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RonE
01-08-2005, 04:22 PM
I thought it would be neat to have a thread where we can analyse and describe Roger's matches. This would serve two purposes:
1. Give some insight for the benefit of those who did not see a particular match.
2. In a few months time, or a year from now it would be interesting to look back on some of those matches and compare them and/or reflect on them.

So, I will start:
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Tournament: Qatar Exxon Mobil Open
Location: Doha, Qatar
Date: Jan 8th, 2005
Round: Final
Opponent: Ivan Ljubicic
Result: Federer def. Ljubicic 6-3,6-1

In the beginning of the match Ivan started very nervously and had to save breakpoint in his opening service game. He then was improving and in early stages of the set really looked like he might threaten Rogi.

Roger was returning well and getting into just about every single one of Ivan's service games but there was a distinct feeling throughout the match that he would have difficulty in penetrating the big Croat's defenses and would have to force the errors out of him by changing pace and using the angles which is what hapenned.

After breaking to go up 4-2 Roger had to save 3 break-points (0-40) and did so without doing anything too special, just keeping good length and enough pace to neutralize Ivan's big shots, and eventually forced the errors out of him to escape being broken and holding his serve. He went on to win the 1st set with a routine service game thereafter.

The first game of the second set was a bit of a struggle but in the end Federer's persistence paid off and the pressure that he put on Ivan forced him to go for too much and he double faulted to give Roger the break.

From this point on, Roger lifted his game and there was a real feeling of Ivan beginning to wilt in face of Federer's consistent play. Federer's great defense and him forcing Ivan to go for that one extra shot each time paid off and in the end Federer ground him down mentally and broke twice more to wrap up a 6-3,6-1 victory.

Things to take note of:
- As was previously mentioned, for much of the match Roger couldn't just blast shots past Ivan even if he did get a short ball because of the Croat's big wingspan and his ability to soak up the power- even when Ivan was forced to play defensive shots he ended up playing them with great depth thus neutralizing Roger's attack and many times managing to turn the tables on Roger and being able to attack himself.
- Roger was volleying sparingly- he did when he had a good opening but was wary of Ivan's passing shot abilities.
- Roger used the bakchand slice to great effect which was a great tactic to use: it forced Ivan to bend down and a big man like that is not comfortable in such a position which resulted in weaker replies or errors which allowed Roger to take control of the point.
- The topspin backhand was working very well today too, especially the down the line which often left Ivan with no answers and were either clean winners or resulted in forced errors or weaker replies from Ivan which allowed Roger to finish off the point.
- When he needed it, Roger was able to call upon good solid serving varying between slice serves out wide to the deuce court, kickers out wide to the ad, or just flatter serves down the T on both sides of the court.
- Ivan did not serve one single ace ( :eek: ) which is a tribute to just how mighty well Roger's returns were today.

Summary: a well deserved victory for Roger- wins his 1st title of 2005 and hopefully many many more to come :D

SUKTUEN
01-08-2005, 04:28 PM
RonE THANKYOU

Mrs. B
01-08-2005, 04:28 PM
Ron! :hug: our resident reporter!

Thanks, this is a great idea. and you write them so well. :worship:

federer_roar
01-08-2005, 04:30 PM
RonE , thanks for the brilliant report. Your analysis on backhand slice effect on Ivan is interesting. I thought Ivan's not a big guy. I really want to watch that.

RogiFan88
01-08-2005, 04:35 PM
Fab report, thank you so much! We really appreciate it! And CONGRATS TO OUR ROGI, the Sheik of Basel!

Mrs. B
01-08-2005, 04:35 PM
RonE , thanks for the brilliant report. Your analysis on backhand slice effect on Ivan is interesting. I thought Ivan's not a big guy. I really want to watch that.

Ivan's quite a big guy, he's 6'4". His serve is actually one of his big weapons so i'm surprised he wasn't able to use them today. Only one ace! :eek: He has also a strong fh & bh but he's not as agile on court as Roger.

lsy
01-08-2005, 04:38 PM
- Ivan did not serve one single ace ( :eek: ) which is a tribute to just how mighty well Roger's returns were today.

Summary: a well deserved victory for Roger- wins his 1st title of 2005 and hopefully many many more to come :D

:eek: We always read how players didn't serve their best vs Rogi etc but after all these while, I think it's convincing enough to realise how good Rog's return is. His bh had been mentioned so much lately, amazing, not too long ago we were always talking about how he constantly miss those bhs.

I really can't wait to watch him in action :banana:

:yeah: Ron, great thread and thanks very much for the report.

federer_roar
01-08-2005, 04:38 PM
Ivan's quite a big guy, he's 6'4". His serve is actually one of his big weapons so i'm surprised he wasn't able to use them today. Only one ace! :eek: He has also a strong fh & bh but he's not as agile on court as Roger.

yeah I just noticed that. He's as tall as Safin.

RonE
01-08-2005, 04:41 PM
You're welcome my friends :wavey:

If Roger keeps this up I will have my work cut out for me this year :eek:

SUKTUEN
01-08-2005, 04:42 PM
Roger , I want to watch your match

Skyward
01-08-2005, 04:44 PM
It's a great idea to have this thread. Thanks for the reports. :) Many of us solely rely on them.

yanchr
01-08-2005, 04:55 PM
Ron, you are awesome :yeah: Great idea for the thread :D But you can just shorten it next time not to make it too sound like a Reuter's or AP's ones, or with Roger's ride, you will find yourself poor in your package of words and sentences ;)

Now we have Ron's match reports (and also from other quality fans) and Dirk's Ninja mission, what else will we have :D

Sinlge ace from Ljubicic, then how many from Rogi?

edit: wrong read from Ron, NOT A SINGLE ACE from Ljubicic :p

Dirk
01-08-2005, 04:56 PM
No no he wrote not a single ace. Yes tell us Roger's ace count.

RonE
01-08-2005, 05:14 PM
OK, I will try to keep it shorter next time- I was just trying to write as many aspects of the match as I could while I could still remember.

I don't remember what Roger's ace count was :p For the clean match statistics atptennis.com is a much more reliable source than I am.

fightclubber
01-08-2005, 06:29 PM
THANKS RONE FOR THE REPORT.
I GUESS ROGER DID 3 TO 5 ACES

DID NOT COUNT THEM
I GO FOR 4 BUT...
SILVY

lsy
01-08-2005, 06:30 PM
If Roger keeps this up I will have my work cut out for me this year :eek:

Now that you had started it, there's no way you can back off...reports from you whole year round it is :aparty:

Fedex
01-08-2005, 06:34 PM
Excellent idea, Ron. :) Thanks for the match details, and yes that is amazing if Ivan did not even serve a single ace. Was Ljubicic 1st serve % high? It's amazing, in their last match Ljubicic served 30 aces, in this one none? ;) :lol: :lol:

RonE
01-08-2005, 07:56 PM
Excellent idea, Ron. :) Thanks for the match details, and yes that is amazing if Ivan did not even serve a single ace. Was Ljubicic 1st serve % high? It's amazing, in their last match Ljubicic served 30 aces, in this one none? ;) :lol: :lol:

His 1st serve % was average I would think but Roger put so much pressure on the return games he really tried to go for too much. My feeling is it was around 50% give or take.

Regarding the aces don't forget Basel is indoor carpet so naturally with the court being so much faster there is a higher probability for more aces than on a slower court like this one.

RonE
01-08-2005, 08:10 PM
THANKS RONE FOR THE REPORT.
I GUESS ROGER DID 3 TO 5 ACES

DID NOT COUNT THEM
I GO FOR 4 BUT...
SILVY

Yes, it felt like it was sth like that- perhaps 7 or 8 at most. But he hit many service winners and bear in mind that Ivan is a difficult man to ace because of his huge wingspan.

lunahielo
01-08-2005, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by RogiFan
CONGRATS TO OUR ROGI, the Sheik of Basel!
:)
Thank you, Ron. :hug:Your report is very welcome and now I feel like I have *almost* seen some of a live match.
Your description was great. Thanks for this thread. :wavey:

RonE
01-08-2005, 09:48 PM
You're welcome lunahielo :hug:

ste
01-09-2005, 10:40 PM
You're wonderful RonE - so everyone has the chance to get informed about the match if she/he couldnt watch it live!!!

hope you always find the time to post some analyses - even if Roger is winning and winning and winning :D

RonE
01-09-2005, 11:55 PM
Thanks Ste I will definitely do my best :hug:

For Kooyong it is up to Wyvern and GWH to post here in this thread since I won't be getting any coverage of the event sadly.

Yoda
01-10-2005, 12:17 AM
Cheers RonE....and personally I would like your long analysis as posted (if you can spare the time) - so much better than whats posted on the sports website. :yeah:

Looking forward to seeing the improvements in Rogi's game.

ytben
01-10-2005, 05:45 AM
Ron, thank you! :D :kiss:

Superb idea for a thread. Your report is the next best thing to watching it live.

Puschkin
01-10-2005, 09:31 AM
Great idea and thanks for the detailed report, RonE. Great read. Please, DO NOT shorten your reports in the future and keep your balanced judgement. It is highly appreciated.

lsy
01-10-2005, 10:27 AM
For Kooyong it is up to Wyvern and GWH to post here in this thread since I won't be getting any coverage of the event sadly.

:lol: nice way to put pressures on those 2 :yeah:

babsi
01-10-2005, 11:15 AM
Thank you Ron,
that was a very good idea -you are very kind - you have too much time - now you have to do it allways - I pity you - not really :)

But as Isy :) noticed,you know how to cope with pressure!

RonE
01-10-2005, 11:40 AM
:hug: Thanks guys

No need to pity me Susanne, I wouldn't do it if I didn't have a passion for watching Rogi's matches ;)

WyveN
01-12-2005, 06:36 AM
Result: Federer def. Gaudio 5-7 ,6-1, 6-4 at Kooyong


First set was not pretty at all with both Federer and Gaudio not used to the court/conditions and making plenty of mistakes. After trading breaks early on the set was very even with all games being tight until at 5-5 Gaudio played a few amazing backhands to win the first set, on set point passing Roger with a backhand after he serve-volleyed.
In the second set Gaudio totally fell apart while Roger marginally improved, still the vast majority of the points were decided by errors (mostly Gaudios) and Roger comfortably won the set.
In the third set the players finally began to feel comfortable in the conditions and stopped mishitting the ball, there were some spectacular backhand rallies and winners from both players. After some early opportunities by both players Roger finally broke at 3-3 with some winners by him and strange foot faults by Gaudio.

Dont think either player took the match to seriously, and were trying things out but it was obvious they both wanted to win. Roger improved more and more as the match went on and the groundstrokes that were missing at the start of the match were going for winners at the end of it.

Roger served well with something at 67% first serves in, volleyed very well when he came in (seems to have really improved compared to last year) but still needs to find his range on the groundstrokes as he ended up with 15 winners and 50 unforced errors (Gaudio was even worse).

Not sure who he plays tomorrow (think its Andre) but will need to raise his game if he wants to beat Agassi otherwise a result similar to last year at Kooyong might happen.

Daniel
01-12-2005, 06:51 AM
thanks for the report Wyven :D

Puschkin
01-12-2005, 07:13 AM
Many thanks for the report Wyven. My feelings after the having seen the result were confirmed...THe question obviously was: Who adapts better to the court?

Dirk
01-12-2005, 07:22 AM
Maybe it will be a good omen for Roger to lose to Andre again. ;)

Daniel
01-12-2005, 07:43 AM
Roger will play Tim in the semis :)

babsi
01-12-2005, 07:52 AM
Thank you, Wyven :)

ytben
01-12-2005, 09:05 AM
Thanks Wyv for the report and analysis :D

So it is Tim next? When will he play David? Are they in the same group?

Daniel
01-12-2005, 09:06 AM
no, cos the winner of Tim vs Roger plays the winner of andy vs Agassi, in the final

Action Jackson
01-12-2005, 09:10 AM
Then onto the match that I wanted to see Federer vs Gaudio. On the whole the match wasn't great, then again being an exhibition that can happen, as they both seemed to be sluggish.

They started trading breaks and Federer was definitely attacking more and coming to the net more than usual which made sense and Gaston was missing a lot of passes, then he decided to vary his shots with a few lobs and changed the speed of shot.

At 5-5 Gaston saved his set point with a forehand winner and then on Federer's next service game, he used the lob when Roger moved forward and he hit a short shot for Gaston to hit a dtl backhand to break serve.

Then he managed to hold his serve to love and Roger was getting slightly annoyed.

Second set Federer starts hitting more touch shots and his game is getting in the groove and Gaston isn't as focused as previously, but Roger has lifted his game especially in the last 2 games.

The 3rd set then they actually started playing some good tennis as they were trying to outdo each other in the finesse stakes. Federer hits this short volley to Gaston's forehand, then all of a sudden he hits a crosscourt winner through his legs and Roger just laughs.

Both are playing well Gaston is hitting good length and Federer is using his forehand very well and knocking off the volley. They are going comfortably on serve and then Gaston at 3-3 threw in a bad game and was punished by that. He served 2 footfaults and one of them was a double, then Federer got a lucky net cord. The last chance he had was at 30-30 on Roger's serve, then he hits a forehand that hits the line.

Roger served it out and Gaston played quite well in patches, and there was plenty of good feelings and mutual respect during the match. Gaston and Roger both signed plenty of autographs as well.

Fun, but definitely not one for the archives.

ytben
01-12-2005, 09:12 AM
Oh I thought it has a RR format? My mistake :p Thanks for the clarification Daniel :kiss:

Oh another report, yay :D :aparty: Thanks GWH!

SUKTUEN
01-12-2005, 10:14 AM
Roger, you are so lucky today~
Becareful mext maatch~~~ :worship:

lunahielo
01-12-2005, 12:32 PM
Thank you, WyveN and GWH~~for the in depth reports. :hug:

Art&Soul
01-12-2005, 12:39 PM
Thanks a lot for the reports and good Luck ROGI tomorow@@@@@

avocadoe
01-12-2005, 03:13 PM
thanks Wyven and GW for the reports..Go Roger!!!

SUKTUEN
01-12-2005, 03:14 PM
Thanks again :worship:

Yoda
01-12-2005, 03:20 PM
Thank you, WyveN and GWH - enjoyed the report

yanchr
01-12-2005, 03:57 PM
I have to thank RonE again first for starting such a great thread :worship:

Now thanks to WyveN and GWH :yeah::hug: I'd always like to hear different opinions on Roger from the views of different people. Anyone else who watched it pls share your views with us too :kiss: (but I actually don't think there is :p ) 50 UEs :eek: that's really too much! But seems like Roger was having fun out there, smiling really big :D I hope he gets a chance to play Agassi here.

Keep it up you quality guys :wavey:

RonE
01-12-2005, 04:09 PM
Thank you GWH and Wyven for your great reports, I enjoyed them both!

From the descriptions it does seem as if Roger is taking this as an opportunity to iron out the last of the creases and fine tune his game for the Australian Open.

While I am sure every player takes Kooyong seriously and genuinely wants to win, I think it being an exhibition allows players to let go of some of their inhibtions and try different shots at different stages of the match they wouldn't usually try. Even if a player loses a match he is still guaranteed 3 matches and therefore it is valuable practice especially at the beginning of the year when many players still haven't gotten into the match-playing groove yet.

Teemuh
01-12-2005, 04:25 PM
Thanks, for all your reports! Sounds like a smart play by Roger. Plus, the guy makes 49 UE's and still wins the match. There is a feeling of inevitability about Roger sometimes :)

tschaeggy
01-12-2005, 04:35 PM
Thanks a lot, WyveN and GWH, great reports :yeah: :hug:

And also a big thank you, RonE, for your idea to start this threat :worship:

Mrs. B
01-12-2005, 09:34 PM
Thankies, Wyvern & GWH! :yeah: great live reporting from Down Under! :)

Daniel
01-13-2005, 09:21 AM
Thanks GWH :)

Doris Loeffel
01-13-2005, 12:27 PM
Great idea and great reports RonE, WyveN and GWH

WyveN
01-14-2005, 06:22 AM
Federer d Henman 6-4 6-2 at Kooyong.

This was a match played in good spirits with both players enjoying themselves and showing off their all court skills.
It was windy out there and that combined with Henman trying to go a bit to close to the lines meant Tim was inconsistent, playing brilliantly at times but also missing a lot.
You can see that Roger practiced quite a bit since the Gaudio match because the amount of errors was greatly reduced (although some silly ones were still there) and he looked much more comfortable on the court.
On the one hand the score is a bit misleading because as I said earlier Tim let himself down a few times when he had chances to break serve, trying to chip and charge and missing easy alls but on the other hand Roger served for the first set at 5-2 but a poor game let Tim break back so the scoreline could have been worse.
Roger served well and volleyed well once again and I think if he plays like he did today he has a good chance of beating Roddick tomorrow.

Neither took the match to seriously and one of the highlites was a point where Henman kept smashing the ball straight at Roger and Roger kept returning it, this went on for a while before Tim finally put it away, both of them had a good laugh.

lsy
01-14-2005, 06:38 AM
:yeah: Great to hear he had improved already.

No wonder he kept smiling in all those pics.

I wonder how serious will both Rogi and Andy take tomorrow's match?

WyveN
01-14-2005, 06:43 AM
:yeah: Great to hear he had improved already.

No wonder he kept smiling in all those pics.

I wonder how serious will both Rogi and Andy take tomorrow's match?

probably more seriously then today, a bit more at stake and I get the feeling Tim and Roger are very good friends.

babsi
01-14-2005, 08:28 AM
Thank you, WyveN
glad to hear he improved his game and had some fun out there.

Mrs. B
01-14-2005, 08:30 AM
Thanks, WyveN.

how is Andy's game, btw. Reckon there will be a good showdown tomorrow? ;)

SUKTUEN
01-14-2005, 08:44 AM
probably more seriously then today, a bit more at stake and I get the feeling Tim and Roger are very good friends.

Yes, they prastic together in TMC :devil:

babsi
01-14-2005, 09:00 AM
Guten Morgen, Mrs.B - not at work or relaxing during work?

Hope Roger can beat Andy - but not at all costes - no need to risk too much.
I know he is a smart guy :)

babsi
01-14-2005, 09:01 AM
Good evening, :) SUKTUEN

MissMoJo
01-14-2005, 09:33 AM
Yeah, although it's just an exhibition, i hope Rogi beat's Andy (like always) . If he doesn't we'll never hear the end of it from his fans in GM with their 'Rabbit Season' thread

Mrs. B
01-14-2005, 10:08 AM
Guten Morgen, Mrs.B - not at work or relaxing during work?

Hope Roger can beat Andy - but not at all costes - no need to risk too much.
I know he is a smart guy :)

Guten Morgen, Susanne. :wavey:

I'm at work, stress period usually starts at 10, (depends really) so the calm before the storm is spent here at Roger's forum. ;)

Unfortunately i will be working nonstop from the 22nd till the 30th in Davos so i have to read this thread for match reports from Australia.

babsi
01-14-2005, 11:31 AM
Davos sounds lovely -not able be to watch Roger sound :(

Mrs. B
01-14-2005, 11:32 AM
Davos sounds lovely -not able be to watch Roger sound :(


:bigcry: :bigcry:

RonE
01-14-2005, 11:34 AM
Mrs. B :hug: :hug: :hug:

We will be here giving you the best of the highlights in as much detail as possible. :)

Thank you Wyven for the Henman match :yeah:

I am not too concerned about the Roddick match, for now Fabrice is my concern but one step at a time.....

Action Jackson
01-14-2005, 11:36 AM
Thanks for the report Wyver I was out doing the hard yards earlier.

Mrs. B
01-14-2005, 11:50 AM
Thanks, Ron! :kiss:

George, have you and WyverN had a cold beer together yet? (or a few beers?) :wavey:

Action Jackson
01-14-2005, 11:53 AM
No, not yet, the lazy bum hasn't contacted me yet, but that will happen soon enough and he will realise that tennis needs moonballs more so than serve/volleyers.

fightclubber
01-14-2005, 11:58 AM
gREAT REPORT
thanks, nOW i KNOW WHY rOGER WAS HAVING FUN!.
RONE, ID LOVE TO KNOW YOUR OPINION ABOUT SANTORO FOR AO. WHY ARE YOU A BIT MORE CONCERN ( BESIDES THAT KOOYONG IS AN EXIBITION!).
BY THE WAY.. IS THERE ANY PRICE MONEY....AT KOOYONG?

SILVY

yanchr
01-14-2005, 12:17 PM
Neither took the match to seriously and one of the highlites was a point where Henman kept smashing the ball straight at Roger and Roger kept returning it, this went on for a while before Tim finally put it away, both of them had a good laugh.
I'm wondering what resulted in that hell of a laugh from Rogi :lol: I want to see that point :bigcry:

Thanks :wavey: I doubt Rogi will be that relaxed against Andy, one of his biggest opponents in the years, despite Kooyong's being unofficial.

yanchr
01-14-2005, 12:31 PM
but one step at a time.....
:lol: Ron, I don't remember how many times you have typed these words...anything new? ;)



Mrs. B :hug: I'm poorer than you :sad: Thanks to the time difference, the matches begin right at the time I begin my office and close sth around my being off everyday :sad: and ...no internet around me in my office :bigcry:

RonE
01-14-2005, 01:00 PM
:lol: Ron, I don't remember how many times you have typed these words...anything new? ;)


You know the old saying- repeat anything enough times and it becomes true- I am still trying to convince myself of this ;)

lsy
01-14-2005, 01:09 PM
No, not yet, the lazy bum hasn't contacted me yet, but that will happen soon enough and he will realise that tennis needs moonballs more so than serve/volleyers.

:lol: lazy bum...I so agree :tape:

You haven't update me about your accomodation in Melbourne? Has that hair worked it's charm yet?


Mrs. B I'm poorer than you Thanks to the time difference, the matches begin right at the time I begin my office and close sth around my being off everyday and ...no internet around me in my office

:hug: Eva, Laura...

I'll get to watch it though :banana: :aparty: :tape:

lsy
01-14-2005, 01:13 PM
probably more seriously then today, a bit more at stake and I get the feeling Tim and Roger are very good friends.

:eek: :eek: Are you trying to imply that Roger and Andy aren't friends??? YOU HATER!!!

:lol:

yanchr
01-14-2005, 01:25 PM
You know the old saying- repeat anything enough times and it becomes true- I am still trying to convince myself of this ;)
Rogi the 2005 AO Champ! Rogi the 2005 AO Champ! Rogi the 2005 AO Champ!......join me :bounce:

Let's see if it works ;)

ytben
01-14-2005, 02:12 PM
Rogi the 2005 AO Champ! Rogi the 2005 AO Champ! Rogi the 2005 AO Champ!......

I hope we won't jinx him instead :tape:

lsy
01-14-2005, 03:14 PM
I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now

:banana: :banana: :banana:

wow, this is stupid.

ste
01-14-2005, 03:15 PM
Rogi the 2005 AO Champ! Rogi the 2005 AO Champ! Rogi the 2005 AO Champ!......

Would be wonderful if it works.... ;)

ste
01-14-2005, 03:19 PM
I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now

:banana: :banana: :banana:

wow, this is stupid.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

where are you actually??? any tennisplayers around you?? warm weather?? noo?? so it doesnt work.... :sad:

perhaps we should help:

lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now......

:banana: :banana: :banana:

lsy
01-14-2005, 03:25 PM
:lol: :lol: :lol:

where are you actually??? any tennisplayers around you?? warm weather?? noo?? so it doesnt work.... :sad:

perhaps we should help:

lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now lsy wants to be in Melbourne now......

:banana: :banana: :banana:

:hug: :hug: :hug: ste...

No I'm still sitting in front of my work desk, with friend thinking I'm nuts getting so excited over AO next 2 weeks (what do they know? :rolleyes: )

I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now

:banana: :banana: :banana:

ste
01-14-2005, 03:31 PM
:hug: :hug: :hug: ste...

No I'm still sitting in front of my work desk, with friend thinking I'm nuts getting so excited over AO next 2 weeks (what do they know? :rolleyes: )

I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now I want to be in Melbourne now

:banana: :banana: :banana:

you're welcome lsy :hug: - perhaps you should put that sentence in your siggy....who knows it could help.... could...

RonE
01-14-2005, 03:43 PM
How about this one:

Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open CRogi 2005 French Open Champ, hamp, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 FreRogi 2005 French Open Champ, nch Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ,.....

OK, I think you guys get the idea :o

lsy
01-14-2005, 03:49 PM
How about this one:

Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open CRogi 2005 French Open Champ, hamp, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 FreRogi 2005 French Open Champ, nch Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ, Rogi 2005 French Open Champ,.....

OK, I think you guys get the idea :o

maybe this :

Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas Ron stop giving us stupid ideas

and pls Ron...you know you power of jinx in FO....please I don't want to hear anything from you on Rogi and FO :o

see we'd ruined this nice thread :o

ste you're the best :hug:

babsi
01-14-2005, 04:00 PM
What are you doing here?
Roger is now off the huck - if he loses, it won´t be his fault!

OK, the future has allready happend - so nothing we do, will change the out come - that is at least, what sientist will tell you - so go ahead...........

yanchr
01-14-2005, 04:11 PM
:lol: yeah, what are we doing here :o It's all your fault Ron :smash:

Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you......:tape:

RonE
01-14-2005, 05:24 PM
Sure, blame me :p
What are you doing here?
Roger is now off the huck - if he loses, it won´t be his fault!

OK, the future has allready happend - so nothing we do, will change the out come - that is at least, what sientist will tell you - so go ahead...........

Good point Susanne :D

ste
01-14-2005, 06:12 PM
:lol: yeah, what are we doing here :o It's all your fault Ron :smash:

Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you Roger we are not jinxing you......:tape:

Do you know why we are doing this???

Because we suffer under "withdrawal symptoms", we are impatient...

All we need is a 2-week-tennis-event-with-a-delivering-Roger-FedererExpress where we can discuss the matches, watch wonderful and skillful tennis, sexy players..., cheer for our one and only, then of course: :worship: :bounce: :clap2: :bigclap: :banana: :bowdown: :yeah: :yippee:

my sister said today: oh no on monday the AO starts so we can forget Ste because we cant change a word with her without tennis facts and matchreports and results and and and....perhaps it would be the best if we go on holidays...

Mrs. B
01-14-2005, 06:55 PM
nice avatar ste! those Basler eyes are smiling. :)

RonE
01-14-2005, 08:40 PM
Do you know why we are doing this???

Because we suffer under "withdrawal symptoms", we are impatient...

All we need is a 2-week-tennis-event-with-a-delivering-Roger-FedererExpress where we can discuss the matches, watch wonderful and skillful tennis, sexy players..., cheer for our one and only, then of course: :worship: :bounce: :clap2: :bigclap: :banana: :bowdown: :yeah: :yippee:

my sister said today: oh no on monday the AO starts so we can forget Ste because we cant change a word with her without tennis facts and matchreports and results and and and....perhaps it would be the best if we go on holidays...

:haha: :yeah:

Only true fans like us understand :hug:

WyveN
01-14-2005, 11:34 PM
No, not yet, the lazy bum hasn't contacted me yet, but that will happen soon enough and he will realise that tennis needs moonballs more so than serve/volleyers.

Or maybe volleyers who Moon ball when they volley.

Action Jackson
01-14-2005, 11:40 PM
Or maybe volleyers who Moon ball when they volley.

This is true. I am off to the qualies soon and I will just send you a PM with some essential details.

WyveN
01-14-2005, 11:41 PM
All we need is a 2-week-tennis-event-with-a-delivering-Roger-FedererExpress where we can discuss the matches, watch wonderful and skillful tennis, sexy players[/SIZE]

lets hope Santoro plays by the rules :tape:

Action Jackson
01-14-2005, 11:43 PM
Not a great 1st match for Roger.

Dirk
01-15-2005, 12:26 AM
George you will have loads of fun at Roger's first round match. I'm not worried about it. I think it will be a fun one by both men. Sit back and enjoy it fans. :)

yanchr
01-15-2005, 05:30 AM
my sister said today: oh no on monday the AO starts so we can forget Ste because we cant change a word with her without tennis facts and matchreports and results and and and....perhaps it would be the best if we go on holidays...
:lol: :hug:ste
My family and friends (who don't like tennis) will just leave me alone, keeping the possibility of enduring my endless talk away, you know what's the talk about ;)

Fedex
01-15-2005, 08:03 AM
Not a great 1st match for Roger.
It should be a great match, though. These two have a habit of playing great matches against each other. :)

RonE
01-15-2005, 10:22 AM
I will write a report about it, but chances are that GWH and/or Wyven will beat me to it seeing as it will be on around 4 am my time so I will have to watch the replay first.

WyveN
01-15-2005, 01:25 PM
Result: Federer d Roddick 6-4 7-5

First of all Roche was at the match sitting next to Mirka, hard to know what he was thinking as he is totally unemotional but if this was Roche's first live Federer match then I am sure he was impressed.

Roddick had his only opportunity to break at 2-1 in the first set but Federer won the point with a outwide serve followed by a forehand winner. Roddick didnt get close to a break after that, I doubt it even got to Deuce on Federers serve for the rest of the match, perhaps once.
The main concern for Roger would be that he played so well with 2 weeks of tennis still left, there were dropshots, passing shots, incredible volleys, a large amount of net/groundstroke winners and a unbelievable first serve percentage of 86 for the whole match.
Federer could have converted more break points (it was 2 out of 13 I think) and this made the second set closer then it should have been but to Andy's credit he served very well himself (mid 70s first serve %) and along with the forehand it saved him on plenty of occasions, however the passing shots still let Andy down - he hit a few nice backhand passes but the vast majority of the time Federer would have great success approaching the net by hitting to Roddicks backhand or even forehand.
Roddick joked around with the crowd and some of the points were very long and entertaining but Federer played very well and if he can keep this form up for the fortnight its going to be very tough for someone to beat him.

Fedex
01-15-2005, 01:29 PM
Thanks for the report WyverN.

Fedex
01-15-2005, 01:32 PM
1st serve % of 86 for Federer! :eek: Thats incredible, and that explains why Roddick only had the one chance on Federer's serve, and did not even get close again.
I take it, that Roddick was at the net more than Federer? For his own sake, he should be.
Sounds like Roger played a great match, which is great to hear.

Fedex
01-15-2005, 01:37 PM
Do you know how many aces Federer had, WyverN? With a serve % that high you would think he would of surely hit the double digets at the very least.

babsi
01-15-2005, 01:43 PM
Thank you, WyveN :)

Skyward
01-15-2005, 01:50 PM
Thanks for the reports.Hope he didn't peak too early. OTH, his draw doesn't give him any time for warming up. Santoro shouldn't be taken lightly.

Yoda
01-15-2005, 01:56 PM
Cheers WyveN for report

avocadoe
01-15-2005, 01:57 PM
thanks Wyven...glad to hear Roche came. I think the key to the next two weeks is more can Roger do the first week efficiently, and not waste a lot of energy. And the answer is, "Yes, I hope so." He says his training, off court, I guess, has been at a standstill. That is my only worry. The shots, variety and precision, and flair, that's second nature by now.

avocadoe
01-15-2005, 01:58 PM
I can't seem to find/download Roger's press conference from after the match. It was listed but didn't come up. If someone find it, please put it in the apporopriate thread, thanks in advance!

WyveN
01-15-2005, 02:48 PM
1st serve % of 86 for Federer! :eek: Thats incredible, and that explains why Roddick only had the one chance on Federer's serve, and did not even get close again.
I take it, that Roddick was at the net more than Federer? For his own sake, he should be.

Federer was at the net way more then Roddick, I was actually surprised by how little Roddick did go to the net. I mentioned this in the other reports but once again Rogers volleying seems to be the main improvement over the off season. Will be interesting if he comes in this much during serious play.

They didnt show the ace count, I dont think Federer served many and Roddick probably served more but I wouldnt be surprised if Federer was taking a little bit off pace of the serve to get it in because I have never seen his serve % that high.

Fedex
01-15-2005, 02:55 PM
Well, it sounds like a terrific match from Federer, and I might just have to add this match to my collection.

WyveN
01-15-2005, 03:02 PM
If you can get it, it would most likely be worth it ;)

RonE
01-15-2005, 03:04 PM
Thank you Wyven :D

And nice to see Roche joined him in that match :yeah:

avocadoe
01-15-2005, 03:14 PM
ROGER FEDERER:
Q: Roger, perfect preparation for you?
A: Yeah. Even with a loss it would have been a good preparation as well, but now it's a great preparation so confidence is high. I surprised myself by winning this tournament, honestly, because exhibitions sometimes I'm not the best at doing that but I really had the feeling I played two good matches now and already after yesterday I felt that my game is ready to go and today I proved it again.
Q: Roger, comparing to the Grand Slams you won last year, do you feel in a more confident frame of mind going into this one than you did then because you are on such a winning run?
A: It's different this year because last year I got here with no coach and the people were wondering how this will be, put a lot of pressure on myself, and also myself it was a different situation and everybody wanted to help in a way and I have to sort out how I'm going to actually manage the situation myself so I feel much, much better coming in this year's Australian Open than last year, even though the pressure is here to defend it.
Q: How is the situation with Tony this week because he only seemed to arrived here today. Have you been talking on the telephone?
A: Well, I called him, I think yesterday, to see when he's coming in because I wasn't quite sure whether he was coming today and he said he would be happy to come and see the match.
Q: Has he watched your other matches on TV?
A: The ones at Kooyong down here this week?
Q: Yes.
A: I don't know. You have to ask him, I haven't caught up with him.
Q: If he watched them would it make you uncomfortable that he was - - -
A: To what?
Q: I'm joking, but you sound like you don't know whether he watched or not and whether he sat at home watching and making diagrams and taking notes, do you think he was being too serious?
Roger Federer Page 1 15/1/05 Kooyong Classic
A: No, the thing is it's just basically started so I think we are going at it very easily and we will see how everything is going to work out. I didn't even know he was going to come today but then he said last night: look, I'm arriving at 12.00 and I think I can make it, so I said: okay, if you want to come it's nice but I don't expect you to and we sill see next week how it's going to work, I can't tell you.
Q: Have you worked out where these 10 weeks are going to be in the calendar? Would eight of them be the slams?
A: I never said 10 so we will see how many weeks it will be because again it depends on how I play. It's going to be more the weeks where I'm not going to be playing a tournament he will be next to me.
Q: So it is preparation work?
A: The slams I wouldn't really count them. If he's there, he's there maybe playing seniors but it's more the weeks where I'm practicing where it's for me and him interesting.
Q: If you are going to be practicing with him, does that mean you are going to have to come to Australia a lot or he is going to - - -
A: He is ready to come almost wherever I am at, which is good to know for me because he knows I can't do the trip down to Australia every time and if we get together most likely we have to spend at least a week together because otherwise it's not worth it maybe for him flying 24 hours or for me, so we will see how it works out really.
Q: What do you see as your greatest threat to defending your title starting next week?
A: Player?
Q: Player, condition, what do you see?
A: It's the whole thing together because there is enough good players around there, pressure is there.
Q: Is there any one thing?
A: The heat is there, the five setters are there, so there's many things you have to overcome to win a Grand Slam.
Q: In terms of physical demands, do you view this as the toughest of the four with the heat factor?
Roger Federer Page 2 15/1/05 Kooyong Classic
A: Well, every Grand Slam has its difficult parts - Wimbledon has the rain; French Open has the long rallies; Australia has got the heat and America the humidity really and the crazy city and crazy conditions, very windy at times, so I have experienced them all and I think it will be unfair to say this will be the most difficult one. I suppose they say it's the US Open so I got to feel that also last year.
Q: Apart from you wanting a coach to look at small areas of your game, where you think they might need to be improved? Do you think having a coach, even if it's on paper, will stop people offering their advice to you, you won't have a case of having too many eyes on your game?
A: Yes. You mean the offers will stop coming in now?
Q: Yes.
A: Yes, that will happen.
Q: And will that be a relief?
A: I think that will happen because that happened when they heard that there was talk about Tony and then when they heard Tony said no the letters - how do you say - the box was full of letters, so now I guess it will stop again.
Q: Is it a big distraction for you?
A: No, because I have my mind set, I had it on Tony and it is true he said no in the first place but he considered and I'm very happy; I think it's up to me who I want to work with and who is available and not actually this is really offering their services.
Q: When did you make the first approach?
A: Last year. It was in the beginning of the year and then, I don't know when we caught up the first time, at Wimbledon briefly, and we started to talk after Wimbledon quite seriously because I knew he told me at beginning of the year: look, until end of the year nothing is possible for me.
Q: Could you quantify what he actually brings to Team Federer?
A: Quantify?
Q: Quantify.
A: I don't understand quantify.
Roger Federer Page 3 15/1/05 Kooyong Classic
Q: Well, just say what qualities.
A: Is that the same word?
Q: Just say what qualities and what knowledge he brings to you?
A: Well, I think we all know he's got unbelievable experience as a player, as a coach, and those factors already bring an incredible amount of knowledge to the game and to a player like me so how important is how I can use it or how we are going to go at it. Also if it's just a few weeks it's going to work with me, I get the time to talk to him, that is in itself very interesting for me.
Q: Years ago when you were with Peter, did you know him then?
A: Tony?
Q: Yes.
A: "Hello", that's all because he was with Rafter and Tony didn't do that many weeks I think with Rafter either so didn't see him that much and we would just see each other and you are in your team and don't really talk.
Q: Roger, there was a lot of speculation in here in the papers about your secret visit to Sydney. Can you tell us more about that?
A: It was not that secret; I was open about it. I was there for two weeks practicing with him, played tennis for two weeks and he was my condition trainer. I did the buildup here instead of doing it in Switzerland so I haven't been back home since mid-December.
Q: Was that conditioning work better here because you are in the middle of the Summer rather than in the winter?
A: Makes it easier and just because there is the two of us, you don't have the distraction of maybe other players being there. In Switzerland the tension is so big so when I go to another country it's much more quiet, I can really focus on the work itself even though we try everything also back in Switzerland but I think we get together very slowly, me and Piere Paganini, my condition trainer, and we did great work even though he was just here for five days. It was a hell of a trip for him but I'm happy he did it because I only had two weeks, don't forget it was not like a month so I have to catch up with some more condition work later on in the year.
Q: We hear a lot about Andre's preparations and running up and down sand dunes in the desert, how much of your work is actually done in the gym, how much is done on the running track and how much is done on the tennis court?
Roger Federer Page 4 15/1/05 Kooyong Classic
Roger Federer Page 5 15/1/05 Kooyong Classic A: I think tennis players - I can speak in general - we have to do everything: we have to be explosive, we have to have the endurance, we have to be strong so we have to also do the weights, so I see myself doing 50 per cent in the gym than outside so outside I can either go for a run or on the court, exercises.
Q: And then how much with an actual racquet in the hand and a ball going across the net?
A: During those two weeks, for instance?
Q: Yes.
A: Probably like nine or 10 days or so because the first few days I really want to get ready to actually be able to practice because I had taken a three week vacation after Houston.
Q: Do you expect to make this tournament a regular part of your preparation when you play in Australia?
A: I really got the feeling during today's match that this is actually a good place to come back to also next year and also in the future so I would definitely consider this tournament very strongly. I hope Colin Stubbs invites me again.

Fedex
01-15-2005, 03:22 PM
If you can get it, it would most likely be worth it ;)
I am sure it is.

yanchr
01-15-2005, 04:56 PM
Federer was at the net way more then Roddick, I was actually surprised by how little Roddick did go to the net. I mentioned this in the other reports but once again Rogers volleying seems to be the main improvement over the off season. Will be interesting if he comes in this much during serious play.
I'm so glad to hear that he's already got improvement in volleying. It seems Roche did do his part to help :yeah: I'd more than love to see him s&v in AO esp against some lesser players (well, hope there are some he will face) to do more tests and then apply it effectively in really big stages.

Thanks WyverN :)

lsy
01-15-2005, 05:21 PM
Sounds like a terrific performance from Rogi and I do hope it's still true that he's saving his peak to what it counts ;)

Good to hear Roche's there too :yeah:

I hope he had finished trying out new things on court and are all set to go in AO!!!!!! :banana: :lol:

Dirk
01-15-2005, 05:36 PM
Glad for the report thanks Wyvern. I love that Tony was there too. I must take issue with the volleying area of Roger's. The guy has been a good to great volleyer since 02. Last year he just didn't come in as much as he use to so his net skills got a little rusty. Glad Roger and Roche are shining them up for 05 though. I do wish I had this match on tape. 2/13???????? Amazing.

Mrs. B
01-15-2005, 05:56 PM
Thanks, Wyver for the report, Roger sounds very confident against Andy if he's serving that well.
Thanks too, avocadoe, for the interview. I enjoyed that very much.

:)

fightclubber
01-15-2005, 06:05 PM
No one has the matches on tape? Maybe you can covert to avi so we can see them! PLEASE!
Will be great

silvy

lunahielo
01-15-2005, 07:43 PM
WyverN and avocadoe~~thanks. :hug:

SUKTUEN
01-16-2005, 01:47 PM
thanks

Puschkin
01-17-2005, 07:07 AM
Roger defeats Fabrice 6:1, 6:1, 6:2

Fabrice was a shadow of himself and looked exhausted from the start, from the end of the first set onwards, I imagined him retiring, but he didn't. Roger never was in doubt to win this match.

He started brilliantly, won the first 12 points in a row and lead 3:0 in four, maybe five minutes. The first sset was over quickly, with Roger in command and control. Fabrice's first service game in the second set was the longest of the match, Roger needing seven breakpoints to do the damage. But still it was less Fabrice's own achievement, but Roger committing one or the other error. After this, it went more or less like the first set. In the third, play became erratic with accumulating errors from both. But the main thing had not changed, the momentum was always with Roger.

Although Roger's overall first serve percentage was high (69%), it delcined during the course of the match. His return capabilities were not tested, as Fabrice managed to achieve no impact with his serve. It was not a brilliant match, as Fabrice was too weak, but on more than one occasion Roger's genious shone through and he mixed his game well.

WyveN
01-17-2005, 07:33 AM
I saw this match in the stadium and while it was obvious Fabrice was sufferring physically which turned what is always a fun match into a very one sided contest it was still great to see Roger live, the shots you see on tv look 10 times better in person and you can only shake your head at the precision and power that he gets time and time again. Credit to Santoro for sticking it out, I was worried he might retire early which would have been a shame as I only bought the center court tickets to see that match.

Next up is Suzuki who is a dangerous player, I expect the match to be tighter.

Nice summary puschkin :)

RonE
01-17-2005, 07:36 AM
Thank you Puschkin :wavey:

So, it was an easier than anticipated match- shame for Fabrice, but at least Roger will not have expended too much energy on this match and will save his best tennis for later on. First match is always a bit scrappy at a grand slam so I expect Roger will be tightening the screws as he makes further progress.

RonE
01-17-2005, 07:38 AM
Who is Suzuki? Anybody heard of him, what does he play like?

If he took out JMG he must be pretty good.

WyveN
01-17-2005, 07:44 AM
Who is Suzuki? Anybody heard of him, what does he play like?

If he took out JMG he must be pretty good.

Comes to the net all the time, has a strong serve, good drop-shots,
nice passing-shots.

He is 28 and still never been in the top 100. It will happen for sure this year, his one of those late bloomers. Should provide far more competition then JMG.

World Beater
01-17-2005, 08:09 AM
Whoa! Great 1st round performance from roger. The forehand flicker when the ball was inches of the ground was real special!

Mrs. B
01-17-2005, 08:34 AM
Who is Suzuki? Anybody heard of him, what does he play like?


isn't he the motorcycle guy? :p Let's hope Roger makes sushi out of him, we don't want any major upsets now, do we? ;)

Thanks for the reports, Pushkin. and Wyver, totally agree, watching Roger live do his shots is the real deal.

RonE
01-17-2005, 12:36 PM
Let's hope Roger makes sushi out of him


:lol: And hopefully as tasty as the sushi we had in Bern :yeah:

Here is the post-match interview:
=================================================



R. FEDERER/F. Santoro

6 1, 6 1, 6 2

An interview with:

ROGER FEDERER


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. How would you sum that up?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it was good, good start. I think the start of the match was important for me, you know. That set the tone for the rest. And never really gave him a chance to get back into the match.
So best of five, an easy three setter sometimes they look very, very easy, but I always had the feeling I still had to play some good points to win them, especially against him. He gets back a lot of balls. But I'm happy with my performance, and that's what counts in the end.

Q. Do you think you're an even better player than you were at this time last year?
ROGER FEDERER: I had the feeling I was playing also very good at the beginning of the Australian Open last year. So I think about the same.

Q. Fabrice is a very different player to most players. Is that the kind of game where you get to try out some things you don't necessarily get to hit against other players?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I play the way I have to to win. I'm not testing out anything against him. It's a tournament which means very much to me. In practice, I can try some things if I want to do that, but not in the match.
Against Fabrice I always tend to come in a lot, you know, to make him hit the pass and not me. That has been working in the past.

Q. At one stage you appeared between shots to be practicing your defensive cricket shot. Was that the case?
ROGER FEDERER: That was the case, yeah. I got a good technique then. You saw that (smiling).

Q. Will you take in any cricket while you're here and do you know any of the Australian players?
ROGER FEDERER: I haven't actually ever played, you know, but more for fun with a racquet, never really with a bat. I don't know, get a few nice balls from some players, some real cricket players, that would be fun to see how it is for a change.

Q. The shot you played looked like a left handed...
ROGER FEDERER: Was it? I can play both sides. I have to see which one is my side. I'm not sure, actually. Baseball I play it here (smiling).

SUKTUEN
01-17-2005, 12:44 PM
Roger is Happy~!!!!! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D

Mrs. B
01-17-2005, 12:45 PM
thanks, Ron! :hug: :wavey:

lsy
01-17-2005, 12:58 PM
Rogi's so stubborn...why wouldn't he wear a cap??? Looks so hot out there...Did he want to get another hear stroke like in Miami?

I hope they will put him on night match next.

WyveN, you're there live and that's all you have to say? ;)

tschaeggy
01-17-2005, 12:59 PM
thanks for your reports, Puschkin, Wyven and RonE :hug:
glad, that Rogi won his first match in an easy way :)

SUKTUEN
01-17-2005, 01:01 PM
I go to watch Roger match replay now!~ :devil:

yanchr
01-17-2005, 02:10 PM
Rogi's so stubborn...why wouldn't he wear a cap??? Looks so hot out there...
Ya, so hot there. But is Rogi looking hotter than the heat when he swang his fast-growing sunshining hair wildly ;)

Thanks all for the reports :)

DAMN Star...:fiery: don't want to say anything :fiery::fiery::fiery:

lsy
01-17-2005, 02:12 PM
DAMN Star...:fiery: don't want to say anything :fiery::fiery::fiery:

Told you so this afternoon :tape: :tape:

How did Suktuen get to watch it?

yanchr
01-17-2005, 02:32 PM
I think she is going mad now just as me :fiery::fiery:

babsi
01-17-2005, 03:41 PM
Till now there was no repeat on Eurosport either - they better show it later or else .....

Ok,there wouldn´t be anything to do about it, for me - but I am going to be angry - very!!!!!!

RonE
01-17-2005, 04:05 PM
Till now there was no repeat on Eurosport either - they better show it later or else .....

Ok,there wouldn´t be anything to do about it, for me - but I am going to be angry - very!!!!!!

They are showing the Agassi match now :rolleyes:

fightclubber
01-17-2005, 04:05 PM
Guys. I taped it. IF I find a way someone can put it into AVI, will do it, ok? Ill try to tape next match and see if I can get that done. If it do not cost me a lot, cos Im in a bad situation right now. ok?

silvy

lunahielo
01-17-2005, 04:17 PM
Thanks for the reports, Puskin and WyverN~~~:hug:
And, Ron, for the interview~:hug:

I watched it on TV and my mouth was hanging open during the first set
OMG...he was on fire!!! ( I was so excited I knocked my coke over) :eek:

I am always amazed by him.
Looking forward to round two.

Keep making magic, Roger~~ :worship: :worship:

SUKTUEN
01-17-2005, 04:20 PM
Told you so this afternoon :tape: :tape:

How did Suktuen get to watch it?

I watch the Roger match~~ But just some part of it~~ :D

lsy
01-17-2005, 04:22 PM
Ok,there wouldn´t be anything to do about it, for me - but I am going to be angry - very!!!!!!

:scared: :scared: Watch out kids!!!

We're still hanging on to the last hope that after this long Paradorn match, we might get Roger...though I really doubt so and I'm so sleepy

:lol: luna, I just remembered watching the first few game and was :eek: , then felt really relax and comfortable leaving for work knowing he will have no problem winning ;) (very unlike me)

lsy
01-17-2005, 04:23 PM
I watch the Roger match~~ But just some part of it~~ :D

Is it the Star highlights, Suktuen?

lsy
01-17-2005, 04:30 PM
Guys. I taped it. IF I find a way someone can put it into AVI, will do it, ok? Ill try to tape next match and see if I can get that done. If it do not cost me a lot, cos Im in a bad situation right now. ok?

silvy

Silvy you're too nice really :hug: But it's ok if you can't.

SUKTUEN
01-17-2005, 04:32 PM
Is it the Star highlights, Suktuen?

Yes~~~ But it have about 20 min in HK Starsport :devil:

Fedex
01-18-2005, 01:39 AM
Q. The shot you played looked like a left handed...
ROGER FEDERER: Was it? I can play both sides. I have to see which one is my side. I'm not sure, actually. Baseball I play it here (smiling).
:worship: :worship: For Roger playing a lefty shot. (I dont remember that point). I can do the lefty shot even better than Roger, of course.

RonE
01-18-2005, 03:42 PM
:worship: :worship: For Roger playing a lefty shot. (I dont remember that point). I can do the lefty shot even better than Roger, of course.

Of course you can, and so can I for that matter with us both being lefties :p

Roger will be playing the night session tomorrow against Suzuki which is a pretty good thing I think as my commentators said the weather tomorrow will be 35 degrees (centigrade) and possibly go up even higher. :eek: :eek: :eek:

I am surprised though that Andre plays the day session, poor guy even though he enjoys the heat and is in prime physical condition.

Rommella
01-19-2005, 12:12 PM
Am from the Philippines and still slogging at the office, instead of munching in front of the TV for the Federer-Suzuki match. The next best thing, I have the AusOpen scoreboard open on my screen and it's freaking me out! Suzuki actually got to break Roger in the 2nd set?? And he seems to be breezing through his service games in the 3rd while Roger's barely squeaking through his own! Roger, don't do this to me!

yanchr
01-19-2005, 12:58 PM
WHAT A MATCH!!!!!!!! Jim Courier was more than right to say the scoreline didn't show what had been just put on by the 2 players :worship::worship: Sucuki played the hell of a match of his career I think. He almost brought out the best of Roger. What a serve and volleyer he is! I'm quite amazed at quite some of the unbelievable volleys he played there, I think, which also caught Rogi in awe. And the touch from him, sometimes made me think Rogi was playing against himself :eek: And his returns, his chips before he decided to volley :worship:......sooooooo good :eek: I was really surprised that this man had to play from the qualify stage :eek: I highly doubt that anyone at the top would beat him easily with the performance he gave out today :worship::worship:very very fun to watch, this man. Of course Roger is No1 for good reason. He did bring out sth special :worship: THOSE PASSES...really out of this world :eek:

I'm totally in awe. sorry for my miswordiness :p I just want to tell everyone that it was such a FUN match to watch :eek::worship: It's so long since last time I've seen such a matchup between Rogi and so high quality a s&ver....

mitalidas
01-19-2005, 01:00 PM
hi everyone in the US,
please, please tell me --is there any place we can see these matches? ESPN is not doing any decent coverage. anywhere else?

RonE
01-19-2005, 01:11 PM
Tournament: Australian Open
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: Jan 19th, 2005
Round: Round of 64
Opponent: Takao Suzuki
Result: Federer def. Suzuki 6-3,6-4,6-4

Federer was severely tested in this match- his 28 year old opponent from Japan, despite having a ranking of 203 in the world started by playing some scintilating tennis- Suzuki is an out and out serve and volleyer and he was covering the net really well, moving so quickly like a grasshopper to cut off volleys and making deep approaches using heavy slice on both wings.

In the beginning of the match Rogi was not well adjusted to facing this style of play and it resulted in many mishits and errors due to the wicked slice imparted by Suzuki off the ground and his rushing Federer at the net.

Suzuki got off to an early break in the 1st set to lead 3-2. But from that point on Roger raised his game and with zen-like focus broke back. He proceeded to hold for 4-3, then played another brilliant game to break Suzuki for a second time to take a 5-3 lead and subsequently served out the first set. As the set progressed Roger found his timing and his range and made some exquisite passing shots most notably on the backhand side.

Suzuki was relentless and it was clear that Roger would have to remain totally focused and keep his very highest standard to thwart his opponent. The games in set #2 went with serve with Roger having a few break point opportunities. He also had to save one or two on his own serve. At 4-4 Federer once again tightened the screws and went up a level to break serve- most notably on break-point Suzuki hit a delicated drop-volley which landed very close to the left sideline on Federer's forehand side and Roger chased it down and hit a winner around the net-post to secure the break. IMO that was the point of the match! Federer then proceeded to hold serve to take a 2 sets to love lead.

Being down 2 sets to world #1 and defending champion did not hinder Suzuki, he kept the pressure on and did not wilt by any means. He was fighting all the way even though he had to call the trainer midway through the set to massage his legs from all the effort he expended- his great athletic qualities put him in good stead and he stuck to his game plan and kept putting the pressure on Roger and even had Roger 15-40 down in one of his service games. But again, despite the huge amount of pressure that Roger was under he remianed cool and raised his game when he needed to. Towards the latter stages of the set Federer was getting closer and closer to breaking the Suzuki serve and eventually his persistence paid off. At 4-4 15-15 on Suzuki's serve Roger hit a crosscourt forehand that Suzuki was sure would be called out and made no effort to retrieve it. The call did not come and then Roger hit a return winner to set up 2 break points. Suzuki saved the first one with a diving backhand volley but Roger kept up the pressure and consolidated on his second chance to lead 5-4 with the break. Roger then proceeded to serve out the match at love for a difficult 6-3,6-4,6-4 victory.

Things to take notice of:
- On a few occassions during the match Federer was quietly muttering to himself and gesticulating, he was clearly rattled at stages of this match and knew he had to raise his game to it's highest peaks to come through.
- When it really came to the crunch Roger really raised his focus and determination in almost zen-like manner to take his game even higher and go in for the kill- a true champion's attitude.
- Suzuki hardly ever had any dips in the match- Federer had to bring out his best to wrest it away from the Japanese.
- The quality of the match in terms of shot making was superb- both men hit very few unforced erros (around 10 per player) and both hit many winners (around 25 for Suzuki, 35 for Roger).
- The atmosphere in the arena was quite spectacular- the crowd were really into the match and were thoroughly entertained by what was a performance of true and utter brilliance from both players.
- Suzuki has a mighty powerful motor, but it still does not compare with the speed, power, elegance and brilliance of a Porsche ;)

WyveN
01-19-2005, 01:16 PM
Thanks Ron, great report.

Puschkin
01-19-2005, 01:17 PM
Great report, thanks a lot. I wanted to increase your reputation, but the system does not allow it. Consider it done;)

RonE
01-19-2005, 01:20 PM
Wyven, were you live at this match? On tv it seemed like a real carnival-like atmosphere, I can't begin to imagine what it must have felt like being in the crowd.

WyveN
01-19-2005, 01:29 PM
Wyven, were you live at this match? On tv it seemed like a real carnival-like atmosphere, I can't begin to imagine what it must have felt like being in the crowd.

I was planning to go but in the end decided against it as I was worried Suzuki wouldnt put up any resistance at all, how wrong I was :(
The only bright side is that I think the night session was sold out anyway.


Going to make sure I go to every Roger match from now on.

babsi
01-19-2005, 01:30 PM
What a great report,Ron - you deserve as high marks as Roger!

What a great match - of course I didn´t tape it - to concerned he might lose it,if I do - my foolishness is costing me dearly.

fedsfan1
01-19-2005, 01:54 PM
Thanks Ron for Great match reporting!!!!

I feel like I was there but still have to wait a couple of hours to see it on ESPN2 , here in NYC..... :)

cheers mates..... :cool:

BRAVO ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!

VAMOS!!!!!!!!!

Mrs. B
01-19-2005, 01:54 PM
Great report, Ron! :yeah: i've said it before, i'll say it again. you write so well!

i'd compare Roger to a Jaguar, though. but that's just me. :lol:

avocadoe
01-19-2005, 02:29 PM
RonE...thanks a million for the report. I am looking forward to see in the match on the always tape delayed (day session), no matter how they lie, espn :)

rogertooogood
01-19-2005, 02:34 PM
Tournament: Australian Open
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: Jan 19th, 2005
Round: Round of 64
Opponent: Takao Suzuki
Result: Federer def. Suzuki 6-3,6-4,6-4

Federer was severely tested in this match- his 28 year old opponent from Japan, despite having a ranking of 203 in the world started by playing some scintilating tennis- Suzuki is an out and out serve and volleyer and he was covering the net really well, moving so quickly like a grasshopper to cut off volleys and making deep approaches using heavy slice on both wings.

In the beginning of the match Rogi was not well adjusted to facing this style of play and it resulted in many mishits and errors due to the wicked slice imparted by Suzuki off the ground and his rushing Federer at the net.

Suzuki got off to an early break in the 1st set to lead 3-2. But from that point on Roger raised his game and with zen-like focus broke back. He proceeded to hold for 4-3, then played another brilliant game to break Suzuki for a second time to take a 5-3 lead and subsequently served out the first set. As the set progressed Roger found his timing and his range and made some exquisite passing shots most notably on the backhand side.

Suzuki was relentless and it was clear that Roger would have to remain totally focused and keep his very highest standard to thwart his opponent. The games in set #2 went with serve with Roger having a few break point opportunities. He also had to save one or two on his own serve. At 4-4 Federer once again tightened the screws and went up a level to break serve- most notably on break-point Suzuki hit a delicated drop-volley which landed very close to the left sideline on Federer's forehand side and Roger chased it down and hit a winner around the net-post to secure the break. IMO that was the point of the match! Federer then proceeded to hold serve to take a 2 sets to love lead.

Being down 2 sets to world #1 and defending champion did not hinder Suzuki, he kept the pressure on and did not wilt by any means. He was fighting all the way even though he had to call the trainer midway through the set to massage his legs from all the effort he expended- his great athletic qualities put him in good stead and he stuck to his game plan and kept putting the pressure on Roger and even had Roger 15-40 down in one of his service games. But again, despite the huge amount of pressure that Roger was under he remianed cool and raised his game when he needed to. Towards the latter stages of the set Federer was getting closer and closer to breaking the Suzuki serve and eventually his persistence paid off. At 4-4 15-15 on Suzuki's serve Roger hit a crosscourt forehand that Suzuki was sure would be called out and made no effort to retrieve it. The call did not come and then Roger hit a return winner to set up 2 break points. Suzuki saved the first one with a diving backhand volley but Roger kept up the pressure and consolidated on his second chance to lead 5-4 with the break. Roger then proceeded to serve out the match at love for a difficult 6-3,6-4,6-4 victory.

Things to take notice of:
- On a few occassions during the match Federer was quietly muttering to himself and gesticulating, he was clearly rattled at stages of this match and knew he had to raise his game to it's highest peaks to come through.
- When it really came to the crunch Roger really raised his focus and determination in almost zen-like manner to take his game even higher and go in for the kill- a true champion's attitude.
- Suzuki hardly ever had any dips in the match- Federer had to bring out his best to wrest it away from the Japanese.
- The quality of the match in terms of shot making was superb- both men hit very few unforced erros (around 10 per player) and both hit many winners (around 25 for Suzuki, 35 for Roger).
- The atmosphere in the arena was quite spectacular- the crowd were really into the match and were thoroughly entertained by what was a performance of true and utter brilliance from both players.
- Suzuki has a mighty powerful motor, but it still does not compare with the speed, power, elegance and brilliance of a Porsche ;)

:worship: A match review worthy of praise!!!! You made me feel at times that I had watched the match. Thanks and GREAT JOB ROGER :worship: !!!!!

fightclubber
01-19-2005, 02:51 PM
WOW LOVE YOUR REPORST
YOU ARE GREAT DOING IT.
THANKS A MILLION TIMES
LOL I compare Roger with a Ferrari.I mean, the rest of the F! crews have to improve the engines and, estructure in general, to see if they can give battle to Ferrari....
Thats our Roger.
Suzuki seems to get closer

Silvy

tschaeggy
01-19-2005, 03:06 PM
:worship: what a great report, RonE, thanks a lot :) i saw the match on tv, could never describe it so well as you did!
keep it up!! :yeah:

RonE
01-19-2005, 03:14 PM
I was planning to go but in the end decided against it as I was worried Suzuki wouldnt put up any resistance at all, how wrong I was :(


Aiyyeeeee!!! :eek: :banghead:

It would be fascinating to hear from someone who was there live to witness it first hand.

Thank you everyone for your kind words, glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully 5 more reports will follow over the next week and a half. :wavey:

novanora
01-19-2005, 03:14 PM
Ron, thanks for the report!! i remember Roger's winner is not only 35, at least more than 40, as i saw this stats on the TV live in the middle of 3rd set.

lsy
01-19-2005, 03:20 PM
Comes to the net all the time, has a strong serve, good drop-shots,
nice passing-shots.

He is 28 and still never been in the top 100. It will happen for sure this year, his one of those late bloomers. Should provide far more competition then JMG.

WyveN you told us all these (which turned up to be exactly that) before the match, and yet you finally decided it's not worth go watching it live :retard: :lol:

Ron, you surely don't need another compliment do you?

Skyward
01-19-2005, 03:31 PM
Ron, thanks for the report. I hope ESPN decides to show this match in full.

yanchr
01-19-2005, 03:38 PM
Ron, thanks for the report!! i remember Roger's winner is not only 35, at least more than 40, as i saw this stats on the TV live in the middle of 3rd set.
It's 50 in all according to the stats while only 10 UEs. Amazing :worship:

Ron, I so admire your still staying so calm and reasonable after watching such a performance by Rogi and his unbelievable opponent. You beat it to me :p

Surely 5 reports ahead :wavey: Fingers crossed

makro120
01-19-2005, 05:34 PM
I can't belive Suzuki challenged Federer when Federer was actualy playing his best tennis. 50 winners and 10 unforced errors is simply too good.

ytben
01-19-2005, 05:50 PM
That's just tell you how well Suzuki was playing in this match. This match is for the keeping. To those who didn't get coverage, you really need to find it someway somehow. It is too good to be missed :D

ste
01-19-2005, 09:22 PM
Aiyyeeeee!!! :eek: :banghead:

It would be fascinating to hear from someone who was there live to witness it first hand.

Thank you everyone for your kind words, glad you enjoyed it. Hopefully 5 more reports will follow over the next week and a half. :wavey:

You're just unbeatable in writing, RonE :hug:

I think you are doing your job so wonderful no matter if you're there live or not... :worship:

I am also looking forward to 5 new reports during the next week and a half... ;)

lunahielo
01-19-2005, 11:03 PM
Originally posted by RonE~
Suzuki has a mighty powerful motor, but it still does not compare with the speed, power, elegance and brilliance of a Porsche :)
RonE, you may not need another compliment, but you're going to get one...
Great match reporting!! Thanks again! :D

I followed this one on the live score at 5AM this morning and was really scared. Thank goodness, he pulled it out.
I saw it a little while ago on ESPN and it was an awesome match~~(especially since I already knew that Roger won)
Glad I've got it on tape.

Looking forward to 5 more RonE reports. :)

SUKTUEN
01-20-2005, 06:33 AM
Thanks

RogiNie
01-20-2005, 02:05 PM
I didn't see the match, but with your report, it was almost if I did... thanx RonE!

TheMightyFed
01-20-2005, 04:31 PM
on break-point Suzuki hit a delicated drop-volley which landed very close to the left sideline on Federer's forehand side and Roger chased it down and hit a winner around the net-post to secure the break. IMO that was the point of the match!

That will be for sure the point of the tournament !! That's insane to see how Fed had to run to the ball and still kept balance and managed to do a crazy wrist snap to put the ball in the court. It was a magical moment, Fed was so happy, and Suzuki was smiling...
I was on the AO site when I saw that Suzuky broke Fed, then I started to watch on Al Jezzira website and I saw this point live, really amazing atmosphere... Suzuki would have deserved to win a set, he's been great :worship:

RogiFan88
01-20-2005, 06:01 PM
:wavey:

Suzuki, a cool guy!! He gets my respect and Rogi's too! Rogi said he'd like to play him again! :cool:

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/ng/sp/afp_photo/20050119/sge.cvp77.190105130847.photo00.quicklook.default-290x384.jpg

http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/

MissMoJo
01-20-2005, 06:08 PM
I missed the first set and a half of the Suzuki match :sad: (Will not take a nap before a Rogi match again :( ) Can someone please tell me how the Al Jazeera webcam works? i have the address but once i get there, i don't know what to click on since the stuff is in arabic, is there a translation function?

Thanks

RonE
01-20-2005, 09:00 PM
Thank you again my friends for the compliments :hug:

TheMightyFed
01-20-2005, 09:36 PM
I missed the first set and a half of the Suzuki match :sad: (Will not take a nap before a Rogi match again :( ) Can someone please tell me how the Al Jazeera webcam works? i have the address but once i get there, i don't know what to click on since the stuff is in arabic, is there a translation function?

Thanks
You just enter this address and then it's automatic, have fun at work !!! ;)
mms://64.106.232.35/live

SUKTUEN
01-21-2005, 02:13 AM
Roger play soon

Puschkin
01-21-2005, 06:08 AM
Nieminen retired when Roger led 6:3, 5:2 due to injury. Eurosport commentators criticised Roger for everything he did today, they were partly true, I'd say. Roger won the toss, started to serve and got broken immediately, forehand and serve were not working well, he got the rebreak at 2:1. The match went with serve, Roger got into it better, but committed many errors (for his standards). He went to the net very often, and as much as I like him to do that, some attacks were indeed badly prepared and he got passed by Nieminen.

However, a minor rise of his game was enough to break Nieminen an 4:3 and then he served out. There was a gorgeous backhand smash from Roger during this period, I don't remember exactly when.

Roger broke Nieminen immediately at the beginning of the second set, but was broken back again, then, Roger broke Nieminen twice to go up 5:2 and while the commentators still complained about his level, I felt he was gaining momentum as play went on.

It is true, that the match did not have the excitement of the one against Suzuki, but Roger saved energy and who knows when he night need it.

novanora
01-21-2005, 07:25 AM
Thanks, Puschkin. yeah, that backhand smash did occur at 4:3, roger serving, and this is one of his best shots in the whole match, especially compared to his weak backhand volleys at the net ;)

babsi
01-21-2005, 08:14 AM
Thank you Puschkin - couldn´t watch the match - had to get the kids off to school :(

RonE
01-21-2005, 01:25 PM
Thank you Puschkin! Not a match for the record books is it? :(

Puschkin
01-21-2005, 01:45 PM
nope, but he was on the way of taking control, he won, he saved energy, so what? Maybe the "experiment-theory" described on the AO thread is also valid, at least partly.

RonE
01-21-2005, 02:23 PM
Sounds more like just a not-so-hot day at the office is all. S'alright, happens occassionally. Better for it to happen against someone like Nieminen rather than someone like Agassi or Safin ;)

Puschkin
01-21-2005, 02:32 PM
On a final note, RonE, the next match is yours to report and that's a good omen;)

yanchr
01-21-2005, 02:37 PM
Eurosport commentators criticised Roger for everything he did today, they were partly true, I'd say.



Roger broke Nieminen immediately at the beginning of the second set, but was broken back again, then, Roger broke Nieminen twice to go up 5:2 and while the commentators still complained about his level, I felt he was gaining momentum as play went on.
Have you all read Roger's interview aftermatch? I think Roger was so right saying that people are beginning to take his easy win for granted, expecting him to deliver his best tennis in every single match, just can't accept that he is losing a set even a service game, including me :p Really tough for Roger :sad: Maybe we should tolerate his playing below par at some occasions, but surely not some really BIG stages ;)

Thanks Puschkin :wavey:

RonE
01-21-2005, 02:51 PM
On a final note, RonE, the next match is yours to report and that's a good omen;)

Yes, that's how it has worked out so far huh? One match you one match me :lol:

I have just been sick the last week with a high fever and so had no energy to stay up and watch the day matches which is why the only match I saw of Rogi was his 2nd round.

Doris Loeffel
01-21-2005, 03:12 PM
Thanks guys for your match report it's always fun to read them - even though I was able to watch them live so far ;)
Keep up the good work.

yanchr
01-21-2005, 03:28 PM
I have just been sick the last week with a high fever and so had no energy to stay up and watch the day matches which is why the only match I saw of Rogi was his 2nd round.
Get well soon Ron :hug: We need you :D
You made so good a choice there even not out of your own will :lol:

Puschkin
01-21-2005, 03:33 PM
Get well soon Ron :hug: We need you :D
You made so good a choice there even not out of your own will :lol:

That's why I said he has to write the next one :)

SUKTUEN
01-21-2005, 05:21 PM
Thanks

RonE
01-21-2005, 05:51 PM
Thanks Laura :hug:

lunahielo
01-21-2005, 10:25 PM
Hope you soon feel lots better, Ron..........:hug:

RonE
01-22-2005, 11:26 AM
Thank you Lunahielo I am actually already feeling a lot better :hug:

Fedex
01-22-2005, 10:37 PM
Yes, that's how it has worked out so far huh? One match you one match me :lol:

I have just been sick the last week with a high fever and so had no energy to stay up and watch the day matches which is why the only match I saw of Rogi was his 2nd round.
I have been sick lately too, but I'm over it now. I did have a fever of 102-103, but the only advice I can give you is to drink alot of liquids and get as much rest as possible.
Lol, it wont be easy sleep for me tonight, as Blizzard warnings have been issued .

RonE
01-23-2005, 10:40 AM
I have been sick lately too, but I'm over it now. I did have a fever of 102-103, but the only advice I can give you is to drink alot of liquids and get as much rest as possible.
Lol, it wont be easy sleep for me tonight, as Blizzard warnings have been issued .

Thanks Fedex, I am over the hump now and feeling better :D

Take care with the blizzard :eek:

RonE
01-23-2005, 10:56 AM
Tournament: Australian Open
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: Jan 23rd, 2005
Round: Round of last 16
Opponent: Marcos Baghdatis
Result: Federer def. Baghdatis 6-2,6-2,7-6(4)

Roger started the match well, breaking Marcos in his opening service game but then proceeded to drop his own serve before really settling into the match.

Roger was not doing too many special things to win- during the first two sets he didn't need to do too much as Baghdatis seemed a little subdued and every time Rogi put a bit of pressure on him with a forceful forehand or a rush to the net Baghdatis would fold and make the error. This pattern of play saw Roger easily take the first two sets with a solid 1st serve, consistent groundstrokes and the occassional approach to the net. His roll backhand was not that great, often short and under-paced but he didn't get punished for it. He used the slice a lot which gave Marcos difficulties.

After two almost identical sets in terms of scoreline and pattern of play Marcos started to pick himself up in set #3 and showed resillience holding on to his serve. Roger did have the opportunity to make a few inroads but time and again Marcos would hit cross-court forehand winners off aggressive shots from Rogi which left the Swiss standing rooted to the ground in disbelief.

Both players having held all their service games in the 3rd set, at 6-6 in the tie-break Baghdatis raced to a 3-0 lead with 2 minibreaks courtesy of sloppy play from Roger. But from that moment on, Roger hit a mishit return which put Marcos off and allowed Federer to make a clinical finish to the point and he then proceeded to win 7 out of the next 8 points to seal the tie-break and the match: 6-2,6-2,7-6(4)

Things to take note of:
- Roger only dropped serve once and had a reasonably high 1st serve % of 61%
- Roger played as well as he needed to without going for anything too fancy, just it seems to conserve his energy (and he will need it for his next match!)
- Roger never was and also never had an expression of being in trouble throughout the match.
- The Cyprian contingent in the crowd were singing and cheering their man on throughout the entire match but to no avail.
- Next up for Roger- Andre Agassi!

SUKTUEN
01-23-2005, 11:21 AM
All friends in here take care ~~ :smooch: :hug:

many friends feel sick~~ :sad:

babsi
01-23-2005, 12:24 PM
Thank you,Ron :)

Btw. don´t do too much too soon - take it slow,there is nothing worth than an relapse.


Take care everybody:)

Fedex
01-23-2005, 03:13 PM
Thanks for the match report Ron, and I cant believe I somehow missed this match. I must have fallen asleep; I did see most of the Agassi match though.

fightclubber
01-23-2005, 03:31 PM
Thanks Rone, as usual!

silvy

fedsfan1
01-23-2005, 04:47 PM
Great reporting, as usual , Ron!!

I hope you & Fedex are feeling better!!

Can't wait for the Roger V AA match---will be very exciting.

VAMOS ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!

lina_seta
01-23-2005, 08:41 PM
woohooo great report RonE... since i didnt watch it... i thought my heart would be better off eating out -.-!...
next up is Agassi-san! so rogi-sama will have to give his best =)... but im really happy that he hasnt dropped a single set! that tiebreak was some thriller O_o!! racing from 0...

Yoda
01-23-2005, 10:21 PM
:yeah: Cheers RonE again

SUKTUEN
01-24-2005, 02:22 AM
Have a nice day ~~! everyone

Puschkin
01-24-2005, 06:41 AM
.....Things to take note of:
- Roger played as well as he needed to without going for anything too fancy, just it seems to conserve his energy (and he will need it for his next match!)
-

Thanks a lot RonE, that is exactly how I felt. It was a match of efficiency, not sheer briliance, but in this way it was maybe a more cruel defeat for Baghdatis than if he had been outplayed by a shining Roger.

Puschkin
01-25-2005, 11:36 AM
Roger defeated Agassi 6:3, 6:4, 6:4

Agassi won the toss and decided to recieve. Roger started with a love-game while Andre had to face deuce on his first service game. The match had intensity already at the beginning. Roger serving extremely well, both playing also fine rallies, Roger broke Andre, when he was leading 3:2, in his service-game to close out the set, he had to face a couple of breakpoints- one of them saved with an ace on SECOND serve, terrific! In the second set, Roger broke in the first game, as he did in the second, the longer the mtach lasted, the more Roger magic came along, and when there was the slightest threat, he came up in Sampras-like manner with an ace or service-winner. Andre never gave up, though, it just was not good enough. Congratulations, Roger;)

As Marat also played well today, I am looking forward to this semifinal on Thursday.

WyveN
01-25-2005, 12:35 PM
Roger defeated Andre 6-3 6-4 6-4

There was a lot of anticipation about the match and the atmosphere in the stadium was amazing a long time before the players walked out. Most people thought Roger would win but would have to work very hard for it. The crowd was mostly for Andre with a lot of American flags however there were a couple of Swiss/Federer fans around.
No point in me recapping the match as I am sure most people saw it. I have never seen Federer serve that well however I also think he matched Andre from the baseline so the comment where he said Andre was the better baseline player seemed inaccurate in this match, lots of the crowd sort of said "as if" when Roger made that comment, however it was nice to hear him say that after the controversies of the past few days.

Other things I noticed:
-Roger got almost as big a cheer when he said Lleyton would beat Nalbandian then he did when he won the match :haha: Obviously people wanted a closer match but a lot of them gave Roger a standing ovation at the end.
- A number of Andre's groundstrokes seemed to have gone long in the 1st/2nd set however strangely there were no calls.
- The crowd were very supportive of Andre yelling "cmon Andre" whenever he got a sniff at a Federer service game however toward the end of the match some of the crowd got a bit frustrated that Agassi wasnt making any progress and started yelling things like "time to retire Andre" and "not up to standard anymore" which was disapointing.
-Andre got more and more angry as the match went on, you just couldnt see him making a comeback. A few times he would almost throw his racket and slump into his seat at the change of ends.
-I had a good view of roach and he would stand up and clap at least 5 times in the match, it was nice to see him get excited and show how much he cares.
- lots of people were disapointed the match wasnt more competetive however I was more then happy and the doubles match was one big party!

ytben
01-25-2005, 12:41 PM
Thanks for the report Wyv :D

Poor Andre, those nasty comments from the crowd are uncalled for :rolleyes:

RonE
01-25-2005, 02:26 PM
Thank you for the reports Puschkin and Wyvern- I did not hear the crown yell those things at Andre that was a shame :(

I thought I would give my own report too, hope you guys don't mind reading it yet again:
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Tournament: Australian Open
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Date: Jan 25th, 2005
Round: Quarterfinal
Opponent: Andre Agassi
Result: Federer def. Agassi 6-3,6-4,6-4

Roger started the match off in a blaze of glory holding serve with 4 huge service winners and aces. From the get-go he was threatening Agassi on serve and finally made the breakthrough at 3-2 on Agassi's serve to break the American.

He got into a bit of trouble serving for the 1st set at 5-3 having to save a few breakpoints but focused and closed out the set.

He then came out firing breaking Andre in the 1st game of the 2nd set and continued to hold serve in a very impressive manner. He took the set 6-4.

The 3rd set was a miorror image of the 2nd with Federer breaking right at the very first game and from that point on there was no turning back for Andre who even with his amazing returning abilities was no match for Federer on his serve. Roger held on to every service game in this set too to wrap up a 6-3,6-4,6-4 victory.

Things to take note of:
- Roger served 22 aces in a 3 set match against one of the best returners the game had ever seen. :eek:
- His backhand wasn't always firing. Although he hit a few B/H winners down the line, he shanked many of them and a lot of his crosscourt B/H's were short as he was rushed by Andre but they were good enough to keep him in the point and repel Agassi.
- Roger used the slice often as Agassi kicked his serve out wide and hit very angular crosscourt backhands.
- Roger's defense was superb in this match and Agassi didn't hit many winners at all due to those defense capabilities. Agassi was very frustrated by not being able to dictate play and many times it was Roger who took control of the point and dictated to Agassi.
- Like Wyven said already, all of the above caused Andre to look very forlorned in this match and you could sense his frustration and helplessness.

Sorry for the triple report- I hope you found it interesting ;)

WyveN
01-25-2005, 02:53 PM
- His backhand wasn't always firing. Although he hit a few B/H winners down the line, he shanked many of them and a lot of his crosscourt B/H's were short as he was rushed by Andre but they were good enough to keep him in the point and repel Agassi.


I agree with that, Roger was magnificent tonight but if you watch 2003 Houston final it is apparent he can hit the backhand much better then he did in this match. It certainly needs to improve versus Safin and I expect a far tougher match, when you think about it there are very few things that Agassi does better then Safin.

babsi
01-25-2005, 03:45 PM
Thanks, Puschkin,WyveN and Ron, for the reports :)

Glad to hear, that Roche is getting into the spirit of things - he looked a bit too stoic at the beginning of the tourny.

RonE
01-25-2005, 09:34 PM
I agree with that, Roger was magnificent tonight but if you watch 2003 Houston final it is apparent he can hit the backhand much better then he did in this match. It certainly needs to improve versus Safin and I expect a far tougher match, when you think about it there are very few things that Agassi does better then Safin.

Yes, great minds think alike, during the match I did think back to that TMC final and Roger hit many of his backhands crosscourt with so much more depth and pace. But a lot of it I think has to do with rebound ace and Andre's shots bouncing up higher (especially that kick serve!)- but as the match wore on he did look more comfortable hitting through the backhand and he wasn't rushed as much as in the beginning.

Agassi would have been good preparation against Safin I feel but Roger definitely needs to tighten the screws in that deprtment I agree with you there.

lunahielo
01-26-2005, 12:17 AM
Originally posted by RonE~
Sorry for the triple report- I hope you found it interesting
I did~~always find words describing Rogi's magic interesting. :yeah: :cool:

Thanks to you, WyveN and Puschkin. :angel:

Luck in the semis, Roger. Fine tune a few things and bring your A game (and I'm sure you will) :)

WyveN
01-26-2005, 01:21 PM
This semi against Marat is almost certainly a final. After Hewitts 5 setters he just wont beat Federer in the final even if he does get through Roddick, as for Andy after the way he was dismantled in Kooyong I cant see him reversing the result here.

I am worried about Safin though, in the second set of their Houston match Safin was reading/returning Feds serve extremely well and that is worrying. Got a feeling this might be a very close 5 setter and hopefully roger gets through because then the title is virtually his.

Puschkin
01-26-2005, 01:47 PM
This semi against Marat is almost certainly a final.

For me it is the final, but I am a little bit biased, I admit it, two of my favourites against each other ;) my feeling is that if it goes to distance, Marat has a real chance, if Roger comes out with guns firing, it will be him.

If Roger wins, I dare to predict he will take the title, with Marat?

WyveN
01-26-2005, 02:17 PM
If Marat plays well he really should beat a tired/injured Hewitt in the final but Safin isnt exactly a rock in big matches. Safin seems to have real problems returning Roddicks serve so not sure how that match would turn out.

SUKTUEN
01-26-2005, 02:27 PM
I will watch the match one more time

Puschkin
01-27-2005, 07:14 AM
Please post reports as early as possible. I can't see the match, cannot watch the scoreboard either, as I have meetings while they play, so when the meetings finish I will be starved;)

mitalidas
01-27-2005, 08:32 AM
anyone here?

RonE
01-27-2005, 02:12 PM
I was away from home and taped the match but I just don't have the heart to watch it and write up a report this time. Sorry guys :sad:

WyveN
01-27-2005, 02:44 PM
Hope you watch the match Rone, would love to know your thoughts.

I thought Roger could definetly have served better, particularly in tight moments. The double faults and lack of first serves at key stages were very annoying and it is something Roger usually does not do however I guess the intimidation of Marats returns must be credited. Thought it would be Marat that would throw in the odd double fault under pressure but this time around it was Roger.

Thought Roger volleyed extremely well today, under a lot of pressure.

The groundstrokes were amazing for the most part by both players although at pressure moments both players made very simple unforced errors.

Terrific match and if it wasn't for the result, one I would watch over and over :(

Puschkin
01-27-2005, 02:57 PM
I taped it, but only four hours, so I will miss the end and I am only able to watch it late tonight. But from what I read on various boards , Marat deserved it, so full credit and congratulations to him.

SUKTUEN
01-27-2005, 03:07 PM
I record in two DVD~~ I am no more hit heart to watch it

RogiFan88
01-27-2005, 04:14 PM
Congrats to Marat! Pls win it this year!

Poor Rogi... hurting... I am a bit worried about him... he needs to shape up and get fitter... that back bothers me... it packs up when he's under a lot of pressure...

Get rested and better, ROGI!!! Aww.....

Sounded like an epic battle tho... lots of emotions... missed chances... smashed racquets... Rogi was not playing his best since R1... he seemed nervous throughout... I had this inkling but I'm happy it was Marat and nobody else who beat Rogi -- talent beating talent... now he has to win... beat either Lleyt or Pandy [the less talented imo but more guts and grinding].

I'm still sad about it but Rogi will be back after some deserved rest fr 2 yrs! and recuperation... too much pressure I think... he's really feeling it NOW.

yanchr
01-27-2005, 04:26 PM
Terrific match and if it wasn't for the result, one I would watch over and over :(
me too :sad: Now I think I don't have the full heart to watch it again, esp the MP...:bigcry: Roger...

avocadoe
01-27-2005, 04:44 PM
I'll probably save it for next week, when I am missing the AO and Roger. I wonder when he hurt his back? Anyone know. I worried yesterday when I saw that Roche and Smilie had to retire in their mixed dubs match. I got this eerie feeling that if Roche was not okay, Roger might worry, via old feelings about Peter Carter, and that loss. He is such a sensitive creature. Anyway, that's how my twin/freudocadoe thinks, lots of speculation. Anyhoo, mightily disappointed, but if he had to lose prefer it to Marat than another. Maybe I'll watch some of it later today, after I get some sleep. YAWN>

Skyward
01-27-2005, 05:29 PM
I've just looked at the stats.

Roger won first and third set serving 50% and 43%, but he lost 2, 4, 5th sets serving a lot better- 69, 61, 62% respectively.

SUKTUEN
01-27-2005, 05:45 PM
HE felt tired in the 5 set

Skyward
01-27-2005, 05:47 PM
SUKTUEN, I did not see the match, and I don 't have the guts to do it today. May be in a couple of weeks... :sad:

SUKTUEN
01-27-2005, 05:55 PM
SUKTUEN, I did not see the match, and I don 't have the guts to do it today. May be in a couple of weeks... :sad:

Skyward, the match is very great~~

But I am so down after watch it :sad:

Fedex
01-29-2005, 12:36 AM
Terrific match and if it wasn't for the result, one I would watch over and over :(
I agree! :sad: :(

RonE
02-16-2005, 08:17 PM
*BUMP*

All of Roger's Rotterdam matches in here please for those of you that have coverage. Preferrably also from those of you who are there watching him live. Thanks :wavey:

lsy
02-17-2005, 02:04 PM
oh dear Ron...it's like you're putting me on the spot here since I was the only one in the touranment thread last night :o sure I can write a report, but can it be a report on his shirts/shoes/hair/tummy instead? :tape: :o

No seriously...yes I got the match on tv but I watched it at 3am when I got up after sleeping for 2 hours, so seriously my mind was wandering half of the time and I'm hardly the tennis freak like you guys who remember every point from matches like million years ago. I forgot which shots happened when and where right after Rogi waved goodbye to the crowd :o . I difinitely can't give any point to point description but overall impression I can try.
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Rotterdam 2005 first round
Rogi/Boghdan
6-3 6-4

Rogi struggled to find his first serves, especially the first set. His second serves was lacking, didn't have the placement and Boghdan ripped quite a few winners from that (rather aggressive returner).

and I realised this is the first time I had watched Rogi playing indoor, I wonder if it was the court playing faster and I'm not used to seeing that or what, Rogi didn't seem very "settled" on court, he was made running about but that has to do with Boghdan abilities to mix things up in the rallies and also he was powerful at the baseline with penetrating shots. I remembered Boghdan winning a few points playing few nice drop shots caught Rogi off guard. But Rogi was effective on the net, especially in following up points and closed it up with some good volleys.

Quite a few very interesting rallies, from both players and Rogi as usual in every match has to come out with some ridiculous shots, there's one I described in the tournament thread : "...and there he goes, hit an amazing shot, flip a backhand overhead from Bohdan lob!"

Actually I have no idea how to describe it, looks like a backhand volley when he made with has back vs Boghdan, certainly not a smash...oh well...let's just call it Rogi special shot no.12396872344 :p

It may seem like Rogi wasn't playing well, but honestly I wasn't really feeling he was "about to lose" at any point of the match, except he has to work rather hard to win the points. But that his weak serves really need to be improved especially when he's still trying to get used to playing indoor it seemed. But one game when he served well, he won 4 short easy points in less than minutes.

That's about as far as I can write in "tennistical" term as you can see I struggled to use those "tennistic" terms...please anybody else who had watched it feel free to correct me.

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NOW ON TO SECOND ROUND!!! :woohoo:

lsy
02-17-2005, 02:07 PM
Now can we move on to the fashion part? :banana: :p

Rogi wore the same pattern shirt he had in AO, but in RED colour! I'm glad the ugly blue shoes are gone, but then again with Rogi, we surely won't think he's going to come out in red shirts and blue shoes, do we? I'm relieved there isn't a matching red shoes that's for sure.

I really thought he had lost that tummy quite a bit, anybody agree? oh and he put on this really stylish white jacket after the match, and don't know what he did to his hair, star sports caught this shot of him leaving the court which was extremely :drool: :hearts:

They didn't show the post match interview, otherwise I might have spot Yvo on the big screen! ;)

SUKTUEN
02-17-2005, 02:11 PM
thankyou :worship:

RonE
02-17-2005, 06:07 PM
Thank you lsy :hug:

Yoda
02-17-2005, 06:21 PM
Thanks Isy.....That's a Grade A- for that report :yeah:

babsi
02-17-2005, 07:21 PM
Thank you, Isy :)
thank god we are spread out all over the world - luckily the matches are most of the time shown, somewhere :)


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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (BIllie Joe Armstrong)

SUKTUEN
02-18-2005, 09:50 AM
good

lunahielo
02-18-2005, 12:14 PM
Originally posted by Lsy~
...let's just call it Rogi special shot no.12396872344
:lol: :lol:
Thank you for the match report!
Also, thank you for the fashion report! :hug:

Mrs. B
02-18-2005, 12:57 PM
good one, sim yee! :yeah:

...and finally, i got a dvd copy of Marat & Roger's AO semis! :woohoo:

fightclubber
02-18-2005, 03:04 PM
Quite a few very interesting rallies, from both players and Rogi as usual in every match has to come out with some ridiculous shots, there's one I described in the tournament thread : "...and there he goes, hit an amazing shot, flip a backhand overhead from Bohdan lob!"

Actually I have no idea how to describe it, looks like a backhand volley when he made with has back vs Boghdan, certainly not a smash...oh well...let's just call it Rogi special shot no.12396872344 :p

Oh they showed that part on tv! On the ESPN news report. I thought Im not sure but I never saw this overhead shot. So I thought... the in between legs that .. cause us lots of pains in AO is called the GRAN WILLIE cos the first one to do it was Guillermo Vilas on the 70s (if Im wrong, please someone correct me) and and say. Oh This might be called the GRAN ( BIG) Federer!!!!!!!!!!!

novanora
02-18-2005, 03:12 PM
Now can we move on to the fashion part? :banana: :p

Rogi wore the same pattern shirt he had in AO, but in RED colour! I'm glad the ugly blue shoes are gone, but then again with Rogi, we surely won't think he's going to come out in red shirts and blue shoes, do we? I'm relieved there isn't a matching red shoes that's for sure.

I really thought he had lost that tummy quite a bit, anybody agree? oh and he put on this really stylish white jacket after the match, and don't know what he did to his hair, star sports caught this shot of him leaving the court which was extremely :drool: :hearts:

They didn't show the post match interview, otherwise I might have spot Yvo on the big screen! ;)
heeheee, i like him in red, but if he got that red matching-set with red shoes, that will be :haha: does he have tummy before Rotterdam?? :eek: why can't i remember that? :scratch: ;)

And thanks for your report, Corinna! :hug: you must know from Laura that poor us can get this live match from "our" starsports :o and don't ask me why.
From your report, his serve seems quite weak? this is really surprising me :eek: i will catch this match after "our" starsports back to normal.

RogiFan88
02-18-2005, 03:34 PM
Mrs. B., tell us about the first 3 sets, which I haven't yet seen!

yanchr
02-18-2005, 04:16 PM
I just got to watch the match :D
Quite a few very interesting rallies, from both players and Rogi as usual in every match has to come out with some ridiculous shots, there's one I described in the tournament thread : "...and there he goes, hit an amazing shot, flip a backhand overhead from Bohdan lob!"

Actually I have no idea how to describe it, looks like a backhand volley when he made with has back vs Boghdan, certainly not a smash...oh well...let's just call it Rogi special shot no.12396872344 :p
Am I welcome to add another as ridiculous a shot as this one, well almost ;) ?

Roger played a very aggressive cross-court fh into the corner to force Bohdan hit a defensive shot which seemed to go out but just landed cross-court in the corner of where the baseline and the sideline cross. Roger, from that position, so back from the baseline in the corner, hit an overhead smash down the line right into the corner of across the net :eek: :eek: -----Rogi special shot no. 128493747347 :p

Roger surely was entertaining the audience and himself on court. At one wildly missed return on Bohdan's 2nd serve, he seemed to get so pissed by himself that he posturized to smash his racquet. But suddenly he withdrew his seemingly burst anger and ended up with staging an elegantly stylish forehand-hitting posture. He himself had to laugh :lol: Too funny and cute :hearts:

SUKTUEN
02-18-2005, 04:41 PM
:worship: Thanks~~ Roger will play soon :D

RonE
02-18-2005, 08:41 PM
cause us lots of pains in AO is called the GRAN WILLIE...

Hmm... has nothing to do with the fact that if a player doesn't execute that shot right he himself might have no WILLIE? :tape: :tape: :tape:

RogiFan88
02-18-2005, 09:24 PM
Hmm... has nothing to do with the fact that if a player doesn't execute that shot right he himself might have no WILLIE? :tape: :tape: :tape:


:worship: funny!!! and naughty!!

Dirk
02-18-2005, 09:54 PM
How much has Roger been coming to the net this week?