- Today's weather in Bahrain
- Today in Bahrain
- Australia 260 all out as Starc falls early
- Saudi’s first Comic-Con fest cited for ‘violation’
- Police deal with 546 violations
- Tenders awarded for various projects
- Indian author to arrive in Bahrain today
- Driver jailed for traffic violations
- GPIC takes part in Garden Show
- Israel shuts Jerusalem school accused of Hamas links
Ferrer beats Tomic to dash local hopes at Brisbane
By: dt news , Posted on 03-Jan-2017
Brisbane : Former world number three David Ferrer dashed local hopes when he downed Australia's Bernard Tomic in straight sets in the first round of the Brisbane International on Monday.
The eighth seeded Spaniard was the model of consistency as he saw offTomic 6-3, 7-5 on Pat Rafter Arena.
Ferrer, now the world number 21, is ranked just five places aboveTomic and had lost to the Australian on their previous two encounters.
But he proved too strong in the sweltering conditions in Brisbane, winning in 83 minutes.
The 34-year-old Ferrer concedes that his days as a top 10 player are gone, but says he now just wants to enjoy himself on tour.
"The last five or six years I was top 10, but, you know, there are younger players -- it's normal, no?," he said.
"I am still enjoying the tennis, and I hope to improve this year, but I am happy with myself and my career.
"My goal this year is to be happy with myself and to focus on every tournament that I play, without pressure of course."
Tomic said it was unlucky to come up against someone like Ferrer in the first round, but offered no excuses.
"I feel on a given day, whoever plays better is going to win between us, but unfortunately today he was too good for me."
Earlier, Frenchman Nicolas Mahut came from 1-4 down in the third set to outlast fellow countryman Stephane Robert 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a two-hour marathon.
Britain's Kyle Edmund saw off American qualifier Ernesto Escobedo in two tiebreak sets 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (8/6), while seventh seeded Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov cruised past US player Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-3.
In the women's draw, reigning French Open champion Garbine Muguruza also disappointed the Queensland fans when she saw off hometown hero Samantha Stosur in a two-hour 45 minute epic.
The fourth seeded Muguruza came back from a break down in the third set to outlast Stosur 7-5, 6-7 (2/7), 7-5.
Earlier, two time Grand Slam champion Svetlana Kuznetsova celebrated her 600th win on the WTA Tour when she downed American Louisa Chirico 6-2, 6-4 and will now play either US qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands or young Australian Destanee Aiava.
Sixth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine was an impressive 6-3, 6-3 winner over Puerto Rica's Rio Olympic gold medallist Monica Puig, while China's Zhang Shuai downed German Laura Siegemund 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.
Eighth seeded Italian Roberta Vinci came back from 2-5 down in the third set to beat Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko 7-6 (7/4), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/5), and US qualifier Asia Muhammad defeated Croatian Donna Vekic 7-6 (7/5), 6-1.
Paris : Roger Federer has climbed back into the ATP top 10 on the strength of his epic 18th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open. The 35-year-old Swiss great defied old rival Rafael Nadal on Sunday in a thrilling five-setter in Melbourne to move up seven spots to 10th in the latest rankings...Read More
The Australian Open will have the climax fans craved after Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer both came through five-set thrillers to reach the final. Nadal holds a 6-2 advantage over Federer in Grand Slam finals where they have played each other, although Federer won the last meeting between the pair in 2015. With...Read More
Melbourne : Roger Federer was in tears as he won a thrilling, five-set Australian Open final against his great rival Rafael Nadal to clinch a record-extending 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday. Federer won 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in three hours 38 minutes on Rod Laver Arena to move four major titles ahead of Nadal...Read More
Melbourne : Unstoppable Serena Williams zeroed in on a record-breaking 23rd Grand Slam title Thursday by setting up an Australian Open final against her older sister Venus, as the siblings' dream came true. The ruthless world number two proved one step too far for unseeded Croat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, whose...Read More
Melbourne : A resurgent Rafael Nadal beat Milos Raonic to reach his first Grand Slam semi in three years at the Australian Open on Wednesday, as Serena Williams eyed a final with her sister Venus. Nadal hasn't contested a major semi-final since he won the last of his 14 Grand Slam titles at the 2014 French Open, but...Read More
Melbourne : Roger Federer beat giant-killer Mischa Zverev to become the Australian Open's oldest men's semi-finalist in nearly 40 years on Tuesday, as fellow veteran Venus Williams also rolled back the years. The stylish Swiss made light of the challenge posed by German serve-volleyer Zverev, who stunned top seed...Read More
Melbourne : Stan Wawrinka mastered former finalist Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets to reach his third Australian Open semi-final after a mid-match argument on Tuesday. The world number four won 7-6 (7/2), 6-4, 6-3 in two hours, 15 minutes for his eighth Grand Slam semi-final appearance and will next face...Read More
Melbourne : Former winner Stan Wawrinka needed three tiebreak sets to overcome Italy's Andreas Seppi and reach the quarter-finals of the Australian Open on Sunday. The Swiss fourth seed edged out the 89th-ranked Seppi, 7-6 (7/2), 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/4) in two hours 44 minutes on Margaret Court Arena. Wawrinka's...Read More
Melbourne : World number one Andy Murray was sensationally dumped out of the Australian Open by German Mischa Zverev in a fourth-round classic on Sunday. The 50th-ranked Zverev played unbelievable sustained tennis to down Murray 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 and will play either Roger Federer or Kei Nishikori in the...Read More
Melbourne : Japan's Kei Nishikori reached the Australian Open fourth round with a convincing, straight-sets win over Lukas Lacko on Friday. The fifth seed made it to the last 16 for the sixth straight year with a 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 victory over the Slovak qualifier in two hours, 11 minutes. Nishikori will next face his...Read More