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11,000 aces and by winning 92 percent of his service

LONDON -- Spain striker Roberto Soldado scored a second-half penalty on his Tottenham debut to secure a 1-0 victory over fellow London side Crystal Palace on Sunday. Mens Ua Scorpio . Tottenham was awarded the penalty in the 50th minute after Palace defender Dean Moxey handballed a cross from Aaron Lennon as he slid in to block the ball going into the penalty area. Tottenhams Gareth Bale, a target for Real Madrid, was not in the squad as he was injured and Andre Villas-Boas side seemed to miss his creativity in the first half. The majority of Tottenhams attacks came from the right side of midfield through Lennon and Kyle Walker. "We wanted to start with a win," defender Jan Vertonghen said. "Its a good result but next we want to score more goals." Tottenham enjoyed the majority of possession in the first half but could only test goalkeeper Julian Speroni with long range shots as Ian Holloways team defended strongly. Belgium midfielder Mousa Dembele went close in the 13th, his shot from 25 yards going narrowly over the crossbar. Gylfi Sigurdsson then forced a spectacular save from Speroni 10 minutes before halftime, the Palace goalkeeper acrobatically tipping the shot from just outside the area over the crossbar. Nacer Chadli, an international teammate of Dembeles, then headed over from six yards out with the last touch of the half -- missing a fantastic chance to score on his debut for the London club. Holloway reacted to Soldados second-half goal by bringing on strikers Kevin Phillips and loan-signing Marouane Chamakh to search for an equalizer and Palace looked more threatening after their introduction. But Sigurdsson should have doubled Tottenhams lead in the 68th, shooting wide from 10 yards after Spurs counterattacked against Palace, which began to press forward at every opportunity. Debutant Dwight Gayle shot over the crossbar from 30 yards and Phillips shot wide from a similar distance as the home side tried to increase the pressure against Tottenham. "They play long balls towards Chamakh and Phillips and we knew that would make it tough," Vertonghen said. Holloways side was playing its first Premier League game since 2005 and nearly equalized in the 89th when Kagisho Dikgachoi forced a good block from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at close range. A minute earlier, substitute Jermain Defoe wasted a chance to secure the win for Tottenham, shooting wide from inside the penalty area. Villas-Boas also gave a debut to summer arrivals Etienne Capoue, who appeared as a substitute, and Brazil midfielder Paulinho, who was particularly impressive when in possession of the ball. "Three new signings started today and they all did extremely well," Villas-Boas said. "They bonded well and responded to each others play." 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Vettel, who has already clinched his fourth straight F1 title, enters the finale with a chance to equal Michael Schumachers 13 victories in a year and match the record of nine consecutive wins by Alberto Ascari in the 1952 and 1953 seasons. WASHINGTON -- Even Ivo Karlovic willingly admits that whatever success he has on a tennis court is due mainly to his big serve.Well, that one stroke is in fine form at the moment, and so is Karlovic, closing in on a second consecutive title at age 37.Karlovic saved all five break points he faced Saturday and ran his service-game record to 43 for 43 this week, beating fifth-seeded American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 to reach the Citi Open final.This is my game. This is my strength, said the 6-foot-11 Karlovic, a Croatian seeded 13th at the hard-court tournament.He broke Johnson in the third game of each set, right after saving break points on his own serve.Its definitely frustrating when you have chances, you dont take `em, and you lose your focus for a second and you lose serve, said Johnson, a 26-year-old from California who eliminated top-seeded John Isner in the quarterfinals. And thats the margin when you play a guy (like) Ivo, (who) pretty much only has a serve.Karlovic will face No. 2-seeded Gael Monfils on Sunday. Monfils, the 2011 runner-up at Washington, advanced by breaking No. 7 Alexander Zverev four times in a 6-4, 6-0 victory that lasted only an hour.Zverev said afterward he had been throwing up and was dehydrated, attributing the problem to something he ate and adding: Its not like I didnt try.Monfils reached the 25th final of his career, but hes only won five in the past. He is 2-2 against Karlovic, but they havent faced each other in five years.Ivo is the same, said Monfils, who has accumulated 15 breaks of serve this week. You know what to expect.In the womens semifinals, No. 7 Yanina Wickmayer beat No. 6 Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 6-2, and 122nd-ranked Lauren Davis defeated 173rd-ranked Jessica Pegula 6-2, 6-3 in a matchup of 22-year-old Americans. Wickmayer, who teamed with Monica Niculescu to win the doubles title Saturday, will be appearing in her 11th WTA singles final, while Davis -- who was born in Ohio and is baased in Florida -- will be in her first. Cheap Under Armour Shoes. Last week, at the grass-court tournament in Newport, Rhode Island, Karlovic became the oldest man since 1979 to win an ATP singles title. Now he is into another final, the 16th of his career. He is 7-8 so far.In my old age, Karlovic joked, it is good when you can reach your goals.Since losing his first six matches of 2016, Karlovic has gone 16-7.His game is based on his serve, which comes at opponents from way up high and gets quite a bounce on Washingtons hard courts, especially in the July heat. The temperature approached 100 degrees Saturday, prompting Karlovic to say afterward: There was this moment where I wanted to lay down.In the 25 years that ATP service stats cover, Karlovic leads the tour with more than 11,000 aces and by winning 92 percent of his service games. He hit 14 aces Saturday, including at 134 mph and 132 mph on the last two points.Johnson serves well, too, and he came into the semifinal having held in all 32 of his service games, saving 7 of 7 break points.Those streaks did not last long.In Johnsons second service game, less than 15 minutes in, he missed a shot at deuce to hand over a break point and angrily smacked a ball. Then, with both men at the net, Karlovic lunged for a backhand volley winner to go up 2-1.In the second set, Karlovic broke by delivering back-to-back return winners.After the match, Johnson took to Twitter to respond to some of the meaner messages he received. Among Johnsons choice phrases: Learn English so we know what you are trying to say and you are an idiot.Asked at his news conference about the exchanges, Johnson said he doesnt take it seriously, whatsoever and considers those sending pointed messages his way useless human beings.---Follow Howard Fendrich on Twitter at http://twitter.com/HowardFendrich ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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