Novak Djokovic gets Daniil Medvedev in Australian Open final

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Novak Djokovic chases one record and looks to extend one of his own in Sunday’s Australian Open final.

Djokovic, already the only player with eight Australian Open titles in the Open Era, goes for No. 9 against fourth-seeded Russian Daniil Medvedev.

The top-ranked Serbian also bids to reel in Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who share the overall male major titles record of 20.

Djokovic is at 17, but is a year younger than Nadal (who lost in the quarterfinals) and six years younger than Federer (who, after two knee surgeries, missed a third consecutive Slam).

Djokovic is most comfortable at Rod Laver Arena, where he’s 17-0 in semifinals and finals.

“The more I win, the better I feel coming back each year,” he said. “I think it’s kind of also logical to expect that. The love affair keeps going.”

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Over the last week, he overcame what he called a tear in his abdominal area to beat American Taylor Fritz there in a third-round five-setter, then Canadian Milos Raonic, German Alexander Zverev and 114th-ranked Russan qualifier Aslan Karatsev in Thursday’s semifinal.

“Definitely had to stretch myself to the limit in the last five days in every sense, but I’m really pleased that in terms of injury and everything it’s going in the right direction,” he said after dispatching Karatsev, noting he felt no pain.

Medvedev, a wiry, 25-year-old Russian who plays Chess and PlayStation, reached his second major final by sweeping fifth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 in Friday’s semifinal.

He is on a 20-match win streak dating to October (including 12 wins over top-10 foes) and, at No. 4 in the world, is the highest-ranked man without a major title.

“I like that I don’t have a lot of pressure,” against Djokovic, Medvedev said. “It’s him who has all the pressure, getting to Roger and Rafa in the Grand Slams.”

Djokovic called him “the player to beat” before the Tsitsipas match.

“He ended out the season best possible fashion,” Djokovic said, referencing November’s ATP Finals, where he lost to Djokovic for the third time in their last four meetings. “I mean, winning quite comfortably, actually, against top players, against myself in straight sets in London, and he just has improved a lot.”

But Medvedev must still prove himself on this stage.

Djokovic beat him in four sets in the 2019 Australian Open. Later that year, Medvedev succumbed in an epic U.S. Open final to Nadal that lasted five sets and nearly five hours.

“It’s experience. It was my first Grand Slam final against one of the greatest,” said Medvedev, bidding to become the youngest man to win a Slam since Djokovic at the 2011 U.S. Open. “Sunday, I’m going to come against one of the other greatest.”

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Aksel Lund Svindal, Olympic Alpine champ, has testicular cancer, ‘prognosis good’

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Aksel Lund Svindal, a retired Olympic Alpine skiing champion from Norway, said he underwent surgery for testicular cancer and the prognosis “looked very good.”

“Tests, scans and surgery all happened very quickly,” Svindal, 39, wrote on social media. “And already after the first week I knew the prognoses looked very good. All thanks to that first decision to go see a doctor as soon as I suspected something was off.”

Svindal retired in 2019 after winning the Olympic super-G in 2010 and downhill in 2018. He also won five world titles among the downhill, combined and giant slalom and two World Cup overall titles.

Svindal said he felt a change in his body that prompted him to see a doctor.

“The last few weeks have been different,” he wrote. “But I’m able to say weeks and not months because of great medical help, a little luck and a good decision.

“I wasn’t sure what it was, or if it was anything at all. … [I] was quickly transferred to the hospital where they confirmed what the doctor suspected. Testicle cancer.”

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup schedule, results

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The U.S. goes for its fourth consecutive title at the FIBA World Cup in Sydney — and eighth global gold in a row overall when including the Olympics.

A’ja Wilson, a two-time WNBA MVP, and Breanna Stewart, the Tokyo Olympic MVP, headline a U.S. roster that, for the first time since 2000, includes neither Sue Bird (retired) nor Diana Taurasi (injured).

The new-look team includes nobody over the age of 30 for the first time since 1994, before the U.S. began its dynasty at the 1996 Atlanta Games. The Americans have won 52 consecutive games between worlds and the Olympics dating to the 2006 Worlds bronze-medal game.

The field also includes host Australia, the U.S.’ former primary rival, and Olympic silver medalist Japan.

Nigeria, which played the U.S. the closest of any foe in Tokyo (losing by nine points), isn’t present after its federation withdrew the team over governance issues. Spain, ranked second in the world, failed to qualify.

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2022 FIBA Women’s World Cup Schedule

Date Time (ET) Game Round
Wed., Sept. 21 8:30 p.m. Puerto Rico 82, Bosnia and Herzegovina 58 Group A
9:30 p.m. USA 87, Belgium 72 Group A
11 p.m. Canada 67, Serbia 60 Group B
Thurs., Sept. 22 12 a.m. Japan 89, Mali 56 Group B
3:30 a.m. China 107, South Korea 44 Group A
6:30 a.m. France 70, Australia 57 Group B
8:30 p.m. USA 106, Puerto Rico 42 Group A
10 p.m. Serbia 69, Japan 64 Group B
11 p.m. Belgium 84, South Korea 61 Group A
Fri., Sept. 23 12:30 a.m. China 98, Bosnia and Herzegovina 51 Group A
4 a.m. Canada 59, France 45 Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia 118, Mali 58 Group B
Sat., Sept. 24 12:30 a.m. USA 77, China 63 Group A
4 a.m. South Korea 99, Bosnia and Herzegovina 66 Group A
6:30 a.m. Belgium 68, Puerto Rico 65 Group A
Sun., Sept. 25 12:30 a.m. France vs. Mali Group B
4 a.m. Australia vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Canada vs. Japan Group B
9:30 p.m. Belgium vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
11:30 p.m. Mali vs. Serbia Group B
Mon., Sept. 26 12 a.m. USA vs. South Korea Group A
2 a.m. France vs. Japan Group B
3:30 a.m. China vs. Puerto Rico Group A
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Canada Group B
9:30 p.m. Puerto Rico vs. South Korea Group A
11:30 p.m. Belgium vs. China Group A
Tues., Sept. 27 12 a.m. USA vs. Bosnia and Herzegovina Group A
2 a.m. Canada vs. Mali Group B
3:30 a.m. France vs. Serbia Group B
6:30 a.m. Australia vs. Japan Group B
Wed., Sept. 28 10 p.m. Quarterfinal
Thurs., Sept. 29 12:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
4 a.m. Quarterfinal
6:30 a.m. Quarterfinal
Fri., Sept. 30 3 .m. Semifinal
5:30 a.m. Semifinal
11 p.m. Third-Place Game
Sat., Oct. 1 2 a.m. Final