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HitchHiker must be a journalist

Instead of entertaining us on MTF hitchhiker went and wrote some garbage in the newspaper.



Artist on court' is nothing special off it

July 5, 2004

WIMBLEDON, England - Well, they got it half right, charismatically speaking.

The happy Swiss collapsed backward, covering his unshaven face and the tears that might come and imitating the joyous Russian of the day before, Roger Federer joined Maria Sharapova for the first Wimbledon waltz.

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A well-suited match they make, both with ponytails, hers longer than his, and at eye-level, she as tall as him.

But what will come next for the two of them is more lopsided, because Sharapova is the new princess of a sport desperate for royalty, and Federer is just more of the usual yawn.

"I'm going to the ball, I can't believe I'm saying that. I'm going to the ball."

That was Sharapova the day before, every bit of 17, all bubbly giggles and wide eyes, on the brink of whatever happens next. Federer has done this dance and no one stared.

"I got lucky, I guess," is what Federer said after he had whipped Andy Roddick, and no one argued, not because it was true, but because it wasn't.

Too bad, too, because this grim piece of work is the best in the world and, at 22, could be the best for a very long time.

You thought Peter Sampras was dull, this guy makes Sampras seem like Cedric the Entertainer.

Here's what his home country did for Federer after he won Wimbledon last year. It gave him a milk cow. And he was happy to get it. What he will get this time is uncertain, but goats make a nice encore gift. If he does it enough, he can have the whole chorus from old MacDonald's farm.

Roddick, the scruffy Yank, on July 4, his baseball cap turned front to back, watched Federer tote the trophy around Centre Court with the blank interest of a bridesmaid, suddenly once again the future of tennis and not the present. He seemed not that greatly disappointed, all in all.

"I threw the kitchen sink at Roger," said Roddick, speaking pure American, "but he went to the bathroom and got his tub."

It would have been a regeneration for tennis if Roddick had managed to win from in front, or after the rain break or if he could follow his crashing serve to the net for easy volleys.

Roddick is still all thunder and no lightning, while Federer is a quiet storm that doesn't stop until it has ruined the crops.

According to fellow pro Marat Safin, "Roger has everything, and a backhand."

Certainly a backhand would help Roddick, and you root for him to get one. With Federer you must appreciate precision, almost never worth the effort.

"Roger is the one person I would pay to watch play tennis," Martina Navratilova said. "He is an artist on the court."

Beware the compliment that reaches too far. Tennis players are not artists. We do not watch tennis for the art. We do not watch tennis much at all, in fact, which is a problem that art will not cure.

A movie coming out about Wimbledon was delayed until the fall not because it is preposterous (an Englishman wins) but because it is about tennis.

When tennis has had its greatest runs it has been because of flamboyance and petulance, going back to Pancho Gonzalez, through Jimmy Connors and John McEnroe, Ilie Nastase, Andre Agassi, the early Agassi.

Tennis needs not necessarily an American at the top but it does need someone with a pulse, someone with personality. It doesn't need someone with character as much as a character, and wearing your hair like a librarian spinster doesn't count.

It needs a Roddick, and it had one briefly after the U.S. Open last year, but Wimbledon is the place that validates. All the rest are New Haven.

"I left everything out there," Roddick said. "Hopefully we'll get to do this again some time."

Federer's only concession to fame is to allow his name to be connected to some "Fell the Touch" bath products for men, cologne, after-shave, deodorant, (your basic hotel emergency pack) sold only in Switzerland.

If Sharapova can't do better than that in one phone call (on a phone that works), tennis is truly beyond rescue.

Clearly Federer's second Wimbledon title was overshadowed by Sharapova's first. She is Magical Maria Supernova and he is Roger the Steady. Which T-shirt would you wear?

She climbed into the stands to hug her father and strangers wept. She struggled with a cell phone to call her mother to tell her she had won Wimbledon. Strangers cheered. She apologized to Serena Williams for taking away her title and strangers sighed.

Serena was gracious in defeat, if admitting to being only "20 percent," and she warned Magical Maria that everything is going to change.

Sharapova swore she would be ready. "I've told people," she said, "if I change, hit me in the head, please."

Tell someone to pat Federer on the head if he does.
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I could smell the stench of that article before I even opened this thread
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pft, I figured that out a long time ago. Someone that dumb has to be a journalist
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This article reminds me of the articles following Pete's first title in '93.

Unfortunately our press seems to be sinking to lower and lower depths with each passing year
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Ok so when someone says Andy is boring to watch, it's the truth; when someone says Federer is boring, it's garbage?

At the end, it's all subjective. The article is biased on a certain side and certainly not "great", but it's not garbage.

Why are some of you only want to read articles that you'll agree with? Just because an article doesn't fit with your views doesn't mean it's "garbage".
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Ok so when someone says Andy is boring to watch, it's the truth; when someone says Federer is boring, it's garbage?

At the end, it's all subjective. The article is biased on a certain side and certainly not "great", but it's not garbage.

Why are some of you only want to read articles that you'll agree with? Just because an article doesn't fit with your views doesn't mean it's "garbage".
Actually this particular article is garbage for the reason is that it's not well-written. If an article is well researched and written well, then even if the reader doesn't agree with the message, then it won't be dismissed as garbage.

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Ok so when someone says Andy is boring to watch, it's the truth; when someone says Federer is boring, it's garbage?

At the end, it's all subjective. The article is biased on a certain side and certainly not "great", but it's not garbage.

Why are some of you only want to read articles that you'll agree with? Just because an article doesn't fit with your views doesn't mean it's "garbage".
So you agree with the article?
You agree with the parts that say "Andy got whipped", Roger wasnt lucky and Andy doesnt seem to have a chance for the next 10 years?

Or maybe you agree with the parts of the article where this great journalist says Roddick cant hit a backhand or a volley?
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So you agree with the article?
Is it what I said

I just said that it was an average article and not garbage.
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Is it what I said

I just said that it was an average article and not garbage.
Unfortunately in tennis journalism, average articles are garbage.
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Its more like something from a comic than a newspaper, a very poor summary and no thought behind it. He's as tall as Sharapova and both have ponytails? I mean come on !! Anyone know which newspaper it was from or what country?
Yes, the sad thing it's from the Guardian, one of the better English papers, and this guy has actually written some average stuff before this. It was probably a dare or hitchhiker hacked his email address and wrote this under his name.

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


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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He's as tall as Sharapova and both have ponytails? I mean come on !!
Roger is shorter than Sharapova since she wore a pair of high heels at least 5 inches high. Why an athelete risks ankle injury with that pair of shoes is beyond me?
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Roger is shorter than Sharapova since she wore a pair of high heels at least 5 inches high. Why an athelete risks ankle injury with that pair of shoes is beyond me?
I saw the pics this morning and wondered why a girl who must be 6 feet tall would need or even want to wear such high heels.

Sad to say I actually bought the Guardian today - I never normally do and I probably won't again if this is the standard of their "tennis journalism".
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And just for fun, an article that isn't rubbish...


Federer: A champion and his own man

By STEVE WILSTEIN, AP Sports Columnist
July 5, 2004
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Without a coach, agent, business manager, publicist, personal assistant, bodyguard, cook or chauffeur, Roger Federer still manages to win championships.

He carries his own rackets, packs his own suitcases, makes his own travel plans.

Nobody plans his strategy or fiddles with his strokes.

Some players need help tying their own shoes and tucking in their shirts. Federer, a 22-year-old from Switzerland, is his own man. He has a dozen ways to hit backhands, nearly as much variety on forehands, and several disguises on serves, but Team Federer is basically a mom-and-pop affair with help from his longtime girlfriend.

That self-reliance toughened Federer and got him out of trouble Sunday when he came from a set back against Andy Roddick to win a second straight Wimbledon and third Grand Slam title, 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (3), 6-4.

While Roddick kept glancing up toward his coach, Brad Gilbert, for nods of encouragement, Federer searched within himself to find a way to win. Racket artistry wasn't enough. Federer needed a change of tactics and he came up with one: abandon the baseline and attack at the net.

Federer hasn't had a coach since splitting with Peter Lundgren last December. All Federer has done since then is win the Australian Open, four tour titles, and now Wimbledon again to reaffirm his status as No. 1. His 2004 record is 46-4.

``Roger has learned self-discipline,'' his mother, Lynette, said on the lawn of the players' lounge, where she shared victory champagne with her son, family and friends. ``This is a very important phase in his career, that he could step back, not rely on somebody, get to know himself, get to know his own tennis and technique.

``I've got a feeling that a period without a coach -- I don't say it's ideal -- has made him take a lot of initiative. He's become a little more creative, he's worked on himself. I think he's never worked as hard since he hasn't had a coach.''

She and her husband, Robert, who stayed home in Switzerland because he was too nervous to watch in person, help keep their son's business affairs humming. His longtime girlfriend, former player Mirka Vavrinec, doubles as his publicist.

``I'm very in-house,'' Federer says.

He may work with a coach again, but is in no rush to find one. His parents consider a coach to be important but are content to watch their son continue to make the big decisions in his career, no matter how they turn out.

Federer figured out for himself what he had to do to beat Roddick, whose imposing serves of up to 145 mph, aggressive net attacks, and strong forehands carried him to a first-set win.

``I threw the kitchen sink at him, but he went to the bathroom and got a tub,'' Roddick said.

After Federer evened the match in the second set, he fell behind a break at 4-2 in the third when a light rain brought the covers out for a second time. Roddick conferred with Gilbert and stayed with the strategy they had laid out before the match. Federer did his own analysis and figured it was time to switch to a serve-and-volley style.

``I thought about what was going on,'' Federer said. ``I thought maybe that will allow me to get some more free points and not to have to go every time in a rally, because that was actually the thing that was killing me. Because from the baseline, on my serve he was taking a lot of risk. That was very dangerous for me. This makes me extremely happy and proud that I actually did take the right choice in such a moment.''

Federer and his family also took pride in how coolly he handled that small crisis, the six break points he brushed away in the fourth set, and the other challenges he's faced on court the past couple of years. For a player who had a reputation as a tennis brat growing up, throwing tantrums and rackets like John McEnroe, Federer has turned into Bjorn Borg-like master of impassive play.

``When he was younger, he was very ambitious,'' Lynette Federer said. ``When he didn't achieve what he wanted he could get a little erratic on the court. He realized he was just wasting energy. Today he proved it in the fourth set (when he was) down on his serve. Years ago, he would have thrown the racket or shouted and wasted energy. Today he's learned to get his emotions under control.''

Federer's parents are happy about that, since they always cringed when they watched him act up on court as a youngster. But they're most proud of the way he's grown into a confident and independent man.

``We really respect the way he left home very young and he's taken his career into his own hands,'' his mother said. ``He's gotten used to fighting and keeping up his level. He needed to mature.''

Asked if she thought a few years ago, when he was still struggling, that the maturity might never come, she nodded.

``Yeah, I did,'' she said. ``He just needed his time. Roger always needed to go over certain hurdles to give him a little push in his career. It happened as a child at school, it happened in sports. Every time he bumped his head he improved, he always made a big jump. Everything happened step by step. Now he's there where he wants to be.''

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I saw the pics this morning and wondered why a girl who must be 6 feet tall would need or even want to wear such high heels.
Because, she's young and hot, and fashion is a fun expression. Many tall girls enjoy being even taller as well; I love towering over people whenever I hit the town

That entire outfit was Louis Vuitton by the way. Maria is on her way to being a designer favorite. Nicely done Masha!

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Why an athelete risks ankle injury with that pair of shoes is beyond me?

With each passing season, I discover new reason
SAMPRAS --> Rios --> KUERTEN --> Kafelnikov -->
Federer --> Hewitt --> RODDICK --> GONZALEZ -->
NALBANDIAN --> Benneteau --> Davydenko --> Mathieu -->
TURSUNOV --> Mantilla --> KIEFER --> NADAL -->
Karlovic --> Odesnik --> Stepanek --> Monfils -->
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Oliver Cromwell lay buried and dead. Hee-haw. Buried and dead.
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I don't think Roddick has much character either! Like when he pretended that he had farted yesterday on court after the camera fell off, you could tell he hadd been thinking really hard for something to do. It didn't come naturally for him like the other players mentioned in the article!
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