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Federer holds off Ferrer for 80th title, sixth in Cincinnati

Roger Federer defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 for his sixth Western and Southern Open title and 80th singles title of his career.

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Upbeat Federer believes he has more to offer

“I'm very happy to see that with feeling normal I can produce a performance like I did at Wimbledon. That clearly makes me believe that this was just a stepping stone to many more great things in the future.”

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Roger Federer wins 7th Halle crown

Roger Federer captured his seventh Gerry Weber Open title in Halle. The Swiss picked up his 14th grass-court crown with a 7-6(2), 7-6(3) victory over Alejandro Falla.

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Roger Federer celebrates birth of twin boys Leo and Lenny

Roger Federer is the father of twins for the second time after he announced the birth of his new sons Leo and Lenny on his official webpage. Federer and his wife Mirka are already parents to twin daughters born in July 23, 2009.

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Roger Federer fires Switzerland to Davis Cup semifinals

In a stunning comeback that epitomised the brilliance of Davis Cup, Switzerland secures a place in the semifinals of the competition. Switzerland came back from 2-1 down after the doubles rubber to win the two reverse singles on the final day.

Federer disarms big serving Groth to reach US Open third round

Roger Federer eased into the third round of the US Open on Friday evening, charging past one of the biggest servers in tennis, Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes. He fired nine aces, won 84 per cent of first serve points and broke serve in five of 11 opportunities.

The 33-year-old Swiss continued his quest for a sixth crown in Flushing Meadows, improving to 24-1 at night on Arthur Ashe Stadium and 18-1 lifetime against Australians in Grand Slam play. His only defeat came on major debut to Patrick Rafter at Roland Garros 1999. Federer is now a career 54-1 in Grand Slam second round matches, with his lone loss coming at Wimbledon last year to Sergiy Stakhovsky.

The Basel native, playing in New York for a 15th consecutive year, won his 51st match of 2014. He is the second-oldest player to claim 50 or more victories in a single season in the past 30 years, having achieved the feat with a first-round win over Marinko Matosevic on Tuesday.

Groth, the hulking Australian who holds the record for the fastest serve recorded at 163mph, threw everything he had at Federer - and the ball just kept coming back. He topped out at 147mph against the five-time former champion to no avail; one of his quickest deliveries of the night in the first set, a 142mph bullet down the T, flashed back past him before his feet had found the court.

"The 142, honestly I hit it and I turned around," said Federer.

"I didn't know if it went into the stands or the bottom of the net or on the other side. I just felt like I hit it clean.

"The 147 one I felt like I was there and felt like I had more control on it. The difference between 142 and 147, there's none really in the racquet. I think once you pass the 135 range everything is just really fast."

Federer, dressed all in black, took a few games to feel out his opponent before making the breakthrough to go 4-3 ahead, then held serve to take the first set.

The second set opened with the two men trading breaks, with Federer again gaining the upper hand and breaking Groth a second time to go up 5-4 and serve out for a 2-0 lead.

The 26-year-old Australian said he tried to focus on his own game and not get swept away by the crowd's support for Federer.

"To be honest, for me, I was trying not to get caught up in the whole Roger act out there," he said. "You walk out, you get a few cheers. He walks out and the crowd goes ballistic.

"So from the word go you know he's there. I was honestly just trying to focus on what I was doing.

"He's got an aura because of how good his tennis is. Yes, there's an aura because of what he's done, but his tennis speaks for itself.

"You don't win 17 grand slams if your tennis is not that good. I knew I was playing Roger Federer."

Groth, who watched compatriot Marinko Matosevic lose in straight sets to Federer in his opening match, dug deep in the third set, scratching out a 4-2 lead.

However, five-time champion Federer answered back with a break of his own and then raced through the next three games to seal the victory.

Federer will face Marcel Granollers for a spot in the Round of 16 after the unseeded Spaniard edged big-serving Ivo Karlovic 7-6(6), 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 3-6, 6-4 in three hours and 51 minutes. Granollers overcame 31 aces, despite converting on just one of eight break points garnered. He trails Federer 0-2 in their ATP Head to Head series, falling in the Round of 16 in Dubai on two occasions (2011, '13).

Date: 30th August 2014, Source: Reuters and ATP

Switzerland tap Federer and Wawrinka for Davis Cup

Switzerland captain Severin Luethi will tap the star power of Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka when the Alpine country faces Italy in next month's Davis Cup, Swiss Tennis announced Wednesday.

World number three Federer and number four Wawrinka will team up with Marco Chiudinelli and Michael Lammer, 167th and 454th respectively in the ATP rankings.

Federer and Wawrinka had already confirmed that they planned to take part in the September 12-14 matches in Geneva, but Luethi's official announcement was required to make that formal.

Tennis watchers had been left guessing about the remaining names, however.

"Marco Chiudinelli has been in greater and greater shape over the past few months and he's worked flat out to get ready for these semi-finals, so he deserved his slot in the team," Luethi said in a Swiss Tennis statement.

There had been suggestions that Luethi would call up Swiss number four Yann Marti, who stands 209th in the ATP rankings.

"I've followed Yann Marti's recent rise with a lot of satisfaction, he's made a lot of progress. But what's at stake is too important to start experimenting with new players," said Luethi.

He said he expected Italy to deploy a team exclusively of players from the ATP top 100, including world number 17 Fabio Fognini,49th-ranked Andreas Seppi, plus Paolo Lorenzi and Simone Bolelli, respectively 78th and 85th.

"This isn't going to be a walk in the park, and it's going to be all the more important to be buoyed up by our fans," said Luethi.

Date: 27th August 2014, Source: AFP

Federer's slam dunk win earns Jordan approval

Cheered on by basketball legend Michael Jordan, Roger Federer became the first player to claim 50 match wins this season with a straight-sets victory in round one at the US Open Tuesday night. Federer enjoyed a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(4) win over Australian Marinko Matosevic to set up a second-round meeting with another Australian, big-serving 26-year-old Sam Groth.

Asked about Jordan's presence, Federer said: "I was so happy that he came into the world of tennis for a little bit and that he got to see me as the character in the whole show was pretty cool. I met him yesterday for the first time and it was a big deal for me; it’s been a special past 24 hours. We talked how I prepare, how much I play, where I go next; we exchanged ideas about our respective sports. That’s what you talk about.

"He was just my hero of all sports," said Federer, who will next meet another Australian Sam Groth.

"That's what he was for me growing up. "Besides Edberg and Becker being my tennis idols, I had Jordan as my all sports idol.

"I just remember when I was younger; in Germany it was really big on the German TV stations. That's where I saw him doing all his moves. I wasn't necessarily a Chicago Bulls fan or anything like that. It's just I was into him, into the incredible athlete, just being that guy who was carrying basketball at the time. So I guess that's what inspired me."

Jordan sat in Federer’s box throughout the match, in which Federer debuted his new shoe, the Nike Zoom Vapor 9 Tour AJ3, which looked somewhat like the Air Jordans sported by the former Chicago Bulls icon during his legendary career. Also cheering on Federer was hockey star Henrik Lundqvist, of the New York Rangers.

"About a year ago, I heard that Roger wanted to design and wear a Jordan shoe on the court," Jordan said, according to Style.com. "I have followed Roger's career and have been a big fan for some time now. I definitely thought this could be a really unique and special collaboration, and when I heard that Roger wanted the shoe to be modeled after the Air Jordan 3, I was in."

Asked what about Jordan inspired him, Federer said, "His longevity, the way he made it look easy, his will to win, wanting to be the best, delivering under pressure, being a superstar in a team sport, carrying his team for so many years. There's so many things that he did well and represented the game really nicely, I thought. That's why he also became my idol."

Now 23-1 in night matches in Arthur Ashe Stadium, Federer improved to 68-9 lifetime at Flushing Meadows, where he seeks an 18th Grand Slam title in his 60th consecutive appearance at the majors. The Swiss has won 19 of his past 21 matches dating back to his title run in Halle.

Federer seemed destined for a routine win serving at 4-3 in the third set, but Matosevic claimed his lone break in the eighth game and later had a mini-break in the tie-break before Federer closed out the match.

"It was a bit more difficult than I thought it was going to be in the third set. Marinko has a big game," said Federer.

Date: 27th August 2014, Source: ATP and Reuters

Evergreen Federer set to open bid for 18th grand slam win

For Roger Federer, winning grand slams is like riding a bike. Once you know how to do it, you can do it again.

The evergreen Swiss may be carrying a bit more baggage these days, not least with his four children in tow, but in his 60th successive grand slam, the 33-year-old truly believes he can extend his record tally of singles titles to 18.

Twelve months ago and nursing a back injury at the U.S. Open, Federer was upset by Spain's Tommy Robredo in the fourth round at the year's final grand slam.

A year on and the Swiss second seed faces Australia's world number 76 Marinko Matosevic under the lights at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday, confident he is in good enough shape to win again.

"I think last year I was trying to convince myself I did have an opportunity," said Federer, who reached the Wimbledon final last month. "The confidence was going away quickly just because I was just not moving so well.

“This year, really from the first week, I have always played really nice tennis. So you come into this U.S. Open and you remember how it feels to win tournaments.

"You almost forget how to lose to a point and confidence rises. You're back to winning ways again and everything seems so simple. I really feel like I can play a great tournament."

Date: 26th August 2014, Source: Reuters

Federer's confidence soaring before US Open

Roger Federer is having fun with his new status as one of the hot favourites for the 2014 US Open. In his pre-tournament press conference, Federer was asked whether playing night sessions early in the tournament may work against him come the day semi-finals and late afternoon final. “I hope I have that problem. It's perfect that we're talking semis and finals already. It wasn't like that last year.”

Indeed it wasn’t. Federer lost in the fourth round to Tommy Robredo, marking his earliest exit at Flushing Meadows since 2003 and his first defeat in 11 career meetings with the Spaniard.

Fast forward 12 months and Federer finds himself in contention to challenge for the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking and with 12 Top 10 scalps this season. At this point in 2013 Federer had just one Top 10 win for the year and it was unclear whether he would even qualify for the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. But after reaching back-to-back ATP Masters 1000 finals in Toronto and then Cincinnati, where he won his third title of the year and sixth overall at the Western & Southern Open, Federer says that he feels much more confident about his chances at the US Open this year.

“I think last year I was trying to convince myself I did have an opportunity to win the title… but I felt I needed a little help and for the draw to open up because it was going to be hard for me beating Top 5 or Top 10 players and I felt like I had little margin against guys ranked just outside of the Top 10 to No. 30… The rest of the field I felt like I could manage it somehow, but the confidence was going away quickly because I was just not moving so well. I was scared to have another setback, and so it was just not as clear-cut and simple as it is this year.

“This year I played a lot of good matches. Not just Toronto and Cincinnati, but really from the first week on I have always played really nice tennis. Then you come into this US Open remembering how it feels to win tournaments. You remember and you get used to that. You almost forget how to lose to a point and confidence rises. You're back to winning ways again and everything seems so simple… I feel like I can play a great tournament.”

Federer opens against Australian Marinko Matosevic and in that match he will chase his 50th win of the season. (versus just 45 for all of last year).

“I think I have only played him once in Brisbane this year, and I played him very well on a similar court,” Federer said of the Australian. “He's had some better wins now. This year he's really moved up the rankings. Clearly I'm aware that he can play some dangerous tennis, but at the same time, I feel like it's on my racquet. I have to make sure he has to work extremely hard and he knows the finish line is really far away.”

Federer won five consecutive US Open titles between 2004 and 2008 and was denied a sixth in 2009 by Juan Martin del Potro in five sets. He last reached the semi-finals in 2011, when Novak Djokovic rallied from two sets and two match points down to beat him.

Should Federer win the US Open, and Djokovic not progress beyond the semi-finals, the Swiss would move into first place in the ATP Race To London. The Race, which measures a player's performance in 2014 only, is different to the world rankings, officially known as the ATP Rankings, which counts players' best results over the past 52 weeks.

However, the Race and Rankings ultimately mirror each other at the end of the season. So should Federer rise to first place in the Race after Flushing Meadows, he would have a strong chance of finishing year-end World No. 1 for a sixth time after November's ATP World Tour Finals.

Date: 24th August 2014, Source: ATP

Federer could win numbers game at U.S. Open

Roger Federer achieved tennis greatness with an intoxicating blend of athleticism, artistry and unflinching nerve. Yet for all his fluid genius, the measure of a career often boils down to cold numbers.

Seventeen grand slam singles titles, three more than any man who has played the game, have been won by the Swiss maestro.

But it is eight grand slam events and counting since the graceful sportsman, who ticked off major accomplishments like clockwork during his years of dominance, has won a grand slam.

At age 33, with the clock ticking down on an extraordinary career, the father of two sets of twins faces a golden opportunity to add to his majestic legacy at the U.S. Open starting on Monday at the U.S. National Tennis Center.

Federer is in form and his primary nemesis, 2013 U.S. Open winner Rafa Nadal, has withdrawn due to a wrist injury, elevating the Swiss to second seed and ensuring he can only meet top seed Novak Djokovic should they both reach the final.

World number two Nadal, the Spaniard with 14 major titles of his own, has beaten Federer 23 times in 33 career meetings, and taken nine of their 11 career collisions in grand slams.

The other member of the ‘Big Four’ who have dominated men’s tennis the past decade, 2012 U.S. Open winner and 2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray of Britain, is still struggling to regain top form after having back surgery, further suggesting a possible storybook run by Federer.

SWISS MARVEL

After a disappointing 2013 season in which Federer was affected by a bad back, skeptics wondered whether he might be heading down a slippery slope toward retirement.

Federer believed otherwise, proclaiming his continuing love for the game, even down to the long hours of practice, and insisted he would remain a grand slam threat.

The Swiss marvel has proved there is plenty left in the tank.

Federer has been the best player over these summer months, battling Djokovic in an epic five-set Wimbledon final before falling just short, and reaching four successive finals during the lead-in to the U.S. Open including a victory at the Masters 1000 Western & Southern in Cincinnati.

He scoffed at the notion of an imminent changing of the guard after impressive results from some young, big hitters at Wimbledon, including semi-finalists Milos Raonic of Canada and Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, and Australian teenager Nick Kyrgios, who was ranked 144th when he ousted Nadal in the fourth round.

“If I'm playing well I feel like I can control the field to a degree,” said Federer.

“I do believe the top guys are the ones we know and who are still going to be deciding outcomes of the bigger tournaments, like the Masters 1000s and the grand slams and the World Tour Finals.”

He may well have more to add beyond his record streak of reaching 23 successive grand slam semi-finals through the 2010 Australian Open.

Beyond his record 36 consecutive grand slam quarter-finals through the 2013 French Open.

Beyond the 10 successive grand slam finals he appeared in through the 2007 U.S. Open.

A victory at Flushing Meadows would make him the oldest grand slam winner since Andrew Gimeno won the 1972 French Open at 34, and oldest U.S. Open champion since Ken Rosewall’s triumph as a 35 year old in 1970.

Victory for Federer would bring him a sixth U.S. crown, snapping his tie with Jimmy Connors and Pete Sampras once again allowing him to hoist a gleaming grand slam trophy - a sensation he has enjoyed more than any man in tennis.

Date: 22nd August 2014, Source: Reuters

Roger Federer accepts #IceBucketChallenge

Roger Federer has joined the many people around the world showing their support to #StrikeOutALS by participating in the #IceBucketChallenge.

The World No. 3 accepted the challenge after being nominated by WTA player Ana Ivanovic, Vogue editor Anna Wintour and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale.

Roger Federer: “ALS is a tragic disease, and I hope that the social media attention from the Ice Bucket Challenge continues to bring more awareness and donation dollars to curing ALS,” said Federer in his Facebook post. “Funny videos are entertaining, and can be important to raise awareness, but a more important measure of impact is donating: http://www.alsa.org/.

“In the spirit of the challenge, I'd like to challenge my friends Seve, Marco and Reto!”

Other ATP World Tour players had completed the #IceBucketChallenge to #StrikeOutALS in the days since the fundraising and awareness campaign went viral, including Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Grigor Dimitrov, John Isner, Feliciano Lopez, Bernard Tomic, Jack Sock, Ryan Harrison, Tim Smyczek, Rohan Bopanna, Michael Russell, Eric Butorac, Tommy Haas and Nick Kyrgios.

ALS has affected the tennis family in recent years. Former ATP Executive Chairman & President Brad Drewett passed away on 3 May, 2013, after his battle with the disease, which has no cure. Former ATP pro Jerome Golmard is currently fighting the disease, and WTA staff member Angie Cunningham has also been diagnosed.

Support Jerome In His Fight Against ALS

Date: 22nd August 2014, Source: ATP

Roger Federer's US Open 2014 Outfit






Roger Federer's US Open 2014 Nike Outfit.

Date: 18th August 2014

Federer returns to ATP World Tour Finals for record 13th straight year

Roger Federer has punched his ticket to the ATP World Tour Finals for a record 13th year in a row after clinching a sixth title at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. Federer joins Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the elite eight-man field at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November, where he will be looking to win his seventh crown.

The 33-year-old Swiss is the most successful player to compete at the ATP World Tour Finals, compiling a 44-11 record and claiming a record six titles in 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2010-11. He breaks the record of consecutive years qualifying for the championship, a mark he previously shared with Ivan Lendl (1980-91).

“It’s always one of the big goals I set myself at the beginning of the season,” said Federer. “It’s always an absolute honour being part of the best eight. Getting a chance to win an extra trophy at the end of the season - which is so prestigious, one of the biggest ones we have in the game and one I’ve done so well at - is a great feeling. Returning to the season finale is something I’ve been a part of since 2002, so to do it again is a privilege and I will try to play my very best there. I hope I can save some of my best for last.”

Federer opened his 2014 campaign by finishing runner-up to rival Lleyton Hewitt at the Brisbane International and reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. He enjoyed a 10-match win streak from late-February to mid-March, hoisting a sixth trophy at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships and reaching his 35th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

The Swiss finished runner-up to countryman Stan Wawrinka at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters and advanced to four consecutive finals, beginning with a seventh Gerry Weber Open crown on the grass of Halle in early June. He reached a ninth title match at Wimbledon, followed by a run to the final at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. En route to clinching a sixth championship in Cincinnati, he became the first player to achieve 300 match wins at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 level and the third to claim 80 tour-level titles.

Date: 18th August 2014, Source: ATP

Federer holds off Ferrer for 80th title, sixth in Cincinnati

Roger Federer defeated David Ferrer 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 for his sixth Western & Southern Open title and 80th singles title of his career on Sunday in the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final to feature two players over the age of 30.

Federer, 33, improved to a perfect 6-0 in Cincinnati finals and to a 16-0 ATP Head toHead record against the 32-year-old Ferrer. He snapped a four-match losing streak in Masters 1000 finals, including a runner-up finish last week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto (l. to Tsonga), to claim his 22nd crown at this level.

"I'm very happy about the week," said Federer. "Just overall it went from good to great. Just really pleased that I was able to back up a tough week last week already."

"I really thought I was feeling better again towards the end of the second set, like he felt better at the end of the first," said Federer. "I carried that over into the third and served great and was able to come up with some really good plays. Just overall I think I played a great match at the end."

The Swiss lifted his third trophy from eight finals this season, adding to his victories in Dubai and Halle, and just the third player in the Open Era to reach the 80-titles plateau, joining Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94).

In his opening match against Vasek Pospisil earlier this week in Cincinnati, Federer made history as the first player to win 300 matches at the Masters 1000 level. His 22 Masters 1000 titles is second to Rafael Nadal’s 27 in the leaders list.

Federer will next head to New York for the US Open, where he will compete for an Open Era-record sixth title.

"Especially now I come in with great confidence," he said. "I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff, so it's just about maintaining. That's also really good for the mind... I know my game is where I want it to be. It's about just keeping that level up right now."

Ferrer was attempting to win his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 22nd overall. He had recorded his 150th match win in Masters 1000 action after saving two match points in his second-round match against Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday.

FIRST SET - Federer 6-3

With only four sets won in 15 encounters against Federer, an efficient serving display was crucial for Ferrer from the onset.

In three of four matches this week in Cincinnati, the Spaniard won over 60 per cent of second serve points, something he had accomplished on just one occasion against his Swiss opponent. Moreover, Federer had converted on a combined 48 per cent of break points against Ferrer’s serve, entering their 16th meeting.

Ferrer’s game plan was clear in the early stages on Sunday, peppering the Federer backhand with a heavy dose of inside-out forehands. He would dig out of a 0/30 hole in his opening service game, but could not make a dent on the Basel native’s serve, winning just four points through four return games. Federer’s angled wide serve to the ad court consistently produced winners as the set unfolded.

Ferrer would be the first to blink on serve, committing a pair of double faults in the eighth game of the opener, as Federer broke for 5-3. The father of four was forced to navigate tricky waters in serving for the set, immediately facing a 0/40 deficit following a sublime defensive backhand pass from Ferrer. He would stave off four break points in the game, before eventually securing the service hold and the set.

Federer fired seven winners, striking just five unforced errors and won nine of 13 points at the net in the opening set.

SECOND SET - Ferrer 6-1

Federer maintained the pressure on return in the second set, but Ferrer would save all four break points faced in his first service game.

The Spaniard immediately snatched the momentum, converting on a fourth break point of his own in the very next game for a 2-0 lead. Last week in Toronto, Federer was unable to overcome a ruthlessly aggressive Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Ferrer was looking to produce a similar attacking onslaught as the second set progressed.

A second break of serve would lead to a 5-0 lead and the stunned capacity crowd at the Lindner Family Tennis Center was witnessing a sensational comeback by the diminutive 32 year old. Ferrer reeled off a string of eight consecutive points as he edged closer to forcing a decider.

Federer saved a pair of break points while serving to stay in it at 0-5, having relinquished a bagel set on just four previous occasions in his career, but Ferrer would stay the course and onto a third we go…

THIRD SET - Federer 6-2

Ferrer had saved two match points in a second round battle with Philipp Kohlschreiber earlier in the week and he was seeking to complete another impressive turnaround against the World No. 3.

Federer, however, entered the final with a 9-4 record in three-set matches in Cincinnati, and was not a willing participant in Ferrer’s bid to run away with the match. He would break the Javea native in the fourth game, following a perfectly executed drop shot, and consolidate for a 4-1 advantage.

A near-mirror image of the second set, it was Federer who would garner four more break points for an insurmountable 5-1 lead, but Ferrer dug deep to hold. As always, the World No. 6 did not go down quietly, grinding for every point even with his back against the wall at 2-5. But he could not withstand Federer’s closing ability, succumbing on his second championship point when a forehand sailed long.

Federer prevailed after 1 hour and 42 minutes, firing six aces and 32 winners, while breaking serve on three of 14 opportunities.

The father of two sets of twins joked that it was about time he brought his brood a substantial trophy to play with.

"I finally got a big trophy for kids," he said Sunday. "I've been bringing home some smaller ones. I keep telling them they are still trophies, but this one should satisfy them."

"I made the final," said the good-natured Ferrer, winner of one Masters title. "But I can never beat Roger, he's too much for me.

"I'm still lucky to be playing with the best in the world. Roger deserved to win the title.

''The third set, he served unbelievable,'' Ferrer said. ''He played really good and I was a little bit tired. But anyway, with Roger it's difficult, no?'

"He was better, but I was close," said Ferrer, who also lost to Federer last week in Toronto. "I am happy with my game these two weeks. I reached the quarter-final in Toronto and final here playing well every day."

Date: 18th August 2014, Source: ATP and AFP