Nadal overcomes crowd and Fognini to reach Rome semifinals

first_imgSpain’s Rafael Nadal returns the ball to Italy’s Fabio Fognini during a quarter final match at the Italian Open tennis tournament in Rome, Friday, May 18, 2018. (Ettore Ferrari/ANSA via AP)ROME — Seven-time champion Rafael Nadal overcame a poor first set and a partisan crowd to beat Fabio Fognini 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 and reach the Italian Open semifinals on Friday.The crowd at the Foro Italico was decidedly behind Fognini, Italy’s top player, and Nadal was under pressure when Fognini won five straight games to cancel out a 4-1 deficit and win the opening set.ADVERTISEMENT Dave Chappelle donates P1 million to Taal relief operations Winfrey details her decision to withdraw from Simmons film Filoil: Blazers pip Chiefs for fourth straight win Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina MOST READ China population now over 1.4 billion as birthrate falls In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio 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 LATEST STORIEScenter_img Jury of 7 men, 5 women selected for Weinstein rape trial Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding But Fognini couldn’t keep up with Nadal’s consistency and heavy topspin on the red clay court and eventually was physically worn down.Fognini had tape applied under his left knee while trailing 3-2 in the third set due to an apparent physical problem.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownFor a spot in the final, Nadal will play four-time Rome champion Novak Djokovic or Kei Nishikori.In the women’s quarterfinals, defending champion Elina Svitolina defeated Angelique Kerber 6-4, 6-4 for her sixth straight victory over the former No. 1 player. Svitolina will next face Caroline Wozniacki or Anett Kontaveit.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Arsenal transfer news: The £10m Player of the Month scouted by the Gunners and Everton

first_img1 Arsenal and Everton are looking to strengthen their defence and are said to be looking at Ipswich Town youngster Tyrone Mings. Here, talkSPORT’s Transfer Spotlight looks at the 21-year-old.Name: Tyrone MingsDate of birth: 13th March, 1993Birthplace: Bath, EnglandPosition: Left-backClub: Ipswich TownWhat’s the latest?Arsenal are stepping up their interest in £10m-rated Mings, with Gunners scout Pat Holland watching the defender on several occasions. Everton boss Roberto Martinez is also believed to have sent scouts to watch him and is apparently regularly updated on Mings’ rapid development at promotion-chasing Ipswich.Did you know?1) Mings started his football career at Southampton at the age of eight in 2001, playing at the club’s satellite academy in Bath, however, he was released in 2009 when the youth budget was cut. He joined Ipswich from non-league Chippenham Town in 2012 for just £10,000.2) Off the field, Mings has gained a reputation for charitable and generous acts. He spent Christmas Day in 2013 feeding homeless people and when he was given the no.3 shirt by Ipswich in the summer, he offered to replace the tops bought by fans bearing his old no.15.3) Mings is a naturally athletic left-back, but is also equally capable of playing in the centre of defence. This season he has created two goals, but has not shirked his defensive duties, making an average 2.8 tackles per game and 2.6 interceptions.4) Crystal Palace made a £3m offer for him during the transfer window, but he stayed put and having played 16 times this season, Mings was rewarded Championship Player of the Month for September.What is being said? He’s a young, exciting player who has made a lot of progress in his time here and it’s great to see that his form has been noticed with this award. We’ve acknowledged that as a club, too, which is why we offered him a long term deal. He’s done great– Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy praises Mings following his September Player of the Month awardThis flying full-back is showing, at 21, an athleticism and attitude that is great to see. He can defend and he can create for his team. No wonder top-flight clubs were courting him– Former Wolves, West Brom and Sunderland striker Don Goodman, who was on the Player of the Month judging panelVideo evidence: Arsenal transfer target Tyrone Mings last_img read more