Tennis Today: Comparing Roger Federer to Serena Williams & Muhammad Ali
In Tennis Today, where does Roger Federer rank when it comes to the greatest athlete of all time, and Novak Djokovic can’t get enough of the snow.
Some people have questioned Rafael Nadal’s failure to congratulate Roger Federer after his Australian Open win, but the Spanish star has brushed aside the criticism.
Simona Halep is taking a breather and not competing in the Fed Cup this week, but you can still test your knowledge on the Romanian by taking our quiz.
And in case you missed it, do give our feature “If tennis stars were F1 drivers” a read to see which Formula 1 drivers resemble the likes Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Andre Agassi.
What’s in news
Rafael Nadal may have signed up for the Queen’s Club Championship, but they are struggling to find financial backers, according to the Daily Mail’s Charles Sale. Aegon has been the sponsor since 2009, but officials are still looking for a backer for this year’s event.
Many believe Roger Federer is the greatest male tennis player of all time, but The Sun’s Dan King has taken it further. “Where does he rate compared to Muhammad Ali and Serena Williams?”
Meanwhile, Express Sport and their clickbait headlines go with “Roger Federer: The real reason why Swiss star wants Rafael Nadal’s No1 spot in Rotterdam”.
As per usual, we’ll save you.
Lindsay Davenport admits that if Federer doesn’t get the No 1 ranking out of the way in the next few weeks, then the path to the top again will only get tougher as “he has a lot of points to defend”.
What’s on social media
Sleeping on the snow is so much better than resting on a bed.
More on Djokovic and snow.
Staying with the snow theme, the Swiss Fed Cup team with some Winter Olympics charades.
— Fed Cup (@FedCup) February 7, 2018
We all like a tweener and the Open Sud du France delivered a couple.
Meanwhile, Victor Estrella Burgos’ amazing run at the Ecuador Open is over.
What’s on TV
It is Fed Cup week on the WTA Tour while Sky Sports, who holds the ATP Tour rights in the UK, is not showing the Open Sud du France, Sofia Open or Ecuador Open.
If you need a daily fix of tennis, then Sky Sports Darts is showing repeats of the ATP Masters Series throughout the day.
Heather Watson battles past Viktorija Golubic at Birmingham’s Viking Classic
The 29-year-old set up a second-round clash against sixth seed Shuai Zhang in claiming an important win to ease her patchy recent form.
Jack Draper beats Jannik Sinner at Queen’s to secure first ATP Tour singles win
Jack Draper won two tie-breaks to beat Jannik Sinner
All England Club to provide final decision on Wimbledon crowd capacity and Covid-19 protocols soon
Discussions are continuing over Wimbledon crowds.
Exclusive – Judy Murray on how the game’s ‘Big Four’ are still ahead of the pack
“They all have an incredible love of the game,” says Judy Murray.
‘Time for next generation’ – Judy Murray planning to step back from tennis roles
The Scot will be at Queen’s Club to support sons Andy and Jamie.
Andy Murray felt ‘a bit jealous’ watching Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s epic French Open semi-final
Murray faces France’s Benoit Paire on Tuesday at the Cinch Championships.
Andy Murray issues less than certain fitness report ahead of his return to action
Andy Murray set for singles return, but not 100%.
Exclusive – Greg Rusedski on the big question Andy Murray has to answer this week
Greg Rusedski believes Andy Murray has one big question to answer.
WATCH: Boy goes berserk after Novak Djokovic gifts racket to him as thanks for ‘coaching’ him during match
“He was coaching me, literally,” says Novak Djokovic.
‘I’ll keep on going. I’ll keep on chasing,’ says Novak Djokovic as he sets his sights on history
World No 1 will bid for a sixth title at the All England Club and third in a row.