June 26, 2012 |
As Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, and Roger Federer step back on the grass at Wimbledon, each has reason to believe he'll be hoisting the trophy overhead in two weeks' time. None of the other 125 men in the field can honestly say the same. Indeed, it's tough to imagine anyone outside that trio winning this year's championship at the All England Club, where play begins Monday. "They've, you know, been pretty selfish about Grand Slam titles for a little bit," said 2003 U.S. Open champion and three-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick.
January 18, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Swiss star Roger Federer is one of the most popular athletes in Australia, where he has won four of his 17 Grand Slam titles. The only problem is this: His 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 win over Nikolay Davydenko on Thursday night in the Australian Open set Federer on a course for a third-round match against Bernard Tomic, the last remaining Australian in the men's or women's draws. The 20-year-old Tomic beat German qualifier Daniel Brands, 6-7 (4), 7-5, 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8)
January 26, 2013 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Andy Murray was sucking in deep breaths, trying to recover from his exhausting win over Roger Federer. Pain was very much on his mind. The U.S. Open champion defeated Federer, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3, 6-7 (2), 6-2, in a four-hour Australian Open semifinal Friday. It was Murray's first victory against the 17-time major winner at a Grand Slam event. But with the clock about to strike midnight, Murray was already thinking about Sunday's final against two-time defending champion Novak Djokovic, who is on a 20-match winning streak at Melbourne Park.
July 24, 2012 |
LONDON - Roger Federer passed on carrying Switzerland's flag at his third straight Olympic opening ceremony, so doubles partner Stanislas Wawrinka has been given the honor for Friday in London. The Swiss Olympic Committee said the 27-year-old Wawrinka "fulfills the requirements of this prestigious task. " Wawrinka and Federer will defend the men's doubles title they won in Beijing four years ago, one of two events in which Switzerland took gold. Wawrinka said "I'm proud of carrying the Swiss flag.
June 21, 2010 |
WIMBLEDON - Walking the grounds yesterday, Wimbledon's six-time champion looked like the same old Roger Federer. True, there have been signs of slippage. Federer lost at the French Open in the quarterfinals, then he dropped to No. 2 in the rankings behind Rafael Nadal. And at a Wimbledon warmup event, Federer suffered his second grass-court defeat since 2003. But the All England Club tends to bring out the best in Federer. He has reached a record seven consecutive Wimbledon finals, and last year beat Andy Roddick, 16-14, in the fifth set of a final that ranked with the sport's greatest matches.
July 6, 2004 |
Roger Federer has a great chance to eclipse Pete Sampras' record for career Grand Slam singles titles. Sampras walked away with 14 trophies from tennis' top tournaments, two more than anyone else. Federer? The Swiss player owns three major championships after beating Andy Roddick, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4, on Sunday to win his second straight Wimbledon. So Federer would need to average 1 1/2 Slams a season for the next eight to top Sampras. Yet that doesn't seem so far-fetched right now, given Federer's age (22)
June 27, 2013 |
LONDON - It was already one of the most tumultuous days in Grand Slam tennis history, with seven players forced out by injuries, two of the top three seeded women eliminated and six former No. 1-ranked players leaving early. So what else could happen to make this a day like no other at Wimbledon? How about the world's greatest grass-court player losing on his favorite Centre Court to a 116th-ranked qualifier who had never beaten a top-10 player. Seven-time champion Roger Federer was stunned by Sergiy Stakhovsky in the second round at the All England Club yesterday, his earliest loss in a Grand Slam tournament in 10 years.
June 5, 2013 |
PARIS By Roger Federer's standards, defeat came early in the French Open. And it came quickly. The 17-time Grand Slam champion lost yesterday in the quarterfinals to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France, 7-5, 6-3, 6-3. Federer was eliminated before the semifinals for the second time in past three Grand Slam tournaments, but only the fifth time in the past 9 years at a major event. Tsonga was responsible for two of the losses - he also beat Federer in the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in 2011.
November 21, 2005 |
Hobbled by an ankle injury, Roger Federer did something unheard of - he lost a match. The top-seeded Swiss came within two points of a third consecutive Tennis Masters Cup triumph before losing in five sets to David Nalbandian yesterday in Shanghai, China. Federer, who hadn't lost in 24 finals, was beaten 6-7 (4), 6-7 (11), 6-2, 6-1, 7-6 (3) for only his fourth defeat this year. Nalbandian ended Federer's 35-match winning streak and his bid to equal John McEnroe's 21-year-old mark of 82-3 for the best winning percentage in a season in the Open era. Nalbandian, summoned to the eight-man field when Andy Roddick pulled out with an injured back, earned $1.4 million and improved his year-ending ranking to a career-high No. 6. Federer injured his right ankle the week after ensuring the year-end No. 1 ranking with his 11th title of the year, Oct. 2 in Thailand.
January 27, 2012 |
MELBOURNE, Australia - Only the trophy and the tears were missing from this latest Grand Slam installment of Rafa vs. Roger. Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer were on opposite sides of the net yesterday, meeting in the semifinals of the Australian Open. And Nadal was the winner again - for the eighth time in their 10 Grand Slam matchups. The Spaniard won, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 7-6 (5), 6-4, covering the baseline with incredible speed and hitting forehand winners from almost impossible angles.