Roger Federer overtakes Djokovic and beats Nadal to make ATP Tour history Federer and Nadals rivalry has spanned for well over a decade, with the two players still producing tennis of the highest calibre. The race for No1 has gripped the world this year, with Nadal now set to finish the season at the summit of the sport. Federers withdrawal from the Paris Masters means Nadal only needs to win one more match to ensure he finishes 2017 as the best in the world. But his Swiss rival has beaten him to arguably an even bigger accolade. Federer won the Swiss Indoors at the weekend, beating Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 6-7(5-7), 6-4, 6-3 to triumph in Basel for the eighth time. And that win has consequently made him the richest player in the history of the ATP Tour. The 36-year-old scooped a rather nice $464,589 for his Switzerland success. And that means he has now overtaken former top earner Novak Djokovic as male tennis highest earner. Federers win means he has now amassed a stunning fortune of $109,853,682. Djokovic is now second on the list with $109,805,403 to his name. Meanwhile, Federer has apologised for withdrawing from the Paris Masters this week. Im really sorry I am not participating in the Rolex Paris Masters this year, but my body needs some rest after the Basel tournament, Federer said. I have played a lot of tennis this season and I have to take care of my body if I want to continue playing at the highest level in the years to come. In 2016, it was very painful to miss half of the season, so I learned from it..
Roger Federer is losing respect for Marin Cilic at ATP Finals – Annabel Croft Cilic has lost his opening two matches of the tournament at the O2 Arena against Alexander Zverev on Sunday and Jack Sock today. The Croat was in a great position in both of the matches, including being 3-0 up in the final set against Sock before losing on a tie-break. Cilic’s final match of Group Becker is against tournament favourite Roger Federer on Thursday. Croft believes will have lost some respect for Cilic ahead of their meeting after seeing him throw away winning opportunities on two occasions. “It’s becoming a little bit of a habit isn’t it,” the former British No 1 said on Sky Sports. . “He’s really struggling to close out matches when he’s in a commanding position. “It happened a couple of days ago against Zverev and it was the same again today. “It also goes into the locker room as well of course, because you begin to lose that little bit of respect from the guys in the locker room who feel that every time they walk out against you, even if they’re down in the scoreline, they can get into his head psychologically and still have a chance. “So that has a double-edged sword as it were when they’re playing him. “It’s definitely something that is probably a mental problem more than it is what he is doing out there in terms of his tennis. “We know he can play great tennis, he’s had a good season, reaching the finals of Wimbledon as we know. “But as I said, this is becoming a little bit of a habit and what is it? “One win, seven losses here at the O2. He’s really struggling to play on this particular court as well.”.
Roger Federer is undoubtedly one of the greatest tennis players of all-time. But former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic reckons the end is near for the iconic Swiss superstar Federer, 37, has repeatedly dismissed retirement talk and remains ranked seventh in the world rankings, winning the Australian Open last year and retaining the Hopman Cup in January He is still said to be enjoying his tennis – yet Ivanisevic believes Serbian ace Novak Djokovic is set to dominate the tennis world for the foreseeable future And he’s predicted Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner, will call time on his glittering career either this year or next year Goran Ivanisevic reckons the end is near for Roger Federer (Image: Reuters) Read More Dan Evans blows three match points as he misses out on first ATP Tour title “I do not think anyone can take Djokovic off the throne,” he told Croatian media “Federer, Djokovic, [Rafael] Nadal still dominates world tennis. “But I think Federer will retire quickly, if not this year, next year ” Former Wimbledon champion Ivanisevic thinks Novak Djokovic will dominate (Image: Getty Images) Read More Novak Djokovic beats Rafael Nadal in straight sets to win Australian Open Federer announced his intention to play on through the upcoming clay season last month It sparked speculation of a farewell tour in the run-up to retirement – but he quickly dismissed those rumours as false “I thought of it, in isolation, do I want to play the clay or not? The answer was yes,” Federer said “This doesn’t mean this is my last clay-court season, whatever, or I had to play one more time before I retired That was not the thinking. Swiss legend Federer is a 20-time Grand Slam winner (Image: AFP) Read More Wimbledon tennis ticket ballot system set to be changed as chairman drops hint “All I knew is after missing it for two to three years basically, my body was ready, I was ready, my schedule with the family, my schedule with the team was ready to do it again “This is when I opted to say, ‘It will be nice’.” Federer is currently in action in the Dubai Tennis Championships He beat Philip Kohlschreiber in three sets on Monday and battled past Fernando Verdasco in a tough last-16 clash today to reach the quarter-finals Read More Sport top stories Schumacher Jr makes F1 testing debut WWE respond to epic John Oliver rant When Grand National runners are set Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 on — with a twist
Rafael Nadal reveals doubts after seeing off Roger Federer No 1 challenge The Spaniard beat Hyeon Chung at the Paris Masters today to ensure he will finish the year above Rodger Federer as the best player in the world. Nadal has suffered with a number of injuries over the past two years, where he failed to even make a Grand Slam final appearance. But he has bounced back by winning six titles in 2017 – including Roland Garros and the US Open. And during the darker days, Nadal admitted he never dreamed of coming back as strongly as he has. I had periods of time that I have been injured, Nadal said. Ive had periods of time where I was not winning. And when that happened, of course I had doubts. But at the end of the day for me its not about believing in yourself. “Its about belief when you work. Then when you win, you believe in yourself. The belief has seen Nadal end the year as the top player for a fourth time, following successes in 2008, 2010 and 2013. The feat is made even more incredible given he started the year ninth in the rankings. But did he even think it would be possible to achieve the greatness he tasted in previous years?. Of course it was not the goal (at the start of the year), said Nadal. It was impossible for me to think about that when you are coming back from a tough period of time without playing tennis and with so many injuries in the last couple of years. But yes, here we are, it happened. And very happy of course. Means a lot, no? After almost 10 years since the first time that I finished the year with this number..
Stan. That’s it. I mean really.
He broke down that statistic, if you like. He won the other three tournaments.
It’s that simple to answer your question. Sure, but that was the US Open. But
it’s really Stan who stands out to me. That is the problem with the statistics
overall. It remains that way. I think it just happens to be
that Wimbledon it didn’t happen. I don’t think there’s an obvious
reason why Wimbledon has been protected by the best four since 2002.
I think mind, fitness, tenacity, then talent as well. Put them all together,
it’s hard to crack us four consistently down. If you beat one of us,
you might not beat the next guy. Plus we play all very different.
I don’t know, pick me, Rafa, Novak, how different we
all play for one another. for a player to run through the
three of us is extremely difficult. if you’re ranked lower than us,
that’s who you have to beat maybe on the way to win the tournament.
It just seems pretty rough. It’s better to be No. 1,
yes if I could choose. Because it feels better to be
No. 1 than No. 5. I mean, I’m happy right now in the
situation I find myself in. I’m healthy. I’m happy.
I’m back at Wimbledon. I just won my first round.
The times when I was world No. 1, it felt great. It’s sort of
achieving the impossible, showing up when everybody
feels you’re the favorite, everybody believes that you
should win or have to win. I don’t know, I kind of
enjoyed that part of playing. But then again, it’s secondary
to the love for the game I have, how much I love winning.
Rankings get shoved a little bit aside for me
at this stage of my life.
Honestly, I have no idea what I can take from
that match. It’s not that I was even close to get to something. I only got six games
from that match. I don’t know, I feel very strange. I feel
happy with my performance in this tournament, but at the same time I feel disappointed.
I feel like I could do a bit better today. I don’t know. That’s how I felt. But it’s a very, very weird feeling. Almost
felt like just couldn’t play better. I don’t know. It felt like a different dimension of tennis
completely. He gives you no rhythm. He plays just a different
game style than the rest of the players. He has this, I don’t know, talent that no other
player has. I’ve never seen a player have this. He makes you play bad. I don’t know.
I would call that a talent. I don’t know, I’m just trying to think how
Federer beat him so… Similar game style like me. I’m trying to understand. I mean,
I don’t want to lose to Rafa 10 times.
It’s like close to 4am so I had to keep quite
While the grounds crew at the Old England
Club has been trimming the grass and painting the lines on the lawns, I’ve been worrying
myself with who’s going to win the bloody thing and I’ve picked three men who I think
have the best chance at claiming the trophy at Wimbledon. The first is a relatively obvious one but
this is a tournament I expect to be dominated by the favorites and Roger Federer leads the
field at +200. The 35-year-old took some time off after his
win at the Aussie Open, skipping the clay-court season and he looks terrific. Rog is fresh off taking a ninth career title
at the Gerry Weber Open and he’ll be looking to capture an incredible eighth Championship
at Wimbledon. Federer has looked as good on grass this season
as Nadal looked on clay heading into his French Open foray and this has been the year of the
geezers with no man under the age of 29 making the final of a Grand Slam since the last go
around at Wimbledon. Rog is a legend at this tournament and I have
a feeling that he’s got a little bit of magic left in the tank. Next up I’ll take a piece of my man Rafa
at 4/1. The Majorcan has made up one half of every
Grand Slam this season and is playing his best tennis since he spent 39 weeks as the
No. 1 ranked player in the world in 2013. I know Nadal hasn’t made it past the fourth
round at Wimbledon since 2011 but he’s fully healthy now for the first time in years and
he’s shown he knows how to win on grass by way of his 5 career finals appearances
at the all England Club. Another reason why I’m cheering on Rafa
is because I got him at 20/1 to take Wimbledon before the French kicked off and for obvious
reasons, that’s a bet I’d like to cash. I’ll go off the board a little with my last
selection and take the 20-year-old Alexander Zverev at 20/1. The up-and-coming Austrian suffered a first-round
loss at the French Open but since then he’s made it to the semis of two tournaments with
his most recent loss coming against Rog in the final of the Gerry Weber. Some additional advice? Don’t waste your money on guys like Andy
Murray and Novak Djokovic. Murray is not healthy and Joker is a complete
head case. I see both men dipping out early, clearing
the road for Rafa and Rog in their respective brackets. For your full preview of the Championships
at Wimbledon, head over to OddsShark.com and click the tennis tab where you’ll also find
match previews and betting odds. Thanks for tuning in, good luck on the grass.