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Federer strikes down fellow Swiss to reach Cincy

first_imgCincinnati, Aug 18 (AFP) World number two Roger Federer posted his second win of the day, amid a lightning fear interruption, to reach the semi-finals of the ATP-WTA Cincinnati Masters on Friday.The seven-time champion beat fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (8/6), 6-2.The match was interrupted for 21 minutes with players being sent off court and crowds told to seek shelter as a storm cell passed near the site.But after the pause, the pair came back out, with Federer finally securing the first break of the match on his seventh chance to take a 4-2 lead over his longtime rival.Federer closed out victory two games later and will face David Goffin after the Belgian beat Juan Martin del Potro 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/4).Federer began his day by beating Leo Mayer 6-1, 7-6 (8/6).”It’s quite unusual to stop for lightning,” Federer said after beating Wawrinka for the 23rd time in 26 meetings.”I didn’t know if it meant the end of the night or that we would come back.”I got my energy back for the third set, a momentum shift was good for me. It was also good that I was serving first.”I played a cleaner third set. I was clear with my game plan. It was good to win two matches today.” Elsewhere, former world number one Novak Djokovic also won his second match of the day to set up a semi-final clash with Marin Cilic.Djokovic, a five-time finalist here who has never broken through, is aiming to lift the trophy at the only one of the Masters 1000 series events that he has never won.advertisementThe Serb tenth seed followed up a 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 third-round defeat of holder Grigor Dimitrov earlier in the day of a rainy week by beating Milos Raonic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.It was the ninth win without a loss for Djokovic in the series with the Canadian.”I’ve played five finals here,” Djokovic said.”But I do wish to win the title.”I’m here to enjoy a sport that I love, I’ve got plenty of motivation. I’m in a good position, so I’ll take it step by step.” Djokovic had to come from behind in the first and third sets, and helped seal the victory with a break for 5-3 in the third.”Milos is one of the best servers in the game,” Djokovic said. “Just a few points decided the winner.”It’s tough to play against someone serving so big.” Cilic put out Spanish 13th seed Pablo Carreno Busta 7-6 (9/7), 6-4.”I haven’t played any matches on the centre court. I feel and I heard that it’s completely different. It’s much faster,” Cilic said.”Definitely Novak is playing really well. His level was definitely high and he’s in definitely really good form.”We played tough match in Queen’s, but that’s grass and definitely different. So I have to get ready and give it a full shot.” Women’s top seed Simona Halep recovered from 1-4 down in the opening set to defeat Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 6-1.It was the second fightback of the day for Halep, who came from a break down in each set to overhaul Australian 16th seed Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-4 several hours earlier in the third round.Double Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova reached the final four over Belgian Elise Mertens 7-5, 5-7, 6-3.She will face Kiki Bertens after the Dutchwoman defeated Ukrainian fifth seed Elina Svitolina 6-4, 6-3. (AFP) APAAPAlast_img read more


Reaction to Stan Lees passing pours in

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – The Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo is joining the millions of fans mourning the loss of an icon. Marvel co-creator and comic book legend Stan Lee made three appearances at the Calgary Expo, most recently in 2017 when he joined Todd Macfarlane on stage.Expo spokesperson Lindsay Thomas said it was always a great experience being around Lee.“He was a delight to be around, always. Very kind, very warm, very wise, very funny. He was one of those people that even with all the other celebrities that would come to the show, when Stan walked in to the room it was like, ‘Okay, Stan’s here, an idol has just walked in’,” said Thomas.She adds he always had time for those who loved his work.“He was always so enthusiastic with the fan, really excited to hear where his stories have taken them and how his creativity has impacted them,” she said. “I’m talking about multiple generations of people who have been influenced by his work and that’s a lot of gratitude to take in.”Lee was 95.JOIN THE CONVERSATION: The world remembers #StanLee Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018“Stan Lee’s imagination helped spawn a universe of characters that inspired both kids and adults around the world for generations. He has become the driver of an incredible lasting legacy for our modern pop culture mythology,” said Marvel Cinematic Universe directors and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, in a statement.Onward and upward to greater glory! Excelsior! Good man, Excelsior! https://t.co/rXLCmk4uiS pic.twitter.com/oQ89AKfkao— Angela Bassett (@ImAngelaBassett) November 12, 2018 He lives forever through his work. What a giant.With great power comes immortality. Born before Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe, he ultimately created an expanding universe of his own – one of scientifically literate superheroes such as Spider-Man , The Hulk, Iron Man, & Black Panther.Stan Lee RIP: 1922 – 2018— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 12, 2018-With files from Ian Busby and The Canadian Press Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018“I was first interviewed for Stan Lee’s obituary about 20 years ago. I was happy he defied the reaper and carried on. With Stan gone, an era really does come to an end. He was the happy huckster that comics needed. And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him,” said Neil Gaiman, via Twitter.“No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans,” said Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, via Twitter.“Thank you Stan Lee. For your service in protecting our freedom and for your creativity and imagination! You were and will always be a SUPER HERO!” said Jamie Lee Curtis, via Twitter.To Stan Lee: Thank you for making my childhood so much more exciting with your astonishing superhero characters. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big. Thank you for the Hulk, Thor, Fantastic Four and many others. You will be sadly missed. RIP.— Gene Simmons (@genesimmons) November 12, 2018“I was a happy little boy lost in the sanctuary of my Spider-Man comic books, collecting ’em, savoring each one, the piles of comics stacked high next to my bed. Thank you Stan Lee, what a creative whirlwind, wow. Rest In Peace in the divine. What an honour it was to help bring one of your characters to life with my scratchy little voice,” said Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, who voiced Roller Man in Stan Lee’s Mighty 7, via Instagram.“You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip,” said Black Panther actor Winston Duke, via Twitter.His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan pic.twitter.com/6OKH07ahJg— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 12, 2018 Celebrities have also been taking to social media to express their sadness.“Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name — a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern day Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, my friend and hero. Excelsior forevermore,” wrote Filmmaker, comic book devotee and Stan Lee friend Kevin Smith, via Instagram.“Original and genius are two very overused words in the world today, but Stan was both. Add irrepressible and irreplaceable, and you begin to describe the man. We have all lost a true superhero. We will greatly miss our friendly neighbourhood Stan Lee,” said Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman, in a statement.“I owe it all to you… Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip #stanlee #TeamStark,” said Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr., via Instagram.“We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and… to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine,” wrote Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman, via Twitter.There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018last_img read more