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Djokovic says pressure to stay no.1 is ‘a privilege’.

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Novak Djokovic said on Wednesday that he was “embracing” the pressure of being world number one and reigning champion at the Shanghai Masters this week.

The 32-year-old from Serbia made a fast start to his title defence, easing past young Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-3, 6-3 with minimum fuss.

Fresh from winning career title 76 in Tokyo, Djokovic will play big-serving American John Isner in the last 16 in China.

The 16-time Grand Slam champion said he had no pain from the shoulder injury that forced him out of the US Open last 16 and is “confident that I can perform at my best”.

Djokovic said that sky-high expectations are “part of what we do”.

“But it’s also a privilege and a sign or kind of an indicator that you’re doing something that is important and that you’re doing well,” he said.

“I think when you feel pressure you’re doing well.

“It’s something that is inevitable so you might as well embrace it and accept it.”

Also in action on Thursday will be Roger Federer, who faces Belgium’s David Goffin, and third seed Daniil Medvedev.

The Russian faces Canadian qualifier Vasek Pospisil.

– Zverev’s flying racquet –
Two rising stars of men’s tennis went toe-to-toe when Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece and Felix Auger-Aliassime clashed.

Tsitsipas defeated the 19-year-old 7-6 (7/3), 7-6 (7/3) for his first victory over the Canadian stretching all the way back to their junior days.

The 21-year-old Tsitsipas, who plays Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the last 16, said that he had always been behind Auger-Aliassime in his physical development — until now.

Standing 6ft 4ins (193cm), the seventh-ranked Greek insists he is still not as strong as some of the ATP Tour.

“I think something that probably I’m trying to cover that deficiency that I have is not concentrated too much on my power and my strength and how hard I can hit,” he said.

“Maybe play smarter and play more with my mind and not with my physical power.”

Another of the new generation hoping to usurp the likes of Djokovic and Federer is the 22-year-old Alexander Zverev.

The young German had a bout of dizziness during an incident-packed victory over French underdog Jeremy Chardy, 7-6 (15/13), 7-6 (7/3).

Zverev apologised to a television cameraman after he accidentally hit a ball straight into his jaw in winning a point.

Zverev was also seen by a doctor in the first set and in another colourful moment he smashed his racquet on the floor during the mammoth first-set tie break.

The second-set tie break had a lighter moment — Zverev losing his grip while hitting a shot, his racquet flying into the crowd.

“It was definitely interesting,” smiled Zverev, who plays Russia’s Andrey Rublev.

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Ligue 1 player of the month is Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.

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Super Eagles striker Victor Osimhen has been named as the French Ligue 1 Player of the Month for September 2019 taking over from Rennes midfielder Eduardo Camavinga who won the award in August.

Osimhen, 20, who joined Lille this summer won 45% of the vote to beat Monaco’s Islam Slimani (37%) and Nantes’ Nicolas Pallois (18%). He was involved in four goals (2 goals, 2 assists) for Lille in September.

With 7 goals in 9 appearances in the Ligue 1, Osimhen is the fourth highest goalscorer in the top five European Leagues.

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England’s match leads to the indictment of Bulgarian Teenager over Racist Abuse

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A Bulgarian teenager was indicted for “grave hooliganism” while four others were fined and received stadium bans over racist abuse at a Euro 2020 qualifier against England, officials said Thursday.

Monkey chants and apparent Nazi salutes during Monday’s match in Sofia sparked a storm of protest that  overshadowed England’s 6-0 win and led to the resignation of Bulgaria’s football chief and.

Thanks to CCTV footage from the national stadium, Sofia police have so far identified nine suspects in the stands, part of a group of black-clad fans, who directed the abuse at England’s players. Six of them were detained on Wednesday.

“One 18-year-old was indicted late Wednesday for grave hooliganism and ordered detained in custody for 72 more hours,” Sofia regional prosecution spokeswoman Nevena Zartova told AFP.

According to the indictment, the man used obscene hand gestures and Nazi salutes and turned his back to the field and pulled down his trousers twice.

If found guilty, he could face up to five years in jail.

“Out of the other five, four were handed 1,000-leva (511 euro, $568) fines and two-year bans from sports events. Procedures against the fifth, who is underage, are still ongoing,” Sofia police directorate spokeswoman Svetoslava Kostadinova said.

The game was halted twice during the first half due to the abuse.

England manager Gareth Southgate told reporters after the game that his side had been ready to walk off the pitch if the abusive behaviour continued but players decided to complete the match.

The incident sparked a storm of angry reactions from fans, media and officials in both countries, leading to the resignation of Bulgaria’s football federation chief under pressure from the government and apologies from the national team manager.

UEFA called for a war on racist abuse and announced that it was launching a probe into the behaviour of both the Bulgaria and England fans. UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said European football’s governing body was determined to root out the “disease” of racism.

Bulgaria has tightened measures against football hooliganism after several incidents in 2018.

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Could this be the end Lewis Hamilton’s career as he tells fans he feels like ‘giving up on everything’ and wants to ‘shut down completely’.

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Lewis Hamilton sparks concern as he tells fans he feels like ‘giving up on everything’ and wants to ‘shut down completely’

Lewis Hamilton has sparked concern after sharing a worrying message to his fans on Instagram.

On Tuesday, October 15, the Formula One driver, 34, shared a post about giving up on everything’ and wants to ‘shut down completely’ via his Instagram stories.

Lewis wrote: ‘Honestly, I feel like giving up on everything. Shut down completely. Why bother when the world is such a mess and people don’t seem to care. ‘I’m going to take a moment away to gather my thoughts. Thank you to those of you who do give a d**n about the world.’

Lewis Hamilton sparks concern as he tells fans he feels like

The post has left many of his fans worried with some asking questions about Hamilton’s current state.

One wrote: ‘Please don’t give up on the world. There are people that care, whilst the world may seem c**p at times you have to look for the positives. I promise you there are some.’

Another fan typed: ‘I am so concerned about Lewis. Hope he is ok.’

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