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Wimbledon draw 2015: World number one Novak Djokovic to clash against Kohlschreiber

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic will face German Phillip Kohlschreiber on Monday in the first round of Wimbledon, media reported on Saturday.

The world no. 1, who is playing on grass for the first time this year, will debut in front of the world No. 33, who plays very well on grass.

Djokovic may play the quarterfinals against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, ranked fifth in the world.

In the semifinals, there is a chance that Djokovic will play against the Swiss Stan Wawrinka, ranked fourth in the world, who beat the Serb in the final of Roland Garros, while he may not face the Spanish Rafael Nadal, the world No. 10, until the final, in case the both reach it.

Nadal debuts against the Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci, whom he faced four times before, which were all won by Rafa, including a previous match in the first round of Wimbledon 2012, which the Spaniard won 7-6, 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal could face his compatriot David Ferrer, the world No. 7, who is debuting against Britain’s James Ward (110th).

The Swiss Roger Federer, seven-time Wimbledon champion and the world No. 2, will face the Bosnian Damir Dzumhur, ranked 87th in the world, during the first round, while U.K. player Andy Murray , the world No. 3 and the winner of Wimbledon 2013, will be debuting against the Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin (58th).

Wimbledon starts next Monday and will last until July 12 at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club.

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Family is the First Priority, but I have no Plans to Retire in the Near Future : Roger Federer

With the historical most of 19 Grand-Slam titles, the Basel-born tennis legend is considered to be the best ever player of the sport. But Federer himself feels reluctant to accept it.

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Shanghai, October 17, 2017 :  Seeded second, Swiss tennis superstar Roger Federer returned to the Shanghai Rolex Masters after two years and concluded the season’s penultimate ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament with his 94th career crown after a fifth consecutive victory over old foe Rafael Nadal in the final.

The 19-time Grand Slam champion chatted in an exclusive interview with Xinhua after Sunday’s match, saying he has no plans to retire in the near future, but for him family is the first at the moment.

“I know it (retirement) is sooner or later. I know I’m not 22 anymore, but I don’t have a date,” Roger Federer said, “If the body allows me to play, my family allows me to play, if the success is still there, if I’m happy to travel, I will continue. But the four things have to work, if one of the four doesn’t work, it maybe the time to stop. But for now, it’s ok.”

At the age of 36, the Swiss has already won a Tour-best six titles this season, including the successes in the Australian Open where he overcame Nadal in a tough five-setter and the Wimbledon Open where he defeated Marin Cilic in straightforward three sets.

Many people are wondering how could a player make such accomplishments at such an age. One of the reasons is that the veteran has learned to be more flexible and made a smart schedule during the season.

“For me, I have come to realize that sometimes less is more. Today I think when I take enough rest, feel hungry and have the fire, then it’s the one I can play my best. I want to make sure I’m happy to be on the court and happy to do press. It’s like if I do too much, the fire is like Juuuu… it goes away. So for me, the family is my priority and then the rest,” Federer explained.

With the historical most of 19 Grand-Slam titles, the Basel-born tennis legend, Roger Federer is considered to be the best ever player of the sport. But Federer himself feels reluctant to accept it. In his opinion, being the ever best is not only about Grand Slams. “Like Bjorn Borg, he only went to Australia once or twice because it was during the Christmas, and he was happy at home instead of travelling.”

“I worked extremely hard to have a great career, and sometimes have chased records. But you know, it’s hard to judge who is the best of all time, you see Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe, Rod Laver, Rafael Nadal, Ivan Lendl, Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras. There are so many players did fabulous things, so I tried my best with my career. I didn’t expect myself playing maybe this well at this age. I’m happy with what I achieved, and hope I can keep going,” Federer continued.

Although trailing 14-23 in his previous meets against the current world No.1, Federer is sparing no efforts to narrow the margin as he has defeated Nadal five times in a row, of which four came in this season. It seems that the eight-time Wimbledon Open champion has found ways to beat the 10-time French Open winner.

“I think I’m serving consistently better. I get easier power ever since I switched to the bigger racquet. I feel I’m connecting better on the backhand and I’m serving good,” Federer said of the change of game style which proved to be helpful for him, “I think it was hard for me to consistently just keep on attacking with the backhand, but now it seems almost not a problem.”

“But that’s no guarantee, he is gonna keep working. Rafael is a great player and extreme difficult to play against, because he can use his left hand do everything. But what I see is to win the title, not so much beating Rafael, but of course beating him is more special,” he added.

The glory on Sunday was the second time that Federer has lifted the trophy at the tournament, with the previous one in 2014.

Prior to the tournament, Federer got a chance to take the subway in Shanghai which left him deep impression. He said he was very used to the public transportation when he was at young age in his home country Switzerland.

“Shanghai is a great tournament, I hope I can come to play every year if my body allows. And I’d like to bring my family to, not just Shanghai, China in general. It’s such a diverse, interesting country with so much rich history that I’d like to visit more,” Roger Federer said.

Looking to the future of the Tour, Federer also talked about some young players whom in his opinion have the potential to be the next legends, such as Denis Shapovalov, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Nick Kyrgios.

“(To be the legends), you need hardwork, passion, and a good team, good training facilities, and being able to withstand pressure, and understanding the Tour, making it like the second home. It takes a little bit more time, but they are doing great. It’s nice to see these young talents in the Tour, and they make tennis a better place and exciting for fans,” Federer said. (IANS)

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Djokovic matches Nadal in rankings

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Madrid: Serbian tennis player Novak Djokovic held on to the World No.1 spot with 13,845 points in the latest rankings released on Monday. Novak_Djokovic_2007_US_Open

Djokovic has thus matched the achievement of Spain’s Rafael Nadal of topping the rankings for 56 weeks in a row. The Serb’s next target will be John McEnroe’s record of topping the charts for 58 consecutive weeks, reports Efe.

The rankings remained unchanged this week as Swiss Roger Federer held on to second place, followed by Scotland’s Andy Murray. Nadal remained in 10th place.

The top-10 rankings:

  1. Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 13,845 points
  2. Roger Federer (Switzerland) 9,665
  3. Andy Murray (Scotland) 7,840
  4. Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 5,790
  5. Kei Nishikori (Japan) 5,525
  6. Tomas Berdych (Czech) 5,140
  7. David Ferrer (Spain) 4,325
  8. Milos Raonic (Canada) 3,810
  9. Marin Cilic (Croatia) 3,495
  10. Rafael Nadal (Spain) 3,000.

 

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Wimbledon: Sania-Martina duo ace women’s double finals

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Wimbledon: Indian tennis ace Sania Mirza defied all odds to win her maiden women’s doubles title at a Grand Slam event by clinching the Wimbledon crown with Swiss veteran Martina Hingis here.

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The top seeded duo made a remarkable comeback to beat Russian second seeds Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina 5-7, 7-6(4), 7-5 in two hours and 25 minutes in the final late on Saturday night.

This was Sania’s first women’s doubles title at Grand Slams though the World No.1 has three mixed doubles trophies at Major events. The only time before this she reached a Grand Slam final in women’s doubles was at the 2011 French Open.

This was also the Hyderabadi’s maiden final at the All England Club across all senior formats though she had won the girls’ doubles title here 12 years ago with Russia’s Alisa Kleybanova.

Martina, on the other hand, has two women’s doubles (1996, 1998) and one singles title (1997) to her credit that she won at the lone grass court Major. Saturday’s trophy comes after a long gap of 17 years.

This was also Sania and Martina’s, ranked No.1 and No.2 respectively, first Major final together.

The top seeds had a wobbly start as they were broken in the very first game of the match but reverted back to level in the next game when they broke Ekaterina and Elena.

The top two seeded pairs held on to their serves till the 10th game but the Russians broke Sania and Martina in the 11th game and then held serve in the 12th to clinch the first set and take the lead in the match.

The second set was even more hotly contested as neither pair even gave a breakpoint opportunity. The set entered the tie-break where the Indo-Swiss combine proved a tad bit better to win it and push the match into the deciding set.

The Russians responded strongly at the start of the third set. The 28-year-old Sania and Martina looked completely out of sorts as in no time they were already 2-5 down.

The Russian second seeds looked well on their way to victory when Sania and Martina staged an incredible comeback to win the next three games and level the set at 5-5.

It was then decided that the retractable roof was to be shut due to bad light. The players went indoors to take a 10-minute break and returned to play under artificial lights on Centre Court.

By now the momentum had swung in favour of the Indo-Swiss combine as they immediately broke Ekaterina and Elena to serve for the set which they easily completed in the next game to be crowned champions.

“For a match like this, the No.1 and No.2 seeds playing, it was the best match you could have asked for the tournament. It was unbelievably exciting to play. I really hope it was exciting to watch, too,” Sania said.

“Even when we were down, we knew we were giving everything we had on the court. These are the moments we worked years and years and all our lives for. This is what we play for. We feel really honoured to have won that match really.”

The 34-year-old Martina will return on Sunday evening to also play the mixed doubles final with India’s Leander Paes.

(IANS)