Roger Federer Sets Eyes On US Open Victory

US OpenSwiss Tennis legend, Roger Federer, is gearing up for a successful outing at the US Open.

The World number 3, having lost the Wimbledon final earlier in the year, again finished as the runner-up in Toronto before going on to win the title in Cincinnati.

A back injury has made 2013 a difficult year for Federer but the 17-time Grand Slam champion insists his injury problems were over and he hopes to challenge for the title in New York.

“I was scared to have another setback, and so it was just not as clear-cut and simple as it is this year,” Federer, who won his five US Open titles in consecutive years between 2004 and 2008, is quoted as saying by The National.

“This year I played a lot of good matches. Not just Toronto and Cincinnati, but really from the first week on I have always played really nice tennis.

“You almost forget how to lose to a point and confidence rises. You’re back to winning ways again and everything seems so simple. I’m looking forward to this tournament, because I really feel like I can play a great tournament. I hope I can show that on the court this year.”

Defending Champion, Rafael Nadal, would not defend his US Open title after pulling out of the tournament with a wrist injury. This paves the way for World Number One, Novak Djokovic, and Federer to stake a claim for the title.

Djokovic, who beat Federer in the Wimbledon final in five sets earlier in the year, is the generally acknowledged favourite to win the 2014 US Open, but he did not sound like it in his last pre-tournament press conference on Saturday.

“When Rafa is not around it changes everything,” Djokovic said. “But, on the other side, we have all the other best players in the world here.”

It is expected that Djokovic would be more concerned by a likely quarter-final meeting with the man who stopped him in the final in 2012, British Andy Murray. Although the British has acknowledged Roger Federer as a major threat.

He believes Federer is in sparkling form and would not be surprised to see the Swiss win the US Open.

Federer faces 29-year-old Australian Marinko Matosevic, the world number 77, in the first round.

Wimbledon Open: Djokovic And Federer In The Semis As Murray Crashes Out

federerTop seeds Novak Djokovic and seven times champion Roger Federer had to fight back to win their respective games  to claim their place in the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Djokovic was  trailing  two-sets-to-one against  26th-seeded Marin Cilic  before  turning things  around for  a 6-1, 3-6, 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-2 decision on the No. 1 Court.

The Serb snuck past Cilic  in 3 hours, 38 minutes with the help of a seven service breaks  and  six double faults by  his Croatian counterpart.

He will meet Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who beat defending champion Andy Murray 6-1, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 in the semi final.

Federer, on the other hand lost the opening set of his quarter-final game to Australian Open champion and compatriot, Stanilas Wawrinka before coming through 3-6 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 6-4 on Centre Court.

This will be the ninth Wimbledon semi finals of the the 17 – time grand slam winner and his 35th career major semis.

Federer’s  next  opponent  will  be  6-foot-5  eighth-seeded Canadian  slugger, Milos Raonic,who ended world number 144 and 19-year-old Australian, Nick Kyrgios giant-killing act with a brutal 6-7 (4-7), 6-2, 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) win

Raonic advanced with a resounding ace on his fourth match point after 2 hours, 22  minutes of big-hitting tennis.

In the women’s category, 3rd seed, Simona Halep will meet Eugenie Bouchard in the Wimbledon semi-finals after both completed straight-sets quarter-final victories.

Halep, who is the highest seed left in the draw, defeated 2013 finalist Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-0 while Bouchard,who is the 13th seed from Canada, reached her third Grand Slam semi-final of the year with a 6-3 6-4 win over German, Angelique Kerber.

Czech pair, Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova will meet in the other semi- final match.

Murray Crashes Out of Wimbledon Open

dimitrov1Defending champion, Andy Murray, crashed out of the Wimbledon Open after a shock defeat to Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov.

Dimitrov came of age as he dismantled Murray 6-1 7-6(4) 6-2 in just a minute over two hours, handing him his first straight-sets defeat at Wimbledon since 2010’s loss to Rafael Nadal in the semi-finals.

The defeat ended Murray’s 17-match winning streak at the All England Club and was his first slam loss to a player ranked outside the top 10 in four years.

Murray lost his first set of the tournament as Dimitrov stormed into an early lead in their Wimbledon quarter-final clash.

The Scot, whose run at the All England Club included his 2012 Olympic gold and last year’s Wimbledon triumph over Novak Djokovic, made a strong start but could not convert a break point in a tight opening game, and Dimitrov grew in confidence from the opening four-minute test.

He had little trouble returning the Murray Serve and, unlike the Briton’s previous opponents, was able to dictate in the longer exchanges.

Dimitrov, who is seeded 11th, had too much with his big serve variety of shots and athletic defence for an off-key Murray, who looked underpowered on serve and made a host of unforced errors.

The Bulgarian, who is unbeaten in 10 matches on grass, has reached his first ever grand slam semi-final, doing so with a destructive display that Murray simply had no answer to throughout.

Wimbledon Open: Nadal Knocked Out by Australian Teeneger, Kyrgios

tennis-wimbledon-nick-kyrgios-wimbledon-r4_3166372Australian teenager, Nick Kyrgios, created a big upset as he defeated Rafael Nadal 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 7-6 (7-5) 6-3  to reach the quarter-finals at Wimbledon.

Nadal had no answer for Kyrgios’ booming serve and thunderous ground strokes, the 19-year-old sending down 37 aces and hitting 70 winners during the course of the fourth round contest.

The world number one had lost the first set in each of his first three matches before recovering to win in four, but could not repeat the same feat against a rampant Kyrgios.

Kyrgios, who had being tipped for greatness by the likes of Andy Murray and Pat Cash in recent weeks, only claimed his first top-50 win a week before the victory over Nadal when he saved nine match points to beat Richard Gasquet in the second round.

The Australian teenager, who is world number 144, is the first man outside the top 100 to beat a world number one since 1992.

Federer wins record equalling seventh Wimbledon title

Roger Federer won a record-equalling seventh Wimbledon title and 17th Grand Slam crown Sunday, shattering tearful Andy Murray’s dream of ending Britain’s 76-year wait for an All England Club men’s champion.

The 30-year-old Federer finally equaled Pete Sampras’ record at the All England Club, and won his 17th Grand Slam title overall, by beating Andy Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4 Sunday.

”It has worked out so many times over the years here at Wimbledon that I play my best in the semis and the finals,” Federer said. ”I couldn’t be more happy. It feels great being back here as the winner.”

Once Murray’s forehand landed wide on match point, Federer collapsed to the grass with tears welling in his eyes. He got up quickly and shook hands with Murray at the net.

Up in the players’ box, Federer’s wife and twin daughters cheered and smiled as he took his seat to await yet another Wimbledon trophy presentation.

”When the roof closed, he played unbelievable tennis,” Murray said.

Federer is now 17-7 in Grand Slam finals, including 7-1 at Wimbledon. Murray dropped to 0-4 in major finals, with three of those losses coming against Federer.

”It’s amazing. It equals me with Pete Sampras, who’s my hero,” Federer said. ”It just feels amazing.”

Besides Sampras, 1880s player William Renshaw also won seven Wimbledon titles, but he did it at a time when the defending champion was given a bye into the following year’s final.

Sunday’s match was the first Wimbledon singles final to be played with the roof closed. The roof was first used at the All England Club in 2009.

Murray Dumped As Djokovic Progresses At The Indian Wells

Andy Murray

World No 1 Novak Djokovic eased into the third round of the Indian Wells ATP tournament on Saturday while fourth-seeded Andy Murray made a premature exit.

Djokovic, champion here in 2008 and last year, handed out a 6-3 6-2 thrashing to Kazakhstan qualifier Andrey Golubev, breaking his opponent’s serve twice in each set to triumph in one hour 20 minutes.

“It was a good start,” the top-seeded Serb said in a courtside interview after sealing the win with a powerful first serve that forced a wild backhand error by his 145th-ranked opponent.

“We didn’t play a beautiful match and there were a lot of unforced errors but look, it’s the opening match of the tournament for me and I am still getting used to the conditions and adjusting to the court.

“Hopefully the next match will be better,” added the Serb, who won his fifth grand slam crown at the Australian Open in January.

Djokovic, who beat Spaniard Rafa Nadal in last year’s final, will next face South African Kevin Anderson, who benefited from a walkover when Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber withdrew due to an unspecified illness.

World No 4 Murray, runner-up at Indian Wells in 2009, was upset 6-4 6-2 by 92nd-ranked Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, the second year in a row the Briton was eliminated in his opening match at Indian Wells.

“My return let me down and he hardly missed the ball,” Murray said after being broken once in the opening set and twice in the second. “I hit my backhand poorly tonight, no question.

“With the level of tennis nowadays you get no easy first round matches and you play a poor match, that’s what happens.”

Earlier, Czech Tomas Berdych advanced with a 6-7 6-3 6-4 win over Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky while AmericanAndy Roddick clawed his way back to beat Poland’s Lukasz Kubot 4-6 7-6 6-3.

Roddick, a break down and trailing 4-5 in the second set, was in danger of losing the match when he suddenly found form with his service returns to take control.

“That was all the difference,” said Roddick, whose world ranking of 31st is his worst since August 2001. “I had to have hit 10 winner returns from that point from being down in the second (set).

“I started putting pressure on every service game he had and broke like four times from then from not breaking at all for the first hour and 45 (minutes) I was out there.

“It was like a line in the sand. It went from terrible to good, for whatever reason. In the first two sets I couldn’t have hit a return into the ocean from the beach, much less on a tennis court.”

Former world No 1 Roddick will take on Berdych in the third round.

“We know each other pretty well,” he said of the Czech. “We’ve played a lot over the last couple of years. I think I’ve gotten him more than he’s gotten me.”

 

Murray beats Djokovic to reach Dubai final

British number one, Andy Murray beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-2 7-5 in the semi-finals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday, the duo’s first meeting since the Serb triumphed in a five-set epic at January’s Australian Open.

Djokovic started strongly, holding his opening two service games to love but from 2-2 a pumped-up Murray then won seven games in a row to claim the first set and go 3-0 up in the second on a balmy evening in Dubai.

Murray served for the match at 5-3 and nerves got the better of the world number four, double-faulting as Djokovic, 24, earned two break points.

A netted backhand from the Briton then enabled Djokovic to pull it back to 5-4 and the set appeared to be heading for a tiebreak. However, Murray roused himself to break again and seal victory after the Serb clubbed a forehand into the net.

Murray, 24, will now play the winner of Friday’s other semi-final between 16-times grand slam winner Roger Federer and Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro.

Only four points were dropped in the opening five service games, all by Murray, with the Serb seemingly assured as he sought to extend a 7-4 winning record against the Briton.

After appearing impregnable, Djokovic then made three errors in successive points while on serve, two from backhands that went wide and one forehand slugged into the net to give Murray a first break point.

Both players were cautious, scared of making an error on the match’s first big point, with Murray in particular seeking to take the pace out of the rally with some sliced backhands.

Djokovic eventually lost patience and a wild forehand gave Murray the first break and a 4-2 lead.

Djokovic, seeking a fourth straight Dubai title, rallied and went 15-40 up in the next game but Murray saved both break points, the first at the net with a backhand drop shot and the second with a fierce drive to Djokovic’s feet.

He eventually held for 5-2 and it was to get better for the Briton, Djokovic making more errors to slump to 0-40 down for three set points to Murray.

The three-times grand slam finalist took the second, a short Djokovic shot inviting Murray forward to send a backhand winner into the left corner for the first set.

Murray broke for a third time to go 2-0 ahead in the second set as Djokovic’s errors racked up.

Facing two break points, Djokovic seemed in control of the first by working Murray from side to side as both players hugged the baseline, but the Serb snubbed the chance of a smash winner from deep court and eventually played a forehand long.

The set then went with serve to leave Murray with ball in hand for the match, but five-times grand slam winner Djokovic broke for the first time after forcing two successive errors from his opponent and squared for 5-5.

Yet Murray, who a day earlier said he had only ever lost once or twice after serving for the match, came again for his first victory over the Serb since 2009 – excluding a Djokovic retirement in Cincinnati last year.