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Cover Story
Advantage Djokovic
Novak Djokovic, the 23-year-old Serbian tennis player, is the most recent athlete to be examined for signs of the extraordinary. How did it start? What's different? Why now? — these are the questions that have driven the enquiry into Djokovic's incredible start to 2011, a start that has shown surprisingly few signs of ending. By S. Ram Mahesh.

Football
KICKING AROUND
Soccer and its mysteries
Football is full of surprises. Faltering teams strike back with brilliance, spoiling the party for the highfliers. Players blow hot and cold from time to time. Over to Brian Glanville.
STARWATCH
Remarkable turnaround
Jermaine Pennant, who signed a two-and-a-half-year deal with Stoke City at the turn of the year after arriving on loan, has not only thrilled the fans with his old-fashioned wing play but also embraced the club's strict work ethic. By Ken Gaunt.
Etherington on a rollercoaster ride
Matthew Etherington has come a long way since making his debut as a teenager for Peterborough in 1997. After various ups and downs throughout his career in clubs like Tottenham and West Ham, he has at last found his rightful place at Stoke City.

Cricket
IPL/HIGHS AND LOWS
The Ganguly chronicles
The former Indian captain will never recapture his heydays at the crease but the combative fires are still raging and that makes for compelling viewing, writes K. C. Vijaya Kumar.
IPL DIARY
There never will be a dull moment when Warne is around
Shane Warne, in his last few days as an active cricketer, has been nowhere close to simmering down. The spin wizard had more startling revelations up his sleeve when he admitted to Harsha Bhogle in an interview that he had threatened to walk out of the Royals camp during IPL-1. By Arun Venugopal.

On The Ball
W.V. RAMAN COLUMN
Consistent performers rewarded
The selectors have sent a strong message that consistent performances in the domestic circuit will be the only option to earn a call-up to the National side and the IPL will only serve to supplement year-long performances and not provide a short cut to the Indian team.

Column
LONDON CALLING
Superstars in the making
Recently, many of us saw what promises to be a great career when Judd Trump, aged 21, won a place in the final of world snooker and came as close as a whisker to winning it. He hails from the port of Bristol, is as slim as his own cue but with a blacksmith's power and, as if to emphasise his youth, brought his family to watch. Over to Ted Corbett.

Boxing
FEATURE
Nikhat aims for Olympic gold
The 15-year-old girl from Andhra Pradesh has made history by winning the gold medal in the Junior World Women's Championship in Antalya (Turkey) recently. By V. V. Subrahmanyam.

Chess
INTERVIEW/P. HARIKRISHNA & D. HARIKA
A momentous occasion for India
Pentyala Harikrishna and Dronavalli Harika do India proud by winning the titles in the Asian Championship in Iran recently. V. V. Subrahmanyam in conversation with the champions.

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