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Roger Federer fires Switzerland to Davis Cup semifinals

In a stunning comeback that epitomised the brilliance of Davis Cup, Switzerland secures a place in the semifinals of the competition. Switzerland came back from 2-1 down after the doubles rubber to win the two reverse singles on the final day.

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Federer wins sixth Dubai Championships title

Roger Federer won the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships for a record sixth time as he rallied from a set and a break down to defeat Tomas Berdych 3-6, 6-4, 6-3.

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Roger Federer marks 10 years since rising to No. 1

It marks the 10th anniversary of Roger Federer first becoming World No. 1 on 2 February 2004. The abiding memory is of Federer dropping to his knees and raising his arms in celebration. It was 9:30 p.m. in Melbourne, on 30 January 2004, and he had just beaten his rival for No. 1.

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Federer rallies with Rod Laver in rare Australian Open warm-up

Roger Federer traded shots with his hero Rod Laver in the stadium that bears the Australian great's name before promising that his hunger for grand slam titles remains as strong as ever.

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Roger Federer and Friends night raises over $1 million

The magnitude of Australian great Laver’s influence on the sport is not lost on Federer and the Swiss great was humbled to have his idol participate in the charity night celebrating 10 years of the Roger Federer Foundation.

Federer sets all-Swiss Monte Carlo final with Wawrinka

Roger Federer will face Stanislas Wawrinka in an all-Swiss final at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters after beating defending champion Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-2 on Saturday in the semi-finals. Federer will overtake his countryman at No. 3 in the ATP Rankings should he win the final.

It will be the first all-Swiss ATP World Tour final since 2000 Marseille, when Federer fell to Marc Rosset. Federer is chasing his eighth different ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 22nd overall.

"For me it comes as a bit of a surprise to be in the finals again of a tournament this year, especially the first one on clay. But, of course, I'll take it," said Federer. "I feel like I have put in the performance to be there, gave myself the opportunity this week. So I'm very happy with my play. Now I set up the dream finals for Stan and myself and Swiss tennis and the Swiss fans. It's very exciting times right now.

"I think it's incredible that we are in the finals together, the same week we've been playing well for some time now. I know Spaniards have it, French guys have it, Americans might have it. But for us it's so rare. Last time was 14 years ago. I played so many matches in the meantime. You think it's never going to happen again. That we're able to have this moment together on a centre court..

"This one is clearly very special, especially with the way he's been playing the past few months, the number of hours we spent together on court either playing doubles or practising, the times we've talked tennis. It's nice living a moment like this together in a final. It's really wonderful. So from that standpoint, I think it's going to be a great day tomorrow."

Federer has a 13-1 Head to Head lead over Wawrinka and has won his past 11 meetings with the Australian Open champion. But Wawrinka’s only win over his countryman came here at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 2009.

"I know I have a good head-to-head record against him. I don't read that much into it. He's a different caliber player now," said Federer.

"It's great, for sure, to play a Swiss player, especially Roger," said Wawrinka.

Federer extended his Head to Head lead over Djokovic to 18-16, beating the Serb for the second time in three meetings this season. After missing the chance to break Djokovic at 4-4 in the first set, Federer found himself in trouble as he faced two set points at 15/40 on serve in the 10th game. The Basel native held on, though, and then clawed his way back from 40/0 down on Djokovic’s serve in the following game to break the Serb and steal the set.

With Djokovic hampered by an injured right wrist, which was heavily strapped, Federer took full advantage and broke the Serb twice to prevail. He lost just five points on serve in the second set.

"Of course, I did see that Novak was struggling at one point," said Federer. "For me it was more just making sure that from my side I was playing a good, solid, tough match with some good defensive play sometimes, but mostly trying to stay on the offensive as much as I could. I think I was able to deliver from my side, which is key."

Federer is looking to win the Monte-Carlo crown for the first time after three runner-up finishes from 2006-’08. The right-hander is chasing his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title - he is currently second on the all-time leaders list, behind Nadal with 26 - and his first since August 2012, when he triumphed in Cincinnati (d. Djokovic).

Federer became the third player in the Open Era to reach 950 tour-level wins on Friday when he rallied from the brink of defeat to prevail against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals. Victory over Wawrinka on Sunday would bring him his 79th tour-level title - third on all-time leaders list - and his second of the season, following success in Dubai (d. Berdych).

Date: 19th April 2014, Source: ATP

Federer and Djokovic to clash in Monte Carlo semi-final

Roger Federer’s patience was tested to the limit as he battled to a 2-6, 7-6(6), 6-1 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the quarter-finals of the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Friday.

It took Federer 16 break points before he finally breached Tsonga’s defences on serve. The decisive move gave him a 2-0 lead in the third set and he went on to break Tsonga once more before claiming victory in two hours and 26 minutes.

The Swiss had been two points from defeat, trailing 5-6, 0/30 at the end of the second set, but four points later had forced a tie-break. He let slip a 6-3 lead, but was given a fourth set point chance courtesy of a Tsonga error and took his chance.

"I was down 6-5, 0/30," said Federer. "It was a tough point at 15-30 as far as I remember with a half volley backhand defense kind of thing. It wasn't looking good there. Clearly was quite frustrating for a long period of time, missing all those break points. Now, looking back, I can take also some positives out of the match. It was just many things went wrong at the wrong time for me: Jo playing well, me playing wrong at certain times, wrong shot selections. It was a tough day at the office. I'm happy I found the way to tough it out.

"The confidence is there. I played well from the baseline. My serve was consistent. I'm very happy that I have this foundation for my game. Sometimes you feel you have no foundation. But having it helped me to remain very calm during the whole match. I really believed that eventually I was going to come through. It's not possible to go through that many break points. I was playing good enough to make the break and then serve my way home. That's exactly kind of what happened."

"The conditions were changing a lot during the match," reflected Tsonga. "It was becoming colder and the balls were not bouncing that much anymore and it was difficult for me to give them some height. So he had more and more of those balls at the height of his hips, and that's where he feels most comfortable. So it was then more difficult for me to put the ball away from him. I forced myself a bit and I got into trouble."

It was Federer’s 950th tour-level win and put him in his 50th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 semi-final.

For a place in the final, Federer will face defending champion Novak Djokovic. The 32-year-old Federer is looking to reach the final at the Monte-Carlo Country Club for the fourth time, having finished runner-up to Rafael Nadal from 2006-'08.

Federer is this week looking to win his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and first since Cincinnati 2012 (d. Djokovic). Federer and Djokovic will face off for the 34th time and third time this season on Saturday. Federer leads their ATP Head to Head series 17-16. He beat Djokovic in three sets in the Dubai semi-finals, but it was the Serb who was victorious in the Indian Wells final two weeks later.

"Federer has been playing really good tennis in the last couple of months... much better than he did all of last season," said Djokovic. "I'm going to have to be on top of my game."

Date: 18th April 2014, Source: ATP

Federer sets Tsonga quarter-final clash

Roger Federer is yet to spend more than an hour on court at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters. Following a 52-minute win over Radek Stepanek on Wednesday, the Swiss advanced to the quarter-finals in 57 minutes, dismissing Lukas Rosol 6-4, 6-1.

The 32-year-old Federer won 91 per cent of his first serve points and hit 24 winners to 18 unforced errors, breaking Rosol four times to record his second win this season over the Czech.

"I think it was a bit rocky in the beginning," said Federer, who initially trailed 1-3. "I was able to find my way into the match. After four games you usually kind of know what's going to work, what's not going to work. At the end I think I had good variation. I also came to the net some. I was effective on break points. My first serve started to work better. So I just think it was a more difficult start to the match."

The fourth-seeded Federer earned a quarter-final clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who earlier fought from a set down to beat Fabio Fognini. Federer leads their Head to Head series 10-4, beating Tsonga in the fourth round of the Australian Open in January in their most recent meeting. However, Tsonga won their last clay-court contest, beating Federer in the Roland Garros quarter-finals last year.

"I didn't play a very good match against him at the French last year," said Federer. "That was a bit of a disaster for me. On the other side, I played a really good match against him in the Australian Open this year. So I'm kind of excited to see what's going to happen this time around. I think Jo played the semis here last year, so he's played here well in the past. I have to make sure I play aggressive myself and not become too passive just because we're on clay."

Federer is making his first appearance since 2011 at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. After three runner-up finishes in 2006-'08, the Basel native is looking to win the title for the first time and claim his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown.

Date: 17th April 2014, Source: ATP

Federer ‘excited’ for home semifinal in Davis Cup

With 16,000 fans teetering on the edge of their seats throughout Switzerland’s thrilling quarterfinal triumph over Kazakhstan, Roger Federer says he can’t wait to face Italy in another home encounter in the Davis Cup semifinals on 12-14 September.

Two singles victories for Federer and a point for Stanislas Wawrinka saw Switzerland recover from 2-1 down to defeat the Kazakhs and reach its first semifinal since 2003 against Italy, whose comeback win over Great Britain ensured Severin Luthi’s men a second consecutive home tie.

“Clearly we’re excited that Italy won so we get a chance to play at home,” said Federer. “It’s big for the fans and the Swiss federation. They’ve paid a lot of money over the years for trips - like this weekend they’re playing Fed Cup in Brazil - so it’s good news for them.”

Federer defeated Mikhail Kukushkin in the decisive fifth rubber in April’s quarterfinal clash in Geneva to maintain Switzerland’s bid to win the Davis Cup for the first time - a campaign that has whipped up plenty of interest in Switzerland.

Not only does Luthi have two Grand Slam singles champions to call on in Federer and Australian Open champion Wawrinka, the Swiss are playing consecutive World Group ties on home soil for the first time since 2004-05.

“Having back-to-back ties in Switzerland is going to bring a bit more euphoria around the tie and around the competition,” acknowledged Federer. “We’re happy that we were able to win against Kazakhstan. It was a big relief at the end.

“Playing at home, being able to choose the place and the surface, favours us against Italy now. We’re aware that every tie has to be played and at this point I just hope we are going to be both healthy and give ourselves the best chance to win.”

September’s semifinal will see Federer take on Italy in Davis Cup for a third time - and he’ll be looking for a third straight triumph.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion defeated Davide Sanguinetti in the second rubber in Switzerland’s 3-2 victory in Neuchatel in 1999, before besting Simone Bolelli and Potito Starace as the visitors won by the same scoreline 10 years later on Italian soil in Genoa.

“It’s always an interesting tie,” Federer added. “I’ve played Italy twice before in my career and they’ve always been good ties, friendly ties. I think this one is going to be more special just because there is going to be much more on the line this time around.”

Date: 17th April 2014, Source: Davis Cup

Roger Federer could miss French Open for birth of third child

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is prepared to skip tournaments - including possibly the French Open - to be with his wife when she gives birth again.

Federer, who has twin daughters with wife Mirka, announced on 24 December 2013 they are expecting their third child, although they have not said when.

The 32-year-old Federer still does not know the exact date.

''So we're just waiting. It's a priority for me trying to be there, trying to support my wife,'' Federer said Wednesday at the Monte Carlo Masters. ''I've played enough tennis matches. Missing a tournament or missing a match wouldn't change anything for me.''

Asked if that means he would be prepared to miss the French Open, which runs from May 25-June 8, the 17-time Grand Slam champion hinted that he would.

''Yeah, let's talk about it when it would happen. At the moment we hope it's not going to be that way,'' he said after beating Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2 in the second round. ''If it is, that's what it is, you know.''

Federer has played in every Grand Slam since 2000.

Date: 16th April 2014, Source: AP

Federer makes emphatic start in Monte Carlo

Roger Federer made a welcome return to the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Wednesday and opened his campaign in emphatic style, dismissing Radek Stepanek 6-1, 6-2 in just 52 minutes to reach the third round.

The Swiss took a wild card to make his first appearance since 2011 at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament. He notched his 24th win at the Monte-Carlo Country Club as he hit 14 winners to nine unforced errors and converted all four of his break points. It was a near-flawless performance from him. Federer moved to a 14-2 ATP Head to Head record against Stepanek.

"I'm a bit surprised how well it went," said Federer. "Then again, it's hard to serve through the opponent. I was able to get a lot of returns back into play. On clay, when you have the upper hand from the baseline, it's kind of hard to get out of it.

"I think that's kind of how it was for Radek today. I had a good start to both sets, then I was solid on my own service games. The next thing you know, you're in the lead and you can hit freely. It was clearly a good match to start my clay-court campaign."

The 32-year-old Federer, who was part of the ATP’s 25-year celebrations in Monte-Carlo on Tuesday evening, is a three-time runner-up at this tournament. The Basel native, who lost out to Rafael Nadal in the 2006-08 finals, is chasing his 22nd ATP World Tour Masters 1000 crown and first since 2012 Cincinnati (d. Djokovic).

"I'm very happy now that I'm doing well," said Federer, reflecting on his strong start to the season. "But, of course, I also expect this from myself. So I'm just trying to keep up that rhythm. I feel free physically and in my mind. I'm eager to play, I'm eager to practise. I want to play good points. I'm no longer afraid that the rally will last too long. This was getting in the way of my game last year, whereas now I can really enjoy myself."

Federer faces Lukas Rosol in the third round after the Czech managed back-to-back victories on the ATP Tour for only the second time this season with a 6-4 6-4 win over France's Michael Llodra.

Date: 16th April 2014, Source: ATP

Roger Federer accepted Monte Carlo wild card

Roger Federer has accepted a wild card invitation to play in the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters after skipping the tournament for the past two years.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion, will be making his first Monte-Carlo appearance since a quarter-final exit in 2011 (l. to Jurgen Melzer), and his 11th overall. He has a 23-10 tournament record.

Federer, a winner of seven different Masters 1000 tournaments, will be looking to win the Monte-Carlo title for the first time. He finished runner-up to Nadal in three straight visits, from 2006-08.

He claimed his last clay-court title in 2012, when he defeated Czech Tomas Berdych in the Mutua Madrid Open final.

Date: 8th April 2014, Source: ATP and AP

Roger Federer’s Madrid and Rome Masters 2014 Outfit

Roger Federer's Nike Outfit for Mutua Madrid Open and Internazionali BNL d'Italia 2014.

Date: 7th April 2014

Roger Federer fires Switzerland to Davis Cup semifinals

In a stunning comeback on a weekend that epitomised the brilliance of Davis Cup, Switzerland became the final nation to secure a place in the semifinals of the competition to be played in September. Switzerland came back from 2-1 down after the doubles rubber to win the two reverse singles on the final day.

After disappointing results the first two days Stanislas Wawrinka rallied from a set down to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin 6-7(4), 6-4 6-4 6-4 and then Roger Federer sealed the tie with a 7-6(0), 6-2, 6-3 victory over Andrey Golubev.

“It’s great. I was hoping so much that I was going to get a chance to play and not just watch Stan play,” said Federer. “I got the opportunity and I’m happy I lived up to the hype and the expectations, and I was able to get the boys through. So very happy for them.

“I was confident but not silly confident but respectful confident towards the opponent (we could do it). I knew Stan was going to play better than Friday and I thought as well that he was going to do a better job with rhythm and against the type of player Kukushkin was, he’d find a way. That’s what happened. It was tough for him for a long time.

“Then personally for me, I just felt I was playing such great tennis the last six months that I would find a way as well and I did. It’s a relief but it was a great feeling.”

The score line did hide the fact that the first set was close. Federer had a service break but credit to Golubev for striking back. However, when they did get to the tiebreak it was one-way traffic as Federer picked up his aggressive play with an immediate mini-break. He never looked back and was like being in a one man race as he won the breaker without dropping a point.

Golubev was trying so hard to stay in touch with Federer but it was clear that the “Great One” was making it tougher and tougher for the Kazakh. Some of the returns he was playing in front of the incredibly loud partisan, but respectful, crowd were wonderful to watch.

He went up 4-2 when Golubev sent a forehand wide down the line and the fans erupted yet again with approval. Two games later he broke for the second set with the set point winner being vintage Federer. From the deuce corner of the court he blitzed a forehand crosscourt passing shot - which Golubev could only watch speed past him to land in - and as part of the follow through motion of that stroke he jogged to the courtside bench.

If it had not been for Wawrinka turning his tennis around it would have been such a different landscape. After losing the first set he didn’t seem as down as he was on the Friday. He knew that he was not playing badly and he just had to remain calm.

“I think I was doing the right thing,” said Wawrinka even though he lost that first set. “I was playing better than him and he had to play at his best, and I knew if I would keep the same level it would be difficult for him to play a five set match like this and that’s what happened.

“I started to play even more aggressive, make more winners, come to the net and I took my chances when I had them at the end. I am really happy with the match.”

The support for Wawrinka helped lift him incredibly and the atmosphere was something special.

Wawrinka said: “I had two difficult days losing to Golubev, losing the doubles; I was not playing my best tennis but I’m really happy with my level today. I went for it and I took that match. It was a tough match, he was playing really good, so I’m happy with myself and my game.”

Both Kukushkin and Golubev gave it their best but they ran into two players who were able to lift to greater levels with their experience but this weekend has opened the eyes of the Kazakhs and it allowed them to believe they can stand alongside some of the most powerful tennis nations in the world.

“It was a fantastic weekend and I’m very proud of our team and everyone involved in the team, not just the players,” said Captain Dias Doskarayev. “Overall it was fantastic no matter how the result went. We ended up losing but the score doesn’t matter, the fact that we hung in and gave a battle. This weekend will have a lasting effect.

“Even though we lost we accomplished something huge. Of course it will take time to sink in but we can find out that we can develop tennis more. We can get our guys on TV and in interviews and people will find out more about tennis and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

The Swiss now swing their attention to hosting Italy in the semifinals. Where it will be played remains to be seen but Federer suggested he’d be very happy to have it at the same arena.

“We’re in Switzerland, we don’t have too many arenas and halls, this is all temporary but it’s very special,” said Federer. “The history of the matches being played here, I hope we can do this one again.”

Date: 6th April 2014, Source: Davis Cup

Kazakhstan leads Switzerland 2-1 in Davis Cup quarterfinals

The Swiss duo of Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka has it all to do at the Davis Cup quarterfinal in Geneva, after they were stunned 6-4, 7-6(5), 4-6, 7-6(6) by the Kazakhstan doubles team of Aleksandr Nedovyesov and Andrey Golubev.

“It’s a great feeling. It’s like a dream I must say because we are playing against the Swiss in Switzerland,” said the Kazakh captain Dias Doskarayev.

“I told the guys before the match miracles may happen but you have to believe in miracles and today we had to play fantastic. We had to play aggressive, we had to play great but of course we needed to expect mistakes from the Swiss team.

“Stan was a bit nervous, pressure got to him; this is Davis Cup and our guy Nedovyesov showed himself really well under pressure, but being 2-1 against Switzerland is nothing going into Sunday. It has to be a reality check in the back of our minds. We still have two singles to go and anything may happen. We have to keep motivating our guys.”

The Kazakhs seemed to show no fear on the court and they went on the attack from the first point as Roger Federer found out. His serve was broken and the visitors hung on to that break for the entire set. They were barely threatened and with Nedovyesov serving for the set, the Swiss were under pressure.

On set point the ball came to Wawrinka; it was on his backhand, a shot he plays so beautifully, but it was not the case on this occasion. The Swiss No. 1 instead drilled it into the bottom of the net - it was a disappointing return to say the least.

Federer and Wawrinka kept up the fight but it was becoming obvious that Federer was needing to take charge more. Wawrinka’s game was not having a good day. In the sixth game they broke Golubev after he unsuccessfully challenged the call. The crowd had been waiting for such a moment to really unleash their passion.

Construction certificates for the Palexpo are certainly not needed because this partisan, but highly respectful crowd, proved the building was sound; there was no sign of the roof being blown off with the level of noise.

However the advantage was short-lived because Wawrinka lost his serve when he sent a backhand wide when trying to close out the set 5-3. The teams went to a tiebreak and Kazakhstan gained an immediate mini-break on Wawrinka’s serve.

The visitors were soon leading 5-2 but the Swiss did manage to balance things at 5-5. Golubev served to gain a set point, which his team won when Federer played a poor volley to lose the breaker.

“Golubev has been the man of the match in the singles and doubles, he’s played great,” said Federer. “He’s been mentally really calm, confident and serene. I’ve been very impressed by him. He made the difference in the doubles.”

The Swiss left the court for some time for a bathroom break. There was a bit more bounce in their step when they returned and they broke Nedovyesov in the fifth game; five games later and Switzerland was on the scoreboard with a set. Federer made a graceful leap to put an overhead away.

Needless to say the crowd was beside itself as their chanting and stomping reverberated around the facility. Locals could rest assure it was not an earthquake.

“It was a great atmosphere on court but it was tough to lose the doubles,” said Wawrinka. “For me it was good to play a lot of tennis the last two days even if it was two difficult days but I’m going to be ready and I know what to do to win.”

The fourth set was highly competitive but the Swiss euphoria was not to last. Golubev and Nedovyesov saved a set point to make it 6-6 and Nedovyesov made it match point on his serve.

Federer was trying to save the situation but a return Golubev got on his racquet strings allowed him to direct the ball right at Wawrinka who was at the net; in trying to defend himself, he lost the point and match.

“I’m not overly worried about what happened the last couple of days,” said Federer. “We knew the Kazakhs have been playing well in Davis Cup the last few years now. So it’s for us now to shine and prove ourselves.

“We are good players and we are the favourites still for each singles reverse match but we have no more margin for error so we are aware of that and, who knows, that’s maybe going to make us play even better, so I’m really excited about tomorrow.”

Date: 5th April 2014, Source: Davis Cup