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The Olympics has always been a brutally tough fit into the busy summer tennis schedule. Nathan Gerbe Hurricanes Jersey .This year, a variety of extenuating circumstances -- led by the looming prospect of the Zika virus -- contrived to thin the ranks of the top seeds on both sides. Half of the mens top 10, including Swiss teammates Roger Federer (knee injury) and Stan Wawrinka (Zika fears) bailed on Rio. Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych and Dominic Thiem also excused themselves, ostensibly over health concerns.Too bad. They missed a terrific, most memorable party.Over nine days (one of them a rainout), there was plenty of anarchy. No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic was gone before the second round, and the No. 141-ranked player, Juan Martin del Potro, somehow managed to play his way into the gold-medal final.Whew. Here are five quick takeaways from the crazy carnival that ended Sunday:1. Andy Murray is suddenly The ManDont look now, but Murray appears to be the player to beat at the upcoming US Open. In 2012, he won gold at the London Olympics (beating Federer in the final), then followed it up with his first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open, dispatching Djokovic in that final. Four years later, he changed it up, winning at Wimbledon and carrying that momentum into the Rio Olympics, carrying the flag for Great Britain.With coach Ivan Lendl back in the saddle again, Murray became the first Olympic player to defend a singles title, beating del Potro in a match that lasted just north of four hours. Djokovic has won 24 of 34 career meetings with Murray, but if the Scot can get someone to do his dirty work -- Sam Querrey took down Djokovic at Wimbledon and del Potro did it in Rio -- hes got a good chance to win.2. Juan Martin del Potro is backWe saw flashes at Wimbledon, but now its official. After struggling through four wrist surgeries, Delpo is starting to look more confident with his backhand, sometimes using both hands in the heat of the moment. The forehand? Once again, its the biggest and most feared in tennis. After beating Djokovic in the first round, del Potro handled Rafael Nadal in the best match of the tournament, a 3-hour, 8-minute semifinal.After del Potro concluded his marathon against Nadal, few gave him any chance versus Murray, who advanced to the final in a match that was 108 minutes shorter. Delpo was enormous, fighting every moment of the marathon before losing in four sets. Earlier, the 27-year-old had said that the gold medal would have meant more than the 2009 US Open title.3. Novak Djokovic needs down timeAfter completing his career Grand Slam at Roland Garros -- his leading priority of 2016 -- Djokovics usually fierce emotional energy has been sometimes difficult to summon. He got bounced by Querrey in the third round at Wimbledon and, after winning in Toronto, fell to del Potro in a marvelous two-tiebreaker match. Their touching hug at net reminded us that the Olympic spirit, despite all the no-shows, is real. Now Djokovic needs to embrace the seasons last Slam, one where hes been a finalist five of the past six years.4. Rafael Nadal is far from doneIts been a season of drama for the 30-year-old Spaniard. He retired from his Miami match against Damir Dzumhur, then rallied to win titles in Monte Carlo and Barcelona. A wrist injury forced him to pull out of Roland Garros, where he is a nine-time champion, in the middle of the tournament, and then he missed Wimbledon.Although that left wrist still isnt quite right, Rafa said he was compelled to try to play in the Olympics. In Rio, he won gold in doubles with Marc Lopez?and blew through to the singles semifinals. Rafa, looking exhausted, fell in the bronze match to Kei Nishikori?in three sets, but he heads into New York with some serious momentum.5. Jack Sock doubles upThe 23-year-old native Nebraskan was already a Grand Slam champion coming in, as he and Vasek Pospisil beat the Bryan Brothers in the 2014 Wimbledon final. Now, Sock is coming home to Kansas City with two Olympic medals. Sock paired with Steve Johnson to win a bronze in mens doubles (beating Pospisil and Daniel Nestor) on Saturday, then took the mixed-doubles gold with Bethanie Mattek-Sands. His stock in both singles -- where hes ranked No. 23 --- and doubles has never been higher. Victor Rask Jersey . Clarke was injured while practicing on the Doha Golf Club range after the pro-am on Tuesday. The Northern Irishman arrived at the course on Wednesday hoping to start, but after hitting a few balls on the practice putting green Clarke advised officials he was not fit to play. Cam Ward Hurricanes Jersey . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. http://www.hockeyhurricanes.com/noah-hanifin-hockey-jersey/ . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. LOS ANGELES -- Lord Nelson won the $300,000 Santa Anita Sprint Championship by 2 1/2 lengths, earning his third straight Grade 1 victory for Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert.Ridden by Flavien Prat, Lord Nelson ran six furlongs in 1:08.80 and paid $3, $2.10 and $2.10 as the heavy 1-2 favorite in the field of five. Bettors wagered $699,812 from a total show pool of $752,109 on the 4-year-old colt.All Run returned $8.80 and $2.80 at 23-1 odds, while Lord Nelsons stablemate, Jazzy Times, was another 3 3/4 lengths back in third and paid $2.10 to show.Lord Nelsons fourth straight win earned him an all-fees paid berth in the $2 million Breeders Cup Sprint at Santa Anita on Nov. 5.The Sprint is a tough race to win, but if you have the right kind of horse you can do it, Prat said, and so far, Lord Nelson looks like the right kind of horse. He likes this track, he hasnt lost this year.Lord Nelson has won five of eight races at Santa Anita. The victory, worth $180,000, increased his career earnings to $958,271, with seven wins in 12 starts. Andrej Sekera Jersey. In the $200,000 City of Hope Mile, Vyjack wore down Om and even-money stablemate Obviously to win by a half-length.Ridden by Prat, Vyjack ran the distance in a course-record 1:31.69 and paid $10.60, $4.80 and $2.80 at 4-1 odds in the field of 10.Om returned $4.40 and $2.40, while Obviously was another half-length back in third and paid $2.10 to show.Trained by Phil DAmato, Vyjack will be pointed toward either the BC Dirt Mile or the BC Mile on turf.The victory, worth $120,000, increased Vyjacks career earnings to $1,321,900, with eight wins in 27 starts.In the $70,000 Swingtime Stakes for fillies and mares, Curlins Fox won by 1 1/2 lengths under Stevens.Trained by Carla Gaines, the winner ran one mile on turf in 1:32.77 and paid $7.80, $4.40 and $3.40.Kitcat returned $5.40 and $4, while Queen of the Sand was another 1 1/2 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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