Roger Federer reached the 2nd position on ATP list, just behind Novak Djokovic after beating Gilles Simon (7-6; 7-6) in Shanghai Masters finals.
The victory is Federer’s 23rd Masters title, the first Shanghai Masters title and also the 81st title in his career.
From Monday, he will be placed 2nd on ATP list with 9080 points, while Novak Djokovic stays on the first position but with less points (11510) cause he didn’t defend his champion title.
The final match was quite unpredictable, both players had the same number of winners (21 each). Federer made 36 unforced errors, while the Frenchman 29. However, the Swiss was better in the most important parts of the match in spite of his bad start. In the 2nd set Simon didn’t give up easily. He was in advantage 6-5 and had two break points and 1 set point, but after his two unforced errors, Federer took advantage. The 2nd set finished by Simon’s hit into the net when Federer took control and won the champion title.
“To win the biggest tournament in Asia is a treat,” said Federer for his first Shangai Masters title. For Gilles Simon, it is the 2nd loss in a Masters final (he was defeated in Madrid 2008 by Murray).
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The match, played in Munich, between German champions Bayern Munich and Manchester City was finished by Boateng’s goal in the 90th minute.
The decisive moment occurred in the end of the match. First, Boateng had a chance in the 88th minute, but Hart were good in defence. Two minutes later, Bayern’s attacking style of playing finally brought them advantage when Boateng, assisted by Silva, scored a winning goal.
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As for the others from Group E, Roma defeated convincingly CSKA Moscow (5-1). The match started with succesful interactions between Iturbe and Gervinho. In the 6th minute Iturbe, assisted by Gervinho, scored the first goal and just four minute later, Iturbe assisted Gervinho for the 2nd.
Actually, it was just a beginning. The third goalscorer was Maicon (Iturbe’s assistance again). The fourth goal was nette by Gervinho after his solo action in the 31st minute.
The fifth point was gained by Russian player Ignashevich’s own goal. The Russians succeeded in scoring 1 goal in the 82th minute.
Ajax and Paris St. G drew (1-1) in Amsterdam on Thursday. The French took advantage in the first half by Cavani’s goal to the bottom left corner in the 14th minute.
However, the Dutch didn’t want to give up and played excellently in the 2nd half which brought them to the draw when Schöne scored a goal from a free kick.
Barcelona started well the new season defeating the champions of Cyprus by Pique’s header from Messi’s free kick in the 28th minute.
The match between Chelsea and Schalke started with the first Fabregas’s goal for the team, in the 11th minute. However, Huntelaar equalized the result in the 62th minute assisted by Draxler which disappointed Mourinho after Chelsea’s many missed chances.
The excellent match was played between NK Maribor and Sporting Lisbon where after many opportunities for both sides, the results were shown in the very end of the game. Actually, Sporting went ahead in the 80th minute after Nani’s score, but soon after in the 90th minute, Luka Zahovic put the final draw by his header to the center of the goal.
Just like Roma, FC Porto played an easy match against Belorussians BATE Borisov scoring 6 goals. The star of the match was certainly Brahimi who scored three goals, one of them from a free kick. The goalscorers were also Martinez, Adrian, and Aboubakar. The BATE Borisov played without a score.
The only match played without points was between Ath Bilbao and Shaktar Donetsk. The Spaniards are now placed second, while Shaktar Donetsk third in Group H.
The Baltimore Ravens beat the Pittsburgh Steelers (26:6) in Week 2 on Thursday night.
The Ravens didn’t let the situation with their playmate Ray Rice affect their playing. They achieved their first victory in the season led by a quarterback Joe Flacco who made two TD (both for Owen Daniels) and gained 166 yards.
Just three days earlier, a running back Ray Rice was released by the Ravens for family violence because of the video which had appeared in public. Still, the Ravens gave their best and and trashed the Steelers.
Beside Flacco, the best were Bernard Pierce who gained 96 yards and Justin Tucker who scored four field goals.
The Steelers made their points thanks to Shaun Shuisham’s field goals. Roethlisberger made 22 passes for 217 yards and he didn’t make any TD, while Bell went 59 yards and Antonio Brown gained 100 yards.