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TENNIS WIMBLEDON 2014 – 1st of July. R. Federer d. T. Robredo 6-1, 6-4, 6-4. An interview with Roger Federer

 

Q. You’ve had straight set wins up till now. Do you feel you’ve been challenged enough heading into the quarters?

ROGER FEDERER: Rather have it this way, you know, that I feel physically in tip top shape. Especially now I got to back it up tomorrow, which now clearly is absolutely no problem.

But I’m very happy with my game, you know, in these first four matches I think it’s been. I’ve been in control throughout almost all the matches. Some tougher moments to go through, which is normal at certain stages of sets.

But today, again, I was very happy with my performance. So, yeah, I’m looking forward to Stan’s match tomorrow.

 

Q. What can you say about your service game today?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, my serve has been working well for some time now. Also last week in Halle. Maybe there I had some more letdowns just from time to time because it was the beginning of the grass court season.

But now I feel I’m really able to focus well and serve well throughout. That’s what I’ll need moving forward, as well.

I have the variation; I have the power. Yeah, I need to keep doing that.

 

Q. Is there a dynamic change now that Stan has that slam and has moved up a level, the dynamic between the two of you?

ROGER FEDERER: Well I think for him the dynamic has changed a lot. Definitely, you know, showing up for the big moments, believing he can come through them, because he did lose a lot of close matches against many of the top guys.

I think it actually all started before the Australian Open. People clearly only put a mark down on the Australian Open on him, but it already started at the US Open and prior to that.

Then also the World Tour Finals he did really well in London. Now he’s backed it up and played well in Monaco, at the Australian Open.

So I’m really happy for him that he’s been able to keep it up even though he’s had some ups and downs, but that is inevitable after a big win like that in Australia.

 

Q. How close are you now to the form in 2012 when you last won here? As a supplementary, the bookmakers have you at fourth favorite. Do you think perhaps we’re slightly underestimating you given you have won here seven times?

ROGER FEDERER: Doesn’t matter one bit to me what people say, to be honest. Last year was a tough year, like I explained, on so many levels.

I don’t talk much about what’s going on in the background. I put my head down and try to win, try to play.

This year things are clearly going better. Results show it on the court. I’m getting used to the racquet more and more as every week goes by.

I think the reaction after Paris was an important one, because Paris wasn’t all bad, to be quite honest. So I took the positives out of Paris, used them for Halle, and played well there and won it.

Now I’m confident again and not fighting with any confidence issues, which is huge in sporting terms. I’m happy I got through the first rounds here rather comfortably. I don’t think I’ve lost my serve yet and I’m returning well. I’m in command of the points.

That’s where you need to be early on to then also be able to perform against the best players.

 

Q. The average age of men’s players in the singles draw have been rising. Today there were two of you 30-somethings. Do you think that might change soon? We have young players breaking through. Also, do you think it’s good or bad for the game that that’s been happening?

ROGER FEDERER: I think it’s good and bad, to be honest. I think it’s good to have all the guys around. It shows as tough as the game is, it’s still possible to last, you know. It’s not like guys are just dropping out at 28, 29, 30 years old just because it’s too physical, it’s too demanding, too many tournaments having to be played, the rallies are too long, everything is too stretched, it’s too extreme.

I don’t feel it’s that way, even though the points are taking longer. We see more of these lateral points, which are rough, you know. But then again, there is a factor of many things.

More teenagers are coming through. Now with Kyrgios, there’s finally somebody again. Back in the day it was just normal. I mean, Becker won the tournament here at that age.

It’s been quite interesting just to follow that. I would think it would be great for the game if we had more teenagers, seeing guys sort of come through the tournaments on the biggest stage at a young age.

I always think that’s so interesting, like what Rafa did or Murray or Djokovic or Becker or Chang did. I think it’s always good for the game.

But then again, it’s also good to keep all the guys in the sport.

So it’s been good and bad, however you want to see it.

 

Q. You went to the net today quite often like a man determined to protect the art of serve and volley. Would it be better if the balls and courts were speeded up to preserve serve and volley as an art?

ROGER FEDERER: I’m not sure if guys would start doing that. If guys start doing that, then I think it’s a good thing. You don’t want everybody to serve and volley, like everybody is standing back now.

I think it would be good to have 30% of serve-and-volley players on the tour so you see those matches more often where the baseline needs to come up with the sick passing shot or the flick of the wrist or where the game is played on a few shots here and there.

Yeah, so I don’t know what it’s going to take. Tournament directors turning everything around. It’s also not the way to go forward. I think it’s just good to have some variation.

I think it’s going to take some time for serve and volley players to come through. Even seeing the biggest guys, like Isner or Karlovic, for them it’s even hard to serve and volley on a daily basis, because it also takes its toll, always that sprint going forward, and guys returning and passing so well.

I don’t know what the future holds for serve-and-volley players, to be quite honest.

 

Q. You are going to play a pretty good server and a pretty big hitter in Stan. Against a player like that, do you prefer to start aggressive yourself and not let him set up his big game, or would you rather get in the rallies with him and see how the match progresses?

ROGER FEDERER: Honestly, on grass, especially when he has a big serve and a big first strike, I try to do the same. We’re not going to see that many rallies.

But if we do, you just try to manage those points as well as you can, you know, either with variation, with power, with high-risk tennis, or maybe not, depending on how well he’s playing or how well I am playing.

But important is that you first focus on your own serve, and that’s it. The rest sort of takes care of itself.

 

Q. You may not think about it in these terms, but you put behind you two of the tougher moments from last year. You’re past the second round here. You beat Robredo who got you in New York. How does that make you to feel? And also, could you mention Davis Cup for a second?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it’s been a good tournament so far, no doubt. The loss against Stakhovsky crossed my mind. No doubt the loss against Robredo at the US Open crossed my mind in the last couple of days. So I had time to think about that.

I must say I kept it in check throughout the match, and also before. I was able to impose my game and play well. I must say I was very happy with today’s performance.

Then Davis Cup, honestly, it’s so like on the side right now. Focus is totally elsewhere. But clearly I’m happy, you know, for Stan and for Severin, the captain, that we are in the semis, that we have another opportunity to go one step further after the US Open.

It’s going to be a big crowd, 18,000 people, indoors, in Geneva. Not something I get to experience very much at home, playing in front of such a big crowd. So I’m looking forward to it.

 

Q. Novak talked last night about Wimbledon should rethink the middle Sunday. Do you have any thoughts on that?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, it’s been historically so. They’ve never done it except when they had super rain here over a lot of years and no roof back then yet.

Clearly it could be burned like Stan could have been now. The last couple days he’s been really good and tough to get through in straight sets to feel in good shape now for Wednesday.

It was always going to be rough for López or Isner who were going to go into a lot of breakers and all that stuff.

It’s totally a tournament’s decision, I think. It has some positives, as well, to have Sunday off completely for everybody. Just sort of shut down, no tennis. Everybody is just relaxed.

But I see what he’s saying. You know, it really does put a lot of pressure on a few guys. I got sucked into it as well having to play today and tomorrow again.

I mean, we clearly train sometimes three, four, five hours a day on a daily basis, so we should be able to handle that. Clearly if you’re carrying an injury, you could get unlucky in the process.

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Anett Kontaveit beats Petra Martic to reach the final in Palermo

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World number 22 Anett Kontaveit from Estonia upset number 1 seed Petra Martic 6-2 6-4 to reach the final at the Ladies Open in Palermo. 

 

Martic has scored her third win in her seven matches against top 20 players after beating Belinda Bencic and Elina Svitolina. 

Kontaveit avenged her defeat against Martic in their only previous match played in Dubai last February before the lockdown. 

Kontaveit had to fight to hold her serve in the first game of the opening set at deuce and took control of the match by breaking in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. 

Martic won only 56% on her first serve in the opening set. Kontaveit came back from 0-30 down to hold serve in the seventh game before breaking for the second time in the eighth game to win the first set 6-2. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game of the second set at deuce, but Kontaveit broke straight back to draw level to 1-1. The Estonian player saved a break point before holding serve to take a 2-1 lead. Kontaveit saved five of the six break points she faced. Kontaveit broke for the second time in the fourth game to open up a 4-1 lead. Martic held serve at 2-5 down before breaking serve at 15 in the ninth game to claw her way back to 4-5. The Croatian player received a medical time-out before Kontaveit for the third time in the tenth game at love to close out the second set 6-4. 

Kontaveit will chase her second title in tomorrow’s final three years after winning in S’Hertogenbosch in 2017.

“I felt like I played a very good match today. I was quite aggressive, consistent, and I served especially well in the first set. It got a bit close in the end, but I played a good game at 5-4 and I am happy to be in the final”, said Kontaveit. 

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Petra Martic comes back from one set down to beat Ludmila Samsonova in Palermo

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Top seed Petra Martic from Croatia came back from one set down to beat qualifier and world number 117  Ludmila Samsonova 5-7 6-4 6-2. 

 

Martic saved six break points in the 10th game of the opening set, but Samsonova converted her third break point in the 12th game to win the first set 7-5. 

Martic earned an early break in the first game to open up a 2-0 lead. Samsonova broke back at love in the eighth game to draw level to 4-4. Martic broke for the second time in the ninth game to win the second set 6-4. The Croatian player broke twice in the third and seventh games to close out the third set 6-2. 

Martic will face world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich from Belarus in the quarter finals. Sasnovich came through the qualifying round before beating Jasmine Paolini in straight sets. 

Former top 30 Camila Giorgi rallied from losing the first set to beat Slovenian teenager Kaja Juvan 3-6 6-2 6-4 after 2 hours reaching her second WTA quarter final of the season. Before the outbreak of the Covid-19 outbreak Giorgi reached the top 8 in Lyon. Juvan qualified for the Main Draw at the Australian Open and beat five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams in three sets at the Abierto Mexicano in Acapulco. 

Giorgi started with an early break at deuce at the start of the first set and opened a 2-0 lead. Juvan broke twice to take a 4-3 lead. Giorgi dropped serve for the third time after a double fault on the set point. 

Giorgi came back from 1-2 down by winning five consecutive games with two consecutive breaks in the fifth and seventh games. 

Giorgi broke twice to race out to a 3-0 lead at the start of the third set. Juvan pulled one break back at love in the fourth game but Giorgi got another break to race out to a 5-1 lead. Juvan broke at 30, when Giorgi was serving for the match at 5-2. The Italian player earned two match points and sealed the win on her second chance. 

“I think I was more solid in playing my game. I was moving more forward, so it was much for me. At the start of the match, I was making too many tactical mistakes because I was trying to finish points for no reason. I started to adopt better tactics in the second set and that’s when things started working for me”, said Giorgi. 

Number 4 seed Anett Kontaveit from Estonia came back from one set down to beat Laura Siegemund 3-6 6-2 6-2 after 2 hours and 20 minutes booking her spot in the quarter finals at the Palermo Ladies Open. 

The Estonian player has reached her third quarter final this year after the Australian Open and Dubai. 

Kontaveit set up a quarter final against Elisabetta Cocciaretto, who became the youngest Italian player to reach the quarter final of a tournament since Sara Errani in 2006. 

“I am quite happy about the way I was handling close situations, playing the close games and turning the close games around. I thought I actually handled that sort of pressure, that I didn’t think I would be used to, quite well”, said Kontaveit. 

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Andrea Gaudenzi recognizes the contribution of the Italian Tennis Federation in staging the Internazionali d’Italia

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ATP President and former Italian tennis player Andrea Gaudenzi spoke in an interview to Italian TV channel Supertennis about staging the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome before the French Open and recognised the contribution of the Italian tennis Federation (FIT) in staging the tournament in the Italian capital. 

 

The Rome ATP Masters 1000 and WTA Premier 5 tournaments will be held from 20th to 27th September one week before the French Open (27th September to 11th October). 

“We are grateful to everyone, holding an event this year is difficult from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Italian Federation and those who organize the Challengers. Italy is making a great contribution. I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d’Italia. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful venues in the world. Rome is splendid in September”, said Gaudenzi. 

During his tennis career Gaudenzi scored wins over Roger Federer in Rome 2002, Pete Sampras in the first round of the 2002 French Open, Jim Courier in the 1994 US Open, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Yevgeny Kafelnikov. Gaudenzi claimed three ATP titles in Casablanca in 1998, St. Poelten and Bastad in 2002. He graduated in law at the Bologna University and obtained a MBA with Honours at IUM.

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