Tennis fans around the world were treated to a late-night thriller Wednesday by rising Greek star Stefanos Tsitsipas and 20-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal of Spain in the men’s quarterfinals of the Australian Open in Melbourne. In this battle of generations between the 22-year-old Tsitsipas and 34-year-old Nadal, it was the Spaniard who jumped ahead to a two-set lead. Then, Tsitsipas found his tennis nirvana.
Over the course of four hours and five minutes on Rod Laver Arena, both Nadal (only once an Australian Open champion during his Hall of Fame-worthy career) and Tsitipas battled valiantly, and each cracked a variety of shots that were as dazzling and remarkable as they were brutally powerful.
Tsitsipas fired 17 aces and hit 49 winners and 38 unforced errors. Nadal’s numbers were just as telling: 15 aces, 58 winners and 42 unforced errors. Each won a high volume of points on their first serve: Tsitsipas won 79 percent (66 of 84) and Nadal was just as effective, winning 78 percent (80 of 103). Both players were strong at the net with Tsitsipas winning 23 of 31 points and Nadal converted on 21 of 25. There were a total of 287 points played and just three separated them at the end, with Tsitsipas ahead 145-142.
It’s only too bad that because of a recent spike in coronavirus cases in the Melbourne area, Nadal and Tsitsipas played without a sell-out crowd, an audience to wildly applaud their efforts. There was nobody save for their respective teams to feed off. Tsitsipas later said during his press conference that “maybe the absence of the crowd” helped him to remain calm.
As it happened, in the final game of the match as midnight approached, with Tsitsipas ahead 6-5 and serving match point, he hit a backhand sizzler up the line that eluded Nadal for game, set and match. It closed out a 3-6, 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4, 7-5 victory for Tsitsipas that arguably was the biggest triumph of his young career. He survived to play another day and will face Daniil Medvedev in the semifinal round on Friday evening. Earlier Wednesday, Medvedev defeated fellow Russian Andrey Rublev, 7-5, 6-3, 6-2.
Here’s a sampling of what each player had to say during their respective press conferences that followed the match, first beginning with Nadal and followed by Tsitsipas:
Nadal: “Oh, of course sad. I lost a match in quarterfinals of an event that mean a lot to me. Australian Open is one of my favorite events, without a doubt. So, I missed an opportunity to be in that semifinals again. And that’s it.
“Well done for him. He played better than me probably in important moments. Was an equal match.
“I tried my best in every single moment. With the right attitude. No complaining (smiling) at all in no one moment, even in the tougher moments.
“Just trying to, I think I stayed positive all the time during the match, fighting. And was not enough. Sometimes, it’s enough. Today was not enough.
“And that’s it. Just another story in my tennis career (smiling). That’s it. No, another match I lost here in Australia with important advantage, and just accept and keep going. That’ the life.”
Tsitsipas: “Well, there weren’t really many things that were going through my head. I was just enjoying the moment, and I wasn’t really thinking of, I don’t know, the future. There wasn’t really much to think of. What happened out on the court was spectacular by itself. Nothing really to describe it. …
“Moments like this haven’t happened a lot in my career, and the fact that I was able to come back the way I did and the way I fought against such a top, respected player like Rafa was something extra, something I have never felt before. It was a first-timer. And to be able to just walk up to my team and hug them and share that little moment of appreciation and solidarity, it was epic.
“It was everything I ever dreamed of, and I’m glad that I am where I am today. There is obviously light ahead at the end of the tunnel, and there is plenty more to go.”
“It was epic. It was everything I ever dreamed of.”
Simona Halep crushed Serena Williams and won Wimbledon using an edge: her boyfriend
Last year, Simona Halep won the first Wimbledon of her career, a rare achievement in any player’s arsenal, but, according to her former coach, Daniel Dobre, she used a secret weapon that helped her raise the Venus Rosewater Dish above her head, following the memorable 6/2, 6/2 triumph over Serena Williams, who failed to record her 24th Grand Slam.
That hidden advantage was nothing else than her boyfriend, Toni Iuruc, who had been cheering her from the stands of an official tournament for the very first time. Daniel Dobre, the coach who helped Simona add her second Grand Slam to her trophy case, unveiled how Toni boosted the Romanian first racket’s performance at the All England Club.
“At Wimbledon, Simona had a very good atmosphere in the team. She met Toni, who accompanied her for the first time during a tournament, so, emotionally, she was in a very good mood. She gave it all, like she usually does, but in a more relaxed way.
The draw was difficult, but in the end, it was an incredible tournament,” said Daniel Dobre on a Tennis with an Accent podcast episode.
Simona Halep has a very powerful personality
Besides talking about Simona Halep’s psychological edge she gained from the presence of her lover, Daniel Dobre, who was dismissed after Darren Cahill returned to team Halep at the start of 2020, explained how Simona’s strong spirit makes her a very independent and straight-forward person.
“She has a very powerful personality. Every decision regarding coaches and her career, she took by herself. It’s weird because in Romania parents decide everything. When she was 14-15 years old, Simona said she wanted to go to Bucharest to train, then that she didn’t want that coach anymore, but the other,” said Dobre.
“She said ‘my back hurts, I’ll go and have a breast reduction surgery. She is a very inspired person when it comes to making these kinds of decisions. In the 12 years I have known her for, she was never late and she doesn’t forget what you had talked with her even if months or entire years have passed”.
Adele Reveal that Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson Sent her Flower. She is Starstruck
The ‘Easy on Me’ hitmaker said that the ‘Jungle Cruise’ actor is the one person who she’d be starstruck to meet and she “nearly fell off” her chair when she received a bouquet of flowers from him as an apology for not being able to be in the audience for her recent ‘One Night Only’ TV special, reports femalefirst.co.uk.
She said: “Someone I’ve never met, that I think I would actually cry, is The Rock. I was the biggest wrestling fan when I was younger! He sent me flowers because he and his wife couldn’t make it to my show and literally I nearly fell off me chair!”
Adele was quick to stress she doesn’t have a crush on the ‘Moana’ star.
She added: “He always paints his little girl’s nails and stuff like that, doesn’t he? He’s so cute. I wish he was my dad… Oh yeah, it’s not like I – I haven’t got a crush on him or anything. It’s just, he’s amazing. He’s just incredible, I want him to be my mate. I want him to be my friend.”
The 33-year-old star is a big fan of the former WWE star, one thing she doesn’t enjoy is ‘Real Housewives’ and she fears her “brain will die” if she starts dedicating time to the Bravo franchise.
Speaking during a ‘Power of Make-Up’ video on NikkieTutorials’ YouTube channel, she explained: “I know a lot of people love it, but I can’t. My brain will die, I can’t…I don’t know who any of them are, so I don’t feel like I can start from the beginning when it’s been on for so long. I’m not going to lie, it doesn’t work for me.”
Adele said she had once tried to watch ‘Real Housewives of New Jersey’.
She added: “One time I did watch one episode of ‘The Real Housewives of New Jersey’ when they were all like literally killing each other, but it was too much, I was like I can’t, I can’t watch. I’d rather watch a wildlife programme.”
Super Bowl 2021: Wives and Girlfriends of Kansas City Chiefs and Tampa Bay Buccaneers Stars
Super Bowl LV is two days away. So what better way to add some extra hype than taking a look at some of the players’ wives and girlfriends.
These guys have two things in common. First, they have reached the pinnacle of their sport. Second, the players in the following list all have incredible wives and girlfriends by their side to support them.
However, shortly after the game, there will be differences in feelings. Some of the wives and girlfriends will get a trip to Disney World while their significant others are riding high. However, the losing players’ partners will have to console their broken hearts.
In the meantime though, here is a look at the players’ partnerships before the Super Bowl. This list covers only a handful of the players’ awesome wives and girlfriends.
Rob Gronkowski and Camille Kostek
Rob Gronkowski is perhaps the most notorious partier in the NFL. Consequently, he has one of the most attractive women in the world supporting him. His girlfriend, Camille Kostek, began dating the star tight end when he was still playing for the New England Patriots.
The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model began dating Gronkowski in 2015. However, the two didn’t reveal this to the public until July of 2016. The two have been going strong for a long time. Before and during every game, she sports his number 87 jersey while posting to her social media.
In 2019, she was given the honor of being on the cover of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine. Since then, her modeling career has been growing exponentially. She is arguably one of the most recognizable girlfriend’s in the NFL.
Travis Kelce and Kayla Nicole
Travis Kelce was once so desperate to get a girlfriend that he got his own reality TV show. The show was called Catching Kelce. However, Kelce did not end up finding love on the show, and it was quickly pulled from TV.
However, this didn’t stop the Chiefs’ star tight end from finding love elsewhere. In 2017 he began dating Kayla Nicole. The two have been going strong ever since.
Nicole is a media personality and social media influence. She has been working on-camera for several different television networks as her career grows. Now she is supporting Kelce and the Chiefs as they go for a second Super Bowl championship.