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Guillermo Vilas Thinks His Best Game Would Have Beaten Roger Federer

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Roger Federer is considered by the majority of the tennis community probably the greatest player of all time. The Swiss has always found confirmation of his place in the history of the sport from most of the major legends of the past. All congratulated Roger when he started his ascent to the top of men’s tennis, all sticked with the Swiss when he started to beat all records.

Guillermo Vilas decided he wanted to take his place of the pack and made an interesting statement this week regarding the 17-time Grand Slam champion. According to Vilas, his own very best version would have been enough to beat the Swiss Maestro on a tennis court.

Guillermo has never reached the World No.1 ranking in men’s tennis, but has managed to win a total of 4 Grand Slam titles. Clearly one of the best players of his generation, Vilas’ success is still linked mostly to his extraordinary abilities onto clay courts.

Speaking to radio show “Perros de la Calle”, Vilas was asked a question regarding Federer and said: “Roger is fantastic! I love his game, the way he plans it He always sets goals for himself and always manages to reach them. I think we are very similar”.

Asked however who would have won between himself and Federer if they both were 25 years old, Guillermo shocked the audience as he said:

“I would have won. And if we were to meet at the start of our careers, I would have won too, without any doubt. In his first years Roger wasn’t really winning much, he just had an amazing talent. He wasn’t ready to make sacrifices and he wasn’t ready on a mental point of view. He used to break all his racquets. I didn’t think back then he would have achieved great things, and for such a long period of time”.

It is true that Federer may have had to deal with nerves early on in his career, but speaking of early success it is hard to confirm what Guillermo said. Roger was ranked for the first time among the top 20 when he was 20 years and 9 months old. Guillermo reached the same feat when he was 22 years, when the ATP rankings were launched in 1973. Federer won his first ATP title when he was 19 years and 6 months old, Vilas only when he was aged 21 years and 3 months.

Finally, considering the tournaments that matter the most. Federer won his first Slam title when he was 21 and 11 months. Vilas won his first major when he was 24 years and 7 months old.

Are we really sure Guillermo would have been able to stop the Swiss when he peaked aged quarter of a century?

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Novak Djokovic Withdraws From Masters 1000 Event In Madrid

Novak Djokovic will miss the Masters 1000 event in Madrid and will look to build up his Roland Garros preparations in Rome.

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Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from the Masters 1000 event in Madrid as he aims for quality over quantity in his bid for Roland Garros glory.

The world number one has had a rough start to the season by his standards as he is yet to win a title this season after a semi-final defeat to Jannik Sinner at the Australian Open.

Djokovic was hoping a change of surface would bring a change of fortunes but the Serb was defeated in three sets in the semi-finals of Monte-Carlo.

Now it seems that result has made Djokovic rethink his schedule as the current Roland Garros champion has withdrawn from Madrid.

No official reason has been given although the news seems to be not that surprising given Djokovic’s history in the Spanish capital.

The Serb hasn’t played since 2022, where he was beaten by Carlos Alcaraz in the semi-finals, and has now won the title there for five years.

It looks like Djokovic will be putting his faith into more favourable conditions in Rome, which is the most similar to Roland Garros in terms of conditions.

Djokovic is a six-time champion in the Italian capital and will aim for a seventh title when he plays there on the 8th of May.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis Questions ‘Insane’ Drug Testing

Thanasi Kokkinakis has been tested three times within the last six days.

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Thanasi Kokkinakis has questioned persistent drug testing after he revealed he was tested three times in six days.

The Australian is in good form at the moment having won the Sarasota Challenger in Florida.

Kokkinakis claimed glory with a three set win over Zizou Bergs in the final as he continues to climb the rankings.

However that glory has been overshadowed by the fact that Kokkinakis has revealed he was drug tested three times within a six day period.

The world number 94 described it as ‘insane’ and it comes after Alexandre Muller complained of persistent drug testing after his recent defeats.

Doping has been a huge topic of conversations with Simona Halep losing two years of her career after testing positive after the US Open before the Court Of Arbitration For Sport shortened her case.

Kokkinakis will be hoping that this is the last time he has to deal with persistent drug testing as he continues his clay court season.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas Saves Two Match Points To Extend Winning Streak In Barcelona

Stefanos Tsitsipas survived a scare to reach the Barcelona semi-finals.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas saved two match points to defeat Facundo Diaz Acosta 4-6 6-3 7-6(8) in Barcelona.

The former finalist saved two match points against the inspired Argentinian as Tsitsipas reached the semi-finals.

It means Tsitsipas is 9-0 in the clay court season and has the chance to set up a potential rematch with Casper Ruud in the final.

The duo met in last week’s Monte-Carlo final where Tsitsipas claimed his third title in Monaco.

Speaking after the match Tsitsipas admitted it was difficult to sustain his level, “I was coming close [to losing] at certain moments in the match. It seemed like a mountain,” Tsitsipas stated to the ATP website.

“I reminded myself that I have a headband that I wear here that has a mountain and that I need to climb it, so it kept me going. It was difficult. It was extremely difficult to sustain the same level throughout the entire match and I think he played incredible.

“I think he left everything out there. He is a good clay-court player. He has a title on the ATP Tour for a reason and today it was a level he was able to bring out on the court that made it quite obvious.

“I got a little bit tense on my serve, I won’t lie. I think I started decelerating a lot, but once I got a hold of that I was conscious of that, it went back to where it belonged and helped me a lot in the tie-breaker because if I didn’t figure it out, I don’t know. It was very mental in general. I really had to go to uncomfortable places mentally and go over the limit at some point.”

Tsitsipas is currently seven in the world in the live rankings as the Greek is looking to claim his first title in Barcelona.

Next up for the Greek will be either Dusan Lajovic or Arthur Fils while Tomas Martin Etcheverry takes on Casper Ruud in the other semi-final.

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