Italian Tennis chief explains why he prefers Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer

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Angelo Binaghi, the chief of Italian Tennis Federation recently revealed that he will always choose Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer. The 59-year-old believes that he relates more to Spaniard’s fighting spirit. 

Binaghi admitted that he is a huge Nadal fan and stated that they both almost share the same personality. He said that he hates players who play better Tennis than him.

The former tennis player was quoted saying, “Although not knowing him personally, I am a big Nadal fan. Because tennis, and life too, for me is the fight. And Nadal is the guy who embraces my personality the most. That’s how I would like to be.”

“Definitely not Federer. I always hated the guys who played tennis better than me, but who did not struggle. So if I could choose, I would make Nadal being an Italian,” he added.

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Binaghi was also asked if he would accept Federer as an Italian player. Although he admitted that he would definitely accept it if the Swiss star ever asks to become an Italian player, he said that he will upset if Nadal doesn’t ask for the same.

He also talked about the infrastructure and the future of a retractable roof on the Central Court. He said, “It’s a big shame that for a tournament like our, in an amazing place, no steps forward were made to make the Central Stadium better.”

“think it had a €20-25 million cost and you use it only one week a year. If there was a roof, our tournament could get an upgrade but many volleyball, basketball matches would be played and so on. Our country does not manage to achieve even the most simple thing,” concluded the chief.

Rafael Nadal fires warning ahead of US Open 2019

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Rafael Nadal has his eyes set on US Open 2019 as the Spaniard is preparing for the last Grand Slam of the season. For the second in a row, Nadal may miss the Cincinnati Masters in order to remain fit for US Open. 

The 18-time Grand Slam champion believes that he is physically fit this season. However, Nadal has not yet decided if he will participate in Cincinnati Masters scheduled to begin on August 10, 2019.

Talking about his plans for the rest of the season, the Spaniard said, “I think that I’m in good shape this year, I’m strong. I’ll soon travel to Montreal as I want to spend some days there to finish my preparation. After Wimbledon, I felt some tiredness and I took a rest but now I am training well on hard courts.

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“Depending on what happens in Montreal, I’ll take a decision on Cincinnati. Cincinnati is still an option,” he added.

He then went on to confirm that he is looking forward to the US Open and declared that he will be well-prepared for the event.

“I have one thing very clear though and it is that I want to arrive well prepared and ready for the US Open, the last major of the season,” concluded Nadal as he will aim at lifting his fourth US Open title in August this year.

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Former World No. 6 explains why Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic should have earned more than Serena Williams and Simona Halep in Wimbledon

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Australian Tennis professional Julian Knowle addressed the amount that all the Wimbledon 2019 finalists received after the end of the tournament. Former World No. 6 in ATP Doubles ranking claimed that men’s Singles finalists should have received more amount of money as compared to Women’s Singles finalists.

Knowle stated that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic drove more business for the tournament organisers than Simona Halep and Serena Williams. Hence, he feels that they should have been paid more for the same reason.

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Addressing the topic during his conversation with TennisNet, Knowle said, “I know it’s a very serious topic. I do not want to offend anyone. The market makes the price. Just compare the tickets prices between women’s and men’s finals. You can immediately say what product sells better. Everyone should make an idea of itself. The three greatest players ever are competing in the same era.”

Knowle also recalled the semi-final match between Federer and Nadal in Wimbledon 2019He was further quoted saying, “They are gold for tennis. Men’s final was amazing. Hopefully, they play for 25 more years. Also, the semifinal between Federer and Nadal was unbelievable. That’s why people are passionate (about).”

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Roger Federer reveals the biggest advantage of his matches against Rafael Nadal

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Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share one of the greatest rivalries in Tennis. Both players have engaged in multiple gruelling encounters throughout their career. 

With 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, Federer is just ahead of Rafael Nadal who has won 18 Major titles in career. The Swiss star believes that going up against Nadal has only made him a stronger competitor.

Talking about his encounters with Rafael Nadal, Federer recalled his 2017 Australian Open final against the Spaniard. He was quoted saying, “You stand there on the podium and it was a standing ovation going on. Everybody is listening, you could hear a pin drop.”

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“I learned from those matches and you feel like almost you grow up and you have more experience in life because of these matches. You start respecting each other more and more because in those moments it’s so personal, it’s so intense.”

 

“As confident as we are, we need to have that confidence. we also need to know the other side, that it’s always dangerous. You learn so much from the sport, from winning, from losing, trying to figure out and just being uncomfortable and trying to figure out how to through these moments,” concluded Federer.

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19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic reacts to being called the next ‘Novak Djokovic’

Tsonga beats Sonego in straights sets in European Open first round

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is an inspiration for young players all across the world. To top that, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic is being billed as the next Djokovic by many.

The determined teen looks up to his fellow Serb and hopes to achieve similar milestones in his life. However, he realises that it is important for him to tightly hold onto reality.

Talking about how he feels about the expectation of him becoming the next Djokovic, he said, “I am happy that people think like that, but that’s also far ahead. It’s also possible but let’s be honest, 16 Grand Slams happens in I do not know how many years, so I’d be happy if I could get one or two.”

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“It’s definitely a good feeling, there is a bunch of us right now, I am happy that I was able to breakthrough at such a young age and join those guys”, he added while addressing the next-gen players.

Kecmanovic then went on to talk about his stint in Davis Cup where he represented Serbia. “That was definitely a good experience, there are so many good guys right now, with Djokovic of course. Just to see how they practice and behave was definitely a good learning experience that helps me to know what to do in the future,” he concluded.

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Naomi Osaka hopes that Serena Williams isn’t ‘mad’ at her

Tsonga beats Sonego in straights sets in European Open first round

Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in a controversial US Open final last year to lift her first-ever Grand Slam title. The former World No. 1 recently opened up about the incident and shared her deepest fears.

Earlier last month, Serena Williams revealed that she had apologised to Osaka for the commotion that refused the champion a deserving celebration. She also stated that Osaka found it inspiring for Serena to speak up for herself.

Talking about her victory over Serena, she said, “Is it kind of like raising a kid though? Like the kid grows up with you and you’re looking at the kid and you’re like, ‘Wow I’m proud of you’.”

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She then went on to say that she is hoping Serena isn’t mad at her about the same. “Then you’re cooking something in the kitchen and then the kid suddenly comes and cooks better than you. I feel like you would be proud but at the same time, it would make you want to work harder. I don’t know, I hope Serena isn’t mad at me.”

Osaka also went on to talk about her approach towards the game and the press. “For me, because I’ve spent so much of my life on courts where no one really watches, I think I always like when people watch because it feels like all the hard work you put in is finally being shown. That’s the moment where I try my best because I’m not an attention seeker, but I like when there’s a lot of people watching my matches.”

 

“I feel like it’s more fun on the big stages. There, a different side of my personality comes out because normally I don’t, no offence guys, I don’t like being surrounded by people”, she concluded.

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Roger Federer recalls the time when he thought the former World No. 1 was attacking him personally

Tsonga beats Sonego in straights sets in European Open first round

With 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, Roger Federer has been synonymous with Tennis for more than a decade. Recently, the Swiss legend recalled the time when he thought he was being personally attacked by his opponent.

Federer is known for his calm demeanour while playing. Even his celebrations are often lowkey but that is far from true for Lleyton Hewitt. The latter is known for loud and exciting celebrations after winning each point.

However, the former World No. 1’s celebrations irked Roger Federer during their match. The Swiss star had to struggle initially while trying to accept his opponent’s actions. That included Hewitt holding his hands close to his opponent’s face.

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“I was struggling in the beginning with his acting on the court. I was like, ‘Why is he doing it to my face. Isn’t he a little bit over the top.”

Following that, Federer admitted that at times he felt he was being attacked on a personal level. He eventually realised that the Aussie professional uses that kind of celebration only to get in the right mindset.

Roger Federer then went on to add, “I felt like he was almost attacking me personally but then I realized he is just doing to pumping himself up.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas responds to Nick Kyrgios’ comments following Citi Open loss

Tsonga beats Sonego in straights sets in European Open first round

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios took on Wimbledon 2019 Doubles champion, Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the opening round of Citi Open 2019.

Tsitsipas and Kyrgios lost their 3-set encounter against the Grand Slam champions. Following the match, Nick Kyrgios opened up about his 20-year-old partner.

The Australian hailed Tsitsipas as someone who will do special things in the future. He also said that he will stay away as far as possible from World No. 6 because he does not want any sort of bad influence over the Greek player.

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Tsitsipas, on the other hand, admitted that he feels the exact opposite about Kyrgios. He went on to praise the Aussie’s brutal serves and said that he felt inspired on the court.

Tsitsipas was quoted saying, “I felt the exact opposite. I got inspired today, honestly, I won’t lie. His serve was brutal…I wish I could serve like that. It’s unbelievable to see that in a human being. Very very fun.

“I got to know you a bit more. My opinion about you is still [pause] good…I really enjoyed the company and moments we shared”, he added.

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Nick Kyrgios reveals why he wants to stay ‘as far as possible’ from Stefanos Tsitsipas

Tsonga beats Sonego in straights sets in European Open first round

Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas aligned forces to take on Wimbledon 2019 champions Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. This was the first time when Kyrgiso and Tsitsipas teamed up for a doubles event. 

Cabal and Farah won the first set whereas Krgios and Tsitsipas won the second. In the final set, the two teams gave their best but Cabal and Farah prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

Following his match, Nick Kyrgios addressed the media and talked about teaming up with Stefanos Tsitsipas. He believes that the 20-year-old Greek tennis sensation will do special things in the future.

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Talking about Tsitsipas, he said, “He’s only just begun. Hopefully, he doesn’t make the same mistakes I have. If he keeps his head down, he can do some special things. He smells good as well. Every time before we’d serve I would [deep inhale]—‘not bad’.”

Nick Kyrgios also stressed on the fact that he would not like to be a negative influence over World No. 6. Therefore, he will maintain his distance from him off the court. Kyrgios was quoted saying, “I’m gonna stay as far away as possible unless it’s a doubles court, because I’m a bad influence”.

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Rafael Nadal reveals exactly why Big 3 are still dominating tennis

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Rafael Nadal is headed to the US Open where he will aim at lifting his 19th Grand Slam title. Recently, Nadal opened up about the things that have helped him, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic to keep dominating in the last few years.

The Spaniard discussed how the Big three have evolved in the last decade. “This change did not happen over a day or a year. It was logical progress. My legs are not the same as 2005 when I won my maiden French Open title. The same thing for the movement. It’s the only way to stay competitive. Federer, Djokovic and me – everyone had the desire to stay to the top.”

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Nadal then went on to add, “In order to make it happen, we had to keep evolving.”

The 12-time Roland Garros champion is far from looking at his last game. When asked how long he will continue playing, Nadal said, “If my body says I can no longer make it and I am not able to play big matches again, then it’s a sign to stop.”

“The fire and passion for sports in general and for tennis, in particular, are still inside me. That makes me keep playing and inspires me to keep fighting. My life goes much beyond tennis. Tennis is definitely a part of it but is not the most important”, he concluded.

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John Isner makes history by becoming the first Tennis player to sign with CBD company

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American athlete John Isner became the first Tennis player to sign an endorsement deal with a CBD company. The 34-year-old signed a deal with the company DEFY which produces sports performance drink.

DEFY uses 20 milligrams of CBD per bottle. The high-quality hemp extract infused in the drinks helps in boosting the performance of the consumer. However, it does not cause psychoactive effects and is approved by the World Health Organisation.

John Isner inked this historic deal with Defy and stated the personal reasons behind his decision to align himself with the product. World No. 14 was quoted saying, “I play a sport where taking a single point off can be the difference between winning and losing a match and Defy is a product specifically intended to put me in a position to perform on every single point.”

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He further added, “It’s been great getting to know Defy as a company and I look forward to working with them to help people achieve improved performance through CBD.”

DEFY co-founder and CEO Beau Wehrle welcomed the idea of Isner signing an endorsement deal with the company and said, “DEFY is leading the way in CBD for professional sports. We know its benefits, impact on recovery and the direct relation to improved performance. It’s exciting to see pro tennis take the next important step for improving the lives of athletes everywhere”

 

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Former World No. 1 says he wants more out of Nick Kyrgios

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Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick recently opened up about Australian tennis player, Nick Kyrgios. While the later is no stranger to controversies, Roddick commented on his expectations from the 24-year-old.

During a press conference in Atlanta, Roddick was asked if he has any suggestions for Kyrgios and what he thinks about the player. Roddick admitted that like many other Tennis fans, he expects more from Kyrgios.

He was quoted saying, “Every time I have a microphone in front of me, I’m asked about Nick. So there certainly is interest that he is able to create.”

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Andy Roddick further went on to add, “I think he is great for the sport. I think like every other tennis fan, I want more out of him. For myself, I was finding a generational divide between myself and the guys I was trying to beat and I was trying to maximize.”

 

He also said that Kyrgis is one of the players against whom he wants to go back and play. “This could be completely selfish, but to see somebody like Nick, who I would go back and play my career in a second with what he is able to do with a tennis racket. I want more out of him because I care about the sport and because I certainly respect talent”, he concluded.

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Andrey Rublev claims Dominic Thiem is the second best player after Rafael Nadal

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Dominic Thiem crashed out of Hamburg 2019 after losing against Andrey Rublev in three straight sets. The latter then had few kind words for his quarter-final opponent. 

Thiem was far from his usual approach towards the game. Few errors in the opening set cost him the lead in the match and he failed to claw his way back in.

While addressing the media following the match, Rublev stated that Thiem is the second-best player on clay after Rafael Nadal. He was quoted saying, “It was tough. In my opinion, he is the best player on clay after Rafael Nadal”

“So, of course, to have a match like this is something special and for sure I hope that it will give me the confidence and I will keep working and keep improving… I was just saying to myself that it’s going to be a match [about] who is going to try to be more aggressive”.

Rublev then went on to talk about his injury which forced him to take some time off the court. He shared his initial fears and opened up about how he was able to cope up with his injury and make a comeback.

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Rublev said, “The first tournament after the injury was Halle and since then, I started to have like unreal pain. I started to get afraid that it is again a little fracture or something like that, and right before last week in Umag, I did an MRI because the pain was like ridiculous.”

 

“I could not serve, and they told me that this might be a fracture and that I have to miss like six weeks again. I said how is that possible, as I just recovered from a fracture and we did one more test and they eventually said that it’s not as dangerous as they thought. So, I can play but that I need to take care and control. So, now there is no pain, and everything is fine,” he concluded.

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Rival coach hails Roger Federer as the ‘Greatest Player Ever’

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Roger Federer and Dominic Thiem have had six encounters so far. With four victories, the 25-year-old Austrian dominates the duo’s win to loss ratio.

His coach, Massu talked about Federer during an interview with W Radio Colombia. He said that World No. 2 is great, both professionally and personally.

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Massu went on to say, “We shared many junior tournaments. He is one year younger than me. I first saw him at Queen’s and he was already making a difference.”

Massu also expressed his wonder about the form in which Federer is continuing to play. He is still one of the most dominant players in the world and Massu believes that he can be on top for quite some time.

He further added, “He was also a great person, unbelievable player, and you could see he would have been different and someone who would have marked an era. Unbelievably, he is still playing. He faced my player Dominic Thiem in the Indian Wells final and he is still motivated.”

 

“He is an example for kids and hopefully, he can be at the top as long as possible. In 2002 I beat him, then in 2006, he beat me. We shared many memories. He is the greatest player ever,” concluded Massu.

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