Our bible for the next two weeks!! :)
Mirka was making her own career but after she was injured and couldn’t play any more I asked her if she wanted to help me. It was a difficult time for her; very hard. But this way she had the chance to travel, to be with me every day, and I think this made her happy again. We soon realised we really loved each other.
~ Roger Federer~
After postponing his decision until the last possible moment, Rafael Nadal confirmed on Monday that he would not be able to take part in the US Open 2014, after failing to recover in time from a wrist injury that has stopped him playing any of the US hard court season.
18 August 2014
FEDERER TO RETURN TO BARCLAYS ATP WORLD TOUR FINALS FOR RECORD 13TH CONSECUTIVE APPEARANCE
LONDON – Roger Federer has punched his ticket to the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for a record 13th year in a row after clinching a sixth title at the Western & Southern Open on Sunday. Federer joins Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal in the elite eight-man field at the season finale, to be held at The O2 in London from 9-16 November, where he will be looking to win his seventh crown.
The 33-year-old Swiss is the most successful player to compete at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals, compiling a 44-11 record and claiming a record six titles in 2003-04, 2006-07 and 2010-11. He breaks the record of consecutive years qualifying for the championship, a mark he previously shared with Ivan Lendl (1980-91).
Emirates ATP Race to London – Top 15 (as of Monday, 18 August, 2014)
1. N. Djokovic (SRB) 7,430
2. R. Nadal (ESP) 6,645
3. R. Federer (SUI) 6,160***
4. S. Wawrinka (SUI) 4,365
5. D. Ferrer (ESP) 3,445
6. M. Raonic (CAN) 3,245
7. G. Dimitrov (BUL) 3,155
8. T. Berdych (CZE) 3,150
9. A. Murray (GBR) 2,795
10. K. Nishikori (JPN) 2,475
11. J. Tsonga (FRA) 2,375
12. E. Gulbis (LAT) 2,355
13. M. Cilic (CRO) 1,935
14. F. Fognini (ITA) 1,725
15. K. Anderson (RSA) 1,640
NOTE: It is still early, however, based on what takes place at the US Open and during the 2 months following that; Roger Federer does have a legitimate shot at finishing as year end #1 (for the 6th time). His main competition will likely be Djokovic as the fall season has not traditionally been the strongest for Nadal. (see points earned above)
Roger Federer has expressed his delight in becoming the third player to confirm his place at the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals at the O2
The Swiss joins world No.1 and current champion Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal at the tournament for a record 13th consecutive year after lifting the Cincinnati Masters on Sunday.
Federer had previously shared the record of consecutive years qualifying with Ivan Lendl and will be gunning for a seventh crown at the O2 in November.
Singles - Final
 R Federer (SUI) d  D Ferrer (ESP) 63 16 62
FINALS REVIEW – FEDERER WINS 80TH TITLE, SIXTH IN CINCY
• Roger Federer won his 80th singles title, defeating David Ferrer in the first ATP World Tour Masters 1000 final to feature two players over the age of 30.
• Federer, 33, improved to a perfect 6-0 in Cincinnati finals and to a 16-0 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against the 32-year-old Ferrer.
• The Swiss snapped a four-match losing streak in Masters 1000 finals, including a runner-up finish last week in Toronto (l. to Tsonga), to claim his 22nd crown at this level.
• Federer won his third title (Dubai, Halle) from his eighth final this season. He joined Jimmy Connors (109) and Ivan Lendl (94) as players to clinch 80 or more titles in the Open Era.
• Ferrer had been attempting to win his second ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and 22nd overall.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Federer: "I’m very happy about the week. Just overall it went from good to great. Just really pleased that I was able to back up a tough week last week already."
Looking ahead to US Open: "Especially now I come in with great confidence. I can really rest now, rather than having to work on stuff, so it’s just about maintaining. That’s also really good for the mind… I know my game is where I want it to be. It’s about just keeping that level up right now."
Ferrer: “He was better, but I was close. I am happy with my game these two weeks. I [reached the] quarter-final in Toronto and final here playing well every day.”
In his 4th Masters final this year - he finally WINS! Yes!!
3rd title this year in his 4th consecutive final appearance.
His 80th career title!
He (#3) is now just 500 ranking points behind Nadal (#2)!!
This is going to be an exciting US OPEN!
Ferrer wins, (or perhaps better put), Federer loses the 2nd set: 6-1
3rd and deciding set coming up…hopefully Roger can get it back on the rails…
Top level, high octane tennis…intense play by both.
- Roger Federer owns a 15-0 head-to-head advantage over David Ferrer heading into the men’s final. Their last meeting was a three-setter last week in the Toronto quarterfinals.
- This will be the first-ever men’s final in Western & Southern Open featuring players over the age of 30. Federer is 33, Ferrer is 32.
- Since 1899, 17 previous Western & Southern Open men’s finals have featured a player over the age of 30. The last was in 2012 when Federer won the title.
- Federer would be the second 33-year-old to claim the title, joining Bill Tilden who did so in 1926. Only Ken Rosewall (35 in 1970) and Andre Agassi (34 in 2004) were older when winning the title.
- Federer holds the all-time record for most singles titles in tournament history with five.
- Federer has tied his coach Stefan Edberg for most Cincinnati singles finals appearances in the Open Era with six. William Talbert holds the all-time record with seven from 1943-51.
- Cincinnati is the seventh tournament where Federer has reached the finals at least six times:
Basel – 10 finals (5-5)
Halle – 9 finals (7-2)
Wimbledon – 9 finals (7-2)
Barclays ATP World Tour Finals – 8 finals (6-2)
Dubai – 8 finals (6-2)
Cincinnati – 6 finals (5-0)
US Open – 6 finals (5-1)
- Federer is in his 38th career final at an ATP Masters 1000 event. He is 21-16 in those previous finals. He has lost in his last four finals appearances, with his last title coming here in 2012.
- Ferrer has reached his 44th career final, though this will be just his 15th on a hard court. He has won 21 career titles, including one earlier this year in Buenos Aires.
- Ferrer is contesting his seventh career ATP Masters 1000 title. He is 1-5 in his previous finals.
- Ferrer is the sixth Spaniard to reach the Cincinnati final in the Open Era and he is trying to become the third winner: Rafael Nadal (last year), Carlos Moya (2002). Other Spaniards to reach the final: Juan Gisbert (1971), Manuel Orantes (1973) and Juan Carlos Ferrero (2006).
About the Western & Southern Open
The Western & Southern Open will be held August 9-17, 2014 at the Lindner Family Tennis Center, 20 miles north of Cincinnati in Mason, OH. The tournament is one of the prestigious ATP Masters 1000 events on the men’s tour and a Premier 5 event for the Women’s Tennis Association (WTA), making it one of only five events in the world outside of the grand slams with events of that caliber occurring during the same week at the same venue. The tournament is also one of the last stops on the Emirates Airline US Open Series before the US Open in New York. Since 1974, the tournament has contributed more than $9 million directly to its beneficiaries: Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, the Barrett Cancer Center and Tennis for City Youth.
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SCHEDULE - SUNDAY, 17 AUGUST 2014
CENTER COURT start 2:00 pm
WTA -  S Williams (USA) vs  A Ivanovic (SRB)
Not Before 4:00 pm
ATP -  D Ferrer (ESP) vs  R Federer (SUI)