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Rogi in Halle!

Billabong
06-04-2004, 08:19 PM
Next for Rogi: Halle:D!!!
GO ROGI, defend your title:banana:!!!!!!!!!!! You can do it:bounce:!!!

GOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDD:bounce:!

Dirk
06-04-2004, 08:41 PM
He likes Germany. It has been voted best event of the year for several years. The grass I think is exactly that of Wimbledon's.

yanchr
06-05-2004, 06:48 AM
Now Rogi, time to shine on green grass! I'm expecting another no-loss grass record this year :banana:

Fedex
06-05-2004, 09:35 AM
I've just realized that Coria can overtake Roger in the ATP CHAMPIONS RACE if Coria wins RG.:eek: All the more reason to cheer on Gaston :)

Fedex
06-05-2004, 09:36 AM
I know Roger has a title to defend here but why does he prefer to play Halle and not Queens?
Becasue there's no Henman to get in his way!! :devil:

Dirk
06-05-2004, 11:02 AM
First Tim would have to make his way to Ninja, second Ninja doesn't have a groin injury anymore like he did with Timmy in Wimbly 01. I would favor Tim in a match with Roger on grass because of his game and experience but favoring doesn't mean its a sure-bet.

FryslanBoppe
06-05-2004, 11:04 AM
Why play in Queens, when he feels comfortable in Halle and gets looked after well and spends less time in England, good enough reasons to play in Halle.

Dirk
06-05-2004, 11:08 AM
Spends less time in england??? Is that a cheap shot? :rolls: Halle is one of the most beautiful looking events and surroundings. You should take a look at it by going to its website. Players love Halle, even Pete loved it when he went there in his final year. Gerry Weber does a great job. He the opposite of Mattress Mac. A very hard working wealthy business man who doesn't think that putting lots of money into an event gives him the right to be an asshole.

FryslanBoppe
06-05-2004, 11:13 AM
Spends less time in england??? Is that a cheap shot? :rolls: Halle is one of the most beautiful looking events and surroundings. You should take a look at it by going to its website. Players love Halle, even Pete loved it when he went there in his final year. Gerry Weber does a great job. He the opposite of Mattress Mac. A very hard working wealthy business man who doesn't think that putting lots of money into an event gives him the right to be an asshole.

It was more a joke that England thing, it's just around Wimbledon time it could be a bit much, so just getting there halfway through Nottingham would be good for Roger. Yes, I am very aware of Mr Weber and it's a very good tournament, though it's on grass and that's why I wouldn't go. The funny thing is that the year I had a chance to go big Marc Rosset won the event, so that was a bit sad to miss that.

Halle is the best prep for him and he enjoys it there and that's reason enough to continue playing there.

yanchr
06-05-2004, 11:25 AM
I've just realized that Coria can overtake Roger in the ATP CHAMPIONS RACE if Coria wins RG.:eek: All the more reason to cheer on Gaston :)
I just noticed that too :eek: can't believe it :eek: Gaston, you should stop Coria also for the sake of Roger ;)

WyveN
06-05-2004, 11:30 AM
Even if Roger loses the #1 in the champions race he would almost certainly regain it sometime during the grass season

ytben
06-05-2004, 11:35 AM
Just taken a look at the entry list for Halle, very strong field there this year. So a perfect tourney for him to prepare for his Wimbly defense.

Good luck Rogi! :bounce:

yanchr
06-05-2004, 11:38 AM
I know that WyverN, but won't it be fantastic that he remains #1 in both rankings for the whole year? Perfection should allow no flaw ;)

Dirk
06-05-2004, 12:05 PM
Yep Roger will be geeting match tough. I think he will do well at both but not sure if he will win both. I hope he does or at least one of them.

Shy
06-05-2004, 04:43 PM
Yep Roger will be geeting match tough. I think he will do well at both but not sure if he will win both. I hope he does or at least one of them.
Hopefully, if he only had to win one,I hope that it is Wimbledon. Anyway, if Roger can not win it,I hope Tim will.

Ginger
06-05-2004, 07:43 PM
Unfortunately, Federer won't win Halle nor Wimbledon. In both tournaments, he will lose in early rounds. Too much pressure, too many points to defend, his game is becoming more and more crappy, too many days-off, mental issues, other players are improving, know his weeknesses and know how to beat him, no coach and too stupid and self-centred to realise he needs one and soon before it's too late, doing too many things besides tennis, big ego, mixing love, affairs, tennis (boom soon! :devil: )... so sad, coz I used to like that player....

Skyward
06-05-2004, 07:52 PM
I think Roger shouldn't feel the pressure of defending points. He 's already earned a lot of them at the beginning of the year. I wish he was able to play his best and let the magic moment happen again.

Go Roger :clap2:

Raquel
06-05-2004, 07:53 PM
Good Luck Roger :D

He was won his last 12 grass court matches and only lost 3 of the last 34 sets he has played on grass! :worship:

Skyward
06-05-2004, 08:30 PM
[QUOTE=Ginger] his game is becoming more and more crappy

He did not played his best at the FO, but his game wasn't crappier than last year against Horna. Nobody can mantain the highest level all the time.

too many days-off

I think he plays just right amount of tournaments. He doesn't need to play 35 a year and burn out in a couple of years. Sometimes the less is more.

mental issues

What do you mean?

other players are improving, know his weeknesses and know how to beat him

If Roger is healthy and plays his best, most of them have slim chances to beat him.

no coach
Honestly, I wish he had one.

and too stupid and self-centred to realise he needs one and soon before it's too late, doing too many things besides tennis, big ego, mixing love, affairs, tennis (boom soon! :devil: )...

No comments :mad:

SaFed2005
06-05-2004, 09:02 PM
Good Luck Roger at Halle ;)

Shy
06-05-2004, 10:49 PM
Unfortunately, Federer won't win Halle nor Wimbledon. In both tournaments, he will lose in early rounds. Too much pressure, too many points to defend, his game is becoming more and more crappy, too many days-off, mental issues, ....
His game is better than last year.He is winning much more so I don't see how his game is becoming more crappy.Mentally, he is a lots stronger.I don't expect him to win both again, but I don't think that he had regress at all.It is more the opposite.

little duck
06-05-2004, 11:50 PM
Unfortunately, Federer won't win Halle nor Wimbledon. In both tournaments, he will lose in early rounds. Too much pressure, too many points to defend, his game is becoming more and more crappy, too many days-off, mental issues, other players are improving, know his weeknesses and know how to beat him, no coach and too stupid and self-centred to realise he needs one and soon before it's too late, doing too many things besides tennis, big ego, mixing love, affairs, tennis (boom soon! :devil: )... so sad, coz I used to like that player....

Yeah, and statistics this year are clearly prooving your points: he won only 34, and loss not less than 4 matches!!

What are you talking about? Roger never played better, and mentaly he is better then ever. Other players are not more comfortable with him then before - he outplayed Henman for the first time just this year.

All of you are saying are just your premonitions and there are no facts to back them up. Just wait and see what happens on Halle and Wibmledon...

Almost I am not to sure neither... It will be very exciting I hope!

Billabong
06-06-2004, 04:57 AM
Don't forget Coria plays Queens too;)!

GOOOOOOO ROGI I'm convinced he can defend his title:D!!!

yanchr
06-06-2004, 05:32 AM
Unfortunately, Federer won't win Halle nor Wimbledon. In both tournaments, he will lose in early rounds. Too much pressure, too many points to defend, his game is becoming more and more crappy, too many days-off, mental issues, other players are improving, know his weeknesses and know how to beat him, no coach and too stupid and self-centred to realise he needs one and soon before it's too late, doing too many things besides tennis, big ego, mixing love, affairs, tennis (boom soon! :devil: )... so sad, coz I used to like that player....
Yeah yeah yeah, all your words are soooooooo right. How idiotic we are not to find out those absolute facts.

Fedex
06-06-2004, 07:40 AM
There's a very tough field for Roger at Halle this year: Safin and Nalbandian will be playing there which are his biggest threats, along with Ferrero. It depends on the draw, which should be coming out shortly. ;)

lsy
06-06-2004, 09:53 AM
[QUOTE=FryslanBoppe]It was more a joke that England thing, it's just around Wimbledon time it could be a bit much, so just getting there halfway through Nottingham would be good for Roger. Yes, I am very aware of Mr Weber and it's a very good tournament, though it's on grass and that's why I wouldn't go. The funny thing is that the year I had a chance to go big Marc Rosset won the event, so that was a bit sad to miss that.
QUOTE]

Fry, I'm beginning to suspect you and GWH are actually the same poster ;)
You both much prefer clay to grass, are long time fans of Gaudio, like Rosset (I remember reading somewhere GWH likes him too) and I think both dislike the same players as well. I even feel like you two write in similar styles too ;)

lsy
06-06-2004, 09:56 AM
Damn my coverage choosing Queens over Halle :(

I'm getting nervous with Rogi's going into the grass season. He has to defend both the titles and lots of focus on him after last year brilliang run on grass.

Come on Rogi!

Dirk
06-06-2004, 11:43 AM
Rogi and Allergo are doing doubles. I hope they win. No singles draw yet. Listen folks as long as Rogi goes far in both I will be happy. We can't expect him to win everything or play well or great all the time. If he plays badly and loses even far in the event I will be sad but those things happen.

jtipson
06-06-2004, 12:46 PM
There's a very tough field for Roger at Halle this year: Safin and Nalbandian will be playing there which are his biggest threats, along with Ferrero. It depends on the draw, which should be coming out shortly. ;)

Nalbandian is apparently injured - see the thread in his forum. He might even miss Wimbledon.

Skyward
06-06-2004, 01:34 PM
If I understood it correctly on the official website( I don't read German) , Roger drew Thomas Johansson in 1st round.
Roger's record against him 4-0, but some matches were very close.

WyveN
06-06-2004, 01:56 PM
pretty good draw for Roger

Safin, Fish, Kiefer (beat him at Halle 2 years ago) on other side + the big serving Jachim Johansson

Dirk
06-06-2004, 02:06 PM
Ninja could handle all of them. Still it will be tough, I have faith in Roger.

Dirk
06-06-2004, 02:17 PM
Rogi has some big hitters and servers to warm up on in his draw. Come on Rogi should your stuff.

Shy
06-06-2004, 02:51 PM
Rogi handles very well Big servers. It is more the Nalbandian,Hewitt and Henman.So,big servers is good.

little duck
06-06-2004, 03:16 PM
Don't know about you, but I'm a bit extra-excited about this first Roger's grass match this season. After that bad defeat against Kuerten and after that staggering 13-0 grass record of last year, and the Wibledon crown, I am a bit anxious about how he is going to perform.

I wish Roger to play on a way to proove that he is THE force on grass! And quiet those who think that he can't do it again this season.

Dirk
06-06-2004, 03:17 PM
Yep It will be nice for Rogi to test those waters again. Rogi has the right game to defeat anyone especially on grass. I just hope he has a nice grass season.

rue
06-06-2004, 09:44 PM
Federer can do it and his draw aint too bad considering the fact that Nalbandian and Ferrero have pulled out. Though pple may have doubts in their minds about him being able to win Halle and Wimbledon again he certainly can repeat his performance from last year. He can do it and I believe in him.

Dirk
06-06-2004, 09:55 PM
As long as Roger plays well he can do anything. Typically he gets better as the match goes on. If that trend holds up nobody will stop him. It will be tough so but so is Roger. He can do anything. He will only get better and better win or lose.

Billabong
06-07-2004, 02:15 AM
I'm confident Rogi will rule again this year on grass, and I'm sure he's very happy that the grass season begins:D!!!

GO FED:bounce:!

LCeh
06-07-2004, 02:38 AM
Let's hope so Billabong. When is Roger playing? :)

Alessia
06-07-2004, 04:19 AM
At last the grass season begins...

RogiFan88
06-07-2004, 04:22 AM
HOPP, ROGI!!!

THis will be an interesting and telling week, both in Halle and Queens...

Yay, cheering for my #1 guy again!

We missed you, babe!

[but v happy Gaudio won today... his emotion and tears remind me of sweet Rog]

lsy
06-07-2004, 05:38 AM
yeah yeah...finally rogi back in action, seems like a long time already :confused:

and he's playing double with Allegro today, come on Rogi :)

ya, Rogifan when Gaudio broke into tears half way through his speech, I thought about Rogi too, so emotional. What a dramatic final indeed though I'm not sure if I can "live" through such matches if it's for Rogi :o

ytben
06-07-2004, 07:25 AM
I have zero coverage for FO :( so it is indeed been a long time since I saw Rogi playing. And no coverage for Halle either so I will have to wait for Wimbly before I can watch him on TV.
I am still waiting for SportsCenter to show some highlight for the FO final but I keep missing it :o

Shy
06-07-2004, 05:15 PM
I have zero coverage for FO :( so it is indeed been a long time since I saw Rogi playing. And no coverage for Halle either so I will have to wait for Wimbly before I can watch him on TV.
I am still waiting for SportsCenter to show some highlight for the FO final but I keep missing it :o
Where do you live?

Billabong
06-07-2004, 05:46 PM
Rogi/Yves lead Paes/Rikl 7-6(5), 2-1 at the moment:D!

Dirk
06-07-2004, 06:27 PM
What I thought they played tomorrow?

Dirk
06-07-2004, 06:28 PM
I'm going to the scoreboard baby. NINJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Dirk
06-07-2004, 06:31 PM
http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/otn/blobs/multi.gif 4-4 in the 3rd set. NINJAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LCeh
06-07-2004, 06:49 PM
They lost already.... :sad: :(

Dirk
06-07-2004, 06:50 PM
Damn it. :fiery: I'm pissed. NINJA KILL TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Billabong
06-07-2004, 06:51 PM
:sad:! Rogi should do better in singles;)! I hope:bounce:!

LCeh
06-07-2004, 06:51 PM
Please don't repeat this result tomorrow Roger... :scared: :sad:

Dirk
06-07-2004, 06:53 PM
He won't or shouldn't. Paes and Rikl are are good team. Rogi is stuck with Allergo. It was a tight tough match. WWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAA :sobbing:

LCeh
06-07-2004, 06:56 PM
WWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAAAA :sobbing:

That smilie makes you look like you are laughing... :lol: ;) :p

Ginger
06-07-2004, 08:30 PM
They lost already.... :sad: :(
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: I told you so!!!!! Don't expect a better result in singles tomorrow! Just a little first round upset! :p Time to find a good coach Mr Federer and stop pretending you are invicible! :rolleyes: Others are playing well too...

tangerine_dream
06-07-2004, 10:31 PM
Ginger if you don't like Roger what are you doing here?

Dirk
06-07-2004, 10:35 PM
Rogi doesn't pretend he is invincible. He will get a coach when he needs one but for now he is taking care of himself and he knows what he needs.

RogiFan88
06-07-2004, 11:09 PM
Losing to Paes/Rikl isn't the end of the world considering what a good team they are... and v experienced.

Rogi, beware of Johansson tho -- he's already been playing on grass.

HOPP, ROGI!

Hi Billabong? How are you?

Billabong
06-07-2004, 11:22 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: I told you so!!!!! Don't expect a better result in singles tomorrow! Just a little first round upset! :p Time to find a good coach Mr Federer and stop pretending you are invicible! :rolleyes: Others are playing well too...

This is a Rogi fans thread, so please go away if you're there to say things like that:(!

Hello RogiFan :wavey:! I'm feeling great and you:)?? I'd love to get some coverage of Halle, hopefully I'll see Rogi in Wimbledon:D!

RogiFan88
06-07-2004, 11:50 PM
I'm SO tired fr RG... fell asleep this aft!! Let's hope Rogi does really well over the next 4 tourneys [Halle, Wimby, Gstaad and Toronto!!]... lots of pts to defend.

I have to check out that HELLO mag w the Wimby special...

Does anyone know about that Wimby recap show on TV about a week before Wimby [NBC?]... it s have a lot about Rogi in it this yr so I do not want to miss it!

I don't get these -----disturbers only showing up once in a while just to diss players in their threads... such cowards...

Shy
06-08-2004, 12:44 AM
Ginger if you don't like Roger what are you doing here?
She is a troll.Considering who his team is and how good and experienced the other team was, it is a very good news that it was a tight sets.Assuming that he was the stronger one in the team,I guess that his form must not be very bad at the moment. It was unfornate that they had to run into a very experienced and good team.

tangerine_dream
06-08-2004, 01:25 AM
Federer fears Henman threat
6/8/04

Roger Federer wound back the clock 12 months yesterday in an attempt to retrace his footsteps to the greatest moment of his short career - that stunning triumph over Mark Philippoussis in last year's Wimbledon final.

Federer began his road to 2003 All England Club glory in the secluded tennis outpost of Halle, breezing through the Gerry Weber Open where he defeated home favourite Nicolas Kiefer in the final.

His grass-court preparations had begun earlier than expected due to his shock first-round exit from Roland Garros at the hands of Peruvian Luis Horna.

The premature departure of the elegant Swiss from Paris this year was not as embarrassing as his conqueror was the three-times champion Gustavo Kuerten, but Federer still regards it as a blessing as he strives for a successful defence of his cherished Wimbledon crown.

"I feel good having got back on to the grass," Federer said yesterday as he prepared for what will be a testing first-round Halle encounter with Sweden's Thomas Johansson, a former Australian Open champion and the winner here three years ago.

"I am confident of being able to repeat what I did last year which means winning here and at Wimbledon. I believe I am good enough to come out on top again."

Federer put Tim Henman at the head of the list of those who could stop him fulfilling his Wimbledon objective. He was impressed with the British No 1's run to the semi-finals of the French Open.

The names of Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick and David Nalbandian were also mentioned by Federer as potential stumbling blocks in his quest to go unbeaten through the short grass-court season and then win an Olympic medal for Switzerland in Athens.

As soon as he has finished his job in Halle - he is seeded to meet Germany's Rainer Schuttler in Sunday's final - he will travel to Wimbledon to enjoy the privileges of his membership of the All-England Club.

tangerine_dream
06-08-2004, 01:28 AM
Ginger if you don't like Roger what are you doing here?
She is a troll.

Oh, is she the Fedex of the Roger forum? I didn't think Roger would attract trolls the way Andy does. I'll ignore her then. :angel:

LCeh
06-08-2004, 01:34 AM
Thanks for the article Tangy. I am so excited for the grass season. If Roger is not confident on clay and can still win a TMS on it, then how much more can we expect from him when he feels he is confident? :D

Plus he rarely say something like this unless he really thinks so, and I don't think he is dumb person that makes ridiculous goals.... Come on Roger, it's time to prove your words now! :yeah:

shaoyu
06-08-2004, 01:43 AM
Did I see this familiar name Pavel in the quarters? :eek:

Shy
06-08-2004, 01:47 AM
Did I see this familiar name Pavel in the quarters? :eek:
again. It seem that Pavel,Hewitt and David Nalbandian are always in his draw.

Ginger
06-08-2004, 02:20 AM
Oh, is she the Fedex of the Roger forum? I didn't think Roger would attract trolls the way Andy does. I'll ignore her then. :angel:
I'm not a "she" btw :eek: and I'm a fan of Federer :eek: , believe it or not, but not a complaisant or indulgent one... :devil: But I don't like to see his game degradating and I really don't like his attitude these days from what I can read and see ... He should have won RG this year damn it... He grew up on clay...! What are those false excuses for not doing well there... ? Oh! This year is OK to lose in 3rd round... it was against Guga! And the court is too big, was slippery... :mad: "Federer still regards it as a blessing as he strives for a successful defence of his cherished Wimbledon crown." :mad: :mad: :mad: Hope he will find it a blessing too for a good preparation of the US season if he has a quick exit in early rounds at Wimbly... :p "As soon as he has finished his job in Halle (which could be tomorrow! :devil: ) - he is seeded to meet Germany's Rainer Schuttler in Sunday's final (everything seems to be planned.... :angel: - he will travel to Wimbledon to enjoy the privileges of his membership of the All-England Club." It's so nice to be important and.. .what was the rest of the sentence? :p

Shy
06-08-2004, 02:47 AM
Ginger calm down,he can not win everything. Man,it sucks to have a degrading game .See, he only won AO,IW,Dubai,Hamburg and lost a pathetic FOUR matches with his pathetic gegrading games.He even improves his RG results and his 2 lost on clay was against former RG champion. It sucks to be a fan of a player with a degrading game.:rolleyes:

If Roger start to lose first or second for the next two months for every tournaments then we should be worried.

Skyward
06-08-2004, 03:01 AM
I'm gald that he's positive. Thanks for the article.

ytben
06-08-2004, 03:48 AM
Where do you live?

In Indonesia. I have excellent TV coverage of all the TMSes, and some tourneys, and I think all the other three GS(just moved here). But ESPN/StarSports have decided to skip a grandslam for some unfathomable reasons :rolleyes:

LOL, unless Rogi is winning everything in sight I guess there will always be some dissatisfied fans. And people has been giving so much crap about Rogi's "domination", which I don't agree with either.

RogiFan88
06-08-2004, 04:36 AM
Nobody can win everything, not even the great Sampras... better not to anyway... can you imagine all the titles one w have to defend? Better to pace yourself and stay healthy... see what all that tennis has done to Hewitt, Safin, Ferrero -- all w injuries or illness -- not worth it. Top players need to be judicious in their schedule and I think Rogi is trying to do just that.

Rogi still doesn't have the belief that he can win RG -- when he does, he can win it. I hope to be around to see him hoist that trophy and speak in French!

IN the meantime, HOPP, ROGI! Play your beautiful game on grass and enjoy!

WyveN
06-08-2004, 04:39 AM
Thanks for the article Tangy. I am so excited for the grass season. If Roger is not confident on clay and can still win a TMS on it, then how much more can we expect from him when he feels he is confident? :D

Plus he rarely say something like this unless he really thinks so, and I don't think he is dumb person that makes ridiculous goals.... Come on Roger, it's time to prove your words now! :yeah:


very true, in regards to FO he was never seriously talking about winning it, just saying "round by round", "not put pressure on myself" but here he says straight away he plans on winning everything :lol:

moonlight
06-08-2004, 04:56 AM
Hopefully he is just setting realistic goals and not putting too much pressure on himself.

Allez Rogi! :bounce: Best of luck to you!

moonlight
06-08-2004, 05:16 AM
This is similar to what Tangy posted.
From http://www.gerryweber-open.de/1140.php

Quotes of Roger Federer (English)
Before his first round match

Montag, 07.06.2004

The past twelve months:

Everything has gone wonderful this year. I have won very important tournaments for me.
It will be one of the biggest challenges of my career to stay undefeated at both grass court tournaments again - but I think it is possible. Everyting started here so I have a lot of confidence. I gained my confidence for Wimbledon here in Halle – this was the break-through.

Everything happened so quicky, I won one tournament after the other, you almost got used to it. You´ve got so little time to reflect and celebrate. And off of a sudden you´re sitting again in Wimbledon and Halle and have to defend your titles. The time was very intense and I have learned a lot. All the media hype now is a new dimension.

Last year I came very early and didn´t talk to the press.

Last year´s semi-final at Halle was one of my best matches on grass and it gave me so much confidence for Wimbledon.

The draw at the GERRY WEBER OPEN 2004:

There are many dangerous players in the draw - Kiefer is always dangerous and my first-round opponent Johansson, although he hasn´t played much, will be a tough battle.

Loosing early at the French Open and preparing for Wimbledon:

It was quite easy to get over the loss in Paris although I was even more of a favourite than I was last year. Kuerten played extremely well, I never found my rhythm. I need to change my game but couldn´t, so it was easy to forget about it. This tournament is great and as is Wimbledon.

The grass court season:

The tough thing about grass is that the season is so short and can be over very quicky. If you´ve pepared well and make a first round exit at Wimbledon, you have to wait one more year again and everything is over.

I think I can reach the level of play last from last year. I obviously feel better this year because I have gained so much experience and played so many important matches since. I even feel good in practice which is a bit of a surprise so I got the feeling I can repeat both. It is possible to win both I don´t feel its impossible to win both but it was a huge surprise last year. This is a great prep tournament and I again came here very early to prepare well.

The early exit at Paris will help me for sure now I tend to forget the French Open quickly and I´m really looking forward to the grass court season I am sitting here very happy. Grass is one of my favourite surfaces but if I lose in the first round it´s not my favourite surface any more.

His visit to Wimbledon in December:

It was very good to come back to Wimbledon before the tournament because I left it in such a hurry. I was running to the Champions Dinner and doing all the media so I could barely sit down with my friends and family and enjoy the win. I was nice to go back in December and see everything quit – no nets, no lines, no stands. I could reflect what I have achieved.

Whom he fears in Wimbledon:

Henman is probably the biggest rival.
He is a great player and he has beaten me many times in the past. His game is made for grass. He now showed it on other surfaces, too, which I knew but the experts didn´t.
He has improved over the last years, especially his serve and his mental game. But there are other players – Hewitt, Nalbandian, Roddick.

Skyward
06-08-2004, 06:04 AM
Thanks moonlight! It's good that he was able to get over Guga's loss quickly. I didn't know that he visited Wimbledon in December.

lsy
06-08-2004, 08:36 AM
Rogi did sound much more confident going into Wimby than RG and AO.

This guy just always say what's in his mind, doesn't he? I'm waiting for that one day when he'll say the same thing going into RG ;)

WyveN
06-08-2004, 02:44 PM
nice victory for Roger at Halle in the first round, his serve is worrying though, he got broken at least once and saved many more break points. The serve has been of since the Kiefer match.

Dirk
06-08-2004, 02:54 PM
Wyvern its his first grass match lay off. Kiefer and Guga were on that damn court he doesn't like yet. If he serves like crap against Mikhail then I will worry. How many aces did he hit vs. double faults? Rogi raised his game when he needed to today and did more after the match went on. He made 4 doubles in the 1st set and only 1 in the 2nd. He should be fine as he will only continue to get better. Nothing is for certain. I just hope he plays well and even great when he can do it.

asotgod
06-08-2004, 03:05 PM
He was broken once. Having problems with his serve as WyverN said. Hopefully, he will pick it up. Good job today though. One other thing: He needs to be more serious when serving out a match. He seems to always have to save breakpoints when seving for a match. Dont like that at all.

RogiFan88
06-08-2004, 03:06 PM
Yay, Rogi past the critical first rd v. Johansson 63 62!

Losing your serve first off does make me nervous tho... have to agree w Wyven... but anyway, he won! Youzhny will be a tougher customer tho... so:

HOPP, ROGI!!!!

Tighten up the serve and lower the DFs, babe!

Navy blue T??? Hmmm...

Shy
06-08-2004, 03:28 PM
He did 6 double faults in the first set and only one in the secound.So,I guess that he foud his serve in the second sets.It is his first match on grass, so I was expecting it.

Billabong
06-08-2004, 03:34 PM
GO Rogi:banana:!!! Well done:worship:! Keep up the great play:D!

GOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDD:bounce:!

Raquel
06-08-2004, 03:36 PM
Well done Roger :bounce: Good first win back on the grass :D

Hopp Rogi! :banana:

Skyward
06-08-2004, 05:08 PM
Well done Roger! :bigclap:

But he must pick up his serve. Johansson is not bad at return though.

yanchr
06-08-2004, 05:48 PM
The grass season begins at last! It seems for so long Roger was out of my sight. Good and happy to see him in action again, and more on green grass :D First match on grass, Roger did a good job! Congrats! Keep it up Roger! I'd badly love to see you live up to your words of winning both Halle and Wimbly this year:) You should make yourself an expert of making preditions about yourself ;)

vene
06-08-2004, 06:20 PM
Go, Rogi! Especially after seeing the way Coria melted down, I am sure Rogi would have beaten him if he got to the final. It's still early in his career, Rogi will win the FO and the Slam one day, but not this year, lol. If he had gotten to the finals of the FO, he might not have had enough left in the tank for Wimby anyway.

Dirk
06-08-2004, 06:33 PM
At the beginning you had some problems to start the engine, afterwards full speed?
I started the match serving from the sunny side of the court. I would have had the chance to get used to it in the warm-up but it didn’t fold. Then I came a little bit under pressure and lost confidence for some moments. For sure, that was not an ideal beginning of the grass court season. Of course, that worried me a little bit. The first game was over too fast, I was afraid he wouldn’t let me into the set again. But the start was quite unimportant, my reaction was important. And I was able to rebreak him immediately and to serve the match out in the end. I’m really happy with this start and feel very good, already in practice I enjoyed playing on grass again. The grass court season can be over so fast in a few moments. I’m happy that this didn’t happen. There were also some great shots in the match, great for the people and fortunately in most cases for me, too.
Which shots were your best today?
Well, my service and my volleys were really ok, but nevertheless I have to improve them. Especially my return was not ideal today. All in all I should serve and volley more often. Johansson played very defensive, he put all the pressure on me. Ok, I can do it from baseline, but it would be much easier to serve and volley in these matches.

You got applause and ovations by the spectators after several rallies. Does it motivate you?
Of course, it does. Yes, there were very nice points. The crowd was perfect, but this is easy to say, because all these nice points were won by myself. Naturally you enjoy the crowd’s ovations. Besides, I got the tennis-magazine-award afterwards for something like the most pleasant player. That makes my day completely wonderful.

Let’s talk about the conditions. Is the court different compared to last year?
Not really, perhaps it is a bit harder. At the beginning of the week the Centre Court is always more slippery than the outside courts because it gets less sunlight. But nevertheless it’s a good court. There were not so many bad bounces today.

Your next opponent Mikhail Youzhny. How good do you know him?
Quit good. Last year I beat him in the semis, it was a tough match. I have to take care. But it’s good, to play against him next round. For sure, that will be an interesting match.

RogiFan88
06-09-2004, 02:30 PM
GERRY WEBER OPEN
Halle, Germany
June 8, 2004
Federer Wins, Bjorkman Saves MP Against Safin
© Getty Images
No. 2 seed Rainer Schuettler advanced to the second round after scoring a convincing 6-3, 6-2 victory over qualifier Jan Hernych.

Italian Andreas Seppi, who came through qualifying at the Gerry Weber Open, needed two hours to record his first career win at ATP level over Russian Nikolay Davydenko, 7-6(5), 2-6, 6-3.

No. 1 seeded Swiss Roger Federer, eased through to round two by defeating 2001 Halle champion, Thomas Johansson, 6-3, 6-2. The 2003 Wimbledon champion, who achieved an unbeaten record on grass is 2003, is now 13-0 on the surface.

In a big serving contest, totaling 51 aces, 2004 Memphis winner, Joachim Johansson defeated Swedish countryman Robin Soderling, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-3 in a one-hour, 39-minute match.

Jonas Bjorkman defeated No. 5 seed Marat Safin in two hours, 25 minutes, to record his fourth successive win against the talented 24-year-old Australian Open finalist. Safin, who was still suffering from blisters on both hands, saved two match points in the second set. The Russian then held a match point on his own in the third set at 6-5 before falling to the Swede in a tie-break 6-4, 6- 7(3), 7-6(4).

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Schuettler: “I’m very happy with my performance today. It was difficult, the first match on grass, he played three rounds of qualies so he was confident. But I think I played pretty aggressive and I was happy with my strokes.”

“I just have to stay aggressive on court like today. It’ll be a difficult match and I'm looking forward to play the next round.”

Federer: ”Obviously it wasn’t a good start getting broken but the important thing was the reaction, there I was very strong and I’m happy about it.”

“I feel good really. Already in practice I was playing well and today again. Obviously, the great shots were nice for the people and I surprised myself a little bit. But I feel my serve can improve.”

“It was a good match overall and I took advantage of my chances, which is always important on grass.”

Safin: “I was one point away and it was a second serve so basically I’m not satisfied with the way I returned. I didn’t have an option to get the point, I’m really frustrated.”

“Tie-breaks are a lottery. The luck was on his side. He played some great points and there was nothing I could do. One or two points made a difference.”

Bjorkman: “I think this was one of my be matches on grass. I played really solid and it felt like I had everything under control for two sets and then everything changed. Marat came back strongly and I think looked to be the one to win it in the third and then I manage to come back and win the breaker. I’m very pleased to win such a quality player in the first match.”

EXCLUSIVE AUDIO

Roger Federer
June 8 - d Johansson

Marat Safin
June 8 - l Bjorkman

Rainer Schuettler
June 8 - d Hernych

WEDNESDAY PREVIEW
Second round action begins Wednesday on the grass of the Gerry Weber Open with the top half of the draw playing.

Roger Federer, leader of the INDESIT 2004 ATP Race, faces Mikhail Youzhny from Russia for the fifth time in his career. The 21-year-old Russian is hoping to record his first win over the reigning Halle champion.

Tommy Haas, who upset No. 8 seed Feliciano Lopez in the first round, is facing 2002 Halle semifinalist Kenneth Carlsen. The German passed the second round in Halle only once, losing to Nicklas Kulti in the quarterfinals in 1999.

No. 3 seed Jiri Novak, who easily defeated Ivan Ljubicic from Croatia in the first round, is meeting lucky loser Marco Chiudinelli. The young Swiss scored his first win on ATP level on Monday by defeating Swiss compatriot Michel Kratochvil, who he lost to in the qualifying finals on Sunday.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2004/halle_tuesday.asp

Billabong
06-09-2004, 03:30 PM
R Federer def. M Youzhny 6-2, 6-1:D!

Very convincing victory vor Rogi, he was pressuring Youzhny's serve all the time, got broken once in the first set but still played great throughout all the match:D!

Plus, it makes a big difference from last year's match against him in the SF, where Rogi escaped in a 2nd set tiebreak :eek:!

Well done Rogi, now continue:bounce:! GOOOOOOO :apumpkin:!

Skyward
06-09-2004, 03:46 PM
Great news. :bounce: :bounce:

Who is next for Roger?

Dirk
06-09-2004, 03:57 PM
Clement

RogiFan88
06-09-2004, 04:11 PM
For the Frenchies here:

Federer, des débuts convaincants
Roger Federer n’a pas manqué ses débuts annuels sur « sa » surface, le gazon. Le Champion de Wimbledon s’est imposé sans problème aucun devant Thomas Johansson 6-3 6-2 lors du 1er tour du tournoi de Halle.

Il n’a fallu que 68 minutes à « Rodgeur » pour écarter le Suédois Thomas Johansson, lauréat de l’Open d’Australie 2002 et du tournoi de… Halle en 2001. La partie s’est déroulée dans une véritable canicule : il régnait près de 30 degrés sur le court !

Après avoir perdu son service dès le premier jeu, le no1 mondial et tenant du titre a retrouvé son redoutable coup droit et sorti des retours assassins pour l'emporter sur sa première balle de match, s'adjugeant ainsi son 13e succès consécutif sur gazon.

Au deuxième tour, Federer affrontera le Russe Mikhail Youzhny, victorieux en 3 sets de l'Allemand Florian Mayer. Le Suisse mène quatre victoire à rien, deux des rencontres ayant eu lieu à Halle, dont l'une l'an dernier en demi-finale (3 sets).

Schnyder renoue avec la victoire
Après sa défaite au 2e tour déjà à Roland-Garros devant la Japonaise Asagoe, Patty Schnyder a réussi un retour victorieux sur les courts en herbe de Birmingham. La Bâloise, tête de série no2, s’est débarassée de l’Espagnole Arantxa Parra-Santonja 6-2 4-6 6-1. Au prochain tour, la no1 helvétique rencontrera la gagnante de la partie opposant la Britannique Keothavong (WTA 192) et une autre Espagnole, Maria Sanchez Lorenzo (56).

Mikaelian battue et … blessée !
Marie-Gaïané Mikaelian s’est elle retrouvée le nez dans le gazon. La Vaudoise a en effet été contrainte à l’abandon alors qu’elle était menée 4-6 0-5 par la modeste Luxembourgeoise Anne Kremer, 322e joueuse mondiale. Mikaelian souffrait de douleurs à l’épaule droite.

Grosses surprises aux Queen’s
Le tournoi londonien, sur gazon lui aussi, a vu deux grosses têtes d’affiche tomber mardi. Andre Agassi a en effet été battu d’entrée pour la 3e fois consécutive, battu par le Russe Igor Andreev. Mark Philippoussis, finaliste malheureux de Wimbledon 2003, a lui été sorti par l’inconnu gallois Ian Flanagan, seulement… 866e joueur mondial !

(TXT, EQ Images)
http://www.mytennis.ch/newsfacts/index.cfm?PK_OBJECT=10101&PK_CONTENT=38717&lang=F

RogiFan88
06-09-2004, 04:15 PM
HOPP, ROGI!! Keep going! La Cle is next up! Nice easy win today!!

Dirk
06-09-2004, 06:54 PM
That was probably a perfect work out there, wasn’t it?
Yes, but it’s always easy when you’re up. Today it was especially tough for Youzhny, because you inevitably get mentally stressed, when you lose a few tough games and big points. Obviously he lost belief, but this is comprehensibly. Anyway, I’m very happy with the match I played and I’m looking forward to the upcoming ones. Compared with yesterday I didn’t lose my first service game, I was ready from the beginning instead. Besides I returned really well up from the start.
Does it force you, when you win so clearly?
Of course, but nevertheless I tried to play more aggressive. But it just needs some matches until that folds sovereign and as automatically. Then I have to serve and volley also after the second serve. Today I didn’t come to the net as much as I gladly like to. I have to put more pressure on my opponents and have to bring the rallies to a faster end. Anyway, I feel very good from the baseline, too. The better the court the more you can stay back. There’ll be more bad bounces the next days, therefore I will be forced to play more serve and volley.

Is it possible to become more confident than you already are? Does this topform come too early?
No, for sure not too early. To win the first two matches so comfortable on grass shows that I’m feeling very good. It’s always nice for me to have great matches, also at the start of a tournament. I enjoy it playing well from the start. That gives me more confidence. The way I’m playing is very good.

Did you also have the impression, that Youzhny was a little bit frustrated in the end?
It was really hard for him, he had to fight for every single point he wanted to win, but in most cases I won. I can reconstruct that he was worried about it and got frustrated. But next time it may go the other way round.

How do you rate your next opponent Arnaud Clement?
For sure it will be a tough match. He played very well the last years on grass, he has a great return and really good movement on the court. But I’m looking forward to it. He’s also a baseliner, and obviously they are appropriate for me.

Do you think there is more than respect, perhaps some kind of fear by other players to play against number one Roger Federer?
Perhaps a little bit. I already try to play my best tennis and when I’m up, my opponent will badly able to beat me. On the other hand: In former times I always say to myself: “I’ll tell my grand children, when I would beat the number one.” This is obviously impossible for me now, but not for my opponents. So I have to stay full-concentrated otherwise I will immediately lose my matches.

moonlight
06-09-2004, 07:50 PM
:wavey: Dirk, thanks a lot for the interview :hug:

Good win, Roger! :D Keep it going!

Good Luck against Clement! :bounce:

Raquel
06-09-2004, 08:57 PM
Well done Roger :yeah: :)

A convincing win :) Good Luck in the next round Rogi! :hug:

moonlight
06-09-2004, 09:05 PM
:wavey:

Have you guys seen the highlights of Roger's first round match on gerryweber web tv yet?

Here is the link:

http://www.gerryweber-open.de/283_1195.htm

LCeh
06-09-2004, 09:20 PM
Thanks a lot moonlight! :worship:

The last 3 points were VERY well played... I couldn't believe Roger won that third last point....

The quality is very good too, very surprised.

RogiFan88
06-09-2004, 10:01 PM
Hey, Moonlight, another Legolas fan! Nice avatar!

RogiFan88
06-09-2004, 10:16 PM
Federer Express rolls on
The world's number one Roger Federer continued his success story on grass when he outclassed Russia´s Mikhail Youzhny 6-2, 6-1 and reached the quarter-finals of the 2004 GERRY WEBER OPEN. Next up for the defending champion is Arnaud Clement of France. (picture: pmk)
The Swiss used his impressive all-around game to grab an early 4-0 lead. He lost serve in the next game but soon gained his third break of the set to make it 6-2. (picture: pmk)
Youzhny, who struggled with his service games throughout, immediately found himself one break down again as he failed to cope with Federer´s powerful ground strokes.

The Swiss sensation never looked back and after another break in the sixth game, he eventually converted his first match point when Youzhny fell victim to another powerful backhand shot.

“I don´t think I could play much better at this stage,” Federer said after his second uncontested straight sets victory, “although I could need some more confidence for my serve and when coming in.”

The 22-year-old, a huge fan favourite in Halle, enjoys playing in front of an amicable crowd. “The fans are very fair and they support me well. It´s good fun to come here and play on the Center Court.”

Federer, who has not lost any of his last 14 matches on grass, now takes on Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the quarter-finals.

http://www.gerryweber-open.de/469_1124.php

RogiFan88
06-09-2004, 10:29 PM
Forgive me if I've already posted these:

Federer through, Safin out

World number one Roger Federer began the defence of his Halle Open title with a solid 6-3 6-2 victory over former Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson in the first round on Tuesday, while fifth seed Russian Marat Safin suffered an early exit, losing to another Swede, Jonas Bjorkman, 6-2 6-7 7-6.

Fifth seed Marat Safin's Wimbledon preparations, indeed, came to an abrupt end when he failed to convert a match point in the third set and was beaten 6-2 6-7 7-6 by unseeded Swede Jonas Bjorkman.

After an early scare in the first set when he went 2-0 down, Wimbledon champion Federer quickly got into his stride on the slick lawn to quash the challenge of his Swedish opponent.

"There were some unbelievable points out there and all of them went my way which is, of course, fantastic," the Swiss said. "But it was a hard match and I had to really fight at the beginning."

Federer, who was surprisingly beaten in the third round of the French Open, said he still had to improve his game ahead of Wimbledon, which begins on June 21.

"l feel there is more potential in my strokes and there are some parts of my backhand that I can improve and my serve could be a bit harder," he said.

The top seed will next play Russia's Mikhail Youzhny, who was beaten in the semi-finals here by the Swiss 12 months ago.

"It was a close match last year but I am looking forward to playing him as he is very good on grass," Federer said.

Reuters - + AM - 09/06/2004

Federer thrashes Youzhny

World number one Roger Federer recorded a comfortable 6-2 6-1 victory over Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round of the Halle Open on Wednesday. Youzhny took a set off the Swiss in the semi-final of this grass court event in 2003 but was no match for Federer this year.

The Wimbledon and Autralian Open champion, indeed, produced a string of dazzling winners.

Federer will play Frenchman Arnaud Clement in the third round. Clement recovered from a shaky start against Germany's Alexander Popp to win his second round match 7-6 6-2.

Federer has faced Clement, who is ranked 87th, once before on grass, beating him in straight sets at the 2000 Halle Open but the Frenchman has beaten him three times on hard courts.

Reuters - 09/06/2004

http://eurosport.com/home/pages/V3/L0/S57/E6185/sport_Lng0_Spo57_Evt6185_Sto599606.shtml

ytben
06-11-2004, 03:05 AM
Thanks for the link Moonlight & RF for the articles! :kiss:

Good luck against Clement Rogi! :bounce:

Billabong
06-11-2004, 05:50 PM
Rogi won 6-3, 7-5:D!
Tougher score, but tougher opponent;)! Rogi played great today, and he'll have to continue against Novak:D!!! Have they played since Gstaad final last year?? Rogi lost in 5 sets there, let's hope he can take revenge;)!

GOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDD:banana:!!!

jtipson
06-11-2004, 05:56 PM
They've not played since Gstaad, so it's revenge time indeed!

Here's the head to head:

Roger FEDERER (SUI) v Jiri NOVAK (CZE)

1999 Wimbledon Grass (O) 128 Jiri NOVAK 3-6 6-3 6-4 3-6 4-6
1999 Vienna Carpet (I) 16 Roger FEDERER 7-6 6-1
2000 Monte Carlo Clay (O) 64 Jiri NOVAK 1-6 6-2 5-7
2001 Paris Open Carpet (I) 32 Jiri NOVAK 4-6 7-6(4) 6-7(2)
2002 Vienna Hard (I) FR Roger FEDERER 6-4 6-1 3-6 6-4
2002 Tennis Masters Cup Hard (I) RR Roger FEDERER 6-0 4-6 6-2
2003 Dubai Hard (O) FR Roger FEDERER 6-1 7-6(2)
2003 Gstaad Clay (O) FR Jiri NOVAK 7-5 3-6 3-6 6-1 3-6

Tied 4 : 4

Billabong
06-11-2004, 06:08 PM
Most of their matches have been incredibly close :eek:!
Thanks jtipson:)!

RogiFan88
06-11-2004, 06:32 PM
Wow, tought 2nd set, there, Rogi, but you won so that's what matters!

Yep, I w have preferred Haas to Novak, another guy who can really trouble Rogi... HOPP, ROGI, I want a Fed/Schuettler final!

Raquel
06-11-2004, 06:32 PM
Well done today Roger :D :yeah:

Good Luck tomorrow :hug:

Shy
06-11-2004, 07:39 PM
Wow, tought 2nd set, there, Rogi, but you won so that's what matters!

Yep, I w have preferred Haas to Novak, another guy who can really trouble Rogi... HOPP, ROGI, I want a Fed/Schuettler final!
On the bright side, most of Novak's win over Roger was before 2001 except from Gstaad (It was just after Wimbledon ).Roger is a much better player now,but I expect a tougher match for Roger.

moonlight
06-11-2004, 07:39 PM
Interview with Roger Federer (English)
After his win over Arnaud Clement

Freitag, 11.06.2004

You both played very solid tennis today. Did you expect such a tough fight?
Yes, we both are generally serving very good, and Arnaud played even more tricky than Youzhny oder Johansson. He mixes forehand and backhand, plays very good returns and makes more of these slice services. It´s very very difficult to return against him, also he played great from the baseline. All in all he’s very complete in his play. I wasn’t feeling too good today, but that has to do with him probably. Fortunately I had both times the chance to break him and I made it. So I’m happy that I was able to play two strange sets. I’m pleased how consistent the performance was.

What about your next opponent Jiri Novak?
He’s also tough to fight and plays similar like Clement today. He beat me on grass last time we played on this surface, that was Wimbledon 1999. So this is a kind of rematch tomorrow. He also plays great returns and is very dangerous.

Compared with last year: How do you feel on grass?
I feel much better than last year when I had some difficult matches at the beginning. I’m very satisfied with my baseline game, with my returns and my service, also in practice. I’m feeling really good. If I have this feeling in practice this is a very positive signal. But I take care for tomorrow. I’m up now, it’ll be a pity if it is over tomorrow.

It didn’t seem to strain you too much today, did it?
No, it wasn’t an easy win. I had to stay concentrated the whole time. I felt physically not as good as yesterday, I had to adjust it mentally. Both together, with physical and mental strength I should be able to win tomorrow. The positive thing is that I had a low either against Johansson or Youzhny, but there was no such today.

How would you rate the other semi?
I haven’t seen Fish on grass ever. But he’ll be very dangerous for Rainer. It’ll be a tough match, I hope Rainer will succeed but he has to take care of the service: Fish serves inscrutable, you cannot anticipate which direction the ball will take before he actually hits the serve.

moonlight
06-11-2004, 07:45 PM
Thanks for the head-to-head info, jtipson :)

Good to hear that he is feeling good about his game. Hope he will keep it up for tomorrow and revenge Novak for Gstaad loss.

Go Roger! :bounce: Best of Luck against Novak!

jtipson
06-11-2004, 08:08 PM
How would you rate the other semi?
I haven’t seen Fish on grass ever. But he’ll be very dangerous for Rainer. It’ll be a tough match, I hope Rainer will succeed but he has to take care of the service: Fish serves inscrutable, you cannot anticipate which direction the ball will take before he actually hits the serve.

Not seen Fish on grass ever?! Roger, you *played* him at Wimbledon last year, you plonker! But I do agree with him that it will be a tough match for Rainer. Very tough match for Roger, too.

Looking forward to see the quarter-final highlights on the WebTV - the quality is really very good. Wish they would show the whole interview at the end, instead of just a few bits. (BTW Anyone else think the translations of the Halle interviews are a bit wierd?)

moonlight
06-11-2004, 08:24 PM
Not seen Fish on grass ever?! Roger, you *played* him at Wimbledon last year, you plonker! But I do agree with him that it will be a tough match for Rainer. Very tough match for Roger, too.

Looking forward to see the quarter-final highlights on the WebTV - the quality is really very good. Wish they would show the whole interview at the end, instead of just a few bits. (BTW Anyone else think the translations of the Halle interviews are a bit wierd?)

I think he meant he had not seen Fish play on grass this year, jtipson.

Yeah, I also find the translation of Halle weird and also many typos. Though the WebTV is really cool :yeah:. It would be awesome if all the tournaments have webtv like Halle.

Skyward
06-11-2004, 08:30 PM
[QUOTE=moonlight]Interview with Roger Federer (English)
After his win over Arnaud Clement

The positive thing is that I had a low either against Johansson or Youzhny, but there was no such today.

QUOTE]

I thought Roger destroyed Youzny, and he calls it "a low". :confused: Hope his physical problems are not serious.

Good luck against Novak . :worship: :worship: :worship:

Dirk
06-11-2004, 09:04 PM
I think he meant he was not comfortable but talking more about his game. He should be better tomorrow.

shaoyu
06-11-2004, 09:37 PM
I thought Roger destroyed Youzny, and he calls it "a low". :confused: Hope his physical problems are not serious.

Good luck against Novak . :worship: :worship: :worship:

I think he meant the two games he got broken in the first two matches against Johansson and Youzhny.

RogiFan88
06-11-2004, 09:50 PM
w the wonky translation they have, it makes Rogi sound a little weird himself!!

when he said he wasn't feeling too well, did he mean physically or in his game??

Billabong
06-11-2004, 09:56 PM
Thanks for the interview :hug:!

Skyward
06-11-2004, 10:45 PM
I think he meant the two games he got broken in the first two matches against Johansson and Youzhny.


Well, Roger is probably right. Against someone who sets new service records he can't afford to lose his serve. :lol:

ytben
06-12-2004, 03:30 PM
:woohoo: Rogi is in the final. He will face fish. Hopes Rogi can net a win :p Good luck Rogi :bounce:

ste
06-12-2004, 03:33 PM
Congratulations Roger!!!!

good luck tomorrow...you can do it!!! :worship:

lsy
06-12-2004, 03:44 PM
Yes...Rogi has to defend his title here!

I hope he will...Come on Rogi!!!

LCeh
06-12-2004, 04:41 PM
I am not that worried to be honest... :o

Fish is a very nice guy, sometimes too nice. He respects Roger too much, he kinda fears him, and that hurts you when you play against a player. While Roger is getting more and more confident.

I think Roger would definitely win, the question is how hard/easy it would be.

BNO
06-12-2004, 04:45 PM
Congratulations Roger !!!
:banana: Good luck against Fish

Dirk
06-12-2004, 05:39 PM
HALLE, Germany (Reuters) - World number one and defending champion Roger Federer strolled through to the final of the Halle Open on Saturday, defeating third seed Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-4 in less than an hour.



Federer will face sixth-seeded American Mardy Fish in Sunday's final. Fish squeezed past local favorite Rainer Schuettler 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 in his semi-final at the pre-Wimbledon (news - web sites) grasscourt event earlier on Saturday.


Federer, the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open (news - web sites) champion, broke burly Novak twice in the match, cracking winners and executing delicate volleys seemingly at will.


The Swiss has beaten big-serving Fish, ranked 23 in the world and the U.S. number three after Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi (news), in all three of their previous matches, though Fish took a set off Federer at Wimbledon last year.


The American closed out a third set tiebreak in his semi final after Schuettler double-faulted at 4-4.


"He was my toughest opponent of the week and I had to play my best tennis to beat him," Fish said.

Dirk
06-12-2004, 05:50 PM
It seemed that you played with more confidence today. Is this right?
Yes, that’s true, I was more confident after the solid performances in the last matches. It was a very strange match, everything went very quickly. Against Youzhny I won 6:1, 6:2 and the match lasted 1:12h, today 55 minutes, that’s curious. But there weren’t any tough games, when I broke him it was easy, when we both held it was easy, too. But nevertheless he is always a dangerous man.
And are you worried about Mardy Fish in the final?
Ok, he’s the only player against whom I lost a set in Wimbledon last year. He’s a very good player and his service can be very effective. It’ll be a tough match, I’ll have to take my chances, but perhaps there won’t be any. Probably it will be my turn to react, because with his very risky game he is normally the actor on the court.

What was different compared with the matches before?
It was more difficult to play from the baseline, there were a few bad bounces. But this is normal for the second match, the court is not as nice as in the morning when you play at first. Nevertheless I was worrying a bit about my baseline game, I made some easy errors. Hopefully I´m able to improve this for tomorrow.

Is it different for you to come back to Halle as a two-times Grand Slam champion? Does this push you in a special way?
No, not that much. It was more important to have an easy start in the grass court season and that succeeds completely well. Because of this I’m more confident and I’m feeling much better than last year. More important than the final are the days before. I had the luck to come very early, and I owe that to the French Open. If I win or lose tomorrow that doesn’t change anything in my preparation for Wimbledon. I’m not here preparing for Wimbledon, but to collect titles. I have the chance to win my fifth title this year and to prove successful my number one state. That’s important, This is why I’m here. Of course you are always more confident when you see what you´ve already achieved.

On grass you are unbeaten for 16 matches. Is this natural for you?
Of course not. I’ll have to think about every match and every opponent again and again. I cannot concentrate only on my game, it’s necessary to analyse your opponent’s game, too. I was´nt thinking about anything last year, that was my advantage at that time. Fortunately and nevertheless my start in the grass court season was also great this year, although I have these triumphs in my head.

RogiFan88
06-12-2004, 06:04 PM
HOPP, ROGI! Defend your grass title!!

tangerine_dream
06-12-2004, 06:32 PM
Wheeeee! Roger and Andy are both one match away from defending their titles this year. :woohoo: I love Mardy Fish and I'm so glad he made it to the final in Halle but he's not gonna beat Roger. His hip is acting up again, too, poor kid. :sad:

Skyward
06-12-2004, 06:42 PM
Go, Roger !!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Thanks for the interview, Dirk.

I cannot concentrate only on my game, it’s necessary to analyse your opponent’s game, too. I was´nt thinking about anything last year, that was my advantage at that time.

Does it mean that Pl was scouting his opponents last year, and now he has to do all the homework himself ? Hope he is not too tired.

Raquel
06-12-2004, 08:11 PM
Well done Roger! :bounce: :woohoo: :yeah:

Defend your title tomorrow Rogi, good luck :kiss:

LCeh
06-12-2004, 10:24 PM
Does it mean that Pl was scouting his opponents last year, and now he has to do all the homework himself ? Hope he is not too tired.

I think it means that he did not have the pressure he now has a year ago. He wasn't a 2-time Grand slam champion, and he wasn't the world #1. I think that's what he meant.

Billabong
06-13-2004, 01:42 AM
GOOOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDDDD you can do it:bounce:!!!

ytben
06-13-2004, 02:54 AM
I don't know why, I was pretty confident about the matchup then I read all the posts in GM who said it will be a straight set win comfortably for Rogi and I am getting nervous now :lol:

Thanks for the interview Dirk. Hopes Fish's hip is ok, poor guy just got back from injury didn't he?

SUKTUEN
06-13-2004, 03:47 AM
Roger ~~~~~ GO GO GO ! ! ! :bounce: :bounce:

Fire THE Fish ~~~~ :lol: :lol: :lol:

lsy
06-13-2004, 11:02 AM
The last 3 points were VERY well played... I couldn't believe Roger won that third last point....

The quality is very good too, very surprised.

Unfortunately for me, the quality wasn't too good but I get to watch one crazy point from Rogi, not sure if it's the same as you pointed out.

The one where Rogi saved an overhead smash of Johansson from far away the baseline, then Johanson made a nice cross court dropshot and Rogi ran all the way from far behing to the umpire area, not only made it to the shot but hit a outrageous cross court volley winner :eek: :eek:

His speed was amazing...damn, why must I get coverage of Queens instead of Halle :mad:

PerezRoldan
06-13-2004, 11:06 AM
Rogi will win this in a canter.

lsy
06-13-2004, 11:13 AM
haha...I hope so Perez but I'm still nervous.

lsy
06-13-2004, 11:15 AM
But nervous more for Wimbledon, not Halle actually. I'm nervous if he can successfully defend his title in wimbledon, not so much in Halle. Of course achieving both will be perfect :)

PerezRoldan
06-13-2004, 11:23 AM
Fish has too much respect for Rogi, while off the court that is a good thing, but not court when they are competing. Fish doesn't have the belief to beat Rogi and won't.

Well of course Wimbledon is the one that he wants and that's the main goal peaking for that. He has a week off and that's good, then he will be prepared.

lsy
06-13-2004, 11:33 AM
Well of course Wimbledon is the one that he wants and that's the main goal peaking for that. He has a week off and that's good, then he will be prepared.

Yes it has been his main goal since beginning of the year, to defend Wimby. I think now it's even more important as he mentioned, so to defend his no.1 position till year end. I hope he can do that.

Different from previous year, all eyes will be on him to repeat a brilliant performance as he displayed last year, hopefully that would be a added driving factor and not pressures.

PerezRoldan
06-13-2004, 11:39 AM
He's the #1 and knows what comes with that, and he knows what he has to do, but if he doesn't win Wimbledon it will be because he wasn't good enough on the particular day.

Rogi went from TMC champ to AO champ which not players do, but all will be revealed soon enough.

Mrs. B
06-13-2004, 11:40 AM
ahhh, had a busy week but now i can finally watch the finals which begins one hour from now.

Go, Roger! Defend your title in Halle! :bounce:

lsy
06-13-2004, 11:42 AM
Rogi went from TMC champ to AO champ which not players do, but all will be revealed soon enough.

true, it was a surprise winning AO for sure. He does seem to have his goal all set and knew what needs to be done. We'll see.

Mrs. B, you had been missed ;) Please give us some details/match reports, ok?

yanchr
06-13-2004, 12:01 PM
ahhh Mrs. B, I envy you :mad: ;)
Stupid tv to show Queens instead of Halle:mad:

Goooooo Roger!

Mrs. B
06-13-2004, 12:01 PM
Hey, Isy! :wavey:

I'll try but it'll probably be a late 'report' as we have some friends coming over our place to watch football. Switzerland is playing Croatia at 6 pm. Then France against England follows. Food and beer is abundant so guess they'll stay late. ;)

edit* Hi, Yanchr!!! :wavey:

yanchr
06-13-2004, 12:03 PM
Unfortunately for me, the quality wasn't too good but I get to watch one crazy point from Rogi, not sure if it's the same as you pointed out.

The one where Rogi saved an overhead smash of Johansson from far away the baseline, then Johanson made a nice cross court dropshot and Rogi ran all the way from far behing to the umpire area, not only made it to the shot but hit a outrageous cross court volley winner :eek: :eek:

His speed was amazing...damn, why must I get coverage of Queens instead of Halle :mad:
DAMN it still doesn't work for me :o shall I give up :rolleyes:

PerezRoldan
06-13-2004, 12:05 PM
Hey, Isy! :wavey:

I'll try but it'll probably be a late 'report' as we have some friends coming over our place to watch football. Switzerland is playing Croatia at 6 pm. Then France against England follows. Food and beer is abundant so guess they'll stay late. ;)

edit* Hi, Yanchr!!! :wavey:

Hopp Schwiiz, you said food and beer abundant, does that mean rosti, raclette and chocolate? I am coming over. :)

lsy
06-13-2004, 12:05 PM
Hey, Isy! :wavey:

I'll try but it'll probably be a late 'report' as we have some friends coming over our place to watch football. Switzerland is playing Croatia at 6 pm. Then France against England follows. Food and beer is abundant so guess they'll stay late. ;)

edit* Hi, Yanchr!!! :wavey:

No problem.

I'll be cheering for Switzerland but I guess the chance is slim :tape: but hey, Greece beat Portugal in their homeground. So you never know :)

yanchr
06-13-2004, 12:05 PM
Hi Mrs. B, besides cheering for Rogi today, I'll be cheering for Switzerland in Euro cup for sure. Go all Swiss :bounce:

lsy
06-13-2004, 12:07 PM
DAMN it still doesn't work for me :o shall I give up :rolleyes:

what's the matter with your pc??? :rolleyes: If only you can see that shot :eek:

Mrs. B
06-13-2004, 01:02 PM
Roger wins the first set 6-0. he's playing good tennis. Mardy has a good serve but Roger' returns are good too.

Billabong
06-13-2004, 01:41 PM
Rogi won 6-0, 6-3, total domination today:D!!!

Congrats Rogi for your 5th title of the year, that was a great run going for Wimby:D!!! He must be very confident now:)!!!

GOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDD:tennis:!!!

ytben
06-13-2004, 01:46 PM
:woohoo: Congrats Rogi on his fifth title!!! :D :D :D

Let's hope he can defend his next tourney too!

lsy
06-13-2004, 01:50 PM
Yet another tournament thread to close off in a happy and satisfying ending :)

5th title of the year and he's 5-5 in final this year? I can't remember his W/L records already this year?

Well done Rogi...well done! Now go rolling in Wimby!

Billabong
06-13-2004, 01:51 PM
Yet another tournament thread to close off in a happy and satisfying ending :)

5th title of the year and he's 5-5 in final this year? I can't remember his W/L records already this year?

Well done Rogi...well done! Now go rolling in Wimby!

Yep he won all of them:D!!! The last final he lost is Gstaad 1 year ago:D!

yanchr
06-13-2004, 01:54 PM
Roger wins the first set 6-0. he's playing good tennis. Mardy has a good serve but Roger' returns are good too.
Mrs.B, three 'good' here, guess you were lacking in words to express your shock? ;)

Mrs. B
06-13-2004, 01:56 PM
a finals that lasted less than anhour and Roger defends his title in Halle!!! :banana:

Mardy made heaps of ue's and in his frustration would throw his racket on the grass. But he commended Roger for playing well (one of the guys interviewed said Roger's game is out of thhis world) :lol:

He jokingly said that he wanted to play a fast game so he could make it home to Basel to watch the football tonight! :lol: Mirka and Roger's parents were there.

ytben
06-13-2004, 01:58 PM
Yet another tournament thread to close off in a happy and satisfying ending :)


Let's hope there will be plenty of the same ending for future tourney threads in this forum. Especially the next one! Rest up and watch some football.

Good luck Rogi, defend your Wimbly title next week! I am nervous about it already now that Halle is over ;) .

ytben
06-13-2004, 01:59 PM
Thanks for the infor Mrs. B! :kiss:

Action Jackson
06-13-2004, 02:00 PM
It was definitely very quick and Rogi will make it home in time.

Mrs. B
06-13-2004, 02:01 PM
Mrs.B, three 'good' here, guess you were lacking in words to express your shock? ;)

you want me to use superlatives? i'll reserve those in Wimbledon. :lol:
i was busy in the kitchen too but thought i'd report to u guys. ;) what can i say? our guy played well. Mardy looks clumsy (or he moves clumsily) to me, he even slipped during one volley and Roger was there and put the ball away, cc on his bh. Roger returned one backhand down the line which was awesome!

Mrs. B
06-13-2004, 02:08 PM
Hopp Schwiiz, you said food and beer abundant, does that mean rosti, raclette and chocolate? I am coming over. :)

hehe, what goes well with beer? i have some nicely marinated spare ribs to bbq with some spicy sauce. i am also making paneng curry with rice, and some green salad and some deserts including Swiss chokies. you're welcome to join but you have to cheer loudly for Switzerland whose chances are dim against Croatia. :sad:

lsy
06-13-2004, 02:13 PM
hehe, what goes well with beer? i have some nicely marinated spare ribs to bbq with some spicy sauce. i am also making paneng curry with rice, and some green salad and some deserts including Swiss chokies. you're welcome to join but you have to cheer loudly for Switzerland whose chances are dim against Croatia. :sad:

:eek: :eek: Eva...you're making me so hungry now...

But even without the food, I'll cheer real loud for the Swiss tonight. I'm sure Rogi will too.

Action Jackson
06-13-2004, 02:16 PM
It will be tough for Switzerland tonight, but Croatia are not at their best, so anything is possible.

PerezRoldan, your prediction was correct about this being an easy match.

yanchr
06-13-2004, 02:25 PM
He jokingly said that he wanted to play a fast game so he could make it home to Basel to watch the football tonight! :lol:
:lol: Rogi, you are too arrogant :lol:
I have intended not to watch this match, but now thinking Rogi is in front of TV to cheer for Swiss, guess I will change my idea...damn England vs France I'm gonna miss it maybe :p

mitalidas
06-13-2004, 03:09 PM
hi, did anyone see the Halle Final? that score is great!! Was it just that Rogi was just too good or did Mardy not play his best (or couldn't play his best because he played our phenom)? Anyone have any details?

RogiFan88
06-13-2004, 03:13 PM
Mrs. B. always makes me hungry...

Yay, Rogi!!!!!!

All the Greeks were waving their flags yesterday in my neighbourhood!!

HOPP, SCHWEIZ!!!

RogiFan88
06-13-2004, 03:14 PM
yanchr, Rogi was just joking... but he DID play a fast match!! hee hee...

RogiFan88
06-13-2004, 03:15 PM
Federer Defends Title - Puts Grass Winning Streak to 17
Roger Federer needed just 57 minutes to defend his GERRY WEBER OPEN crown as he canned sixth seed Mardy Fish from the US 6-0, 6-3. The defending Wimbledon champion displayed another smashing performance to put his grass court winning streak to 17. (picture: pmk)
Fish, in his first-ever GERRY WEBER OPEN final, proved no match for the dominating Swiss. He lost his first three service games, and the crowd gave him an encouraging cheer when he finally won his first game to make it 1-1 in the second set. An invincible Federer used his great arsenal of weapons to leave Fish without a chance. He wrapped up the first set, 6-0, after just 23 minutes before breaking his opponent again in the sixth game of the second. Down 5-3, Fish saved two match points but an ace followed by a powerful top-spin volley gave Federer his fifth title of the season.
“It´s unbelievable,” Federer said after his title defence. “I came to Halle last year and just wanted to play, and I haven´t lost on this surface ever since. I still can´t believe it.”

Fish, the first American to book his ticket to the GERRY WEBER OPEN finals, congratulated the Swiss on a masterful performance. “He played sensationally,” Fish proclaimed. “I don´t make it to the finals too often, so this was a fun week, but this match was no fun at all.”
http://www.gerryweber-open.de/469_1273.php

RogiFan88
06-13-2004, 03:19 PM
14:34 Federer sends a volley into the net and it's deuce!!!

14:33 Matchball for Federer!!!

14:30 Fish manages to hold serve after a long deuce, with Federer once again putting on the pressure. It's 5-3 in the second set with the world number one serving for the match.

14:23 Fish is now serving to stay in the match at 5-2 in the second set.

14:18 Federer is racing through the second set and grabs an early break as Fish continues to get flustered. The reigning Wimbledon champion holds serve to lead 5-2 and there is nothing Fish can do to stop the dominant Swiss.

14:10 The second set opens with both players holding serve. Fish finally can relax as he wins his first service game of the entire match.

14:02 It's a whitewash as Federer completely overwhelms Fish with his power and precision to win the first set 6-0!!!

13:54 Fish is really struggling to keep pace with the flying Federer as the Swiss scores a double break to lead 4-0. The world number one is looking unstoppable!

13:50 Federer holds serve to lead 3-0.

13:43 Federer gets another chance to break and wins the point to lead 2-0!

13:42 Fish saves the breakpoint...

13:42 Federer puts on the pressure and takes Fish to deuce on the American's service game... An unforced error gives Federer the first break point of the match to lead 2-0.

13:37 Federer begins the match with a perfect service game and leads the Halle final 1-0.

13:30 World number one Roger Federer begins his title defence against big-serving American Mardy Fish, ranked 53rd in the world.

10:00 Welcome to eurosport.com/.co.uk's LIVE coverage of today's final between American underdog Mardy Fish and defending champion Roger Federer from Halle, Germany! Live action starts at 13:30cet.

http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/V3/L0/S57/E6185/live_Lng0_Spo57_Evt6185_alllive1.shtml

who knows where the end of this commentary is...

Ginger
06-13-2004, 03:30 PM
who knows where the end of this commentary is...
Match too boring... they felt asleep... :zzz: :zzz: :zzz: Or switch to WTA :eek: And we wonder why so few people are interested in tennis...

Congrats Roger! With quick boring wins like this one we will have time to watch other more interesting sports! :p even you... you'll do it! :p

novanora
06-13-2004, 03:35 PM
:lol: Rogi, you are too arrogant :lol:
I have intended not to watch this match, but now thinking Rogi is in front of TV to cheer for Swiss, guess I will change my idea...damn England vs France I'm gonna miss it maybe :p
hi, yanchr!!! i am here to give Roger my congrats!!! and glad to see you finally have your avater from our own BBS:rolls:
are you really going to cheer for Switzerland tonight? ok....just for fun from the soccer, and don't forget to get some warm for the Wimby :wavey:
and Mrs.B, nice to see you again!!!! :D

yanchr
06-13-2004, 03:40 PM
yanchr, Rogi was just joking... but he DID play a fast match!! hee hee...
I well acknowledge Rogi's humor there ;) I'm joking too saying he is arrogant. But I love the way he said things :D

yanchr
06-13-2004, 03:44 PM
hi, yanchr!!! i am here to give Roger my congrats!!! and glad to see you finally have your avater from our own BBS:rolls:
are you really going to cheer for Switzerland tonight? ok....just for fun from the soccer, and don't forget to get some warm for the Wimby :wavey:
and Mrs.B, nice to see you again!!!! :D
Don't laugh at me about my avatar :p You know I really love it :D
Yeah, I'm going to cheer for Switzerland tonight...and you know cheering in my dream is also called cheering... ;)

Raquel
06-13-2004, 03:48 PM
Well done Roger :bounce: :bounce: :woohoo: :D

17th straight win on grass and no sets dropped this week :worship:

Excellent week Roger :kiss:

moonlight
06-13-2004, 03:58 PM
:woohoo: Congrats Roger on defending Halle and your 5th title of the year! :worship:

Hope you do the same in Wimby and maintain your unbeatable grass record. :)

Go Roger! :bounce:

novanora
06-13-2004, 04:08 PM
Don't laugh at me about my avatar :p You know I really love it :D
Yeah, I'm going to cheer for Switzerland tonight...and you know cheering in my dream is also called cheering... ;)
:haha: ok....enjoy your dream and and the cheering at the same time. But i really warn u that you know, in China, the dream is always the opposite to the truth, so it's better for you have a bitter dream :lol:
you know i never laugh at you, coz i always cheer for Argentina in my dreams, too :rolls:

yanchr
06-13-2004, 04:17 PM
:haha: ok....enjoy your dream and and the cheering at the same time. But i really warn u that you know, in China, the dream is always the opposite to the truth, so it's better for you have a bitter dream :lol:
you know i never laugh at you, coz i always cheer for Argentina in my dreams, too :rolls:
Whatever dream I'll have, Swi's chance is :tape: not like your Argentina...
But as long as Rogi is cheering for them for nothing, I can too :p

Skyward
06-13-2004, 04:28 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

What an impressive week!

Hope he can defend his next title.

Dirk
06-13-2004, 04:50 PM
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Dirk
06-13-2004, 05:18 PM
It seemed to be very easy for you today. Is that impression right?
Yes. When you see the result, 6:0 in the first, it was in fact very easy. It also comes like a surprise when things go completely without any problems. But it’s also a bit tricky, because the crowd starts to go ahead with the opponent. They want to see more tennis, tiebreak matches or third sets. They support the guy that is behind. I think the people here really enjoy watching me, but they want to see me longer. I had to stay concentrated and to take my chances in the second. It’s important to continue playing solid tennis, and I’m very happy that I was able to do that the whole week. I had a lot of fun here, this was the best preparation for Wimbledon. But also this tournament means a lot to me. I’m proud having defended the title.
What kind of surprise you mean?
Well, you’re always nervous when you wake up and have to play the final. Then the first set runs 6:0, this is insane. Usual you only hope to have a good start. Now I’m really relaxed having had that good start in the grass season again. I will take some days off and enjoy this start. Afterwards I’ll able to attack again in Wimbledon.

What means that to your preparation in Wimbledon?
This week was quite a better preparation for me compared with last year. Im simply played better. I’ll travel now on Tuesday to London, so there will be enough time for preparation there, that’s important. I hope not to fail already in round one like Hewitt. There is really a lot pressure on me, also from my side, too. But my play is really good already, if I’m able to continue playing this level, there won’t be many chances to beat me. I really hope to confirm my performances last year.

Are you going to defend your title next year again?
I thought about changing something before having won the title last year. But there was no reason for me not coming back after the triumph last year. And usually I defend my titles, so I think Ill be back. Thi is a great tournament. I’m feeling like being at home here. My friends, my family were here for the final. And I drove with my car to Halle. From time to time that’s quite a nice alternative to other tournaments.

How are you celebrating this title?
I’m not the guy who’s able to teach anybody how to celebrate victories. Perhaps I should improve this. I should enjoy more my wins, but I will have to drive home the next five hours. Actually there is not much time for celebrating.

lsy
06-13-2004, 05:50 PM
Thanks Dirk.

I can't believe he has to drive 5 hours back home after the tournament. He won't make it to the Switz/Croatia match :)

tangerine_dream
06-13-2004, 06:16 PM
Oh Roger, was it really necessary to go and bagel poor Mardy in that first set? ;)

Nice win, Roger :rocker2: Good luck defending your Wimby title next. :banana:

Delovely :hearts:

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040613/capt.hal11006131547.germany_gerry_weber_hal110.jpg

Dirk
06-13-2004, 06:30 PM
Maybe he can get it on the radio. I hope he does celebrate with his family.

Neely
06-13-2004, 06:54 PM
I hope Roger is not too sad about the 0-0 result which means probably elimination after the pre-eliminary group stage for his country.
Roger had a too good day today and he should be glad about his own performance what he achieved in Halle.

Skyward
06-13-2004, 07:16 PM
I am not that worried to be honest... :o

Fish is a very nice guy, sometimes too nice. He respects Roger too much, he kinda fears him, and that hurts you when you play against a player. While Roger is getting more and more confident.

I think Roger would definitely win, the question is how hard/easy it would be.

That's what Fish had to say about Roger in Tennis magazine ( July issue)

" It's crazy to say that Roger's all about finesse. He has one of the biggest forehands in the world, one of the scariest. I just try to hit away from it every time."

By the way, how was Mardy serving today? Was he struggling, or just Roger's return was too good?

Dirk
06-13-2004, 07:18 PM
Rogi's returns were too good.

rue
06-14-2004, 02:11 AM
Quite sad to see Mardy go down like he did, thought that the score line would maybe bit a bit closer but Roger was just too good and that is what he gives his opponents when playing at that level.

cristina
06-14-2004, 05:14 AM
:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

What an impressive week!

Hope he can defend his next title.


He will! :p

Congrats Roger on title #16! :banana:

LCeh
06-14-2004, 05:20 AM
Welcome Cristina! :)

cristina
06-14-2004, 06:31 AM
Thanks LCeh! :)

lsy
06-14-2004, 04:44 PM
Hi Christina :)

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 05:00 PM
Rogi is certainly the cutest winner out there [altho el Gato was pretty cute too] -- his smile wins me over every time!

Congrats, Rogi!

Now onward to the hallowed greens of Wimby!!

[I think Rogi's returns are underrated... ]

cristina
06-14-2004, 10:06 PM
Hi Christina :)


hi Isy :wavey: Nice to meet you!

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 11:03 PM
Hola, Cristina!

Es Ud espanola??