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Australian Open men’s singles semifinals: a shot at history

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Australian Open men’s singles semifinals: a shot at history

Even before he hit his first ball at this year’s Australian Open, Rafael Nadal knew he had an open door to set the men’s record for most career Grand Slam singles titles.

So far he hasn’t let it close.

Nadal plays Matteo Berrettini in one semifinal on Friday at Melbourne Park, knowing he’s potentially two match wins from a 21st major title. He’s tied for the record of 20 with Roger Federer, who is recovering from right knee surgery, and Novak Djokovic, who was deported from Australia on the eve of the tournament following an 11-day visa saga over his decision not to be vaccinated for COVID-19.

In the other semifinal, Daniil Medvedev plays Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of their 2021 Australian Open semifinal. Medvedev won last year’s semifinal, then lost to Djokovic in the final.

After Nadal’s tough five-set win over Denis Shapovalov on Tuesday, he looked to take away some of the pressure of that 21st major.

“I don’t believe that my happiness, my future happiness is going to depend on if I achieve one more Grand Slam than the others, or if the others achieve more Grand Slams than me,” Nadal said. “For me, the fact that we are equal at 20 … the only thing that says is that we share an amazing part of the history of our sport, and for me it’s a real honor to be part of it.”

Nadal spoke highly of Berrettini, among the players like Tsitsipas and Shapovalov who could replace the Big Three who have dominated the sport for nearly 20 years.

“Matteo, he’s one of the best players of the world,” Nadal said. “I need to play my 100% and my highest level if I want to keep having chances to fight, to be competitive, and to try to be in the final.”

The pair have only played once — Nadal beat the Italian in the semifinals of the 2019 U.S. Open in straight sets. Berrettini has matured since, having lost the Wimbledon final last year to Djokovic in four sets. Nadal gives a decade in age to Berrettini — 35 to 25.

U.S. Open champion Medvedev will have to overcome the fatigue from a late-night, 4 hour, 42-minute, five-set comeback win over Felix Auger-Aliassime on Wednesday.

Djokovic was firmly on Medvedev’s mind during his escape over Auger-Aliassime, who won the first two sets and had a match point in the fourth.

In his on-court interview, Medvedev said he’d asked himself: “What would Novak do?” when he was in that kind of situation.

“I have to take what I can from the best,” Medvedev said. “Rafa, Roger, they also have done it so many times but I’ve played more times with Novak.

“Some matches I watched him (Djokovic) win the Grand Slams, being two sets to love down . . . During all the matches, as soon as I was down a little bit, I was like, ‘Just be like Novak. Show him that you are better.’”

The 25-year-old Russian has a 6-2 lead in career meetings with Tsitsipas, although the Greek player beat Medvedev in straight sets the last time they met in last year’s French Open quarterfinals. Tsitsipas advanced to the semis here in much easier fashion, beating Jannick Sinner in straight sets in an afternoon quarterfinal.

Medvedev is two wins away from becoming the first man in the Open era to win his second Grand Slam in the next major tournament after his first.

He wasn’t aware.

“Actually, I didn’t know this stat . . . it’s a great challenge,” Medvedev said in a news conference after his quarterfinal win. “It will be history.”

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‘A winner behind the plate’: With chest bumps and confidence, Adley Rutschman bringing energy to Orioles pitchers

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‘A winner behind the plate’: With chest bumps and confidence, Adley Rutschman bringing energy to Orioles pitchers

Before Sunday, Adley Rutschman had never caught Cionel Pérez. The Orioles’ top prospect made a strong first impression.

At the end of innings, Rutschman has been known to meet pitchers near the foul line, offering kudos after a strong inning or needed support after a poor one. Sunday, after Pérez escaped from a two-on, no-out situation in the 10th inning to keep the game tied, Rutschman greeted him with a chest bump and excited yells. Pérez, a left-hander who has brought swagger to the mound in each of his outings for Baltimore, was just as fired up as Rutschman.

“I’ve never had that experience with any other catcher,” Pérez said through team interpreter Brandon Quinones. “Just having that energy, that excitement around that game was something I’ve never experienced before.”

Pérez said the game, an eventual victory over the Tampa Bay Rays in which Rutschman again celebrated with him after a scoreless top of the 11th then scored the winning run in the bottom half, was “one of the most emotional, exciting games of my entire career,” dating to his time as a teenager pitching in Cuba’s national league.

Rutschman played a large role in that. As he climbed the minors, there was wonder whether his greeting of pitchers would work with major leaguers. Tuesday against the New York Yankees, he met starter Bruce Zimmermann with a pat on the back after he gave up a home run to Jose Trevino in the third inning and a fist bump when Zimmermann struck him out to end the fifth. Thus far, reviews have been positive.

“He’s a great young player with a lot of potential, and seeing him with that energy was just great,” Pérez said of his outing with Rutschman. “He looked like a catcher with a lot of experience. He caught with a lot of confidence.”

He’s endeared himself to the Orioles’ clubhouse by also showing the opposite. With Rutschman’s arrival over the weekend, veteran catcher Robinson Chirinos has moved into a backup role, though he figures to still be behind the plate plenty as the Orioles manage Rutschman’s workload with time at designated hitter. Signed to a major league contract this offseason, Chirinos, 37, said he was aware this arrangement was coming. Described by manager Brandon Hyde as “an ultimate team guy,” he’s understanding of it.

Chirinos said what stands out about Rutschman is “just how humble he is,” saying he doesn’t act like a player who carries the status of being the top prospect in baseball.

“He’s wanting to get better, and he’s asking questions,” Chirinos said before Tuesday’s game. “He came to me today asking me how we attacked them in the past. He wants to learn, so that’s the only thing you ask for a young player in the league, be willing to listen to people that have been here, that have done it before, and he’s doing that.

“He makes this team better, so just trying to do the best I can to guide him and lead him and help him get better here.”

Rutschman is trying to do the same thing for the Orioles’ pitchers. Right-hander Kyle Bradish, who was on the mound for Rutschman’s debut Saturday, worked with him plenty at Orioles’ alternate site in 2020 and in both Double-A and Triple-A last season. He’s said he’s received those pumped-up Rutschman meetings like Pérez did, but he’s also had the catcher just come up to him with a joke after the inning.

“You know that he’s gonna be back there grinding, just like you are,” Bradish said.

Rutschman has brought that reputation up with him through the minors, just like the meetings near the foul line.

“He’s a leader on the field,” Hyde said before Rutschman’s debut. “He’s fully invested in the pitching, whoever’s on the mound. Like our other guys, it matters to him about putting a zero up every inning. He’s going to try to grind, get guys through innings, and he’s obviously got tools to where he’s big, strong, can block, receives well, throws well. So I think he’s also got the intangibles to be a winner behind the plate, and that’s something you can’t measure.”

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10 Upcoming Hollywood Movies Releasing in June 2022 To Look Forward To

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Hollywood is still one of the world’s largest film distributors. These are the films to keep an eye on. Because it is dependent on censor certification and producers, this list is subject to change. Various upcoming Hollywood movies release dates may be postponed for a variety of reasons. It’s not without reason. It has been associated with the word amusement since our childhood. The sheer scale of a Hollywood movie, as well as the sets, visual effects, and action sequences, makes it well worth the ticket price. 

So, we’ve compiled a list of the ten latest and upcoming Hollywood movies in June 2022.

1. Hollywood Stargirl

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Stargirl Caraway’s journey out of Mica and into a larger world of music, dreams, and opportunities is portrayed in Hollywood Stargirl. The movie is a follow-up to the 2020 film Stargirl, which was based on Jerry Spinelli’s novel of the same name; it is not a sequel to the novel’s sequel Love, Stargirl. On June 3, 2022, the film will be available on Disney+ Hotstar. 

Release Date: June 3, 2022

Director: Julia Hart

Where to watch: Disney+ Hotstar

2. Hustle

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Hustle portrays Adam Sandler as a disillusioned basketball scout who discovers a hidden talent on the streets of Spain. This is an opportunity for him to return to the NBA, he believes. On June 8, 2022, Netflix will premiere the film. 

Release Date: June 8, 2022

Director: Jeremiah Zagar

Where to watch: Netflix

3. Interceptor

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An isolated missile interceptor station is attacked without warning. The station’s commander, an Army captain, must protect it with her years of military experience. On June 3, 2022, Netflix will stream the film.

Release Date: June 3, 2022

Director: Matthew Reilly

Where to watch: Netflix

4. Black Phone

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The plot follows a shy but bright 13-year-old boy who is held captive in his basement by a masked killer. The boy tries to flee with the help of one of the murderer’s previous victims, who communicates with him over a broken phone on the wall. On June 24, 2022, the film will be released in theatres.

Release Date: June 24, 2022

Director: Scott Derrickson

Where to watch: In Theatres

5. Lightyear

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Lightyear is a Toy Story spin-off. Lightyear depicts the narrative of young astronaut Buzz Lightyear, who is marooned on a hazardous planet with his commander and crew and must navigate through space and time to get home while also dealing with a threat to the universe’s survival. 

Following the completion of Finding Dory (2016), MacLane, a science fiction lover, approached Pixar with the notion of developing a feature about Buzz Lightyear. The animators intended to give the picture a “cinematic” and “chunky” aesthetic to imitate the sci-fi flicks that the filmmaker grew up watching. The film will be released in theatres on June 17, 2022.

Release Date: June 17, 2022

Director: Angus MacLane

Where to watch: In Theatres

6. Jurassic World: Dominion

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Jurassic World: Dominion is the sixth and (presumably) final film in the Jurassic Park franchise, starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum, as well as Chris Pratt reprising his role as Owen Grady. Dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside people all throughout the world, four years after the devastation of Isla Nublar. 

This delicate balance will impact the future and determine whether humans will continue to be the apex predators in a world they now share with history’s most terrifying beasts in a New Era. If you want to feel a little nostalgic, acquire your tickets early because this one will sell out. The film will be released in theatres on June 10, 2022.

Release Date: June 10, 2022

Director: Colin Trevorrow

Where to watch: In Theatres

7. Elvis

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Elvis is likely to be the most anticipated film of June 2022. The film is based on the life of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley. Baz Luhrmann, who helmed The Great Gatsby and Romeo+Juliet, is the director. You’ll recognize the scale he works in if you’ve seen his past work. On June 24, 2022, the film will be released.

Release Date: June 24, 2022

Director: Baz Luhrmann

Where to watch: In Theatres

8. Blowback

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The hero of the movie, Nick, is set to score after organizing the ideal heist. His girl and the crew, however, have other intentions. They shoot Nick down, but he survives and, in a race for his life, seeks vengeance on one target at a time.

Release Date: June 17, 2022

Director: Tibor Takàcs

Where to watch: In Theatres

9. Brian and Charles

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‘Brian and Charles,’ starring David Earl, Chris Hayward, Louise Brealey, and Jamie Michie, will be released on June 17th, 2022. The film lasts roughly 1 hour and 30 minutes. Brian lives alone in a Welsh valley, constructing bizarre contraptions that rarely work, according to the plot. Brian gets an idea after discovering a discarded mannequin head. 

He creates Charles, an artificially intelligent robot who learns English from a dictionary and proves to be a pleasant, cheeky companion, after three days, a washing machine, and several spare components. Charles, on the other hand, quickly gains independence. Charles is fascinated by the outside world, or whatever is outside the cottage where Brian has concealed him.

Release Date: June 17, 2022

Director: Jim Archer

Where to watch: In Theatres

10. The Lad Goodbye

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The Lad Goodbye,’ starring Kirk Percival and Victor Dubyna, will be released on June 24th, 2022. The film lasts roughly 2 hours and 18 minutes. Lester Schmidt, a rogue, and his attractive roommate Bart Cockburn have arranged an all-out celebration for Lester’s last day in town. Lester is surprised when he wakes up.

Release Date: June 24, 2022

Director: Nolan O’Kane

Where to watch: In Theatres

Recommended Read: 10 Bollywood Movies Releasing In June 2022 To Look Forward To

And that’s only the beginning. We’ve compiled a list of all the upcoming Hollywood movies in June 2022 so you can stay on top of everything that’s coming our way in the coming months. Continue reading to start organizing your theatre excursions. Get your popcorn ready!

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Everything To Know About Sanvikaa, Pradhan Ji’s Daughter Rinky In ‘Panchayat’

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The long-awaited new season of Panchayat 2 was recently launched on Amazon Prime Video. Season 1 of the show was a huge success, Panchayat 2 has also become one of the best shows to watch after receiving positive reviews and accolades.

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The Season 2 trailer captured the attention and increase the anticipation for the show. Panchayat is a fan favorite because of its raw plot to which the audiences can relate easily.

The Panchayat cast includes some great actors like Jitendra Kumar, Raghubir Yadav, Neena Gupta, and Chandan Roy. The characters played by them are relatable and real. The character that got the most attention in Panchayat Season 2 is Pradhan ji’s daughter Rinky.

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Pradhan Ji often talks about Rinky throughout the first season, but her introduction is in the last shot of Season 1, where Abhishek and Rinky see each other at the water tank. Rinki has a significant role and screen presence in the second season and the character has been portrayed by the actress Sanvikaa.

If you have already watched the show, you know that Sanvikaa has done a great job at playing the simple and humble girl Rinki. She has a unique charm among all the characters of Phulera. The chemistry between Rinki and the protagonist Jitendra in this season is something you cannot miss.

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The girl next door character Rinky has won everyone’s heart. Her dutiful nature towards her parents and her innocence and simplicity has won everyone’s heart. She speaks less but manages to convey multiple emotions and Sanvikaa has performed the character extremely well.

Some noteworthy and cute scenes from Season 2 featuring Rinki and Abhishek are:

While Abhishek bashes the Malkapur guy, who would not stop bothering Rinky, and offers chai to her in the Panchayat Office. 

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The scene where Abhishek gets a cake for Rinky’s birthday.

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When Rinky texts Abhishek after the MLA disaster makes us ship the couple and root for them. 

Who is Sanvikaa?

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As disclosed to Dainik Bhaskar, Sanvikaa has a degree in engineering. She always wanted to pursue acting as she was passionate about it but after completing her engineering she was confused about her career goals. She didn’t want to give up on her passion, she had a friend in Mumbai who asked her to try her luck in acting by shifting to Mumbai for some time. She decided to do so and had to lie to her parents when she left for Mumbai. Sanvikaa told her parents that she is going to Bangalore for a 9 to 5 job as she was not allowed to leave the house otherwise.

Her parent’s reaction when they found out that she chose acting as her career

As told to Dainik Bhaskar, when Sanvikaa told her mother that she is an actor in Panchayat, her mother informed her father, and that is how her parents got to know that Sanvikaa stays in Mumbai and has started her acting career. She told that her father was very happy to know about it because she got the chance to work with eminent actors like Raghubir Yadav and Neena Gupta and her parents were fond of the actors.

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But she also said that her parents will be happier to see her in Panchayat Season 2 because she has more screen time than she had in season 1. Sanvikaa’s parents wanted to see more of her in the first season itself but she was there for a limited time. They will be very happy to see her perform in the second season.

The 5’6″ tall actress is happy to be part of the industry and has been enjoying her journey so far.

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Sanvikaa’s hobbies: Dancing and Travelling

Sanvikaa’s favorite actor: Madhuri Dixit is her favorite. She also likes the personality and acting skills of Priyanka Chopra and Deepika Padukone. She also likes the way Katrina and Anushka carry themselves with grace in front of the media.

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The actress wished to be a part of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Ramleela and would love to work with him someday. She loves the director’s sets and claims that everything is like a painting.

What kind of roles does she like?

She told Dainik Bhaskar that she would love to play female-centric characters and strong characters like something related to spy or agent or something related to martial arts and action.

Sanvikaa’s future Projects

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Sanvikaa revealed that he has some upcoming projects with Amazon which are yet to be announced. She also loves Malayam Films and aspires to be a part of it.

After watching her perform effortlessly in Panchayat Season 2, we cannot want to see more of her.

Netizens are loving Sanvikaa’s character Rinki in Panchayat season 2:

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