Tsonga, Simon Lead Rich French Heritage In Metz, Where Djokovic Won As A Teen

The Moselle Open, which made its ATP Tour debut in 2003, is one of six tour-level events held in France.

The ATP 250 would have been held this week if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATPTour.com looks at five things to know about the tournament.

Fantastic Frenchmen
Since its inaugural edition, the Moselle Open has proven to be a popular stop on the ATP Tour calendar for French players. Sixteen of the 17 previous editions of the event have featured a home champion in singles or doubles.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga owns a tournament record four singles trophies in Metz, followed closely by three-time champion Gilles Simon. In doubles, Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin have each claimed a record four trophies.

On four occasions, France has produced the singles champion and both doubles titlists in the same year (2003-’04, ’12, ’18). The only edition of the tournament that has not featured … Read the rest

Complete overhaul: How Man United can rotate and still defeat Luton Town

Manchester United desperately need to make some changes for their clash with Luton Town after their horrendous defeat to Crystal Palace last weekend.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men fell to a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford, with fans devastated by the incredibly lacklustre display.

Supporters expect a rotated side to face Luton but whenever the legendary Norwegian has made changes to his starting XI, it’s often backfired.

However, there could be a way where history doesn’t repeat itself if the rotation is done smartly.

The Red Devils badly need a win and should easily crush Luton Town despite cup ties often being unpredictable.

Odion Ighalo will be chomping at the bit after his appearances dried up towards the end of last season while Donny van de Beek’s goalscoring substitute appearance should earn him more minutes to make an impact.

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Former Chelsea star Fabregas lauds Mane after bagging a brace against his old club

Former Chelsea and Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas has once again spoken of his admiration for Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane.

The Senegalese forward bagged a brace yesterday in the champions’ 2-0 win at Stamford Bridge, but the Spaniard only had positive things to say.

During the game, Fabregas tweeted that the Liverpool star is the best player in the Premier League – an opinion that isn’t novel, to be honest – but it garnered a wide response.

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There were many Manchester City fans in Cesc’s replies posting photos Kevin De Bruyne with the caption ‘no lmaoooooo‘ in the hopes of sparking an intelligent debate.

Alas, it was to no avail.

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FSA Vision Metron TFE aero extensions are wild; Prototype wheels for TdF’s final TT

The new Vision Metron TFE aero extensions take shape on today’s final time trial of the 2020 Tour de France, and they’re a sight. Featuring a wild one-piece design that incorporates the arm rest into the extensions. They say it’s 8{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa} faster than their standard extension, which is good for about 9.4 seconds off a […]

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Final Preview: Djokovic, Schwartzman Chase Career Milestones In Rome

When Novak Djokovic and Diego Schwartzman meet for the fifth time in their ATP Head2Head series (Djokovic leads 4-0) in Monday’s Internazionali BNL d’Italia final, both players will not only be fighting for the Rome trophy, but also a personal milestone.

Following the completion of his second Career Golden Masters at the Western & Southern Open last month, Djokovic is the joint Masters 1000 titles leader alongside fellow 35-time champion Rafael Nadal. The Rome final presents Djokovic with an opportunity to overtake his rival by lifting a 36th trophy at the level.

Most ATP Masters 1000 Titles

Rank Player Titles
1 Novak Djokovic 35
1 Rafael Nadal 35
3 Roger Federer 28
4 Andre Agassi 17
5 Andy Murray 14

On the other side of the net, Schwartzman is one win away from cracking the Top 10 in the FedEx ATP Rankings for the first time in his career. The … Read the rest

Man-of-the-match breaks record on eve of departure for Man United?

Porto star Alex Telles has responded to rumours surrounding his future, insisting he’s focusing on his work instead of on the Manchester United reports.

The left-back has become Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice target after Sergio Reguilon completed a transfer to Tottenham Hotspurs.

Jose Mourinho’s side reportedly accepted Real Madrid’s terms which included a buy-back clause that United refused to entertain.

The need for a left-back still remains however and so Solskjaer is believed to have turned his attention to Telles.

The latest reports claim the Red Devils have agreed on personal terms with the Brazilian defender and it’s just the transfer fee that needs working out now.

According to Metro, Telles said: “I’m a guy who focuses a lot on work, people believe what they want, say what they want in the newspapers, but the most important thing is to be focused on my work.

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Klopp says Thiago is so good he didn’t need to train with the team before LFC debut

New Liverpool signing Thiago Alcantara made his debut for the Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge on Sunday afternoon.

The Spain international was brought on from the bench at half-time for captain Jordan Henderson, who was taken off as a precaution.

Speaking after the game, manager Jurgen Klopp said Thiago is the ‘perfect’ player for this situation – because he’s so good he doesn’t need to train with the team.

The full quote from the boss can be seen in Paul Gorst’s tweet below:

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It goes against everything we know about Klopp – for him to put … Read the rest

Kogel Kolossos OS Campy EPS pulley gets tension adjust; Plus machined crankset preloads!

Already available for Shimano and SRAM, the Kogel Kolossos oversized derailleur pulley and cage system is now available for Campagnolo EPS derailleurs, too. And it keeps the fully adjustable return spring tension as the stock unit, giving you complete control over it. Where some aftermarket OS pulley cages for Campy derailleurs provide a fixed, preset […]

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Schwartzman Stuns Nadal In Rome

Nobody beats Diego Schwartzman 10 times in a row. Not even Rafael Nadal.

Schwartzman stunned nine-time Rome champion Nadal 6-2, 7-5 after two hours and four minutes on Saturday evening to reach the semi-finals of the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Entering the match, Nadal had won all nine of their ATP Head2Head meetings, including 22 of their 24 sets.

“For sure it’s my best match ever,” Schwartzman said. “I played a few times against the three big champions in tennis. I never beat them until today. I’m very happy.” 

Schwartzman vs. Nadal – Stats

 Stats  Diego Schwartzman  Rafael Nadal
 First-Serve Points Won  64{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa}  48{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa}
 Second-Serve Points Won  58{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa}  44{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa}
 Break Points Saved  3/5  4/9

The Argentine is into his second ATP Masters 1000 semi-final. Schwartzman reached the last four at this level for the first time last year at the same event. He lost three of his first … Read the rest

Blunt attack, weak defence: The stats that show United's downfall vs Palace

Manchester United fans are rightfully disgusted by their team’s performance vs Crystal Palace and unfortunately, the statistics don’t make for good reading either.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford in what was their first fixture of the season.

Unfortunately due to the nature of the loss, there’s no real way to defend United as there was no excuse for how comfortable Palace were.

United had fewer minutes in their legs and a few key players missing but those factors can’t even be considered simply because of how poor they were.

There should’ve been enough about the starting XI Solskjaer picked to still get a result but the statistics below shows the exact opposite.

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