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TENNIS WIMBLEDON – What’s up with the Wimbledon seeding group? Djokovic hasn’t won a Slam title since the 2013 Australian Open. Yet, Djokovic is the top seed at Wimbledon. But that might not be all bad for the Nadal camp. All Nadal usually needs is a purpose. By James Beck

Who has won three of the last five Grand Slam tournaments? And played in four of the last five Slam finals?

And who has won Wimbledon twice?

Not Novak Djokovic!

What’s up with the Wimbledon seeding group? Djokovic hasn’t won a Slam title since the 2013 Australian Open.

Yet, Djokovic is the top seed at Wimbledon.

But that might not be all bad for the Nadal camp. All Nadal usually needs is a purpose.

All Nadal Needs Is A Purpose

Nadal couldn’t win anything meaningful in the States, they contended a few years ago. Nadal won the U.S. Open in 2010 when he needed it to complete a career Grand Slam.

He was ready to complete an almost unheard of second career Grand Slam until his back got in the way in this year’s Australian Open final.

The Spanish left-hander even won Wimbledon that first time in 2008 when almost everyone — except a few such as yours truly — claimed Nadal couldn’t win except on red clay, and nothing important other than in Paris. And certainly not in London.

Rafa Tightened His Shoestrings In Beijing

Then there was all the talk about Olympic gold later that summer for all the others. Roger Federer needed it to complete his resume since at that time he didn’t own a French Open crown.

All Rafa did was tighten his shoestrings for the 2008 Beijing Olympics to bring home the gold. So much for the theory that he couldn’t win another big one on a hard surface.

Even last year at the U.S. Open, Nadal was once again written off. Still just a clay-courter.

No Chance To Win In New York Again?

Nadal certainly couldn’t last long enough in New York to tame Djokovic, most experts contended last summer.

The Spanish wonder ran roughshod over Djokovic at Flushing Meadows last September, then overwhelmed the Serbian in Paris the next time the two met with anything important on the line.

Until now, Nadal probably didn’t have a purpose for winning Wimbledon a third time, other than it would feel good and put him one step closer to reaching Federer’s Grand Slam total.

Nadal Has His Purpose For This Wimbledon

Still just a clay-courter, they think?

Well, Nadal might just show up at Wimbledon with another notch to punch on his gun belt. Forget about chasing Federer. Nadal just has to demonstrate once again to the world that this game of tennis has never seen a more versatile, more complete and more talented player. He has his purpose.

James Beck is the long-time tennis columnist for the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier newspaper. He can be reached at Jamesbecktennis@gmail.com

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Matteo Berrettini battles past Alejandro Tabilo to reach the quarter final in Kitzbuehl

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Matteo Berrettini beat second seed Alejandro Tabilo 7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-5) to reach the quarter final at the Generali Open in Kitzbuehl. 

Berrettini has extended his winning streak to seven consecutive matches following his second title of the year in Gstaad against Quentin Halys. The Italian player won 79% of his first service points.  

Berrettini went up 2-2 0-30 but Tabilo hit two aces to hold  serve. Tabilo led 30-15 at 3-4, but Berrettini hit three aces to hold serve. Berrettini earned his first mini-break to take a 5-4 lead after a double fault from Tabilo and won the final two points to close out the tie-break 7-4. 

Tabilo saved four break points in the second game from 0-40 down to hold serve at deuce. Berrettini went up a break in the eight game to take a 5-2 lead. The Italian player was not able to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set, as Tabilo broke back in the 10th game. Both players went on serve en route to tie-break. Berrettini earned two mini-breaks to take a 5-2 lead. Tabilo pulled one mini-break back, but Berrettini sealed the win on his third match point.

“Having the chance to just play, feeling good and healthy, fighting for matches is just what I wanted for so many matches. So I am enjoying it and I am looking forward for my next match”, said Berrettini.

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Jannik Sinner Withdraws From Olympics Due To Tonsillitis

Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

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World number one Jannik Sinner has withdrawn from the Olympics due to tonsillitis.

The Italian was well placed to win a medal in Paris but has now had to withdraw from the games due to illness.

It was supposed to be his first Olympics as he was set to be the top seed in both singles and doubles.

However Sinner seems to still be struggling from his health problems that he had at Wimbledon in his quarter-final match against Daniil Medvedev.

In a statement on Twitter Sinner said he was strongly advised to miss the Olympics and will now watch from home.

Sinner will now be replaced in the singles draw by Andrea Vavassori while Luciano Darderi will now team up with Lorenzo Musetti in doubles.

Now Sinner aims to be healthy in time for his title defence in Canada which starts on the 5th of August.

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Coco Gauff ‘Proud’ Of Being Named Olympic Flagbearer alongside Lebron James

Coco Gauff will be the US flagbearer alongside Lebron James at the opening ceremony in Paris.

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Coco Gauff has explained her pride about being named Olympic flagbearer alongside NBA legend Lebron James.

The American found out when Christopher Eubanks revealed the news to Gauff and the rest of the US tennis team in a video that was posted on Instagram.

It was news that came as a shock to Gauff who is set to make her first appearance at the Olympics.

The incredible news got better as she will be flagbearer alongside idol and NBA legend Lebron James.

Speaking about the news Gauff spoke about the pride she feels and how the Olympics is one of her goals for the season, “I still feel like this is all a dream.” Gauff said to Vogue.

“There is no greater honor than being chosen by my fellow athletes to be this year’s flag bearer, especially alongside one of my idols, Lebron. I would say the biggest things on there are to win another Slam, and a medal at the Olympics.”

Gauff is in a good position to win a medal at the Olympics and will be full of confidence heading into the event having reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros, where the Olympic tennis event is being played.

Now the American gets to complete her Olympic experience by having a moment of a lifetime alongside one of America’s all-time great athletes, “I never thought in a million years I would have the honour of carrying the American flag for Team USA in the Opening Ceremony,” Gauff stated.

“I could not be more proud to lead my teammates with LeBron as we showcase our dedication and passion on the biggest stage there is — at a moment where we can bring athletes and fans together from around the world.”

The opening ceremony will take place on Friday evening while the tennis event gets underway on Saturday.

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