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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.

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Federer reveals the secrets behind his incredible success

Roger Federer reveals how, at the age of 33, he has claimed five ATP titles and a tour-leading 73 wins this season.

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Federer honoured by Edberg in ATP Awards ceremony

Roger Federer has been selected by his peers as winner of the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award for a 10th time and by fans as the Fans Favourite for a 12th straight year.

Roger Federer pledges to battle on

Roger Federer is refusing to panic after his shock Australian Open third-round exit and has defended his busy schedule at the end of last year.

The world No.2 was dumped out in four sets by unseeded Andreas Seppi on Friday, suffering his earliest exit in Melbourne since 2001.

The result brought to mind his second-round defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky at Wimbledon in 2013, which prompted questions of retirement.

However, the 33-year-old says he will simply rest up before practising ahead of a tournament in Dubai next month.

"This is a feeling I've had for 15 years," Federer told a press conference. "To me I don't read anything into that. It's just not the best feeling to have.

"It's not like I'm playing shocking or I'm feeling shocking. It's like one of those things you look back and maybe, yeah, I didn't feel so good.

"But if you win, you never even question it. If I were you, I wouldn't read very much into that."

Federer's exit comes after a whirlwind end to the previous campaign that saw the 17-time grand slam champion win the Davis Cup with Switzerland before jetting off to play in the inaugural International Premier Tennis League.

Asked if he thought his end-of-season commitments may have been behind his defeat to Seppi, Federer replied: "Not really. I was actually very happy that it was the way it went, because it allowed me to stay within the rhythm and take the break after the Australian Open.

"I was playing very well in practice. I was playing very well in Brisbane. I was playing great in the practice leading into the tournament. So I don't want to say that I peaked too early, but I definitely was hitting the ball very well.

"I still believe I'd still be in the tournament, that I'd still have a chance to go very deep. Like I said at the very beginning of the tournament, I truly believe that.

"But then again, margins are small, and sometimes these things tend to happen. Clearly I'll have a look at it, but I don't think I did anything wrong honestly.

"I wanted to go to India. I wanted to go back to Switzerland for Christmas. I practised as hard as I possibly could. Can't do more than that. Sure, the year ended late, but one week later than normal. At the end of the day, honestly I'm confident that what I did was the right thing."

Date: 24th January 2015, Source: ESPN UK

Federer: I couldn't really get the whole game flowing

Roger Federer admitted he “couldn’t really get the whole game flowing” on Friday when he suffered his earliest exit at the Australian Open in 14 years.

“Maybe my rhythm was missing,” said Federer, after his loss to Andreas Seppi. “I was aware that this could be a tough match, so I wasn't mistaken this time around.

“I guess it was just an overall feeling I had today out on the court that I couldn't really get the whole game flowing. Was it backhand? Was it forehand? Was it serve? It was a bit of everything.”

But the four-time champion was full of praise for Seppi, who broke a 23-match losing streak against players in the Top 10 of the ATP Rankings with the third-round victory.

“We’ve played some good matches in the past,” said World No. 2 Federer. “He hits a good ball, forehand and backhand, so I knew that on a quicker court where he gets more help on the serve it was potentially going to be tricky. And I felt, for some reason, yesterday and this morning it was not going to be very simple today.”

Federer lost 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5), committing 55 unforced errors and hitting nine double faults.

“I wish I could have won the first set; then things would have been different. But I definitely wanted to go into the match, play aggressive, play the right way, play on my terms, but it was just hard to do. For some reason I struggled. It had things to do with Andreas' game and with my game as well. You put those things together, then all of a sudden you're playing a match you don't want to play.

“But it just broke me to lose that second set. And actually the fourth, I should have won it, too. It was just a brutal couple of sets to lose there.”

Federer will next play at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, where he is a six-time champion.

Date: 23rd January 2015, Source: ATP

Seppi stuns Federer in Australian Open thrid round

Andreas Seppi caused the biggest upset of the 2015 Australian Open on Friday.

In a stunning performance, World No. 46 Seppi recorded one of his greatest victories to knock out second seed and four-time former champion Roger Federer 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(5) for a place in the fourth round.

“To beat Roger first time, especially in a Grand Slam, best-of-five, is a special moment for me,” said Seppi. “Of course, at the beginning, I just went on the court to enjoy the match and to play my best tennis… I was pretty calm. I have to say, from the beginning and also in the important moments.”

It ended a 10-match losing streak against Federer, who saw his run of 11 straight semi-final appearances at Melbourne Park come to an end. Federer last lost in the Australian Open third round in 2001 (l. to Clement).

“It was just a bad day,” admitted Federer. “I wish I could have played better, but clearly it was tough losing the first two. I had chances to get back into it. I let it slip, I mean, both times in some ways. I guess I won the wrong points out there today. I knew how important that second set tie-break was, so clearly that hurt, losing that one. The end wasn't pretty. It wasn't easy to play with the shadow. But it was the same for both of us. It was just a disappointing loss.”

Seppi struck 50 winners - seven fewer than Federer - and saved seven of 10 break point opportunities for victory in just under three hours. It broke a 23-match losing streak against players in the Top 10 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and his first win over a World No. 2 since he beat Rafael Nadal at the 2008 ABM AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

The Italian now plays Nick Kyrgios, who booked his place in the fourth round for the first time when he defeated Malek Jaziri 6-3, 7-6(6), 6-1.

Seppi broke Federer to love to go up 5-4 and coolly saving three break points in the ensuing game. Unlike Wednesday's script against Simone Bolelli, when he came back to win in four sets, Federer was unable to stop the Italian from establishing a two-sets lead. After trading breaks early in the second, Seppi once again broke for a 5-4 lead. With a little help from the net cord, Federer got back on serve, but his opponent still went on to claim the tie-break.

Said Seppi, “After the first set, I felt, ‘I am there, I am hitting the ball very well.’ I started to believe that I can do more. I think the second set tie-break was very important. It worked out pretty well.”

Looking to rally from two sets down for a 10th time in his career, Federer launched his comeback with a break early in the third. But Federer struggled to make inroads in Seppi’s game in the fourth set, which ended with two stunning forehand winners. Seppi struck an inside-out forehand winner to set up match point at 6/5 in the tie-break and then hit a forehand slice off-balance down the line to complete a famous victory.

Federer came into the Grand Slam championship having won his 83rd tour-level title at the Brisbane International, which marked his 1,000 career match win. Only Jimmy Connors (1,253) and Ivan Lendl (1,071) have more match wins in the Open Era (since 1968).

Date: 23rd January 2015, Source: ATP

Sampras 'amazed' by relentless Federer motivation

Pete Sampras has long admired Roger Federer's talent for striking and stroking a tennis ball. Now he also has a great appreciation for how Federer - a 33-year-old father of four - still has such love and enthusiasm for playing the sport.

"It's amazing that Roger is still going. He has done everything in the game and then some, and yet he still has that motivation to travel and to win," Sampras told ESPN.

Federer's longevity is such that his victory over Canada's Milos Raonic in this month's Brisbane final took him to 1,000 career victories, making him only the third man in history, after Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl, to bring up four figures.

Should he reach 1,007 before leaving Melbourne Park this fortnight, he will become the first man of the modern age to score five Australian Open titles.

"Am I surprised that Roger is still up there? Yes and no," said Sampras. "I don't doubt Roger's ability. That's still there. He's been playing well. But it's the mental side. I'm just amazed that he still has the motivation, that he is still travelling and still winning events."

It is Sampras's analysis that Federer responded with class and dignity to the suggestions in 2013 that the Swiss should consider retirement. Federer's reaction in 2014 was to come extremely close at Wimbledon - he lost a pulsating five-set final to Novak Djokovic - to winning what would have been his 18th Grand Slam title, and his first since 2012.

When he arrived in London last November for the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals, it was still mathematically possible for him to finish the year as the world No.1 (as it turned out, Djokovic did).

"I don't think Roger's a vindictive guy," added Sampras. "I'm sure he heard the suggestions that he should retire in 2013 and he dealt with it. I don't think that Roger is one of those personalities who is in your face.

"He lets his racket do the talking. He lets his hard work do the talking. It's by working hard that he has been able to do what he has done. He's got healthy. His level dropped off the last couple of years, but he has got his confidence back."

There were several reasons for Federer's revival last season, including that he did not have the back problems of 2013 (even if he withdrew from the final at the O2 because his back had seized up). He also switched to a larger racquet. But, Sampras argued, Federer wouldn't have had such success if he hadn't hired Stefan Edberg as his coach.

"First of all, Stefan is a great guy. He's easy to hang around with and he knows the game so well. He's been around the tour for years, and he knows what it's like to be out there," Sampras said.

"Stefan was an aggressive player, and I'm sure he is giving little insights to Roger about how to be more aggressive, and how to use his athletic ability. So Roger has been coming in a bit more, shortening the points a little bit more, chip-and-charging, serve-and-volleying.

"Stefan has been adding a little bit here and there, and that's helping Roger at this stage of his career. They've been trying to add some things. Stefan is very smart and knows what's going on. It's obviously a good match-up."

Date: 22nd January 2015, Source: ESPN UK

Is it a bee? Is it a blister? Federer doesn't know

The mystery affliction that affected a finger, or fingers, on Roger Federer's right hand had still not been solved more than an hour after he saw off a spirited performance from Italian journeyman Simone Bolelli at the Australian Open on Wednesday.

The 33-year-old Swiss sought treatment on his hand after the first set.

Federer said it did not look like a blister and he had thought he may have been stung by a bee, but was still examining his hand after the 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory.

"I don't know what that thing is," the 17-time grand slam winner told reporters in a media conference while staring intently at the tips of his fingers. "It's the weirdest thing.

"I feel it on the tip of my finger. Just felt really odd starting after the break, and for three, four games, it was the funniest feeling I have.

"I feel like it's numb and swollen. I never had this pain before - it was disturbing me.

"Actually it went away, but now I feel it again. I don't know what the feeling is."

Federer declined to have the finger taped by medical staff because it would have just looked "bigger and weird".

"You can't see anything," he said laughing while staring intently at his hand.

"But it is definitely swollen and it's funny. I don't know what it is. As long as it's not getting bad, it's okay."

Date: 21st January 2015, Source: Reuters

Federer tested by Bolelli in Melbourne

World No. 2 Roger Federer overcame a difficult start to move into the Australian Open third round with a 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Simone Bolelli in Melbourne.

Following Maria Sharapova’s near-upset on Rod Laver Arena in the previous match, Federer came out and immediately fell behind 1-4. The 48th-ranked Bolelli took a set off of the Swiss for the first time in four ATP Head to Head meetings as he converted on his third set point opportunity.

Federer was unable to capitalise on his double break point chance at 3-2 in the second set, before finally breaking Bolelli’s defences in the Italian’s next service game. He opened the third set with another break and never looked back, closing out the victory in just over two hours.

"Happy I'm still in the tournament, because there for a while today it wasn't looking very good because Bolelli was playing very well," admitted Federer. "But it's always a good feeling fighting your way out of a match, like now, and winning the last three sets convincingly and actually playing really positive tennis. I served very well.

"The important thing is that you play the right way early because it's not always that easy. Today I had to do some adjustments because he was doing things very well. By figuring things out, it's a great feeling to have once you've got it. Then you're able to play consistently well, because actually he didn't have many opportunities on my serve. You always expect yourself to create opportunities, which I was finally able to do. Conditions were playing fast, and it's not so easy if you serve well to break."

The four-time Australian Open champion next faces Italian Andreas Seppi who beat the 29th seed Jeremy Chardy 7-5, 3-6, 6-2, 6-1. Federer is bidding to become the second man in history, following Roy Emerson, to win five Australian Open titles. His last victory at Melbourne Park came in 2010, when he defeated Andy Murray in the final.

The 33-year-old Federer has reached 11 successive Australian Open semi-finals, also winning the title in 2004 (d. Safin), 2006 (d. Baghdatis) and 2007 (d. Gonzalez). Last year, he was beaten in the final four by Rafael Nadal.

Federer has started 2015 with a perfect 6-0 record. In the first week of the season, he became the third man in the Open Era to reach 1,000 match wins as he captured his 83rd tour-level title in Brisbane (d. Raonic).

Date: 21st January 2015, Source: ATP

Federer not immune to Swiss franc shock

Swiss great Roger Federer said he is not immune to a decision by his nation's central bank to abandon the franc's exchange rate floor, joking that he must now win more matches.

The franc has jumped some 15 percent against the euro since the Swiss central bank stunned markets last Thursday by abandoning the minimum rate of 1.20 francs against the European common currency.

Federer, a 17-time Grand Slam winner and the biggest earner in his sport, joked: "Does it mean I've got to win now?" when asked for his thoughts on the matter at the Australian Open on Monday.

More seriously, he said it was a big concern.

"Switzerland's an interesting place. It's small but quite powerful in some ways," said the 33-year-old, who lives in his homeland with wife Mirka and their two sets of twins.

"Clearly it had an impact on me, too, no doubt about it. Things were going up all the time, so it's normal have it reset.

"But the way it was done, maybe there were some question marks behind that because nobody saw it coming.

"I'm not the expert, so I don't know exactly what you want me to tell you. But I guess for export or tourism it's not ideal, but we'll see how we'll adjust to it now," he added.

Experts have warned that an overheated Swiss franc could have "dramatic" consequences for the country's economy.

The Swiss National Bank imposed an exchange rate floor more than three years ago to stop the franc from appreciating too much against the European single currency.

But it has now raised the white flag, letting the franc float in a move that was felt around the world.

The franc has strengthened about 10 percent against the Australian dollar compared to last year's Australian Open.

Date: 20th January 2015, Source: AFP

Federer routs Lu to reach Australian Open second round

Cooling temperatures in the Melbourne evening forced Roger Federer to rethink his tactics in a clinical 6-4, 6-2, 7-5 rout of Taiwan's Lu Yen-Hsun under the lights of Rod Laver Arena on Monday.

In ominous form after winning the Brisbane International in the leadup, the 33-year-old Swiss was impenetrable on serve and charged around the court to preserve his unbeaten record in the first round at Melbourne Park in his 16th appearance.

As the game progressed into the evening, however, Federer found the Taiwanese got more and more into the match, giving him a decent first round workout despite the comparative ease with which the Swiss master managed to advance into the second round.

"I thought I was playing very well through the first couple of sets, I was returning and able to dominate the plays from the back," Federer told reporters.

"He started to serve better in the third set and conditions slowed down a bit. Because of the coolness and the night coming in, I felt it was hard to generate stuff and it became a very interesting third set.

"Instead of sort of just steamrolling through him he really made it tough for me."

The type of match was probably exactly what Federer needed in the first round of the season opening grand slam.

He continued with the things that were working well, like his serve, and worked on the aspects of his game that he may need to introduce more as he progresses through the tournament.

"I was holding my service games very comfortably," he added. "Until probably 5-2 in the second set was the first time he had any play on my service game.

"I started to mix it up and trying out things because I had to toward the end of the third.

"I adjusted to the conditions, because it did play different at 7:00 than it did at 8:30. A drastic change, in my opinion."

The 47th-ranked Lu exploited the slowing pace of the balls to make the third set a contest, but lost serve in the 11th game before Federer sealed the match in less than two hours.

"Winning first round, it's always a bit of a relief," added Federer. He will play Italian Simone Bolelli in the next round who was a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 winner over Juan Monaco.

Federer’s coach, Stefan Edberg, the 1985 and 1987 Australian Open champion, was celebrating his 49th birthday on today.

Date: 19th January 2015, Source: Reuters

Federer: "I feel I'm playing very well and ready for Australian Open"

Having just notched his 1000th match win as he simultaneously won the title at the Brisbane International, Roger Federer enters Melbourne as the second seed in a quest for his fifth title.

The four-time champion (’04, ’06, ’07, ’10) starts his 16th Australian Open campaign against Yen-Hsun Lu, against whom he owns a 2-0 ATP Head to Head Series record. Federer was drawn in the same quarter as No. 6 seed Andy Murray and the same half as 2014 runner-up and No. 3 seed Rafael Nadal.

“There were many changes that took place in the six months leading into the Australian Open,” Federer said, naming his racquet and coach, Stefan Edberg, as adjustments made leading into last year’s tournament. “This time around, I've played so well. Also I was able to win Brisbane last week. Makes me feel more secure this year coming into the Aussie Open.”

Admittedly not feeling his best last year due to a back injury, Federer reached the semi-finals (l. to Nadal). This year, the Swiss said he’s “very pleased how things have gone now the last six months”.

“I think I'm serving more consistent and stronger than I ever have,” said Federer. “I definitely think the racquet has helped me with that as well a little bit. I think my backhand is working better than it has in the past as well. My concentration is there - better than it's ever been - because I feel, over time, you always want to improve. I feel I'm playing very well. If it's the best ever, I'm not quite sure.”

The 33 year old with 83 ATP World Tour singles titles to his name acknowledged changes he has had to make in the recent part of his career when it comes to training and fitness, saying “less is more”.

“It's changed just because you're more careful not to get injured,” he said. “Quality is more important than quantity. Whereas when you're younger, you’ve got to put in the hours, you’ve got to put in the work. Doesn't matter if you're tired; you’ve just got to get through it, get match tough, go through the grind. Eventually you have experience, you know what you need to get ready for a tournament.”

Good quality practises is what the World No. 2 stressed as important, adding; “I am 33, so things are a bit different today than they were 10 years ago.”

Despite his numerous accolades, Federer joked there is one thing he doesn’t excel at - an Australian accent.

“No, I'm not very good at that.”

Coverage from Melbourne begins at 10am (11pm GMT and 6pm EST) on 16 January, and at 12:00pm (1am GMT, 8pm EST) on 17 January. The 2015 Australian Open main draw runs 19 January - 1 February.

Date: 17th January 2015, Source: ATP and Reuters

Roger Federer's Australian Open 2015 Outfit

Roger Federer's Australian Open 2015 Nike Outfit

Date: 15th January 2015