Tomas Berdych, the Czech, celebrates match point in his victory over Novak Djokovic, the world No 2.
Tomas Berdych, the Czech, celebrates match point in his victory over Novak Djokovic, the world No 2.

Berdych follows up finishing off Federer with derailing of Djokovic

LONDON // An ecstatic Tomas Berdych became the first Czech player since Ivan Lendl in 1987 to reach the Wimbledon final after clinically dismantling the powerful baseline game of Serbia's Novak Djokovic. Lendl, a former world No 1, was a reluctant performer on grass, claiming the surface would be put to better use accommodating cows. However, Berdych looks a natural and will have high hopes of adding to the title he collected on the German lawns of Halle three years ago.

To achieve that honour, he must follow up his victories over Roger Federer and the new world No 2, Djokovic, with another prize scalp - that of Rafael Nadal, tomorrow. Speaking before he knew who he would be facing, Berdych said: "After my last two wins it would be bad if I say I fear anybody from now on, so I'm looking forward to the next one. "It's a great feeling to be in my first grand slam final but I'm not done yet. One more to go."

Berdych, whose composure deserted him only once, when he was warned for racket abuse, said he has not yet played his best tennis. "I was just glad that I did what I needed to do and won it in three sets," he said in analysing his 6-3, 7-6, 6-3 victory. Djokovic will still be smarting this morning that he did not at least take the contest into a fourth set. He produced his best moments of the match to make an equalising break of serve for 6-6 in the second, only to lose the ensuing tie-break 11-9 on Berdych's fifth set point. "Maybe it would have been a turning point if I had won that tie-break," he said.

"But the fact of the matter is that I didn't deserve to win today. I congratulate my opponent because he was the better player. I hope that the next time I get an opportunity like this, I'll play better." Like Federer before him, Djokovic, the former Australian Open champion, struggled to cope with the power of Berdych's forehand and the Czech's booming serve, which realised 11 aces to follow the 14 that flew past Federer.

"There are many other things that have been working better for me here," Berdych said. "When that happens it gives you more confidence. I feel a lot stronger, on the mental side as well as the physical side."


Sunday, January 20
3pm: Jordan v Vietnam at Al Maktoum Stadium, Dubai
6pm: Thailand v China at Hazza bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
9pm: Iran v Oman at Mohamed bin Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Monday, January 21
3pm: Japan v Saudi Arabia at Sharjah Stadium
6pm: Australia v Uzbekistan at Khalifa bin Zayed Stadium, Al Ain
9pm: UAE v Kyrgyzstan at Zayed Sports City Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Tuesday, January 22
5pm: South Korea v Bahrain at Rashid Stadium, Dubai
8pm: Qatar v Iraq at Al Nahyan Stadium, Abu Dhabi

How the UAE gratuity payment is calculated now

Employees leaving an organisation are entitled to an end-of-service gratuity after completing at least one year of service.

The tenure is calculated on the number of days worked and does not include lengthy leave periods, such as a sabbatical. If you have worked for a company between one and five years, you are paid 21 days of pay based on your final basic salary. After five years, however, you are entitled to 30 days of pay. The total lump sum you receive is based on the duration of your employment.

1. For those who have worked between one and five years, on a basic salary of Dh10,000 (calculation based on 30 days):

a. Dh10,000 ÷ 30 = Dh333.33. Your daily wage is Dh333.33

b. Dh333.33 x 21 = Dh7,000. So 21 days salary equates to Dh7,000 in gratuity entitlement for each year of service. Multiply this figure for every year of service up to five years.

2. For those who have worked more than five years

c. 333.33 x 30 = Dh10,000. So 30 days’ salary is Dh10,000 in gratuity entitlement for each year of service.

Note: The maximum figure cannot exceed two years total salary figure.

Indoor cricket in a nutshell

Indoor cricket in a nutshell
Indoor Cricket World Cup - Sept 16-20, Insportz, Dubai

16 Indoor cricket matches are 16 overs per side
8 There are eight players per team
9 There have been nine Indoor Cricket World Cups for men. Australia have won every one.
5 Five runs are deducted from the score when a wickets falls
4 Batsmen bat in pairs, facing four overs per partnership

Scoring In indoor cricket, runs are scored by way of both physical and bonus runs. Physical runs are scored by both batsmen completing a run from one crease to the other. Bonus runs are scored when the ball hits a net in different zones, but only when at least one physical run is score.


A Front net, behind the striker and wicketkeeper: 0 runs
B Side nets, between the striker and halfway down the pitch: 1 run
C Side nets between halfway and the bowlers end: 2 runs
D Back net: 4 runs on the bounce, 6 runs on the full

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South Africa
Faf du Plessis (captain), Dean Elgar, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla, AB de Villiers, Quinton de Kock (wkt), Vernon Philander, Keshav Maharaj, Kagiso Rabada, Morne Morkel, Lungi Ngidi.

India (from)
Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik (wkt), Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah.


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