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Novak Djokovic’s Wimbledon Triumph Wasn’t As Good As 2008 Final, Says Toni Nadal

The 58-year-old has given his opinion on the Wimbledon final and who is favourite to win the US Open title later this year.

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The former coach of Rafael Nadal has said ‘statistic’s‘ prove that Novak Djokovic’s win over Roger Federer at Wimbledon on Sunday was not as good as the 2008 final.

 

Toni Nadal spoke out about the match during an interview with COPE and Radio Marca. Djokovic required five hours to defeat his Swiss rival in a marathon encounter at The All England Club. Saving two match points on route. The clash saw the use of a final set tiebreaker for the first time in a Wimbledon final. During the clash the world No.1 hit 54 winners to 52 unforced errors and saved six out of the 13 break points he faced. Handing Djokovic the 16th grand slam title of his career.

Despite the triumph, 58-year-old Nadal believes the 2008 final contested between Federer and his nephew Rafael was of higher quality. That match lasted 4 hours and 48 minutes with Rafael winning 9-7 in the final set to claim his first title at the grand slam.

“It was a very good and lively match for the fans,” Toni Nadal said.
“It had all the ingredients that it could’ve had, with Federer’s two match-points, the length [of the match] … although the data shows that the 2008 final was better.”

In this year’s tournament, Rafael lost in the semi-finals to Federer. The Spaniard hasn’t reached the final of the event since 2011 and hasn’t won the title since 2010. Wimbledon is his worst performing grand slam in terms of matches won. His current win-loss record stands at 53-12. In contrast, at the French Open, where he has won the title more times than any other player, it is 93-2.

“I said that [Rafa] Nadal would come close at Wimbledon because he won in Rome and Roland Garros, and was in a great place mentally.” Said former coach Nadal.
“He didn’t play his best tennis in the semi-finals, he wasn’t like he was on other days.”

Both Djokovic and Rafael are closing in on Federer’s all-time grand slam record of 20. The next test for the trio will be at the upcoming US Open, which will get underway during the last week of August. Looking ahead to the major, Nadal believes defending champion Djokovic is the favourite to win. The Serbian won the last four out of five major tournaments.

“Today, I see Djokovic as favourite for the US Open because he’s won Wimbledon and the Australian Open [this year], but the three are very close,” he concluded.

 

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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