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Federer pinching for more , I wanted fewer five-set matches: Novak revealed

Is it just a coincidence that Federer returned to Grand Slam glory at the same time that Djokovic began to struggle? From 2014 to 2016, Djokovic was 4-0 against Federer at the majors, but they haven’t met since the 2016 Australian Open. Since then, with Djokovic largely out of the picture, Federer has won three Slams and returned to No. 1.

Now these two all-time greats will finally face off again. Djokovic leads their head to head 23-22, and he has won six of their last eight meetings. But the one place where Djokovic hasn’t conquered Federer is in Cincinnati. They’ve played three finals on the relatively quick courts at the Western & Southern Open, and Federer has won all of them in straight sets. In two of those matches, Federer broke out of the gates and won the first set easily, before holding on in a tight second set. Could we see something similar this year?

Since the midway point of his quarterfinal against Stan Wawrinka, Federer has looked to be the player who is in better form. He fought tooth and nail to come back from a set down in that match, and fought hard again to edge David Goffin in a first-set tiebreaker in the semis. Federer played those matches aggressively, if slightly erratically, and was able to impose his considerable will in the end. A seven-time Cincy champ who loves the speed of the courts there, Federer has been refuse-to-lose mode, and that’s not a good sign for any prospective opponent.

Of course, Goffin and Wawrinka are not Djokovic. Many times in the past we’ve seen Federer play freely and easily in the late rounds of a tournament, only to fail to summon the same confidence against Djokovic in the final—the Serb makes the Swiss work as hard as anyone ever has. The reverse is true as well; many times we’ve seen Djokovic struggle to fend off an opponent, the way he did on Saturday against Marin Cilic, only to raise his level once he faces Federer. But knowing their history on this court, and seeing the edge that Federer has brought to his last two matches, I’ll take him this time.

Incredibly, the action was all over in less than a minute. Amir vs Phill in Liverpool

If you still have any hesitation about Amir Khan. Forget about ring rust, or a busted career. The former light-welterweight world champion produced a huge statement here on Saturday night on his ring return after two years away with a vicious knockout of opponent Phil Lo Greco, blitzing the Canadian and dropping him twice in under 39 seconds.Khan delighted a sold-out arena here beside the Mersey, going to work with a determined immediacy, looking fast, precise and emphatic.

Hey hey stop being so ruthless to Phil , Mersey asked Amir

It was an electrifying left-right that was unleashed by Khan for his first knock-down of his opponent, followed up by a series of left hooks seconds later to finish the show. “I caught him early and speed was causing him big problems,” said an elated Khan. “It’s been two years but I have not lost anything. The hunger is still there, my body just needed that break.”

Khan’s blistering fists did all the talking he needed. Speed kills, they say in boxing, and Khan’s hand speed has always been dangerous early in fights.

Some perspective is needed, given that Lo Greco is not an elite fighter, yet he went the distance with former world champion Shawn Porter, and Khan joined current world welterweight champion Errol Spence as the only other boxer to stop Lo Greco.

Khan delighted a sold-out arena here beside the Mersey, going to work with a determined immediacy, looking fast, precise and emphatic.

It was an electrifying left-right that was unleashed by Khan for his first knock-down of his opponent, followed up by a series of left hooks seconds later to finish the show. “I caught him early and speed was causing him big problems,” said an elated Khan. “It’s been two years but I have not lost anything. The hunger is still there, my body just needed that break.”

The arena erupted at Khan’s triumph, as did the needle between Khan and British arch rival Kell Brook, a rivalry that has bubbled darkly for several years.

20th Grand slam,6th Australian Open crown. Fed will remain at 2nd in the ranking: Australian Open’18

Roger Federer has won his 20th Grand Slam title and record-equaling sixth Australian Open crown, the Swiss outlasting sixth seed Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday night.

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Federer will stay as world No.2 with the victory, while Cilic’s most successful Australian Open campaign sees the Croatian rise to world No.3, Nadal retaining his position at No.1

The champ is choking up:

“I’m so happy … winning is an absolute dream come true. The fairytale continues for us, for me.

“It’s been a long journey but very worthwhile (in Australia since last 2016), we had a great time as a family and a dream.

“Rod Laver, nice to see you again … and all the other legends in the commentary booth and around the stadium … I want to thank all the people who made this night so special for the players.

“My team, I love you guys, thank you.”

He lifts the trophy and the tears start. He is very emotional, is Fed.

Pakistan crumbled at 74 in pursuit of 258: 3rd Odi Dunedin

Today, in Dunedin, they came perilously close to posting the lowest ODI score; it was very much on the cards when they reeled at 32 for 8. In a batting performance so listless that even New Zealand appeared to be embarrassed by the ease with which Pakistan’s innings crumbled, the home side rubberstamped their superiority by bowling Pakistan out for 74, winning by a mammoth 183 runs.

Pakistan certainly didn’t have the best of days. Lost the ODI and the Under-19 team lost the World Cup opener as well to Afghanistan

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They might be the current Champions Trophy holders, but over the last two years, Pakistan have conceded the highest score in the format’s history – 444 at Edgbaston

A shambolic batting performance by Pakistan or deadly bowling display from the Kiwis? It’s for you all to think that. Well, it was yet another dismal show from Pakistan as they surrendered meekly to give New Zealand the series. Yes, agreed that 258 was tough on this kind of a wicket but getting bundled out for a paltry 74 is not acceptable at all. The chase got over inside the first 10 overs when Pakistan was reduced to 9/3. Trent Boult was breathing fire and then the rest just came and continued to chip away at the wickets.

Any semblance of a contest was blown to pieces by a sensational opening spell from Trent Boult, who made a mockery of the notion that it was a slow pitch on which bounce was difficult to extract. Azhar Ali was the first to fall. Granted a life two balls earlier, when Santner dropped one at a cover, Azhar poked at one outside the off stump and gave first slip a straightforward grab.

Eight years of isolation from International Cricket ends

LAHORE: Even Pakistan’s prime minister did not believe it could happen but when Sri Lanka visit Lahore on Sunday for a T20 match, the hosts will celebrate the end of eight years of isolation from international cricket.

Less than a year ago, none of this appeared possible for a nation that had largely been shunned by international teams since 2009 due to security risks.

That year gunmen attacked a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team from their hotel to Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium for a match, injuring six players and killing six security personnel and two civilians.

Watch: Shadab Khan's 'million-dollar six' that dismantled Sri Lanka

The incident forced Pakistan to play their home matches in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and the country has since remained starved of international cricket at home, apart from Zimbabwe’s limited-overs tour in 2015.

Last year, the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL) — based on the franchise model of the Indian Premier League and Australia’s Big Bash League — became a success, though all the matches were played in the UAE.

Things changed in March this year when Pakistan hosted the final of its domestic T20 competition featuring high-profile international players.

“Even that baby step seemed an impossibility. I can tell you that none of the franchises wanted it, they were scared… the government was scared…the players were scared,” Najam Sethi — the chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) — told Reuters in an interview.

The match proved pivotal in changing the global cricket community’s opinion of Pakistan’s ability to host international matches and garnered support from cricket’s governing body, the International Cricket Council (ICC).