NOVAK DJOKOVIC has been tipped to claim the record for most career Grand Slam title wins by rival Rafael Nadal.
Rafael Nadal has admitted Novak Djokovic is likely to win more Grand Slams than him between now and the end of their respective careers. Along with Roger Federer, they have scooped 20 major titles each – but time is on the Serbian’s side in the battle for supremacy in that area.
Nadal and Federer had a lead of three Grand Slam titles over Djokovic at the start of 2021, but he levelled things up by winning three of the four on offer this year.
He came close to overtaking them completely, but fell at the final hurdle in the US Open final, denying him a 21st title and a historic Calendar Grand Slam.
Even though things are level at the moment between the trio, Nadal has admitted he does not expect the situation to remain that way for too long.
And he concedes it is the Serbian, who is younger and less troubled by injuries than his rivals, who is the most likely to pull away.
“Djokovic is best positioned to be the [men’s] player with the most Grand Slams,” Nadal admitted to Spanish programme Vamos, on Movistar+.
“You don’t have to fool yourself – Federer is where he is and I am where I am. However, Djokovic is playing well and in a good moment.
“That is the reality and you can’t ignore it. We don’t know what is going to happen in nine months’ time, but he is the favourite right now.”
Nadal missed much of the 2021 season while nursing a foot injury, but hopes to return to action at an exhibition event in Abu Dhabi later this month ahead of a tilt at the Australian Open title in January.
Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler Spotted on …
The two stars were photographed on the set of the Netflix film in Oahu, Hawaii on Monday.
Aniston, 52, wore a green top and flower-patterned skirt while Sandler, 55, wore a blue button-down shirt and blue pants.
Sandler and Aniston are returning to their characters Nick and Audrey Spitz, respectively, after the first film debuted on Netflix in 2019.
Murder Mystery follows, Nick, a New York cop, and Audrey, his wife, as they go on a European vacation to reinvigorate their marriage when a chance encounter leads to them both being framed for the murder of an elderly billionaire.
In September, TV Line reported the sequel would be “another international adventure full of intrigue and hijinks.”
Scott Yamano/Netflix Jennifer Aniston and Adam Sandler in Murder Mystery
In June 2019, Netflix said the first movie had been viewed by over 30 million accounts in three days.
At the time, the streamer said the movie’s debut was “the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film.”
Murder Mystery is the second movie Aniston and Sandler have made together, following the 2011 romantic comedy Just Go With It. With the sequel, the two friends are making their third movie together.
Warriors midseason review: Grades, awards for one of NBA’s top first-half surprises
As the regular season passes the halfway point, there have been few more pleasant surprises than the Golden State Warriors. But after 30 wins in their first 41 games, the season’s midpoint is also bringing the Warriors their most adversity yet this season.
Compared to the past two years, though, most fans will take the NBA’s second-best record, even if it comes now on the heels of five losses in their past seven games, the possibility of an extended absence for Draymond Green and a rare shooting slump from Steph Curry.
“We understand what’s going on right now. We’re in a tough spot, just like every team faces every year,” coach Steve Kerr said. “This is our time right now.”
One message rings true up and down the organization: it’s championship or bust.
“Everything we’re doing right now is preparing for the playoffs,” said Andrew Wiggins, whose postseason experience in seven previous seasons has been limited to single series elimination.
“It gives me chills thinking about what we can be at that point in the year,” said Klay Thompson, who has four games under his belt after missing the past two years.
Before we get there, let’s take a look back at how the Warriors put together one of the best records in the NBA through their first 41 games.
Offensive MVP: Steph Curry
Nobody in the NBA had a better first two months than Curry. He tore up the league to the tune of 28.6 ppg while making 46.6% of his shots from the field and 42.3% from 3-point land in his first 19 games. He made history, setting the all-time 3-point record in December, but by then, he was entering one of the longest shooting slumps of his career: 24.0 ppg on .377 shooting (34.5% from 3) in 20 games since. His scoring average has dropped to sixth in the league (26.3 ppg). Find Curry’s true value, though, by looking at the leaders in plus-minus: the Warriors are outscoring opponents by 402 points with him on the floor, 40 more than the next-closest player, Utah’s Rudy Gobert.
Curry is the best show in the sports, as evidenced by the “oohs” and “ahs” and “M-V-P” chants he commands even in opposing arenas. He’s fallen behind names such as Giannis, Jokic and KD in the NBA MVP debate. But for the Warriors? There’s no question. Curry is the man that makes Steve Kerr’s motion offense go.
That said, the Warriors offense has faltered in ways their defense hasn’t since early on in the season. What was once the third-rated offense has fallen to 12th in the NBA, while their defense has maintained its status atop the league.
Overall offensive grade: B+
Defensive MVP: Draymond Green
Like Curry, Green is a legitimate contender for the league-wide honor, so handing him the team award was a no brainer. Nobody within the organization would question it, either. Green is so well regarded that he won the team’s internal defender of the month honor, a motivational tool handed out by associate head coach Mike Brown. It speaks to the expectations the Warriors have for Green, even if he’ll occasionally rib Brown about the snubs.
The Warriors own the best defense in the NBA (102.6 points per 100 possessions), in large part because of Green. But they’re now faced with the challenge of maintaining it with Green possibly out for the longest stretch of his career — at least the next two weeks — with lower back problems. Luckily for the Warriors, they also have the NBA’s league leader in defensive rating — Andre Iguodala (96.9) — and eight of the league’s 21 top-rated defenders between Gary Payton II (98.7), Curry (99.5), Nemanja Bjelica (100.5), Otto Porter Jr. (100.7), Jordan Poole (101.3), Green (101.5) and Wiggins (101.5).
Overall defensive grade: A+
X-factor: Offseason acquisitions
Credit to the Warriors front office for taking a look at the roster after last season and identifying the need for more spacing and a defense-first back-up point guard. The Warriors couldn’t have found better fits than Porter and Bjelica, two smart players who have fit seamlessly into Golden State’s read-and-react offense. Golden State knew both players could shoot, but they’ve also surprised in other ways, be it Bjelica’s drive-and-kick ability or Porter’s work on the boards and his occasional heat wave that reminds observers why he was drafted third overall nine years ago.
Payton joined the organization last season — spending the Summer League with the Warriors even as a 27-year-old without a guaranteed roster spot — but he could have been had by any of the 29 other teams all offseason or at the end of training camp. Even the Warriors, who long admired Payton’s defensive game, couldn’t have seen him developing a real 3-point shot (41.4%), becoming the league’s best 6-3 post player and forcing his way into regular rotation minutes.
Quick side note: a shout out is deserved for the Warriors training staff, which has the notoriously frail Porter, 28, the healthiest he’s been in years, and is squeezing every last drop out of the 18-year veteran Iguodala, whose best days appeared to be behind him the past two seasons in Miami but has played with a renewed vigor. Behind the scenes, Iguodala has also played a key role in getting players like Poole up to speed in the Warriors defense.
Overall first-half grade: A
Prince Charles ‘desperate’ to spend quality time with Lilibet, Archie
Prince Charles has offered an olive branch to his son Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle to stay with him during their possible visit to UK as the future king is ‘desperate’ to meet his grandchildren Archie and Lilibet.
According to the Express UK, the Prince of Wales is ‘desperate’ to meet Archie and Lilibet and he has made it clear to Prince Harry about his wish to spend quality time with the grandchildren.
The report, citing a source, claimed that Prince Charles and Harry had several video calls over the last few months.
Prince Charles has invited Harry and his family to stay with him during their visit to UK amid security concerns.
The Queen’s eldest son, who is also heir to the throne, extended an olive branch to Prince Harry and his family as the Duke of Sussex plans to seek judicial review regarding security in Britain, the Mirror citing royal sources reported on Tuesday.
Prince Harry is scared to return to Britain with Meghan and their kids, the Duke’s legal representatives have claimed.
Queen’s grandson has filed for a judicial review against the Home Office decision.
Harry and wife Meghan lost their UK taxpayer-paid protection when they quit frontline royal duties in 2020 and moved to the United States.
Now living in California, they have their own private security team. Legal papers showed Harry arguing that the US team would not have adequate powers to protect his family in the UK.