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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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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.

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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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(VIDEO EXCLUSIVE) Australian Open: Steve Flink Talks Djokovic’s Fitness, Nearest Rivals And Future Of American Tennis

Tennis Hall of Famer Steve Flink joins Ubitennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta to discuss Novak Djokovic’s tenth Australian Open title.

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Novak Djokovic won his tenth Australian Open title last week but what does the future hold for the Serb?

 

This was something that was discussed between hall of fame writer Steve Flink and UbiTennis founder Ubaldo Scanagatta.

After Djokovic’s stunning straight sets win to claim a 22nd Grand Slam title, the pair discussed who the Serb’s future rivals may be for the rest of the season.

Flink stated that Alcaraz is Djokovic’s nearest challenger and would love to see them face off several times this season, “I think the smallest gap is between Djokovic and Alcaraz, I think we’ll found that out,” Flink explained.

“I think that’s what we need to see this year, Ubaldo. Is Alcaraz going to pick up where he left off last year, winning his first major, finishing the year number one. Has the temperament, has the game?

“I want to see Djokovic and Alcaraz play this year, I hope maybe 3-4 times at least and I think that could be great for the game and that maybe the biggest test would be to play the young Alcaraz who’s so fearless.”

Reflecting on the Australian Open Flink was very impressed with the way the world number one played over the two weeks especially managing his injury.

Flink thinks that Djokovic getting to world number one is a great achievement given the circumstances, “Just imagine how far ahead he would be in the rankings,” the Serb explained.

“If he had 2000 points for Wimbledon as he should have received, he’d be way way ahead of the pack. But just the fact he got back to number one which no one was really expecting since last fall is a great achievement.

“He was all along the overwhelming favourite to come back and win the Australian Open for the tenth time. However I honestly believe that he was genuinely very worried about his leg. Some people didn’t want to believe that but I definitely believed it because he got hurt in Adelaide and then you saw he was cancelling practice sessions in the middle of the leading up to the Australian Open.

“He was very worried and he kept wearing that strapping on his leg. Plus there was those medical time-outs he was taking in the earlier rounds and I don’t think it was until he played De Minaur in the fourth round that he was physically close to his best. And then from that point on he looked pretty invincible but I do think coming in he had deep concerns about his physical condition.”

Also in their chat, they discussed other rivals to Novak Djokovic such as Stefanos Tsitsipas, Casper Ruud, Daniil Medvedev, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Holger Rune and Sebastian Korda.

There was also much encouragement from Flink over the future of American men’s tennis with him comparing the current generation to the mid 1990’s, “This is the best group we’ve had since you have to go back, I mean we can look at the Roddick-Blake-Fish era and yes I mean Roddick was the last American man to win a major singles title at the 2003 US Open. And Blake was in the top five in the world and Fish had some great exploits but this group has more depth,” Flink explained.

“This is more like the mid-90’s, I’m not saying we’re going to have a Sampras, Courier, Chang, Agassi, you know the greatest American generation but all of these guys starting with Fritz and Tiafoe and then Korda who we already mentioned and Tommy Paul, his first major semi-finals despite the fact he lost to Djokovic in straight sets, Tommy Paul has burst into the top 20.

“And we’ve got an awful lot of talent in the top 50 now, I haven’t been this encouraged in a long time. I think it’s a very impressive American line-up.”

Below you can see the full video where they also discuss who has the most potential between Jannik Sinner, Matteo Berrettini and Lorenzo Musetti.

Video Breakdown:

00:00: Intro

00:26: Discussion over Djokovic’s level and injury concerns at Australian Open.

3:40: Reflecting on Djokovic’s post Wimbledon form

4:38: Reflecting on Djokovic’s physical state in comparison to Nadal and Djokovic’s competition

7:23: Discussion about Tsitsipas

12:45: Further discussion about Alcaraz  

14:55: Talk about Medvedev’s disappointing form

16:32: Talk about Ruud’s style of play

18:10: Talk about Auger-Aliassime

20:24: Discussion about Holger Rune, Sebastian Korda and American Tennis

24:26: Discussion about biggest potential amongst Sinner, Berrettini and Musetti

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Andreescu edges Kostyuk to reach semis in Hua Hin

Bianca Andreescu is into the semi-finals in Thailand.

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The Canadian is into the final four in Thailand after beating the Ukrainian in straight sets.

 

Bianca Andreescu booked her spot in the semifinal of the Thailand Open in Hua Hin after beating the Ukrainian Marta Kostyuk in straight sets 6-0, 7-6 in one hour and 28 minutes.

The number one seed hit 19 winners and won 69% of her first serve points in a match where she had an amazing start but was dealt some adversity in the second set.

“I don’t think I started playing bad in the second set,” Andreescu said. “I think she just raised her game and she is always a tough opponent so I wasn’t expecting anything easy.”

The Toronto native who was making her first trip to Thailand came out to a flying start breaking three times in the first set en route to serving a bagel 6-0 set in a mere 25 minutes on court.

Riding the momentum into the second set, the Canadian broke again in the first game and at 3-1 went up a double break and found herself up 5-1 and a game away from the semis.

That’s when the number five seed started fighting back and at 5-2 broke Andreescu for the first time in the match and won the next two games to level the set at 5-5, using her powerful forehand to do it.

The set and the match were ultimately decided by a tiebreaker where the top seed got the early lead at 4-2 and served out the set and match at 6-3 in the breaker to secure the win.

After the match in her on-court interview, she was asked about her chances in the next match.

“I am hoping to win the tournament and I really believe in myself and if I get the support I need hopefully I can win the next two matches.”

Andreescu will face another Ukrainian in the semi-finals Lesia Tsurenko who had no issues getting past the German Tatjana Maria in straight sets 6-1 6-1 in one hour and 16 minutes.

In the other two quarterfinal matches, Lin Zhu of China beat the Slovenian Tamara Zidansek in straight sets 6-2, 6-2 in one hour and 15 minutes to set up an all-Chinese semi-final with the number seven seed Xinju Wang.

Wang needed three sets to get past the Brit Heather Watson 6-3, 6-7, 6-4 in two hours and 40 minutes.

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