ng 7-1 home loss to Bayern in Octob

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ng 7-1 home loss to Bayern in Octob

Postby lw789 » 24 May 2018, 04:02

ROME -- Roger Federers focus appeared to drift away from the Foro Italico. And that was understandable. After all, the 17-time Grand Slam winner was playing for the first time since the birth of his second set of twins last week. Federer let a lead to slip away and was beaten 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) Wednesday in the second round of the Italian Open by 47th-ranked Jeremy Chardy of France. When Federers boys, Leo and Lenny, were born, the fourth-ranked Swiss player withdrew from last weeks Madrid Open. He only decided to come to Rome a few days ago. "This one is totally OK if it doesnt hurt," Federer said. "I tried everything. I cant do more than that on the court." Federer had a match point in the tiebreaker but Chardy saved it with an improbable cross-court forehand on the run when it looked like Federer was about to close the match out. "That passing shot is a tough one for me to take, because hes not going to make that very often," Federer said. "But it happens and credit to him to fight his way back into the match and get it." Later, top-ranked Rafael Nadal also faced stiff resistance from his French opponent before ultimately wearing down 30th-ranked Gilles Simon for a 7-6 (1), 6-7 (4), 6-2 win that lasted 3 hours, 18 minutes -- opening his bid for an eighth Rome title. Nadal hit 32 winners but just three with his backhand, which has become a point of concern recently. Also, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray eliminated Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 7-5. Womens title-holder Serena Williams showed no problems -- and no taping -- from a left thigh injury that forced her to withdraw from Madrid. The top-ranked American beat 28th-ranked Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2. "Im not 100 per cent but Im getting there," Williams said, adding that the conditions at the U.S. Open prepared her for the heavy wind gusts at the Foro Italico. "If I can play in New York, I can play anywhere." Maria Sharapova, the 2011 and 2012 Rome champion, had to rally in the second set to get by Puerto Rican qualifier Monica Puig 6-3, 7-5. After cruising through the first set, Federer began to commit unforced errors at an alarming rate and Chardy quickly took advantage. "I wasnt able to stretch the lead when I had it," Federer said. Federer committed 43 unforced errors -- 20 in the second set alone -- to Chardys 28. Federer also struggled to dictate play with his first serve. "But at the end, it was shot here or there that decided the match," Federer said. Chardy hadnt beaten a top-10 player since defeating Juan Martin del Potro in the third round of last years Australian Open. Federer and wife Mirka also have twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, who turn 5 in July. But even with all the family distractions, Federer didnt appear worried about his preparations for the French Open, which starts in 11 days. "Everything is under control," Federer said, recalling that he reached the final of the Monte Carlos Masters last month. "I still feel good, my body is good, my mind is good and its just unfortunate for one passing shot today I dont get another opportunity to play this week." Also advancing was 11th-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who edged Kevin Anderson of South Africa 7-6 (14), 7-6 (5); and 12th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, who eliminated Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 7-6 (3), 6-4; and 15th-seeded Tommy Haas, who defeated Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, 7-6 (6), 6-1. In womens play, third-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska beat Paula Ormaechea of Argentina 6-3, 6-2 and will next face 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone, who rallied past Garbine Muguruza 3-6, 6-1, 7-6 (5). Fourth-seeded Simona Halep rallied past American opponent Madison Keys 5-7, 6-0, 6-1 then withdrew from the tournament due to abdominal muscle injury. 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Chris Kunitz Jersey . -- Jerry Rice Jr.ROME - English champion Manchester City is finally starting to show it can compete in Europe.Samri Nasri scored one goal and set up another as City won 2-0 at Roma on Wednesday to reach the Champions League knockout phase despite missing three key players — including top scorer Sergio Aguero.I dont think that this team is just one player and I think that today demonstrated that, City coach Manuel Pellegrini said.Entering the Stadio Olimpico, City faced a steep challenge to avoid its third group-phase exit in four years.City struggled at home against Roma and in both matches against CSKA but had already showed signs of a recovery when Aguero scored a hat trick in a come-from-behind win over Bayern in the penultimate round of group matches.We recovered and I think were playing exactly the same way were playing in the Premier League, Pellegrini said.It looked as if Roma was set to go through until Nasri found the target with a long, rising shot on the hour mark. Then Pablo Zabaleta doubled the visitors lead in the 88th following a perfect pass from Nasri.Romas best chance was a header off the post from Kostas Manolas in the 72nd.Bayern Munich easily won Group E — considered perhaps the competitions toughest — with 15 points following a 3-0 home win over CSKA Moscow. City finished second with eight points, Roma was third with five and will play in the Europa League. CSKA finished last, also with five points.Since the Abu Dhabi United Group took over City in 2008, the club has won two Premier League titles — in 2012 and 2014 — but failed to advance past the second round of the Champions League.Well see in February about that, Pellegrini said when asked what his squads goals are now. Were just happy were qualified for the next stage.The win must have been a relief after Aguero injured his left knee Saturday, ruling him out for six weeks. Also, sttar midfielder Yaya Toure was suspended, captain Vincent Kompany sat out injured and David Silva, who also was coming off an injury, only came on midway through the second half.dddddddddddd.Roma controlled at the start but failed to take advantage.In the first 15 minutes we could have done more and scored, Roma coach Rudi Garcia said. But we were also unlucky. They hit the post and the ball went in. We hit the post and it bounced out.But theyre more mature and have more experience in these types of matches, Garcia added. Were still learning. ... We need to play in Europe every year and gain more points to avoid these difficult groups.Without Aguero, Edin Dzeko spearheaded Citys attack with support from James Milner, Nasri and Jesus Navas.Roma had a similar 4-2-3-1 formation with Gervinho, Miralem Pjanic and Adem Ljajic behind 38-year-old captain Francesco Totti.Roma had the first chance five minutes in when Jose Holebas was set up by Totti and nearly got his shot under Joe Hart but the City goalkeeper managed to slow the ball just enough to prevent it from going in.After a strong start from Roma, City began to move forward and Milner threatened from the left flank in the 20th, testing Roma goalkeeper Morgan De Sanctis.Then it was Nasris turn to set up Dzeko, who was blocked by Manolas and couldnt find the target.Milner had another opportunity in the 39th, forcing De Sanctis to push the ball wide.Combined with Bayerns win, a 0-0 draw would have been enough for Roma to advance — which would have been no small feat following a devastating 7-1 home loss to Bayern in October.But Nasri had other ideas, taking advantage of the slightest amount of space at the edge of the area and banging in the decisive goal off the post.Then the Frenchmans pass required Zabalata to merely slot the ball past De Sanctis from the centre of the area. 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