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From Navratilova:

When he hits his forehand he can hook it so that he can go cross-court or down the line, tailing away from you because of all the topspin. He can hit a forehand cross-court so that it jumps at your body, which is effective on any surface but particularly on grass because it's almost as though he's inducing a bad bounce because he makes the ball jump differently and that's what his kick-serve does as well
He's got spin on everything, he's got a heavy slice that stays low, he can float the ball so that it stays low and just dies on the court so you have to create all the pace, or he can knife it so that it skids through. On his groundstrokes he can hit it harder or can hit a cross-court ball that looks like it's going to be no problem until it suddenly takes off in the other direction after it bounces.
What a great analysis of Roger's game

Looks like Andy is in awe as well lol
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Andy Roddick, on reval Roger Federer.
Australian Tennis, June 2004

"Roger has his groove, and I have my groove. I respect him as a person and have no ill will toward him. We kind of both do our thing and have mutual respect. I like the way he treats people. I've noticed that from afar. He doesn't act high-and-mighty at all."

Confident, aggresive, patient, relax, and do your best are the keys that you need to defeat Lleyton! You can handle it. Gooooooo!!!! Roger!!!
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Here is what Martina Navratilova said about Roger in the "Guardian".


Another title beckons for Swiss magician who has it all

Martina Navratilova
Tuesday June 29, 2004
The Guardian

Every generation has its maestro and for me that's what Roger Federer has been during the last year. He's been magic to watch, partly because he makes it all look so easy and that's always a sign of a genius, to make everything you do seem effortless. He might not have been at his best against Ivo Karlovic yesterday but he still looked in complete control.

Federer could be one of the greatest players of all time, without question. He's certainly got the hands and the balance to be.

These days the modern rackets enable you to do far more with the ball than used to be possible - I know I'm doing things with the ball now that I wasn't able to do before. A lot of players wouldn't know what to do if you put a wooden racket in their hands, but Federer would still be a magician even with a wooden racket. He's got a very compact swing but he generates so much speed and while he doesn't look that strong, he has so much wrist action on the ball and gives it a little bit of extra spin.

Other guys are playing well against him, too, and he's making them look silly. Players have no idea what's coming because he can spin the ball this way and that; he can hit the ball flat; he can serve and volley, ghost in when you're not expecting him or he can stay back. He's got it all.

He's like Martina Hingis with more power and more spins. I don't know what it is about the Swiss, but they seem to produce some fantastic players.

I was lucky enough to play mixed doubles with him in Hong Kong at an exhibition in January this year. When they asked me if I wanted to play doubles with Roger, I asked, "great, how much do I have to pay you?". It was a real treat because he was simply a joy to be on the court with. Then he asked me to practise with him and I got to hit for 45 minutes just one on one, which was phenomenal because I really got to feel how he hits the ball.

When he hits his forehand he can hook it so that he can go cross-court or down the line, tailing away from you because of all the topspin. He can hit a forehand cross-court so that it jumps at your body, which is effective on any surface but particularly on grass because it's almost as though he's inducing a bad bounce because he makes the ball jump differently and that's what his kick-serve does as well.

He's got spin on everything, he's got a heavy slice that stays low, he can float the ball so that it stays low and just dies on the court so you have to create all the pace, or he can knife it so that it skids through. On his groundstrokes he can hit it harder or can hit a cross-court ball that looks like it's going to be no problem until it suddenly takes off in the other direction after it bounces.

Roger looks the part right now and I'm sensing that he is feeling inspired by coming back and defending his title at Wimbledon. It was obvious when he won last year how much it meant to him and how he feels about the place and that's important, because you really have to embrace everything about Wimbledon and grass if you want to succeed here. You could see that even when he beat Sampras in the 2001 quarter-finals. Now Pete has gone and Roger is the king - the man that everyone is trying to get close to.

Because he's a great guy and such a wonderful player, everyone is saying nice things about him but it's important not to buy into the hype about you. Roger has his feet on the ground and I'm sure he's not reading a line of what is written about him. I never read anything that anyone was saying about me, at least until I was out of the singles competition. While it was going on I only ever knew what was happening when the press asked me a question. Reading about yourself can't help you because one way or another it just ends up putting more pressure on you.

Of course Federer isn't the only contender here. Lleyton Hewitt it getting back to where he was and showed that yesterday by getting past Carlos Moya, who has given him trouble in the past but I don't see him beating Federer in their quarter-final. Everyone left in the draw knows that they are going to have to play a heck of a match against the world No1 and even then they will probably still lose. If he continues to play the way he has been, then I don't see anyone taking three sets off him at these championships.

Of course Federer still has things to learn because no one ever knows all that there is to know about the game, but he looks to me like he feels invincible right now. He's undoubtedly the player to beat.
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that's a good writeup from Martina, the Elder.

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Thank you all for the quotes and articles

I think Martina is too sure to think that Rogi is not reading a line of what is written about him. Actually I think Rogi reads them a lot and quite enjoy reading them just as me
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ZURICH (Reuters) - The only thing that can stop Roger Federer (news) now is himself, former tennis champion Martina Hingis (news) said Monday a day after her Swiss countryman captured the Wimbledon (news - web sites) title for the second year in a row.

"At the moment, only he can beat himself -- although he has become very strong mentally," Hingis was quoted as saying in the Swiss daily Blick newspaper.

"Before the Wimbledon final I thought: 'If anyone can beat Roger then it's Andy Roddick (news).' But that was not the case."

The level-headed 22-year-old came back from a set down to beat world number two Roddick in four sets.

Swiss newspapers Monday carried page-sized pictures of Federer on the floor after winning the final and congratulated him for sticking to his motto of: "It is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice."

Hingis, herself a former Wimbledon, Australian and U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion, said Federer now had to make sure he stayed focused on his training and is prepared to "say no."

"The whole tennis world is after you -- fans, media, sponsors and tournaments. That takes up a lot of time," she said.

But Hingis, who was forced to quit tennis last year aged just 22 due to a series of ankle injuries, sounded confident that Federer would master that challenge.

"Roger is the most talented and the most complete player on the tour. One gets the feeling that he can always move up one gear when he needs to," Hingis added.
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Thanks for the article Wyv. Nice word from Martina.
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Yes, there is something about those swiss players. Honestly, the talent that comes out of Switzerland is phenominal. They don't produce all out power players, but they produce gifted, intelligent, all around talented players like Hingis, Federer, and even Shnyder to a certain extent.
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Yeh i wish i was from Switerland then i would have a chance to be famous!!

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"He is a great player," said Andreev. "Anyone who can win Wimbledon on grass one week and then come and win a tournament like this on clay a week later has to be the number one in the world. It is two completely different kinds of tennis."
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Nice word from Igor. I haven't seen him playing tennis yet, but heard many good words about him.
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Tennis Week: Roddick and Federer seem to have what you and Pete had...

Jim Courier: (smiling) Well come on now, he's won one of seven — I beat Pete more than that (Sampras was 16-4 against Courier).

Tennis Week: Yeah, yeah. Is there anything you learned from playing Pete that Andy might be able to apply against Roger?

Jim Courier: Well, Andy's not alone in having a difficult time in beating Roger. Like Sampras, Roger has the ability to raise his game a couple of extra gears if necessary. And he's shown that in the biggest matches he's going to do that and that's a frustrating thing for a player to know that he's playing well and that he's only going to get a chance to play Roger in a final. When Roger is playing earlier in a tournament, he might be a little more vulnerable. It's that type of Sampras-like feeling, I think, for the guys now, I would guess. In my era, with Pete, you knew if he got to the quarters he was going to be very, very hard to beat.

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I agree with Jim. If Roger gets to the QF of a tournament, the title is probably his.

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Federer is the best - official:

http://www.atptennis.com/championsto...e_preview2.asp

That's that then.
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Great quotes LCeh & *M*. Thanks! I always enjoy reading what others(especially tennis players) have to say about Rogi.

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A member at Rogi's board posted this about Lendl:

No matter how generous Lendl is about the modern generation's fitness and stroke repertoire, there is only one player who lights his fire. 'Roger Federer is the only guy I watch for his strokes. He is just beautiful. He can hit every single shot you could ever think of. John and Ilie [Nastase] were very talented but you always knew there were some shots they couldn't hit. Not with Federer. I would go and watch him practise, he's so good.'
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