World number one Novak Djokovic has said that tennis now has a ‘big five’ following Stan Wawrinka’s US Open triumph at the weekend.Wawrinka beat Djokovic in four sets on Sunday to win his third Grand Slam.“He plays best in the big matches and definitely deserves to be mentioned in the mix of top players,” said Djokovic.But world number three Wawrinka, who said he was crying with nerves before the final, insisted he was “really far” from the ‘big four’ of Djokovic, Andy Murray, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.That illustrious quartet have won 42 of the past 47 Grand Slams, though Wawrinka now has the same number of major titles as Olympic champion Murray. In head-to-head matches against them, Wawrinka trails Djokovic 19-5, against Murray he is 9-7 down, Federer leads 18-3 while Nadal is 15-3.Wawrinka also only has one Masters 1000 title compared with Murray’s 12.“Just look at the tournaments they have won, how many years they’ve been there,” said Wawrinka, who has now won his past 11 finals.“If you look, yes, I have three Grand Slams. How many Masters 1000 has Murray? They have been there 10 years.“They have not only been winning, but being in semi-finals, final every time. That’s why I’m not there.”At 31, Wawrinka is the oldest male US Open champion since 35-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1970 and only the fifth man in the Open era to win more than one major tournament after turning 30, following Rosewall, Rod Laver, Andre Agassi and Jimmy Connors.He now needs the Wimbledon title to complete a clean sweep of the Grand Slams.In reaching the US Open final, Wawrinka spent almost nine hours longer on court than Djokovic, a beneficiary of three retirements during the event in New York.“He’s a very complete player. If he feels right he doesn’t miss much and he makes a lot of winners so it’s hard to play him,” said Djokovic, who also lost to Wawrinka in the 2015 French Open final.Wawrinka’s confident performance was at odds with his pre-match nerves, when he broke down in tears while speaking to his coach Magnus Norman.“Before the final I was really nervous like never before. I was shaking in the locker-room,” said the Swiss, who was match point down against Britain’s Dan Evans in the third round.“When we start talking five minutes before the match, last few things with Magnus, I start to cry,” he said. “I was completely shaking.“But the only thing I was convinced with myself was that my game was there.“Physically I was there. My game was there. Just put the fight on the court and you will have a chance to win.“And that’s what happened, after a few games when I start to believe in myself, I start to be in the match.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
He reached his first singles quarter-final in more than a year at the China Open earlier in October.Murray, who has won the title in Shanghai on three previous occasions – in 2010, 2011 and 2016 – improved after a difficult opening set in which he was broken twice by the world number 56.The three-time Grand Slam winner took the second set though after breaking in the Argentine’s first and last service games of the set.Murray, who improved throughout the contest, broke his opponent’s serve twice in the final set to ensure his victory.The Scotsman, who is now ranked 289th in the world, will face a second-round match against Italy’s world number 12 Fabio Fognini, who won his first-round match against American Sam Querrey.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Britain’s Andy Murray continued his singles comeback with a first-round win over Argentina’s Juan Ignacio Londero at the Shanghai Open.Murray, competing after accepting a wildcard, lost the opening set before recovering to win 2-6 6-2 6-3.“I got better as the match went on – I had to start going for my shots a bit more,” the 32-year-old said.
Afropop and dancehall artiste, Stonebwoy says Ghanaians should not compare his ‘brother’ Thomas Partey to Michael Essien.Listen to @stonebwoyb‘s take on Essien v ParteyHis depth like a seasoned Sports analyst. 🙂👌 pic.twitter.com/dKzgp0mqU4— Saddick Adams (@SaddickAdams) May 12, 2020The Ghanaian singer believes comparisons between the players is not what Partey would want as both players are representing Ghana very well.“I do not think Thomas Partey likes disrespect. Ghanaians like sports because it brings a lot of entertainment and as such, we like to compare players a lot.Essien is a legend, he has achieved a lot in his career, and I am sure players of his calibre inspire Thomas Partey. So Ghanaians should not make it look like my brother Thomas is the one drawing up the comparisons with Michael Essien. I have known Partey for long, and I know how humble he is, and so I am sure he does not like these kinds of things.Everyone does his job well. Michael Essien is a great player and has done a lot of things while Partey, on the other hand, is new and representing Ghana well so we should not be drawing up comparisons between the two players”.Thomas Partey who plays for Spanish giants, Atletico Madrid has been with the Black Stars of Ghana since 2016 and has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances.