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Federer moves to second spot in ATP world rankings post Shanghai Masters win

Roger FedererJohannesburg, Oct 14 : 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer triumphed in the Shanghai Masters on Sunday and grabbed the second place in the ATP world rankings for the first time since May, 2013.

The Swiss tennis ace is more than 3,000 points behind top-ranked Novak Djokovic, but he did have the satisfaction of recording a straight sets win over the world number one Serb in the Shanghai semifinals, Sport24 reported.

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal moved down to third in the rankings with Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka staying at fourth despite an early exit in China to Gilles Simon.

The top 10 ATP world rankings are:

1. Novak Djokovic

Ronaldo scores hattrick as Real thrash Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 in La Liga clash

Ronaldo scores hattrickLondon, Sep 21 : Real Madrid thrashed Deportivo La Coruna 8-2 in their La Liga clash, thanks to Cristiano Ronaldo's hattrick and winger Gareth Bale's support.

Real were 3-0 up at halftime as Portugal forward Ronaldo found the net either side of James Rodriguez's stunning goal. Midfielder Haris Medunjanin scored a penalty for Deportivo six minutes into the second half before Bale scored twice.

Ronaldo then completed his hattrick, and there was still time for Deportivo's Jose Verdu Toche to score before Javier Hernandez's late double sealed Real's 8-2 victory over the hosts, The BBC reported.

Gerrard's late penalty helps Liverpool pip Ludogorets Razgrad in CL fixture

steven gerrardLondon, Sep 17 : Steven Gerrard's late penalty got Liverpool back into the Champions League football by defeating Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad.

According to the BBC, after a low-key first half, the Reds took the lead in the 82nd minute when Mario Balotelli held off two defenders and poked home his first goal for the club.

Meanwhile, substitute Dani Abalo ensured a point for Razgrad after he rounded Simon Mignolet and scored a goal.

Milan Borjan, the debutant goalkeeper of Razgrad ended up giving Liverpool a spot-kick after he fouled Javier Manquillo in the second minute of stoppage time.

Leander Paes drops out of top 10 in latest rankings

Leander-PaesNew Delhi: Veteran star Leander Paes dropped out of top-10 after losing a place in the doubles ranking, while Rohan Bopanna slid to 29 following a steep loss of eight places in the new chart issued on Monday.

Paes, who lost in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters with partner Radek Stepanek, is now placed 11th and continues to be India`s top-ranked player.

Paes and Bopanna are the only top-30 players from the country in the world rankings while left-handed Divij Sharan, who is unchanged this week, is the next best at 111.

Murray disappointed with inconsistency post losing to Federer in Cincinnati quarterfinals

Andy-MurrayLondon, Aug 17 : Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has been left frustrated by his inconsistency after losing to 17 Grand Slam titles holder Roger Federer in the Western and Southern Open quarterfinals in Cincinnati.

Murray, who will head to the US Open, which starts on 25 August, without a title since winning Wimbledon in 2013, recently squandered a double-break in the second set to lose 6-3, 7-5 to Federer.

Murray said that there is no excuse for that, and added that he has played enough matches now for that not to be the case, The BBC reported.

Murray beats Sousa in straight sets to advance to last 16 in Cincinnati

Andy-MurrayLondon, Aug 14 : Former Wimbledon champion Andy Murray advanced to the last 16 of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati after beating Portugal's Joao Sousa in straight sets.

Murray, who defeated the Portuguese 6-3, 6-3, broke Sousa in his opening service game and wrapped up victory in an hour and 11 minutes. Murray will now face American John Isner, last year's runner-up, in the next round.

Meanwhile, British number two James Ward lost 6-2 6-2 to France's Julien Benneteau in the second round.

3rd Test: England crush India by 266 runs to level series 1-1

India-England-Thrid-TestSouthampton: A listless India crashed to a humiliating 266-run defeat against England in the third cricket Test after an abject batting surrender allowed the hosts to level the five-match series 1-1 here on Thursday.

Mauresmo to continue as Murray's coach

Andy-Murray-Amelie-MauresmoLondon, July 24 : Andy Murray is reportedly set to retain French former Wimbledon champion Amelie Mauresmo as his new coach.

Murray had announced the link-up with Mauresmo shortly before the grass-court season. The coach-player duo held talks after Murray lost in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to Grigor Dimitrov , which saw him drop to 10th in the world rankings.

Photographs of Mauresmo at Murray's training camp in Miami have suggested the partnership will continue, with an announcement expected in the next week, The BBC reported.

Cautious India lose Dhawan's wicket on day One of Lord's Test

Shikhar-DhawanLondon, July 17 : India has lost the wicket of opener Shikhar Dhawan on the first day of the second Test against England being played at Lord's.

England bowler James Anderson claimed Dhawan's wicket in the second over of the match caught in the slips by Gary Ballance for his individual score of seven.

Earlier, England won the toss and decided to bowl first on a pitch with a decent covering of grass.

With the first Test ending in a draw, both sides are fighting for an advantage in the five-match Test series.

US Open 2014: Now singles' winners to walk away with 3 million dollars each

US-Open-2014Johannesburg, July 10 : The US Open prize pool is slated to get richer following a record 11 percent hike which will allow the singles' winners to walk away with three million dollars as reward.

According to the Sport24, in an announcement made by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) on Wednesday, USTA Chairman Dave Haggerty said that the total US Open purse will now be 38.3 million dollars.

The total prize pool for the US singles, doubles and mixed doubles alone has seen an increase of 12.5 percent over last year and exceeds two of the other three grand slam tournaments.

Sania Mirza achieves career-best fifth WTA doubles rank

Sania-MirzaNew Delhi, July 7 : Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza has entered the top-five for the first time in her career as the new WTA doubles chart was released on Monday.

Sania, who turned a professional tennis player in 2003 and overcame a career-threatening wrist injury in between, has achieved her career-best rank of number five in the world.

Sania and her partner Cara Black from Zimbabwe could not go deep in the recently concluded Wimbledon championships, but a second round appearance provided the Indian tennis ace with her crucial 130 ranking points that were enough to push her in the top five.

Grigor Dimitrov defeats Feliciano Lopez to win Queen's Club final

Grigor-DimitrovLondon, June 16 : Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov won a dramatic Queen's Club final as he defeated Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (7-1), 7-6 (8-6) at the Aegon Championships.

Dimitrov won his fourth career title and has become the first man this year to win titles on three different surfaces.

According to the BBC, Dimitrov said that the Aegon Championships in particular has been the tournament where he always wanted to win, adding that he remembers playing as a teenager there and ever since he has dreamt about the moment he won the tournament.

Radwanska crashes out of French Open

Agnieszka-RadwanskaParis, May 30 : Third seed Agnieszka Radwanska was knocked out of the French Open by unseeded Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-4, 6-4 in the third round Friday.

The 25-year-old Pole is the latest casualty following the exit of top seeds Serena Williams and Li Na this week, reports Xinhua.

Fourth seed Simona Halep of Romania is now the highest-ranked player left in the women's draw.

Sam Stosur beat Australian Open finalist and ninth seed Dominika Cibulkova 6-4, 6-4 to show that she is also a serious candidate for the title.

Real thrashes Atletico 4-1 to win `La Decima` Champions League title

Real-MadridLondon, May 25 : Spanish giants Real Madrid have defeated their compatriots Atletico Madrid 4-1 in a compelling Champions League final in Lisbon on Saturday to win their tenth European Cup.

The fitness of striker Diego Costa and superstar Cristiano Ronaldo was a central topic of debate in the build-up, with Costa using horse placenta as part of his treatment for a hamstring injury while Ronaldo had also been an injury doubt with the same problem.

Djokovic rallies to beat Nadal in Italian Open final

Novak-DjokovicRome, May 19 " Novak Djokovic beat Rafael Nadal for the fourth straight time to capture his third Italian Open title with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 win here.

In their 41st-career meeting, the most between two ATP players in the Open Era, Djokovic, the second seed, overcame a slow start to dominate the remaining two sets of the match here Sunday, reports Xinhua.

The precision of his hitting kept top-ranked Nadal on the defensive for much of the match, and he finished with 46 winners to just 15 for Nadal.

Murray to face Nadal in Rome Masters quarters

Andy-MurrayRome, May 16 : Andy Murray beat Austria's Jurgen Melzer in the Rome Masters to set up a quarterfinal clash with world No. 1 Rafael Nadal of Spain.

Murray produced a determined display to win 7-6 (7-1), 6-4 Thursday, reports Xinhua.

Nadal overcame a slow start to ease to victory over Mikhail Youzhny 6-7 (7-4), 6-2, 6-1.

Andy Murray, who turned 27 Thursday, won 15 points from 16 to win the first set tie-break and raced to a 2-0 lead in the second set.

"To be honest it's not a bad thing for me to play Nadal because I haven't played him for a long time," said Murray.

Li Na not at her best but into last eight in Madrid

Li-NaMadrdi, May 8 : Chinese tennis star Li Na was forced to dig deep in order to defeat No. 16 seed Sloane Stephens 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in two hours and move into the quarterfinals of the WTA Madrid Open here Thursday.

Despite her progress, Li Na was not satisfied with her performance in which she made over 40 unforced errors, reports Xinhua.

The first set saw Li Na play her worst tennis since arriving at Madrid. Perhaps unhappy at her third consecutive early start, the World No. 2 was never able to find her rhythm on court and while struggling with her own serve, she also failed to deal with that of her rival.

India drop two places to No.5 in Test rankings

indian-test-cricket--teamDubai, May 1 : India have dropped two places to No. 5 in the latest Test rankings released by the International Cricket Council (ICC) Thursday.

This is the biggest change in the rankings table with India dropping 10 points, currently sitting on 102.

India's 2010-11 victories against Australia, New Zealand and West Indies (away) as well as a drawn series against South Africa no longer count in the rankings. Similarly, their 2011-12 victory against the West Indies and 2012-13 victories against New Zealand and Australia are now weighted at 50 percent.

Sindhu drops out of top-10

p-v-sindhuNew Delhi, April 10 : A first round exit from the India Open last week means P. V. Sindhu drops a place to No. 11 in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) women’s singles rankings released Thursday.

Spain’s Carolina Marin jumped three places to No. 10, overtaking the Indian. Meanwhile, Saina Nehwal retained her No. 8 spot.

Parupalli Kashyap's semi-final appearance at the Swiss Open and the quarter-final performance at the India Open bore fruit as he re-entered the top-20 of men’s singles in 19th position.

The Hyderabadi has leapt four places while reigning national champion Kidambi Srikanth remains stagnant at No. 25.

Shuttler Kashyap rises to World No.24

Parupalli-KashyapNew Delhi, March 20 : India's Parupalli Kashyap arrested his slide in the latest Badminton World Federation rankings released Thursday, by rising a place to No. 24 in men's singles.

Kashyap, who reached a career high of World No. 6 last year, had been out of form for quite some time until his semifinal performance last week at the Swiss Open which helped him gain vital points.

Meanwhile, first round exits at both All England Open and Swiss Open have led Kidambi Srikanth to drop two places to 22nd.



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