Federer, bumibigat ang laban sa Tour

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MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Isang torneo lamang ang napagwawagihan ni Roger Federer ngayong season, sapat para manatili siya tabla sa iba pang mga players na may 18 puntos.

Sa naturang pagkaisa nalikha sa WTA, ang kasaysayan.

Walang tennis season sa Open era na may players na tumatag sae dad na 50 pababa at sa kakulangan ng dominasyon ni Federer, inaabangan ang kanyang magiging kampanya sa Miami Open.

“Definitely says something about (how) there is shifting going on, on both tours. That it’s maybe harder to dominate. Or it’s harder to keep on, sort of, having the same winners,” sambit ni Federer. “And the young guys are really pushing through, which is a thing we’ve been looking at for some time now. It’s just not easy winning tournaments, and it seems easier for them now, which is good. And it doesn’t mean the other people are not as good. It’s just that there is a shifting going on.”

Sa Indian Wells finals, ginapi ng 25-anyos na si Dominic Thiem, hindi pa nananalo sa Grand Slam event, si Federer, dating No.1 at may tangan na 20 majors at 100 career win sa Tour.

“We kind of can see that everyone’s sort of at the same level,” sambit ni No. 1 Naomi Osaka, “and it’s basically whoever wants it the most and is willing to put in all the work.”

Samantala, naitala ni Victoria Azarenka ang kasaysayan nang gapiin sa Open si 0Dominika Cibulkova, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4.\

Kabilang sina Federer, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams at Naomi Osaka sa ribbon-cutting ceremony para sa bagong ayos na stadium court.

“Standing here in this stadium right now, you see the magnitude, what kind of an arena this is,”sambit ni Federer. “I think it’s a big, massive moment in our sport.”