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How Federer Has Left His Mark In Halle

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Roger Federer has won 10 NOVENTI OPEN titles. However, he has left his mark in more ways than one in Halle.

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In 2012, the Swiss was memorialised on the road leading to the tournament’s main stadium. Officials in Halle, Germany, paid tribute to the superstar by naming that road ‘Roger-Federer-Allee’.

Federer, who owns a 68-7 record at the tournament, called the recognition “an amazing honour” and said he was “extremely humbled”.

The Swiss has also given back to the community in other ways, visiting a German children’s hospital in 2014.

Federer, who had a living room named after him at the hospital in 2013, said, “I am happy to be back here one year later and to see how things are developing for the children. It is really important to me, as helping children is also a major part of my [Roger Federer] Foundation work.

“I think that is great that the tournament is involved in such an activity for the long term.”

The NOVENTI OPEN, a recipient of an ATP ACES For Charity grant in 2012, donated €10,000 for a kitchen to be built in the ‘Roger Federer Living Room’. The children’s cancer clinic had treatment rooms named after tennis players Michael Kohlmann, Alexander Waske, Mischa Zverev and Marco Chiudinelli, who also made visits.

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We spread rumours of Rafael Nadal doping’ because he was too good, says French star

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Gilles Simon believes doping rumours were spread about Rafael Nadal as many were uncomfortable with the idea he could simply be better than Roger Federer.

There were allegations of a connection between Nadal and Eufemiano Fuentes, the doctor who was ultimately jailed for his part in a Spanish cycle doping scandal.

No evidence has ever been produced linking Fuentes to Nadal, though, who has always very successfully denied any rumours to the contrary.

However, Simon believes the rumours only existed to discredit opinions that Nadal could actually be a better tennis players than Federer rather than just a better athlete.

“It is difficult to conceive [for some] that, in terms of game, Rafael Nadal could be better than Roger Federer,” Gilles Simon wrote in his new autobiography This Sport That Makes You Crazy

“We even spread rumours of doping on his account.

“Nadal does not fit into the framework. Moreover, I emphasize here that we never talk about the physique of Federer, who has little to envy that of Nadal.

“That he went five sets at 35 like what he did in Australia in 2017, it’s extraordinary. But no one noted this point.”

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