FEDERER: DJOKOVIC AND NADAL FAVOURITES FOR PARIS

Roger Federer has admitted that his competitors Rafa Nadal and Novak Djokovic are the favourites ahead of the French Open later this month.


The 18-time Grand Slam champion is in top form and he is expected to compete very well at the tourney but he says these guys are in the lead.

Federer revealed he is entered for the event and he plans to give his best at the tournament. At his relatively mature age and after his knee surgery, he has been impressive. He had an amazing comeback to lift the Australian Open. He followed up on the success by winning the Indian Wells and the Miami Open. Despite the opposition, he says he is focused on Paris.

“I am eager to achieve something over there and not just show up and make people happy,” he said.

ROGER FEDERER, SERENA WILLIAMS PULL OUT OF IPTL

Roger Federer and Serena Williams have pulled out of this season’s International Premier Tennis League (IPTL).


The multiple grand slam champions were due to play within the very last leg of this year’s event in Hyderabad from December 9th to 11th. Federer was to play for the Indian aces even as Williams was to play for the Singapore slammers.

“We’ve got had demanding situations this year, and we were hoping to get beyond them,” founder and the Managing Director of IPTL Mahesh Bhupathi said. He also issued in a statement that both players have been supportive of the IPTL in the first two seasons and he is looking up to bring them back in future years.

The withdrawal of Federer and Williams robs the tournament of its sheen. It had already been reduced to a 3-town affair from the five cities that had featured on the calendar within the previous years. There had been masses of exhilaration surrounding the advent of Federer and Williams, particularly for the reason that both have not performed competitively for some months now.

IT’S IMPORTANT FOR ME TO PLAY FRONT OF MY HOME CROWD – NISHIKORI

Kei Nishikori was back home right on time to help his team, the Japan Warriors, take home their first win of the International Premier Tennis League, this year, as they keep on aiming higher on the team standings.


The World No. 5 went on to roll over past Tomas Berdych, who was unable to do anything to stop the advance of the home favorite.

When he was done with the decisive set, the 27 year old Japanese star spent almost 30 minutes, signing autographs for many of his beloved fans.

Nishikori always feels special at home even though the sport sees him globetrot all around the world, following his stellar performance so far. And it seems he also has a quirky and sarcastic sense of humor, judging from the constant laughs emanating from his countrymen journalist whenever they are with him.

And he sure got an ovation from his local media on Friday after his press conference.

Nishikori is hoping to see Roger Federer, his tennis hero back in the IPTL on the last leg at Hyderabad. And speaking to his native media, the Japanese said,

Andrea Hlavackova has taken a dig at Roger Federer

Andrea Hlavackova has taken a dig at Roger Federer’s countrywoman Martina Hingis, hinting that she believes the Swiss intentionally banged the ball straight at her eye to get her hurt and out of the match.


It was just a matter of one point for Hlavackova and her partner to win that Round of 4 Match and eliminate the team of Hingis and Timea.

But, then, suddenly, a powerful forehand off the racquet of Hingis smashes one of the eyes of Hlavackova putting her on the way to Hospital.

The doctors examined and revealed that Hlavackova had fracture in one of the bones of the eye she had been hit at and she had to be kept in supervision for that day which meant Hingis & Co. earned a timeout.

The third position match was scheduled the following day which the two semi-final losing pairs had to turn up for. Hlavackova did turn up for that with stitches on her face, but, was never going to be able to compete at her best with that kind of condition and so, ended up getting beaten.

Hingis had to suffer a loss as well in the final and had to be content with Silver only.

Novak Djokovic has totally dismissed the speculations

Novak Djokovic has totally dismissed the speculations that there is any sort of problem between him and one of his fiercest rivals Roger Federer.

According to Djokovic, it’s the press which is looking to create a drama.

Djokovic lost to Federer in a World Tour game the other day. The World no. 1 went down in straight sets and he was obviously quite disappointed with that performance of his.

His disappointment was quite clear in his words in the post match talk where he tried to suggest that his own mistakes cost him the match rather than Federer beating him.

The Serbian was quoted saying “I handed it to him; the credit should go to me”.

That statement of Djokovic did not sit well with Federer who’s believed to be a little bit annoyed with that.

But, Djokovic is of the view that he actually did not say anything like that.

Clarifying himself earlier in the afternoon today, Djokovic said, “I think it’s a case of misquoting me. As far as I can remember, I didn’t try to take the credit away from Roger at all. Of course, he played far better than me and that’s why, he won.”

Roger Federer did not like the way he was approached by a person

Roger Federer did not like the way he was approached by a person when he was making his way out of the arena having beaten Alejandro Falla in the opening round of the ongoing French Open.

That person turned out to be only a fan, but, according to Federer, for anyone to be given permission to enter the arena while the player is still there, it’s a security breach and it’s not pleasing at all.

Federer gave an angry sort of reaction to that kid as well.

Tennis has had history of players being harmed by the fans on the court. Who would have forgotten the Monica Seles incident which took place more than two decades back?

Seles was very fortunate to survive that attack. Had she been a little unlucky, she would have been killed.

Since that time, the organizers of every tournament have been very conscious regarding the security thing and as a result of that, nothing unpleasant has happened to the players in the recent times.

What happened to Federer was not unpleasant either, but, it was obvious for the Swiss to be a little upset about it. He surely would not have been expecting an outsider to reach him there on the court at that point of time.

Federer was pretty vocal in the press conference that followed the match.