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“The Toughest Thing is to Play Against Novak Djokovic” – ATP Player Drops Praise on Novak Djokovic

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The Novak Djokovic juggernaut has been unstoppable from the past two years. The Serbian has claimed 5 Grand Slam titles since the Wimbledon 2018. Moreover, Djokovic has been the most dominant player of this decade if we go by numbers.

 

 

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Djokovic is certainly the man to beat with a 100 percent win-loss record in the 2020 season before the outbreak of coronavirus. Two time ATP champion Robin Haase also believes that the World No.1 is the toughest player to defeat on the tour.

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You feel like an amateur against Novak Djokovic – Robin Haase
Haase and Djokovic have faced each other thrice in their career so far. However, the former could not win a single set against Djokovic in all three attempts. He explained that Djokovic does not have a weakness and he makes the opponent feel like an amateur.

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“The toughest thing is to play against Novak. Without any doubt. You feel like an amateur when you play against him,” said Haase as quoted by Sportsklub.

“I have never been close to a winning set against him. He doesn’t have weaknesses. Against the other players, there were moments when I felt I could threaten a bit — but against him, I had no idea what to do,” he concluded.

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Djokovic brought his Grand Slam tally to 17 after clinching the Australian Open 2020 title. He is just two short of Rafael Nadal’s 19 Slams and three short of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20.

Novak Djokovic and wife

However, he will have to wait for more to continue his momentum at the major events as the tennis tour is suspended due to the rapid spread of the coronavirus around the world. It is still uncertain when the tour resumes. However, it is certain that Novak will continue to make his opponents’ life miserable.

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Daddy duties! Roger Federer pushes a stroller as he takes his TWO sets of twins out for the day in Brisbane

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He’s widely considered the world’s finest tennis player with a string of Grand Slam titles under his belt.

But Roger Federer was like any other father as he doted on his brood on Saturday, pushing his youngest son in a stroller as he took his two sets of twins out in Brisbane.

The 34-year-old cut a low-key figure as he enjoyed a stroll with his children, keeping his face hidden beneath some sunglasses and a hat.

His six-year-old twin daughters, Charlene and Myla, held on to each of their brother’s strollers.

The family was joined by a female companion who pushed along the other boy’s pram.

It is not known whether Mirka, the children’s mother and Roger’s wife of six years, was in the city at the time

Roger is preparing to take part in the Brisbane International, with the former Wimbledon champion among players to participate in the Men’s Singles category.

On Sunday he will be among stars to entertain children at the tournament’s kids’ day.

Federer and his wife welcomed their youngest sons, Lenny and Leo, in 2014. At the time the World Number Three took to Twitter to share the happy news.

‘Mirka and I are so incredibly happy to share that Leo and Lenny were born this evening!’ he said, adding the hashtags ‘twins again’ and ‘miracle’.

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Coach’s bombshell theory on Serena Williams retirement

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Serena Williams is not done with tennis and won’t retire from the sport until she wins another grand slam, according to her coach.

 

 

Speculation has swirled over the last week that this year’s Australian Open campaign was Williams’ last, and that her retirement from the sport was imminent.

Serena waved a long and emotional goodbye to fans at Melbourne Park after being eliminated by eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the semi-finals, before leaving her press conference in tears a short time later.

Many tennis fans and experts took it as a sign that the 39-year-old was on the verge of announcing her retirement from the sport, something the American insisted she wouldn’t reveal even if she was.

Commentator Sam Smith said she’d never seen Williams break down like she did in her press conference and insisted that “she won’t be back” to Melbourne Park.

However, the 23-time grand slam champion’s coach Patrick Mouratoglou has offered Aussie tennis fans a glimmer of hope that the popular champion will return.

Mouratoglou – who has coached Williams since 2012 – says he can’t see the 39-year-old calling time on her career until she wins that elusive 24th major title to equal Margaret Court’s all-time record.

“I don’t think she will stop until she at least wins a grand slam, because she came back to win Grand Slams,” Mouratoglou told People, referring to the American’s comeback after giving birth to daughter Alexis in 2017.

“She doesn’t quit,” he added.

Serena’s coach says he understands why the American – who turns 40 later this year – would be loathe to contemplate, let alone discuss retirement from a sport she has dedicated her whole life to.

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“I don’t think she planned [retirement] for this certain moment. She’s dedicated all her life to tennis since she was a kid,” Mouratoglou says.

“So the day she will retire, she will feel like she’s giving an end to 40 years of a life.”

“It’s something that is difficult to measure for people.

“That’s why it’s very sensitive. That’s why it’s very emotional for her. I completely get it.”

The American’s coach says her “exceptional” mentality and impossibly high standards fill him with every confidence that Williams can claim that record-equalling grand slam title, before she hangs up the racquet.

“I have to believe it and she has to believe it, too. If she [doesn’t], she would stop.

“After all she’s achieved in her career, at her age, having a baby for the first time, having a family — it was an incredible effort to come back to tennis,” the coach tells PEOPLE.

“Unbelievable effort. Mental effort, physical effort, so many hours to get back in shape. She would never even start that if she didn’t think she was able to win a grand slam.

“That’s how Serena is really exceptional. She puts the standards so high for herself, and she finds a way to match those standards, whatever she does.”

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Maria Sharapova says she would never date Rafael Nadal

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Tennis – World no. 2 Maria Sharapova has said that she would not date 11-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal since the Spaniard was not her type. The Russian was answering questions from fans on the Facebook page of the Porsche WTA event which she is playing this week, when one of the fans asked her the question.

 

 

Philip Uchiha A. Ruiz: My question would be is, if Rafael Nadal asked you on a date would you accept it or not? thanks! Maria Sharapova: not my type The Russian is rumoured to be dating ATP pro Grigor Dimitrov, who is currently ranked no.

28 in the world, though she has never confirmed or denied the story. Another fan asked her if she was dating the young Bulgarian in that same fan session but Sharapova did not divulge any information. Sharapova is the top seed at this week’s WTA Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart and takes on German Angelique Kerber in the semis on Saturday. She has also signed a three year deal with Porsche, becoming the first brand ambassador the company ever.

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