2019 Roger Federer tennis season

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2019 Roger Federer tennis season
Full nameRoger Federer
Country  Switzerland
Calendar prize money$3,117,288
Singles
Season record22–3 (88%)
Calendar titles2
Current rankingNo. 3
Ranking change from previous yearSteady
Grand Slam results
Australian Open4R
Doubles
Season record0–0
Current rankingUnranked
Mixed Doubles
Season record3–1 (75%)
Last updated on: 20 May 2019.

The 2019 Roger Federer tennis season began on 30 December 2018, with the start of the Hopman Cup.[1]

Year summary[edit]

Early hard court season[edit]

Hopman Cup[edit]

As in the past two seasons, Roger Federer paired with Belinda Bencic at the Hopman Cup, representing Switzerland. Federer defeated Cameron Norrie from Great Britain, Frances Tiafoe from the United States and Stefanos Tsitsipas from Greece, all in straight sets, to help Switzerland advance to the final. The tie against the United States was remarkable for staging the first-ever meeting between Federer and Serena Williams, arguably considered one of the best female tennis players of all time, in a mixed doubles match also involving Bencic and Tiafoe.[2]

With Federer defeating Alexander Zverev in straight sets, and like in the previous year, they defeated Germany 2–1 in the final to clinch Federer's third and Switzerland's fourth Hopman Cup title overall. The mixed doubles title match was decided in the final point, with Bencic forcing an error from Zverev to help Switzerland win the match and the tournament.[3]

Australian Open[edit]

As the two-time defending champion, Federer entered the first Grand Slam tournament of the season, the Australian Open, as the No. 3 seed. His first match was a straight-sets victory over Denis Istomin, followed by another one against Daniel Evans. In the third round he defeated Taylor Fritz, again in straight sets, but was upset by Stefanos Tsitsipas in the fourth round, losing in four tight sets.

Being the defending champion and as a result of losing in the fourth round, he dropped out of the Top 5 in the ATP Rankings.[4] In a post-tournament interview, he admitted that he plans to play the clay court season in 2019, after two years of skipping it.[5]

Dubai Tennis Championships[edit]

After skipping the tournament in 2018, Federer returned to Dubai to play the Dubai Tennis Championships. Having dropped to No. 7 in the world two weeks before, he was the tournament's No. 2 seed. In the first two rounds, he defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber and Fernando Verdasco in three sets, advancing to a quarterfinal match against Márton Fucsovics. Federer defeated Fucsovics in straight sets, booking his place in the semifinals to face the 22-year-old and No. 6 seed Borna Ćorić. He defeated Ćorić, also in straight sets, to set a final against another youngster, Stefanos Tsitsipas, in a rematch from their Australian Open encounter in January – which Federer lost. By defeating Tsitsipas in straight sets, Federer won the tournament and made history by becoming the second male tennis player in history to reach 100 singles titles. With his victory, he returned to No. 4 in the ATP Rankings.

Indian Wells Masters[edit]

Fresh off his victory in Dubai, Federer began his participation in the Indian Wells Masters by defeating Peter Gojowczyk in straight sets on the second round, after getting a first round bye. He then defeated his fellow countryman Stan Wawrinka in dominant fashion, also in straight sets, to book his first ever meeting with Kyle Edmund in the fourth round. He defeated Edmund in straight sets to secure a place in the quarterfinals, setting up another first ever encounter with Hubert Hurkacz. Federer defeated Hurkacz, again in two sets, to set a blockbuster semifinal with Rafael Nadal, which would have been the thirty-ninth meeting in their famous rivalry. However, Nadal was forced to withdraw from the tournament due to a knee injury sustained in his last match – and therefore, Federer reached a record-breaking ninth tournament final. In the final, he was defeated by the No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem in a three-set match.

Miami Open[edit]

Federer next played in the Miami Open as the No. 4 seed, following the withdrawal of Rafael Nadal. This was the first edition of the tournament following the location change from Key Biscayne to the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens. After the usual first round bye, he defeated Radu Albot, Filip Krajinović and the No. 13 seed Daniil Medvedev in succession to advance to a quarterfinal match with the No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson. With a bagel in the first set, he defeated Anderson in straight sets to advance to a semifinal first meeting with the 19-year-old Denis Shapovalov. Federer ended up easily defeating Shapovalov to reach his third final of the season. He also became the first player to reach 50 Masters 1000 tournament finals, breaking the tie with Rafael Nadal. In the final, he defeated John Isner in straight sets to win the 28th Masters 1000 title of his career.

Spring clay court season[edit]

Madrid Open[edit]

For the first time in three years, Roger Federer committed to play the spring clay court season. His first tournament was the Madrid Open, a Masters 1000 tournament, which he played as the No. 4 seed. In his first clay court match since 2016, and after a first round bye, he defeated Richard Gasquet in straight sets – on the twentieth meeting between the two – in under an hour of play. In the third round, he defeated Gaël Monfils in three sets, with the final set decided in a tiebreak after saving two match points. Therefore, he reached the quarterfinals, where he lost to Dominic Thiem in three sets – this time squandering two match points himself in the second set tiebreak.

Italian Open[edit]

Following the loss at the Madrid Open, Federer confirmed his presence at the Italian Open on the week after.[6] After a first round bye, and due to a rain delay on the day before, Federer defeated João Sousa – in straight sets – and Borna Ćorić – in a third set tiebreak, saving once again two match points – on the same day, in the second and third rounds, respectively, to qualify for the quarterfinals. However, he was forced to withdrew before the match against Stefanos Tsitsipas due to a right leg injury.

French Open[edit]

For the first time in four years, Federer will play the season's second and only clay court major, the French Open. He will enter the tournament as the No. 3 seed.

All matches[edit]

This table chronicles all the matches of Roger Federer in 2019, including walkovers (W/O) which the ATP does not count as wins.

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

Singles matches[edit]

Tournament Match Round Opponent (Seed or Key) Rank Result Score


Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam tournament
Hard, outdoor
14 – 27 January 2019
1 / 1441 1R Uzbekistan Denis Istomin 101 Win 6–3, 6–4, 6–4
2 / 1442 2R United Kingdom Daniel Evans (Q) 189 Win 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–3), 6–3
3 / 1443 3R United States Taylor Fritz 50 Win 6–2, 7–5, 6–2
4 / 1444 4R Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas (14) 15 Loss 7–6(13–11), 6–7(3–7), 5–7, 6–7(5–7)
Dubai Tennis Championships
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
ATP Tour 500
Hard, outdoor
25 February – 2 March 2019
5 / 1445 1R Germany Philipp Kohlschreiber 31 Win 6–4, 3–6, 6–1
6 / 1446 2R Spain Fernando Verdasco 32 Win 6–3, 3–6, 6–3
7 / 1447 QF Hungary Márton Fucsovics 35 Win 7–6(8–6), 6–4
8 / 1448 SF Croatia Borna Ćorić (6) 13 Win 6–2, 6–2
9 / 1449 W Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas (5) 11 Win (1) 6–4, 6–4
Indian Wells Masters
Indian Wells, United States
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
4 – 17 March 2019
1R Bye
10 / 1450 2R Germany Peter Gojowczyk 85 Win 6–1, 7–5
11 / 1451 3R Switzerland Stan Wawrinka 40 Win 6–3, 6–4
12 / 1452 4R United Kingdom Kyle Edmund (22) 23 Win 6–1, 6–4
13 / 1453 QF Poland Hubert Hurkacz 67 Win 6–4, 6–4
SF Spain Rafael Nadal (2) 2 Walkover N/A
14 / 1454 F Austria Dominic Thiem (7) 8 Loss (1) 6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Miami Open
Miami, United States
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Hard, outdoor
18 – 31 March 2019
1R Bye
15 / 1455 2R Moldova Radu Albot (Q) 46 Win 4–6, 7–5, 6–3
16 / 1456 3R Serbia Filip Krajinović 103 Win 7–5, 6–3
17 / 1457 4R Russia Daniil Medvedev (13) 15 Win 6–4, 6–2
18 / 1458 QF South Africa Kevin Anderson (6) 7 Win 6–0, 6–4
19 / 1459 SF Canada Denis Shapovalov (20) 23 Win 6–2, 6–4
20 / 1460 W United States John Isner (7) 9 Win (2) 6–1, 6–4
Madrid Open
Madrid, Spain
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
5 – 12 May 2019
1R Bye
21 / 1461 2R France Richard Gasquet 39 Win 6–2, 6–3
22 / 1462 3R France Gaël Monfils (15) 18 Win 6–0, 4–6, 7–6(7–3)
23 / 1463 QF Austria Dominic Thiem (5) 5 Loss 6–3, 6–7(11–13), 4–6
Italian Open
Rome, Italy
ATP Tour Masters 1000
Clay, outdoor
12 – 19 May 2019
1R Bye
24 / 1464 2R Portugal João Sousa 72 Win 6–4, 6–3
25 / 1465 3R Croatia Borna Ćorić (13) 15 Win 2–6, 6–4, 7–6(9–7)
QF Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas (8) 7 Withdrew N/A
French Open
Paris, France
Grand Slam tournament
Clay, outdoor
26 May – 9 June 2019
26 / 1466 1R Italy Lorenzo Sonego

Hopman Cup matches[edit]

Singles[edit]

Tournament Match Round Opponent (Seed or Key) Rank Result Score


Hopman Cup
Perth, Australia
Hopman Cup
Hard, indoor
29 December 2018 – 5 January 2019
1 / 29 RR United Kingdom Cameron Norrie 90 Win 6–1, 6–1
3 / 31 RR United States Frances Tiafoe 39 Win 6–4, 6–1
5 / 33 RR Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 15 Win 7–6(7–5), 7–6(7–4)
7 / 35 W Germany Alexander Zverev 4 Win 6–4, 6–2

Mixed doubles[edit]

Tournament Match Round Opponents (Seed or Key) Ranks Result Score


Hopman Cup
Perth, Australia
Hopman Cup
Hard, indoor
29 December 2018 – 5 January 2019
Partner: Switzerland Belinda Bencic
2 / 30 RR United Kingdom Katie Boulter / United Kingdom Cameron Norrie – / – Win 4–3(5–4), 4–1
4 / 32 RR United States Serena Williams / United States Frances Tiafoe – / – Win 4–2, 4–3(5–3)
6 / 34 RR Greece Maria Sakkari / Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas – / – Loss 3–4(4–5), 4–2, 3–4(3–5)
8 / 36 W Germany Angelique Kerber / Germany Alexander Zverev – / – Win 4–0, 1–4, 4–3(5–4)

Schedule[edit]

Per Roger Federer, this is his current 2019 schedule (subject to change).

Singles schedule[edit]

Date Tournament Location Category Surface Prev.
result
Prev.
points
New
points
Result
14 January 2019–
27 January 2019
Australian Open Melbourne (AUS) Grand Slam Hard W 2000 180 Fourth round (lost to Stefanos Tsitsipas, 7–6(13–11), 6–7(3–7), 5–7, 6–7(5–7))
25 February 2019–
2 March 2019
Dubai Tennis Championships Dubai (UAE) 500 Series Hard A N/A 500 Champion (defeated Stefanos Tsitsipas, 6–4, 6–4)
4 March 2019–
17 March 2019
Indian Wells Masters Indian Wells (USA) Masters 1000 Hard F 600 600 Final (lost to Dominic Thiem, 6–3, 3–6, 5–7)
18 March 2019–
31 March 2019
Miami Open Miami (USA) Masters 1000 Hard 2R 10 1000 Champion (defeated John Isner, 6–1, 6–4)
5 May 2019–
12 May 2019
Madrid Open Madrid (ESP) Masters 1000 Clay A N/A 180 Quarterfinals (lost to Dominic Thiem, 6–3, 6–7(11–13), 4–6)
12 May 2019–
19 May 2019
Italian Open Rome (ITA) Masters 1000 Clay A N/A 180 Quarterfinals (withdrew to Stefanos Tsitsipas)
26 May 2019–
9 June 2019
French Open Paris (FRA) Grand Slam Clay A N/A
17 June 2019–
23 June 2019
Halle Open Halle (GER) 500 Series Grass F 300
1 July 2019–
14 July 2019
Wimbledon London (GBR) Grand Slam Grass QF 360
Race to London points as of Italian Open 3110 2640 Decrease 470 difference
Total year-end points 6420

Yearly records[edit]

Head-to-head matchups[edit]

ATP and Grand Slam sanctioned matches[edit]

Roger Federer has a 22–3 (88% of wins) ATP match win-loss record in the 2019 season. His record against players who were part of the ATP Rankings Top Ten at the time of their meetings is 2–2 (50% of wins). Bold indicates player was ranked top 10 at time of at least one meeting. The following list is ordered by number of wins:

* Statistics correct as of 16 May 2019.

ITF sanctioned matches[edit]

His official ITF sanctioned season record for 2019 is 26–3 (89.66% of wins). While these are official sanctioned matches per the ITF, the ATP does not count them in their totals. Bold indicates player was ranked top 10 at time of at least one meeting. The extra ITF matches are as follows:

Finals[edit]

Singles: 3 (2 titles, 1 runner-up)[edit]

Category
Grand Slam (0–0)
ATP Finals (0–0)
ATP Tour Masters 1000 (1–1)
ATP Tour 500 (1–0)
ATP Tour 250 (0–0)
Titles by surface
Hard (2–1)
Clay (0–0)
Grass (0–0)
Titles by setting
Outdoor (2–1)
Indoor (0–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Win 1–0 Mar 2019 Dubai Tennis Championships, United Arab Emirates (8) 500 Series Hard Greece Stefanos Tsitsipas 6–4, 6–4
Loss 1–1 Mar 2019 Indian Wells Masters, United States Masters 1000 Hard Austria Dominic Thiem 6–3, 3–6, 5–7
Win 2–1 Mar 2019 Miami Open, United States (4) Masters 1000 Hard United States John Isner 6–1, 6–4

Team competitions: 1 (1 title)[edit]

Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Partner(s) Opponents Score
Win 1–0 Jan 2019 Hopman Cup, Australia (3) Hopman Cup Hard (i) Switzerland Belinda Bencic Germany Angelique Kerber
Germany Alexander Zverev
2–1

Earnings[edit]

  • Bold font denotes tournament win
Event Prize money Year-to-date
Australian Open A$260,000 $187,512
Dubai Tennis Championships $565,635 $753,147
Indian Wells Masters $686,000 $1,439,147
Miami Open $1,354,010 $2,793,157
Madrid Open €160,920 $2,973,306
Italian Open €128,200 $3,117,288
$3,117,288

Figures in United States dollars (USD) unless noted.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roger Federer cruises to win at Hopman Cup". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Serena Williams and Roger Federer to play each other for first time". The Guardian. Associated Press. 31 December 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Swiss bliss: Federer and Bencic claim historic title". Retrieved 6 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Rankings Update: Federer To Drop From Top 5; Zverev Eyes World No. 2 Slot". ATP Tour. 19 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Roger Federer plans to play clay-court season after Australian Open exit". BBC. 20 January 2019. Retrieved 21 January 2019.
  6. ^ Eccleshare, Charlie (May 11, 2019). "Roger Federer to play in Rome as he steps up French Open preparations". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved May 11, 2019.

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