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nobama
12-15-2007, 10:48 PM
I know it's a bit early, but what the hell.

In an interview with Swiss TV from Dubai (collecting sportsman of the year award) Roger said he would be in Australia on January 3rd. Good to see him getting there nice and early. :yeah:

http://i16.tinypic.com/8fkk7tj.jpg (www.sf.tv/var/videoplayer.php?videourl=http%3A%2F%2Freal.xobix.c h%2Framgen%2Fsfdrs%2Fvod%2Fsport%2F2007%2F12%2Fme_ 20071215_inti_roger_federer.rm)

SUKTUEN
12-16-2007, 07:36 AM
Mellow Yellow thankyou so much for the link!!:worship:

Roger looks very good after holiday!!!!:devil::devil:

Or Levy
12-16-2007, 12:06 PM
His hair is longer than usual, I like that.

Ohhhhh, I just can't wait for the AO!

When is Kooyong, BTW?

nobama
12-16-2007, 01:26 PM
Kooyong starts on Jan 9.

didadida
12-16-2007, 06:38 PM
i dont like his long hair

Roger The Great
12-16-2007, 10:24 PM
I expect this to be a very tight, exciting Open this year. I hope these next few weeks go quickly! Good luck, Roger...

gertie
12-17-2007, 01:24 AM
I love his long hair...he looks great...I hope he does well in AO again next year...

Monteque
12-17-2007, 02:07 AM
I hope Roger put in the tough draw:devil:
I want some interesting matches for the opening grand slam

lunahielo
12-17-2007, 02:27 AM
I love his long hair. :)
luna

Marek.
12-17-2007, 05:36 AM
When does the AO start?

SUKTUEN
12-17-2007, 09:31 AM
I like his hair!!!

I think just a little bit longer, is also OK.:D

AO will start in 14 Jan:devil:

avocadoe
12-17-2007, 12:59 PM
I predict a haircut :)

SUKTUEN
12-17-2007, 01:52 PM
I predict a haircut :)

I think this "long hair" just like 2005 , I think Roger looks good.:devil:

didadida
12-17-2007, 05:55 PM
noooo i want it a little bit shorter

ExpectedWinner
12-17-2007, 06:42 PM
When does the AO start?


In 27 days 5 hours 18 min 2sec :)

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/index.html

SUKTUEN
12-18-2007, 01:50 PM
I just enjoy my holidays first.:D

Minnie
12-19-2007, 12:02 AM
noooo i want it a little bit shorter

Me too! Makes him look v cute.

nobama
12-19-2007, 12:54 AM
Me too! Makes him look v cute.I figure let him keep it longer now while he's out of site so that hopefully just before AO it's long enough where it forces him to get a trim. :)

SUKTUEN
12-19-2007, 03:15 PM
Although I will very busy in AO, but Roger play well is a great power for me to finish my job very fasty.

stebs
12-23-2007, 01:10 PM
Three weeks to wait before the AO arrives.

Or Levy
12-23-2007, 01:49 PM
I really can't wait.

I hope Roger is getting a recent rest, both mental and physical, wherever he is right now (probably Dubai), I can't wait for the draw speculations.

SUKTUEN
12-23-2007, 03:20 PM
I just want he healthy and happy in the AO~~~ > . <

NYCtennisfan
12-28-2007, 10:25 PM
Never too early to start the thread. Really looking forward to Kooyong and the new courts at the AO.

nobama
12-28-2007, 11:51 PM
I started a thread before the Holiday. Perhaps the two can be merged?

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=114186

nobama
12-28-2007, 11:53 PM
Very short video on You Tube of Roger practicing in Dubai.

http://pl.youtube.com/watch?v=vGDXIoArkgI

NYCtennisfan
12-29-2007, 12:47 AM
I started a thread before the Holiday. Perhaps the two can be merged?

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=114186

Merged :yeah:

Xristos
12-29-2007, 04:53 AM
ML do you think he will hit up at Melb part from the 3rd of Jan?

nobama
12-29-2007, 12:12 PM
ML do you think he will hit up at Melb part from the 3rd of Jan?I have no inside knowledge, but I believe last year he was one of the first players to hit inside RLA.

I see the latest article out of the Aussie press is that players are complaining the new surface is too slow. :haha:

nobama
12-29-2007, 12:12 PM
Merged :yeah:Thanks! :)

stebs
12-29-2007, 01:15 PM
Interesting to see his form. The AO has been a mixed bag in recent years. '06 was probably his worst slam performance wise that he has won. '07 was probably his best or at least close to it.

SUKTUEN
12-29-2007, 03:36 PM
Mellow thankyou so much for the link!!!!:worship::worship:

NYCtennisfan
12-29-2007, 09:47 PM
He was looking a bit depleted and skinny (muscle wise--not tummy wise) at the end of last year so I hope he was able to pack on some muscle over the off-season.

Eventually, he will have to go back to playing first strike tennis once he can't control matches anymore with a mixture of shotmaking and movement. He won't be able to dominate the tour, but he will be able to still pull a tournament here or there into his 30's. This will require some more upper-body strength to hit through the court from awkard positions since his movement won't allow him to get into optimal positioning in the future.

Xristos
12-30-2007, 05:11 AM
I have no inside knowledge, but I believe last year he was one of the first players to hit inside RLA.

I see the latest article out of the Aussie press is that players are complaining the new surface is too slow. :haha:

I will try my luck anyways..

SUKTUEN
12-30-2007, 09:24 AM
yes, it is disappointed for the new surface also very slow.....

Rommella
12-30-2007, 09:32 AM
Strange, there was a post on TW that the RF forum was "berserk this morning with rumors of an ankle injury to Federer". The site mods supposedly yanked the threads off subsequently.

Wonder what to make of this. I pray this is just speculation started by someone suffering from sleep deprivation due to the holiday excesses.

SUKTUEN
12-30-2007, 09:45 AM
Strange, there was a post on TW that the RF forum was "berserk this morning with rumors of an ankle injury to Federer".


Oh No!!!!!! It's just a rumors right?? :eek::bigcry:

gertie
12-30-2007, 09:52 AM
Strange, there was a post on TW that the RF forum was "berserk this morning with rumors of an ankle injury to Federer". The site mods supposedly yanked the threads off subsequently.

OH NO!!!pls tell me that it's just a rumour pls!!!!!!

nobama
12-30-2007, 12:43 PM
Strange, there was a post on TW that the RF forum was "berserk this morning with rumors of an ankle injury to Federer". The site mods supposedly yanked the threads off subsequently.

Wonder what to make of this. I pray this is just speculation started by someone suffering from sleep deprivation due to the holiday excesses.All those posts were removed and I've heard nothing more about it. The original post had no source or anything.

nobama
12-30-2007, 12:47 PM
Here's a post from someone who apparently saw Roger practice in Dubai recently.

http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showthread.php?t=172851

SUKTUEN
12-30-2007, 05:20 PM
Mellow Yellow thankyou so much, Thanks GOD~~~Roger is fine.:bowdown:

Xristos
12-30-2007, 05:37 PM
I really hope Rog is fine.

This is my only chance to see him all year.

Or Levy
12-30-2007, 05:43 PM
Roger didn't have the greatest of practices, apperantly, but at least he's not hurt!

Yo, ExpectedWinner - did you hear that? 4 hours practice, I hope you are pleased :) He's working hard.

Xristos
12-30-2007, 05:51 PM
Im glad he is working hard but I just hope he is not hurt.

nobama
12-30-2007, 07:04 PM
Roger didn't have the greatest of practices, apperantly, but at least he's not hurt!

Yo, ExpectedWinner - did you hear that? 4 hours practice, I hope you are pleased :) He's working hard.This comment intrigued me:
Also, when he was practicing his S&V, the other guy got pwned so bad, that the practice partner threw this racket right at the back fence, and everyone laughed.

I can only hope we see Roger at the net more during AO. I wish he believed in that part of his game more because he is very good at it. I love it when he's more aggressive and uses his all court game.

anon57
12-30-2007, 08:06 PM
Just got back from vacation yesterday and realized that the new tennis season is about to begin and the AO is only 2 weeks aways. :crazy: Finally I can watch tennis again, can't wait to see Roger at the AO, Good luck Roger.

NYCtennisfan
12-30-2007, 11:02 PM
This comment intrigued me:


I can only hope we see Roger at the net more during AO. I wish he believed in that part of his game more because he is very good at it. I love it when he's more aggressive and uses his all court game.

He's good at it in the sense that he CAN hit any volley and do it with ease, but he doesn't always hit good first volleys (one of the keys to any good S&V game) and doesn't read passing shots very well or react to them very well. He'll S&V when he's winning, but I doubt he'll play that game against a Nalbandian Djoko or Nadal when he's in a dogfight.

nobama
12-30-2007, 11:15 PM
He's good at it in the sense that he CAN hit any volley and do it with ease, but he doesn't always hit good first volleys (one of the keys to any good S&V game) and doesn't read passing shots very well or react to them very well. He'll S&V when he's winning, but I doubt he'll play that game against a Nalbandian Djoko or Nadal when he's in a dogfight.I do wish he'd keep at this part of his game and continue to improve it. Not necessarily pure S&V but a more aggressive game that allows him to finish off more points at the net. It will be interesting to see what new surface is like and how much it will be broken in by the time AO starts.

NYCtennisfan
12-31-2007, 12:11 AM
I do wish he'd keep at this part of his game and continue to improve it. Not necessarily pure S&V but a more aggressive game that allows him to finish off more points at the net. It will be interesting to see what new surface is like and how much it will be broken in by the time AO starts.

As he gets older, he's definitely going to have to be more aggressive because he won't be able to play the same type of defense. He is by himself as a player amongst the greats that he can control points with his offense, defense, returning, serving, etc. but he won't be able to do that for long. That's why I see him adding some upper-body strength, get some more oomph on his shots and go for an aggressive game that will of course break down at times causing him to lose, but still give a chance to go deep into Slams past the age of 30.

Rommella
12-31-2007, 01:02 AM
Good to hear Roger's well and good. That Dubai kibitzer was one lucky guy.

Roger The Great
12-31-2007, 01:12 AM
I do wish he'd keep at this part of his game and continue to improve it. Not necessarily pure S&V but a more aggressive game that allows him to finish off more points at the net. It will be interesting to see what new surface is like and how much it will be broken in by the time AO starts.

Well, he commented after his losses to Nalby and Gonzo that he wasn't being aggressive enough. Afterwards he played more aggresive tennis to win the Masters Cup. I would hope he'll keep that mindset since he played very passive this year even in the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open. Aggressive tennis makes for a much better Roger.

Sunset of Age
12-31-2007, 01:22 AM
^^ Hope Rogi keeps that in his mind coming AO, no? ;)

yanchr
12-31-2007, 01:45 AM
Yo, ExpectedWinner - did you hear that? 4 hours practice, I hope you are pleased :) He's working hard.
:lol: :lol: ( For some reason, I found this funny :tape: )

yanchr
12-31-2007, 01:56 AM
Melbourne is so heated up these days, up to 40C degrees today. Hopefully Roger will be fit and healthy coming down to Melbourne. AO is already within sight.

BTW, have a nice new year everybody!

didadida
12-31-2007, 02:03 AM
good luck roger

robinhood
12-31-2007, 03:49 AM
Mellow Yellow?!!?

Mirkaland, when did you change your name?
Man, I've been out of it for a while now.
Anyways, good luck to Rog in 2008.
I hope he at least ties Sampras!

nobama
12-31-2007, 08:31 AM
Well, he commented after his losses to Nalby and Gonzo that he wasn't being aggressive enough. Afterwards he played more aggresive tennis to win the Masters Cup. I would hope he'll keep that mindset since he played very passive this year even in the finals of Wimbledon and the US Open. Aggressive tennis makes for a much better Roger.Yes, let's hope he remembers that during AO. Especially if he's serving like he was towards the end of TMC.

SUKTUEN
12-31-2007, 10:58 AM
Yes, Roger is fine is the best, Roger always hard working.
Hope Roger can win in AO!

SerenaFederer
12-31-2007, 02:08 PM
hope is ready for the AO....maybe he will let andy beat him in kooyong and let him feel he has a chance again and then squish him :drool:

SUKTUEN
12-31-2007, 05:38 PM
hope is ready for the AO....maybe he will let andy beat him in kooyong and let him feel he has a chance again and then squish him :drool:

no no no.Roger didn't do this for "fun".:mad:
Roger never "let Andy beat him" , like to fool with Andy. :(:(

Roger is not a person like this.:(

Daniel
01-01-2008, 01:45 PM
Happy New Year everyone :wavey:

CAnt wait to see Roger back in action, kicking everyones ass :devil:

Go Roger :worship:

Rogieva
01-01-2008, 04:18 PM
Yes, I hope you all had a happy new year !!

God bless Roger to kick butt in 2008! oh I feel the golden slam :devil: :kiss:

SUKTUEN
01-01-2008, 04:44 PM
CAnt wait to see Roger back in action, kicking everyones ass :devil:


Happy New Year!!!!!!!!
kick everyones ass?:p

nobama
01-04-2008, 02:18 AM
Roger's in Melbourne now. :D

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p62/markeyesworld/rogmirkamelb1.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p62/markeyesworld/rogmelb1.jpg

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p62/markeyesworld/rogmelb2.jpg[/quote]

Short video: HERE (www.zshare.net/video/61615713e9c219)

World Beater
01-04-2008, 03:07 AM
:lol: :lol: ( For some reason, I found this funny :tape: )

me too. you are not alone

:haha::wavey:

nobama
01-04-2008, 05:32 AM
I'm liking what Coach Roger has to say. :D

from AAP:

Federer in town and on a mission

Jan 4, 2008

World No.1 Roger Federer touched down in Australia on Friday declaring himself hungry as ever to continue his seemingly relentless march towards Pete Sampras's record 14 grand slam titles.

Still just 26, Federer is an odds-on favourite to complete an Australian Open hat-trick at Melbourne Park this month and thus edge to within one slam of Sampras's benchmark tally.

"I feel fresh, I feel fit, motivated and I think that's the key," the brilliant Swiss told FoxSports.

"I've been practising really hard when I come out on the court but what I enjoy most is competing.

"It's a thrill always when the year kicks off and after the Australian Open you have a lot of answers.

"If not, you can go to the practice court and go and get ready for the rest of the year."

In an ominous warning to his challengers, Federer said he would do everything in his power in 2008 to improve his already imperious game as he pursued not only Sampras's haul but also Olympic glory and an elusive French Open crown.

"You can always work on the little things," he said.

"Honestly, in tennis you can never work hard enough because there's movement, there's forehands, backhands, slice, topspin, coming to the net ... I'd definitely like to improve my skills."

Of foremost importance to Federer is improving his net play, having worked on that aspect of his game with his former Australian coach Tony Roche.

"So that's something I'm definitely going to try to keep up," Federer said.

"It gives you great opportunities as well against all the baseline players in the world today. You have an extra option.

That's a good thing.

"It's not so easy because players are really passing well, so you have to be a great athlete at the net.

"But I know I have those possibilities and if I could use those on clay even more often, I think it will give me a great opportunity (to win the French)."

Federer, though, insisted triumphing at Roland Garros and joining Rod Laver and Andre Agassi as the only players in the professional era to have completed a career grand slam was not his priority in 2008.

"I don't know if I would trade it off for the Wimbledon title, to be honest," he said.

"It was so special (last year) to equal the record of five (in a row) of Bjorn Borg. So that was great obviously.

"And it's an Olympic year as well, so let's not forget about that.

"I met (my girlfriend) Mirka here in 2000 at the Olympics in Sydney, so it always remains a special memory for me - and carrying the flag in Athens in 2004.

"So back in 2008, I'm really excited. So I don't know - French Open, Olympics, Wimbledon, I've got a lot of things coming my way this year."

A winner of eight titles in 2007, including three majors and the Tennis Masters Cup, Federer will once again open his new season at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event from January 9-12.

The Dubai-based superstar said he knew little about the new Plexicushion surface which have replaced the Rebound Ace courts at Melbourne Park.

"That's why I'm arriving as early as possible, getting to know the surface, getting to know the different climate again here ... getting used to the heat again," he said.

"But the surface - quick or fast - as long as it's hard court, it's okay."

gertie
01-04-2008, 08:46 AM
I can't wait for The AO to start!!! I hope he gets used to the new surface quickly n i hope he does well in the coming weeks and year...

Daniel
01-04-2008, 12:30 PM
:bounce: Roger :bounce:

didadida
01-04-2008, 02:43 PM
good luck rogii :angel:

Skyward
01-04-2008, 04:13 PM
Good luck to Roger. I don't know what to expect from this season. I'll be happy with 1 GS title and no jackets. :angel:

SUKTUEN
01-04-2008, 04:43 PM
Thankyou so much Mellow~~

Gooooooooooooo King Roger!!!!:bounce::bounce:

Xristos
01-05-2008, 06:46 AM
I went looking for Rog today with no luck..

I will try agian tomorow.

SerenaFederer
01-05-2008, 02:07 PM
no no no.Roger didn't do this for "fun".:mad:
Roger never "let Andy beat him" , like to fool with Andy. :(:(

Roger is not a person like this.:(

it was a joke :unsure:

stebs
01-05-2008, 02:34 PM
AO 2007 was the best I've seen Roger volley since Wimbledon '03. I hope he can repeat that because it was great to watch.

Xristos
01-05-2008, 02:46 PM
AO 2007 was the best I've seen Roger volley since Wimbledon '03. I hope he can repeat that because it was great to watch.

Indeed it was..

SUKTUEN
01-05-2008, 06:07 PM
it was a joke :unsure:

I know, I just want to say that.;)

Roger Federer89
01-06-2008, 06:25 PM
Come on Rogiii!

gertie
01-07-2008, 06:29 AM
Is anyone gunna come down here in Aus to watch?

Daniel
01-07-2008, 12:31 PM
Roger got stomach virus and withdrew from Kooyong exhibition tournament.
Articles say Roger will resume practice on Wednesday or Thursday.

Get healthy Roger :smooch:

SUKTUEN
01-07-2008, 02:24 PM
Roger, get well soon!!:hug::hug:

gertie
01-08-2008, 01:25 AM
:hug:hope you feel better soon Roger:smooch:

theia
01-08-2008, 05:44 AM
no panic here ?? but why i'm so panic here ??
maybe i should yoga !!

Or Levy
01-08-2008, 09:46 AM
Recovering Federer hopes to start training immediately

Posted : Tue, 08 Jan 2008 08:01:03 GMT
from DPA

Melbourne - Recovering Roger Federer managed to attend a sponsor appearance on Tuesday as the effects of a stomach virus slowly subside, with the Swiss hoping to resume training on Wednesday. "It's not terribly bad (now) but I cannot take a chance," said the Swiss world number one bidding for a third straight Australian Open title when the Grand Slam begins on Monday.

"Something in my stomach didn't feel good and it hasn't really left me yet. I'm sleeping ok and trying to rest. The doctors told me to take it easy."

Federer admitted that at one point over the weekend he went to a Melbourne hospital for medical opinions.

He said that despite missing this week's traditional tune-up at Kooyong club which starts on Wednesday, he expects to pull up fit when the Open begins.

"I'm hanging around because I think it will all turn out for the good. I will be at 100 percent by the time the event starts."

nobama
01-08-2008, 12:19 PM
Very cool for Roger to show up at this Gillette event even though he's still a bit under the weather. This is a good sign though because if he was still really sick I doubt he would have been at this event.

SUKTUEN
01-08-2008, 03:04 PM
That's great Roger!!!!:D:D

refero*fervens
01-09-2008, 11:47 AM
Aussie news just now showed some footage of Roger training and said that in 'some good news for the Australian Open' Rog was back up and running again, so with any luck it looks almost all clear! He looked alright in the little clip they had up, smiling and ready. :)

nobama
01-09-2008, 11:55 AM
Aussie news just now showed some footage of Roger training and said that in 'some good news for the Australian Open' Rog was back up and running again, so with any luck it looks almost all clear! He looked alright in the little clip they had up, smiling and ready. :)
:D

nobama
01-09-2008, 11:55 AM
Apparently Nalbandian is in doubt. That sucks. He would have made it interesting.

R.Federer
01-09-2008, 05:26 PM
Come on Roger!!!! Looking forward to your defending your Aussie Open title, again.

And come on David! We need you to challenge.

SUKTUEN
01-09-2008, 05:31 PM
David also out ? Oh,

Roger looks good today~~

Blondie1985
01-09-2008, 08:53 PM
great news!!!!

Eden
01-09-2008, 09:19 PM
Aussie news just now showed some footage of Roger training and said that in 'some good news for the Australian Open' Rog was back up and running again, so with any luck it looks almost all clear! He looked alright in the little clip they had up, smiling and ready. :)

Good to hear this :yeah:

David also out ?

He withdraw from Kooyong with back problems and the doctors advised him to rest for a few days. Hopefully he will be able to play in Melbourne. It's always sad to see when players are forced to withdraw from a tournament due to injury.

RogiFan88
01-10-2008, 01:45 AM
:wavey:

Let's just hope that Rogi will be fully recuperated and healthy by the first round of AO and that they let him start Tuesday instead of Monday, IF he feels he needs an extra day; also, is this infernal heat going to stay during the entire AO??? I hope NOT!

robinhood
01-10-2008, 02:04 AM
What a relief to hear some encouraging news on his condition.

SUKTUEN
01-10-2008, 02:27 AM
Roger is recover now!!!

He prastice today~~

didadida
01-10-2008, 12:18 PM
very good news
allez rogii

SUKTUEN
01-10-2008, 04:45 PM
Roger will play in Kooyong!!!!!!

a13263
01-10-2008, 09:49 PM
Roger will play in Kooyong!!!!!!

Where have you heard this?

yanchr
01-11-2008, 12:04 AM
Roger will not play in Kooyong...

But the good news is, good draw for Roger. should be in semis without too much trouble. Hopefully he can work his way up gradually to lift his form to a good level in the later rounds... still a bit worried that he doesn't have any matches under his belt before AO...

nobama
01-11-2008, 12:12 AM
Isner possibly 2nd round. Yuck. I'm rooting for Santor b/c at least his match against Roger would be more interesting.

Nadal escapes Djokovic, Ferrer and Nalbandian (if he plays).

ExpectedWinner
01-11-2008, 12:14 AM
It could be worse for Fed, but his form is unknown.

:haha: at TFA's section. No comments. The same sh*t happens in 6-7 out of 8 Slams. The good news is that when the bottom part plays, there's no need to interrupt your daily schedule with tennis matches. :rolleyes:

NYCtennisfan
01-11-2008, 01:57 AM
It could be worse for Fed, but his form is unknown.

:haha: at TFA's section. No comments. The same sh*t happens in 6-7 out of 8 Slams. The good news is that when the bottom part plays, there's no need to interrupt your daily schedule with tennis matches. :rolleyes:

Nadal may, MAY have a match in the SF's, and that's it. Wow. Maybe in the QF's. He has a walkover into the 4th round.

Federer has a tricky little match against Isner possibly and then, if he faces a hot Verdasco, that could also be trouble.

Hartfield, Santoro/Isner, Verdasco, Berdych, Blake/Gonzo/anyone, Djoko/Nalbandian

Nadal's looks like this:

Scrub, Serra/Mayer, Simon/Reynolds/Clement/Rainer, Moya/PHM/Calleri, Roddick, Murray/Davy/Gasquet/Misha

Xristos
01-11-2008, 02:19 AM
Tough draw for our man. Will Rog play a match at Kooyong on Saturday?

World Beater
01-11-2008, 02:55 AM
Nadal may, MAY have a match in the SF's, and that's it. Wow. Maybe in the QF's. He has a walkover into the 4th round.

Federer has a tricky little match against Isner possibly and then, if he faces a hot Verdasco, that could also be trouble.

Hartfield, Santoro/Isner, Verdasco, Berdych, Blake/Gonzo/anyone, Djoko/Nalbandian

Nadal's looks like this:

Scrub, Serra/Mayer, Simon/Reynolds/Clement/Rainer, Moya/PHM/Calleri, Roddick, Murray/Davy/Gasquet/Misha


you are too generous...

it WILL look like this...

scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub, roddick, misha if nadal is unlucky but most probably murray/gasquet/davydenko. gasquet and davydenko to fold like cheap tents as usual with murray having an outside chance.

nobama
01-11-2008, 03:46 AM
Talk about Nadal, why does Roddick get a piss easy draw again. He's a lock for the quarters where Nadal should have no problem with him, unless Nadal himself is off his game.

Daniel
01-11-2008, 04:43 AM
Fair draw for Roger. :)

Good luck wonderful Roger :worship: :hug: :kiss:

NYCtennisfan
01-11-2008, 04:48 AM
you are too generous...

it WILL look like this...

scrub, scrub, scrub, scrub, roddick, misha if nadal is unlucky but most probably murray/gasquet/davydenko. gasquet and davydenko to fold like cheap tents as usual with murray having an outside chance.

:lol:

didadida
01-11-2008, 01:26 PM
toughest draw for djoko
nadal has an easy draw as usual

Blondie1985
01-11-2008, 02:55 PM
Hopefully nalby loses before SF

nobama
01-11-2008, 04:42 PM
Some interesting coaching comments in this article.

Roger Federer's desire for further greatness

Leo Schlink
January 12, 2008 12:00am


V is for Victory: Roger Federer limbers up before a practice session on Rod Laver Arena last week. Picture: Jon Hargest

ROGER Federer has an indulgence. It has nothing to do with collecting grand slam titles at will, steadily amassing fortune and fame, or being the envy of virtually every athlete in the world.

Federer's excess is normality or, as he puts it, "having a regular life".

And on this day, this is as close as Federer gets to being ordinary - at least in public.

Federer is pressing the flesh, expertly working a room full of strangers at Crown with ease.

Dressed in blue jeans, black shirt, brown shoes and belt, Federer glides from handshake to handshake. Not a smile or hair out of place.

Not once during what must be an exhausting exercise in maintaining poise and politeness does Federer's impervious guard drop.

In Federer's life, this is all part of the deal.

As an ambassador with Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry for the Gillette Champions program, Federer is obliged to carry out certain duties.

It is business, and if there is one business Federer has cornered better than anyone else, it is the art of winning.

Not even a dozen grand slam titles - five Wimbledon, four US Open and three Australian Open crowns - has come close to satisfying Federer's voracious appetite.

In a slightly unguarded moment, Federer spoke briefly of the fantasy of being a film subject -- and who he would like to play him.

"Anybody cool like Brad Pitt, Matt Damon . . . James Bond," he laughed.

And then it was back to what drives him most. Tennis and the opportunities it affords.

Federer, 26, has already outlined his intention to "play through generations like (Andre) Agassi and (Jimmy) Connors".

He has earmarked the 2012 London Olympics tennis at Wimbledon as the perfect setting for the ultimate blending of his signature excellence.

That is four years and 15 major tournaments away.

Almost everybody, including record-holder Pete Sampras (14), expects Federer will then stand alone as the winner of more singles grand slams than any other man.

But first things first.

"Well, it is a very exciting and interesting year, I think, with the Olympic Games coming around. The calendar is obviously a little bit different to the other ones," Federer said.

"The French Open is the one I haven't won yet, so it seems to be the one I'm really looking forward to. But at the end it is always Wimbledon that sticks out the most for me.

"There's a lot of highlights, especially in a short period of time.

"From the French Open through to Wimbledon, Olympic Games and US Open in three or four months, that's a huge swing. Hopefully I can pick up some wins there.

"Starting here at the Australian Open is my first focus and finishing the year at No. 1 is a logical goal, because that is what I've been able to do the past few years."

Federer, battling illness, might not be as potent as he has been at Melbourne Park over the past four years, a period in which he has lost only one of 27 matches.

He also returns to Rod Laver Arena without Tony Roche in his corner.

Roche's departure in May has not slowed the Federer juggernaut, as shown by a runner-up finish at the French Open before Wimbledon and US Open victories.

As with most things in Federer's carefully-planned existence, thought has been given to Roche's successor - possibly Swiss Davis Cup captain Severin Luthi.

"Of course I thought about it on vacation, just going through all the different options of 'what do I need, what do I want?," Federer said.

"Should I do it now or later?

"I feel very good actually in the way the situation is now with the captain (Luthi).

"He is doing a great job helping me out. I think he's going to come again to Dubai in February and work with me again there and also in the future.

"In time I might get like a mentor or specialist on the side. This hasn't been decided yet. I'm going to think about it."

Whoever Federer picks, Roland Garros remains the Holy Grail.

Federer twice came close under Roche, foiled each time by world No. 2 Rafael Nadal.

Federer believes the one triumph that would surely remove the last, lingering doubt over his worthiness to be regarded the greatest of all time is within reach.

"I think the last three years I've learnt a lot about how to play on the surface (clay), how to play the best on it and also how to win against the best," Federer said.

"I think I know now also what I need to work on in my game to win there, whereas maybe three years ago I came into the French Open and I knew I'm a good claycourt player, if the draw falls my way I can win there.

"But it was more based on luck, I would think. Now it is much more serious, more professional.

"I think it is better this way to approach the French Open. I'm more relaxed this way, more settled. It's a tough one to win.

"I think I have the game and that's why I've come so far.

"I was a bit unfortunate having to play Rafael in the past three years, he's got an incredible record on clay."

False modesty is not part of the Federer personality.

He loves his station in life and revels in the fact he is a fixture in best-ever discussions alongside Sampras, Rod Laver and Don Budge.

The French Open is a subject of some sensitivity to a man who is rightly affronted by the notion of: "You can't be much good if you can't win the French Open".

"It is for others to say," Federer said. "I really hope I can break the record of Pete Sampras. I really hope I can win the French Open.

"Maybe already now I'm one of the greatest of all time. You still have to wait and see how my whole career turns out, until it's all over."

While Paris in spring might have carried more barbs than the Swiss ever imagined, London in summer has been his making.

He will return to Wimbledon in June chasing a sixth successive title. He is momentarily shaken by that thought as he continues to reflect in memories of last season's success.

"I haven't thought about the sixth at Wimbledon too much yet, but five was a huge hurdle, to be honest," Federer said.

"When I came off the court I really felt this is somehow everything I ever wanted to achieve, five Wimbledons.

"I didn't know it before and then all of a sudden it just felt right, those five Wimbledons, and now that I'm going for six, it's quite surreal, actually."

Should Federer succeed again at the home of tennis, he will not be swayed from his opinion of who the best player he has seen is.

"It's gotta be Pete (Sampras) just because of what he's achieved," Federer said of the American he recently played against in a three-match exhibition tour in Asia.

"And he can take it away from you. You don't decide whether you're gonna win or lose, he decides.

"I saw it there on the exhibition tour, he was still good.

"The surface got quicker and quicker and the ball got lower and lower and he was great."

Of Federer's contemporary foes, Nadal stands out.

"What Nadal has been able to do at his young age has been phenomenal," Federer said. "I really admire his fighting spirit and the way he comes into every match and just the way he fights and plays.

"It's a unique playing style and I need a rival in some ways as well. I think we have a good contrast, different attitudes and different looks.

"I didn't like to talk like this a few years ago because I never thought I needed a rival, but it's good to have some kind of rivalry."

http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23038310-3162,00.html

SerenaFederer
01-11-2008, 05:12 PM
weeee let's get the ball rolling on this thing!! can't wait anymore :hysteric:

SerenaFederer
01-11-2008, 05:26 PM
"I didn't like to talk like this a few years ago because I never thought I needed a rival, but it's good to have some kind of rivalry."

LOL loving that quote :drool:

lunahielo
01-11-2008, 05:48 PM
Allez, Roger :bounce:

SUKTUEN
01-11-2008, 06:07 PM
some chinese news said may be Roger will play a match of show tomorrow?

Eden
01-11-2008, 08:10 PM
Nadal escapes Djokovic, Ferrer and Nalbandian (if he plays).

Would it really matter if he had Djokovic in his draw? We don't know Novaks current form and just look at the results of Nadal against him in GS tournaments ;)

No surprise to see Nalbandian in Rogers half at this tournament.

The most important thing right now is that Roger will fully recover from his stomach flu and find his way into the tournament match by match. The best of 5 matches should give him enough time to get his rhythm soon.

lunahielo
01-12-2008, 03:52 AM
When will Roger play his first match?
Anyone know??
:)

Sunset of Age
01-12-2008, 04:26 AM
"I didn't like to talk like this a few years ago because I never thought I needed a rival, but it's good to have some kind of rivalry."

LOL loving that quote :drool:

Me too. Hah! :lol:
'Roll The Bones!' - :worship:

Marek.
01-12-2008, 04:53 AM
I can't believe it's AO time already. 2007 went by too fast. I need to do more with my life. :o

gertie
01-12-2008, 12:02 PM
When will Roger play his first match?
Anyone know??
:)

he will be playing on the second day :)

Daniel
01-12-2008, 12:26 PM
he will be playing on the second day :)

thanks ;)

SUKTUEN
01-12-2008, 01:08 PM
Roger will take rest until Tue

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01-12-2008, 07:10 PM
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lunahielo
01-13-2008, 03:54 AM
he will be playing on the second day :)

Thanks from me, too... :)
luna

lunahielo
01-13-2008, 03:59 AM
he will be playing on the second day :)

thanks ;)

Thanks from me too, Gertie :)

luna

unipanther
01-13-2008, 07:00 AM
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gertie
01-13-2008, 07:05 AM
Quote:
Originally Posted by gertie
he will be playing on the second day

Quote:
Originally Posted by Daniel
thanks

Thanks from me too, Gertie

luna


its okay...my real name actually is eleinee...theres a story behind why my username is gertie...u can call me eleinee from now on ;)

Skyward
01-13-2008, 07:34 AM
http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2008-01-13/200801131200202790843.html

Roger Federer 13.01.08
Sunday, 13 January, 2008



Transcribed Interview



Start of Transcribed Interview
Q. It's said that top seeds can be vulnerable in the first rounds of Grand Slams. Given your lack of match practice, is this a concern for you?

ROGER FEDERER: Not more than usual. I always know the difficulties of a first round. They're never easy, no matter how you enter, with full confidence or little.

No, I mean, of course, it's been some sort of a different preparation to some other Grand Slams. It's always tough in Australia because you don't have many matches coming in. But I'm very much used to it, not playing for four weeks or six weeks and then coming in and playing a big tournament. So for me it's not much of a change.


Q. Are you feeling a hundred percent now?

ROGER FEDERER: I've been playing sets the last couple days, you know, which was very important for me, to be able to play points. I'm happy with my form, to be honest. Very pleased. Physically I'm fine now, too. No more issues.

Yeah, I would consider myself a hundred percent.

Q. Compared to other times in your life when you've been sick, how bad was this one?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, not sick very often, you know. Just took me, you know, five days, a week, I don't know. It was just a tough thing to get over with. It wasn't just the flu for two, three days, then it sort of gets better. It took me longer than that.

I didn't panic necessarily because I knew I had enough time before the tournament started. But it was just a bit different. I didn't mind having more time off. Just resting all day, maybe getting a little session in at 6:00 in the evening.

It was also, you know, some sort of a different experience. But it's never nice, you know, to be ill. It's something I don't enjoy.


Q. What would have happened had you had that illness in the middle of a Grand Slam?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. Maybe I would have played, you know, just strolling around the court, I don't know. I've never given up in a tournament. I doubt it would have kept me out, as well.


Q. What is your confidence level to win the tournament?

ROGER FEDERER: Confidence? Yeah, I don't know where it is. I haven't been playing any matches, you know. But honestly I practiced very well in Dubai before coming here, so I definitely, you know, created a good base for this fortnight. That's what I feel now when I get back on the practice courts. You know, I feel the way I would like to feel. Tennis comes back very quickly. You know, it's not like I haven't been playing tennis for four weeks. It's only been one week I couldn't play tennis. When you practice so hard, like the way I did in Dubai, then you practice for a couple days, you're right away back into things. That's for me important to know.

I feel like I'm moving well. Surface seems to, again, suit my game, which is obviously important after all the talk about it. Now we'll see how it goes.


Q. Is the surface much different to what the Rebound Ace was?

ROGER FEDERER: Not really. I think it's very similar. Just a bit slower maybe. I haven't played much during the day. So tomorrow I'll practice during the day to see how it also feels during the day.


Q. You were consulted on the surface. What sort of feedback did they want from you?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't remember being consulted, but maybe they did ask me a couple questions. I don't know. The press asked me. So maybe one of the guys was thinking I was a press guy.

But, no, they choose, you know. I'm just one player of so many. I don't care, seriously. As long as it's hard court. I think it's not good to change surfaces at the Grand Slams because what if the French would all of a sudden go to hard court? It's not the same tournament any more. They've changed the surface too many times in the last years I think here. So they better keep this one for the next 50 years.


Q. This place has such good memories for you. Are you a bit sad with the court looking so differently with the color and stuff?

ROGER FEDERER: I prefer the blue over the green, absolutely. I think it looks nicer on TV. It's nicer on your eyes when you play. The stadium looks just more friendly, more nice. The green was very much too green from my point of view. Especially when the lights were on, it's very a very strange place to play, especially at night sessions sometimes. So I really prefer the blue over the green.


Q. Did the green seem unfriendly to you?

ROGER FEDERER: Not unfriendly, but the blue is more friendly.


Q. In Sydney, Richard Gasquet and other players complained that with this surface, Plexicushion, the balls after a while become bigger and bigger and you need more strength to hit the ball. Have you been feeling something like that?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, a little similar. But obviously it depends on how you play the points. I think if you can keep the points short, play an aggressive type of style, you avoid the long rallies, then you can obviously make sure the balls stay more or less, you know, new and quick throughout the remainder till you have to change balls again. So it depends on how you play. Of course, if you play five minutes behind the baseline, rally like crazy, after a few rallies, all balls will be fluffed up and it's going to be very slow.

So it depends on how you play. But I think it's a good thing that you have the choice to play aggressive, then the balls will stay quick. If you decide to play a little bit more further back in the court, you can slow down the balls, you know, throughout the match.

But I think the surface is a little bit too slow, in my opinion. Everything is already slowing down. Everybody's already complaining that, you know, we're playing too much from the baseline. So we'll only see more of that here in Australia, that's for sure.

Q. Do you think the Australian Open can maintain its status as one of the four majors? There's been some talk, like the Spaniards wanting to buy the Open, making it one of the majors in Spain. Do you think Australia can hold on to the status forever?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, 'forever'? I don't know. 'Forever,' that's a long way. I don't see a change in the near future, talking about the next 20 years. For me, it an obvious choice. It's been here for a long time now. Maybe the Australian Open went through some times when not all the players traveled here, you know, like Agassi, Connors, all these guys. They didn't come here. Back then it was also more difficult to travel so far, you know, because of the planes weren't up to the standard yet and it was just too far for one tournament.

Now with the airlines being so good, you know, I think this will be no problem any more. It will be okay for the years to come. I don't see why it should change. You know, it's a great Grand Slam, great facilities, one of the best in the world. So I think they deserve it. They've been able to maintain great crowds and a great event for us players.


Q. With the population of China growing, if China one day wanted to make Shanghai ‑‑ to give it that sort of status...

ROGER FEDERER: Sure, but you need some history as well, and the history lies here. We all know the Grand Slam history is the biggest. We know next to some other tournaments in Europe, you know, which have been around for a very long time, and it's important to keep those tournaments, as well. China's going to get their tournament in Shanghai it seems like in the future. I think they can't complain too much. They had the Masters Cup there. They're going to get a Masters Series.

I mean, there will always be little changes, but I think the Grand Slams should stay where they are.


Q. You're going to be playing Pete again in March in Madison Square Garden. First of all, how regularly do you think these exhibitions are going to go on? Secondly, is it strange to have become friendly with a guy whose record you're chasing?

ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. For me it was a great excitement to spend a week with Pete, you know, throughout the Asian swing. You know, we went to places which, you know, don't see much tennis. And I think that's something always that's important to me, you know. In the off‑season, if I play at exhibitions, I play at areas where there's not hardly any other tournaments.

For me it was a dream come true to get a chance to play at the Garden. It's somewhere I never played at. It's been a long time since men played there as well. And Pete really wanted to have an exhibition in the States, as well. So I said, Sure, where should we do it? Sort of Madison Square Garden came about.

Honestly, it was just nice to hang out with him, see what type of a person he is. We've become friends, you know. It was very nice, you know, that we have obviously the record going on. I don't think it matters too much to us. It's just more about having respect and, you know, liking each other, you know, during that trip.

It's the last exhibition we got planned, and after that we'll see where it takes us.


Q. Who do you think your main threats are here at the Australian Open?

ROGER FEDERER: The usual guys, you know: the guys ranked behind me so... What do you want me to tell you?


Q. Is there one particular one you're worried about, perhaps?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, Rafael Nadal, by surprise. Guys, come on.


Q. You've played 10 straight majors now. Nobody has done that among the men before. Do you find each one means a little more pressure or because you're older you can handle that pressure all right?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, obviously I'm surprised, as well, at how consistent I've been at all the majors. It's not just I've played many Grand Slam finals; it's consecutive. And I think that's the great effort. Like, you know, the first question, the danger always looms around, you know, the first few rounds because you know you want to get the feeling for the court, the balls. It's been a year. You come back with a lot of pressure trying to defend the points.

There's always a lot of pressure, but somehow I always get through. You know, I got the right approach and I'm confident. I got different styles of play I can use, you know, to win matches. Always in the first round, you know, I don't play against a fellow top 10 player, which helps obviously. This is also one of the reasons I always maybe played very well throughout the Grand Slam.

Rommella
01-13-2008, 08:30 AM
I like the blue court, too, if only for the fact that it'll be easier tracking the ball on TV.

nobama
01-13-2008, 08:48 AM
After hearing the comments from a lot of the players I have to :lol: at all the news items last year about how the surface was being sped up and AO was going to be just like the US Open. Every player that has commented on the surface has basically said the same thing - it's too slow for their liking. The only thing that seems to have changed from RA is the stickyness of the court and a lower bounce.

I hope Roger decides to be more aggressive, finish more points off at net. Last year's AO had some of the best vollying from him.

SUKTUEN
01-13-2008, 01:56 PM
That's good to heard Roger is 100%~~:D

Blondie1985
01-13-2008, 03:26 PM
Q. Did the green seem unfriendly to you?

lol,this question is pretty lame!!!






I can't wait to see roger!!!

SUKTUEN
01-13-2008, 04:04 PM
I will see Andy tomorrow~~;)

ExpectedWinner
01-13-2008, 04:47 PM
Like there were not enough questions about Tiger, now we have to read all this bs about being friends with Pete.

I thought RA was slow enough, now this one is even slower. :scratch: Supposedly, the surface was changed to boost Hewitt's chances (slim on any surface these days). Who are they kidding?

stebs
01-13-2008, 05:25 PM
Slower with a lower bounce is interesting. I wouldn't say anyone has really drawn a short straw or lucked out as far as contenders go. Djokovic is probably suited best to that along with Federer. I mean the slowness can be a good thing as well and it is easier to serve volley on a slow but low bouncing court than it is on a high bouncing slightly quicker court I think.

ExpectedWinner
01-13-2008, 05:36 PM
Slower with a lower bounce is interesting. I wouldn't say anyone has really drawn a short straw or lucked out as far as contenders go. Djokovic is probably suited best to that along with Federer. I mean the slowness can be a good thing as well and it is easier to serve volley on a slow but low bouncing court than it is on a high bouncing slightly quicker court I think.

There's nothing about the bounce in Fed's interview. It seems he doesn't think that this surface provides extra opportunities for S&V- ing. " Everybody's already complaining that, you know, we're playing too much from the baseline. So we'll only see more of that here in Australia, that's for sure. "

lunahielo
01-13-2008, 05:52 PM
The other link didn't work. Try this link to the hybrid RF hat. http://www.tennis-warehouse.com/descpageMANIKE-NRFHH.html


Thanks. I just might get one! :)
luna

lunahielo
01-13-2008, 06:13 PM
its okay...my real name actually is eleinee...theres a story behind why my username is gertie...u can call me eleinee from now on ;)

OK! eleinee it is!! :)

I see I thanked you 3 times..:confused:
Oh well~~~I get really excited when it's almost time for Roger to play again!
;)
luna

nobama
01-13-2008, 08:29 PM
Below is video from Swiss TV showing Roger's training with Pierre.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sportpano/2008/01/450k/sportpano_20080113.rm?start=0:51:36.848&end=0:55:07.620

NYCtennisfan
01-13-2008, 09:02 PM
Federer should be able to work himself into a rhythm against Hartfield and then hopefully Santoro. Santoro won't be easy for a few sets if he's playing well, but he will give Federer a ball to hit on every point so he can work himself into a groove by the third round. If it's Isner, then he won't get that chance.

didadida
01-13-2008, 10:26 PM
hope roger will get into the rhythm quickly

avocadoe
01-13-2008, 10:42 PM
Below is video from Swiss TV showing Roger's training with Pierre.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sportpano/2008/01/450k/sportpano_20080113.rm?start=0:51:36.848&end=0:55:07.620

I always drop by before a slam to wish roger all the luck in the world, so here I amGOOD LUCK ROGER!!! FEEL GOOD!!! PLAY!!! WIN!!!!!
:worship::worship::worship::worship::worship::wors hip::worship:

NYCtennisfan
01-14-2008, 12:44 AM
Courts playing faster than last year at an opening glance.

NYCtennisfan
01-14-2008, 01:22 AM
The balls are bouncing up a lot less than last year and in fact they're staying quite low. This will be good for Federer's slice BH until he can get his BH into a groove.

didadida
01-14-2008, 01:23 AM
so it will suit roger's game
good luck rogiiii

nobama
01-14-2008, 03:36 AM
http://www.foxsports.com.au/story/0,8659,23046792-23216,00.html

Federer unimpressed by Plexicushion

January 14, 2008 ROGER Federer last night questioned the Australian Open's switch from Rebound Ace to Plexicushion, lamenting the need for change - and the reality of a slower Melbourne Park surface.

Recovered from a stomach virus, world No.1 Federer said the new blue courts were slower than Rebound Ace, contradicting more positive assessments from defending champion Serena Williams and title favourite Justine Henin.

"I think the surface is a little bit too slow, in my opinion," said Federer, a noted traditionalist and keen student of tennis history.

"Everything is already slowing down. Everybody's already complaining that, you know, we're playing too much from the baseline. So we'll only see more of that here in Australia, that's for sure."

The Swiss top seed said he was disappointed Tennis Australia had decided to dump Rebound Ace - a court severely criticised for its high bounce and inconsistent pace - for Plexicushion.

"I think it's not good to change surfaces at the grand slams because what if the French (Open) would all of a sudden go to hard court?" the triple Open champion said.

"It's not the same tournament any more. They've changed the surface too many times in the last years I think here. So they better keep this one for the next 50 years."

Federer, chasing a 13th major, said he preferred the blue court to green because of improved visibility but warned against the effects of long rallies on the Wilson balls.

"I think if you can keep the points short, play an aggressive type of style, you avoid the long rallies, then you can obviously make sure the balls stay more or less new and quick," he said. "So it depends on how you play.

"Of course, if you play five minutes behind the baseline, rally like crazy, after a few rallies all balls will be fluffed up and it's going to be very slow."

Henin was more generous in her description.

"I think it's a good surface," said Henin, who beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova in the Medibank International final in Sydney on Friday.

"I'm not quite sure it's a big, big difference from what it was on Rebound Ace.

"The colour is different, for sure. Except for that, I'm not quite sure there is a big, big difference.

"I like the court. I like the conditions. That's good."

Seventh seed Serena Williams said the court was not as "bouncy", adding that it might assist in keeping her body fresh.

"I've never been one that can really tell the difference on each hard court because, you know, they kind of all feel alike to me," said Williams, who opens her grand slam campaign against Australian Jarmila Gajdosova Monday.

"It's not as bouncy as it was last year, which I like. I was spraining my ankle so much and getting so many blisters all the time. I mean, I like the surface. It's fine."

Federer said he was unconcerned about missing the AAMI Classic at Kooyong last week after withdrawing from the round-robin because of illness.

"I've been playing sets the last couple days, you know, which was very important for me, to be able to play points," he said.

"I'm happy with my form, to be honest. Very pleased. Physically I'm fine now, too. No more issues.

"Yeah, I would consider myself a hundred per cent."

The right-hander faces Argentine Diego Hartfield Tuesday.

Marek.
01-14-2008, 03:37 AM
I miss the green courts. :sad:

ExpectedWinner
01-14-2008, 06:53 AM
Murray goes on vacation. There will be no 7 hour SF with TFA this year.;)

The bottom half of the draw is empty, totally free from contenders and pretenders. :rolleyes:

Or Levy
01-14-2008, 09:32 AM
Snort.

At the end - we'll see Rafa emerging.

At least Gasquet is through.

How disappointed I am for Murray, I wanted to see either him or Gasquet meet Roger in the final.

Can you imagine the shot making?

Sunset of Age
01-14-2008, 10:53 AM
There's still Youzhny around, people! ;)

didadida
01-14-2008, 01:16 PM
the surface is slow ,very very long rallies

SUKTUEN
01-14-2008, 01:49 PM
thanks for the link!!

some fans see Roger today, they said there are many many people around him~~~~:hearts::hearts::hug:

Blondie1985
01-14-2008, 02:51 PM
what colour he will wear tonight?

bokehlicious
01-14-2008, 02:52 PM
what colour he will wear tonight?

He should be in black for the night sessions I guess... :shrug: :cool:

SUKTUEN
01-14-2008, 03:05 PM
Black!!!:devil:

Rommella
01-14-2008, 03:35 PM
I hope Fed saw Hartfield with the thumb-down gesture -- extra motivation wouldn't hurt.

ExpectedWinner
01-14-2008, 04:20 PM
There's still Youzhny around, people! ;)

Feed this bs to vamos.com crowd. I like Misha, but he's a spoiler, not a winner.

ExpectedWinner
01-14-2008, 04:30 PM
I hope Fed saw Hartfield with the thumb-down gesture -- extra motivation wouldn't hurt.

Can you elaborate on it? Someone like Hartfield wouldn't be too confident/cocky without an optimistic (for him) piece of inside information.

Or he's just plain stupid.

Eden
01-14-2008, 04:34 PM
Below is video from Swiss TV showing Roger's training with Pierre.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sportpano/2008/01/450k/sportpano_20080113.rm?start=0:51:36.848&end=0:55:07.620

Thanks for posting.

It's always interesting to get to know more about the work behind the scenes.

Finally the new tennisseason is going to start for Roger. I won't be able to see his first match as I'm at work right then, but I'm looking forward for the highlights later on.

Good luck for the match Roger :)

R.Federer
01-14-2008, 05:34 PM
The damn court, it looks like a freaking swimming pool!

nobama
01-14-2008, 06:49 PM
Can you elaborate on it? Someone like Hartfield wouldn't be too confident/cocky without an optimistic (for him) piece of inside information.

Or he's just plain stupid.
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080114/capt.mel14701140420.australia_open_tennis_mel147.j pg

Sunset of Age
01-14-2008, 07:23 PM
^^ looks like a complete 'at random' thumbs-down picture, made in front of a Fed poster purely by coincidence.

Daniel
01-14-2008, 07:42 PM
http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080114/capt.mel14701140420.australia_open_tennis_mel147.j pg
:rolleyes:

:lol:

Vamos Roger :clap2:

nobama
01-14-2008, 08:32 PM
^^ looks like a complete 'at random' thumbs-down picture, made in front of a Fed poster purely by coincidence.Was this one 'random' too?

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080114/capt.mel14801140424.australia_open_tennis_mel148.j pg?x=299&y=345&sig=R_dsIiS9_NVo9AdNKN3pbw--

God I hope Roger kicks his arse good tonight. :devil:

Fergie
01-14-2008, 08:47 PM
Diego :smash:

Go Rogi, kick his ass :rocker2:

Blondie1985
01-14-2008, 10:11 PM
Was this one 'random' too?

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080114/capt.mel14801140424.australia_open_tennis_mel148.j pg?x=299&y=345&sig=R_dsIiS9_NVo9AdNKN3pbw--

what a cocky jerk!

Or Levy
01-14-2008, 10:27 PM
I hope someone showed it to Roger.

The kid is an idiot. He should go and have a chat with Mr. Novak "He-Is-Going-Down" Djokovic. What was that? 6:2, 7:5, 6:3 or something like that, no?

And Diego is no Nole.

holagirl56
01-14-2008, 11:16 PM
Was this one 'random' too?

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080114/capt.mel14801140424.australia_open_tennis_mel148.j pg?x=299&y=345&sig=R_dsIiS9_NVo9AdNKN3pbw--

God I hope Roger kicks his arse good tonight. :devil:

:lol: Who is this joker? He's got to be kidding around, right?

Sunset of Age
01-15-2008, 12:02 AM
Was this one 'random' too?

http://d.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20080114/capt.mel14801140424.australia_open_tennis_mel148.j pg?x=299&y=345&sig=R_dsIiS9_NVo9AdNKN3pbw--

God I hope Roger kicks his arse good tonight. :devil:

Let's just say that I rather not judge without knowing circumstances, what was said at that precise moment, etc. He could just be mocking for a bit, without meaning anything bad - though bad taste, and of course it's rather stupid to have someone take a picture of that moment, yeah.
He's going down this night anyway.

nobama
01-15-2008, 12:10 AM
Roger's day outfit for AO (I think):

http://i234.photobucket.com/albums/ee276/federer8/nikeoutfit.jpg

NYCtennisfan
01-15-2008, 01:21 AM
After a second look, the court speed is about the same, but the players are hitting a few more winners. The low bounce helps with that.

lunahielo
01-15-2008, 01:40 AM
Allez Roger!!

neenah
01-15-2008, 02:09 AM
Good luck, Roger! :D

Blondie1985
01-15-2008, 02:58 AM
good luck roger!!!!!!

rofe
01-15-2008, 03:10 AM
So a slow low bouncing court? Should work well for Rog. Hopefully he is not too rusty tonight.

About Diego's photos - can't take those seriously. He is just having fun.

yanchr
01-15-2008, 03:14 AM
I was watching Roger practise yesterday. In my opinion, he wasn't looking too impressive. A bit rusty when they were playing real points. Will be in RLA watching him today. Hopefully not a too rusty start.

On watching live, the surface looks very slow to me, but takes the slice well, which should be an advantage to Roger.

Skyward
01-15-2008, 03:50 AM
I was watching Roger practise yesterday. In my opinion, he wasn't looking too impressive. A bit rusty when they were playing real points. Will be in RLA watching him today. Hopefully not a too rusty start.


:wavey: With who did he practice?

yanchr
01-15-2008, 04:50 AM
:wavey: With who did he practice?
A Swiss guy who I have no idea who he is...Luthi is also there...:wavey:

didadida
01-15-2008, 06:03 AM
good luck roger

nobama
01-15-2008, 06:39 AM
I haven't watched many matches yet today but apparently on AO radio the commentators said the courts are playing faster today than they were yesterday.

SUKTUEN
01-15-2008, 07:20 AM
GOOD LUCK Roger!!!!!!!!!!:bounce:

refero*fervens
01-15-2008, 08:20 AM
Good luck to Roger! Hoping to see a great match. :)

Daniel
01-15-2008, 09:18 AM
Good luck Roger :kiss: :D :bounce: :bounce:

lunahielo
01-15-2008, 10:04 AM
Here we go!
Luck to you, Roger!! :)

didadida
01-15-2008, 10:28 AM
he looks great in black

didadida
01-15-2008, 10:32 AM
a break for roger

allez roger
bh is doing great

didadida
01-15-2008, 10:42 AM
4-0 rogiiii

didadida
01-15-2008, 10:48 AM
first set 6-0
71% serve
15 winners
6 ufs

lunahielo
01-15-2008, 10:49 AM
Yummy Bagel! :)

nobama
01-15-2008, 10:49 AM
Roger gets his first bagel of 2008. Easy customer tonight. :)

t0x
01-15-2008, 11:17 AM
Hartfield is no competition here.

Roger's lack of match practise does show though... he could quite easily have been a double bagel up but he's struggling with his concentration

feuselino
01-15-2008, 11:21 AM
26 sets and counting... ;)

nobama
01-15-2008, 11:21 AM
Hartfield is no competition here.

Roger's lack of match practise does show though... he could quite easily have been a double bagel up but he's struggling with his concentrationWhat does it matter though? He's obviously going to win this match and is working his way into form.

didadida
01-15-2008, 11:24 AM
i dont think that he is struggling with his concentration

didadida
01-15-2008, 11:32 AM
i think he gained some weight and muscles

Daniel
01-15-2008, 11:37 AM
Roger wins 6-0 6-3 6-0 . nice double bagel today.

Well done Roger :D :hug: :worship:

buzz
01-15-2008, 11:42 AM
i think he gained some weight and muscles

^too many easy bagels ;)

Mrs. B
01-15-2008, 11:42 AM
yummy double bagel. Good start for 08. :)

Diego :hug: poor cutie lost his confidence.

didadida
01-15-2008, 11:46 AM
rogiii:banana::banana:

refero*fervens
01-15-2008, 11:48 AM
(I think he did hear Hartfield say, "I'm going to beat you." before the match :p ;))

Very nice, Roger! Nice to see some good serving, hitting the lines with improbable groundstrokes...just great to see him again! There was one point where it seemed he had hit an ace, Hartfield challenged and it was actually out; Roger proceeded to hit a second serve ace down the centre line. Some amusement and grinning all around there :)

Rogieva
01-15-2008, 11:57 AM
nice match :)

a few careless mistakes but expected as first match for a while.

i think it was 38 winners, 14 ue, 72% serves and 11 aces.

mangoes
01-15-2008, 12:02 PM
Nice start from Roger:banana:



Happy New Year to all my fellow Roger fans:hug: :hug:

Blondie1985
01-15-2008, 12:07 PM
What a *fantastic* match to start the year with !!! I'm so happy for him!

fedsfan1
01-15-2008, 12:31 PM
GO ROGER

Brilliant way to start the season & my day....thanks Rogi

I have a craving for bagels....no idea why???!!! ;)

Daniel
01-15-2008, 12:39 PM
Nice start from Roger:banana:



Happy New Year to all my fellow Roger fans:hug: :hug:

Thank you very much Mangoes :kiss: :smooch:
and a Happy New Year for you too :lick:

Skyward
01-15-2008, 12:46 PM
I'm relieved. It's been the most nervous 1st round (waiting for the macth) since 2003.

Mrs. B
01-15-2008, 12:51 PM
(I think he did hear Hartfield say, "I'm going to beat you." before the match :p ;))

Very nice, Roger! Nice to see some good serving, hitting the lines with improbable groundstrokes...just great to see him again! There was one point where it seemed he had hit an ace, Hartfield challenged and it was actually out; Roger proceeded to hit a second serve ace down the centre line. Some amusement and grinning all around there :)

that was set point on second set. just served an ace after and that was that. thank you very much. :)

Xristos
01-15-2008, 12:52 PM
Rogs the man!

Or Levy
01-15-2008, 12:58 PM
I loved the ace on second serve after the challange.

Roger had a smirk flashing on his face for just half a second there, loved that!

Fergie
01-15-2008, 02:10 PM
Good job Rogi :rocker2:

yanchr
01-15-2008, 02:10 PM
I didn't expect him to start this sharp. Good one Roger :yeah: Happy to watch you play again :D

RonE
01-15-2008, 02:15 PM
Hi everyone and Happy New Year to all my fellow Fedtards :wavey:

What a wonderful way to start the first slam of the year :D Good to see the whole stomach virus is a thing of the past and according to the reports (haven't actually seen the match) Roger was no worse for wear as far as his form is concerned.

Let's hope he can keep it up. The next match should be lots of fun. Always great to see Fabrice and Roger playing each other. :yeah:

One down, six to go.

SUKTUEN
01-15-2008, 03:45 PM
Congrat Roger!!!!! Are you human?:devil::devil::devil:

juninhOH
01-15-2008, 04:10 PM
where can I find the interviews?

rofe
01-15-2008, 04:38 PM
Nice start to his AO campaign. Santoro will be tricky and I hope we are in for treat like their match at USO 2005.

Marek.
01-15-2008, 05:38 PM
I haven't seen it yet but I liked the score. :D

Daniel
01-15-2008, 06:39 PM
Suktuen also posted the intervies in the news and articles thread.


Roger Federer
Tuesday, 15 January, 2008
Transcribed Interview


Q. You're obviously feeling pretty good.

ROGER FEDERER: I'm happy with my form tonight, yeah (smiling). Wish it was like this every night.


Q. You should be sick more often.

ROGER FEDERER: No, don't say that (laughter).


Q. In terms of, as you say, a first match for quite a while, that was rather emphatic, even by your standards.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, exactly, because especially the beginning was tough. You know, he played some good stuff. He was solid off the baseline. I knew he had a good serve. I remember being down 4‑Love in the first set against him in Paris.

So that was a bit of a scare. Came back, and I think I beat him 7‑5, 7‑6, 6‑2 or something. Really had to battle it out. So it was a bit of a surprise. Easy result tonight.

But I checked out his results, you know, from last year. 90% were on clay, so obviously I have the big edge of knowing, you know, the hard courts. It's an advantage, obviously, and I could use it tonight.


Q. Considering the lack of match practice that you've had, is it a good or bad thing that you had a game which lasted a little over an hour tonight?

ROGER FEDERER: As long as I'm through, really for me the rest doesn't matter. I'm happy with my form. Important that I didn't have any lapses, you know, mentally, or just gave away easy points.

I think I really played pretty tough, you know. Second set, who knows, I could have maybe won a point more here or there which could have really changed things. I was really happy the way things went. I served especially well, which I think is also important for me.

My first match that I come out and serve well. Shanghai I just served perfectly, especially from second, third round robin match on. So I'm very happy with that and hope I can take it from here now.


Q. You said you checked his results. You usually check the results of your opponent on the Internet?

ROGER FEDERER: With him, honestly my memory wasn't that good anymore to know exactly how he played against me in Paris. You know, that was clay. I just wanted to see against what type of guys he was winning and losing, where he was playing, because I hardly saw him around.

It makes sense now because he was playing so much on clay. Yeah, sometimes, you know, I just like to, for peace of mind, so I know what's sort of coming for me.


Q. Did you expect to be that fluid, given your preparation? Did the last few days of practice make you feel that sort of performance was going to come out tonight?

ROGER FEDERER: I never expect a result this extreme obviously. But I was playing well in practice, moving well, serving well, and conditions were perfect. I played every day at 6:00 on center court. You know, there was no wind. It was also perfect conditions.

I knew that, you know, with the full crowd, I'll play even better. And with the adrenaline rush, you know, you push yourself even more. You just dig out a few more balls, which make a crucial difference. So I knew I'll come out here tonight and probably play pretty good, you know.

But the result was that extreme, I didn't expect that, but I'm really happy about it.


Q. Was it just food poisoning that you had? Do you feel completely better?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I'm fine now, like nothing ever happened, which is a good thing.


Q. And it was food poisoning?

ROGER FEDERER: Apparently. :surprised: That's what they told me, and I believed it. I've moved on now mentally. I'm past being sick. Looking forward to a healthy couple of weeks hopefully.


Q. Can you have peace of mind going against your next opponent, Santoro?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I have a good record against him. I've been pretty dominant against him the last few times we played. Of course, he's a tricky player to play against. Everybody knows that.

He's got incredible experience. He's a great tactician. So you, of course, have to be very careful playing against him.

I really think I know how he plays. I'm not going to get too surprised anymore because he is to some degree limited, you know, with his forehand slice and, you know, with his power.

But he plays it so smart, so he makes you think twice what you want to do. That's the tough part playing against him. Depends on the conditions. I guess we play during the day. We'll see if it's windy or not. That's going to play a big factor. Then we see how it goes.

But I hope I can play well again.


Q. He broke Andre's record for Grand Slam appearances today. I'm sure you know that. Are you surprised a player with that style has had this kind of longevity?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I don't know. I mean, it's a different style. I guess when you're different it's a bonus. But at the same time, of course, it's very physical for him.

But to see him still grinding it out and playing so well at his age just shows you, you know, if you want you can play for a very long time.

People like Fabrice, Agassi, are inspirations for the youngsters to, you know, play well. That's why it's quite disappointing when I see ladies retiring at 23, 24. They think they've seen it all. That's why Lindsay I think coming back, stuff like this, it's exciting for tennis. It's good to be around for a long time.


Q. The shot that perhaps gave you the most enjoyment was the ace after, as it were, you were Hawk‑Eyed. Gave a smile back and forth. Was that almost the most satisfying moment of the match?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it was a good moment. It was set point. I had nothing to lose. I think it was 40‑Love, too.

Everything was going my way. It wasn't the biggest risk of a second serve, but I thought I could probably surprise him because he expects now just a little kick serve.

So, yeah, it was a good moment. I like those moments.


Q. A lot of variation in the third set. Were you just experimenting?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, not experimenting, but you see what works better and worse. I realized, you know, the slider serve on the deuce court worked well. So instead of banging it up the middle or, you know, working it too much, you can swing the serve. I like to do that, you know, if I got the opportunity.

I was hoping to come to the net a bit more often, but I was also quite happy to stay back and look how my backhand works. You know, everything was working perfectly. He had trouble, put him under a lot of pressure, so I could always play on the front foot. Then obviously it's always going to be tough.


Q. Nalbandian has had some good results against you. Do you look ahead to a possible showdown later on?

ROGER FEDERER: Honestly, I don't even know where he is in the draw. Apparently he is in the semis or quarters, I don't know. Look, I mean, he's had his back problems. I guess he's fine again after winning his match, but he's had an incredible end to the season last year.

He's probably got a tough section himself, you know, making it all the way there. I'm concerned about my section, and hopefully I get through the next one, go from there. If I have to face Nalbandian, it's fun, you know. I've had, I don't know, about 16 matches against him. We're 8‑All.

That's all I need to tell you. I beat him in the juniors to finish No. 1 in the world, so I have some history with him. I always enjoy the matches against him.


Q. More information about how these courts react to different spins versus the Rebound Ace?

ROGER FEDERER: I was going to say it's the same as last year. Now you want to hear the difference. Honestly, there's not much of a difference.

I think the only big one is during the day, if it's really hot, I think the ball is bouncing really a lot on Rebound Ace. It's not uncontrollably, but it was quite different to the night sessions. Whereas the night session it was rather dead.

I think this is a bit more even throughout day and night. I think that's good for the players. Honestly, I think that is the biggest difference. You know, there is still this spring in the court, which is a bit softer than when you walk out in the US Open.

It's like concrete, more or less. It's really hard. And it's not as sticky maybe as last year. It's a bit more not slippery, but I think it's just a bit more healthy on the body, this one this year.


Q. Slice is not as effective?

ROGER FEDERER: It is effective, that's why with spins and slice it's the same. Yeah, it's more on the footwork it's different, I would think.


Q. You still think it's too slow?

ROGER FEDERER: You know, balls fluff up quite a bit. So towards the end, before ball change, I mean, the balls are heavy. It's tough to bang them down for an ace, you know. Depends on who you play, how you play.

You can, you know, shorten the points beforehand so balls stay really quick all the way through. It depends on who you play and how you play, honestly.

We'll see how it goes, who you play. But I was feeling good tonight. I didn't think it was crazy slow, which was okay. That's why I think it's pretty similar to last year, to be honest.


Q. Do you feel like congratulating your opponent after these kind of games?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I don't congratulate opponents after such matches. But I wished him luck for the season, yeah. There's not much time to talk at the net anyway, so...

nobama
01-15-2008, 06:45 PM
Nice start to his AO campaign. Santoro will be tricky and I hope we are in for treat like their match at USO 2005.
No John Isner, thank god.

didadida
01-15-2008, 09:27 PM
where can I find the interviews?

www.australianopen.com

Raquel
01-15-2008, 11:31 PM
Great start Rogi :bounce:

Good luck against Fabrice :hug:

Eden
01-16-2008, 01:29 PM
Happy New Year to all my fellow Roger fans:hug: :hug:

Hi everyone and Happy New Year to all my fellow Fedtards :wavey:



Happy New Year to both of you as well :)

I was only able to see the second and third set of the match against Hartfield during my lunch break yesterday. So good to have Roger back on the courts and see him play so convincingly in his first match of the season :)

It's good that he will play against Santoro in the next round. That means that we will get to see more rallies as it would have been the case when he would have played against Isner. Santoro is an excellent opponent to give Roger the opportunity to work on his groundstrokes.

Fergie
01-16-2008, 02:13 PM
Go Rogi! :bounce:

SUKTUEN
01-16-2008, 02:39 PM
Come On Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!

GO GO GO!!!!!!!!:bounce::bounce:

RonE
01-16-2008, 05:58 PM
Happy New Year to both of you as well :)


Thanks Doris :D :hug:

Rogieva
01-16-2008, 07:27 PM
Go go go Roger !!!!!!!!! :bounce:

Blondie1985
01-16-2008, 08:06 PM
Good luck today roger!!!

Marek.
01-17-2008, 01:16 AM
Is it me, or is Kuznetsova's match going by dreadfully slow?

lunahielo
01-17-2008, 01:39 AM
Is it me, or is Kuznetsova's match going by dreadfully slow?

I was just thinking the same thing......:haha:

didadida
01-17-2008, 03:18 AM
roger is brilliant
he is playing today a very enjoyable tennis to watch

didadida
01-17-2008, 03:40 AM
6-1 6-2 6-0:bigclap::bigclap:
very entertaining match
thanks to both player,and it was very nice to watch the both player were laughing together
:eek: wow 53 winners:worshi

World Beater
01-17-2008, 03:44 AM
that was some of fed's most beautiful art on display.

the volleys and net approaches were exquisite.

ytben
01-17-2008, 03:52 AM
Very entertaining match :D Roger was just firing on all cyllinders :worship: The new surface really fits him, doesn't it? Both his topspin and slice bhs were smoking here. The approach shots and the volleys were awesome. The FH goes without saying :yeah:

nobama
01-17-2008, 03:54 AM
Yea Roger. :) I'm so :D we're not seeing this passive, defensive shit from him. I'm always :D when he's coming to net more. It'll be interesting to see what he does once he faces stiffer competition.

Skyward
01-17-2008, 03:54 AM
Bring on Tipsarevic. Roger looked very good against Santoro. Keep going Champ!

refero*fervens
01-17-2008, 04:00 AM
Awesome match, and really fun as well. Some great moments, those retrieved lobs, match point... :worship:

It started to be obvious in the first match but here it was strikingly clear that Roger is being much more aggressive and his volleying is as good as (probably better?) than at last year's AO. I think I read on GM that he won something like 44/52 points at net.

World Beater
01-17-2008, 04:03 AM
not just the volleys, but fed was actually anticipating some of santoro's passing shots. :scared:

federer seems to be a lot more jumpy and athletic at net. Before he would be so casual and relaxed - thus making more errors. Now he's looking to win pts at net not just finish pts at net.

yanchr
01-17-2008, 04:08 AM
watched a bit through online stream during work...awesome Roger

Keep it up until next Sunday Roger!

nobama
01-17-2008, 04:42 AM
Awesome match, and really fun as well. Some great moments, those retrieved lobs, match point... :worship:

It started to be obvious in the first match but here it was strikingly clear that Roger is being much more aggressive and his volleying is as good as (probably better?) than at last year's AO. I think I read on GM that he won something like 44/52 points at net.
Yes I'm so glad Roger is being more aggressive. Watching him is like night and day compared to Nadal and Roddick (so far). Roddick's moonballing (that's what I call it) is hard to watch. :o I can't believe that's what Jimmy is advising him.

ExpectedWinner
01-17-2008, 05:27 AM
federer seems to be a lot more jumpy and athletic at net. Before he would be so casual and relaxed - thus making more errors. Now he's looking to win pts at net not just finish pts at net.

It must be Pete's influence. ;)

refero*fervens
01-17-2008, 05:34 AM
It must be Pete's influence. ;)

I'm sure I saw a Sampras slam dunk there :lol:

refero*fervens
01-17-2008, 06:56 AM
Roger Federer 17.01.08
Thursday, 17 January, 2008

Start of Transcribed Interview

Q. There were one or two rallies in that match similar to the match you played against him at the US Open a couple years ago, but the result very, very different. Do you feel significantly better than you did back then? Are you a better player now?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I had some good matches against Fabrice in the past already. And, honestly, the US Open was part of it.

He just ‑‑ you know, he came to the net much more. I think the surface was a bit faster for him, which helped him. And, you know, today I just really got off to a good start. And, you know, after that, it was tough for him. I really didn't give him much. I think I really played him in a very smart way.

So it was nice. We had a few nice points. You know, you always usually have them against Fabrice. But sometimes you wonder where they are. Then all of a sudden they're right there. So it was fun to play against him. But, you know, the score was very one‑sided, which was nice for me anyway.

Q. It was a pretty friendly match. Could you describe what was going on on the very last point?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, sort of things were going really fast, and he just wanted me to slow down (laughter). No, I played along a little bit.

So it was just ‑‑ you know, we're good friends off the court. We like each other's games, and, you know, have a lot of respect. So it was just good to joke around a little bit.

Q. Fabrice has kind of said one of the keys to his longevity has been that he can just enjoy tennis. I guess in this case, even when he's losing quite a bit. Can you describe your own relationship with tennis, for better or worse? Is it the kind of thing you love even when it's difficult?

ROGER FEDERER: Sure. I mean, for me probably it's a bit different because I'm at the very top and I'm facing sort of different pressure. It's maybe not such a grind day in and day out. It's more, you know, the pressure I'm facing.

But honestly, I still also want it to be what I wanted it to be in the first place: love for the game. I always said, you know, this is what I always wanted to do. And when it came along and it became all crazy with media and sponsors and stuff, I didn't really think part of it. I told myself, You got to enjoy the ride. It's part of it now. Don't let that scare you away, you know.

Honestly, I've enjoyed it, you know, starting with local media back in the day when I was a junior, and going all the way, I've enjoyed the changes, you know. I'm happy it didn't take away the pleasure of playing, because that's what it comes down to for me in the end. I like practice, but in the end I love the matches out on the tennis court in front of the supporters, which is nice.

Q. Is it all the more a pleasure to play somebody like Fabrice who is kind of the same mindset?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, you feel he enjoys it. He's playing in a fair manner. It's always a tricky match against him. But you know it's going to be fun. And this is what it's supposed to be, this game.

Q. You played your best at both the Masters Cup and here after people had raised some questions at the Masters Cup, after you lost your second match in a row in four‑and‑a‑half years, then today coming in here and being a little ill. When people question your abilities, does that motivate you?

ROGER FEDERER: Not necessarily. You know, I mean, it's normal. You know, you can always comment on, you know, playing styles of different players. And, of course, the more you give an opportunity, the more people will be asked and the more rumors start to fly around.

It was obvious it was going to happen at some stage. I didn't think it was that extreme. I thought I was playing okay in Madrid, you know. Made the finals there. Played actually some good matches, some dangerous matches. Then just played in Paris. It was way slow. Nalbandian played a fantastic match. And González played well.

So for me there was nothing really happening. It was maybe more for the media or for some experts who started to speculate. But I was happy I got sort of a second life at The Masters. It's the only tournament you can win by losing, which is great for me. It was nice I could pick up the rhythm so well. I continued in the beginning of the season like last year, where I also didn't drop a set.

I hope I can keep it up. But they don't disturb me too much, you know, any more today, the talks anyway.

Q. You have a pretty average five‑set record. It's not in sync with the rest of your career. Is that a misleading statistic? What do you make of that? Is it a stat that players pay attention to?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, it's like some players, you know, have maybe some bad finals records. Then you look at who they played sometimes, where they were, those finals.

It doesn't always tell the truth, you know. I played quite a few five‑setters early on in my career. I had a couple of tough ones I think in Davis Cup one time. I should have maybe won one or the other. But if you look also against who I lost, it was good players, quality players. I don't know if I was the favorite back then, you know, beating all these guys.

And then I haven't played much, you know, the last few years. I don't know how many five‑setters I've played. The ones I remember, the Rome final, the Miami final against Rafa, the semis here. Those are all, you know, a couple years ago. The finals obviously at Wimbledon. But there's not too many I played.

But I just have to really put my mindset at, you know, when I practice, can I last seven matches out of five sets? That's something I wanted to be able to almost relate to. So to me, for instance, the semifinals loss I had against Safin here didn't come down to fitness. I really had pain in my foot. Marat played a great match.

Some they show you how much you still have to work. Those are the moments which are also very enjoyable when you see, actually, even if you win or lose the five‑setter, you move forward because it's a hell of a test. As long as you don't have those, sometimes you think everything's working fine till you're all of a sudden in the most important match of your career, you're in a five‑setter, you can't handle it. That's actually why I'm happy I did already play five‑setters when I was younger.

Q. As someone who does love the game, the spectacle of it all, the characters, will you be turning on the TV tonight to watch Baghdatis against Safin?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. Depends on my dinner schedule. I don't know when I'm going out for dinner yet. It's not like I'm going to put it around that. Usually it's always just around dinnertime. Maybe I'll go a bit earlier tonight because I'm done a bit earlier today.

I like to watch, you know, tennis on TV. You know me. I watched last night's game, for instance. I'll try to watch it, yeah. I mean, they're good guys. They make some incredible shots, so it should be entertaining.

Q. What's your thoughts on your next round against Tipsarevic?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, interesting. He made it through in that group. I thought really Verdasco was going to make it. He's got a hell of a game.

But Janko has really improved a lot, I think, the last couple years. I played him in Davis Cup. We had a very one‑sided match that went my way. Of course, I played on home turf, which helped. I practiced with him at the US Open. I really feel like he's hitting a good ball. He's good off both sides. He came through some tough matches.

It's going to be interesting to see how the beginning of the match starts. It's going to be a dangerous match. He beat some good players the last couple years. So we'll see.

Greenday
01-17-2008, 07:49 AM
Yea Roger. :) I'm so :D we're not seeing this passive, defensive shit from him. I'm always :D when he's coming to net more. It'll be interesting to see what he does once he faces stiffer competition.

I believe he will revert back to playing percentage tennis, towards the end of the second week (assuming he will be there)....it also might depend on his opponenet and his confidence level against him....if gets to a quick start then he might play aggresively......

RonE
01-17-2008, 07:54 AM
What a scoreline!

The production rate of bakery products so far is simply off the scale.

Daniel
01-17-2008, 08:53 AM
Another bagel mmmmmm
Well done Roger :kiss: :hug:

Fergie
01-17-2008, 09:37 AM
Nice match Rogi :yeah:

Blondie1985
01-17-2008, 01:13 PM
Roger crossing the net and huging fabrice :worship::worship:

Sunset of Age
01-17-2008, 02:42 PM
Roger crossing the net and huging fabrice :worship::worship:

... and Fabrice applauding for several of Rogi's wonderful shots! :worship:
Lovely match. Hope he'll continue playing like this. :yeah:

Or Levy
01-17-2008, 02:46 PM
Roger is sure in his element, picking up RIGHT where he left off last year.

I can't say the same for Nalby, though. Even though he's winning so far.

Sunset of Age
01-17-2008, 04:06 PM
Roger is sure in his element, picking up RIGHT where he left off last year.

I can't say the same for Nalby, though. Even though he's winning so far.

I don't know, really. Of course, Rogi looked excellent in his two first matches, but we have to take into account that he hasn't yet played anyone who could be a *real* threat to him. Djoko seems to be doing very well too...
Anyway, of course I trust him to make his way through the draw!

Nalby... he's already lost a set, so it looks like he isn't in his top form. However, this is hard to decide as well. Remember Paris (or was it Madrid? - my memory is failing me here), where he managed to beat all top contenders, but he also nearly lost in the first round to Berdych!

So I think it's too early to draw any conclusions yet. :cool:

ExpectedWinner
01-17-2008, 05:36 PM
Remember Paris (or was it Madrid? - my memory is failing me here), where he managed to beat all top contenders, but he also nearly lost in the first round to Berdych!

Well, Berdych is a tough first round opponent, esp indoors. With modern random draws, all the luck is reserved for TFA. Someone else has to play big hitters in early rounds. :shrug:

SUKTUEN
01-17-2008, 05:50 PM
Roger!!!!!!!!!!!

You are miraculous!!!!!!:bounce::bounce:

tennisgal_001
01-17-2008, 06:45 PM
I don't know, really. Of course, Rogi looked excellent in his two first matches, but we have to take into account that he hasn't yet played anyone who could be a *real* threat to him. Djoko seems to be doing very well too...
Anyway, of course I trust him to make his way through the draw!

Nalby... he's already lost a set, so it looks like he isn't in his top form. However, this is hard to decide as well. Remember Paris (or was it Madrid? - my memory is failing me here), where he managed to beat all top contenders, but he also nearly lost in the first round to Berdych!

So I think it's too early to draw any conclusions yet. :cool:

And whom exactly has Djokovic beaten? Becker? Bolelli? Truth is, none of the top contenders has faced stiff competition yet, so we can't really draw any conclusions about anybody's chances, except maybe how their overall game is shaping up as the rounds progress.

As for Nalbandian, he likes to make life difficult for himself during the first couple of rounds at a Slam, it's no secret, so I doubt it matters much that he lost a set to Luczak.