Monday, 23 July, 2018

Djokovic dealt tough Australian Open draw as he plans tennis comeback

Roger Federer at the draw for the Australian Open Roger Federer at the draw for the Australian Open
Rita Gibson | 13 January, 2018, 04:20

With regards to the men, the injuries that plagued Djokovic and Wawrinka in the latter half of 2017 mean that at least one, if not both, will fail to make the latter stages despite their impressive records in Melbourne.

A knee injury which has prevented Nadal from playing competitively since losing to David Goffin at the ATP Finals in November has restricted the 16-time major champion to just a pair of exhibition contests in Melbourne - a far cry from his run to the quarter-finals at the Brisbane International previous year.

Djokovic looked in good form and full of optimism as he played the first competitive match since his withdrawal from the Wimbledon quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych due to injury.

That left a raft of highly ranked players who will rummage around for first Grand Slam titles.

Giorgi, belying her ranking of 100th in the world, beat US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round and then ousted twice Wimbledon and former Sydney champion Petra Kvitova.

Yet few would be surprised if the tournament ends in a repeat of last year's final with Federer up against his great Spanish rival and top seed Rafa Nadal.

Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic arrived here one year ago as the top two seeds at the Australian Open.

Elliott DeGeneres, proud father of Ellen DeGeneres
The rain triggered massive mudslides . "This looks photoshopped", DeGeneres says showing the photo on the screen behind her. Our hearts go out to DeGeneres. "In addition to what's going on in Montecito , I lost my dad this week", DeGeneres said.

No. 2 Caroline Wozniacki, who hasn't won a major and last appeared in a Grand Slam final in 2014, is on the bottom half of the draw with Williams and has French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko and last year's Australian semifinalist CoCo Vandeweghe in her quarter.

He returns to the Australian Open, where he lost a thrilling five-set final to long-time rival Roger Federer in 2017, after overcoming his chronic knee problems just in time and hoping to continue last year's progress under new coach Carlos Moya.

"Now I know how it feels for the big servers to come out with the big serves in the important moments".

Venus Williams says Serena is "here in spirit" supporting her in Australia, where she's hopeful of ending an nearly decade-long Grand Slam title drought. Dimitrov did engage Nadal in a brawl of a 2017 Australian semifinal, falling only 6-4 in the fifth set, and did win the ATP Finals in London in November.

Six-time Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic, seeded 14th for this year's tournament, has a couple of potential early obstacles with American Donald Young and potentially mercurial Frenchman Gael Monfils in the second round.

"On the other side of the coin, it's probably more intriguing because you have 20 players that can win a grand slam. I'm just going to go out there, try to weather the storm, and try to play my game", De Minaur said.

"Unbelievable. In my vision, I never had this, that I was going to be playing tennis with four kids". Djokovic fell to Zverev in their only prior clash in the final of last year's Masters 1000 in Rome.

Recommended

  • Liverpool v Manchester City: Essential reading for Super Sunday

    Liverpool v Manchester City: Essential reading for Super Sunday

    Arsenal host City next month, but given their latest crisis, it is not easy to envisage them being the team to stop City. Manchester City look to take another step towards the Premier League title when they face Liverpool on Sunday.
    Bungie talks about the future of Destiny 2

    Bungie talks about the future of Destiny 2

    Crimson Days ( Destiny's Valentine's Day event) will be on this year (after having skipped last year ), starting February 13. When multi-emote launches, you will be able to choose which emote you have equipped to each of your four emote slots.
    Bears bring back defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on 3-year deal

    Bears bring back defensive coordinator Vic Fangio on 3-year deal

    Helfrich will not be calling plays initially, but he will inherit a second-year quarterback in Mitchell Trubisky. In Helfrich, Nagy has hired an offensive coordinator whose best work comes with a system different from his own.
  • Tillerson to attend North Korea talks in Canada - US State Department

    Tillerson to attend North Korea talks in Canada - US State Department

    But now that North Korea has developed the weapons and the missiles to carry them, it's not likely to give it up, experts say. In that conversation, the two leaders promised to intensify policy coordination on the North Korean nuclear issue.
    Trump Says He Doesn't Think Winfrey Will Run

    Trump Says He Doesn't Think Winfrey Will Run

    Another tweeted: 'I mean, it's been fun to joke about Oprah running for president, but that speech really was presidential. If she runs, she will destroy anyone in front of her". "I don't think she had any intention of declaring", she added.
    Merkel pledges 'fresh start' for Europe with new government

    Merkel pledges 'fresh start' for Europe with new government

    The parties pledged that Germany will play an active role in the debate on the EU's future and strengthening European integration. The three coalition parties' support dropped by a cumulative total of almost 14 percentage points in the election.
  • Josh Donaldson agrees to 1-year, $23M deal with Toronto Blue Jays

    Josh Donaldson agrees to 1-year, $23M deal with Toronto Blue Jays

    Pillar is coming off a 2017 season which saw him bat.256/.300/.404 with a career-high 16 home runs and 37 doubles, while adding 16 stolen bases and 42 RBIs.
    Leonardo DiCaprio Signs On For New Quentin Tarantino Film on Charles Manson

    Leonardo DiCaprio Signs On For New Quentin Tarantino Film on Charles Manson

    David Heyman from Harry Potter-fame will produce the film as well as Tarantino himself, Georgia Kacandes, and Shannon McIntosh. If the rumors are anything to go by, then this movie might not just have DiCaprio , but an star-studded ensemble.
    Walmart's Sam's Club store closures: up to 11000 job cuts

    Walmart's Sam's Club store closures: up to 11000 job cuts

    Walmart plans to start paying its one million U.S. workers at least $11 an hour and give them a one-off cash bonus. Sam's Club locations across the country are abruptly closing for good without warning to staff and customers.
  • Murder, espionage, blackmail: What US politicians heard about Russia affair

    Riven by partisan conflict, the committee appears to be on track to produce two reports - one from each party. The most aggressive of the three committees so far, with a reasonable appearance of bipartisanship.
    Holiday retail sales rise 5.5 percent, way above forecast

    Holiday retail sales rise 5.5 percent, way above forecast

    The federal government also revised its November estimates upward to 0.9% growth over October, from 0.8%. Overall though, the IHS said the holiday sales lifts its outlook for the fourth quarter.
    Under -19 World Cup 2018 commences in New Zealand on Saturday

    Under -19 World Cup 2018 commences in New Zealand on Saturday

    Sixteen teams will compete in the tournament, with the 10 test-tier nations joined by six qualifiers. The Man of the Match was Haryana boy Deepak Malik as he scored 79 with the help of eight fours .

IndusInd Bank Q3 net rises 25% to Rs 936.25 cr IndusInd Bank Q3 net rises 25% to Rs 936.25 cr Net Interest Margin (NIM) remained subdued in Q3FY18 to 3.99%, compared to 4% each witnessed in Q3FY17 and Q2FY18 respectively. According to eight Bloomberg analysts' estimates, the bank was expected to post a profit of Rs945 crore.

Celebrity Big Brother star: 'I was abducted by aliens' Celebrity Big Brother star: 'I was abducted by aliens' Emma Willis asked India whether the outcome would have been different if the men of the house had been in charge of the eviction. In scenes to air tonight, a sheepish India admits in the Diary Room she's cringing looking back on her behaviour.

Critics' Choice Awards: Nicole Kidman thanks all her kids Critics' Choice Awards: Nicole Kidman thanks all her kids As well as thanking her children when accepting her Critics' Choice Award , Nic also shone a light on Big Little Lies co-stars. Not everyone was impressed was Emma Roberts " look but we reckon her blunt new "do may have had something to do with it.

Detective Pikachu Coming to 3DS March 2018 Detective Pikachu Coming to 3DS March 2018 For those who haven't been keeping up, Detective Pikachu is a mystery adventure game, somewhat similar to the Ace Attorney titles. While Ryan Reynolds has the role of Detective Pikachu in the upcoming feature film, he's not the voice you hear in the trailer.

Ops will move to north this year: Army Chief Ops will move to north this year: Army Chief Why are they taking risks? " China is a powerful country but we are not a weak nation", Bipin said, Times of India reports. Militarily, the focus has to shift to the northern borders - for too long we have focused on the western borders.

Nurses Accuse Hollywood Icon Stan Lee Of Sexual Harassment Nurses Accuse Hollywood Icon Stan Lee Of Sexual Harassment On December 20th the owner of the nursing company received a "cease and desist" letter from Lee's attorney, Tom Lallas . Marvel visionary Stan Lee's puck drop at an upcoming Arizona Coyotes pregame has been cancelled, AZCentral reports.

Tyler Barriss charged with manslaughter in fatal 'swatting' incident Tyler Barriss charged with manslaughter in fatal 'swatting' incident There is no update regarding punishment for the Call of Duty player that apparently provided Finch's address as his own. Glendale police believe he was involved in at least two dozen other swatting and hoax calls around Southern California.

We Can Use NAFTA to Pay for Border Wall We Can Use NAFTA to Pay for Border Wall He also noted the US business community is largely opposed to the Trump administration's stance on NAFTA. Some Americans have been detecting lately that the pro-NAFTA lobby effort is working.

Steve Bannon to testify before House committee on Russian Federation probe Steve Bannon to testify before House committee on Russian Federation  probe Cohen said in a statement to The Journal that Trump "once again vehemently denies any such occurrence as has Ms. Trumpism, understood correctly, at its core, could always be summed up as Donald Trump first.

FDI policy liberalised; fgn airlines allowed 49% stake in AI FDI policy liberalised; fgn airlines allowed 49% stake in AI In construction sector, the Government clarified that real-estate broking service eligible for 100% FDI under automatic route. Earlier also 100 per cent FDI was allowed in the segment, but it required government approval.

British PM resumes reshuffle after chaotic start British PM resumes reshuffle after chaotic start James Brokenshire said he was quitting because he is about to have surgery for a lesion on his lung and will need time to recover. Theresa May, centre, with the new Tory party chairman Brandon Lewis , left, and his deputy James Cleverly right.

India Considers Israeli Spike Missiles Deal Through G-to-G Route India Considers Israeli Spike Missiles Deal Through G-to-G Route The envoy also said that sometimes India comes with a request (at the UN) and sometimes Israel does. Over 150 corporate leaders will be accompanying the prime minister on the trip.

NBC To Stream Olympics Video In Virtual Reality NBC To Stream Olympics Video In Virtual Reality And when they land on the top of the podium, they'll be wearing intensely warm gear that was unveiled Tuesday by Nike and the U.S. Overall, Emrick has worked five Olympic Games for NBC, two for CBS and one for TNT, including sports other than hockey.

Seal accuses Oprah Winfrey of knowing about Weinstein's sexual behaviour Seal accuses Oprah Winfrey of knowing about Weinstein's sexual behaviour The talk show host's widely-applauded speech focussed on the plight of sexually abused women and the "MeToo" movement. The vanity campaigns by the rich and famous have to end before they're even allowed to start.

European Union adviser: gay couple in Romania should get equal treatment European Union  adviser: gay couple in Romania should get equal treatment The Dutch MEP Sophie in 't Veld said: "This is fantastic news and a landmark opinion for rainbow families". It will also ensure the term "spouse" is always seen as gender neutral by law.