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Rafael Nadal: The Hungry Clay Master – Abiodun Mohammed

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Rafael Nadal is now arguably the greatest of all time in the tennis world after equaling the 20 Grand Slam Men’s singles titles of Roger Federer.

Majestic on clay and fiercely competitive at Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal is now arguably the greatest of all time in the tennis world after equaling the 20 Grand Slam Men’s singles titles of Roger Federer.

The Spaniard produced another dominant display in familiar territory, the French Open to sweep away world number one, Novak Djokovic in straight sets victory, the match ended 6-0 6-2 7-5. That victory enabled Nadal to clinch a record extending 13th French Open title.

For a career littered with injuries, one would have expected less but the 2-time Wimbledon Open winner largely remains undeterred by those setbacks and has instead intensified his efforts to bring grist to the mill.

Rafael Nadal who has won the most outdoor titles (84) in the open era excused himself from the US Open due to Coronavirus concerns before competing at Roland Garros with sufficient fire in his belly.

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He defeated Egor Gerasimov in the first round before dispatching Mackenzie McDonald in straight sets in the second round. His imperious form continued in the third and fourth round as he outclassed Stefano Travaglia and Sebastian Korda respectively.

At the Quarter final stage, he still had his feet on the gas pedal as Jannik Sinner capitulated to the blistering form of the Spaniard and it was more of the same in the semifinal as Diego Schwartzman couldn’t cope with the firepower of the four-time US Open winner.

At the final, it was expected that Serbia’s Djokovic would make his encounter with Nadal a cliffhanger but it ended up being a straightforward victory for the 34-year-old Spaniard.

The 1.85meter-tall tennis player now has the opportunity of setting a new record by winning one more title to take his tally to 21 Grand Slam titles, one above Federer who is 39 years old.

However, he has to be wary of the ever-resilient Novak Djokovic who has 17-titles in his kitty. The Serb boasts of a record 8 Australian Open titles, 5 Wimbledon titles, 3 US Open titles and 1 French Open title.

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NFF Inducts Newly Appointed Coaches of Various National Teams

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The Nigeria Football Federation, NFF has inducted recently appointed coaches of the various National Teams.

The event, which held at the Sunday Dankaro House headquarters of the football-ruling body, saw the coaches taken through important sessions that will aid them during their time on the job.

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In his remark, the NFF President, Amaju Melvin Pinnick, charged the newly appointed coaches to be of good behaviour and give their best whilst serving the nation. He also enjoined them to ensure they maintain a good working relationship with the secretariat.

First Vice President of the NFF, Barrister Seyi Akinwunmi also advised the coaches to concentrate fully on the task of winning international matches and championships and avoid controversies that are of no good to the Nigeria football brand. He charged that discipline, diligence and professionalism should be their watchwords.

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Manchester United Records £23.2 Million Loss in the Last Year

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Manchester United Records 23.2 Million Pounds Loss in the Last Year

Manchester United slumped to a net loss of 23.2 million pounds in the last financial year as the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted fixture schedules and forced football clubs to play matches behind closed doors.

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The fresh spike in COVID-19 cases across Europe is likely to further delay the return of supporters, hurting income from match day ticket and catering sales, as well as museum tours for the bigger clubs.

Premier League clubs last week rejected plans put forward by Liverpool and Manchester United for radical changes to the English game’s structures and finances and said they would conduct their own review.

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#EndSARS: Super Eagles may boycott AFCON qualifiers

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There are strong indications that some Super Eagles stars may boycott next month’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nation double-header against Sierra Leone over safety concerns.

#EndSARS protests against police brutality and extrajudicial killings have rocked the country in the last two weeks, with the military and police killing peaceful protesters.

On Tuesday, eyewitnesses claim about seven lives were lost, with several others injured when soldiers opened fire on protesters in a bid to disperse them from the Lekki toll gate in Lagos — a focal demonstration ground for the #EndSARS campaign.

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Our correspondent gathered that the overseas-based players were afraid of returning to Nigeria for Eagles games, for fear of being killed or maimed.

Super Eagles midfielder John Ogu wrote on Twitter, “The Politicians should ask their children to represent Nigeria in the next @NGSuperEagles @thenff upcoming games. I’m so devastated like right now.”

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“We can’t be representing a country that kills our brothers and sisters. This killings and unrest must stop or we stay away,” another player based in Belgium said.

Leicester City and Super Eagles’ forward, Kelechi Iheanacho posted a cryptic message on Twitter with a broken heart emoji to express his dismay at the recent killings.

“God is watching. It will end in praise. We will keep speaking up,” he wrote.

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