Roundup of tennis news including Federer, Del Potro, Djokovic
‘Second Service’ Tennis News: Federer will partner Nadal in last match of his career and Alcaraz admits ‘I was lucky Djokovic couldn’t play’
Looking back at the big tennis news in our exclusive ‘Second Service’… Roger Federer will partner Rafael Nadal in his last career match at the Laver Cup as Carlos Alcaraz admitted he was lucky not to not having Djokovic playing at the US Open, more more…
For starters, Roger Federer will play his last professional match alongside Rafael Nadal at the Laver Cup later today.
Federer announced earlier this month that he would retire after the Laver Cup after a three-year struggle with a knee injury.
“Maybe I can play doubles with Rafa, that would be an absolute dream,” Federer noted earlier this week. It will happen later today.
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In other news, Juan Martin del Potro says he feels like he’s been left “with nothing” after having his tennis career ripped off.
Del Potro was at a career high point when he broke his kneecap at Queen’s in 2019. While it wasn’t Del Potro’s first career injury, it was certainly the most painful, and he explained how hard he found it.
“I cannot psychologically accept a life without tennis,” he said. “I didn’t have a gradual transition to after, I didn’t prepare, I have no idea what other athletes did to live this process calmly. I was number three in the world, then suddenly I broke my knees and here I am, with nothing.
Read what else Del Potro had to say here
Moreover, Andy Murray has predicted that he has “a few more years” left in his career as tennis prepares to say goodbye to Roger Federer.
Murray assured fans that he doesn’t have a retirement plan yet:
“It’s okay, I get along a little bit now, but my body still feels good,” Murray said. “I will try to continue and hopefully I have a few more years left.
“Yeah, I mean, for me the last few years, yeah, I think as you get older as an athlete and with certain physical issues, yeah, you think, you know, if or when should you quit and when is the right time and how would you like it to be.
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Moving on, Carlos Alcaraz was happy to concede that Novak Djokovic not being at the US Open was “lucky” for him.
Djokovic’s vaccination stance meant he was unable to enter America and compete in the US Open. In the end, it was 19-year-old Alcaraz who rose to the occasion and won a first major, but he acknowledges there was a small fortune at stake.
“Look, I don’t want to take the credit away from me,” Alcaraz The New York Times after the US Open, “but it’s true that Rafa, Djokovic, Federer, they were in a period where they were all playing. I was lucky or whatever you want to call it that Djokovic couldn’t play. Everyone has their reasons, but that’s the reality.
And finally, Novak Djokovic picked out two special moments in his rivalry with Roger Federer ahead of the Swiss great’s final professional match at the Laver Cup.
The pair, with 41 major titles between them, have faced each other 50 times in 14 years on the tour, including five Slam finals at Wimbledon and the US Open. It was a memory at each of these high-profile events that Djokovic chose when asked what was on his mind during his confrontations with Federer.
“Well, I will choose my first Grand Slam final, [at the] US Open 2007. I lost that game,” Djokovic said before adding:
“2019, sorry, Roger, Wimbledon final,” Djokovic said.
Read all about it here.
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