Capello calls up Posh keeper
England coach Fabio Capello on Saturday handed a shock international call up to goalkeeper Joe Lewis who last season was playing in English League Two, the fourth tier of soccer in the country. Lewis, who helped Peterborough United to promotion to League One, was named in the squad for the forthcoming friendlies against the US and Trinidad and Tobago. Capello originally selected David James, Chris Kirkland and Joe Hart for the double-header. But the 20-year-old Lewis has been added to the party because of fitness concerns over Kirkland, who has a back injury, while James has only recently returned from a calf injury. The Posh goalkeeper was overjoyed by Capello’s decision to promote him to the full squad. Lewis had only made his debut for the Under-21 side as a substitute for Hart in the 2-0 win over Wales as recently as May 15. “I am over the moon and thrilled with the call-up — it came out of the blue and I am enjoying every minute of it,” Lewis said. “I trained with the squad on Saturday morning and it was superb to be involved with the best players in the country. I managed to make a couple of good saves, which was a great feeling, especially from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard. It is a great end to a fantastic season.” Peterborough director of footbal Barry Fry was delighted by Lewis’ call-up. “This is fantastic news for Joe and Peterborough United,” he told www.theposh.co.uk.
Swedes take team title
Sweden beat Russia 2-1 in the final to win the World Team Championships in Dusseldorf on Saturday. The 44th world-ranked Robin Soderling took part in both winning rubbers, first beating 16th-ranked Mikhail Youzhny 6-3, 6-1 before teaming up with Robert Lindstedt to beat Mikhail Youzhny and Dimitry Tursunov 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 11-9 in the deciding doubles. They saved a match-point in the final set of the crucial doubles. In the other singles match, Igor Andreev saw off Thomas Johansson 2-6, 6-3, 6-4 but it did not stop Russia falling to their fourth losing final after 2000, 2001 and 2002.
Davydenko wins in Austria
Nikolay Davydenko clinched the Poertschach claycourt title for the third time on Saturday beating Argentina’s Juan Monaco 6-2, 2-6, 6-2 in the final. Davydenko took the first set after breaking serve in the opening game.But second seed Monaco, the world No. 14, asserted his authority in the second set forcing the Russian into a series of errors with his powerful forehand to level the match. Monaco, the defending champion, was unable to keep up his advantage however and Davydenko enjoyed a crucial break in the third game on his way to wrapping up his second title of the year to add to his Miami Masters victory.
Simon wins all-French final
France’s Gilles Simon won the Casablanca ATP tournament on Saturday with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over compatriot Julien Benneteau before quickly flying back to Paris for the French Open. Simon and Benneteau took the same plane home back to Paris a day before the tournament at Roland Garros started. The 35th world-ranked Simon made the most of unforced errors from Benneteau in the second set to claim victory. Simon, who entered the tournament too late to be seeded and had to play in the qualifying rounds, was better technically and physically throughout the match.