Sixth seed Rafael Nadal overcame stomach problems to beat Canadian Dennis Shapavalov 6-3,6-4,4-6,3-6,6-3 and reach semifinals of Australian Open on Tuesday.Nadal is trying to become only third man to win all four majors twice.20 time Grand Slam champion will face 7th seed Matteo Berretini in the last four.Italian beat French showman Gael Monfils 6-4,6-4,3-6,3-6,6-2 in the quarterfinals played at night on Rod Laver arena.Among women,top seed Ashleigh Barty eases past Pegula 6-2,6-0 in the quarterfinals. Australian will face Maddison Keys of USA in the last four clash.Indian challenge ended in Melbourne after Sania Mirza and Rajeev Ram lost in the quarterfinals of mixed doubles.
Men’s singles finalists at Syed Modi International event will get equal prize money.One of the players tested positive for Covid-19 before the summit clash in Lucknow on Sunday.
Olympic gold medallist javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra will be awarded Param Vashistha Seva medal on Republic Day.
Indian hockey team goalkeeper P R Steejesh says the team is focussed on winning Asian Games to qualify for 2024 Paris Olympics.
By Shailesh Padhye