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Federer wins seventh Dubai crown

Roger Federer captured a record seventh Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships crown as he defeated Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 in the final.

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Sampras 'amazed' by relentless Federer motivation

Sampras has a great appreciation for how Federer - a 33-year-old father of four - still has such love and enthusiasm for playing tennis.

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Federer claims 1000th win with Brisbane title

Roger Federer claimed his 1000th match win as he defeated Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-7(2), 6-4 in the final of the Brisbane International.

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Federer hands Switzerland first Davis Cup title

Roger Federer handed Switzerland a historic first Davis Cup title after a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 demolition of Richard Gasquet to seal a 3-1 victory against France in the 2014 Davis Cup Final.

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Edberg: Federer is one of the best things that ever happened to tennis

In a very interesting interview, Stefan Edberg talked about his first year as a coach of one the Tennis greatest.

Roger Federer: I want to play as long as possible

Roger Federer in his latest interview with German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung talked about his family, Martina Hingis proposal for the Rio Olympics in 2016 to his relationship with his coach Stefan Edberg.

84 singles titles to his name, but Roger Federer is far from satisfied and done, and seeks to continue expanding its records in tennis. The Swiss is admired all over the world, and had the greatest fan base.

He started the interview telling about his role as a dad, and the big responsibility that comes with being one.

What is the most surprising for Federer, is having one big family and still been eager to travel and play across the world?

“Yes, it’s weird for me to think that I have a family so big and still continuing to play. In the past I thought only of myself as a tennis player, often traveling alone, sometimes with the coach, my parents or my wife. A family is, however, a different matter. What I’m living in the last six years is something totally different. Mirka and I are privileged to be parents. With the experience of many years of traveling behind I can teach my children how to behave around the world, let them know different places and cultures. It will be an incredible life lesson.”

Then continued with his schedule this season and what are his expectations.

“The Australia Open for me was a total disappointment, because I played really bad against Seppi. Regarding the clay season, after Monte Carlo I hope to do well in Istanbul, Madrid and Paris, reaching at least the semifinals of Roland Garros. It is clear that for me the goal will be the grass season, with Halle and Wimbledon. I will give the highest priority to the extra week between Paris and Halle in order to better prepare the grass season.”

He explained that is difficult for him to play in three discipline at the Olympics even though that automatic means more chanced for medals.

“Martina Hingis in Dubai asked me if I wanted to play with her. I’ve always admired but for me it is now difficult to say whether playing alone or all three disciplines (singles, doubles and mixed doubles). With Stan Wawrinka I will play the doubles. Of course, the more disciplines I play, I’ll get more chances for a medal but I don’t know if my body can handle that.”

In very relaxed manner he continued talking about the rankings and points needed.

“Points of the ranking are important because they make you stand up and have a better placement in Grand Slam draws, but if I am number six or 10 that doesn’t change much. So that’s why I am on the hunt for points to be able to return to number one or to be in a good position to be able to win more Grand Slams.”

The Swiss talked about Stefan Edberg:

“For me it is motivating to work with him, it’s like a dream to spend time together, even just for a coffee. He reminds me of things I actually already know, but sometimes that should be highlighted again. He is a man of few words.”

What about the angry moments and racquets breaking?

“I also get angry sometimes, especially while I train, many times more than when I play. Once in Monte Carlo, training with Kohlschreiber, I was upset for failing a ball that I was on the net and threw my racket to the ground and I wanted to kick as if it was a football ball but missed it and get even more angrier.”

Is there any possibility to see Federer as a future coach?

I would not be able to be free seven days a week, I do not think it is realistic also thinking of the needs of my family. My children? The other day one of my daughters told me: ‘Dad you are wrong, you’re hitting the ball badly.’ For me it is essential that they love the sport, they learn coordination and athleticism, who understand and accept victory and defeat. I will support them, but I do not think that I will train them.”

Date: 24th April 2015, Source: Tennis Flash

Federer aims to get '100% comfortable' on clay

Roger Federer was denied a 12th time in his bid for the elusive Monte Carlo Rolex Masters title, and admitted that lack of comfort - both on clay and against Frenchman Gael Monfils - contributed to his third-round exit Thursday.

“It's the very beginning of the clay court season,” said the four-time Monte Carlo finalist. “It's going to take me some time to feel 100 per cent comfortable... Not many guys are perfect this week. But it was a good week for me anyways to come here and practise with the best, play a couple of matches. At least gives me some information, if I'm trying to be a bit positive right now.”

Federer held a 5-3 lead in the second set tie-break, only to see Monfils win four straight points to clinch the 6-4, 7-6(5) win.

“I never felt at ease, and I never felt the way I wanted to be on the court,” said Federer, who was attempting to record his 200th match win on clay.

“There are many things I could have done better. I could have served better. I could have mixed it up a bit better. Also I didn't play my slice backhand well enough. There are some things I did a little bit better and some other things I didn't do well.  Anyway, I never felt comfortable during the whole match… I only have to accept what went wrong and go from there.”

The 33-year-old Swiss shared that he would return home and “practise really hard” ahead of the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, which gets underway in 11 days, followed by the Mutua Madrid Open.

“I think the only thing I need to do is go out on the court and practise,” he said. “I need to play many hours and see what works best. We will analyse the practice I had on clay and those matches with Seve (Luthi) and (Stefan) Edberg.  We'll try to see what the problems are. I think the important thing is to play well in practice and to play many sets. I'll be able to see what works and what doesn't work.”

It marked just the second time since last year’s Roland Garros that Federer had lost before the quarter-finals of a tournament. Ahead of Monte Carlo, he had made back-to-back final appearances in Dubai (d. Djokovic) and Indian Wells (l. to Djokovic).

“I'm very happy how I worked, how I felt, how my body is, how mentally I feel like I'm in a good place,” said the World No. 2. “It's really my earliest loss besides the Australian Open probably in a year, since Rome last year. I've had a very consistent run. I'm aware of this.

“This is not going to put me under too much. I know it's the first tournament on clay. Of course, I was really hoping to do better because I felt there was an opportunity. Unfortunately, Gaël played well today. It was always going to be a tough match.”

Date: 17th April 2015, Source: ATP

Federer loses in 3rd round at Monte Carlo

World number two Roger Federer was beaten 6-4, 7-6(5) by local favorite Gael Monfils in the third round of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on a bad day for the Swiss which also saw Stanislas Wawrinka exit on Thursday.

“It was not the best end to the match,” said Federer. “I should have done better with the break up in the first. I think I did a good job to hang around the second set. I also had chances of my own.

“It remained close, but I never felt like things were really happening the way I wanted them to be going during the whole match.”

The Frenchman imposed early and, despite a strong effort to level the match from Federer, Monfils reeled off four straight points down 3-5 in the tie-break to clinch the victory in one hour and 44 minutes.

“I'm surprised I was able to increase my power so quickly,” said Monfils. “I played solid and I played better than yesterday. I was able to hit hard from the baseline; to be aggressive. I'm very pleased with the match.”

The World No. 18 hit 22 winners to Federer’s 17, while the Swiss struggled with 38 unforced errors and could only capitalise on one of his three break point opportunities.

A four-time finalist in Monte Carlo, Federer was looking to join a small group of players who have won 200 or more ATP World Tour matches on both hard and clay courts. The only other three players to have hit 200 or more wins on hard and clay courts are Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer and Tommy Robredo.

The Swiss, who has a 633-129 record on hard courts, now holds a 199-63 record on clay.

Federer has changed his schedule this season to allow more time for training and was not expecting to peak early on the dust. His quest for a second French Open begins on May 24 and he believes he has enough time to make the proper adjustments.

“It was a good week for me anyway to come here and practice with the best, play a couple of matches. At least gives me some information, if I'm trying to be a bit positive right now.

“I'm going to go back to Switzerland and practice really hard, you know, from whatever the plan's going to be from tonight on until Istanbul.

“This is good time I should utilise in the right way. I'm looking forward to that.

“I'm playing Istanbul, Madrid. We'll see what happens with Rome. It was never sure I was going to play that anyway.”

Date: 16th April 2015, Source: ATP, Reuters and AFP

Federer eased into Monte Carlo third round

Second seed Roger Federer required just 55 minutes to cruise past Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-1 on Wednesday for a place in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters third round.

Federer hit 19 winners to five for Chardy, and made 12 unforced errors to record his 17th victory in 19 matches this year, which includes two ATP World Tour titles in Brisbane and Dubai.

“I thought Jeremy didn’t serve very well, and I felt good on the return,” said Federer.

“So I was in a lot of the service games when he was serving. Then I thought I served well, had a high first serve percentage and was able to control the baseline. On clay, things move ahead very quickly, I must say.

“I've had 10 days of clay training and I feel prepared. It's difficult to make any kind of judgment after a 55minute match, but I'm feeling good at training.”

The 33-year-old Federer, who lost to Chardy at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome last year, was competing for the first time since 22 March, when he finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in Indian Wells.

Federer is competing at the Monte-Carlo Country Club for the 12th time and is looking to finally lay his hands on the winner’s trophy that has so far eluded him. The Basel native was runner-up in 2006-08, losing out to Rafael Nadal each time, and last year was thwarted in the title match by countryman Stan Wawrinka.

Next up for Federer will be either Gael Monfils or Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Date: 15th April 2015, Source: Monte Carlo and AP

Federer “feeling good” ahead of Monte Carlo Rolex Masters

Last October, Roger Federer ticked the Shanghai Rolex Masters off his ATP World Tour Masters 1000 checklist. With seven of the nine prestigious events conquered, the World No. 2 hopes it will be 12th time lucky as he descends on the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters in search of his first crown.

A four-time finalist in the Principality, Federer was denied by an in-form Stan Wawrinka in last year’s title match. The Swiss admits that coming up just short of the crown hurt, but he is putting the experience into perspective.

"I was close,” said Federer. “I don't remember if I was two points or three points or four points away. I felt like I had some chances, but I remember Stan getting better. It's something I thought about a whole lot. I was very happy for Stan.

"I like that I played very well throughout the tournament, so I look back more on how good I actually played and the final was a good one. I got quite tired in the third set and also had a horrible cold. I was not feeling like my absolute best, but still I was able to play well. Stan deserved the win because I couldn't cross the finish line in the second set when I had to.

"I know how to put it in perspective. I know what a big win it was for Stan and what a good tournament it was for me. There are reasons to be happy to be honest."

The 23-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion is physically and mentally ready to attack the European clay-court season, after capturing a seventh Dubai title and finishing runner-up to Novak Djokovic at the BNP Paribas Open for a second straight year. Federer says he is recharged after taking three weeks off following Indian Wells.

"I'm feeling good about my game and my fitness,” he added. “It's been good to work on that for the last few weeks. I came here early on Thursday to practise on Centre Court, which is something I haven't always had the chance to do. Clearly I feel I've done all the right things to prepare for the clay court season now.

"For fitness and rest, I had to do it more in blocks (compared to last year). That's why I'm happy I got a vacation behind me. For fitness, I will do another block after Monaco when I come back to Switzerland and I might do some more after Madrid. That's the plan and it will work well for Roland Garros and Wimbledon and beyond."

Federer opens against either Jeremy Chardy or Diego Schwartzman. The Swiss knows both potential opponents well, having fallen to Chardy on the clay of Rome last year and having defeated Schwartzman just last month in Indian Wells.

“This is always the first tournament after seven or so months on hard courts. So far, so good. The draws are always tough in these Masters 1000s. I either play Chardy who was playing in Houston or a qualifier who has won two matches here. I'll follow that closely before I get ready for my first round."

Date: 13th April 2015, Source: ATP

Roger Federer’s 2015 Outfit for Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Madrid and Rome


Roger Federer’s outfit for the 2015 clay season - Monte Carlo, Istanbul, Madrid and Rome.

Date: 30th March 2015

Sampras: Federer is the most complete player I've ever seen

Before debuting on the PowerShares Series in Los Angeles, Pete Sampras talked about Roger Federer, the man who took away the record for most Grand Slam wins from him.

The 14-time grand slam champion said, "I think Roger is the most complete tennis player I have ever seen. He won on all surfaces. He moves well. He has a fantastic tennis. He has a phenomenal forehand. He has everything.

"I think he has dominated the tennis more than I did. If we look at all his numbers, we have to admit that he is the best tennis player we have ever seen. He can do many things on a tennis court and on different surfaces. He can attack or be on the baseline. He is an ambassador of the court."

The Swiss has not won a Grand Slam since 2012. Speaking about this, Sampras said, "When one get older, it becomes more difficult. Roger is 33 years old. He is on the circuit for a lot of years and the bad days are more frequent. It happened against Andreas Seppi in Australia. I also lived it. Travelling and recovering from jet lag becomes more complicated. Many tennis players retired when they reached 30 years.

"Jimmy Connors was the only one who continued well beyond 30 years. Roger still wants to play, loves this sport and has the right to do what he wants."

Date: 24th March 2015, Source: Tennis World USA

Federer: Disappointing to let the final slip away

Never satisfied with a loss, Roger Federer expressed disappointment after falling to Novak Djokovic in the BNP Paribas Open final for the second straight year on Sunday in Indian Wells.

The World No. 2 also reminded us that the secret to his longevity in professional tennis may very well lie in his short memory after a defeat.

“I’m not going to look back on that match, on that moment very long,” Federer said after accepting his runner-up trophy. “That will be forgotten probably in 25 minutes or so.

“When I walk out of here, I will be like, ’It was a good tournament.’ I had a great run, a good start to the season, and wished and hoped I could have won today. Novak was tough and he played very well. He deserved it, and I will respect that."

Djokovic tied Federer as the most successful player in tournament history, capturing his fourth Indian Wells title with the 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2 win. But Federer did not surrender without a fight.

Down a set and a break, he played a masterful point with the Serb serving at 4-3, 30-15, leading fans to rise out of their seats in appreciation. With the crowd at his back, Federer claimed his first break to knot the match at 4-4.

“I definitely felt like they wanted to see a third set,” Federer said with a smile. “I was hoping that was not just for the match itself but for me personally. I hope it was like that, but if it's not, it's cool, too. I get it. They want to see more tennis or more drama…”

After taking advantage of three double faults from Djokovic in the tie-break to force a deciding set, even Federer thought he might have turned the tide for good.

“I was getting the upper hand from the baseline,” he said of the momentum shift. “I was making every return, first and second serve, so overall it was the perfect thing to happen. That's why I'm even more disappointed that it ended up finishing the way it did. For me, it was totally against the way the match was going.

“He found an extra gear in the end. It was tough. I enjoyed the match; it had a bit of everything. Controlled aggression was the key out there to try to play like that from the baseline.”

Federer insisted people shouldn't read too much into this loss.

“My best spell was midway through the second to midway through the third set,” Federer said. “It was disappointing to let it slip away.

“I have beat him the last couple times. It is not like I lost 10 in a row," Federer said. "A lot depends on how well he serves and returns. We usually play in finals so we are both peaking at the same time.”

With his memory wiped clean as he exits the gates at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Federer is moving on to his next challenge: clay season.

“That's what I'm looking forward to, training very hard now in the next three weeks,” he said. “It's key for me to get in great shape for the clay court season and for the grass court season. I'm actually looking forward to that and spending time in Switzerland. Overall, it's going to be great.”

Date: 23rd March 2015, Source: ATP and AFP

Federer vs Djokovic: The Ultimate Final

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic will meet for the 38th time in the BNP Paribas Open final on Sunday.

“I think it's very exciting for both of us, and also for fans, to see a rematch of the great final from last year,” said Federer, who holds a 20-17 record over Djokovic in their ATP Head to Head series. “I'm looking forward to it, and I hope I can keep up my good play.

“I think last year's final was great. I think we both played very well… He's tough, as we know. He barely misses. He moves great. He makes you go for the extra shot. He’s one of the great hard court players we have seen in tennis.”

Federer could clinch the moniker “King of the Desert” should he win an unprecedented fifth Indian Wells title. He was a champion here in 2004 (d. Henman), 2005 (d. Hewitt), 2006 (d. Blake) and 2012 (d. Isner). With his fourth-round victory over Jack Sock, Federer became the first player to hit 50 match wins in the desert.

Helping to provide déjà vu is the fact that Sunday’s final will be a repeat of last year’s championship match in the desert, the first time the final has ever been a rematch of the previous year in Indian Wells history. Djokovic beat Federer in that match 3-6, 6-3, 7-6(3), and the defending champion knows he will need to bring his best to fend off the Swiss again.

“If I get to play Roger, it's the ultimate final that right now I can have,” Djokovic said as he waited for his opponent to be determined. “He is probably the player that is in the best form. In the last 12 months, he's been playing some of his best tennis.”

“One thing about Roger is that he always makes you play at the highest level if you want to win against him,” said the World No. 1, who is looking to win his fourth Indian Wells crown (2008, ’11, ’14). “That's something that's always in the back of my mind. This is something that makes me come out with the highest possible concentration and intensity and commitment.

“If I want to win that match and win this title, I definitely need to be on top of my game.”

“He's playing great, there’s no question about it,” said Djokovic. “We all know that Roger, with all his records, we know the experience that he has. He's not expected to play nothing less than his best in these stages of the tournament. He's been proving that.”

Federer holds the second-most ATP World Tour Masters 1000 titles at 23, while Djokovic has 21 on his resume. Adding to what is at stake on Sunday, the Serb is also aiming to become the 12th player in the Open Era to win 50 tour-level titles. He is currently tied with coach Boris Becker at 49.

“I think we are both happy playing each other,” said Federer. “We are both playing very well, so this is a time to face off for both of us, in my opinion.

“I know I need an extra special performance tomorrow because Novak's going to push you there to come up with a lot of great shots in a row, which is not always easy to do. So I will see how it goes.

“After losing by so little last year I was quite disappointed, even though I was happy with how I was playing.

“So I couldn't wait until I got a chance to play him again here.”

Date: 22nd March 2015, Source: ATP

Federer sets Djokovic final in Indian Wells

Roger Federer beat Milos Raonic 7-5, 6-4 Saturday at the BNP Paribas Open to set a blockbuster final with defending champion Novak Djokovic.

Sunday's final will mark the 38th meeting between the World No. 1 and No. 2. Federer faced Djokovic in last year's final, but lost in three sets.

Raonic was first tested on his serve in the fifth game when Federer earned a break point. But the Canadian promptly saved it with a 138mph ace, and eventually went on to hold. Federer later broke for a 6-5 lead when Raonic hit a backhand long. The Swiss went on to win the first set in 45 minutes.

With Gwen Stefani, Gavin Rossdale and Wayne Gretzky in the crowd, Federer opened the second set with a break and consolidated for a 2-0 lead. The second seed continued to be untroubled, despite enduring nine aces from his opponent, as he saved the only break point he faced to clinch the victory in 86 minutes.

"I'm very happy with how well I'm playing," said Federer. "I feel good physically. I feel refreshed after the holiday. I'm serving well, which is always crucial."

"I felt good. I felt energetic. I felt like I had the right attitude put forward, and I was going to give it my all,” said Raonic. “I thought a few points here and there made a difference. I tried to put everything out there that I could, and the outcome was as is.”

With the win, Federer reached his 40th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final. He is on a 19-set win streak, dating back since the beginning of Dubai.

In his 15th appearance in Indian Wells, the 33-year-old Swiss is looking to win his fifth title at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 tournament. Federer was a champion here in 2004 (d. Henman), 2005 (d. Hewitt), 2006 (d. Blake) and 2012 (d. Isner). With his fourth-round victory over Jack Sock in the Round of 16, Federer became the first player to achieve 50 match wins in the desert.

Date: 22nd March 2015, Source: ATP