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ATP Cincinnati – Roger Federer: “I'm obviously happy that it is at 300. You know, it's nice”




TENNIS ATP CINCINNATI – 14th of August 2014. R. Federer d. V. Pospisil 7-6, 5-7, 6-2. An interview with Roger Federer


Q. How special are the 300 Masters wins, I mean, among all the records that you probably have to keep track of?

ROGER FEDERER: It’s a nice round number (smiling). I have had some more important ones than the one today, but nevertheless it’s nice to reach such milestones, you know. Been around, and I also was one of those guys who struggled early on in the Masters 1000. I know how hard it is to win all these matches because it’s always against top 50 players, if not top 20, if not top 10.

From that standpoint I’m obviously happy that it is at 300. You know, it’s nice.


Q. You said before the match you were nervous about the first round, how it can always be tough. Is that about how you expected, how it went?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, you know, I’m more just nervous about, you know, not being ready for the conditions, you know, like Jo and Dimitrov and Lopez, for that matter. The transition is always a tough one. We don’t have enough days. Can’t expect too much. We just hope to get through the first match in tough conditions, you know.

Whereas playing a guy who has been here for a number of days and has really gotten used to the skid of the ball, the bounce of the ball, the way it travels through the air.

As we know, we play so close to the line and margins are so small that sometimes we just miss a few shots here and there just because of not having played enough in these conditions, and that can cost you the match.

I’m happy I found a way at least today, and I get another chance tomorrow.


Q. You come from a small country. I think most of your main idols growing up were not Swiss. Do you think it’s important for a country to have players coming up and people coming up to have someone from their own country as a player to look up to, or it’s not really that important?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, for me, it wasn’t that important, to be quite honest. Clearly if you have the greatest of all time or heros in your country, that’s even more inspiring, in my opinion.

For me I don’t feel like necessarily I needed that, because having heros from all around the world was cool, you know. It was totally unreachable, as well. I knew I would never meet maybe Edberg or Becker, unless I ball boyed them in Basel. Michael Jordan I still have never met to this day.

So from that standpoint, it was so far fetched for me that it was just kind of good to have those people.

Coming on tour I think Marc Rosset was important for me. We had a difference of 10 years. He explained where to book practice, how to play against certain guys, you know, which tournaments to play maybe, all these kind of things.

So for me he was important in my early days, besides my coach and my entourage, which was quite small in the beginning.

But clearly if you have a hero from your country I think that could only be helpful, in my opinion.


Q. You played at a tricky time of the day with the shadow. It was right at the T at some point. I was wondering how difficult that could be to return in the shade? And vice versa, do you do anything different if you’re in one or the other and the guy is going to receive in either the sun or shade?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, for me the shade today wasn’t really the issue, to be quite honest. When the sun beats down like this and there is no clouds basically, there is quite a glare. People are usually wearing white behind the court and the backboard, so when the guy serves the ball goes out of the backboard into the crowd.

It’s hard to the see the ball sometimes, especially on the first serve when it comes quick. Then as well if it’s not full you have the glare of the stands. I think that brightness can be tough to see the ball.

Clearly you don’t see the ball clearly. You’re going to shank some more. You get more insecure and things become very difficult.

It’s true when the sun comes from the side like that it’s like at night when the lights are bad you feel like the ball is smaller, you know, because the one side of the ball has shade, whereas the other side of the ball is really bright.

So that’s where it’s tough when it comes from the side. Also I feel like maybe your pupils, they change all the time when you’re playing and there is a sun like that.

But it’s the same for both, you know. But it definitely makes it for better quality tennis, you know. It’s tough.


Q. Speaking of tossing and glare and all that, when your opponent catches a lot of tosses, does that bother you or…

ROGER FEDERER: It doesn’t happen very often, I must say. Hardly happens to me. Today I think twice maybe. Sort of like gust of wind and once I sort of forgot the sun was there. I tossed the ball and didn’t see the ball anymore, so I was like, Okay, let me reset. Usually I don’t do it, but I couldn’t really see the ball.

No, but not really. If it gets ridiculous, clearly, but then the umpire will mention something. I know what the rules are. I guess you can play around with that a little bit.

I remember some matches, Kucera and Agassi, that were funny. It’s not every match like that because the viewer would say, What’s wrong with this?


Q. Do you feel bad for your opponent or…

ROGER FEDERER: If it happens, as rarely as it does for me, I don’t feel bad, no. But if it did happen like 10 times, I think then it’s not so funny anymore, really.


Novak Djokovic Opens Up About Wimbledon Points Removal

The world No.1 states that he will always support the views of his peers.





Novak Djokovic (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

By Kingsley Elliot Kaye

In his press conference following his win over Yoshihito Nishioka at the French Open, Novak Djokovic expressed his views about the ATP decision to remove points from Wimbledon.


Negatively affected by such a decision – he will drop 2000 points – the world No.1 praised the ATP’s stance and called for players’ unity.

“I think collectively I’m glad that players got together with ATP, the governing body of the men’s tennis, and showed to the Grand Slam that when there is a mistake happening, and there was from the Wimbledon side, then we have to show that there are going to be some consequences. So I support the players, unification always. I have always done that. I will always do that.” He said.

Djokovic criticized the lack of communication between the parties involved, in particular with regard to a document of recommendation by the English Government which contained diverse options. Had it been discussed by the All England Club with ATP and players, a compromise may have been reached.

“I think it was a wrong decision. I don’t support that at all. But, you know, during these times, it’s a super sensitive subject, and anything that you decide, it’s unfortunately going to create a lot of conflict, a lot of separation instead of unification.” He continued.

Djokovic also mentioned other suggestions coming from WTA and ATP, that possibly men’s and women’s players from Belarus, Ukraine, and Russia could play together at some exhibition event during the slam or something like this and prize money could go to the victims in Ukraine. There were different ideas, but there was never really a strong communication coming from Wimbledon.

He stressed that removing the points from Wimbledon, therefore not allowing players to earn or to defend points, is a decision that affects everyone, a lose-lose situation for everyone, as he called it.

Nonetheless, the charm and prestige of Wimbledon shall rest unaltered and its meaningfulness extends far beyond: “A Grand Slam is still a Grand Slam. Wimbledon for me was always my dream tournament when I was a child. You know, I don’t look at it through the lens of points or prize money. For me, it’s something else.”

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Injury-Hit Borna Coric Reacts To First Grand Slam Win In 16 Months

The Croat admits he was unsure how his shoulder would hold up in his opening match at Roland Garros.




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Borna Coric said he is relieved that his body managed to hold up during his opening win at the French Open on Sunday.


The former world No.12 spent almost three hours on the court before defeating Spain’s Carlos Taberner 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-1, in what was his first Grand Slam match of any kind since the 2021 Australian Open. Paris is only the seventh tournament Coric has played in since returning to the Tour following a year-long absence due to shoulder surgery. The 25-year-old is yet to win back-to-back matches this season.

It does feel great. I didn’t know what to expect in terms of my shoulder because I’ve never been in the fourth set, fifth set (of a match) for one-and-a-half years,” said Coric.
“So it was also kind of worrying for me, I didn’t know what to expect, I didn’t know how I’m going to feel and how my whole body is going to behave in those later sets. Obviously I’ve been practicing it, but it’s really never the same.”

Impressively the Croat produced a total of 54 winners against 39 unforced errors in his latest match in the French capital. Furthermore, he won 76% of his first service points and 53% of his second.

“The last few weeks haven’t been very easy, I lost many tight matches. I mean, I was also quite happy with my tennis, but I was just losing,” he reflected.

Coric was once tipped to be the future of men’s tennis after rising quickly up the ranks at a young age. In 2014 he was the youngest player to end the season in the top 100 and a year last he was the youngest to do so in the top 50. He has recorded a total of nine wins over top five players, including Roger Federer, as well as winning two Tour titles.

In the second round at Roland Garros Coric will take on the formidable Grigor Dimitrov who has been ranked as high as third in the world. He will enter the clash as the underdog given his ongoing comeback from injury. At present Coric’s principal focus is on his body but that will change in the coming weeks.

Until Wimbledon my health needs to come first and after Wimbledon I can kind of try to switch in my mind so I can start playing more and more tournaments. I can train more and I can focus more on the tennis rather than on my shoulder,” he explains.

Coric has reached the third round of the French Open on four previous occasions.

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Felix Auger Aliassime Wins First Ever Roland Garros Match In Five Sets

Felix Auger-Aliassime earned his first ever victory at Roland Garros.




Felix Auger-Aliassime (@MatchPointCAN - Twitter)

The Canadian found himself down two sets to none but fought back to pull off the comeback in a thrilling five set victory.


Felix Auger Aliassime is into the second round of the French Open for the first time in his career after battling back to beat the Peruvian qualifier Juan Pablo Varillas in five sets 2-6, 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 in three hours and 14 minutes.

The Montreal native finished the match serving 14 aces and hitting 52 winners in a match that featured a lot of long rallies from behind the baseline.

“It was a dream for me to play here, it was an honor and my first time on Phillipe Chatrier and my first win at Roland Garros and I had to work hard to get it and credit my opponent he played very well today.”

The Peruvian started the match by breaking the number nine seed right out of the gate and at 3-1 managed to turn that break into a double break as he served out the first set with ease.

The first two games of the second went on serve but again the world number 122 seemed to play better as the Canadian looked stunned, searching for answers.

The Lima native once again took an early lead to take a 3-1 lead and again that seemed like enough for the Peruvian as he served out the second set and was one set away from an improbable upset.

The third set is where the Canadian started to turn things around and his groundstrokes seemed to have more precision. At 2-1 it was the Montreal native who got the first break of serve.

After consolidating the break the world number nine was hungry for more and turned that break into a double break and it looked like the match was turning in his favour.

The Canadian served out the third set to send it to a fourth looking to send it to a decider.

The Montreal native rode the momentum from winning the third into the fourth set where after holding the opening service game got the early break once again taking a 2-0 lead.

At 5-3 with the Peruvian looking to stay in the set, Auger Aliassime managed to get another break to win the set and send the match to a fifth set.

The fifth set stayed on serve until 4-3 when the Canadian had four chances to break and at the fourth time of asking he was able to break and serve out the match to complete the comeback.

After the match in his on court interview he was asked about the adjustments he made in the third set to turn the match around and pull off the win.

“I tried to give myself some more space and a little more time, my opponent at the beginning was playing very quick, aggressive, and flat so I tried a couple things and I also served better and after that it was easier.”

The Canadian will next face either Aslan Karatsev or Camilo Ugo Carabelli in the next round.

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