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Federer opens Malawi children's project

Roger Federer swapped his tennis racket for a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon at a new childcare centre in Malawi funded by his foundation.

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Federer named world's most marketable sports star

Roger Federer has been named the world’s most marketable sports star, edging out Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and LeBron James in the Top 20 list.

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Federer rules Halle for 8th time

Roger Federer further cemented himself as the king of grass at the Gerry Weber Open, capturing an unprecedented eighth Halle title and 15th overall crown on the surface.

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Federer wins inaugural Istanbul Open crown

Roger Federer won his 85th ATP World Tour title at the inaugural TEB BNP Paribas Istanbul Open, beating third seed Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 7-6(11).

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Federer: I want to play as long as possible

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.

Federer and Wawrinka in Swiss Davis Cup return

Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka have made themselves available for Switzerland's Davis Cup World Group playoff match against the Netherlands in September.

"We are of course very happy for this positive decision so early in the day," a post on the SwissTennis website read. "It will allow us to prepare for this playoff under the best of conditions."

The two Swiss stars won Switzerland's first Davis Cup crown last November when they defeated France in the final in Lille.

But they missed the first-round defeat against Belgium this year to concentrate on the Grand Slam events, Wawrinka taking full advantage to win the French Open.

There was also the matter of qualification rights for next year's Rio Olympics, with both players needing to play at least one Davis Cup tie before next summer to be eligible.

The winner of the tie from September 18-20 in the week after the US Open will stay in the 16-strong World Group with the loser dropping down to the second tier.

SwissTennis said that a decision on where the match would be played in Switzerland would be taken at a later date.

Date: 25th July 2015, Source: AFP

Federer says playing at the Rio 2016 Olympics will be wonderful

Tennis legend Roger Federer has expressed his excitement about competing at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, saying that it will be “wonderful” and that he hopes to do “something extraordinary” in Brazil.

The Olympic singles title is the only major honour that the Swiss has not yet won. Considered by many as the greatest player of all time, Federer has won 17 Grand Slam titles - with Rafael Nadal and Pete Sampras tied in second place on 14.

Rio 2016 is likely to be Federer’s last Olympic Games - he will turn 35 three days after the opening ceremony - but previously he has seemed reluctant to speak about his hopes of winning the elusive gold medal.

But now, in an interview with Yahoo Sport while visiting his education foundation in Malawi, Federer expressed his enthusiasm for taking part in next year’s Olympic Games tennis tournament, which will take in place in the new Olympic Tennis Centre in Barra Olympic Park.

“2016 in Rio will be wonderful,” he said. “My first one was in Sydney (2000), where I missed out on the bronze, but met my wife - well, my girlfriend then, who is my wife today.

“I carried the flag in Athens in 2004, I carried the flag in Beijing on my birthday in 2008, and won the gold there in doubles.

“In 2012 I made the finals, and got the silver medal. So why not play one more Olympics and maybe do something else extraordinary, because every time I have played in them, something has happened, so I can’t wait for that to come around as well.”

Date: 24th July 2015, Source: Rio 2016

Federer named world's most marketable sports star

Roger Federer has been named the world’s most marketable sports star, edging out Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and LeBron James in the Top 20 list released by the London School of Marketing.

The study calculated the brand value of the athletes, taking into account their current income from sponsorships as a percentage of their total earnings, and also factored in their social media presence.

"Roger is genuine, honest, down to earth, and gives his time generously to his partners and foundation. Companies look for role models and Roger is as good as it gets,” Tony Godsick, CEO TEAM8, told ATPWorldTour.com.

Tennis players featured prominently in the list, with a total of seven athletes represented. In addition to Federer, four other ATP World Tour players made the cut: Novak Djokovic (No. 7), Rafael Nadal (No. 8), Andy Murray (No. 16) and Kei Nishikori (No. 17).

1. Roger Federer - Tennis
2. Tiger Woods - Golf
3. Phil Mickelson - Golf
4. LeBron James - Basketball
5. Kevin Durant - Basketball
6. Rory McIlroy - Golf
7. Novak Djokovic - Tennis
8. Rafael Nadal - Tennis
9. Mahendra Singh Dhoni - Cricket
10. Cristiano Ronaldo - Football
11. Kobe Bryant - Basketball
12. Maria Sharapova - Tennis
13. Lionel Messi - Football
14. Usain Bolt - Track
15. Neymar - Football
16. Andy Murray - Tennis
17. Kei Nishikori - Tennis
18. Derrick Rose - Basketball
19. Floyd Mayweather - Boxing
20. Serena Williams - Tennis

Date: 23rd July 2015, Source: ATP

Federer opens Malawi children's project

Tennis star Roger Federer on Monday swapped his racket for a pair of scissors to cut the ribbon at a new childcare centre in Malawi funded by his foundation.

About 10 kilometres west of the capital Lilongwe, the windswept village of Lundu has neither water or electricity, let alone basic education facilities.

But the new centre, Federer predicted, would be a "pre-school of excellence and an important milestone" in the lives of children.

"Too many children are waiting for good pre-schools and early chilhood development centres," the 17-time Grand Slam champ told officals and villagers at the opening.

"I have always thought children are tomorrow's future and I really enjoy supporting them and giving them an opportunity to be able to go to school. I think it's really important that every child should have this opportunity, so I am trying to help as much as I can."

Federer's foundation has been working in Malawi since 2011 and has already built 80 pre-schools across the country, though this was the world number two's first visit to the impoverished southern African nation.

Gevretta Kutchedwa, 70, who walked five kilometres to attend the ceremony, said the centre would "give hope to young ones to strive for school."

"My grandchildren started school very late because there was nowhere to go," she said.

Federer urged politicians to do more for early education.

"We need everybody and in particular the government of Malawi on board. Malawi needs more efforts and more funds," he said.



About $13.5 million (12.44 million euros) has been ploughed into the project which Federer hoped would provide support to about 150,000 Malawian children by 2021.

Minister of Gender, Children, Disability and Social Welfare Patricia Kaliati said as many as 1.4 million of the country's children had no access to pre-school facilities.

She praised Federer's work, saying her country needed to "mobilise all fathers to invest in these children rather than breed more children who lack support."

Landlocked Malawi is one of the world's most densely-populated and least-developed countries.

Eighty percent of its population live in rural areas and the economy is largely dependent on agriculture.

Life expectancy is 60 years, and more than half the population live below the poverty line. Child malnutrition is a pressing issue in Malawi, where more than half of children aged between 18 and 23 months suffer from stunted growth, according to a recent study.


Date: 20th July 2015, Source: AFP

Roger Federer's visit to Malawi excites local tennis fans

The visiting of tennis Superstar Roger Federer to Malawi on Monday, July 20, 2015 where among other things he will launch Lundu Community-Based Childcare Centre has excited the tennis local fans that the nation must make use of his presence.

According to the press statement, Action Aid Malawi released on July 13, 2015 available to The Maravi Post, the Swiss professional tennis player will hold a press conference soon after arrival at Kamuzu International Airport (KIA) in the capital Lilongwe on Monday, July 20, 2015.

Upon arrival, Federer will be in the company of Patricia Kaliati, Minister of Gender, Children Welfare courtesy of Action Aid Malawi which is also an affiliate member of ActionAid Federation, a UK charity organisation.

"Roger Federer is a Swiss professional tennis player and President of Roger Federer Foundation which supports the implementation of Action Aid’s comprehensive and Satellite Early Childhood Development Programme in Malawi's six districts of Chitipa, Ntchisi, Nsanje, Rumphi, Machinga and Lilongwe Peri-Urban.

"The programme funding is worth US $ 13.5 million for 10 years which started in 2011 as so far 32 Model Comprehensive Community Based Child Care Centre have been constructed across the six districts which one of them is Lundu where the launch will take place", reads the statement signed by Martha Khonje, Action Aid Malawi Country Director.

Later, The Maravi Post caught up with Mr. Soko one of the local lawn tennis coaches based at Kamuzu Institute of Sports in the capital Lilongwe where scores of young people are groomed on tennis skills who was excited with the coming of Federer saying the nation must make use of his visit towards the development of tennis which he said was at an infant stage due to lack of expertise and finances.

"This a very excitement moment for tennis fraternity in the country to have such caliber of professional tennis superstar as will be an inspirational to the young ones who are groomed on tennis sport to take as a career.

"The best way to make use of his present is planning together with those arranged his visit such apart from the core business of child development programmes are done he has to have time to appreciate what has the nation gone so far and tap his experience to help us as well growing the sport", delighted Soko.

Action Aid Malawi which is facilitating Fereder's visit is an affiliate member of Action Aid Federation, a UK charity organization established in 1972. The organization has been working in Malawi since 1990 and registered as a local NGO in 2007 with the core business of eradicating poverty towards women and children with practical intervention.

Date: 17th July 2015, Source: The Maravi Post

Federer aims to entertain in quest for 'Holy Grail'

Despite losing to Novak Djokovic 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 in the Wimbledon final on Sunday, Roger Federer was grateful for having the chance to compete for an 18th major title in front of a lively and supportive crowd.

“It's great. It's such a huge part of the game, the crowds. So to have so much crowd support around the world, but also particularly here at Wimbledon, which is the Holy Grail, it's beautiful,” said the World No. 2, who matched his 2014 performance at SW19. “I must tell you it almost means as much to me as winning because I've been around for a long, long time. I've played on the outside courts. As of late now it's been so much Centre Court or Court One, either one around the world. But I appreciate when people travel to come see us. There was a great atmosphere out there.”

Regardless of the outcome, playing the match aggressively and giving the crowd a good show meant a great deal to the Swiss.

“It's no fun ever losing really, unless you know that you've entertained the crowd, you can be happy with your performance, and then you get it over quicker. But it doesn't mean you're not disappointed, or that you just kind of move on easily from it,” he added.

In the loss, Federer struck 58 winners and matched his tournament average of 67 per cent first serves in play. “I'm right there. My game is good. I got broken very few times this tournament. I played on my terms.”

“I still think I had a great tournament. You can have good tournaments without winning, as well, at the end. I still won six matches, lost one. The ratio still remains very good,” Federer said. “But of course you sort of walk away empty‑handed. For me a finalist trophy is not the same. Everybody knows that.  Thankfully I've won here in the past, so it does not feel like I'm chasing anything. But clearly I would have loved to win today. There's no doubt about it.”

Federer has not won a Grand Slam title since coming out on top at Wimbledon in 2012 (d. Andy Murray), but consolidated his hold on the World No. 2 spot on Sunday and is looking to defy expectations as he approaches his 34th birthday.

“It would have been nicer to win some than to lose some. At the same time I lost against the world No. 1 at the moment. That's the kind of guy you probably can lose against. But I'm not going to accept it and say, it's normal. It's not. I've beaten Novak a few times. I'm one of the few guys who's gotten a chance.  Same with Stan and a few guys that have given Novak a run for the money,” added the Swiss, hinting at the drive and resilience which has allowed him to establish himself as one of the greats of the sport.

Date: 13th July 2015, Source: ATP

Bjorn Borg: Roger Federer favorite to win Wimbledon title

Bjorn Borg was so taken aback by the quality of Roger Federer's Wimbledon semifinal win against Andy Murray on Friday that the Swede is tipping him to defeat defending champion Novak Djokovic and win his 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday.

After watching both Federer's and Djokovic's semifinal victories from the Royal Box on Centre Court, Borg claimed Federer was playing his best tennis in a decade and made him the heavy favourite for the title match, a year after the Serbian beat him in five pulsating sets.

Three years have passed since Federer last won a Grand Slam title, when he beat Murray here on the Wimbledon grass. Victory against Djokovic would bring Federer a record eighth title at the All England Club.

According to Borg, who won five Wimbledon titles, Federer's tennis against Murray was as good as it was during his peak years in the mid-2000s. Federer's father, Robert, concurred, saying his son had quieted all those who had suggested his powers were waning as he approaches his 34th birthday.

"That's the best I've seen him play for many years, the best for maybe 10 years," Borg told ESPN after Federer's 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Murray. "He's serving so well. It was great tennis.

"On Sunday, Federer will definitely be the favourite to win. He is playing well, moving well, he was doing everything he was supposed to. He is hitting the ball so cleanly and playing with a lot of confidence.

"It's going to be interesting to see with Novak. I'm really surprised that Roger is playing as well as he is. Andy wasn't playing badly, and it was a great match, but Federer was too good today. This match was an unbelievably good match."

Robert Federer was less surprised but may have taken greater satisfaction from his son's stunning form. He told ESPN that Roger's exceptional performance against Murray showed those who once wrote him off that "actually Roger's not that old."

"This run to the final is confirmation of that," Robert Federer said.

There have been occasional suggestions - peaking in 2013, when Federer had some disappointing results, including a second-round loss at Wimbledon - that he should retire. The debate about his chances of winning another major has been raging since.

"Is it more satisfying that Roger has reached a Wimbledon final at the age of 33? That's a good question," Robert Federer said. "It's confirmation that actually Roger's not that old, and not as old as some people think he is, and were writing two years ago. This is proof that Roger is still around and can still play great tennis.

"Of course, it's great to see Roger in another Wimbledon final. I'm not sure you can say that this match against Murray is the best match that he has ever played at Wimbledon. Just look at the videos of some of the other matches he has played. For sure it was a good match, though."

Date: 11th July 2015, Source: ESPN UK

Sublime serving sends Federer to 10th Wimbledon final

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer outlasted home hope and 2013 titlist Andy Murray 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 in a thrilling semi-final duel.

"Andy's been playing very well for the season," Federer told the BBC following the match. "There is so much expectation riding on the match. I'm unbelievably happy. I played so well in the biggest occasion today.

"I've been serving very well for the entire tournament. I wasn't broken against one of the best returners. I kept the pressure up and went for my shots. I mixed it up like I usually do and kept pushing forward and staying focused. It all worked out really well."

In reaching an unprecedented 10th Wimbledon final, Federer became the oldest men's finalist since Ken Rosewall in 1974. The World No. 2 advanced to his 26th major title match, extending the all-time record he took sole ownership of six years ago. Still undefeated in semi-finals at the All England Club, Federer will be looking to capture a record eighth title when he renews his rivalry with top seed and defending champion Novak Djokovic on Sunday. In last year's final, Djokovic prevailed in five gritty sets.

Friday's affair was the 24th ATP Head to Head clash between Federer and Murray, with the 33-year-old Swiss improving to 13-11. It was their first encounter at the All England Club since splitting meetings during a memorable summer of 2012, with Federer prevailing in the Wimbledon final and Murray exacting revenge for the Olympic gold medal.

Both players started strong, hitting through the ball with conviction in the early stages. Federer was tested early, denying a break point at 30/40 in the opening game and they remained on serve until the 12th game, when the second seed pounced on a 15/40 advantage after rifling a backhand winner. Murray saved one set point with a forehand pass, but Federer capitalised on his second to wrap up the opener in 45 minutes.

The Swiss, who came forward often to apply pressure on the Scot (8/15 net points won), struck 11 aces and 23 winners, making 29 of 34 first serves (85 per cent) in the first set.

The high-quality affair spilled into the second set as both players ratcheted up the intensity. Federer's tactics were clear from the onset, giving Murray little pace to feed off with a barrage of timely slice backhands and inside-out forehands to open up the court.

Perhaps the game of the year came with Federer leading at 5-4, as both players turned in a sublime shotmaking exhibition. Murray's serve would come under siege. A sparkling cross-court running forehand winner that clipped the side tramline and a netted Murray backhand would give the Swiss three set points at 0/40. The Dunblane native did well to send the game to deuce and save two more chances, eventually thumping an ace to hold after a hard-fought 14 minutes.

Federer would need just one minute to hold for 6-5 and kept the pressure on Murray's serve in the 12th game. The seven-time champion would put away a volley on his sixth set point, claiming a two-set lead after one hour and 34 minutes. He struck 18 winners and won a staggering 19/19 first serve points in the second set, while claiming 10/13 at the net.

In the third set, they would remain on serve until the 10th game when Federer once again attacked Murray's serve. He took advantage of his first match point to close out the match after two hours and seven minutes. In total, he fired 56 winners and 20 aces, winning a whopping 84 per cent of first serve points.

Murray was vying to advance to his third Wimbledon title match and ninth in majors. He was contesting his 17th Grand Slam semi-final, extending his record for the most SF appearances by a British man ahead of Fred Perry (13).

"He served fantastic, apart from the first game where I had the chance there," said Murray. "I didn't really have any opportunities. That puts pressure on you. The pressure builds throughout the set that way.

"Obviously I got broken right at the end all of the sets. But I didn't actually play a bad match. Played pretty well."

Date: 10th July 2015, Source: ATP

Red-hot Federer into 10th Wimbledon final

Vintage Roger Federer. It’s a phrase every commentator, scribe and fan has probably uttered at least once in their lives when discussing a winning performance from the Swiss champion.

Incredibly, we’re still using it 12 years on from his first Wimbledon title. That year, in 2003, Federer’s silky smooth strokes - a throwback to the legends of the wooden-racket era - finally delivered him a Grand Slam title befitting his talents, and opened the floodgates to many more.

On Sunday, he will stand just one match win from another - an eighth Wimbledon title, an 18th major singles crown, and another piece of evidence in his case for the title of Greatest of All Time.

Federer’s 7-5, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Andy Murray in Friday’s second semi-final drew praise from all quarters. Murray admitted he had simply been outplayed. The statisticians revealed he had struck 56 winners against just 11 unforced errors, and 20 aces to boot. The first question of Federer’s press conference was one asking if it was the highest level of play he had attained in his career.

“Today I was clearly able to play very well from the start,” he said. “The beginning was always going to be an important part of the game. I had to save break point first, then I was able to start rolling on my serve. Played a great game to break. I mean, definitely one of the best matches I've played in my career. The first set, I don't remember point by point, but it was definitely really, really solid.”

Murray agreed. “That's definitely the best he served against me,” the third seed said.

It wasn’t just the serve that was clicking for Federer. It was everything. All elements of his game worked in harmony and contributed to the relentless pressure Murray faced on Centre Court. His forehand was venomous. He cracked his backhand sweetly. He pounced on anything short. His movement was cat-like. He expertly varied his play, slicing and dicing to chop up the rhythm of rallies.

And then there was his composure. Federer has always possessed a cool demeanour, but he was completely serene. Many a player would have been frustrated when five set points came and went - that’s exactly what happened in the 10th game of the second set, when Murray survived a thrilling game to level the scores at 5-5. Yet Federer was unperturbed. He played a forehand winner to nudge ahead 6-5 and broke serve in the following game, nabbing a two-set lead with a winning volley.

That vaunted serve helped keep Federer’s nose in front throughout the third set; he exceeded 80 per cent for both first serves landed and first-serve points won. Leading 5-4, the Swiss then dazzled the crowd with a sublime running backhand passing shot to bring up a 0-30 lead. He broke serve a few points later to seal victory in a touch over two hours.

“If I hit a lob, he's going to smash it. If I chip it, he's going to be too close to the net and just close. The only chance was to flick it,” Federer said of that backhand. “When the confidence is there, you have a clear mind, that's sometimes the stuff you can come up with. It's awesome if it happens on Centre Court at Wimbledon in a situation like that, no doubt about it.”

That shot - which typified his entire semi-final performance - sent him through to an incredible 10th final at the All England Club, an Open era record. A month away from his 34th birthday, he is also the oldest Wimbledon men’s finalist since Ken Rosewall in 1974.

It is incredible to think that the Swiss has maintained such an impressive level for the past 12 years. The owner of almost every significant trophy and major accolade in tennis, his ability to remain so motivated at this stage of his career is unusual in the sport.

“At the end of the day, I enjoy it. I work hard in the practice. In a match like this, I can have a great performance. And clearly it's an amazing feeling when you come back from the match and everybody's so happy for you,” Federer said.

“But knowing that it's just a semi-final match, it's obviously a huge one, a big one against Andy here, I need to keep it up for one more match to really make it the perfect couple of weeks.”

The final match that looms for Federer is one against top seed and world No.1 Novak Djokovic. It is a rematch of the 2014 decider, one that Djokovic won 6-4 in the fifth, a classic finale that extended almost four hours and brought Federer to tears at the trophy presentation.

Everything about the final points to a blockbuster. It features the top two seeds and the world’s top two players, the two competitors in the best form, facing off in the biggest match of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournament.

“I don't really think about the match we played against each other last year. I just remember it was unbelievably thrilling. The crowd really got into it,” Federer said. “I'm just happy personally for myself to be back in a final. Whoever that's going to be against, it's always a big occasion. That it’s Novak, the world No. 1, it obviously adds something extra.”

Players often say the better the opponent, the better the level it helps them achieve. Vintage Federer could well persist on Sunday.

Date: 10th July 2015, Source: Wimbledon

Federer to face Murray in Wimbledon semifinals

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will contest his 10th semi-final at The Championships after beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in a match twice interrupted by rain on Wednesday at the All England Club.

On Friday, Federer will play 2013 champion Andy Murray. The 33-year-old Swiss has a perfect 9-0 record in Wimbledon semi-finals and is looking to reach his 26th major final. Federer has only been beaten in the Wimbledon final twice: by Rafael Nadal in 2008 and Novak Djokovic in 2014.

Federer won his 17th and most recent Grand Slam championship at the All England Club three years ago, beating Murray in the final. The Swiss is looking to become the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles; he has a 78-9 tournament record.

"I'm very happy to be in the semis again," said Federer. "The road is long getting here. But still I feel like I'm fresh and I've got energy left in the tank for hopefully a great match with Andy and then we'll see. But I'm looking forward to it.

"It's been good so far. I felt like I played a very solid last year or so, especially on the grass I've done very well. I'm happy to keep it up here now. This is obviously now crunch time when you want to show if your game's really up to par."

At the age of 30, World No. 13 Simon was bidding to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final, but could not find a way past Federer, whom he has now lost to six times in a row (2-6 ATP Head to Head record).

On No. 1 Court for the first time at the 2015 Championships, Federer raced out to a 3-0 start, before the match was interrupted by a heavy rain shower. Play resumed 37 minutes later, but there was little Simon could do to halt Federer’s progress. With actor Bradley Cooper seated beside Federer’s wife, Mirka, the Basel native claimed the first set in just under 30 minutes, having hit 15 winners and lost only seven points on serve.

Federer looked to have made a decisive move in the second set with a service break in the seventh game. But, serving for the set at 5-4, Simon raised his level to engineer a break back to love. It ended a run of 116 successive service holds for Federer, dating back to his first-round match with Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

But Simon’s fightback was shortlived. Federer immediately recouped the advantage with a break in the 11th game and had won the first point of the 12th game when another heavy rain shower forced the players off court. Play restarted less than an hour later and Federer was ruthless, hitting three service winners to claim the second set.

Federer rode his momentum into the third set, breaking Simon immediately to establish an early and ultimately decisive lead. The right-hander broke again in the seventh game and went on to seal victory in one hour and 34 minutes.

"Those conditions are never easy for either player; it was quite windy too," said Federer to the BBC. "The stop and gos are tough, but I used them to my advantage. I either stayed ahead or made a difference. The breaks helped me rather than hindered me.

"I had a great service game after the second rain delay and reset and took the lead in the third set. The game I got broken he was too good, so I have no problem accepting that."

"I think Roger played a great match, especially on the serve," said Simon. "I had a lot of pressure because of that. From the first point in the match, he served perfect. He never gave me any occasion. The only break I did was really good. I just played a perfect game to break him. But I really felt it would be hard to break him."

Date: 8th July 2015, Source: ATP