Roger Federer

Federer cuts down on clay in 2009

Roger FedererZurich - Roger Federer will play only two tune-up events on clay in 2009, ahead of the only Grand Slam he has never won, the French Open.

The former world number one Federer said on his website that he will play at the Madrid and Rome 1000 Series (formerly Masters Series) events ahead of the May 24 French Open start in Paris.

Switzerland's Federer played four events on the dirt this year, but was beaten for the third time in a row by new number one Rafael Nadal of Spain in the Roland Garros final.

Clay is his least favourite surface.

Djokovic now a huge threat to Federer for 2009 season

Djokovic now a huge threat to Federer for 2009 seasonShanghai  - Novak Djokovic has become a massive danger to the 2009 fightback dreams of Roger Federer after the resurgent Serb won the Masters Cup title at the weekend.

Through his 6-1, 7-5 defeat of Nikolay Davydenko at the Qi Zhong stadium, world number three Djokovic has now climbed to within a hair-thin 10 points of the Swiss star, who was knocked out in the group stage at a year-end event for the first time in his career as he lost to Andy Murray.

Beating Federer similar to winning Masters’ Cup: Murray

Shanghai, Nov. 15 : Britain’s Andy Murray has said that his triumph over Swiss Roger Federer in the quarter-finals of the Masters’ Cup here is as good as winning the title.

Murray who beat Federer 4-6 7-6 7-5 in a minute over three hours, now marches into the semi-finals of the Masters Cup.

Having beaten the Swiss superstar for the third time this year Murray was quoted by The Sun as saying: “It was a great match, probably one of the best I’ve ever been involved in. A win against Federer in a match like that is similar to winning the Masters Cup itself.”

“Psychologically, a win like that is going to be huge for me next time I play him — especially in big matches,” he added.

Roger Federer plans recovery after near-miss with "miracle"

Roger Federer plans recovery after near-miss with "miracle"Shanghai  - Roger Federer said he remains convinced he was flirting with a tennis miracle in a fighting defeat against Andy Murray at the Masters Cup, which ended his season.

Failing to reach the semi-finals for the first time in seven appearances at the year-end tournament meant the Swiss player had to swallow a bitter defeat as he saved seven match points before losing to Murray for the third time in four 2008 meetings.

UK’s Andy Murray says he will KO Fed

London, Nov. 13: Britain’s Andy Murray has said that he aims to dump Roger Federer out of the Masters Cup in Shanghai tomorrow to get his hands on a one million pound paycheck.

The Brit faces the Swiss star in the final group game with a semi-final spot already in the bag.

Federer will be out if he loses and Murray has admitted: “I’d like to knock him out of the competition.”

Murray, 21, was quoted by The Sun as saying: “I’ll try and beat Federer. Ideally I’d like to knock him out. I’d rather not have to play him twice in one week. Any time you play Federer, probably the greatest player of all time, it is disrespectful if you don’t try to win.”

Federer falls short in shaky Shanghai start

Federer falls short in shaky Shanghai startShanghai - Roger Federer lived through a second opening-match loss in a shaky start on Monday at the Masters Cup as the top seed went down to Gilles Simon 4-6, 
6-4, 6-3.

The Red group upset was the second in three months for the unheralded Frenchman who only got into the elite field when Rafael Nadal withdrew with a knee injury.

Andy Murray joined his fellow year-end newcomer with a victory, taking down former number one Andy Roddick 6-4, 1-6, 6-1.

"Second best" label uncomfortable for Federer

Shanghai - Proud Roger Federer has pronounced himself massively dissatisfied with his current label of "second best" in tennis after losing the number one ranking last August to Rafael Nadal.

And the fired-up Swiss has plans to reclaim the top honour he held for four and a half seasons, starting with his opening match on Monday at the Masters Cup.

"I don't like the ring of it," said the 13-time Grand Slam champion on Saturday during the presentation for Sunday's start of the eight-man season-wrapup event.

"When I'm being introduced on centre court, it just sounds wrong to me, a bit awkward," added the defending champion aiming for a Shanghai trophy hat-trick as he starts in the Red group against Gilles Simon.

Federer hoping for no close shaves in Shanghai

Roger FedererShanghai - Roger Federer went through what has become his annual sponsor obligation as he taught a group of Chinese teenagers how to shave at a public relations event as the countdown continued on Friday to the Masters Cup.

The Swiss top seed - number one Rafael Nadal is missing with right knee tendinitis - will open his title defence on Monday against France's Gilles Simon.

Federer showed quick hands off the court as he brandished a microphone in one fist and a razor in the other during the "first shave" with a group of local 18-year-olds.

Federer fails to start, Nadal can't finish in Paris

Federer fails to start, Nadal can't finish in ParisParis - Rafael Nadal gave proof of the agonisingly long ATP season as the top seed quit his Paris Masters quarter-final injured to join Roger Federer in pulling out on Friday.

Top seed Nadal, who has played more than 90 singles matches this season, received treatment on his right thigh and knee after the fifth game and gave up against Nikolay Davydenko after losing the first set 6-1.

Federer lifts his game as season nears the end

Roger Federer out to repair season, finds Ginepri waitingParis  - Roger Federer is keeping focus as he heads into the business end of the ATP season, with solid performances laying the groundwork for what he hopes in a return to world-class wins in 2009.

The Swiss claimed his home Swiss Indoors in Basle for the third time at the weekend before making a late confirmation of his entry into the Paris Masters.

He then leaves early next week for Shanghai to defend his title in the season-ending Masters Cup.

Roger Federer getting fashion tips from Anna Wintour

New York, Sept 14:  Roger Federer is reportedly getting a little help in the fashion department from none other than Vogue editor Anna Wintour.

Wintour, who introduced the tennis ace to the LA Fashion Week, has reportedly been sending clothes from some of the best fashion designers to Federer.

"Anna sends stuff to Federer with little notes that say 'This would look great on you,'" the New York Post quoted a source, as saying.




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