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‘Roger Federer wishes that there would be…’, says former ATP ace

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In his worst season since 2001, Roger Federer only managed one title in 2013. The Swiss was unable to contend with Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray who left him behind. Willing to make radical changes, Roger started playing with the most oversized racket frame and claimed new faces, contacting one of his idols, Stefan Edberg.

The Swede went to Dubai with Roger for a week, where they met and chemistry was born. With Stefan at his side, Federer reached the semifinal of the Australian Open in 2014 before winning their first title together in Dubai.

The Swiss was a finalist in Indian Wells and Monte Carlo before defending his Halle title and moving on to the Wimbledon final. He lost it to Novak Djokovic in five exciting sets and missed the opportunity to add another Major trophy to his case.

Federer conquered Cincinnati, Shanghai and Basel at the end of the season, backed by the semifinal at the US Open and the title match at the ATP Finals. For the first time in three years, Federer won six ATP titles in 2015, including Brisbane, Dubai, Istanbul, Halle, Cincinnati and Basel.

As in the previous season, Roger was incisive and aggressive, rushing the net and keeping the points on his racket as much as possible.

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Stakhovsky talks about Federer

Former tennis player Sergiy Stakhovsky has confirmed that Roger Federer has answered his call for help amid the war between Ukraine and Russia.

“Roger Federer wishes that there would be peace soon,” Sergiy Stakhovsky said. “He and (his wife) Mirka’s foundation are looking for ways to help the children in Ukraine and also to look after some in Switzerland.”

That said, the Ukrainian highlighted how Djokovic’s response to the situation was understandably different given the Serb lived through war as a youngster. “With Novak it’s a different situation again because he lived through (the war) when he was young,” he said.

“So he knows exactly what our children have to go through. I can’t say I’m comfortable with a gun,” Stakhovsky said. “And that’s let’s say, even if I was able to conclude, killing someone marks you for life.

I don’t think Ukrainians want to do this voluntarily. But we have no other choice. If we don’t defend ourselves, we no longer have a country to defend and also no country in which we live.” Since March 14, the French government has decided to lift COVID-19 restrictions in public spaces; except for at hospitals, retirement homes, and public transport.

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