Friday, August 28, 2015

Roger Federer weighs in on Nick Kyrgios criticism

Roger Federer has added his criticism to the negative reaction surrounding the on-court comments of Nick Kyrgios. The 20-year-old Australian's derogatory remarks about Stanislas Wawrinka and Donna Vekic were picked up by on-court microphones during his match against Wawrinka in Montreal.

"I think we all agree that he definitely crossed the line by a long shot," Federer was quoted as saying by the Cincinnati Enquirer, speaking to press before the tournament. "We're not used to that kind of talk in tennis. I know in other sports it's quite common, maybe normal. Not in our sport, really.

"I think it's normal that the tour comes down hard on him and explains to him that it's not the way forward."

Federer described the controversy as "not great for the sport, one that I think many players have tried to build up and make it a good image, build up a good image."

"We want kids to be wanting to get into this sport because it's a nice sport," Federer added.

Kyrgios has been fined the mamixum $10,000 by the ATP, which is conducting further investigation.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Don't count out Roger Federer for another Grand Slam, says Pete Sampras

PARIS: Pete Sampras believes it would be foolish to write off Roger Federer's chances of winning an 18th major at the US Open despite the Swiss having just turned 34.

Federer's last Grand Slam crown came at Wimbledon in 2012, and his three-year drought is the worst dry spell of his career.

But Sampras, a 14-time Grand Slam title winner, insists the veteran can collect a sixth US Open to add to the five he won between 2004-2008 when the season's final major gets underway in New York on August 31.

"I do think there is," Sampras told The Tennis Podcast when asked if Federer had a chance in New York.

"I think he's playing well, he's fit, he hits the ball great, he's doing everything that he's been doing for years."

But it won't be an easy road for Federer even if he still wouldn't be the oldest champion at the US Open.

That distinction belongs to Australia's Ken Rosewall who was just two months short of his 36th birthday when he triumphed in 1970.

"It is tougher as you get older and now Novak (Djokovic] and (Andy) Murray, they're in their prime now," added Sampras.

"I think for Roger to win, things need to fall into place. I think if he has to play Murray, Djokovic, then Rafael Nadal in one week or back-to-bac ..

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Pretty sure Pete has been saying this for the last few years.  Still nice to read though.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Roger Federer celebrates Cincinnati win with wife Mirka & twin daughters Myla & Charlene

This is ADORABLE ♥♥!.  "Papa, you need a hat".

Nah, he doesn't need a hat girls your daddy looks good either way ;).

Monday, August 24, 2015

Roger Federer 7-time Cincinnati Open Champion!

Roger Federer won the 41st clash of titans against rival Novak Djokovic, claiming his seventh Western & Southern Open crown 7-6(1), 6-3 on Sunday.

Federer captured his 87th tour-level title and 24th at the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 stage. Having beaten World No. 2 Andy Murray in the semi-finals, it marked the first time he had toppled the No. 1 and No. 2 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings in consecutive matches en route to a title. Federer will reclaim the No. 2 spot from the Scot when the new rankings are released on Monday.

He takes home $731,000 and 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points, adding to Cincinnati titles won in 2005, '07, '09-10, '12 and '14. The Swiss finishes the week not conceding a break of serve in 49 service games.










Djokovic, meanwhile, was vying to complete the Career Golden Masters, falling to 0-5 in Cincinnati finals (2008-09, '11-12). A 24-time ATP World Tour Masters 1000 champion, he falls to 54-26 in tour-level finals.

Federer owns a 21-20 edge in their FedEx ATP Head2Head rivalry, exacting revenge on Djokovic following the Serb's victory in their most recent meeting - the 2015 Wimbledon final. Djokovic is 3-2 this year, also claiming wins on the clay of Rome and hard courts of Indian Wells. Federer's other victory came in the Dubai title match.

How The Final Was Won

Federer had adopted an ultra aggressive mentality in cruising through the draw thus far, and the Swiss carried that same approach into Sunday's final. He won 40 per cent of return points entering the encounter and pressed for an early break immediately. Djokovic saved a trio of break points in the third game and another after a six-minute fifth game.

The opener would proceed to a tie-break, where Federer would snatch an early mini-break. A majestic looping backhand clipped the baseline to give the Basel native a 3-1 lead. He would not look back, taking 10 of the last 11 points to claim the first set. He hit 20 winners and won 16 of 21 net points to win the opener in 52 minutes.

Federer would continue applying pressure on the Djokovic serve as the match progressed, surging to a 3-0 lead in the second set after the top seed double faulted to hand the initial break to the Swiss. He would hold serve to the finish line, striking 32 winners and seven aces in total.

Lucky #7!.  #87 over all.  

Finally he gets the better of Djokovic!.  

And what a convincing win. Did not get broken once all tournament!. 

It almost makes up for his Wimbledon loss.  

With one week to go before the final slam of the year.  Roger has gotta be feeling pretty good.  

Could this be his time for #18? (one can only hope).

Also gotta love Novak's comment in his speech about making it to the final 5 times and not having won it & having to wait till Roger retires!.   

I guess you will Novak, I guess you will :D.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Roger Federer gets the better of Murray again for a chance at #7 in Cincinnati

Roger Federer continued his quest for a seventh Western & Southern Open title and a return to No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, turning aside Andy Murray 6-4, 7-6(6) on Saturday.

The Swiss, who sits at No. 3 in the Emirates ATP Rankings, is hoping to wrestle the No. 2 spot away from the Scot with a successful title defence in Cincinnati. Murray surged to the second position with his run to the Montreal title last week. He was bidding to become the seventh player in the Open Era to claim the Canada/Cincinnati ATP World Tour Masters 1000 double.

Federer pounced early on Saturday, earning a quick break in the third game of the first set. He would consolidate for 3-1 and pressed for a second break with a 0/30 peak at Murray's next service game. He would claim the opener in 38 minutes with a forehand winner down the line - his 14th winner of the set. Both players would ride their serves to a tie-break in the second set, where 23-time Masters 1000 champion Federer converted on his second match point at 7/6 with a crisp drop shot half-volley winner. He dominated in longer rallies throughout, winning 12 of 17 of nine shots or more and has now earned 35 straight service holds in the rivalry, dating back to Cincinnati last year.

Federer owns a 14-11 edge in the FedEx ATP Head2Head series, having previously dominated their lone encounter this year in the Wimbledon semi-finals. He has won the past 10 sets played in the rivalry, spanning five consecutive wins since 2014.

The second seed will renew his titanic rivalry with Novak Djokovic on Sunday, knotted at 20 wins apiece. It will be their fifth encounter of the year, with Federer winning on the hard courts of Dubai and Djokovic emerging in Indian Wells, Rome and Wimbledon.

Who thinks it's time for Federer to finally get the better of the Djoker? (I'm sick of seeing Roger lose to this guy).  

There might just be a chance, Djokovic is not playing as sharp as usual. 

Time to turn the tide.  Go Roger!.