From the publishers of THE HINDU
VOL.32 :: NO.06 :: Feb. 07, 2009
Sooner than later, Roger Federer must find a way past Rafael Nadal. For, so long as Nadal remains an insuperable obstacle in the path of Federer, Mount Sampras will continue to be a peak too far, writes Nirmal Shekar.
Nadal’s domination of Federer continues
The world No. 1 showed great resourcefulness to overcome the Swiss in a match where competitiveness, perhaps more than skill, decided the winner. By Jon Henderson.
AUSTRALIAN OPEN / MIXED DOUBLES FINAL
A first for India
The unseeded Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza, who were granted a wildcard, were in great touch all tournament from the moment they beat the sixth-seeded Czech pair, Pavel Vizner and Kveta Peschke, in the first round.
Yuki Bhambri has made a great start to the year by winning the junior Australian Open. The signs were evident late last year when he won two ITF Grade ‘A’ tournaments, in Japan and the US. By Kamesh Srinivasan.
A thriller for sure
Ishant Sharma was in the thick of action as India defended 256 with commitment. Over to S. Dinakar.
Jayasuriya shines, Lanka fades
Muttiah Muralitharan and Mendis were handled well. The Indian batsmen played the two straighter than squarer, milking the spinners while launching into the occasional big hit. S. Dinakar reports.
Age no barrier for Jayasuriya
Sanath Jayasuriya rolls back the years to become the oldest cricketer to notch up an ODI hundred. Typically exhilarating strokes mark his century, writes S. Dinakar in his diary.
ICC to modify use of technology
“The umpire decision review system trial has so far received mostly positive feedback from players and officials but we want to get it right before we consider applying it to international cricket on a permanent basis,” says the ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat.
'Lewis Hamilton is a phenomenon'
Martin Whitmarsh, the new principal of the Formula One team, McLaren-Mercedes, talks about succeeding Ron Dennis and world champion Lewis Hamilton’s tilt at Michael Schumacher’s record of seven world titles. By Donald McRae.
Recent activities in the English winter transfer market have been sometimes bewildering, sometimes intriguing and sometimes excessive.
Wenger calls for patience from fans
A stalemate against a superbly organised and committed West Ham side actually extended Arsenal's unbeaten league run to 10 games, albeit with five of those deemed costly draws, writes Dominic Fifield.
Torres' double strike
Liverpool's desire to control the match was rewarded as it went about the task with an undue emphasis on raw effort, writes Kevin McCarra.
‘I am an intruder in the top 10’
Saina Nehwal is positive about joining the elite band of players in the world. “The top five players are Chinese or China-born (Hong Kong’s Chen Wang, France’s Hongyan Pi), only one is from Denmark (Tine Rasmussen). It appears that their stamina and body strength are a little better than mine, but I am confident that I will attain that standard soon,” she says in a chat with Nandakumar Marar.
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