Rafael Nadal may know a lot about winning games, but he sure needs to learn a thing or two about being humble.
We all know the great form the Spaniard has been in recently. The prodigy, however, seems to be losing hold of his humility—a characteristic he had previously been known for. He recently won his 10th French Open with style. During his post-match speech, he went on to brag about his “unprecedented” success.
If that is not enough to rip his fake persona of humbleness apart, the Spaniard even had the audacity to imply that he was ‘the one’ to achieve the feat. Things like these are well understood, and other players don’t need a reminder of what you’ve done with your career.
With his 10th French Open, Nadal has won his fifteenth major title. This is certainly not the first incident where he showcased his arrogance though. Only recently in April 2017, Nadal bashed a 20-year old German—Alexander Zverve—for wanting to compete with him. Instead of inspiring the young athlete, he called him “strange”, just because Alexander had lost to Nadal thrice in the past.
He sure may be an icon in the court, but outside of it, fame and success have made him lose humility.
The more you speak of the ‘Federer Glory’, the less it is. He beat Nadal to clinch the third title of the season, in style!
If you think that Roger Federer has aged enough to retire, as some people suggest, you are absolutely wrong at your notion. This guy continues to make people admire his exquisite backhands and pristine precision shots. In the final of the Miami Open which was played in Itau, he beat Nadal 6-3, 6-4!
As if the win in Indian Wells wasn’t agonizing enough for the fans of Rafael Nadal, the duo met again on Sunday when Federer was crowned his third Sunshine Double. It is often baffling how, at the age of 35, he still packs that pace and agility that gets him to win crucial games against some of the best in the game.
When asked about the game, Federer said that it was a very close match. He further stated,
“Maybe if you didn’t see the match and you were sitting somewhere around the world and you see the score you’re thinking it was straightforward with couple breaks and that was it.”
He continued saying that the match was far different from what the scores state. “It was close.” he said.
Nick Kyrgios hits the front pages once again, starts cursing people.
Marseille Open might not be an elite league, but it certainly does not allow players to show rage on the pitch. The Aussie certainly fails to comprehend that.
The 21-year old was giving it his all while trying to overturn the match. He was a set behind and was on the brink of his next serve when he snapped at a fan for ruining his focus. Politely telling the spectator to “shut the f* up” is not the best way to silence the fans.
Well, at least he did come to overturn the potential defeat into a win and saved himself from further embarrassment. To add more spice, Nick—after winning the match—mockingly started waving at a bunch that kept muttering one thing after the other during the match. The vocal supporters of Nick’s opponent Sela did not have much to boast about then.
Nick Kyrgios always brings a bit of drama to his matches. In fact, he even stretches the drama to post-match Twitter duels. When the insulted spectators demanded an apology from Nick on Twitter, “LOL, man up” was his reply!
Milos Raonic has had the best year any tennis player could possibly have. In just a single season, he managed to reach the career-best world rank at the number 3 spot. He also played in his first-ever Grand Slam final. For many players, this is as good as it gets.
But Milos wants to push himself even further.
The number 3 spot isn’t good enough. He wants to break into the top two. A Grand Slam final cannot whet his appetite. He wants to win one. And he’s preparing himself mentally and physically to reach the top of the charts.
But is he making a mistake? “I was desperate to play the highest level of tennis right away,” he recently told reporters. The desperation is evident. He suffered from frequent injury problems last season. Despite managing to reach the Australian Open semifinals, he couldn’t compete due to an injury.
Others accuse him of being a one-trick pony. Service is Raonic’s strong point. But critics say he needs to up his game even further if he wants to improve or even sustain his current position.
But he is hopeful.
When asked if he could manage to reach the most-coveted number one spot in the rankings in 2017, he said, “I hope so, that’s the goal.” Consistency, he thinks, is what enabled the top two to sustain their position in the past few seasons. Maybe that’s exactly what he needs right now.
A total of 34 players have been caught in match-fixing by the Spanish police.
Yesterday, the Spanish police went on a roll and arrested six players who are undoubtedly involved in the crime. Investigation is in pursuit for the other 28. However, the Interior Ministry has refused from giving out any names as of yet.
The players have been linked to matches being fixed in 17 different events. The staggering amount involved was 500,000 Euros at the least.
The investigation was pursued by the infamous Buzzfeed and the BBC, who found a part of the top levels of tennis corrupted. The shocking part of it was that sixteen of the players among the 34 are those who have managed to secure a position in the top 50 players of the previous decade. The reliability of this list is certainly at doubt among many.
Despite the fact that these players were regularly flagged, there was no certain action against them until now. They kept competing—throwing matches away for that matter—and minting money.
The players were reported to receive anywhere from 500 Euros up to a 1000 to give away matches.