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Roger Federer doesn’t think that only because he has slowed down a little bit in the last couple of years, he should announce his retirement from the game. He has vowed to keep playing as long as his body and mind supports him to do so.
Federer has seen quite a few heartbreaking loses in the past two seasons. The most recent was his defeat at the hands of the Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final of the Wimbledon Championships. He had lost that match in 5 sets.
The Swiss maestro took a little bit of a break after that setback as he went on a short holiday with his young family. He is back now after getting himself freshened up and is ready for what would be a very competitive hard court season.
Till date, there has not been any tennis player with a bigger fandom than Federer. The 32-year old Switzerland native is immensely popular in most parts of the world. He is the role model for a lot of teen aged players.
When asked if he feels pressurized at times because of being this popular, Federer said, “No, I don’t. I am not special. I am just like any other human. People might consider me as perfect, but, that’s not the case. I’ve got my issues in life too. I am still a learner. I am learning every day.”
When asked if he thinks he is moving towards the day of his retirement, the world no. 3 said, “Look, as long as my fitness is good and I am not finding it hard to soak up the pressure at this level, I will go on.”
Federer would start his hard court season by taking part in the Rogers Cup.
In the contemporary age of camouflaged gender inequality where women are still mistakenly charged as “second sex”, Andy Murray has done something really phenomenal that not only heightens the prowess of female tennis players- but also the caliber of womenfolk in general. The #1 British tennis ace has confidently appointed a woman as his new coach and is pretty strong about his decision.
It is the erstwhile #1 female tennis player & double Grand Slam winner Amélie Mauresmo who would be coaching Murray from this season. Murray’s recent step would certainly receive great applause as he has proved himself as a “true man” by defying the age-old conventions that women are not physically or intellectually capable of training men. Albeit, it’s not that women coaching men tennis players has not happened before yet that is something really rare and hard to find with ace male tennis players.
“Amelie is somebody whom I look up to & have admired always”, said the start Scottish player while announcing the name of his new coach. “She has fought plenty of adversarial situations in her times but again stood up as a fantastic player.”
Speaking high on Amelie’s tactical expertise, Andy noted that she would be able to help a lot to improve him & his present coaching squad that includes hitting partner & longtime coach Daniel Vallverdu.
“I am quite convinced that Amelie would boost up our motivation and prowess”, Murray continued. “I am looking forward to more number of Grand Slams.”
Andy was under the tutelage of Ivan Lendi since the final quarter of 2011 till 2014 March but it was Lendi’s refusal on further commitment that pushed the player to search for a new coach.
Mauresmo, however, is somewhat undeterred with the unconventional step taken by Murray and stated that she is just focused to help out her student in reaching his goals.
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Richard Gasquet was the crowd favorite coming into the first match of the French Open playing against Bernard Tomic. Tomic was out for longer times owing to injuries and similarly with Gasquet even he made his entry after returning from injury.
Gasquet’s concern was his serve while coming into the match but it seemed okay once he started playing. Gasquet had a marginal lead of winning against Tomic and that proved to matter once they both played against each other in the first round. It took Richard Gasquet just 90 minutes to outclass Tomic with a 6-2, 6-1 and 7-5 victory.
It was a prediction that both would have to struggle to battle it out in the first matches itself but that did not look to happen. Instead Gasquet proved his mettle in the first round and advanced to the second round. Gasquet from the very beginning was the local hope and he lived up to the expectations of the crowd. Both gave interviews before the start of the match and were equally confident. Gasquet sighted no problems of any kind of injury which was a relief for his fans.
The first match with Tomic witnessed some sheer class and performance with an athlete’s spirit marching like a bull in the red clay. No sign of struggling form or any sort of injury was prevalent. The match was fought with zest and a clear winner had emerged. First round defeat is hard for any player and that was exactly what happened to Tomic as he was dumped by Gasquet unceremoniously after marking its entry with the coveted and prestigious French Open title.
Gasquet showed that he still had the urge to play and could compete even in clay court without any inhibitions.
Li Na is the latest inclusion in the list of the top players who have faced an early exit from this year’s French Open. The Chinese star suffered a defeat against the French youngster Kristina Mladenovic in three sets by 5-7, 6-3, 1-6 in her first round match yesterday.
Li had won the Australian Open singles title earlier this year and she was backed by a lot of people to go all the way in this tournament as well, but, let alone going all the way, she couldn’t even cross the first hurdle. It would really have come as a big shock for a lot of tennis fans around the world.
This was the first time in the last 14 years that a player who won the Australian Open got knocked out of the opening round in the French Open. It had happened in 2000 for the last time when Lindsay Davenport was defeated by Dominique Van Roost.
Li was quite honest though while speaking in the post match interview. She admitted that she could only blame herself for this outcome.
The Chinese player said, “It doesn’t matter what your world ranking is, if you make this many mistakes, you are going to lose no matter against whom you are playing.”
“I think I was not able to put as much pressure on her as I needed to. I just let her take the match away from me.”
When asked if one of the reasons behind her defeat was the support that her local opponent was getting from the crowd, Li said, “No, I would not say so. As I have said earlier, I was always going to get beaten today because of the way I played. I committed a lot of errors and I deserved to lose.”
In the second round, Mladenovic would face Alison Riske of USA.