Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Switzerland’s Roger Federer waves as he leaves Rod Laver Arena after defeating Britain’s Daniel Evans in their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Defending champion Roger Federer reached the Australian Open third round for a 20th straight year Wednesday but was made to battle hard by Britain’s Dan Evans before winning 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.The ageless 20-time Grand Slam champion, who is gunning for a record seventh Melbourne Park title and third in a row, had breezed past Denis Istomin in the first round, but was given a much tougher examination by the world number 189.ADVERTISEMENT “I think if I could have pulled away early in the match it might have been different,” said the 37-year-old Swiss master who needed 2hr 35min to get past his 28-year-old opponent.Evans, whose ranking plummeted from a career-high 41 after he was slapped with a year-long ban for testing positive to cocaine in April 2017, played almost flawless tennis to stave off a set point on his way to forcing a first set tie-break.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHe even had the temerity to lead 5-3 in the breaker before Federer stepped up a gear and reeled off the next four points with a cry of “Come on!” as he secured a hard-fought opening set after exactly one hour.It was harsh on Evans who had committed only two unforced errors and constantly put the third seed under pressure with his scampering, attacking game and flurry of winners off both wings. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trae Young wins point guard battle as Hawks topple Thunder The plucky Evans, who had covered acres of ground and found the lines brilliantly, needed treatment for blisters on both feet before the second set started and immediately was broken.But he refused to lie down and broke back as Federer served for the set to force another tie-break.“I thought I might have pulled away midway through the second set,” added Federer. “But I couldn’t, to his credit. He played well.”The Swiss star hasn’t often needed luck during his unparallelled career but he took advantage of some in the third set to finally ease the pressure.Holding break point at 2-1, he barely scooped up a half-volley which grabbed the net cord and toppled over forcing Evans to go long.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil A service game to love followed to put Federer 4-1 up and the brave resistance of Evans was finally broken.The veteran will next play either France’s Gael Monfils, seeded 30, or American Taylor Fritz in the last 32.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments
“I don’t think our team has hit a wall at all,” Romar said. “Let’s back up here for 10 games. We won five of six, then over the last four we had a chance to win three of them. I don’t think a team that hits a wall is capable of doing that.” Two of those four losses were a pair of four-point decisions to No. 13 Washington State and No. 12 Pittsburgh. “We’re talking about one thing here: How much better can we get over the next two weeks?” said Romar, whose five-year UW basketball restoration program hit a snag this season as the Huskies attempted to reach the NCAA tourney for a fourth year in a row. “We’re definitely capable,” he said. “It’s a strong league so there are a lot of teams that are capable. But I think we’re one of those teams.” The Huskies have just two seniors, forward Hans Gasser and walk-on Brandon Burmeister. SEATTLE – As the Washington Huskies’ regular season winds down with four losses in a row and two games still to play, coach Lorenzo Romar doesn’t think his team has hit the wall. But he concedes the Huskies (16-12, 6-10 in Pac-10) need to win these last two games – and the Pac-10 tournament as well – to have a shot at advancing to the NCAA tournament. Although the Huskies started off 11-1 and nationally ranked, they have not won more than three in a row since early December. Tonight, the Huskies host No. 23 USC (21-8, 11-5). On Saturday, they host league-leading UCLA (25-3, 14-2), ranked No. 2 in the nation. Those games will be followed by the Pac-10 Tournament in Los Angeles. Only the tournament winner is guaranteed a NCAA berth. That lack of experience has played a significant role in the Huskies’ disappointing season. Sophomore forward Jon Brockman, who leads the Pac-10 in rebounding at 9.5 per game, added that if a turnaround is possible, it had better begin Thursday. “We can’t be bad this weekend,” he said, “and expect miracles to happen in L.A.” – site of the Pac-10 tournament. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!