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“I’m in Full Admiration of Serena”: When Roger Federer Settled the GOAT Debate of Tennis

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Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer has been a true ambassador of tennis. Over the years, he has motivated and encouraged youngsters to develop a liking for the game with his aura and flawless style of play. Even at the age of 40, he’s still competing at an elite level and continues to be an inspiration.

Recently, there was an old confession made by Roger Federer that was doing the rounds. He was talking about the debate for the GOAT and he mentioned 23-time Grand Slam winner Serena Williams’ name.

MIAMI GARDENS, FLORIDA – MARCH 20: (L-R) Naomi Osaka of Japan, Novak Djokovic of Serbia, Serena Williams of the United States and Roger Federer of Switzerland perform the ribbon cutting ceremony on the new Stadium Court at the Hard Rock Stadium, before the first match of the Miami Open on March 20, 2019 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by TPN/Getty Images)
He stated, “It’s been fascinating to watch. She had a totally different upbringing – I came up through Switzerland with the federation, she did it with her dad and her sister. It’s an amazing story unto itself—and then she became one of the greatest, if not the greatest tennis player of all time.”

Roger Federer applauds Venus and Serena Williams
Roger was all praise for the Williams sisters. He highlighted the difficulties in their upbringing. Therefore, he holds Serena and Venus in high regard.

The 40-year-old further added, “It’s not fair to compare, actually. But we know [Serena] is all the way up there. I’m probably up there with somebody. Maybe there’s a group, a best of five – and if you’re in that group, you should be pleased and happy. I’m in full admiration of Serena. And Venus too, by the way.”

MALAKOFF, FRANCE – MAY 23: Maria Sharapova, Rafael Nadal, Serena Williams and Roger Federer attend the Nike Night Tennis mixed doubles presentation on May 23, 2013 in Malakoff, France. (Photo by Antonio de Moraes Barros Filho/Getty Images)
Both Williams and Federer have not had their best seasons this year. Injuries have been a constant roadblock on their journeys. They even missed the last Grand Slam event of the season, the US Open 2021.

However, as a tennis fan, you can’t rule out a comeback from these unique athletes who have repeatedly bounced back from adversity in the past. We hope to see them back on the courts as soon as possible.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas claims innocence after Andy Murray vents anger at…….

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Stefanos Tsitsipas denied bending the rules with his bathroom breaks during his dramatic five-set victory over Andy Murray at the US Open.

Scot Murray, 34, blasted the Greek third seed for the “nonsense” and said he had lost respect for him after Tsitsipas disappeared off court for almost eight minutes at the start of the fifth set.

However, after closing out a 2-6 7-6 (7) 3-6 6-3 6-4 victory over the 2012 champion in just less than five hours, Tsitsipas said: “If there’s something that he has to tell me, we should speak, the two of us, to kind of understand what went wrong.

I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines

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“I don’t think I broke any rules. I played by the guidelines, how everything is. I don’t know how my opponent feels when I’m out there playing the match. It’s not really my priority.

“As far as I’m playing by the rules and sticking to what the ATP says is fair, then the rest is fine. I have nothing against him. Absolutely nothing.”

Murray’s defeat, and that of Marin Cilic, who had to retire at two sets all against Philipp Kohlschreiber, means there is only one player left in the men’s draw to have won a grand slam title – the 20-time major winner Novak Djokovic.

Daniil Medvedev, the second seed from Russia, got his bid for a maiden grand slam title off to a confident start by beating Richard Gasquet in straight sets.

The 25-year-old roared past Frenchman Gasquet 6-4 6-3 6-1 in less than two hours.

RBA drops just games to advance to Round 2.

Nick Kyrgios won just seven games as his campaign came to an end at the hands of Roberto Bautista Agut.

Australian Kyrgios threw in his usual tweeners and underarm serves but Bautista Agut, the unflappable 18th seed from Spain, was too solid as he ran out 6-3 6-4 6-0 winner.

Andrey Rublev, the Russian fifth seed, is safely through after a straight-sets win over Croatian veteran Ivo Karlovic.

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Usain Bolt reveals he’s ‘always’ had a crush on Beyoncé and he was starstruck to meet her

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He may hold the title as the fastest man in the world, but even Usain Bolt gets nervous once in a while, especially when it comes to meeting beautiful women. Speaking to Lorraine Kelly on Friday morning, the nine-time Olympic gold medallist revealed that he has a crush on none other than Beyoncé.

The sporting legend revealed his celebrity crush live on Lorraine

“Because I was always a fan, I’ve always had a crush on Beyoncé, so I’ve always had a conversation I would have [in my head] and when I met her I was like [stares open-eyed] ‘hi’,” he told the day time host. “I could tell I was looking at her weird because she was looking at me like, ‘why is he staring at me’. It was fun though.”

President Obama also has an affect on the 30-year-old, who admitted: “When I met Obama that was also massive for me.”

Usain was on Lorraine to chat about his new documentary I Am Bolt, which follows the sporting legend in the 18 months leading up to his historical Olympic triple win in Rio this year.

Talking about his training, Usain revealed: “People always say, ‘you make it look so easy, I could probably do it’ and I’m like, ‘no, no’. So to make people see the work that I put in and the strain that goes in, mentally and physically. I wanted people to see all of that so they could understand me better and to see the work I put in is no joke.”

The Olympic champion also shut down rumours that he was engaged to his main crush, girlfriend of two years, Kasi Bennett, following a heavily hinted Snapchat image of the couple on holiday. The sweet snap was accompanied by the caption “She said yes”, complete with emojis of a bride and a love heart.

“I’m not engaged. Me and my girlfriend, we went on a trip to Bora Bora and we took a picture and somebody edited my Snapchat, and edited it, and it said, ‘she said yes’ with a ring and a mad face and stuff and I was like [shocked face], it was well done though. It was well done, you know what I mean,” he explained.

Despite there being no talk of wedding bells anytime soon, it hasn’t stopped Usain’s mum from hoping she will be a grandmother in the near future. “My mum is pressuring me. I was like, ‘mum just let me retire and I’ll get there,'” he said.

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Unbelievable: Maria Sharapova says she got mobbed in the Olympic village cafeteria

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Many players prefer not to stay at the Olympic village as other athletes tend to get a little star struck at coming face to face with high profile superstars. Maria Sharapova got a taste of this herself when she went into the cafeteria at the Olympic village.

Sharapova is the highest earning female athlete in the world and a global superstar. “I’m usually pretty naïve about like people’s knowledge of me, my career, what I’ve achieved,” Sharapova told the press after her first round win on Sunday in London.

“I try to be pretty humble about it, but the biggest mistake I’ve made in a long time was entering the cafeteria. I didn’t walk out eating any food. I barely got an orange juice. It was quite funny. Actually, I didn’t sign any autographs, it was just pictures. I felt like a little statue.”

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