VIENNA (AP):Andy Murray closed in on the No. 1 ranking by winning his third straight ATP title at the Erste Bank Open yesterday.The Scot can overtake Novak Djokovic atop the ATP rankings next week if he wins the Paris Masters and the Serb doesn’t reach the final.”I get a step closer with every win, but it’s still a long way from here,” Murray said. “From two to one seems a small jump in a way, but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots, but is a lot easier.”In yesterday’s final, Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (6) for his personal-best seventh title of the season, and 42nd overall. Djokovic has also won seven events this year.”I was thinking more about how you are going to win the match rather than what it would mean if you did win it. But obviously, it’s nice to win my seventh tournament,” Murray said. “A lot of them have come in the last few months. After the Australian Open, I struggled a little bit for a couple of months, but the last few months have been very good.”Murray extended his unbeaten streak to 15 matches after also winning in Beijing and Shanghai.”I think I played my best tennis of the tournament today. That’s pleasing, obviously, as you want to improve as an event goes on,” he said.The 15th-ranked Tsonga, who was the 2011 champion, appeared in his first final of the season, which has been marred by adductor and left knee injuries.GREAT WEEK”It was a positive week for me. It was very good to be in the final,” Tsonga said. “I played good tennis. It was nice to play five matches in a row. It hasn’t happened many times these last couple of months.”Murray advanced to the final after defending champion David Ferrer pulled out with a left leg injury, while Tsonga saved a match point in his 2 1/2-hour semi-final against Ivo Karlovic on Saturday.Murray, who also won in Vienna on his only previous visit in 2014, dominated yesterday’s final from the start. He raced into a 3-0 lead by taking 14 of the first 19 points of the match.He avoided break points in his games, and missed a set point on the Frenchman’s serve at 5-2 but clinched the opening set the next game with his second ace.Murray conceded just two points on his way to a 2-0 lead in the second set. but started to struggle with his first serve as his percentage dropped to 18 halfway through the second set.He hit a forehand long on the only break point for Tsonga to help the Frenchman level at 4-4.Murray missed his first match point in the tiebreaker as he netted a forehand return, but closed out the win on his second chance with an ace.
“Last week I had the flu. I was light-headed, my stomach hurt. I was probably only about 50 percent,” Roberts said. “This week, I’m about 75 percent, but I felt great out there tonight.” When Palmdale (1-4, 1-1) looks back on this game, it won’t soon forget its three turnovers, two of which came in the fourth quarter. The Falcons had a chance to win the game with a late fourth-quarter drive but Justin Paulson stripped the ball from Palmdale running back Dominic Blood at the Antelope Valley 30. Antelope Valley’s Dustin Vong also had a critical interception late in the game. Palmdale quarterback Rodney Trimm passed for 293 yards and two touchdowns. He also scored on a 1-yard run in the first quarter. Tyreace House had five catches for 145 yards and one touchdown in a losing effort. Ramona Shelburne, (818) 713-3617 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 “This one actually got me emotional after the game,” said Antelope Valley senior running back Andre Crenshaw, who rushed for a game-high 173 yards and scored all three of the Antelopes’ touchdowns. “We had a hard week of practice and we were very focused. We knew exactly what this game meant.” Antelope Valley’s victory was its first over Palmdale since 2001. Although it’s early in the season, Antelope Valley (3-2, 2-0) might now be the favorite to win the Golden League title. A.V.’s biggest remaining challenge will likely be against Lancaster on Oct. 28. But thoughts of that game can wait. On Friday, A.V.’s players stormed the field after the victory, second-year coach Jon Fleming was doused with water and game balls were handed out all around in the postgame huddle. Besides Crenshaw, Antelope Valley received a big boost from fullback Darius Roberts, who rushed for 70 of his 101 yards in the second half. Roberts, a 6-foot, 260-pound senior, helped A.V. control the time of possession in the second half and keep Palmdale’s explosive offense off the field. Palmdale lost. The how and the why could be explained later. But after 14 consecutive Golden League victories, the three-time defending champion Falcons had been knocked off their pedestal by host Antelope Valley in a hard-fought 22-19 victory Friday night at Mays Field. LANCASTER – It didn’t take long for word to spread all across the Antelope Valley. The last play had barely finished before the cell phones started ringing along the sidelines and in the stands. But the calls were short since there was only one relevant piece of information to convey: