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*******Rolling in the Grass - A Wimbledon 2008 Thread!!*******

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maskedmuffin
06-08-2008, 05:44 PM
Onto grass season!!:aparty: Time!:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:

Please sticky it :)

Rogieva
06-08-2008, 05:46 PM
Already? :spit:

SUKTUEN
06-08-2008, 05:51 PM
Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

Sunset of Age
06-08-2008, 07:46 PM
Pardon me, but he's playing Halle first...

BigJohn
06-08-2008, 09:57 PM
^^^^

Still, I can't wait to see him in his garden.

rofe
06-09-2008, 02:50 AM
Heh, I like the optimism here.

SUKTUEN
06-09-2008, 07:37 AM
Roger will play Halle I think~

nobama
06-09-2008, 01:32 PM
I'm hoping some of the veterans here will know the answer to this: What was it like for Sampras in his heyday around the time of RG/Wimbledon. Did he always go into Wimbledon as the overwhelming favorite regardless of how he performed at RG and Queens? Didn't he win Queens only once in his career?

I'm ignoring the press right now but I have a strong feeling the suggestion is or will be that Roger is vulnerable and someone else will win Wimbledon this year. I'm just wondering if Sampras had to deal with that shit too?

elessar
06-09-2008, 01:40 PM
I'm not exactly a veteran here, but I seem to remember that according to the bookmakers, Sampras was NEVER as big a favourite to win wimby as Roger had been the past few years. I'm pretty sure he had to deal with the same crap from the press, even though the expectations on him were never as big as the ones Roger has to face.

juninhOH
06-09-2008, 02:03 PM
I read that when he lost wimbledon 96 people were saying he was over -_-

SUKTUEN
06-09-2008, 03:14 PM
I read that when he lost wimbledon 96 people were saying he was over -_-

Roger will never be over, until he retired.:(

KittyMac
06-09-2008, 03:44 PM
Pete did have to take quite a lot of expectation as well. The whole media/press thing has multiplied greatly even since the Samphras days, so it is much greater for Roger. It's certainly true that any time Pete lost he definitely was finished, down and out and ready for retirement. He took quite a bit of flak as well, but then his relationship with the press was not as good - but as Roger is finding out, that doesn't always count for anything when the wolf pack sense blood! I hope he keeps his head down the next few weeks and doesn't get caught up in any media games - remember when he was about to play Roddick in the Semis of AO in 2007 (after the Kooyong match) and he said he didn't read the papers or look at the TV before it, so he wouldn't get swayed by it all. Hope the same happens here.

nobama
06-09-2008, 04:27 PM
Pete did have to take quite a lot of expectation as well. The whole media/press thing has multiplied greatly even since the Samphras days, so it is much greater for Roger. It's certainly true that any time Pete lost he definitely was finished, down and out and ready for retirement. He took quite a bit of flak as well, but then his relationship with the press was not as good - but as Roger is finding out, that doesn't always count for anything when the wolf pack sense blood! I hope he keeps his head down the next few weeks and doesn't get caught up in any media games - remember when he was about to play Roddick in the Semis of AO in 2007 (after the Kooyong match) and he said he didn't read the papers or look at the TV before it, so he wouldn't get swayed by it all. Hope the same happens here.
Me too. Although apparently the French and Swiss press were floating rumors out there that Roger wasn't himself, was grumpy during RG so if he stays away from the press then they'll read all sorts of things into that and print that to. Roger can't get away from the monster he created. :lol:

NYCtennisfan
06-09-2008, 05:25 PM
I'm hoping some of the veterans here will know the answer to this: What was it like for Sampras in his heyday around the time of RG/Wimbledon. Did he always go into Wimbledon as the overwhelming favorite regardless of how he performed at RG and Queens? Didn't he win Queens only once in his career?

I'm ignoring the press right now but I have a strong feeling the suggestion is or will be that Roger is vulnerable and someone else will win Wimbledon this year. I'm just wondering if Sampras had to deal with that shit too?

Sampras was never quite as big of a favorite, but it was close. By the time the 2nd week rolled around, everyone knew that he was going to win no matter what.

Here's the funny thing about Federer taking a lot of heat right about now: Sampras gave up on clay and the French Open after his last run and nobody ever said anything. It was EXPECTED that a great grass player would not do well most of the time on clay. Federer has changed all of that. They expect him to win every single match and win it beautifully. Losses at Queen's and RG had no effect on Sampras at all or expectations of Sampras. He was still considered the best on grass and expected to win it.

Nadal will carry a lot of confidence into Wimby, but all it takes is a set and half for all of that confidence to dissipate.

NYCtennisfan
06-09-2008, 05:26 PM
Me too. Although apparently the French and Swiss press were floating rumors out there that Roger wasn't himself, was grumpy during RG so if he stays away from the press then they'll read all sorts of things into that and print that to. Roger can't get away from the monster he created. :lol:

INdeed. If he reads the press right about now, he'll find out that he's not the greatest, not all that good anymore, not the real #1, etc. etc. I guess the press forgot about Nadal's matches agaisnt Nalbandian, Federer, Youz, Tsonga, Davy on his least favorite surface.

nobama
06-09-2008, 07:58 PM
INdeed. If he reads the press right about now, he'll find out that he's not the greatest, not all that good anymore, not the real #1, etc. etc. I guess the press forgot about Nadal's matches agaisnt Nalbandian, Federer, Youz, Tsonga, Davy on his least favorite surface.Basically the press forgets about Nadal from July - April. I guess that's the benefit of being good on only one (or two) surfaces. All the media (and others) focus on is how well Nadal does on clay. They seem to forget he can take quite the beating on other surfaces where he's not always fighting until the very end, not playing every point like it's match point, sometimes hanging his head.

didadida
06-09-2008, 08:33 PM
INdeed. If he reads the press right about now, he'll find out that he's not the greatest, not all that good anymore, not the real #1, etc. etc. I guess the press forgot about Nadal's matches agaisnt Nalbandian, Federer, Youz, Tsonga, Davy on his least favorite surface.

they always harsh on Federer and always doing that only with him :mad: this is the only time of the year they praise Nadal,i hope they will shut up soon and that will refresh their memory and remember who is the best player in the world :mad:

yanchr
06-10-2008, 10:09 AM
Pete did have to take quite a lot of expectation as well. The whole media/press thing has multiplied greatly even since the Samphras days, so it is much greater for Roger. It's certainly true that any time Pete lost he definitely was finished, down and out and ready for retirement. He took quite a bit of flak as well, but then his relationship with the press was not as good - but as Roger is finding out, that doesn't always count for anything when the wolf pack sense blood! I hope he keeps his head down the next few weeks and doesn't get caught up in any media games - remember when he was about to play Roddick in the Semis of AO in 2007 (after the Kooyong match) and he said he didn't read the papers or look at the TV before it, so he wouldn't get swayed by it all. Hope the same happens here.
I think Roger is old ( :lol: :tape:) enough to stay away from the press, or more precisely, to not care at all what they had to say thus not bother to read anything. I used to read a lot of press, good or bad, but nowadays, I don't even bother reading the good ones, not to say the bad. I don't care what those people have to say at all. I have my own thoughts, and also some of the fans here know far more about tennis/Roger's tennis than the reporters.

Roger knows what he has to do is to focus on his game and work probably harder than before, as he mentioned in one of his presses in RG. Leave the talk to whoever wants to.

fedexdelivers
06-10-2008, 12:14 PM
If we were to listen to the press and ahem*jealous*ahem haters, Roger was over before he ever began.

Hi guys, hope you don't mind me crashing the party. I like the sense of humour here and to a Federer fan, it is a good reprieve, much like the juvenile detention to GM's hardcore prison for capital punishment, if you know what I mean.

trickcy
06-11-2008, 06:46 AM
If we were to listen to the press and ahem*jealous*ahem haters, Roger was over before he ever began.

Hi guys, hope you don't mind me crashing the party. I like the sense of humour here and to a Federer fan, it is a good reprieve, much like the juvenile detention to GM's hardcore prison for capital punishment, if you know what I mean.

Yes, we know what you mean :lol:

Welcome aboard :wavey:

Minnie
06-11-2008, 02:21 PM
Well, we had 2 former female tennis players on TV on Sunday, both of whom are ardent Fed fans. Virginia Wade (our last Wimbledon champion in 1977) who says she wants Roger to win every single point and makes no apologies for her bias, and Sue Barker (FO champion in 1976). Sue looked so disappointed and sounded so despondent after that FO final - throwing up excuses for his dismal display - lasting effects of illness, media hype/pressure.

The funniest thing to me was when she interviewed Joker on Monday during the Artois tournament taking place here during which Joker made numerous references to him winning his first Grand slam, (I got irritated how many times he said it!) and being amongst the top 3 players in the world, Sue slapped her thighs, and said in a rather dismissive tone, "Oh well, he's still a great tennis champion and No 1 in the world" - almost as if she was trying to put Joker back in his place. I'm sure she's already practising on her flirting techniques when Roger comes in to be interviewed by her during Wimbledon.

Sorry if this is the wrong thread for this.

nobama
06-11-2008, 02:54 PM
Well, we had 2 former female tennis players on TV on Sunday, both of whom are ardent Fed fans. Virginia Wade (our last Wimbledon champion in 1977) who says she wants Roger to win every single point and makes no apologies for her bias, and Sue Barker (FO champion in 1976). Sue looked so disappointed and sounded so despondent after that FO final - throwing up excuses for his dismal display - lasting effects of illness, media hype/pressure.

The funniest thing to me was when she interviewed Joker on Monday during the Artois tournament taking place here during which Joker made numerous references to him winning his first Grand slam, (I got irritated how many times he said it!) and being amongst the top 3 players in the world, Sue slapped her thighs, and said in a rather dismissive tone, "Oh well, he's still a great tennis champion and No 1 in the world" - almost as if she was trying to put Joker back in his place. I'm sure she's already practising on her flirting techniques when Roger comes in to be interviewed by her during Wimbledon.

Sorry if this is the wrong thread for this.
No not at all. Thanks for sharing. :) I've always thought Sue was Roddick 'tard' and then last year she seemed so smitten with Nadal. Good to know some haven't given up on Roger yet.

Minnie
06-12-2008, 12:10 AM
Sue was the studio link for the AO final and clearly upset that Roger wasn't going to be in it. "Oh, and no Roger Federer" she bemoaned. Roger has been her first love for quite a few years now ... and he isn't averse to flirting back to her either on occasions. Its funny to watch at times.

SUKTUEN
06-12-2008, 02:27 AM
Djover said he have dream to wim Wimby~~ = V =

fedexdelivers
06-12-2008, 03:32 AM
As we go into Wimbledon, I am delirious with delight that there is NO MORE TALK OF GOLDEN SLAM for the Djoke.

Even if I think the Djoke is a better match-up for Roger on clay, it was physically impossible for me to root for him against Rafa. Headlines like "Djokovic on track for Golden Slam" and "Djokovic the (self-proclaimed) Great, winner of first Grand Slam, third player in the world, first player of the world this year (not any more - HAH!!!) is the one who finally topples Nadal on clay - something Federer couldn't do." would have killed me. And all things said and done, I really prefer to be alive - after all I need to see what Fed will be wearing when he walks out on the first day of Wimbledon - there have been rumours of "tophat" cloth material being smuggled into Nike...........................KIDDING!

lsy
06-13-2008, 04:14 AM
It's not anything new there's completley different set of expectations on Rogi compared to the others. Just look at the amt of talk on Rogi's slump as compared to Nadal...very clear.

Well it's only fair I guess considering the amt of praises they lavish on Rogi as well when he's up there ;) :rolleyes: Medias are just fickle minded and biggest hype creator.

Which is also why I think some of these (or just one? ;) ) new generation should cut a bit on the big talk till they ever put themselves in Rogi's situation having to carry that type of burden/expectations AND also to deliver most times.

rofe
06-13-2008, 04:31 AM
Since Nadal only performs consistently well on clay, he would be in a slump if he stopped winning on that surface. It is all about expectations and journos expect Nadal to lose on non-clay surfaces. Since Roger can win on all surfaces, their expectations from him are high on every surface. The same thing will apply to Novak in a few years if he keeps up his HC success. He will be expected to win pretty much every HC tournament he enters.

RogiFan88
06-13-2008, 04:46 AM
right now TFA IS the most consistent and CONFIDENT player who never has pressure of high expectations...

RogiFan88
06-13-2008, 04:47 AM
as if NTG could win the golden slam... :p

SUKTUEN
06-13-2008, 05:14 PM
Roger play in grass is so classic, I love it!

Sunset of Age
06-13-2008, 06:22 PM
Djover said he have dream to wim Wimby~~ = V =

let the bloke dream on, no? :p :p :p

didadida
06-13-2008, 09:26 PM
let the bloke dream on, no? :p :p :p

:lol:

RogiFan88
06-14-2008, 02:15 AM
no, NTG has already had his dream of winning a slam, beating Rogi, plus two TMSes on different surfaces... it's time for Rogi to have his dreams fulfilled this year...

SUKTUEN
06-14-2008, 10:34 AM
let the bloke dream on, no? :p :p :p

:devil::devil:

NYCtennisfan
06-15-2008, 06:20 PM
Wimby draw should be really interesting. Davy is the 4th seed so you'll have a "surprise" SF there. Roddick and Nalbandian are "QF Seeds" for two of the top three while the other two are Blake and Ferrer.

There are lots dangerous floaters for this year's Wimby. Ancic, Fish, Gulbis, Kohli, Haas, Llorda are all unseeded. Any one of them would make for a very difficult 1st round opponent for anyone.

Marek.
06-15-2008, 06:46 PM
I expect Fed to play better at Wimbledon this year than the last. He was able to get five matches at Halle and that should be enough to iron out any problems. Compare this to last year when he showed up having not played any matches on grass.

So basically, I don't see anyone stopping number six from happening. :yeah:

didadida
06-15-2008, 11:32 PM
So basically, I don't see anyone stopping number six from happening. :yeah:[/QUOTE]

agree with you :worship:

nobama
06-16-2008, 01:20 AM
let the bloke dream on, no? :p :p :pYeah, and let Nadal dream too. :p

SUKTUEN
06-16-2008, 02:20 AM
Allezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Roger!!!!:D

*esther*
06-16-2008, 02:29 AM
Sorry to have to mention this in the present climate, but Roger Federer is still favorite to win Wimbledon.- Richard Evans (http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6611757)

#6 Wimbly Trophy, no?:devil: Hope my cable will showing the Halle finals.

Hi everyone on here :wavey:

Sunset of Age
06-16-2008, 08:45 AM
So basically, I don't see anyone stopping number six from happening. :yeah:

Hee, always nice to see someone being so positive! :yeah:

Yeah, and let Nadal dream too. :p

:ras: :lol:

His time will come. :angel:

didadida
06-16-2008, 08:47 AM
His time will come. :angel:[/QUOTE]

:smash::p :D

glycina
06-16-2008, 09:30 AM
His time will come. :angel:

You don't have to say that here, no?

Sunset of Age
06-16-2008, 09:37 AM
You don't have to say that here, no?

What's the problem? Raf has plenty good years ahead of him, and as I made perfectly clear that I want Roger to break Sampras' record(s) first and foremost, I see no harm in it at all... :shrug:

glycina
06-16-2008, 04:37 PM
I mean that you don't need to make it clear here and now.

SUKTUEN
06-16-2008, 05:13 PM
when will the draw come out?

a13263
06-16-2008, 07:05 PM
Friday.

Rogieva
06-16-2008, 07:33 PM
Can't wait for Wimbledon. BBC has interactive coverage for the whole two weeks !!!

Can chose from about 5 courts :drool:

Although I won't be here for the final week, I will have to find out how Roger does from somewhere in Africa :lol:

Daniel
06-17-2008, 02:38 PM
Wishing Roger a decent and fair and easy draw. :kiss: :bounce:

Lets give the pig all the grass experts in his half of the draw.

SUKTUEN
06-17-2008, 04:49 PM
GOD Please Bless Roger healthy and fit in Wimby!!!!:worship:

lunahielo
06-18-2008, 12:01 AM
Allez, Roger! Make it 6!! :clap2:

Minnie
06-18-2008, 01:41 PM
I'm dreading Roger's first press interviews over here because the media will just go on about his defeat at the FO - whereas Roger wants to put it behind him and move forward. I wonder if Sampras ever had to put up with all this negativity that Roger has to contend with ... I just find it so disrespectful given his accomplishments over the past 4/5 years and for how he has lifted tennis into the media spotlight. Maybe Sampras had it right after all ... just do the minimum required of a champion as far as the media is concerned - and that's it - don't give them anything because they will surely turn on you in the end.

SUKTUEN
06-18-2008, 05:12 PM
Allez, Roger! Make it 6!! :clap2:


Roger I hope you can play best tennis in this year Wimby!!:bigclap::smooch:

oneandonlyhsn
06-18-2008, 07:32 PM
Hopp Rogi, I dont want him to get an easy draw, I want him to get some decent grasscourt players so that he can maintain his good form from Halle. As long as there is a good balance on both sides of the draw I'll be happy.

HOPP ROGI :bounce: go for your 6th Wimby

Sunset of Age
06-18-2008, 07:58 PM
Hopp Rogi, I dont want him to get an easy draw, I want him to get some decent grasscourt players so that he can maintain his good form from Halle. As long as there is a good balance on both sides of the draw I'll be happy.

My thoughts exactly, if only to prevent all the whining about 'unfair draws' once again. Heck, I even hope that Djoko is on Roger's side of the draw, because 1) I am confident that if both make it that far, Roger will be able to beat him, 2) it would give Roger an excellent chance at showing who's still the best player in the world (and if Djoko beats him - well, so be it!), and 3) I'm sure there will be a bunch of loonies saying that Roger's title - or even just a place in the final - would be 'tainted' because he didn't have Djoko in his side of the draw, if that's indeed the case. You know the drivel. :rolleyes:

tennizen
06-18-2008, 10:01 PM
Hey Fedtards

Did u read the latest from Djokovic on Fed :lol:

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jiBuKkC90tUl-2Ofehz1AVUV7J-g

Just in case you missed it:p:p

elessar
06-18-2008, 10:13 PM
I did a double take when I saw your name Hema :spit:

Why is this not posted in GM yet :(

tennizen
06-18-2008, 10:27 PM
I did a double take when I saw your name Hema :spit:

Why is this not posted in GM yet :(

I did post in on GM. I was being stupid and posted it in ClayD's Wimbledon thread. Seems like MTFers avoid his threads like plague:sobbing:

Daniel
06-18-2008, 10:34 PM
Roger seeded #1 again in Wimbledon.

Federer, Ivanovic are top seeds at Wimbledon

Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - World No. 1s Roger Federer and Ana Ivanovic have been installed as the top seeds at Wimbledon, which will get underway Monday at the All England Club.

Federer will try to become the first man to capture six straight Wimbledon titles in the Open Era. He equaled Bjorn Borg's long-standing mark of five straight last year at the world's only grass-court major.

The 26-year-old Federer, who is also the reigning four-time U.S. Open champion, owns 12 career Grand Slam titles, only two shy of Pete Sampras' record haul of 14. Sampras tallied seven Wimbledon championships overall, but never more than four in a row.

Federer beat Rafael Nadal in the last two Wimbledon finals.

Ivanovic is the reigning French Open champion and has played in three of the last five major finals on the women's side.

As far as the men's seeds are concerned, Federer is followed by the four-time French Open champion Nadal, Aussie Open titlist Novak Djokovic, Nikolay Davydenko, David Ferrer, two-time Wimbledon runner-up Andy Roddick and 2002 Wimbledon finalist David Nalbandian. Nadal throttled Federer in the finale at Roland Garros earlier this month.

Seeds eight and nine for the men are Richard Gasquet and James Blake, while the 10th seed is Marcos Baghdatis, despite the fact that he's ranked 25th in the world. Baghdatis reached the Wimbledon semifinals in 2006 and the quarters here a year ago.

On the ladies' side, the top-20 seeds are also the top-20 players in the world. Ivanovic is followed by fellow Serb Jelena Jankovic, Aussie Open titlist and former Wimbledon champ Maria Sharapova, U.S. Open runner-up Svetlana Kuznetsova, two-time major finalist Elena Dementieva, two-time Wimbledon winner Serena Williams and defending champion Venus Williams, who beat France's Marion Bartoli in last year's finale at the All England Club. The six-time Grand Slam champion Venus has won the title here on four occasions.

The singles draws will be revealed on Friday.

Link: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/scorecard/othernews.asp?articleID=34840

Marek.
06-19-2008, 01:42 AM
Hey Fedtards

Did u read the latest from Djokovic on Fed :lol:

http://canadianpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5jiBuKkC90tUl-2Ofehz1AVUV7J-g

Just in case you missed it:p:p

Just a rehash on the same old BS he's been saying for like two years now. :shrug:

RogiFan88
06-19-2008, 03:15 AM
Just a rehash on the same old BS he's been saying for like two years now. :shrug:

exactly, this is old crap... NTG said this after Rogi lost AO08SF... nothing new... same old, same old and same old boring... :p

nobama
06-19-2008, 04:23 AM
In case anyone wants a good rant Borg says in the article below that he wouldn't be surprised if Roger retired after this year and he has Roger as his 3rd favorite behind Nadal and Djokovic to win Wimbledon, yet he still picks Roger to end the year at #1. :rolleyes: :scratch:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/06/19/sthodg119.xml

Sunset of Age
06-19-2008, 04:25 AM
In case anyone wants a good rant Borg says in the article below that he wouldn't be surprised if Roger retired after this year and he has Roger as his 3rd favorite behind Nadal and Djokovic to win Wimbledon, yet he still picks Roger to end the year at #1. :rolleyes: :scratch:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/06/19/sthodg119.xml

Poor, poor Borg. Sniffing coke really does damage to your mental health. :rolleyes:

nobama
06-19-2008, 04:40 AM
Poor, poor Borg. Sniffing coke really does damage to your mental health. :rolleyes:
I think Borg's comments are worse than anything Mats Wilander said.

So now Roger can go into his pre-Wimbledon press conference/media requests being asked about these comments from Borg. That's like the last thing he needs. :rolleyes:

soraya
06-19-2008, 04:43 AM
Poor, poor Borg. Sniffing coke really does damage to your mental health. :rolleyes:
http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/dope.gifPoor Borg. As for Djoko's latest, I think Fed will be concerned when he sees the young one coming out in court with his first Adidas suit.;)
http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/seesaw.gifRafa-Fed-Djoke

trickcy
06-19-2008, 07:14 AM
http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/dope.gifPoor Borg. As for Djoko's latest, I think Fed will be concerned when he sees the young one coming out in court with his first Adidas suit.;)
http://smiley.onegreatguy.net/seesaw.gifRafa-Fed-Djoke

Rafa's the angel, eh? :aplot: Djoko suits the part of a devil very well, I think :o:p
What's Roger there? Stuck in between those two?:sad:

SUKTUEN
06-19-2008, 08:34 AM
GOD Bless Roger have a good match!!!!

Eden
06-19-2008, 08:45 AM
So now Roger can go into his pre-Wimbledon press conference/media requests being asked about these comments from Borg. That's like the last thing he needs. :rolleyes:

Roger is experienced enough to deal with such kind of things. No need to worry :)

glycina
06-19-2008, 02:26 PM
In case anyone wants a good rant Borg says in the article below that he wouldn't be surprised if Roger retired after this year and he has Roger as his 3rd favorite behind Nadal and Djokovic to win Wimbledon, yet he still picks Roger to end the year at #1. :rolleyes: :scratch:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/06/19/sthodg119.xml

I have read also the comments on Borg's comment.
Some think that Borg is just jealous. But he said
last year that he would like for Federer to break his
record. And how could he hug Roger after the final RG?
Not in order to encourage Roger? Not with love?
I don't know why Borg gave us the comment like that.
We only know that all the tennis fans want to enjoy more
and more Roger's play and watch more and more the final Roger vs
Rafa.

SUKTUEN
06-19-2008, 04:27 PM
Roger just forcus in the match. He no need to notice too much what Borg said.:(

Minnie
06-19-2008, 06:12 PM
How can anyone take Borg seriously - the guy who wanted to sell his Wimbledon trophies - paid £20K to get them back and then said he'd never part with them ... :rolleyes:

He was presented with a Gerald Scarfe cartoon of himself when he arrived here and was asked whether he minded his record of 5 consec Wimbledons being beaten. The interviewer told him "Go on you can be honest about it" ... and though Borg said that records were meant to be broken, he didn't actually give a straight answer - so I deduced from that, he does mind! They all guard their records jealousy - no matter who they are or how generous they may have been in the past. That might be Pete's thinking in travelling anywhere in the world to see Roger try + get his 15th slam ... to put him off. I know - I'm a terrible cynic :lol::lol:

juninhOH
06-19-2008, 07:03 PM
well I just hope Roger don't stop at "12" slams. It would be some kind of disappointment after coming so close so fast. Of course 12 slams is an AWESOME career, tied for 2nd best EVER, but still, when you feel the player can do more...

If he ties 14 I'm happy. 15th would be a dream. It's looking so distant now :(. If he won like wimbledon 6 and us open 5 this year there would be no doubt of who is the best ever, as what Roger is doing is a lot more impressive than anyone ever did

nobama
06-19-2008, 07:15 PM
More from Sampras:

“There is a burning desire in Roger to break my record, and when he does it I would like to be there,” Sampras said Thursday. “I said to Roger, ‘Just make sure it’s in New York or London. Australia is a long way to go. (But) if it worked out like that, I would fly there.’

“I would just let him enjoy it as his moment but (I would want to be there) just to respect the record and what he was able to do and to just say, ‘Congratulations.”’

Daniel
06-19-2008, 08:56 PM
Hope this words from Sampras make Roger more eager to win Wimbledon.
Roger , i m sure you will get a nice draw tomorrow. :hug:

FedFan_2007
06-19-2008, 09:31 PM
With Rafa's 28-0 mark at the French overshadowing everything, maybe Roger can "fly under the radar" and take another Wimbly w/o anyone knowing!

didadida
06-20-2008, 12:33 AM
More from Sampras:

very good words from Sampras:worship:
i hope it will encourage Roger to win Wimby :D:devil:

Federerhingis
06-20-2008, 12:35 AM
Donna are you hiding from me? :sad: :awww:

didadida
06-20-2008, 12:53 AM
Donna are you hiding from me? :sad: :awww:

Luis :hug:hon i missed you

Federerhingis
06-20-2008, 01:07 AM
Luis :hug:hon i missed you

Hello my dear, are you still around. :hug: I have missed you very much.

soraya
06-20-2008, 01:21 AM
Rafa's the angel, eh? :aplot: Djoko suits the part of a devil very well, I think :o:p
What's Roger there? Stuck in between those two?:sad:
He likes others to think he is an angel, :devil: and Roger is probably thinking which is the lesser evil.

Federerhingis
06-20-2008, 01:24 AM
Soraya hon what's been of you and your life? Been busy? :hug: :wavey:

soraya
06-20-2008, 01:30 AM
Soraya hon what's been of you and your life? Been busy? :hug: :wavey:
:hug:Luis dear. How are you? I have been really busy as schools just closed, I have one more day to work and then vacation time...thanks God!

Federerhingis
06-20-2008, 01:51 AM
:hug:Luis dear. How are you? I have been really busy as schools just closed, I have one more day to work and then vacation time...thanks God!

Sweet. Awesomeness!!!!!!!!! :rocker2: :yeah:

Have any plans, travelling or just relaxing at home?

I am very well my dear, I can't wait for mine to be available, unfortunately I started to work almost midway through the calendar year, in february so my vacations won't accrue until later this year.

:wavey: I am almost off from work, leaving in about ten mins. See you around dear.

Dirk
06-20-2008, 02:26 AM
Roger is experienced enough to deal with such kind of things. No need to worry :)

Bingo, all of this is Bullshit. If Federer plays grass court tennis and is near his Ninja form in the big matches, none of them stand a chance. Nadal was lucky last year Roger played a clay court game for most of the match, I don't believe Roger will make the same mistake this year. Roger has suffered far worse than his RG final loss to Nadal in his career, people are fools for writing him off and they should be spending their time hoping he doesn't play his game otherwise their faves lose and they will go back to their misery living in a Fed Ownership of ATP.

Dirk
06-20-2008, 02:29 AM
I'm dreading Roger's first press interviews over here because the media will just go on about his defeat at the FO - whereas Roger wants to put it behind him and move forward. I wonder if Sampras ever had to put up with all this negativity that Roger has to contend with ... I just find it so disrespectful given his accomplishments over the past 4/5 years and for how he has lifted tennis into the media spotlight. Maybe Sampras had it right after all ... just do the minimum required of a champion as far as the media is concerned - and that's it - don't give them anything because they will surely turn on you in the end.

Roger is too professional to do that but Pete is right and this media rooting for him to lose his spot occur years ago when Nadal first became number two. They love him more because he shows more emotion and they think he is more marketable. They don't like Roger but just kept their yaps shut because he was so far ahead of Nadal in the rankings but now they smell blood in the water so their yellow piss colored journalism is coming out.

SUKTUEN
06-20-2008, 03:38 AM
Take a look for the draw tonight!

trickcy
06-20-2008, 09:10 AM
He likes others to think he is an angel, :devil: and Roger is probably thinking which is the lesser evil.

:lol:
So am I :o;)

trickcy
06-20-2008, 10:25 AM
Federer - Hrbaty in the first round..

C'mon Roger!

BlueSwan
06-20-2008, 10:36 AM
1. Federer vs Hrbaty
Soderling vs (Q) Kim
Gicquel vs Nishikori
Guccione vs 30. Monfils

20. Hewitt vs Haase
Montanes vs Berlocq
Bogdanovic vs Bolelli
Ginepri vs 15. Gonzalez

11. Berdych vs Korolev
Hanescu vs Falla
Sela vs O Rochus
Kohlschreiber vs 22. Verdasco

32. Llodra vs Ancic
Lee vs Petzschner
Andreev vs Vanek
Stakhovsky vs 5. Ferrer

3. Djokovic vs Berrer
Safin vs Fognini
Serra vs Lu
Kamke vs 29. Seppi

21. Ferrero vs Querrey
Peya vs Zverev
JM Del Potro vs Snobel
Daniel vs 13. Wawrinka

10. Baghdatis vs Darcis
Johansson vs Spadea
Belucci vs Kunytsin
Stadler vs 18. Karlovic

31. Lopez vs Dabul
Karanusic vs Horna
Volandri vs Reynolds
Dancevic vs 7. Nalbandian

6. Roddick vs Schwank
Tipsarevic vs Ascoine
Pashanski vs (Q)Eaton
Mahut vs Tursunov

Almagro vs Granollers
Garcia-Lopez vs Mirva
Ventura vs Schuettler
C Rochus vs 9. Blake

14. Mathieu vs Hernandez
Chardy vs Gil
Roger-Vasselin vs Cilic
Odesnik vs 24. Nieminen

26. Ljubicic vs Melzer
Levine vs Young
Bjorkman vs Clement
Becker vs 4. Davydenko

8. Gasquet vs Fish
Grosjean vs Starace
Anderson vs Calleri
Olenijak vs Simon

Robredo vs Vliegen
Canas vs Haas
Malisse vs Gremelmayr
Santoro vs 12. Murray

16. Stepanek vs Hernych
Troicki vs Lapentti
(WC)Baker vs Galvani
Roitman vs 17. Youzhny

27. Kiefer vs Benneteau
Vassallo-Arguello vs Minar
Isner vs Gulbis
Beck vs 2. Nadal

Not a great draw for Roger. Not a terrible one either, though.

luzkoz
06-20-2008, 10:39 AM
I like the draw.
The tougher the draw the better Federer plays :angel:

Daniel
06-20-2008, 10:49 AM
mmmm i like it , just i dont like Djokovic there in the same half but i guess is ok .. dont see Roger losing to any of those clowns ..
Vanos Roger :hug: :kiss:

nobama
06-20-2008, 11:53 AM
Not a great draw for Roger. Not a terrible one either, though.
No Stepanek or Ancic in his quarter. I like that. What are Monfils results on grass? I can't imagine with how far back he stands in the court that he'd have a lot of success on the surface.

Rogieva
06-20-2008, 12:18 PM
Okay draw. A few dangerous people on the way to the SF, but nothing that should worry Roger on this surface.

juninhOH
06-20-2008, 12:19 PM
well to be honest we shouldn't care where Djokovic is.

I mean. Thats in the 6th game. If Roger didn't win against him it means he wouldn't win the tournament in the final afterall. So It doesn't really matter that much.

anon57
06-20-2008, 12:28 PM
well to be honest we shouldn't care where Djokovic is.

I mean. Thats in the 6th game. If Roger didn't win against him it means he wouldn't win the tournament in the final afterall. So It doesn't really matter that much.
I'm actually looking forward to a possible Roger-Djokovic match in the semis, I'm getting rather tired of hearing that Roger can't defeat Djokovic, I'd like Roger to this wrong. And if he's not good enough to defeat Djokovic so be it. As for the draw, Soderling in the second round could be tough but hopefully a slightly tougher draw means Roger will be playing well from the beginning. Good luck Roger:yeah:

juninhOH
06-20-2008, 01:12 PM
true, if he isn't good enough to beat Djokovic, so be it. If Roger want's to be the best ever he needs to overcome his challengers, not to be afraid of them.

Another RogFan
06-20-2008, 01:53 PM
true, if he isn't good enough to beat Djokovic, so be it. If Roger want's to be the best ever he needs to overcome his challengers, not to be afraid of them.

Agree as long as we talk about Wimby - It is his kingdom and everything but victory is unacceptable.

But generally speaking it isn't true. I see 250 pts difference between losing semi and final. And personally I think that the direct matches with Djokovic or Nadal are not so important looking the big picture. There is weeks as №1, GSs won, Masters won and so on. And trust me I don't mind if he win them playing against "second hand" players.

But now - yes: this is grass and very special one - Wimbeldon so I dont care who is who - they all must be conquered!

elessar
06-20-2008, 02:08 PM
No Stepanek or Ancic in his quarter. I like that. What are Monfils results on grass? I can't imagine with how far back he stands in the court that he'd have a lot of success on the surface.

He lost to Denko at wimbledon last year :D quite an accomplishment :worship:

elessar
06-20-2008, 02:24 PM
I don't know why but I'm not worried at all Roger's gonna lose to Djokovic and I still feel he would beat Rafa :awww:

Why am I not worried ? I'm sure Roger will find a way to prove me wrong :sad:

tennizen
06-20-2008, 02:34 PM
I don't know why but I'm not worried at all Roger's gonna lose to Djokovic and I still feel he would beat Rafa :awww:

That's because Roger's always # 1 and the best ever:hug:

elessar
06-20-2008, 02:47 PM
That's because Roger's always # 1 and the best ever:hug:
Not according to the Rafa forum where everyone is "betting for the big win :bigclap:" as we speak :D


Funny to see you lurking here again, I sense you've warmed up to him since RG :worship:

rofe
06-20-2008, 02:52 PM
If Roger keeps his form, it should be a routine path to the final. :shrug:

I think he will win if he meets Novak in the SF.

SUKTUEN
06-20-2008, 03:15 PM
the draw so far so good!!:(

Allez Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!

tennizen
06-20-2008, 03:27 PM
Not according to the Rafa forum where everyone is "betting for the big win :bigclap:" as we speak :D


Funny to see you lurking here again, I sense you've warmed up to him since RG :worship:

Again? I always lurk here little grasshopper. I only don't post very often except when there is a change to make some brilliant remarks on Fed:cool:

elessar
06-20-2008, 03:32 PM
Again? I always lurk here little grasshopper. I only don't post very often except when there is a change to make some brilliant remarks on Fed:cool:
What a freudian slip :worship: Even if you won't admit it, your subconscious has realized you've changed your opinion on Roger :D

Welcome to fedtardism Hema, you're gonna love it :hug:

tennizen
06-20-2008, 03:43 PM
What a freudian slip :worship: Even if you won't admit it, your subconscious has realized you've changed your opinion on Roger :D

Welcome to fedtardism Hema, you're gonna love it :hug:

:sobbing: I have admitted it to you so many times and yet you make me say it again. I am a closet Fedtard. Those graceful ball bounces for serving got me from 2004 when I saw the Wimbledon final against Roddick:inlove:

elessar
06-20-2008, 03:45 PM
:sobbing: I have admitted it to you so many times and yet you make me say it again. I am a closet Fedtard. Those graceful ball bounces for serving got me from 2004 when I saw the Wimbledon final against Roddick:inlove:

It's the Arm isn't it :inlove:

tennizen
06-20-2008, 03:49 PM
It's the Arm isn't it :inlove:

I don't understand how people could drool over Rafa's biceps when the Arm is so obviously superior:inlove: Sadly some people will never understand that.

nobama
06-20-2008, 03:54 PM
If Roger keeps his form, it should be a routine path to the final. :shrug:

I think he will win if he meets Novak in the SF.I've always thought at Wimbledon everything depends on Roger's form. If Roger's playing well I think he'll take out that prick Djoker no problem.

rofe
06-20-2008, 04:42 PM
:sobbing: I have admitted it to you so many times and yet you make me say it again. I am a closet Fedtard. Those graceful ball bounces for serving got me from 2004 when I saw the Wimbledon final against Roddick:inlove:

Basically you are saying that you are another one of those Fedals. :rolleyes: :p

robinhood
06-20-2008, 05:32 PM
Shoot, is Feddy Bear doomed or what?
Not an easy draw at all.
The best of luck to him and to all us Fedtards!!

oneandonlyhsn
06-20-2008, 06:05 PM
Sweet sweet draw, I like it a lot. These should make him build form up nicely

JediFed
06-20-2008, 06:09 PM
Wow. Crazy draw.

Isner AND Gulbis in Nadal's 16th.

Nadal has Stepanek, Gasquet and Murray too. Brutal draw.

Roddick has a great draw, landed in Davydenko's quarter so we should see Roddick in the finals.

Djokovic got Baghdatis, and Safin, but we shall see if he has to play any of them.

A tough draw for Roger, with Hrbaty to start (chance to turn a H2H around), and Djoko in the Semis.

Marek.
06-20-2008, 06:16 PM
Good draw for Fed. It should give him plenty of time to work into a good form. I'm really not worried about him at this event because I think he's going to be out on a mission to prove all these doubters wrong, especially Borg.

JediFed
06-20-2008, 06:21 PM
1. Federer vs Hrbaty
2. Federer vs Soderling
3. Federer vs Monfils
4. Federer vs (Hewitt)
5. Federer vs (Kohliscreiber) tough section of the draw. Weak seeds and tough floaters.
6. Federer vs Djokovic
7. Federer vs Roddick

1. Djokovic vs Berrer
2. Djokovic vs Safin
3. Djokovic vs (Serra) MUG 16th.
4. Djokovic vs Zverev MUG 8th
5. Djokovic vs Baghdatis Strong 8th.
6. Djokovic vs Federer

1. Roddick vs Schwank
2. Roddick vs Tipsarevic
3. Roddick vs Mahut STRONGEST 16th.
4. Roddick vs Blake
5. Roddick vs Cilic (extremely weak 8th)
6. Roddick vs Murray
7. Roddick vs Federer

1. Nadal vs. Beck
2. Nadal vs. Gulbis (loss)
3. Gulbis vs Kiefer
4. Stepanek vs Kiefer
5. Murray vs Stepanek
6. Murray vs Roddick

JediFed
06-20-2008, 06:23 PM
Two questions here.

1. Can Djokovic beat Safin?
2. Can Djokovic beat Baghdatis on Grass?

Those are his two toughest challenges. It's possible Federer won't have to face either Nadal or Djokovic because of their draws.

They met in the AO 2005, when Djoko was 18 and Safin pasted him 6-0 6-2 6-1.

Last year, Djokovic vs Baghdatis was: 7-6(4) 7-6(9) 6-7(3) 4-6 7-5

I better not be hearing any bragging from the Djerktards until Djokovic gets past Baghdatis.

Or Levy
06-20-2008, 06:31 PM
They met in the AO 2005, when Djoko was 18 and Safin pasted him 6-0 6-2 6-1.



Wow, I can't say what seems more far away. Safin's AO 2005 form, or Djoko's AO 2005 form.

Eden
06-20-2008, 06:45 PM
Let's take round by round and trust in Roger's abilities :)

Good luck champ :yeah:

ExpectedWinner
06-20-2008, 06:46 PM
I think he's going to be out on a mission to prove all these doubters wrong, especially Borg.

Borg is not a doubter, he (just like the rest of them, humble champions) does not like seeing his records falling.

ExpectedWinner
06-20-2008, 07:08 PM
I'm glad that Murray and Nalbandian are not in Fed's quarter. Don't tell me that they've done nothing lately. I know that if they get to play Fed, they will show up, and both players are difficult match ups for him.

Soderling can be dangerous, considering that Fed himself noticed his worsened first serve return.

As for Jerk, he's somewhat an awkward mover (sliding)/volleyer on the surface. Fed of 2004-2006 would have explored these shortcomings, but nothing is guaranteed this year.

If you look at Fed's game on grass, he should be a favorite against the rest of the field on paper. But his head is in question. Also, when he dominated, he used to step up in the sf/f, this year ... well, we all saw it.

rofe
06-20-2008, 08:13 PM
I'm glad that Murray and Nalbandian are not in Fed's quarter. Don't tell me that they've done nothing lately. I know that if they get to play Fed, they will show up, and both players are difficult match ups for him.

Soderling can be dangerous, considering that Fed himself noticed his worsened first serve return.

As for Jerk, he's somewhat an akward mover (sliding)/volleyer on the surface. Fed of 2004-2006 would explore these shortcomings, but nothing is guaranteed this year.

If you look at Fed's game on grass, he should be a favorite against the rest of the field on paper. But his head is in question. Also, when he dominated, he used to step up in the sf/f, this year ... well, we all saw it.

I don't know about that.

He has been in the SF 6 times this year and has lost once to Novak in the AO when he was still recovering from Mono.

He has been in the F 5 times and has lost 3 times to Nadal on clay. Out of those three loses, the three times that he simply mentally broke down were in MC, Hamburg and the 3rd set in the RG final.

The only conclusion I can make from these loses is that he pretty much gave up against Nadal on clay when he should have been mentally tougher. Does that translate to him losing in Wimbly against anyone but Nadal? No.

Even if he and Nadal were to meet in the final, I am pretty sure that it is going to be highly competitive.

juninhOH
06-20-2008, 08:13 PM
if you get the coldness of numbers and start counting the season since indian wells, roger has had a better season than last year, despite not winning a masters series.

so he is not all that lost.

the only HUGE problem in my opinion was his loss, THAT WAY, against Nadal in Roland Garros. Because apart from that, everything is good to me. He had some ridiculous losses last years, like against Volandri,

ExpectedWinner
06-20-2008, 09:26 PM
Does that translate to him losing in Wimbly against anyone but Nadal? No.



Mahesh, I did not imply that he was going to lose before the semis at least. My non MD head has no idea how much his performances were affected by mono. I just look at the facts: the semi in Aus (looked old and slow), the final in Paris (totally outplayed, mentally looked absent). Throw here MC and Hamburg. It doesn't mean that he can't turn it around on his favorite surface. But it remains to be seen if he's recovered from psychological blows he had to take this season.

P.S. Keep in mind, I only saw highlights from Halle. Perhaps, if I saw his matches, I'd be more optimistic. Not losing his serve over the entire tournament is a very good sign though..

nobama
06-20-2008, 11:04 PM
Murray, 21, had spent the last few days on the practice courts at SW19
fine-tuning his preparations for the tournament, which starts on
Monday. The Scot said: "The courts are a little bit faster than previous
years, which is good."
from: news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7464975.stm

NYCtennisfan
06-20-2008, 11:34 PM
No Murray, no Nalbandian, no Ivo...that's good. Not an easy draw, but not brutal either. Soderling will be tough in the 2nd round. 4th round could be a lot of players, but probably Hewitt. QF could be anybody.

Djokovic to the SF's without any problems. His 3rd and 4th round matches are a joke.

Nadal could have a tougher time.

Federerhingis
06-21-2008, 12:39 AM
Actually should he win his first round, which I still believe he'l win comfortably, playing Soderling in the second round would only toughen Federer up. He'l get to see where his return of serve is and test him early on, all which are good things going into the second week of the tournament hopefully. ;)

rofe
06-21-2008, 01:33 AM
Mahesh, I did not imply that he was going to lose before the semis at least. My non MD head has no idea how much his performances were affected by mono. I just look at the facts: the semi in Aus (looked old and slow), the final in Paris (totally outplayed, mentally looked absent). Throw here MC and Hamburg. It doesn't mean that he can't turn it around on his favorite surface. But it remains to be seen if he's recovered from psychological blows he had to take this season.

P.S. Keep in mind, I only saw highlights from Halle. Perhaps, if I saw his matches, I'd be more optimistic. Not losing his serve over the entire tournament is a very good sign though..

He played well in Halle. I saw a few matches and he looked solid off the ground and was serving quite well. His serve return was a bit off so that will be something to watch out for at Wimbly.

The interesting thing for me is that I am still unwilling to give him the benefit of doubt were he to meet Nadal in the final. Anyone else, and I am positive that we are looking at a 6th consecutive win. He has done so in the past two years and won but I still feel that he can lose. I guess the beating he got in the RG final didn't help matters.

rofe
06-21-2008, 01:39 AM
Murray, 21, had spent the last few days on the practice courts at SW19
fine-tuning his preparations for the tournament, which starts on
Monday. The Scot said: "The courts are a little bit faster than previous
years, which is good."
from: news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7464975.stm

I would like to find out what Roger thinks but I am pretty sure that he will say that the speed is the same as the past few years.

The one thing working in his favor is that the roof was more open at center court last year due to construction and Fed was having trouble with the swirling wind and the angle of the sunlight in some of his matches.

This time, they have brought it back to what it was in 2006 (with some modifications for the closed roof in 2009) so he should be more comfortable with his game on center court.

elessar
06-21-2008, 01:57 AM
I don't understand how people could drool over Rafa's biceps when the Arm is so obviously superior:inlove: Sadly some people will never understand that.
:rolls:
Your avy, what's up with that ?
Basically you are saying that you are another one of those Fedals. :rolleyes: :p
Exactly :worship:

She just needed a little help to admit it :hug:
Borg is not a doubter, he (just like the rest of them, humble champions) does not like seeing his records falling.
:spit:

RogiFan88
06-21-2008, 02:32 AM
still one match at a time... enormous pressure on Rogi as per usual... as for the draw, if he is to win his 6th consecutive Wimby, he just has to beat everyone...

Rogi vs. the odds big time this year

is Rogi in top form? I don't know as I didn't see Halle -- someone can answer this Q for me. it's all about the confidence, which Rogi has not had this year thus preventing him fr taking a few titles...

TFA in the final -- I'll write his name in my draw now... :lol:

SUKTUEN
06-21-2008, 04:25 PM
Is the Champion of last year will play first match in Wimby?

lunahielo
06-21-2008, 04:55 PM
I think that´s right, Suktuen~~~but I am not certain. :hug:
How are you?
Luna

JediFed
06-21-2008, 06:03 PM
From what I saw he is playing as well on grass as he ever has.

Federerhingis
06-21-2008, 06:43 PM
From what I saw he is playing as well on grass as he ever has.

Really? That's great news then! :yeah:

Howdy. :wavey: :wazzup:

RogerFan82
06-21-2008, 06:55 PM
Good strong draw for Roger !!! I always like it when Roger has tougher draws. I have no doubt that roger will smoke Djoke in the semis, if Djoke gets there!!! Hopefully he plays a better final than what he did last year, though I must say that he really stepped it up in the 5th set. Lets Go Roger !!!!

Xristos
06-21-2008, 06:55 PM
Is the Champion of last year will play first match in Wimby?

Yes sweetheart.

First match on Monday.

JediFed
06-22-2008, 07:55 AM
Really? That's great news then!


If you take out the AO, Federer has more points since February then he had all last year.

I don't really see the doom and gloom.

nobama
06-22-2008, 11:02 AM
Here's a question I have for NYC and others. At the end of the day does court speed really matter re: Nadal's chances at Wimbledon? Murrray is out there saying he thinks the courts are playing faster, faster than Queens. I don't think it even matters anymore. Didin't matter at Queens.

Rogieva
06-22-2008, 02:26 PM
Nooooooooo, not first on monday :(

I will be at college, I think. What time is first match scheduled for? 10am?

Rogieva
06-22-2008, 03:47 PM
:woohoo:

Roger starts at 1pm :D

I finish college then. Gotta run home a.s.a.p and watch !

Centre Court

1:00 pm Start
1 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Roger Federer (SUI)[1]
v. Dominik Hrbaty (SVK)



2 Ladies' Singles - 1st Rnd.
Ana Ivanovic (SRB)[1]
v. Rossana De los rios (PAR)



3 Gentlemen's Singles - 1st Rnd.
Novak Djokovic (SRB)[3]
v. Michael Berrer (GER)

SUKTUEN
06-22-2008, 04:40 PM
Allezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz Rogi!!!!!!:bounce::bounce:

GOD Bless you in the first match!!!:worship:

Blondie1985
06-22-2008, 04:55 PM
Good Luck Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Go For Your Sixth!!!!!!

SUKTUEN
06-22-2008, 05:05 PM
I can't wait to see Roger in all white!:D

JediFed
06-22-2008, 07:23 PM
Here's a question I have for NYC and others. At the end of the day does court speed really matter re: Nadal's chances at Wimbledon? Murrray is out there saying he thinks the courts are playing faster, faster than Queens. I don't think it even matters anymore. Didin't matter at Queens.


It matters in that his advantages on clay are no longer there. 5 sets against Soderling, 5 sets against Youzhny.

This year he'll have to beat Gulbis/Isner and likely Youzhny again, as well as Roddick if he wants to meet the finals.

nobama
06-22-2008, 08:18 PM
It matters in that his advantages on clay are no longer there. 5 sets against Soderling, 5 sets against Youzhny.

This year he'll have to beat Gulbis/Isner and likely Youzhny again, as well as Roddick if he wants to meet the finals.It's hard to know which one to cheer for. Isner's got the massive serve, but Gulbis is all around a better player. Still probably not good enough to take out Nadal.

Eden
06-22-2008, 09:37 PM
if you get the coldness of numbers and start counting the season since indian wells, roger has had a better season than last year, despite not winning a masters series.

so he is not all that lost.

the only HUGE problem in my opinion was his loss, THAT WAY, against Nadal in Roland Garros. Because apart from that, everything is good to me. He had some ridiculous losses last years, like against Volandri,

Nadal lost to Gonzalez in straight sets at the AO 2007 and won in Indian Wells only a few weeks later, beating Roddick and Djokovic ;)

You have to get over such disappointing losses. Each tournament is new and offers new chances.


is Rogi in top form? I don't know as I didn't see Halle -- someone can answer this Q for me. it's all about the confidence, which Rogi has not had this year thus preventing him fr taking a few titles...


It's not necessary that he had to be in top form already in Halle. His form in Wimbledon will be the one which matters ;)

Roger took Halle as preparation and getting used to the grass. The only match where he didn't played that well was against Vacek in the 2nd round, the other ones were good :)

Of course you will always find the ones who say that he didn't had to play against top players, but Baghdatis has proven that he can play on grass (and add to this that he is now coached by Lundgren), Kiefer was often a tricky opponent for him and the last one who beat him at Halle, Kohlschreiber won against Söderling on the way to the final - and Robin has shown in the past that he can play on grass ;)

Rogieva
06-22-2008, 10:08 PM
It's hard to know which one to cheer for. Isner's got the massive serve, but Gulbis is all around a better player. Still probably not good enough to take out Nadal.

I'd say Gulbis. Had a much better year, plus Nadal took out Karlovic on grass.

Eden
06-22-2008, 10:17 PM
Interesting interview with Roger for Swiss television. He said it would be a dream to play tennis in Wimbledon and that he is looking forward that the tournament starts. He would be in form and not feel tired from the year so far. The draw would be hard, but he mentions the one which he had in 2006 when he played against Gasquet and Henman in the first rounds.
Roger then talks about the race and that he accepts it that he is No. 3 there, but that he hopes his time of the year would come now. He also has a small sideswipe against Borg, saying that Björn was cheering for him last year and now sound different, but that things like that would happen.

http://www.sf.tv/wvxgen/index.php/vod/sport_clip/2008/06/sport_clip_20080622_190435_1500k.wmv?start=00:00:0 0.000&end=00:02:15.241

soraya
06-22-2008, 10:27 PM
Which year do you think it was the hardest?

2003
Lee > Koubek > Fish > Lopez > Bjorkman > Roddick > Philippoussis
2004
Bogdanovic > Falla > Johansson > Karlovic > Hewitt > Grosjean > Roddick
2005
Mathieu > Minar > Kiefer > Ferrero > Gonzalez > Hewitt > Roddick
2006
Gasquet > Henman > Mahut > Berdych > Ancic > Bjorkman > Nadal
2007
Gabashvili > Del Potro > Safin > Haas > Ferrero > Gasquet > Nadal
2008 -

FedFan_2007
06-22-2008, 11:21 PM
Def 2005, Juan Carlos > Gonzo > Llegs > roddick

NYCtennisfan
06-23-2008, 12:47 AM
Here's a question I have for NYC and others. At the end of the day does court speed really matter re: Nadal's chances at Wimbledon? Murrray is out there saying he thinks the courts are playing faster, faster than Queens. I don't think it even matters anymore. Didin't matter at Queens.

It's an interesting question and doesn't have a simple answer. On grass, no matter the speed, Federer should be able to dictate more of the points and end them with his favorite combos although many of those combos go into Nadal's Fh as opposed to an opponent's BH like usual. The faster the court the better for Federer, but it doesn't really matter if Federer plays his game. The only positive thing about the RG final was that Federer was returning serve a lot better against Nadal. No bad mistakes giving away easy points. He only gave up one or two short balls that were put away with Nadal's first FH the entire match. He put most of them in play. This has been a big problem for him at Wimby in both 06 and 07 and it's of course harder to return Nadal's serve on grass. If he gets into the rallies on Nadal's serve, I like his chances. A lot of people forget that he won 62% of the points off of his 2nd serve against Nadal in the final which meant that he controlled a lot of the rallies.

For other players, the faster the better definitely because they don't have as much game as FEderer. Their best shot is to end the point with the first FH and a faster grass allows you to do that. A low bouncing, skidding grass also takes time away from Nadal's FH which takes a lot of time to prepare and you would see lack of depth from that wing if he had less time to prepare. A faster grass would definitely help a Murray or Stepanek or Gulbis or Roddick but they would still have to hit their shots.

rofe
06-23-2008, 02:39 AM
Which year do you think it was the hardest?

2003
Lee > Koubek > Fish > Lopez > Bjorkman > Roddick > Philippoussis
2004
Bogdanovic > Falla > Johansson > Karlovic > Hewitt > Grosjean > Roddick
2005
Mathieu > Minar > Kiefer > Ferrero > Gonzalez > Hewitt > Roddick
2006
Gasquet > Henman > Mahut > Berdych > Ancic > Bjorkman > Nadal
2007
Gabashvili > Del Potro > Safin > Haas > Ferrero > Gasquet > Nadal
2008 -

Good question but the answer is a lot harder.

Are we taking all matches into consideration or just the final?

All matches:
2004 (mainly due to Karlovic, Hewitt and Roddick)
2006 (mainly due to Gasquet, Mahut, Ancic and Nadal)

Final:
2007 (Nadal)
2004 (Roddick)

RogiFan88
06-23-2008, 03:29 AM
I'm just going to cheer for Rogi to win again, vs. the odds... since everyone and their brother says TFA will win... go ahead...

GO, ROGI, do it again!!

Marek.
06-23-2008, 03:32 AM
Interesting interview with Roger for Swiss television. He said it would be a dream to play tennis in Wimbledon and that he is looking forward that the tournament starts. He would be in form and not feel tired from the year so far. The draw would be hard, but he mentions the one which he had in 2006 when he played against Gasquet and Henman in the first rounds.
Roger then talks about the race and that he accepts it that he is No. 3 there, but that he hopes his time of the year would come now. He also has a small sideswipe against Borg, saying that Björn was cheering for him last year and now sound different, but that things like that would happen.
http://www.sf.tv/wvxgen/index.php/vod/sport_clip/2008/06/sport_clip_20080622_190435_1500k.wmv?start=00:00:0 0.000&end=00:02:15.241

I think last year McEnroe said something like "I doubt Borg will be rooting for Fed next year when he's trying to break the record". :lol:

yanchr
06-23-2008, 03:38 AM
I don't get why everyone is saying Nadal will win it (I'm not counting the-frightened Borg in here). I guess 4 RG in a row is bigger than 5 Wimbledon in a row in Wimbledon :confused: I'm also wondering if Wimbledon and RG swaps their scheduled time in the calendar, would things be totally different...

I hope Roger draws extra motivation from all the bull$hit of Nadal being the fav...

fedexdelivers
06-23-2008, 05:18 AM
What totally amazes me is that come March every year, everyone has complete amnesia about how Nadal can lose to anyone on hard courts. I agree that he is a lot better on grass (especially if it's green clay) but whoa, hold back a bit on the excessive praise, media people. Then again, I guess "Federer on track to win 6th consecutive Wimbledon title" doesn't sell as many papers.

SUKTUEN
06-23-2008, 05:43 AM
GOD Please Bless Roger tonight play a good match!!!!:worship::worship:

Allez Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The King!!!!!:bounce::bounce:

soraya
06-23-2008, 05:55 AM
Good question but the answer is a lot harder.

Are we taking all matches into consideration or just the final?

All matches:
2004 (mainly due to Karlovic, Hewitt and Roddick)
2006 (mainly due to Gasquet, Mahut, Ancic and Nadal)

Final:
2007 (Nadal)
2004 (Roddick)

Mahesh, I meant on route to the final. I think the 2006 just because of that list, I can hardly remember what happened besides the finals. :D

didadida
06-23-2008, 08:30 AM
Allez Roger :wavey:

trickcy
06-23-2008, 08:34 AM
Allez Roger!
Time to shut the haters up! :rocker2:

didadida
06-23-2008, 08:40 AM
Hi Lekha :wavey:

didadida
06-23-2008, 08:40 AM
Players

R. Federer - 22 June


Sunday, 22 June, 2008


Pre-event press interview with Roger Federer, defending men's singles champion and no.1 seed.

THE MODERATOR: Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. It gives me very great pleasure to introduce our defending men's champion, Roger Federer. Who would like to ask the first question.


Q. You kept a very low profile this Wimbledon so far. Is that because you're tired of the speculation, will he, won't he, or another reason?

ROGER FEDERER: No, just did a little bit less press than usual. That's maybe what you're referring to.

No, I mean, it was just ‑‑ maybe next year I'll do some more again. This year, it's the path I wanted to take.

I've done the same before the French. I just don't want to spend too much time doing those things any more, your know.

The time will come when I'll do some more, but right now I'm quite happy this way.


Q. How would you compare your game now to your game a year ago this time?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, now it's better again. Maybe at the beginning of the year, like I said, I felt a little slow. Just felt a little bit rattled due to the sickness I had.

But today I feel as good again as last year. You know, one year has gone by. I've played plenty of matches. I feel like I'm playing well, which is good.


Q. How would you compare the competition right now versus a year ago?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, the same players are right up there. Novak and Rafa obviously are the guys who are the biggest challengers. You know, they've also had a good beginning to the year.

I think particularly Rafa, you know, who's had the best start ever to his whole campaign, you know, by doing the same things he's always done during the clay court season, and the rest of the year he's been very consistent.

So I think pretty much the same guys. I think the same guys are also the favorites again for Wimbledon this year. You know, with Baghdatis, Hewitt, Murray, Roddick, you know, Nalbandian, all these guys. There hasn't been that much of a change actually.


Q. To what degree do you feel they've narrowed the gap, possibly even at Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's a tough call because we only play on grass so little, you know. I mean, they had a good Queen's, you know, Rafa and Novak, so it shows they can play on grass.

But they didn't need to prove that to me by playing well in Queen's. I saw that last year and the year before and the year before. I know what kind of good players they are.

Today you see it more and more, that actually guys can play on all surfaces. You know, you see David Ferrer winning, for instance, in Rosmalen. That maybe wasn't something that was possible to believe in five or ten years ago. Today it's different. Guys that are on the top, I really feel they can play on all surfaces.


Q. How much have you thought about the defeat to Rafa at the French?

ROGER FEDERER: Not a whole lot, to be honest. You know, it's almost easier to forget a loss like that than, let's say, the Rome finals I lost against Rafa with two match points down. Took me much longer to sort of digest.

The French was over in such a hurry. I mean, the French Open, as the whole clay court season was over at the same time, so it's easy just to look forward and concentrate on grass. I won't be on clay for 10 months, so it really hasn't been a problem, you know. I'm happy I haven't been affected by it.


Q. A lot of debate the last couple of weeks about whether you're more vulnerable this year at Wimbledon. Everybody from Borg to Pete Sampras weighing in on the subject. Does it annoy you, amuse you, motivate you?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I didn't hear. I didn't read the press. I didn't talk to you guys. I didn't read you guys. So, I mean, people say different things. I don't know. I feel like I'm the big favorite obviously for Wimbledon.

It's a huge year for me, you know, going for my sixth. Getting the fifth one was a dream come true already. It's something that's going to be very hard to match, I think, in the future, in the years to come.

It's taken I don't know how many years for me to be able to match Borg's record. I hope I can also match Pete's record of seven Wimbledons here. That's what my focus is.

What other people and players say I cannot control, you know. But you'll always hear good and bad things throughout your career. It's maybe a time where some people talk a little bit too much sometimes.


Q. But if you win this time, will it be your greatest victory here?

ROGER FEDERER: If I win this year?


Q. Yes.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I'm not sure. You know, I mean, first one is always the most unique one, I guess. On top of that, it was my first Grand Slam victory. I guess the one last year was very meaningful to me, you know, in the circumstances, playing Rafa in a five‑setter at Wimbledon. It's hard to top that one.

But never know what's going to happen this year. So maybe this one will be even better. Who knows.


Q. Speaking about hard to top, what were your observations of what Tiger Woods did last week and if you've had any communication with him since, if you care to share anything about them?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, I watched it. I came back from Halle on Sunday. I watched till 3:00 in the morning, and then watched all Monday, as well. I mean, it was a great, great victory for him, especially under the circumstances with his injury, you know.

I really thought he was actually in better shape, because I had brief contact before Paris started and I asked him, before the finals of Paris, and he told me his knee was actually doing okay and stuff. I was quite surprised to see him struggling.

But so happy for him that he got, you know, the victory. It's a huge, huge win for him ‑ one of the biggest ones probably of his career, the way he won it. It's just sad now to see him injured.

But I'm sure he'll bounce back next year and be strong again.


Q. Have you been in touch to any degree since you heard about his injury? What were your thoughts when you heard just how badly he was hurt as he was doing this?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I wished him all the best, hope he gets well soon, you know. But, yeah, I mean, it's quite a severe injury, I'm sure. I'm not quite sure what he has exactly, you know.

I could tell that he was hurting, because Tiger wouldn't show otherwise, I would think.


Q. You were expecting for Rafael to win at Queen's honestly?

ROGER FEDERER: Excuse me?


Q. You were expecting that Rafa winning at Queen's?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, yeah. I mean, why not? He's been on an unbelievable roll on clay. He's proven himself on grass the last few years. I didn't think he was that far off the last couple of years at Queen's, you know. I think one time he gave up maybe. One time he lost against a good player. I'm not sure again.

I mean, I played Rafa now a couple times on grass and I know how strong he is. In the end, I'm not that surprised, no.


Q. Is there anything specific that made you take this more low‑profile approach with the press over the last month or two?

ROGER FEDERER: Not really. I mean, it's just more doing it for ten years. Sometimes you need a little bit of time off. I guess also I've been playing a lot of matches since, let's say, the clay court season or since Indian Wells.

I've really done a lot of tournaments in a row, a lot of media every day, you know, the official press conferences and everything. So I felt like I was talking enough, you know. There's no more really to be said.

On top of that, I don't have much vacation after Wimbledon ends, you know, because the schedule actually keeps on going in a tough way with the Olympics and the US Open. So it's maybe also a way to protect myself and save my energy for the rest of the season.


Q. Comparing with the previous four or five years, how would you sum up your season so far?

ROGER FEDERER: Uhm, well, I think the important part for me is coming right now. You know, from tomorrow on all the way to the US Open for me, it's where I can really judge my season, if it's going to be a good one or maybe, you know, a less good one.

So far it's been okay. You know, I mean, I had some problems at the beginning of the year, the ones we know about. After that I think I bounced back and played better again on clay. I wish I could have done better against Rafa. But a loss is a loss, no matter whether you lose in three or in five.

I'm still pretty proud about achieving, you know, my third French Open final, but for some I guess that's still not good enough. But, anyway, I think this is now the important time for me to see what I can do: Wimbledon, US Open, and the Olympics. This is what it's going to come down to for me anyway.


Q. You mentioned the Olympics. Are you confident you have things figured out, you'll be able to bring your best game to Beijing? I know it's an important tournament for you.

ROGER FEDERER: Look, it's a tricky tournament. It's best‑of‑three the first rounds and then best‑of‑five for the finals. It's a more dangerous tournament than maybe a Grand Slam, you know, where best‑of‑five matches may favor the favorites. You have to see the draw. The draw will be tough. Most of the top players are going there, so I'm looking forward to play well.

Anyway, I feel like I'm exactly where I want to be. I'm playing well again. I'm physically in a good shape again. So things are looking good, but there's never a guarantee. I'm going to try to prepare the best way I can.


Q. Your memories of the two Olympics you participated in, are those good memories, or is it kind of exasperating, because obviously you didn't come away with a medal?

ROGER FEDERER: In 2000, I didn't expect a medal, so it was already a big breakthrough to get to the semis. Then it was sort of disappointing not to get one, having two chances.

But Sydney, for me, was one of the best sporting memories for me, almost as a person or as an athlete. The whole combination for me was quite unique.

Then Athens, for me, was already a bit more disappointing. You know, I was No. 1 seeded, lost in the second round against Berdych. Was close; got a little unfortunate in some points and stuff.

Next thing you know, I had to play doubles after that, as well. It was just really a bad day. Also didn't maybe enjoy that much of Sydney, so I hope Beijing is going to be, again, a better experience for me.


Q. How do you feel about your draw? If you do win, you'll have to play Novak and Rafa.

ROGER FEDERER: Already in the semis. That's good (smiling). Look, I'm happy if that happens, you know what I mean. I go round by round. I think it's a tough draw, you know. It's not one of those predictable draws. I think I have dangerous players, you know, floating in my sections.

You start with, let's say, second round, Soderling is possible maybe. The third round has dangerous players in it, as well. The seeds that come after that, I think they can all play very well on grass, you know. But, of course you'll always have surprises here and there, and then the draw with open up.

I really think it's a tough draw, like something similar to maybe what happened when I played Gasquet and Henman first round. It's a difficult draw.


Q. Could you comment on Spanish players going to the grass finals, Ferrer, Verdasco? What does it mean to you?

ROGER FEDERER: It's good to see, you know. They're good players. The clay‑courters or the Spaniards, you know, they know how to play. It's good to see them finally also making a little bit of a move on grass, because they weren't really that interested in grass till a few years ago still I thought.

Rafa actually has been able to change mentality around for the Spanish players, because he's showing them that it is possible to play well with an aggressive baseline game. And then now doing the same like what Rafa has been doing, and it's good to see.


Q. How much have you thought about last year's final, which you said is sort of hard to top? What carries over from that? In the last year, to what degree has it been on your mind?

ROGER FEDERER: The finals last year?


Q. Yes.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's just a nice memory looking back. Just great being part of such a huge final against Rafa and the circumstances. You know, going for my fifth, it was just a perfect setting.

Now, it didn't play on my mind in any way. I moved on, had other things to focus on after that. I felt that all the people were really happy for me. I was able to do the same like what Bjorn Borg did. Then US Open came around, I was able to win that again, had a great end to the season by winning the Masters Cup as well.

It's not really on my mind, you know. It's just something I'm really proud of.


Q. How close do you feel Andy Murray is to being a Grand Slam champion? What do you feel he has to do?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think he's got the game to put himself into the position, you know. Now, if that's enough to win the Grand Slam in the end, I don't know, because he has tendencies, you know, to struggle against Novak. He has a tendency to struggle against Rafa, as well. He's in that section, with Rafa anyhow, so it will be interesting to see.

But I think Andy Murray's best surface is grass, so I really think it's most dangerous here for anybody.


Q. Having seen up close Tim Henman being under the constant spotlight of the British public, do you have sympathy for Andy? Yet again one person is basically carrying the entire British support with him.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, it's a tough thing, you know, because you go to the French Open, to the US Open, you know, you have 15 guys in the main draw. Here you have, I don't know, one guy making it in, maybe other ones who get wild cards. I don't know exactly how it works.

It's hard, you know. But I think Andy or Tim, they were guys who could handle it. Also it would be obviously nice if the Brits had also more on the women's side. It would take away some pressure, but that's not the case here.

It is hard and it's tough, you know. Like I said, I haven't read what you guys have been writing, but I think Andy knows he's got a good chance, you know, to do well here. I really think he has a good game to really go very far. We'll see how far it takes him. But should be interesting times for Andy after missing it last year, for instance.


Q. You were elected to the Player Council. With the top three players on the council now, will this mean a change in direction for the tour, do you think?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think important was, you know, that we, the players, feel like we're represented in the right way. You know, instead of always just being asked in the press maybe, saying stuff from the locker rooms and whatever, I think it was important that also the other players see that we truly care on sort of a council and board level.

I think it's interesting times in tennis. It's good times in tennis because, you know, there's been quite a few changes. But I think it's only for the better.

I don't know the changes yet, but, I mean, it's not gonna affect a whole lot the lower‑ranked players. Maybe what they think, it's now we're only going to look for the top players. I'm going to represent all players like the way we're supposed to.


Q. You mentioned Andy Murray's pressure. What pressure is there for you being No. 1?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I guess it's a different kind of pressure, you know. I mean, I've been on tour now 9, 10 years, so it's obviously very different to his. But playing at home is always a bit more special. It can get the best out of you, but also the worst out of you.

He's shown both sides, I guess, here in the past. He's been injured. He's had a good run, was it two years ago when he beat Andy, then lost to Nalbandian, or three years ago. It's a different type of pressure. I don't know how to explain.

But I prefer mine, you know, to be honest. I just like to be the favorite and like to come in and, you know, try to dominate other players.


Q. All the talk is about you three as the contenders, but Andy Roddick has beaten all three of you this year, been in two Wimbledon finals, perhaps underestimated to previous years. How do you see his chances?

ROGER FEDERER: Very good. Same thing. I think he's been playing well. Clay court season obviously has been disappointing. Not played maybe that much. He actually played okay in, where was it, Rome, where he reached the semis and everything.

Yeah, like you said, I think he's been a little bit under the radar because other guys have been in the spotlight. You know how it is, the ones who win Queen's usually get the headlines anyway. That's something where Andy hasn't been this year after winning it, was it four times maybe as well.

No, for me he's one of the big favorites. I'm happy to see him in the other section of the draw actually.


Q. You mentioned Borg. Are you surprised he's not ranking you before No. 3? He's ranking you as the third best player in the tournament. Are you surprised after what he said about you last year? He was so full of praise.

ROGER FEDERER: Obviously, yeah. That's how quickly things change, you know. I mean, look, it's his opinion. I don't mind what he says. Obviously at the moment he has a microphone under his face and people ask him many, many things. Once he'll sound more critical, once he'll sound more positive.

But it doesn't change much for me. I like when it's praise. When it's something else, when it's more critical, you tend to just forget about it and move on, so...

Yeah, I don't ‑‑ it doesn't affect me much.


Q. It's not disappointing to hear what he's saying?

ROGER FEDERER: Not disappointing, but it's just different. I'm surprised. Let's put it that way.


Q. The girls are starting to wear shorts now. Will you do something new this year, or will you still wear the white jacket?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, look, I'm not going to go skirt yet. I'm not Scottish either. But, yeah, I mean, I'll have something. I'll have a cardigan. I'll make sure I'll be a class act on the court, yeah.


Q. You haven't practiced today at Aorangi. Are you scheduled to practice today?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I've got to go actually. No, I've got practice at 1:00.


Q. At Aorangi Park?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes.


Q. You are so strong on the grass, especially in Wimbledon. What do you think about any tactics in particular for Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, obviously the game changes a whole lot, you know, when you play on grass. I think it really favors my game because of my ability to move, the way I defend, the way I use my shot selection. I think it really works in my favor. I haven't lost in such a long time on grass. Obviously my confidence is really, really high.

Then again, other players are around, you know, to really challenge me. That only motivates me. So it should be an interesting Wimbledon this year.

Daniel
06-23-2008, 08:50 AM
wonderful interview
it makes me really happy, to know his confidence is high :)
good luck Roger vs Hrbaty today
:worship: :kiss: :hug:

luzkoz
06-23-2008, 09:39 AM
Good luck Roger in your first match. :D
Go for number 60 :worship:

glycina
06-23-2008, 10:41 AM
Thanks for the interview, didadida.
Me too, I'm happy about his confidence.
And two things new I knew: He is still thinking about playing
at Beijing( Once I heard he would not play there); He will
wear a white cardigan!

I believe in you who believe in yourself! Bonne chance a toi, Rogi!

didadida
06-23-2008, 12:38 PM
when Roger will play????????????????????

luvly1
06-23-2008, 12:54 PM
he should step on court around 8...i can't wait

luvly1
06-23-2008, 01:01 PM
Hello Roger....The sweater is cute but i do miss the pants.

luzkoz
06-23-2008, 01:37 PM
Roger just won the first set 6:3 :)

luzkoz
06-23-2008, 02:06 PM
Roger is now leading 6:3 6:2 :D

luzkoz
06-23-2008, 02:34 PM
Rogi managed to pull out a win...:p
6:3 6:2 6:2, well done :worship:

nobama
06-23-2008, 02:36 PM
Nice no fuss win Roger. :yeah:

I see he's wearing a belt this year. :lol:

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/XWIM115062309_1024x768.jpg

maskedmuffin
06-23-2008, 02:37 PM
The thread starter is back :cool:

1 down, 6 to go; that is all;:cool:

fluke
06-23-2008, 02:39 PM
As Roger said in the interview, he couldn't ask for a better start!
Only six more to go Roger, come on! :worship:

luvly1
06-23-2008, 02:41 PM
I didn't see that belt. I almost want to cry though because i love it...just when i thought his outfit was a little low key this year...I saw that belt. By the way congrats on the win...bring on soderling lets show rafa what he should have done.

nobama
06-23-2008, 02:44 PM
I like for once that Roger's the 1st one of the big 3 to get a win under his belt. I swear lately he's always been the last one to play his 1st round match.

nobama
06-23-2008, 02:45 PM
I didn't see that belt. I almost want to cry though because i love it...just when i thought his outfit was a little low key this year...I saw that belt. By the way congrats on the win...bring on soderling lets show rafa what he should have done.He needs to tuck the shirt in though because you can't see the belt. :lol:

Rommella
06-23-2008, 02:54 PM
That was quick from The Mighty Fed. Let's go, Rog, prove all the doubters wrong.

Or Levy
06-23-2008, 02:55 PM
The belt is the best part...

luvly1
06-23-2008, 03:11 PM
He needs to tuck the shirt in though because you can't see the belt. :lol:

he should tuck it in but only the front of the shirt so it is clear that he did it just to show off the belt. ;)

Rogieva
06-23-2008, 03:18 PM
Grass :hearts: So much more better tennis that the :zzz: of clay

Great match from both, entertaining too :lol:

Hrbaty had no chance, Roger was in no mood for lose a set, or indeed his serve. Faced 0 BP's ;) So good too be back on the Grass at Wimbledon :banana:

Good match from Roger, some great all round play. Keep it up champ :bounce:

nobama
06-23-2008, 03:19 PM
Monfils withdrew due to shoulder injury.

nobama
06-23-2008, 03:21 PM
It was funny to hear the contrast between JMac and PMac today. JMac was once again marveling at Roger's performance, movement, serve, etc. and PMac was harping on about Roger chipping back the return too much and not being aggressive enough on the ROS. :lol:

Rogieva
06-23-2008, 03:31 PM
Yup, Monfils is out, replaced by Bozoljac. I guess it makes the draw a little easier, but Monfils didn't have much chance of beating Roger in 3R.

Anyway, Roger plays Soderling in 2R. Goat owns Toad

NYCtennisfan
06-23-2008, 03:44 PM
It was funny to hear the contrast between JMac and PMac today. JMac was once again marveling at Roger's performance, movement, serve, etc. and PMac was harping on about Roger chipping back the return too much and not being aggressive enough on the ROS. :lol:

He served well enough and hit the ball well from the backcourt. I do think that he should've taken more chances with the return, because I think he will have to against Djoko here and other players come hardcourt season. Hrbaty wasn't going to break him even if they played 10 more sets so he had the luxury to practice a bit.

NYCtennisfan
06-23-2008, 03:47 PM
That's 6 straight matches without being broken and a nice run of 62 straight service games.

nobama
06-23-2008, 04:21 PM
He served well enough and hit the ball well from the backcourt. I do think that he should've taken more chances with the return, because I think he will have to against Djoko here and other players come hardcourt season. Hrbaty wasn't going to break him even if they played 10 more sets so he had the luxury to practice a bit.Yeah hopefully the chip return got worn out today and won't be back for a while. :lol:

nobama
06-23-2008, 04:32 PM
Just looking at the pics from the match Roger looks nice and trim. And the clothes he's wearing are fitted too so it would show if he wasn't.

SUKTUEN
06-23-2008, 05:22 PM
Hallelujah!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Congrat my Grass King!!!!:bounce::bounce::worship:

trickcy
06-23-2008, 05:33 PM
Nice solid win., especially considering it's a first round match. And it was so bright and sunny in Wimbledon :hearts:
Soderling up next.
Allez Roger!!

Rogieva
06-23-2008, 07:09 PM
Yeah, the good news is it's predicted to be like this all week. Would be great with play from 11-8am each day :hearts:

rofe
06-23-2008, 07:25 PM
He served well enough and hit the ball well from the backcourt. I do think that he should've taken more chances with the return, because I think he will have to against Djoko here and other players come hardcourt season. Hrbaty wasn't going to break him even if they played 10 more sets so he had the luxury to practice a bit.

I won't be too surprised if he tries to be more aggressive in the next few rounds. He has maintained that the 1st round match in a GS is always a nervous match for him and that he settles down a bit more in the 2nd round.

I haven't seen the match but I guess he probably played it safe and didn't come in a lot of times either.

Daniel
06-23-2008, 08:18 PM
Well done Roger :clap2:

nice way to start the tournament.

good luck vs Soderling

:bounce: :bounce:

Federerhingis
06-23-2008, 11:41 PM
Yeah, the good news is it's predicted to be like this all week. Would be great with play from 11-8am each day :hearts:

At least until wednesday for sure, I don't know if for the entire first week; well the Weather channel only showed what the weather would be in london for the next three days. :wavey:

Dirk
06-23-2008, 11:52 PM
As long as he plays grass court tennis and does it well for the most part then this title is his.

SUKTUEN
06-24-2008, 02:48 AM
Roger play quite good last night!!

Hope he can play more and more good in the match!!

yanchr
06-24-2008, 03:36 AM
I won't be too surprised if he tries to be more aggressive in the next few rounds. He has maintained that the 1st round match in a GS is always a nervous match for him and that he settles down a bit more in the 2nd round.

I haven't seen the match but I guess he probably played it safe and didn't come in a lot of times either.
He did come on quite a few times, even come in when returning, and got passed several times :tape: He pulled some great volleys while also didn't put away some he should have. Overall I think he played a solid match, and a good 1st round GS match.

marat_roger
06-24-2008, 12:09 PM
Roger play quite good last night!!

Hope he can play more and more good in the match!!

yeah he did:)

Keep going Roger !

didadida
06-24-2008, 02:50 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWG3e_vxRlw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmpwEy1eP0c&feature=related

SUKTUEN
06-24-2008, 04:54 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OWG3e_vxRlw

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FmpwEy1eP0c&feature=related

what is that? I can't see the video~~:confused:

NYCtennisfan
06-24-2008, 05:06 PM
Of course the chip is a pretty good play in these first few days because the ball is staying so low. If you hit flat, you can hit outright winners from anywhere in the first 3 or 4 days.

NYCtennisfan
06-24-2008, 05:15 PM
He did come on quite a few times, even come in when returning, and got passed several times :tape: He pulled some great volleys while also didn't put away some he should have. Overall I think he played a solid match, and a good 1st round GS match.

He doesn't usually exert too much in the first round matches. His first serve didn't have a lot of pop but it almost never does in the 1st round of slams.

Eden
06-24-2008, 08:30 PM
Tomorrow's OOP is out:

Roger plays the 3rd match on the Center Court :)

luvly1
06-24-2008, 08:41 PM
the third match. that sucks.

Sunset of Age
06-24-2008, 08:48 PM
Tomorrow's OOP is out:

Roger plays the 3rd match on the Center Court :)

I won't be able to see it... :help: :scared:

:lol: ;)

Rogieva
06-24-2008, 09:07 PM
Thirs match is good for me :lol:

I have tennis academy till 4pm GMT so should be back in time to see it all :banana:

RogiFan88
06-25-2008, 03:19 AM
one match at a time...

GO, ROGI, vs. Toaderling!! Put him in the hole tomorrow... ;)

lunahielo
06-25-2008, 03:23 AM
Do it again, Sweet Rog! :)

didadida
06-25-2008, 03:26 AM
Allezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Marek.
06-25-2008, 07:14 AM
let's go go go

trickcy
06-25-2008, 08:12 AM
Soderling up next
Allez Roger!!:bounce:

Mrs. B
06-25-2008, 08:57 AM
Hi, guys! Came back from London late last night.

I must say watching Roger play his match on Center Court last Monday was a very special experience. Roger in white on the fresh green grass playing clean tennis against Hrbaty... :worship:

FedFan_2007
06-25-2008, 09:16 AM
Go Roger! Kill the toad!

Eden
06-25-2008, 09:20 AM
Hi, guys! Came back from London late last night.

I must say watching Roger play his match on Center Court last Monday was a very special experience. Roger in white on the fresh green grass playing clean tennis against Hrbaty... :worship:

Good morning Eva :wavey:

Great to hear that you enjoyed it :) Was it your first visit in Wimbledon? Why didn't you stay longer?

Eden
06-25-2008, 09:30 AM
Interview with Roger after his 1st round match:

http://www.thetennischannel.com/sys_media/flash/vt_WP1.html

Mrs. B
06-25-2008, 09:55 AM
Good morning Eva :wavey:

Great to hear that you enjoyed it :) Was it your first visit in Wimbledon? Why didn't you stay longer?

Hi, Doris! :wavey:

it was indeed my first visit, so it was quite special. :)
Roger is so loved and respected out there, it's great to feel it.

i managed to get debenture tickets for a day and didn't have to do the usual queue, so the hubby and i were very happy about that.

We love the lush sorroundings of W, the venue is also quite spacious, we definitely prefer it to RG. ;)

Daniel
06-25-2008, 10:43 AM
Hello Eva :wavey: :kiss:

Good luck Roger !!!

:bounce: :bounce:

Dirk
06-25-2008, 02:10 PM
Hey guys, I am waiting for our Ninja to lay waste on the grass today. I just saw in in the Net Jets commerical just now. It is nice to see him getting lots of tv ads here now; they play "the world is mine" Gillette commerical all the time. Oh and go Saffy!!!!! :bounce:

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 02:25 PM
C'mon Marat :rocker2:

Gooood Luck today Roger!!! Eat this toad!!

Dirk
06-25-2008, 02:43 PM
Roger's and Robin's match will be fun because I like how Robin plays and I hope Roger hits more flat balls this year at Wimbledon. I want Ninja to maul everyone this year.

oneandonlyhsn
06-25-2008, 02:44 PM
MARAT :hearts: come on big guy

Another RogFan
06-25-2008, 02:54 PM
I know the hatred leads nowhere but I can't help myself shouting with joy::devil: Go Russian brother, Go!

trickcy
06-25-2008, 02:59 PM
Marat :bounce:

Another RogFan
06-25-2008, 03:11 PM
There is only one song suitable for such kind of mood: Bye,bye Beautiful performed by Nightwish.

soraya
06-25-2008, 03:15 PM
There is only one song suitable for such kind of mood: Bye,bye Beautiful performed by Nightwish.

I was thinking...what a happy day...

soraya
06-25-2008, 03:16 PM
There is only one song suitable for such kind of mood: Bye,bye Beautiful performed by Nightwish.

I was thinking...what a happy day, but your song is better.

SUKTUEN
06-25-2008, 04:19 PM
Allezzzzzzzzzzzzz Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 04:44 PM
Roger starts now!

Good luck!!!

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 04:55 PM
Gwen Steffani in Rogers box :haha:

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 05:16 PM
6-3

Pretty easy on serve, had to save a BP serving for it at *5-3 but otherwise a routine set with not many errors nor winners. FH is working very well ;)

Marek.
06-25-2008, 05:17 PM
How windy is it?

NYCtennisfan
06-25-2008, 05:30 PM
Djoko losing was a HUGE surprise and to lose it like that. It just goes to show you how difficult it is to completely and utterly dominate a sport.

Marek.
06-25-2008, 05:30 PM
What a point :lol:

didadida
06-25-2008, 05:31 PM
Marat :hug: you made me happy :D

didadida
06-25-2008, 05:35 PM
Roger is playing great

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 05:41 PM
Up a break at *32 second set. Like the first set broke Soderling in his first service game. Has had several chances to be a double break up at *41 but Soderling served good on them.

A few loose chip returns which is annoying, but still a good performance

There is a bit of wind, but nothing that will affect play

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 05:46 PM
Soderling medical time out :zzz: :rolleyes:

I swear everytime Roger and him have played he takes medical time outs :rolleyes:

NYCtennisfan
06-25-2008, 06:00 PM
There goes one set point...this could've been a 6-1 type of set. Just two more points and the 3rd should go pretty easily.

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:00 PM
Roger leads 6-3 6-4
win the final set Roger
:)

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 06:02 PM
6-3 6-4 :)

Rogieva
06-25-2008, 06:20 PM
Broken for the first time since FO Final :(

63 64 24

Dont make this go to 4 :mad:

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:21 PM
Roger down a break in third set :o

didadida
06-25-2008, 06:22 PM
Roger :mad:

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:25 PM
Soderling serving for the set

break him roger
break him

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:26 PM
love 15

go Roger

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:26 PM
15 all

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:26 PM
30 15

go Roger break him

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:27 PM
40 30

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:28 PM
deuce

Daniel
06-25-2008, 06:28 PM
adv roger :)