ATP Resurfaced: Federer Saves 2 M.P. To Defeat Berdych

Editor's Note: ATPTour.com is resurfacing articles to bring fans closer to their favourite players. This story was originally published on 30 March 2017.

Roger Federer held off a streaky Tomas Berdych on Thursday at the Miami Open presented by Itau, saving two match points to reach the semi-finals 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(6).

“I’ve had some tough losses here where I should have won, like against Tomas a few years ago and also against Nishikori, and they stay with you. I’m happy to come have through today,” Federer told ESPN after the match. “I definitely got very lucky at the end, but I think I showed great heart today. I fought and Tomas definitely started to step it up, but it was a great match at the end.”

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Federer hadn't saved a match point en route to victory since erasing three in coming back from two sets down to defeat Marin Cilic in the 2016 Wimbledon quarter-finals. The Swiss maestro moves to 17-1 in 2017, his best start to a season since 2006, and has now won seven straight tie-breaks. Federer is through to his seventh semi-final in Miami and first since 2011.

The fifth seed will play 12th seed Nick Kyrgios for a place in Sunday's final. Kyrgios leads the FedEx ATPHead2Head with Federer 1-0, prevailing on the clay courts of Madrid in 2015 in a third-set tie-break.

"They like the big stage and the belief they have makes them tough to play in any given match," said Federer of Kyrgios and other rising stars on the ATP World Tour. “The question with those guys coming up is what can they bring every single day? How is the mind and the body coping through the newer stress for them that they're experiencing? Some weeks you feel great, some weeks you don't feel so good. That's normal when you're younger and still trying to figure everything out, what their best surface is, how they need to play against certain player types.”

Coming into the quarter-finals, Berdych had dropped serve just once in the tournament. But, putting just one of six first serves into play, the Czech was broken in the opening game of the match. In contrast, Federer fought off a break point in the second game. He held serve throughout and broke Berdych again at 4-2 to put the set beyond doubt.

Berdych regrouped in the second set and took advant

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Wimbledon Announces Cancellation Of The Championships 2020

It is with great regret that the Main Board of the All England Club (AELTC) and the Committee of Management of The Championships have today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.

Uppermost in our mind has been the health and safety of all of those who come together to make Wimbledon happen – the public in the UK and visitors from around the world, our players, guests, members, staff, volunteers, partners, contractors, and local residents – as well as our broader responsibility to society’s efforts to tackle this global challenge to our way of life.

Since the emergence of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in January, we have followed guidance from the UK Government and public health authorities in relation to our year-round operations, alongside developing an understanding of the likely trajectory of the outbreak in the UK. This has enabled analysis of the impact of the Government restrictions on the usual commencement in April of the significant preparations required to stage The Championships, either on the original date of 29 June, or at a later date in the summer of 2020.

These considerations are particularly related to the concerns brought about by mass gatherings and the strain on the medical and emergency services, as well as movement and travel restrictions both within the UK and around the world. With the likelihood that the Government’s measures will continue for many months, it is our view that we must act responsibly to protect the large numbers of people required to prepare The Championships from being at risk – from the training of ball boys and girls to thousands of officials, line judges, stewards, players, suppliers, media and contractors who convene on the AELTC Grounds – and equally to consider that the people, supplies and services legally required to stage The Championships would not be available at any point this summer, thus ruling out postponement.

Following a series of detailed deliberations on all of the above, it is the Committee of Management’s view that cancellation of The Championships is the best decision in the interests of public health, and that being able to provide certainty by taking this decision now, rather than in several weeks, is important for everyone involved in tennis and The Champion

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ATP & WTA Announce Further Suspension Of Tours

In conjunction with the cancellation of The Championships, Wimbledon, the ATP and WTA have jointly announced the continued suspension of the ATP and WTA Tours until July 13, 2020, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

In addition to Wimbledon, the suspension covers the entirety of the ATP/WTA European grass court swing, including ATP events in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Stuttgart, London-Queen’s, Halle, Mallorca, Eastbourne, as well as WTA events in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Nottingham, Birmingham, Berlin, Eastbourne and Bad Homburg. The suspension comes into effect at all levels of the professional game, including the ATP Challenger Tour, as well as the ITF World Tennis Tour. At this time, tournaments taking place from July 13, 2020 onwards are still planning to proceed as per the published schedule.

The ATP and WTA realise the importance and responsibility to prioritise the health and safety of the tennis community and general public while assessing the feasibility of the Tours’ resumption.

“Regrettably, the ongoing COVID-19 global pandemic leaves us with no choice but to suspend the Tour further; a decision we’ve made in close cooperation with our members and the other governing bodies of tennis,” said Andrea Gaudenzi, ATP Chairman. “Health and safety remains the top priority as we navigate the challenges ahead in these unprecedented times, and we will do everything we can for the Tour to resume at the earliest opportunity once it is safe to do so.”

“This was a decision that the WTA and its members did not take lightly, however we remain vigilant in protecting the health and safety of our players, staff and fans,” said Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO. “While we share in the disappointment of the season’s further postponement, our priority remains to support each other during this unprecedented time and work together as a sport in preparation of our return to play.”

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My Point: Johnson Reflects On Father's Memory

Editor's Note: ATPTour.com is resurfacing features to bring fans closer to their favourite players. This story was originally published on 11 May 2018.

My hands were on my knees as I stood bent over behind the baseline. After retaining my title in Houston last month, I was choking back tears.

I looked to the sky and pumped my fist as I walked to the net to embrace my opponent, Tennys Sandgren, a first-time finalist who I knew wanted to win his first trophy badly. When I put my head down on his chest, Tennys said something I will never forget.

“I know our Dads are watching in the crowd.”

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I was doing my best to hold it together. But when Tennys, who lost his father a number of years ago, said that, I let it all out.

One year ago today, just 25 days after winning my first title on home soil in Houston, my dad, Steve Johnson Sr., passed away in his sleep.

I had just fulfilled a dream we shared — earning a trophy in the United States. But that was the last match he ever saw me play. Suddenly, Dad was gone.

*****

I vividly remember when Mom called that Thursday.

I’d checked into my flight to Rome at Los Angeles International Airport and had just dropped off my bags. It was 6:30 in the morning when my phone rang. Mom’s an early riser, so it wasn’t completely out of the ordinary that she was calling. I figured she probably just wanted to tell me to have a safe flight.

I was barely 10 feet from the United Airlines counter, walking toward security when she gave me the most devastating news of my life. I only had a few words in me.

“I’m coming home.”

I hung up the phone and jumped into a cab back to my house. I called my agent since my bags were checked in, and he told me not to worry about a thing — just go be with family. My then-fiancee — Kendall Bateman, whom I married on 21 April of this year — and I then got in our car and drove to Orange, California, where my parents lived. The radio was off. We sat in silence. My eyes were wide open in shock.

When we drove around the corner of my parents’ block, I saw a police car, a medic, and some family members’ cars. I still see all those cars outside the house sometimes when I make that turn. I’l

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De Minaur's Golf Game, Wawrinka's Clones: Tennis At Home Roundup

Your favourite players are all back at home, but they're finding plenty of ways to stay active. From Alex de Minaur breaking out the golf clubs - albeit inside - to Stan Wawrinka celebrating his birthday by any means necessary, find out how the biggest names in tennis are keeping busy.

De Minaur showed that he's talented in more than one sport.

I’m hoping this one counts tho.... 🤷‍♂️😂😳!!!! @atptour #TennisAtHome #StayAtHome #StaySafe pic.twitter.com/gO1jqFB0fp

— alex de minaur (@alexdeminaur) March 30, 2020

Wawrinka made sure that he wasn't alone to celebrate his 35th birthday this past Saturday.

Nothing will stop me from celebrating a birthday 🤷🏻‍♂️🎁🎂🍾🥳😂 #NiceTryQuarantine #HouseBirthday #HouseParty #StanTheMan #Quarantine #Birthday #ThankYou #AlwaysAParty #KeepingMyselfEntertained pic.twitter.com/wUmMa3b6Kf

— Stanislas Wawrinka (@stanwawrinka) March 28, 2020

Roger Federer braved the snow to work on his trick shots.

Making sure I still remember how to hit trick shots #TennisAtHome pic.twitter.com/DKDKQTaluY

— Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) March 30, 2020

Novak Djokovic appears to be adding serve-and-volley tennis to his arsenal.

Competition never stops 💪🏼😂 #tennisathome🎾🏠

Такмичење није престало 😂 pic.twitter.com/JG8ux5DSdB

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 31, 2020

Borna Coric is keeping his volleys sharp.

Practice at home with Borna 👇@borna_coric | #tennisathome pic.twitter.com/vbMeRuC5Fl

— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 30, 2020

Alexander Zverev and Marcelo Melo held an Instagram Live with an unexpected ending.

Plot twist 🤪

Which two players would you like to see go live together? 📲#tennisathome pic.twitter.com/RS2IoGMewq

— ATP Tour (@atptour) March 30, 2020

Fabio Fognini proved that just about anything can work as a net.

Getting creative 🎾🧺🤹🏼‍♂️💕#tennislife#stayathome#iorestoacasa#

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No Racquet, No Problem For Novak: Djokovic's Epic Pan Rally At Home

Novak Djokovic is taking #TennisAtHome to a whole new level.

The World No. 1 long ago proved himself a master with a tennis racquet. But Tuesday on social media, the Serbian showed he is not too shabby with a pan, either. 

Competition never stops 💪🏼😂 #tennisathome🎾🏠

Такмичење није престало 😂 pic.twitter.com/JG8ux5DSdB

— Novak Djokovic (@DjokerNole) March 31, 2020

Djokovic posted a couple rallies he has enjoyed inside his home, using both sides of a pan to reflex volleys at the "net". 

[TENNIS AT HOME]

In addition to encouraging fans to stay at home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, Djokovic and his wife, Jelena Djokovic, previously announced that that they will donate €1 million through the Novak Djokovic Foundation for the purchase of ventilators and medical equipment to support hospitals and other medical institutions in their battle against coronavirus in Serbia.

“The fight is not easy, numbers are not pleasant, but I am convinced that we will manage to make it out of this stronger than before,” Novak told local media according to his foundation. “It is important to remain united in this fight, to help each other, so we can defeat this virus faster and easier. We would like to use this opportunity to invite everyone else to join us and help numerous families and people who need help to survive and get healthy again.”

Read more: https://www.atptour.com/en/news/djokovic-pans-rally-instagram-march-2020

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