Spain loses the decisive doubles and stays at the gates of the ATP Cup title

first_imgNadal saved two ‘break’ balls in the fifth game, but did not prevent the seventh from falling from the rival side (5-2). In white, Djokovic closed the first sleeve in his favor and involuntarily gave a touch of attention to the Balearic, who had to climb steps of intensity in search of the comeback.Accustomed to many battles of such caliber, Nadal interpreted it to solve without burden every shift of his own service. Opposite, the Belgrade player did the same until he reached the sixth game, when he lifted five break balls to an already emboldened opponent.Soon after, the tables changed and it was Nadal who prevented Djokovic from breaking with 5-5 and 15-40. A lot of talent was seen by both of them, and the stands were grateful that the set needed a sudden death. The Balkan flopped then, although he recovered the cadence in the blow and devastated especially with his setbacks, initiating the 7-4 in said ‘tie-break’.Baptist opened a fruitless path But before the intense fight between the two best tennis players of the ATP circuit, Roberto Bautista had given Spain his first smile at breakfast time. In a state of grace, the Spaniard showed that his current condition of number 10 is no bluff.Lajovic, with the support of the stands, showed his best version in the inaugural set. He was able to overcome a bad start, where the right-wing blows made by his rival were devastating. Bautista placed 2-0 and 40-0 up, when then his opponent woke up to save a very dangerous ball from the bottom of the track.Despite finally giving up that game (3-0), the Balkan had already entered the job. And he showed it by assigning his subsequent service blank, scoring with difficulty his next serve and breaking in half the Baptist serve (3-3).Having saved two ‘break’ opportunities, Lajovic did not want the first game of the grand final to escape so quickly. He even came out unharmed from a 4-3 down and 30-40 with his duty shift, which maintained equality and led the set to sudden death.However, the Spaniard pressed the accelerator in the twelfth game and took advantage of his first option to break when he was 15-40, to certify 7-5 and start with confidence the second round. And there came the fuel of the Serbian, who was overwhelmed immediately.Bautista aimed his first two shifts at the serve in white, breaking another two of his opponent and thereby achieving a broad 4-0 lead. Desperately, Lajovic connected a pair of accurate drives and consumed a break that extended an exchange of balls with obvious Spanish color.The Castellón de la Plana continued with his versatility and broke again (5-1), consolidating such a situation to put the final 6-1 and track what would be a new success of Spanish tennis. Nadal’s stumble against Djokovic can still be amended with a doubles victory. Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic and his compatriot Viktor Troicki beat Feliciano López and Pablo Carreño on Sunday 6-3 and 6-4, thus preventing Spain from winning the ATP Cup title, whose final played in Sydney (Australia) vibrated with The Balkan comeback.On the track of the Ken Rosewall Arena, inside the Sydney Olympic Park, Djokovic became the great protagonist. After Roberto Bautista from Castellón had beaten Dusan Lajovic 7-5 and 6-1, Balearic Rafael Nadal could not finish off the job and succumbed 6-2 and 7-6 (4) against a Djokovic for sublime moments.Thus, Nadal was overcome after a duel of quality and that lasted 1 hour and 56 minutes. The balance at that point had been balanced, so the encounter of doubles would serve as a climax. At a press conference, the Manacorense tennis player confirmed his tiredness and caused the duo for the final fight to be the one composed by López and Carreño.Both had beaten Australia’s Chris Guccione and John Peers last Saturday during the semifinals, but this time the ‘movie’ was different. Djokovic persisted in his dizzying game and to top it all dragged his companion Troicki towards his good dynamics.The comeback, thanks to Djokovic The defeat of Lajovic had left the survival of the Serbian team in the hands of Djokovic, who has an added value in his idyll with the tracks ‘aussies’. Their great seasons usually start very early every year, always opting for the Melbourne crown to scare from the first ‘Grand Slam’.So it was hardly surprising that, to begin its journey in this new and novel final, ‘Nole’ broke the first turn of the opposite serve. Almost 10 minutes of play took Manacor to yield 1-0, a set that consolidated the Balkan immediately to take the lead (3-1) and continue to disturb the rest. Djokovic works the comeback after winning Nadal and then in the doublescenter_img Image: Reuterslast_img read more

State Education Funding Remains a Challenge

first_imgShare7TweetShare13Email20 SharesOctober 20, 2016; Center on Budget and Policy PrioritiesFor too many states’ public schools, the improving economy doesn’t portend any easing of their funding challenges. Recently compiled data on state funding for the 2016–17 school year continues to illustrate that the harm done to school funding by the 2007-08 Great Recession has not yet ended.New data compiled by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) updates an earlier study that tracked school funding through 2014 and showed significant declines in funding for education between 2008 and 2014. The earlier study found that of the 46 states that made data available, 25 were still funding at levels below the 2008 starting point. With state funds providing almost half of public school funding, the difficulties this picture shows are very clear.Two years of economic growth later, the situation does not seem significantly different. CBPP was able to gather current-year data on state funding from 47 states. Of those, “twenty-three… are providing less general aid per student this year than in 2008. In seven of those 23 states, the cuts are 10 percent or more, and North Carolina’s cut is only slightly smaller, at 9.9 percent.” At the same time, federal funding has not provided a buffer, as it, too, has shrunk in real terms.When NPQ reported on the study in an earlier nonprofit newswire, we speculated on the reasons for the continuing state funding shortfalls.The reasons that states have not chosen to restore funding levels vary. In some states, the economy has not yet recovered and their tax revenues remain constrained. For others, other budget needs are seen as more critical, such as Medicaid and underfunded public pension plans. For others, still, it is a matter of political philosophy: Government should be small, taxes low, and efficiencies are there to be found.For local school districts and charter schools, the impact of the continuing funding challenge is very clear. Local school funding relies heavily on property taxes, which does not make offsetting state and federal declines easy. This is particularly true for districts responsible for overcoming the obstacles faced by poor and minority students.When a district cannot make up for lost funds, it faces no easy way to fix the problem. It can shift resources from other local priorities, choosing between schools and police, fire, water, and other essential services. It can attempt to shift spending on school infrastructure to direct school operations, risking the health and safety of its students. It can cut staff. At a time of great concern about the effectiveness of our public schools, all of the possible ways to offset decreased funding work against real school improvement. We have seen more than 200,000 teaching positions eliminated since 2008, while those who remain are being asked to teach a student body that has grown by 1.1 million students. More students taught by fewer teachers is not a formula that will result in better schools.This funding picture also provides more insight into why the fight over charter schools has become so heated. With state funding constrained, the diverting of funds from traditional public schools to charter schools makes the pressure even greater and does not provide new ways to mitigate the impact.For CBPP, the continued starving of our schools does not bode well on the macro level.In the long term, the budgetary savings from recent K–12 funding cuts may cost states much more in diminished economic growth. […] At a time when the nation is trying to produce workers with the skills to master new technologies and adapt to the complexities of a global economy, large cuts in funding for basic education undermine a crucial building block for future prosperity.This translates into great pain for those students for whom the schools cannot meet the responsibility to provide a quality education. It also makes the conversation about school reform strategies moot.—Martin LevineShare7TweetShare13Email20 Shareslast_img read more