The success of Novak Djokovic is necessary for the competition of tennis, but many people do not want that to happen.
A tennis fan said so to Independent journalist Alex Pattle, after Djokovic beat Federer in the semi-finals of the Australian Open 2020 last week. Another, after admitting Djokovic as his favorite player, said he believed Federer would still be the greatest player of all time, and wanted that reflected in the number of Grand Slams at the end of his career. Not just them, the majority of tennis fans in the world want that to happen.
Boris Becker, the former world number one who once led Djokovic, revealed that “Nole” was always disappointed that he was left in the race to win the hearts of fans, compared to Federer and Nadal. Before the 2019 Wimbledon final against Federer, Djokovic even felt insecure outside the field – something different from his stubbornness and resilience inside the pitch
When Djokovic won his fifth championship at the All England Club, after saving two match-points and beating Federer in Wimbledon’s first super tie-break series, disappointment spread across most tennis clubs, sports bars or Family living rooms around the world.
They don’t care about the fact that Djokovic is the all-round tennis player and the best tennis player in the past decade. For many fans, if not Federer or Nadal, that person is not to be applauded.
Even in the Australian Open, where Djokovic is the most beloved of the four Grand Slams, the admiration for him is not as great as the fear that he will surpass Federer’s 20 Grand Slams. Possessing a record seven-time championship, but when confronted with Federer in the semi-finals, Djokovic was still under great pressure when the audience mostly cheered for “Express Train”.
Federer is the most favorite tennis player of all time, that is the truth. Suggesting to the crowd that Djokovic deserves the same popularity, after all his efforts, is futile. Federer is considered the ambassador of this sport, with the standard of elegance and beautiful style as in textbooks.
The top two seeds, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, will compete in the Australian Open semi-finals on January 30, 2020.
It will be the 50th encounter between two contemporary legends of men’s tennis with a 26-23 confrontation advantage belonging to Djokovic. In the Australian Open alone, “Nole” won three and only lost once to Federer. Those three Djokovic victories all took place in the semi-finals, in 2008, 2011 and 2016. Serbian tennis players have never lost in the semi-finals and finals in Melbourne Park.
However, the second seed also proved particularly wary of veteran opponents. He said: “Roger is still Roger. Everyone knows that he always plays at a high level on any pitch. Roger is excited in such great competitions, before the big competitors in the semi-finals or in general. Grand Slam “.
Today, when stepping into the Rod Laver Arena, Djokovic understands that he will have to push himself to the highest realm in order to fight his rival Federer.
No one knows how to beat the “Express Train” on the Melbourne Park stage better than Djokovic, but the player who holds the record for most league titles with seven titles also knows the threat from the other side of the net well. Federer was the one who extinguished Djokovic’s hope of ending the 2019 season with the world’s number one, beating Nole in the ATP Finals last year.
Before reuniting with Djokovic in the Australian Open semi-finals this year, the 38-year-old had a spectacular escape in the quarterfinals. Federer then saved seven match-points in the victory over Tennys Sandgren.
At the first Grand Slam of the year, the 32-year-old continued to prove his class by winning 13 consecutive sets since the third set in the first round against Jan-Lennard Struff.
Watching the 20 Grand Slam champion take nine minutes to get medical attention in the three-and-a-half-hour marathon before Sandgren, fans could not help but worry about the risk of a groin injury to Federer.
Yoshihito Nishioka 0-3 Novak Djokovic
On the same day, good news continued to Novak Djokovic. After defeating Yoshihito Nishioka 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, the world’s number two player witnessed the dangerous opponents in the quarterfinals Tsitsipas and Bautista Agut were eliminated in the afternoon. Tsitsipas lost to Milos Raonic 5-7, 4-6, 6-7 and Bautista Agut was eliminated by Marin Cilic with a score of 7-6, 4-6, 0-6, 7-5, 3-6.
The victory of Nishioka saw the highest form from the beginning of the tournament of Djokovic. Before the opponent that “Nole” judged to be the best move on the ATP Tour, Djokovic overwhelmed with 16 acees, a 93% win rate, 40 winners and only 23 self-defeating errors.
The Serbian player successfully took advantage of five of the six break-points available to go on after one hour 27 minutes. In the fourth round, Djokovic met Diego Schwartzman – who defeated Dusan Lajovic after three sets in the third round.
No. 6 seed Tsitsipas, despite trying hard, could not become the first player to win Milos Raonic’s game at the tournament. Greek player did not have a break-point in the whole match, before the opponent serves too strong. Raonic’s two “kick serve” kicks also made it difficult for Tsitsipas.
Raonic has 19 ace shots, 55 winner points and is more active than his opponent in the whole match. The Canadian player won two games to catch the ball equally divided among the first two sets, before winning 7-2 in the last tie-break set. Having 32 self-defeating errors compared to Tsitsipas’ 14, Raonic still won after three sets and made it to the fourth round against Marin Cilic.
Cilic won the US Open 2014 but has not maintained its form in the past one year. Therefore, the Croatian player’s victory over the No. 9 seed Bautista Agut is considered a surprise in the third round.
His right hand was born, but Laurent Hurtubise still became a golfer and then scored a hole-in-one at The American Express in La Quinta, California.
On January 16 according to American time, Hurtubise came to Stadium, par72 competed in pro-am content. Among the golfer playing, he was the most special because there was only one left hand. But Hurtubise proves he can still do the magic in golf with a hole-in-one on the fourth hole of the course which is set at 151 yards.
Hurtubise has repeatedly competed at The American Express. In this tournament in 2018, he used to put the ball into the hole with a shot at a distance of 60 yards.
With Hurtubise, sport helps him blend in with his friends. He said: “From a young age, sports are a way for me to show that I can do things like normal people, even though they are physically different. In golf, people have differences, even points. handicap or any other factor and in this sport, I still confirm my ability.”
Hurtubise played hockey and baseball but at 11, he chose golf. Currently, his goal distance is up to 230 yards.
As a golfer, Hurtubise also uses golf to inspire people with arms or legs. He often talks with parents and children at Shriners Hospital near his home in Montreal to help them overcome disability and enjoy life.
The American Express has a prize fund of 6.7 million USD. After this year’s opening round, Zac Blair and Grayson Murray shared the top of the table at -8. Star Rickie Fowler is in the T3 group with a poor difference by one stick. The defending champion Adam Long is in the T49 group with a score of -3. Phil Mickelson monument first 18 holes with a score of 70 sticks, belonging to the T74 group.
Kenyan Wilson Wilson Kipsang has just received a preliminary ban for violating doping regulations.
The Doping Prevention Sub-Committee (AIU) under the World Athletics Federation (IAAF) on January 10 announced that Kipsang will not be allowed to compete in any tournament until his hearing takes place.
According to AIU regulations, every day, athletes and athletes must announce their good position within one hour to doping authorities. Each time a participant is not present in the position they announced within the time frame, or declares information that is incorrect, or incomplete, is counted as a violation.
Players who commit three violations in a year will immediately receive a penalty. Kipsang received a preliminary sentence for this type of violation.
The company representing Kipsang also asserted that the client had never been tested positive for doping tests. “No banned substances were found in Kipsang’s test samples,” the Volare Sports announcement said.
Kipsang belongs to the least elite group of marathon runners (42,195km) in the world. He has won championships in World Marathon Majors five times, including London (2012, 2014), New York (2014), Tokyo (2017) and Berlin (2013). Kipsang also won the bronze medal marathon at the 2012 London Olympics.
This foot runner born in 1982 is also the only person in the running village who has ever defeated Eliud Kipchoge – the world’s number one marathon runner. That victory came in 2013 Berlin Marathon, where Kipsang set a world record with a record of 2 hours 3 minutes 23 seconds.
Kipsang is also the most marathon runner in the world with sub2: 04 (under 2 hours and 4 minutes), four times. His best personal achievement (PB) – 2 hours 03 minutes 13 seconds set up at the Berlin Marathon 2016 is also the sixth best running marathon in human history.
However, Kipsang has shown signs of recent performance. He finished third at the Berlin Marathon 2018 with a record of 2 hours 6 minutes 48 seconds. In 2019, Kipsang only ran one major tournament, finishing 12th, with a record of 2 hours 9 minutes 18 seconds, at the London Marathon.
Stefanos Tsitsipas lost to Denis Shapovalov 6-7, 6-7 and Alexander Zverev lost 6-4, 6-7, 2-6 to Alex De Minaur.
Shapovalov’s victory over Tsitsipas helped Canada become the first team to win a team match in the history of the ATP Cup. In the remaining single match, Felix Auger-Aliassime won easily against Michail Pervolarakis 6-1, 6-3. Shapovalov and Aliassime also defeated Pervolarakis – Petros Tsitsipas (younger brother Stefanos Tsitsipas) 6-2, 6-3 to help Canada beat Greece 3-0.
Tsitsipas only faced a break-point in the match, compared to Shapovalov’s four threats. But Shapovalov is more brave in two tie-break series. The Canadian won 8-6 in the first series of brain-weight matches, before scoring four points in a row to win 7-3 in a tie-break series of two.
Another pair of players witnessed the competition of two Next-Gen players, Alexander Zverev and Alex De Minaur. Zverev started well with a 6-4 win in set one, but lost 3-7 in a tie-break set of two. After this set, the German player created an offensive image by smashing the racket as soon as the camera showed him close-up.
Zverev hit the racket after making 7 double errors
Zverev surrendered in a set of three and lost 2-6, contributing to Germany’s 0-3 defeat to Australia. In this pair match, Nick Kyrgios beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 7-6 in the Australian tennis match with up to 20 ace shots. Kyrgios, in turn, raised $2,800 for the victims of the wildfire in his home town.
The biggest surprise on the first day belonged to Bulgaria. Grigor Dimitrov beat Daniel Evans after three sets to help the home team equalize the score with England. Later, Bulgarian player and compatriot Alexandar Lazarov defeated two double experts Jamie Murray and Joe Salisbury 7-6, 6-7, 11-9. Bulgaria, thanks to that, beat England 2-1.
The second day of the tournament, January 4, promises to be exciting when Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal play in the afternoon. Djokovic (Serbia) meets Kevin Anderson (South Africa) – the player who lost to him in the Wimbledon final in 2018, and Nadal (Spain) met Nikoloz Basilashvili (Georgia).
The ATP Cup 2020 has 24 teams participating in, which are divided into six groups to compete in a circle. Team matches will consist of two single matches and one double match. In particular, the two strongest players in each team, based on the ATP hierarchy, will meet in the second men’s singles match. The top six teams and the second best-performing teams will reach the quarter-finals.
Former Masters champion, Adam Scott, won his first Cup in nearly four years, when he was crowned at the Australian PGA Championship on the Royal Pines yesterday.
Since 2013, the Australian PGA Championship takes place annually on the Royal Pines in Scott’s home state of Queensland. Also at this tournament 2,700 days ago, he was crowned at -14.
This year, Scott was not in the top group holding group after the first two rounds. However, the birdie in the last two holes in the penultimate round helped him monopolize the top of the table with a score of -10.
Entering the final round with a one-yard lead, Scott took the advantage to two birdie sticks at the entrance hole. However, Scott’s consecutive par points at six holes later created opportunities for others to close the gap.
In the 8th hole, the former world number one kicked in water and scored the first bogey on the scoreboard. At this time, he shared the leading position with Michael Hendry, Cameron Davis, Nick Flanagan.
At the end of the first half, the group holds the top of the table and Scott, Hendry, Flanagan. At the end of the 10th hole, Hendry monopolized the top of the board at a distance of one stroke.
In the last six matches, the Cup competition is only a two-horse race. Scott again shared the top spot with birdie in hole 14, while Hendry scored bogey. In the next hole, he broke away with a two-stroke difference by an eagle point.
At hole 16, Hendry shortened the gap to a birdie stick, while Scott reached par. However, in the last two pits, the New Zealand golfer bogey in a row and finished at -11. As for Scott, after eagle at hole 15, he only lost one more stick in hole 18, and was crowned with -13.
Besides the prize money of nearly $172,000, the Australian PGA Championship helped Scott jump five places, to 13th in the world. Runner-up, Hendry took $114,000. Up to five T3 players in the final score got -10, each receiving $45,000.
Scott became a professional in 2000. After 19 years, this golfer has 13 PGA Tour titles, including a major, 11 trophies in the top European arena. Scott held the number one spot in the world for 11 weeks in 2014. His latest PGA Tour victory was the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship on March 6, 2016.
Ladbrokes set a 4 to 11 ratio for Mauricio Pochettino to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer at Man Utd.
Ladbrokes rated Man Utd as Pochettino’s top destination after leaving Tottenham, at a rate of 11/4 (put 4 to 11). “Red Devils”, under Solskjaer, play this season and are ranked seventh in the Premier League with 16 points after 12 rounds.
Other potential destinations for Pochettino, according to Ladbrokes, are Bayern Munich (1 to 3), Real Madrid (2 to 7), PSG (1 to 7) and Arsenal (1 to 10). Of these, Bayern Munich are looking for a new coach after sacking Niko Kovac earlier this month.
The London-based bookmaker also does not rule out the possibility of Pochettino coming to AC Milan, Juventus (1 to 12) or Barca (1 to 14).
Pochettino led Tottenham from May 2014 to November 2019. The 47-year-old strategist has a 45.7% win rate at Spurs. He built the foundation to help Tottenham reach the championship race candidate in the Premier League and reach the Champions League final last season. Pochettino, though, was sacked by Tottenham on November 20 for the club’s poor start to the season.
Pochettino’s successor, Jose Mourinho, has won 25 titles in his career. Ladbrokes set the ratio of 2 to 9 for Mourinho to be the best coach in the Premier League in December. If Mourinho is fired by Tottenham before the end of the season, players can earn 16 times the bet amount.
The house stopped accepting money to set up Arteta as Arsenal manager
UK City assistant coach Mikel Arteta is close to Arsenal’s chair after meeting the London club leader.
Earlier, Arsenal CEO Vinai Venkatesham and negotiator Huss Fahmy had appeared outside Arteta’s mansion in Manchester. The two sides are believed to have met on the sidelines of the match between Arsenal and Man City in the 17th round of the Premier League on Sunday night 15/12.
Arsenal fired Unai Emery in late November 2019, after a series of seven failed matches. However, interim coach Freddie Ljungberg failed to lift the club. After losing to Man City, the Swede urged the “Gunners” leader to appoint a new coach.
A year and a half ago, Arteta appeared on the list of successor Arsene Wenger. However, the experience of holding the balance did not make the former Arsenal midfielder lose his position to Emery. Opportunities opened again with Arteta, and this time, he was likely to be satisfied.
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Messi scored three goals when Barca beat Mallorca 5-2 in the first match after he won the sixth Golden Ball.
Barca soon took the lead in the match that took place at home. After the second successful pass from the start of goalkeeper Ter Stegen, Griezmann went down the tire over Manolo Reina.
With a good start, Barca played more with excitement. The attack and a number of host midfielders constantly have the opportunity to bombard Reina’s goal. In the 17th minute, Messi doubled the distance from nearly 25 m.
Mallorca can do nothing but some personal efforts of Ante Budimir. After the 22nd striker shortened the score with a touch of Lenglet changing direction, the visitors soon had to return with a defensive effort.
In the last five minutes of the first half, the Nou Camp seemed to burst because of beautiful goals. Messi continued to prove his talent with a long shot into the goal, and Suarez increased the score to 4-1 with a heel strike from nearly eight meters.
The second half wasn’t too different, except Reina made a series of saves. Mallorca removed another goal, also thanks to Budimir’s header from the edge of the city.
About 10 minutes before the game ended, Messi completed a hat-trick from Suarez’s cleanup line. This is his 35th hat-trick in La Liga and is a new record.
Thanks to the winning over Mallorca, Barca regained the lead of La Liga just hours after letting Real take the lead. The defending champion and second place team now have the same 34 points, but more than goal difference.
Barca: Ter Stegen, Sergi Roberto, Piqué, Lenglet, Junior, Busquets, Rakitic (Aleñá, 70 ‘), De Jong (Arturo Vidal, 62’), Messi, Griezmann (Carles Pérez, 85 ‘) y Luis Suárez.
Mallorca: Reina, Gámez, Valjent, Raillo, Sastre, Dani Rodríguez, Baba (Señé, 70 ‘), Febas, Salva Sevilla (Hernández, 58), Budimir (Abdón, 85’) y Kubo.