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

India crash to their worst T20I defeat after horror show against New Zealand

first_imgIndia crash to their worst T20I defeat after horror show against New ZealandIndia vs New Zealand 1st T20: New Zealand beat India by 80 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the 3-match T20I series. Chasing 220 to win in Wellington, India managed only 139 after Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya failed with the bat.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta WellingtonFebruary 6, 2019UPDATED: February 6, 2019 16:43 IST India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Wellington: Indian batting completely failed as India lost the first of the 3-match series. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia lost the 1st T20 to New Zealand by 80 runs in WellingtonChasing 220, India managed only 139 after a top-order failureTim Seifert top scored for New Zealand with a 43-ball 84Brief Score – New Zealand (219/6) beat India (139) by 80 runs, take 1-0 lead in 3-match series. Dhoni (39), Southee (3/17), Ferguson (2/22). Full ScorecardIndia crashed to a 80-run defeat against New Zealand in the first T20 International in Wellington on Wednesday. Set 220 to win, India’s batsmen failed to put up any kind of fight against some disciplined bowling from the Black Caps on a flat pitch.New Zealand were asked to bat by Rohit Sharma and the Kiwis were all too thrilled to go first on a batting-friendly surface. Tim Seifert, playing only his 9th T20I and the dangerous Colin Munro added 86 for the first wicket. Krunal Pandya snared Munro for a 20-ball 34 in the ninth over but by then the damage had already been done.This was India’s heaviest defeat in T20Is in terms of runs. In 2010, India had lost to Australia by 49 runs in Bridgetown. In the 2016 World T20, India were subjected to a 46-run defeat against New Zealand. Again in 2017, New Zealand walloped India by 40 runs in Rajkot. Three of India’s top four heaviest defeats have now come against New Zealand.INDIA VS NEW ZEALAND 1ST T20I WELLINGTON: HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand win by 80 runs. Go 1-0 up in the three match T20I series.#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/RDet7K7uqb BCCI (@BCCI) February 6, 2019Tim Seifert was well set and skipper Kane Williamson came out all guns blazing to smash a quick 34. New Zealand lost Seifert, who made 84 off 43 but they were well on course for a huge total. Khaleel Ahmed helped India avoid further carnage when he bowled a near yorker to send Seifert packing 16 short of a well-deserved hundred in the 13th over.advertisementBut Williamson and Ross Taylor (23 off 14) ensured New Zealand got to 219 for 6. Scott Kuggeleijn walked in at No 8 and smashed three fours and a six to finish with 20 not out off 7 balls to give the Black Caps impetus towards the end of the innings.India’s chase got off to a promising start when Shikhar Dhawan hammered Kuggeleijn for two sixes and a four in his first over. But Tim Southee dismissed Rohit Sharma with a well-directed short ball for 1. Vijay Shankar was sent up the order at No 3 and he did look like an able ally for Dhawan but disaster strick when Dhawan fell to Lockie Ferguson in the sixth over for 29.Rishabh Pant, who returned to the Indian team after being left out of the ODI series agaisnt Australia and New Zealand, failed to make use of a great opportunity. He fell to Mitchell Santner who yorked the Delhi southpaw for 4 off 10 balls. In a further blow to India’s chances, Santner struck again to remove Vijay Shankar for an 18-ball 27.Ish Sodhi, the leg-spinner, struck twice in the space of four balls to remove Dinesh Karthik and Hardik Pandya. MS Dhoni watched helplessly from the other end but the task had become too stiff even for one of the game’s greatest finishers.India were batting deep on Wednesday. Krunal Pandya walked in at No 8 but the top order’s failure meant the required rate had shot up beyond manageable proportions.In the end, it was all about some batting for some kind of respectability for India but they will have to do much better with both bat and ball in the second T20I in Auckland on February 8.Also Read | Dream come true for Pandya brothers as they play together for India for first timeAlso Read | Dinesh Karthik makes up for dropped catch with stunnerFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow India vs New Zealand 1st T20IFollow Rohit SharmaFollow MS DhoniFollow Kane WilliamsonFollow Tim SeifertFollow Hardik PandyaFollow Rishabh PantFollow Mitchell Santnerlast_img read more