Murray beats Djokovic, ends year on top

first_imgLONDON (AP): Without a doubt, Andy Murray will be the No. 1 player in the world for the rest of the year. The Wimbledon champion needed to win the final match of the season to ensure his place at the top. And he did it, rather easily. Murray beat Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-4 yesterday to earn his first title at the ATP finals, and make sure he remained No. 1 until next season. “I would like to try and stay there, obviously. It’s taken a huge effort the last five, six months to get there,” said Murray, who took over the top ranking two weeks ago and has now won 24 straight matches. “I’m aware that’s going to be extremely difficult because I had a great year this year. I only managed to do it by one match.” Murray replaced Djokovic as the top-ranked player in Paris, but the second-ranked Serb could have regained the No. 1 position by winning yesterday at the O2 Arena. And Murray seemed vulnerable heading into the final, especially after playing three sets against Milos Raonic in Saturday’s semi-finals. He started against Djokovic with a pair of double-faults in the opening game, but it was soon his opponent that was struggling with his serve as the unforced errors piled up. “There was no serious chance for me to win today’s match,” Djokovic said. “From the very beginning, we could see that. He was just a better player all in all.” Normally so steady with his groundstrokes, Djokovic found himself missing easy shots time after time, finishing the match with a whopping 30 unforced errors and only 13 winners. Murray had 15 unforced errors and 13 winners. In the first set, Djokovic had a routine smash that he whacked wide. And in the second, he netted a basic forehand volley. It never got much better for the 12-time Grand Slam champion, who was trying to win a record-tying sixth title at the season-ending tournament and finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fifth time. TOP SPOT Murray is the first man other than Djokovic, Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal to finish the year as the No. 1-ranked player since Andy Roddick in 2003. He took over the top spot on November 7 after winning his eighth title of the season at the Paris Masters. He also reached the Australian Open and French Open finals, losing to Djokovic on both occasions, but won his second straight Olympic gold medal in singles at the Rio de Janeiro Games after claiming his second Wimbledon title. Yesterday, he capped a long stretch of playing some of the best tennis of his life, and the best tennis in the world.last_img read more

Hernia International Conducts Free Surgeries in Ganta

first_imgFor those with a hernia and thyroidA team of Spanish doctors, representing a charitable organization known as “Hernia International” in collaboration with the Esther and Jerelyn (E&J) Hospital in Ganta are carrying on free surgical operations in Ganta on people with a hernia and thyroid, which is commonly known as Gaitor.The team, comprising of seven surgical doctors from Spain arrived in the country on Saturday, January 26, and began operations on Sunday, January 27, where about 400 patients are expected to benefit.According to the Chief Medical Doctor of E&J Medical Center Dr. Peter George, the Spanish doctors are expected to conduct the free medical service for a week, beginning last Sunday.He said, upon their departure, another team of doctors from the USA will be coming into the country to assess the E&J facility, but could not reveal whether this US team will conduct surgery.When the Daily Observer visited the hospital’s compound, the Out-patients Department was overcrowded with a hernia and thyroid patients, while others were still coming to get registered for the operation.There are some Liberian doctors working alongside the visiting Spanish doctors for experience gaining or to get themselves acquainted, the Daily Observer was informed.Women with an umbilical hernia as well as children with a hernia were among the patients undergoing the free surgical operation.“We have about 600 patients registered to undergo this operation and more are still coming,” said one of the nurses, who is in charge of the registration.Since 2017, the E&J Hospital has been partnering with Hernia International for a free surgical operation on people with a hernia, but, looking at the increase in thyroid cases across Liberia, the organization deems it necessary to include “Thyroid” in the program, a representative said.Several countries, including Germany, USA, England, Slovenian have been sending doctors since the program began in 2017. There was happiness in the faces of those who successfully went under the operation.Dopoe Kpahn, a hernia patient said, “I am very happy because it took me 12 hours in bed after I underwent the operation.”However, Dr. George, who is also a member of Hernia International has assured of continuing the surgery along with his Liberian colleagues, upon the departure of the visiting doctors.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more