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Federer defeats Del Potro at Swiss Indoors final, earns 95th career title

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SHANGHAI, Oct. 15, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Roger Federer of Switzerland celebrates after winning the singles final match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at 2017 ATP Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai, east China, on Oct. 15, 2017. (Xinhua/Ding Ting/IANS)

Basel (Switzerland), Oct 30: Swiss tennis great Roger Federer rallied from one set down to defeat Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 to win the Swiss Indoors Basel tournament for 8th time.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion took revenge for narrow three-set losses to the Argentine in the finals of the 2012 and 2013 editions of his hometown event, Efe news reported on Sunday.

With the title, Federer became the second most decorated tennis player in the Open era, one crown ahead of Czech icon Ivan Lendl but 14 titles behind United States’ Jimmy Connors.

Thanks to his powerful serve, the 1.98-meter Del Potro had the upper hand in the first set tiebreak.

A break in the ninth game was all Federer needed to draw level in his 13th Basel final.

It seemed like Del Potro would prevail again in the final, when he broke Federer’s serve early in the third set.

The Swiss star, however, broke Del Potro’s serve twice for his seventh season title so far, with the Australian Open, Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Miami, Halle and Shanghai already in the bag.

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2nd Test: India 172/3 at stumps, trail by 154 runs vs Australia

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Perth, Dec 15: India were 172/3 at stumps on the second day of the second Test against Australia at the Perth stadium here on Saturday.

India skipper Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane were batting on 82 and 51 runs respectively when the day ended.

The visiting side still trail by 154 runs against Australia’s first innings total of 326. Resuming the second day at 277/6, the Aussies were all out for 326 shortly before lunch.

Brief Scores: India (First Innings): 172/3 (Virat Kohli 82 batting, Ajinkya Rahane 51 batting) vs Australia (First Innings): 326 (Marcus Harris 70; Ishant Sharma 4/41).

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India’s Sindhu defeats Thailand’s Intanon, storms into final

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 15: Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu defeated former world champion Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in straight games in their women’s singles semi-final at the 2018 BWF World Tour Finals here on Saturday.

The 23-year-old Olympic silver medallist, who has not lost to World No.8 Intanon in the last two years, breezed into the final after quashing her Thai opponent 21-16, 25-23 in 54 minutes, reports Efe.

The world number six from Hyderabad – who entered the semi-finals after defeating Beiwen Zhang of the US 21-9, 21-15 on Friday – dominated the first game, winning it in 20 minutes after grabbing an initial 6-4 lead.

Intanon bounced back in the second game but Sindhu did not lose nerve and won it in a nail-biting finish to wrap up the match.

Sindhu will now play against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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PV Sindhu in semis of BWF World Tour Finals

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Guangzhou (China), Dec 14: Star Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu entered the semi-finals of the BWF World Tour Finals, defeating Beiwen Zhand of US in a lop-sided women’s singles match here on Friday.

The Rio Olympic silver medallist just took 35 minutes to outplay her opponent 21-9, 21-15.

Right from the start, Sindhu dominated the proceedings and easily overpowered her opponent to advance.

In men’s singles match, Sameer Verma defeated Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 21-9, 21-18 to enter the knock-out stage.

The 45-minute match saw Sameer at his best of abilities in the first game. In the second game the Indian shuttler struggled but was proved better towards the end to bag the issue.

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