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gave Mercedes its first pole position at
the German Grand Prix since 1954 by
edging Red Bull s three-time defending
Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel
in yesterday s qualifying.
Hamilton s second consecutive pole
and third of the season made up for the
disappointment of seeing the second
Mercedes driver, Nico Rosberg, knocked
down to 11th at the end of the middle
of three qualifying sessions because of
an embarrassing team s miscalculation.
The new tires held and the threat of
a pullout in today s race by top drivers
appeared averted. Hamilton set the fastest
qualifying time of 1 minute, 29.398 sec-
onds. Vettel had dominated the last two
practice sessions but ended up .103 sec-
onds behind Hamilton, who gained his
29th career pole after his team overcame
problems with the car during the last
two practice sessions, which Hamilton
called "disasters." (AP)
Mercedes' Hamilton takes pole for German GP
LONDON---One of the
strangest Wimbledons ever
produced one of its quirkiest
winner of a hard-to-watch
final that had the over-
whelmed runner-up in near
tears while the match was still
Bartoli, whose power game
bothered Sabine Lisicki as
much as any of her notable
eccentricities, won 6-1, 6-4
yesterday to capture her first
Grand Slam title in her 47th
appearance at a major.
"I dreamed about this
moment for so long," Bartoli
said during her on-court inter-
She addressed Lisicki, who
was shaking and in tears.
Indeed, the 15th-seeded Bar-
toli played the part of the expe-
rienced veteran. After losing
serve with a pair of double-
faults in the first game, she
ticked off 11 of the next 12.
The 23rd-seeded Lisicki was
trailing 5-1, 15-40 in the second
set, then came up with a rally
from out of nowhere---unex-
pected considering she was
almost weeping on the court
Lisicki saved three match
points and pulled within 5-4.
But after a tense changeover,
Bartoli served the game out at
love, dropping to her knees
after hitting an ace on match
point, then climbing up the
wall into the players box to cel-
ebrate with 2006 Wimbledon
champion Amelie Mauresmo---
the last Frenchwoman to win
a Grand Slam title---and her
friends and family.
This was Bartoli s first tour-
nament title of any sort since
2011 and, at 28 years, 9
months, she became the fifth-
oldest first-time Grand Slam
winner in the Open era.
She s awkward---with a
jumping, twitching, fidgeting
routine before each point, a
service motion that includes
no bouncing of the ball and a
windup that begins with
crossed wrists before she
uncoils by arching her back,
stretching her unbent arm
behind her head, then tossing
the ball. She hits two-handed
groundstrokes from each side,
pumps her fist after almost
Whatever it is, it works. She
punished those groundstrokes,
had no problem with Lisicki s
serve, and undercut the notion
that only Serena Williams can
play the power game in
women s tennis.
It was Lisicki who knocked
Williams out of this tourna-
ment in the fourth round, and
had the big serve and big
groundstrokes to keep going to
her first career Grand Slam
Under the bright sunshine
and the glare of Centre Court,
however, she lost complete con-
trol of her serve, her game and
After hitting her second serve
into the bottom of the net while
serving down 3-1 in the second
set, Lisicki could be seen stifling
back the tears as the pressure
of her first Grand Slam final
caught up with her. She did the
same during the changeover,
gesturing at her coaches before
briefly draping a towel over her
Only then did she gather a
bit of composure, staving off
the three match points, then
briefly making a match of it.
Despite the loss, she ll make
about $1.2 million---not bad for
a player with career earnings of
$2.8 million to this point.
Bartoli gets a $2.4 million
winner s share and caps off a
lifelong quest. (AP)
LONDON---Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are
building their own Grand Slam rivalry, one that
perhaps someday will merit mention alongside
Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal, or Djokovic vs Nadal.
When the No 1-ranked Djokovic faces No 2 Murray
to determine Wimbledon s champion today, it will
be their fourth meeting in a major final---and third
in less than a year.
Djokovic beat Murray at the Australian Open in
2011. Murray beat Djokovic at the US Open last Sep-
tember. Djokovic beat Murray at the Australian Open
That s not yet quite up to the lofty standard set
by Federer and Nadal, who played each other in eight
Grand Slam title matches from 2006-11. Djokovic
and Nadal have contested five major finals since
2010, including a stretch of four in a row.
While part of the appeal of the Federer-Nadal
matchup lies in their vastly contrasting games---all
the way down to the most basic level, righty vs lefty---
Djokovic-Murray features two guys who employ
rather similar styles.
They are improving servers and fantastic returners
who managed to silence big hitters in the semifinals
Friday: Tough to decide whether it was more surprising
that Djokovic had a 22-4 edge in aces during his 7-
5, 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-7 (6), 6-3 victory over No 8 Juan
Martin del Potro, or that Murray had a 20-9 edge
in aces during his 6-7 (2), 6-4, 6-4, 6-3 victory over
No 24 Jerzy Janowicz.
They also are cover-everything hustlers who can
switch from defense to offense, quick as can be.
"There is some similarities there, in terms of if
you look at stats and stuff. I mean, both of us return
well. That s probably the strongest part of our games.
Both play predominantly from the baseline," said
Murray, who is aiming to become the first British
man to win Wimbledon since Fred Perry in 1936.
"We both move well, but a different sort of move-
ment," Murray continued. "He s extremely flexible
and he slides into shots, even on the courts here. He
slides more. He s quite a bit lighter than me. So I d
say I probably move with more power, and he s much
more flexible than me."
Djokovic, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, is seeking
his seventh Grand Slam title overall and will be playing
in his 11th major final. Murray is 1-5 in major finals.
He has reached the championship matches at each
of the last four Grand Slam tournament s he entered;
he skipped this year s French Open because of a bad
Murray didn t need to expend too much energy
to get past Janowicz, but Djokovic s win against del
Potro was physically and emotionally sapping.
It lasted 4 hours, 43 minutes, a record for a Wim-
bledon semifinal, and was filled with intense points.
"I did play a very long match, but I had situations
before where I had to recover even just in 24 hours
for the match the next day," Djokovic said yesterday.
a great team of people around me that make sure
that we respect everything that we usually do. I m
confident I ll be ready for tomorrow (today)." (AP)
building Slam rivalry
Marion Bartoli of France, left, holds her winner's trophy as she stands alongside Sabine Lisicki of
Germany during the trophy ceremony after the Women's singles final match at the All England
Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, London, yesterday. Bartoli won 6-1, 6-4. AP PHOTO
Bartoli cops maiden
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