Daily Archives: August 1, 2016

Novak Djokovic victorious in Rogers Cup

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Novak Djokovic defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets (6-3, 7-5) to win his fourth Rogers Cup title in Toronto.

Djokovic quickly seized the first set in just 30 minutes, before holding off Nishikori’s strong comeback in the second.

Djokovic won a pair of rallies to earn to break as the second set tied at 5-5 and the score at deuce. The Serb put extra loft on a forehead to create an unforced error from Nishikori on game point, before triumphantly pointing at his head to illustrate his savvy. He then served out to close the match.

The World Number One looked much stronger than when he was in Wimbledon, where he lost to Sam Queerey. In service performance, he won 82% of his first-serve points and hit five aces.

“I worked on it,” said Djokovic, who struggled on serve earlier in the tournament. “I had to change something; I was not getting many of the free points. It allowed me to be more aggressive. It was my best [serving] performance of the week.”

Djokovic was already the leader of the ATP money list as he entered the tournament with $8,476,566. He collected another $782,525 and 1000 ATP tour points for Sunday’s win.

The Serb now turns his sights to the Rio as he attempts to win his first Olympic men’s singles gold medal.

“I don’t need to explain that every athlete dreams of being a part of the Olympic Games,” he said. “I’m competing in singles and doubles. Hopefully I’ll get at least one medal.”



Atletico Madrid signs French striker Kevin Gameiro

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Atletico Madrid has announced that the club had signed French striker Kevin Gameiro in a four-year deal from fellow La Liga club Sevilla.

Atletico issued the following in a statement: “Atletico Madrid and Sevilla FC have reached an agreement for the transfer of Kevin Gameiro to our club. The striker, who will sign for four seasons, will travel to Madrid this evening.”

“The transfer is contingent to the French player successfully undergoing a medical examination.”

The fee for the agreement was not disclosed, but reports suggested that the fee was around £28m.

Gameiro, 29, scored 67 goals in three years with Sevilla. His arrival will also tone down rumours of Atletico Madrid re-signing Chelsea striker Diego Costa.

“Diego Costa is our player,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte had said in July. “He’s a fantastic player with fundamental importance. He’s very happy and is working hard.”

Gameiro will be aided in his initiation to the Spanish giants by the presence of his fellow French national, Antoine Griezmann.

“He is a great French player like myself,” Gameiro commented on Griezmann. “And I’m certain we’ll score a lot of goals together, although he hasn’t called me yet, he’s on holiday!”

“I’ve spoken to (club coachDiego Simeone) on the phone,” he added. “And he told me he wanted me and that we’d have a great season.”

“I like Atletico’s style of play, team and mentality. I think I can achieve many things here this season. I didn’t hesitate to come here, everything was clear to me.”


Luminosity Gaming acquires Winout’s Brazilian roster

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Life continues for Luminosity Gaming in the Counter-Strike: Global Offensive scene as they replaced their former roster with WinOut’s.

The move comes nearly a month after Luminosity parted ways with its former Brazilian star roster, who won the MLG Columbus Major as part of LG before joining SK Gaming.

According to HLTV’s Luis Mira, Luminosity were rumored to be interested in the Renegades’s roster, but ultimately decided on acquiring the Brazilian WinOut team. Team boss Steve Maida had this to say:

“I’m happy to have signed these up and coming stars from Brazil. I think it’s great for our fans and more importantly a great opportunity for these players. They have a very strong work ethic and a passion to improve.”

“Hopefully LG can provide them the foundation and environment to grow as a team and show the world what they can do.”

The players now flying Luminosity’s official colours are:

  • Renato “nak” Nakano
  • Bruno “bit” Lima
  • Lucas “destiny” Bullo
  • Vinicios “PKL” Coelho
  • Gustavo “yeL” Knittel
  • Allesandro “apoka” Marcucci (coach)

A mixture of former world champions and newcomers, the players are relatively untested as a squad on the international arena. They are now in Texas and plays in a number of tournaments, such as CEVO and ESEA.