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

Jetstar gives travel vouchers after inflight death

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Australian low cost carrier, Jetstar Airways, has offered passengers $100 in travel vouchers as compensation for flying with the corpse of a man who died on a recent flight from Singapore to Auckland.Ninety minutes into the 11 hour flight, a 31 year old New Zealand man started choking and after failed attempts at CPR, passed away, the Waikato Times reported.Fellow passenger and former pilot and founder of Kiwi Air, Ewan Wilson, said nearby passengers were “visibly shaken and very shocked”.”What surprised me was the plane didn’t immediately divert, the general practice for an airline is to land as soon as possible if there is a medical emergency,” Mr Wilson told the Waikato Times.”It’s a very busy part of the world – there’s Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. We weren’t mid-Atlantic.”According to the newspaper, Mr Wilson said he would have preferred the plane turn around rather than offer travel voucher compensation.”I’m not against Jetstar and I think the cabin crew managed it very well. I just feel incredibly sad for the deceased and his partner, and I feel that going back to Singapore would have been a lot more appropriate.”A Jetstar spokesman told the newspaper the man’s partner asked for the flight to continue on to Auckland and the airline have since contacted nearby passengers to thank them for their understanding.last_img read more