It helped Federer compile a better record against top-10 opposition in 2017. There's no doubt that the Laver Cup, pitting a team from Europe against one representing the rest of the world, was a great idea as well as a resounding success. Whether the event lasts and becomes a staple of the calendar is yet to be seen, but it's off to a terrific start.
Bachelot, who served as sports minister between 20, alleged that Nadal faked an injury in 2012, when he missed the final six months of the season due to knee problems, in order to hide a positive drug test.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have created one of the greatest rivalries in sports history.
But Federer skipped the clay season and Roland Garros.
He was forced to five sets five times -- four of them in Australia.
He was a 17-time Grand Slam champion, 35 years old, when he decided to change and grow his game by introducing the aggressive elements that shaped his success of 2017."I can learn from Roger that at any age you can still learn something in tennis, even if he was perfect before," Halep said.
"He showed us that if you believe, and if you work hard, you can get better.Nadal was 23-2, with four five-set matches, but two were tough to digest -- the Australian Open loss to Federer and that five-set battle Nadal lost to Gilles Muller in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Nadal gets the endorsement here because he played all the majors and won more matches.The average ranking of Nadal's 25 Grand Slam opponents was No. Federer had the easiest run in the Australian, where his opponents' rankings averaged out to No. Federer's decision to skip clay in order to prepare for Wimbledon was understandable, but in tennis, showing up counts.Nadal's age (31, compared to Federer's 36) probably had something to do with his heftier workload. That counts for a lot, but one other detail swings the pendulum to Federer's side for good: He made eight finals and won seven.The sheer volume of matches Nadal contested also had an enormous upside. Nadal won six finals and lost four -- three of them to Federer.So this is impressive." It's also remarkably consistent.