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Garin tops Ruud to give Chile first ATP Tour title in 10 years

Monday, 2019-04-15 08:00:22
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Chile's Christian Garin in action against Canada's Denis Shapovalov during their singles match - Canada v Chile - Davis Cup Playoff - Halifax, N.S. Canada-18/9/16. (Photo: Reuters)
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Christian Garin became the first Chilean to win an ATP Tour title in 10 years when he beat Norway’s Casper Ruud 7-6(4) 4-6 6-3 at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston on Sunday.

The 22-year-old became the first Chilean to win an ATP Tour title since Fernando Gonzalez in Vina del Mar in 2009.

* The Budapest 'Vivicitta Spring Half Marathon drew a record number of participants, with more than 30,000 runners from 89 different countries and regions, according to the organisers on Sunday.

* Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka and ninth-seeded Borna Coric secured their berths in the second round of ATP Monte-Carlo Masters on Sunday. Eight top seeds, including Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, enjoy a first-round bye.

* Bayern Munich moved atop the standings after Kingsley Coman scored twice to ease 4-1 past newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf at the close of the 29th round in Bundesliga on Sunday. With the second win in row, Bayern Munich oust Borussia Dortmund from the top spot in the standings meanwhile Fortuna Dusseldorf two-game winning streak came to end to remain on the 10th place.

* Paris Saint-Germain blew away another chance of securing their Ligue 1 title following a 5-1 loss to second-placed Lille in the 32nd round on Sunday. The worst loss in all competitions this season cut their advantage over Lille to 17 points. They have got a new chance of title celebration when visiting Nantes in a rearranged match on Wednesday.

* Morocco's RS Berkane progressed for the first time in their history into the semifinals of African Confederations Cup after hammering Kenya's Gor Mahia 5-1 in the second-leg quarterfinal on Sunday.

* Ethiopian marathoners dominated the 2019 Paris Marathon with double champions and a podium sweep in women's event on Sunday. A total of 49,155 runners started the 43rd edition at the iconic Champs-Elysees Avenue in sunny and cold conditions.

* Tiger Woods completed one of sport's greatest comebacks to end an 11-year major title drought at the Masters on Sunday by claiming a fifth Green Jacket. A gritty two-under 70 clinched a one-shot victory over Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Xander Schauffele and earned the 43-year-old a 15th major title that many thought would never come and instantly sparked talk of Woods making a run at Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors.

* Napoli postponed Juventus's march to the Serie A title and consigned Chievo to relegation with a 3-1 win at the Stadio Bentegodi on Sunday. The result leaves second-placed Napoli on 67 points, 17 behind runaway leaders Juventus on 84. Juve can secure the title by avoiding defeat at home to Fiorentina next weekend.

* Spaniard Alex Rins celebrated a surprise first MotoGP victory with Suzuki in Texas on Sunday as MotoGP champion Marc Marquez crashed out, ending a six-year winning streak at the Grand Prix of the Americas. Starting on pole for a seventh year in succession, and chasing his seventh win in a row at the Austin circuit, Marquez lost control of his Honda and slid out on the ninth of 20 laps while leading by nearly four seconds. The bike would not restart and it was race over for the Spaniard.

* Inter Milan recorded a 3-1 win away at relegation battling Frosinone on Sunday to strengthen their grip on third place in Serie A. Inter have 60 points, giving them breathing space from a tight-knit chasing pack of Milan (55), Roma (54), Atalanta (52), Torino (50) and Lazio (49). Atalanta and Lazio both have a game in hand.

* France showed they were champions in virtual soccer as well as the real game on Sunday when they beat Argentina to win the inaugural FIFA eNations Cup and a US$40,000 prize. Twenty countries from six confederations were entered in the esports event, with World Cup winners France represented by Corentin 'Maestro' Thullier and Lucas 'DaXe' Cuillerier.

* Veteran striker Fabio Quagliarella pulled clear at the top of the Serie A scoring charts as his penalty sealed a 2-0 derby win for Sampdoria against Genoa on Sunday. The 36-year-old (22 goals) is ahead of AC Milan's Krzysztof Piatek (21 goals), Duvan Zapata of Atalanta (20) and Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo (19) in the scoring charts.

Reuters, Xinhua