Roger Federer

Federer wants a few late nights for the ladies

Federer wants a few late nights for the ladiesMelbourne  - Roger Federer certainly revels in the spotlight. But the world number two would like to see women start shouldering more of the late-night scheduling load at the Australian Open.

The Swiss played his fair allotment of night-time thrillers at this edition. But after following a long woman's match, a men's contest can end at 2 am in a worst case scenario - well past a civilised hour.

The president of the ATP Player Council believed equal prize money (1.3 million dollars for each champion) should mean equal responsibility.

Federer on a mission to regain tennis top ranking, says ex-coach Roche

Federer on a mission to regain tennis top ranking, says ex-coach RocheMelbourne, Jan. 31 : Australian tennis coach Tony Roche is of the view that Swiss great Roger Federer is on a mission to reclaim the prized No. 1 ranking, as well as his 14th Grand Slam title.

Roche, who steered a chastened Ivan Lendl back to the top when the Czech-born American won his first Australian Open in 1989, has also coached Federer for three years, and is looking forward to Sunday to see whether history can be repeated 20 years later at the same venue.

Federer beats Roddick, inches closer to Sampras's slam record

Federer beats Roddick, inches closer to Sampras's slam recordMelbourne, Jan. 30: Swiss tennis great Roger Federer swept to the brink of grand slam immortality by outclassing American Andy Roddick on Thursday night in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Federer, 27, is within three winning sets of landing his 14th major and his fourth Melbourne Park crown after whipping Roddick 6-2 7-5
7-5.

Federer, Dokic draw a crowd on the air

Federer, Dokic draw a crowd on the airMelbourne  - Jelena Dokic and Roger Federer provided a power punch for Australian Open ratings this week, with those contests watched by only a slightly smaller number of viewers than the 2008 men's final.

The Seven network scored a hit with the programming one-two, which attracted 2.31 million viewers across the five major metropolitan markets

When Novak Djokovic beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the men's final a year ago, the audience was a slightly higher 2.34 million.

Berdych joins Federer in anti-Hawk-Eye club

Berdych joins Federer in anti-Hawk-Eye clubMelbourne  - Tomas Berdych has joined Roger Federer in slamming the Hawk-Eye electronic linecalling system after its failure struck him at a key moment in his losing fourth-round match to the Swiss star at the Australian Open.

It's no secret that traditionalist Federer has never been a fan of the system - and his poor record on challenges proves that point.

But the system really caught Berdych at a bad time when it failed to function on a challenge he made - likely because of a deep shadow over one side of the court in late afternoon.

Roger Federer finds form just in time

Roger Federer finds form just in timeIt seemed that Tomas Berdych would derail Roger Federer's run at a record 14th Grand Slam title for two sets at the Australian Open.

However, just then, a meltdown was experienced by the 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Czech, thus giving a chance to Federer to recover for a 4-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 win Sunday. This marked only his fourth career comeback from two sets down - to reach the quarter finals.

Until Novak Djokovic took a 5-0 lead, he was not pushed, who then had to work all the way for a 6-1, 7-6 (7-1), 6-7 (5-7), 6-2 victory over 2006 runner-up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus.

Murray blasts `moaning rivals’ Federer, Djokovic!

Murray blasts `moaning rivals’ Federer, Djokovic!Melbourne, jan. 23 : British tennis star Andy Murray has blasted rivals Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic and says the moaning pair are only putting pressure on themselves.

The Sun quoted Murray as saying that Federer keeps whinging about being continually asked about Murray's chances of winning the Australian Open.

Murray said: "A few players disagree that I have been made the favourite. There have been some quite big contradictions from both of them. By saying they should be the favourites, they are putting more pressure on themselves."

Federer: I've become more human

Federer: I've become more humanMelbourne  - Even ice-calm Roger Federer admits that his stress levels have eased in recent months as he slipped from tennis' top ranking.

Still ranked second, the Swiss star said that he feels an eerie calm as he pursues a fourth title in six years at the Australian Open.

"Maybe I'm a bit more relaxed," he said after passing the first round against Italy's Andreas Seppi. "When you're number one you put your head down, you try to win as many tournaments as possible."

Federer in it for 2012 and beyond

Federer in it for 2012 and beyondMelbourne  - Roger Federer knows he's in tennis for the long haul, now expecting to figure in the sport well beyond the 2012 London Olympics.

With his immediate objective a fourth Australian Open title as the first Grand Slam of the season began on Monday, the 27-year-old has - as always - cast his eye well into the future.

"I want to do well not only this year but many more years to come," said the 13-time Grand Slam champion. "I don't feel like this year is my last chance to either win the French Open or pick up a few Slams more easily.

Quick-fire Federer fulfils his social obligation

Quick-fire Federer fulfils his social obligationMelbourne  - Roger Federer was all business at the Australian Open player party, putting in a quick appearance before making an exit out the back door to return to his peace and tranquility prior to his Monday start.

The Swiss second seed was concentrating his energies on stopping first-round opponent Andreas Seppi, with little time for socializing.

Federer's pit stop at the Mexican restaurant in the Crown casino complex, where he has stayed for some years during the annual Grand Slam event, was as well-choreographed as his straight-set wins on court.

Challengers will have to put up `heck of a performance to beat me’, says Federer

Melbourne, Jan. 18 : Thirteen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has said that those who harbour the dream of unseating him, would have to put up `heck of a performance to beat me’.

He is not uncomfortable admitting he expects to win. Having won the Grand Slams he has, that is not arrogance - it is realism.

Last year, he was below physical fitness here, but he won the last slam of the year in New York when he had finally recovered his fitness and form.

"It''s going to take a heck of a performance from one of the players to win this tournament so it''s going to be interesting," he said after winning the AAMI Classic exhibition tournament.

February Open date off the menu for realist Federer

Melbourne  - Realistic Roger Federer is well aware that a jam-packed annual tennis calendar will almost certainly not allow the Australian Open to move from its traditional January date.

Despite voicing the opinion this week that the Open would be more pleasing to players were it slid a few weeks into February - more time for preparation - the Swiss knows that a such a move is just a dream.

"A lot has been said - the Australian Open has to be moved two weeks later - but that's not what was meant in any way," he explained on Sunday.

"We were asked if we should change the Australian Open schedule, we always talk about calendar changes. It was taken out of context," he said.

Federer completes perfect Open preparation with tune-up title

Federer completes perfect Open preparation with tune-up titleMelbourne - Roger Federer dominated good friend Stan Wawrinka 6-1, 6-3, taking just 57 minutes on Saturday to secure his second title in five years at the AAMI Classic.

"I've played plenty of matches going into the Open, the health is not an issue," said the winner. "I'm fresh and fit and ready to go. Things are the way I was hoping them to be."

Federer counsels Australian officials not to worry

Federer counsels Australian officials not to worryMelbourne  - Roger Federer has told officials at the AAMI Classic not to panic over reports that Middle Eastern money will swamp the traditional Australian Open tune-up events.

"I told him not to be concerned," said the Swiss number two, who has again perfected his game at the eight-man special event at Kooyong club, the former home of the Open until two decades ago.

Federer says achieving calendar Grand Slam possible as surfaces are less distinct

Roger FedererSydney, Jan. 16 : Swiss tennis star Roger Federer believes achieving tennis''s holy grail, the calendar grand slam is possible as playing surfaces in the modern era have become less distinct.

The calendar grand slam includes winning the four majors, the Australian Open, Wimbledon, the French Open and the US Open in one year, a feat achieved by Australian great Rod Laver 40 years ago. Few will recall that Laver also won the all grand slams in one year in the non-open era.

Federer flies into Kooyong final with win over Verdasco

Federer flies into Kooyong final with win over VerdascoMelbourne - Roger Federer got in a good workout as he won the semifinal of the AAMI Classic on Thursday, holding off Spain's Fernando Verdasco 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 (7/5) at the Australian Open tune-up event.

2006 Open finalist Marcos Baghdatis, beaten by the Swiss three years ago in the Melbourne Park title match, finally had something to smile about after winning a relegation round match at the eight-man event.

The Cypriot defeated Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia 7-6 (7-3), 6-4.

Murray says he is not afraid or nervous about playing Federer

Murray says he is not afraid or nervous about playing FedererMelbourne, Jan. 14 : British tennis star Andy Murray has said that he not afraid or nervous about confronting thirteen-time Grand Slam champion and Swiss Roger Federer anymore.

"I don''t get nervous when I play you (Federer) any more," the Daily Telegraph quoted Murray, as saying.

No comparison between then and now for fired-up Federer

No comparison between then and now for fired-up FedererMelbourne - Roger Federer stepped up his preparation for the Australian Open as he claimed his eighth career victory over Carlos Moya 6-2, 6-3 on Wednesday's opening day at the AAMI Classic.

Joining Federer as a winner at the promotion-relegation event was Olympic doubles partner Stan Wawrinka, with the number 16 hammering off-form Marcos Baghdatis 6-2, 6-2.

Fernando Verdasco of Spain beat Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2, 7-5 while Chile's Fernando Gonzalez showed the bebefits of two and a half months off in a defeat of Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-4, 6-3.

Federer at odds with bookie pick of Murray

Federer at odds with bookie pick of MurrayMelbourne - Roger Federer will begin his Australian Open tuneup on Wednesday at the AAMI Classic, ignoring bookmaker chatter that his Grand Slam title hopes are under siege from newcomer Andy Murray.

The Swiss takes on old foe Carlos Moya in the eight-man event which runs through Saturday, providing the field with top practise for the Open which begins on Monday.

The fact that Murray and Federer are tipped at an equal 3.50 dollars (one dollar earns 3.50 back) to win the Open by Australian oddsmakers took the Swiss by surprise.

Federer a financial force for Swiss business magazine

Roger FedererMelbourne, - Roger Federer has been noted as one of the 300 richest people in Switzerland by business magazine Bilanz, with a net worth estimated at between 100 and 160 million dollars.

While the world number two heads the all-time ATP prize money list on 43 million dollars in prize money and counting, most of Federer's earnings occur off-court under the tutelage of IMG, which is said to have trebled his annual income to around 35 million dollars.

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