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Wimbledon: Federer rolls pass Raonic for his 9th final

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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – Roger Federer is back in another major final and how fitting it is that it should at Wimbledon, the place where he has had the most success. It has been two years since the Swiss has had the chance to play for a major title but his form over the past two weeks suggests that he is capable of winning more titles. In the semifinal he dispatched the green Milos Raonic 6-4 6-4 6-4. Cordell Hackshaw

 

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After the match, Roger Federer (4) stated, “My game’s back where I hoped it would be … I’m unbelievably thrilled to be in another final.” The 17-time major champion is back in another major final and how fitting it is that it should at Wimbledon, the place where he has had the most success, having won 7th titles (2003-2007, 2010, 2012). It has been two years since Federer has had the chance to play for a major title but his form over the past two weeks suggests that he is capable of winning more titles. He was up against Milos Raonic (8) who has shown this year that he is close to winning a major title. However, despite owning a 4-0 record against the Canadian, Federer did not take Raonic lightly in the least. Federer remained calm and focus at the task at hand. He let his experience in these big moments worked for him as he dispatched the green Raonic 6-4 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes.

Raonic has over the past few matches started nervously and this semifinal match would be no different. He was broken in the opening game of the match and Federer edged ahead 2-0. Federer would later state, “I didn’t see it coming necessarily, but I grabbed it and then ran with it.” Federer was showing that he had the read on Raonic’s serve as he earned two more break points on Raonic’s serve but Raonic produced those trademarks big serves to hold his serve. Federer maintained his break advantage to close out the set 6-4 in 34 minutes. Raonic would hold serve to start the 2nd set and things would remain on serve till the 9th game when Raonic again played a loose service game to be broken at love. Federer now up 5-4, served it out to take a 2-0 sets lead 6-4 6-4. The 3rd set was a near mirror of the 2nd as Raonic again at 4-4 played a sloppy 9th game to be broken. Federer with all his experience served out the match with a big unreturnable serve for the win 6-4 6-4 6-4.

Today I think I had to be very focused and concentrated, even after match point … I was very pleased the way I played today because it was always going to be a difficult match against Milos,” Federer said. He quite literally out served Raonic. He won 81% of his 1st serve points and 68% on his 2nd serve compared to Raonic who won 80% on 1st serves and 50% on 2nd. Federer saved the lone break point he faced against Raonic and maintained a single blemish on his serving card as he was broken only once in the tournament against Stan Wawrinka. One can only hope that Raonic does not look back at this match with negative thoughts because he played an excellent match. Unfortunately, he was up against Federer who is far more experienced and knows how to play the big points as well as create opportunities for himself. Raonic is not quite at that level as yet.

In the final on Sunday, Federer will play Novak Djokovic for the 34th time with Federer leading that head-to-head 18-16. Of the match up, Federer had this to say, “[W]e both like to be close to the baseline. We both like to take charge, especially on quicker courts. Novak can hurt you down the line or cross court on both sides. I think for me it’s really important to stay aggressive against him.” Federer fans will be excited that he has a chance for a record 18 major titles.

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Rival Backs Dominic Thiem To Win Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award

Only two players have won the award since 2004.

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For the past 15 years only two players have managed to get their hands on the prestigious Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award, but one player thinks there could be a brand new winner this year.

 

Diego Schwartzman has lent his support behind world No.4 Dominic Thiem. The award recognizes those who have conducted the highest level of professionalism and integrity on the ATP Tour throughout the season. Established in 1977, Roger Federer has won the honour in 13 out of the past 15 years. The only other player to triumph during that period was Rafael Nadal, who won it in 2010 and 2018.

“I think Thiem can win it, he showed throughout the year a competitiveness and a respect with everyone that was spectacular,” Schwartzman told ole.com. “On top of that he is having great years of his career and this season was even better for the achievements he had.’
“He has a good chance of winning it.” He added.

Schwartzman, who reached the quarter-finals of the US Open earlier this year, has also been shortlisted for the award. Along with regular nominees Federer and Nadal. Only once has an Argentinian player won the title, which was José Luis Clerc back in 1981. At that time it was known as the ATP Sportsmanship award before getting renamed in 1996.

“I learned first (of getting nominated) through social networks rather than the official designation that the ATP sends you by mail.” The 27-year-old revealed.
“It is more spectacular than anything for the players I have next to me. It is a very important prize that recognizes a little what you do off the court, not only hitting the ball.”

Whilst he is dreaming of winning the honour himself, Schwartzman is just happy that he has been nominated.

“If I won this award, it would be spectacular. Now I am on that payroll that is very good and represents the values ​​that I try to maintain on a day-to-day basis and that (my coaching teams over the years) have taught me. It is very nice to be recognized for that. “ He concluded.

The four nominees for the Stefan Edberg Award was shortlisted by the ATP. However, it will be the players who will decide the winner. The result will be revealed later this month.

Multiple winners of the Stefan Edberg/ATP Sportsmanship award

Roger Federer – 13
Stefan Edberg – 5
Pat Rafter – 4
Alex Corretja – 2
Todd Martin – 2
Paradorn Srichaphan – 2
Rafael Nadal – 2

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Kei Nishikori In Doubt For The Australian Open

Asia’s highest ranked male tennis player is contemplating when he should return to the tour following surgery.

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Kei Nishikori (photo by chryslène caillaud, copyright @Sport Vision)

World No.13 Kei Nishikori is refusing to rule out the prospect of skipping the first grand slam event of 2020 as he continues his recovery from surgery.

 

Nishikori hasn’t played a match on the tour since his third round loss at the US Open back in September. A month later he underwent a procedure on his right elbow in a move that brought his season to an early end. Currently undergoing rehabilitation, it is unclear as to when the Japanese player believes he will return to the ATP Tour.

“The prospect of a return from surgery on right elbow in January. Maybe February. In the second half of next year I want to be able to play well.” Nikkan Sports quoted Nishikori as saying.
“I don’t want to overdo it,” he added.

The Australian Open will get underway on January 20th in Melbourne. Should he miss the grand slam, it will be the second time he has done so in the last three years. Nishikori also withdrew from the 2018 edition due to a wrist injury. In January he reached the quarter-finals and therefore has 360 points to defend next year.

During his time away from the court, the 29-year-old has been kept busy making changes to his team. Recently it was confirmed that he has started working alongside Max Mirnyi, who is a former world No.1 doubles player. Mirnyi, who has won 10 grand slam titles in men’s and mixed doubles, will be working full-time with Nishikori alongside existing coach Michael Chang.

“I’m getting closer to retirement. I want to be cured and come back to play good tennis in the second half of next year.” Nishikori stated.

Despite the injury setback, Nishikori has enjoyed success in 2019. Reaching the quarter-finals in three out of the four grand slam tournaments. The first time he has ever done that in his career. He also claimed his 12th ATP title at the Brisbane International. Overall, he won 29 out of 43 matches played.

Nishikori will turn 30 on December 29th.

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Family Of Venezuelan Doubles Star Launches GoFundMe Page For Cancer Treatment

Roberto Maytin was playing on the Challenger tour less than a month ago, but now faces a new battle.

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One of Venezuela’s highest ranked players on the ATP Tour is facing challenges off the court after being recently diagnosed with cancer.

 

Roberto Maytin, who currently has a doubles ranking of 136th, is undergoing treatment for testicular cancer Non-Seminoma. Non-seminomas are made up of different types of tumour, such as teratomas, embryonal tumours, yolk sac tumours and choriocarcinomas. Maytin’s brother Ricardo has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover the costs. The tennis player made $19,441 in prize money this season, which doesn’t factor into account numerous expenses such as travel, accommodation and paying for his coaching team.

“If life gives you a chance to live longer, I think nobody would miss the opportunity. In this plane, we all want to be (alive) for years however we forget that we are with a 50% chance of leaving at any time every day.” The fundraising page reads.
“My brother was diagnosed with testicular cancer NO Seminoma, at 30 years old. He now faces a crucial match that life has put him for growth as an individual, as a man and as an athlete. He is forced to undergo 4 stages of aggressive chemotherapy in order to heal at all and leave no trace of a Cancer that has been moving for months causing some damage.”

A former top 25 junior player, Maytin is one of only two players from his country to be ranked inside the top 200 in either singles or doubles on the men’s tour. This season he has won four Challenger titles across America. However, he has only played in one ATP Tour event since the start of 2018. He achieved a ranking high of 85th in the doubles back in 2015.

Once a student at Baylor University in Texas, Maytin formed a successful partnership with former world No.2 doubles player John Peers. Together they earned All-American honours with a win-loss of 36-5 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2011 NCAA tournament.

Maytin is also a regular fixture in his country’s Davis Cup team. Since 2007 he has played 15 ties and won 10 out of 16 matches played.

“I am also clear that the family is the gift of God for each one of us, so in this way and in whatever way I will put my desire and my energy so that my Brother Roberto Maytin, a Venezuelan professional tennis player, is back to the courts, which is where he belongs as soon as possible.”

Almost $25,000 has been raised so far to fund Maytin’s treatment. Click here to visit his GoFundMe page.

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