Roger Federer wins 353rd Grand Slam Match

Roger Federer wins 353rd Grand Slam Match

Today’s second semi-final was between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal which was an exciting one as Federer edged pass Nadal in the first set by 7-6 and won the tie breaker 7-3 and Rafa dominated set won it 6-1.

Now, Nadal’s second set game was a big boosters for him cause this was followed in set three where Rafa got an outright lead of 2-0 but Federer equalled the score card to 1-1 then a big moment came for Federer, a 25 shot rally and winning this rally brought Federer back in the game as he went on to win 4 games to Rafa’s one in the process of winning set three and leading two games to one.
Then the all-important set came, set 4 and a deciding set for Federer and this was the best set of the tournament.
Nadal served the first game of the set four and won game one and Federer equalled and in between game three both shared the longest rally of the match of 26 shots.
After it was two games all then one player remained stagnant (Nadal) as he won only three games compared to Federer’s five and yes it was 3-5 when we approached game eight.
 
Game 8:

Game eight was a special one because it was Rafa’s roadblock which prevented Federer to win just one game so, Nadal served for game eight and won the first point to fifteen love and straight away Federer equalled to fifteen all and Federer won back to back games for 15:40 and coincidentally Federer got two double fault which led him to have away two points which he just won and to first deuce of game eight and further information is given below:

Advantage: Nadal.
2nd Deuce: Federer wins a volley.
Advantage and Match point Federer.
3rd Deuce: Nadal saves himself from knockout following a left forehand shot.
Advantage and 2nd Match point Federer: For a point win.
5th Deuce and game point: Nadal.


And as we know Rafa fights till the very end as won his fourth game in set four and at that time score was 4:5.
 
Before game nine started Rafa took a long break of five minutes in between for changing his shoes and three minutes later Federer reached the ground to  serve for game nine and it took two minutes for Nadal to enter the ground as he was still was wearing his shoes when Federer had already reached in the ground.

9th Game started like this:

0:15 - Federer wins the first point of game nine.
15:15 - Federer getting pressure of second serve and Nadal wins point two.
30-30 - Federer misses his shot by inches and loses his last video challenges of a total of three.
40:30 - Now this was a great moment in the match as Federer missed a high ball and failed to convert it to a smash (out) Nadal wins point four and game point opportunity.
Deuce: Roger win the deuce and an irritated Nadal looks down and angers himself.
Advantage and Match Point: Federer and commentator says “that shot was not beautiful but sublime stuff from Federer.
2nd Deuce: A twelve shot rally ends with Nadal pulling of a left forehand shot.
Advantage and second Match point for Federer: Ace.
3rd Deuce: Nadal prevents Federer and scores an amazing topspin shot winner.
Advantage Federer: Second ace of game nine.
Match Point Federer: Nadal shot goes wide and Federer wins.

 
So, finally Federer fends off Nadal for reaching in All England Tennis Championship (ALTC) finals and this will be Roger’s 12th Wimbledon final and out of 12 he have won the competition a record nine times and lost only thrice and the 37 year old will face Novak Djokovic in Sunday’s final who earlier in the day defeated Spaniard Robert Bautista Agut in a four set decider just like semi-final two and this was the 353rd win for Swiss maestro Roger Federer in Grand Slam format.

After the match was over Federer got a quick interview with ALTC where he said that it was an “Exhausting match” (following two rallies of 25 and 26 shots) and Federer performed poorly in his first serve for which he said “I had spell where I was serving bad” and he enjoyed 12th July match as he said “I enjoyed playing against Rafa and I think it went my way” and he finished his six minutes interview by saying few words of Novak Djokovic “I hope I can push to the brink in match against Djoko.”
Final Score: 7-7 (3-7), 6-1, 6-3, 6-4 and Roger Federer wins semi-final two by 3-1.

Tomorrow we will see world no. 10 Serena Williams chasing her 24th Grand Slam title and will face world no. 7 Simona Halep in Women’s Single Final on Centre Court at 1:00 PM GMT.

July 13, 2019 in Tennis

Match no. 38, India Vs England, 1st innings Report:

Match no. 38, India Vs England, 1st innings Report:

Today the match is not between blue and blue but is blue against orange and blue dominated the first half by scoring 337 runs in the first half.


It was decided way early that whomever wins the toss will bat first and England had luck with them as Eoin Morgan won the toss and put India to field.
England had a strong start due to Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow as they both remained not out till 22 overs until Roy got out at 66 and the first wicket for India at 160 runs through Kuldeep Yadav.

And talking about Kuldeep Yadav then he had an off day today as he managed only one wicket and had a little lose bowling cause gave away 72 runs which are his worst figures in this world cup and Yadav’s spin partner Chahal was also predictable and was hit hard in all sides of the ground, his figures were even worse than Yadav’s which were 0-88 runs and yes guys zero wicket so, the question now arises that was it a mistake by selectors for not taking Ravi Chandra Ashwin in 15 member India squad because one wrist spinner and one finger spinner is a good option during tense situations and in the current squad, India have finger spinner who is currently their star fielder because of which he is called up every time India is in the field for stopping runs and even though Virat Kohli is keeping him in reserve for knockout stages then also the Indian skipper need to know that he can’t depend on Kedar Jadhav or two wrist spinners always.

Other talking points from the match were Joe Root’s lone innings (44 runs) in the English middle order after Eoin Morgan got out on one run and Jos Buttler made only 20.
In lower middle order Ben Stokes storm helped England to cross 330 mark after he scored 79 of just 54 balls an innings of six fours and three monstrous sixes.
In the second innings India have mountain to climb and both Rs (Rohit and Rahul) needs to fire in the first ten overs if they want ease out middle and lower order batsmen.

Let’s wait and watch what happens in the second half of cricket.

June 30, 2019 in Cricket

All things you need know about 2019 US Open

All things you need know about 2019 US Open

Tomorrow will be 124th edition of US Open Golf Championship played at Pebble Beach, California and this year 156 players from 6 continents will be part of this auspicious tournament.
Three tour member players will participate in this tournament namely Professional Golf Tour of America, European Golf Tour, and Asian Golf Tour so, this is going to be a tri-sanctioned tournaments.

Before tomorrow let’s have a look on last tournaments of respective associations before US Open:
Golf Tour of Americas:
Tournament: Canadian Open.
Course: Hamilton Golf and Country Club.
Date: 6-9 June 2019.
Winner: Rory Mcllroy.
 
European Tour:
Tournament: Made in Denmark Open.
Course: Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort.
Date: May 23-26 2019.
Winner: Bernd Weisberger.
 
Asian Tour:
Tournament: Asia-Pacific Open Golf Championship Diamond Cup Golf
Course: Sobu Country Club, Sobu Course
Date: May 9th- 12th .
Winner: Yosuke Asaji.

So, from above you can see that the most recent tournament was played in PGA tour of Americas which was won by Northern Irish player Rory Mcllroy.

Defending Champion:
Brooks Koepka will be the two time defending champion of 2019 US Open and he will be the first tee off at 7:30.
From the last five years, USA have dominated the tournament as from 2015 to 2018 American players have won the tournament:
Brooks Koepka: 2018
Brooks Koepka: 2017
Jordan Spieth: 2016
Dustin Johnson: 2015


And the last non-American person to win this prestigious trophy was former world no. 1 Martin Kaymer of Germany and it can be said US Open is last Grand Slam in which US has its hold and have dominated this Grand Slam.
No Asian have ever won this tournament with Japanese Hideki Matsuyama being the closest to the podium in 2017 where he finished a shared runner-up American Brian Harman.

Special Exemptions:
US Open has been selecting specific players from 1966 through United States Golf Association and their two ways to get selected through Special Exemption:

I) Direct Selection:
In this method USGA selects one player who has performed well in US Open over the last 10 years.

(II) Sectional Selection:
In sectional process USGA conducted wild card round in 7 cities namely:

1. Milton, Ontario, Canada.
2. Surrey, England.
3. Mie Prefecture, Japan.
And remaining nine cities in USA.
This year 1994 and 1996 US Open winner Ernis Els got selected through direct method.
Prize Money: Total prize money this year is 12.5 million and winners share is increased from 2.1 million to 2.5 million and last year’s winner Brooks Koepka made 2,160,000 dollars from his US Open win.

In the Field:
A total of 154 players have qualified for US Open from six continents and top three countries with most players qualified are:

USA: 77 Players.
South Africa: 9 Players.
Australia: 8 Players.

2019 US Open Champioship Date:
June 13-16, 2019.

June 12, 2019 in Golf

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