Early Hard-Court Season
Roger Federer has begun his 2019 tennis season with the start of the Hopman Cup on 30th December 2018. This cup, Federer represented Switzerland together with Belinda Bencic. Switzerland team defeated Germany 2-1 in the final match, making Federer win his 3rd and Switzerland win its 4th Hopman Cup title overall.
As the two-time defending champion, Federer began the first tournament of Grand Slam with the Australian Open. He entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed but when he lost in the fourth round, he also dropped out of the Top 5 ATP Singles Rankings.
Federer had skipped Dubai Tennis Championship in 2018, so he decided to return to the tournament this year. He advanced to the finals and played against Stefanos Tsitsipas who he faced in the Australian Open and lost to. This time Federer defeated Tsitsipas in straight sets and won the tournament. He made history by becoming the second male tennis player in history to achieve 100 singles titles. Also, with this, he became the No. 4 seed and returned to the ATP Top 5 Rankings.
In Indian Wells Masters semifinal, he was going to have his 39th meeting with Nadal, but ‘Rafa’ had a knee injury which made him withdraw from the tournament. Later, Federer was defeated in the final by No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem.
After that, in Miami Open quarterfinal, Federer earned his 1200th match win in his professional career. Also, by advancing to the finals he became the first player who reached 50 Masters - 1000 tournament finals and broke the tie with Nadal. Lastly, by defeating John Isner in the final, he won the 28th Masters 1000 title of his career.
For the first time in 3 years, Federer admitted he has plans for playing the spring clay court season. The first clay-court tournament he attended was Madrid Open where he lost in quarterfinals. A week after his loss at Madrid, he showed his presence at Italian Open. He was able to advance to quarterfinals, but Federer’s right leg injury back in May didn’t allow him to continue.
In four years, for the first time, Federer played season’s second and only major clay court. For another semifinal, Federer encountered Nadal which makes this their 6th match at the French Open. Federer ended up losing against Nadal and ended this tournament.
Grass Court Season
Federer began his grass-court season with Halle Open, where he has 9 tournament wins. In the end, he left, taking his 10th Halle and 102th overall title.
Federer continued with the third Grand Slam of the season – Wimbledon. After his victory in quarterfinals against Kei Nishikori, he advanced to his 13th Wimbledon semifinal, and also became the first man in history to win 100 matches at a Grand Slam. He defeated his longtime rival Nadal in their 40th encounter but lost to Djokovic at finals after a nail biter match which lasted 4 hours and 57 minutes. In Wimbledon history, this was the longest men’s final and also is marked to be the first time which a fifth-set the tiebreaker was played at 12-12 in a singles match.
North American Hard-Court Season
Federer made his first appearance since Wimbledon final at Cincinnati Master but couldn’t manage to get a good result. Later on, he attended the last Grand Slam, US Open in New York where he only reached quarterfinals.
Lastly, Federer also attended Shanghai Masters where he got eliminated in quarters, Swiss Indoors where he had 1500th match of his career and also joined team Europe at Laver Cup where he played a doubles match with Nadal. Tennis fans were eager to watch them working together.
For his next schedule, he will be attending Paris Masters and ATP Finals in London. For Roger Federer’s next matches and other tennis matches, you can find the best odds and limits on the best betting platform - VIP-IBC!