Roger Federer says Rafael Nadal will come back to ATP World Tour with 100 percent fitness and he can dominate men’s singles in 2015 season. Spanish star has been struggling with several injuries to finish the season without playing Paris Masters and ATP World Tour Finals. Federer said it was unfortunate for Nadal to miss most of the tournament on the ATP World Tour this year and hopes to play full matches next year. Roger Federer said he can’t understand why Rafael Nadal playing if he was suffering from appendicitis or other injuries, where he should take rest to recover from injuries. He added Nadal has taken ‘weird’ decision to play in the Swiss Indoors and hopes to see his friend on the court on training before end of the year. Federer believes that Nadal’s absence will be a big blow for the Barclays ATP World Tour Championship Finals. Former World No. 1 Roger Federer said Nadal is one of the best fighter of the game and he feels sorry for Spaniard, who was suffering from appendicitis and knee injury. He added Nadal is going to work hard to recover soon from injuries and he could play best tennis on the ATP World Tour next year.
Sri Lanka Skipper said India is still looking very dangerous even Mahendra Singh Dhoni out of first three one day internationals. Meanwhile, India will host Sri Lanka for a five-match ODI series begins on November 2. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested for the first three matches including pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Board of Control for Cricket in India has convinced Sri Lanka Cricket to send their team for the series after West Indies players withdraws from their tour mid-way.Angelo Mathews insists that MS Dhoni is considered as a pillar of strength to the Indian team, where he is one of the dangerous players in ODI and Twenty20 formats. He added still India team Is looking very strong in their batting line-up and bowling department, which it is filled with some best players in the world. Mathews feels team India is very well-balanced team and so we can't be complacent thinking that Dhoni is not around.Angelo Mathews said Sri Lanka team has been working hard in training and hopes to give tough challenge to host India, but their past experience have been not so good in India.
Novak Djokovic said he is not targeting top position in the ATP Rankings Points, where he wants to finish the season on strong mode by end of the 2014 season. Novak Djokovic said he has been working hard over his form from past week and it was an amazing experience to play in Paris Master after become a father for the first time. World No. 1 Djokovic is looking very confident to play high level tennis to defend the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Paris and he is having quite good record in Paris Masters. Novak Djokovic progresses into 2014 BNP Paribas Open second round, where he has outlasted opening round opponent Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany in straight sets with a 6-3, 6-4. Serbian is eyeing to clinch BNP Paribas Open crown ahead of the 2014 ATP World Tour Championship Finals in London next month. Novak Djokovic said it was a great feeling to become a father since wife Jelena Ristic gave birth to son Stefan on Tuesday. Federer is having most of the chances to regain top place once again in the ATP Rankings if he clinches Paris Masters and ATP World tour Finals by end of the 2014 season.
India will clash against visitors Sri Lanka in the first one day international match on Sunday November 2 in Cuttack, where Indian pacer Mohammed Shami has been pulled out of the first three one day internationals due to injury. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has released a statement that Dhawal Kulkarni was replaced for the injured Mohammed Shami for the first three ODIs against Sri Lanka, which will kicks off on November 2 at Cuttack. The 24-year-old Mohammed Shami absence will be a big blow for team India, where he is the leading wicket taker for picking 38 scalps from past year. The Bengal pacer also showed outstanding performance in the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies, by taking 10 wickets at an average of 17.40. Dhawal Kulkarni is having impressive record in List A matches by taking 83 wickets from 53 List A matches at an average of just over 26. Meanwhile, 25-year-old Dhawal Kulkarni also played key role in the final of the Quadrangular A-Team One-Day Series in Australia, with figures of 3/51. India squad for first three ODIs: Virat Kohli (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, M Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar Patel Sri Lanka squad: Angelo Mathews (c), Kusal Perera, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Upul Tharanga, Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Ashan Priyanjan, Niroshan Dickwella (wk), Thisara Perera, Nuwan Kulasekara, Dhammika Prasad, Lahiru Gamage, Chaturanga de Silva, Seekuge Prasanna, Suraj Randiv
World Billiards Championship 2014-Pankaj Advani of India and David Causier of England are looking hot favorites to clinch World Billiards Championship 2014, where both the players have been advances into the pre-quarterfinals of the World billiards championship (timed format). 29-year-old Pankaj Advani has smashed a 318, his second triple-century break of the tournament, where he has outclassed England’s Jonathan Marwood 814-356 and David Causier has continued impressive form against Australian Neil Bolton 1119-451 with a stunning run of 403 marking the Englishman’s progress. David Causier’s 403 was the third highest break of the World Billiards Championship 2014so far, behind Peter Gilchrist’s 551 and Robert Hall’s 406. Rupesh Shah, Siddharth Parikh, Aditya Agarwal and Dhruv Sitwala and Ashok Shandilya have made their outstanding victories to reach World Billiards Championship 2014 pre-quarterfinals.
Robin Uthappa insists that India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli has changed me a lot in the way of batting style and they have helped me to build confidence and ‘staying true to his skills ‘just like Dhoni and Kohli. Robin Uthappa has been passing through outstanding form this season and making consistent scores for Karnataka. Robin Uthappa has come out as a completely changed opening batsman this season with his remarkable knocks, where he also wants to take keeping seriously and has kept wickets in the Indian Premier League. Uthappa don’t mind doing it whenever the team wants me to do the job. Uthappa feels he had understood his technique better now and also made certain adjustments that I made told to reporters at Feroz Shah Kotla in New Delhi on Monday. Robin Uthappa believes that I have evolved as a batsman and learnt enough about the game and I believe that there is no point in tweaking the ongoing process too much. He added he had learned a lot from fellow teammates Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni and hopes to continue his similar momentum for next year.
Sri Lanka cricket captain Angelo Mathews insists that his team is going to face tough challenge against India, where they didn’t have sufficient time to prepare for the One-Day International (ODI) series in begins from 2nd November. Sri Lanka Cricket Board have agreed to fill the void in the calendar after the West Indies players, who have abandoned their India tour after fourth one day match due to a payment dispute with the West Indies Cricket board.Angelo Mathews said they had only few practice session and it is not easy to face team India in their home soil. He added it is not the ideal preparation for an Indian tour but we will give our best to prepare ourselves to give tough task to India. Sri Lanka Board have called up for players in the middle of a break to play a five-match series after their board agreed to Board of Control for Cricket in India's (BCCI) request to play in India.27-year-old Angelo Mathews said our team had a good break to improve our physical fitness and hopes to maintain similar momentum by end of the year. He added he is looking very confident to play best cricket, as we won't be able to do strenuous training. Sri Lanka is likely to arrive in India on October 28 and the tour will kick off with a practice game against India A in Mumbai October 30.
Rafael Nadal has released a statement that he will be not playing in next week’s BNP Paribas Open tournament in Paris, schedule to begin from Monday. Nadal said he was struggling with appendices from beginning of the month, where he is going to undergo a surgery on 3rd November. The BNP Paribas organizers said that it will be a big loss for the tournament and hopes Nadal will recover soon from illness.Rafael Nadal said he will return back to home and he was felling little bit tied, where he wants to relax and spend time with family. Nadal, who was qualified for the 2014 ATP World Tour Championship Finals, he also skip from the year ending tournament. Spanish star has lost 2014 BNP Paribas Open quarter final to teenager Borna Coric in straight sets with a 6-2, 7-6 (4) on Friday, where No. 2 seed is expecting to return back to home on Saturday.Nadal has been struggling with his form from beginning of this month and announced to skip from remaining tournaments from the 2014 season. Nadal said he will be planning for next season and hopes to begin new season at Abu Dhabi ahead of the Australian Open series. He added he will bounce back in 2015 season and aiming to clinch season’s opening Australian Open at Melbourne in January, 2015.
Virat Kohli will be leading team India against Sri Lanka in first three one day international matches after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni rested. Virat Kohli is an young angry man in Indian team and he doesn't want to lose any single match. Yuvraj insists that it will be tough challenge for Virat Kohli to lead team India against Sri Lanka in three one day matches.Yuvraj Singh said Virat Kohli is considered as one of the best players in team India in past years and he had played several match winning knocks. He added Kohli had struggled a lot during England Tour, but he had return back strongly against West Indies and hopes to continue similar form against upcoming Sri Lanka series. Kohli is an angry young man and more aggressive player in the team, which it is going to be very interesting to see him as a skipper for three ODI’s. Yuvraj Singh will return back to play in Duleep Trophy semifinal, which will kick off from next week. It is the best opportunity for all-rounder to show best performance to secure place in team India. Yuvraj said he has been working hard over his performance from past months and he is looking very confident to come back into team soon.
Roger Federer is looking very positive to clinch 2014 Swiss Indoors championship crown for sixth time, ahead of the BNP Paribas Open in Paris next week. Meanwhile, 14-time singles Grand slam champion Rafael Nadal withdraws from the Paris Masters due to personal reason and he is expecting to return back to play in the ATP World Tour Championships in London next month. Roger Federer is eyeing to clinch Swiss Indoors crown this week, where he will be facing Bulgarian Dimitrov in Basel Open quarter finals on Friday scheduled match in front of home fans. It is going to be a big match for Federer ahead of semi finals on Saturday. Federer is having most of the chances to meet Rafael Nadal in Swiss Indoors final on Sunday and it will be a epic final in between two tennis champions. World no. 2 Roger Federer has been passing through good form at the moment and he is inching close to reclaim top position in the ATP Ranking Points by end of the season. Roger Federer has been working hard in practice session along with his coach in Basel indoors courts and he is all set to clash against Dimitrov in quarter final battle.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar believes that former opener Virender Sehwag and all-rounder Yuvraj Singh can come back into the team India on the basis of good domestic performances. Both the players should work hard on their domestic performances’ to return back into the side, as Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh are well known as best match winners says Sunil Gavaskar.Gavaskar said BCCI selection committee wants to give opportunity for young players ahead of the ICC World Cup Championship in February next year, where both Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh should not lose hope. He added Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh are considered as best match winner and they have showed outstanding performance to lead team India several times. Sunil Gavaskar feels both the players are having possibilities to pick for the World Cup, if they play best knocks in Domestic season. Sehwag and Yuvraj are looking very aggressive to bounce back into the team India, where both the players will make their domestic return in the Duleep Trophy semifinal, schedule to start from Wednesday. Sehwag, who has played his last international match in March 2013 against Australia, while Yuvraj was last seen in Centurion in December 2013. Gavaskar feels both the players are capable to play their best innings in Duleep Trophy.
India cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been rested, while Virat Kohli to lead team India against Sri Lanka for the first three one day International matches. Pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also rested for the first three ODIs, while Wriddhiman Saha, Varun Aaron and R Ashwin have been return back into the side. India and Sri Lanka have agreed to play five one day international matches begins from November 2 to 16. The first one day match will kicks off on 2nd November at Cuttack Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will join along with Amit Mishra, Akshar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja to lead bowling line-up for team India against Sri Lanka, where he is looking very confident to show best performance. Mohammed Shami will be the key bowler for India in bowling along with Mohit Sharma. BCCI announced that Shikhar Dhawan and Ajinkya Rahane have retained for the opening responsibility, while Rohit Sharma has been named in the India A for a practice game against Sri Lanka. The All India Senior Selection Committee has released a statement that India A squad for the one-day practice match against Sri Lanka, to be played at the CCI ground in Mumbai on October 30. India A team will lead by Manoj Tiwary India Squad: Virat Kohli(C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Wriddhiman Saha, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Murali Vijay, Varun Aaron, Akshar PatelIndia A Team: Manoj Tiwary (Capt), Unmukt Chand, Manan Vohra, Karun Nair, Rohit Sharma, Kedar Jadhav, Sanju Samson, Parvez Rasool, Karn Sharma, Stuart Binny, Dhaval Kulkarni, Jaspreet Bumrah, Manish Pandey, Kuldeep Yadav