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BASEL---Roger Federer eased to victory
in the first round at his hometown Swiss
Indoors event yesterday, beating Adrian
Mannarino of France 6-4, 6-2.
Federer swept the final five games against
the 60th-ranked Mannarino to win in one
hour, 12 minutes.
Hampered by back injuries in a difficult
season, Federer has won only one title as
his ranking has dropped to No 7. He also
has yet to secure a place in the eight-man
lineup at the season-ending ATP World
Tour finals in London next month.
A five-time champion at Basel, Federer
is only seeded third this week and made
just 51 per cent of his first serves yesterday.
He needed 13 chances to break Mannarino s
serve four times in the match.
The last time he played in Switzerland,
Federer fell to a straight-set loss to 55th-
ranked German Daniel Brands in his opening
match at the Swiss Open in July. Federer
said Sunday he is fitter and more confident
now, and broke Mannarino s serve to begin
the match. Still, he double-faulted to lose
his second service game.
Settling into his rhythm, Federer broke
again to lead 4-3 and converted his first set
point with a forehand winner.
Mannarino, who lost to Federer in the
third round of the US Open, sent a two-
handed backhand long to concede a 3-2
lead in the second set.
Federer broke serve again by hitting
another forehand winner and clinched the
match with a serve that Mannarino could
Earlier yesterday, Lukasz Kubot of Poland
beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 7-5
(6), 6-2, and Tobias Kamke of Germany
beat Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 6-
4. Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine was play-
ing Kenny de Schepper of France in the late
VALENCIA---Spanish qualifier Roberto Bautista
Agut upset eighth-seeded Kevin Anderson of
South African 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 yesterday in the
first round of the Valencia Open.
Anderson finished with 15 aces but was broken
twice in the final set as Bautista Agut wrapped
up the win in 2 hours, 26 minutes.
Seventh-seeded Fabio Fognini of Italy avoided
a similar set by beating Martin Klizan of Slovenia
7-5, 3-6, 6-0.
Marcel Granollers of Spain advanced when
Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia was forced to retire
with an injury while leading 2-1 in the first set.
Also, Dmitry Tursunov of Russia eased past
Spain s Albert Montanes 6-4, 6-1. (AP)
Bautista Agut beats
Anderson in Valencia
LONDON---After playing a role in the inclusion of
her sport in the Olympic program, American golfer
Michelle Wie has been named an ambassador for
the Youth Olympic Games.
The International Olympic Committee said yes-
terday that 24-year-old Wie is expected to share her
experience with the young golfers competing at the
Youth Games in Nanjing, China. Golf will feature in
the competition scheduled next year ahead of its
return to the Olympics in Rio in 2016.
A Stanford graduate, Wie travelled to the IOC Ses-
sion in Copenhagen in 2009 to campaign for the re-
inclusion of golf. She said making the American team
for the Rio Olympics is "one of my biggest focus-
es."The second edition of the Summer Youth Olympic
Games will be held from August 16-28, 2014, and
will feature 28 sports.
The IOC also confirmed that pole vault star Yelena
Isinbayeva would not be removed from her role as
ambassador for the event following her negative com-
ments about gays.
Asked whether it was appropriate for Isinbayeva
to remain as an Youth Olympic ambassador, former
IOC president Jacques Rogge said last month that
there was a chance her role could be reconsidered.
But IOC spokesman Andrew Mitchell said that
given Isinbayeva has clarified that "she is opposed
to any kind of discrimination against gay people,"
there was no need to remove her.
Isinbayeva condemned homosexuality last August
at the world championships, saying Russians have
"normal" heterosexual relations, and criticized two
Swedish athletes who painted their fingernails in
rainbow colors in support of gay rights. The next
day, Isinbayeva said her comments in English may
have been misunderstood and that she is against any
Wie named Youth
Federer opens Swiss Indoors event with victory
Roger Federer...opens Swiss Indoors event with
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