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Roger Federer: “You don't want everybody to serve and volley, like everybody is standing back now”



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.


Dominic Thiem Downplays US Open Chances

The world No.4 has given a frank assessment about his hopes at the New York major shortly after the draw was made on Thursday.



Dominic Thiem may be a top four seed in next week’s US Open, but the Austrian has played down the prospect of him winning his first grand slam title at the event.


The 25-year-old has experienced a setback in his build up to the tournament. Since winning the Kitzbuhel Open on clay, Thiem has only managed to play three matches on a hard court. Reaching the quarter-finals of the Rogers Cup in what what was his best-ever run at the tournament. However, more recently Thiem has been sidelined from action due to a virus and pulled out of the Cincinnati Masters.

Thiem’s first round opponent at the US Open will be Italy’s Thomas Fabbiano, who has suffered two consecutive first round losses on the tour. Fabbiano reached the third round in New York back in 2017, but has missed the two most recent editions.

“Without a doubt, there are much tougher rivals than Thomas Fabbiano in a first round, although I must say that, after overcoming this viral disease, I do not expect miracles.” Thiem told Sky Sport Austria on Thursday.

Heading into the event, Thiem has said he has set out no goal. He will be defending 360 ranking points after reaching the quarter-finals 12 months ago before losing in a five-set thriller to Rafael Nadal. Overall, Thiem’s win-loss at the US Open is 15-5 heading into this year.

“Right now I do not consider reaching a quarterfinals or a semifinal. I want to go round to round, looking beyond would be presumptuous.” He said.
“In the next few days I will keep my training to a minimum, the goal is to be in perfect shape on Monday.”

Despite his recent setbacks, 2019 has been a season of success for the world No.4. In March he won the biggest title of his career at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. He would then go on to win trophies in Barcelona and Kitzhbuel. However, in the grand slams he has been less consistent. At the French Open Thiem reached the final, but has failed to win back-to-back matches at both the Australian Open (second round) and Wimbledon (first round). Although at the Australian Open he was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to illness.

The US Open will get underway on Monday.

Dominic Thiem at the US Open

Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Quarter-Finals 1
Rafael Nadal ESP
L 60 46 57 764 675
Round of 16 5
Kevin Anderson RSA
W 75 62 762
Round of 32 74
Taylor Fritz USA
W 36 63 765 64
Round of 64 31
Steve Johnson USA
W 675 63 57 64 61
Round of 128 81
Mirza Basic BIH
W 63 61 64
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 28
Juan Martin del Potro ARG
L 61 62 16 671 46
Round of 32 34
Adrian Mannarino FRA
W 75 63 64
Round of 64 108
Taylor Fritz USA
W 64 64 46 75
Round of 128 186
Alex de Minaur AUS
W 64 61 61
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 142
Juan Martin del Potro ARG
L 36 23 (RET)
Round of 32 39
Pablo Carreno Busta ESP
W 16 64 64 75
Round of 64 89
Ricardas Berankis LTU
W 64 63 62
Round of 128 66
John Millman AUS
W 63 26 57 64 63
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 32 14
Kevin Anderson RSA
L 36 673 673
Round of 64 70
Denis Istomin UZB
W 64 64 10 (RET)
Round of 128 76
Daniel Gimeno-Traver ESP
W 75 63 75
Round Rank Opponent W-L Score
Round of 16 7
Tomas Berdych CZE
L 16 26 46
Round of 32 21
Feliciano Lopez ESP
W 64 62 63
Round of 64 12
Ernests Gulbis LTA
W 46 36 64 63 63
Round of 128 84
Lukas Lacko SLO
W 63 63 62

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Denis Shapovalov wins Next Gen clash against Miomir Kecmanovic to reach the quarter final in Winston Salem



Denis Shapovalov beat Serbian Next Gen Miomir Kecmanovic 6-2 6-3 after 1 hour and 16 minutes in Winston Salem winning two consecutive matches for the first time since he reached the Miami Open semifinal last March.


Shapovalov won 80 % of his service points and fended off four of the six break points he faced.

The Canadian Next Gen player earned six break points in the second game of the first set, but Kecmanovic saved them. Shapovalov earned the break in the fourth game at 15 to build up a 3-1 lead.

Shapovalov went up a double break in the next game after a forehand error from Kecmanovic. The Canadian player wrapped up wrapped up the first set 6-2 with two winners and two double faults from Kecmanovic after 37 minutes.

Shapovalov went up a 3-0 lead with a break, but he wasted three break points in the fourth game. Kecmanovic broke back to draw level to 3-3 and earned two break points in the seventh game, but Shapovalov saved them with two winners. The North American star broke serve in the next game to open up a 5-3 lead. Shapovalov hit four winners in the ninth game to close out the match.

Shapovalov is currently working with Mikhail Youzhny, who returned in St. Petersburg last September and is sitting in his coaching box in Winston Salem.

“Miomir is a very tough opponent. I have played him a lot in the past. We have had some crazy battles. I am really happy with the way I am playing”,said Shapovalov.

Shapovalov set up a match against Andrey Rublev, who battled past Sam Querrey 7-4 (7-4) 7-6 (12-10). In the tie-break of the second set Rublev saved three set points and Querrey fended off two match points. Rublev hit a forehand winner at 10-11 on Querrey’s serve to seal the win after 1 hour and 54 minutes. Rublev took a re-match against Querrey, who beat the young Russian player at Wimbledon in straight sets.

“It’s a special win for me. He just destroyed me, and now we had a great fight, and we were so close and I was a little more lucky”, said Rublev.

 Frances Tiafoe advanced to his fourth quarter final and his first since May when Filip Krajinovic had to withdraw from the match after losing the first set 6-2. Tiafoe went up a double break to race out to a 5-0 lead.

Hubert Hurkacz got three breaks to build up a 6-3 3-1 lead, when Feliciano Lopez was forced to retire from the match after 55 minutes.

Pablo Carreno Busta cruised past Lorenzo Sonego 7-6 6-0 after 1 hour and 40 minutes to reach his fourth quarter final of the season. Sonego got an early break to open up a 4-1 lead in the first set. Carreno Busta broke back in the sixth game before converting his sixth set point in the tie-break. The Spaniard broke three times to cruise to a bagel win in the second set after 25 minutes.

Benoit Paire came back from losing the first set to beat French Next Gen player Ugo Humbert 3-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-3. Paire broke serve, when Humbert was serving for the match at 6-5 in the second set. Paire went up a double break to a 4-1 lead. Humbert converted his third break-back point in the eighth point, but Paire broke for the third time to seal the win.

John Millman cruised past Robin Haase 6-3 6-4 setting up a quarter final match against Steve Johnson, who beat Casper Ruud 6-2 7-6 (7-5).




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Andy Murray To Play Rafa Nadal Open

The former world No.1 has announced where he will play next as his comeback from injury continues.



Three-time grand slam champion Andy Murray is returning back to the Challenger tour for the first time since the year he turned professional back in 2005.


The Brit is set to take to the court in Manacor next week to play in a hard court tournament named after his rival Rafael Nadal. Murray is currently in the process of stepping up his comeback from a second hip operation earlier this year. The Rafa Nadal Open will be only his third singles tournament since January. Murray has previously lost in the first rounds at Cincinnati and Winston-Salem to Richard Gasquet and Tennys Sandgren.

Murray, who is currently ranked 329th in the world, had previously hinted that he may return back to the lower levels of competition in order to help regain his form. It will be the first time he has played a Challenger tournament since the 2005 Mons Open.

“I’m quite aware of sort of where I’m at just now and what my level is. It’s competitive at this level but it needs to be better,” Murray told last week.
“Maybe I need to play a level down to get some matches and build my game up a little bit before I start playing on the Tour again.”

The 32-year-old had declined a wild card invitation to play at next week’s US Open due to concerns that he wouldn’t be fit enough to contest best-of-five set matches. He reached the second round of the tournament last year before losing to Fernando Vertdasco.

Murray’s return to the Challenger Tour is expected to be short lived. He has already confirmed his intention to play a duo of ATP Tournaments in Zhuhai and Shanghai. On Wednesday he added the European Open in Antwerp to his schedule, where a maximum of 250 ranking points will be on offer.

“With Andy Murray on our tournament poster, we are now reaching absolute world class and taking the European Open to an unprecedented level in Belgium.” Said tournament director Dick Norman.

Since his comeback in June, Murray has won one title on the ATP Tour. Doing so alongside Feliciano Lopez in the men’s doubles at The Fever-tree Championships.

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