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Is it All Over for Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford?

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Summer Transfer Rumours to Real Madrid begins for 2022-23 season.

Shobhit Chandola – Mumbai Uncensored, 4th May 2022

When Manchester United purchased Cristiano Ronaldo from Juventus in the summer transfer window of 2021-22, it was being termed a nostalgic moment for the fans of the ‘The Reds’. It seemed like CR7 was planning to hang his boots at the club where he played one of the best seasons of his career with 84 lucrative goals in 196 appearances. However, things didn’t go down as expected with Cristiano for the Premier League 2021-22 season as he has just managed to strike 17 goals in 28 appearances which look decent on records but have not come good against the big 6 of the premier league ( hattrick against Tottenham being an exception ).

What adds fuel to the fire is the disappointing run at the Champions league 2021-22 season, the format where the CR7 used to outshine his rivals and compatriots throughout the years. The example of No shots on target against the Simeone lead Atletico Madrid in the UCL Quarterfinal, his most victimised team which cost the United losing hopes of running for the Champions League title. Well carrying the Blame on Cristiano’s performance will be hypocritical considering the depth of the Manchester United’s squad which has the likes of Pogba, Bruno, Sancho, De Gea, Rashford but is being brutally punished by the mediocre teams. Thanks to the uneven management of the Ole Gunnar Solskjær followed up by the confused tactics of the Interim Manager Ralph Ragnick.

This MUN side seems to be competing hard even for the Europa league, leave out UCL for a while. This certainly has sparked the speculations high of Ronaldo leaving the club for the Summer transfer with the night at Old Trafford against the Brighton possibly being the last of his career at ManU. This has come up with Ronaldo disappointed with the Trophyless run of Man United indeed making his influential record suffer for the first time in a while. 

Even though the addition of Erik Ten Hag as the new Manager is seen as the new transition period of ManU with Ragnick taking a back seat as a consultant, it seemingly shows that the CR7 as the lead is not in the cards for Erik Ten Hag’s gameplan who seeks to revive ‘Total Football’ at his time in England with a major build-up of the United’s squad possibly hinting the purchase of new strikers & Centre backs in a swap for the Current ones respectively. Considering the recent success of Erik Ten Hag with AJAX at Eredivisie & Champions league, it should come as no surprise that Ronaldo’s place in the  starting XI would be uncertain due to less work rate, age factor & lack of pressing which is a must for the ETH’s players.

This has once again striked the rumours of Ronaldo moving back to Santiago Bernabeu to serve as deputy to Carlos Ancelotti for a glorious run or maybe a surprise move to Bayern Munich at Bundesliga to once again claim his supremacy at the attacking football of Bavarians with being the perfect choice for Number 9 role in place of Robert Levandowski whose successive terms with Bayern comes to the end this season. Well only time will tell the fate of the Ronaldo with ManU but for now, it feels like the fans’ reaction at Old Trafford feels more like Bidding Adieu to one of the greatest Players of their Club.

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The Fatal 4s of Wimbledon battle it out for Final

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Shobhit Chandola, Mumbai Uncensored,16th July, 2022:

Often hailed as one of the most prestigious tournaments in Tennis, this year too Wimbledon commenced from June 10 onwards and is slated to end with the final coming on July 10th. Till the battle so far, the Wimbledon championships have got its leading contenders for the semifinals.  To everyone’s surprise this year Roger Federer whose name is synonymous with the British tennis tournament with the most titles (8)  is absent since the recovery from the knee surgery has taken more time than expected. But nevertheless, the Wimbledon 2022 saga has still turned out to be a rollercoaster ride from every sphere leaving the audience delighted.

On Friday, in the first semifinal of Men’s Singles, the Bad Boy of Tennis Nick Kyrgios will face off the World No 4 Rafael Nadal who is competing for a Calendar grand slam. As of now, Nadal aces the H2H records with 6-3 while the tally getting closer to 2-1 in the Grand Slam faceoffs. Lastly, when Nadal defeated Kyrgios in the Grass courts, it was the 2nd Round of Wimbledon 2019 but  not to forget the potential which Nick Krygios carries when the, then 19 year old  gave the Spaniard run for the money by stunning the, then No 1 Rafael Nadal in the 4th Round of Wimbledon 2014 in 5 sets with a ranking as low as 144 and entering as the Wild Card contestant.

Given Rafa’s current form and Krygios performing to his potential in recent times, the result could flip in either flank. With all close encounters so far with Greek No 1 Stefanos Tsitsipas, Brandon Nakashima and Chilean C Garin just to end up in a winning cause will undoubtedly make the Nick Krygios to be ready for Somerset. Still, the Nadal in this Wimbledon has certainly answered the critics why he is not only confined to clay and has defeated the Sonego, Zandschulp and the Taylor Fritz most recently in the Round of 16 taking the match to 5th set’s tiebreaker. Thus, leaving out everyone stunned in the crowd by reaching the Wimbledon SF. But could be alarming is the abdominal injury which Rafa picked up in the match against Fritz which if turns out to be serious could deny Rafa a run for his 3rd Wimbledon title.

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The other Centre Court for the 2nd SemiFinal will witness the battle between the defending Champion Novak Djokovic and the sole contender of Britain in Cameron Norrie who will look to exploit the Djoker’s game and enter his maiden Wimbledon Final. While Djokovic is said to be deemed as favourite,

Cameroon Norrie can be laced with a southpaw and home advantage of playing in front of the crowd. While the Djokovic defeated Kokkinakis in straight sets in 2nd round, compatriot Kecmanovic in 3rd round and T Van Rijthoven in Round of 16 to come so far, it has been Norrie who have impressed everyone by exploiting Spaniard J Munar in 2nd Round and american rivals Steve Johnson and Tommy Paul respectively to barge into his maiden Wimbledon SF.

Catch the Wimbledon 2022 live on Star Sports India Network across Star Sports 1 and Star Sports Select 1 & 2. Viewers can also stream the matches live on the Disney Hotstar. Catch the Coverage of the Epic Wimbledon Semi Finals and check on your predictions. Will Wimbledon witness the Epic Rivalry of Rafael Nadal & Novak Djokovic in the Final or the likes of Newcomers in Cameron Norrie & Nick Krygios are there to surprise everyone for going into the Final.

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94-year-old becomes “new inspiration” and creates history after bagging a gold and a bronze

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Khushi Thapa, Mumbai Uncensored, 12th July 2022:

The 94-year-old Bhagvani Devi Dadar created history and showed the world that age is never a barrier when she clinched the gold medal in 100m sprint at the World Masters Athletics Championships held in Tampere. The 94-year-old from Haryana ran 100 metres in 24.74 seconds to clinch the gold and also bagged a bronze in shot put.

The Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports tweeted. “India’s 94-year-old #BhagwaniDevi Ji has yet again proved that age is no bar! She won a GOLD medal at the #WorldMastersAthleticsChampionships in Tampere in the 100m sprint event with a timing of 24.74 seconds. She also bagged a BRONZE in Shot put. Truly commendable effort!,”

Governor Dattatreya also hailed Devi for her accomplishment.

“Hearty congratulations and best wishes to Bhagwani Devi, who became an inspiration to the whole world at the age of 94 on winning three medals, including a gold, in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Finland.”

“This great achievement of yours will create more enthusiasm towards sports among the youth,” the Governor said in a tweet in Hindi.

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Wimbledon 2022 Final : Novak Djokovic clinches 7th Wimbledon title, beats Nick Krygios in 4 sets

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Shobhit Chandola, Mumbai Uncensored, 11th July 2022:

On Sunday, 10th July 2022, the epic battle for the Wimbledon trophy for the men’s singles was played between World No.7 Novak Djokovic and the 45 ranks seeded Aussie Nick Krygios. The Gentlemen’s Singles final lasted for 4 sets in which the 6 times Serbian emerged victorious. Novak defeated Krygios 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 ( 7/3 ) to clinch his 21st Grand slam, just one behind Nadal’s overall 22.

In the 1st set, Nick Krygios looked in his beast mode by playing out a sharp serve and volley game. Throughout the set, Djokovic had no answer for the aces. Thus, Krygios won the set by 6-4 making Djokovic get into the backseat.

But in the next set, Djokovic was in his true self exploiting the weakness of Krygios’s weak backhand and making him go for unforced errors. Most of the drop shots from Djokovic had no answer from Krygios’s end. The trailing Djokovic in the 1st set made it to 5-3 in the second set before scoring the advantage from the serve to seal the set with 6-3.

In the 3rd set, the bad boy Krygios once again looked lethal with the serve to begin and got the 1st break point with an excellent drop shot in the left flank of the court which even made Djokovic appreciate him. But Djokovic used his vast experience of GS finals to make it 4-4 and won with the final set result of 6-4 with the serve which Nick Krygios made it out of the line.

The decider 4th set witnessed a highly motivated Djoker but a more than intense Krygios who made the set go for a Match tie-breaker. But in the clutch tie-breaker, the man of Clutch sets- Djokovic used his brilliance to gain the 7 points against the loss of 2 just to end up lifting the title.

Given the match result, it is safer to say that Krygios was let down in the same manner as expected in the clutch sets. Picking up argument with the chair umpire in the the typical hot tempered Krygios style and getting an emotional meltdown once the Djokovic won 2 sets in a row made Mr. Wild Thing hysterical towards Novak’s box. What makes it evident is the Post Match Conference when Noval told ESPN that Nick lost it in the moment when the 3rd set was tied with 4-4 and Krygios leading with 40-0 but then a recurring summary of unforced errors in a row with dropping a volley, double fault and unsuccessful backhand of Nick hitting the net made it 5-4 and made Djoker almost closer to the match.

Djokovic said- “I didn’t win it, he lost that game with his unforced errors. I stayed there, pushed him to the limit and got the reward.”

The suggestion that Kyrgios “lost it” will haunt Kyrgios for the rest of his career. But the Aussie must be proud of playing to his potential even after getting a walkover against Rafael Nadal due to the latter’s abdominal injury. So far Nick led the H2H record with 2-0 which is now 2-1.

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