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Australian Open 2020: Five Federer-Djokovic classics ahead of 50th encounter

first_imgRoger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for a 50th time in what is a storied rivalry that has repeatedly produced classic matches.Djokovic leads their head-to-head 26-23, and it stands at 10-6 when the all-time greats have met at majors. It is also 3-1 for Djokovic at the Australian Open. AUSTRALIAN OPEN: TV channels, dates for every matchDjokovic, whose 16 major titles are four shy of Federer’s 20, will head into Thursday’s semifinal in Melbourne (3:30 a.m. ET) as the favorite.Ahead of their meeting, Omnisport looks at five of the classics they have delivered:2010 U.S. Open semifinal: Djokovic [3] def. Federer [2] 5-7, 6-1, 5-7, 6-2, 7-5.Flushing Meadows was Federer’s playground for five straight years until 2009, when he was stunned by Juan Martin del Potro in the final. To this point, he had dominated Djokovic, too. But the Serbian managed to save two match points to win a thrilling, four-hour five-setter that would — even with Federer only 29 years of age — bring suggestions the Swiss maestro was on the decline.2011 French Open semifinal: Federer [3] def. Djokovic [2] 7-6(5), 6-3, 3-6, 7-6(5).By the time they met at Roland Garros the following year, Djokovic was a heavy favorite after incredibly winning his first 41 matches of 2011, including a second major title at the Australian Open. Federer ended that run, wagging his finger after his stunning four-set victory. The year would still belong to Djokovic, and not before more drama against Federer.2011 U.S. Open semifinal: Djokovic [1] def. Federer [3] 6-7(7), 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5.Having recovered from two sets down to force a decider, Djokovic reeled off the final four games and saved two match points to shock Federer, and the way he saved the first lives long in the memory. Djokovic crushed a forehand cross-court return winner that John McEnroe would describe as “one of the all-time great shots,” one that even Federer struggled to accept. Djokovic would go on to win his third major of 2011.2014 Wimbledon final: Djokovic [1] def. Federer [4] 6-7(7), 6-4, 7-6(4), 5-7, 6-4. Djokovic. Federer. All England Club. Wimbledon final. They are words sports fans dream of. Federer was in his first major decider since 2012, while Djokovic had lost his previous three grand slam finals – one to Andy Murray and two to Rafael Nadal. Federer produced the comeback this time, coming from 5-2 down and saving a match point in the fourth to force a decider. But just as Federer looked the more likely winner, Djokovic stepped up to win a seventh major crown. The pair combined for 143 winners and just 56 unforced errors in a match Djokovic labelled the “best quality grand slam final” he had played in.They own a combined 13 Australian Open crowns between them They will meet for the 50th time in the #AusOpen semifinals.Listen to @DjokerNole pay respect to his rivalry with @rogerfederer #AO2020 pic.twitter.com/xm8XZVX9yR— #AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 28, 20202019 Wimbledon final: Djokovic [1] def. Federer [2] 7-6(5), 1-6, 7-6(4), 4-6 13-12(3).Fast forward five years and they met again, and they delivered once more on the biggest stage. Federer was left to rue missed chances after a battle lasting four hours, 57 minutes — the longest singles final in Wimbledon history. Djokovic saved two match points at 8-7 in the fifth set before a match tie-break followed, the first in singles in the tournament’s history. Djokovic would go on to win a 16th grand slam title, moving a little closer to Federer’s men’s record total.last_img read more

Terminators FC Urged to Support Leadership

first_imgEx Mighty Barrolle goal-getter Jonathan Armah Baxter has been commended for his initiative and consistent recommendation for APM Terminals’ Terminators recent trip to Grand Bassa County.Speaking at the end of the two-day visit yesterday in Buchanan, Mr. Karl Gnonlonfin, head of Health Safety, Security and Environment (HSSE) at APM Terminals, who accompanied the team told the players of the former striker’s invaluable contributions towards the team’s successful trip.“I think if anyone deserves credit that person is Baxter,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as players cheered, minutes before they boarded their vehicles to return to Monrovia yesterday.He told the players that APM Terminals believes in quality of its name.“We want to develop a team so that whenever we meet our opponents in a match we can win without question,” Mr. Gnonlonfin said, as the players cheered him.He told the players that losing 2-1 to LAC Defenders last Sunday in a friendly match celebrating Liberia’s 168th Independence Anniversary, in the wake of their short preparation and long ride from Monrovia, is an indication that the team could do better in the future.“Work with Mr. Baxter,” he urged them, “so that all of you can develop a better team that can represent us in the future.” He said he observed a good number of players on the team who must work together cohesively.“You have players but not a team,” he said. “You must work together and develop a team.”He told them to provide support to the initiatives of Mr. Baxter and develop corps of officers to run the affairs of the sports association.“I will give you my push,” he told them, “if you organize yourself and support each other with a great deal of discipline.” He said soccer has passion that makes people spend huge sum of money to either watch it or to support it.Mr. Gnonlonfin, who played football in high school but only played during his first year in college, said soccer’s ability to bring people together to support a common cause is overwhelming.“I saw on the field how people were cheering for either of the teams and this was good,” he said, promising that December will see another outing for the team. It is the team’s second outing; the first was a trip to Bomi County.Jonathan Armah Baxter played in the 1980s for several clubs, including St. Joseph’s Warriors, NPA and Mighty Barrolle. He has a wealth of experience in coaching and team management. The team is coached by ex NPA star George Paintsil.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more