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September 2018
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Kannur International Airport: Kerala to be the first state with four international airports        Kim, Moon join hands on peak of sacred North Korean volcano        Birthday boy Rashid stars in Afghanistan's 136-run win against Bangladesh        Shahbaz Nadeem claims eight wickets; breaks List A world record        CAT 2018: Registration extended to Sept 26; Admit card to Release on Oct 24        BAI distributes 1.6 crore to state Association        Rodrigues, Yadav help Indian women take 1-0 lead in T20 series        Sensex recovers over 100 points on value-buying, global cues        Deepak Kapoor Appointed the new Chairperson of Save the Children        Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms        Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose 'bad things'        2 history-sheeters arrested following encounter: Police        Attack on Cong workers in Chhattisgarh is political persecution: Rahul Gandhi        Cabinet clears ordinance to make triple talaq penal offence Law Minister        Instant Triple Talaq to be criminal offence        Viswasam- On set photos leaked        Aiswarya- Abhishek's Gulab Jamun would go on floor in mid 2019        China Open: Sindhu enters pre-quarters, Saina loses        Didn't expect Arjuna this year: Hima Das        RCom to exit telecom fully to focus on realty: Ambani        
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Sports News
US Open 2018: Djokovic reclaims crown in an emphatic manner
 
(New York, Sep 10, 2018):Novak Djokovic has been nicknamed the ‘Djoker’: he’s funny, he’s a prankster with a wicked, malevolent smile. But this year, he played like a King. On Sunday, he reclaimed his place on a throne weighted by his recent past and all the chances that slipped away.

In a men’s final that provided spectacular relief from the previous night, Djokovic defeated Juan Martin del Potro 6-3, 7-6(4), 6-3 to lift his third U.S. Open title and his 14th overall Grand Slam title.

“If you told me in February, when I got the surgery, that I’ll win Wimbledon, the U.S. Open and Cincinnati, it would have been hard to believe,” he said.

It would be indeed, but when he lifted the trophy with the same elbow that sidelined him with an injury for months last year, it was as if he was never gone.

Purposeful

Djokovic rolled through the first set with strokes so linear and straightforward, his every movement so justified that you can never forget the point of the shot: which is not to be pretty but to be precise.

With every shot and slice, Djokovic was like a dentist repairing a cavity: he anaesthetised and chipped away at his opponent with dogged purpose. del Potro, even with the crowd behind him, must’ve felt a dull, throbbing pain throughout.

Forehand fails

del Potro’s forehand is a statement of purpose, even when it fails repeatedly as it did during the final.

When he sends the ball over, he absolutely does not expect to see it back. If you fire a combat missile, you are not interested in getting it back.

Djokovic, however, was ready for it. His returns punctuated the exchange with an exclamation point and dictated the action.

That Djokovic managed to make contact at all — in his trademark body-spliting, arms-flaying style — much less return and score a winner on del Potro’s scorching forehand shot is a cosmic strength that only he possesses in the current game.

“I was playing almost at the limit, all the time, looking for winners with my forehands, backhands, and I couldn’t make it,’’ del Potro said, “because Novak [was] there every time.”

Crucial game

Djokovic was everywhere, but most crucially in the eighth game of the second set. It was the only real swing of momentum, which came in the form of 20-minute, 22-point game epic.

The gentle giant had seemingly woken up after the raucous chants of Ole! Ole! Ole! Del Po! and broke the Serb’s serve with a crushing forehand down the line.

He was a point from breaking and serving to make it a set apiece.

Three times on breakpoint after that, Djokovic steeled himself.

He sprinted and stretched for balls and directed difficult backhands up the line.

He cut off angles and sent del Potro’s forehands back as drop-shots moving along trajectories that seemed to involve different dimensions.

Eventually, he seized that game — and del Potro’s best opportunity to make a match of it.

It was some of Djokovic’s terrifyingly good tennis.

In the third, he kept it tough and tight. del Potro could only drop his head in weary exasperation before turning to chase down yet another improbable Djokovic passing shot.

Watching Djokovic used to mean witnessing airless, perfect tennis. But now, it is different.

The pleasure of watching Djokovic now is seeing him rediscover himself and his powers.


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Shahbaz Nadeem claims eight wickets; breaks List A world record
BAI distributes 1.6 crore to state Association
Rodrigues, Yadav help Indian women take 1-0 lead in T20 series
China Open: Sindhu enters pre-quarters, Saina loses
Didn't expect Arjuna this year: Hima Das
Kabaddi: Sixth season of PKL to start on Oct 7
Aim is to identify batsmen for slot number 4 and 6: Rohit
Cristiano Ronaldo opens account at Juventus, then adds another
India lose to Maldives in SAFF Cup final
Unbeaten India take on Maldives in SAFF Cup final, seek 8th title
Japan Open 2018: Indian campaign ends with Kidambi Srikanth’s defeat in quarter-finals
Tanya, Mansi impress as Indian women beat Sri Lanka, clinch series
India still on top, England grab fourth position after 4-1 series win
English summer: Virat the batsman wins, Virat the captain loses
Fifth Test: England outclass India by 118 runs, clinch series 4-1
Andre Silva lifts Portugal past Italy in Nations League
Smriti Mandhana shines as Indian women’s cricket team beat Sri Lanka
Cook makes swansong Test memorable with hundred
Naomi Osaka wins a US Open final marred by Serena's 'umpire thief' meltdown
KERALA NEWS
Kannur International Airport: Kerala to be the first state with four international airports
 Malappuram: With Kannur International Airport becoming operational, Kerala will be the first state i  
Bar bribery case: Court dismisses the vigilance report
State Kalolsavam to be held in December
Actor Captain Raju passes away at 68
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Kim, Moon join hands on peak of sacred North Korean volcano
 (Pyongyang, Sep 20, 2018):The leaders of the rival Koreas took to the road for the final day
Palestinian schools strive to modernize classrooms
Trump: Declassified Russia probe papers expose 'bad things'
100 die in severe flooding in Nigeria: relief agency
NATIONAL NEWS
CAT 2018: Registration extended to Sept 26; Admit card to Release on Oct 24
 CAT is one of the most sought after exam in the country for candidates possessing a Bachelor’s degre
2 history-sheeters arrested following encounter: Police
Attack on Cong workers in Chhattisgarh is political persecution: Rahul Gandhi
Instant Triple Talaq to be criminal offence
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