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LONDON---The draw for Wimbledon was
relatively kind to defending champion
Andy Murray. It was a lot more daunting
for top-ranked Rafael Nadal.
Murray, who last year became the first
British man to win Wimbledon since Fred
Perry in 1936, was drawn yesterday to open
the defense of his title against 104th-ranked
David Goffin of Belgium, who will be playing
in the main draw of the grass-court tour-
nament for only the third time.
In the women s draw, top-ranked and
five-time champion Serena Williams is in
the same quarter as French Open champion
Maria Sharapova. The two could face each
other in the quarterfinals.
Murray, who is seeded third this year, has
admitted he does not know how he will
cope with the pressure of walking onto Cen-
tre Court as the defending champion on
At least he has a relatively smooth path
in the draw until the quarterfinals, where
he could play seventh-seeded David Ferrer
or Grigor Dmitrov, who won last week s
warm-up at Queen s Club. Then looms a
potential semifinal against top-seeded Novak
Djokovic---a rematch of last year s final.
"It will be a proud moment to come back
as defending champion," said Murray, who
is now coached by former Wimbledon
champion Amelie Mauresmo after parting
ways with Ivan Lendl earlier this season. "I
don t know how I will feel, I have no idea.
I m sure I will be nervous and feel some
pressure, but I ll try to enjoy it. It s a new
experience for me."
For Nadal, it s a lot trickier. The Spaniard,
who holds two Wimbledon titles, has not
fared well on the grass the past two years,
losing in the second round in 2012 and the
first round last year. He s also coming off
a loss in his first match at the Halle grass-
The top-ranked Nadal, who is seeded No
2, will start against No 57 Martin Klizan of
Slovakia. The Spaniard, who won his ninth
French Open title earlier this month, could
then face Lukas Rosol, who beat him here
two years ago.
Nadal, the only man with at least one
Grand Slam title in 10 consecutive years,
could then be pitted against big-serving Ivo
Karlovic in the third round. Waiting in the
quarterfinals could be another big hitter---
eighth-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada.
Yesterday s draw put Murray in the top
half with Djokovic, who won Wimbledon
in 2011. Nadal is in the bottom half with
seven-time champion Roger Federer.
Federer will start against Paolo Lorenzi
of Italy and Djokovic will play his first match
against Andrey Golubev of Kazakhstan.
Djokovic could meet Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
in the fourth round and former finalist
Tomas Berdych in the last eight.
Federer, who has lost before the quarter-
finals at three of the last four Slams, might
face third-ranked and Davis Cup teammate
Stan Wawrinka in an all-Swiss encounter
in the quarters.
Sharapova, who defeated Serena Williams
in the 2004 final at the age of 17 to win her
only Wimbledon title and first Grand Slam
championship, will open against Samantha
Murray. Williams will take on Anna
If Williams and Sharapova get to the quar-
terfinals, it will set up their 19th career
meeting. Williams leads 16-2 and has not
lost to her Russian rival since the 2004 WTA
The other potential women s quarterfinals
are: Simona Halep vs Jelena Jankovic, Vic-
toria Azarenka vs Agnieszka Radwanska,
and Petra Kvitova vs. Li Na.
Williams is coming off a second-round
loss at the French Open, where Sharapova
won her fifth major title. After Williams
previous early exit at the French Open in
2012, when she lost in the first round, she
went on to win Wimbledon and the US
Williams could face an intriguing fourth-
round match against Eugenie Bouchard, the
20-year-old Canadian who has reached the
semifinals of both Grand Slams so far this
year. But the 13th-seeded Bouchard faces a
challenging first-round opponent in Daniela
In the absence of defending champion
Marion Bartoli, who retired less than six
weeks after winning her sole Grand Slam
title, last year s runner-up finalist Sabine
Lisicki will open Centre Court play on Tues-
day against Julia Glushko.
The third-seeded Halep, who achieved a
breakthrough performance at the French
Open by reaching her first major final, is
in the same quarter as former No 1 Ana
EASTBOURNE---Top-seeded Richard Gas-
quet of France and defending champion
Feliciano Lopez advanced to the final of
the Aegon International yesterday.
In the women s tournament, American
Madison Keys defeated Britain s Heather
Watson 6-3, 6-1 to make her first WTA
final where she faces Angelique Kerber of
Gasquet eased past Denis Istomin of
Uzbekistan 6-4, 6-2 and will be bidding
for his 11th career title and first since Moscow
in October 2013. Lopez reached his second
final in two weeks by defeating American
Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (4). He will be chas-
ing his fourth title and first since winning
at Eastbourne last year.
The 19-year-old Keys---the youngest play-
er in the top 50---fought off three break
points before taking the opening set with
a single break.
Chasing her fourth career title, Kerber
reached her second Aegon International
final with a 3-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory over
2009 champion Caroline Wozniacki.
Fifth-seeded Kerber, who finished as run-
nerup to Tamira Paszek in 2012, challenged
her Danish opponent throughout the match
which featured fiercely contested baseline
Kerber held a set point at 5-4 before win-
ning the last six points of the tiebreaker to
claim the second set, and in the third she
finished strongly by sweeping five of the
last six games.
Wozniacki s engagement to golfer Rory
McIlroy ended last month. After Friday s
match she said: "You know, sometimes life
throws you things that you didn t expect,
but you just have to embrace it and move
forward. It makes you stronger. I m in a
good place right now." (AP)
WORB---Time trial world champion
Tony Martin of Germany extended his
lead in the Tour de Suisse with a dominant
performance against the clock in the race s
seventh stage in Switzerland yesterday.
Martin was in a class of his own on the
24.7-kilometer (15-mile) course and beat
Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands by 22
seconds. Portugal s Rui Costa was third,
28 seconds behind Martin.
With two mountain stages still to come,
Martin leads Dumoulin by 28 seconds in
the overall standings, while Costa moved
up to third, 1 minute, 5 seconds behind.
Saturday s eighth stage takes the peloton
from Delmont to the ski resort of Verbier.
The tour finishes tomorrow.
"Now for the weekend, anything is pos-
sible," Martin said. "Tomorrow s
(today)stage is the easier of the remaining
two. The last climb, I hope I can treat it
like a time trial, find a good rhythm and
hang on to the other guys. I have the jersey,
but it will not be easy."
Team Sky s Sergio Henao was involved
in a training accident and retired from the
race before the time trial. Martin s team-
mate Tom Boonen also pulled out, still
feeling the effects of a crash in training
earlier this month.
Boonen s Quick-Step team said the one-
day race specialist has a right hip injury
that requires a few days of rest.
"It s a shame, especially because I am
sad I can t be there to help Tony Martin
defend his leader s jersey at Tour de Suisse,"
Boonen said. "But I think it s a wise decision
to stop now and recover." (AP)
CLEVELAND---The Cavaliers went outside the
box, and outside the country to find their new
The club ended a 39-day search yesterday by
agreeing on a contract with successful European
coach David Blatt, a person familiar with the
negotiations on condition of anonymity because
the team is not commenting.
Terms of Blatt s contract were not immediately
known. The Cleveland Plain Dealer was first to
report the Cavs coming to terms with Blatt.
American-born and Princeton-educated, Blatt
spent the past two decades winning titles in
Israel and leading Russia to a bronze medal at
the 2012 London Olympics. The 55-year-old
recently resigned from Maccabi Tel Aviv, a club
he led to the Euroleague championship this sea-
son, to pursue his dream of coaching in the NBA.
He ll get his chance with the Cavs, who haven t
been to the playoffs since 2010 and fired Mike
Brown on May 12 following a 33-49 season. Blatt
is Cleveland s third coach in three years and he
arrives less than a week before the Cavs will
select first in the draft.
Cleveland s surprising decision to give Blatt
the job came after the team talked to several
high-profile college coaches and met with some
former NBA head coaches and other up-and-
coming assistants. This week, the team zeroed
in on Blatt, who is widely considered one of the
game s brightest offensive minds.
As the sides were negotiating Blatt s contract,
the Cavs got a closer look at Duke forward Jabari
Parker, who worked out at the team s training
facility in Independence, Ohio. Parker is one of
the Cavs options with the No. 1 overall pick, a
selection they are determined to get right.
Last year, the Cavs selected forward Antony
Bennett with the top pick, but he had a disastrous
rookie season which began with him coming into
training camp out of shape after undergoing
shoulder surgery. (AP)
reach Topshelf final
HERTOGENBOSCH---Zheng Jie of China reached
her first WTA final in 2 1/2 years when she beat
Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia 6-1, 6-3 in
the Topshelf Open on Friday.
Zheng won in her last final appearance in
Auckland, New Zealand, in 2012, for her fourth
She broke Rybarikova six times, and will meet
American qualifier Coco Vandeweghe, who beat
2005 champion Klara Koukalova 6-4, 6-2 with
nine aces a week after losing to the Czech on
Birmingham s grass in the second round.
Vandeweghe, who has a 1-1 record against
Zheng, will play in only her second final, looking
for her maiden title.
In men s quarterfinals suspended overnight
because of rain, third-seeded Roberto Bautista
Agut of Spain ended the title defense of sev-
enth-seeded Nicola Mahut of France 6-3, 4-6,
In the semifinals, Bautista Agut defeated eighth-
seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria, 4-6, 6-2, 7-
6. Melzer had outlasted second-seeded Fernando
Verdasco of Spain in a match which was sus-
pended at one set all, and Melzer prevailed 7-
6 (3), 6-7 (6), 7-6 (9) after more than three hours
for only the third time in nine matches with Ver-
It was also Melzer s best result since he returned
to the tour in mid-April from a seven-month
layoff for a shoulder injury.
Bautista Agut will meet Benjamin Becker in
the final, after the later beat Joao Sousa, 6-3, 7-
agreement with Blatt
Andy Murray to start his Wimbledon
defence against Belgium's David Goffin.
Martin extends lead at Tour de Suisse
Murray could face Djokovic
in Wimbledon semis
Gasquet through to Eastbourne final
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