ROGER FEDERER NEWS
September 23, 2018 -- Chicago, Illinois
With the leadership and experience Roger added to his team, Team Europe was able to clinch the 2018 Laver Cup title on Sunday in Chicago.
After two days of holding the lead over Team World, the Europe squad took the court on Sunday to try and gain enough points to be within reach of the Laver Cup title.
Roger teamed up with Alex Zverev to take on Americans, John Isner and Jack Sock. They seemed to have things under control and took a first set lead and continued to control points until the Americans fought off the European duo forcing the second set to a tiebreaker and then forcing the match to a deciding 3rd set 10 point tiebreaker. Team World came from behind with some shotmaking and somehow squeezed out the doubles win to keep them alive in the Laver Cup competition.
Roger then took the court in singles to face John Isner for another deciding match. This time, Team World took the lead with Isner serving big and playing well to clinch the first set in a breaker. It looked like Team World would push the limits and keep the Laver Cup going as Isner seemed in command of the second set until Roger began to dig his heels in by winning the second set in a tiebreaker and pushing the match to a decisive 3rd set 10-point tiebreaker. Roger stayed in control the whole time clinching the match after saving 3 match points, leaving Team Europe one point away from the title.
The next singles match was Alex Zverev against Kevin Anderson, where Team Europe was able to clinch the win in yet another match pushed to the deciding 10-point tiebreaker for the third set.
Kevin Anderson & Jack Sock defeated Roger Federer & Novak Djokovic 7-6(5), 3-6, 10-6
Roger Federer defeated Nick Kyrgios 6-3, 6-2
John Isner & Jack Sock defeated Roger Federer & Alex Zverev 4-6, 7-6(2), 11-9
Roger Federer defeated John Isner 6-7(5), 7-6(6), 10-7
Team Europe clinched the Laver Cup Title 13-8
Next year, the Laver Cup will be held in Switzerland
For full coverage of the tournament, please see the Laver Cup website.
September 7, 2018 -- Cologne, FR
Today, in celebration of their 120th anniversary, RIMOWA unveils its first-ever global integrated campaign, complete with a star-studded cast, strong storytelling and cinematic sensibility.
A select cast of renown global cultural icons, all of whom are long-time RIMOWA owners and advocates, celebrate the collective mindset that has made them who they are – a fundamental belief that mastery is a never-ending journey and that no one builds a legacy by standing still. The campaign is a celebratory declaration of RIMOWA's ethos and its role as the resilient companion for a lifetime of purposeful journeys.
Twenty-time grand slam winning athlete, Roger Federer; Men’s Artistic Director at Louis Vuitton & Founder & Creative Director of Off-White, Virgil Abloh; model, spokesperson and activist, Adwoa Aboah; international chef, businessman and restaurateur, Nobu Matsuhisa; and Dior Men’s jewellery designer & Founder and Creative Director of AMBUSH, Yoon Ahn all take part in marking the occasion by sharing their personal interpretations of what travel has meant for their lives.
The campaign also marks the beginning of an exclusive partnership between Roger Federer and RIMOWA that will extend to various projects over the next two years.
Shot on three continents by five different directors, every director worked closely with each cultural icon to create an emotionally insightful and visually distinct expression of their personal journey.
Roger Federer’s film is directed by Karim Huu Do and features a real-life childhood conversation with his father at the moment of young Roger’s first trip to Zurich.
Adwoa Aboah’s film is directed by Jonas Lindstroem and it’s a powerful metaphor for how the model and activist overcame depression by pushing herself to travel.
Virgil Abloh’s film is directed by Dexter Navy and presents an artful visualization of a recorded phone conversation with Abloh’s aphorisms on travel.
Nobu Matsuhisa's film is directed by Jared Knecht and features an ancient Japanese travel tale that mirrors Nobu’s own life.
Yoon Ahn's film is directed by I AM HERE and documents Yoon’s antagonistic sources of inspiration while featuring quotes from her private travel diary.
The five films have been combined into an anthem film. In addition to the films, the campaign also features photography by Brett Lloyd.
The global integrated campaign will be featured across paid and owned social and digital channels, Air France in-flight entertainment, selected cinemas in the US and Europe, airports in NY, LA, London, Paris, and Nice, and OOH in key cities like New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Berlin, London, Hong Kong and Tokyo. The campaign will also feature events, retail activations and an exclusive limited-edition sticker.
Created in partnership between Anomaly in Berlin and RIMOWA’s internal creative team, the campaign will be activated globally with special emphasis on RIMOWA’s seven key markets – USA, China, HK, Japan, Germany, UK, and France.
Frank Hahn, Executive Creative Director at Anomaly Berlin, comments:
"Why settle on one director if you can work with five? ‘Never standing still’ as the core of this campaign demands exciting films and storytelling. We decided to work with five film directors to bring the genuine stories of five famous individuals to life. From Nobu’s Japanese tale to Adwoa’s story of transformation to Virgil’s experimental travel journey. A production maze and marvel on all levels. The campaign culminates in a collected anthem film with the contribution of all five directors. A powerful manifestation to keep moving."
Hector Muelas, Chief Brand Officer at RIMOWA, comments:
“The campaign’s narrative is inspired by RIMOWA’s own history and its relentless commitment to creating the essential tools for purposeful travellers. From the beginning, we knew we had to leverage the brand’s strongest equity: its community. We selected a group of like-minded travellers that have embarked on ambitious, lifelong journeys, and that happen to be authentic RIMOWA customers. Despite the differences between each of those personal stories, there’s a shared belief that mastery is a never-ending process, and that travel is a powerful vehicle to make a mark in the world.“
Alexandre Arnault, CEO at RIMOWA, comments:
"For 120 years, RIMOWA has been a leader in quality, innovation and craftsmanship, creating a product that’s loved cross-generationally for its ability to aid in the pursuit of inspiration and discovery through travel. As we look to the future with our heritage in mind, we want to celebrate that mission of relentlessly seeking perfection through action. It’s the shared mindset that both RIMOWA and its most iconic travellers demonstrate in our pursuits."
September 10, 2018 -- London, UK
For the 16th time in his career, the Swiss star has qualified for the Nitto ATP Finals which will be played in November at the O2 arena in London.
For more information on the tournament, visit their website here.
September 4, 2018 -- NYC, NY
Dealing with all the heat and humidity, Roger was put to the test in his US Open Round of 16 match against Australian's John Millman. It was clear he wasn't feeling his best or performing at the top of his game, however he still managed to win the first set. U
Unfortunately, that's when Millman proved to be better conditioned for the humid conditions and the round of 16 match.
"I just thought it was very hot tonight," said Roger. "I guess I felt I couldn't get air. There was no circulation at all. For some reason I just struggled in the conditions tonight. It's one of the first time it's happened to me."
29-year-old Millman maintained an intense attitude and continued to fight and push 37-year-old. After uncharacteristic double faults and quick errors in points, the Australian beat the Swiss star 3-6, 7-5, 7-6(7), 7-6(3).
"John was able to deal with it better. He maybe comes from one of the most humid places on earth, Brisbane. I knew I was in for a tough one. Maybe when you feel like that, as well, you start missing chances, and I had those. That was disappointing. But at some point, also, I was just happy that the match was over."
This is his earliest exit in a Grand Slam since the 2015 Australian Open. Despite the loss, Roger is still currently in second position in the ATP Race to London and has the Laver Cup coming up later this month.