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25.07.2014 09:22
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DELRAY BEACH, Fla. Sidney Rice Blue Jersey . - Kevin Anderson of South Africa defeated local qualifier Steve Johnson 6-2, 6-4 to reach the Delray Beach Open final on Saturday. Anderson, seeded No. 4, will be playing in his second Delray Beach final on Sunday when he faces No. 2 seed John Isner of the U.S. or No. 7 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia. Anderson won this event in 2012. Anderson, who lives in Delray Beach, had 13 aces. "Im pleased with the way I executed that part of my game," Anderson said. Johnson upset No. 1 seed Tommy Haas and No. 6 seed Feliciano Lopez to reach his first ATP semifinals. Christine Michael Blue Jersey .C. area. His immediate status for the surging Leafs isnt quite clear at this point, though his situation is not believed to be serious. The 25-year-old left his long-awaited return to Los Angeles after just 20 minutes Thursday evening – his team rallying for a 3-2 win – unable to continue because of a nagging lower-body injury. Kevin Norwood Blue Jersey . Fairbairn, of London, Ont., had a second run of 56.92 seconds for a combined two-run time of one minute 54.26 seconds. The London, Ont. slider is tied for eighth, 0.PIOULENC, France -- Alberto Contador knows he is running out of time, and stages, to close the gap on his Tour de France rivals. The Spaniards bid for a fourth Tour title has yet to get going as the race enters its final week, a combination of bad luck and a niggling knee injury conspiring to make it difficult for him to launch his trademark attacks in the mountains. "This is probably the hardest Tour Ive done. I have lost a lot of strength since the beginning," Contador said Monday on the Tours second rest day. "Its true that without the time loss from the first stage I would be in a good position to win the Tour, and (just) waiting for the last time trial." Contador must first find a way to claw back a four-minute deficit on race leader Thomas Voeckler, as well as the time lost to Andy and Frank Schleck of Luxembourg and two-time runner-up Cadel Evans of Australia. After 15 of 21 stages, seventh-place Contador trails Frank Schleck by 2:11, Evans by 1:54, Andy Schleck by 1:45 and Ivan Basso by 44 seconds. Contador and his Saxo Bank team have no choice but to be aggressive in the high climbs of the Alps this week. Wednesdays 17th stage from Gap to Pinerolo features only one category 1 ascent and wont be as testing as the excruciating climbs Thursday and Friday that will leave riders exhausted before Saturdays 42.5-kilometre time trial. Stages 18 and 19 feature enormous treks up Col du Galibier, Col dIzoard and LAlpe dHuez -- all of them known as HC climbs, or Hors Categorie, because they are too demanding to have a classification. "The climbs in the Alps are different than the Pyrenees, they are longer and at a higher altitude," the 28-year-old Contador said. "Some riders will suffer from that. But we need to attack, thats for sure." Contador lost a lot of time to the Schlecks and Evans when he was caught behind a pileup on the first stage. The bad luck he had then set the tone for the rest of his race. It proved to be a bad omen with Contador falling on stages 5 and 9, banging his right knee twice. Byron Maxwell Blue Jersey. "Without the time loss from the first stage I would be in a good position to win the Tour, waiting for the last time trial (to come)" Contador said through a translator. After his spill on stage 9, Contador knew had to focus on damage limitation in the three grueling mountain stages in the Pyrenees. Considering he was riding with an injury last week, Contador did remarkably well not to lose more than 33 seconds to Frank Schleck, 15 to Andy Schleck and 13 to Evans. "I think everybody knows he is a champion. He is still a young rider but a young rider with a lot of experience," said Bjarne Riis, Contadors team manager. "I think he knows how to handle situations when there are problems. Of course, you get frustrated when youre not at 100 per cent, everybody gets frustrated. But, in another way, you know that you have to stay calm." The unpredictable nature of this years race still gives Contador some advantages. Its seems uncertain which Schleck brother is the leader and which is the support rider, while Voecklers unexpected presence means there is an extra cyclist to chase down. Then there is Evans and Basso, the Tour runner-up in 2005, to deal with. If Contador recovers in time for the big Alps, he could rise up when the others are taking each other down. "Each day that passes without knowing which card the Schleck brothers will play is more complicated," Contador said. "In my opinion, they have to think about their attacks and to know which one is the best. The other one has to sacrifice himself, otherwise it will be very hard to distance riders as good as Evans and the others." Riis turned the pressure up on the Leopard-Trek team by claiming he knows what tactics the Schlecks will use in the Alps. "I know the Schlecks. I have an idea whats going on, but this is an idea we discuss between us," Riis said. "I believe that what we will see a spectacular race in the Alps." ' ' '

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