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.

WHO HAS BEEN MORE IMPRESSIVE GETTING HERE?
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.

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO THE MATCH FOR DJOKOVIC?
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.

WHAT ARE THE KEYS TO THE MATCH FOR NADAL?
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.

WHAT WOULD A WIN FOR DJOKOVIC MEAN?
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.

Elina Svitolina vs Naomi Osaka Live Stream, Australian Open

Game    
Naomi Osaka vs Elina Svitolina
Date & Time Wednesday January 23, 2019, 1:30 AM (EST)
Location
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.

Warrington vs Frampton

Josh Warrington makes the first defence of his IBF featherweight title against Carl Frampton in Manchester.

In beating Lee Selby last May, Warrington made history at his beloved Elland Road by becoming the first man from Leeds to win a world title.

Frampton is out to secure that reign is a short-lived one.

Since losing his WBA title in his compelling 2017 rematch with Leo Santa Cruz, Frampton has fought three times fighting under the Frank Warren flagship, all back home in Belfast, all resulting in victories.

Cruz is confident a trilogy fight with the Northern Irishman awaits in 2019 but Warrington can wreck those plans. The 28-year-old entered as the underdog against Selby earlier this year and has warned Frampton another upset is on the way.

Here’s what you need to know ahead of Warrington vs Frampton…

Date, UK start time and venue
Warrington vs Frampton takes place at the Manchester Arena on Saturday December 22. Ringwalks for the main event are expected around 10pm GMT, depending on how long undercard bouts last.

The undercard show will begin at 6pm.

TV channel and live stream
The fight will be available live on BT Sport Box Office for the price of £19:95 for UK customers.

It is also available on BT TV, Sky and Virgin platforms.

Betting odds | Provided by Betfair | Subject to change (UK and Ireland only)
Fight odds

Frampton to win: 1/2
Warrington to win: 15/8
Draw: 16/1
Method of victory

Frampton by decision/technical decision: 6/5​
Frampton by KO/TKO: 10/3
Warrington by decision/technical decision: 12/5
Warrington by KO/TKO: 10/1
Click here to place a bet.

Undercard
Billy Joe Saunders returns to the ring on the same night in what will be his first bout since he was denied a licence to defend his WBO middleweight title in August.

Having since been stripped of his title, the 29-year-old is set to take on Zoltan Sera.

Watch UFC 232 Live Stream

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If you have been following the actions of the UFC, you will also want to watch UFC 232. It has never been too early to reserve the option to follow the spectacular moments. Here we are going to share you how to watch UFC 232 live stream online. UFC 232 is the upcoming Fight Card which features Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 as the main event.
The UFC 232: Jones vs. Gustafsson 2 is a highly-anticipated MMA event that will happen on December 29th, 2018 at T-Mobile Arena in Paradise, Nevada, Las Vegas Metropolitan Area. The Ultimate Fighting Championship is the producer of the UFC 232.

What channel is it on?
UFC 232 is the upcoming PPV event. In this case, PPV is the only official way that you can take to watch UFC 232 without any problem. The preliminary fights will be available in UFC Fight Pass, FOX Sports, as well as ESPN. If you have subscribed to either of them, you will be able to watch the preliminary fights for free. However, you will need to purchase the PPV package through UFC.tv to attend the main event of the UFC 232. If you are a subscriber of the UFC.tv, you can watch the UFC 232 main event replay a month after the actual event happens.

United States
The US viewers can watch the UFC 232 event through the usual channels including Fox Sports and ESPN. But these only open the access to the preliminary fights. Purchasing the PPV package is a crucial thing to do to enjoy the main event. The matchups of the UFC 232 will be the part of the Fight Pass library in roughly a month after the actual event. So, if you have the Fight Pass credentials, you will be able to watch all the replays in one month later. UFC Fight Pass also provide the preliminary fights for free. If you are the subscriber, you are in luck. You can also view some of the preliminary fights via FOX Sports GO digital streaming service. Keep in mind that the PPV is the only official way to watch UFC 232 Main event live.

United Kingdom
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to watch UFC 232 in the BT Sport. Perhaps you haven’t known this yet; the BT spokesperson confirmed that BT company would end the relationship with the UFC in December 3rd. That means BT Sports will no longer broadcast the UFC events on the channel. The UFC 232 event happens on December 29th. But you can still purchase the PPV through the service.

Eleven Sport comes as the replacement of the BT Sport. So, you could also purchase the PPV from the respective channel. Eleven Sport provides the TV and digital services. You will quickly find the PPV option when subscribing to the channels. Consider checking on its official site to know furthermore.

Also, we ought to mention that you can still get the PPV packages from BT Sports Box Office or Sky Sports Box Office for the UFC 232 coverage.

Ireland
Ireland viewers can tune in the Eleven Sports. As mentioned, BT Sport will no longer provide the service starting from December 3rd. You will want to purchase the PPV through the UFC.tv for safer and more comfortable option. If you already have the UFC FIGHT PASS, the process will be much easier. Not to mention that you can also watch Preliminary Fights live stream for free by using your FIGHT PASS credentials.

Russia
Viewers in Russia can order the PPV Package to watch the UFC 232 live from their favorite device. You could tune in Fox Sports or ESPN to watch the preliminary fights for free. The good thing here is that you can also use your UFC Fight Pass to watch the boats excluding the main event. Check your full options in the UFC.tv. MatchTV is the official broadcaster in Russia. You could also purchase the PPV through the channel.

Canada
Usually, you would want to tune in TSN when the event happens.TSN holds the right to broadcast the bouts of the UFC events. You can watch the preliminary fights through the TSN TV. But you will want to purchase the PPV to enjoy the main event live.

Australia
The preliminary fights will be available on the UFC Fight Pass. You will want to tune in the UFC.tv to watch them for free. Meanwhile, you will need to purchase the PPV package to attend the Main event in HD quality. The FS1 prelim will also be available on FOX Sports GO.

UFC 232 Overview
The ufc 232 has set date on December 29, 2019, and would be the PPV fight live broadcast from the T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada. The ufc 232 would be a spectacular year-end show due to terrifying main card and undercard. There are two main cards for the ufc 232 including Jones vs Gustafsson and Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Fight. There will be 10 undercards, so ufc 232 would have 12 bouts in total and could be the clashes of the champions.

Jones vs Gustafsson 2 Fight Preview
Jones vs Gustafsson 2 Fight is the main event of the ufc 232 which will be played under Light Heavyweight title. Jone Jones is a 31 years old fighter with height 6’4” and weight 205 lbs. Alexander Gustafsson is a 31 years old fighter with height 6’5” and weight 205 lbs.

Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Fight Preview
Cris Cyborg vs Amanda Fight is the co-main event of the ufc 232 which will be played under featherweight title. Cris Cyborg is a 33 years old fighter with height 5’8” and weight 145 lbs. Amanda Nunes is a 30 years old fighter with height 5’5” and weight 135lbs.