MELBOURNE, Australia (AP):Novak Djokovic called it the best he has ever played against old foe Roger Federer. Serena Williams was just being her dominant self.The defending champions both made their way back to the Australian Open final, with Djokovic beating Federer 6-1, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 and Williams defeating Agnieszka Radwanska 6-0, 6-4 yesterday.”I’ve had matches where I’ve played similar tennis,” said Djokovic, the top-ranked player in the world. “But I think against Roger, these first two sets have been probably the best two sets I’ve played against him overall throughout my career.”Hours earlier at Rod Laver Arena, Williams advanced to within one win of another Grand Slam milestone. If the six-time Australian Open champion wins tomorrow’s final against seventh-seeded Angelique Kerber, she will equal Steffi Graf’s 22 major singles titles, a record in the Open era and the second-most in history behind Margaret Court’s 24.”I was able to do everything that I needed to do,” Williams said of yesterday’s match. “I was really hitting just all the right shots, making little to no errors, which is kind of hard to play like that.”Djokovic, a five-time champion at the Australian Open, advanced to his sixth final at Melbourne Park.For Federer, the signs were ominous from the beginning. Djokovic held his first service game at love and broke the 17-time Grand Slam champion in the second. After seven minutes, Federer was trailing 3-0.In the first semi-final match, Kerber ended Sydney-born British player Johanna Konta’s surprising run with a 7-5, 6-2 win to reach her first Grand Slam final. Konta was the first British woman since 1983 to reach the semi-finals at a major tournament.
Fianna Fáil local election candidate John Watson has called for the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan to extend a current Urban Renewal Scheme introduced in Budget 2013 to Donegal. Watson hopes it would revitalise the centre of Letterkenny and surrounding villages and further develop Letterkenny as a tourism hub.Watson told Donegal Daily, “In December last year, the Minister confirmed his willingness to allow the scheme to include other towns which was initially intended only for Limerick and Waterford on a pilot basis. “This obviously was a welcome move for these cities, but I believe that Letterkenny, Ramelton, Milford and Rathmullan specifically needs this designation and would help theses areas develop into leading tourism locations.“It would also assist in tackling the issue of derelict buildings in specific locations in these areas which are doing local businesses no favours when they trying to make a positive impression on local and international visitorsWatson pointed to the 1990’s as a case study, saying there was a similar incentive scheme put in place for qualifying like Letterkenny.It provided a double rent allowance for qualifying buildings in these areas under the 1997 Finance Act. Clearly, the current scheme or an extension of it to our area would have clear parallels but also benefits for Letterkenny and the surrounding villages and there would be a knock-on impact in terms of increased economic activity and jobs in these areas.Watson added, “I believe everyone in these areas are concerned about the legacy issue of derelict buildings and its impact on our towns and villages as tourism locations not to mention for local residents in these areas.“We are rightly proud of our towns and the beauty of the county, however, there needs to be some relief for those businesses which suffered badly as a result of the economic downturn.Watson concluded, “I have already made contact with our Finance Spokesperson, Michael McGrath TD but I would be hopeful that the local Government T.Ds will take this suggestion back to the Minister for Finance and ensure its introduction in the coming months for this area. ELECTION 2014: WATSON CALLS FOR EXTENDED TAX INCENTIVE SCHEME FOR DONEGAL was last modified: May 15th, 2014 by StephenShare 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) Tags:Election 2014:JOhn WatsonnewsPolitics