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Roger Federer: ‘There are many question marks, but I’m ready to give my best’

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The 20-time Major champion Roger Federer returns to action at this week’s ATP 250 Doha event, competing for the first time since the last year’s Australian Open. The Swiss underwent two knee surgeries in February and May last year, opting to skip the rest of the season following the second and working hard to make a fresh start in 2021.

Not feeling completely ready to enter the Australian Open, Roger will make a long-awaited return against Daniel Evans or Jeremy Chardy in the Doha second round, in his first match since January 30 last year! Speaking about his comeback, Federer said there are still many question marks, as he can’t predict his current level.

Roger will use the upcoming tournaments to build his form, trying to get back at 100% ahead of his beloved Wimbledon, where he wants to seek the ninth title in July.

Roger Federer spoke about his upcoming return in Doha.
Roger also compared this injury to the previous one in 2016, when he had to skip the second part of the year due to knee issues.

Federer said he was completely healthy once he returned in 2017, conquering seven titles that year for the first time since 2007 and becoming world no. 1 in February 2018. Federer played on a high level in 2019, winning four ATP titles and wasting two match points in that epic Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic.

He finished the season ranked 3rd behind Nadal and Djokovic and hoped for another strong run in 2020 before that knee injury sidelined him from the court for over a year. “When I came back in 2017, I was completely healthy.

I no longer asked myself big questions about whether I could go backward again. Now I had a double operation, and the way back was much longer; there are many more question marks. Therefore, everything that comes from today to Wimbledon is a build-up.

I need another training block in Doha and possibly Dubai. It also shows that I’m not at the level I was back then. But it’s good enough to compete in a tournament. I’m curious myself how I’ll feel. I’m looking forward to being here again. If you had seen me play in October, November – those are giant steps!” Roger Federer said.

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Serena Williams tweets about her daughter’s initials

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Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr., the daughter of Serena Williams and Alexis Ohanian, is just three years old. Shortly after her birth, Serena Williams tweeted,

“Fun fact my daughter’s initials are AO as in the Aussie open she won with me.” Serena Williams found out she was pregnant with her daughter just two days before the Australian Open in 2017.

According to Serena, she understandably felt nervous once she discovered her pregnancy because, “You hear all these stories about people when they’re pregnant — they get sick,

they get really tired, really stressed out … I had to really take all that energy and put it in a paper bag, so to say, and throw it away.”

Serena Williams hasn’t won a major since giving birth to her daughter, but many speculate that she could still have an exciting tennis career moving forward.


Some also wonder if Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. will be a tennis star like her mother, a successful tech entrepreneur like her father, or something else entirely. It will certainly be fun to see which path she takes.

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‘It is sad to see’ – Rafael Nadal disagrees with Novak Djokovic in Monte-Carlo

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The tournament had to be cancelled completely last year, meaning the current edition is the first since 2019, when Fabio Fognini was a surprise winner.
That has come with a trade-off, though, with no fans able to attend due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis

“Sad not to see the crowds here this year after practice,” Rafael Nadal, the 11-time champion, posted on his Instagram story.

Interestingly, that was at-odds with Novak Djokovic’s observations, with the world number one saying the lack of fans has made for particularly good practice conditions for players.

“It is better for training because there are no fans, there are only people from sponsoring companies,” the world number one told the Serbian media.

“Under normal circumstances, it is difficult to provide courts for all players and then practice for an hour here, an hour there at the very beginning of the tournament when there are many players.

“Now I notice that most players train one on one without the need to share the court. That may be a positive thing.

“You play matches where you usually train, meet people and spend time outside.

“Now we have time to look at the trainings of other players, for which we are grateful because we are in safe conditions due to all restrictions and it’s nice to catch some fresh air.”

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Coach: I don’t think people can see how quickly Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal hit

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Neil Powell, the coach of Blitzboks — the South African national rugby sevens team — was impressed by the mix of outstanding shots thrown on the court by Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal during the exhibition that took place on Cape Town Stadium, South Africa, about a week ago.

Neil attended the match with his family and he had a great time seeing the two tennis titans. In an interview for Rugby Rocks, Powell expressed his opinion on the Cape Town exhibition. “It was incredible […] Everybody was filled with excitement for one of the biggest sporting events to ever take place in Africa.

We (Neil and his family) were fortunate enough to get some amazing seats, right by the halfway line and next to the tunnel where the players walk out”. the coach said. Blitzboks’ coach led the team to a first-place finish in the 2016-17 World Rugby Sevens Series, so he knows what talent looks like and how to make it shine.

Yet, he was delighted by the virtuosity of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. “I don’t think people watching on TV can actually see how quickly they hit that ball. The ball literally misses the net by millimetres, and it is incredible to see how much spin they can get.

I don’t think they played as competitively as they usually would at Wimbledon, for instance, but their competitive side was definitely still there. That level of tennis was absolutely astounding to see in person”. Powell said.

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