After two days of weather interruptions, there’s a major back-log to the schedule in Paris.Serena Williams will be among the first to start today when she faces a Ukranian opponent in her fourth round match.Men’s top seed Novak Djokovic must also return to the court today after his match against Roberto Bautista Agut had to be called-off, with the pair tied on one set apiece.
Ghana’s James Kotei was an unused substitute in Kaizer Chiefs’ PSL opening game against Highlands Park on Sunday.The Amakhosi won 3-2 to start their campaign with 3 points and they gave debuts to three of their new signings except Kotei.The former Simba FC midfielder stayed on the bench throughout and after the game, Chiefs head coach, Ernst Middendorp, gave his reasons for not using the player in the game.“James Kotei we haven’t used at the moment because he needs a little bit more time. He got flattened in this time (pre-season), playing 10 games in 15 days.You can see it, he is not in a way where you can bring him in at the moment. All the players are needed, it is not a one-man show.”From Middendorp’s comments, it seems Kotei will require a bit more fitness before he gets to make his league debut for Kaizer Chiefs. read more
Source: BBC Sports Roger Federer overcame a brief scare to beat Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his first-round match at the US Open.The 38-year-old Swiss, who is bidding for a record sixth title in New York, lost the first set before recovering to win 4-6 6-1 6-2 6-4.Earlier on Monday, world number one Novak Djokovic progressed with a straight-sets victory over Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena.The Serb kicked off the defense of his title with a 6-4 6-1 6-4 win.Djokovic, 32, has reached the final on his past three appearances in New York but was taken to four sets in his opening two rounds last year.Djokovic, who has won 16 Grand Slams and is aiming to close the gap on Federer (20) and Rafael Nadal (18), faces Argentine Juan Ignacio Londero in the second round.Federer also lost the first set in his opening match against South African debutant Lloyd Harris at Wimbledon last month, improving as the tournament wore on and eventually losing to Djokovic in the final.Nagal, 22, has never won a tour-level match and was playing in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time, but tested his illustrious opponent before losing in two hours and 30 minutes.Third seed Federer will meet Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia-Herzegovina in the next round at Flushing Meadows.“I just tried to forget the first set, play tough and stay with him,” said Federer, who last won the US Open in 2008.“I wasn’t serving consistently enough. I was hitting double faults that usually I don’t do. Also, I was just hitting too many unforced errors. I was in two minds, I guess.“I was able to clear that a little bit. Maybe it’s not a bad thing to go through a match like this.” read more