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Federer beats Nadal to win 18th Grand Slam

Roger Federer defeated his great rival, Rafael Nadal, 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 3-6, 6-3 in the Australian Open final to win his 18th Grand Slam championship.

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Federer hopes to play '2 to 3 more years'

Roger Federer says he hopes to play for at least another two to three years and that his "mindset is for the long term" in assessing his tennis future.

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Federer and Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, who have faced each other in eight major finals, plan to team up as doubles partners next year during the inaugural Laver Cup.

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Swiss street named in Roger Federer's honour

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has inaugurated a street bearing his name before 1,500 admirers in Biel, canton Bern.

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Roger Federer attends Oscars in Hollywood

Roger Federer stepped out onto the red carpet at the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.

Federer makes swift progress in late-night match

Roger Federer moved swiftly into the quarter-finals of the Sony Ericsson Open, easing past Olivier Rochus 6-3, 6-1 in a match that started at 12:37 a.m. EST Wednesday morning.

The late start was not uncharted territory for the 16-time Grand Slam champion. “It's happened a few times in my career where we waited around forever and I was able to play one of those clean, quick matches,” said Federer after defeating Rochus. “But, still, I prefer it not to happen every night.”

A two-time Sony Ericsson Open champion, Federer was pleased with his overall performance against the Belgian, whom he now owns an 8-0 record against.

“I really was able to hit freely tonight and play with great variation, and I think that really kept him guessing... Today I just didn't allow him to play because I was playing too offensive[ly],” Federer said.

“Everything worked the way I wanted it or hoped it to work, because I've played tough matches against him. I should have lost maybe two out of those eight now we've played. So I knew the danger of Olivier, and we know each other so well.  He can find a way into the match and then make you doubt and find your weakness and so forth.”

Despite the delayed start, a number of fans hung around to support the World No. 3 and Federer certainly made note of it during the match.

“It's nice to see fans actually stuck around. It's a big thank you to them, because I really expected them to leave after the first set or just not be around at all anymore when we came out.”

Roger's opponent in Thursday's quarter-final will be France's Gilles Simon.

Date: 30.03.2011, Source: ATP

Roger Federer advances to fourth round

Roger has reached round four at the Miami Masters, battling down Juan Monaco 7-6(4), 6-4 today.

"I am happy with my game and things are going well," Roger commented. "I've played a lot more games than this time last year. I am confident going on court, preparing well and am happy with how things are going."

The Artentinian made Roger's life everything but easy. But our champ kept in the contest before making his move in the moments that counted. The first set brought a break on either side, with Roger eventually showing the greater quality in the tiebreak to edge ahead. Both players continued fighting tough with Roger finally scoring the first break at 4-4 and finally pulling out a stunning drop shot to wrap up the match after a tough 104 minutes.

Roger will now play Olivier Rochus (ATP 89) whom he has beaten every time in seven matches so far.

Federer and Rochus have been friends since they were 12, and the Swiss expects Rochus to leave everything out on the court. “He has an amazing touch and feel out on the court, great playing sense, when to play which shot,” Federer said.

“Even though he's a small guy out there, he knows how to use his weapons and his feel.  He's a great tactician.  I enjoy playing against him.  It's a different kind of playing style.  I'm looking forward to the match against him… it's going to be a nice match, I'm sure.”

Date: 29.03.2011, Source: RF Official and ATP

Federer ties Sampras wins mark

Roger Federer opened his campaign for a third Sony Ericsson Open title in impressive style Saturday as he dismissed former Top 10 player Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3 to reach the third round.

The victory tied Federer with Pete Sampras on 762 career match wins. “It's a funny stat,” said the Swiss. “But it shows how long I have been around already, how much I've won all around the world and [on] all the different surfaces, and that I have played over 10, 12 solid seasons.”

The Swiss won 82 per cent of points behind his first serve and converted all three break point chances he created to seal his 11th victory in 13 meetings with Stepanek after just 62 minutes. He improved to a 37-10 record at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Miami, where he lifted the trophy in 2005 (d. Nadal) and 2006 (d. Ljubicic).

“I was able to played solid and keep him moving and serving at a high first-serve percentage, which was the goal as well today,” assessed Federer. “So all in all, I'm really pleased, because I always know the dangers of Radek.”

The 29-year-old Federer is ranked outside the Top 2 in the South African Airways 2011 ATP Rankings for just the 24th week out of the past 400, but has started the season in good form, compiling a 19-3 mark highlighted by winning his 67th tour-level title in Doha (d. Davydenko) and reaching the final in Dubai (l. to Djokovic).

Federer next will face No. 32-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco, who battled past Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 in two hours and 33 minutes. In their only previous meeting four years ago on clay in Hamburg, Federer prevailed in three sets.

"Not much I can take out of that match," said Federer. "But I've seen him play for multiple years and he is a good player, nice backhands, good intensity. He was able to come through a tough one [today], which is going to help his game, I'm sure. I'm ready for a tough challenge."

Date: 26.03.2011, Source: ATP

What’s wrong with Roger Federer now ?

Even if he denies it in front of the press, even if he refuses to talk about a changing of the guard, Roger Federer can't get away from it now: His game is slipping, fast. This isn't to attack his credentials or past but to try and approach the situation with a sober mind, which Federer doesn't want to seem to do. He's still good enough to reach at least the semifinals of the events he's entering but not to put away other top players like Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. What's the problem?

His serve doesn't hurt like it used to. Whereas it was a huge weapon for him, this shot isn't decisive anymore and that's why he now has to play many rallies from the baseline. So Federer is giving up easy points on his service games and can't put on the usual pressure when he returns. He once used to get 10 to 15 aces per match and many more winners (not to mention all the short balls he was getting behind his first serve). Now he's struggling with his serve and it weakens his whole game.

A defensive backhand. If this shot was always his "weakness," it was still way better than many others on the Tour. Nowadays he's abusing the chop, which puts him too often on the defense. Furthermore, this shot has less velocity on it than in years past. It's not low or fast enough. His attacking backhand is often leading to many unforced errors when his rivals stick him on that side, as Djokovic did in the Indian Wells semis.

Slowing stamina. Roger remains — and his fitness trainer should be thanked — one of the quickest players on court. His footwork allows him to quickly turn around on his backhand and to take the ball as early as possible. Yet Federer is now suffering on the long runs during a match; some of his ups and downs can be explained by a general fitness that looks like it's slowing.

Distracted focus. It's one of his biggest issues of the moment. While he can still play some matches at a very high level, he also can play others in which he commits a lot of unforced errors. Federer's fitness may be suspect, but his focus is low enough where it appears to be tough for him to keep the same level of commitment during a whole match. It's enough to beat many players, but it hampers him when he battles the top players, who take advantage when Federer first cracks that door.

We asked our Facebook fans about his recent loss to Novak Djokovic, some of our fans replied as follows:

Sebolelo Dimo: Be consistent, take each match as a grand slam and not just a practice or warm up for such. Go back to the drawing board, regroup, search deep on what has gone missing since last 2 years when roger lost to del potro. We want more of you roger, keep giving it all of yourself on court. COME ON CHAMP!!

Marc ten Have: Errors, errors errors. They never been there and why so many. Try an other size racket. It will be difficult but you give to much away now. Show them your the best ever.

Cynthia Pablos: Aggressive ... it has to be more aggressive in his game. Practice more their service, as in London, which did not fail a single one. Moreover, as in London!

Rosy Banni: Roger has to work harder on the service that continues to creargli and concentration problems, which at times essential latita ..

April Mota: Who cares what those critics have to say? There is NOTHING wrong with my baby Roger Federer♥ Even if he doesn't rank number one that doesn't matter. His records will always stand and put him up there and above some of the most greatest tennis players.

Fiona Porter: i dont think the critics can judge a player who has reached 16 grandslams in any sense......roge can do 17..i always have that faith in hm he is like alion that roars when he needs to.....:-)

Luis Carlo Montero Saavedra: Roger is not playing badly. Its share of services is good but not as lethal as previous years. When nobody comes to rhythm. His only problem is consistency. You should only focus on maintaining the concentration at least 80% of the party and that would be enough to win tournaments. People should also think that Roger is 30 years. How many players of his age can defend a top 3 for several years?

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Date: 24.03.2011

Miami 2011 draw

Roger left California and traveled to the East Coast of the USA in order to play the Sony Ericsson Open on Key Biscayne in Florida.

Like the other top seeds, Roger is exempt from the first round. He will either face Fabio Fognini (ATP 53) or Radek Stepanek (ATP 68) in round two. He could later take on Argentinia's Juan Monaco (ATP 35), before a meeting with either Marcos Baghdatis (ATP 24) or Mikhail Youzhny (ATP 14) is possible. Then, Andy Roddick, the defending champion, could be up in the quarter finals.

Roger, winner in 2005 and 2006, is in the same half of the draw as top-seeded Rafael Nadal. The two champions could meet in the semifinals.

Date: 23.03.2011, Source: RF Official

Federer and Wawrinka lost in the doubles final

The first-time pairing of Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse completed their giant-killing run at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating Olympic gold medalists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka 6-4, 6-7(5) 10-7 in the doubles final at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament.

Federer and Wawrinka, who had ousted defending champions Rafael Nadal and Marc Lopez in the semi-finals, were teaming up in a tournament for the first time since capturing the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. The loss ended their winning streak at 10 matches.

“I thought I played actually well today, in singles and in doubles,” said Federer, who lost his singles semi-final to Novak Djokovic earlier in the day. “Sure, it's a bit of a pity that I couldn't get either one of them, but that's how it goes when you sign up for doubles. That's what can happen.

“It's no problem.  I thought I played good in the singles. I also thought the week with Stan in doubles was a lot of fun and I really enjoyed it. I just thought Dolgopolov and Malisse played really well today in the final.”

Date: 20.03.2011, Source: ATP

Another loss against Djokovic

Roger suffered another defeat against Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells today, losing the semi-final 3-6, 6-3 and 2-6. Roger will now drop to number 3 in the world ranking as Djokovic takes his place.

The Serbian simply played too well in the opening set today as Roger trailed behind 3-6. But Roger then showed all his experience to reel in the younger opponent to level the match by taking the second 6-3. As the match went on both players displayed sublime skills but it was Djokovic who held his nerve in the end, winning the big points to secure to progress to the final after 126 minutes.

It is the ninth defeat for Roger against the Serbian in their 22nd match - our champ has lost all their three encounters so far this year.

“I had my chances today in the singles,” said Federer. “I thought it was a good match, played at a high level. I know I wasn't far away at all today, because I really had him going. But look, I guess he escaped. I guess confidence is a big thing for him at the moment.  I'm sure it's gonna be a good final tomorrow.”

Date: 20.03.2011, Source: RF Official and ATP

Semis against Djokovic and doubles final !

Roger has made it through to the semis in Indian Wells thanks to a clear 6-3, 6-4 victory against his compatriot and doubles-partner Stanislas Wawrinka.

Roger was in control right from the start as he earned 89% points on his first serve with the help of 14 winners and committed just 12 unforced errors, compared to Wawrinka's 28. The first set lastet 29 minutes and Roger was able to seal his victory after 63 minutes.

Roger will now play Novak Djokovic in Saturday's semi-final.

Roger had a mere two hours for interviews and some rest before making his way onto court a second time with Stan as the two played the defending champions in the doubles tournament. Our two Olympic champs defeated Nadal/Lopez 7-5, 6-3 and will now play Alexandr Dolgopolov and Xavier Malisse in the final!

Date: 19.03.2011, Source: RF Official

Nadal versus Federer in doubles SFs

Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer will meet on a doubles court at the BNP Paribas Open Friday for the third time in their careers.

Nadal and Marc Lopez will look to continue their title defence when they challenge Federer and his Swiss partner Stanislas Wawrinka ahead of the evening session at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

Nadal has a 2-0 lead over Federer in doubles matches. Nadal partnered Tommy Robredo to a 5-7, 6-4, 6-3 win over Yves Allegro and Federer in the 2004 second round. While Nadal and Carlos Moya beat Federer and Wawrinka 6-4, 7-6(5) in the 2007  Internazionali BNL d'Italia first round in Rome.

Federer and Wawrinka progressed to the Indian Wells semi-finals on Thursday after they converted four of five break point opportunities to beat Mark Knowles and Michal Mertinak 6-1, 7-5 in 65 minutes.

Date: 18.03.2011, Source: ATP

Roger in quarters

Roger won his match against America's Ryan Harrison 7-6(4), 6-3 to reach the quarters in Indian Wells.

"He was making it very hard for me," Roger said after the match. "It was a very tricky match. I think he's going to have a great future."

Against the expectations, Roger had to battle against the young American in the first set as Harrison showed a tough fight until the last moments of the tie-break. The second set saw much more focused serving from Roger who won 77% of his service points and reached a quota of 65% first serves. After 85 minutes, Roger used his fourth matchball to win.

In the quarters Roger will face his Swiss friend Stanislas Wawrinka.

Date: 17.03.2011, Source: RF Official

Federer moves swiftly through

Roger Federer raced to his quickest victory of the 2011 ATP World Tour season on Tuesday afternoon at the BNP Paribas Open. Federer closed out a 6-0, 6-2 win over Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in 58 minutes.

Chela’s lone opportunity to break the Swiss came in the opening game. Federer dropped just eight points on serve the rest of the way and broke Chela for a fifth time in the match to clinch his most one-sided win at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden since 2008 (d. Mahut in second round).

“Clearly with a result like this, especially on a hot day like that, you pick the right days to play well and win quickly, so I'm happy it went so well today,” said Federer. “Opening first couple of games were kind of tough. I was able to move him around, I thought. Then I was able to mix it up, and I think I took his options away a bit. And then obviously his serve kind of went away and I was able to  find a way to outmaneuver him. At the end, it was a great match.”

It proved a stark contrast to Federer’s third-round match last year, when he failed to convert three match points in a loss to Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis in a third set tie-break. The 29 year old, a three-time BNP Paribas Open champion, improves to a  31-7 tournament record.

Federer will play American Ryan Harrison in the fourth round after the 18 year old prevailed against 20-year-old Milos Raonic 7-6(1), 4-6, 6-4 after two hours and 29 minutes.

“I've never played either one of them, and it's going to be an interesting match for me because they have nothing to lose and got big games to play aggressive,” said Federer of the two up-and-comers. “It will be interesting to see how that goes.”

Date: 16.03.2011, Source: ATP

Federer - Wawrinka into quarter-finals

Swiss Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka kept their nerve to beat all-French team Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 in 81 minutes on Monday for a place in the BNP Paribas Open quarter-finals.

Federer and Wawrinka, improved to a 9-3 career team record, by winning 67 per cent of service points and hitting four aces. They broke serve three times from seven opportunities. It is their first tour-level tournament since winning the gold medal for Switzerland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Date: 15.03.2011, Source: ATP

Federer off to winning start

Three-time champion Roger Federer earned his 30th match win at the BNP Paribas Open, defeating Igor Andreev 7-5, 7-6(4) in his second-round opening match in Indian Wells.

Federer won the last 10 points of the first set and opened the second with a break. Though Andreev got back on serve at 2-all, he was unable to extend the match to a third set as the Swiss improved to a 4-1 mark in tie-breaks this season.

“I had a good ten minutes where I was able to get up 7-5, 2-0,” said Federer, who improved to a 4-0 mark against Andreev. “After [that[ he found his way into the match, and it really became competitive. I really thought it was a good end to the match on both sides. I played a really good tie-break, which obviously makes things better towards the end.”

The 29-year-old Swiss, who won consecutive Indian Wells titles from 2004-06, trails just Andre Agassi on the list of win-loss leaders at the year’s first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Agassi compiled a 31-13 record over 15 visits since 1990.

Date: 14.03.2011, Source: ATP

Federer makes winning doubles starts

Olympic gold medallists Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka impressed in their opener, stunning No. 2 seeds Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-1, 6-2 in just 49 minutes. The Swiss duo broke serve four times from 11 opportunities and lost only nine points on serve. They next will face French pairing Julien Benneteau and Richard Gasquet, who overcame Kevin Anderson and Philipp Kohlschreiber 6-4, 7-6(4).

Date: 12.03.2011, Source: ATP

Federer excited by own form, eager to reclaim top spot

These are unusual times for Roger Federer who says he is excited about his form despite lying second in the world rankings without any of the four grand slam titles in his clutches.

The Swiss master has been the sport’s dominant figure for the last eight years but could slip to third in the rankings, behind Serb Novak Djokovic, after the Indian Wells tournament starting this week.

Federer has compiled a respectable win-loss record of 14-2 this season, with both defeats coming at the hands of Djokovic, and has made a return to the top of the rankings one of his priorities for this year.

“I am feeling well on the practice court and I am excited that my form is good,” Federer, 29, told reporters while preparing for his opening match at the imposing, state-of-the-art Indian Wells Tennis Garden.

“My mental state is really good too. I am confident, I don’t have any niggling injuries, I am fresh and that is how I want to feel.”

The 16-times grand slam champion has played in just three tournaments this year, winning in Doha, losing to Djokovic in the last four at the Australian Open and again succumbing to the Serb in the final of last month’s Dubai championships.

“It’s been a good, solid start,” said Federer, who lifted the most recent of his grand slam crowns at the 2010 Australian Open. “I played well in Qatar, I played well in Australia and I played okay in Dubai.

“I was happy about Dubai in the big picture. I won four matches in a row and then didn’t play the best match against Novak. Losses don’t rattle me much. They are just part of our game. It’s important to analyse them and … move on”

Djokovic, who has won two titles this year, is scheduled to meet Federer in the semi-finals at Indian Wells and would surpass the Swiss in the rankings should he win that match.

NUMBER ONE DRIVE

Asked how much he was still driven to be world number one, Federer replied: “In a big way. It’s part of my big goals for this year, to try to get back to world number one.

“I like being world number one, (more) than two,” he added with a flashing smile.

Federer said he gained inspiration when rivals such as Spanish world number one Rafa Nadal and third-ranked Djokovic won the game’s big events at his own expense.

“That shows me what they are doing good and I can learn a few things from what they are doing,” the Swiss added. “I always look for new ways to improve. I’ve done that in the best of times and that’s what kept me at the top for so long.

“Clearly you can’t always play at the highest of levels but I think I have done really well over the last eight years since I have been in the conversation for world number one.”

Federer was delighted to be back at Indian Wells where he will be bidding for a record fourth title in the elite ATP Masters 1000 event.

“I’ve had some really good years here,” he said of the desert venue which has established itself as a popular retirement community. “I’ve always enjoyed my time here, even though in the beginning I thought it was a bit slow.

“As a teenager, I thought I needed a bit more of a New York, London, Miami kind of atmosphere. But I started to really enjoy the pace over here, I would play some golf and my family and my parents would come and join me here sometimes.

“It’s nice to get a bit of a calm tournament before Europe comes around and so forth.”

Date: 11.03.2011, Source: Reuters

Indian Wells draw

The draw for the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells is out. Roger has a First-round bye and will then either face Russia's Igor Andrejew (ATP 96) or Japan's Kei Nishikori (63). Roger won all three previous matches against Andrejew, dropping one set each time. Roger has never played Nishikori on the ATP Tour before.

In the quarter finals a match against Roger's friend Stanislas Wawrinka (ATP 14) is possible. In the semi final, Roger could meet Novak Djokovic (ATP 3) again - the Serb defeated our champ in the Dubai final.

The top seeded Rafael Nadal, UK's Andy Murray and Sweden's Robin Söderling are in the other half of the draw.

Date: 09.03.2011, Source: RF Official

Nike Clash Of The Champions

Date: 09.03.2011, Source: Facebook

Roger Federer in Los Angeles

Roger Federer and Pete Sampras enjoyed courtside seats Friday at the Lakers' game with the Bobcats, where they met NBA legend Kobe Bryant. Sampras practised with Federer in preparation for next week's The ATP Champions Tour event in Zurich.

Roger Federer Credit Suisse Photoshooting 2011


Roger posed for photographer Mario Testino as part of Credit Suisse's new advertising campaign.

Date: 01.03.2011, Source: YouTube