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18-Year-Old Lorenzo Musetti Stuns Stan Wawrinka at Italian Open 2020

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18-Year-Old Lorenzo Musetti Stuns Stan Wawrinka at Italian Open 2020

As North American hard-court summer season curtains down in the US, the clay-court tour kicks off in the European continent. Rome Masters or the Italian Open 2020 tournament as got underway in Italy and the second day of the big tennis event saw a big upset was pulled by the home-favorite teenager Lorenzo Musetti. The Italian lad defeated three-time Grand Slam Stan Wawrinka in the first round of Rome Masters.

It was a straight-forward defeat for World Number 17 Wawrinka, as he lost 6-0, 7-6 against the 18-year-old Musetti. The encounter was an epic experience in Musetti’s budding career as he conquered his first-ever ATP win.

He earned his way to the main draw in Rome by playing three taxing qualifying matches in the Masters 1000 event.

Tennis – ATP Masters 1000 – Italian Open – Foro Italico, Rome, Italy – September 14, 2020, Italy’s Lorenzo Musetti in action during his first-round match against Italy’s Giulio Zeppieri Pool via REUTERS/Riccardo Antimiani

During the match, within 33 minutes of time, Musetti sprinted to take a 6-0, 2-0 lead against Wawrinka. The Swiss star broke back and raised his hopes of staying in the battle. With Musetti on the driver’s seat, all the traffic was driven by the Italian lad with his incredible ability to strike sleek one-hand backhands just like his experienced-opponent.

Unfortunately, he couldn’t produce the biggest win of his career in front of his home-crowd as Rome Masters decided to carry court the tournament behind the closed doors.

Stan Wawrinka is Lorenzo Musetti’s Idol

Up next Musetti sets up his second-round clash against the Asian star Kei Nishikori. In Rome, the Japanese ace delivered his first ATP win since US Open 2019 after edging past Albert Ramos Vinolas in the opening round.

“I have seen him play on television and I know he is a very tough player.  I’m going to enjoy the victory before I start thinking about my match against Nishikori,” Musetti said.

“I’m so happy. When I saw the draw, that I was playing with one of my idols, with a one-handed backhand, it was amazing,” he reflected after his groundbreaking win.

35-year-old tennis champ Wawrinka won a title at Prague Challenge in the month of August. It was his first title since his comeback to the ATP Tour after undergoing knee surgery. With his loss in Italy, Stan will be meticulously working upon his preparation for French Open 2020.

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REPORTS: Absence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Takes a Toll on TV Ratings

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REPORTS: Absence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic Takes a Toll on TV Ratings

The biggest names are the biggest crowd pullers in an event. Whether it’s a match or any other occasion, viewership fluctuates with the presence or absence of any specific name involved. For tennis, the presence of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Serena Williams greatly determines the viewership. Years of astounding performance helped them build a loyal fan base that flocks to any match they play in.

Spencer Nolan, general manager for UK and Ireland for Nielsen Sport, shared his thought regarding this issue.

“For sports like tennis, you do see the individuals [involved] playing a big part in the overall audience base or the willingness to watch an event,” Spencer Nolan said.

The recently concluded US Open 2020 fetched disappointing viewership numbers. While the men’s final lacked audience due to the absence of the big three, the women’s final suffered because of the semi-final’s loss of hometown heroine Serena Williams.

“In the women’s final, the absence of the home hero is a big piece whereas the men’s is different and we’re talking about global icons that almost transcend a sport: Federer, Nadal and Djokovic, and Serena too, are not only the three best ever to play the game, they are the three best ever to play in the last 150 years and they’re all playing at the same time which is probably unparalleled in any sport.

“If they had retired five years ago, there would have been a hole for a period and you would maybe have had players maybe winning slams that they shouldn’t have been.”

Rafael Nadal on his quest for the 13th Roland Garros title

Pulling out of the US Open 2020, Rafael Nadal shifted his complete focus towards the French Open 2020. The twelve-time French Open champion is on a quest to pick up his 13th Grand Slam on clay.

The Spaniard is almost unplayable on the red dirt. However, it won’t be easy for Nadal as this year’s tournament has adverse conditions – including heavier Wilson balls.

Novak Djokovic’s presence in the tournament not only increased the competition but also helped in bringing more audience to the event. Significantly, Serena Williams will also look for her record 24th Grand Slam.

Serena Williams in US Open 2020
Flushing Meadows, New York,USA; Serena Williams of the United States hits a backhand against Victoria Azarenka of Belarus (not pictured) in a women’s singles semi-finals match on day ten of the 2020 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. |REUTERS

Needless to say, the viewership will go down drastically after these players retire. We can only hope that the void is soon filled by fresh faces.

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PlayStation 5 Users Will Have to Wait Longer for Yakuza: Like A Dragon

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PlayStation 5 Users Will Have to Wait Longer for Yakuza: Like A Dragon

Yakuza is one of the major classic series from the house of Sega. The latest installment in the series, Yakuza: Like a Dragon has already released on the PlayStation 4, in Japan. This title is considerably different from the other ones in terms of gameplay. Rather than the real-time, beat ’em up gameplay, Like a Dragon features turn-based RPG gameplay.

Fans from Japan have responded with hugely positive reviews for the game, while worldwide users wait for this game to be available on the current and next-gen consoles, as well as PC.

Further reading: PS5 Users May Require a Regular Reorganization of Storage Drive

As of now, the release date for the game on the Xbox Series S/X, PS4, and PC is the 10th of November this year. However, the PS5 version of the game will not release until next year, on the 2nd of March, 2021.

Future PlayStation 5 users need not be disheartened by the delay in the release of Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Although it will mean a long wait for the PS5 users, it is not all bad news. For Xbox Series X/S and PS5 users, the game will have a free upgrade option. This means that you can buy the Xbox One/PS4 version of the game and then have it upgraded for the next-gen consoles for free.

As for the Xbox users, smart delivery will be taking care of this. It will enable users to take the Xbox One version of the title to the Xbox Series S, or the Series X version. As for PlayStation users, it will be even simpler. It will simply replace the digital copies of the PS4 version of the game with a free digital copy of the PS5 version.

Yakuza is one of the best franchises developed by Sega, and fans will be happy to hear about the free upgrade for the next-gen consoles.

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“Just Didn’t Step Up”: Felix Auger-Aliassime Frustrated After Crashing Out of the 2020 French Open

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"Just Didn't Step Up": Felix Auger-Aliassime Frustrated After Crashing Out of the 2020 French Open

Rising star Felix Auger-Aliassime has failed to make a mark at the 2020 French Open. The young Canadian was easily bested by his Japanese opponent Yoshihito Nishioka in three sets. Following the loss, Auger-Aliassime was frustrated with himself and piled all the blame on his poor display on Court nine. 

This is Felix Auger-Aliassime’s second senior appearance at Roland Garros. Moreover, this year is his main draw debut, which has unfortunately ended in a first-round defeat. Nishioka stormed to a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victory where he broke his opponent’s serve six times. 

Mandatory Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau

On the other hand, Felix Auger-Aliassime had 13 chances to break Nishioka, but succeeded only twice. After the game, the 20-year-old reflected on the loss and went a bit harsh on himself for failing to step up. 

“He played good. Also, I wasn’t good, and I could have been better on many of those opportunities,” Auger-Aliassime said. “I give him credit and I take responsibility for that because I just felt like there were too many times where I just didn’t step up and played a decent point.”

Felix Auger-Aliassime is just not sure why he failed to win against Nishioka 

Normally after a defeat, players try and find an explanation for it. The loss might be due to several factors. But when Auger-Aliassime was asked to reflect on it, he just couldn’t lock in on a factor due to which he gave away the defeat. 

“The issue wasn’t technically. The issue could have been mentally, tactically,” he said. “You always see what you could do better but when you’re in the moment you try your best. You try to win, but sometimes it’s not enough, you’re not good enough on the day.”

This is indeed a gut-wrenching loss for the youngster, who hoped that he would fare well at Paris this year. Felix Auger-Aliassime had his best grand slam result at the 2020 US Open this year, when he reached till the fourth round.

 However, he’s still struggling with clay, and the youngster is not reluctant to put forth the fact. Moreover, he did not impress in his RG preparation at the Italian Open or the German Open.  “It’s been a long time since I’ve played on clay, I haven’t had time to adjust and train,” he said.

Felix Auger Aliassime at the 2020 French Open
Mandatory Credit: REUTERS/Charles Platiau

“I could have done better, there was no reason. It’s obvious to everyone and myself that I haven’t been able to adapt and do what it takes to play better and win matches,” Felix Auger-Aliassime added. 

With a disappointing end to his French Open campaign, the Canadian sensation would hope to bounce back strong for the remainder of the ATP calendar. 

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