Roger Federer to drop Nike for US$30m Uniqlo deal

Roger Federer to drop Nike for US$30m Uniqlo deal

Nadal on Friday outclassed Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro to storm into his record 11th final of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win in the men's semi-final clash.

Roger Federer admits "it's great to be back" as the Swiss great returns to the tennis scene in Stuttgart after missing the entire clay-court season.

Only Rafael Nadal truly knows what he saw reflected when he glanced into the belly of the big silver bowl, but as he pressed his 11th French Open championship trophy against his cheek, his face began to crumple.

Thiem decided early on that he was not going to die wondering, attacking aggressively from behind the baseline, leading to a plethora of unforced errors.

The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Nadal to hold onto the No. 1 ranking, ahead of Federer.

Nadal got off to a dream start, pocketing the first six points of the match as he broke Thiem in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead.

The number of consecutive sets won on clay by Nadal, breaking the previous record for most consecutive sets won on a single surface by McEnroe, who won 49 on carpet in 1984.

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As far as betting is concerned, we are getting a very short price on Roger Federer to win this match and as a result, I think it is best if we avoid betting on the outright result.

It rarely is for Nadal at a place he has lorded over the way no other man ever has at any Grand Slam tournament.

Thiem was considered the stiffest test for Nadal at the French Open, and understandably so.

The Spaniard secured an 11th title at Roland Garros on Sunday and 17th major of his career.

Swoosh and the Swiss: Federer has spent best part of 20 years with Nike. "It was just bad misses". And I did it in the past when I was much younger, quicker, because I played back to back.

Federer will be hoping to do better in Stuttgart than he did a year ago, when he lost his opening match of the tournament to Tommy Haas. "Let me enjoy this title", he said, mildly. Of course, I have ambition, I have passion for what I am doing, but I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff. But I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff.

Fast-forward almost two decades and Nike have been on court with the soon-to-be 37-year-old for every one of his record 20 Grand Slam successes and back catalogue of other glories, becoming synonymous with a sporting great who boasts the same kind of commercial power as Michael Jordan and his Air Jordan shoe and David Beckham and his long-term association with adidas. You can't live with that feeling, no?

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