Sport360 picks out the main talking points from the sporting world with Roger Federer and Alan Shearer featuring this week.
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“Tennis is a tough sport, there are no draws but if there was I’d be happy to share it with Rafa tonight.”
– Roger Federer pays tribute to Rafael Nadal after his thrilling Australian Open final win.
“I use Liverpool as an example. Liverpool are not even in Europe, they’ve got 16 league games left this season in four months, and they would have only had an extra four games [if they had progressed to the final]. It’s just crazy, I don’t understand it. I’m all for bringing young players into the team, but not six, seven or eight of them.”
– Alan Shearer questions Jurgen Klopp for selection after FA Cup defeat to Wolves
“On January 1 this year, Her Majesty the Queen made me a knight of the Realm. On 27 January, President Donald Trump seems to have made me an alien.”
– Olympic medallist Mo Farah on the travel ban preventing residents from seven Muslim-majority countries entering the US.
“It’s an interesting sign of life that you can change in a minute. My job is to put the emotion out of a situation. The main thing in a job is to stay calm and make the right decision.”
– Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has appealed to supporters not to give up on the season.
“She’s all right. She’s just old. It’s just an old lady injury.”
– Sydney Sixers’ captain Alyssa Healy on middle-order batswoman Sara McGlashan’s knee injury.
“Patriots Nation is loud, they have sick accents, they drink a lot of Dunkin (Donuts) coffee and they’re awesome. They’re the best.”
– Receiver Danny Amendola, on how he would describe Patriots fans.
One of sport’s most-heated rivalries was brought back to boiling point on this day, 18 years ago. India and Pakistan had not taken to the cricket field in a Test against each other in nine years before the nations met in Chennai. A classic contest was to make it worth the wait. The clash see-sawed either way.
First, 18-year-old Shahid Afridi belted 141 to take Pakistan to 275 for 4 – a lead of 263. The tourists seemed poised for a comfortable win, before a late collapse added just eight more runs.
India icon Sachin Tendulkar powered home a stupendous 136 to put the hosts onto 254-6. But once the batting great holed out, Pakistan would race through the tail to earn a dramatic 12-run win.
Here’s what else happened on this day:
1941: Boxing legend Joe Louis KOs Red Burman to win heavyweight title.
1965: Celtic appointed Jock Stein, who would go on to be their most successful manager.
2011: Chelsea signed striker Fernando Torres from Liverpool for a British record £50 million (Dh292m).
2015: At 17, Lydia Ko becomes youngest golfer to be ranked world No1.
Farah and his family have been based in the United States for the last six years and his family are there currently while he trains in Ethiopia.
An executive order issued by President Trump banning individuals born in certain countries from entering the States has cast doubt over whether Farah – a British citizen who was born in Somalia – will be able to rejoin his family at the end of the training camp.
The 33-year-old athlete was knighted in the New Year Honours List for his achievements on the track, which include winning the 5,000 metres and 10,000m double at the 2012 and 2016 Olympic Games.
Farah is understood to be trying to establish what effect the ban will have on him as a matter of urgency.