Brisbane Doubles Round 1 – Federer-Mahut defeat Rojer-Tecau [1] 7-5, 7-6

Roger Federer and Nicolas Mahut win their opening Doubles Match in Brisbane.

Roger Federer and Nicolas Mahut win their opening Doubles Match in Brisbane.

Roger Federer teamed up with Nicolas Mahut of France to beat the Number 1 seeds Jean-Julien Rojer of Netherlands and Horia Tecau of Romania 7-5, 7-6 at the first round of the doubles tournament at Brisbane. Here are the match statistics –

Roger Federer Statistics for the Match

Statistics for Roger’s doubles victory in Round 1 of the Brisbane 250 Tournament

One cannot read too much into Federer’s form from a doubles’ match, but a win is a solid start to a new season. After the disappointment in 2013, getting matches under the belt is a priority for Roger, and any win is a morale-booster. Judging by what the Twitter-universe has to say, Federer seems to be in good touch, and his racquet is feeling like a friend. From the statistics, it seems like a tight match with the second set going to a tiebreak, and the first set being won by a single break. Federer-Mahut were down a break in the first set, but quickly recovered to beat the top seeded pair of Rojer-Tecau. Morale-boosting victory, indeed!

Federer starts his Singles tournament on Wednesday, when he will play World No. 39 Jarkko Nieminen of Finland. The Swiss boasts a 13 – 0 record over the Finn, and should face little problem in getting through the match. That being said, however, it will be interesting to see how his new racquet holds up in match conditions, and where his game level is at. Here’s wishing the best for Roger!

You can catch the match highlights here:

The pick up at 0:47 was surreal.


Roger Federer’s 2014 Schedule Out

Roger Federer released his tentative schedule for 2014 on his website, which is given below. You can see the official post here.

The recently released schedule for Roger Federer's 2014 Tennis Season.

The recently released schedule for Roger Federer’s 2014 Tennis Season.

Comparing his schedule to that for last year, we find that he has dropped Rotterdam from it, but has included Miami. This was quite a surprise as Jonathan had pointed out to me that he may no longer take part in IMG events, and he had dropped Mubadla because of the same reason. I felt that he had dropped an exhibition tournament to recuperate after a gruelling injury-ridden year. Hamburg and Gstaad are also out, and these changes were always expected to happen – Federer himself admitted that these were mistakes. Overall, nice, tidy schedule! Allez Roger!

The H2H Analysis – Brisbane International (ATP World Tour 250)

The ‘H2H analysis’ is a part of a series of articles. In these articles, before every tournament that Federer plays, I will present his head-to-head records with everyone playing in that tournament.

The full Brisbane Draw (Men’s Singles) can be found here.

Roger Federer at the Brisbane International

Roger Federer at the Brisbane International

Highest Seed in Federer’s Quarter – No. 29, Dmitry Tursunov of Russia

Highest Seed in Federer’s Half – No. 20, Kevin Anderson of South Africa

ATP World Tour 250 – Brisbane International
S. No. Rank Opponent Country H2H Record
1 17 Kei NISHIKORI JPN 1 – 1
2 19 Gilles SIMON FRA 4 – 2
3 20 Kevin ANDERSON RSA 1 – 0
4 23 Grigor DIMITROV BUL 1 – 0
5 28 Feliciano LOPEZ ESP 10 – 0
6 29 Dmitry TURSUNOV RUS 3 – 0
7 34 Jeremy CHARDY FRA Never played
8 35 Julien BENNETEAU FRA 5 – 2
9 37 Marin CILIC CRO 4 – 0
10 39 Jarkko NIEMINEN FIN 14 – 0
11 43 Robin HAASE NED 1 – 0
12 45 Denis ISTOMIN UZB 5 – 0
13 46 Sam QUERREY USA 2 – 0
14 50 Nicolas MAHUT FRA 4 – 0
15 59 Adrian MANNARINO FRA 4 – 0
16 60 Lleyton HEWITT AUS 18 – 8
17 61 Marinko MATOSEVIC AUS 1 – 0
18 67 Mikhail KUKUSHKIN KAZ 1 – 0
19 68 Matthew EBDEN AUS Never played
20 70 Igor SISLJING NED Never played
21 100 Ryan HARRISON USA 2 – 0
22 136 James DUCKWORTH AUS Never played
23 142 Alex KUZNETSOV USA Never played
24 147 Marius COPIL ROM Never played
25 170 Yuicihi SUGITA JPN Never played
26 172 Samuel GROTH AUS Never played
27 628 Thanasi KOKKINAKIS AUS Never played

As always, for all the statistics related to Roger Federer’s 2014 tennis season (including match-wise statistics), go to my Statistics page!

Fedberg Confirmed & “I Will Play with the Larger Racquet in 2014”, says Federer in an interview

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In a telephonic interview with Andreas W. Schmidt published on BazOnline (click here for the full article, in German), Roger Federer spoke about the baby on the way, his fitness and his thoughts on 2014. The full article is in German; the following report summarizes what he had to say.

He started off by confirming the news that Mirka, his wife, is pregnant once again, and they are expecting a third child. He hoped for her well being and a smooth pregnancy. He also remarked that if any complications were to arise (let’s all hope they don’t), he can reschedule his tennis calendar by adding and subtracting a few tournaments, like he did last season when he spontaneously made the decision to play Hamburg and Gstaad. He rounded it off by saying that this does not impact his tennis much, but rather makes him happy as a father and enables him to play better.

He talked about his week of training with Stefan Edberg, one of his childhood idols. He said that they spent a few days together, where he received valuable input from Edberg; it was a new experience for Edberg himself, as he had little prior coaching experience. He further went on to say that it was not yet decided whether Edberg would become his permanent coach, but if there was a way, he would be happy if Edberg joined his coaching team on some weeks during the tour – he couldn’t be a permanent part of his team as it required a lot of travel. He further affirmed that his current coaching team remains the same – Severin Luthi (coach), Pierre Pagnini (fitness trainer) and Stephane Vivier (physiotherapist).

The interviewer then asked him if meeting with Edberg meant that he was tuning his game to be more offensive, but Federer dismissed it as a misconception, saying that if he trained with Thomas Muster, it would not mean that he would start playing two-three meters behind the baseline. He said he was simply happy to have received valuable inputs from Edberg. He felt that he was an interesting player to coach, and held the volleying skills of Stefan Edberg in the highest regard.

Jokingly, Federer said that he was too late to strike up a deal with Boris Becker (“he was already taken!”).  Federer went on to say he was ‘as surprised as everyone’ with the decision, as taking up a full-time coaching role meant staying away from one’s family and having to travel so much. The interviewer asked him to remark about the recent trend where players are hiring players from the 80’s-90’s to be their coach. He said that he can only speak for himself, and that he had a great time with Stefan Edberg. He also said that gaining the perspective of these greats was very good for him, and apart from Peter Lundgren, he has never worked with a player from this generation.

Roger Federer tried this larger racquet frame in Gstaad and Hamburg, but was unsuccessful. He has confirmed he will play with a tweaked version of this racquet at the Australian Open.

Roger Federer tried this larger racquet frame in Gstaad and Hamburg, but was unsuccessful. He has confirmed he will play with a tweaked version of this racquet at the Australian Open.

Federer then confirmed that he will play in the Australian Open with the larger 98 sq. in. racquet. He further went on to say that he wanted to play with it right after the US Open, but could not because he had to ‘sort his game out a bit’. Now, he has had more time and has tweaked the racquet more to his liking by collaborating with Wilson. He said the change was inevitable with the direction tennis was headed. He said that he has practiced with the racquet for two and a half weeks now, and is feeling very confident. He said the racquet suits him very well, but the real test would be in Australia.

For 2014, Federer said that he was feeling very optimistic and felt that he would be in top form come March or April. He wanted to turn it around after the US Open itself, but could not due to the back problem, and hence, he felt restrained. He said that now he will play more freely having shaken off the back problem.

He said that he was very proud of the fact that he had never retired from a match in progress, and out of respect for the opponent, did not cite his back problem as the reason for his defeats in 2013. This just shows his class as an athlete and as a person. He said that he only talked about it freely when it had persisted for quite a while.

Lastly, Federer was asked about whether he would play the Davis Cup in 2014, to which Federer did not give a straight-forward answer but it seemed as though Federer was not going to play Davis Cup next year. He said that it was unlikely that he would play since it costs him a lot of strength and effort, and in the end, it became a question of how much he wanted it.

We came to know three important things from this interview –

  1. That he will play with his new racquet in 2014 (I have previously also written about how much this was necessary)
  2. That he will most likely not play Davis Cup in 2014 (It would have cost him unnecessary energy)
  3. That he will start 2014 injury-free (This was essential; playing with even a small-ish nagging injury is very tough)

The biggest news of this hour is that Federer has confirmed on Facebook (see post below) that Stefan Edberg will join his team!

Great news!

Great news!