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Becker: “Rafael Nadal has now overtaken Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic”

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Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic

Rafael Nadal started the year in the best possible way. The Spanish player returned from injury and returned to winning ways, first and foremost conquering the Melbourne ATP 250. Same city, different trophy: the Spaniard won the Australian Open in Melbourne, beating the Russian Daniil Medvedev in the final and taking the Grand Slam title number 21.
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Boris Becker, in an interview with RTVE, spoke about the feat accomplished by Rafael Nadal. “Rafa has shown once again that he is a fighter, a champion, a formidable personality to play as he did and come back from a very complicated final,” commented the German.

The former number one exalts the 35-year-old Spaniard, crowning him as the best of his times: “Now he is the most successful tennis player in history, which is remarkable, given that a few weeks ago there were three and now there are only one.
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I’m sure this will affect Novak and Roger, they will both want to win another Grand Slam or even two, as Rafa will be the big favorite for the next Roland Garros.” Becker then spoke of the Big3, comparing them to what was his generation of him: “They are three legends in all respects, I never thought that three players of this level could meet at the same time.

In my day the record was held by Pete Sampras with 14 Grand Slams, but now there are three players with 20 Grand Slams or more, it is an incredible record that is still difficult to assimilate. An incredible record for the world of tennis, which at the moment is healthier than ever thanks to the three of them, we hope they can continue to compete for many more years.”

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Boris Becker’s interview with RTVE then focused on an important aspect of recent years: mental health. “It is good that the younger players open up and talk about the problems they have in dealing with the pressure of the competition,” said the German.

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“In my day if you talked about it they called you weak, they told you you weren’t strong enough, but you weren’t. There is a real problem with mental health and it’s good that players are talking about it.

Not everything is as easy as it seems in this world, the tennis court is a very lonely place, even if you have your team behind you, but you are alone. Sometimes the world you carry on your shoulders is very heavy, so for your mental health it is very important to be able to talk about it and also to know when to say enough.”

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Forget Serena Williams’ zebra outfit, ‘human highlighter’ Rafael Nadal is raising eyebrows

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Serena Williams arrived at Roland Garros with a zebra-striped outfit, but Rafael Nadal’s “ugly” shirt also got a lot of people talking.

After wearing a black catsuit at the 2018 French Open that got the tongues wagging so much so that the French tennis bosses all but banned catsuits, Williams opted for something different this year.

Here it is if you haven’t seen it yet.
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Some people liked it.

 

Some didn’t like it.

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Rafael Nadal admits his mistake against Lorenzo Sonego, “there are codes that we must respect”

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Nadañ called Lorenzo Sonego to the net to complain

Rafael Nadal became the seventh player aged 36 or older to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

Rafael Nadal vs. Lorenzo Sonego Wimbledon Odds, Pick, Prediction (July 2)

However, during the game, Nadal called Lorenzo Sonego to the net.

The Spaniard tennis player pressured the Italian to agree to close the roof, and complain about Sonego’s extensive screaming.

In the middle of the third set, Nadal told Sonego to stop faking his scream while the Spaniard volleyed.

During the press conference, Rafa Nadal said he made a mistake.

Match Result: Rafael Nadal vs Lorenzo Sonego: Rafa marches on

“I think I was wrong,” Rafa mentioned.

“I spoke to him in total calmness. I exposed the situation that was happening. If I needed to go back, I wouldn’t do it again,” Nadal continued.

“I told the referee before. The referee, who is one of the bests, was waiting until the change of service to tell him something.”

“Were are among colleagues, we see each other every week. There are codes inside a tennis court that must be respected. I believe I was wrong for calling him to the net and telling him the things.”

“I should’ve told him when we switched (serves) or wait until the referee told him,” Nada said.

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Rafa making history:

Rafa Nadal is the seventh player aged 36 or older to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon.

Despite the difference in the scoreboard, there was an argument on the court.

Nadal said Sonego extended his screaming on purpose to discomfort Nadal’s game.

Sonego shouted after hitting the ball.

Rafa Nadal: When I wake up I don't have the pain I had for a year and a  half | Marca

Rafa, at 36 years and 29 days old, has stopped time, especially since he seems to have found an antidote for his injured left foot.

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Nadal will rest to prepare for his clash against Botic van de Zandschulp scheduled for Monday.

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Dijana Djokovic reveals the most difficult match of Novak’s to watch

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The mother of World No. 1 Novak Djokovic says watching her son at the Wimbledon singles final last year was the most difficult time she has had while watching her son play in his career. Djokovic came back from match points down to defeat Roger Federer in a classic five setter to win the Wimbledon title in July even as the whole stadium seemed to cheer for the Swiss legend.

They write terrible things about Novak Djokovic because he bothers them,  says mother Dijana

Dijana was speaking in an interview with the Serbian portal “Blic Sport” on the program, “Mothers of Champions” “I saw a lot of his matches, but Wimbledon was the most difficult last year. In a stadium where everyone was cheering on Roger Federer, we were just a handful of fans for Novak.

When Federer had two match points, I reached for my cross from the Don river. I am a believer, I wear the amulet all the time, it often saved me in difficult moments. I said to myself, ‘Nole, you can do it, you’ve done it twice, you can do it again.’

 

He did it. He was saved by God. Novak also believes in God, he feels chosen. He carries a cross that brings him peace and happiness. It is from the Greek monastery Hilandar. He says his prayers morning and evening,” The mother of the 17-time Grand Slam champion also recalled another painful defeat – at the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he lost to World No.

Dijana Djokovic reveals the most difficult match of Novak's to watch

1 Juan Martin del Potro in the first round. “The defeat at the Olympics in Rio still breaks my heart. Novak is a happy child and has no problem crying. But the tears at that time were the biggest I have ever seen with him.

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He had all the prerequisites to win gold. The wish was not granted to him. He had this elbow problem and couldn’t stand the pressure. He felt that he had disappointed the people in Serbia. We were both very emotional. Maybe he got that from me – sometimes I curse quite a lot.”

Dijana also gave some insight about some of the early health problems that Novak suffered during his career. “At the beginning of his career, Novak had many health problems. Because he had to give up a few matches, he was often attacked by the public or by tennis experts.

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He had a curvature of the nose wall, it was difficult for him to breathe. After an operation, things went better. In 2010 he was found to be intolerant to gluten. It made life difficult for him. He had to give up in Australia because of the heat.

Then his bleeding toe in Paris in 2007: after playing for five consecutive days, he gave up the semi-final against Nadal. Then everyone accused him, including John McEnroe! I had bandaged his foot the night before the duel. In the morning he could barely walk in slippers.

I advised him not to go to the court, he absolutely wanted to get an injection. Then he beat Nadal 6-2 in the first set. Novak took a medical timeout between sets to bandage the wounds. When Nadal saw the blood, he knew what was going on and then chased him into every corner until Novak had to give up.”

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Novak Djokovic admits to Wimbledon’s new middle Sunday play rule

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Novak Djokovic admits he is a convert to Wimbledon’s new middle Sunday play rule as the three-time defending champion aims at reaching the quarter-finals for the 13th time.

Top seed Djokovic, seeking to move level with Pete Sampras as a seven-time champion at the All England Club, faces Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven, the world number 104.

His last-16 tie will be the highlight of a landmark day that sees play scheduled at the tournament for the first time on the middle Sunday.

It has traditionally been a rest day with the exception of 1991, 1997, 2004, and 2016 when rain in the opening week forced a quick planning reset.

One of the special guests on Centre Court, which marks its 100th anniversary this year, will be Roger Federer.

The eight-time champion sat out the championship to recover from knee surgery.

“All the other Grand Slams are playing on mid-Sunday. I’m glad that Wimbledon has introduced that. I’m in favour of the rule change,” said Djokovic.

The 35-year-old dropped a set in his opening win over Kwon Soon-woo but has since coasted, losing just 14 games in the next two rounds.

– ‘Dream’ to face Djokovic 
Van Rijthoven has ranked outside the top 200 just a month ago.

Having won his first ATP title on grass at ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Dutchman is making the most of his Wimbledon wild card.

He has dropped serve just three times and has defeated seeded players Reilly Opelka and Nikoloz Basilashvili to make the fourth round.

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Plagued by physical problems since he was 18, Van Rijthoven has endured groin and wrist injuries as well as back spasms in his career.

“Before the tournament started, it was a dream for me to play Djokovic,” said Van Rijthoven.

Victory for Djokovic will set up a mouthwatering quarter-final against Carlos Alcaraz if the 19-year-old Spaniard sees off Italy’s Jannik Sinner.

The swashbuckling Alcaraz is bidding to reach his third Slam quarter-final but first at Wimbledon.

Sinner is also seeking a first quarter-final at the tournament having fallen in the first round on his main draw debut last year.

Frances Tiafoe and Tommy Paul will set up an all-American quarter-final if they overcome Belgium’s David Goffin and British ninth seed Cameron Norrie respectively.

Rafael Nadal remains Djokovic’s biggest barrier to a fourth successive title after making the last 16 on Saturday.

But mercurial Australian Nick Kyrgios cannot be ruled out after he defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas in a bad-tempered clash.

Tsitsipas branded Kyrgios “a bully” with an “evil side” after a fiery third-round duel which saw both men warned for their behaviour.

“It’s constant bullying, that’s what he does,” the Greek fourth seed said.

“He bullies opponents. He was probably a bully at school himself. I don’t like bullies.”

Kyrgios branded the Greek as “soft”.

– ‘Don’t know I got here –
The world number one Iga Swiatek was knocked out Saturday, and the bottom half of the women’s draw is also wide open with world number two Ons Jabeur the only top 10 player remaining.

Ons Jabeur says she has 'chosen' her career and doesn't treat the pressure  of blazing a trail as a burden - Eurosport

She tackles Belgian 24th seed Elise Mertens who defeated 2018 champion, Angelique Kerber, in the last 32 having saved two match points to beat Panna Udvardy in the second round.

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The Tunisian has only dropped 13 games in three rounds, spending just three hours and six minutes on court.

Mertens needed three hours and 15 minutes just to see off Udvardy in the tournament’s longest women’s match so far.

Should Jabeur make the quarter-finals for a second successive year, she will play Marie Bouzkova.

The world number 66 from the Czech Republic reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final when she breezed past Caroline Garcia of France 7-5, 6-2.

The big-serving Garcia’s challenge was undermined by 25 unforced errors to her opponent’s four.

“I don’t know how I got here,” said 23-year-old Bouzkova who had never previously progressed beyond the second round at a major.

Mother of two Tatjana Maria takes on former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko while Britain’s Heather Watson faces Germany’s Jule Niemeier.

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Serena Williams Flaunts her Lucky Curves in a Very Tight Dress

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Serena Williams, a 39-year-old tennis vet flaunted her unbelievable bends in a very close dress. Uncovering the originator to be in all honesty the Destiny’s Child artist.
Adoring the manner in which the light dim gown fell on her casing. Serena took some mirror snaps, she revealed to her 13M devotees, ‘I’m going to body this dress!’
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The 23-time Grand Slam victor totally looked ‘slammin’ in the dress. Serena Williams worked her plots for the camera, wondering that it was ‘so charming.’ She wore her caramel bolts out and modelled for a full-bodied shot in the one carried dress. She was slipping on a couple of shoes.
Looking her closest to perfect, Williams said that she woke up with a ‘truly downright terrible,’ sharing. After going to the dental specialist they couldn’t get to the foundation of the issue.
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She uncovered she needed to work through the agony. Serena Williams was asking for suggestions from her devotees for at-home cures like garlic and coconut oil.
The splendid side to the circumstance she shared was that she was eating just delicate food varieties and soup. They would help in her getting a ‘little abdomen,’ notwithstanding previously having a marvellous figure.
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Rowland’s assortment with JustFabOnline was planned during the pandemic. Utilizing the Greek goddesses who show both ‘strength and elegance’ as the motivation – Serena Williams. When it came to gifting the dresses to a couple of dear companions, she looked to Williams who shows both of those characteristics.
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In spite of being unimaginably genuine while on the tennis court, when she’s in the solace of her own home she realizes how to let free.
Serena Williams put on an incredible act as she posted a video of her and little girl Olympia. Moving to Megan Thee Stallion’s tune Body after she caught the honour for Best New Artist.

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