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rofe
03-07-2008, 01:13 AM
Fed needs the match practice and I would consider an SF appearance a success. :)

juninhOH
03-07-2008, 01:21 AM
any result that doesnt imply a win means failure
he cant start the clay season with no titles -_-

rofe
03-07-2008, 01:48 AM
any result that doesnt imply a win means failure
he cant start the clay season with no titles -_-

True but given the state of his game currently, I am fine with a SF appearance. Miami is where I would expect a win so that he goes with confidence into the clay season.

RogerFan82
03-07-2008, 02:50 AM
2nd round vs Ginepri
3rd round vs Querrey
QF vs Blake
SF vs Roddick
F vs Kolya

;););)

lunahielo
03-07-2008, 03:44 AM
I still want him to win! :)

RogiFan88
03-07-2008, 03:52 AM
hoping vs. hope for a cupcake draw...

rofe, and if Rogi doesn't make the SF??

didadida
03-07-2008, 07:00 AM
:sad: omg now it comes the time that we wish Roger to have a cup cake draw :eek:

i hope he can win a title before the clay season begins or it is going to have a very bad effect on his confidence :confused:
good luck Roger

Xristos
03-07-2008, 08:11 AM
any result that doesnt imply a win means failure
he cant start the clay season with no titles -_-

There is still Miami remeber.

Or Levy
03-07-2008, 09:40 AM
Oh, come on. All I'm hoping for is for him to have a decent first round and second round - not sure I'd choose Ginepry out of everyone but I suppose it works. I just don't want it to be Soderling, or someone like that.

I mean, you guys are talking like he's losing to mugs. He lost to Nole and Murray - exactly the two guys who are suppose to trouble him if he's not 100%. If he gets over the rust and get to the Q, I fully expect him to win the tournament, even if it is a Nalby Quarter and a Djoko Semi. It is what he expects of himself.

BlueSwan
03-07-2008, 10:08 AM
As long as the first two opponents aren't too rough, I think he'll be fine. With some match practice I still think he'll dismiss the other top players, with the exception of Djokovic who's the player of the moment. So basically I hope for a few easy rounds and for Djokovic to be on the other side of the draw.

nobama
03-07-2008, 10:55 AM
When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray. And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day. http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/images/smilies/angry/angry-smiley-004.gif At least the weather was nice...

God I hope this year is different, and hopefully Roger is in the picture.

Puschkin
03-07-2008, 10:57 AM
:sad: omg now it comes the time that we wish Roger to have a cup cake draw :eek:
What a low this forum hits. :rolleyes:

Becoming cowardly, panicking and drawing on weak draws won't help. A little more courage and confidence would be appropriate.

nobama
03-07-2008, 11:02 AM
What a low this forum hits. :rolleyes:

Becoming cowardly, panicking and drawing on weak draws won't help. A little more courage and confidence would be appropriate.Roger has hardly any matches under his belt this year. I'd like to see him maybe be able to work his way into the tournament rather than getting someone really tough R2 and potentially being sent home packing. If he could get a few easy wins under his belt I think his game and confidence would start to come back.

anon57
03-07-2008, 11:15 AM
I don't think he needs a cupcake draw, in fact I don't think that will help. Winning matches against players who will not challenge him at all will not get him match tough. Yeah it may help his confidence, but imo it will be false confidence because easy matches aren't going to get him match tough. I agree that he needs to play a number of matches and and that it would be great for his confidence if he win get far at both IW and Miami but I would prefer if it was against players who will at least challenge him a bit.

[Pannicked fan mode on] Although given his recent form that might be every top 100 player out there ;)[/Pannicked fan mode off]

Btw Does anyone know whether he's playing doubles?

Puschkin
03-07-2008, 11:17 AM
If he could get a few easy wins under his belt I think his game and confidence would start to come back.
Game and confidence won't come back by beating cake-walk opponents.

I have not seen his match in Dubai, maybe it is not just all about HIS game and HIS confidence, but due to the fact that opponents are catching up. The years of utter domination my be gone.

Please note, I am not predicting his decline, though.

yanchr
03-07-2008, 11:59 AM
When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray. And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day. http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/images/smilies/angry/angry-smiley-004.gif At least the weather was nice...
:lol: Ohhhh that can't suck any more for a Roger fan I guess. Hope you have better fate this year.

rofe
03-07-2008, 12:05 PM
Fed needs to get back his anticipation and a cupcake draw will help him because match wins will do wonders for his confidence and get that anticipation back. The field has caught up to him but he still has the game to beat the young guns. It may not be easy anymore but he still has the ability to come out on top.

rofe
03-07-2008, 12:07 PM
hoping vs. hope for a cupcake draw...

rofe, and if Rogi doesn't make the SF??

Then hope he makes SF in Miami. :D

yanchr
03-07-2008, 12:16 PM
Game and confidence won't come back by beating cake-walk opponents.
Probably they won't and also won't help much when he faces an opponent of another level all of a sudden, but I think it surely is better than losing to a tough opponent in early rounds again :p Not that I think it's very likely to happen with the 96-draw in IW.

yanchr
03-07-2008, 12:19 PM
I still want him to win! :)
Me too :p

SUKTUEN
03-07-2008, 01:38 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Roger!!!!!

elessar
03-07-2008, 01:58 PM
When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray. And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day. http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/images/smilies/angry/angry-smiley-004.gif At least the weather was nice...

that must have been fun :help: Don't worry I have a feeling this year will be different no loss before the semis this time :rocker2:
What a low this forum hits. :rolleyes:

Becoming cowardly, panicking and drawing on weak draws won't help. A little more courage and confidence would be appropriate.
Reminds you too much of the Gasquet forum ? :p

I do agree about a semi final being good for him though, not that I think he can't win. I just think that the most important thing for him is not the confidence he could gain from a few wins against mediocre opponents, but simply to get match practice

How about a new thread title : the "coming back strong to silence all your critics (and if possible hammer the Djoke)at IW" thread

(:secret: with lot's of stars before and after the title of course)

ExpectedWinner
03-07-2008, 02:07 PM
What a low this forum hits. :rolleyes:

Becoming cowardly, panicking and drawing on weak draws won't help. A little more courage and confidence would be appropriate.

Nothing will help. Our daily BS essays have no bearing on the outcome of tennis macthes.

ExpectedWinner
03-07-2008, 02:20 PM
Game and confidence won't come back by beating cake-walk opponents.



Cake-walk draws on hc did nothing for Nadal's game, didn't they? However, a reasonable draw won't hurt. Murray/Safin (few years ago) in the 1st round are extremes. Of course, our naive friend MFK thinks draws don't matter. Then the question is: why do players work so hard to improve their ranking? Even this Dubai tournament showed that it's a big difference when you run into Murray: 1st round or Qtr (he remains a problematic match up for Fed though).

rofe
03-07-2008, 02:25 PM
that must have been fun :help: Don't worry I have a feeling this year will be different no loss before the semis this time :rocker2:

Reminds you too much of the Gasquet forum ? :p

I do agree about a semi final being good for him though, not that I think he can't win. I just think that the most important thing for him is not the confidence he could gain from a few wins against mediocre opponents, but simply to get match practice

How about a new thread title : the "coming back strong to silence all your critics (and if possible hammer the Djoke)at IW" thread

(:secret: with lot's of stars before and after the title of course)


I will do that for Miami. ;)

Puschkin
03-07-2008, 02:26 PM
When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray.
That is indeed rather :o

And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day.
Out of this bunch of four, still the best result, and I am serious.

elessar
03-07-2008, 02:33 PM
I will do that for Miami. ;)
Deal :D

elessar
03-07-2008, 02:38 PM
:lol: Ohhhh that can't suck any more for a Roger fan I guess. Hope you have better fate this year.

I had tickets for the semi finals in Bercy last year, instead of Roger I got to see rafa making a 3 hours long come back win against Baggy followed by Gasquet (my 2nd favourite player) being hammered by Nalby... not that fun either.

Puschkin
03-07-2008, 02:53 PM
I had tickets for the semi finals in Bercy last year, instead of Roger I got to see rafa making a 3 hours long come back win against Baggy followed by Gasquet (my 2nd favourite player) being hammered by Nalby... not that fun either.

:topic: By sending Baghdatis home, Nadal finally ensured Richard going to Shanghai. Don't complain, that is much better than Mellow's fate. ;)

elessar
03-07-2008, 02:59 PM
:topic: By sending Baghdatis home, Nadal finally ensured Richard going to Shanghai. Don't complain, that is much better than Mellow's fate. ;)

:lol: Don't worry I knew that, and was pretty torn during that match. But still three hours of grunting and seeing your fav getting destroyed... And the year before that I had tickets for the Herbaty Davydenko final :smash: so there you go I win :ras:

Ok I'm done spamming now

RogiFan88
03-07-2008, 03:13 PM
when i said hoping vs. hope, I mean, don't even hope for a cupcake draw because it won't happen...

Rogi firstly needs matchplay to get into some kind of rhythm. He also has to be able to beat anyone, in order to gain confidence, not just beat lowly-ranked guys, altho they can be dangerous because he may not have played them before or that often, and he has to play in order to work out whatever is not working in his game -- like last year [exc that last year he came into IW w two titles... quite a different story].

Rogi can't put too much pressure on himself but he will, because now he'll be desperate to win a match, let alone a title... if he doesn't have any confidence going into the toughest part of his year, the clay season, he has little chance of winning any titles on that surface.

Of course he's super-frustrated -- nothing has gone right fr the start of 2008 -- his game isn't where it s be for him to win matches... he's getting older and slower; the young guys are finally starting to show promise, as they should; they are taking advantage of his non-existent form. As always, it's up to Rogi to get sth going again.

In his 2nd career phase, Rogi now needs to win by working harder, toughing it out more, being more persistent, staying in a match, even grinding -- all of which is not "his style". If he has to win ugly, so be it. It will be harder for him to win w his beautiful tennis, esp on clay, esp at RG. Who was the last player to win RG w beautiful tennis?? I want to know...

nobama
03-07-2008, 03:49 PM
That is indeed rather :o


Out of this bunch of four, still the best result, and I am serious.I can't believe I'm saying this but I actually agree with you. Now Roddick will win Dubai and all the talk leading up to IW will be hyping him up. That's all I'll hear on the local news out there. :o Good thing is he has SF points to defend so doesn't have a lot to gain.

nobama
03-07-2008, 03:51 PM
:lol: Ohhhh that can't suck any more for a Roger fan I guess. Hope you have better fate this year.That was bad. 4 players I cannot stand all in the SF.

Puschkin
03-07-2008, 03:54 PM
That was bad. 4 players I cannot stand all in the SF.

It will be different this year. :D But Roddick might be there again, beating Nadal and Djokovic will give him some boost, and I doubt that Lopez can do much against him tomorrow. But if the Roddick-hype gets too bad, just take a look at his H/H with Roger. This will lift your spirits.

nobama
03-07-2008, 03:58 PM
Cake-walk draws on hc did nothing for Nadal's game, didn't they? However, a reasonable draw won't hurt. Murray/Safin (few years ago) in the 1st round are extremes. Of course, our naive friend MFK thinks draws don't matter. Then the question is: why do players work so hard to improve their ranking? Even this Dubai tournament showed that it's a big difference when you run into Murray: 1st round or Qtr (he remains a problematic match up for Fed though).I'm not asking for a cakewalk draw (do you even get those in a MS event?) just a couple easier rounds since Roger needs the match play. But knowing Roger's luck he'll get Soderling or someone else who's hot right now. :rolleyes:

rofe
03-07-2008, 06:48 PM
With his recovery from mono hampering his practice sessions, all the more reason to get an easy draw.

He is apparently considering the exhibition as some much needed match practice.

Or Levy
03-07-2008, 06:50 PM
Apperantly Ancic got a WC to the event, how is that for a first round?

Shudder.

rofe
03-07-2008, 08:03 PM
Apperantly Ancic got a WC to the event, how is that for a first round?

Shudder.

That would be really bad luck.

Blondie1985
03-07-2008, 09:23 PM
mono is that bad???



gol please help him

Rogieva
03-07-2008, 10:11 PM
c'mon roger!!!!!

Minnie
03-08-2008, 12:19 PM
That was bad. 4 players I cannot stand all in the SF.

Sorry for you MY ... I've got some consolation much to my surprise. I'd never have bet on Lopez getting into the Dubai final. But def won't bet on him winning it!

SUKTUEN
03-08-2008, 02:52 PM
Roger, hope GOD bless you absolutely healthy in IW!:worship:
GO Roger!!!!!

PamV
03-08-2008, 10:49 PM
Fed needs the match practice and I would consider an SF appearance a success. :)

ITA, since Roger has had a bout of illness. It's going to take time to get back to his full strength. He really does need match practice. Of course he also could use a title win.

The thing is, he had such a good draw at Dubai except for the 1st round with Murray. How many times would he get a final path that doesn't include a match with Djoko or Nadal !

Oh, yes I'm hoping for a cupcake draw at IW, but Roger has such luck that I don't expect that to happen.

PamV
03-08-2008, 10:51 PM
I'm not asking for a cakewalk draw (do you even get those in a MS event?) just a couple easier rounds since Roger needs the match play. But knowing Roger's luck he'll get Soderling or someone else who's hot right now. :rolleyes:

Well some do get cake walk draws but usually Roger doesn't. A cakewalk would be if Murray, Roddick, Djoko, and Nadal are all on the opposite half. Hey.... it happens several times a year for Nadal!

PamV
03-08-2008, 11:02 PM
I don't think he needs a cupcake draw, in fact I don't think that will help. Winning matches against players who will not challenge him at all will not get him match tough.

Actually I think this time he does need a fairly good draw for at least the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds so he can get warmed up. He does need some challenging matches of course for the long run to work himself into playing well this year. However I don't want him to get a huge challenge in the very first round AGAIN! We had that happen twice in a row with Canas last year!

We all know that getting knocked out early can have a snowball effect which then leads to another and another early knock out. We need for Roger to break that cycle first before we start getting demanding about making him get tested.

OK where's the IW draw? I saw that it's posted but I can't open the draw sheet.

SUKTUEN
03-09-2008, 11:06 AM
Roger will be OK in IW~~~~~
I hope he can keep his heart in tennis, that's all things will be OK

RogiFan88
03-11-2008, 09:20 PM
draw

http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/4/assets/common/TrackIt.asp?file=/4/assets/pdfs/draws/08ATP_MDS1.pdf

anon57
03-11-2008, 09:22 PM
The draw is out, and it doesn't look to bad. Roger should be able to make at least qf I think. Acording to seeding, second round Roitman/Garcia-Lopez, third Almagro, fourth Robredo, qf Roddick/Murray.

nobama
03-11-2008, 09:27 PM
Yeah it's hard to get a good draw at MS events, but it could be worse. I'm just glad Djoker and Nadal are in the same half so at least one of them I know I won't be seeing in the final. I'm sure IF Roger gets to the QF he'll be stuck playing Roddick. :rolleyes:

Skyward
03-11-2008, 09:33 PM
Almagro is dangerous... Between Roddick and Murray, I'd choose Randy.

RogiFan88
03-11-2008, 09:54 PM
Robredo will not make the R16 the way he's been playing.

I just want Rogi to gain some points in IW... I'm taking it one round at a time. ;)

mangoes
03-11-2008, 09:57 PM
I don't know what to think about Roger's draw. Things have become a bit unpredictable.

yanchr
03-11-2008, 09:58 PM
Not bad...good luck and come on Roger!

NYCtennisfan
03-11-2008, 10:02 PM
NOt a bad draw overall. It could be a whole lot worse. I think he'll get a chance to build up a head of steam although Almagro could be dangerous if Fed isn't reading the serve at all.

anon57
03-11-2008, 10:02 PM
I don't know what to think about Roger's draw. Things have become a bit unpredictable.

I kinda feel the same way. I don't have a good idea of what kind of form Roger will be in. I still feel that the quarterfinal should be a reasonable expectation although there could certainly be some tricky matches before he actually gets there, especially if his return of serve is still as bad as it was in Dubai.

Rogieva
03-11-2008, 10:08 PM
Hmm, I think it's safe till QF's, but at the moment anything *could* happen. Muzza vs Roddick QF, I'd favour a Roddick given the H2H and so on, Nalby ? or Davy in the SF. Not much threat in Rogers half bar Murray and maybe Nalbandian. Bottom half is harder, Nole, Rafa, Gasquet, Ferrer, Tsonga, looming Berdych, Kohli and Marco.

RogiFan88
03-11-2008, 10:12 PM
Gasquet, Tsonga, Berdych and Kohli have cooled down considerably since AO; as for Baggy, he's no threat at the moment...

Nalby -- SF? based on what form? cos he won BsAs at home on clay vs. a "weak" field this year?

as for Rogi's return of serve, what about his serve, his FH, his BH, his UEs, his usual pitiful bp conversion? :lol: not a lot was working last night in NYC fr what I saw, esp in set 2 and well into set 3... he is lacking matchplay, plain and simple... his confidence is not exactly on an all-time high [Nole the Great has that] and he needs to get into some kind of rhythm

we need to be patient -- it will take awhile for Rogi to get his form/level/game/fitness back

mangoes
03-11-2008, 10:25 PM
After thinking about it, I honestly don't expect Roger to make it pass the QF if he even reaches it. His lack of matches, among other things such as fitness, causes me to come to this opinion.

Federerhingis
03-11-2008, 10:30 PM
When I was at this event last year the two SF's I got to see were: Nadal thrashing Roddick and Joker thrashing Murray. And then I got to see Nadal holding the trophy the next day. http://www.savingadvice.com/forums/images/smilies/angry/angry-smiley-004.gif At least the weather was nice...

God I hope this year is different, and hopefully Roger is in the picture.


Good lord I would have complained for a ticket refund. :tape:

Yeah at least the weather is always nice in the Californian desert.

Federerhingis
03-11-2008, 10:34 PM
Gasquet, Tsonga, Berdych and Kohli have cooled down considerably since AO; as for Baggy, he's no threat at the moment...

Nalby -- SF? based on what form? cos he won BsAs at home on clay vs. a "weak" field this year?

as for Rogi's return of serve, what about his serve, his FH, his BH, his UEs, his usual pitiful bp conversion? :lol: not a lot was working last night in NYC fr what I saw, esp in set 2 and well into set 3... he is lacking matchplay, plain and simple... his confidence is not exactly on an all-time high [Nole the Great has that] and he needs to get into some kind of rhythm

we need to be patient -- it will take awhile for Rogi to get his form/level/game/fitness back

Yet we can't really assess his form just on this exhibition, I doubt he even meant to play at 70% of his normal level. At times it looked to me that he was not even trying to get to some balls, he made it look like his timing was off. Well at least from the little I saw, the end of the second set and the third set. I was at work for the entire first set and most of set 2.

I would wait and see until what he looks or how he performs in his first three rounds at Indian wells, I am assuming he will at least make it to the third round at Indian wells.

elessar
03-11-2008, 10:54 PM
At this point, it's as good a draw as he could have had :shrug: He's got a very comfortable first round (unlike last year :() and he's got a great record against all the other players in his quarter, apart from Murray but Andy's got such a tough draw that I'm not sure we need to worry about that.
Roddick is, well, Roddick, no matter how well he played last week I just don't see him beating Roger.
Almagro has weapons to hurt Roger, but I don't think he has the head to go with it.

All in all, I'd be surprised if Roger didn't make the semis here and finally get some match play, after that it's only gravy

elessar
03-11-2008, 11:04 PM
Since Linda's taken to copying/pasting some of our posts over to the Rafa forum, I'm sure they won't mind me doing the same :haha:
Maybe it is a bad coincidence but we all remember what happened to Rafa after this plane ride. He retired in the first match in Cincy after a severe discomfort. Some arm cramps and blood pressure fluctuations... When was the last time you saw a player having cramps in the arm in the first match? :scratch:No more such plane rides, Rafa! Thanks Rog, anyway!

rofe
03-11-2008, 11:55 PM
Since Linda's taken to copying/pasting some of our posts over to the Rafa forum, I'm sure they won't mind me doing the same :haha:

:haha: Unfortunately, I think the poster was serious....

rofe
03-11-2008, 11:58 PM
Almagro can be dangerous but he checks out his brain and Janko can be a problem if Roger is nervous against him but other than that, a QF is possible. Not a cupcake draw but not a bad draw either.

nobama
03-12-2008, 12:25 AM
After thinking about it, I honestly don't expect Roger to make it pass the QF if he even reaches it. His lack of matches, among other things such as fitness, causes me to come to this opinion.
Hey come on, be positive. I think just when we expect him to fizzle out early he'll surprise us all. :)

mangoes
03-12-2008, 12:42 AM
Since Linda's taken to copying/pasting some of our posts over to the Rafa forum, I'm sure they won't mind me doing the same :haha:

:lol: :lol: :lol: When I read it over at the Rafa forum, I thought the person was actually serious. Other Rafatards tried to tell her she was being irrational. Good Idea Claire:yeah: They copy our posts from overhere to make fun of on the Rafa forum..........it's about time we returned the favor.


p.s. Since I know Linda will read this within the next couple of hours:ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: :ras: STICK TO THE RAFA FORUM:lol: :lol: :lol:


Hey come on, be positive. I think just when we expect him to fizzle out early he'll surprise us all. :)

I hope he surprises us, but I feel worried that the rigors of a masters may be too much for him right now. It would have been great if he could have played a MM event before going into a Masters event.

neenah
03-12-2008, 01:05 AM
I'm trying to be optimistic. :) The draw could be worse.

It's hard to predict how Fed will do due to how infrequently he's played in the past few months. There isn't much to base a prediction on, in my opinion. We don't know what form he's in. I don't know how much of an indication the exhibition was. I guess we'll have to see.

RogerFan82
03-12-2008, 02:02 AM
Good draw for Roger :yeah::yeah::yeah:

Xristos
03-12-2008, 02:06 AM
Lets go Rog!

That this!

MrChopin
03-12-2008, 02:47 AM
I think the start to '08 is a blessing in disguise for Fed and his fans, a small pause to take note. For Fed, I think it cuts some of the pressure with everyone now thinking that he is on the decline and beatable, and simultaneously, opens the media back up to being in awe of him as he now has something to gain (by their standards). Simultaneously, as a fan, it's nice to reflect and realize the need to appreciate each victory as opposed to expecting Roger's presence in the final. I got stuck in the rut of seeing each match as something to be lost, not something to be gained. It's going to mean more if he goes deep here (and in other tournaments) than it would have had he won AO or Dubai, especially given the response by others to his losses.

Anyway, I expect good things in IW, but I'll be able to enjoy it one match at a time, especially as he has nothing to lose by playing here.

RogiFan88
03-12-2008, 03:41 AM
what's w all these Rafatards posting here?? what does Rafa asking Rogi for a plane ride fr MTL to Cincy have to do w anything??

as for Rogi having less pressure because everyone thinks he's kaputsky, I somehow don't think HE will take the pressure off himself, as much as I wish he would... and he s leave the pressure to Rafa, defending champ, and NTG, finalist -- as they have more to defend than he

but, in the end, who cares about pts now? Rogi needs to focus on winning matches and building a rhythm, gaining confidence, strength, both physically and mentally, and preparing for the gruelling clay season ahead... it just gets tougher for him... oh, and offer minimal info in the pressers :lol:

Federerhingis
03-12-2008, 03:47 AM
All I've got to say it lets Go Roger. Allez!!!!!!!!

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 04:56 AM
Nalby -- SF? based on what form? cos he won BsAs at home on clay vs. a "weak" field this year?



:lol: When were Nalbygoat's results based on something, other than his diet and non tennis activities? This true talent doesn't need macth practice, confidence, and cupcake draws.

soraya
03-12-2008, 05:25 AM
After thinking about it, I honestly don't expect Roger to make it pass the QF if he even reaches it. His lack of matches, among other things such as fitness, causes me to come to this opinion.

LOL@your sig. I only hope he feels better and gains his strenght for the months ahead. In other words I will not be disappointed if he fails to deliver, my expectations are not that high given his health and what he is going through.

SUKTUEN
03-12-2008, 06:47 AM
the draw of Roger is so far so good~~~

Rommella
03-12-2008, 07:42 AM
I, for one, would like a rematch with Andy Murray. Not really looking too far ahead, too, but semis vs. Nalbandian is something that I also relish. Those would be (potentially) excellent matches.

BlueSwan
03-12-2008, 07:55 AM
Not a terrible draw for any of the top 3 men. Especially Djokovic has a good one - I don't really see anyone in the bottom half beating him, if he plays up to standard. Roger should be fine, really. Quarter-finals should AT LEAST be expected and it's not unfair to expect him to make the finals, which I do. The players that will spell trouble for him - Murray and Nalbandian - will likely lose before they could meet Roger.

Daniel
03-12-2008, 08:38 AM
Fair draw for Roger.

Good luck Roger :bounce: :bounce:

Or Levy
03-12-2008, 08:43 AM
Decent draw, I wouldn't want it easier than that. No nightmare first rounds, more difficult as the draw progress, no huge servers who give him no rythem, and a great chance to get revange on Nalby, Murray or Nole - or torture Roddick some more.

PamV
03-12-2008, 01:10 PM
Roger's possible worries:

Tipsarevic 4th Round

Murray/Roddick QF

Nalbandian SF

Djoko/Nadal F



Nadal's possible worries:

Tsonga 4th Round

Blake/Gasquet QF

Djoko SF

Federer/Nalbandian F



Djoko possible worries:

Canas 4th Round

Ferrer QF

Nadal/Blake SF

Federer/Nalbandian F

PamV
03-12-2008, 01:12 PM
Decent draw, I wouldn't want it easier than that. No nightmare first rounds, more difficult as the draw progress, no huge servers who give him no rythem, and a great chance to get revange on Nalby, Murray or Nole - or torture Roddick some more.

I am glad it's not worse, but what do you think of Tipsarevic in the 4th round ? I hope it wouldn't go to 5 sets like the last time.

Or Levy
03-12-2008, 01:27 PM
Well, unless the winner and the loser of the tipsy/Roger match would go on playing just to entertain the crowd, it won't to go 5 sets, as it is the best of three...

And I don't see Tipsy playing quite that well again, and Roger is suppose to be over his mono.

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 01:32 PM
If Fed has to worry about the likes of Tipsy he better retires right now... :rolleyes:

SUKTUEN
03-12-2008, 02:31 PM
Good Luck to Roger first!

I hope he find his own way and healthy is OK.

Xristos
03-12-2008, 02:55 PM
If Fed has to worry about the likes of Tipsy he better retires right now... :rolleyes:

Nice.

PamV
03-12-2008, 03:06 PM
Well, unless the winner and the loser of the tipsy/Roger match would go on playing just to entertain the crowd, it won't to go 5 sets, as it is the best of three...

LOL! Oh yeah, that's right.

And I don't see Tipsy playing quite that well again, and Roger is suppose to be over his mono.

He says he's over that but there could be lingering effects such as weight loss or muscle loss, loss of timing etc.

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 03:10 PM
Nice.

Fedtards need to stop being so parano, it seems for some of them that Roger isn't even good enough anymore to claim being a pro player :rolleyes: Come on, the guy was seriously ill and still managed to make Melbourne semi... A 100% Fed wouldn't struggle against Tipsy... :shrug:

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 03:19 PM
A 100% Fed wouldn't struggle against Tipsy... :shrug:

Tipsy punished his sliced bhs. Did mono cause it?
Btw, Tipsy is not a bad hc player. One of those damn spoilers who can beat anyone on a good day and than lose next round.

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 03:22 PM
Fed's timing was off... Hence that "over"-slicing stuff :shrug:

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 03:26 PM
Fed's timing was off... Hence that "over"-slicing stuff :shrug:

OK, what happened when Nalbandian punished his sliced bhs?

fedsfan1
03-12-2008, 03:34 PM
Good luck Roger in Indian Wells!!!!

HOPP SUISSE

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 03:34 PM
OK, what happened when Nalbandian punished his sliced bhs?

:shrug: Tactical issue, he should ban the slice when he plays fat Dave :tape:... If only Fed could get back his bh from 06 TMC... :angel:

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 03:38 PM
. If only Fed could get back his bh from 06 TMC... :angel:

OK, it's better now. The conclusion:his bh problems have nothing to do with mono.

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 03:42 PM
OK, it's better now. The conclusion:his bh problems have nothing to do with mono.

Bh was not the only thing that didn't work at AO :shrug: => a 100% Fed (with an "average" bh that is :angel: ) should not struggle against Tipsy... :o

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 03:56 PM
Bh was not the only thing that didn't work at AO :shrug: => a 100% Fed (with an "average" bh that is :angel: ) should not struggle against Tipsy... :o

OK, this should go to the catalog of excuses.

rofe
03-12-2008, 04:00 PM
Tipsy is a pretty good hc player when he is on form. That is what makes him so dangerous. We will know more about Roger's form after the 1st few rounds.

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 04:17 PM
OK, this should go to the catalog of excuses.

Playing below average because of mono is surely a lame excuse indeed...

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 04:30 PM
Playing below average because of mono is surely a lame excuse indeed...

First of all, not all his problems in Australia were caused by mono. Or, maybe he had mono in 3 previous GS finals. :rolleyes: Second, the idea that 100% Fed (what is it, anyway?) with an average bh shouldn't struggle against Tipsy is :retard: ed. Third, the suggestion that he should retire if he struggles against Tipsy is :retard:*100

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 04:35 PM
:rolleyes: A 100% Fed is not supposed to dismantle all his opponents :shrug: Did you expect him to triple bagel his opponents in the last 3 GS finals? :retard:

If you can't spot the sarcasm about the retirement line then it's time to put me on ignore ;)

nobama
03-12-2008, 04:40 PM
Tipsy punished his sliced bhs. Did mono cause it?
Btw, Tipsy is not a bad hc player. One of those damn spoilers who can beat anyone on a good day and than lose next round.
Yeah but I have a feeling if he was in Nadal or Djoker's quarter no one here would be thinking he could possibly take one of them out. :shrug:

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 04:41 PM
Did you expect him to triple bagel his opponents in the last 3 GS finals? :retard:

If you can't spot the sarcasm about the retirement line then it's time to put me on ignore ;)

Ok, the sarcasm is noted.

What does it have to do with the triple bagel? Of course, before Australia, before this mono thing we've never seen:

1. sluggish movement (esp to the fh side)
2. sprayed fhs, problems with bhs.
3. inability to serve out a set/match
4 poor bp conversion

The bottom line is: the signs of Fed's slight decline and the competition catching up were noticeable last year, before the mono.

:rolleyes: A 100% Fed is not supposed to dismantle all his opponents :shrug:

Is it the sarcasm again?

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 04:46 PM
Yeah but I have a feeling if he was in Nadal or Djoker's quarter no one here would be thinking he could possibly take one of them out. :shrug:

I don't know. Nadal was complaining about his injures at the last year USO. I posted in GM: if he beats Tipsy who's not a bad player on hc, forget his injury. It's either a fake, or a very minor injury. Of course, Tipsy retired from that macth.

bokehlicious
03-12-2008, 05:19 PM
The botom line is: the signs of Fed's slight decline and the competition catching up were noticeable last year, before the mono.

Very true. Though a sluggish declining Fed still managed to win 3 out of 4 slams last year :shrug: and apart from the Canas/Volandri farts his year was another amazing one... With today's depth, he can lose to anybody on a given day, but we (Fed fans) shouldn't believe he WILL lose any time he steps on a tennis court, that's what I called paranoia :shrug:

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 05:39 PM
but we (Fed fans) shouldn't believe he WILL lose any time he steps on a tennis court, that's what I called paranoia :shrug:

I agree with this. But I don't think that analysing the match ups and noticing dangerous floatres is classified as paranoia. It's doesn't mean that he''ll lose every time/he is finsihed/he should retire (using your sarcasm).
Come here when he's playing a macth, read live comments from some fans; that's what I call paranoia. :devil:

Eden
03-12-2008, 08:32 PM
Almagro is dangerous... Between Roddick and Murray, I'd choose Randy.

NOt a bad draw overall. It could be a whole lot worse. I think he'll get a chance to build up a head of steam although Almagro could be dangerous if Fed isn't reading the serve at all.

Almagro can be dangerous but he checks out his brain and Janko can be a problem if Roger is nervous against him but other than that, a QF is possible. Not a cupcake draw but not a bad draw either.

I have never really paid that much attention to Almagro to be honest. Why do you all consider him as an dangerous opponent for Roger? He took a set of Roger on hard court last year in Cincinatti, but was Roger ever really close to lose that match? (I haven't seen it)

Roland9
03-12-2008, 09:01 PM
I have never really paid that much attention to Almagro to be honest. Why do you all consider him as an dangerous opponent for Roger? He took a set of Roger on hard court last year in Cincinatti, but was Roger ever really close to lose that match? (I haven't seen it)

Recently Almagro has been playing well.. He won ATP Acapulco Open earlier this month, defeated Nalbandian in straight sets in the final. Has a strong serve and a decent baseline game.

Eden
03-12-2008, 09:06 PM
Recently Almagro has been playing well.. Earlier this month, he won ATP Acapulco Open, defeated Nalbandian in straight sets in the final. Has a good serve and a decent baseline game.

I know that he has won two tournaments this year on clay and beat Moya and Nalbandian in the finals. Each of his tournament victories is on clay though, so I would be more worried to see him in the draw of Roger in a claycourt tournament.

Roland9
03-12-2008, 09:10 PM
Each of his tournament victories is on clay though, so I would be more worried to see him in the draw of Roger in a claycourt tournament.

Indeed... But he just might carry his good form to the hardcourt. We'll see.

rofe
03-12-2008, 09:15 PM
I have never really paid that much attention to Almagro to be honest. Why do you all consider him as an dangerous opponent for Roger? He took a set of Roger on hard court last year in Cincinatti, but was Roger ever really close to lose that match? (I haven't seen it)

Roger has virtually no match practice, Almagro can potentially meet him in the third round and Almagro has the serve and backhand DTL to make things difficult for Roger.

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 09:17 PM
Almagro, like Verdasco, is one of those players who *should* have more success on hc and in general.Both have weapons.

Roland9
03-12-2008, 09:19 PM
Roger has virtually no match practice, Almagro can potentially meet him in the third round and Almagro has the serve and backhand DTL to make things difficult for Roger.

Ah, indeed.. This is a better explanation. =)

It's good Federer will at least play a match beforehand though.

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 09:38 PM
what's w all these Rafatards posting here?? what does Rafa asking Rogi for a plane ride fr MTL to Cincy have to do w anything??



Apparently, it's the 2008 MTF upgrade: exporting/exchanging BS from/ between *friendly* fanbases. This is the EXPECTED turn of events: both TFA and TMF don't deliver exciting tennis results for the fans, who should be occupied with better things.

elessar
03-12-2008, 10:06 PM
Apparently, it's the 2008 MTF upgrade: exporting/exchanging BS from/ between *friendly* fanbases. This is the EXPECTED turn of events: both TFA and TMF don't deliver exciting tennis results for the fans, who should be occupied with better things.
Jeez, relax it was just a joke, I saw it posted in the Rafa forum and copied it, something I'm obviously never doing again :rolleyes:.
Roger's played one match in nearly two months, obviously we haven't had much to talk abour here, besides rehashing old discussions, this has nothing to do with Roger's "decline"

ExpectedWinner
03-12-2008, 10:11 PM
Jeez, relax it was just a joke, I saw it posted in the Rafa forum and copied it, something I'm obviously never doing again :rolleyes:.


You also should relax. My post was a joke as well. I do not always use the smiles (not enough time, I'm doing smth on 2 other computers at the same time). I don't care if you do it again or not.

elessar
03-12-2008, 10:16 PM
You also should relax. My post was a joke as well. I do not always use the smiles (not enough time, I'm doing smth on 2 other computers at the same time). I don't care if you do it again or not.

Sorry then, I really thought you were pissed;)

JediFed
03-12-2008, 10:17 PM
I think the draw is good. Expect to see Federer in the finals for a rematch against Djokovic, or another player if Djoko continues his off-form.

There are small challenges, (Tipsy), and a chance to face Murray, but with Roddick's current form I think we can pencil him in the QF. Everyone else is a Fed pigeon, or in Roddick's case, a Fed Turkey.

PamV
03-13-2008, 02:33 AM
Fedtards need to stop being so parano, it seems for some of them that Roger isn't even good enough anymore to claim being a pro player :rolleyes: Come on, the guy was seriously ill and still managed to make Melbourne semi... A 100% Fed wouldn't struggle against Tipsy... :shrug:

I think it's not parano to worry about Tipsy because although the offical word is that Roger is fine and over the mono.....it takes time to build the strength back. They also said he was fine before round 1 in Dubai. It's a factor that Roger has gotten only one match of practice since AO (two if you count the exo with Sampras.)

SUKTUEN
03-13-2008, 03:03 AM
Roger will play sec round in Mon right?

bokehlicious
03-13-2008, 10:42 AM
I think it's not parano to worry about Tipsy because although the offical word is that Roger is fine and over the mono.....it takes time to build the strength back. They also said he was fine before round 1 in Dubai. It's a factor that Roger has gotten only one match of practice since AO (two if you count the exo with Sampras.)

Of course Roger isn't already back at 100%, as Paganini said, he had to competely redo his Winter preparation... He won't struggle against Tipsy specifically, he will struggle against anybody :shrug:

Bascule
03-13-2008, 10:58 AM
Of course Roger isn't already back at 100%, as Paganini said, he had to competely redo his Winter preparation... He won't struggle against Tipsy specifically, he will struggle against anybody :shrug:

Troll somewhere else please. :D

bokehlicious
03-13-2008, 11:37 AM
Go trolling elsewhere bascule... Thanks :kiss:

:secret: Fed = 12 slams, Nole = 1 slam :awww: :bigcry:

mangoes
03-13-2008, 11:46 AM
Trolling attempt

Please don't bring your nonsense to the Fed forum. Go back to making fun of Roger in GM :D

Bascule
03-13-2008, 12:46 PM
Hi, guys and gals!:wavey:
I'm not Fed hater, neither I wanted to spam your thread.:)
I just wanted to comfort my dear friend P. Antonius.:angel:
I wish you all the best, to all of you as to Fed himself.:D

SUKTUEN
03-13-2008, 03:06 PM
:secret: Fed = 12 slams, Nole = 1 slam :awww: :bigcry:


Yes, so?:confused:

bokehlicious
03-13-2008, 03:13 PM
Yes, so?:confused:

I just make sure Nole fans keep that in mind since some of them seem to believe Nole is already the GOAT :shrug: ;)

SUKTUEN
03-13-2008, 03:23 PM
I just make sure Nole fans keep that in mind since some of them seem to believe Nole is already the GOAT :shrug: ;)

Oh~~I understand, Roger will come back when he is healthy!
GO Roger!!!!!!!!:bounce:

fedsfan1
03-13-2008, 05:26 PM
Hi fans,

Just a little news from IW...via my good mate Leslie , who is there.

She got to see Roger at practise yesterday (her pics are in the IW pic thread)
& he came over to say hello to her & shook her hand. He said he is feeling much better & is more than ready to begin this tough part of the season. her full report is on rf.com..IW thread...if you are interested.

But I do know that he is NOT playing dubs w/ Yves. Yves playing w/ PHM.Yves confirmed this.

he is also going to practise on the grounds this year, unlike previous years when he prac. only at the hotel. So thats great news for the fans.
I hope to have more news later. She mentioned that he should practise around the same time around 4-4:30 pm pst.

thats all for now.

cheers
laura :cool:

rofe
03-13-2008, 07:18 PM
Hi fans,

Just a little news from IW...via my good mate Leslie , who is there.

She got to see Roger at practise yesterday (her pics are in the IW pic thread)
& he came over to say hello to her & shook her hand. He said he is feeling much better & is more than ready to begin this tough part of the season. her full report is on rf.com..IW thread...if you are interested.

But I do know that he is NOT playing dubs w/ Yves. Yves playing w/ PHM.Yves confirmed this.

he is also going to practise on the grounds this year, unlike previous years when he prac. only at the hotel. So thats great news for the fans.
I hope to have more news later. She mentioned that he should practise around the same time around 4-4:30 pm pst.

thats all for now.

cheers
laura :cool:

Good to know. I wish he had played doubles to get more match practice but I guess he knows best.

Federerhingis
03-13-2008, 11:51 PM
I just make sure Nole fans keep that in mind since some of them seem to believe Nole is already the GOAT :shrug: ;)


I am sorry, but he's not even a mountain goat let alone the real "GOAT". :tape: Franchement! :tape:

SUKTUEN
03-14-2008, 01:53 AM
laura thanks for the news!!!
Thankyou for your friend's pic too!:worship:

nobama
03-14-2008, 07:41 PM
Good to know. I wish he had played doubles to get more match practice but I guess he knows best.I don't mind really because he probably would've got stuck playing seeds and been out after his 1st match. Nadal/Ferrer played today and lost in straights. I hope he's getting some good practice in besides what he's doing on the grounds. The video I saw on you tube looked like a light hit to me.

nobama
03-14-2008, 09:30 PM
Massu just beat Tipsy 7-6 in the third - 3hrs 12 mins. Tipsy was up a break in the 3rd but Massu had what seemed like a million match points until he finally closed it out in the breaker.

mangoes
03-14-2008, 09:35 PM
Massu just beat Tipsy 7-6 in the third - 3hrs 12 mins. Tipsy was up a break in the 3rd but Massu had what seemed like a million match points until he finally closed it out in the breaker.

Can't say I feel bad for Tipsy. He may have come out against Roger with inspiration from AO.

nobama
03-15-2008, 01:03 AM
Where the heck did they get that Canas score?!? :lol:

http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKSP7603720080315

Tennis-Recovering Federer in upbeat mood for Indian Wells
Sat Mar 15, 2008 12:37am GMT

By Mark Lamport-Stokes

INDIAN WELLS, California, March 14 (Reuters) - Swiss world number one Roger Federer said he was happy with his game on Friday after recovering from a recent viral problem.

Federer, top seed at this week's Pacific Life Open, has competed in only two ATP events this season after succumbing to mononucleosis (glandular fever) at the end of last year.

"In practice, everything's perfect and feeling fine," the 26-year-old told reporters during preparation for his opening match at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden in Saturday's second round.

"I'm really hitting the ball well, so I'm very happy with the level of play at the moment."

Asked if he was 100 percent fit, Federer replied: "I think to feel 100 I need to have more matches under my belt so I will only be able to answer that, hopefully, in a few days' time."

The winner of 12 grand slam titles was finally diagnosed with mononucleosis after the Australian Open in January, when he lost to Serb Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals.

"It wasn't a shock at first when I found out what it was," he said. "It was okay, fine. Then it was let's find out what that exactly means, you know.

"They did more tests and they said I actually went through a very strong mono. Only later did they tell me it was all over and fixed. This was when I was quite relieved.

FOOD POISONING

"I think I had food poisoning and mono at the Australian Open. I was sick prior to that before Christmas and that wasn't normal. I got sick three times in such a short period of time after not having been sick for like eight years."

Beaten in the first round in Dubai last week by Briton Andy Murray, Federer was delighted to be back at a desert venue where he clinched the title in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

"This tournament has worked out well for me over the last few years and I've played some of my best tennis here," the Basel native said. "I've had some great finals here, big matches, and I always enjoy playing here.

"The surface really suits my game. My slice stays low, the kick goes up and the ball travels quickly through the air.

"I can really move well on this surface, so it's a bit of a surprise obviously last year that I lost in my first round."

Twelve months ago, Federer was upset 6-3 4-6 6-0 in the second round by Argentina's Guillermo Canas.

"He played a good match and hopefully I can bounce back this year, especially after what I've been through the last few weeks and months," the Swiss said. "It just would be nice to be back on the winning road."

Federer plays his first match on Saturday against Spaniard Guillermo Garcia-Lopez or Argentina's Sergio Roitman. (Editing by Peter Rutherford)

lunahielo
03-15-2008, 05:46 AM
When does Roger play his first match?
Anyone know?
Sunday? :confused::confused:
Monday?

SUKTUEN
03-15-2008, 09:39 AM
not Sat ~~~~Sun? may be~~~~

anon57
03-15-2008, 09:55 AM
I'm pretty sure Roger plays his second round match against Garcia-Lopez sunday, since they started with the bottom half so the bottom half is playing their second round matches on saturday.

nobama
03-15-2008, 11:59 AM
I'm pretty sure Roger plays his second round match against Garcia-Lopez sunday, since they started with the bottom half so the bottom half is playing their second round matches on saturday.Yes, Nadal and Djoker are playing today so Roger should be playing tomorrow. Someone on RF.com said he would be playing Sunday night. I'm not sure what slot is considered "prime time"....you'd think they would give that to Andy Roddick.

nobama
03-15-2008, 12:06 PM
http://www.mydesert.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080315/EVENTS10/803150339/1120/events10

Roger Federer looking to get back in groove at the Pacific Life Open

Illness slowed World No. 1 but now he's ready

Leighton Ginn
The Desert Sun

INDIAN WELLS - Roger Federer may go down as the greatest player in the history of tennis, but coming into the Pacific Life Open, he isn't looking so invincible.

Federer has shown rare signs of vulnerability of late. He lost in the finals of the Australian Open and has failed to win a single title so far in the young season. Also, his lead in the rankings is the slimmest since 2004.

Yet when someone asked Federer how many Grand Slams he has left in him, his answer was to the point.

"A lot," Federer said. "That's how I feel anyway. I've got plenty of years left and a lot of motivation and energy."

While Federer, still the world's No. 1 player, believes reports of his demise are wrong, he does have some concerns coming into Indian Wells. Federer said it's a little hard to get a gauge on his game because he's been battling mono.

"What is 100 percent? I don't know," Federer said. "I think to feel 100 percent, I need to have more matches under my belt, so I will only be able to answer that, really, hopefully in a few days' time when I played a couple of matches."

Last year here, Federer lost to Guillermo Canas in the second round, snapping his 41-match winning streak. Federer was the three-time champion and had won 18 consecutive matches in Indian Wells.

"It's a bit of a surprise obviously last year that I lost," Federer said. "Canas played a good match, and hopefully I can bounce back this year, especially after what I've been through the last few weeks and months. It just would be nice to be back on the winning road."

Federer has lost his last two matches - in the semifinals of the Australian Open to eventual champion Novak Djokovic and in the Dubai to Great Britain's Andy Murray.

Earlier this week, Federer did get in an exhibition against 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras, who is also an investor in this tournament.

With few matches this season, the gap between Federer and No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the rankings is a mere 350 points. This is the closest margin in the rankings for Federer since May 10, 2004, when he had a 350-point lead on Andy Roddick.

"Obviously my lead is not as big as it used to be like a few years ago when it was, I don't know, four Grand Slams apart," Federer said. "So this time around it's closer, but (Nadal's) got many, many points coming up to defend, so he's definitely got sort of a tough schedule ahead of himself, whereas, now in these two tournaments, I have a lot to gain."

As for trying to regain his title at the Pacific Life Open, Federer said it is not the main focus.

"The focus is really trying to start playing more matches again," Federer said. "I'm trying to stay healthy, come back on tour and win matches again, and then everything will happen by itself again.

"So far, I've been trying to get healthy, trying to practice hard so I'm in shape. Only thing missing is matches. I'm not focusing on the No. 1 position or whatever. I just want to win matches again."

nobama
03-15-2008, 12:12 PM
www.insidebayarea.com/turn2/ci_8583750
Federer enjoys view from top

Column by Art Spander
Article Created: 03/15/2008 02:33:22 AM PDT

INDIAN WELLS — He likes the view from the top. He likes the way he's viewed from those not at the top. Roger Federer is a champion who understands what it means to be a champion.

Number One. King of the hill, top of the heap.

So lofty a position. To some so lonely a place.

Not to Federer.

He is comfortable. He is agreeable. He is responsible.

You ask what Roger Federer, 12 times a Grand Slam winner, maybe the best player ever, enjoys about being a tennis professional.

"Maybe," he said Friday, "being a role model, being admired by little kids, people trying to imitate you, people coming up to you and telling you how great you are.

"It's a nice feeling to have, and I try to fill that role as good as I can."

No false humility. No contrived explanations. Just bottom-of-the-heart purity from a man who plays smoothly, laughs easily and stands proudly.

Federer has arrived for the Pacific Life Open. So have numerous questions.

Is he finally healthy? For more than three months Federer had suffered from mononucleosis which had gone undiagnosed until recently.

Is he still the sport's dominant player? For more than three months he hasn't won a tournament, although admittedly he's only entered two.

That doesn't include Monday's historic exhibition against Pete Sampras, the one that filled 19,500-seat Madison Square Garden, the one in which Roger rallied to beat Pete, 6-3, 6-7, 7-6.

"It was better than I
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expected," he said. "I thought the crowd really got into it."

Even though 26-year-old Roger Federer was the winner over 36-year-old, supposedly retired Pete Sampras.

Learning about his illness was a relief for Federer. "I got sick three times in such a short period of time," he explained. "It wasn't normal, not after not having been sick for something like eight years."

When someone wondered if he were again 100 percent, Federer responded with his own question. "What is 100 percent?" he said. "I don't know. I think to feel 100 percent I need to have more matches under my belt ... but at the moment, practice, everything's perfect and feeling fine, and I'm really hitting the ball well."

A few years ago, Sampras sat in the same room where Federer was speaking and said he believed he had one more Grand Slam in him, which he did, extending his record total to 14. And so imitation being flattery, the same question was put to Roger.

How many more Grand Slams might he win?

"A lot," said Federer. "That's how I feel anyway. I mean I've got plenty of years left, and a lot of motivation and energy. Trying to bounce back from the Australian Open (where he lost in the semis), well, it's a big thing for me."

Federer is Swiss. Languages pour off his tongue. He did the media interview in English, then shifted to Swiss-German. His French is as flawless as his forehand.

He enjoys repartee. And obviously competition.

"Every tournament at the highest level is becoming more and more important to the players," he pointed out about adding the Olympics to his 2008 schedule, "because they realize you're going to be judged on the Grand Slams you win, and all those top tournaments.

"You come in, and you try to do your best. I have my own issues coming from sickness, and I'm just trying to play well again ... The focus is on trying to start playing matches again, trying to stay healthy and come back and win."

The focus for tennis is trying to stay in the public eye, especially in a country concerned with basketball brackets, baseball possibilities and dummy NFL drafts.

It is players such as Federer, Novak Djokovic — on Jay Leno's show the other night — Rafael Nadal and Andy Roddick who are doing what they can, on the courts and off.

"I think the game already announced itself," said Federer. "Now, to have exhibitions selling out, is something unique. I hope we can carry the momentum over. We have good characters in the game at the moment.

"There's a lot of potential. I'm still at the top. Everybody is challenging."

It's always that way when you're the best. Which Roger Federer, illness or no illness, still is until proven otherwise.

Eden
03-15-2008, 03:02 PM
Thanks for the articles :)

Roger's pretournament interview:

http://www.atpmastersseries.tv/page/IndianWells/Interviews/0,,11444~1265840,00.html

Eden
03-15-2008, 03:23 PM
Roger Federer Interview - Indian Wells, Mar 14

Posted on March 15, 2008


PACIFIC LIFE OPEN

March 14, 2008

Roger Federer

INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. So how did you enjoy the garden?
ROGER FEDERER: Hey, Murphy. Yeah, it was great. You were there, right?

Q. Yeah.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it was better than I expected, honestly. I thought crowds really got into it. Pete played great. I think the level was really good, and in the end the match turned to be his.
Really, everything went perfectly fine, and, yeah, we'll do it again, of course.

Q. Roger, there was implication that one of the so-called bloggers that basically you sort of eased off to get it into a third set, and that Sampras really cannot compete with you anymore. Is there anything to that, or is that guy just making up stuff?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's such a quick surface, you know. We don't usually play on this kind of quick surfaces, so for me to break Pete -- he's not going to serve many double faults -- so I have to come up with a good passing shot or a good return.
It's hard to keep that up on a regular basis. His second serve is so good, as well. I really thought I had a chance towards the end of the second set and sort of missed it, and maybe could have hit one passing shot instead of chipping it. That was it.
And then in the tiebreaker he served out of his mind. I thought I was in the control in the beginning of the third, and all of a sudden he was up with a break. It was goes very quick against him, and could tell why he was such a phenomenal player, because he could take everything away from you.

Q. How much of a relief was it to actually find out what was going on healthwise?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. It wasn't a shock at first, when I found out what it was. It was, okay, fine. Let's find out what that exactly means, you know. Because the news I got first was I had mono. I go, Okay, what does that mean? It's going to take two more days or two more months, you know, I don't know.
They did more tests and they said actually I went through a very strong mono. Only later did they tell me I had it all over and fixed. This was when I was quite relieved. It was just good to know it was something other than food poisoning. I was always joking around in Australia saying I never ate chicken and at the said it came from chicken.
I think I had food poisoning and mono at the Australian Open. I was sick prior to that before Christmas, and it wasn't normal. I got sick three times in such a short period of time after not having been sick for like eight years.

Q. I know sometimes you've had some health problems in the desert. How do you feel this upcoming tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: I feel good, you know, to be honest. This tournament has worked out well for me over the last few years, winning here three titles a row and playing some of my best tennis here really. Had some great finals here, big matches, and I always enjoy playing here. Surface really suits my game. Slice stays low, the kick goes up, the ball travels quickly through the air.
I can really move well on this surface, so it's a bit of a surprise obviously last year that I lost in the first round. Canas played a good match, and hopefully I can bounce back this year, especially after I've been through the last few weeks and months. It just would be nice to be back on the winning road.

Q. I know you had heat stroke a couple years ago after this tournament.
ROGER FEDERER: That was the last time I was sick. I recovered in time for Miami.

Q. Do you feel 100 percent now?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, as well as I can feel, yes. What is 100 percent? I don't know. I think to feel 100 I need to have more matches under my belt, so I will only be able to answer that, really, hopefully in a few days' time when I played a couple of matches.
But at the moment, practice, everything's perfect and feeling fine after, you know, long trip from Dubai, New York.
And I'm really hitting the ball well, so I'm very happy with the level of play at the moment.

Q. So many years ago Pete Sampras sat in the same chair and he told us he feels that he has one more Grand Slam in him, and that's when he afterwards broke the record. What do you feel? How many Grand Slams do you have now?
ROGER FEDERER: Left in me?

Q. Yes.
ROGER FEDERER: A lot. (Laughter.) That's how I feel, anyway. I mean, I've got plenty of years left and a lot of motivation and energy. Trying to you know, bounce back from the Australian Open, as well. It's a big thing for me.
It's exciting with the new players coming up. They've been announced a long time ago, and finally they're making their move. It's an interesting time. With Rafa still there, you know, he's an unbelievable player. It's good times in tennis right now, I think.

Q. What do you do for fun here in the desert? And what do you think about Gavin Rossdale's new record?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I've only just arrived. Have to be a little bit professional and actually spend some time on the practice courts and getting myself back in shape. Slept a lot. But my parents are here. Spend maybe some time with them. Maybe play golf if I get a chance.
Looks like pretty much down to business for me this week, because I really want to get back on the winning road.
Yeah, love Gavin's record. You heard it. It's very nice. I think he did a good job.

Q. For a kids' publication, what would you tell young fans is your favorite part of being a professional in your career? What do you enjoy the most?
ROGER FEDERER: Maybe being a role model, being admired by little kids, people trying to imitate you, people coming up to you telling you how great you are. It's a nice feeling to have, and I try to fill that role as good as I can.
The traveling can be tough sometimes, but it's something that's very rewarding, because meeting so many different people, cultures, languages. It's very interesting to travel at such a young age. I think it's really the nice part about being a tennis player.

Q. Andy Roddick has announced he's decided not to play in the Olympics. Different players have got different responses to that question as to where it lies in their list of priorities. Where does it lie in your list?
ROGER FEDERER: For me, it's a big priority of the year. I've based -- the tour actually bases its entire schedule around the Olympics Games, as you know. I follow that scheme, and actually have -- want to play in the Olympics, obviously, and I'm going to be there.
I had two great experiences, but I completely understand Andy's choice, I think, and everybody should. He's already played it once. I'm a bit surprised, in the way. I still think he would have a great chance to still get a medal or win even the Olympic Games, that he would not play for that reason. But it's his choice. The US Open, for him, seems to be the biggest thing for him to focus on, so I completely understand his choice.

Q. That was essentially my question. I'm just curious, how do you think the rest or most pros on tour in terms of prestige feel about the Olympics compared to...
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think really every tournament at the highest level is becoming more and more important to the players, because they realize that you're going to be judged on the Grand Slams you win and No. 1s and all those tournaments.
The Australian Open, everybody goes there now; whereas maybe in the '80s maybe some players didn't go. The Olympics is a new thing, you know, to tennis. That's one of the reasons I understand decisions like Andy's. I think if he would be part of the Olympic Games every hundred years I think everybody would go today, but because actually it's normally amateurs who go and we're professionals, for some it's just not the thing to do. And maybe they feel you have once had the experience you don't want to go back.
But maybe in 50 years' time, top guys playing there, it's also become one of the big tournaments to win. For me it is already, but maybe some players and some fans need more convincing that the Olympics it big for tennis.

Q. Djokovic says the pressure is always on you because you're No. 1. Here and in Miami, it's Rafa and Djokovic defending titles. Do you think it's a little flipped around?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I would guess so, but I don't know if you concentrate too much on what you're going to defend from last year. You come in and try your best, and everybody's coming here trying to win the title. I'm no different, so for this reason, I don't know, the pressure is on and off.
I have my own issues coming from sickness, and I'm just trying to sort of play well again. For them it's different, because they have maybe their own tough draw and maybe they're together in one section. I don't know. But I don't think it's a particular pressure because I lost early last year and they won. I don't see it this way, really.

Q. On a scale of 1 to 10, most pressure, where do you feel that you're at at this point in this tournament, 1 to 10?
ROGER FEDERER: I don't feel much pressure, like I can't walk anymore, you know (Laughter.) I mean, I'm always very relaxed. It doesn't matter if it's before finals or before a first round, every match is difficult. I feel more at ease maybe in second, third or in the quarters just because I know now the circumstances, the courts. So the danger is always there before first-round match, and you just want to get through that point.
But, no, the pressure you only feel on break points, you know, when you're down and you're trying to come back. This is when you feel it. Otherwise, you know, on a regular basis it's not there.

Q. Rafa has closed the gap on you in the rankings. Can you talk about the race for No. 1? Seems to be more exciting than the last few years, it appears.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, there's obviously somebody who's going to have a chance. Obviously my lead is not as big as it used to be like a few years ago when it was, I don't know, four Grand Slams apart.
So this time around it's closer, you know, but he's got many, many points coming up to defend, so he's definitely got, you know, sort of a tougher schedule ahead of himself, you know; whereas I always think, especially now in these two tournaments, I have a lot to gain.
Djokovic is, I think it looks like at the moment, he's going to get his chance at the No. 1 position at one stage if he keeps it up. And then again, he's also got semifinals of Grand Slams coming his way.
So to become No. 1 in the world you need to win the big ones, and you can't just hope for a guy to win or lose. He's played very consistently well, and I always said, If one guy deserves it, it's Nadal after me, because he's been so, so consistent at No. 2 for so long.

Q. You come into this with a rare losing streak on the tour, yet you have a lot to gain from the next two weeks.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, the focus is really trying to start playing some matches again. I mean, on purpose I did not play much, because I know the schedule. The really important one is coming up for me. Indian Wells until the US Open, I'm going to be playing every second week at least, if not back to back, and this is really where my focus is at the moment. Trying to stay healthy, come back on tour and win matches again, and then everything will happen by itself again.
So far I've been trying to get healthy, trying to practice hard so I'm in shape. Only thing missing is matches. I'm not focusing on the No. 1 position or whatever. I just want to win matches again.

Q. You've done well in the past with the heat here. Are you ready for this real windy times if the heat doesn't pick up?
ROGER FEDERER: Heat is no problem for me. I mean, it's dry. I never had a problem with dry heat, anyway. Humidity, I worked hard on that by practicing at 115 degrees back in Dubai, so that shouldn't be a problem either.
The wind obviously is always a tough thing to deal with. I just practiced before in the wind, and the problem is more like the sand in your eyes than the wind itself. But I love playing in the wind, because I used to hate it. Winning in the wind and, you know, unnerving an opponent is one of those beautiful things in tennis, I think.
So I don't mind if the wind is there, but we'll see what happens the next few days.

Q. Your good friend Tiger Woods has 30 major titles to your 12 Grand Slams. Wondering if he's given you a friendly reminder that he's got four chances this year to your three to add to that?
ROGER FEDERER: We didn't have that much time at The Garden. It was nice that he came. I should mention in the press that he's still got the chance to go for the Grand Slam this year, and that's a fantastic thing. I think he's playing as good as he's ever maybe played. I wish him all the best. I wish he pulls away, you know. That's how much I like him.

Q. You were saying it's a good time for tennis right now, and with the Showdown sold out for the match at Madison Square Garden, do you think tennis is experiencing a rebirth of sorts in terms of popularity?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think it's announced itself already a few years back maybe when people were struggling to see maybe who was the No. 1 in the world. We had many different Grand Slam champions. It was maybe confusing for some. In Europe we had a problem with tennis not being enough on TV, and then we had Andy and James coming up who were playing very well. Now they won Davis Cup for America, so that's always important, I think.
Now to have exhibitions selling out at Madison Square Garden is something quite unique. We haven't had maybe an exhibition that big since the Billie Jean King exhibition. It's a huge moment, I think, and I hope we can carry the momentum over. We have good characters in the game at the moment. There's a lot of potential.
I'm still at the top, and so everybody is challenging. Nadal has put his foot forward saying I'm ready to be the next guy, as well. He's great for the game, so good times, yeah, all over.

Q. Can you give us your reaction to hitting with the writing on the net yesterday?
ROGER FEDERER: In practice, yeah, look, I'm no fan of such exercises, you know. I think it plays with the visual, you know, aspect of our game. The only way I would see this working is if they put it through the TV, sort of players don't see it, only the fans at home.
I just don't think it's good to play with the integrity of the game. It's like same as one of those ideas was the Round Robin. I think that was bad, as well. Hawk-Eye, I mean, was it necessary? Probably not, but it's a thing you can live with. Doesn't play too much with it. I just don't think it's necessary to play -- try out so many different, new things. I don't think tennis is that boring or that bad to have to put banners and stuff all over the court.

Q. I just wondered, what's your golf like?
ROGER FEDERER: My golf? Could be good. I don't care that it's bad.

Q. Are you good off the tee, good on the greens?
ROGER FEDERER: I'm good with the irons. But, yeah, look, I don't care if I hit in the rough. I really don't. I like the challenge to be in the rough, you know. (Laughter.)
But I need some advice, you know. I definitely would need some. Maybe not at the moment. I'll wait and watch some more at the moment.

Q. What do you shoot? You have a handicap at all?
ROGER FEDERER: No handicap. I don't care about my handicap. As long as I get through the 18 holes I'm happy, and still have enough balls in the bag, you know. (Laughter.)

Q. Are there measurable things you can improve in your tennis, or is it just a matter of tinkering with tiny little things in your game, or do you go on to the practice court and say, This stroke or this shot, I really need this now?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I think Rafa definitely made me improve my game, no doubt. I didn't like to accept it in the very beginning when I started playing him, but he had such a different style of play and unique way to play me that I had to adjust some things in my game that worked against him, for instance.
But I definitely think it's just about tweaking some things here and there, choosing the right tactics against certain players. I have the choice to play very all around, that's a great thing. But that also includes a lot of work on all different areas of my game. It's not just enough to hit backhand crosscourt for four hours. I also need to play my forehand and at the net and at the serve, and I really like to come into net more, play offensive, because I think that's something where I have the biggest potential left in my game.

Q. You have had obviously over the years quite a run with Hewitt, and things are not looking the best for him at the moment as far as rankings are concerned. Do you think he should be concerned with where his ranking is right now?
ROGER FEDERER: Where is it?

Q. 24. He says he still has it in him to match it with everybody else, and I'm sure players would agree with that.
ROGER FEDERER: We do.

Q. Should he be concerned with where his ranking is? It hasn't really turned around.
ROGER FEDERER: No, I don't think he should be concerned, because he's been No. 1 in the world. I think once you were there you care about winning titles and being the best.
I think he would then adjust his schedule accordingly to becoming No. 1 in the world, but that's not his focus anymore. This is why the rankings are not a priority for him. It's important for him to be seeded and getting into tournaments. That's no question. I think he'd go out No. 5 or 10 or 1 in the world than 24.
But I think he's a great player. I've had the best battles with him, and I still think he's got the game to do very, very well. So, no, he shouldn't be concerned at all. We should be concerned that he's still there. (Laughter.)

End of FastScripts

Source: http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2008-03-15/k.php

SUKTUEN
03-15-2008, 03:29 PM
"You come in, and you try to do your best. I have my own issues coming from sickness, and I'm just trying to play well again ... The focus is on trying to start playing matches again, trying to stay healthy and come back and win."
:bounce::bounce::bounce:
Come On Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

elessar
03-15-2008, 03:46 PM
Great interview, roger seemed to be very candid. Thanx Eden :hatoff:

didadida
03-15-2008, 03:47 PM
thanks a lot
Roger seems to be in a very good mood
good luck Roger

by the way Eden ..like your avator

soraya
03-15-2008, 06:12 PM
thanks Eden, great interview...

NYCtennisfan
03-16-2008, 12:57 AM
Courts playing really slow this year, maybe moreso than usual.

elessar
03-16-2008, 12:58 AM
Courts playing really slow this year, maybe moreso than usual.

Well it's pretty tough to see, given the howling winds out there :shrug: It certainly hasn't gotten any faster

NYCtennisfan
03-16-2008, 01:13 AM
The winds make it tough to tell, but even a guy like Tsonga couldn't hit through the court all that well.

anon57
03-16-2008, 01:14 AM
The OOP for sunday is out. Roger plays the fourth match on stadium 1.
STADIUM 1 start 11:00 am

[28] D Cibulkova (SVK) vs [2] S Kuznetsova (RUS) - WTA
T Haas (GER) vs [6] A Roddick (USA) - ATP
[25] E Daniilidou (GRE) vs [4] M Sharapova (RUS) - WTA
[1] R Federer (SUI) vs G Garcia-Lopez (ESP) - ATP
Not Before 7:00 PM
[5] D Hantuchova (SVK) vs J Zheng (CHN) - WTA
Not Before 8:30 PM
[24] L Hewitt (AUS) vs S Querrey (USA) - ATP

nobama
03-16-2008, 01:30 AM
Courts playing really slow this year, maybe moreso than usual.Is IW the slowest hard courts on tour?

lunahielo
03-16-2008, 03:19 AM
Allez Roger :bounce:

NYCtennisfan
03-16-2008, 06:21 AM
Is IW the slowest hard courts on tour?

Miami and IW are as slow as they get. These courts make Dubai's look like the indoor carpet courts of the early 90's.

SUKTUEN
03-16-2008, 10:41 AM
7:00 AM in HK time!!!!
I am go to work!!:fiery::fiery:

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Roger!!!!!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

nobama
03-16-2008, 01:03 PM
Miami and IW are as slow as they get. These courts make Dubai's look like the indoor carpet courts of the early 90's.Have Miami & IW always been this slow?

SUKTUEN
03-16-2008, 01:48 PM
http://bbs.tennis.com.cn/uploadFiles/2008-03/16_7506110_1.jpg

this shit net is testing~~~:rolleyes::rolleyes:

Rogieva
03-16-2008, 03:54 PM
good luck tonight roger !!!! :bounce:

NYCtennisfan
03-16-2008, 04:17 PM
Have Miami & IW always been this slow?

Miami has always been like that, but IW used to be faster. Then again, a lot has to do with the way people are hitting the ball i.e. topspin, topspin...

neenah
03-16-2008, 11:14 PM
I find myself cheering for Sharapova just so her match will end quickly and Fed can get on the court. :o

Of course she gets broken serving for the first set. :lol:

didadida
03-16-2008, 11:46 PM
I find myself cheering for Sharapova just so her match will end quickly and Fed can get on the court. :o

Of course she gets broken serving for the first set. :lol:

:lol::lol: i did the same

nobama
03-16-2008, 11:59 PM
I see Roddick's gone. :lol: OK Roger Tiger won today you need to do the same. :)

mangoes
03-17-2008, 12:42 AM
Roger is looking good so far.....strong start from him. I hope he can hold on to the break in the first.

elessar
03-17-2008, 12:44 AM
Roger is looking good so far.....strong start from him. I hope he can hold on to the break in the first.

Yes and I was most impressed by his breaking after only 4 BPs :woohoo: :p
Seriously though you're right, he's playing pretty well

didadida
03-17-2008, 12:49 AM
and also he is moving pretty well and he moves more to the net.....

didadida
03-17-2008, 12:57 AM
6-3 rogiiii

World Beater
03-17-2008, 01:07 AM
Yes and I was most impressed by his breaking after only 4 BPs :woohoo: :p
Seriously though you're right, he's playing pretty well

federer looked pretty good against fabrice et al at the ausopen.

we wont really know until fed plays someone like murray or somebody who forces roger to hit out.

elessar
03-17-2008, 01:11 AM
federer looked pretty good against fabrice et al at the ausopen.

we wont really know until fed plays someone like murray or somebody who forces roger to hit out.

I agree whether Roger plays bad or well during this match, it won't mean anything. I'm just worried about his (still) awful BP conversion against lower player

didadida
03-17-2008, 01:15 AM
you are right his bp conversion in the first set was only 16%

elessar
03-17-2008, 01:18 AM
Ok after that shot on BP I'm willing to shut up :tape:

neenah
03-17-2008, 01:21 AM
I love when he hits those winners that just float in. :lol:

didadida
03-17-2008, 01:25 AM
finally roger was right about his challenge :lol:

neenah
03-17-2008, 01:34 AM
6-3, 6-2. :)

nobama
03-17-2008, 01:35 AM
Nice one Roger. Keep it going. :)

rofe
03-17-2008, 01:39 AM
I agree whether Roger plays bad or well during this match, it won't mean anything. I'm just worried about his (still) awful BP conversion against lower player

To be honest, even at the height of game, he has had an awful conversion rate.

elessar
03-17-2008, 01:42 AM
To be honest, even at the height of game, he has had an awful conversion rate.

:lol: That's absolutely true, but when he's not at the top of his game (like he probably is now) it bites him in the a**, whereas before he could mostly get away with it.

yanchr
03-17-2008, 01:42 AM
Saw bits and pieces of the match during work...basically no idea of how he was playing...glad to read from some that he was playing well. Winning again is a good thing in itself no matter who the opponent is :p Keep it up Roger.

Xristos
03-17-2008, 01:52 AM
Rog looked good out there today.

NYCtennisfan
03-17-2008, 01:53 AM
Fed looked good out there although Lopez is hardly a barometer for anything (unless you lose to him). I thought he could put more on the serve, but the BH was better.

World Beater, he did look good against Santoro, but that doesn't really count because of the way Santoro plays. Santoro gives you the chance to repeatedly crush balls all day long and get into a rhythm and Fed did.

Of course, Fed after the first two games was brimming with confidence and could hit out. We'll see what he does when he potentially goes up against Murray.

nobama
03-17-2008, 01:56 AM
Hey I'm happy...better than last year. He looked more confident out there. A good match to work his way into the tournament.

Blondie1985
03-17-2008, 02:02 AM
great match!!!!!

rofe
03-17-2008, 02:20 AM
Fed looked good out there although Lopez is hardly a barometer for anything (unless you lose to him). I thought he could put more on the serve, but the BH was better.

World Beater, he did look good against Santoro, but that doesn't really count because of the way Santoro plays. Santoro gives you the chance to repeatedly crush balls all day long and get into a rhythm and Fed did.

Of course, Fed after the first two games was brimming with confidence and could hit out. We'll see what he does when he potentially goes up against Murray.

Yeah, I wasn't sure about his thought process there. He should have been slicing his returns a bit more in the 1st and being more aggressive in the 2nd. I supposed he wanted to close the match out in the 2nd but still..

nobama
03-17-2008, 02:25 AM
And Duck was beaten by Haas today. :banana:

Skyward
03-17-2008, 02:56 AM
And Duck was beaten by Haas today. :banana:

Murray will be more difficult to beat.

nobama
03-17-2008, 03:05 AM
Murray will be more difficult to beat.That's not why I'm cheering....and anyway I'm not even thinking about the QF's yet. I can't stand the duck so I'll always cheer when he looses. :rocker2:

refero*fervens
03-17-2008, 03:19 AM
Good start, Roger :)

JediFed
03-17-2008, 03:53 AM
I love the Duck.

13-1 says it all for me.

I want as many Duck-Fed matches as possible.

Marek.
03-17-2008, 06:12 AM
Well start

Or Levy
03-17-2008, 07:12 AM
I love the Duck.

13-1 says it all for me.

I want as many Duck-Fed matches as possible.

15:1 - if I'm not mistaken.

World Beater
03-17-2008, 08:32 AM
hmmmm...im not so confident federer will beat murray or joker in this event. He can play surreal tennis for periods and then just disappear and play like an amateur. His confidence fluctuates so much during the course of a single match.

He played pretty well in the early stages against joker(AO) and murray(dubai) but when the going got tough and his opponents got the rhythm, fed just wasn't steady or solid enough to win.

I thought federer said sth revealing when he said in an interview that at first it was difficult for him to accept that he had to make adjustments to his game when first playing nadal. This indeed what many ppl speculated as fed's stubborness shining through and it was very evident in his interviews after those lossess.

Now i see him talking so confidently, which is fine and dandy but i think its his ego talking a little bit. Usually im an optimist when it comes to federer but i think fed will have to rethink his strategy when he plays these opponents.

the slams wont come as easy any more.

anon57
03-17-2008, 10:57 AM
Good start to the tournament I guess.

Daniel
03-17-2008, 11:33 AM
Keep going Roger :clap2:

elessar
03-17-2008, 01:33 PM
Roger's post match interview :

10.10.2006
1878 Posts
INDIAN WELLS, CALIFORNIA

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Is Federer back?
ROGER FEDERER: One match, and I don't know, I guess I was never away, either(:rolleyes:). But no, I mean I'm happy the way it went today, and it was good conditions to play, after all. I was expecting much more cold and more wind, you know, but it was fine, so it was nice.

Q. I was going to probably ask the same thing. Do you feel any more pressure on a tournament like this because you've sort of gone missing for a while?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I haven't played much, and I think this is the difficulty. But then again, every first round you play in a big tournament or any tournament is always a bit of pressure if you're No. 1 seed.
I mean, it just -- it's there, and you just don't feel at ease like you do feel in a second or third round. And that's the big -- it's a big break to make. When you start a tournament you start it well and get on a roll, and now I guess for the second round I'll be much more relaxed.
Even though I wasn't nervous or anything, but you just have a tendency to just be a bit more unsure in the first round because you don't know the conditions that well yet.

Q. What about your level coming off your illness?
ROGER FEDERER: Excuse me? My level?

Q. How do you feel your level is coming off your illness? Are you where you want to be?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I think I was expecting a fairly good match, solid, not too many chances. You know, I wouldn't play too risky. Got off to a good start. I got that. Could have taken many more chances I think today and could have won even more easily.
But the way it went I was very happy. Came up with some nice plays at the moment. So, yeah, I was very pleased with my performance today.

Q. Healthwise, do you feel you're at or close to 100%?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I had no issues today. I felt like I was pretty quick out there. You know, my movement and everything, I was happy with that. No breathing problems, no, you know, no pains or aches, so everything was fine.

Q. Are there any similarities between your game and Novak Djokovic's game? Maybe he take something from you, do you feel?
ROGER FEDERER: Hard to say. I mean, he has good double-handed backhand that changes quite a bit. I guess there's always some sort of similarities when you both play aggressive from the baseline. I guess one thing you could say at the moment is he's playing the big points well, you know.
So that's something I did for many years, and that's probably the biggest similarity I see at the moment.

Q. Could you just clarify one thing: In Dubai after you lost to Murray, you assessed his game. Some of those comments were taken as criticizing him. Were you criticizing him?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I wasn't. I heard rumors too that people were saying I was criticizing him. I wasn't, and if I was, it was at a very high level, you know, so I'm sure he knows that. There's no reason to apologize, you know.
If the press turns around my words, you know, I can't do anything about it. You know, it was -- it was minute after the match, so of course there was confusion I had in my head going around with the illness I had and the match I just played, which wasn't too bad.
All I just said was I thought he was a more aggressive player, and all he was doing was just keeping the ball in play. That's what I said, you know. But he can do both. I know it and he knows it, so I don't think we hate each other, you know.
We had a chat, so everything's okay. Not about that, but something else.

Q. Had you ever heard of mononucleosis?
ROGER FEDERER: I did, yeah.

Q. Do you sense just because of the infrequency you played and the illness and the way you played that there's more eyes on your performance in this tournament?
ROGER FEDERER: Hmmm.

Q. Than in the past?
ROGER FEDERER: I'm not sure if much would have changed if I would have won Australian Open and Dubai. Focus would have been the same. I came in here last year with an unbelievable winning streak, so there's always -- No. 1 player in the world doesn't go under the radar anymore. It doesn't matter how I play, and so...
No, maybe some -- I think the fans really are excited to see me back on the court and really want me to do well. When we're on the practice courts, everybody's wishing me well and happy to see me again sort of thing and cheering my on. This is the biggest change I felt over the last few weeks here.

Q. You talked about the ability to play the big points well. Could you go through that for me, and what's the key? Is it focus? Intensity? Relaxation? What is the key to playing those points?
ROGER FEDERER: Little bit of everything, you know. Momentum, experience, knowing how to play the moments well. Having a good enough game to be able to play the best shots at the right time and believing in yourself. Everything that comes together really, I think, on the big points.

Q. You said that you lost the December work that you did with Pierre Paganini?
ROGER FEDERER: Not December.

Q. The January work?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I pretty much could actually work everything I wanted in December. Then I had a big setback right before the Australian Open, you know. So instead of maintaining a good level I probably lost a lot of energy because I was feeling bad.
And then lost some more time in -- before Dubai where I maybe lost an extra 10 days. That was really sort of the time I missed, so I'm not far behind, but a little bit. And I'll make sure I catch up with that throughout the next couple of weeks.(good to know)

Q. How are you handling your work between tournaments?
ROGER FEDERER: You mean for the future now?

Q. Yes.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I'm going to catch up with him more regularly, and I'm going to do another three-, four-day buildup in Miami. I'm going to see him there again. I'll see him again before Estoril. I'll see him before Monaco, as well, after Monaco. So that should be plenty then, looking ahead.

Q. Did you ever have a night in the hospital through all these three times?
ROGER FEDERER: No. They wanted to keep me there, but I said, Roger Federer(:lol: sounds very Williamsish) doesn't stay in the hospital for this. If I have a problem I'll come back, but let me first get worse, you know.

Q. You've only played once in about six weeks. People who play in clubs and stuff would miss it if they didn't play very often. Did you miss playing the one time just in the last six weeks?
ROGER FEDERER: You mean miss playing?

Q. The enjoyment of it and wish you could have played little more?
ROGER FEDERER: No, it was my plan. I didn't miss any tournaments, I didn't miss any -- really much. I was just ill, you know. I didn't feel so good, you know.
I knew I was going to spend a lot of time on the practice courts. I started to enjoy that. It's nice for me to get away again and come back. I feel good about my decision, because I'll play plenty for the next few months; you know my schedule. So it's going to be intense.
And the only thing you always miss is when you play in so much of the practice courts that, you know, you want to see the fans again, sort of wave to them, you've won a match, you know. People talk again.
It's nice to be in the limelight once in a while. That's maybe what I've missed, but I knew that was going to come, you know, with scheduling.

Q. When you were sick and couldn't do anything physically, what sort of things did you do? I can't imagine you started watching soap operas or anything, but...:spit:
ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, I was -- well, in Australia I guess it was obvious. You just try to get over it. Just try to play as soon as possible, you know, not taking too many chances on your health and trying to do everything as good as you can.
In Dubai I was just sort of sleeping a lot, trying to get over the sickness. And when I got sick in Switzerland I was at a friend's place and, again, same thing. I was so tired I didn't get up or have a drink almost(the haters will be pleased to know he had "real mono symptoms"). I was just waiting for it to be over.
So that's the sort of thing I was doing. Recovering.

Q. Last year you talked about the streak coming in here. Was last year's loss just another loss for you when you lost here, or did it hurt more because you had a chance to, you know, set some historic records?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, it would have been nice, you know. I'm not saying it didn't affect me or hurt me in any way. I would have loved to break, was it Vilas' record?

Q. Yes, Vilas.
ROGER FEDERER: It would have been nice, but it's not something you go for. It just happens or it doesn't. I was just disappointed losing in the first round, especially being a defending champion here.
I think I played so well. I think I won it three times in a row. So being on an unbelievable roll. I played great tennis. I played some of my best tennis here on this type of court.
To come here and lose first round and then you got almost two weeks to kill before you play again in Miami, that was sort of the disappointing part. Coming here, everything's working, played well in Dubai, sort of like Andy, and you come here and lose first round.
It's just sort of -- sort of takes you back to reality, but in some ways it was good for me, too, I guess, because I was winning so much. So it's nice. People remind you you still have work to do.
You know, you want to improve, and that's how I saw things. I bounced back and I played okay afterwards on clay and at Wimbledon.

End of FastScripts

SUKTUEN
03-17-2008, 03:32 PM
today Roger do not have match, right?

lunahielo
03-17-2008, 04:03 PM
Keep up the good work, Roger. :yeah:

Rogieva
03-17-2008, 05:21 PM
Yes !!!

So nice to see and easy win :cool: :bounce:

Keep going Rogi !!

elessar
03-17-2008, 05:33 PM
today Roger do not have match, right?

Nope, only the bottom half is playing today

nobama
03-17-2008, 06:58 PM
How does a thread about a routine win over GGL turn into 15 pages and a discussion about whether Roger played better at USO 07 or AO 08 (and that's a stupid question anyway - anyone without their blinders on would know he played better at USO 07)? The mods are really letting GM go to the dogs....

Sunset of Age
03-17-2008, 07:27 PM
How does a thread about a routine win over GGL turn into 15 pages and a discussion about whether Roger played better at USO 07 or AO 08 (and that's a stupid question anyway - anyone without their blinders on would know he played better at USO 07)? The mods are really letting GM go to the dogs....

Yet another Djokotard not willing to admit his being wrong and insisting on having the final word on the subject, despite Stebs' (among others) valiant attempts to convince him that he's spouting nonsense... :(

I can see that thread going to 100+ pages. Mods are MIA lately. :mad:

Marek.
03-17-2008, 07:39 PM
Djokotards have ruined GM.

nobama
03-17-2008, 08:03 PM
Yet another Djokotard not willing to admit his being wrong and insisting on having the final word on the subject, despite Stebs' (among others) valiant attempts to convince him that he's spouting nonsense... :(

I can see that thread going to 100+ pages. Mods are MIA lately. :mad:Mods must be Djokotards.

elessar
03-17-2008, 08:24 PM
I saw that thread, made a valiant effort to get it back on track...then failed miserably and gave up. I don't remember even the Rafatards (:kiss: Linda when you read this) being this annoying

Rogieva
03-17-2008, 08:41 PM
who does roger play in 3r??

Eden
03-17-2008, 08:44 PM
who does roger play in 3r??

Nicolas Mahut from France. Roger has played once against him: 2006 in Wimbledon, where he won in 3 sets.

NYCtennisfan
03-17-2008, 11:35 PM
How does a thread about a routine win over GGL turn into 15 pages and a discussion about whether Roger played better at USO 07 or AO 08 (and that's a stupid question anyway - anyone without their blinders on would know he played better at USO 07)? The mods are really letting GM go to the dogs....

GM is pretty much unreadable now. Every thread turns in a chat thread between Farenhajt, Clay Deat, Bascule, Aloimeh and zcess81 or whatever. Unbelieveable.

stebs
03-17-2008, 11:39 PM
How does a thread about a routine win over GGL turn into 15 pages and a discussion about whether Roger played better at USO 07 or AO 08 (and that's a stupid question anyway - anyone without their blinders on would know he played better at USO 07)? The mods are really letting GM go to the dogs....

I'll take the blame for that. I'm too stubborn to let it go although it's obvious you can never change some opinions.

Speaking of the routine win over GGL, a few flick BH passes were out of this world. We have become used to them as Federer fans but remember, this is not just a very good shot, it is unique. No other player on tour now (or that I can remember historically) hit that shot and certainly none the way Roger hits it.

World Beater
03-17-2008, 11:51 PM
i dont understand why djokovic fans are so insecure...every post of theirs has to legitimize djokovic's victory, deprecate federer and proclaim his downfall.

okay we get it...federer is a terrible human being. just move on with your life.

:lol:

elessar
03-17-2008, 11:58 PM
I'll take the blame for that. I'm too stubborn to let it go although it's obvious you can never change some opinions.
I can't blame you for that, I've enaged in way too many discussions with them before finally giving up;) They're all on my ignore list now, it's still very hard to resist saying something when I see their posts being quoted.
Speaking of the routine win over GGL, a few flick BH passes were out of this world. We have become used to them as Federer fans but remember, this is not just a very good shot, it is unique. No other player on tour now (or that I can remember historically) hit that shot and certainly none the way Roger hits it.

He hit two incredible ones at the beginning of the second set, if I hadn't see Roger hit them I would have thought it'd be impossible to do with a one-hander :eek:
I'll upload them tomorrow if some people missed them :)

JediFed
03-18-2008, 12:25 AM
Yeah I said it early on that they should all get a room.

Honestly, Fed played better at USO last year the at the Australian Open this year. I remember we were all concerned with the match up against Djokovic, whereas we were less so in the Finals at USO.

And don't apologise Stebs. I was there defending Fed's comments about Murray until finally people realised that Fed was right about his lack of aggression. People will realise how silly their argument is when we start seeing more of Federer in top shape again.

Djokovic is a fine player, putting down Fed's performance only makes Djokovic look worse for beating him in the SF and losing to him in the finals of the USO.

Lets not forget that 12 months ago, Federer had a 40+ win streak on hard coming into Indian Wells and Miami.

SUKTUEN
03-18-2008, 01:17 AM
waiting for order of play~~~

ExpectedWinner
03-18-2008, 03:38 AM
okay we get it...federer is a terrible human being. just move on with your life.

:lol:

What life? GMdeath- 818 posts, 22 new threads in 2 weeks or so. The Global Morons slogan: "I have a computer, a vibrator and pizza delivery. Why should I leave the house?"

Sunset of Age
03-18-2008, 04:01 AM
What life? GMdeath- 818 posts, 22 new threads in 2 weeks or so.

Still think I'm your naive friend over here? ;)

ExpectedWinner
03-18-2008, 05:05 AM
Still think I'm your naive friend over here? ;)

What part of this statement do you want me to take back? ;)

Sunset of Age
03-18-2008, 05:13 AM
:lol:

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/CG_Brouwer/2008_Tignes/P1010158_kl.jpg

"Don't Play With Me, You're Playing With Fire!" :rocker2:
Prepare for battle, my dear! :p :D :lol:

JediFed
03-18-2008, 06:39 AM
:D

Nice pic!

Looks like you had a blast on your trip.

Sunset of Age
03-18-2008, 06:43 AM
:D

Nice pic!

Looks like you had a blast on your trip.

:wavey:

Yes I did.
See that hill behind me? That's a freeride, i.e. ungroomed, off-piste slope. I danced my way down.
Yo, I'm a pretty good skier. :angel: No wonder with some 35+ years of experience, no... ?

http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y35/CG_Brouwer/2008_Tignes/P1010263_kl.jpg

ExpectedWinner
03-18-2008, 07:02 AM
"Don't Play With Me, You're Playing With Fire!"[/i] :rocker2:
Prepare for battle, my dear! :p :D :lol:

I see you adopted Fed's arrogance and TFA's odd habits (biting metallic objects).
Beautiful pictures. I mean the hills are, you're OK. ;)

Sunset of Age
03-18-2008, 07:04 AM
I see you adopted Fed's arrogance and TFA's odd habits (biting metallic objects).
Beautiful pictures. I mean the hills are, you're OK. ;)

:lol: Know what, I kinda like both of my tennis fav's idiosyncracies. :D :p
Besides that I'm pretty sure I'm a better skier than either of them, hahahah... call me arrogant, indeed! :rocker2: :angel:

JediFed
03-18-2008, 07:41 AM
No wonder with some 35+ years of experience, no... ?


I guess skiing is like skating here. You learn to ski before you learn to walk. :D

Sunset of Age
03-18-2008, 07:57 AM
I guess skiing is like skating here. You learn to ski before you learn to walk. :D

My dad put me on ski's when I was barely 3 years of age. It's true - when you learn it as being a kid, it's just as easy as walking. :D

And right now it's like DANCING. :D :D :D
Practiced my backward pirouettes, and people asked me if I was a pansy ballet dancer more than anything else, :haha:.

No need to mention I talked those guys out of the off-piste ravines just an hour later, :armed: :lol:

bokehlicious
03-18-2008, 08:35 AM
Besides that I'm pretty sure I'm a better skier than either of them, hahahah... call me arrogant, indeed! :rocker2: :angel:

Mmmm, remains to be seen :o :p :p

:secret: beautiful pics honey :hug: ;)

juninhOH
03-18-2008, 10:43 AM
you look younger than 35, like 29 or 28.

wanna see how Fed will do against Mahut. Djokovic seems on fire, not facing a break point against Kohli is kinda impressive.

Rogieva
03-18-2008, 10:52 AM
Nicolas Mahut from France. Roger has played once against him: 2006 in Wimbledon, where he won in 3 sets.

thank you eden :D

roger plays today ! :D

good luck !!! :bounce:

nobama
03-18-2008, 02:43 PM
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/travelblogue/2008/03/iw-to-do-lists.html

And what about the man at the top of the mountain? The downside of having Roger Federer's orchestra-like repetoire is having to constantly make sure it's in tune. "I definitely think it's about tweaking a few things here and there, choosing the right tactics against certain players," he said. " have the choice to play very all around, that's the great thing, but that also includes a lot of work on all different ares of my game. it's not just enough to hit my backhand crosscourt for four hours. I als need to play my forehand and at the net and at the serve."

Having taken losses against Nadal's medicine ball, Djokovic's pinball and Murray's knuckle ball -- among others -- he seems to be thinking about countering with a little more net ball. "I'd really like to come to net more, play offensive, because I think that's something where I have the biggest potential left in my game."
I hope Roger is more aggressive from here on out. The other day in his post match presser he said he could have won against GGL more easily, could have been more aggressive. If he knows that's what he should do and can do then I want to see him doing it during his matches.

nobama
03-18-2008, 02:46 PM
Can I just say I hate the courts at IW. Way too slow. There's nothing worse than seeing moonballing on a hard court. I'm not sure what they do to slow down the courts so much but I hate it. :rolleyes:

Or Levy
03-18-2008, 03:14 PM
I have to say though, that against Nalby - for example, I think Roger benefits from the slightly slower court.

nobama
03-18-2008, 03:57 PM
Oh I know the slower courts haven't bothered Roger....he's won this event 3 times after all. But I just can't stand watching this kind of tennis. I was watching one of the WTA matches yesterday and it was constant moonballing. Yuck.

I like when Roger talks about being aggressive, offensive. But I'd like to see him actually employ that in his matches. None of this defensive shit.

SUKTUEN
03-18-2008, 05:03 PM
4:00 am in HK!!!!!!!!!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Roger!!!!!

JediFed
03-18-2008, 08:07 PM
Besides that I'm pretty sure I'm a better skier than either of them, hahahah... call me arrogant, indeed!


I don't think there's much call for skiing in Mallorca. ;)

It looks really nice, our weather has been holding up here, snow and more snow. Fun to play in but it sucks to drive.

Rogiman
03-18-2008, 08:37 PM
Can any of you folks provide me with a decent livestream link please?

Thanks.

Ariadne
03-18-2008, 09:04 PM
Can any of you folks provide me with a decent livestream link please?

Thanks.

Channelsurfing.net is decent, you need to download the TVU player for it though.

didadida
03-18-2008, 09:20 PM
6-1 6-1
just piece of cake :worship:

Rogieva
03-18-2008, 09:21 PM
Yes yes Yes :yippee: :yippee: :yippee:

Roger def. Mahut 6-1 6-1 in 53 mins

9 aces, 75% first serves, 96% of points won on first serves, 0 break points faced :worship:

Easy match for Roger, the livestreams sucked so I couldn't watch any :o

Well done Roger !!! :D :woohoo: :banana:

nobama
03-18-2008, 09:23 PM
Nice clean match from Roger today. :yeah: Mahut was pretty pathetic though. :o

anon57
03-18-2008, 09:27 PM
Good performance from Roger but indeed Mahut was playing very poorly.

Rogieva
03-18-2008, 09:31 PM
Who is Rogers next victim ??? :devil:

Rommella
03-18-2008, 09:40 PM
Am liking the Fed sweat-o'meter: 0 to very little precipitation.

Skyward
03-18-2008, 09:49 PM
I think Roger was very solid. His serves/returns/net game were great. Mahut can't hurt him from the ground. If Roger plays Murray or Nalby, it will be a different ball game.

yanchr
03-18-2008, 09:57 PM
Mahut can't hurt him from the ground. If Roger plays Murray or Nalby, it will be a different ball game.
Exactly what I think. Anyway a good match from Roger based on what I saw in the 1st set. Keep it up.

nobama
03-18-2008, 10:05 PM
I think Roger was very solid. His serves/returns/net game were great. Mahut can't hurt him from the ground. If Roger plays Murray or Nalby, it will be a different ball game.You're right but I still think he's playing better regardless of how bad his first two opponents were. I think Roger wants to prove something at this tournament. I'm not saying he'll win it, but I like his attitude and the way he's been playing so far.

nobama
03-18-2008, 10:06 PM
Exactly what I think. Anyway a good match from Roger based on what I saw in the 1st set. Keep it up.And now he'll get to play Lubicic, blech. I wish it was Robredo instead because at least then he'd get some more match practice from the back of the court.

soraya
03-18-2008, 10:09 PM
I think Roger was very solid. His serves/returns/net game were great. Mahut can't hurt him from the ground. If Roger plays Murray or Nalby, it will be a different ball game.
One step at the time;)

nobama
03-18-2008, 10:12 PM
Why is it when Roger beats a relative nobody in an easy straight sets win the GM crowd says 'I'll wait to judge his form until he plays someone like Murray, Nalby or Djoker'. Yet, when Nadal, Djoker etc. do the same we never hear this shit (except for a very few). :rolleyes:

JediFed
03-18-2008, 10:20 PM
That's because he's the king. :D

I'd love to see him win here at IW. Solidify number one until Wimbly. :D

elessar
03-18-2008, 10:32 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this match means nothing, we always knew Roger could serve great, the only question is what state is his baseline game in ? Mahut never pushed him enough to find out :shrug:
He did return better though and it's good that he hasn't had to expend any energy so far

anon57
03-18-2008, 10:43 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this match means nothing, we always knew Roger could serve great, the only question is what state is his baseline game in ? Mahut never pushed him enough to find out :shrug:
He did return better though and it's good that he hasn't had to expend any energy so far

Nope I feel the same way, his first two opponents weren't giving him hard time from the baseline, so it's nearly impossible to judge if he's really playing well from the back of the court. His serve has been looking good but that hasn't been a real problem so far this year.

nobama
03-18-2008, 10:49 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this match means nothing, we always knew Roger could serve great, the only question is what state is his baseline game in ? Mahut never pushed him enough to find out :shrug:
He did return better though and it's good that he hasn't had to expend any energy so farThe match does mean something. Right now he needs to win matches, which he's doing. Of course I don't think this win today means he's going to win the tournament but I'm going to enjoy it nonetheless. :)

elessar
03-18-2008, 10:57 PM
The match does mean something. Right now he needs to win matches, which he's doing. Of course I don't think this win today means he's going to win the tournament but I'm going to enjoy it nonetheless. :)
So am I ;)

Federerhingis
03-18-2008, 10:59 PM
Am I the only one who thinks this match means nothing, we always knew Roger could serve great, the only question is what state is his baseline game in ? Mahut never pushed him enough to find out :shrug:
He did return better though and it's good that he hasn't had to expend any energy so far

I totally agree, Mahut can hardly play from the baseline on slow hard courts like Indian Wells. Garcia Lopez was a far more dangerous opponent and played a lot better.

Nonetheless, these matches do help him get back to a rhythm which he obviously was in need of. That's the positive thing, besides winning no matter how or against who is what really matters in the end. :yeah:

yanchr
03-18-2008, 11:15 PM
Nonetheless, these matches do help him get back to a rhythm which he obviously was in need of. That's the positive thing, besides winning no matter how or against who is what really matters in the end. :yeah:
And it's a good help to give a rise to his confidence level. I think he began to hit the ball with some authority again.

lunahielo
03-18-2008, 11:18 PM
I enjoyed the match!
I thought he looked fine and loved the way he got on and off the court quickly..of course Mahut helped that! :)