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Isner beats del Potro to reach
Paris semis, Nadal withdraws
PARIS---John Isner stayed on track
for the last spot at the ATP Finals
by beating Juan Martin del Potro
6 4, 6 7 (5), 6 4 in the Paris Mas-
ters quarter inals yesterday.
The American was the run-
ner-up last year and needs to win
the tournament to reach the i-
nals in London this month.
"I've given myself a pretty good
shot to qualify," Isner said. "But
it's going to be very tough."
Meanwhile, top-ranked Rafael
Nadal pulled out with a right
knee injury, and hopes to be it
to make the London ield.
The loss ended del Potro's
hopes of reaching London. The
Argentine needed to win to guar-
antee his place.
"I'm exhausted. But I did all my
effort, I don't have anything to
(reproach) myself (for)," del Potro
said. "I've been playing three sets
today without legs, without en-
er y. Now it's time to get home
and enjoy the vacation."
The eighth and last berth for
London is between Isner and
Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain,
who is ahead of Isner in the race.
Isner, who played with strap-
ping above his left knee, broke
for 2 1 in the third set. With an
unreturnable serve on his irst
match point, Isner topped del
Potro for only the third time in
Isner will next face Serbian
quali ier Filip Krajinovic, who
advanced when Nadal withdrew.
"This week he's played with a
lot of ener y," said Isner, who has
been refuelling with a rare treat.
"After a match like this, any cal-
ories are pretty good. I actually
had a cheeseburger. I had one
yesterday, too. And they cook a
good one here."
Nadal signalled his knee wasn't
right during his third-round win
over Pablo Cuevas on Thursday.
"I'm going to do my treat-
ment, do my best to be playing in
London," he said. "But I cannot
talk about that now; it is tough
enough for me to pull out from
Tournament director Guy For-
get praised Nadal for his attitude
in trying his hardest to play, de-
spite the evident pain he was in.
"We all know Rafa, once he
says he's going to do something
he sticks to it," Forget said. "He
said 'I'm sorry' to me 10 times,
like a kid who's done something
wrong. I said, 'No, no, I'm sorry
Krajinovic, a quali ier ranked
77, is through to his irst Masters
semi inal and becomes the irst
quali ier to reach the semis since
Jerzy Janowicz in 2012.
"My goal this year was to play
challengers to pick up points for
next year," he Serb said. "I was al-
ready top 100 two or three years
ago; then I had bad luck with in-
Krajinovic said his progress
was stalled by "an extra bone
in the wrist" that needed to be
In other quarter inals later yes-
terday, it was Marin Cilic vs Julien
Benneteau, and Fernando Ver-
dasco vs Jack Sock.
After truck attack, NYC circles the wagons around marathon
NEW YORK---In a city shaken by
its deadliest terrorist attack since
9/11, police are promising an un-
precedented security effort to try
to secure a soft target spanning
ive boroughs and 26.2 miles: the
New York City Marathon.
City of icials have sought to
calm the nerves of more than
50,000 runners and huge crowds
of onlookers expected to line the
marathon route by insisting it will
go off Sunday without a hitch only
days after a truck attack killed
eight people in lower Manhattan.
The security detail will include
hundreds of extra uniformed pa-
trol and plain-clothes of icers,
roving teams of counterterrorism
commandos armed with heavy
weapons, bomb-snif ing dogs and
rooftop snipers poised to shoot if
a threat emerges.
The Police Department is also
turning to a tactic it has used to
protect Trump Tower and the
Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade:
16-ton sanitation trucks illed
with sand. The trucks, along with
"blocker cars," will be positioned
at key intersections to try and pre-
vent anyone from driving onto the
course. Marathoners from around
the world who have been stream-
ing into the city in anticipation of
the race expressed mixed feelings
about running so soon after the
"I can be really scared of it
when I am at home and in front of
the TV," Annemerel de Jongh, 28,
of The Hague, Netherlands, said
Thursday as she picked up her
race number at a Manhattan con-
vention centre. "But when I am
running I feel maybe a little bit in-
vincible, like nothing can happen
to me. I can run away from it."
The New York Police Depart-
ment said it has no information
pointing to any credible threat
against the race.
There is no question, though,
that the course provides a secu-
rity challenge, even for a police
department with 35,000 of icers.
The race starts in a relatively se-
cure location. Runners gather at
Staten Island's Fort Wadsworth, a
former military installation now
partially occupied by the U.S.
Coast Guard. From there, though,
the race heads through residential
neighbourhoods with hundreds
of spots where an attacker could
steer a vehicle onto the thickly
packed course. Streets leading
to the course are closed, but on
many of them, in most years, the
only barrier is a blue, wooden
saw-horse and a thin plastic tape.
The crowd is so big, runners
start in waves, meaning some
people will still be standing on the
starting line while competitors in
the wheelchair division are cross-
ing the inish.
"It will be an extraordinary
event, as it always is," Mayor Bill
de Blasio said this week at a news
conference. "It will be well pro-
tected, as it always is."
The attack Tuesday, on a bi-
cycle path miles from the mara-
thon route, was a grim reminder
of how the Islamic State group is
using its propaganda to encour-
age radicalised "lone wolves" to
cause harm with unsophisticated
means in easily accessible set-
The attack by an alleged Islamic
State group supporter "appears to
have followed, almost exactly to
a T, the instructions ISIS has put
out in its social media channels,"
said the NYPD's top counter-ter-
rorism of icial, John Miller.
An online Islamic State group
magazine posted last year ex-
tolled using trucks to kill innocent
victims, saying, "Vehicles are like
knives, as they are extremely easy
to acquire." It also advised "sur-
veying the route for obstacles,
such as posts, signs, barriers,
humps, bus stops, dumpsters,
etc. which is important for side-
Investigators say there's ev-
idence the suspect, 29-year-
old Sayfullo Saipov, did
reconnaissance before driving a
Home Depot rental truck through
an unobstructed entry to a bike
path in lower Manhattan and
mowing down cyclists and pedes-
trians. A police of icer shot and
wounded Saipov before he was
arrested and charged with sup-
porting terrorism and other fed-
Mourinho says he has
paid taxes he owed
to Spain authorities
MADRID---After appearing in court
on Friday, Jose Mourinho said he
has paid everything he owed to
Spanish tax authorities from the
time he coached Real Madrid.
The Manchester United man-
ager made his comments after a
brief appearance before a Spanish
judge to answer questions regard-
ing accusations of tax fraud.
Mourinho is being accused by
Spanish prosecutors of defraud-
ing the country's tax authorities
of 3.3 million euros ($3.8 million)
in unpaid taxes in 2011 and 2012.
He said he left the country in
2013 with the "information and
the conviction" that he was up to
date with his tax obligations, but
two years later he was told that
authorities were still looking into
"I was informed that an investi-
gation was opened and they told
me that in order to regularize my
situation I had to pay a certain
amount of money," Mourinho
said as he left a courthouse on
the outskirts of Madrid. "I did not
complain (or) appeal and I paid
and I signed an agreement and
a compliance act with the state,
saying that everything was closed.
For this reason I was here only
for ive minutes to say the same
things I am telling you."
The investigation remains
open, however, and it will be up
to the judge to decide whether
Mourinho will have to stand trial.
The money in question involves
revenues from image rights, not
salary paid by Real Madrid.
The 54-year-old Portuguese
coach was in charge of Real Ma-
drid from 2010 2013. After the
tax fraud accusations were an-
nounced in June, the agency that
represents Mourinho, Gestifute,
released a statement saying that
the coach paid "more than 26
million euros ($30.3 million) in
taxes, with an average tax rate
over 41 percent, and accepted the
regularization proposals made
by the Spanish tax authorities in
2015 regarding the years of 2011
and 2012 and entered into a settle-
ment agreement regarding 2013."
The agency said at the time that
tax authorities issued a certi icate
in which it attested that Mourinho
was in compliance with all of his
tax obligations. It published cop-
ies of the certi icates.
Mourinho is the latest soccer
igure to be targeted by tax au-
thorities in Spain.
Manchester United manager Jose
Mourinho enters a courthouse in
Madrid, Spain, yesterday. Mourinho
was summoned by a Madrid court
over tax fraud accusations. PICTURE
A New York City police officer stands near the finish line of the New York
City Marathon, in New York's Central Park, yesterday.
John Isner of the United States, right, shakes hands after his victory over
Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina during their quarter-final match of the
Paris Masters tennis tournament.
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