#Tennis – #Roger #Federer: From Mr Angry to Mr Perfect

From racquet-smashing enfant terrible with a bad attitude and ill-advised ponytail to universally respected sporting  role model and icon, Roger Federer has come a long, long way.

Eighteen years after winning his first title in Milan by beating long-forgotten Frenchman Julien Boutter, Federer on  Saturday became just the second man after Jimmy Connors to win 100 career singles crowns.

Amongst that collection are 20 Grand Slams, 27 Masters and six World Tour Finals.

Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/68239413.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst

#ESPN: #Tennis world reacts to #Roger #Federer’s 100th singles title

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Roger Federer reached a momentous milestone on Saturday, becoming just the second male player to win 100 singles titles after American Jimmy Connors, who won 109. Federer reached title No. 100 with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Stefanos Tsitsipas at the at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

The numbers behind Federer’s milestone accomplishment are staggering, as was the reaction on Twitter — from Connors to Rod Laver and Billie Jean King to James Blake and Lindsey Vonn. Here are some of the best stats and social reaction to Fed’s big moment:

Federer’s 100 titles by the numbers

Here are some of the best numbers behind Federer’s 100 singles titles (courtesy of ESPN Stats & Info):

  • 20: Grand Slam titles (most by any man all time)
  • 69: Hard-court titles (most by a man in the Open era)
  • 18: Grass court titles (most by man in Open era)
  • 15: Consecutive seasons with a singles title, from 2001-15. That’s tied for the longest streak by a man in the Open era. (Rafael Nadal has an active straight of 15 straight seasons with at least one singles title.)
  • 33: Tour-level titles since 30th birthday (second-most in Open era behind Rod Laver’s 44)
  • 4: Major titles since 30th birthday (tied for most in Open era)

Social reaction to Federer’s 100th title

Jimmy Connors

@JimmyConnors

Welcome to the “ Triple Digit” tournament victory club @rogerfederer — I’ve been a bit lonely- glad to have the company !!!

Which body parts do #Tennis stars need to strengthen to thrive on #ATPTour?

‘With tennis being a sport requiring significant repetitive high intensity movements, a strength programme is essential to ensure the final ball can be hit just as hard as the first ball whilst staying injury free.’

High intensity movements are built into F45’s daily training programmes. ‘F45 is a Functional 45 minute full body exercise class,’ F45 Camden trainer Jay Duke says. ‘Each class always runs in a circuit format working every muscle and never concentrating on just one body part enabling you to train regularly.’

It’s pretty clear that tennis players need to use virtually every part of their bodies to perform at optimal level so a training programme that strengthens the body as a whole seems ideal. But where particularly should players be targeting in order to produce the best results on court?
Read more: https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/28/which-body-parts-do-tennis-stars-need-to-strengthen-to-thrive-on-atp-tour-8551962/?ito=cbshare

 

#Tennis: #Roger #Federer – I have been told in the past that you are too nice to be successful

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“The road was long and rocky, but to win all the Grand Slams that I did.

“I often have to pinch myself to believe it but it’s been an amazing journey.

“It has made me tougher as a person and taught me to handle situations. Life has been good for me and I wish all players go through this phase.”

Federer also went on to explain how he is able to wow audiences with his graceful and elegant movement and strokes on court.

“Look, it came to me naturally, and it was also a bit of upbringing,” he added.

“There is no need to step over people or bully others … make them feel bad or small.

“People often say you have to be hard and tough to win, but I feel that’s not me. I have been told in the past that you are too nice to be successful, but I think I have been able to do both by being respectful to people.

“I have had also to take tough decisions along the road, but in a nice way. You also have to remember why you are in such a privileged position.

“I can’t thank enough my fans, my team, the tournament officials — so many of them have touched my life along the way.”

“The road was long and rocky, but to win all the Grand Slams that I did.

“I often have to pinch myself to believe it but it’s been an amazing journey.

“It has made me tougher as a person and taught me to handle situations. Life has been good for me and I wish all players go through this phase.”

Federer also went on to explain how he is able to wow audiences with his graceful and elegant movement and strokes on court.

“Look, it came to me naturally, and it was also a bit of upbringing,” he added.

“There is no need to step over people or bully others … make them feel bad or small.

“People often say you have to be hard and tough to win, but I feel that’s not me. I have been told in the past that you are too nice to be successful, but I think I have been able to do both by being respectful to people.

“I have had also to take tough decisions along the road, but in a nice way. You also have to remember why you are in such a privileged position.

“I can’t thank enough my fans, my team, the tournament officials — so many of them have touched my life along the way.”

Read more at: https://nytimespost.com/roger-federer-makes-goat-admission-amid-rafael-nadal-and-novak-djokovic-debate/

#Forbes; As Roger #Federer Returns To Clay #Tennis, A Look At His Most Memorable Matches

1. 2009 French Open final, beat Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6, 6-4

2. 2006 Rome Masters final, lost to Nadal 6-7, 7-6, 6-4, 2-6, 7-6

3. 2011 French Open semi-final, beat Novak Djokovic 7-6, 6-3, 3-6, 7-6

4. 2014 Davis Cup final, doubles with Stan Wawrinka, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4

Read more at: https://www.forbes.com/sites/daniellerossingh/2019/02/22/as-roger-federer-returns-to-clay-a-look-at-his-most-memorable-matches/#6379ba777dd1

 

#Tennis: “Destination is not more important than the journey” – #Novak #Djokovic

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“My aim is to win as many Grand Slams as possible, and fight for the World No. 1 spot. But at the same time, my bigger goals are to stay mentally healthy and balanced. I know that with an optimal, functional state of mind, body and soul, I will have a better chance of achieving those goals.”- Novak Djokovic.

Read more at: https://www.thehindu.com/sport/other-sports/destination-not-more-important-than-journey/article26323737.ece

#BBC #Tennis: #Roger #Federer to return to clay at #Madrid Open in May

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer will play his first clay court tournament in three years at the Madrid Open in May.

The Swiss has not played on clay since the 2016 Italian Open and his last French Open appearance was in 2015.

After his fourth round defeat at last month’s Australian Open, Federer, 37, said he would return to the surface as he “missed not doing it”.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/sport/tennis/47307105

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