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Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition despite taking two months off

Don't view my break as a lack of ambition… I still want to win more titles, warns Federer

By
Mike Dickson

PUBLISHED:

18:46 GMT, 12 March 2013

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UPDATED:

18:46 GMT, 12 March 2013

Roger Federer’s back is creaking again and soon he will be taking nearly two months off, but the Wimbledon champion insists that neither of these factors should be seen as his ambition waning for more titles.

Once he is finished at this week’s $10 million BNP Paribas Open Federer will retreat until May for practice and family time, and byhis return he is unlikely to still be world No 2.

Andy Murray, who earlier this morning was due to face Taipei’s Yen Hsun Lu in the third round, is closing and could usurp the great Swiss if he were to significantly outperform him at this first Masters event of the season.

Fully focused: Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition

Fully focused: Roger Federer says he does not lack ambition

Federer concedes that the forthcoming break will not help his ranking in the short term but believes it will make him more dangerous for the summer’s three Grand Slams: 'If you play well then you can manage your schedule, but with the rankings you do need to win the tournaments you actually play. I know when I’m playing well I always have a shot.

'My schedule is not in set in stone, maybe if I lost early here or won the tournament it could change my mindset but I doubt it because what I want to do is practise hard. I’m really eager for that because I haven’t been able to practise as much as I would have liked in the last two years.

Taking a break: Federer is set to take two months off

Taking a break: Federer is set to take two months off

'This year the priority is a big build up then coming back really strong for the Masters events in Madrid and Rome before Roland Garros.'

Federer’s back suffered one of its periodic tweaks during his third round victory over Ivan Dodig, but he feels he will be fine to face compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka today.

Victory in that could give him a much-anticipated clash with Rafael Nadal, but first the Spaniard has to overcome the season’s most improved player in Ernests Gulbis.

The colourful Latvian is very talented but has revelled in being an international playboy for the past three years. Now pledging to at least cut down on the drinking, smoking and carousing he has got himself fitter, and the result has been a 12-match winning streak.

Stoke"s Cameron Jerome to join Blackburn on loan

Managerless Rovers close to bringing in Stoke outcast Jerome on loan

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UPDATED:

10:09 GMT, 26 October 2012

Stoke striker Cameron Jerome is closing in on a move to npower Championship side Blackburn on a short-term loan.

The 26-year-old has only made three appearances from the bench this season and could now move to Ewood Park for a three-month loan spell.

New challenge: Stoke's Cameron Jerome is off to Blackburn on loan

New challenge: Stoke's Cameron Jerome is off to Blackburn on loan

Stoke boss Tony Pulis, who earlier this week said he would not let Kenwyne Jones or Wilson Palacios leave the club on loan, confirmed he had been in touch with Blackburn's caretaker boss Eric Black.

Pulis said: 'Eric rang up to enquire about Cameron. It would be a three-month loan with a recall available after 28 days.

'But it's a bit awkward as Rovers don't have a manager at the moment. It would be a good one for Cameron – he is the kind of player that needs game time.'

Andy Carroll to West Ham as Liverpool eye Theo Walcott

Liverpool push Carroll towards West Ham in hope of landing Arsenal ace Walcott

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UPDATED:

21:05 GMT, 29 August 2012

West Ham will launch a final attempt to land Andy Carroll before the window closes with a deal that will shape Liverpool's transfer fortunes.

Though the England striker has consistently made it clear he does not want to leave Anfield, his omission from the squad for Thursday night's Europa League qualifier against Hearts effectively means his Liverpool career is over.

Moving on: West Ham are hopeful of securing a deal for Carroll, who is deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool

Moving on: West Ham are hopeful of securing a deal for Carroll, who is deemed surplus to requirements at Liverpool

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers would like to add Theo Walcott to his squad, even though it emerged the Arsenal forward will see out the final year of his contract at the Emirates after holding amicable talks with Arsene Wenger.

But should Liverpool offload Carroll, they would be in a position to test Arsenal's resolve on Walcott, who earlier this summer turned down a new five-year deal worth 75,000 per week.

Liverpool's tight financial constraints mean they cannot bid for Walcott outright but offloading Carroll to West Ham would change things dramatically.

West Ham would initially take Carroll, 23, on a season-long loan, paying his 80,000 per week wages in full, and then – provided they remain in the Barclays Premier League – would be obliged to sign him permanently for 17milllion.

Unsettled: Walcott has entered the final year of his contract with Arsenal

Unsettled: Walcott has entered the final year of his contract with Arsenal

Hammers boss Sam Allardyce has been desperate to land Carroll ever since it became clear his prospects under Rodgers would be limited and he is looking to move on Carlton Cole to free up space in his squad. Newcastle continue to remain on the periphery and manager Alan Pardew refused to rule his club out of the reckoning, saying: 'Would I want him in my squad Of course I would. Probably every Premier League manager in the country would want him in their squad. 'But can the deal be done That's nothing to do with me.'

It will be a hectic final two days for Liverpool, as they are expected to offload Charlie Adam to Stoke – though it would be no surprise if Everton emerged as late rivals – while Jay Spearing has the option of a number Premier League clubs, including Aston Villa and Southampton, on loan.

Rodgers would also want to sign long-term target Clint Dempsey from Fulham but it is clear that the days when Liverpool could simply go out and sign a player with barely a quibble have gone.

When asked whether Liverpool could afford to buy without selling, Rodgers replied: 'No. Not at this stage, obviously I have seen a lot of the links and it is great that those players would want to come here but the reality is that we are not in a position to do those sorts of deals.

'I don't think we are in a position to have 35million players as third choice strikers or wingers who are on 5-6million a year. This is the challenge I have.

'The club needs to repair financially. Unfortunately it is going to take more than one window. This is an incredible club but even if you want to move some players on, because of the wages and other factors, they are not just going to walk out the door.

'It is going to take us time to get to the squad we want. In the meantime we have to keep our head down and work hard and get results.'

Bahrain Grand Prix 2012: Force India caught up in petrol-bomb attack

Force India caught up in petrol-bomb attack as fears over troubled Bahrain race escalate

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UPDATED:

09:01 GMT, 19 April 2012

Fears over this weekend's troubled Bahrain Grand Prix intensified on Wednesday night after British-based team Force India was caught up in a petrol-bomb attack.

A crew from the Formula One team, who are based at Silverstone, was traveling back from the circuit to their hotel in Manama when the ordeal occurred.

Up in smoke: Bahrain is in the midst of social unrest

Up in smoke: Bahrain is in the midst of social unrest

The team was forced to take an alternative route back to their base, with 40 cars involved in the incident, and reports of at least one on fire.

Although nobody was injured, a shaken member of the Force India team will leave the Gulf kingdom as a direct result of last night's drama.

'One of our vehicles was momentarily caught up in some disruption on the way back from the circuit last night', a Sahara Force India spokesman told Sportsmail.

Star: Scottish driver Paul di Resta (left) races for the Silverstone-based team

Star: Scottish driver Paul di Resta (left) races for the Silverstone-based team

'Our van was not the target but arrived on the scene on one of the main highways.

'Within a few minutes the traffic continued moving and the van returned to the hotel. 'Everyone in the van is okay.'

Meanwhile, Bahrain International Circuit chairman Zayed R Alzayani, who earlier this week compared the political unrest in Bahrain to that of the London riots, moved to play down the incident.

'It was an isolated incident, and my wife was involved too,' he said.

'The protestors were not targeting the cars, they just happened to be there. Nobody was injured.

'I don't command the police; they know what to do better than I do. I have a race to run.'