Roger Federer plays a backhand volley during his final victory over compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.
Roger Federer plays a backhand volley during his final victory over compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.

Federer and Nalbandian win warm-up events

Roger Federer crushed his Olympic gold medal-winning doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka to win the Australian Open tune-up event at Kooyong. Federer, one away from equalling Pete Sampras' record 14 grand slam titles, broke Wawrinka's serve three times in the first seven games to win the all-Swiss final 6-1, 6-3. He said he wants to use every chance to build momentum for the season, and put his friendship aside for 57 minutes against Wawrinka.

"New season, big opportunities for me," Federer said. "I'm chasing a lot of records." Meanwhile, David Nalbandian of Argentina overcame an inconsistent serve and a string of unforced errors to beat the Finnish left-hander Jarkko Nieminen 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 in the Sydney International final. Nalbandian dominated the match early before Nieminen, who beat the defending Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, staged a second-set resurgence. The Finnish player appeared to be bothered by a leg cramp late in the match when Nalbandian broke Nieminen in his last two service games.

Despite winning, Nalbandian had 56 unforced errors while Nieminen had 49. Each player had four double faults. Nalbandian is the No 10 seed at the Australian Open. Finally, the top seeded Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro defeated the American Sam Querrey 6-4, 6-4 to win the Heineken Open in Auckland. The victory was Del Potro's fifth on the ATP Tour while it left Querrey searching for his second win following his first success at Las Vegas last year. One break of serve in each set proved enough for Del Potro, who is the No 11 for the Australian Open to take the honours. *With agencies

In numbers: China in Dubai

The number of Chinese people living in Dubai: An estimated 200,000

Number of Chinese people in International City: Almost 50,000

Daily visitors to Dragon Mart in 2018/19: 120,000

Daily visitors to Dragon Mart in 2010: 20,000

Percentage increase in visitors in eight years: 500 per cent

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Company name: Namara
Started: June 2022
Founder: Mohammed Alnamara
Based: Dubai
Sector: Microfinance
Current number of staff: 16
Investment stage: Series A
Investors: Family offices

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  • Former first lady Hillary Clinton
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  • Philanthropist and businessman George Soros
  • Former CIA director John Brennan at CNN's New York bureau
  • Former Attorney General Eric Holder (delivered to former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz)
  • California Congresswoman Maxine Waters (two devices)
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Publisher: LucasArts
Console: PlayStation 1 & 5, Sega Saturn
Rating: 4/5

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