Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray team up to offer Rafael Nadal vital advice

Rafael Nadal has been offered some expert advice from his three biggest career rivals, but the words of wisdom have nothing to do with tennis. Nadal’s wife Mery Perello is currently expecting the couple’s first child, with the record-breaking Grand Slam champion soon to become a dad like Roger Federer, Andy Murray, and Novak Djokovic.

Federer and wife Mirka have two sets of identical twins, whilst Murray and his partner Kim have a son and three daughters. Djokovic meanwhile, has a son and daughter with his other half, Jelena, with Nadal soon set to complete the quartet of dads from the sport’s ‘big four’.

All of the icons will be in London this weekend to represent Team Europe in the Laver Cup, a tournament which has taken on extra scrutiny following Federer’s announcement that he will retire at its conclusion. If deemed fit enough to play, the Swiss maestro will only feature in the doubles, although who partners him remains to be seen.

Prior to his farewell event, the 41-year-old was joined by Murray and Djokovic in speaking to Hello about their storybook careers. And the trio were also asked if they had any advice on fatherhood for the man who this year won both the Australian and French Open titles.

“Embrace the moment,”advised Federer. “While you will always savour your Grand Slam wins and professional accomplishments, you will soon experience new emotions and celebrations on a greater level than you ever imagined through your family.”

Murray, 35, had more candid advice: “Get your sleep in now!” he replied. “It’s an amazing time in his life, he’s a relaxed and calm person, so he’ll be fine. I’ve found you need lots of patience, but it’s the best thing in the world and you can’t imagine your life without them.”

Djokovic, 35, told ‘The King of Clay’ that parenthood will also educate him: “Just to keep an open mind and grow with the little one,” he said. “So much we can learn from them! What a joy that journey is, I am looking forward to see Rafa and Xisca in their parenting role. Big congratulations from me and my family again!”

The four stars, who will be joined by Casper Ruud and Stefanos Tsitsipas in taking on Team World, have appeared in good spirits ahead of their battle at The O2 Arena. On Thursday, Djokovic and standby player Matteo Berrettini joked they were “scouting” the opposition, prompting a request from Nadal to “wait for me.”

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  • 19 минут назад 04.10.2022Sport
    Roger Federer told Novak Djokovic’s parents ‘be quiet’ as his ‘angry outbursts’ recalled

    Roger Federer once called out Novak Djokovic’s parents back in 2008. One of his ‘angry outbursts’ has been recalled by Tracy Austin. The pair faced off in the semi-finals of the Monte Carlo Masters 14 years ago when, in a rare moment of frustration, the Swiss maestro turned to the Serbian’s mum and dad in the crowd and asked them to ‘be quiet’.

    In an article on Tennis.com, two-time US Open winner Austin recalled some of the things she will miss most about Federer now he has retired from the game. She then recalled the events of the pair’s eighth meeting on the hallowed Monaco clay courts.

    “I will miss Roger Federer’s angry outbursts because they were few and far between, which makes them that much more memorable,” the American wrote. “They proved that Federer is not a human smiley-face icon blessed with genius, but subject to the same emotions, moods, and anxieties as any other athlete.

    “Federer managed to win the battle within as predictably he prevailed in the exterior one with opponents. My favourite lapse of Federer’s cool was way back in 2008 in Monte Carlo where, following a close call that (correctly) went his way at the baseline, he turned to Novak Djokovic’s voluble parents and barked, ‘Be quiet, okay?’ Then Federer walked up to the baseline and angrily kicked at the mark, raising clay dust.

    “Federer overcame an early-career zeal for splintering racquets, but he discreetly sparred with chair umpires on a number of occasions, he muttered and cursed, often while sitting, staring straight ahead, on a changeover. He once told an official, as part of running commentary, ‘Don’t tell me to be quiet. When I wanna talk, I talk, alright?’

    “My favourite quote overheard in the heat of battle: During a match plagued by bad calls and overrules, Federer chuntered: ‘We need a clown for this circus.’” Federer was winning the encounter 6-3, 3-2, before the 35-year-old had to retire from the match. The five-time year-end number one is known for his class and poise both on and off the court, but very early in his career he was prone to the occasional racket smash or outburst.

    In fact, as a teenager he was given a punishment of cleaning toilets and vacuuming offices after he threw his racket and broke the newly-erected curtains that had been placed to separate the courts. “He was highly upset when he lost a match. Throw a racket or even cry. He could cry for half an hour after the match, which was disturbing,” his mother Lynette once said.

    His father Robert added: “We were never angry if he lost a match but we were angry with his behaviour after matches. “He was horrible sometimes. Throwing rackets, swearing on the court – sometimes we felt a bit ashamed.”

    Now at the age of 41 and regarded by many as the greatest tennis player of all time, his parents were among the proudest in the room as he bid farewell to tennis at the Laver Cup. On what was a very emotional evening at the O2 Arena, the 20-time major winner bowed out of the sport following a doubles loss alongside great friend and rival Rafael Nadal.

  • 19 минут назад 04.10.2022Sport
    Antonio Conte seethes at Tottenham fans demanding Djed Spence plays after Arsenal loss

    Antonio Conte has hit back at Tottenham fans calling for Djed Spence to start by claiming he is ‘not stupid’ and adding that the player is ‘not ready’ for match action. His comments come straight after the club’s poor performance Saturday’s 3-1 north London derby defeat to Arsenal where current first-choice right wing-back Emerson Royal had a poor performance which culminated in a red card for a stupid challenge on Gabriel Martinelli.

    Spence arrived during the transfer window in a £13million deal from the north east club after he spent a hugely impressive season on loan at Nottingham Forest. There had been high hopes that he would come straight into the starting lineup given the Lilywhites struggles in the right-wing-back position however he has been behind Emerson Royal, Matt Doherty and Ivan Perisic in the pecking order.

    The right-back has found his match action severely limited, seeing just one minute of competitive match action since the start of the campaign. Some fans have been calling him to be given a starting place from the off, especially after Emerson’s poor performance at the Emirates. However, Conte has hit back at his own supporters claiming the England under-21 international is not ready to take part at this moment in time.

    He said: “The fans have to be fans. They can think anything but I see every day the training sessions. If they trust me, they trust me, but the choices are mine. If I don’t decide to pick a player, it’s because he’s maybe not ready.

    “We are talking about a young player with a good prospect, but I repeat I try to pick the best team. Also Doherty last season played every game. Now I’m not seeing him in the right way to start the game. I’m not stupid, I don’t want to lose. I try to put the best team, to pick the best team. If they trust me it’s ok, if they don’t trust me then I’m the coach and I need to take the best decision for Tottenham.”

    The Italian was speaking ahead of Tottenham’s Champions League fixture with Eintracht Frankfurt tomorrow as the club looks to overcome the disappointment of the weekend’s performance. The result saw them fall four points behind their biggest rivals, helping the Gunners to solidify their position at the top of the Premier League table.

    They also need to get back on track in Europe having been defeated 2-0 in their last match against Sporting Lisbon.

    Conte has also received criticism for sticking so rigidly to a 3-4-3 formation this season, something which supporters believe left them overrun in midfield at the Emirates. The Italian conceded this was a system that the club could utilise given the players at his disposal.

    “With this type of players and this squad we can play with these two systems, 3-4-3 and a 3-5-2. Also, Bissouma who is a good player who can play with the two midfielders and the two strikers can be Sonny and Kane or Richarlison and Kane.”

    It appears unlikely that Spurs fans will get there wish anytime soon with Conte pouring cold water on Spence’s first-team prospects. It is therefore likely Doherty and Perisic will battle for the position in the coming weeks as Emerson serves his suspension.


  • 19 минут назад 04.10.2022Sport
    London Marathon runner, 36, dies after collapsing three miles from finish line

    London Marathon organisers have confirmed that a participant sadly passed away during the event. The 36-year-old man collapsed 23 miles into the run but was unable to be saved despite the quick response of medical teams.

    The brief statement released by organisers read: “With deep sadness, we confirm the death of a participant in the 2022 TCS London Marathon.

    “A 36-year-old man from South East England collapsed between mile 23 and mile 24 and, although he received immediate medical treatment and an ambulance was on the scene within three minutes, he died later in hospital.

    “Everyone involved in the organisation of the London Marathon would like to express sincere condolences to his family and friends.

    “The family has requested privacy and no further details will be released in accordance with their wishes.

    “The cause of death will be established later through medical examination.”

    42,000 people competed in the event yesterday, which takes place between Greenwich and the Mall, with the race held in October for the third time after it was moved as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. The women’s elite race was the first to get underway at 9am before they were followed by the elite men and general competition within the next hour.

    Three of England’s victorious Euro’s squad got the races started, with captain Leah Williamson joined by veterans Jill Scott and Ellen White to give competitors a mental boost as they got underway. Thousands lined the streets of the capital to provide moral support and help provide refreshments as the competitors took on the 26.2 mile long challenge.

    The women’s event was won by Ethiopia’s Yalemzerf Yehualaw who set a personal best time of 2:17:26 while Kenya’s Amos Kipruto claimed success in the men’s race, finishing with a time of 2:04:39. Chris Evans, Sophie Raworth and Mark Wright were among the celebrities who completed the marathon alongside the wider public to raise money for charities and good causes.

  • 19 минут назад 04.10.2022Sport
    Chris Eubank Jr sends stern message to dad ahead of Conor Benn fight – ‘I’m the boss now’

    Chris Eubank Jr told legendary boxing father Eubank Sr that he is in complete control of his boxing career now. The 33-year-old is preparing for a generational clash with Conor Benn, the son of boxer Nigel, who fought Eubank Sr in two titanic tussles back in the 1990s.

    While Conor’s father is relishing the thought of seeing his son clash with the offspring of his former rival, Eubank Sr tried to pull his son out of the battle and has played little to no role in the fight’s buildup. He has repeatedly expressed concerns about his weight, which will be fought at a catchweight of 157lbs.

    The former WBO middleweight and super-middleweight champion, who acted as his son’s manager for most of his career, has had less of an input in his flights in recent years. In fact, he has not been in Eubank Jr’s corner since he employed Roy Jones Jr as a trainer just before the start of the Covid pandemic.

    As reported by the Daily Star, Eubank Jr said: “At the beginning of my career he was seen as the boss in my career. I didn’t mind that. I just wanted to fight, I didn’t want to be the boss. Now I want to be a part of the decision making.

    “I told him I will write a book one day so I have to go through these experiences and I can’t just leave it all up to him because then I have nothing to write about. I’m the boss. I am the boss now. I texted him about a month ago. Just so there’s no doubt moving forward on my mindset.

    In response, his son added: “You haven’t seen him around as much because he understands I want to take more control. Then we have the situation that he was telling me not to take the fight and when I said I wanted to take the fight he was unhappy with that.

    “He was saying all these things to try to change my mind. I had to just say it, ‘I am the boss’. This is what I want to do and I want your help but this fight is not going to happen.” Eubank Sr has gone a step further today and told fans to boycott the fight at the O2 Arena on Saturday night.

    The boxing icon had previously voiced his concerns over the agreed catchweight for the bout, and has now urged supporters to stay away. Just six days out from the highly-anticipated night, the legendary figure has sent in a statement to Spencer Fearon on the Fight is Right podcast. He pleaded: “Boycott the fight. You know what 3lbs beneath the middleweight limit at 33 years old can do, this is how brain injuries occur.”

  • 19 минут назад 04.10.2022Sport
    Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag makes ‘contract demand’ to the Glazers following Man City defeat

    Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag has reportedly sent a demand to the Glazers and told them they aren’t to hand out any new contracts before he has decided which players warrant them. The Red Devils were embarrassed by rivals Manchester City on Sunday afternoon as they were defeated 6-3 in the Premier League.

    United were second best throughout the encounter at the Etihad as Erling Haaland and Phil Foden both bagged braces in the opening 45 minutes to put the hosts 4-0 up at half-time. Antony got one back for the Red Devils in the early stages of the second half, before Haaland and Foden both completed their hat-tricks. And, despite a late double from away substitute Anthony Martial, the day belonged to the Sky Blues.

    United had enjoyed an upturn in fortunes in recent weeks following back-to-back losses against Brighton and Brentford at the start of the campaign and travelled to the Etihad Stadium off the back of four straight league victories. But Ten Hag will now be scratching his head over how his team could get it so wrong against the Premier League champions.

    According to The Telegraph, the Dutchman will put the brakes on any new contracts until he has made his mind up about which players deserve to play a part in his long-term plans. While the result at City hasn’t triggered Ten Hag’s demand, it would hardly have helped players who are fighting for their United futures.

    United have handed out a whole host of long-term mega-money deals in the past. But Ten Hag now wants to create a culture where contracts are harder to win. And that could ultimately signal the end of some players’ United careers.

    The Red Devils’ loss to City means they remain nine points behind current Premier League leaders Arsenal. And after the match across town, Ten Hag admitted he will allow his players to take aim at each other in a meeting on Monday. “It’s an open door – this performance was unacceptable,” the 52-year-old told MUTV.

    “As a team and as individuals, we will criticise each other and then we will learn the lessons and we have to do better, starting the next game. I think it’s good that a team like City gives you the status where you are in this moment. It’s clear we did well against top teams like Liverpool and Arsenal, when we were disciplined and we followed the rules and principles, we had belief to play and we were on the front foot defending.

    “Then you can bring a good performance and that can bring a result. When you don’t, when you are not on the front foot, when you are not brave to play, you get a result as today.”


  • 1 час, 6 минут назад 04.10.2022Sport
    Matthew Stafford dooms Rams with 52-yard fourth quarter pick-six to Talanoa Hufanga

    Matthew Stafford effectively ended the night for the Rams with a fourth quarter pick-six vs. the 49ers Monday night, allowing the hosts to extend their lead to 15 points with roughly six minutes remaining.

    The Rams were far from their best in the difficult matchup, which they lost 24-9, but found themselves down just eight with the ball at San Francisco’s 44-yard line in the fourth quarter.

    But any hopes of a comeback were squashed when 49ers safety Talanoa Hufanga jumped a screen route and intercepted a ball intended for Cooper Kupp behind the line of scrimmage, returning it the rest of the way for a touchdown.

    The deflating play means Stafford now leads the league in interceptions with six, as the Super Bowl-winning quarterback has not reached the lofty heights of last season four games into 2022.

    Stafford dealt with elbow tendinitis in the offseason, and perhaps that ailment is still lingering as the 34-year-old has gotten off to a slow start this season.

    Stafford has thrown just four touchdowns in as many games, and hasn’t gone over 254 yards in any contest, with Monday’s loss actually being that game.

    It wasn’t a great performance for him vs. the 49ers, however, as he needed 48 attempts to reach that figure and took seven sacks.

    The offense looked fairly lifeless when he wasn’t targeting Cooper Kupp (19 times!) or dumping it off to tight end Tyler Higbee.

    The poor offensive effort was the first time since Week 16 of the 2020 season that the Rams failed to score a touchdown, as kicker Matt Gay accounted for all of the team’s nine points.

    The next test for LA will not be much easier, but they’ll at least have the comfort of SoFi Stadium.

    They’ll host the Cowboys next Sunday in the late afternoon time slot.

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