A few years ago, Rotterdam was said to have paid Federer $1 million for playing the event for the first time in several years, which he won.
Nadal, who still has to shake the perception that he is in permanent decline, will not only be battling to reassume his champion status at the French Open but to stop Djokovic from getting ever closer to his haul of 14 Grand Slam titles.
The 34-year-old has enjoyed a career relatively free of injuries and has turned out in the main draw of every grand slam since he failed to qualify for the 1999 US Open. He reached the semis here (in Melbourne) again so he's definitely not giving up. There is no reason.
Dubai, which has traditionally paid high appearance fees before scaling back in recent years, could be paying Federer even more though the location is a convenient one as the player from Switzerland has a base in the Gulf state.
"We played our first match in Doha at the start of the year and we felt really good on court with each other".
"That also gives me a kind of a comfort and excitement because I do definitely feel like I have plenty of years in front of me". At this point, it's about history, and one reason Djokovic might catch and/or surpass Federer is because he cares as much about tennis history as anyone has, and is more willing than some to admit it.
"Djokovic's win at the Australian Open put him in the company of such names as Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver and Roy Emerson". Djokovic has won four of the past five Grand Slam finals, losing only to No. 4 Stan Wawrinka in a stunning upset in 2015 French Open final.
"But certainly in the last 12-18 months, he has struggled with his confidence and performance".
"These kind of influences is a privilege and it's an honour to be in a position to do something like this". He said, "From my personal experience I can tell that the recovery after this surgery can take time". I think it's fascinating for the men's game to see how many more he is going to win.
Knicks fire Fisher; name Rambis interim coach
Fisher was sacked Monday, with his team having lost five straight and nine of 10 to fall well back in the playoff race. Whatever twisting pathway led him to select Kristaps Porzingis , the fact is he is a Knick and that is on Jackson.