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Grass Tasted Like Never Before: Novak Djokovic

first_imgLondon: Serbian world No. 1 Novak Djokovic believes that the summit clash at the just concluded Wimbledon against Roger Federer was a “match that had ever everything” and will be remembered forever.Djokovic won his fifth Wimbledon title defeating Federer 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-6 (4), 4-6, 13-12 (3) in a marathon final that lasted for more than four hours on Sunday. The match, which was the longest ever Wimbledon’s final, went down all the way to the fifth set as both the players gave their all to achieve the glory.“It was a match to remember forever. Match that had everything in it. Match that transcends our sport,” Djokovic said in an Instagram post on Tuesday.“I am eternally grateful to be part of it. Major respect to Roger for a titan fight.”“It has been quite a tennis journey for me in the last 12 months. Coming back from injury and trying to get to the level of tennis which would allow me to compete for slams,” he added.After the victory, the Serbian leaned down and plucked a few strands of grass out of the court before popping them in his mouth.“Self belief, resilience, dedication and major support from my closest people in Life allowed me to be where I am today. I am blessed and I am aware of it,” said the 32-year-old.After Sunday’s win, Djokovic has moved closer to Federer’s men’s record of 20 major triumphs. Rafael Nadal, with 18, separates the pair.“Wimbledon, it has been a great pleasure to make history and share the court with legend of our sport once more. I will keep on dreaming to still be part of these memorable moments in the future. By the way, grass tasted like never before,” said Djokovic. IANSAlso Read: Novak Djokovic To Start Wimbledon Defence Against Kohschreiber Federer And Nadal Have Been Placedlast_img read more

Spotlight Sports Group enhances US content

first_imgShare StumbleUpon Spotlight Sports Group has revealed plans to grow its content portfolio with more in-depth analysis, pre-game and in-game statistics and picks for the four major US sports.The new content will be aimed at both retail outlets and online sportsbooks, having been designed to ‘educate and reach new customers across the US’ as more states continue to legalise sports betting.Discussing the increase in focus on the US, B2B Head of Content Sales Rob Black said: “It’s been nearly two years since the US Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on legal sports betting and nearly 75% of US states have either legalised sports wagering or introduced legislation to do so.“With operators opening up across the country there will be a lot of new sports bettors. We are perfectly placed to partner with these operators to educate and reach a new audience on sports betting. Our content is specifically designed to help reach and retain customers while giving them the best information to place an informed bet responsibly.“We’re very excited about the content we are producing for the US, we can produce in a host of languages and our global team of writers are skilled in producing localised content. This is a huge advantage for operators opening up across the United States. We’re looking forward to SBC’s upcoming Digital Summit where the team will be on hand to discuss our services.”Drawing upon 30 years of editorial experience, Spotlight Sports Group has planned to use a ‘deeper level of expert analysis and information’ to boost engagement with betting products. Spotlight Sports takes over MansionBet blog  June 18, 2020 Related Articles Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 Share Submit Kwiff charges racing markets with Racing Post content   June 3, 2020last_img read more

Newcastle 0-3 Man United

first_imgManchester United secured their fifth win in seven Premier League games as victory at Newcastle sent them second.Starting the day seven points adrift of leaders Chelsea, it was vital for the visitors to pick up three points, and two headers from corners in the first 15 minutes set them on their way.Jonny Evans was first to make the net bulge before fellow defender Patrice Evra repeated the trick moments later.Tom Cleverley made it 3-0 when he curled the ball into the top corner.The midfielder might have been trying to find Robin van Persie at the far post, but the ball flew out of the reach of home keeper Steve Harper and into the goal.While the goal may have had a touch of good fortune, there was nothing lucky about the Old Trafford club’s overall display. Sir Alex Ferguson’s men were rampant in the opening quarter, helped by some amateur Newcastle defending at set-pieces, and twice went close before the first goal.Danny Welbeck, who played furthest forward in a three-man attack featuring Wayne Rooney and Van Persie, was first to try his luck but struck a woefully tame shot from six yards.Harper then had to guard his near post to stop Van Persie’s toe-poke from sneaking in, but he had no chance when Evans powered home a header after eight minutes for only his second goal for the Red Devils. Newcastle had the jitters and could have fallen further behind but, after creating another chance for himself when he closed down the dawdling Harper just inside the area, Welbeck failed to find the empty net.However, the visitors made the pressure count again a couple of minutes later when Evra advanced from the edge of the area to head in his first goal for the club in two seasons. The highest scoring match between the teams at the ground was in January 1960, when the hosts won 7-3, and with only 15 minutes on the clock another 10-goal feast – all scored by the visiting team – did not seem totally impossible.But the attacking waves from the visitors died down, allowing Newcastle to come back into the match. Magpies boss Alan Pardew tinkered with their tactics and had a quick word with his backline as Evans received treatment for an injury, and that seemed to help mend the leak in defence.But the home side were also lacking inspiration in attack and once again the Demba Ba-Papiss Cisse partnership failed to shine, although they did suffer from poor service.The pair were central to Newcastle’s best effort, though. Ba flicked a header towards goal and when the ball came off the post it was nodded towards the net by Cisse, but the agile David De Gea just managed to claw it away before it had crossed the line. Hatem Ben Arfa and Yohan Cabaye also had efforts on goal, but they were as half-hearted as the Magpies’ display.Cleverley rounded off a miserable day for Newcastle with his spectacular effort.last_img read more