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The Bests: Roger Federer

9/17/12

The Bests: Roger Federer
Roger Federer was born 8 August 1981. He is a Swiss professional tennis player who as of August 2012 is ranked World No.1 by the ATP. Several sports analysts, tennis critics and former and current players consider him to be the greatest tennis player of all time. Federer was born in Binningen, Switzerland near Basel, to Swiss national Robert Federer and South African-born Lynette Durand, of Dutch and French Huguenot ancestry. He holds both Swiss and South African citizenship. He grew up in nearby M├╝nchenstein, close to the French and German borders and speaks Swiss German, German, French and English fluently, Swiss German being his native language. He was raised as a Roman Catholic and met Pope Benedict XVI while playing the 2006 Internazionali BNL d'Italia tournament in Rome. Like all male Swiss citizens, Federer was subject to compulsory military service in the Swiss Armed Forces. He owns several men's world records of the Open Era: holding the number 1 position for 295 weeks overall, a 237-consecutive-week stretch at the top from 2004 to 2008, winning 17 Grand Slam singles titles; reaching the finals of each Grand Slam tournament at least five times (an all-time record); and reaching the Wimbledon final eight times.
Federer has appeared in 24 men's Grand Slam finals, with ten in a row, both records, and appeared in 18 of 19 finals from the 2005 Wimbledon Championships through to the 2010 Australian Open. He is the only man to reach the semifinals of 23 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, from the 2004 Wimbledon Championships through the 2010 Australian Open. At the 2012 Wimbledon men's championship, he reached his 32nd Grand Slam semi-final and seventh trophy, both records. At the 2012 US Open, he reached a record consecutive 34th Grand Slam quarter-final. He has also won the most matches, 247, in men's Grand Slam tournaments. He also won the Olympic gold medal in doubles with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the Olympic silver medal in singles at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games. He is one of seven men, and one of four in the Open Era, to capture the career Grand Slam, and one of three to do so separately on clay, grass, and hard courts.
However, in 2003 he was deemed unfit because of a long-standing back problem and was subsequently not required to fulfill his military obligation. Federer himself also credits the range of sports he played as a child—he also played badminton, cricket and basketball—for his hand-eye coordination. Federer has stated in various interviews that he is an avid cricket fan, having met Sachin Tendulkar twice. "I was always very much more interested if a ball was involved," he says. Most tennis prodigies, by contrast, play tennis to the exclusion of all other sports. In later life, Federer has been friends with the golfer Tiger Woods.
Federer supports a number of charities. He established the Roger Federer Foundation in 2003 to help disadvantaged people and to promote sports. In 2005, he auctioned his racquet from his US Open championship to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina. He was appointed a Goodwill Ambassador by UNICEF in 2006. At the 2005 Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Federer arranged an exhibition involving several top players from the ATP tour and WTA tour called. Federer currently plays with a customised Wilson Pro Staff 6.1 90 BLX tennis racquet, which is characterised by its smaller hitting area of 90 square inches, heavy strung weight of 364 grams, and thin beam of 17.5 millimeters. His grip size is 4 3/8 inches (sometimes referred to as L3). Federer strings his racquets at 21.5 kg mains/20 kg crosses pre stretched 20%, utilizing Wilson Natural Gut 16 gauge for his main strings and Luxilon Big Banger ALU Power Rough 16L gauge (polyester) for his cross strings. When asked about string tensions, Federer stated «this depends on how warm the days are and with what kind of balls I play and against who I play. So you can see – it depends on several factors and not just the surface; the feeling I have is most important.» Federer also shares the Open Era record for most Grand Slam titles at the Australian Open with Agassi (4 titles), at Wimbledon with Pete Sampras (7 titles) and at the US Open with Jimmy Connors and Sampras (5 titles). Federer's ATP tournament records include winning six ATP World Tour Finals, winning 21 ATP Masters 1000 titles (a record shared with Rafael Nadal), playing in the finals at all nine ATP Masters 1000 tournaments, and, matching Agassi, winning seven.

Djokovic: I needed a set and a half to find its rhythm game

7/30/12

Djokovic commented its victory over Italian Fabio Fognini
The leader of the Serbian national championships at the Olympic Games in London, Novak Djokovic commented its victory over Italian Fabio Fognini in the first round of the competition with a score of 6: 7 (7-9), 6: 2, 6: 2.
«I held no formal matches after Wimbledon, so it took me an hour and a half set to find its rhythm game. Of course, a break due to rain impact on the game and I was not sharp after returning to court,» - said Djokovic.

Tessa Jowell: We must find people on empty seats for today

Jowell stated that Olympic organizers intend to promptly resolve the problem of empty bleachers at competitions
Member of the British Parliament Tessa Jowell stated that Olympic Games organizers intend to promptly resolve the problem of empty bleachers at competitions. 
«We must find people on empty seats for today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow. These places can take soldiers, teachers and students. You can also fill in the ticket resale due to viewers who are already in the Olympic Park,» - said Tessa Jowell.

Del Bosque: Olympic team must play in Spanish football

7/26/12

Del Bosque believes that the country's Olympic team must practise philosophy inherent in the Spanish football championship games
Spain coach Vicente Del Bosque believes that the country's Olympic team must practise philosophy inherent in the Spanish football championship games.
However, del Bosque underlined that head coach Luis Milla must do as he sees fit. 
«The Olympic team must practise philosophy inherent in the Spanish football championship games. You need to control the ball and withstand high pressure. However Milla must do as he sees fit. He is, first and foremost, must be consistent with the players that are in its possession. I must point out that Luis copes with its responsibilities,» - said Del Bosque.

Maria Sharapova: My goal is participation, not medals Olympics

7/25/12

The main thing is not victory, but participation, said third world Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova
The main thing is not victory, but participation, said third world Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova.
Russian is the standard bearer of the Russian team at the opening ceremony of the summer Olympic Games in London
One of the best tennis players of the planet assures that for her participation in the games is more important than medals. 
«The Olympics for me is something special. It seems to me to represent my country at this competition with anything not comparable. Join here for me even more important than the medal. Find a place at a tournament where at one time passes so many different competitions in different sports-all this gives great experience and not to be forgotten. This will be my first Olympics, what I have dreamed of since childhood, so I can't wait for the launch,» - said Sharapova. 
The opening ceremony of the Games will be held on the evening of 27 July. The Olympic tennis tournament begins the next day.

Venus Williams: I'm waiting for the Olympics

7/17/12

Williams admitted that the Olympic Games in London are a special event for her
American Venus Williams admitted that the Olympic Games in London are a special event for her. 
“I'm waiting for the Olympics in London with particular excitement. I have never worried about if I can get to the game. I was at the top of the rankings and had no problems. I perceived as tribute to the Olympics. But this time I had to really fight for the right to speak at the Olympics. I really want to bring a medal of the United States, would be great if this turns out to be a gold medal,” – said Williams.

Another stellar loss team United States

6/30/12

Chris Bosh will not participate in which starts July 27 Olympic Games in London
The new NBA Champion Miami, forward, 28-year-old Chris Bosh will not participate in which starts July 27 Olympic Games in London. Reason for the basketball team of the United States was the injury of abdominal muscles, resulting in the play-offs. 
“This is a serious injury. It takes time to recover. He is still experiencing pain and discomfort. If you do not start treatment, these problems can become chronic. Clearly he will skip the Olympic Games, but will be ready for the upcoming season,” – said Chris Bosh.

Gareth Bale will miss the Olympic Games in London

Gareth Bale will not play for the national team of Great Britain at the summer Olympics in London
22-year-old defender Wales National Team and English Tottenham, Gareth Bale will not play for the national team of Great Britain at the summer Olympic Games in London. Football player got injured in training on June 28, thereby aggravating the hip and back injury from last season. A medical examination revealed that Bale will play anytime soon, but will be ready for the first game of the upcoming season, which starts in a week after the Olympics August 13.

Maria Sharapova: “I talked to representative ITF in Miami”

6/28/12

I am upset. I talked to representative ITF in Miami. They absolutely don't listen to us
Russian Maria Sharapova remained is dissatisfied with changes in selection rules on the Olympic Games according to which to be selected in Rio in 2016, players should arrive to the Olympic cycle in a national team in the Federation Cup not two, but four times. 
“I am upset. I talked to representative ITF in Miami. They absolutely don't listen to us,” – said Sharapova.

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