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Full dress rehearsal for Republic Day Parade on Wednesday, traffic restrictions to be in place        Jaitey calls Congress remarks on EVM hacking "lie and garbage"        China''s economy slumps to 28 year low to 6.6 per cent in 2018        Venezuela military group calls in video for not recognizing Maduro        First Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 US presidential bid        Ross Taylor praises Kohli''s batting prowess ahead of limited-overs series        Halep sent home but Djokovic, Williams headed to the Australian Open quarter-finals        Boo - The World's Cutest dog dies        PM condoles demise of Lingayat seer        CJI recuses from hearing plea challenging Rao's appointment as interim CBI chief        Ankita wins first singles title of 2019 season in Singapore        Kohli is greatest ODI batsman to have played the game: Clarke        Minister says UK faces 'political tsunami' if Brexit halted        Mumbai TDS office issued prosecution notices in 50 ''big'' cases in past one month: CBDT        UK police speak to 97-year-old Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt        Trump offers protection to undocumented immigrants in exchange of border wall funding        Cong must be large-hearted for allies, best equipped to lead alliance against BJP: Tejashwi        BJP MLA apologises for objectionable remarks on Mayawati        Mahagathbandhan an alliance of corruption, negativity: PM        Can''t become pawns in the hands of corporate giants: Sitharaman on Rafale        
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Sports News
Cilic cruises at Kooyong ahead of Grand Slam
 
Melbourne, Jan 10 (AFP) Last year's Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic rounded off his preparations for this year's edition in style Thursday, winning his second match in as many days at the Kooyong Classic.

With the first Grand Slam of the season starting on Monday, every opportunity is important for the Croatian, who went down in a battle to Roger Federer in the Melbourne Park decider in 2018.

The world number seven beat Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-4, 6-4, backing up his three-set victory a day before over world No. 6 Kevin Anderson.

Earlier, American Jack Sock lost to fast-rising Canadian teenager Denis Shapovalov 6-2, 3-6, 10-7 after a final set played as a 10-point tiebreak -- the format which will be used at the Australian Open from Monday.

Under the rules, the first player to win at least 10 points by a two-point margin takes the match.

Ahead of the Australian Open last year, Sock was at a career-high eighth in the world rankings, but after a horror season he has plunged outside the top 100 and is desperate to turn it around.

His form slump has been dramatic. He played 31 singles matches in 2018, winning a mere nine.

"I had some pretty low moments last year, it was horrendous," said Sock.

"I did a lot of regrouping in the off-season, talking to family, team members, coaches.

"I'm trying to take a positive outlook. I know the level that I can play the game, where my game should be."

With the Australian Open just days away, he is grateful to be out of the spotlight to focus on himself.

"It's nice to be able to fly under the radar and do my own thing."

Shapovalov, 19, made up for lost time after losing in the first round at Auckland this week and then crossing the Tasman to squeeze into the Kooyong draw as a late entry.

"It's great to be here and get another match, fire a few balls," the world No.27 said. "It's another chance to get the match feel.

"You have some of the pressure, there's a crowd watching. It's a chance to get a little bit more ready for the Slam.


Ross Taylor praises Kohli''s batting prowess ahead of limited-overs series
Halep sent home but Djokovic, Williams headed to the Australian Open quarter-finals
Ankita wins first singles title of 2019 season in Singapore
Kohli is greatest ODI batsman to have played the game: Clarke
Djokovic takes out teen sensation Shapovalov in Australia Open 3rd round
Standing tall Down Under: Dhoni anchors, Kedar finishes as India win ODI series
Malaysia Masters 2019: Saina races to semi-finals, Kidambi out of tournament
Ranji Trophy: Kerala makes maiden semifinal entry
SC defers Hardik Pandya, K L Rahul case till next week
Tonight was an MS classic, says elated Kohli
Dhoni's poor form a worry as India look to restore parity
Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action
Vijay, Shubman replace Pandya-Rahul for Oz & Nz tour
Argentina to play two friendlies against Venezueala, Czech Republic in March
Tendulkar praises specially-abled, visually impaired athletes
Pandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry; Kohli condemns comments
World Cup squad more of less settled but anybody can be dropped on poor form: Rohit
Koffee with Karan Controversy: Hardik and Rahul to get two- match ban
Harender advised to return as Junior men''s coach, invite applications for senior chief coach
India well prepared to take on hosts UAE, says defender Pritam Kotal
KERALA NEWS
Mineral sand mining: Talks fail, agitaion to continue
 (Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 17,2019):Conciliatory talks to end the agitation by locals against m  
Kerala HC disqualifies Koduvally MLA
Kanakadurga attacked by mother-in-law
Five killes as car and bus collide at Kottarakkara
INTERNATIONAL NEWS
Venezuela military group calls in video for not recognizing Maduro
 (Caracas, Jan 21,2019):A group of soldiers rose up against Venezuela''s President Nicolas Mad
First Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris announces her 2020 US presidential bid
Boo - The World's Cutest dog dies
UK police speak to 97-year-old Prince Philip for not wearing seat belt
NATIONAL NEWS
Jaitey calls Congress remarks on EVM hacking "lie and garbage"
 (New Delhi, Jan 21,2019):Union Finance Minister and senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Monday
PM condoles demise of Lingayat seer
CJI recuses from hearing plea challenging Rao's appointment as interim CBI chief
Cong must be large-hearted for allies, best equipped to lead alliance against BJP: Tejashwi
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