Passion is everything.

 

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When talking about sports passion is everything, passion is what drives and moves millions of fans all over the world from any single sport in the world, there is no difference between them, there is are no colors, or flags, countries or differences, there are no brands when talking about sports, when talking about passion. Continue reading

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Djokovic’s Dream Made Real With Wimbledon Conquest

 Novak Djokovic It was the final game of an era, and Rafael Nadal punched the strings of his racket as if it were the culprit instead of the faithful companion that had helped him win 2 Wimbledon titles and 20 straight matches here.

What has long defined Nadal is his optimism: his ability to play the point at hand without being weighed down by the baggage from the last. But Novak Djokovic has been simply too much for even Nadal to bear this season.

Djokovic has been better than Nadal on three surfaces and in four countries now, and there were rub-the-eyes moments in this Wimbledon final Sunday when it seemed Djokovic was toying with him, too. Although Nadal, a Spaniard who is a born competitor, managed to wrestle the third set his way, he could not find the form or the solutions — to borrow one of his favorite English words — to keep Djokovic from fulfilling his boyhood quest and winning the men’s Wimbledon final, 6-4, 6-1, 1-6, 6-3.

“The most special day of my life,” Djokovic said. “This is my favorite tournament, the tournament I always dreamed of winning, the first tournament I ever watched in my life. I think I’m still sleeping.” Continue reading

Tsonga Stuns Federer at Wimbledon

Pete Sampras, the greatest men’s player of the 1990s, has seen his records fall like dominoes to Roger Federer, but he still has the historical edTsonga and Federerge at Wimbledon.

Federer, a six-time champion at the All England Club, remains one title behind his American friend Sampras, and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the powerful Frenchman, made certain it stayed that way by doing what no man has ever done against Federer in a Grand Slam tournament.

Until Wednesday’s quarterfinals, Federer was an astonishing 178-0 when he won the first two sets of a Grand Slam singles match. But Tsonga — with his potent serve, percussive forehand and footspeed — put an end to that streak: rallying to win, 3-6, 6-7 (3), 6-4, 6-4, 6-4, on Centre Court.

“I think my game was plenty good enough this year to win the tournament, but unfortunately there’s only one who can win it, and the rest go home empty-handed,” Federer said. “That’s what happened to me today, but Jo played an amazing match.”

For his efforts, Tsonga, a 26-year-old Frenchman seeded 12th here, will get to play Novak Djokovic in the semifinals on Friday.

Djokovic had surprising difficulty on Wednesday against the 18-year-old Australian qualifier Bernard Tomic. He shouted after errors and was left sprawling on the grass at one stage after Tomic surprised him — not for the only time — with a quick change of direction. Continue reading

Rafael Nadal Returns to Hunting Ground

The clay-court season begins in earnest on WednesRafael Nadalday when Rafael Nadal resumes hustling and, one has every right to expect, winning in Monte Carlo.

Nadal has not played an official match on his favorite surface in more than 10 months, and though he still takes the competition seriously enough to prepare with gusto and scrutinize video of his past matches, he stands and slides alone on clay.

His career record on the surface is 203-16: a strike rate that no major player in the Open era can touch, not even Bjorn Borg, the six-time French Open champion from Sweden, who had a career record of 245-39 on clay.

Still just 24 years old, Nadal has crunched the numbers and the opposition with an amalgam of supreme athleticism, left-handed geometry, stroke-by-stroke intensity and sure-footed agility on a slippery surface, and he has done it well enough in Monte Carlo to win the tournament six consecutive times. His only loss in the tiny principality came in his first appearance in 2003 at age 16, when Guillermo Coria — no slouch on what the French call “terre battue” — beat him in the third round. Continue reading

US Open title

It took two days and waiting out a nearly two-hour rain delay, but Rafael Nadal finally won his first US Open title.Rafael Nadal He was tested for the first time against No. 3 seed Novak Djokovic, as he was broken more times in the match than he had been in all his previous matches combined and lost his first set in the tournament but still prevailed, 6-4, 5-7, 6-4, 6-2, to win his ninth career Grand Slam tournament title and become the seventh man in history to complete the career Grand Slam.

At 24, Nadal is the third-youngest player ever to complete the career Slam and the youngest in the Open Era. He has now won three consecutive majors, having captured the titles at Roland Garros and Wimbledon earlier this year. With the win, he also snapped his hardcourt losing streak to Djokovic, who had won their three previous meetings and whom he had not beaten on a surface besides clay since the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Both players brought their best tennis, and in a high-quality match, Djokovic fought to the last point, but Nadal was just better on this day and continued to be aggressive throughout the match, winning the title when Djokovic missed a shot wide.

As Djokovic’s shot sailed out, Nadal fell to the court, covering his face and then turned face down, trembling with excitement. In a great act of sportsmanship, Djokovic then came across the net to embrace and congratulate Nadal, who was overjoyed to win his first title in Flushing Meadows. His victory is also likely to silence his final critics about his ability to win on hardcourts. Continue reading