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  • Djokovic more dangerous than ever, says rival Thiem

    first_img“We all know what Djokovic is capable of,” said Austria’s Thiem who is also playing in the six-man Abu Dhabi field.“But now, if his injury is fine, he’s probably more dangerous and better if he had some time to recharge. I think everybody wants to know how he’s playing again and we’ll see his first matches here.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkThiem feels Djokovic could make the same impact as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal who came back from injuries this year.Federer won the Australian Open and a record eighth Wimbledon while Nadal claimed a 10th French Open and the US Open in a Slam sweep for the two veteran stars. Phoenix wins, acquires Kia The 36-year-old American was last seen in action winning the Australian Open for a modern-era record 23rd Grand Slam title in January.She then took a sabbatical to give birth to her first child, Alexis Olympia, in September.Williams takes on reigning French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in a match scheduled just before the men’s final in Abu Dhabi on Saturday evening.Another player in the field looking to build on his successful 2017 is South African Kevin Anderson.The world number 15, who reached the final of the US Open before losing to Nadal, also welcomed the return of Djokovic and Williams.“It is dubbed an ‘exhibition’, but the tennis this week in Abu Dhabi is great — it is very competitive and everyone is going to give it their all. So, it would be a good way to return for both these players,” said Anderson.“I think it is great. We all are eager to see what Novak is going to do when he comes back. And I heard just yesterday that Serena is coming here, so it is obviously very exciting for the tournament.“Serena is the greatest women’s tennis player of all time, and perhaps the greatest competitor -– man or woman –- that I have seen. It has been a long break for her, but I am sure she will come back more determined than before to succeed.”The men’s field in Abu Dhabi features US Open semi-finalist Pablo Carreno Busta, Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut and 20-year-old Russian Andrey Rublev apart from Djokovic, Thiem and Anderson.Djokovic and Thiem have byes to the semi-finals. Novak Djokovic. AFPFormer world number one and 12-time Grand Slam title winner Novak Djokovic will be more dangerous than ever when he makes his long-awaited return from an elbow injury, top 10 rival Dominic Thiem said Wednesday.Djokovic hasn’t played since retiring from his quarter-final at Wimbledon against Tomas Berdych in July, but the 30-year-old makes his comeback at the Mubadala World Tennis Championship in Abu Dhabi on Friday before launching his competitive campaign as top seed at the Qatar Open next week.ADVERTISEMENT Nadal and three-time major winner Stan Wawrinka were scheduled to take part but pulled out to allow further recuperation from respective knee problems.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Meralco ‘never the same’ after Almazan injury in PBA Finalscenter_img View comments OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Brian Heruela arrival bolsters Phoenix backcourt, defense Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadal and Federer also ended the year at one and two in the world.“I think we can expect the same from Djokovic because he is in the same league as Roger and Rafa. He is also one of the greatest players of all time,” added Thiem who claimed his first ever win in six meetings over Djokovic at the French Open quarter-finals in June.“It’s going to be an exciting year. There are players returning from injuries, but apart from Novak, nobody else will make a comeback like Roger and Rafa.“It’s too tough. I think everybody can look forward to a great and tense start of the season.”Also back in action in the exhibition tournament, which starts at the Zayed Tennis Centre in the UAE capital from Thursday, is former women’s number one Serena Williams.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

  • Volleyball Unveils 2016 Schedule

    first_imgStory Links 2016 Schedule DES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University volleyball team’s 2016 schedule features 10 home matches as part of a 32-match slate, third-year head coach Darrin McBroom announced June 15. The Bulldogs will also play in four tournaments to open the season prior to the always challenging Missouri Valley Conference schedule.The Bulldogs open the season on Aug. 26 with the first of four matches in Boca Raton, Fla., as part of a tournament hosted by Florida Atlantic University. In addition to the host, the Bulldogs will face Northeastern, North Florida and Bethune-Cookman to open the season. FAU and North Florida amassed a combined record of 39-22 last season.”I am really looking forward to this season and to the schedule that lies ahead,” McBroom said. “We are thrilled to begin our season in Boca Raton, Fla., at the Florida Atlantic tournament.  It will be nice for our team to get out of the Midwest and play some teams that we don’t typically see. The tournament also takes place the weekend before our classes start so that our student-athletes will not miss class for this experience against strong competition.”Following the season-opening tournament in Florida, the Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center for a Aug. 30 contest against South Dakota State before taking to the road for their next 11 matches. That challenging slate begins on Sept. 2-3 with a tournament at Omaha against Ball State, UMKC and homestanding Omaha. The following weekend, the team travels to Charleston, Ill., to take on host Eastern Illinois, Louisiana Tech and Bowling Green on Sept. 9-10. The team wraps up non-conference play with a tournament at Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill., Sept. 16-17. There the Bulldogs will face the host, Southeast Missouri State and Weber State. Last season, the Bulldogs won four-straight matches at the same event to open the 2015 season with a tournament title.”I think our schedule will provide a good balance for us in the opening weekends,” McBroom added. “We will be playing a lot of teams that are very similar to us in development and a few that are a bit ahead of us. This will give us the challenge we need to prepare for conference play and still give us the ability to focus on working on our side of the net.”The traditional round-robin MVC season begins on the road for the Bulldogs with matches at Evansville and NCAA Tournament participant SIU on Sept. 23-24, respectively, followed by a four-match homestand starting on Sept. 30 against defending MVC Champion Wichita State and NCAA Tournament qualifier Missouri State (Oct. 1). The homestand continues against Illinois State (Oct. 3) and NCAA Tournament qualifier UNI (Oct. 8) to complete a grueling first third of the MVC season.”As always I expect conference play to be as difficult as ever,” McBroom said. “Last year the MVC qualified four teams for the NCAA tournament which is almost half of our conference, to tie the SEC and West Coast Conference for most teams in the field.  Additionally, our conference had five teams ranked in the top 75 RPI and seven in the top 150. I think we will be improved this year, but I also expect our conference to be just as tough, if not better than last year.”The first half of MVC play concludes with matches at Loyola (Oct. 14) and Bradley (Oct.) before returning home to face SIU (Oct. 21) and Evansville (Oct. 22). The second-half of the Bulldogs’ MVC season includes home matches against Indiana State (Oct. 31), Bradley (Nov. 11) and Loyola (Nov. 12) before closing the 18-game conference season at Indiana State (Nov. 18) and Illinois State (Nov. 19). The MVC Championship follows Nov. 24-26 in Cedar Falls, Iowa.The Bulldogs will face this schedule with a roster that includes nine returning, experienced players including last season’s top three leaders in kills in Kyla Inderski (Urbandale, Iowa), Makena Schoene (Seattle, Wash.) and Grace Schofield (Mundelein, Ill.). During the offseason, the program added four talented newcomers to that mix.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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