Roger Federer's bad luck in 2016

On day 3 of the Madrid Open Federer says that he will play.

During this year's Australian Open, in which the 17-time Grand Slam winner reached the semi-finals, he revealed he had been suffering throughout with a bout of flu - an illness he carried over from his first event of the season in Brisbane.

And shortly after his last four defeat to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, the 34-year-old suffered a knee injury and was forced to undergo the knife for the first time in his career.

It meant he had to withdraw from the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where he was defending champion as well as Rotterdam, before he revealed he would not be fit to play at Indian Wells.

Returning from surgery, the seven-time Wimbledon champion travelled to Miami but soon confirmed he could not partake in the tournament due to a stomach virus.

Federer then reached the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo, before revealing his latest setback.

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Rafa Nadal in confident mood ahead of Madrid Open

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Nadal is excited to get on the clay in Madrid.

During his pre-tournament press activity, Nadal appeared calm and prepared for the tournament and the 14-time Grand Slam champion says he is "very excited" to be playing in the Spanish capital.

If Nadal does progress to the quarter finals, he will no longer have to face old foe Roger Federer, who pulled out of the event on Monday due to a back injury.

And fresh from back-to-back wins in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, the 29-year-old has shown plenty of signs that he means business as he looks to win a 10th French Open crown on the clay this summer.


"Mentally I've been strong again and I'm happy with the way I've been practicing."

Nadal is currently on a 10-game winning streak and will be hoping his form continues well into the Madrid Open.


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Djokovic and Williams clinch Laureus awards

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Novak Djokovic.

Serena Williams last night celebrated a record-equalling fourth Laureus World Sports Award.

And on a great night for tennis, Novak Djokovic was honoured with the Laureus World Sportsman Award for the second straight year and for the third time in his career.

Williams, the world’s top women’s tennis player, was named Sportswoman of the Year again, after a sparkling 2015 in which she won three Grand Slams.

Laureus Academy Member Boris Becker, now Djokovic’s coach, said: “He had a great year again. He’s played 88 matches, has won 82, He won three out of the four Grand Slams, reached the final of the French Open, he’s won seven other tournaments.”

There was a special posthumous Laureus Spirit of Sport Award to celebrate the life of Johan Cruyff, who died in March. It was received by his son Jordi.

On a glittering evening in Berlin that recognised the outstanding sporting achievements of 2015,
rugby was the other big winner with the All Blacks taking the Laureus Team Award and Dan Carter receiving the Laureus Comeback of the Year Award, following the team’s Rugby World Cup success.

Carter said: “It’s nice to be recognised for the year I had in 2015. It was a very special year, not only for me, but also for the All Blacks and to be a part of that was amazing.”

To the delight of the Berlin audience, Germany’s Jan Frodeno, the first man to win both the Ironman World Championship and an Olympic triathlon gold medal, was presented with the Laureus Action Sports Award, while golfer Jordan Spieth won the Laureus Breakthrough of the Year Award.

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