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‘I Will Only Play When I’m 100% Fit’ – Roger Federer Issues Key Fitness Update

The Swiss Maestro has named the tournament he is planning to stage his comeback at as he sheds some light on his current fitness.

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20-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer says he is on course to return to competitive tennis at the start of next year but is still restricted with how much practice he can do.

 

The 39-year-old hasn’t played on the Tour since his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open in January. Since then, he has undergone two arthroscopic surgeries on his right knee. A minimally invasive procedure on a joint in which an examination and sometimes treatment of damage in the knee is conducted. The second procedure was conducted after he failed to achieve the desired results from his first.

Providing an update on his current health, Federer has confirmed that he is hoping to be fit in time for the next Grand Slam at Melbourne Park which will take place during the first month of 2021. It will be his 22nd main draw appearance at the Australian Open which he has won six times. The tournament is also the place where he last won a major title back in 2018.

I’m on the right track,” Federer told magazine Schweizer Illustrierte.
“I’m gradually coming back but I’m going to take my time and don’t want to put any pressure on myself. I will only take part in a tournament when I am 100% fit.
“At the moment, it looks like I can make my comeback at the Australian Open in January.”

The recovery process is still ongoing for the former world No.1 who says he is currently only able to train for a maximum of two hours. It is unclear as to when he will increase his workload but Federer has confirmed that he will not need any further operations in the coming weeks.

“Not yet, more than two hours with the racket are not possible at the moment,” he said.
“But I’ve been working on my stamina and strength absolutely without pain for a while. There will be no further operations.”

Whilst he currently has no intention of walking away from the sport in the near future, Federer has shed some light on what he would like to do when he does eventually retire. He is currently one of two players ranked in the top 100 aged 39. The other is Spain’s Feliciano Lopez. Overall, Federer is the sixth oldest player to have an official ATP ranking.

“I have been thinking about these ideas for about five years. But as long as I have fun and it’s right for all of us, I’ll keep going,” the world No.4 explains.
“After that, I will focus on my family, my foundation and my sponsors. I am very interested in business ideas and entrepreneurship. But I definitely don’t want to plan everything now.”

Federer has won 103 ATP titles during his career in what is the second highest tally in history after Jimmy Connors. He has spent a record 310 weeks as world No.1 and is tied with Rafael Nadal for most singles Grand Slam titles ever won by a male player.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas ‘Happy’ To Follow In Grandfather’s Footsteps At Olympics

The Greek speaks out about carrying his family’s legacy at the Games.

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Stefanos Tsitsipas never met his grandfather but the two of them do have something in common – they are both Olympians.

 

The world No.4 has already created history in Tokyo by winning his first round match against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber on Sunday to become the first male player from his country to win a singles match since 1924. Greece has won two medals at the Games but both of them were during its inaugural edition back in 1896.

Tsitsipas’ debut in Tokyo enables him to continue his family legacy of playing in the sporting extravaganza. His grandfather was Sergei Salnikov who played football for the Soviet Union during the 1950s. In 1956 Salnikov was part of the team who won Olympic gold in Melbourne. After retiring from the sport, he went on to manage the FC Spartak Moscow and the Afghanistan national team before passing away in 1984 aged 58.

“I’ve never had the opportunity to meet him. But my mom told me stories of his career and how he got it…. He kind of inspires me in a way,” said Tsitsipas. “I know what kind of athlete he was, with all the achievements and all the trophies. I’m proud of him.
“It’s something good, a legacy that is being carried on in the family. I’m happy to be the next in the family to be competing at the Olympics.”

It isn’t just a medal in the singles Tsitsipas has his eyes on, he will also be bidding for success in the mixed doubles alongside Maria Sakkari. The two previously paired up at the 2019 Hopman Cup where they finished second in their group.

“We have already played once (together), and we had great success,” Sakkari told reporters on Monday. “We know each other really well, and we are much better players two-and-a-half years later, and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”

Tsitsipas will return to action tomorrow in the men’s singles where he will play Frances Tiafoe in the second round.

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Carlos Alcaraz reaches his first ATP Tour final in Umag

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Spanish Next Gen star Carlos Alcaraz secured a spot in his first ATP tour-level final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-3) at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open in Umag. 

 

Alcaraz has become the youngest ATP Tour finalist since 18-year-old Kei Nishikori won the Delray Beach title in 2008. 

Alcaraz broke twice to open up a 4-0 lead and held his next service games to close out the first set 6-2. 

Ramos Vinolas came back from a break down three times in the second set, when Alcaraz served for the match. Alcaraz battled through the second-set tie-break to clinch the win after two hours. 

Alcaraz set up a final against Richard Gasquet, who battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmeier 7-6 (7-2) 3-6 6-3 after three hours and 11 minutes. 

Gasquet has become the second oldest finalist in tournament history. The 35-year-old saved seven of hi sten break points, but he converted just just 3 of his 17 break points.  

Gasquet rallied from a break down twice to draw level to 4-4 before winning the tie-break 7-2. Altmeier converted his third break point in the eighth game to win the second set 6-3. Altmeier saved three break points in the second game, before Gasquet converted his second break point in the sixth game to win the second set 6-3. 

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Novak Djokovic Cruises Past Dellien In Olympics Opener

Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic golden slam continued in Tokyo.

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Novak Djokovic cruised past Hugo Dellien 6-2 6-2 to open his bid for a gold medal at the Olympics.

 

The world number one’s bid to achieve the golden slam is on after thrashing the Bolivian in humid conditions.

A perfect start for the Serbian who is looking to achieve the one thing he is yet to achieve and that’s win a gold medal.

Next for Djokovic will be Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff.

In 32C temperatures, Djokovic was looking to start his campaign off against Bolivian veteran Hugo Dellien.

The slow paced courts would suit Dellien as he engaged in some long rallies with the world number one early on.

Despite creating three break points in the fourth game, Djokovic would fail to break early on.

However Djokovic increased his level mixing up the pace and depth of his shots to create angles for simple winners.

On his fifth break point Djokovic would break for a 4-2 lead and the top seed would break for a second time as Dellien had no answers for the Serb’s defensive skills. First set to Djokovic in 33 minutes.

A similar pattern evolved in the second set only this time Djokovic did get a break in the fourth game, breaking to love.

Accurate serving and construction of points gave Djokovic an easy first round match as another break secured the match and sealed his spot into the second round.

A fine performance in tough conditions gave Djokovic’s bid for history the best possible start.

Next for Djokovic will be Jan-Lennard Struff who beat Thiago Monteiro 6-3 6-4.

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