ROGER FEDERER NEWS
January 18, 2018 -- Melbourne, Australia
Playing in front of a packed stadium during Wednesday's night session, Roger stepped into the 3rd round after defeating Jan-Lennard Struff.
The German came out aggressive and going for broke, but Roger's steady game and play earned him a 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4) victory.
The defending champion was able to rely on his solid serving to hold while he was able to take advantage of a few opportunities to break to take control of the match.
"I knew he was going to go for his shots, it's a question of protecting your own serve as well as you can, then try to get a break. I thought it was a good match, I enjoyed it."
Roger will face Frenchman, Richard Gasquet, in his third round match.
January 16, 2018 -- Melbourne, Australia
Roger took to the court today in front of an electric crowd for his first round match at the Australian Open against Briton Aljaz Bedene.
The 5-time Australian Open Champion looked to be on his game as he wrapped up a victory in just 99 minutes defeating the Slovenian. Roger was happy with his play and looking forward to what the tournament will bring.
"I am hoping for another good year," he said. "I am not sure it will go that well because last year went so well and I'm a year older, Rafa's looking in tip-top shape and others guys are coming back."
Next up for Roger will be Jan-Lennard Struff.
"Last year was a fairytale and I can't control everything. Last year could be my favorite year of my career but I am hoping to stay healthy, give myself chances and play my very best in the big matches like last year."
January 8, 2018 -- Perth, Australia
Team Switzerland came away with their 3rd Hopman Cup Title this past weekend.
Roger and Belinda Bencic took home the trophy for Team Switzerland after defeating the German team of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber.
Roger battled the young German, Alex Zverev, in singles and came away with the first win beating him 6-7 (4), 6-0, 6-2. In the women's match, Angelique Kerber defeated Bencic 6-4, 6-1 forcing them to leave it up to the mixed doubles to determine the win. The Swiss came together to win 4-3(3), 4-2 in the final match.
Roger won all four of his singles matches in Perth. And the last time Roger hoisted the Hopman Cup trophy was back in 2001 with Martina Hingis as his partner.
“After all these years I can’t believe I’m here again,” noted Roger. “It’s absolutely amazing. I’ve lost count of the years, I’m thrilled to win the Hopman Cup again with Belinda, it’s been a pleasure to partner you this week, well done.”
Next up for Roger will be the Australian Open.
January 5, 2018 -- Perth, Australia
Roger and his Swiss partner, Belinda Bencic, will be representing their country this weekend in the finals at Hopman Cup. The two have played superb tennis to get the year started and will face the German team of Alexander Zverev and Angelique Kerber in the finals.
The Swiss players went undefeated in Group B beating Japan, Russia and the USA to get to the finals against Germany.
Roger visited Rottnest Island on his first full day in Perth for Mastercard Hopman Cup 2018.
“I love it here” said the 19-time Grand Slam champion, who is representing Switzerland in Perth alongside Belinda Bencic for the second consecutive year. “It’s the perfect place to begin the Australian summer of tennis.”
The highlight of his afternoon was undoubtedly the selfie he snapped with the quokka, Rottnest Island’s famous native marsupial. “I thought it was going to be like a bigger mouse but it’s more like a smaller kangaroo.” said Roger. “But it’s very cute.”
Roger will begin his Hopman Cup campaign on December 30, when Switzerland plays Japan.