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Roger's choking is responsible for his Hewitt DC loss. Gstaad was right after Wimbly so come on he wasn't going to win there. Roger's body has been getting stronger and stronger. I do hope he will find someone who will make him better mentally. Roger is so so close to being perfect.
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Well, this kinda explains why some Fed fans are so nasty when it comes to other players. Check this article out. (btw, in my opinion, the Match of the Year to beat will always be the Roddick vs. Al Anayoui match at AO. Why? Because it wasn't one-sided the way Fed's two brilliant matches (Wimby and Houston) were.) Other than that, I agree with the writer.

It Doesn't Hurt So Much
Dilip D'Souza - January 12, 2004

One-sided matches in tennis, or any sport, are rarely interesting to watch. So why the widespread delight among tennis watchers over Roger Federer's demolition jobs on Andy Roddick and Mark Phillippousis to win Wimbledon last year? Or his stellar play as he crushed Andre Agassi to win the Grand Slam Cup in November, capping a week of sensational play?

Simple: because Federer played incandescent tennis, in some ways tennis reminiscent of years gone by. And when you're watching incandescence, the steamrolling doesn't matter. Ask a tennis junkie to pick ten favourite matches from the last couple of decades, and I will bet at least one, maybe two, matches like that -- one-way all the way -- will make her list.

Well, one certainly makes my list. (None of Federer's, though they are close).

That's because of what went into that match. Tot it up. Two players who are, at the time, clearly the best in the world and playing that way, playing their best against each other. Two players with completely contrasting styles of play. Not just in the way they approach the game, but also in how they look while playing. One is all brutal power; solid, heavy shots hit with great strength from anywhere on the court; an admirably efficient, muscular game, but with not a thing elegant or attractive in it. The other has power too, but also grace and finesse; gazelle to his opponent's bull, he seems not so much to run about the court as to glide swiftly.

And when the gazelle wins -- not just wins, but pounds the bull into submission -- and you've seen it happen, you know you've watched something special indeed. Tennis at its sublime and athletic best; tennis of a quality, style and elan that players reach only once or twice in a lifetime. And because one of the two has reached it this day, you don't mind, don't even notice, that their match turns into a one-sided rout.

So it was when Stefan Edberg faced off against Jim Courier in the final of the 1991 US Open. Courier made a name for himself with his dedication, work ethic and consistency -- these were things in him that any player should admire and emulate. But admirable as those qualities were, he had possibly the world's ugliest strokes: in particular, a forehand that looked like a baseball batter's wild swing at a pitch. Yet you knew he could stand there all day and belt that ugly thing out, time after numbing time, a metronome with a Head Pro. Truly, Courier was a clubber. World-class, but a clubber.

Edberg, on entirely the other hand, defined tennis elegance. It began with his serve, a thing of beauty. Not a lot of speed in it, but the man could kick it, angle it, swing it, and all with the same smooth, handsome action. Just as smooth, he would follow it in to the net, moving effortlessly into place to put away the volley. He had a silken quality to his game that, when he was on, made him not just the best player in the world to watch, but the best player, period. The extraordinary thing was, his elegance had everything to do with the levels he could reach. When he played like that, you would back Edberg to beat anyone among his contemporaries, and many either side of him as well.

That day in New York, Courier came up against that Edberg. Courier had had a splendid tournament, and must have known he was playing close to his best tennis. Only, that day it was not good enough by several miles. Edberg touched perfection right away, and, astonishingly, got better as the match went on. The sign of that -- though of course by then Courier was probably demoralized too -- was the score in the third set: 6-0.

Yes, three quick sets, 6-2, 6-4, and an exclamation point 6-0. Edberg*dominated from the opening shots. He served magnificently, returned better, prowled the court, camped at the net and let not one pounded Courier special get past that sweetly angled racket. In fact I almost like to think Courier wasn't actually demoralized at the end. When you're losing to such artistry, maybe it doesn't hurt so much.

Courier had his revenge -- he beat Edberg in the next two Australian Open finals -- but that did not lessen the lustre of this Edberg performance, this Edberg masterclass. And though Edberg stayed at the top of the game for a few more years -- he defended that US Open title in 1992, playing several stirring matches on the way -- he never reached this height again.

The 1991 mangling of Courier saw a great player at his peak. Edberg himself considers it his best match. Nobody in tennis could have stayed with him that day; certainly nobody in tennis could have beaten him. Hell, nobody in tennis could play this gorgeous, scintillant tennis.

Every now and then, tennis sees a performance like that. In 2003, Federer turned in a few. He may not yet be in Edberg's class, but Federer's game is so attractive because it is a throwback to times when elegance, finesse and grace had a place in tennis.

One of those times, of course, came when the most exquisite artist of them all roamed the courts. The 1984 Wimbledon final saw John McEnroe at the sort of peak Edberg climbed in 1991. In that match, he was similarly destructive -- elegant and breathtakingly creative, therefore destructive*-- of Jimmy Connors. Two years earlier, Connors had ground out a fizzing, contentious, blood-and-glory five-set title victory over McEnroe. But this time, there would be no repeat. Three quick sets, all sweet timing and velvet wrists, and Connors was left to wonder what whispering beast had trampled him into the lush grass.

Connors, oddly enough, figures in another of the kind of matches I'm writing about, again at the Wimbledon final. This was 1975. Across the net was Arthur Ashe, and again, this was a Connors loss.

Using strokes struck so hard you feared for the ball, yet struck with demonic accuracy, Connors had dominated Wimbledon, and tennis, for two years. So in 1975, only a fool would have bet against Connors defending his 1974 Wimbledon title. In 1975, Ashe was that fool.

Ashe had decided a few things that year: he was the best player without a Wimbledon title and it was time to win, he had figured out the way to beat Connors, and he was going to do both. With fierce, single-minded concentration, he played a game foreign to his own feared power, a game that had Connors befuddled. All caress, placement and touch, Ashe ran
through the first two sets, 6-1, 6-1.

Still, this was Wimbledon, this was Connors. Pumping his fists in fury, flinging everything into his shots, Connors willed himself back into the match, taking the third set 7-5 and charging to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. But this day, Ashe could not, would not, be denied. He kept knocking, stuck firmly to his game plan, then suddenly swept past his man, closing out the fourth, and the match, 6-4.

As the writer Richard Evans observed, Ashe managed to 'dismantle the powerfully welded structure of Connors' game as a skilled engineer might defuse a bomb.' What's left to say?

And curiously, Ashe-Connors '75 brings us full circle to Edberg-Courier '91. For one thing, it was Ashe who identified the moment of the '91 match, the point that summed it all up: one more fine Courier shot that got him just nowhere. With Edberg serving at 4-4, 15-30 in the second set, Courier had a small opening. In The New York Times, Ashe wrote:

Edberg spun in a second serve to Courier's two-handed backhand, which he nailed crosscourt. From knee-high level, Edberg deftly side-spun a backhand volley just inside Courier's forehand sideline for a clean winner. Courier just smiled the smile of resignation. ... It was [his] last stand. He didn't win another game.


For another thing, that 1991 US Open will forever be remembered not for Edberg's lights-out display in the final, but for Connors. At 39, an age when other stars begin fading from the veteran's circuit, Jimbo made a run to the semifinals. On the way, he pulled out two five-set, old-time,*come-from-behind, four-and-a-half hour, rip-roaring wins, over Patrick ('the other') McEnroe and Aaron Krickstein, both well over a decade younger. In the semis, Connors ran into Courier, whose blistering firepower proved too much to handle. Still, it was indisputably Connors' tournament. Edberg only laid on the icing.

And yet, perhaps that's the way to best remember that match. Icing.

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"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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Nice article. I enjoyed watching one sided matches if it's brilliant tennis. Honestly I became Fed's loyal fan after that wimbledon semi performance.

I believe it's normal to be bias, but not nice to be nasty, similarly being over-defensive or sensitive about negative things being said about your favouriate players.
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I did as well. I mean if its the sort of thrashing that Federer does & not the Hewitt/Roddick thrashing, than its one beautiful thing to watch. I have been a Fan of him for a while(i think since his match vs. Sampras wimbly 2001) but after his semi & finals appearance, I followed his results much more carefully
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It's Roger who brought me back to tennis and to my delight, discovering the depth of men's tennis at this moment. So I owe him for that
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Favourite Federer takes care of business
By Linda Pearce
January 14, 2004

Australian Open men's favourite Roger Federer will enter the year's first grand slam tournament without a coach. Federer has not yet replaced Peter Lundgren, who was surprisingly sacked after Federer's victory in November's Masters Cup.

The split came despite Federer finishing the season at No. 2 and winning his first major singles title at Wimbledon, among seven for the year.

The unconventional self-coaching arrangement reduces his Melbourne Park entourage to an unnamed friend, physiotherapist Pavel Kovac and Federer's partner Mirka Vavrinec, a former women's tour player who handles Federer's off-court affairs.

"I'm taking care of myself these next few weeks," said Federer, who today plays Swede Thomas Johansson on the opening day of the Kooyong International tournament. "It's difficult. It's a change, you've got to get used to it and got to be well organised, but I think I'm going to get through that.

"I'm definitely looking around - I'm just 22 years old, so I still think I can get some tips and advice from my game. I'm far away from being perfect, so I'm looking around, but I don't want to rush into something and as soon as the time is right, I will let you guys know."

Federer spent the brief off-season at home in Switzerland, relishing the extra week's break provided by the slightly delayed start to the tennis year, before travelling to Melbourne via a brief Hong Kong exhibition.

Andre Agassi, meanwhile, is following the same trusty route that has left him unbeaten at the Australian Open since 1999. The 33-year-old is on a 21-match streak at Melbourne Park, having failed to lift the trophy only in 2002, when he withdrew on the eve of the tournament because of a wrist injury.

Agassi rates the two hardcourt majors as his best chances of a ninth grand slam singles title. "(The Australian's) been the grand slam that I've had most success in, it's an environment I enjoy playing in," he said.

This year, Agassi is travelling with his three-month-old daughter Jaz, as well as son Jaden and wife Stephanie Graf, and he said the family expansion was proving challenging.

"Going from one to two is like going from one to 10," he quipped.

"When you have one, you have two people focused on this, and when you have two it's like I can't sort of run and hide when things get tough. I'm not convinced I'm handling it."

Younes El Aynaoui, who, with Andy Roddick, played the match-of-the-year at the 2003 Open, is experiencing more serious difficulties. The Moroccan veteran rates himself only 50-50 to contest this year's event. He has plantar fasciatis inflammation at the base of his foot, and has been forced to withdraw from the Kooyong warm-up.

"I am in good hands here in Australia with intensive treatment and I still hope I will be able to participate in the Open next week," El Aynaoui said.

"Every time I wake up in the morning, it's a surprise . . . But I'm still thinking positive that with the treatment I receive every day . . . I will be ready to go.

El Aynaoui's replacement is Johansson, the former Australian Open winner who reached the quarter-finals of his comeback event in Adelaide last week. Johansson, who required knee surgery last February, had not played since the end of 2002.

It was also announced that Pat Rafter and Josh Eagle would play a doubles exhibition match at Kooyong on Saturday.


This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/20...877828180.html

"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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Hey guys, the Ask Roger section in Rogi's official webpage has been updated. Check it out, have some nice inisghts in it. Here's the link:
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I'm far away from being perfect, so I'm looking around, but I don't want to rush into something and as soon as the time is right, I will let you guys know."
It's good to see that Rogi still thinks he's far away form being perfect. It'll make him work harder.

Maybe Sampras took over from me and now Federer will take over from Sampras - Edberg


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It's Roger who brought me back to tennis and to my delight, discovering the depth of men's tennis at this moment. So I owe him for that

Isy, we both owe him. I never thought I would become a tennis fan again had it not becoz of him!

Maybe Sampras took over from me and now Federer will take over from Sampras - Edberg


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yeah rogicomel ? I'm almost pretty sure we're from the same country too..."comel" huh? Are we the only few roger's fans here though? I know none of friends follow tennis

But yeah owe it all to Roger, so he will have my support always!!!
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I don't come here, so I didn't know where to post this I'm not sure if anyone has seen it, but Roger did an interview for Eurosport on the photohoot for men's magazine GQ. It was an interview with him & then one together with Mirka which was really sweet They were saying how they have moved into a new house and she was saying how nice and senstive Roger is And, that sometimes she has to be careful becasue he is so sensitive They asked her what players she liked past & present: and she said in the past Martina Nav and now of course Roger And, then Roger told her not to forget Goran, because she loves him more than the tennis He also said that they were a very romantic couple, always doing sweet things for each other Sorry, if all this stuff has already been posted If anyone want sto know anymore just let me know

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Thanks Cilla, I saw the show on Eurosport this afternoon, and it was great - love his new haircut!

There were some new videos (I think from the show) on the ES site earlier today, but I can't find them now, if they re-appear, I'll put up the link.
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Thanks cilla for the news...new haircut??? Really? ya, pls put up the link if you have it Jtipson

Another piece of good news : Roger was awarded Player of the year 2003 by ITWF :

http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsands...tpinsider2.asp

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Thanks, Cilla!

they ARE a sweet couple. i've seen that with my own eyes when Roger played an exhibition here in Bern. He's affectionate with her even in public. When he won the Swiss Sportsman of the Year award, he kissed Mirka before he went up to the stage.



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I don't come here, so I didn't know where to post this I'm not sure if anyone has seen it, but Roger did an interview for Eurosport on the photohoot for men's magazine GQ. It was an interview with him & then one together with Mirka which was really sweet They were saying how they have moved into a new house and she was saying how nice and senstive Roger is And, that sometimes she has to be careful becasue he is so sensitive They asked her what players she liked past & present: and she said in the past Martina Nav and now of course Roger And, then Roger told her not to forget Goran, because she loves him more than the tennis He also said that they were a very romantic couple, always doing sweet things for each other Sorry, if all this stuff has already been posted If anyone want sto know anymore just let me know

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Thanks, Cilla! We appreciate it! Come here as often as you like w Rogi news or photos!!

Can't wait for that GQ mag -- w it be UK one, or German or US?? There are so many!!

Rogi's such a sweetie!! Aww....

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