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Two decades from that first end of Federer

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The swiss, who last his preparation for the tournament in Dubai, he lost the February 13, 2000 in Marseille to Marc Rosset.

Federer, in an image of January 2000. GETTY

The 13 of February of 2000, a young man of 19 years, number 67 in the rankings, lost by a narrow margin, the final of the tournament in Marseille with his friend Marc Rosset (2-6, 6-3, 7-6 [5]). Exactly two decades later, Roger Federer accumulates 103 titles, 20 of them of the Grand Slam, as last preparation for the tournament in Dubai, where last year he lifted the cup.

Federer seems to have overcome the muscle problems that sapped his performance during the semi-final of the Australian Open, so submit it as one of the great attractions of a tournament that will also feature Novak Djokovic, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Roberto Bautista or Fabio Fognini.

The eight titles in Dubai, where he was only beaten in the final by Djokovic (2011) and Nadal (2006), represent one of the major peaks of a career unparalleled, where we also highlight the 10 victories in Halle or Basel. However, seen with the perspective of 20 years, the access to the summit was not at all easy for Federer. The best shows were in their final losses in 2000.

Three balls of the match

The beginning of that season had started with the sweet and sour taste in the mouth of a playoff against Australia in Zurich. The big win against Mark Philippoussis, in addition to the doubles, teaming up with Lorenzo Manta, was awarded the provisional 2-1 to Switzerland. However, in the final point, Roger nothing he could do at the push of Lleyton Hewitt (6-2, 3-6, 7-6 [2], 6-1).

A week after the removal, Federer began to display the best of his repertoire in Marseille, leaving the road to rival the prestige of Ivan Ljubicic or Fabrice Santoro. In the last game I was waiting Rosset, olympic champion in Barcelona 1992, which imposed its experience in a apretadísimo outcome. In fact, Federer squandered three match balls with 4-5 in the third set and was adversely affected by the network on a second serve of his rival on the penultimate point of the tiebreak.

Eight months later, the genius also fell in the final of Basel to Thomas Enqvist (6-2, 4-6, 7-6 [4], 1-6, 6-1), although he managed to finish the season among the top 30 of the rankings. The first title had to wait until January 2001, when they beat the likes of Julien Boutter (6-4, 6-7 [7], 6-4) at the end of Milan.

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Barcelona denies to be linked to accounts ‘fake’ that attack their players

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According to the Ser, the club would have hired the company I3 Ventures to improve the image of Bartholomew, and criticize members of the opposition or your own template / The club supports its relationship with the company, but not its relationship with profiles critical

Bartomeu, in an image file. EFE

The Barcelona of Josep Maria Bartomeu , according to an information of the Cadena Ser, would have paid close to a million euros in six invoices to the company I3 Ventures so that, through fake profiles of Facebook and Twitter, defended the interests of his highest representative. These profiles have been devoted in recent times to attack presidenciables as Joan Laporta or the Victor Font, to declared enemies as the entrepreneur Jaume Roures, a former barca as Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernandez or Carles Puyol, and even members of the current barça squad, including Leo Messi and Gerard Pique. The Catalan club responded with a statement in which he admitted that the company is “a provider” of the entity, but that it “does not have any “link” with those accounts.

“If it is proved that any relationship, the club rescindiría immediately their contractual relationship and would exercise the appropriate legal actions in defense of their legitimate rights”, points to the entity barca, adding: “The club denies any relation, and still more, the procurement of services linked to social networking accounts who have spread negative messages or disparage, in relation to any person, entity or organization that has or had a relationship with the club”.

The program ‘Què T hi JuguesBe the Catalunya ensured that, from 2017, Barcelona would have paid to I3 ventures six bills amounting to 200,000 euros. This amount is precisely the limit to which the contracts do not have to go through the executive commission of the entity. According to the same information, the company would have created a series of accounts ‘fake’, between October and November of 2017. Beyond the praise on the work of Bartomeu, these profiles come to accuse Messi of delaying the renewal in your day-by-indication Jaume Roures, ridiculing the wife of the argentine striker, Antonella Roccuzzo, attack Piqué, among other things, for the Davis Cup created by your company and for recruiting the group music-Stool (whose vocalist is the son of Luis Barcenas), or even point to the template, referring to players as “frustrated and accommodated”.

The account of ‘Justice and Dialogue in Sport’, pointed to by the Be and one of the most active on Facebook, in addition to criticizing the positions of independence, with insistent references to Pep Guardiola, Xavi Hernández and Joan Laporta, and defend the innocence of Sandro Rosell (also the legacy of Josep Lluís Núñez), it also seeks to create opinion regarding the agencies that govern the Spanish football. So, you can find several posts complimentary in terms of the work of Luis Rubiales to the front of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, but also critical to the who will be his opponent in the upcoming elections of the president of the RFEF, Iker Casillas.

So, in a post published just three days, on the 14th of February, on that account, one could read: “How convinced Casillas to stand for election for the RFEF? Well managed Roures, Thebes and Aganzo the Operation Melon: have you been promised a minimum of 57 supports, will have the support of two strong organizations outside the Russian Federation, they showed Him several surveys a popular favorable to his candidacy. Do you think that the candidacy of Boxes (Roures, Thebes and Aganzo) will be successful?”. A day before, the same account he asked: “do you Think that Casillas is prepared to take a post of so much responsibility?”. On the 11th of January, however, are still lauding the Rubiales for bringing in the last Supercopa of Spain to Saudi Arabia.

The Barcelona, which distinguishes it from all the activity of these social networking profiles, supports, however it is contracted “services of monitoring of social networks with the goal of having knowledge, both of the positive messages, such as the negative”. The Catalan club argues that his only intent is “to protect and preserve its reputation, as well as those people linked to the club (sponsors, players, officers, partners, or peñistas) to the extent that the protection of this reputation is a key element and a fundamental duty for those who work in the entity”.

The company’s I3 Ventures, for its part, ensures that the profiles in social networks attributed to them by the Chain to Be (Justice and Dialogue in the Sport, Alter Sports, Jaume a film of terror, Respect and Sport and Més que un club) does not concern them.

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Iker Casillas announced that it will present at the elections of the Spanish Football Federation

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Promotional image of the candidacy of Boxes. @IkerCasillas

Iker Casillas, still under contract with Porto, has announced via his Twitter account that is presented to the elections of the Royal Spanish Football Federation, which will be held this year and which will compete with Luis Rubiales. In a series of posts on his personal account, the goalkeeper thanks to the club Portuguese, in a decision that seems to mean the end of his football career, although the player has not spoken of it in his statement.

We are working with the utmost respect and decision in our application. More than 23,000 voters are waiting for us in a fair and transparent elections. 139 assembly members will decide,” said Casillas, who added the hashtag #IkerCasillas2020

The former Spanish international had met a few days ago with representatives of the Superior Council of Sports (CSD), among them the new secretary of State, Irene Lozano, and had transmitted his interest in contesting the upcoming elections.

The date of the elections is still an unknown, as the Federation presided over by Luis Rubiales has asked for an advance to the CSD, which should be pronounced short. The Administrative Court of Sport (TAD) has made a report unfavorable to the advancement, although it is not binding.

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The bad night of Zidane: a defense shaky and a kick in the face

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His team lost the strength back, your best under this season and the ghanaian Aidoo took him away in front of the technical area.

The player of Celtic, Aidoo, trample Zidane in the band. P. P. MARCOU AFP

In the last two matches at the Bernabeu, Real Madrid has conceded six goals. Four asked the Royal Society to remove you from the Cup and two on Sunday the Celtic to steal two points the advantage of the three that he had with Barcelona. Less than two weeks of play against Manchester City in the Champions league, and against Barcelona in LaLiga, the white flojean on the line that more was wearing this season. They are not the team of Pep Guardiola and Leo Messi the most suitable to offer fissures defensive.

The first goal from vigo was caught at Madrid even with the boots by buckle, in an out without gas that always irritate to Zinedine Zidane. And the second, a few minutes from the end, broke down the behind by the medium, without Ramos, Casemiro and Varane to intercept the superb pass from Denis Suarez. It was a failure in the chain: the captain floated out of site to the former barcelona, the brazilian is impatient and went out to cover up without success and the central French arrived late to uncheck for Santi Mina.

“These draws could cost you a League. When the teams play at the Bernabeu are enclosed, in their fields going forward,” said Thibaut Courtois, the saviour before the break to avoid the 0-2. He was not the goal, the belgian two goals from the match against PSG in the Champions league, and the League, from the Granada (October 5).

“I’m not worried”

Zidane came to the press conference room, with bad face and a wound on the lip, through the fault of a collision in a band with a player of the Celtic. The frenchman is confident in his team, despite the slowdown. “We expect parties that much more complicated, we have to be more attentive. I’m not worried. But if in the first goal it can be said that it is a mistake, in the second, there are those that say that Suarez gave a pass to spectacular. We must have a lot of concentration, all the time. Also we have good opponents in front,” summed up.

The coach of Madrid believes that “physically” your team can improve, the way of the most important events of the calendar. On the list of good things of the night, highlighted by the return of Eden Hazard. “I am very pleased with the 70 minutes that he has given us”.

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