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Laureus names Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal playing together at the Rod Laver Cup among the five best sporting moments of the year

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Laureus named the doubles match with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal playing together for Team Europe at last Sepember’s Rod Laver Cup in Prague among the five best sporting moments of the year.

 

Federer and Nadal beat Jack Sock and Sam Querrey 6-4 1-6 10-5 in the doubles match to give Team Europe a 9-3 lead in the inaugural edition of the Rod Laver Cup. Federer came back from one set down to beat Nick Kyrgios in the match tie-break by 4-6 7-6 (8-6) 11-9 in the decisive singles match earning Team Europe the decisive point.

During 2017 Federer won all his four singles head-to-head matches against Nadal at the famous five-set Australian Open final in Melbourne, in the third round at Indian Wells and in two Masters 1000 finals in Miami and Shanghai.

“The tennis world was in awe when the two greatest rivals united. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal joined forces to play doubles for Europe in the Laver Cup. The fiercest rivalry in the history was put to one side for two thrilling hours. Players and fans around the world celebrated the rare moment in the history of the sport”.

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Roberto Bautista Agut’s wife expects first child

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Last year’s Davis Cup champion Roberto Bautista Agut has announced the news on Instagram that he and his wife are expecting their first child. This news is a message of hope in the mid of this tragic period affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

 

The Spanish player has revealed that his wife will give birth to their first child next September around the end of the US Open, if everything is going according to plan.

Bautista Agut got married to Ana Bodi Tortosa n 30th November 2019, a few days after Roberto’s father passed away during the Davis Cup Finals at the Caja Magica in Madrid, where Spain beat Canada. Shortly after his father died, an emotional Bautista Agut helped Spain win the Davis Cup.

Bautista Agut has won nine ATP titles and finished runner-up to Andy Murray at the Shanghai Masters 1000 tournament in 2016.

“My wife is pregnant and our son will be born next September if all goes well, by the end of the US Open or early Roland Garros. The doctors have told us not to go the hospital. We will have time to follow up ”, said Bautista Agut.

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Angelo Binaghi: “Rome Masters could take place in September or October”

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Italian Tennis Federation President Angelo Binaghi confirmed in a conference call with the Italian News Agency that there is a plan to reschedule the Rome Internazionali d’Italia later this year after the tournament was suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

“There is a good chance that the Rome Masters will be held in 2020. We are in touch with the ATP. Tennis is lucky, because it is not a contact sport and is played outdoors. This means that it will be possible to reschedule Masters 1000 tournaments, once the problemi s solved. Our goal is to hold the Rome Masters between September and October, before or after the French Open. Of course we would love to play in Rome, but are willing to organise the tournament elsewhere at any venue or any surface. All clay tournaments should be rescheduled in the same period. We are open to hold the Rome tournament indoors. It would not be the first time that the Rome tournament is moved to another venue. Nicola Pietrangeli won the Internazionali d’Italia in Turin in 1961, but our priority would be September/October. This period may be better than May, when the tournament is normally held”

Binaghi commented on the cancellation of Wimbledon.

 “It was an inevitable decision. The coronavirus will peak in Great Britain two weeks after Italy. It is possible to hold a grass tournament in June and July”.  

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Matteo Berrettini: “I am not optimistic that the tennis season will resume this summer”

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Last year’s US Open semifinalist Matteo Berrettini and his Australian girlfriend Ajla Tomljanovic talked to 18-time Grand Slam champion Chris Evert on Instragram live. Tomljanovic was 13 years old, when she moved to Florida to train at Chris Evert’s Academy in Boca Raton.

 

“We are happy to spend time together. We often play in the same tournaments, but tennis is the priority.

Berrettini said that he idolized Roger Federer, whe he grew up, but he also respects Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, who share the last 13 Grand Slam titles together.

“Roger is tennis. He can do whatever he wants. It’s easy. He is my idol. I can talk about him for two years. He makes it look like he born like that. Novak is a machine. For me, he is the worst to play. I remember playing playing in London at the tour finals, had nearly 70% of my first serves in the second set and still lost the set 6-1. I could not hold my serve. He has an amazing return. His backhand is really good. Nadal’s intensity is unbelievable. It does not matter if the score is 5-0 and 0-5”, said Berrettini.

Berrettini also talked about the current suspension of the tennis season due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I am not optimistic that the tennis season will resume this summer. Europe and the United States are getting through a difficult period. I fear that the current season will be cancelled. I am in good shape and I am training every day”.

Berrettini looked back to the 2019 season and admitted that he was surprised about reaching a top-10 spot in the ATP Ranking.

“I was surprised how quickly I improved my ranking. I changed my training after losing in the first round in Monte-Carlo. Fabio Fognini’s title gave me extra motivation to improve my tennis. I won two titles in Budapest and Stuttgart and reached the final in Munich. I did not expect to reach the semifinal at the US Open and achieve good results on grass, apart from the match against Roger Federer. That day I was too emotional. I thank  him for giving me a lesson”.

Berrettini talked about the relationship to his coach Vincenzo Santopadre.

“I met Vincenzo for the first time when I was 14 and I spend more time with him than my family. I started training with him for fun. He did not put pressure on me until I was 20 years old. He knew that tennis is a marathon, but not a sprint. He helped me to improve my physical training.”

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