20.09.2022
Roger Federer insists he is ‘definitely done’ and will not follow Tom Brady’s unretiring trend

Tennis legend Roger Federer has doubled-down on his decision to seek a new life away from the courts, confirming that he will ‘definitely’ retire from the game.

Speaking to NBC Today’s Savannah Guthrie in an exclusive interview, the 41-year-old Swiss star said the Laver Cup, which starts on Friday in London, will be the last ATP tournament that he’ll ever play in.

Unlike several high-profile athletes, including NFL quarterbacks Tom Brady and Brett Favre, as well as Tennis stars Kim Clijsters and Justine Henin, Federer, who was once ranked as world No. 1 by the ATP for 310 weeks, including a record 237 consecutive weeks, insisted his decision to step away from tennis is final.

Guthrie, however, wanted to be absolutely sure that the Swiss had made his mind up.

‘You know, unretiring is a thing now,’ NBC Today’s co-anchor said in the interview which airs on September 21. ‘You’re done?’

‘No, no. I am definitely done,’ Federer replied. ‘I know that, yeah.’

Last week, the man with 103 career titles and a 1251-275 (82 percent) overall record announced his retirement from tennis on social media.

‘As many of you know, the past three years have presented me with challenges in the form of injuries and surgeries,’ Federer said in his statement.

‘I’ve worked hard to return to full competitive form. But I also know my body’s capacities and limits, and its message to me lately has been clear.’

‘I am 41 years old. I have played more than 1,500 matches over 24 years. Tennis has treated me more generously than I ever would have dreamt, and now I must recognize when it is time to end my competitive career,’ he added.

Federer’s last appearance came at last year’s Wimbledon, where he reached the quarter-finals. His final Grand Slam triumph was at the 2018 Australian Open, when, aged 36, he became the second-oldest man to win a major singles title in the Open era.

The Swiss maestro – who has won eight Wimbledon titles, an all-time record- retires as one of the greatest to ever play the game.

Federer’s decision follows a personal, turbulent period as he had to undergo three knee surgeries in a desperate attempt to return to his former glories.

Injuries have limited the tennis legend’s appearances on tour and he has played in just three of the 11 Grand Slams staged since the start of 2020.

In his statement posted on social media, Federer thanked his wife, Mirka, as well as his coaches, fans and everyone who has been involved in his stellar career. He also paid tribute to his fellow competitors, such as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – who lead the all-time Grand Slam standings with 22 and 21, respectively.

‘I was lucky enough to play so many epic matches that I will never forget,’ the 41-year-old added in a video statement.

‘We battled fairly, with passion and intensity, and I always tried my best to respect the history of the game. I feel extremely grateful.

Federer’s decision to retire from tennis came shortly after another legend of the game, Serena Williams, announced her decision to ‘evolve away’ from the sport in an open essay for Vogue.

The 40-year-old, who similarly to Federer, was ranked world No. 1 in singles by the Women’s Tennis Association for 319 weeks, including a joint-record 186 consecutive weeks, lost in the third round of the U.S. Open earlier this month after beating world No. 2 Anett Kontaveit in a thrilling encounter.

She said that the New York-based tournament would be her last major. Together, with Federer, the two have won 53 grand slams in their careers — 23 for Williams and 20 for the Swiss maestro.

The full, exclusive one-on-one interview with Federer and Guthrie will air on NBC News’ TODAY on Wednesday, September 21.

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  • 41 минута назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Australian legend Drew Mitchell admits Wallabies have arrogant perception after loss to All Blacks

    In the wake of the Wallabies 40-14 drubbing at the hands of the All Blacks on Saturday evening, Aussie rugby legends have explained where it is going wrong for the much-maligned side.

    Australia could not rebound from the controversial heartbreaker in the first Bledisloe Cup match, and instead put in an error-riddled display to go down to New Zealand by 26 points at Eden Park in Auckland.

    It’s a venue the Wallabies haven’t won at since 1986 – and some pundits suggested the side capitulated in the face of patriotic Kiwi support, and were overawed by the imposing All Blacks.

    Ex-Wallabies star Justin Harrison, however, refused to believe it was because the All Blacks have more pride in their jersey.

    ‘I think it’s important to recognise that New Zealand don’t have a mortgage on the jersey and national pride when they lose or win Test matches and they have fear of losing,’ a fired-up Harrison told host Alanna Ferguson on Stan Sport’s post-match coverage.

    ‘Every single time you take a Wallaby jersey onto the field, you have the same amount of pride in wearing that jersey.’

    The towering lock, who earned 34 caps for Australia, said the rollercoaster ride for Wallabies supporters wasn’t due to a lack of passion for the green and gold jersey from the players.

    ‘What we’re searching for is a team that has consistency … we had some adversity thrown at us, we had over 25 missed tackles and we had over 13 or 14 handling errors,’ said Harrison.

    ‘Now that is not a lack of pride and a lack of knowing what it means to wear the Wallaby jersey.’

    Harrison’s concerns about the Wallabies alarming lack of consistency was echoed by coach David Rennie after the match.

    ‘We were shaded in all areas tonight. We know when we’re at our best, we can compete with anyone. But we’ve got to be in and around 100 per cent every week,’ said the disappointed Wallabies coach.

    Rennie has been under relentless pressure ever since being appointed to the top job in November, 2019.

    Australia continues to show flashes of brilliance – namely stirring wins against both Argentina and South Africa earlier in the Rugby Championship, when all the odds were stacked against them.

    On paper, however, it doesn’t look pretty.

    In the 29 games since Rennie took charge of the side, Australia has won just 11 of 29 matches.

    Every time they seem to take one step forward in their development, they take three steps back: much like we’ve seen across the last two Bledisloe Cup games.

    Of course many fans will still be ropeable that referee Mathieu Raynal’s controversial penalty seemingly cost the side a certain victory in game one of the Bledisloe Cup.

    Harrison’s fellow Wallabies great and Stan Sport commentator, Drew Mitchell, said he had a theory as to why Australia never appears to get the rub of the green.

    The side are – rightly or wrongly – perceived as ‘arrogant or maybe whingers.’

    ‘Look, if there is a perception, then perception is reality,’ Mitchell said on the Stan Sport’s broadcast when asked about Australia’s reputation for arrogance.

    ‘If that’s the perception the ref is holding, let’s just assume they do … look, I’m guilty of it, we’re all guilty at times of whingeing because we’re emotionally invested in this.

    ‘When there is a 50/50, of course, you’re going to go to the bias where you’re emotionally invested. Last week I was against Mathieu Raynal because emotionally I felt like we got the wrong rub of the green.

    ‘It does work against you,’ added Mitchell.

    Mitchell then pointed to a few examples in Saturday night’s loss that would appear to back up that perception.

    ‘You look at the way the ref spoke to Nic White today when he told him ‘If that was directed at me, you’re going off the field’. Ask me again, was it reinforced further? ‘Be really careful, be really careful’,’ he said, when describing player-referee interactions.

    ‘Those types of interactions with referees give you an insight as to how they feel or how they position themselves against these players or teams.’

    That wasn’t the only example of perception seemingly being reality.

    Raynal was adamant he made the right call despite drawing the ire of (almost) the entire rugby world in Australia’s heartbreaking loss on September 15 – the first match of the Bledisloe Cup.

    When explaining his controversial decision to Australian skipper Nic White, his words drew the ire of Wallabies players and supporters.

    Raynal’s language implied the threat to his ego appeared to be the greatest motivation for his decision to blow a penalty – which would .

    ‘Nic (White) I’m sorry, you know exactly what I wanted,’ he could be heard saying on the vision, which was released by Stan Sports.

    ‘So that’s not fair what you did at the end, you just run the time and you know exactly. If you think I’m not capable to give a scrum, you’re making a mistake.

    ‘So now you know it.’

    For now, the perception does appear to be the reality.

    The Wallabies will look to put the disappointing finish to the Rugby Championship behind them, with a gruelling European Tour set for October and November.

    They’ll face Scotland in October before a quartet of tough Tests against France, Italy, Ireland and Wales in November.

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  • 41 минута назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Socceroos beat New Zealand by two goals in final football friendly ahead of 2022 World Cup

    The Socceroos will head to the World Cup as winners after a youthful side overcame New Zealand 2-0 in their final friendly ahead of Qatar.

    Graham Arnold blooded a pack of youngsters at Auckland’s Eden Park – a venue the Wallabies famously haven’t won at since 1986 – but the squad’s oldest outfielder, striker Mitch Duke, grabbed the first goal.

    Jason Cummings then converted a penalty after fine work from fellow debutant Garang Kuol, giving Arnold plenty to think about as he mulls his World Cup squad.

    With Thursday night’s XI that beat the All Whites 1-0 spared the trip to New Zealand, Arnold said he wanted to use the match to find his ‘Plan B’ for Qatar.

    He offered Harrison Delbridge a full debut while Kuol, Cummings – aka the Cumdingo – Ryan Strain, Cameron Devlin, and Keanu Baccus all got their first taste of senior international football.

    The match might have been a friendly but there was plenty at stake for both sides.

    The Socceroos, two months out from Qatar, were each competing for places in the 26-man squad, while the All Whites were playing at home for the first time in five years.

    It was surprising then that the first half was so tepid; perhaps the result of nerves, or playing on a surface chopped up by Saturday night’s Bledisloe Cup Test.

    Disappointingly for the bumper crowd of 34,985, hometown hero Chris Wood was taken off after half an hour, complaining of a side strain.

    The Newcastle United striker spent his afternoon signing autographs for fans, rather than playing for them.

    The Socceroos were inexperienced but had time on the field previously; eight of the team were past or present Melbourne City players, while nine featured in Australia’s 2-0 defeat of Argentina at last year’s Olympics.

    Despite the links, there was little understanding shown between teammates in a stop-start first half.

    Oli Sail had one save to make – an early effort from Riley McGree’s drive – as Australia struggled for industry or creativity.

    Nathaniel Atkinson and Mat Leckie provided an outlet down the right, but to little effect, with Denis Genreau particularly wasteful in the middle.

    Marco Tilio produced a horror miss as halftime loomed, sidefooting wide with the goal at his mercy after Duke’s centre.

    After a lacklustre first 45 minutes, the Socceroos returned full of spark.

    Tilio drew a fine save from Sail before Connor Metcalfe served up a curling cross for Duke to head home on 54 minutes, giving Australia a deserved lead.

    With five fresh debutants inserted into the contest, the game opened up, and Kuol helped win it with his pace.

    The 18-year-old stole the ball in his own half and raced through on goal, the ball eventually falling to Cummings – whose shot was saved by the outstretched hand of Liberato Cacace.

    Cummings stepped up for the resultant penalty, dispatching it strongly to the bottom right corner, and perhaps booking his place to the World Cup.

    Cummins explained afterwards how he felt on the park. ‘Absolutely buzzing,’ he said. ‘I was chomping at the bit. I just wanted to get on the pitch.’

    Manager Graham Arnold was very happy with how the young team performed.

    ‘I’m really proud of those young boys,’ Arnold said on Network 10.

    ‘I’ll go back and review it and have a close look at things before I’d say publicly. But it’s just refreshing to see the young faces, their energy was fantastic. It’s great that they’re knocking on the door.

    ‘I wanted this to happen, I wanted to have [selection] headaches. I didn’t want to be sitting at home, and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, where am I going to get players from?’ They’ve shown me today, we can do it,’ said Arnold.

    Socceroos fans on social media had largely positive things to say about the team’s performance – especially in the second half.

    ‘Interesting to see the mindset shift in the second half, need to see that aggressive line at the World Cup from the opening minute. Kuol and Cummings probably booked their spots alongside Devlin and Metcalfe,’ said one Twitter user.

    ‘Much better second half from the Socceroos, get Cummings and Kuol on the plane to Qatar!’ added another.

    ‘Seriously we need to get Mathew Leckie to Captain the Wallabies. First Aussie Capt to win at Eden Park in a while,’ joked a third.

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  • 41 минута назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Penrith Panthers skipper Isaah Yeo slams South Sydney Rabbitohs star after sickening NRL hit

    Panthers skipper Isaah Yeo has slammed Rabbitohs flyer Taane Milne for his brutal stiff-arm on prop Spencer Leniu, which landed the winger a six-game ban – but a World Cup loophole could mean he misses just two NRL games.

    Trailing 24-12 in the final quarter, Leniu burst through Souths middle when Milne came in from his wing and took out the young gun with a high shot.

    Milne’s finals track record has plagued him all season, having been sin-binned twice against the Roosters in their elimination win.

    Former NRL star Braith Anasta called out the winger, saying ‘is that the worst shot you have ever seen? That was a shocking tackle.’

    Post game Penrith lock Isaah Yeo blatantly labelled the tackle as a lazy arm, which visibly disgruntled Leniu.

    ‘He’s a tough thing,’ Yeo said of Leniu.

    ‘He’s not going to stay down. He’s usually chipping blokes if they stay down. He’s obviously not going to stay down for no reason. It copped him flush.

    I feel like he got warned last game Taane too. It’s happened a couple of times now. He had every chance to drop his arm or make contact somewhere else but he flushed him in the head.’

    Mline was sent off after his illegal shot, which flared up Leniu on the sidelines, giving shades of the Adam Blair and Glenn Stewart brawl of Brookvale in 2014.

    Fox League pundits jumped in on the hot discussion, roasting Milne’s poor tackle attempt.

    ‘It was awful and stupid and puts everyone under pressure, it also alleviates any sort of comeback,’ Corey Parker said.

    ‘Seriously, that tackle got outlawed in 1980, if he says that he is not thinking it is even worse,’ Gorden Tallis added.

    Yet, given Milne’s selection in the Fijian World Cup side, he could serve four games of the ban at an International level.

    Fiji are pencilled in to play a warm-up game against England and then take to their Cup campaign with three pool games.

    Milne was the first player to be sent off in a preliminary final since North Sydney’s Gary Larson and Canberra’s John Lomax in 1994.

    Fellow banned NRL stars Jared Warea-Hargreaves and Lindsay Collins have also worked around the loophole.

    Rooster Collins was granted the Prime Minister’s XIII clash against Papua New Guinea as part of his four-game ban, for a nasty hip drop back in round 24.

    Hardman Hargreaves will be free to play in the Kiwi’s final pool game.

    Souths loss is their fourth preliminary exit in five years, a hard pill to take given they were leading 12-0 30 minutes in.

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  • 41 минута назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Newcastle Knights NRLW side through to grand final after upset win over St George Dragons

    Newcastle star recruits Millie Boyle and Tamika Upton have resurged the Knights to NRLW success – leading the former wooden spooners to a maiden grand final with a dominant win over the Dragons.

    Fullback Tamika Upton scored twice while skipper Millie Boyle produced a spectacular solo try in the 30-6 defeat to be the first side into the NRLW premiership game.

    The former Brisbane pair starred on their old turf at Suncorp Stadium in the first of Sunday’s double header, as the three-time champions Brisbane were absent from the semis in a competition shake-up.

    Newcastle, who were 0-5 last season, will play the winner of the Sydney Roosters and Parramatta in next Sunday’s decider.

    The Dragons, who had lost 30-8 to the Knights a week ago, had powered back into the contest when star fullback Emma Tonegato crossed in the right corner.

    But a knock-on was spotted on review and a 12-10 scoreline was suddenly 18-6 at halftime, when Knight’s five-eighth Kirra Dibb scooted over from dummy-half.

    The Dragons dominated territory in the second half, but the Knights’ defence held firm.

    Upton breezed through for a second try to seal the result before Kiana Takairangi’s try was the icing on the cake.

    Dragons winger Teagan Berry kept her side close early on, plucking an intercept from Upton’s kick return to score against the run of play.

    Tonegato’s no-try followed, her side unable to score another point as the Knights made an early grand final statement in Brisbane.

    Boyle starred in the 2021 NRLW season, awarded the Dally M gong where she averaged 198 running metres per game.

    The 24-year-old brushed off Dragons gun Keeley Davis in her stunning try, where she showed footwork and strength to score.

    In 2021, the Knights lost all of their regular season games, slumping to a 40-4 defeat against the Dragons in round four.

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  • 41 минута назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Derek Chisora tells Tyson Fury to his face that Anthony Joshua will beat him

    Derek Chisora has baited Tyson Fury by saying he will lose his heavyweight showdown with Anthony Joshua before challenging the Gypsy King to a ‘bare-knuckle fight.’

    The pair were in talks for a fight of their own earlier this year but negotiations collapsed and there was clear bad blood when they met ringside at Saturday night’s Joe Joyce vs Joseph Parker event.

    Chisora muscled in on an interview Fury was giving to talkSPORT and said: ‘If the fight happens, he will win.’

    Squaring up face-to-face just inches apart, Fury replied: ‘I will win. I will knock him out inside six rounds and if you want I’ll fight you in between rounds too.’

    Fury, the undefeated WBC and The Ring heavyweight champion, then goaded Chisora by reminding everyone of his two victories over him in 2011 and 2014.

    Just before that, the pair had it out over the failed talks to fight one another.

    Chisora said: ‘I’m here in Manchester, I’m here. You said come to Manchester and I’ll fight you bare-knuckle and I’m here.’

    Fury replied: ‘Why didn’t you sign the contract then?’ Chisora, wearing sunglasses, hood and a face mask, claimed he’d never been sent the contract.

    Fury appeared to accept the challenge, saying: ‘I will fight you bare-knuckle if you want, no problem. Any time, any place, anywhere.

    ‘Listen you got two million and you refused it.’

    The Gypsy King then said he would fight Chisora if the fight with Joshua isn’t made for later this year. ‘Listen, if you wanna fight? If your man don’t fight, I will definitely fight you next.’

    Whether the Fury vs Joshua fight will take place remains up in the air with Fury setting a deadline of Monday to sign the contracts to make it happen.

    ‘I’m sick of setting deadlines,’ Fury said. ‘They either want this poxy fight or they don’t.’

    That led to Eddie Hearn hitting back at him, claiming Fury’s comments were an attempt to hide his interest in fighting German heavyweight Mahmoud (formerly Manuel) Charr.

    ‘The conversations have been decent and are moving in the right direction, but there is a long way to go.’ Hearn told Seconds Out.

    ‘Fury wants to fight Manuel Charr, it’s pretty obvious, and the public are not the brightest if they actually think otherwise.’

    Although the long-speculated clash between the two best British heavyweights of a generation appeared to have been the closest it has ever been to becoming a reality, Hearn explained that the fight will not take place if Fury’s Monday ultimatum was sincere.

    ‘I think there is no way this contract gets signed on Monday because there is still a lot to be done,’ Hearn fumed.

    ‘This fight takes time. We waited 10 days to get the contract…all of a sudden he wants it signed in 24 hours. No chance.’

    Hearn went on to criticise Fury as he cast huge doubt on the fight going ahead in December.

    Asked whether he was leaning towards the eagerly-anticipated bout not happening, Hearn said: ‘Yeah because if he comes out with statements like that…we’ll see.

    ‘Once again, Tyson Fury has made a statement – ‘I’m retired, I’m this, I’m giving my purse to the homeless, I am walking away from this fight on Monday’.

    ‘Guess what? The fight isn’t getting signed on Monday. So if you want to walk away from that, while we are all trying to make it – including your promo team – off you go.’

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  • 41 минута назад 25.09.2022Sport
    Floyd Mayweather knocks out Japanese fighter Mikuru Asakura in their exhibition bout

    Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather delivered a knockout victory against Japanese MMA fighter Mikuru Asakura in their exhibition bout on Saturday.

    The 45-year-old American has had a number of exhibition bouts since retiring professionally and extended that when he faced off with Asakura at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

    With the bout scheduled for three two-minute rounds to take place, Mayweather needed only two of them to put a stop to his Japanese counterpart with a flush right cross.

    The first round opened with the southpaw Asakura jabbing away at the American before throwing in plenty of feints for Mayweather to deal with. The crowd rejoiced whenever the Japense fighter landed while Mayweather didn’t look like he was out of second gear.

    Into the second round and the intensity in the bout shot up immediately. Asakura opened with some heavy punches that landed flush on ‘Money’ Mayweather, something rarely seen in his exhibition bouts.

    Two clean shots to the head saw Mayweather wobble backwards before Asakura charged forward and the two fighters entered the clinch. Once referee Kenny Bayless separated the two, Mayweather looked a man of intent.

    The American returned with a flurry of shots to the head and the body before eventually landing a brutal right cross that dropped his opponent just moments before the end of the second round.

    Asakura, whose professional MMA record stands at 16-3, was given a standing count by Bayless before the referee called an end to the bout.

    In his post-fight speech, Mayweather said: ‘I would like to thank the whole country of Japan; unbelievable country, unbelievable people.’

    It was Mayweather’s second time in the Saitama Super Arena having defeated Japanese kickboxer Tenshin Nasukawa via TKO in 2018.

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