Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic treated fans to arguably the greatest final match in Wimbledon history on Sunday, and it sounds like Andy Roddick was exhausted just watching it.
At some point in the middle of a lengthy fifth set, one of Roddick’s Twitter followers asked him what it feels like to take part in a match that lasts well over four hours. Roddick had a great response.
Like it’s easy from the couch :) https://t.co/eUGa7ABhHj
— andyroddick (@andyroddick) July 14, 2019
We can only imagine how exhausted Federer and Djokovic were. The match featured an insane 35-shot rally and was the longest final in Wimbledon history. It was also the first time the final featured a fifth-set tiebreak, so it goes without saying that it was a test of endurance. Roddick retired from tennis several years ago, and he’s clearly at peace with his decision.
Two of the greatest tennis players of all time met in the championship match at Wimbledon on Sunday, and to say they did not disappoint would be an understatement.
Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic had several long rallies during their match, but the most impressive came during the fourth set. It lasted a remarkable 35 shots and ended with Federer getting the point.
— ESPN (@espn) July 14, 2019
Federer eventually won the set to force a fifth and deciding set. The 35-shot rally was a prime example of the incredible conditioning these guys possess.
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.
Welcome to the “ Triple Digit” tournament victory club @rogerfederer — I’ve been a bit lonely- glad to have the company !!!
— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) March 2, 2019
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.
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 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.
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.
Apparently I’m the oldest tennis player with a # ranking. Somebody might have mentioned that to me already but I had a hard time hearing
— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) February 16, 2018
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.
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.
Steve Kerr relayed a convo between Roger Federer and Klay Thompson.
Klay: How's your ping pong game?
Federer: Pretty nice
Klay: Mine, too
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 12, 2017