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Roger Federer Speaks Out On Nadal’s Wedding Ahead Of Basel Campaign

No invite, no problem for the 20-time grand slam champion.

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On Saturday Rafael Nadal married his long-time partner Xisca Perello in an extravagant venue in Pollença, Mallorca. Although there was one notable person missing.

 

20-time grand slam champion Roger Federer was not present at the wedding, which included the former king of Spain among an estimated guest list of 350 people. The Swiss maestro dismissed reports last month that he would be attending. Saying that he was unaware of the when the wedding was taking place. Although he insists that both of them are on good terms.

“I was not invited to Rafa‘s wedding and did not expect it either.” Federer said during a recent interview with Blick. “I congratulated him on his wedding day, but did not expect him to write me back since he hopefully had better things to do like partying,I look forward to seeing him and ask him how it was.“

Few details have surfaced about Nadal’s special day. The couple were very adamant about having a private ceremony and ensured that would occur. Requesting that there would be a no-fly zone around the venue, which was granted, and asking those working there to sign a confidentiality agreement. Few photos have surfaced, but some have emerged on the website of Hola Magazine.

There is a chance that the two tennis superstars could become closer to each other when they retire from the sport. In a recent interview with Sportweek, which is run by Italy’s La Gazzetta dello Sport, Federer has hinted that he would like to once day teach at a venue his rival knows very well.

“They’ve (the media) been asking me for a while, I’m sorry, I still disappoint you … I didn’t decide when I’ll stop!” he said. “But I know, instead, what I will do once I have stopped playing. I would like to teach tennis to young people. And I would like to do it with the Rafa Nadal Foundation.”

Basel next

As his Spanish opponent embarks upon life as a married man, Federer’s immediate focus is on the upcoming Swiss Indoors. The 38-year-old is aiming for a record 10th title at the tournament. Something he has only ever achieved at one tournament so far in his career, which is Halle.

“You never think that you can win a tournament ten times and so dominate. It’s an incredible number.” The world No.3 reflects.
“I remember when Rafa did this in Monaco for the first time. Now I am in this position, but still far from reaching it. You have to play a tournament often and successfully. It must have something special, that it runs well and you always come back. Is it the conditions? The town? The public? At the end it is a combination of everything and that is certainly the case here in Basel.”

Federer is currently on a 20-match winning streak in Basel (excluding 2016 which he missed due to injury). His last loss was to Juan Martin del Potro in the 2013 final. He will be hoping to continue his winning ways tomorrow when he takes on Germany’s Peter Gojowczyk in the first round. The last time Federer lost his opening match in the tournament was back in 1998 against Andre Agassi.

“The preparation is a little less long. But if you win, you have more time afterwards. That’s why the start is very important.” He states.

The field in this year’s Swiss Indoors includes four top 10 players. Besides Federer, Alexander Zverev, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Roberto Bautista Agut are also playing.

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Great Britain and Germany secure their spot in the quarter finals

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Great Britain secured their spot in the quarter final of the Davis Cup at the Caja Magica in Madrid with a 2-1 win over Kazakhstan.

 

Kyle Edmund, who replaced Andy Murray, beat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-3 6-3 in the first singles match. Edmund saved all the break points he faced and broke serve in the sixth game of the second set to take a 4-2 lead and converted his first match point when Kukushkin hit a forehand long.

Alexander Bublik came back from losing the first set to beat Dan Evans 5-7 6-4 6-1. Bublik broke serve in the seventh game to take a 4-3 lead. Evans broke straight back to draw level to 4-4. Evans rallied from 15-40 to break serve at deuce in the 12th game to take a 7-5 lead.

Bublik converted his fourth break point in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4 sending the second set 6-4. Bublik broke three times to clinch the third set 6-1.

Jamie Murray and Neal Stupski beat Mikhail Kukushkin and Alexander Bublik 6-1 6-4. Murray and Kukushkin cruised through to a 6-1 win in the first set before breaking twice in the second set. The British team secured the win on their second match point.

“We played a great match from start to finish. We started quickly, were aggressive and did not give them time to settle”, said Jamie Murray.

Germany set up a quarter final against Great Britain after beating Chile 2-1. Phillip Kohlschreiber beat Nicolas Jarry 6-4 6-3 in the opening match. Christian Garin came back from losing the first set to beat Jan Lennard Struff 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (9-7) 7-6 (10-8) after saving three match points. Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies beat Barrios and Tabilo 7-6 (7-3) 6-3 to secure Germany the decisive 2-1 win.

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American No.3 Reilly Opelka Blasts ‘Shocking’ ATP Cup

The new event has been described as unfair and a embarrassment by the American.

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MADRID, SPAIN - NOVEMBER 19: Reilly Opelka of United States during the Group F match between USA and Canada during Davis Cup by Rakuten Madrid Finals 2019 at Caja Magica on November 19, 2019 in Madrid, Spain. (Photo by Corinne Dubreuil / Kosmos Tennis)

With the Davis Cup currently under close scrutiny this week, one player on the tour have turned his criticism to a brand new team event coming to the tour in 2020.

 

Reilly Opelka has launched a verbal attack on the ATP Cup, which will get underway in January. The event features 24 teams playing in three cities across Australia. Unlike the Davis Cup, both prize money and ranking points are available. Many of the world’s top players have already confirmed their intention to play in the event. Although one noticeable absence will be Roger Federer.

“The ATP Cup is pathetic. I think it’s shocking on behalf of the ATP for them to pass that and allow that.” The 22-year-old told reporters in Madrid.
“It’s pretty embarrassing, actually. It’s pretty bad for the sport. It makes it (the tour) more top-heavy than it already is.”

The teams for the ATP Cup are determined by the ranking of the country’s highest ranked player. However, with only two singles players allowed to play in each team some countries find themselves in a tough spot. Once being America, who currently has eight players in the top 100. Opelka argues that due to the rules of the competition, the distribution of ranking points is unfair.

“I’m 35 in the world. I’m not going to play because I’m the second- or third-highest ranked American, and only the top two guys play.” He stated.
“It counts as an additional 19th tournament. So every player gets 18 tournaments on their ranking card. So you have to take your top 18 results, those go for your ranking. Those that play ATP Cup gets a 19th. So it’s unfair, there’s not equal opportunity for everyone.”

Opelka used the example of Moldova playing in the ATP Cup as one of the reasons why he is frustrated. The country has qualified due to the ranking of their top player Radu Albot, who is currently ranked 46th in the world. However, Moldova’s second highest ranked player is outside the top 800.

Fortunately concerning the Davis Cup, the former Wimbledon junior champion has a much more favourable view. This week is the inaugural week-long finals, which has encountered some blips already. The most being the schedule of the event with some ties now finishing until as late as 4am.

“I’m a fan of the new format. Maybe making it every two years or every three years would be I think the next step in the right direction.” Opelka concluded.
“Tennis players are pretty good at that. You don’t really know when you’re going to play matches. You can go really long, or you can go really quick. We’re used to being on standby.” He added.

This week is Opelka’s debut in the Davis Cup.

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Dayana Yastremska Appoints Former Naomi Osaka Mentor As Coach

The youngster is hoping to build on her 2019 breakthrough next year with a new coach by her side.

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Dayana Yastremska - Zhuhai 2019 (photo credit: WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai)

Rising star Dayana Yastremska will head into the 2020 season under new guidance of the 2018 WTA Coach of the Year winner Sasha Bajin.

 

The 19-year-old confirmed her new coach in a Facebook post published on Thursday morning. Bajin is best known for his work with former world No.1 Naomi Osaka, who won two grand slam titles whilst working with him, as well as her first Premier title in Indian Wells. The two ended their collaboration shortly after the Australian Open earlier this year. Since then, Bajin briefly worked with Kristina Mladenovic before deciding to depart.

“I am very happy to share the news that I am starting the 2020 season with a new coach!” Yastremska wrote.
“I am extremely happy, and I am very excited to start our collaboration as it is going to be very interesting and impressive work. I am confident that he (Bajin) can help me in achieving my ambitions.’
“I’m Super excited for the beginning of our pre-season preparation and I am confident that everything works out!”

In recent weeks there has been speculation about the two joining forces on the tour. During the WTA Elite finals in China, the world No.22 was asked about the rumours concerning her team speaking with Bajin. However, at the time she dodged the question by replying ‘I would like to build a great team, but for now I won’t say anything about it.’

Yastremska has enjoyed her best season on the tour yet in his career and broke into the world’s top 30 back in September. She is currently at a career ranking high of 22nd. On the tour in 2019, the Ukrainian has clinched two WTA titles in Hua Hin and Strasburg. In the grand slams, she reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.

As of this week, Yastremska is one of only four players under the age of 20 who are in the world’s top 30.

Elsewhere on the WTA Tour there has been another development on the coaching front. Former world No.1 Angelique Kerber has confirmed that she will be working with Didi Kindlmann. A former hitting partner with Maria Sharapova, who have previously worked with Elise Mertens and Ajla Tomljanović. Kerber is currently ranked 20th in the world compared to 12 months ago when she was in second spot.

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