Today I am writing you from beautiful Singapore. We’re staying at the Marina Bay Sands — just a simply unbelievable Hotel. I have never seen a Hotel pool like that. Take a look, the view is just amazing!
Beautiful infinity pool at Marina Bay Sands Hotel
The Singapore Championships are really very, very special to me. Not only because this could be the last championship for me (you never know ) but the people, the housing and organization have been outstanding. Everybody who is involved is working so hard to make this event a special memory for all of the players. I am just feeling very privileged to be a part of this tournament. To actually qualify for the championship has been very difficult and I am so glad Kata and I made it this year! It was a bumpy road for both of us with ups and downs but…we made it and that is what counts! You’re trying all year long to get here, this is the goal and dream for all of us. We made it and are still hungry for more!
Today Katarina and I have our first round match. We’re playing Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci. They are the number one team in the world and we sure have to play our best if we want to beat them again. But of course we will try! Kata, our coach (Torsten), and I just finished our pre match meeting where we watch videos of our opponents and discuss as a team, what might be the best tactic for tonight’s match. We have played them so often and have actually a great record against them, so we hope we can continue with that tonight, we will see.
Roger Federer after he captured his fifth consecutive Wimbledon title in 2007, defeating Rafael Nadal in five sets. Photo courtesy of Cynthia Lum.
First, we can start with some of the statistics from Roger Federer‘s illustrious career…
- most Grand Slam titles (17)
- most Grand Slam final appearances (25) and consecutive appearances (10)
- most consecutive Grand Slam SF (23) and QF (36) appearances
- shares the record for most titles at three of the four Grand Slams: Wimbledon (7), US Open (5) and Australian Open (4)
- most weeks ranked as world #1 (302)
- only player to be ranked #1 for 200 consecutive weeks
- ranked as one of the top two players in the world for a record 346 consecutive weeks
- holds the longest ever winning streak on grass (65 matches)
- holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streaks on hard courts (56 matches, 36 matches)
- holds the longest and second-longest ever winning streak against top 10 opponents (26 matches, 17 matches)
- most consecutive finals won (24)
- most consecutive Grand Slam appearances (60)
**records are for male players in the Open era
In an unlikely turn of events at the US Open, two players who had never made it to a Grand Slam final found themselves taking the stage to battle on Monday.
Croatian sensation and Head player, Marin Cilic closed out an amazing two week run by defeating Kei Nishikori 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 in a routine win. With 17 aces and 35 winners, Cilic saved 8 of the 9 break points he faced and played like he belonged at the top. The 25 year old credited his win to all of his hard work and his team, including former Wimbledon Champion, Goran Ivanisevic. Nishikori also had a tournament to be proud of, left his heart on the court but just didn’t have enough to put away the big hitting Cilic on Monday.
On the women’s side of things, off court besties, Serena Williams and Caroline Wozniacki faced each other in the finals. Serena proved to be too strong again and was running Wozniacki all over the court — even her marathon training wasn’t enough to upset the number one seed. Serena captured her 6th US Open title and 18th Grand Slam title to add to her impressive resume.
The Bryan Brothers hit 100 titles last weekend at the Open taking the men’s doubles, while the Russian team of Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina, long time Fed Cup partners, captured the Women’s doubles title.
I don’t know about you guys, but I’m already missing the tennis…good thing we have some Davis Cup action to look forward to this weekend!
Play with heart,