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2020 Australian Open: Djokovic Wins Men Final




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The ace Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4 4-6 2-6 6-3 6-4 to win his 8th Australian Open.

In the course of the match, Djokovic recovered from a 2-1 sets down in a slam final for the first time to win his 8th Australian Open and 17th slam. He was struggling badly for much of the event, but he always finds a way. An incredible effort from Thiem, but it wasn’t enough. It rarely is against Djokovic.Djokovic, 32, will begin his fifth stint — and 276th week — at No. 1 on Monday. Should he maintain his hold on the top spot in 2020, he is projected to pass Pete Sampras (286 weeks at No. 1) on 20 April and Roger Federer (310 weeks) on 5 October to set a new all-time record for most weeks at No. 1.

Thiem, who had also finished runner-up to Nadal at Roland Garros in 2018 and 2019, has now won seven of his 11 matches against the Big 3 of Nadal (2-2), Novak Djokovic (2-2) and Roger Federer (3-0) since the start of 2019.

It is instructive to note that the final was watched by a record 31,020 spectators on Rod Laver Arena and outside on the grounds watching the big screen, breaking the previous record of 30,753 fans set in 2019. Additionally, the total Australian Open tournament attendance for 2020 was also a record 812,174, bettering the previous 2019 mark of 796,435.


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Real Madrid wins first La Liga title in five years and Barcelona falls short on season's final day




NEWS: Real Madrid wins first La Liga title in five years and Barcelona falls short on season's final day [New Sports] » Naijacrawl
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Going into the final day of La Liga, Barcelona still had a hypothetical chance of winning a third straight Spanish league title. It was more than hypothetical, in fact. It was credible. But it had to beat Eibar at home and Real Madrid had to tie or lose at Malaga.It was a long shot, but the odds were hardly prohibitive.

Real took an early lead and never relinquished it on its way to a 2-0 win, however, and Barca was almost upset by puny Eibar which finished 10th in spite of its stature, and a stadium that seats just 7,000 before pulling a 4-2 victory out of the fire. Not that it mattered, since Zinedine Zidanes side did what it needed to do.It was Real Madrids 33rd league title in its history a Spanish record, and nine more than second-place Barcelona and its first since the 2011-12 season. That ends a run in which Real had won the Champions League twice without winning its domestic league.In just the second minute, Cristiano Ronaldo was dispatched by Iscos terrific through ball and rounded Carlos Kameni to roll it into the net.

At the other end, Keylor Navas had to make several saves on Sandro, the former Barca prospect. And Kameni then denied Ronaldo from close range to keep things close.Some 10 minutes after halftime, Real got its second. And it was controversial. A corner was redirected at goal by Sergio Ramos. Kameni parried it and bounced it off the chest of Raphael Varane, who may or may not have been offside. The ball then fell to Karim Benzema, who scored coolly to put the final score on the board.

If the game in Malaga was fairly uneventful and lacked real tension, the one further up the Mediterranean coast in Barcelona was dramatic. Just seven minutes in, Takashi Inuis splendid half-volley at the far post put the visitors ahead.

Luis Suarez just refused to put Barca on even terms, twice missing one-on-one chances with Yoel.

Meanwhile, Suarez had a goal disallowed because Jordi Alba was plainly offside when Andres Iniesta found him with the ball, before the left back set up the Uruguayan.It was largely one-way traffic towards Eibars goal. And Lionel Messi, incredibly, missed a point-blank finish after Suarez fed him on a silver platter.And on the hour Inui shocked the hosts with another half-volley, off the underside of the bar, meaning he tripled his La Liga scoring tally for the season in a single game.

Thats when Barcelona finally roused from its slumber and began its comeback.David Junca got Luis Enriques men started with an own goal.

Messi then had a penalty saved by Yoel, who got a strong arm onto the Argentines rocket.

But Suarez finally managed to work the ball into the net with a dink on the doorstep.

And then Messi got another chance from the penalty spot, as Eibar was reduced to 10 men. This time around, he converted it for the winner.

Messi popped in a fourth in injury time.

But it was all inconsequential in the end, given the result in Malaga. Real Madrid conserved its three-point lead going into the final game, the gap it had finally opened with a midweek win over Celta Vigo in the match it had held in hand for months to break the deadlock at the top.Real, with the third-highest points total in its history, was the deserving champion for its consistency, losing a league-low three games and tying just six times. What did Barca in, in the end, was either the six-game stretch from Nov. 19 through Jan. 8 when it had to settle for four draws, or indeed the five-game run at the very start of the season when it won just twice.Real never suffered such a stretch. Its only blip came from the fifth through the seventh match days when it tied three in a row.The margins at the top of La Liga, between the juggernauts in the eternal duopoly, are ever so slim. A few bad weeks anywhere along the way in the nine-month slog can prove fatal. Barcelona had a relatively tumultuous year, with the announcement that Luis Enrique would leave his post at the end of the season. Real Madrid, for once, was the more stable club, as Zidane was allowed to work in something resembling peace and quiet. The results show, with the club from the capital also in the June 3 final of the Champions League, positioned for a third continental title in four years.

After a Barca title in 2012-13, a shocking Atletico Madrid championship, and two more Barca wins, this season finally proved to be Reals time again. At length, the clubs dynastic European run has also produced a league title.

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The youngest winner of US open, Naomi Osaka, age 20, ha credited her US open win to Nicki Minaj's Queen album and Eminem's surprised album, Kamikaze. 

She said these two albums were the albums she most listened to during the tournament. She claimed she's a fan of hip hop rap.

In her interview PEOPLE magazine, she said "I listen to Nicki minaj's Queen album, and then, Eminem dropped a new album, so I was switching between those two"

Osaka, Japanese born defeated her idol, Serena Williams in the US open final to clinch her first US open title at age 20.

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Naomi Osaka becomes the first Japanese to win a Grand slam after defeating the highly idol Serena Williams by 6-2,6-4 at the final of the US Open.

Though, the match was controversial because  Serena Williams was penalized a game for calling the chair umpire a thief during an extended argument as the US Open women's final descended into chaos, with Williams' fans booing and play delayed before Naomi Osaka  wrapped up a 6-2, 6-4 victory for her first Grand Slam title.

In  defending her action, Serena accuses US Open umpire of sexism

Serena Williams says her assessment of a game penalty in the US Open final was due to umpire Carlos Ramos' sexism, as men have said "much worse" and not been penalized.

The biggest issue for Williams on the scoreboard Saturday was that she was outplayed by a younger version of herself in Osaka, a 20-year-old who is the first player from Japan to win a major singles tennis title and idolizes the 36-year-old American.

During the trophy ceremony in Arthur Ashe Stadium, thousands of fans jeered repeatedly, and both Osaka, the champion, and Williams, the runner-up in her bid for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam trophy, cried.

Williams put an arm around Osaka's shoulder and told the crowd: "I know you guys were here rooting, and I was rooting, too, but let's make this the best moment we can. ... We're going to get through this, and let's be positive. So congratulations, Naomi. No more booing."

Added Williams, with a laugh: "I really hope to continue to go and play here again. We'll see."

A teary Osaka addressed the pro-Williams crowd, saying, "I'm sorry. I know that everyone was cheering for her, and I'm sorry that it had to end like this. I just want to say thank you for watching the match. Thank you."

"It was always my dream to play Serena in the US Open finals, so I'm really glad that I was able to do that. I'm really grateful that I was able to play with you. Thank you," she added.

With Osaka halting Serena Williams goal of 24 Grand Slams, all eyes are now on the Japanese player to keep widened her scope in the tennis ranking.

NB: Quotes from Associated Press are used in the post.

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