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The Dream Final – Australian Open 2019

Even though it has not yet been decided, the Australian Open men’s final will be played, most likely, between Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

The great rivalry

This leads us to the great rivalry between Nadal and Djokovic, probably the most exciting rivalry in modern tennis.
They played togheter 52 times, which is absolute record in the Open Era (for male tennis players) and the Serbian leads with 27-25. Djokovic also leads the finals played against Nadal (14-10), but Nadal is leading the Grand Slam finals (4-3).

Everyone remembers the 2012 final of the Australian Open, which took almost 6 hours (it is the longest Grand Slam final ever) and was won by Djokovic. Then it was pretty much the same as now: Djokovic had already won Wimbledon and US Open (by defeating Nadal in both finals) and he was also seeded #1 (and Nadal #2). Even more, during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, Djokovic managed to win seven times in a row against Nadal, all in finals.

Will Djokovic made it through the final?

Most probably, yes. He will play against Lucas Pouille of France and, of course, he has the first chance. He’s fit and ready to take on Pouille. But the Frenchmen is also eager to make it big in Melbourne.

“It feels great. This has been my most successful Grand Slam throughout my career, the first one that I won back in 2008. The past two years have been a bit tough with the elbow injury and everything, but over the past 10 years, I’ve had plenty of success here. Obviously, that has helped to kick-start the season in a great fashion and, obviously, served as a great confidence boost for what was coming up after that.” said Djokovic for ATPTour.

Everyone is expecting the semifinal tomorrow, and, if all things go according to the plan, we’ll have a dream final on the 27th of January, the 55 meeting between these two tennis giants.

US Open 2018: Preview, Prize Money & how to watch live

The 2018 edition of the US Open starts on August 27th. This year, the total prize money is an absolute record. The winner, in both competitions, will receive $3,800,000. Qualifying in the second round brings a $93,000 check. The amount is the equivalent of winning an ATP 250 tournament, but the ATP / WTA points received are only 45. So it’s all about glory and money. And the competition will be fierce.

Men’s competition

Last year, the men’s event had a definite favorite: Roger Federer. However, the Swiss lost in the quarterfinals and Rafael Nadal won the trophy. So far, there is no definite favorite in men’s competition. We do not have a super player like Federer in 2017. We have, on the othe hand, more players with outstanding performances this year. Novak Djokovic is considered the favorite of the trophy in 2018. The Serbian is in an incredible return of form. Novak took Wimbledon and managed to be the only man to win all the Masters tournaments, with the victory in Cincinnati.

novak_djokovic_cincinnatiLet’s not forget that Novak is again the only player who has a positive record against his two big rivals: Nole leads Nadal with 27-25 and Federer with 24-22. Even more, Djokovic also leads Del Potro (14-4).
Rafael Nadal did not shine in the season after Roland Garros. Sure, he won the Rogers Cup and reached the Wimbledon semifinals. But Nadal seems to be in a slow drop in shape. On the other hand, the Spaniard is an indisputable world leader and will pull hard to defend the points won last year. It remains to be seen if Rafa is not already tired and his performance will start falling towards the end of the year.

Roger Federer seems to have reached the end of the line. Sure, the Swiss still plays at an incredible level for his age (37), but I do not think he will have the energy needed to win a new Grand Slam. It is possible to see him in the quarter-finals or even in the semifinals, but no further.

After an excellent start of the year, Juan Martin Del Potro entered somehow on a flat line. The Argentinian has not won a title since Indian Wells, which was played in March. Del Potro, however, had good progress in the tournaments that followed, which propelled him to the third place. We can say that Del Potro is in a good and stable form, ready to “explode” anytime.

From the young generation, Zverev still fails to keep a good and steady form. Obviously, the German has his chances at the US Open, but the volatility of the evolutions does not make him a true title contender. Grigor Dimitrov is in a clear drop of form, and Nick Kyrgios plays as nonchalantly as ever. Of all three, Kyrgios is the only one capable of a big upset in the first rounds, but he will get out before the semifinals.

Women’s competition

halep_hitting_ballLast year, in the women’s competition, the final was a surprise and ended with the victory of Sloane Stephens. Sloane has also played a new Grand Slam final this year at Roland Garros. But the only player to show great performance in the US Open Series is Simona Halep. She won the Rogers Cup and lost (hardly) the final at Cincinnati. However, bookmakers see Serena Williams as the top favorite, then Simona Halep. At a short distance, Kerber and Stephens are also in the list.
Let’s take a look at Serena Williams’s case.

The American has succeeded, just a few months after returning to the circuit, to play the Wimbledon final against Kerber. Williams had a poor evolution in the finals, and Kerber won easily. For Serena, a decline in form followed. She lost to Johanna Konta in San Jose and Petra Kvitova in Cincinnati. Why is Serena considered the favorite at the US Open? Because she can always mobilize and win any tournament in any circumstances.
Logically, Simona Halep is the most in-form player in the circuit right now. For me, Halep is the favorite, followed by Kerber. The players that can produce surprises or upsets are Maria Sharapova, Aryna Sabalenka and Kiki Bertens.

US Open 2018 Prize Money

The tournament has record prize money this year: $ 50,565,840 for all competitions. Here’s a breakdown for ATP/WTA:

Winner – $3,800,000
Runner-Up – $1,850,000
Semifinalists – $925,000
Quarterfinalists – $475,000
Round of 16 – $266,000
Round of 32 – $156,000
Round of 64 – $93,000
Round of 128 – $54,000

US Open 2018 Live

US Open 2018 can be watched live in Europe on Eurosport and Eurosport Player. If you are in the US, you can make a Eurosport Player account using a VPN.

Below is a list of sites that are best to watch the event online:

US Open Live Streaming on Eusportslive: you have the official stream where you can watch all the games, but you need to access a betting company. If not, find links to free streams (in the Web Streams section) on the same site. I cannot put the links here for obvious reasons.

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Another good way to find free streams is to search Google, but beware, not all sites are trustworthy.

ATP Finals London: Live Stream and Groups Preview (2017)

Live streaming of the ATP Finals in London will start on Sunday, 12 November 2017. The first match of the tournament is Federer vs Sock.

The ATP World Tour finals is all set to kick off from Sunday and it features the top eight players from around the world in the men’s game. The event includes Roger Federer, who is the World No.2, and Rafael Nadal, who leads the ATP rankings. They are placed as the top two seeds. The tournament will also comprise of Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria, Alexander Zverev from Germany, Jack Sock from the United States, David Goffin from Belgium, Dominic Thiem from Austria, and Marin Cilic from Croatia.
These eight players have been split up into two groups with four players each. Two of those players will reach the knockout stages.

Before we review the groups, here’s the live streaming info:

ATP Finals live streaming on tennisfans.tv

ATP Finals live streaming on livetv.sx

Group Pete Sampras:
Rafael Nadal, Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, and Dominic Thiem
One of the biggest questions of this group is the availability of Rafael Nadal for latter stages in the tournament. His knee injury has been a major worry and it forced him to pull out of the Paris Masters. Even now, his participation is in doubt, but he has the biggest opportunity to win the title. Nadal has not been able to win this event after only managing to reach the finals in 2010 and 2013.
After having gone through a resurgent 2017 with titles at Roland Garros and US Open, Nadal is a likely candidate to win this event – if he is fit.
Dimitrov comes into the event with a reputation for aggressive in attacking tennis. His record against Nadal is a disappointing 1-10, but he has come close on the last few occasions. Dimitrov also has a poor record against Thiem but the Austrian has been going through a disappointing run of form over the last few months. Thiem has been able to get just two victories in his recent five tournaments. Thiem is also having a disadvantage in the head-to-head record against Nadal and Goffin. It would take a huge effort from Thiem to come out successful – or even get past the group stages.
Goffin has not been going through a great run, and he is also not a likely candidate to back for victory.

Group Boris Becker:
Roger Federer, Alexander Zverev, Marin Cilic and Jack Sock
Federer is unsurprisingly a strong candidate to win the title. He has been able to win the event six times, and he has also reached the final in three out of the last four editions. Even though he has not been able to lift the title since 2011, Federer comes on the back of a tremendous run of form in 2017.
The Swiss master has a strong 12-3 record against the three opponents. He is also helped by the inexperience of the players, as Sock and Zverev are featuring at the ATP finals for the first time in their careers. They are up against a formidable opponent in the form of Federer, who looks to have regained his former glory days. Yet, Zverev is the most promising in the group. The 20-year-old German decided to skip the NextGen finals in order to be part of this tournament.
Sock has had a surprise entry that he is unlikely to make much impact. The same also applies for Cilic, although he can be backed to reach the knockout stages.

Nadal: Tension was too much

nadalpantsTension is no strange feeling at the Laver Cup. It is all about levels. And this time, that level was appreciably higher than usual for Rafael Nadal, who ended up doing something on the sidelines that, well, it is kind of a big deal now. Some would cringe at it. Some would appreciate it.
Even though Nick Kyrgios was one match point ahead, it was not enough to stem a backhand onslaught by Roger Federer who ultimately took the game away from him and Laver Cup along with it.
The match took place in Prague. But as sensational as Federer’s victory was at the center of the court, the sidelines did not turn out to be too boring either while Rafa was there. In a moment of extreme tension about how proceedings were going center court, Rafa gripped his shorts in pure frustration as the odds seemed to favor Kyrgios many times in the match.
Had Kyrgios managed to secure a victory that would have resulted in even scores for Team World and Team Europe and consequently, a doubles final to decide the winner. Nadal certainly was not keen to play that.
“It was tough,” Kyrgios said about losing to Federer, “When I’m playing for myself, sometimes I don’t put the greatest effort in. When I play with these guys I’m playing for something as a team.
“I’m playing for the whole team. It’s the same in Davis Cup. I’m playing for the country, playing for the guys on the bench.”

Rafael Nadal vs Guillermo Coria (2005 – Rome Masters – Full Match)

A second win for Nadal against Coria came just after the Rolex Masters in Monte Carlo, this time in Rome. It will be the second Masters title for Nadal, who was seeded 5th at the time – his ranking increased a lot in 2005 after winning three titles before the tournament in Rome.
This time, Guillermo Coria did not went down easily and the match was a long one, but finally Nadal won 6–4, 3–6, 6–3, 4–6, 7–6(8–6).

Rafael Nadal vs Guillermo Coria Full Match:

Rafael Nadal vs Guillermo Coria (2005 – Monte Carlo Masters – Full Match)

Nadal won his first Masters event in 2005 at the Monte Carlo Masters, where he began as the 11th seed. Having already won two titles in 2005 (both on clay), Nadal went on to claim his first big event by defeating Guillermo Coria 6–3, 6–1, 0–6, 7–5 (in those days, Masters matches were contested “3 out of 5 sets”). It was a big win for Rafa, who dominated this tournament for the years to come.

Rafael Nadal vs Guillermo Coria Highlights:

Rafael Nadal v Kevin Anderson – the unexpected final of the US Open (Odds & Live Streaming)

This final will be, for sure, a big moment in the careers of both players. If Rafa wins, he will strengthen his position at the top of the ATP Rankings and also add one more Slam to his already incredibile record of 15 Grand Slam titles. No one could predict at the start of the US Open that Nadal, who had big problems getting past the first rounds, will reach the final, especially after some disappointing performances following Roland Garros. But his tennis improved a lot in just two weeks and he proved once again that, on a good form, he can defeat anyone, anytime.
The semifinal against Del Potro was exactly like this. He started slow and lost the first set but then he crushed the Argentinian with 6-0, 6-2, 6-3, playing a stellar tennis.
On the other side of the net, Kevin Anderson must be overwhelmed. The South African is at the peak of his career at the US Open and he will try to defend his (rather small) chances in this final. The serve, his main feature, worked perfectly in the previous matches, but with Nadal this might not be enough. In the semifinal, the Spaniard returned most of Del Potro’s “missiles” and he also had no trouble fighting the Argentinian’s forehand, so Kevin Anderson will face a very tough match. At first glance, the final looks like a quick one, with Nadal winning in three sets. We’ll see what happens.

Now, for the live streaming, I will send you to tennisfans.tv, which seems to update their streams regularly. However, you can catch the action live on most tv stations all over the world.

As expected, the odds are against Kevin Anderson (7.00 – that’s 700% return), while Nadal has 1.12 (12% return, still pretty good considering this is the outcome everyone is expecting). Prepare for the odds to go down a lot for Nadal after the start of the match.