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*****Not getting Volandried in Rome 2008*****

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rofe
04-27-2008, 03:32 PM
Gaining more points during this season is the name of the game at this point.

neenah
04-27-2008, 03:57 PM
:rocker2:

When does the draw come out?

rofe
04-27-2008, 04:12 PM
:rocker2:

When does the draw come out?

Next Friday/Sat maybe?

Rogieva
04-27-2008, 04:26 PM
What is your success in making the tournament thread and roger winning the tournament ? :p

SUKTUEN
04-27-2008, 04:28 PM
ComeOn Roger!!!!!

trickcy
04-27-2008, 04:52 PM
Come on Roger, time to gain some points!!

rofe
04-27-2008, 05:00 PM
What is your success in making the tournament thread and roger winning the tournament ? :p

Not winning but predicting what he will do in a particular tournament and I am 2-0 on that. ;)

FedFan_2007
04-27-2008, 08:07 PM
I think Roger will not lose to Volandri this year. :silly:

Rogieva
04-27-2008, 08:15 PM
Not winning but predicting what he will do in a particular tournament and I am 2-0 on that. ;)

thought so ;)

FedFan_2007
04-27-2008, 08:36 PM
Waiting to see the draw.

Allure
04-27-2008, 09:14 PM
Hoping he makes it to the finals. :D

didadida
04-27-2008, 09:30 PM
Jose wont be with Roger in Rome

FedFan_2007
04-27-2008, 09:52 PM
I hope by the time Rome starts Roger will be fully 100%. He's right on the verge of it I believe.

juninhOH
04-27-2008, 10:00 PM
Sad Higueras won't be there. How come is that?

robinhood
04-27-2008, 10:15 PM
Yeah~ no points to defend!
I'll happy with another finals appearance.

JediFed
04-28-2008, 12:48 AM
I'd love to see another Nadal-Fed final for number 12. Rematch!

fedexforlife
04-28-2008, 12:52 AM
hope he can get to the finals and win i think he will beat volandri coz he is playing much better !

SUKTUEN
04-28-2008, 01:02 AM
hope his coach can help him to improve his backhand~~~

fedexdelivers
04-28-2008, 10:48 AM
Hear! Hear! for the thread title.

I am not babying Roger anymore unless the mono strikes and he wakes up totally listless on any given day. If not, i expect him to win Rome - it's time.

nobama
04-28-2008, 10:53 AM
Wake me up when Halle starts. :zzz:

anon57
04-28-2008, 10:57 AM
:rocker2: Not getting Volandried, I hope Roger can continue improving.

juninhOH
04-28-2008, 11:24 AM
it's really important that he goes far in the tourney.

he has 500 to defend on hamburg and then 700 on rg, and he cant really lose those points.

on the brighter side, he is probably going to play halle this year, catching some more points =]

Sunset of Age
04-28-2008, 02:02 PM
I'd love to see another Nadal-Fed final for number 12. Rematch!

Yep. And whatever the result, as long as he manages to defend his points, I'm happy. What the heck, I'll be happy even if he just doesn't lose too many!
It's far from a given that he'll be able to reach that final again... but if he does, I'll finally get some of my belief that his slump/mono etc. is finally OVER. Go Rogi!

And no I don't think Volandri will be any threadt... the thought alone makes me :haha: :haha: :haha:.

SUKTUEN
04-28-2008, 02:21 PM
Wake me up when Halle starts. :zzz:

:devil::devil::devil::devil:

Wake Up in RG Roger~~~~:D

Rogieva
04-28-2008, 03:57 PM
Sad Higueras won't be there. How come is that?

Gone back too see family I think. Higueras will be back from RG tho :D

RogiFan88
04-28-2008, 05:38 PM
not liking the thread title... Volandri :rolleyes:

buzz
05-03-2008, 11:14 AM
The draw is out, not easy... http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackIt.asp?file=http://www.atptennis.com/1/posting/2008/416/mds.pdf

mangoes
05-03-2008, 11:28 AM
I can't believe this draw:mad: :mad:

Just hand the trophy to Rafa and let's move on:rolleyes: :rolleyes: This tournament is a complete waste of time... A clay tournament's draw couldn't be more lop sided.

yanchr
05-03-2008, 11:48 AM
Just hand the trophy to Rafa and let's move on:rolleyes: :rolleyes:
This can be said even before the draw is out, so I'm not upset about the draw ;) It's like Roger on all the other surfaces some time ago - no draw is bad draw.

I think it's important in Rome that we continue to observe Roger's form and physical condition. He played a couple of good matches in a row in MC already. I will be happy if he can show good level of consistency again in Rome. Of course a final appearance against Nadal will be good, but it's not RG yet. So let's save the best draw for RG :angel:

If he plays as well as he did in the Nalby/Djokovic match even the final in MC, he has a good chance to make the final again, I think.

BTW, you get up so early on a Saturday Sheryl :eek: :hug:

BlueSwan
05-03-2008, 11:51 AM
The draw is TERRIBLE. I don't like Roger having to play Canas for his first match. Canas is not playing as well as at IW/Miami last year, but his playing style is not well suited for Roger - especially not for his first match. Roger needs to cut down on the UE's when he plays Canas.

I can't believe that Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer and Almagro are all in Feds half, while Nadal only has Davydenko of the top clay courters. Amazing how Nadal can keep avoiding playing Nalbandian - possibly the player with the best shot of beating him on clay due to that amazing double handed backhand and their internal record.

mangoes
05-03-2008, 11:54 AM
This can be said even before the draw is out, so I'm not upset about the draw ;) It's like Roger on all the other surfaces some time ago - no draw is bad draw.

I think it's important in Rome that we continue to observe Roger's form and physical condition. He played a couple of good matches in a row in MC already. I will be happy if he can show good level of consistency again in Rome. Of course a final appearance against Nadal will be good, but it's not RG yet. So let's save the best draw for RG :angel:

If he plays as well as he did in the Nalby/Djokovic match even the final in MC, he has a good chance to make the final again, I think.

BTW, you get up so early on a Saturday Sheryl :eek: :hug:


Hi Laura:hug:

Yes, I seem to be unable to sleep pass 7 or 8am on a Saturday:lol: :lol: :lol: Linda is pissing me off on GM:lol: :lol: :lol: She's complaining about Rafa's tough and tricky section of the draw:devil:

Well, I guess we'll see if MC for Roger was a fluke for the clay season:o

elessar
05-03-2008, 12:10 PM
:rocker2: Not getting Volandried, I hope Roger can continue improving.

Rofe please change the title to "not getting canassed in Rome" :bigcry: (does sound kinky though :aplot:)

Rogieva
05-03-2008, 01:11 PM
Blake, Roddick and Davydenko are the ones stopping Nadal from the final. :tape: :rolls:

Niether of the Americans can play on clay, and Nadal trashed Denko in MC

2R: Canas :unsure:
QF: Ferrer/Gasquet
SF: Djoke or Nalby
F: Nadal

Sunset of Age
05-03-2008, 01:37 PM
The draw is TERRIBLE. I don't like Roger having to play Canas for his first match. Canas is not playing as well as at IW/Miami last year, but his playing style is not well suited for Roger - especially not for his first match. Roger needs to cut down on the UE's when he plays Canas.

I don't think Cañas is a player who Roger needs to worry about, it was like he said last year: 'the guy is on a roll right now' (or something the like), and he already expected it to end shortly - which indeed happened. I mean... has he had any impressive results the past couple of months? :shrug:

I can't believe that Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer and Almagro are all in Feds half, while Nadal only has Davydenko of the top clay courters. Amazing how Nadal can keep avoiding playing Nalbandian - possibly the player with the best shot of beating him on clay due to that amazing double handed backhand and their internal record.

Yes, it's pretty... strange indeed.
But at least remember that the only tournament that really matters is RG :angel: - and perhaps we'll be seeing a more fair draw over there...

nobama
05-03-2008, 02:10 PM
Yeah I'm not sure why people see Canas in th draw and get all worried. :confused: We've seen what Roger can do to him when he's playing well. And it's not as if Canas has done anything great lately anyway.

Sunset of Age
05-03-2008, 02:17 PM
Yeah I'm not sure why people see Canas in th draw and get all worried. :confused: We've seen what Roger can do to him when he's playing well. And it's not as if Canas has done anything great lately anyway.

It must be something of the same sort of nonsensical worrying that makes some Rafa fans shudder when they see Andreev's name on his side of the draw... :silly: :silly: :silly: :cuckoo:

nobama
05-03-2008, 02:25 PM
The draw is TERRIBLE. I don't like Roger having to play Canas for his first match. Canas is not playing as well as at IW/Miami last year, but his playing style is not well suited for Roger - especially not for his first match. Roger needs to cut down on the UE's when he plays Canas.

I can't believe that Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer and Almagro are all in Feds half, while Nadal only has Davydenko of the top clay courters. Amazing how Nadal can keep avoiding playing Nalbandian - possibly the player with the best shot of beating him on clay due to that amazing double handed backhand and their internal record.
None of these guys are beating Nadal and we all know it. Almagro lost to Gremelmayr yesterday, no way he's beating Nadal. Ferrer was up a double break in the 2nd set in MC and couldn't take the set. We'll find out again this weekend just what shot he has aginst Nadal. Nalbandian probably wouldn't even make it far enough to play Nadal. Ferrer and Almagro have been playing 3 weeks straight now (and I believe Ferrer played DC as well) so who knows what form they'll be in next week anyway.

Fact is there is no hard draw for Nadal on clay. And yeah the draw gods bless him more often than not. :lol: If Roger can get through this draw and make the finals at least we'll know he's most likely back to full fitness and will be able to go the distance at RG.

RogiFan88
05-03-2008, 02:35 PM
Expected draw... for both Rogi and clay ogre... nothing new...

rofe
05-03-2008, 02:36 PM
Rofe please change the title to "not getting canassed in Rome" :bigcry: (does sound kinky though :aplot:)

When I used the word "Volandried", I was referring to my wish that he should go deep in the draw not that he would meet Volandri. :)

Roger will win against Canas. Actually, I am happy he is getting these tough draws - he has to be ready for a tough RG this year.

Federerhingis
05-03-2008, 02:52 PM
Yeah~ no points to defend!
I'll happy with another finals appearance.

Very happy I would say, those would be very good points to get. :p

Federerhingis
05-03-2008, 02:56 PM
I don't think Cañas is a player who Roger needs to worry about, it was like he said last year: 'the guy is on a roll right now' (or something the like), and he already expected it to end shortly - which indeed happened. I mean... has he had any impressive results the past couple of months? :shrug:



Yes, it's pretty... strange indeed.
But at least remember that the only tournament that really matters is RG :angel: - and perhaps we'll be seeing a more fair draw over there...

One more thing Nalbandian does not have the speed to bother Nadal nor the determination, and on clay he is not as lethal. :shrug:

Sunset of Age
05-03-2008, 03:00 PM
One more thing Nalbandian does not have the speed to bother Nadal nor the determination, and on clay he is not as lethal. :shrug:

And like is the case with Cañas, Nalby hasn't been impressing me very much during the past few months... - he has the talent, and the technique, but as you say, he lacks both in speed and in mentality. He'll be just another bit of cannon fodder for Raf methinks.

BTW, Raf is just handing out some bakery products to Gremelmayer right now... :eek: :worship:

Federerhingis
05-03-2008, 03:33 PM
And like is the case with Cañas, Nalby hasn't been impressing me very much during the past few months... - he has the talent, and the technique, but as you say, he lacks both in speed and in mentality. He'll be just another bit of cannon fodder for Raf methinks.

BTW, Raf is just handing out some bakery products to Gremelmayer right now... :eek: :worship:

Bagels and breadsticks for free? :devil: How nice of him. :tape:

ExpectedWinner
05-03-2008, 03:55 PM
I can't believe that Djokovic, Nalbandian, Ferrer and Almagro are all in Feds half, while Nadal only has Davydenko of the top clay courters. Amazing how Nadal can keep avoiding playing Nalbandian - possibly the player with the best shot of beating him on clay due to that amazing double handed backhand and their internal record.

Nothing new. When he's No2, the bottom part will be overcrowded, all of a sudden. It's not about what Nalbandian has/doesn't have on clay or elsewhere, it's just notable that he's almost never in TFA's part of the draw.

JediFed
05-03-2008, 04:45 PM
That's a rough draw. If you swapped them Federer would cruise.

I'm not worried about Ferrer, he is Roger's pigeon, but Canas in the first match he plays? :( I don't see why Rafa has a tough draw, no Ferrer in his quarters, no Djokovic, no Nalbandian. He instead gets clay gods like Roddick and Blake. :rolleyes:

nobama
05-03-2008, 04:57 PM
According to rf.com Roger's in Rome and practiced today with Acasuso.

Federerhingis
05-03-2008, 05:22 PM
That's a rough draw. If you swapped them Federer would cruise.

I'm not worried about Ferrer, he is Roger's pigeon, but Canas in the first match he plays? :( I don't see why Rafa has a tough draw, no Ferrer in his quarters, no Djokovic, no Nalbandian. He instead gets clay gods like Roddick and Blake. :rolleyes:

Yeah I did not realize, however Cañas shouldn't be too huge of a concern. Despite the fact that he will be retrieving every shot ad nauseum.

He's just a better version of Monfils on clay, well he can hit the forehand with more authority. It should be a tricky match but I don't see why Federer should not get to the 3rd round.

Federerhingis
05-03-2008, 05:23 PM
According to rf.com Roger's in Rome and practiced today with Acasuso.

That is a good sign, he needs to be sharp and ready to go for his first (2nd round) encounter. ;)

SUKTUEN
05-03-2008, 05:32 PM
Come On Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bounce::bounce:

NYCtennisfan
05-03-2008, 05:37 PM
Canas
Starace/Cilic/PHM
Ferrer/Gasquet
Nalbandian/Djokovic
Nadal

Wow. The only way this would be more lopsided is if Ferrer and Nalbandian switched spots.

Canas serving well could pose a LOT of problems for Fed.

SUKTUEN
05-03-2008, 05:41 PM
Canas
Starace/Cilic/PHM
Ferrer/Gasquet
Nalbandian/Djokovic
Nadal



Oh, GOD~~~~

GO Roger!!:boxing:

nobama
05-03-2008, 05:47 PM
Canas
Starace/Cilic/PHM
Ferrer/Gasquet
Nalbandian/Djokovic
Nadal

Wow. The only way this would be more lopsided is if Ferrer and Nalbandian switched spots.

Canas serving well could pose a LOT of problems for Fed.
I'm not worried about Canas (if he and Roger even meet). If Roger brings the form he had in MC then I think he has a good shot of going deep. What pisses me off is Nadal might be a bit tired going into Rome but his draw is such a joke that it won't even matter. That draw is so laughable we could see Roddick in the QF or SF. :spit:

Federerhingis
05-03-2008, 06:04 PM
I'm not worried about Canas (if he and Roger even meet). If Roger brings the form he had in MC then I think he has a good shot of going deep. What pisses me off is Nadal might be a bit tired going into Rome but his draw is such a joke that it won't even matter. That draw is so laughable we could see Roddick in the QF or SF. :spit:

Jen wouldn't that be something, well Roddick did make a semis in Rome about 5 years ago. :o :lol:

NYCtennisfan
05-03-2008, 06:49 PM
I'm not worried about Canas (if he and Roger even meet). If Roger brings the form he had in MC then I think he has a good shot of going deep. What pisses me off is Nadal might be a bit tired going into Rome but his draw is such a joke that it won't even matter. That draw is so laughable we could see Roddick in the QF or SF. :spit:

INdeed. A tired Rafa having to go through all of the players on Fed's side would leave him at least a bit vulnerable for the finals. There is a real possibility of him winning 30 sets in a row going into Hamburg.

NYCtennisfan
05-03-2008, 06:54 PM
BTW, just for fun, the random probability of having Djoko in Fed's half and Nalbandian in his quarter in MC AND Djoko as well as Nalby in his half in Rome is:

1/2 X 1/4 X 1/2 X 1/2= 1/32. That means, randomly speaking, if there were 32 sets of MC/Roma draws, probability says that one out of those 32 sets would have Djoko in his half, Nalbandian in his quarter in MC, and both Djoko and Nalbandian in his half in Roma.

;)

rofe
05-03-2008, 06:57 PM
BTW, just for fun, the random probability of having Djoko in Fed's half and Nalbandian in his quarter in MC AND Djoko as well as Nalby in his half in Rome is:

1/2 X 1/4 X 1/2 X 1/2= 1/32. That means, randomly speaking, if there were 32 sets of MC/Roma draws, probability says that one out of those 32 sets would have Djoko in his half, Nalbandian in his quarter in MC, and both Djoko and Nalbandian in his half in Roma.

;)

Hey as long as Roger gets a favorable draw in RG, I am willing to look the other way. ;)

Blondie1985
05-03-2008, 06:57 PM
Rafa's draw :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

nobama
05-03-2008, 07:36 PM
BTW, just for fun, the random probability of having Djoko in Fed's half and Nalbandian in his quarter in MC AND Djoko as well as Nalby in his half in Rome is:

1/2 X 1/4 X 1/2 X 1/2= 1/32. That means, randomly speaking, if there were 32 sets of MC/Roma draws, probability says that one out of those 32 sets would have Djoko in his half, Nalbandian in his quarter in MC, and both Djoko and Nalbandian in his half in Roma.

;)Uncle Toni is good. :cool:

nobama
05-03-2008, 07:41 PM
That is a good sign, he needs to be sharp and ready to go for his first (2nd round) encounter. ;)vishido (Ricardo) a rf.com poster saw Roger practice today. You can read his encouter here: http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/fanzone/forum/topicview.cfm?uNC=07490644&uPage=12&uTopicID=23069

One thing he said: he signed my an autograph and while he was signing the other autograph I told him: "Roger what do you think about draw", he moved back, he looked me in the eyes and he said "What's your name?", I said "Riccardo" and he said "Riccardo, I'm ready!" closing his right eye.

Sunset of Age
05-03-2008, 07:42 PM
One thing he said: he signed my an autograph and while he was signing the other autograph I told him: "Roger what do you think about draw", he moved back, he looked me in the eyes and he said "What's your name?", I said "Riccardo" and he said "Riccardo, I'm ready!" closing his right eye.

Nice... seems like he's confident. :yeah:

Federerhingis
05-03-2008, 07:43 PM
vishido (Ricardo) a rf.com poster saw Roger practice today. You can read his encouter here: http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/fanzone/forum/topicview.cfm?uNC=07490644&uPage=12&uTopicID=23069

One thing he said: he signed my an autograph and while he was signing the other autograph I told him: "Roger what do you think about draw", he moved back, he looked me in the eyes and he said "What's your name?", I said "Riccardo" and he said "Riccardo, I'm ready!" closing his right eye.

If this a valid account, then I am liking the attitude or swagger what ever you want to call it. Well he's a leo and he's world's number so he'l never admit or say, Oh I am peeing on my pants. :scared: :lol:

Thanks Jen. I used to have an account over there but lost my password. I can't seem to get them to give me a new one.

yanchr
05-04-2008, 04:01 AM
One thing he said: he signed my an autograph and while he was signing the other autograph I told him: "Roger what do you think about draw", he moved back, he looked me in the eyes and he said "What's your name?", I said "Riccardo" and he said "Riccardo, I'm ready!" closing his right eye.
So very Roger :lol:

I like his attitude, but I've come to a conclusion that he is not always telling the true feelings (I'm not saying he is not here though). I mean, what else can he say...:p

RogiFan88
05-04-2008, 04:23 AM
yes, yanchr, what else is Rogi going to say? "no, I'm not ready, I'm going to lose... why do I bother w clay!" :lol:

again, I'm taking this tournament one match at a time... if Rogi can firstly beat that Canas, then defend his points, that's a start anyway... we have to see what he learned fr Higueras and how he applies it next week ;)

RogiFan88
05-04-2008, 04:30 AM
ROMA, as w all the clay tourneys TFA plays, is HIS to lose... [so TFA, was Rogelio the favourite to win BCN?? :lol:]

Rommella
05-04-2008, 05:03 AM
Cañas, Cilic/Karlovic, Mathieu, Ferrer, Djokovic/Nalbandian -- I say, bring it on. Tough draw, but just what Roger needs. Steel is wrought through fire.

JediFed
05-04-2008, 05:44 AM
Federer also managed to get the highest possible first round seed in Dubai. I guess the problem with being number one for so long, is that you set records.

nobama
05-04-2008, 09:57 AM
So very Roger :lol:

I like his attitude, but I've come to a conclusion that he is not always telling the true feelings (I'm not saying he is not here though). I mean, what else can he say...:p
With the media sometimes for sure, but I don't think he bs's with the fans.

Or Levy
05-04-2008, 10:05 AM
I think Roger is eager to take Nole out again :)

yanchr
05-04-2008, 11:30 AM
With the media sometimes for sure, but I don't think he bs's with the fans.
I definitely didn't mean he was bs-ing with fans. Generally he doesn't have to tell the truth to the fans either, like he does not to the media. He says things to fans with good intension, that's for sure. I take that more as being polite and friendly, rather than indicative.

Sunset of Age
05-04-2008, 11:51 AM
Cañas, Cilic/Karlivic, Mathieu, Ferrer, Djokovic/Nalbandian -- I say, bring it on. Tough draw, but just what Roger needs. Steel is wrought through fire.

Indeed. Whining about draws is for pussies, IMHO. ;)
Hopp Roger, show us your powers! :rocker2: :rocker2: :rocker2:

refero*fervens
05-04-2008, 12:42 PM
^ Yes, lovely analogy :D
Steel is wrought through fire.

Great, Roger's said it himself, he's 'ready' ;)

SUKTUEN
05-04-2008, 02:15 PM
can't wait for Roger's match, Roger prastice very hard~~~

trickcy
05-04-2008, 03:48 PM
Come on Roger!! Nice to see his attitude.. though like others have said, he wouldn't possibly say anything else. Hopp Roger!!

glycina
05-04-2008, 03:56 PM
Anyone watching the score Nadal vs Ferrer?
Wow, Ferrer got the second set! Hop, David!

nobama
05-04-2008, 04:13 PM
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/1/PopNews.asp?LNG=EN&IDNews=345

ROGER'S RESTED AND GOOD TO GO
A relaxed Roger Federer came to answer some questions in the pre-tournament press conference.
http://www.internazionalibnlditalia.it/2/public/news/ac087954.jpg

At 4pm the interview room of the Forro Italico all of a sudden filled up as though something was going to happen. Sure enough, a tall figure walked in with an "RF" cap on his head. Journalist's from all over the world sat down quickly and hushed up in order to listen to the (other) "Great One". Here are some of the topics that were covered :

His new coach Jose Higueras
"Jose will only be joining me in Paris. The truth is we have not yet had enough time to really start working together in depth. Before Roland-Garros it will be nice because we will have some time to train and work. In Estoril and Monte-Carlo it was difficult because when your in a tournament you don't have the same time to focus on specifics"

His biggest clay court rival : Rafael Nadal
"I was in the final of Hambourg 4 times and won each time. I was in the final of Monte-Carlo 3 times and always lost to Rafa. Maybe had I not played him in the finals I would have won that tournament."

Being up 4-0 in the second set of the final and losing
"Had I been up 4-0 on Rafa on any other surface I would have probably won 6-1 or 6-2, but on clay it's a completly different story. For Rafa on clay nothing is impossible."

What he can improve
"There is not much to change in my game. Maybe I can serve a bit better and try improve my attacking game, but all in all I'm pretty happy with what I've done up to know on clay. Estoril was difficult due to the changing weather conditions, and in Monte-Carlo I had a dicy 1st round (he was down 5-1 in the 3rd set to Spaniard Ramirez-Hidalgo) and then a good few wins versus Monfils and Nalbandian"

His draw
"I usually don't look at the entire draw. I prefer to focus on my upcomming match as well as who I would play if I move on. I also take a look at what seeds are in my half, but that's it I don't look at who's playing who in all the different rounds"

What he did during his week off
"I took a few days off to rest and then I started hitting again to prepare for this week. I got here yesterday (Saturday) and played 3 hours and 2 today."

His fitness
"I feel good, I did some tests last week and everything is good"

All in all the world number 1 seems confident comming in to the second clay court Masters-Series of the season. His main concern, and rightfully so is "Rafa". And even though he did not say it, deep down, beating him in the final is a challenge he would love to overcome.

nobama
05-04-2008, 04:14 PM
from DPA:


Federer carries Monte Carlo momentum into Italy

Rome - Roger Federer will tackle the Rome Masters starting on Monday content with occasional telephone guidance from new trial coach Jose Higueras as the Swiss continues his French Open preparation. But it's all going according to plan for the precision Team Federer, with the world number one pleased with his first two practise sessions at the Foro Italico, playing on a former main court with a new showpiece stadium under construction.

"I have had good practise and am feeling good about my game," the Swiss said on Sunday a week after losing the Monte Carlo final to Rafael Nadal. "I'm just waiting for it to start."

The top eight seeds have byes, which means the number one won't know his first opponent until Guillermo Canas and Italian wildcard Giancarlo Naso play.

Federer is happy to consult occasionally with clay master Higueras from the Spaniard's Californian base until the pair meet again for Roland Garros training the week before the start of the May 25 Grand Slam.

"We spoke after the Monte Carlo final but not since," said a relaxed Federer. "We are still getting to know each other."

Under the trial arrangement with Higueras, Federer won Estoril on clay and got into another battle in Monte Carlo with Nadal.

"Those weeks were about getting to know each other," said the top seed, who has lost two Rome finals appearances against Spaniards, the last Nadal in a 2006 classic.

"Jose probably didn't want to tell me too much at the start. You don't want to be changing your game during matches. I have played 10 matches in 14 days with him, so it's early to tell how it is going."

Federer said that tests this week showed that he is back to full fitness after his glandular fever scare from early in the season.

"Everything medical is fine. This is probably the first time that I have really felt 100 percent. It's all good again."

Federer has taken little notice of what term a "difficult" draw.

He could face fifth-seeded Spanish specialist David Ferrer in the last eight and possibly Novak Djokovic or Argentina's David Nalbandian in the semis.

"I only look at who I play and who I might play if I win. You cannot change the draw anyway."

nobama
05-04-2008, 04:20 PM
Another report from vishido (Ricardo) on rf.com

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/fanzone/forum/topicview.cfm?uTopicID=23069&uPage=21
He started his session hitting the ball 2-3m out the court and then he did an intense training session: he worked at net (about 40mins) and then he worked on service and high ball in middle camp! Session was intense and temperature very hot, Federer ended the session complitely wet.

SUKTUEN
05-05-2008, 03:29 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Roger!!!

See you tomorrow!~:bounce::bounce:

didadida
05-05-2008, 02:51 PM
04/05/2008 16:52
ROGER'S RESTED AND GOOD TO GO
A relaxed Roger Federer came to answer some questions in the pre-tournament press conference.


At 4pm the interview room of the Foro Italico all of a sudden filled up as though something was going to happen. Sure enough, a tall figure walked in with an "RF" cap on his head. Journalist's from all over the world sat down quickly and hushed up in order to listen to the (other) "Great One". Here are some of the topics that were covered :

His new coach Jose Higueras
"Jose will only be joining me in Paris. The truth is we have not yet had enough time to really start working together in depth. Before Roland-Garros it will be nice because we will have some time to train and work. In Estoril and Monte-Carlo it was difficult because when you are in a tournament you don't have the same time to focus on specifics"

His biggest clay court rival : Rafael Nadal
"I was in the final of Hambourg 4 times and won each time. I was in the final of Monte-Carlo 3 times and always lost to Rafa. Maybe had I not played him in the finals I would have won that tournament."

Being up 4-0 in the second set of the final and losing
"Had I been up 4-0 on Rafa on any other surface I would have probably won 6-1 or 6-2, but on clay it's a completly different story. For Rafa on clay nothing is impossible."

What he can improve
"There is not much to change in my game. Maybe I can serve a bit better and try and improve my attacking game, but all in all I'm pretty happy with what I've done up to know on clay. Estoril was difficult due to the changing weather conditions, and in Monte-Carlo I had a dicy 1st round (he was down 5-1 in the 3rd set to Spaniard Ramirez-Hidalgo) and then a good few wins versus Monfils and Nalbandian"

His draw
"I usually don't look at the entire draw. I prefer to focus on my upcomming match as well as who I would play if I move on. I also take a look at what seeds are in my half, but that's it I don't look at who's playing who in all the different rounds"

What he did during his week off
"I took a few days off to rest and then I started hitting again to prepare for this week. I got here yesterday (Saturday) and played 3 hours and 2 today."

His fitness
"I feel good, I did some tests last week and everything is good"

All in all the world number 1 seems confident comming in to the second clay court Masters-Series of the season. His main concern, and rightfully so is "Rafa". And even though he did not say it, deep down, beating him in the final is a challenge he would love to overcome.

SUKTUEN
05-05-2008, 03:19 PM
His draw
"I usually don't look at the entire draw. I prefer to focus on my upcomming match as well as who I would play if I move on. I also take a look at what seeds are in my half, but that's it I don't look at who's playing who in all the different rounds"
:yeah::yeah:

FedFan_2007
05-05-2008, 04:12 PM
Roger, meow!!!!

nobama
05-05-2008, 06:46 PM
Another longsocks creation. :worship:

http://i196.photobucket.com/albums/aa86/calzelunghe_2007/gladiator.jpg

Rogieva
05-05-2008, 07:37 PM
Canas 2r :devil: :devil:

ExpectedWinner
05-05-2008, 08:21 PM
Cañas, Cilic/Karlovic, Mathieu, Ferrer, Djokovic/Nalbandian -- I say, bring it on. Tough draw, but just what Roger needs. Steel is wrought through fire.

Why does he need a tough draw? I bet players never dream about having a bad match up/hot player/dangerous floater, etc. in their section.

Canas is not looking too impressive, but who knows, great memories from IW/Miami might kick in.

rofe
05-05-2008, 08:59 PM
I don't think Roger will get "Volandried" by Canas. I suspect one tight set though.

Raquel
05-05-2008, 10:21 PM
Good luck Roger :hug:

NYCtennisfan
05-06-2008, 01:20 AM
It's pretty funny how people change their tune. Last year, after the two defeats to Canas, people called it a "matchup" problem even though it was clear that if Fed hits his shots, he wipes the floor with Canas. Now everyone is predicting an easy victory.

rofe
05-06-2008, 01:30 AM
It's pretty funny how people change their tune. Last year, after the two defeats to Canas, people called it a "matchup" problem even though it was clear that if Fed hits his shots, he wipes the floor with Canas. Now everyone is predicting an easy victory.

Good grinders/counterpunchers have caused problems for Fed before but he can usually overpower them with his B game nowadays. Unfortunately, his B game was absent during the spring HC season last year so I can sort of understand the logic. Cañas has the additional advantage of a decent serve.

GM should however be renamed KJRM since now they are predicting a bagel and breadstick based on recent results. It will be much tighter than that.

lunahielo
05-06-2008, 01:56 AM
Roger!!!!!

RogiFan88
05-06-2008, 02:02 AM
FORZA, RUGGERIO!!!

a straight-sets win vs. Canas w be nice... let's hope the weather cooperates tomorrow!

nobama
05-06-2008, 02:37 AM
It's pretty funny how people change their tune. Last year, after the two defeats to Canas, people called it a "matchup" problem even though it was clear that if Fed hits his shots, he wipes the floor with Canas. Now everyone is predicting an easy victory.:lol: typical.

I've never seen Fish play on clay....what chance does he have (if any) against Roddick? I'm hoping that's a quick match so I can see some of Roger before I work.

SUKTUEN
05-06-2008, 03:05 AM
Come On Roger!!!!!!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Oriental_Rain
05-06-2008, 04:47 AM
all the best rog as always:d

didadida
05-06-2008, 11:40 AM
Roddick and Fish match is worse than what i ve ever imagined :tape::help::lol:

Sunset of Age
05-06-2008, 11:48 AM
Roddick and Fish match is worse than what i ve ever imagined :tape::help::lol:

Yeah... what a matchup... :help:

didadida
05-06-2008, 12:04 PM
Yeah... what a matchup... :help:

pathetic :D

nobama
05-06-2008, 12:22 PM
Roddick and Fish match is worse than what i ve ever imagined :tape::help::lol:That was bad. :o Stats say Roddick had 11 winners but that must been mostly unreturnable serves because at one point during the 2nd set the stats said Roddick only had 2 FH winners. :tape:

didadida
05-06-2008, 12:34 PM
That was bad. :o Stats say Roddick had 11 winners but that must been mostly unreturnable serves because at one point during the 2nd set the stats said Roddick only had 2 FH winners. :tape:

also Fish made a lot of ufs,it was a bad match and a waste of time to watch it :o

nobama
05-06-2008, 12:49 PM
Roger's FH is on fire so far. :)

Federer FH :hearts: Roddick FH :help:

didadida
05-06-2008, 12:50 PM
Roger had his hair cut :D
his fh is doing great but his bh is a bit shaky today not like Mc

Sunset of Age
05-06-2008, 12:57 PM
Hmmmm... I think Roger is making it a mite too easy for Cañas until now.

nobama
05-06-2008, 01:07 PM
Roger leads 4-2 on a DF from Canas. And he hit a FH drop shot in that game. :hearts:

juninhOH
05-06-2008, 01:07 PM
yea! break!

juninhOH
05-06-2008, 01:08 PM
what cloth is roger using?

lol there was a post from mirka on rf.com

didadida
05-06-2008, 01:12 PM
what cloth is roger using?

lol there was a post from mirka on rf.com

the same as Mc :)

didadida
05-06-2008, 01:13 PM
Roger leads 4-2 on a DF from Canas. And he hit a FH drop shot in that game. :hearts:

yeah that one was :eek:

didadida
05-06-2008, 01:19 PM
first set 6-3
22 winners
13 ufs
93% 1st serve points won
67% 2nd serve points won

Sunset of Age
05-06-2008, 01:23 PM
Glad to see Roger doing well so far. Hopefully he'll be able to kill Cañas in two, if only to shut up some of those obnoxious haters in GM again - at least for one day.

didadida
05-06-2008, 01:32 PM
GM haters will talk forever and they will never shut up
i guess Roger will win in 2

Mrs. B
05-06-2008, 01:32 PM
HOPP, ROGER!!!!! :bounce:

nobama
05-06-2008, 01:54 PM
Canas is dumbfounded after that last point. :lol:

nobama
05-06-2008, 01:58 PM
Roger's 4 of 5 on drop shots today....and two of them were FH dropshots. :eek:

Mrs. B
05-06-2008, 01:59 PM
Forza forza!!!! 5-3

Mrs. B
05-06-2008, 02:01 PM
:banana: :banana: bravissimo! 63 63

yanchr
05-06-2008, 02:02 PM
Nice performance Roger :yeah:

nobama
05-06-2008, 02:03 PM
Nice one Roger. :yeah: I think he had something like 18 FH winners. And 8 aces. Hopefully he can keep up this level. :)

nobama
05-06-2008, 02:04 PM
STATS

57% 1st serves in
8 ACES
0 DFs
76% 1st serve pts won
77% 2nd serve pts won
34 Winners
27 UE
3/7 BPs taken
1/1 BPs saved

didadida
05-06-2008, 02:04 PM
:wavey::wavey: 6-3 6-3

57% serve

76% 1st serve points won

77% 2nd serve points won
34 winners
27 ufs

rofe
05-06-2008, 02:11 PM
Forehand drop shot for the win. :rocker2:

glycina
05-06-2008, 02:11 PM
Thanks for the posts,everyone. :wavey:Glad that Roger is in good form.:)
I hope I can follow his matches more ano more.
And maybe to the final!

ExpectedWinner
05-06-2008, 02:14 PM
The match was played on Fed's terms and that's how it's supposed to be done against labradors. He moved well, his fh worked, bh could be better and there were some nice volleys.

Sunset of Age
05-06-2008, 02:15 PM
Very well done, Rogelio. Glad you proved me right again... (;)) - thanks for the cash, thanks for shutting up the morons, and of course, come on & bring in the next one! :D

:hug: :hearts: :inlove:

NYCtennisfan
05-06-2008, 02:45 PM
This is as aggressively as Fed has played on any surface in a long while. 34 winners on clay in 18 games is a phenomenal number. If Federer hits well, there is nothing that Canas can do at all.

anon57
05-06-2008, 02:46 PM
It was way too nice weather to be watching tennis inside, so after I got home from work I went for a bikeride through a park close by. Only just got home, too bad I missed Roger's match but glad to see he won and after reading the comments it seems he played pretty well.Keep it up Roger :yeah:

didadida
05-06-2008, 02:46 PM
very impressive performance from Roger

nobama
05-06-2008, 03:10 PM
This is as aggressively as Fed has played on any surface in a long while. 34 winners on clay in 18 games is a phenomenal number. If Federer hits well, there is nothing that Canas can do at all.
I noticed in the 1st set he was running around his BH quite a bit. There's nothing more enjoyable to watch than Roger when he's moving well and his FH is on fire. :D

Blondie1985
05-06-2008, 03:52 PM
Roger did it!!!!!!!!!

CONGRATS

SUKTUEN
05-06-2008, 03:52 PM
Come On Roger!!!!!!!!!!!:clap2::clap2:

Keep Going!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

GOD Bless you always healthy to fight!:worship:

RogiFan88
05-06-2008, 03:58 PM
Molto bene, Ruggerio!!!!

one match at a time... is Rogi looking more like himself these days? is he sliding well? hope so... he's getting his form back on track!!

FORZA, RUGGERIO!!!!!!!!!!!

trickcy
05-06-2008, 05:07 PM
Roger:bounce::bounce:
Nice to see that he's using forehand dropshots and that he's being aggressive..

Rogieva
05-06-2008, 05:13 PM
how did roger play?? i saw the stats was a good ratio to ue/winner :)

well done, i wanted a 2 sets easy match :)

good luck in 3R!!

soraya
05-06-2008, 06:08 PM
I was half asleep when I watched it. Being more aggressive, like he smelling blood on break points wouldn't hurt.

elessar
05-06-2008, 09:41 PM
Couldn't watch it but still :banana: loving everyone in GM now predicting easy straight setters from Roger :worship:

Federerhingis
05-06-2008, 10:02 PM
The match was played on Fed's terms and that's how it's supposed to be done against labradors. He moved well, his fh worked, bh could be better and there were some nice volleys.

Hey Vlad thanks for the mini report. :wavey: It's encouraging to hear such positive things especially for a first round.

ryder66
05-06-2008, 10:40 PM
Good job, Roger! Glad to hear he played well. Who does he play next?

didadida
05-06-2008, 11:00 PM
Good job, Roger! Glad to hear he played well. Who does he play next?

he will play Starace

nobama
05-06-2008, 11:29 PM
he will play StaraceDid Karlovic pull out?He's scheduled to play Starace tomorrow. :confused:

Federerhingis
05-06-2008, 11:32 PM
Did Karlovic pull out?He's scheduled to play Starace tomorrow. :confused:

That's what the ATP site said or the ESPN site said, that Fed is playing Potito next. :scratch:

NYCtennisfan
05-07-2008, 12:35 AM
I noticed in the 1st set he was running around his BH quite a bit. There's nothing more enjoyable to watch than Roger when he's moving well and his FH is on fire. :D

He's moving well, and he's therefore able to play aggressively with both the FH and the BH. He's running around the BH a lot, hitting aggressive returns with the BH, looking to come in...it's a pleasure to watch.

Federerhingis
05-07-2008, 12:43 AM
He's moving well, and he's therefore able to play aggressively with both the FH and the BH. He's running around the BH a lot, hitting aggressive returns with the BH, looking to come in...it's a pleasure to watch.


Ahhh That sounds awesome, hopefully TTC will air it again tonight.

Are there any youtube or megaupload highlight videos available?

SUKTUEN
05-07-2008, 01:56 AM
Roger can take a rest today~~~

Have a good rest Roger!!!:D:D

NYCtennisfan
05-07-2008, 02:09 AM
Ahhh That sounds awesome, hopefully TTC will air it again tonight.

Are there any youtube or megaupload highlight videos available?

NOt much, but better than nothing. :)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ogQRZMAc1ps

yanchr
05-07-2008, 02:12 AM
He's moving well, and he's therefore able to play aggressively with both the FH and the BH. He's running around the BH a lot, hitting aggressive returns with the BH, looking to come in...it's a pleasure to watch.
Yes, again. Finally!

ExpectedWinner
05-07-2008, 05:46 AM
He's moving well, and he's therefore able to play aggressively with both the FH and the BH. He's running around the BH a lot, hitting aggressive returns with the BH, looking to come in...it's a pleasure to watch.

Indeed. I've almost forgotten how good he can be. Too bad he'll end up empty-handed on clay anyway. Hope he'll take this form onto grass/American hcs.

nobama
05-07-2008, 06:05 AM
That's what the ATP site said or the ESPN site said, that Fed is playing Potito next. :scratch:Play begins 1pm

STADIO PIETRANGELI

Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) vs Steve DARCIS (BEL)
James BLAKE (USA) vs Andreas SEPPI (ITA)
Juan Carlos FERRERO (ESP) vs Rafael NADAL (ESP)

Not before 8.30pm

Potito STARACE (ITA) vs Ivo KARLOVIC (CRO)

Feliciano LOPEZ (ESP)/Fernando VERDASCO (ESP) vs Mahesh BHUPATHI (IND)/Mark KNOWLES (BAH)


CAMPO 1

Nicolas ALMAGRO (ESP) vs David NALBANDIAN (ARG)
Mario ANCIC (CRO) vs Nikolay DAVYDENKO (RUS)
Simone BOLELLI (ITA) vs Gilles SIMON (FRA) or Jo-Wilfried TSONGA (FRA)
Andy MURRAY (GBR) vs Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI)

CAMPO 6

Radek STEPANEK (CZE) vs David FERRER (ESP)
Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI) vs Evgeny KOROLEV (RUS)
Nicolas LAPENTTI (ECU) vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP)

Jeff COETZEE (RSA)/Wesley MOODIE (RSA) vs Jose ACASUSO (ARG)/Fernando GONZALEZ (CHI)

Richard GASQUET (FRA)/Fabrice SANTORO (FRA) vs Simone BOLELLI (ITA)/Andreas SEPPI (ITA)

CAMPO 5

Luis HORNA (PER) vs Jose ACASUSO (ARG)
Igor ANDREEV (RUS) vs Juan MONACO (ARG)
Tommy ROBREDO (ESP) vs Nicolas MAHUT (FRA)

Another RogFan
05-07-2008, 01:06 PM
Ferrer and Acasuso were kind enough to leave Rome so the draw suddenly become easy. Nalbandian also decide to take a rest, so the only one survivor is the spoilt child of Mom an Dad Nole.
:)

didadida
05-07-2008, 01:32 PM
:eek:Ferrer is out 4-6 6-2 6-1

SUKTUEN
05-07-2008, 02:14 PM
Come On Roger!!!!:bounce::bounce:

waiting for the order of play~~:D

didadida
05-07-2008, 02:41 PM
NOt much, but better than nothing. :)

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ogQRZMAc1ps

thanks :)

nobama
05-07-2008, 03:00 PM
Is Almagro in Djoker's quarter?

Another RogFan
05-07-2008, 03:12 PM
Is Almagro in Djoker's quarter?

Yes, they could meet at the quarters. Other option is Gonzales.

Another RogFan
05-07-2008, 03:17 PM
In case Djoko beats Andreev

Sunset of Age
05-07-2008, 03:37 PM
Ferrer and Acasuso were kind enough to leave Rome so the draw suddenly become easy. Nalbandian also decide to take a rest, so the only one survivor is the spoilt child of Mom an Dad Nole.
:)

Yet another bit of proof that all that talking about easy/hard draws is rather superfluous. Kind of all those guys to bolt out so early. Guess they all think they have a better chance of winning at RG... :lol:

Wouldn't exactly mind Djoko recieving a nice spanking as well - preferably by Roger! :D

trickcy
05-07-2008, 04:14 PM
Yet another bit of proof that all that talking about easy/hard draws is rather superfluous. Kind of all those guys to bolt out so early. Guess they all think they have a better chance of winning at RG... :lol:

Wouldn't exactly mind Djoko recieving a nice spanking as well - preferably by Roger! :D


I would certainly love to see Roger beat Djoko,:devil: but I would much prefer Djoko losing earlier. It doesn't look probable, I know, but I want Roger to rake in some serious points this clay season, and Djoko preferably getting less. But like I said, the latter probably won't happen.

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 04:55 PM
Nadal loses first set 5-7 to JCF :devil:

Eden
05-07-2008, 05:04 PM
I haven't been able to see Roger's match against Canas, but it's good to hear about the promising aspects of his game :)

mangoes
05-07-2008, 05:05 PM
Where's Mellow Yellow:lol: :lol: :lol: MY are you watching this match.

I think I'm about to lose 50k:dance: :dance: :dance: :dance:

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:07 PM
OMGG

JCF 75 31

Vamoss!!!

trickcy
05-07-2008, 05:08 PM
Is anybody watching Nadal vs JCF? Could you please tell me the score?

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:09 PM
Ferrero leads Nadal 7-5 *3-1 *40/15 :D

I am trying to watch but livestream is slow :(

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:10 PM
Ferrero leads Nadal 7-5 4-1 :)

RogiFan88
05-07-2008, 05:12 PM
4-1 Juanqui in the 2nd so far... who's watching this match?? is TFA "tired" or is it blisters or his knees or his L shoulder or sth new?

trickcy
05-07-2008, 05:12 PM
Thank you :wavey::wavey:

My livescore board is stuck :mad:

Come on JCF

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:13 PM
Nadal takes an injury time out :rolleyes:

RogiFan88
05-07-2008, 05:14 PM
if Juanqui manages to win today, I will be surprised as he had a tough 3-setter yesterday vs. Kiwi... and he's not the strongest or youngest guy out there these days altho he has won ROMA before and he is an RG champ, after all... and I do like him a lot!

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:17 PM
my livestream works

Nadal has blisters on his foot

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:17 PM
althought it is about 2 mins behind the SB!

anon57
05-07-2008, 05:19 PM
4-1 Juanqui in the 2nd so far... who's watching this match?? is TFA "tired" or is it blisters or his knees or his L shoulder or sth new?
Ferrero is playing well, Nadal is hitting more errors than he usually does and he just had a injury timeout to bandage some very nasty looking blisters.

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:19 PM
BP for a 5-1 lead!

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:20 PM
Yesss!!
7-5 5-1!!!

RogiFan88
05-07-2008, 05:21 PM
yes, I read earlier TFA had a blister on his foot

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:22 PM
yes, my livestream showed some blood on his feet. oh well. no choke JCF!!

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:22 PM
Any roasting is good for me :lick:

mangoes
05-07-2008, 05:22 PM
Well, Nadal is injured, so it's not going to be a real piggy roasting:( :( This would have been so enjoyable if Rafa were healthy.....

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:23 PM
3mps!!!!

Rogieva
05-07-2008, 05:23 PM
GSM JCF 7-5 6-1 :woohoo:

trickcy
05-07-2008, 05:24 PM
If only Rafa were not injured, this would have been much better!

Congrats JCF!!!

JediFed
05-07-2008, 05:28 PM
Could we see Roddick in the finals? :devil:

anon57
05-07-2008, 05:31 PM
Well, Nadal is injured, so it's not going to be a real piggy roasting:( :( This would have been so enjoyable if Rafa were healthy.....
I agree Sheryl, I guess three straight weeks of tennis is too much even for Nadal still good play from Ferrero though, I didn't think he'd keep up his level of the first set. Still a good chance for Roger to gain some points in the rankings though.

rofe
05-07-2008, 05:34 PM
I agree Sheryl, I guess three straight weeks of tennis is too much even for Nadal still good play from Ferrero though, I didn't think he'd keep up his level of the first set. Still a good chance for Roger to gain some points in the rankings though.

Well he did it for three years straight but I guess it had to catch up with him sometime.

mangoes
05-07-2008, 05:35 PM
I agree Sheryl, I guess three straight weeks of tennis is too much even for Nadal still good play from Ferrero though, I didn't think he'd keep up his level of the first set. Still a good chance for Roger to gain some points in the rankings though.

Yep.......that's the bonus. Hopefully, Roger will go deep and pick up some points. Ferrero did play rather well. I also didn't think he could keep it up after the 1st set.

trickcy
05-07-2008, 05:35 PM
I agree Sheryl, I guess three straight weeks of tennis is too much even for Nadal still good play from Ferrero though, I didn't think he'd keep up his level of the first set. Still a good chance for Roger to gain some points in the rankings though.

It's definitely a very good chance for Roger to gain some points, and distance himself from Rafa in the rankings. Rafa loses 495 points, right??

didadida
05-07-2008, 05:43 PM
Nadal is out he is injured in his button of his foot ,im so sad for him he shouldnt play Barcelona
but im so happy for Roger this is his chance to win this tournamenet

anon57
05-07-2008, 05:43 PM
Well he did it for three years straight but I guess it had to catch up with him sometime.
Nope the past two years Nadal's clay schedule was Monte Carlo-Barcelona-week off-Rome-(Hamburg). He didn't have that week off this year.

nobama
05-07-2008, 05:45 PM
Well, Nadal is injured, so it's not going to be a real piggy roasting:( :( This would have been so enjoyable if Rafa were healthy.....Nadal is always injured when he looses. :shrug:

Xristos
05-07-2008, 05:48 PM
Hopefully Rog takes this now!

nobama
05-07-2008, 05:49 PM
I agree Sheryl, I guess three straight weeks of tennis is too much even for Nadal still good play from Ferrero though, I didn't think he'd keep up his level of the first set. Still a good chance for Roger to gain some points in the rankings though.But it wasn't really 3 weeks. It was 2 weeks plus 1 match. And only one of his matches the past 2 weeks went 3 sets. And even that match the 1st and 3rd sets were quite easy.

Had Nadal gone deep here and lost in the SF or F playing some long, hard matches then I'd agree that the schedule caught up with him. But not now.

didadida
05-07-2008, 05:50 PM
Nadal is always injured when he looses. :shrug:

dont be harsh om him you should see it on tv ,it is sure hurts him a lot
it was obvious from the begining of the match that Nadal isnt good
but otherwise this good for Roger to safe the number one position and to win this tournament

i saw Djerk's coach was watching the match :p

nobama
05-07-2008, 05:54 PM
dont be harsh om him you should see it on tv ,it is sure hurts him a lot
it was obvious from the begining of the match that Nadal isnt good
but otherwise this good for Roger to safe the number one position and to win this tournament

i saw Djerk's coach was watching the match :p
OK I will admit I didn't see the match, but more often than not when he looses there is an injury excuse - if not from him than from his fans. The day was going to come when someone beat him on clay. Maybe he wasn't 100% but it was still a proper win fair and square for JCF. Congrats to him. :hatoff:

didadida
05-07-2008, 06:05 PM
OK I will admit I didn't see the match, but more often than not when he looses there is an injury excuse - if not from him than from his fans. The day was going to come when someone beat him on clay. Maybe he wasn't 100% but it was still a proper win fair and square for JCF. Congrats to him. :hatoff:


so what about MR : faker's book of excuses ;)
yeah JCF was impressive ,i thought after he won the first set that he cant keep his level but he raised it up he deserved to one
:worship:

Eden
05-07-2008, 06:13 PM
I don't know if there's any other JCF fan here apart from RogiFan. Congrats to one of your favourite players :yeah: Seems he played an excellent match. I was just able to follow the SB. The first set could have gone either way. It's surely not the first time Rafa played a match being tired, but the combination of the tiredness, a blister and a great opponent seemed to be to much. The outcome of this match won't have any influence to RG. He has enough time to rest for Paris, even when playing Hamburg.

:hug: to the Rafafans in here for the loss.

MrChopin
05-07-2008, 06:14 PM
Shame to hear Rafa was injured, but at least it's understood as that... not something that will continue to be criticized (mono). Once Rafa's foot heals, he'll be right back at the top, which is good because I want a healthy showdown between he and Fed at RG.

I feel for him any time he loses (even though I turned 70 v-cash into 1000+ :D). Being injured is a huge blow for him, especially on clay this year as he now needs to heal quick. That it's potentially the result of scheduling makes it worse. 4/5 of the biggest clay tournaments for the year are in four straight weeks. That's roughly the same amount of time alloted for Miami and IW... it's totally wrong and Rafa (and anybody else) has a legitimate complaint, more than legitimate.

Another result of this is space for Fed (:D), but Nole drawing closer to Rafa (around 700 points between them now) makes me cringe. Wimbledon is going to be even more important now.

And finally, upon hearing that Djerk's coach was there, perhaps he took notes on how to finish a match while actually injured.

JediFed
05-07-2008, 06:18 PM
Djerk has to get through Almugro. Fed just has to take it one match at a time. I sure hope he can win here in Rome, that is one of the 3 titles he doesn't have.

didadida
05-07-2008, 06:20 PM
here is a pic of Nadal injury

didadida
05-07-2008, 06:23 PM
Stan beat Murray 6-2 7-6 :worship:

mangoes
05-07-2008, 06:24 PM
Congrats Stan:dance:

Eden
05-07-2008, 06:26 PM
Stan beat Murray 6-2 7-6 :worship:

No surprise there :)

Mikey :hug: Only two more tournaments on clay, then this time of the season is over ;)

MrChopin
05-07-2008, 06:26 PM
Djerk has to get through Almugro. Fed just has to take it one match at a time. I sure hope he can win here in Rome, that is one of the 3 titles he doesn't have.

I'll second that. A lot of people are calling Fed to win this already even though two weeks ago they were predicting he wouldn't beat Monfils. Just keep appreciating each win please!

And yes, Djoke's draw is no cakewalk upon further review. Andreev and Almagro/Gonzo will be two potentially exhausting matches before the potential semi with Fed.

ExpectedWinner
05-07-2008, 06:53 PM
here is a pic of Nadal injury

:zzz::zzz:

Xristos
05-07-2008, 06:54 PM
Djerk has to get through Almugro. Fed just has to take it one match at a time. I sure hope he can win here in Rome, that is one of the 3 titles he doesn't have.

4. MC, Roma, RG and Paris MS.

Eden
05-07-2008, 07:11 PM
Tomorrow's OOP:

STADIO PIETRANGELI start 1:00 pm
[3] N. Djokovic (SRB) vs I. Andreev (RUS)
[1] R. Federer (SUI) vs P. Starace (ITA) or I. Karlovic (CRO)
[6] A. Roddick (USA) vs S. Bolelli (ITA)

JediFed
05-07-2008, 07:44 PM
MC, Roma, RG and Paris MS


Nobody cares about paris :P

lunahielo
05-07-2008, 08:19 PM
Nadal se fue~~
Pobrecito~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Vamos Roger!

elessar
05-07-2008, 08:25 PM
Nobody cares about paris :P
Yes Roger sure doesn't :sobbing: he never wants to win a tournament there

anon57
05-07-2008, 09:22 PM
Next opponent will be Karlovic who just defeated Starace 6-3 6-7 7-6

nobama
05-07-2008, 09:23 PM
I see in GM folks are saying Nadal lost on purpose to highlight the stupidity of the clay calendar this season. I'm not sure if they're serious but I think that is ridiculous. If he wanted to make a point about the schedule he could have skipped Hamburg and made a point of saying he's skipping it because of the schedule. Unless the top players are required to play in all 9 masters to be eligible for the year end bonus? :shrug:. Anyway I have a hard time believing Nadal would ever lose on purpose, especially on clay, ane especially when he had a chance to win Rome for the 4th time in a row.

elessar
05-07-2008, 09:28 PM
I doubt anybody seriously believes that and if they want proof they just need to read Rafa's presser, he clearly wasn't a happy camper after that match

Federerhingis
05-07-2008, 09:42 PM
I see in GM folks are saying Nadal lost on purpose to highlight the stupidity of the clay calendar this season. I'm not sure if they're serious but I think that is ridiculous. If he wanted to make a point about the schedule he could have skipped Hamburg and made a point of saying he's skipping it because of the schedule. Unless the top players are required to play in all 9 masters to be eligible for the year end bonus? :shrug:. Anyway I have a hard time believing Nadal would ever lose on purpose, especially on clay, ane especially when he had a chance to win Rome for the 4th time in a row.

Jen you were right, yesterday they were well stupid ATP and or I guess it was the stupid ESPN website that was saying Fed would play Potito in the third round, and Potito had not even played his second round match yet. :o :rolleyes: So much for credibility; however it's obvious they don't even care much for tennis. :rolleyes:

Hi there dear. :hug:

didadida
05-07-2008, 10:23 PM
Q. Were you close to not play? Were you hesitating not to play?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, today in the morning when I wake up I say it's impossible to play, no? Later, I come here, prepare in the practice. I was in the doctor's, like yesterday and before yesterday, and they put special protection, very big protection. They put some cream, anesthetic cream, something like this, for didn't feel the same pain. Anyway, it's tough, because when the foot was inside of the well, I can't put the foot like this. I always went like this because I scared, no? So, you know, the calendar is impossible. Last week and in Barcelona everybody is talking about how you feel about the calendar and everything. I said for me going to be impossible four weeks in a row playing well, no? They told me, Yes, but you have already two playing very well. I said, Yes, but in a few days you going to see why it's impossible, and disappointing they going to see. Finally they see it's impossible, no? Just congratulate Juan Carlos, because this is an important win for him, I think. He's trying to go to Olympics, too, so important points for him. Just happy for him because he's a nice guy and a very good player. That's it, no? I just try to at home have some rest, and after try to go with my best feelings to Hamburg.

nobama
05-07-2008, 10:48 PM
I doubt anybody seriously believes that and if they want proof they just need to read Rafa's presser, he clearly wasn't a happy camper after that match
Here's a question I have: has Roger ever complained about having to play Madrid/Basel/Paris back-to-back-to-back? His hometown event is scheduled in between two masters without a break. I know last year was the first year in a while he's played all three but I don't remember him whining about it. :shrug:

nobama
05-07-2008, 10:49 PM
Jen you were right, yesterday they were well stupid ATP and or I guess it was the stupid ESPN website that was saying Fed would play Potito in the third round, and Potito had not even played his second round match yet. :o :rolleyes: So much for credibility; however it's obvious they don't even care much for tennis. :rolleyes:

Hi there dear. :hug:Hi there yourself. :hug:

Federerhingis
05-07-2008, 10:50 PM
Hi there yourself. :hug:

How has your day treated you? Busy?

Sunset of Age
05-07-2008, 11:05 PM
Shame to hear Rafa was injured, but at least it's understood as that... not something that will continue to be criticized (mono). Once Rafa's foot heals, he'll be right back at the top, which is good because I want a healthy showdown between he and Fed at RG.

I feel for him any time he loses (even though I turned 70 v-cash into 1000+ :D). Being injured is a huge blow for him, especially on clay this year as he now needs to heal quick. That it's potentially the result of scheduling makes it worse. 4/5 of the biggest clay tournaments for the year are in four straight weeks. That's roughly the same amount of time alloted for Miami and IW... it's totally wrong and Rafa (and anybody else) has a legitimate complaint, more than legitimate.

Another result of this is space for Fed (:D), but Nole drawing closer to Rafa (around 700 points between them now) makes me cringe. Wimbledon is going to be even more important now.

And finally, upon hearing that Djerk's coach was there, perhaps he took notes on how to finish a match while actually injured.

Kevin, GREAT POST. Quite much summs up all of my feelings about Raf's nasty loss, especially the bolded parts :yeah: - and :hug: for sparing me the time and effort to post it myself.

Here's a question I have: has Roger ever complained about having to play Madrid/Basel/Paris back-to-back-to-back? His hometown event is scheduled in between two masters without a break. I know last year was the first year in a while he's played all three but I don't remember him whining about it. :shrug:

Hi Jen :wavey:.
For this matter, I think Roger should have spoken up about that :retard: clay season schedule as well as Rafa did. IMHO it's not whining, Raf has had some very legitimate points in doing so...

Well if anything - of course I had wanted to see yet another Fedal final here in Rome :sad: - there's one very important positive point to Raf losing here...
[SELFISH POST]I guess he indeed will be showing up in Hamburg now! :bounce:[/SELFISH POST] ;)

didadida
05-07-2008, 11:06 PM
Here's a question I have: has Roger ever complained about having to play Madrid/Basel/Paris back-to-back-to-back? His hometown event is scheduled in between two masters without a break. I know last year was the first year in a while he's played all three but I don't remember him whining about it. :shrug:

Nadal always complains about the calender

Federerhingis
05-07-2008, 11:10 PM
Kevin, GREAT POST. Quite much summs up all of my feelings about Raf's nasty loss, especially the bolded parts :yeah: - and :hug: for sparing me the time and effort to post it myself.



Hi Jen :wavey:.
For this matter, I think Roger should have spoken up about that :retard: clay season schedule as well as Rafa did. IMHO it's not whining, Raf has had some very legitimate points in doing so...

Well if anything - of course I had wanted to see yet another Fedal final here in Rome :sad: - there's one very important positive point to Raf losing here...
[SELFISH POST]I guess he indeed will be showing up in Hamburg now! :bounce:[/SELFISH POST] ;)

I know, I kind of agree with you Karin. Despite it being a bit on the whining side, the scheduling is pretty f* ed up. Then again Nadal can drop Barcelona and Play Valencia instead per se? So it's really about prioritizing and good scheduling ahead of time. Fed is pretty good about that. :p

Sunset of Age
05-07-2008, 11:15 PM
I know, I kind of agree with you Karin. Despite it being a bit on the whining side, the scheduling is pretty f* ed up. Then again Nadal can drop Barcelona and Play Valencia instead per se? So it's really about prioritizing and good scheduling ahead of time. Fed is pretty good about that. :p

Hi Luis!

Yeah... that schedule truly IS :silly: :silly: :silly:. But as I already posted in GM, I've pointed out that ALL players have to deal with this utter shite - Rafa as much as Roger, just to name one other player... ;)

Fully agree with you... I know a lot of people came up with the 'Barcelona-is-important-for-Raf'- über-patriottic CRAP again - he should have dropped that tournament and play, as you say, Valencia in stead.
I have no doubts that Fed will indeed drop Basel, if he feels the need to do so, even if it's his backyard tournament. People seem to forget that tennis is an INDIVIDUAL game time and time again... and NOT some, 'see what we do for our country'-sport. Leave that up to the footie loonies!

nobama
05-07-2008, 11:42 PM
Kevin, GREAT POST. Quite much summs up all of my feelings about Raf's nasty loss, especially the bolded parts :yeah: - and :hug: for sparing me the time and effort to post it myself.



Hi Jen :wavey:.
For this matter, I think Roger should have spoken up about that :retard: clay season schedule as well as Rafa did. IMHO it's not whining, Raf has had some very legitimate points in doing so...

Well if anything - of course I had wanted to see yet another Fedal final here in Rome :sad: - there's one very important positive point to Raf losing here...
[SELFISH POST]I guess he indeed will be showing up in Hamburg now! :bounce:[/SELFISH POST] ;)I agree the schedule is screwed up but Roger isn't playing 4 weeks in a row so why is it his duty to speak out? Should everyone else in the top 10 speak out as well? Does Nadal speak out in the fall saying it's unfair that Basel is sandwiched in between Madrid and Paris? Most likely Roger will never win Mardid, Basel and Paris in the same year. Nadal has won MC, Barcelona and Rome in the same year THREE times. The schedule was messed up this year, which is unfortunate, but I don't think it would've been the end of the world for Nadal to skip Barcelona or play Valencia instead. Or the players that were so upset about it should have refused to play Miami if the schedule was implemented that way. That would've got the attention of the ATP/Miami TD.

nobama
05-07-2008, 11:43 PM
How has your day treated you? Busy?
Yes very much so. Glad the day is over. And you?

yanchr
05-07-2008, 11:45 PM
Can someone tell me what it needs for Djokovic to be No.2 before RG? He is close to Nadal now...:scared:

Federerhingis
05-07-2008, 11:55 PM
Yes very much so. Glad the day is over. And you?

:awww: I am glad it's also over for you, mine will be over in about an hour and a half. My work days aren't usually as busy, only when registration starts for the respective semesters. :lol:

Hope your day is winding down comfortably and relaxing. :hug:

JediFed
05-07-2008, 11:58 PM
Djokovic will be +750 with a win at Rome and a win at Hamburg. Nadal will be -350 if he gets bounced in the first round, so that is a total swing of 1100 points.

Finals here and at Hamburg will put Djokovic up 400 points, that plus Nadal getting bounced in the first round will be enough.

If Djokovic wins in Rome, Nadal must last as long as Djokovic does, or reach the finals to be assured of keeping his number 2 spot. If Djokovic does not reach the finals, then Nadal will retain number 2 for Roland Garros.

Federerhingis
05-07-2008, 11:58 PM
Can someone tell me what it needs for Djokovic to be No.2 before RG? He is close to Nadal now...:scared:

If he makes the final at both Rome and Hamburg or making it to the semis of both and defending his semifinal points of Roland should put him right there with Nadal or even overtaking. But I am not good with ATP ranking mathematics, theres the alternate tournie to take into account and what not. Alex, Ollie and Bluesawan are the folks to ask when it comes to this matter.

I am sure Nadal will be fine Laura hon, it's clay remember still. :lol:

How are you? :wavey:

ryder66
05-07-2008, 11:59 PM
WOW! Really surprised when I heard about Nadal. I hope this doesn't bode ill for Federer, though. It seems lately that whenever I'm happy that someone else lost, the next day, Fed meets with some surprise lose. I guess the lesson is not to gloat (or at least too much!)

yanchr
05-08-2008, 12:07 AM
I am sure Nadal will be fine Laura hon, it's clay remember still. :lol:

How are you? :wavey:
I'm in no way worrying about Nadal :lol: I just don't want him to be NO.3 before RG then with a possibility to fall in Roger's half in RG :scared: Otherwise as long as Roger is No.1 I don't care ;)

I'm doing well, esp hearing the news this morning ;)


BTW, thanks Sean for the explanation:wavey: Sounds like not very likely...

Federerhingis
05-08-2008, 12:10 AM
Djokovic will be +750 with a win at Rome and a win at Hamburg. Nadal will be -350 if he gets bounced in the first round, so that is a total swing of 1100 points.

Finals here and at Hamburg will put Djokovic up 400 points, that plus Nadal getting bounced in the first round will be enough.

If Djokovic wins in Rome, Nadal must last as long as Djokovic does, or reach the finals to be assured of keeping his number 2 spot. If Djokovic does not reach the finals, then Nadal will retain number 2 for Roland Garros.

Aha thanks Sean, my math intuition is still not that bad.
:cool:

JediFed
05-08-2008, 12:13 AM
Nope, he should be fine. It's rather remarkable that he's been number 2 for nearly 3 years now. Most number 2's are pretty transitory.

nobama
05-08-2008, 12:19 AM
No way to I expect Nadal to be #3 before RG. Almagro could prove to be a tough customer for Djoker.

Sunset of Age
05-08-2008, 12:25 AM
I agree the schedule is screwed up but Roger isn't playing 4 weeks in a row so why is it his duty to speak out?

Well, I didn't say it was his duty, but I wouldn't have mind him do so...

Should everyone else in the top 10 speak out as well? Does Nadal speak out in the fall saying it's unfair that Basel is sandwiched in between Madrid and Paris? Most likely Roger will never win Mardid, Basel and Paris in the same year. Nadal has won MC, Barcelona and Rome in the same year THREE times. The schedule was messed up this year, which is unfortunate, but I don't think it would've been the end of the world for Nadal to skip Barcelona or play Valencia instead. Or the players that were so upset about it should have refused to play Miami if the schedule was implemented that way. That would've got the attention of the ATP/Miami TD.

You make a good point here... I know at least a few other players have expressed their disapproval with the schedule, but of course, not one of them is obliged to do so. But I do think it would be pretty refreshing if they'd indeed do... or at least give a clear sign to the ATP board that things aren't beneficial to the players, the way they are scheduling things right now.

Fully agree with you about Raf's calendar - he should've skipped Barcelona, Spanish Patriotism Nonsense be damned.

Sunset of Age
05-08-2008, 12:28 AM
Djokovic will be +750 with a win at Rome and a win at Hamburg. Nadal will be -350 if he gets bounced in the first round, so that is a total swing of 1100 points.

Finals here and at Hamburg will put Djokovic up 400 points, that plus Nadal getting bounced in the first round will be enough.

If Djokovic wins in Rome, Nadal must last as long as Djokovic does, or reach the finals to be assured of keeping his number 2 spot. If Djokovic does not reach the finals, then Nadal will retain number 2 for Roland Garros.

Thanks mate. Brrr... Horror Scenario...

Raf better do well in Hamburg! :rocker2:

Federerhingis
05-08-2008, 12:36 AM
Thanks mate. Brrr... Horror Scenario...

Raf better do well in Hamburg! :rocker2:

If his blisters heal and I am sure the days off will help with recovery, nah he'l be fine. This time if Roger meets in him in the final, I bet the score won't be as lopsided maybe in Rafa's favor. :o

Hope not, but I would love it if both make the finals in Hamburg again and have a very well contested final previewing what a Roland final would look given that both take that "form" into Roland. :devil:

Sunset of Age
05-08-2008, 12:44 AM
If his blisters heal and I am sure the days off will help with recovery, nah he'l be fine. This time if Roger meets in him in the final, I bet the score won't be as lopsided maybe in Rafa's favor. :o

Hope not, but I would love it if both make the finals in Hamburg again and have a very well contested final previewing what a Roland final would look given that both take that "form" into Roland. :devil:

Hah, I think that Raf is pretty aware of the bunch of points he just lost in Rome, so I expect him to come out ALL GUNS BLAZING in Hamburg... :armed:

I'm already beginning to pity myself for only being there until Thursday. :angel: :lol:

Oriental_Rain
05-08-2008, 12:46 AM
I saw Rafa's blister and it wasnt good.

Federerhingis
05-08-2008, 12:57 AM
Hah, I think that Raf is pretty aware of the bunch of points he just lost in Rome, so I expect him to come out ALL GUNS BLAZING in Hamburg... :armed:

I'm already beginning to pity myself for only being there until Thursday. :angel: :lol:

He will I am sure, plus he would love to take the title away from his dear friend Roger. What a selfish youngster. :ras: I am telling you youth, you can never give them a hand, they'l take the arm and shoulders. :o :tape:

Sunset of Age
05-08-2008, 01:32 AM
He will I am sure, plus he would love to take the title away from his dear friend Roger. What a selfish youngster. :ras: I am telling you youth, you can never give them a hand, they'l take the arm and shoulders. :o :tape:

:lol: :hug:

I'm now awaiting Roger's comments on his dear friend's untimely loss, to be honest. :angel:

JediFed
05-08-2008, 01:44 AM
Well it's a good thing he didn't skip Rome. Otherwise Djokovic would have his draw! :devil:

NYCtennisfan
05-08-2008, 01:53 AM
A few things about today's outcomes:

1. Nadal, although still winning, hasn't been dominating the rallies as much as he did the last two years. Ferrer and Federer got into the rallies a lot better and moved Nadal around more. Even Ferrero in their MC match moved him around a bit. The scoreline was 4 and 1 to Nadal, but there were a lot of deuce games.

2. Anyone who still believes that the majority of the ATP give up before the match starts when they face a formidable opponent i.e. Fed anywhere, Nadal on clay, is delusional. JCF couldn't win anything off of Nadal other than make a few games tough, and here he comes out and plays with confidence in the 1st set.

3. ATP of today, like Agassi mentioned 4 years ago or so, is much tougher physically on the players. Players of old used to play 3, 4, 5 weeks in a row and could take it. You can't do it anymore. TMS events will take you out early. Dominating in this era is much different than dominating in any other era, and having the most dominant run of any era speaks volumes about Federer.

nobama
05-08-2008, 02:30 AM
A few things about today's outcomes:

1. Nadal, although still winning, hasn't been dominating the rallies as much as he did the last two years. Ferrer and Federer got into the rallies a lot better and moved Nadal around more. Even Ferrero in their MC match moved him around a bit. The scoreline was 4 and 1 to Nadal, but there were a lot of deuce games.

2. Anyone who still believes that the majority of the ATP give up before the match starts when they face a formidable opponent i.e. Fed anywhere, Nadal on clay, is delusional. JCF couldn't win anything off of Nadal other than make a few games tough, and here he comes out and plays with confidence in the 1st set.

3. ATP of today, like Agassi mentioned 4 years ago or so, is much tougher physically on the players. Players of old used to play 3, 4, 5 weeks in a row and could take it. You can't do it anymore. TMS events will take you out early. Dominating in this era is much different than dominating in any other era, and having the most dominant run of any era speaks volumes about Federer.And to think McEnroe and Navratilova said last year (during TTC's coverage of RG) that the sport was tougher in their era because it was played at a slower pace and you had to think more on court. :lol:

nobama
05-08-2008, 02:33 AM
Well, I didn't say it was his duty, but I wouldn't have mind him do so...



You make a good point here... I know at least a few other players have expressed their disapproval with the schedule, but of course, not one of them is obliged to do so. But I do think it would be pretty refreshing if they'd indeed do... or at least give a clear sign to the ATP board that things aren't beneficial to the players, the way they are scheduling things right now.

Fully agree with you about Raf's calendar - he should've skipped Barcelona, Spanish Patriotism Nonsense be damned.The schedule is a mess in a lot of ways. For example playing DC in an Olympic year is :retard:

RogiFan88
05-08-2008, 04:07 AM
deffo was NOT in TFA's plan to lose all his Roma pts, that's for sure... his mistake was thinking that he could win the Nadal Slam... he couldn't give up BCN w all of Spain heaping praise and accolades upon him... so he paid the price in Roma... w his blister that he got during the BCN final... don't worry tho, TFA will have time to heal and rest up, which is what he needs to do... he'll be back in Hamburg w a vengeance and everything will be back to "normal"... then he'll have his week off before the big prize at RG... the question is, will he ever learn?? even his doctor advised vs. him playing dbles in MC but he did anyway, so what can you do?? ;)

SO, ROGI, just keep winning... beat Ivo [w have preferred P-HM actually]... and I hope Fena can beat Almagro... as for Igor, he has little chance vs. the wily NTG :rolleyes: [just "read" NTG's interview... where's that barf smiley when you need it??] :lol:

RogiFan88
05-08-2008, 04:08 AM
btw, I wish I had seen that jcf/TFA match only to see how Juanqui was playing TFA... blister or no blister...

RogiFan88
05-08-2008, 04:10 AM
forgot to mention that TFA just donated a ton of pts to NTG's cause... lovely... :rolleyes: NTG hardly has to do anything to move up the ATP ladder... it's too easy for him, and no pressure whatsoever... always the pressure on Rogi, nobody else...

RogiFan88
05-08-2008, 04:17 AM
I know, I kind of agree with you Karin. Despite it being a bit on the whining side, the scheduling is pretty f* ed up. Then again Nadal can drop Barcelona and Play Valencia instead per se? So it's really about prioritizing and good scheduling ahead of time. Fed is pretty good about that. :p

TFA has to learn how to manage his schedule... even NTG is smart enough to do that... besides, it's only THIS YEAR that the schedule is compressed so TFA won't have to complain about it any more... :p

Rogi has been able to see the big picture and adjust his schedule accordingly... really, TFA hasn't really been injured lately... just has nagging problems... that he likes to warn us about, just in case... :lol:

SUKTUEN
05-08-2008, 05:26 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Roger!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Xristos
05-08-2008, 07:02 AM
No way to I expect Nadal to be #3 before RG. Almagro could prove to be a tough customer for Djoker.

Nadal will be set number 2 for a long time.

refero*fervens
05-08-2008, 07:49 AM
Well, an unexpected turn of events. It obviously had to happen sometime, logically, but it's still a shock when it does.
2008 :silly:
It's too bad if there was an injury, but I've little doubt that Rafa will do quite as excellently as usual for the rest of the clay season. Kudos to Ferrero, he did achieve quite a feat.
Hope Roger's out there smelling blood, though - this is as good a chance as any now to finally win a Rome title. Forza!

RonE
05-08-2008, 12:35 PM
Well, an unexpected turn of events. It obviously had to happen sometime, logically, but it's still a shock when it does.
2008 :silly:
It's too bad if there was an injury, but I've little doubt that Rafa will do quite as excellently as usual for the rest of the clay season. Kudos to Ferrero, he did achieve quite a feat.
Hope Roger's out there smelling blood, though - this is as good a chance as any now to finally win a Rome title. Forza!

Couldn't agree more! Roger must fancy his chances now, but he musn't slack off for even one second. With all the upsets and this year being as weird as it has anything could happen. If he keeps his form as it has been he should be ok- BTW anyone know when and against whom his next match is?

anon57
05-08-2008, 12:39 PM
Couldn't agree more! Roger must fancy his chances now, but he musn't slack off for even one second. With all the upsets and this year being as weird as it has anything could happen. If he keeps his form as it has been he should be ok- BTW anyone know when and against whom his next match is?
Roger plays his next match against Karlovic and he plays today after the Djokovic-Andreev match which is busy now. And I also really hope Roger makes the most of this he could get a AMS title, I would be pretty dissapointed if with the numerous upsets Roger plays a poor match to lose early

RonE
05-08-2008, 12:53 PM
Roger plays his next match against Karlovic and he plays today after the Djokovic-Andreev match which is busy now. And I also really hope Roger makes the most of this he could get a AMS title, I would be pretty dissapointed if with the numerous upsets Roger plays a poor match to lose early

Yeah, this is a golden opportunity. Besides, winning Rome for him would close the circle after his two final appearances esp the last one against Nadal. Winning here would mean he will have claimed 7 out of 9 AMS titles which would be mighty impressive!

nobama
05-08-2008, 01:02 PM
:wavey: Ron. Let's hope Roger can make the most of his opportunities here. Djoker looks like crap today. Hopefully Andreev can take that punk out today.

RonE
05-08-2008, 01:29 PM
:wavey: Ron. Let's hope Roger can make the most of his opportunities here. Djoker looks like crap today. Hopefully Andreev can take that punk out today.

I am more worried about Almagro than Djokovic by the sound of things.

But first things first- Roger needs to take care of Dr. Ivo and Rumplestiltskin before we can begin to think about Djoko or Almagro.