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ATP Toronto – Roger Federer: “I started well, and that's always helpful to play more freely”




TENNIS ATP TORONTO – 5th of August 2014. R. Federer d. P. Polansky 6-2, 6-0. An interview with Roger Federer


Q. Are you a heartless guy?



Q. Yeah.

ROGER FEDERER: Not really (smiling). Normally not, but I don’t know. On the courts you’ve just got to block it out and just get it done, you know. You never know when it can shift.

It’s all happened before, you know. You feel a little bad, and then you end up losing the match.


Q. Are you pretty pleased with your levels tonight?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I was happy. I started well, you know, and that’s always helpful to play more freely.

Yeah, I think I could have served better at times, but other than that, already in practice I felt I was moving well. Didn’t feel so good hitting the ball yet. Wasn’t quite getting used to the surface, and now the last few days have been much better and I’m happy that in the match it kind of all worked really well.

You know, for the start of a tournament it’s never clear if that’s going to be the case. I’m very relieved and just really pleased.


Q. I see over the years of watching you, you’re looking at the ball when you hit, especially the forehand, you look at that place where the ball was. You still look there. When did you create that kind of a special kind of looking at the ball?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I actually did it when I was younger, of course. It all comes from there. And I actually did it almost more extreme when I was younger, I guess, because I did have more time. Now I can’t keep looking at where it was, because otherwise the next ball is on the other side.

I don’t know. It’s just a total habit. I don’t remember my coaches telling me this. It’s just kind of like how I did it. They never really told me not to do it, because I guess it is good for the movement.

I don’t see many other guys doing it so much. I’m quite surprised.


Q. You talked about blocking things out, but the crowd is always so behind you. They follow you in the practice courts and they’re cheering for you even when you’re playing against another Canadian. What does that mean to you? And does it ever surprise you still?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, actually today, even though when you know you’re going to go into a tough match with the crowd possibly being for your opponent or maybe even against you, which is just not very frequent, you know, to be honest, in tennis people are nice or they’re just going to support the other guy, and it only just struck me today one minute before I walked out when I saw the Canadian flag and Peter was there, I was like, Oh, yeah, this is not just a first round. This is against a Canadian.

But I wasn’t worried, you know, in any way that it was going to get ugly or too much behind him. But clearly if the scoreline gets tight, they will make you feel they want Peter to either win a set or maybe even win the whole match, and that can make you nervous or make him play better.

So I have been around the block and I know how to handle it, so thankfully today is no problem, but of course I appreciate crowd support. It’s one of the great things to experience as an athlete is to feel like you’re well liked or admired sometimes.

It just makes you feel more comfortable, and it probably motivates you, as well, to play really good tennis and to run for every ball rather than not trying so hard.


Q. In terms of being a parent on tour and now having four kids instead of just two, how much more challenging is it logistically for you in terms of your family? And if Rafa and Novak each had four kids, do you think we’d see a different spread in the rankings?

ROGER FEDERER: I still say they’d be very good. Clearly it would definitely create a situation for them that is, you know, one you need to get used to.

I don’t think it’s been such a huge adjustment like the girls have been for me. Having kids for the first time, I think it is always going to be the first huge impact. The second time around I feel like we’re so much better, not prepared, but just knowing what you’re getting into, what you need to do.

I don’t know. This time around it seems much easier. I know that in a year’s time when they’re going to start running around it will be crazy, but as of now it’s manageable, I must say.


Q. Are you digging the new paint job on the racquet?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, clearly I was part of the process, and I was very involved from day one. It was something I really wanted to do since a long time, I must say, to change the racquet to a bigger head size, bigger frame, different paint job, as well.

It’s something that I have been thinking about for five years maybe. But because I was always making quarters or better at slams consecutively, it was just hard to make the switch sometimes.

Then once I really wanted to make the switch, Myla and Charlene were born, so that didn’t allow me to really do it. Last year I really felt like this was the moment, it’s now or never. So I pulled through with it.

I’m really happy the racquet is working so well. And now finally it’s out there for the public to buy it, too, and the goal clearly was to make it exactly    the one I’m playing with you can buy it in the shop, and I think it’s exciting for the fans.


Q. There has been some talk in recent months about at Wimbledon, sort of the toweling off between points that has sort of become pretty common on the tour.

ROGER FEDERER: Like coming out of the pool kind of thing?


Q. Yeah.

ROGER FEDERER: I know what you mean, yeah. (Smiling.)


Q. Heading to Cincinnati and then New York   

ROGER FEDERER: Are we going to have beach towels? Yeah. (Smiling.)


Q. What are your feelings about that whole concept? Has it become too much? Almost like an affectation that players are doing even when they don’t really need to towel off? They’re just doing it because they are biding time?

ROGER FEDERER: Habit, maybe. I see it more as a habit, you know, to be quite honest. I don’t want to say I was one of the first to start it, but I needed it to calm down, you know, to not throw the racquet or not yell.

I was like, Okay, go back to the towel and relax. You know, like that was for me a thing I consciously tried to do back at the end of the ’90s. That was for me    that’s why I did it.

I kind of kept that up, and I guess many other players started to do it, too. I don’t think necessarily it’s about, you know, winning time all the time, but it gives you those    I guess you have right at the moment right after the point where you like, still in the whole thing of the point being over for a few seconds, you always have the seconds that lead up to where you focus for the next point, and you have that in between, in between when you have that towel or something with you. I guess it’s something, for some players, like a security blanket, comforting.

But it really is maybe calming for some guys. Then of course has it gone over the top? Sometimes absolutely. And then if they do it, it just needs to be done in a timely matter.

I don’t have a problem for guys doing it, but you don’t want to do it on crucial points or to always go over the time limit.

Is it being abused? At that point, I’m not so sure, but I think that was actually not too big of a problem for us.


Felix Auger-Aliassime Reaches Quarters In Cincinnati After Three-Set Win Over Sinner

The world number nine reached the quarterfinals after battling back to beat the Italian in three sets.




Felix Auger-Aliassime (Roberto Dell'Olivo)

Felix Auger-Aliassime is into the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open after beating Jannik Sinner 2-6, 7-6, 6-1 in two hours and 26 minutes.


The Canadian served 14 aces and hit 29 winners in a match where he had to fight back from losing the first set on his way to sealing a spot in the final eight of the tournament.

“Jannik was just playing too good. I didn’t have a great start, I was missing a lot. But I just had no time. He was playing so fast, so precise, serving well. For a set and a half, it was just too good,” quoted Auger-Aliassime as saying during his on-court interview. “That game he broke me in the second, returning on the baseline for three returns in a row, you can’t do much better, so I had to give it to him.
“But at the end, I was still on the court trying to find ways, trying to fight and trying to see how I could make him miss a few more balls and to put myself in a competing position and I did that well… To come back and play that way in the tie-break and the third set, that means a lot to me going forward.”

Sinner got the early break in the first set to take a 2-0 lead and broke a second time with the Montreal native serving to stay in the first set to seal it.

The second set stayed on serve until 3-2 when once again the Italian got the break of serve to take a 4-2 lead but Auger-Aliassime broke right back the following game. The set was eventually decided by a tiebreaker in which the world number nine raced out to a 4-0 lead, hitting some solid forehands and it looked like he had turned the match around. He won the breaker only losing a single point and sent the match into a deciding set.

The number seven seed kept the momentum going by breaking in the first game of the third set. He then earned a double break lead and was up 3-0 and broke a third time for a 4-1. Auger-Aliassime served out the match to book a date with Borna Coric who beat the Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 in one hour and 21 minutes.

The pair have met twice before in 2019. Auger-Aliassime won their encounter in Miami but Coric triumphed in Rome.

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Cincinnati Daily Preview: Quarterfinals Featuring Medvedev/Fritz and Alcaraz/Norrie




Daniil Medvedev this week in Cincinnati (

Friday’s ATP singles quarterfinals feature six of the top 13 players in the world.  By contrast, in the WTA singles draw, the top five seeds have all been eliminated, and only two seeds remain.


Each day, this preview will analyze the two most intriguing matchups, while highlighting other notable matches on the schedule.  Friday’s play gets underway at 11:00am local time.

Daniil Medvedev (1) vs. Taylor Fritz (11) – Not Before 1:00pm on Center Court

Medvedev has earned both his wins this week in straight sets, while Fritz came back from a set down on Thursday to defeat Daniil’s close friend Andrey Rublev.  The 24-year-old American is having the best year of his career, with a record of 35-13.  Taylor is on the verge of breaking into the top 10, and would be even closer to doing so had he received points for his run to the Wimbledon quarterfinals.  He earned his first Masters 1000 title at another North American hard court event earlier this year in Indian Wells.  In their first career meeting, Fritz has the firepower to pull off the upset, especially with a partisan crowd behind him.  But on a hard court, Medvedev remains the favorite to reach his third semifinal in Cincinnati.

Cameron Norrie (9) vs. Carlos Alcaraz (3) – Last on Center Court

This will be their fourth meeting within the past year, and thus far, all three have gone to Alcaraz.  That includes straight sets wins at the US Open and Indian Wells, and a three-set victory in Madrid on clay.  As impressive as Norrie has been across the past 18 months, no one has skyrocketed to new heights this past year like Alcaraz.  The 19-year-old is now 44-8 in 2022.  However, the sheer amount of tennis the youngster has played this year is concerning, despite his high level of fitness.  And many of those matches have been grueling, dramatic affairs.  Given his recent history with Norrie, Carlitos should be favored, though an upset by the British No.1 would not be a shocking result.

Other Notable Matches on Friday:

Madison Keys vs. Elena Rybakina – Keys upset world No.1 Iga Swiatek on Thursday.  Both Keys and Rybakina are yet to drop a set this week.  When they played at this year’s Roland Garros, Madison prevailed in a third-set tiebreak.

Ajla Tomljanovic (Q) vs. Petra Kvitova – Tomljanovic has survived four consecutive three-setters, going back to the last round of qualifying on Sunday.  Kvitova took out Ons Jabeur on Thursday. 

Stefanos Tsitsipas (4) vs. John Isner – Tsitsipas lead their head-to-head 4-2, and has taken their last four meetings.  Stefanos is vying for his third consecutive semifinal at this event.  Isner was a finalist here in 2013.

Jessica Pegula (7) vs. Caroline Garcia – Pegula is now No.3 in the year-to-date rankings, with a record of 30-15.  However, Garcia has slightly bested that record, as she’s now 32-15 this season.  Jess is 2-1 against Caroline, though the Frenchwoman claimed their only meeting in 2022.

Felix Auger-Aliassime (7) vs. Borna Coric (Q) – Auger-Aliassime saved two match points on Thursday night in a comeback victory over Jannik Sinner.  Coric followed up his upset of Rafael Nadal by defeating another Spaniard, Roberto Bautista Agut.  Felix and Borna split two encounters back in 2019. 

Friday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Andy Murray Outlines ‘Big Concern’ About His Current Fitness Ahead Of US Open

The 35-year-old is looking to see if he can find a reason behind his latest problem on the Tour.




Andy Murray (GBR) - Credit: AELTC/Edward Whitaker

Britain’s Andy Murray has admitted that he is alarmed about the frequency of cramping he is experiencing during matches played in North America this season.


The three-time Grand Slam champion crashed out of the Western and Southern Open on Wednesday after losing in three sets to compatriot Cameron Norrie. During the closing stages of their encounter, it was visible that Murray was once again struggling with cramps. A condition that occurs when a muscle shortens and causes a sudden pain that can make it hard to move.

It is usual for athletes to experience cramps but for Murray the issue is a ‘big concern’ for him. Saying that this year is the first time in his career he has suffered from the issue on a regular basis.

“I think pretty much every tennis player in their career has cramped usually in these sorts of conditions,” Murray said during his press conference.
“But the consistency of it for me is a big concern. It’s not something that I have really experienced. I have experienced cramping but not consistently like over a number of tournaments.
“It’s a big concern for me because it’s not easy to play when it gets bad like it was at the end (of his match against Norrie). I feel like it had an impact on the end of the match.”

Murray says his cramping occurs ‘predominantly’ in his legs but different parts. The former world No.1 is now looking into seeing if he can find a possible explanation as to what might be triggering the cramps. The issue comes less than two weeks before the start of the US Open.

“It’s a big concern for me that and something that I need to address and find a solution for,” he said. “No one knows exactly why cramps happen. There are many reasons, whether its hydration, whether it’s the food that you have taken in, whether it’s fatigue and lack of conditioning, stress.’
“I need to try and understand what’s going on there.”

Since Wimbledon, Murray has achieved a win-loss record of 3-4 on the Tour with his best run being to the quarter-finals in Newport. He is currently ranked 47th in the world.

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