In 2001, the 19-year-old Roger Federer reached the final in Rotterdam, beating Andrew Ilie, Sebastien Grosjean, Alex Corretja and Andrei Pavel before losing a thrilling final to Nicolas Escude. Roger stood as the youngest Rotterdam finalist until the last year when Felix Auger-Aliassime beat his record for some nine days!
Roger and Felix share the birthday, and the Canadian bested the Swiss thanks to the fact that the Rotterdam event took place earlier than in 2001, securing a place in his fourth ATP final. Auger-Aliassime defeated Jan-Lennard Struff in the opening round and reached the quarters over Grigor Dimitrov.
The Canadian prevailed over Aljaz Bedene to advance into the last four, facing Pablo Carreno Busta.
Felix Auger-Aliassime became the youngest Rotterdam finalist ahead of Roger Federer.
The youngster beat the Spaniard 7-6, 6-4 in an hour and 49 minutes to become the youngest player with four ATP finals since Rafael Nadal!
Auger-Aliassime blasted 16 aces and fended off all four break chances he played against, dominating with his first serve and struggling on the second but not enough to give the Spaniard any space on the return. Carreno Busta fought well to save four out of five break points, losing edge in the first set tie break and the second set’s opening games to propel Felix through.
The more experienced player had better rhythm in the opener, sailing through all six service games and creating two break chances at 5-5 that Auger-Aliassime repelled with two winners. The Canadian fired three winners in a row at 4-2 in the tie break for a massive boost ahead of set number two.
There, Pablo netted a backhand in the third game, and that was the break Felix needed to move over the top. A teenager painted a backhand down the line winner to fend off a break point in game eight and finished the job with four winners at 5-4 to book a place in the final and move in front of Roger Federer.
Gael Monfils was too strong for Auger-Aliassime in a battle for the trophy, beating the Canadian 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 26 minutes.
Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Shows Off Impressive Tennis Backhand Swing: ‘Practice Makes Better’
Serena Williams’ daughter, Olympia Ohanian, showcased her talents on the tennis court in a video posted to her Instagram on Monday
Olympia Ohanian is following in mom Serena Williams’ famous footsteps.
The 4-year-old tiny tot showed off her seriously impressive tennis skills in a new video posted to her Instagram account on Monday, showcasing a swing that rivals tennis players of all age groups.
“Practice makes better,” reads a simple caption accompanying the video, in which Olympia can be seen sporting a black-and-white workout getup while she effortlessly practices her backhand on the court.
“It’s Oracene [Price] all over again!” Williams’ sister, Venus, commented, referring to their mom, who also served as their tennis coach when they were younger.
Olympia’s tennis skills shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, considering Serena, 40, is one of the most decorated tennis players in the history of the sport, and the mommy-daughter duo spend a considerable amount of time practicing together.
“Honestly, we started because it’s a socially safe sport, and when COVID happened, it was like, we’re just in the house with a 3-year-old, what do we do?” the 23-time Grand Slam winner told PEOPLE of how Olympia got involved with the sport, adding, “There was only one answer, to my dismay.”
Serena shares Olympia with husband and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian, whom she wed in a star-studded event at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans in November 2017.
And although Olympia clearly takes her tennis training seriously on and off the court — Serena recently showed fans her daughter’s personal gym equipment in a series of Instagram Stories earlier in January — Olympia also has an ear for music, as evidenced by her incredible piano playing.
“She likes tennis, but I don’t know. Honestly, she likes playing piano,” the fashion designer told Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last November. “When she was in my belly, I played a lot of piano music.”
“And she’s teaching me! Like, I’m not even kidding,” the tennis pro replied when Kimmel asked if Olympia was taking piano lessons. “I have a baby Mozart, [but] of course every parent thinks they have like, a baby Beethoven or whatever.”
What are judicial review proceedings Harry wants to bring against Home Office?
The Duke of Sussex has filed a claim for a judicial review against a Home Office decision not to allow him to personally pay for police protection for himself and his family while in the UK.
Harry wants to bring his children to visit from the US, but he and his family are “unable to return to his home” because it is too dangerous, according to a legal representative for the duke.
“He sought a judicial review in September 2021 to challenge the decision-making behind the security procedures, in the hopes that this could be re-evaluated for the obvious and necessary protection required,” the legal representative said in a statement to the PA news agency.
Jennifer Aniston mourns loss of Peter Bogdanovich with touching tribute
Jennifer Aniston was one of many stars who came out to pay their respects to acclaimed director, Peter Bogdanovich, who died at the age of 82 on 6 January.
The Morning Show actress took to her Instagram stories to pay her respects to the star of The Sopranos.
Sharing a selection of photos with the BAFTA winner, Jennifer wrote: “Remembering Peter,” along with a praying hands emoji. She also added: “Grateful for his presence and for his laughter.”
One of the images she posted was of her hugging Owen Wilson and chatting animatedly to Peter on set.
According to The Associated Press, Peter died on Thursday morning at his home in Los Angeles.
His daughter, Antonia Bogdanovich, said he died of natural causes.