Del potro gets past federer for semis spot
LONDON — Juan del Potro earned the last spot in the semifinals of the season-ending ATP Finals by beating the already-qualified Roger Federer 7-6 (7-3), 4-6, 6-3 Saturday in their last round-robin match. Del Potro faces Novak Djokovic today, and Federer takes on Andy Murray.
It was Federer's second straight loss to Del Potro, who beat him in the final at Basel last month. "Just was thinking about my match, doing the same things like in Basel," del Potro said. It was Federer's first loss in the Finals, for the world's top eight players, since 2009.
NHL: Representatives of the league and locked-out union had a lunch that was described as pleasant the day after the fourth straight day of formal negotiations ended in acrimony. No formal session was held.
Soccer: Host UCF beat Miami in penalty kicks to advance to the second round of the NCAA women's tournament against host Florida on Friday. The game was 1-1 after regulation and extra time. Texas Tech beat North Texas 2-0 to advance to face host Florida State on Friday. … Manchester United beat Aston Villa 3-2 and extended its English Premier League lead to four points.
Winter sports: In Alpine skiing, Germany's Maria Hoefl-Riesch won the season's first World Cup slalom at Levi, Finland. Defending overall Cup champion Lindsey Vonn skipped the race. … In figure skating's Rostelecom Cup at Moscow, Finland's Kiira Korpi won the women's title, with Americans Gracie Gold and Agnes Zawadzki second and third. Canada's Patrick Chan won the men's, and former U.S. champ Johnny Weir, 10th and last after the short program in his return from a two-season layoff, dropped out, citing a knee injury. Caydee Denney of Wesley Chapel and John Coughlin were third in pairs.
Boxing: Wladimir Klitschko kept his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight titles with a unanimous win over Mariusz Wach at Hamburg, Germany.
Greyhounds: Flying Soriano, the longest shot at 16-1, overtook Lily Rose to win the $20,000 Fall Juvenile Stakes at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. It was the first career stakes victory for Red Oak Racing kennel manager-trainer Alex Hall. Flying Dimarco was third.
Swimming: Missy Franklin won the 50-yard freestyle and the 100 backstroke, and fellow Olympic gold medalist Ryan Lochte took the men's 100 back at the Minneapolis Grand Prix. Becca Mann, who trains in Clearwater, won the 200 butterfly.
Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires