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Wow, thank u LCeh! Nice article! Sth about Roger is really precious memory, isn't it
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Tennis-Federer eases past Bjorkman at Rome Masters

ROME, May 4 (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer eased into the second round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday, beating Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

The Swiss, who finished runner-up on the clay courts of the Italian capital last year, created four break points in a tight first set. However, he could not convert any of them and had to rely on unforced errors to snatch the tie-break.

He was less wasteful in the second set. A whipped crosscourt backhand pass in the sixth game gave Federer two break points and he converted the first when Bjorkman pushed a forehand into the tramlines.

Federer held his own serve comfortably to preserve his perfect record against the Swede.

"I'm very happy to win in the first round even though it wasn't a great match. The was a lot of wind out there today and the court was a little slippery," Federer said.

"I think I've got to improve a lot of things because in the next round I'm playing (2002 French Open champion Albert) Costa, who is very good on clay.

"I'm playing in a doubles match this afternoon so maybe that will be a good chance to improve some things."


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Practice will make perfect for faltering Federer - from channelnewsasia

ROME : World number one Roger Federer believes practice will make perfect following his shock second round exit at the Rome Masters.

Federer, the number one seed, took the first set against Spaniard Albert Costa, only to lose 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to the 2002 French Open champion on Wednesday.

Playing in his first clay court match of the year and with Roland Garros less than three weeks away, Federer said it was time to go back to the drawing board to iron out the mistakes that cost him a place in the last 16 at the Foro Italico.

"I'm not happy with my serve, my return and sometimes my forehand - even though that is my biggest weapon," said the Swiss 22-year-old, the Australian Open champion.

"Very simply, I have to go on the practice courts. Because I haven't been playing well in practice, I haven't performed well in matches.

"The only thing that will bring my confidence back is to practice. Hopefully I will be ready for the French Open later this month, because so far I am not really happy with my game."

Federer refused to blame his rusty performance on the three week break he took following Switzerland's Davis Cup quarter-final against France.

"Everybody has been talking about me taking time off, but I think people are being too dramatic about this defeat," said the reigning Wimbledon champion.

"I cannot change anything but this is not a disaster, because I know how tough the clay court season is for me.

"This was an open match. Albert is a very good player and I think we should respect his game a little more."

Federer was upset at being whistled by sections of the Rome crowd after his poor showing against clay court specialist Costa.

"It shows a lack of respect because I ran for every ball for over two hours, and I myself am disappointed that I lost," he said.

"You know, I didn't get any applause, nothing. All I can say is I always give 100 per cent and it's a pity to see such reactions."
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Thanks for this article, gives us some hope for Rogi -- glad to see he's already changing his attitude! Good boy, Rog!

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"Pero para mí el mejor es Roger Federer. / For me, the best is Roger Federer." - D. Nalbandian
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thanks moonlight now we are looking forwarth to hamburg, hoping for better results! rogi has time to do a good training, to get more confidence in his game (so i hope and not to himself). in the interview he sounds good: listen to http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/T...erer_rome3.wma . sanpo postet it on the rogerfederer.com site! (thanks )
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thanks for the article, I agree with Rogi !

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I found this at the Roland Garros website.....

Federer out to conquer Paris jinx
By*Benjamin Waldbaum
Thursday, April 29, 2004

The world number one fell at the first hurdle at the last two French Opens. Does that mean Roger Federer has a mental block when it comes to playing in Paris? Unlikely. Since last year’s shock first round exit, the Swiss superstar has conquered virtually all his demons, and is no doubt looking forward to putting his painful Parisian past behind him. And on current form, who would bet against him adding Roland Garros to his growing list of Grand Slam titles?


On Monday 26 May 2003, the crowd at the Philippe-Chatrier court looked on in amazement as Roger Federer capitulated to Peru’s Luis Horna. That shock defeat, coming after the previous year’s loss to Hicham Arazi, meant Federer tasted first-round elimination for the second successive time at Roland Garros. The defeat to Horna was particularly unexpected, since Federer had arrived in Paris as one of the favourites for the title following impressive wins in Marseille, DubaÔ, and Munich, and a runner-up spot in the Tennis Masters in Rome. No-one could have predicted that Basle’s finest son would collapse in straight-sets (7/6, 6/2/ 7/6) in the very first round.

"I spoke about it long and hard with my coach (Peter Lundgren),” he later told Centre Court magazine, “and I realised that mentally, I was jaded. I was in great shape physically, but I needed some time to get over the disappointment. Losing in the first round of a Grand Slam hit me hard."

In hindsight, the shock seems to have acted as a catalyst for Federer. He resolved to cut out the concentration lapses that were undermining his undeniable talent, and his play since then has frequently come close to perfection. Just a few days after his sorry departure from the French Open, he won on grass at Halle and, of course, a month later romped to his first ever Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, dropping just one set on the way. Before the season was out, he also triumphed in Vienna and, memorably, in the Houston Masters Cup, where he cruised past Andre Agassi (twice, once in the final), Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Nalbandian, and Andy Roddick.

The Hamburg precedent

A change of coach in the off-season has, if anything, improved his game even further. He tore into the 2004 season by winning the Australian Open in Melbourne and becoming world no.1 for the first time. Hot on the heels of Melbourne came victories in Dubai and at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells. The question now is whether he can carry this success over to clay, and to Roland Garros in particular.

In theory, his varied, attacking game and flawless physique mean he should be capable of rivalling anybody on the surface. He did reach the quarter-finals of the French Open as far back as 2001 remember and, one year prior to that, won the first ATP Masters Series event of his career by outplaying Marat Safin (6/1, 6/3, 6/4) on the clay courts of Hamburg.

So we know he can play on clay, but one question still remains: will he arrive in Paris worn out from his hectic schedule since the start of the season? Because he keeps on winning, Federer has had less recovery time than anyone else, and while Switzerland were no doubt grateful that he played in two recent Davis Cup matches, Roger’s body would probably have preferred to rest. Federer, though, seems acutely aware of his body’s limits and has planned accordingly. He has chosen to give the Tennis Masters Monte Carlo a miss to preserve himself for Roland Garros, meaning the only action he will see between now and the French Open will be the Rome and Hamburg ATP Masters events.

His fitness should not be a worry then, but Federer’s chances of going all the way may well depend on the draw and the weather. Avoiding the big clay court specialists early on will surely help him gather momentum, while a bit of last year’s scorching sun would make for fast courts that would suit this Swiss craftsman just fine. Whatever happens, watching Federer try to break his jinx promises to be one of the most fascinating aspects of the 74th edition of the French Open.

"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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thank you very much for the article, tangerine

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What type of ring did Mirka have on the ring finger of her left hand?
(if you saw her in the stands during the Costa match)
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Thanks for the articles, guys

Good to see that Roger knows what he should do now is to practice, practice and practice. Clearly he also knows it will be a tough clay season for him. Great!
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Hope it's not too late Roger...I still have faith in you.
Don't play some points like that again.
Now practice practice and practice! You know better what you should do.
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Incredibly Roger only has 2 more clay tournaments to play, guess he really did take it easy this year.
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Incredibly Roger only has 2 more clay tournaments to play, guess he really did take it easy this year.
I'm thinking that might depend how it goes in hamburg. If he *cough cough ahem* crashed out *cough ahemm* earlier there, he might decide to play one or 2 more tournaments before going to FO. Is that possible though?
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I'm thinking that might depend how it goes in hamburg. If he *cough cough ahem* crashed out *cough ahemm* earlier there, he might decide to play one or 2 more tournaments before going to FO. Is that possible though?
pretty sure its to late to enter the world team cup in germany

only options would be St Poelten in Austria which has a fairly weak field or a tournament in Morocco. Probably more beneficial to just practice in France and get used to the courts though.
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