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Rafael Nadal Opens His Rogers Cup Campaign With Victory Over Benoit Paire

New Delhi: Top seed Rafael Nadal opened his Rogers Cup campaign with victory over Benoit Paire, while Novak Djokovic and defending champion Alexander Zverev also reached the round of 16. Paire showed signs of life late but world number one Nadal advanced in straight sets at the ATP 1000 event in Toronto on Wednesday.

Wimbledon champion Djokovic was strong on serve as he ousted local wildcard Peter Polansky, while second seed Zverev was too good for Bradley Klahn. Stan Wawrinka and Kevin Anderson survived but Dominic Thiem crashed out, along with Milos Raonic and Fabio Fognini.

Seeking his fourth Rogers Cup, Nadal saw off fiery Frenchman Paire 6-2 6-3 midweek. Nadal showed glimpses of his brilliance best as the 17-time grand slam winner responded to every challenge presented to him in a challenging second set.

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P V Sindhu Answers Her Detractors With Her Instagram Post

New Delhi: In an Instagram post, ace badminton star P V Sindhu posed with her silver medal with a quote from wrestler Doug Williams which read: “Never give up, never give in, and when the upper hand is ours, may we have the ability to handle the win with the dignity that we absorbed the loss” She tried to answer to those who were saying that she was not meant for finals.

PV Sindhu has been a force to be reckoned with in badminton over the last one year. The Indian shuttler performed consistently and was able to reach the finals of five major tournaments including the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. However, it has been her form in the finals that has earned her a bit of criticism from both experts and fans.

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Umesh May Be Frustrated Figure As Jasprit Bumrah May Start With New Ball Alongside Bhuvneshwar

New Delhi: Having soldiered on during the long phase of home Tests in 2016-17, playing 12 out of 13 Tests, and travelled to the West Indies before that and faced Sri Lanka away and at home – he took 35 wickets at home, then six each against Sri Lanka in the two legs from five Tests -- Umesh was a frustrated figure as the team management thrust Jasprit Bumrah into the new ball role along side Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He is pretty much India’s fastest bowler, but Umesh Yadav must have felt like a caged tiger on the Test series in South Africa in January.

The combination was an instant hit against the Proteas, enabling India to take 20 wickets in each of the three Tests – India lost the series 1-2 – and Umesh did not get the chance to let it rip on some of the fastest pitches in the world.

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Gavaskar Rubbishes Comparisons Between Once-In-A Century Cricketer Kapil Dev And Pandya

New Delhi: Batting legend and former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar was not at all amused when asked about the tendency among some experts to compare Hardik Pandya with ‘once-in-a century cricketer’ Kapil Dev.Gavaskar rubbished comparisons between Kapil Dev and Hardik Pandya, saying the legendary all-rounder is a once-in-a century cricketer and cannot be compared to anyone.

Batting great Gavaskar was not at all amused when asked about the tendency among some experts to compare the two.

“Kapil Dev should not be compared with anyone. He is not just a once-in-generation player but a once-in-a century cricketer just like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. We should not compare him with anyone,” a visibly agitated Gavaskar told ‘AajTak’.

Gavaskar is also unhappy with opener Shikhar Dhawan’s approach in the longer format.The Delhi player scored 26 and 13 in the first Test against England at Birmingham. “Shikhar simply does not want to change his game,” the 69-year-old said.

“He believes in playing in the same manner which has brought him success till now. You can still get away with such shots in one-day cricket because there aren’t many slips and the push or the edge goes for a boundary through the slip cordon.

“But in Tests, such shots will only result in a fall of wicket. Till a player makes a mental adjustment, he will continue to struggle against the red ball in overseas conditions.”

Since India are trailing in the five-match series, Gavaskar said they should play an extra bastman in the second match at Lord’s.

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Bopanna To Skip ATP Rogers Cup In Toronto; To Focus On Asian Games

New Delhi: Doubles specialist Rohan Bopanna will skip the ATP Rogers Cup beginning in Toronto from August 6, and will reach Palembang on August 14 to get acclimatised to the conditions ahead of the Asian Games. Bopanna is recuperating from a shoulder injury.

It means that Bopanna will compete at the Asian Games without any competitive match since the Wimbledon Championships.

Bopanna and his French partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin had conceded their men’s doubles second round after the Indian suffered the injury on July 6.