Novak Djokovics Chase Of Tennis Records Is Speeding Up

Three factors are speeding Djokovic’s chase:1) He’s playing outstanding tennis, the most dominant of the Open era. Our Elo ratings at the end of last year showed Djokovic topping all other men since 1968, an era that encompasses just about every contender for the greatest career of all time, though it omits many of Laver’s best years. More conventional stats confirm Djokovic’s dominance. Men’s tennis has three types of events that feature nearly all of the best players who are fit to play: the four majors, nine Masters and the World Tour Finals. Djokovic has reached the final of 21 of the last 22 of these events he has entered, winning 17 of them. No man has ever had a stretch that dominant.Andy Murray should be Djokovic’s biggest rival. Murray was born exactly a week before Djokovic, has an eerily similar game and has dealt him three of his biggest recent losses: in the finals of the 2012 U.S. Open and 2013 Wimbledon, and in the 2012 Olympics semifinal. But since Murray’s Wimbledon win, Djokovic has beaten him in 13 of their 15 meetings, including all five of their matches at Grand Slams. The reasons were evident in Djokovic’s defeat of Murray in Sunday’s final: In just about every facet of the game, Murray is great but Djokovic is greater. Murray has an edge in one scenario: When he’s lobbing the ball and Djokovic is smashing it. That doesn’t happen often enough to swing a tennis match.2) The men who used to hold Djokovic back when they were at their peak are fading as he continues to soar. If Federer and Nadal hadn’t been around, Djokovic probably would have won many more majors by 2010. He faced them 11 times at majors through the 2010 U.S. Open and lost nine of those matches. Since then, Djokovic has beaten them in 11 of 17 meetings at majors, including the last five. And he may not meet them many more times at majors, with both men struggling with injuries. Federer withdrew from the French Open before it began, and Nadal withdrew after the first two rounds.3) Djokovic doesn’t yet have any younger rivals. That is stunning for a man at age 29. Players younger than him have won just two majors combined: Marin Cilic and Juan Martín del Potro, both born a year after Djokovic, have one apiece. Neither has made more than one major final. And men born in 1989 or later have not won a single title of note. No major, no Masters, no tour final. The entire generation of men younger than Djokovic who should be leading the sport hasn’t lifted a single significant trophy. By this stage of the season two years ago — when he was the same age as the 1989ers — Djokovic by himself had won six majors, three tour finals and 19 Masters titles.This might look like a chicken-and-egg problem: Have players younger than Djokovic struggled because he is an all-time great who keeps ousting them, or because they’re not very good? The answer is a little of both, but more the latter. Djokovic has ousted men younger than him from Slams in the fourth round or later only 17 times in his career. None were in a final. The primary reason the younger guys aren’t breaking through isn’t because Djokovic keeps stopping them. It’s because other older guys are.While the men ages 23 to 28 might retire as a collective lost cause — a weird void in the tennis record books — the men younger than them show real promise, including Dominic Thiem, who will enter the Top 10 on Monday, and Nick Kyrgios. They will have to grow up in a hurry if they are to slow Djokovic’s run at the record book. At the moment, aging or injury look likely to be his biggest obstacle. Novak Djokovic isn’t just chasing the records of his sport’s all-time greats. He’s accelerating in his pursuit.After winning his first French Open title on Sunday, Djokovic holds all four major titles at the same time, the first man to do so since Rod Laver in 1969. He is halfway to winning all four in one year, leaving him closer to winning a Grand Slam than any man since Jim Courier won the first two in 1992.1Mats Wilander was the only man other than Courier to win the Australian Open and French Open back-to-back since Laver’s 1969 Grand Slam. Wilander did it in 1984-85 (back when the Australian Open was in December) and in 1988. He has won 12 major titles, just two behind Rafael Nadal and five behind all-time leader Roger Federer. And on Monday he will be No. 1 in the rankings by the enormous margin of 8,045 points, leaving him in a strong position to overtake Federer’s record for the most weeks at No. 1 as soon as 2018.History suggests Djokovic should be slowing down, not speeding up, at age 29. Even all-time greats have rarely won many major titles so close to 30. While the sport has become kinder to veterans, just two majors were won by a man 29 or older in the last decade: Federer, at Wimbledon in 2012; and Stan Wawrinka, over Djokovic at last year’s French Open. read more

Giroud hails partnership with Hazard

first_imgChelsea striker Olivier Giroud feels that the club can benefit from his and Eden Hazard’s understanding between each other both on and off the pitchGiroud made his first start of the season in Saturday’s 4-1 win over Cardiff City and the Frenchman repaid coach Maurizio Sarri for his faith by assisting the first two of Hazard’s three goals in the encounter.Afterwards, Hazard went on to praise Giroud as “maybe the best target man in the world” after Chelsea made it five wins from five games in the Premier League to go top of the table.“Wow, that’s very nice of him,” Giroud replied on the club website, after being told about Hazard’s comments.“Obviously he knows what I think about him and he knows how much I enjoy playing with him, not just him, all of my team-mates, but it’s true that we’ve got a good relationship on and off the pitch.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He knows how to play with me and I know how to play with him. Sometimes it goes very well, like against Cardiff, and that’s good for the team. I’m happy to help him score another hat-trick.“When I can’t create an opportunity to score or finish myself, I love to put my team-mates in a good position to finish.“Eden knows me very well and when I can reach him in the box I do it. His quality is a different level in front of the box and in front of goal and he finished well.“He always knows that I try to find him and I hope next time he will give me one back.”Chelsea will next face PAOK in the Europa League on Thursday.last_img read more

North Caicos wins FortisTCI Museums History Quiz

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, March 14, 2017 – Providenciales – After over 100 questions, it was Raymond Gardiner High School of North Caicos which emerged as winners of this year’s FortisTCI History and Cultural Heritage Quiz which is led by the Turks and Caicos National Museum.   Second was Grand Turk’s, HJ Robinson High.Six schools: Clement Howell High, Maranatha Academy, Wesley Methodist, Raymond Gardiner, HJ Robinson and British West Indies Collegiate participated in the two round contest at Brayton Hall during Education Week.  One student gave her view of the cultural quiz showdown.  “We learned more about our history which is really good so we can pass it on to our future generation.”The Turks and Caicos Reef Fund, Caiku Naniki, Marco Travel and BWIC are also sponsors of the second year event.#MagneticMediaNews #FortisTCIandMuseamQuiz #TCIHighScoolcompetition #RaymondGardinerHigh Related Items:#FortisTCIandMuseamQuiz, #magneticmedianews, #RaymondGardinerHigh, #TCIHighScoolcompetition Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more