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Age-Defying Roger Federer Downs Nadal To Seal The Sunshine Double In Miami





Roger Federer has become the oldest man in history to win the Miami Open after overcoming Spain’s Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-4, in the final.

The 37th meeting of the two tennis icons sent Miami into a frenzy with the Tennis Center at Crandon Park nearing maximum capacity. The occasion was an opportunity for the seemingly ageless Federer to clinch his third victory over the Spaniard is as many months for the first time in his career. Meanwhile, Nadal was a win away from clinching a title that has eluded him throughout his entire career. It was the mouth-watering clash that many dreamt of and an outcome that Federer would have never imagined six months ago.

“For me the dream continues. It’s been a fabulous couple of weeks here in Miami. Indian Wells was beautiful as well, but the atmosphere here in Key Biscayne is very special.” Said Federer, who hit a total of 29 winners in the match.
“It really is a beautiful stop on the tour and I hope it’s going to be a successful tournament for years to come.” He added.

Resuming their rivalry at the place where it began 13 years ago, both players were able to illustrate their superiority in the match with some supreme shot-making. As the Miami humidity rose to 75%, making the balls bounce lower, chances came and went for both men throughout the opening set.

Federer’s tactic of pushing his rival around the court was matched by Nadal’s stern forehand. Seven break-point chances came and went (three for Nadal and four for Federer) before a breakthrough occurred in the eighth game. Enduring another tightly contested game, a blistering Federer forehand return rewarded him another chance to break. Finally, the 18-time grand slam champion seized his opportunity as Nadal failed to return a Federer shot. Fighting for the 5-3 lead, the closeness between the two eroded. Serving for the opening set, Federer strolled to the lead with the help of a serve out wide.

On the verge of the sunshine double, there was an inevitable burst of excitement in the Federer camp. Still, it was a far from certain outcome given who he was playing. Once again the two men were inseparable due to the resilience in their service games. Federer’s start to set two saw him win 12 consecutive points on his serve as Nadal claimed 12 out of 15 on his.

Twice Federer had a break point to lead by a set and 4-3 before he was pegged back by a highly animated Nadal. Despite the heavy investments of the Spaniard, it failed to derail the inevitability of Federer’s win. A stroke of luck thanks to a dead net cord aided the Swiss to hit a winning lob on route to a break point chance for 5-4. It was a task he passed with flying colours after a backhand down the line force his rival to produce an unforced error. The luck of the tennis gods continued to be on the side of the 35-year-old after a mishit landed in, rewarding him championship point. Serving for ATP title No.91, Federer sealed victory with a swift serve down the line that his opponent returned out.

Praise for Nadal

Extending his winning streak against Nadal to four, Federer spoke of the nostalgia surrounding their latest encounter. It was a third round meeting in the 2004 tournament that started one of the greatest rivalries the sport has ever seen.

“I’m happy we’re both here together. I enjoy playing against you, this is where it all started for us in 2004 when you were a little boy and grew into a big man, A strong man. We had some epic matches on the years, which I didn’t always enjoy, but mostly we had some great battles over the years.” Federer said in a tribute to Nadal.

Federer has now won three out of the four tournaments he has played this year. At the start to the season he returned to the tour after a six-month hiatus due to a knee injury. Since then he has won his 18th major title at the Australian Open, 90th ATP title in Indian Wells and sealed the sunshine double in Miami.

“It’s an amazing start to the season. I think it’s one of the best comeback on the tour after a long injury.” Runner-up Nadal said about the Swiss players resurgence.

Minimal plans for the clay

Following his Miami win, the 35-year-old provided an update about his intentions for the clay swing of the tour. In recent weeks, speculation has mounted about how many tournaments he will play prior to the French Open.

“I probably won’t play any clay court event except the French (Open). I need a rest. My body needs healing.” He told ESPN’s Brad Gilbert.

Out of Federer’s 91 titles, 11 of those have occurred on the clay. His last title on the surface occurred at the 2015 Istanbul Open in Turkey.

This year’s French Open will start on May 29th.


Dominic Thiem Rules Federer Out Of GOAT Debate

The Austrian puts forward his theory on who should be regarded as the best player in history.



Dominic Thiem; e-motion/Bildagentur Zolles KG/Martin Steiger, 27.10.2022

The honour of which player deserves to be regarded as the greatest of all time (GOAT) should be decided based on one factor, according to Dominic Thiem. 


The former world No.3 has weighed in on the debate by suggesting that the argument should be settled by the number of Grand Slam titles a player has won as they are the most prestigious tournaments in the sport. In tennis, the four major tournaments are the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. 

Thiem’s GOAT criteria have therefore ruled Roger Federer out of contention. The Swiss maestro was at one stage the frontrunner due to the numerous records he has broken throughout his career. However, he retired from the sport last year with 20 Grand Slam trophies under his belt which is less than both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic who are currently on 22 each. 

“In my opinion, the Grand Slam titles should be the defining criteria when determining the best of all time, they are the four most important tournaments in tennis,” Eurosport quotes Thiem as saying. 
“Everything else is fine, but it’s not the same. The Slams are what counts, so the GOAT will probably be the one with the most Grand Slams.”

Others will argue that more factors should be taken into account in the subjective debate. For example, Federer has won 103 ATP titles which are more than his two rivals, Djokovic holds the record for most weeks as world No.1 and Nadal has won more tournaments on clay than any other player in history. Furthermore, there is the players’ win-loss rate on the Tour and their records against the top 10 players. 

Recently at the Australian Open Djokovic won the men’s title for a historic 10th time in his career. An achievement that has been hailed by Thiem who was runner-up to the Serbian at Melbourne Park in 2021. 

“I am not very surprised, Djokovic still looks young,” he said. “Physically and mentally, because of the way he moves on the court. It’s like he was 25 years old.
“We have to be honest, he is the best, so his victory was not very surprising.”

Thiem has won one Grand Slam title which was at the 2020 US Open when he became the first man in the Open Era to come back from two sets down to win in the final. He has also been runner-up at the French Open twice, as well as the Australian Open once. 

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Novak Djokovic’s Australian Open Injury ‘Hard To Believe’ In The Eyes Of His Opponent

Some details surrounding Djokovic’s battle with a hamstring issue ‘doesn’t make sense,’ according to Enzo Couacaud.



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The only man to take a set off Novak Djokovic during the Serbian’s run to a historic 10th Australian Open title believes there are unanswered questions over his injury. 


France’s Enzo Couacaud took a set off the world No.1 before losing their encounter in the second round at Melbourne Park. At the tournament Djokovic was dealing with a hamstring problem which he picked up at the Adelaide International earlier this year. Throughout the tournament, he was wearing strapping on his leg and there was uncertainty about if he would be able to continue playing in the Grand Slam event. 

Despite the issue, Djokovic claimed a record-equalling 22nd Grand Slam title by disposing of Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the final. Afterwards his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, claimed that 97% of players would not have played if they were in a similar situation. The exact diagnosis of Djokovic’s injury hasn’t been addressed by his team but Australian Open director Craig Tiley said he suffered a 3mm tear. 

However, Couacaud has questioned the significance of the injury to begin with. During an interview with Tennis Actu, the world No.172 believes that some of the details appear to be ‘far-fetched’ as he draws parallels with Rafael Nadal, as well as footballer Kylian Mbappe.  

“Novak claimed he was playing with an injury, a big injury,” said Couacaud. “When athletes are injured in combat sports, they often can’t continue. When Rafael Nadal is injured, he can’t run. Kylian Mbappe, for example, is out for two weeks.
“And those are the greatest athletes, not those who don’t have access to top-notch care. It is therefore difficult to believe that only one man in the world can continue with an injury.
“When you take the examples of Nadal or Mbappe, but especially Rafa, with an injury to Wimbledon, he couldn’t even serve. When you see the greatest who can’t set foot on the pitch and another who wins a Grand Slam by playing every day for 15 days. It still seems a bit far-fetched.
“There are little things that don’t make sense to me. I was always told not to stretch with an injury. You saw Novak stretching all the time. You say to yourself, either they have a new method in Serbia, or it’s weird. Little things like that, he has his staff, but I’m too far to judge the authenticity of anything. It is true that it seems hard to believe.”

It is not the first time Djokovic has faced accusations that he has in some way exaggerated the significance of an injury. He encountered a similar situation during the 2021 Australian Open where he suffered an abdominal injury. After winning the tournament, he confirmed that he sustained a tear in the region. 

Speaking to journalists at Melbourne Park last month, the tennis star once again hit back at his critics and claimed that he was being singled out. 

“I leave the doubting to those people – let them doubt,” Tennis Majors quoted Djokovic as saying in Serbian following his fourth round win over Alex de Minaur. “Only my injuries are questioned. When some other players are injured, then they are the victims, but when it is me, I am faking it. It is very interesting… I don’t feel that I need to prove anything to anyone.
“I am not really interested at this point what people are thinking and saying. It is fun, it is interesting to see how the narrative surrounding me continues, narrative that is different compared to other players that have been going through similar situation. But I am used to it, and it just gives me extra strength and motivation. So I thank them for that.”

Djokovic has won 93 ATP titles during his career which is the fourth-highest tally in history. Only Ivan Lendl (94), Roger Federer (102) and Jimmy Connors (109) have won more. 

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Nick Kyrgios Admits Assaulting Former Girlfriend But Avoids Prosecution

The tennis star says he ‘deeply regrets’ how he reacted during an argument with his former partner.



Nick Kyrgios (AUS) playing against Felix Auger-Aliassime (CAN) in the third round of the Gentlemen's Singles on No.1 Court at The Championships 2021. Held at The All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon. Day 6 Saturday 03/07/2021. Credit: AELTC/Jonathan Nackstrand

Nick Kyrgios will not be charged with assault despite pleading guilty to shoving over his former girlfriend following an argument. 


The Wimbledon finalist attended court on Friday after he was accused by his former partner, Chiara Passari, of assaulting her during an incident that took place on January 10th 2021. Kyrgios was initially charged following an argument which took place outside of Passari’s apartment in the inner-city Canberra suburb of Kingston. 

At a hearing at the ACT Magistrates Court, it was revealed that Kyrgios’ ex-girlfriend was standing in front of an Uber car door which prevented him from closing it before he pushed her over. When she fell to the ground, he was heard saying ‘seriously.’ In the minutes leading up to what happened, Kyrgios told Passari “leave me the f*** alone” and to “just f***ing piss off” when he was asked to get out of the car and calm down. He had called for an Uber ride following their argument. 

Passari, who didn’t report the incident to the police until 10 months after it happened, suffered a grazed knee and hurt her shoulder as a result of her fall, according to her legal filing. Kyrgios apologized for his actions two days later when the two met at a Canberra cafe. Unknown to him at the time, that conversation was recorded by Passari. The two continued their relationship for some months before breaking up. 

Magistrate Beth Campbell has ruled in Kyrgios’ favour despite him owning up to his actions. In her verdict, Campbell said the seriousness of the matter was ‘low’ and the tennis star was not likely to re-offend again. 

“You acted in the heat of the moment,” she said.
“I am dealing with you in the same way I would deal with any young man in this court. You are a young man who happens to hit a tennis ball particularly well.”

During the hearing, evidence was heard from Kyrgios’ psychologist, Sam Borenstein, who said his mental health issues were ‘recurrent’ and he has suffered from thoughts of self-harm. Although Borestein says his condition has improved in recent times. Furthermore, Kyrgios’ lawyer, Michael Kukulies-Smith, said there was “a relationship between the mental health and the offending – even though he no longer suffers it to the same extent today.”

In a statement issued following the court’s decision, Kyrgios said he reacted ‘in a way he regretted’ and apologized for his actions. He went on to attribute what happened to his mental health condition at the time. 

“I respect today’s ruling and I am grateful to the court for dismissing the charges without conviction,” he said.
“I was not in a good place when this happened and I reacted to a difficult situation in a way I deeply regret. I know it wasn’t OK and I am sincerely sorry for the hurt I caused.
“Mental health is tough. Life can seem overwhelming. But I have found that getting help and working on myself has allowed me to feel better.”

Before his guilty plea, Kyrgios had argued that the charge should be dropped on the grounds of his mental health but that appeal was withdrawn when the court found that he is not currently suffering from a major depressive illness. 

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