Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: Somewhere fairly shingly
Re: now who's gonna beat The Fed? Marat loses to Hrbaty 6-7 1-6
There are others. Besides, let's not try to crowbar Federer into a thread about Safin's defeat.
I was rooting for the Dominator today, maybe I shouldn't have since Safin had a golden chance to take the no. 3 spot away from Roddick, but his Houdini-like escapes in the early rounds of big tournaments are starting to annoy me - his only two ATP wins since the AO have come 7-5 and 7-6 in the third, saving matchpoints and being two points away from losing respectively, and I have to stick up for the fellow lefties whom he beat in those matches. Still, it was Hrbaty who almost choked away the first set, had he lost the tiebreak after letting a double break lead slip then we would probably be here talking about a 7-6, 6-1 victory for Safin. It isn't that big a surprise, he still hasn't beaten Hrbaty outdoors and had that AO QF not had the roof closed, the whole tournament might have had a very different result.
The Wit and Wisdom of the Tennis Journalist, Indian Wells 2004
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.
Q. Were you naked at the time in the spa?
ROGER FEDERER: No. It was at the front desk. I didn't walk in naked.