Rafael Nadal's march to Melbourne Park at the Australian Open 2022 continues without any particular hitches. Fresh from the very rapid success against Marcos Giron, the very Spanish champion does not make any particular changes to the script in the match-up with Yannick Hanfmann and reaches the third round for the sixteenth time in his career in the Slam Down Under.
After a relatively poor first set of problems, spiced only by an empty pass at 2-2 and in equal measure by a 4-0 breakthrough, Nadal gets chances in the four response rounds in the second. Even if he needs the eighth game to deliver the decisive push.
The third set is definitely more struggled, with the 2009 champion who still breaks in the third game and who at the first useful opportunity with the available serve fixed at 6-2 6-3 6-4 the seventy-one success at the Australian Open .
Wins also for Matteo Berrettini, Carlos Alcaraz and Sebastian Korda. Pablo Carreno Busta breaks down the resistance of Tallon Griekspoor in five sets and Denis Shapovalov who overcomes Kwon in the same way. Naomi Osaka played and won the second round at the Australian Open 2022, beating the American Madison Brengle in straight sets.
Also Ashleigh Barty, Victoria Azarenka and Barbora Krejcikova reaxched the 3rd round. Belinda Bencic, beaten in two sets by the newfound Amanda Anisimova. Even the American star, fresh from the first WTA seal in his career after a nightmare 2020, keeps alive the streak of consecutive successes and reaches Naomi Osaka in the third round.
SCOTTIE PIPPEN HARSHLY ATTACKS MICHAEL JORDAN
Scottie Pippen, former NBA player who was Michael Jordan's long-time teammate, and who with Jordan's Chicago Bulls won six NBA titles during the 90s, lashed out at Air Jordan.
In his book Unguarded Pippen he speaks very critically of both Jordan and the documentary The Last Dance, available since last year on NETFLIX which tells the story of the victories of those Bulls but above all of the decisive role played by Jordan.
In The Last Dance, in fact, the space reserved for the other players on the team, including Pippen, considered the strongest after Jordan, is limited. In Unguarded, Pippen said: "How dare Michael Jordan treat us like that, after all we've done for him and his precious brand? Michael Jordan would never have been Michael Jordan without me, Horace Grant, Toni Kukoc, John Paxson, Steve Kerr, Dennis Rodman, Bill Cartwright, Ron Harper, BJ Armstrong, Luc Longley, Will Perdue and Bill Wennington.
To make matters worse is the fact that Jordan received $ 10 million to participate in the documentary, while my friends and I not even a penny. Plus, the episodes of The Last Dance all follow the same logic, Michael on a pedestal, his secondary, smaller teammates.
I don't mean Michael wouldn't be a superstar wherever he ended up. It was spectacular, but it was just the success we achieved as a team, six titles in eight years, that brought it to a world-class level that no other athlete, with the exception of Muhammad Ali, has achieved in modern times.
Even in the second episode, which focused for a while on my difficult upbringing and unlikely path to the NBA, the narrative turned back to Michael Jordan and his determination to win. I was nothing more than a prop. His best teammate of all time, he called me. He couldn't have been more cocky if he had tried."