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Federer def. Stepanek 6-3 6-2 6-7 7-6

stebs
09-21-2007, 04:32 PM
Good win for Federer but he should've got it done in three.

rofe
09-21-2007, 04:34 PM
I didn't watch it. What happened in the 3rd? Seems like he was cruising in the first two.

Yappa
09-21-2007, 04:38 PM
According to the swiss TV, Federer was playing like a normal human being in sets 3 and 4. :lol:

Good atmosphere in that match, from what I could see.
http://img519.imageshack.us/img519/87/feddcba8.jpg

selyoink
09-21-2007, 04:39 PM
Stepanek saved two match points at 5-6 in the 4th on his own serve. Too bad he couldn't push it to a 5th.

Rogiman
09-21-2007, 04:39 PM
I didn't watch it. What happened in the 3rd? Seems like he was cruising in the first two.He choked, that's what happened.

TMJordan
09-21-2007, 04:40 PM
Great fighting from Radek here, Berdych must show up!

TheBoiledEgg
09-21-2007, 04:41 PM
Fed's making a bad habit of choking when closing out sets/matches these days :help:

still its :bigwave: for Rumpelstilskin :devil:

Yappa
09-21-2007, 04:49 PM
Here are the last few points of the deciding TB.
http://rapidshare.com/files/57246418/DC_Fed-Step_TB_end.asf.html

A few pts are missing due to the stream acting up. But at least you get to catch a glimpse of Federers match.

Fergie
09-21-2007, 04:51 PM
Good job Rogi :yeah:

groundstroke
09-21-2007, 04:58 PM
Worm took a set from him. Haha..

BlakeJamitis
09-21-2007, 05:09 PM
What tourney is this? I'm out of it these days

jonny84
09-21-2007, 05:11 PM
BlakeJamitis - It's a Davis Cup match!

Great win for Federer - sometimes he needs sets taken off of him, after all he is human.

R.Federer
09-21-2007, 05:19 PM
Who was Hingis cheering for? :D

Sjengster
09-21-2007, 05:22 PM
Fed's making a bad habit of choking when closing out sets/matches these days :help:

still its :bigwave: for Rumpelstilskin :devil:

He's been doing it for years, at least this time he didn't repeat the disaster of 2003 against Hewitt.

Rogieva
09-21-2007, 05:28 PM
Nice win Roger :yeah:

Sounds like it should have been done in 3, but job done with relative ease. :)

World Beater
09-21-2007, 05:30 PM
stupid federer.

Nadal could gift him the break in the 5th set at RG, and rodge would still choke it away.

rwn
09-21-2007, 05:30 PM
He's been doing it for years, at least this time he didn't repeat the disaster of 2003 against Hewitt.

He's winning almost all those matches, so it doesn't really matter.

World Beater
09-21-2007, 05:32 PM
He's winning almost all those matches, so it doesn't really matter.

until it finally bites him in the ass on the biggest of occasions.:rolleyes:

Sjengster
09-21-2007, 05:32 PM
In actual fact, if it weren't for the failure to close out today in the third set and against Hewitt in that 2003 match, Federer would now be on a 56-set winning streak in DC singles.

Voo de Mar
09-21-2007, 05:33 PM
Federer had match point on serve at 5:4 in the 3rd set and lost service game for the first time in the match. He also lead 4:1 in the 4th.

FedFan_2007
09-21-2007, 05:48 PM
Yeah Fed's the biggest choker on the ATP Tour. What does that make Nadal and Co?

jasmin
09-21-2007, 05:49 PM
I think this is a good win over this guy.

If Roger chokes I would love to do it his way and still win.

People should really worry about their favorites and their choking since they are obviously losing to Fed most of the time.

rwn
09-21-2007, 06:01 PM
until it finally bites him in the ass on the biggest of occasions.:rolleyes:

Serving out for grand slam titles has never been a problem, funny enough. That's why I'm not worried. When he really has to, he finishes it off.

Voo de Mar
09-21-2007, 06:09 PM
If Roger chokes I would love to do it his way and still win.


According to my stats he won a match for the 9th time in his career after losing a set with wasting match point (3rd time this year).

World Beater
09-21-2007, 06:10 PM
Serving out for grand slam titles has never been a problem, funny enough. That's why I'm not worried. When he really has to, he finishes it off.

true.

but the trend is worrying and annoying. These types of things catch up to you eventually and they usually start off small.

fmolinari2005
09-21-2007, 06:12 PM
Choking or losing focus?! I mean, yes, important match for Roger, but it is not as if he was playing the last game of the DC finals, or something like that ...

Blondie1985
09-21-2007, 06:14 PM
I think this is a good win over this guy.

If Roger chokes I would love to do it his way and still win.

People should really worry about their favorites and their choking since they are obviously losing to Fed most of the time.

SO TRUE :worship:

rosamunda
09-21-2007, 06:17 PM
I'm just wondering, as I didn't see the match - did he choke/lose focus, or did Stepanek do that Stepanek thing and suddenly start playing out of his skin??

Sjengster
09-21-2007, 06:20 PM
According to my stats he won a match for the 9th time in his career after losing a set with wasting match point (3rd time this year).

How many times has he won a match after losing a set that he served for? :lol:

R.Federer
09-21-2007, 06:23 PM
In actual fact, if it weren't for the failure to close out today in the third set and against Hewitt in that 2003 match, Federer would now be on a 56-set winning streak in DC singles.

I think though, that loss taught him a lesson.
I think it is the reason that when he chokes away one or two points he can focus enough to come back and win, almost 90% of the time.
So thank you Lleyton Hewitt :hatoff:

World Beater
09-21-2007, 06:24 PM
How many times has he won a match after losing a set that he served for? :lol:

its in that thread i created a long time ago. In fact, you supplied many of the stats.

Voo de Mar
09-21-2007, 06:33 PM
How many times has he won a match after losing a set that he served for? :lol:

:shrug: I don't know, it's difficult to counting.

tennis_fan_2006
09-21-2007, 06:36 PM
I sense sour grapes in some posters, instead of hoping federer choking they should concentrate on their favs. Even Sampras had days like this, losing to Izaga twice in the US Open.

JackPumpkinHead
09-21-2007, 06:44 PM
I like how the articles about Feds win on msn and SI state that Stepanek was one of the people that had beaten fed this year. Will they ever get their information right

Eden
09-21-2007, 07:40 PM
Congratulations to Roger :yeah:

Unfortunately I wasn't able to watch the match. Stepanek can be a tricky player, which he has shown the last time during his first round at the US Open against Djokovic.

Good luck for the doubles tomorrow and the match against Berdych on Sunday Roger :)

jasmin
09-21-2007, 07:42 PM
I sense sour grapes in some posters, instead of hoping federer choking they should concentrate on their favs. Even Sampras had days like this, losing to Izaga twice in the US Open.

I agree and why keep track of a player who you don't like or even hate.:lol:

nobama
09-21-2007, 07:59 PM
Choking or losing focus?! I mean, yes, important match for Roger, but it is not as if he was playing the last game of the DC finals, or something like that ...Maybe we need to go back to the 'what is the definition of choking'. I didn't see the match today and I'm guessing most people here didn't, so the 'choke' comment is based only on following the scoreboard. IMO, he checked out a game early thinking he had the match won and Stepanek took advantage (but not the match, of course). Is that a choke?

bokehlicious
09-21-2007, 08:10 PM
Maybe we need to go back to the 'what is the definition of choking'. I didn't see the match today and I'm guessing most people here didn't, so the 'choke' comment is based only on following the scoreboard. IMO, he checked out a game early thinking he had the match won and Stepanek took advantage (but not the match, of course). Is that a choke?

He played poorly when serving for the match at 5-4 in the 3rd, 2DFs and UEs. He also double faulted at the worst moment in the breaker. :sigh:

rofe
09-21-2007, 08:20 PM
He played poorly when serving for the match at 5-4 in the 3rd, 2DFs and UEs. He also double faulted at the worst moment in the breaker. :sigh:

I would classify that as a choke since Fed just gave the game away with DFs.

World Beater
09-21-2007, 08:23 PM
I would classify that as a choke since Fed just gave the game away with DFs.

federer has a great ace-dblfault ratio...so this is an even bigger indication of choking when a guy like federer who rarely serves doubles does it in this situation

bokehlicious
09-21-2007, 08:31 PM
It was a choke.

Roger uses to lose his focus when he's not being pushed enough.
He cruised until this 5-4 game in the 3rd. The outcome of the match was never in doubt anyway...

Allure
09-21-2007, 08:34 PM
Roger :yeah:

Rus vs. Cze 1-1

fmolinari2005
09-21-2007, 08:45 PM
It was a choke.

Roger uses to lose his focus when he's not being pushed enough.
He cruised until this 5-4 game in the 3rd. The outcome of the match was never in doubt anyway...

No doubt about that he lost focus. It is that most of the time I think about the word "choke" in big matches (for a particular player). For example: at the SW19 finals at 06, Roger choked serving for the match against Nadal. Luckly he had a two break of serve lead back then. But, somehow, I dont think that this match qualifies as such a big one. Even if it was important.

Or Levy
09-21-2007, 09:06 PM
Well, I haven't seen the match - but I think that Roger DF twice when serving out the match can be considered as a mini choke.

I wonder how loud were the gasps of the crowd, would love to see that match.

ChinoRios4Ever
09-21-2007, 10:24 PM
a win is a win :cool:

Marek.
09-21-2007, 10:59 PM
To me, it doesn't really matter if he chokes a set away as long as he gets the win.

GlennMirnyi
09-21-2007, 11:55 PM
Too bad Steps couldn't take it to five.

K90
09-22-2007, 12:17 AM
yeah federer is such a choker

Allure
09-22-2007, 12:21 AM
Federer wanted to stretch it out so fans get their money's worth. ;)

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2007, 12:36 AM
The winner was the fashion world, with Steppa's Czech outfit.

ranaldo
09-22-2007, 01:06 AM
The winner was the fashion world, with Steppa's Czech outfit.

:eek: He reminds me of Double Face in batman with that stupid outfit.

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2007, 01:17 AM
:eek: He reminds me of Double Face in batman with that stupid outfit.

How dare you criticise Steppa's outfit? :o

Bad Religion
09-22-2007, 01:23 AM
Prepare for Africa - Europe Group next year Roger :banana:

Sunset of Age
09-22-2007, 01:39 AM
Well, apparently a good job by Radek, taking a set from Roger, whatever the reason. :yeah: Congrats to Rog for the win, BTW! :worship:

Of course, I wasn't able to witness this match, so no insightful comments from me here. I wish I'd be able to witness Roger's upcoming match against Tomás on Sunday, should be interesting! :p

Tennistunes
09-22-2007, 02:06 AM
Roger Federer returned to Davis Cup play this week for Switzerland....For a look at some of Roger's previous Davis Cup duty for Switzerland, check out this very interesting excerpt from THE ROGER FEDERER STORY, QUEST FOR PERFECTION, the first US published biography of Roger Federer. For more info, go to www.rogerfedererbook.com

Davis Cup captains are among the most publicly visible personalities in tennis. During often tension-filled Davis Cup weeks, they become the most important figures for players who are used to their own rituals and routines. Since Davis Cup rules—in effect since 1900—allow each team captain to remain on the court to coach and converse with players during matches, Davis Cup captains become even more important during these often dramatic, pressure-filled nationalistic matches than a coach on the regular tour. Since Davis Cup captains must hail from the country they are representing, the number of candidates to choose from is often limited and friction, power struggles and dismissals occur very often.
This phenomenon is well-known in Switzerland's Davis Cup history. In 1992, when Marc Rosset led the team to its only appearance in the Davis Cup Final, the captain, Roland Stadler, was suddenly relived of his duties. When asked what a Davis Cup captain actually does, Austrian Thomas Muster, referring to the difficult balancing act, said that he must "hold the towel, hold the water and shut up."
Federer's near single-handed effort against the United States in Basel temporarily relieved any tension in the Swiss Davis Cup camp, but nonetheless trouble was still brewing in the Swiss team. The unrest stemmed from a decision at the end of 1999, when the Swiss Tennis Federation replaced the popular team captain and director Claudio Mezzadri with Jakob Hlasek, a former top 10 player. The players clearly favored Mezzadri and they felt that it was an affront that Hlasek, the association's favorite, was being forced upon them. Not only that, but Hlasek's five-year contract gave him broad authority.
The Swiss Tennis Federation knew that hiring Hlasek had hidden dangers but it underestimated the consequences of its move. With Rosset as the ringleader, the Swiss players threatened to boycott Switzerland's home
match against Australia in 2000, but they backed down at the last minute. At that time, Federer was forced to remain neutral in the controversy as he was contractually obligated to play Davis Cup in exchange for the Swiss Tennis Federation financially supporting him on the tour. But now, following his separation from Swiss Tennis, he was free and could choose if he wanted to play or not.
On the eve of the Olympic Games in Sydney, Switzerland's Davis Cup manager René Stammbach managed to coax a commitment out of Federer to play Davis Cup for Switzerland in 2001 under Hlasek. To sweeten the deal, Federer received an offer allowing Peter Lundgren to be integrated into the team. In addition, Stammbach offered to review the situation at the end of the year and comply with Federer's wishes if his relationship with Hlasek did not improve.
The strained relationship between Federer and Hlasek was difficult to determine. The chemistry between the two just didn't work. Hlasek was a no-nonsense, mechanical worker who valued discipline and wanted to keep
the Davis Cup team under his thumb as much as possible. Federer, on the other hand, was an artist who liked to be surrounded by people who were looking for a change of pace, team spirit and fun. Under Hlasek, Federer was deprived of this environment, which made it even more astonishing that Federer played so well under Hlasek up until this point.
The situation escalated dramatically in April of 2001 in the quarterfinals against France in the Swiss city of Neuchatel. On the first day, Rosset and Arnaud Clement opened the series and engaged in an epic five-set struggle that lasted almost six hours, with the fifth set alone lasting two-and-a-half-hours. Despite serving for the match, Rosset faltered and lost to the Frenchman 15-13 in the fifth set. The match consisted of 72 games and at the time was the longest Davis Cup match since tie-breaks were instituted in 1989
Following the marathon match, the unexpected happened. Federer played France's No. 2 player, Nicolas Escude, who was ranked lower than him, but repeated his success in Rotterdam over the Swiss No. 1 in a four-set win to give France the 2-0 lead. Following the match—at nearly midnight due to the length of the Rosset-Clement match—Federer spoke to the media with a grim look on his face at the post-match press conference. When asked of his lackluster performance, he did not hold anything back. "The truth is that it's no longer working out with Jakob Hlasek," he said. "I felt that on the court. We've been having problems with each other for a long time but this time, it just didn't work. It wasn't any fun being on the court." Federer said that he needed someone sitting in the coach's chair who he could talk to, with whom he got along with and with whom he could have fun. "That isn't the case with Jakob."
Federer's emotional outburst revealed the less familiar, uncompromising side of his personality—like a proud lion reacting passionately when things were not going his way. But the question still remained—how had Federer performed so well in previous matches against Australia, Belarus and the United States with Hlasek sitting courtside by his side? There was speculation that he was not happy with the fact that the relationship between Rosset and Hlasek improved and that he was jealous that Rosset was stealing the limelight from him. Roger's match with Escude took place after the epic Rosset-Clement match and most journalists were busy writing and analyzing about that match rather than focus on Federer. Weary spectators left the stadium soon after the Rosset match having seen enough tennis for the day.
Switzerland had never come from 0-2 behind to win a Davis Cup match, but Federer led the unexpected effort. With Manta, he helped the Swiss to victory in the doubles, by a 9-7 in the fifth margin over Fabrice Santoro and
Cedric Pioline. In the first reverse singles match on Sunday, Federer tied the match at 2-2, defeating Clement in four sets. The impossible comeback from 0-2 appeared on its way to happening. In the deciding fifth and final match, George Bastl, who replaced the exhausted Rosset, reached match point against Escude. During a long rally from the baseline, a spectator shouted—in the belief that Escude's ball had landed out. The ball landed in and Bastl, distracted by the shout, made the error and went on to lose the match 8-6 in the fifth set. The Swiss lost to the French 3-2 after having played 23 sets over 21 hours.
Shortly afterwards, Federer dispatched a statement to the Swiss Tennis Federation in which he confirmed that he would no longer play under Hlasek. A few weeks later, the contract between Hlasek and Swiss Tennis—that would have been valid through 2005—was terminated. Australian Peter Carter, Federer's coach from his junior years, succeeded Hlasek as the director of the team, while it was determined that players not involved in the matches would assume the "official" role as team captain.
Hlasek had to go—even though he amassed an impressive record as captain. Against Australia, the Swiss were one set from victory, and against France, they were one point from reaching the semifinals. Belarus and the United States were soundly defeated. Hlasek was at the wrong place at the wrong time—or, as viewed from another perspective, Roger Federer had Swiss professional tennis under his complete control by the age of 19.

FedFan_2007
09-22-2007, 02:38 AM
Federer = the ultimate choker. He's on the verge of becoming a Ljuba Truba!

Federer Truba!

Sunset of Age
09-22-2007, 02:39 AM
Federer = the ultimate choker. He's on the verge of becoming a Ljuba Truba!

Federer Truba!

Oh, please... SHUT UP already!

Sjengster
09-22-2007, 02:42 AM
Roger Federer returned to Davis Cup play this week for Switzerland....For a look at some of Roger's previous Davis Cup duty for Switzerland, check out this very interesting excerpt from THE ROGER FEDERER STORY, QUEST FOR PERFECTION, the first US published biography of Roger Federer. For more info, go to www.rogerfedererbook.com

Fascinating article, thanks for the post. I had heard something back years ago about Federer and Hlasek not getting on but really didn't know the details, this clarifies a lot. Has Hlasek ever been sought out for quotes or opinions about Federer's success in the last four years? I don't remember reading anything that contained his words, and after all he was the last Swiss man before Federer to play in a YEC and beat no fewer than 22 Slam champions in his career.

Kolya
09-22-2007, 03:39 AM
Next time Stepanek!!! :yeah:

Kolya
09-22-2007, 03:50 AM
:eek: He reminds me of Double Face in batman with that stupid outfit.

Two-Face you mean.

dragons112
09-22-2007, 04:27 AM
world beater is far too critical. Who care sthe matches in davs cup dont even count. It's like saying roddick has officialy beaten fedz at kooyong in australia this year it means nothing.

I hope roger gets a coach so he has someone to inspire him

tangerine_dream
09-22-2007, 04:49 AM
Sounds like Roger was just being lazy. :shrug: Why in the world would the mentally strongest player on tour suddenly choke against someone like Stepanek during a DC match?

Uraitan
09-22-2007, 05:09 AM
Congrats, Roger !!! :worship: :worship: :worship:

Good win ... :banana:

Hopp Federer !!! :rocker2:

Alex999
09-22-2007, 05:44 AM
Sexy is so sexy that I can't resist. I THINK I'M GAY. I WANT RADEK, LIKE NOW

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2007, 07:48 AM
Sounds like Roger was just being lazy. :shrug: Why in the world would the mentally strongest player on tour suddenly choke against someone like Stepanek during a DC match?

He could just pull a Blake and lose to an inferior player just because of the pressure. :D

Allure
09-22-2007, 07:50 AM
Plus Stepanek has been playing great tennis lately so it's not that surprising that he managed to take a set from Roger. :shrug:

GlennMirnyi
09-22-2007, 07:56 AM
Plus Stepanek has been playing great tennis lately so it's not that surprising that he managed to take a set from Roger. :shrug:

Very true.

FedFan_2007
09-22-2007, 07:56 AM
Roger Fooderer!

nobama
09-22-2007, 09:46 AM
Sounds like Roger was just being lazy. :shrug: Why in the world would the mentally strongest player on tour suddenly choke against someone like Stepanek during a DC match?:rolleyes:

Adler
09-22-2007, 10:11 AM
Radek's DC outfit looks nicely by the way

Bad Religion
09-22-2007, 10:13 AM
Roger will never win Davis Cup :banana:

Allure
09-22-2007, 10:16 AM
Roger will never win Davis Cup :banana:

Neither will Nadal. :lol:

Bad Religion
09-22-2007, 10:22 AM
Neither will Nadal. :lol:

Nadal already won the Davis Cup , newbie tennis fangirl

Allure
09-22-2007, 10:25 AM
Nadal already won the Davis Cup , newbie tennis fangirl

I would take you seriously if you didn't call Roger a clown yet support Nadal and Hewitt. :lol: