Rafael Nadal beats Stan Wawrinka again to reach Paris Masters quarters

first_imgRafael Nadal beat Stan Wawrinka for the 19th time in 22 meetings, winning 6-4, 6-4 Thursday to reach the Paris Masters quarterfinals.The two players share 22 Grand Slams, but Nadal has 19 of them and once again established a stranglehold on his Swiss opponent. Wawrinka’s blistering one-handed backhand was as erratic as it was occasionally superb, but Nadal was almost always in control.”My serve worked well and the volley too,” Nadal said. “I went to the net a couple of times, serve and volley.”The second-ranked Spaniard was briefly troubled in the first set, saving one break point in the second game and another in the eighth, and then needed some brief medical assistance in the second set for a stomach problem.”Nothing important, honestly,” Nadal said, brushing away any health concerns. “During the match I was (asking) a little bit if just the doctor can give me something to feel a little bit better.”Nadal next faces 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as he chases a first Paris title, which would guarantee him the year-end No.1 ranking for the fifth time.Tsonga saved two match points in a grueling 2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) win against big-hitting German Jan-Lennard Struff.Nadal leads Tsonga 9-4 in their career meetings, with Tsonga’s first win coming in the semifinals of the 2008 Australian Open which remains the only major final he’s reached. He lost it to Novak Djokovic, who has since added 15 more major titles to join Nadal and 20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer as the game’s modern greats.advertisementThe top-ranked Serb is seeking a record-tying sixth year-end finish with the top ranking, and remains on course to meet Nadal in the final at Bercy Arena. Earlier, the four-time Paris Masters champion looked closer to his best level, reaching the last eight with a 7-6 (7), 6-1 win against Kyle Edmund.After needing seven set points to clinch the first set, he reeled off six straight games in the second, finishing it off by breaking his British opponent to love with a two-handed backhand winner into the left corner.He turned quickly to give his box a look of steely determination and former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic who joined his coaching team at this year’s Wimbledon stood to applaud him.”It was because my coach told me I don’t have a great return. So finishing off with a return winner, I kind of gave him a look. No I’m joking,” said Djokovic, who is widely considered among the game’s greatest ever returners.He served well, too, winning 89 percent of first serve points won and conceding no break points. He then peaked with three crisp winners in the last game, including another two-handed backhand and a pinpoint forehand.”It is great to finish the match in style and to feel the way I felt in the second set,” Djokovic said. “I have not played my best yesterday, so of course I was hoping I can do as well as I did in second set. The look was about that.”His voice still croaky, Djokovic addressed the crowd in his fast-improving French after the game. He told them in measured tones that he still felt a bit unwell, having labored at times against the unseeded Corentin Moutet in the second round.He next faces seventh-seeded Greek player Stefanos Tsitsipas, who had 11 aces in a 6-3, 6-4 win against Alex de Minaur and holds a 2-1 record against Djokovic including earlier this month in the quarterfinals of the Shanghai Masters.Grigor Dimitrov advanced by beating Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-2, breaking the fifth-seeded Austrian’s serve four times. The Bulgarian did not face a break point and next plays Cristian Garin, an unseeded Chilean who saved three match points in a 6-7 (4), 6-4, 7-6 (6) win against Jeremy Chardy.Sixth-seeded Alexander Zverev of Germany lost 6-2, 5-7, 6-2 to Denis Shapovalov in an error-strewn match featuring 30 break points and seven breaks of serve five conceded by Zverev.Shapovalov next plays U.S. Open quarterfinalist Gael Monfils.The 13th-seeded Frenchman was a set and a break down but rallied to beat 50th-ranked Moldovan Radu Albot 4-6, 6-4, 6-1.Monfils would seal his place in the season-ending ATP Finals in London if he beats Shapovalov.Also Read | WTA Finals: Ashleigh Barty breezes past Petra Kvitova to storm into semi-finalsAlso Read | Paris Masters: Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic clinch contrasting winslast_img read more

Prince Albert police work to address roots of crime after spike in

PRINCE ALBERT — Police Chief Jon Bergen says the police force is aware of recent increases in both violent and property crimes and is doing what it can to respond and prevent more.City police held a news conference on Friday in response to recent crime statistics indicating Prince Albert has had five homicides this year, 27 incidents involving guns and 114 incidents where knives were used or produced.Guns have been fired eight times this year, Bergen said, including a pair of shootings last week.Seeing five homicides in a year is not typical, Bergen said. Last year there were just two. The city hasn’t seen five in one year since 2003.Arrests have been made in four of those deaths, while 18 people have been charged in connection with incidents involving guns and 44 in cases involving knives.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.“Every death or serious injury … is its own tragedy and is a sad and scary time for our entire community,” Bergen said.“I want to tell the public that as a police service, we are working hard to combat crime and arrest those responsible. We can say these incidents of violence are not random. In most cases, the suspects and victims are known to each other. Our goal as a police service is to get ahead of crime through proactive policing, rather than just responding to violence.”After seeing a lull in property crime in the early part of the year, reports of break-ins spiked in the summer.Bergen said police have had some success addressing this already.A break-and-enter task force, announced on Aug. 21, has recovered a variety of stolen items and “made significant inroads” in connection with other break-ins, he said. Officers have interviewed or arrested nearly 40 people in connection with property crime investigations.A gang suppression initiative this summer led to the arrests of 35 people and the seizure of weapons, drugs and drug paraphernalia.Bergen said people should continue to be aware of their surroundings, but reiterated that much of the violent crime has been between people who know each other.“We are working aggressively to ensure we can provide the safest community we can. We are aware that because of the amount of concerning incidents that have occurred, the community will naturally call their safety into question,” he said.“Members of this police service are members of this community … and we are going to do what we can to protect it and keep it safe.”He said the new community policing unit, which was recently announced and will consist of two officers, will increase visibility downtown and in the city’s shopping districts to help deter crime.The force is also partnering with whomever they can to work towards crime prevention, he said.“Part of our work as a police service is addressing the root causes of crime. We are already actively participating in discussions with various levels of governments and community groups to find solutions to various factors that can lead to criminal activity.”Bergen said drug and alcohol addictions, especially involving crystal meth, are significant factors.“The biggest increase we’ve seen with property crimes is break-and-enters to outbuildings. When I looked at a graph it was quite clear. When we start to see meth in the community — between trafficking charges, possession charges and seizures of meth — we start to see an increase in property-related and violent offences too. We believe that if we can have an impact there, that’s going to have an impact on the outcomes and what the long-term solution is.”About 30 per cent of people who commit crimes in Prince Albert live outside of the city, he added, noting that the city’s numbers show the retail population of Prince Albert is close to 190,000, far greater than the city’s population of about 36,000. read more