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What has been the highlight of Roger's year for you?

WyveN
09-17-2004, 02:13 PM
Winning AO was the highlight of Roger's season for me so far.

Beating Hewitt on Australian day after going down a set on the same court as the DC loss was magical, then finally beating Nalbandian who was in hot form, followed by a victory over Ferrero to get the #1 ranking and finally beating the giant killer Safin to end a memorable fortnight.

LCeh
09-17-2004, 02:19 PM
For me it's definitely Wimbledon. Being able to defend a grand slam, going in there as the huge favorite, bagels his first 2 opponents, breezes into the quarters, then lost a set and a service game, but still bagelled Hewitt, breezes through Grosjean, and then losing the first set and down a break in the third, and still comes back to win the title was amazing. (Huge run on sentence... :lol: )

WyveN
09-17-2004, 02:21 PM
Vote LCeh ;)

SUKTUEN
09-17-2004, 02:23 PM
I think is Winning Wimbledon - victory over Red hot Roddick after a great comeback

I think in Roger 's heart, Wimby is most important ~~ :worship:

ytben
09-17-2004, 02:31 PM
For me Wimbledon definetely is the highlight. I know the whole journey to the final was a bit ho hum, but the final made up for it in a big way. That was where not only his tennis on display, but also his inner strength.

For him to defend his most loved slam when he's not playing his best against a fired up opponent is just magical :D

EDIT: Furthermore, I think this is the deciding point on Rogi and Andy's year to determine who will have the momentum for the top position.

lsy
09-17-2004, 02:32 PM
WyveN...I was alreadying thinking about this when I posted in the USO thread much earliet on and was wondering what all the Rogi fans thoughs too.

gosh, I thought it will be an easy choice for me at first glance but after reading your options, seems like every one is a highlight for me! :eek: WyveN, you're making it so difficult to vote :mad:

I still have to say Wimbledon though, the emotional rides in Hewitt and Andy matches was terrifying and not to mention that it was one tournament when Rogi was flat out determined to win right from the 1st round...so to see him finally achieving that was very very satisfying.

But damn why isn't there an "all of the above" option? ;)

WyveN
09-17-2004, 02:38 PM
I wonder if Roger would chose Wimbledon. I am certain it is the one tournament he would choose at the start of the year but looking back at things sometimes unexpected victories are more special.

LCeh
09-17-2004, 02:56 PM
Sorry, forgot to vote. :o

Voted now.

yanchr
09-17-2004, 04:24 PM
It's a toss between the first one and the Wimbledon. I go this way: if I take away the AO win with all the others still there, I think world No.1 is still due for Roger this year. But if I take away the Wimbledon, nothing can make up for it.

I heard and believe that what makes you a great champion standing out of normal champions is when you manage to defend your big titles, GS titles it means. Plus a tough comeback victory in the GS final just got in me way more than some relatively easy wins even if with brilliant performance from beginning to end.

That said, of course any other highlight is also there to make 2004 Roger's year. Just I still remeber how much I wanted Roger to defend his Wimbly long before it set off, no way I felt the same before any other tourney.

martirogi
09-17-2004, 04:26 PM
Defending Wimbledon, I think he played the best of the year there.

Fergie
09-17-2004, 04:35 PM
Wimbledon ... Roger defended successfully his title playing a spectacular tennis :yeah:

Mrs. B
09-17-2004, 05:26 PM
Wimbledon. Defending it against Roddick who looked like he was gonna win it before the rain delay and coming back to win it in 4. very special. the tennis gods have favored Roger.

:)

Dirk
09-17-2004, 06:20 PM
Doing a Borg, Wimbly, Gstaad, Toronto. That basically just sums up how mighty Ninja really is. That is one record I doubt will ever be matched. Just Borg and Rogi. :)

Skyward
09-17-2004, 07:47 PM
Wimbledon. To defend a title is the the hardest thing in sports.

Dirk
09-17-2004, 07:54 PM
Harder than a doing a borg? How many people have defended Wimbly then how many people have done what rogi and borg did? Only 2 and 7 have defended wimbly in the open era.

Skyward
09-17-2004, 08:12 PM
Harder than a doing a borg? How many people have defended Wimbly then how many people have done what rogi and borg did? Only 2 and 7 have defended wimbly in the open era.

That's usually what athletes say. Obviously, none of them did what Borg and Roger managed to accomplish, so they don't know lol.

Dirk
09-17-2004, 08:28 PM
Therefore you would have to pick the one I picked. Grass,clay, hardcourt streak. :)

Blaze
09-17-2004, 10:10 PM
Wimbledon-Beating a red hot Roddick on July 4, coming back from a set down and all that. :worship:

I also like when in defeated Roddick on North American hardcourt in Toronto to complete the three titles on three different surfaces

Daniel
09-17-2004, 11:07 PM
US Open, put him on the spot allover the USA and the world as the best player in the world :worship:

Yoda
09-18-2004, 01:49 AM
Winning the USO....not because of that title only....but to complete 3 Grand Slams in one year.. :hatoff:

Rogiman
10-05-2004, 11:05 PM
I beg to differ, just to make a point!

First, it's such a luxury, digging in a bowl full of pearls, looking for the diamond...! :smoke:

I am the only freak who voted for Hamburg TMS, not because it was a greater than Wimbledon (nothing stands a chance against Holyland! :angel: ) but because its significance for the years to come.
Would you bet against a guy who defeated Gaudio, Lapentti, Gonzalez, Moya, Hewitt and Coria on clay (!!!) in the same week to win Roland Garros one day?
I wouldn't.

The win in Toronto was Excellent as well, if only for the way Roger raised his game for the final (against the duck, no less...) after a mediocre (at most) week, to play his arguably best match of the season. :yeah:

I know, I know, I couldn't refrain from mentioning the duck, what can I say...?
I'm a duck hunter! :banana:

WF4EVER
10-07-2004, 01:46 AM
The first thought that occurred to me after I read the options was that there was no 'All of the above'. LOL.

Nor, "Winning three Slams".

If I had to choose from the choices it would either be Wimby or the USO. Wimby because not only did he defend it but he had his toughest match in the final and was able to win it even though he wasn't nearly as consistent or brilliant as he can be. USO because of the detractors like John McEnroe who tried to convince the rest of the watching public that Roger wasn't ready to win the USO becayse it was too big for him and he couldn't handle it, and Agassi was the better wind player yadda yadda
.....

I suppose I'll lean towards his Wimby repeat because he didn't beat Roddick in the USO final as I'd have preferred him to. OTOH if he had played Roddick in the final he would have lost because the eventual champion in every other Slam this year had to go through Lleyton so I suppose I can't have it both ways.

Wimby it is.

RonE
10-08-2004, 12:14 AM
Like everyone else, I'm having a big dilemma here. But like most people I voted Wimbledon.

On the day of the Wimbledon final, which also happened to be the day I joined MTF, I posted that in my opinion that match would be the most important match of the year.

Before I get to that, I would like to start by saying that I don't think there is any tougher situation than coming in to your first grand slam as a defending champion. Having won your first slam, then coming back the next year is a measure of "did you win that 1st title by fluke or do you really have what it takes?". I know Rogi had already won his 2nd slam before he started Wimby 04, but still, I maintain that defending a slam successfully is what seperates the men from the boys.

With all of the above in mind, I will now get back to my previous statement- how the final turned out to be the most important match of the year. Had Roddick won that match, I believe his self confidence would have soared to new heights, he would have had a much better hardcourt season, possibly also winning USO again, and he would have been standing as #1 now and not Federer.

As it turned out, defending that title, with all the pressures aforementioned, against an opponent who constantly had him pinned to the corner, on the ropes at times, he just weathered the storm with sheer determination.

I believe defending that title lifted a huge rock from his chest, and it allowed him to have peace of mind to be able to focus and do is best during the hardcourt season, which is exactly what he did.

Watching the final, I never felt that Roger was in total control at any point of the match. Even after coming back from being a break down in set #3 and winning that brilliant tie-break to take a 2 set to 1 lead, he faced a multitude of break points in the 4th set. I even felt as, while he played brilliantly to break Roddick at 3-3 in the fourth set, he was a bit lucky in doing so, and also serving for the match he made a couple of errors until he finally closed it out.
I cannot say that about any of the other GS finals he played. Even if he was forced to raise his game, he was never really threatened during any of the other 3 finals he played in, and he was more or less in total control.

Well, as usual I end up typing a thesis-like post. Hope some of it made sense :)

MisterQ
10-08-2004, 12:23 AM
USO because of the detractors like John McEnroe who tried to convince the rest of the watching public that Roger wasn't ready to win the USO becayse it was too big for him and he couldn't handle it, and Agassi was the better wind player yadda yadda



McEnroe is hardly a detractor --- he raves about Roger's game and talent. IMO he can be forgiven for saying that, because Andre is one of the best wind players ever. However, those conditions were truly insane, and credit must be given to Roger for realizing he could start moving in to the net more in the fifth set because it was impossible for Andre to dictate in those conditions. He was bound to get some floaters if he put pressure on him, and it worked.

Dirk
10-08-2004, 12:46 AM
Andre is the best wind player which is why I am still shocked Rogi served so well and play so well in the 5th set because that wind was blowing his ball all over the place in the 4th set. I still don't know how he did it.

Fedex
10-08-2004, 01:31 AM
Had Andy won Wimbledon, I woulden't have expected him to win the Open too, it was evident he coulden't handle the pressure of defending a slam. He only even had a chance to win the final, because of Rogi's cold, but yet again he lost. Wimbledon for me, I think.

Fedex
10-08-2004, 01:38 AM
Its funny, how Roddick said he looks to getting 'his' #1 back next year! :lol: :lol: It wont even be possible, for well into next season, unless Federer totally colapses. He better focus on not losing #2 to Hewitt, rather than thinking about catching Federer who has a lead well over 3,000 over Roddick.

Billabong
10-08-2004, 02:24 AM
Winning the Australian Open for me:)! I still wasn't convinced that he would be at his best after leaving his coach, but he proved me wrong and it was a wonderful surprise for me:D!

Billabong
10-08-2004, 02:24 AM
And also, defending his Wimbledon title:D! I LOVED it:D!!!

lsy
10-08-2004, 07:26 AM
I am the only freak who voted for Hamburg TMS, not because it was a greater than Wimbledon (nothing stands a chance against Holyland! :angel: ) but because its significance for the years to come.
Would you bet against a guy who defeated Gaudio, Lapentti, Gonzalez, Moya, Hewitt and Coria on clay (!!!) in the same week to win Roland Garros one day?
I wouldn't.



Actually I was just thinking few days back that besides Wimby, I felt the happiest when Rogi won Hamburg. I remembered clearly how everybody here were moaning about that nightmare draw and how we thought it will be great if he can just make it to the QF, especially him coming off from Rome. So when he actually won it by beating Coria who's on an amazing streak himself, it was really amazing :yeah: Though relatively it did make his loss in FO more disappointing ;)

RogiFan88
10-08-2004, 04:00 PM
too many to name... but I do like the breaking of Coria's clay streak to win Hamburg and also winning on 3 different surfaces in a row Wimby grass, Gstaad clay [and his 1st Swiss title] and TO hardcourt -- very cool indeed. And now also winning on all surfaces again 2 years in a row, not bad, eh?

Rogiman
10-08-2004, 04:11 PM
Your new avatar is nice, too.

RogiFan88
10-08-2004, 04:16 PM
thanks, Rogiman... do you like my new siggy as well?

Rogiman
10-08-2004, 04:58 PM
Tough to say, girls stuff, you know... :rolleyes:

Black Adam
10-08-2004, 07:39 PM
i think it was the way he stopped andy from taking his wimby dream( andy woke up one morning and decided that wimbledon was his) too bad rain kept on interupting the match but that was an acheivement coz other guys like grosjean thought roddick was gonna make it and interupt roger's reign.

Rogiman
10-08-2004, 11:35 PM
TGS, that is a very strange thing to say for someone from DuckNation.

Fedex
10-09-2004, 01:30 AM
thanks, Rogiman... do you like my new siggy as well?
Nice avatar :)

lsy
10-09-2004, 04:49 PM
I finally got to watch the AO match of Hewitt/Rogi

:woohoo: :woohoo:

well not really the whole match but from end 2nd set onwards and finally saw that much talked about point....actually so many points that were just amazing :worship:

I actually even got nervous watching that last game when Rogi was serving for match :cuckoo: The crowds were obviously still excited thinking that Rogi will choke like in DC again and were cheering wildly for Hewitt, true enough Rogi was down 0-30, then deuce, and Hewitt even got a bp once but nope, not this time though ;)

Also the first time I watch a match with Mary Carillo and PMac as commentators. Must say it was interesting. PMac mentioned Rogi was determined to win this match as he was staying in the same hotel and the night before this match, he saw Rogi only got back from training at the hotel's court at 9sth coz he wanted to get used of the night condition, and that he's taking the initiative to do these even without a coach pushing him. So much about how talented/gifted he is, how everything comes so easy for him, he too has to work hard and be really focus :yeah:

lsy
10-09-2004, 04:53 PM
oh I forgot to say why I'm writing about that match here :lol: ...coz I think if I had watched this match LIVE during AO, I would probably consider AO being the hightlight for me. Just amazing to watch how Rogi beat Hewitt on the same court he was painfully beaten only 2 months back on the Australian National Day, with fireworks background and stadium full of high spirited Aussie fans. Not to mention he came back from one set down. And when he did win, the crowd gave him a nice reception :yeah:

So can I vote again? ;)

btw, this year Rogi has beaten Hewitt on Australia National day, Roddick on 4th July, and Roddick again on the Swiss National day...Is this a record too? ;)

mitalidas
10-09-2004, 05:04 PM
you are kidding me!!!! Was it really Australia National Day when he beat hewitt at AO? did not register that during the AO. that surely is a record (although I'm sure Pete Sampras disappointed many on their birthdays over the years, a different sort of record)

lsy
10-09-2004, 05:09 PM
you are kidding me!!!! Was it really Australia National Day when he beat hewitt at AO? did not register that during the AO. that surely is a record (although I'm sure Pete Sampras disappointed many on their birthdays over the years, a different sort of record)

:lol:

Certainly was ;)

Was amazing to watch that match with fireworks at the background...though I'm watching it in black and white because of my stupid player :rolleyes:

mitalidas
10-09-2004, 05:41 PM
i watched it the next day (Stupid ESPN). well, maybe i should be grateful because i feel much better and enjoy it better when i know Rogi has won. my heart has taken a real hit in the last several grand slams

Fedex
10-09-2004, 05:52 PM
I finally got to watch the AO match of Hewitt/Rogi

:woohoo: :woohoo:

well not really the whole match but from end 2nd set onwards and finally saw that much talked about point....actually so many points that were just amazing :worship:

I actually even got nervous watching that last game when Rogi was serving for match :cuckoo: The crowds were obviously still excited thinking that Rogi will choke like in DC again and were cheering wildly for Hewitt, true enough Rogi was down 0-30, then deuce, and Hewitt even got a bp once but nope, not this time though ;)

Also the first time I watch a match with Mary Carillo and PMac as commentators. Must say it was interesting. PMac mentioned Rogi was determined to win this match as he was staying in the same hotel and the night before this match, he saw Rogi only got back from training at the hotel's court at 9sth coz he wanted to get used of the night condition, and that he's taking the initiative to do these even without a coach pushing him. So much about how talented/gifted he is, how everything comes so easy for him, he too has to work hard and be really focus :yeah:
Yes, in the middle of the 2nd set of the match, was a different Rogi. He played insane in the 3rd and 4th sets. :yeah: And you saw the pt, where Rogi returned 2 overhead smashs, and passed Hewitt at the net?? ;) :D One of the many highlights of that match, but that was definetly, THE highlight of the match, maybe tournement. :)

lsy
10-09-2004, 06:00 PM
Yes, in the middle of the 2nd set of the match, was a different Rogi. He played insane in the 3rd and 4th sets. :yeah: And you saw the pt, where Rogi returned 2 overhead smashs, and passed Hewitt at the net?? ;) :D One of the many highlights of that match, but that was definetly, THE highlight of the match, maybe tournement. :)

Of course I saw that point Fedex...read so much about that and how could I miss it? That was insane indeed and Mary and Chris reaction to it was just really funny, they couldn't stop laughing. Chris said he had never seen Mary jumped off from her seat so fast ever :haha:

Very memorable match indeed. I don't think I can watch this match live though (especially after that DC one that I did watch), I will probably die of nerves.

Black Adam
10-09-2004, 08:29 PM
TGS, that is a very strange thing to say for someone from DuckNation.

of course i was a bit sad but the better and most talented player won on that day so i thought as its always been in my spirit to praise ppl for everything they accomplish ............ anyway i am hopeful that andy will at least one wimby in his career unfortunately roger will have to be absent if that were to happen ;)
besides his route to the title was simply awesome...... great tennis :worship: