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Wimbledon 2017: Marin Cilic says blister caused meltdown in final

first_imgMarin Cilic, thrashed by Roger Federer in straight sets in Sunday’s Wimbledon final, said he had been suffering from a blister in his foot during the showpiece clash.The Croatian seventh seed was distraught after going 3-0 behind in the second set, sitting on his chair in tears.He received a medical timeout at the end of the second set on the way to a 6-3 6-1 6-4 defeat in his first Wimbledon final.”It was definitely one of the unfortunate days for me for this to happen. I had a really bad blister and fluid came down into the callus,” the 28-year-old said, noting that he had felt the injury during his semi-final with Sam Querrey.”It was tough emotionally because I know how much went into the preparation in the past few months.”It was really bad luck but I wanted to give my best and try as much as I could. But it was tough when you are in that situation because you know there is not much chance to win.”Cilic said the blister had surfaced during his run to the final, which included a long five-setter against Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the quarter-finals.The Croat said that physiotherapists had done all they could to help him recover for the final.”They helped. The last 30 hours, they were just constantly almost with me. They did as much as they could, but unfortunately I still felt the pain,” he said.”Every time I had to do a reaction fast, fast change of movement, I was unable to do that,” he added.advertisementCilic said his tears were not as a direct result of the pain but were an emotional response to the situation he found himself in during his biggest game at the All England Club.”It was just a feeling that I knew that I cannot give my best on the court, that I cannot give my best game and my best tennis, especially at this stage of my career, at such a big match.”It was very, very difficult to deal with it. You know, that was the only thing. But otherwise, you know, it didn’t hurt so much that it was putting me in tears. It was just that feeling that I wasn’t able to give the best,” he said.The Croat said that the blister had impacted on his ability to concentrate on the task of trying to beat Federer.”It was actually very difficult to focus on the match, as well, as my mind was all the time blocked with the pain. It was tough for me to focus on the tactics, on the things that I needed to do.”I wasn’t serving very good today because of that. Also, you know, I was just not able to set up properly on the balls. It was very, very tough to deal with it,” he said.last_img read more

Wenger compares Arsenal fan unrest to Brexit

first_imgArsenal ‘Where do we go from here?’ – Wenger compares Arsenal fan unrest to Brexit Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 18:00 10/28/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Wenger - cropped Getty Images Arsenal Arsène Wenger Arsenal v Swansea City Premier League The Frenchman warned Gunners fans that new ownership could be a step into the unknown, calling for trust in the current leadership Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says that fan unrest with the direction of the club is similar to the sentiments that led to the UK voting to leave the European Union.Gunners fans revolted at the club’s annual general meeting on Thursday, the majority of supporters present voting against chairman Sir Chips Keswick and Josh Kroenke – the son of majority shareholder Stan Kroenke – being re-elected to the Arsenal board.Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov, who was absent and voted by proxy, cast their ballots in favour of both remaining, meaning Keswick and Kroenke Jr were retained on account of a combined 97 per cent shareholding. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Swansea +2 11/8 at ArsenalThe meeting was ultimately cut short as the board members present were jeered, but Wenger has called on fans to trust their leadership – warning against heading into the unknown with new ownership and drawing parallels with Brexit, with Theresa May’s government locked in negotiations with the EU and other partners. Here is the final five minutes of the #ArsenalAGM as chairman Sir Chips Keswick refused to answer a question about the recomposition of the board https://t.co/0vbZhy6ejY— Chris Wheatley (@ChrisWheatley_) October 26, 2017″The club is first about values, and in the modern game we lose a little bit the perspective of what is important and what is not,” Wenger explained.”It is always here and now and forever, and the now is permanent, the judgement is permanent and forever – but it is in society as well. You have the same example with Brexit – it’s just here now, but where do we go from there? Nobody really knows. Maybe it is good, maybe it is bad. I don’t know.Arsene Wenger Out Banner 2017“But nobody has explained what will happen in the future if we do that. So what I think about the club that has been created is first about values. I know that nobody cares anymore.”Somebody said 500 years ago the target was to be a saint for people. Fifty years ago a hero in war. Today a billionaire, even more celebrity. That is instant and here now. But it has to be sustained by something.”What I liked when I came to England, the weight of the past was there and you could feel it was important.”The evolution of the modern society, the weight of the present has become predominant to the past and the future and no matter if it is a football club, you need to get that balance right.”last_img read more