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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Hes back. Hes back among the greats. Six months after his return to the circuit, Juan Martin del Potro reminded everyone in Rio de Janeiro that he belongs among the very best.The former world No. 4 and 2009 US Open winner made it clear that after several wrist surgeries he belongs in the top 10 when healthy. He managed to defeat Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the Rio Olympics, becoming the only Argentine tennis player to win two Olympic medals.One month before turning 28, the extremely powerful Tower of Tandil made the podium once again in his second Olympic appearance. He took the bronze medal in London 2012, and this time, he won silver, stopped only by Andy Murray in the final match.Gabriela Sabatini was the first of Argentinas tennis players to step on an Olympic podium; her silver was followed by three bronze medals by the country (Javier Frana and Christian Miniussi in doubles at Barcelona in 1992 and then by Paola Suarez and Patricia Tarabini in doubles at Athens in 2004).To the surprise of almost everyone, del Potro reached his 26th final in a tournament where he drew a tough opening match against Djokovic. Del Potro later showed authority and character in overcoming Nadal in the semifinals. Del Potro has been back for six months, and hes already challenging the tennis elite.With his massive serve and forehand, plus a backhand that is slowly starting to regain strength, del Potro showed great mental strength to prevail in the most challenging circumstances. This was his first final in 2? years (Sydney, 2014).Del Potro is now a seasoned player, hardened by the impact of his four wrist surgeries and the threat of early retirement. Hes mature enough to fully appreciate the Olympic environment. Hes no longer that kid who surprised the world by defeating the very best to win the US Open. Hes now showed another side of his personality by sharing celebrations with his fans, and even embracing some of them as he did after beating Nadal on Saturday.It became increasingly clear that del Potros No. 141 ranking is a poor indication of his ability. Its a shame, really, that the Olympics dont give ranking points, because with his great performance, he could have made up a lot of ground.But if he goes on playing like this, del Potro will soon improve his ranking. He will, because he is one of the greats, and not just physically. It was not by chance that he crushed Nadal in the 2009 US Open semifinals and then overcame Roger Federer to win his only Grand Slam final two days later.Its not by some quirk of fate that del Potro has managed 37 wins against top 10 contenders. Before Djokovic and Nadal in Rio, del Potro took out Stan Wawrinka, the world No. 5, at Wimbledon. This explains why del Potro is so greatly respected by all his rivals.A month ago, del Potro returned to Davis Cup -- after almost four years -- to provide a key point in doubles. Theres a big semifinal coming in Glasgow a month from now against Murrays Great Britain team, the reigning Davis Cup champions. So del Potros performance in Rio was crucial toward building up his confidence.Im living a dream once again, del Potro said in Rio on Sunday.And what he did was the stuff of dreams. He was awarded a silver medal, but his achievements were truly golden. Team USA Womens Soccer Jerseys . P.A. 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Now tied for second in the league in shootout goals, the 24-year-old likes to see what the opposing goaltender has in store before he ultimately lands on a move. The Barmy Army trumpeter played The Great Escape theme several times on Saturday.Maybe it was optimistic or maybe he was simply trying to be encouraging. But when one of the supporters sitting near him pointed out that the vast majority of those who tunnelled out of Stalag Luft III in 1944 (the escape upon which the film was based) were recaptured and murdered by the Nazis, it did little to dampen spirits.Thats because most people understand that The Great Escape - as a film, at least - isnt really about escaping. Or not entirely, anyway.Its about spirit. Its about a refusal to accept defeat. Even when it is seemingly inevitable.So maybe the theme was the perfect accompaniment to an absorbing days cricket when England gave their all and still finished facing almost certain defeat.There have been days - some of them really not so long ago - when an England side going into a day like this would have subsided with a whimper. Think of Sydney 2014 or Leeds 2009. Think of the 1990s. That band of spectators who watch every day - and no other country can replicate such travelling support - has had to put up with some dark days amid the good ones.Everything was against England here. They had conceded too large a first innings score and their top-order had failed to give them the start they required in reply. With the pitch deteriorating and several players struggling with injury or illness - Stuart Broad has a foot injury, Zafar Ansari vomited on the pitch on Friday and Jonny Bairstow rolled his ankle on his way to the crease on Saturday - they knew their chances of clawing their way back into the game were slim.But, to their immense credit, they did not buckle or bend. Instead, Ben Stokes and Bairstow stretched their overnight partnership beyond 100 and, in the process, provided a reminder of the technique and temperament England will need to demonstrate to prosper in these conditions.There were none of the indeterminate prods we saw the previous night from Alastair Cook or Ben Duckett. Instead, we saw both men use their crease and their feet. We saw them trust their defence but take the opportunity to attack. We saw them render a pitch that had appeared treacherous on the second evening look nothing more than tricky on the third morning.Stokes was especially impressive. His improvement against spin is so marked that he is suddenly looking the best player of slow bowling in the side. Such is his ability to come down the pitch or play back, that he confuses the bowler as to the length they should bowl and then punishes anything short or over-pitched.It is true that life seemed somewhat easier against the older ball. It is true that, just as it seemed the partnership was in danger of becoming dangerous, Bairstow was punished for playing across a straight one by a quick, full ball that may have reversed a little. And it is true that, without Chris Woakes, the tail - Adil Rashid apart - folded fast.But the stand between Stokes and Bairstow was just what England needed after a disappointing second day. It reminded them of the attitude, the fight and the technique they are going to have to show if they are going to get anything from this seriess.dddddddddddd It reminded them how they should have played on the second day.That resilience was then replicated by the bowlers. Broad, despite limping heavily, produced an opening spell of 6-2-6-2 (he had figures of 4.1-4-0-2 at one stage) to put India under just a little bit of pressure, while James Anderson (who had figures of 6-1-5-1 at one stage) produced a peach of a ball to swing back through Cheteshwar Pujaras defensive prod to leave them 40 for 3.It would have been perfectly understandable - perhaps even sensible - for Broad to sit in the dressing room with his feet up. A scan taken on Friday night had shown a strained tendon and joint in his right foot and, whatever advice the medics gave, running in and bowling as fast as he could was surely not among it.But, perhaps reasoning that he is out of the third Test already, he gave this spell everything. And, just for a few minutes, he hinted that he could replicate the sort of drama that we have seen at The Oval (2009), Durham (2013) or Joburg (2016). The Barmy Armys songs increased in intensity (their song for him rhymes the words Stuart Broad with large pork sword) and, in between urging them between deliveries to sing louder, Broad hit the pitch hard enough to gain the seam movement that accounted for both the first two wickets. Anderson, meanwhile, touched 90mph and reiterated the same message: were not giving up; were not losing belief.Maybe, had it not been for Kohli, England might have been able to creep back into the game. Increasingly, though, he is emerging as the key difference between the sides. Just as he prevented a tricky situation in Rajkot from becoming a crisis, so he prevented a wobble becoming a collapse here. Even when the ball kept low, he seemed to find it with the centre of his bat. His half-century has effectively shut the door on England in this game.His declaration will probably come around or just after lunch on day four. The lead is already 298 and is already probably enough. England will try to slow Indias progress but it is inevitable they will then be left with a minimum of five sessions of batting before them. Its hard to see any result other than an India win. But cricket wouldnt be half the game it is of it was predictable and if England are doomed, nobody has told them yet.Whatever happens, Englands attitude can have significance beyond this game.It should prove to them that they can prosper in these conditions. It should prove to them that Ravi Ashwin, for all his skill and control, can be combatted and that there is no place in this England dressing room for defeatism or excuses. Previous England teams (and not just England teams) may have bemoaned the conditions, the food, the climate and the loss of an important toss. This one will learn to deal with challenges or make way for players who will. This one, despite its flaws, has much to admire about it.Will there be a great escape? Probably not. But if we witness more spirit of the Great Escape this England team will receive no complaints from those watching. White NFL Jerseys Cheap Cheap Jerseys Youth NFL Jerseys Cheap Wholesale Jerseys 2018 Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Nike NFL Jerseys ' ' '

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