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*****Channeling Dr. Steelhammer in Hamburg 2008*****

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rofe
05-09-2008, 04:37 PM
Fed wins in Hamburg. There, I said it. :armed:

trickcy
05-09-2008, 04:39 PM
Fed wins in Hamburg. There, I said it. :armed:

Please tell me you have been predicting accurately these days.....

rofe
05-09-2008, 04:46 PM
So far.

trickcy
05-09-2008, 04:48 PM
So far.

Please be right this time too, OK? :hug::hug:

Come on Roger, at least defend your points!!

SUKTUEN
05-09-2008, 05:11 PM
will Roger play?

trickcy
05-09-2008, 05:18 PM
will Roger play?

I guess so or atleast I sure hope so
I can't think of any reason why he wouldn't be playing Hamburg. Maybe if he had won Roma, he wouldn't have, but now, especially with all the points he's defending there, I think he will.

Sunset of Age
05-09-2008, 05:33 PM
I guess so or atleast I sure hope so
I can't think of any reason why he wouldn't be playing Hamburg. Maybe if he had won Roma, he wouldn't have, but now, especially with all the points he's defending there, I think he will.

Yep. If he wouldn't play here, he might as well hand over his #1 position to either Rafa (:hug:) or Djoko (:mad:) immediately. I expect him to come FULL GUNS BLAZING! :armed:
Same goes for Rafa IMHO.

trickcy
05-09-2008, 05:39 PM
Yep. If he wouldn't play here, he might as well hand over his #1 position to either Rafa (:hug:) or Djoko (:mad:) immediately. I expect him to come FULL GUNS BLAZING! :armed:
Same goes for Rafa IMHO.

Exactly.. Fed can't be No.1 forever, but I did hope he would be at least till 2009. However, things are looking grim, aren't they? And there's a chance that Rafa won't even be the successor, which is even worse.

EDIT : Worse in the sense that it could be Djoko

SUKTUEN
05-09-2008, 05:42 PM
I guess so or atleast I sure hope so
I can't think of any reason why he wouldn't be playing Hamburg. Maybe if he had won Roma, he wouldn't have, but now, especially with all the points he's defending there, I think he will.

yeah, he need the ranking points~~~ hope he will not too tired in RG.:(

ExpectedWinner
05-09-2008, 05:54 PM
Fed wins in Hamburg. There, I said it. :armed:

Then he'll lose early at RG. Fed's not able to maintain streaks any more. :(

rofe
05-09-2008, 06:03 PM
Then he'll lose early at RG. Fed's not able to maintain streaks any more. :(

We shall see - I haven't looked into my 8-ball for RG yet. ;)

Sunset of Age
05-09-2008, 06:08 PM
Exactly.. Fed can't be No.1 forever, but I did hope he would be at least till 2009. However, things are looking grim, aren't they? And there's a chance that Rafa won't even be the successor, which is even worse.

EDIT : Worse in the sense that it could be Djoko

Fully, fully agree. I mean... Raf's been the #2 since the jurassic era, it would be completely deserved if he were to take over Rogi's spot at a certain stage in his career, but PLEASE LET IT NOT BE DJOKO!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

All cheering for Amalgro tonight, folks? :D

didadida
05-09-2008, 06:15 PM
allez Almagro

trickcy
05-09-2008, 06:22 PM
Almagro :rocker2:

Please win today, and you'll have the honour of being my favourite player for the day!:rocker2:

didadida
05-09-2008, 06:26 PM
Almagro :rocker2:

Please win today, and you'll have the honour of being my favourite player for the day!:rocker2:

not only your favourite i guess all djerk haters :lol:

ExpectedWinner
05-09-2008, 06:32 PM
To start cheering for Almagro, I have to see Hamburg's draw first. :p

Rogieva
05-09-2008, 06:36 PM
Allez Rogi :armed:

SAnode
05-09-2008, 06:38 PM
Then he'll lose early at RG. Fed's not able to maintain streaks any more. :(

Yeah, I too have that doubt. Coz nowadays Roger is Struggling with both his physical and mental strength. And Nadal would make some excuse to withdraw from Hamburg to have physical advantage in RG (which i think is the only tournament he takes seriously!!:rolleyes:) If it is so, then Roger will have a tough time chasing his dream in RG:sad:
Well if Roger really wants to win RG i would say this is the time. Coz considering the status of his game i'm not sure whether he can keep up this level (atleast!)next year.
Well let's pray for him and hope for the best.
C'mon Roger, I really really DONT want all those idiots howling "hey, he may have 15,16 or 17 GSlams but still he is not the greatest player of all time coz he doesnt have the French,he he".:mad: They said that for Sampras.

anon57
05-09-2008, 06:41 PM
Then he'll lose early at RG. Fed's not able to maintain streaks any more. :(
So should we be cheering for a loss at Hamburg than maybe that'll help with RG ;):p

Sunset of Age
05-09-2008, 08:01 PM
Yeah, I too have that doubt. Coz nowadays Roger is Struggling with both his physical and mental strength. And Nadal would make some excuse to withdraw from Hamburg to have physical advantage in RG (which i think is the only tournament he takes seriously!!:rolleyes:)


Sorry, but this is nonsense. Roger might still not be 100% himself, but he's doing much, much better than a few weeks ago. I fail to see why a loss against an absolutely fantastically playing Stepanek (who has given hem quite a bit of trouble previously as well) means that he's struggling. Only a week ago people over here were all cheering for Rogi's victories against Djoko and Nalby, have you forgotten about those?

Rafa has no excuse to withdraw from Hamburg (except if he should carry an injury of course), and has 350 points to defend there, so I don't expect him to withdraw at all - even the more because he just dropped 495 points in Rome. Be sure he'll be appearing there.

So should we be cheering for a loss at Hamburg than maybe that'll help with RG ;):p

Don't count on me, here. :p

neenah
05-09-2008, 08:19 PM
:rocker2:

Make it another Monte Carlo-type tournament, this time with a win at the end :p

SUKTUEN
05-09-2008, 09:55 PM
this is a hard time to him, hope he can be strong to face it.

NYCtennisfan
05-10-2008, 05:33 AM
rofe, if Fed doesn't take Hamburg, the RG thread is mine. :-)

soraya
05-10-2008, 06:35 AM
rofe, if Fed doesn't take Hamburg, the RG thread is mine. :-)
or mine, since I never started one, I might bring the luck he needs;)

FedFan_2007
05-10-2008, 08:03 AM
Well this is one event Roger completely owns, no demons here. He should take his 5th Hamburg title.

SUKTUEN
05-10-2008, 08:21 AM
rofe, if Fed doesn't take Hamburg, the RG thread is mine. :-)

:lol::lol::lol:

didadida
05-10-2008, 08:49 AM
rofe, if Fed doesn't take Hamburg, the RG thread is mine. :-)

:devil: or mine

nobama
05-10-2008, 10:51 AM
Someone posted this on rf.com Website said main draw nb 2 pm so not sure if this is 100% correct.

FEDERER Roger [SUI] (1) vs BYE
NIEMINEN Jarkko [FIN] vs SCHUETTLER Rainer [GER] (WC)
ANDREEV Igor [RUS] vs SODERLING Robin [SWE]
MAHUT Nicolas [FRA] vs TSONGA Jo-Wilfried [FRA] (14)

YOUZHNY Mikhail [RUS] (10) vs VERDASCO Fernando [ESP]
CANAS Guillermo [ARG] vs LLODRA Michael [FRA]
LOPEZ Feliciano [ESP] vs ALMAGRO Nicolas [ESP]
FERRER David [ESP] (5) vs BYE

DAVYDENKO Nikolay [RUS] (4) vs BYE
DARCIS Steve [BEL] vs LJUBICIC Ivan [CRO]
WAWRINKA Stanislas [SUI] vs Q
KIEFER Nicolas [GER] vs MATHIEU Paul-Henri [FRA] (16)

MONACO Juan [ARG] (12) vs VOLANDRI Filippo [ITA]
BOLELLI Simone [ITA] vs Q
BERRER Michael [GER] (WC) vs SEPPI Andreas [ITA]
GASQUET Richard [FRA] (8 ) vs BYE

BLAKE James [USA] (7) vs BYE
TIPSAREVIC Janko [SRB] vs BECK Andreas [GER] (WC)
MONTANES Albert [ESP] vs FISH Mardy [USA]
ACASUSO Jose [ARG] vs BERDYCH Tomas [CZE] (9)

ROBREDO Tommy [ESP] (13) vs KOHLSCHREIBER Philipp [GER]
ZVEREV Mischa [GER] (WC) vs KARLOVIC Ivo [CRO]
CHELA Juan Ignacio [ARG] vs Q
DJOKOVIC Novak [SRB] (3) vs BYE

RODDICK Andy [USA] (6) vs BYE
CILIC Marin [CRO] vs Q
Q vs STEPANEK Radek [CZE]
Q vs MOYA Carlos [ESP] (11)

MURRAY Andy [GBR] (15) vs TURSUNOV Dmitry [RUS]
MALISSE Xavier [BEL] vs SIMON Gilles [FRA]
Q vs STARACE Potito [ITA]
NADAL Rafael [ESP] (2) vs BYE

Eden
05-10-2008, 10:59 AM
Yes, the draw is correct. You can have a look here:

http://dtb-tennis.rent-a-cluster.net/livescoring/singles.pdf

Sunset of Age
05-10-2008, 11:01 AM
Yes, the draw is correct. You can have a look here:

http://dtb-tennis.rent-a-cluster.net/livescoring/singles.pdf

Wow. We're in for seeing quite a few entertaining matches methinks! :D

rofe
05-10-2008, 01:50 PM
rofe, if Fed doesn't take Hamburg, the RG thread is mine. :-)

or mine, since I never started one, I might bring him the luck he needs;)

:devil: or mine

I am sorry guys but he is winning Hamburg. Better luck next time. :cool:

Art&Soul
05-10-2008, 02:13 PM
So whatever result in Hamburg lets NYCtennisfan start the RG thread ;)

Federerhingis
05-10-2008, 02:45 PM
Fully, fully agree. I mean... Raf's been the #2 since the jurassic era, it would be completely deserved if he were to take over Rogi's spot at a certain stage in his career, but PLEASE LET IT NOT BE DJOKO!!! :mad: :mad: :mad:

All cheering for Amalgro tonight, folks? :D

Almagro just played like a chump, very disappointing. :(

After 5 games I gave up putting up with such pitiful competition. :rolleyes:

SUKTUEN
05-10-2008, 03:25 PM
GO GO GO Roger!!

I think Andy will not play,his back is hurt~~~

Sunset of Age
05-10-2008, 03:29 PM
Almagro just played like a chump, very disappointing. :(

After 5 games I gave up putting up with such pitiful competition. :rolleyes:

Almagro had a serious wrist injury, so I doubt he could even properly play.

Rogieva
05-10-2008, 03:59 PM
not a bad draw. at least no Djokovic semi.

didadida
05-10-2008, 04:59 PM
I am sorry guys but he is winning Hamburg. Better luck next time. :cool:

in this case RG is yours :p

SAnode
05-10-2008, 05:26 PM
Sorry, but this is nonsense. Roger might still not be 100% himself, but he's doing much, much better than a few weeks ago. I fail to see why a loss against an absolutely fantastically playing Stepanek (who has given hem quite a bit of trouble previously as well) means that he's struggling.

I agree that Roger is doing much better than a few weeks ago, but IMO, the level of his game is much lower compared to last year. Well,this is Roger and nothing can be predicted about him.

Only a week ago people over here were all cheering for Rogi's victories against Djoko and Nalby, have you forgotten about those?
He played great against Nalby but people are more concerned about how he plays Djoko who retired from the match due to health problem. Now i'm not saying Roger can't beat him or something(absolutely NOT!!!)I'm just a bit too concerned for Roger;)
Rafa has no excuse to withdraw from Hamburg (except if he should carry an injury of course), and has 350 points to defend there, so I don't expect him to withdraw at all - even the more because he just dropped 495 points in Rome. Be sure he'll be appearing there.

Alright, very good.Let him come:armed:

Federerhingis
05-10-2008, 05:29 PM
Almagro had a serious wrist injury, so I doubt he could even properly play.

No wonder, but they never mentioned it during the warm up. It's the reason why he retired. :awww: That sucks his game is so beautiful on clay. Hopefully it won't keep him out of Roland. :sobbing:

Sunset of Age
05-10-2008, 06:02 PM
I agree that Roger is doing much better than a few weeks ago, but IMO, the level of his game is much lower compared to last year. Well,this is Roger and nothing can be predicted about him.

Yes, but he had mono, remember? Even if it's gone now - which I believe - Roger's game has been much affected by its aftereffects, not purely medical (though I believe that's a factor too), but also influencing his training rhythm, his match rhythm, etc. in a bad way.
It cost Ancic A FULL YEAR to deal with all the effects the mono infection had on him, and we expect Roger to be back in full form within three months? A bit of a tall order if you ask me.

He's still only 26. He may well drop the #1 position somewhere this year, but why shouldn't he be able to get it back at some point? Sampras lost his #1 position quite a few times and was able to get it back just the same... ;)

He played great against Nalby but people are more concerned about how he plays Djoko who retired from the match due to health problem. Now i'm not saying Roger can't beat him or something(absolutely NOT!!!)I'm just a bit too concerned for Roger;)

If I remember correctly, Roger beat Djoko some two weeks ago... ;)
It's a mistake to consider only Rafa and Djoko as players who can cause an upset to Roger, though. Stepanek has always been a dangerous player, he's been very close to Roger and this time the coin flipped the other way. This loss however is not the ultimate drama some seem to make it.

No wonder, but they never mentioned it during the warm up. It's the reason why he retired. :awww: That sucks his game is so beautiful on clay. Hopefully it won't keep him out of Roland. :sobbing:

Rather stupid, as I've read that Almagro already had his wrist taped in his earlier match (but it wasn't visible as it was covered up by his wrist band). I think commentators should have this sort of information ready, if they take their jobs seriously.
I fully agree, the guy is awesome on clay when he's fit and in form.

soraya
05-10-2008, 06:37 PM
I am sorry guys but he is winning Hamburg. Better luck next time. :cool:
Mahesh, get ready I 'll let go only after a duel:armed:

Federerhingis
05-10-2008, 06:44 PM
Hey Soraya dear. :hug: How's it going?

soraya
05-10-2008, 06:52 PM
Hey Soraya dear. :hug: How's it going?
:hug:Luis. Very good,thanks. How is your sat. so far?

elessar
05-10-2008, 11:58 PM
Please be right this time too, OK? :hug::hug:

Come on Roger, at least defend your points!!
I like the "at least", he can't do much better than last year :lol:
I am sorry guys but he is winning Hamburg. Better luck next time. :cool:
:worship: wonderful to see you so confident : first it was "hoping for an easy draw" then "winning a MM" and now "taking a big clay MS against a rested Rafa".
If Roger wins this I'll nominate you for official thread starter of the fed fo :D

rofe
05-11-2008, 03:49 AM
I like the "at least", he can't do much better than last year :lol:

:worship: wonderful to see you so confident : first it was "hoping for an easy draw" then "winning a MM" and now "taking a big clay MS against a rested Rafa".
If Roger wins this I'll nominate you for official thread starter of the fed fo :D

I'll remember that. ;)

Why are you still in mourning with the Rafatards? :rolleyes:

I need to see some ballet tennis in your sig. :mad:

trickcy
05-11-2008, 04:35 AM
I like the "at least", he can't do much better than last year :lol:

True, true.. Bad way to put it, no? It's just that I've been so used to asking Roger to atleast defend his points in IW, Miami, MC and Rome, that it sort of slipped out.:p

Atleast defend your points Rogi:rocker2::rocker2:

SUKTUEN
05-11-2008, 05:41 AM
Come On Roger!!!

Roger start play in Wed!

yanchr
05-11-2008, 06:50 AM
Fed wins in Hamburg. There, I said it. :armed:
If he wins Hamburg, all the rest of the tournament threads for Roger are yours ;)

Go rofe :rocker2: and Roger :armed:

nobama
05-11-2008, 11:16 AM
Hamburg draw has been revised with Roddick withdrawing. Almagro moves to the bottom and Berdych gets the BYE.

elessar
05-11-2008, 02:12 PM
I'll remember that. ;)

Why are you still in mourning with the Rafatards? :rolleyes:

I need to see some ballet tennis in your sig. :mad:
No ballet tennis unless Roger wins a big match (when I'm home and not listening to it on the radio :sobbing:) again :armed:
True, true.. Bad way to put it, no? It's just that I've been so used to asking Roger to atleast defend his points in IW, Miami, MC and Rome, that it sort of slipped out.:p

Atleast defend your points Rogi:rocker2::rocker2:
:lol: I can understand that : go Roger at least defend your points and bagel rafa again :rocker2:

SUKTUEN
05-11-2008, 03:44 PM
Hamburg draw has been revised with Roddick withdrawing. Almagro moves to the bottom and Berdych gets the BYE.

yes , hope Roger can find his confidence in Hamburg!

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

SAnode
05-11-2008, 04:02 PM
He's still only 26. He may well drop the #1 position somewhere this year, but why shouldn't he be able to get it back at some point? Sampras lost his #1 position quite a few times and was able to get it back just the same... ;)
That's cool,very optimitic:)

It's a mistake to consider only Rafa and Djoko as players who can cause an upset to Roger,
No one in their right mind would think that only Rafa and Djoko can upset Roger. He has lost to all sorts of seeded an unseeded players by now. But i'm thinkin more about Rafa and Djoko coz points wise they are closer to him and can snatch the #1 position from him.Personally i would like him to stay #1 as long as possible;)

Rogieva
05-11-2008, 04:04 PM
c'mon roger :bounce:

FedFan_2007
05-11-2008, 04:56 PM
Vamos Roger, you can win slow-clay!

didadida
05-11-2008, 04:59 PM
Allez Rogii

Eden
05-11-2008, 05:26 PM
Posted by Four:Love on GM:


So yeah, Federer was practicing today from 4:15 to 6 pm with Verdasco. After the usual fh/bh/volley training, they played a match best of 3. They couldn't end the match, but Verdasco was leading 6:3, 4*:3.

Roger's bh wasn't really very convincing, but as we all know, Federer usually plays like crap in practice matches. After seeing how Verdasco played though, I probably would put my money on him against Youzhny tomorrow.

IIRC, he practiced at exactly the same time on last year's Qualies Sunday.

Always interesting how he interacts with his gf. Guess they're still very much in love.

Federer didn't wear his Rolex! ;)

didadida
05-11-2008, 06:02 PM
Posted by Four:Love on GM:


thanks Doris
that is good
Roger and Mirka still love each other so much :D

KittyMac
05-11-2008, 06:24 PM
Sorry, just new here and posted this on another thread, then realised this was probably the Hamburg thread!! When I say I am a technophobe - I really do mean it!



Looking towards Hamburg - how are people feeling? Last year was a tough one as well wasn't it? I was on holiday and not able to follow it properly. I remember walking around the Highlands of Scotland with scraps of paper and my mobile trying to get reception for tennis results.

Roger has been so blessed and given us a lot of blessing. He has managed his body and game so well it is easy to forget that he actually is a human being in a human body and at some time or other will have to face human trials and difficulties. Now is such a time. I so admire his courage and good grace as he goes through it! So I have come here to be with fellow Fed fans over the next weeks and months (RF.com has always been to cloistered and stressful for me, I'm afraid).

So...:hug:

Kitty

(at least my technical mess-ups will take your mind off any tennis mis-haps!!)

Sunset of Age
05-11-2008, 09:39 PM
Welcome to the forum, KittyMac! :wavey:

Be sure, me and Eden will cheer for Rogi as much as possible - and talking for myself just here, I'll do as much for Raf. Cause I like both fellows, and I just don't want to see Mr. Djoko taking over either of their rankings.... :angel:

neenah
05-11-2008, 10:09 PM
Be sure, me and Eden will cheer for Rogi as much as possible - and talking for myself just here, I'll do as much for Raf. Cause I like both fellows, and I just don't want to see Mr. Djoko taking over either of their rankings.... :angel:

He's getting so close to Rafa :sad:

I don't mind Nole personally (when he's behaving :angel:) but I'm not ready to say goodbye to the Rogi/Raf combo :sobbing:

Oh and Karin, have a great time at Hamburg! :D

nobama
05-11-2008, 11:45 PM
Is it true that Stepain-in-the-neck withdrew from Hamburg? Someone posted on rf.com that he was "too fatigued" to play and has withdrawn. :rolleyes:

lunahielo
05-12-2008, 12:36 AM
Welcome, KittyMac~~~~~ :)

Roger in Hamburg~~~:bounce:
Allez

rofe
05-12-2008, 01:07 AM
This tournament is Fed's big test. He loves the conditions and the surface so he should feel right at home. The slow clay should allow him more time (pains me to say this but he needs the time right now) to get into position for his shots. In Rome, Radek was able to come in on fairly average volleys successfully since Roger's lateral movement was not on par.

SUKTUEN
05-12-2008, 02:48 PM
the order of play in tomorrow is not really~~~

raven gypsy
05-13-2008, 12:06 AM
http://www.tennis.com/index.aspx

I know that this quote is being lambasted in the "Ego has Landed" thread :rolleyes: but I have to say that this is making me positive. That's the right attitude...

"The more you lose, the more they believe they can beat me," said Federer. "But believing is not enough, you still have to beat me."

I mean he has a good opportunity to defend.
It's like, "Next question, please..."

SUKTUEN
05-13-2008, 02:58 AM
"The more you lose, the more they believe they can beat me," said Federer. "But believing is not enough, you still have to beat me."


Come On Tennis King!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

didadida
05-13-2008, 06:50 AM
"The more you lose, the more they believe they can beat me," said Federer. "But believing is not enough, you still have to beat me."


Come On Tennis King!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

oh Roger has a lot of pressure on him :angel:

SUKTUEN
05-13-2008, 03:24 PM
oh Roger has a lot of pressure on him :angel:

Yes, but I think Roger can handle it!;)

l_mac
05-13-2008, 05:42 PM
OOP for Wednesday

Tomas BERDYCH (CZE) vs. Marat SAFIN (RUS)
followed by
Stanislas WAWRINKA (SUI) vs. Nicolas KIEFER (GER)
followed by
Roger FEDERER (SUI) vs. Jarkko NIEMINEN (FIN)
followed by
Potito STARACE (ITA) vs. Rafael NADAL (ESP)
followed by
Juan Ignacio CHELA (ARG) vs. Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB)


http://dtb-tennis.rent-a-cluster.net/livescoring/order-of-play/order-of-play.php

didadida
05-13-2008, 06:11 PM
Allez Roger :D

rofe
05-13-2008, 09:52 PM
Jarko up next. Should be fairly easy.

Federerhingis
05-13-2008, 10:01 PM
Jarko up next. Should be fairly easy.

Really Mahesh? Well it's not like Jarko has been playing spectacularly, Rainer's poor form made Jarko look a lot better in recent times. :tape:

It should be a straight sets win for Roger, if he is able to find his rhythm early and his serve is clicking from the get go. ;)

didadida
05-13-2008, 10:03 PM
Jarko up next. Should be fairly easy.

im not considering any match as an easy match anymore :lol:
c'mon Roger :angel:

Federerhingis
05-13-2008, 10:08 PM
im not considering any match as an easy match anymore :lol:
c'mon Roger :angel:

Especially after that :silly: and :retard: loss to Radek. :rolleyes: :tape: :o

Marek.
05-13-2008, 10:11 PM
He should be able to get his groundstrokes into a good rhythm which is what he needs right now, especially after the last two matches. GL Fed.

elessar
05-13-2008, 10:34 PM
If Roger loses a set to Nieminen I will :bigcry: the guy's been on a serious losing streak this year and is one of THE best match-up on tour for Roger

Federerhingis
05-13-2008, 10:37 PM
If Roger loses a set to Nieminen I will :bigcry: the guy's been on a serious losing streak this year and is one of THE best match-up on tour for Roger

Exactement! Je suis d'accord Cher Claire. :hug: Ca va?

Hopefully we don't jinx him, this would be a terrible loss, it's like really going into the gutter. :o

SUKTUEN
05-14-2008, 01:36 AM
Allez Roger !!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

rofe
05-14-2008, 01:40 AM
If Roger loses a set to Nieminen I will :bigcry: the guy's been on a serious losing streak this year and is one of THE best match-up on tour for Roger

Are you trying to be the Linda of this forum?

NYCtennisfan
05-14-2008, 01:43 AM
Are you trying to be the Linda of this forum?

rofe, you took a serious beating in GM this week over your 'race points' thread.
Maybe GM's negative mojo will help fuel the positive mojo for Hamburg. ;)

rofe
05-14-2008, 01:45 AM
rofe, you took a serious beating in GM this week over your 'race points' thread.
Maybe GM's negative mojo will help fuel the positive mojo for Hamburg. ;)

It was all in fun to bait the Djokotards. :)

Fed doesn't need positive mojo if he just plays his game.

rofe
05-14-2008, 01:51 AM
Really Mahesh? Well it's not like Jarko has been playing spectacularly, Rainer's poor form made Jarko look a lot better in recent times. :tape:

It should be a straight sets win for Roger, if he is able to find his rhythm early and his serve is clicking from the get go. ;)

Yeah, Jarkko should provide the rhythm that was taken away in the last two matches.

SUKTUEN
05-14-2008, 05:03 AM
starsport no Live of Roger's match again~:rolleyes:

trickcy
05-14-2008, 06:32 AM
Allez Rogi :bounce:

Hopefully this match will enable to get into some rhythm again.

yanchr
05-14-2008, 02:04 PM
Not that it means too much, but Roger is playing great :banana: Happy to see it :D

didadida
05-14-2008, 02:20 PM
Not that it means too much, but Roger is playing great :banana: Happy to see it :D

yep he is playing greaaaaaaaat :worship:
keep it up Rogi :devil:

anon57
05-14-2008, 02:42 PM
Roger wins 6-1 6-3, first set he played well, a bit shakier in the second set.

didadida
05-14-2008, 02:43 PM
Alltz Rogiiiii
6-1 6-3 :banana::banana::banana:

yanchr
05-14-2008, 02:44 PM
I'm loving it. Keep it up :yeah:

nobama
05-14-2008, 02:47 PM
Nice one. :)

trickcy
05-14-2008, 02:47 PM
Straight sets!! Yes Rogi!!!!!

Glad to hear he's playing well.

Have to wait till Starsports broadcast it later :(

rofe
05-14-2008, 03:39 PM
Easy straight set win as expected. It could have been 6-1,6-1 but I will take it. Fed played really well and was hitting the FH DTL with authority which is always a good sign. Jarkko as usual couldn't read Fed's serve. He was back to moonballing the backhand deep and using those FH dropshots so I am pretty sure that he is going to use that strategy though this week and probably during RG as well.

He was visibly unhappy when he got broken so I think he wants to do well in this tournament.

trickcy
05-14-2008, 03:48 PM
Easy straight set win as expected. It could have been 6-1,6-1 but I will take it. Fed played really well and was hitting the FH DTL with authority which is always a good sign. Jarkko as usual couldn't read Fed's serve. He was back to moonballing the backhand deep and using those FH dropshots so I am pretty sure that he is going to use that strategy though this week and probably during RG as well.

He was visibly unhappy when he got broken so I think he wants to do well in this tournament.

Good for you, Roger:yeah: And it's good that he's hitting his DTL forehand. How was his backhand today? Other than the moonballing, ie? FH dropshot would be a good shot to use against many of the claycourters. Just shouldn't overuse it. How was his movement?

rofe
05-14-2008, 03:56 PM
Good for you, Roger:yeah: And it's good that he's hitting his DTL forehand. How was his backhand today? Other than the moonballing, ie? FH dropshot would be a good shot to use against many of the claycourters. Just shouldn't overuse it. How was his movement?

He didn't really unload on his backhand and his movement was good (though the lateral movement to his FH side could have been better).

didadida
05-14-2008, 03:58 PM
Good for you, Roger:yeah: And it's good that he's hitting his DTL forehand. How was his backhand today? Other than the moonballing, ie? FH dropshot would be a good shot to use against many of the claycourters. Just shouldn't overuse it. How was his movement?

His fh was fantastic and bh was good but he was turning around it to hit the fh shots a lot and he came a lot to the net

nobama
05-14-2008, 04:09 PM
His fh was fantastic and bh was good but he was turning around it to hit the fh shots a lot and he came a lot to the net
Running around his BH to hit FH shots. :hearts:

soraya
05-14-2008, 04:10 PM
and guess who was in the stands? is Soderling next? He can be a nasty adversary.

SUKTUEN
05-14-2008, 05:03 PM
Come On Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

didadida
05-14-2008, 05:53 PM
05.10.2006

2250 Posts

Press Conference with ROGER FEDERER

Hamburg, 14 May 2008

Federer - Nieminen 6:1, 6:3

Q: --

FEDERER: I think I had a good start today. I am happy with my serve and the way I played from the baseline. He is a tough player, even though I have a good success against him. He can cause difficulties. I played him in the final in Basel a few weeks ago. It was a tough match. I am happy with my first round here.

Q: Is it a special feeling for you to come back here?

FEDERER: Obviously when I come here and go on the Centre Court I think of the success I had here. And then when I played the first point, a forehand down the line, I thought it obviously works for me here. And obviously to come back as the defending champion, that's pressure, but it's nice because you have good memories from the year before.

Q: Could you give us a word about the news of Justine Henin?

FEDERER: I heard, but I did not hear reasons. It's obviously a shock for the tennis world, no doubt. She's No. 1 in the world. So, it's particularly surprising because it's a month away from the French Open and two months from Wimbledon which she hasn't been able to win. So, it's quite surprising. But she definitely has her reasons. It's unfortunate she's out of the game.

Q: At the beginning of the clay court season, you started to work with a new coach. What was the aim? To win Roland Garros or just to improve your game on clay?

FEDERER: I didn't hire him for clay. I didn't hire him to win the French Open. It's part of becoming a better player. Obviously the focus is on clay at the moment, so it looks like he's only here for that but I spoke to him already for the future, for after Paris. We had a couple of weeks test, they went very well. We had to get to know each other a little bit. Things went fine and I was happy with what he told me, with our communication. He went back as planned. He was always going to go back to the States after Monaco and he's going to come back for Paris. So, things are looking good. But just to make sure that you guys understand, I didn't hire him for clay only. I had the feeling that he was the right coach at this time. Some people say I took him because I was not playing so well maybe. This had nothing to do with it. I don't work this way.

Q: What did he improve in your game?

FEDERER: So far, we haven't had enough time on the practice court yet. He arrived a few days before Estoril and I just changed surface. I've been having too many match days really. So, it's been more of talking than being able to really improve a few things. He told me a few advice, tactics here and there, but in the end, I have to take the right decisions on the court that work in my favour for the match. That's why I was particularly happy that I played so many matches in such a short period of time, so he got a feeling how I play on clay and how he wants to see me play and win the French Open. I think the next week when I arrive early in Paris and have practice times, this is where I can work on few things in particular and it will get a bit easier than just playing matches all the time.

Q: Can you tell me about your plan for next year: Are you going to play Davis Cup with Wawrinka? Do you expect to maybe also win?

FEDERER: Sure, Davis Cup, it's always a chance to win with the No. 1 player in the world. I don't want to be arrogant or anything but it's always an opportunity to beat any team away or at home. Now that Stan has been playing very very well, it's great for him, it's great for our country having again such a good player in the Top 10 after having Hingis and Rosset and Hlasek and myself, having really the next guy, who is an excellent player. I announced a few months ago, I will play Davis Cup against Belgium at home in September. For next year I haven't decided yet.

Q: Will you decide at the end of the year?

FEDERER: Midway through, end of the year.

Q: --

FEDERER: Of course I'm satisfied with my game, but Soderling will surely be a tough opponent for the next round. He beat two good players, Andreev and Tsonga. That was a tough quarter anyway. I didn't know who would get through there. So it's always difficult to play him, even though I was successful against him, but he is a dangerous opponent. He has a good serve and especially a good forehand. He can play tactically as well with less risk. So it will be interesting to play against him on clay. I think I never played him on clay. Anyway, I'm looking forward to the match and hope I will be able to play as well as today.

Q: Could you say something about Justine Henin as a player.

FEDERER: She plays a bit differently than your average female tennis player, which is automatically because of her one-handed backhand. She is rather small, which was more and more obvious during the last years, because more and more tall players came on the tour. So her successes were even more remarkable. She always had the big plus that she could play on all surfaces. It's a shame for tennis when the number 1 player announces her retirement out of the blue. But I hope that she has good reasons and can live with them. But I'm sure she can. A comeback is never out of the question, but usually on the day you announce it you don't want to think of that. But of course I wish her all the best.

Q: Can you imagine that personal reasons become that strong that you would stop at the age of 26?

FEDERER: Difficult. We are the same age. I was just thinking about it when I was giving the answer. I could not imagine just to say goodbye … That wouldn't be my thing. I have the feeling that I still have so much ahead of me and so many possibilities in tennis. I just love the sport. It would break my heart if I had to stop. Injuries could be a reason, but obviously that's not the case with her. But she did have a difficult time on the Tour with injuries and then the story with her husband, etc. For sure there are reasons which could make you retire. I can imagine that, however not in my situation. Especially as long as I'm the no. 1. Then I would rather wait a year and say "Okay, maybe in a year things will be better." But for sure she has her reasons.

trickcy
05-14-2008, 06:21 PM
He didn't really unload on his backhand and his movement was good (though the lateral movement to his FH side could have been better).

His fh was fantastic and bh was good but he was turning around it to hit the fh shots a lot and he came a lot to the net

Thanks a lot :wavey:

anon57
05-14-2008, 07:05 PM
OOP for tomorrow
Centre court 11.00 am

Fernando Verdasco vs David Ferrer
followed by
Roger Federer vs Robin Soderling
followed by
Ivo Karlovic vs Novak Djokovic (Possible court change)
followed by
Nikolay Davydenko vs Nicolas Kiefer
followed by
Andy Murray vs Rafael Nadal

rofe
05-14-2008, 07:10 PM
Roger may get into one TB with Soda but he wins it in 2.

nobama
05-14-2008, 07:35 PM
I hope Verdasco/Ferrer is quick so I get to see some of Roger tomorrow morning.

Federerhingis
05-14-2008, 07:47 PM
Easy straight set win as expected. It could have been 6-1,6-1 but I will take it. Fed played really well and was hitting the FH DTL with authority which is always a good sign. Jarkko as usual couldn't read Fed's serve. He was back to moonballing the backhand deep and using those FH dropshots so I am pretty sure that he is going to use that strategy though this week and probably during RG as well.


He was visibly unhappy when he got broken so I think he wants to do well in this tournament.
1) Good to hear!

2)Even better news. :yeah:

He didn't really unload on his backhand and his movement was good (though the lateral movement to his FH side could have been better). Not so comforting, he has not been totally smooth on this department all year long, it seems he gets caught wrong footed a lot when stretched on the forehand side.

rofe
05-14-2008, 08:14 PM
Not so comforting, he has not been totally smooth on this department all year long, it seems he gets caught wrong footed a lot when stretched on the forehand side.

This has been a problem for him pre-mono so I don't think it is going away for a while unless he realizes this is a problem and does something about it. Higgy can hopefully help him with that.

Federerhingis
05-14-2008, 08:20 PM
This has been a problem for him pre-mono so I don't think it is going away for a while unless he realizes this is a problem and does something about it. Higgy can hopefully help him with that.

It's just a lot more pronounced since the mono, it's like at one point he did not even try to go after some shots. :o But given the illness it was understandable. Hopefully Higgy will input on this and he can improve it significantly to further improve his Roland Garros success.

RogiFan88
05-14-2008, 08:41 PM
HOPP, ROGI, vs. the Toaderling creature!!!

one match at a time, I say...

Rogieva
05-14-2008, 10:05 PM
thank you roger!

a good win today and hope you do well in hamburg!

good luck tomorrow!!

elessar
05-14-2008, 10:17 PM
Exactement! Je suis d'accord Cher Claire. :hug: Ca va?

Hopefully we don't jinx him, this would be a terrible loss, it's like really going into the gutter. :o
We didn't :banana: only saw the last 3 games of the match because sport+ decided to show clay court king Tsonga instead :retard:
Are you trying to be the Linda of this forum?
Absolutely not, Linda would have said :
He's still tired, I'm sure he's gonna lose this match :bigcry:
Roger you numpty why did you play Hamburg :mad:
It was all in fun to bait the Djokotards. :)

Fed doesn't need positive mojo if he just plays his game.
:eek: I can't believe this here I was taking your thread seriously and you were trolling:crying2:

lunahielo
05-14-2008, 10:34 PM
Allez,Roger!!

yanchr
05-14-2008, 11:38 PM
Easy straight set win as expected. It could have been 6-1,6-1 but I will take it. Fed played really well and was hitting the FH DTL with authority which is always a good sign. Jarkko as usual couldn't read Fed's serve. He was back to moonballing the backhand deep and using those FH dropshots so I am pretty sure that he is going to use that strategy though this week and probably during RG as well.

He was visibly unhappy when he got broken so I think he wants to do well in this tournament.
That shot always remains my favourite. Can't have enough of them :worship:

Marek.
05-15-2008, 02:01 AM
Didn't see it but I'll take it. Hopefully Sod doesn't cause too many problems.

FedFan_2007
05-15-2008, 02:30 AM
Vamos Roger!

Mrs. B
05-15-2008, 07:21 AM
toast that toad, Roger! :devil:

Rogieva
05-15-2008, 12:40 PM
Toasting almost complete :umbrella:

6-3 *5-2 up

Rogieva
05-15-2008, 12:42 PM
*30/15 big serve :)

Rogieva
05-15-2008, 12:42 PM
Another big serve :dance:

2mPS!

Rogieva
05-15-2008, 12:42 PM
Ace on MP :dance:

6-3 6-2

Rogieva
05-15-2008, 12:43 PM
Will play Verdasco in the QF's :D

didadida
05-15-2008, 12:46 PM
great performance from Roger his BH was clicking today and great FH :worship:

yanchr
05-15-2008, 12:57 PM
Saw some genius of Roger today which is missing for long :yeah:

He is showing much consistency in the recent matches, even the Stepanek one. I think now it's safe to say that he has physically recovered.

mangoes
05-15-2008, 01:05 PM
I saw half of the last set......not bad from Roger. These days, I find it hard to get excited about Roger's performances because it's always a very real posibility he will play a silly match the following day.

nobama
05-15-2008, 01:05 PM
I saw half of the last set......not bad from Roger. These days, I find it hard to celebrate because it's always a very real posibility he will play a silly match the following day.
Just take it one match at a time and enjoy the nice wins when they come. :)

yanchr
05-15-2008, 01:06 PM
I saw half of the last set......not bad from Roger. These days, I find it hard to get excited about Roger's performances because it's always a very real posibility he will play a silly match the following day.
I don't get excited but I'm enjoying watching him again. He is back to be a pleasure to watch :D

mangoes
05-15-2008, 01:07 PM
Just take it one match at a time and enjoy the nice wins when they come. :)

I'm trying:lol: :lol:

anon57
05-15-2008, 01:10 PM
I saw half of the last set......not bad from Roger. These days, I find it hard to get excited about Roger's performances because it's always a very real posibility he will play a silly match the following day.

I really enjoy watching him play well again, I'll worry about the possibility of him playing a :silly: match tomorrow when he plays his next match.

Mrs. B
05-15-2008, 01:41 PM
Ace on MP :dance:

6-3 6-2

:woohoo:

SUKTUEN
05-15-2008, 02:44 PM
Thankyou my LORD give Roger power play a good match~~~!!:worship:

GOOOOOOOOO Roger!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

fedsfan1
05-15-2008, 03:04 PM
Great day at the office for our boy today!!!

Nice to see some brilliance again.
I was sick of mono-fed tennis ;)

but like most of you, i'll take it one match
at a time...even one game at a time.
its easier on my nerves....lol

GO ROGER

trickcy
05-15-2008, 03:23 PM
Roger:dance: Into the quarters.

It's nice to watch him play well again. One match at a time, indeed.

didadida
05-15-2008, 07:29 PM
;)

http://dtb-tennis.rent-a-cluster.net/rm/federer.2rv.rv

Federerhingis
05-15-2008, 08:53 PM
Great News, and I even thought Robin was going to take him to two tiebreaks or even take a set. But like Sheryl said, it's so much of a gamble to try to predict Rogers performance after a very good win.

So far he's only been able to back up his good win against Nalbandian versus Djerk, but Djerk quit like a panzy.

nobama
05-15-2008, 11:43 PM
Great News, and I even thought Robin was going to take him to two tiebreaks or even take a set. But like Sheryl said, it's so much of a gamble to try to predict Rogers performance after a very good win.

So far he's only been able to back up his good win against Nalbandian versus Djerk, but Djerk quit like a panzy.Verdasco had 40+ UEs in his match against Ferrer. I'm hopefull this will be a straightforward match for Roger so long as Verdasco doesn't pull a Stepanek and play the match of his life tomorrow. :rolleyes:

Federerhingis
05-16-2008, 12:20 AM
Verdasco had 40+ UEs in his match against Ferrer. I'm hopefull this will be a straightforward match for Roger so long as Verdasco doesn't pull a Stepanek and play the match of his life tomorrow. :rolleyes:

He can really spray those errors. Is like can he play tennis somtimes it makes you wonder? :scratch:

He does have a good serve and huge backhand, he can obviously play on clay but he is so inconsistent.

Let's hope it's another straight setter. :devil:

SUKTUEN
05-16-2008, 01:15 AM
GOD Bless Roger play his best tennis!

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Roger!!!!!:bounce::bounce:

NYCtennisfan
05-16-2008, 03:04 AM
He can really spray those errors. Is like can he play tennis somtimes it makes you wonder? :scratch:

He does have a good serve and huge backhand, he can obviously play on clay but he is so inconsistent.

Let's hope it's another straight setter. :devil:

HIs BH is OK, but his FH is the huge shot. Last time they played in Hamburg, Verdasco couldn't return Fed's serve at all and when he did get into rallies, didn't exploit the one possible weakness of Fed in his favor i.e. the high BH by neglecting to go CC FH when he got the chance.

RogiFan88
05-16-2008, 03:20 AM
HOPP, ROGI, vs. FerV!!!

another straight-setter wouldn't go amiss...

...still taking it one match at a time... ;)

BlueSwan
05-16-2008, 12:14 PM
I'm not liking this. Despite Roger winning the first set 6-3, I feel that he's basically being outplayed from the baseline by Verdasco. So far Roger is winning this mentally, but I feel that Verdasco will break Rogers serve soon. Hopefully I'm wrong. Currently it's 3-2 Verdasco in the second set.

BlueSwan
05-16-2008, 12:16 PM
HIs BH is OK, but his FH is the huge shot. Last time they played in Hamburg, Verdasco couldn't return Fed's serve at all and when he did get into rallies, didn't exploit the one possible weakness of Fed in his favor i.e. the high BH by neglecting to go CC FH when he got the chance.

Well, today he's certainly exploiting that. Against players like Nadal, and Verdasco today, Federers backhand really does look like a weakness.

anon57
05-16-2008, 12:18 PM
I'm not liking this. Despite Roger winning the first set 6-3, I feel that he's basically being outplayed from the baseline by Verdasco. So far Roger is winning this mentally, but I feel that Verdasco will break Rogers serve soon. Hopefully I'm wrong. Currently it's 3-2 Verdasco in the second set.
I agree, so far Verdasco has been doing a very good job picking on Fed's backhand and than sending the ball wide to the forehand side with very good crosscourt bh's. Not very convincing play from Fed so far.

BlueSwan
05-16-2008, 12:35 PM
Well, thankfully, I WAS wrong! Roger won 6-3 6-3 - on to the semifinal!!

yanchr
05-16-2008, 12:38 PM
Credit to Verdasco to play to the end (well, you know who will not bother...). He was obviously affected by his ankle.

Onto semis :yeah:

nobama
05-16-2008, 12:39 PM
A wins a win. I'll take whatever wins he gives us at this point. :)

anon57
05-16-2008, 12:40 PM
Some good points by Roger points especially in the game at 3-3 in the second were he broke. Verdasco was still doing a very good job picking on Fed's backhand but he wasn't consistent enough to fully exploid Fed's weaker backhand. Good match by Roger though, he got through the match without to much fuss :yeah:

Rogieva
05-16-2008, 12:44 PM
A good straight sets victory against a tricky player on clay.

AMS SF :eek:

Well done Roger, keep it up. :bounce:

BTW, who does he potentially face?

Another RogFan
05-16-2008, 12:54 PM
It wasn't convincing play from Federer indeed. He overplayed Verdasco with some troubles. But the real news is that Federer show emotions. And if you ask me it is a good news. Obviously he is sick of underestimating him as a favorite. He doesn't just want to win, he wants to win without questions. And as long as Federer believes he can do it, he will be one to beat.

didadida
05-16-2008, 12:57 PM
not a good performance from Roger ,he wasnt feeling comfortable out there,he was stucked it the bh corner most of the match ,he and Jose should find a clue for his bh before RG

Another RogFan
05-16-2008, 12:58 PM
A good straight sets victory against a tricky player on clay.

AMS SF :eek:

Well done Roger, keep it up. :bounce:

BTW, who does he potentially face?

Kiefer I believe, other option is Seppi.

nobama
05-16-2008, 01:08 PM
not a good performance from Roger ,he wasnt feeling comfortable out there,he was stucked it the bh corner most of the match ,he and Jose should find a clue for his bh before RGI'm sure that's something that has been and will be discussed. It's not like this is anything new....

Minnie
05-16-2008, 03:16 PM
Who to believe? On another forum I read that Fed played really well .. and no, it wasn't RF.com!

rofe
05-16-2008, 03:37 PM
I'm sure that's something that has been and will be discussed. It's not like this is anything new....

And as Roger himself stated, he has been trying to improve that backhand for 10 years.

SUKTUEN
05-16-2008, 04:30 PM
Roger play Good!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Keep Going Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

GOD Bless you go to the final and win the Cup!!!:bounce::bounce::bowdown:

Sunset of Age
05-16-2008, 04:43 PM
Too bad I didn't get to see this match. ;)

anon57
05-16-2008, 04:51 PM
Too bad I didn't get to see this match. ;)

Hey Karin:hug:
Had fun in Hamburg?

Sunset of Age
05-16-2008, 04:59 PM
Hey Karin:hug:
Had fun in Hamburg?

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Guess whose autograph I got? ;)

anon57
05-16-2008, 05:05 PM
:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Guess whose autograph I got? ;)
Did you get an autograph from both of them, Glad you had fun:yeah:

Sunset of Age
05-16-2008, 05:27 PM
Did you get an autograph from both of them, Glad you had fun:yeah:

Raf was stalked a bit too much, so I just wished him good luck for his match - the poor fellow must be at risk of getting a wrist injury from giving out all those autographs! (fortunately he writes with his right hand ;))
I did get a gorgeous smile and 'gracias' back. :hearts:

I got Roger's after a practice session on Center Court, and so did Doris. There was barely anyone in the stadium, as apparently nobody knew he would be practicing that early (10:00 AM). Very nice indeed.

PS Let NOONE ever say Roger doesn't practice hard enough anymore! :(
He practiced for over THREE HOURS on Monday afternoon, and was working very hard indeed. And apparently he even gets up early in the morning nowadays to get some practicing done. ;)

anon57
05-16-2008, 05:32 PM
Raf was stalked a bit too much, so I just wished him good luck for his match - the poor fellow must be at risk of getting a wrist injury from giving out all those autographs! (fortunately he writes with his right hand ;))
I did get a gorgeous smile and 'gracias' back. :hearts:

I got Roger's after a practice session on Center Court, and so did Doris. There was barely anyone in the stadium, as apparently nobody knew he would be practicing that early (10:00 AM). Very nice indeed.

PS Let NOONE ever say Roger doesn't practice hard enough anymore! :(
He practiced for over THREE HOURS on Monday afternoon, and was working very hard indeed. And apparently he even gets up early in the morning nowadays to get some practicing done. ;)
I know about the crowds following Nadal, I went to the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam this year and the easiest way to tell whether Nadal was practicing was to check the crowds, if the practice courts were filled with people Nadal was out on court. Sounds like you had fun :hug:

trickcy
05-16-2008, 05:34 PM
Raf was stalked a bit too much, so I just wished him good luck for his match - the poor fellow must be at risk of getting a wrist injury from giving out all those autographs! (fortunately he writes with his right hand ;))
I did get a gorgeous smile and 'gracias' back. :hearts:

I got Roger's after a practice session on Center Court, and so did Doris. There was barely anyone in the stadium, as apparently nobody knew he would be practicing that early (10:00 AM). Very nice indeed.

PS Let NOONE ever say Roger doesn't practice hard enough anymore! :(
He practiced for over THREE HOURS on Monday afternoon, and was working very hard indeed. And apparently he even gets up early in the morning nowadays to get some practicing done. ;)

Roger :hug: .
You got Rogi's autograph!:):)

Rogieva
05-16-2008, 05:39 PM
well, Seppi vs Kiefer has been going on for 3 hours plus

don't be too tired :devil:

Sunset of Age
05-16-2008, 05:39 PM
I know about the crowds following Nadal, I went to the ABN Amro tournament in Rotterdam this year and the easiest way to tell whether Nadal was practicing was to check the crowds, if the practice courts were filled with people Nadal was out on court. Sounds like you had fun :hug:

Well, in Hamburg it meant that it was either Rafa or Rogi practicing.
Both of them are so much loved over there - astonishing to see how well they both deal with all those people following them around.

PS: very funny: nobody seemed to care much for Djoko. He played on Center court yesterday, but everybody tried to get to the court where Safin was playing Moya - the center court was rather empty, and lots of people stood on the entrance stairs just to catch a peek of Safin vs. Moya! :devil: :devil: :devil:

Roger :hug: .
You got Rogi's autograph!:):)

Yep! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

nobama
05-16-2008, 05:44 PM
Raf was stalked a bit too much, so I just wished him good luck for his match - the poor fellow must be at risk of getting a wrist injury from giving out all those autographs! (fortunately he writes with his right hand ;))
I did get a gorgeous smile and 'gracias' back. :hearts:

I got Roger's after a practice session on Center Court, and so did Doris. There was barely anyone in the stadium, as apparently nobody knew he would be practicing that early (10:00 AM). Very nice indeed.

PS Let NOONE ever say Roger doesn't practice hard enough anymore! :(
He practiced for over THREE HOURS on Monday afternoon, and was working very hard indeed. And apparently he even gets up early in the morning nowadays to get some practicing done. ;)How cool. So happy for you. :D

anon57
05-16-2008, 06:46 PM
OOP for tomorrow
Center Court
Not Before 1.00 pm
Roger Federer vs Andreas Seppi
followed by
Novak Djokovic vs Carlos Moya or Rafael Nadal

rofe
05-16-2008, 06:49 PM
Raf was stalked a bit too much, so I just wished him good luck for his match - the poor fellow must be at risk of getting a wrist injury from giving out all those autographs! (fortunately he writes with his right hand ;))
I did get a gorgeous smile and 'gracias' back. :hearts:

I got Roger's after a practice session on Center Court, and so did Doris. There was barely anyone in the stadium, as apparently nobody knew he would be practicing that early (10:00 AM). Very nice indeed.

PS Let NOONE ever say Roger doesn't practice hard enough anymore! :(
He practiced for over THREE HOURS on Monday afternoon, and was working very hard indeed. And apparently he even gets up early in the morning nowadays to get some practicing done. ;)

Nice!
Are you back from Hamburg?

rofe
05-16-2008, 06:52 PM
Seppi is a good opponent for Roger. Kiefer - not so good.

Sunset of Age
05-16-2008, 07:16 PM
Nice!
Are you back from Hamburg?

Alas, yeah. I wish I was still there! :D

KittyMac
05-16-2008, 07:19 PM
Papagena,

Sounds like you had a brilliant time. Your photos on the other thread were really good - great memories to have! How did you feel Roger was in himself, how he was playing, who was with him etc... Sorry if there are too many questions.:)

You are so lucky getting close to him and getting his autograph.

Eden
05-16-2008, 07:27 PM
Seppi is a good opponent for Roger. Kiefer - not so good.

The only match between Roger and Seppi was on clay last year in Monte Carlo and it went to two TB's, which Roger won. I haven't seen the match back then, but it was Roger's first match on clay that season.

Kiwi was often able to give Roger trouble, not to mention that he would have had the crowd behind him if he would have been his opponent tomorrow. Though I have to say that Roger is really popular here in Germany and the crowd appreciates him a lot :)

didadida
05-16-2008, 07:35 PM
Too bad I didn't get to see this match. ;)

Karin ,Doris

welcome back girls :wavey:

did you enjoy watching Roger ? :D

Sunset of Age
05-16-2008, 07:43 PM
Karin ,Doris

welcome back girls :wavey:

did you enjoy watching Roger ? :D

You're asking if we like to eat chocolate... :lol:

Eh... I now can tell you that Roger looks even more handsome in real life than he ever does on photographs. :drool: :hearts:

rofe
05-16-2008, 07:43 PM
The only match between Roger and Seppi was on clay last year in Monte Carlo and it went to two TB's, which Roger won. I haven't seen the match back then, but it was Roger's first match on clay that season.

Kiwi was often able to give Roger trouble, not to mention that he would have had the crowd behind him if he would have been his opponent tomorrow. Though I have to say that Roger is really popular here in Germany and the crowd appreciates him a lot :)

Roger needs a lot of rhythm going into the final and Kiefer is not going to give him that so I am happy that Seppi is his opponent. Roger should win against Seppi.

didadida
05-16-2008, 07:45 PM
You're asking if we like to eat chocolate... :lol:

Eh... I now can tell you that Roger looks even more handsome in real life than he ever does on photographs. :drool: :hearts:

Roger :hearts:

did you have the chance to talk to him ?

rofe
05-16-2008, 07:45 PM
Did anyone notice that Roger was having more success by taking small steps to his FH side (like he does on HC and grass) than sliding into it against Verdasco?

Sunset of Age
05-16-2008, 07:49 PM
Roger :hearts:

did you have the chance to talk to him ?

I wished him good luck for the tournament. That's all. He was so busy handing out autographs and stuff that I really didn't want to further bother him.

Eden
05-16-2008, 08:00 PM
Papagena,

Sounds like you had a brilliant time. Your photos on the other thread were really good - great memories to have! How did you feel Roger was in himself, how he was playing, who was with him etc... Sorry if there are too many questions.:)

You are so lucky getting close to him and getting his autograph.

Hi KittyMac :wavey:

Though I'm not Karin I think I can answer these questions. Marco Chiudinelli was at the training practice of Monday, on Wednesday Roger was practising with Stan. We didn't recognised the guy he was hitting with yesterday morning on the Center Court. He practiced side to side with Söderling by the way.

We were only there for the matches against Nieminen and Söderling. Well, unfortunately Roger was broken twice in the 2nd set of the match against Jarkko and was yelling out a few times after he made errors. He played better against Söderling and just had once 2 BPs against him. The crowd would have surely enjoyed it to see him around on the court a bit longer. After his match against Söderling he gave a short interview to the stadium announcer where he mentioned that he was quite satisfied with his two performances in the tournament so far and once again he talked about how much he loved the tournament and that it had been a very important one for his career.

Eden
05-16-2008, 08:11 PM
Roger needs a lot of rhythm going into the final and Kiefer is not going to give him that so I am happy that Seppi is his opponent. Roger should win against Seppi.

I would have been probably been a bit more worried about Seppi if it didn't went to a 3 hours match against Kiefer today. Seppi had been really convincing at the tournament so far, but so had Verdasco. I'm relieved to see that Roger was able to get the job done in 2 sets today.

By the way: I noticed your post on GM that you give the edge to Djokovic against Nadal tomorrow. Why do you think so? :)

KittyMac
05-16-2008, 08:47 PM
Thanks Eden,

Sounds like you had a great time. Roger does seem to like this tournament doesn't he! It must have been good to see him with Marco again.

It's hard at the moment for us to work out what's going on in his game. He has always had fits and starts in this game at various stages in tournaments and we have become so used to him reaching his peak at the right time. Recently it's been hard for him as he recovers health, fitness and form to get those last couple of stages. I think it stresses us out. (Not that a lot of his "walkabout" matches in the past haven't stressed me out!!) It will be good to see him tomorrow and see if he is stepping up.

Seeing the players practice and relate to eachother must be good - it's not something you normally get to see first hand.

nobama
05-17-2008, 01:08 AM
Personally I don't think the Nadal/Djoker match will be that close. Nadal in 2 sets easy.

rofe
05-17-2008, 01:29 AM
I would have been probably been a bit more worried about Seppi if it didn't went to a 3 hours match against Kiefer today. Seppi had been really convincing at the tournament so far, but so had Verdasco. I'm relieved to see that Roger was able to get the job done in 2 sets today.

By the way: I noticed your post on GM that you give the edge to Djokovic against Nadal tomorrow. Why do you think so? :)

Oh, I was just ridiculing Farenhajt and Alomineh. ;)

Seriously though, I can't bet against Nadal. Like everyone else, Novak has problems with Nadal's topspin(even with a 2H BH) and court coverage on clay . Nadal should take this but it will be a tough battle.

Sunset of Age
05-17-2008, 01:41 AM
Personally I don't think the Nadal/Djoker match will be that close. Nadal in 2 sets easy.

My thoughts as well. I'd be really shocked if Djoko even manages to take a set from Raf. Heaven Forbid! :o

RogiFan88
05-17-2008, 02:14 AM
Hi there, Karin! I've been waiting to hear about your Hamburg adventures w Eden! So you met Claudia and Rolf and the Feder-Bear? Did you see Rogi's R2, R3 and QF matches?

I just want Rogi to win in straight sets again and make another Hamburg final...

As for TFA vs. NTG -- hope TFA won't feel the pression of hanging on to No 2... NTG will make it tough for him [smugmug that he is... ] who will the crowd be for in that SF?? Watching NTG's match vs. Ivo I didn't get the sense that the crowd was that enamoured of the self-proclaimed No 1... am I right??

HOPP, ROGI!!!

yanchr
05-17-2008, 04:18 AM
You're asking if we like to eat chocolate... :lol:

Eh... I now can tell you that Roger looks even more handsome in real life than he ever does on photographs. :drool: :hearts:
I can't agree more :hearts: :lol: Welcome back Karin :hug: Glad that you got his autograph :yippee:

Sounds like he was really practising hard. 10am practise session is not usual for him I think. And 3 hours is a lot of time. Happy to know that he is working very hard, probably harder than before. Hopefully it can pay off some time later...

Federerhingis
05-17-2008, 04:36 AM
HIs BH is OK, but his FH is the huge shot. Last time they played in Hamburg, Verdasco couldn't return Fed's serve at all and when he did get into rallies, didn't exploit the one possible weakness of Fed in his favor i.e. the high BH by neglecting to go CC FH when he got the chance.

Yes I meant Forehand Alex. :tape: Got slightly confused since I forgot he's a lefty. :tape: :p

*esther*
05-17-2008, 05:38 AM
Welcome back Karin, sorry i didn't noticed that you went to Hamburg till i check this thread. I saw two Fed's fans and The Federbear during Roger-Nando's match, they were Rofe & Doris?

:D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Guess whose autograph I got? ;)

I got his autograph, as well..HAHA ( and Pete Sampras' auto...... )

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2247/2070331559_6000df0c46.jpg

You're asking if we like to eat chocolate... :lol:

Eh... I now can tell you that Roger looks even more handsome in real life than he ever does on photographs. :drool: :hearts:

Especially when he's in suit.:inlove::inlove::inlove:

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2204/2070340064_4a806d1da4.jpg

SUKTUEN
05-17-2008, 07:05 AM
GOD Bless Roger go to the final!!:bowdown:

Come On Roger!!!:bounce::bounce:

Mrs. B
05-17-2008, 10:09 AM
Good luck, Roger!

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:41 AM
Roger leads 4-1 :dance:

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:43 AM
Amazing drop shot return winner :rolls:

Seppi has no chance.

BP :dance:

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:44 AM
Urgh, lose slice BH into the net :(

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:46 AM
AMAZING!

Another drop shot return but Seppi reads it, drives it at roger but roger taps it into the open court :worship:

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:47 AM
Another BP

Take it!

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:48 AM
Ewwww, Roger just flung himself backwards into a backhand pass. No where near :(

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:49 AM
Amazing play to save the GP :)

Deuce #7

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:50 AM
Yuck. BH shank gives Seppi the game. Roger had about 3 BPS and didn't take any. Must hold :(

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:51 AM
Toying with Seppi :bowdown:

Forehand into the corner then drop shot

16 winners to 12 ue

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:52 AM
AHHHH!

OMG what play from Roger!

Seppi BH DTL pass clips the net and just goes over, roger was already at net, puts it as a erong footer but seppi gets the volley and roger puts it away :worship:

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:52 AM
5-2 :dance:

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:57 AM
5-3

Serving for the set

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:57 AM
Huge forehands forces the error

30/15

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:58 AM
Great point, Seppi saves 1st SP

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 11:59 AM
Yess !!

Roger at net :drool:

Smash seals set 1 6-3

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:00 PM
48% first serve :retard:

18 winner

15 unforced errors

1/8 BP's :retard:

nobama
05-17-2008, 12:00 PM
Hmm....I guess Roger thinks a quick match won't be good preparation for tomorrow. :scratch:

No drifting of to mirkaland in this set Roger. :(

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:14 PM
Finally the breaks!

2/11 on BP's :tape:

6-3 *2-1

nobama
05-17-2008, 12:14 PM
Roger should be embarrassed with his bp conversion stat. :o

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:16 PM
Yah, it generally tends to suck :o

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:17 PM
Not too shabby at the net. Amazing volley winner from his shoe laces. I wish I could volley like that :sad:

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:18 PM
Another winner :dance:

6-3 3-1

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:19 PM
Roger's dad in his box

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:21 PM
Another drop shot. Seppi was about 6ft behind the baseline.

More bps

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:22 PM
Holy mother ! :eek:

Huge BH DTL from Seppi and follows it in but Roger with a flick of the wrist hits a lassu fh cc angle passing winner

6-3 *4-1

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:26 PM
Drop shot Fed :worship: :rolls:

Big serve sets up short ball, Seppi thinks Roger will blast it so is about 10ft behind the basline, Roger just dropshots.

Perfect tactics. Won him the post everytime

6-3 5-1

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:26 PM
Another drop shot winner :)

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:27 PM
2mps

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:28 PM
Roger goes for the tram line DTL winner but just wide.

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:28 PM
YESS!!!

GSM Roger 6-3 6-1

Play fantastic :worship:

Rogieva
05-17-2008, 12:30 PM
50& first serve

26 winner

19 unforced errors

4/14

1hr 15 mins

Amazing play, vintage roger :cool:

nobama
05-17-2008, 12:31 PM
Took him a set and a half to stop farting around. But still an easy win, I'll take it. :) Hopefully Nadal and Djoker will wear themseleves out next match.

t0x
05-17-2008, 12:32 PM
Brilliant play from Roger :D

It could of been even easier, he had BPs in nearly every game (I think bar 2?).

landoud
05-17-2008, 12:32 PM
congrats Roger

didadida
05-17-2008, 12:36 PM
Roger played great today
keep it up to the next round :worship:


C'mon Nadal ;)

yanchr
05-17-2008, 12:53 PM
Now win the whole thing tomorrow Roger :armed:

Come on Nadal :armed:

BlueSwan
05-17-2008, 01:11 PM
Took him a set and a half to stop farting around. But still an easy win, I'll take it. :) Hopefully Nadal and Djoker will wear themseleves out next match.
I'm not sure. I think Djokovic might murder Nadal out there.

neenah
05-17-2008, 01:15 PM
Damn, I haven't been able to see any of Federer's matches in the past two tournaments due to time differences. :(

Sounds like a convincing win.

With this "winning streak in Germany" one can only wish that the clay GS of the year were played in Germany! :lol:

t0x
05-17-2008, 01:17 PM
Djoko has a good game for beating Rafa on clay(along with Nalby, and Davydenko).

Whatever the result, they'll be a chance of Djoko and Rafa being in the same half of the draw come RG. If Djoko can prove to us he can beat Rafa here, that can only be a good thing :) I far prefer Roger's chances against the Joker than the Pig :D

nobama
05-17-2008, 01:39 PM
Luthi and Roger's dad are watching this match.

nobama
05-17-2008, 01:42 PM
I'm not sure. I think Djokovic might murder Nadal out there.No way. Sure he's feeling the pressure knowing #2 is on the line but I still think he'll win. It's not a-typical for him to struggle in the 1st set or have bad patches. Roger did have a 4-0 lead on him in MC and of course in 2006 RG final won the 1st set 6-1.

NYCtennisfan
05-17-2008, 02:06 PM
For a minute there, I thought it was a FED/NADA score sequence i.e. Djoko breaks early, then at 4-4, gets broken, except that Djoko broke back, something Fed never does after giving up the crucial break to Nadal. Nadal about to win the first set.

didadida
05-17-2008, 02:12 PM
For a minute there, I thought it was a FED/NADA score sequence i.e. Djoko breaks early, then at 4-4, gets broken, except that Djoko broke back, something Fed never does after giving up the crucial break to Nadal. Nadal about to win the first set.


Agree with you :)

Nadal won first set 7-5

NYCtennisfan
05-17-2008, 02:21 PM
Agree with you :)

Nadal won first set 7-5

Djoko hanging tough in the 2nd set.

trickcy
05-17-2008, 02:22 PM
Come on Djoko!! Win the second set!!

Then you can win the third, Rafa :hug:

Longer the better, no? :angel:

didadida
05-17-2008, 02:23 PM
Djoko hanging tough in the 2nd set.

yes he is doing very well till now

Federerhingis
05-17-2008, 02:27 PM
Not too shabby at the net. Amazing volley winner from his shoe laces. I wish I could volley like that :sad:


Don't stress it Ollie we all feel the same when we see him play. :p

Federerhingis
05-17-2008, 02:28 PM
Come on Djoko!! Win the second set!!

Then you can win the third, Rafa :hug:

Longer the better, no? :angel:

So true. :lol: :devil: Especially a long hour and a half third set going 16-14 in the tiebreak. :tape:

didadida
05-17-2008, 02:30 PM
Don't stress it Ollie we all feel the same when we see him play. :p


look who is here ;)

Luis dear :hug:
is it too early in NY ? :angel:

yanchr
05-17-2008, 02:31 PM
Djoko hanging tough in the 2nd set.
Yeah, but let's see if he can do better than Roger - not get broken at crucial moment :tape:

NYCtennisfan
05-17-2008, 02:32 PM
Djoko had 0-30 on Nadal's serve and couldn't even take it to deuce which again reminds me of other matches. Double break point for Nadal here.

anon57
05-17-2008, 02:33 PM
So true. :lol: :devil: Especially a long hour and a half third set going 16-14 in the tiebreak. :tape:
:lol::devil:

Federerhingis
05-17-2008, 02:33 PM
look who is here ;)

Luis dear :hug:
is it too early in NY ? :angel:

Donna hon, not really it's only 10:33am. :lol: Usually it would be early for me, but I've been working saturdays early for almost four months so I am used to it. But on average on weekends I wake up after 11am. :angel:

How are you dear? :hug:

NYCtennisfan
05-17-2008, 02:34 PM
Saved two break points...

didadida
05-17-2008, 02:37 PM
Donna hon, not really it's only 10:33am. :lol: Usually it would be early for me, but I've been working saturdays early for almost four months so I am used to it. But on average on weekends I wake up after 11am. :angel:

How are you dear? :hug:

im fine sweetie
im watching the match it is getting more exciting :D

NYCtennisfan
05-17-2008, 02:38 PM
Surprisingly, Djoko held on. I thought that was the end...

trickcy
05-17-2008, 02:39 PM
So true. :lol: :devil: Especially a long hour and a half third set going 16-14 in the tiebreak. :tape:

:devil::devil::p

NYCtennisfan
05-17-2008, 02:42 PM
:devil::devil::p

That would be a 4 hour match between these two.

Federerhingis
05-17-2008, 02:42 PM
Surprisingly, Djoko held on. I thought that was the end...

Meaning we don't want the Djerk in Feds half @ roland? Well Nadal would be worse. Oh boy. :unsure:

didadida
05-17-2008, 02:44 PM
Djokovic break
4-2

Federerhingis
05-17-2008, 02:44 PM
That would be a 4 hour match between these two.

How long have they been on court Alex so far?
What's the scoreline? Wait let me go to ATP and open the live score. :o

Federerhingis
05-17-2008, 02:45 PM
Djokovic break
4-2

Well hopefully they go to a third set and Nadal pushes early on then Novak revives again and then Nadal comes like a raging bull on his last breath of air to win. :devil:

I am liking that plot. :angel:

didadida
05-17-2008, 02:46 PM
Meaning we don't want the Djerk in Feds half @ roland? Well Nadal would be worse. Oh boy. :unsure:

both option are terrible :lol:

NYCtennisfan
05-17-2008, 02:46 PM
About 2 hours or so...:) A lot of that has been wedgie picking and ball bouncing though.