Novak Djokovic believes a fight with a fan gave him the motivation to defeat Denis Kudla in their US Open match.
The Serb has been been hampered by a niggling shoulder injury which forced him to arrive late for his pre-match practice session and has reduced his chances of claiming his fourth title at Flushing Meadows.
After beginning his warm-up, the world No.1 appeared to become embroiled in a heated discussion with a match-goer.
Djokovic eventually breezed through the encounter, winning 6-3 6-4 6-2 to set-up a last 16 clash with Stan Wawrinka.
“Just had a little chat,’ said Djokovic in his post match press conference when asked about the incident.
“To have a drink,’ he added. “I liked the guy. I’m going to buy him a drink. “We’ll keep it between us. But he definitely helped me. He doesn’t even know, but he did help me.”
Pressed on what the fan said to him, Djokovic added: ‘Well, if you have the video, you’ll hear I guess. “As I said, I’m not going to talk about it. I think he did me a favor. Even maybe he didn’t want to do me a favor, he did me a favor, big favour.”
Lewis Hamilton suffered a heavy crash in final practice for the Belgian Grand Prix.
The defending Formula 1 world champion and current championship leader lost control of his Mercedes at high speed before slamming head-on into the barriers.
“I am in the wall, guys,” said Hamilton over the team radio. “Sorry.”
The British star emerged from the crash unscathed, but suffered extensive damage to the front of his battered car.
Mercedes mechanics will now face a race against time to get his car ready for qualifying, which begins at 2pm BST on Saturday, but the German team said they are hopeful everything will be fixed in time for Hamilton to compete.
A Mercedes spokesman said: “We will be replacing both front corners [suspension and wheel assemblies], nose, barge boards and floor.
“Barring nasty surprises, we can complete all of the work in time.”
The main fear for Mercedes is possible damage to the gear box, as replacing it before the race would incur a five-place grid penalty.
Reacting to Hamilton’s crash, Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff added: “Hopefully it’s not the engine or the gear box, and it doesn’t look too bad at the moment.
“I think if I would run around and panic like a headless chicken it wouldn’t be good for the guys fixing the car so we need to be calm.”
In Hamilton’s absence, Ferrari continued their domination of the weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, with Charles Leclerc fastest.
The impressive 23-year-old man from Monaco finished nearly half-a-second clear of his team-mate Sebastian Vettel, while Valtteri Bottas was third for Mercedes, 0.497 seconds off the pace.
Ferrari have a golden opportunity for claim their first race win this year, with their one-two finish to practise making them favourites for pole position.
Formula 1 have released a record breaking 22-race schedule for the 2020 season where Vietnam and the Netherlands will make their debut.
The schedule will be submitted for approval at the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) World Motor Sport Council meeting on October 4.
The F1’s 70th anniversary season starts in Melbourne, Australia on March 15 and ends in Abu Dhabi on November 29, with
Vietnam will become the 34th country to host a Grand Prix when Lewis Hamilton and co. race in Hanoi on April 5.
The Zandvoort circuit in has also been added to the schedule, which will see 21-year-old Max Verstappen race in his homeland.
However, Germany has been left off the calendar for failing to come to a financial agreement with F1 owners Liberty Media, which means Sebastian Vettel will be without a home race.
Meanwhile, the Italy Grand Prix is subject to a contract signature.
The annual British Grand Prix will take place at Silverstone on July 19 after its contract was extended and also means there will be no clash with the Wimbledon men’s final or the Euro 2020 final at Wembley.
Hamilton is the bookmakers’ favourite to retain his F1 crown, while Ferrari duo Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel follow closely behind.
A full list of the provincial 2020 F1 calendar is below…
Jamie Chadwick has already written herself into the history books twice at the tender age of 21.
Aged 15, the Bath-born racing driver was the first woman, as well as the youngest person ever, to win the British GT Championship.
She reinforced her status as one of motorsport’s rising stars and also made history for a second time in her fledgling career earlier this month when she became the first ever person to win the inaugural W Series – the first all-female single seater series – at Brands Hatch.
But for Chadwick, there’s a quiet determination to go one step further, which, in the process, would not just make her a history-maker for a third time should she pull it off, but a role model for women across the world.
Her target now is to become the first female to compete in Formula One in over 40 years and you sense it may just be a matter of time before that happens, given her recent W Series glory as well as her relationship with Williams, for whom she is a development driver.
However, Chadwick doesn’t want to make it on to the F1 grid to be purely a gimmick. Instead, all she wants is equality and to be handed a drive in motorsport’s most renowned series because of her talent.
Speaking exclusively to talkSPORT, she said: “It [making it to F1] would be unbelievable. It’s the ultimate goal. It’s every young driver’s dream.
“That dream becomes a little bit more of a closer reality with the relationship I have with Williams. I really want to achieve it for myself. I really want to be there on merit and because I deserve to be and fingers crossed that happens soon.
“[Working with Williams] has been unbelievable for me. Getting that kind of experience with an F1 team has been awesome. For it to be Williams, a British team who have so much history, has been extra special and I’ve learnt a lot from them so far.
“Now I’ve done the job that I needed to this year by securing the W Series Championship, I’m hoping that I can go to them with a bit more of an argument to do some more stuff for them next year.”
F1 has a reputation for being a male dominated sport and you have to look back to Italian Lella Lombardi in 1976 to find the last women to compete in the worldwide series.
The sport’s former chief executive, Bernie Ecclestone, was widely criticised back in 2016 when he claimed women were physically unable to drive an F1 car and that a female driver ‘would not be taken seriously’ should they be handed a drive.
However, the Championship is very much in a new era under the ownership of Liberty Media and Chadwick believes there’s a real desire from within for that 43-year wait to come to an end.
“The sport’s obviously heavily male dominated but in my view, I don’t think there’s a reason for that,” she explained.
“I think the sport is desperate to see a female succeed. The sport does want a female racing driver but they’ve got to be there on merit.
“Some of the most influential people in motorsport are women. For example, my team boss at Williams is Claire Williams.
“We’re starting to see more and more. It’s a numbers game and we just need more women to rise to the top in all degrees of the sport and hopefully, that will end this male dominance that we’ve got.”
Despite her achievements, a career in motorsport never really crossed the 21-year-old’s mind until she was a teenager, though.
A talented skier and hockey player growing up, Chadwick admits she fell into racing by ‘accident.’
Her family didn’t have any background in the industry and it was only when her brother took up Go-Karting that she decided to put on a crash helmet for the first time.
“I had my first go and fell in love with it quite quickly,” she says. “One thing led to another and I progressed into car racing at 14. It’s been a whirlwind ever since. As soon as I took my hand in motorsport, I realised that was the one I wanted to pursue more than other sports.”
Not only has it been a whirlwind few years for Chadwick, but it’s been a crazy few days for the 21-year-old as well.
Her feet have barely touched the ground since she sealed the W Series title last week, bagging £400,000 in prize money in the process.
The Bath racer had been on the podium in each of the previous five rounds, winning twice in Germany and Italy respectively, meaning she took a 13-point lead into the final race at Brands Hatch.
However, the finale didn’t quite go to plan for the Brit, as despite qualifying on pole, she ended up crossing the chequered flag in fourth at her home race.
A third-place finish for her nearest rival Beitkse Visser wasn’t enough to close the gap though, meaning Chadwick became the first ever W Series champion since its inception.
An ever perfectionist, Chadwick admitted she would have liked to have secured the Championship in better circumstances, but the 21-year-old was quick to say that she’ll remember the celebrations for the rest of her life.
“I’ve got a whirlwind of emotions and it hasn’t quite sunk in yet,” she explained.
“Honestly, I couldn’t be happier and it’s what we’ve worked so hard for all year. To finally have that title and accolade official is a dream come true.
“I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t the goal to go out from the off to win the title. I didn’t realise how tough it was going to be. All year, it might have looked like we had control over it at times, but behind the scenes it wasn’t that easy.”
On whether she could enjoy any of the race, she added: “I think the way I described it after the race was the worst 30 minutes of my life followed by the best 30 minutes of my life.
“I did enjoy bits of the race. I mean it wasn’t the race I wanted and it was stressful and tricky.
“Ultimately, when that chequered flag fell, there was a little bit of mixed emotions as the race wasn’t great, but the feeling of just winning the Championship was unbelievable. To celebrate with my family, my friends and the home crowd was unbelievable.”
A well-deserved break is now on the cards as she tries to come to terms with her achievements this season.
While competing in F1 is the ultimate ambition, Chadwick hasn’t ruled out a second campaign in the W Series, although she is also open to the idea of branching out into other competitions as well, much like her idol Fernando Alonso.
“I’m open to a lot of things at the moment,” she explained.
“Motorsport is a fantastic place for a young driver to be at the moment. I’m really lucky that I’ve also got a relationship with Aston Martin and they’ve got a really cool hyper car project coming to Le Mans next year. That’s something I’d really love to get involved with.
“Formula E is exciting. There’s a lot to be interested at the moment and there’s DTM obviously, too.
“Formula One is the ultimate goal but there’s a lot more to be excited about as a young driver.”
Andy Murray’s dabble with doubles ended in defeat as the two-time Wimbledon champion was beaten by brother Jamie in the quarter-finals of the Cincinnati Masters.
The siblings were facing each other for only the second time in their professional careers, and Andy and Feliciano Lopez went down 6-7 (5) 7-5 10-4 to Jamie and fellow Briton Neal Skupski.
“It was tough, not the most enjoyable match. The atmosphere kind of felt a bit flat on the court which I think is in some ways normal in those sorts of matches,” Andy Murray told reporters.
“But it was fine, and I’m happy Jamie got through. You want to go out there and compete and play as well as you can, but you’re not getting the same enjoyment out of serving an ace or hitting a great return as you might be in other matches.
“Obviously we tried to do our best but it wasn’t enough today.”
The defeat all but spells the end of Andy Murray’s sojourn into doubles on the day he announced he would not play the men’s or mixed events at the US Open later this month.
LATEST SPORT NEWS
Steve Smith suffers suspected concussion from brutal Jofra Archer bouncer in epic duel
UFC 241 Cormier vs Miocic: UK fight time, live stream, TV channel and undercard
How Anthony Joshua can defy Tyson Fury and beat Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi showdown
Samoa Joe: Picks his Samoan Mount Rushmore with The Rock included and much more
White issues warning to McGregor, Khabib has stern words for rival and more
Lewis could come out of retirement and ‘humble’ AJ, claims former champ’s manager
Braun Strowman: What happened backstage after Brock Lesnar punched him for real
Jimmy Havoc: Signing for AEW, UK talent, reaction to Vince’s ‘blood and guts’
AJ Styles reveals what Shawn Michaels said to him about possible dream match
Sheamus finally addresses reports he is retiring from wrestling
Dana White hopes Conor McGregor can control his temper or he could lose millions
Lewis wants Joshua to call him to clear the air and end public feud
Just a couple of weeks after playing together in the doubles at the Citi Open, the Murray brothers faced off for the first time since their only previous meeting, in Montreal in 2015, where Jamie and John Peers beat Andy and Leander Paes.
Skupski, possibly feeling some pressure playing in such vaunted company, dropped his opening service game with a double fault to give Andy Murray and Lopez an early advantage.
But then Andy Murray’s serve was broken for 4-4, with Lopez enduring a horror show as he dumped two simple volleys into the net and sent an overhead long.
Lopez got his act together in the tie-break and a Skupski volley floated wide to hand the Queen’s champions the first set.
Some scintillating rallies enthralled an increasingly full Grandstand Court as the second set went with serve until, at 5-5, Lopez double-faulted on deciding point and Skupski served out to level the match.
In the match tie-break Lopez, who appeared to have tweaked a muscle in his serving arm, double-faulted twice to gift Jamie Murray and Skupski five match points.
Defeat was confirmed when Andy Murray netted a forehand as his brief dalliance with doubles came to an end.
Andy Murray has confirmed he will not play singles at this year’s US Open.
There were suggestions the three-time Grand Slam winner would play at Flushing Meadows following his return to singles action in Cincinnati.
However, the Briton revealed after his straight sets defeat to Richard Gasquet that he will not take part at the final major of 2019 as he’s not ready play five-set matches.
Instead, Murray intends to play in both the doubles and mixed doubles, just as he did at Wimbledon last month.
He made his singles return after a seven-month absence as the former world number one shook off a little ring rust against the Frenchman.
The 32-year-old Briton’s first-round showdown against Gasquet at the Western and Southern Open resulted in a 6-4 6-4 reverse, but the outcome was only part of the story, with Murray attempting to revive his career after hip surgery.
LATEST SPORT NEWS
Barry Hearn defends Anthony Joshua-Andy Ruiz Jr rematch going to Saudi Arabia
Hearn responds to claims Ruiz hasn’t signed for AJ rematch, hope for Josh Taylor
Boxing journalist calls for Katie Taylor to fight on Ruiz vs AJ card in Saudi Arabia
Luke Campbell picks top five P4P boxers in the world and says no heavyweights
Perry has surgery on nose, Masvidal responds to Askren and more
WWE announces 11 legends including Goldberg to appear at SmackDown Reunion show
Let him in
WWE are set to give The Fiend Bray Wyatt ‘huge push’ following SummerSlam
Seth Rollins reigns supreme over Brock Lesnar, fans slam Goldberg return, plus more
Now pain-free and having returned to competitive action in doubles earlier this year, the Scot started slowly as he struggled to find a first serve and had to contend with Gasquet’s determination to test his mobility at every opportunity.
In the event, Murray lost the match but showed flashes of his best form as he warmed to his task.
The twice Wimbledon and Olympic champion, who feared in January that his career could be over, surrendered his service in the opening game and came within a point of a 3-0 deficit before rallying to lead 3-2.
However, Gasquet tested him to the full, including with a series of drop shots, before taking the first set 6-4.
The second set started in much the same fashion – the Frenchman establishing a 2-0 lead – but Murray repeatedly threatened to break while holding his own service with increasing confidence, before eventually succumbing 6-4 once again.
Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix when he passed Max Verstappen with three laps to go.
The defending world champion extended his lead over Valtteri Bottas at the top of the standings to 61 points as the drivers head into the summer break.
Hamilton was within one second of Verstappen when he was called in for a second pit stop – Mercedes hoping that a switch to fresh tyres would provide the British star with a chance to usurp the Belgium driver.
The strategy move by Formula 1‘s all-conquering team proved inspired.
Hamilton left the pit lane 21 seconds behind Verstappen with 21 laps remaining, the Briton lighting up the time sheets before catching the back of the Red Bull.
The 33-year-old then made the move on lap 67 to take the win.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel finished third ahead of his team-mate Charles Leclerc.
LATEST SPORT NEWS
Ugly scenes in Perpignan as brawl erupts between Warrington and Catalans fans
BIG SCHU’S TO FILL
Mick Schumacher takes maiden Formula 2 win at Hungarian Grand Prix
Boxing schedule 2019, all major upcoming fights and results
The Ashes: Smith proves stubborn once more as Australia build slender lead
Andrade makes Canelo offer, Hearn speaks out on Whyte’s drug allegations, plus more
Cyborg apologises to White, Lesnar’s mammoth salary, arm break on fight pass
Verstappen holds off Mercedes pair to score first pole of his career in Hungary
Four SummerSlam matches yet to be announced, Natalya reveals Rousey wants return
Bottas ended the race in eighth place after he had to stop for a new front wing following a collision with Leclerc on the opening lap.
“Wow, just wow, mate,” said Hamilton’s engineer, Pete Bonnington. “What a drive. What a strategy.”
Hamilton replied: “That was a tall order but I am grateful you did it. That feels so good. I hope you are feeling it too.”
The 21-year-old lit up the time sheets with a Hungaroring track record, finishing just 0.016 seconds ahead of Bottas with reigning Formula 1 champion Hamilton in third, two tenths back.
Verstappen crossed the line first, his lap greeted with huge cheers from the main grandstand, and despite late improvements by both Bottas and Hamilton, the Mercedes duo were unable to usurp the flying Dutchman.
The Ferrari pair of Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel line up fourth and fifth with Verstappen’s team-mate Pierre Gasly sixth.
Leclerc hit the wall in Q1 after losing control of his Ferrari at the final corner. But swift repairs by his team allowed the Monegasque to carry on.
“The car has felt good all weekend and it was flying in qualifying,” said Verstappen, moments after capturing pole.
“I am very happy about today. There is still a race to do and that is the most important thing.”
Hamilton, who holds a 63-point lead over Verstappen in the standings, said: “We always target first, but it got away from me.
MOST-READ HEADLINES ON talkSPORT.COM
Barcelona vs Arsenal live stream: How to watch Joan Gamper Trophy
Dybala told to join Liverpool, Arsenal in third Tierney bid, Spurs plan £30m signing
‘For £80m Maguire needs to be Rio and Vidic rolled into one’ – Durham’s verdict
Leicester set to pay Hull part of Maguire fee from record Man United deal
ross the boss
Barkley scores a late penalty as Chelsea draw last match of pre-season
Tottenham v Inter Milan live stream: How to watch International Champions Cup clash
Arsenal handed huge boost for new season as defender returns from injury
Manchester United target ‘sad and angry’ at how he has been treated by Juventus
“We are in a good position to fight for the win so we will be pushing hard for the victory tomorrow.
“I am always down for a fight. It is a long way down to turn one. It is not easy to overtake but hopefully we can give them a run for their money.”