US Open: Nick Kyrgios sent packing as Andrey Rublev reaches last 16

first_imgNick Kyrgios’ eventful US Open ended in the third round as Russian Andrey Rublev turned aside the fiery Australian 7-6(5), 7-6(5), 6-3 in a battle of big servers on Saturday.Rublev looked up to the task from the start and proved to be unflappable against Kyrgios, who complained to his team in the box several times about not being able to see and later said he took time adjusting to the massive Arthur Ashe Stadium.The Australian seemed to have no issues with his vision on serve, however, at one point firing four consecutive aces in a 40-second game to force a first-set tiebreak. He saved two set points before sending a backhand just wide to lose the opener.Kyrgios got his only two break point chances while leading 3-2 in the second set but Rublev beat them both back.The pair remained on serve to bring up another tiebreak and while Kyrgios jumped out to a 4-0 lead a determined Rublev took seven of the next eight points to snatch the set and grab control of the match.”I had chances. I just didn’t take them,” said Kyrgios. “Nowhere near my best tennis, but it is what it is.”The final set was on serve until Rublev got the only break of the match and immediately consolidated for a 5-2 lead that sent him on his way.Kyrgios lost despite powering down 30 aces to Rublev’s 12 and winning almost 90% of his first-serve points while saving three of the four break points he faced.advertisement”His serve is the best on tour. I was just trying to focus on me to serve also well to keep my serve and see if I win tiebreaks or not,” said Rublev. “Today was my day and I am happy.”Rublev came into the year’s final Grand Slam with plenty of confidence after he earned the biggest win of his career when he beat Roger Federer in the third round at Cincinnati.After making headlines this week for both his comments and on-court behaviour, Kyrgios avoided controversy on Saturday but did shout “whistleblower” in the direction of a line judge who had gone to the chair umpire to report foul language.Rublev, who reached the New York quarter-final two years ago, will face Italian Matteo Berrettini in the fourth round on Monday.Also Read | US Open: Naomi Osaka consoles tearful Coco Gauff with heartwarming gesture after 3rd-round matchAlso See:last_img read more

Ohio State Safety Jordan Fuller Ejected vs. Nebraska After Questionable Targeting Call

first_imgJordan Fuller was ejected on this play.Every week, there are a half-dozen questionable targeting calls that lead to ejections in college football. We just saw another in the Ohio State vs. Nebraska contest.Early in the second quarter, with Ohio State leading 16-7, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez attempted to find tight end Kurt Rafdal across the middle. Ohio State safety Jordan Fuller attempted to tackle Rafdal, leading with his shoulder. Rafdal didn’t make the catch and fell to the ground, right as Fuller hit him.Fuller wound up hitting Rafdal in the head/neck area. It was called targeting. The call was held up and Fuller was ejected.It certainly doesn’t look like Fuller was being malicious. But that’s the rule these days. Here’s the play:Ohio State’s Jordan Fuller was ejected for targeting.— Dustin Schutte (@SchutteCFB) November 3, 2018Jordan Fuller gets ejected for confirmed targeting on Kurt Rafdal. In Fuller’s place, Brendon White enters at safety next to Shaun Wade. Tough play for Fuller with Rafal falling down during Adrian Martinez’s short pass on 1st-and-10 from Nebraska’s 11 but Ohio State buckles down.— Garrett Stepien (@GarrettStepien) November 3, 2018Jordan Fuller has been ejected for targeting. #OSUvNEB— The Lantern (@TheLantern) November 3, 2018Ohio State, after a rough start, has scored 16 unanswered points and holds a 16-7 lead midway through the second quarter.last_img read more