Italian Tennis chief explains why he prefers Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer

Italian Tennis chief explains why he prefers Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer

Angelo Binaghi, the chief of Italian Tennis Federation recently revealed that he will always choose Rafael Nadal over Roger Federer. The 59-year-old believes that he relates more to Spaniard’s fighting spirit. 

Binaghi admitted that he is a huge Nadal fan and stated that they both almost share the same personality. He said that he hates players who play better Tennis than him.

The former tennis player was quoted saying, “Although not knowing him personally, I am a big Nadal fan. Because tennis, and life too, for me is the fight. And Nadal is the guy who embraces my personality the most. That’s how I would like to be.”

“Definitely not Federer. I always hated the guys who played tennis better than me, but who did not struggle. So if I could choose, I would make Nadal being an Italian,” he added.

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Binaghi was also asked if he would accept Federer as an Italian player. Although he admitted that he would definitely accept it if the Swiss star ever asks to become an Italian player, he said that he will upset if Nadal doesn’t ask for the same.

He also talked about the infrastructure and the future of a retractable roof on the Central Court. He said, “It’s a big shame that for a tournament like our, in an amazing place, no steps forward were made to make the Central Stadium better.”

“think it had a €20-25 million cost and you use it only one week a year. If there was a roof, our tournament could get an upgrade but many volleyball, basketball matches would be played and so on. Our country does not manage to achieve even the most simple thing,” concluded the chief.

Rafael Nadal fires warning ahead of US Open 2019

Rafael Nadal fires warning ahead of US Open 2019

Rafael Nadal has his eyes set on US Open 2019 as the Spaniard is preparing for the last Grand Slam of the season. For the second in a row, Nadal may miss the Cincinnati Masters in order to remain fit for US Open. 

The 18-time Grand Slam champion believes that he is physically fit this season. However, Nadal has not yet decided if he will participate in Cincinnati Masters scheduled to begin on August 10, 2019.

Talking about his plans for the rest of the season, the Spaniard said, “I think that I’m in good shape this year, I’m strong. I’ll soon travel to Montreal as I want to spend some days there to finish my preparation. After Wimbledon, I felt some tiredness and I took a rest but now I am training well on hard courts.

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“Depending on what happens in Montreal, I’ll take a decision on Cincinnati. Cincinnati is still an option,” he added.

He then went on to confirm that he is looking forward to US Open and declared that he will be well-prepared for the event. “I have one thing very clear though and it is that I want to arrive well prepared and ready for the US Open, the last major of the season,” concluded Nadal as he will aim at lifting his fourth US Open title in August this year.

Former World No. 6 explains why Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic should have earned more than Serena Williams and Simona Halep in Wimbledon

Former World No. 6 explains why Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic should have earned more Serena in Wimbledon Williams and Simona Halep

Australian Tennis professional Julian Knowle addressed the amount that all the Wimbledon 2019 finalists received after the end of the tournament. Former World No. 6 in ATP Doubles ranking claimed that Men’s Singles finalists should have received more amount of money as compared to Women’s Singles finalists. 

Knowle stated that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic drove more business for the tournament organisers than Simona Halep and Serena Williams. Hence, he feels that they should have been paid more for the same reason.

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Addressing the topic during his conversation with TennisNet, Knowle said, “I know it’s a very serious topic. I do not want to offend anyone. The market makes the price. Just compare the tickets prices between women’s and men’s finals. You can immediately say what product sells better. Everyone should make an idea of itself. The three greatest players ever are competing in the same era.”

Knowle also recalled the semi-final match between Federer and Nadal in Wimbledon 2019He was further quoted saying, “They are gold for tennis. Men’s final was amazing. Hopefully, they play for 25 more years. Also, the semifinal between Federer and Nadal was unbelievable. That’s why people are passionate (about).”

 

Former World No.1 wishes he had ‘half the ambition’ of Rafael Nadal

Former World No.1 wishes he had 'half the ambition' of Rafael Nadal

Former World No. 1 Carlos Moya recently talked about reigning World No. 2 Rafael Nadal. The retired professional hailed the Spaniard for his unparalleled ambitions. 

Moya and Nadal first locked horns in 2003, The two were competing in Hamburg and Nadal won the match, leaving a lasting impression on his opponent.

Talking about that encounter against Rafael Nadal, Moya said, “I had won a Grand Slam, I was world No. 1. I remember that in practice I almost always beat him, but once you began to play with him on the court, he turned into a machine. The first time we played an official tournament was Hamburg. But it’s clear that he had a killer instinct inside the court, an ambition that I could wish I only had half of.”

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He further went on to add, “The circuit evolves, the players evolve. If you want to keep the same position, you have to improve and evolve from the player you were eight or ten years ago.”

Carlos Moya and Rafael Nadal had a total of eight career meetings. Nadal won 6 out of 8 matches whereas Moya could only prevail in two. In 2007 Roland Garrod, Nadal defeated Moya in the quarter-final and went on to win the tournament. In the process, he also became the first man to win three consecutive Grand Slams on the clay court since Björn Borg.

 

Roger Federer reveals the biggest advantage of his matches against Rafael Nadal

Roger Federer Rafa Nadal

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal share one of the greatest rivalries in Tennis. Both players have engaged in multiple gruelling encounters throughout their career. 

With 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, Federer is just ahead of Rafael Nadal who has won 18 Major titles in career. The Swiss star believes that going up against Nadal has only made him a stronger competitor.

Talking about his encounters with Rafael Nadal, Federer recalled his 2017 Australian Open final against the Spaniard. He was quoted saying, “You stand there on the podium and it was a standing ovation going on. Everybody is listening, you could hear a pin drop.”

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“I learned from those matches and you feel like almost you grow up and you have more experience in life because of these matches. You start respecting each other more and more because in those moments it’s so personal, it’s so intense.”

“As confident as we are, we need to have that confidence. we also need to know the other side, that it’s always dangerous. You learn so much from the sport, from winning, from losing, trying to figure out and just being uncomfortable and trying to figure out how to through these moments,” concluded Federer.

19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic reacts to being called the next ‘Novak Djokovic’

19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic reacts to being called the next 'Novak Djokovic'

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic is an inspiration for young players all across the world. To top that, 19-year-old Miomir Kecmanovic is being billed as the next Djokovic by many. 

The determined teen looks up to his fellow Serb and hopes to achieve similar milestones in his life. However, he realises that it is important for him to tightly hold onto reality.

Talking about how he feels about the expectation of him becoming the next Djokovic, he said, “I am happy that people think like that, but that’s also far ahead. It’s also possible but let’s be honest, 16 Grand Slams happens in I do not know how many years, so I’d be happy if I could get one or two.”

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“It’s definitely a good feeling, there is a bunch of us right now, I am happy that I was able to breakthrough at such a young age and join those guys”, he added while addressing the next-gen players.

Kecmanovic then went on to talk about his stint in Davis Cup where he represented Serbia. “That was definitely a good experience, there is so many good guys right now, with Djokovic of course. Just to see how they practice and behave was definitely a good learning experience that helps me to know what to do in the future,” he concluded.

 

Naomi Osaka hopes that Serena Williams isn’t ‘mad’ at her

Naomi Osaka hopes that Serena Williams isn't 'mad' at her

Naomi Osaka defeated Serena Williams in a controversial US Open final last year to lift her first-ever Grand Slam title. The former World No. 1 recently opened up about the incident and shared her deepest fears. 

Earlier last month, Serena Williams revealed that she had apologised to Osaka for the commotion that refused the champion a deserving celebration. She also stated that Osaka found it inspiring for Serena to speak up for herself.

Talking about her victory over Serena, she said, “Is it kind of like raising a kid though? Like the kid grows up with you and you’re looking at the kid and you’re like, ‘Wow I’m proud of you’.”

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She then went on to say that she is hoping Serena isn’t mad at her about the same. “Then you’re cooking something in the kitchen and then the kid suddenly comes and cooks better than you. I feel like you would be proud but at the same time, it would make you want to work harder. I don’t know, I hope Serena isn’t mad at me.”

Osaka also went on to talk about her approach towards the game and the press. “For me, because I’ve spent so much of my life on courts where no one really watches, I think I always like when people watch because it feels like all the hard work you put in is finally being shown. That’s the moment where I try my best because I’m not an attention seeker, but I like when there’s a lot of people watching my matches.”

“I feel like it’s more fun on the big stages. There, a different side of my personality comes out because normally I don’t, no offence guys, I don’t like being surrounded by people”, she concluded.

Roger Federer recalls the time when he thought the former World No. 1 was attacking him personally

Roger Federer recalls the time when he thought the former World No. 1 was attacking him personallyRoger Federer recalls the time when he thought the former World No. 1 was attacking him personally

With 20 Grand Slam titles to his name, Roger Federer has been synonymous with Tennis for more than a decade. Recently, the Swiss legend recalled the time when he thought he was being personally attacked by his opponent. 

Federer is known for his calm demeanour while playing. Even his celebrations are often lowkey but that is far from true for Lleyton Hewitt. The latter is known for loud and exciting celebrations after winning each point.

However, the former World No. 1’s celebrations irked Roger Federer during their match. The Swiss star had to struggle initially while trying to accept his opponent’s actions. That included Hewitt holding his hands close to his opponent’s face.

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“I was struggling in the beginning with his acting on the court. I was like, ‘Why is he doing it to my face. Isn’t he a little bit over the top.”

Following that, Federer admitted that at times he felt he was being attacked on a personal level. He eventually realised that the Aussie professional uses that kind of celebration only to get in the right mindset.

Roger Federer then went on to add, “I felt like he was almost attacking me personally but then I realized he is just doing to pumping himself up.”

Roger Federer reveals why he chose Tennis over Football

Roger Federer reveals why he chose Tennis over Football

Roger Federer has been synonymous to Tennis for more than a decade. But long before he decided to rule the sport, he was close to playing a completely different sport. 

In a recent interview, the 37-year-old revealed that he chose Tennis over Soccer. Federer stated that he prefers being in control of the situation. Tennis allows him to play individually whereas soccer comes with its share of blames.

Roger Federer was quoted saying, “I always liked to be in control. In tennis, you win or lose, it’s to blame. In soccer I always felt like the goalkeeper made this mistake, why didn’t you tackle that guy earlier. I always find these excuses even though I really enjoyed the team sport.”

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The 20-time Grand Slam champion also talked about the constant support of his wife, Mirka Federer. He went to stress on the fact that tennis often causes a lot of lonely time in the life of the players. But his significant other never made him feel that way.

“Tennis can sometimes be a very lonely life at times. You are just there and you are waiting for your matches. There is a lot of waiting to go on for us in the business. With Mirka, I would never feel the life is boring or lonely”, concluded Roger Federer.

Roger Federer reveals shocking details about his tantrums during his early days in Tennis

Roger Federer reveals shocking details about his tantrums during his early days in Tennis

With 20 Grand Slam titles to his, Roger Federer will go down in history as one of the greatest sportspersons of all time. The Swiss legend recently revealed that he was not always as cool as a cucumber on the court. 

Federer, who will turn 38 in less than ten days, created a legacy for himself by showing the virtues of a champion. For every win that he celebrated, there is a loss which he accepted graciously.

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However, he opened up about his attitude towards losing during his early days n the sport. He stated that he showed tantrums on the court which included smashing his racket.

Federer was quoted saying, “I was very up-and-down. When I would lose matches, I would cry very much especially I would crack my racket and scream around the tennis court and then that was one stage, I think it was about 16, 17 I couldn’t practice more for one hour, one hour and a half.”

He also stated how he dealt with those issues. “Every time I was losing my mind that they should send me off or I would walk off automatically myself because I knew what was gonna come”, concluded Federer.

 

Olympic Gold Medalist hails Roger Federer as Greatest of All Time

Olympic Gold Medalist hails Roger Federer as Greatest of All Time

Former Tennis professional Nicolás Massú recently referred to Roger Federer as the Greatest of All Time. The 2-time Olympic Gold medalist was discussing Federer’s dominant run over the last decade. 

Massu believes that Federer is an inspiration for young kids all across the world. He went on to say that the Swiss star will be on top for as long as he can.

The 39-year-old was quoted saying, “I have known Federer for so many years. He is one year younger than me and he has been making a difference since he was a kid. Besides being a great player he is a great person too.”

“He is the greatest player ever without a doubt and an example for kids. Being lucky, he can stay at the top for as long as he wants”, he added.

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Massu is set to team up with a former partner Moritz Thiem in Kitzbuhel as the duo will play together for the first time in six years. Talking about reuniting with his former partner, he said, “I am really happy to be back in such a special place like Kitzbuhel, where I have the best memories.”

“The idea came up last week when I was training with Dominic in Vienna. In some training sessions, Moritz was there. The Tournament Director Alex Antonitsch was there too and he gave us the idea of playing doubles with him. It seems something nice.”

Massu noted that it is a one-time thing and he is looking forward to playing Tennis with Dominic Thiem’s brother. “Sharing the side of the court with Dominic’s brother is nice, funny, he is starting to play professional tournaments, he is excited and happy with this opportunity. I only want to play and come back in a special city like Kitzbuhel. It’s just a one-time thing. I will try to play as many matches as possible”, he concluded.

 

 

Stefanos Tsitsipas responds to Nick Kyrgios’ comments following Citi Open loss

Stefanos Tsitsipas responds to Nick Kyrgios' comments following Citi Open loss

Stefanos Tsitsipas and Nick Kyrgios took on Wimbledon 2019 Doubles champion, Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah in the opening round of Citi Open 2019. 

Tsitsipas and Kyrgios lost their 3-set encounter against the Grand Slam champions. Following the match, Nik Kyrgios opened up about his 20-year-old partner.

The Australian hailed Tsitsipas as someone who will do special things in the future. He also said that he will stay away as far as possible from World No. 6 because he does not want any sort of bad influence over the Greek player.

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Tsitsipas, on the other hand, admitted that he feels the exact opposite about Kyrios. He went on to praise the Aussie’s brutal serves and said that he felt inspired on the court.

Tsitsipas was quoted saying, “I felt the exact opposite. I got inspired today, honestly, I won’t lie. His serve was brutal…I wish I could serve like that. It’s unbelievable to see that in a human being. Very very fun.

“I got to know you a bit more. My opinion about you is still [pause] good…I really enjoyed the company and moments we shared”, he added.

Nick Kyrgios reveals why he wants to stay ‘as far as possible’ from Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios reveals why he wants to stay as far as possible from Stefanos Tsitsipas

Nick Kyrgios and Stefanos Tsitsipas aligned forces to take on Wimbledon 2019 champions Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah. This was the first time when Kyrgiso and Tsitsipas teamed up for a doubles event. 

Cabal and Farah won the first set whereas Krgios and Tsitsipas won the second. In the final set, the two teams gave their best but Cabal and Farah prevailed 6-3, 3-6, 10-5.

Following his match, Nick Kyrgios addressed the media and talked about teaming up with Stefanos Tsitsipas. He believes that the 20-year-old Greek tennis sensation will do special things in the future.

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Talking about Tsitsipas, he said, “He’s only just begun. Hopefully, he doesn’t make the same mistakes I have. If he keeps his head down, he can do some special things. He smells good as well. Every time before we’d serve I would [deep inhale]—‘not bad’.”

Nick Kyrgios also stressed on the fact that he would not like to be a negative influence over World No. 6. Therefore, he will maintain his distance from him off the court. Kyrgios was quoted saying, “I’m gonna stay as far away as possible unless it’s a doubles court, because I’m a bad influence”.

Rafael Nadal reveals exactly why Big 3 are still dominating tennis

Rafael Nadal reveals exactly why Big 3 are still dominating tennis

Rafael Nadal is headed to the US Open where he will aim at lifting his 19th Grand Slam title. Recently, Nadal opened up about the things that have helped him, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic to keep dominating in the last few years. 

The Spaniard discussed how the Big three have evolved in the last decade. “This change did not happen over a day or a year. It was logical progress. My legs are not the same as 2005 when I won my maiden French Open title. The same thing for the movement. It’s the only way to stay competitive. Federer, Djokovic and me – everyone had the desire to stay to the top.”

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Nadal then went on to add, “In order to make it happen, we had to keep evolving.”

The 12-time Roland Garros champion is far from looking at his last game. When asked how long he will continue playing, Nadal said, “If my body says I can no longer make it and I am not able to play big matches again, then it’s a sign to stop.”

“The fire and passion for sports in general and for tennis, in particular, are still inside me. That makes me keep playing and inspires me to keep fighting. My life goes much beyond tennis. Tennis is definitely a part of it but is not the most important”, he concluded.