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Six Sports Stars Inspired By Roger Federer

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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”

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Caroline Wozniacki’s Father Criticises WTA For Lack Of Help For Mothers On Tour

Caroline Wozniacki was not given a wildcard for Rome or Roland Garros.

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Piotr Wozniacki has labelled the WTA as ‘amateur’ for their treatment of mothers on tour as he claims that Caroline Wozniacki should have had more wildcards.

The former Australian Open champion has played ten events since she announced her comeback last year.

Wozniacki has recovered her ranking to 117 in the world and her comeback has resulted in a fourth round appearance at the US Open as well as a quarter-final result at Indian Wells.

However the Dane has not been successful in gaining wildcards recently with both Rome and Roland Garros not offering Wozniacki one.

It’s a decision that Wozniacki’s father, Piotr, has not been happy with as he explained with Sport.PL, “The WTA believes that it is operating in an amateur fashion in the world of the largest professional women’s sport of all sports in the world. They sign contracts with the players and the players are obliged to do certain things under these contracts. And what do they get? Nothing, really nothing!” Piotr was quoted by tennisuptodate as saying.

“All wild cards, and there were 8 of them, were given to the Italians. I understand promoting their players, but how can you give the right to play in a tournament of this rank to such girls who should not even think that they could play in a Masters yet?

“Caroline was number one in her ranking. She won a Grand Slam tournament, won the Masters, played in almost 60 finals of their tournaments and won 30. So we are talking about a complete tennis player, someone who did a great job, who certainly increased the popularity of tennis, who earned a lot of money herself, but let them earn money. even much more.

“And it turns out that when someone like Caroline Wozniacki comes back as Caroline Wozniacki and family, she is no longer welcome. We can’t even prepare Caroline’s starting plan! We train, we prepare, and it turns out that there is nothing to do.

“This is happening because today in tennis everything is based only on relationships, on acquaintances, and not on clear rules. The thing is that if we know the organizers or tournament directors, we get a chance to play, but if we don’t know someone somewhere, they don’t want us there.

“Naturally, after the maternity break, my daughter had zero points. It takes a lot of time to start from scratch and reach the top, but we would do it patiently, but how can we do it when you don’t let a girl like that work for it? The rules in tennis today are such that there is no longer a mandatory wild card for someone who was once in the top 20, had a long break and came back.

“This card was really helpful for tennis players coming back after having a baby and for those coming back from serious injuries. And now Caroline, Angelique Kerber or Naomi Osaka are dependent only on someone else’s decisions. Since last year, all wild cards are the property of the tournaments, and the WTA washes its hands of them.”

It’s clear the Wozniacki family is disappointed as the Dane could be set to cancel her comeback next year.

However there is optimism that Wozniacki will receive one at Wimbledon as she has had past success on grass courts.

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Iga Swiatek Demolishes Aryna Sabalenka To Seal Third Rome Title

Iga Swiatek claimed her third Rome title after a dominant victory over Aryna Sabalenka.

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Iga Swiatek claimed her third Rome title by dominating Aryna Sabalenka 6-2 6-3 to send a big message of intent ahead of Roland Garros.

The world number one completed the Madrid and Rome double with a sensational performance.

Now Swiatek is the titleholder for the three biggest clay court titles as she will aim to defend her Roland Garros title.

The contest was a rematch from the Madrid final but this was far from the three hour contest that was produced in Spain.

Swiatek raised her level of play while Sabalenka committed way too many unforced errors throughout the contest.

The Pole broke on two occasions to wrap up a comfortable 37 minute set as her forehand was doing a lot of damage.

There was a comeback in the second set from the Australian Open champion as she produced effortless and consistent power, making the second set very competitive.

The world number one was forced to save break points as she just managed to be more stable on big moments.

A more controlled second set from Swiatek was rewarded towards the end of the set as once again Sabalenka crumbled under pressure when it mattered.

Two late breaks of serve completed the Swiatek surge as the Pole enters the second Grand Slam of the season in dominant form.

As for Sabalenka it’s a disappointing performance that she will look to put right at Roland Garros.

Roland Garros starts on the 26th of May where Swiatek is defending champion.

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Internazionali d’Italia Daily Preview: Sascha Zverev Plays Nicolas Jarry for the Men’s Singles Championship

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Sunday features three championship matches: the finals in men’s singles, men’s doubles, and women’s doubles.

On Sunday in Rome, Sascha Zverev will play for his first Masters 1000 title in over two years, while Nicolas Jarry will play in his first-ever final above ATP 250 level.  Zverev leads their head-to-head 4-2, but they are tied at 2-2 on clay.  Which man will walk away with the title?


Sascha Zverev (3) vs. Nicolas Jarry (21) – Not Before 5:00pm on Center Court

Zverev is 27-9 this season, and lost only one set on his way to this championship match.  That came in the semifinals against another Chilean, Alejandro Tabilo.  This is Sascha’s first ATP final since September of last year, and he’s playing for his first Masters 1000 title since 2021 in Cincinnati.  Zverev will soon go on trial in his home country of Germany, as he faces charges of domestic abuse.

Just like eventual champion Andrey Rublev in Madrid, Jarry arrived in Rome on a four-match losing streak.  And he had never advanced beyond the quarterfinals at a Masters 1000 tournament, so this result is quite surprising.  But 28-year-old Jarry is a tall presence (6’7”) who thumps the ball.  As per Tennis Channel, he was averaging 89 mph on his forehand during his three-set semifinal victory over Tommy Paul.  Nico has claimed a trio of three-setters on the way to the biggest match of his career, most notably upsetting Stefanos Tsitsipas in the quarterfinals.

Zverev certainly has a huge edge in experience at this level, and in finals.  This is his 33rd ATP final, where he holds a record of 21-11.  And it’s his 11th Masters 1000 final, where he is 5-5.  Jarry has only previously appeared in six finals, all at 250-level, where he is 3-3.  But clay is the Chliean’s specialty, as all seven of his career finals have come on this surface.

Yet sometimes experience has a negative impact, particularly when you have suffered some painful losses.  Zverev has lost four of his last six Masters 1000 finals, and he is infamously 1-6 in Major semifinals.  So he has a lot of recent scar tissue from high-profile matches.

In that way, Jarry may benefit from a lack of experience.  While he’ll certainly be nervous on this big occasion, Nico has displayed plenty of confidence and composure against more experienced players throughout this event.  And he owns two prior victories over Zverev.  But when these two met in another final, five years ago in Geneva, Sascha saved two championship points to prevail.  That’s a result that sticks with both players throughout their rivalry.

However, I’m picking Jarry to pull off the upset and win the biggest title of his career on Sunday.  Zverev has a history of getting tight and playing more defensively in crucial moments.  Jarry’s aggressive mindset can take full advantage of such passive play.  And with so many top ATP players currently battling injuries, Zverev will likely feel a lot of pressure to win this title ahead of Roland Garros, especially as the much higher seed on this day.


Other Notable Matches on Sunday:

Marcel Granollers and Horacio Zeballos (1) vs. Marcelo Arevalo and Mate Pavic – The top seeds are playing for their sixth Masters 1000 title as a team, and own a record of 5-1 in finals at this level.  Arevalo and Pavic are vying for the first Masters 1000 title of their new partnership for 2024.  Both teams are yet to drop a set this fortnight. 

Coco Gauff and Erin Routliffe (3) vs. Sara Errani and Jasmine Paolini – This is the first tournament for the team of Gauff and Routliffe, though both have won big doubles titles with other partners.  This is the biggest final to date for the Italian team of Errani and Paolini, though Errani won five WTA 1000 doubles titles alongside Roberta Vinci a decade ago, while Paolini won the WTA 1000 event in Dubai earlier this year in singles.


Sunday’s full Order of Play is here.

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