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I've missed it here. I knew walking out here last year, it was going to be a tough year ahead. I maybe didn't think it was going to take this long to come back -- the knee has been rough on me.
Found on CNN 1 year ago
It's unfortunate that the Laver Cup has to be pushed back a year, but at this stage it's the right thing to do for everyone concerned, although disappointing, the good news is that TD Garden will still be able to host the event next year and I really look forward to finally playing in Boston for the first time at Laver Cup 2021.
I went to them the first day when it was bad on Tuesday, the next day on Wednesday when it was still bad, i said,' I think we're all confused. Is it super unsafe or is it totally safe to play ? ... Everybody is told to be inside, and we're having court calls. How far are we from that threshold of playing, not playing ?'.
I take the impacts and threat of climate change very seriously, particularly as my family and I arrive in Australia amidst devastation from the bushfires, as the father of four young children and a fervent supporter of universal education, I have a great deal of respect and admiration for the youth climate movement, and I am grateful to young climate activists for pushing us all to examine our behaviors and act on innovative solutions.
I don't think there is per se a secret to a good start other than warming up well, being well-prepared mentally. Not underestimating your opponent ... You know me, I will always do that, so when it happens like this back-to-back matches, you know, it's just a bit frustrating more than anything ... but, yeah, can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward.
That's going to be what we're going to fight for ... I know tournaments don't find it very sexy giving (increases) to first round qualies or second-round qualies, i do believe the Challenger players and also qualifying and second-round loser should get more. If there should be increases it shouldn't be at the top anymore. I feel like we have reached a pretty good level there.
It was a tough first set for me because I had the lead so things were looking good for me, but( Sumit Nagal of India) came back and played very strong, credit to Sumit Nagal of India to really play a solid first set. I was missing a lot of balls and I was trying to cut back on the unforced errors and hopefully serve a bit better because that also let me down. It all came back just in time. At the end, I actually played good tennis, so I'm happy.
I can't wait. We talked about Laver Cup in Melbourne Park, we talked about how excited he( Spaniard Nadal) was and me too that we're going to be on the same team again, we don't know the opponents' team quite yet, it's a good thing Spaniard Nadal is going to be on my team, and it's on home soil for me in Switzerland, it's indoors, I like indoors.
I think I can trust my second serve in particular; when you trust your second serve, you can go after your first serve, i started to feel that midway through the first set it was going to be difficult for Denis to get into my service games. That relaxes you from the baseline. Then good things really happen.
After all these years, it is surprising to be the No. 1 seed, in the top two rankings at 36. I didn't think that was ever going to happen, to be honest, that has been the surprise for me, that sometimes there is a set like this. I was just very happy that I was able to protect my serve, find a way to break, create opportunities. I think I can be very pleased.
On the ATP level... if you can't play, you still get your prize money twice in the year. Maybe the grand slams should adopt some of that, then maybe we would eliminate half of the players (who turn up injured), a player should not go on court if he knows he could not finish. The question is, did they truly believe they were going to finish? If they did, I think it's okay that they walk on court. Otherwise, I feel they should give up the spot.
I tried to really mix it up on his second serve and I was hoping to serve good enough Roger Federer to keep me out of trouble, he had that one bad game at the beginning of the second set, which made the difference in the match. Incredibly, the triumph marks the 87th ATP Tour win of Federer's trophy-laden career. Djoko's Cincinnati hex By comparisson, Djokovic will now have to wait until next year to try and overcome his Cincinnati hoodoo. Sunday's result means the World No 1. has lost in the final of the Ohio tournament five times in his career, including twice previously to Federer in 2009 and 2012.
Found on CNN 8 years ago
I mean, that it's all white, we're all for it. We get that. I just find it quite extreme to what extent it's got to be white. We're talking white like it was in the'50s. If you look at the pictures then, it was all white, the thing is, when I came on tour, when I was watching on TV, I still have the pictures in my mind where( Stefan) Edberg and Boris Becker and all those guys, they had more color. There were iconic T-shirts, iconic moments, I thought.
I do like the conditions here. I mean, obviously hard courts is the surface I feel very comfortable on, normally, if you put in good work in the off-season and work hard, you're going to get good rewards at the beginning of the year. I feel like the effort and work that I put in December has helped me here.
It's still a bit early to say. We'll see again what's going to happen this year, i do believe there is a group of guys right there that can make a break again and can do special things. I just think it's too early to say in the season just because Novak and Rafa Nadal lost in Doha that there is something on the horizon.
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