Thứ Hai, 17 tháng 8, 2015

Sport picture of the day: Novak Djokovic screams in frustration

Novak Djokovic reacts after losing a point against Andy Murray during their match in the Rogers Cup at Uniprix Stadium, Montreal, Canada.

Andy Murray has ended his drought against the world No1, <a href="">Novak Djokovic</a>, by winning the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The British No1 needed five championship points and three hours to see off the Serbian 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a tense final, snapping an eight-match losing streak against Djokovic in the process as he scooped his 35th career title.

Andy Murray has ended his drought against the world No1, Novak Djokovic, by winning the Rogers Cup in Montreal. The British No1 needed five championship points and three hours to see off the Serbian 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in a tense final, snapping an eight-match losing streak against Djokovic in the process as he scooped his 35th career title. 

Andy Murray beats Novak Djokovic at Rogers Cup in Montreal

Andy Murray ended an eight-match losing run against Novak Djokovic, beating the world number one for the first time in two years to win the Rogers Cup.
The British number one's 6-4 4-6 6-3 victory in three hours in Montreal earned him a fourth title of the year.
A first win over the Serb since the 2013 Wimbledon final will be a huge boost for Murray before the US Open in New York starts on 31 August.
The Scot dominated from the baseline as he claimed an 11th Masters title.
Murray is now set to overtake Roger Federer in Monday's new ATP rankings to return to number two for the first time since 2013.
The 28-year-old broke in the second game of the deciding set and held to establish a 3-0 lead before saving seven break points in a pivotal 18-minute fifth game to maintain his break advantage at 4-1.
Djokovic, chasing a 25th Masters title, saw off three championship points at 5-2 before Murray served out for the match.
He dedicated the victory to his coach Amelie Mauresmo, who gave birth to a baby boy on Sunday.
"I'm not sure she will have stayed up to watch this one but, Amelie, this one's for you," said Murray, who won his 35th career title.
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It was the first time Murray had beaten Djokovic over the full distance in a three-set Masters match, and it was his first win on a hard court over the Wimbledon champion since the US Open final in 2012.In an absorbing, high-quality match, both players produced exquisite shots but it was Murray who dictated play, forcing a total of 19 break points on the Djokovic serve.
"Things can better very quickly and they can get worse very quickly in sport," Murray told Sky Sports.
"It's important for me to analyse this week and work on areas to improve on before the US Open starts.
"I need to make sure I recover well from this and get ready and hopefully play a good tournament in Cincinnati. This match will be good physically and mentally for the build up for sure."

Chủ Nhật, 2 tháng 8, 2015

Novak Djokovic's Wimbledon Win Over Roger Federer Puts Him On Odd Spot In Tennis History

Novak Djokovic's win over Roger Federer in the recently concluded Wimbledon has finally cemented his place in the Tennis history, but the bigger question was, where?

Day Thirteen: The Championships - Wimbledon 2015

Without a shed of doubt, Roger Federer was the complete package of a tennis player, his accomplishmentsis by far, the best amongst the all-time Tennis greats. On the other hand, Rafael Nadal is non-negotiable the best clay player to ever grace the face of the tennis world. Well, the only link that the three has is that Djokovic has been beating the former world number 1 for the past years.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Djokovic doesn't have the internal construction of Federer and Nadal and he will never will, but whenever he faced either of them inside the lawn, Djokovic turns into something bigger than Federer or Nadal and he had proved it time and time again. So far, Nole has a total of nine major titles and has a 48 to 3 record for this year. Against Federer, all throughout in his career, he is 20 wins and 20 losses, which includes his 2 Wimbledon trophies while he is 21 of 23 against Nadal.
At this point in time in of career, it is safe to assume that he cannot match Federer's 17 major titles and is nowhere near on the times Nadal won inside the clay, but the claim to fame of the now world number one defeats all records and titles-- he had defeated Nadal and Federer on their primes and in their best shapes. That argument clearly places Djokovic in an odd situation in the history of Tennis.
In related news, Djokovic has matched Nadal's record to stay on top for 56 consecutive weeks and according to Sports NDTV, Nole's next assignment is to equal a legend's record, John McEnroe's 58 consecutive weeks as the top tennis player in the world. Currently, if the standing will not move in the next couple of weeks, Djokovic will stay on top followed by Federer while Andy Murray trails on third. Nadal on the other hand, stays in 10th, his lowest ranking since turning professional decades ago.

The dominance of tennis dads

Serena Williams won't be the only player who will have a calendar-year Grand Slam on the line in New York this summer. Collectively, a group of men will be attempting at the US Open to complete an unprecedented feat: The Daddy Slam.
All three of the men's singles champions at the majors this year -- Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open, Stan Wawrinka at Roland Garros and Djokovic at Wimbledon -- are fathers. Just to illustrate this golden generation is also a generation of breeders, the past two Grand Slam finals have been all-fathers contests, with Djokovic the runner-up in Paris and Roger Federer appearing on the second Sunday in London. The only man to have played in a Grand Slam final this year who isn't a father is the runner-up at the Australian Open, Andy Murray.
Such is the dominance of the dads. At Wimbledon, Djokovic joked that he advised other players to start a family if they wanted to keep up their tennis game, a quip that is almost starting to look like serious advice.
This isn't the first time fathers have won Grand Slams, with Jimmy Connors, Boris Becker and Andre Agassi among the small group of men to have been a Grand Slam champion as a dad. But never before has there been so many Grand Slam-winning fathers all on the scene at the same time, and certainly not putting together a run of titles, as the dads of 2015 have done.
There was a time when some players -- Ivan Lendl among them -- openly wondered whether it was even possible to be a father and a champion tennis player. That wondering has now stopped. Fatherhood certainly hasn't impeded this group. Both of Wawrinka's majors have come after becoming a father, while two of Federer's 17 majors -- the 2010 Australian Open and the 2012 Wimbledon Championships -- were won after the first set of twins was born in the summer of 2009 (the second set arrived last year). Djokovic now has a couple of majors as a father.
One factor behind this could be that the trend in tennis now is for players to have success when they are older, and therefore at a stage in their lives when it is more likely they have become fathers. But this is hugely individual. Who can predict how fatherhood can change the aspirations and demands in the itinerant world of professional tennis players?
Last year, Pete Sampras, who won all 14 of his Grand Slams before his children were born, told ESPN Djokovic would first need to "settle into fatherhood" before he could become truly competitive again. The reality is Djokovic has hardly lost a match since his son, Stefan, was born. This year, Djokovic has lost just three matches, and all three of those have come against tennis fathers, with losses to Ivo Karlovic in the quarterfinal of a tournament in Doha, Federer in the Dubai final and Wawrinka in the French final.
Fatherhood hasn't taken anything away from Djokovic's tennis.
"Life has changed and has changed for the better," Djokovic told "But my career, and my professional approach has stayed as it was before I became a father. Thankfully, I have a wife who supports me and understands me, and I have people around me who live the dream with me, who sacrifice a lot for me to be where I am, and I'm grateful for that. We're a great team."
Before becoming a father, Djokovic sought the advice of Federer, who travels the world with his family (and who has earned Sampras' admiration for the way he has done that and remained so focused). And Djokovic has no doubt also spoken to his coach, Boris Becker, who won one of his six majors as a father. Djokovic's wife and child typically accompany the world No. 1 at the biggest events.
Being a parent of a young child can be exhausting. For Djokovic, though, it appears to be quite the opposite, saying fatherhood gives him energy.
"Knowing that you're giving your love and your time to your baby, your child, that gives you a freshness in the mind. Being a father actually gives me more energy than it takes away."

Serena Williams Promotes Boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou Tennis Academy On Instagram Before US Open 2015

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Serena Williams is willing to use her star power to promote her boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou’s new tennis academy on her Instagram. Seeing how he helped her rack up Grand Slam titles, she is indeed indebted to her boyfriend’s coaching!
She posted a picture of Patrick Mouratoglou’s tennis academy on Instagram and wrote: “It's ready. Future Champs are you? #Repost @patrickmouratoglou with @repostapp. @mouratoglou_tennis_academy in #Nice #frenchriviera : the best place in the world to practice and improve your game.”
Recently Serena Williams professed her love possibly for her boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou on Instagram. With US Open 2015 right around the corner, Serena Williams and Patrick Mouratoglou are aiming for Grand Slam this year!
She uploaded a picture of two lovebirds on her Instagram, bolstering the rumors about her coach.
Serena Williams, the 2015 Wimbledon champion, may be juggling multiple men! Not only is her coach-boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou still around, the world number 1 was also seen kissing Drake and dancing up a storm with Novak Djokovic.
The tennis world flipped out when, according to Times’ Live, “The 28-year-old singer and 33-year-old tennis champion were spotted kissing in the clubhouse after her victory against Victoria Azarenka in the Wimbledon quarter final.”
Is Drake replacing her boyfriend Patrick Mouratoglou?
The world number 1 has benefited a lot from her relationship with Patrick Mouratoglou. Seeing how she and her coach have worked hard together to build the career, they have finally decided to make their relationship public.
According to CNN, “Their trophy tally since teaming up includes a Wimbledon title, an Olympic gold medal, three U.S. Open titles, a Roland Garros title and an Australian crown, lifting her back up to the pinnacle of the women's game.”
But with Drake and Novak Djokovic around, he better watch out that his competition doesn’t double.
But seeing how the world number 1 and her boyfriend slash coach have created this special partnership, it looks like Serena Williams won’t have to fumble through Wimbledon 2015!
The world number 1 hid her relationship with her coach for the longest time, denying every rumor and speculations. But before kicking off her Australian Open 2015, she became more public about her relationship with Patrick Mouratoglou.
Do you think Serena Williams complete the Grand Slam in 2015? Let me know in the comments below!