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LONDON---Andy Murray was struggling, both with
his serve and his hair.
He gave himself a little trim during a changeover
in the first set, but on the court he found it difficult
Taking advantage of it all was Rafael Nadal, who
ended up with a 6-4, 6-1 win yesterday for his second
straight victory at the season-ending ATP finals and
a spot in the semifinals.
Murray and Nadal traded breaks to open the match,
and then Nadal held to make it 2-1. During the
changeover, the second-seeded Murray pulled out a
pair of scissors and clipped off a few strands of hair.
"I had some hair in my eye, and I just wanted to
get rid of it," said Murray, clearly annoyed with the
line of questioning. "That literally took two seconds.
That was it."
Nadal said he didn t notice Murray s actions, but
laughed when he was told that Murray said his hair
was bothering him.
Maybe it helped a bit, because Murray then held
his serve. But soon Nadal was back on top, breaking
to end the first set.
With his hair in check, Murray s serve started to
cause some problems.
He ended up with four double-faults, including
two in a row during his first service game of the
second set. When Murray missed the first serve of
the following point, a fan in the crowd, presumably
in favor of Nadal, shouted out "cinco" to note it was
his fifth straight fault.
The next serve went in, but a backhand that sailed
wide gave Nadal a 2-0 lead as the Spaniard won nine
of 10 points during that stretch.
Murray ended up landing only 43 percent of his
first serves, and only 38 percent in the second set.
Nadal beat French Open champion Stan Wawrinka
in his opening match, and will next face already-
eliminated David Ferrer on Friday. Murray will play
Wawrinka on the same day for the other spot in the
In yesterday s late match at the O2 Arena, Wawrinka
overcame an early break in the first set to beat Ferrer
For Nadal, his play so far at the tournament has
been a continuation of his late season improvement
during a year in which he has lost 19 times, a relatively
staggering number for him.
Even at the French Open, a tournament he has
won a record nine times, Nadal lost in the quarter-
finals. But since his third round exit at the US Open,
things have gotten better. He is now 15-4 since then.
SANTIAGO---The president of Chile s foot-
ball federation has officially resigned after
he refused to answer questions over his
possible links to the corruption scandal at
world football governing body Fifa, the
federation said yesterday.
Flanked by police officers and under the
flashes of cameras, a gaunt-looking Sergio
Jadue told reporters at Santiago s airport
Tuesday night that he was taking a vacation
with his family before he boarded a plane
to Miami. Local media had been reporting
that he was on his way to becoming an FBI
informant, but Jadue declined to comment
on whether he would be helping US author-
ities who are investigating corruption at Fifa.
Reports of his imminent resignation began
surfacing last week after Jadue returned
from an unexpected trip to Brazil and dis-
missed rumors that he had travelled to coop-
erate with US authorities.
That day, "the board of directors of Chile s
federation asked Jadue to meet us urgently
to clear up the questions surrounding the
investigation by the US prosecutors," acting
president Jaime Baeza said in a press con-
ference. "Since he didn t give us an answer
or cleared up questions, he was asked to
step aside for the good of the industry and
But Jadue refused to resign and instead
asked for a 30-day medical leave, Baeza
said. Hours later, members of Chile s inves-
tigations police, the country s equivalent of
the FBI, visited the headquarters of the fed-
eration to notify Jadue and other officials
that they were wanted for questioning as
part of a local probe.
Right after the Fifa scandal broke in May,
Jadue, declared his innocence even though
he was not formally charged in the US.
Justice Department indictments. Without
specifying them by name, the indictments
said most presidents of the 10 South Amer-
ican federations would receive $1.5 million
in bribes from marketing company Datisa
in exchange for each upcoming Copa Amer-
Chile football federation says its president resigned
gives himself haircut
Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning a point
against Andy Murray of Britain during their singles
tennis match at the ATP World Tour Finals at the O2
Arena in London, yesterday. AP PHOTO
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