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Will Federer be oldest Grand Slam winner of modern era

first_imgLondon: Eight-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer believes the “stars have aligned” as he attempts to become the oldest Grand Slam winner of modern times in Sunday’s final against Novak Djokovic. The 37-year-old Swiss can clinch a record-extending 21st major if he manages to break free of the world number one’s stranglehold. Four-time Wimbledon winner and defending champion Djokovic enjoys a 25-22 edge in career meetings, stretching back 13 years. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherThe Serb has won 14 of their last 20 meetings and eight of the last 10. Federer has lost all four of their most recent meetings at the Slams and it’s now seven years since he triumphed over the 32-year-old at the majors. That was 2012 in four sets in a Wimbledon semi-final. However, Federer, who will be 38 next month, insists such statistics are meaningless as he attempts to succeed Ken Rosewall, at the 1972 Australian Open, as the oldest Slam champion of the Open era. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”It’s been a rock solid year for me. I won in Halle (on grass on the eve of Wimbledon). The stars are aligned right now,” said Federer. “From that standpoint I can go into the match very confident.” Federer, who passed the 100-win mark at Wimbledon in his quarter-final victory over Kei Nishikori, is feeling especially confident after seeing off Rafael Nadal in four sets in the semi-final. That win was crucial coming as it did just a month after his old rival had condemned him to his worst Slam loss in 11 years in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Appearing in his 12th final at the All England Club, and 16 years after his maiden Wimbledon title triumph, Federer believes there is little new that either he or Djokovic can do to prepare for Sunday’s showdown. “This is like at school — on the day of the test you’re not going to read, I don’t know, how many books that day. “It’s quite clear the work was done way before.” There is no doubt whatsoever as to who the crowd will support. Djokovic, a 15-time Grand Slam champion, is respected by British fans but certainly not revered in the same saintly fashion reserved for Federer. Too intense and too new age for modest British tastes, Djokovic did little to endear himself in his semi-final win over Roberto Bautista Agut. After a punishing 45-shot rally ended in his favour, the Serb roared out his frustration, cupped his ear and placed an admonishing finger to his lips as most of Centre Court willed the ball to fall in the Spaniard’s favour. “Look, I focus on what I need to do,” said Djokovic. “At times they wanted him to come back into the match, maybe take a lead because he was an underdog. “I understand that. But I had enough support here over the years, so I don’t complain.” Djokovic has yet to be truly tested at this Wimbledon. The highest-ranked player he has faced was 21st-seeded David Goffin of Belgium who was dismissed for the loss of just six games in the quarter-finals. The ‘NextGen’ hopefuls in his half of the draw all failed to fire. Highly-regarded Stefanos Tsitsipas never made it past the first day while Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime fell in the third round.last_img read more

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Experts wrap up Geneva session on inhumane weapons treaty

The eleventh session of the Group of Governmental Experts (GGE) of the States Parties to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons Which May Be Deemed to Be Excessively Injurious or to Have Indiscriminate Effects (CCW) featured a discussion of working groups on explosive remnants of war (ERW), and mines other than anti-personnel mines (MOTAPM).The Convention, also known as the Inhumane Weapons Convention, was concluded on 10 October 1980, and entered into force on 2 December 1983. It consists of a framework instrument and five individual protocols that regulate specific types of weapons, such as mines, grenades and booby-traps, which are all considered to be indiscriminate, to cause unnecessary or unjustifiable suffering or to have other humanitarian consequences.Currently 99 States are party to the Convention, with a further seven having signed but not yet ratified. The States Parties agreed to expand the scope of the Convention to also cover internal armed conflicts, as well as armed conflicts of an international nature. This amendment entered into force on 18 May 2004 and has now been ratified by 43 States.The Working Group on the issue of ERW considered, on an open-ended basis with an emphasis on meetings of military and technical experts, possible preventive measures aimed at improving the design of certain specific types of munitions with a view to minimizing the humanitarian risk of their becoming explosive remnants of war.On the issue of MOTAPM, the Working Group considered topics such as detectability of the munitions and measures to prevent their unauthorized use. It also discussed fuse design and sensors, protection of civilians, mine-risk education and transparency and other confidence-building measures, with the aim of elaborating appropriate recommendations on MOTAPM for submission to the next meeting of the States Parties, set for this coming November.The Group also held one meeting on the issue of possible options for promoting compliance with the Convention and its annexed Protocols, including the establishment of an effective and efficient compliance mechanism. read more

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