Roger Federer continues to break records as he nears his 36th birthday. His latest achievement was a historic eighth title at the Wimbledon Championships, rewarding him his 19th grand slam trophy. The Swiss player is a formidable force in tennis, but he has also inspired many other stars of the sports world.
Justin Rose (golf)
English golfer Justin Rose has admitted that he models himself on 35-year-old Federer. Rose is a former winner of the US Open golf championships and is a two-time runner-up at the Masters Tournament. At this year’s Wimbledon championship, he was seen in the royal box on Centre Court watching Federer’s matches.
“Roger is the sporting athlete I look up to and can try and model myself on.” Said Rose.
“Everything he does is pretty much spot on, the way he handles himself, the grace in which he plays the sport I think is incredible.
“I scrutinised him and mentally how he doesn’t give much away. I think is a style that’s well suited to golf, too, I think.”
Rose, who is currently taking part in The Open Championships at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, has earned over £30 million during his career, according to the PGA.
Lindsey Vonn (Alpine Skiing)
Former Olympic champion Lindsey Vonn revealed her high admiration for Federer when he went to watch one of her races in February. Participating in the world Skiing Championships in Federer’s native Switzerland, she sealed a bronze medal in the downhill race. The seventh world championships medal in her career.
Federer’s triumph at this year’s Australian Open was an achievement hailed by Vonn, who told CNN that she tries to ‘emulate’ the Swiss player.
“He’s the best. He won in Australia and I feel like a lot of people counted him out because he’s ‘old.’ And he won.” Said Vonn.
“I get so much inspiration from that. He’s such a humble person but he has so much heart. He always gives everything he has. I try to emulate that in myself, in my skiing, in my career.
“To have him come here and watch me … this is the first time he’s ever watched me race and I’ve been to many of his tennis tournaments so this is very, very nice.”
Vonn has won more world championship medals than any other female skier outside of Europe.
Tiger Woods (golf)
During his career, Tiger Woods has been compared to the former world No.1. As one of the most recognisable figures in the world of golf, he has won 14 major championship titles over an 11-year period. Meanwhile, Federer has won 19 major trophies in tennis.
Woods missed 16-months of the tour between 2015-2016 after undergoing two back operations. During part of his absence, Federer was also taking a six-month hiatus due to a knee injury. His winning return to the tour earned praise from woods.
“What Rog has done is he’s been dominant for so long,” Woods said earlier this year. “To compete against (Novak Djokovic), to compete against Rafa, and now Andy (Murray) is playing well. He’s had a litany of guys who have won slams. And no one wins slams at his age.
“And for him to come back, after having to take that much time off, and for him to get the timing, that’s the hardest part.”
2009 advert featuring Woods and Federer
Lin Dan and Lee Chong Wei (badminton)
Federer’s impact has extended to the world of badminton with two multiple Olympic medallist being inspired by his longevity in the sport. 33-year-old Lin Dan is a two-time Olympic champion from China and Malaysia 34-year-old Lee Chong Wei has three silver medals to his name.
Lee, who has won 66 titles in his career, credits Federer for inspiring him to continue his career into his mid-thirties.
“I saw Federer battled Nadal in the Australian Open final for more than three hours, I really admired both players, especially Federer’s ability to sustain his mental toughness and fighting spirit,” he told badmintonplanet.com.
“Federer proved that the age was just a number, and if he can do it, so can I,” he added.
Lin also added that Federer was an icon for their age group.
“Federer is really an incredible role model especially to older players,” he said.
According to The New York Times, Federer played badminton and basketball as a child before switching his full focus to tennis.
Henrik Lundqvist (ice hockey)
NHL star Henrik Lundqvist recently sought advice from Federer about his training regime. Both men are 35-years-old and are represented by marketing agency Team8. A company founded by Federer and Tony Godsick.
“I’ve talked to Roger a lot about his training and his approach,” Lundqvist told The New York Post in May. “He’s a champion, the best ever, so of course I’m interested in learning and taking what I can from him. But I don’t want to get into details.”
Lundqvist currently plays for the New York Rangers in the NHL as their goalie. The Swedish-born player is only only goaltender in NHL history to record 30 wins in each of his first seven seasons in the league. Still, he is fascinated by Federer’s ability in the world of sport.
“I always marvel at how intense and competitive he is, which is definitely needed at this high level of pro sports. There are definitely similarities between the two of us but I think by virtue of the [fact] that he plays a team sport and I play an individual sport there are also differences.” He explained.
“I do think we’re similar in the sense that we both are very focused internally on what we need to do in order to succeed”
Dominic Stricker cruises past Luca Nardi at the Next Gen ATP Finals in Jeddah
Third seed Dominic Stricker cruised past Luca Nardi 4-1 4-1 4-2 in 54 minutes in the fastest match in the history of the Next Gen Finals at the Next Gen ATP Finals at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah bouncing back from his defeat in the first match against Flavio Cobolli on Tuesday.
Stricker converted four of his six break points and hit 13 winners, including 3 aces.
Stricker came back from 15-40 down in the first game after two double faults from Nardi and broke serve with a return winner on the deciding point to take a 1-0 lead. The world number 94 saved three break-back-back points in the second game from 15-40 down before breaking for the second time in the fifth game to win the first set 4-1.
Stricker broke serve at 30 in the second game of the second set and held serve at love in the third game to race out to a 3-0 lead. Stricker served it out on his second set point.
Stricker earned an early break in the first game of the third set on the deciding point and held his next service games. Nardi saved the first match point but he hit his backhand into the net on the second match point after the longest rally of the match.
“We had a long discussion yesterday evening about how to do it today. I think it was really good that we talked a lot after what maybe was not my best performance. Now to come out today like that, I think nobody expected that. I am just happy that I did it and now I am going to try my best to recover for the third group match”, said Stricker. Stricker is now 1-1 in Green Group. The Swiss player is aiming to reach his second consecutive semifinal at the Next Gen Finals. He is looking to crown a good year after reaching the fourth round at the US Open.
Jannik Sinner, Arnaldi End Italy’s 47-Year Wait For Davis Cup Title
An in-form Jannik Sinner has secured Italy’s first Davis Cup title in almost half a century after crushing Alex de Minaur in straight sets.
The world No.4 headed into the crucial match with his country boasting a 1-0 lead over Australia after Matteo Arnaldi won his clash against Alexi Popryin in three sets. Taking on a fiery de Minaur, a composed Sinner surged to a 6-3, 6-0, victory in Malaga to hand his country an unassailable lead and the title. The dominant performance saw Sinner produce a total of 25 winners with 18 of them coming from his forehand side. It is the sixth time he has beaten de Minaur on the Tour and he is yet to lose against him.
“It helps a lot to play for the whole team,” Sinner said of his latest win. “It has been an incredible thing for all of us and we are really happy.”
Sinner first broke three games into his encounter with de Minaur after the Australian hit a lob shot that landed out. In control of proceedings, he rallied his way to 5-3 before opening up a 40-0 lead against his opponent’s serve. With three set points at his disposal, Sinner converted his second with the help of another unforced error coming from across the court.
Closing in on the historic victory, the 22-year-old was in clinical form throughout the second frame as he raced to a 5-0 lead in under 30 minutes. Destroying whatever hopes Australia had of a shock comeback. Sinner closed out the match on his third attempt after a De Minaur backhand drifted wide, prompting an almighty smile on his face.
“Thanks to Australia. I know with the new format it is a little bit different to have to all come to one place. it means a lot.” Said Sinner.
In the first match of the day, Arnaldi ousted Popryin 7-5, 2-6, 6-4, in a two-and-a-half-hour marathon. The world No.44, who made his Davis Cup debut in September, held his nerve throughout a tense deciding set where he saved all eight break points he faced. Overall, he hit a total of 40 winners past Popryin and was visibly emotional afterward.
“This match was very important and emotional for a few reasons,” Arnaldi told reporters.
“This year for me was the first time playing for my country. I played when I was junior, but Davis Cup is just different.’
“And three weeks ago, an important person passed away. I think he gave me the power to try to stay there (in the match). It wasn’t easy to play, but they gave me the power at the end to try to win.”
It is the second time in history Italy has won the Davis Cup and the first since 1976. The triumph caps off what has been a memorable week for the team who 24 hours earlier beat Novak Djokovic’s Serbia in the semi-finals with Sinner saving three match points against the world No.1 in the singles.
“I’m really thankful and proud to have these guys,” Italian captain Filippo Volandri commented.
“We have had to manage with a lot of emergencies during these past two years but we did it and we did it like a family.” He added.
Italy, who has become the 11th country in history to win Multiple Davis Cup titles, currently has six players in the ATP top 100 with four of those being in the top 50.
Alexander Zverev Deserves More Respect According To Boris Becker
According to Boris Becker, Alexander Zverev deserves more respect from tennis journalists.
Boris Becker has claimed that Alexander Zverev deserves more respect despite Zverev failing to live up to his potential at Grand Slams.
Zverev has only reached one Grand Slam final in his career despite being a regular inside the world’s top ten as well as performing at regular ATP events.
This season Zverev played a limited schedule after recovering from an ankle injury but still managed to qualify for the Nitto ATP Finals.
However most critics have been loud when judging Zverev’s career as it was looking likely that he would be a regular Grand Slam champion.
The German has failed to live up to expectations but former Grand Slam champion Boris Becker believes Zverev deserves more respect.
Speaking to Eurosport Becker also said that Zverev’s father being the coach is a more than successful approach when it comes to the former US Open finalist’s career, “In my opinion, he doesn’t get enough respect from the tennis experts internationally,” Becker explained.
“They’re all talking about the young three or four, but don’t give Zverev, Medvedev or Rublev enough respect. He’s playing with his fist in his pocket a little bit, wants everyone show that he is not a thing of the past, but that his best time is yet to come.
“Surely his father knows best what is good for his son, but if you look into the box at the competition, you can also see changes.”
Becker has followed Zverev for most of his career so knows that the best is yet to come from the German.
Alexander Zverev will look to prove himself next season when he starts his 2024 season when he represents Germany at the United Cup.
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