ROGER FEDERER NEWS
May 17, 2019 -- Rome, Italy
After playing two matches back to back on Thursday, one of which to a tiebreak in the third, Roger woke up Friday not feeling 100% physically due to an injury to his right leg. He withdrew in his Quarterfinal match, which means Stefanos Tsitsipas automatically advances to the semifinals.
“I am disappointed that I will not be able to compete today. I am not 100 per cent physically and after consultation with my team, it was determined that I not play. Rome has always been one of my favorite cities to visit, and I hope to be back next year,” Roger said.
The Swiss star is scheduled to be at Roland Garros next, which begins on May 26th. It will be his first time back on the French Open courts since 2015.
May 16, 2019 -- Rome, Italy
After a day and a half of rain in Rome, Roger found himself facing two opponents on Thursday.
First up for the Swiss star was Joao Sousa. Taking to the courts in Rome for the first time since 2016, Roger did what he needed to do to get a win under his belt and advance to his second match of the day.
Later in the evening, he took on the always talented, Borna Coric. Coric, who was playing in his first match of the day, looked fresh and took the court ready to take out the third seed. Coric quickly raced to a lead and won the first set 6-2. Roger let the crowd help him energize him and was able to take the second set. It went to a third, where both players seemed to be pressured to make something happen. Reaching a tiebreak in the third, Roger fought off two match points to create some opportunities for himself. Clinching the match 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7), Roger came away victorious and will play either Fabio Fognini or Stefanos Tsitsipas in the Quarterfinals.
May 11, 2019 -- Madrid, Spain
Despite the loss to one of the most talented players on tour, Roger is feeling confident on clay at the moment.
The 20-time Grand Slam Champion started strong and kept his level high against Dominic Thiem in the Quarterfinals at Madrid. The Austrian fought off match points to take the match 3-6, 7-6(11), 6-4.
A day later, Roger took to social media to announce he will be making his way to Italy next week to compete. Roger hasn't played in Rome since 2016 and will be excited to take the court here on clay and use it for more experience before this year's French Open.
May 9, 2019 -- Madrid, Spain
Roger took the court firing on all cylinders today in Madrid.
Facing the always electrifying, Gael Monfils, the Swiss Star quickly won the first set without dropping a game. However, Monfils wasn't going to let the match go that easily. He battled back to take the second set and push it to three.
The third set proved to be a fight til the end as well. Fighting off match points to push it to a thrilling decisive tie-breaker, we saw some classic Roger shot making as he decisively took the breaker to win 6-0, 4-6, 7-6(3). This goes down as his 1,200th match win!
His next round will not be easy as he faces Dominic Thiem who has proven to always be dangerous and most recently beat Roger in the finals at the BNP Paribas Open.
May 7, 2019 -- Madrid, Spain
Walking onto a clay court to compete for the first time in two years, Roger started his Madrid campaign today against French veteran, Richard Gasquet.
Looking comfortable on the clay, Roger raced to a quick victory and needed less than an hour to win 6-2, 6-3. He finished with 28 winners and 7 aces and looked strong as he dominated the shorter points.
"I grew up on this surface, so I feel comfortable about that, but I think richard was also maybe a little bit hurt from his match yesterday."
As the fourth seed and a 3-time Champion in Madrid, he will have a day off and either play Gael Monfils or Marton Fucsovics next.