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SO SAD: Roger Federer suffers sad career first in brutal Wimbledon blow

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Roger Federer has suffered his earliest-ever exit from the Halle grass-court tournament in a brutal blow to his dreams of a fairytale title at Wimbledon.

A 10-time winner in Halle, Federer crashed out in the second round on Wednesday in a 4-6 6-3 6-2 loss to 20-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The 39-year-old squandered a one-set lead, losing in one hour and 44 minutes against a player who is 19 years younger to the day.

“It’s amazing, for sure I didn’t expect this,” Auger Aliassime told Eurosport after beating one of his heroes at the first attempt on the ATP tour.

Roger Federer has suffered his earliest-ever exit from the Halle grass-court tournament in a brutal blow to his dreams of a fairytale title at Wimbledon.

A 10-time winner in Halle, Federer crashed out in the second round on Wednesday in a 4-6 6-3 6-2 loss to 20-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime.

The 39-year-old squandered a one-set lead, losing in one hour and 44 minutes against a player who is 19 years younger to the day.

“It’s amazing, for sure I didn’t expect this,” Auger Aliassime told Eurosport after beating one of his heroes at the first attempt on the ATP tour.

“I wanted to win, but Roger Federer is my idol and it was a huge honour to play him.

“I always thought he would be gone by the time I joined the tour.

“I was a little nervous when I realised I could win, but I was playing really well, almost perfect tennis.”

The pair share the same birthday of 8 August, but the 19-year gap in ages was the biggest Federer has faced in any of his 1,521 career matches.

The loss comes as a brutal blow to Federer’s preparations for Wimbledon – his favourite grand slam which starts on June 28

The 20-time grand slam winner, who turns 40 next birthday, has rarely played this year after double knee surgery and has said he is targeting a fairytale run at Wimbledon.

The Swiss legend pulled out of the fourth round of the French Open last week to give himself extra rest and prepare for the grass-court season.

Halle is his traditional grass-court warm-up event before Wimbledon and he won the tournament played near Bielefeld for the 10th time in 2019.

As the 2020 tournament was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Federer was the defending champion in Halle.

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Meghan Markle could ‘trigger alarm bells’ at Palace with leaked Princess Eugenie story

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MEGHAN MARKLE’S relationship with Princess Eugenie will “ring alarm bells” after her recent TV appearance, a royal commentator claims.

During her controversial appearance on the Ellen show, The Duchess of Sussex shared a story about a time she and Prince Harry attended a Halloween party with Eugenie and her husband Jack Brooksbank. But royal commentator Neil Sean said this will have worried the Royal Family who are “very nervous about anything getting out to Meghan and Harry”. He said: “As we know, Meghan then decided to describe her friendship with Princess Eugenie and her husband Jack, which goes back quite a long way, seemingly. But that really did trigger some alarm bells for senior members of the British monarchy over here.”

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Kate and Prince William tipped for ‘bump in the road’ when Prince Charles King

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William are set to hit a “bump in the road” when Prince Charles becomes King, relationship expert Neil Wilkie has claimed to Express.co.uk.

It comes after the BBC’s royal documentary, ‘The Princes and the Press’, aired on Monday this week.

The film, presented by the BBC’s media editor Amol Rajan, reportedly shines a spotlight on the relationship between William, Prince Harry, and the media.

However, it drew a furious response from the Cambridges and other senior royals, who accused the BBC of propagating “overblown and unfounded claims”.

The row is unusual for William and Kate, who usually steer clear of controversies compared to some other royals.

Relationship expert Neil Wilkie has analysed the couple’s relationship for Express.co.uk, tipping them for a “bump in the road” once Charles succeeds his mother, the Queen, as monarch.

The expert claimed that Kate and William, who tied the knot in 2011, have been “fairly plain sailing” in their relationship so far.

However, he said: “The next bump in the road will be when Queen Elizabeth dies, and Charles becomes king.

“That’s going to be the point at which William will have a clearer idea of how many years it’s going to be before he becomes King.”

The Queen has been resting recently after it is thought she was advised by doctors to pare back her busy recent schedule.

Britain’s longest-serving monarch stayed overnight in hospital for the first time in eight years last month as she underwent preliminary medical checks.

Her Majesty’s diary has been cleared of major events, including her appearance at the COP26 climate change summit in Glasgow.

She was also absent from the Remembrance Sunday wreath-laying service at the Cenotaph in London after spraining her back.

Charles is sometimes reported to want a slimmed-down monarchy compared to the Queen and is said to be planning a major shake-up of the Royal Family when he becomes King.

Mr Wilkie said: “There’ll be a change in the way in which the royalty governs the country because Charles has got different ideas to Queen Elizabeth.

“So, it’ll be interesting to see whether King Charles just holds the fort for William or whether he tries to be the king that he’s always wanted to be and maybe creates a more difficult handover for William.”

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Harry and Meghan backed to ‘reconcile’ with Royal Family as Queen’s reign nearing end

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PRINCE Harry and Meghan Markle have been backed to “reconcile” with the Royal Family in the future.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex stepped back from royal duties in 2020, in a move dubbed Megxit. Meghan Markle, 40, and Prince Harry, 37, relocated to California, to pursue a “financially independent” life away from the Firm.

Since moving to the US with their first child Archie, now two, the couple also welcomed their new daughter to the world.

Lilibet “Lili” Diana was born in June and shares her moniker with her 95-year-old great-grandmother the Queen.

Since the Sussexes move to the US, they’ve not made a return trip to the UK as a family of four.

Harry has returned to the UK on two occasions since stepping away from royal duties, but never with his wife or children in tow.

He returned in April for a short visit to attend the funeral of the late Prince Philip, who died aged 99.

He also returned in July to unveil a statue of his late mother Princess Diana, with his brother Prince William, 39.

Both appearances notably came following the bombshell interview he and Meghan did with US TV chat show host Oprah Winfrey back in March.

During their appearance, the couple made a series of seismic claims about their time as members of the Firm.

Following the interview, a statement was released by Buckingham Palace noting that “recollections may vary” but that the issues would be addressed privately.

Royal historian Dr Ed Owens however has claimed that the Queen’s recent bout of ill-health, and her reign nearing its end, could see the Sussexes “reconcile” with the royals.

He told Express.co.uk: “Harry will definitely be at his grandmother’s funeral when she does finally die.

“And if the relationship between Meghan and the British Royal Family has improved by then, I see no reason why she wouldn’t attend either.

“However, time will tell.”

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