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We cannot do it, but Roger Federer, Nadal and Djokovic can



Everyone knows that Richard Gasquet was invested with countless expectations when he was younger, especially after winning the Roland Garros junior in 2002. Once he turned professional, the Frenchman was unable to fully express his talent, winning 15 ATP titles and boasting a best ranking of number 7 ATP.


One of the black beasts of the transalpine was certainly Rafael Nadal, who beat him in all sixteen direct clashes in the main circuit. Not many people know that Gasquet defeated Nadal when they first met at the age of 12 during a tournament in Tarbes.

Interviewed recently by the newspaper L’Equipe, Richard confided that he had immediately glimpsed the enormous potential of the Majorcan (future World number 1 and undisputed king of the red clay).

Gasquet on Rafael Nadal
“Everyone told me about him.

But that’s the problem in France. You are young, but you have to demonstrate all the time, and in Spain, you grow more easily. But yes, there was a rivalry with Rafael Nadal,” Richard Gasquet said. “There was a lot of expectation, a lot of newspaper articles, and (it was) 33 degrees.

No one remembers that, but I do,” Gasquet said, while referring to conditions that were apparently better suited for his rival. “Look at him in 2005 in Monte Carlo, with a ground game, from right to left, and look at him now: he hits everything.


He is a much better tennis player now. Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have this ability to find that something to be even better year after year. It’s crazy, many of us have made less progress than they have over the years and I can hardly explain it.

We cannot do it, (but) they can” – the French concluded. The Big Three are the top three players of all-time in terms of Grand Slam titles won, as well as the top three players in terms of Major finals reached. Federer has reached 31 finals, Nadal 27, and Djokovic 26.

They are the only three male players in history to win eight or more singles titles at the same Grand Slam: Nadal with 12 French Open titles, Federer with eight Wimbledon titles, and Djokovic with eight Australian Open titles.

Federer snapback

(On the women’s side, Martina Navratilova won nine times at Wimbledon, while Molla Mallory won eight US Championships, a predecessor of the US Open). They have also occupied the top three positions of the year-end singles ATP Rankings eight times, in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2014, 2018 and 2019.


End SARS: NECO postpones examination



The National Examination Council (NECO) has announced the reschedule of Paper I Computer Studies Practicals which was to take place on Monday 19 October 2020 to November 16 2020.

This was made known in a statement by the Head, Information and Public Relations Division, NECO, Azeez Sani.

Sani said the paper was rescheduled because of the End SARS protests that blocked the free movement of transport at the entrance gate into Benin City, the Edo state capital.

He further stated that the NECO delivery truck left its take-off point two days earlier to deliver examination materials to some states but has been held up in the ‘blockage.

“This is to inform the general public and especially candidates that the National Examinations Council (NECO) has been constrained to reschedule the Paper I Computer Studies Practical’s earlier scheduled to take place on Monday 19 October 2020, 10 am to 1 pm.

​”This unforeseen incident has been caused by the End SARS protest that blocked the free movement of transport at the City entrance gate Benin.

“The Council wishes to assure all stakeholders and the general public that the affected examination materials have been retrieved intact and are in the custody of NECO’s vault.

​”While regretting any inconveniences this rescheduling may cause our esteemed stakeholders, the Council has however taken this decision in order to maintain the integrity and security of its examinations procedures for seamless conduct of the Council’s examination.”

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