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Federer wins 10th Basel title

Roger Federer won his 10th Swiss Indoors Basel title, defeating Alex De Minaur 6-2, 6-2 to secure what the Swiss legend described as "an unbelievable" success at the home-town tournament.

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Federer to play 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Roger Federer will go for gold in 2020. The Swiss star confirmed that he will compete for Switzerland at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

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Federer wins 10th Halle title

Roger Federer made history in Halle, defeating David Goffin 7-6 (2), 6-1 to win a record 10th Noventi Open title. It is the first time that Federer has earned 10 crowns at one tournament.

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Federer wins fourth Miami Open title

Roger Federer produced a championship masterclass under the Florida sun, dominating reigning champ John Isner 6-1, 6-4 to win his fourth Miami title.

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Federer makes history in Dubai, wins 100th title

Roger Federer made history at the Dubai Duty Free Championships, defeating reigning Next Gen ATP Finals champion Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 6-4 to win his 100th tour-level title.

Roger upset by Berdych in a thriller

Roger had to admit a defeat against Czech Tomas Berdych in Miami on Tuesday, losing a tight match 4-6, 7-6(3), 6-7(6).

"It's no secret that I struggled the last five matches I played in the States," Roger said. "I fought, and tried everything I could, but my game is lacking something right now. I'm lacking timing. I had so many chances, but I never felt great all night. When I don't play my best, it's hard to judge my opponent, but I knew the danger. This only fuels my desire to go to the practice courts and figure out what's wrong, and get better."

Roger had beaten Berdych in eight of their previous nine encounters but paid the penalty for an error-strewn display in which he could only convert two of 12 break point opportunities. After a rather unspectacular first set which Berdych eventually won, Roger could only close the second in the tie-break after having failed to make use of his nine break points. The two players met on the same level once again, breaking and re-breaking, with Roger eventually facing the first match-point of the match at 6-5 in the decider. After a successful challenge on the side of the Czech and another match-point for Roger in the tie-break, our champ eventually had to face the three-set defeat.

Roger will now head back to Europe, where the Internazionali BNL d'Italia start towards the end of April.

Date: 31.03.2010, Source: RF Official

Roger Federer Miami 2010 Updates

Date: 31.03.2010

Roger Federer Miami 2010 Monday Interview

World No. 1 Roger Federer talks about the challenge of closing matches following his third-round win over Florent Serra on Monday at the Sony Ericsson Open.

Date: 30.03.2010

Next up: Round Four

Roger defeated France's Florent Serra (ATP 61) in a pair of tiebreaks today: 7-6(2), 7-6(3).

Roger displayed some awesome tennis, starting the match well as he raced to a 5-2 lead. But he had to accept a break by his opponent, who managed to level the set at 5-5. As the set went into the tie-break, Roger regained the momentum and spared two points to close it by 7 points to 2. The second set brought an early break in the third game for our maestro, who then consolidated the lead with a double break for 4-1. Serra once again broke Roger to close in the gap, and successfully levelled the set once again at 5-5 with consecutive service breaks. Roger, surprised by the Frenchman's tenacity, failed to grab another break and looked for closure in the tie-break, which progressed as expected, giving Roger a mini-break lead at 3-1. With a lead, he closed the 7-6(2), 7-6(3) match in one hour and 32 minutes of play.

Roger will play Tomáš Berdych in his third match at the Sony Ericsson Open on Tuesday not before 9.00 p.m. (local time).

Roger Federer after the match:

“Sure, I still have to tidy up my game a bit, having had one break up in the first and two breaks up in the second; it's normally something that doesn't get away from me. But I thought he came up with some good stuff, and that made it difficult for me to close it out… I don't think I gave it to him. I think he went to get it, which is a big difference.

“The most important [thing] is to come through the rounds. So I don't have a preference how it's done. I always like to come out with confidence, that's for sure. So it's nice to having won two breakers, because that doesn't happen every match you play.”

“All in all, I’m thrilled to be through,” he said. “At the end of the day, that’s what counts.”

The crowd included Rafael Nadal, a potential opponent in Sunday’s final.

“It has always been a lot of fun playing against him,” Federer said. “I hope that day is going to come soon again.”

Date: 30.03.2010, Source: RF Official and ATP

Roger's sweetest fans

Swiss chocolate manufacturer, Lindt & Sprüngli, and one of Roger's sponsors, published a new video with Roger just in time for the easter season.

Date: 29.03.2010

Roger Federer and Art of Shaving, Miami

Federer, the consummate company man, had an appearance at the Art of Shaving tent on the tournament's grounds.

Art of Shaving is a sister company of Gillette, which pays him a king's ransom to hawk its goods.

This week, the company's tent is offering a $20 hot-towel shave, with the proceeds going to the Roger Federer Foundation.

Date: 29.03.2010

Roger starts well

Roger opened his bid for a third title in Miami in successful manner, breezing past Ecuador's Nicolas Lapentti 6-3, 6-3 in his first match.

"I served well and made a good start on all my service games. I knew I would have chances on his serve and I took them. It's a pleasing performance and a good start."

Roger struggled with his forehand in the beginning, but fought to earn his first break point to advance to 5-3 in the opening set. Both players competed well in the second set, neither able to reach break point until 3-3. Roger struck first, taking a 4-3 lead as Lapentti gave away a backhand error. Roger then went on to complete the match with no trouble as he collected two match points at 5-3. A well-struck, cross-court backhand sealed the win for our champ in 66 minutes.

Roger will meet France's Florent Serra (ATP 61) in the third round of play. The two have never met before on the Tour.

Date: 28.03.2010, Source: RF Official

Roger opens with comfortable win in Miami

Roger Federer preserved dignity among the elite at the Miami Masters, earning a comfortable opening victory after world number three Andy Murray crashed out to unheralded Mardy Fish.

World number one and top seed Federer quietly dominated Nicolas Lapentti Saturday, vanquishing the Ecuadoran 6-3, 6-3 in 66 minutes.

But it was another story for Murray, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to the 101st-ranked Fish.

Federer is the sole survivor of the top three as Murray's early exit followed that of second-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic on Friday.

Federer admitted that seeing Djokovic and Murray bow out before he had even taken the court had given him pause.

"It worries me as well, being the top seed, seeing high seeds fall out of the tournament. I haven't even started playing yet, and there's two big names out of the tournament already."

But Federer said a solid service game was all he needed to steady his nerves.

"I came through because I served very well. I had a good start into all my service games. I always knew I was going to have a couple of chances at least on the return games," said Federer, who needed only two breaks of Lapentti to earn his 12th victory of the season.

Federer lined up a third-round clash with Frenchman Florent Serra, a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2 winner over Spain's Albert Montanes.

Federer is beginning a bid for a third Miami title after winning here in 2005 and 2006.

Date: 27.03.2010, Source: AFP

Federer headlines strong saturday line up

There appears to no longer be a debate about it as almost everyone is in agreement that Roger Federer is the best player to ever play the game.

Standing behind that claim is a record 16 Grand Slam titles, two more than Pete Sampras, the last record holder was able to win during his illustrious career.  And Federer also beats out Sampras in the fact that after years of trying, he finally conquered the red clay of the French Open last May, which means he’s won at all four Grand Slams.

Federer is no longer considered quite the giant force he was a few years, virtually unbeatable by most other players. Nowadays, he’ll have losses – something that has proven him to be human like the rest of us. But he’s still pretty much the player to beat day in-day out, which makes him a joy to watch.

Roger knows the lay of the land at the Sony Ericsson Open having won the title twice – he captured his first Miami crown in a fabulous five-set final win over Rafael Nadal, and beat Ivan Ljubicic in straight sets in 2006. He had an impressive 34-9 lifetime record in Miami, and is the only active player in the game who has managed to win back-to-back Indian Wells and Miami titles performing that feat twice.

The world No. 1 is also something of a fixture in the top spot on the ranking charts. He’s spent a total of 275 overall weeks on the ranking throne.

Federer’s first test at this year’s Sony Ericsson Open comes against Nicolas Lapentti of Ecuador. Lapentti found his way into this year’s draw as a lucky loser then went on to outlast Potito Starace of Italy in the first round, his first match victory of the 2010 season.  Lapentti has played the tournament 11 times in the past but this is his first main draw appearance since 2006. Lapentti’s best showing in Miami was reaching the quarterfinals in 2000 and 2002.

Bottom line: Lapentti doesn’t have enough luck to stop the Fed Express from delivering a knock out.
Keep an eye on the Fernando Verdasco and Dudi Sela match as that’s an encounter bound to gather a crowd. The No. 12 ranked Verdasco, a good-looking Spaniard, is a popular player here in Miami. The Israeli players always court widespread support in Miami as well, so the No. 71 ranked Sela should enjoy a strong fan base.

Verdasco often trains in Las Vegas with former Andre Agassi fitness guru, Gil Reyes, and was planning on getting a place in Sin City. He certainly has game and showed that off when he reached the 2009 Australian Open semifinals. This year, he won the San Jose title over Andy Roddick, went to the quarterfinal of Acapulco, and the fourth round at the Australian Open.

Sela, a feisty opponent who is quick to cover the court, had his best result of 2010 in Chennai where he reached the semis.

Crowd support won’t be enough for Sela as Verdasco secures his second career victory over the Israeli.
The women are into the third round today and there are quite a number of interesting matches on the card.
One match definitely worth attention features No. 6 seed Agnieszka Radwanska and 2008 French Open champion Ana Ivanovic.

If you disregard the rankings – Radwanska is No. 9 and Ivanovic is No. 58 – there’s no denying that Ivanovic is the household name in this encounter.

Briefly ranked No. 1 in the world for 12 non-consecutive weeks after her French Open win,  Ivanovic along with fellow Serbian Jelena Jankovic made quite a statement in the women’s game a couple of years ago.  But following her French Open success, Ivanovic sustained a thumb injury and she’s just never seemed to be the same on court. Even after the thumb healed, her minds been scattered,  and she definitely is lacking focus and self-assuredness on the court.

Ivanovic has had one encouraging moment this season, reaching the semifinals at Brisbane, which marks her best result on the WTA Tour since the 2009 Indian Wells tournament just over a year ago.

As for Radwanska, the year is going fairly well as she reached the semifinal at Dubai and Indian Wells. While her success at the Grand Slams has not taken her beyond three quarterfinal finishes as a pro, the Polish native did win two junior Grand Slam trophies at Wimbledon in 2005 and the French Open in 2006.
Ivanovic heads into this match with a 3-1 career edge over Radwanska, but it’s hard to give that advantage much muster at this point in time. There’s no denying that Ivanovic needs a win in a match like today’s to start building up her confidence, but Radwanska will roll along in the draw.

Another women’s match to watch will be between No. 16 seed Nadia Petrova of Russia against Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia.Miamians should embrace Nadia as one of their own as the Russian has taken up residence in the city. In fact, she can be seen eating at restaurants along Brickell Ave., as can British transplant Andy Murray, who maintains an apartment with a hip Brickell Ave. address.
Petrova’s best result of the season was a quarterfinal appearance at the Australian Open and she reached the fourth round at Indian Wells, too.

The No. 25 ranked Hantuchova ‘s been to the final of Monterrey and the quarterfinals of Brisbane this year and would dearly love to return to a top 10 ranking.

Hantuchova’s one win over Petrova came in their first meeting back in 2000, but Petrova won their four other matches. The last time they played was on hard courts at Beijing last fall and it took Petrova three sets to secure the victory.

This is a match that Hantuchova can win, but with Petrova playing with a home court advantage it makes the Miami-based Russian the ruler of the court.

Date: 27.03.2010, Source: Miami

Federer welcomed break after early Indian Wells exit

Roger Federer turned the disappointment of a third-round exit last week at Indian Wells into a benefit, saying Thursday the unexpected time off was just what he needed before the ATP Miami Masters.

World number one Federer won the joint WTA and ATP Florida event in 2005 and 2006 but smashed a racket in a rare flare of temper here a year ago as he lost a semi-final to Novak Djokovic.

His defeat last week in the Indian Wells third round at the hands of Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis was also a shock to the system, but the Swiss star said he was able to decompress as he made the move from California to Miami.

"I've had many years where I run from one thing to the next that also I welcome having all of a sudden more days off, more days of practice, more days where I can just wake up and see what I really want to do instead of having the perfect plan the whole time," Federer said.

"It's nice to adjust that for a change, if there's anything positive to take out of a loss."

The reigning Australian Open, Roland Garros and Wimbledon champion is fully primed for his first match on Saturday night after a bye awarded to all seeds.

Federer says his lung infection from February is also old news.

"I felt good ever since I got the green light from the doctors," Federer said. "I've been practicing hard before Indian Wells and also now in between, so no issues whatsoever. I'm fighting fit again."

World No. 1 Roger Federer will begin his quest for a third Sony Ericsson Open title on Saturday, March 27 (Session 8) at 8:00 p.m against Nicolas Lapentti.

Date: 25.03.2010, Source: AFP

Federer, Kuznetsova top-seeded for Key Biscayne

Roger Federer and Svetlana Kuznetsova are the top seeds for the Sony Ericsson Open.

The 13-day tournament begins Tuesday with unseeded women in action. Seeded players have a first-round bye, and Federer plays his opening match Saturday night.

The draw was held Monday, and No. 2-seeded Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Rafael Nadal landed in the half opposite Federer.

Five-time champion Serena Williams will miss the tournament with a left knee injury. Caroline Wozniacki is seeded second.

Defending champion Victoria Azarenka could meet reigning U.S. Open champion Kim Clijsters in the fourth round. Justine Henin, making a comeback this year, received a wild card and could face No. 5-seeded Elena Dementieva in the second round.

Miami Mens Singles Draw:

Date: 23.03.2010, Source: AP

Federer, Murray lead strong field

Two-time champion (2005-06) Roger Federer, who is No. 1 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings for the 275th week (as of Mar. 22), leads an outstanding field which features 16 of the Top 20 players. Federer is the top seed for the sixth time in seven years (except last year).

Six players have accomplished the Indian Wells-Miami title sweep in the same year since 1991 when Jim Courier pulled it off. Federer is the only active player to win both titles in the same year, as he did it back-to-back in 2005-06. Croat Ivan Ljubicic, who at 31 years old, became the oldest player to win his first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title in Indian Wells, will look to add his name to the list.

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Defending champion Andy Murray is one of four former winners in the field -- Novak Djokovic (2007), Federer (2005-06) and Andy Roddick (2004). The Miami champion has been ranked in the Top 10 every year since 1992 with Courier the last winner outside the Top 10 at No. 18 in 1991.

In the first quarter of the draw, Federer, who owns a 34-9 lifetime record in Miami, opens against a qualifier or Italian Potito Starace. The first seed Federer could face is No. 26 Albert Montanes in the third round (Federer leads 3-0) or possibly wild card and ’03 runner-up Carlos Moya (Federer leads 7-0).  In the fourth round, the Swiss could meet No. 16 Tomas Berdych (Federer leads 8-1) or No. 20 Gilles Simon, who won the previous two meetings.

In the quarter-finals, Federer could face No. 7 Marin Cilic (Federer leads 1-0), No. 10 Fernando Verdasco (Federer leads 4-0),  No. 23 Jurgen Melzer (never met) or No. 25 Marcos Baghdatis (Federer leads 6-1). The Cypriot saved three match points in the third round in Indian Wells and prevailed in a third set tie-break. Verdasco and Melzer could meet in the third round (Verdasco leads 3-1) while Baghdatis and Cilic could square off in the same round (never met).

In the second quarter of the draw, No. 3 and defending champion Andy Murray, who is coming off a quarter-final effort in Indian Wells, takes on Mardy Fish (Murray leads 3-1) or Leonardo Mayer (Murray leads 1-0) in his first match. Murray could meet No. 29 seed Feliciano Lopez in the third round (Murray leads 2-0). In the fourth round, Murray could take on No. 13 Mikhail Youzhny (Murray leads 2-0) or No. 19 Stanislas Wawrinka (Murray leads 5-3). Murray's possible quarter-final opponents include No. 5 seed Robin Soderling (tied 2-2), who defeated the Scot in Indian Wells, No. 9 Fernando Gonzalez (Gonzalez leads 2-1), a semi-finalist in 2004, No. 22 Juan Monaco (tied 1-1) or No. 31Janko Tipsarevic (tied 3-3).

In the bottom half of the draw (third quarter), No. 4 and two-time runner-up Rafael Nadal opens against Taylor Dent or a qualifier. The first seed Nadal could meet is No. 30 Viktor Troicki (Nadal leads 3-0) in the third round. In the fourth round, Nadal could play No. 15 David Ferrer (Nadal leads 8-3) or No. 24 Ivo Karlovic (Nadal leads 3-0). Karlovic, who is 0-6 lifetime in Miami, takes on a qualifier or Spaniard Daniel Gimeno-Traver in his first match.

In the quarter-finals, Nadal could meet No. 8 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Nadal leads 4-1), No. 12 Juan Carlos Ferrero (Nadal leads 6-2), No. 17 John Isner (Nadal leads 1-0) or No. 28 Philipp Kohlschreiber (Nadal leads 5-0). In the third round Tsonga could face Kohlschreiber (tied 1-1) and Isner could meet Ferrero for the first time.

In the final quarter, World No. 2 and 2007 champion Novak Djokovic opens against the winner of Olivier Rochus (Rochus leads 2-1)-Richard Gasquet (Djokovic leads 2-1). Djokovic, who is 12-3 lifetime in Miami, could face No. 27 Thomaz Bellucci (never met) in the third round. Bellucci takes on the winner of Serbian wild card Filip Krajinovic and James Blake. Djokovic’s possible fourth round opponents are No. 14 Gael Monfils (Djokovic leads 4-0) or No. 21 Sam Querrey (Djokovic leads 3-0). In the quarter-finals Djokovic could face No. 6 Andy Roddick, who leads 4-2 against the Serb, No. 11 Ivan Ljubicic (Djokovic leads 5-2 although the Croat won in Indian Wells), No. 18 Tommy Robredo (Djokovic leads 5-1), or No. 32 Julien Benneteau (Djokovic leads 3-1).

Roddick, who has won the most matches (20) on the ATP World Tour this season, opens against Russian Igor Andreev (tied 2-2) or a qualifier. The first seed Roddick could face in the third round is Benneteau (Roddick leads 3-1). Roddick has a 25-9 record in Miami and he's reached the quarterfinals or better in five of the past six years (except '05). He’s coming off a runner-up showing in Indian Wells (l. to Ljubicic). Ljubicic, who reached the final in Miami in 2006 (l. to Federer), plays the winner of Germans Simon Greul and Benjamin Becker in his first match. The Croat could meet Robredo in the third round  (Ljubicic leads 5-1).

Date: 23.03.2010, Source: Miami

Roger Federer practicing at Miami

Date: 23.03.2010

Roger Federer ATP World Tour Uncovered

In season 2, episode 10 of ATP World Tour Uncovered, many of the games greats pay tribute to Roger Federer, who reveals a secret childhood fantasy and says that he intends to stay No. 1 for years to come.

Date: 22.03.2010

Roger becomes an honorary member of Swiss Tennis

Roger was appointed as an honorary member of the Swiss Tennis Association on Saturday in Bern (Switzerland) at Swiss Tennis' 115th delegates meeting. For the first time in its 114 years, the Swiss association honoured an active athlete. Since Roger is currently in the United States, his godfather Arthur Dubach collected the award in his place. "I am proud to receive this award today on behalf of my godchild. The nomination as an honorary member is a great honour to Roger and he would like to the Central Committee as well as the delegates of Swiss Tennis for this award."

Date: 22.03.2010, Source: RF Official

Canas, a former Federer nemesis, retires to coach

KEY BISCAYNE About 30 minutes before top-ranked Roger Federer began practicing on stadium court late Saturday afternoon in preparation for this week's Sony Ericsson Open, his former tormentor was toiling on the practice courts in his new role as coach.

No, it wasn't the pesky David Nalbandian or Rafael Nadal, who was busy losing in the semifinals at Indian Wells.

Rather, it was Guillermo Canas, the tenacious Argentine, who stunned Federer in back-to-back Masters tournaments at Indian Wells and the Sony Ericsson Open in March 2007. First, he snapped Federer's personal-best 41 match-winning streak and then a week later edged him in a third-set tiebreaker at the Sony before eventually losing to Novak Djokovic in the final.

"There were many highlights, but beating Roger two weeks in a row was amazing,'' smiled a still-chiseled Canas after a practice session with one of his disciples, 100th-ranked Wayne Odesnik of Fort Lauderdale.

"I was great for me and then in 2008 I was in the top [15] again and one year after that I'm coaching, and will make my retirement official this week.''

Federer, who came to Miami a week before his first match to get acclimated to the conditions after a third-round loss to Marcos Baghdatis at Indian Wells, did beat Canas the next two times to even their series 3-3.

"He was always a grinder and always gave his best on the court, so you always knew you were in for a tough match,'' Federer said after a hitting session with 351st-ranked Filip Krajinovic.

"It was a bit different losing to the same player back-to-back. It hadn't happened to me in years.''

Canas, 32, was ranked eighth in 2005 when he was suspended by the ATP for 18 months for taking a banned diuretic. He was later exonerated. That layoff combined with four wrist surgeries derailed a promising career that saw him win seven titles.

He also reached the quarterfinals of the French Open three times.

"Yes [I was wronged], but it's good to put in the past and enjoy what happens after,'' said Canas, who last September started the Canas Tennis Academy at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park.

"My life is different, but I'm happy in the role I'm doing right now.''

That role involves teaching promising juniors as well as young pros such as Odesnik and Paul Capdeville.

"He's so mentally tough it rubs off on his pupils,'' said Odesnik, who's over a sprained ankle sustained in a first-round win in Delray last month. "He's made tennis interesting for me again.''

And life safer for Federer.

Date: 22.03.2010, Source: Sun Sentinel

Las Fallas - Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal

Two ninots depicting Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer are displayed in Valencia, Spain, 16 March 2010. The falla is an installation of parodic huge papier-mache, cardboard and wooden sculptures. Las Fallas is a mass festival held in Valencia region annually from 15 to 19 March to mark San Jose, the patron of carpenters. The fallas are burned on 19 March to end with the festival. (Photo by EPA)

Date: 20.03.2010

Roger presents Marco Chiudinelli ATP Award

Last Tuesday, Roger handed Marco Chiudinelli the 2009 Comeback Player of the Year Award in Indian Wells. The two players have been friends for many years, as Marco also grew up in the area of Basel (Switzerland) and they already played together as juniors.

“It’s a great honour to get this award voted by my fellow players,” said 28-year-old Chiudinelli. “It was a hard time for me to get back and I’m very proud of having achieved a great comeback, and it feels great that other people recognize that effort.”

Date: 19.03.2010, Source: RF Official

Roger loses third round match

Roger suffered a 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4) defeat against Marcos Baghdatis at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

"It was one of those matches that just happens," Roger said. "I didn't play terrible. It just happens. I was doing many things right, but then the next thing you know, I'm stuck in a third set and you never know what's going to happen. It was a decent match but maybe wrong choices at the wrong time for me."

Roger certainly had his chances with a total of three match points, two of which came at 5-4 of the second set, when he took a 15-40 lead on Baghdatis' serve but fired first a forehand and then a backhand long and Baghdatis went on to hold serve and even the set. Baghdatis broke our champ in the next game and then held serve to take the set. The last time Roger surrendered a match after holding at least one match point was in the 2006 Rome final, against Rafael Nadal.

Roger took a 3-1 lead in the third set with a break in the fourth game, but Baghdatis - whose head-to-head record against Federer includes a loss in the 2006 Australian Open final - broke back in the seventh game, setting up the break with a blistering cross-court winner before Roger netted a forehand.

The next tournament on Roger's schedule is the Sony Ericsson which starts on March 22nd in Miami.

Date: 17.03.2010, Source: RF Official

Baghdatis stuns Federer, faces down three match points

Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis stunned World No. 1 Roger Federer in a Tuesday night classic at the BNP Paribas Open, fighting off three match points to oust the three-time champion 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(4) at the year’s first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament.
“Best win of my career,” said the 24-year-old Baghdatis. “I think that says everything. I cannot say I'm not happy. I'm very happy. A lot of emotions are going through right now. It's the best win of my career. I lost a lot of matches against those top guys, and it's a relief to win a match like that after being out for two years, having some tough moments. It's a great moment for me. I'll try to enjoy it.”
Federer closed the opening set with a break, and looked poised to clinch the victory in similar fashion as he held two match points on the Cypriot’s serve at 5-4. But instead of an early night for the Swiss, Baghdatis pushed back – winning the next four points, breaking Federer in the ensuing game and then serving out the set.
Although the World No. 1 built up a 4-1 lead in the third set, he failed to maintain the advantage as Baghdatis broke back in the seventh game. Federer put himself in position close the match at 6-5 as he put away a forehand volley at the net to earn a third match point, but placed a backhand into the net.
Federer, who finished the match with 46 unforced errors, gifted Baghdatis the mini-break at 4-4 in the tie-break as a backhand return sailed wide and Baghdatis won the next two points, claiming his biggest career win after Federer was unable to return his serve on match point.
“You cannot be aggressive the whole match,” said the No. 27 seed. “You have to choose the points that you have to be aggressive. You have to be smart. You have to change the game. I think that's what I did well today. Roger was, I can say, a bit too aggressive. He was missing a lot of balls, and I was more calm than him today.”
Federer said: “It was a decent match, but maybe wrong choices at the wrong time for me. Maybe going for too much, maybe playing too passively. That's not something you can really work on. That comes through playing matches, and that's what I need. I hope to get more of it in Miami, but I will definitely play a lot of practice sets, that's for sure, until then.”
After the match, Baghdatis got on his knees and kissed the court at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The Cypriot, who had lost to Federer in their first six encounters including the 2006 Australian Open final, told the crowd, “Seven is my lucky number.”
Prior to Tuesday, the highest-ranked opponent Baghdatis had defeated was then-World No. 3 Andy Roddick in the fourth round of the 2006 Australian Open.
It was the first time since 2006 that Federer had failed to close out a win after holding match point. He had been unable to convert his two match points against Rafael Nadal in the final of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament in Rome before falling to the Spaniard in a fifth-set tie-break.
Federer was playing in his first tournament since winning his 16th Grand Slam in January at the Australian Open. He had been briefly sidelined with a lung infection before making his return this week in Indian Wells.
“I think as the tournament would have gone forward I would have found my groove more and more, and who knows what would have happened?” he said. “But I don't need to worry about that anymore. It's about resting because I do feel the first match in my body. It's something that always is tough, coming from a long layover and all of a sudden playing matches. But, the season is long. There's no need to panic here.”

Date: 16.03.2010, Source: Indian Wells

Roger Federer's Indian Wells 2010 Awards

Roger starts with a victory

Roger has returned onto the Tour with a victory, defeating Romania's Victor Hanescu 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 in the second round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Sunday.

Roger looked in great shape in his first appearance on the Tour after his Australian Open triumph. Bidding for a record fourth title at Indian Wells, our champ started with a break in the second game before winning the opening set in just 30 minutes. However, he was surprisingly broken in the sixth game of the second when the Romanian struck a backhand return winner down the line. Although Roger fought back to 6-6, he fell behind 0-3 in the tiebreak, which Hansecu won 7-5 to level the match. Roger reacted right away, breaking again in the second and sixth games to seal victory.

Round 3 will bring a meeting with Marcos Baghdatis who has shown a strong year so far (title in Sydney, tight semi-final against Djokocovic in Dubai). Roger has won all 6 matches against him so far.

Date: 15.03.2010, Source: RF Official

Federer honoured with Trio of Awards following opening win

World No. 1 Roger Federer was honored on court Sunday evening at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, receiving three ATP Awards following a 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-1 win over Romanian Victor Hanescu in the second round of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournament.

ATP Executive Chairman and President Adam Helfant presented the 28-year-old Swiss with trophies for 2009 Player of the Year, Fans’ Favorite Player of the Year presented by RICOH, and the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award.

“I’d like to thank the fans for voting for me,” Federer said to the crowd after receiving the Fan Favorite Award for a seventh straight year. “You guys are amazing. Thank you. As you know, you guys make this even more worthwhile traveling around the globe from January to November. I love coming back here, so it’s very nice to get presented the awards here.”

A video tribute celebrating Federer’s career followed the presentation.

“Receiving those awards is always a nice thing,” he said at the post-match press conference. “Those are things that got voted for by other people, especially fellow players or fans, it's something that's very touching. Then on top of the that, the video was nice, sitting there, sharing the moment with the fans, watching it, as well at the same time. It's emotional.”

American John Isner also received his trophy Sunday as the Most Improved Player of the Year, following a 2009 season that saw him climb from No. 145 to a year-end best No. 34 in the South African Airways ATP Rankings.

Hanescu delayed Federer’s awards presentation by 22 minutes after fighting back to level the match. The Romanian finally broke Federer’s serve as he capitalized on his sixth break point to assume a 4-2 lead. Though Federer managed to recover the service break three games later, he was forced to play catch-up throughout the tie-break. He netted a volley to give the Romanian set point, and Hanescu took advantage.

A business-like Federer returned in the third set. He won the opening three games, broke his opponent again to establish a 5-1 lead and served out the match at love. The Swiss finished with 62 winners to Hanescu’s 20.

“I was happy with the way I played,” he said. “Not having played for so long, I thought it was a good match overall. Missed maybe some of the clutch serving when I really needed it. Let's say 30-all, deuce I couldn't really get that one perfect serve I was sometimes looking for, but that's something that happens.”

The Swiss, who had been briefly sidelined with a lung infection last month, was making his first appearance since winning his 16th Grand Slam title in January at the Australian Open. He also defeated Hanescu in the second round of that tournament.

Federer is looking to reclaim the Indian Wells crown after winning three straight titles from 2004-06. He next faces Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, whom he has defeated in their six previous encounters, including four years ago in the Australian Open final.

The 27th-seeded Baghdatis fought off six set points to prevent Frenchman Arnaud Clement from taking the one-set lead, and then broke open the match to complete a 7-6(7), 6-1 win in just under two hours. Clement finished the match with 43 unforced errors.

Baghdatis achieved his best finish on his Indian Wells debut four years ago, reaching the quarter-finals before falling to World No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

Date: 14.03.2010, Source: ATP World Tour

Hit for Haiti

Yesterday evening, eight greats of tennis - four women and four men - gathered for a "Hit for Haiti" fundraiser event in Indian Wells.

For the first time since the stadium at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Indian was built ten years ago, it was sold out for an evening session. The event, with the American Red Cross taking collections from those in attendance, was meant to raise $1 million for Haiti relief. It looks like way more has been collected!

The funny talk and play certainly amused the crowd and all the stars seemed to have a great time, too. After Martina Navratilova and Justine Henin opposed Steffi Graf and Lindsay Davenport in an exhibition doubles set, the team of Roger-Pete Sampras engaged a Rafael Nadal-Andre Agassi tandem. The outcome? Navratilova/Henin and our champ's team defeated their opponents 8-6 alike.

Date: 13.03.2010, Source: RF Official

Federer targets record fourth title at Indian Wells

Back to full fitness after suffering from a lung infection last month, Roger Federer said on Friday he is ready to challenge for a record fourth title at the Indian Wells ATP tournament.

The Swiss master has not competed since clinching his 16th grand slam singles crown at the Australian Open in late January but he has always felt extremely comfortable at the California desert venue.
“I enjoy coming back here,” Federer told reporters while preparing for his opening match at the imposing, state-of-the-art Indian Wells Tennis Garden. “That’s why I have not missed it in a very long time.
“I’ve also been very successful here. I like the surface and it can really play in my favour. I’ve had some amazing matches here … and I always feel very good walking out on center court.
“The dimensions are great and the crowd also adds to it,” said Federer, who posted a hat-trick of titles here from 2004. “So it would be very nice to win it for the fourth time.
“I was disappointed losing last year, losing in the semis, because I think I had a good enough game to win the tournament.”
Federer lost to Britain’s Andy Murray in last year’s semi-finals but he outclassed the same opponent 6-3 6-4 7-6 in the Australian Open final in January, the second time he has beaten the Scot in straight sets to win a grand slam.
“I hope I can continue some sort of good form from the way I was playing in Australia,” Federer, 28, said. “There was never a guarantee and I’ve had a long break now, but in practice I’ve been feeling okay.
“But I definitely need matches to really be able to judge my game.”
Federer withdrew from last month’s Dubai tennis championships because of the lung infection but he has fully recovered.
“A few days ago I think I definitely felt like, you know what? I’m back to my normal self,” the world number one said. “Yesterday I practised for four hours, so this is when I knew: ‘Okay, no problem’.
“I’m ready to go, so now I can slow it down, enjoy tonight, and then hopefully start with a good match on Sunday.”
Federer will launch his bid for a fourth title at Indian Wells against either Romania’s Victor Hanescu or Argentine Juan Ignacio Chela in the second round.

Date: 12.03.2010, Source: Reuters

Federer, Nadal return to action in desert

World number one Roger Federer faces a potentially difficult path to the final of the Indian Wells hardcourt tournament, the season's first prestigious ATP Masters 1000 event.

The top-seeded Swiss is seeded to meet seventh-seeded American Andy Roddick in the quarter-finals and last year's runner-up, Andy Murray of Britain, in the semi-finals.

Federer, who claimed his 16th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open, will be playing his first tournament since beating Murray in the final at Melbourne.

He had been slated to play the Dubai Open last month but withdrew with a lung infection.

Men's singles action in the tournament, which also features a prestigious WTA premier level event, begins on Thursday, with the 32 seeded players enjoying first-round byes.

Federer last reached the final in the California desert in 2006, when he won his third straight title.

Federer fell in the semi-finals in each of the past two years.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal, who also won the title in 2007, could find himself in a tricky quarter-final clash with Russian Nikolay Davydenko, who has beaten the Spaniard in their past three meetings.

Nadal, ranked and seeded third, will play a qualifier in his second-round tournament opener, which will be his first match since he retired injured during his Australian Open quarter-final in January.

Nadal told sports daily AS this week that he had been training hard for three weeks and that his troublesome knees are fine.

Second-seeded Serbian Novak Djokovic could get a second-round opening match against American Mardy Fish—the man he beat in the 2008 final here.

Date: 10.03.2010, Source: AFP

Federer faces challenging road to final

World No. 1 Roger Federer may need to get through a pair of Andy’s – World No. 4 Andy Murray and World No. 8 Andy Roddick – to reach the final at the BNP Paribas Open, the first of nine prestigious ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tennis tournaments this season. The Swiss is seeded to meet top American Roddick in the quarter-finals and 2009 finalist Murray in the semis.

Federer is looking to reach the Indian Wells final for the first time since 2006, when he won his third straight BNP Paribas Open title. He fell just shy the past two years, bowing out in the semi-finals. He will open against the winner between Victor Hanescu and Juan Ignacio Chela, and could face No. 27 seed Marcos Baghdatis in the third round.

Roddick, a three-time Indian Wells semi-finalist, may also need to work hard for a spot in the quarter-finals, with No. 12 seed Gael Monfils, Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Argentine David Nalbandian all potential opponents in the fourth round.

Meanwhile, British No. 1 Murray could come up against 13th-seeded Spaniard David Ferrer or 2006 finalist James Blake in the fourth round. Ferrer enters Indian Wells riding a 7-match winning streak, and has won 11 of his past 12 matches. In the quarter-finals, Murray could meet Sweden’s Robin Soderling or Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, both past Grand Slam finalists.

Defending champion Rafael Nadal, who also won the Indian Wells title in 2007, could come up against Russian Nikolay Davydenko in his quarter-final match. Davydenko has won their past three meetings, including this past January in the final of the Qatar ExxonMobil Open, to take the 5-4 lead in the lifetime series.

World No. 3 Nadal will play a qualifier in his second-round opening match, and could meet one of two Americans – No. 15 seed John Isner or No. 17 seed Sam Querrey – in the fourth round. Isner and Querrey have each won a hard-court title this season, Isner in Auckland and Querrey in Memphis.

Davydenko, the No. 5 seed, plays either 2009 ATP Comeback Player of the Year Marco Chiudinelli or recent Delray Beach titlist Ernests Gulbis in his opener. He could meet No. 10 seed Fernando Verdasco or No. 19 seed Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals.

In the bottom quarter of the draw, the 2008 Indian Wells finalists – Novak Djokovic and Mardy Fish – could clash in the second round. Fish, who upset three Top 10 players during his run to the final, will face German Michael Berrer in the first round.

Croatian Marin Cilic, the ATP match wins leader this season with an 18-2 mark, is seeded to meet Djokovic in the quarter-finals. But in-form Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, the No. 11 seed, could challenge the World No. 9 in the fourth round. The 30-year-old Ferrer won 14 of 15 matches during the Latin American clay-court swing.

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Date: 09.03.2010, Source: Indian Wells

Roger practicing at Indian Wells

Roger Federer: Back on the court in Indian Wells today. Felt great to hit as it was the first hit I had in 2 and a half weeks.

Date: 06.03.2010, Source: RF Facebook

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Indian Wells - Lung infection recovery update

Dear Fans I am feeling really good again and I was happy to hear from my doctor today that I have the green light to start working out again so I plan to try and play in Indian Wells next week. See you all soon! Roger

Date: 03.03.2010, Source: RF Facebook and Official

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