Tristan Lavalette

Tristan Lavalette

articles by Tristan Lavalette

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US Open 2018: Novak Djokovic deserves equal consideration in GOAT debate alongside Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal

After winning the US Open on the back of Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic should be given much more consideration for the GOAT.

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US Open 2018: Serena Williams' inconsistent return to tennis leaves tournament wide open

There have been two first-time Major winners this year and the US Open, in recent times, has not been immune to crowning a new women’s champion – the last three singles champions have been maiden winners in New York.

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Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams' return, in-form Simona Halep highlight unpredictable women's draw

It all means Wimbledon looms as one of the most intriguing women’s Grand Slams for some time with the draw filled with star power, in-form players and at least a dozen players genuinely capable of triumphing on tennis’ grand stage.

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Wimbledon 2018: Rafael Nadal faces stiff challenge, but title win at All England Club would add fuel to 'greatest ever' debate

A third Wimbledon triumph would nudge Nadal closer to Federer’s record tally but, equally crucial in terms of legacy, will legitimately fuel the greatest ever debate – especially if he managed to beat Federer in the final.

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Wimbledon 2018: All England Club a fitting place for Novak Djokovic to rise from ashes, put troubles behind for good

One feels the time is right for Novak Djokovic to regain his place back on the throne and the world number 17 has been seeded 12th for Wimbledon

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Wimbledon 2018: Simona Halep would look to carry claycourt form to grass as World No 1 begins quest for elusive trophy

If she continues to fall short at majors, Halep would be painted as an underachiever and a player unable to handle the lights when they shone brightest.

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Year in Review 2016: Australia looked a team knocked off the perch, but revival is underway

Australia in 2016 has been inconsistent – an unwanted characteristic that has dogged them since their glory years ended in the late 2000s.

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Hollywood ending: Kobe Bryant's final game was a microcosm of his entire NBA career

Any way you spin it, Bryant's last match was a fitting microcosm for his incredible indefatigable career

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Complacent, confused, underprepared: Three words that sum up Australia's sorry World T20 campaign

But as they now must slowly realise, Australia can’t be so complacent in their approach, even if the next World T20 will be on home soil for the first time. They need to start treating the World T20 like how they methodically approach an ODI World Cup.

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World T20: Australia were poor but also unlucky to run into Kohli who is now at the level of Djokovic and Messi

In many ways, Australia can feel unlucky that they ran into a phenomenon who is in the same rarefied realm of other superstar male athletes

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Watch out, India: Australia are showing signs of getting back to their formidable best in ICC World T20

It is now all set up for a titanic tussle between heavyweights India and Australia. The winner progresses to the knockout stages. After a much-needed tonic, Australia should feel confident about their chances.

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World T20: Australia's win over Bangladesh was ugly, unconvincing; they don't deserve a semi-final spot

Taking heed from history, it is always folly to write off Australia. But as we are quickly grasping, the Aussies in the T20 format need to be judged by a different set of expectations. Australia live to fight another day, but the end is seemingly nigh.

First Cricket News

World T20: The match was close but New Zealand loss brutally exposed Australia's flaws in this format

Almost inevitably, Australia was not able to effectively curtail spin, particularly Mitchell Santner who is bowling right now like he is the second coming of Bishan Bedi.

First Cricket News

WT20 Preview: Without McCullum, New Zealand look rank outsiders but write them off at your own peril

New Zealand always plays hard and has enough talent to trouble the very best teams. Amid an arduous group, New Zealand will have to showcase their famed pluck repeatedly to progress deep into the tournament

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Cheating or naivety? Maria Sharapova, the latest victim of the suffocating pressure of elite sports

You can believe Sharapova was totally naïve not to have known that the drug was now banned, and it was simply an oversight. Or you can disregard her admission and believe that she purposely wanted to gain an unfair edge

First Cricket News

Adam Voges: The forgotten man who is being spoken about in the same breath as Sachin and Bradman

Voges was often overshadowed by sleeker but less reliable players in Marcus North and Shaun Marsh, who were given numerous opportunities to carve out long Test careers.

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Mind the gap: Narrowing the gulf with Djokovic will mould Andy Murray's legacy in 2016

Andy Murray may be world number two but the gulf behind Novak Djokovic is widening.

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One-sided, but many enduring memories: Djokovic vs Federer showed why theirs is the greatest rivalry

It was hardly the classic match we craved, but the much-hyped Australian Open semi-final between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer had images that will always endure. Ultimately, that’s all that really matters.

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Game, set and match-fixed: Taint of corruption will sadly overshadow tennis at Australian Open

Now, after these revelations, the Australian Open is likely to be stymied by innuendo and cynicism. Players are going to be looked at suspiciously, exacerbated in this era of social media where open slander is commonplace.

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To review or not to review? Dhoni's DRS remarks are valid but it's time ICC stopped being toothless

Somewhat overshadowed after Perth were Dhoni’s more rational thoughts on the DRS, and whether it is flawed technology.