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Federer captures 6th Basel crown, continues No.1 quest

Roger Federer further closed the gap with Novak Djokovic in the battle for No. 1, claiming his 6th Swiss Indoors Basel title 6-2, 6-2 over David Goffin.

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Federer wins elusive Shanghai crown

Roger Federer claimed the elusive Shanghai Rolex Masters crown as he won his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title with a 7-6(6), 7-6(2) victory over Gilles Simon.

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Federer fires Switzerland into Davis Cup final

Roger Federer secured Switzerland's place in the final of the Davis Cup for the first time since 1992 by comfortably beating Italy's Fabio Fognini in Geneva.

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Federer: "I hope to get another chance to lift a Grand Slam"

Federer says that falling just short of claiming an elusive 18th Grand Slam title for the second major in a row won't haunt him, but he would be more than happy to add to his record haul in 2015.

Federer's number one hopes take a hit in Paris defeat

Roger Federer's hopes of knocking Novak Djokovic off the top of the ATP world rankings before the end of the year took a hit when he lost to big-serving Canadian Milos Raonic in the Paris Masters quarter-finals on Friday.

The Swiss second seed was beaten 7-6(5), 7-5 and Djokovic later saw off Britain's Andy Murray 7-5, 6-2 to advance to the semi-finals of a tournament he won last year.

Federer had narrowed the points gap on Djokovic in recent weeks but defeat in Bercy halted his charge.

All is not lost for Federer, however, with Djokovic defending a stack of points at the ATP World Tour Finals in London starting on Nov. 9 and the Swiss also able to boost his points tally in the Davis Cup final against France.

"Milos played well. As I said, I always thought it was going to get solved in London," Federer, who beat Raonic in the Wimbledon semi-final this year, told a news conference.

"Whether I am number one at the end of this year or one or two weeks later next year, it doesn't really matter. Novak seems to be fit, anyway."

Seventh seed Raonic kept his hopes of qualifying for the season finale in London alive as he served 21 aces to beat Federer for the first time in seven attempts.

Raonic will face Tomas Berdych in the semi-finals after the Czech booked his place in London with a 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-4 victory over South African Kevin Anderson.

Djokovic, who edged a close first set against Murray before running through the second, will take on either Japanese sixth seed Kei Nishikori or Spanish fourth seed David Ferrer.

Federer appeared relieved that he would have a little more time to prepare for the Tour Finals.

"What this does is I will have a good preparation for London," he said. "It's not that I didn't want to win here, but I knew it was going to be tough from the start. I accept that.

"I'm going to stay on indoors now," continued the Swiss. "Obviously two days more is big. So I'm looking forward to some days off right now, really resting my body to the max in a short period of time. I have plenty of days now to get ready for London, which is kind of nice, as well. So I can actually properly practise for a change as well again."

Federer came into Paris on a 12-match winning streak, taking in back-to-back titles at the Shanghai Rolex Masters and the Swiss Indoors Basel. But he came up against a determined Raonic, who beat the Swiss for the first time in seven attempts to keep alive his bid to qualify for the ATP World Tour Finals.

"Clearly he served well when he had to. I mean, it was a classic indoor match. Few shots here and there went his way today Really credit to him. When I did have the chance, he was there, as well. I didn't do much wrong, either.

"It hurts to lose that way," said Federer, who was hoping to win his 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown this week. "But he deserves credit for serving the way he did and doing those passing shots the way he had to do it. In the tie-break in the first set, he took risks and it worked out."

Raonic fired 21 aces as he edged Federer in one hour and 33 minutes. The Toronto native saved a break point at 4-5, 30/40 in the second set before breaking Federer decisively in the following game. It is the first time that Raonic has beaten one of the Top 3.

"Considering all the circumstances around it, I think this was the biggest win for me," Raonic told reporters.

Date: 31st October 2014, Source: ATP and Reuters

Federer extends winning streak, reaches Paris QFs

Roger Federer kept up the pressure on Novak Djokovic in the battle for year-end No. 1 Thursday when he reached the BNP Paribas Masters quarter-finals.

Second seed Federer extended his winning streak to 14 matches with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 20-year-old French qualifier Lucas Pouille to set up a clash against seventh seed Milos Raonic, who has a chance of qualifying for next month’s ATP World Tour Finals.

Looking ahead to his quarter-final clash with London hopeful Raonic, against whom he has a 6-0 ATP Head2Head record, Federer said: “It's good that I didn't spend too much energy today. I'm into the tournament. I think after five sets you more or less know where you're standing. Milos has a lot in his racquet. I mean, the way he serves, the way he plays after that. It's a tough match, but I'm looking forward to it. There is a possible semi-final after that for both of us and also the London issue, so it's more fun.”

Federer has lifted five trophies from 10 finals this year, including at his past two tournaments, the Shanghai Rolex Masters (d. Simon) and a sixth crown at the Swiss Indoors Basel (d. Goffin). He is now three match wins shy of 250 indoor victories (247-60), a milestone he could reach if he lifts his 24th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown on Sunday.

The 2011 Paris champion broke Pouille at 3-3 in the first set, committing just six unforced errors. Pouille, who was not outclassed in his 11th tour-level match, produced a string of backhand winners that delighted the French crowd. Federer broke in a nine-minute game at 3-3 in the second set, to put him on course for his 68th victory of the year.

"It was a difficult match against an opponent who had nothing to lose but I played well even if he put me under pressure and I'm very satisfied," said Federer.

"I feel pretty good and fresh in my head despite a lot of matches lately so now looking forward to tomorrow."

Asked if he remembered what it was like to be in Pouille’s shoes - a rookie playing a legend of the game - Federer recalled three matches from his early career: “Basel '98 when I played Agassi. That was his comeback year after he dropped… Then Moya ’99 in Marseille. He was World No. 4.  I got a wild card into that. Then I played Rafter at the French Open first round. I also got a wildcard and broke the first game. And then got broken back. I won the set, but he crushed me. That was a big moment. So those three stand out to me.

“Agassi was the type of draw I didn't really want because I knew he had such an easy time finding my backhand.  Back then my backhand really wasn't that good.  I played a really good match actually.  I think I won five games and I was extremely happy with the way I played.”

Should he win the Paris title, Federer will replace Djokovic at No. 1 in the ATP Rankings and ATP Race To London unless the Serb reaches the final.

Date: 30th October 2014, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer holds off chardy in Paris

Roger Federer withstood a tough test from home favourite Jeremy Chardy to advance 7-6(5), 6-7(5), 6-4 to the BNP Paribas Masters third round on Wednesday.

The 33 year old extended his winning streak to 13 matches, a run that includes picking up his sixth Basel title last week (d. Goffin) and his 23rd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown in Shanghai (d. Simon) last month.

Federer, the 2011 Paris champion, is on Novak Djokovic's heels in the battle for year-end No. 1, trailing the Serb by just 490 points in the ATP Race To London. Federer is trying to finish the season as No. 1 for the sixth time, which would equal Pete Sampras’ record.​

The 33-year-old Federer dropped his opening service game and eventually found himself serving down 2-5 against the 27-year-old Chardy. The Swiss erased four of Chardy’s set points as the Frenchman served for the set at 4-5, and consolidated the break to even the set at 5-5. Federer would go on to win his 11th straight tie-break - his previous loss was to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Rogers Cup final - after Chardy dumped a forehand into the net.

In the second set, both players held serve - Chardy erased both break points he faced - before heading into another tie-break. This time, the Frenchman had the upper hand, pushing their third ATP Head2Head encounter into a decider after smacking an inside-out forehand out of Federer's reach.

Federer grabbed the break early in the third, and stayed on track to close out the victory in two hours and 31 minutes. Federer next plays qualifier Lucas Pouille, who upset 16th seed Fabio Fognini 7-6(5), 7-6(7) in their second-round clash.

"I was expecting it to be difficult. Chardy has made it hard for me in the past," said Federer.

"It was a very, very difficult match. I had two match points in the second set and was a bit worried but I tried to keep coming forward and I'm very, very satisfied.

"He's got a great forehand and a great serve but I played well and I'm very happy, albeit a bit tired." added Federer.

Date: 29th October 2014, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer targets No.1 spot as race for London heats up

Roger Federer is taking his battle with Novak Djokovic for the world number one spot down to the wire as he arrives at the Paris Masters as the hottest player on Tour.

While the fight for the top place going to the final tournaments of the season, there is also a sub-plot set to unravel with the newly refurbished Bercy Arena set to determine the final eight places for London.

The Swiss 17-time Grand Slam winner won his 82nd career tournament and sixth title at Basel on Sunday, extending his winning streak to 12 matches and record for the year to a Tour best of 66 wins against 10 defeats.

Djokovic's lead over Federer has been slashed to fewer than 500 points with 2,500 up for grabs at Paris and the season-ending World Tour Finals in London.

On top of that, the 33-year-old can also pick up further few points when he plays the Davis Cup final for Switzerland against France which begins on November 21 in Lille.

"It would be very special to reclaim number one," said Federer.

"World No. 1 is what it's all about in our game and with the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot.

"But having a shot and being there are two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having become a father. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead."

World number three Rafael Nadal is out for the season as he gets set to have an appendix operation while Swiss number two Stan Wawrinka is guaranteed his place in London and Croat Marin Cilic, ranked seven, qualifies automatically as US Open champion.

British two-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray has also hit top form coming to Paris and outlasted Spaniard Tommy Robredo on Sunday, saving five match points on the way to his third title the season in 3 hours 20 minutes, the longest ATP final of the year.

The victory for the 27-year-old Scot was his 20th match in five weeks, but lifted him into fifth in the race to London, ahead of Japan's Kei Nishikori, Czech Republic's Thomas Berdych and David Ferrer of Spain.

Canada's Milos Raonic, a beaten quarter-finalist against rising Belgian star David Goffin at Basel, and the player Federer defeated in straight sets in the final, needs a strong showing coming in at ten, while Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov is also in the running, starting the week at number 11.

Federer has had a superb season and will now be looking to get his extended family installed in the French capital as well as recovering from his efforts in Basel where he won a sixth title.

"That's actually the goal for the next day or two," said the father of two sets of twins. "It's not a small job," said Federer who has won three of his past four tournaments.

"I'm looking forward to Paris, I enjoy playing there," added 2011 winner Federer who lost a year ago to Djokovic in the semi-finals.

"I played well last year so let's see how it's gonna go. I play probably on Wednesday (after a first round bye). I might be a little tired but there's still an opportunity to recover once we get in the city.

"I'm playing with confidence, and it's indoors, not exactly a super-grind. I'm in a section of the draw with a lot of big servers," he added in reference to the presence of Ivo Karlovic and Raonic on his side of the draw.

Date: 27th October 2014, Source: AFP

Federer gives pizza party for Basel ball kids

After winning his sixth Basel trophy on Sunday in a dominant performance against David Goffin, Roger Federer celebrated as he does every time he has reached Swiss Indoors final - by throwing a pizza party for the tournament ball kids.

The 33 year old has a very special relationship with the ball kids at this event. Federer himself was a ball boy in Basel, which this year celebrated its 25th year as being part of the ATP World Tour.

"That's exactly where I'm going right now," Federer said as he wrapped up his press conference. "In a minute you'll see me with the ball boys and ball girls. That's how it all started with me. I would ride my bike from home - about five to 10 minutes away - and I was a ballboy here all day long and would go back home and do it again the next day. So I always have a tradition where everyone has a pizza with me after the final. It's been 11 times now. I do it win or lose, regardless."

Federer was playing in his 11th final at this ATP World Tour 500 event, winning his sixth title in eight years and the first since 2011. He finished runner-up to Juan Martin del Potro in 2012 and 2013.

Date: 26th October 2014, Source: ATP

Federer captures 6th Basel crown, continues No.1 quest

Roger Federer further closed the gap with Novak Djokovic in the battle for year-end No. 1, claiming his sixth Swiss Indoors Basel title 6-2, 6-2 over David Goffin on Sunday.

The hometown hero denied the young gun his third title of the year and has clawed to within striking distance of Djokovic for the top spot in the ATP Race To London. Federer finds himself less than 500 points behind the Serb with a combined 2,500 up for grabs between next week's BNP Paribas Masters and the season finale ATP World Tour Finals.

"It would be very special to reclaim No. 1," said Federer. "World No. 1 is what it's all about in our game. With the year I have had and the amount of finals I have played, the level of tennis I have played, I am pleased to see that I have a shot. But having a shot and being there is two separate things. I am sure that Novak is going to come in very motivated, just after having a baby. I am very happy for him. There are clearly interesting weeks ahead."

The Swiss, who was contesting his 11th Basel final, won his sixth title in eight years and first since 2011. He captured his 82nd tour-level trophy overall, extending his win streak to 12 straight after emerging victorious at the Shanghai Rolex Masters earlier this month.

In total, Federer has won six titles or more at six tournaments - Dubai (6), Halle (7), Wimbledon (7), Cincinnati (6), Basel (6), and ATP World Tour Finals (6).

The top seed snatched the opening break of the match in the first game and cruised from there, securing an early break for 3-2 in the second set and closing out the victory after just 51 minutes. He fired five aces and 19 winners, winning an impressive 93 per cent of second serve points.

"It is always such a treat to be in the final here, receiving a standing ovation from the crowd," said Federer. "It's why I play tennis, why I play the tournament here in Basel. It will remain very special for me personally.

''I'm very pleased how well I'm playing,'' Federer said. ''It was a great final, I think I played really well and I'm full of confidence now.

''I was expecting it to be tough and him taking charge at times but I think I was really able to control the match with my serve and then with my variation on the return. I think I did really well, I was fresh today, it was again a fifth day of tennis for me in a row and I'm happy I'm able to keep it up time and time again, week after week.

"It is not easy to be down and react in a best-of-three-set match. You can only try your best and David did that. He had a great week and I think he plays wonderful tennis. I wish him all the best for next year and I hope we will see more of him. I think he is a fan favourite with his shot making and his attitude."

Federer takes home $352,355 and 500 ATP Rankings points, improving to an ATP World Tour-leading 66-10 record in 2014 and 56-9 in Basel. Runner-up Goffin earns $158,860 and 300 points for his efforts.

"It was a tough match, of course," admitted Goffin. "Here in his hometown, he was in great shape and played too good for me today. At the beginning of the match I was a little bit nervous, especially a final against Roger. It's not easy to return his serve. That’s why it was a nightmare for me today. I made a lot of mistakes and I didn’t serve well, but it has been a good week for me. I will try to do better next time."

Goffin, who had won 43 of 45 matches (including on the ATP Challenger Tour) since Wimbledon, fell to 24-14 on the ATP World Tour this year. The Belgian was seeking his third title of the year following triumphs on the clay of Kitzbühel and indoor hard courts of Metz. He will conclude his 2014 campaign at the BNP Paribas Masters, opening against Lukas Rosol.

Date: 26th October 2014, Source: ATP and AP

Federer defeats Karlovic to reach 11th Basel final

Roger Federer fought off an ace assault from a dogged Ivo Karlovic to reach his 11th Swiss Indoors Basel final, prevailing 7-6(8), 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday.

The hometown hero extended his win streak to 11 straight as he continued his push to conclude the season as year-end World No. 1. If he wins the title, Federer will be less than 500 points behind Novak Djokovic in the ATP Race To London, with 1,000 points awaiting the champion of next week's BNP Paribas Masters. The five-time Basel champion will contest his 123rd title match on the ATP World Tour against Belgian rising star David Goffin.

Federer overcame 33 aces from the big-serving Croat to claim victory after one hour and 42 minutes, winning 80 per cent of points on his own serve. The 33 year old staved off a pair of set points in a grueling 18-point first set tie-break and would eventually secure the opener after rifling a backhand passing shot, one of his 40 winners on the day.

In the second set, Karlovic fired four straight aces for a 4-3 lead and immediately proceeded to break Federer in the next game. He had previously failed to convert on a break point (0/9) in their last seven meetings, dating back to 2007. The Zagreb native would force a decider, but Federer held his nerve, breaking in the fourth game of the third set and holding on for the victory.

"I'm relieved, always in a match like this against someone who can serve as big as Ivo," Federer said. "It was a good feeling get out of it as the winner. I thought it was impressive how big he served. I didn't expect the break in the third set, so I was happy to get that and bring it home.

"I never thought I would be this successful at this tournament. I'm hoping to enjoy the final and that the crowd will be as good as it was today. It would mean the world to me to win in Basel. It's going to be an exciting but a tough match."

Karlovic was bidding to reach his 13th final on the ATP World Tour and fifth of the year. He currently sits 10 aces shy of 9,000 for his career and will look to join countryman Goran Ivanisevic and Andy Roddick as the only men to achieve the feat, at the BNP Paribas Masters next week.

The lone previous meeting between Federer and Goffin came in the 2012 Roland Garros fourth round. The Swiss stormed back from a set down to prevail in four tight sets.

Date: 25th October 2014, Source: ATP

Federer beats Dimitrov, faces Karlovic in Basel SFs

One year after they faced off for the first time, Roger Federer once again got the better of Grigor Dimitrov in the Swiss Indoors Basel quarter-finals. The Swiss defeated the Bulgarian 7-6(4), 6-2 to keep alive his hopes for a sixth hometown title.

The World No. 2 edged the first set in a tie-break after 54 minutes, and converted on his fifth break point opportunity of the match to go up 2-0 in the second. He broke Dimitrov for a second time and claimed victory after one hour and 29 minutes. Federer saved all four break points he faced, hit 29 winners to Dimitrov's 25, and won 20 of 31 points at the net.

“I thought the level was high throughout for both of us,” said Federer. “I think Grigor served very well in the first, he didn’t give me very many opportunities. It was a tough end to the set, with me saving set points and then the tie-break stayed close at the end, but I’m very pleased to come through there. I think overall it was a very good performance and I played my best tennis of the week so far.”

Federer has a chance of finishing as the year-end World No. 1, and can close the gap between him and Novak Djokovic in the ATP Race To London to less than 500 points by winning the Basel title this week. Dimitrov, currently No. 11 in the Race standings, was looking to boost his qualifying bid for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.

The 33-year-old Federer will take an 11-1 ATP Head2Head record into his next match against 35-year-old Ivo Karlovic, including a victory in the 2007 Basel semi-finals. The 6’11” Croat advanced with a 6-4, 6-4 win over German Benjamin Becker.

The eighth seed struck 19 aces and won 86 per cent of his first-serve points to advance in 76 minutes. “It’s great to be here again in the semi-finals,” said Karlovic. “I was holding my serve well against Benjamin. All in all it was a great match.”

Date: 24th October 2014, Source: ATP

Federer shrugs off slow start to reach Basel quarters

Roger Federer shrugged off dropping the first set against journeyman Denis Istomin on Thursday before hitting back to win 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 and reach the Swiss Indoors quarter-finals.

It was the top seed and five-time champion's 53rd career win at his hometown event, the place where he got his start in the sport as a ballboy two decades ago.

He now stands at a perfect 6-0 over world number 55 Istomin, who gave Federer plenty of trouble during their one-hour, 48-minute meeting.

Federer's win kept up the pressure on Novak Djokovic as the Swiss takes aim at a possible return to the year-end world number one ranking currently held by the Serb.

But the 33-year-old admitted his start had been slow.

"I was lacking rhythm in first set, it was close but he played well when he had to. He served well on the break point he faced.

"It was tough to lose that set but it was important to bounce back in the second set and get my teeth into the match.

"In the third I got the upper hand and was moving him around the baseline. I was more consistent, it just took awhile to make the breakthrough.

"In the end it was a tough and good match for me. The key was to clears up my game, get the win and give myself an opportunity for tomorrow."

Federer, who won his first-round match in 47 minutes, lost the opening set on a break as Istomin landed a return at his feet for a crucial 4-2 lead.

The second set momentum finally turned for Federer, who fired three love games and lost just two points on serve as he levelled with a forehand winner to the corner on set point.

In the third, the Swiss was frustrated by stubborn Istomin defence, with Federer missing on four break points in the opening game before finally breaking for 2-1 on the eighth break point of the set, a passing winner.

Federer completed his comeback with a sixth ace on match point to advance into a quarter-final against fifth seed Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Canadian Vasek Pospisil, a 2013 semi-finalist, 6-2, 6-2.

Federer claimed the title in 2006 (d. Gonzalez), '07 (d. Nieminen), '08 (d. Nalbandian), '10 (d. Djokovic) and '11 (d. Nishikori). He finished runner-up to Juan Martin del Potro in the past two years.

Date: 23rd October 2014, Source: AFP

Federer races to 47-minute win at Basel

Roger Federer continued his push for the year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 spot on Wednesday when he began his bid for a sixth title at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

Top seed Federer improved to 5-0 lifetime against Gilles Muller in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over just 47 minutes on Wednesday evening.

Federer hit 12 winners, including five aces in the 24-minute opener and did not lose any of his service points in the second set.

"I am very happy with how the first round went here," said Federer. "It was totally different to Shanghai, when I saved five match points [versus Leonardo Mayer]. This time around, I was really in control from the get-go. I hope I can keep this level up."

The Swiss superstar is now 52-9 lifetime at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, where he has reached 10 finals (5-5 record). He adds 45 points to his ATP Race To London tally and now stands 945 points behind No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who welcomed the arrival of his first child, Stefan, yesterday.

Federer will next meet Denis Istomin in the second round on Thursday.

"He really imposes his game, with a big forehand, backhand and serve," said Federer of Istomin. "He can be dangerous on return too. I have to be sharp on my own service games, which was a problem here against him last year."

Date: 22nd October 2014, Source: ATP