Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : August 24th 2015 Contents MASON---Roger Federer jutted his
right index finger toward the sum-
mer-blue sky to celebrate his latest
Cincinnati title. He would have
needed both hands to count all of
Might as well just rename it the
Federer Open. Or maybe subtitle it
the Djokovic Heartbreak.
Federer remained perfect in
Cincinnati finals, winning an
unprecedented seventh champi-
onship yesterday while denying
Novak Djokovic the one title that
always eludes him. Federer never
faced a break point during a 7-6 (1),
6-3 victory at the Western & South-
Serena Williams got her name on
the Rookwood trophy for the second
time, beating third-seeded Simona
Halep 6-3, 7-6 (5) for back-to-back
Cincinnati titles. She heads off to
the U.S. Open trying to become the
first player since Steffi Graf in 1988
to pull off a calendar Grand Slam
"I m ready," Williams said. "I don t
care if I win or lose or break even.
I m ready to start it, get it over with,
and be done and go on to the next
event. But I m so ready for New
York. Let s go, right?"
It took Williams six tries before
she got her first Cincinnati title.
Federer has never failed.
The Swiss star is 7-0 in the finals,
which always brings out the best in
him. He loves the fast-playing courts
and the small-town atmosphere in
suburban Cincinnati heading into
the big-city pressure of the US Open.
"I don t know how many years I
can come back, but I ll try my best
to be here many more years to
come," Federer said.
No surprise there. Federer is the
undisputed king of this court.
"He s very good on this center
court," Djokovic said. "He s more
confident each year."
By contrast, the world s top-
ranked player is 0-5 in Cincinnati
championship matches, never win-
ning so much as one set. Djokovic
covets the title---the only one he
needs to become the first to win all
nine of the current ATP Masters
"The fifth time I ve been in the
title (match) and never won this title,
so I guess I have to wait for Roger
to retire," Djokovic said. "I ve been
coming back each year wanting it
Federer feels for him.
"I really hope you can win here
someday," Federer told him on court
during the trophy presentations. "He
deserves it. C mon, so close."
In addition to Cincinnati, Federer
has won seven titles at Dubai and
Wimbledon, eight at Halle.
It was Federer s first tournament
since he lost to Djokovic in the finals
at Wimbledon. With the win, he ll
be seeded second behind Djokovic
at the US Open.
Federer spent the last few weeks
practicing in Switzerland, and he
arrived in Cincinnati hoping to get
his game smoothed out for the US
Open. His serve is right where he
needs it. During his five matches in
Cincinnati, Federer wasn t broken
during 49 service games.
He faced only three break points
all week, none on Sunday when he
lost only 13 points during his 11 serv-
ice games and the tiebreaker. Federer
also won the 2012 title without hav-
ing his serve broken all week.
Djokovic fought off four break
points early in the first set, and Fed-
erer never gave up more than two
points a game off his serve as it went
to a tiebreaker. Djokovic became
animated as he dumped three shots
into the net during the tiebreaker,
helping Federer take control. At that
point, it was clear where this one
Another Federer win. Another
Federer broke him and went up
3-0 in the second set. Djokovic
fought off three breaks points during
an 18-point game that pulled him
within 4-2, but Federer held serve
and closed it out when Djokovic
returned a serve long. Then he raised
his racket in his left hand and his
right index finger in celebration.
One of seven.
Halep was the runner-up at
Toronto a week earlier and was hop-
ing to beat Williams for the second
time in less than a year---he upset
her at the WTA Finals in October.
Halep broke Williams serve to open
the match, but couldn t sustain it.
Williams won four of the last six
points in the tiebreaker, finishing it
when Halep sliced a backhand shot
into the net. And then, the talk about
the Grand Slam sweep began.
"I know you can do four," Halep
told her during the trophy presen-
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former Under-19 batsman Tage-
narine Chanderpaul is hoping
to break into the upcoming West
Indies Cricket Board (WICB)
Professional Cricket League s
(PCL) four-day squad for the
2015/2016 season, which begins
The Guyanese, currently train-
ing with the Guyana Jaguars fran-
chise, said that the upcoming sea-
son is one where he will look to
cement himself in the longer for-
"Hopefully if I get a knock in
the tournament, I ll try and get
some runs and do well for the
team, because we are the defend-
ing champions and we have to
retain that status," he said.
Currently at 19 years, Chan-
derpaul, who has a total of nine
first-class matches with an aver-
age of 20, will be looking to follow
in the footsteps of his father, vet-
eran West Indies middle-order
batsman Shivnarine Chander-
"After I finish training in the
mornings here (with the team), I
usually go home and practise my
batting in the nets about an hour
or so in the bowling machine,"
said the young left- hander.
At the Under--19 level last year,
he was an outstanding performer
at the top of the order, scoring
112 against India at the 2014
World Cup in Dubai but his side
still failed to secure the win.
For the longer format, however,
he says that more patience is
needed, declaring, "When you go
out to bat, you try to get a start,
don t play too many shots, just
try and stay tight until you get a
"Get in and then you start
scoring a bit more freely. I try and
stay tight upfront. As an opening
batsman, the new ball does a bit.
You ve just got to try and stay
tight and bat off the sheen."
Tagenarine hopes for
Guyana Jaguars pick
Tagnerine Chanderpaul, right, and his father West Indies standout
Federer stays perfect in Cincinnati
Captain of the T&T Red Steel
Dwayne Bravo has lauded the initia-
tive by the T&T Olympic Committee
to establish an Elite Athlete Welfare
Fund with the aim of inspiring the
nation s athletes to win 10 or more
Olympic Gold medals by 2024.
The Fund which was launched back
in January was designed to complement
the Elite Athlete Fund already in effect
by the Government and people of T&T
and managed by the Ministry of Sport.
Bravo said, "I think it s good. I am
an athlete and I believe athletes could
only do so much. They need support.
If the aim is for this medal count by
the 2024 Olympics, then that means
they have a target in mind, they have
a goal set and I think it s important
that whatever assistance they can get
from government, from companies,
then we are working for 2024. I think
they can be successful and achieve the
ten gold medals."
With the one-year mark to Rio 2016
now in effect and prospective athletes
count down the days, he said, "I just
want them to give it their best shot.
The Olympics is something that comes
once every four years. It s like the (ICC)
Cricket World Cup for us and it s a
dream come through for any athlete to
be part of the Olympics and to represent
My advice is for them to work hard...
give it their best shot. Some of them
go as individuals, some go as a team,
but eventually the T&T Olympic team
leaves as a team. It s important that
they give themselves the best chance
to be in the best shape, so that they
can perform to the best of their ability
and also put T&T on the map, again.
There is nothing better than represent-
ing your country. I love representing
T&T. Whenever you re on that big stage
hearing your national anthem playing,
seeing your national flag: those colours
alone make your feel special."
Issues related to the insufficient fund-
ing of athletes and lack of access and
or lack of facilities for the nation s bud-
ding stars were among Bravo s pet
In spite of these challenges, he called
on elite athletes to get in the right frame
of mind and prepare themselves well.
Bravo held the view that once local
medal hopefuls prepared well, more
often than not, they were going to exe-
cute and eventually reap rewards.
"I am reading the papers and watch-
ing television and seeing these chal-
lenges athletes have for funding, for
facilities. They don t have proper train-
ing grounds, proper gyms and I think
in this day and age now where sports
unifies the country, we can do a lot
more where facilities are concerned...
where funding is concerned, because
most of those athletes go about their
business with basically nothing. They
don t get a big salary. In terms of facil-
ities to prepare, to train, we don t have
it here and we expect those athletes to
go out there and compete with the best
in the world," he said.
Bravo added, "Obviously, it s going
to be tough. We have the talent, but
we need to have the resources to enrich
those talents. We just can t rely on nat-
ural ability and natural talent and expect
to make it world-wide. I honestly
believe we could do a lot more and
should do a lot more."
He s no big fan of netball, but the
mere fact that this country s athletes
were competing in the just concluded
Netball World Cup in Sydney, Australia,
caused him to pay great attention to
the nightly television newscast and the
daily newspapers for progress reports
on the team.
Commenting on the outstanding
performances recorded by this country s
athletes at the Pan American Games
in Toronto, Canada, the Pan American
Junior Championships in Edmonton,
Canada; the North American, Central
American and Caribbean (NACAC)
Senior Championships in Costa Rica;
Parapan Am Games also held in, Cana-
da, Bravo had nothing but praise for
them, including those who this time
around weren t successful at securing
"It s not easy to take part in event
that is so big and perform at the highest
level, carrying the ambitions of an entire
nation on your shoulders. It s not easy!
It s good that it s going down as one
of our best Pan Am Games and with
the Olympics right around the corner
that in itself would give them confi-
"Success always gives you that com-
fort that you can do well at the highest
level and do better. Doing what they
did at the Games gives those athletes
self-confidence and the self-belief that
they can actually go to the Olympic
and win medals, as well," declared
Bravo lauds TTOC's
preparations will always bear fruit'
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