Daily Archives: July 17, 2017

Roger Federer beats Marin Cilic to claim record eighth Wimbledon title

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Roger Federer won his eighth Wimbledon title and extended his record to 19 Grand Slam titles with straight sets victory (6-3, 6-1, 6-4) over Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

Federer, 35, claimed his second grand slam of the year along with becoming the oldest man in the Open Era to win at the All England Club, and was able to finish the contest in one hour and 41 minutes to claim his first Wimbledon title since 2012.

The gap in experience between Cilic and Federer showed from the early stages, with The 28-year-old Croatian national striking a forehand which bounced before the net on the opening point as the nerves appeared hard to shake off.

Although Federer conceded a couple of early double faults but there was a sense of inevitability about the first break, which came in game five after Cilic fell heavily chasing down a drop shot, and then sent a backhand into the net. The Swiss then reached set point in game nine and Cilic duly double-faulted, ending the set with a 49% first-serve percentage that hardly troubled the Swiss.

When Federer blazed to 3-0 in the second set, a tearful Cilic sat in his chair as the doctor, tournament referee and supervisor attended to him.

Before the start of the third set, another medical time-out was taken although this time strapping and padding applied to Cilic’s left foot. But even as a first retirement in a men’s singles final since 1911 appeared likely Cilic struggled on, while Federer probed for the break that would surely end his wait for a Wimbledon title.

It came at 3-3, when Cilic netted a backhand and successive forehands, although fourteen years on from his first victory, there were signs of nerves when Federer served for the title for the first time since 2012.

His first championship point disappeared with a wayward forehand, but an ace down the middle followed and it was the celebrating Swiss who was now tearful. “It’s magical,” Federer said courtside. “I can’t believe it yet. It’s too much. I kept on believing and dreaming and here I am today for my eighth title. I hope to be back to defend it next year.”

Nolito joins Sevilla after brief year in Manchester City

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Sevilla have confirmed that Manchester City forward Nolito will join them on a three-year deal for an undisclosed fee, reported to be in the region of £7.9m.

Nolito, 30, arrived at the Ramon Sanchez-Pizjuan on Sunday morning and underwent medical tests, after of which he met with club president Jose Castro to sign the contract that will keep him in Andalusia for three years.

A legend at Celta Vigo after making 100 appearances for the club, Nolito moved to the Premier League in 2016 but a brief year in England.

While he started off strong last season with three goals in his first three matches, Nolito’s form took a sharp dive as he failed to score a single league goal for the Blues since a December defeat to Leicester City.

But the future looks bright for his time with his new club, as Nolito may already have great rapport with Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo, after working together with him for two years at Celta.

Nolito and the Argentine defensive midfielder Guido Pizarro were reportedly two of Berizzo’s top targets in the market, with the coach hoping to have both in his squad during the upcoming season.

Berizzo and Sevilla also hopes that his arrival will help offset the departure of Vitolo, who is headed back to Atletico Madrid after completing a loan spell because of Atleti’s transfer ban.

With his move, Nolito now becomes the fourth summer signing for Los Rojiblancos, with the team also set to count on Ever Banega, Pizarro and Colombian forward Luis Muriel.

He is set to travel to Madrid to arrange his travel documents for a trip to Japan, where he’ll arrive Tuesday to join up with the team for their preseason.

Jose Mourinho: signing Cristiano Ronaldo is “mission impossible”

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has played down any chances for Cristiano Ronaldo to return to the Red Devils, citing that it was “mission impossible” to signing his Portuguese compatriot.

There had been reports that Ronaldo had been furious after being accused of tax fraud by Spanish prosecutors, with sources close to the Portuguese captain claiming that the player intended to leave Spain.

Amongst his possible destinations was a move to United, whom he left for a then world record £80m in 2009.

The question was about the possibility of a Manchester United return for Ronaldo was finally put to Mourinho publicly, after his side had beaten LA Galaxy 5-2 in the first match of their pre-season tour of the United States on Sunday, but the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager labelled it as “mission impossible”

“We have never thought about it because he is such an important player for his club, of great economic power,” he said. “I am not a defender of my club once you waste time on players who are mission impossible.”

“We have not been able to find any reason that could have made us think that Ronaldo could leave.”

Mourinho also conveyed disappointment as he believed that Alvaro Morata, another Real Madrid player that he targets, will also be remaining with Los Blancos for the foreseeable future instead of making a move to Manchester.

“It is a question for Florentino (Perez, Real president),” he added. “He (Morata) belongs to Madrid. Madrid has decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple.”

“It is a shame. It is a player who made it to the first team with me (when Mourinho managed Real). We have a special liking for (him), he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution in Juventus and Madrid. It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”