Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Shanghai: Alexander Zverev said he suffered a dizzy spell during an entertaining 7-6 (15/13), 7-6 (7/3) win over French underdog Jeremy Chardy on Wednesday at the Shanghai Masters.In an incident-packed match, Zverev apologised to a television cameraman after the young German accidentally hit a ball flush into his jaw in winning a point. The 22-year-old was also seen by a doctor in the first set and in another colourful moment Zverev smashed his racquet on the floor during the mammoth first-set tie break.Zverev, ranked sixth in the world but suffering a poor season, was pushed all the way by the 71st-ranked Chardy before finally emerging in one hour and 48 minutes.”I felt a little dizzy and my head was spinning a little bit,” he said, explaining why he asked to see a doctor.”But the doctor didn’t speak a lot of English and all he wanted to do was give me pills for everything possible so I said I’d rather not take any pills and see if I feel better.”The second-set tie break had a lighter moment — Zverev losing his grip while hitting a shot, his racquet whizzing into the crowd.”It was definitely interesting,” the German smiled, referencing his flying racquet and his smash which hit the cameraman — neither intentional, he stressed.”The racquet accelerated too fast and flew about 10 rows up so I hope I did not hurt or hit anybody, but it was definitely not on purpose.”Zverev has long been talked about as the next big thing in men’s tennis, but only one of his 11 career titles has come this year. He is yet to win a Grand Slam.The fifth seed will play Andrey Rublev of Russia in the last 16. alexander zverevJeremy Chardyquarter finalsracquet First Published: October 9, 2019, 7:28 PM IST
Captain Amarinder Singh is a father figure, Punjab minister Navjot Singh Sidhu said, in response to the raging controversy over him calling Congress Rahul Gandhi his ‘captain’.Sidhu had referred to Rahul as his captain when reporters asked him about going to Pakistan, despite Singh’s disapproval. He said, “Rahul Gandhi is my captain. It is he who sent me to Pakistan. Rahul Gandhi is the captain of the captain [Amarinder Singh] also.””I love him [Captain Amarinder Singh], I respect him. You don’t wash dirty linen in public. I will sort it out myself,” Sidhu further said, on Monday while answering mediapersons in Rajasthan’s Jhalawar.Sidhu visited Pakistan on November 28 on its prime minister, Imran Khan’s personal invitation, as he puts, to attend the ground-breaking ceremony for the Kartarpur corridor. The Kartarpur corridor will connect the shrine in Pakistan to Gurdwara Darbar Sahib in Gurdaspur and give visa-free access to Indian pilgrims.Sidhu’s visit to Pakistan had riled Amarinder Singh, who said he tried to dissuade Sidhu, following a grenade attack in Amritsar that left three people dead.Also, Sidhu’s recent remark that Rahul was his ‘captain’ reportedly irked Singh even more and several cabinet ministers too.In wake of this escalating controversy, the state cabinet is set to meet at 3 pm on Monday (December 3). The meeting is scheduled to be held at the chief minister’s official residence.MUST READ | Crucial Punjab cabinet meeting today, Sidhu likely to not be in attendanceSidhu, however, is not expected to attend the meeting as he is away in Rajasthan, campaigning for his party members for the upcoming assembly elections in the state.advertisementOn Saturday, three ministers — Rural Development and Panchayat Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa, Revenue and Rehabilitation Minister Sukhbinder Singh Sarkaria and Sports Minister Rana Gurmeet Singh Sodhi — called for Sidhu’s resignation from the state cabinet.On Sunday, state’s Women and Child Development and Transport Minister Aruna Chaudhary said Sidhu’s remark was “unforunate” and “uncalled for”.The row over the trip escalated in the state even as Sidhu backtracked on his claim that Congress president Rahul Gandhi was involved in his decision to attend the ceremony. “Get your facts right before you distort them, Rahul Gandhi Ji never asked me to go to Pakistan. The whole world knows I went to Pakistan on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s personal invite,” Sidhu had tweeted on Saturday.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too took potshots at Sidhu, headlined by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.She, when asked about the controversy, said she would not be able to comment on the issue as it was a major tussle between “the three captains in the Congress party.”(With inputs from PTI)ALSO READ | 3 captains, 4 Gandhis and 3 Modis: BJP-Congress war intensifies over Sidhu’s Pak visit
zoom The Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners held a meeting yesterday to consider Mediterranean Shipping Company’s (MSC) proposal to take over a majority stake in a long-term lease to operate the largest container terminal in the Californian port.The port of Long Beach said that, if approved, the deal could bring in business to replace the cargo volume lost at Long Beach’s Pier T when South Korean Hanjin Shipping declared bankruptcy in August.Namely, earlier this week Terminal Investment Limited (TIL), MSC’s subsidiary, signed an agreement to purchase Hanjin Shipping’s 54 percent stake in the terminal operator Total Terminals International (TTI) at Pier T.The remaining 46 percent stake in the terminal operator is already held by MSC.After the deal received approval from the Seoul Central District Court, the South Korean bankruptcy court is seeking approvals from U.S. authorities, including the Port of Long Beach.“If the Board approves this agreement, we look forward to working with our industry partners to continue improving and modernizing the Port of Long Beach,” Lori Ann Guzmán, Board of Harbor Commissioners President, said.The new pact would give MSC sole control of a 25-year lease, signed by Total Terminals International (TTI) in August 2002, to operate Pier T.The deal would also require the installation of two new cranes capable of handling container ships with capacities of 20,000 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEUs) within three years, the port of Long Beach said.