Djokovic vs Nadal

Djokovic vs Nadal
Djokovic vs Nadal

The men’s final at the Australian Open is set: It’ll be No. 1 Novak Djokovic vs. No. 2 Rafael Nadal. On TV

Sunday’s match will mark the 53rd time the two champions have met in their careers, and it’ll be the eighth time they play in a Grand Slam final. Djokovic leads the all-time series 27-25, but Nadal has a 4-3 edge in Slam finals.

Below, our SI Tennis panel of experts previews what shapes up to be a fantastic match. It will air on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 3:30 a.m. EST on ESPN.

Jon Wertheim: An hour ago I would’ve said Nadal, who hasn’t been broken since the first round and hasn’t lost a set all tournament. But I just saw Djokovic give a tennis lesson to Lucas Pouille, beating him in roughly the time it will take you to read this sentence. Say this: the top two seeds have made it clear that they are a completely different GPS coordinates than the rest of the field.

Stanley Kay: As flawless as Djokovic played Friday against Pouille, Nadal has been more impressive this tournament. He’s yet to drop a set, and he’s only been pushed to a tiebreaker once. Recall that Nadal’s fitness—specifically, whether he could withstand the grind of a Grand Slam on hard courts—was a major talking point ahead of this tournament, especially after he pulled out of Abu Dhabi and Brisbane. But instead of wearing down, Nadal has become more dominant as the tournament has progressed. Djokovic has played well, but he hasn’t looked quite as sharp over the last two weeks, dropping sets to Daniil Medvedev and Denis Shapovalov.

Jamie Lisanti While Djokovic has been superb—and rather untested—Nadal’s actually been more impressive throughout this tournament. Part of this is due to history: as much as Nadal reigns over Paris’ dirt, Djokovic has developed a similar stranglehold on Melbourne’s hardcourts. Even after his struggles with an elbow injury and loss in quarterfinals last year, we still expect him to dominate down under. But Nadal? Somehow, even after a November ankle surgery, even as his body continues to periodically succumb to his punishing brand of tennis, the Spaniard has rebounded to advance to the final without dropping a set. It’s incredible.

Daniel Rapaport: Both have them have been impressive, particularly in their respective semifinal beatdowns, but neither have had to face a truly threatening opponent yet. The highest seed Nadal played was Stefanos Tsistipas, a 20-year-old making his first Slam semifinal appearance. The highest seed Djokovic played was Kei Nishikori, who retired in the second set having won two of the first 10 games. But, as the saying goes, you can only beat what’s in front of you. Djokovic dropped two sets on his path to the final, while Nadal hasn’t dropped any. Zero is less than two. I’ll go with Rafa.

Tristan Jung: Nadal coming back from injury and not dropping a set has been more impressive. Nadal has won 58.9 percent of points this tournament, which is an astounding number. Djokovic is not far behind at 58.1 percent, but he also benefitted from a retirement from Nishikori, which makes the Serb’s run slightly less impressive.

JW: The fallback is always “serve well.” But I think “return well” is just as much a key. The Nadal serve has been uncommonly strong all tournament. Djokovic‘s ability to get into the points will be critical.

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SK: After tweaking his motion in the offseason, Nadal has served incredibly well this tournament; he hasn’t been broken since his first match against Duckworth. But he hasn’t faced a returner like Novak Djokovic. If Djokovic is returning well, he’ll have the edge.

JL: Take advantage of history. Over the last decade, Djokovic has won five of his six Aussie Open titles. It’s important for him to remember that dominance—and how that dominance could affect Nadal mentally in crucial moments—during the match. Tactically, Djokovic needs to utilize his backhand to open up the court against Nadal, particularly by going cross-court to open up his backhand down the line. Nadal’s lefty forehand can be fatal, but Djokovic has the skill set to neutralize it.

DR: He needs to get into Nadal’s service games. Nadal is serving maybe as well as he has in his entire career, so it would be massive mentally if Djokovic can at least give himself some break opportunities early in the match. And his backhand needs to be at its devestating best—we know most of the rallies will be between Nadal’s forehand and Djokovic’s backhand. He has to have the flat, down-the-line one working.

TJ: The head-to-head, as everyone will tell you, is 27-25 in favor of Djokovic, but what’s more interesting is that after his devastating loss at the 2009 Madrid Masters, Djokovic is 23-11 against Nadal. The biggest difference is that Djokovic has improved his serve significantly throughout the last decade. While one might not think serving is the key to a Djokovic win, his ability to serve his way out of trouble is going to make or break him. In the Wimbledon semifinal last year, Djokovic hit 23 aces, the most he’s ever hit against Nadal by far. Nadal’s toughest matches in Grand Slams over the years have been against players who had really good serving days (Del Potro, Cilic, Muller), and Djokovic needs the free points to keep Nadal at bay. The courts have been playing fast this year, which should play into Djokovic’s hands.

JW: It’s unlikely that he will rout Djokovic as easily as he has routed his first six opponents. How will he handle the resistance? I also think that he might have some scar tissue left from their Wimbledon match.

SK: Nadal has twice lost after being up a break in the fifth set of an Australian Open final—in ’12 against Djokovic and ’17 against Federer. It’s hardly a stretch to imagine this match going five. Nadal’s improved serve—he won 85% of first-serve points and 71% of second-serve points in the semifinal against Stefanos Tsitsipas—could pay off in a potential decider.

It’s also worth watching Nadal at the net. He won 18 of 22 net points against Tsitsipas, and nine of 11 against Frances Tiafoe. We tend to think of Nadal as a baseline counterpuncher, but his net game could prove decisive.

JL: Nadal’s court positioning when returning serve is always an topic of discussion, but it will be especially important for him against Djokovic in the final. He’s also been very aggressive during his matches here in Melbourne, and he’ll need to maintain that to keep pace. After beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in the semifinals, Nadal said that after a long layoff, he was fueled by the crowd’s “unbelievable energy” during the match. It remains to be seen which way the fans will lean for the final (I’m expecting a roar on every point, for both sides) but Nadal will need to feed off that energy and excitement, especially in the pivotal points.

DR: I think Djokovic has a sizable advantage if this goes to a fifth set, so Rafa would do well to get his nose out in front. His best chance of doing that is to continue getting free points and stay aggressive; Djokovic is so incredibly difficult to hit through right now, so Rafa should mix it up and come to the net, as Stan suggested.

TJ: Nadal has adapted very well to the quick conditions in Melbourne. He has only been broken twice, both times in the first round by Duckworth. Against Tsitsipas, Tiafoe and Berdych, he completely neutralized their big hitting with some vintage defensive work. The key for Nadal is just to be Nadal, honestly. He will need to hit 6-7 amazing shots in key moments, outwork Djokovic, and stay mentally tough as the match goes on. One thing to look out for is how much Nadal will attack the net; in the Wimbledon semifinal, he approached the net 51 times and won 76 percent of the points. He will likely employ similar tactics against Djokovic. Like Federer, Nadal has learned he needs to shorten points to extend his career. Against Djokovic, this will become even more critical.

JW: A great deal, which is part of the great fun of this era. Every result carries so much freight and weight. Djokovic would win his third straight major and edge deeper into the GOAT pasture. He would surpass Pete Sampras with 15 majors and become the first player to win the Australian Open seven times. He would also extend that firewall between himself and the rest of the field.

SK: Sole possession of third place on the all-time Grand Slams list, surpassing Pete Sampras and trailing only Federer and Nadal. Djokovic will have to win more than 15 slams to have a plausible GOAT case, but barring injury, he’ll likely be the favorite at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Don’t bet against Djokovic winning three majors this year, which would put him at 17 over his career—just three behind Federer.

JL:Let’s look at the facts (h/t to Greg Sharko): If Djokovic wins on Sunday, he will surpass Roy Emerson and Roger Federer for the most Australian Open men’s singles titles of all time. Bigger picture, he will also surpass Pete Sampras for the third-most Grand Slam titles of all time (15) behind Federer’s 20 and Nadal’s 17. Historically and statistically, this would mean a ton.

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In the emotional and spiritual sense—characteristics we know Djokovic values highly—another Australian Open title after last year’s quarterfinals loss to Hyeon Chung would be an incredibly validating experience for him. To overcome his issues—both physical and mental—to restructure his team, revamp his serve, recover his elbow and reevaluate his entire game, and then win three major titles in a row? There’s nothing more satisfying for an athlete (or a person in general) than seeing hard work pay off and a plan successfully put into action.

Osaka vs Kvitova Live Stream

Naomi Osaka got somewhat of an unnerve against Karolina Pliskova, however she proceeded onward after a three-set win in the Australian Open elimination rounds. Osaka ends up in her second in a row Grand Slam last at only 21 years of age. In the wake of winning the US Open in September, Osaka is currently endeavoring to win the Australian Open also. Her adversary will be the eighth-positioned Petra Kvitova, who finished the keep running of Danielle Collins to make it to the last.

Australian Open ladies’ conclusive: No. 4 Naomi Osaka versus No. 8 Petra Kvitova

Date: Saturday, Jan. 26

Time: 3 a.m.

Area: Rod Laver Arena – Melbourne, Australia

Watch: ESPN

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Kvitova has cleared her way through the competition, and she’s yet Osaka vs Kvitova Live Stream to lose a set. All things considered, she’s played just a single positioned adversary to this point: No. 15 Ashleigh Barty. Since her first-round win, Osaka has just played positioned rivals.

Be that as it may, you play who you play, so for these two ladies it’s a fresh start. Osaka has enhanced as time has gone on – she had a ridiculous 15 aces against Pliskova – and she appears to improve the situation with weight, as we saw against Serena Williams in September. Going Osaka vs Kvitova Live Stream for consecutive majors is a huge amount of weight, however she’s ended up being more than able.

Kvitova is playing for bounty herself. “It means the world,” she said of heading off to the finals Osaka vs Kvitova Live Streamin the wake of beating Collins, per WTA Tennis. “This is the reason I buckle down to be in the finals of competitions and the finals of majors.”

Kvitova’s last real success was in 2014 when she won Wimbledon. Both of her Grand Slam wins have been in England, so this is a chance to add another trophy to the case for the 28-year-old.

Winter X Games Aspen 2019 Live Stream

Winter X Games Aspen 2019 Live Stream

WINTER X GAMES January 24-27


When you consider winter sports, skiing and snowboarding presumably ring a bell. Be that as it may, shouldn’t something be said about snow biking, snowmobiling, and knuckle hucking?

Those—and that’s only the tip of the iceberg—are a piece of the yearly Winter X Games, known as one of the head first class occasions in winter activity sports that consolidates both customary games and more specialty extraordinary occasions. The challenge appeared in 1997 in Snow Summit, a ski resort outside of Los Angeles. In its initial years, the X Games were held in different areas—including Crested Butte, Colorado, and Mount Snow, Vermont—before settling in Aspen, Colorado, where it’s been facilitated each year since 2002 and now draws in 150 or more best expert competitors from around the globe, in addition to a great many live observers.

Ahead of time of the 2019 Winter X Games (otherwise called the X Games Aspen), which kick off this Thursday, January 24, on Aspen’s Buttermilk Mountain, we visited with Tim Reed, VP of the X Games, to get familiar with the distinctive occasions offered at this one of a kind first class level challenge, the best competitors to watch this year, new occasions in 2019, and where/how to get all the high-flying activity.

Contrasted with other prominent first class occasions, similar to the Olympics and World Cup, the Winter X Games Aspen 2019 Live StreamWinter X Games have progressively exceptional occasions, including some that are developed totally for this challenge.

“We generally keep on advancing,” says Reed of the occasions offered at the X Games. “Something we generally endeavor to do is remain on top of things and over the patterns.” This means new occasions being included inside conventional games, as various teaches in skiing and snowboarding, just as the production of altogether new games.

This year, there is a fresh out of the plastic new Winter X Games Aspen 2019 Live Stream X Games occasion open to snowboarders called the knuckle huck, in which competitors dispatch off the knuckle (rather than the Big Air bounce) and toss their most great trap. Since riders don’t get as much air with this style of bouncing, there’s additional strain to haul out specialized and innovative traps. The knuckle huck joins a lineup of progressively customary snowboarding occasions, including superpipe, huge air, and slopestyle.

There are additionally a few snowbike occasions this year, which include riding a winter-accommodating motocross bicycle (with a ski on the front and a snowmobile-like track on the back) to finish different difficulties, clarifies Reed. Out of the blue this year, the exceptional game will include a versatile snowbike cross occasion, open to versatile competitors, and a para snowbike cross occasion, open to para competitors. Additionally exceptional and important: For the second year, the diversions will incorporate the Harley Davidson Hill Climb, in which motorcyclists race up the gigantic cold slope utilized in the enormous air skiing and snowboarding rivalry. Whoever achieves the best first successes, clarifies Reed. That is notwithstanding the Jeep Wrangler X Challenge, in which competitors race vehicles through a blanketed hindrance course. More standard occasions at the X Games incorporate ski slopestyle, ski superpipe, and ski enormous air, in addition to Special Olympics bound together snowboarding.

Conventional and not really customary occasions aside, the X Games isn’t only an athletic challenge.

It’s additionally a music celebration, photography discussion, and festivity of film. This year, participants will see exhibitions by Lil Wayne, Chainsmokers, Louis the Child, and Kygo, and approach photography workshops, film screenings, and competitor Q&A sessions. “The mix of games, music, and way of life components make it an extremely one of a kind affair,” says Reed.

These are the best contenders to watch this year.

A X Games Winter X Games Aspen 2019 Live Stream board of trustees of games experts figures out which competitors get a welcome to the diversions. These depend on results in other prominent occasions, similar to the Dew Tour, LAAX Open, and the U.S. Open; competitor overall rankings; and additionally recordings in which competitors have exhibited their abilities, clarifies Reed. There is no age limit—Chloe Kim, for instance, seized a X Games welcome at age 13—as the essential criterium is expertise.

Talking about Kim, the Winter X Games Aspen 2019 Live Stream 18-year-old American Olympic gold medalist is among the best female contenders to watch at the current year’s X Games. She’ll be contending in the superpipe occasion. Other platform contenders over the snowboarding occasions incorporate American Olympic gold medalist Jamie Anderson, American Olympian Julia Marino, and American X Games medalist Hailey Langland, says Reed.

On the men’s side, watchers should watch out for Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, an Olympic bronze medalist who will contend in the slopestyle, huge air, and knuckle huck occasions, in addition to American David Wise, two-time Olympic gold medalist in free-form skiing, who will contend in the ski superpipe occasion, says Reed. Australian Jackson Strong, seven-time X Games medalist, is a best contender in the engine occasions, as is American Axell Hodges, six-time X Games medalist, includes Reed. Snap here for a full rundown of competitors in participation.

In case you’re acquainted with the scoring and organization of ski and snowboarding occasions at other enormous name rivalries like the Olympics and the World Cup, you should realize that the X Games pursue its very own arrangement of tenets and systems, however there are textures crosswise over X Games occasions. In all judged (not coordinated) occasions, as large air, for instance, a group of five judges score the runs and the best scoring run wins, clarifies Reed. The best three competitors in every occasion will get decorations except for the new knuckle huck occasion and the Jeep occasion, in which victors will get a unique, separate honor, says Reed.

Here’s the means by which and when you can watch the 2019 Winter X Games.

Live communicated starts Thursday, January 24, and proceeds through Sunday, January 27, exchanging between ESPN, ESPN2, and ABC. Look at for a full communicated calendar of when and how to watch. Each and every occasion, somehow or another, will be communicated, includes Reed. Occasions excluded in the ESPN communicate window, in addition to live surges of the melodic exhibitions, will be shared by means of @XGames on YouTube, Facebook, or potentially Twitter.

Farmers Insurance Open Golf 2019 Live Stream

Farmers Insurance Open

  • PGA Tour
  • Date: Jan 24–27, 2019
  • Course: Torrey Pines South Course and others
  • Purse: $7,100,000

Watch Golf on fuboTV

Jon Rahm came back to Torrey Pines, where he won the 2017 Farmer’s Insurance Open and set in the main 10 every year prior, and totally lit up the North Course with an opening cycle 62. He set a pace on multi day of low scores on the North Course, which played around two strokes less demanding than the South Course on multi day where everybody profited from light breezes around La Jolla, California.

Rahm’s 62 doesn’t put him way out in front however, and the leaderboard is stuffed with names more than fit for clutching their spot through a probably harder round on the South Course on Friday. Justin Rose is up there only one stroke back after a 63, Jordan Spieth shot a 65 and altogether, there are 14 players inside four strokes of the lead – three of them posting amazing scores on the South Course with chances to go even lower as the end of the week nears.

In front of the rest of the competition – Jon Rahm (- 10): Rahm’s 62 was his best PGA Tour score since shooting a 62 in the 2018 Desert Classic, an occasion that he would proceed to win. It’s his best Torrey Pines score since shooting 65 in the last round to win this occasion in 2017, and he didn’t bashful far from conceding that his diversion feels comfortable here on this course.

“It’s unquestionably a fairway that suits my qualities,” Rahm revealed to Golf Channel after the round. “You need to strike it well off the tee, extremely well with the irons and that is the thing that I did throughout the day. Taking wonderful favorable position of the standard 5s is the place everything met up.

“I didn’t commit numerous errors, however the ones I made I could fix rapidly. Some of them really wound up as birdies. A ton of good energy going on, particularly beginning the day with a hawk.”

Believe it or not. Rahm began the day with a falcon at No. 10 and never thought back. He included another hawk at the standard 5 seventeenth to match with three birdies for an opening nine 29. Those oversights that he referenced to a great extent came after the turn when he kept running off three standards and intruder on the initial four openings of the front nine yet burst into flames again with four straight birdies between No. 5 and No. 8.

Last place – Carlos Ortiz (+5): The South Course made some real progress on the 27-year old from Mexico. His 77 had 12 extremely routine standards and a birdie, yet a twofold intruder at 12 alongside four intruder left him in last place.

Different contenders – Justin Rose (- 9), Doug Ghim (- 9), CT Pan (- 8), Jordan Spieth (- 7): How about Doug Ghim! The previous Texas Longhorn has effectively made a sprinkle from the get-go in his genius profession with an excellent opening cycle 63. Rose was enduring all through the round and Spieth was outright wizard round the greens. Things weren’t in every case lovely for Spieth from tee-to-green, yet he was dialed in with his putter and as the putts kept on falling, whatever is left of his amusement appeared to fall in line.

Elina Svitolina vs Naomi Osaka Live Stream, Australian Open

Naomi Osaka vs Elina Svitolina
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 1:30 AM (EST)
Melbourne Park
Melbourne, Australia

Ukrainian tennis hotshot, Elina Svitolina will play Naomi Osaka from Japan in the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Australian Open. Both Svitolina and Osaka are positioned among in the main 10 meaning we ought to have the capacity to observe an uncommon tennis match.

Elina Svitolina had a strong triumph in her past match as she beat Madison Keys in 3 sets. It was a decided execution by Svitolina as she won 4 break focuses to set up a major win. Since winning the WTA Finals toward the finish of 2018, Svitolina has been playing with incredible certainty which has been a colossal explanation behind her prosperity at this competition. This match is required to be the principal real test for Elina Svitolina at the Australian Open however thinking about her ongoing successes, the Ukrainian will feel positive.

On the opposite side of the court, Naomi Osaka likewise won her past match in 3 sets. Osaka beat Sevastova. Amid the success, Osaka served exceptionally well as she won 87% of her administration amusements. The success was an extraordinary case of Osaka’s development as a player since she figured out how to remain exceptionally made in the wake of losing the opening set. Like her adversary, this match is set to be the principal significant test for Naomi Osaka who will likewise be certain about her odds of winning.

Naomi Osaka and Elina Svitolina have played multiple times before. The latest match between these two players was in 2018 at the WTA Miami Masters where Svitolina won in straight sets.

This match could go whichever way yet I am will foresee that Elina Svitolina will win. Osaka has been playing great tennis however Svitolina appears to have a feeling of conviction that Osaka has not yet appeared. Svitolina has just battled out of numerous extreme circumstances in this competition and her appetite to win is by all accounts a lot higher than her rivals. In light of that, I see Elina Svitolina winning this match.

Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints

The Los Angeles Rams and the New Orleans Saints meet in the NFC Championship amusement in NFL activity from the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday evening. 

New Orleans Saints vs. Los Angeles Rams
Date & Time Sunday January 20, 2019, 3:05 PM (EST)
Mercedes-Benz Superdome
New Orleans, LA
The Line
New Orleans Saints -3 — Over/Under: 56.5
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The Los Angeles Rams come into this amusement hoping to achieve the establishment’s first Super Bowl since 2001, and the first as the Los Angeles Rams since 1979 subsequent to getting a 30-22 prevail upon the Dallas Cowboys in the divisional round. Jared Goff tossed for 186 yards on 15 of 28 passing while the pair of C.J. Anderson and Todd Gurley joined for 238 hurrying yards and 3 touchdowns. Anderson scrambled for 123 yards and 2 TDs on 23 conveys while Gurley II had 115 hurrying yards and a score on Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints 16 conveys. Robert Woods drove the Rams with 6 snatches for 69 getting yards while Brandin Cooks pulled in 4 balls for 65 yards. Protectively, Dante Fowler Jr. logged L.A’s. solitary sack while Aqib Talib constrained a mishandle notwithstanding setting up a group high 5 handles, indistinguishable sum from Cory Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints Littleton for the group handling lead in the success. As a group, Los Angeles is averaging the second most absolute offense and the second most elevated scoring offense in the NFL with 421.1 yards of complete offense and 32.9 focuses per diversion this season.

The New Orleans Saints will search for their Los Angeles Rams vs New Orleans Saints first Super Bowl billet since winning the Lombardi Trophy in 2009 after a 20-14 prevail upon Philadelphia in their divisional round matchup. Drew Brees tossed for 301 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interference on 28 of 38 passing while Alvin Kamara drove the Saints with 16 conveys for 71 hurrying yards and Mark Ingram lively in 53 surging yards on 9 conveys. Michael Thomas drove the Saints with 12 gets for 171 yards and a touchdown while Ted Ginn Jr. had 3 snatches for 44 yards and the previously mentioned Kamara had 4 gets for 35 yards out of the backfield while Keith Kirkwood logged a touchdown get in the success. Protectively, Marshon Lattimore drove the Saints with a couple of interferences including the amusement securing pick in the late phases of the fourth quarter to do what needs to be done for New Orleans while Demario Davis drove New Orleans with 5 handles. As a group, New Orleans is averaging 379.2 yards of complete offense and 31.5 focuses per diversion. The Saints are additionally the second hardest protection in the NFL against the run, holding rivals to simply 80.2 surging yards per diversion this season.

Los Angeles is 1-3-1 ATS in their last 5 playoff street amusements and 2-5 ATS in their last 7 playoff recreations while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 diversions against a group with a triumphant record. New Orleans is 0-4 ATS in their last 4 recreations generally speaking and 48-23-1 ATS in their last 72 diversions against a group with a triumphant record while the over is 6-1 in their last 7 playoff home amusements. The home group is 7-0 ATS in the last 7 gatherings between these two groups.

I sat in a lodging in November when these two groups met, finishing in a 45-35 Saints win giving L.A. their first loss of the season, feeling this was most likely the matchup we would find in the NFC title diversion, and here we are. You have two strong offenses in this diversion, so clearly the over would merit a look, thinking of it as’ a typical pattern when these two meet. In any case, this amusement comes down to two things as I would like to think. To begin with, it’s enormous that the Saints won home field as the home group has had the majority of the accomplishment throughout the years between these two groups. Second, we get to truly perceive how the run-ceasing capacity of the Saints admissions against a genuine playoff test against the Rams as the Eagles sat 28th in the NFL in hurrying and didn’t present a lot of a ground risk a week ago. The Saints held the Rams to 91 hurrying yards in their past matchup this season, and keeping in mind that many have this amusement being settled on a field objective late, I think this diversion is chosen by a touchdown and returning to home field, I think the Saints take care of business at home and cover all the while so I’ll lay the focuses in this one.