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LONDON - Milos Raonic says it was the quality of his opponent that contributed to his opening loss at the ATP Finals, and not the nerves from making his debut at the prestigious year-ending tournament.Raonic, from Thornhill, Ont., could not duplicate his upset win of just over a week ago against Roger Federer as he lost his opening match to the Swiss star 6-1, 7-6 (0).Raonic denied that he might have been spooked by the unrelenting and overwhelming crowd support for his iconic Swiss opponent and the pressure of the big moment. He said he was simply outplayed by the man he beat nine days ago in a Paris quarter-final, his first win over Federer in seven meetings.Its obviously disappointing, very disappointing actually, the way I finished that second set off, said Raonic, who plays Tuesday against Andy Murray.It took me more a set to find my way into the match because of playing Roger, not because of being here for the first time.Every time you play Roger, the crowds on his side, even if hes playing a local favourite. Its hard for people to cheer against Roger.Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion chasing a seventh title at the year-end tournament, saved all four break points he faced to avenge his loss to the big-serving Raonic in Paris.Thankfully he didnt play quite so well, like he did in Paris maybe, the second-seeded Federer said. He gave me a few shots here and there, especially at the beginning of the breaker. I think those were crucial. I was happy to bring it home because it was very close at the end of the second.Earlier, Japans Kei Nishikori beat home favourite Murray 6-4, 6-4, and in doubles action Torontos Daniel Nestor and partner Nenad Zimonjic lost their first match 6-3, 7-5 to Croatias Ivan Dodig and Brazils Marcelo Melo. Raonic went down to Federer in just under 90 minutes.Federer dominated the first set, then had to fight off Raonic as he saved a set point in the second set before wrapping up the win with a love tiebreak.Raonic, who finished with 10 aces, took his total for 2014 past the 1,100 mark. Raonic remains one victory short of his 50th win of the season.He ended with 20 winners, 17 unforced errors and went 0-4 on break point chances.There is always the difficulty of a different atmosphere, different everything in the first round, said Raonic, who served as a London alternate in 2013 but never got onto court.You have to play against one of the best players of all time in that situation. That was the biggest difference, trying to demand a high level right from the get-go.But other than that, it really didnt feel too different than other situations Ive been in.Raonic said it was a different Federer on Sunday than the one he upset in Paris.He was a lot more consistent on his return games, Raonic said. In Paris, Id get free points when I hit aces, but today, when he got his racquet on the ball, he would make me play all the time.I believe he played better today. I believe I started off not playing nearly as well, but I think I sort of found that Paris level in the second set. Thats why I was able to create some opportunities for myself.Meanwhile, Murray is now facing an uphill task to reach the elite tournaments semifinals.The fourth-seeded Nishikori — the first Asian player to qualify for the year-end championship — was in complete control and secured important points in a tough Group B that also includes Federer and Raonic.After the round-robin stage, the top two finishers in each group advance to the semifinals of the indoor tournament at the O2.Obviously now I need to win my next two matches more than likely, and win them well if I want to go through, said Murray, who missed last years tournament after undergoing surgery on his back. Thats going to be tricky because Milos obviously played fantastic last week in Paris, and Roger always plays well at this event. So Im definitely going to have to play better if I want to get through.Murray, who had never lost a set to Nishikori in their three previous matches, only sealed his spot at the season finale last week in Paris following an impressive run that saw him win 20 of his previous 23 matches.But the former Wimbledon champion never looked capable of turning the match around. He dismissed the idea that fatigue finally took its toll on him.I felt OK on the court today, he said. I dont think that was the reason why I lost the match.Murray, who had expressed worries that he could be rejected by local fans after coming out in favour of Scottish independence in September, received a warm welcome as he entered the court.The Scot secured the first break in the fifth game after taking advantage of his opponents unforced errors but could not hold his next serve after hitting two double-faults.Nishikori did not serve well either, hitting eight double-faults and averaging a low first-serve percentage of 46. But Murrays struggles were even worse, winning only seven points on his second serve.I didnt serve well enough. He was able to dictate a lot of points, especially behind my second serve, said Murray. That was the difference.After a cautious start, Nishikori pushed Murray into long rallies before overwhelming him with powerful groundstrokes. Pegged back well behind his baseline, Murray saved one set point with a crosscourt forehand that Nishikori could not return but fluffed a backhand drop shot on the next one.The Japanese player continued at the same pace in the second set and broke for a 2-0 lead after leaving Murray stranded on the baseline with a fine drop shot. The two-time Grand Slam winner fought hard to save three break points in the fourth game to stay in the match and a series of errors from Nishikori in the seventh game helped him to break back.Murray levelled at 4-4 but could not build on the momentum as Nishikori converted his first match point in the 10th game when Murray dropped his serve for the fourth time following three consecutive backhand errors.The second set was almost perfect, said Nishikori. I knew he is very consistent from the baseline so I knew I had to be more aggressive than usual and thats how I won today.Nestor, playing his last event with longtime partner Zimonjic, sealed his sides fate as he double-faulted to put his team into a 5-6 hole in the second set.The second seeds could not recover, with Dodig and Melo winning a game later on the first of three match points.We had too many mistakes, too many double-faults, Nestor said. We gave them some points, they played well, but we shot ourselves in the foot today.Im trying to win, no matter who I play with, obviously it would be nice to win our last tournament together. Nestor and Zimonjic, who won the year-end title in 2008 and 2010, finished with seven aces but were able to convert on only one of four break point chances against Dodig and Melo.The pair have split up for 2015, with Nestor teaming with Indian Rohan Bopanna.— With files from The Associated Press Kendall Wright Titans Jersey .com) - World No. 1 Rafael Nadal, Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and four-time Australian Open titlist Roger Federer were among Mondays fourth-round winners at Melbourne Park. Kendall Wright Authentic Jersey . In taking its goal tally to 99 in all competitions already this season, City delivered another demonstration of its lethal firepower at Etihad Stadium to set up a fourth-round match at home to another second-tier team -- Watford. http://www.titansfansproshop.com/Black- ... ml?cat=894. He was with the New York Jets in 2011 when the NFL locked out their players after they failed to agree on a new contract. 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He took dead aim with a 7-iron to just outside 5 feet for birdie on the 18th hole to force a playoff with Kevin Na, and then won for the first time in America with a 10-foot par putt on the first extra hole. "Right from the 15th hole, I had a lot of missed shots," Matsuyama said. "The double bogey at 16, bogey at 17, not a real good tee shot -- I thought -- at 18. But when I saw the ball on the fairway on the 18th hole there, thats when I was able to think I still have a chance." The 22-year-old Matsuyama earned validation as one of the games bright young stars Sunday by closing with a 3-under 69 and making two clutch putts on the 18th hole for his sixth career victory, the previous five on the Japan Golf Tour. This was his first win against a field of the worlds top players. "I just think youve just seen the start of whats going to be truly one of your worlds great players over the next 10 to 15 years," tournament host Jack Nicklaus said. Nicklaus spent much of the back nine in the broadcast booth, and it was a brand of golf that was unfamiliar to golfs greatest champion. The Memorial became only the latest event where proven players faltered badly. Masters champion Bubba Watson had a one-shot lead with five holes to play. He was 3 over the rest of the way. Adam Scott, the No. 1 player in the world, was tied for the lead until playing the last seven holes in 4 over. "The whole thing is frustrating as I stand here right now," Scott said after his 71. "But everyone is going to feel like that. We all could have done something different. If we all did, who knows what the result would be?" Scott fell apart by hitting one shot into the water, taking two shots to get out of a bunker and losing all hope when his third shot to the par-5 15th hit the pin and caromed back into the fairway, leading to a bogey. Watson dropped three shots by hooking two tee shots. The most damaging was his drive on the 15th that was soo high, so powerful and so far right that it cleared the trees and went into a neighbourhood, leading a double bogey.dddddddddddd Needing a birdie on the 18th, his shot looked good until it took one small hop and stayed in the rough. A few inches closer and it would have fed down the slope for a short birdie chance. He closed with a 72 and finished third, moving him to No. 3 in the world ahead of the injured Tiger Woods. "Its tough," Watson said, who was going for his third win of the year. "I made one bad decision. If I hit 4-wood off the tee instead of driver on the par 5, we make 5 and we win by one. But I made double, so we lost by one." Na finished his round of 64 about two hours earlier. He was in the clubhouse at Muirfield Village, leaning against two pillows on a sofa as he watched the calamity unfold, even joking he might win by not hitting another shot. Thanks to Matsuyama, he had to. And it wasnt pretty. Na hooked his tee shot on the 18th in the playoff, and it went into the creek. He still had 10 feet for bogey when Matsuyama made the winning putt. Na did not speak to reporters. A PGA Tour official tracked him down in the parking lot, and he gave credit to Matsuyama for making a great putt. Adding to the bizarre ending was how Matsuyama played the extra hole. It was not an angry slam of the driver after his tee shot on the 18th in regulation, and he was shocked to see the head fall off. He could have replaced the club because the playoff is not considered part of the round, but he had no replacement. Instead, he went with 3-wood off the tee in the playoff, and it went into the front bunker. He hooked his 5-iron, hitting a spectator in the knee left of the green, and hit a flop shot safely to 10 feet. It was the first par he made on the 18th hole all week. Matsuyama became the first player to make birdie on the closing hole at Muirfield Village four straight rounds. "To win my first PGA Tour event is enough," Matsuyama said. "But to win it here at Mr. Nicklaus course, it really gives me a lot of confidence now going on. And hopefully, Ill be able to use this week as a stepping stone to further my career." Matsuyama became the fourth Japanese player to win on the PGA Tour, the most recent being Ryuji Imada in the 2008 AT&T Classic. The Memorial, even with Woods out with a back injury, featured the strongest field of the year outside the Masters, World Golf Championships and The Players Championship. Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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