Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have a stranglehold on men’s tennis. It’s not the first time the two greats of the game have combined to monopolise the grand slams, but with those two legends aged 36 and 32 respectively some might have expected their superpowers to be on the wane. They’re not. Federer and Nadal have shared the last six Majors to take their personal tally up to 20 and 17 titles each. The two sit at the top of the pile, clear of Pete Sampras in third and with a healthy buffer to Novak Djokovic on 12. Since Stan Wawrinka won the 2016 US Open nobody has been able to upset the apple cart. Federer has won two Australian Opens, Nadal has won two French Opens, with the 2017 Wimbledon and US Open titles shared out. It’s been business as usual. Read more: Wimbledon to serve up highlights packages using IBM AI technology Winning a grand slam singles title is, of course, extremely difficult. Djokovic, Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Marin Cilic are the only other … [Read more...] about Wimbledon 2018: Zverev, Dimitrov, Del Potro, Kyrgios, Cilic – Can anybody challenge Federer and Nadal?
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Roger Federer’s fifth reign as the world’s No.1 player has ended after just one short week following Rafael Nadal’s Italian Open triumph overnight. But it’s unlikely to be the end of their game of chicken at the top. Nadal defeated Alexander Zverev in a topsy-turvy three-set thriller in Rome that included both players winning a set 6-1 and two rain stoppages. And the Spaniard’s eighth Italian Open title lifted him up in the rankings above his great rival Federer, who is sitting out the clay-court season for a second consecutive year. But even with the Swiss master’s absence, the pressure will be on for Nadal as he chases an 11th French Open championship when the tournament begins on Sunday. The 31-year-old must win the title to stay ahead of Federer to begin the grass-court season, which would stretch his sixth and current stint as No.1 to four weeks. Yet it might end there. Nadal’s first appearance after Roland Garros is set to be at … [Read more...] about Latest twist in Federer and Nadal’s game of No.1 chicken
Boris Becker has heaped praise on Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal and insists that their true accomplishments in the game will only be realised once they stop playing. The German, a former world number one, believes no amount of praise is enough for the duo's achievements, despite them suffering numerous setbacks in terms of injuries and loss of form. Federer and Nadal dominated the men's game for almost a decade since they first played each other at the Miami Open in 2004. They have a combined 36 Grand Slam titles between them and are arguably two of the greatest to ever play the game. However, their ability to challenge for major titles on a regular basis was questioned when they both struggled with injury in 2016. There were doubts if they could return to the top or even play regularly on the tour. Federer and Nadal silenced their critics in fine fashion when they returned from their respective six- and three-month injury lay-offs at the start of the 2017 season. The former started … [Read more...] about ‘Once they stop, we will truly understand’ says Becker about Federer and Nadal’s accomplishments
Former world number one Boris Becker has revealed that he would have loved to play Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal in their prime as every top sportsman wants to test himself against the best in the business. Becker had his rivalries against the likes of Ivan Lendl and John McEnroe during his time, who have established themselves as some of the best the game has ever produced. He also made reference to the likes of Pete Sampras and Andre Agassi, who were the ones to beat before the turn of the century, following which the Swiss and Nadal took the stage by storm. "I would love to have played in this era. To play Rafa Nadal, to play Roger Federer would have been great. Every top sportsman wants to test himself against the best in whatever he does and clearly, we have some of the greatest players ever to play tennis in the sport right now," Becker told Tennis 365. "You want to test your own boundaries, see how good you are. I had some great rivalries in my day. [Ivan] Lendl and [John] … [Read more...] about Boris Becker explains his reason for wanting to play Federer and Nadal
Former World No 1 Boris Becker believes that the new rackets used by current players such as Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal allow them to play shots that were not possible with a wooden racquet. The German is keen for the duo to play with a wooden racket for once to see how it affects their game. The likes of Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe did not have the benefit of these new technical rackets and made their way up the ladder using a wooden racket. The wooden racket made it more difficult for the player to hit the ball with accuracy, leading to more mistakes and they would have had to adapt their game to match the current generation. Meanwhile, Federer is gunning to become the oldest World No 1 eclipsing Andre Agassi's record, who was 33 years old when he became the top ranked player in 2003. Federer only has to reach the semi-finals in the Rotterdam Open next week to guarantee his return to the top of the ATP World Rankings. Becker has no doubt that Nadal and Federer are two of … [Read more...] about Becker explains how Borg and McEnroe had it more difficult than Federer and Nadal