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Yeah the calf is Juliette is really something
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Mrs. B...wow, are you the first ever to get a shot of the cute nameless calf??? But why is she all brown when I remember her mummy Juliette being mostly white???

I hope Rogi gives her a good name, she's so cute Thanks for the picture!!!
i think little 'Mo looks a lot like big Ma. These breeds are called Simmentaler, with their brown and white shades, and they're from this area. The organizers of Allianz Swiss Open bought Juliette from a farmer and presented it to Roger after his historic Wimby win. very Swiss! They actually find it amusing why everyone suddenly would be interested in a cow.
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lol, yeah they do look so much alike. But then again all cows look the same to me

Thanks for the piccies Mrs. B What a cutie. I assume the fur will fall off as she gets older?
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lol, yeah they do look so much alike. But then again all cows look the same to me

Thanks for the piccies Mrs. B What a cutie. I assume the fur will fall off as she gets older?
haven't got a clue if they fall off, but it was really soft when i touched her, but she's really too shy!

here's what the dad would prolly look like, check the massive guy on the right...
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lol, yeah they do look so much alike. But then again all cows look the same to me
well yeah ytben, that's true.

Rogi, Mirka, Juliette, nameless calf and the mysterious dad should also take a picture perfect family photo like Andre's
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Is Roger and Co. sponsoring a competition back home to name the calf? He should.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Me thinks Juliette and her calf are getting more media publicity than some tour players
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Rogi, Mirka, Juliette, nameless calf and the mysterious dad should also take a picture perfect family photo like Andre's


how come i'm suddenly thinking of Gary Larson? lol!


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well yeah ytben, that's true.

Rogi, Mirka, Juliette, nameless calf and the mysterious dad should also take a picture perfect family photo like Andre's
That would be great. I wonder what Rogi is gonna call the calf though...
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how come i'm suddenly thinking of Gary Larson? lol!
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glad you all like my idea. Ok that'll be my message to Rogi in the next red envelope
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Ok that'll be my message to Rogi in the next red envelope
I'm already seeing the funny look and good laughters of Roger when he gets it.
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Did you guys see this article yet? From tennis.x ....

Federer Filling Boring No. 1 Niche Vacated by Sampras
By*Richard Vach

Sitting through a Roger Federer post-match press conference, there are times you want to shake him to see if he has a pulse -- either that, or you marvel at the thoughtful insight and wit levied by the new ruler of men's tennis. Attending to the various pressures of the No. 1 ranking on his own terms, Club Fed's cool demeanor reminds one of another laid-back former No. 1.

"I think I'm living a very exciting life right now," Federer says.

While American serving machine Andy Roddick speaks of his appearance on Saturday Night Live, dating singer/actress Mandy Moore, and parachuting out of airplanes with coach Brad Gilbert, the Swiss tells of quiet dinners with his girlfriend and checking in on his cow, Juliette, a gift from the ATP Gstaad event last year upon winning the title. Only ardent American tennis fans would recognize Federer on the street, which is fine by the Swiss.

"What is my goal in my life?" Federer said. "It's not to be walking down New York City and everybody starts screaming. It's not my goal in life. What I'm doing is enjoying tennis. And if, you know, people enjoy watching me, you know, that is for me more important than anything else. I have very many people coming up to me, you know, where I'm staying around this week, which come to me and say, 'I love your game. My son admires you. You're his favorite player.' These are the things I enjoy hearing.

"What it takes to be a superstar in the States, I don't know what it takes because I'm not from here. Only different people could help me to do that." Hello, ATP media machine?

The situation is similar to another former No. 1 who preferred to let his racquet do the talking, and thought that the artistry of winning titles was plenty enough to give back to fans and the game. Federer's view echoes that of the man he is supposed to "replace," with fans pegging the all-court Swiss as the "next Pete Sampras."

"But I don't want to be the next Pete Sampras, I want to be Roger Federer," says the Swiss.

Federer's popularity in his home country is immense, and he has been referred to as the "Michael Jordan of Switzerland" on more than one occasion. Even more quiet and reserved when he first emerged on tour in the late 1990's, Club Fed has slowly loosened up, and while appearing reserved to fans, he has become one of the more popular and likable players in the locker room.

"He's a fun guy," said American Mardy Fish, who Federer pasted 6-4, 6-1 in the early rounds at Indian Wells. "You know, he never seems like he's down. He's a very approachable guy, that's for sure. He likes to joke around. He's always laughing and stuff. Yeah, he's very easy to joke around with."

And while the No. 1 mantle, gained this past January, has forced him even further into the spotlight, it remains to be seen whether the private Swiss will take an overtly pro-active role in furthering the game, or like Sampras, keep the public at arm's length and just opt to watch some Lakers game at home on TV.

"I want to enjoy this moment while I'm No. 1 as much as I can, you know, meet a lot of people, you know, experience, take it with me for also after tennis," Federer says. "This is for me really what I've been working for hard. And obviously now that I've, you know, won Slams and become No. 1 in the world, it's trying to stay where I am and obviously reach the same emotions like I did in Wimbledon."

Those emotions involved breaking down with tears of joy during the Wimbledon trophy presentation, endearing him to fans worldwide who had been waiting for the Swiss to get "over the hump," to win that first slam and become the confident player behind the raw talent. Federer then went on to win the year-ending Masters Cup and finish the year at No. 2, just points behind year-end No. 1 Andy Roddick.

"I'm definitely a guy who is rather calm on the outside on the tennis court, but very emotional inside," Federer said. "I showed everything that was going on inside of myself at the presentation of the trophy in Wimbledon...You know, I'm happy when I make a good shot. But I always have my moments of disappointment when I miss. But for me I'm at a point where I don't need to show this. I need to keep my emotions under control. I have the feeling if I show too much, you know, it might hurt me for the next match. The emotion's left. I want to keep everything till the end. This is just the way I feel right now. It makes me feel good. I like the way I behave, myself. I think that is the most important."

After claiming the top shelf spot during the first month of 2004, Fed has had to deal with a new level of popularity, if not in the U.S., then globally.

"The media side -- before I thought I was already doing a lot, but that was mostly in Switzerland," Federer said. "Now the whole international press is also chasing me. That's just things you're not used to before. Maybe not speaking in the interviews in your proper language also maybe makes it a little bit difficult for me sometimes. Everywhere I go, people recognize me more often now. That sometimes is tough."
Even before Andy Roddick won the 2003 US Open and catapulted to No. 1, American fans and the tennis media had dubbed him "the future of American tennis," a weighty proposition at best, and a whole hell of a lot of pressure at worst. Roddick has since slumped to No. 3 on the ATP Rankings. Juan Carlos Ferrero, who with Roddick and Federer comprised the "Three Kings" in their race for the 2003 year-end No. 1 ranking, has also since fallen by the wayside, besieged by injuries and poor play after a long 2003 season took its toll.

Now Federer, after already winning at the Australian Open and Dubai this year, is looking to put his foot down and put even more distance between himself and the No. 1 contenders, threatening to make 2004 a one-man race. The Swiss' on-court game has blossomed, but it remains to be seen if his off-court persona will be embraced by Americans as it has in Europe. Tennis in the U.S. can use all the help it can get in the way of personalities, and Federer is the first to plead his own case.

"I'm a funny guy, I'm outgoing, you can have a lot of fun with me," Federer said. "I can hang out."

So here you have a No. 1 player who is misunderstood, but rarin' to go. Where are the Jay Leno and David Letterman appearances, the magazine photo spreads, the candy bars named after the Swiss? Don't they make chocolate there or something? Time for the ATP to take a break from handing out nandrolone and get Federer in a Taco Bell commercial -- there's a new tennis personality to be marketed, a guy who can hang out.

"What kind of shape am I in now? Well round is a shape." said Roddick with a laugh. "I had a very detailed retirement plan, and I feel like I've met every aspect of it: a lot of golf, a lot of carbs, a lot of fried food, and some booze, occasionally — I've been completely committed ... The results have shown."


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Why do they keep asking why Roger isn't as popular as Andy or Andre in the US? It is like asking why Andy and Andre aren't as popular as Roger in Switzerland. I think that Roger is gaining a lot of attention in the US, and it seem that media are a little in denial about it that is why they kept asking that question.
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Why do they keep asking why Roger isn't as popular as Andy or Andre in the US? It is like asking why Andy and Andre aren't as popular as Roger in Switzerland. I think that Roger is gaining a lot of attention in the US, and it seem that media are a little in denial about it that is why they kept asking that question.
I agree, Roger is getting more and more popular. I and a # of my friends are now die-hard Roger fanatics. It's just a matter of time as he keeps winning. And it's good for the sport. I lost interest in tennis over the last few years, and he got me very interested again.
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Federer Faces Agassi In IW Semifinal Showdown


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03/19/2004

The searing sun spurred temperatures into the 90s, but a focused Roger Federer was still working overtime in the desert. The swift stroke of the Swiss stylist's right hand drew a sizeable crowd at the Pacific Life Open this week. Fans weren't witnessing Federer's signature shot — they were waiting for his signature.

The top-ranked Federer faced a long line of fans waiting in line for his autograph and patiently signed for 40 minutes — 10 minutes more than originally scheduled.

"I saw how long the line was. I said, 'I'll do it 10 minutes more if not everybody has their autograph,' because I think those things are very important for tennis," Federer said. "Here they almost prefer to do photos than take the autograph. But I have to say it was nice, nice because people are nice here. They're patient. I like to do it, especially when it's well-organized. If it's hectic, then I cannot sign properly."

The autograph session was symbolic of Federer's standing in the sport he dominates — the Wimbledon winner is drawing a crowd making his mark on tennis while secure in his spot at the head of the pack.

"I go out there every match with the same attitude: that this will be a difficult match, try your best, fight hard and hopefully you can win," Federer said. "Handle yourself correctly out there, kind of enjoy it. That's what I'm doing."

He continues to script another successful season. The man with the most complete game in tennis has been the sport's most dominant performer, producing a 20-1 record on the season and winning tournament titles at the Australian Open and Dubai.

Now, Federer will face his toughest test of the tournament when he takes on fifth-seeded Andre Agassi in a semifinal showdown between two players who have yet to surrender a set in this event.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion holds the current No. 1 in high regard.

"The guy has been playing spectacular tennis, especially this year, even towards the end of last year," Agassi said of Federer. "His game has a lot of weapons. You know, I'm just going to have to hit my shots. I mean, sort of handling my ball is going to be different than handling another guy's ball. With us we all hit the ball differently. So I'm hoping I can present some problems for him. And that's the game plan."

Agassi has won three of his five matches with Federer, but the 22-year-old Swiss scored successive wins in their last meetings, edging Agassi 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in a classic match that opened the 2003 Tennis Masters Cup in Houston before beating him again with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 triumph in the Tennis Masters Cup final.

In Agassi's three victories over Federer he was able to effectively exploit Federer's backhand by alternating acute, short-angled backhands with deeper biting backhands to open the court. But a more mature Federer has no apparent holes in his game and has been more adept in all phases of the game than any other player on the planet during the past year. Watch the forehand exchanges between the pair in this match as the man with the more consistent forehand may well have the edge.

"He's obviously playing really confidently," Agassi said. "I certainly look forward to the challenge of playing the guy who's by far playing the best this year."

The 33-year-old Agassi displayed both patient play from the baseline and well-timed trips to the net in his 6-4, 7-5 quarterfinal conquest of Guillermo Coria, perhaps the fastest player on the ATP Tour. Federer is also one of the game's best movers who transitional skills from defense to offense are unparalleled in the game. Agassi will again need to supplement his standard baseline attack with the occasional approaches to net against Federer, who hits as well on the run as anyone.

The unerring accuracy of Federer's serve when he's in a groove has prompted Agassi to compare it to Pete Sampras' serve and Federer shares Sampras' ability to play all-court tennis.

The vast variety of Federer's game will require Agassi to play a near-flawless match to advance to the final.

"He's the kind of guy that can really win a lot of Slams based on the fact that his game has the ability to be played different ways," Agassi said. "When he plays somebody that is great from the back of the court, but doesn't return that well, he just serves volleys. When he plays somebody that returns well and is more aggressive, he can just tighten things up and make a guy play from the back of the court. He can play with a lot of spin. He can hit through the court. He can play low slices if somebody struggles with the ball low. So basically he just plays the game superbly. That's just full credit to his ability."
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