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Roger Federer

walks into history with the 13th Slam crown

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December 23 , 2008

GOLF Westwood out to end dismal record.. No Tiger Woods, no Phil Mickelson. Surely then no better opportunity for Lee Westwood to win his first World Golf Championships title.Except for one thing. In nine previous attempts in the Accenture Match Play he has never been made it beyond the second round and so poor is Westwood‘s record that when five-year-old daughter Poppy asked when he would be back home from Tucson, Arizona, PAGE 40..

CRICKET India‘s Saurav Ganguly might leave international cricket.. NEW DELHI:Former India captain Sourav Ganguly may quit international cricket „sooner rather than later“ with him facing the axe for the upcoming home series against Australia, a report said today. The 36-year-old was left out of the Rest of India squad for the five-day Irani Cup match against Ranji Trophy champions Delhi in Vadodara from September 24, seen as a trial match for next month‘s Test series. Sourav Ganguly was a gem of a batsman who not only won India many matches single handedly but also took them to the World Cup final.

Federer wins fifth US Open in a row for 13th Slam crown! After losing this year‘s Wimbledon and French Open finals and his number one ranking to Spain‘s Rafael Nadal, Federer‘s aura of invincibility had dimmed but his US Open title served notice he still remains a force in tennis. “To bounce back straight away after losing the number one ranking, this is the best scenario ever,“ Federer said.


oger Federer won his 13th Grand Slam crown and fifth consecutive US Open title on Monday, defeating British sixth seed Andy Murray 6-2, 7-5, 6-2 to move one Slam title shy of the all-time record.Federer‘s 56th career crown moved him into sole possession of second place on the all-time Slam title list, one more than Roy Emerson and one below the career record 14 won by Pete Sampras.“One thing is for sure. I‘m not going to stop at 13,“ Federer said.“That would be terrible.“After losing this year‘s Wimbledon and French Open finals and his number one ranking to Spain‘s Rafael Nadal, Federer‘s aura of invincibility had dimmed but his US Open title served notice he still remains a force in tennis.“To bounce back straight away after losing the number one ranking, this is the best scenario ever,“ Federer said.“After Wimbledon, after Paris - I had some rough losses those - to come away with the last Slam, to sit on this for four months, it‘s unbelievable.“

Federer became the first man to win five Slams in a row at two different events, having also completed the feat last year at Wimbledon. No one had won five US titles in a row since Bill Tilden in 1924. „It definitely feels great,“ Federer said. „This is a very special moment in my career. To take this one home is incredible. It means the world to me.“Swiss second seed Federer stretched his US Open match win streak to 34, his last loss at Flushing Meadows coming to David Nalbandian in the fourth round of 2003, and took home the top prize of 1.5 million US dollars.“I felt like I was invincible for a while again,“ Federer said. „That‘s how you want to finish a tournament.“ It was Federer‘s 17th Slam final, two shy of Ivan Lendl‘s all-time mark. It took Federer 38 Slam appearances to win his 13th Slam, five fewer than Sampras needed to reach the same total. Federer had not won a prior hardcourt title all year. The last player to make

Photo: Kishore Kumar, September 9, 2008



SWIMMING Ian Thorpe, the english swimmer has something to share with us.

Photo: Kishore Kumar, September 9, 2008

the US Open his first hardcourt crown of a season was Sampras in 2002 for his last Slam crown. Murray, playing in his first Slam final, had won two of three prior matches with Federer but was outclassed to bring a disappointing end to a run that will see him rise to fourth in the rankings, matching the best-ever British mark.“I had a great tournament,“ Murray said. „Came up against, in my opinion, the greatest player to ever play the game. I got the best of him the last two times we played. He definitely set the record straight.“ Asked what he had learned, Murray replied, „I‘ve got a lot of improving to do if I want to win one of these.“Federer, 27, thrilled a sellout crowd of 23,763 at Arthur Ashe Stadium in the first US Open final since 1987 pushed to Monday by bad weather. It was the first Monday men‘s Slam final since Goran Ivanisevic won at Wimbledon in 2001. Murray, who took one one million US dollars, would have been the first British man to win a Slam since Fred Perry at the 1936 US Open and the first British Slam champion of either sex since Virginia Wade won in 1977 at Wimbledon. Murray‘s loss was the fifth for a British man in a Slam final since Perry‘s triumph, including Greg Rusedski at the 1997 US Open, John Lloyd at the 1977 Australian Open and Bunny Austin at the 1937 French Open and 1938 Wimbledon.Federer broke Murray in the sixth and eighth games of the match to THE L O N I T I M E S

Australian Olympic swimming great Ian Thorpe has taken a hit from the effects of the global financial crisis but is confident his business empire will not go under, reports said on Saturday. Thorpe, 27, a five-time Olympic gold medallist from the Sydney and Athens Games, said he had suffered serious cashflow problems after.. PAGE 80..

win the first set in 27 minutes. He broke Murray again in the second game of the second set but Murray broke back at love in the next game and the fight was joined.I started serving well. I put the pressure on Andy. I started the second set well so I always had a little bit of a cushion,“ Federer said. Murray went to 0-40 on Federer‘s serve in the fifth game of the second set but Federer denied the Scotsman and the two traded holds of serve until the last game, which Federer finished with three winners to break for the set.“I played well in the game I broke to win the set and that was key because it was going to be hard for him to come back from two sets down,“ Federer said.Federer broke Murray‘s first two service games at love in the third set and, after surrendering a break when he was serving two points from the title, broke him again in the last game on his third overhead smash of the point.

Barthez may be a World Cup and European Championship winner but he should carry a warning - this keeper can damage a manager‘s health.

Murray sent the ball into the net after one hour and 51 minutes and Federer fell to his knees and then rolled onto his back, overcome with the moment as he screamed his joy before rising and raising his hands in a salute to the crowd.“He made very few mistakes,“ Murray said. „The times I played him before he had given me a few free points. I missed a lot of first serves and he was able to dictate a lot of the points on second serves.“Murray sent the ball into the net after one hour and 51 minutes and Federer fell to his knees and then rolled onto his back, overcome with the moment as he screamed his joy before rising and raising his hands

Sir Alex Ferguson loves Fabien Barthez - and, on this evidence, the Manchester United manager could end up looking like his prize signing.The Frenchman‘s debut gave Ferguson a taster of the tear-your-hair-out stuff in store this season.Barthez may be a World Cup and European Championship winner but he should carry a warning - this keeper can damage a manager‘s health.



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Prime Minister rejects war with Pakistan, asks it to stop hysteria.

With Pakistan denying any link to the lone surviving Mumbai attacker, India Tuesday cautioned against “creating war hysteria” and asked Islamabad to address the real issue of “dismantling the terror machine” in that country. Taking a long-range view, New Delhi also indicated its preference for diplomatic options by asking the international community to intensify pressure on Islamabad to comply with the UN resolutions against terrorism.


ejecting war as a response to the Mumbai mayhem, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday asked Pakistan to take „objective“ steps to „dismantle the terror machine“ and exhorted the international community to persuade Islamabad to comply with the UN resolutions against terrorism. The issue is not war. The issue is that the Pakistani territory is used to aid and abet terror,“ Manmohan Singh told reporters outside Parliament. We want Pakistan to make an objective effort to dismantle the terror machine. The government of Pakistan knows what it implies,“ the prime minister stressed when asked about India‘s options in the face of repeated denials by Pakistan of any complicity in the Mumbai attacks. We expect them as a member of the UN to comply with several UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions passed over the years,“ Manmohan Singh said. The prime minister was alluding to a recent resolution by the UN Security Council declaring the Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD), a Pakistan-based militant outfit, a terrorist organisation and imposing travel and assets freeze on four Lashkar-e-Taiba operatives. We would like the international community to use its power of persuasion to persuade Pakistan to comply with the UNSC resolutions,“ the prime minister stressed. 28

India has accused „elements in Pakistan“ of plotting and executing the Nov 26-29 Mumbai savagery that killed around 170 people, including 26 foreigners. JuD is a public front for the LeT, a banned terrorist organisation suspected of masterminding the Mumbai terror strike. Manmohan Singh‘s tough message to Islamabad comes a day after India handed over to Pakistan a letter written by Ajmal Kasav, the lone surviving Mumbai attacker in Indian custody, saying he and nine others who perpetrated the Mumbai attacks were Pakistanis..Denying the existence of any record that establishes Kasav‘s national identity, Pakistan‘s Interior Ministry chief Rehman Malik on Tuesday said Islamabad will give „a detailed response“ in a day or two. THE LONI TIMES

Toyota’s president, Katsuaki Watanabe, center, and other executives at a news conference in Nagoya, Japan, on Monday.

Toyota expects its first loss in seventy years

Toyota Motor, the Japanese auto giant, said Monday that it expected its first operating loss in 70 years, underscoring how the economic crisis was spreading across the global auto industry. On Monday, Toyota said it expected an operating loss in its auto operations of 150 billion yen, or $1.7 billion, for the fiscal year ending March 31. That would be the company’s first annual operating loss since 1938, a year after the company was founded, and a huge reversal from the 2.3 trillion yen, or $28 billion, in operating profit earned last year. Analysts said Toyota’s downward revision, its second in two months, showed that the worst financial crisis since the Depression was threatening not just the Big Three but also even relatively healthy automakers in Japan, South Korea and Europe. Many other companies will also soon be reporting losses. Worse, analysts said that they expected next year to be even more painful, amid forecasts that the global economy would continue to slide until at least the summer. This could cause a significant shakeout, driving smaller and weaker companies into the arms of a smaller number of bigger, richer players. “It is just a matter of time before all major automakers are losing money,” an auto analyst in Tokyo for Credit Suisse Securities, Koji Endo, said. “And things will just get worse next year, when companies start losing money for the second consecutive year.” Toyota, which just a few months ago seemed unstoppable after eight years of record profits, said it suffered from plunging vehicle sales not only in North America but also in once-promising markets like India and China, which many had hoped would prove immune to the United States malaise. Toyota’s group includes the automaker Daihatsu and the truck builder Hino. “The change in the world economy is of a magnitude that comes once every hundred years,” Toyota’s president, Katsuaki Watanabe, THE L O N I T I M E S

told a news conference in Nagoya, Japan, near the company’s Toyota City headquarters. “We are facing an unprecedented emergency.” Mr. Watanabe said the company would respond by suspending investment in new plants, including last week’s announced postponement in the start of a factory in Mississippi, and moving some production lines to single shifts. The company has even unplugged electric hand dryers at some offices in an effort to cut costs..Yet Toyota said it still expected to report a small net profit, helped by interest and dividend income as well as taxrelated savings of 50 billion yen, or $560 million. With some $18.5 billion in cash, and relatively little debt, Toyota is still in far better shape to weather the downturn than General Motors and Chrysler, which on Friday received $17.4 billion in emergency loans from Washington. 29