ROGER FEDERER NEWS
January 3, 2019 -- Perth, AUS
Coming against the United States for their first match up of the new year, team Switzerland remained dominant at the Hopman Cup. Roger took on young American, Frances Tiafoe and had little problems getting his first singles win of 2019 under his belt. He beat him 6-4, 6-1 before going into the mixed doubles match against Serena Williams and Tiafoe. With the two Goats facing off in mixed doubles, the crowd was entertained as the Swiss team won 4-2, 4-3 (3).
Next up, the Swiss had to get past Greece to book a spot into the Finals. Roger faced a feisty and determined Stefanos Tsisipas in singles fighting off the closest match for him yet in Perth. He won 7-6(5), 7-6(4) solidifying a spot for the team in the finals. The mixed doubles was loaded with entertaining exchanges and wet 3 sets, ultimately Greece took the win 4-3 (4), 2-4, 4-3 (3).
December 31, 2019 -- Perth, Australia
Professional tennis is back! And Roger decided to begin his 2019 season at the Hopman Cup representing Switzerland with Belinda Bencic.
Always a fun atmosphere, the crowd was excited to catch a glimpse of the Swiss Star as Team Switzerland took on Team Great Britain.
Roger had no problems winning his first match 6-1, 6-1 against 90th ranked Cameron Norrie. Then in mixed doubles, the Swiss duo earned another win 4-3, 4-1 with a 3-0 sweep over the British team.
Next up for Switzerland will be Team USA which puts Roger against NextGen player, Frances Tiafoe and a mix doubles matchup against Serena.
November 17, 2018 -- London, UK
Saturday's match in the O2 Arena was not just another semifinal for Roger. It was an opportunity to get into the Finals and win his 100th ATP Title and 11th Nitto ATP Final. Amongst that pressure, Roger also faced a player who has been on fire all week, Alex Zverev.
The young German played lights out tennis against the 37-year old Swiss star. Putting the pressure on when needing to and playing the tough points in an impressive manner. Zverev defeated Roger 7-5, 7-6(5) to make his way into the Finals and then win the Nitto ATP Finals against Novak Djokovic.
“I must tell you I'm very proud that at 37 I'm still so competitive and so happy playing tennis. From that standpoint, as disappointed as I might be about this match, if I take a step back, I'm actually very happy about the season,” Roger said. “It's been a historic season in some ways. Got back to World No. 1. For me, that was a huge moment in my life, to be honest, in my career because I never thought I would get there again.”
November 16, 2018 -- Stuttgart / Zurich
Just one year after the first appearance of Roger Federer and the new Mercedes-Benz pickup at the Laver Cup, the next round of this successful collaboration continues the journey. The global sports icon and the X-Class come together in Roger Federer’s home country of Switzerland for the latest episode from Mercedes-Benz Vans. Federer has planned a practice day in Zurich but arrives to find that the gates of the tennis courts are locked. So the tennis star spontaneously propels into action with an alternative plan, jumps into the X-Class and goes into "training mode." Roger skillfully maneuverers the pickup through the narrow, winding alleyways and across the city's many bridges in search of the perfect and unorthodox training locations. The duo eventually find themselves in the city centre: Roger discovers obscure training tools such as carpets, bells and sacks of flour while utilizing the X-Class itself.
The clip can be watched here:
Roger Federer and Mercedes-Benz milestones
Roger Federer has partnered with Mercedes-Benz as a global brand ambassador since 2008, and together they have delivered global marketing campaigns for TV, print and social media distribution. Along with the X-Class initiatives, these include a global TV spot for the V-Class, a Chinese TV spot for the M-Class, and the world premiere unveiling of the new model E-Class Estate during the 2016 MercedesCup.
About the Mercedes-Benz X-Class
The new X-Class combines the typical attributes of a pickup with the classic strengths of a Mercedes: reassuring robustness with a modern design, impressive off-road capabilities with dynamic performance and safety, and intelligently conceived functionality with stylish comfort. The new X-Class has a comfort suspension consisting of a ladder-type frame, a multi-link rear suspension with a rigid section, independent front suspension and coil springs at both axles. On this platform it is available in different equipment lines and drive variants, with the widest choice of materials and colors in this segment and with an extensive range of individualizing accessories developed by Mercedes-Benz. The X-Class is attractively priced in the segment from €37,294 (incl. 19 percent VAT in Germany).
November 15, 2018 -- London, UK
Roger faced the only undefeated player from his group today, Kevin Anderson. Anderson, who has been having one of the best years of his career, came out swinging, but the Swiss Star had a response.
While he may have struggled in his first match at the O2 Arena, the 37-year old was in command today. He did everything he needed to do to book his spot into the semifinals and come away with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the big serving South African.
"We’re used to you lose, you leave and you don’t hang around. So from that standpoint, I think it was more straightforward for me today," Roger said on court after his win. "I’ve always wanted to go out with a bang today and win the match. If I go through, great, if I don’t well I don’t deserve to be through and that’s okay, too. I’m happy I’m still alive."
Both Roger and Anderson move on from their group, while Nishikori and Thiem are out.
The other section plays tomorrow to see who will make it into the semis, although Djokovic has already reserved his spot with his 2-0 record.