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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 5 September 2015
SPORT 28 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 5 SEPTEMBER 2015 ‘Special K’ bow out of US Open Kokkinakis withdraws with cramp, whilst Kyrgios is outplayed by Andy Murray Thanasi Kokkinakis was dealt a cruel blow in his opening US Open match after retiring with cramp against world number 12 Richard Gasquet. The 19-year- old Australian called it quits with the match finishing 4-6, 6-1, 4-6, 6-3 and trailing 2-0 in the fifth. After taking a two-sets-toone advantage, Kokkinakis faltered in the fourth after losing eight straight points. He was forced to serve an underarm serve at one point, after receiving courtside treatment for severe cramp, as New York's heat took its toll. "I'm pretty shattered," he said. "It's just frustrating 'cause I started playing good tennis. I was getting fired up. "At one-all, 30-love in the fourth set, I was bouncing the ball. Then immediately I started to feel my forearm go. I'm like: ‘Oh, no, this is bad.’ "I didn't feel tired physically either, which is the most frustrating thing about it. I actually felt all right. Look of despair: Thanasi Kokkinakis retires with cramp against Richard Gasquet at the US Open. PHOTO: EPA/JUSTIN LANE. "My energy levels were good, and then I went up to hit a swing and volley or something, and both my calves - it was just disaster." Meanwhile, Kokkinakis' compatriot Nick Kyrgios has again faced a storm of criticism following more And Shane Warne had this to say to Nick Kyrgios via his Facebook page Dear Nick Kyrgios, We all realise you're only 20 & have a lot to learn buddy. But please don't waste your talent, everyone in the world, especially us Australians want to respect u. Remember respect is way more important than being liked, u need to respect the game of tennis & yourself. We all make mistakes, but it's how we learn from them & the way we conduct ourselves when we lose that shows true character. You're testing our patience mate, show us what you're made of & how hungry you are to be the best in the world, it's time to step up & start winning, no excuses. No shame in losing, but show us you will never give up, that you will give it everything to be the best you can be, respect is earned not given ! I believe in you & know you can do it, but now's the time my friend... court antics during his first round 7-5, 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 loss to world number three Andy Murray. Kyrgios took aim at the crowd - and let the chair umpire know of his frustrations - after a large group of spectators were allowed to take their seats midway through a game. "Can you tell them to sit down straight away," he said. "What the hell are they doing letting people in the middle of the game. 15-0 and they let 30 people in." He was also heard muttering the words "such bullsh*t". Seven-time grand slam champion John McEnroe - part of the commentary team at Flushing Meadows - was quick to criticise the youngster. "You don't want to be remembered as a clown. You want to be remembered as a player," McEnroe said. "I hope he learns from these bonehead moves. "He's like a vaudeville entertainer, the schtick is getting old." Kokkinakis and Kyrgios missed out on a place in the doubles at the tournament and will now turn their attention to Australia's Davis Cup semi-final tie against Great Britain later this month. In other results, Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis also retired in his first round match against Belgian Steve Darcis, with Darcis leading 6-7, 6-3, 6-2, 3-1. And Greece's only contender at the tournament, Maria Sakkari, bowed out after losing to first round opponent Chinese Qiang Wang. The 20-year-old Greek went down 7-5, 6-2 in just over 100 minutes, mustering a total of 56 points to 75. Cyclist receives medal from Athens 2004, 11 years on Australian awarded after first-placed finisher stripped of gold medal Australian cyclist Michael Rogers has received a bronze medal for the men's individual time trial at Athens 2004, after American Tyler Hamilton was stripped of his gold medal three years ago. Hamilton was originally al- lowed to keep his gold medal after a laboratory unintentionally destroyed his B sample, but admitted to doping in an interview in 2011 after testing positive to subsequent tests. The disqualification elevat- ed Rogers to third place. "What a great honour," Rogers said following a medal ceremony in Lausanne. "When I reminisce about that day 11 years ago in Athens, my first reaction is that of a smile. This bronze medal gives me great satisfaction and adds something tangible to my great memories." Australian cyclist Michael Rogers after receiving an Olympic bronze medal. PHOTO: AAP IMAGE/IOC. PAOK Thessaloniki has shocked the football world by signing former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov. The Bulgarian striker looked certain to join English Premier League club Aston Villa but the deal fell through in the final stages when the two sides failed to agree to terms. PAOK was quick to pounce and signed Berbatov on a free transfer, following his release from French club AS Monaco. Berbatov, 34, was at Aston Villa's Bodymoor Heath training ground , but the striker failed to agree a deal with Tim Sherwood's side. Berbatov's wage demands are believed to have been deemed excessive by Aston Villa's officials, but PAOK owner Ivan Savvidis has had his heart set on Berbatov for some time and immediately sanctioned the signing which will make Berbatov one of the highest paid players in the Greek Super League. Berbatov scored 13 goals for Monaco in Ligue 1 and Champions League action last year. Olympiakos also added to their squad last week, bringing in two new signings on the final day of the transfer window. DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM PAOK brings in Berbatov The Piraeus team signed Nigerian striker Brown Ideye from Premier League club West Bromich Albion for an undisclosed fee. The defending Greek Super League champions also brought in 24-year old Portuguese striker Hernani on loan from FC Porto, with the Greek club keeping an option to buy the player outright at the completion of this season. Both signings are eligible to be part of Olympiakos' Champions League roster. The Greek team will face German giants Bayern Munich, English club Arsenal and Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb in the competition. Meanwhile, supporters of AEK Athens have criticised their club's failure to sign a striker, with many taking to online forums to complain about the team's lack of firepower up front. AEK, which has just two strikers in its squad, including the injured Raffik Djebbour, had been in the market for a forward but could not agree to terms with any of the players it had shortlisted. Panathinaikos also decided not to add to its squad, sticking to the existing list of players for the year ahead.
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