"Rafa" Nadal πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡ΈπŸŽΎ :- 11th MCM Title

Rafael Nadal powered to a record 11th Monte Carlo Masters title with a straight-sets victory over Kei Nishikori. The world No 1 recovered from going a break down early in the first set to win 6-3, 6-2 in 93 minutes and has now won 36 consecutive sets on clay, a run which stretches back to the first round of last year’s French Open. None of Nadal’s opponents has won more than four games in any of those sets, a statistic Nishikori looked like changing when he broke for a 2-1 lead at Monte Carlo Country Club.
However, Nadal had other ideas and broke straight back on his to winning five of the next six games. The 31-year-old then broke Nishikori twice more in the second set to seal a 31st Masters 1000 title, one more than Novak Djokovic.
Nadal said: “I want to thank all my team and my family. We had some tough moments during the last five months after a couple of injuries in a row. It’s great to have a group of great people behind me. I can say thank you very much always for being there a…

🏸 Ace Shuttler: Kidambi Shrikant

Indian AceShuttler Kidambi Shrikant is poised to become the World No. 1 in Men’s Singles Badminton World Federation Rankings, replacing Denmark’s Viktor Axelsen. He will move to the first spot with 76895 points and is set to become the first Indian to secure the top position since the inception of the ranking system.
Earlier in April 2015, Saina Nehwal had become the first Indian woman shuttler to conquer the world number one spot in Women’s Singles. In the newly released ranking system, Srikanth is the only Indian in the top 10 in Men’s Singles. In Women’s Singles ranking, the sole Indian P.V. Sindhu occupies the third position.
The 25-year-old Padma Shri winner is not stranger to accolades. In the XXI Commonwealth Games, he led the mixed badminton team to victory, giving the country its first ever gold medal in the event with a brilliant 3-1 win over defending champion Malaysia. He is the first Indian to win the golden trio of Grand Prix gold, Super Series and Super Series Premier …

Steph Curry : Modern Day πŸ€ Maestro

It was exactly a year ago when teammates first noticed a change in Stephen Curry. The Golden State Warriors had just witnessed Kevin Durant suffer a knee injury, which immediately cast doubt on the team's chances of advancing to the NBA Finals for a third consecutive year. When the Warriors found out the next day that Durant would be available for the postseason, they were relieved. But no one within the organization knew if there would be enough time for the 6-foot-11 forward to return to his All-Star form during the playoffs. The pressure was mounting for a team with championship expectations, especially after the offseason acquisition of KD. That's when teammates say Curry, a team captain along with Andre Iguodala, made adjustments to his leadership approach. It started behind the scenes. Players said they would arrive for practices to find Curry was already in the gym drenched in sweat. "You just saw him practicing and he started becoming more aggressive," David…

IPL 2018 Squad Analysis: CSK

Chennai Super Kings have retained their core set of players and are, on the expected lines, very heavy in the spin department.
Chennai Super Kings return to the Indian Premier League after two years and the team has ensured to retain their core set of players for the upcoming edition. While they retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Sir Jadeja before the auction, they kept Dwayne Bravo in the set-up by exercising the Right to Match card. Here’s a quick look at how the squad looks like for the 2018 season. Strength: The strength of the Chennai Super Kings side is the balance that they have maintained while picking up the players. They have the likes of MS Dhoni, Harbhajan Singh,Dwayne Bravo, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ravindra Jadeja and all are no stranger to the shortest format. CSK would be disappointed to lose Ashwin to Kings XI Punjab but the team had a likewise replacement when they got the services of Harbhajan Singh for Rs 2 crore. Harbhajan, who played for Mumbai Indians in t…

Roger Clinches His 20th Grand Slam Title

MELBOURNE, Australia   — As Roger Federer cried while accepting his 20th Grand Slam title, Rod "Rocket" Laver took a chance to snap a picture for posterity.
Federer has won more major singles titles than any man, including a record-equaling six on the court that bears the great Rod Laver's name at Melbourne Park. This one, following a tension-filled, momentum-swinging 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 win over Marin Cilic in Sunday's Australian Open final, was a keeper.
Federer arrived in Melbourne at the start of 2017 after an extended injury layoff and on a Grand Slam title drought that dated back to 2012 at Wimbledon. Against the odds, he reached the final and then beat Rafael Nadal in a classic, five-set encounter. Now, having successfully defended his Australian title, Federer has won three of the last five majors in a stunning career resurgence.
Federer started to tear up toward the end of the trophy ceremony. He then received a standing ovation as tears streamed do…

Indian Cricket's Exceptional 2017

Best year ever: on Indian cricket's exceptional 2017
As Indian cricket wraps up a spectacularly successful year, key stress-tests lie ahead
The Indian men’s cricket team had an exceptional 2017 — statistically, its best year ever. Across formats, only the all-conquering Australians of 2003, with 38 wins from 47 games, managed more victories than India’s 37 in 53 matches this year. Virat Kohli’s side didn’t merely consolidate its hold on the No. 1 spot in Tests; it also routinely bullied the opposition in the shorter forms of the game. The lone blip came in the Champions Trophy in England, where India unravelled against a feisty Pakistan. But few will complain when a runner-up finish in a global tournament is the year’s biggest failure. That match apart, an inevitability seemed to accompany India’s success: whether it was a Test, a One-Day International or a Twenty20, the team took the field noticeably stronger than its adversary, and calmly, ruthlessly, set about proving it. It i…

Ashes 2017: Nightmare for ECB

Ashes 2017, a story of English nightmares and sleepless nights Australia reclaimed the Ashes after beating England by an inning and 41 runs in third Test to take 3-0 lead. Australia celebrate after winnning the Ashes series against England. Having grown up watching Ponting, Hayden and Gilchrist, Lee, McGrath and Warne tear into England, the heart yearns to see the horrid Aussies getting vanquished. An Australian Ashes defeat at home would do wonders.  England bat first. Stoneman is steely, Malan and Bairstow are brilliant. Vince and Root throw away starts, but no harm done. Momentary solidity is all that this England team offers. A year-long attempt to drive their fans insane. 384/4 becomes 403 all out. Not nearly enough on the track. For the line-up dubbed the deepest in Test cricket, England are surprisingly eager to give away their lower-order wickets.