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Monday, June 24, 2019

Roger Federer

Jimmy Connors welcomes Roger Federer to 100-win club with great tweet

Jimmy Connors

Roger Federer reached a rare and special milestone over the weekend and received recognition from the best possible source.

Federer defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win the Dubai Tennis Championships, marking his 100th career singles tournament title. Not only did beating Tsitsipas give him some revenge after his Australian Open loss, but it also made him the second player to win 100 career singles tournaments. The other to do it is Jimmy Connors, who holds the record with 109 career singles titles in the open era.

Connors sent a great tweet welcoming Federer to the club, saying it was lonely and nice to have some company.

Some players don’t like having their records broken or athletes encroaching on their turf. Connors is acting the complete opposite, which shows great character.

Having Federer reach 100 wins is a nice thing for Connors too because it puts into perspective just how incredible his career was.

Report: Roger Federer may leave Nike for Uniqlo

Roger Federer

Nike’s most famous tennis athlete may soon be leaving the brand.

Roger Federer’s deal with Nike has expired, and reports are saying the Swiss tennis star may switch brands.

According to multiple reports, Federer could be headed for a deal with Japanese company Uniqlo, which previously sponsored Novak Djokovic.

“It has already expired in March and we are in negotiations,” Federer said of his Nike contract.

“They are rumors and nothing is ruled out, neither my continuity in Nike nor the end of our collaboration, nor a change to any brand.”

Though an extension with Nike is not being ruled out, there is talk about Federer receiving a 10-year, $300 million deal from Uniqlo. Not only would that pay him well, but it would come at the end of his tennis-playing career. The 36-year-old is already playing a more limited schedule, so it might be hard to turn down that kind of money so close to retirement.

Roger Federer confirms he will skip clay season again

Roger Federer

Roger Federer announced on Saturday that he will skip the clay court season for the second year in a row.

Federer lost in the Miami Open on Saturday to Thanasi Kokkinakis 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 in the second round of the tournament. The defeat was Federer’s second in a row, marking the first time since 2014 that he has lost consecutive matches. Losing to the 175th-ranked Kokkinankis will cost Federer the world No. 1 ranking.

After the match, Federer said he will duplicate his strategy from last year and skip the clay season, with hopes of producing the same results. In 2017, Federer won Wimbledon for the eighth time in his career.

At age 36, Federer is clearly focusing on giving himself the best chance to win targeted events and excel in his areas of strength.

This will mark the third year in a row that Federer skips the French Open. Federer is set to play in the Gerry Weber Open in Halle in June, which he won last year before going on to win Wimbledon.

Roger Federer cracks funny joke after reaching No. 1 ranking

Roger Federer
Roger Federer is the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world again for the first time since 2012.

Not only that, but the Swiss icon’s ascent to the top makes him the oldest No. 1 in history, as the 36-year-old surpassed Andre Agassi, who was No. 1 in the world in 2003 at the age of 33.

That fact prompted Federer to offer up a funny tweet about his achievement.

Way to embrace it, Roger.

Federer is showing no signs of slowing down, having started the year by walking off with his 20th major title. And make no mistake — Federer still celebrates his victories, by his own admission, like someone half his age would.

Klay Thompson and Roger Federer plan epic ping-pong match

Roger Federer

Roger Federer is one of the greatest tennis competitors of all-time. Klay Thompson is one of the greatest shooters in the history of basketball. So, any athletic competition between these two would be a treat.

It appears there is potential for a legendary ping-pong match between the two. It started with Warriors coach Steve Kerr relaying a conversation between the athletes that happened last week in Shanghai.

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ESPN captures perfect shot of Del Potro celebrating win over Federer

Juan Martin Del Potro

Juan Martin Del Potro pulled off a major quarterfinals win over Roger Federer at the US Open on Wednesday night, and ESPN captured the perfect shot of him celebrating.

Del Potro won in four sets, 7-5, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4, closing out the match with a big forehand winner. Del Potro took off his headband after winning, met Federer at the net for a nice embrace, and then he lifted his arms to the sky.

The placement of ESPN’s cameras that allowed them to get that shot was impressive.

The image was reminiscent of the iconic Andy Dufresne pose from “The Shawshank Redemption.”

The victory marked Del Potro’s sixth against Federer.

“I played my best match of the tournament,” he told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi afterwards.

Del Potro moves on to the semifinals where he will face Rafael Nadal, spoiling a heavily anticipated match between Roger and Rafa.

Roger Federer had wild night celebrating Wimbledon title

Roger Federer

Roger Federer won his 19th Grand Slam and his eighth Wimbledon singles title Sunday. The man is simply a legend.

And it appears he celebrated his latest Wimbledon title in legendary fashion. His celebration was so wild that it inspired the Washington Post to use “lit” in a headline.

“Yeah, my head’s ringing,” Federer said Monday. “I don’t know what I did last night. I drank too many types of drinks, I guess.”

Sunday night brought the the annual champions’ dinner and dance in London. Federer, 35, is a father of four, but that didn’t stop him from having a blast Sunday night.

“After the ball we went to — what would you call it? I guess it’s a bar,” Federer said. “And there were almost 30 to 40 friends that were there. We had a great time. Got to bed at 5, then woke up, and just didn’t feel good. The last hour or so I’m somewhat okay again. I’m happy with that.”

The man stayed out until 5 a.m. drinking “too many types of drinks” with his friends. Federer was operating on an empty stomach, too; he said he hadn’t eaten.

“There was no music, but it was a great dinner,” Federer said. “I always feel bad that we arrive so late. By the time I got there they were already on the main course, which is a bit unfortunate in my opinion. But I was happy to be there again. It never grows old.”

May Roger Federer win Grand Slams forever.