Britain's Andy Murray hits a return during a practice session ahead of the Davis Cup Final tennis match between Belgium and Britain, in Ghent, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The final starts Friday and runs till Sunday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Belgium's team captain Johan Van Herck, right, speaks during a press conference with David Goffin ahead of the Davis Cup Final tennis match between Belgium and Britain, in Ghent, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The final starts Friday and runs till Sunday. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Andy Murray listens to his brother Jamie Murray speak as he takes part in a press conference for the Davis Cup Final tennis match between Belgium and Britain, in Ghent, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The final starts Friday and runs till Sunday.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Britain's Andy Murray pauses as he listens to a question from the media as he takes part in a press conference for the Davis Cup Final tennis match between Belgium and Britain, in Ghent, Belgium, Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015. The final starts Friday and runs till Sunday.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
A general view of the Flanders Expo Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, where the Davis Cup Final tennis match between Belgium and Britain, will take place in Ghent, Belgium. The match starts Friday.(AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Nadal has H2H and maybe nothing else - broadly 'GOAT' speaking.
Djokovic may not have H2H but he may (already has?) have EVERYTHING that Nadal lacks - and more.
Heck, Djokovic is on pace to at least match not only most of Federer's records that Nadal fell short of, he is also realistically within striking distance of Federer's 'considered today' untouchable records: Most weeks @ No. 1 - Total AND consecutive, seven Wimbledon titles (If two clowns pass No. 7 @ one Slam even though they may not be Wimbledon, does it count to dilute some of the thunder?), WTF titles (Djokovic is @ 5 already. Federer @ 6 - and done), balanced portfolio (Djokovic may pass that AND bag a second career Slam)........
And THAT'S if both Djokovic and Nadal fail to match / pass No. 17.
I mean, how can you be considered even the disputed GOAT if the ONLY record that's still standing is your Slam total? Everything else has been shredded to smithereens.
If you were this talented and skilled how come TWO clowns are knocking at that last door after vanquishing everything else - ruthlessly?
Roger Federer has warned Novak Djokovic he will find it hard to repeat his incredible 2015 campaign.
Federer was Djokovic's last victim of the year as the Serb romped to a 6-3, 6-4 victory in the final of the ATP Tour Finals on Sunday. It was 28-year-old Djokovic's 11th title of a golden year that saw the world number one win 82 of his 88 matches, reach all four Grand Slam finals and win Wimbledon, the Australian Open and the US Open.
But 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer knows just how difficult it will be for Djokovic to emulate his triumphs in 2016. "It's hard to play at this pace all the time. You are talking about narrow margins, a break point here and there can change the whole outcome," Federer said. "It's going to be hard for him to have a bad year, but you can't just repeat a year like this.
Every great champion has been succeeded by someone younger. In Djokovic's case, that would mean either Nishikori, Raonic, Tomic, Cilic, Paire, Theim etc. Has there ever been a more pathetic list of sub 28 year olds?
On a survey note, TP, I wonder who the next #1 will be? Please don't put Federer on the list.
Thanksgiving is as much about gratitude is at is about turkey and cranberry sauce. And it turns out feeling thankful has some pretty potent effects on your health.
While more research is needed to strengthen the understanding of the link between gratitude and health, here’s a roundup of some compelling reasons why you will want to be extra thankful this season.
You’ll have a healthier heart: In an April study of 186 men and women with heart damage, researchers rated the people’s levels of gratitude and spiritual well-being. They found that higher gratitude scores were linked to having a better mood, higher quality sleep and less inflammation—which can worsen the symptoms of heart failure. They also found that having high levels of gratitude explained a lot of the benefits of spiritual well-being. In addition, some of the men and women were also asked to write down things they were grateful for over an eight-week period. “We found that those patients who kept gratitude journals for those eight weeks showed reductions in circulating levels of several important inflammatory biomarkers, as well as an increase in heart rate variability while they wrote. Improved heart rate variability is considered a measure of reduced cardiac risk,” said study author Paul J. Mills, a professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California, San Diego in a statement about his research.
You might get more shuteye: If you’re having difficulty sleeping, writing down a few things you are thankful for before bed can help. A 2011 study of college students who struggled to fall asleep due to racing minds and worries found that those who underwent a gratitude intervention (they were asked to spend 15 minutes in the early evening writing about a positive event that occurred recently or one they anticipated in the future) were able to “quiet their minds and sleep better.”
It makes you more optimistic: Being gracious can contribute to a healthier outlook. In a 2003 study, researchers split up a group of people and had some of them write about what they were grateful for during the week, some write about hassles, and a third group write about neutral things that happened to them. After a few weeks, the researchers found that the people who wrote about things they were grateful for were more optimistic and reported feeling better about themselves. They even exercised more than the group that wrote about things that irritated them. “Results suggest that a conscious focus on blessings may have emotional and interpersonal benefits,” the study authors write.
Gratitude helps you make new friends: Expressing gratitude is a great way to build new relationships. In a 2014 study published in the journalEmotion, researchers had 70 college students think they were mentoring a high schooler. They were asked to send comments on a college admissions essay. The students then received a note from their mentee that either expressed gratitude or did not. The students who were thanked by the high schooler were more likely to rate them as having a warmer personality and more likely to provide the younger student with their personal information, like an email address.
Being thankful improves physical health: An analysis of nearly 1,000 Swiss adults published in the journal Personality and Individual Differencesfound that higher levels of dispositional gratitude were correlated with better self-reported physical health. The people who felt more gracious had a notable willingness to partake in healthy behaviors and seek help for their health-related concerns. Other research has suggested that people who are grateful are more likely to do physical activity.
.........and slide in a controlled manner, with a reduced risk of injury.
Sliding is a key skill on clay courts, mastered by the likes of one-time 'King of Clay' Rafael Nadal, who enjoyed years of success in the French Open at Roland Garros. But the fast pace of the modern tennis game means that top players are also using slipping and sliding as a technique to move more quickly around grass and hard surface courts to reach the ball.
"In all sports athletes tend to push the interactions to a greater degree. And in elite tennis we're seeing that more players are sliding on hard courts than they used to. So the kind of movements that they're carrying out on hard courts would be something that you might have seen on clay courts before," said Dr Matt Carré from the Department of Mechanical Engineering.
The increase in sliding among top players could be a natural reaction to more powerful racket technology, according to mechanical engineering PhD student Daniel Ura.
"The speed of the game has increased a lot because the players are serving faster than years before; it could be because of the materials of the racquets or could be the strings as well. But I think it's a necessity of the players to reach the ball faster," Ura told Reuters.
Working in collaboration with the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the world governing body of tennis, the researchers have conducted experiments to measure the amount of friction between different playing surfaces and shoes. Carré said their laboratory testing rig mechanically replicates the friction between the player, the shoe and the surface.
This includes parameters like the surface type, player force, sliding shoe orientation, outsole temperature and speed during critical player movements, he said.
"The end goal is to actually develop a system that allows us to better understand tennis courts and how they perform and to monitor the tennis courts. In order to do that we need to understand a number of parameters including; how the shoe changes, how the properties of the shoe affect that interaction, how the properties of the tennis courts affect that, and also other factors like temperature and the actual players loading themselves, so how they slide or move around on the courts," he said.
Their aim is to develop a portable hand-held device that could measure the friction of any tennis court and allow players and coaches to adjust their game plan. This could lead to a 'sliding scale' for surfaces that grades them according to their propensity for sliding.
While it will help the ITF more easily regulate tennis courts around the world, the research could also aid tennis shoe and surface manufacturers in designing new footwear and tennis courts to maximize a professional player's ability to control their sliding.
Ura likened it to Formula 1 motor racing, where the choice of car tire is crucial, depending on the condition of the track.
"I think it will become more like a Formula 1 race probably, when depending on the weather conditions or depending - in this case - on the surface conditions, I think the shoes are going to play an important role during a match. So I think that's probably the future of the shoes, they're going to start to customize them according to the surface properties," he said.
"So I think when we're able to find the optimum friction or the optimum parameters between the shoes and the surfaces, then the shoe and the surface manufacturers are going to be very interested to try to improve their shoes (and) their surfaces to get the best performance."