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Djokovic thrashes Dimitrov to lay down marker

Friday, 2018-06-22 06:44:24
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Serbia's Novak Djokovic celebrates after winning his second round match against Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov. (Photo: Action Images via Reuters)
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Novak Djokovic issued a statement of intent as he thrashed second seed Grigor Dimitrov to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP 500 Fever-Tree championships at Queen's Club on Thursday.

The unseeded 12-time Grand Slam champion produced a clinical display to win 6-4 6-1 and claim his first victory over a top-10 opponent since last May. While Djokovic’s dominance was based on his trademark pinpoint accuracy and elastic court-coverage, Australian Nick Kyrgios was at his idiosyncratic best earlier on a sunny center court to beat home hope Kyle Edmund 7-6(7) 6-7(5) 6-3.

* Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza suffered a 6-2 6-4 defeat at the hands of unseeded Czech Barbora Strycova in the second round of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Thursday. Defending Birmingham champion Petra Kvitova continued her impressive grasscourt form after overpowering Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-2 6-2 to book a spot in the quarter-finals.

* Manchester United have completed the signing of Brazil midfielder Fred from Ukraine's Shakhtar Donetsk on a five-year contract, the English Premier League club said on Thursday. British media reported that United will pay Shakhtar about 52 million pounds (US$70 million) for the 25-year-old.

* Neymar is certain to start in Brazil's World Cup Group E match against Costa Rica here despite limping out of training during the week, coach Tite said on Thursday. Neymar earlier completed a 90-minute training session with Brazil's squad and looked untroubled by an ankle problem that forced him to leave a practice session early on Tuesday.

* Brazil defender Danilo has been ruled out of Friday's Group E game with Costa Rica with a thigh problem and will be replaced by Corinthians right back Fagner, the Brazilian Football Confederation said on Thursday. Danilo, who was promoted to a starting role after Dani Alves pulled out of the squad with an injury in May, tweaked his right thigh during training, team doctor Rodrigo Lasmar said. He will undergo physiotherapy treatment immediately but a firm date for his return was not given.

* England will be looking to repeat their success at set pieces when they face Panama in their second Group G game, defender John Stones said on Thursday. Both of Harry Kane's goals in the 2-1 win over Tunisia in their opening match came from corners, a part of the game that central defender Stones says the team had focussed on in training.

* More than one million fans have attended games at the World Cup, organisers FIFA said in a statement on Thursday after Denmark's 1-1 draw with Australia, the 21st match of the tournament in Russia. The only glaring case of large numbers of empty seats was Uruguay's 1-0 win over Egypt in Yekaterinburg, where 6,000 tickets which had been allocated were left unused.

Reuters, Xinhua