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Match report, Pics and Video Highlights of Roger Federer vs Novak Djokovic Wimbledon Fi...

13 July 2015 - 12:09 AM

Novak Djokovic took sole ownership of eighth place in the all-time Grand Slam championship title winners list Sunday when he captured his ninth major crown.



The top seed clinched his third trophy at The Championships when he defeated second seed and seven-time former champion Roger Federer 7-6(1), 6-7(10), 6-4, 6-3 on Centre Court.

It was his 200th Grand Slam match win and also his third triumph at the All England Club, which equals the mark of his coach, Boris Becker, the 1985-86 and 1989 winner. Djokovic is the first man to retain the Wimbledon title since 2007.

"It's a great privilege to play against Roger, who is a great champion," Djokovic told BBC television on-court. "He has done so much for our sport on and off the court. It's a great honour to play him again. I was aware coming onto the court, that Roger would play his best when it matters the most. He pushes you to limits."

By winning the 54th title of his career, Djokovic earned £1,880,000 in prize money and 2,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points. He is now 48-3 on the season, which includes six trophies.

Federer admitted, "Novak not only played great today, but also this year, last year and the year before that! Well done, Novak, you deserved it. At the end he was rock solid. I didn't play bad myself, so I can be very happy. That's the way it goes. Once more, it has been a privilege to play here."

Djokovic saved two set points at 5-6 in the first set, then won 14 of 15 points - including a commanding performance in the tie-break. At the end of a pulsating final, he moved to 176-7 lifetime at majors after winning the first set (13-1 versus Federer). But Federer continued to press, although he could not convert two break points at 2-2 in the second set.

Djokovic stepped up and when Federer struck a double fault at 4-5, 30/30, it gifted Djokovic a set point chance that he did not win - striking a forehand long. Federer responded immediately in Djokovic's next serving game, which lasted eight minutes. Federer rattled the tape with a searing forehand on break point, 30/40, but Djokovic held on for a 6-5 advantage.

In a dramatic tie-break, which was full of tension, Federer fought off set points at 3/6, 6/7, 8/9 and 9/10. He saw one chance at 8/7 pass, before sealing the 66-minute set on his second set point chance to get back into their 40th meeting.

Djokovic broke Federer's serve at 1-1 in the third set. By 4:21 p.m., a rain shower saw the players scurry back to the locker room. At 4:41 p.m., the battle resumed and although Federer was more aggressive, Djokovic proved to be impenetrable - winning 94 per cent of his first serve. He closed out the 32-minute set with a hold to love.

The pressure continued to build on Federer in the fourth set, as Djokovic's returns continued to pepper the lines and he earned the break for a 3-2 lead. Federer held off two break points at 2-4, but could not deny Djokovic, who struck a forehand winner into space to wrap up a memorable victory.

Federer, now 40-7 in 2015, had been attempting to lift his 18th Grand Slam championship crown. It was his 10th Wimbledon final (7-3 record).


Match report, Pics and Video Highlights of Roger Federer vs Gilles Simon, Wimbledon 2015

08 July 2015 - 10:45 PM

Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer will contest his 10th semi-final at The Championships after beating Gilles Simon 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 in a match twice interrupted by rain on Wednesday at the All England Club.



The 33-year-old Swiss has a perfect 9-0 record in Wimbledon semi-finals and is looking to reach his 26th major final. Federer has only been beaten in the Wimbledon final twice: by Rafael Nadal in 2008 and Novak Djokovic in 2014.

Federer won his 17th and most recent Grand Slam championship at the All England Club three years ago, beating Murray in the final. The Swiss is looking to become the first man in history to win eight Wimbledon titles; he has a 78-9 tournament record.

At the age of 30, World No. 13 Simon was bidding to reach his first Grand Slam semi-final, but could not find a way past Federer, whom he has now lost to six times in a row (2-6 FedEx ATP Head2Head record).

On No. 1 Court for the first time at the 2015 Championships, Federer raced out to a 3-0 start, before the match was interrupted by a heavy rain shower. Play resumed 37 minutes later, but there was little Simon could do to halt Federer’s progress. With actor Bradley Cooper seated beside Federer’s wife, Mirka, the Basel native claimed the first set in just under 30 minutes, having hit 15 winners and lost only seven points on serve.

Federer looked to have made a decisive move in the second set with a service break in the seventh game. But, serving for the set at 5-4, Simon raised his level to engineer a break back to love. It ended a run of 116 successive service holds for Federer, dating back to his first-round match with Philipp Kohlschreiber at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.

But Simon’s fightback was shortlived. Federer immediately recouped the advantage with a break in the 11th game and had won the first point of the 12th game when another heavy rain shower forced the players off court. Play restarted less than an hour later and Federer was ruthless, hitting three service winners to claim the second set.

"Those conditions are never easy for either player; it was quite windy too," said Federer to the BBC. "The stop and gos are tough, but I used them to my advantage. I either stayed ahead or made a difference. The breaks helped me rather than hindered me. 

"I had a great service game after the second rain delay and reset and took the lead in the third set. The game I got broken he was too good, so I have no problem accepting that."

Federer rode his momentum into the third set, breaking Simon immediately to establish an early and ultimately decisive lead. The right-hander broke again in the seventh game and went on to seal victory in one hour and 34 minutes. 

On Friday, Federer will play 2013 champion Andy Murray.


Match report, Pics and Video Highlights of Roger Federer vs Sam Groth, Wimbledon 2015

04 July 2015 - 10:22 PM

Roger Federer extended his Grand Slam winning streak against Australians to 19 matches on Saturday when he booked his spot in the fourth round of The Championships.



The second seed and seven-time champion beat Sam Groth 6-4, 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 on Centre Court in two hours and 16 minutes.

Groth claimed a mini-break for a 4/3 lead in the tie-break and went on to win two further points. Federer won back two of Groth's set point opportunities, but a forehand down the line that landed wide handed the World No. 69 the set. Federer bounced back immediately, opening up a 3-0 advantage en route to improving to a 76-9 record at the grass-court major.

Federer is now 19-1 against Australians at Grand Slams, having lost to former World No. 1 Pat Rafter at 1999 Roland Garros. He hit 17 aces to Groth's 21 aces, and lost just seven of his first service points in the pair's second meeting.

Federer will now play Roberto Bautista Agut, the No. 20 seed, for the third time. The Swiss beat Bautista Agut at last year's US Open and the Shanghai Rolex Masters.

Next is Bautista Agut who made just eight unforced errors in a 7-6(4), 6-0, 6-1 win over World No. 153 and qualifier Nikoloz Basilashvili in one hour and 36 minutes.


Match report, Pics and Video Highlights of Roger Federer vs Sam Querry, Wimbledon 2015..

02 July 2015 - 10:57 PM

Casual as you like, Roger Federer at full flight flicking a ‘tweener lob’ over Sam Querrey is a highlight notching up the clicks at a rate of knots.
Even his 6ft 6in opponent admitted to being in awe despite being on the wrong end of a 6-4, 6-2, 6-2 defeat on Centre Court on Thursday.
"You want to go over and give him a high five sometimes but you can't do that,” the world No.36 said. “You want to beat him, but he’s fun to watch.”
Federer had lost before the third round only once in his past 48 appearances, but it was here on Wimbledon’s Centre Court in the second round two years ago against Sergiy Stakhovsky.
Querrey, though, was going to have to play at a whole different level having never gone close to taking a set off the seven-time champion.
The Swiss world No.2 took the first set 6-4 with back-to-back errors off the Querrey return and quickly brought up two break points with a swinging backhand volley winner before edging ahead 2-0 in the second.
With the American serving at 2-4 and rushing the net with a backhand volley, Federer looked to have overrun the mark beyond the baseline, before his quick hand pulled off the tweener lob before a scrambling Querrey would dump it into the net.
The roar from the Centre Court crowd said it all.
Querrey, who only last week reached the Nottingham final, conceded serve with a double fault; Federer sealing the second set with a big ace down the T.
His bid for a record eighth Wimbledon title continued to roll on at pace when he broke in the opening game of the third. He would seal it on his first match point when Querrey pushed wide.
Big-serving Australian Sam Groth is next.

Match report, pics & video highlights of Roger Federer vs Damir Dzumhu, French Open...

29 May 2015 - 09:11 PM

Roger Federer advanced to the Roland Garros fourth round on Friday as he defeated Damir Dzumhu 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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The Swiss was tested at times by the 23-year-old Dzumhur, but came through unscathed to set a clash with either Gael Monfils or Pablo Cuevas.

Federer hit 38 winners to 22 unforced errors and lost serve just once, when serving for the second set at 5-2. He quickly regained the advantage with another break in the ninth game before racing through the third set to seal victory in 88 minutes.

The 33-year-old Federer is through to the fourth round at Roland Garros for the 11th straight year. He completed the career Grand Slam when he lifted the trophy in 2009, beating Robin Soderling in the final.

Federer came into Roland Garros after mixed success during the European clay-court swing, tempering victory in Istanbul and a runner-up showing in Rome with early exits in Monte-Carlo and Madrid. The Basel native has a 27-5 record on the season.

World No. 88 Dzumhur was contesting the third round of a Grand Slam for the second time, having also reached the last 32 at the 2014 Australian Open as a qualifier. He is the only man from Bosnia/Herzegovina ever to play at a Grand Slam championship.

"I guess it was entertaining," said Dzumhur. "I really was excited before the match. I didn't feel that much pressure like I felt with Berdych last year, or with Ferrer. So I came a bit more relaxed on the court and started good. That was okay. So I feel that everything was okay. My game was good. I just can say that Roger played really too good today. He was playing so aggressive with all kind of shots. Big congratulations to him. Of course I was always saying that he's the best tennis player for me, and today he show why."

Source: ATP