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Federer to Play Estoril – With Paris on his Mind

This is an interesting development. Thanks to meninosantos for posting it in the Fed forum.

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Federer to Play Estoril – With Paris on his Mind

Swiss World Number One Adds Extra Clay Court Event to his 2008 Schedule

ATP World No. 1 Roger Federer is to play at the Estoril Open, between April 14-20, 2008, tournament director João Lagos revealed on Tuesday, September 18.

For the first time in five years, the Swiss star will add an extra clay court event to his European spring schedule. The ultimate goal: getting the best competitive preparation possible on the surface in order to have a better shot at the Roland Garros title – the only Grand Slam crown that has eluded him.

“When I saw Roger win the US Open in 2004, I was pretty much sure he was already playing the best, most complete game I had ever seen in my life”, said João Lagos, a former Portuguese champion. “Since then, he has consistently proven that he is the greatest player ever. Statistically, he is yet to surpass Sampras' Grand Slam tally; tennis-wise, Roger is already the best and no-one can argue against the stratospheric level of play he’s shown in the past years. I hope the Estoril Open can help Roger get the Roland Garros title missing in his resumé, and I am proud that he chose our tournament to complement his schedule.”

The last time Federer participated in a non-ATP Masters Series event on clay was at Gstaad in July 2004, the week after he captured his second Wimbledon title.

Novak Djokovic captured the 2007 Estoril Open title, beating Richard Gasquet in the final.

The event is traditionally a cradle for future French Open champions: Sergi Bruguera, Thomas Muster, Albert Costa and Juan Carlos Ferrero won in Portugal before going on to succeed in Paris – even Gustavo Kuerten (1997) and Gaston Gaudio (2004) won the doubles at the Estoril Open the same year they lifted the Roland Garros singles crown.

David Nalbandian, Nikolay Davydenko, Carlos Moya, Gaston Gaudio, Juan Ignacio Chela, Alex Corretja, Alberto Berasategui, Andrei Medvedev, Carlos Costa and Emilio Sanchez are also among the tournament winners’ circle.

The Estoril Open is a combined ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event.
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wow, this was unexpected

i dont see him playing 4 tournaments before RG though, probably he'll skip Hamburg is he does well in Rome

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wow, this was unexpected

i dont see him playing 4 tournaments before RG though, probably he'll skip Hamburg is he does well in Rome
I thought he would do that this year, but the Volandri loss changed up everything

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Hamburg will likely have a poor field in its last year as a top event because of the (seemingly) inexplicable shortening of the European clay season next year.

Interesting move from Federer.
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That's great. I hope Estoril didn't have to fork out a lot of appearance money and this was Roger initiated.

He's probably finally realized that Hamburg clay is not a lot like Paris's. I hope Estoril's is.
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Hamburg will likely have a poor field in its last year as a top event because of the (seemingly) inexplicable shortening of the European clay season next year.

Interesting move from Federer.
Has that been confirmed, about its last year? Last news was that there was a court case on ATP's hands
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Has that been confirmed, about its last year? Last news was that there was a court case on ATP's hands

Don't know, but Madrid had its place on the most recent 2009 calendar we were discussing here.
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Has that been confirmed, about its last year? Last news was that there was a court case on ATP's hands
I am quite sure it hasn´t been confirmed yet. At least there have been articles in the local Hamburg press at the end of last week which said that this will be taken to court.

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Federer has finally realised that once he hangs up his racket, he is going to be primarily judged on how many titles he has won at the prestigious Estoril, and not at minor tournaments like Wimbledon or the US Open. Will the man from Basel be able to win the Estoril title twice during the remainder of his career, and enter the realms of greatness alongside Nalbandian, Muster and Carlos Costa?
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Great move.

Several of us were clamoring for such a change to his schedule since 2006.

Hamburg does him no good. I really wished he would have picked Barcelona though. He ain't gonna win FO without the opportunity to play Nadal as many times as possible on clay. I would also expect Roger skip Miami next year.
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We'll see what happens. I'm flabbergasted as to why Federer seemed so lassez-faire during the clay court season this year. He made virtually no progress, seemed distracted and for an unexplained reasons spent much of the time revving up his serving speed like he was practicing for the grass season.

I speculate that Tony Roche left partly due to Roger's insistence upon utilizing his serve to win cheap points in order to avoid long rallies. I think that Roche was smart to realize that this wouldn't work on clay and that Roger needed to do more work on the timing of his groundstrokes as well as his movement.

I don't know if Estoril is going to help Roger. His approach is all wrong - the playing time he's been getting is enough.
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We'll see what happens. I'm flabbergasted as to why Federer seemed so lassez-faire during the clay court season this year. He made virtually no progress, seemed distracted and for an unexplained reasons spent much of the time revving up his serving speed like he was practicing for the grass season.

I speculate that Tony Roche left partly due to Roger's insistence upon utilizing his serve to win cheap points in order to avoid long rallies. I think that Roche was smart to realize that this wouldn't work on clay and that Roger needed to do more work on the timing of his groundstrokes as well as his movement.

I don't know if Estoril is going to help Roger. His approach is all wrong - the playing time he's been getting is enough.
I wouldnt say that his approach to the clay season was wrong. I agree that he didnt play a great clay court season, but, lets face it: he was playing poorly before, at Miami and IW. So, the mere fact that he was able to reach finals and win on title on clay was an improvement from his early form during those hard court tournaments at the US. However, I agree with you: compared to last year, he didnt improve much indeed.

Btw: I would change the sentece "his approach to the clay season was wrong" to "his approach to playing Nadal was all wrong". Actually, Roger's clay season was pretty good. Aside the freaky defeat to Volandri, Roger lost only to Nadal on clay. How many players reached three finals on major tournaments on clay, winning one tournament?! So, saying that Roger's approach to clay court was all wrong this year is a bit too much.

And if you think that Roger needs to work on the timing of his groundstrokes on clay, playing one tournament more would help him on that, wouldnt it?!

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Great move.

Several of us were clamoring for such a change to his schedule since 2006.

Hamburg does him no good. I really wished he would have picked Barcelona though. He ain't gonna win FO without the opportunity to play Nadal as many times as possible on clay. I would also expect Roger skip Miami next year.
I agree on all accounts bar Barcelona.

Estoril usually has a great field for a MM event, and beating some of the players there would be a real confidence builder without the pressure of losing one more time to Nadal before RG.

I don't like his chances at the French though.

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Fantastic. Nole/Roger final at Estoril, with Nole as heavy favorite.
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Fantastic. Nole/Roger final at Estoril, with Nole as heavy favorite.

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