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Melbourne | Federer favourite for Aussie Open title

In view of the number of players returning from injury it isn’t surprising that Roger Federer, at 36 years of age, is favourite to retain his Australian Open title. His performances at the Hopman Cup show that he is in fine fettle while his main rivals still show signs of frailty. One really can’t bet against him winning his 20th grand slam...

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Perth | Switzerland win the Hopman Cup

Switzerland won their third Hopman Cup in Perth by defeating Germany 2-1 for the title. Led by the 36-year-old Roger Federer, the world No.2 partnered by Belinda Bencic, the duo were forced into a Mixed doubles decider, played to the Fast4 format, to secure the title for a third time in the 30 year-history of the...

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Perth | The Swiss and US teams get off to good starts

The Hopman Cup got underway in Perth with two of the favourite nations for the mixed title coming through their opening ties relatively comfortably. The spotlight though was on te second tie of the day featuring Roger Federer as he led the Swiss team with partner Belinda Bencic, to a 3-0 victory over Japan. The world number two had returned to Perth in a bid to replicate his successful run of 2017 and he certainly got off to a good start with a straight sets win over Japan’s Yuichi Sugita. Bencic then followed by scoring a similar win over...

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London | Federer makes a clean sweep of his matches

Roger Federer came back to defeat Marin Cilic  6-7(5) 6-4 6-1 in a repeat of their Wimbledon final. Federer had already booked his last-four berth for the 14th time at the O2 and Cilic knew he would not progess going in having lost his first two matches. And it looked as though the fifth-seeded Croatian might be on the road to avenge his All England Club loss which signalled the Swiss master becoming the first winner of eight men’s singles titles in London SW19. Cilic, whose meeting with Federer at Wimbledon was hampered by a blister, edged in...

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London | Federer still the Master

Roger Federer reached his 14th semi-final in his 15th appearance at the year-end ATP Finals by overcoming Alexander Zverev 7-6 5-7 6-1 in just his second-round robin group match. The victory for the oldest ever competitor at the event against the youngest  in nine years saw 36-year-old Federer stay on course for a record seventh title triumph at the tournament. And with world No.1 Rafa Nadal withdrawing through knee trouble, the odds are even shorter on the Swiss master achieving his stated aim of glory under the dome at the 02 Centre in...

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London | Federer marks return to the O2 with a win

It was like “happy” Roger Federer had never been away as he began his bid for a magnificent seventh title at the ATP World Tour finals with a 6-4 7-6 win over American Jack Sock. Federer, 36, who missed last year’s event during six months out injured, has secured the Australian Open and Wimbledon crowns for Grand Slams 18 and 19 in 2017. And he is desperate to end his “perfect season” – in which he has lost just four times – by lifting the end-of-term championship at the rocking 02 Arena in south...

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Glasgow | Murray’s takes first steps back

For the first time since his quarter-final loss to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, Andy Murray has played in public during his Murray Live charity event Glasgow where he played against Roger Federer to raise funds for various charities. And it was interesting to note that the Scots movements following the hip-injury which curtailed his season so dramatically, were nearing the levels he will need when he makes his comeback, currently expected to be at Brisbane in preparation for the Australian Open...

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Basel | Federer wins and then pulls out of Paris

The crowds in Basel finally got the result they were hoping for when, after two hours and 31-minutes, Roger Federer finally claimed his eighth Swiss Open title preventing Juan Martin del Potro from collecting his third at the event. For Federer, the 6-7(5) 6-4 6-3 result in what was his 13th Basel final and 11th on the trot in his hometown, was a grueling affair as he showed his frustration on several occasions by hitting balls and striking the net when the play was not going his...

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Basel | Federer and Del Potro for a third time

Juan Martin del Potro reached the final of the Swiss Open where he will meet the home favourite Roger Federer for a third time in Basel. DelPo, who won back-to-back Swiss titles in 2012 and ’13 beating the seven-time former champion Federer, on both occasions, will qualify for the ATP Finals in London if he wins the title on Sunday. However, the big fourth seed from Argentina, acknowledges that he is tired following his 6-4 6-4 defeat of the second seeded Marin Cilic Del Potro having appeared in the Shanghai semi-final a fortnight ago and won the Stockholm title...

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Basel | Federer remains on cruise control

For the 15th time Roger Federer made the quarter finals of the Swiss Open as he continued his comfortable route through the filed, this time with a 6-1 6-3 victory over Benoit Paire in just 75-minutes. The 36-year-old Federer, winner of his last event in Shanghai this month, is seeking an ATP-leading seventh trophy this season as he aims for the weekend final in his...

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