That's like saying Magic Johnson would have been the GOAT if Jordan wasn't there.
You are not @ freaking 20 simply because of freaking this: You were just NOT good enough. And someone else was better than you. Heck, one of them freaking owned you - and your 'mister' - on ALL surfaces including the one in your bedroom.
Heck, if you would have been JUST @ 20 - without the two clowns - you would have been WAY worse off than you are now.
Besides, just statistically the deduction is incorrect as Nadal and Djokovic destroyed Federer at a little more than three Slams (17+3=20).
Former world number one Roger Federer has refuted suggestions that he would have won more Grand Slams, if Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic had not been around and claimed that he would have the same number of slams with or without them.
Todd Woodbridge, former Australian tennis player, had revealed last week that in his opinion Federer would have had 20 Grand Slam titles to his name if not for Nadal, while also calling the Swiss the best player of all time.
The 35-year-old, who currently has won 17 Grand Slam titles, believes that such a statement is not true and that he would have the same number of major titles to his name irrespective of the opposition.
"I think if they (Nadal and Djokovic) hadn't been around, there would have been someone else. Or maybe without them I'd wouldn't have the same motivation and the same career. I don't know how to explain it, but I think I would have the same number of Slams, with or without them," said Federer, as quoted by Tennis World.
The Swiss legend has not competed in an event since his semi-final loss at the 2016 Wimbledon Championships – due to a knee injury – recently confirmed that he would return earlier-than-expected and will be participating in the International Premier Tennis League (ITPL) scheduled to start on 2 December.
"It remains to be seen under what condition I will return, since I haven't played since last Wimbledon, but I'm very excited to get back on the court. I have trained well, and I think it's time to play matches again," Federer said.
He is currently ranked 16th in the ATP Men's Tennis rankings with the list headed by Great Britain's Andy Murray who is the first person from England to top the list since 1973.
Roger Federer cried that year, but not over the SI award.Source:News Limited
Dwyane Wade was untouchable in the 2006 NBA Finals.Source:AP
ON Thursday American magazine Sports Illustrated announced drought-breaking Cleveland Cavaliers NBA championship winner LeBron James as its Sportsperson of the Year.
There was some argument baseball’s Chicago Cubs — who had a similarly historic breakthrough — or an Olympian like Simone Biles or Michael Phelps deserved the nod, but it was hard to argue with James’s efforts in leading the Cavs back from a 3-1 NBA Finals deficit against the Golden State Warriors.
The list of candidates in 2006 were reduced to a race between two — tennis stud Roger Federer and basketballer Dwyane Wade.
Federer had completed what many argued was the finest year in tennis history. He won 92 of his 97 matches and three of the four Grand Slams, only failing in the French Open to dominant claycourter Rafael Nadal.
This was Federer at the absolute peak of his powers and given his reputation as one of the finest athletes of all-time, many at Sports Illustrated felt he was deserving of being named sportsperson of the year for the first time.
But the decision isn’t a vote. It’s made by the head honcho at the magazine, who from 2002 to 2011 was group editor Terry McDonell. And McDonell went with Wade.
“It’s not that I wasn’t a tennis fan or was overwhelmingly in favour of basketball,” McDonell told SI.com this week. “I thought, you know, maybe Federer would get it the next year, although it’s always dangerous to plan ahead.”
The choice of Wade was certainly defensible, if not popular. He averaged 34.7 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 2.7 steals while leading the Miami Heat back from a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals.
But that didn’t make anyone in the tennis community feel any better — or prevent Sports Illustrated from having to defend itself against criticism Wade was picked because Federer was going to be unavailable to receive the award in person or because basketball sold more magazines than tennis.
“I’ll tell you the answer nobody wants to hear: It’s that he’s not American. It’s an American publication,” Federer’s rival Andy Roddick said in a radio interview at the time. “I promise you, if I won three Grand Slams I’d be considered a lot more. I think it’s based on selling magazines.”
SI senior writer S.L. Price, who wrote the cover story accompanying the award, hardly denied the notion.
“Terry is going to be considered the villain in this and that’s wrong. He was trying to save jobs
and make money. He wanted to sell magazines and create buzz and tennis did neither,” he told SI.com.
“At the time there were people really p***ed off in tennis. Everybody in tennis is pretty polite, but there was certainly outrage that Federer hadn’t gotten it. The tennis community took it as a slap at their sport. But it’s a niche sport that’s been attempting to break out and be a major sport ever since the tennis boom (of the 1970s). That was an anomaly and it fooled many in the sport into thinking it could be as big as basketball or baseball.”
But if Federer — who has still never received the honour — objected he never said it. “This has been a source of ribbing with Federer and his camp, but for Federer — being the mensch that he is — it’s never been the basis for declining an interview or anything like that,” veteran SI tennis writer Jon Wertheim said. “Also, I should point this out: Not once did he denigrate Dwyane Wade or question his bona fides.”
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities have detained 34 people, including six tennis players, involved in a tennis match-fixing network that made more than half-a-million dollars from lower-tier tournaments in Spain and Portugal.
Police said Thursday that Operation Futures probed several Futures and Challenger tournaments in Iberia for the past several months and found evidence that results were rigged.
Police said they found evidence of match-fixing attempts in 17 men's tournaments in five cities, including Madrid, Seville and Porto.
Authorities said the two alleged leaders of the network were among those detained across 12 Spanish cities. The leaders were based in Seville and La Coruna. All those detained were Spaniards and are expected to remain free pending trial.
If convicted of corruption in sports, they could face prison sentences of up to four years.
The investigation began after a tip given by a player to the Tennis Integrity Unit, the sport's anti-corruption body.
Authorities took the case forward after noticing an unusual amount of online bets related to the suspected tournaments.
The network allegedly used instant-messaging groups and social media to attract online betters who would pay for the information about rigged results.
The players who accepted participating in the scheme would receive about $1,000 for each match. In some cases, they were asked to lose specific points or games.
The network's earnings in some of the tournaments surpassed $10,000.
The Challenger tournaments are second-tier events organized by the ATP, while the Futures are single-week competitions organized by the International Tennis Federation offering either $10,000 or $25,000 in prize money.
There were nearly 39 Futures tournaments in Spain this season, and more than 10 in Portugal. Spain hosted Challenger events in Sevilla and Segovia.
Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka walks in the street before a press conference of the Geneva Open 2017 tennis tournament, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka, left, uncloaks the poster of the Geneva Open 2017 tournament at the side of Eric Sturdza, sponsor of the tournament, during a press conference of the Geneva Open 2017 tennis tournament, on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016, in Geneva, Switzerland. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Swiss tennis player Stan Wawrinka, right, poses with a chocolate trophy next to Eric Sturdza, sponsor of the Geneva Open tournament, during a press conference of the Geneva Open 2017 tennis tournament, in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, Nov.30, 2016. (Jean-Christophe Bott/Keystone via AP)
Milos Raonic will try to improve upon his career-best 2016 without the guidance of coach Carlos Moya. The Canadian announced on Wednesday that the two will no longer be working together.
Raonic first partnered with the former World No. 1 in January, and he went on to experience his best season on the ATP World Tour. The 25 year old kicked off the year by winning his eighth ATP World Tour title in Brisbane (d. Federer). Raonic proceeded to reach the Australian Open semi-finals, the BNP Paribas Open final, The Queen's Club final and his first Grand Slam final at Wimbledon (l. to Murray).
Raonic also earned a career-high 52 wins in 2016 and finished at a career-best year-end No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, up 11 spots from his 2015 year-end ranking of No. 14.
“Thank you to Carlos Moya for helping me tremendously this year, alongside my team, to get the best out of me. Under Carlos' direction and tutelage I have played my best yet to date,” Raonic posted on Instagram. “We will no longer be continuing our coaching relationship but remain close friends. I wish him all the best.”
Raonic also works with Riccardo Piatti on a full-time basis. The Canadian had also brought on John McEnroe for a stretch during the grass-court and U.S. hard-court swings. Before working with Moya, Raonic had worked with Croatian Ivan Ljubcic for more than two years.
Stan Wawrinka holds the US Open chocolate replica gifted to him at the launch of the 2017 Geneva Open.
Stan Wawrinka has three grand slam titles to his name but this could be the sweetest trophy he has hoisted yet.
The Swiss tennis star was presented with a delicious looking chocolate replica of the US Open trophy he won in September as he attended a promotional event for next year's Geneva Open Wednesday.
Switzerland is renowned for its chocolate making expertise and is home to renowned confectionery companies such as Lindt -- which sponsors Wawrinka's pal and fellow Swiss Roger Federer -- and Laderach.
Wawrinka won the 2016 Geneva Open back in May, his first title on home soil, when he defeated Marin Cilic in the final.
But the world No. 4 had to settle for a more conventional trinket and check for 88,900 Euro ($94,175) that day.
Wawrinka went on to claim his third grand slam crown when he upset Novak Djokovic in the final of the US Open at Flushing Meadows in September.
The 31-year-old will be hoping the 2017 season is as choc-full of success.
The subject of equal pay in tennis was very much in the headlines early in 2016 thanks to the much criticized comments of former pro Ray Moore.
Now, as the year concludes, Serena Williams has slammed inequality and taken issue with the fact that she is often described as one of the best female athletes -- instead of simply one of the best athletes around.
French legend Fabrice Santoro has expressed his desire to coach Roger Federer in case he is given an opportunity to train any of the top players of the current era. Santoro, who has two men's doubles Grand Slam titles, said it would be an honour to receive a coaching request, and if that comes the Swiss maestro would be his first choice.
"It would be an honour to get that request from one of the top players, but I'd pick Roger Federer. I have so much respect for his career and the way he plays. We played 11 times and it was always such a pleasure to be on the court with him," Santoro told the ATP Champions Tour's official site.
"The place is just amazing. You can't compare the Royal Albert Hall to any other tennis court in the world. I feel like it's an honor and a privilege for me to play there every time. And the crowd is really happy to be there. They love tennis, but they're also there to have a drink and just enjoy it.
"First of all, you have Wimbledon, the biggest tournament in the world. Even if I'm very proud of Roland Garros, this is where the story of tennis is," Santoro said.
The Frenchman also spoke about the coach he would have liked to have had in his box during his playing career. John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg were his preferred choices, both of whom are part of the Champions Tour, with the latter leading the points table.
"Probably Bjorn Borg or John McEnroe. I had both of their posters when I was a kid, so to have either of them in my box would have been fantastic."