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Tennis: Ill Zverev beaten by compatriot Struff at Indian Wells

Tuesday, 2019-03-12 06:22:56
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Zverev in action during his Final match against Australia’s Nick Kyrgios - ATP 500 - Acapulco Open, Acapulco, Mexico - March 2, 2019. (Photo: Reuters)
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A sick Alexander Zverev was sent packing from the BNP Paribas Open with a 6-3 6-1 defeat by fellow German Jan-Lennard Struff in the third round at Indian Wells, California on Monday.

Struff saved all four break points he faced and took barely an hour to clinch his first career win over Zverev in five attempts. Next up for 55th-ranked Struff will be Canadian 13th seed Milos Raonic, who had his hands full before prevailing against American qualifier Marcos Giron 4-6 6-4 6-4.

* AS Roma coach Claudio Ranieri adopted a safety-first approach as they enjoyed a winning start to his second spell in charge by beating struggling Empoli 2-1 in Serie A at the Stadio Olimpico on Monday. First-half strikes by Stephan El Shaarawy and Patrik Schick, either side of a Juan Jesus own goal, moved Roma within three points of the top four.

* Nike Inc unveiled soccer strips on Monday for 14 national teams ahead of this year's Women's World Cup in France and said it had signed a three-year promotion deal with UEFA Women's Football, part of its growing focus on women's sport.

* Athletics' Diamond League circuit will have a trimmer look and fewer meetings beginning in 2020 as the one-day competitions aim for a more consistent, fast moving format, the IAAF said on Monday. Meetings will be reduced from 14 to 12 competitions plus a final under concepts approved by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Council in Doha. The number of disciplines will also be cut from 32 to 24 with 12 each for men and women and the longest event will be 3,000 metres.

* Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez and Monaco striker Radamel Falcao have been included in Colombia's squad for friendlies against Japan and the Republic of Korea (ROK), the country's football federation said on Monday. Colombia will play Japan in Yokohama on March 22 and the ROK in Seoul four days later.

* Sebastien Haller's second half brace helped Eintracht Frankfurt beat newly promoted Fortuna Dusseldorf at the closer of the 25th round in Bundesliga on Monday. Dusseldorf's winning streak came to an end as Frankfurt wrapped up their third straight victory on the goals from Goncalo Paciencia and Sebastien Haller.

* FC Barcelona left back Jordi Alba on Monday signed a new contract which will keep him at the club for the next five years. The Spain international put pen to paper on a contract which means he will almost certainly end his career with Barcelona, when it expires in 2024. The deal also includes a 500 million euro buyout clause.

* Formula One is changing its scoring system to award a point to the driver who sets the fastest race lap, starting from this weekend's season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne. The driver, whose team will also score an extra point for the constructors' championship, must finish in the top 10.

* Simon Yates's hopes of winning Paris-Nice were dashed when the Briton was one of the casualties in a windswept second stage won by Dylan Groenewegen on Monday. Brutal crosswinds repeatedly split the peloton on the 165.5-km stretch from Les Breviaires to Bellegarde and Vuelta a Espana champion Yates lost almost seven minutes.

Reuters, Xinhua