2014/07/28

Federer to Meet Falla in Halle Final

 

 

Roger Federer photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots

Roger Federer photo by Christopher Levy @tennis_shots

(June 14, 2014) Six-time Halle champion Roger Federer will play Alejandro Falla in the final of the Gerry Weber Open on Sunday.

Federer defeated Kei Nishikori 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Saturday while Falla rallied past German and 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-4. Falla is the first Colombian to reach a grass-court final.

Federer did not realize he had won the match at the end.

“The crowd’s applause was different,” Federer said. “I looked at the referee and he was smiling, then I noticed Nishikori was at the net. I had to check the score. Of course, I was happy to accept the win.”

“It’s an amazing feeling,” Falla said of his win. “I knew I had good chances here. I already played great matches on grass courts. It’s my favorite surface.”

In addition to reaching the singles final, Federer has reached the doubles final with fellow Swiss Marco Chiudinelli, should he win both finals, Federer would be the ATP player this year to win doubles and singles titles at the same tournament.

 

RESULTS – SATURDAY, 14 JUNE 2014

Singles – Semi-finals
[2] R Federer (SUI) d [4] K Nishikori (JPN) 63 76(4)
A Falla (COL) d P Kohlschreiber (GER) 57 76(5) 64

Doubles – Semi-finals
[WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) / R Federer (SUI) d [WC] D Brown (GER) / J Struff (GER) 75 63

SCHEDULE – SUNDAY, 15 JUNE 2014

STADIUM start 11:30 am
EXHIBITION MATCH – D Brown (GER) vs J Struff (GER)

2:50 pm
A Falla (COL) vs [2] R Federer (SUI)
After Suitable Rest – A Begemann (GER) / J Knowle (AUT) vs [WC] M Chiudinelli (SUI) / R Federer (SUI)

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Roger Federer Falls to Ernests Gulbis at French Open

 

(June 1, 2014) Eighteenth seed Ernest Gulbis rallied from a set and a break down to defeat fourth seed Roger Federer 6-7 (5), 7-6 (3), 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 on Sunday to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open.

Roger Federer had a chance to break the tie for the record of making Grand Slam quarterfinals her currently shares with Jimmy Connors at 41.

This is the 17-time major champion’s earliest exit from Roland Garros since 2004, when he was ousted in the third round by Gustavo Kuerten.

Federer led 7-6(5), 5-3 40-15, two point to take a two-sets to none lead.

“Things got tough from then on for, like, a half-hour for me,” said the 32-year-old Federer.

“After the chance in the second set, fighting back in the fourth, not to play a better fifth set. There are a lot of regrets here now. But I think Gulbis did a good job of hanging around and clearly coming back in that second set was crucial for him, I think. It was a tough match and I’m disappointed I lost it.”

“A lot of regrets,” Federer said in his post –match news conference. “I just couldn’t kind of figure it out.”

“I think it was the biggest, probably, win of my career,” said Gulbis.

“For my confidence and just for me as a tennis player, a five-set win over Roger Federer, it’s really big,” he continued. “Hopefully it’s going to change me that I become more confident about myself, you know, on a tennis court.”

Gulbis said to the spectators on center court after the match: “I’m sorry I had to win. I know all of you like Roger.”

No. 4 Federer gets added to the list of upsets at the 2014 French Open which include: No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 2 Li Na, who lost in the first round and No. 1 Serena Williams who was beaten in the second and No. 3 Agnieszska Radwanska who was beaten in the third round.

Gulbis will face No. 6 Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. The 25-year-old Gulbis reached the quarterfinals of Paris in 2008.

No. 7 Andy Murray and No. 24 Fernando Verdasco  both won matches halted by darkness to set up a fourth-round face-off.  Murray defeated Philipp  Kohlschreiber 3-6, 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 12-10 while Verdasco defeated Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

No. 6 Tomas Berdych defeated the last U. S. man in the draw, John Isner 6-4, 6-4, 6-4.

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Djokovic and Federer Gain Berth in French Open Round of 16

 

Djokovic and Federer shake hands

(May 30, 2014) Both No. 2 Novak Djokovic and No. 4 Roger Federer needed four sets to reach the round of 16 of the French Open on Friday.

Djokovic won 6-3, 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 over Marin Cilic, while Federer, who missed four chances to win the second set, defeated Dmitry Tursunov 7-5, 6-7 (7), 6-2, 6-4.

“I’m pleased I found a way and played it solid and tough toward the very end,” Federer said after the match”

Djokovic is looking to win the French Open for the first time to complete a career grand slam.

More to follow.

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“Papa” Roger Federer Opens with Win at Roland Garros

(May 25, 2014) No. 4 seed Roger Federer playing in his 58th straight Grand Slam event, opened his campaign for a second Roland Garros title with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 dismissing of Slovakia’s Lukas Lacko, ranked No. 87 in the world.

Federer, the 2009 French Open Champion is now 59-14 at Roland Garros equaling the number of wins by Rafael Nadal who at 59-1 in Paris, holds the record.

This is the Swiss’ first win as a father of four. “I’m happy the family is here,” Federer said.

His new set of twins, Leo and Lenny were born less than three weeks ago, while his older set of twins, Myla and Charlene with mother Mirka, were on court Philipe Chatrier watching dad in action for about 20 minutes.

Rafa (Nadal) is the favorite” to win the tournament, the 17-time major champion said, with Novak Djokovic next, “and then the rest (of us), it’s very clear.”

Federer’s opponent in the second round will be qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman of Argentina.

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Roger Federer Falls in First Match Since Boys Birth

Roger Federer

(May 14, 2014) It’s back to paternity leave for Roger Federer who fell to No. 47 Jeremy Chardy in his opening match at the Italian Open 1-6, 6-3, 7-6. Federer lost despite holding a match point on her own serve in the third set tiebreak.

The 32-year-old Federer was playing his first match since his wife, Mirka, gave birth to their second set of twins, Lenny and Leo, last Tuesday.

No. 4 Federer came back from a 2-4 down in the final set to force a tiebreak and had a match point at 6-5 after Chardy double faulted. Chardy hit a stunning forehand passing shot at 6-6 and took the match on the next point when Federer hit a forehand long.

“I think we both struggled to win today and at the end a shot here or there may have decided the match,” Federer said to reporters in Rome. “He gave me a double fault to give me match point. I missed my first serve, which was crucial, but credit to him to give it a go. A passing shot is a tough one for me to take. Credit to him for fighting his way back into the match.”

For the 27-year-old Frenchman, he beat his first Top 10 player of 2014 and the eighth of his career.

“This one is totally OK if it doesn’t hurt,” Federer said of the shocking loss “I tried everything. I can’t do more than that on the court.”

“I still feel good, my body is good, my mind is good and it’s just unfortunate for one passing shot today I don’t get another opportunity to play this week.”

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“Papa” Roger Federer: “I couldn’t be happier”

Federer on court-001

(May 13, 204) Last week Roger Federer became the father of a second set of twins, when wife Mirka gave birth to sons Leo and Lenny. Federer withdrew from the Madrid Open last week to be with his family during the birth and is back on tour this week playing the Italian Open.

“I spoke to the team, I spoke to Mirka, asked all of them what they think I should do and they told me to come here and play,” said Federer in his pre-tournament news conference in Rome. “So I said ok, if you don’t want me around, I’ll go away! I miss them a lot already, it’s a different type of week, but I’ll get through it and I hope I can play some good tennis here.”

“I couldn’t be happier… for those who have kids it’s the best thing… they know what I am talking about. It’s hard to leave all the family, but I’ll see them soon, shortly. The boys are healthy and Mirka is good too. It’s a great time in our lives.

“The plan is that they can come on tour. At least we know how to handle with kids on the road, and that’s quite a challenge early on especially when they are about 12 months old.”

“Things went well, the boys are healthy. Mirka’s good, too,” the world No. 4 said. “So it’s a great time in our lives right now.”

“Boys names are hard. It was all last minute,” Federer said. “Girls, I feel like there’s so many nice names and they’re all cute but with boys it’s totally a different story.

“I miss them a lot already and also the girls. It’s a different type of week but I’ll get through it and I hope I can still play some good tennis.”

Leo and Lenny join twin sisters Myla Rose and Charlene Riva in the family. The girls will turn 5 on July 23rd.

“This time around, we kind of know how to handle kids on the road,” the Swiss said. “I’m aware it’s going to be a lot of work but at the same time I know what I’m getting into. So it’s something I’m very much looking forward to. … There will be a long time without any traveling after the tennis is over, so I’m looking forward to the next couple of years now.”

“Papa” Federer is a three-time losing finalist in Rome – 2003, 2006 and 2013. He’ll begin his quest for a Rome title on Wednesday when he plays Jeremy Chardy.

 

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Federers Welcome Another Set of Twins to the Family

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Federers Welcome Another Set of Twins to the Family

(May 6, 2014) Roger and Mirka Federer welcomed a second set of twins to their family on Tuesday. Mirka gave birth to twin boys named Leo and Lenny on Tuesday evening in Zurich. The new boys join four-year-old twins sisters Myla and Charlene in the Federer family.

Federer withdrew from the Madrid Open earlier in the day to be with his family.

Federer made the announcement on twitter:

 

 

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According to Swiss media, twins seem to run in the Federer family as Roger’s sister also has a set of twins.
The 32-year-old Federer did not specify if he would return for the Rome Masters next week, but Godsick said the 17-time Grand Slam champion intended to enter the French Open, which begins May 25.

“Roger has plans to play the French Open, and he’ll take it step-by-step as to what he plays before that,” Federer’s agent Tony Godsick said in a telephone interview with the Associated Press.

The French Open begins on May 25.

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Roger Federer Withdraws from Madrid to be with Pregnant Wife

 

Federer in press

(May 6, 2014) Roger Federer announced on his Facebook page that he has withdrawn from the Madrid Open to be with his wife Mirka who is expecting their third child.

The Federers already have four-year-old twin girls, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva, who will turn five on July 23.

The French Open begins on May 25. The world No. 4 has not missed a major tournament since 2000.

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Stan Wawrinka Tops Roger Federer for Monte Carlo Masters Title

Wawrinka in press

(April 20, 2014) World No. 3 Stanislas Wawrinka stopped Swiss countryman Roger Federer 4-6, 7-6(5). 6-2 to win the Monte Carlo title, his first ever Master Series title. It was just Wawrinka’s second win over Federer in 15 meetings, the first came in the third round of Monte Carlo in 2009.

“It’s always special to play Roger,” Wawrinka said. “We know it’s always a strange match, especially being in the final here. He’s my best friend on the tour. We respect each other so much. I’m just trying on the court to win the match. Before and after, we are still very good friends. During the match, we just try everything to win. Today I’m really happy to take that one.

“I can see that when mentally I’m there and I’m fighting, I can play tennis, I can beat all the players. I did an amazing job. I’m really happy after winning my first Grand Slam to win a Masters 1000 so quick. I didn’t expect to. When I came here, for me it was more like a test. I knew I was playing good tennis, but I didn’t expect to win because the draw was so strong.

“I did see I was playing good tennis. It was few little changes to take the advantage. I started to play more aggressive, trying to push him more. When you win a match like this, it’s only one or two points, especially in the tie-break. But I think I did a great tie-break. I was serving big and being really aggressive. Then I took the advantage at the beginning of the third set. I saw that he was a little bit tired. Me, I was playing better and better, especially moving better.”

 

“I think it’s one of the those finals that I could have won,” Federer said. “But Stan was tougher at the end. I think he deserved it just a little bit more. Clearly it would have been nice to win that second set tie-break. I didn’t necessarily play a bad one, but also at the same time I didn’t quite ever get into the lead where things went my way.

“Of course, I’m very happy for Stan. It’s a huge win for him after winning his first Grand Slam this year, also to win his first Masters 1000. To take the opportunities when they’re there, that’s key in a tennis player’s career. So I’m very happy for him.

“I would have loved to have won a second title [this season] because I’ve come close a few times. That’s my next objective, that I get to the very end more frequently. But clearly I’m happy that the clay court season started so well for me.”

On Monday, Wawrinka will rise to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Race To London, which is based solely on results this season.

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Swiss Countrymen Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka to Meet in Monte Carlo Final

Federer sets

(April 19, 2014) It will be an all-Swiss battle for the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters crown on Sunday as Roger Federer beat an injured defending champion Novak Djokovic and Stanislas Wawrinka stopped David Ferrer to set up the final.

Federer who came in as a wild card defeated Djokovic 7-5, 6-2. Djokovic was dealing with a wrist injury since the beginning of the tournament and it was heavily bandaged for his match on Saturday. The world No. 2 Djokovic was toe-to-toe with Federer until the end of the first set, after that Djokovic appeared to be in pain.

Wawrinka dominated David Ferrer in first set and held steady at the end of the second set for a 6-1, 7-6(3). Ferrer played an aggressive game hitting 31 winners past Ferrer.

Sunday’s final will be the first all-Swiss final since 2000 when Marc Rosset beat Federer in Marseille. It will be No. 3 Wawrinka versus No. 4 Federer as the pair meet in a final for the first time. Federer leads their head-to-head 13-1 overall, with his only loss coming in Monte Carlo in 2009.

Wawrinka hopes to win his first Masters Series title and third title overall for 2014. Federer is looking for his first title in Monte Carlo, he lost three straight finals to Rafael Nadal from 2006-2008.

 

 

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