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Federer brands new special move as the 'SABR'

Watch out for the 'SABR'. Credit: PA

Roger Federer has branded his new special move "SABR" - the sneak attack by Roger.

The new shot was invented by the 17-time major champion in Cincinnati last month where he charged his opponent's serve and hit half-volley returns from the edge of the service line.

The audacious move proved a hit with Federer and fans alike, with the Swiss continuing to unleash his latest weapon in tournaments ever since.

Federer eased into the US Open fourth round on Friday with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 win over Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and after the match announced a name for his new stroke.

"We sort of came up with that name, sneak attack by Roger, SABR," Federer said.

"I don't know. Call it 'Fed-Attack', call it whatever you want, but I thought it was kind of funny.

"Today again it worked a couple of times. I didn't get that many second serves when I thought I could use it, but moving forward it's an option."

Classy Roger Federer safely through in straight sets

Federer coasted into round two. Credit: PA

Roger Federer produced some magical tennis to sweep aside Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 6-1 6-3 6-3 in the sweltering heat on centre court.

The seven-times Wimbledon champion took only one hour and eight minutes to progress into the second round, and remains on course for his 18th Grand Slam.

Andy Murray's match against Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin is next up on the showpiece court.


Roger Federer knocked out of the Australian Open

Multiple Grand Slam winner Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Australian Open. Credit: Dubreuil Corinne/ABACA/PA

Four-time Champion Roger Federer has been knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round.

Federer was beaten in Melbourne by Italian Andreas Seppi 4-6, 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-7 (5-7).

Meanwhile Britain's Andy Murray went through after beating Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-1, 6-1, 7-5.

Federer matches Connors and Lendl with 1,000th career win

Swiss tennis legend Roger Federer joined an elite club by claiming his 1,000th career win with a win over Canada's Milos Raonic in the final of the Brisbane International.

Roger Federer in action in Brisbane. Credit: David Kapernick/AAP/PA

Only Jimmy Connors and Ivan Lendl had achieved the feat before in the Open era; Federer reached the landmark after seeing off Raonic 6-4 6-7 (2/7) 6-4.

The milestone will give Federer plenty of momentum heading into the Australian Open, which gets under way in Melbourne next Monday.

Fans receive 60% refund for Tour finals showpiece

Federer walked onto court to explain his injury. Credit: PA

Fans who bought tickets for Sunday's ATP World Tour Finals event will receive a 60% refund after Rodger Federer pulled out of the men's final.

Federer was forced to withdraw from his eagerly anticipated showdown with world number one Novak Djokovic after suffering a back injury during his semi-final victory over Stan Wawrinka.

Andy Murray, who was thrashed by Federer earlier in the tournament, agreed to step in for a one set exhibition match with Djokovic, but organisers have agreed to reimburse fans.

A statement on the ATP World Tour website read:

"Following the unfortunate circumstances that prevented the singles final from taking place as part of the final session of the 2014 ATP World Tour Finals , all ticket holders who purchased regular tickets through authorised ticketing channels will receive an automatic 60% refund.

Customers will be contacted directly via their respective ticketing outlets with specific details on how they will receive their refund."


Andy Murray out of ATP Finals after Federer thrashing

Andy Murray has been emphatically knocked out of tennis' ATP World Tour Finals after a punishing 6-0 6-1 defeat to Roger Federer.

The first set score at London's O2 Arena confirmed the British number one's tournament exit as he could no longer better the record of his inspired Swiss opponent nor his previous Group B conqueror Kei Nishikori.

The solitary game won by Andy Murray in the second set prevented him for recording a new career worst defeat. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
Murray was utterly outclassed by the 17-time grand slam winner at the O2 Arena. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Federer's dominance proved unrelenting as he raced into a 5-0 second set lead until Murray salvaged some pride and a few home court cheers by winning a game at the 12th attempt.

Both Federer and Nishikori progress to the semi finals of the competition, which features the year's top eight players only.

Murray to face Federer in London

Murray will play Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals. Credit: PA

Andy Murray will go head-to-head with six-time champion Roger Federer at the ATP World Tour Finals in London.

Despite that, the British number one looks to have been given a kind draw as he was matched with Federer, Kei Nishikori and Milos Raonic in Group B, with the latter two competitors playing in the season-ending tournament for the first time.

Murray avoided world number one Djokovic, who has beaten Murray on the four occasions they have played each other this year.

Djokovic will face Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych and Marin Cilic in Group A.

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