MONACO (AP):A ninth Monte Carlo Masters title is getting closer for Rafael Nadal with most of his rivals out of the way – including Roger Federer, who again misses out on one of the few trophies not already in his glittering collection.But Federer – a four-time runner-up on the French Riviera – was not too disappointed, considering that his priority was to come back safely after more than two months out following knee surgery.Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-4 yesterday to set up a third semi-final here against Andy Murray. Federer lost 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, despite being two points from victory when 5-4 up in the decider, with Tsonga 15-30 down on his serve.This was Federer’s first tournament play since arthroscopic surgery on his left knee for torn cartilage on February 3, and defeat was softened by relief at avoiding any relapse.”It was good to play back-to-back, yesterday and today, good to play 2 hours 10 (minutes) today,” Federer said. “It was nice to play an intense match. I’m happy how the body reacted.”With top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Wawrinka – the French Open champion – also out, Federer himself picked Nadal when asked about the favourite.Nadal leads Murray 16-6 in career meetings and 6-1 on clay. For the other two semi-finalists, Nadal is 11-2 up on Gael Monfils – 4-0 on clay – and 8-4 on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, having beaten him here in the semi-finals three years ago. Nadal went on to lose the 2013 final to Djokovic, who was stunned in the second round this year by Czech Jiri Vesely, an unheralded Czech player ranked 55th.In a one-sided contest between former champions, Nadal broke Wawrinka four times and made the semi-finals for the 11th time.Murray took out Milos Raonic 6-2, 6-0 for the second time this year.The Briton thinks patience will be the key factor against the nine-time French Open champion.
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A Bourda Market vendor of Lot 564 ‘B’ Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown, was taken before Magistrate Faith McGusty on Wednesday to answer to a robbery charge.Simeon Truman appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts and denied the charge which stated that on June 21, 2019 at De Abrue Street, Georgetown he robbed Karen Adams a quantity of items valued at $77,000.Prosecutor Annalisa Brummel did not object to bail since no confrontation was held between the Virtual Complainant and the 21-year-old defendant.Magistrate McGusty released Truman on $75,000 bail. As a condition for bail, he is required to report to the Brickdam Police Station every Friday until the completion of the trial.
All 32 teams in the National Football League have played at least half of their schedule, so the lists of midseason awards are plentiful.Mike Sando, who does a stellar job of covering the NFC West for ESPN.com, has released his midseason NFC West team, and three Arizona Cardinals got the nod.Defensive end Calais Campbell, inside linebacker Daryl Washington and wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald were all named to Sando’s 26-member squad. Campbell ranks third on the Cardinals’ defense with 38 total tackles, and has also registered 3.5 sacks.Washington leads the entire division with 75 total tackles and eight sacks. In fact, Terry Bradshaw named Washington his midseason Defensive Player of the Year during Fox NFL Sunday prior to the Cardinals’ game in Green Bay.And despite much discussion that Fitzgerald has not been featured enough in Arizona’s struggling offense, the nine-year veteran still leads the NFC West with 51 catches and 585 yards.In all, the San Francisco 49ers had 13 representatives on the team, Seattle had eight and the St. Louis Rams had two. Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo 0 Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact