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October 12, 2013

Djokovic outplays Tsonga to reach Shanghai final

Shanghai, Oct 12 (IANS) Defending champion and top seed Novak Djokovic reached the final of the Shanghai Rolex Masters with a 6-2, 7-5 victory over seventh seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France here Saturday. The Serb will take on either World No. 1 Rafael Nadal or sixth seed Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, who play their semifinal later Saturday, reports Xinhua. If the Spaniard wins, the final will be the 39th meeting of the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry, which is the most in the Open Era. The two last met in last week's…

Bowlers would have to adapt quickly: Dhoni

Pune, Oct 12 (IANS) The focus has quickly shifted from Sachin Tendulkar's retirement to the seven-match ODI series between India and Australia that starts here Sunday with the first game. The lone Twenty20, won by India, in Rajkot witnessed 200 runs being scored by both the teams and that had set the tone for the series. India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni hoped that his bowlers will quickly adapt to the demands of ODI's. "In the last T20 game a fair amount of runs, 200 runs each, were scored. Overall…

Tendulkar’s retirement was coming: Dhoni

Pune, Oct 12 (IANS) India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Sachin Tendulkar's rertirement was on expected lines and lauded the cricketing great for staying on top of the game for the last 23 years or so. "I knew it (retirement) was coming I am quite happy for him, for the kind of illustrious career he has had, for the time he was at the top throughout his career. For 23 years or so he was always at the top," said Dhoni on the eve of the first of the seven-match series here Saturday. Dhoni said Tendulkar…

Innings win for India A

Hubli, Oct 12 (IANS) In a welcome development, Zaheer Khan, returning from an injury-induced break, took four for 59 as India A beat the West Indies A by an innings and 54 runs to draw the three-match series 1-1 here Saturday. Narsingh Deonarine (99, 180b, 13x4) battled on for long, and added 82 runs for the fourth wicket with Assad Fudadin (49), but the Windies eventually collapsed to 242 with Zaheer doing the bulk of damage. The turning point came when seamer Abhishek Nayar broke the Deonarine-Fudadin partnership and…

Raja-Sharan lose in Tashkent ATP Challenger final

Tashkent, Oct 12 (IANS) The unseeded Russian pair of Mikhail Elgin and Teymuraz Gabashvili notched up a 6-4, 6-4 win over the second seeds Purav Raja and Divij Sharan from India in the doubles final of the $125,000 Tashkent ATP Challenger here Saturday. The Russians completed the win in an hour and eight minutes. It was their first title of the year. The winners got $7,750 and 125 ATP points while the runners-up received $4,500 and 75 ATP points.
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