Swiss Indoors Basel & Interview With Severin Lüthi

Switzerland is a small country and we’re mainly famous for chocolate, cheese and our banks.
But that has changed. Over the last years a legend has grown – the biggest Tennis player in human history – Roger Federer.
We’re super proud of Roger Federer, especially because we’re a tiny country not very well known for sports. The Roger-mania has changed the image of our nation and turned it into a Tennis loving crowd.
And it’s not simply because he is the best player. He is an example for many of us. 
I’m absolutely addicted to Tennis. Since Roger has started his career I keep following pretty much all of his matches. If you’re a true fan, you’re going through good times. better times, grandslam titles and you keep beleiving even if the whole media asks for Roger’s retirement.

Swiss Indoors Basel Logo
Basel is the biggest ATP tournament in Switzerland. Basel is organising it’s Tennis tournament since 1970, for me it was the 10th time to see matches at the Swiss Indoors in Basel.
I have started my week with the opening match between Rafael Nadal & Lukas Rosol.
The match delivered everything you’d expect. Rafa had a rather difficult season and that clearly showed evidence in this match. Rosol served extremely well and played with almost no unforced errors in the first set. These facts ended up in a 6:1 for Lukas Rosol – impressive.

Lukas Rosol ATP
Rafael Nadal Swiss Indoors
The 2nd set started and not much changed. Rosol was dominating the games and Rafa struggled and shouted to the ball kids. The end of the 2nd set was the turning point of the whole show. Lukas Rosol had to serve for the match (!) which is mentally not that easy. Nadal managed to break him in this very important game. Nadal started to play much better in the 3rd set, leaving Rosol no chance to come back in the match.
That’s the crazy fact about Nadal, he is so diffucult to beat. You have to always expect his comeback.

Nadal Forehand

Swiss Indoors Rafael Nadal

Tuesday was my big day – I was invited by Moët Hennessy to watch Roger’s match against Mikhail Kukushkin. It was a very clear 6:1 / 6:2. What ever Roger tried, it worked. Very skilled and strong forehand, he almost hit his record with 168 km/h.

Roger Federer Swiss Indoors Basel
Roger Federer winning
The match took only 54 minutes. The good news were that I had time to interview Severin Lüthi, the co-trainer of Roger Federer and head of the Davis Cup team. We had a lot of fun during the interview, a big honour to speak to him.
Severin Lüthi Swiss Indoors
Interview with Severin Lüthi
Impressive match today, very strong performance of Roger especially the forehand. Are you happy with the result so far?
Absolutely. One the one hand we know how well he is playing since a long time, and on the other hand we keep being staggered about his level and progress. Great first round for him at Basel. We constantly improved his game and mental condition over the past.
Novak Djokovic isn’t participating but he had an incredible season. Any plan to react on this? Especially at the US Open Federer played outstanding tennis, but Nole was still winning the finals
Indeed, a very stron season of Novak Djokovic. But as a tennis player and as a team you focus on your own game and you’re working as hard as you can to get better every day, even with 34 years. We still beleive that Roger Federer can win more grand slam titles.
Do you know what emotions the fans are going through? Like getting up in the middle of the night, screaming and crying alone in front of the TV? Or organising Sunday tennis brunch with friends? Are you able to feel how much we suffer? (this is the part we had to laugh a lot)
Yeah, we love our fans and the crowd at the matches. It can make the difference. Even old people tell us that they’re getting up in the night to see the matches, it’s fascinating. It’s a gift to have such a great tennis player for so many years. 
Last but not least… Describe a perfect gentleman.
Good manners are important. Opening doors is important for example. And I beleive that a gentleman is always respectful. Giving without taking back is the key to be a gentleman.
Great atmosphere, I’m very grateful for this interview and the supporting brands.
Gilles Simon (ATP 15) showed up at the Moët & Chandon event as well. He unfortunately won a couple of times against Roger 🙂
Gilles Simon Event
Basel, I will be back next year!

Roland Garros 2015

This week I was on my way to Paris, to visit the city and see one of the four Grand Slam tournaments in the world.

Named after the French aviator Roland Garros, it is the premier clay court tennis championship event in the world and the second of four annual Grand Slam tournaments.
The players are usually starting their season on clay, in order to be prepared for those courts. Clay is slower and that makes it a more exhausting type of match. 
There is no doubt that tennis is a sport for gentlemen. Even in the early years the tournaments came up with a dress code for the players. Tennis is one of those games where players are expected to conduct themselves with a certain amount of dignity and grace.
Back to my story, of course I took the HYT H1 – Black DLC & Pink Gold to Paris. Great watch and just ideal for a sports event like this.
Eiffel Tower Roland Garros

Paris was showing all it’s beauty and glance. Such a romantic city with so many beautiful places to visit. There are so many hidden flower stores, cute bars and cafés. Love this city!

The weather was great on Wednesday, sunny and pretty much no clouds. On Thursday when I went to see the matches it was a bit colder, more windy & cloudy.

Paris travel spring
It’s the early bird that catches the worm, so I arrived in the morning to feel the energy of such a big event. That first really impressive moment – when the ballkids are running towards the court ‘Suzanne Lenglen’ and singing songs together – just powerful.
Roland Garros Ball Girls
So, let’s talk about the first game of Men’s Single match.
Rafael Nadal – Nicolàs Almagro
Rafa is the 9-time champion in Paris. 5 titles of them in a row. Nadal is the king of Roland Garros, the crowd loves him here! It is just incredible how strong and fast Rafa is. And meanwhile he is also serving better. All those facts make him my personal tip for the title this year.
Roland Garros Rafa Nadal
Nadal is not only famous for winning Grand Slams, he is also known and feared for his tremendous helicopter forehand (buggy whip). 
Helicopter Forehand Rafa
Almagro played a great match. He made a couple of super points with his strong backhand. During the match he was hitting the lines, but Rafa was a wall.
Nicolàs Almagro Serve
At the end Rafa won 6-4 ¦ 6-3 ¦ 6-1 and was even up for some fun during the interview.
Rafael Nadal Interview
The next big game on court Philippe Chatrier came up, the flag of Roland Garros showed the slight wind on the court and everyone was waiting for another great match.
Roland Garro Banner
Andy Murray – Joao Sousa
This and last season Andy had some changes in his staff, and since he changed the tactics he is getting stronger. Besides on that, he didnt lose a game since he is married, maybe a good sign for him.
As usual, Murray came up with an impressive match. He is definitely one of the best return players on the tour. I think he is super quick with a height of 1,90 meters.
Andy Murray Roland Garros
As a tennis addict, I keep following him since a while. He defintely worked on his service.
Mainly on the first serve, you can see that clearly on the stats board:
Average 80 % 1ST SERVE POINTS WON, that means he wins 80% of the points if he hits the first serve. He still has a lot of room to improve on the 2nd though.
Andy Murray serving
Joao Sousa is a young and strong player. He played a great match and even managed to win a set against Andy Murray. During the 3rd set he was playing a great game and came up even stronger. But somehow Murray brought the set home. But that’s Tennis, that’s sports.
Sousa Tennis Player
After losing the 3rd set, but playing sort of better than Andy – it was the mental constitution that made the difference in this match.
At the end it was 6-2 ¦ 4-6 ¦ 6-4 ¦ 6-1
And as every other tournament, you see and meet legends, sportswomen & -men and of course celebrities
Anna Wintour
Editor-In-Chief for the US Vogue
Tennis lover & Fan of Roger Federer
Anna Wintour Roland Garros
Annabel Croft
Former professional British No. 1 female tennis player 
Radio and TV presenter
Annabel Croft Roland Garros
It was more than awesome, a real gentleman’s experience.
I’d love to visit other tournaments and see more matches!