Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Roger Federer wins Swiss Indoors opener in Basel

Roger Federer continued his push for the year-end ATP World Tour No. 1 spot on Wednesday when he began his bid for a sixth title at the Swiss Indoors Basel.

Top seed Federer improved to 5-0 lifetime against Gilles Muller in a 6-2, 6-1 victory over just 47 minutes on Wednesday evening.

Federer hit 12 winners, including five aces in the 24-minute opener and did not lose any of his service points in the second set.

The Swiss superstar is now 52-9 lifetime at the ATP World Tour 500 tournament, where he has reached 10 finals (5-5 record).

He adds 45 points to his Emirates ATP Race To London tally and now stands 945 points behind No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic, who welcomed the arrival of his first child, Stefan, yesterday.

Federer will next meet Denis Istomin in the second round on Thursday.

"He really imposes his game, with a big forehand, backhand and serve," said Federer of Istomin. "He can be dangerous on return too. I have to be sharp on my own service games, which was a problem here against him last year."

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Novak Djokovic & wife welcome a baby boy named Stefan

World No. 1 Novak Djokovic and wife Jelena Ristic welcomed a healthy baby boy on Tuesday in Nice. The Serb tweeted the news to his followers on Wednesday morning, announcing the baby is called Stefan.

Djokovic is the third father in the Top 5 of the Emirates ATP Rankings, joining Switzerland's Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka. His official website posted a statement to confirm the Belgrade native will spend the following few days at home with his family, before travelling to Paris for the BNP Paribas Masters, beginning Monday, 27 October.

Stefan, our baby angel was born! I am so proud of my beautiful wife Jelena! Thank you so much for your love and support. We love you all!!!
~Novak via twitter

The 27-year-old Serbian had announced the pregnancy through social media in April, posting on Facebook, “My dear friends, You've been with me through many tough and good times in my career. I've been blessed to travel the world, play the most beautiful sport that brings me a lot of excitement and joy; I am happy, loved and healthy. Jelena and I are truly blessed to soon become parents! My love is pregnant!”

The two were married in July, four days after Djokovic won his second Wimbledon title.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Roger Federer chance to get closer to year-end #1 at Swiss Indoors in Basel

Home hero Roger Federer and ailing Rafael Nadal will be working to completely different agendas when the Swiss Indoors begins on Monday.

The event, which Basel-born Federer has won five times, marks the penultimate week of the points race to the ATP World Tour Finals in London, beginning in just over three weeks.

The 33-year-old Federer is among those already qualified, along with Novak Djokovic, Nadal, Australian Open winner Stan Wawrinka and US Open champion Marin Cilic.

Federer, who has played the last eight finals at the St Jakobshalle – he stands 37-3 at home – looks to close in on the year-end No 1 ranking held by Djokovic.

Nadal, meanwhile, will be desperately seeking some reassurance.

The nine-time French Open winner has not played in Federer’s backyard for a decade and missed last year with fatigue after signing a three-year appearance fee contract in 2012 which he has yet to start honouring.

Even with an appendix which will require surgery in the coming weeks, the 28-year-old Spaniard looks determined to at least make an attempt at an appearance for Swiss fans as he searches for his first win in the city after losses in 2003 and 2004.

Nadal’s camp says they will decide with doctors after Basel whether or not the world No 3 should play the Paris Masters or go for surgery on his painful appendix which he has been treating with antibiotics.

Basel will be crucial in shaking out the race for the remaining places in the field at the eight-man World Tour Finals showpiece.

Federer begins in the first round against Luxembourg veteran Gilles Muller while Nadal takes on a qualifier.

Third seed Wawrinka starts against Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan who was a semi-finalist in Moscow on Saturday.

Milos Raonic takes the fourth seeding with the Canadian hoping to have recovered from illness which compromised his last two events, in Shanghai and Moscow. He plays American Steve Johnson.

Fellow year-end contender Grigor Dimitrov is seeded fifth ahead of Ernests Gulbis, number seven David Goffin and eighth seed Ivo Karlovic.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Martina Hingis & Flavia Pennetta win Kremlin Cup doubles title in Moscow!

(AGI) Moscow, Oct 18 - Flavia Pennetta and Martina Hingis won the women's doubles at the Kremlin Cup, a WTA Premier tournament with 710,000 dollars in prize money under way on the hard courts of Moscow's Olympic Stadium. 

The Italian-Swiss doubles champions, number two in the seeding, defeated by 6-3 7-5 the pair made up by France's Caroline Garcia and Spain's Arantxa Parra Santonja, number four in the seeding. 

This is the season's second title for Pennetta and Hingis after their win in Wuhan, although they failed to qualify for the speciality for the Masters tournament by a hair's breadth. . .

40 titles and number 9 in doubles, again not bad for 34! :). Congrats ladies!.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Age is not slowing down Roger Federer, says Novak Djokovic

Shanghai: Novak Djokovic said age was not slowing down Roger Federer after his straight-sets humbling by the 33-year-old Swiss at the Shanghai Masters on Saturday.

The Serbian world number one, 27, could only marvel as 17-time Grand Slam champion Federer downed him 6-4, 6-4 in the semifinals to climb to number two in the rankings.

Federer's win against the two-time defending champion, who was on a 28-match winning streak in China, also helped atone for his five-set loss to Djokovic in this year's Wimbledon final.

"I think he's playing as good as ever. I think age does not really matter in his case," Djokovic said. (Federer Super Excited About India Trip)

"This tonight is definitely one of the best matches he has played against me, that's for sure... You know, every time I had a chance he just stepped in and made a winner," he added.

Federer is six years older than Djokovic and also has four children. The Serb said he first priority now was to welcome his first child with his wife, Jelena.

"My plan is now to go back home and hopefully become a father," he said.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Roger Federer feels honored and privileged to play in India

Most successful tennis player of all time, Roger Federer, has said that it will be an honor and privilege to play in India and he has also shared that he can’t wait to go to the Asian country as he has always dreamed of going there.

Times of India quote Federer as saying, "For me going to India is like going to South America, like I felt in my initial years. It feels unreal because you've wanted it to happen for so long, and then finally it's happening."

Federer will be in New Delhi in December to take part in the inaugural edition of International Premier Tennis League which is an initiative of Indian tennis legend Mahesh Bhupathi. The Swiss star will be representing Indian Aces at the intercity event.

The 17-time Grand Slam winner has some good knowledge about India as he said, 

"I understand that the north of India is very different from the south, culturally, languages, the food you eat and the clothes you wear. It would be impossible to experience all of India at one go. Whenever I speak to Indians anywhere in the world I notice that they speak of their country with a great sense of pride, which is very nice, very sweet. You all have a great history.”

Though, it will not be Federer’s first trip to the country which has a vast history. The 33-year-old visited the state of Tamil Nadu on the second anniversary of Tsunami in 2006. The Swiss player had loved the experience and he had promised that he would visit the country again.

Federer added, "I would love one day to travel across your great country and experience all there is to experience. My last trip to Chennai and then Pondicherry for relief work was incredible. My wife Mirka was also with me that time. I have great memories of India."

The world number two said that he will do much more in India than just playing tennis. He stated, 

"I can't wait to walk out on to the court, to see the fans, feel the energy. It's an honour and a privilege. Playing in India is something I've always dreamt of. But again my India trip will be so much more than just tennis. That's India really. It's got to be more than just tennis."

When Federer announced his decision to join IPTL and travel to India, he asked his fans to photo shop him at India’s must see places and then we were able to see some amazing and funny pictures (Click here to see some of them).

Monday, October 13, 2014

Kim Clijsters new role post retirement

Former No. 1 Kim Clijsters will begin a new role in her busy life after retiring from pro tennis - tournament director.

The four-time Grand Slam champion will oversee the return of the BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games in Antwerp, Belgium. The WTA Premier-level indoor event will make its return next year on February 9th.

The event originally ran from 2002 to 2009 in the same city.

One of the unique features of the event is that any player who wins the title twice in three years receives a special gold and diamond tennis trophy vauled at $1.5 million dollars.

"Believe me, that makes this tournament particularly attractive for the female tennis players!" Clijsters said about the special trophy. "Our first goal is to set up the strongest possible competition, including some of the biggest stars in tennis and several players from the Top 20.

Only Amelie Mauresmo of France achieved winning the special trophy in 2005 to 2007 during the tournament's first run.

Clijsters retired from tennis in 2012 at the US Open. In 2013, she gave birth to her second child, Jack.

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