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Monday, February 12 2018 | NEW ERA SPORT 21 Net-buster… Sergio Aguero stole the headlines with a remarkable fourgoal haul against Leicester on Saturday. Guardiola hails ‘legend’ Aguero after four-goal show Pep Guardiola hailed Sergio Aguero as an “authentic legend” of Manchester City after his four second-half goals continued the club’s emphatic march towards the Premier League title with a 5-1 thrashing of Leicester. Raheem Sterling had given City an early lead on Saturday but Leicester went into the break on level terms thanks to Jamie Vardy’s equaliser. However, Aguero took centre stage with a finishing masterclass to take his tally in City’s last seven home games to 14 goals as Guardiola’s side moved 16 points clear. “An authentic legend of this club,” said Guardiola of his prolific Argentine striker. “In the second half he scored four goals. Sergio is like this, he has a special talent in the box. He’s clinical... especially the third one and fourth one are amazing.” Aguero now has 28 goals in all competitions this season -– eight more than Sterling. “So we try to create a lot of chances to score the goals he does, and he always does. Congratulations to him because it’s not easy to score four goals,” added Guardiola. “When one player is able to score four goals, he deserves all the credit and the nice words. He fights, he plays really good and he scored. We needed it.“ Guardiola believes the win was “one of the best” performances his players have produced since he took over at City but urged them not to let their intensity drop. “My advice for the players is not to think how many games are left, just to look to the next one,” he said. “Every time we dropped points this season, the next game we won, which is so, so important. Keeping that consistency is so important for us. If we are able to win the title it will be something special for us.” Leicester manager Claude Puel brought Riyad Mahrez off the bench in the second half as the winger made his first appearance since a self-imposed exile following the collapse of a deadline day transfer to City. And Puel claimed both he and the Algeria international will not focus their efforts on the rest of the season without any issues. “I said before my last press conference it was important for him to come back quick,” Puel said. “He maintained a good level and it was important he was back in the squad. We have lost time and now it is important to look forward. The transfer window is finished. “Since the beginning of the transfer window we took a decision with the club, to protect the squad. Riyad came back, and he is an important player. “Now it is about time to move on together and of course we are stronger with him. It is important to move together with good solidarity and understanding together.” – Nampa/AFP Federer chases history in Rotterdam Roger Federer will target a return to the top of the rankings as the Rotterdam World Tennis tournament starts today, with the Swiss aiming to become the oldest No 1 player in ATP history. The test begins at the Ahoy stadium when the 36-year-old, who claimed his 20th Grand Slam title a fortnight ago in Melbourne, returns to the Dutch port city for the first time since 2013. Top seed Federer starts in the first round against a qualifier in an event he has won twice before, lifting the trophy in 2005 and 2012. Should he reach the semifinals, Federer would pass Rafael Nadal to take over the world’s top ranking. But his quarterfinal opponent could well be long-time friend Stanislas Wawrinka, seeded fifth as he comes back from 2017 knee surgery. Federer lies just 155 points behind the injured Nadal in the standings, with a possible 180 points available for making the last four in Rotterdam. The Swiss would surpass Andre Agassi, who held the top spot in 2003 aged 33 years and 131 days. The evergreen Federer has repeatedly said he has no intention of stopping in the foreseeable future, but realises that maintaining his longevity requires his trademark precise planning, of which the decision to compete in Rotterdam is the latest example. “I’ve won three slams now in 12 months. I can’t believe it myself. I just got to keep a good schedule, stay hungry, then maybe good things can happen. “I don’t think age is an issue, per se. It’s just a number,” he said after winning the Melbourne title for a sixth time. “But I need to be very careful in my planning, really decide beforehand what are my goals, what are my priorities. I think that’s what’s going to dictate how successful I will be.” Roger Federer Out to stop the Federer progress will be second seed Grigor Dimitrov, winner of the London year-end showpiece in November and an Australian Open quarterfinalist. “The more top players, the better it is,” Dimitrov said of Federer’s presence. “You want to play the top players in the clutch matches. “That’s what I’m here for - to compete, it’s why we play tennis.” Dimitrov faces Japan’s Yuichi Sugita in the first round, while rising German Alexander Zverev takes on Spanish veteran David Ferrer. Belgium’s David Goffin is seeded fourth ahead of Wawrinka. 2014 champion Tomas Berdych is sixth and Frenchman Lucas Pouille stands seventh. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the defending champion, injured a hamstring in Saturday’s Montpellier semifinals and will be unable to take his place in the field, while Nick Kyrgios was forced out by an elbow problem. – Nampa/AFP

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