Monday, February 2, 2009

Spain heralds 'legendary' Nadal

The Spanish press heralded Rafael Nadal's Australian Open victory only minutes after the top-ranked player became the first Spaniard to win the season-opening Grand Slam.Nadal beat Roger Federer 7-5, 3-6, 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-2 at the Rod Laver Arena to win his sixth major trophy and third straight Grand Slam final over Federer, who was denied a chance to tie Pete Sampras' record 14 major titles on Sunday."Nadal reaffirms his legend in Australia," the Diario de Mallorca wrote on the front page of its Web site. El Mundo's Web site called the victory "Undeniably Nadal," and AS labeled the 22-year-old from Mallorca the "King of Australia."Nadal has won three of the last four majors after taking a fourth straight French Open and first Wimbledon title in 2008. Nadal replaced Federer at No 1 after a record 237 weeks in August and then won the Olympic gold medal at the Beijing Games."He's a great champion, and a great example to all of the young people through the world," said Emilio Sanchez Vicario, Spain's former Davis Cup captain.Nadal has won five of the seven Grand Slam finals he's played against Federer and is 13-6 overall against the Swiss star.Three Spanish players had reached the Australian Open final before Nadal, with Carlos Moya being the last when he lost to Sampras in 1997.
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Shah Rukh puts surgery on hold for ‘Billu Barber’

Known for his gung-ho spirit and high energy level, Shah Rukh beats his own record when it comes to professionalism. The actor, who is a self-confessed workaholic, has now refused to go for an immediate shoulder surgery for the sake of his work.
Apparently King Khan’s close to heart flick ‘Billu Barber’ is ready for release, and the actor doesn’t want to get away from the limelight at this crucial point. The flick that is seen as Shah Rukh’s brainchild has the actor deeply involved with every aspect of its filmmaking process.Speaking to a news daily, the actor said, "I will wait for a few days before the release of the film to get the surgery done. I have to tie up a few loose ends but Billu Barber is an important film for our company. So I can`t just leave it before it is ready for release, which is the 13th (of February). I am still working on my dates for the surgery."Well, he might be over 40 but his energy level and enthusiasm can give the industry newbees a run for their money.

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