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Roger Federer Seals Historic Eighth Wimbledon Title With Win Over Ailing Cilic




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Roger Federer has become the first man in history to win an eighth Wimbledon title after easing his way past an injury-stricken Marin Cilic 6-3, 6-1, 6-4, in the final of the championships.


There was hope that the clash between the two would be one to remember. Federer is regarded by many as the greatest player to ever play at The All England Club. His rival Cilic was by no means a walkover. Their meeting 12 months ago saw the 35-year-old save three match points before prevailing in a five-set thriller. This time round, there was no closeness between the two as Cilic’s body betrayed him in one the biggest finals of his life.

“It is cruel sometimes, but he fought well. He’s a hero.” Federer said to his opponent during the trophy ceremony. “Congratulations on a wonderful tournament Marin. You should be really proud, it is a special occasion to play in the final.”

Contesting a record-equalling 102nd Wimbledon match, the start saw both men experience nerves. Cilic repeatedly bounced the ball before serving to calm himself down as Federer took a while to fine tune his game. From only the second game, shouts of ‘Chum Jetzte’ (Swiss-German for ‘come on’) roared from Federer’s mouth to show he means business. The early test for the 35-year-old occurred in the fifth game when Cilic grabbed a break point opportunity. Surviving the scare after the Croat hit a backhand into the net, Federer rose his form. In the following game he raced to three break points in his advantage, converting his second for a 3-2 lead.

Clinching a stronghold in the set, Federer refused to let go with two consecutive love-service games. Then on the 36th minute of the match, the former world No.1 was gifted the 6-3 lead following a double fault from his rival. Prompting a cheer from the full capacity crowd at SW19.

The mood of the match swiftly moved from admiration for Federer to sympathy for Cilic. As the Swiss broke at the start of the second set, Cilic received a medical time out. He was on the verge of tears as a medical team went out to evaluate his foot. He managed to continue the match, but he knew the prospect of a maiden Wimbledon title was rapidly fading.

Strolling through the second set, another error from the Croat secured another break in Federer’s favour for 5-1. It was like a repeat of Saturday’s women’s final, which started competitively before Garbine Muguruza thrashed Venus Williams. With his injury-stricken opponent far off his best ability, a serve down the line moved Federer to six games away from history.

Cilic’s continuous resilience drew praise from the crowd, who were noticeably pro-Federer. His reward was a tightly contested battle at the start of the third set with the third seed being forced to work for the title.

“That’s what I have done throughout all of my career. I never gave up when I start the match. That was my idea today and I also gave my best. That’s all I could have done. “ A devastated Cilic said after the final.

Still, it was only a matter of time before another Federer triumph. At 3-3, back-to-back errors from Cilic’s forehand side gave the Swiss a break for 4-3 as he closed in on the title. History was  made two games later when Federer fired an ace down the line to become the most decorated male player in Wimbledon history.

“I wasn’t sure if I was ever going to be here again in the final after last year.” He said.
“I always believed that I could come back and do it again. If you believe, you can go really, really far in your life. I think I did that and I’m happy.”

The triumph occurred 12 months after questions loomed over Federer’s future in the sport. Crashing out in the semifinals to Milos Raonic, he took a six-month hiatus from the sport to recover. Since coming back, he has now won two grand slam titles and two Masters 1000 titles.

“Better than hold the trophy and winning today is just being healthy.” He explained. “It feels great and it means the world to me.”
“We (his team) worked so hard last year, so to back here and ,you know, just feeling great, holding the trophy now and the tournament I have played – It has just been magical.”

As for the possibility of bidding for No.9 in 2018, the 35-year-old seems determined to make a return in what will be his 20th consecutive appearance at the tournament.

“I hope this wasn’t my last match and I hope I can come back here again and defend the title.” He Concluded.

Federer now has 19 grand slam titles, more than any other player in the history of men’s tennis. Only Steffi Graf (22), Serena Williams (23) and Margaret Court (24) have won more major titles than him.


Diego Schwartzman Receives Threats On Social Media Following Shock Davis Cup Defeat

The world No.15 is the latest player to speak out about recieving abusive messages on social media.




The weekend has been an emotional rollercoaster for Diego Schwartzman, who suffered ‘one of the worst’ losses of his career before helping secure victory for his country in their Davis Cup tie against Belarus.


On Saturday the world No.15 was stunned by unranked 18-year-old Daniil Ostapenkov who is yet to play a professional match on the pro Tour. Ostapenkov is currently ranked 63 in the world on the junior circuit. The comprehensive victory shocked the Argentinian team who was hosting the tie at the Buenos Aires Lawn Tennis Club.

Despite the shock upset, Schwartman managed to redeem himself the following day when he defeated Alexander Zgirovsky 6-1, 6-2. That victory handed his country an unassailable 3-1 lead in their tie and secured their place in the 2022 Davis Cup qualifiers which will take place next March.

Not only playing Davis, but in Buenos Aires, with a lot of people you don’t see, it’s not easy. My level can be and has to be much better. After the game on Saturday I had a difficult day in the spirit of being able to get up and enjoy with the group,” La Nacion quoted Schwartzman as saying.
“The most normal thing was that we won the series. It’s what everyone expected. But when you have a very difficult day at work like it was on Saturday and then you win, it excites you because you have some internal things withheld.”

Between those two matches, Schwartzman revealed that he was trolled on social media by some people unhappy about his loss in the tie. The 2020 French Open semi-finalist said he received criticism and even threats from some asking him to leave his home country. Something he admits affected him at times.

“It was one of the worst days of my career,” Schwartzman commented on his loss to Zgirovsky. “I lost to an unranked, inexperienced player. All that already affects (me) a lot. Although 80 or 90 percent of the people are always encouraging (me), there was a minority who criticized me with bad intentions.’
“I received threats, insults and requests not to return to Argentina. More or less, it affects (me)”.

Schwartzman is not the first player to speak out about online abuse. During the US Open Shelby Rogers said she was expecting to receive ‘death threats’ following her loss to Emma Raducanu who went on to win the title. Sloane Stephens has also previously spoken out about being the victim of racism online.

The 29-year-old says he has previously tried to interact with those who have trolled him on social media to find out why they are doing so.

Sometimes I start to answer some messages and I ask those people if they realize what they are sending,” Schwartzman said during his press conference. “The vast majority apologize and say they had not realized it. But at the moment it hurts. That very ill-intentioned criticism is the only bad thing about social networks.”

Schwartzman has won four ATP titles and earned more than $10M in prize money so far in his career.

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Spanish Veteran Feliciano Lopez Addresses Future On The Tour

23 years after he played his first main draw match on the ATP Tour, Lopez says his longevity in the sport has been achieved with the help of of some luck.




Feliciano Lopez of Spain is pictured during the semi-final of ATP Fever-Tree Championships tennis tournament at Queen's Club in west London on June 20, 2019.

Feliciano Lopez has dismissed any speculation that he could retire in the coming weeks after saying he is taking life on the Tour in his stride.


The 39-year-old Spaniard is currently the second oldest player in the world’s top 200 after Roger Federer, who is a year older than him. Lopez made his ATP Tour debut at the 1998 Barcelona Open which was before the birth of Jannik Sinner and Carlos Alcaraz. In June he became the 10th active player to record his 500th win on the Tour.

Currently ranked 111th in the world, some are starting to wonder how much longer Lopez will continue playing. So far this season he has achieved a win-loss record of 9-19 with his best performance being a run to the quarter-finals of the Mallorca Open which was held on the grass. It was in Mallorca where he defeated Karen Khachanov who is the only top 30 player he has beaten so far in 2021.

I play year-by-year, the last 6-7 years have been like this, a tennis player at that age cannot think about extending his career. After turning 30 I have been lucky, I have obtained the best results of my career,” Lopez told reporters on Friday.
It is not very common for players my age, at (almost) 40 years to continue playing in the best tournaments.” He added.

Throughout his career, Lopez has impressively played in a record 78 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments dating back to the 2002 French Open. During that period he has reached the quarter-finals of a major tournament on four occasions.

“I don’t play to break records, what makes me most excited is to continue playing Grand Slams. For me, maintaining that record (78 consecutive Grand Slams played) is very nice, but more to follow. Being competitive,” he commented on the milestone.
“It is difficult for someone to overcome it because it is 20 years in a row without missing a great one. I have had continuity and enormous luck. Those of my generation are practically all retired.”

Away from the court, the former world No.12 is the current tournament director of the Madrid Open. Making him one of a few players historically to both be playing on the Tour and managing a tournament at the same time. Recently it was confirmed that Madrid will continue hosting it’s combined event until at least 2030 following a renewed agreement between the city council and the Madrid trophy promotion.

Lopez has won a total of seven ATP titles so far in his career and has earned more than $18M in prize money.

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ATP Moves Closer To Staging Five More 12-Day Masters 1000 Events After Board Approval

Changes are coming to the men’s Tour which includes a brand new ‘profit-sharing formular’ for players.




Masters tournaments in North America, Europe and Asia are set to be expanded over the coming months after the ATP Board recently approved some ‘key aspects’ of their strategic plan.


In a letter issued to players, ATP chairman Andrea Gaudenzi said an agreement has been reached concerning a variety of topics, which include the expansion of various Masters 1000 events. It is understood that the plan is for Rome, Madrid, Canada, Cincinnati and Shanghai to be increased to 12-day events instead of just one week. Putting them more in line with Indian Wells and Miami. reports that under the new structure, ATP 250 events will also take place during the second week of those tournaments and they could receive a subsidy from the ATP Tour, provided by extra fees paid by the Masters tournaments.

Masters 1000 events are the third highest-ranked category events in men’s tennis after Grand Slams and the ATP Finals in terms of prize money and ranking points on offer. The series was first introduced back in 1990 but it wasn’t until 2009 that the name ‘Masters 1000’ was born. The number represents how many ranking points the winner receives.

Besides the proposed changes to the Masters series, the Board has also given a green light to “a new Profit-Sharing formula” and “long-term prize money levels.” The prize money increase is reportedly said to be 2.5 percent of a base level, plus a bonus pool with a 50 percent share of the collective profit of the Masters events.

“This represents significant progress for our sport and the way our player and tournament members operate under the equal partnership of the ATP Tour. It is only through the spirit of this partnership, transparency, and alignment of interests that we can truly maximise your potential and switch our focus to the competition we face in the border sports and entertainment landscape,” Gaudenzi wrote in his letter to players.

Part of the plan also include making changes to ATP Media, who are in charge of broadcasting the events. At present it is currently jointly owned by the Tour and each of the Masters 1000 events. However, in the future it has been proposed that those tournaments trade in their ownership rights for shares in ATP media. Exact details about this process have not been publicly disclosed and it is unclear if all of the tournaments would agree to such a move.

The ATP also wants to create a ‘Tennis Data Innovations’ which will be an independent entity.

All of these proposed changes are still subject to further agreement around additional matters. The ATP have been working on details of their strategic plan for the past 18 months.

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