Roger Federer on Rafael Nadal: I’m a better player because of him

first_imgRoger Federer entered another record book as he became the most decorated Laureus Awards winner after winning both the Sportsman of the Year and Comeback of the Year in Monaco.Federer had an incredible 2017 where he came back from a six-month injury layoff in 2016 and won the Australian Open after an epic five-setter against Rafael Nadal. He went on to win the Indian Wells, Miami Open, Halle Open, his eighth Wimbledon title and Shanghai Masters last year. He began 2018 with his Australian Open title defence before becoming the oldest world No.1 at Rotterdam Open.ALSO WATCHDespite Nadal having his own incredible comeback last year, where he ended the year as the world No.1, injuries have marred the beginning of this year for him. Federer received his award and gave a “shoutout” to Nadal and thanked him for making the Swiss a better player.”I just want to give a shoutout to him (Rafael Nadal). He had an unbelievale year himself. We had a great battle and it’s because of him, a guy like him I feel I have become a better player as well. He could very well be here as well tonight standing here with this award. He’s an incredible player, incredible friend, incredible athlete. So just like to give a shoutout to him,” Federer said after receiving the award.Federer and Nadal have been on-court rivals for a decade now but the off-court friendship is as famous as their tennis battles. In the inaugural Laver Cup last year, Nadal and Federer also teamed up to play a men’s doubles match for Team Europe and won the match.advertisementFederer won his fifth and sixth Laureus statuettes to become the most decorated winner in the awards’ history.”I’d like to thank all my coaches for giving me the chance to be here tonight, from the junior days to all the way tonight. It’s an absolute privilege to take this award from the Laureus Academy.”I still feel I got injected with a lot of young injury through my injury actually and my four kids, who I love so much and can’t thank enough for making life on tours so fun really. My wife, my parents, they are amazing.”Another tennis player, Serena Williams of the US, won the Sportswoman of the Year Award following her 23rd Grand Slam title at Australian Open 2017.With five Laureus statuettes in hand, Williams, is now the most decorated female Laureus Awards winner.Italian football legend Francesco Totti received the Laureus Academy Exceptional Achievement Award for his 22-year contribution to Roma.He also joined Wales manager Ryan Giggs as the newest members of the Laureus World Sports Academy.last_img read more

‘No way Klopp will be tempted by Real Madrid’

first_imgLiverpool ‘No way Klopp will be tempted by Real Madrid’ – Liverpool boss tipped to stay put Chris Burton 19:47 6/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2017-18 Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Real Madrid Primera División Premier League The Reds boss has been mentioned as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane, but Christian Purslow thinks he’ll remain at Anfield Jurgen Klopp is being backed to remain at Liverpool by former Reds director Christian Purslow, with him claiming there is “no way” the German will be tempted by Real Madrid .The German tactician is among those to have been  mooted as a possible successor to Zinedine Zidane at the Santiago Bernabeu following the shock resignation of a three-time Champions League winner.Klopp was on the receiving end of the last of those triumphs , with Liverpool suffering a 3-1 defeat in Kiev following an error-strewn display from goalkeeper Loris Karius. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now The Reds had, however, performed admirably in reaching that stage and, with further additions already being made at Anfield , are looking to the future with optimism and excitement.Purslow believes that will be enough to keep Klopp in his current post, with Liverpool’s former managing director telling Sky Sports : “The key difference I think for the last five, 10, 15, 20 years, is the sheer amount of wealth in the Premier League means there’s no economic reason for those managers to move to Real Madrid.”It boils down to prestige, trophies and where they see the potential of their current situation.”There is no way I think Jurgen Klopp is going to be tempted to move given the season he’s just come off.”While confident that his former employers on Merseyside can retain the services of their highly-rated manager, Purslow fears Tottenham may face more of a struggle if Madrid decide to make a move for Mauricio Pochettino.He added: “I’m less certain about Pochettino. I saw his comments and he didn’t exactly dismiss it.”He’s got a long-term contract – well done Daniel Levy. It would cost Madrid a huge amount of money to sign Pochettino, to break that contract.”But I think if they offer Spurs £50 million and he wanted to go, stranger things have happened in football.”Pochettino has provided mixed messages when quizzed on his links to Madrid , with claims that he is happy in north London after penning fresh terms countered by admittance that anything can happen in the future. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more