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The "Rogi, The Wimbledon King" Thread!

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Billabong
06-14-2004, 02:41 PM
Here's the Wimbledon thread:D!

GOOOOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDD DEFEND YOUR TITLE:D:bounce::bounce::bounce:!!!!!!!!

LCeh
06-14-2004, 02:44 PM
I like the title, Seb. ;)

Can't wait to see the draw! :bounce:

Billabong
06-14-2004, 02:53 PM
I like it too :bounce:!

If Rogi can pass the first round, I believe he can go all the way:D! The first round is always tricky in Wimbledon, ask Lleyton Hewitt and Martina Hingis;)..

Raquel
06-14-2004, 03:20 PM
Hopp Rogi :bounce: :bounce:

The BBC just showed a review of last year's Wimbledon and I cried a little again :o :lol:

Good Luck at Wimbledon Roger, add 7 more to your 17 straight grass court wins :) :worship:

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 03:30 PM
Hi Raquel,

Are you going to Wimby?

That WImby show you saw on BBC, was it the recap of Wimby 2003?? I'm praying they show that here this year, but I don't see it anywhere on our TV guide... so mad!!! They usually show it just before Wimby starts.

I may have to try and buy it in the UK... do you know if they sell it for N Amer systems??

lsy
06-14-2004, 03:36 PM
Thanks for the thread, Billabong!

My wimby library documentary film is now up to year 1987...I wonder if they'll run it in time up to year 2003 for the next one week? :scratch:

yanchr
06-14-2004, 04:53 PM
It's right time to start this thread :D I do regard Wimbly as the most important tourney for Rogi this year. So go all the way Rogi!:bounce: Bring your best! I'm expecting an even better performance than last Wimbly semi :)

lsy, 2003 Wimbly film will be on next Monday about noon time I think. I have to miss it for the sake of my damn work :mad:

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 04:56 PM
next Mon?? are you in the US yanchr??

lsy
06-14-2004, 04:58 PM
lsy, 2003 Wimbly film will be on next Monday about noon time I think. I have to miss it for the sake of my damn work :mad:

really??? How do you know it will be the 2003 one?

yanchr
06-14-2004, 05:06 PM
next Mon?? are you in the US yanchr??
No, I'm not :)

yanchr
06-14-2004, 05:09 PM
really??? How do you know it will be the 2003 one?
You are not well prepared for the coming Wimbly ;) Lazy ...;)

lsy
06-14-2004, 05:12 PM
You are not well prepared for the coming Wimbly ;) Lazy ...;)

I can never keep up with you on this, for sure :o

I wish they will show the 2001 one though, but they aren't :mad:

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 05:13 PM
yanchr, thanks -- you're in the Far East then? perhaps somewhere like Malaysia?? hmm...

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 05:14 PM
I'm just trying to find out if they will show the Wimby03 film on NBC or ESPN within the next wk here -- well, N Amer [or Cda]... if they don't I'll be mad cos they usually do and 2003 was the BEST Wimby for me!

lsy
06-14-2004, 05:16 PM
yanchr, thanks -- you're in the Far East then? perhaps somewhere like Malaysia?? hmm...

wow...rogifan, you're good...except that'll be me not yanchr, but close enough too ;)

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 05:18 PM
I'm getting there!! hee hee... OK how about Singapore??

lsy
06-14-2004, 05:21 PM
I'm getting there!! hee hee... OK how about Singapore??

hahaha....nope, guess somemore...

gosh, are we really that bored waiting for the seedings? lol...

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 05:22 PM
no, not bored, frustrated cos I want to see that Wimby film!

anyway, lunchtime! bye!

yanchr
06-14-2004, 05:34 PM
no, not bored, frustrated cos I want to see that Wimby film!
:lol: you won't get to see Wimbly film by guessing where I am

Raquel
06-14-2004, 06:03 PM
Hi Raquel,

Are you going to Wimby?

That WImby show you saw on BBC, was it the recap of Wimby 2003?? I'm praying they show that here this year, but I don't see it anywhere on our TV guide... so mad!!! They usually show it just before Wimby starts.

I may have to try and buy it in the UK... do you know if they sell it for N Amer systems??

:wavey: Yeah it was the recap of 2003. I hope you do get to see it and that it is on next Monday in the US, it was really good. I was watching it and enjoying it knowing Roger winning was coming up and then when it did I started crying again! Not a lot, but there was a couple of tears there :o :lol:

I should be going for a couple of days this year, but it will be the same as last year for me - on the outside courts. I did get to see Roger play Schalken last year on Court 2 which was scheduled out there because of rain so it was a nice surprise :) It was not so great when Roger went 4-1 down in the third though and I started worrying about his back which was giving him trouble. He got through in 3 though :)

lsy
06-14-2004, 06:16 PM
That's nice Raquel, have fun, if you see Rogi do send our regards :)

Rogifan, the one we have over here in Asia star sports is not the full match. Just an hour highlight for the whole tournament, including men, women, doubles etc. But will still be nice to catch flashes of brilliance from Rogi and him holding up the trophy.

Hope you'll get the recap too.

cristina
06-14-2004, 10:07 PM
Roger! Please Defend your title! :kiss:

moonlight
06-14-2004, 10:28 PM
Have fun at Wimbledon, Raquel :wavey:

Keeping my fingers crossed that Roger will be able to defend his title and also that you will get to see him this year too. :) :angel:

RogiFan88
06-14-2004, 11:07 PM
Hey, Raquel, be sure to take pix and report back to us!! Have fun! I w love to go one day...

Yes, Isy, I know it's just the recap of the whole tourney, like it has been the last couple of yrs -- I like it cos it's British!!

Billabong
06-14-2004, 11:10 PM
you're sooooo lucky Raquel :hug:! I would give anything to see Rogi:D!

RogiFan88
06-15-2004, 01:35 AM
Hey, Billabong, maybe next yr when the guys play Montreal!

hitchhiker
06-15-2004, 05:48 AM
roger will be crying again at wimbledon this year but it wont be because of victory :haha:

Mrs. B
06-15-2004, 10:02 AM
heya, is that you? :rolleyes:

troll, troll go away...

ytben
06-15-2004, 11:17 AM
Thanks for the thread Seb, I love the title :D :D

Raquel, have fun there. Takes some piccies and stories for us :)

I think this one is more of the RR style of trolling Mrs. B. But yeah, let's ignore the bs, not worth getting bothered with.

Good luck Rogi, defend your golden trophy :bounce:

hitchhiker
06-15-2004, 11:24 AM
i know your all hoping for federer to be as good as pete but PETE THE AMERICAN was godlike.
federer wont even stand out in terms of his own generation let alone on the all time list.

Boludo
06-15-2004, 11:26 AM
It must be a bumper crop for the trolls this season.

Billabong
06-15-2004, 12:44 PM
Thanks for the thread Seb, I love the title :D :D

Raquel, have fun there. Takes some piccies and stories for us :)

I think this one is more of the RR style of trolling Mrs. B. But yeah, let's ignore the bs, not worth getting bothered with.

Good luck Rogi, defend your golden trophy :bounce:

Thanks:hug:!

tangerine_dream
06-15-2004, 08:41 PM
Quite a grasp on the grass game
By KEITH NIEBUHR, Times Staff Writer
Published June 15, 2004

Of those on the Roger Federer bandwagon, ESPN commentator Cliff Drysdale was among the first. A little more than a year ago, Drysdale called the rising Swiss star "the most complete player since Rod Laver."

It seemed like a stretch. At the time, Federer had yet to win a major. But, as Drysdale recently noted, "He's everything I said he was and now he's proved it. He's a good one."

Next week, Federer, 22, returns to Wimbledon, the site of his first great triumph. On his way to the 2003 title, Federer dropped one set. He has since moved to the top of the world rankings (he is almost 1,000 points ahead of No. 2 Andy Roddick) and picked up another major, this season's Australian Open.

His 57-minute victory Sunday over Tampa's Mardy Fish (6-0, 6-3) at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, was his 16th career ATP title. He enters Wimbledon having won 17 straight matches on grass.

"I think playing here was the best preparation for Wimbledon," Federer said.

A couple of interesting footnotes: Federer does not have an agent or coach. He even books his practice partners. And his accessibility has made him a favorite at ATP Tour offices in Ponte Vedra.

"The guy is great," said the tour's J.J. Carter. "Roger understands his responsibility as the No. 1 player in the world when it comes to the fans, the media and sponsors."

ASKING ANDRE: Andre Agassi, the dean of American professionals, has one eye on his game and the other on the field. In a recent interview with the Times, the 34-year-old star gave his thoughts about a few rising American stars.

On Roddick: "He's a great talent. He has tremendous fire on the court. He's great to the fans. (Coach Brad Gilbert) has done a great job with him."

On Fish: "He's a real talent, no question. He has a beautiful serve, a big backhand and he has good hands when he comes to the net. And he's learning to play the game smarter. He's got a good future."

On James Blake: "I've spent a lot of time with James. He's a phenomenal athlete. To me, James is just a first-class competitor and person. I've enjoyed James a lot over the years."

YOUTH MOVEMENT: Maria Sharapova's 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 victory Sunday over France's Tatiana Golovin at the DFS Classic in Birmingham, England, was the Russian's first title of 2004. With a combined age of 33 years and 6 months, Sharapova (17 years, 2 months) and Golovin (16 years, 4 months) represented the third-youngest final of the Open Era.

The only final where the combined ages were less came in 1991 at San Diego where Saddlebrook's Jennifer Capriati (15 years, 4 months) defeated Monica Seles (17 years, 8 months,) and in Tampa 24 years ago when Andrea Jaeger (15 years, 5 months) defeated Tracy Austin (17 years, 11 months). Jaeger, by the way, lived in Gainesville while studying zoology at Santa Fe Community College from 1984-85.

ODDS AND ENDS: This from www.atptennis.com: Gaston Gaudio, the French Open champ, is the first men's player since 1960 to win a Grand Slam after saving match points in the championship. Forty-four years ago, Laver saved one match point against Neale Fraser in the final of the Australian. Gaudio saved two when Guillermo Coria served for the match at 6-5 in the fifth. ... Fish was the only player to take a set from Federer last year at Wimbledon. ... No. 4-ranked Amelie Mauresmo was named an official ambassador of Habitat for Humanity. ... ESPN will broadcast 120 hours from Wimbledon. ... The Tennis Channel will have live quarterfinal, semifinal and finals coverage of the WTA's Hastings Direct International Championships, a Wimbledon tuneup, Thursday through Saturday. The field includes French Open champ Anastasia Myskina, Jelena Dokic and Sharapova.

LAST WORD: "I am down, but at the same time I'm happy because, you can ask my friends, they don't understand even how I was able to stay as long on the court. But it was the dream of my life, so I fought until the end." - Coria, who battled cramps in the French final.

SUKTUEN
06-16-2004, 02:16 AM
Thanks tangerine_dream the post ~~~ :wavey:

tangerine_dream, do you see the words I write to you in my thread os suktuen drawings ? ? :confused:

:worship: I am so sorry about that ! ! :worship: :bigcry: :bigcry:

Billabong
06-16-2004, 03:28 PM
I can't wait to see the draw :eek:!
GOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDD:bounce:!!!!!!!!!

Daniel
06-17-2004, 09:51 AM
Roger :D :yeah:

jtipson
06-17-2004, 11:39 AM
Draw out. Of the three to avoid, Roger only drew Lleyton Hewitt (same quarter). Henman and Nalbandian in the bottom half, unfortunately in the same quarter as well.

But not a bad looking draw. The second quarter looks really open though.

lsy
06-17-2004, 11:53 AM
Yes jtipson, thank god Henman's not in his half :)

His quarter has quite many good grass court player though, paradorn/lopez, moya/hewitt, and there're kiefer, Safin as well. Will be interesting for some 3rd, 4th mathes.

But that second quarter indeed looks very open.

I heard from the radio he'll be up on center court Monday, come on Rogi!!!

jtipson
06-17-2004, 12:26 PM
Yep, Monday 1pm sharp, as tradition dictates ;) I'm sad he couldn't have drawn Goran though, Goran deserves to play the first match on CC too, because he was never able to have that honour in 2002.

Billabong
06-17-2004, 12:53 PM
So Rogi will play Bogdanovic! Any info about this guy??

yanchr
06-17-2004, 12:55 PM
LOL at Henman and Nalby in Andy's half :lol: But really poor they are in the same quarter:mad:

jtipson, No.1 on on Monday CC the first match is a tradition? Oh, good, then almost sure to catch him then on tv:banana:

Rogi, can't wait to see you in action. Gooooooooo :bounce:

jtipson
06-17-2004, 01:01 PM
Yeah, the tradition is that the men's singles champion playes the first match on Centre Court on the first Monday. Of course this year (and last year) the defending champion is the number one as well. It usually means all the rest of his half of the draw plays Monday. On Tuesday, similar tradition for the women's defending champion, so you'll see Serena first up.

jtipson
06-17-2004, 01:04 PM
So Rogi will play Bogdanovic! Any info about this guy??

He's a British wildcard, supposed to be a talented, up-and-coming player, but we have a few of those who haven't really done that well. The last news of him I heard was that the LTA cut off his funding to make him try harder ;).

Shouldn't be too big a problem, but Brits tend to play above themselves on grass. He'll have some crowd support of course, but I think Wimbledon loves Roger too.

Dirk
06-17-2004, 01:06 PM
Rogi can handle anyone on grass. The only question is will he? I think he will be fine if he ends up meeting Henman in the finals if they both make it that far. Rogi won't be nervous, he isn't going to go that far just to crumble at the last hurdle. He will make Tim have to outplay him. This time Rogi won't be tired or sore from previous events or carrying a groin injury. 1st rd is foremost though. NINJA!!!!!!!!!!!!

yanchr
06-17-2004, 01:08 PM
Thanks jtipson:)

Actually seeing Bogdanovic's name, I've expected him another Croatian :tape:
Well, a Brit is not bad though ;)

mitalidas
06-17-2004, 01:35 PM
hewitt is in his quarter, but apart from that to me it looks relatively safe for Rogi.
the bottom half will have to kill each other first (henman, roddick, philippoussis, nalbandian) to get to the final

WyveN
06-17-2004, 03:37 PM
Federer: Bogdanovic, Q, Kiefer/T. Johansson,
F.Lopez/Llodra/Srichaphan, Hewitt/Safin, Ferrero/Fish/Grosjean, Roddick/Henman

Dare I say very reasonable draw. We all know Roger gets going in the second week and he has a chance to play himself in with no real dangers early on.

GOOD LUCK ROGER

novanora
06-17-2004, 04:07 PM
Thanks jtipson:)

Actually seeing Bogdanovic's name, I've expected him another Croatian :tape:
Well, a Brit is not bad though ;)
Hi, man.....i have seen you stealed the information of this Brit guy from jtipson and posted there...;) Don't say you never have done that ;) Well, have a look at my sweet supporting for Roger :wavey:

novanora
06-17-2004, 04:14 PM
LOL at Henman and Nalby in Andy's half :lol: But really poor they are in the same quarter:mad:

what's the meaning of your smili ;) i am too sad about David's miserable draw, .........as always :sad: but at least, it's quite impossible to see my favorite players play against each other, and make me do some difficult supporting choice.
P.S. Roger, Come on!!! the draw seems another piece of sweet cake for you!! Enjoy your wimby!!! :wavey:

tangerine_dream
06-17-2004, 04:23 PM
For once, Roger's got a cakewalk to the finals.

Andy's gotta slay a lot of dragons on the way ....

LCeh
06-17-2004, 04:29 PM
:lol: slay the dragons...

But it's a good thing. It is a better preparation for the later part of the tournament. Playing decent players before going into the final would definitely benefit Andy. :)

yanchr
06-17-2004, 04:39 PM
what's the meaning of your smili ;) i am too sad about David's miserable draw, .........as always :sad: but at least, it's quite impossible to see my favorite players play against each other, and make me do some difficult supporting choice.

I'm just happy not to see Nalby in Rogi's half :p You know I'm still not so confident if Rogi is to meet him. So the best thing is that he is in Andy's draw. Same for Henman :p

novanora
06-17-2004, 04:44 PM
For once, Roger's got a cakewalk to the finals.

Andy's gotta slay a lot of dragons on the way ....
Andy won't be a slayer, but one of those dragons ;)

novanora
06-17-2004, 04:47 PM
I'm just happy not to see Nalby in Rogi's half :p You know I'm still not so confident if Rogi is to meet him. So the best thing is that he is in Andy's draw. Same for Henman :p
If he can meet Roger again this time, i will really thanks to the God!! and i always look Roger's ugly draw as a testing from God to him, and this time, seems God thinks the testing is enough for Roger, but still not enough for David :sad:

LCeh
06-17-2004, 04:49 PM
:hug: Don't worry nova, David will surely play better once he gets healthier. This might not be the year for David yet, but it will come. :)

Skyward
06-17-2004, 04:51 PM
For once, Roger's got a cakewalk to the finals.

Andy's gotta slay a lot of dragons on the way ....

I disagree. Roddick's quarter is the easiest.

yanchr
06-17-2004, 04:58 PM
I disagree. Roddick's quarter is the easiest.
I second that :rolleyes:

lsy
06-17-2004, 04:59 PM
For once, Roger's got a cakewalk to the finals.

Andy's gotta slay a lot of dragons on the way ....

? The only dragon that can stop Andy is possibly Henman/Nalbandian (though his condition is not looking good :sad: ) to the final. Else, who can stop him before that realistically?

Rogi also has a pretty good draw, mainly because Henman/Nalbandian is not on his half but there're still lopez/paradorn in 4th rd, and possibly hewitt/moya in QF (maybe safin). Moya played an impressive grass game vs Mark P in last year DC, I think he can play very well on grass.

But looking at their current forms, I think it's a fine draw for both till at least QF or SF.

novanora
06-17-2004, 05:10 PM
:hug: Don't worry nova, David will surely play better once he gets healthier. This might not be the year for David yet, but it will come. :)
Many thanks, LCeh!!! actually i always have the same thought as you to comfort myself......and this time Wimby, seems i have to comfort myself once more.......
Anyway......Cooooooome on, Roger!!!!!

Skyward
06-17-2004, 05:12 PM
Also let's not forget about Kiefer. I have a lot of respect for his returns and passing shots. Roger will have to be on form if they meet each other.

lsy
06-17-2004, 05:14 PM
Also let's not forget about Kiefer. I have a lot of respect for his returns nad passing shots. Roger will have to be on form if they meet each other.

Yes Kiefer as well definitely.

Obviously with Rogi's form in Halle, it's difficult to see many troubling him, but he has to be on form for sure. I don't think he's having any catwalk draw in his quarter for sure.

tangerine_dream
06-17-2004, 05:23 PM
Well, I guess it depends on your POV. Hewitt may be a former Wimby champion but I have no doubt that Roger can handle him.

Federer faces tough draw at Wimbledon

Wimbledon winners from the last three years, including Roger Federer, are all placed in one quarter of the draw.

LONDON (Reuters) -- Champion Roger Federer is on a Wimbledon collision course with the man whose title he took, Lleyton Hewitt.

Goran Ivanisevic was also drawn in the top quarter on Thursday as the winners of the last three years were all grouped together in the top 32 places in the 128-man draw.

Former world No. 1's Marat Safin and Carlos Moya were also drawn in the top quarter.

Following Andre Agassi's withdrawal with a hip injury earlier this week, Ivanisevic, Hewitt and Federer are the only Wimbledon champions in the men's draw.

Fifth-seed Tim Henman was offered a relatively easier passage in the lower half after he was drawn in the same quarter as 2002 runner-up and fourth-seed David Nalbandian.

A possible semifinal opponent for the British No. 1 could be second-seed Andy Roddick, who retained the Stella Artois title last Sunday.

In the women's event, defending champion and top-seed Serena Williams will probably have to overcome her conqueror at Roland Garros, Jennifer Capriati, in the last eight again after the two were placed in the top half.

A Williams sisters final may also be on the cards for a third year running after Serena's third-seeded elder sister Venus, champion in 2000 and 2001, was drawn in the bottom half.

In a potential repeat of the French Open final, Russian compatriots Anastasia Myskina, seeded second, and Elena Dementieva, sixth seed, were drawn to meet in the quarterfinals.

WIMBLEDON DREAM

Nine-times champion Martina Navratilova, playing the singles for the first time since losing the 1994 final, faces Colombia's Catalina Castano in the first round.

Men's seventh-seed Hewitt, who was knocked out in the first round by the tallest man in tennis 6-feet-10 Ivo Karlovic last year, could meet Ivanisevic in an explosive third round.

Three-times a runner-up before finally winning as a wildcard in 2001, Ivanisevic is retiring from tennis after Wimbledon and since his first visit in 1988 has played his way into the hearts of the Wimbledon fans.

The 2001 champion is making his first visit to the All England Club since his victory three years ago, injury having prevented him from competing the last two years.

He will have to beat Hewitt if he is to fulfil his remaining Wimbledon dream.

"My goal is to pass first week. Then... who cares?" he said earlier this week.

"It's going to be fun. I have a good relationship with the crowd and they really appreciate me. Centre Court is the most magic court I ever played on in my life."

Federer faces Alex Bogdanovic, a British wildcard who had his LTA funding taken away for lack of commitment, in the first round.

The first big name Henman could face could be last year's runner-up Mark Philippoussis in the fourth round, although the Australian has not won a match since the Australian Open in January and would need a major reversal in fortune to reach that far.

Roddick, at the bottom of the draw, faces a qualifier first and could meet fellow big-serving American Taylor Dent in the third round.

lsy
06-17-2004, 05:28 PM
Yes Tangerine depends on how you look at the draw for sure.

Your original post of viewing it though is definitely an extreme and not reflecting the true situation.

Thanks for the article though!

RogiFan88
06-17-2004, 06:25 PM
I second that :rolleyes:

:wavey:

I third that!! :p

[Pandy usually has pretty favourable draws... nobody in his Q to bother him!]

RogiFan88
06-17-2004, 06:29 PM
Yes Kiefer as well definitely.

Obviously with Rogi's form in Halle, it's difficult to see many troubling him, but he has to be on form for sure. I don't think he's having any catwalk draw in his quarter for sure.

Agree w you, Isy! One can never underestimate any player these days anywhere... esp Qualies, they have been upsetting allsorts lately, esp at Slams.

Hewitt will be raring to go and get back to #1 and win Wimby again and he'll be looking forward to meeting Rogi in the QF [even tho grass is not his best surface].

mitalidas
06-17-2004, 07:11 PM
Its funny how the media is looking at the draw for Rogi as a bad one. I just read more on the rodick threads about the same thing

In fact, for Federer, it is Safin OR Hewitt, not both of them
likewise roddick potentially has either Nalbandian or Phillippoussis or Henman

Contrast that with Poor Henman. He has potentially got to get through Phillippoussis and Nalbandian and Roddick to get to the Finals.

Its amazing, how the media is reporting this as an okay draw for henman, but a tough one for Federer, I dont there is any doubt in my mind that Henman's path to the Finals is much harder

rue
06-17-2004, 07:21 PM
You are right Mitalidas that they are just talking about Federer having a tough draw yet Roddick too does not have it too easy for him. He may have to meet with Henman in the semis and that is not good news for either one of them.

Federer's draw ain't too bad. As long as he can get through Hewitt provided that they both do get there it will not be hard for him to get to the semis after that.

Skyward
06-17-2004, 07:41 PM
Has anyone seen that Bogdanovic guy playing? Is he S&V?

shaoyu
06-17-2004, 07:51 PM
Federer's draw ain't too bad. As long as he can get through Hewitt provided that they both do get there it will not be hard for him to get to the semis after that.

:confused: What's your point!? If Roger beats Hewitt of course he is in semis what do you mean 'it will not be hard to get to the semis after that'?!

shaoyu
06-17-2004, 08:09 PM
Alex Bogdanovic (GBR)
Birthdate: 5/22/1984
Birthplace: Belgrade, Yugoslavia
Residence: North London, England
Height: 5'11'' (180 cm)
Weight: 145 lbs (65 kg)
Plays: Left-handed
Turned Pro: 2002
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CAREER REVIEW
Singles Record: 3 - 6
Singles Titles: 0
Double Titles: 0
Prize Money: $75,481
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London / Queen's Club, England
International Series, 6/10/2002, O, Grass , Draw: 56
R64 Elseneer, Gilles (BEL ) 160 3-6 2-6
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Wimbledon, England
Grand Slam, 6/24/2002, O, Grass , Draw: 128
R128 Escude, Nicolas (FRA ) 25 6-4 4-6 4-6 4-6
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Manchester, England
CH, 7/15/2002, O, Grass , Draw: 32
R32 Parmar, Arvind (GBR ) 144 3-6 5-7
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Surbiton, England, CH, 6/2/2003, O, Grass , Draw: 32
R32 Crabb, Jaymon (AUS ) N/A 3-6 6-1 6-4
R16 Niemeyer, Frederic (CAN ) N/A 7-5 6-3
Q Bastl, George (SUI ) N/A 6-3 3-6 6-1
S Karlovic, Ivo (CRO ) N/A 6-7(7) 7-6(3) 7-6(7)
F Moodie, Wesley (RSA ) N/A 4-6 7-6(2) 1-6
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London / Queen's Club, England
International Series, 6/9/2003, O, Grass , Draw: 56
R64 Parmar, Arvind (GBR ) 167 6-7(3) 6-4 7-6(2)
R32 Dupuis, Antony (FRA ) 67 6-3 6-7(6) 6-7(11)
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Nottingham, England
International Series, 6/16/2003, O, Grass , Draw: 32
R32 Gambill, Jan-Michael (USA ) 37 6-4 5-7 6-4
R16 Voltchkov, Vladimir (BLR ) 78 4-6 2-6
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Wimbledon, England
Grand Slam, 6/23/2003, O, Grass , Draw: 128
R128 Sargsian, Sargis (ARM ) 47 1-6 3-6 2-6
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Bristol, England, CH, 7/7/2003, O, Grass , Draw: 32
R32 Elseneer, Gilles (BEL ) 135 6-4 7-5
R16 Hilton, Mark (GBR ) 229 2-6 2-6
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Manchester, England, CH, 7/14/2003, O, Grass , Draw: 32
R32 Dell'Acqua, Massimo (ITA ) 216 5-7 3-6
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Surbiton, England, CH, 5/31/2004, O, Grass , Draw: 32
R32 Beck, Karol (SVK ) N/A 2-6 7-5 3-6
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shaoyu
06-17-2004, 08:44 PM
http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.dor?STORY_NAME=tennis/04/06/17/TENNIS_Wimbledon_Bogdanovic.html

BOGDANOVIC WANTS TO PROVE POINT
Alex Bogdanovic is relishing his Centre Court showdown with reigning Wimbledon champion Roger Federer just two months after being slung out of the Lawn Tennis Association in shame.

The 20-year-old Londoner had his coach, facilities and £80,000 annual funding withdrawn in April after being accused of lacking the right attitude or commitment.

Now Bogdanovic admits he cannot wait to prove British tennis chiefs wrong after landing the plum opening tie in today's Wimbledon first round draw.

Bogdanovic told the Press Association: "I want to show that this is where I belong and write off everything that has happened in the past.

"I was dropped for missing a tournament through food poisoning and that hurt a little bit.

"It has made me work even harder every day and only time will tell how good I am going to be."

Bogdanovic believes his big chance against Federer can only help his career prospects - and is not ruling out a shock which would even eclipse Ivo Karlovic's epic win over Lleyton Hewitt last year.

He added: "It's everybody's dream to play on the Centre Court - it's the best court in the world and to play there at the age of 20 can only be good for the future.

"I wasn't even expecting a wild card and now I'm up against the world number one and defending champion.

"Obviously it's a tough match but I'm going to go out and try to take my chances. Everybody has their bad days and if I do what I can do you never know what might happen."

Following his LTA expulsion Bogdanovic moved to team up with Mike Raphael at the Marston Hotels Tennis Squad.

And he is showing no signs of jumping to return to the LTA fold when his effective ban comes to an end next month.

Raphael said: "Alex has a real passion and desire for tennis and he just needed the right atmosphere to be playing under.

"There have been occasions where people have thought he hasn't been working hard enough but Alex is an individual and he needs to be able to keep thinking for himself."

Dirk
06-17-2004, 09:36 PM
Keep dreaming kid. NINJA IS GOING TO KILL YOU. I think Moya might also make the qrts. I think besides the qrts Rogi should make the finals. Kiefer in the 3rd rd will be a great test. I just hope if Rogi meets Tim he believes he can win and doesn't bring his pissy attitude with him. Never say you don't want to play someone in a rd. COME ON NINJA!!!!!!!!!!

Skyward
06-17-2004, 10:21 PM
Thanks Shaoyu! So Bogdanovich is really from Yugoslavia. At least he's a foot shorter than Karlovich. :lol:
But lefthanders can be tricky, and Roger has to take him seriously.

Daniel
06-18-2004, 09:32 AM
Good luck Rogi!!!! :worship:

Jazzy
06-18-2004, 10:02 AM
go rogi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

- love your avarta Dirk!!!

mitalidas
06-18-2004, 04:06 PM
Pundit predictions: Unanimously Roger


http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/3794667.stm

jtipson
06-18-2004, 04:33 PM
Some predictions from the USTA. Warning: this article contains countless inaccuracies and may damage your beliefs in good journalism (that's if you have any left).

http://www.usta.com/protennis/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=72075

lsy
06-18-2004, 04:44 PM
Jtipson, I only read that paragraph of Rogi, that really is one piece of junk, even with just a small paragraph :haha: Should I continue reading the rest?

And that 8/8 picking Roger as favourite of BBC's team...pls don't jinx him :tape: :tape:

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 05:03 PM
This will be the most important fortnight of the year for Rogi!

Cheering for my Swissie, ROGI!!!

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 05:05 PM
Did someone post this article?

PRO GAME: Wimbledon Preview: Greener Grass
Federer proves that style and variety can still be a winning combination.Tennis at the All England Club has long been considered about as artful as a rock fight. But this year, thanks to the versatility of the world’s new No. 1s, Roger Federer and Justine Henin-Hardenne, the grass-court game should shine with a rich, deep glow.
By Peter Bodo
From the July 2004 issue of TENNIS Magazine
Note: Since this article was published, the following players have withdrawn from Wimbledon: Justine Henin-Hardenne, Kim Clijsters, Gaston Gaudio and Andre Agassi, among others.

I remember my first Wimbledon, when I was a junior in 1998. From the first day, I loved it. I was thinking, “This is Wimbledon. I made it to Wimbledon. It’s the greatest.” Now I can watch all the other players. Now I can play on the courts I’ve seen all my life on TV. I can play on the same courts where all the stars warm up, and have even played some of their early round matches.
Then came my first match. I was so nervous, at first I hit every serve into the net. I remember thinking, “This can’t be! I’m not this bad, I don’t serve so bad. Something is wrong.”
So I went up to the umpire--you have to imagine, this is at Wimbledon--and I said, “Excuse me, sir, can you please check the net? I think it is too high.” And I would never think the net is too high if that wasn’t the case. Not at Wimbledon!
The umpire comes down from the chair. He checks the net very carefully. He looks at me and says, “The net is correct.” That’s when I realized I was just so nervous because this was Wimbledon.
Roger Federer sat back when he finished telling this story at Indian Wells this spring. His elastic features broke into a wide grin, and he laughed so hard his eyes vanished into slits. Since that day at Wimbledon, he has continued to accumulate memories of the All England Club, albeit of a different kind: Shortly after that episode, the Swiss prodigy won the junior title there. Then, in 2001, he leapt, nearly life-sized, onto the back page of London’s tabloids with a ripping fourth-round upset of defending champion Pete Sampras. And last July, Federer produced the appropriate, if delayed, encore--he won the whole thing.
As he girds to defend his title, it’s clear that Wimbledon has been very good to Roger Federer. But he has also been very good to Wimbledon. Emerging as a contender at a time when many complained that the men’s game, particularly on grass, was degenerating into a dull serving contest, Federer has demonstrated that there remains room in the game--even on grass--for finesse, versatility, and strategic subtlety.
What’s more, Federer appears to be an alluring Pied Piper, leading to the top of the game a parade of otherwise disparate players who have one thing in common: None of them plays the kind of booming, crude game that was thought, not long ago, to be the future of men’s tennis.

http://www.tennis.com/Progame/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=70850&itype=1296&iCategoryID=290

lsy
06-18-2004, 05:05 PM
This will be the most important fortnight of the year for Rogi!


Rogifan, pls don't make me more nervous than I already am ;)

I don't like all these predictions at all and hope Rogi's not reading them too for unnecessary pressures :o

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 05:05 PM
and this one?

Federer and Roddick set for a rivalry made in legend
Classic match-ups such as McEnroe v Borg sprinkle stardust on the game and a new pairing has emerged with eyes on a duel in this year's final at Wimbledon
Stephen Bierley
Friday June 18, 2004
The Guardian

Great match-ups are the lifeblood of tennis, no matter how much today's leading players drone on about "anybody in the top 100 being capable of beating anyone else". John McEnroe v Bjorn Borg, Rod Laver v Ken Rosewall, Pete Sampras v Andre Agassi, Boris Becker v Stefan Edberg: there is magic here and the nascent rivalry between Switzerland's Roger Federer and Andy Roddick of the United States may sprinkle more stardust.

If there is one certainty in the sometimes confusing arena of men's tennis, it is that Federer, 22, and Roddick, 21, are currently the world's two leading players. And a fortnight on Sunday there seems every possibility the top seeds will meet in the Wimbledon final, a repeat of last year's thrilling semi-final, which Federer won in straight sets before going on to become champion.

They emerged as the front runners in the second half of last year, Roddick winning the US Open and later, at the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, edging the world No1 ranking ahead of the Swiss. It was Roddick's opinion, reasonable at the time, that the battle for top spot would be a fluctuating affair this year. Instead Federer, by winning his second slam title at the Australian Open, cruised past the American and has stayed there since. So Roddick will be a man on a mission at Wimbledon.

Both won their grass dress rehearsals - Federer at Halle, Roddick at Queen's, thus heightening the anticipation. Naturally all British interest will centre on Tim Henman, who has a winning record against them both, while Australia's Lleyton Hewitt, the 2002 champion, will also be determined to breach the Federer-Roddick axis. But tennis needs this Swiss-US rivalry to catch fire.

So far they have met only six times, Federer holding a 5-1 advantage. As Roddick remarked after losing to him in Houston, and with reference to his Wimbledon defeat: "He kicked my ass then and he kicked my ass tonight."

The two, who share 30 titles between them, Federer having won 16, are as dissimilar on the court as they are off it. "Roger is an incredible talent whereas Andy is much more emotional and powerful," said McEnroe. "That mix could be combustible and develop into a great rivalry. They just need to stay healthy and play each other in a lot of big matches."

With Agassi, the holder of eight slam titles and the last of the golden oldies, close to retirement, both Federer and Roddick are acutely aware that the sport is looking for other big names to emerge. "I knew it was in me but I didn't know what it took," said Federer after winning Wimbledon. "I get a different feeling when I step out on court now."

The same is true of Roddick after his success at Flushing Meadows although, whereas Federer already appears the complete article, Roddick is by no means a finished product. There are lots of rough edges which his coach, Brad Gilbert, is in the process of smoothing.

For all his brashness and quick fire verbal responses Roddick has a professional admiration for Federer that is both generous and open: "I don't know if there is anybody more talented or with more natural flair." Grass, more than any other surface, accentuates the beauty and grace of Federer in all its variations. Two of the game's biggest servers, Roddick and Australia's Mark Philippoussis, attempted to bludgeon him to defeat last year and both were left limp and lumpish.

"To beat Roger you need to do a lot well," said Roddick, whose one victory came last year over three sets in Montreal. "He doesn't have any weaknesses, particularly when he is serving well." Federer has been likened to Sampras, 14 times a grand slam champion, seven times at Wimbledon. But here Roddick disagrees. "He has more spin on his shots and is a bit more patient but he's not on you all the time like Pete was. Having said that, you don't see Roger winning the first set many times and then struggling the rest of the way," said Roddick, who has a vivid memory of a missed forehand in last year's first-set tie-break in the semi-final that might have tipped the match his way, Federer winning 7-6, 6-3, 6-3.

As soon as Roddick reached No1, he found himself bracketed with his compatriots Sampras, Agassi, McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. "You just look at that list and they are legends of the game. I'm not in their class yet." And neither is Federer, although many believe he will be.

Federer refers to Roddick as "a good guy". For the moment they can afford to bestow praise on each other, although there was a touch of champion's steel in Federer's voice when he said: "I'm not scared of his serve. I read it well and he gets frustrated by this."

The top two seeds have not met in the men's Wimbledon final since McEnroe and Connors in 1982. Connors, the No2 seed, won in five sets. Roddick would settle for that.

Head to head
Federer leads Roddick 5-1
2001 Basle Federer 3-6 6-3 7-6
2002 Sydney Federer 7-6 6-4
2002 Basle Federer 7-6 6-1
2003 Wimbledon Federer 7-6 6-3 6-3
2003 Montreal Roddick 6-4 3-6 7-6
2003 Houston Federer 7-6 6-2
Guardian Unlimited © Guardian Newspapers Limited 2004http://sport.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4950604-108554,00.html

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 05:11 PM
Rogifan, pls don't make me more nervous than I already am ;)

I don't like all these predictions at all and hope Rogi's not reading them too for unnecessary pressures :o

I know, Isy! DO you get Wimby on TV? Come Monday, I'll be anxiously awaiting results of Rogi's first round at #1 and defending Wimby champ... :p

I'm sure a million press people are bombarding Rogi this week... hope Mirka can cut back on the requests and let Rogi just practise!

Nah, I don't like predictions either and I was just watching that Wimby film from last year -- then I watched the NBC :rolleyes: preview and they barely mentioned Rogi at all!! They paid more attention to Juanqui, who had just won RG [not that I don't like him, I love him] and of course overdid the Amer bias as usual. I mean this year on that preview show, which is on Sun, they've already been hyping up Pandy, of course, but also AA!!! And he's not even playing [now THAT is a telling sign!].

I see Llodra beat Sluiter today at Rosmalen to make the SF... hmm...

Shy
06-18-2004, 05:12 PM
I hope Roger doesn't read too much articles, because he might feel too much pressure on him.On the good side, once he has experience defending a slam title,the next time would be better.

nevermind-I wrote pretty much the same thing as Isy.

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 05:16 PM
Shy, you're right, now that Rogi has won 2 slams, he's better equipped mentally and emotionally to face big matches anywhere. Has he not won the last 5 finals he was in? That's a v good record -- look at Maratski and Juanqui, who've lost a few finals in their time, more's the pity cos I like them both to do well. And Nalby, well, he basically sucks in finals and even SFs... a bit surprised actually.

Hey, I bet cold Montreal isn't so cold now! I know how hot and humid it gets... like last summer at the tennis tourney!

lsy
06-18-2004, 05:17 PM
It's just too hilarious, Rogi, checking if the net is too high...:haha: I read this in his site, but not the second article.

"Federer refers to Roddick as "a good guy". For the moment they can afford to bestow praise on each other, although there was a touch of champion's steel in Federer's voice when he said: "I'm not scared of his serve. I read it well and he gets frustrated by this."

I think these journalists are really doing what they can to stir up a rivalry here ;) I hope Andy's not reading that, I don't want him to make it a goal to blast world record serves continuously vs Rogi :tape: :scared: :lol:

Thanks for posting it!

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 05:22 PM
Isy, I don't mind Pandy blasting serves any other time but v. Rogi... you know, the REAL rivalry is not Rogi v. Pandy but Rogi v. Juanqui, who are much closer in h-t-h and I find their matches more interesting. Rogi proved he wasn't afraid of Pandy or Flip's big serves by winning Wimby but you know that shows how important it is to have a great return of serve, not just a good serve [look at AA's successes -- he's definitely low on my list of faves but you have to hand it to the old guy... he worked hard, was extremely determined, honed his skills and pounded his opponents into submission -- beautiful tennis it isn't, in fact, it's quite ugly, almost as ugly as Pandy's tennis, but it worked for him!].

I still think it's interesting how Pete S seems to be curious about and following Rogi of all the present players... he recognizes and appreciates real talent!

Shy
06-18-2004, 05:24 PM
.

Hey, I bet cold Montreal isn't so cold now! I know how hot and humid it gets... like last summer at the tennis tourney!
True,I am going to change my location.

lsy
06-18-2004, 05:26 PM
I know, Isy! DO you get Wimby on TV? Come Monday, I'll be anxiously awaiting results of Rogi's first round at #1 and defending Wimby champ... :p

yes I'll be right infront of the tv for his 1st match. They better show him. The timing is perfect here, will be 7pm and our coverage should be pretty good as well.

Well, they can hype up anybody they like, as long as Rogi's the one holding up that trophy on 4th July ;) Last year all I heard was about Andy and not much about Rogi at all (yes, even over here), which make it more impressive for me when I saw his match vs Andy.

I rather he goes in quietly and win them all, though it doesn't seem likely these days.

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 05:26 PM
fr the site itself [forgive me if I repeat articles posted already, too lazy to check back in this thread]:

Gentlemen's Singles Preview
Thursday, June 17, 2004

Roger Federer of Switzerland, the favourite to retain the Wimbledon title he won last year over Mark Philippoussis, will open The Championships on the Centre Court on Monday against British wild card Alex Bogdanovic.

Top seeded Federer should have an easy paced start against Bogdanovic, who turned 20 last month and is ranked 307th in the world. Once Federer is through that test he will play a qualifier in the second round.

Later in the tournament Federer is due a fourth round match against Carlos Moya of Spain with former champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia his potential quarter-final opponent. Hewitt was beaten in the first round last year by the qualifier Ivo Karlovic,the first time a defending champion had lost at that stage since 1967. Seventh seed Hewitt opens this year against the Austrian Jurgen Melzer.

Federer should face third seed Guillermo Coria of Argentina in the semi-final but Coria, runner-up at the French Open title this month, has not won a match at Wimbledon in two attempts. Coria also has a potentially difficult opening match against the 6ft 5in South African Wes Moodie. Coria also has the durable Australian Wayne Arthurs and the experienced South African Wayne Ferreira in his section of the draw.

Spain's Juan Carlos Ferrero, who was beaten in the second round of his defence of the French Open title, is sixth seed at Wimbledon and in line to play Coria in the quarter-final. But the American Mardy Fish or Sebastien Grosjean of France could cause problems for Ferrero before then.

US Open champion Andy Roddick, at his highest place of second seed this year after reaching the semi finals from fifth seed last year, starts against a qualifier. The strong serving Taylor Dent, is in Roddick's section of the draw while Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands, highly experienced on Wimbledon grass, could come into Roddick's sights as well.

Roddick's scheduled quarter-final opponent is Rainer Schuettler of Germany who was the second most improved player in the world last year, winning 71 matches. At the semi-final stage Roddick is due to face the Argentine David Nalbandian, finalist in 2002. Nalbandian played his first match on Centre Court in that final against Hewitt and was given special permission to warm up on the court beforehand.

Nalbandian is seeded to play the British No 1 Tim Henman, four times a semi-finalist, in the quarter-final. Fifth seeded Henman, a semi-finalist at the French Open in his best Grand Slam performance on clay, begins against Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain who will be making his
debut in The Championships.

Henman should then move on to play Flavio Saretta of Brazil with Hicham Arazi of Morocco coming up in the third round. At the last sixteen stage Henman should face last year's runner up, Mark Philippoussis who beat him in 2000. Henman's fellow British Davis Cup player Greg Rusedski, a wild card, begins against a qualifier and should play Schuettler in the second round.

Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia, who is playing at Wimbledon for the first time since he beat Patrick Rafter in the 2001 final, begins against a qualifier to meet either the Italian Filippo Volandri or the Georgian Irakli Labadze.
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/articles/2004-06-17/200406171087476129436.html

lsy
06-18-2004, 05:34 PM
I actually think Rogi v Nalbandian will be a better rivalry, but I will love to watch a match of Rogi v Ferrero (healthy and fit) on clay :)

I'm worried about Rogi v big servers coz I remembered he said before it's never easy to play vs them, he always have to concentrate really hard coz if he doesn't, the match might just go away very quickly. But so far it seems like he had dealt with them pretty nicely.

Of course Pete is interested, I'm sure he intends to keep his record in tact for quite sometime ;) As good as many claim Rogi is, he's a far far away from achieving what Pete had achieved but I really don't think it's of any relevance to be the "next sampras".

Shy
06-18-2004, 05:39 PM
I'm worried about Rogi v big servers coz I remembered he said before it's never easy to play vs them, he always have to concentrate really hard coz if he doesn't, the match might just go away very quickly. But so far it seems like he had dealt with them pretty nicely.


I am more worried about him playing Hewitt, Nalbandian than big servers. Most big servers doesn't put pressure on him as much as guy like Nalbandian which makes him do lest errors .

lsy
06-18-2004, 05:44 PM
I am more worried about him playing Hewitt, Nalbandian than big servers. Most big servers doesn't put pressure on him as much as guy like Nalbandian which makes him do lest errors .

To be honest, I definitely have more fear of Rogi playing Nalbandian or Henman than the big servers. But at the same time, I'm not particularly thrilled if he has to play one or more of them.

Well basically, I'm nervous with whoever he plays :o

mitalidas
06-18-2004, 05:54 PM
and this one?

Federer and Roddick set for a rivalry made in legend
2004http://sport.guardian.co.uk/print/0,3858,4950604-108554,00.html

I'll quote Hingis here, and say "Hey, what rivalry?" Rogi is 5-1 lifetime against Chronicles of the Riddick(ulous)

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 07:04 PM
Well, guys like Nalby and Gaudio always give Rogi a hard time on practically any surface. In fact, there are any no of guys out there who can give a top player big probs.

I wish everyone w stop calling Rogi the next Sampras or Pandy the next AA or even Haas, Kiefer or Schuettler the next Becker -- such comparisons are worthless. You can't repeat today what Pete or moreso, Borg achieved -- times have changed, the game of tennis has changed, and in a way, it's better.

Rogi isn't truly dominating and nobody will ever again [on the men's side anyway]. So he's won, what, 2 slams? Big deal! Hewitt dominated more in his 2-yr blitz. If you want domination, look to the women's side a couple of yrs ago w the Serena sisters... hasn't Serena won 24 titles incl 6 slams already?? She's only 22, like Rogi. What about Martina H? 40 sgles titles incl 5 slams and she's only 23!!

Anyway, enough of my little rampage here.

Go, ROGI!!!!

Fedex
06-18-2004, 08:29 PM
Figures that there trying to stir up a rivalry here, betweem Rogi & Andy :o :rolleyes: I'm sorry but a 5-1 record isnt exactly the best rivalry out there, is it??? :confused: Rogi/JCF is a much more interesting rivalry as its a slim 4-3 advantage for Fed. (Though JC has only beaten rogi the last 1/5 matches, won the 1st 2.) Or Rogi/AA, 3-3, 1st 3 for Andre, last 3 for Roger. Rogi/JC matches are always more entertaining than Roger and Andys matches, and Rogi/David always play really close matches, and is heating up to be a great rivalry.

MissPovaFan
06-18-2004, 08:50 PM
hehe theres a certain player also that holds a 6-2 record over Federer ;)

mitalidas
06-18-2004, 08:59 PM
hehe theres a certain player also that holds a 6-2 record over Federer ;)

good point paulhopkins.... however, i think that particular player would trade that for a 0-8 record if he could have had 1 (or both) of Rogi's Slams

MissPovaFan
06-18-2004, 09:00 PM
Yep despite the 6-2 there is still no doubt who the better player on most surfaces is and thats Federer.

Dirk
06-18-2004, 09:26 PM
Rogi will be mentally ready no doubt. Rogi is reaching a god level now. I think he will be fine. He will be so so tough to beat and it will only happen if he has an off day. I just hope Rogi goes far and enjoys himself. As long as he stays healthy Wimbly will always be there for him.

Billabong
06-18-2004, 10:53 PM
So he'll be first on CC, I can't wait:D!
GOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDDD:banana:!!!

ytben
06-19-2004, 12:29 AM
Hear hear Seb, go Rogi!!!! :bounce: I am so nervous even from now. Anybody know this Alex guy, is he a big server? Does he play S/V, or power baseline, etc?

Yeah, I am also tired of reading all these super hyped up articles about Rogi, makes me even more nervous as well :lol: And the word "next Sampras" makes me cringe honestly. Why do they need to make that connection I dunno, Rogi is Rogi, Sampras is Sampras.

BTW I saw BBC interviewed Rogi on the central court for 30 seconds. He said how it will be a tough challenge to win 7 matches in two weeks, and said that tennis is the most important thing in his life beside Mirka and his family. Anyway he looks good :hearts:

Fedex
06-19-2004, 12:49 AM
I've heard of Alex before. (Rosie has mentioned him before). I hear he is very talented, he is a lefty, and he dosent play the traditional S & V. He plays a more 'all court' game. So i am assuming he does Serve & Volley, but is not a pure S & V like Dent, Rusedski, etc. So i guess he's a well rounded player, i have no idea if he has a big serve, or a huge weapon off the ground, however.

mitalidas
06-19-2004, 02:16 AM
Haven't seen this posted here. A nice read


Relaxed Federer prepared to make case for defence
By Neil Harman
The Wimbledon champion is in perfect condition to retain his title



THE eternal image of Wimbledon 2003 is not Lleyton Hewitt looking up a good 15 inches into the eyes of Ivo Karlovic, the victorious giant, on a remarkable first day, a crestfallen Tim Henman bowing out too soon, or Serena Williams losing the opening set to Venus Williams in the women’s final when her elder sister could barely raise a jog. It is of Roger Federer skidding to the Centre Court turf at the moment of a champion’s deliverance.
“It is a flash I have in the back of my head all the time.” he said, “Of me on the knees. It was the relief. I was like a wet bag, I was so tired. It was hard to believe during the match how I was playing and what was going on. I was close, and then I did it. I couldn’t control the tears, it was way, way too much emotion for me.”



The defending men’s champion, all eager intent, was spotted at the All England Club yesterday in unprepossessing pose, leaning against a railing, clad in jeans, flowing locks tied beneath a cap as if he had not a care. On Monday it starts over again, though. When he walks back out on to Centre Court he will be saddled with the burden of being indisputably the best tennis player in the world.

That apart, nothing has changed about the young Swiss at all. Polite, approachable and composed, he remains a credit to himself, his parents and his country. The pot-shots at him start in a couple of days — Alex Bogdanovic, of Britain, is first to take aim — and someone has to hope they strike it lucky because for most of the year Federer has dodged almost every one with effortless balance and grace.

Since July last year he has played 80 singles matches on the tour, in grand-slam championships and the Davis Cup, losing 12. He has won seven titles, including the Masters Cup in Houston, the Australian Open and in Halle, Germany, on grass last week.

“At the beginning of 2003, my goal was to start winning the small titles to get the feel for playing important matches, semi-finals, finals, to know what it was like,” he said. “Coming into Wimbledon I had won four tournaments but I had the pressure of failing in the first round of the French Open and it was important to make a statement because I had never had the chance to show how good I was, except for the win over (Pete) Sampras in 2001. Then it was important after winning Wimbledon to keep going, not just say: ‘OK, I’ve achieved my dream, I can relax and play out the year.’

“I wanted to show I had really deserved this title. When I got to Houston, someone texted the group I was in and for me it was a nightmare, (Andre) Agassi, (Juan Carlos) Ferrero, (David) Nalbandian, all those I had struggled against. But I had one tough match against Agassi in the round-robin and set them all aside. Now, if you ask me is there a player I fear, I say I don’t fear anyone as much as before, because I have beaten them all.”

Federer has been back to the All England Club once since his coronation, in December for lunch with Tim Phillips, the chairman. “It was good to catch up with the place, because I left in such a hurry,” he said. “I kept winning and winning, the days I was not playing were spent recovering from the last win and preparing for the next one. It was an unbelievable experience for me. I never knew I would have so many obligations. It was a life change.

“To win was such a big satisfaction. I am back now and fit. This is another milestone, to defend my title. The pressure comes from inside, to want to do well, not to lose in the first round, those kind of things. That is why I have come here early, to get the work done and to prepare mentally. My game is very good, I’m fit, practice has gone well. Things are really OK.”

Federer still eschews the appointment of a coach. Since parting company with Peter Lundgren at the end of last year, he has been flying solo on and around the courts — though he now has a management company with a structure that exemplifies Swiss attention to detail.

“If I wasn’t happy with the situation, I would change it,” he said. “I think about it a lot, but then I stress myself out and think I’m forcing myself into something I don’t need to do. It will happen when the time is right.”


http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2641-1150105,00.html

Skyward
06-19-2004, 03:18 AM
Thanks mitalidas. Very sincere and honest article.

Skyward
06-19-2004, 05:42 AM
Wertheim's report

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpbTRkaTBhBF9TAzk1ODYyNTg0BHNlYwNv ZQ--?slug=wimbledonmensse&prov=cnnsi&type=lgns


He predicts Roger-Andy final with Roddick winning, of course. Has he ever picked non american to win GS, other than French Open? :zzz:

yanchr
06-19-2004, 12:17 PM
:haha: at Wertheim's predictions. I mean if Rogi does appear in the final how would he ever lose to Roddick:o

Thanks guys for all the articles :) I do hope Rogi won't be engrossed in all the hypes too much. All the predictions are meaningless once the tournament sets off. So is for us and also for Rogi.

Can't wait...

Dirk
06-19-2004, 01:41 PM
If Rogi plays badly he will lose but that is the only way.

Billabong
06-20-2004, 03:10 AM
LOL at this prediction :lol:! Cmon Rogi prove him wrong again:D!!!!!!!!!!!

rue
06-20-2004, 03:26 AM
I am not too sure about Wertheim's predictions as he too was wrong about the French Open but Federer will be real confident especially in the finals. If he plays his best tennis then no one will beat him even Andy but we just have to wait and see what happens. Go Roger!!!!

Jazzy
06-20-2004, 08:08 AM
screw Wertheim's - rogi, will win Wimbly!!!!!!!!

moonlight
06-20-2004, 07:55 PM
Roger's pre-event interview :

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2004-06-20/200406201087739681709.html

Good luck on your first round match & best wishes to you in Wimbledon! Go Rogi! :D

Raquel
06-20-2004, 11:59 PM
Good Luck tomorrow Roger :bounce:

First on Centre Court of course :) I just hope there is not too much rain :(

Roger don't be too hard on Alex B OK? :p

Billabong
06-21-2004, 02:36 AM
First round is always nerve-wracking :scared:! I'm confident Rogi will do well though:bounce:!
GOOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDDD:banana:!!!

ytben
06-21-2004, 02:38 PM
Rogi won his first round match :woohoo:.
Even though looks like he was not troubled, I was quite nervous following the scoreboard :D.

Good luck on your second round match Rogi :bounce:

BTW Lleyton looks on top form as well, closed his match easily.

LCeh
06-21-2004, 02:44 PM
Maybe it's just me, but his movement seems a bit weird to me. It is as if he is not running and moving the way he can at 100%. Maybe it's because this is the first time I have seen him on grass? Or do others feel the same?

Shy
06-21-2004, 02:54 PM
Well, the first two sets, he was playing a little more passive while in the third sets, he was more aggresive. He is not moving the way he can at 100%, but the commentatiors (in french) said that he seem to take this match easy considering who the oppponents was. He needs to be careful about his back especially after the fall. Anyway, Hewitt is playing very well too. So, his draw is harder than we think.

Anyway, the french commentators also said that Roger was usually joking around with other players before his matches while Pete Sampras was usually more concentrated before the match.

lsy
06-21-2004, 02:56 PM
He needs to be careful about his back especially after the fall. Anyway, Hewitt is playing very well too. So, his draw is harder than we think.


He has a fall during the match?

Shy
06-21-2004, 02:57 PM
He has a fall during the match.

LCeh
06-21-2004, 02:58 PM
Yeah, he was at the net, and Alex fired a ball at him, and he kinda dived down to avoid it.

lsy
06-21-2004, 03:02 PM
Yeah, he was at the net, and Alex fired a ball at him, and he kinda dived down to avoid it.

:mad: at alex... ;)

I only got to watch a total of probably less than 10 min Rogi in action :rolleyes:

LCeh
06-21-2004, 03:07 PM
ESPN showed the end of Hewitt's second set and Navratilova's last 2 games, but other than that it was pretty good. Roger was definitely not playing his 100% in the first 2 sets. I only started watching the third at 5-0, so I am not too sure how he did there.

I am glad Rogi got his first round over quickly, with all the rain delays... :devil:

Shy
06-21-2004, 03:12 PM
If he was playing as agressive as the third set, the match should have been quicker.Alex did some really nice shots too.

RogiFan88
06-21-2004, 03:29 PM
Woo hoo Rogi into R2! Hope he's OK after his fall tho... a bit concerned. Rogi doesn't usually play at 100% if he doesn't need to but he still needs to be careful v. any player.

Hewitt looked good, what I saw of him -- watch out, Rogi!

Davai, Youzhny, Juanqui, Carlos, Marat and Alex C!!!

yanchr
06-21-2004, 03:36 PM
I'm here cheering for Rogi's first win en route to the title:bounce:

But :mad::mad::mad: at my coverage! How the hell dare they cut off his match after showing it for only 10 mins:mad::mad: They'd better give it a better go next match, or I will throw a bomb over them :mad::mad:

Billabong
06-21-2004, 04:05 PM
I saw the match, and Rogi played awesome especially in the third set:D! The first set was good, but he got a little bit tight in the second.. still I'm very satisfied with how he played, now he can only improve for the next rounds:bounce:!!!

lsy
06-21-2004, 04:19 PM
I saw the match, and Rogi played awesome especially in the third set:D! The first set was good, but he got a little bit tight in the second.. still I'm very satisfied with how he played, now he can only improve for the next rounds:bounce:!!!

Hi Seb :wavey:

jealous...jealous...jealous...

I think yanchr, ytben and me will all go throw bomb at star sports if we still don't get to watch Rogi in his second match :mad: :mad: :mad:

Billabong
06-21-2004, 04:20 PM
Hi Seb :wavey:

jealous...jealous...jealous...

I think yanchr, ytben and me will all go throw bomb at star sports if we still don't get to watch Rogi in his second match :mad: :mad: :mad:

lol right now there's a rain delay, and RDS is showing last year's Wimbledon final:D!!! Great memories:D!!!

jtipson
06-21-2004, 04:25 PM
I agree Billabong, the first and third sets were definitely better than the second. He seemed to lose something on his serve towards the end of the second set, and Alex had a couple of chances to break but wasn't able to.

He doesn't want to reach top form just yet anyway. Best save that for later rounds.

yanchr
06-21-2004, 05:25 PM
lol right now there's a rain delay, and RDS is showing last year's Wimbledon final:D!!! Great memories:D!!!
Seb, you are making me :mad: again. How could you :mad:
;) :p

Billabong
06-21-2004, 05:25 PM
yep :worship:!

Cmon Fedd keep up the great job:D!

Skyward
06-21-2004, 05:37 PM
Roger hit 36 winners and made 8 UE, that's not bad. Also Bogdanovich did not beat himself, his ratio is positive too( 16-11).

Keep it up, Roger :clap2: :clap2:

Billabong
06-21-2004, 05:47 PM
Seb, you are making me :mad: again. How could you :mad:
;) :p

lol :lol:! awwww at Fed's reaction while holding the trophy :hearts:!

RogiFan88
06-21-2004, 05:53 PM
lucky Seb, getting extra coverage that we don't get here... tell me when they show Rogi talking in the studio... we got cut off at noon...

cristina
06-21-2004, 05:57 PM
woohoo! Great job, Rogi! :banana:

Billabong
06-21-2004, 07:55 PM
lucky Seb, getting extra coverage that we don't get here... tell me when they show Rogi talking in the studio... we got cut off at noon...

my coverage stopped at noon too :sad:! But I found an article about his win:) :
LONDON, June 21 (Reuters) - Roger Federer's victory over Britain's Alex Bogdanovic in Wimbledon's first round on Monday was achieved on automatic pilot. But then again, the champion had rehearsed it countless times in his head.

The top seed, who enchanted Centre Court last year with his fluid tennis and gentlemanly demeanour, walloped hapless Briton Alex Bogdanovic 6-3 6-3 6-0 in 80 one-sided minutes before revealing the mental preparation he had put in.

"I try to imagine myself, before I go to bed, playing on Centre Court ...in a tough situation," he smiled.

"I just try to create the worst-case scenario in my head ... you know, being down, losing ... other guy on fire and me not being able to do anything about it.

"I also visualise me playing well and playing good shots.

"I do both sides because if I don't do the other side too and suddenly I am in that scenario then I have a problem because I don't know how to get out of it.

"But luckily that didn't happen today...and now I know how it feels again to be back here."


HALLOWED TURF

Federer did return to the All England Club late last year on a fleeting trip to Britain but was unable to step onto Centre Court due to a fence designed to keep foxes off the hallowed turf.

Bogdanovic must have wished a similar barrier could have saved him from Federer on a day when everything the Swiss attempted came off.

"I have to say, it felt really nice," the 22-year-old Federer said. "The moment I walked on court really ... after that I was in the groove and just focused on the match itself."

Bogdanovic was philosophical after the hefty defeat.

"Hopefully this is gonna help me get better as a tennis player for the future," he said.

"Afterwards I just went straight to the locker room but hopefully if I get to see him in the restaurant it will be good to talk to him and see if he can give me some tips.

____________________

Nymeria
06-21-2004, 10:00 PM
:woohoo: Roger :bounce:

RogiFan88
06-21-2004, 10:05 PM
merci, billabong! si tu veux poster qqc articles en francais des journaux quebecois, vas-y!!

rue
06-21-2004, 10:11 PM
Roger played real well, he did not play his best because he did not need to against his opponent. If he keeps playing the way he is now and even picks it up he will be difficult to beat. Go Roger!! :hatoff:

moonlight
06-21-2004, 10:12 PM
Good start, Rogi :yeah: Keep it going!

Good Luck against Falla! :bounce:


:wavey: Hi Seb, thanks for the article :hug: It's the first time I've read about his mental preparation. Interesting.

Raquel
06-21-2004, 11:41 PM
Well done Roger :) :yeah:

He played well, but he was not really tested today. He has a lot better tennis ahead of him.

1 down, 6 to go :angel:

Dirk
06-21-2004, 11:54 PM
http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/scores/stats/day1/1001ms.html Good stats. The double faults were not good but its the first match. His errors and winners ratio is fantastic. Rogi will only get better and better. http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/otn/blobs/multi.gif

lsy
06-22-2004, 02:12 PM
Rogi's interview :

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2004-06-21/200406211087848099893.html

"Q. Do you think you're more comfortable on grass even than your cow Juliette?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't think so. She should be more comfortable because she spends more time on it, so..."

:haha:

lsy
06-22-2004, 02:14 PM
Federer sets a champion's standard

Britain's Bogdanovic provides the cannon fodder as Swiss title-holder gets back into the groove

Stephen Bierley
Tuesday June 22, 2004
The Guardian

There is always a tiny worm of doubt wheedling its way into the back of a defending champion's mind that his opening match may turn into a horror show. Roger Federer had played this worst case scenario through his pre-Wimbledon imaginings - "the other guy on fire, me being unable to do anything about it" -but once back on Centre Court yesterday all vestiges of doubt were almost instantly dismissed.

Federer unfurled his champion's standard in all the vivid colours of last year, defeating Britain's Alex Bogdanovic 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. As a statement of the Swiss player's intention of defending his title it could scarcely have been more definitive, even if his 20-year-old opponent, playing for the first time in the hallowed arena, was effectively, though not surprisingly, outclassed.

This victory was a pool of luminosity in an otherwise disjointed opening day of frequent showers. The forecast for today is much worse. As the match neared its end Bogdanovic appealed to the skies for a little watery intervention. Anything to prolong matters, for despite being on the wrong end of a hiding, the young British player was enjoying the occasion immensely.

Much has happened to Federer since he took the title against Australia's Mark Philippoussis last year. He won the end-of-season Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, defeating all his main rivals, and then, in the process of winning his second grand-slam title in Australia earlier this year, swooped above Andy Roddick to become the world No1.

There was never a hint of doubt or a murmur of dissatisfaction within tennis circles, for he was universally recognised as the most talented of the world's leading players, a man of immense and varied gifts and a joy to watch. Yes, question marks had been raised concerning his temperament, and whether he had the requisite steel of a champion, but all such doubts were erased inside eight scintillating months.

The intensity of the sunlight as Federer sauntered on to centre stage was misleading. Indeed prior to his entrance play had already been disrupted on the outside courts. Federer rarely if ever appears in a hurry, but there was little doubt that if at all possible he intended getting himself back in the locker room, done and dusted, before the rain fell again.

The power of his service game quickly had Bogdanovic on the defensive, both physically and mentally. The Belgrade-born youngster has recently run foul of the LTA's efforts, under the direction of David Felgate, to imbue the British game with a greater competitive edge. He had his funding stopped, but was nevertheless awarded a wild card into the tournament.

"That's in the past, and next week I'm going to sit down and talk with the LTA again," said Bogdanovic, who admitted it was "pretty fair of them" to give him a wild card. The left-hander has considerable gifts but as Federer was quick to point out needs to work on his physical condition. "It's not endurance. It's more about explosive power."


Federer has that in abundance, having worked hard on his upper body strength over the last two or three years. There are times when he produces shots that almost defy physical laws. The "where the hell did that come from" shot is an integral part of his game; like Pete Sampras he has the constant ability to astonish.

Bogdanovic clung on with quiet desperation for two sets, although while he was busting a gut to stay in the match, Federer rarely raised himself above practice level, making perfectly sure that each and every aspect of his game was in the groove. In the sixth game of the second set, Bogdanovic had two chances to trouble the Federer serve: a weak backhand, a missed volley, and all was lost.

Last year Australia's Lleyton Hewitt lost to Croatia's Ivo Karlovic to become the first defending men's champion in the Open era to lose in the first round. There was never the remotest danger of that happening to Federer. Like his cow, Juliette, presented to him by the Swiss last year, he was entirely at his ease in the meadows, although he was prepared to put the case in her favour: "She spends more time on grass than me," he said.

It had been anticipated that Hewitt, who is seeded to meet Federer in the quarter-finals, might have problems against Jürgen Melzer of Austria and, after last year's black Monday, Hewitt was understandably delighted to win 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 on Court No 1. "He's a tough opponent, and I had a lot of respect for his game, but I have high expectations here and I'm hitting the ball well," he said. Although he would never admit it, Hewitt's career has been on the slide since he took the decision at the beginning of 2003, the year after he had won Wimbledon, to concentrate on leading Australia to Davis Cup victory, which he duly achieved.

But during that time, as so often happens in tennis, the game moved on with a ferocious acceleration, notably from Federer and Roddick. Now Hewitt is attempting to play catch-up. He worked immensely hard over the winter, developing his upper body strength, and has recently climbed back into the top 10.

At 23 years old time remains on his side, although as yet he has failed to recapture the form that saw him finish both 2001 and 2002 as the world No1. Clearly he hopes to change matters here.

lsy
06-22-2004, 02:20 PM
Federer, genius on grass, still cow-tows to Juliet
By Sue Mott (Filed: 22/06/2004)


Roger Federer is becoming ominously more comfortable on grass even than his cow, Juliet. The defending Wimbledon champion looked as smooth as a vat of cream as he won his 18th successive match on grass in beating Britain's Alex Bogdanovic in straight sets in the first round yesterday. But he is such a polite young man that he gave Juliet - the pet cow presented to him by a grateful Swiss nation for winning Wimbledon a year ago - the benefit of the doubt. "She should be more comfortable because she spends more time on it," he said kindly.


Lift-off: Roger Federer begins the defence of his title with a win
But if he is nice to farmyard animals, he was only going to give so much leeway to the Briton ranked 295th in the world who has been swirling in the outer darkness of Lawn Tennis Association disapproval ever since he failed to turn up at a tournament abroad after suffering a bout of food poisoning. How was that for punishment? A Centre Court appointment with the greatest grass court player of his generation.

As it happened, Bogdanovic was delighted with his draw. He had nothing to lose and duly lost 6-3, 6-3, 6-0. But at least during the course of the comprehensive defeat he almost broke Federer's serve on one occasion, holding two break points at 3-2 in the second set, and looked as though he had escaped the perennial British fate of keeling over with stagefright at the first swish of a cross-court backhand.

That is not to say a bout of Bogmania is about to sweep the country. But the 20-year-old Belgrade-born wildcard acquitted himself well and even drew a compliment after the match from his exalted opponent.

"You know the match went very quickly," Federer said. "But I definitely see potential because he's got good hands. He just need to work on his conditional strength and the mental will follow the more matches he will play."

Some would say the mental are too busy following the England team in Portugal to worry about the likes of a low-ranked British male tennis player in the rain, but if Henmania is to lure more people into watching tennis, then there will need to be a following horde of players who can capitalise on the new popularity. If not a horde, then some. If not some, then at least one. Perhaps Bogdanovic, the new chastened version, will be that one.

His serve was efficient and his rallying competitive. He was let down, as Federer correctly identified, by his lack of strength and power from the corners and, ultimately, the conviction that he was only there to make up the numbers.

While Federer has the aesthetic appeal of a Renaissance painting, all beautiful lines and fabulous spectacle, Bogdanovic was a little more earthy. His preparation to serve, for instance, involved such a protuberant elbow that he looked like a man trying to unfurl an umbrella in a gale.

The crowd cheered him on as far as they were able, without ever straying into the waving of union flags (clearly being washed and pressed for Tim Henman's first appearance today). He rewarded them with some adventurous points, three aces (two in one game in a glorious second-set burst) and moments when he out-rallied the champion. "I like to think I can inspire Bogmania one day," he said sweetly.

A few spots of rain descended on his final service game. He encouraged them. He indicated to the heavens that he would really like a downpour. "I wanted a rain break so that I could walk out on the Centre Court all over again. I liked it so much." But Federer, unusually bullish, just told him to get a move on. So Bogdanovic lost his third successive first round at Wimbledon and now awaits a return to the LTA fold. If he has learned anything from all his recent experiences, it is that there is never any substitute for hard, hard graft.

That, and genius. Perhaps that is overstating Federer's supreme touch on a grass court, but he is such a watch able talent on the fastest of all the Grand Slam surfaces. For a start, he looks right in white, favouring the Suzanne Lenglen bandeau and shorts so wondrously baggy they flap like the sails of an ocean-going clipper. His hair is always neatly bunned and his square frame is solid with muscle.

He is probably not a follower of all Lenglen's little traits, like trailing fur coats on to the court behind him and swigging copiously from flasks of brandy, but then ideas of fitness training have changed a little since the Frenchwoman last won The Championships in 1925.

Meanwhile, the Swiss man noticed how much had stayed the same since he was last standing on the Centre Court, in tears, being presented with the championship trophy. "I thought about last year, the moment I walked on court. After that I was in the groove and just focused on the match itself," he said. One fleeting indulgence of nostalgia was allowable but he will need to keep the wistfulness in check.

His most serious rival looks to be Andy Roddick, the No 2 seed with the supersonic serve. Federer's art v Roddick's science is one way of describing their projected confrontation. But not if Tim Henman has his way, smashing through the British culture of tennis failure that has formed an unbreachable brick wall for nearly seven decades.

It would be churlish to deny this is Henman's greatest chance, as his maturity and confidence boost his game built for grass. The pattering of our patriotic hearts may not be in vain, but for a more certain sense of national pride you might be wise to apply for Swiss citizenship.

:haha: at their sense of humour.

Enjoy reading :wavey:

Billabong
06-22-2004, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the article:)!

ytben
06-23-2004, 01:22 AM
Thanks for the interview and articles lsy :kiss:

:haha: @ the Juliette comments and the title of the second article :lol:

mitalidas
06-23-2004, 01:44 AM
i know this is exclusively for Rogi.... but like all of you who've watched coverage on ESPN, i've really loved seeing the ad with Andre-Steffi-"Jaden" (it's not Jaden, though). For those of you who dont get ESPN, ttp://www.genworth.com/media/index.html

LCeh
06-23-2004, 02:58 AM
Thanks a lot for the post mitalidas. It was really amusing, seeing Dent get punished by Andre's son... :lol:

Billabong
06-23-2004, 03:53 AM
lol :lol:!

Jazzy
06-23-2004, 08:43 AM
lol :lol: :haha: how cute!!

Mrs. B
06-23-2004, 11:58 AM
Good luck to Roger today! :bounce:

ytben
06-23-2004, 01:23 PM
Yeah, good luck Rogi! :bounce: Hopes his match won't be postponed till tomorrow, although it most probably will by the looks of it *sigh*

lsy
06-23-2004, 01:32 PM
Can I join in the fun of :bounce:

I'm so bored seeing Martina's match again :mad: :o

RogiFan88
06-23-2004, 02:28 PM
Vamos, ROGI v. Falla!

Hope he gets to play today!

Darned rain... they said in 50 yrs there have only been 13 full rain days! not bad eh? and how many last yr at USO???

Shy
06-23-2004, 03:16 PM
ESPN had shown Roger practicing this morning on the indoor court.

Billabong
06-23-2004, 03:38 PM
here they showed Serena and Henman's matches;)!

LCeh
06-23-2004, 03:41 PM
Argh... maybe showing some matches from last year is a better idea? :devil:

Shy
06-23-2004, 03:41 PM
here they showed Serena and Henman's matches;)!ESPN show Serena than Henman.Rds show the same thing but in different order. boring.

MissPovaFan
06-23-2004, 03:43 PM
BBC are doing a phone in vote for 10 classic matches at Wimbledon.

RogiFan88
06-23-2004, 04:10 PM
also showed Rogi arriving this morning... and Juanqui in players' resto w his dad, so cute! both of them!!

why don't they show Juanqui's match?!!!

Billabong
06-23-2004, 07:11 PM
yeah it was great to see Juanqui and Rogi:D!!! Plus, they interviewed Hingis at the beginning so I was happy:D!

ytben
06-24-2004, 10:49 AM
Can I join in the fun of :bounce:

I'm so bored seeing Martina's match again :mad: :o

Let's :bounce: again for today! Hope the rain subside so we can have some live matches on TV today instead of more rerun :(. I love Goran, but I am really getting tired seeing his matches for the fourth or is it fifth time :o.

ytben
06-24-2004, 10:52 AM
ESPN had shown Roger practicing this morning on the indoor court.

LOL I never thought I will ever miss ESPN :o, but this is one of that rare occasion where I do. I am tired seeing Martina making a mincemeat of Castano on my TV and will be glad to see Rogi practicing.

ytben
06-24-2004, 01:26 PM
BTW are anybody watching Roddick's match? This kid Wang has quite a talent, just need a bit more pop behind his shot and build more endurance.

Ok, I'll stop talking by myself :p

lsy
06-24-2004, 02:08 PM
I am tired seeing Martina making a mincemeat of Castano on my TV and will be glad to see Rogi practicing.

Me too, ytben!!! Please let Rogi play today and please star sports, SHOW HIS MATCH!!! :mad:

hahaha...ytben, bored waiting for Rogi's match ;)

Shy
06-24-2004, 02:19 PM
I hope they show Roger at tonight coverage since the live coverage ends at noon.:mad:

lsy
06-24-2004, 02:22 PM
:lol:

There'll be plenty of :mad: :mad: here if we still don't get to watch Rogi in action today.

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 03:00 PM
yeah, good for Wang for pushing Pandy a bit -- Pandy took so long to win today! ha ha!

GO, ROGI!!! They showed him signing autographs today!! GO, CUTIE!!

Hey, Juanqui, what's happening!!! COme on, you must win today!! Verdasco too -- get rid of Ginepri, yukky guy!

lsy
06-24-2004, 04:04 PM
Finally...Rogi's match coming up.

pls pls pls show Rogi's match, star sports...plsssssss

Come on Rogi!!!

LCeh
06-24-2004, 04:07 PM
Really? I thought Hewitt is up, and isn't Rogi after Hewitt?

lsy
06-24-2004, 04:14 PM
LCeh, Rogi is on court 1, Hewitt on center court.

LCeh
06-24-2004, 04:15 PM
Oh right, Rogi is not on centre court... :banghead:

lsy
06-24-2004, 04:26 PM
Damn Star Sports...

Shown Tim, Andy, all sorts of ladies matches, but just NOT Rogi's and yet they kept talking non stop about how much pleasure it is to watch Rogi...

They already shown Goran first round match like 3 times, can't we at least get Rogi's match once now instead of Goran's second round???

:mad: :mad: :mad:

LCeh
06-24-2004, 04:27 PM
Neither is ESPN.... :banghead:

shaoyu
06-24-2004, 04:33 PM
Who is this Falla guy, he seems extremely unpopular with TV networks :rolleyes:

LCeh
06-24-2004, 04:38 PM
He is a qualifier, so I wouldn't expect much from him... ;)

ytben
06-24-2004, 04:39 PM
They just showed Falla wiping his sweat on the chair. And they switched back to Goran again right after. That's all the coverage I got from Rogi's match :lol:

Nymeria
06-24-2004, 04:41 PM
He's playing already? :eek:

yanchr
06-24-2004, 04:42 PM
:mad::mad::mad::mad:......

LCeh
06-24-2004, 04:44 PM
Hey Legolas! Haven't seen you for a very long time! :wavey:

ytben
06-24-2004, 04:45 PM
He's playing already? :eek:

Yeah, he's up a set and a break currently.

lsy
06-24-2004, 04:45 PM
They just showed Falla wiping his sweat on the chair. And they switched back to Goran again right after. That's all the coverage I got from Rogi's match :lol:

ytben, you're good, still can laugh at that...i'm really really :mad: :mad: :mad:

I don't know why they just kept skipping Roger's matches. I thought that they're going to show Rogi's matches for sure since they were showing Capriati's which was before Rogi's....but :sad:

But Rogi's on fire!!!

Nymeria
06-24-2004, 04:46 PM
Yeah, he's up a set and a break currently.

I just see it. I cannot open the live-score site of Wimbledon :rolleyes: but luckily the homepage of wimbledon says the score as well :)

Nymeria
06-24-2004, 04:46 PM
:fiery: Im at my mums school (she's a teacher) so I cannot watch tennis now :(

shaoyu
06-24-2004, 04:50 PM
Looks like ESPN is switching to Roger's match

shaoyu
06-24-2004, 04:52 PM
And some sweet voice of Hingis too!

ytben
06-24-2004, 04:52 PM
ytben, you're good, still can laugh at that...i'm really really :mad: :mad: :mad:

I don't know why they just kept skipping Roger's matches. I thought that they're going to show Rogi's matches for sure since they were showing Capriati's which was before Rogi's....but :sad:

But Rogi's on fire!!!

I was :mad: too but in the first place I don't have high hope they will show it considering his opponent is only a qualifier, except an upset is happening. So I prefer not getting to watch the match than Rogi losing to a qualifier. :angel:

Nymeria
06-24-2004, 04:54 PM
I don't expect Roger to lose this match!

ytben
06-24-2004, 04:54 PM
My gosh, I miss ESPN again!!!! :bigcry: I want to see Rogi!

Legolas, I am at home but my coverage is showing Goran whom I love also. But no Rogi, so we're almost in the same boat :(

lsy
06-24-2004, 04:55 PM
I was :mad: too but in the first place I don't have high hope they will show it considering his opponent is only a qualifier, except an upset is happening. So I prefer not getting to watch the match than Rogi losing to a qualifier. :angel:

But still the way they talk so much about Rogi being the favourite, how good he's playing now and yet show no sigh on his matches is just :mad: :mad:

Come on Rogi!!! He's too quick on court :eek:

ytben
06-24-2004, 04:57 PM
I don't expect Roger to lose this match!

I don't either unless something crazy happened *knocks wood*. He's already up a break in the third :)

Nymeria
06-24-2004, 04:58 PM
My gosh, I miss ESPN again!!!! :bigcry: I want to see Rogi!

Legolas, I am at home but my coverage is showing Goran whom I love also. But no Rogi, so we're almost in the same boat :(

I don't know what match the Dutch channel is showing. No Dutchie is playing I guess, so won't be surprised if they show Rogi

ytben
06-24-2004, 04:59 PM
But still the way they talk so much about Rogi being the favourite, how good he's playing now and yet show no sigh on his matches is just :mad: :mad:

Come on Rogi!!! He's too quick on court :eek:

Yeah, the commentators sure don't make it easy for us the way they are praising his performance but we can't see it :rolleyes:

My gosh, is it starting to rain again??? :mad:

LCeh
06-24-2004, 05:07 PM
Yes it is raining again...

Roger was in great shape. He is going for the record breaker for the shortest 5 set match. He finished the first 3 games in the third set in around 5 minutes.

yanchr
06-24-2004, 05:13 PM
:bigcry: :bigcry: WHEN THE HELL ARE THEY GOING TO SHOW ROGI HERE :mad: :mad: :mad:
StarSposts, you are making me hate everyone you show :mad: :mad:

ytben
06-24-2004, 05:13 PM
He probably tried to beat the impending rain delay, but still not fast enough Rogi :p

LCeh
06-24-2004, 05:14 PM
Yes, I hope he breaks the record. :p

lsy
06-24-2004, 05:18 PM
Ya...I was still complaining and upset about the coverage, and in a blink he's already in 3rd set :eek:

Come on Rogi! You can't break the fastest serves record, but you can break the fastest match record ;)

ytben
06-24-2004, 05:21 PM
Hey, it's starting already why Star Sports is still showing a recorded Hewitt match? :mad: :mad:

lsy
06-24-2004, 05:23 PM
Hey, it's starting already why the coverage is still showing a delayed Hewitt match? :mad: :mad:

I guess your LIVE coverage is actually 10 minutes delayed like mine too? :o

Rogi's 5-0 now :eek:

ytben
06-24-2004, 05:23 PM
5-0 already, I think he will break the record :eek: Go Rogi!

ytben
06-24-2004, 05:24 PM
I guess your LIVE coverage is actually 10 minutes delayed like mine too? :o


Ah I think you're right, that will certainly explain the stupidity of it.

ytben
06-24-2004, 05:25 PM
Rogi won with a bagel on the third :woohoo:

lsy
06-24-2004, 05:29 PM
wow...Rogi... :eek: :woohoo:

Real test should start soon!!!

Come on Rogi, keep up the good form!

:bounce: :bounce:

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 05:30 PM
Woo hoo, Rogi!! Nice and efficient!! 61 62 60!!

I don't want Rogi to break any serve speed records... leave that to Pandy -- Rogi doesn't need to serve fast to win... he's more accurate and artistic in his tennis, the way I like it [the way Pete likes it too -- that understated, classy style appeals to Pete].

Keep going, Rogi!

Now to keep an eye on Santoro/Johansson... hmm... which one is better for Rogi next up?

Ouahh... Juanqui!! NO!!! Carlos, be focussed! Go away, Fish... HEwitt's match soo boring!!!

We got cut off at noon so only 10 mns of Rogi... guess I have to be satisfied w that...

LCeh
06-24-2004, 05:31 PM
Yeah RogiFan, that's still better than nothing. ;)

Doesn't matter who Roger plays next, shouldn't be too difficult as long as he plays close to his best. :)

ytben
06-24-2004, 05:32 PM
I don't know, what's the h2h between Rogi and those two? Yeah, from now it will be an uphill battle. Good luck Rogi! :bounce:

BTW I am watching Juanqui right now, Koubek is playing great. C'mon Juanqui!

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 05:35 PM
Stupid Fashionista!

I want Goran, Ivo, Tursunov and Hewitt gone! [I wonder why?!!]

Yuk, Ginepri beat Verdasco... blechhh!! Such ugly tennis... JMG too, yukkkkk! I want the Italian to beat him.

lsy
06-24-2004, 05:36 PM
I don't want Rogi to break any serve speed records... leave that to Pandy -- Rogi doesn't need to serve fast to win... he's more accurate and artistic in his tennis, the way I like it [the way Pete likes it too -- that understated, classy style appeals to Pete].

Of course Rogifan ;)

At least you saw 10 mins, I saw none :mad:

Rogi just beat Johansson in Halle right? But not really an easy match for him I think despite the score.

We should be seeing some good matchup for rogi soon hopefully that means coverage on him too :rolleyes:

yanchr
06-24-2004, 05:37 PM
wooooooooow AWESOME ROGI!!!!!:eek::eek::eek:

STARSPORTS, IF YOU WANT TO STAY ALIVE FOR LONGER TIME, YOU'D BETTER SHOW ROGI NEXT ROUND:fiery::fiery::fiery:

LCeh
06-24-2004, 05:39 PM
Some stats to share... Falla won 34 points in 3 sets, just 5 in the third... :eek: :bolt: :spit:

ytben
06-24-2004, 05:42 PM
They're showing Rogi!!! from 3-0 in the third set, better than nothing.

lsy
06-24-2004, 05:58 PM
wow Rogi's awesome!!! That backhand smash :eek:

ytben, what logic is then for Star Sports to show Venus match now? I'm sure it's going to be some thrashing from Venus. Then why not Rogi's??? It's their selection of matches that's really ridiculous.

ytben
06-24-2004, 06:35 PM
wow Rogi's awesome!!! That backhand smash :eek:

ytben, what logic is then for Star Sports to show Venus match now? I'm sure it's going to be some thrashing from Venus. Then why not Rogi's??? It's their selection of matches that's really ridiculous.

I know, it was hit with such authority :eek:

I can't figure out their logic either. But maybe they know something we don't since this Sprem girl is giving Venus lots of problem at the moment :devil:

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 06:53 PM
good for Sprem -- a no-Wms final is what I want!! hee hee!!!

so Rogi's playing well?? how does he compare to Pandy or Lleyton at Wimby this year??

Shy
06-24-2004, 07:11 PM
I f any of you canadian have RDS, they are going to show some matches tonight at 19h30.

LCeh
06-24-2004, 07:14 PM
Billabong has RDS! I think Rogifan also does. Lucky.. :o

Nymeria
06-24-2004, 08:43 PM
Rogi won with a bagel on the third :woohoo:


:woohoo::bounce:

Fedex
06-24-2004, 09:27 PM
Great stats from Rogi again :) Great serving % at 75!! :eek: Lets put it this way when he gets his 1st serve in 75% of the time, no ones gonna beat him ;) He's coming to the net and winning a good % of the points there. Roger now plays Johansson, who he owns 5-0. :woohoo: He didnt have much trouble with him at Halle, so he should be confident. I really, REALLY hope Goran beats Hewitt!!! I cant stand him. He's too boring :yawn: And plus, if Goran wins, he gets win #600, which would be great :D :aparty:

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 09:29 PM
No I don't have RDS, I wish I had tho... boo hoo!!

So, was Rogi's match the shortest at Wimby I wonder...

still not happy that goran, tursunov won but too bad karlovic/elseneer match suspended -- I'm cheering for Gilles! Allez, mon brave!

Fedex
06-24-2004, 09:30 PM
good for Sprem -- a no-Wms final is what I want!! hee hee!!!

so Rogi's playing well?? how does he compare to Pandy or Lleyton at Wimby this year??
Well, it looks like Rogi is pretty much unbeatable at the moment. He's playing great. :D Plus Rogi has served 2 bagels thus far, while Roddick and Hewitt combined have a total of 0 bagels. ;) With the way he's playing, i dont think either 1 will be much of a contest for Rogi, but we'll just have to wait & see :)

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 09:31 PM
you'd rather rogi face goran than lleyton in QF?? hmm... have to see how they play next rd first before I pronounce judgement...

johansson has been playing well on grass lately so it won't be that easy! take care, my Rogi!

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 09:32 PM
Marc Rosset was one of the Olympic Flame bearers today in Geneve!!

LCeh
06-24-2004, 09:33 PM
Wow, didn't know Goran is so close to that 600 mark.

I would take Roger at least 5 more years to get that many. Good luck Roger. Is he playing tomorrow?

Fedex
06-24-2004, 09:41 PM
Well, its simly because Goran is 1 of my all time favourite players :D If they did meet in the QF, and Federer lost, i wouldent be so sad, because i can cheer on Goran for the rest of the tournement!! Plus Hewitt is just too boring :( I cant stand his tennis :fiery: He must go!! I would not mind, however, seeing Rogi blow Hewitt to pieces in the QF ;)

RogiFan88
06-24-2004, 10:05 PM
Thanks for your reply, Fedex... I agree Hewitt's tennis is boring, as is Pandy's, AA's and many others... well, you know Lleyt won't be an easy opponent for Goran [and Volandri wasn't either and he's no Hewitt, who's actually managed to win Wimby].

S be interesting tho!

Rogi beating Lleyt at Wimby w be a tantalising prospect indeed... wonder who the crowd will be for? They seemed pretty enthusiastic for Lleyt and Flip.

Fedex
06-24-2004, 10:20 PM
Dont they generally go for the underdog(the crowd)?? :confused: Except when its Tim ;) Well even if the crowd was behind Lleyton (how dare them :( :lol: ) Rogi has beaten Lleyton at home in Australia, where the crowd was wildly cheering Lleyton on, so the crowd wont be a factor, i'm thinking. And if Hewitt does manage to get by Goran, he'll have old nemesis Moya to look forward to in the next rd. :devil:

Dirk
06-24-2004, 11:20 PM
I think Moya will take out Hewitt. I would love for Moya to make the qrts and meet Rogi.

Shy
06-24-2004, 11:21 PM
I think Moya will take out Hewitt. I would love for Moya to make the qrts and meet Rogi.
I dont know. Hewitt has been playing very well.

Dirk
06-24-2004, 11:25 PM
Moya could beat him. I'm not saying he will. Moya has hit many aces and with his game and movement and volleys I give him a great chance. I HOPE ITS A TALE OF TWO NINJAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! http://instagiber.net/smiliesdotcom/otn/blobs/multi.gif

Skyward
06-24-2004, 11:39 PM
Roger's second round interview

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/interviews/2004-06-24/200406241088097340962.html

Johansson can be a tricky opponent. But Roger in his current form should get through.

Good luck, Roger !!! :bounce: :bounce:

Shy
06-25-2004, 12:32 AM
Billabong has RDS! I think Rogifan also does. Lucky.. :o
It is the same matches than in the morning.:fiery:

rue
06-25-2004, 12:47 AM
Roger really played some extraordinary tennis today. He totally embarassed him out there and he is really on fire. If he continues on like this then no one can beat him but he is still a long way off and just need to take each round at a time.

Billabong
06-25-2004, 03:21 AM
Rogi :woohoo:!!! Continue, GOOOOOOOOOOOOO:D!!!

Raquel
06-25-2004, 10:42 AM
What a great performance from Roger yesterday! :worship: :bounce:

Good Luck in round 3 Rogi! :hug: :)

Mrs. B
06-25-2004, 10:57 AM
Roger gave that guy tennis lessons. :lol: and his serve was ON.

Keep it up, Rog. :)

lsy
06-25-2004, 01:05 PM
:lol:

"His only moment of weakness came on match point - well, he did have two of them to play with - when someone from the crowd pleaded with him to 'Give him a chance, Roger'.

So Federer did. He double faulted. But he was not about to do it twice and with another belting delivery, the champion was through to the third round."

http://www.wimbledon.org/en_GB/news/reports/2004-06-24/200406241088073221561.html

But after Rogi DF, someone from the crowd shouted "Come on Roger" :lol:

So I get to see few more points of the match, Rogi really was awesome!!! :eek:

:mad: I want to see the whole match

Mrs. B
06-25-2004, 02:22 PM
"At one point he played a clean winner while running, hell for leather, towards the backstop and striking the ball with his back to the court and his opponent. Spinning round to see where this moment of inspiration had landed, he broke into the broadest of grins as the ball went cross court like a bullet and then skidded out of Falla's reach, no more than a handful of inches above the grass."
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to others, this shot would be doing the hotdog, but he made it look so easy by flicking the ball back (with his back to the court) which was a cc court shot, Falla rushed to the net but it went past his reach. unbelievable! :worship:

aye, Roger . he makes things look so simple :)

ytben
06-25-2004, 03:04 PM
Yeah I saw that point too Mrs. B, my coverage did a recap of all the matches from previous day and showed this point :worship:

lsy
06-25-2004, 04:56 PM
:haha: Rogi couldn't care less about sucking up to the English but does he has to be so honest?

Of course he likes Zidane, both artists ;)

"Q. Watching the Euro matches, as well?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I am. Not anymore now. All my favorite teams are out.

Q. What do you think about tonight's?

ROGER FEDERER: I really don't care. Seriously, I'm not ‑‑ yeah, I hope France plays well because of Zidane, I really like him very much.

Q. What about Portugal‑England?

ROGER FEDERER: For me it doesn't matter."

Sorry I know this is irrelevant but I just thought it's funny :lol:

RogiFan88
06-25-2004, 05:29 PM
that's Rogi -- honest to a fault!

how about this:

Q. What is your favorite non‑tennis memory from the Sydney Olympics?

ROGER FEDERER: Non‑tennis? Obviously meeting my girlfriend.

Q. Can you talk about how that all came about?

ROGER FEDERER: Is that what you wanted to hear (smiling)?
...

ROGER FEDERER: I really liked also the opening ceremony. It was very special. Not only, you know, when you walk in, but also the hours before. We were in the Super Dome I think it was called, waiting there, with all the other countries. Every country was singing different songs, so it was very nice.

You know, once you walk on ‑‑ as Switzerland, we walk on very late, you know, because of S. We had a long time to wait, but not as long in the stadium, which was nice, too

But it was a very special moment, this one, and also many others, too.

RogiFan88
06-25-2004, 05:37 PM
I w love to see a Moya-Federer QF but I'm getting WAY ahead of myself -- first things first -- Rogi has to beat Johansson and it better not rain tomorrow.

Too bad he couldn't play today instead of Juanqui but I understand why. Juanqui has to beat Ginepri!!!

Moya did so well to beat Tursunov, whom he's never played, in straights, on grass!!

Bye bye Goran!!

Now if only Lopez can beat Karlovic but he hasn't been playing well this slam so far.

Nymeria
06-25-2004, 06:11 PM
Bye bye Goran!!




I'll miss him :sad: He has been my fav player for a long time (changed my fav player when I saw Roger playing the first time :p)

LCeh
06-25-2004, 08:11 PM
Q. Any ideas who might be playing in that final?

GREG RUSEDSKI: Every time I make predictions, I get it wrong, so I'm not making predictions.

I think, you know, Federer has got to be the clear favorite. I practiced him before The Championships started. He's impressed me the way he's playing. He's playing very, very well. You know, Roddick's playing very well. Those are the two favorites.

You've got to think anything can happen. Tim's got a good section to be in the semi. We'll just have to wait and see what will happen. But those are probably the two guys I favor. But Federer is probably my pick at the moment, because he's playing very, very well.

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His predictions are always wrong, and he picked Roger... :banghead:

rue
06-25-2004, 09:48 PM
A good quarter final match would be Roger vs Carlos. I hope to see that one but Federer has to first get thru Johansson and the next opponent. and I don't think he will have too much trouble with Johansson at all, especially if he plays like he has been in the last two rounds.

MissPovaFan
06-25-2004, 10:11 PM
A good quarter final match would be Roger vs Carlos. I hope to see that one but Federer has to first get thru Johansson and the next opponent. and I don't think he will have too much trouble with Johansson at all, especially if he plays like he has been in the last two rounds.

I reckon Moya will get past Hewitt in maybe 4 or 5 sets and I think Federer should beat Johansson is straight sets, but I feel Federer will not be beaten this year and will beat Moya in 3 or 4 sets.

tangerine_dream
06-25-2004, 10:25 PM
His predictions are always wrong, and he picked Roger... :banghead:

I'm sure Roger will rise from the ashes of the Rusedski curse. ;)

RogiFan88
06-25-2004, 10:56 PM
Goran s be a commentator... he'd be a riot! The 3 Gorans can commentate simultaneously!!

GO ROGI!!!!

Skyward
06-25-2004, 10:57 PM
[QUOTE=LCeh]Q. Any ideas who might be playing in that final?

GREG RUSEDSKI: Every time I make predictions, I get it wrong, so I'm not making predictions.

Does it mean he never picked Sampras to win? :lol: