The intensely competitive Australian, roared on by a partisan crowd, could not live with Spain's David Ferrer and he went down 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 to exit what was his final tournament before retiring. His trademark scream of 'C'mon!' annoyed Argentine player Juan Ignacio Chela so much that he earned a fine for spitting near Hewitt during their match at the 2005 Australian Open .
Miracles do happen and for Verdasco, the player was deemed a tough opponent this season- he undeniably smashed 90 winners and 91 unforced errors in Melbourne Park this time. And Verdasco is a tricky customer and has all the tools to upset the best of players. Nadal's preparation was in stark contrast to previous year, when he suffered a swift first-round exit in his only lead-up tournament to the Australian Open , so he was stunned to bow out so early following a grueling battle on Rod ...
The 34-year-old Australian called it a "joke" and an "absolute farce" that he should be linked with the match-fixing allegations outlined by the original BBC and BuzzFeed report, which did not reveal any names. "I don't think anyone here would think that I've done anything (like) corruption or match-fixing. I never had idols, but Lleyton was one for me", Ferrer said.
The Nats bid a reported $200 million for Jason Heyward earlier in the offseason before the outfielder signed an eight-year, $184 million deal with the Cubs . Combined with Harper, Cespedes would bring a powerful one-two punch for the Nationals , feared by opposing pitchers. But not bad ones. He has a cannon for an arm and is capable of playing center, though not as skillfully.
There was a video tribute featuring messages from the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray. Lleyton Hewitt: Overrated or an Australian sporting great? But it is his longevity and the sheer bigness of his heart that we will most remember.
Cleveland brought players off the bench who would start for Brooklyn, and one of the Cavs' top reserves, Tristan Thompson, finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. [Andrew] Bogut is really good at making plays, and Draymond Green , again another guy you can argue is the best power forward in the game as versatile as he is.