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Rogi in TMS Hamburg!

Billabong
05-08-2004, 01:48 PM
Rogi has a very tough first round match, against Gaudio :eek:!
I really hope he'll be ready!

GOOOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDD:banana:!!!

lsy
05-08-2004, 01:57 PM
Come on Roger!!! There's a reason for you drawing good players on clay.

Gaudio is very good when I saw him vs Hewitt (until he choked of course), so Roger you need to play your best for sure!

Just play a good match, get more comfortable and confident on clay.

WyveN
05-08-2004, 01:59 PM
a real nightmare draw for Roger :(
Potentially

R1: Gaudio
R2: Lapentti
R3: Gonzalez
QF: Moya
SF: Ferrero or Safin
F: Coria

I guess he will get a proper clay workout even if he loses straight away and Roger is known to produce best form in tough draws ;)

lsy
05-08-2004, 02:07 PM
oh dear...now that you'd listed it down, it looks even worse than I thought it was :(

but yeah, I hope he'll come out and have a good match vs Gaudio, win or lose.

RogiFan88
05-08-2004, 07:26 PM
definitely a tough draw for Rogi considering his state of mind, lack of matchplay and pretty solid opponents

HOPP, ROGI!!

Get over it, Rogi, ASAP!

tangerine_dream
05-08-2004, 10:50 PM
I'm worried about this draw :scared:

Billabong
05-08-2004, 11:15 PM
I'm worried about this draw :scared:

me too :eek:!

moonlight
05-09-2004, 06:52 AM
Come on, Roger. You can do it! :bounce:

Good Luck! :)

Dirk
05-09-2004, 02:35 PM
I will take this one match at a time. I do think Roger will be more cool head than last week and patient too. I just hope he can do well here.

WyveN
05-09-2004, 04:04 PM
Getting to a QF would be a terrific achievement with this draw, and good clay preparation. Anything beyond that would be outstanding.

lsy
05-09-2004, 04:27 PM
I will take this one match at a time. I do think Roger will be more cool head than last week and patient too. I just hope he can do well here.

I'm gonna agree with dirk this time. Just one match at a time.

btw, if I mean just if ;) ...he can make it to the QF and have a potential match with Moya, that'll be awesome. I saw part of Moya today, that forehand is :eek: :eek:, he totally outplayed David.

Teemuh
05-09-2004, 05:02 PM
Does anyone think he can actually get through this draw? I mean, it's the kinda of thing he would probably have to face in the French Open. Like all thoroughbreds, he seems a bit highstrung.

Shy
05-09-2004, 05:20 PM
Roger always get through a dreaw when we expected the least from him. So, I think that he can do it.

RogiFan88
05-09-2004, 06:26 PM
Well it w be great if Rogi can overcome this tough draw as he has in the past and just focus and be patient and not let his head take over... if he makes the QF it will be a feat in itself... and to meet w Moya, well...

Right now I'm only concerned about his first rd vs. Gaudio, who is probably thinking he can beat Rogi no problema...

HOPP, ROGI!!!

Raquel
05-09-2004, 07:26 PM
The draw is very tough, but if Roger is to win Roland Garros he will have to play a list of good players in a row like this, so this is good practice :)

Hopp Rogi! :D

Dirk
05-09-2004, 08:08 PM
Roger must keep his head and not let his dark emotions inside of his heart take over Rogifan. Both guys know it will be a tough match. I just hope Roger is more prepared this time. Please let Roger get good form here!!!!!!!! :worship:

squirrel
05-09-2004, 08:16 PM
ROGER IS GOING TO PLAY ON TUESDAY. HE IS NOT IN THE ORDER OF PLAY FOR TOMORROW.

Billabong
05-09-2004, 08:19 PM
Thanks for the info squirrel:)!

GOOOOO FED:D!!!!!!!!

RogiFan88
05-09-2004, 08:36 PM
actually, projecting into RG, the only good thing is that Rogi will NOT be considered among the favourites -- that's some consolation -- he doesn't need any more pressure than he already has fr his critics and fr himself!

it will be Moya and Coria w all the pressure [and he who wins MC wins RG... usually! -- worked for Carlos and Juanqui and Guga] ;)

and one of these yrs I w dearly love for Rogi to win MC -- it's a nice tourney!

Dirk
05-09-2004, 09:32 PM
Guga won Hamburg and RG in 2000. Rogifan if Roger does poorly here then yes he will not be a fave at RG beforehand, but if he does well here that will change. Roger will have plenty of energy going into RG either way. I'm just glad Roger has the goods to do great on clay.

LCeh
05-09-2004, 09:35 PM
How many points do Federer defend here at Hamburg?

Dirk
05-09-2004, 09:56 PM
He made it to the 3rd rd here last year. I'm just hoping tuesday goes well and to hear how he feels afterwards before I look further.

LCeh
05-09-2004, 09:58 PM
He made it to the 3rd rd here last year. I'm just hoping tuesday goes well and to hear how he feels afterwards before I look further.

Thanks for the info Dirk. I think the first match is the most important match for Rogi right now.

Billabong
05-10-2004, 01:32 AM
He lost to Philippoussis last year I think??

RogiFan88
05-10-2004, 01:35 AM
You're right, Billabong!

I'll be happy if Rogi can win 3 rds in Hamburg then he will at least have defended his pts.

Billabong
05-10-2004, 01:40 AM
me too RF:)! but I would love to see him repeat 2002;)!

Fedex
05-10-2004, 04:38 AM
Kind of wired that of all surfaces he'd lose to Phillipoussis on clay!! :eek: But that was long, long ago ;)

Alessia
05-10-2004, 08:00 AM
The first opponent is very strong.

Look out, Roger!

Dirk
05-10-2004, 01:30 PM
Roger had a terrible day that day. I hope he has a good one all this week. I just hope Roger finds his form.

mrpenguin
05-10-2004, 02:55 PM
Guys- don't expect anything from Roger on clay.

Personally I think he hasn't got the patience to really
do well on this surface- it's just not his personality.

I hope he proves me wrong though

yanchr
05-10-2004, 02:55 PM
I'm trying to be realistic and reasonable this time...yes let's look at him match by match now. But even if the draw looks so terrible for him, I believe if he can make the 3rd round or the 4th, then who knows if he won't take the title...but first look out the Gaudio match now...

I got to see Roger in today's sports news. He seemed like having much fun in Hamburg by going in for a yacht race on the river, along with Schuettler and some other German guys. He was smiling very big:D. I'm happy to see him in good mood. Hope he can bring it into his matches here.

Dirk
05-10-2004, 03:51 PM
He won two titles on clay and made RG qrts. If he didn't have patience Peggy, then he never would have beaten Hewitt and David at Oz. Roger does have it all in him to do great on the clay. He must simply unleash it. He should do better this week. I hope because Gaudio will be tough.

mrpenguin
05-10-2004, 04:19 PM
Dirk, I hope you're right, but for me realistically for Roger : clay season=low season

I'll stick to my low expectations and will be all the more happy if he delivers

squirrel
05-10-2004, 07:09 PM
Rogi has third match on central court

RogiFan88
05-10-2004, 09:37 PM
HOPP, ROGI!!!!!

Pls beat Gaudio so you can face Nico Lapentti in the 2nd rd...

Cheering for you, babe!!

Billabong
05-10-2004, 11:19 PM
GOOOOOO FED:banana:!!!!!!!!!!!

Alessia
05-11-2004, 12:13 AM
I'm trying to be realistic and reasonable this time...yes let's look at him match by match now. But even if the draw looks so terrible for him, I believe if he can make the 3rd round or the 4th, then who knows if he won't take the title...but first look out the Gaudio match now...

I got to see Roger in today's sports news. He seemed like having much fun in Hamburg by going in for a yacht race on the river, along with Schuettler and some other German guys. He was smiling very big:D. I'm happy to see him in good mood. Hope he can bring it into his matches here.

Yes, I also see the picture on TV! (I love STV) It seems that he is more optimistic and relaxed than both of us ...

Go Roger! Hope your match will be live today!!!! :worship:

ytben
05-11-2004, 03:15 AM
Thanks for the report guys, glad to know that Rogi is enjoying himself in Hamburg :D
Good luck Rogi against Gaudio :bounce:

Billabong
05-11-2004, 03:42 AM
I should be there for live scores:)!!!

WyveN
05-11-2004, 06:56 AM
I got to see Roger in today's sports news. He seemed like having much fun in Hamburg by going in for a yacht race on the river, along with Schuettler and some other German guys. He was smiling very big:D. I'm happy to see him in good mood. Hope he can bring it into his matches here.

he seems to be doing a lot of promotion for tennis which is a great thing.

e.g in Netherlands he played tennis on a boat, last week in Italy he played tennis on the street?, now this. Certainly seems to be doing a lot more promotion then the other top players.

Nymeria
05-11-2004, 07:18 AM
I should be there for live scores:)!!!

me too!

yanchr
05-11-2004, 01:16 PM
Yes, I also see the picture on TV! (I love STV) It seems that he is more optimistic and relaxed than both of us ...

Go Roger! Hope your match will be live today!!!! :worship:
Hey you forgot to thank me ;)

Have to follow the stupid Hamburg scoreboard :( :(

lsy
05-11-2004, 01:20 PM
I got to see Roger in today's sports news. He seemed like having much fun in Hamburg by going in for a yacht race on the river, along with Schuettler and some other German guys. He was smiling very big:D. I'm happy to see him in good mood. Hope he can bring it into his matches here.

Shouldn't he be on court practicing, practicing and practicing as he said? :confused:

j/k :) It's great that he's doing all these for the good of the game.

Can't wait to watch the match on TV, come on Rogi play a good match, if you dare kick another racquet :smash:

yanchr
05-11-2004, 01:27 PM
he seems to be doing a lot of promotion for tennis which is a great thing.

e.g in Netherlands he played tennis on a boat, last week in Italy he played tennis on the street?, now this. Certainly seems to be doing a lot more promotion then the other top players.
ummm...I guess as the world No.1 he is just doing his deal. But actually I think he is a guy who likes those activities, enjoying his life quite much apart from tennis, at least not as nervous as me :p . That probably will distract him from the intense competition and the heavy pressure being always the hunted one. Would love to see it :)

About an hour to go. Good luck Roger.

WyveN
05-11-2004, 05:00 PM
Well he beat Gaudio, which is a good sign.

However whether it is due to lack of coach, lack of patience, stubborness or whatever he wants to play the match on his own terms i.e the vast majority of points were decided by either a spectacular federer shot or a unforced error

It makes for very spectacular tennis but I do think he should have a plan B for those times when he begins to mishit shots (2nd set/majority of 3rd set)

Dirk
05-11-2004, 05:09 PM
Well, he better have patience. He has more variety than anyone so he shouldn't be having this problem. Maybe now in his next match he will spread his wings. Still he fought very hard and won, that is the key. Roger should not have so much trouble tomorrow and should be cleaner. I so so want a Moya and Roger qrt.

ytben
05-11-2004, 05:10 PM
Totally agree Wyv, Rogi was never in control in the second and the third set as the result. Glad that he won :woohoo:. He cleaned his game up pretty well on the last two games, perfect timing.

Good luck against Nico Rogi :bounce:

Dirk
05-11-2004, 05:16 PM
Roger had 5 break points in the 3rd. He should have won it easier. Clearly he was in control of it. Gaudio struggled more so than Roger. Roger should be better tomorrow and Nico doesn't have Gaudio's talent. Let's look at the positives folks. ;)

lsy
05-11-2004, 05:22 PM
Well done Roger.

His game is certainly very exciting to watch, just look at the number of winners he hit in each match (of course errors too ;) ). Always changing pace, direction and be aggressive. Though I too agree that sometimes it's almost a hit to win or die situation :unsure:

Maybe he should be less aggressive when he's nervous or wasn't so comfortable, tends to mishits very badly. But really glad that he did keep his cool and calm to the end of the match, unlike vs Costa when he was certainly more frustrated each time he made any errors. Everybody is serving to his backhand whenever they're down breakpoints vs him, and true enough he almost always hit those into the net :o Funny things is saw him attempted a dropshot today and sure enough like he said before, he did make him look stupid :lol:

I'm just really glad that he pulled through this match :)

lsy
05-11-2004, 05:24 PM
Roger had 5 break points in the 3rd. He should have won it easier. Clearly he was in control of it. Gaudio struggled more so than Roger. Roger should be better tomorrow and Nico doesn't have Gaudio's talent. Let's look at the positives folks. ;)

Don't say should have, Dirk. I think overally Rogi has 12 breakpoint chances while Gaudio has 14 if I'm not wrong. They both gave some cheap points to each other and fortunately Rogi tightened up and played few good games coming to the end.

Dirk
05-11-2004, 05:24 PM
I've seen Roger hit dropshots. Roger will get better. He will practice more. Its the first match and we all should be very happy he won today. He will only get better. I'm very confident tomorrow.

Dirk
05-11-2004, 05:26 PM
Roger fought very hard but I think had it not been for his bad opening service game in the 2nd, this match would have ended quicker. Gaudio was tough as expected today but people expect roger to be great in the 1st rd against a very good clay courter. Just relax, now Roger will gain strength.

yanchr
05-11-2004, 06:13 PM
phew..... The most important thing is that Roger won :bounce: no matter how he actually pulled it out! Well done Roger, esp the mental part in the 3rd set...didn't let the frustration of being broken right after he made the breaking for 2 consecutive times:yeah:

I think it's a good match from both players on the whole, at least the attacking style from both sides served me well esp deep into the 3rd set. Two beautiful backhands to watch actually. I have to say I think Gaudio has a better backhand than Roger in the consistency and aggressiveness. And Roger seemed a little down with his net point, absolutely not as good as his Costa match. It's a little bit weird thinking about the final result...

Take a good rest now Roger. Have to focus on your next match tomorrow. Good luck!

Dirk
05-11-2004, 06:22 PM
On clay Gaudio has a better backhand, but I wouldn't trade it in for Roger's. Roger will be better tomorrow. He won and he was not well and consistent. That is all that matters.

Mrs. B
05-11-2004, 07:25 PM
well done, Roger! :bounce:

tangerine_dream
05-11-2004, 08:25 PM
Cold out there today, huh? :)

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040511/i/r1309674226.jpg
Swiss Roger Federer stretches to reach a ball during his match against Gaston Gaudio from Argentina at the Hamburg Masters Tennis tournament May 11, 2004. Federer won the match in three sets 6-1 5-7 6-4.

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Swiss Roger Federer hits a forehand shot to Gaston Gaudio from Argentina at the Hamburg Masters Tennis tournament May 11, 2004. Federer won the match in three sets 6-1 5-7 6-4.

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040511/i/r177617961.jpg
Swiss Roger Federer acknowledges the crowd after defeating Gaston Gaudio from Argentina at the Hamburg Masters Tennis tournament May 11, 2004.

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Swiss player Roger Federer (R) and Gaston Gaudio from Argentina shake hands following their match at the Hamburg Masters Tennis tournament, May 11, 2004.

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040511/i/r3790170619.jpg
Gaston Gaudio of Argentina throws his racket during his match against Swiss Roger Federer, at the Hamburg Masters Tennis tournament, May 11, 2004.

RogiFan88
05-11-2004, 09:18 PM
Phew is all I can say... Rogi said that he's happy to be past the first round, which he considers crucial, esp since he played vs. Gaudio, who ALWAYS troubles him and usually takes a set off him... I remember Montreal R1 last summer...

Wish I had seen this match tho... glad to see when he was down a set that he managed to get back into the match and win it... how frustrated was he compared to R2 in Roma vs. Costa??

Rogi didn't want to lose at the outset of this tourney cos he knows how important it is for his RG prep. He also mentioned the tough conditions... just saw the Youzhny [yay!] - Kiwi match and the Moya [yay!]-Sanchez match... can't believe how cold and damp it is there... ridiculous conditions. Henman had a tummy ache too!

Well, Rogi, just use the confidence you said you gained by overcoming this tough 1st rd, and beat Nico and the rest!

HOPP, ROGI!!

Carlos was NOT wearing his sleeveless shirt today... 2 shirts, but both short-sleeved, not like Rogi!

LCeh
05-11-2004, 09:28 PM
Thanks for the pic Tangy! Rogi always looks good in pics for some reason, unlike other tennis players... :scratch:

Now please win tomorrow's match! :bounce:

Shy
05-11-2004, 11:38 PM
Funny things is saw him attempted a dropshot today and sure enough like he said before, he did make him look stupid :lol:

I'm just really glad that he pulled through this match :)
At least, he had tried. Well, I think that he need better strategie. On clay, he can't always be dictating the play, so he REALLY needs better strategy. He might not be a top 5 clay players, but he can play on it and with a little ajustmenet on his game before RG he might pass the first round.

Alessia
05-12-2004, 12:14 AM
I expected the match between Rogi and Gaudio was very tough. However, the process is beyond my imagination.

Rogi won easily in the first set but he gave Argentine 6 BPs!!! And when Rogi broke Gaudio's serve in the 2nd set I though that he could close the match in 2 sets while Gaudio proved that he was more aggressive on the clay.

And for the 3rd set, I don't know how to describe the match... I'm happy that Rogi won in the end. Hope that he could adjust his form and prepare for Roland Garros.

moonlight
05-12-2004, 02:52 AM
:woohoo: Well done, Roger :woohoo:
Good Luck against Nico! :bounce:

It is great to read your analyses & reports. Thanks everybody :D
Tangerine :), thank you for the pics :yeah:

Billabong
05-12-2004, 03:25 AM
Well done Rogi, now continue:D!!! GOOOOO FED:banana:!!!

yanchr
05-12-2004, 04:44 AM
Funny things is saw him attempted a dropshot today and sure enough like he said before, he did make him look stupid :lol:
I saw it. No it didn't look that stupid, did it? He almost made it actually ;) But he was a little frustrated seeing Gaudio make it and really seemed hopeless :p I'd rather he not try it again. :p

yanchr
05-12-2004, 04:49 AM
how frustrated was he compared to R2 in Roma vs. Costa??
I think for some moments he was as frustrated as he was in Roma eg the 2nd set before he broken back(and was broken again :rolleyes: ). He was under very heavy pressure in his service games. Even I got the feeling that he would repeat the Costa match :rolleyes: But fortunately he didn't let the frustration get to him for long, not like that Roma match. Obviously he learned some lessons from that match :)

rogicomel
05-12-2004, 06:13 AM
Rogi has proven that his mental fragility is the thing belongs to the past. Good to see him fight against a very tough opponent. I feel bad for Gaudio but I want Rogi to win the match badly.


Now good luck against Nico. My 'dream match' actually....

WyveN
05-12-2004, 07:21 AM
Funny things is saw him attempted a dropshot today and sure enough like he said before, he did make him look stupid :lol:

:lol:

I thought of those comments that he made about dropshots when i saw him attempt them.

if i remmember right, one was from way behind the baseline that Gaudio reached pretty easily and the second one was from a good position that would have put Gaston in a lot of trouble but just clipped the net. At least he is trying them though, I don't even recall a attempt at a drop shot in Rome.

lsy
05-12-2004, 08:35 AM
:yawn:
if i remmember right, one was from way behind the baseline that Gaudio reached pretty easily and the second one was from a good position that would have put Gaston in a lot of trouble but just clipped the net. At least he is trying them though, I don't even recall a attempt at a drop shot in Rome.

I believe is the first one that I remembered. He made that in a pretty crucial point and I was :banghead: thinking out of all times, he chose then to attempt that dropshot. Even my commentators had a long sigh...then said "why in the world did he do that?... ;)

btw I agree with what you said about that shuettler match, it's so :yawn:, if you're gonna suggest Roger's plan b being something to that extent then... :help: :lol:

Action Jackson
05-12-2004, 08:48 AM
This was my take on the match and it was a great result for Roger, even though I wasn't going for him.

My take on the match could be summed up like this. Federer/Gaudio well it wasn't the greatest match, technically a lot of errors for sure, but it was close, at times very enjoyable, others frustrating, but had an inevitable end unfortunately for Gaudio.

Federer came out in the 1st set and just started hitting everything in the middle of the racquet, and Gaudio could only admire the shots, even then he had some chances.

In the 2nd set Gaston got an early break, and was making more balls in the court, whereas Federer was coming down from his previous level. Gaudio was playing better and of course he had to drop serve while leading 4-3, then after that, he played some good service games and Federer was mixing winners with bad errors. Gaston had chances, but he was actually showing some fight, and managed to take the 2nd set.

The 3rd well 4 breaks of serve in a row, they were playing better of each others service games, then they lifted Gaudio hit some good backhands, Federer was moving the ball around well, then it was mixed in with errors as well.

Come to 4-4 the old Gaston came to fore yet again, which was sad, but not surprising. After holding his serve and fighting hard for points, then he managed to lose his seve to 15. The 0-15 point was the one, that summed it up, they were rallying decided to let a shot go and it bounced in and made it 0-30, and then the match was over, a poor drop shot that landed on the service line, and was dealt with.

Then Roger came out and didn't lose a point on serve, so close, yet so far, but so inevitable. He will need to improve as he know he has to, but the more matches he has the better for him.

lsy
05-12-2004, 08:53 AM
Thanks GWH. It's always good to read what others who had watched the match thought about it. So far seems like most have pretty much the similar opinion. I like watching Gaudio too, it's too bad these 2 have to play in the 1st round.

lsy
05-12-2004, 08:59 AM
At least, he had tried. Well, I think that he need better strategie. On clay, he can't always be dictating the play, so he REALLY needs better strategy. He might not be a top 5 clay players, but he can play on it and with a little ajustmenet on his game before RG he might pass the first round.

Shy, Roger's a leo, all leos like to dictate basically everything...though I do suspect when comes to mirka, he becomes a very tamed king of the jungle. ;)

But you're right, we had seen him getting very frustrated and start making some crazy errors when his opponents prevent him from playing his game.

mrpenguin
05-12-2004, 09:10 AM
Clay actually shows who's relying on their serves and who aren't - but the hard work
on clay will make him a better player. his game is too easy on other surfaces- he needs the challenge

(and yes this contradicts my previous post )

Dirk
05-12-2004, 12:33 PM
Thanks George. I like Gaudio too. I just wanted Roger to win so badly. Must be so tough to play out in the cold. The condition were really bad. I think Roger will be in better form today. I hope he wins, but I'm not as worried as I was yesterday. Roger fought through his misery out there with a cool head. His attitude when he is down and when he loses is key as well. Roger must be like 007 out there. "Never let them see you sweat" Funny Andy at Wimbly was drenched in it and Roger only needed a tissue. :rolls: Ah the good memories.

RogiFan88
05-12-2004, 02:15 PM
I think for some moments he was as frustrated as he was in Roma eg the 2nd set before he broken back(and was broken again :rolleyes: ). He was under very heavy pressure in his service games. Even I got the feeling that he would repeat the Costa match :rolleyes: But fortunately he didn't let the frustration get to him for long, not like that Roma match. Obviously he learned some lessons from that match :)

Thanks!

I agree and am happy that Rogi has learned fr his loss... losses are OK if you learn sth and move ahead. I hope he is feeling more confident this week and
that he can win his match vs. Nico easily -- they only played 2X in 2002, where Rogi won, in Madrid and here in Hamburg.

Thanks GWH for your analysis... hmmm... so you're a Gaudio fan, eh? Interesante... ;) Next time I see Gaudio I won't avoid him [unless Rogi happens to be lurking nearby] and will ask him en espanol for a photo, vale?!! :p

HOPP ROGI!!!!!

mrpenguin
05-12-2004, 03:53 PM
WHEN IS ROGER PLAYING ?

Dirk
05-12-2004, 03:53 PM
He is playing last.

mrpenguin
05-12-2004, 03:58 PM
Thanks Jesus there are two(3?) courts out there , otherwise he'd play in his pijamas


(could be fun to watch too)

ytben
05-12-2004, 07:10 PM
Nice win from Rogi :woohoo:

But next is Gonzo, a very tough customer. Good luck Rogi :bounce:

Dirk
05-12-2004, 07:12 PM
Rogi should force plenty of errors from Gonzo. Could go 3 sets but Roger should win.

RogiFan88
05-12-2004, 07:24 PM
Nice easy win over Nico today, Rogi!! 63 63 in about an hour. He's smiling now so hope that means he's more confident and will beat Fernando tomorrow!!

HOPP, ROGI!!

Raquel
05-12-2004, 09:42 PM
Great win Roger! :woohoo: :bounce:

LCeh
05-12-2004, 09:43 PM
http://www.root3dtb.de/live/live.htm

Check out Roger's video interview under the RealStream section. Roger looked so happy today! :)

Billabong
05-13-2004, 01:16 AM
Well done Rogi :yeah:! Now win tomorrow:D!!! GOOOO FEDDDDD :banana:!!!

rogicomel
05-13-2004, 01:46 AM
Great win by Rogi! He looked so happy he had huge smiles...

I hope Rogi will take his confidence he had against Nico when he takes on Gonzo today. The only thing Rogi needs to do is cut down his UE's. It's way too many and I'd say it's risky against Gonzales esp. on clay.

Hopp Rogi!!!! Go for it Rogi!!!

Dirk
05-13-2004, 01:59 AM
18 for two sets is great especially making only 9 after 2-2 in the 1st set. Roger will be ready for Gonzo? No this is the real question. Will Gonzo be able to handle Roger's shotmaking and variety? I think not. No need to worry here. Roger will have to play a bad match to lose this one.

rogicomel
05-13-2004, 02:21 AM
I don't know. Nothing is certain when it comes to clay so I can't stop worrying until the match is over. But I believe Rogi has better ideas how to deal with Gonzo this time round for he had once beaten the Chilean big hitter even though it was on hard court.

Dirk
05-13-2004, 02:26 AM
Gonzo is just iffy period. I know Roger could lose but he would have to play badly. Also Gonzo is not feeling well. Gonzo isn't a tactician like Gaudio and will just swing away. Heavy Topspin could force some errors on the backhand but I think Roger will be defensively sharp tomorrow. Roger knows what to do and I have faith in him. COME NINJAS!!!!!!!!!!!!! ONE MATCH AWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lsy
05-13-2004, 02:40 AM
suddenly dirk is full of confidence ;)

Well it's a match of 2 players, so we'll see which Gonzo turns up to. If is the Miami Gonzo vs pavel one, then :scared:

But it's good to see that Roger had managed to clean up his game, especially improving that backhand. Funny that after he mentioned he had problem returning on clay in the interview, he came up with some terrific return winners vs lapentti :)

Rogi had expected my expectation on him this tournament, anything beyond now is a bonus :bigclap:

oh and Rogi did a GREAT DROP SHOT yesterday just for me (according to ytben)!!! :lol: :yippee: Nothing stupid about it this time :)

Dirk
05-13-2004, 02:44 AM
Pavel cannot defend like Roger. Nothing is set in stone but beating Roger is a taller mountain for Gonzo to climb then the other way around. I say Roger in straights.

Alessia
05-13-2004, 03:56 AM
I hope that Rogi could compelet the match in straight sets becasue I have stayed up late for 2 days and I have no energy left ...

LCeh
05-13-2004, 04:12 AM
Poor Alessia... :hug:

I don't know if I should wish for him to finish in straight, but I hope he will win the match! :)

WyveN
05-13-2004, 04:14 AM
Rogi had expected my expectation on him this tournament, anything beyond now is a bonus :bigclap:


no, no Roger needs one more win so that we can see him against Moya!
Moya is sort of the benchmark right now along with Coria so would be great to see Federer play one of them even if he is to lose.

yanchr
05-13-2004, 05:19 AM
Roger needs to go just a further step to be able to face Moya. They haven't played each other on clay. Would love to see how it'll go esp considering Moya is in great form now. But first priority is the Gonza match now.

Hope I'll get Roger on tv today :(

mrpenguin
05-13-2004, 09:57 AM
Roger get's tougher as his confidence grows, but I fear the shitty weather most
as rain slows down the court

my confidence depends on the weather ;-)

ytben
05-13-2004, 02:34 PM
A great win against Gonzo Rogi :woohoo:
Now Moya have to fulfill his end of the bargain so we will have our dream QF matchup. Good luck Rogi, keep playing this well :bounce:

WyveN
05-13-2004, 02:35 PM
Roger beats gonzalez 7-5 6-1

For 80% of the match this was not the careless Gonzalez but a Gonzalez that was very close to his best form.
Federer needed to be close to his best to match it with him and luckily he was, Roger's serve was on, the forehand was used wisely and effectively and the backhand was certainly a weapon as well. I think he played much better today then he did against Gaudio.

Hopefully Moya gets through as I would love to see a match between them on clay.

ytben
05-13-2004, 02:40 PM
Totally agree, in Gaudio match his BH was not that great. It broke often in the rally. Today his BH was superb, well actually his whole game was superb today. Hopefully he can keep this form for the rest of tournament, and RG too if possible.

lsy
05-13-2004, 02:46 PM
Completely agreed with ytben and wyvern :)

Great performance from Rogi today!!! I'm over the moon, not just because of the win but the way he played so far. He had everything going on for this match. Great match to watch for both players performance.

woohoo...he lives up to our "expectations" again, always do better in a tournament when we least expected it.

For those of you who didn't get to watch it, these are the stats (rogi/gonzo):

22w15ue, 14w21ue,
74% vs 51%,
4/12 bp vs 1/2,
1 ace vs 2,
2 df vs 3

RogiFan88
05-13-2004, 03:16 PM
YAY ROGI!! Nice he's getting better w each match. Wish I could see this one tho... sounded pretty good, at least the first set. BH working better? COOL!!

Vamos, Carlos, I want that cool QF por favor!

Carlos is the man to beat now... more than Coria I'd say. And if Rogi has to lose to anybody, it might as well be Charly, so I won't mind cos he's defended his pts now.

RogiFan88
05-13-2004, 03:21 PM
Good boy, Rogi!! Now for hopefully Carlos in the QFs!! S be a Final tho...

For today, vamos, Carlos!!

For tomorrow, I'm torn, if it IS Carlos... cos I like them both -- two talented guys!!

HOPP, ROGI!! [he's my #1 tho]

tangerine_dream
05-13-2004, 04:06 PM
YES!! Roger's in the QFs :dance: He's recovered very nicely from Rome. :)

Dirk
05-13-2004, 04:26 PM
Roger has a very nice shot at making the finals. I hope he will play well tomorrow like he has the last two matches. Ninja is doing very well.

jtipson
05-13-2004, 05:22 PM
Just seen Friday's schedule. Did they pick it from a hat or something???

You'd have thought they would save the quarter-final that involves two of the world's top five players until last, wouldn't you, to get the best atmosphere? But no, they're on *first*. Youzhny/Ljubicic is the final match.

Oh well, I'm sure Roger will be well-prepared whatever time he has to play. Hope he can keep up today's level, and it should be a stonker :)

yanchr
05-13-2004, 06:38 PM
I just stayed up late finishing watching his match today. And I come here simply for that shot :eek: :eek: :eek: If you watched the match, you can easily figure out what shot I was pointing to. It was on 40:40 4:1 Gonza's serve 3rd set. What a shot:eek:! I think it was beyond any word existing in the world. It reminded me of a particular shot in Hewitt's match AO, the point of Aus Open actually. They have some similarities to a degree. After watching it, I just burst out a big laughter along with my commentators...it's ridiculous...lol

Roger vs Moya finally :) I think Roger has a big chance there esp considering how Moya was playing today at the end of the match. Fatigue has got him obviously. Still expecting a good match though.

Mrs. B
05-13-2004, 07:48 PM
well done, Roger! :)

Dirk
05-13-2004, 07:52 PM
Hamburg, 13 May 2004

Press Conference with ROGER FEDERER

Federer Ė Gonzalez 7:5, 6:1



Q: It was a tight first set, but you got on top better and better. Is that the right picture that is emerging?

FEDERER: I thought I really played well all match long today and he played a good game to come back. He takes a lot of risks. You have to take it in you own hands and thatís what I did. I doublefaulted at 0:15 which is not the right move. But, he also played a great first set. I had my chances earlier to close it out, but he hung in there. And in the end I needed luck to win it. I still thought I was the better player in the first set because I hit some great forehands and played more aggressive than he did.

Q: Is he a disconcerting player or a player who puts you under pressure because he controls the outcome of the rallies?

FEDERER: If he wants he really can take it away from you so that you have no control. But, I think that is also not his game plan because that is too risky. Nobody in the world plays this way to take risk on every shot. For me itís a matter just to play balls where he cannot finish the point, where I know I will always reach him and when he comes to the net, I can pass him. It has a lot to do with tactics against him. If you play good shots and you play them to the wrong spot, he will hit a winner. So the way you play your balls is very important.

Q: Over the last 2, 3 days all the old timing is coming back. Do you get that feel as well?

FEDERER: Yes, especially on the return. I think I am returning better and better. My backhand up the line is slowly really coming. My forehand is working and also my serve. Everything has moved up a gear and thatís nice to see because I had many problems in the last few weeks.

Q: You donít seem at all to have any problems with the shots.

FEDERER: Iím o.k. for the moment (laughs). I had problems in the past with the balls. I remember in 2002, I had a lot of problems to spin to ball. I really had to almost change my game and try to play flat. But that was two years ago. Over a year now, I havenít had these problems. Obviously the ball tends to fly differently. Hamburg and Rome are totally different. I understand some players because I had a problem too in the past. But I can work the ball well here. So, it should be o.k. for everybody.



Q: Does the fact that you play so well now against established very good clay court players help in the head in the way you play against Lapentti and now Gonzalez?

FEDERER: Yes, I really beat three good clay court players. You have to play well to beat them. They are not going to give it to you because they make you hit a lot of balls. Iím happy that I showed some patience and struck the ball well from the baseline. Itís not enough just to serve well on clay.

Q: When you play well on clay court, is there a transfer to other surfaces?

FEDERER: Not really. I donít look at it this way. I look at every surface in a different way. For me itís easier to come from fast to slow than from slow to fast, because the return seems very difficult. Your back swing is way bigger because the ball is supposed to come slower. If you have a quick court, you canít run around as much as you want. All these kind of things totally mix up the tactic.



Q: You are one of the few players left speaking German. You are the favourite now here in Hamburg. Do you enjoy this role?

FEDERER: Yes, definitely. I enjoy to be the star, the magnet for the audience. I think I have a couple of fans here in Hamburg since I won the tournament two years ago. This year Iím playing very good tennis again. Who knows what will happen.

Q: One possibility would be to win the tournament again.

FEDERER: Yes, a nice possibility. But we are far from that. The opponents will get tougher. Especially if Moya wins, that will be a real test, I will have to show how good I am on clay. But of course I like to remember how nice it was in 2002.

Q: Is it especially challenging to compete with the specialists?

FEDERER: Yes, in the locker room nearly everybody speaks Spanish. Iím not Spanish and I donít speak it either (laughs). Itís a tough tournament, but Iím good enough to beat all these people. I know that. I showed that to myself after the last two matches. Therefore Iím looking forward to every match. It doesnít matter whom I will play on clay. As long as my level is alright. I consider myself to be a clay court specialist as well, otherwise I wouldnít have won tournaments like Munich and Hamburg and the finals in Rome and the Davis Cup matches. I know how good I am. Roger you can't say that, THAT IS ARROGANT!!!!!!!!! :rolls:
Q: But this sort of confidence wasnít always there.

FEDERER: Yes, it was missing. At the beginning of my career I lost the first 11 matches. Something was missing. I had a lot to do with the mental aspect, because you canít hit a serve on clay and thatís it. You have to play more from the baseline. My hand was shaking too much then. I had to get used to it. But all of a sudden I managed the breakthrough.



Q: Would you say you cope with the court and the conditions?

FEDERER: I got used to it. Last week in Rome it was also really slow. All the practice I was doing was under these conditions. I feel pretty well. Also the coordination with sliding is easier now. I used to be a bit scared, because I fell badly once during practice.

Q: Is the confidence also because you are number 1?

FEDERER: Yes, I built up a lot during the last year. Self confidence is really important in tennis. You risk more, and if you risk more you itís better if you are full of confidence. I had to work on that, but now Iím on the right track.

Q: Is 9 degrees Celsius an advantage for you?

FEDERER: Maybe. But I feel a bit Southern as well. I prefer the beach and warm weather. So I donít think it will make such a difference.



I love the line about how he thinks he is a clay specialist and he knows he can beat anyone.

RogiFan88
05-13-2004, 08:19 PM
Just seen Friday's schedule. Did they pick it from a hat or something???

You'd have thought they would save the quarter-final that involves two of the world's top five players until last, wouldn't you, to get the best atmosphere? But no, they're on *first*. Youzhny/Ljubicic is the final match.

Oh well, I'm sure Roger will be well-prepared whatever time he has to play. Hope he can keep up today's level, and it should be a stonker :)

Well I'm none too pleased cos we've been getting the evening match live every day... :( I am dying to see Rogi/Carlos play each other on clay for the first time!!! It s by rights be the final...

Hope it's a good match altho I love both guys!!

HOPP, ROGI!!!

Raquel
05-13-2004, 10:02 PM
Well done today Rogi :)

Good luck tomorrow. Probably his toughest clay test yet, even more than Albert last week but I think Roger can pull through. He played really well today :D

Hopp Rogi! :hug:

Billabong
05-13-2004, 10:59 PM
Cmon Rogi:D!!! You can do it:)! GOOOOOOO FEDDDDD:dance:!!!

rogicomel
05-14-2004, 01:09 AM
Yeah! Finally I get to see Rogi vs Moya 'live' and on clay! I'm so excited to see how will Rogi fare against the king of clay.

Gooooooooooo Rogi!!!!!

RogiFan88
05-14-2004, 02:56 AM
Pls give us a report, anyone who is lucky enough to see this match!!

GO, ROGI!!!

rogicomel
05-14-2004, 03:06 AM
RF88, u can read my short report on Rogi's website.

yanchr
05-14-2004, 04:10 AM
FEDERER: Yes, in the locker room nearly everybody speaks Spanish. Iím not Spanish and I donít speak it either (laughs). Itís a tough tournament, but Iím good enough to beat all these people. I know that. I showed that to myself after the last two matches. Therefore Iím looking forward to every match. It doesnít matter whom I will play on clay. As long as my level is alright. I consider myself to be a clay court specialist as well, otherwise I wouldnít have won tournaments like Munich and Hamburg and the finals in Rome and the Davis Cup matches. I know how good I am.
:lol::haha:

;)

tschaeggy
05-14-2004, 11:30 AM
1.set Moya to serve, Rogi leads 4:3, no break till now! Come oooon!!

tschaeggy
05-14-2004, 11:35 AM
wonderfull bh :) now 5:4 Rogi!! Moya to serve...

tschaeggy
05-14-2004, 11:42 AM
yesss, 1.set 6:4! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

tschaeggy
05-14-2004, 11:54 AM
Rogi leads 3:0:-)

tschaeggy
05-14-2004, 12:07 PM
both are playing very concentratet! rogi now 5:2!!!!! come ooon!!

ste
05-14-2004, 12:19 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce: Congratulations Roger!!!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

tschaeggy
05-14-2004, 12:20 PM
congratulation Rogi :bigclap: :bigclap: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:
6:4 6:3

Billabong
05-14-2004, 12:23 PM
YEAH well done Rogi:D!!!!!!!!!!! Now continue:)!!!

lsy
05-14-2004, 12:29 PM
So happy with Rogi wins, but I only get to watch last few games. Again here's the stats for those of you who's interested.

Rogi/Moya
1st serves :60% 62%
Aces :1 1
DF :1 2
Winner :15 12
UE :14 18
Bp : 2/4 0/1

Again more winners than errors for Roger! Well done!

LCeh
05-14-2004, 12:33 PM
Thanks for the stats lsy!

Good win for Rogi. With this confidence, I hope he can go all the way just like he did in 2002! :bounce:

ytben
05-14-2004, 12:35 PM
Great win against Carlos(even though he looked a bit tired at the end) :woohoo: Good luck on your SF Rogi :bounce:
His BH was not as good as yesterday though. Still he played great :D :D

RogiFan88
05-14-2004, 12:35 PM
WOO HOO, ROGI!!! back into his usual form!!! easy win over Carlos, the guy to beat!! Now Carlos can rest up and prepare for RG!! VAMOS!!

Now HOPP, Melzer and VAMOS, Ferrer... they need cheering.

ROGI, you'll need to be strong if Lleyton is to be your opponent tomorrow... HOPP ROGI!!!

Any reports?

Dirk
05-14-2004, 01:26 PM
Um, sorry but Hewitt has no chance in hell. Hewitt has no weapons that can threaten Roger unlike Gonzo and Moya plus Roger is very patient so Hewitt's run forest run tennis won't work. Also Hewitt's movement is hindered by clay.

WyveN
05-14-2004, 01:31 PM
Unfortunately couldnt see this match but very pleased with the result.
Agree with Dirk that if Roger plays like he did the last few days I don't see Hewitt beating him but if Roger is of his game then who knows.
A positive thing is that, especially on clay, Moya does everything Hewitt does only better.

mrpenguin
05-14-2004, 01:34 PM
run forrest run tennis, a.k.a MOJO-Tennis

Dirk
05-14-2004, 01:36 PM
Hewitt has return that is it. Roger will have to play badly. I mean 75% of the rallies no matter who is serving will favor Roger likely. I just don't see it. Also Roger NOW WANTS TO WIN THE TITLE. When Roger really wants something he gets it. I hope Coria makes it there. That is the match I wish I could see. Tomorrow the match is in Roger's hands. Will he be the cold and cruel Ninja I love, or the charity case I get sadden by? I think the former. :bounce:

Dirk
05-14-2004, 01:41 PM
Mojo tennis is that a good thing or bad thing?

WyveN
05-14-2004, 01:42 PM
Yes, for Roger to be the one to break Coria's streak would be very sweet but we are far away from even that match up

Dirk
05-14-2004, 01:44 PM
I know, but Roger win or lose could learn a lot from Coria and IT WOULD BE THE ULTIMATE TEST FOR ROGER'S PATIENCE. Yeah I want Roger to win the title and beat Coria by doing it. It's a long way away still, but Roger should make the finals tomorrow without much trouble.

mrpenguin
05-14-2004, 01:50 PM
Federer vs Hewitt- this is mucho fun !

No predictions here- hewitt will not just roll-over and die... (although I sometimes wish he did)

MOJO-Tennis = spanish kind of tennis on clay (mucho running)

Dirk
05-14-2004, 01:53 PM
Hewitt can fight all he wants, but Roger will decide what his reward will be. It's Roger's match to lose and Hewitt knows it.

tschaeggy
05-14-2004, 01:56 PM
Boris Becker just said on the Tv-Interview that he gives Rogi a 60-40% chance to win over Hewitt tomorrow!
Good luck to you, Rogi, you can do it, i believe in you! :worship:

Fedex
05-14-2004, 02:32 PM
Roger should win easily. this match is all up to Roger. If he plays hard and wants to win, he'll win easily in straight sets.

mrpenguin
05-14-2004, 02:49 PM
Let's not get hysterical, ladies and gentlemen
Hewitt still has a positive record vs. Federer, and it's ...clay!

Dirk
05-14-2004, 03:03 PM
Clay isn't kind to Hewitt. This is Roger's match but I'm still a bit worried. I will admit that.

Mrs. B
05-14-2004, 03:19 PM
ROGER!!!!!! :bounce:

ytben
05-14-2004, 03:48 PM
I wish I can have the confidence some of you have. I think it will be hard tomorrow against Hewitt. I think the grinder style actually trouble/bother Rogi more than the attacking style? Hopefully he can keep the form he currently has for tomorrow. Good luck Rogi :bounce:

yanchr
05-14-2004, 03:57 PM
Just come back to hear the good news. Well done Roger! :bigclap::bounce::banana:
Actually after I watched Moya and Roger yesterday, I'm quite sure Roger will win today. Just didn't say it out here in order not to sound too arrogant ;)

That Hewitt can get this far is much due to his lucky draw methinks. He should thank JC for sure. If he had Roger's draw, then :rolleyes:. I think Roger will win tomorrow, maybe not as easy as the Moya match, but surely he has a bigger chance than Hewitt.

Yes, the final test of Roger will be against Coria. I badly want that match-up to happen. If Roger can beat him, then what a complishment! It can help shut up many who are blind toward Roger's clay performance :rolleyes: Roger, bring that match to me pls :)

RogiFan88
05-14-2004, 04:14 PM
Well, Rogi, just beat Hewitt -- it will be a tough match for sure but I do not want Hewitt in the final pls! Plus I w rather look at you, Rogi, than Lleyton, on TV, OK??

tangerine_dream
05-14-2004, 04:18 PM
Yah yah, Rogi's on a roll now! See? Rome was just a hiccup, no need for panic. Heh. :scared: He should get past Lleyton ok. :)

And in case anyone's wondering, I'll be changing my av shortly when RG begins. ;)

lsy
05-14-2004, 04:34 PM
Yes Rogifan, Hewitt is the last person in Rogi's draw that I'd want to see him losing to, sorry if there's any hewitt fans here.

So pls Rogi, though I'm already extremely happy with what you had achieved in this tournament, just please win the next match!

Finally saw the whole match, this match is nothing compared to the Gonzo one (or maybe it has to do with the fact that I already knew the result). The fact is that Rogi doesn't have to do as much today, Moya fh was failing him at important points especially. Rogi came out having his bh a bit scrappy compared to yesterday, but it went on better as it goes. I think he was confident, you can feel it, even though it wasn't working as well at first, he's still hitting it and knowing that he's gonna find the rhythm to hit it as well as yesterday and sure it did :D

It was a wonderful performance yesterday vs Gonzo, today Rogi's just doing enough ;)

lsy
05-14-2004, 04:43 PM
Getting to a QF would be a terrific achievement with this draw, and good clay preparation. Anything beyond that would be outstanding.

:bounce: :woohoo: :yippee:

Rogi had gone beyond the terrific achievement and moved on to OUSTANDING stage!!! ;)

RogiFan88
05-14-2004, 10:01 PM
Wish I had seen the Gonzalez match, esp the first set!

Funny Rogi:

Q: You are traveling with some of your family members this week? Is that an advantage or is it more difficult.
FEDERER: They left (laughs). But, itís nice for a change to see my mum and my sister. They come to tournaments very rarely. My sister didnít like it too much. (laughs). She said it was quite boring. Not the game, the game was fine, but waiting all the time for her brother. For my mum, she does my management with my father. So itís important that sheís around sometimes.

Nice Rogi:
Q: Do you know Melzer?
FEDERER: Yes, I played him in the doubles and in the juniors. He is my age. We know each other quite well. He is from Austria, I am from Switzerland, here in Germany ... (laughs). We know each other well and we talk a lot. Iím happy that he got that far.

Interesting stuff fr Carlos:
Q: In which part of the game do think Roger improved most on clay in the last 2 years?
MOYA: Well, two years ago he won here. Now, he is much more consistent than before. Before he had a good week. Then the next week, he was losing 1st, 2nd round. But now he plays well every week. Thatís the difference. His level is almost the same, but heís able to play well many weeks during the year.
Q: When did you change coach?
MOYA: Three years ago. Some weeks he comes to Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He travels 9 weeks.
Q: Who are your favourites for the French Open?
MOYA: Most of the Latin and Spanish players and Safin, Federer. Not many more?
Q: Who would you put your money on?
MOYA: (laughs). Itís illegal. I cannot put money on anybody. Probably Coria, Ferrero. I donít know whether he will be there, but if he was he will be big.
Q: You were talking about Federer being a complete player. During the match today is there a frustrating moment when you feel that your opponent is kind of complete?
MOYA: You fight and wait for your chance. Today he was playing better than me, obviously. I still had a chance. In the second set I had breakpoint. I was one break up in the second. All the players, when they are up, play better than when they are down. So, I didnít have many chances, but I had few. So, I took one of them. But still itís frustrating because he can do anything with the ball. His serve is good, not that fast, but difficult to read. A good forehand, he goes to the net very often. He has not many weaknesses. But you cannot expect the No. 1 in the world to have something bad.

Stuff fr Lleyton:
Q: Is Federer going to be a challenge for you?
HEWITT: Yes, itís going to be a tough one. Roger is playing extremely well, not matter what surface itís on. He beat Carlos pretty convincingly today. Itís going to be a tough match. Iíll go down there and see what happen.
Q: The fact that heís No. 1 does it make it even more exciting?
HEWITT: Not really. Itís a good chance though to see where my game is. Heís probably the best player in the world and heís definitely up there with the best players on clay. Hopefully Iíve got the game and go out there and produce a good match and see what happens in the end.
Q: You won 7 out of 10 matches against him. What role could the surface play?
HEWITT: I not sure. I donít think itís either of our best surfaces. Heís going to be looking to use his serve to get cheap points. He doesnít play a traditional clay court game and I donít either. Heís going to be aggressive and use his serve and forehand as much as possible.

HOPP, ROGI!!!

Fedex
05-15-2004, 02:00 AM
Clay isn't kind to Hewitt. This is Roger's match but I'm still a bit worried. I will admit that.
I am only worried that Federer will mentally fold for 1 reason or another. But i certainly hope he dosnt do that again

mitalidas
05-15-2004, 04:25 AM
Hi,
anyone in the US- please, is there **any** TV coverage we will get of the Rogi-Lleyton match? It is so shabby this nba-dominated coverage on ESPN, incredible. Please, if anyone knows if there is a way to watch it, please let me know time/channel?
Thanks

Fedex
05-15-2004, 05:25 AM
Hi,
anyone in the US- please, is there **any** TV coverage we will get of the Rogi-Lleyton match? It is so shabby this nba-dominated coverage on ESPN, incredible. Please, if anyone knows if there is a way to watch it, please let me know time/channel?
Thanks
There is a 1 hour show sometime this coming Monday or Tuesday, at 11 on ESPN or ESPN2 . Its only an hour. A half hours showing highlights from 1st rd-semi final matches. The other half hour is spent on highlights from the final.

ste
05-15-2004, 09:05 AM
All the best against Hewitt today !!! :clap2: :bounce:

Go for it, ROGER!!! :hug:

Daniel
05-15-2004, 09:10 AM
Federer vs Hewitt- this is mucho fun !

No predictions here- hewitt will not just roll-over and die... (although I sometimes wish he did)

MOJO-Tennis = spanish kind of tennis on clay (mucho running)

yo no sabia que mojo tennis significa ucho running en espaŮol :o

Mrs. B
05-15-2004, 09:32 AM
We have coverage of Roger & Lleyton's match today at 1 pm!!!!! :banana:

ytben
05-15-2004, 10:54 AM
lucky you Mrs. B, I had live coverage on Rogi since first round, but somehow they will show the SF delayed :rolleyes: :fiery:

Good luck Rogi! :bounce:

Fedex
05-15-2004, 11:08 AM
We have coverage of Roger & Lleyton's match today at 1 pm!!!!! :banana:
Mrs. B, when their match is over can you provide statistics and match details. all would be much appreciated, as the only coverage i get is a 1 hr highlight show on monday. :rolleyes:

^Sue^
05-15-2004, 12:31 PM
Roger Won!!!!!!!!!!!Go Go Roger...keep it to face in finals!!

mrpenguin
05-15-2004, 12:33 PM
congratulations. I expected more of a fight from Hewitt ;-)

Billabong
05-15-2004, 12:36 PM
Congrats ROGI for your victory, you played an almost-perfect match:D!!! Now win the final:banana:!!!

GOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDD:banana:!!!

Raquel
05-15-2004, 12:59 PM
Well Roger was brilliant :worship: I like Lleyton too so wish it was a little bit closer but Roger is always my favourite so I am glad he won :)

Good Luck tomorrow Roger :hug:

Mrs. B
05-15-2004, 01:56 PM
Mrs. B, when their match is over can you provide statistics and match details. all would be much appreciated, as the only coverage i get is a 1 hr highlight show on monday. :rolleyes:

sorry, Fedex i just saw this now, then i would have written the stats while watching.

but basically Roger played a fast perfect first set, his first point was an ace, an he really put pressure on Lleyton, he was very precise on the groundstrokes. if my memory serves me right his first set first serve stat was 100%. second serve was 50%.

the second set was a bit tight, he had match point at 5-3, that shot for mp was a beauty, Roger chasing a volley drop shot from Lleyton which he got to, put it down the line and he was screaming like a lion after that point. :) Lleyton served at 4-5 and Roger kept the pressure.

Roger wasn't holding back on his bh and it's always a joy to watch, but he also mixes it up quite well. but his forehands were massive. their baseline duel was great. Roger winning most of those, forcing the error on Lleyton, whose fh shots end up on the net. At one point (somewhere near the end of the 2nd set) he hit a massive forehand, Lleyton brings it back, goes to the middle part of the baseline, but Roger hits it softly to where Lleyton came from. beauty.

i think he had 22 winners to Lleyton's 4, and had 5 aces, and had 14 ue's to Lleyton's 19.

please check stats on their site for more clarity. ;)

but Roger was really brilliant today!

good luck in the finals! :bounce:

WyveN
05-15-2004, 02:33 PM
thanks for the report mrs b :)

Q: You are the favourite of the audience here now. Do you like that or does it add to the pressure?

FEDERER: No, I enjoy it more if the audience is behind me and into it. Today there was a brilliant atmosphere on court. I hope it will be the same tomorrow, because that motivates me of course and makes me play better. When nobody in the audience says anything it can get a bit boring.

:lol:

Q: Would you consider yourself one of the favourites in Paris?

FEDERER: No, I really donít want to consider myself as a favourite. Iíll concentrate too much on my first round, because it didnít work in the past two years. I donít waste any thoughts on possible semifinals or quarterfinals or to win all of the Grand Slams. That is much too far away. The first round is far too important. Everything I do here can only help me for the French Open. Especially tomorrow, itís great to play five sets on clay.

:worship:

WyveN
05-15-2004, 02:34 PM
Q: Most of the fans believe the only one who could beat Roger Federer is Roger Federer himself. Do you believe that as well?

FEDERER: No, I donít. Because the Roger Federer who stops himself doesnít exist very much anymore, especially not in the finals (laughs). Somebody else would have to do that (laughs).


:haha:

Dikitta
05-15-2004, 02:39 PM
WOW!!!!! Good job Rogi!!!!!! :worship: Just too bad though that that match wasn't like the last Hewitt service game : we would have had a match!!! But Rogi was toooooooooooooooooo good!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: During the first set I was even feeling sorry for Hewitt! ;) Some great ralllies during the 2nd set !!

Hey... what's going on with Rogi website? It seems to be down.... or is it me ? :confused:

Go, go, goooo Rogi for the finale tomorrow! Hold the trophy again!!!!!!!

yanchr
05-15-2004, 02:47 PM
Thanks Mrs.B for the info :)

Q: Most of the fans believe the only one who could beat Roger Federer is Roger Federer himself. Do you believe that as well?

FEDERER: No, I donít. Because the Roger Federer who stops himself doesnít exist very much anymore, especially not in the finals (laughs). Somebody else would have to do that (laughs).


:haha:
:haha::haha:

Roger, you are really sooooooooooo funny ;)

yanchr
05-15-2004, 02:52 PM
Well done Roger! Guess what.. I have to wait until next week to really get the match on TV :mad::mad::mad: OK as long as Roger wins, I'll wait patiently...:rolleyes:

Roger, keep it up for tomorrow! I badly wanna you to end Coria's winning streak on clay!!! Please accomplish that task:bounce:

lsy
05-15-2004, 02:53 PM
wow...thanks mrs.B! I have to watch this match for sure, they better show it later tonight!


Q: You are the favourite of the audience here now. Do you like that or does it add to the pressure?

FEDERER: No, I enjoy it more if the audience is behind me and into it. Today there was a brilliant atmosphere on court. I hope it will be the same tomorrow, because that motivates me of course and makes me play better. When nobody in the audience says anything it can get a bit boring.

:lol::

:haha:


Q: Would you consider yourself one of the favourites in Paris?

FEDERER: No, I really don’t want to consider myself as a favourite. I’ll concentrate too much on my first round, because it didn’t work in the past two years. I don’t waste any thoughts on possible semifinals or quarterfinals or to win all of the Grand Slams. That is much too far away. The first round is far too important. Everything I do here can only help me for the French Open. Especially tomorrow, it’s great to play five sets on clay.

:worship:

Good attitude!

lsy
05-15-2004, 03:01 PM
Q: What came to mind when the rebreak came?

FEDERER: I’m nearly used to that against him. In the Davis Cup I also had the chance to finish the match when I was serving at 5:3 in the third set. I lost to five at the end. At the Australian Open I served for the match in the fourth set at 5:4 and I had to fend off a couple of breakpoints so it was tight again. Today it was similar. Therefore I’m happy to break him back, because you never know what will happen at 5:5, if he gets a run and the audience goes with him and you are the one beginning to worry. So the respect is there of course. The way he goes for it, not everyone does that. He always thinks he can make it, to play a bit better and then he doesn’t make any more mistakes.

Used to that??? You better don't be Rogi! You almost give me a big scare today... :mad:

Mrs. B
05-15-2004, 03:15 PM
that last game by Lleyton, Roger really played those points well. his returns of serves are also much much better these days.

but it's true with Lleyton, it's not over till the last point.

:)

Dikitta
05-15-2004, 03:26 PM
Thanks Mrs.B for the info :)

Roger, you are really sooooooooooo funny ;)

Yes Yes!!!! Rogi is soooooooo funny!!!! :inlove: :banana: :haha:

So... it's Rogi vs Cori... I'm afraid Cori will brake Roger's rythm by arguing on every ball... I really don't like that when he does that.... :mad:

Hey... I want to congratulate Rogi's in his guestbook on his website but I'm not able to have access... do you know why?!! Answer me please!!!! :angel:

Win win tomorrow Rogi!

mrpenguin
05-15-2004, 03:38 PM
Cori better not do that tomorrow, or I'll shoot him in the back (so to speak)

anyway, whatever happens it's a great preparation for Federer (in respect to RG)
and I'm glad his up to the clay challenge

lsy
05-15-2004, 03:40 PM
Hey... I want to congratulate Rogi's in his guestbook on his website but I'm not able to have access... do you know why?!! Answer me please!!!! :angel:

Win win tomorrow Rogi!

Hi Dikitta, no I can't access his site today either. Don't know what's wrong with it? :confused:

Dirk
05-15-2004, 04:02 PM
Maybe its overloaded with Aussie Hate mail. ;)

lsy
05-15-2004, 04:09 PM
woohooo!!!

The match is on my tv now!!!

Dikitta
05-15-2004, 04:14 PM
Maybe its overloaded with Aussie Hate mail. ;)
:haha: :lol:

Hi lsy! And thanks for the confirmation.. I hope it will be on line soon...

mrpenguin : yep it's a great preparation for Rogi and i'm very happy with his results and the way his playing now... I really hope he will put an end to the winning streak of Cori.. and the more points he can tank in any tournament the better it is coz I want him to be #1 forever!!!!!!!!! :worship:

Lalala.. it feels so good to be a fan of Rogi!!! :D :cool:

yanchr
05-15-2004, 04:47 PM
Cori better not do that tomorrow, or I'll shoot him in the back (so to speak)
:lol: He was really disgusting regarding his behaviour on court :rolleyes:

If Roger dare not win tomorrow, I'll knock him on the head ;)

lsy
05-15-2004, 05:24 PM
:eek: :worship: :eek:

What a performance, Rogi! Amazing thing is Hewitt really wasn't playing bad at all, but everything he does Rogi has an answer to it.

And his backhand today is just too good, using it to the most effective be it to set up winners or in defense.

I must say respect to Hewitt too, he hung on there and was trying everything he could even though he was outplayed in all aspects right from the beginning. Not many player can have that type of strength really. Mrs.b is right, that last game Roger broke to win the match was outsstanding :eek:

Well done Rogi! Really couldn't have asked for more as a fan (except for you to win again tomorrow :p )

ytben
05-15-2004, 06:16 PM
Good luck Rogi against Coria :bounce:,
This will be the toughest test possible on clay methinks. It will be a battle tomorrow. Let's hope Rogi can keep his current form for tomorrow. I so want to see it but probably won't be able to see it since I have to be elsewhere :(.

:lol: Nice interview from Rogi and good to read that his focus is correctly placed for RG.

WyveN
05-16-2004, 01:33 AM
Best of luck to Roger against Coria.
Would be the ultimate way to wrap up a amazing week with a victory over the best clay courter from the past 12 months but even if he is to lose I think he has had great preparation for the FO and should do very well there.

WyveN
05-16-2004, 01:34 AM
Not bad for your worst surface Roger ;)

Billabong
05-16-2004, 03:01 AM
GOOOOOOOO ROGIIIII tomorrow:D!!! I really hope he wins, I'm taping this match;)!!!

GO FED:banana:!!!

mitalidas
05-16-2004, 01:42 PM
Hi Billabong, just saw the score against Coria---WOW!! Do you have any way of putting up snippets from the match 's video online? Anywhere?

Mrs. B
05-16-2004, 02:17 PM
Roger tamed the magician in 4 in Hamburg. regardless of if Coris had blisters, Roger still outplayed him considering he played that first set so badly.

Well done, Roger!!! :bounce:

and funny speech in German. he said something about one of his trophies at home was broken and asked ATP to replace it, they sent him a replica of the Hamburg trophy which was the wrong one, so he said now he has 3 of these. :lol:

and...he played some nice drop shots! ;)

Dirk
05-16-2004, 02:23 PM
:rolls: I hope they sent him the right one. Great now Roger can lie to his kids about winning this event 3 times. Hey if he wins it again they don't have to give him shit.

lsy
05-16-2004, 02:24 PM
wooohooooo!!!!!!

Thanks for the report, Mrs.b!

Unbelievable Rogi!!! Who would have thought he will come so far? I'm still speechless...So great to see him coming back from a set down again, especially when not playing so well. I think that's a great improvemene. Well done Rogi!

Can't wait to see this match later.

once again.....wooooohoooooo!!!

lsy
05-16-2004, 02:27 PM
and funny speech in German. he said something about one of his trophies at home was broken and asked ATP to replace it, they sent him a replica of the Hamburg trophy which was the wrong one, so he said now he has 3 of these. :lol:

and...he played some nice drop shots! ;)

See...I think he does visit MTF, he doesn't like us making fun of his dropshots :p

Funny Rogi!!!

Mrs. B
05-16-2004, 02:32 PM
:rolls: I hope they sent him the right one. Great now Roger can lie to his kids about winning this event 3 times. Hey if he wins it again they don't have to give him shit.

:lol:

RogiFan88
05-16-2004, 02:41 PM
:worship: Woo hoo, Rogi!! Wow! What a great comeback after a less than stellar 1st set in which you made TOO many UEs and your 1st serve was what, 36%??? Amazing! You looked down but you held your cool in the 2nd to win it and level the match, altho you still weren't playing that well. Just enough to give you confidence to stay in the match... good thing Guille started going downhill fast in the 3rd w uncharacteristic UEs and DFs for a change but mainly it was Rogi who raised the level of his play to break twice for insurance and the 3rd set!! Yes Guille had a yukky blister but he probably is kicking himself that he didn't have it seen to earlier cos he managed to raise he play towards the end but Rogi prevailed to snatch away Guille's defense of Hamburg!! Well, he said he wanted to be the guy to also stop Coria's run on clay!!

Rogi, so proud of you for fighting back and despite a racquet throw, you showed your true colours and are truly the unassailable #1!! You also confirm your status as a "claycourt specialist", beating not only Moya but Coria, both at their height!!

Only one downside, now Rogi will also be among the RG faves...

RogiFan88
05-16-2004, 02:43 PM
Forgot to add that after Muster?, Rogi is the only guy to win Hamburg twice!!! Congrats, Rogi! Damn, I also miss Rogi's ceremony... they always cut it off... want to hear him be happy in German... cutie!

RogiFan88
05-16-2004, 02:50 PM
Wasn't around yesterday but I want to say how impressed I was w Rogi's SF vs. Lleyton! My God was he playing to perfection, esp in that blowout of a first set... amazing tennis... was hoping Rogi w play like that today but in the end he didn't but it didn't matter cos he beat the clayboy Coria...

Rogi: masterful, imperious... beautiful!

yanchr
05-16-2004, 02:56 PM
Have to wait for the match later:mad:

But...

Rogi, what an achievement this year so far:worship: 1 GS, 2 TMS, respectively on hard court and clay, and also from 3 different continents. 4 titles up to now. All are so quality ones compared to last year. And the win-loss record is 32-3. :woohoo: sooooooooooooo impressive! Simply superb!!! No word any more!!!:worship:

Dana
05-16-2004, 03:23 PM
Rogi, so proud of you for fighting back and despite a racquet throw, you showed your true colours and are truly the unassailable #1!! You also confirm your status as a "claycourt specialist", beating not only Moya but Coria, both at their height!!
Congratulations Roger!!!! :worship: And me too, I'm very very very proud of you!!!!!! If you begin to win despite some artistic racquet throwing, no one will be able to stop you now.... ;)

Congratulations to Coria too! I think it was a very good match and I can't wait to see more encounters between these two! :)

Dirk
05-16-2004, 03:24 PM
Rg is faster clay so Roger will have a better time hitting winners and can serve and volley on it too. Did he serve and volley at all today? I know he volleyed some. I read he hit a few backhand winners too.

WyveN
05-16-2004, 03:28 PM
Just terrific Roger!

After the dissapointment of last week, with the draw you had, to come and win on your worst surface is just amazing.
He has won 5 of his last 8 tournaments, and while he never came close to the form he showed against Hewitt, to beat Coria in the final is just :worship:

Hopefully he doesn't get to over confident for the FO though, the 1st round may quite possibly be his biggest test.

WyveN
05-16-2004, 03:31 PM
Rg is faster clay so Roger will have a better time hitting winners and can serve and volley on it too. Did he serve and volley at all today? I know he volleyed some. I read he hit a few backhand winners too.

Backhand didn't work that well today, eventually he began to slice it more to stop the UE. Yes he serve volleyed a couple of times on pretty important points.

Dirk
05-16-2004, 03:39 PM
Cool thanks Wyven. Did he hit any winners on the backhand side? I don't think he will have this problem the next time he plays Coria. I'm sure both were very nervous.

Raquel
05-16-2004, 05:47 PM
Congratulations Roger, I just watched the match on tape and it was great! :worship:

Well done on a great week Rogi :hug:

Hopp at Roland Garros!!

tschaeggy
05-16-2004, 05:51 PM
well done, roger :bigclap: :bigclap: :banana: :banana: :woohoo: congratulation!! now good luck for roland garros!

tangerine_dream
05-16-2004, 06:29 PM
This is one of those occassions where I can barely find a smilie that accurately shows how I'm feeling. But I guess these will do for now:

http://www.gamegeneration.net/forums/images/smilies/wootsmiley.gif
http://www.lonestarstangs.com/forum/images/smilies/cavt-126-asard.gif
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/images/smilies/woot.gif
http://silentshadow.net/forums/images/smilies/w00t.gif

Too good, Rogi. You're too good. :worship:

Dirk
05-16-2004, 06:33 PM
What is that thing? A seal? :haha: I think its great.

RogiFan88
05-16-2004, 07:42 PM
You know, Rogi is also a specialist of all surfaces actually... yes, Dirk, I think Rogi, in particular, was nervous at the beginning of the match. Didn't help that Guille was playing at a higher level, and forcing Rogi into errors.

Getty has some nice piccies of Rogi, w the trophy! He looks SO happy, the sweet thing!!

Tangy, are you going to change your avatar??

tangerine_dream
05-16-2004, 08:08 PM
As I said before, I'll be changing my av shortly before RG begins. Probably tonight when I'm done messing around with the picture I'll be using. ;)

LCeh
05-16-2004, 08:42 PM
Up till now, Roger has won all the tournaments if he wins more than 2 matches. Hopp Rogi! :yeah:

Nymeria
05-16-2004, 08:56 PM
Roger :woohoo:

LCeh
05-16-2004, 09:07 PM
This was from SI.com:

After watching some of Guillermo Coria's matches, I really can't see how he can be defeated on clay. Can we say he has dethroned Ferrero as the real King of Clay? Also, I can't believe Coria has not played Roger Federer before! But on a hypothetical matchup on clay, what is your prediction? I think Coria has the advantage, especially when he frustrates Federer by returning almost all of his amazing shots. Federer is, after all, not the most patient or mentally strong player?
-- Yee Han, Cambridge, England

Far as we're concerned you have to win Roland Garros before you're anointed as the King of Clay. Coria looks pretty darn near unbeatable on the dirt right now, but he still needs to exorcise his abysmal showing in last year's semifinal and play well enough to win the pressure-packed matches even when he is not playing his best. Hypothetically, I think your analysis of Federer-Coria is pretty good. If Federer is "on" he is untouchable, surface be damned. But after losing a few protracted rallies and serves he thought were aces are returned within inches of the baseline, you wonder if he doesn't start to crack.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/jon_wertheim/05/03/mailbag.0503/index.html

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That's what I thought too, but Roger proved me wrong. :)

Billabong
05-16-2004, 10:02 PM
I'm so happy for Rogi:D!!! well done :yeah:!

Dirk
05-17-2004, 01:28 AM
I hated that letter. PURE BULLSHIT. YOU DON'T BEAT HEWITT AND NALBANDIAN BACK TO BACK WITHOUT PATIENCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ytben
05-17-2004, 01:34 AM
I am way late for this but congratulaions Rogi :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

I will never complain again if he receives a hard draw, i promise :D Seems to work for Rogi.

Thanks for the snippet Mrs. B! They cut the trophy presentation here to show rugby instead :(

Teemuh
05-17-2004, 02:17 AM
I'm late, too! Congrats, Mr Federer. Glad you were able to work in a few clay court matches before RG.....;)

Daniel
05-17-2004, 09:52 AM
Congrats Roger!! :D :D

novanora
05-17-2004, 03:01 PM
Hey, Roger, just come here and send my toooooooo late congrats!!! You played awesome!!! Expect your same great performance in RG next week;) and thank u all for providing these match and interview information!:D

Iker1
05-17-2004, 03:16 PM
Congrats,Rogi! :D You're deserved it!Make it better in RG!

Shy
05-17-2004, 09:25 PM
Has Britney Spears inspired you?

FEDERER: It was good. It made me happy. We wanted to go to the concert in Miami, but then I had a match against Nadal and it rained. So it was too late. But the music was very loud, thankfully my ears didnít ring the whole day:scratch:

Dirk
05-18-2004, 12:04 AM
Roger likes Britney Spears? Roger for guys sake, your a genius and not a 15 year old boy. Save your ears for fellows geniuses and not the world's most successful stripper, that is all she is and nothing more.

Shy
05-18-2004, 02:01 AM
Roger likes Britney Spears? Roger for guys sake, your a genius and not a 15 year old boy. Save your ears for fellows geniuses and not the world's most successful stripper, that is all she is and nothing more.
Well I read somewhere that he likes AC/DC and stuff too. So, this is very far from Britney.

WyveN
05-18-2004, 05:47 AM
Save your ears for fellows geniuses and not the world's most successful stripper, that is all she is and nothing more.

maybe thats why he went to the show ;)

rogicomel
05-18-2004, 07:53 AM
I'd rather listen to William Hung's She Bangs than any of Shitney's songs!

mrpenguin
05-18-2004, 11:00 AM
Ladies and Gentlemen, as long as he's winning, I don't care which concerts his girlfriend is forcing him to go ;-)

Dirk
05-18-2004, 02:23 PM
Yeah, but I don't want the stupidity of the scene to rub off on Rogi. Last thing we need is a pinhead out there instead of our ninja.

mitalidas
05-18-2004, 05:11 PM
maybe he wants to see how his fellow 21-year-old millionaires behave

Dirk
05-18-2004, 05:50 PM
:haha:

lsy
05-19-2004, 02:06 PM
I'd rather listen to William Hung's She Bangs than any of Shitney's songs!

lol...I'm still amazed by this whole "william hung" saga really :confused: