Tennis great Rod Laver has expressed doubts over Roger Federer's ability to capture the US Open crown for the first time in 10 years. Laver, an 11-time Grand Slam champion, insisted that a lot depends on the draw and that the Swiss great can go the distance if he can avoid a lot of five-setters at the season's last Grand Slam, starting August 27 in New York. Federer, who was ousted in the quarter-final of the hard-court major last year, reached the final of Cincinnati Masters earlier this month. However, the 37-year-old was beaten comprehensively in the final by Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic. Laver pointed out that Federer was unable to keep up with his opponent as he had played two matches in one day at the Masters 1000 tournament last week. "This [the US Open] is a tougher tournament," Laver said. "Sometimes going into five sets on hard courts. When you do that seven times? If he's fortunate and can get some players he can beat in three if he's got three of those in his category, … [Read more...] about If not Roger Federer, then who is tennis legend Rod Laver’s favourite for US Open 2018?
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By Curtis Withers The Canadian Press Mon., June 25, 2018 While video game superstar Mario is best known for stomping around the Mushroom Kingdom and rescuing its oft-imperilled princess, he has also garnered a reputation as something of a sportsman. His adventures on the racetrack are well documented in the best-selling “Mario Kart” series, but he has also tried his hand at soccer, golf and even curling. Mario Tennis Aces, the first original Mario sports game released for the Switch, is the eighth tennis title published by Nintendo and the seventh starring its flagship character. Like previous iterations of the series “Aces” sees Mario take to the tennis court to play against some of his best friends, and even a few of his biggest foes. With seven tennis games already under its belt, one might forgive Nintendo for struggling to bring much new to the table outside of some roster tweaks and the allure of the Switch’s portability. But … [Read more...] about Mario Tennis Aces for Nintendo Switch gets almost everything right
PARIS: Alexander Zverev has emerged as the main threat to Rafael Nadal's French Open crown in recent weeks as he bids to end Germany's 81-year wait for a men's singles title at Roland Garros.The 21-year-old suffered his fifth defeat in five meetings with Nadal in Sunday's Italian Open final, but the way he fought back from losing the first set 6-1 only enhanced his already-burgeoning clay-court credentials.The rising star has never reached the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam tournament, but he will be the second seed in Paris after winning his second Masters title on clay in Madrid, where he beat Nadal's conqueror Dominic Thiem in the final.A run of 13 wins in a row was only ended by 10-time French Open winner Nadal on Sunday, and Zverev is looking to continue his momentum."I try to play the same way, play the same way over a longer period of time, which will be in Paris," he said."Right now, the next few days, I won't even think about tennis. And then I'll go to Paris and do my best to … [Read more...] about Tennis: Zverev main threat to Nadal, bids to end Germany’s 81-year French Open drought
ROME Novak Djokovic set up an Italian Open semi-final blockbuster against old rival Rafael Nadal after both former world number one players battled back in thrilling last-eight clashes on Friday (May 18).The Serb fought back against Kei Nishikori to earn a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 win while top seed Nadal continued his clay court domination with a 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 defeat of Italy's Fabio Fognini.Djokovic, seeded 11th after his elbow injury problems, beat Japan's top player for the 12th time in succession."It was a fantastic match, we went toe-to-toe all the way to last shot. He started, he was flawless from both ends," said Djokovic who will face Nadal for the 51st time, holding a narrow 26-24 advantage.Nadal beat Djokovic in their last meeting in May in 2017 in a Madrid semi-final and the Serb will be out for revenge after winning seven in a row prior to that."We will see tomorrow. I've not played so many matches in the last six months," said Djokovic whose last semi-final spot was in Eastbourne on … [Read more...] about Tennis: Nadal, Djokovic to meet for 51st time in Rome
TAIPEI: She sprints down the track in a blur of orange, white and black, effortlessly keeping pace with the young man beside her, arms pumping like pistons and landing on the balls of her feet in textbook form.Pan Shiu-Yu runs the 100 metres in a respectable 15 seconds, just two seconds more than her personal best when she was 13.That was seven decades ago.Now 81 – but looking like 60 and moving better than many 40-year-olds – she has barely slowed down.She climbs mountains, cycles, plays tennis, and is the Taiwanese record holder for 11 athletic events, including the long jump, triple jump and 100m for the 60, 70 and 80 age groups.“Everyone is able to do simple things. You have to do the things that other people cannot. Only then will you set records,” she said.The Channel NewsAsia series Super Octogenarians found out just what that entails. (Watch the episode here).Every day, she's up by 4.30am, readying herself for a day of … [Read more...] about Super granny, 81, climbs mountains, plays tennis and runs 7km every day