Fedex in Shanghai quarters
Shanghai: Roger Federer looked unusually flustered as he reached the quarter-finals of the Shanghai Masters on Thursday with victory over Belgium’s David Goffin. The 13th-seed Goffin squandered five set points in the first set before the Swiss superstar pulled through 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 in just under two hours. The 38-year-old plays Germany’s Alexander Zverev or Andrey Rublev in the last eight. Third-ranked Federer and
Goffin had played one another 10 times before, with the Belgian winning only once.
But he had the 20-time Grand Slam winner rattled and shaking his head in the first set.
Pique attempted to buy Notts County last summer:
Barcelona defender Gerard Pique attempted to buy Notts County last summer, according to reports in the English press.
Pique’s Kosmos Global Holding Group, the company he co-founded in 2017, reportedly held talks with County, who are the world’s oldest professional football club. The approach was unsuccessful as County’s financial problems forced them to accept an offer from Danish brothers Alexander and Christoffer Reedtz at the end of July.
Petr Cech joins British ice hockey team as goaltender:
Former Chelsea and Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech is trying his hand — or glove — at ice hockey. The 37-year-old Cech, who retired from playing soccer in the summer and rejoined Chelsea in a backroom role, has signed for British lower-division hockey team Guildford Phoenix as a goaltender. Cech is an avid follower of the NHL and said he played the sport as a youngster in the Czech Republic. “I am delighted to have the opportunity to play with the Phoenix to get the match experience,” Cech told the club’s website.
Mueller admits frustrations amid Bayern exit reports:
Thomas Mueller confirmed Wednesday that he is unhappy being left on the bench at Bayern Munich amid reports he wants to leave in the January transfer window. Mueller, who turned 30 last month, hasn’t started Bayern’s last five games, “a trend that doesn't make me happy,” he told magazine Kicker. “I've just turned 30, I’m in great shape and I'm hungry for success, both with the club and personally. “If the coaching teamonly sees me as a substitute in the future, I have to think things over. I'm just too ambitious for that," Kicker added.