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Can Federer become world number 1 again?



TENNIS – Roger Federer has enjoyed an impressive 2014 season in which he clinched four titles compared to just one win in 2013. Although he has not won any Grand Slam titles Federer has moved up to World Number 2 in the ATP Ranking overtaking Rafa Nadal. The year is far from over for Federer who has still a chance to end the 2014 season in first place. Diego Sampaolo

What a year for Roger Federer! The Swiss Maestro ended 2013 in eighth place after a difficult year ruined by a back injury in which he won just one trophy in his favourite venue of Halle and he secured his spot for the ATP Finals only in the last qualifying tournament. After the 2014 Australian Open he fell to World Number 8, his lowest ranking since 2002. This year he won four tournaments in Dubai, Halle and two consecutive Master 1000 titles in Cincinnati and Shanghai. He lost an epic Wimbledon final against Novak Djokovic with 7-6, 4-6, 6-7, 7-5, 4-6 in the fifth set in the best match of 2014. He also reached the semifinal at the Australian Open (where he lost to Rafa Nadal after beating Jo Wilfred Tsonga and Andy Murray) and the at the US Open (where he lost to eventual winner Marin Cilic) and played three Master 1000 finals finals at Indian Wells (losing to Novak Djokovic), Monte-Carlo (where he was defeated by his compatriot Novak Djokovic) and in Toronto (losing to Jo Wilfred Tsonga). Federer also contributed to the historic achievement of the Swiss team who has reached the Davis Cup final for the first time since 1992. Switzerland will meet France in the much-awaited Davis Cup final on Indoor clay under the roof of the football stadium Pierre Mauroy in Lille from 21st to 23rd November. Federer is the player who has more match wins than anybody else on the circuit (61 victories), has more wins against top-10 players (13) and more finals (9).

“I am playing a solid, consistent season. It was about winning titles this season because last year I only got one, which was disappointing. The biggest concern this year was to remain healthy. That’s something I am so pleased about, to see how the hard work I put in last year is paying off. I am waking up normally. I am not half-broken like I was last year. I am playing the way I was hoping I could play again”, said Federer.

His Swedish coach Stefan Edberg has played a key role in Federer’s great season by contributing to his aggressive and attacking game. He showed the benefits of this tactic in the Shanghai semifinal last Saturday where he beat Novak Djokovic with a double 6-4 putting an end to Djokovic’s winning streak of match wins on Chinese soil. In the re-match of the Wimbledon final Federer approached the net 35 times and won 20 points at the net.

Although Federer has not won any Grand Slam tournaments this year, he has still some chances to end the year in first place in the ATP Ranking as can add points to his ranking. Djokovic is leading in the ATP Ranking by 2430 points over Federer with 9080 points.

Federer has three tournaments in his home city Basel, Paris Bercy and the ATP Finals in London plus the Davis Cup Final. He will defend 300 finalist points in Basel, 360 semifinalist points in Paris and 400 points in London where he lost in 2013 in the semifinal against Nadal. There is a question mark on Paris Bercy as Federer may the last Master 1000 Tournament of the year to have a week of rest to prepare the Davis Cup final in Lille where he will be looking to win one of the few trophies missing from his cabinet. The Davis Cup could add extra 225 points to Federer’s ranking.

On the contrary Novak Djokovic will have to defend his 2013 titles in Paris and London. However, Djokovic and his wife Jelena are expecting their first child in November and this could change Novak’s schedule in the final part of the year. The Serbian player, winner in Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Wimbledon and Beijing this year, is currently leading the ATP Race to London by 990 points (9010 to 8020 points). Federer has always performed brilliantly on the fast European Indoor courts and has a good chance to make up further ground.

Federer could become the oldest Number 1 player since André Agassi. He could also become the third player to end the year in Number 1 position without winning a Grand Slam title after Jimmy Connors in 1975 and 1977 and John McEnroe in 1982.

“I think this year everything is going really well. I have still many highlights to lool forward to for the end of the year. Usually everything slows down at the end of the season. Not for me this time. What does it need for Number 1 ? I am not quite sure that I need to look into that, how realistic it is or not. It is in Novak’s racquet. Nevertheless I am still going to be playing well again”, said Federer


Roland Garros 2024: Rafael Nadal Faces Alexander Zverev In Blockbuster Opening Round

Rafael Nadal and Alexander Zverev will meet at Roland Garros in the first round with Andy Murray taking on Stan Wawrinka in the opening round.



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Rafael Nadal has been drawn against Rome champion Alexander Zverev in the opening round of Roland Garros.

The 14-time Roland Garros champion will most likely be making his last appearance at the event where he has such a great history at.

It’s been a mixed clay court season for Nadal who built gradual momentum in Madrid but suffered an early exit in Rome to Hubert Hurkacz.

Now the Spaniard has been drawn to take on the champion of Rome, Alexander Zverev, in the opening round.

The match is a repeat of the 2022 semi-final where Zverev broke his ankle losing almost a year of his career.

This contest headlines the second quarter of the draw which also features Karen Khachanov, Holger Rune and Daniil Medvedev.

In the other quarter of the top half of the draw, defending champion Novak Djokovic will begin his Roland Garros campaign against Pierre-Hughes Herbert.

There is also a potential third round clash with either Gael Monfils or Lorenzo Musetti for Djokovic, who is currently in Geneva gaining extra match practice ahead of the second Grand Slam of the season.

The Serb could have a repeat of last year’s final in the quarter-finals with Casper Ruud as the Norwegian begins his campaign against Jakub Mensik.

In the bottom half of the draw Jannik Sinner plays his first tournament since suffering a hip injury in Rome as he takes on Christopher Eubanks in the opening round.

Sinner could face Cameron Norrie in the third round with the Brit taking on Pavel Kotov in his opening round before playing the winner of the battle of the Grand Slam champions between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.

Murray and Wawrinka will clash for the fourth time at Roland Garros with Wawrinka leading their head-to-head 2-1 in Paris.

This section also includes in-form players such as Hubert Hurkacz, Alejandro Tabilo and Rome finalist Nicolas Jarry.

Finally Carlos Alcaraz will begin his Roland Garros campaign against a qualifier before potentially playing Jack Draper in the second round.

Another exciting clash awaits Alcaraz in the third round in the form of Sebastian Korda with Andrey Rublev or Stefanos Tsitsipas being potential quarter-final opponents.

This is the full draw with Roland Garros beginning on Sunday.

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Alexander Zverev Secures Return To Top Four After Winning Italian Open



Alexander Zverev has clinched his first Masters title since 2021 after downing Nicolas Jarry in straight sets at the Italian Open.

The world No.5 surged to a 6-4,7-5, victory at the Faro Italico to become the 10th player in the Open Era to win the Rome trophy on multiple occasions. He also won the tournament in 2017. Zverev’s latest win was aided by an impressive service display from the 27-year-old who also hit 15 winners against eight unforced errors. He is now 22-1 against players ranked outside the top five at the tournament with his only loss being to Matteo Berrettini five years ago.

“It means a lot. Winning my first (Masters) title and winning my first after my injury in Rome. Rome is a very special place for me,” the new champion said afterwards. 
“I said at the beginning of the week if Rome is the place of firsts for me I’m extremely happy about it. It’s a very special week.” 

Playing in his first Masters 1000 final since 2022, Zverev produced a serving masterclass throughout the opening set with the German winning 20 out of 21 points. In contrast, Jarry experienced more difficult but valiantly fought back with the Chilean saving two straight break points at 4-4. Eventually, the third seed sealed the opener two games later with the help of some costly shots coming from across the court. A deep shot towards the baseline was unsuccessfully returned by Jarry, handing Zverev a set point which he converted.

Continuing to pile the pressure on in the second set, Zverev had a double chance to break for a 3-1 lead but failed to capitalise on that opportunity. The opportunities continued to come and go. Back-to-back double faults from Jarry at 4-5 handed Zverev two championship points but once again he failed to take advantage. Eventually, he sealed victory two games later with the help of a forehand shot that Jarry returned out. Prompting Zverev to raise his hands in delight before later paying tribute to his rival. 

“He’s playing huge. You can see that by the opponents he beat and how he beat them,” he said of Jarry. 
“I told him if he continues playing like that he is going to have many more chances. I’m happy to be the winner.”

As a result of his Rome triumph, Zverev has secured a top-four seeding for the French Open. On Monday he will rise in the PIF ATP rankings to No.4 which will be his highest position since August 2022. During that same year, he sustained a serious ankle injury which sidelined him for months. 

“The focus is on Paris, that’s for sure. but let me enjoy this one for a day or so and then I will have my full focus on Paris,” said Zverev.

Zverev has now won six Masters 1000 titles which places him in joint-ninth on the all-time list along with Daniil Medvedev. 

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Novak Djokovic Accepts Geneva Wildcard Ahead Of Roland Garros

Novak Djokovic has accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva as he looks to improve his form ahead of Roland Garros.



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Novak Djokovic has shockingly accepted a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 event in Geneva.

The world number one hasn’t had the best season so far having yet to reach a final at any of his events this season.

There was hope for Djokovic that his fortunes would change on clay and the Serb started his clay court season by reaching the semi-finals in Monte-Carlo before losing to Casper Ruud.

However Djokovic’s clay court hopes were dashed in Rome as he lost in the third round to in-form Chilean Alejandro Tabilo.

This has meant that Djokovic risks being undercooked for the second Grand Slam of the season at Roland Garros.

Therefore the Serb has had no option but to take a wildcard into next week’s ATP 250 in Geneva.

Djokovic will join Casper Ruud, Andy Murray, Denis Shapovalov and Taylor Fritz in next week’s event.

Next week’s appearance will be the first appearance in Geneva in Djokovic who will be the top seed in Switzerland.

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