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Marcelo Rios: I can’t imagine Roger Federer going out at night and getting drunk



Former World No. 1 tennis star Marcelo Rios says he cannot imagine Roger Federer ever going out at night and getting drunk during a tournament. The Chilean star was speaking on Instagram Live and also spoke about how he liked the style of Australia’s Nick Kyrgios and Italy’s Fabio Fognini on the court as they were able to show their emotions on the court.

Marcelo Rios speaks about Roger Federer
“I can’t imagine Federer going out at night and getting drunk. I drank alcohol and went out and obviously I couldn’t be like that every day. (Kyrgios and Fognini) I like to see that kind of tennis.

Nowadays you throw a racket to the floor and you are fined. Tennis has too many rules.” Rios also spoke about the current pandemic and criticized the approach of the United States as they have started re-opening some parts of the economy.

“I have a lot of respect and fear. I’m not ready to die. What is happening is rare because it (the United States) is the most infected country and there are shopping centers, Disney. I cannot understand how large and local spaces are opened with so many positive cases.”

Marcelo Ríos became the first Latin American player to reach the top position on the ATP singles rankings in 1998. He held the world No. 1 ranking for six weeks. He also held the top ranking in both juniors and seniors.

He was the first player to win all three clay-court Masters Series tournaments (Monte Carlo, Rome, and Hamburg) since the format began in 1990) and the third male player in history (after Michael Chang and Pete Sampras) to complete the Sunshine Double (winning Indian Wells and Miami Masters in one year), which he achieved in 1998.

He is also the only male player in the Open era to have been world No. 1 without winning a Grand Slam singles tournament in his career. He reached one Grand Slam singles final – the 1998 Australian Open final, losing to Petr Korda in straight sets.

He retired prematurely in July 2004 due to a back injury. Rios and Federer played twice in their careers – with Federer winning both of their matches.

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



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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