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Legend’s send a Strong warning Message to Roger Federer after Australian Open withdrawal

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Commentator and tennis legend Jim Courier says Roger Federer may have to consider making a massive change to his game if he hopes to make a successful impact on his return from multiple knee surgeries.

 

 

he Swiss maestro – who turns 40 in August – is expected to make his competitive return shortly after the Australian Open, with Courier admitting that he holds concerns around the impact the injuries will have on Federer.

 

 

 

“It’s all going to come down to where his knee is at after having two surgeries on it last year,” Courier told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio.

 

 

“Is his movement going to allow him the freedom to play the tennis that the loves and that he’s been so incredible at?

“I truly believe his racquet skills won’t go anywhere in spite of not playing a tournament since last year’s Australian Open.

 

 

“I think he’s looking to get back some time in the indoors or possibly in Dubai, not too far from now.

However, Courier thinks the 20-time grand slam winner may have to start formulating a ‘Plan B’ for his game, in the event the knee surgeries have compromised his court-covering abilities.

“It’s all going to boil down to his movement,” Courier added.

“If he can move, he will be able to play at a high level.

If his movement is limited, he may have to go out blasting and try blast people off the court to prevent him from playing defence.

“I hope he will get a fair shot at playing. Let’s see if he can extend that great run that he’s on and make the semis and finals, and maybe even win another major.”

Federer left tennis fans heartbroken at the end of December after confirming that he was withdrawing from the first grand slam of 2021.

Family concerns part of Federer decision

An Australian Open official claims part of the reason for the Swiss maestro’s decision centred on his wife Mirka’s opposition to the strict quarantine conditions that players and their families would be placed under.

Federer said he hadn’t recovered from a reccurring knee injury, which prompted him to pull out of the remainder of the 2020 season – impacted by the coronavirus pandemic – after the same Grand Slam tournament.

However, Australian Open director of player relations Andre Sa said he spoke to Federer and claimed one of the reasons he didn’t want to come to Australia was due to his family’s quarantine concerns.

The main reason was the quarantine,” Sa told Ace BandSports.

“I talked to him a month ago and he had two options. He could come with the whole family and quarantine.

“The problem is that Mirka (Federer’s wife) and her children couldn’t leave the room. They would have to stay 14 days in the room.

 

“The exception is only for players. He could go out, train, and come back, but the family couldn’t. Mirka did not approve the idea.”

Commentator and tennis legend Jim Courier says Roger Federer may have to consider making a massive change to his game if he hopes to make a successful impact on his return from multiple knee surgeries.

Federer was forced to pull out of the Australian Open after confirming at the end of 2020 that he hadn’t recovered quickly enough from his latest operation to give himself a chance to compete at Melbourne Park.

 

 

The Swiss maestro – who turns 40 in August – is expected to make his competitive return shortly after the Australian Open, with Courier admitting that he holds concerns around the impact the injuries will have on Federer.

“It’s all going to come down to where his knee is at after having two surgeries on it last year,” Courier told 2GB’s Wide World of Sports Radio.

 

“Is his movement going to allow him the freedom to play the tennis that the loves and that he’s been so incredible at?

“I truly believe his racquet skills won’t go anywhere in spite of not playing a tournament since last year’s Australian Open.

“I think he’s looking to get back some time in the indoors or possibly in Dubai, not too far from now.

However, Courier thinks the 20-time grand slam winner may have to start formulating a ‘Plan B’ for his game, in the event the knee surgeries have compromised his court-covering abilities.

“It’s all going to boil down to his movement,” Courier added.

“If he can move, he will be able to play at a high level.

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“If his movement is limited, he may have to go out blasting and try blast people off the court to prevent him from playing defence.

“I hope he will get a fair shot at playing. Let’s see if he can extend that great run that he’s on and make the semis and finals, and maybe even win another major.”

Federer left tennis fans heartbroken at the end of December after confirming that he was withdrawing from the first grand slam of 2021.

 

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Rafael Nadal coy over Tiger Woods help as injury ‘not under control’ at Australian Open

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Rafael Nadal has not revealed if he will seek advice from Tiger Woods on his back injury.

Rafael Nadal has refused to confirm if he has spoken to Tiger Woods regarding his back injury. Nadal is still suffering with the injury which forced him to withdraw from the ATP Cup matches against Alex de Minaur and Stefanos Tsitsipas last week. The Spaniard has made it through to the third round of the Australian Open though after beating Michael Mmoh in straight sets on Thursday.

 

 

After the win over Mmoh, Nadal was asked if he would be talking to Woods for advice on the issue.

But the 34-year-old was not giving anything away in his press conference.

 

“If I am talking to him, it’s something between him and me, and that’s it,” Nadal said.

“Sorry for that. I can’t say private conversations here.”

Nadal gave a worrying update on his condition, saying it is “not under control”.

The 20-time Grand Slam champion says he will continue to search for solutions to aid the issue.

“No, not under control, honestly,” he added. “No, I am going to keep doing the things that I can.

Nadal will face Brit Cameron Norrie in the third round on Saturday. Norrie overcame Roman Safiullin in four sets in the second round.

The South Africa-born star says he is looking forward to the challenge.

“Sweet. For someone like me, I don’t think about the draw but I saw yesterday he was next to me,” Norrie said when told he would face Nadal.

“I’ve never played him before so it will be a great match, a great experience. I can’t wait to show him what I’ve got.”

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‘When there are Federer, Nadal, Djokovic with that determination…’, says expert

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Sometimes everything can change in a few hours. What seemed like a failed and unfortunate Australian campaign for world number one Novak Djokovic, has evolved over the shifts into a veritable manifestation of technical skills and mental strength by the Serbian, capable of annihilating Medvedev in the final and to interrupt the streak of consecutive victories of the Russian that had begun at the master thousand in Paris-Bercy with a caesura worthy of an executioner.

Yes, because the one in Melbourne was a tournament which, even before confirming Nole’s tennis superiority on those fields, rewarded and sublimated the resilience of the Serb, his mentality. In the period of his tennis resurrection, the Serb – who is about a year younger than Rafael Nadal and nearly six years younger than Roger Federer – benefited from their decline in performance to gnaw his own disadvantage in terms of Big Titles.

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To understand how much, just think that from July three years ago to today, the Spaniard has won seven tournaments (3 Majors and 3 Masters 1000) and the Davis Cup, while the Swiss has raised five cups to the sky (the most important of which is the Masters 1000 in Miami 2019, the other four titles are ATP 500) and grabbed three finals.

We will see how much these three legends of our sport will still want to win: however, their greatness has long since been immeasurable and no statistics will be able to enclose and order it. Pepe Imaz recently claimed that World No.

1 Novak Djokovic has done a lot of work on his inner self over the last few years, which has helped him tremendously on the professional front as well.

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“Novak Djokovic has spent years working on himself, his interior, understanding that when one is better inside, everything he does, he does it with more harmony, and (does it) better at the end of the day,” Pepe Imaz stated.

Pepe Imaz went on to explain that the work Novak Djokovic has done has helped him over the last year in particular, which has been a difficult one for the entire world. “In this difficult year that we have all lived, Novak Djokovic has become even more aware of the importance of what is the human being, the family and prioritizing things,” Imaz said.

“I think that has helped him. The calm that you get through the result, that does not depend on you, you can have it today and not tomorrow,” he went on. “The intrinsic calm is more solid and goes within you, that is the one you have to nurture.”

During the interview, Pepe Imaz also touched upon Novak Djokovic’s quest to break the record for most Grand Slams in men’s tennis. The Serb’s Australian Open title marked his 18th Major, taking him to within two of the all-time record which is jointly held by rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

“Novak Djokovic’s desire and goal at a professional and tennis level is to achieve the maximum possible Grand Slams,” Imaz said. “He has it in his sights, and he has a lot of determination. But when there are 3 people with that determination, it is not easy,” he added.

“Rafa and Novak are people with impressive mental strength. It will be nice to see what happens year after year.”

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Is Venus Williams close to retirement?

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Venus Williams, seven-time Grand Slam single and 16-time double Grand Slam title holder nearing retirement: is it time to say goodbye?

Venus said to HollywoodLife: “I still have a lot of work to do on the pitch. My mind when I wake up every day is still there.

I don’t know what my plans are. I don’t think there is a limit or a maximum. I don’t mean that we have a plan.

I’m not going to quit is the best way to put it. I still have a lot to do on the court, so I’ll still focus on all of that.”

Her first Grand Slam came at age 20 when she won the Wimbledon championship in July 2000.

She and her sister Serena would later become two of the most beloved tennis figures in the history of the Game. and, especially women of color, to practice this sport.

Venus is still ready to take the court and win her games, despite recent disappointing results at the Australian Open 2021, where she was defeated by the Italian Sara Errani after a very controversial match.

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