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History: ‘I challenged Roger Federer despite a torn calf,’ John Millman recalls

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In the third round of the last year’s Australian Open, the six-time winner Roger Federer toppled the home star John Millman 4-6, 7-6, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in four hours and three minutes. Roger and John offered a night to remember for the lucky crowd on Rod Laver Arena and the entire tennis world, pushing each other to the limits and staying neck and neck from start to finish.

The Aussie revealed he played with a torn calf, still giving his 120% in front of the home fans but ending on the losing side despite being two steps away from a colossal win. The Swiss grabbed the last six points in the deciding match tie break from 8-4 down to avoid an early exit and stay on the title course after one of the most memorable encounters of the tournament in the past decade.

The players threw everything they had at each other, with Federer hitting more winners and errors. Millman stayed in touch with the well-balanced game and a positive mindset, drawing the most from the crowd’s support and enjoying every moment on the court.

Bouncing back from two sets to one down, John forced a decider and had a massive opportunity to seal the deal and topple the 20-time Major winner before Roger stepped in with his best tennis to secure the 100th Australian Open victory!

Serving at 73%, Millman lost only eight points behind the initial shot in the opener, suffering one break and delivering two to forge the advantage. Federer was the more aggressive player, but it was not enough to give him the edge, spraying too many errors and finding no way to break the rival’s rhythm or drive him away from the comfort zone.

Roger dropped five points in his games in set number two, and the Aussie fended off a break chance at 5-5 with a service winner to reach a tie break. Federer held strings in his hands to grab it 7-2 with some powerful smashes, securing the set with a perfect volley winner in the ninth point to level the overall score at 1-1.

Roger was safe in his service games in set number three as well, delivering five good holds and challenging John to repeat that.

Roger Federer and John Millman battled for four hours in Melbourne last year.
Millman repelled a break chance in the eighth game with a brave forehand winner before his backhand landed long in the tenth game to hand a break and set to Roger.

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With no room for errors, the Aussie served at only 47% in the fourth set and still delivered five commanding service games. The Swiss made 16 unforced errors and suffered a break in the seventh game. Serving for the set at 5-4, the ice-cold Aussie held at love with a service winner to send the clash into a deciding set, two hours and 54 minutes after the opening point.

Millman broke in the third game of the final set thanks to another loose forehand from Federer, who converted the third break chance after a great battle in the next game to level the score at 2-2. Playing against break chances in the seventh game, Roger erased both with powerful hitting and held with two winners that got him out of jail.

From 30-0 down in the eighth game, Millman won four straight points for another pivotal hold before Roger brought the next game home with an ace for a 5-4 lead, forcing the Aussie to serve for staying in the match after the break, 20 minutes after the midnight.

Holding his nerves, John delivered a great hold to lock the result at 5-5 ahead of the closing games. The more experienced player clinched the 11th game with a service winner, and Millman had to serve for staying in the match again at 5-6.

John fired a service winner to bring the game home after two deuces and introduce the decisive tie break. The Aussie opened a 3-0 lead after some loose shots from the Swiss, who won the next two points to remain in touch. Millman grabbed two points on serve to gain a 5-2 advantage, with a response from Roger, who stayed within one mini-break deficit at 4-5.

A beautiful volley winner pushed Millman 6-4 in front before landing a forehand down the line winner to take a big step towards the finish line. A forehand crosscourt winner delivered another mini-break for the Aussie, who finally lost a point on serve to keep Federer within an 8-6 deficit.

Federer earned another mini-break and won the next point on serve to move 9-8 up and create the first match point. He converted it with a forehand winner to prevail and stay in the title chase after an incredible fight.

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Simone Biles and Boyfriend Jonathan Owens Wear Matching Outfit Colors for Date Night

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Simone Biles and NFL boyfriend Jonathan Owens have been the internet craze since they made their relationship public. The two met during the pandemic, and have been inseparable ever since.

The two spent the entire holiday season together, and often take to social media to share glimpses with fans who can’t help but adore them. Recently, they left fans drooling with pictures from their date night.

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens twin in blue for a dinner date
Simone Biles met Jonathan Owens during the pandemic in 2020. Because of the lockdown soon after they met, the two were able to spend a lot of time together.

With a shared love for bulldogs, the two soon started going out and in August 2020, the lovebirds made their relationship official. Biles clearly is head over heels for Owens. Meanwhile, Owens himself has all the love and admiration for her.

The two spend the entire holiday season together, from Thanksgiving to New Years. They clearly love spending time with each other and can’t bear to stay apart.

On Sunday, the couple was out for a dinner date, wearing matching outfits. The duo looked stunning as they twinned in blue and black.

They took to their social media to post pictures of their date night.

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“Just trying to match yo fly,” posted Owens.

While Biles wore a beautiful blue crop top with black leather pants, Owens decided to match her wearing a black t-shirt with a blue imprint and finishing it off with black pants.

Owens admired Biles’ personality
Jonathan Owens has earlier also revealed that he really admired Biles’ personality. Biles is a happy-go-lucky person, even though she has gone through insurmountable odds.

“She’s always happy, giggly, bubbly. If I’ve had a tough day at the office, I wouldn’t want to take that home to her. Her personality, man….,” said Owens.

Owens really admired Biles’ energy and loves to spend time with his girlfriend.

Simone Biles and Jonathan Owens first went public with their relationship in August 2020
The two of them are extremely supportive of each other and encourage each other. Biles is often spotted cheering on Owens during his matches. Meanwhile, Owens also doesn’t fail to reciprocate the same.

Owens was also standing tall with Biles while she went through her struggles, backing up her decision to step down from Tokyo 2020. He really is her pillar of strength.

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Revealed: The Insane Amount of Earnings That Have Propelled Lewis Hamilton’s Net Worth to $300 Million Mark

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The thing about athletes like Lewis Hamilton that differentiates them from the rest is that they set such a high standard of results that anything below a win is termed as a disappointment. But in Hamilton’s case this year, everybody seemed to agree that he had one of the best seasons of his career.

And despite not being able to add his eighth and record-breaking championship to his mountain of achievements, the Mercedes driver added a lot of digits to his earnings.

In 2021, Lewis Hamilton earned a massive $70 million from Formula 1 in terms of salary and bonuses. And an additional $12 million from sponsorships.

This meant that the total earnings of $82 million made sure that for the first time in his career, Lewis Hamilton’s estimated net worth crossed over the mark of a quarter of a billion dollars.

Now with a net worth of $300 million, Hamilton is the eighth highest-paid athlete in the world.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton celebrates after finishing first in qualifying Pool via REUTERS/Lars Baron
But in 2022, Lewis Hamilton might earn less compared to 2021.

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How much will Lewis Hamilton earn in salary in 2022?
In 2021, Lewis Hamilton agreed to a two-year contract extension. This saw him earn a salary of $55 million (excluding bonuses) as reported by Forbes. But in his final year of the contract, the one he is currently on, it is reported that Hamilton’s salary will take a dip.

According to a report, the Mercedes driver will earn $40 million in salary in 2022.

It’s also worth pointing out that the 2021 champion Max Verstappen retains his $25 million paycheck.

The reason for the pay cut in salary of the seven-time world champion could be the fact that he is edging towards the end of his career. But also because of the cost cap that F1 introduced in 2021.

Yet it’s not as if Lewis Hamilton doesn’t have an income flow from outside the sport.

He is undeniably one of the biggest names in the global sports landscape, and his magnanimous achievements have already made sure that he’ll remain an incredibly marketable name for years to come.

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Serena Williams’ Daughter Olympia Shows Off Impressive Tennis Backhand Swing: ‘Practice Makes Better’

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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.”

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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.”

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