PARIS (AP): Novak Djokovic beat Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 to win the Paris Masters for the third straight year and a record fourth time overall, dominating the second-seeded Briton from the outset in a one-sided final. The top-ranked Serb was largely untroubled clinching his 10th title of the season – four ahead of Roger Federer and six more than Murray. It was the 58th title of his career and 26th in Masters events, two more than Federer and one behind leader Rafael Nadal. “I think I was very solid from the very first point, really protecting the baseline, trying to be the one that dictates the play,” the 28-year-old Djokovic said. “I think in terms of physical and mental ability, I have reached my peak.” Djokovic also extended his winning streak to 22 matches and will be the favourite to win the season-ending ATP finals for the fourth straight time when that tournament starts in London on November 15. “There is no reason for me to decrease the pace of the training and preparations,” the 10-time Grand Slam champion said. “Hopefully, I can finish off the season with another great win.” Despite dropping only one set on the way to the final, Murray simply could not compete as Djokovic won his sixth Masters title of the year – setting a new record. “It’s been an incredible year for him. Well done!” Murray said. “I missed with my backhand a little bit today, left a few too many in the middle of the court, and he was able to dictate a lot of the points from there.” Serving for the match, Djokovic clenched his fist and yelled when Murray’s return landed out to give him match point. When Murray’s aggressive two-handed backhand went just wide, he turned and blew a kiss to his coach, Boris Becker, who has won this event three times. In their 30th career meeting, Djokovic improved to 21-9 against Murray, a two-time Grand Slam winner who beat the Serb in the 2013 Wimbledon final. But since then, Djokovic has won 10 of their 11 encounters. His only loss during that spell was in August, when Murray beat him in the Rogers Cup final in Montreal. “Since the beginning of last year my results against him and Roger haven’t been good enough,” said Murray, who will attempt to lead Britain to the Davis Cup title against Belgium later this month. “I need to think about why that is and what I can do to turn it around.” The second point of the match lasted 22 strokes, but Murray was rarely able to compete in the rallies after that. Djokovic broke Murray at love in the third game, and the Briton had to save three break points in the fifth. Djokovic then held at love and broke again before serving out the set in 42 minutes. Murray dropped his serve again to trail 2-1 in the second set but broke right back, only for Djokovic to get another break in the seventh game when the Briton’s forehand sailed long. IMPROVEMENT
Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president, Mike Fennell says plans for the nation’s Olympic camp at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-25 are going smoothly, as the JOA have already acquired a base for the camp, which will commence on July 24. The JOA boss told The Gleaner they will be holding two camps, one for athletes and another for the swimmers. But while the track and field representatives will use a Rio de Janeiro Naval Base (CEFAN), which is a physical education centre of the navy and the training site of several civil and military sports, swimmer, Alia Atkinson and diver Yona Knight-Wisdom, will decide on a location of their choice. “We have done a series of consultations with the coaches and officials from the JAAA and we have agreed on a camp at the naval base in Rio for athletics. We are also making another camp for the swimming people, Alia Atkinson and diver, Yona Knight-Wisdom, at a separate venue of their choice for pre-Olympic camp and both camps they commence on or about the 24th of July,” he said. However, pre-Olympic accommodations for the nation’s representatives in other sporting disciplines will be delayed until qualifications for these non-traditional sports have been secured. “When we know who have qualified we will make preparations for the final preparation, we won’t know fully until we sign off the qualification,” he said. “We know that as far as track and field is concern we have to wait until the trials are held at the end of June and we know the composition of who is going after the JAAA have make their selection. We have one swimmer and one diver, who have already qualify, we are hoping more will qualify because we have a number of other swimmers who are close to the qualifying standard and we are hoping for more of that. “We also have the fantastic news of a gymnast (Toni Ann Williams) qualifying and that was really tremendous. Unfortunately we didn’t make it in fencing but we are still awaiting the cyclist (Marloe Rodman) and he is pretty close to qualifying and we hope he reaches the standard, plus there is also a chance for a boxer. But we won’t know all of this until all the qualifying events have taken place,” he insisted.
Drama unfolded at the Criminal Court ‘C’ yesterday when government lawyers surprisingly could not produce evidence of US$20,000 counterfeit money for which defendant Margretta Dorbor is being tried in a second degree felony case.An individual adjudged guilty of a second degree felony will be punished by imprisonment for any term of not more than five years.The lawyers alleged that it was one of the auditors of the Liberia Bank for Development and Investment (LBDI), who discovered 200 counterfeit pieces in US$100 bills, amounting to US$20,000.Prosecutors further alleged that the counterfeit money was found under the desk of defendant Dorbor, a loan officer, assigned at the bank’s Gardnersville branch, concealed in a plastic bag inside a small carton.But the counterfeit money was not brought to court yesterday.Prosecutors did not say in whose possession the counterfeit money was kept. Instead they produced their first witness in the person of Francis Jomah, the auditor who allegedly discovered the counterfeit money, to testify.Normally, at the start of a criminal case, especially in a jury trial, prosecutors usually present their documentary evidence to the court and the trial of fact (jury) on the first day of the case.In his testimony, which was done in the absence of the counterfeit United States dollars, witness Jomah alleged that he uncovered the counterfeit money when he was instructed by the bank’s management to audit LBDI’s Gardnersville branch, based on allegations of “tampering with depositors’ money.”“Thereafter it came to the attention of the manger of LBDI that the defendant had been tampering with depositors’ money. My department was contacted to conduct an audit of the Gardnersville branch where the defendant worked,” the prosecution witness alleged in his testimony.“When we arrived at that bank on December 10, 2010 at 8 a.m., I observed a huge quantity of cash in the amount of Liberian dollars LD$23,715.00 under the desk of the defendant,” he further alleged.He stated that the money was under the desk of defendant Dorbor in a plastic bag.“In that plastic I also saw a huge consignment of counterfeit, 200 pieces all in US$100 bills, making a total of US$20, 000.00,” witness Jomah further alleged. The trial continues.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)