With David and Victoria Beckham among the famous faces in attendance for the Wimbledon gentlemen’s final, Roger Federer and Andy Murray battled for history. If Murray won he would be ending a 76 year drought at Wimbledon for players from the UK and winning his first Grand Slam. If Federer won he would win his 7th Wimbledon title, 17th Grand Slam overall and re-take the number one ranking equaling Pete Sampras’ time spent at number one.
It was Roger who created history and Andy who, again, went home defeated by both Roger and himself. Federer won his 17th Grand Slam 4-6 ,7-5, 6-3, 6-4 once again leaving the UK without a champion. Read more
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Retired two time Grand Slam champion Marat Safin has been elected to Russian Federal Parliament, the Duma, in the lower house of parliament. Safin is part of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia Party
“I could go and make commercials left and right and pretend like I am a celebrity, but that is not me.
This is a completely new life, a new way of thinking, new way of doing things that’s nothing to do with tennis or sports at all. But the two things definitely have one thing in common and that is that you need to have a character.” Read more
Rafael Nadal has once again exposed the flaws in Andy Murray’s game and exploited his mental strength to defeat the Scot 6-4, 6-2, 3-6, 6-2 and book his place in the US Open finals against nemesis Novak Djokovic. The win seems to have finally shown fans around the world that Rafael Nadal is confident again, feeling truly competitive again, and has finally found some great form.
Nadal has the misfortune of having played three best of five set matches in three days due to scheduling difficulties as a result of two days of constant rain in New York. Read more
Today Pete Sampras gave an interview to promote the 12 city tour happening in the American fall as a part of the Champions Series tour. Sampras has said that he believes that if Rafael Nadal changes his schedule to preserve his body that he will definitely surpass Sampras’ 14 Grand Slam record and has the potential to pass Federer’s all-time record of 16. Read more
To break the lengthy draw analysis in two parts I have separated the explanation about what’s at stake for the big boys Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and what to look for in the early rounds into another post (click here).
If we look at the draw as a whole it’s hard to look beyond Federer as champion. Read more
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Finally some good news on the recovery of Pete Sampras’ stolen trophies and memorabilia that were taken in November last year. The trophies, including one Australian Open title and a significant number of his other titles, were taken from a storage unit the American star had rented as he moved houses. Read more
Tommy Haas is taking steps towards getting back on the ATP circuit by hitting with Pete Sampras, Mardy Fish and Sam Querrey in LA. He’s also been practicing with Richard Berankis at the Bolletteri Academy as he attempts to strengthen his knees over 12 months after having hip surgery.
This video clip is the highlights, and there are a lot of them, of Roger Federer hitting the peak of his career and meeting, for the first time, a young Spaniard who would prove to be the first (and really only) player who would consistently challenge Federer at his best. That Spaniard was none other than Rafael Nadal, a beast from the dusty clay courts of Spain who would push smooth Federer on all surfaces, slowly evolving his game until he became and an all court player too.
Everyone always debates who the best player in the world is it, and argues that the statistics favour Roger Federer, Martina Navratilova, Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors but they forget Esther Vergeer. Read more