Relieved Nadal wins 9th Monte Carlo title

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first_imgMONACO (AP):The relief was evident for Rafael Nadal as he overcame a sloppy performance on his serve to beat Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 yesterday and get his hands on the Monte Carlo Masters trophy for the ninth time.This was the Spaniard’s first tournament win in Monte Carlo since the last of his eight straight titles there in 2012. It is also the record-equalling 28th Masters title for Nadal, bringing him alongside top-ranked Novak Djokovic.He sank to his knees after sealing victory with a brilliant forehand winner, tilting his head back, closing his eyes to savour his biggest tournament win since the French Open in June, 2014 and his first at a Masters event since Madrid a few weeks before that.”It has been a very important week. The victory confirms that I am better,” Nadal said. “Monte Carlo is one of the most important places for me, without a doubt.”first title of the yearIt was his first title of the year, having won only three in 2015 when he was riddled with self-doubt and became a prey on clay, rather than a predator.Last year, Djokovic battered him in the French Open quarter-finals; Stan Wawrinka beat him in the Rome Masters quarter-finals in straight sets; Andy Murray routed him in the Madrid final 6-3, 6-2; Djokovic won 6-3, 6-3 in the Monte Carlo semi-finals; and even erratic Italian Fabio Fognini beat him twice – in Rio and Barcelona.”I’m enjoying it after some tough moments,” said the fifth-ranked Nadal. “Last year was a tough year. The nerves that I had, I was anxious in the matches.”resilience coming backAlthough Nadal says he is “still not 100 per cent”, his famed resilience is coming back.”This week, I was able to increase my level when things became tough, like I did before,” he said. “We will see how things are in the next six months (but) I have to enjoy this moment. Tomorrow, I will start to think about Barcelona, another important event.”It took him 2 hours, 46 minutes to finally see off Monfils, who had never won a set against Nadal on clay and had lost 11 of their 13 previous matches.”You just have to accept he’s a bit better.” Monfils said. “He increased his intensity and changed the way he was playing.”Nadal dropped his serve five times against the 13th-seeded Monfils in a topsy-turvy encounter in which they conceded 34 break-point chances between them.Playing in his 100th final, Nadal clinched his 68th title and his first since winning on clay at Hamburg last August. His previous final was in January routed by Djokovic in Doha.last_img read more


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first_imgA Co Donegal man charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men was remanded on continuing bail until February 9 today.Shaun Kelly, 23, of Hill Road, Buncrana, is charged with dangerous driving causing the deaths of eight men at Meenadiff, Clonmany, Co Donegal, on July 11 last year.At a short hearing at Buncrana District Court this morning, Judge Paul Kelly was told that the Book of Evidence in the case is quite “substantial”. More than 200 statements will be included in the Book of Evidence which will be presented to the court next February.INISHOWEN CAR DEATH CASE ADJOURNED UNTIL FEBRUARY was last modified: December 8th, 2011 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more


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first_imgCalifornia’s insurance commissioner criticized Anthem Blue Cross for raising rates for small businesses but acknowledged he has no authority to block it. Medpage Today looks at double-digit increases in the individual and small group markets nationwide.Los Angeles Times: California Regulator Scolds Anthem, Praises UnitedHealth On RatesCalifornia’s insurance commissioner scolded Anthem Blue Cross for raising rates for small businesses while praising industry rival UnitedHealth Group Inc. for cutting worker premiums. … But state regulators have no authority to block Anthem’s rate increase from taking effect this month. “This is a huge loophole in California law and in the federal Affordable Care Act,” [Insurance Commissioner Dave] Jones said (Terhune, 1/8).San Francisco Chronicle: State Opposes Anthem Rate IncreaseCalifornia’s insurance commissioner on Tuesday called a proposed rate hike by Anthem Blue Cross for small businesses “unreasonable” and accused the health insurer of improperly imposing fees associated with the federal health law. Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones said his department’s actuaries carefully reviewed the health insurer’s plans, which he said would raise rates by nearly 11 percent. The company, he said, overestimated its projected medical costs and how much in services it expects its policyholders to use. Anthem officials disputed Jones’ claims (Colliver, 1/8).Politico Pro: Calif. Insurance Commissioner: Anthem Is Raising Rates EarlyAnthem Blue Cross California is already including two 2014 fees for the health care reform law in its 2013 insurance prices, a move California Insurance Commissioner Dave Jones says is unlawful. On a conference call with reporters Tuesday, Jones said Anthem wants to raise rates by more than 10 percent for its small-group market and attributed the increase, in small part, to two fees that will hit insurers in 2014: a tax on health insurers and a fee to spread the risk among insurers who have to take on the sickest customers (Haberkorn, 1/8).In another story about premium increases nationwide – Medpage Today: Health Insurers Still Requesting Steep Rate HikesAlthough one goal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to rein in the high cost of health insurance, dozens of health plans continued to implement double-digit rate hikes. For instance, in California, premiums on separate UnitedHealth plans rose 12.3 percent and 14.3 percent, according to the state’s Department of Insurance. An Aetna plan covering more than 76,000 people jumped 20.4 percent and another covering 21,000 people shot up nearly 19 percent. Celtic Insurance Company in Ohio requested a 39 percent increase for some of its plans in the state, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). So far, 44 states have programs to review rate increases in their states. For states that don’t have such programs, HHS reviews the proposals (Pittman, 1/8). Insurers in California, Elsewhere, Propose Steep Rate Hikes This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.last_img read more