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2020 Australian Open men’s singles draw

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Going into the Australian Open, Rafael Nadal has never been closer to Roger Federer‘s career men’s Grand Slam singles titles record. Same goes for Novak Djokovic.

Nadal and Djokovic could again meet in the Melbourne final, each continuing his quest for tennis history.

Nadal, ranked No. 1 and the top seed, would tie Federer’s record of 20 Slams with his second Australian Open title (and first since 2009). The Spaniard would also join legends Rod Laver and Roy Emerson as the only men to win all four majors multiple times.

Djokovic, a record seven-time Australian Open champion (including trouncing Nadal in the 2019 final), is at 16 Grand Slam singles titles after winning a pair each of the last two years.

But Djokovic may need to beat Federer (a six-time Aussie Open champ) in the semifinals to reach the final.

Nadal’s half of the draw includes two men he beat in 2019 Grand Slam finals — No. 4 Daniil Medvedev and No. 5 Dominic Thiem.

Nadal, Djokovic and Federer combined to win 14 of the last 15 Australian Opens, but a new generation began making headway last year.

Djokovic could get Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals, a year after Tsitsipas knocked out Federer in the round of 16.

Federer, 38, could get 20-year-old Canadian Denis Shapovalov in the fourth round and 23-year-old Italian Matteo Berrettini in the quarterfinals.

Nadal’s potential path includes mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios (24) in the fourth round and Thiem (26) or Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime (20) in the quarterfinals.

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Eddy Alvarez, Olympic short track medalist, to play for Miami Marlins

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Eddy Alvarez realized his MLB dream, six years after earning a Winter Olympic medal, and during a global pandemic that affected his club more than any other U.S. professional sports franchise.

Alvarez, a 2014 U.S. Olympic short track speed skating medalist, is being added to the Miami Marlins roster for Tuesday’s restart of their abbreviated season, president of baseball operations Mike Hill said Monday, according to Marlins beat reporters.

The 30-year-old was among a group added after as many as 18 Marlins tested positive for the coronavirus last week, forcing the club to cancel seven games.

Alvarez is believed to be the first U.S. Winter Olympian to become a Major League Baseball player.

He may be the second Olympic medalist in a sport other than baseball to make it to the majors, joining Jim Thorpe. (Michael Jordan tried to do so with the Chicago White Sox, playing Double-A in 1994, but returned to the Chicago Bulls in 1995.)

Alvarez, a Miami native, played baseball in high school and at Salt Lake Community College before focusing on short track in 2012 for a 2014 Olympic run.

He came back from missing the 2010 Olympic team and surgeries on both knees, reportedly leaving him immobile and bedpan dependent for four to six weeks, to make the Sochi Winter Games. Eddy the Jet earned a silver medal in the 5000m relay.

Then Alvarez returned to baseball after three years away. He signed a minor-league contract with the Chicago White Sox in June 2014. He worked his way through the minors between that franchise and the Marlins system.

Alvarez was a Kannapolis Intimidator, a New Orleans Baby Cake and a Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.

Now, he’s a big leaguer.

“It definitely was a chance, picking up a kid who hasn’t played in three years who is starting at the age of 24,” Alvarez said in 2014. “It’s not your typical story, but I play like a 17-year-old kid. I’m running around everywhere. I’m diving around everywhere. I’m full of life. I definitely see my progression moving at a rapid pace.”

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Katie Ledecky balances glass of chocolate milk on her head while swimming

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Katie Ledecky will always remember Aug. 3 as the date she won her first Olympic gold medal, at age 15 in 2012.

Now, she can also associate it with the time she created another kind of buzz on social media.

The five-time Olympic champion posted video of her swimming the length of a pool while balancing a glass of chocolate milk on her head. Barely any, if any, milk spilled into the pool.

Ledecky swam as part of a new got milk? ad campaign.

“Hoooowww nervous were you when you did this?!” fellow Olympic champion and training partner Simone Manuel asked Ledecky on Instagram.

“I have never braced my core so hard,” Ledecky wrote. “It’s a great drill!”

“Try doing it breaststroke,” British Olympic 100m breaststroke champion and world-record holder Adam Peaty wrote.

“Is it wrong of me to think this is even more impressive than a few of your WR’s?!!!” wrote 1992 Olympic champion Summer Sanders.

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