Tennis player Radu Albot, the first ever Moldovan to win an ATP title
Tennis player Radu Albot, the world’s number 82, became the first Moldavian player to win an ATP title on Sunday after finishing the tournament in Delray Beach (Florida) with 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 9/7) in front of the British Daniel Evans (148 ATP).
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The game lasted 2 hours 51 minutes. After losing the first set of 3-6, although he was leading 2-1, Albot just had to win 6-3 in the second set. The final was decided in the decisive set. The match was interrupted by rain in the third set at Albot’s 2-1.
The British, who took advantage of the 50-minute break, managed to score the score at 4-4. The tie-break was reached. Later on, Albot managed to score 7-7, then switched to his own favor, and Evans went through a double fault.
“It’s incredible, you work so much, a lifetime, all your career and, finally, you win a tournament,” Albot said. “It’s a great feeling. I think it’s difficult to put it into words.”
After this success, Radu Albot has ranked the best spot in his entire career, 52th place in the world’s top ATP rankings.
The 250 ATP points earned at Delray Beach have propelled Radu Albot, 30 places in the world rankings.
Radu Albot’s best result to the Florida title was a semi-final at Metz last year, lost to the Frenchman Gilles Simon.
For this victory, Radu Albot received a $97,490 check.
The highlights of the match:
Lilia Fisikovici is the first Moldovan athlete to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games
Athlete Lilia Fisikovici officially became the first sportsman in the Republic of Moldova to qualify for the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020, writes ZdG.
The 30-year-old athlete has met the qualification standard at the London Marathon – 2:27:26, which is a new national record. This result allowed Lily Fisikovici to rank 14th in one of the most prestigious marathons in the world. The winner was Brigid Kosgei from Kenya with 2:18:20.
Lilia Fisikovici ranks 27th at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
The President of the Moldovan Football Federation has resigned
Pavel Cebanu, the President of the Moldovan Football Federation (MFF), announced his resignation today through a statement published on the official MFF website. Pavel Cebanu has been the head of the MFF for 22 years since 1997.
He mentioned in the note that it wasn’t a spontaneous decision. “Two years ago, before the last MFF Congress I had the intention to step down, but the persistent requests and the full support of the Federation members determined me to continue. Then I told the Executive Committee that I would continue two more years to ensure the start of some projects that were in our program and then I would make a decision,” stated Cebanu.
At the beginning of April, Ziarul de Gardă (ZdG) published an investigation called “Lifetime Bosses at the MFF: Football Business”, which reveals the connections between those who have been in the forefront of Moldovan football, the prosperous businesses they have and the wealth of millions they have built, including through the football activity.
According to ZdG, Pavel Cebanu became the president of MFF in 1997. First he was a football player at the Nistru Chişinău team (now Zimbru Chişinău) between 1972-1986 and later became a coach. He won five times in a row the elections for the MFF leadership, remaining in power for 22 years. Cebanu won several awards and was entitled the best football player in the history of the Moldovan football in 2004.
While being the president of the MFF, Pavel Cebanu has built a true ‘fortress’ of devoted people who were advanced to the key positions at the Federation, some of them being involved in the family business of Cebanu as well.
Moldova lost the soccer match with France
Yesterday, the Moldavian Football Association lost the match against France on the Zimbru stadium (1:4).
The first goal was scored by the French in the 24th minute, and just three minutes later – the second goal. In the last minutes of the match, footballer Vladimir Ambros managed to score the first goal in the world championship goal.
The football match is part of the preliminaries of the European Football Championship 2020. The next match of Moldova will take place on 25 March, against Turkey, at the stadium New Eskisehir.
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