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Federer opens with straight-set win at ATP finals

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Federer opens with straight-set win at ATP finals

LONDON (AP) Roger Federer opened his quest for a seventh season-ending tour title, looking like the man to beat again.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion won his record 40th match at the tournament, defeating Janko Tipsarevic 6-3, 6-1 Tuesday in his opening Group B match.

Federer lost only eight points on his serve under the roof of the O2 Arena while converting four of his nine break points in the event that features the top eight players in the world.

``Obviously, come in knowing that I've played so well past years, I expect myself also to be at a solid level,'' said Federer, who also won his seventh Wimbledon title this year and won a silver medal at the London Olympics. ``I've had a good year. It's true, I feel like I'm striking the ball well after today. I hope it's a sign for more to come.''

A day after Andy Murray made his return to Britain for the first time since winning the U.S. Open, the crowd got into Tuesday's match, complete with cowbells ringing and constant chanting for Federer.

``I'm very, very honored, really, and very proud in some ways to be so well liked by so many fans around the world, just not in one particular place or one country,'' said Federer, who will next face David Ferrer on Thursday. ``It really seems to be everywhere I go I get a lot of fan support.''

The Swiss star didn't disappoint them, looking like he was right at home right from the start.

He held at love to open the match and broke Tipsarevic for a 2-0 lead that held the rest of the way. In the second set, Tipsarevic held serve to start, but couldn't win another game as Federer dazzled the fans with a couple of behind-the-back shots off Tipsarevic serves that had nipped the net.

``The problem was that he got an early break in both sets,'' Tipsarevic said. ``Everybody knows that when Roger starts leading, he is probably the best player in the world when he's a break up early in the set.''

Tipsarevic was playing for the first time since retiring with dizziness and fatigue during his quarterfinal match at the Paris Masters last week.

``I felt good in the first set,'' Tipsarevic said. ``Even though I lost it, I didn't lose the first set because I was feeling bad, whatever. But later on when we played these longer rallies, my serve started to suffer a little bit.''

Federer didn't play in Paris, pulling out to rest up for London.

``I still had some little things I had to work through the last couple of days. Really since yesterday, I feel fine,'' Federer said.

Federer twice won the season-ending tournament when it was in Houston in 2003-04, and then won two more in Shanghai in 2006-07. In London, he is the two-time defending champion.

The victory moved him out of tie with Ivan Lendl for the most wins at the tournament.

In the other Group B match, Ferrer beat Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 3-6, 6-4.

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

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After releasing Martez Carter the Redskins are thin at running back

The Redskins are very thin at running back right now. 

Today at practice the Redskins had three running backs on the field. Rob Kelley and Kapri Bibbs are fully healthy while Chris Thompson is limited as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered last November. 

Injuries have hit the depth at running back. The most recent casualty was Martez Carter, who was waived with an injury designation. 

The move was surprising since Carter had some good runs against the Jets during their preseason game on Thursday and he did not appear to be injured during the game. 

Coach Jay Gruden did not offer any more details as to what the injury to Carter was, only that he is no longer with the team. 

Also sidelined with lower leg injuries are Samaje Perine and Byron Marshall. According to media reports, Perine will be out one week and Marshall for two to four. Gruden would not confirm the timelines, saying only that they are undergoing treatment and the timetable for their returns in unknown. 

The Redskins will bring in some running backs to try out on Sunday. They will need at least one and probably two in order to get through the upcoming preseason game against the Broncos on Friday. 

In other personnel moves, the Redskins waived linebacker Jeff Knox and defensive end Jalen Wilkerson and signed offensive tackle Kendall Calhoun, defensive back Darius Hillary, and wide receiver Allenzae Staggers. 

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

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Alex Ovechkin and wife Nastya Ovechkina welcome baby boy

After lifting the Stanley Cup just over two months ago, something else very exciting has happened in Alex Ovechkin's life.

Saturday morning, Nastya and Alex Ovechkin welcomed their first child, a baby boy named Sergei, after Ovechkin's late brother. 

Ovi spent this week practicing at the Florida Panthers' facilities with other NHL players living in the surrounding area.

After the Cup's visit to Moscow, Nastya and Alex settled down at their apartment in Miami, staying put and preparing for the birth. 

The couple were married two years ago but didn't hold an official ceremony until July of last year. The celebration was as lavish as you'd expect.

She revealed her pregnancy shortly after the Cup victory, and has kept us up to date on life this summer via Instagram. A few weeks ago, the Ovechkins graced HELLO! Russia magazine, showing off Nastya's baby bump among their glamour shots.

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Congratulations to Ovi and Nastya, and all our best wishes for health and happiness!

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