Pella stuns Cilic at Wimbledon; Djokovic, Nadal advance

first_imgMarin Cilic of Croatia leaves the court after being defeated by Guido Pella of Argentina in their men’s singles match on the fourth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Thursday July 5, 2018. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)LONDON — Guido Pella of Argentina came from two sets down to stun third-seeded Marin Cilic at Wimbledon on Thursday, beating last year’s finalist 3-6, 1-6, 6-4, 7-6 (3), 7-5 in the second round.Cilic looked headed for a routine victory before the match was suspended by rain in the third set on Wednesday but the former U.S. Open champion couldn’t find the same rhythm on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT Report: Disney dropping the ‘Fox’ from movie studio names Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil The 11-time French Open champion is looking for his third title at the All England Club and first since 2010.Anderson hit 34 aces to beat Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-4 and set up a third-round meeting with Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.Ninth-seeded John Isner hit 64 aces and saved two match points to beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-7 (3), 7-5 in a match that was also suspended overnight.Isner’s ace total was the third-highest ever at Wimbledon — behind his own record in a three-day epic against Nicolas Mahut in 2010, the longest tennis match in history. Isner had 113 aces in that match and Mahut hit 103.Isner faced two match points against Bemelmans at 5-4 in the fifth set but held and then broke in the next game.He was given a code violation in the fourth-set tiebreaker on Wednesday after losing his cool following a video review that went against him.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs “Yesterday he was playing so, so good, and hitting the ball so hard that I couldn’t do anything,” the 82nd-ranked Pella said. “So the rain helped me a lot.”Cilic was runner-up to Roger Federer last year and showed great form by beating Novak Djokovic in the Queen’s Club final last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’His early exit opens up Federer’s path to the final even more, with No. 8 Kevin Anderson the highest-seeded player left in the Swiss star’s half of the draw after No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov lost in the first round.Stan Wawrinka also exited, losing to Italian qualifier Thomas Fabbiano 7-6 (7), 6-3, 7-6 (6). That match was also suspended on Wednesday with Wawrinka leading 6-5 in the third set, but Fabbiano wrapped up the victory quickly to equal his best Grand Slam result by reaching the third round. LATEST STORIES ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Putin’s, Xi’s ruler-for-life moves pose challenges to West Brazil coach Tite not a fan of penalty shootouts MOST READ Trump assembles a made-for-TV impeachment defense team Wawrinka, whose ranking has fallen to 224th following knee surgery, came from a set down to upset sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov in the first round for just his second Grand Slam victory since last year’s Wimbledon.Former champions Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal remained on course for a semifinal meeting.Djokovic overcame an apparent thigh problem to beat Horacio Zeballos 6-1, 6-2, 6-3, while top-ranked Nadal defeated Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.Djokovic called for a trainer and had his left leg massaged when leading 4-3 in the third set. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match.Nadal won only 64 percent of points on his first serve and faced 13 break points — including three in the first game of the match — but he saved 11 of them and converted five of his own to wrap up the win in under 2 1/2 hours on Centre Court.ADVERTISEMENT In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

World Wrestling Champion Sushil Kumar returns home to a hero welcome

first_imgIndia’s first World Wrestling Champion Sushil Kumar returned home to a hero’s welcome late on Monday night. Many people, including friends and family members of the new poster boy of Indian wrestling, gathered at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport to welcome him. They started celebrating as soon as Kumar came out of the airport. The 2008 Olympic bronze medallist claimed India’s maiden gold medal in the wrestling championship in Moscow on Sunday overpowering home favourite Alan Gogaev in the 66 kg freestyle category. The exciting 3-1 victory in the title bout also made Sushil the first Indian grappler to bag Olympic and World championship medals both. After his gold medal-winning feat at the World Wrestling Championship, Kumar has now set his sights on next month’s Commonwealth Games where he believes India can produce about 15 champions.last_img read more