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Roger Federer Reflects On Life After Tennis And Winning Title No.100

The 20-time grand slam champion shed lights on his future plans as he receives praise from fellow opponents over his latest achievement in the sport.

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Whilst retirement is not in sight for 37-year-old Roger Federer, it doesn’t mean that hasn’t already planned what he wants to do in the future.

As the second oldest player in the world’s top 100 after Ivo Karlovic (40), the former world No.1 has pledged to focus on both his family and foundation post retirement. Last week Federer won his 100th title at the Dubai Tennis Championships. Becoming only the second player in history to do so on the men’s tour after Jimmy Connors. Shortly after achieving the milestone, he insisted that he has no intention to retire in the near future. Although the prospect of having to do so one day doesn’t faze him.

“I want to keep it as flexible as possible when it is all said and done,” Reuters News Agency quoted Federer as saying on Wednesday.
“My priority will always be, as it is now, my family, my kids and my wife. I just want to have enough flexibility in our lives to decide how much is too much, how much is not enough, and how much is good for everybody.”

So far in Federer’s career, he has won a record 20 grand slam titles and spent 310 weeks as world No.1. Establishing himself as one of the greatest tennis players of all time. In 2018 Forbes Magazine listed his annual earnings as $77.2M with $65M coming from endorsements alone. Last year he signed a 10-year deal with Uniqlo that has a total value of an estimated $300M.

Outside of tennis, the former world No.1 serves as the president of the Roger Federer Foundation. A charity set up to support education projects in both Switzerland and Southern Africa.

“The foundation will only continue to grow in terms of time that I am going to be putting into it but then again, how much more time remains to be seen.” Federer said about his future plans with the foundation. “But I cannot sit still. I always want to travel and I always want to do stuff but there’s a way to go about it and to prioritize.”

‘Everybody has their flaws’

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Despite being one of the most recognisable faces in the world of tennis, Federer is determined to stay grounded. Whilst reflecting on his 100th title triumph, the Swiss stated that he is by no ways ‘superhuman.’

“People always elevate superstar athletes to a status like we’re superhuman, but you get to meet them and realise he’s just another normal guy. It just happens that he does great in what he does,” he explained. “Being perfect doesn’t exist. Everybody has their flaws and so do I. But if I can make the game more popular, be good for fans or have them enjoy the sport more through me, then that’s great.”

Whilst Federer plays down his achievements on the tour, other players have praised him. Kei Nishikori has played the veteran 10 times on the ATP Tour, losing seven of those meetings. During media day at Indian Wells, the Japanese player praised the work ethic of his opponent.

“It is something incredible to see, how [often Roger] plays at a high level and does not have many injuries,” said Nishikori. “For sure, he works so much harder than everybody. You don’t see much, but I am sure he works really hard. The way he plays is very smooth. It doesn’t look like he puts any stress on his body when he plays any shots. I think that is the biggest [reason] he doesn’t get too many injuries.”

Former US Open champion Sloane Stephens was just as complementary towards Federer. When speaking about his 100th title, the American has described the achievement as ‘absolutely insane.‘ On the women’s tour, only Steffi Graf, Chris Evert and Martina Navratilova have have ever got to three digits in their title collection.

“I think that in every sport there’s somebody that does something that’s just absolutely outrageous, and obviously in our sport now he’s someone who’s done something insane. That just doesn’t make any sense,” the LA Times quoted Stephens as saying. “But it’s Roger Federer, so what do you expect? For him, that’s normal. For everyone else it’s holy … but for him, it’s just, keep going.”

Federer will return to action at the BNP Paribas Open later this week. Seeded fourth in the draw, he will kick-off his campaign against either Andreas Seppi or Peter Gojowczyk.

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Two Clear Favourites As Miami Open Gets Underway

A closer look at the odds in the men’s draw at this year’s Miami Open.

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The US dominated last year’s proceedings in southern Florida by running away with every single title on offer. The Men’s and Women’s singles, as well as the Men’s doubles and half of the Women’s doubles team all claimed standout victories in last year’s 2018 Miami Open.

According to the bookmakers playing on home soil won’t make one bit of difference this time round. The odds are backing Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer as stand out favourites to take home this year’s 2019 Miami Open Men’s Singles title.

Novak Djokovic has been altogether dominant since winning his first title in the competition back in 2007. This year’s number one seed has won an incredible six titles since that first taste of victory in Miami 12 years ago.

Last year’s tournament was a disappointing affair for the Serbian Grand Slam master, who was promptly dumped out by Frenchman Benoit Paire in the second round. The bookmakers have got Djokovic as standout favourite at 11/8 to bounce back and claim his seventh title in Miami this March.

Another outright favourite is Roger Federer who also had a disappointing tournament last year. Sharing a similar experience to archrival Djokovic the Swiss crashed out in the second round. Federer will be looking to bounce back from a recent defeat in the final at Indian Wells to get back to winning ways.

To back either of the favourites to win this year’s Miami Open Men’s Singles title be sure to compare betting sites for the best odds, bonuses and betting advice. Djokovic and Federer may have underperformed last year but their overall records speak volumes. The greats don’t often go off the boil for too long.

One player who won’t be too bothered by Federer’s three Miami Men’s Singles titles is Dominic Thiem who beat the Swiss in the final at Indian Wells last Sunday. Thiem is currently sixth favourite at 20/1 and has risen to an career record fourth in the world rankings.

One notable withdrawal from this year’s competition is five time finalist Rafael Nadal. Nadal has pulled out due to injury for the second year in a row. The last time he competed he was beaten in the final by Federer back in 2017.

Also missing his second consecutive Miami Open is Argentinian Juan Martin del Potro. Del Potro looked to be making a comeback until he was forced to exit the competition only hours before the tournament got underway.

Those two high profile omissions seem to have affected a marginal drop in the odds.

Other notable favourites still in contention are 2016 finalist Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic and last year’s finalist Alexander Zverev all placed at around 15/1. Last year’s champion John Isner is an outsider bet at 50/1.

What’s for sure is that the big boys definitely have something to prove down in the heat and humidity of southern Florida this time round. Both are looking to recover some composure on US soil after defeats in California as of late.

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Roger Federer: “I am not too disappointed after my defeat against Dominic Thiem in Indian Wells”

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Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer was not too disappointed after losing the Indian Wells final against Dominic Thiem last Sunday.

Roger Federer lost the Indian Wells final for the fourth time in his career after finishing runner-up in 2014, 2015 and 2018. Last year he did not convert three championship point against Juan Martin Del Potro.

“I am not too disappointed. I feel like he had to come up with the goods, and it felt like to some extent it was on my raquet. I just came up against somebody who was a bit better when it really mattered. That’s how it goes. Sure, it’s frustrating, disappointing and sad to some extent. I have been in these positions so many times that I get over it very quickly. I feel like I am actually playing good tennis. Like in Australia, I was not too down on myself because I feel like my game is there. My body is there. That keeps me upbeat, and I feel it’s a privilege when I feel this way leaving a tournament. I have been playing every single day for the past three weeks. I can be very happy and proud of that fact. I feel really good”, said Federer after the final against Thiem in Indian Wells.

Federer congratulated with Thiem, who won his maiden Maiden 1000 title in the Californian desert after losing his previous two finals in the series in Madrid on his favourite clay surface.

“I am happy with Dominic, winning his first Masters 1000 title, as well. It’s a massive event to win. I just got my 100th title in Dubai and I had a great week. There is no reason to get down. There is more to look forward to Miami”.

This season Federer has a positive record of 12 wins in his 14 matches and lifted the 100th title of his career beating Stefanos Tsitsipas in Dubai.

Federer is looking forward to the Miami Open where he headlines the bottom half of the draw. Federer, who won three titles in Miami in 2005, 2006 and 2017, will take on either Matthew Eden from Australia or a qualifier in the second round and could renew his battle against his compatriot Stan Wawrinka in the third round for the second consecutive tournament after winning their recent all-Swiss clash in Indian Wells in straight sets last week. Federer leads 22-3 in his 25 head-to-head clashes against Wawrinka. Wawrinka beat Federer three times in clay court matches in Monte-Carlo in 2009 and in the 2014 final and Roland Garros in 2015 and is chasing his first win on hard court against his compatriot.

“I think Stan knows that he is very close and it’s just a matter of time until he is going to break through again”,said Federer after their most recent clash at Indian Wells.

Federer could face Danil Medvedev in the Round of 16, Kevin Anderson or Karen Khachanov in the quarter final and a semifinal against either Stefanos Tsitsipas or last year’s Miami finalist Alexander Zverev.

 

 

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Nikola Mektic and Horacio Zeballos lift their maiden Masters 1000 title as a title in Indian Wells

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Unseeded Nikola Mektic from Croatia and Horacio Zeballos won their first doubles title as a team after beating Lukasz Kubot and Marcelo Melo 4-6 6-4 10-3.

Kubot and Melo drew the first blood by getting an early break in the first game, but Mektic and Zeballos broke straight back in the second game. Mektic and Zeballos fended off two break points in the third game to take a 2-1 lead. Kubot and Melo went up a break in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. The Polish and Brazilian team fended off a break point before serving out for the first set in the 10th game.

Mektic and Zeballos were not able to convert any of their two break points in the fourth game of the second set, but they held their service games easily and broke serve in the 10th game on the deciding point forcing the match to the decisive Match tie-break. Mektic and Zeballos cruised through to winning the tie-break 10-3 clinching their maiden doubles title as a team. Zeballos and Mektic won 40 % of their return points.

Earlier this week Mektic and Zeballos saved two match points in a match tie-break against this year’s Australian Open Pierre Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut before beating Colombian doubles specialists Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the quarter finals and Oliver Marach and Mate Pavic in the semifinal.

“It’s unbelievable. Being in the big press conference, it’s great. I have never been in this room. I love it”,said Zeballos in the post match press conference.

“Oh my God, we won Indian Wells. We are a great team. We can beat anyone. Especially on this tournament where the difference is a few balls. A few points will decide who is going to win. Of course you are not expecting to win, but we are going into every match confident that we can win, so we just went step by step and it happened”, said Mektic.

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