The first participation of Swiss Roger Federer in the Olympics took place at the Sydney 2000 Games, when he overtook David Prinosil, Karol Kucera, Mikael Tillstrom and Karim Alami before losing in the semifinals to Tommy Haas with a score of 6-3 6-2.
Federer then returned to action four years later in Athens, where he defeated Nikolaj Davydenko in three sets before making a sensational comeback against Thomas Berdych. In 2008, in Beijing, the now experienced Federer overtook Dmitry Tursunov, Rafael Arevalo and took revenge with Berdych, but was beaten by James Blake in the quarter-finals.
However, the Swiss was able to console himself with the double, in which he triumphed together with fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka. The last edition of the Olympics that saw Roger present was therefore that of London 2012, in which Federer got rid of Alejandro Falla, Julien Bennetau, Denis Istomin, John Isner and Juan Martin del Potro, booking the final challenge with Andy Murray.
Roger Federer says goodbye to a dream
The Scotsman, defeated a few days earlier in the last Wimbledon match by Federer, deserved a rematch with a score of 6-2 6-1 6-4. Absent from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, Roger has always promised to return in 2021 to be able to return to play Wimbledon (canceled last year) and the Olympics, postponed for twelve months due to the global Coronavirus pandemic.
However, the Basel champion has played much less than expected this season and, it seems, his knee problems still do not seem completely resolved. Having taken the court in Doha and Geneva without excellent results, Federer managed to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros, where he preferred to forfeit during the match with Matteo Berrettini.
Arriving in London (after a bitter disappointment in Halle), Roger’s run broke in the quarterfinals against Hubert Hurkacz, who won with a clear 6-3 7-6 6-0. Following his departure from London, as we know, Federer regretfully announced that he will not take part in the Tokyo Olympics so as not to further compromise his right knee.
Forty years to go next August and with the awareness that he will no longer be present at the Games, Roger also had to say goodbye to his Olympic dream.
Question looms over Vanessa Bryant lawsuit against Los Angeles County: What does she want?
The widow of Kobe Bryant wants retribution for what happened last year after her husband and daughter died in a helicopter crash.
But what kind of retribution? And how much?
Vanessa Bryant is suing Los Angeles County, accusing county sheriff’s and fire department employees of improperly sharing photos of dead bodies from the site of the crash that killed nine, including the NBA legend.
As the case heads to trial in February, perhaps the biggest question hovering above it is what her goal is for it.
Andy Murray’s wedding ring and shoes returned following Indian Wells disappearance
Andy Murray’s wedding ring and tennis shoes have been recovered after they seemingly disappeared in the California desert.
The three-time major winner is preparing for action at the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells and left his tennis shoes outside underneath his car to dry out overnight – but they were nowhere to be seen when he returned in the morning.
And it was only when his physio asked about his wedding band that he realised he had left the ring tied to his shoes.
In an Instagram video posted late on Thursday, which was shared on Twitter by the ATP Tour Murray said: “I just want to send a quick message to say a huge thanks for all the messages and also to everyone for sharing the story about the shoes and the wedding ring.
“(I) had to make a few calls today and chat to the security at the hotel and everything.
“Little update for everyone,” he said as he raised the shoes into view.
“Would you believe it, they still absolutely stink but the shoes are back, the wedding ring is back and I’m back in the good books. Let’s go.”
The shoes are back. 👟
The ring is back. 💍
Let’s go, @andy_murray!!! 💪#BNPPO21 pic.twitter.com/hA5VKX98mm
— ATP Tour (@atptour) October 7, 2021
In an earlier post, Murray light-heartedly appealed for the return of the ring – to help him smooth things over with his frustrated wife.
He explained leaving his shoes to dry out under his car as “I have no balcony in my room and I didn’t want to leave them in my room as it would stink the room out”.
Murray married his long-term girlfriend Kim Sears in 2015 at Dunblane Cathedral. The couple now have four children.
The Scot is due to play France’s Adrian Mannarino in the first round at Indian Wells on Friday.
NASCAR Star Has Brutally Honest Admission On Michael Jordan
Legendary Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan has a very commanding presence, both on and off the basketball court.
In recent years, Jordan has gotten involved in other sports, namely NASCAR. The NBA Hall of Famer is part owner of 23XI Racing, which is co-owned by Denny Hamlin.
The NASCAR team features Bubba Wallace and is adding Kurt Busch for the 2022 season.
Busch, a veteran NASCAR driver, had a brutally honest admission on his meeting with Jordan.
“I mean he is the GOAT. The situation, the way it all came together, it was this impressive meeting out in Sonoma earlier this summer. Right away, I got along with him. Just with the way he was chill but also presented this aura about him. ‘We will win. We are here to win. This is what this is about,’” Busch remembered in an interview with SiriusXM. “And it was like, ‘Yes sir.’ He’s like, ‘Don’t call me sir.’ I said, ‘Alright, let’s win.’”
Busch is excited to get going for 23XI Racing.
“It was just easy right away to piece together what the contract is,” he recalled. “Monster Energy was incredibly excited about it. Toyota, they were the ones behind the scenes, kind of pushing for a veteran to jump in the program and move the needle with 23XI. I’ve raced a long time for a lot of different legendary owners and Hall of Famers in NASCAR. MJ definitely has a different presence about him.”
The 2022 season should be a fun one.