Tennis Today: Roger Federer a ‘smash hit’, Zlatan Ibrahimovic praises Novak Djokovic, a Cristiano Ronaldo fail
In Tennis Today, it’s a football special as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cristiano Ronaldo feature, but we do have plenty about tennis stars Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic as well.
What’s on the site
In case you missed Monday’s piece from Kevin Palmer on Roger Federer, then do give it a read today as it attracted a lot of attention on social media.
Federer was also accused of receiving special treatment on the ATP Tour by Julien Benneteau, but his rivals Novak Djokovic and John Isner have come to his defence.
Staying with Djokovic and Isner, the two opened their ATP Finals campaign on Monday evening.
In the other Guga Kuerten Group match, Alexander Zverev was too good for Marin Cilic.
What’s in the news
Back to Federer and the 20-time Grand Slam winner cancelled Monday’s practise following his defeat to Kei Nishikori, reports Reuters, via Daily Mail.
After a tough couple of days this should cheer Federer up as Daily Mail’s Christopher Stevens’s TV review of Running Wild With Bear Grylls states “Bear may be a Boy’s Own star, but Federer was the smash hit”.
“It was the champion’s candid conversation that made the episode stand out.”
And then there is Express Sport saying “Roger Federer makes Rafael Nadal revelation on ITV Bear Grylls show”.
Here you go…”ROGER FEDERER has described his win over Rafael Nadal in the Australian Open final as one of the most ‘beautiful wins’ of his career”.
Serena Williams has scooped another award as she has been named GQ Magazine’s “Woman” of the Year and here is a picture of the cover.
Announcing GQ’s Men (and Woman) of the Year 2018: @michaelb4jordan, @henrygolding, @jonahhill, and @serenawilliams (featuring handwriting by @virgilabloh) https://t.co/EpG3lKCJ3r #GQMOTY pic.twitter.com/6MgczSxSpq
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 12, 2018
So what can be controversial about that, you ask?
Well, they decided put the word “Woman” in quotes, according to AOL.
However, there is a reason why “Woman” was in quotes as it was handwritten by Virgil Abloh and quotes are apparently his thing.
“Funny and good guy” Djokovic and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are good mates, reports The Mirror.
“We’re good friends, we’re still in contact,” according to footballer Ibrahimovic.
Doubles specialist Nicolas Mahut suffered a nasty collision with an advertising board at the ATP Finals…here it is.
Naturally the Frenchman wanted some protection around the boards, but Telegraph Sport reports he was “accused of play-acting” with his opponent Mate Pavic “accusing him of over-reacting to his fall”.
What’s on social media
It’s a Roger Federer kind of day so here he is talking about his sons playing tennis.
Cristiano Ronaldo watched the ATP Finals on Monday. Good thing he is a footballer and not a cricket player.
Just a 122m/h forehand from Jack Sock into Marcelo Melo’s elbow.
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What’s on TV
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Winning ATP Finals undefeated a ‘great boost of confidence’ for Grand Slams, says Daniil Medvedev
Confidence high for Daniil Medvedev.
Andy Murray on the best-of-five-set matches debate: ‘People often mistake long matches for epics’
What are Murray’s views on best-of-five-set matches?
‘I want to climb up the Rankings,’ says Dominic Thiem as he eyes new highs after ‘outstanding year’
Dominic Thiem eyeing top two spots in the ATP Rankings.
Daniil Medvedev triumphs in ATP Finals as Australian Open uncertainty continues
Medvedev won the biggest title of his career.
Daniil Medvedev hopes ATP Finals a sign of things to come with young guns forming ‘great rivalries’
Russian completed an unbeaten week at The O2.
Daniil Medvedev is last man standing in London as he beats Dominic Thiem to win 2020 ATP Finals
Medvedev came from a set down to defeat Thiem.
End of Big Three era? A look at state of men’s game after Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal’s ATP Finals exit
Federer, Nadal and Djokovic have dominated men’s game.
Dominic Thiem on expanding Andy Murray’s one-man club against the Big Three: ‘It’s super special’
A milestone win for Dominic Thiem.
Australian Open dates to be set ‘as soon as possible’ amid Covid uncertainty
Tennis Australia’s Craig Tiley ‘confident we will have decisions soon’.
Daniil Medvedev on Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal getting beaten at ATP Finals: ‘It’s super for tennis’
Big Two beaten twice at London’s O2 Arena.