ROGER FEDERER NEWS
August 29, 2017 -- Flushing Meadows, NYC
Facing a feisty and confident young American, Roger took to Arthur Ashe Stadium for his first round match at the US Open for the first time in two years. Having played against Roger just months ago in Miami, Frances Tiafoe came out swinging big with no fear. With the roof closed due to rain, Tiafoe quickly broke right away and ended up taking the 1st set in front of the loud New York crowd.
Settling in and getting acclimated to the louder stadium, Roger broke in the 2nd set and remained steady to even the match. He looked like he was on cruise control after taking the 3rd set at ease, however Tiafoe wasn't ready to go home just yet as he battled back to take the 4th set hitting his targets confidently.
With the 5th set up for grabs, the two players battled into the night. The Swiss Star edged out the young American to take the first round 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, 1-6, 6-4.
"I don't think I had the preparation I was hoping to get," Roger said. "Since Montreal, [the] focus has been more on the back, making sure I can play the tournament rather than being well-prepared. I always knew I was going to come in feeling rusty or not great. I was hoping to start better. I really struggled early on. I think Frances connected well. I just really kind of lost my footing sometimes. My eye wasn't working. I was misjudging distance. I think I was also being a bit cautious with my movement. Then in the second set I think it all started to come together."
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August 14, 2017 -- Cincinnati, Ohio
Despite winning the Western & Southern Open seven times, Roger has withdrawn from the 2017 tournament.
"I am very sorry to pull out of the Western & Southern Open as I always enjoy playing here," he said. "Cincinnati has some of the best fans in the world and I am sorry I will miss them. Unfortunately, I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week."
A lucky loser will replace him in the draw and have the benefit of a first round bye.
Roger's withdrawal assures Rafael Nadal will return to No. 1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings when the new rankings are released on Monday, Aug. 21.
August 13, 2017 -- Montreal, Canada
In the Finals of the Rogers Cup today, Roger faced the rambunctious, German ATP #NextGen 20 year old, Alexander Zverev. The 6'6 youngster started string, serving big and hitting through the Swiss veteran on the fast, hard court.
There looked to be some hope for Roger in the beginning of the second set to push it to three as he stepped up his play and began dictating against Zverev who also started to make more mistakes. However, Roger noticeably was not 100% and seemed to be lacking explosive movements on his shots. Zverev fought on and continued to take it to the Swiss star eventually winning 6-3, 6-4.
Up next for Roger is Cincinnati.
August 12, 2017 -- Montreal, Canada
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, Roger took the court against Robin Hasse today in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup.
Making quick work of the first set, Hasse played closer in the second, pushing it to a tiebreaker where Roger dominated to win the match 6-3, 7-6(5).
"I'm happy -- most happy that I'm actually really healthy going into the finals," he said. "I haven't wasted too much energy. I've been able to keep points short. I've been really clean at net. I think my concentration and just my playing has gone up a notch. I'm just playing better." Roger will face ATP Next Gen star, Alexander Zverev, tomorrow in the finals.