No-nonsense Rogerer Federer resumes comeback with easy win at Halle Open

first_imgTop seed Roger Federer resumed his comeback on grass with a 6-3 6-1 demolition of Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in his Halle Open first round, with the Swiss looking sharper than in last week’s shock loss in Stuttgart.The 18-time Grand Slam winner won the Australian Open as well as Miami and Indian Wells before skipping the entire claycourt season to prepare for an assault on an eighth Wimbledon title and the U.S. hardcourt season.The 35-year-old’s first match back in action last week at the Stuttgart Open was a flop when he suffered a shock loss to German veteran Tommy Haas, ranked 302 at the time, despite leading for a set and a half.But Federer, an eight-time winner on Halle grass, was in complete control against world number 66 Sugita — a lucky loser who replaced injured Lu Yen-hsun — on Tuesday.The world number five required a little longer after he wasted three match points at 5-0 before breaking Sugita again to clinch the match after 52 minutes.Third seed Kei Nishikori had to work much harder to get into the next round with a 6-7(7) 6-3 6-4 victory over Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.Local hero Alexander Zverev, the fourth seed who has already won three titles this year, made light work of Italian Paolo Lorenzi during a 6-3 6-2 workout, while his older brother Mischa also booked a second round spot with a 6-4 6-4 victory over Lukas Lacko.last_img read more

WSS to Start Drone Deliveries to Ships

first_imgzoom Norway-based ships agency services provider Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS) revealed plans to launch drone deliveries to vessels.According to the company, drone technology has “obvious applications” in the shipping industry.“Whether in case of deliveries of critical documents or vital medical supplies, tank inspections, or monitoring cargo and stockpile levels, we believe semi-autonomous drone flights can support and further enhance what our ships agency team can offer our customers,” Marius Johansen, VP Business Solutions & Marketing, WSS Ships Agency, explained.“Relied upon by owners, operators, vessels and crew to get spare parts, medicine, documents, or cash to master where it needs to be at moment’s notice, drone delivery is a natural extension of our existing agency service portfolio,” Johansen added.Johansen estimates drone flights would reduce costs significantly. Namely, the cost of drones amounts to USD 150, compared to that of launch vessels which stands at USD 1,500.The company said it intends to launch a large-scale working pilot project in one of the world’s busiest ports in 2017, in spite of the complexity of global aviation rules and restrictions placed on unmanned aerial vehicles.last_img read more