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Berdych sends Federer crashing out of US Open

Berdych sends Federer crashing out of US Open

NEW YORK – Roger Federer saw his dream of becoming the first man in 87 years to win six US Opens destroyed by big-swinging Czech Tomas Berdych Wednesday in the Swiss legend’s earliest New York defeat in nine years.

The 17-time Grand Slam title winner, bidding to reach his 33rd Grand Slam semi-final and ninth in a row at the US Open, was beaten 7-6 (7/1), 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 by sixth-seeded Berdych.

“It couldn’t be better,” Berdych said. “There’s no better moment so far than this one.”

It was Federer’s worst defeat at the tournament since losing to David Nalbandian in the fourth round in 2003.

Berdych, who went into the quarter-final with a 4-11 record against the world number one, will now face British third seed Andy Murray for a place in Sunday’s title match.

“I’ll just try to bring something from today and try to add something a little more for my next match,” Berdych said.

The 26-year-old Czech has reached the last four in New York for the first time while Saturday will be his first Grand Slam semi-final since he reached the Wimbledon final in 2010.

That was the tournament where he also defeated Federer in the quarter-finals.

In an extraordinary reversal of fortune, Wednesday’s clash was Berdych’s first appearance in a night match on the main stadium.

Wimbledon champion Federer, by contrast, went into the tie with a perfect 21 wins in his night-time outings.

There was no sign of the drama to come when Federer, who hadn’t played since Saturday as a result of Mardy Fish’s decision to withdraw from their fourth-round clash, broke to lead in the first game of the quarter-final.

But Berdych levelled at 3-3 before romping through the tie-break, taking the opener with his fifth ace.

The big Czech broke for a 1-0 lead in the second set with Federer under siege, having to save two break points in the fifth game.

His resistance cracked, however, under the relentless barrage as a brutal forehand, on the back of two double faults by the top seed, made it a double-break for 5-2.

Federer retrieved one of the breaks in the eighth game before Berdych served it out with a love game in the 10th.

Berdych was 1-0 with a break in the third before Federer pulled it back at 3-3 when the Czech suddenly looked vulnerable with a third double fault of his own.

Federer held to love for 4-3, broke for 5-3 and then claimed the third set when Berdych failed to chase down a drop shot as the top seed looked to pull off a third fightback from two sets to love down in Grand Slams this year.

But Berdych settled himself to break for 5-3 in the fourth set and give himself a chance to serve for the match.

He went comfortably to three match points and claimed a famous win when Federer dumped a lame service return into the net, the last of his uncharacteristic 40 unforced errors. – AFP

Injury-hit England look too strong for Moldova

Injury-hit England look too strong for Moldova

LONDON (Reuters) – England, hit by injuries to key players, are still favourites to start their World Cup qualifying campaign with a win against Moldova in Chisinau on Friday.

England’s manager Roy Hodgson (R) talks with Frank Lampard (C) and Gary Cahill during a soccer training session in London Colney, north of London, September 3, 2012. England will play their World Cup qualifier match against Moldova on Friday. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Defender Ashley Cole, who would have won his 99th England cap on Friday, and striker Andy Carroll were the latest players to withdraw from the squad after being injured at the weekend, and while Cole should return for next Tuesday’s game against Ukraine at Wembley, Carroll is likely to be out for six weeks.

Other absentees include striker Wayne Rooney and midfielder Scott Parker, but England will go into the Group H match in good spirits following their 2-1 friendly win over Italy in Berne last month.

Apart from losing on a penalty shoot-out to Italy in the quarter-finals of Euro 2012 in June, England manager Roy Hodgson is unbeaten in seven matches over 90 minutes since taking over on May 1.

And with England improbably ranked third in FIFA’s world rankings, compared to Moldova’s 141st, anything other than an England win will be a major surprise.

In an online debate with fans on Tuesday night, the coach was asked whether he had had the chance to pick his ideal starting line-up yet because of so many injuries.

Hodgson, 65, said: “Maybe not, we’ve been hampered by injuries to very important players. We lost Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard, for example, before the Euros, and Wayne Rooney wasn’t available for the first couple of games.

“In the Italian game I decided to leave out one or two of the obvious senior players who I thought would have been important during the qualifiers.

“I don’t think that I’ve been able to pick an ideal team as there have always been some important players missing.”

Even with their injuries, England should repeat their wins over Moldova in the qualifiers for the 1998 World Cup, when England won 3-0 in Moldova in September 1996 and 4-0 at Wembley a year later.

Moldova have never qualified for the World Cup and have won only two of the 38 qualifiers they have played. They have not won any of their past 13 over the past seven years.

Their record in the recent qualifying competition for the European Championship was not much better: they won three and lost seven of their 10 games, but two of those wins were against San Marino and the other a 2-0 victory over Finland.

Moldovan coach Ion Caras told the website moldova.sports.md on Wednesday: “We do have confidence in our strength and our chance — however, this is slimmer than England’s.”

San Marino, Poland, Ukraine and Montenegro complete the make-up of Group H.

Although Rooney and Carroll are out of the side, England have plenty of attacking options.

Jermain Defoe, who should make his 50th appearance for England, should lead the line, with either Daniel Sturridge, Danny Welbeck or Theo Walcott in support.

Defoe came on as a substitute and scored the winner in England’s 2-1 victory over Italy in Berne, his 16th goal for his country.

Euro failure no longer on Germany’s minds – Loew

Euro failure no longer on Germany’s minds – Loew

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s summer of footballing failure will not be preying on their minds as they kick off their World Cup qualifying campaign on Friday, coach Joachim Loew has promised.

The Germans have been given a gentle start, with a home match against the Faroe Islands in Hanover, but even so are likely to be jittery after a traumatic four months.

Germany’s coach Joachim Loew reacts during their friendly soccer match against Argentina in Frankfurt August 15, 2012. REUTERS/Alex Domanski

After Friday it gets more difficult, with a trip to neighbours Austria on Tuesday.

“The players have put their disappointments behind them and there is real hunger for success,” Loew said. “That goes for the coaching staff as well.”

Germany’s troubles began when Bayern Munich lost the Champions League final to Chelsea in their own Allianz Arena, going down on penalties after dominating the game.

The national side then lost to Italy in the Euro 2012 semi-finals, continuing a run of near misses that include second place at the 2002 World Cup, third in 2006, third in 2010, and runners-up at Euro 2008.

Loew’s team was also outclassed by a Lionel Messi-inspired Argentina, losing 3-1 at home in a friendly in August.

Germany won all 10 games on their way to Euro 2012 but Loew has warned that a group also containing Sweden, Austria and Ireland, and involving a long trip to Kazakhstan, could pose more difficulties.

“We completed the last qualifies in a rousing manner,” Loew said. “This time it will be more difficult, the group is very even. There won’t be any pushovers.

“We have to improve when we don’t have the ball. I place value on the way we develop going forward, but we must be more active off the ball and make sure we don’t give our opponents any time.”

Loew said that not even the Faroe Islands, who have 12 of their 19-man squad based locally, would be easy.

“The Faroes have only lost recently by narrow margins, one-or two-goal margins. Italy only beat them by a goal,” he said. “They are certainly not cannon-fodder.”

Germany are missing striker Mario Gomez, who is recovering from an ankle operation, and Bastian Schweinsteiger, who is not match fit.