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Djokovic to Nadal: Let& rsquo;s have a great battle

Paris—Novak Djokovic said facing Rafael Nadal for the 58th time on Friday, with a place in the French Open final on the line, will be “a great battle” against his “biggest ever rival”......»»

Category: sportsSource: thestandard thestandardJun 11th, 2021

Djokovic survives, Nadal cruises

Paris—Novak Djokovic survived a five-set scare while Rafael Nadal shone in the Paris sun as the two Grand Slam heavyweights reached the French Open quarter-finals for the 15th time, stalling the advance of tennis’s next generation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Beyond Big 3: Djokovic sets sights on Williams, Court

Melbourne---Not content with challenging Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the men’s Grand Slams record, Novak Djokovic has Serena Williams and Margaret Court in his sights after claiming an astonishing ninth Australian Open title......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsFeb 22nd, 2021

Tennis& rsquo; Big-3 era coming to an end?

London---Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal have been absent from the title match at the ATP Finals for the past two years, replaced by younger rivals seeking to smash their monopoly......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 23rd, 2020

Djokovic eyes record; Rafa seeks 1st ATP Finals crown

London---Novak Djokovic is bidding to win the ATP Finals for a record-equalling sixth time as Rafael Nadal chases the biggest title missing from his glittering resume at London’s O2 Arena......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsNov 15th, 2020

‘Blew me off court’: Djokovic suffers heaviest loss to lucky loser Sonego in Vienna

Serbia’s Novak Djokovic returns the ball to Italy’s Lorenzo Sonego during their quarter-final match of the ATP tennis tournament in Vienna, Austria, on October 30, 2020. (Photo by GEORG HOCHMUTH / APA / AFP) / Austria OUT Novak Djokovic suffered his heaviest ever defeat in a three-set match on Friday when he was knocked out of the Vienna ATP tournament by lucky loser Lorenzo Sonego, stalling his bid to wrap up the year-end world number one ranking for a sixth time. Italian Sonego, ranked 42 and who had intially lost in qualifying last weekend, is the first lucky loser ever to beat Djokovic. His 6-2, 6-1 quarterfinal stunner was 33-year-old Djokovic’s heaviest ever defeat. The only other time the Serb had won just three games was at the 2005 Australian Open at the hands of Marat Safin in a best-of-five set encounter. “He just blew me off the court, that’s all,” Djokovic told atptour.com.  “He was better in every segment of the game. It was a pretty bad match from my side, but amazing from his side.  “He definitely deserved this result,” added the Serb star who was playing his first tournament since his Roland Garros final defeat to Rafal Nadal three weeks ago. Friday’s defeat means Djokovic will have to wait a little longer before he completes the formality of equalling Pete Sampras’s all-time record of ending the season top of the rankings for a sixth time. “For sure it’s the best victory of my life. Novak is the best in the world. Today I played so, so good,” Sonego said. “It’s unbelievable. It’s amazing. I played the best match in my life. I’m so happy for this.” Sonego fired 26 winners past the Serb who lost for only the third time in 2020. Djokovic, a 17-time major champion, managed just seven winners against 25 unforced errors. Sonego goes on to face either Britain’s Dan Evans or Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria for a place in the final. Second seed and defending champion Dominic Thiem also lost Friday, going down 7-6 (7/5), 6-2 to Russian world number eight Andrey Rublev. Rublev hit 30 winners past the US Open champion and goes on to face South Africa’s Kevin Anderson for a place in the final. “I came here with the mood that I have nothing to lose,” said Rublev who is chasing a fifth title of the year. “I had already a really great season. I came here with zero expectations, just wanting to do my best. To try to fight every match. At the end, I am here in the semi-finals.” Anderson made the semifinals by accounting for Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev 6-4, 7-6 (7/5). It was 2018 champion Anderson’s first top 10 win in two years......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsOct 31st, 2020

Rafa is French Open favorite, says Novak

Rome—Rafael Nadal remains “number one favorite” for Roland Garros, rival Novak Djokovic said Monday, despite saying the Spaniard’s last-eight exit at the Italian Open showed he can be beaten on clay......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsSep 22nd, 2020

Schwartzman dreams big

ROME, Italy (AFP) — Novak Djokovic said it felt “strange” not playing Rafael Nadal in the final of the Italian Open as he prepares to meet his great rival’s slayer for the Rome trophy. The Serbian, a four-time winner, takes on Argentine Diego Schwartzman in his 10th final on the clay of the Foro Italico, […] The post Schwartzman dreams big appeared first on Daily Tribune......»»

Category: newsSource:  tribuneRelated NewsSep 21st, 2020

Team Espejo bests Team Daquis in Mobile Legends showdown

Marck Espejo proved that he is clutch not just in volleyball but also in Mobile Legends as his crew outplayed Team Daquis in crunch time, 3-2, on Wednesday. The 2019 Southeast Asian Games silver medalist showed that he has ice in his veins as he came up with a late double kill to wipe out the Rachel Anne Daquis-led opposing squad in the battle of two Cignal HD Spikers stars. Espejo, who led Cignal to a season sweep of the two-conference Spikers’ Turf last year, and his crew composed of Wendel Miguel and professional ML players Bensanity, Tsajin and RHEA squandered a 2-1 lead and needed some clutch plays in the decider to bag the victory. (Watch the match here) Espejo’s twin kills and Bensanity’s triple kill finished off Team Daquis in the fifth game. Espejo and Miguel displayed great potential during the match as they held their own against pro players. Daquis and Cignal teammate Norielle Ipac also contributed well for Team Daquis, backed by ImbaDeejay, Hadess and Yebmaester, in a gallant stand.   --- Follow this writer on Twitter, @fromtheriles  .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsAug 5th, 2020

Filipino Miko Eala to play D1 collegiate tennis for Penn State

Pretty soon, there’s going to be another Eala that’s making a name on the tennis courts. Miko Eala, the older brother of Filipina tennis prodigy Alex Eala is set to take his talents to the US NCAA, representing Penn State University.  The 17-year old Eala, who’s also a product of the Rafael Nadal Tennis Academy, captured the Boys’ Singles title at the Hellenic Bank Masters Tennis Academy tournament in Cyprus back in November of 2019. As for younger sister Alex, she had herself an impressive start to 2020, rising to fourth in the ITF Juniors Girls World Rankings following a great Australian Open outing that saw her reach the third round of the Girls’ Singles tournament and then capture the Girls’ Doubles tournament with partner Priska Nugroho of Indonesia. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJun 19th, 2020

How Hackett and Harris went beyond 100 points

(This story was originally published on June 30, 2016) One-hundred-point explosions are a rarity in professional basketball. Even in the NBA, no one has ever eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain’s 100 points in his game with the Philadelphia Warriors in trouncing the New York Knicks, 169-147, on March 2, 1962. So when you learn that two men, Americans playing as imports in the Philippine Basketball Association, had scored more than Wilt, you’d certainly be awed and astonished that such incredible feats in the history of the sport had actually occurred in our shores. Legends These legends, Michael Hackett, the man-mountain who leisurely takes care of business in the paint while reinforcing Ginebra San Miguel, and Tony Harris, the “Hurricane” who brings down opponents with his devastating scoring sprees through quick, shifty on court moves while playing for Swift Mighty Meaty Hotdogs, definitely left an indelible mark in PBA annals with those historic barrages that surely left everyone, foe or fan, stupefied and dazzled. Hackett, the hulking yet amiable giant, achieved the first-ever milestone on November 21, 1985 as Ginebra faced Great Taste in a battle for third place in the PBA Reinforced Conference.  His burly 6’5” frame would always have its way in the shaded lane, barreling his way through thick defensive walls and converting—all in bewildering succession. He pumped in 48 points at halftime, before scoring another 33 in the third quarter, and swishing 22 in the final period—for an eye-popping record-setting total of 103 points in one game. Breaching the Chamberlain record, Hackett had been praised as pro ball’s greatest scorer ever, even if he had not made the cut in the Los Angeles Lakers’ lineup during the Showtime era after being the 22nd pick in the 3rd round of the 1982 NBA Draft. During that conference, Hackett averaged 50 points, 20 rebounds and 6 assists in 24 games that made him a hands-down choice for Best Import. With this lofty achievement, who would even think, much less imagine that this record would be broken seven years later. Best scorer Perhaps the all-time best performing scorer in the PBA’s history walked into a packed town gym in Iloilo City on October 10, 1992 in the elimination round of the PBA Third Conference to show Robert Jaworski and his Ginebra squad what he’s got. And, it was simply merciless. Scoring relentlessly from the field through lane incursions, midrange jumpers, slam dunks off the fastbreak and baskets from beyond the arc, the Hurricane already reached the highest score anyone could produce at halftime, 59 points. Harris continued his romp in the last two quarters, just leaving the never-say-die squad in the dust with another 46 points, leading Swift to a 151-147 victory and achieving a record-breaking single-game individual score of 105, surpassing Hackett’s record by two points. This scoring record remains to this day. Indeed, a double heartbreak for the country’s most popular team and a historic achievement by the flamboyant and perplexing import. Tough fouls But what was really exceptional was that he accomplished this feat despite Ginebra players fouling him a record 52 times, which he claimed in an NBA Philippines interview two years ago as “tough fouls” with “knees purposely extended to hit my groin, or the spitting on my face.” He was unfazed and this motivated the Monroe, Louisiana native even more by converting most of his points in his amazing 105-point game from the free throw area, where he made 45 out of 53 attempts. But what’s even more mind-blowing about Harris is that this was no single-game fluke or a stroke of luck. He scored 98 points only seven days after his 105-point game to lead Swift to a 157-147 victory over Presto Ice Cream.  Harris also scored 82 points in Swift’s conquest of Purefoods in Davao City a day before that record-breaking feat.  Before all of these scoring exploits, he actually “introduced” himself to the league with an 87-point performance in his debut in routing the San Miguel Beermen, 134-106. He also had 69, 57, and 54-point games throughout the season, ending up with a record 60.4 scoring average. Best achievement The best achievement of them all was that he steered the Mighty Meaties to the RFM franchise’s first-ever PBA championship by sweeping the 7-Up Uncolas in the Finals, 4-0. It was the current Rain or Shine coach Yeng Guiao’s first title. After his high-flying PBA stint, Harris tried his luck in the NBA via short 10-day deals with the Boston Celtics, but fell short with a mere 5-point clip in 14 games—a far cry from the fearsome offensive form he displayed in the PBA. He has since distanced himself from professional play, and now heads a sports apparel, supplies and equipment company in Los Angeles. Hackett, on the other hand, also did not engage in competitive basketball after his spectacular PBA run from 1985 to 1988, although he had once served as an assistant coach for a school in his native Jacksonville, Florida, and is now a sales consultant for a wine and beverage firm. But even if Harris or Hackett’s storied scoring feats and iconic stints did not replicate on their real home courts and since hung their jerseys for other careers, their astounding on-court achievements in the PBA remain an inspiration for greatness in this basketball-crazy nation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsMay 30th, 2020

ONE stars predict & lsquo;Apprentice& rsquo; winner: Louie or Jessica?

In the final episode of “The Apprentice: ONE Championship Edition,” two global candidates will battle to decide who’s going to win the $250,000 job offer and become ONE Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong’s “Apprentice” and Chief Of Staff. .....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 11th, 2021

Nadal, Djokovic sail through

Novak Djokovic survived a five-set scare while Rafael Nadal shone in the Paris sun as the two Grand Slam heavyweights reached the French Open quarterfinals for the 15th time, stalling the advance of tennis’s next generation......»»

Category: sportsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Insurance Commission to control CAP Pension

The Insurance Commission said Monday it will proceed with the conservatorship of the Comprehensive Annuity Plans and Pension, or CAP Pension, following the Supreme Court’s ruling on the 15-year-long legal battle for the rehabilitation of the pension fund and its parent company College Assurance Plans Philippines Inc......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 8th, 2021

Federer ponders withdrawal; Djokovic, Nadal set new landmarks

PARIS (AFP) – Roger Federer said Sunday he is considering withdrawing from the French Open despite reaching the fourth round as Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal set up clashes with two Italian teenagers widely seen as their Grand Slam heir apparents. Two months shy of his 40th birthday, Federer, the 2009 champion, and probably taking […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  tempoRelated NewsJun 6th, 2021

Djokovic hails & lsquo;bold, brave& rsquo; Osaka

PARIS—World number one Novak Djokovic on Tuesday hailed Naomi Osaka as “brave and bold” for withdrawing from the French Open after revealing her struggles with depression and anxiety......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 3rd, 2021

Nadal, Djokovic eye history as French Open settles down for quiet night in

Nadal, Djokovic eye history as French Open settles down for quiet night in.....»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 30th, 2021

Nadal, Djokovic eye history as Roland Garros embraces quiet night in

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will set their sights on more Grand Slam history at Roland Garros as the French Open embraces a new and eerily empty era of nighttime tennis......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 25th, 2021

Djokovic survives Tsitsipas scare to meet Sonego in Rome semi-finals

World number one Novak Djokovic survived a three-set battle with Greece's Stefanos Tsitsipas over two days in their rain-delayed quarter-finals to advance to the Italian Open semi-finals on Saturday......»»

Category: sportsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 16th, 2021

The Great Commission for the pandemic

The reading for this Sunday – Ascension Sunday – is the presentation of what is known as the Great Commission of the Faith. In the Gospel narrative, Jesus  commands his disciples to “Go, therefore, and make disciples from all nations. Baptize them in the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teach them to fulfill all that I have commanded you. I am with you always until the end of this world." This is Jesus’s marching orders to his disciples before he went back to his Father. The church’s ad gentes (“to the world”) mission cannot be overemphasized. It is the central mission of the church – Go, therefore, and make disciples from all nations. .....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 15th, 2021

Magazine show & lsquo;Pusong Pinoy Sa Amerika& rsquo; now on GTV

The number of Filipinos migrating to the United States has increased dramatically over the decades. Despite the ongoing COVID-19 battle globally, Filipino labor migration has grown modestly as some seek better job opportunities or want to reunite with their migrant family members and friends in the USA......»»

Category: entertainmentSource:  thestandardRelated NewsMay 10th, 2021