2014/07/25

Novak Djokovic Wins Second Wimbledon Crown with Five-set Victory over Roger Federer

 

 

(July 6, 2014) WIMBLEDON – No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic who failed to close out the match in the fourth set was extended to five by 7-time champion Roger Federer, but the Serb held on for his second Wimbledon title a 6-7 (7), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 5-7, 6-4 at Centre Court at the All England Club on Sunday.

It was a match of momentum shifts, the first set going to the almost 33-year-old veteran grabbing the opening set in a tiebreak. Djokovic grabbed the momentum back with an early break in the second and added to it with a a solid tiebreak in the third. Djokovic ran up a 5-2 lead, serving for match at 5-3, holding a championship point. The world No. 4 surged to take the last 5 games of the set to claim it 7-5.

This set up a fifth set which saw both men hold steady until the 10th game when Federer failed to be consistent with his first serve and his groundstrokes. Four unforced errors for Federer, and Djokovic took advantage for break of serve for game, set and match.

“I was very close in several occasions, even in the fourth, to win the match,” Djokvic said.  “But, you know, I could have easily lost my concentration in the fifth and just handed him the win.

“But I didn’t, and that’s why this win has a special importance to me mentally.  Because I managed to not just win against my opponent but win against myself as well and find that inner strength that got me the trophy today.”

“I was just overwhelmed with the emotions, positive emotions, that I was experiencing in the match,” Djokvic stated.  “I was not surprised, I was just trying to enjoy the moment, rethink what I’ve been through during the match.”

“Sincerely, this has been the best quality Grand Slam final that I ever been part of.  I’ve had a longest final against Nadal in the Australian Open 2012.

“But quality-wise from the first to last point, this is definitely the best match.

“Roger played very well, I thought, in a very high level.  He showed why he’s a champion.  He showed a fighting spirit, composure in important moments when he was a break down.”

During the trophy ceremony Djokovic said to Federer: “I respect your career and everything you have done. And thank you for letting me win today.” Even Federer had to smile at his conqueror’s statement.

Not only does the win give Djokvic a seventh major title, it will moe his ranking back up to No. 1 ahead of Rafael Nadal.

“But it was close,” said Federer, who was bidding for a record eighth Wimbledon title.  “Novak deserved it at the end clearly, but it was extremely close.”

“It’s just nice being in Wimbledon finals, number one,” the Swiss continued.  “Winning or losing, it’s always something special and something you’ll remember, even more so when the match was as dramatic as it was today.

“It’s even more memorable when I see my kids there with my wife and everything.  That’s what touched me the most, to be quite honest.  The disappointment of the match itself went pretty quickly.”

With Djokovic’s win, he has snapped his losing streak in major finals,” Before Sunday he had lost the last three, and five out of the last six.

Djokovic said: “Most special Grand Slam final I’ve played.  At the time of my career for this Grand Slam trophy to arrive is crucial, especially, as I said, after losing several Grand Slam finals in a row.  Started doubting of course a little bit.  I needed this win a lot.

“I’m going to try to use it in the best possible way and for my confidence to grow for the rest of my season and the rest of my career.”

Asked by a reporter if this could be his last Wimbledon, Federer replied: “There is no guarantee that you’re going to be ever there again or not.  Or maybe there’s much more to come.  It’s really impossible to answer that question.

“I’m very happy to see that with feeling normal I can produce a performance like I did the last two weeks.  That clearly makes me believe that this was just a steppingstone to many more great things in the future.”

Djokovic dedicated his triumph to his pregnant fiancee Jelena Ristic, his future baby and his first coach Jelena Gencic who died last year.

Djokovic now joins John McEnroe and Mats Wilander in a tie for eighth place on the list for most major singles titles in the Open Era.

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Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer Advance to Wimbledon Final

 

(July 4, 2014) Top seed Novak Djokovic will face No. 4 Roger Federer for the Wimbledon final on Sunday after semifinal victories on Centre Court on Friday.

Novak Djokovic overcame a second set charge by Grigor Dimitrov to move into his third Wimbledon final in four years, 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (7). For the 11th seed Dimitrov, who reached in his first major semifinal, had a 10-match winning streak snapped by the Serb.

Djokovic broke serve to go up 3-1 and held on to take the set 6-4. Dimitrov, after going down a break in the second set 1-3, with his girlfriend Maria Sharapova in attendance, the Bulgarian reeled off five straight games to even the match at a set apiece.

Djokovic came back with a more aggressive game, while the 23-year-old Dimitrov had serving woes, including a string of three double faults in the third game of the fourth set.

Roger Federer took on the big-serving 23-year-old Milos Raonic in the second of the men’s semis. Federer opened the match by breaking the Canadian’s serve and held on to take the set 6-4, Federer broke in the 9th game of the second set and held for 6-4, a feat he repeated in the third set to complete the win.

“He just played well,” said the Canadian.  “I didn’t put in the serves I needed to.  Normally I start off serving much better, and then he came up with the right shots.

“Pretty much every single time he was leaning the right way.  He was hitting good, deep returns that didn’t allow me to sort of get into it.

“I’m quite disappointed with the level I was able to put out, Raonic added.  “I know I can do much better.

“Obviously I wasn’t expecting by any means to play my best, but I was expecting much better from myself.”

“Well, it’s big in the moment itself because you just don’t know how many chances you’re going to get,” Federer talking about the first break of serve against Raonic.  “I think he was in the lead maybe, 15‑Love, 30‑15.  I didn’t see it coming necessarily, but I grabbed it and then ran with it.

“Because clearly I’m also looking for rhythm on my own serve, so holding for the next couple service games was important for me to stay ahead and somehow get the first set under the belt, which I did, because I don’t think we both necessarily played great in that first set.

“So it was good for me to get it that way.  I just felt like I created some good opportunities when I was in his service games.  Yeah, clearly looking back it’s always going to be big, any break you do, you make against Milos.”

The 27-year-old Djokovic will be going for his seventh Grand Slam title, while Federer will be looking for his 18th, a record 8th Wimbledon crown. Djokovic last played Federer in a major final back in the 2007 U.S. Open final where the Swiss defeated Djokovic in straight sets. Djokovic has lost in his last two major finals, falling to Rafael Nadal at the French Open last month and at the 2013 U.S. Open.

“I came out on the court to win, said Dimitrov.  “Okay, I think I had a pretty slow start, but at some point I think I got my act together and I was really playing a good tennis.”

Dimitrov had a 6-3 lead in the fourth set tiebreak and had he won it, the match would have been extended to a fifth set.

“You never know what would have happened if I had taken that fourth set.  I think at the same time I had my momentum.  It’s just he came on top today, so all the credit to him.”

It may have been a disappointing loss for the Bulgarian, but it’s been a good fortnight for him.

“I think this is the first time for me to be in semifinal of a slam, so obviously to me that’s just positive,” Dimitrov said.  “I’m not going to overanalyze much what’s been happening the past weeks to me because there’s no need for that.

“I think I’m in a good spot at the moment.  I’m practicing well.  I’m doing a good work on and off the court.  I’m focusing really on every match that I’m playing, regardless.  Doesn’t matter what kind of tournament I’m playing.

“It’s a good learning curve for me to put myself in such a position and play against those kind of players and attack the top in a different way.

“Of course, I’m going to have to play even better when it comes to matches like that, but it’s a good lesson for me.  I can take a lot of positives out of all the matches I played out here in England.  It’s been, you know, solid weeks for me.”

Djokovic, who will be playing Federer for the 35th time on Sunday talked about the keys to the match:

“We know each other’s games.  We played many matches on different occasions.  As you said, only once on grass court, but we played so many times in semifinals and finals of Grand Slams, different surfaces, big matches over the years.  They were very exciting.

“And, of course, most of the matches we play against each other went the distance.  So I’m going to be, of course, physically ready and fit to go the distance this time.  Of course, there is plenty of motivation from my side to win this Grand Slam final after losing last three out of four.

Of course, I want to try to, you know, get the title.  It would mean a lot mentally for me.  The key against him in the game, of course, is trying to not allow him to dictate too much because he likes to be very aggressive, he likes to come to the net.

“I’m going to have to be able to get as many returns back in the court and try to also stay closer to the line, protect the baseline.”

 

“We both like to be close to the baseline.  We both like to take charge, especially on quicker courts.  He has a wonderful way of either redirecting or taking the ball early, you know, taking pace from the opponent, even generating some of his own.

“So I think that’s what makes him so hard to play.  There’s not really a safe place you can, you know, play into.  Like back in the day there was many guys where you just knew, Oh, this guy is a bit dodgey on the backhand.  Let me play that and then build up the point from that.

“Novak can hurt you down the line or cross‑court on both sides.  He’s really improved now through the years.  I’ve seen him come through the ranking.  His forehand, his serve, his movement clearly is what stands out the most at this moment now.  He’s really been able to improve that and make it rock solid.

“I think for me it’s really important to stay aggressive against him.  And especially here at Wimbledon it’s more simple how we need to play against each other.  It’s not like on a slow court where you can maybe maneuver the other guy around so much.

“I think on grass it’s a bit more straightforward and I think we’re both aware of that.”

Federer leads Djokovic in head-to-head matches 18-16.

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Semifinals Set for Both Men and Women at Wimbledon

 

 

(July 2, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Grigor Dimitrov ended the run of defending champion Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6(4), 6-2 to reach the semifinals of Wimbledon, becoming the first Bulgarian man to do so. Dimitrov joins No. 1 seed Novak Djokovic, seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer and another newcomer Milos Raonic in the semifinals.

The No. 11 seed ended Murray’s 16-match winning streak at the All England club which went all the way back to the 2012 Olympic Games.

“I have very good memories from that court out there,” Murray said.  It’s a special court for me.

“Yeah, I mean, you can have bad days as an athlete.  You don’t win all of the time.  Sometimes you just have to take it on the chin and move on.

“But, yeah, when you don’t feel like you played as well as you can, that’s disappointing and frustrating.  Yeah, that’s happened a few times in the slams over the last year, so I’m disappointed about that.”

“I think I got early on in the match on top of him, and I think that really helped me, you know, progress in that way.” Dimitrov said.  “I think second and third set was just a little different.

“But, I mean, I can’t say much about the match because I came out to win the match.  I was really positive.  I was ready.  I had a lot of patience no matter how many sets I was supposed to play.

“But I was just composed and I was looking for every point that I had to play.”

On Friday, Dimitrov face 2011 Wimbledon champion in Novak Djokovic who reached the semifinals for a fifth straight year. Top seed Djokovic had to rally to top No. 26 Marin Cilic of Croatia 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-2.

On the lower half of the draw, Federer will play No. 8 Milos Raonic, the first Canadian man in a Grand Slam semifinal since the early 1920s.

Federer dropped his first set of the fortnight to Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka en route to a 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4, 6-4 win over his Swiss countryman.

“There was a lot on the line today playing against Stan,” Federer said.  “Quarters sort of shows the direction on how you’re playing and all these things.

“I’m really pleased to have come through.  Like you said, last year was a major disappointment for me because I always see Wimbledon as one of my main goals of the season, side-by-side with rankings and some other highlights that I choose that there are for me.

“I try to be in the best possible shape, so last year was rough.  I was very disappointed.  Went back to the practice courts.  Didn’t have any options left at that point.

“So I’m happy that one year later I’m back in the semis and with a chance to go further.”

In the battle between big servers, Raonic defeated teenager Nick Kyrgios, who beat Rafael Nadal in the fourth round 6-7 (4), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (4). Raonic hit 39 aces.

In the women’s quarterfinals, No. 3 Simona Halep beat 2013 Wimbledo runner-up Sabine Lisicki 6-4, 6-0, and will take on No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard, who beat No. 9 Angelique Kerber 6-3, 6-4.

“It was a great match for me today,” said Halep.  “I played really well and I’m really excited that I can play semifinals tomorrow.

“I like this tournament and I feel really well here.  I’m looking forward for the next round just to play good tennis and to try my best on court.”

Bouchard has reached her third straight major semifinal.

“I’m excited to be in the semis,” said the 20-year-old.  “But, of course, you know, never satisfied, so definitely want to go a step further, or as far as I can.

“I think, you know, I played some great players when I lost in the semis.  You know, you don’t win every single time.  But, you know, I’m going to look forward to try to play a little bit like I played today.  I thought I was pretty solid out there and playing the right way on the grass.

“So that’s going to be a key.”

Thursday’s other Ladies’ semifinal will be a battle between two left-handed Czech women -2011 champion Petra Kvitova versus No. 23 Lucie Safarova.

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French Open Champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova Lose at Wimbledon

(July 1, 2014) WIMBLEDON – French Open Champions Rafael Nadal and Maria Sharapova were the victims of major upsets on Tuesday at Wimbledon.

World No. 1 and No. 2 seed Nadal fell to Australian wild card Nick Kyrgios 7-6(5), 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-3 in the fourth round. For the up-and-coming Kyrgios ranked 144th in the world who hit 37 aces against Nadal, it was the match of his life and the biggest upset of the tournament.

“I’m pretty happy,” said the 19-year-old Australian. “That’s the biggest win of my career obviously, and that’s something I’m never going to forget. I’m going to draw so much confidence out of that no matter where I play now. To have that under my belt, it’s massive.”

“The thing is this surface,” Nadal said. “When you have an opponent that he decides to serve and to hit every ball very strong, you are in trouble.

“I think that I didn’t play really bad. But that’s the game in this surface.

“I think in the second and the third set I was better than him, but I was not able to convert that opportunities. And for the rest, I think he play better than me.

“So, in general, talking about what you need to win in this surface, he did the things better than me.”
It was the fourth straight match at Wimbledon where Nadal dropped the opening set.

Kyrgios became the first man to reach the quarterfinals in his Wimbledon debut in 10 years. He is also the first teenager to defeat the No. 1 player man at a major since Nadal did it at 19 when he beat Roger Federer at the 2005 French Open.

“I think I had to play a solid game that gave me the best shot,” said the 6’ 4” Australian. “That’s serving big and playing aggressive. I thought today my serve was something that got me over the line. It made me, you know, be able to put pressure on his serve as well.

“I think that was very important.”

“In the tiebreak he was able to serve better than me,” the Spaniard said. “So that’s an advantage. I could serve better on the tiebreaks. But 5‑All in the second set in the tiebreak, second serve, net, inside for him, second serve big. Then he repeat the second serve with 140 miles the second serve.

“You know, that’s happens when you have nothing to lose. You can play that way. Players who really play for being in the last rounds, think about win the titles, it’s not easy to create the second serve 114 5-All in the tiebreak, but that’s what happened today.

“Congratulations to him. For me, beach,” Nadal said smiling.

“It still hasn’t sunk in yet,” Kyrgios said of the win. “I was just overwhelmed with every feeling out there. I turned to my whole box, you know, just shared that moment with them. It still hasn’t hit me what I’ve done.”
Next up in the quarterfinal for the Aussie will be another big server in Canadian Milos Raonic.

“Milos has probably got the best serve in the world,” he said. I’m just going to go out there and have fun again.”
Maria Sharapova became the favorite to win Wimbledon when Serena Williams lost on Saturday. Germany’s Angelique Kerber, the No. 9 seed dismissed the fifth-seeded Russian from the tournament 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4. The match was a tale of errors.

Sharapova made 49 unforced errors, 38 more than her opponent.

“I think there were a few little key moments in each set actually that I can learn from,” Sharapova said. “I was up in the tiebreaker and didn’t follow through. You know, it was great to come back in that second.
“Had a really slow start in the third. She rode with that confidence. It was just a few points in the end of that. Maybe things would have been different if I won that game, but in the end I didn’t.”

“Before I went on court I was just telling myself, you know, Just go out there, enjoy it, and play like you are at practice,” Kerber said. “You know, not focus on her, just focus on yourself, yeah, and believe that you can beat her.”

“At the end I was trying to focus just from point to point. I was telling me, you know, You can do it. She will not make mistakes. If you would like to win the match, you need to do it, to be aggressive, just go for it.
“Yeah, and I did it. Yeah, I’m just happy that, you know, actually I won the match. I think she didn’t lost the match; I won it. That feels good.”

“The next match against Bouchard, it will be tough one,” Kerber added. “I lost against her in Paris, but I’m feeling right now better and I’m feeling better on grass.

“I never played against her on this surface, so I will be focused like today just on myself. Just try to be aggressive, play my game, and not focusing on her.”

The women’s quarterfinals set for Wednesday are No. 3 Simona Halep against 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki, and No. 9 Angelique Kerber versus No. 13 Eugenie Bouchard. The semifinal on the other side of the draw is already complete 2011 champion Petra Kvitova against No. 23 Lucie Safarova

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Roger Federer Cruises into Wimbledon Fourth Round

 

(June 28, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Seven-time champion Roger Federer has moved into the fourth round with an authoritative win over No. 35 Santiago Giraldo of Colombia 6-3, 6-1, 6-3 on Saturday under a closed roof on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Last year Federer lost in the second round of the tournament. The winner of 17 Grand Slam titles hit 27 winners with 8 aces. He won 94 points in the match to his opponent’s 64. He was 5 for 9 in break point chances.

“It’s been a good first week for me,” Federer said.  “I’ve been playing well, been feeling good.  Didn’t drop any sets.  Wasn’t really in danger in any of the matches.

“Totally got a lot of info, you know, from the first week, how I need to play moving forward”

Federer’s last Wimbledon title came in 2012.

He will play Tommy Robredo in the fourth round for a place in the quarterfinals. Robredo defeated  15th seed Jerzy Janowicz in five sets late on Saturday.

 

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Roger Federer Moves Past Gilles Muller into Wimbledon Third Round

(June 26, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Roger Federer has advanced a round further than he did last year, as he beat qualifier Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 6-3, 7-5, 6-3 to reach the third round at Wimbledon.

Last year the Swiss lost in the second round to Sergiy Stakhovsky on a Wednesday full of upsets sometimes refered to as “Wacky Wednesday.”

Federer put 25 aces past Muller, including three in the final game which ended under a closed Centre Court roof due some sprinkles of rain earlier in the evening.

“I’m very happy with the match today,” Federer said, “because I knew it could have been difficult, you know.  And we saw signs of it I think midway through the second set when I think for four straight games I didn’t see, you know, much on his serve.

“Then actually the rain delay kind of changed things around.  I came out and I was a bit more clear of how I was going to return him.

“It makes life difficult out there.  It keeps the points short and serves nice and well.  Swings the serve nice.  I actually thought he was playing pretty quick.

“I’m very happy to be through.”

Federer will meet the winner of the second round match between Marcel Granollers of Spain and Santiago Giraldo of Colombia in the third round.

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Roger Federer’s Wimbledon Conqueror, Sergiy Stakhovsky Upsets Ernests Gulbis

(June 25, 2014) WIMBLEDON – The man who upset Roger Federer at Wimbledon in the second round last year, Sergiy Stakhovsky, upset No. 12 seed Ernest Gulbis on Wednesday 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (5).

The Ukranian, ranked No. 90 in the world consistently used a serve-and-volley strategy which was successful against his Latvian opponent. He was 32 for 45 at the net.

Asked to compare this match versus Federer’s last year, Stakhovsky said, ”No, not even close.  Roger and Ernests on grass is like Rafa and me on clay.”

There is no denying that the Ukranian loves the surface, as it’s very suited to his game. “The surface is fast, he said.  It’s no bounce.  It’s speedy.  It’s exactly what I need.

“So pretty much I have the chance of finishing that volley if I have it.

“On other surfaces, not so easy.”

Gulbis gave his opponent credit: “Today he served well in the match.  Nothing was working from my side.  Two of my biggest weapons, my serve and return, wasn’t there.

“Especially the serve.  I couldn’t get any free points from my serve.  There is different reasons because of that.  I don’t want to get into details because of that.

“Sergiy, a lot of credit to him.  That’s why he beat Roger last year.  That’s why he beat Roger last year on grass.  The guy has a good game plan.  He comes in; he chips the ball; he takes out the pace.

“I just wasn’t hitting the ball well enough today.”

In his news conference, Gulbis complained about the balls being used at Wimbledon make it difficult get much spin.

In response to this, Stakhovsky said: “Also it’s hard hitting them even, but he’s still serving 135 miles.

“It’s never easy playing Ernests because he’s the kind of personality you don’t know when he’s serious on court and when he’s laughing.

“I was trying not to get too much in conversation with him, but it’s hard not to.”

“So next year maybe I’m going to do something different,” Gulbis said.  “Maybe play a little bit more matches on grass.  I played just one really bad match, yeah, against a tough opponent, De Schepper, in Queen’s.  There was no rhythm at all.

“Then I played two exhibition matches.  It’s not enough.  I need more matches on grass.

“I wasn’t consistent enough.  I don’t have a consistent game yet on grass.  I need to work on that.”

 

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon

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Roger Federer Easily Advances at Wimbledon

(June 24, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer ran off a 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 win on Tuesday over Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 on Court No. 1.

“I got the break I think in all three sets in the first return game,” the Swiss said.  “So from that standpoint I was alw..ays up in the score and could always, you know, was always in the lead.  It’s easier to play that way.  Then many times was able to break again.

“You know, it was a solid match overall.  I served well, returned well, also tried to come forward a bit.  I could really do everything out there, so I’m very pleased with the first round.”

The only true drama in the match came when the Italians was serving at 2-5 and saved five match points. Federer held his serve next and completed the win with an ace.

Fellow Swiss, reigning Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka is also through to the second round with a 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 win over Joao Sousa of Portugal. Wawrinka served 18 aces over his challenger on Tuesday.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga completed his match on Monday which was suspended by rain and then darkness. He was on court for three minutes and won all four points closing out Jurgen Melzer 6-1, 3-6, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4.

“It was quick,” said Tsonga.  “I played only four points.”

“But was not easy to come back after yesterday night.  I played a good four points and finally I won.  It’s good.  And tomorrow I have a new match.”

 

Karen Pestaina at Wimbledon

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Quotes of the Day from the Pre-Wimbledon News Conferences

Serena in press 3

(June 21, 2014) WIMBLEDON – Players met the media on Saturday for pre-Wimbledon news conferences, days ahead of the The Championships, 2014.

 

Who says I was over it (smiling)?

-No. 1 seed Serena Williams  asked about how long it took for her to get over her stunning second round loss at the French Open to Garbine Muguruza.

 

-Simona Halep on her new found fame in her homeland of Romania

It was amazing feeling when I arrived home, because they stopped the plane just on the red carpet at the airport and everybody was waiting for me, about 300 fans.  I went to them and I said hello, many things there.  They ask me many things.

Yeah, was incredible.  For me was the best moment of my life.  Was incredible.  I will never forget that moment.

 

The big change is that everybody knows me now and a lot of people are speaking about me and are watching me.  In Romania all the press, every day they are watching me.  I don’t know why.

It’s a little bit difficult, but I want just to stay very far of this and just to keep focus my mental for the tennis.  I just want to think about tennis now and nothing else.

 

On looking at her ranking years ago:

A few years ago I was looking at the rankings on Internet, and I saw I was fourth page.  I said my dream is to be on first page.

So now I am there, and I am really happy.  I cannot be sad that I lose some matches.  I want just to enjoy this moment and to try to improve more in my game and to be maybe second or first.

 

Roger Federer on his second round loss at Wimbledon last year:

That was done a week after Wimbledon.  After that, I didn’t need to think about it a whole lot anymore.  It was just one of the big goals I set for myself.  I failed.  Back to work.  Get yourself in shape.

Rafael Nadal on Wimbledon:

I say before:  Is really the most dangerous tournament of the year.  When I arrive to Roland Garros I already played for one month on clay.  I played a lot of matches.  So more or less I can imagine how I am going to play.

 

 

 

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Roger Federer wins Seventh Halle Title, 79th Career Crown

(June 15, 2014) Roger Federer won the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany for the seventh time on Sunday when he defeated Alejandro Falla 7-6 (2), 7-6 (3) in the final. For the 17-time major Swiss champion, it was his 14th title on grass and 79th career title for the 32-year-old.

The world No. 4 Federer has a 46-5 record in Halle since making his debut in 2000.

“I’ve left a little bit of my heart here,” Federer said of his tennis at Halle. “I’m very pleased now to go to Wimbledon.”

“To win in a tiebreak is always a bit special, the euphoria, the emotion comes out,” Federer said. “I was able to deal with Falla’s strengths in the final and also (Kei) Nishikori’s in the semifinal. They were my second and third games on grass and I’m very satisfied with the level I could reach.”.

“He’s the king of kings of tiebreaks,” said the 69th-ranked Falla. “Overall I played very well throughout the whole week and I want to keep it up.”

Federer almost pulled off a singles and doubles double, but he and countryman Marco Chiudinelli cound not capitalize on fourth match points and were defeated 1-6, 7-5, 12-10 by Andre Begemann of Germany and Julian Knowle of Austria. Federer last won both the singles and doubles titles of the same tournament back in 2005 in Halle.

“I really enjoy winning titles,” Federer said. “It is what I play for, to play and receive a standing ovation at the end. I am very pleased with my performance. I work hard and travel the tour to win these titles and not lose in the quarters or semi-finals. With all the success I have had in the past, I need to aim for titles. I think I deserved the title this week.”
“It’s always tough losing a match, especially a final,” Falla said. “I wanted to win the title so badly. But when you play Roger in a final, it is always tough. It was a close match. I tried my best and fought for every point. This tournament gave me a lot of confidence, having won some tough matches.”

The Colombian was bidding to become the first from his country to win a grass-court title.

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