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Roger Federer again Number 1!

With his defeat of Dutch player Robin Haase in three sets in the quarterfinals of the Rotterdam Open, Roger Federer has yet again done the astonishing, the amazing, and the seemingly impossible: He has just reclaimed, at the age of 36, the title of world's number one ranked men's tennis player-an accolade he last enjoyed in November of 2012-which will make him the oldest player to reach the top of the mountain. (Andre Agassi was 33 when he held the spot in 2003, and Serena Williams was 35 when she was most recently ranked number one last year.)

"Roger is absolutely terrific: 20 Grand Slam victories, eight Wimbledon wins and five consecutive U.S. Open titles, unbelievable!" says Henri Leconte.

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Henri Leconte on the hunt around Victoria for the tennis ball he just can't quite seem to catch!
Advertising Campaign and Video Shoot in January 2018 in Australia.


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Is Kerber rounding into championship-winning form? She dazzled in a third-round victory over Maria Sharapova and has moved into the position of favourite for the title - now all that stands between 2016 champion Angelique Kerber and a place in the quarterfinals is Su-Wei Hsieh.

Defending champion Federer giving no Fucsovics? Previously, the closest little-known Hungarian Marton Fucsovics has got to Roger Federer has been serving as a training partner for the Swiss maestro in Dubai. 'These guys work as hard as we do and they never get to see Rod Laver Arena,' Federer said of his fourth-round opponent - can Fucsovics make his day in the sun count against the defending champion?

Tennis is the name of the game for Thiem ... And Tennys is the name of the fifth seed's next opponent: Tennys Sandgren, the journeyman who ousted former Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka as part of his fairytale run to the fourth round. Dominic Thiem is still a work in progress away from clay - could he become Sandgren's latest upset victim?

Djokovic faces Next Gen star Chung- It's not the Novak Djokovic vs young gun match-up we were anticipating when the draw came out - but fourth seed Alexander Zverev felt foul of his peer Hyeon Chung, the Korean sensation who is on his way up after winning the Next Gen ATP Finals in Milan last year.




Henri Leconte thinks 2017 has been 'vintage season'

ATP Season 2017, 31st December 2017

Former French tennis player Henri Leconte thinks it has been a vintage season on the Tour so far.
2017 has been marked by the resurgence of Spain's Rafa Nadal and Swiss Roger Federer.
Nadal ended champion at the French Open and US Open, while Federer made it all the way at the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
The two have also combined for seven Masters 1000 titles this season.
Nadal has made a comeback to the No. 1 spot, while Federer is ranked just behind him at No. 2.
Nadal and Federer finished their 2016 season earlier as their goal was to get healthy and prepare for this campaign.
Some stars of the game won't be gladly remembering the 2017 season.
Grand Slam champions Novak Djokovic, Stan Wawrinka, as well as promising Nick Kyrgios, Milos Raonic, Kei Nishikori, Tomas Berdych are done for the season.
Though not official yet, Murray, who hasn't played since Wimbledon, is expected to skip the Paris Masters and automatically end this year.
"Roger and Rafa have dominated like the old days. It seems like they have only two players on the ATP tour but it's been a vintage year because of the amount of injuries," Leconte said.
"Tennis has changed. It's quicker, harder, and players have to be more prepared to stay at the very top level."




Henri Leconte: "Alex don't rush, be yourself"

Alexander Zverev has said multiple times he knows how to deal with pressure as he has been facing pressure since he was a kid, but the 1988 Roland Garros finalist and former world no. 5 Henri Leconte doesn't think the 20-year-old is matured enough.

Zverev had a a full schedule this year, in which he has played 23 tournaments so far, including the Erste Bank Open in Vienna where he is competing this week and he still has a couple more tournaments to go, starting with the Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals in London.
He could also play in the ATP Next Gen Finals in Milan. 'He has a great future and everybody is expecting him to win a Grand Slam tournament. But he has put a lot of pressure on himself - he has to slow down a little bit,' Leconte told Sky Sports. 'He has to try and enjoy it and really have fun.
He has to really prepare himself - that's the way the game is now. But sometimes it's important to release everything and enjoy the moment.' Zverev won 52 matches and lost 18 in 2015, triumphing in five tournaments.
But Leconte believes he needs to take more rest and relax more. 'When you try and do too much, like the horses; you're running, running and running, and you don't look around. He has great potential, but he's tough on himself - he's always pushing.
If you're like that then it can be dangerous because you can pick up injuries. He has more pressure because people see him as a future world no. 1. It takes time, don't rush, be yourself.' 


2017 Rafael Nadal

Watching Nadal rack up 17 consecutive victories during which he swept through Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid was like turning the clock back a decade when to challenge him on a claycourt was an act of folly.

“I thought the only player you can really believe will win the French Open is Rafa,” Henri Leconte, the last Frenchman to reach the final in 1988, told Reuters.

“I was with Boris Becker in Monte Carlo watching him beat David Goffin and it was amazing. And now he made it. Unbelievable. I'm very happy for him, Leconte told us. Congratulations to Rafa!"


Novak Djokovic could be on the verge of "something special" after teaming up with Andre Agassi for the French Open, former Roland Garros runner-up Henri Leconte said on Tuesday.

Djokovic, the defending French Open champion, announced on Sunday that he would have eight-times grand slam champion Agassi in his corner in Paris after parting ways with his coaching team earlier this month.

"It's brand new and good for tennis," Leconte, the last Frenchman to reach the final in 1988, told us.

"I really hope it works because if it does, it could be something special for Novak."

Twelve-times grand slam winner Djokovic ended a three-year partnership with Boris Becker late last year when he lost his world No.1 status to Andy Murray.

He has struggled to rediscover his best form since winning last year's French Open to complete a career grand slam and this season has seen a run of surprise losses.

Leconte says American Agassi, who came back from a career slump to win the 1999 French Open, could help the 30-year-old Serbian find the spark that appears to have been missing.

"I really believe that he can help Novak find his way back to the top," Leconte, who will work as a pundit for Eurosport during the French Open, said.

"Andre has the strength of personality to give Novak advice.

"He had the experience of coming back after injury problems and other setbacks to come back from 150 in the world to number one.

"It's not about coaching.

"I think the likes of Novak, Roger (Federer) and Rafa (Nadal) just need something new; a brand new direction.

"I really hope Novak has enough strength and power to produce what he produced last year."