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After a tough previous season, Roger regains his consistent good form in 2014 and fights his way up the ATP rankings from the sixth to the second spot. Roger is the player with the most victories of this season. The successful year is marked by five titles, the Davis Cup triumph as well as the spectacular Wimbledon final against Djokovic. At the beginning of the season, Roger announces that his youth idol, Stefan Edberg, will be joining Severin Lüthi on his team. For the first time in his career, Roger plays with a somewhat larger racket which should benefit his serve and create more pressure during long rallies.



In Brisbane, Roger makes a strong start into the new season. After two easy victories over Jarkko Nieminen and Marinko Matosevic and a solid performance in the semi-final against Jérémy Chardy, he nevertheless misses out on his first title of this year. In the final of just over two hours he has to concede victory to local hero, Lleyton Hewitt, 1-6, 6-4, 3-6.


Roger enters his 57th consecutive Grand Slam tournament at the Australian Open in Melbourne – a new record. In the quarter-finals, he faces Andy Murray, whom walked off as the winner after the semi-final against our champion in the Australian Open of the previous year. In a brilliant performance, Roger wins in four sets. He succumbs to the top seed of the World Rankings, Rafael Nadal, 6-7(4), 3-6, 3-6 in the semi-finals.


Prior to the Dubai Tennis Championships, Roger plays for Switzerland in the Davis Cup rubber against Serbia and with his victory over Ilija Bozoljac, a 1-0 lead is secured. Switzerland thereupon qualifies for the quarter-final against Kazakhstan thanks to a 3-2 victory.

In Dubai – after clear victories in the preceding matches – Roger meets defending champion, Novak Djokovic, in the semi-finals. Despite losing the first set, Roger reaches the final in less than two hours after a vastly improved performance. It is his first victory in 18 months over the Serb. Indeed, the first set against Tomas Berdych is also lost; however, by means of a brilliant catch-up race, Roger manages to win the match 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. The victory in Dubai signifies the end of a dry spell and the first title in eight months.

Roger also demonstrates his regained confidence in the tournaments in Indian Wells and Miami. Although narrowly losing the final in Indian Wells against Djokovic and being eliminated in Miami in the quarter-final against Kei Nishikori, these defeats are far from compelling.

In the Davis Cup quarter-finals, our hero wins his two singles matches and Switzerland makes it into the semis.

The clay season has a promising start. In Monte Carlo, Roger really pumps up the volume and, once again defeating Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, Roger faces his fellow countryman and Davis Cup partner, Stan Wawrinka, in the final. The first two sets are played out evenly with one set each, however, our champ falls behind in the third set 0-4 and is unable catch up. The match ends 6-4, 6-7(5), 2-6.

A happy event causes Roger to cancel his participation in Madrid – Mirka, his wife, gives birth to the twins, Leo and Lenny. "I cried before Mirka went to the hospital, during and after she was giving birth. I was exhausted, but I let all that pressure go. I was happy I managed to let my emotions run free in such a big moment in my life", said the happy father.

Unfortunately, Lady Luck does not smile upon Roger during the next two tournaments. His 6-1, 3-6, 6-7(6) defeat by Jérémy Chardy in the second round in Rome means a premature elimination. At the French Open he is defeated in the round of sixteen after a fiercely fought match against Ernests Gulbis, lasting almost four hours.

However, Roger remains unbeatable on grass in Halle. He defeats Columbia’s Alejandro Falla in the final 7-6(2), 7-6(3). His seventh triumph in Halle also proves he is in excellent shape for Wimbledon.

Without losing a set, Roger proceeds to the quarter-finals on the sacred grass of Wimbledon, where he defeats Stan Wawrinka followed by Milos Raonic before facing his last hurdle to Wimbledon victory, namely Novak Djokovic. In an epic final filled with nail-biting suspense and lasting almost four hours, our hero is defeated 7-6(7), 4-6, 6-7(4), 7-5, 4-6.

The next stop is North America, where the hard court season opens. Roger sails through to the final in the Rogers Cup in Toronto but is only narrowly defeated by France’s Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 5-7, 6-7(3). Shortly thereafter, Roger bags his 300th victory on ATP 1000 level against Canada’s Vasek Pospisil in the second round of the Cincinnati Masters. By defeating Spain’s David Ferrer in the final, our champion sets a further record – it is his 22nd ATP Masters 1000 title as well as his 6th in Cincinnati, which means he is qualified for the World Tour Finals for a 13th consecutive time.

At the US Open, Roger’s game is constantly on a high level, but he must surprisingly bow out to Marin Cilic with 3-6, 4-6, 4-6 in the semi-finals. Cilic goes on to win the tournament and it is the first time since the Australian Open in 2005 that neither Roger nor Novak Djokovic or Rafael Nadal make it into the final.

By beating Italy in the Davis Cup, Switzerland reaches the final for the first time since 1992. This is also due to both Roger’s singles victories over Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. France is the opponent in the final to be held in Lille, France.

Roger wins his next title at the Shanghai Masters in China. Following his excellent semi-final victory over Novak Djokovic, he wins the final against Gilles Simon with 7-6(6), 7-6(2), replacing Rafael Nadal as World Number 2.

Roger is also unstoppable at the Swiss indoors in his hometown, Basel. He collects further records with his victory over David Goffin: his 6th win in Basel as well as playing in the most singles finals.

Following a detour to the Paris Masters, which ends for Roger with a quarter-final defeat by Milos Raonic, he bags three clear victories at the ATP World Tour Finals in London over Raonic, Nishikori and Murray. However, during the semi-final against Stan Wawrinka, our hero injures his back and has to forfeit the final against Novak Djokovic.

The Davis Cup finals against France are next. Will the Swiss team with Roger und Stan Wawrinka manage a first Davis Cup victory? Despite our champ losing his first singles match to an unleashed Gael Monfils, it ends 3-1 for Switzerland. A historic triumph!

Following the exhibition matches at the IPTL India, Roger wraps up his successful 2014 season shortly before Christmas with a charity match against Stan Wawrinka in the sold-out Zurich Hallenstadion. As was the case four years ago, the entire proceeds of the “MATCH FOR AFRICA 2” go to the Roger Federer Foundation. Roger says: “I was certain from the outset that only Stan Wawrinka came into consideration as guest and opponent and therefore I was very pleased when he accepted the invitation. But above all, I am grateful to him for sharing my passion for Africa and that he is helping to grant children in poverty a better future”.