Germany wins Davis Cup tie against Australia

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jokic hits go-ahead triple, Nuggets take down Warriors But following the Germans’ win in the doubles on Saturday to give them a 2-1 lead, all the pressure was on Kyrgios, who had to win to keep the tie alive.The mercurial Australian opened brilliantly, holding his serve to love much to the delight of the boisterous home crowd.But that was almost as good as it got for the Australian team, as Kyrgios lost two of his next three service games to surrender the opening set in just 23 minutes.Kyrgios appeared troubled by an elbow problem in the first set and it became more noticeable in the second, the Australian often shaking his right arm between points.He served better in the second set, firing down eight aces, but at 4-3 he had a medical timeout for treatment on his arm.The Australian continued to serve well and had two set points on Zverev’s serve at 6-5, but the German saved both then played a superb tiebreak to take a stranglehold on the rubber.Once Zverev broke to go ahead 3-1 the result was never really in doubt and at 2-5, Kyrgios was broken again to give Germany the tie. Kyrgios said he felt a problem with his elbow after Friday’s match.“It obviously affected me a lot,” a downcast Kyrgios said.“My serve is my biggest strength — I mean I thought he played great today — but my serve was not really there and that affects the rest of my game. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio 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 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year “(To win) against a very strong Australian team makes us very confident for the next round, for the upcoming years,” German captain Michael Kohlmann said.“We showed we have a lot of good players, a lot of strong players.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“We showed that we are able to go further than this.”Zverev served beautifully throughout, only facing two break points in the match, both at the end of the second set and both of which he saved. Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right trackcenter_img Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed FILE – Germany’s Tim Puetz, right, plays a shot past Australia’s Matt Ebden, left, in the doubles match between Germany and Australia at the Davis Cup World Group first round in Brisbane, Australia, Saturday, Feb.3, 2018. (AP Photo/Tertius Pickard)German number one Alexander Zverev beat Nick Kyrgios in straight sets to give his country a 3-1 win over Australia in their Davis Cup World Group tie in Brisbane on Sunday.Zverev produced some superb tennis to down Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2 in one hour, 48 minutes and put Germany into a quarter-final against either Spain or Great Britain.ADVERTISEMENT He also returned well, getting many of Kyrgios’s thunderbolts back in play and then winning the battle from the back of the court.“It’s awesome, it’s an amazing feeling and without my teammates it wouldn’t have been possible,” Zverev said.“Obviously we’re happy but hopefully this is just the beginning for us.”Kyrgios went into the match full of expectation after an impressive win over Jan-Lennard Struff in Friday’s opening singles.Zverev, on the other hand, had looked out of touch on Friday and was pushed for almost four hours before seeing off 18-year-old Alex de Minaur in five sets.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “It’s tough to go out there and not be able to put in your best performance.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Fans Urged to Abide By Game Rules

first_imgDeputy national soccer coach Kelvin Sebwe told hundreds of national team sympathizers at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium last Friday that unless they obey rules governing the game, whenever the national team scores a goal in a match, Liberia would be banned from hosting games in the country.“We have received the last warning,” Sebwe told the large crowd, “and so in the next match we want you not to rush on the field no matter what happens.”Sebwe asked the crowd: “Do you want the national team’s games to be played outside Liberia?”The crowd responded: “No.” Sebwe repeated his question and the answer was the same, and therefore he urged them not to run on the field, anytime the national team is playing or when the national team scores a goal.The national team, sponsored by Cellcom-GSM will take on The Elephants of La Cote d’Ivoire in November.The gathering of a large crowd of Liberian soccer fans had joined national team players, including the home-based players during their parade through the principal streets of Monrovia.They visited President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who had earlier on commended the national team for defeating Guinea Bissau in the second leg of their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.On Friday, Cellcom GSM officials, along with hundreds of loyal fans thronged the stadium, rejoicing, singing and sharing jokes with each other as the national team’s players, after the parade climaxed the occasion at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium.“It’s just good for us because now that the national team is making us happy, everyone is getting involved,” said an excited young woman who had come from Logan Town to see the national team players.She added: “For the national team to play away and win on such a high margin to qualify for the next round is really some good news.”Many who spoke to the Daily Observer were excited as they spoke about the national team’s achievement.In attendance were government and private personalities, including George Kailondo and Rep. Munah Pelham Youngblood and as mentioned officials of Cellcom GSM. National team players paid a visit to Cellcom GSM’s headquarters on Capitol Bye Pass.“The victory for the national team indicates that Liberia is ready to take on the world,” Rep. Youngblood said, very excited.She said Liberians must now work together to be able to raise financial support to the national team.“Our players are skillful,” she told journalists, “and so we need to provide all support to the national team.”Mr. Kailondo, who promised the Kailondo Football Club would make its debut in the next soccer league, said he was excited that the national team could make Liberians proud.“I cannot express my happiness,” Mr. Kalondo, a businessman, said, “the presence of hundreds of Liberians at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium here should indicate that Liberians love their national team.”Before receiving the players at her office on Friday, President Sirleaf described the national team players as heroes who defended the image of the country in Guinea Bissau with an impressive 3-1 victory, after drawing 1-1 at home.She commended the Ministry of Youth & Sports, the Liberia Football Association and the Liberian people for their support to the national team.President Sirleaf, according to an Executive Mansion release observed that Liberians demonstrated their overwhelming support to the national team that they can unite for a common cause in spite of other matters that divide “us as a people.”President Sirleaf promised that her government would work progressively to ensure the unhindered participation of the team, not just in the qualifying rounds of the African Nations Cup and the World Cup, but other major competitions as well.Meanwhile, foreign-based national team players had already returned to their base to resume their regular assignments.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more