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.
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.
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.
Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer has inaugurated a street bearing his name before 1,500 admirers in Biel, canton Bern.
Roger Federer stepped out onto the red carpet at the 88th Academy Awards at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The London Games will mark the introduction of a mixed doubles event at the Olympics, and many in the tennis world were thrilled by initial rumors of a Federer-Hingis pairing after Hingis confirmed that she had been approached by a member of Federer’s team. At the time, Hingis had sounded unsure about the possibility of competing alongside the 16-time Grand Slam champion.
According to SI.com, former world No. 1 Hingis has indeed had an “informal conversation” with Federer’s camp about the matter, says Phil de Picciotto, the Octagon president of athletes & personalities and one of Hingis’s agents. De Picciotto said that it would be “premature for Martina to think about the Olympics,” however.
Nevertheless, Swiss Tennis president Rene Stammbach says that he is planning on sitting down and “having conversations with the parties involved on that potential subject” in August.
The Swiss Tennis Association will also be meeting with Federer’s team next week to discuss the world No. 3’s plans for the 2012 Olympics, a meeting that would include a discussion of potential mixed doubles partner Hingis.
In order for Hingis to join Federer in the mixed doubles competition, however, she will need to satisfy a number of requirements. The five-time Grand Slam champion must likely make a return to the WTA tour so that she may gain the professional ranking that she would need in order to qualify for Olympic singles or doubles play.
Additionally, Hingis must make herself available for anti-doping testing for a minimum of three months prior to the Olympics, although she would be able to achieve this through testing outside of competition.
Another requirement would be for Hingis to play Fed Cup in 2012, as players must have made themselves available for Fed Cup two of the past four years. Switzerland would therefore need to petition the International Olympic Committee to secure entry for Hingis, who has not participated in a Fed Cup tie since 1998. According to SI.com, ambiguity in what constitutes a player making herself “available” for Fed Cup leaves open the possibility that Hingis could be found to have satisfied the requirement.
Hingis has never won an Olympic medal, while Federer claimed Olympic gold in men’s doubles in 2008 with partner Stanislas Wawrinka. Hingis and Federer have made a winning duo in the past, leading Switzerland to a Hopman Cup title in 2001.
Date: 26.07.2011, Source: 10 Balls
Roger Federer is married to Mirka Vavrinec. They were married in Basel on 11 April 2009, surrounded by a small group of close friends and family at Wenkenhof Villa (municipality of Riehen). On 23 July 2009, Mirka gave birth to twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
I wish a very happy birthday to Myla Rose and Charlene Riva.
The 29-year-old Roger Federer is one of the hot favorite to win the 2011 US Open tournament, where he won the championship for five consecutive occasions from 2004 to 2008. Federer is looking for his sixth US open, which it could surpass American tennis legend Pete Sampras and Jimmy Connors for most US Open titles victory record. Federer had become the only man to win the Olympus US Open Series and US Open crown in 2007.
Date: 22.07.2011, Source: LTG
The Tennis Hall Green field in Rapperswil-Jona remained closed yesterday, Wednesday. The reason: global star Roger Federer beat the balls on the pitch for a promotional film of Wilson tennis racquet manufacturer.
Lasted about seven hours filming. "Last year, the TV ad was filmed in Miami yet. And now! ", Says Peter Merkli, Chairman of the Sports Center Grunfeld.
About 20 indoor tennis courts in Switzerland are beginning to come into question, "but we've made a TV crew apparently with our excellent conditions," stresses Merkli. The souvenir photo with Roger Federer will now be given a place of honor.
Date: 22.07.2011, Source: Blick
"As the father of two little girls, I observe every day how incredibly fast children learn if their environment is a stimulating one," the 16-time Grand Slam winner said in a statement.
"It is a great privilege for me and my foundation to help give children in Malawi the chance to reach their full potential," the Swiss star added.
The programme, through the Roger Federer Foundation, will be implemented in collaboration with development organisation Action Aid Malawi and will aim to build 80 community-based child care centres in six of the country's 28 districts.
The centres, aimed at three- to five-year-olds, will be equipped with classrooms, education supplies and play areas and also provide a "nutritious meal to every child in attendance," said Martha Khonje, country director of Action Aid.
"In a country where nearly half of all children under five are chronically malnourished and over three million children under eight are out of school, the initiative could not have come soon enough," Khonje told AFP.
She said Federer's foundation had been "looking to work with organisations who specialise in early child development, and we fitted into their requirement after submitting a concept paper."
Khonje said every day her organisation "witnesses devastating impacts of children missing out on school, from low literacy rates to early pregnancy."
Malawi is one of Africa's poorest countries, with half its 13 million people living below the poverty line.
Founded in 2003, the Roger Federer Foundation supports education and sports projects that have enrolled almost 20,000 children in Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Zimbabwe and Switzerland, according to its website.
- Roger Federer Foundation: http://www.rogerfedererfoundation.org/
Switzerland has now an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the group and only two matches left to play. They are now qualified for the World Group playoffs in September.
Date: 09.07.2011, Source: RF Official
Federer’s service was broken twice in the opening set by the 93rd-ranked Machado before he recovered to win 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the Group I second round match.
“I guess I struggled early on and Machado played good tennis and deserved to win the first set,” Federer said.
It was Federer’s first match since losing in the Wimbledon quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga last week, and his first on hard courts since April.
“I don’t want to say I underestimated the conditions. It’s again a surface change … it’s very different to Wimbledon,” he said.
Earlier Friday, Federer’s Olympics gold medal-winning doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka beat Frederico Gil 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. Federer and Wawrinka are scheduled to face Gil and Leonardo Tavares in Saturday’s doubles rubber. The winning nation advances to a playoff in September with a chance to join the 16-nation world group.
Federer’s first Davis Cup match in almost two years meant he met International Tennis Federation eligibility rules for the 2012 London Olympics events being played at Wimbledon.
The noisy home fans in an 8,000 crowd most dressed in red and some swinging traditional Swiss cowbells had occasional uneasy moments as Federer made twice as many unforced errors as Machado.
Federer served to open the match and lost the game after sending two miscued backhand topspin shots long. The third-ranked Swiss broke back in the fourth game but fell behind 5-6 when Machado seized his third break point chance with a forehand cross-court winner. In the second set, Federer punched the air and shouted “Come on!” when he broke Machado’s serve to lead 3-1.
Federer took the opening game of the third on the Portuguese’s serve, and shouted encouragement to himself again when overturning a 0-40 deficit on his serve to lead 3-1. He saved a break point at 5-4 with a service Machado could not return, then clinched the set with another service winner.
Federer ended the match with an ace before conducting the crowd in a victory celebration.
“I really enjoyed myself out there,” he said. “I was happy at the end that we got the second point for Switzerland.”
Date: 08.07.2011, Source: AP
The Basel native posted a photo of himself on his official Facebook page, which has 8.2 million followers, saying, “In Bern having a nice time with the Swiss Davis Cup team, walked through the city earlier today.”
The 29-year-old Federer has a 37-11 record in the ITF men’s team competition, and is representing Switzerland for the first time since September 2009, when he helped his nation to a 3-2 victory over Italy.
Switzerland was relegated from the World Group in 2010 and Federer declared on his official web site earlier in the year that he is committed to helping his team return to the elite eight-team group. “I've decided I'm going to play the Davis Cup tie in July at home against Portugal,” wrote the Swiss No. 1. “I'm really looking forward to helping Switzerland begin the process of getting back into the World Group.”
Federer is joined in the Swiss team by World No. 15 Stanislas Wawrinka and will face a Portugal side spearheaded by the No. 90-ranked Frederico Gil and No. 93 Rui Machado. The tie will be played on indoor hard-court in Bern from 8-10 July, with the winning nation progressing to the World Group play-offs in September.
Date: 05.07.2011, Source: ATP
Nadal have won 10 Grand Slams so far. But that would still be six behind Swiss star Federer’s record for winning the game’s major prizes and the Spaniard believes even at the tender age of 25 it will be too big a gap to bridge.
Nadal said: “The career of Roger is probably impossible to repeat and I believe the number he has is not going to stop where it is. He will have more chances to win more."
“It’s going to be strange if within three or four years one player wins more than him, and he’s the best ever. Probably that’s not gonna happen.”
Federer is far superior in measures of No. 1 ranking (total years, total weeks, consecutive weeks, ranking points); Grand Slam and World Tour Finals championships (total and consecutive titles / finals / semifinals / quarterfinals as well as major match winning percentage); total tournaments (titles, finals); match winning percentage (career, year/season, Grand Slam, against top ten players); winning streaks and records; retirements and withdrawals from matches; Laureus World Sportsman of the Year awards; sportsmanship awards; etc.
Federer has been No. 1 for 285 total weeks (237 consecutive weeks) compared to Nadal's only 102 total weeks (only 56 consecutive weeks). Nadal lost the No. 1 ranking twice during his peak age. Federer has reached 29 major finals (won 21 major titles in Grand Slams and World Tour Finals) compared to Nadal's 14 major finals (won 10 major titles). Nadal does not have a season ranked among the ten most dominant seasons in modern tennis history. Federer has three of the top ten most dominant seasons (2005 season 81-4 win-loss, 2006 season 92-5, 2004 season 76-4). Despite Nadal's 17-8 winning record over him, Federer has the better winning record against other top ten players (when you remove Federer-Nadal's matches, Federer's 130-54 win-loss over other top ten players is better than Nadal's 65-35 win loss).
70 % of Nadal's titles came on clay.
Date: 04.07.2011, Source: Mirror
Thomas Sauber, a partner and head office manager at Ernst & Young in Zurich, recently purchased an oil painting of Roger Federer on behalf of his company. What is remarkable about this portrait is that the tennis star did not have to sit for hours. The French action painter Jean-Pierre Blanchard only took four minutes to capture Federer's face on canvas from memory without a model. “I was delighted by the artist's performance and the quality of the painting,“ said Sauber.
The fast-paced art show took place at the presentation of the Swiss Venture Club's (SVC) Entrepreneur Award for the Zurich business area at the Hallenstadion. The painting was auctioned for a good cause at the event itself. “I made an off-the-cuff bid,“ recalled Thomas Sauber. And it secured the lot. The painting was acquired by Ernst & Young for 16,100 Swiss francs. “I would have gone a bit higher but not much,“ he said. All of the money will go to the Roger Federer Foundation which supports children in Africa. Christian Bonnot, owner of the event and artist agency Bonnot’s Event House, which organized the SVC event, explained that the tennis champion had insisted on this condition. He said: “He immediately gave us permission to use his image during the entertainment section. But the proceeds from the auction had to go to his foundation."
Date: 02.07.2011, Source: Credit Suisse
ROGER FEDERER: SIX WIMBLEDON CROWNS. He's gone through the record books. A seemingly effortless rewrite of the sport's history. But his story goes well beyond the court. A life inspired inspires others.
Date: 30.06.2011 , Source: Rolex