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Roger Federer: ‘I can’t match Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic now; I’m focused on..’

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The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer was among the players to beat in 2019, battling against much younger opponents and finishing the season inside the top-3 behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Staying injury-free for three seasons, the Swiss was a Major and Masters 1000 contender, hoping for a similar run in 2020.

Roger reached the Australian Open semi-final in January last year before experiencing a knee injury that required surgery in February. Feeling the pain, Roger underwent another procedure in May and stayed away from the practice court until the season’s closing stages, missing the rest of 2020 and focusing on 2021.

Working hard in Dubai and at home in Switzerland, Roger made a long-awaited return in March in Doha, beating Daniel Evans in three tight sets before squandering a match point versus Nikoloz Basilashvili. Taking more time off the court, Federer will return to action at the ATP 250 Geneva event on Tuesday, facing Pablo Andujar in the second round.

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In the pre-event press conference, Roger said that he can’t think about matching Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal at the moment, staying focused on his game and hoping to get back at 100% by the grass season.

Roger Federer spoke about his expectations ahead of the upcoming events.
“I need to play ten matches to give you a better answer about my level.

Things have been going well in practice. When you come back from an injury, you’re in a different place than everyone else. I am excited about the comeback and won’t be focused on being at the same level as Rafa Nadal or Novak Djokovic right now.

I was happy that the knee didn’t feel any different from hard to clay, and I expect the same in the switch from clay to grass. I’ve never had any major issues going between the surfaces, but with an injury and not having played as long as I have, the concerns are always there.

So far, the clay has been good for me, and I hope it will be good for me for the grass. I haven’t watched that much, but every time I have watched, I’ve been impressed. I’ve been excited to find out how I’ll fare.

Going to Doha, I was particularly worried about the level and the first set I played with Daniel Evans; I won it, and I surprised myself a little. Now we’re on clay; I’m more focused on the clay than my opponent. Once I get healthy and matches under my belt, that will increase my confidence.

I think then I’ll be a part of the top tier. If you want to be in the top level, you need to play 50, 80 or 100 matches per season, which gets more challenging as you get older. One thing is for sure, that the generation of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev, Daniil Medvedev and Alexander Zverev have all gotten better with more experience.

Dominic Thiem won a Major in the meantime, and Rafa and Novak are still where they are. You would think that the game has improved again. It will be an extra challenge to find that level, but it was never going to be simple, whether I was out for three months or almost a year and a half,” Roger Federer said.

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Rafael Nadal pays tribute to Maria Sharapova

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Maria Sharapova, a tennis star who has also become one of the wealthiest and most famous athletes of the 21st century, decided to announce her retirement from tennis at the age of 32. Her last appearance on the tennis court dates back to the first round of the Australian Open, when she was defeated 6-3 6-4 by Donna Vekic.

During her extraordinary career, the Russian has won five Slam titles, with the unforgettable triumph at Wimbledon in 2004 at 17 years old, when she beat the world number 1 in Serena Williams in a tough final. “She’s worked really hard from a very young age to achieve her goals.

It’s a sad day because an icon is leaving, a reference in women’s sports. She’s given a lot to tennis. Above all, she’s been an example of passion for the sport,” Rafael Nadal said after his match against Miomir Kecmanovic.

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“I’ve always admired the way Nadal has fought through all the injuries he’s had. He is the greatest example of that, ” Sharapova said in an interview. Masha has been featured in a number of modeling assignments, including a feature in the Sports Illustrated S******t Issue.

She has appeared in many advertisements, including those for Nike, Prince, and Canon, and has been the face of several fashion houses, most notably Cole Haan. According to Forbes, she has been named highest-paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years and earned US$285 million (including prize money) since she turned pro in 2001.

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Sharapova:Nice to have more time to relax,catch up with loved ones, focus on business

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Former World No. 1 Maria Sharapova, of Russia, says she feels lucky to be spending time at home in California with her parents during the current lockdown and has been doing trying out different activities at home as well as for her workouts.

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Maria Sharapova on how she has been spending her time during the lockdown
In an interview to People magazine, Sharapova spoke about how she has been enjoying the time she has spent at home. “When I was competing, I’d only get to spend a few weeks of the year at home, so it’s been nice to have more time to relax, catch up with loved ones and focus on my businesses.

As much as I love to travel, not having to rush off to the next tournament has been really nice.” Like many other people, the Russian says she has been spending a lot of time in the kitchen as well, trying out different activities.

“We’ve been spending almost all of our time in the kitchen — cooking meals and baking treats, and at one point, we even pulled out an ice cream machine, which I hadn’t even taken out of the box for years.

We even started growing our own garden out back — so you know things are getting serious!” While she says she has played tennis a few times with her friends since her retirement earlier this year for fun, she has been trying to keep physically fit by trying out outdoor activities such as boxing or hiking – which can be seen from her Instagram feed in recent weeks.

A former World No. 1 in singles, Sharapova is one of ten women, and the only Russian, to hold the career Grand Slam (winning all four Grand Slam singles titles at least once). She won the silver medal in women’s singles at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London and announced her retirement from the sport in January this year after the Australian Open.

During her professional career, Maria Sharapova won 36 WTA singles titles and 3 WTA doubles titles in all. The Russian is one of the most popular players from the tennis world and was named the highest paid female athlete in the world for 11 consecutive years during her playing career. (Picture from the Twitter account of Maria Sharapova)

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Maria Sharapova: “That’s why I never took US citizenship”

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With her $ 38 million earned over the course of her career, former WTA number one Maria Sharapova is third in this special ranking: only Serena and Venus Williams are ahead of her, with $ 93 million and $ 41 million respectively.

Holder of five Grand Slam titles, a trophy at the Finals and a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics, Maria left the world of professional tennis in January last year, after losing in the first round of the Australian Open to Croatian Donna Vekic.

Today, the young Russian has embarked on a career as a very successful entrepreneur, she who had already owned the famous Sugarpova candy line for some years.

Sharapova’s love for art and high-luxury jewelry
In a recently published Instagram story, the champion shared a Vogue Magazine article about the Italian Elsa Peretti, a well-known internationally renowned designer who unfortunately passed away in recent days, writing: “With my first cash check from tournaments I collected the pieces created by Elsa Peretti for Tiffany,” adding the emoticon of a sad face and a broken heart.

Sharapova, who has always been interested in the world of high fashion and business, has repeatedly stressed the importance of her travels around the world for the growth of her passion in the world of art, including in the field of architecture.

As published by EssentiallySports, among others, Maria once claimed to have taken numerous photographs of the buildings designed by the designer duo Frank-Perry, because she was attracted by their appearance, how different they are and the fact that they are usually placed in comparison with the old architecture, there is something so new and different about them.

The last Slam success of the Siberian came at Roland Garros 2014: the Russian beat Ksenija Pervak, Tsvetana Pironkova, Paula Ormaechea, Samantha Stosur, Garbine Muguruza, Eugenie Bouchard and the Romanian Simona Halep in the final, beaten with a score of 6 -4 6-7 6-4.

Maria made history for winning the Wimbledon tournament at the age of only 17, the second youngest player ever in the Open era after Martina Hingis to win Wimbledon and for winning all 4 Grand Slam events, tenth tennis player in history to succeed in such a goal.

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