SPORTS DAY: Age hath not withered Fed's love of winning
David Isaacson rounds up the day's sports news you need to know
Weeping Federer hails 20th Grand Slam title
Even after 20 grand slam titles, the tears gushing down Roger Federer’s cheeks after he won his sixth Australian Open crown on Sunday showed the competitive fires still rage within the 36-year-old Swiss.
Having regained control to put down sixth seed Marin Cilic 6-2 6-7(5) 6-3 3-6 6-1 under a closed roof at Rod Laver Arena, Federer promptly lost it at the end of his victory speech.
“And my team, I love you guys. Thank you,” Federer said with a quivering voice before breaking down in tears.
The show of emotion triggered a standing ovation in the terraces, the tears spreading to his wife Mirka and parents in the players’ box.
Leaked letter reveals Bok coach’s impending sacking
South Africa coach Allister Coetzee said he has been effectively demoted from his post and accused the country’s rugby authorities of setting him up to fail in a letter leaked to several media outlets over the weekend.
Coetzee said he had been told that his contract was being terminated after two years in charge but offered a chance to stay on as a “ceremonial coach” with newly appointed director of rugby Rassie Erasmus effectively in charge.
In a 19-page letter addressed to SA Rugby, Coetzee recounts his January 18 meeting with the union’s chief executive officer Jurie Roux, which was supposed to be a review of his performance after 24 months in charge.
“The meeting was used as a platform to inform me of Saru’s decision that it intends to terminate my contract of employment with immediate effect, regardless of the outcome of the anticipated performance review‚ as contemplated by my employment contract,” he wrote.
“And‚ should I wish to remain in Saru’s employment‚ I will be reduced to a ceremonial coach‚ and further that Johan Erasmus (‘Rassie’) has already been employed to replace me and is already performing the duties of the Springbok coach. Should I be reduced to the position of a ceremonial coach I would have to face the indignity of reporting to Rassie.” SA Rugby confirmed the letter’s authenticity but refused any comment.
Dean Elgar says he won’t change a thing
Even after taking serious blows to his helmet for almost six hours because of the misbehaving Wanderers pitch‚ Proteas opening batsman Dean Elgar says he won’t change his tenacious way of playing cricket.
“I am not going to change the way I play because my approach is to be solid‚ leave the ball well and irritate the opposition‚” he said.
‘‘I can’t go out there and play an AB de Villiers knock. ‘If you want that you have to look elsewhere because I am not going to be able to do that.
‘‘I am not going to be able to play a Hashim Amla knock because those are special cricketers. But what I have is potentially something that they don’t have.”
Mosimane likens Downs' draw to a Mayweather fight
Kaizer Chiefs dominated the game‚ but once the final whistle had gone one could not help but feel that it had in fact been Mamelodi Sundowns who had been more on control of proceedings in the 0-0 Absa Premiership draw on Saturday night.
Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane had said he would be happy with a point.
A circumspect Downs played out of character‚ and boxed very clever at FNB Stadium.
‘‘For me‚ it's just to show respect to Kaizer Chiefs,” he said.
‘‘And also‚ sometimes I look at (Floyd) Mayweather fighting‚ and he doesn't have to be going toe to toe with everybody.
‘‘But he retired undefeated.
‘‘So is he a good boxer?” Mosimane asked afterwards.