Rafa 13.0: 'I'm Going To Need My Best Version'

Does Rafael Nadal consider himself the favourite at this year’s Roland Garros? As a 12-time tournament champion, he has dominated the event like no other player in all Grand Slam history. On the other side of the ledger, he has played just one tournament since February and suffered a surprise quarter-final loss to Diego Schwartzman last week in Rome.

His great rival, Novak Djokovic, comes in with a 31-1 record on the season, and the confidence of having won a record-breaking 36th ATP Masters 1000 title in Rome. To win the trophy, Nadal may need to beat US Open champion Dominic Thiem in the semi-finals and Djokovic in the final. And the World No. 2 feels that conditions are not in his favour.

So maybe, just maybe, there is hope for others in the field.

“I always have been beatable on clay. [Novak] beat me a lot of times,” said … Read the rest

This Pokemon Music Video Starring Farfetch’d Is the Perfect Way to Start Your Weekend

The Pokemon Company has released an official music video that oozes old-school Japanese vibes. The video stars the Pokemon Farfetch’d, Galarian Farfetch’d, and Sirfetch’d.

The video was released on the Japanese YouTube channel called Pokemon Kids TV and can I just say that it is a certified bop. You can give it a watch/listen down below. Now I suddenly want to add a Farfetch’d to my next Pokemon team. Who knows.

Did you enjoy the Pokemon music video? You know, this isn’t the first time that The Pokemon Company released a music video for a specific Pokemon.

I would like to introduce to you all to the wonderful masterpiece that is The Magikarp Song:

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Gomez Qualifies For First Slam Main Draw At Roland Garros: 'It Was A Roller-Coaster'

Thirty years ago, Andres Gomez lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires at Roland Garros. On Thursday his son, Emilio Gomez, guaranteed that he will play in a Grand Slam main draw for the first time at the same venue.

The 28-year-old Gomez rallied past Kazakhstani Dmitry Popko 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(1). The Ecuadorian trailed 0-3, 30/40 in the deciding set and faced two match points while serving at 4-5, before recovering to triumph after two hours and 31 minutes.

“It was a roller-coaster of ups and downs… It was crazy,” Gomez said. “It was the first time I was in a situation like that, [with] that much nervousness during a match. It was really a big deal for me to get through it.”

This was Gomez’s eighth attempt to qualify for a Grand Slam. He had only previously reached the final round of qualifying once (2014 US Open). The 2019 Tallahassee ATP … Read the rest

Star Citizen Video Shows Cargo Decks & More Alpha 3.11 Content as Crowdfunding Passes $314 Million

Star Citizen developer Cloud Imperium Games released a new video focusing on upcoming content for the growing space simulator.

We get to see the cargo decks that will be added to space stations in alpha 3.11 which should come soon enough.

On top of that, we also take a look at more improvement and content to be released with the same patch, including the Mercury Star Runner (which will actually come a bit later in a 3.11X patch) and the Origin 100 series.

You can check the video out below.

n other Star Citizen news, the crowdfunding total is currently at $
314,486,477 at the moment of this writing, well over $314 million.

The number of registered accounts is now well over 2.8 million (currently 2,825,128).

As usual, it’s known that not all of them are paying players. The number includes free accounts created for a variety of reasons, … Read the rest

#NextGenATP Korda Nearing Roland Garros Breakthrough

#NextGenATP American Sebastian Korda has never played a tour-level match on clay. But the 20-year-old American is one victory from qualifying for Roland Garros.

Korda eliminated 2019 New York Open finalist Brayden Schnur 6-4, 6-4 on Wednesday to reach the final round of qualifying in Paris. This is his first appearance in qualifying at the clay-court Grand Slam.

“I’ve had two good matches under my belt and I’m ready to keep it going here,” Korda told RolandGarros.com. “I’m progressing slowly, but my game and results are definitely going up.”

The former junior World No. 1 won 76 per cent of his second-serve points against the Canadian and he saved the only break point he faced to triumph after one hour and 20 minutes. The Western & Southern Open qualifier, who lost in four sets against Denis Shapovalov in the first round of the US Open, was 1-3 in major … Read the rest

New Halloween Event & More Coming To Pokemon GO Next Month

Earlier today, Niantic revealed a large chunk of their plans for October in Pokemon GO. We got details about the new Halloween event, a fashion-themed event, legendary raid bosses, spotlight hours, and the next Research Breakthrough featured Pokemon.

The first part that Pokemon GO trainers will get to experience is the change of the Research Breakthrough Pokemon. If you want to get an Alolan Raichu, then you only have until 1 PM PT on Oct. 1. Then the Bug/Ghost Pokemon, Shedinja, will be featured for the month of October.

It’s not useful in PvP or PvE, but it’s extremely rare. If you don’t have one in your Hoenn Pokedex yet, then you’ll want to do those daily research tasks to get the Research Breakthrough.

There will also be a rotating trio of legendary raids starting on Sept. 25 and ending on Oct. 23. It will start with Zapados for one … Read the rest

Humbert: A Piano Man & Rising French Star

Editor’s Note: Ugo Humbert beat Daniil Medvedev on Tuesday at the Hamburg European Open for his first Top 10 win. This feature was originally published on 1 November 2019.

If you head to a tournament hotel when the ATP Tour is in town, many times players can be found in their rooms studying tapes on a future opponent, watching tennis and other sports on television, or even playing video games. But if there’s a grand piano around, don’t be surprised if Frenchman Ugo Humbert is at the keys.

“I started with my sister. At the same time, I started tennis,” said Humbert, who competed in the 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals. “I love music. I play a little bit of electric guitar, but I’m better at piano.”

Humbert began playing the piano when he was five. From the age of 12, when he trained with the French Federation in Poitiers, … Read the rest

Xbox One X’s Sales Rank Has Risen Over 400% on Amazon

Today pre-orders for Microsoft’s next-gen consoles opened up, allowing hopeful consumers the opportunity to spend their hard-earned cash on the Xbox Series X or the Xbox Series S.

But it turns out that some people might be confused by Microsoft’s naming conventions because, as of the time of writing, the Xbox One X (a suped-up revision of the Xbox One that released in 2017) has risen 431% in sales rank on Amazon, which was spotted by AndrewAlerts on Twitter.

And when Andrew spotted the increase in sales ranking, the product jumped from the 2,804th spot to 331. Now, the Xbox One X 1Tb console has inched its way to #317 on the list.

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Tsonga, Simon Lead Rich French Heritage In Metz, Where Djokovic Won As A Teen

The Moselle Open, which made its ATP Tour debut in 2003, is one of six tour-level events held in France.

The ATP 250 would have been held this week if not for the COVID-19 pandemic.

ATPTour.com looks at five things to know about the tournament.

Fantastic Frenchmen
Since its inaugural edition, the Moselle Open has proven to be a popular stop on the ATP Tour calendar for French players. Sixteen of the 17 previous editions of the event have featured a home champion in singles or doubles.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga owns a tournament record four singles trophies in Metz, followed closely by three-time champion Gilles Simon. In doubles, Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Edouard Roger-Vasselin have each claimed a record four trophies.

On four occasions, France has produced the singles champion and both doubles titlists in the same year (2003-’04, ’12, ’18). The only edition of the tournament that has not featured … Read the rest

Blizzard’s BlizzCon Returns as Online Event in February

Blizzard Entertainment announced today that its annual BlizzCon event will be returning as an online event in February 2021.

Last April, Blizzard said it would look into how feasible BlizzCon 2020 would be after the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world. The company then canceled the in-person gaming convention a month later with plans for an online event in early 2021.

The new event, known as BlizzConline, will be an online show taking place on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20, 2021. The company has only announced the community showcase for the event, which consists of several contests and spotlights.

Those who cosplay will be able to send pictures and videos of themselves or their pets for the show in the Cosplay Exhibition, and can win in one of four Cosplay Contest categories: Best Blizzard Character, Best Blizzard Weapons & Armor, Best Modern Creation, and Best Traditional Creation. Each winner of … Read the rest