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Federer advice helped Kuznetsova!!

Svetlana Kuznetsova says a chance meeting with Roger Federer helped turn her career around and ultimately led to Saturday's French Open victory.

The Russian beat compatriot Dinara Safina 6-4 6-2 to win at Roland Garros.

And Kuznetsova, who moved to Spain as a 13-year-old, said that Federer had helped by backing her return to Russia.

Kuznetsova revealed: "He said - 'Look you can only depend on yourself. You can control it. If you can concentrate and live in Moscow, do this.'"

The pair met at the Olympic Games in Beijing last year, where Kuznetsova had lost in the first round and was struggling for motivation.

"I say, I don't want to train, I don't want to think about it," said the 23-year-old, who was still at the academy in Barcelona she had joined nine years earlier.


I put pressure on myself because I really wanted to win. I just didn't handle it

Dinara Safina

"I don't want to go back to Spain. I said a few times I want to quit playing tennis. I said it, I never felt it."

A 10-minute conversation with Federer in Beijing clarified matters for the Russian.

"He was listening and I said I want to move from Spain. I want to go to Russia. I don't know what to do.

"He said - 'Look you can only depend on yourself. You can control it. If you can concentrate and live in Moscow, do this.'

"I came back to Moscow and I worked hard. I had my passion, I have my friends, I am in my home country. I'm very patriotic. I love being there. This was a big turning point."

WOW!! Fed is earning some brownie points from WTA!!! Fed does seem to be a good listener. Much better turnaround after the Jankovic remark.
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Roger is da man
respected just as much in the WTA world as in the ATP
Sveta is a huge Roger fangirl, I've even seen her wearing his RF trademark cap once

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Svetlana Kuznetsova says a chance meeting with Roger Federer helped turn her career around and ultimately led to Saturday's French Open victory.

The Russian beat compatriot Dinara Safina 6-4 6-2 to win at Roland Garros.

And Kuznetsova, who moved to Spain as a 13-year-old, said that Federer had helped by backing her return to Russia.

Kuznetsova revealed: "He said - 'Look you can only depend on yourself. You can control it. If you can concentrate and live in Moscow, do this.'"

The pair met at the Olympic Games in Beijing last year, where Kuznetsova had lost in the first round and was struggling for motivation.

"I say, I don't want to train, I don't want to think about it," said the 23-year-old, who was still at the academy in Barcelona she had joined nine years earlier.


I put pressure on myself because I really wanted to win. I just didn't handle it

Dinara Safina

"I don't want to go back to Spain. I said a few times I want to quit playing tennis. I said it, I never felt it."

A 10-minute conversation with Federer in Beijing clarified matters for the Russian.

"He was listening and I said I want to move from Spain. I want to go to Russia. I don't know what to do.

"He said - 'Look you can only depend on yourself. You can control it. If you can concentrate and live in Moscow, do this.'

"I came back to Moscow and I worked hard. I had my passion, I have my friends, I am in my home country. I'm very patriotic. I love being there. This was a big turning point."

WOW!! Fed is earning some brownie points from WTA!!! Fed does seem to be a good listener. Much better turnaround after the Jankovic remark.
Translation: "Stop bothering me and crawl back to the hole you came from". Can't believe Fed get credits for this

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Translation: "Stop bothering me and crawl back to the hole you came from". Can't believe Fed get credits for this
I've read more than once that Sveta is Federer's favorite WTA player, including during Henin's reign.

Both have used squash shots as defensive-offensive weapons at this year's French.
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Sawan, who will no doubt be beside himself at another event he perceives as a "Roger is the best human being who ever lived!" moment.
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roddick is a better guy off court.
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Man of the people.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Q. Sveta,to get to this point where you go back to Moscow and you start putting things together, what was really the most important thing? Taking pressure off? Not worrying about winning? Believing more in yourself? Being more independent?

SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I came back to Moscow, and I had so many people telling me, You wouldn't be able to play here. You are not able to train here, because it's too much information; it's too much destruction, too much night life or whatever.

And once ‑‑ yeah,here we go. In Olympic Games, I really had tough times because I lost first round. It was big one for me, you know. I was not ready because the schedule was so hard.

I had my friends, basketball players, the girls, they asked me ‑‑ I asked them if they wanted to go to see tennis. They said yes. They came to the club, and they told me they saw Roger and they say, Can we have picture with him? And I was like, You know how I love Roger,and I never came to him myself asking him for picture. I never did.

For me, it's better to do something for other people than for myself. So I did go to him and say, Can you do the picture? So while I was looking at him and, he was looking at me and said, What do you want?

But, you know, me for me it was big,because I never ‑‑ like I knew once he said he likes my tennis and stuff. I also appreciate. I didn't believe it, but... (laughter.)

Yeah, because they said Roger said that. I said, Where? Show me this, because I won't believe what you're saying. He was very nice. He did picture with the girls. I had a talk with him like for 10 minutes,and I never spoken to him before. I was talking to him about the problems I had.

He was listening, and said, Look, I want to move from Spain. I want to go to Russia. Everybody telling me this. I don't know what to do. He say, Look, you can only depend on yourself. You can control it. If you can concentrate and live in Moscow, do this. If you cannot, only you can judge, you know. Only God I say can judge us. You know, this is it.

Q. What would it mean if he (Roger) would win for you?


SVETLANA KUZNETSOVA: I was thinking a little bit about it. You know, it means a lot to me if Roger wins and I win. I think when I won the US Open I think he also won.

Definitely I would go for him totally, but I don't think matter if I'm here or not. It doesn't matter. I would be happy for him anyway.
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All the players are probably great guys off court. Me on the other hand, you would have hated me

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Fed. for the global warming problem.

If you are conceited about your glory,why don't you feed the earth for a day?
and if you are conceited about your power, why did your desires control
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I cannot believe that Federer gave either of these women any advice..let a lone exactly the same advice. I cannot see Federer advising anyone any advice about how to play tennis ley alone players in the WTA. Too busy wrapped up in his own career to share secrets.
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http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/8087350.stm
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Sveta isn't the only one...

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/200...eref=si_latest


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Ivanovic wants Federer’s advice


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First Posted 13:45:00 01/21/2009

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MELBOURNE -- Serbian pin-up Ana Ivanovic said Wednesday she wants to seek Roger Federer's advice on staying at the top after failing to maintain her position at the summit of women's tennis.

Ivanovic briefly became number one last year before a form slump saw her drop to number five in the world, while Federer held the men's top ranking for a record 237 weeks before being deposed by Rafael Nadal last August.

Ivanovic, who admits her emotions often get the better of her, said the Swiss master could teach her a lot about coping with the pressure of life at the top.

"I would love also to have opportunity to spend more time talking to him, because I think there is so many things I can learn from him, from his experience," she said.

"He's been in all positions you can imagine on a court, dealing with so much pressure, being in the position of number one for so long. It would be great to have the opportunity actually to speak with him a little bit more."

The 21-year-old said she had already taken some advice from Federer to heart.

"One year at the US Open I spoke to him," she said "He said that you just basically have to enjoy it and try not to think too much.

"I used to stress a lot about traveling so much and using so much time in traffic. He said 'you can't change that, you just have to accept it'.

"That's what people have been telling me anyway but when you it hear from someone like him, it gets stuck and means much more."


http://www.monstersandcritics.com/sp...phy__Feature__

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Federer has publically voiced his respect for her game, but the pair did not apparently actually chat until a curious incident from last summer's Beijing Olympics.
http://www.rediff.com/sports/2007/jun/04kuz.htm

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When she saw it written in plain English, she had to pinch herself -- Roger Federer had picked out the Russian as his favourite player on the women's tour.

"I like her game, she plays well," Federer declared earlier in the week.


It sent Kuznetsova into a spin. "The Russian press told me and I thought 'No, it was a joke'. So I wanted to check it myself and read this on the Internet," the third seed said after reaching the quarter-finals at Roland Garros.

"If I would have to choose a compliment from anybody, it's definitely the best I ever heard. Roger is a legend and to hear him say that is almost a dream.

"It's unbelievable to hear my hero say this about my tennis."

A runner-up in Paris 12 months ago, Kuznetsova is now eager to back up Federer's endorsement by winning the title on Saturday.

"If he likes my game, I would like to prove it more," she said.

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