Boris Becker, who himself is considered as a legend, has said that the game of tennis has not seen a better player than Roger Federer till date.
Federer lost yet another final last week when Novak Djokovic of Serbia got better of him at All England Club in 5 sets.
Becker was present during that match as Djokovic’s coach and he was pretty impressed with the way Federer kept fighting and took it down to the wire despite not being in the best of rhythms that day.
Speaking in one of his recent interviews about that match, the former German player said, “Well, as far as I am concerned, I am yet to see a better player than Roger and I don’t think anybody else would have seen a better player than him because he’s the best till date. I admire and salute the man not only for his skills, but, his temperament as well.”
“Clearly, he was not having the greatest of days against Novak, but, his fighting spirit was phenomenal and that’s what the players coming through can learn from him. He is a fierce competitor who never gives up.”
When asked about Federer’s failure to secure victories in the title round of the tournaments of late, Becker said, “I don’t think that’s a concern for him. He doesn’t need to prove anything to the world now. He has won almost each and every trophy that a player can dream of. Not winning another one is not going to have any effect on his greatness.”
Federer has won the Grand Slam trophies more number of times than any other male tennis player so far. He has won 17 Grand Slams, 3 more than what Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras have won.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is liked by the spectators everywhere in the world because of his style. He is very entertaining on the court not only while playing, but, in his celebrations as well. People would not have forgot the way he had celebrated after getting better of the grass court king Roger Federer in the quarter final round of the Wimbledon Championships in 2011.
Tsonga was trailed by a couple of sets during that match, but, he bounced back from there and put up a thrilling show in the last three sets to knock Federer out of his familiar territory.
However, one thing that always leaves Tsonga’s fans disappointed is his inconsistency. He always tends to fall before big accomplishments. In many Grand Slam tournaments, he has started well and has dominated till the Round of 4, but, has fallen after that. He has no Slam singles title under his belt till date and that’s a shame for somebody of his calibre.
During the 2012 season, Tsonga had got himself into the top 5 in the world rankings. He was breathing down the neck of the Big 4 and was tipped by many experts as the world no. 1 in the making, but, he dropped down quite significantly thereafter and presently, he is at the 17th position.
Tsonga has got too big a support staff at the moment. He has been working under two head coaches since October 2013 and that might be going against him. You need to be clear headed as a player if you have to succeed at the senior level consistently. Two coaches might be confusing for a player at times.
In total, Tsonga has featured in 33 games this season out of which he has lost 12 which is way too many.
It was Richard Gasquet with Fernando Verdasco in a 3rd round match that Verdasco over powered Gasquet and sent him back with a third round defeat in the French Open 2014. The score card read 6-2, 6-2 and 6-4.
It was a straight set win match for Verdasco. Gasquet failed to inspire throughout the match. The match did not continue in the same day due to bad light so the match resumed the next day. Richard Gasquet proved no match in front of the Spaniard as he found his rhythm into the match.
Gasquet already had a dismal lead against Verdasco in his previous encounters. Though Richard Gasquet has reached the semi finals of two grand slam twice but failed to break through into the finals. It has been four years since he has been in the ATP Tour. It might be lack of inexperience and less confidence that Gasquet is unable to reach the finals.
The preview of the match between Gasquet and Verdasco also predicted that it would be Verdasco who will emerge victorious. Gasquet’s first two rounds were spectacular and even he was going in with confidence in the third round but unfortunately he suffered defeat in the hands of Fernando Verdasco who proved to be pro on clay court.
His effort was commendable which cannot be denied. Clearly Gasquet was the crowd favorite who was hoping to change things around but in the end the fortunes turned against him and he could not ponder over the situation in spite of getting one night off before the match commenced the next day. It is a matter of luck too as Gasquet has had trouble in reaching the final stage as he gets knocked down earlier than expected. The result got mixed reaction.
If you are a Marion Bartoli fan, there is some good news for you. You will have the opportunity to see your favourite player in action again in a few days’ time. The 2013 Wimbledon Champion is going to participate in a charity mixed doubles match which will take place at Queen’s club on the 15th of this month.
Bartoli will partner the Scottish superstar Andy Murray in that match and the opposing pair will consist of Ross Hutchkins and a player from female category whose name has not been disclosed yet.
The money raised from that match will be given to the Elena Baltacha Tennis Academy.
Elena Baltacha was actually a former British player who passed away some time back. She was suffering from the dangerous disease of cancer. She was just 30 years of age.
So, this charity match is going to be organized in her memory.
Bartoli has not played any professional match after announcing her retirement last year. She had shocked the entire tennis world by that announcement as nobody was expecting her to hang the racquets after achieving glory in the Wimbledon Championships. But, she decided to quit because of her fitness issues and since then, she hasn’t been seen on the court playing any kind of match.
Talking about Baltacha the other day, the Frenchwoman said, “She was one of my good buddies and that’s why I am looking to do whatever I can to raise money for her academy.”
“She herself was a very helpful human being. She was always ready to do things for the other people. So, it’s really nice to see people coming forward and trying to help her academy. That would make her happy wherever she is.”
Baltacha had retired from professional tennis last year.