Verbal volleys before the final
The mind games have already started ahead of Sunday’s Australian Open final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray.
Murray is brimming with confidence, saying he has the game to take down the world number one because he has done it six times before.
Federer believes Murray could get stage-fright because he has never beaten him in a grand slam and has the added pressure of trying to provide Britain with their first male champion at a grand slam in 74 years.
The verbal volleying has begun. “I know he’d like to win the first for British tennis in, what is it, like 150,000 years?” Federer said.
“I think he really needs it more than I do, so I think the pressure’s big on him. But we’ll see how he’s going to handle it. It’s not going to be easy for him, that’s for sure.”
Enter your email to get our daily newsletter in your inbox
- Elaborating on the polarisation aspect, James cited the examples of quality goalkeepers on display in the Champions League knockouts.
- Humpy bagged the award after receiving the highest number of votes from the fans.
- Achanta Sharath Kamal, Sathiyan Gnanasekaran and Manika Batra started their campaign at the WTT Star Contender Doha on a winning note.
- A UEFA-led proposal to change its clubs competitions in 2024 — abolishing traditional four-team groups and adding 100 Champions League games in a 36-team format — was being presented to more than 200 European Club Association members.
- During the seven years of his presidency, the first team achieved two Champions Leagues, four league championships, a Copa del Rey, a Club World Cup, a European Super Cup, three Spanish Super Cups and three Spanish Cups.