Roger Federer is still not a certain starter for the Laver Cup, despite making the announcement the tournament would be his last before retirement.

The 41-year-old Swiss maestro surprised the world when he announced he was pulling the plug on his career after his recent injury dramas have left him sidelined.

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While no longer the most successful grand slam winner in history, the Swiss maestro won 20 major titles in his career and is widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all-time.

In recent years, the hard work has caught up with him as he has broken down with several starts and stops in recent seasons as knee injuries take their toll.

In July at Wimbledon, Federer revealed he hoped to go out with one more trip to the All-England Club, but a month later announced he would undergo yet another knee surgery which would see him sidelined “for many months”.

He was named for the Laver Cup however, along with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray as well as Stefanos Tsitsipas and Casper Ruud for Team Europe at the event, while Matteo Berrettini is an alternate if Federer is ruled out.

Federer’s fitness coach Pierre Paganini revealed the legendary star is still racing the clock to be ready to play at his final tournament.

“He will probably decide (if he’ll play) at the last moment,” Paganini told Blick.

“He’s trained to have as much information as possible about whether it’s a good idea or not. I am excited.”

Federer’s coach Severin Luthi admitted Federer was hoping to play a singles match or a doubles match at the event.

“It’s not definitive yet but he trained hard last week and is training again this week,” Luthi also told Blick.

“His aim is to play something – whether it’s singles or doubles we’ll have to see, but his aim is still to play at the Laver Cup – definitely. We have three hours in the morning. Trained and in the afternoon another two hours of training, I want to do my job well there.”

Paganini said the retirement wasn’t surprising and revealed Federer had been considering calling the end of his career since July.

“It’s about a person and the very personal decision not to play professional tennis anymore,” Paganini said regarding whether he advised Federer to consider retirement.

: We trainers are companions, lived with him, had everyday conversations, gave feedback. But of course, at some point you felt the direction it was going.

“That was an emotional moment. It is discussed soberly. But at the same time you can feel with every fibre that it is an incredibly emotional topic. It’s a decision that a player doesn’t make ten times in their life, but exactly once.

“That’s where the emotions come in, and you can feel that there’s a human being behind the tennis player. Roger has deep emotions and he can show them. That is beautiful.”

The tennis world quickly paid tribute to Federer when he announced his exit from the sport, including his greatest rivals in Nadal and Djokovic.

“I wish this day would have never come,” Nadal tweeted.

“It’s a sad day for me personally and for sports around the world. It’s been a pleasure but also an honour and privilege to share all these years with you, living so many amazing moments on and off the court.

Djokovic added: “Your career has set the tone for what it means to achieve excellence and lead with integrity and poise.

“It’s an honour to know you on and off court, and for many more years to come.”

Federer won the last of his Slam titles at the 2018 Australian Open and last played in a major final at Wimbledon three years ago, losing to Djokovic despite holding two championship points.

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The Sydney Swans decision to name Sam Reid has backfired spectacularly in the 2022 AFL Grand Final.

Reid was subbed out of the Swans nailbiting preliminary final victory with an adductor strain and faced a race against the clock to be fit for the Grand Final.

But after a week under the microscope with every footy fan analysing each second of footage of him training away from the main group, the Swans made the call to stick with Reid.

Coach John Longmire however would have been searching for a time machine as it became evidently clear he simply wasn’t up for the task as the Cats put the Swans to the sword.

Geelong’s defenders were able to move him far too easily off the ball and he had no explosiveness in contests.

Minutes before the end of the first half Reid went down the race into the rooms, ending the half with four disposals to his name – all handballs. He was officially subbed out a minute into the second half.

Daisy Pearce said the thoughts would be creeping into Reid’s mind if he had let the team down by playing.

“He would have that sinking feeling, firstly that he hasn’t been able to contribute, and then your mind starts buzzing about, have you let the team down? Those kind of thing. Their problems run deeper than Reid today, but it was always meant to be a big call and it hasn’t fallen their way,” she said on 7’s coverage.

Brian Taylor linked the Swans gamble back to the Cats who opted to not play injured youngster Max Holmes.

“Interesting the other club decided to go against, and rule their player out, they thought there was too big of a risk. The Swans willing to take the risk, it hasn’t paid off,” he said.

The Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph wrote: “Sam Reid is a liability. Into the rooms. Easy in hindsight but it will be a massive selection clanger if he gets subbed off by half time.”

Channel 7’s Mitch Cleary wrote: “Sam Reid is just about done after that contest on the wing. No power and can’t jump. Half-time sub has to be on the cards.”

Reid kept his spot in the side as the Swans axed youngster Logan McDonald who was replaced by Hayden McLean.

Fans couldn’t believe the Swans rolled the dice with an injured player and dropped McDonald.

Rory Flanagan wrote: “Someone check on Logan McDonald’s forehead. Must have slammed it against the wall 80,000 times watching Sam Reid flop around the G like a toy robot without batteries.”

Braeden Campbell is the Sydney Swans medical sub.

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Geelong winger Max Holmes will miss out on the 2022 AFL Grand Final after failing a fitness test, with coach Chris Scott pulling him from the side.

Holmes hurt his hamstring in the preliminary final against Brisbane last week and was subbed from the game, as the Cats brought in Mark O’Connor as the 23rd man.

There was hope in the air for the youngster throughout the week, but unfortunately wasn’t able to do what was required in order to get the nod.

Holmes was on lighter duties throughout the week and struggled to get through match simulation, with the Geelong coaching panel deciding against the risk.

O’Connor takes his place in the starting 22 for Scott and the Cats, with Brandan Parfitt named as the medical sub.

Holmes has been a revelation in 2022 for Geelong, playing 18 games and cementing his spot in the senior side.

The 20-year-old is pivotal on the wing, using his speed and dare to break open the game, a style that the Cats have implemented into their game this season.

Holmes was also the matchwinner in the first final against Collingwood, with Geelong holding off the Pies by six points which was sealed by the gut runner.

O’Connor finally gets his chance as a starter, given he has come on as the sub in the first two finals.

The Irishman has been a crucial piece of the puzzle for Scott and has the ability to play on the wing as well as a run-with role.

O’Connor’s versatility is the main reason why he got the nod over Parfitt and Sam Menegola, with the former still lining up on the biggest day of the year.

Parfitt was dropped for the finals, despite showing strong form in the last three weeks of the season and is a handy inclusion for Geelong if he is activated.

The 24-year-old has an uncanny ability to find himself in the right spots and could be a difference maker if he enters the game.

With the heartbreak story of Holmes a front page headline before the game, questions arise as to whether or not the youngster should be awarded with a premiership medal.

Traditionally, only players who don the colours on the day are awarded with the silverware, with plenty of hard luck stories across the game.

For the Swans, it was Logan McDonald – who was dropped for Hayden McLean – and Josh Kennedy who missed out on an opportunity for greatness.

Kennedy believes that players shouldn’t miss out on a medal if they don’t play in the grand final, as there is a lot more leading up to the last Saturday in September.

Having dreamt for his whole life about playing for the Socceroos, tough midfielder Cameron Devlin has vowed to make the most of his expected national team debut against New Zealand in Auckland on Sunday.

With Socceroos coach Graham Arnold set to field a completely different 11 to the team that started in Australia’s 1-0 win over the All Whites on Thursday night at Suncorp Stadium, a host of fringe players and debutants such as Devlin will get a chance to push for World Cup selection at Eden Park.

“All my life I’ve been waiting for this, and to be here is unreal,” Devlin said.

“The opportunity to represent your country at any level, let alone the Socceroos, is something that is every kid’s dream, and something that I’ve been wanting for a very long time.

“To wear that jersey and step on that field. it will be a moment that will live with me for the rest of my life.”

Sydney-born Devlin, 24, made a name for himself in the A-League with Wellington Phoenix before moving last year to Scottish Premiership club Hearts.

“When the opportunity came for me to go to Hearts it was something that I jumped at straight away,” he said.

“I’ve progressed not only as a player but massively as a person, on my own, away from all my family. That’s helped me massively on the pitch.

“I’m loving life over there.”

Hearts fans have also fallen in love with the gritty Devlin, who despite standing at just 170cm, doesn’t take a backwards step when going head-to-head with bigger and stronger opponents.

“I played rugby league growing up, and I think that maybe depicts the way I play now with my aggression,” he said.

“When I started playing football, I was a competitive kid, just like I am now.”

Despite earlier calls for a Socceroos call-up, Devlin has had to wait patiently for his chance, which has given him a “bit more fire in the belly”.

“I believe that I’m a good enough player to be here (with the Socceroos), but being here is just another step,” he said.

“You come here and you see players that have been here for so long, players that I’ve been watching and wanting to be around, and now to be around them … (I’m) just asking questions and finding a bit more about what it’s like to be a Socceroo.

“If I get told that I’ll be in the starting 11 (on Sunday), or even if I’m on the bench and get told that I’m coming on, it’s normal to be a bit nervous, but it’ll just be (a feeling of) excitement and I’ll be super proud.”

They’re laughing at us in New Zealand.

One step forward. Two steps back. Yet Again.

The Wallabies were thrashed by the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday night, dashing any hope of a Wallabies revival.

There was considerable optimism surrounding the Wallabies’ last-gasp defeat in Melbourne last week — but all the demons were waiting for the Wallabies in Auckland as the Kiwis cruised to a 40-14 win that flattered the Wallabies with a last-minute try.

Eden Park is a venue at which the All Blacks have not lost since 1994 and not to the Wallabies since 1986. Its dark magic doesn’t look like ending any time soon.

Wallabies great Tim Horan said the Wallabies had been “totally outclassed”.

Acting Wallabies captain James Slipper summed up the mood in the Aussie camp when he said he was “gutted” about his team’s “disappointing” performance.

Wallabies coach Dave Rennie said after the game his team had been “shaded in every area”.

The pressure is building on the coach ahead of next year’s World Cup.

The Kiwi coach needs the Wallabies to produce results during the Spring Tour of Europe, beginning next month, or he faces the very real possibility of losing his position.

The All Blacks led 32-0 in the second half and the match was well and truly over by the time the Wallabies finally cracked the Kiwi defence.

The Wallabies have not beaten the All Blacks on New Zealand soil since 2001.

New Zealand had already secured the famous trophy for the 20th straight year with their controversial 39-37 win last week.

The Wallabies endured absolute heartbreak when they were “robbed” by a controversial referee decision in the final minutes in the Bledisloe opener in Melbourne.

When Bernard Foley was penalised for a delay of game, Aussie playmaker Nic White tore strips of the referee.

Despite the hunger burning in the Wallabies’ guts, it didn’t translate into a clean performance in the return leg.

Australian tennis player Daria Gavrilova has confirmed the heartbreaking news she has suffered an ACL injury.

Naomi Osaka said she felt “really scared” after watching her opponent Saville collapse with a knee injury just seven minutes into their Pan Pacific Open match in Tokyo on Tuesday.

The Australian retired from their first-round encounter after hurting her left knee hitting a crosscourt forehand in the second game of the match.

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The World No. 55 yelled out “my knee” before dropping to the ground in agony, and Osaka rushed over to her side of the court to check on her opponent.

Saville, 28, retired from the match after several minutes of treatment and Osaka, who has struggled with injury herself this year, said she felt “really sad” for her opponent.

“I thought that she was just yelling because she thought her forehand was out, then I realised that she was yelling because she was in pain,” said Osaka, who is aiming to break a slump in form this week in Tokyo.

“Then I got really scared because I felt like as athletes we have a pretty high pain tolerance. It seemed really bad.”

Saville eventually got up and walked over to her chair, but she retired after testing her knee with several footwork exercises.

Saville initially tweeted after the match: “Can we all pray it’s not ACL… getting MRI tomorrow.

“I’m seriously in disbelief… what the actual f happened… I am not even sad I’m just shocked.”

But on Wednesday Saville confirmed she had suffered the nightmare knee injury, which usually has a recovery time of 12 months.

She posted on Twitter: “Torn ACL. 2013 flashbacks. Don’t worry about me btw. I feel bad that everyone is so worried. I’m ok I promise. It’s just s*** luck.”

It’s a heartbreaking way for Saville’s resurgent season to end, and continues her horror run with injury in recent years.

She fell down the rankings after sustaining an Achilles injury and dealing with plantar fasciitis in 2019 and 2020.

Saville has soared back into the top 100 and has returned to her best form throughout an encouraging season in 2022.

She made the third round of the French Open and was in excellent form during the American hardcourt swing.

Saville beat top seed Jessica Pegula at the Washington Open and pulled off one of the upsets of the US Open — knocking off Pegula and Coco Gauff in the first round of doubles action playing alongside Leylah Fernandez.

Osaka said she thought Saville was “going to be OK”, adding that she was “a fighter”.

Osaka, who was on break point at 30-40 in the second game after holding her serve in the first game, will play Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in the second round.

“Right now, it still feels a bit weird that I just won a match — I feel like I didn’t win a match,” said Osaka, who has lost in the first round at her last three tournaments.

“I guess that I did and I’m progressing through the tournament. I’m not really thinking too much about the final right now.”

Osaka is the defending Pan Pacific Open champion, although the tournament is being played for the first time since 2019 because of the pandemic.

Earlier in the day, 2020 Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin of the United States lost 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 to Mexican qualifier Fernanda Contreras Gomez in the first round.

Kenin also reached the French Open final in 2020 but she has since dropped to 315 in the world rankings after struggling with injury.

Sixth seed Karolina Pliskova, a two-time Grand Slam finalist, beat Bulgarian qualifier Isabella Shinikova 6-2, 6-1.

Australia have qualified for the Davis Cup quarter-finals despite losing 2-1 to Germany in their final group tie on Sunday (local time). 

Lleyton Hewitt’s team beat Belgium and France over the past week in Hamburg but fell just short of claiming top spot in Group C. 

With their place in the next round already secured, Australia opted to rest Alex de Minaur with Max Purcell losing his opening singles match 6-1 7-5 to Jan-Lennard Struff. 

Thanasi Kokkinakis then played his first Davis Cup match this month after being sidelined through sickness and despite some lingering symptoms, digged deep to beat Oscar Otte 7-6 (6) 6-1.

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In the deciding doubles match, Purcell and Matt Ebden were unable to beat in-form German duo German duo Kevin Krawietz and Tim Putz, who claimed a 6-4 6-4 victory. 

Australia will now face the Netherlands in the Davis Cup quarter-finals in November with the Dutch topping Group D ahead of the United States. 

With a big tie looming, Hewitt was quickly asked about the availability of Australia’s highest-ranked player Nick Kyrgios.

The 2022 Wimbledon finalist hasn’t played Davis Cup since 2019 and turned down two call-ups this year. 

Hewitt has been trying to lure a rejuvenated Kyrgios back into the team and was quick to praise the players he did have at his disposal during the group stages. 

“I don’t know – I’ve literally just walked off the court. I’ll try to put together out best option moving forward and give ourselves the best chance,” Hewitt said when asked if Kyrgios would play in the quarter-finals.

“But this week, I couldn’t be prouder of the five guys here.

“I’m just thrilled for them, especially a couple of first-timers in Max (Purcell) and Jason (Kubler).

“For them to go through the experience of playing for Australia and wearing the green and gold, it’s not something you shy away from. It’s a massive milestone in your career and they both handled it really well.

“I’m extremely proud of all the guys. We’ve given ourselves a chance. It’s nice to be through to the quarters.”

Davis Cup 2022 quarter-final matches

Date Match
November 22 Australia vs. Netherlands
November 23 Spain vs. Croatia
November 24 Germany vs. Canada
November 24 Italy vs. United States

Geelong superstar Isaac Smith has won the 2022 Norm Smith medal after a blistering display as the Cats obliterated the Sydney Swans at the MCG.

The contest was all but over after the opening quarter as the Cats kicked six goals to one as they continued to put the Swans to the sword before recording the 20.13 (133) to 8.4 (52) victory.

Isaac Smith produced arguably his best performance since joining the Cats as he racked up 32 disposals, 12 score involvements, three goals and an absurd 771 metres gained.

The win makes him the oldest player in AFL history to claim the Norm Smith Medal, beating Kevin Bartlett’s record from 1980 by 62 days.

Smith was a three-time premiership player with Hawthorn before he joined Geelong.

“To the Swans, I have nothing but respect and admiration. You’re an unbelievable football club led by Horse and Hale, so commiserations today,” Smith said as he stood on the podium.

“To our boys, unbelievable. I’m still in a little bit of shock. It was a phenomenal performance.

“Thank you to all our support staff and coaches. Toyota, unbelievable sponsors of the AFL.

“Finally, I’d like to give a shout out to my family, my beautiful wife Candice and my hero growing up, pop, I love you.”

Smith edged Patrick Dangerfield with no Sydney Swans player receiving a single vote.

2022 NORM SMITH MEDAL VOTING

Isaac Smith: 14 (33332)

Patrick Dangerfield: 10 (32221)

Tyson Stengle: 4 (211)

Sam de Koning: 1 (1)

Mark Blicavs: 1 (1)

JUDGES VOTING – 3 2 1.

Andrew McLeod (Chair) – Smith, Dangerfield, Blicavs

Jonathan Brown – Dangerfield, Smith, Stengle

Michael Gleeson – Smith, Dangerfield, De Koning

Abbey Holmes – Smith, Dangerfield, Stengle

David Mundy – Smith, Stengle, Dangerfield

The Norm Smith voting palen comprised of Andrew McLeod, Jonathan Brown, Abbey Holmes, Michael Gleeson and David Mundy.

Patrick Dangerfield claimed finished the contest with 26 disposals – 19 of which were contested, nine clearances, seven inside 50s and six score assists which all resulted in goals.

“This is Everest. This is the pinnacle, this is what it means to be content,” Dangerfield said after the final siren on Channel 7.

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What is the Norm Smith Medal?

The Norm Smith Medal is an award given to the player who is judged to be best on ground during an AFL Grand Final.

Voted by an independent panel of football experts, the Medal was introduced in 1979 to honour former Melbourne icon Norm Smith.

Smith played 227 games (210 – Melbourne, 17 – Fitzroy) Melbourne and coached a total of 452 matches (310 – Melbourne, 87 – South Melbourne, 55 – Fitzroy).

During his time at the Demons, Smith took the club to six premierships as coach between 1955-1964.

Smith was named coach of the AFL Team of the Century and was elevated to Legend Status in 2007, writes AFL.com.au.

Norm Smith Medal Voting

The voting for this prestigious award usually comprises of five football experts (past players, media personalities, journalists) who gives a 3-2-1 as they regard who is best afield.

Of those five, one is regarded as the designated panel chair, who will decide the winner if there’s a tie after two rounds of countbacks.

Andrew McLeod (chairperson) leads a panel of five voters, including recently retired Fremantle player David Mundy, Jonathon Brown, Abbey Holmes and Michael Gleeson.

What happens if there’s a tie?

If two players are tied for votes, a countback will occur.

The player with the higher number of three-votes will win. If that’s also tied then:

The player with the higher number of two-votes will win. If that’s tied then:

The winner will be decided by the member on the panel chair.

Has there been a tie before?

In the 2009 grand final, Geelong were victorious over St Kilda by 12 points in a famous game.

Paul Chapman (Geelong) and Jason Gram (St Kilda) were tied with nine votes apiece, but the Norm Smith was awarded to Chapman on a countback.

Who is presenting the Norm Smith Medal?

Former Collingwood player and coach Nathan Buckley has been given the honours to present the Norm Smith for this year’s AFL Grand Final.

Buckley famously won the Medal in a losing side, when the Pies lost to Brisbane in the decider in 2002.

Past winners

Year Club Player
2021 Melbourne Christian Petracca
2020 Richmond Dustin Martin
2019 Richmond Dustin Martin
2018 West Coast Luke Shuey
2017 Richmond Dustin Martin
2016 Western Bulldogs Jason Johannisen
2015 Hawthorn Cyril Rioli
2014 Hawthorn Luke Hodge
2013 Hawthorn Brian Lakw
2012 Sydney Ryan O’Keefe
2011 Geelong Jimmy Bartel
2010 (replay) Collingwood Scott Pendlebury
2010 St Kilda Lenny Hayes
2009 Geelong Paul Chapman
2008 Hawthorn Luke Hodge
2007 Geelong Steven Johnson
2006 West Coast Andrew Embley
2005 West Coast Chris Judd
2004 Port Adelaide Byron Pickett
2003 Brisbane Simon Black
2002 Collingwood Nathan Buckley
2001 Brisbane Shaun Hart
2000 Essendon James Hird

At least 20 people were injured during a stampede in Hyderabad as cricket fans scrambled to purchase tickets for the third T20 international between India and Australia at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.

On Thursday morning, approximately 30,000 people queued for several hours at Gymkhana Cricket Stadium in the hope of securing seats for Sunday’s T20, the first international match in Hyderabad since December 2019.

According to local reports, only 3000 tickets were on sale at the Paytm offline counter in Secunderabad and could not be purchased online.

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Cricket fans resorted to hopping the fence as local police used batons in a mild lathi charge to control the crowd, with footage of the incident circulating social media.

Several people in the crowd, including women, fell unconscious due to lack of air, according to local reports.

Seven cricket fans were taken to Secunderabad’s Yashoda Hospital after the ordeal, two of which were discharged after administration of first aid while others required further treatment, a senior hospital representative confirmed.

“We came at six in the morning and stood in line for seven to hours,” a cricket fan told South First.

“The ticket counters opened at 10am. A huge crowd was there to buy the tickets. The total road was blocked, and after 10am people broke the ground gate and rushed towards the ticket counter. Many people fell on the ground and were injured.”

Another cricket fan told AP: “I came at three in the morning for the tickets and I am going home empty-handed without tickets.”

Former BCCI President Shivlal Yadav condemned the incident: “Things could have been handled in a far more efficient manner.”

Australia won the series opener against India in Mohali by four wickets, taking a 1-0 lead in the three-match bilateral series.

The second T20 gets underway at Nagpur’s Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium on Friday evening, with the first ball scheduled for 11.30pm AEST.