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‘Roger Federer’s fighting spirit at 39 and two surgeries inspires me,’ says Murray



On Saturday night, the 20-time Major champion Roger Federer battled for three hours and 35 minutes against Dominik Koepfer and prevailed 7-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5 to reach the fourth round at Roland Garros. The Swiss veteran hadn’t played for 13 months due to a knee injury and two surgeries in 2020, stepping on the court only three times in the past 15 months ahead of Paris!

After achieving everything in our sport in the past two decades, the Swiss maestro is still eager to prove his class and compete on a high level a few months before turning 40, showing his endless love for the game and giving his fans something more to cheer about.

Staying on the court for over three and a half hours for the first time since January last year and competing without the crowd behind his back, Roger gave his everything to edge Koepfer. Federer never stepped back against a formidable opponent despite not knowing would he play in the next match and how his knee would react.

The three-time Major winner Andy Murray stayed late to watch this titanic battle, praising Roger after the encounter and calling him an inspiration. The 27-year-old Koepfer threw everything he had at Roger on an empty Court Philippe-Chatrier under the lights, firing 55 winners and 40 unforced errors and pushing the legend to the limits.

In the end, Roger won one point more and sealed the deal with the fifth break to advance into the next round, as the oldest player at Majors since 1978! Federer rushed to the net almost 70 times and preserved energy in a marathon to extend his Parisian run if he decided to face Matteo Berrettini on Monday.

Andy Murray praised Roger Federer after a thrilling performace vs. Dominik Koepfer.
The opening set lasted for over an hour, and Kpefer saved a set point at 4-5 to stay in touch. Federer grabbed the tie break 7-5 with a volley winner at the net for an early advantage against a tough opponent who played well from his serve and backhand.

The second set saw some loose serving from both early on and four breaks in the opening six games to remain locked at 3-3. There were no more chances for the returners after that, and Dominik claimed it 7-3 in the breaker following Roger’s backhand mistakes to level the overall score after two hours.

Firing from all cylinders, the lower-ranked player produced three commanding holds early in the third set and broke Roger in the opening game to forge a 4-2 advantage, looking good to move in front. Determined to fight, Federer pulled the break back at 3-4 when his rival netted a backhand, gathered momentum and created a set point at 6-5.

Koepfer saved it to reach a tie break that Federer claimed 7-4 after a crafty drop shot that sent him two sets to one in front at midnight. They traded breaks in games three and four in set number four to stay neck and neck, and Roger served to stay in the set at 4-5.

He produced a hold at 30 and broke Dominik at 15 a few minutes later for the crucial lead. Serving for the victory, the champion from 12 years ago held at 15 to seal the deal and celebrate the 365th Major victory in style. “I’m not bothered by the outcome of this match at all.

Just seeing Roger Federer at 39 off the back of two knee surgeries playing to an empty stadium at 12.30 am getting fired up is inspirational to me. Do what you love,” Andy Murray said.

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KATE, Duchess of Cambridge makes jaws drop after sharing a breathtaking picture from the Lake District



The Duchess of Cambridge spent an active day on land and water in the Lake District in the rugged northwest of England.

As part of her ongoing campaign to showcase the benefits of spending time in nature, Kate kicked off the day by going mountain biking with some air cadets.



The mother of three, 39, “passionately believes that spending time outdoors plays a pivotal role in children and young people’s future health and happiness, building foundations that last over a lifetime by encouraging active exploration and the opportunity to form and strengthen positive relationships,” according to the palace.



When she visited the area in June 2019 with Prince William, Kate told locals that her children love the area and walking in the fells. She also recalled how, when she was growing up, she loved to go boulder hopping in the countless streams that criss-cross the mountainsides.



Tuesday’s visit came as the RAF Air Cadets Windermere Adventure Training Centre was opened following a refit costing around $3 million (£2 million). Kate is the Honorary Air Commandant of the Royal Air Force Cadets. Hundreds of cadets from around the U.K. will use the center during their visits to the spectacular Lake District “to build their confidence and leadership skills” as they work toward achieving their Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Kate’s office at Kensington Palace said.



After her morning with the air cadets, Kate was set to hear more about how the stunning lakeland area also provided healing from one of Europe’s darkest chapters: the aftermath of the Holocaust.



She joined a boat trip with two of the Windermere Children, a group of 300 Holocaust survivors who were brought to stay in the Lake District in 1945 to help them recuperate following the atrocities they experienced in concentration camps and the ghettos of Nazi-occupied Europe.

“She was absolutely delightful,” Ike Alterman, a 93-year-old survivor from Poland who was a prisoner at Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Theresienstadt, told PEOPLE. “We laughed, she asked questions and she wanted to know the answers. We talked about her kids and my kids, and how we love the lakes. I have two girls and two grandchildren. I told her what happened to me during the war and when I arrived and how I progressed in business later.”

He added, “I didn’t know what to expect, but we spoke like a couple of friends. She was so down-to-Earth.”

Arek Hersh, 92, was also joined by the Duchess on the boat. A survivor of Auschwitz, he lost his parents and his brothers and sisters — in total 81 members of his family perished. He settled in Leeds, Yorkshire, and worked as a mechanic and, in later years, as a landlord for students in the city. He is featured in the 2020 film The Windermere Children and the documentary The Windermere Children: In Their Own Words.

“It was very nice. She was very interested,” he told PEOPLE. “It brought back happy memories of being on the lake.”

This group of children were called the ‘Windermere Children’. I wanted to be able to meet some of the survivors Ike & Arek in person to hear their stories; about how they went on to create their own companies, write a book & to this day, still sneak in the odd round of golf.(2/3)

— The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (@KensingtonRoyal) September 21, 2021
The Duchess’s office explained she wanted to meet some of those who came to the area at the time and hear how they had been helped to heal from their traumatic experiences by undertaking outdoor recreation, sport and art therapy at the Calgarth Estate nearby.

That poignant part of Kate’s visit to the Lake District very much fit in with both her and the other royals’ desire to engender religious tolerance and understanding, as well as to find imaginative ways to educate about past atrocities.

Last year, Kate highlighted some of the incredible stories of survival amid the Nazi occupation of much of Europe when she photographed Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren.

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Tiger Woods Joins Simone Biles, Naomi Osaka, Others in NFT Craze: Partners With Tom Brady’s New Company



Over the last few months, we’ve all seen athletes release NFTs (nonfungible tokens) of their own. The buzz around those has increased with time, players as well as fans including in this digital collecting. This time, golf icon Tiger Woods is the latest addition to a list of celebrities to release a line of NFTs online.

According to recent reports, Woods taking part in this recent craze is via a company linked to NFL star Tom Brady. Let’s take a look at what exactly Woods has invested in.

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THROWBACK : WATCH When Serena Williams Called Maria Sharapova B*TCH



Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova is one of the most heated rivalries in the women’s game. Their match-ups have always been the most compelling ones. The viewership of their battles has been sky-rocketing compared to other rivalries on the WTA Tour.

There is some kind of friction existing between the two of them and the Grand Slam champions have never really got along with each other. In Sharapova’s autobiography, Unstoppable its mentioned their relationship has some kind of ‘intense antagonism.’

Post her two consecutive defeats, Williams has been ruthless against Sharapova on all the surfaces. Sharapova must have stunned the world by defeating Williams at Wimbledon 2004 finals and WTA Championships, but she lost 20 consecutive matches against the American veteran tennis player.

The heated-rivalry of women’s track has witnessed some bitter moments. One of them took place on Rod Laver Arena during the Australian Open 2007 finals. Serena was steamrolling over Maria in the first set with a 5-0 lead. Sharapova released her serve and later Williams charged onto the net.

The Russian wasn’t holding back, even she sprinted to the net, and in a blink of an eye, she smashed the ball on Serena Williams. A frustrated Serena moved back to the baseline for the next reception and simultaneously uttered the ‘B’ word.

Later, Williams thrashed the Russian ace 6-1, 6-2 and clinched her third Australian Open title.

“I will never lose to that little bitch again” – Serena Williams

According to Maria Sharapova’s autobiography, Unstoppable, Serena was super-annoyed after losing to the lanky Russian at Wimbledon 2004. The battle could be termed as Williams, the physical Goliath vs Sharapova, like David.

The American just couldn’t accept her Wimbledon final defeat to a 17-year-old skinny girl. Out of disappointment, Serena once used the ‘B’ word for Maria.

“Not long after the tournament, I heard that Serena told a friend — who then told me — ‘I will never lose to that little bitch again,’” Sharapova depicted in her book.

Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova (Picture Courtesy: USTA)
The salty rivalry of the women’s game concluded at Flushing Meadows during US Open 2019. In their very-first round-one WTA match-up Serena Williams took 59 minutes to crush Sharapova 6-1, 6-1.

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