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Rafael Nadal says a part of his life left with Roger Federer when he retired

Rafael Nadal admitted that a part of his life left with Roger Federer when his great rival retired at the Laver Cup in September. Nadal partnered with Federer in his last match and images of both players holding hands, weeping during the post-match ceremony went viral. “Someone I have admired, who I have rivalled and also I have shared many beautiful things on and off the court was leaving,” Nadal told reporters ahead of an exhibition match in Argentina. All the Fedal feelings.#LaverCup pic.twitter.com/WKjhcADFoe — Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 24, 2022 “In that sense, all those moments, those feelings you have before playing a final of a Grand Slam, of an important tournament, everything that was in the air before those matches. It was different from other matches. “You know you’re ...
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“Maybe you can be bad-tempered and throw your racket around. A lot of players do. I didn’t, because I only had two to play with:” Rod Laver

The man whose tribute tournament Roger Federer chose to pivot his retirement over, was Rod Laver, tennis’ only two-time season Grand Slam champ – winning all four Majors in 1962 and 1969. The world will keep the GOAT pot stirring; for Federer, Laver, now 84, was “the greatest of all time.” Federer had said, “Thank you for always being there,” of someone he confessed to worship. He had cried on Laver’s shoulder when he won the 2006 Australian Open, and after a decade and more of friendship, named the team event he envisaged in Laver’s honour. In an interview with telegraph.co.uk, Rod Laver who was present to witness Federer draw the curtains on his career at O2 Arena, and cry us the Thames, spoke of how the two legends had instantly hit it off. “I’m proud that he feels that way about pas...
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Novak Djokovic managing wrist issue, ATP Finals remains his goal | Tennis News – Times of India

Novak Djokovic said he was bothered by a wrist problem during the Laver Cup in London and that his lengthy absence from the Tour recently could be to blame. The three-day tournament in London's O2 Arena was Djokovic's first event since the Serb won his 21st Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon in early July. The 35-year-old, who missed the North American hardcourt swing and the US Open due to not being vaccinated against COVID-19, produced a dazzling performance on his return to the Tour on Saturday by winning his singles and doubles matches. However, he lost to Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime on the final day of competition on Sunday. "I have been struggling with my right wrist for the last four, five days, to be honest. I have been keeping it under control," Djokovic told reporters. "...
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While You Were Asleep: Pakistan level T20I series, Tiafoe seals Laver Cup for Team World, Denmark stun France in Nations League

Haris Rauf’s two wickets in the penultimate over helped Pakistan to pull off a thrilling three-run win over England to square the seven-match series at 2-2. Chasing Pakistan’s 166, England needed 33 off 18 balls but greatly improved its chances when Liam Dawson (34 off 17) smacked fast bowler Mohammad Hasnain for 24 runs in the 18th over — including four boundaries and a six. Dawson then pulled pacer Haris Rauf for another boundary early in the next over. At 162 for 7, and needing only five runs off 10 balls, England were the favourite to win. But Rauf (3-32) had different ideas as he grabbed the vital wicket of Dawson, who was caught at midwicket, before rattling the stumps of Olly Stone for a golden duck. Man of the moment @HarisRauf14 adds Pakistan’s win in the fourth T20I on the N...
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Tiafoe seals first Laver Cup title for Team World | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Frances Tiafoe sealed Team World's first victory over Team Europe in the Laver Cup as he saved four match points on the way to beating Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday. The American, who beat Roger Federer in the Swiss great's last competitive match on Friday, proved a fly in Europe's ointment once again with a scintillating victory. He was outplayed in the first set but roared back to win 1-6, 7-6(11), 10-8 to give Team World an unassailable 13-8 lead. Team World, who had lost the four previous editions of the team event, began the day trailing 8-4 but Canada's Felix Auger-Aliassime stunned Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-6(3) having earlier partnered Jack Sock to a 2-6, 6-3, 10-8 victory against Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini. Tsitsipas had the chance to take the match to a deciding sing...
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Felix Auger-Aliassime defeats Novak Djokovic; Team World leads Laver Cup

Felix Auger-Aliassime added a singles victory over Novak Djokovic to an earlier win in doubles Sunday, allowing Team World to take a 10-8 lead over Team Europe with two matches remaining in the Laver Cup. Auger-Aliassime, a 22-year-old from Canada, beat 21-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic 6-3, 7-6 (3) with the help of 13 aces and a 39-11 advantage in total winners. That followed the three-day event’s last doubles contest, in which Auger-Aliassime and Jack Sock came back to beat Andy Murray and Matteo Berrettini 2-6, 6-3, 10-8. Murray, who owns three Grand Slam titles, was treated by a trainer after cutting his right leg during the loss. “It was a bit weird in the first game (against Djokovic), but then after, I felt very good, very loose,” said Auger-Aliassime, whose best run at a majo...
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Roger’s Rafa, Rafa’s Roger

How often do you see the greatest rival weep when a sporting colossus retires? Would that be the moment tattooed on the brain from Roger Federer’s last competitive game? Or the image of both Federer and Rafael Nadal, sitting side by side after the game, cheeks damp, eyes like a cloudburst. Or perhaps, the laughter mid-match, when they held hands after wasting a breakpoint. In an Instagram live ahead of the match, Nadal had contradicted Federer by saying he was ‘relaxed’ as compared to ‘nervous’ to which the Swiss responded with a rhetorical, ‘You are now?’. It was all part of the laughs from tennis’s greatest bromance, the many in the buildup to and during their match. The moment when the pair, sitting in the waiting room, went all comic to Andy Murray missing out on a break point again...
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For Roger Federer, the most enduring testament to his greatness will be the love his rivals had for him

Late into the match tiebreaker in the final match of his career, playing doubles alongside Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer produced one of the many moments that have made him one of the most revered athletes of his generation. The Swiss maestro arched at a ferocious ground stroke, blunted the pace with a perfectly timed volley, and placed it to perfection — vintage Federer. The 17,500 fans in attendance at the O2 Arena in London gave it the biggest cheer of the night, and Novak Djokovic, at the event as Federer’s teammate to give him a grand send-off, leapt to his feet with his jaw dropped in disbelief. A few moments later, as Federer served for the match — one he and Nadal eventually lost to Frances Tiafoe and Jack Sock 6-4, 6-7, 11-9 at the Laver Cup — Djokovic, who got the better of Fede...
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Roger Federer: Enfant terrible to saintly global icon | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: From racquet-smashing enfant terrible with a bad attitude and ill-advised ponytail to universally respected role model and modern icon, Roger Federer has attained almost saintly status. More than 19 years after winning his first Grand Slam title at Wimbledon in 2003, which set him on the road to being acclaimed as the greatest player of all time, Federer in the early hours of Saturday bade farewell to tennis. He was unable to finish with a victory, losing his doubles match for Team Europe at the Laver Cup alongside long-time rival Rafael Nadal. Legend. @rogerfederer | #RForever | @LaverCup | #LaverCup https://t.co/TEkxmUvltA— ATP Tour (@atptour) 1663977462000At the age of 41 and trying to recover from a third knee surgery in 18 months, the great Swiss has bowed to the inevitable ...
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Watch: Tears flow as curtain comes down on Roger Federer’s glittering career

Roger Federer’s trophy-laden career ended with defeat on Friday, but for once the result hardly mattered as the Swiss maestro headed into retirement with tears in his eyes and cheers ringing in his ears. With a sellout crowd of 17,500 at London’s O2 Arena willing him on, the 20-time Grand Slam champion returned after more than a year away to play alongside Rafael Nadal, the Spaniard with whom he shared one of tennis’s most captivating rivalries. If there's one thing you watch today, make it this.#LaverCup | @rogerfederer pic.twitter.com/Ks9JqEeR6B — Laver Cup (@LaverCup) September 23, 2022 With the clock past midnight, Federer could have sealed victory in the Laver Cup doubles clash when he served at match point in a tense deciding tiebreak, but it was not to be as Americans Jack Sock ...
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Laver Cup match briefly halted after protester sets arm on fire on court | Tennis News – Times of India

A man ran on to the court in London's O2 Arena and set his arm on fire on Friday to protest the use of private jets in Britain, briefly halting the Laver Cup meeting between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Diego Schwartzman. Security personnel acted quickly to drag the man off the court before play resumed following a quick check of the surface which was not damaged during the bizarre incident. British media reported that the protestor was a member of the End UK Private Jets group, which claims "carbon emissions in 2022 are genocide." Tsitsipas went on to win the match 6-2 6-1 to give Team Europe a 2-0 lead over the Rest Of The World in the competition after Casper Ruud had earlier beaten Jack Sock 6-4 5-7 10-7. Swiss great Roger Federer is due to take to the court later in the day for the final...
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Novak Djokovic unsure of Australian Open participation but has no vaccine regrets

Novak Djokovic is still awaiting word on whether he will be allowed to return to the Australian Open in January after missing the tournament this year because he is not vaccinated against COVID-19. “It’s really not in my hands right now,” Djokovic said on Thursday at the Laver Cup. “So I’m hoping I will get some positive news.” Djokovic is a 21-time Grand Slam singles champion — a total that stands second among men, behind only Rafael Nadal’s 22 and one ahead of Roger Federer’s 20 — and he has won a record nine of those trophies at Melbourne Park. But he was deported from Australia last January after a 10-day legal saga that culminated with his visa being revoked; he originally was granted an exemption to strict vaccination rules by two medical panels and Tennis Australia in order to pl...
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Rafael Nadal looks forward to ‘unforgettable’ doubles with Roger Federer at Laver Cup | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Rafael Nadal said he was looking forward to an "unforgettable" doubles pairing with Roger Federer at the Laver Cup, which will be the final match of the Swiss great's career. "One of the most important, if not the most important players in my tennis career is leaving," the Spaniard said at a pre-event press conference on Thursday. "At the end, this moment will be difficult. I'm super-excited and grateful to play with him." !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; const { TimesApps } = window; TimesApps.loadFBEvents = function() { (function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { if (f.fbq) return; n = f.fbq = function() { ...
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Roger Federer eyes dream pairing with Rafael Nadal at Laver Cup for farewell match | Tennis News – Times of India

LONDON: Roger Federer said on Wednesday he wants to team up with long-time rival Rafael Nadal for the final match of his career at the Laver Cup in London. The 20-time Grand Slam winner announced last week he intended to retire after the tournament at London's 02 arena, which starts on Friday. Federer, whose last competitive match was a loss to Hubert Hurkacz in last year's Wimbledon quarter-finals, has been struggling with a knee problem. He will play in the doubles on Friday evening but will not play a singles match in London. The Swiss does not yet know whether he will be able to team up with Nadal but said that would be the dream scenario. "Of course, no doubt," he told a packed press conference. "I think it would be quite a unique situation if it were to happen. "For as long as we ...