Roland Garros


Suffering with a knee injury and skipping almost the complete 2020 season, Roger Federer played his first Majors in shape in nearly 500 days at Roland Garros. Roger got off to a super begin at Roland Garros, outscoring Denis Istomin in directly sets and sealing the deal in a single hour and 33 minutes.

It was Roger’s third ATP match in 16 months, and he did his first-class to build momentum in advance of his liked grass excursion at Halle and Wimbledon. After beating Istomin, Federer stated he won some motivation while Daniel Evans defeated global No.

1 Novak Djokovic in Monte Carlo. The Swiss had already defeated the Briton in his comeback match in Doha a few weeks earlier, which motivated him to push himself and challenge rivals from the top. Despite some expected ups and downs after such a long hiatus, Roger beat Daniel 7-6 3-6 7-5 in Doha in two hours and 24 minutes, making a winning comeback after 405 days!

Roger Federer

Federer and Evans had trained in Dubai before Doha, playing 20 practice sets and learning a lot about each other’s game. Both players saved three of four break chances, and Federer won four more points to prevail with a late break in the decider, the only one of his in the entire match!

Evans played another legend a few weeks later and got the best win of his career. The Briton came to Monte Carlo with four ATP wins on clay and none since 2017! Daniel found Game A for him in the Principality and defeated world No.

1 Novak Djokovic 6-4 7-5 in two hours and six minutes to advance to the quarterfinals.

Roger had knee problems
“[Rehab’s] going slowly. I keep getting asked, ‘And what does it look like?’ and I have to say every time that it will take a little longer.

I just have to be patient and keep making progress,” Roger Federer said. “I’m going straight to the gym right now and it’s 5 or 6 times a week. I could do a lot more, but at the moment we’re focusing on fitness so that there’s no overload.”

The Swiss reiterated that the main goal at the moment is to be ready for his stints at Basel and the Laver Cup, and then decide where he has to go from there. “The goal is to be ready for the Laver Cup and Basel by the end of the year.

I’ll get a lot of information in the next few months because I’m running out of space now,” Federer said. “I play with the kids from time to time. Tennis still has to wait a little bit. I’ll do enough of that when I have time.”

Rafael Nadal simply continues “elevating the bar” when it comes to guys’s tennis, consistent with rival Roger Federer, who’s trying to return in 2023.

Rafael Nadal’s trendy grand slam triumph on the French Open is “fantastic”, says Roger Federer, who believes his rival “keeps elevating the bar”.

The Spaniard cruised through to both a file 14th achievement on clay at Roland Garros and a file-extending twenty second guys’s grand slam name with a straight sets demolition of Casper Ruud.

That made it two from two in 2022 for the 36-year-vintage, leaving him clean of both Federer and Novak Djokovic, who continue to be on 20 grand slam crowns every.

The previous – who has loved a strong carrying competition and friendship with Nadal throughout their intertwined careers – but has nothing but reward for his contemporary achievement.

Federer: “It’s just unbelievable what Rafa has achieved”
“I didn’t watch the final,” Federer told Swiss newspaper Tages-Anzeiger. “I watched the quarter-final [against Djokovic] a bit before I went to sleep.

“In general, it’s just unbelievable what Rafa has achieved. The record of Pete Sampras, which I beat, was 14 grand slam titles.

“Now Rafa won the French Open 14 times. That’s unbelievable. I was happy for him that he did it again.

“Hats off to Rafa. After the 10th, 11th time, I already thought: ‘This can’t be.’ He keeps raising the bar. It’s gigantic.”

Federer has been unable to add to his own haul of grand slams, having missed the tail-end of 2021 and start of 2022 through injury as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

Roger Federer

The 40-year-old Swiss star acknowledged he has not yet plotted anything more than competing in the Laver Cup and Basel Open in October, stressing he will focus on achieving full fitness rather than setting a return date.

“After Basel, the season is over anyway,” he added. “It’s important for me to get fit again so that I can train fully. Once I’ve done that, I can choose how many tournaments I play and where.

“The Laver Cup is a good start, I don’t have to play five matches in six days.

“I will have be able to do that in Basel. That’s why I have to prepare for it in practice. I’m curious myself what’s still to come.

“But I’m hopeful, I’ve come a long way. I’m not far away. The next three or four months will be extremely important.”

On a return to top-class tennis in 2023, Federer said that such a move remained the aim, adding: “Yes, definitely. How and where, I don’t know yet. But that would be the idea. Definitely.”

Djokovic holds a better head-to-head record over Nadal but he has only defeated Nadal once at the Trench Open

The 2022 Australian Open was an eyesore for Novak Djokovic. He was deported and embarrassed when many believed he became going to win his twenty first Grand Slam, having won the Australian Open 9 instances and inside the final 3 consecutively.

However he lost the plot and a fabulous bodily recovery through Rafael Nadal climaxed in a 21st Grand Slam. On Tuesday at the court Philippe-Chatrier, Djokovic and Nadal will clash for the 59th time in their careers-the maximum with the aid of gamers within the ATP.

Closing year, Nadal beat the Serb in the Rome Masters before the graduation of the French Open. This yr, Djokovic won the Rome event and is influenced through some ‘anger’ on the neglected danger at the Australia Open.

Nadal become driven to the restriction inside the fourth round clash in opposition to Felix Auger-Aliassime and he wanted five sets to make it to the quarter-very last while Djokovic has no longer dropped a set at Roland Garros.

They have met four times in Paris with Nadal taking three wins to Djokovic’s one.

2020 – Final Rafael Nadal – 6-0 6-2 7-5

2015 – Quarter Final Novak Djokovic – 7-5 6-3 6-1

2014 – Final Rafael Nadal – 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4

2013 – Semi Final Rafael Nadal – 6-4 3-6 6-1 6 6-7 9-7

Nadal is French Open royalty with 13 titles and Djokovic will face the Spaniard with a majority of fans at Philippe-Chatrier on his side.

Djokovic was booed in his fourth round win over Diego Schwartzman and he will expect similar treatment when he faces the ultimate French Open darling.

Nadal has said he does not know how far he can push his body but that he will fight to the end against a player who holds a 30-28 head-to-head edge over him.

“I didn’t play these kind of matches for the last three months, so going to be a big challenge for me,” Nadal said in the post-match press conference.

“Of course he already won I think last nine matches in a row, winning in Rome and now winning here in straight sets every match. Probably he will be confident.

“I know how is my situation, and I accept it well. I’m going to fight for it. I can’t complain much. I am in the quarter-finals of Roland-Garros. Two weeks and a half ago, even if I had good hopes after, positive hopes after Rome, I even don’t know if I would be able to be here.

“So just enjoying the fact that I am here for one more year. And being honest, every match that I play here, I don’t know if it’s going to be my last match here in Roland-Garros in my tennis career, no? That’s my situation now.”

For Djokovic who is chasing a 21st Grand Slam title, to equal Nadal-not spending, much time in his march to the quarter-final should be a bonus. “I’m glad that I didn’t spend too much time on the court myself up to the quarter-finals, knowing that playing him in Roland-Garros is always a physical battle, along with everything else.

The 2022 Roland Garros is just across the corner and Serena Williams is about to miss the event she has received thrice in her career.

The mythical Williams has ruled the girls’s excursion for more than decades. But, she has been missing in motion for pretty a while now. The forty-year-vintage injured herself during her first-spherical conflict in opposition to Aliaksandra Sasnovich at Wimbledon final year and has been on the sidelines ever considering.

The long hiatus will render her unable to compete at Roland Garros, a tournament that has been special for her. She tasted Grand Slam glory across all disciplines for the first time at the French Open when she won the women’s doubles title alongside her elder sister Venus Williams in 1999.

In 2002, Serena Williams won the singles title at Roland Garros as well. It was the first of four consecutive Majors that she would go on to win, constituting the first of her two self-coined Serena Slams.

In 2010, she won her second doubles title at the tournament.

Williams then had to wait until 2013 to triumph in Paris for the second time in singles. She defeated defending champion and rival Maria Sharapova in straight sets to complete her Double Career Grand Slam.

Williams returned to the winner’s circle once again in 2015 after defeating Lucie Safarova in the final. It was her 20th Grand Slam title which helped her complete the Triple Career Grand Slam.

The French Open remains the only Grand Slam tournament where Williams hasn’t defended her title. She has won consecutive titles in the remaining three Majors.

Since returning to the tour in 2018 following the birth of her daughter Olympia, Williams’ best showing at the French Open has been a fourth-round appearance in 2018 and 2021.

Serena Williams to potentially make a comeback at this year’s Wimbledon
Serena Williams, meanwhile, has hinted at a potential comeback at this year’s Wimbledon Championships. At a bitcoin conference in April, she discussed her return to tennis with NFL star Aaron Rodgers.

“Alright so I am backstage at the Bitcoin conference in Miami with Aaron Rodgers here and we’ve been talking about my comeback, and he’s been hyping me up, getting me ready for Wimbledon,” she said.
When Rodgers questioned Williams about the US Open, she stated that since the grasscourt Major will be held before the Grand Slam in New York, that’s where she’ll compete first.

“Wimbledon’s before the US Open, I have to play Wimbledon first. Exciting,” she said.

Williams has gone on to become one of the most successful players at Wimbledon, winning seven titles in singles, six in doubles and one in mixed doubles. She also won her gold medals in singles and doubles at the 2012 Olympics on the lawns of the All England Club.

Williams is a huge favorite to win the title whenever she competes at Wimbledon, so her return would certainly add plenty of excitement.

Is a notable pass a drag or a bypass? The general public in Rome wonders with interest about Stan Wawrinka, 37, former world number 3, champion of three Slams in the generation of the Fab four, beating the number 1 of the time: Nadal, at the Australian Open 2014 Novak Djokovic at Roland Garros.

2015 and Nole once more at america Open 2016. The 37-year-old Swiss is the second most unfortunate of the champions, with 2 operations on his knee and a couple of on his foot, continually on the left. He gained sixteen titles and, particularly, eleven finals in a row in the golden years, from 2014 to 2016, together with the 2014 Monte Carlo Masters a thousand in opposition to the “Switzerland 1”, Roger Federer, with whom he carried out Olympic gold in doubles.

In his specific history in Rome, to qualify for the 2008 final, he had eliminated 4 future kings of the classification: Safin in the first round, Murray in the second, Ferrero in the third and Roddick in the semi-final, only to lose to would-be next No.

1 Djokovic in the final. He returned to the Foro Italico from 361 in the ranking: last year he played just 6 matches but in mid-March he greeted the circuit and reappeared directly 12 months later in Marbella, immediately losing to Elias Ymer in straight sets.

The same in Monte Carlo with Bublik, from whom he nevertheless took a set. And, in his growth, in the IBI he defeated the bomber Reilly Opelka in his debut, he won the arm wrestling match against the massive but disgusting and unpredictable Serbian Laslo Djere.

He can now dream of reliving old times and re-proposing the challenge to Djokovic in the third round, with whom he is 6-19 in heads-up matches, but to much cheering from the DOC.

Nole Djokovic won 20 Grand Slams
World No.

1 Novak Djokovic has joined Alexander Zverev in speaking out against the organizers of the Madrid Open for scheduling a late-night semifinal on Saturday ahead of Sunday’s final. “You can’t finish your semifinal match at 1:00 AM and play the final the next day.

I understand that they want to sell more tickets by scheduling a late night session on Saturday, but that can cause problems,” he said. During his press conference, Djokovic stressed that tournament organizers should ideally speak to players regarding scheduling and revealed that he had attempted to sort out the issue when he was president of the ATP Players’ Council.

“The organizers should talk to the players before making these kinds of decisions,” the World No. 1 said. “When I was the president of the Players’ Council several years ago, I tried to solve this problem. But still, nothing changed.”

Novak Djokovic made the Rome Masters debut in his first notable season in 2007. The young Serb beat Marcos Baghdatis and Robin Soderling before losing to Rafael Nadal in the quarter-final. Novak claimed the Foro Italico title a year later to kick off an incredible journey that has brought him five trophies so far in the Italian capital.

Djokovic is fighting for the sixth this week, beating three rivals to enter the semis and facing Casper Ruud in Saturday’s clash for a place in the final. Novak came to Rome with 59 wins at this event, and he became the third player with 60 triumphs at a single Masters 1000 tournament.

That record was reserved for Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, and Novak has joined his greatest rivals on the list after passing the first obstacle in the Italian capital. Nadal has won 73 matches in Monte Carlo and 69 in Rome, while Federer stands on 66 in Indian Wells.

Djokovic has now entered the exclusive ‘Club 60’ and will try to celebrate the feat with the sixth title.

Novak Djokovic is the third player with 60 wins at a single Masters 1000 event.

Novak defeated Rafa in the 2011 Rome final before losing the final to the Spaniard a year later.

Since 2014, Djokovic has been the semi-finalist in Rome, winning back-to-back titles in 2014 and 2015 and adding another two years ago. Last year, Nadal toppled Djokovic in the title clash and prevented him from celebrating the milestone 60th win a year earlier.

It came at this week’s second round against Aslan Karatsev, whom Novak beat 6-3, 6-2 in an hour and a half. The Serb lost serve once and delivered four breaks to control the scoreboard and make a winning start. Novak reached the 16th Rome Masters quarter-finals from as many trips following a rock-solid 6-2, 6-2 victory over Stan Wawrinka, whom he beat in the 2008 title clash.

Djokovic served well and delivered five return games to leave a great rival behind and find himself in the last eight. Novak had to work hard to remain on the title course against Felix Auger-Aliassime, beating the Canadian 7-5, 7-6 in their first clash on the Tour.

Djokovic needed two hours and nine minutes to prevail, although he could have sealed the deal earlier after serving for both sets. The young Canadian erased the deficit to prolong them, but it was insufficient to force a decider.

Novak won 14 points more, defending three out of five break chances and stealing Felix’s serve five times from eight opportunities. Auger-Aliassime had more service winners and the advantage in the shortest rallies up to four strokes. Djokovic erased that and forged the lead in the more advanced exchanges to set the clash against Casper Ruud.

Novak Djokovic to head straight to Archeological Park after Wimbledon
Bosnian Pyramids of the Sun co-founder Semir Osmanagic has confirmed world No. 1 Novak Djokovic will attend the tennis courts opening ceremony at the Archeological Park in Visoko. In March, the construction of two tennis courts at the Archeological Park started.

With the help of the people from the Novak Tennis Centre, the plan is to have two courts at the Archeological Park – one will be on hard and the other will be a clay court. The opening of two tennis courts will take place on July 13 and Djokovic will be among atendees.

The Wimbledon final is scheduled for July 10 and Djokovic will likely head straight from London to Visoko. “Two high-quality courts will be opened in the Ravne 2 Park. Construction began on March 21, and will end on July 13, and then we will open.

We are currently in negotiations with several top tennis players who should play an exhibition match, but we have yet to finalize the participants list,” Osmanagic told Bosnia media outlet Klix.

Osmanagic wanted to give Djokovic a place to prepare
Djokovic has become a regular guest at the Archeological Park in Visoko and one of the reasons why they decided to build two tennis courts was because they wanted to give the Serb a chance to prepare for tournaments.

Last month, Osmanagic revealed those two courts will be suited to the conditions similar to the ones at the French Open and US Open. From 2023 onward, Osmanagic hopes to yearly organize the Pyramids Cup, and to have the best players from the Balkans compete.

“From 2023, we want to be the organizers of the Pyramids Cup, which would bring together four of the best tennis players from the region. We hope there would play Marin Cilic, who was born in Bosnia and Herzegovina, maybe Borna Coric, Damir Dumhur, if his schedule allows him maybe even Djokovic. The tournament would be played immediately after Wimbledon,” Osmanagic revealed.