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French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic in semifinals, to Rafa Nadal on Friday

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French Open 2021 Quarterfinals: Novak Djokovic vs Matteo Berrettini, Head to Head, LIVE stream; All you need to know

French Open 2021 Quarterfinals: Novak Djokovic vs Matteo Berrettini: Novak Djokovic would have finished the game in straight sets but Berrettini fought back hard to win the 3rd set. However, the Serb was relentless and won the match 6-3, 6-2, 6-7, 7-5 to set up a mouth-watering semi-final showdown with defending champion Rafael Nadal.

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French Open 2021: Novak Djokovic defeats Matteo Berrettini to face Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals

Djokovic beat Berrettini: Top seed Djokovic was given a mighty scare against Italian teenager Lorenzo Musetti on Monday, losing the first two sets, but seemed to be rolling towards a straightforward victory after moving two sets ahead against Berrettini.

Berrettini dug his heels in throughout the third set without managing to fashion a break point.

With the first night session crowd permitted getting behind the 25-year-old, Berrettini extended Djokovic into a tiebreak and bombed down a couple of aces and some venomous forehands.

Djokovic had the match on his racket at 5-4, however, but a couple of uncharacteristic errors gave Berrettini a set point that he converted with another thudding forehand.

Suddenly an energised Berrettini looked dangerous but the drama was halted as the 5,000 fans were ordered to leave in line with Paris’s 11pm COVID-19 curfew requirements when Djokovic led 3-2 on serve in the fourth set.

After a 25-minute delay, in which the players left Court Philippe Chatrier, battle resumed in silence and despite a heavy fall which grazed his hand, Djokovic sensed his moment when Berrettini served at 5-6.

Djokovic vented his anger as Berrettini saved a second match point with a brutal forehand and he then produced a series of deafening roars aimed at his entourage after clinching the win at the third time of asking.

French Open 2021: Nadal vs Djokovic dream semi-finals lined up for Friday

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 3 Rafael Nadal are headed for yet another clash in the French Open semifinals on Friday.

No. 3 Nadal out-lasted No. 10 Diego Schwartzman in four sets in one quarterfinal on Wednesday, while No. 1 Djokovic fought off No. 10 Matteo Berrettini in a four-set match.

Djokovic is one of the best players ever,” Nadal told reporters. “We know each other well and anything can happen when you face him.

The winner will meet the survivor between No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and No. 6 Sascha Zverev in Sunday’s Roland Garros final.

 

Novak Djokovic to face Rafael Nadal in French Open final blockbuster | Tennis News - Times of India

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French Open 2021 Quarterfinals: Novak Djokovic vs Matteo Berrettini: What about prize money?

The total prize pool for Roland Garros 2021 is €34,367,216.

Singles

Winner: €1,400,000

Finalist: €750,000

Semifinalists: €375,000

Quarterfinalists: €255,000

Round of 16: €170,000

Third Round: €113,000

Second Round: €84,000

First Round” €60,000

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Reports | Tottenham set to announce Paulo Fonseca as their new manager

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According to the Guardian, Tottenham are set to appoint Paulo Fonseca as their new manager this week on an expected three-year deal following the signing of Fabio Paratici. The former Roma manager has been linked with a move after talks with Antonio Conte fell apart due a difference in ideologies.

Following the sacking and subsequent departure of Jose Mourinho to Roma, Tottenham have struggled to find their next manager. Reports had indicated that they had originally picked Erik ten Hag but the Ajax boss signed a contract extension with the Dutch sides. Not only that, the club lost out on Julian Nagelsmann with the German signing for Bayern Munich. But while there was a shock move for Antonio Conte on the cards, that fell apart due to a difference of ideologies.

However, the club’s managerial search is set to come to an end with the Guardian reporting that Spurs have picked Paulo Fonseca as their new manager. The former AS Roma boss is set to reportedly sign a three year deal with the move made by, Tottenham’s new managing director of football, Fabio Paratici after the move for Conte fell apart. Paratici was recently confirmed to have signed for the North London side earlier this week with Fonseca reportedly keen on the job.

The former AS Roma boss originally rose through management in Portuguese football, having spent the entirety of his playing career in Portugal. With notable management experience including Porto, Braga and Shakhtar Donetsk, where he won the league three times. Fonseca is set to sign a three year deal with Tottenham but it will be, reportedly, structured as a two year contract with an option to extend it by a year.

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Alabama season opener vs Miami game marks the end of an era for Crimson Tide

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The Alabama football program is leaving the neutral-site affairs behind in favor of more home-and-home series after the 2021 college season.

Once the Alabama football team presumably defeats the Miami Hurricanes on Labor Day in Atlanta, the Crimson Tide will finally begin playing Power Five teams in much-anticipated home-and-home series.

For years, this had served Nick Saban and his program. Alabama would only play Power 5 teams out-of-conference at a neutral site. While this gave the Crimson Tide a major scheduling advantage, everything will change after the Chick-fil-A Kickoff vs. Miami down in Atlanta this year. This truly marks the end of an era in what will surely be Saban’s final years down in Tuscaloosa.

Alabama football: Crimson Tide will play its last neutral-site game vs. Miami

Alabama athletic director Greg Byrne should be applauded for all the exciting games he has on tap for the football program down the line. The Crimson Tide will play teams like Texas, Wisconsin, Florida State, West Virginia, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Oklahoma State, Georgia Tech, Boston College and Virginia Tech between 2022 and 2035. Of course, Saban will most likely be retired well before 2035.

While Alabama fans may love the opportunity to go to places like Austin and Columbus, the reason Byrne is doing this with presumably Saban’s blessing is very simple: Alabama will not be punished by losing a game on the road out-of-conference once the College Football Playoff expands from four to 12 teams. Saban will coach in some of these games, but will not coach in all of them.

Alabama can afford to drop a road game in South Bend, Stillwater or Blacksburg as long as the Crimson Tide are one of the 12 best teams in the country at the end of the year. Other programs may have beaten Alabama to the punch when it comes to impressing the Selection Committee with their non-conference resume, but the Crimson Tide will be making up for it when it counts.

Look for Alabama to win its last neutral-site game vs. Miami before doing away with them in favor of the home-and-home series.

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