Preview: Will Djokovic Answer Nadal's Statement Win In The Second Round?

Rafael Nadal made a statement on Wednesday at Roland Garros, losing only four games in his second-round victory. Top seed Novak Djokovic will try to respond with a message of his own on Thursday when he plays Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis.

Djokovic will take confidence from a comprehensive straight-sets victory in the first round against Mikael Ymer. The Serbian only lost five games in his win.

“If you keep on winning, obviously with every match that you win, your confidence level raises a notch higher,” Djokovic said. “Obviously these conditions are different than what we are used to here [at the] French Open. Everyone has been talking about it. The balls, the heavy clay, the cold weather. It all affects the play, of course.

“But I think it’s quite suitable to my style of the game… I think generally the game is there. I’m ready physically, mentally, emotionally to go deep … Read the rest

100{3851c0879557ceb6c70cddb6630c7df9a9750acfd53fffec21979e603af26faa} tackles won: Can Solskjaer afford to drop defender from starting XI

Manchester United star Eric Bailly couldn’t have put in a better display vs Brighton & Hove Albion, keeping a clean-sheet in the process of a 3-0 victory.

The talented Ivorian is widely recognised as the club’s best centre-back but his proneness to injuries has often held him back.

Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof have consequently been the preferred partnership but that has never sat well with supporters.

However, with Bailly now being handed more minutes, that partnership may be challenged and should he continue putting in similar performances, it will only be a matter of time before he starts.

The challenge for the Villareal man is to prove his fitness and show he can be someone who Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can rely on.

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Brewster to Sheffield Utd looks imminent after buy-back clause accepted & formal bid made – report

Rhian Brewster’s reported move to Sheffield United has seemingly taken a big step closer to fruition.

According to The Telegraph, Liverpool have received a very palatable offer of around £20million for the young forward and are now ready to accept the bid after their demands have been met.

The Reds are adamant a buy-back clause is inserted into the 20-year-old’s new deal to protect their interests.

We at EOTK understand the Blades are viewed as a favourable destination by the Liverpool hierarchy, with manager Chris Wilder earning the trust of the Premier League’s top bosses.

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Sheffield Utd are in need of a new option up-front, and have been linked with a sensational move for Daniel Sturridge, but it seems Brewster is the preferred option.

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“Has to start” – These Man United fans demand that Solskjaer rewards impressive performance with a start vs Spurs on Sunday

The defensive situation at Man United still doesn’t look ideal, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has painted himself into a corner with some of his recent comments.

It’s clear to see that Harry Maguire will start because he’s the captain and they wildly overpaid to get him, but Victor Lindelof is just not the answer next to him.

He’s too timid and doesn’t seem to excel at any particular thing, but Solskjaer recently confirmed that they wouldn’t be going into the transfer market because he has a lot of options in the squad.

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There’s nothing wrong with making those comments, but it means he no longer has any excuse for sticking with an underperforming starting unit, and Eric Bailly made an excellent case for a starting spot tonight.

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Serie A doctor reckons that Juventus v Napoli match should go on

Serie A doctor, Gianni Nanni claims that Genoa’s next game against Torino should be the only game that has to be postponed.

This comes after 14 players and members of staff of the Grifoni returned positive tests for covid19 after their 6-0 loss to Napoli.

Their results sent shockwaves around the Italian league and Juve’s game against Napoli this weekend is now under serious threat.

Napoli’s players will now have to be tested on a few occasions before the game on Sunday to determine if a considerable number of them have caught the virus in that game.

It is expected that games will be postponed if too many players test positive for the virus and that could be the case for Juve-Napoli depending on the results.

However, Nanni is of the view that only Genoa’s next league game should be shifted.

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The pages are blotted with injuries, but Dembele’s Blaugrana story is far from over

Ousmane Dembele runs into the open space ahead of him on the right as Lionel Messi shimmies past a distraught Cesar Azpilicueta. Messi looks up, spots the Frenchman in ample room and nonchalantly passes it towards him. The youngster hurriedly takes the first touch and is left with just enough room to shoot. He then promptly takes it in his stride and fires it into the top left corner to make it 2-0, after which he immediately points towards the Argentinean great.

That was Ousmane Dembele’s first goal for Barcelona after a 4-month hiatus due to an unfortunate injury in his very first season with the Spanish giants. The Cules would’ve been hopeful of him finally coming into his own after that goal, potentially filling a large Neymar shaped hole. Fast forward a couple of seasons and the dynamic Frenchman has failed to make a real impact like people would … Read the rest

Marzocchi flies again with new Bomber DJ – a super burly, light weight dirt jump fork

The days of the super heavy dirt jump fork are long gone. Instead, thanks to Marzocchi’s rebirth at the hands of Fox, the Bomber DJ is back. Borrowing heavily from the longer travel Bomber Z1, the new DJ claims to be super stiff and impressively light. Like the Z1, the DJ uses the same 36mm […]

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ANALYSIS: Assessing the Field – 2020 Russian GP

The Formula 1 circus has frequented the Sochi Autodrom since the Winter Olympics were held at the site in 2014, and this year was no stranger to providing controversies and Turn 2 dramatics. 

Valtteri Bottas won the sixth annual Russian Grand Prix at the Black Sea circuit, adding to his season tally of two wins. Max Verstappen, again, became the only driver to competitively challenge the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One team duo, claiming second place and after a weekend plagued with time penalties and penalty points, Lewis Hamilton claimed the final podium spot. 

Like the previous round of the championship, the Tuscan Grand Prix, at Mugello, the opening few laps of the race were not short of clashes and retirements. During those opening laps, the grid lost Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lance Stroll to retirements due to collisions with barriers. 

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‘New upgrades from Ferrari are going to help Vettel’ – report

Scuderia Ferrari needs to catch up enormously by 2020. In 2019, they were still fighting for victories, and in 2020, they are mainly fighting for points. In recent weeks, more and more upgrades are coming in to improve the car, and upgrades are also expected at the Nurburgring.

Auto, Motor und Sport. The German news site sees that the Italians have already brought some upgrades towards Sochi and they expect Ferrari to bring some upgrades towards the Nürburgring as well. The most important changes to come should ensure that Charles Leclerc’s and Sebastian Vettel’s car will have more downforce at the rear.

For example, a new floor is expected to be ready for the circuit in Germany. Binotto has indicated to AMuS that if the upgrades give the same data as in the wind tunnel, the focus will be on the diffuser. There is still a lot of potential in this and it … Read the rest

Dropshot Deluge: Novak Rethinks Excessive Use In Ymer Win

Eight days after clinching his fifth Internazionali BNL d’Italia title in Rome, Novak Djokovic took no time to recover his best level at Roland Garros on Tuesday.

The World No. 1 won 61 per cent of his return points (44/72) to breeze past Mikael Ymer 6-0, 6-2, 6-3 on the new Court Philippe-Chatrier, proving too consistent for his opponent as he recorded his 16th consecutive first-round victory at the Paris major.

One of the most notable features of Djokovic’s win was his use of the drop shot, a tactic used regularly during his Rome title run. After the match, the five-time year-end World No. 1 recognised that he may have used the shot one too many times, but spoke of the importance of utilising the tactic to keep his opponents on their toes.

“I think it’s a great variety shot, the dropshot. I think it’s important tactically to have it … Read the rest