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Roger Federer recalls hug with wife Mirka: ‘It meant a lot to me’

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In an interview to Tennis Channel, Roger Federer recalled his hug with wife Mirka after winning the 2017 Australian Open title beating Rafael Nadal in a five-set final match. It happened when Federer was heading to the locker room.

‘You come back from the Centre Court from winning the match, you do not know how it is when you pass around the corner because on who is there, who is the first person to congratulate. Sometimes you run in a person that you have never seen before.

For Mirka to be there right away and just see what it meant to her, which I knew that it meant a lot to me and herself, that moment where we could get a big hug and say, Man, it was all worth it. I just feel that happiness was nice and beautiful,’ said Federer.

In 2018, Federer defended his title and went on to win his 20th Grand Slam, by beating Marin Cilic in another five-set final. It was his sixth Australian Open title. After the thrilling win over the American John Isner on Sunday in the Laver Cup, Federer said: ‘I’m not sure I wanted (this tournament) to be that exciting.

What a match, what a weekend. Thank You, Chicago. Regardless of what happens, it’s been a successful weekend and we’ve loved every minute here. I think I can speak on behalf of all the players. The Laver Cup was an idea to celebrate tennis and to have a great weekend and I think we’ve had that.

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Rafael Nadal: ‘The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do…’

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Doubts about his participation in Wimbledon had been hovering for a few days already, but Rafael Nadal did not let the rumors chase each other too much and announced on Twitter that he will not take part in the 2021 edition of Wimbledon and the Tokyo Olympics, postponed to 2021 in cause of the pandemic.

We will not see the Spaniard on the pitch for a couple of months, certainly not until August. Since he permanently occupies the top 100, Rafael Nadal had only missed three editions of Wimbledon: that of 2004, that of 2009 (withdrawal announced when the scoreboard was completed, due to a knee problem) and that of 2016 due to an injury to his left wrist.

He will not be able to defend the 720 points he won in the last edition of Wimbledon, that of 2019, but he will still be able to keep half of them (360) by virtue of the changes made to the ranking during the pandemic. His absence also involves an important leap forward for Matteo Berrettini, who passes from ninth seed to eighth: this means that he will avoid pairing with the various Thiem, Zverev, Rublev and Federer in the eighths, crossing instead (at the moment) one between Schwartzman, Carreño Busta, Bautista Agut and Shapovalov.

The Austrian would currently become the fourth seed, but will be overtaken by Zverev if the latter reaches at least the semifinals in Halle. As for his Olympic curriculum, a tournament that, as mentioned, saw him participate on three occasions, Nadal won gold in singles in Beijing 2008 and gold in doubles in Rio 2016, paired with Marc Lopez, edition in which was defeated by Nishikori in the final for the bronze.

Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon Championships
In a massive disappointment for his legions of fans, Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from this year’s Wimbledon Championships as well as the Tokyo Olympics.

Announcing the shattering news on Twitter, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said that he took the decision on the advice of his team. “Hi all, I have decided not to participate at this year’s Championships at Wimbledon and the Olympic Games in Tokyo.

It’s never an easy decision to take but after listening to my body and discuss it with my team I understand that it is the right decision,” he said. “The goal is to prolong my career and continue to do what makes me happy, that is to compete at the highest level and keep fighting for those professional and personal goals at he maximum level of competition,” Nadal added.

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Serena Williams plays tennis with her daughter Olympia!

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Not only Novak Djokovic who enjoys playing tennis on the lawns of the Mallorca Country Club, where he will play the Spanish tournament in preparation for Wimbledon next week. Serena Williams also plays tennis with her daughter Olympia.

It is now a few years since Serena has returned to the WTA Tour to try to win a Slam tournament again and thus reach the incredible record of 24 Slams. Beyond that Williams is now in the history of this sport and everything that sees her as the protagonist of her puts her in the spotlight.

In these hours a video is capturing the attention of fans, a tender video where Serena gives tennis lessons to her daughter Olympia who is now four years old. There are many insiders who believe that Olympia will one day enter the WTA Tour but at the moment we can only enjoy these tender images with a mother and daughter training.

The 🐐 teaching baby 🐐

What a wonderful sight 😍

(via @SerenaWilliams) pic.twitter.com/vmizhaZo69 — Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 17, 2021

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Roger Federer: ‘We were shocked, but we know the reason of course’

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Over the span of two decades, there are many Roger Federer records that will stand the test of time and one of those statistics is his serve. Although the Swiss star is not the fastest server on the men’s tour, he maintained pinpoint accuracy throughout the years in service games.

As age advanced, Federer slowed down his serve and relied on his variety. He began to use the kick serve to good effect. Including serve and volley in his style of play also helped the Swiss star to score points on the turf. In addition, the Swiss master won about 60% of the points with his second serve on grass courts.

In the all-time standings, Federer was just behind Milos Raonic in second serve winning percentage. This statistic shows that it can overcome adversity on grass better than the other two surfaces. Again, it is impossible to predict Federer’s chances at Wimbledon this year due to the limited number of matches he played.

But if the Swiss star can serve as he used to on center court, anything is possible. Next-generation players fighting on grass courts could open doors for Federer.

Federer was “shocked” at Wimbledon’s cancelation
Many new-generation players such as Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitispas and Felix Auger-Aliassime have shown in recent years that they are comfortable playing on clay instead.

grass. While a top-tier player is expected to adapt to all three surfaces to become legendary, these young players have yet to make their mark on the courts at Wimbledon. As a result of his first round outings at SW19 in recent years, Roger Federer does not have to be any different from the competition of next generation players.

COVID-19 had brought tennis to a standstill for around six months last year, with many tournaments getting postponed or canceled. Wimbledon was one of the premier events that was called off altogether, even as other Slams decided to change their schedules.

“Last year everything happened very quickly,” said Roger Federer. “After Indian Wells cancellation we were all trying to understand how the situation would evolve. Few weeks later Wimbledon was canceled and we were shocked, but we know the reason of course.”

On Wednesday the 39-year-old spoke about the difficulties of his rehabilitation period, and pointed out how playing on tour is not as easy as it once was. “The rehab process was a huge challenge for me,” Federer said.

“Everybody who has had multiple surgeries knows what I’m talking about. Things don’t come easy anymore and that’s sometimes is the major concern.”

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