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Andy Murray makes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic statement after US Open loss

Andy Murray admitted that he is “really proud” of what he has managed to achieve at the 2022 US Open despite a loss against Matteo Berrettini on Friday. The Italian beat Murray 6-4 6-4 6-7(1) 6-3 in what was the Scot’s first ever round-three appearance at the Flushing Meadows since 2016. And following his admission, the 2012 US Open champion made a big statement comparing himself to the likes of Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

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Murray did indeed come close in the match against the No.13 seed, saving eight break points en route to winning the third set on tie-breaker. But eventually succumbed to a fitter and stronger opponent. The 35-year-old is yet to beat a top-20 player in a Slam since his return following the hip surgery, losing to Stan Wawrinka (2020 French Open), Denis Shapovalov (2021 Wimbledon) and Stefanos Tsitsipas (2021 US Open). But Murray, who only reached the third-round of a Slam for the second time in over five years, said: “I’ve got a metal hip. It’s not easy playing with that. It’s really difficult. I’m surprised I’m still able to compete with guys that are right up at the top of the game.

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Andy Murray makes Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic statement after US Open loss

“Matches like this, I’m really proud that I have worked myself into a position where I’m able to do that. I’m really disappointed that, you know, I didn’t get over the line today. But, I get reminded like this is the first time you’ve made the third round here since 2016. It’s been six years. It’s been a difficult six years for me. It’s been really hard. Although it’s the first time I’ve only made the third round here, I’m really proud of the effort that I put in to get myself back into these positions. So I’m hoping that in the future I can go further, but considering, I did all right.”

Murray then compared himself to Nadal and Djokovic saying that while he has been able to hit the ball in the same way as his previous self, he has been unable to move around the court as freely as the two, who maintained their fitness in the same way they did five-six year back.

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“A lot of the things feel the same, but obviously I’m just not quite capable of the sort of movement and physicality that I was five, six years ago,” he said. “I think if you watch Rafa and Novak moving around the court now who are similar age, I think they’re moving pretty similar to how they were five, six years ago, whereas for me there’s obviously been a bit of a drop-off there. That can affect you in terms of how you have to play the points. Maybe you just don’t track as many balls down as before. Maybe the reach isn’t just quite as much as it was. But in terms of the shots and everything, there is nothing that is stopping me from hitting the same shots as I did before.

“I would want to be doing better, but I’m still right there with guys in the last couple of weeks, I didn’t win the matches obviously against Cam (Norrie in Cincinnati) and against Berrettini, but it was pretty close.”

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Since his announced move to Ferrari, Lewis Hamilton has been hanging between chairs. The early timing prevents the seven-time world champion from concentrating fully on his tasks at Mercedes. A conversation should now provide clarity.

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After Lewis Hamilton announced his move from Mercedes to Ferrari on February 1st , the seven-time Formula 1 world champion is in a dilemma.

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The Brit is currently concentrating on his last season with the Silver Arrows, but the time will come when he will also have to plan the coming season with Ferrari – and of course Mercedes will do everything in its power to ensure that Hamilton does not provide any details about the new Silver Arrow for the coming one year gets to see.

A 25-year-old racing game is too hard: even Lewis Hamilton despairs of the tutorial

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Old games can be really cool. Formula 1 legend Lewis Hamilton also discovered this when he tried out some retro racing games.

You’ve probably all experienced situations like this: you have that one game or that one mission that could drive you absolutely to despair.

There are some classics, such as the “damn train” from GTA San Andreas, which you should catch up with CJ, or the little remote-controlled RC helicopter from Vice City that just didn’t want to fly the way you thought it would. Let’s just hope that GTA 6 just brings back Vice City , but leaves out the RC helicopter.

Lewis Hamilton was also confronted with such a classic. The Formula 1 legend discussed some racing games from his childhood on YouTube, as you can see in the video on YouTube here:

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What does Hamilton play? In the video, the racing driver plays various retro racing games. Hamilton certainly has experience with games; he says that today he mainly plays Call of Duty and Fortnite. But he also played games like Gran Turismo, Mortal Kombat, Mario, Street Fighter, Crash Bandicoot and GTA.

One of these retro games is Driver, which was released in 1999 for the original PlayStation. And it is exactly the game that makes Hamilton despair:

“Driver was crazy,” Hamilton remembers when he tried out the game. In the garage intro level, however, he quickly realizes that he can hardly figure out what he needs to do. After a few tries he says: “Damn, I didn’t do a good job. Time’s up, I can’t even make it through the first level.”

Not the only one: In fact, the garage level in “Driver” is notorious for being the most difficult part of the game. For years we have been reading reviews from players who emphasize that they never actually got through the tutorial and therefore failed early on in the game.

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Jimmie Johnson “Racing With One Arm Tied Behind His Back,” Claims Dale Jr as He Trashes Chase Elliott

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Jimmie Johnson “Racing With One Arm Tied Behind His Back,” Claims Dale Jr as He Trashes Chase Elliott

If you look at Jimmie Johnson‘s record so far in the races this year, you would not really see a 7-time Cup Series champion. J.J. finished P28 at Daytona and P29 at Texas. But is that his fault? No doubt, Legacy Motor Club has had trouble being competitive, and Dale Earnhardt Jr believes that with the right machinery, Jimmie Johnson can be quite competitive. Junior also spoke about the difficulty of having short practice sessions, contradicting Chase Elliott‘s words from a few days ago.

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The Hendrick Motorsports driver won the race at the Texas Motor Speedway, so Dale Earnhardt Jr is more inclined to take his word for it as he is the one doing the racing on the track. As far as Jimmie Johnson is concerned, his former teammate wants him to be a lot more competitive than he has been of late. Given the 7-time Cup Series champion’s age, perhaps it is not possible for him anymore to challenge for wins, but competing against drivers in the top 10 or 15 could be achievable if he had a better car.

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Dale Earnhardt Jr exclaimed, “He’s (Elliott) the driver that’s just won the race this past weekend…if he tells me that this is the way it is and this is good, I’m gonna probably take his word for it cause he is the one out there doing it. I am sitting at home watching from a distance and like I say all the time, we got a lot of opinions on here and we sometimes get it right and sometimes get it wrong. Maybe I am wrong about this one.

“Maybe I am wrong about practice. I just know that I’d love to see Jimmie run better and if he thinks practice will help, I’d love to give him more practice cause I wanna see Jimmie Johnson be competitive. I feel like he is racing with one arm tied behind his back,” Dale Earnhardt Jr said on a recent episode of his podcast.

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Maybe the practice session also played a part in Johnson not being able to compete too well. According to Dale Earnhardt Jr, the practice sessions in the NASCAR Cup Series are quite short and it leaves drivers no time to process the data and formulate how they can improve the car’s performance.

Chase Elliott does not agree with that, as he had said earlier that the shorter practice sessions were good enough for him. Perhaps shorter sessions are more advantageous for teams like Hendrick Motorsports that have many things already figured out than some of the smaller teams, like Legacy Motor Club. Dale Earnhardt Jr spoke about his experience with a short practice session in the fall Xfinity Series race at Bristol last year, where he finished P30, and it was just barely enough.

“Yes, more practice. I would love more practice. When I went to Bristol last year, was it enough? Yes. But it was barely enough. Right at the end of that practice, I started to feel like I was sort of gaining on it and everything happens so fast, Practice, 20 minutes, Qualifying, and you’re like…you’re just spun out. There’s no time to download and think and process and change what you are doing to make adjustments and improve but anyhow, Chase thinks it’s fine,” the NASCAR veteran added.

Whose side are you on in this debate? Are shorter practice sessions better, or should the drivers be afforded longer practice sessions to get their cars as fine-tuned as possible? Let us know what you think.

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It’s because he’s a part-time driver so i will never take that: Chase Elliott refuses Jimmie Johnson’s request

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Currently, NASCAR races provide 20 minutes of practice time for Cup drivers before qualifying, except on certain weekends. Johnson is advocating for an increase in this time to 40-45 minutes, as he believes it will allow drivers to develop a better understanding of the car and enable their teams to make necessary adjustments. However, his former teammate Chase Elliott has a different opinion on the matter.

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During a media interaction in Texas, Elliott expressed his belief that drivers already have enough practice time. He suggested that Johnson’s desire for additional practice stems from his limited race appearances this season, similar to other part-time drivers. Elliott hinted that Johnson does not have enough opportunities to familiarize himself with the car, leading to his request for more practice time.

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Prior to the Cup race in Texas, Johnson revealed the reasons behind his struggles in the Cup series. He highlighted that the current cars no longer allow him to effectively use the right rear wheel, which was his characteristic racing style. Due to changes in aerodynamics and tires, Johnson now needs to rely on the right front wheel to steer.

Fortunately, Johnson’s new approach to driving Next-Gen cars has shown promising results. He achieved his best position since joining Legacy Motor Club and was able to complete the race on the lead lap for the first time in this era. Johnson hopes to maintain this positive momentum and potentially convince NASCAR to implement changes that provide part-time drivers with more practice time.

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