ROGER FEDERER NEWS
June 22, 2017 -- Halle, Germany
In the second round of the Gerry Weber Open today, Roger faced Mischa Zverev -- the tricky, German grass-court specialist. The first set was competitive with both players serving well and holding. Fed played smart and aggressive to take the first set in a tiebreaker. He stepped up his game in the second set and forced the only break of the match landing the Swiss star with a 7-6 (4), 6-4 win. Roger has never lost to Mischa Zverev and now is 4-0 against he German veteran.
The last time the two played in Halle was 2013. That year, Roger earned a double bagel win over the German before going on to win the title. Today was much more competitive as Zverev has just broken into the top 30 on the ATP Tour and is at the height of his career.
“It was totally different. He started serving great, which put me under pressure as I wasn’t getting many looks,” he said. “It was important to stay calm after missing chances to win the set at 5-4. And it’s important to win ‘breakers. They are the sets you need to win to win tournaments. It felt like a close ‘breaker that could have gone either way. After I got that in the bag I was really able to start to relax and really play and feel the way I want to feel out there. That’s the first time I’ve felt like that since Miami, so that’s a good sign looking ahead.”
Next up for Roger is the quarterfinals where he will face Florian Mayer, who upset the sixth seed, Lucas Pouille.
June 20, 2017 -- Halle, Germany
Roger took to the courts today at the Gerry Weber Open. Facing lucky loser, Yuichi Sugita, the Swiss star looked to be back in fine form as he drilled winners from all areas of the court.
The number one seed needed less than an hour to dispose of the Japanese player beating him 6-3, 6-1. This win marks Roger's 1,100th match win as he contends for his 9th title in Halle. Next up for Roger will be German veteran, Mischa Zverev.
“I played some good tennis, some nice points. I played the way I wanted to play: aggressive, took charge from the baseline and served well. Overall, I’m very happy,” he said.
June 14, 2017 -- Stuttgart, Germany
Roger made his return to the ATP Tour in the Mercedes Cup this week. In his first match back, he played an always dangerous veteran, Tommy Haas. Haas ended up pushing the match to 3 sets winning 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4.
This is only Roger's second loss of the year and his first match since the beginning of April after winning the Miami Open.
"It wasn’t all bad, not at all. There were definitely some good moments, but I definitely was not as sharp as I was hoping to be in maybe the big moments, or the moment when I had the lead and where I feel I should have been cruising from that moment on. I definitely made some crucial mistakes and judgment errors. Tommy definitely played well when he had to. He hung around and was able to push me in the second set. In the third set I couldn’t get up to the level I wanted. I should have somehow broken him once, but I wasn’t able to do that.”
Roger is scheduled to play next week in Halle, Germany to continue his preparation for Wimbledon.
Regrettably, I've decided not to participate in the French Open. I've been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come, I feel it's best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons. The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognize that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season. I will miss the French fans, who have always been so supportive and I look forward to seeing them at Roland Garros next year.
The Barilla Group has reached a long-term agreement with Roger Federer, considered one of the greatest tennis players of all time, for the promotion of its pasta and sauces products around the world.
Throughout his long and brilliant career, Roger has won numerous titles and achieved many records: he holds the record for number of weeks as the world’s no. 1 tennis player (302) and he has won 91 singles titles, including a record 18 Grand Slam titles. He has also won two Olympic medals. So far in 2017, he has already won three singles titles, including the Australian Open in January.
"For years it has been my dream that Roger could join Barilla in the fascinating mission of helping people eat better, in favor of their health and the sustainability of the Planet," said Vice Chairman Luca Barilla. "Now this dream has come true."
Sport is energy, drive, commitment. Pasta is not just an essential food for athletes: it is an indispensable source of carbohydrates for everyone. At the heart of the Mediterranean diet, pasta tastes good and is good for people's health and for the health of the Planet.
For Luca Barilla “Roger is an extraordinary person and athlete who, during his long career, has demonstrated principles and a conduct that have enabled him to conquer the hearts of millions of people in the world. We are confident that his values and global star power, coupled with our history and our way of doing business, will be of great help in bringing Barilla even further into its mission."
“Barilla pasta and sauces provide the energy that I need to succeed on the tennis court and enjoy my family’s favorite activities. Pasta has been part of my daily diet for so many years that this partnership is a natural. I am excited to be joining forces with Barilla. They are the best in the business,” said Roger Federer.
Starting with its sponsorship of football team AS Roma, which won the Italian Serie A title in the 1982-83 season, the Barilla Group has often worked with leading figures from the world of sport. From Alberto Tomba in skiing, to tennis players Steffi Graf and Stefan Edberg; from Francesco Moser in cycling, to the more recent partnerships with Alex Zanardi, Federica Pellegrini, Ricardo Kakà, Stephan El Shaarawy, Thomas Müller and Mikaela Shiffrin. Since 2015, Barilla has also been the main sponsor of the Italian national basketball teams.
The Barilla Group was founded 140 years ago in Parma out of a shop that made bread and pasta, Barilla is today among the top Italian food groups: leader for pasta in the world, pasta sauces in continental Europe, bakery products in Italy, and the crisp bread business in Scandinavia. The Barilla Group owns 28 production sites (14 in Italy and 14 abroad) and exports to more than 100 countries. Every year, its plants turn out around 1,700,000 tons of food products that are consumed on tables all over the world, under the following brand names: Barilla, Mulino Bianco, Harrys, Pavesi, Wasa, Filiz, Yemina and Vesta, Misko, Voiello, Academia Barilla.
When the first shop opened in 1877, Pietro Barilla focused on making good food. Today, this has evolved into the way of doing business for the Barilla Group: “Good for You, Good for the Planet.” “Good for You” means constantly improving our products, motivating people to adopt healthy lifestyles and improving food access and social inclusion. “Good for the Planet” means promoting sustainable supply chains and reducing the amount of CO2 we emit and water we consume during production.