Another Federer-Nadal Classic: Tennis’s greatest rivalry continues to enthral

In yet another Federer-Nadal classic, the Swiss tennis maestro won the Miami Open to make it his 91st title. Roger Federer was simply too dominant against his old rival Rafael Nadal whom he beat in straight sets (6-3, 6-4). This means that Federer has now won the last four encounters against Rafa, a career hot streak for the Swiss.

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There’s no denying that Federer has had an amazing start to the 2017 season having already won the Australian Open. There is a new care-free approach to his tennis that is really reaping dividends. Federer doesn’t seem to be under any kind of pressure and is clearly enjoying his game. Perhaps this new attitude has something to do with the fact that his time on the tennis court is winding down. Whatever it is, Federer has regained shades of his invincible best.

As far as Rafa is concerned, losing to Federer four times in a row will hurt him. But he also knows that Federer has hit a purple patch which may not last throughout the season. In fact, Rafa too has had a decent start to the season which would have been golden had it not been for Federer. And with the clay court circuit around the corner, Rafa should easily have a few titles under his belt.

All in all, both Federer and Rafa are experiencing a resurgence in their tennis. They look ready to go the distance and compete for all the important tournaments. This is only good news for tennis fans as we can expect more Federer-Nadal match ups in the year ahead.


Delhi: Two shot dead at Chawala, police suspect gang rivalry

Two persons, including a 45-year-old woman, were shot dead by unidentified persons in southwest Delhi’s Chawala area on Thursday afternoon. Prima facie it appears to be a case of gang rivalry, police said. The son of the woman, who was shot dead, was allegedly involved in the murder of a man in Najafgarh and has been absconding since last month when the case came to light, police sources said.

DCP (southwest) Surendra Kumar said that the dead have been identified as Meena Dhankhad (45) and Sharad (24). “It’s still a blind murder case. We have not ruled out any angle, including personal disputes and gang rivalry,” he said. According to police, the incident occurred on Thursday afternoon in Shikarpur village, when the victims were heading towards Gurgaon on their bike.

“Prima facie it appears that they first stopped the duo and then opened fire. After killing the, the assailants managed to escape from the spot,” the officer said. “The incident came to light when some passersby found their dead bodies lying on the road and informed the police at around 4 pm. After receiving a PCR call, local police reached the spot. The victims were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead,” the officer said. A forensic team was later called and officials from the Crime Branch also visited the crime scene.

“It appears that they have been shot from the close range. Sharad sustained three bullet wounds, while Meena sustained one. They killed them after hatching a meticulous conspiracy, which is evident from the fact that the incident took place in a desolate area,” police sources said.

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