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Rafael Nadal stays atop ATP rankings

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Madrid, Sep 24: Spain’s Rafael Nadal continued to lead the men’s Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) world singles rankings released on Monday with 8,760 points, ahead of Switzerland’s Roger Federer.

Austria Dominic Thiem exchanged places with Bulgaria Grigor Dimitrov, to be ranked seventh and eighth respectively, after his victory at St. Petersburg Open on Sunday, reports Efe.

In one hour and eight minutes, Thiem claimed his 11th career title and his first on indoor hard court by winning 6-3, 6-1 over Slovakia’s Martin Klizan, who rocketed 16 places up to the 49th spot.

Meanwhile, Gilles Simon of France jumped 10 positions to be ranked 29th, after winning the Moselle Open title on Sunday.

The current top-10 ATP rankings and point scores are as follows:

1. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 8,760 Points
2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6,900
3. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6,445
4. Juan Martin del Potro (Argentina) 5,980
5. Alexander Zverev (Germany) 4,890
6. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 4,715
7. Dominic Thiem (Austria) 3,825
8. Grigor Dimitrov (Bulgaria) 3,755
9. Kevin Anderson (South Africa) 3,595
10. John Isner (US) 3,470.

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Hamilton greatest F1 driver of our generation, says Serena Williams

Mercedes’ Hamilton on Saturday took his 96th pole position ahead of the Russian Grand Prix and would be looking to equal Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins on Sunday.

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New Delhi, Sep 27 : Twenty three-time tennis Grand Slam champion Serena Williams has heaped praise on Lewis Hamilton, saying the reigning Formula 1 world champion is the “greatest drive of our generation” and that he would break German legend Michael Schumacher’s record.

“Lewis Hamilton and I have been super close, we have known each other for years, I love that guy, he has such a champion mindset, I look at what he does in training,” said Serena in a video posted on the official handle of F1.

“He is for me, the greatest driver our generation has seen and I am confident that he will break the record of Michael Schumacher. He lives his life on his sleeve, he says what he says, and this is the one thing I really appreciate about him,” she added.

Mercedes’ Hamilton on Saturday took his 96th pole position ahead of the Russian Grand Prix and would be looking to equal Schumacher’s record of 91 race wins on Sunday.

Hamilton had clinched the 90th win of his Formula One career when he bagged the crash-strewn Tuscan Grand Prix earlier this month.

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IPL: Gill stars as clinical KKR thrash SRH by 7 wkts

Mohammad Nabi and Abhishek Sharma remained unbeaten on 11 and two runs respectively as SRH reached a fighting total.

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Abu Dhabi, Sep 26 : Opener Shubhman Gill’s unbeaten 70-run knock along with Eoin Morgan’s 42 not out guided Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to their first win this IPL season as they outsmarted SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) by seven wickets with two overs to spare here on Saturday.

Chasing a modest 143-run, KKR, baring few hiccups, overhauled the target comfortably, thanks to the unbeaten knocks by Gill and Morgan. After SRH dragged themselves to 142/4 wickets in 20 overs, KKR finished at 145/3 in 18 overs.

KKR bowlers, too, were clinical with the ball as they restricted SRH to a modest total, before Gill’s heroics in the middle. Pat Cummins, who drew a lot of criticism after his poor show in the previous match, made a great comeback as he conceded just 19 runs from four overs and picked up one wicket.

The other KKR bowlers also remained economical and the entire KKR side clicked together as a unit.

Despite losing opener Sunil Narine, who fell without troubling the scorers, early, young opener Gill ensured his side cross the line with ease as he kept the fight on.

For the second wicket, Nitish Rana (26) and Gill added 37 runs before the former became a victim of T. Natarajan in the fifth over with KKR being reduced to 43/2.

As KKR managed another 10 runs, Afghan spin sensation struck as he trapped KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik before the wickets with KKR scorecard reading 53/3. The tumbling of wickets hardly affected Pandey, who continued to rotate the strike and forged a crucial 92-run unbeaten partnership with Eoin Morgan (42 not out) to drive his side home with two overs to spare. Morgan’s innings contained three boundaries and two sixes.

For SRH, Khaleel Ahmed, Natarajan and Rashid bagged a wicket each.

Earlier, SunRisers Hyderabad rode Manish Pandey’s valiant effort to reach 142/4. Pandey’s innings was decorated with three boundaries and couple of hits into the stands. En-route to his knock, Manish was involved in a 62-run stand for the third wicket with stumper-cum batsman Wriddhiman Saha (30).

Opting to bat, SRH started on a cautious note before Pat Cummins, who was amongst runs in the previous clash, drew the first blood as he dismissed opener Jonny Bairstow (5) in the fourth over itself.

David Warner and Pandey then added 35 runs for the second wicket before mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy sent back the SRH skipper in the 10th over with SRH’s scorecard reading 59/2. Warner scored 36 runs off 30 balls before falling.

Saha and Pandey then denied their opponents making any further inroads. However, their slow innings hurt the side’s chances of posting a big total. While trying to up the ante, Pandey was caught and bowled by Andre Russell in the 18th over before Karthik too, departed in the final over as he fell short of the crease.

Mohammad Nabi and Abhishek Sharma remained unbeaten on 11 and two runs respectively as SRH reached a fighting total.

Brief scores: KKR 145/3 in 18 overs (Shubhman Gill 70 not out, Eoin Morgan 42 not out; Rashid Khan 1/25) beat SRH 142/4 in 20 overs (Manish Pandey 51, David Warner 36; Andre Russell 1/16, Pat Cummins 1/19) by 7 wickets

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IPL : Delhi Capitals defeated Chennai Super Kings by 44 runs

Match 7 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 edition saw Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) easily emerging on top of MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

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Match 7 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 edition saw a young Shreyas Iyer-led Delhi Capitals (DC) take on experienced campaigners in the form of MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday evening (September 25) in Dubai.

While many expected the Dhoni-led camp to bounce back after defeat at the hands of Rajasthan Royals (RR), the Yellow Army failed to stand tall and lost by 44 runs.

Opting to bowl first, Dhoni defended his decision despite the recent norm of chasing side losing games with each passing day. He stated at the toss, “I think we need to respect the conditions and the fact that dew will play a part. Maybe the teams batting second so far in the tournament have made mistakes to not win. It looks better to bat second on TV. Some of the wickets might slow down as the tournament progresses. But given the number of strips out here and the amount of grass, it won’t become a low scoring tournament.”

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