Connect with us

Sports

Spain’s Carreño, Frenchman Paire to kick off Davis Cup semifinal

Published

on

Carreno Busta

Lille (France), Sep 13 : Debutant Benoit Paire of France and Spain’s Pablo Carreño are set to kick off the Davis Cup semifinal clash to be held on the Pierre Mauroy stadium’s indoor hard court in the northern French city of Lille, after the draw made on Thursday.

The semifinal tie between Spain and holder France is set to get underway on Friday with two singles rubbers as Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut is to take on Frenchman Lucas Pouille after the Carreño-Paire clash, reports Efe news.

On Saturday, the French duo of Julien Benneteau and Nicolas Mahut is set to square off against the Spanish pair of Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers.

If neither team is unable to seal the win at that point, the tie will continue on Sunday as Pouille is scheduled to face Carreño and if necessary, Paire will play Bautista Agut.

The Spanish team captain Sergi Bruguera and his counterpart in the French team Yannick Noah can make changes until one hour before each rubber.

The winner of this tie will take on the victor of the other semifinal duel that pits Croatia vs. the United States.

The final is scheduled for November 23-25.

Heading into the semifinal clash, Spain leads France 6-2 in their previous Davis Cup meetings, with the only two French victories coming on home soil in 1923 and 2010.

Having won the most recent Davis Cup clash held in 2011, Spain heads to this tie without injured Rafael Nadal, world No. 1.

Nadal was forced to withdraw from the US Open semifinal clash against Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro due to a knee injury.

IANS

Sports

Rafael Nadal stays atop ATP rankings

Published

on

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.

IANS

Continue Reading

Sports

Former BCCI chief B.N. Dutt passes away

Published

on

bcci

Kolkata, Sep 24: Former Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President B.N. Dutt died at his south Kolkata residence on Monday following respiratory ailments, family sources said.

Dutt, 92, is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter.

The veteran cricket administrator was in and out of hospital in the recent past when his condition deteriorated due to a lung infection.

Dutt was BCCI President from 1988 to 1990. He also served as president of the Cricket Association of Bengal from 1986 to 1991.

He also presided over the Indian Football Association.

Condoling his death, CAB President and former Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly described Dutt as a ‘master administrator’.

“It is a massive loss. It is a void very hard to be filled,” Ganguly said.

IANS

Continue Reading

Sports

Asia Cup 2018: Bangladesh clinch thriller against Afghanistan

Published

on

Bangladesh Cricket Team

Abu Dhabi, Sep 24 : Hashmatullah Shahidi’s 71 went in vain as Afghanistan lost a thrilling contest to Bangladesh by three runs in a Super Four tie of Asia Cup 2018 here on Sunday.

Opting to bat first, Bangladesh rode on Mahmudullah’s 74 and Imrul Kayes’s 72 to put an average 250-tun target before minnows Afghanistan.

In reply, Afghanistan lost wickets at regular intervals despite a brilliant opening by Mohammad Shahzad (53).

After his fall, Shahidi showed a terrific fight to put things in control but lacked support from the other end as no other batsman was able to show any resistance and Afghanistan eventually lost by three runs.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Most Popular