Djokovic out­lasts Fed­erer in Paris

Miami Herald (Sunday) - - Sports - From Mi­ami Her­ald Wire Ser­vices

No­vak Djokovic beat Roger Fed­erer 7-6 (8-6), 5-7, 7-6 (7-3) in an epic Paris Mas­ters semi­fi­nal last­ing three hours, fi­nally seal­ing vic­tory when Fed­erer hit a back­hand into the net af­ter saving two match points.

Djokovic’s fourth straight win over Fed­erer and 25th in 47 con­tests sends him into the fi­nal against un­seeded Rus­sian Karen Khachanov, who has never played in a Mas­ters fi­nal. Khachanov con­tin­ued his strong re­cent form by beat­ing Do­minic Thiem 6-4, 6-1.

Djokovic is on a 22-match win­ning streak and will aim to move level with Rafael Nadal on a record 33 Mas­ters ti­tles.

Else­where: Ash­leigh


Barty ral­lied from a set down to beat de­fend­ing cham­pion Julia Go­erges 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi­fi­nals of the WTA Elite Tro­phy at Zhuhai, China. The Aus­tralian faces Wang Qiang, who beat Gar­bine Mugu­ruza 6-2, 6-0, in

Sun­day’s fi­nal.


A Gym­nas­tics: Si­mone Biles won the floor ex­er­cise at the world gym­nas­tics cham­pi­onships and added a bronze on bal­ance beam to wrap up a re­mark­able meet at Doha, Qatar, in which she com­peted while bat­tling a kid­ney stone, by win­ning six medals.

A Auto rac­ing: Cole Custer re­gained the lead af­ter the fi­nal restart with two laps to go, push­ing past rookie driver Tyler Red­dick to win the NASCAR Xfin­ity race at Fort Worth, Texas, and lock­ing in a chance to race for the se­ries cham­pi­onship. It was the first win of the sea­son for the 20-year-old Custer, who main­tained con­trol af­ter he and Red­dick made hard con­tact while rac­ing to the check­ered flag. ... Justin Ha­ley joined team­mate Johnny Sauter in the four­man field for the NASCAR Camp­ing World Truck Se­ries cham­pi­onship, win­ning at (Fort Worth) Texas Mo­tor Speed­way late Fri­day night for an au­to­matic berth.

A Soc­cer: In its first game since the death of club owner Vichai Sri­vad­dhanaprabha in a he­li­copter crash last week­end, Le­ices­ter won an emo­tional and highly charged English Pre­mier League match at pro­moted Cardiff 1-0 as De­marai Gray scored in the 55th minute. James Mil­ner scored his 50th league goal as Liver­pool drew at Arse­nal 1-1 to move one point clear of sec­ond-placed Manch­ester City. .. Real Madrid needed a late goal by Brazil­ian teenager Vini­cius Ju­nior to beat Val­ladolid 2-0 and end its slump in the Span­ish league as in­terim coach San­ti­ago So­lari made his home de­but. ... Roberto Gagliar­dini scored twice and Mat­teo Poli­tano, Joao Mario, and Radja Naing­golan added the other goals as In­ter beat Genoa 5-0 to move to within three points of Serie A leader Ju­ven­tus. ... Freiburg striker Lu­cas Hoeler struck late for a 1-1 draw at Bayern Mu­nich, dam­ag­ing the de­fend­ing cham­pion’s bid to keep the pres­sure on Borus­sia Dort­mund ahead of their encounter next week­end. Dort­mund held on for a 1-0 win at Wolfs­burg and will lead by four points. ... Thierry Henry is still win­less as Monaco’s new coach af­ter four matches, and his side is lan­guish­ing in 19th place in the French league af­ter los­ing at Reims 1-0.

A MLB: The Texas Rangers have hired Los An­ge­les Dodgers third base coach Chris Wood­ward as their man­ager, six weeks af­ter Jeff Banis­ter was fired. ... The At­lanta Braves did not ex­tend a qual­i­fy­ing of­fer to any of their free agents, in­clud­ing cleanup hit­ter Nick Markakis and start­ing pitcher Ani­bal Sanchez, a for­mer Mar­lin. ... The Detroit Tigers claimed re­liever Jose Fer­nan­dez and in­fielder Bran­don Dixon off waivers.

A Fig­ure skat­ing: Olympic cham­pion Alina Zag­i­tova of Rus­sia won the gold medal at the Grand Prix se­ries in Helsinki.

A Box­ing: Ryan Bur­nett needed oxy­gen af­ter be­ing carried out of the ring with an ap­par­ent hip in­jury in his World Box­ing Su­per Se­ries ban­tamweight quar­ter­fi­nal against Nonito Don­aire at Glas­gow, Scot­land.

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