New York, Sep 1 (AP/UNB) — The closed roof, a dropped first set, a tight match highlighted by last year's U.S. Open finalist that had the crowd going wild. Sure, Rafael Nadal had all of those elements in his victory.
But at the stadium a long volley away from Nadal, Kevin Anderson was engaged in his own terrific duel under the same conditions.
Anderson, who lost to Nadal in the 2017 Open final, lost his first set and played under a closed roof for the first time in Louis Armstrong Stadium history. Like Nadal — who won in four sets — Anderson survived a scare, this one against 19-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 victory on Friday night to reach the fourth round in 3 hours, 43 minutes.
"I thought it was great tennis throughout," Anderson said.
The fifth-seeded Anderson lost the crowd to the popular Shapovalov — who exhorted the fans to raise the roof under the sealed conditions — but moved on to play Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
His second Grand Slam final of the year is still in sight. The South African has blossomed in his 30s and reached the U.S Open final in 2017 and Wimbledon this year to play for major championships for the first times in his career.
Shapovalov, seeded 28th, showed he has all the potential needed to reach those milestones much earlier.
Shapovalov is 19, making him the youngest player in the ATP top 100. In 2017, Shapovalov qualified at Flushing Meadows and then made a stirring run to the fourth round, making him the youngest man into the round of 16 since Michael Chang in 1989. That helped him crack the top 50 soon after, the youngest player to get that high in the men's rankings since Rafael Nadal did it in 2004.
Shapovalov wears his hat backward and chokes the adjustment band to the end so that the flap sticks out and — when he wears a white hat as he did Friday — it looks like a unicorn horn. He chewed on his chain, noshed on multiple bananas on nearly every break and tapped his feet against the hard court as he waited for play to resume.
Shapovalov seemed a typical teen, impatiently waiting his turn and keeping an eye on the big screen and the tribute to great moments in U.S. Open history. But his manners — he thanked ball boys and girls for their help — and the way he punctuated winners with punishing backhands showed a maturity beyond his years.
"I just feel like I belong out there this year," he said. "I'm able to compete with anyone out there, as I showed today. I feel like my game is at a different level."
He waved his arms and encouraged the crowd to get on their feet, and with the roof closed, Armstrong got loud. The public address announcer chastised the crowd in the fourth set to quiet down as New York instantly became a Shapovalov city.
"Felt like in a coliseum, almost," Anderson said. "Constant noise going on the whole time, which obviously as tennis players, it's nice to have quiet. What's more distracting is when there is quiet and you can identify bits and pieces, pockets of noise. When it's constant, it's actually easier to deal with."
Anderson, though, broke Shapovalov's serve early in the fifth and took control the rest of the way.
Louis Armstrong Stadium and Arthur Ashe — where Nadal won a thriller over Karen Khachanov — each had to close the roof once light rain hit Flushing Meadows.
Anderson emerged out of nowhere last season to reach the Open final. At No. 32, Anderson was the lowest-ranked U.S. Open men's finalist since the ATP computer rankings began in 1973. The 6-foot-8 Anderson never had been past the quarterfinals at any major tournament in 33 previous appearances. But Nadal overwhelmed Anderson in three sets to win his third U.S. Open title.
Anderson proved he was no one-slam wonder when reached the Wimbldeon final this season. Again, he was handily defeated by a more experienced champion. Novak Djokovic won in three sets.
Dhaka, Sept 1 (UNB) - The disciplinary committee of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has recommended a six-month ban for Sabbir Rahman from international cricket for abusing a fan on social media.
The disciplinary committee recommendation will need BCB president Nazmul Hassan’s approval, a formality to execute the ban.
BCB director Ismail Haider Mallick on Saturday said, “We have recommended to the board president that Sabbir Rahman should be suspended from international cricket for six months.”
If his ban would officiate on September 2, he would remain out from international campaign till the end of February 2019.
The 26-year old cricketer was accused of women-related scandal, including taking a woman in team-hotel room without authority’s permission during the 5th Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), whole night chatting with women, quarreling with team mates, using indecent words with fans on Facebook and beating fans.
“He [Sabbir] apologized that he would never do such a thing again. He also admitted to a lot of things…If there’s a repetition of such incident, he will serve longer suspensions,” Mallick added.
Bangladesh top-order batsman Sabbir, earlier, suffered a ban for six-month from domestic cricket and was stripped off his BCB’s central contract for physically assaulting a fan during a match of the 19th National Cricket League in 2017.
He was fined Tk 20 lakh as he was found guilty in January 2018 for breaching the BCB’s code of conduct level-4 to face ban on domestic cricket.
Mosaddek Hossain, who was sued by his divorced wife recently, had been issued with a warning by the disciplinary committee. Any action against him was deferred till the court gives its judgment as Mallick informed.
Dhaka, Sep 1 (UNB) – Bangladesh finished 6th in the 18th Asian Games Men’s Hockey after suffering a 0-7 goals defeat against the four times champions South Korea in a 5th place-deciding match on Saturday at the Gelora Bung Karno (GBK) Hockey field in Jakarta.
India remained satisfied with a bronze medal beating former champions and their arch-rivals Pakistan by 2-1 goals in a 3rd place deciding match on Saturday afternoon.
In the day’s 5th place-decider against Bangladesh, Asian hockey giant South Korea scored two goals each in the first two quarters and scored the last goal in the 3rd quarter of the match.
Junghoo Kim put South Korea ahead in the 10th minute by field goal (1-0), Inwoo Seo doubled the Korean margin in the 15th minute, also by a field goal (2-0) while Junwoo Jeong sounded the Korean margin scoring one more field goal in the 26th finished 3rd in the six-team Pool B minute (3-0).
Jonghyun Jang and Manjae Jung scored more goals for Korea from penalty corners in the 27th and 33rd minutes respectively.
Asian giant South Korea were out of the title race from Asiad Hockey as they finished 3rd in Pool A after conceding an unexpected 2-3 goals defeat against lowly Japan in their last group match Tuesday evening.
Japan, the surprise finalists of this year’s competition, are due to play Malaysia in the gold medal deciding final match Saturday evening.
Earlier, Bangladesh hockey team achieved their target of finishing 6th in the 12-team 18th Asian Games Men’s Hockey beating Oman 2-1, Kazakhstan 6-1 , Thailand 3-1, despite losing to Malaysia 0-7 and Pakistan 0-5 in the Pool B outings.
With the feat, Bangladesh also got an opportunity to play directly in the final round of the Asian Games and Asia Cup Hockey from the next time avoiding qualifying round.
Dhaka, Sept 01 (UNB) – Pakistan team will arrive in the capital Sunday early hour to compete in the seven-nation SAFF Suzuki Cup 2018 beginning at the Bangabadhu National Stadium here on Tuesday (Sept 4).
Bangladesh, which was placed in Group A of the SAFF Suzuki Cup with Bhutan, Nepal and Pakistan, will play Bhutan in the 2nd match on the opening day (Sept 4) at 7 pm while Pakistan will play Nepal in the opening match at 4 pm. India, Sri Lanka and the Maldives have been put in Group B of the meet.
The islanders Sri Lanka was the first foreign team reached Bangladesh last Sunday from Asain Games in Indonesia to play FIFA Friendly against Bangladesh in Nilphamari on Wednesday, ahead of the biggest soccer festival of the region (SAFF Championship) and made an inspirational 1-0 victory over the home country.
Pakistan, the 2nd foreign team is expected to reach here at 1:30 am local time.
Bhutan will arrive in the capital on Sunday (Sept 2) at 12:10 pm while Nepal team also reach here Sunday at 2:40 pm, followed by the Maldives team on Monday (Sept 3) at 1:45 pm.
Holders India will be the last foreign team to reach here on Tuesday (Sept 4) early hour at 12:50 am.
Dhaka, Sep 1 (UNB) – The draw ceremony of the 5th Bangabandhu Gold Cup International Football Tournament, which will kicks off on October 1, held at a city hotel on Saturday.
Hosts Bangladesh was placed in Group-B along with Philippines and Laos to play in the six-nation tournament while Group-A comprises Nepal, Palestine and Tajikistan.
Although two venues--Bangabandhu National Stadium and Sylhet District Stadium-- were earlier selected to hold the matches, there might a third venue to host the two semifinals.
State Minister for Youth and Sports Biren Sikder, Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) President Kazi Salahuddin, BFF Senior Vice-president Abdus Salam Murshedy, Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Arif Khan Joy and Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the Ministry of Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell, among others, were present at the ceremony.