Sunday, 20 January, 2019

Nadal dismisses talk of Djokovic 'slump'

Madrid Open Kei Nishikori injury sends Novak Djokovic through Simona Halep rolls Nadal dismisses talk of Djokovic 'slump'
Rita Gibson | 16 May, 2017, 07:59

Rafael Nadal from Spain returns a ball to David Goffin from Belgium during a Madrid Open tennis tournament match in Madrid, Spain, Friday, May 12, 2017.

Novak Djokovic is one step away from successfully defending his Madrid Open title after being handed a walkover win in his semi-final with Kei Nishikori.

Goffin put up a spirited fight against the Spaniard until the tie-break, which was dominated by Nadal who converted his second set point.

The level of play from both players rose in a remarkable game with Goffin serving at 2-4 down as he kept Nadal at bay despite facing four break points, including one incredible cross-court backhand as he ran back to the baseline after being lobbed.

Nadal last beat the world number two in the 2014 French Open final. In 20 games this year the Serb scored 16 victories and conceded 4 times, for comparison in the last three seasons he suffered 8, 6 and 9 defeats, winning more than 60 times.

Investor Research Report on Freeport-McMoRan Inc. (FCX)
Advantage Investment Management LLC bought a new stake in shares of Freeport-McMoRan during the fourth quarter valued at $117,000. Finally, Capital One National Association boosted its position in shares of Freeport-McMoRan by 7.3% in the first quarter.

Nadal has won the last two tournaments in Monte Carlo and Barcelona and has made five finals in 2017, while Djokovic is making it past the quarter-final stage of a tournament for the first time since his win at the Doha Open in January. "I know that to be able to have chances, I have to give 100 percent..."

"It will be a very hard match against one of the best sportsmen this sport has ever had, and to have a chance I'll have to be at my very best", Nadal said. He was beaten by qualifier Denis Istomin in the second round of the Australian Open. ― Reuters picMADRID, May 13 ― Rafael Nadal insisted the furore caused by Novak Djokovic's dip in form over the past year has been overblown as he prepares to face the Serb for the 50th time.

"Let's respect his level right now because it's true that perhaps it's not as high as he used to be, but I can also tell you it's (been) a lot of years". Djokovic has always been super consistent.

The world number eight missed the Barcelona Open late last month due to the recurring problem.

Croatian Borna Coric, conqueror of world number one Andy Murray in the third round, plays Dominic Thiem of Austria later on Friday with the victor meeting Pablo Cuevas in the other semi-final after the Uruguayan beat German Alexander Zverev 3-6 6-0 6-4. "I'm expecting the best Djokovic tomorrow".


  • Francona, Indians welcome Cash to back to Cleveland with scoreboard 'tribute'

    Francona, Indians welcome Cash to back to Cleveland with scoreboard 'tribute'

    This isn't the first time Francona and the Indians have gone out of their way to welcome Cash back to Cleveland. A similar message graced Progressive Field's scoreboard last June.

    Comey declined offer to talk to Senate intel panel

    Multiple officials, including Pence, said the president was acting at the behest of Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. McCabe told a Senate panel it was not "standard practice" to tell an individual whether they are or are not under investigation.

    Checking the Overall Picture for FelCor Lodging Trust Incorporated (FCH)

    The real estate investment trust reported $0.09 EPS for the quarter, missing the Zacks' consensus estimate of $0.12 by $0.03. Gabelli Funds LLC bought a new position in FelCor Lodging Trust during the first quarter valued at approximately $146,000.
  • Conservatives hold 18 point poll lead - Survation

    TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady described the Conservatives' commitments as "promising" but said that more detail is needed. He called for an end to the squeeze on public sector pay and to the "wide scale abuse" of agency contracts.
    Parts of Manus centre shut 'within weeks'

    Parts of Manus centre shut 'within weeks'

    M Block within the Foxtrot compound will be the first to close, starting on May 28, with Foxtrot to shut entirely by June 30. An unspecified number of asylum-seekers will be relocated to a transit centre, according to Reuters .

    Home Entertainment Baahubali 2 Sixth / 6th Day Collections - Baahubali : The Conclusion

    Instead, he thanked his fans and his guru SS Rajamouli for giving him the opportunity to work in a film like Baahubali . Baahubali: The Conclusion, made on a budget of over Rs. 250 crore, grossed Rs. 100 crore on the day of its release.
  • WannaCry 2.0: Get Ready For a New Round of Ransomware Attacks

    Elsewhere in Europe, the attack hit companies including Spain's Telefonica, a global broadband and telecommunications company. He said he was able to slow down the attack when he registered a domain name he found in the code of the Ransomware.

    Trump slams Stephen Colbert, calls him a 'filthy,' 'no-talent guy'

    Trump talked smack about me in TIME mag. "It's nearly like the majority of Americans didn't want you to be president!" Colbert then addresses Trump's remark about him being a "filthy" comedian. "And you have kids watching", he said.

    President Trump Shared Highly Classified Intelligence With Russian Officials, Report Says

    But officials expressed concern with Trump's handling of sensitive information as well as his grasp of the potential consequences. The revelation comes as Trump faces rising legal and political pressure on multiple Russia-related fronts.
  • Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners

    Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners

    Yes, the Mariners would normally prefer six or more innings from their starting pitcher but, these days, they'll take five zeroes. The over is 4-1 in the Mariners' last five Sunday games, and the under is 4-1-1 in Miranda's last six road starts.

    Ransomware Cyber-Attack A Wake-Up Call, Microsoft Warns

    French carmaker Renault's assembly plant in Slovenia halted production after it was targeted in the global cyberattack. Bitcoin, the world's most-used virtual currency, allows anonymous transactions via heavily encrypted codes.
    Two bodies found at SA property

    Two bodies found at SA property

    A lawyer for Millicent man Bo Krister Olsson, 53, did not seek bail for his client, who was remanded in custody until late July. The incident was not considered a random attack, with the man and his victims known to each other, police say.

State Bank Financial Corp (STBZ) Director Sells 4481 Shares of Stock The purchase was disclosed in a legal filing with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link . The bank now has 9.95 billion outstanding shares, with $12.05-25.8 and $23.75-24 in 52-week and daily stock value, respectively.

Alonso hopes his first finish boosts McLaren's 2017 season He endured the embarrassment of having to abandon the Russian GP last round when his auto broke down on the formation lap. He topped it off by clocking a better lap than Force India pair Sergio Perez and Esteban Icon and Williams' Felipe Massa.

Microsoft releases WannaCrypt patch for Windows XP, Server 2003 The Shadow Brokers released Eternal Blue as part of a trove of hacking tools that they said belonged to the USA spy agency . Renault's futuristic assembly line in Slovenia, where rows of robots weld auto bodies together, was stopped cold.

National Basketball Association admits Celtics lost time on final possession For those unfamiliar with Olynyk's story, that is one of the many things that drives him as a basketball player. Brooks is undefeated as a coach in two Game 7s. "It makes you want to go play Game 7 tomorrow", Crowder said.

Trump must turn over any tapes, lawmakers agree The debate continues, meanwhile, as to whether the recordings are real or a figment of Donald Trump's deeply unusual imagination. Trump has said a decision could come before he leaves Friday for the Mideast and Europe, his first overseas trip as president.

IPL: Pune restrict Punjab to 73 IPL: Pune restrict Punjab to 73 Kings XI Punjab ( KXIP ) is set to confront with Mumbai Indians (MI) in the 51st match ongoing Indian Premier League 2017. Put into bat, Kings XI Punjab put up their worst batting performance of the season when it mattered the most.

Prince Philip on standing down: 'I can't stand up much longer' Prince Philip on standing down: 'I can't stand up much longer' Philip and Elizabeth met when she was 13 years old, and the couple received permission from her father, King George VI, in 1947. Queen Elizabeth is the world's longest-reigning monarch and her right-hand man will wind up his official duties by August.

Putin blames off-key piano for hesitant musical rendition After playing just a few notes, the Russian president visibly recoils, presumably because the piano sounds quite out of tune. According to Reuters , Putin said "It's a pity that the piano was out of tune".

ICJ declines Pakistan's plea to see Jadhav confession Pakistan completed its presentation in under 50 minutes, while India forcefully argued the matter for the stipulated 90 minutes. Barrister Khawar said that Pakistan still wants peaceful relations with India, but never compromise on the sovereignty.

North Korea vows missile tests 'any time, any place', defying U.S. warnings The statement stresses the importance of working to reduce tensions and maintain peace and stability on the Korean peninsula. Sunday's test is the first from North Korea since South Korean President Moon Jae-in took office last week.

Chelsea vs. Watford, Premier League Chelsea vs. Watford, Premier League Now they will have to add to their squad, which is going to be tough because the team they have already looks nearly complete. The players will be a second season in and we saw that last season they couldn't sustain it for a second year.

Investors Purchase Large Volume of Put Options on General Motors Company (GM) Investors Purchase Large Volume of Put Options on General Motors Company (GM) The sale was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, which can be accessed through this link . In other news, insider Stefan Jacoby sold 2,670 shares of the company's stock in a transaction dated Monday, April 10th.

New cyber chaos appears to have been avoided, says Europol The extortion scheme created chaos in 150 countries and could wreak even greater havoc as more malicious variations appear. The new indiscriminate wave of attack began on Friday striking banks, hospitals and government agencies across the world.

Cyberattack hits two lakh in 150 nations, number may rise The extortion scheme has created chaos in 150 countries and could wreak even greater havoc as more malicious variations appear. Xinhua says the system used by PetroChina's petrol stations was attacked, meaning customers could not use their cards to pay.

France's new president wastes no time: names PM, sees Merkel Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Merkel said that Germany needs France to succeed, emphasizing that "Europe will only do well if there is a strong France".