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Three Records Roger Federer Could Break If He Reaches The Wimbledon Final

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Twelve months have passed since Roger Federer suffered a semifinal loss to Milos Raonic at Wimbledon. Now back to full fitness, the Swiss is looking to rewrite the record books once again.

 

On Friday he will play Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic. Federer currently leads their head-to-head 18-6 and won their past seven meetings. It will be their first meeting on the grass since the Wimbledon 2010, when Berdych triumphed in four sets.

Should Federer get the better of the Czech at SW19, he will become the second oldest man to reach a Wimbledon final. The record is currently held by Ken Rosewall, who reached the 1974 final at the age of 39. Rosewall participated in a total of four grand slam finals after his 36th birthday.

Oldest men to reach a Grand Slam final (Open Era)
Ken Rosewall 1974 US Open (39 years 310 days)
Ken Rosewall 1974 Wimbledon (39 years 246 days)
Ken Rosewall 1972 Australian Open (37 years 62 days)
Mal Anderson 1972 Australian Open (36 years 306 days)
Ken Rosewall 1971 Australian Open (36 years 73 days)
Roger Federer?? 2017 Wimbledon?? (35 years 342 days)

The 35-year-old is also bidding to become the only active player at SW19 to record 90 wins in the tournament. Heading into the semifinals, Federer has a win-loss of 89-11 since his debut in 1999. Between 2003-2009 he was undefeated in six tournaments, recording a win-loss record of 48-1. To put this into perspective, he has won at least 31 more matches than any other player in the big four (Novak Djokovic 58-10, Andy Murray 57-10 and Rafael Nadal 43-10).

Finally, the world No.5 is looking to reach his 11th Wimbledon final. No other player has reached the final stage of the tournament more times than Federer. Boris Becker and Pete Sampras come joint second with a total of seven appearances. Overall, Federer is looking to reach a record 29th grand slam final.

Federer goes into today’s match with a winning 10-1 win-loss record in Wimbledon semifinals. Out of those ten, nine were achieved in straight sets.

Federer’s Wimbledon record

1999 – R1
2000 – R1
2001 – QF
2002 – R1
2003 – CH
2004 – CH
2005 – CH
2006 – CH
2007 – CH
2008 – RU
2009 – WR
2010 – QF
2011 – QF
2012 – WR
2013 – R2
2014 – RU
2015 – RU
2016 – SF
2017 – ??

 

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Nadal won’t play Acapulco due to lingering back issues

Rafael Nadal’s continued back problems rule him out of Acapulco.

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The Spaniard went on social media to announce he is not going to travel to Mexico.

 

Rafa Nadal went on Twitter today to announce he has decided not to play in Acapulco this year due to a lingering back issue but apparently that’s not the full story.

Nadal also pulled out of Rotterdam which starts on Monday stating the back injury he suffered in Australia was holding him back but another piece was made public today that the main reason Nadal won’t play is the tournament finances.

Usually a player of Nadal caliber will be attracted to smaller events by what is called an apperance fee which is basically a fee paid to the player to show up and play. Due to the pandemic and the fact most tournaments have lost revenue due to no fans or limited capacity budgets have decreased to a fraction.

The Spaniard also stated the reason he played in Australia with the injury was because it was a grand slam and if it was any other tournament he would have pulled out.

We saw another instance where John Isner called the ATP system broken after the Miami Masters cut its prize money and said it’s not fair and that tournaments should be properly audited.

In Nadal case the apperance fee would be roughly estimated from $500,000 to one million dollars and that will most likely include travel and accomodation.

Acapulco is scheduled for Monday March 15th to the 20th which means fans can probably expect to see Nadal back in action in time for Miami.

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Gilles Simon To Take Break From Tennis After Montpellier Exit

Gilles Simon looking to take a break from tennis as his ‘heart is no longer’ in the game.

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After exiting his home tournament in Montpellier earlier in the week, Gilles Simon has decided to to take a break from tennis.

 

The veteran Frenchman crashed out in the opening round to Dennis Novak on Tuesday in Montpellier after a frustrating Australia swing.

Simon went out in the opening round of the Australian Open as well, losing to Stefanos Tsitsipas, winning only four games.

So it will come as no surprise that Gilles Simon has decided to take a break from tennis in an attempt to regain some motivation.

Speaking on Twitter Simon said he needed to preserve himself mentally, “My heart is no longer there to travel and play in these conditions,” the Frenchman stated.

“Unfortunately I have to take a break in order to preserve myself mentally. Hoping that morale returns as soon as possible. Thank you to all the faithful for your support. See you soon.”

This news could be the start for more players to do the same with prize money decreasing and a potential freezing of the rankings on the horizon, the motivation to compete may decrease at a rapid rate.

Also, the injury list continues to rise with Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Sofia Kenin, Karolina Muchova, Kirsten Flipkens and Donna Vekic just to name a few suffering bad injuries over the Australian swing.

What happens next, remains a mystery but nobody can blame Simon’s decision as the 36 year-old contemplates his tennis future.

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Rafael Nadal Withdraws From Rotterdam Due To Back Injury

Rafael Nadal has withdrawn from Rotterdam due to ongoing back problems.

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Rafael Nadal has announced his withdrawal from next week’s ATP 500 event in Rotterdam due to a back injury.

 

The Spaniard’s back problems have started since before the Australian Open which he managed to play the tournament in Melbourne with the problem.

Eventually Nadal lost in his Australian Open quarter-final to Stefanos Tsitsipas from 2 sets to love up.

Despite playing in Melbourne, Nadal’s back problems continue to derail his schedule as he has now withdrawn from Rotterdam.

In a statement on Twitter, Nadal said that after consulting his doctor it was not the best idea to play Rotterdam.

“It is with great sadness that I have to forfeit from Rotterdam. As most of the fans know, I suffered back problems in Australia that started in Adelaide and continued in Melbourne,” Nadal said.

“We found a temporary solution that allowed me to play without pain in the second week of the tournament. Once I got back to Spain I visited my doctor and together with my team they’ve advised not to play this upcoming week.”

Nadal’s 10 year hiatus from the tournament continues as he looks to recover from the problem as soon as possible.

The 20-time grand slam champion’s main priority will be the clay-court swing where he can win a record-breaking 21st grand slam title.

Nadal’s next scheduled tournament will be the Miami Masters in late-March.

Meanwhile Nadal could now lose his world number two ranking next week as the top seed which is now Daniil Medvedev could replace him there.

The recent Australian Open finalist will need to reach the final if he wants to become the world number two but will face stiff competition in Holland from the likes of Stefanos Tsitsipas, Andrey Rublev and Milos Raonic.

The tournament will start on the 1st of March.

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