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Federer fights off Canadian resistance to advance

MONTREAL, Aug 12 – World number one Roger Federer fought off a surprise showing from Canadian outsider Frederic Niemeyer to advance 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 Tuesday at the ATP Montreal Masters.FEDERER_WIMBLEDONIn his first match since winning his record 15th Grand Slam title last month at Wimbledon, Federer outlasted the 487th-ranked Niemeyer, who is retiring at the end of the season.

"I’m very happy with my game. I reacted well in my first match back," said Federer. "I played the big points well. I’m very pleased.

Niemeyer, 33, saved three match points on his own serve, benefitting from a service winner and a pair of Swiss errors to hold for 4-5 and give his home Quebec crowd a thrill.

But top seed Federer, a new father of twin daughters born July 23, put an end to the dream a game later as he served it out, concluding with his 12th ace of the evening.

Federer, who skipped ther past five tour weeks, saved the only break point he faced in the 86-minute contest.

"There was a stadium full of Canadians cheering for Frederic but there were also a few for me," Federer said.

"I’m happy to be back after the long break. We played at a very high level. Frederic has a big serve and is tough."

Britain’s Andy Murray began his summer hardcourt season with a 6-4, 6-2 victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy as the Scotsman took his first step towards a possible move to the world number two ranking.

Third-ranked Murray had a few niggles to iron out but was not at all dissatisfied with his showing in just over 90 minutes against the number 36 winner of last month’s Stuttgart clay title.

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"I shanked a few returns," admitted Murray. "I’m hoping that will get better with a few matches. Overall, I’m pleased with the state of my game right now."

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic, the 2007 Montreal champion, began his campaign over Canadian Peter Polansky 6-4, 7-6 (8/6).

The world number four admitted to nerves.

"I felt quite good, but not from the start," Djokovic said. "The first couple of games I was sweating a lot and I was quite nervous – it was the first match after Wimbledon. It wasn’t easy to get into the rhythm.

"But I managed to get my things together towards the end of the first set."

Murray is keen to bypass injury returnee Rafael Nadal this week if he can surpass the Spaniard in Montreal.

ATP calculations show that the Scot could take over the second spot from the Spaniard, whose tendinitis-plagued knees are now a constant worry.

"It impossible not to think about it a little bit," confessed Murray. "But when I’m playing my match, it’s the furthest thing from my mind. The only thing I was thinking was winning and nothing to do with rankings."

Eighth-seeded Russian Nikolay Davydenko, playing his first match on cement this summer, put out Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-6 (7/4), 7-6 (7/2) to join Murray in the last 16.

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In the first round, veteran Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero beat injured Lleyton Hewitt 6-1, 6-4 in the first round as the Australian was hampered by a muscle tear he suffered last week in Washington against Juan Del Potro.

"In the back of my mind, I didn’t want to do any more damage to my leg, either, obviously before going into another Masters Series next week but more the US Open in a couple week’s time," said Hewitt, like Ferrero a former number one.

Tommy Haas rallied past the huge serve of Ivo Karlovic, overcoming 19 aces in a 4-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-4 victory.

Elsewhere, US third seed Venus Williams overwhelmed Belarus qualifier Olga Govortsova 6-2, 6-2 on Tuesday to breeze into the third round of a two million-dollar WTA hardcourt tournament.

Russian top seed Dinara Safina rallied to reach to the third round with a 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Italy’s Roberta Vinci.

Safina’s next opponent will be either China’s Peng Shuai, who ousted Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 6-1, or Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, who defeated Russian Vera Dushevina 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Russian sixth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova also struggled into the third round, outlasting Czech Lucie Safarova 6-3, 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/4).

Second seed Serena Williams is on the opposite side of the draw from Safina and Venus, setting up the possibility of a finals showdown with either barely two weeks before the start of the US Open.

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  1. sisemikitu

    January 7, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    When appraising someone, you should call for his/her objectives and performance during the period under review backed by empirical evidence – facts and figures!

  2. Thoughtsonly

    January 8, 2013 at 4:32 am

    First and foremost you are the last person who should be tooting the trumpet for Charity, Uhuru and Ruto for goodness sakes you are the Director of Communications for TNA and yet I have never seen your party manifesto. Please comment on their achievements as Members of Parliament. You could also comment on some of the corruption allegations they are historically linked to. And what about the “mashetani” that plague TNA’s decision making process should this be included in Kenya’s future?

  3. JustMe

    January 8, 2013 at 6:41 am

    What else do you expect when writers are sycophants? this is how he earns his pay. Good thing about blogs is they are read by those who can verify claims and info. earn your pay Michael, I’m impressed.

  4. witu

    January 8, 2013 at 7:29 am

    I find the writer subjective and inclined to distort facts. You simply need to focus on your manifesto and stop this kind of nonsense. I expect a director of communication to be impartial and objective.

  5. RingTail

    January 8, 2013 at 9:22 am crap!!

  6. Kwessi Pratt

    January 8, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    In political propaganda, its always natural for propagandists to create empty myths that cant be substantiated. Favorite candidates are presented as natured leaders without supporting evidence at all. This Waikenda’s piece is a prime example of all that. Jubilee alliance fellows are certainly bereft of ideas. I guess, thats why they are hyping on age when they themselves are already truly aging! The ICC matter has indeed taken its toll. They have no achievements worthy mentioning. To be fair, jubilee presidential candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta, is just below average politician who has failed to shine even when huge opportunities were thrusted to him. He has been generally a low key politician who only went wild after he was named ICC suspect. He is also the only presidential candidate candidate who has ever suffered chargrin of refusal served by his very own village people!

    He has been truly a political failure in natural sense of it. Thats because no politician worthy salt can be presented with shinning opportunities and clearly fail to do so. He NEVER EVER introduced any “suggestions” at all, if suggestions can be classified as leadership!, at finance ministry! His real performance there was those infamous collosal “mis-outs!” You can imagine what will happen if, God forbid!, he becomes the president! Anything worthy mentioning at finance ministry during tenure were literally clear scripts written script by H. E. the president. To credit Uhuru with successes at the ministry, is like crediting Hon. Franklin Bett with construction of Thika Highway!

    Hon Willianm Ruto would have taken credit at agriculture ministry had he not resorted to unorthodox ways. Buthad there been successes during his tenure, they would have been washed away by the fact that, like Uhuru, he only tried to help his kinsmen. But then maize stocks started disappearing from strategic reserves. Its only that point we realized his purported “good intentions” were mere cover for worse things! Remember Uhuru too feigned drunkardness at finance ministry in order to bomb us with huge budget miss-outs!” Was it a coindence? Of course, when we ran out of maize stocks under Ruto’s, is when it became clear that he was only energized to cover his tracks! Therefore, there is no distinct success that can clearly be attacked to him. This song of “saying and doing” is a mere political slogan backed by nothing!!

    Madam Ngilu on the othe hand, has followed the same traits as her jubilee bosses. She has been a total failure. She was actually soaked in alot of corruption at health ministry. There was this one time when aids conference arranged by her daughter aborted. It lated for about half an hour. Deligates only took half cups of tea. There after, it was announced the “meeting” had costed the public cool 30m shillings! Which means every minute washed away 1m shillings! In Water ministry, the story has been the same if not worse. Huge amount of money has been swindled while supposedly building a dam given a plural to hide theft. Nonetheless, since conmen know how to fight back, she has had to resort to those traits to save face. She has had to see brother VP Kalonzo’s shadows all over the place! Without snipping at him she feels that she will evidently become irrelevant.

    These are the kind of leaders we are being told will bring better live for Kenyans. And in their empty short political history, they have never hesitated to illegally put their fingers in public coffers. Guys with such long fingers CANT surely represent the trust and honesty that the country needs to take off at this point in time. Perhaps, they only thing they know is making well sounding noise backed by vacuum!!!!

  7. Murugi

    January 9, 2013 at 12:07 pm

    I am more concerned that TNA has the nerve to hire as their Director of Communications somebody who believes vague, unsubstantiated but impressive sounding rhetoric covers up the lack of any real and verified evidence to prove that the Jubilee coalition leaders have any proven track record. If one of the tenants of good leadership is knowing how to hire the right people for the right jobs, then their inability to set things right in their own backyard does not bode well for them being able to pick the decision makers this country needs to move forward.

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