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Bearded Federer has close shave

fed beardRoger Federer is currently on a streak he hasn’t been on in many, many years: he hasn’t shaved in more than a week. But the Gillette brand ambassador had a close shave when he went up against Kei Nishikori in the Barclays World Tour Finals, emerging victorious with only a three-point advantage.

Beards and shaves apart, Federer has had a mixed 2015. Experts and fans will argue we are witnessing a resurgent Roger, playing the best tennis he has played in recent years. He even beat Novak Djokovic three times. He has won six titles in 2015, but the fact remains: Roger Federer has not won a Grand Slam in 2015, despite reaching the final in two of them.

However, his form in the recent past looks promising and his latest victory – a grinding, shot-for-shot, 130-minute battle against the Japanese Kei Nishikori – will only boost the Swiss’ confidence for the coming year.

Against Nishikori, Federer struggled with his serve, was broken five times, and was cornered into the ‘backhand cage’ – forced to play one backhand after another till he made an unforced error. But Federer persevered, battling on to win a sixth break point and ultimately clinching the game with a resounding smash.

The stats show how close this round-robin match was: Federer won 96 points, Nishikori 93. Federer won 7-5, 4-6, 6-4.

After the match, though, there were more questions about the beard than the match.

“If it itches too much, I’ll take it off,” Federer said. “If my girls can’t stand it, I’ll take it off. If I look in the mirror and I don’t like it, I’ll take it off. Maybe I’ll think of Santa and keep it. It’s around the corner. I don’t know yet.”

As for his wife, Mirka, “She’s fine with it.”

“I mean, she’s OK, I guess,” he added. “I do take decisions by myself sometimes.”

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