ROGER FEDERER NEWS
October 12, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
Roger took another step forward in Shanghai today after defeating Alexandr Dolgopolov 6-4, 6-2. Looking to be in control the whole match, he only faced one break point. He advances to the Quarterfinals for the fourth time in six appearances and will face Richard Gasquet next.
"I felt good in the first match," he said. "So I felt, I think, the same. I think maybe the matchup was maybe a bit easier and I took my chances more. Had a better ratio of winning on the break points that I didn't quite have against Schwartzman. That's maybe the biggest difference of both matches, so I'm happy I was able to do better today on the break points."
Roger is currently ranked No. 2 in the Emirates ATP Rankings and is looking to gain his sixth title of the season.
October 11, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
In his first match back since the US Open, Roger found himself facing a tough opponent in his first match this evening at the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Diego Schwartzman pushed the Swiss star as the fiesty Argentine clawed his way back from 2-5 to take the first set to a tiebreaker.
“I knew going in it was not going to be easy. He's had a great run in recent weeks and months. I really felt that he was confident. Shaking off misses, no problem. He was serving well. You could see he was taking the right decisions on his groundstrokes,” Federer said.
The second set was a bit more routine for Roger as he settled in and broke early taking the 2nd set 6-4.
“I think getting the break early in the second set gave me the chance to try a few more things, play more relaxed, go for my shots more, and then I was able to bring it home, coming back from love/30 I think in the last game,” Federer said. “So it was a good match for me. I'm actually very happy with my level.”
Roger improves to 40-4 after this win. He will face Alexandr Dolgopolov in the next round.
October 10, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
While most athletes are accustomed to being driven from the hotel to the courts and everywhere in between, Roger jumped on the metro yesterday in Shanghai. With the longest metro system in the world, Shanghai is incredibly proud of their public transportation system as it boats over 600kms of tracks. Over 10 million people ride the metro everyday in Shanghai and yesterday, the Swiss star was one of them.
“The Metro experience was a great one,” he said. “I grew up on public transport when I was younger in Switzerland. I used to take either tram, train, or bus to practice on a daily basis, and then also a lot of the train until about 20 years old, going to tournaments even to Italy, even internationally. So for me it's something very normal."
Roger begins play at the Shanghai Rolex Masters today against Diego Schwartzman.
October 9th, 2017 -- Shanghai, China
Roger made an appearance at the Nike Lab in Shanghai this week to launch the new RF AJ3 Atmos.
This shoe is an awesome collaboration between Michael Jordan and Roger which celebrates two of the world's greatest athletes. This Atmos version of the NikeCourt Zoom Vapor RF x AJ3 celebrate's Roger's love for the iconic Air Max 1 ‘atmos’ and features the collaboration’s bold jade hue, classic elephant print elements and premium leather upper.
September 24, 2017 -- Prague, Czech Republic
Roger and Team Europe clinched the Laver Cup Sunday afternoon in dramatic fashion.
To take the title, Roger needed to beat Team World player, Nick Kyrgios, in the final singles match. In front of an electric crowd, Roger battled the young Australian pushing the match to a deciding 3rd set 10-point tiebreak and clinching the title 4-6, 7-6(6), 11-9.
“I was ready to go – I had to be,” he said, who ended up contributing three victories and seven points to the hosts’ 15-9 victory. “That’s what a team member does. The boys played fantastic all weekend, but we knew it could change very quickly on Sunday. The Team World boys have been great, in the doubles especially, and we knew it was going to be tough. I was looking at getting ready for a doubles at the very end. I’m very pleased and relived that we did win the singles and got it done.”
Roger also recorded wins against Sam Querrey, 6-2, 6-4; and teamed up with Rafael Nadal to beat Sam Querrey and Jack Sock 6-4, 1-6, 10-5.