ROGER FEDERER NEWS
June 27, 2017
While the world continues to be in awe of Roger's already amazing 2017, there has been speculation if he would be competing come 2018.
Having played an abbreviated schedule already this year, Roger skipped the clay court season to ensure he would be ready for grass season. Today, the 35-year old Swiss player confirmed he would start the 2018 season again at the Hopman Cup in Perth, Australia. Roger began his 2017 campaign in Perth this year playing the international team tournament for Switzerland and pairing with Belinda Bencic, with whom he will partner with again in 2018.
"It was the perfect preparation because I was in a good mindset," he said. "When I went to Melbourne, I could really look back on some great preparation, and I think that's what also made me win the Australian Open."
June 25, 2017 -- Halle, Germany
Roger finished a successful week at the Gerry Weber Open today with his near flawless play. He faced the always tough number 12 ranked player on the ATP, Alexander Zverev. Roger started strong and dominated the final with his beautiful shot selection. He needed less than an hour to win his 16th grass court title, 6-1, 6-3. This is Roger's 9th title in Halle.
“It's great to get off to a good start in the finals and then remind yourself that you've been playing good tennis all week. You start swinging freely, things start clicking, you realize your opponent is under pressure and you keep pressuring him,” he said. “I'm like on 'Cloud Nine' right now after the ninth win here in Halle. It's a wonderful feeling to win here again because I'm not sure if I'll ever get a chance to win this again so it's important to enjoy this one.”
With this win, Roger joins Nadal as one of the only two men in the Open Era who have won a tournament more than eight times. He also improves to 4-0 in title matches in 2017 and now has 92 career titles.
Next up for the Swiss Maestro will be Wimbledon where he will be contending for his 8th title at the All England Club.
June 24, 2017 -- Halle, Germany
Roger took on up and coming ATP #NextGen player today in the semifinals today at the Gerry Weber Open.
The 21-year-old Russian challenged the Swiss star as both players exchanged breaks and swung freely. But Roger's experience edged the 38th ranked player and he pulled out a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory to land him in the finals tomorrow.
“I thought it was extremely close, especially that second set... I'm still just very happy how I was able to close it out in the 'breaker,” he said.
Reaching his 11th final in Halle, Roger has the chance to win his 9th title and will play Alexander Zverev in the finals. Last year, Federer lost to Zverev in the semifinals but then beat the German last year in Rome. Roger has yet to drop a set in Halle this week and has improved to 23-2 for the year.
June 23, 2017 -- Halle, Germany
In a matchup against the Gerry Weber defending champion, Roger looked calm and cool in his quarterfinal match today.
Taking on Florian Mayer, the Swiss star played solid and came away with a 6-3, 6-4 victory. His came away with 11 aces and 32 winners while feeling confident with his level of play.
“It was important to be aggressive off the baseline and make him feel my variation and the power I can bring to the court,” Roger said. “And then having good footwork, to see the short ball, the floater, where I can come in and knock it off with a volley. I think I did it very well. I thought I was very calm out there, even in difficult moments. I was calm serving out the first and second sets. Those are always signs for me that things are slowly starting to fall into place nicely.”
This win sends him into the semifinals to next face the young up and comer, Karen Khachanov.
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.