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Federer beats Nadal to win 18th Grand Slam

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

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Federer hopes to play '2 to 3 more years'

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

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Federer and Nadal to team up in Laver Cup

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

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Swiss street named in Roger Federer's honour

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

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Roger Federer attends Oscars in Hollywood

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

Roger Federer: I will not be a pushy parent

Roger Federer's drive to succeed has landed him seven Wimbledon singles titles and a legion of fans. But when it comes to his children taking up sport, he is determined not to be a pushy parent.

It was an unlikely meeting on the face of it - the Speaker of the House of Commons and the man who is considered by many as the greatest tennis player ever to grace the men's game.

But when John Bercow, formerly Britain's top-ranking junior tennis player, was given the chance to edit Radio 4's Today programme and interview guests of his choosing, Roger Federer was top of his list.

Mr Bercow has watched the Swiss player in action no fewer than 65 times this year and was keen to get to the source of the unwavering ambition that has led him to remain at the pinnacle of his profession.

"I realised very quickly that it's an entirely different thing winning something for the first time and then having to come back the following year and defend it," explains Federer.

"Once I reached a certain level... I looked up to the great other athletes out there for motivation, like Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Valentino Rossi and Michael Schumacher - people who did it so long, so many times and make you wonder 'How did they do that?'.

"Next thing you know," he adds, "it's like you're part of that in a small way, and every year that goes by you get closer to those people. They were definitely a big inspiration for me to keep working hard."

This continued passion for the game has led Federer to a record 302 weeks as world number one, surpassing Pete Sampras's mark of 286.

And after a difficult year in 2013, when he struggled with a back injury, Federer returned in impressive form this season to win more matches - 73 - than any other player on the men's tour.

Once dismissed by many critics as a player in perpetual decline, the 33-year-old remains a serious contender for Grand Slam victory in 2015. Which is just as well, as he admits it would be difficult for him to turn up to a tournament as a sideshow to the main event.

"I definitely am fortunate to always be playing on Centre Court and very often prime time," he says.

"I must say - and this is honest - I don't know if I would still be playing if they would put me on Court 4 every day.

"That would be difficult for me, having played on all these wonderful courts around the world and now playing in front of a fraction of those people - that would be rough."

The will to succeed is clearly a theme of his unrivalled longevity at the top of the game, and Mr Bercow - David Cameron's former doubles partner in the Commons and Lords tennis team - is keen to know whether similar expectations will be pressed on his children.

"I don't know if the kids are ever going to play tennis at a high level like that," says Federer, whose wife Mirka gave birth to their second set of twins this May.

"Honestly, I think it all depends on how things are going to be when we settle in Switzerland, and what sport they are going to take up.

"But I think for any kid it's important for them… to enjoy what they're doing, whatever sport that is."

Federer, however, is keen to make clear the distinction between supportive and pushy parents, especially given the role his father Robert and mother Lynette have played in his success.

"Parental support and advice is very important…to make you understand that it's a privilege to be able to go to tennis lessons and play tennis tournaments. So the least a kid can do is give it their best effort and best attitude," he explains.

"At the same time, the parents also need to give space to the kid and the coaches so they can work and... travel by themselves - the parents don't always need to babysit them through their entire career.

"That's why today when my parents tell me 'You know what, we want to come to every single tournament you play on the tour', I would say 'Yes please, come see me. I don't mind spending every day with you guys for the year.'

"But if they tell me 'We don't want to come see you play because we really don't enjoy it' that's cool too. And that's what I hope every parent can look forward to with their kid," he adds.

"It needs to be both ways and for me that worked very well - I got the space, but I also felt the pressure, the need to perform," he adds.

Date: 26th December 2014, Source: BBC

Federer: Grand Slams will be my priority in 2015

After "The Match for Africa 2" Exhibition in Zurich, Switzerland where he beat his fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka 7-6(4), 6-4, Roger Federer talked about his plans for 2015.

"Next year I will have to be very careful managing my schedule" Federer said, before adding that: "The Grand Slam tournaments will be my priority and I will try to be in the great form during those events."

Roger said that he will spend Christmas with his family in Switzerland before flying to Australia where he will start his 2015 season at the Brisbane International starting on January 5th.

After the Australian Open, a tournament that he won 4 times although he has not made it to the Final since 2010, Federer will define the rest of his schedule including whether or not to play in the Davis Cup 1st Round, where Switzerland will travel to Belgium to defend their 2014 title.

The World No. 2 explained that "A lot will depend on if I have a chance to get back to No.1 after the Australian Open."

Date: 24th December 2014, Source: Tennis World USA

Federer tops Wawrinka in The Match for Africa 2

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka put on a show in front of the home faithful at a sold out Hallenstadion in Zurich, contesting The Match For Africa 2 presented by Rolex on Sunday evening.

The Swiss stars catered to the 11,000 fans throughout the 93-minute affair, providing plenty of laughs and high-quality tennis. Federer prevailed 7-6(4), 6-4.

"The evening was a great experience for me," said Federer. "Stan and I were given a wonderful reception in the stadium. The fact that we were able to raise such a large amount for the foundation makes the evening even more special. A hearty thank you to Stan that he made this possible."

The event, which raised 1.3 million Swiss Francs, was in support of the Roger Federer Foundation, an organisation that promotes access to quality education, supporting projects operated by local nonprofit groups primarily in six countries in southern Africa and Switzerland. This year it is already reaching out to 136,000 children, with the goal of reaching a total 1,000,000 children by 2018.

The lone break of serve came in the third game of the second set, after the World No. 2 claimed the opener in a tie-break. Wawrinka pressed to level the set when he earned a pair of break points trailing 4-3, but Federer held his nerve and would close out the match on an overhead smash.

The crowd was entertained with traditional African dance and song during the changeovers.

Link: The Match for Africa 2 photo gallery

To learn how to donate and for more information, visit the official website.

Date: 22nd December 2014, Source: ATP

Roger Federer best of all-time, insists Toni Nadal

Rafael Nadal's uncle and lifelong coach Toni Nadal believes Roger Federer and not his 14-time Grand Slam champion nephew deserves to be considered the greatest tennis player of all time.

Federer holds the record for Grand Slam titles with 17 and added his first ever Davis Cup title to his list of achievements last weekend.

"I think he is the best of all-time, the numbers say so," Toni Nadal told Spanish radio station Cadena COPE.

"Federer is the best in the history of the game alongside Rod Laver and, unfortunately for us, it is like that."

However, Nadal has consistently had the upper hand on the world number two throughout their illustrious careers.

The Spaniard holds a 23-10 lifetime record over Federer and hasn't lost to him in a Grand Slam since the Wimbledon final of 2007.

"I don't know why that is. Federer's game doesn't affect Rafael as much. In any case, one is the best for the titles they win.

"Federer has won 17 Grand Slams, Rafael has won 14. He was number one for five years, Rafael for three. Therefore, there is no discussion, he is the best."

And he added that current world number one Novak Djokovic isn't far off the level of Federer and Nadal despite being someway behind in Grand Slam titles with seven to his name.

"Djokovic is a great player, for me he is almost at the level of Federer.

"He is very good, I don't know if he is better of worse than Rafael. "In titles, Rafael is better than him. In terms of how they play, I don't know. At the end of the day everyone is free to have whatever opinion they want."

Date: 30th November 2014, Source: AFP