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Roger Federer to skip French Open for grass court

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Eighteen-time Grand Slam winner Roger Federer will sit out the French Open and the rest of the clay-court season in favour of the ensuing grass court season.

Federer, 35, fifth in the world rankings, confirmed on Monday that he will not play at Roland Garros this month and instead prepare to play on grass and hard courts later this season, posting a message on his website titled: “Roger to skip Roland Garros.”

The full statement read: “Regrettably, I’ve decided not to participate in the French Open. I’ve been working really hard, both on and off the court, during the last month but in order to try and play on the ATP World Tour for many years to come I feel it’s best to skip the clay court season this year and prepare for the grass and hard court seasons.”

“The start to the year has been magical for me but I need to recognise that scheduling will be the key to my longevity moving forward. Thus, my team and I concluded today that playing just one event on clay was not in the best interest of my tennis and physical preparation for the remainder of the season.”

This will be the the second time Federer will not be competing in the Roland Garros event since his debut in 1999, after missing last year’s French Open through injury. He had won the title once in 2009 and has been a four-time runner-up .

This season, the Swiss Maestro has already won three titles: the Australian Open — his first Grand Slam success in five years — and the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells in March and, two weeks later, won the Miami Open.

It is clear that he has his sights on Wimbledon — the third major of the year — having won the tournament seven times.

Federer edges past Wawrinka into Australian Open final

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Roger Federer will compete for his 18th grand slam singles title after his triumph against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka in a short but tense five-set Australian Open semi-final at the Rod Laver Arena.

Federer, 35, who last won a major at Wimbledon in 2012, won 7-5, 6-3, 1-6, 4-6, 6-3 across three hours and five minutes.

Although the Swiss Maestro was returning from a six-month lay-off to rest his left knee, there was no sign of any lingering aftereffects as the 17-time grand slam winner cruised to three early break points before converting his first set point, on Wawrinka’s serve, right on the 12th game.

Federer broke for the second time at 2-3 in the second set, and a frustrated Wawrinka smashed his racquet in two over his left knee and, after the set, left the court with a trainer for treatment to his other knee.

In some way, it helped as Wawrinka came back superbly to win the third set in 26 minutes, and the 31-year old broke Federer in the ninth game of the fourth set to take the match to a decider.

Federer went courtside for treatment too, before coming back fighting and breaking Wawrinka in the sixth game as the US Open champion double-faulted on break point.

An unyielding Federer went on to complete a stunning victory to the delight of the majority of fans in Rod Laver Arena.

“I couldn’t be happier right now,” said Federer. “I felt like everything happened so quickly at the end, I had to check the score.”

“I never ever in my wildest dreams thought I’d come this far in Australia. It’s beautiful, I’m so happy.”

Federer Is now the oldest player to reach a Grand Slam final since Ken Rosewall did so at the 1974 US Open at the age of 39.

While his current unprecedented run in the grand slam event had seen him defeat two top-10 players — Tomas Berdych and Kei Nishikori before reaching the semi-final, his arch-rival Rafael Nadal could be the one meeting him — in a battle potentially reminiscent of their golden days — in the grand final for the tennis major trophy.

Federer cruises past Zverev to set up Wawrinka semi-final

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Four-time Australian Open champion Roger Federer trumped unseeded MIscha Zverev to cruise into the semi-final of the grand slam event, setting up an encounter against fellow Swiss Stan Wawrinka.

The 17-time grand-slam winner won against Zverev 6-1, 7-5, 6-2 on day nine of the Australian Open, in a punishing match that lasted just 92 minutes — with 65 winners and only 13 unforced errors.

While Zverev did not perform badly after the match in which he bested World No.1 Andy Murray, he was thoroughly outclassed in the first set — which lasted just 19 minutes — up unto Federer’s final classy forehand winner that left the German rooted to the baseline.

As Federer is now the oldest player to reach a slam semi‑final since Jimmy Connors, then 39, did so at the US Open in 1991. The Swiss Maestro will also be the oldest semi-finalist here in Melbourne, breaking the record set by 34-year-old Arthur Ashe, in 1978.

However, he was surprised as he did not expect to go so far in the tournament after a six-month hiatus through injury — it was also his first competitive return after last playing at Wimbledon in July.

“My expectation was not to play Stan Wawrinka in the semis. I thought maybe I could get to the fourth round or quarters — that’s what I told the Swiss press,” Federer said.

“I will probably never be able to play 27 tournaments a year any more, we all know that,” he added in reply to how long he thinks he can extend his illustrious career.

“But, maybe instead of playing 22, you play 18, instead of 20 you play 17. That could totally happen. You always need the right balance, I feel like, enough practice, enough matches, enough time off. I guess as you get older, everything becomes a bit different.”

Australian Open: Mischa Zverev ousts Andy Murray in 4th round

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Mischa Zverev, ranked 50th in tennis men’s World rankings, has ousted World No.1 Andy Murray in a surprising win at the 4th round of the Australian Open.

It was Murray’s earliest defeat in Melbourne since 2009, and the lowest-ranked player he has lost to at a Grand Slam since the 2006 Australian Open.

The Scotsman dropped serve eight times in the match that lasted three hours and 33 minutes, losing 7-5, 5-7, 6-2, 6-4 at the Rod Laver Arena.

Zverev, had played with an attacking style that he used to great effect against Murray, serve-volleying 119 times and winning 65 points at the net, while dismantling the Briton’s second serve. While Murray ended the match with an impressive 71 winners to 28 unforced errors, it was not enough as he found himself pressured incessantly.

Murray started strongly and found himself lead 4-1 in the first set, but Zverev got the break back with a return winner and would not give the world number one a place to rest. The German continued with another break in game nine and moved ahead with a delicate drop volley, before seeing out the set.

Murray levelled at a set all with a rasping winner after again being pegged back twice, but from midway through the third set it was clear that Zverev was in command — taking five straight games to move two sets to one and a break up, and despite one nervous smash into the net — managed to serve his way to a great win.

“It was kind of easy to stay aggressive but it was tough to stay calm,” said the German. “I was expecting to maybe double fault in the last game but somehow I made it.”

Could this be the long awaited return of Roger Federer?

Zverev’s next opponent, Roger Federer, made it through to the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam after a five-set showdown against tournament fifth seed Kei Nishikori.

The Swiss maestro last won a grand slam in 2012 at his favoured Wimbledon grass court, but has since struggled. Injury forced him of the world’s top 10 for the first time in 734 weeks last November, and arrived in Melbourne ranked 17th — his lowest position since May 2001.

While he is the oldest man to grace a grand slam quarter-final since 9-year-old Jimmy Connors at the 1991 US Open, the elimination of tournament favourites Novak Djokovic and Murray would very well throw the competition out for his taking.