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No rest for Federer: Already thinking about the French Open

I hope Rafa is healthy cos it could make for a very interesting year, next year.


No rest for Federer
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Tuesday, September 12, 2006 22:48 IST


NEW YORK: Roger Federer is planning a full slate of autumn tournaments after retaining the world No.1 ranking well in advance for the third year in succession.

The 25-year-old Swiss, who clinched his ninth Grand Slam title and third of the season at the weekend by winning a third straight US Open, will go for national duty in a Davis Cup relegation match next week against Serbia. After that, he will make his Japanese debut in Tokyo before returning to Europe for Masters Series tournaments in Madrid and Paris with his hometown event of Basel sandwiched in between. He then heads the field at November’s season-ending Masters Cup in Shanghai.

Federer celebrated his US Open win with a champion’s tour of the Big Apple on Monday. After a media round table at the Peninsula Hotel, Federer headed to the Rockefeller Centre for a photo shoot at Top of the Rock, taken on the 70th floor overlooking Central Park. Federer’s day in Manhattan also included a street meeting with real-life heroes, New York City firemen and a bird’s eye view of the catwalk for Fashion Week’s Oscar de la Renta show as a guest of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. A day earlier, Tiger Woods (a guest of Federer’s in his players’ box), Jim Carrey, Christie Brinkley and Ben Stiller were among a host of celebrities who attended the Open final.

Federer has put together one of the most prolific seasons in history, compiling eight titles and a 70-5 match record in the year with two months remaining. The Swiss is now concentrating on his 2007 initiative to win the French Open after losing the final this season to Rafael Nadal. “This time around, I really believe I can win,” Federer said after his New York title win. “Whereas before, I thought it’s too tough, too long, too hard and everything. I doubted myself from the early rounds on. But now, I know I can win the French, you know? Nadal here or not, I know I could beat him.”


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Re: No rest for Federer: Already thinking about the French Open

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Man, Fed is just being cocky now, being all casual about beating Nadal on clay. Hey why dont you tie your record on HC, before you start talking about beating him on Clay. Please...It seems that Federer's lack of competition (other than from Nadal), is really getting to his head. Tennis now seems to be become more of a "hobby" of some sorts, rather than what it is a sport, and his job.

Although he definelty has the talent to win everything, he ought to lose thesse types of cocky lines. He has still to win 5 more grandslams to tie Pete, he's not the best quite yet. An no, he wont beat Nadal on clay is Nadal is playing well. If Nadal's playing crappy, then yes, he has a shot. But in that matchup in that surface, he's not the favorite. He should get used to that idea.

I didnt watch Sampras, unfortunatley, so I dont know if Sampras had cocky lines like this. Dont get me wrong, Fed is pure class on the court and many times of the court too, but what he says can sometimes be not-classy too. The guy obviously know's he's good, one gets the impression that he wants to say I'm the best.

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Re: No rest for Federer: Already thinking about the French Open

Well, saying he thinks he can win the French is being cocky ?
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Well, saying he thinks he can win the French is being cocky ?
No, saying he dosent care wether Nadal is or is not in the french open, he could beat him, thats cocky.

If Nadal werent in the French, the yes, he could say that, and plus he can add that he probably wont lose a set in the entire tournament..

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Man, Fed is just being cocky now, being all casual about beating Nadal on clay. Hey why dont you tie your record on HC, before you start talking about beating him on Clay. Please...It seems that Federer's lack of competition (other than from Nadal), is really getting to his head. Tennis now seems to be become more of a "hobby" of some sorts, rather than what it is a sport, and his job.

Although he definelty has the talent to win everything, he ought to lose thesse types of cocky lines. He has still to win 5 more grandslams to tie Pete, he's not the best quite yet. An no, he wont beat Nadal on clay is Nadal is playing well. If Nadal's playing crappy, then yes, he has a shot. But in that matchup in that surface, he's not the favorite. He should get used to that idea.

I didnt watch Sampras, unfortunatley, so I dont know if Sampras had cocky lines like this. Dont get me wrong, Fed is pure class on the court and many times of the court too, but what he says can sometimes be not-classy too. The guy obviously know's he's good, one gets the impression that he wants to say I'm the best.
"Could" is hardly the same as "will", is it? I am loving this cocky tag that is suddenly developing around Federer, it's a convenient stick to beat him with. Maybe he should just accept here and now that Nadal is always going to beat him every time they meet on clay, right? Heaven forbid that he believe in his chances, though of course everyone else should start doing the exact same thing more often when they play him.

As for implying that tennis is becoming a hobby to him, that's also ludicrous. He's said many times that he loves the sport, he said in his most recent interview that the game was the most important thing for him rather than being famous in America and having endorsements.

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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?

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Re: No rest for Federer: Already thinking about the French Open

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Man, Fed is just being cocky now, being all casual about beating Nadal on clay. Hey why dont you tie your record on HC, before you start talking about beating him on Clay. Please...It seems that Federer's lack of competition (other than from Nadal), is really getting to his head. Tennis now seems to be become more of a "hobby" of some sorts, rather than what it is a sport, and his job.

Although he definelty has the talent to win everything, he ought to lose thesse types of cocky lines. He has still to win 5 more grandslams to tie Pete, he's not the best quite yet. An no, he wont beat Nadal on clay is Nadal is playing well. If Nadal's playing crappy, then yes, he has a shot. But in that matchup in that surface, he's not the favorite. He should get used to that idea.

I didnt watch Sampras, unfortunatley, so I dont know if Sampras had cocky lines like this. Dont get me wrong, Fed is pure class on the court and many times of the court too, but what he says can sometimes be not-classy too. The guy obviously know's he's good, one gets the impression that he wants to say I'm the best.
Your way of thinking is interesting, a completely different school of thought alltogether that deserves to be separate from any logical or rational ideas. Roger Federer can compete with Rafael Nadal on clay, even at his best. Nadal can't play his best against Roger, for the simple fact that his best tennis is negated by Roger's best tennis, the 2 cancel eachother out. If Roger is playing his best, there's no player in the history of tennis that would be capable of mustering up the strength to play their best tennis.

Secondly, Sampras was quite cocky and still is, why don't you go read his articles and see what he has to see about your boy wonder ? A man in his 30's thinks that he'd hand Rafael Nadal his ass on Grass. Still subscribing to the same irrational logic of thinking or have you come to your senses yet ?

Roger Federer is simply the best tennis player to ever pick up a racquet, of course there's a distinction that needs to be drawn between being labeled "the best tennis player" and "the greatest tennis player" which is why his search for the Roland Garros crown continues and there's no doubt that if he shows up with anything close to his best tennis and exhibits mental strength that he'd be capable of taking anyone off a clay court in less than 5 sets. Including Nadal.

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Re: No rest for Federer: Already thinking about the French Open

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No, saying he dosent care wether Nadal is or is not in the french open, he could beat him, thats cocky.

If Nadal werent in the French, the yes, he could say that, and plus he can add that he probably wont lose a set in the entire tournament..
Uh-huh, because nobody else could even remotely challenge him on clay, right?

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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.

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Lafuria, read the article again and comment on what Federer says in it, not what you expect him to say. He has said stupid things ("one-dimensional" blabla) before, but nothing in this interview.


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No, saying he dosent care wether Nadal is or is not in the french open, he could beat him, thats cocky.
Then what is he supposed to say, something like "I'll never win the French as long as "clay god" Nadal is around" ?
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No, saying he dosent care wether Nadal is or is not in the french open, he could beat him, thats cocky.
OK. You seem to believe really hard in Nadal. But even if Federer felt he will have a hard time beating Nadal in RG, he would probably still tell the media he believes in himself, no?

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If Nadal werent in the French, the yes, he could say that, and plus he can add that he probably wont lose a set in the entire tournament..
He probably wouldn't say this for many resasons, but you seem to expect him being cocky and don't bother to listen to what he actually says.


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Your way of thinking is interesting, a completely different school of thought alltogether that deserves to be separate from any logical or rational ideas. Roger Federer can compete with Rafael Nadal on clay, even at his best. Nadal can't play his best against Roger, for the simple fact that his best tennis is negated by Roger's best tennis, the 2 cancel eachother out. If Roger is playing his best, there's no player in the history of tennis that would be capable of mustering up the strength to play their best tennis.

Secondly, Sampras was quite cocky and still is, why don't you go read his articles and see what he has to see about your boy wonder ? A man in his 30's thinks that he'd hand Rafael Nadal his ass on Grass. Still subscribing to the same irrational logic of thinking or have you come to your senses yet ?

Roger Federer is simply the best tennis player to ever pick up a racquet, of course there's a distinction that needs to be drawn between being labeled "the best tennis player" and "the greatest tennis player" which is why his search for the Roland Garros crown continues and there's no doubt that if he shows up with anything close to his best tennis and exhibits mental strength that he'd be capable of taking anyone off a clay court in less than 5 sets. Including Nadal.

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Hey, Primma, you are a funny guy, you know that right?

I mean, I have this guy here talking to me about logic. How about Roger beat Nadal on clay at least once, before he starts talking about winning the french, huh?

I mean, Roger played his ass off In Rome, and still lost. And regardless of what you say, Nadal did not play his best clay game on that final. Half of it was due to the fact that Federer playing awsome, the other was that Nadal was missing the passing shots he usually makes.

Who gives a Rats ass about what Sampras says about Nadal. And no, I dont think Sampras now would beat Nadal on grass, the way Nadal played in the Wimbledon. But we were not talking about Grass now were we? I though we were talking bout clay. Why dosent, Sampras say he wasnt to play Nadal on clay. Hmmm, to quote Led Zeppelin in "Stairway to Heaven": "and it makes me wonder..."

What's that crap that Nadal cant play his best tennis against Federer because if Federer plays well, they negate each other? Hey, by that Logic I (and I thought mine was irrational) then Nadal is as good as Roger anywhere.
But hey, not even I, stated that, YOU DID.

I'm not saying Roger can't beat Nadal on clay, he can, and Roger could probably be the one to end Rafa's streak, likewise, Rafa ended Roger Federer's hard court streak. All im saying that if Nadal plays his "A" game on clay, Federer cannot beat him, regardless of what you say. And yes, to rephrase it, if Nadal loses to Federer on clay (im STATING CLAY, NOT HARD, OR GRASS), then Nadal did not play his best game.

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OK. You seem to believe really hard in Nadal. But even if Federer felt he will have a hard time beating Nadal in RG, he would probably still tell the media he believes in himself, no?



He probably wouldn't say this for many resasons, but you seem to expect him being cocky and don't bother to listen to what he actually says.
I was being saracstic, sometimes I get angry like that, sorry if you missinterpreted it.

He did'nt say in this article that Nadal gives him trouble on clay. Yes, we already known that. And I'm simply talking about this specific article.

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Is there still a wild card left for the clown contest ? Lafuria deserves one hands down
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Re: No rest for Federer: Already thinking about the French Open

I don't see how it's cocky. He made the semi and the final. He's in right to think that he can beat Nadal. He got some match point after all and has never been beaten in straight.

Same if Nadal thinks that he can win the other grand slam (...but I doubt that you would find that cocky Lafuria )
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