LITESPORT London Lite Monday, 7 September 2009 39 Norenwants tobepartof Montysgang SWEDE Alex Noren has put himself forward as the first potential rookie in Europes Ryder Cup team next year. It took just over 1m in earnings to make the last side and Noren has more than 292,000 already banked after winning the Omega European Masters in Switzerland yesterday. The 27-year-old beat Welshman Bradley Dredge by two shots for his first European Tour title in the week qualifying for Celtic Manor began. Asked what the message to captain Colin Montgomerie would be Noren said: If I can play like I did this week then I should be in your team! The way I see it is that you have to improve all the time. After the first win you have to get yourself to the next level and then the next level and so on until you get to the Ryder Cup. If I was playing Tiger Woods in the Ryder Cup tomorrow then he would have so much more experience, but this is great. It proves more to myself than others. I have questioned myself a few times, wondered whether I was good enough to win or whether I needed to change anything in my game. This week I proved to myself that I could play well and go low over the course of four rounds. Swede smell of success: Alex Noren Stricker birdie blitz keeps him ahead of Pod PADRAIG HARRINGTON is just one shot off the lead heading into the final round of the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston. On a bunched leaderboard, the in-form Irishman is on 12 under par behind Americans Steve Stricker and Sean OHair and South African Retief Goosen going into todays Labor Day finale. Harrington carded a third successive four-under-par 67 to remain in contention as joint first round leader Stricker bounced back from Saturdays 72 to pick up six shots including an eagle at the closing hole. Yesterday stung a little bit and it was nice to come back with a good, solid round today, said tournament leader Stricker. Mighty Murray makes huge Dent in New York Many happy returns: Andy Murray returned 88 percent of Taylor Dents 145mph serves in New York last night, leaving the crushed Californian, inset, blowing raspberries Andy made it look like I served underhand. He doesnt miss. He just doesnt miss ANDYMURRAYleftbig-servingTaylor Dent struggling for answers after their one-sided US Open third round clash at Flushing Meadows last night. World No2 Murray severely dented the Americans comeback with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 drubbing in just 90 minutes under lights in front of 23,771 noisy New Yorkers at the Arthur Ashe Sta- dium -- live on prime time US telly. Dent, 28, a wild card for this tourna- ment and ranked No195 after missing two years due to back surgery, said: Andy doesnt miss. He really doesnt miss. I dont think I served great tonight but I dont think I served poorly either. He made it look and feel like I served under- handed out there at times. He was just able to put stuff by me. I tried to mix up my spins, mix up my paces and give him dif- ferent looks. I think hes No1 in the world at breaking guys, so that makes sense. Dent, who reached a high of 21 in the world before his back problems, was serving at 145mph but admitted: Andys a quality player, theres no way around it, and if your execution isnt matching his, its going to go like that. Murray eased into the last 16 admitting: I returned really, really well and that was probably the key to the match. I managed to finish the match off well and served well. Ive always liked playing against serve and volleyers. I used to practice a lot with my brother and he used to serve and volley when we were young and that probably helped me. Dent had defied the odds to reach the third round in his first appearance at the US Open since 2005. The Californian justifiedhiswildcardin New York with victories over world No 37 Feliciano Lopez and fellow Spaniard Ivan Navarro on Friday night but he had no answer to Murray, lastyearsbeatenfinalist,whowillnow play Croatian 16th seed Marin Cilic for a place in the quar ter-finals tomorrow. Murray, who returned 88 percent of Bents services last night, said: Marins six foot six inches, hes got a big serve, but moves well for his height so again Ill need to return well. Hes not going to come to the net as much as Taylor so Ill have to be very solid from the back. BY NEAL COLLINS Nadal has stomach for the fight RAFAEL NADAL overcame another injury scare to book his place in the fourth round of the US Open. The former World No1 (left) beat fellow Spaniard Nicolas Almagro 7-5 6-4 6-4 in two hours and 39 minutes. But in the third set he called for the trainer after what tournament officials described as an aggravation of a right abdominal injury, first suffered last month during his Cincinnati Masters semi-final defeat to Novak Djokovic. I feel it a little bit now, Nadal said of his injury. I will try my best to recover for the next match. Clijsters pulls off a remarkable Kimback FORMER US Open champion Kim Clijsters (left) continued her remarkable comeback from retirement with a three-set victory over third seed Venus Williams. Belgian wild card, Clijsters in only her third tournament back after having a baby reached the quarter- finals with a 6-0 0-6 6-4 victory over the two-time champion in one hour 42 minutes. Its unbelievable, I dont know what to say, such a weird match after those first two sets, said Clijsters. Williams (right) admitted: She played really well and hit a lot of great shots. I wish her the best of luck. 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