The Frenchman

in camera talk Tue Sep 17, 2019 8:19 am
by wangz10 • 30 Posts

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic can set up another exciting match in the Rome Masters final if they come through Saturdays semis, live on Sky Sports 3 HD. British No 1 Murray, who lost to Djokovic in last weeks Madrid Open final, could face his rival in a second successive final on clay if he defeats Frenchman Lucas Pouille in the semis.Djokovic came through a hard-fought 7-5 7-6 quarter-final win over Rafael Nadal, another familiar foe, on Friday and will next face sixth seed Kei Nishikori in the last four. Murray maintained his comfortable progress with a 6-1 7-5 win over David Goffin and the Scot is yet to drop a set since the start of the tournament in the Italian capital. Highlights of Andy Murrays quarter-final clash with David Goffin at the Rome Masters Another extended run in a clay event has seen Murray return to a ranking of world No 2 ahead of his first-ever competitive singles match against Pouille.The Frenchman received a walkover win after Juan Monaco pulled out through injury, but he previously dumped out David Ferrer with a straight-sets win.Murray starts the match as hot favourite as he bids to secure another showdown with world No 1 Djokovic in Sundays final. Novak Djokovic won the first set in fine style after an excellent rally against rival Rafa Nadal during their Rome Masters quarter-final clash The Serb was pushed all the way in Fridays match with Nadal, who wasted a break advantage in the first set, then missed five set-point chances in the second.But Djokovic again showed his composure in the closing stages of the match when he broke back to force a thrilling tie-break and closed out victory. Novak Djokovic has mastered Kei Nishikori in recent matches Nishikori dismissed Dominic Thiem 6-3 7-5 in his quarter-final and could well need his extra energy if he wants to end a seven-match losing run against the defending champion.Djokovic has already defeated the Japanese player three times this year, winning a quarter-final at the Australian Open, the Miami Open final, and last weeks semi-final in Madrid.Watch Andy Murray v Lucas Pouille from 1.30pm on Saturday and Novak Djokovic v Kei Nishikori at 7.30pm, with both matches being shown on Sky Sports 3 HD. Also See: Djokovic beats Nadal in Rome Murray into Rome semis Tennis Australia back Kyrgios Tomic opts out of Rio Olympics Black Friday Shoes Store .Y. -- Phil Jackson lost out on his preferred coach, but hes working hard on keeping his star player. Black Friday Shoes Sale . -- Lindsey Vonn squeezed in a little freeskiing on Thanksgiving morning, a step in the right direction for a return to racing after reinjuring her right knee in a recent training crash. https://www.shoesblackfriday.com/.S. Olympic hockey management team have been making what he called "ghost rosters" since August. Black Friday Shoes China .com) - John Wall had 15 points, 12 assists and four steals as the Washington Wizards defeated the New Orleans Pelicans 92-85 on Monday night. Cheap Black Friday Shoes . While coach Doc Rivers high-fived fans and pumped his fist at the crowd, Blake Griffin and Chris Paul quietly congratulated each other.CONCORD, N.C. -- Sprint Cup points leader Jeff Gordon cut short his practice because of back spasms and the No. 24 team has Regan Smith on standby should the four-time champion not be able to run the Coca-Cola 600 on Sunday night. Gordon went just 11 laps Saturday before he told his crew he couldnt continue. He left out of a side door of his hauler and was escorted out of the track to get treatment. Crew chief Alan Gustafson said the team would not run the car in the final practice session and instead will get it ready for Sundays race. "Ive had some spasms in the past, but this one, it was a little bit different," said the 42-year-old Gordon. "And so I just want to really be cautious and take care of it. It doesnt do me any good to be in the car right now." Gustafson said the plan was for Gordon to start the longest event in NASCAR. Should the pain be too much, then Smith would take over the Hendrick Motorsports car. Gustafson said Gordon felt back pain after qualifying Thursday night and had hoped things would improve before Saturdays practice sessions. But "after the first run, we talked about it and it was pretty detrimental to him physically to continue," Gustafson said. Gordon said on Twitter he planned to rest and "be ready for 600 miles 2moro." The four-time series champion is having one of the steadiest starts of his career with eight top-10 finishes in the first 11 races. Gordon moved into the points lead following a second-place finish at Texas Motor Speedwway in early April and hes stayed out front ever since.dddddddddddd He cemented his place in the Sprint Cups championship Chase two weeks ago with a victory at Kansas Speedway. Gordon will start 27th and hope his back holds out for 400 laps around the 1.5-mile race track. "Luckily, we had a good 11 laps there and weve got our teammates and information that were going to be able to gather from them," Gordon said. "Its all coming together very fast right now." Gordon has had back spasms in the past and even considered retiring because of the severe pain. Regular treatment has kept the pain mostly in check and Gustafson hopes that will be the case again for Sunday. Doctors "will get him in the best condition he can and get him ready to run tomorrow," Gustafson said. This weeks race marks the 20th anniversary of Gordons first Sprint Cup victory. His crew chief then, Ray Evernham, said Gordon is much tougher than some believe and has raced through illness and pain before. "We won the Southern 500 (at Darlington) when he started throwing up halfway" through the race, said Evernham, currently working for Hendrick Motorsports. Evernham said Gordon believes his car is ready and is being smart by not hurting himself further by practicing. "Hell do everything he needs to do to get to feeling good and I know him and tomorrow night in that car, he may need some help getting out of it, but when hes in it, hes going to be at 100 per cent," Evernham said. ' ' '

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