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RogiFan88
08-18-2004, 07:08 PM
:wavey: Decided to start this thread myself... so anything USO-related and Rogi-related can go here, including piccies, if you like!!

So let it begin!

Rogi should be there next week some time getting over his jetlag. :angel: ;)

ytben
08-18-2004, 07:10 PM
:yeah: RF, thanks for the thread. Let's now focus on USO. Good luck Rogi in USO, just defend your points.

Anybody will go there?

Lady Natalia
08-18-2004, 07:24 PM
Rogi should be there next week some time getting over his jetlag. :angel: ;)

That is a very smart thing for Rogi to do. He needs as much preparation for the USO, as he can get. Best of luck Rogi!! WE ALL LOVE YOU!

Fedex
08-19-2004, 03:13 AM
I dont want him to just defend his points, I want him to win the whole damn thing!! :D ;)

Skyward
08-19-2004, 04:01 AM
I found this on Roger's site.

Imo, it's :haha:


" I just read something that could be interesting (from w w w.itcantbetrue.joke).

"ATP hires psychologists to help tennis players who struggle with personal problems. New clinics are already open near Flushing Meadows, 24/7. It will be absolutely free for all players actually in the top 50 who've suffered a least 7 losses since the beginning of the year. They will receive 20 vouchers, each voucher good for a one hour therapy session. All the players are very happy with this new measure and thank the ATP for caring so much about the well-being of their top ranked tennis players, said Rainer Schuettler.

A lot of players not in action anymore in Athens have already booked their first appointment. Among them are Andy Roddick, Tim Henman, Juan Carlos Ferrero. Andre Agassi and Leyton Hewitt said to our reporter that they booked too their first appointment and they'll arrive in New York as soon they lost at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, eager to talk about their personal problems . Unfortunately, Roger Federer couldn't qualify for this special measure and said : "It's a pity I couldn't make the cut, you know. Having known I would have lost one more tournament. You know, I really need that help provided by the ATP to solve some problemes I have with some teenagers...namely Nadal, Berdych, Edelweiss, ... " Roger Federer suffered terrible defeats this year against those 3 young tennis players we must remember.

Marat Safin, not able to find a psychologist who wanted to work with him, kindly offers his 20 vouchers to Roger Federer.

The ATP is expected to extend this measure to all the players and in 2005, all the ATP players are supposed to win all their matches."

LCeh
08-19-2004, 04:32 AM
:haha:

Edelweiss is Roger's calf, obviously the journalist doesn't know that and included her as a tennis player. :haha: :bigcry:

I can't tell if Roger is being sarcastic or not... :haha:

EDIT: I think this was written by Dana. She is just too good, fooled me again. :haha:

ytben
08-19-2004, 06:06 AM
:haha: :haha: :haha: Thanks Skyward for posting this.

LCeh I also almost got fooled but later I noticed the full link of that "article". It's too good, Dana :worship: :kiss: :hatoff: Thank you for this.

WyveN
08-19-2004, 06:34 AM
:haha:

Edelweiss is Roger's calf, obviously the journalist doesn't know that and included her as a tennis player. :haha: :bigcry:


:haha: even though the article is fake this part was :lol:

Those "you knows" by Roger didnt sound genuine and got me suspicious ;)

Funny stuff.

Daniel
08-19-2004, 08:50 AM
Go Roger!!!! :worship: :bounce: :clap2:

lsy
08-19-2004, 10:53 AM
Marat Safin, not able to find a psychologist who wanted to work with him, kindly offers his 20 vouchers to Roger Federer.

:haha: :haha:

Dana is too funny, love her SA stories too :lol:

Yeah...time to move on :woohoo:

I wonder if Rogi is still hanging around in Athens?

SUKTUEN
08-19-2004, 01:08 PM
:kiss: ROGER , I REALLY HOPE YOU GET WELL SOON ! ! ! :kiss:

:bounce: GO GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO ~~~ FOR US OPEN ! ! :bounce:

:worship: GOD PLEASE BLESS ROGER ~~~ PLEASE ! ! :worship:

:worship: GET ROGER HEALTH AND SMART AND CLAM AS MOST ! ! :worship:

:hug: :hug: I LOVE YOU ROGER ! ! :kiss: :kiss:

RonE
08-19-2004, 01:13 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha: at the article :yeah:

I think as far as the USO is concerned, Rogi just needs to relax and try and "feel" his tennis more. By that I mean, have it come naturally to him rather than artificially force it as he did during the Olympics.

I remember in the Hamburg final v Coria he started so horribly and then John Barret said- "It all starts in the mind- he needs to remove the mental shackles and release the talent"- and that is exactly what he did. He worked his way into the match, "released the talent" and played sublimely for the remainder of the match and blew Coria (on CLAY!!!) off the court.

If he gets a not too difficult draw for the first couple of rounds, gets a few good matches under his belt I can definitely see him releasing the talent again and propelling himself to greater heights in the second week.

In that regard, he is a lot like Sampras used to be. Vulnerable in the first few matches, but from the quarters onwards, in a zone, tearing past his opponents. Have faith my fellow Rogi fans :wavey:

Dirk
08-19-2004, 01:23 PM
Oh yes you are right Ron. I think Rogi was forcing alot of his tennis this week because mentality and physically he was weary. Say he did win against Thomas, Rogi would have likely lost to Tommy the next day. He was running on empty and it wouldn't have gotten any easier. This event was just in the wrong time of the year for Rogi in 04. He has won 8 events this year and 4 events in a row going from different surface. He needed a bigger break after Gstaad but he was charged up enough to play through a tough draw at Toronto and win like an amazing champion which he is. He just needs time to rest up and get his mind and body well again. I'm not sure about his Open although having every other day off will help him a lot but I do think after his Open break Rogi will do great on indoors.

RogiFan88
08-19-2004, 01:55 PM
"It all starts in the mind- he needs to remove the mental shackles and release the talent"

That's what I love to see in Rogi -- he also did that in the Wimby final. I'd prefer to see Rogi lose the first set and win the match rather than win the first set and lose the match!

Release that beautiful talent, Rogi!! It w be nice to see him play his top tennis again.

yanchr
08-19-2004, 02:32 PM
I'm glad that all the pressure must be now on Andy's side in this USO esp after the relatively poor summer season for him. I really don't think Roger wants it as much as Andy or himself Wimby or Olympics, so maybe he will bring us some more surprise like he always did.

I agree with you all that Roger maybe will struggle through first few rounds, but once he goes all through and gets in the groove and regain his confidence, he will realize his talent once again and probably at the most counted moments. Yeah I have my faith. I want Roger to win it all, frankly. Yeah, I think I'm being a little greedy :p

Way to go Roger in this USO! Get off the pressure and go there freely, and above all, take care of your body and mind. You know we are all by you for sure whatever the results :)

RogiFan88
08-19-2004, 03:16 PM
Let's hope the pressure is on Pandy, altho he doesn't get too bothered about it and can handle it quite well, imo.

As for Rogi, he needs his confidence back by winning matches; forget about anything else to start. We know he w love to win the USO also but he better not think TOO much about it. Rogi plays better and wins when he doesn't think too much... just go out there and play HIS tennis.

We'll see just how well both Rogi and Pandy play... I'm concerned also for Juanqui w all his pts to defend but his year is pretty well over and he s rethink and look forward to 2005 instead. -- a better strategy.

As always, it IS important for Rogi to take care of his health.

Lady Natalia
08-19-2004, 03:25 PM
I found this on Roger's site.

Imo, it's :haha:


" I just read something that could be interesting (from w w w.itcantbetrue.joke).

"Unfortunately, Roger Federer couldn't qualify for this special measure and said : "It's a pity I couldn't make the cut, you know. Having known I would have lost one more tournament. You know, I really need that help provided by the ATP to solve some problemes I have with some teenagers...namely Nadal, Berdych, Edelweiss, ... " Roger Federer suffered terrible defeats this year against those 3 young tennis players we must remember.

Marat Safin, not able to find a psychologist who wanted to work with him, kindly offers his 20 vouchers to Roger Federer.


Thats hilarious! And what even funnier is that Rogi has ONLY lost 6 matches this year.

RonE
08-19-2004, 03:29 PM
There is no point in worrying about Andy- he is on the opposite side of the draw and if they do meet in the final (the only time they CAN meet according to their respective seedings) then I'll worry about Andy.

But in the case of most opponents, Roger just needs to worry about Roger and not his opponent. As long as he gets his head straight and his rythm going all the rest is gravy. That is not to say he won't have difficult matches, but if the fighting mentality and the execution is there, chances are he will find a way to win those matches as he has been doing all year long.

Skyward
08-19-2004, 04:59 PM
There is a preview of this year US Open in September issue of Tennis magazine. By no means it's a detailed analysys, but I decided to post some excerpts anyway.

Roger Federer- Every move a great player makes is expressive, right down to what he does between the points. Bjorn Borg, the quiet killer, blew on his fingertips; John McEnroe, always twitchy, tugged at his shirt; Andy Roddick drums the ball into the ecourt. Roger Federer, the pure, nonchalant athlete, strolls along dribbling the ball between his legs like a point guard.
And he's just that relaxed when the points begin. Never rushed, never off- balance- does the guy sweat?-he seems to keep his top gear in reserve. For what or whom, we may never know.
It wasn't long ago that big servers were said to be running men's tennis. Federer has put those fears to rest; words like variety and complete game don't do justice to his artistic style. He does many things well, but here are two in particular to watch at the Open: First, his ability to create angles with his groundstrokes that you, and his opponent, aren't expecting-his peers look utterly limited by comparison; second, his underrated return of serve. Andre Agassi is celebrated for putting opponents on the defensive with his returns. Federer's, while less sensational, is equally effective. With simple placement and consistency, he keeps the big bombers at bay.

Flushing Forecast No one is perfect, and Federer's weakness- sensitivity to playing conditions- is not the one to have in NY. After a loss, he's as likely to talk about the pressure of the balls or the condition of the court as he is about the opponent. But he knows what to expect at Flushing. " Wimbledon crowds come to see the tennis," he says. " Here, they come more to enjoy the show."Will Federer, who has lost in the forth round the last three years, end up like Borg, another sensitive European( who hated to play at night) who couldn't make it in the big city? NOT likely. As Federer says , the crowds want a good show, and no one puts on a better one.

Andy Roddick- Roddick has little use for classic tennis technique or subtlety. Like a power pitcher, his game is built on strong legs and a live arm. He hits the the fastest serve in history with almost no motion, just a tiny step backward with his front foot( a no-no according to many teaching pro). and a roundhouse shoulder rotation. His fh and bh are slugged as much as stroked, he chops at the ball to get underspin, and his volleys are hammered with a half - swing. It's a testament to Roddick's competitive willpower that he's taken this game, rough edges and all, to the top of the sport.
Or nearly to the top. He is no 2 this year, a step behind Roger Federer.Calm, smooth, and instinctive on court, Federer is Bjorn Borg to Roddick's Jimmy connors. Federer brings the style, Roddick the show. You couldn't write a better script for a tennis rivalry. The Wimbledon final, on Federer's favorite court, was a nice start; let's hope they bring it to the Roddick's house on Sept, 12.

FF : " It's definetely the rowdest tournament in the world." That's how the defending champion describes the Open, and he means it as a compliment. A regular at the National Center since he was 9, he won the juniors in 2000 and has lost before the QF of the main fraw only once. Despite falling to Federer at Wimbledon, he proved he belonged on the same court. The rowdy NY crowd will give him his best chance to get over the hump.

Lleyton Hewitt- It wasn't that long ago -June of last year, in fact, that this snarling, wild-eyed Aussie was the face of Gen X tennis, on a mission to teach fans how to scream Australian. But he got a little too angry for his own good in 2003, feuding with the ATP and skipping tournaments so he could focus on DC. When Aus lost in the Cup early this year, he was left no choice but to slink back to the tour.

Hewitt's game has recovered. He's not the No1, but now that Federer and Roddick have come into their own, no one expects this underisized grinder to win every match.This year, fans at the Open should have an easier time appreciating what he does well. It's not just speed and grit that wins him matches. Few players stick to the " keep it simple" mantra as religiously as Hewitt. His strokes are uncluttered, he never goes for too much, and he uses his less- than- sonic serve to maximum effect by moving it around the box. And just when you think he's a flairless wallboard, he throws up that topspin backhand lob, still the game deadliest.

FF: Hewitt has found his level at Slams- anotch below Federer. The world no1, tested but never threatened, beat him in Aus and at Wimbledon. Hewitt won the Open in 2001, and he can still wear down 99 percent of the field, but the fast courts here demand that players do some attacking, and despite being a tough competitor, Hewitt has never been comfortable being agressive.

Andre Agassi

FF- Agassi reached the semis in Australia, but a hip injury kept him out of Wimbledon. Remember, Sampras , Connors, McEnroe each had one final run at the Open. With the fans behind him, there's no reason Andre, still fit at 34, can't mount another charge to QF or semis as well.


Carlos Moya

Few players have gone to the lengths the Spaniard does to hit a fh. And when he connects , it's another picture fans know well : his big, low to the ground body all the way in the bh alley, opening up to uncork a titanic topspin winner to either corner.
That kind of flair only deepens the mystery: Why hasn't Moya, the model of the men's tennis at the turn of the century, with strength, speed and a monster serve-fh combo, reached at least one GS SF in the last 6 years?The answer may be in the images above, because while Moya is an example of how spectacular the men's game can be, he's also an example if its limitations. His inside-out Western fh allows him to crack offensive shots from anywhere, but it also leaves him in precarious positions. When he heads for the alley , he has no choice but to hit a spectacular winner. And against the players he faces late in the majors, that's tough to do for 3 sets.

FF Last year, Moya, at 27, looked like he might be too slow for the Open's quick courts when he went down to El Aynaoui in the 4 th round. But he's had a consistent 2004, establishing himself at the cream if the game's second tier. He's lost his 15 matches to Federer, Roddick, Coria, and Hewitt. He'll probably have to break that streak to reach the SF.

Marat Safin- The game's drama king doesn't play tennis matches as much as stage on- court operas. They are tragedies, of course, with himself in the leading role.You know the pose: the shrug, the mouth open to the sky, the palms up-Why is this happening to me? And that could be at 30-all in the first game.
SAfin has always been prone to the dark moods, but this year he seems trapped by them, unable to let his immense talent flow for more than a few games at a time. Even his victories are laborious- three five setters at the Australian, two at at the French. He can't win a match without first torturing himself to the limit.
Not that this is bad for fans.Few players have a more attractive game, and no one is as unpredictable, even in his celebrations.

FF: Who can say? Safin has won the tournament(2000), and he's gone out in the second round twice. He's been equally unpredictable in Slams this year. After a long summer hard-court season, he may be mentally fried.Which should be entertaining in itself.

ytben
08-19-2004, 06:15 PM
Thanks for typing them here Sky :kiss: It was a great read :D, now I can't wait for USO to arrive.

Dirk
08-19-2004, 07:50 PM
Rogi doesn't hate playing at night. He has won many nights matches in open outside hardcourts. Roger will be fine with the conditions. He has never done bad here. He can win this this. He just needs to have his mind and body rested that is all. He also must keep his head cool. I think he has been losing his head and temper so much recently because he is drained mentality and physically so he doesn't have tolerance for his errors.

mitalidas
08-19-2004, 09:23 PM
Roger Federer- Every move a great player makes is expressive, right down to what he does between the points. Roger Federer, the pure, nonchalant athlete, strolls along dribbling the ball between his legs like a point guard.


i have the image of Roger each time walking back to the service line, tucking his hair back into its place (either into the bandana or away from his head)

RogiFan88
08-19-2004, 09:42 PM
have you seen him bounce the ball betw his legs before he serves? it's so smooth and so cute...

RonE
08-19-2004, 10:18 PM
have you seen him bounce the ball betw his legs before he serves? it's so smooth and so cute...

Sampras used to do that too.

Dana
08-20-2004, 02:39 AM
I found this on Roger's site.

Imo, it's :haha:


" I just read something that could be interesting (from w w w.itcantbetrue.joke).

"ATP hires psychologists to help tennis players who struggle with personal problems. New clinics are already open near Flushing Meadows, 24/7. It will be absolutely free for all players actually in the top 50 who've suffered a least 7 losses since the beginning of the year. They will receive 20 vouchers, each voucher good for a one hour therapy session. All the players are very happy with this new measure and thank the ATP for caring so much about the well-being of their top ranked tennis players, said Rainer Schuettler.

A lot of players not in action anymore in Athens have already booked their first appointment. Among them are Andy Roddick, Tim Henman, Juan Carlos Ferrero. Andre Agassi and Leyton Hewitt said to our reporter that they booked too their first appointment and they'll arrive in New York as soon they lost at the Legg Mason Tennis Classic, eager to talk about their personal problems . Unfortunately, Roger Federer couldn't qualify for this special measure and said : "It's a pity I couldn't make the cut, you know. Having known I would have lost one more tournament. You know, I really need that help provided by the ATP to solve some problemes I have with some teenagers...namely Nadal, Berdych, Edelweiss, ... " Roger Federer suffered terrible defeats this year against those 3 young tennis players we must remember.

Marat Safin, not able to find a psychologist who wanted to work with him, kindly offers his 20 vouchers to Roger Federer.

The ATP is expected to extend this measure to all the players and in 2005, all the ATP players are supposed to win all their matches."
:wavey: ;)

:) Happy to see that the little "article" I wrote in response to a post who said "For me Roger have personal problem in this moment. What do you think? ", travelled from Roger's forum to this thread... and brought some :haha: :haha: in your day!

Thanks everybody for your nice comments! :hug:

SUKTUEN
08-20-2004, 03:43 AM
that is so great to see ALL ROGER FANS FEEL WELL AGAIN ! ! :worship:

I SEE A REPORT OF ROGER IN CHINESE, :eek:

:bounce: :bounce: ROGER IS COME BACK ! ! ! :bounce:

:bounce: HE IS FEEL GOOD AND SMART AGAIN ! ! :bounce:

CONGRAT ROGER ! ! ~~~~~~~ :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

ytben
08-20-2004, 03:54 AM
A message from Rogi in his website regarding his Athens's loss and USO:

Dear Fans

First of all I would like to thank you all for your comforting words for my experience in Athens. Many of you have asked how I feel and what exactly has happened. That is why I wanted to place this comment on the website.

I certainly don’t have anything to reproach myself with for my performance at the Olympic Games. The preparations were very good and I gave 100% of what I could. In the end it was my daily shape and several things that turned against me. I never really managed to feel comfortable with the conditions in Athens. All these are reasons why this defeat hurts a lot. The experience certainly is one of the baddest ones of my career. :sad: :hug:

Now I have to overcome this defeat and forget about it – which does not mean that I will suppress it. The important thing is to show a great reaction at the US Open, which is now my big motivation and high goal. I will fly to the States on Monday or Tuesday and am very much looking forward to this next challenge.

LCeh
08-20-2004, 04:17 AM
Yes, I think this will really be a sign of how mentally tough and how well Roger can handle the pressure. This is the first time he has suffered such a bad loss since the expectations are on him, and the USO will certainly say a lot for next year.

So, good luck Roger! :bounce:

Fergie
08-20-2004, 04:33 AM
Go Roger :bounce: :bigclap: :hearts: :kiss:

Fedex
08-20-2004, 04:58 AM
God that is so sickening. They have to menion 'rivalry' in that article too?? For Fucking sakes, there IS NO RIVALRY, yet they AGAIN, for the 10000000th, fucking time. What :bs: Everything else in the article is good, but i hate it, absoultly hate it when they try to stir up a nonexsistant rivalry. I'd say this is a good tournement to get the real rivalrys going again. :Federer/Agassi, Federer/JC, Federer/Nalbandian. I want to see atleast one of those matchups in the USO.

Skyward
08-20-2004, 05:05 AM
I'd say this is a good tournement to get the real rivalrys going again. :Federer/Agassi, Federer/JC, Federer/Nalbandian. I want to see atleast one of those matchups in the USO.

No, bring on Hewitt! Whenever Lleyton is in Roger's quarter, Roger wins a tournament. :lol:

mitalidas
08-20-2004, 08:13 AM
No, bring on Hewitt! Whenever Lleyton is in Roger's quarter, Roger wins a tournament. :lol:

Keep davydenko out. Whenever he beats davydenko, he loses the next round :mad:

ytben
08-20-2004, 10:27 AM
They said David is Roger's Kryptonite, but Davydenko looks more like it. Yeah no Davydenko please!!! :fiery:

RonE
08-20-2004, 11:14 AM
I don't buy that superstitious mumbo-jumbo about Davydenko. Roger was just not at his best in Miami (flu) and Olympics, but if he is playing to his potential and he is relaxed and concentrated then beating Davydenko and then beating his opponent in the next round, and the next round after that etc shouldn't be any different to playing anyone else.

RogiFan88
08-20-2004, 01:07 PM
Sampras used to do that too.

Yeah, but when Pete did it, he was never so cute!! ;)

mitalidas
08-20-2004, 01:24 PM
I'd say this is a good tournement to get the real rivalrys going again. :Federer/Agassi, Federer/JC, Federer/Nalbandian. I want to see atleast one of those matchups in the USO.

and Federer-Hewitt, to me, one of the true rivalries going on in the circuit and especially amongs the top players (also, Safin-Hewitt).
the US media created fake rivalry of roddick-federer has been funny, then stupid, and now just so outrageous that even roddick had to admit he's gotta start winning some

Skyward
08-20-2004, 03:34 PM
I don't buy that superstitious mumbo-jumbo about Davydenko.

Davydeko has had 22 losses so far. 15(!) times the player who beat him lost the next round, including
Roddick, Patience, Coria, Hernych, Stepanek, Moya, Spadea, Sargsian, Seppi, Sanchez, Verkerk, Garcia, Canas, Federer( twice). For some reason Gaudio is immune. After beating Davydenko he marches to the final.

RonE
08-20-2004, 04:11 PM
Davydeko has had 22 losses so far. 15(!) times the player who beat him lost the next round, including
Roddick, Patience, Coria, Hernych, Stepanek, Moya, Spadea, Sargsian, Seppi, Sanchez, Verkerk, Garcia, Canas, Federer( twice). For some reason Gaudio is immune. After beating Davydenko he marches to the final.

Okay, so I take it back :lol:

Well it is interesting. Maybe we can refer to it as the Nikolay Syndrome.

Dirk
08-20-2004, 04:44 PM
Rogi has lost early in Rome, Miami, Cincy and RG. People seem to focus on that instead of his legendary year thus far in which he has won 8 titles. In Pete's amazing year in 94 he lost early twice in the 1st rd before and after Oz. Did anyone write him off then? Pete then won IW and events all the way through Rome. AMAZING STREAK!!! He skipped Carlo. He also skipped the hardcourt master events during the summer. I wonder if people were saying he is injuried and done back then during that period? He lost pulled out during his match in DC with Larsson. I wonder if they said he was done after that too? See even in amazing years that players have critics who don't even understand greatness and the toll it takes will nitpick.

Fedex
08-20-2004, 07:34 PM
Okay, so I take it back :lol:

Well it is interesting. Maybe we can refer to it as the Nikolay Syndrome.
WOW!!! :eek: No Davydenko, PLEASE :tape: :o :armed: That really is a bad omen. Yes, I agree bring on Hewitt :D . He's a good omen ;)

RonE
08-20-2004, 08:25 PM
Rogi has lost early in Rome, Miami, Cincy and RG. People seem to focus on that instead of his legendary year thus far in which he has won 8 titles. In Pete's amazing year in 94 he lost early twice in the 1st rd before and after Oz. Did anyone write him off then? Pete then won IW and events all the way through Rome. AMAZING STREAK!!! He skipped Carlo. He also skipped the hardcourt master events during the summer. I wonder if people were saying he is injuried and done back then during that period? He lost pulled out during his match in DC with Larsson. I wonder if they said he was done after that too? See even in amazing years that players have critics who don't even understand greatness and the toll it takes will nitpick.

Well, after his amazing 1994 season when Agassi bumped him off the #1 ranking in 1995 people were writing Pete off then, but he proved everyone wrong of course, as I am sure Rogi will.

Fedex
08-20-2004, 08:29 PM
Anyone, with any sense, which is tougher and tougher to come by these days, would not be writing Roger off, after the amazing season he's had thus far. He wont fall off the face of the planet, like Agassi did for years, or not quite as extreme, as that, but go on the Hewitt path. He is there to stay. :)

Dirk
08-21-2004, 12:04 AM
Rogi barring injury or boredom is here to stay. Funny Agassi bumped Pete off the stool but by the close of 95 Pete had his ranking back and Andre was headed for Hell. :)

Fedex
08-21-2004, 12:43 AM
I doubt he will get 'bored'. There are still many, many things he hasnt done in his career so far, such as win RG, so I doubt he's going down the path of Safin. Only injury will stop him from being on top.

Daniel
08-21-2004, 07:33 AM
Vamos Roger :)

daisy_rogi211
08-22-2004, 09:07 AM
is yang 凤凰? i'm sure you are...oh, today i'm so happy to find so many friends here~~~ :kiss: :banana:

i'm sure that rogi will improve my english greatly~~~gooooooooooooooorogi!!!!!i don't want the champion, i just want you to be happy!!!u r the king!!!

RonE
08-22-2004, 09:54 AM
I just looked at the Entry Rankings this morning and was pleased to see Hewitt only 10 points away from the #6 ranking (this according to this week's rankings). Given that he has no points to defend this week and he has made his way through to the final in Washington he should easily gain more than 10 points and make it to #6.

Why am I pleased? Because if he is ranked #7 or #8 and seeded accordingly at the US Open there in all probability he will be seeded to meet Rogi in the quarterfinals. So if he is #6 this guarantees a meeting not before the semis if at all.

I usually don't worry about these things but I have to admit as of late Hewitt scares me- and Rogi can't keep pounding his way past him winning bagels every time. If they should meet I would want them to meet as late as possible in the tournament.

Here are the entry rankings as of Aug 16th:

1 Federer, Roger (SUI ) 5910

2 Roddick, Andy (USA ) 4520

3 Coria, Guillermo (ARG ) 3070

4 Moya, Carlos (ESP ) 2745

5 Henman, Tim (GBR ) 2380

6 Agassi, Andre (USA ) 2265

7 Ferrero, Juan Carlos (ESP ) 2260

8 Hewitt, Lleyton (AUS ) 2255

9 Nalbandian, David (ARG ) 1990

10 Gaudio, Gaston (ARG ) 1955

ytben
08-22-2004, 10:08 AM
Davydeko has had 22 losses so far. 15(!) times the player who beat him lost the next round, including
Roddick, Patience, Coria, Hernych, Stepanek, Moya, Spadea, Sargsian, Seppi, Sanchez, Verkerk, Garcia, Canas, Federer( twice). For some reason Gaudio is immune. After beating Davydenko he marches to the final.

:eek: I was joking in my previous post about Davydenko, now I am not so sure anymore :o :lol:

Ron, Fedex & Dirk will reassure you soon about your unneccesary worry about Hewitt ;)
I agree though we can't expect Rogi to blast past Hewitt everytime they meet. But to be honest I was more worried when they met in Wimbly than if they meet in USO for some reason. Anyway let's not getting ahead of ourselves and wait for the draw. When it will come out btw?

Hey Daisy :wavey: Welcome! Yeah, English is also not my first language, I have lots of practice on it since I joined MTF :D

RonE
08-22-2004, 10:10 AM
Anyway let's not getting ahead of ourselves and wait for the draw.

Good point :yeah:

WyveN
08-22-2004, 11:44 AM
I just looked at the Entry Rankings this morning and was pleased to see Hewitt only 10 points away from the #6 ranking (this according to this week's rankings). Given that he has no points to defend this week and he has made his way through to the final in Washington he should easily gain more than 10 points and make it to #6.

Why am I pleased? Because if he is ranked #7 or #8 and seeded accordingly at the US Open there in all probability he will be seeded to meet Rogi in the quarterfinals. So if he is #6 this guarantees a meeting not before the semis if at all.


If Hewitt gets to #6 then Federer is likely to get Agassi in the QF instead of Lleyton.
I really can't see many reasons why Roger would prefer to play Andre over Lleyton.
Keep in mind that apart from the TMC match all of Roger's matches with Andre have been extremely close, Andre will give it his all this USO as it is his last realistic shot at a slam and of course the crowd support.

WyveN
08-22-2004, 11:58 AM
Why am I pleased? Because if he is ranked #7 or #8 and seeded accordingly at the US Open there in all probability he will be seeded to meet Rogi in the quarterfinals. So if he is #6 this guarantees a meeting not before the semis if at all.


Actually come to think of it I am almost certain this is incorrect. #1 and #2 seeded players can draw any of #5-#8 in the QF.
For example in the FO this year Roddick (#2) was seeded to meet Andre (#6) in the QF.

Marc Rosset is Tall
08-22-2004, 12:00 PM
Yes, that's right it's not automatically
1 v8
2 v 7
3 v 6
4 v 5

The US Open you never know I bet it will be 1 vs 5 and 2 vs 8.

RonE
08-22-2004, 01:45 PM
OK, thanks for the tips. I knew #1 can meet either #7 or #8 (same for #2) in the quarters but has there ever been a #1 vs. #5 seeding for qaurters at a slam?

WyveN
08-22-2004, 02:11 PM
OK, thanks for the tips. I knew #1 can meet either #7 or #8 (same for #2) in the quarters but has there ever been a #1 vs. #5 seeding for qaurters at a slam?

Yes, its just luck of the draw.

RogiFan88
08-22-2004, 03:00 PM
definitely the LUCK of the draw... I can wait til then to start fretting about my faves...

Skyward
08-22-2004, 03:26 PM
I don't care who he might play in the QF. I wish Roger wouldn't run into Haas and some pumped up teenagers in the first and second rounds.

SUKTUEN
08-22-2004, 04:18 PM
I in that time , only hope Roger can well in the first match of US OPEN.

I have a little worry of he's mind and he confidence !!!!! :D

daisy_rogi211
08-22-2004, 04:32 PM
don't worry SUKTUEN, ROGI know how to let us not worry about him ;)

all good rogi!!!!!!!!!! :)

RonE
08-22-2004, 06:08 PM
Okay, Lleyton has just won Legg Mason which means he will rise to #5 in the rankings. And with Guillermo Coria out of the Open, this means Lleyton will be seeded fourth.

Out of all of Roger's potential seeded quartefinal opponents Hewitt is the one I was worried the most. Here's a look at the other potential opponents:

Andre Agassi- after Hewitt, I'd say he is the most dangerous right now. However, even though he won Cincinnati and had a good showing in Washington, he is still not the same old Andre- even in Cincy as great as he played he wasn't as brutal as he used to be, plus with his body needing more time to recover between best of five matches he is a threat but not a looming one like Lleyton

Tim Henman- has been very flaky lately and unpredictable. While he has given Roger a lot of trouble in the past he is the kind of guy that can easily lose in the first or second round given his recent form.

Juan Carlos Ferrero- with his poor form recently and his low confidence level I don't think he is too much of a threat.

David Nalbandian- like Ferrero, has been injured recently, pulled out of Olympics- I don't even know if he will play at the Open at all, and if he does with his lack of match practice I don't know how far he can go.

Therefore, out of all those mentioned above Hewitt is the most dangerous right now.

However, as was already said it's one match at a time and before the quarters there may be a couple of tough matches in store for Roger.

loveit
08-23-2004, 01:55 AM
Go Rogi...win the US Open :worship: :bounce: :bigclap: :yeah:

Daniel
08-23-2004, 09:52 AM
Go Roger, win ur fourth major :D :kiss:

ytben
08-23-2004, 01:21 PM
Rogi, please listen to Daniel ;)

Although my only wish for you is to defend your points.

Dirk
08-23-2004, 03:09 PM
Qrts is my wish. I just want Rogi to be sound in body and mind. Ease into this baby. :)

Billabong
08-24-2004, 12:37 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD:bounce:!!!!!!!

Fedex
08-24-2004, 03:41 AM
You know, I cant understand why everyone is worried about Hewitt. I HOPE Roger does draw him actually. I know if Roger plays well, the match is his, no questions. If Federer plays a good match against him he has no chance. Whereas Agassi is certainly more of a threat. Unlike Hewitt, where the match is in Roger's hands, Andre can actually beat Federer, even a good Federer. He can actually, to an extent control the match, whereas Hewitt, it is all in Roger's hands. Andre is certainly the more dangerous opponent, and I would much rather see Hewitt in Roger's quarter than Andre. Federer-Hewitt's last 3 matches havent been close, bagels in every one of them. Whereas besides the TMC Final, ALL of Federer-Agassi matches have been very close. Also please keep Nalbandian and Henman as far away as possible. I hope they (Roger-Hewitt) do meet, just to further prove my point.

Fedex
08-24-2004, 03:45 AM
Roger just needs his tennis to come naturally and not force himself too much. He did that at the Olympics and it cost him. Just let his tennis come smoothly and naturally, and he'll be holding up that USO Trophy on the 2nd Sunday. :)

SUKTUEN
08-24-2004, 04:20 AM
RROGER GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship:

WE LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D

Daniel
08-24-2004, 08:38 AM
Roger, listen to us and beat everyone out there :clap2: :kiss:
Good luck Roger :bounce: :hug:

RonE
08-24-2004, 08:53 AM
You know, I cant understand why everyone is worried about Hewitt. I HOPE Roger does draw him actually. I know if Roger plays well, the match is his, no questions. If Federer plays a good match against him he has no chance. Whereas Agassi is certainly more of a threat. Unlike Hewitt, where the match is in Roger's hands, Andre can actually beat Federer, even a good Federer. He can actually, to an extent control the match, whereas Hewitt, it is all in Roger's hands. Andre is certainly the more dangerous opponent, and I would much rather see Hewitt in Roger's quarter than Andre. Federer-Hewitt's last 3 matches havent been close, bagels in every one of them. Whereas besides the TMC Final, ALL of Federer-Agassi matches have been very close. Also please keep Nalbandian and Henman as far away as possible. I hope they (Roger-Hewitt) do meet, just to further prove my point.


Well, Hewitt won't be in his quarter because he will be seeded #4 (due to Coria's withdrawal).

Nalbandian is coming off an injury so his form is suspect.

Tim is very unpredictable right now. But even if Rogi draws him, this will be on a hard court, not indoor carpet, and the last time they met on hard Rogi demolished him.

As for Andre I agree that can be a big stumbling block, however I still maintain it is not the same Andre from 2 years ago, where Rogi would REALLY have his work cut out for him.

forever_rafter
08-24-2004, 08:55 AM
I'm flying to NY tomorrow so you guys can expect many photos of Rogi when I'm back :wavey:

ytben
08-24-2004, 09:28 AM
forever_rafter, enjoy your trip :D How long are you going to be there?
Can't wait for those piccies.

RonE
08-24-2004, 10:14 AM
Have a good one! :wavey:

forever_rafter
08-24-2004, 12:02 PM
From August 25th til September 6th. I usually take at least 300 pics every year (of many players, of course) ;)

Raquel
08-24-2004, 12:29 PM
Good Luck Roger! :bounce:

Blaze
08-24-2004, 12:44 PM
I really want to go to the USO but I don't live in New York for starters and don't know which days Roger will be playing on because I'm not paying money to see anyone else. Also, the whether conditions in New York is very tricky and I only have one weekend to spare because I am in school.

Can anyone help me decide what to do?? :confused:

SUKTUEN
08-24-2004, 03:57 PM
From August 25th til September 6th. I usually take at least 300 pics every year (of many players, of course) ;)


IT IS SOOOOOOOOOOOOO GOOD ! ! WAIT FOR THEM ! ! ! ! :D :D

ytben
08-24-2004, 07:10 PM
From August 25th til September 6th. I usually take at least 300 pics every year (of many players, of course) ;)

Almost two whole weeks :eek: :yeah: 300 pics :drool:

ytben
08-24-2004, 07:14 PM
I really want to go to the USO but I don't live in New York for starters and don't know which days Roger will be playing on because I'm not paying money to see anyone else. Also, the whether conditions in New York is very tricky and I only have one weekend to spare because I am in school.

Can anyone help me decide what to do?? :confused:

Do you live far from NY? If you need to take a long flight to go there, it may not be worth it just for a weekend trip.

Billabong
08-25-2004, 12:44 AM
Cmon Rogi you can win this:D!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hope Marti will be there to cheer for him:D!!!

Fergie
08-25-2004, 01:05 AM
I hope Marti will be there to cheer for him:D!!!

I hope the same :D

Go Roger :yeah:

LCeh
08-25-2004, 01:20 AM
I hope Marti will be there to cheer for him:D!!!

Good one Seb! :D :angel:

Daniel
08-25-2004, 08:49 AM
Go Rogi :yeah:

SUKTUEN
08-25-2004, 12:56 PM
:bounce: GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO FEDERER!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce:

WIN WIN WIN THE US OPEN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :boxing:

:kiss: :kiss: I LOVE YOU !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :kiss:

:worship: :worship: GOD PLEASE BLESS ROGER ~~~~ :worship:

ste
08-25-2004, 01:31 PM
HOOOOPPP ROGER!!!

LET'S DELIVERYING AGAIN... :clap2: :clap2: :clap2:

yanchr
08-25-2004, 02:51 PM
If Roger can actually go as deep as the qf or the semi, not Hewitt or Agassi will pose a great threat to him IMO. So don't get ahead of yourself to already discuss who you'd like him to meet in the qf or semi, that's just too much and too early. I guess like what Roger has shown this year, it's the first few rounds that count. I really hope he doesn't come across Nadal or some other teenagers he has never met in the first round. He needs some easy matches to get himself going first.

*wait patiently for the draw coming out a couple of hours later*

ytben
08-25-2004, 03:03 PM
yanchr, you're staying up for the draw? :eek: :p

Yeah I hope he gets a couple nice easy early rounds to get his game going.

speedracer
08-25-2004, 03:31 PM
Has anyone ever witnessed the drawing process? How random a draw really is? Isn't it strange that Roger always gets Hewitt and Nalby in his quarter? I bet Roddick will draw a bunch of wild cards and qualifiers and notorious clay courters for later rounds. :rolleyes:

Dirk
08-25-2004, 03:55 PM
As long as Rogi is well he has a great shot. Rogi has beaten plenty of new teenagers to the tour. Shame some people here just tend to focus on his losses to them. He would have lost to Tommy the next day likely anyways. He was spent mentally and physically. Just a victim of too much success, nothing more.

speedracer
08-25-2004, 04:55 PM
Sure, Rogi can beat anyone, but sometimes teenagers come out with nothing to lose attitude, going for every shot. If they are lucky enough, it can be tough to beat them. Remember, it wasn't that long ago, 19 year old Roger beat Pete, 18 year old Safin and Hewitt beat Agassi.

ytben
08-25-2004, 05:49 PM
Draw is out. A good draw I think for Rogi, all the dangerous floaters are not in his quarter. Costa in the first round, do you think he can trouble Rogi in HC?

Skyward
08-25-2004, 05:59 PM
Costa won the last two meetings, one of them on hc last year in Miami.

ytben
08-25-2004, 06:11 PM
Thanks for making me more nervous now Skyward! :mad: ;) I knew he will be dangerous but I was hoping for some reassurance when I posted that question :help: :p

Good luck Rogi in your first round! :bounce: Take it one match at a time!

LCeh
08-25-2004, 06:21 PM
No, I don't think Costa will be able to trouble Roger, but I am not sure if he will get himself into trouble. Again, I still have no idea what to expect from Roger going into the USO, so.... :(

MisterQ
08-25-2004, 06:25 PM
If things go according to plan, it's a Federer/Agassi quarterfinal. :)

Skyward
08-25-2004, 06:26 PM
I didn't want Roger to play Haas or some teenager in the first round. I got my wish. Instead, he's playing a seasoned veteran. :lol: Iagree with LCeh- the " good" Roger should beat Costa on hc.

If Roger gets through, Ljuibicic in the 4-th round can be dangerous

ytben
08-25-2004, 06:29 PM
Problem is we don't know which Roger will show up after Athens :tape: You two are making me more nervous. Where's Dirk and Fedex when you need them? ;)

Hey MisterQ :wavey: Yeah it is a possible Rogi/Andre QF. I was too nervous about Rogi's early rounds to be honest to worry that far ahead. But now that you reminded me of it, it will be a titans' match if they both get that far. Their matches are always so close with the exception of TMC's final.

RonE
08-25-2004, 06:39 PM
Here's your reassurance- with all due respect to their last two TMS meetings, this is a GRAND SLAM and it is best of five, so Roger has more time to find his game.

If he is relaxed and feels his way through the match, he should have no problems with Costa even though he lost both times they played. It's like Henman @ IW where people were worried because Henman 'owned' Roger- he was having none of that and just came out and destroyed Tim.

It ultimately depends on Rogi's state of mind and how well he can put the dissappointments from Athens behind him.

LCeh
08-25-2004, 06:42 PM
Definitely RonE. Isn't that how all his matches are anyway? ;) If he finds his game, he is most likely to win, but if he doesn't, he is in trouble. Same deal here, but we have extra doubt in our minds this time cause of the bad loss a week ago.

MisterQ, I hope that's the plan as well... :tape: But like Ytben, I am not looking that far ahead yet. :p

RonE
08-25-2004, 06:45 PM
Yes LCeh, but usually after a bad loss Rogi comes back with extra determination and something to prove- so I don't think he'll fold even if things do get a bit sticky during the match.

LCeh
08-25-2004, 06:50 PM
True RonE, but the losses he has suffered weren't nearly as heart breaking as this one, losing in the Olympics. I don't know, you might be right, and I certainly hope so, but I am still a little worried. ;)

ytben
08-25-2004, 06:56 PM
I think it will depend on Rogi's mental approach to this USO. If he feels he has something to prove after his Athens' loss, it will mean more pressure which is not good. If he feels people don't expect him to win all the time again, he will have less pressure which is good.

sol
08-25-2004, 07:08 PM
Costa won the last two meetings, one of them on hc last year in Miami.
Yes, this should be a tough test for Roger. However, if the one is focused and manages the pressure, he should win this match since he is better player now than last year at Miami. Good luck to him. :D

yanchr
08-25-2004, 07:08 PM
yanchr, you're staying up for the draw? :eek: :p
Nah, but now I'm waking up automatically for it ;) :p

yanchr
08-25-2004, 07:16 PM
I don't like the draw at all :( Seems like some intimidating first few rounds where Roger may have some problems, of course coming from himself. QF is still to far to see.

True RonE, but the losses he has suffered weren't nearly as heart breaking as this one, losing in the Olympics. I don't know, you might be right, and I certainly hope so, but I am still a little worried. ;)
Me too :tape: I still don't know how much effect the Olympics will make on Roger, but definitely much much bigger than all his other losses this year. I'm not reassured before seeing Roger getting through the 3rd round.

Dirk
08-25-2004, 07:23 PM
HE could. Depends on Rogi. Great draw for him. Racer Pete played a very good match with Rogi and lost. Very diffferent then Rogi's matches with Thomas and Nadal.

tangerine_dream
08-25-2004, 08:15 PM
I get the impression that Roger is not a fan of either USO/the crowd/Queens so what's worrisome most to me is how comfortable he will be playing there? When he's not comfortable, he plays like crap (like at Athens; I don't think he liked the slick surface at all).

LCeh
08-25-2004, 08:20 PM
I agree Tangy, another example would be Phillipe Chatrier... (I hope I got the court's name right)

Skyward
08-25-2004, 08:25 PM
I read Roger's old interview a couple of weeks ago. USO, actually, was second on his wish list to win after Wimbledon. I don't think he has problems with the surface.

RonE
08-25-2004, 10:29 PM
I read Roger's old interview a couple of weeks ago. USO, actually, was second on his wish list to win after Wimbledon. I don't think he has problems with the surface.

The surface is not an issue- I think what Tangy meant was that he is uncomfortable with the surroundings and conditions- public locker rooms, rowdy crowds, planes flying during matches etc.

Reminds me a bit of Stefan Edberg who in the early stages of his career had the same sort of problems and could never bring the best of himself in the Open. However when he started staying in Long Island and started to focus more on his tennis, he ended up playing some of the best tennis of his career in Flushing Meadows- including that demolishion job he did on Courier in the '91 final and his string of five-setters + a victory over Sampras to win the title again in '92.

Fergie
08-25-2004, 10:41 PM
I don't like Roge's draw :( ... Anyway, Go Roger :yeah:

Skyward
08-25-2004, 11:33 PM
http://msn.foxsports.com/story/2697490

This article made me :mad: It was on MSN under " luck of the draw, all bad for Federer".
Go Roger!!

vene
08-25-2004, 11:34 PM
I really want to go to the USO but I don't live in New York for starters and don't know which days Roger will be playing on because I'm not paying money to see anyone else. Also, the whether conditions in New York is very tricky and I only have one weekend to spare because I am in school.

Can anyone help me decide what to do?? :confused:

I have the same problem, I can drive to NY though and spend labor Day wkd IF Rogi is playing. They have these holiday tickets to see all the matches but I am not ready to pay unless I get to see Roger. I am thinking of waiting till the holiday and if I can see Roger, I will go to NY. Of course hotels in NY are pretty expensive, and I don't know about the weather either- what happens if it rains? I am not sure what the best solution is, really.

LCeh
08-25-2004, 11:57 PM
Skyward, I thought it was a pretty good article, at least it seems that the journalist follows tennis and knows what he/she is talking about... ;)

I found this part funny:

"Of course, this is assuming that the 34-year-old Agassi even gets to the quarterfinals, which is no sure thing."

And? Roger is surely going to the quarterfinals? :lol:

Skyward
08-26-2004, 12:04 AM
According to him( her) it's a monumental task for Roger to beat everyone, including Pavel lol. I think he 's had tougher draws than this one. If he did not lose to Berdych in Athens, I'd call it walk in the park.

Dirk
08-26-2004, 12:35 AM
As long as Rogi is rested I think he will be ready to go. Costa will be tough for him in the 1st rd but it may help him build his game up to the level he needs to be at. I would love to see an Andre and Rogi match and I think the winner of the match will win the event. If Rogi can win Oz then he can win here. The surface is more suited for him to win here. I hope he is well rested and well ready.

WyveN
08-26-2004, 01:21 AM
On the bright side Costa has not won a fast court match since the beginning of March.
On the other hand Costa has that Davydenko type of game that Roger probably dislikes.
Can't see him beating Roger over 5 sets though.

This is the first time in a long while when Nalbandian/Hewitt are on the other side in a slam draw. Probably the danger match for Roger is in the QF against Agassi or perhaps Santoro :tape:

ytben
08-26-2004, 03:20 AM
On the bright side Costa has not won a fast court match since the beginning of March.
On the other hand Costa has that Davydenko type of game that Roger probably dislikes.
Can't see him beating Roger over 5 sets though.


Aha, this is the kind of stuffs I'm looking for. I am feeling a bit better now :D


This is the first time in a long while when Nalbandian/Hewitt are on the other side in a slam draw. Probably the danger match for Roger is in the QF against Agassi or perhaps Santoro :tape:

Fabrice needs to get passed good old Todd first. His meat may prove to be too tough to be santorized :p

WyveN
08-26-2004, 05:50 AM
Fabrice needs to get passed good old Todd first. His meat may prove to be too tough to be santorized :p

One thing is for sure, it will be a 5 setter.

Daniel
08-26-2004, 06:10 AM
1R agasint Costa should be easy. I thinkthe problem here is Agassi, so I wish Agassi losses early. but in case hemeets Roger, I am sure Rogi will ake care of him :)

Good luck Rogi :) :hug:

mitalidas
08-26-2004, 07:47 AM
Yeah, the Agassi match is the toughest. there are other tricky ones, but the real test is Agassi assuming both get there

I think the other side of the draw (that is, for roddick ) is quite a bit tougher -- Nadal is not a write-off, nor Safin nor Hewitt who play roddick very well

ytben
08-26-2004, 07:51 AM
One thing is for sure, it will be a 5 setter.

:haha: So true. For once I am thankful USO has a TB in the fifth set :o

SUKTUEN
08-26-2004, 12:08 PM
ROGER WIN THE FIRST MATCH IS MOST IMPORTANT. :wavey:

lsy
08-26-2004, 12:46 PM
Nice to have a good mix of Rogi fans here. The usual neurotic ones :scared:; the cool and forever confident ones :cool:; and of course the neutral...always trying to make sense ones :angel: I don't need to mention names, you all know which group you belong to :lol: ;)

I'm certainly looking forward to the 1st rd match. Can't wait to see Rogi revenge that rather painful loss in Rome which I had the "pleasure" of watching it 3 times I think.

btw, am I the only one whose country had won 0 0 0 medals so far? I'm tired of listening to this "our athletes will go into the Games with full enthusiams, giving their best and we'll see if it's good enough for a medal if not then they will bring back with them the valuable experience for future competition" for the past 12 years :o :(

Life is so much better putting my hopes on Rogi...

Let's go Rogi :woohoo: :woohoo:

deekaye
08-26-2004, 01:04 PM
undefined:yeah: RF, thanks for the thread. Let's now focus on USO. Good luck Rogi in USO, just defend your points.

Anybody will go there?
==========================
But who is Roger meeting in the first round? None other than that tough little Spaniard who tried Roger's patience and beat him in one of the clay court tournaments (Rome?)earlier this year. Roger won the first set easily...one way traffic,then somehow became disinterested and lost the next 2 to Albert Costa. One hopes that the benefit of losing early in Athens will mean that RF is fresh and focused, for he has Agassi,Henman among other 'tough nuts'in his half,while Roddick has much the easier draw.The holder and home favourite .... hmmm......May be my suspicion is unfounded :)


deekaye

speedracer
08-26-2004, 01:38 PM
I think the other side of the draw (that is, for roddick ) is quite a bit tougher -- Nadal is not a write-off, nor Safin nor Hewitt who play roddick very well

I think Roddick's draw is very well calculated. :lol: No, I'm not trying to stir some controversy. :lol: But let's look carefully. Nadal could provide some resistance, but no longer than for one set, I think. He beat Roger earlier this year, but Roger was unwell, right? Anyway, he is more dangerous on clay and overall is just too green to beat Roddick in the best of 5 on hc in NY. Nobody knows what to expect from Marat. He might lose to Enquist in the 1st round. If he gets through, he might provide the match of the tournament against Roddick, but the chances are he will give up easily. I doubt that Ferrero is going to make QF. It means we have a young, unexperienced Johansson as a QF opponent for Roddick, or even worse, some unknown " surprise". I also have my doubts about Hewitt, especially if he decides to stick at Long Island till finals. His quarter is not easy, and I'm afraid he'll be due for a loss before semis. Even though, he got back to the top5, imo, he's still lacking confidence ( that was evident in the final against quite average Agassi) and spends more time on the court than he really needs. Therefore, we have a fresh Roddick on his favorite surface with home crowd behind him in the finals once again. What a nightmare prospect for whoever comes from the other side of the draw. Also it's a nightmare for me because I dislike both his game and personality :mad:

yanchr
08-26-2004, 02:47 PM
Yeah, the Agassi match is the toughest. there are other tricky ones, but the real test is Agassi assuming both get there

I think the other side of the draw (that is, for roddick ) is quite a bit tougher -- Nadal is not a write-off, nor Safin nor Hewitt who play roddick very well
I get the feeling that the Agassi-Rogi match that every one is drooling over right after the draw was out won't happen. Either of them may be crashed out before the qf, Agassi more probably, or even both:tape:

Andy's draw is not anything a walk in the park. I get another feeling that Andy won't be in the final this time.

I don't dare to produce anything about the feeling of how Rogi will actually perform in Flushing Meadows. One match each time for him and for me.

Frankly I have my worries for Rogi now thanks to his extremely negative reaction after the loss in Athens. But just about every time I have doubt and worry over him, he brought up with some good and surprise to me. Hope this time is no exception.

And honestly I'm not as eager to see Rogi release his best in NY as in the Wimby. But I'll be overexcited to see Rogi shut the American crowds up with his win in their home land, esp if he does it by defeating their Andy the fav baby :devil:

mitalidas
08-26-2004, 04:35 PM
I think Roddick's draw is very well calculated. :lol: Therefore, we have a fresh Roddick on his favorite surface with home crowd behind him in the finals once again. What a nightmare prospect for whoever comes from the other side of the draw. Also it's a nightmare for me because I dislike both his game and personality :mad:

well, what I meant when I said roddick's draw is tougher because of Nadal, Hewitt and Safin is not that roddick would necessarily lose , but that he would tire out before getting farther than the QF/SF. Being tested by nadal, johannson, hewitt and/or safin would not leave him fresh. Thus, no nightmare prospect for the other person (Roger) from the other side of the draw, imo. :)

ytben
08-26-2004, 07:25 PM
From his interview with James Lipton


James Lipton: What is your least favorite sound?

Roger Federer: Air planes, jumbo air planes.


Doesn't bode well for USO :( I hope the plane noise won't disrupt his focus much.

RonE
08-26-2004, 09:03 PM
From his interview with James Lipton



Doesn't bode well for USO :( I hope the plane noise won't disrupt his focus much.


Hey it could be worse. I guess he never heard cat claws on a chalkboard :eek:

RonE
08-26-2004, 09:05 PM
Besides, if the desire and concentration is there, he should be able to shut it out and do just fine.

mitalidas
08-26-2004, 09:33 PM
Finally, wertheim annoints Rogi as the predicted winner.

Dont know if that's a good thing, though He also predicted Agassi to win the AO and roddick to win Wimbly. And he was wrong both times (in each case, he correctly predicted that Rogi would be in the Final and incorrectly predicted Rogi would lose)

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2004/writers/jon_wertheim/08/26/men.seeds/index.html

Skyward
08-26-2004, 10:10 PM
He predicted that Roger would win FO over Coria. Can he get it right at least one time out of four? :rolleyes:

mitalidas
08-26-2004, 10:27 PM
he's jinxing our Rogi! For shame.

Billabong
08-26-2004, 11:37 PM
GO ROGI prove him right for once;)!

-sOfia-
08-27-2004, 02:05 AM
Lets Go Fed :bounce:
Goodluck!

RogiFan88
08-27-2004, 03:25 PM
Arthur Ashe Kids' Day -- Sat. 12noon

Is Rogi participating or what? He did mention it... is it on TV at all or just highlights once the USO starts on Mon.?

GO ROGI!! Defend those pts first, then keep going!

RogiFan88
08-27-2004, 03:25 PM
CBS Sun 2.30pm USO preview show I believe. Half hour.

SUKTUEN
08-27-2004, 05:21 PM
ROGER feel good in now~~~~ :D :D

I am so glad for he got well after Athen. :wavey: :wavey:

mitalidas
08-27-2004, 07:56 PM
It looks like Rogi's draw could perhaps get easier: Costa may not play....

Spaniard Costa doubtful for U.S. Open due to knee injury
Fri 27 August, 2004 20:10

COMMACK, New York, August 28 (Reuters) - Former French Open champion Albert Costa faces a race to be fit for next week's U.S. Open, where he is due to play top seed Roger Federer in the first round.

The 29-year-old Spaniard was due to partner Alex Corretja in a second-round doubles match at the Long Island Cup on Thursday but withdrew because of an ongoing problem with his left knee.

RonE
08-27-2004, 11:02 PM
Never forget- a wounded animal is a dangerous one!

RogiFan88
08-28-2004, 02:58 AM
quite right, RonE

Billabong
08-28-2004, 04:17 AM
I also agree;)! Costa gave some trouble to Rogi in the past:(!

mitalidas
08-28-2004, 08:13 AM
but a wounded animal that withdraws is not so dangerous ;)

Nymeria
08-28-2004, 08:29 AM
I'm looking forward to the USO :) Last year Rogi had some problems in the tournies before the USO as well, so he might be able to have another good result :). We'll see if he can win the first rounds he'll be able to do well, since most of the time this year he did do well if he did win the first rounds

Daniel
08-28-2004, 08:49 AM
Good luck !!!!

ytben
08-28-2004, 10:45 AM
but a wounded animal that withdraws is not so dangerous ;)

I somehow don't think he will withdraw. IF Costa withdraws, do you know who will take his place?

RonE
08-28-2004, 11:02 AM
but a wounded animal that withdraws is not so dangerous ;)

Very true, but we do not have enough accurate information regarding the nature of the injury. His withdrawal from Long Island could just be precautionary, and then Costa might go into the match feeling he has nothing to lose and play some blinding tennis.

Besides, if he does withdraw, like ytben said, we do not know who might take his place. Perhaps some lucky loser with powerful shots (a la Gilles Muller, though I think he lost before the final round of qualifying). So at least with Costa he knows what he's up against and what he has to do to win.

mitalidas
08-28-2004, 11:08 AM
I somehow don't think he will withdraw. IF Costa withdraws, do you know who will take his place?

you're right, there is no official word...

otherwise, maybe bogdanovic (who just qualified for the draw)? or a lucky loser? too premature to say -- costa could give it a shot regardless of knee issues

ytben
08-28-2004, 11:11 AM
I was rereading my post and just want to be clear, I was not asking a rethorical question in my previous post. I am really curious if anybody know who'll take Costa's place in case he withdraws :)

Please not some pumped up teenagers, veterans, or dark horses. Not many choices left I know.

EDIT: I see mitalidas has responded. Thanks for the info mitalidas :D

SUKTUEN
08-28-2004, 11:34 AM
then who will play Roger in first round ? :confused:

RonE
08-28-2004, 11:40 AM
then who will play Roger in first round ? :confused:

Until further notice, it will be Albert Costa.

Daniel
08-29-2004, 07:23 AM
Good luck !!!! :bounce: :D :clap2: :yeah:

Nymeria
08-29-2004, 10:35 AM
Good luck !!!! :bounce: :D :clap2: :yeah:

*joins* :bounce: :D :clap2: :yeah:

SUKTUEN
08-29-2004, 10:35 AM
IS Roger play tomorrow ? ? :confused:

or tuesday ? ?

ytben
08-29-2004, 10:51 AM
The OOP is not out yet Suktuen, so not sure :(

ytben
08-29-2004, 05:45 PM
OOP is out. Rogi is playing on Monday. He got the day match, as expected :rolleyes:

http://www.usopen.org/en_US/scores/schedule/index.html

There's no news so Costa is playing afterall. Good luck against Costa Rogi! :bounce:

RogiFan88
08-29-2004, 10:28 PM
GO, ROGI!!!! I'll see you on TV tomorrow...

Billabong
08-29-2004, 10:39 PM
Thanks, GOOOOOOO FEDDDDDD:banana:!!!!!!

Raquel
08-29-2004, 11:49 PM
Good Luck tomorrow Roger :bounce:

I should get to see him tomorrow. I feel like I have not seen him in a long time! :lol:

Hopp Rogi! :yeah:

Skyward
08-30-2004, 01:36 AM
USO preview

http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2004/usopen_prev.asp

" THE FEDERER EXPRESS – Federer enters his third Grand Slam tournament of the season as the top seed and as the world's No. 1 player. At Roland Garros, he lost in the third round to three-time champion Gustavo Kuerten in straight sets before repeating his title at Wimbledon (d. Roddick). In Federer's last 25 tournaments going back to June 2003, the Swiss star has compiled a 98-14 (.875) match record, winning 12 titles. In addition, he is undefeated (14-0) against Top 10 opponents going back to the season-ending 2003 Tennis Masters Cup in Houston where he went 5-0. Federer is attempting to become the first player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a season. He is the first player since Pete Sampras in 1997 to win two of the first three Grand Slam tournaments. Federer has won his last 10 finals going back to last year and he is the first player to win at least eight titles coming into the US Open since Thomas Muster won 10 in 1995. Federer won a career-high 23 consecutive matches on three different surfaces (grass, clay, hard) with titles in Halle, Wimbledon (on grass), Gstaad (on clay) and Toronto (on hard), becoming the first player to accomplish the feat since Bjorn Borg in 1979. Federer is also one of five players (Borg, Connors, Edberg, Kuerten) in the Open Era to win his first three Grand Slam finals. No player has won his first four finals. He is the first player since Agassi in 1999-2000 to win three of five Grand Slam titles. The last No. 1 to win the US Open was Sampras in 1996."

LCeh
08-30-2004, 01:52 AM
That's A LOT of stats. :lol:

Thanks a lot Skyward. I am excited to see Roger tomorrow! :bounce:

ytben
08-30-2004, 05:29 AM
Me too LCeh! Can't wait :bounce: Raquel, I feel the same, like it has been so long since I saw him :D

Fergie
08-30-2004, 05:49 AM
Good luck Roger :kiss: :yeah:

lsy
08-30-2004, 07:12 AM
Gosh...I thought I was confident with this match but now I'm already starting to get nervous :help:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 08:08 AM
Good luck Roger :bounce: Hope it will be on tv here! I'm getting nervous as well :help:

ytben
08-30-2004, 08:46 AM
Gosh...I thought I was confident with this match but now I'm already starting to get nervous :help:

I know you'll come around lsy. Welcome back to the neurotic club :p.

Also welcome to our latest member, Legolas ;) The club welcome men and elves.

I'm nervous even when I was only staring at the OOP yesterday :help:

Daniel
08-30-2004, 09:03 AM
Good luck

SUKTUEN
08-30-2004, 01:23 PM
I FEEL nervous too~~~~~ :eek:

GOD PLEASE BLESS ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship:

speedracer
08-30-2004, 01:30 PM
Удачи, Роджер!!!


Good luck !!!

Colosseo
08-30-2004, 01:46 PM
I always believe he will do his best, he know what is he want to get!
Gook Luck!

yanchr
08-30-2004, 02:05 PM
I hope I'll get Roger today, so that I can see how well Roger is recovering from his tragedy in Athens. I need Roger's good release of form to boost my confidence.

Good luck, to Roger and to myself!

WyveN
08-30-2004, 02:39 PM
Even this match should show what form Roger is in, at AO/Wimbledon he was playing almost perfectly from the first round.

ste
08-30-2004, 02:51 PM
hmm he soon starts his match...i am nervous aswell...i really hope he will go through this round otherwise i dont know what he will do....he needs this win for motivation but also for selfconfidence....

so please let Roger win today....!!! :bowdown:

ALLEZZ ROGER!!!! :hug:

Doris Loeffel
08-30-2004, 02:59 PM
Viu Glück, Good luck, bonne chance

Like most of you I'm nervous too - he really has a though opener. But I have faith in Roger that he overcame his athen failure and is in the right "mood" to be ready to face Costa even though he lost the last two meetings against him.

Allleezzz Roger good luck. (Wish I could watch the whole match but I myself have to play tennis....)
Gooo Roger gooo!!!

Dirk
08-30-2004, 03:10 PM
I will give you all details on Ninja's first match today. I am not really that nervous. I hope it stays that way. ;)

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 05:03 PM
:) The match will start soon :D

ytben
08-30-2004, 05:12 PM
Rogi down a break already :bigcry:

And I don't get coverage too :fiery:, my coverage is showing Tanasugarn :rolleyes:

ytben
08-30-2004, 05:13 PM
He broke back :D :D :D

Keep going Rogi!

lsy
08-30-2004, 05:14 PM
COME ON ROGI!!!!!!

:bounce: :bounce:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 05:15 PM
I have coverage luckily :) But I missed the first two games coz I wanted to see the arrival of the Dutch olympic sportmen!

ytben
08-30-2004, 05:24 PM
I got coverage now too :D but I think they'll switch back to Moya anytime now

ytben
08-30-2004, 05:41 PM
Costa is playing great and Rogi is not. I'm so nervous now :help:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 05:46 PM
I'm really nervous as well :help:

lsy
08-30-2004, 05:48 PM
Where are the more confident ones to calm us down?

Really really nervous...

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 05:52 PM
First set Roger 7-5 :) :bounce:

ytben
08-30-2004, 05:53 PM
Rogi got the first serve :D :D :D Thanks to Costa to DF on set point.

C'mon ROgi!!!!!!!!!!!!! Keep going!!!! +++++++++++++++++++++

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 05:53 PM
Where are the more confident ones to calm us down?



Good question. Usually I'm quiet confident myself but Costa is playing really well. I hope Roger will do better the 2nd set :)

lsy
08-30-2004, 05:56 PM
Good question. Usually I'm quiet confident myself but Costa is playing really well. I hope Roger will do better the 2nd set :)

We need the "usual" you here ;)

Can't really rely on ytben, another neurotic one :o

Those airplanes are really annoying :mad:

COME ON ROGI! Costa is attacking Roger's bh a lot again, just like in Rome.

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:06 PM
Yeah those airplanes are driving me mad :(

lsy I can't even act mad, it's too true unfortunately :o But at least I'm consistent unlike some people :p

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:06 PM
We need the "usual" you here ;)

Can't really rely on ytben, another neurotic one :o

Those airplanes are really annoying :mad:

COME ON ROGI! Costa is attacking Roger's bh a lot again, just like in Rome.

*calms down* The real me is back :)

I hate the airplanes as well :mad:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:09 PM
*3-1 Roger in the 2nd set :woohoo:

lsy
08-30-2004, 06:14 PM
lsy I can't even act mad, it's too true unfortunately :o But at least I'm consistent unlike some people :p

:ras: ytben

:hug: Legolas

and more :ras: :ras: :ras: at my coverage!

But Rogi seems to be getting into the groove now :)

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:16 PM
yeah :D :D How does Rogi look when he broke Legolas? My coverage switched to Rusedski :fiery:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:18 PM
He was glad with the break. But I'm still wondering why Roger looks this tired :eek: When I see his face I think: go back to bed!

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:22 PM
He doesn't look tired to me, but I think he looks disturbed, probably from those airplane sounds.

lsy
08-30-2004, 06:22 PM
He was glad with the break. But I'm still wondering why Roger looks this tired :eek: When I see his face I think: go back to bed!

It's those annoying airplanes, they're driving him nuts :mad: ;)

Why is Rogi wasting all those BPs??? :mad:

Skyward
08-30-2004, 06:22 PM
How can Roger become more popular in US if they are showing Carlos Moya and a superstar of modern tennis-Greg Rusedski. :o

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:24 PM
5-2* now. I got the feeling he is a bit better already, but still there are some big UE

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:27 PM
0-15
0-30 Great winner Roger :D
0-40 lucky point, but well you need luck in your game
15-40 UE Roger
And 2nd set Roger :D

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:28 PM
YESSSSSSSSSSS one more set Rogi!!!! :D :D :D

US also doesn't show Rogi? :o I thought only my coverage stink.

lsy
08-30-2004, 06:29 PM
:bounce: :bounce:

keep going Rogi!

Thanks Legolas for the points updates.

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:29 PM
:o I just had Roger on two channels, eurosport and rtl5 (a dutch channel) but now rtl5 changed to the end of Moya's match

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:30 PM
Thanks for the point breakdown Legolas :D They're showing Rogi again now :D

C'mon Rogi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Skyward
08-30-2004, 06:30 PM
Legolas, thanks for the updates. In US we had to see the upset of the day- Saulner over Rusedski. :rolleyes:

Go Roger :clap2:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:33 PM
I like the way Roger is playing now :) 1-0*

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:36 PM
0-15
15-15 UE Roger, ball just missed the line
15-30 UE Costa (he's making more and more ue's)
30-30 Roger just missed a volley (well I can understand he missed it)
30-40 Great rally :) UE Costa
and another UE, game Roger :bounce:

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:37 PM
ROgi broke :D :D :D Yeah, he's playing much better now. Keep going Rogi!!!!

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:38 PM
15-0 and another UE Costa (this gets boring :p)
30-0 serve&volley Roger
40-0 Return wrong
Beautifull volley Roger 3-0 :bounce:

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:39 PM
What a volley from Rogi to hold :worship: Keep going Rogi!!!!

lsy
08-30-2004, 06:41 PM
Rogi is playing lots of s/v and it's working. Definitely changed how he played from when he just came in for this match :yeah:

The commentators mentiond DC being the coach Rogi is waiting for again and they said Roger is a nice guy and completely coachable :lol:

Forgot those hairpins again Rogi? :o

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:42 PM
Legolas I see you're back to your "usual" self :lol:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:44 PM
15-0 hard volley Roger
15-15 Good Return Roger, Costa misses next ball
15-30 oops missed this point coz someone asked me something on msn
15-40 and another winner Roger :D
30-40 Good serve and easy volley Costa
Deuce missed the return
Adv. Costa winner
Game Costa UE Roger

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:46 PM
0-15 :lol: UE (sorry that I laugh:p)
15-15 and now a winner again :D
30-15
40-15 Ace!
Game Roger :bounce: Serve winner :)

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:47 PM
Legolas I see you're back to your "usual" self :lol:
Yep, I am back :D ;)

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:48 PM
Rogi hold easily :D :D :D He's playing great now, but his hairs are a mess :p

Skyward
08-30-2004, 06:51 PM
If Mirka doesn't have enough time, he can hire me as his hairdresser. :p

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:51 PM
0-15 Guess what? An UE Costa! :p
0-30 Beautifull point Roger :D Ytben I like his hairs like this :p
15-30 Roger just missed the backline but you couldn't expect him to make this point
30-30 Good serve, Roger missed return
40-30 wow :eek: a few points in a row for Costa now :p
And game Costa!

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:54 PM
0-15
0-30
0-40 DF :eek: C'mon Roger!
and a UE Roger :eek:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 06:54 PM
C'mon Roger!!! You can do it! You don't have to lose your serve! C'mon :bounce:

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:55 PM
Rogi got broken :mad: :mad: :mad: So sloppy in that last game. All the points are from his UEs and DF :fiery:

C'mon Rogi!!!!! Don't lose your focus now!!!!

ytben
08-30-2004, 06:56 PM
If Mirka doesn't have enough time, he can hire me as his hairdresser. :p

Take a number Sky :p

lsy
08-30-2004, 06:57 PM
:smash: Rogi!

Match is not over, don't let loose yet Rogi!!!

ste
08-30-2004, 06:57 PM
i have 2 pics for you from the netcam....

ytben
08-30-2004, 07:04 PM
Thanks for the piccies Ste. But I'll wait till end of the match to truly appreciate them.

Rogi broke :D :D Costa DF again on break point.

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 07:06 PM
0-15
0-30 DF
0-40 DF :mad: *hard to stay the real me right now :o*
Good point Costa. 5-4* now. C'mon Roger!!!!!

ytben
08-30-2004, 07:06 PM
Rogi :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

Got broken back at love. Thanks to his two DFs

lsy
08-30-2004, 07:08 PM
This is really pathetic Rogi...:smash: :smash: :smash:

It's not playing games out there ok, just fininsh it! :mad: :mad: :mad:

Nymeria
08-30-2004, 07:11 PM
0-15 Well done :) Go on like this Roger!
15-15
15-30 lucky point Roger, I expected Costa to win it
15-40 Good winners. Match points Roger :bounce:
30-40 Roger missed return
and a winner :bounce: Roger :woohoo:

ytben
08-30-2004, 07:12 PM
Rogi :woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

I can do without his brainfarts but at least he won it in straights. Did you see that running passing shot from Rogi? :D

asotgod
08-30-2004, 07:18 PM
Good groundstroke game by Federer. An excellent day at work, with the exception of those three service games (at the start of the match, and his last two service games). He needs to work on that or at least ensure he double-faults less. Probably also needs to try to convert his break points better. Other than that, I am pleased as he completely dominated Costa. It makes me feel good about this tournament. Hopefully, he gets by Baghdatis easily also, as I have my reservations when he plays people he doesn't know or has never played before. He should be fine though.

Skyward
08-30-2004, 07:21 PM
I wish he would get rid of bad habit losing his serve at the end of the match. Hopefully, the reasons for this are first round jitters and a dangerous opponent. He should raise his game and I'm sure he will.

Unfortunately, I only could see a very tight first set and the end of the third set which wasn't pretty.

lsy
08-30-2004, 07:22 PM
:woohoo: :woohoo:

That was a good game he broke to win but he really can do without those mental lapses in last few service games.

But overall a good first round match and I think Rogi should be feeling pretty good after this win.

Hi asotgod :wavey:

RogiFan88
08-30-2004, 07:22 PM
Woo hoo Rogi! You made it past the 1st hurdle, now for the next 6!

asotgod, I agree that Rogi makes me nervous when he plays a new guy... it always happens at the slams or TMS too...

let's hope Rogi's a little more confident now... but yes, pls convert those bps better... it really really helps to shorten the match in these yukky conditions that he hates SOOOOOOOO much!! hee hee...

not crazy about the new T tho... yay for Carlos too altho he hates to play so early... he took about an hour to wake up...

Dirk
08-30-2004, 07:27 PM
Rogi was playing a tough opponent. All this will be forgotten if he can get cleaner like he usually does. Great jo Rogi.

ytben
08-30-2004, 07:32 PM
I wish he got rid of bad habit losing his serve at the end of the match. Hopefully, the reasons for this are first round jitters and a dangerous opponent. He should raise his game and I'm sure he will.

Unfortunately, I only could see a very tight first set and the end of the third set which wasn't pretty.

I think he's too eager to end the match and got sloppy. Yeah anybody know about this Baghdatis guy? What's his style, can he trouble Rogi?

Rogi needs to play better on big points, he made some silly errors on break points. His serve is great though. Also he played smart S/V in this match :D

asotgod
08-30-2004, 07:32 PM
Hi Isy, hopefully Roger will clean up his game and get into a more comfortable groove. I sort of like his groove right now, and perceive that it can only get better.

Rogifan88, he does make me nervous also when he plays a new guy, but I like what I saw in the first round match, so I feel good about his next match. I believe he does as well.

Anyway guys, I hope your days are going fine. Hope to talk to y'all later.

RonE
08-30-2004, 07:34 PM
An annoying match in many ways, but at least I hope Rogi got the shit out of his system and he will learn from his discrepancies.

In the first set he was a bit rusty, but all the way through the 2nd and early stages of the third (until he got broken back :mad: :mad: :mad: ) he was really the Rogi we all know and love.

Despite the slight hiccup I am most pleased with Federer's performance for a couple of reasons:

1. Many people have expressed doubts about Rogi's state of mind following his loss in the Olympics and I think he put those doubts to rest very convincingly showing everyone he is still in the business and playing pretty well.

2. Costa has always been a difficult opponent for Rogi also on hard (Miami 2003) an he was in many ways a "lithmus test" for Roger's form. So he came through with flying colours, his form and state of mind look pretty good for the rest of the tournament now.

3. McEnroe's foot-in-the-mouth comment about hard courts being Rogi's least preferred surface were just that. He seemed to be very comfortable hitting the ball and with his movement.

Dirk
08-30-2004, 07:38 PM
Ron JMac just doesn't want rogi to be having the success he is having. He is very Pro Andy and looking for any kind of excuse to believe Rogi can't win the event. 1st rds are always tough and costa is a great player so its not surprising. I am more focused on Roger's reactions to the situation than the negatives. Roger seems like he will be just fine.

Skyward
08-30-2004, 07:39 PM
Probably also needs to try to convert his break points better.

ITA. He creates tons of bp and wastes most of them. If he could improve his convertion ratio, all his matches would have had scoreline 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 -lol

Dirk
08-30-2004, 07:46 PM
Oh god skyward that would be a dream. As long as he gets better which I really think he will then its alright.

Mrs. B
08-30-2004, 08:04 PM
Roger did look tired out there, but glad to see he pulled through in 3 straight sets.

i don't like his hair all over the place, why doesn't he wear a cap for a change?

it's trolling season again on GM. the Fed haters are out! :lol:

Dirk
08-30-2004, 08:12 PM
Rogi looked tired out there? Ok this has got to end. Rogi can not be tired like this.

RonE
08-30-2004, 08:16 PM
Mrs B., I must say I didn't see any signs of tiredness :confused: I think it was just a slip of concentration as a result of the rustiness of the first match in a grand slam. Give him another match or two and he'll be fine ;)

Yes Dirk, that's what I thought too about McEnroe's comment. And yes, Costa is a very tough opponent. The thing that amazed me most was that during that first set Costa hit his shots so hard and flat- especially that forehand. He was hitting it harder than Federer was hitting his and with less spin.

RogiFan88
08-30-2004, 08:19 PM
I didn't watch our entire coverage, which was only one set and a bit of the others... but yes, it's the HAIR that's bothering me... and ROGI... why did he get it cut like that??? He needs a hairband or sth... how can you win a slam w hair flying all over the place... esp for ROGI who is so neat and tidy...

RonE
08-30-2004, 08:21 PM
:haha: about the hair bit. Maybe he should braid it like Younes El-Aynaoui does ;)

Mrs. B
08-30-2004, 08:21 PM
Ron, maybe i imagined it but i thought i saw shadows under his eyes, and with his scruffy look today that was my impression. physically, he didn't seem like it. my bad. ;)

LCeh
08-30-2004, 08:23 PM
Roger is not playing with the confidence he had in AO yet, but he is certainly playing in a much better form than he did in the beginning of Toronto and Cincy. Stupid USA network cut out the second set and the first 3 games of the third set, where Roger won 9 of the 11 games... :banghead:

RonE
08-30-2004, 08:23 PM
Ron, maybe i imagined it but i thought i saw shadows under his eyes, and with his scruffy look today that was my impression. physically, he didn't seem like it. my bad. ;)

Thats ok, you don't need to apologize :) I was just giving my perception of what I saw.

Skyward
08-30-2004, 08:28 PM
John Mc was unbearable today. He praised Costa and wanted to see an upset badly. I turned the sound off after Roger lost his first service game.

He didn't look tired to me.

Mrs. B
08-30-2004, 08:41 PM
But I'm still wondering why Roger looks this tired :eek: When I see his face I think: go back to bed!

:lol:

hey, legolas! glad to see you back here. it's about time! ;)