ROGER FEDERER NEWS
April 10, 2017 -- Zurich, Switzerland
Roger welcomed a packed arena of fans on Monday as he hosted Andy Murray for their exhibition match to raise money for the Roger Federer Foundation.
The sold out crowd was energized to watch the ATP world No. 1 and No. 4 compete for a good cause. The match kicked off with beautiful dancers taking to the court in a cirque-esque display before the players were introduced and interviewed by the hosts.
In what seemed to be a standard performance for Roger in 2017, he jumped out to a quick lead and won the first set 6-3. Keeping the vibe entertaining, the players exchanged laughs and interacted with the crowd as they competed. The second set was close and went to a tie-break where Murray even offered a ballboy his racquet to serve match point down against the Swiss star. Roger ended up clinching the match 6-3, 7-6 (6).
The Roger Federer Foundation supports educational projects located in the region of southern Africa and Switzerland. The programs on the African continent focus on the improvement of the quality of early learning and basic education and in Switzerland on the promotion of extra-curricular activities for children affected by poverty. All activities are realized and implemented by local non-governmental authorities in close collaboration with the local communities. In order to evaluate our impact we measure the changes in the levels of supported children's performance, rate repetitions, absences or enrollment rates.
Roger looks to take the coming weeks off from competition to prepare for the French Open. "I'll be resting most of the time and the body needs a rest. I can feel it. It's not the youngest body but everything is good. I'm gonna enjoy my time with the family." Roger added, "Eventually I'm gonna get back to practice, and when I do, I'm gonna go full steam, and I should be back for the French Open. That's the plan."
There will be another chance to watch Roger compete and raise funds for his Foundation at the end of the month in Seattle where he will take the court with John Isner and Bill Gates on April 29th. Learn more about the Match for Africa 4 here.
In celebration of Roger's Australian Open victory and 18th Grand Slam title, Wilson introduced a Limited Edition Pro Staff RF97 Autograph. Only 18 of these racquets were produced and each has been signed by Roger. While all of the racquets sold within minutes in January, six orders were not completed.These last six racquets are now available for sale.
Each racquet features the exact same specs as the inline Pro Staff RF97 Autograph and commemorates his 2017 Australian Open win. Each racquet is individually numbered (1 through 18) and Roger has personally signed each one (on the grip and frame). 100% of net proceeds benefit the Roger Federer Foundation.
To own your very own Limited Edition Pro Staff RF 97 Autograph signed by Roger himself, click here.
Roger just announced the Match for Africa 4 which will take place at the end of this month in Seattle.
Bill Gates and John Isner will join Roger on April 29th for the Match for Africa 4 Seattle. The event will take place at 5:30 pm PT at the Key Arena in Seattle. The feature match (best of 3 sets) will be Roger against John Isner and there will also be a celebrity doubles match (one set) featuring Roger partnering with Bill Gates against Isner and his soon to be announced partner.
All of the proceeds go to the Roger Federer Foundation which supports educational projects in South Africa and Switzerland. You can find out more information here.
Tickets go on sale via Ticketmaster on Thursday, April 6 beginning at 9 am PT.
April 2, 2017 -- Miami, Florida
Roger continues to prove his dominance on the ATP Tour by capturing his 3rd title of 2017.
Facing off against long time friend and rival, Rafael Nadal, Roger remained unbeatable in finals this year. This match marks the first time in the history of the Miami Open in which both finalists were over the age of 30. Roger (35), is now the oldest player to win the Miami title.
He served well and came out on top in the big points, refusing to allow the Spaniard to break. His resilient and offensive play worked in his favor as he clinched the title winning 6-3, 6-4. This is the 3rd time this year the two have faced each other, with all three matches resulting in Roger's favor.
He earned his 91st career title on Sunday by riffling 29 winners under the humid, Miami sun. Roger kept the pedal on the gas as he refused to allow Nadal into long points and pushed him behind the baseline.
"For me, the dream continues. It's been a fabulous couple of weeks."
This is the third time the Swiss has won the Sunshine Double (Indian Wells + Miami) and the last time Roger won in Miami, he did so in 2006 by defeating his now coach, Ivan Ljubicic. This marks the 26th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title for the Swiss Star.
After the match, Roger spoke about the importance of rest and his schedule moving forward into the clay court season, "When I'm healthy and feeling good, I can produce tennis like this. That's why taking a break and resting during the clay season and focusing on Roland Garros, the grass and the hard courts after that is best. I would be great to be No. 1 again, but it's a long way away."
March 31, 2017 -- Miami, Florida
Roger fought off ATP Next Gen player, Nick Kyrgios, to reach the finals of the Miami Open in a grueling 3 hour match.
In a close fought match, Roger found his way on top of the Australian in the 6-7 (9), 7-6 (9), 7-6 (5) match on Friday evening. The previous meeting between the two resulted in a similar score, but in Kyrgios' favor. They have now played each other twice, with both meetings going 3 sets and each set being decided by a tiebreak. The level of play was high as the packed crowd was treated to an all out battle. Roger had two match points in the second set tiebreak but Kyrgios held on to force it to a deciding set.
Roger will face long time rival, Rafael Nadal, in the finals. This will be the 3rd time the two face off in 2017, with Roger having won the past two meetings at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. “It's definitely going to be very special playing Rafa here again. I'm thrilled for him that he came back as well as he did after the comeback and the struggles that he had last year. It feels like old times. We're playing each other every week now. We can't get enough of each other. Hopefully it's not our last match."
Miami is where the rivalry between the two greats began. In 2004, Roger (then 22) faced a 17-year old Nadal for the first time. While Rafa took that first match in 2004, he has never won a title in Miami.
The two face off in Miami on Sunday, April 2.