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Friday, April 10, 2020

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Pete Sampras: Roger Federer still has a grand slam left in him

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is 34 years old and nearing the end of his career. He has not won a major since 2012, and many think he will not win another one again. But Pete Sampras still believes the Swiss star has one more grand slam left in him.

Sampras joined “The Tennis Podcast” over the weekend and talked about Federer among others.

“I do think there is (a good chance of Federer winning another major). I think he’s playing well, he’s fit, he hits the ball great, he’s doing everything that he’s been doing for years.

“It is tougher as you get older and now Novak [Djokovic] and [Andy] Murray, they’re in their prime now. I think for Roger to win, things need to fall into place. I think if he has to play Murray, Djokovic, then Rafa in one week or back-to-back, it gets more difficult.

“Wimbledon I think is his best chance, but the US Open he’s won there five times, he knows what he’s doing. I think he’s got a good shot, but I think obviously Novak is the man to beat.”

Wimbledon would seem to be Fed’s best chance at winning another major. He has won it seven times, and he reached the finals at the All England Club the past two years in a row, where he lost to Novak Djokovic both times.

For Federer to win another major, he would need to catch a couple of breaks. He would need a favorable draw, and then he would need to have Murray or Djokovic lose. And then there is the question of whether he could even beat Stan Wawrinka now, too. I don’t see it happening, but Federer fans will probably love hearing what Sampras had to say.

Photo: Roger Federer/Twitter

Mirka Federer, crowd give Roger big boost at Wimbledon

Roger Federer wife Mirka

Roger Federer had a big edge over Novak Djokovic in at least one regard during their finals at Wimbledon Sunday. He had the support of the crowd.

Though the fans weren’t necessarily against Djokovic, they constantly supported the Swiss star who has won the Wimbledon championship seven times. He received loud roars and cheers any time he did well. He also had plenty of support in his box from wife Mirka and coach Stefan Edberg.

When Federer won points, ESPN frequently flashed to his box. Mirka, who is usually as stoic as her husband, even got animated during contested points in the match.

The fans at Wimbledon were hoping for and appreciated high-level tennis, but there was no doubt for whom they were rooting: Roger.

Roger Federer rips Boris Becker: It’s always dangerous when you talk a lot

Roger Federer hair

Roger Federer grew up idolizing former world No. 1 tennis player Boris Becker, but some recent comments that Becker made may have changed Federer’s opinion of the six-time Grand Slam winner.

Becker recently released an autobiography, and in it he claims that it is an “open secret” that Federer and Novak Djokovic “don’t particularly like each other.” Earlier this week, Federer basically told Becker to mind his own business.

“Becker really has no idea. He should know me well enough to know that I am a relaxed guy,” Federer said, according to Mirror UK. “It is always dangerous when you are talking a lot. Sometimes you say things you should not. Of course I didn’t like what he said. After all, he was once my idol.”

Federer admitted that he used to take issue with the way Djokovic acted on the court, but he said that is no longer a problem. Perhaps it had something to do with Djokovic mocking Federer with his classic impressions.

“It is well known that I initially had problems with Novak’s manner on court but now he behaves wonderfully and fairly,” he added. “I have no problem with Novak.”

Becker also said that Federer avoids controversy publicly because he “makes good money” off of his clean-cut image. You can read the full quote here.

It’s probably safe to say Federer and his idol won’t be having dinner anytime soon.

Boris Becker: Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer don’t particularly like each other

Roger Federer Novak DjokovicRoger Federer is a beloved tennis figure and seems to be well liked by fans, the media and his colleagues. Though he is well liked, not everyone is a huge fan of him, apparently.

In his new book “Wimbledon: My Life and Career at the All England Club,” Boris Becker writes that Novak Djokovic and Federer don’t particularly like each other.

Here is the excerpt from the book via The Telegraph:

“[They] don’t particularly like each other,” Becker writes. “The reason Roger is one of the highest-paid athletes of all time is because he’s liked by everybody. But think about this – you can’t possibly be liked by everybody… He makes good money out of his image, but would he make less if we saw a bit more of his true feelings?”

That’s an interesting point by Becker, who has been Djokovic’s coach since late 2013. Federer has a pristine image, but we have seen times in the past where there have been hints of what Becker is talking about. Remember when Federer yelled at fans at the French Open a few years ago and told them to “shut up!“? That was a shock to see. And then he complained about Rafael Nadal taking too much time and how he should be called for violations. Those were times when we saw Federer’s natural, competitive side come out, and not a politically correct side.

And if you’re wondering why Djokovic and Federer might not completely get along, it could have a little to do with Djokovic mocking Federer with his classic impressions.

Roger Federer unhappy with security after fan comes on court for selfie (Video)

Roger Federer selfieRoger Federer is not happy with the security at the French Open after experiencing a few alarming brushes with fans.

After beating Alejandro Falla 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Sunday in the first round, a fan came on the court and tried to take a selfie with the Swiss master. Federer, caught completely off guard, was apprehensive to comply with the fan’s selfie request. He understandably was unsure of the fan’s motives and kept waiting for security to come over and handle the situation.

“I’m not happy about it, obviously not one second I’m happy about it,” Federer said afterwards. “It happened [Saturday] in the practice, too. And today on center court, where you would think this is a place where nobody can come on, just wanders on and nothing happens.

“So I definitely think this is [a change] that something needs to happen quickly. But obviously [I] want this to happen immediately. Normally I only speak on behalf of myself, but in this situation I think I can speak on behalf of all the players, that that’s where you do your job, that’s where you want to feel safe. But nothing happened, so I’m relieved. But clearly it wasn’t a nice situation to be in.”

The fan was detained and told he cannot attend future matches at the tournament. He also was sitting in box seats, which is how he had such good access to the court.

This is the third such incident for Federer at Roland Garros, which explains why he takes the matter so seriously. He had something similar after practice Saturday as he said, and a fan ran onto the court during one of his matches in the finals there in 2009. Plus, when you factor in that Monica Seles was stabbed by a fan who ran onto the court back in 1993, there is plenty of reason for Federer to be concerned.

Between this and the crazy online poster who threatened death, Federer can never be too careful.

Michael Jordan loved Roger Federer’s tweener shot at US Open (Video)

Michael Jordan US Open

Michael Jordan was at Flushing on Tuesday to take in Roger Federer’s first-round match at the US Open and build some hype for the tennis player’s new shoe.

It’s safe to say that MJ was enjoying the show.

At one point in the second set, Federer ran down a lob from Marinko Matosevic which landed out. Matosevic turned his back after the ball landed out, but Federer didn’t stop. He hit a tweener return that actually nailed Matosevic in the back, leaving Jordan and many others laughing.

Federer’s new shoe is the Nike Zoom Vapor x Air Jordan 3, which was released on Tuesday. The shoe marks the collaboration of arguably the two greatest players in the history of their respective sports.

“It’s just amazing having Michael here. Michael was my hero of all sports. Having him here is unbelievably special. The collaboration is unique, so I love it,” said Federer in an interview after his match.

Here’s Jordan giving an interview during the match where he talked about working with Federer on the shoe: