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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, Mirka and their twin daughters in New York streets

He's been busy over the past few months doing what he does best, but on Wednesday Roger Federer was enjoying some family time.

The 31-year-old tennis player was spotted out and about with his wife Mirka Vavrinec, their identical twin daughters Charlene Riva and Myla Rose in New York City and they only had eyes for each other.

As they strolled through The Rose Center for Earth, Federer leaned in for a lingering kiss with his wife of three years.

Wearing blue shorts, a grey tracksuit top and matching trainers, the Swiss sportsman looked happy to be spending quality time in his life.

Vavrinec has also dressed down for their day out, wearing beige cropped trousers, a loose white blouse and flip flops.

Federer and his wife chose to dress their identical three-year-old twins Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in the same outfit of spotty khaki shorts and a heart print vest, but they did wear their pretty tops in different shades of pink.


They looked like the perfect family as they all held hands and lapped up the sunshine together.

Federer has had a busy few months after winning the Men's Final at Wimbledon and also taking part in the London 2012 Olympics.

Date: 31st August 2012

Roger Federer leads the tributes to retiring Andy Roddick

Roger Federer admitted he was saddened by Andy Roddick's retirement, insisting he'll always regard him as a "Wimbledon champion" despite the American's epic failures to lift the All England Club title.

Federer beat Roddick three times in the Wimbledon final in 2004, 2005 and 2009 with their last encounter decided 16-14 in the final set.

"He could have gotten that title," said Federer, whose stranglehold over Roddick also extended to the 2006 US Open championship match."

"That's what I said about him in 2009. He deserves this title as well. In my mind, he is a Wimbledon champion, a wonderful ambassador for the game."

"I thought maybe he was going to get past this US Open and maybe play one more year, so obviously a disappointment, but I think big celebrations for him because he’s had a wonderful career. He told me one hour before the press conference and he seemed extremely happy and at peace and excited, so I wish him the best US Open he’s ever had."

"I am thankful for everything he has done in the sport here in America. It's not been easy after Andre Agassi, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Michael Chang, Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe, you name them."

"It's been hard for him at times but I thought he always did the best he could. That's all you can ask for from a guy like Andy."

Roddick, the 2003 US Open champion and a former world number one, turned 30 on Thursday and marked the occasion by revealing his intention to retire once this US Open is finished.

"It's sad. That's how I felt when Andy told me," added Federer.

Date: 31st August 2012, Source: Telegraph

Rampant Federer strolls into U.S. Open third round

World number one Roger Federer put on another evening exhibition at Flushing Meadows on Thursday as he brushed aside Germany's Bjorn Phau 6-2 6-3 6-2 to reach the third round of the U.S. Open.

The five-times champion smashed 15 aces and 44 winners in all as he followed up his confident first-round win with another immaculate display, wrapping up victory in just 90 minutes.

"I enjoyed it a lot, it was a great match for me," Federer told the packed crowd inside the cavernous Arthur Ashe Stadium.

"I always enjoy it when I have the chance to come out here at night and make it a match for you guys."

In the last game of the match, Phau had the temerity to hit one reflex backhand pass off a Federer smash that the Swiss agreed had been the shot of the match.

"Bjorn had some incredible shot-making," Federer said. "That backhand was ridiculous really.

"When it's against you, you don't really enjoy it but I was leading so it was OK. It was a lot of fun."

He will next play Spaniard Fernando Verdasco on Saturday, whom he has beaten in all four of their previous meetings. The 25th-seeded Verdasco secured his place in the third round with a hard-fought 7-6(4), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-4 win over countryman Albert Ramos.

The 28-year-old Verdasco, a former World No. 7, reached the US Open quarter-finals in 2009 (l. to Djokovic) and ’10 (l. to Nadal).

Date: 31st August 2012, Source: Reuters and ATP

Federer makes quick work of Young at US Open

Top-seeded Federer played up to his billing Monday night, dispatching American Donald Young 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 to open his quest for a sixth U.S. Open title, which would be an Open-era record.

''The U.S. Open, for me, was always, I don't want to say easy, but very natural and I've always looked forward to it in a big way,'' Federer said.

Possibly because of matches like Monday's, in which 20,000-plus fans cheered him on during a breezy-but-comfortable night for a win that took only 1 hour, 34 minutes.

''It's a place that brings out the best in me,'' Federer said.

With his Wimbledon title and the silver medal at the Olympics earlier this summer, Federer returned to No. 1 for the first time in 25 months.

His first career match against Young was a predictable affair, with Young trying to force the issue by coming to the net and Federer taking advantage of his younger competitor's impatience. He finished with 27 winners and 24 unforced errors, compared to 17 and 30 for Young.

Young fell to 3-22 on the season, including a 17-match losing streak earlier this year.

''It's a lot of pressure because obviously, I'm going into this match as a big favorite,'' Federer said.

''But Donald put up a great fight. He's had a rough year and I'm glad to see he's playing better.''
''And for me,'' Federer said, ''it continues.''

There were times when it seemed as if it would never end, most notably in 2008, when Federer won his fifth consecutive U.S. Open.

A year later, he was two points away from No. 6 but Juan Martin del Potro rallied for a five-set victory. The last two years, Federer had a pair of match points against Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, but was unable to convert them.

Federer said he re-dedicated himself after the last loss. This year, he comes in as the top seed, but he considers Djokovic, the defending champion, to be the favorite.

''It's where he feels most comfortable,'' Federer said of Djokovic, the No. 2 seed.

''The distractions are a challenge - the wind, the humidity, the early matches, the really late, late matches,'' he said. ''That takes some getting used to. But experience can help with that, too.''

Coming in, Federer broke the record he shared with Pete Sampras by earning the top seed for a Grand Slam for the 23rd time. Neither that nor his regained status as No. 1 in the world will mean so much to him, however, if he doesn't close out his time in New York with his 18th Grand Slam title.

''I'm happy I'm the world No. 1 right now but it's not what drives me at the U.S. Open,'' Federer said.

''It's actually trying to get that title or get closer to that title.''

Date: 28th August 2012, Source: AP

Federer chasing more glory at U.S. Open with doubt free

What a difference a year makes. Roger Federer shared Saturday that his confidence was a bit shaken entering the 2011 US Open, but stated that he felt self-assured entering his 2012 campaign.

“I think I felt good last year, but probably felt that maybe at times the matches were not always in my racquet, whereas maybe this time around I feel like if I'm playing well I can dictate who's going to win or lose,” he said. “It's going to take something special from my opponent to win. That's kind of how it feels right now; then again, I might walk away from Monday and lost the first round. You have to always be very careful how you say it and how you then play.”

In 2011, his summer campaign included losses to a No. 16-ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Canada and to a ninth-ranked Tomas Berdych in Cincinnati. “That's the kind of guys you definitely want to beat to give yourself the chance to the No. 1 and No. 4 ranked guys,” he elaborated. “If you start losing to those guys all too often that will play tricks on your mind how are you then going to beat the best, even though it's not really related. So maybe I did come into the US Open with a few losses that already maybe shook me up a little bit.”

This time around, Federer enters on a five-match winning streak after capturing a record-tying 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title last week in Cincinnati. He also returns to Flushing Meadows as the World No. 1 following his Wimbledon triumph in July, and is guaranteed to hold onto the top spot in the South African Airways ATP Rankings after the US Open regardless of his result in New York.

“I'm just happy how I'm playing,” said the Swiss. “I already reached my goal for the year becoming World No. 1 and getting Wimbledon again and getting a medal for Switzerland. It's been incredible. But I do have this one left for me this year where I really, really want to do well, and I couldn't be more happy returning here as No. 1. It's super exciting.”

Federer won five straight US Open titles between 2004-08, but has since finished runner-up to Juan Martin del Potro in 2009 and bowed out in the semi-finals against Novak Djokovic the past two years after holding match points each time.

His defeat to Djokovic in 2011, however, Federer sparked a 17-0 finish to the year. Including his three titles to conclude 2011, he was won nine total since last year’s US Open.

“I took some time to assess the situation and how should I move forward,” said Federer. “And then of course it was great to start off with a win in Basel last year in my hometown. Then the rest we know. So it's been a great last 12 months.”

“I was able to stay injury free. I always did believe that if things turned for the better for me I was always going to be very near to World No. 1. I wasn't far off, but I couldn't plan on Novak going on a 40 match winning streak or Rafa going for almost four Grand Slams in a row, as well. Other guys also have their part to play in it.  It's not only up to purely myself.  That's where you have to be patient sometimes and just keep working hard and believing that what you're doing is the right thing as well.”

The 31 year old will play his first match against 23-year-old American Donald Young, who reached the fourth round last year in Flushing Meadows. Young has a 2-20 match record in 2012.

“I will take it one match at a time,” said Federer. “There's no doubt about that. I will never ever underestimate an opponent ever again. I did that enough when I was a teenager. Those times are long gone.”

Date: 26th August 2012, Source: ATP

US Open 2012 draw

The US Open 2012 starts next Monday. Roger Federer will meet Donald Young (ATP 80) in the opening round. Roger has never played against the American - who has only won two matches this season - so far.

Roger and Andy Murray wound up on the same side of the draw and could meet in the semifinals for a rematch of their recent finals at Wimbledon and the London Olympics. But before that, Roger could meet Björn Phau (ATP 83) in round two, Fernando Verdasco (ATP 26) in round three, then Gilles Simon (ATP 17) and later Tomas Berdych (ATP 7) in the quarters.

Roger has always reached at least the semis of the US Open since 2004. And even before the tournament has started, our champ has broken yet another record: he is the number one seed for the 23rd time at a Grand Slam tournament - once more than Pete Sampras.

Date: 24th August 2012, Source: RF Official

Roger Federer is the Greatest Athlete of All Time

Roger Federer won his seventh Wimbledon title in July and reclaimed the No. 1 spot in the ATP rankings. While the win -- the 17th Grand Slam title of his career -- helped solidify Federer's status as the greatest tennis player ever, as we head into this year's U.S. Open, it's time to take the conversation to a new level.

Here is why Roger Federer is the greatest athlete of all time:

The Record - First and foremost, there's the career record. 76 singles titles, 17 Grand Slam titles, an 863-193 overall record, and 292 weeks at the top of the ATP rankings. Federer has more Grand Slam titles than anyone in history, and he has the record for most weeks ranked No. 1. He is 17-7 in Grand Slam finals, including 7-1 at Wimbledon.

The Dominance - While he's still on top today, nothing can compare to what he did between 2004 and 2008. No athlete has ever dominated his or her sport like Federer did during those years. Here is what he accomplished: He was the Wimbledon champion from 2003-2007, the U.S. Open champion from 2004-2008, and the Australian Open champion in 2004, 2006, and 2007. He would go on to win the French Open and Wimbledon in 2009, the Australian Open again in 2010, and Wimbledon again this year. The records he has set -- including ones not listed here -- are incredible. At 30 years old, he's back on top of the tennis world, and he shows no signs of slowing down.

The Competition - All great champions must beat the best in order to rise to the top of their sport. Jordan beat Magic. Magic beat Bird. Bird beat Magic. Federer started his run all the way back in 2001 when he defeated Pete Sampras at Wimbledon. Through the years, he's had classic matches against Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, among others. He beat Nadal in the Wimbledon finals in 2006 and 2007, and topped Djokovic in the U.S. Open finals in 2007. He beat Djokovic in the semifinals of Wimbledon this year. The three of them have won 32 of the last 36 majors, and 28 of the last 29. Nadal has won 11 and Djokovic has won 5. So it's not as if Federer has cruised to any of his titles. The competition is fierce. To be fair, both Nadal and Djokovic have winning records against Federer.

The Conditioning - Tennis, more than any other sport, requires that you be in peak condition, both physically and mentally. It is rare that you find a guy like Federer who not only remains on top, but who continues to dominate, for so long. We are not talking about someone who is mediocre over a long period of time. Federer has stayed on top of his sport for almost a decade. Beginning in 2004, he was No. 1 for 237 consecutive weeks. He made it back to No. 1 this year, and over his career he's now spent almost six years there. Pete Sampras (286), Ivan Lendl (270), and Jimmy Connors (268) are the only other players who even approach that feat. Nadal's been there for 102 weeks, and Djokovic for 53. It's hard to stay on top in any sport. In tennis, it's the hardest.

The Individual - Michael Jordan didn't win until the Bulls surrounded him with talent. Derek Jeter had the greatest closer ever to come in and pitch the ninth. And Tom Brady played on one side of the ball while a great defense played on the other. When he takes the court, Roger Federer has Roger Federer. Down a set in this year's Wimbledon finals, Federer couldn't turn to anyone for help. He won the next three sets. That is what makes tennis so demanding. It's an individual sport. Players succeed or fail on their own. And more times than not, Federer has succeeded. Take, for example, what he accomplished between 2004 and 2006 alone. In each of those three years he had 10 or more tournament wins, 34 singles titles, a 94.3-percent victory rate, and he won 69.4 percent of tournaments he played in. In 2006, he reached the finals in 16 of the 17 tournaments he played in. In 2006, he won 12 tournaments. And he's done it all by himself.

The Spotlight (or lack thereof) - Even after his historic win at this year's Wimbledon, the sports world focused its attention mostly on baseball and football. The fact of the matter is that tennis gets very little attention on a day-to-day basis. You hear about it during the Grand Slams, but even then the sport doesn't get the coverage it deserves. As a result, Federer's accomplishments have largely been ignored. If Federer played in the NFL, we'd hear a lot more about him. Because it's tennis, and because Federer doesn't crave the attention, his entire career has largely played out under the radar. That is a shame, but it doesn't take away from his greatness.

Date: 24th August 2012, Source: Yahoo Sports

Federer named 2012 US Open men's top seed

World No. 1 Roger Federer of Switzerland, the reigning Wimbledon champion and five-time US Open champion, has been named the top seed in men’s singles at the 2012 US Open. The 2012 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., August 27 - September 9. The US Open Men’s Singles Championship is presented by Mercedes-Benz USA.

Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam champion, will be followed by No. 2 seed Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the defending US Open champion; No. 3 Andy Murray of Great Britain, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and 2008 US Open runner-up; and No. 4 seed David Ferrer of Spain.

For 2012, the US Open followed the ATP World Tour rankings released Monday to determine the men’s singles seeds. This is the 11th consecutive year that the US Open has seeded 32 players in both singles events.

Federer, 31, is 56-7 this year leading up to the US Open. He has won six titles in 2012, including three ATP World Tour Masters Series events, along with his seventh Wimbledon title. He broke Pete Sampras’ record of most weeks at No. 1 this year, surpassing Sampras’ record of 286 total weeks. Federer won the US Open title from 2004-08. He is tied with Sampras and Jimmy Connors for five US Open titles - the most US Open titles in the Open Era.

John Isner will be the highest-seeded American at No. 9. 2003 US Open champion Andy Roddick is seeded No. 20, Mardy Fish is seeded No. 23, and Sam Querrey is seeded No. 27.

The singles draws for the 2012 US Open will be revealed live during an official draw ceremony on Thursday, August 23, at 12 p.m. ET at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. The draw will be streamed live on USOpen.org. Defending US Open champions Novak Djokovic and Samantha Stosur will make an appearance at the ceremony.

2012 US Open Men’s Singles Seeds:

1.    Roger Federer, Switzerland
2.    Novak Djokovic, Serbia
3.    Andy Murray, Great Britain
4.    David Ferrer, Spain
5.    Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, France
6.    Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic
7.    Juan Martin Del Potro, Argentina
8.    Janko Tipsarevic, Serbia
9.    John Isner, United States
10.  Juan Monaco, Argentina
11.  Nicolas Almagro, Spain
12.  Marin Cilic, Croatia
13.  Richard Gasquet, France
14.  Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ukraine
15.  Milos Raonic, Canada
16.  Gilles Simon, France
17.  Kei Nishikori, Japan
18.  Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland
19.  Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany
20.  Andy Roddick, United States
21.  Tommy Haas, Germany
22.  Florian Mayer, Germany
23.  Mardy Fish, United States
24.  Marcel Granollers, Spain
25.  Fernando Verdasco, Spain
26.  Andreas Seppi, Italy
27.  Sam Querrey, United States
28.  Mikhail Youzhny, Russia
29.  Viktor Troicki, Serbia
30.  Feliciano Lopez, Spain
31.  Julien Benneteau, France
32.  Jeremy Chardy, France

Date: 21st August 2012, Source: US Open

Roger Federer's US Open 2012 Nike Oufit









Roger Federer's US Open 2012 Nike Outfit. Blue outfit is for day session; Dark outfit is for night session.

Date: 20th August 2012

Federer heads to US Open in ominous form

World number one Roger Federer heads to the U.S. Open with a sixth tournament win of the year to his name, no evident fitness problems and little sign that his Olympic defeat by Andy Murray has had any adverse effect on his confidence.

The Wimbledon champion came to Cincinnati aiming to fine-tuning his game ahead of Flushing Meadows and showed with his classy performances that there is not much to adjust as he looks for a record-extending 18th grand slam.

The Swiss did not concede a break of serve in winning the tournament and securing his record fifth title at Cincinnati against the world number two Novak Djokovic 6-0 7-6 on Sunday.

"There is no doubt about it beating Novak in a final makes it extra special but then also (it was about) the reaction after losing in the Wimbledon (Olympic) final - to play a great finals after playing a not very good one at the Olympics where I went on to lose nine games in a row, he said. I came here and never dropped my serve. That's the kind of reaction I want to see from myself. I didn't have a letdown."

Among his rivals world number three Rafa Nadal misses the U.S. Open due to a persistent knee injury and Murray pulled out of last week's Toronto Masters event with his own knee problem and then was knocked out in the third round in Cincinnati.

Djokovic won in Toronto and reached his second final in a fortnight but his 6-0 hammering in the first set on Sunday will have left something of a scar.

Federer though looks in perfect condition. He seems fresh and sharp, has all areas of his game in order and is full of confidence.

"Even though I reached almost all goals already this year by securing a medal (at the Olympics), winning Wimbledon, and getting back to world number one, it's important for me to push forward and give myself the best possible preparation for New York," Federer added.

"Then if I can win tournaments, that's even better. I really didn't expect it. Same for Novak, I don't think. We both didn't expect to play so well right after the Olympics, even though we are world one and two.

"I thought it was a great effort by him and also for me. Obviously, this is a fantastic week."

Half of Federer's six titles this year have come in the Masters 1000 series with triumphs at Indian Wells and Madrid before Cincinnati. Federer's record in terms of match wins this year is also impressive - 56 victories and just 7 defeats.

No wonder then that he has no special plans for this week's build-up to Flushing Meadows.

"I rarely do crazy things before slams," he said.

Date: 20th August 2012, Source: Reuters

Federer wins record 5th Cincinnati crown by beating Djokovic

World No. 1 Roger Federer became the first player in the Open Era to win five Cincinnati trophies, defeating second-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-0, 7-6(7) in Sunday’s Western and Southern Open final.

He becomes the first man ever to win a masters tournament without being broken his serve once.

The Swiss top seed got through a perfect week without losing serve to capture his 76th career trophy. He will go into the US Open as the clear favourite having become the first man to win five titles at the Cincinnati event.

"I've had a magical summer (seventh Wimbledon title, London Olympic silver medal). I feel good about New York - but I'm going to savour this one for a bit," said Federer.

"Even with how well I'm playing you never expect yourself to win these big matches. It's been a great week for me."

Federer's success on Sunday marked his 21st Masters 1000 trophy, pulling him level with Rafael Nadal on the all-time list.

“I'm obviously very happy. If I remember correctly, this was the first win here I had also after I had twins, right? So it's great coming back here,” said Federer. “I've been able to win five. It's obviously incredible because I remember the first few here I struggled. Now looking back it's just unbelievable. Plus this was probably the best week ever here in Cincinnati for me never dropping my serve and all that stuff and beating Novak in the final. This was very sweet. No doubt about it.”

Federer had already won Masters events this year at Indian Wells and Madrid and is 6-2 in finals in 2012, a year highlighted by a seventh Wimbledon title, his 17th career major.

Neither player had dropped serve entering the match, but Federer broke Djokovic in the opening game and stormed to a one-set lead in just 20 minutes. Federer converted three of his four break points, while Djokovic tossed in four double faults to lose the first bagel set in 28 meetings with Federer.

The 25-year-old Djokovic settled into the second set to force a tie-break and held set point at 7/6. But Federer wiped it away with an aggressive tactic at the net and cracked back-to-back forehand winners to claim victory in 80 minutes. Federer was not broken en route to his title run and improved to 16-12 against Djokovic.

"He started very solid from serve," assessed Djokovic. "He was using it very efficiently and putting a lot pressure on my serve. Made a lot of double faults and didn't find my rhythm. Set was over in 20 minutes. I played better in the second. I thought it was very even, and then when I had the chances I didn't use them. He deserved to win."

Date: 19th August 2012, Source: AFP

Federer, Djokovic to meet in Cincinnati final

World No. 1 Roger Federer and World No. 2 Novak Djokovic booked a showdown in Sunday's final at the ATP Cincinnati Masters with straight set semi-final triumphs on Saturday.

Top seed Federer beat his friend and Swiss compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, while Djokovic, who quit last year's final against Andy Murray with a shoulder problem, advanced by defeating Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3, 6-2.

"It will come down to a few points against Novak," Federer said. "I'll have to play my game and not worry about what he might be doing, especially on break points."

"I missed break points in the Olympic final (against Murray) and I can't do that against him. Novak plays aggressive. He doesn't just push the ball. Novak is amazing on hard court."

"This is a final to look forward to."

It's the first time the world's two top-rated players, neither of whom has dropped a set all week, have met in a Cincinnati final.

It comes in the last tuneup match for Federer and reigning US Open champion Djokivic ahead of the start of this year's US Open on August 27.

Federer's run to the final means he will stay atop the ATP rankings through the end of the US Open.

The Swiss is chasing his fifth title at Cincinnati following triumphs in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. He is looking to add to season crowns at Wimbledon, Indian Wells, Madrid, Rotterdam and Dubai. He and Djokovic last met in a Wimbledon semi-final, which the Swiss won on the way to capturing the grass-court Grand Slam title.

Federer leads Djokovic 15-12.

Federer needed seven set points to lift an opener lasting almost an hour against Wawrinka, his friend and practice partner who has recently been lent the services of one of Federer's coaches.

But friendship aside, the top seed was ruthless at the end as he shut down Wawrinka as the challenger ended on a double-fault on match point, Federer improving to 55-7 on the season with his 11th win in 12 matches with Wawrinka.

"I had to play great match to beat Stan," Federer said. "He was playing well."

Date: 18th August 2012, Source: AFP

Federer, Wawrinka to face off in Cincinnati SFs

World No. 1 Roger Federer defeated 10th seed Mardy Fish 6-3, 7-6(4) on Friday evening at the Western & Southern Open to set a semi-final clash with countryman Stanislas Wawrinka.

The top seed won 88 per cent of his first serve points and did not face a break point en route to beating the American for the eighth time in nine meetings. He has now reached the semi-finals or better at 12 of the 13 tournaments he’s played this season.

Friday's attendance of 24,184 fans broke a single-day all-time tournament record, which did not go unnoticed to Federer, who said, “It was a great atmosphere. I think it was sellout crowd. That always makes it exciting. Playing an American here in America, it's always special. It was pretty straightforward. Whoever was going to be more aggressive, serve more consistent, and then play maybe a tiny bit better from the baseline was probably going to win. I'm happy I was that guy tonight.”

Federer is seeking his fifth trophy at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event. He was victorious in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2010. The 31 year old is bidding to win a record-equalling 21st ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown this week. He holds a 10-1 record against Wawrinka, having won their past eight meetings.

“I have a tough matchup with him. It's going to be a difficult one,” Federer said. “It seems like he's playing really well. I'm just excited for him and for me that two Swiss guys can make it to the semis here in Cincinnati. It's great.”

Wawrinka advanced to the semi-finals when he overcame 19th-ranked Milos Raonic 2-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 in two hours and 21 minutes.

“This week I'm playing great tennis,” said Wawrinka. “I had a tough last two months. It was not easy, especially after the French Open. I played a great French Open, but then I lost in the first round at Wimbledon, Gstaad and the Olympics.”

“It was not easy, but I'm really happy to be back on the hard courts. Since the beginning of the tournament, I'm focussed on what I'm doing and I'm happy to be in the semi-final here.”

Date: 18th August 2012, Source: ATP

Quarters in Cincinnati

Roger Federer defeated Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-4 today to earn a spot in the quarter finals of the Cincinnati Masters.

Our champ was barely troubled by Tomic, starting with a break in the very first game and never giving away the lead but rather increasing the gap. Roger never had to defend any break points on the way to his victory today, breaking again in the second set to take a 4-3 lead and then wrap up everything nicely against the young Australian after 62 minutes.

Roger will now play Mardy Fish (ATP 20) - he has won 7 of the 8 matches against the American so far.

Date: 16th August 2012, Source: RF Official

Federer cruises in Cincinnati opener

World No. 1 Roger Federer began his campaign for a fifth Western & Southern Open title by cruising past Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-3, 6-2 in his second-round match on Wednesday evening in Cincinnati.

Federer wrapped up the victory in one hour, hitting 31 winners and breaking the Russian three times from four opportunities. He saved Bogomolov’s lone break point chance with an ace in the final game of the match.

"I'm very happy. It was a quick match, a good one for me," said Federer. "I served well. I was able to play some good points on the offensive, and overall I'm very pleased because I don't know Bogomolov that well.  I've only played him once, and that was so long time ago I hardly remember. I didn't know what to expect, to be honest.

"Obviously the turnaround from grass to hard court might not be an easy one this year.The ball definitely bounces so much higher here and plays much faster than Wimbledon, so it just takes some getting used to.  I'm happy I was able to find a way."

The Swiss, who celebrated his 31st birthday last week, is making his 12th appearance at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament and won titles here in 2005, ’07, and ’09-10. He next faces Australian Bernard Tomic, the youngest player in the singles draw at 19 years of age, whom he has defeated in their two previous meetings.

"Obviously he likes the big stage," said Federer. "He likes playing against the best players. That's what gets him going right now.  So it's going to be a difficult match for me, I do believe."

Date: 16th August 2012, Source: ATP

Federer not surprised by Nadal decision about US Open

Roger Federer expressed his concern at the Cincinnati Masters that Rafael Nadal will be forced to miss the US Open due to left knee tendinitis.

World No. 3 Rafael Nadal has been forced to withdraw from the upcoming US Open due to a knee injury. The Spaniard, who has not played since suffering a shock second-round exit at Wimbledon (l. to Rosol), broke the news to his fans on Facebook and Twitter.

"I am very sad to announce that I am still not ready to play and have to withdraw from this year's US Open in NYC," Nadal wrote on his Facebook page, which has 11 million fans. "I am sorry since I always found great crowds and great support, but I have to continue with my recuperation and preparation to be ready to play in the right conditions. I want to say hi and thanks to all the fans in particular to the New Yorkers. I'll miss you all this year at the Open!"

"It's not a surprise, because I wrote him and he told me it wasn't looking good at all," said top seeded world number one Federer. "I kind of saw it coming. But obviously when it's official it's disappointing for tennis, there's no doubt about it."

"I would love to have him in the draw. With 12 days before the Open you figure he might still have time to fix what he has to fix to get ready."

"If he pulls out that early before the Open, it must be something serious. That's what is sort of scary. There is obviously the whole debate going on if he is going come back for this year."

Date: 16th August 2012, Source: AFP

Roger Federer ready for Cincinnati

Roger Federer would have hoped for more than just the few days of pause he managed after the London Olympic final, but will take what he can get as the world number one prepares for his start on Wednesday at the Cincinnati Masters.

The top seed said even his few days away to celebrate his 31st birthday with his wife and twin daughters was worthwhile for recuperation as he lays the groundwork for his final sprint of the abbreviated summer hardcourt season going into the US Open.

"The last few years we always had at least a two, three-week preparation for the hard courts," said the seven-time Wimbledon winner and Olympic silver medallist behind.

"But this time we've just had two and a half weeks more on grass, so obviously I don't think the preparation is as good as it's been in the previous years."

"I've had better preparations, there's no doubt about it, but it was definitely key for me to take some time off."

"I'm sort of in a tunnel vision right now from the French Open through Wimbledon, the Olympics. Until the US Open (starting August 27) I'm making sure I have enough rest, I play enough, and I stay injury-free."

Federer owns four titles in Cincinnati, which he has played uninterruptedly since 2002.

The Swiss expressed regret for the long-term knee injury absence of Rafael Nadal, who has not played for seven weeks since a Wimbledon second round loss and the flare-up up his chronic knee problems.

"I can't believe he's been out that long," said the Swiss world number one.

"I thought for sure we would see him in Toronto, but now he missed Toronto and Cincinnati. It's very surprising, because it was nothing that we heard of prior to the injury.

"He played so well on clay, and then actually seemed fine at Wimbledon. He had more time by losing earlier at Wimbledon."

"It all came as big surprise, these two pullouts. I'm sad for him. I hope he'll be back for the US Open."

Date: 14th August 2012, Source: AFP

Friendly draw for Federer in Cincinnati 2012

Four-time Cincinnati champion Roger Federer will be well-rested for the upcoming week after skipping Toronto. Federer also finds himself in a soft quarter of the bracket along with Juan Monaco and Mardy Fish.

Roger Federer will be back in action at the Western & Southern Open after taking a week off and missing the rain-marred Canada Masters. Federer is kicking off his 2012 U.S. Open Series and looking to build on a great grass-court season, during which he won Wimbledon and finished runner-up at the London Olympics.

It appears to be all set up for Federer to capture his fifth Cincinnati title. The top-ranked Swiss is well-rested, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray are on the other side of the draw, and his quarter is unquestionably weak.

Fellow seeds in Federer's section are Juan Monaco, Mardy Fish, and Philipp Kohlschreiber. Monaco is in the midst of an outstanding year, but he does his best work on clay and is a Top 8 seed only because of withdrawals from top players like Rafael Nadal and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Fish fared relatively well in Toronto (quarterfinals) but he is still dealing with an ankle injury that he sustained in Atlanta.

Federer awaits the winner of a first-round matchup between Jarkko Nieminen and Alex Bogomolov. Monaco will contest his opener against either Radek Stepanek or Albert Ramos. One first-rounder to watch is battle of rising youngsters, Ryan Harrison and Bernard Tomic.

Date: 12th August 2012, Source: Tennis Talk

Roger Federer twin daughters loves Silver medal

World No. 1 Roger Federer insists that, his twin daughters Myla Rose and Charlene loves Silver Medal, where he won in the men’s singles final at London Olympic Games last weekend.

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, who has arrived back to home on Monday night, where he was welcomed by his beloved fans at Swiss House. Swiss star insists that one of his twin daughter asked to show Silver Medal immediately, when he reached home from London. He added his cute baby has watched the Olympic final match on the TV, as he feels sweet and beautiful for Charlene, who turn 3 last month.

30-year-old Federer said he is very proud to have a medal for his nation Switzerland, but little bit disappoint to lose men’s singles final in London Olympics. He added it’s amazing to spend Silver Medal celebrations along with his family and friends at his home. Swiss Maestro said he is going to return back to court soon for hard court season preparations from next week.

Tennis great Federer said he is expecting to take part in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, where he is going to turn 35 by time. Swiss star will play next tournament at Western & Southern Open 2012, which will begin from 13th August in Cincinnati, being played on outdoor hard courts.

From Federer's official website:

Dear Fans

It was - and still is - an unbelievable summer with a whole series of highlights. I would like to thank you all for your support the whole year through, much of all that has happened would not have been possible without all of you. Thank you so much also for all your kind wishes and gifts, your creativity and loyalty are overwhelming! I am really looking forward to many more moments with you all.

Sincerely,
Roger

Date: 8th August 2012

Roger Federer and Michael Phelps ranked as greatest in history of their sport

There are two in London, one with 18 gold medals now, another with 17 Grand Slams who are two of the great stars and winners in the history of sports. That means Phelps and Federer.

Use any marker or comparison you care to use on two athletes from amazingly different sports who have dominated the world stage the way they have over the past 10 years. Compare them to Babe Ruth, or Willie Mays, Ali or Pele or Michael Jordan. But know they belong in that conversation, both of them, now more than ever.

At a time when athletes from all sports are declared instant immortals for winning once, both Michael Phelps and Roger Federer have refused to stop, refused to grow old, have continued to find the best in themselves.

Oh, you know Phelps was supposed to be too old, you heard it as recently as last Saturday night, written off because he finished fourth to Ryan Lochte in his first big race in London. And then Phelps got back in the water and showed everybody differently, reminded everybody in London and everybody watching around the world just exactly who it was they were watching.

And the other night he touched the wall first and had his third gold medal, from Athens to Beijing to London, in the 200 individual medley. One more gold, one more thing only he could do.

"It's cool," he said when it was over, "to add it to your resume, hear that you're the first guy to do it."

He first made the Olympics in 2000, Sydney, best finish fifth in the 200-meter butterfly. He was 15. The next year, a tennis teenager from Switzerland named Federer made the quarters of the French Open and then upset Pete Sampras to make the quarters at Wimbledon. That was the beginning for Federer, the beginning of the most graceful and spectacular career any man has ever had in tennis.

He passed Sampras for most major championships, the way Phelps has passed everybody in medals now at the Olympics. Rafael Nadal came after him hard and Novak Djokovic came along to have one of the best years of all time, and all of a sudden.

Federer, even after being the champion he had been, was supposed to be too old for them the way Phelps was supposed to be too old to beat Lochte, who was treated like a kid in the moment last weekend even though Lochte was actually the older man.

Federer was supposed to be too old to be No. 1 in the world again, but became No. 1 in the world when he beat Djokovic in the Wimbledon semis and then Murray in the Wimbledon final. And there was Federer on Friday, back on Centre Court, getting a 19-17 third set off Juan Martin del Potro in the semis lasted 4 hours and 26 minutes to advance to his gold medal. Then he won the Olympic silver medal after that marathon match with Del Potro.

"For me, it's been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became World No. 1 again, and I got Olympic silver medal. Don't feel too bad for me," said Federer.

He's back on top again, all this time after the world first knew his name on Centre Court when he was 19 and had much longer hair than he does now.

Phelps, who is 27, says that this is it for him in London, that he won't be showing up in Rio for the Summer Games of 2016 even as his mom, Dorothy, already seems to be giving him a gentle shove in that direction. Maybe she's right. And there's plenty of time for Phelps to change his mind. After all, he will only be 31 in Rio. It means as young as Roger Federer is right now.

Date: 6th August 2012, Source: NY Daily News

Roger Federer won Olympic silver medal at London 2012 Olympics

Roger Federer won the Olympic silver medal today after losing against Andy Murray 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 in the final at Wimbledon.

"For me, it's been a great month. I won Wimbledon, became World No. 1 again, and I got Olympic silver medal. Don't feel too bad for me."

Roger started well, earining a break-point in the opening game, but Murray rallied to hold. And then, from 2-2  the match suddenly started slipping away for Roger as he lost every game until 0-5 in the second set. Roger tried to hang in there and did have his chances to break, including in the third game of the second set where he could not convert six break points but Murray finally also took that game. Murray eventually went on to end the match with three aces in series.

Roger believes the emotional demands of going for gold at the Olympics left him a spent force in Sunday's final thrashing by Andy Murray.

Just four weeks after beating Murray to win a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and return to the top of the world rankings, Federer suffered one of the worst major final defeats of his career as Murray swept to 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 victory on Centre Court.

Federer had hoped to crown his glorious career by adding a first Olympic singles gold medal to his 17 Grand Slam titles, but the 30-year-old found it impossible to subdue Murray once the world number four got off to a flying start.

While Federer conceded Murray was a worthy winner, the Swiss great claims he was already mentally exhausted after battling through the longest three-set men's singles match in the Open Era just to reach the final.

Federer took 4 hours and 26 minutes to beat Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals and that gruelling experience, combined with some earlier hard-fought matches against Alejandro Falla and John Isner, were too much to recover from in time to face the rampant Murray.

"I felt OK physically, I think it was maybe more emotionally because, God, I had tears in my eyes after my first-round match, believe it or not," Federer said.

"I almost broke down after the Falla first round match because I understood how close I was to losing. That was how much it meant to me."

"There's no doubt about it, I felt the same way exactly after the semis. Maybe there was so much emotion already out of me that today that kind of hindered me from playing my absolute very best."

"For me, it's always been a dream to be part of the Olympic spirit and I didn't want to just have it go on for one day."

"Obviously, the Del Potro match emphasised all of that and made it go to some crazy extremes, which I never thought it would."

"But I'm happy I had a match like that, even though it may have cost me the finals."

Whatever the emotional damage of his earlier matches, Federer still gave disappointing display. He failed to win a single break-point and offered little resistence as Murray swept towards the finish line.

"It was a combination of many things today. The result was a bit too brutal, I do believe. But credit to Andy for making it happen," Federer said.

"I just think he was better, and I missed my chances. I took poor decisions in some big moments at times."

"I mean, I didn't win a break-point. I have myself to blame at times. But at the same time he put me time and time in a tough position as well."

Date: 5th August 2012, Source: RF Official and Reuters

Federer withdrawn from Rogers Cup in Toronto

Tennis Canada announced that world No. 1 Roger Federer has withdrawn from next week's Rogers Cup in Toronto.

"I am very disappointed that I have to withdraw from Toronto as I love the city and the Canadian fans are amazing. I have always enjoyed playing there but after a long stretch of tournaments, I will need some time to recover,” said Federer. "I look forward to coming back to Canada next year."

Federer have won the tournament twice in 2004 and 2006. He has only 90 points to defend in this year's Rogers Cup since he lost in round of 16 in 2011.

Due to Federer’s withdrawal, Canada’s Milos Raonic now moves into the No. 16 seed position and will receive a first-round bye. The draw to determine first-round match-ups will take place on Saturday.

Date: 4th August 2012, Source: Rogers Cup

Emotionally drained Federer eager to land Gold Medal for Switzerland

Roger Federer will play the gold medal match at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event on Sunday knowing that he has already retained the No. 1 spot in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

Federer said he was emotionally drained after beating eighth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6(5), 19-17 in the semi-finals on Friday.

“I'm extremely drained from serving against a match so many times, basically being down in the score for the entire match except the one time where I served for it."

"The level of play throughout was amazing, especially from Juan Martin. I've never seen him play so well, to be honest, from start to finish, particularly on grass. He should be very proud of his performance."

“I felt very bad for him at the net. It was an emotional hug we sort of gave each other. It's not over for him yet. I hope he can make the turnaround and play a good bronze medal match." Del Potro will play second-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic.

Federer admitted that the emotions he experienced on the point of victory were almost as strong as winning a Grand Slam championship title. "I definitely got a sense that this was something special we were both going through,” said Federer, who has won 17 major titles.

“The deeper we went into the match, the more I thought, 'Wow, this is so cool to be part of a match like this’. The emotions I felt were as strong as winning a Grand Slam almost."

Federer is competing at his fourth Olympic Games.

At Sydney in 2000, he lost to Frenchman Arnaud Di Pasquale 7-6(5), 6-7(7), 6-3 in the bronze medal match. Four years later, in Athens, he lost to Czech Tomas Berdych 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 in the second round and at Beijing in 2008, Federer was beaten by American James Blake 6-4, 7-6(2) in the quarter-finals.

On Sunday, Federer will bid to win Switzerland its first medal at the London Olympics against third-seeded Briton Andy Murray. Four years ago in Beijing, Federer captured the doubles gold medal with his compatriot Stanislas Wawrinka.

"I hope I can get to gold again, and that it's going to set free some great playing on Sunday,” said Federer. “Then we'll see if I win or not. I'm sure the emotion is going to be extreme. But we're not there yet, so have to stay very calm right now."

Should Federer win the gold medal, it would add another chapter to his illustrious career just days before his 31st birthday on 8 August.

Date: 4th August 2012, Source: ATP

Federer goes for Gold at London Olympics after epic win

Switzerland's Roger Federer will contest the gold medal match at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event on Sunday. The World No. 1 will now attempt to emulate Swisss Marc Rosset, who won the singles gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

Top seed Federer defeated eighth-seeded Argentine Juan Martin del Potro 3-6, 7-6(5), 19-17 in a dramatic semi-final of the highest quality, on Friday, which lasted four hours and 26 minutes - an Open Era record for a best-of-three sets encounter. The final set alone lasted two hours and 47 minutes.

"I don't think I've ever played as long a set in a best of three match," Federer said. "The whole match was nearly four-and-a-half hours, so it was very physical at the end and so mental. It was very tough from start to finish. I got lucky in the second set to get back and then in the third it was so tough. I was calm but serving to stay in the match so many times is hard and it takes its toll."

"May a bit of fitness was the difference. I liked my attitude today, so I am very happy. I got my first singles medal for Switzerland. I definitely got a sense that it was something special," Federer said.

"I felt very bad for him at net.  It was an emotional hug we sort of gave each other.  It's not over for him yet.  I hope he can make the turnaround and play a good bronze medal match." said Federer.

Del Potro said: "It's not an easy situation. ... Someone always has to win these matches, and today it was his turn."

Federer hit 24 aces and 64 winners past del Potro, who committed 34 unforced errors – seven fewer than Federer. Del Potro struck 51 winners, 11 aces and converted two of his seven break point opportunities. Federer won two of his 13 break point chances and now has a chance at winning his first singles medal at his fourth Olympic Games.

Del Potro had won the first set on three occasions against Federer in 14 meetings, so it was imperative he started well. But, in windy conditions, on Centre Court, it took each player time to settle. Del Potro saved one break point in the third game and Federer fought back from 0/30 in the sixth game.

But the pressure began to tell on Federer at 3-4. Having lost the first point in three of his first four service games, he buckled. Serving at 30/40, Federer found himself over-stretched as del Potro took his chance to attack the net with two powerful crosscourt backhands – the second of which proving too much for Federer’s single-hander. Del Potro coolly closed out the 36-minute set to love.

Del Potro’s readiness to step into the court to strike clean winners off the shortest of balls, forced Federer into a change of tactics. The Swiss began to find terrific angles on his cross-court forehand, which launched him into the net. He came close to taking a 2-0 lead in the second set, but two break point chances went begging. At 2-2, Federer battled through a 14-point game – recovering from 0-30 saving one break – with a mix of power tennis and un-coached artistry to keep del Potro at bay.

Neither player gave anything away to the tie-break, which saw Federer take a 4-1 lead. Del Potro recovered to 4-4 before he made two successive groundstroke errors. Federer hit a forehand long on his first set point opportunity, but at 6-5 he struck his 10th ace of the set. Federer had hit 20 winners and committed 20 unforced errors, but the score was level at one-set apiece.

Game-by-game the tension increased in the deciding set. Del Potro saved four break points to Federer’s two through the first eight games. After several lengthy battles on the All England Club grass this week, the Olympic motto of Citius, Altius, Fortius (Faster, Higher, Stronger) was never more appropriate as each player strived to raise their game to greater heights.

Two fortunate net cords got del Potro out of trouble at 7-7, when Federer denied his opponent pace and time with low returns and forays to the net. The Argentine was again under pressure at 8-8, but recovered from 0/30. He won a four-shot exchange at the net with Federer, finishing with a backhand dive volley that Boris Becker would have been proud to have played.

Pockets of Swiss red, dotted around Centre Court, rose together when Federer secured a service break two games later, after del Potro mis-timed a forehand 30/40 at 9-9. But, del Potro proved nerveless. Faced with the prospect of a bronze medal match, he broke Federer to love and the pair’s 15th meeting continued, leaving fans - such as Americans Kobe Bryant and Bill Gates - transfixed.

The drama continued at 14-14, when del Potro recovered from 0/40 with five straight points. Federer then bounced back from 0/30 in the next game. After four hours and four minutes of play, the match officially became the longest best-of-three sets match in the Open Era, surpassing Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic’s semi-final epic at the 2009 Mutua Madrid Open.

At 17-17, Federer won the first three points on del Potro's serve, and, 60 seconds later, after del Potro hit a forehand into the net, the Swiss walked to his chair to serve for shot at the gold medal match for the second time.

Federer missed one match point opportunity at 40/30. When he opened up the court with a forehand approach, del Potro fired a backhand into the Swiss star’s body. Federer netted. The Centre Court crowd groaned. Two points later, Federer turned to his supporters, his hands raised aloft in celebration of a great and memorable win.

Del Potro fought back the tears and received a standing ovation as he left the famous court. He must now rouse himself for a bronze medal match on Sunday.

Date: 3rd August 2012, Source: ATP and AP

Federer edges big serving Isner; Reached semifinals

Roger Federer defeated John Isner as 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) in the quarterfinals of London 2012 Olympics. Roger has a habit of being able to raise his game at the business end of a set, and that’s exactly what he did against John Isner in windy conditions on Centre Court as he advanced to the men’s singles semifinals at the Olympic Tennis Event for the first time in 12 years.

The first set was on serve until 4-4 with both players offering little in the way of breaking opportunities, but in the ninth game Federer made his move. Isner found himself at 15-40 and, despite scrambling to deuce with a pair of aces, he finally gifted his opponent the game by uncharacteristically blazing an easy forehand long on the third break point.

Federer, who won a record equalling seventh Wimbledon title on the very same court just a few weeks ago, didn’t need a second invitation and proceeded to hold serve and take the first set. There was one nervous moment, however, as Isner engineered a break-back point, only for a big serve from Federer to draw a netted return.

The second set continued to be dominated by big serving with neither player ever seriously threatening to break. The inevitable tiebreak ensued and, after exchanging mini breaks early on, it continued to go on serve with Federer taking a 6-5 lead, and with it bringing up a first match point.

Isner fired another enormous serve at Federer, which the Swiss managed to get a racket to and divert back towards the American’s end. Both players watched on helplessly as the ball struck the net cord and rolled agonisingly onto the American’s side... game, set and match!

"You just feel bad really, but relief because it's finally over, the whole big serving, not knowing what's going to happen next, so obviously it was a big relief," said Federer, describing what it felt to win the final point in that manner."

"I felt I hit the return actually well. I hit it perfect. I don't remember if I thought it was going to go over or actually straight in the net, but I had a good contact. I played well throughout, so maybe I just got really lucky today. I don't know how fortunate I am."

"Overall I felt I played a great match, and so did John. Conditions were tough with swirly winds. It was hard for both of us to maybe find some rhythm, but overall I think we tried our best, and it was obviously a nail-biter at the very end."

Federer advances to meet another big server, Juan Martin del Potro, in the semifinals. The Argentine overcame Japan’s Kei Nishikori 6-4 7-6(4) to reach the last four. The pair have met 14 times and Federer convincingly leads the series 12-2, including five wins out of five in 2012. However, one of del Potro’s victories famously came in the final at the US Open in 2009.

"I think this is the sixth time we're playing this season already," said Federer. "Just came off of a tough five-setter at the French. Yeah, we ran into each other very often now this year already. I'm not surprised he makes it to the semis here again. He's played a lot of tennis this year. Always had sort of a momentum going, good confidence."

"I think he took advantage of a draw here, and then was able to just come through convincingly. I have my hands full with Juan Martin. He's obviously beaten me in the biggest match we've played against each other, the finals of the US Open. I'm aware of that. He's a big player with a big serve. That makes it obviously tricky on a fast court like grass."

Federer has only reached the Olympic semifinals once before, and that was on his debut at Sydney 2000. He bowed out against Tommy Haas before missing out on the bronze medal by losing to Arnaud di Pasquale in the play-off. The 17-time Grand Slam champion famously won the doubles gold medal at Beijing 2008, and he’s made no secret of the fact that he would love to add the singles gold to his collection.

Date: 2nd August 2012, Source: ITF

Nirmal Balaji: Proudest moment in my life #RF287 tee shirt

To celebrate Roger Federer's 287 weeks as World No. 1, Roger requested Nike Tennis to a make him a custom "RF287 tee shirt" and 10 another RF287 tee shirt for 10 of his best fans in the world. So Nike Tennis made 11 RF287 tee shirt in total. These will NOT be sold. One will be for Roger Federer itself and remaining 10 will be gifted to his 10 best fans in the world. So these are pretty special.

I'm so glad that I was selected as one of the 10 best Roger Federer fans in the world by Roger Federer and Nike Tennis. Nike Tennis have contacted me about this on 20th July 2012 by email and requested my address to send me one RF287 special tee shirt. When I looked at that mail I was wonder whether I was in a dream or in real life for a moment.

This is the proudest moment ever in my life for sure. Being selected as one of the 10 best fans by my Idol Roger Federer itself is the greatest honour I have ever earned. What should I expect more from him? Thats the most prettiest moment too. I was a fan of him since I was 13 years old. Supporting and watching him for more than 8 years and I will do it for rest of my life till I have breathe.

Nike Tennis said "We hope to have continued support from you and your fan club and to keep building a relationship."

Best regards,

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Date: 2nd August 2012

Federer-Wawrinka lose Olympic doubles

Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka joyfully embraced each other four years ago in Beijing, where they won gold in men's doubles. This year's Olympics brought them disappointment and an early exit.

The sixth-seeded Swiss pair lost to Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram of Israel 1-6, 7-6 (5), 6-3 in the second round on Court 18 at Wimbledon, where the somewhat disruptive wind and shadow at first seemed to favor Federer and Wawrinka.

"I thought we played an excellent first set. Conditions were tough. They were breezy, a lot of shadow on the courts. But that didn't disrupt our great playing," said Federer, who is still in contention for a medal in singles.

The Israelis lost serve three times in the 28-minute opening set, winning just 46 per cent of their service points.

They did not give Federer and Wawrinka another break point chance in the two sets to follow. They edged the Swiss in the tie-break, and needed just one break of serve in the third to claim victory after one hour and 39 minutes.

Erlich stated afterwards that he was most impressed with the patience and maturity they showed, after what he called a “shocking” first set.

Erlich and Ram, the 2008 Australian Open champions, will next face top-seeded Americans Bob Bryan and Mike Bryan, the reigning bronze medallists.

Federer and Wawrinka had defeated the Bryans in the semi-finals at the 2008 Beijing Games, before going on to defeat Swedes Simon Aspelin and Thomas Johansson in the gold medal match.

Wawrinka, who will next compete at the Rogers Cup in Toronto, admitted, “I think we play good doubles, but doubles can be really tough. One or two points can change the match, especially on grass courts.”

Date: 1st August 2012, Source: ATP and AP

Federer downs Istomin to reach quarters

Roger Federer is through to the quarterfinals at the Olympic Tennis Event after defeating Denis Istomin 7-5 6-3, although it was far from a vintage performance from the world No. 1.

“It was tough,” said Federer. “A very difficult first set. I was happy with the way that I was able to turn it around. Denis, I thought, played a very good first set. I didn’t play poorly to let him back into the match. In the second set, I guess I learned from the first set and was able to bring it home.”

Playing in front of a packed crowd on No. 1 Court, Federer raced out of the blocks to take a 3-0 lead in the first set, but Istomin found his feet and broke the Swiss top seed to draw level at 3-3.

Both players continued to hold serve as grey clouds threatened overhead, and with Federer serving at 5-5 15-30 the rain finally arrived and play was suspended.

The players returned a short while later and Istomin’s small window of opportunity immediately arrived. He held three break points in the opening game after the stoppage, but three big first serves helped Federer avoid trouble.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion doesn’t tend to give his opponents too many chances, so it felt like Istomin’s ship may have sailed when those break points slipped by the way-side. That feeling was compounded in the next game when Federer converted his second set point.

The second set started like the first, with Federer stamping his authority early by breaking Istomin’s opening service game to take a 3-0 lead. This time, however, there was no way back for the Uzbek player as Federer continued to serve out the match.

Next up for Federer is John Isner who Janko Tipsarevic 7-5, 7-6(14).

Date: 1st August 2012, Source: ITF