'I saw Roger Federer from the vulnerable and...', says former player



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'I saw Roger Federer from the vulnerable and...', says former player

World No.1 Iga Swiatek of Poland has withdrawn from the Credit One Charleston Open. The 20-year-old won back-to-back titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami, her title on Saturday in Miami marking the first time in WTA history that the same player had swept all three WTA 1000 titles to start a season.

“I am very sorry to withdraw from Charleston, but after a marathon of three tournaments in which I played in the final, I have a harmless injury to my arm that I need to rest,” Swiatek said. “I was hoping to start the clay season in Charleston there, but unfortunately I need to wait to play this great tournament with great traditions.

So hopefully, see you there in the future." “We are disappointed that Iga Swiatek will not compete in this year's tournament, but we understand that she has played a lot of tennis in the last four weeks,” said tournament director Bob Moran.

“We congratulate her on her new world ranking No. 1 of her and for winning three consecutive titles in Doha, Indian Wells and Miami. We will miss Iga this year, but look forward to welcoming him back to Charleston in 2023”.

The field of players still features four of the top 10 players, including wild card Aryna Sabalenka, as well as Paula Badosa, Karolina Pliskova and Ons Jabeur. Alexander Waske spoke at length about Roger Federer's mindset during matches.

Waske reflects on Roger Federer

Former tennis player Alexander Waske has paid tribute to Roger Federer for his friendly disposition, asserting that he has never seen the 40-year-old act in a pompus manner in all his years on the ATP tour.

"In all my years, I have never seen Roger Federer arrogant and disrespectful towards other players. During the 2006 French Open, we were in the massage room watching a match of a player who was about to win the biggest game of his career and suddenly couldn't hit the ball," Waske said.

"Roger said: 'My God, he's tight.' The second we thought that he could talk well as a player and levitate above things, he turned around and said: 'Don't we all know how does that feel?' That was where I saw Roger from the vulnerable and honest side," he added.

Each and every Major has its own idiosyncrasies and nuances. Till 2018, US Open was the only Grand Slam to feature a tiebreak in the deciding set. US Open has always been open to changes and this year is no different as the officials made a massive announcement regarding the scheduling at this year’s tournament in Flushing Meadows.