Roger Federer captured a record seventh Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships crown as he defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 in the final.
Sampras has a great appreciation for how Federer - a 33-year-old father of four - still has such love and enthusiasm for playing tennis.
Roger Federer claimed his 1000th match win as he defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 in the final of the Brisbane International.
Roger Federer handed Switzerland a historic first Davis Cup title after a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Richard Gasquet to seal a 3-1 victory against France in the 2014 Davis Cup Final.
In a very interesting interview, Stefan Edberg talked about his first year as a coach of one the Tennis greatest.
"It's been a tough week; four tough matches," said Federer. "I thought the final was my best one. I'm very happy. I'm very proud to be the first champion here at the first-time tournament here in Istanbul. In Turkey, I've had a wonderful week. On and off the court, I was able to visit the city a little bit, meet a lot of people, enjoy the crowd support and experience Turkey.
"It's been crazy, in a good way, and I hope I can do it again one day. Right now, I'm just happy I was able to win the tournament. It's always the best feeling for an athlete to be the champion at the end of a long tough week."
The World No. 2 improved to 85-43 in tour-level finals and added to his two other titles already this season (also Brisbane, Dubai).
With the win, Turkey became the 19th different country in which Federer has won an ATP World Tour title.
The top seed capitalised on one one of his three break point opportunities to easily take the first set in 33 minutes. The Swiss broke again in the seventh game of the second set and looked to be in cruise control until the 29-year-old Uruguayan broke back to level the set at 4-all. Federer then earned triple break point on Cuevas' serve before the World No. 23 was able to hold at 5-4.
In the eventual second set tie-break, Federer saved three set points and needed five match points to finally seal the victory in one hour and 36 minutes.
Cuevas was attempting to capture his second ATP World Tour title of the season, having won the crown in Sao Paulo in February.
"It is an amazing week for me playing the final with the best in the world. It's difficult to face Roger, not only because of his game but also to stay focused on the game and not get distracted," said Cuevas. "It was a very good experience for me, and I think it will help me in the future."
As winner, Federer took home 80,000 Euros and 250 ATP Rankings points. Cuevas earned 42,100 Euros and 150 ATP Rankings points.
Date: 3rd May 2015, Source: ATP
Federer reached his fourth ATP World Tour final of 2015 (2-1) and his 128th career final (84-43) as he looks to win a tour-level title in a 19th different country.
"I think what was important in the third set was to keep working hard," said Federer. "I needed to put in a lot of effort to stay with Diego.
But the Argentine showed his nerves when serving to stay in the match two games later. He missed an easy forehand volley then handed Federer two match points with a forehand in the net. Federer converted the first one, and Schwarzman received a standing ovation as he left the court.
Federer fired six aces in the one hour, 55-minute match. The crowd was appreciative of the strong effort from Schwartzman, who saved eight of the 11 break points he faced, chanting "Diego!" as he left the court.
''Diego played very well, and people liked it, too,'' Federer said.
The 17-time Grand Slam winner will face third-seeded Pablo Cuevas in the final after the Uruguayan upset second-seeded Grigor Dimitrov 6-2, 6-4 at the clay-court tournament.
"Cuevas is playing very, very well… I think it's going to be a tough match. Cuevas has obviously played a lot on clay," said Federer.
The 29-year-old Uruguayan captured his third career title in Sao Paulo (d. Vanni) earlier this year. He is 3-0 in ATP World Tour finals.
"I come from a small country, and I'm used to having the crowd against me," said Cuevas. "Playing Roger tomorrow will be like playing Roger in his hometown."
Date: 2nd May 2015, Source: AP, ATP and Reuters
Federer is the top seed in Madrid, the fourth ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament of the season, but it will not be a straightforward path for the Swiss. After a first-round bye, the 33-year-old Federer, who is through to the final in Istanbul this weekend, could face rising Australian star Nick Kyrgios in the second round. Kyrgios is also enjoying success on the clay this week, through to his first ATP World Tour final in Estoril.
The third round could see Federer face Jeremy Chardy, whom he lost to on clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome last year, while 16th seed John Isner also features in that section and boasts a clay-court win over Federer in Davis Cup action three years ago.
Federer, who is chasing his 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown next week, is seeded to face No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals. Berdych was present at Friday evening’s draw at the Caja Magica. The 29-year-old Czech finished runner-up at the Monte Carlo Country Club last month and lost to Federer in a tight three-set final in Madrid three years ago.
The third-seeded Nadal is looking to win the Madrid title for the third year in a row, after beating Stan Wawrinka in the 2013 final and Kei Nishikori (retired due to injury in 2014) last year. The Spaniard comes into Madrid eager for a return to top form after a shock third-round exit to Fabio Fognini in Barcelona last week.
The left-hander opens against either Steve Johnson or a qualifier and is projected to meet 15th seed Kevin Anderson in the third round. But before any potential meeting with Federer, Nadal is likely to have to play either eighth seed Wawrinka or 10th seed Grigor Dimitrov, who is competing in the Istanbul semi-finals this weekend. Also in that section is Fognini.
Andy Murray and last year’s finalist Kei Nishikori headline the bottom half of the draw.
Murray, seeded second, opens his campaign against either a qualifier or Philipp Kohlschreiber and could face 13th seed Gael Monfils in the third round. The Scot, who could play two singles matches in Munich on Saturday as he chases his first ATP World Tour clay-court title, is challenged in his quarter of the draw by fifth seed Milos Raonic and home favourite Feliciano Lopez.
Fourth seed Nishikori enters Madrid in a rich vein of form, having repeated as Barcelona champion last week. The Japanese star has a tricky opening match against either Ernests Gulbis or David Goffin and is projected to meet 14th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the third round.
There is a strong Spanish contingent in the third quarter of the draw, with seventh seed David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Fernando Verdasco and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez all vying for a potential third-round clash with ninth seed Marin Cilic.
Main draw play begins on Sunday at the Caja Magica.
Date: 2nd May 2015, Source: ATP
The World No. 2 and his team visited the beautiful Hagia Sophia museum and enjoyed a boat ride on the Bosphorus, visiting both the European and the Asian sides of Turkey's largest city.
“For me, it’s been a joy traveling and going to see new places,” Federer said. “I felt like a tourist. I still feel like I’m so young, and still able to discover new places. I think it’s probably one of the reasons I’m still playing tennis today.”
Even the weather seemed to be on its best behavior to welcome the Swiss star. Mild temperatures and low humidity provided the backdrop for his two-hour, 27-minute quarter-final victory over Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver on Friday.
“They were perfect playing conditions today,” he said after his 7-6(3), 6-7(5), 6-3 win. “Almost no wind, beautiful sunshine; not to hot, not too cold.”
Despite coming back from a 2-5 deficit in the second set, Federer was forced to go the distance before closing out his Spanish opponent.
“Just because it’s nice weather doesn’t mean you’re going to play nice,” he said with a laugh. “I wish it was like that, but it’s not as simple as that. It was a good fight today, so I’m happy I was able to find a way.”
When asked about converting on just three of 13 break opportunities, Federer again chose to dwell on the positives.
“When you have stats like this, there are many ways you can look at it,” he said. “I created a lot of opportunities, and that’s good. I also missed a lot of opportunities, and that’s not so good. I’m not too concerned about things like this. It’s important to learn from them and try to do it better next time.”
Federer will face Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals.
Date: 2nd May 2015, Source: ATP
The top-seeded Swiss did not face a break point on serve during the one-hour match, as he improved to a 15-0 ATP Head to Head record against the 33-year-old Finn. He also served nine aces while Nieminen had none.
"I'm happy that I won my first match ever in Turkey," he said. "In the second set Jarkko started playing better and I'm happy that I managed to close the match."
He became the seventh active player to reach the 200 clay-court match wins milestone, and the fourth to win 200 or more tour-level matches on both hard and clay courts, joining Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo.
Rafael Nadal - 329
David Ferrer - 294
Nicolas Almagro - 252
Tommy Robredo - 251
Juan Monaco - 220
Albert Montanes - 202
Roger Federer - 200
Federer, who is looking to win his 11th clay-court title this week, will face Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the quarter-finals, but first, he planned on making good use of his day off Thursday.
"Tomorrow I have a day off and I will enjoy and do a sightseeing trip by boat on the Bosphorus to see some more of this beautiful city," he said.
Earlier Wednesday, Gimeno-Traver fired five aces past sixth seed Mikhail Kukushkin in a 6-3, 6-3 win, his third in four meetings against the Kazakh. The in-form Spaniard is 7-2 in his past two tournaments, highlighted by a runner-up finish at the Grand Prix Hassan II (l. to Klizan).
Date: 29th April 2015, Source: ATP and AFP
“I’ve heard a lot of great things about Istanbul and the country; I’ve always wanted to come visit,” he said, ahead of the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open.
“I saw the pictures before I came here and I was hoping it was going to be like this, so I’m happy it’s as pretty as it is and I’m really enjoying myself. I hope it’s going to be a nice long week and I hope it’s a lot of matches and I stay here as long as possible.”
Federer is aiming to win his 11th clay-court title this week in Istanbul, before he heads to back-to-back ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournaments in Madrid and Rome, followed by Roland Garros.
“The French Open clearly is a big goal of mine, but to play well at the French Open I need confidence and I need to play well, and I hope I can pick that up here in Istanbul and really win a lot of matches, preferably win the tournament,” he said. “That’s why I’m here, at the end of the day is to win this.”
He began his clay-court campaign two weeks ago at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters, where he lost to Gael Monfils in the third round, and has spent close to a month working on clay.
“It’s about getting used to the sliding and just wanting to decide how aggressive I want to play,” he said. “Clearly I play on hard court for 7-8 months like all the other players. It just takes some adjustments. For that, I’m trying to put up as many hours as I can on the clay and I think my game is going to get better and better as we move along.”
Federer expected both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal to be in peak form at Roland Garros, and called them the favourites, despite Nadal’s recent struggles. “Even though maybe his form is not as good as the previous years, I still believe once the French Open rolls around he’ll be difficult to beat.”
But first, the World No. 2 is focused on his opening assignment this week: playing the winner between Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan and Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in the second round.
“I really hope I can play against Marsel, even though he’s playing Nieminen, who is a really close friend of mine; I came through the juniors with him,” he said. “Either way it’s going to be a nice first round, but of course the atmosphere would be quite special if I played Marsel in the first round.”
Date: 28th April 2015, Source: ATP
33-year-old Swiss said that he was delighted to be in Istanbul for the first time, “As a world citizen I travel many different cities and countries. I have always heard of Istanbul and here I am now. People are so friendly with full of hospitality. I’m sure that the center court (Garanti Koza Arena) will be a packed stadium as the games start. The atmosphere, the city is marvellous. I enjoy the moment a lot and I hope I’ll stay till the end of the week. I’m here for playing tennis but I expect to visit more of the city.”
Stating that he didn't know his enormous popularity in Turkey and got surprised with the huge interest, Federer told the press that Istanbul Open would add a lot more to Turkish tennis which is on the way of development.
“WOULD BE A SPECIAL MOMENT”
Record holder with 17 major singles titles, Federer has also mentioned about Turkey’s leading player Marsel Ilhan, who he may face in the second round. “Since two years I hear a lot about Marsel. He’s a very warm and funny guy. He has given me important information about Turkish tennis. And I’m sure that I’ll get to learn much more about it during the week. Marsel will face Jarkko Nieminen who’s also a close friend of mine in the opening round. I’ll be happy to meet whoever I’ll play against. But it would surely be a special moment to play against Ilhan in front of Turkish crowd.”
“I’M GETTING USED TO CLAY”
Asked about his clay court season expectations, Roger told that he’s trying to get adapted to clay court, and it would be the best for him to play as many matches as he can on this surface. Dreaming his 85th overall singles title in Istanbul, Federer sees Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic as the favorites for the French Open title.
Roger Federer will open his Istanbul campaign against the winner of Marsel Ilhan-Jarkko Nieminen encounter in the second round on Wednesday.
Date: 27th April 2015, Source: Istanbul Open
84 singles titles to his name, but Roger Federer is far from satisfied and done, and seeks to continue expanding its records in tennis. The Swiss is admired all over the world, and had the greatest fan base.
He started the interview telling about his role as a dad, and the big responsibility that comes with being one.
What is the most surprising for Federer, is having one big family and still been eager to travel and play across the world?
“Yes, it’s weird for me to think that I have a family so big and still continuing to play. In the past I thought only of myself as a tennis player, often traveling alone, sometimes with the coach, my parents or my wife. A family is, however, a different matter. What I’m living in the last six years is something totally different. Mirka and I are privileged to be parents. With the experience of many years of traveling behind I can teach my children how to behave around the world, let them know different places and cultures. It will be an incredible life lesson.”
Then continued with his schedule this season and what are his expectations.
“The Australia Open for me was a total disappointment, because I played really bad against Seppi. Regarding the clay season, after Monte Carlo I hope to do well in Istanbul, Madrid and Paris, reaching at least the semifinals of Roland Garros. It is clear that for me the goal will be the grass season, with Halle and Wimbledon. I will give the highest priority to the extra week between Paris and Halle in order to better prepare the grass season.”
He explained that is difficult for him to play in three discipline at the Olympics even though that automatic means more chanced for medals.
“Martina Hingis in Dubai asked me if I wanted to play with her. I’ve always admired but for me it is now difficult to say whether playing alone or all three disciplines (singles, doubles and mixed doubles). With Stan Wawrinka I will play the doubles. Of course, the more disciplines I play, I’ll get more chances for a medal but I don’t know if my body can handle that.”
In very relaxed manner he continued talking about the rankings and points needed.
“Points of the ranking are important because they make you stand up and have a better placement in Grand Slam draws, but if I am number six or 10 that doesn’t change much. So that’s why I am on the hunt for points to be able to return to number one or to be in a good position to be able to win more Grand Slams.”
The Swiss talked about Stefan Edberg:
“For me it is motivating to work with him, it’s like a dream to spend time together, even just for a coffee. He reminds me of things I actually already know, but sometimes that should be highlighted again. He is a man of few words.”
What about the angry moments and racquets breaking?
“I also get angry sometimes, especially while I train, many times more than when I play. Once in Monte Carlo, training with Kohlschreiber, I was upset for failing a ball that I was on the net and threw my racket to the ground and I wanted to kick as if it was a football ball but missed it and get even more angrier.”
Is there any possibility to see Federer as a future coach?
“I would not be able to be free seven days a week, I do not think it is realistic also thinking of the needs of my family. My children? The other day one of my daughters told me: ‘Dad you are wrong, you’re hitting the ball badly.’ For me it is essential that they love the sport, they learn coordination and athleticism, who understand and accept victory and defeat. I will support them, but I do not think that I will train them.”
Date: 24th April 2015, Source: Tennis Flash