at Subiaco Oval.

Sharks on top after beating Manly for eight successive wins

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 9:32pm

Cronulla is on top of the NRL ladder for the first time since 2000 after beating Manly 20-12 for an eighth successive win.

Foran considering legal action over reports of gambling splurge

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 8:59pm

Parramatta half-back Kieran Foran is considering legal action over a report claiming he lost $75,000 while gambling, according to the Rugby League Players Association.

Eagles silence critics with road win despite sickening hit on Gaff

ABC Sport - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 7:40pm

The West Coast Eagles answer critics with a fighting eight-point win over Port Adelaide, in a clash marred by a sickening hit to Andrew Gaff.

Nishikori Aims To Improve At Roland Garros 2016

ATP news - Sat, 21/05/2016 - 7:18pm
Kei Nishikori explains how he is looking to improve in order to break into the Top 4 of the Emirates ATP Rankings.