Daily Archives: January 11, 2016

Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova wins Hopman Cup

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Nick Kyrgios and Daria Gavrilova lead Australia to their first Hopman Cup victory in 17 years.

Both players secured singles wins in the decider by straight sets.

Gavrilova won 6-4,7-6 (8-6) victory over world number 19 Elina Svitolina gave Australia Green the perfect start, before Kyrgios wrapped things up and defeated Alexandr Dolgopolov with a clinical 6-3,6-4.

Kyrgios was the hero of Hopman Cup XXVIII, winning all four of his singles matches and partnering with Gavrilova for an unbeaten doubles run.

He was clinical in the men’s singles rubber in the final, taking the first set in 26 minutes and took an early break in the second for his first senior career title.

However, Gavrilova appeared far more impressive as she made a comeback that could make it into the history books.

She was trailing 6-1 in the second set, but went ahead to take seven straight points for an extraordinary triumph.

“I played a tournament in under 12s, and it was a super tie-breaker, and I was down 9-1 and I ended up winning,” Gavrilova said.

“I just literally told myself to settle down, just stop thinking of everything. Just think about how to win every point.

“I just played free.”

Watzke warns against busy Premier League festive schedule

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Borussia Dortmund chief Hans-Joachim Watzke cautioned Bundesliga players against moving to the Premier League due to their scheduling issues during the festive season.

Bundesliga teams are currently enjoys a five-week mid-season break during the festive season, while Premier League clubs emerge from a hectic schedule.

Former Bundesliga stars such as Kevin de Bruyne and Bastian Schweinsteiger are taking part in an English winter for the first time.

At the same time, ex-Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp has overseen six Liverpool matches as his former club took a break.

Watzke said that there is more for players to contemplate when eyeing a Premier League move aside from good pay.

“The players are squeezed there, often like a lemon,” he said. “They are given hardly any rhythm in their game.”

“Professionals who reflect on something more than just what arrives at the end of the month in their pursue will take this into account when making a decision.”

Watzke does not believe the increased financial power of the Premier League has resulted in a higher standard of play.

“If you would judge on the amount of salary it would always be a difficult race to win [for the Bundesliga],” he added.

“But it’s not. I have watched a lot of Premier League football over the Christmas holidays.”

“I do not feel that the level is increased there, especially considering how the expenditures have risen.”

Napoli leads Serie A as Inter suffers shock defeat

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Napoli leads Serie A as Inter suffers shock defeat

Napoli easily beat Frosinone by 5-1 and move on top of the Serie A table just as Inter Milan suffered a shock deafeat to Sassuolo on home ground.

Gonzalo Higuain scored twice to make it 20 goals in all competitions this season, and Napoli moved two points clear of Inter Milan.

There were already speculations earlier that Napoli could potentially win the Italian top flight and take their first league trophy since football legend Diego Maradona lead them to it more than 20 years ago.

Inter Milan was leading the table before their surprising loss to Sassuolo.

The game was heading for a goalless draw when Inter defender Joao Miranda fouled Gregoire Defrel inside the area.

Domenico Berardi netted the penalty to condemn Roberto Mancini’s side to a third defeat in six Serie A games.

Meanwhile, Juventus marked their ninth straight win by a narrow victory of 2-1 against Sampdoria and moved above Inter too, level at 39 points but with goal difference advantage.