ROGER FEDERER NEWS

January 28, 2018 -- Melbourne, Australia

He did it! The dream continues for Roger Federer as he captured his 6th Australian Open and 20th Grand Slam Title today.

Taking a quick, dominating start to the match, it looked as if the Croatian, Marin Cilic, was going to be no match for the Swiss Maestro.

However, Cilic settled in after dropping the first set quickly and the match became close with both exchanging big serves and groundstrokes to dictate points. Pushing the match to five sets, Roger was able to break right off the bat in the 5th giving him the lead he needed to remain calm and play offensive. Roger successfully captured his 6th Australian Open 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

Pausing with emotion, Roger was overwhelmed while giving his speech after a five set battle against Cilic.

"I'm so happy, it's unbelievable,” he said in an emotional speech. "It's been a long time waiting for this final. It's easier in the afternoon, but when it's at night you think about it all day. I'm happy it's over now. It's a dream come true and the fairy-tale continues. After the year I had last year, it's incredible."

Roger is now the 3rd man after Ken Rosewall and Rod Laver, in the Open Era to win all four Grand Slam titles after the age of 30. He also moves within 155 points of the number one ranking. He is now tied for second on the list with 94 Tour level titles with Ivan Lendl, behind Jimmy Connors who has 109.

January 26, 2018 -- Melbourne, Australia

Roger is into the Finals at the Australian Open after defeating 21-year old, Hyeon Chung. After a demanding two weeks, Chung stepped on the court with a bad case of blisters. After such a strong run for the young player, he was noticeably hurting and off his game, which allowed Roger to break several times and win the first set in standard fashion. Chung's movement just wouldn't hold up and he ended up retiring after being down 6-1, 5-2.

"You do take the faster matches when you can because there's enough wear and tear on the body," Roger said. "There's enough tough matches throughout the season that when they happen, you take them."

Roger goes into the Finals without having dropped a set in Melbourne. He will face Marin Cilic in the Finals.

"I never thought I was going to play a bit of a lesser schedule, which actually is quite enjoyable," he admitted. "I always thought, 'I'm just going to keep playing from January to November every single year -- 20-something tournaments.' But I was able to adapt to that. Maybe that's also one of the reasons why I'm still here."

 

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
http://www.ticketmaster.com/event/1C005424D254379A

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.