London, Nov 6 (AP/UNB) — Rafael Nadal pulled out of the season-ending ATP Finals because of an abdominal injury and had surgery on his right ankle Monday.
Nadal announced on Twitter that he is done for the year, citing the stomach muscle issue that forced him to withdraw from last week's Paris Masters.
He added that he decided to have the ankle operation so he can start 2019 healthy.
John Isner will replace Nadal in the ATP Finals field. Play in London begins next Sunday.
Nadal hasn't competed since he retired from his U.S. Open semifinal because of a painful right knee.
He lost his No. 1 ranking to Novak Djokovic on Monday.
Because Nadal's season is over, Djokovic is assured of finishing the year atop the ATP rankings for the fifth time.
The 32-year-old Spaniard ends 2018 with a 45-4 record and five titles, including his 17th Grand Slam trophy at the French Open in June.
Dhaka, Nov 4 (UNB) – The World Archery Asia (WAA) Joint Training Program’ 2018, organized by Bangladesh Archery Federation (BAF) under the auspices of WAA, first of its kind in Bangladesh, begins on Monday (Nov 5), at the Archery Training Centre of ShaheedAhsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi.
Chairman of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Youth and Sports Ministry M Zahid Ahsan Russell will inaugurate five-day training program in the morning.
With this program, the Archery Training Centre of Shaheed Ahsanullah Master Stadium in Tongi, is going to be recognized as an international archery venue for the first time in Bangladesh.
A record 46participants including 35 archers and 11 coaches from ten countries –Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Syria, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, UAE and hosts Bangladesh—will take part in the training program, scheduled from 8 am to 6:30 pm everyday.
Eleven-member Bangladesh team included five male, four female archers alongside one men’s and one women’s coach.
German Head Coach of Bangladesh Team Fredrick Martin will conduct the program assisted by two local coaches Mohammad ZiaulHaque and Mohammad Hasan.
Secretary General of WAA Professor Um Sung Ho, now in Dhaka, will also be present on the occasion. WAA will bear entire financial expenses of the program.
KaziRazibuddin Ahmed Chapal disclosed the details of the program at a press conference at the Dutch Bangla Auditorium of BOA on Sunday.
Secretary General of WAA Professor Um Sung Ho. German Head Coach of Bangladesh Team Fredrick Martin also spoke on the occasion. BAF Vice President Mahfuzur Rahman Siddiqui and Media Co-ordinatorRafiqul Islam Tipu were also present.
Prague, Nov 4 (AP/UNB) — World No. 8 Karolina Pliskova has been ruled out of the Czech Republic team in the Fed Cup final against the defending champion United States next weekend due to calf muscle and wrist injuries.
The Czech team says Pliskova was injured last week during the WTA Finals in Singapore, where she lost to Sloane Stephens of the United States in the semifinals.
She was replaced by rookie Barbora Krejcikova. Krejcikova and the already selected Katerina Siniakova form the world No. 1-ranked doubles team.
Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova and Barbora Strycova are also on the team for the final on an indoor hard-court in Prague from Nov. 10-11.
It's the sixth final for the Czechs in eight years.
Paris, Nov, 4 (AP/UNB) — Novak Djokovic's latest victory over Roger Federer was among the toughest and best in their epic rivalry, a 7-6 (6), 5-7, 7-6 (3) feast of attacking tennis which had the roaring crowd on their feet and remained in doubt until the very end.
It finally ended, after three hours, when Djokovic moved 6-1 up in the tiebreaker. Federer saved two match points but cracked in a long rally and chopped a backhand into the net.
"We had epic matches throughout our rivalry but this one definitely ranks as one of the best," Djokovic said.
Djokovic's fourth straight win over Federer and 25th in 47 contests sends him into the final against unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov, who has never played in a Masters final.
"This is my best match of the year, that's for sure," Djokovic said, addressing the crowd in French. "Big respect to Roger."
Federer remains one short of 100 career titles.
"When you lose a close match like this you always have regrets," a disappointed Federer said. "That's why I guess I have this face right now."
Djokovic is on a 22-match winning streak and will aim to move level with Rafael Nadal on a record 33 Masters titles.
"Novak is obviously on a roll," Federer said. "You can feel it."
Khachanov, who beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-1, won the Kremlin Cup in Moscow last month for his third career title.
Djokovic, who beat him on the way to the Wimbledon title, is seeking a record-extending fifth Paris Masters title and 73rd title overall.
He was made to work far harder than when he beat Federer in the Cincinnati Masters final in August.
After they hugged at the net, Federer walked off quickly and raised a thumb to the cheering crowd.
"People enjoy the rivalry. We do as well," Federer said. "It's tough and fair, the way it's supposed to be."
Fans got everything they could have hoped for: Two players with a combined 34 Grand Slam titles, 59 Masters titles, and 533 weeks at No. 1 slugging it out at a level of unrelenting yet sublime intensity.
Brilliant one-handed winners on the run from Federer down the line and acute-angle volleys at the net; astonishing elasticity while retrieving from the baseline and laser-beam forehands to the corners from Djokovic.
Federer had 17 aces, while Djokovic got five of his eight in his last three service games of the match, raising his level at the right time.
Djokovic briefly let his volatile temper get the better of him, though, when he had Federer at 15-40 down in the ninth game of the deciding set. Federer saved both break points, and Djokovic whacked his racket into the ground, drawing the first and only boos of a titanic match.
Djokovic held his hands up as if to apologize to the unforgiving crowd, unhappy that a pique of rage interrupted their gourmet feast of tennis.
Brimming with confidence in a season which has seen him go from No. 22 in the rankings in May to No. 1 when they are released on Monday, and in which he also added the U.S. Open to his Grand Slam haul, Djokovic created pressure throughout.
But Federer saved every break point — 12 of them — and secured the only break of the match in clinching the second set.
"Hasn't happened too many times that I don't break a serve of anyone, especially if I have 12 break points," Djokovic said. "Most of the break points he just served well, and played great shots."
The best one of the match went to Federer in the eighth game. As Federer charged to the net, Djokovic hit a powerful forehand which clipped the net and flew to the left of Federer, wrong-footing him. From a seemingly impossible angle, and totally off balance, he scooped his racket behind his neck and flicked a volley over the net for a winner.
Federer thrust his arms into the air, the crowd rose to their feet in sheer disbelief.
Even by Federer's lofty standards, it was remarkable.
"That's why he is who he is," Djokovic said, admiringly.
But after losing the match, Federer was left shaking his head. He was unhappy with someone in the crowd twice shouting "out" during the long match-point rally.
"It's just unfortunate it happens and at the end you lose the point, the match," Federer said.
Still, he retained a sense of irony.
"Thank God the rally ended," he said. "It would have been five times if it continued."
Dhaka, Nov 3 (UNB) - Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society clinched the Walton Metropolis 1st Division Chess League title with one more round to spare securing 19 points from 10th round matches held at the Bangladesh Chess Federation hall-room on Saturday.
In the day’s 10th round matches, Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society beat Debdas Biswas Smriti Sangsad by 4-0 game points.
Indian IM Awesh Upadhyaya, Indian IM Rakesh Kumar Jana, FM Syed Mahfuzur Rahman and M. Abzid Rahman of Janata Bank Officer Welfare Society won against Jaber Al Hamid, Nasiruddin Apu, AB Bappi and Khandakar Nazre Mowla of Debdas Biswas Smirity Sangsad respectively.
Uttara Central Chess Club is in the 2nd position with 14 points beating Leonine Chess Club by 3-1 game points.
Indian Kaustuv Kundu, CM Subrota Biswas and Indian Srijit Paul of Uttara Central Chess Club won against Gias Uddin Ahmed, Sheikh Md Khairul Islam and Sanatan Zahid of Leonine Chess Club while FM Rezaul Haque of Leonine Chess Club beat CM Chanchal Kumer Ghosh of Uttara Central Chess Club.
Agrani Bank Daba Dal is in the 3rd slot with 13 points beating Kasparov Chess Club by 4-0 game points.
M. Emdadul Haque, M Monir Hossain Khan, Indian Suvradeepta Das and Samrat Ghorai of Agrani Bank Daba Dal won against Abdul Khalek, Indian Amit Kumar Biswas, Mohammad Alamgir-jr and Nurul Islam Mahin of Kasparov Chess Club.
Mir Chess Club beat Mohakhali Pradip Sangah by 4-0 game points, Khaleghor Daba Sangha of Gopalganj beat Legend Faraz Ayaiz Chess Team by 2.5-1.5 game points.
The 11th or last round matches will be held on Sunday from 11:00 am at same venue.
The prize-distribution ceremony of the league will be held Sunday afternoon. FM Iqbal Bin Anwar (Dawn), Senior Operative Director and Head of Games of Sports of Walton Group will distribute prizes among winners. KM Shahidullah, Vice President of Bangladesh Chess Federation, will preside over the ceremony.