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There are many remarkable things about Lleyton Hewitt’s career, but the one that stands out most is that he began so young and lasted so long.

This is his 20th and final Australian Open and he marvels at that number, and even more at the fact that he never missed one. Somehow he was always able to make himself fit enough to play at Melbourne Park. That often wasn’t easy for someone who has undergone five surgeries (foot and hip) since 2008.

In 1997 at 15, he qualified for the Australian Open. Later that same year, then 16, he won his first of 30 ATP titles at home in Adelaide, defeating the great Andre Agassi in the semifinals and compatriot Jason Stoltenberg in the final.

With the tennis world at his feet, the fresh-faced champion smiled shyly and said to the crowd afterward, “I don’t think I’ll be going to school this year.”

Fast forward 19 years and there can be no regrets after a career that has featured Wimbledon (2002) and US Open (2001) titles, becoming the youngest No. 1 in ATP rankings history, being part of two Davis Cup-winning teams and earning $20.7 million (US) in official prize money.

At 178cm, Hewitt was an undersized pro and lacked a knock-out punch from the baseline. But he had Jimmy Connors/Rafael Nadal grit and spirit and possessed the best lob in tennis history – a precision-perfect arc that burst the balloons of hundreds of net rushers who watched helplessly as he checkmated them with a feathery touch.

Hewitt will remain prominent in tennis as Davis Cup captain, beginning with a tie in March against the United States at the Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club in Melbourne.

On Tuesday evening at Rod Laver Arena, he hopes to prolong his final appearance at Melbourne Park against dinkum fellow-Aussie James Duckworth, a 23-year-old from Sydney who was texting with Hewitt in the hours leading up to last Friday’s draw that paired them for the first round.

Also on the card in the day session are Nadal, facing Spanish compatriot Fernando Verdasco in a re-match of their mythic five-hour and 14-minute 2009 semifinal won by Rafa on his way to his only Aussie Open title, and Andy Murray against Alexander Zverev of Germany, a 198cm beanpole and a leading light of generation next.

Women’s second seed, Simona Halep, debuts against qualifier Zhang Shuai of China, third seed Garbine Muguruza plays Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, while Venus Williams, No. 8, faces Johanna Konta of Britain.

Venus is 35 but still a baby compared to men’s doubles No. 19 Daniel Nestor.

The wily Canadian, 43, recalls preparing to play a 17-year-old Hewitt in a 1998 Challenger final in Hong Kong. He was convinced he could beat the Aussie on a fast court, but the match wound up being cancelled by Typhoon Babs.

Looking back, Nestor laughs at his 26-year-old bravado, joking, “I don’t think I really understood how good he was.”

HOT PICKS
Jack Sock def. Taylor Fritz in four
This is the present future of American tennis, No. 26-ranked Sock, 23, versus the future future, qualifier 18-year-old Fritz, the world No. 1 junior last year and already ranked No. 154 as a pro.

Venus Williams def. Johanna Konta in three
Both finished 2015 strong and have begun 2016 poorly – Williams 0-1 and Konta 0-2. Williams survived 7-5 in the third set against the No. 47-ranked Briton last fall in Wuhan, China, and prevails again.

UPSET ALERT
Ana Kontaveit def. Garbine Muguruza
A runner-up a Wimbledon last year, the third-seeded Muguruza has been bothered by painful foot problem, plantar faciitis, and is vulnerable against the 20-year-old Estonian.

MUST-WATCH
Fabio Fognini vs. Gilles Muller
Mt. Vesuvius and Fabio Fognini are both situated in Italy. On Court 8 at 11am on Tuesday, there may not be lava flowing, but volatile Fabio could explode in the heat against the cool, left-handed Luxembourger.

FUN FACT
The nine Grand Slam champions in the women’s draw are outnumbered by 10 Grand Slam bridesmaids. Those ultimately missing out on the big prize include (last names only) Vinci, Muguruza, Bouchard, Halep, Cibulkova, Lisicki, Radwanska, Errani, Wozniacki and Jankovic.

Source: ausopen.com

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Champions League Tips Today – Injuries, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? We have brought together all information provided by UEFA, so check our Champions League tips today.

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The football predictions are as always from livetipster. So, before you make your selections you’d better read the injuries and suspensions for the Champions League. We have used several sources to come up with these lists.

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Wednesday 14/04/2021

Dortmund – Man City

Dortmund: Hitz; Morey, Akanji, Hummels, Guerreiro; Emre Can, Dahoud, Bellingham; Reus, Haaland, Hazard
Out: Moukoko (foot), Sancho (thigh), Schmelzer (knee), Witsel (achilles), Zagadou (knee)
Misses next match if booked: Can, Haaland

Man. City: Ederson; Walker, Stones, Dias, Cancelo; De Bruyne, Rodri, Gündoğan; Mahrez, Jesus, Foden
Out: none
Doubtful: Agüero (unspecified), Laporte (hip)
Misses next match if booked: Fernandinho, João Cancelo

Football bullet Tip: X at HT at 2.50 – bet365

Liverpool – Real Madrid

Liverpool: Alisson Becker; Alexander-Arnold, Ozan Kabak, Phillips, Robertson; Thiago, Fabinho, Wijnaldum; Salah, Jota, Mané
Out: Henderson (groin), Van Dijk (knee), Gomez (knee), Matip (ankle)
Doubtful: Kelleher (abdominal tear), Origi (muscular)
Misses next match if booked: Alexander-Arnold, Henderson, Mané, Milner, Wijnaldum

Real Madrid: Courtois; Odriozola, Nacho, Éder Militão, Mendy; Kroos, Casemiro, Modrić; Asensio, Benzema, Vinícius Júnior
Out: Ramos (calf), Lucas Vázquez (knee), Varane (illness), Hazard (muscular), Carvajal (hamstring)
Misses next match if booked: Mendy, Valverde

Football bullet Tip: 2-3 goals at 2.10 – bet365

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Source: www.uefa.com

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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos preview, prediction and where to watch

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Euroleague basketball predictions CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos is a makeup game for rould 6 of the Euroleague.

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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos

The Turkish Airlines EuroLeague Regular Season formally comes to a close on Wednesday night when CSKA Moscow hosts Panathinaikos OPAP Athens in a makeup game from Round 25. CSKA (23-10), which has already clinched second place in the standings and a matchup with Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul in the playoffs, will look to build on its five-game winning streak. Panathinaikos (11-22), which has lost eight of its last 10 games, is 16th in the standings and can overtake ALBA Berlin for 15th if it wins.

For CSKA, this game is for protocol only and could be a good chance for Coach Itoudis to spread minutes around. That could still prove to be a winning formula as second-string players try to use every available minute to fight for more playing time come the playoffs. A strong showing on the boards and good sharing of the ball would be the perfect recipe for another CSKA victory.

  • Nikola Milutinov could miss the rest of the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.
  • Mike James has been suspended by head coach Dimitris Itoudis.
  • Daniel Hackett will miss this game due to a shoulder injury.

The Greens will be shorthanded since Mario Hezonja is not eligible because he was not yet registered when this game was originally scheduled to be played in February. Accordingly, the Greens will need players like Ben Bentil, Shelvin Mack and Howard Sant-Roos to assist Nedovic in filling the basket to have a shot at finishing the season on a high note.

  • Mario Hezonja is not available to play since he was not with the team on the original date the game was scheduled.

basketball prediction Tip: Panathinaikos Over 77.5 at 1.83 with bet365
(Price correct at 14/04/2021, 09:05 CET, subject to change)

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CSKA Moscow – Panathinaikos in the Euroleague Standings

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Champions League Tips Today – Injuries, Suspensions and Possible Line-ups

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Who’s likely to start, who might be left out and who is unavailable? We have brought together all information provided by UEFA, so check our Champions League tips today.

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Tuesday 13/04/2021

Chelsea – Porto

  • In Seville, Spain

Chelsea: Mendy; Azpilicueta, Zouma, Rüdiger; James, Jorginho, Kovačić, Alonso; Mount, Havertz, Pulišić
Out: none
Doubtful: Christensen (hamstring), Thiago Silva (match fitness)
Misses next match if booked: Kovačić, Ziyech

Porto: Marchesín; Manafá, Pepe, Mbemba, Zaidu; Corona, Sérgio Oliveira, Uribe, Otávio; Marega, Taremi
Out: none
Misses next match if booked: Mbemba

Football bullet Tip: 1st goal Porto at 2.75 – bet365

PSG – Bayern

Paris: Navas; Dagba, Danilo, Kimpembe, Diallo; Gueye, Paredes; Di María, Draxler, Neymar; Mbappé
Out: Bernat (knee), Icardi (thigh), Kurzawa (calf), Marquinhos (adductor)
Doubtful: Diallo (illness), Florenzi (unspecified), Verratti (unspecified)
Misses next match if booked: Gueye, Kurzawa, Neymar, Verratti

Bayern: Neuer; Pavard, Boateng, Hernández, Davies; Kimmich, Alaba; Sané, Müller, Coman; Choupo-Moting
Out: Lewandowski (knee), Costa (foot), Gnabry (illness), Süle (thigh), Tolisso (thigh)
Doubtful: Roca (unspecified)
Misses next match if booked: Boateng, Hernández, Kimmich

Football bullet Tip: X at 4.20 – bet365

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Source: www.uefa.com

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