Federer gives a survival lesson and qualifies for the Australian Open semifinals

first_imgPhoto: Reuters The Swiss tennis player Roger Federer, world number 3, qualified on Tuesday for the semifinals of the Australian Open after beating American Tennys Sandgren (number 100) in five sets after saving seven game points in the fourth set.The 38-year-old Swiss, who visibly suffered some physical discomfort, won 6-3, 2-6, 2-6, 7-6 (10-8), 6-3, in a match that lasted four hours. This laborious victory adds to the five sets and three hours and 31 minutes he needed to defeat Australian John Millman in the third round of the tournament. The Swiss wins Sandgren in five sets saving seven ‘match-ball’His opponent in the next round will be the winner of Djokovic-Raoniccenter_img “Today I had incredible luck, I improved my game as the game progressed and the pressure decreased,” Federer said he saved three match points when he lost 5-4 and then another four, three of them in a row, in the game. tie-breaker of that hard-fought fourth set.“Today I didn’t deserve the victory, but here I am and obviously very happy,” Federer added. “I just told myself: I believe in miracles,” he said, referring to the moment when defeat seemed inevitable.All the more so because this Tuesday was not well physically. “Sometimes you feel weird. I felt a pain in the groin, my leg was tightening a little. I don’t like to go to the doctor, I don’t like to show my weaknesses,” Federer said.In the second and third set, Federer became nervous and argued with the referee about a warning. Then he asked for a medical break and left the court when he was losing 6-3, 2-6, 0-3.Overwhelmed in the second and third set, the Swiss miraculously won the fourth set and in the fifth he regained his tennis magic to sentence the match.“We will have to play better in the semifinals, because if I don’t have time to go skiing,” joked Federer when speaking on the court, immediately after the game. In the next round, he will face the winner of the duel between Novak Djokovic and Milos Raonic.last_img read more

The Italian Government asks that Series A be televised on open; the League says it’s not possible

first_imgAccording to Spadafora, “It would be a wonderful sign to all Italians, and a way to limit the inconvenience due to containment measures and, even, actively cooperate to achieve its purpose. “The Italian football federation (FIGC) immediately approved, but while the response of ‘Sky’ and ‘Dazn’, holders of the transmission rights, is expected, the League has already opposed: “We understand and share the underlying purposes of Minister Spadafora’s request, but the current regulatory framework and the contractual obligations already assumed do not allow“. Italy lives days of fear for the coronavirus emergency, and until next April 3 all stadiums (and any sporting event) will remain closed to the public. An unavoidable measure, if we consider that until March 15 they will not open colleges and universities, and that could lead to A revolutionary novelty: televising the entire Serie A championship in the open. The League, waiting to know the position of the operators, opposes.The idea is from sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora, who has sent a letter to the presidents of the federation (Gabriele Gravina) and from the Lega Serie A (Paolo Dal Pino): “The authentic vocation of sport is unite and allow everyone to enjoy an exciting show, without stress or fear. With this spirit I ask, in this delicate situation, if there are conditions to allow free television enjoyment of football competitions“.last_img read more

Málaga designs a solidarity shirt against the coronavirus

first_imgThe new coronavirus t-shirt, also available in children’s sizes, can be purchased online at Malaga’s online store at a price of 9.95 euros. People who purchase this shirt must pick them up at the official La Rosaleda store once the current alarm state ends. Málaga has had another nice gesture in these days of fighting the coronavirus. Through the Foundation, the club has put for sale a solidarity shirt against COVID-19. The benefits obtained with the commercialization of this solidarity shirt will go to the fight against the coronavirus.This shirt features in its design, of course blue and white, with the shield that the club launched days ago as a symbol of this battle against the virus and that these weeks has become the brand image of the club on all its social networks. This new shield is shaped like a blue and white heart with the infinity symbol and a soccer ball.last_img read more

Koundé: “It’s only in my head now to compete again”

first_imgWhere he did leave one curious reflection the Frenchman went to the question of play behind closed doors. Instead of analyzing the difficulties it will be for professionals to play without an audience, Koundé preferred to put himself in the Sevilla fan’s skin: “I think it will be harder for the hobby not being able to go to the field that for us to play without people. The sevillistas they live soccer a lot and watching home games alone is going to be difficult for them. The best way to thank the fans is to compete good and finish the season in Champions. “Also did Koundé a review of what is being the season of his debut in Sevilla and in LaLiga, where things seem to be going better than expected: “At the moment I am happy but not satisfied because there are many things that I can still do better. I’m having a lot of minutes and good matches, but the important thing is that the team is doing very well. I’ve had difficult moments with games where I have had errors but it is part of the sport and I have always tried to make the best of those failures to progress. I like being in such a demanding club. “ Nicknamed “Cafu” by Lucas OcamposKoundé recognized that the joke does not bother you, on the contrary, and did not hide his admiration for the closest thing there is to Cafu in Seville, Jesus Navas: “He’s always on top, he never stops. It’s amazing to play with someone like him. He’s one age but his body has another“ Jules Koundé appeared in the official media Sevilla and in a perfect spanish (he has only been in Nervión for nine months) explained how he is living the confinement in the Andalusian capital a young Frenchman of 21 years: “I am a boy who Not much out so I’m well quarantined. I am in contact with my family, of course I would like to have them close, but I am fine. I don’t look too much at the informationMaybe only once a week, because so much bad news can end up affecting you a lot. It is a difficult situation, there is many dead And we have to be responsible by staying home“On the horizon it seems that the Back to work, something that Koundé longs both for his passion for football and for the need to return to contact with colleagues: “For me soccer is everything in my life and Sevilla now too. I want to be with my teammates again, to return to Saturdaynchez Pizjuán… We are a very good group and we miss each other. I like to compete and it is difficult not to. What I have in my head right now is continue working because the Sevilla’s goals They are still high and when we return they will be there. I can’t stop, in my head there is only going back to compete. “center_img LaLiga Santander* Data updated as of April 22, 2020last_img read more

CSD gives federations freedom to decide on promotions and descents

first_imgThe Higher Sports Council has issued a resolution in which it gives freedom to the federations to “establish the terms of completion of the competitions non-professionals who have not been able to conclude ”. It leaves it in the hands of the delegated commissions of each of them, but does not translate these recommendations into any legal text, such as a Decree Law. There are already many federations (rugby, hockey …) that are encountering claims from teams by the resolution of champions, promotions and descents. “The sports federations must internally adopt the necessary agreements to resolve everything related to these competitions; and, especially, with respect to the regular leagues of the official non-professional sports competitions organized by them, ”says the note.The Council grants federations freedom with the following recommendations:“A) The determination of whether or not the regular non-professional leagues that have not been terminated should be resumed. b) In the event of resumption of regular non-professional leagues, determining the time and format in which to proceed.c) In the case of non-resumption, or despite resumption and its conclusion not being possible, the determination of the qualifying order and, especially, the establishment of winners.d) In the case of not resuming, or despite resuming and normal conclusion not being possible, determining the promotion and / or decrease regime for the next season.e) The determination of other questions that are related to the aspects pointed out in the previous sections, and in general on any other aspects that in the sports-competition field affect the regular leagues in the event of possible incidents or assumptions derived from the situation generated by the COVID-19 crisis ”.The CSD also warns that against federal decisions appeal may be lodged with this body and, in the second instance, through the contentious-administrative channel.last_img read more