There are no other words to describe Roger Federer, but if you name him “legend” you can only be right. After six months out that made him slip out for the first time after 14 years from the top 10 ranked players, the timeless Roger Federer comes back and wins the Australian Open, the first Grand Slam of the season, and his eighteenth Grand Slam title in career. He surpassed an historic opponent, the great Rafael Nadal, after five intense and spectacular sets closed with the score of 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3. The Swiss did not triumph in Melbourne since 2010. His last victory in a slam was obtained at Wimbledon in 2012. Federer and Nadal returned to compete in a Grand Slam final for the ninth time, but the first after five years and a half.
Immediately after the match, the two protagonists have confirmed a great style in the words.
I’d like to congratulate Rafa on an amazing comeback, Federer said, speaking to Nadal, I don’t think either one of us believed we were going to be in the finals of Australia when we saw each other at your academy four or five months ago.
I would’ve been happy to lose to you. Tennis is a tough sport. There is no draws but if there were, I would’ve been happy to accept a draw tonight and share it with Rafa.
I wasn’t sure if I was going to make it here so I want to thank you guys. the Swiss added, speaking to his team.
Speaking to Federer Nadal said he’s “very happy” for him.
It’s been a great month, the Spaniard said, speaking to spectators, For the first time in my career I’ve spent a full month here. It’s been an amazing month for me.
I enjoy this beautiful country.
I worked very hard to be here today. It was a great match and Roger probably deserved it a little bit more than me.
I’m just going to keep trying. I feel like I am back at a very high level and I’m going to keep fighting to have a great season and for sure to come back here for many more years.
I’m going to keep trying hard to have the trophy with me in the future.
Before leaving the stage, he added, Now, I’ll let Roger get the trophy and… see you next year!
Granted, tennis is a wonderful sport and the shear fact that you get to witness two top athletes in a heavily contested tennis match can be considered an experience in itself. However, let’s not forget that the popularity of this sport has always been linked to the status and reputation of the tennis players. Let’s review the achievements of five of the most esteemed male tennis players in the history of the sport.
5. Hank Aaron (1934-present day) – “Hammerin’ Hank”
Henry Louis Hank Aaron began his career in 1954 playing for the Milwaukee Braves in the position of right fielder. Throughout his career he took part in 23 Major League Baseball seasons, achieving a batting average of .305 with 3,771 hits and performing 755 home runs. Hank Aaron also has 2,297 RBIs which is still a MLB record. His teams include the Milwaukee Braves, the Atlanta Braves and the Milwaukee Brewers for a short period. Worth mentioning is the fact that in 1957 he was awarded the MVP title and during the same year his team the Milwaukee Braves won the World Series.
6. Lou Gehrig (1903-1941) – “Iron Horse”
Although he deceased quite early from a debilitating illness named Lateral Sclerosis, which gradually diminished his ability to bat, Lou Gehrig will always be remembered as the first MLB basemen to play throughout 17 consecutive seasons in the New York Yankees. Within his glory period, Gehrig achieved an impressive .340 batting average, 2,721 hits and 493 home runs, not to mention the 1,995 RBIs. Gehrig received the MVP award twice in his career, in ’27 and ’36.
A game which has its origins back to 1344 in France, baseball came to the United States in 1850 but actually only began to capture the attention of the public at the turn of the century. Since that glorious moment, baseball gradually made its way into the favorite national sports, only to become the national pastime later on.
Along this road, numerous players have proven their excellence in the Major League of Baseball and the following article aims to list what we consider the top 10 player list of all times, based on their achievements, statistics and popularity. While all classifications of this type have a certain level of bias, this one takes aims to consider all the important aspects that make up the portrait of the perfect baseball player.
1. Babe Ruth (1895-1948) – “The Sultan of Swat”
Irrespective of the disputes between sports critics and fans, Babe Ruth is and will probably be for a long time representing the very best display of skill and dedication in baseball. With a batting average of .342, 2873 throughout his entire career as well as an impressive 714 home runs carried out, Babe Ruth is definitely a tough act to follow. He played in teams like the Boston Red Sox, the New York Yankees and the Boston Braves, setting still undefeated MLB records like the .690 percentage of slugging throughout his career and 1.164 OPS.