ROGER FEDERER NEWS

January 16, 2019 -- Melbourne, Australia

 

Facing the flashy Daniel Evans in the second round, Roger was challenged but came away with a straight set win 7-6(5), 7-6 (3), 6-3. 

 

189th Evans was the last British man in the Australian Open draw and pushed Roger to two tiebreakers and even saved a set point but just didn't have enough to take out the defending Champion. 

 

"I've seen him play some really good matches over the years. I see why he can cause difficulties to players. He was feeling it today, I thought. He was very sort of cat and mouse a bit."

 

Roger faces up and coming American, Taylor Fritz, in the third round.

January 14, 2019 -- Melbourne, Australia 

 

As defending Champion, Roger took the court on Monday to begin his campaign for a 7th Australian Open. Facing a fellow veteran, Denis Istomin, Roger looked solid in his opening match.

Facing no breaks, the Swiss star served well with 14 aces and also executed 52 winners to get his first victory under his belt 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. 

"I think I was hitting the ball pretty well. I think I protected my serve well, didn't allow Denis really to get into my service games to often. I was always in the lead, as well. I'm very happy with my first round. It's been great. Felt the ball really good."

Next up will be Daniel Evans, who Roger has played at Wimbledon in 2016.

Roger is currently tied with Novak Djokovic and Roy Emerson for most Australian Open Championships with 6 each, another title here will push him ahead on that list. 

January 6, 2019 -- Perth, AUS

Roger and Belinda Bencic captured the 2019 Hopman Cup for the second year in a row after defeating team Germany which consisted of the ATP's World number 4 and the WTA's world number 2.  

Roger defeated Zverev 6-4, 6-2 and the Swiss team took the mixed doubles 4-0, 1-4, 4-3 to capture the title.

As Switzerland collected their 4th title here, Roger and Belinda become the first pair to win back to back Hopman Cups. This win also makes the Swiss Maestro the only player to have won 3 Hopman Cups.

Off the court, Roger also had a chance to visit the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park and play tennis with locals at Lobster Shack in Cervantes.  

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.