ROGER FEDERER NEWS
January 24, 2018 -- San Jose, California
Nineteen-time Grand Slam tennis champion Roger Federer will play his first-ever match in the Bay Area on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m. Federer will take on American tennis star Jack Sock at the SAP Center in San Jose in an exhibition match to support children’s education in Africa. Celebrity guests Bill Gates and Savannah Guthrie will also take to the court in a celebrity-pro doubles match. Tickets for Match for Africa 5 – Silicon Valley are available Friday, January 26, at 9 a.m. PST with net proceeds benefiting the Roger Federer Charitable Fund/Roger Federer Foundation.
“I believe in the power of people. We know that a good education is a decisive factor to empower children by allowing them to take their future into their own hands,” said Federer. “With my foundation, we want to provide one million children with the opportunity for a quality education by the end of 2018. The Match for Africa 5 in San Jose will help us reach our ambitious goals. I am very grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with Bill Gates, who in my opinion is the world’s leading philanthropist.”
As a warm-up, the 19-time Grand Slam champion will team with the Microsoft co-founder and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for a friendly, one-set doubles match against NBC News’ TODAY co-anchor Savannah Guthrie and Jack Sock, the top-ranked American on the ATP Tour. Federer and Sock will then go head-to-head in a best-of-three-sets match that offers the area’s first up-close look at Federer’s legendary game.
“Roger and I are 1-0 as a doubles pair after last year’s event, so I’m hoping we can keep the streak alive while raising money for an important cause,” said Gates. “Roger might have a few more Grand Slam titles than I do, but we share a belief that all children deserve a world-class education. His Match for Africa events are a fun way to help make that happen.”
“It is quite literally beyond my wildest dreams to be playing with Roger, Jack and Bill - particularly for such an important cause,” said Guthrie. “I’m excited to shine a light on the Federer Foundation’s amazing work, and I will be practicing my forehand morning, noon and night for the next six weeks.”
“I’ve been lucky enough to face Roger a few times in my career, but never in support of such an important cause,” said Sock. “I hear Roger’s Match for Africa events are a lot of fun, so I’m looking forward to taking part.”
This is the fifth Match for Africa event for the Roger Federer Foundation, which has given $36 million to support children’s education in six African countries and Federer’s native Switzerland. An estimated 850,000 children across 18 programs have so far benefitted from the foundation’s giving, which emphasizes systemic change and sustainable impact.
A pre-sale for tickets have begun and tickets can be bought here with code: MFA5VIP
pre-sale code: MFA5VIPTickets start at $30 and can be purchased starting at 9 a.m. PST on January 26 from the SAP Center Box Office, Ticketmaster.com, or by phone at (800) 745-3000. A limited number of VIP ticket packages are also available, which include premium end-court seats, exclusive hospitality and a unique opportunity to participate in a 20-minute Q&A session with Roger Federer and Jack Sock prior to the night's match.
The Match for Africa 5 – Silicon Valley is presented in partnership with Rolex.
Additional information is available at www.match-for-africa-siliconvalley.com
January 24, 2018 -- Melbourne, Australia
Roger faced an always talented and dangerous Tomas Berdych last night in his Quarterfinal match.
With 19 career wins already over Berdych, Roger looked a bit bothered as the match began and quickly went down. The Swiss player settled in however and pushed the 1st set to a breaker, which he won and then proceeded in routine fashion winning the match 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4.
The semifinals are next for Roger where he will face 21-year-old Hyeon Chung where they will battle for a spot in the Finals.
With the top ATP players out of this year's Australian Open, Roger remains the highest seed left and continues to have a positive outlook on the tournament as he advances to the semifinals.
“I'm very excited to play Chung, I thought he played an incredible match against Novak (Djokovic),” he said. “I think it's an interesting match for me. I'll definitely have to look into how I need to play against him because he has some great qualities, especially defensively, like Novak has. Right now I couldn't tell you how I need to play him. One thing I know is I'm going to be playing aggressive. I don't know how I'm going to do that exactly yet.”
January 22, 2018 -- Melbourne, Australia
The defending champion took a step into the second week at the Australian Open after defeating Marton Fucsovics. The second seed played strong winning his match 6-4, 7-6 (3), 6-2.
While the talk of the tournament has been surrounding multiple upsets, Roger has been playing brilliant tennis.
Roger will face Tomas Berdych in the Quarterfinals.
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."