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Federer Flawless in Cincy

Roger+Federer+Western+Southern+Open+Day+3+xlKSdGolw11xI wanted to sneak into the US Open without writing anything. Truth be told I am still not feeling it when it comes to tennis so the writing doesn’t flow naturally these days. Hence no Cincy posts from me. But suddenly the US Open is upon me and I realize that I should at least write a paragraph on that amazing Cincy week before we head into the eerie US Open with its strange time zones (for me).

Cincy demands a paragraph because it was sheer perfection from start to finish. The last time Roger Federer had such a fantastic week without a single flaw was also at Cincy, 3 years ago. Just like in 2012, this year too Roger won every single match without getting broken or dropping a set. In fact, he didn’t drop his serve at all in the entire tournament and only faced 3 break points in one game. Also like in 2012, he met Novak in the final yet again and produced the same result by defeating the Serb in straight sets. Except this time he looked extra resplendent in his raspberry henley – I do believe this is my favorite kit of the year!

Roger+Federer+Western+Southern+Open+Day+9+_T0CzJLfg3NxThis title was fantastic for many reasons. After the heartbreaking Wimbledon loss, this was Roger’s first tournament back so it was a great way to get back on tour. It was a comprehensive title defense and now he has won Cincy back to back for the second time. This title was his 7th Cincy title and 87th career title. It also pushed his H2H with Novak back at a positive 21-20 after it had become even at Wimbledon.

This was also the first time he defeated the #1 and #2 ranked players back to back – but of course this is because he himself was either a #1 or #2 ranked player for a very long time. This title was his record 59th hardcourt title, a record 18th hardcourt Masters title and a record 66th outdoor title. He is now tied with Djokovic for second-most Masters titles; both have 24 each. This title gave Roger back his #2 ranking after he had lost it the previous week to Murray when he skipped the Rogers Cup in Montreal. As such Roger is now seeded #2 at the US Open.

But more than all the records, what stood out the most was his enthusiasm and energy. The other players all looked a bit worse for wear, playing back to back Masters tournaments. Whereas Roger’s gamble of skipping the Rogers Cup really paid off. He looked fresh, his movement was sublime and from the stats I saw in each match, he always ran more than his opponent and yes that includes the matches against Andy and Novak as well. Yet again, he proved to be insightful about his scheduling and listening to his body well.Roger+Federer+Western+Southern+Open+Day+7+_qtVpQ28rgEx

Last but not the least, this delightful week gave us one more gift, ‘The Sabr’! – or ‘The Federer’ if you choose. And in case you were wondering, ‘Sabr’ stands for Sneaky Attack By Roger! 😉 At the age of 34, the man is still creating and inventing new shots to add to his already massive repertoire. He started attacking second serves with a half-volley as a joke in practice and realized maybe he could do it in matches too. The quick conditions at Cincy proved to be the perfect arena to practice this new shot so why not try it out, right? It took all of his opponents by surprise and made us all squeal with glee! I am not sure if we will see it make an appearance at the US Open because the surface is slower but you can be sure we and his opponents will all be on the look-out for it 🙂 Here’s a wonderful collection of them from Cincy.

Well there you go, my quick summary of Cincy and the wonderful week that it was. Right after he won, he uncharacteristically headed over to the players box and had a very cute exchange with his daughters which you can see here and here are Roger’s post win reflections. Roger is kicking off the US Open looking very strong but of course the last Major of the year is a whole other beast and has caused plenty of traumatic memories for all of us in recent years. One match at a time is the way to go. We shall see. Fingers crossed! Good luck in New York Maestro!

***Photos are Getty Images from Zimbio.com***

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#Roger1000

TENNIS-ATP-WTA-AUSYou can go the distance
You can run the mile
You can walk straight through hell with a smile

You can be the hero
You can get the gold
Breaking all the records they thought never could be broke

 

For once it really is all about the numbers. The numbers, the stats, the records… and they all come tumbling down. In case you hadn’t noticed, I didn’t mention the possibility of this momentous occasion the past few posts. I was so nervous that I actually side-stepped the topic altogether. I figured I would mention it if it happened and just hoped it would happen soon. Because no matter how you slice it, 1000 match wins is a BIG deal. So either I was going to have to put proper emphasis on it from the start or not mention it at all. I chose the latter more for my own sanity than anything else. But before delving into what the win today means, let me take you 3 years back in time…

Q. There are endless milestones you have been passing on the way.  What does it actually mean to you to rack up 1000 and do it in such style, as well?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, 1000 matches, not 1000 wins. Big difference. (Laughter.)
I wish it was 1000 wins, but I’m happy with 1000 matches in total, too. It’s nice to win this one […] It’s a big milestone, I agree. It’s a lot of matches and a lot tennis. Either I have been around for a long time or I’m extremely fit. You decide which way you want to describe it. I don’t know. But I’m happy.

That excerpt is from the 2012 Australian Open presser after his QF win over Juan Martin del Potro. Now almost 3 years later, here we are. The Maestro’s wish came true and what’s more it was a final match win too, his 125th final. Even more special was the fact that he had never won a title in Brisbane so it was a new title too. This is what he had to say in his presser last night.

Q. What does 1000 mean to you?
ROGER FEDERER: I don’t know. It’s a lot of matches. A lot of wins thankfully. A lot of wins, the 1000 we’re talking about. Yeah, clearly it’s a great feeling. Couldn’t have done it without so many people. You know, number one, just even started to play tennis, and then all the coaches and everybody, conditioning coach, Federation, my wife, who probably sat through about 800 of them, wouldn’t have been possible without them. So I had great support staff throughout my whole career. Every one of them has made some sort of a sacrifice for me to be there today. Clearly it’s a special day for me, winning a title plus getting to the magic number of 1000.Yeah, it feels very different to any other match I’ve ever won, because I never thought about anything, reaching 500 or 800. All those numbers didn’t mean anything to me, but for some reason 1000 means a lot because it’s such a huge number. Just alone to count to 1000 is going to take a while. Yeah, it’s funny emotions right now, but clearly very proud and happy.

The match looked straightforward in the beginning as Roger was up a set and a break. Then Milos made things very difficult and a combination of roger’s level dipping and I’m sure some nerves kicking in, made the 3rd set an all-out brutal war. In the end, Roger won it the hard way and when he converted the match point you could see how much this win really meant to him. He became teary a few times, especially when he saw his twin girls waving at him 😀 To top it off, Roy Emerson handed him the Roy Emerson trophy and Rod Laver presented him with a memento for commemorating 1000 match wins so the two legends made the occasion even more special. Here is the small clip of highlights and here is the on-court ceremony. Here is the presser clip and lastly, here is the ATP tribute video for Roger.

Here are some of the records he achieved with winning this match and the Brisbane title:

  • Roger won his 1,000th career match. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors.
  • Roger has now played 1,227 matches in his career. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors.
  • Roger won his 83rd career title. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors.
  • Roger played his 125th career final. He is in 3rd place behind Lendl and Connors.
  • Roger won his 23rd ATP 250 title. He is in 2nd place behind Muster with 26.
  • Roger played his 31st ATP 250 final. He is in 3rd place behind Muster and Roddick who reached 32 finals each.
  • Roger won his 62nd outdoor title. He is tied at 1st place with Nadal.
  • Roger won his 57th hardcourt title extending his own all-time record.
  • Roger won his 1st Brisbane title.
  • This was Roger’s 748th outdoor match win.
  • This was Roger’s 621st hardcourt match win.
  • Roger set a new record for winning at least one title for 15 consecutive years from 2001 to 2015. The previous record was by Lendl for 14 consecutive years.

This was a happy day for Roger and his fans. We celebrate the 1,000 wonderful moments he has given us and look forward to sharing many more. A special thank you goes out to his team for supporting him always, especially Severin Luthi, who in the past few years has traveled with him non-stop. I also want to take this opportunity to express my deepest gratitude to his family for not only being supportive but also being willing to share him with us. We know if they didn’t want to put up with the traveling and the jet lag, we would have lost him from the tour a while ago. So thank you Mirka, Myla, Charlene, Leo and Lenny. We know how precious he truly is and we are grateful.

I leave you with his two tweets that aptly sum up how happy we ALL feel including Roger. The first from that night:

and the second from the following morning 🙂

It’s been a fantastic ride Maestro! And there’s no chance we’re getting off the train. Not now, not ever.

Standing in the hall of fame
And the world’s gonna know your name
‘Cause you burn with the brightest flame
And the world’s gonna know your name
And you’ll be on the walls of the hall of fame

– Lyrics by The Script from the song “Hall of Fame”

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***Photo is an AFP photo from the Chicago Tribune site***


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Federer kicks off the French Open with a routine win

2Roger+Federer+2014+French+Open+Day+One+IZ-zSYgV0R7xRoger Federer is through to Round 2 at RollyG! Our champ wrapped up his opening match in 84 minutes with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 score line vs. the Slovak player Lukas Lacko.

Lacko started well enough. He had solid service holds for his first two games similar to the Maestro. Then, in his 3rd service game the errors started to creep in while Roger demonstrated great defense to get a break point which he converted right away. By then, Roger began to look very confident indeed and despite being pushed to 30, Roger held his own serve to consolidate the break and go up 4-2*. In Lacko’s next service game Roger mixed it up with  a dropshot, a backhand volley and a cross-court forehand. Add an error from Lukas and boom, our champ got the double break. Serving for the set at 5*-2, Roger gave away only one point before sealing the set in 24 minutes. Here are the Set 1 stats.s1Credit to Lacko, he held his nerve and started Set 2 very well with a love hold. Roger countered with a love hold of his own. But poor Lacko got into trouble again right away in his next service game. An error gave Roger a break point but a counter error from the Maestro, brought it back to deuce. Lacko hit a backhand into the net to give Federer a second chance and after an intense rally the Swiss got the break. In a flash Roger quickly consolidated with a service game that included three service winners. Down 1*-3, Lacko had yet another tough service game where Roger had another break point opportunity. But subsequent errors from Roger ensured a hold for Lukas.

Serving at 3*-2, Roger thundered down 3 service winners in a row followed by a volley winner to hold to love. The same format repeated again in Lacko’s next game as Roger had yet another break point only to miss it and letting Lacko hang on at 3-4*. Roger then held with ease to push the score to 5-3*. Serving to stay in the set, Lacko got pushed again and Roger had a set point but an error from the Maestro wiped that away and Lacko ultimately held. Roger might have missed 4 out of 5 break points in this set with some uncharacteristic errors but his own serving had been impeccable and that continued when he served for the set, taking it in 34 minutes. Here are the Set 2 stats.s2Those errors must have annoyed the Maestro because he started Set 3 strongly putting pressure on the Lacko serve. A double fault from Lacko gave Roger a break point only to let it go with a forehand error. Back to deuce. But Roger kept up the onslaught, extracting another error out of Lacko for another break point. The nerves got to Lukas as he double faulted right then to hand the Swiss the break. Serving to consolidate, Roger hit his only double fault of the match but consolidated the break nonetheless. Serving to get on the board, Lacko held to love in large part due to sloppy play from the Maestro. Still, the Swiss was up a break at 2*-1. And he served to perfection in his next game to quickly hold to love and push the score to 3-1*.

The pressure was firmly back on Lacko’s serve as Roger fought for every point: 0-15, 15 all, 30-15, 30 all and then 30-40 and break point. This time the Swiss took it to go up a double break: 4*-1. Another super quick love hold meant Lacko had to serve to stay in the match at 1*-5 down. Federer had a break point again but lost it with his own error. Despite being pushed to deuce 2 more times, Lacko held and Roger had to serve for the match. A beautiful love hold finished off with a gorgeous inside-out forehand won Roger the match. Here are the stats for the match.mThis was a good match for Roger. He was never in trouble and didn’t face any break points. He served very well and while his return game was a bit sloppy, mostly in Set 2, he made sure he was in complete control at all times. I got the feeling he tried out a few different shots to get some practice in. He came to the net very well too; though to be honest, Lacko didn’t really make him play difficult volleys. For a first Grand Slam match, this was a good performance.

What made it more special was Mirka was court-side! This is the first time we’ve seen her since the twin boys were born and she looked lovely! The twin girls were there too, looking chic in their black and white polka dot dress, matching pink headbands and sunglasses 😀 Roger was very sweet in giving a shout-out to Mirka in his on-court interview and we learned from the presser later that the whole family, including the boys, is there with him in Paris. Here is a link to a tiny presser clip.twinsUp next is a new opponent for Roger, the 21 year old Argentine qualifier Diego Sebastian Schwartzman, ranked 109 in the world. Neither Roger nor we know much about him so I expect it will take Roger a bit of time in the beginning to figure out his game. Hopefully, it won’t take too long! In the meantime, I leave you with these crazy stats our Maestro achieved with this win.

  • Roland Garros 2014 is now the 60th Grand Slam Roger has participated in. He shares this with Lleyton Hewitt who is also playing his 60th Grand Slam this week. They are both behind Andre Agassi at 61 and the record holder Fabrice Santoro with 70.
  • This French Open is also Roger’s 58th consecutive Grand Slam which is a record.
  • This match win was his 59th French Open win. He currently shares this with Rafa but of course Rafa hasn’t played his first match yet.
  • Roger is the only player to have over 50 match wins at all Grand Slams.
  • This was also his 266th Grand Slam match win which is wayyyyy ahead of Jimmy Connors who is at second place with 232 match wins. The next active player behind him is Rafa with 177 match wins.
  • Roger is 4th on the list of career matches played with 1,173 matches (behind Vilas, Lendl and Connors). The closest active player is Tommy Haas with 875 matches.
  • Roger is 3rd on the list of most career match wins with 952 wins (behind Lendl and Connors). The closest active player is Rafa with 692 match wins.

Well that’s it from me. The Maestro isn’t playing today and might not play till Wednesday so in the meantime, chillax! 😉 and enjoy the rest of the tournament!

 

***Roger’s photo is from http://www.zimbio.com/ and the twins’ photos are from http://www.blick.ch/***


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Twins! …. AGAIN!

Just a quick post to say that Roger Federer pulled out of the Madrid Masters yesterday. Then, barely half a day after his withdrawal announcement, he tweeted that Mirka has given birth to twins AGAIN! 2 boys this time, Leo and Lenny! See? Even in life off-court he achieves perfection. First twin girls, then twin boys, perfect symmetry! Hats off to Mirka, the Queen that she is – 2 twin pregnancies! Here is Roger’s overjoyed tweet ❤

 

He also posted a facebook status:

BnAk7YnCQAExYGzAnd on rogerfederer.com as well:

CaptureEven the timing was perfect too. The twins were born right at the beginning of the Madrid tournament. While I do think this means he’ll probably skip Rome next week, I think there is a strong possibility he will participate in the French Open which is around 3 weeks away. According to his agent Tony Godsick, “Roger has plans to play the French Open, and he’ll take it step-by-step as to what he plays before that”.

“Roger has plans to play the French Open, and he’ll take it step-by-step as to what he plays before that,” Godsick said in a telephone interview. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/roger-federer-withdraws-from-madrid-open-for-birth-of-second-set-of-twins-1.1022771#sthash.HVtRQj0y.dpuf
“Roger has plans to play the French Open, and he’ll take it step-by-step as to what he plays before that,” Godsick said in a telephone interview. – See more at: http://www.timescolonist.com/roger-federer-withdraws-from-madrid-open-for-birth-of-second-set-of-twins-1.1022771#sthash.HVtRQj0y.dpuf

Wishing all the best to the King, Queen Mirka, Princesses Myla and Charlene and the new Princes, Leo and Lenny! I wonder what their middle names will be; hoping for names starting with an ‘R’ 😛 Now we wait for what is sure to be an epic selfie! I’ll update this post with the picture when we get to see it 😉 Congratulations Maestro!

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***The marvelous chocolate photo is from Lindt of course! to be precise 😀 ***