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09/05/2019

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SHANGHAI -- Novak Djokovic certainly appears to be a different player on court these days -- smiling after shanking balls instead of screaming, humming songs instead of hurling rackets. Buy Air Max 90 Australia .And thats when hes having an off day.Djokovic was sluggish and error-prone early in his quarterfinal match against Mischa Zverev at the Shanghai Masters on Friday, but he maintained his composure and fought back to win 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.The top-ranked Serb has said in recent weeks that he is trying to find more balance in his life and reduce some of the pressure he has felt on court this season. Part of that entails staying calmer during matches, particularly when things arent going well.In the first set against Zverev, things couldnt have gone much worse. Djokovic piled up 18 unforced errors to only four for Zverev, a German qualifier ranked 110th, and connected on less than half of his first serves.Djokovic started to find his game in the second set, but Zverev continued to press him with his serve-and-volley style, forcing more miscues.I wasnt striking the ball very well, Djokovic said. I was quite flat with my feet, so he got me where he wanted to get me, and to stand still at the baseline.[Zverev] was fighting. He was focused. He gave his best, and he was a few points from winning.Despite his rash of unforced errors -- finishing with 37, including six double-faults -- Djokovic didnt glower at his coaches in the stands or scream at himself. Not once.Instead, he hummed a little song.It was toward the end of the match, he said of his musical interlude. Instead of the occasional tantrum that I used to have -- I hope its behind me -- I would switch that vibration and transform it in a tune.The song that soothed him? Djokovic couldnt quite recall at his postmatch news conference.Im trying to remember. Which one was it? he said. It was a famous song, actually.Djokovic completed a career milestone by winning the French Open this year, but the following months brought only frustration, injuries and discouraging losses.He was mentally exhausted and decided he needed a new mindset, prioritizing happiness on court, not winning.Djokovic even hinted this week that it could bring about a coaching change in the new year. Asked Thursday about the status of his coach, Boris Becker, he said they planned to finish off the rest of the season together. As for next season, he added, We still havent talked about it.Becker did not accompany Djokovic to Shanghai.Djokovic next plays 15th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut in the semifinals. The Spaniard beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4.Second-seeded Andy Murray played with the same focus and sharpness he has displayed all week, easily defeating 11th-seeded David Goffin 6-2, 6-2.I had to stay strong there in the second, because physically, although it was a 6-2, 6-2 match, it wasnt easy because a lot of the points were tough, Murray said.Murray hasnt been broken in three matches in Shanghai and hasnt dropped a set in his last nine matches going back to mid-September. He is going for back-to-back titles in China after winning the China Open last week.In the semis, Murray will play Gilles Simon, who beat Jack Sock 4-6, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in the days final quarterfinal.Simon and Sock combined for 80 winners in the hard-fought, two-hour, 40-minute match, including a tricky, between-the-legs lob by Sock in the first set that floated over the Frenchman and landed just inside the baseline.Sock had been dominating the match early on but took a tumble late in the second set after slipping on a wet spot and bloodied his hand. He lost the next two games to drop the set and let Simon back in the match. Air Max 90 Australia Sale . -- Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis was charged Thursday with driving while intoxicated, a day after he was suspended for an NFL substance-abuse policy violation. Air Max 90 Sale Cheap .com) - The game was all punts and field goals before Kodi Whitfields catch. http://www.australiaairmax90cheap.com/ . -- Adam Snyder returned to the San Francisco 49ers this season because the offensive lineman thought it was his best opportunity to win a championship. Hassan Whiteside has been a basketball nomad since he turned professional, never lasting in one place too long because either he wanted to leave or nobody wanted him to stay.Those days are long gone now.Sticking to his plan to decide quickly, Whitesides foray into free agency ended early Friday morning -- only a few hours after it formally began, with him accepting a four-year offer to stay with the Miami Heat. The deal as structured right now calls for Whiteside to earn $98 million, a person familiar with the terms told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because nothing can be signed and finalized until at least July 7.Whiteside announced his decision on Snapchat and in a post on The Players Tribune. He then spent part of the rest of his day snapchatting images of himself talking to bison, birds and reindeer -- hey reindeer, Ill see you on Christmas, Whiteside said at one point in a video -- at a zoo, posing with a fan and enjoying ice cream.Ive played on eight teams since college -- from Reno to Sioux Falls to Sichuan, China, Whiteside wrote on Players Tribune. I am not ready for there to be a ninth. I have decided to re-sign with Miami. I just wanted to take this time to tell all the fans how much you mean to this team, and to me. Cant wait to get back to work and try to bring another championship to Miami.Hell be at work soon enough.Heat officials, theyre not waiting around.Heat President Pat Riley, managing general partner Micky Arison and team executive Alonzo Mourning are in the group that has a meeting with Kevin Durant on Sunday, presumably one of the last pitches Durant will hear before deciding whether or not to leave Oklahoma City. And Dwyane Wade remains on vacation in Spain awaiting to see how -- or if -- he figures into the Heat plans going forward, though he was among those who sent Whiteside congratulatory words on Friday.Big big congrats to (at)youngwhiteside, Wade tweeted Friday morning. Your dedication and hard work to the game has finally paid off.Wade ended his tweet with the hashtag, Caniborrow5dollars, a nod to the financial stratosphere Whiteside will soon enter.Whiteside made about $980,000 this season, a minimum salary for a player with his level of experience. Hell now become a maximum-salary guy, or at least close to that level.Regardless of what the final numbers will be, it is life-changing money after a breakout season. Air Max 90 Clearance Sale. Whiteside averaged 14.2 points, 11.8 rebounds and a league-best 3.7 blocked shots per game, finished third in the Defensive Player of the Year balloting and became a huge part of not just Miamis path to the No. 3 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs but also the teams thinking going forward.I was really excited, Heat point guard Goran Dragic said in an interview from his native Slovenia. Im really looking forward to still playing with him and happy for him, happy for Miami, happy for the organization. And of course, were going to need him to be his best.Whitesides career path is well-known, taking him to less-than-glamorous leagues in Lebanon and China, stints in the NBA Development League and even getting cut from teams at that level.In the NBA, Sacramento and Memphis had time with Whiteside before he was signed by Miami in November 2014. Hes spent time on at least four different D-League rosters, plus the multiple stints in China and Lebanon. If anything, his count of being on eight teams since college seems to be forgetting a move or two along the way.Less than two years after coming to Miami, Whiteside has become one of the games most dominant centers -- and one of the highest-paid players in Miami franchise history.Part of that is simply because of the enormous jump in the salary cap this summer, but part of that is because of the potential the Heat see in Whiteside.On his Snapchat video announcing the decision, someone asks Whiteside, Hey cuz, where you gonna sign?Whiteside replies, Miami, -- as Will Smiths hit of the same name plays and the words Heatnation it is appear on the screen.Congrats to the big fella, Heat All-Star Chris Bosh wrote Friday on Twitter. Great to have you back bro!Dragic is hoping its just the start of what could be another dramatic offseason haul for the Heat.We want to re-sign D-Wade and if we have a chance to get Kevin Durant, that would be awesome, Dragic said. Our goal is to be better than last season. Of course, we need to have some luck, too. No injuries, and hopefully CB comes back too. Our goal is to win a championship together. ' ' '