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Match for the ages : Nadal vs Dominic US Open 2018 video highlights

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JOHN Millman stunned the tennis world on Tuesday when he sent Roger Federer packing, but Rafael Nadal and Dominic Them upstaged those efforts with the match of the year.

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The top-seeded Nadal and the ninth-seed Thiem fought tooth and nail in a match that looked destined to never end.

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For Nadal he has now played in the two longest matches of the US Open after being pushed for four-hours and 23 minutes in the third round

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Their epic encounter finally came to a close when Nadal managed to outlast Thiem in a gruelling fifth-set tie-break and advance 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7, 7-6.

Thankfully for the Spanish master he’ll now have two days off before he lines up against Argentinian third-seed Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-final.

Fans in attendance and watching around the world couldn’t believe what they were witnessing as the game crept past 2am local time.

Nadal completed the remarkable victory despite being completely blown away in the opening set where he only managed to win a total of seven points.

But as stunning as the contest was, fans were enamoured by the revelation of a bubbling new romance being brought to light.

Spotted in the box of Thiem was Kristina Mladenovic who was eliminated in the second round by Carla Suarez Navarro.

Mladenovic previously sat in the box of Thiem during the French Open and while their romance has been ongoing since last year, many fans only clicked thanks to the prime time slot of the contest.

But while the camera continually panned to Mladenovic cheering on every single Thiem point, she was just one of many big names in the crowd.

The red carpet was rolled out for the contest with the celebrities definitely getting their money’s worth.

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France 3rd time through to final after beating Belgium in semi

It has been a tournament of extreme surprise and astonishment, So many upsets so many shocks. underdogs were doing amazing job till France and Belgium semi final that gave a marginal success to France over Belgium.

Losing manager Roberto Martinez discusses the fine margins that separated the two sides post-match:

“I think unfortunately for us the difference is a dead ball situation. The game was very close, very tight and it was going to be decided by the one that could get the final touch in front of the goal.

“We need to be understanding that one team wins and the other one loses but if you are going to lose it should be how we did it the players gave everything.

“Now we need to almost get rid of this disappointment, we have one game left and we need to finish on a high, the players don’t deserve to go out without that high. We wanted to get into the final and the players showed an incredible togetherness

Predictions of FIFA World Cup 2018: who are the finalist?

By Dai Yuliang [CC BY-SA 4.0], from Wikimedia Commons

World Cup begins today and soccer enthusiasts around the world are already making their FIFA World Cup 2018 predictions. Read on to learn about the top contenders and who is favored to win.

Brazil

With five World Cup wins under their belts, Brazil is always a factor, but after a historic embarrassment in 2014 on home soil, insecurity plagues the team. However, with a squad absolutely loaded with world class talent, Brazil may be putting forward its best team since the 2002 World Cup champions. It should come as no surprise that Brazil is highly favored to win in most FIFA World Cup 2018 predictions.

The 2014 team faced a crushing defeat after losing key players Neymar and Thiago Silva to injury and suspension, respectively. However, this side has much more depth than the infamous 2014 team. Neymar is currently recovering from an injury, raising some fears and PTSD flashbacks for Brazilians, but has been playing well, scoring two beautiful goals in 120 minutes of pre-World Cup friendlies.

Under the direction of Tite’s intellectual coaching style, Brazil has turned around from their former humiliation; they have only lost one game since Tite took over in 2016. After giving up seven goals to Germany in the 2014 semis, Tite has reorganized Brazil’s defense, relying heavily on Destroyer Casemiro.

After Thiago Silva’s accumulated yellow cards led to his suspension in 2014, there may be some concerns that temperament could get in the way, especially considering the longing for revenge against Germany. However, Tite has the Samba Boys playing a clean and refined game. Poor coaching has also been a concern for Brazil in the past, but Tite’s pragmatic and patient coaching has put these fears to rest.

Brazil is a country that notoriously lives and dies by their soccer team. Even homeless men can be seen sporting Brazil soccer regalia on game days. Brazil views itself as the mavens of soccer and their dedication to the game is an important part of national identity. The 2014 loss on home soil was a crushing blow to the entire nation. Although the national team won 2016 Olympic Gold in men’s soccer, they need a World Cup victory this year to leave the scars of 2014 behind. And with economic and political turmoil spiraling out of control in Brazil, they badly need the win.

Germany

Defending champions Germany are the second favorite, but after losing key players to retirement they may be between golden generations. Nonetheless, their team is still loaded with talent. Unlike more erratic Brazil, Germany is always well coached, organized, and disciplined, true to their Teutonic roots. Unsurprisingly, Germany has reached the semis every time in the past four World Cups.

However, after losing Philipp Lahm and other more experienced players to retirement, they’re going to need younger players to step up in leadership positions. But many consider Lahm and Bastian Schweinsteiger irreplaceable players and team leaders.

Coach Jogi Low is a World Cup veteran, having led the 2014 team to victory. As such, no one expects the German team to be rattled or unprepared for victory. Under Low, this team will be disciplined, well prepared, and calculating.

While Brazil is the leading champion for most World Cup victories, Germany is catching up with four wins under their belt. A German win would mean a tie with Brazil, a further blow to Brazilian identity.

Although the German national team is not as stellar as they have been in the past, they are definitely going to be a factor. Most FIFA World Cup 2018 predictions have German sitting in the first or second position. Brazil is going to need to be prepared to combat Germany’s European playing style in order to cinch the much needed victory.

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Spain

Spain who were considered by many to be perennial underachievers finally proved themselves, taking home the trophy in 2010. After coming up short again in 2014, Spain was looked to be one of the favorites in many FIFA World Cup 2018 Predictions. After firing their coach, Julen Lopetegui, on the eve of the World Cup, soccer experts are now questioning Spain’s chances. The firing of Coach Lopetegui has raised some questions. Spain claims they did so because he negotiated a new contract to coach Real Madrid without consulting the federation.

France

France probably has the most talented roster this side of Brazil. They’re loaded from front to back with stars such as Griezmann, Mbappe, and Pogba. Didier Deschamps’ side certainly has to be considered one of the favorites. However, the 1998 Cup winners, also have a reputation for underachievement. Coming into this World Cup, they look as well prepared and organized as ever.

Belgium

Belgium hasn’t been getting a lot of hype, but like France, they present an extremely talented roster, suggesting there might be an upset in the making. Although talented, having never one the Cup, this European team is often overlooked. Stars Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, and Romelu Lukaku have led to this team being termed the “Golden Generation.” Led by Spanish coach Roberto Martinez, the Battleground of Europe has to be considered as a team that could eliminate one of the favorites.

Belgium faces England, Tunisia, and Panama in their group, so they should have no trouble advancing to the knockout round. However, they would need to get past Brazil and Germany to reach the finals.

Argentina

Argentina hasn’t won the World Cup in decades and Brazilians will tell you they cheated in ‘78 and ‘86. Led by international superstar Lionel Messi, Brazil’s arch nemesis shouldn’t be completely forgotten. Argentina’s roster is definitely not as talented as Brazil, relying far to heavily on Messi and showing defensive weak spots.

Argentina was meant to play Israel last Saturday, when threats were lodged against Messi, forcing a cancellation of the friendly match and reminding Argentinians how much of their hopes are pegged on one player. The team was eventually flown out of Israel on the Rolling Stone’s private jet.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Predictions: Finals

Brazil will face Germany again in the semis, stirring up old resentments and insecurities. Brazil is easily the better team, assuming follow Tite’s exceptional leadership and maintain their composure, they should have no problem advancing to the finals and eventually taking home the Cup. Because of the chaos surrounding Spain, Spain shouldn’t be expected to advance to the finals. A dream final for South Americans would be to see Argentina and Brazil facing off in the championship game. As far as who would win, it’s a no brainer.

What Roma tweeted Mohamed Salah after he reached CL final with Liverpool is pure class

Liverpool reached the Champions League final on Wednesday night thanks to a 7-6 aggregate victory over AS Roma.

Jurgen Klopp’s side lost the second leg 4-2 at the Stadio Olimpico but still progressed to the final thanks to their 5-2 win at Anfield last week.

Salah, who scored twice and provided two assists in the first leg, failed to get himself on the scoresheet back at his former stomping ground.

However, he did receive an incredibly classy tweet from Roma’s Twitter account shortly after the final whistle.

ROMA’S TWEET TO SALAH IS CLASS

The Italian outfit tweeted a drawing of the 25-year-old in a half-Roma, half-Liverpool shirt alongside the words: “It hurts so much that #ASRoma’s incredible dream of going all the way to Kiev is over but you’ll be there in your new colours. Good luck in the #UCL final @MoSalah #ForzaRoma #YNWA”

That tweet deserves a lot of respect.

 Everybody associated with AS Roma was understandably devastated after the final whistle, but their English-language Twitter account still took the time to send that tweet.

Liverpool fans were full of praise for Roma, whose tweet will help to further strengthen the relationship between the clubs.

Another at the US Open would set another Open-time record

Besides, the furious grunts of the world’s best tennis players are set to join the Big Apple’s city group as play in the 137th US Open starts Aug. 28.

After an emphatic start, the momentum of the ATP World Tour’s ballyhooed Next Gen stars ended up a bit poo-pooed by the time this US Open concluded.

There was Andrey Rublev, 19 years young and the sole representative of that #NextGen clan in the men’s quarterfinal round.

US Open

Among American ranks, another 19-year-old upstart, Frances Tiafoe, came to play against Roger Federer, giving the Swiss Mister a run for it over five sets in a display of impressive shotmaking that saw experience ultimately win out

Federer himself saw a simpler couple rounds after that, facing down a pair of relative peers, two 35-year-olds in Mikhail Youzhny and Feliciano Lopez, to make the fourth round. Tiafoe gave him the best fight of that lot, and with his showing against a player nearly twice his age, we know that these kids will be quite all right

To set you up for two weeks of tennis bliss, WalletHub explored the multifaceted points of interest of America’s major, from the principal server to the champions’ Goliath checks. Everything considered, there’s never any absence of storylines ricocheting around the hard courts of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Underneath, you will find an infographic stacked with US Open fun substances, trailed by the ace talk on the state of the overall tennis industry and desires for the 2017’s victors. We take a gander at some details and realities encompassing the 2017 US Open – and get some related specials estimated up by Sky Bet’s RequestABet plot. Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, and Jimmy Connors presently hold the record for most Open-period US Open men’s singles titles with five each. Federer will be seeking his 94th vocation title at the US Open, If effective he will join Ivan Lendl in second place on the Open-time titles list. Connors drives it with 109. Federer is looking to finish the Australian Open-Wimbledon-US Open treble for the fourth time in his profession (likewise accomplished in 2004, 2006 and 2007)

In the event that Federer wins the title, he will set another Open-period record for a time amongst first and last titles at the US Open. It is as of now claimed by Sampras who won in 1990 and 2002. Federer won his first US Open in 2004 yet hasn’t won it since 2008. Federer will likewise set another Open-time age record on the off chance that he wins the current year’s title – no 36-year-old has ever won the US Open. Ken Rosewall won in 1970 at 35 years old.

Federer to win the US Open – 13/8

For whatever length of time that he doesn’t pull back, Federer will set another record for Grand Slam primary draw appearances at the US Open – it will be his 71st, beating Fabrice Santoro’s previous check.

Rafael Nadal has 219 Grand Slam coordinate wins and could pass both Lendl (222) and Andre Agassi (224) on that rundown at the current year’s US Open.

                                     Nadal to achieve R4 (beat Lendl’s stamp) – 1/4

                                Nadal to achieve the last (beat Agassi’s check) – 2/1

Federer and Nadal have met 37 times (the third most-played men’s match of the Open time) however never at the US Open. The last Grand Slam with no individual from the Big 4 in the semi-finals was the 2004 French Open (Gaudio, Coria, Nalbandian, Henman). 45 of last 50 Slams have been won by individuals from the Big 4 (Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray).

Federer has won 10 coordinates in his profession from two sets down. Another at the US Open would set another Open-time record.

Pakistan beating up rivals India concieved the title of last champions trophy in Cricket history

Pakistan convincingly claimed the champions trophy title 2017 as it was the last Champions Trophy tournament of one-day international (50 over) in the cricket world. That means no more champions trophy in 50 over format onwards it will be in 20 overs.

The unpredictable with no first class cricket structure of no CRICKET at home in past decade with the rank of 8th in ICC Ranking, with 7 new players playing in ICC event for the first time. Yes, they have made it and gave the best gift to their nation on Fathers day and Eid gift too.

Arch-rivals facing off in world tournament finals is rare in cricket. India and Pakistan, the 2017 Champions Trophy finalists, have played each other in only two big finals – the 2007 World T20 and the World Championship of Cricket in 1985. Australia has faced rivals England in two global tournament finals over the years. Ahead of Sunday’s India-Pakistan clash, we look at other rivals facing off in major tournament finals across sports.

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Biggest white ball clash is all set between two rivals. Read the best part

It looked improbable when things began but as the weeks have gone by, Pakistan has emerged as 50-50 contenders for the ICC Champions Trophy title. When things began, the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side was a bleak unit with a horrid show to present themselves to the world in the tournament that has the top-eight ranked teams in the world. In effect, their showing against India was anything but that of a champion. And yet, two weeks later, they are in contention for the trophy and have gone from dark horses for some to title challengers and with good reason.

                              Champions Trophy Pakistan matches result

Pakistan vs India: Lost by 124 runs (D/L method)

Pakistan vs South Africa: Pakistan won by 19 runs (D/L method)

Pakistan vs Sri Lanka: Pakistan win by 3 wickets

Pakistan vs England: Pakistan won by 8 wickets

This would undoubtedly be Pakistan’s most comprehensive and convincing win of the tournament and example that one can only take the 1992 World Cup winners lightly on their own peril. They’ve long carried the unpredictable tag and that’s what makes them dangerous – something England found out in Cardiff. Pakistan won the toss and put England in to bat and the Eoin Morgan-led side suffered a terrible middle order collapse that shaped things up beautifully in favour of the Pakistan. Once again, Hasan Ali emerged as the hero for Pakistan with another three-wicket haul. In reply, there were no dramatics this time from the Pakistan batting with Azhar Ali and Fakhar Zaman building the foundation which Babar Azam and Mohammad Hafeez added upon to get the win.