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Paris, Oct 30: Swiss tennis star Roger Federer has decided to quit next week’s Rolex Paris Masters due to back injury, the organiser has announced.

“Roger Federer has withdrawn with back injury,” the Paris Masters organiser wrote on Twitter on Sunday, moments after the Swiss lifted his eighth trophy at the Swiss Indoors Basel after beating Juan Martin del Potro in full sets, Xinhua news agency reported.

“I am very sorry to have to pull out of the Rolex Paris Masters but my body needs a rest after Basel. I’ve played a lot of tennis this year and need to make sure I look after my physical well being if I want to continue to compete at the highest level for years to come,” said Federer.

“In 2016, it was very painful to miss half of the season so I learned my lesson. I really wanted to play in front of the Paris crowd but I am sure it will be a great event nevertheless and I hope to be able to play next year,” he added.

The title in Basel was also the seventh of the year for 36-year-old Federer, who won at the Australian Open and the Wimbledon.

Seeded second in Paris, Federer was expected to face Rafael Nadal, who claimed titles at Roland Garros and US Open this year, in a highly-anticipated final next Sunday.

Federer was chasing Nadal for the year-end world number 1, but the Swiss’ withdrawal effectively earned Nadal the top position if the latter came through the first match in Paris.

Federer recorded his triumph at the Paris Masters in 2011, and last played in 2015.

“I am very disappointed. It is also disappointing for Roger Federer’s fans who will now not see this great champion in action. Despite this bad news, the 2017 Rolex Paris Masters promises to be highly compelling and of great sporting interest,” said the tournament director Guy Forget.

The Paris Masters, with its main draw to be played from next Monday, is the final ATP 1000 tournament ahead of November’s Finals in London.

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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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