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‘Roger Federer is still very mentally hungry’, says former World No. 2

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In recent weeks, Roger Federer has announced a second knee operation that will keep him out until the end of the season. Practically a year missed almost entirely for the Swiss champion who will return to the circuit at 40 years of age.

If the season resumes (as has been announced), Federer risks not even being the seeded head of the Australian Open, an event that could complicate his draw and move back up the rankings. In a post on Twitter, the 38-year old Federer said that he is getting a procedure done on his right knee, and plans on taking as much time as he needs before returning to action, but expects to be back for the start of the 2021 season.

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“I will be missing my fans and the tour dearly but I will look forward to seeing everyone back on tour at the start of the 2021 season,” he tweeted. Speaking to We Love Tennis, Indian Wells tournament director Tommy Haas feels that Roger Federer still retains the hunger even after being on the tour for 22 long years.

“We all know Roger Federer, he is still very mentally hungry. If he uses the time now to rest and then prepare optimally with his always performing team, we can count on him again in 2021” – Tommy Haas said.

“I’m sure he’s reaching his best again. He’s also won a Grand Slam tournament,” added Haas. Federer is also noted for his cool demeanour and emotional control on the court. In contrast to his early career, most of his professional game has been characterised by lack of outbursts or emotional frustration at errors, which gives him an advantage over less controlled opponents.

On 29 May 2020 Federer topped Forbes’ 2020 List of the World’s Highest Paid Athletes with $106.3 million in total earnings from salary, winnings and endorsements. Federer is every year on this list, inside the top-10 or top-5, but never on the top spot, before.

This year is the first time Roger Federer has ranked atop Forbes’s annual list. He surpassed sports legends like, 2.Cristiano Ronaldo (football – $105m), 3. Lionel Messi (football – $104m), 4. Neymar (football – $95.5m), 5.

LeBron James (basketball – $88.2m), 6. Stephen Curry (basketball – $74.4m), 7. Kevin Durant (basketball – $63.9m), 8. Tiger Woods (golf – $62.3m), 9. Kirk Cousins (american football – $60.5m), 10. Carson Wentz (american football – $59.1m), and many more great sports persons.

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Rafael Nadal Says “No Chance” Statement Was “Arrogant” From Novak Djokovic’s Coach

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Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 French Open was postponed to September. The cooler conditions at that time didn’t suit Rafael Nadal, and many thought he wouldn’t win. One of those people was Goran Ivanisevic, who said that the Spaniard had ‘no chance’ against Novak Djokovic in the final.

The Former Wimbledon Champion was proved wrong as Rafa thrashed Djokovic 6-0, 6-2, 7-5. It was clearly a one-sided contest and the 20-time Grand Slam champion had his own opinion on Ivanisevic’s comment. He said:

” I swear that I hadn’t heard what Ivanisevic said before the final. Someone told me after. It was a bit arrogant from him. But in fact, the conditions were better for Novak.”

Rafael Nadal trying to end 2020 on a high note

After proving Goran Ivanisevic wrong and winning the French Open, Rafael Nadal equaled the record for the most Grand Slams. This achievement has made 2020 a memorable year for him, and now he can make it even better at the upcoming Paris Masters and ATP Finals.

These are two events that Rafa has never won, and that is largely due to the scheduling. Since these events are played at the end of the year, Nadal has often injured himself before them. However, that is not the case for him in 2020.

Many events were canceled due to the pandemic, and hence, Rafa has not strained his body. He will be arriving at both events in the best of health, which surely going to give him an advantage. This will be his best chance to win both titles, and all of his fans are hoping that he will do so.

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