US Open 2019: Novak Djokovic in awe of Rafael Nadal’s ‘amazing’ fighting spirit

first_imgUS Open 2018 Men’s singles champion and world No.1 Novak Djokovic, who had to pull out of the coveted Grand Slam in the fourth-round, congratulated Rafael Nadal for achieving another history feat in Tennis as the Spaniard went on to clinch his 19th Grand Slam title by edging out Daniil Medvedev 7-5, 6-3, 5-7, 4-6, 6-4 in a thrilling US Open final. Djokovic hailed Nadal for his amazing fighting spirit and also congratulated Medvedev for an incredible summer on hardcourt in the USA.Djokovic took to Twitter to post his congratulatory message for both men’s singles finalists of US Open 2019. “Congrats to Rafa for creating more history in our sport and showcasing amazing fighting spirit. And congrats to Daniil for an incredible summer on hardcourt in the USA. You should be proud of yourself. Great things to come for you. Well done boys & thank you ?? for a fantastic match,” Wimbledon 2019 champion wrote.Congrats to Rafa for creating more history in our sport and showcasing amazing fighting spirit. And congrats to Daniil for an incredible summer on hardcourt in USA. You should be proud of yourself. Great things to come for you. Well done boys & thank you for fantastic match. https://t.co/dpCJA0UFt6Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) September 9, 2019This one was not easy for the second-seeded Nadal. Not at all. That’s because after Nadal grabbed the opening two sets and went up a break in third, Medvedev mounted a charge, shifting styles and rattling Nadal.Medvedev broke in the last game of each of the next two sets to force a fifth. But his attempt to become the first man since 1949 to win a U.S. Open final after trailing by two sets to none came up just short.advertisementNadal moved to within 640 points of world number one Novak Djokovic-eliminated by Stan Wawrinka in the last 16 at Flushing Meadows-after conquering his 19th Grand Slam title, just one short of third-ranked Roger Federer’s record total of 20.Also Read | One of the most emotional nights of my career: Rafael Nadal on winning 19th Grand Slam titleAlso Read | Rafael Nadal edges Daniil Medvedev for 4th US Open title, 19th Grand Slam trophyAlso Read | I was fighting like hell: Daniil Medvedev to fans after losing US Open final vs Rafael NadalAlso See:last_img read more

The Spun’s 2019 College Football Staff Picks: Week 4

first_imgGeorgia and Notre Dame players line up for a snap in 2017. They will have their rematch in College Football Week 4.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 09: Lamont Gaillard #53 of the Georgia Bulldogs gets ready to snap the ball during a game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on September 9, 2017 in South Bend, Indiana. Georgia won 20-19. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)College Football Week 4 is here, and with it, a lot of in-conference, Power Five vs. Power Five match-ups. After a few weekends of relatively light schedules, that is very welcome.Week 3 provided some major trouble spots for our whole staff, especially with the ACC’s struggles. We all took Boston College, NC State, and Georgia Tech, which were the major upsets in that league, as well as Illinois’ loss to Eastern Michigan, Colorado to Air Force, and Michigan State to Arizona State.This week brings some huge ranked games. No. 11 Michigan travels to No. 13 Wisconsin, a real opportunity for both programs to prove themselves as true Big Ten title contenders.No. 7 Notre Dame at No. 3 Georgia is the highlight of the late games, a rematch of a dramatic Georgia win in South Bend back in 2017. The SEC also pits No. 8 Auburn at No. 17 Texas A&M.There should be plenty of fun to be had on Saturday.Through three weeks of staff picks, we have an eight-pick difference between first and last place. Here is how the standings look so far:1. Stephen Driscoll: 126-26 T-2. Dan Lyons: 124-28 T-2. Matt Hladik: 124-28 T-2. Tzvi Machlin: 124-28 5. Alek Arend: 123-29 T-6. Andrew Holleran: 122-30 T-6. Andrew McCarty: 122-30 8. Chris Rosvoglou: 121-31 9. Matt Lombardi: 118-34Week 4 kicks off with two intriguing games involving ranked teams on Friday night. No. 10 Utah looks to assert itself as the Pac-12 South favorite with a trip to USC, while No. 20 Boise State hosts Air Force, which is coming off of a big win over Colorado.On Saturday, we have some sizable splits on Michigan State at Northwestern, Kentucky at Mississippi State, and Colorado at No. 24 Arizona State.Here are our picks for College Football Week 4:The Spun Week 4 Staff PicksEvery week, we pick each game involving Power Five and other Top 25 programs. Check back to see how the contest, which often comes down to the final slate of games, shakes out.last_img read more