ROGER FEDERER NEWS
October 23, 2018 -- Basel, Switzerland
Roger took the court for his first round in his hometown tournament today against Filip Krajinovic. The crowd was not disappointed as the young Serbian went toe to toe with the 37-year old Swiss star. While Roger didn't feel like he played his best, he hung on and won the match 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
"I served bad, I did not find angles and lines in the correct way. I will have to improve," he said.
He will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the next round of the Swiss Indoors tournament.
Roger has won this tournament 8 times and has a 66-9 record here. He has reached the final in 11 straight appearances (2006-2015, 2017). Out of his 17 main draw appearances, Roger has made 13 finals, holding an 8-5 record. He has a 15-match winning streak in Basel since his last loss which was in 2013 to Juan Martin del Potro in the final. Roger is 39-7 this season with three titles, he has been in five finals.
October 14, 2018 -- Shanghai, China
Just one match away from defending his title, Roger was taken out by Borna Coric, who played one of the best matches of his career on Saturday.
Feeling no pressure to face the Swiss star, Coric came out swinging big and didn't allow Roger any break point opportunities. That paired with a fast court and getting broken in the beginning of both sets was tough to combat. The young Croatian won the match 6-4, 6-4.
"He had more punch on the ball. He served better," Roger said. "I got off to a bad start in both sets. That combination is plenty here in Shanghai with fast conditions."
October 12, 2018 -- Shanghai, China
Roger needed just two sets to reach the Rolex Shanghai semifinals today against an always tough opponent, Kei Nishikori. Roger won 6-4, 7-6(4).
Continuing to take advantage of the fast playing court, the Swiss star capitalized on his success when moving forward and winning points at the net. He also served effectively and was able to win points off that shot, which made just the difference in the close match.
"It was a tough match. Obviously Kei hogs the baseline more than Medvedev did or also what Roberto Bautista Agut did. I think it was a different type of match," he said. "I was very happy with the beginning of the match, to be quite honest. I played quite great there. Then the second set was key moments who was going to play a little bit better. Kei really tried to step it up one more time. I somehow got it done, so I was very pleased."
Next up is Borna Coric in the semifinals.
October 11, 2018 -- Shanghai, China
Roger was pushed to three sets yet again in his round of 16 match against crafty Roberto Bautista Agut.
Hanging tight and continuing to push to win his points at the net, the defending champion came away with the a 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 win. Next, he will face Kei Nishikori in the Quarterfinals.
"I'm actually quite happy," he said. "I thought that Bautista really had to raise his level of play in that second set to stay with me. I mean, he really caught fire, I thought. I served, I think, 80% in that second set and got broken twice...at the end he got tight. I'm happy that, because of my match yesterday, I was able to stay maybe calmer, even this time around, and come up with a really good game to break at 4-4 and then serve it out was great. I was very happy."
Roger is one of four players currently battling to finish 2018 as the year-end No. 1 in the ATP Rankings. Currently number 2 in the world, he is also hoping to add Shanghai to his long list of career titles.
October 10, 2018 -- Shanghai, China
Defending his title, Roger took the court against Daniil Medvedev for his opening match at the Rolex Shanghai Masters.
The young Russian played with confidence as he just captured the biggest title of his career last week in Tokyo. He kept the pressure on Roger through the match forcing Roger to break in the third set to serve it out.
Playing with style, the Swiss star took advantage of the speedy courts and found ways to win points quickly at the net. The 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win sets up a match against Roberto Bautista Agut in the next round.