Despite neither player being in action last week, Roger Federer was able to cement his place as world number one ahead of Rafael Nadal after extending his lead over the Spaniard to 600 points in the ATP rankings.As the Swiss opted to skip the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships to spend time with his family, Nadal pulled out of the Mexican Open in Acapulco with the recurrence of a hip problem which hindered him during the Australian Open in January.While 36-year-old Federer gave up just 45 ranking points, his great rival lost the 300 from his runners-up finish at last year's event in Mexico which allowed the Swiss to increase his advantage without having to pick up a racquet.Nadal's fresh injury problems will see him miss the Sunshine Double at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells and the Miami Open this month, with his comeback pencilled in for the start of the clay court season.But as the men's season breathes back into life this week (8-17 March) in North America, the 10-time … [Read more...] about Can Rafael Nadal replace Roger Federer as world No.1 at Indian Wells?
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Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are key to each other's desires to remain at the pinnacle of tennis according to women's world no. 5 Karolina Pliskova, who does not think Federer is playing any better now than he was a couple of seasons ago. Federer's remarkable Indian summer continued last week when he reclaimed the world no.1 ranking from Nadal at the Rotterdam Open, a tournament he later won with consummate ease, beating Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets in the final on Sunday (18 February). Nadal will hope to claw back ground on Federer at the forthcoming Mexican Open, and Pliskova, who once took pride of place at the top of the WTA rankings, thinks the friendly but fierce rivalry is helping the pair to maintain their competitive streak and stay at the very top of the sport they have largely dominated for over a decade. "By having Nadal there, I think it helps him (Federer) remain ultra-competitive," Pliskova said, per Tennis World USA. "This is helping both to get better still, … [Read more...] about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer helping each other remain at the pinnacle of tennis, says Pliskova
Rafael Nadal was powerless to prevent Roger Federer adding another historic moment to his glittering CV at the Rotterdam Open, as the 36-year-old eclipsed Andre Agassi as the oldest world number one in tennis history. The Swiss only needed to reach the last four to leapfrog Nadal, but he went on to take the title in the Netherlands, beating Grigor Dimitrov in the final to claim his second win of the year and remain unbeaten in 2018. Nadal has not played since withdrawing in the fifth set of his Australian Open quarter-final against Marin Cilic with a hip problem, an injury he has been nursing and recovering from since his exit in Melbourne – though he has not been forced to miss a scheduled event. Acapulco, home of the Mexican Open, is where Nadal will make his competitive return to the sport (26 February to 3 March) and where he can remind the men's game that he has the capacity to return to the summit of the ATP rankings. But is it possible for the 31-year-old to overtake … [Read more...] about Can Rafael Nadal replace Roger Federer and return to world number one at the Mexican Open?
Tennis umpire Fergus Murphy believes the sport is currently passing through a great era particularly in the men's circuit. Murphy is a veteran of the sport, being a familiar face for tennis fans ever since receiving his Gold Badge qualification in 2000. Having seen the game evolve as well as the rise of many future greats, the Irishman spoke about the current era of men's tennis and the rivalry between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer. Nadal and Federer are the two most successful players in the Open era and have shared a rivalry spanning 38 matches that began in 2004 and has remarkably continued until as recently as last year. With a combined 36 Grand Slams between them, four of which came last year during their career resurgences, Murphy states that their "fascinating" rivalry along with the many "interesting" players currently featuring has contributed to a great era, previously criticised for a lack of characters. "I have experienced so much over the course of this career and … [Read more...] about Tennis umpire reflects on current men’s era and Rafael Nadal vs Roger Federer rivalry
Former world number one Novak Djokovic has not gotten enough credit for his performances in the era of Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer according to Boris Becker. Tennis was mostly dominated by Nadal and Federer who both had a combined win of 14 Grand Slams until Djokovic broke into the scene with his win in the 2008 Australian Open. The Serbian ace would eventually become world number one in 2011 in a year where he would win the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Djokovic would continue to dominate the sport for the next few years which ultimately culminated in him achieving the "Nole Slam" following his 2016 French Open triumph. He became just the third player in history to hold all four Grand Slam titles at once. Becker, who coached Djokovic for a three-year spell until December 2016 that resulted in six Grand Slams, believes the 30-year-old should receive more credit for his achievements in an era that has the likes of Nadal and Federer. "Maybe not [given enough credit], but … [Read more...] about Novak Djokovic doesn’t get enough credit in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer era, says Boris Becker
Despite still being active players, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are already tennis legends according to world number 43, Gael Monfils. The duo returned from long lay-offs to experience career resurgences in 2017 as they both split the four Grand Slams between themselves and won a combined 13 titles to truly turn back the clock. The feat is all the more impressive considering many had completely written them off during the dominant spells of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray in the last few years, as they now occupy the top two of the ATP tennis rankings with Nadal currently leading the pack. With Federer's win over Marin Cilic in the Australian Open final last month, the career renaissance looks set to continue as Monfils heaped praise on the 20-time Grand Slam winner. "Definitely Roger must be called the gentleman of tennis," Monfils said, as per Express. "We're not talking about just one champion, it's already a legend. "Michael Jordan is in basketball and we have him in tennis. I am … [Read more...] about Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer ‘are already legends’ says Gael Monfils
How is it possible that the Real Madrid squad that has been able to win three of the last four Champions League titles is close to ruining their entire 2017-18 season in February? Why did they seem unbeatable last August only to now give fans the feeling that they can be defeated by any team? There is big controversy over Los Blancos and, moreover, coach Zinedine Zidane in Spain. If there is one demanding football club in the world where players like Ronaldo or the French manager can be whistled, it is Real. Pundits and media are labelling 'Zizou', Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo as the main causes of a spectacular fall that has come after they won almost everything at stake. Some others remark that the sales of James Rodriguez and Alvaro Morata to Bayern Munich and Chelsea respectively have made a real difference. But what if Real's problem has nothing to do with football, players, tactics or managers? Does it make sense that the same players who were able to impress the whole … [Read more...] about Why Real Madrid must find the solution to their problems in Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
Rising German star Alexander Zverev claimed another impressive victory, beating Wimbledon finalist Marin Cilic in London. Zverev, the world number three behind Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, raced into an early lead, taking the first set 6-4, but Cilic roared back to level the match with a dominant second set. But Zverev, one of four players making their World tour Finals debut this year, kept his nerve to win a tight deciding set and get his campaign off to the best possible start. Zverev will face Federer next on Tuesday evening, with the winner certain of a place in the last four. Federer eases past Sock Federer made a strong start to his bid to cap his golden year with a seventh ATP Tour Finals title as the Swiss star defeated Jack Sock 6-4, 7-6 on Sunday. Four months after winning Wimbledon for a record eighth time just a few miles across London, Federer is back in the English capital aiming to cap a remarkably successful spell by lifting the silverware at the O2 Arena. "It's … [Read more...] about ATP World Tour Finals: Alexander Zverev beats Marin Cilic, Roger Federer wins opener
RAMPANT Rafael Nadal roared into the quarter-finals of the US Open by thrashing Alexandr Dolgopolov.And the odds on Nadal going on to win the tournament will surely narrow after this 6-2, 6-4, 6-1 winning performance.He played an opponent who finds one of his matches last month under investigation because of irregular betting patterns.Not that that worried the dominant Spaniard.Nadal, content but not overjoyed with his best performance of the tournament, said:“I think I played a solid match, with not many mistakes.“Dolgopolov is a player who can play amazing shots, but at the same time is unpredictable.“He combines amazing points with mistakes. “I tried to focus on my serve and to wait for the opportunities on return.“I’m happy to be in the quarter-finals and hope to keep playing better.”Nadal had struggled in the opening set of all three of his previous matches in New York.But not this time.Ukranian Dolgopolov made a present of the first … [Read more...] about Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer win to move one win away from historic meeting
Andy Murray is set to face American Tennys Sandgren in the opening round of the US Open.The Scot has been seeded second for the competition as Rafael Nadal and Karolina Pliskova headline the final major of the year.Murray has not played since his quarter-final exit at SW19, where he lost his number one title to Nadal.Should the 30-year-old beat Sandgren, he will be scheduled to meet Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in round three, with the likes of David Ferrer, Lucas Pouille and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga waiting in the wings.Sandgren is ranked 104 who only made his grand slam debut at the French Open this year, where he lost in the first round.Nadal and Roger Federer are both on the other side of the draw, so they will not be able to meet Murray until the final.Federer and Nadal have never faced each other at Flushing Meadows.The men's tour is laced with injuries to high-profile players with Stan Wawrinka, Novak Djokovic, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic all absent.World No1 Nadal will play … [Read more...] about Andy Murray prepares to face Tennys Sandgren in first round of US Open whilst Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer are drawn on the same side of the competition