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Serena Williams: ‘I’m feeling better than ever, can’t wait to hit the court again’



The 38-year-old Serena Williams can’t wait to get back on the court once the season restarts, with the coronavirus halting the action for more than two months now. On Tuesday, Serena and her sister Venus had a chat on Instagram, speaking about various topics and enjoying time with their fans.

The 23-time said she fees better than ever, using a previous couple of months to recover and give her body necessary rest after numerous injuries in the last couple of years and many tournaments that she had to miss.

Serena is eager to get back on the court and compete again, attempting to win that elusive 24th Major crown that she has been seeking since the Australian Open three years ago following the victory over her sister Venus for her last notable title so far.

Returning after pregnancy in 2018, Williams reached the final at Wimbledon, losing to Angelique Kerber in straight sets and returning into the-30 after kicking off the event ranked 181st. Serena lost early in San Jose and Cincinnati, saving her best tennis for her home Major in New York where she competed for the crown again, winning just six games against Naomi Osaka for another setback at Majors.

Skipping the rest of 2018, Williams played well at Wimbledon, Toronto and New York last year, advancing into three title matches and losing them all to Simona Halep and Bianca Andreescu, staying empty-handed and still looking for that 24th Major crown after the third-round exit at the Australian Open this January.

“I look forward to getting back on the court,” Serena said. “It’s what I do best and I love playing. I felt like my body needed it, even though I didn’t want it; now, I’m feeling better than ever. I’m feeling more relaxed, more fit and now I can go out and play real tennis.”

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“Good Person”: Rafael Nadal Opens up on His Relationship With Rival Novak Djokovic



Many tennis fans wonder how Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic get along outside the tennis court. Their conduct towards each other on the tennis court is always respectful, and that translates outside the court as well, as admitted by Nadal. The Spaniard spoke about his relationship with Djokovic, whom he called a good person.

“I have a good relationship with him. Is a good person. We must relativize things between us,”  Nadal said, in a recent interview, throwing light on his camaraderie with Djokovic.

There was also speculation among fans as to what Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic spoke about at the end of their French Open 2020 final. Interestingly, it was one of the most one-sided battles they have played over the years. However, Nadal said that Djokovic, with whom he shares a strong relationship, simply congratulated him and nothing more.

Rafael Nadal understands why Novak Djokovic did not say much

I could not talk to him. He congratulated me on the track and that’s it. It is normal,” Nadal said. He said he understands that Djokovic was not in a mood to talk, as no one usually is, after a heartbreaking loss.

When you lose a game like that, you don’t really want to talk. I understand it,” Nadal added.

Nadal avenged his one-sided loss in the 2019 Australian Open final against Djokovic. The two men also shared a respectful exchange during the trophy ceremony post their match. Nadal lauded Djokovic and said he hopes to keep facing him, further adding to their already great rivalry.

What you’re doing in tennis is very very special. Hope to keep facing you [Djokovic] on the court for the next couple of years,” Nadal said to Djokovic.

The mutual respect between the two stars

Despite not having a conversation with Nadal after the match, Djokovic spoke highly of Nadal in his post-match presser. Djokovic highlighted why Nadal is a great champion. He also admitted that it was one of those days where Nadal was simply the better player and there was not much he could do to tame the ‘King of Clay’.

I was also thinking that these conditions are more favorable to me. I was feeling great throughout the tournament playing. […] But, yeah, I mean, Rafa has proven everybody wrong. That’s why he’s a great champion. He just played a fantastic match today,” he said.

The two champions are expected to resume their rivalry at the ATP Finals next month. While they will not face each other in the Round Robin stage, the anticipation of another Nadal-Djokovic final is already running high.

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