Australian Open 2019, Djokovic beat Nadal in the final to claim his 7th Australian Open and 15th Grand Slam title. Nadal, the runners – up, has 17 Grand Slam titles to his name and Roger Federer, the best male ever to wield a tennis racquet, has won a record 20 Grand Slam titles.
Men’s tennis in ’70s was dominated by Jimmy Connors and Bjorn Borg, in 80’s, it was dominated by John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, the ’90s were dominated by Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi. But tennis has never been dominated by any players to an extent as it has been dominated by Roger Federer, Nadal, and Djokovic in the last two decades and there are no successors or competitors around.
Flashes of brilliance were shown by Stanislas Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Del Potro and Marin Cilic who won a few Grand Slam titles but their achievements pale in comparison to what Roger Federer, Nadal & Djokovic have achieved. They have fought injuries and loss of form but they have always bounced back with more determination.
Roger Federer was the first to emerge on the scene when he won his first grand slam title (Wimbledon) in the year 2003. He is called the greatest athlete of his generation because of his fitness and consistency.
He is the only male tennis player in the history to win 20 singles Grand Slam titles (8 Wimbledon,6 Australian Open,5 consecutive US Open, and 1 French Open) In addition to this, he has held the world No.1 spot in the ATP rankings for a record 310 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks and he was ranked in top ten from October 2002 to November 2016.
After defeating Rafael Nadal in the 2017 Australian Open, he re-entered the top ten. Federer also happens to be the only individual to have received the BBC Overseas Sports Personality of the Year award four times and one of the 8 men to achieve a career grand slam.
A holds a record of 30 Men’s singles Grand Slam finals including 10 in a row from the 2005 Wimbledon Championship to 2007 US Open. He was also named the ATP player of the year and ITF World Champion 5 times.
Currently holding a record of 17 Grand Slam titles, which is the second most in history for a male player, Nadal is ranked as World Number 2 by ATP. He’s held the number 1 ranking for 196 weeks. After winning his first French Open title in the year 2005 and defeating Roger Federer in the same tournament next year, his rivalry with Federer is considered as one of the greatest since then.
He has won 11 French Open titles,3 Australian Open titles, 2 Wimbledon titles and 1 Australian Open title. In 2010, he became the 7th male player in history and youngest in the Open Era to achieve a Career Grand Slam at the age of 24. Nadal also happens to be the second male player after Andre Agassi to complete a singles Career Golden Slam. With 81 consecutive match wins on clay, he has the longest single surface win streak by any player in the Open Era.
First Serbian player to be ranked World Number 1, Djokovic has pocketed 15 Grand Slam titles which include 7 Australian Open, 4 Wimbledon,3 US Open and 1 French Open. He held the World Number 1 spot in Men’s Tennis for 230 weeks and won his first Australian Open title in the year 2008.
After winning him the 2016 French Open he became the 8th player in history to achieve a career Grand Slam and 3rd man to hold all major titles at the same time, the first was achieved by Rod Laver in 1969, and the first one to do so on three different surfaces. He is also the first male player representing Serbia to win a Grand Slam title.
Looking at the above stats, we can conclude that the feats of the three giants will be difficult to match for generations to come.
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Pro Kabaddi League 2019: Bengal Warriors defeats Dabang Delhi; Lifts their maiden title
A superb performance from Bengal Warriors helped them clinch their maiden Pro Kabaddi League title in the final match against Dabang Delhi. The match took place at the EKA Arena by TransStadia in Ahmedabad where the franchise of Bengal smashed Delhi by a scoreline of 39-34.
This win was even more special for Warriors as they were missing from the services of their regular skipper Maninder Singh who is also their star raider. Stand-in captain Mohammad Nabibakhsh took the charge of the side and lead from the front to prevent Delhi from winning their first PKL title.
The pressure of finale was always on Bengal as they were 0-6 down in the earlier few minutes of the match. Nabibakhsh helped his team fight and changed the destiny in the favour of his team as the teams were levelled with 17-17 at half-time. Warriors took the game to their side of the court immediately in the second half to lift the trophy.
Here are all the award winners from the final match of Pro Kabaddi League 2019:
Best Raider of the Match: Naveen Kumar (18 raid points in 24 attempts)
Defender of the Match: Jeeva Kumar (4 tackle points in 5 attempts)
Game Changer of the Match: Mohammad Nabibakhsh (9 raid points in 13 attempts)
Moment of the Final: Mohammad Nabibakhsh (When he inflicted an all-out on Dabang Delhi from a Super tackle situation)
Stylish Player of the Match: Naveen Kumar (22 Super 10s, 21 consecutive Super 10s, Over 300 raid points in the season)
Here are the top award winners of the entire 2019 Pro Kabaddi League:
Referee of the Season: Mr. Shankar
New Young Player of Season 7: Sumit (UP Yoddha) – 77 tackle points in 22 matches
Perfect Raider of the Tournament: Pawan Sehrawat (Bengaluru Bulls) – 346 raid points (most raid points in the season) in 24 matches
Defender of the Tournament: Fazel Atrachali (U Mumba) – 82 tackle points in 24 matches.
Most Valuable Player of the Tournament: Naveen Kumar (Dabang Delhi) – 301 raid points in 23 matches.
Pakistan appoints two new captains, Sarfaraz Ahmed sacked
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to sack Sarfaraz Ahmed as the captain from Twenty20 Internationals and Test matches. His poor performance in the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka has been named as the primary reason behind his removal.
Pakistan suffered a 3-0 loss in the T20I series against Sri Lanka at their home under the captaincy of Sarfaraz Ahmed. The wicketkeeper-batsman received a lot of backlash after that and it was expected that a call might taken up on him.
PCB has appointed ace batsman Babar Azam as the T20I skipper while Azhar Ali will manage the command in the longest format during the upcoming series against Australia. However, there is no clear message on Sarfaraz’s future as the One Day International skipper as Pakiststan’s next 50-over assignment is in July 2020.
The board has not just sacked him from captaincy but he has also been dropped from the side ahead of Australia tour. Moreover, he has been asked by the PCB to indulge in domestic cricket and regain form if he wants to be a part of the side in the future.
The selection committee is yet to announce the entire squad that will visit Australia for the Tests and T20Is. Here is the schedule of matches that will take place in Down Under from the end of October.
T20 Practice Match (31st October, 2019): Cricket Australia XI vs Pakistan at Sydney
1st T20I (3rd November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Sydney
2nd T20I (5th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Canberra
3rd T20I (8th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Perth
Three-day Practice Match (11th November, 2019 – 13th November, 2019): Australia A Vs Pakistan at Perth
Two-day Practice Match (15th November, 2019 – 16th November, 2019): Cricket Australia XI Vs Pakistan at Perth
1st Test Match (21st November, 2019 – 25th November, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Brisbane
2nd Test Match (29th November, 2019 – 3rd December, 2019): Australia vs Pakistan at Adelaide
Everything about 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier: Full Schedule, Participating Teams, Squads and Broadcasting Details
The 2019 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifier is a is a cricket tournament currently taking place in the United Arab Emirates. The tournament began on 19 October 2018 and the final match will be played on 2 November 2019 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.
14 teams are participating in this tournament which are divided into two groups. These are:
Group A: Scotland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Singapore, Kenya and Bermuda
Group B: UAE, Ireland, Oman, Hong Kong, Canada, Jersey and Nigeria
A total of 51 matches will be played during the tournament in a round robin format which will be followed by the playoffs. Here is the full schedule:
Oct 18, Friday: Scotland vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Ireland, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Netherlands vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oman vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 19, Saturday: Papua New Guinea vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Scotland vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM
Netherlands vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Jersey vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 20, Sunday: Papua New Guinea vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Canada vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Bermuda vs Singapore, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oct 21, Monday: Scotland vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs United Arab Emirates, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs Oman, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Kenya vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Canada vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 22, Tuesday: Scotland vs Namibia, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Singapore vs Netherlands, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Oct 23, Wednesday: Namibia vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Oman vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Singapore vs Kenya, Group A, ICC Academy Ground No 2, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Ireland vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Hong Kong vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 24, Thursday: Netherlands vs Papua New Guinea, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Hong Kong vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Scotland vs Bermuda, Group A, ICC Academy, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 25, Friday: Papua New Guinea vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Ireland vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Namibia vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Oman vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 26, Saturday: Ireland vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Netherlands vs Bermuda, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Namibia vs Singapore, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 27, Sunday: Hong Kong vs Nigeria, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium Nursery 1, Abu Dhabi, 11:30 AM IST
Papua New Guinea vs Kenya, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 11:30 AM IST
Oman vs Jersey, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3:40 PM IST
Scotland vs Netherlands, Group A, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
United Arab Emirates vs Canada, Group B, Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 29, Tuesday: TBC vs TBC, Play off 1 – A2 v B3, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Playoff 2 – A3 v B2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium , Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 30, Wednesday: TBC vs TBC, Playoff 3 – A4 v Loser of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Playoff 4 – B4 v Loser of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Oct 31, Thursday: TBC vs TBC, 5th Place Play-off, ICC Academy, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
Nov 01, Friday: TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 1 – B1 v Winner of Play-off 1, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Semifinal 2 – A1 v Winner of Play-off 2, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Nov 02, Saturday: TBC vs TBC, 3rd place Playoff, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 3:40 PM IST
TBC vs TBC, Final, Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 9:00 PM IST
Bermuda: Dion Stovell (c), Terryn Fray (vc), Okera Bascome, Onais Bascome, Oronde Bascome, Derrick Brangman, Deunte Darrell, Allan Douglas, Malachi Jones, Kamau Leverock, George O’Brien, Delray Rawlins, Macai Simmons, Sinclair Smith, Charles Trott, Rodney Trott and Janeiro Tucker
Canada: Navneet Dhaliwal (c), Rizwan Cheema, Nikhil Dutta, Romesh Eranga, Jeremy Gordon, Dillon Heyliger, Abraash Khan, Nicholas Kirton, Nitish Kumar, Junaid Siddiqui, Ravinderpal Singh, Hamza Tariq (wk), Rodrigo Thomas, Srimantha Wijeratne and Saad Bin Zafar
Hong Kong: Aizaz Khan (c), Kinchit Shah (vc), Ahsan Abbasi, Haroon Arshed, Waqas Barkat, Aarush Bhagwat, Kyle Christie, Mohammad Ghazanfar, Raag Kapur, Ehsan Khan, Nizakat Khan, Waqas Khan, Scott McKechnie (wk), Nasrulla Rana and Shahid Wasif
Ireland: Gary Wilson (c), Mark Adair, Andrew Balbirnie, David Delany, Gareth Delany, George Dockrell, Shane Getkate, Kevin O’Brien, Boyd Rankin, Simi Singh, Paul Stirling, Harry Tector, Stuart Thompson, Lorcan Tucker and Craig Young
Jersey: Charles Perchard (c), Corey Bisson, Dominic Blampied, Harrison Carlyon, Jake Dunford (wk), Nicholas Ferraby, Nick Greenwood, Anthony Hawkins-Kay, Jonty Jenner, Elliot Miles, Rhys Palmer, William Robertson, Ben Stevens, Julius Sumerauer and Benjamin Ward
Kenya: Shem Ngoche (c), Sachin Bhudia, Emmanuel Bundi, Aman Gandhi, Dhiren Gondaria, Irfan Karim, Pushpak Kerai, Jasraj Kundi, Alex Obanda, Collins Obuya, Nelson Odhiambo, Lucas Oluoch, Elijah Otieno, Rakep Patel and Rushab Patel
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Jan Frylinck (vc), Stephan Baard, Karl Birkenstock, Niko Davin, Zane Green, Zhivago Groenewald, Jean-Pierre Kotze, Tangeni Lungameni, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Christi Viljoen, Pikky Ya France and Craig Williams
Netherlands: Pieter Seelaar (c), Colin Ackermann, Philippe Boissevain, Ben Cooper, Ryan ten Doeschate, Scott Edwards (wk), Brandon Glover, Timm van der Gugten, Fred Klaassen, Paul van Meekeren, Roelof van der Merwe, Max O’Dowd, Shane Snater, Antonius Staal and Tobias Visee
Nigeria: Ademola Onikoyi (c), Sylvester Okpe (vc), Abiodun Abioye, Sesan Adedeji, Vincent Adewoye, Daniel Ajekun, Chima Akachukwu, Daniel Gim, Segun Ogundipe, Isaac Okpe, Chimezie Onwuzulike, Leke Oyede, Sulaimon Runsewe, Mohameed Taiwo and Codi Yusuf
Oman: Zeeshan Maqsood (c), Aqib Ilyas (vc), Khawar Ali, Fayyaz Butt, Sandeep Goud, Aamir Kaleem, Kaleemullah, Bilal Khan, Mehran Khan, Naseem Khushi, Suraj Kumar (wk), Sufyan Mehmood, Khurram Nawaz, Jay Odedra and Jatinder Singh
Papua New Guinea: Assad Vala (c), Charles Amini (vc), Simon Atai, Sese Bau, Kiplin Doriga, Riley Hekure, Hiri Hiri, Jason Kila, Nosaina Pokana, Damien Ravu, John Reva, Lega Siaka, Chad Soper, Norman Vanua and Tony Ura
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