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Federer targets Wimbledon; Won't play on clay except French Open

Roger Federer has set his sights on claiming an eighth Wimbledon title this summer after the latest chapter of his remarkable 2017 ended with him winning the Miami Open.

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Federer defeats Nadal to win 3rd Miami crown

Roger Federer extended his run of dominance in 2017, clinching his third title of the season 6-3, 6-4 over Rafael Nadal at the Miami Open.

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Federer beats Wawrinka for 5th Indian Wells title

The incredible comeback continues. Roger Federer won a record-tying fifth BNP Paribas Open crown as he defeated Stan Wawrinka 6-4, 7-5 in an all-Swiss final at Indian Wells.

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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.

Federer sweeps past Wawrinka for QF berth

Roger Federer reached a record 28th consecutive Grand Slam quarter-final on Sunday as he dismissed fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka 6-3, 6-2, 7-5 in the Roland Garros fourth round. The last time Federer failed to reach the last eight at a major was at Roland Garros in 2004 (l. to Kuerten 3rd RD).

The Basel native is through to the quarter-finals without the loss of a set and continued his impressive run of form against the No. 14-seeded Wawrinka, with whom he won a doubles gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Federer was utterly dominant in the first two sets, breaking serve in the fourth game of the first set and twice more in the third and fifth games of the second set as he quickly established a two-set lead.

Wawrinka, who had staged a comeback from two sets and a break down in the previous round against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, embarked on what he hoped could be a similar feat in the third set as he broke to lead 3-0. However, Federer struck back in the seventh game and broke his countryman again to lead 6-5 before claiming victory in one hour and 46 minutes.

"He showed all his qualities in the third set and was a bit unlucky," said Federer. "I am super happy because I knew after he beat Tsonga, when he really dominated in the last two sets, what the danger was."

The 29-year-old Federer came into Roland Garros somewhat under the radar. It is only the third time since 2002 that the right-hander has not won a clay-court title coming in, with Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic having swept the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles in Monte-Carlo (Nadal), Madrid and Rome (both Djokovic).

Federer is bidding to win his 17th Grand Slam championship, what would be his first since the 2010 Australian Open (d. Murray), and his second Roland Garros crown, having triumphed over Robin Soderling in 2009.

For a place in the semi-finals, Federer will face either seventh-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer or ninth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils.

Date: 29.05.2011, Source: ATP

Round four at the French Open

Roger booked his spot in the last 16 of the French Open with ease today, defeating Janko Tipsarevic 6-1, 6-4, 6-3 in precisely 90 minutes.

"I'm very happy, really," Roger said. "I thought that it would have been a lot more difficult. The first set was the key. That gave me confidence and it made him doubt his game plan. It's very nice playing tennis in such a situation because I feel I have less pressure than 10 years ago when everyone was comparing me to Pete Sampras and I had not won anything yet. So it's more relaxed now."

Roger raced through the first set, securing it after a mere 19 minutes thanks to two breaks. There was a fair deal of rallying in the second set and Roger hat to fight off a break-point with an ace, only to break through himself later to 3-2 and finally take the set. The last set and thus the match clearly went to Roger without much of a fight.

Roger next faces either Stanislas Wawrinka or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga for a place in the quarter-finals.

Date: 27.05.2011, Source: RF Official

Roger Federer advances

Roger defeated Maxime Teixeira 6-3, 6-0, 6-2 at his second match at the French Open.

Our champion was broken once early in the first set but Roger fought back and won the first set after 33 minutes. In the second set Roger got back to his usual strength - he secured three breaks and won the set 6-0. Roger didn't leave a chance in the last set and used his third match ball to win his second match in Roland Garros.

"It's so difficult to come out and play on a big court when you are not used to it," said Roger of his 22-year-old opponent. "I'm playing here for the 12th year and I'm very experienced."

Roger will next face Janko Tipsarevic (ATP 29) where our champ is leading the head-to-head 3:0.

Date: 25.05.2011, Source: RF Official

Federer beats Lopez to begin campaign

Former champion Roger Federer began his 46th straight Grand Slam championship on Monday with a 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(3) win over Feliciano Lopez at Roland Garros. It was his ninth straight win over the Spaniard and his 29th win of the year.

The 2009 titlist clinched one break of serve in each of the first two sets, before completing a two-hour victory in the tie-break with his 12th ace. Federer hit 40 winners in total and converted two of nine break point opportunities. He will next meet French wild card Maxime Teixeira.

The Swiss is the No. 3 seed at Roland Garros, marking the first time since June 2003 at Wimbledon that Federer has been outside of the top two seeds at a major championship. He is looking to capture his 17th Grand Slam trophy.

Date: 23.05.2011, Source: ATP

Roger and Rafa enjoy having a new favourite on the block

Roland Garros may be basking in glorious sunshine but there is one chap in particular who is enjoying clear skies of another kind - world no.3 Roger Federer. The Swiss master may have notched up an impressive tally of 16 Grand Slams during his career, but he freely admits that a "big cloud" has always hung over him at the French Open. Of course, that cloud floated away when he lifted the Coupe des Mousquetaires in 2009 after losing to Rafael Nadal in the final three years in a row, and now, two years on, Federer is entering the tournament with what he describes as a "little less pressure" for the first time in seven years. "Last year I was the defending champion," he said. "The year before, and the years before that I was trying to win Paris for the first time."

Now all eyes are on Novak Djokovic and his incredible 37-match winning streak to open the season, not to mention the threat posed by five-time Roland Garros champion Nadal. "I think this year maybe they expect more from Rafa and Novak, and that could be a good thing for me and more pressure for them," Federer continued. "In the French Open I was never the top favourite. It's true I didn't have as much pressure here than in other tournaments, but this year I have even less pressure because Rafa wants to keep his title and Novak wants to win it."

Nadal meanwhile refuses - as is his wont - to accept that he is a favourite for the title, claiming that this "honour" lies firmly at the feet of Djokovic. "Even last year or three years ago when you told me 'You are the favourite', I didn't feel like this," the humble defending champion said. The Majorcan is under no illusion about the enormity of the task he will face in the first round against John Isner, the 6'9" American who helped create Wimbledon history last year with his three-day marathon first round win over Nicolas Mahut that took 11 hours, five minutes and finished 70-68 in the fifth set. "Thinking about winning the tournament before the start of the tournament is too arrogant for me," Nadal said. "I will have a very difficult round against Isner in the first round, so I am focused on that."

And what of his new arch-rival Djokovic - the man who has defeated him in four consecutive ATP Masters 1000 finals this year? "He's playing well and the confidence is high. For that reason he's doing everything well. So the thing is he's good and we can congratulate him for everything, because what's he's doing is very difficult," he added. Far be it from Nadal to rain on anybody's parade....

Date: 22.05.2011, Source: Roland Garros

French Open: The Draw

The men's draw for the 2011 French Open has been released. Roger will meet Feliciano Lopez (ATP 41) in his opening match. Roger leads the head-to-head 8:0 and has recently won against him in Madrid.

In the second round Maxime Teixeira (ATP 185) or Vincent Millot (ATP 154) could be up. After that Janko Tipsarevic (ATP 32) could be a possible opponent before heading into the fourth round against either Stanislas Wawrinka (ATP 15) or Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP 18). In the quarter-finals our champ could then play against David Ferrer (ATP 7), the finalist in Barcelona and Monte-Carlo. Finally, in the possible semi-finals, Roger could play against Novak Djokovic, who is still unbeaten in 2011 - certainly, an exciting match for the audience.

Date: 21.05.2011, Source: RF Official

Federer, Nadal among Forbes top 50

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have both been included among the Top 50 in Forbes Magazine’s annual list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Celebrities. They also feature in the subcategory 10 Most Powerful Athletes. The list has been published since 1999 and takes into account earnings, fame, and global exposure in the media.

At No. 25 in the list, sixteen-time Grand Slam champion Federer is among the top 3 of the 19 athletes to be included, behind only Tiger Woods (No. 6) and Lebron James (No. 10), and ahead of David Beckham (No. 35).

"Federer still commands the most impressive endorsement portfolio in all of sports with 10 major deals including Nike, Credit Suisse, Rolex and Wilson," said Forbes Magazine. "He was the only one of Gillette’s original three 'Champions' to have his deal renewed this year as the brand dropped Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry."

Meanwhile, Nadal comes in at No. 46.

Date: 19.05.2011, Source: ATP

Roger Federer Relaxes Credit Suisse Ad





Date: 18.05.2011

Even Roger can not always distinguish Twins

Federer: "I've already confused the kids."

A father knows his child. And he can tell them apart right away - you would think. For twins can be difficult.

Roger Federer would have to Myla and Charlene conveniently hang a sign around his neck. In the big interview, which appears in the Extra-tennis (on Saturday in view), "he says of Myla and Charlene:" Sometimes I have to look twice already, that's true difference. But we see one. Difficult to say whether it is the head shape, eyes, cheeks. Nevertheless, I have been confused, thought once a minute during which I had Myla on his knees, while it was Charlene. "

If both children simultaneously before her dad could not be more wrong, he says Federer. "It is difficult in the pictures. If only one of them on it, if they are not in a 3d, is complicated. We must be careful about when we make our photo albums. This can quickly enter the mess. "

The nearly two-year-olds require a lot from the parents. But they are also something. "Yes, once or twice a day we go out with them in parks, zoos, playgrounds and so on. In Madrid and Dubai, for example, go into a children's class, as in Switzerland. I am extremely important that they are with other children to have contact, although even as twins are lonely before. I'm glad they are not shy, but outgoing ."

The proper training of the children has a little more time. If the Federer-Twins go to a private school? "We do not know yet," said Federer. "Of course we want them to grow up normally, can walk alone in the nursery and into school. The same experience what we experienced. We want and not be lifted down to earth. "

Date: 14.05.2011, Source: Blick

Roger defeated in round three

Roger has dropped out of the Rome Masters in round three, losing 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-7(4) to Richard Gasquet. Our champ made a number of uncharacteristic errors against his French opponent, who he had beaten in their previous eight meetings.

"I should never have lost this match," said Roger. "He knows how close he came to losing. I had multiple chances but I couldn't make the difference. I thought I was playing well but he served better toward the end and hung in there. I didn't feel I could break and it's no fun to play like that".

Roger started into the match well and broke Gasquet in the seventh game of the first set before serving it out. In the second set he already had a 4-2 lead when Gasquet fought his way back into the match and even taking the tiebreak. The third set also had to be decided in a tiebreak where Roger just committed too many errors in the end.

Up next is the second Grand Slam tournament of the year: Roland Garros. "I'm looking forward to a few days to stay mentally and physically fresh and practice very hard" said Roger.

Date: 13.05.2011, Source: RF Official

Federer tops Tsonga in Rome opener

Roger Federer opened his campaign at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia with a comfortable 6-4, 6-2 victory against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga Wednesday night. "I always expect tough matches and as I said before the game -- I knew he’s dangerous and he serves well," said Federer. "Perhaps conditions were a little bit slow and I was able to play a clean match from start to finish, so it was a good match and I was pleased."

The World No. 3 broke Tsonga three times, while the Frenchman was unable to convert any of his seven break point opportunities. Federer’s win increases his head-to-head lead to 4-1 over Tsonga, and it was their first meeting on clay, after the two played their first four matches on hard courts.

The Swiss moves on to play 16th-seeded Richard Gasquet in a third-round clash. Gasquet has dropped just eight games in his first two matches and is looking to reach his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 quarter-final of the season (Indian Wells). "I am excited to play Richard because he’s a great player and we had a good match against each other in Dubai, so I am looking forward to playing [him] on clay," Federer said. "I need to be very focused is and smart with a good game plan and we’ll see how it goes."

Date: 12.05.2011, Source: ATP

Federer says he can still return to world number one

Roger Federer rejects the idea that the balance of power in men’s tennis has tipped towards Novak Djokovic after a 32-match winning run and believes he can still beat Pete Sampras’s record for time spent as world number one.

The Swiss world number three, who has a record 16 grand slam titles to his name, has been left in the shade by Rafa Nadal for much of the past 12 months and has now seen Djokovic supplant him as the Spaniard’s main rival.

However, Federer feels he can reclaim his throne and move ahead of American great Sampras who spent a total of 286 weeks as world number one to Federer’s current 285.

“It’s still important for me to get back to being world number one,” Federer told reporters in Italy ahead of his second round match against France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the Rome Masters. “I mentioned after Wimbledon it was a goal of mine.

“It’s still very real and possible. I think I can do it if I win one of those grand slams.”

Serbia’s Djokovic could become the first player other than Federer or Nadal to hold the top ranking since 2004 if he wins the Rome Masters this week, but Federer remains confident he can still challenge the top two.

“They (Djokovic and Nadal) are playing better than me but I’m close to winning those tournaments,” said Federer, who lost to Nadal in the semi-finals of the Madrid Masters last week.

“It’s not as if I’m losing in the first or second rounds.

“I feel I’m playing well myself. Apart from Novak not losing all year not much has changed in the game. Everybody can play well on all surfaces these days.

“It doesn’t feel more different apart from having three more questions to answer at a press conference, but they deserve their press and it’s all good stories.”

While the 29-year-old did not watch Djokovic’s straight sets defeat of Nadal in the Madrid final on Sunday, he felt the Serb would have it tougher in Rome and Paris.

“It was surprising to see Rafa lose on clay but it was just one tournament,” he said. “It was a quick clay court so he (Djokovic) had a better chance of beating Rafa.”

This year the Rome Masters, which for the first time in decades features men and women in one tournament, takes place after the Madrid Open.

“I think that’s a better schedule,” said Federer. “You don’t have to go (to the French Open) from altitude. Rome is more similar to Paris than Madrid so it’s easier to get off to a good start there.”

Date: 10.05.2011, Source: Reuters

Rome: The Draw

Roger will play the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in Rome this week.

After a first round bye, he will start his quest against the winner of the match between Marcos Baghdatis (ATP 27) and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (ATP 18).

In the next round, he could meet France's Richard Gasquet (ATP 16), before Thomas Berdych (ATP 7) might be up in a possible quarter-final.

Then, Roger could be in for another match against defending champion Rafael Nadal - the perfect moment for a revenge after the narrow defeat last week in Madrid.

Date: 09.05.2011, Source: RF Official

Rafa fights back to beat Federer in Madrid

Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer served up another classic in the 24th chapter of their great rivalry on Saturday, Nadal battling back from a set down to win 5-7 6-1 6-3 and secure a place in the Madrid Masters final.

The Spanish world number one, who replaced Federer at the top of the rankings, made the most of his opponent’s lack of consistency to set up a meeting in Sunday’s final against second seed Novak Djokovic or Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.

While the match under the closed roof of a packed Magic Box arena lacked the spine-tingling drama of previous showdowns, some of the shot-making, incuding one incredible exchange in the final game, drew gasps of delight from the 12,500 spectators.

“We know each other very, very well and I think we are sometimes thinking more about what to do to bother the other player rather than playing our best,” Nadal, who took his win-loss record against Federer to 16-8, told a news conference.

“Here I think Roger played great tennis for some moments but at others he made more mistakes than usual.

“But it’s always a special match and it’s a pleasure playing against him, it’s always an honour.”
The heavyweight pair, who own 26 grand slam singles titles between them, had met in the last two Madrid finals, with Federer winning in 2009 and Nadal gaining revenge last year.

SEARING WINNER

After a minute’s silence for Spanish golfer Seve Ballesteros, who died earlier on Saturday, Nadal seized the initiative and got the crowd behind him when he broke the Federer serve in the opening game.

The Swiss littered his play with unforced errors but began to find his form in a commanding service game to stay in the hunt at 3-4 and then claimed a break of his own to draw level.

After saving three break points in the 11th game to take a 6-5 lead he went on the attack and a searing forehand winner down the line with Nadal off balance gave him a one-set lead.

Federer was broken straight away at the start of the second set and lost his cool with the chair umpire on the decisive point when he thought a Nadal shot called good was wide.

“You think he (the line judge) has a clue?” a clearly angry Federer asked and continued his complaints while the players changed ends.

With Oscar-winning Spanish film director Pedro Almodovar and Real Madrid defender Ricardo Carvalho among those watching on, Nadal stormed into a 4-0 lead and another break in the seventh game took the match to a deciding set.

Nadal’s coach and uncle Toni looked anxious in the family box as his charge saved a break point that would have given Federer a 2-1 lead before he chased down a drop shot and dinked a brilliant angled winner on the way to moving 3-1 ahead.

It seemed there might be a late twist when Federer had a chance to break back with Nadal serving for the match at 5-3 but he missed his return and the top seed converted his first match point for a memorable comeback win.

OBVIOUSLY HUGE

Federer was measured about the disputed line call when he spoke at his post-match news conference.

“If it goes my way it’s obviously huge, if it goes his way it’s huge,” the 29-year-old said.

“Look, at the end of the day I don’t know how it was. I don’t care anymore, it’s in the past.

“Yesterday I got lucky I guess at 15-40 against Robin (Soderling) when I got a good call and today I didn’t so it’s the way it goes sometimes.

“I thought Rafa played well and me too at times so it was a good match.”

Date: 07.05.2011, Source: Reuters

Roger cruises into quarters

Roger defeated Xavier Malisse today 6-4, 6-3 and has booked his spot in the quarter-finals.

Roger played much more flexible today - just a few hours after his victory over Spain's Feliciano Lopez. He was in control of the match. He struggled only once when Malisse fought his way back into the first set but Roger eventually took it 6-4. After 70 minutes, Roger won the match with his first match ball.

"I was really happy with my performance," said Roger after the match. "I'm looking forward to the next round. Xavier is a great player, who is capable of great shots so it is very nice to get through."

In the quarter-finals, Roger will face the winner of the match between Robin Söderling and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Roger leads the head-to-head 15-1 against Söderling, and 3-1 against Tsonga.

Date: 05.05.2011, Source: RF Official

Roger Federer battles through

Roger battled to get through to the third round of the Madrid Open as he had to save a match point to defeat Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (13), 6-7(1), 7-6(7).

"I got a bit lucky tonight. I had my chances early on, so it would have really been a tough loss," Roger said. "It was a tough match. I guess it will help me for the French Open, I did spend three hours on clay."

The two players were on court for almost three hours as Roger served 25 aces - his highest ever mark outside a grand slam event. Roger captured the first set of a very levelled match 15-13, did not manage to hold up in the second as he was beaten 1-7 and eventually came through 9-7 in the final set.

Date: 05.05.2011, Source: RF Official

Federer finds family life getting 'Easier'

Roger Federer has found a winning formula for balancing tennis with family life. He became the father of twin girls, Charlene Riva and Myla Rose, 22 months ago and, like many athletes with families, was challenged with maintaining his career while adjusting to his new parental role. “A year ago I thought was extremely tough just keeping them entertained for a long time over tough flights… I think it’s getting a bit easier now again,” the World No. 3 said Monday in Madrid.

Federer is seeded third at the Mutua Madrid Open, the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament at which he claimed a rare clay-court win over Rafael Nadal in the 2009 final.

He and wife Mirka have found that staying in a location for a longer period of time has made the travel demands less problematic. “It sounds like a lot of tough traveling but you can make it easier on yourself,” Federer said. “These are really short trips of just one and a half hours. If I want to plan it that I way, I could stay here for, say, nine days, which is a long time, so you can make it work.”

Benefiting from his family’s company on the road, Federer still has the drive to win and compete at the highest level. “Once you reach a good level as a tennis player or for that matter win Grand Slams or become No. 1 in the world, it really fuels you with a motivation and energy,” stated Federer. “Clearly wanting to get that feeling back of how it feels winning big tournaments and how it feels to be right at the top of the game [is something] that I´ve been able to do it for so long.”

From a psychological standpoint, Federer believes he has no motivational barriers to continue playing down the road. “I think I've always been really good mentally all the way through, even though early on in my career that was my biggest weakness,” said the Swiss. “I'm happy that consistency is not an issue, motivation is not the issue and I really enjoy my time on tour and hope to do it for many more years to come.”

His motivation will need to be at an optimum level over the next few months, as he’s in a battle for No. 1 with Nadal and Novak Djokovic. “I thought Novak has had a good reaction since the US Open, losing the final against Rafa on a hard court, which you figure could have been Novak's big chance to win it,” assessed Federer. “He didn’t do it so he took it the right way and took the positives out of it and he's gone on a really great run since then.”

Added the 16-time major champion, “I think all of [us in] the Top 5 have been playing really well for the past nine months and there's been good times in the game right now and obviously Rafa on clay is in a league of his own, and that makes it interesting for the next few months right now.”

Date: 02.05.2011, Source: ATP

Roger back in Rotterdam

Today Tournament Director Richard Krajicek announced that Roger will return to Rotterdam to participate in the 39th ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament. This tournament will be played from 13 until 19 February 2012.

Richard Krajicek on Roger's participation: “We are very proud of the fact that Roger returns to Rotterdam. He is one of the most important athletes in sports in general, not only in tennis. He has always done very well in Rotterdam, with his victory in 2005 as one of the highlights in our 38 years history.”

Roger: “The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is one of the ‘special’ events for me on the ATP World Tour. In 1999, Rotterdam was one of my first big tournaments outside Switzerland. I look forward to finally being able to see my own name on the Winners Ring in the stadium, as it will be my first appearance since my victory in 2005.”

Roger has participated in the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament six times. Before winning the tournament in 2005, he reached the quarterfinals in 1999, 2002 and 2004, the semifinals in 2003 and was losing finalist in 2001 (against Nicolas Escudé). He last participated in 2005, the year in which the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament saw a record number of 108.030 visitors, winning one of the most exciting finals in the history of the tournament, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6 (5) against Ivan Ljubicic.

Roger has also been very successful in doubles. He won the doubles tournament in 2001 (with Jonas Björkman) and 2002 (with Max Mirnyi). The opponents for Roger in the ATP World Tour 500 event in Rotterdam are not known at this point in time. Over the next months the list of participants will be announced.

Date: 02.05.2011, Source: RF Official