Defending champion Novak Djokovic eased into the French Open quarter-finals on Sunday after outclassing claycourt specialist Alberto Ramos-Vinolas 7-6(5) 6-1 6-3.He will next face in-form Austrian, Dominic Thiem, the sixth seed, in a rematch of last year’s semi-final.The second seed, with new coach Andre Agassi absent from the stands, was too good for the Spanish 19th seed.The Serb, bidding to become the first man in the professional era to win each of the four grand slams twice, found some resistance in the first set with the third game lasting 13 minutes before Djokovic won it.”After that (first set) I started playing with fewer errors and that was good. That gave me a lot of confidence,” Djokovic said in a courtside interview.He finished Ramos-Vinolas off with a crosscourt forehand winner on his first match point.”Now it is the quarters in a grand slam and facing Dominic is not easy,” the world number two said.”He is a one of the best players in the world, especially on this surface. Now I have a day to rest and get ready.”
England batsman Alastair Cook is enjoying himself after stepping down as Test captain, head coach Trevor Bayliss said after his team beat South Africa by 211 runs in the first match of the series.Cook resigned as Test skipper in February after four and a half years in charge, in which he led his side in 59 Tests and won two Ashes series. He scored 69 in the second innings against South Africa in his first match under new captain Joe Root.”I was having a laugh watching him in the field, running around in the covers,” Bayliss told reporters.”He looked like he was enjoying it. For someone at this stage of his career, that’s a good sign.”Bayliss said Root was nervous before the match and compared the two captains’ styles of communicating with the team.”Before this test he (Root) was a little more on edge than I’ve seen him before,” Bayliss said.”We spoke about Joe being himself, getting the message across in his way.”He’s proactive and confident and I thought that came across in the way he led the team.”Root and Cook are different characters, they go about their batting in different fashion, so the dressing room was a little different. A lot of the messages were similar, just delivered in a different way.”The second Test starts on Friday at Trent Bridge in Nottingham.
Chelsea Conte accepts selection mistakes as Chelsea play with ‘fear’ in Watford loss Jamie Smith Last updated 1 year ago 07:39 2/6/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Chelsea Antonio Conte Watford v Chelsea Watford Premier League A 4-1 demolition of the Premier League champions left the Blues manager questioning the starting line-up he chose Antonio Conte accepted he selected the wrong Chelsea team after Tiemoue Bakayoko was dismissed in a 4-1 defeat at Watford on Monday, saying the Blues played with “fear.”Bakayoko’s red card — for two bookings in just five minutes — put the Premier League champions on the back foot, with Troy Deeney converting a penalty to put Watford ahead before the break.Chelsea eventually mustered a response thanks to Eden Hazard’s fine finish, but a late flurry of goals from Daryl Janmaat, Gerard Deulofeu and Roberto Pereyra wrapped up Javi Gracia’s first Hornets win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Conte’s men were dire in a 3-0 home loss to Bournemouth on Wednesday but this performance was as bad if not worse, leaving the Italian to accept he picked the wrong team.”To play football in a great club it means you must have a personality, because it is simple to play when there is the confidence,” Conte said during a post-match press conference.”Especially in this type of moment it is simple to see who. In this moment you have to show and have personality”For sure I have to take the responsibility as maybe I made the wrong decision with the starting eleven.”We played without personality, from the start I didn’t see confidence to play football. Usually we train and play with confidence and take the risk, but today we started very poor and with fear and this is the worst situation for a coach.”3 – Chelsea have lost consecutive Premier League games by a margin of 3+ goals for the first time since October 1995 (1-4 vs Man Utd and 0-3 vs Blackburn). Humbled.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) February 5, 2018Conte spoke pre-match of desiring a statement of support from the Chelsea board amid continued speculation about his future.But the 48-year-old did not hold back in his criticism of a performance that made a mockery of Chelsea’s status as Premier League champions.”I have a great disappointment, our performance was very bad,” Conte said. “We started poorly without personality, with the fear.”We are not used to playing this way. We can lose but we always try to play football and be positive. The double yellow card did not change it but the situation became serious. Then there was the penalty and when you go 1-0 down it is difficult to come back with 10 men.”In the second half we showed good determination but confusion. You have to manage the situation, to understand it. But in 10 minutes we conceded three goals. In this case it is right everyone to take the responsibility — me, the players.”