Tennis News US Open 2019: Master Of Clay Rafael Nadal Finds Unlikely Second Home At Flushing Meadows
For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New York: Unlike at his beloved Roland Garros, success did not arrive overnight for Rafael Nadal on the unforgiving hard courts of the US Open, where he surged to within a title of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s Grand Slam singles record on Sunday. Nadal’s epic victory over Daniil Medvedev secured the Spaniard his fourth US Open crown, leaving him one shy of the Open era record of five titles belonging to long-time rival Federer, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors.But it was not an instant connection between Nadal, his notoriously suspect knees, and the year’s final Grand Slam tournament.”I think at the beginning of my career have been some tough moments here, losing matches,” said Nadal, who failed to reach a single semi-final in his first five trips to the US Open.During that span, Nadal would claim at least one singles title at the other three majors, but it was not until his eighth visit to Flushing Meadows that he would get his hands on an elusive US Open trophy.”Since a long time ago, every time that I came here I felt comfortable. I felt very competitive and fighting for the big things,” Nadal said during his run to a second US Open title in three years.”I feel comfortable here, I like the atmosphere, I like the crowd. I feel a big energy when I am playing in this Arthur Ashe Stadium.”This is cool. Rafael Nadal brought to tears after his US Open title. #VamosRafa pic.twitter.com/gVthBFlfls— Billy Heyen (@Wheyen3) September 9, 2019Nadal’s latest coronation, his 19th Grand Slam title, reinforced the fact the slower courts of the US Open and his obliging knees have turned New York into a land of opportunity.Vanquished opponents this past fortnight struggled to find superlatives befitting the 33-year-old as he capped one of his greatest Grand Slam years in thrilling style.Diego Schwartzman suggested Nadal was “like a lion in the middle of the jungle” while Matteo Berrettini called him “the greatest fighter ever in this sport.” “It’s tough to find words. He’s one of the greatest champions in the history of our sport. He’s just a machine, a beast on the court,” Medvedev said.Injury Misery Victory on Sunday moved Nadal to within one Grand Slam title of Federer, who, at 38, is more than four years older, but the Spaniard downplayed the importance of catching the Swiss legend.”Of course, I would love to be the one who achieves more Grand Slams, but I still sleep very well without being the one who has more Grand Slams,” Nadal said, with typical humility.His Grand Slam CV boasts 12 French Opens, four US Open titles, two at Wimbledon and one at the Australian Open. His 2008 Wimbledon final triumph over Federer is widely regarded as the greatest-ever final at the majors.Along with Federer and Novak Djokovic, the other member of tennis’ “Big Three”, Nadal has comfortably passed the $100 million prize money barrier.Tennis has been good for Nadal but he has been just as influential as a key driver of the sport’s growth.He won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.By 15, he had turned professional and, two years later, won his first match against Federer. At 19, he won the 2005 French Open on his debut.Nadal has Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era to complete the four-event career sweep.Only Nadal and Andre Agassi can say they have a career Grand Slam and an Olympic men’s singles gold medal, Nadal having claimed his in 2008 at Beijing.He has also led Spain to four Davis Cups.Knee and wrist injuries have taken a toll throughout his career, however, costing him nine Slam appearances.After he failed to even reach a Slam semi-final in 2015 and 2016 some figured his greatest moments were behind him.But Nadal roared into the 2017 Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured a record 10th French Open crown in June that year, setting the stage for another title run at the US Open.Those struggles receded further into distant memories this year as he reached the semi-finals at all four majors for the first time since 2008, his five-set win over Medvedev moving him a step closer to history.
Herrera has long been considered a gatekeeper in the division and Ortiz completely disregarded his experience and skill by delivering a legit knockout of the year candidate. Orozco has an experience edge over Ortiz also and is nicknamed “Relentless” for his forward-fighting, action-packed style in the ring; his only loss being a September 2018 unanimous decision to newly-crowned super lightweight unified champion Jose Ramirez, who’s also Ortiz’s teammate and sparring partner.Join DAZN and watch Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Antonio Orozco on Aug. 10We’ll see if Orozco’s rugged style combined with Ortiz’s power, precision and patience leads to fireworks Saturday night.Will the Golden Boy Promotions’ product, Ortiz, inch closer to a world title opportunity with this homecoming fight or will Orozco derail the 21-year-old’s hype train and put himself in a position for a crack at welterweight gold?What time is the Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Antonio Orozco fight?Undercard: 7 p.m. ETMain card: 9 p.m. ETMain event: 11 p.m. ET (approximate)The Ortiz-Orozco undercard begins at 7 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 10, with Ortiz and Orozco slated to make their ring walks at about 11 p.m. ET. How to watch, live stream Ortiz vs. OrozcoThe Vergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Antonio Orozco fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view. Instead, fans in North America can watch the fight by streaming on DAZN.DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.MORE: Ortiz’s ascension up boxing ranks fueled by father’s sacrificesHow much does the Ortiz vs. Orozco fight cost?A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan. Where is Ortiz vs. Orozco taking place?Ortiz vs. Orozco will take place at The Theatre in Grand Prairie, TX.Vergil Ortiz Jr. record and bioName: Vergil Ortiz Jr.Nationality: AmericanBorn: March 25, 1998Height: 5’10″Reach: 70 inches Total fights: 13Record: 13-0 with 13 knockoutsAntonio Orozco record and bioName: Antonio OrozcoNationality: MexicanBorn: October 30, 1987Height: 5-7 Reach: 70 inches Total fights: 29Record: 28-1 with 17 knockoutsOrtiz vs. Orozco fight cardMatchupClassBeltVergil Ortiz Jr. vs. Antonio OrozcoWelterweight…Joshua Franco vs. Oscar NegreteBantamweight…Hector Tanajara vs. Ezequiel AvilezLightweight…Marcelino Lopez vs. Daniel EcheverriaJr. Welterweight…Alex Rincon vs. Joel GuevaraJr. Middleweight…Travell Mazion vs. Jeremy RamosJr. Middleweight…Hector Valdez vs. Rafael DelgadoJr. Featherweight…George Rincon vs. Enrique EscobarJr. Welterweight…Joshua Juarez vs. Emmanuel SanchezLight Heavyweight…Tristan Kalkreuth vs. Kynndale PratherLight Heavyweight… Vergil Ortiz Jr. continues his push to get closer to a world title shot Saturday night, when he faces Antonio Orozco in his hometown of Grand Prairie, TX. and live on DAZN.Already one of the top prospects in boxing, the 21-year-old Ortiz is coming off of a pulverizing third-round KO of Mauricio Herrera in the co-feature to Saul “Canelo” Alvarez vs. Daniel Jacobs this past May in Las Vegas. The scintillating performance marked Ortiz’s first bout at 147 pounds, as he’ll continue to test the welterweight waters against Orozco.