Roger Federer, of Switzerland, serves to Tommy Robredo, of Spain, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.
Roger Federer, of Switzerland, serves to Tommy Robredo, of Spain, at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York.

Consistent Federer aims to keep his streak alive



A routine 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 fourth round win over Spain's Tommy Robredo notched up Roger Federer's 38th successive victory at the US Open. In reaching the last eight stage at the Flushing Meadows, the Swiss world No 1 stays on course to reach the semi-finals of a 22nd straight grand slam. The last time he failed to make it to the last four in a major was the French Open in 2004.

If consistency is the measure of champions, Federer is the ultimate exponent of the art. "It's just about having fun out there, playing a good match, playing good tennis, enjoying the moment, playing in packed stadiums," said Federer after downing Robredo. "It's something not many people get an opportunity to do. I think everybody would love to be in my shoes." In them, yes. Facing them, most definitely not. Next up for Federer is the Swedish 12th seed Robin Soderling, who secured his passage against Russia's Nikolay Davydenko. The eighth seed retired at the end of the third set of their fourth round match after being 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 down.

After defeating Soderling to seal an elusive French Open title at Roland Garros last May, and en route to recapturing his Wimbledon crown a month later, Federer has fond memories of his opponent. Those positive vibes will be strengthened by an undefeated 11-0 career record against the man blocking his route to the semis and a possible sixth consecutive Flushing Meadows title. "He's got a big game and we had the final of the French - one of the most important matches of my career - so it's nice to play him again," Federer said ahead of tonight's clash. "I'm trying to defend the title here, not just to reach another semi-final, so my streak stays alive.

"I hope I can get there again. For this, I need to go through Soderling. I hope I can do it. It would be great." Whether Soderling will be strong enough to halt Federer's march - or succumb to a miserable hat-trick of 2009 gran slam exits to him - remains to be seen. Confidence, however, will not be the Swede's downfall. "I have improved my game in every aspect and I just need to do it in majors," said Soderling. "I have been beating good players and that has boosted my confidence. I think I have a chance to do well on hard courts."

John Isner, whose confidence was on a high after ousting his fifth-seeded American compatriot Andy Roddick could not sustain his run though. His attempts to breach the defence of Spain's Fernando Verdasco failed miserably. Isner, 24, started on a winning note but lost to the 10th seed 4-6, 6-4, 6-4, 6-4. His defeat quelled the last hope for the locals as for the first time in the open era, there will not be any American in the quarter-finals in their home event. emegson@thenational.ae

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MEDIEVIL (1998)

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Console: PlayStation, PlayStation 4 and 5
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Date started: January 2022
Founders: Premlal Pullisserry and Lijo Antony
Based: Dubai
Number of staff: 30
Investment stage: Seed

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ASIAN RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP 2024

Results
Hong Kong 52-5 UAE
South Korea 55-5 Malaysia
Malaysia 6-70 Hong Kong
UAE 36-32 South Korea

Fixtures
Friday, June 21, 7.30pm kick-off: UAE v Malaysia
At The Sevens, Dubai (admission is free).
Saturday: Hong Kong v South Korea

UAE squad

Humaira Tasneem (c), Chamani Senevirathne (vc), Subha Srinivasan, NIsha Ali, Udeni Kuruppuarachchi, Chaya Mughal, Roopa Nagraj, Esha Oza, Ishani Senevirathne, Heena Hotchandani, Keveesha Kumari, Judith Cleetus, Chavi Bhatt, Namita D’Souza.

Sheer grandeur

The Owo building is 14 storeys high, seven of which are below ground, with the 30,000 square feet of amenities located subterranean, including a 16-seat private cinema, seven lounges, a gym, games room, treatment suites and bicycle storage.

A clear distinction between the residences and the Raffles hotel with the amenities operated separately.

The specs: 2019 Subaru Forester

Price, base: Dh105,900 (Premium); Dh115,900 (Sport)

Engine: 2.5-litre four-cylinder

Transmission: Continuously variable transmission

Power: 182hp @ 5,800rpm

Torque: 239Nm @ 4,400rpm

Fuel economy, combined: 8.1L / 100km (estimated)

if you go

The flights

Direct flights from the UAE to the Nepalese capital, Kathmandu, are available with Air Arabia, (www.airarabia.com) Fly Dubai (www.flydubai.com) or Etihad (www.etihad.com) from Dh1,200 return including taxes. The trek described here started from Jomson, but there are many other start and end point variations depending on how you tailor your trek. To get to Jomson from Kathmandu you must first fly to the lake-side resort town of Pokhara with either Buddha Air (www.buddhaair.com) or Yeti Airlines (www.yetiairlines.com). Both charge around US$240 (Dh880) return. From Pokhara there are early morning flights to Jomson with Yeti Airlines or Simrik Airlines (www.simrikairlines.com) for around US$220 (Dh800) return. 

The trek

Restricted area permits (US$500 per person) are required for trekking in the Upper Mustang area. The challenging Meso Kanto pass between Tilcho Lake and Jomson should not be attempted by those without a lot of mountain experience and a good support team. An excellent trekking company with good knowledge of Upper Mustang, the Annaurpuna Circuit and Tilcho Lake area and who can help organise a version of the trek described here is the Nepal-UK run Snow Cat Travel (www.snowcattravel.com). Prices vary widely depending on accommodation types and the level of assistance required. 

The five stages of early child’s play

From Dubai-based clinical psychologist Daniella Salazar:

1. Solitary Play: This is where Infants and toddlers start to play on their own without seeming to notice the people around them. This is the beginning of play.

2. Onlooker play: This occurs where the toddler enjoys watching other people play. There doesn’t necessarily need to be any effort to begin play. They are learning how to imitate behaviours from others. This type of play may also appear in children who are more shy and introverted.

3. Parallel Play: This generally starts when children begin playing side-by-side without any interaction. Even though they aren’t physically interacting they are paying attention to each other. This is the beginning of the desire to be with other children.

4. Associative Play: At around age four or five, children become more interested in each other than in toys and begin to interact more. In this stage children start asking questions and talking about the different activities they are engaging in. They realise they have similar goals in play such as building a tower or playing with cars.

5. Social Play: In this stage children are starting to socialise more. They begin to share ideas and follow certain rules in a game. They slowly learn the definition of teamwork. They get to engage in basic social skills and interests begin to lead social interactions.

COMPANY PROFILE

Company name: CarbonSifr
Started: 2022
Based: Dubai
Founders: Onur Elgun, Mustafa Bosca and Muhammed Yildirim
Sector: Climate tech
Investment stage: $1 million raised in seed funding

In-demand jobs and monthly salaries
  • Technology expert in robotics and automation: Dh20,000 to Dh40,000 
  • Energy engineer: Dh25,000 to Dh30,000 
  • Production engineer: Dh30,000 to Dh40,000 
  • Data-driven supply chain management professional: Dh30,000 to Dh50,000 
  • HR leader: Dh40,000 to Dh60,000 
  • Engineering leader: Dh30,000 to Dh55,000 
  • Project manager: Dh55,000 to Dh65,000 
  • Senior reservoir engineer: Dh40,000 to Dh55,000 
  • Senior drilling engineer: Dh38,000 to Dh46,000 
  • Senior process engineer: Dh28,000 to Dh38,000 
  • Senior maintenance engineer: Dh22,000 to Dh34,000 
  • Field engineer: Dh6,500 to Dh7,500
  • Field supervisor: Dh9,000 to Dh12,000
  • Field operator: Dh5,000 to Dh7,000
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