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Seemingly unfazed at being ousted from the Asian Athletics Association, scam-tainted Suresh Kalmadi on Monday said losing the presidential re-election bid to Qatar’s Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad has actually given him a chance to work at the “grassroots” level.
“I have no issues today and I congratulate Mr Al-Hamad for being elected as President. I am rather relieved that I will be able to work at the grassroots level in athletics,” Mr. Kalmadi said after losing the vote during the ongoing AAA Congress in Pune.

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Del Potro grabs title in Rotterdam

Monday - Feb 18, 2013, 03:26pm (GMT+5.5)
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The Hague - Juan Martin Del Potro won the 40th edition of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam defeating Frenchman Julien Benneteau 7-6(2), 6-3 in the final.

The second seeded Argentine only had trouble in the first set Sunday. Benneteau was able to break his service immediately, which meant the first break of the serve of Del Potro this tournament, reports Xinhua.

Del Potro, ranked seventh in the world, bounced back to get in front 5-3. Benneteau however, made a comeback of his own to enforce a tiebreak, in which the Del Potro was the strongest won 7-2.

In the second set the 24-year-old Del Potro managed to break his opponent's serve quickly and held that advantage until the end. He captured his 14th ATP tournament title and dealt the 31-year-old Benneteau his eighth defeat in as many ATP finals.

Last year Del Potro lost the final of Rotterdam's hard-court tournament to Roger Federer. The latter was ousted in the quarter-finals this year by Benneteau.





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