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With the help of Google. I was able to more or less understand this great interview, but if someone could translate it properly, it would much better.

El secreto de Federer: "En los torneos suelo dormir con mis hijos en la misma habitación" - XL Semanal
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Nice article

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/...nder-year.html
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Can someone post the Washington Post article in full? Thanks in advance.

'I'd like to be in his shoes for one day,' says Mats Wilander, 'to know what it feels like to play that way.'
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Finally Anna Wintour admitted publicly she's among the biggest fedtards.

Fashionably Great: Anna Wintour on Roger Federer, in her own words | TENNIS.com
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it's long but I think every Fedfan should read that article, it explains a lot of things in depth, mainly through explanations from Roger himself which I had never read before.

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I’m long past the thing that you have to end your career in a fairy tale. Everybody kind of wants this — mostly the press — and if you don’t win, it’s: ‘Ohhh, my God!
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“For me,” he says, “it’s always a fine line between winning and losing and trying and not trying.” He says that when he wins, people think it was a cakewalk, and that when he loses, people think he phoned it in. “Because I don’t sweat as much as others, or grunt as much as others, or make faces when I hit the ball, and it’s easier on the eye, it’s harder for people to see that I’m actually really trying,”
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“I always tell people,” Mats Wilander says, “that when you watch Federer, don’t just watch him play the point. Watch what he does in between points. He’s always fiddling with a tennis ball or with his racket, and he’s hitting an extra shot, trying some crazy drop shot when the point is over, or flicking the ball to a ball kid after a missed serve. Nobody else does that. Nobody has ever done that. And he still does it. Wimbledon final — it doesn’t matter. He just seems to enjoy the feeling of having the ball on his strings.”
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Still, even when Nadal was beating him four times a year, Federer never seemed to take it personally. In fact, he likes and admires Nadal, and early this year traveled to Majorca to help Nadal open his new tennis academy. “In the end it’s just a tennis match, and you’re supposed to get over it,” Federer told me. “I don’t want to be the kind of father who comes home and his kids are asking, ‘What’s wrong with dad?’ Or that kind of husband.” That doesn’t mean those losses didn’t hurt, and when one of my questions implied otherwise, he was quick to confirm that there was “scar tissue.” “Let’s be honest,” he said. “I’m sure there was.”
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Long before Australia, his coaches and even his father had been urging Federer to hit over the ball more often on his backhand side — “but it’s easier said than done,” he said, particularly with a smaller racket head, and especially against Nadal’s vicious topspin. “After the fifth shank in a row, it’s very hard to keep telling yourself, yeah, yeah, keep coming over the ball.”

Long before Australia, his coaches and even his father had been urging Federer to hit over the ball more often on his backhand side — “but it’s easier said than done,” he said, particularly with a smaller racket head, and especially against Nadal’s vicious topspin. “After the fifth shank in a row, it’s very hard to keep telling yourself, yeah, yeah, keep coming over the ball.”

After seeing all those winners flying off his matte black racket in the Australian final, I figured that the backhand drive had been the focus of his six-month break from the tour last year. Federer insisted that that wasn’t the case and that the primary focus during his layoff was a much humbler backhand, a subtle little block return of serve, hit as early as possible and with just a touch of topspin, that enabled him to start return points more advantageously than his chip or slice and that could be used against anyone except the biggest of servers.

Federer also acknowledged, however, that in the last half of 2016 he had the luxury of more unbroken time on the practice courts than he had had in a decade, and every part of his game benefited. “Once we could see that all the rehab and strength work was paying off and that the knee was going to hold up, I was able to spend six weeks straight on the court in Dubai and then another two weeks in Switzerland. That is just huge.”

The first two weeks were spent doing two-on-one drills with a pair of young Americans, Mackenzie McDonald and Ernesto Escobedo, flown in to be the sparring partners. During the next four weeks, he progressed to playing points and eventually sets, many of them against Lucas Pouille, the young French star who beat Nadal at last year’s U.S. Open. Over the course of a week, the sets morphed into an epic 20-set match like the kind Federer recalls playing with his friends as a junior, where the loser always called for the match to be extended, from two out of three to three out of five, to six out of 11, and so on. During those sessions, Federer estimates, he hit thousands of backhands with very little regard for where they landed. After all those stress-free reps, he grew more and more comfortable letting them fly. Wilander suspects that in the process he also made some technical improvement in the stroke — but, he says, “Federer is so late in his backswing, and so quick going through the ball, that it’s hard to see.”
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Federer says that in the day and a half before the final, he and Ljubicic and his other longtime coach, Severin Luthi, talked so much about strategy and about Nadal’s tendencies that he was afraid his brain would be overloaded. “Sometimes you can overtalk the match, go into too much detail, and you make it like a chess match,” he says. “But I felt like everything we talked about pretty much happened.” Before he took the court, Federer made a fateful decision very much like the one he made all those years before in Ecublens: He was going to take the ball early, before Nadal’s topspin forehands jumped over his shoulder, and if that led to more errors, so be it. He wasn’t going to let Nadal get in a groove. For someone communicating in his third or fourth language, Federer came up with an evocative expression of what he intended to avoid: “I didn’t want to go down just making shots, seeing forehands rain down on me from Rafa.”

Federer’s decision to play much more aggressively was informed and reinforced by Nadal’s semifinal against Grigor Dimitrov, a player whose strokes so closely resemble Federer’s that he has been saddled with the moniker Baby Fed. Federer and his team stayed up late Friday night and watched the entire five-set match. “It was like watching myself play, to some extent,” Federer says. And when he saw how much success Dimitrov was having, particularly with his backhand, and how close he came to beating Nadal, he saw no reason he couldn’t do a little better.
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Loved this piece about Rog about what he means to (some of) his fans. The passion he is able to evoke in people is so amazing. It felt also familiar to me how his struggles endeared this fan more to him than the image of perfection and his flawlessly aesthetic game.

https://nadiabulkin.wordpress.com/20...-up-that-hill/

Hope you like it too, although it's long. Caution, it's also a real tear-jerker!
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"The point is that to root for Federer is to root for a Platonic ideal. It is like rooting for truth. (...) Detractors who said, “Don’t you get tired of him winning all the time?” were missing the point. Every victory was a validation. No one gets bored by the sun coming up in the morning."

http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/big-shot
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Loved this piece about Rog about what he means to (some of) his fans. The passion he is able to evoke in people is so amazing. It felt also familiar to me how his struggles endeared this fan more to him than the image of perfection and his flawlessly aesthetic game.

https://nadiabulkin.wordpress.com/20...-up-that-hill/

Hope you like it too, although it's long. Caution, it's also a real tear-jerker!
The piece is so standard that first thing I find is that I lost in words/vocabulary and expression ..but once sortout , it's really "The" GOAT article to explain Roger Federer as whole to normal fans
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Loved this piece about Rog about what he means to (some of) his fans. The passion he is able to evoke in people is so amazing. It felt also familiar to me how his struggles endeared this fan more to him than the image of perfection and his flawlessly aesthetic game.

https://nadiabulkin.wordpress.com/20...-up-that-hill/

Hope you like it too, although it's long. Caution, it's also a real tear-jerker!
Ah, yes, the suffering! All that frustration. All those disappointments. And the certainty that he was going to lose to Nadal yet again...

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Long time no see, but the LC will start soon and Roger was obligated to show up. So he arrived in Prague.



Unfortunately it doesn't look like he's fully recovered from the injury troubles yet. He's feeling better all the time lately, we have heard it too often.

He should be feeling brilliant by now with how long it's getting better already.



Possibly it's still so bad, we won't see him play much.



If he won't play much at the LC, it will be a huge disappointment for people who bought the expensive tickets for the event. To us, who aren't going it doesn't matter much. I thought about it since Prague is close to where I live, but decided to skip it, because I rather pay less to watch an ATP event with Roger in the draw.

However going forward I am worried.

And this gem:



Nah, not really, Rog. Nadal would have never won the USO back then with the smaller balls and faster surface. If it were 2005/2006 we'd have a different winner.
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"The point is that to root for Federer is to root for a Platonic ideal. It is like rooting for truth. (...) Detractors who said, “Don’t you get tired of him winning all the time?” were missing the point. Every victory was a validation. No one gets bored by the sun coming up in the morning."

http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/big-shot
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@Secondeuce made me look for this interview...



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@Secondeuce made me look for this interview...
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"The point is that to root for Federer is to root for a Platonic ideal. It is like rooting for truth. (...) Detractors who said, “Don’t you get tired of him winning all the time?” were missing the point. Every victory was a validation. No one gets bored by the sun coming up in the morning."

http://www.newyorker.com/news/sporting-scene/big-shot
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ATP ANALYSIS: Roger Federer, 17, reaches the Rotterdam QF in 1999
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HIC IACET ARTHURUS REX QUONDAM REXQUE FUTURUS — "Here lies Arthur, the once and future king."
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Not only that, but also, slightly belatedly, this:
20 Years Ago Today, Roger Federer Debuted At World No. 803 | ATP World Tour | Tennis
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One of Roger's most impressive Wimbledon performances

ATP ANALYSIS: Federer blasts 74 winners against Roddick at Wimbledon 2003

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