Four-time champion Roger Federer crushed Alex Bogomolov 6-3, 6-2, leading the world’s best players into the third round of the Cincinnati Masters.
World number one Federer was untouchable in his first outing since the Olympics, and will now face Australia’s Bernard Tomic. Federer won the trophy in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010 and is bidding for some personal Masters 1000 history as he chases a fifth title.
Second-seed Novak Djokovic made a scratchy start while Andy Murray motored through, as the pair of seeds won their opening matches after first round byes. The Serb defeated Italian Andreas Seppi 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, but he was not impressed with his form, dubbing the win ‘not a great performance’, though he improves to a 9-0 record over Seppi, whom he struggled with at Roland Garros in a comeback from two sets down in the fourth round.
Murray, the Olympic gold medalist who played one match last week in Toronto and then quit with a sore knee, showed no sign of injury as he knocked out American Sam Querrey 6-2, 6-4, in just 83 minutes.
In the women’s second round, top seed Agnieszka Radwanska dispatched Swede Sofia Arvidsson 6-4, 6-3. Fourth-seed Petra Kvitova defeated German Mona Barthel 3-6, 6-2, 7-5, while number six Caroline Wozniacki hammered Sesil Karatantcheva 6-1, 6-0.
Updated at: 05 December 2013
Sarfraz wants probe in Shoaib’s allegations about fixing ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz requested Islamabad High Court Justice Shaukat Siddiqui to take suo moto action on Shoaib Akhtar's allegations against some players throwing away matches against different opponents in the recent years.
Sarfraz expressed these views during Meet the Rawalpindi Islamabad Sports Journalists Association forum (RISJA) organised at Islamabad Tennis Complex, as RISJA office located in Pakistan Sports Complex was locked on PSB Director General Syed ...
Updated at: 05 December 2013
Trend Report: Pantene Bridal Couture Week 2013 KARACHI: Wedding season is unmistakably in the air. While the Pantene Bridal Couture Week held last weekend may have had little to offer in the way of new designs for those getting married this winter, spring brides-to-be can certainly do with a refresher course in what bridal designers have to offer for the 2013-2014 wedding season.
Black is the new Black
While some collections may have tried too hard to cater to various tastes (Arsalan Iqbal on Day 1 of PBCW 2013), most of the collections ...
Karachi police prepare list of 450 terrorists: Shahid Hayat KARACHI: Karachi police have prepared a list of 450 terrorists involved in unrest in the port city and it would be presented before the Sindh government today (Thursday), Geo News reported.
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The Institute for Science and International Security, a private group opposed to nuclear proliferation, said that India ... ECP, Shah write to PM for fresh census ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) and Leader of Opposition in the National Assembly (NA) Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday separately wrote letters to Prime Minister (PM) Nawaz Sharif, calling for a fresh population census to be conducted in Pakistan.
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