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Will Roger win Roland Garros in 2005?

Puschkin
05-25-2005, 10:09 AM
There has been a lot of discussion on this topic on a numbér of "general messages" threads, but I think this question also deserves a thread in Roger's own forum ;) as not always the same people post on both threads.

Discuss, but try to justify your arguments, ;)

Shabazza
05-25-2005, 10:44 AM
If he stay focused he's able to do it. He's better prepared than in previous years and there seems to be no mental block to take him back in RG (at least not as strong as many people predicted ;) ). Although the draw is though, especially Nadal, who he could face in SF, if he manage to reach the final i'm sure he'll win.
:)

SUKTUEN
05-25-2005, 02:55 PM
I think he cannot~~

But I want He can Do IT!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel
05-25-2005, 05:37 PM
Yes :D

a girl 13
05-25-2005, 05:47 PM
OFF COURSE But first a victory over fernando gonzalez.






:worship: ROGER FEDERER ROLAND GARROS CHAMPION 2005 :worship:
:rocker: WIMBLEDON CHAMPION 2005 :rocker:
:banana: US OPEN CHAMPION 2005 :banana:

lsy
05-25-2005, 06:42 PM
Yes.

I can give list of reasons why I think so, but I guess most of them can endup going either way so I'll say I go with my instinct here...besides I want him to win and I wish him to win...so YES I have to say!

SUKTUEN
05-26-2005, 05:10 PM
yes again~~

Roger be careful in third round~~

TimoRinrin
06-02-2005, 10:46 AM
Yes !!!! Yeah !!!!

Nathy
06-02-2005, 03:02 PM
I think for Rogi it is now or never... He has to take his chance!

:banana: Go Roger for a wonderful and above all SUCESSFUL fight against Nadal :bounce:

SUKTUEN
06-02-2005, 03:05 PM
YES~~~~~!!!!!!! :bounce:

Fergie
06-03-2005, 01:21 AM
Rogi will win the title this year :yeah:

mitalidas
06-03-2005, 01:23 AM
I am gaining more and more confidence that Roger is going to do it this year

lunahielo
06-03-2005, 02:10 AM
He will.
He will.
Yes. :)

MissMoJo
06-03-2005, 02:18 AM
:yeah: He's so close...just a little further Rogi

mitalidas
06-03-2005, 02:48 AM
Off topic, off many other things , But a blast from the past

The whole "nadal is the favorite" has kept raising memories from 2003-W for me, when "It is roddick's year" "You can't help but think roddick is going to win" (McEnroe, carillo, drysdale). And then Roger took control and swept the "favorite" off the court
I have an intuition that this will happen again tomorrow

So I post this again

Wimbledon2003
Roddick has Federer in sights in battle of force and finesse

Young pretenders set for semi-final showdown, writes Chris Bowers

Sunday June 29, 2003
The Observer

Predicting potential semi-finals, even at two rounds' notice, is a mug's game in today's ultra-competitive tennis world, but mouths have been watering about this Friday's increasingly likely clash between Andy Roddick and Roger Federer. If the 20-year-old American with the unreturnable serve meets the 21-year-old Swiss with the irresistible game for a place in the final, the winner will be favourite for the title, even if Andre Agassi is on the other side of the net.

It is not just a generation thing, although Roddick and Federer are obviously standard-bearers for their age group. It is that these two are the obvious grass-court specialists of the next few years and if both can stay fit, the Wimbledon title should be their oyster for as long as it was Pete Sampras's.

While both are fundamentally decent men who understand the ambassadorial role required of players at the top of the sport, they have contrasting personalities. Roddick is the highly strung dude who looks constantly on the point of throwing his rattle out of the pram - and did so in the 2001 US Open quarter-finals when he called the umpire Jorge Dias 'an absolute moron' after a call went against him. Federer had a few tantrums in his teens but is now so laidback it is a relief to see him get angry at missing a point.

Federer seems to be the natural successor to Sampras. In winning his first grass-court tournament in Halle, Germany, two weeks ago and in his three matches last week, he has at times played such sublime tennis that it begs the question: who can stop him winning Wimbledon? The answer is simple: he can.

The son of a Swiss father and a South African mother, Federer is phenomenally talented, perfectly built for the rigours of modern tennis and is laidback in a way that can make the most difficult shot look a doddle. But that combination makes him mentally fragile and even at 21 there are many who feel he may well underachieve unless he can develop some steel.

After ending Sampras's reign at Wimbledon two years ago, Federer then lost to Tim Henman. At 19, that was put down to a lack of experience, but last year he lost in the first round to Mario Ancic and since he has lost in the first round of the past two French Opens, he needs to reach at least the semi-finals at Wimbledon to silence the doubters, even though he has won four Tour titles this year.

Like Federer, Roddick is a former world junior champion. The Swiss was the world's best boy in 1998, Roddick in 2000 and he has been burdened with the tag of 'America's next big thing in tennis' since turning professional that year.

After a year of consolidation in 2002, he has taken the next big step in the past few weeks since splitting with his French coach, Tarik Benhabiles, and signing up with Andre Agassi's former mentor, Brad Gilbert. Roddick said he wanted 'a new voice in his ear' and he has certainly got that in the author of Winning Ugly , a book about Gilbert's ability to reach the top 10 with moderate talent. Roddick admits he has not read it. 'I have the author, I don't need the book,' he says.

And author has clearly struck up a smooth relationship with player, even if Gilbert forced Roddick to abandon his visor ('I made him burn the visors. They do not look menacing on the court,' says Gilbert). 'We're both sports junkies,' says Roddick and he has been particularly impressed with the way Gilbert has been scouting his opponents. 'He'll definitely get around and ask a lot of questions; he's not afraid to put in the hours to get a good scouting report.'

Gilbert admits scouting is his favourite activity, saying that he is 'dealing with the Xs and Os', which incidentally was one of Agassi's oft-used phrases.

Agassi also used to talk of the risk of information overload when Gilbert takes on a new charge, with the player having to filter out what is not relevant. Roddick says that he has not noticed. 'Brad and I talk a lot about other sports, but when it comes to tennis, he's very serious and very precise. I don't think he throws a lot of nonsense out there at all.'

Roddick is the bookmakers' favourite, but if he does meet Federer, there will be a lot of smart money on the Swiss. Although Roddick's backhand is vastly improved, he has not been breaking serve with the regularity one would expect of a potential champion.

And if the Swiss hits one of the purple patches he has shown these past three weeks, Roddick may wonder what has hit him, as so many wonder what hits them when Roddick thunders down his serves. The match, indeed the whole tournament, really does seem to be Federer's to lose.

· You've read the piece, now have your say. Email your comments, be as frank as you like, we can take it, to sport.editor@guardianunlimited.co.uk, or mail the Observer direct at sport@observer.co.uk

eleven11
06-03-2005, 03:05 AM
I'm not worried about this semifinal match.

What I'm worried about is the FINAL- Roger vs Davydenko or Puerta
















Oh....yeah........I'm just too nervous.... >_<........

p.s. thanks matalidas for the article.

Nocko
06-03-2005, 05:04 AM
Hey, everyone!! Take it easy. Save your energy untill the match starts.
It's funny that everybody told him to relax, but nobody relax here.
(I say this including for me :p )
Believe him, Believe the fate. Who do you think should win for future of tennis? I think it isn't a Spaniyard who stack with 5m behind the baseline or who can't do anithing except run after run or hit hevy topspin forehand.
It's a time Rogi should win!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

See, I don't relax either.. :o
Hey, take it easy, enjoy cheering Rogi!!!

:banana: :banana: Ikke~ ikke ikke ikke ikke Rogi, Hopp~ hopp hopp hopp hopp Rogi :banana: :banana:
:banana: Ikke ikke Rogi, Hopp hopp Rogi, :banana:
:banana: I~~kke, Ho~~pp, Roger~~!!! :banana: :wavey:

RonE
06-03-2005, 06:02 AM
Thanks for the reminder Mitalidas.

For more comforting try this:

The last time the 4 semifinalists at the French Open were from 4 different countries was in 2000 and let us examine what took place there.

In one semi, you had Kuerten (Brazilian) face a young teen Spaniard making his RG debut (Ferrero) and Guga beat him. Likewise, Federer is playing a teen Spaniard making HIS first RG appearance too.

On the other half of the draw you had a Swede (Norman) play a left-handed Argentine (Squillari) and here a Russian plays yet another left handed Argentine. The Swede won.

So in short, Guga beat a dangerous Spanish RG debutant and went on to win the title. Is RG 2005 to Federer as RG 2000 was to Guga? I certainly hope so :)

lsy
06-03-2005, 06:15 AM
Thanks for the reminder Mitalidas.

For more comforting try this:

The last time the 4 semifinalists at the French Open were from 4 different countries was in 2000 and let us examine what took place there.

In one semi, you had Kuerten (Brazilian) face a young teen Spaniard making his RG debut (Ferrero) and Guga beat him. Likewise, Federer is playing a teen Spaniard making HIS first RG appearance too.

On the other half of the draw you had a Swede (Norman) play a left-handed Argentine (Squillari) and here a Russian plays yet another left handed Argentine. The Swede won.

So in short, Guga beat a dangerous Spanish RG debutant and went on to win the title. Is RG 2005 to Federer as RG 2000 was to Guga? I certainly hope so :)

:haha: You and all these "theories" of yours...

So I see a meeting with Dirk had converted you into a firm believer...Wasn't too long ago were you giving me a long list of your favourites being jinxed in RG :o

Mrs. B
06-03-2005, 08:10 AM
to give some kind of reassurance to the nervous Roger fans (including me :lol: ) here's something from Courier:

Nadal v Federer - Courier's verdict
Former French Open champion Jim Courier gives BBC Sport the lowdown on the most anticipated match of this year's French Open - Rafael Nadal v Roger Federer.

Nadal and Federer will meet for the third time on Friday
Courier: "As soon as the draw came out everybody took a sharp intake of breath.

"When you look at the other side of the draw, with Nikolai Davydenko and Mariano Puerta, this really is the de-facto final.

"This is as good as it's going to get. There's been two days of hype to build it up - it's fantastic."


FOREHAND
Federer - 10/10: It's the best in tennis - it's got everything. He has power, the ability to make angles and counter-attack.

Nadal - 9/10: It's his big shot and he can dominate from the baseline with it.


BACKHAND
I've never seen Federer lose a match because of fatigue

Jim Courier
Federer - 8/10: He's got a lot of variety on it, he can hit slice, top-spin, everything, but it can be attacked and be a little more in and out than his forehand.

Nadal - 8/10: It's basically just a solid two-hander that he uses to keep the ball in play with and allow him to open up his forehand. It does the job for him.


SERVE
Federer - 9/10: A great serve with tons of variety and spin, and it's very difficult to know where it's going.

Nadal - 5/10: He's left-handed but it's not a great serve - he uses it more to start the point, but it gets him into the rallies and that's where he is at his best.


NET GAME
Federer - 9/10: He's very adept at the net and has a real ability to improvise according to any situation.


Nadal is in his first Grand Slam semi
Nadal - 3/10: I'm not slamming his volleys, but they're an unknown quantity because he spends very little time up at the net. If I was rating my own volleys it would be at a similar level - I can volley, but if I'm hitting low volleys time after time, it's going to be a long day.


STAMINA
Federer - 9/10: I've never seen Federer lose a match because of fatigue.

Nadal - 10/10: He can run all day and he gets an extra point for his enthusiasm.


SPEED
Federer & Nadal - 10/10: Both of these guys have great movement.


MENTAL TOUGHNESS
Federer - 10/10: He has grown into being a great competitor and you only have to look at his winning ratio in finals to see how mentally tough he is.

Nadal - 10/10: He is a natural competitor, a true fighter, and the only player I have ever seen who retreats from the coin-toss like a boxer returning to his corner ready to fight.


WHO'S GOING TO WIN?
Federer - he has the ability to come to the net, he has more experience, and he will really want to win this one because he knows that if he does, and with Davydenko or Puerta waiting in the final, he will almost certainly go on to win the title.

babsi
06-03-2005, 08:29 AM
Thank you,Eva - that´s a nice comforting read,just what I need right now!

Btw. without theories - the world would hurtle torwards the sun :)

Mrs. B
06-03-2005, 08:35 AM
Hi, Susanne!
i think i'll need some Schnapps while watching the match. :lol:

babsi
06-03-2005, 08:45 AM
Hi, Susanne!
i think i'll need some Schnapps while watching the match. :lol:
lol - me too. Luckly I don´t have to go anywhere after the match - so it won´t matter :)

Shabazza
06-03-2005, 09:15 AM
lol - me too. Luckly I don´t have to go anywhere after the match - so it won´t matter :)
I envy you. I would do the same, but unfortunatly I have to drive afterwards. :(
So I have to watch the whole match with fully consciousnes... :eek:

TimoRinrin
06-03-2005, 10:29 AM
Thank you,Eva - that´s a nice comforting read,just what I need right now!

Btw. without theories - the world would hurtle torwards the sun :)


Yes. I agree. I think Isy should be more friendly... :) :worship:

Rogi will win!!!

mitalidas
06-03-2005, 01:44 PM
all the indications are in place! I am latching on to every last superstitious sign there is (except the birthday one)
I can't stand a delay to tomorrow say, due to rain, but if it means that Roger can win because its no longer the opponent's birthday, I can handle it!

Thanks for the reminder Mitalidas.

The last time the 4 semifinalists at the French Open were from 4 different countries was in 2000 and let us examine what took place there.

In one semi, you had Kuerten (Brazilian) face a young teen Spaniard making his RG debut (Ferrero) and Guga beat him. Likewise, Federer is playing a teen Spaniard making HIS first RG appearance too.

On the other half of the draw you had a Swede (Norman) play a left-handed Argentine (Squillari) and here a Russian plays yet another left handed Argentine. The Swede won.

So in short, Guga beat a dangerous Spanish RG debutant and went on to win the title. Is RG 2005 to Federer as RG 2000 was to Guga? I certainly hope so :)

SUKTUEN
06-03-2005, 03:48 PM
thanks

Daniel
06-05-2005, 09:18 PM
and He lost :(

RonE
06-06-2005, 05:53 AM
:haha: You and all these "theories" of yours...

So I see a meeting with Dirk had converted you into a firm believer...Wasn't too long ago were you giving me a long list of your favourites being jinxed in RG :o

And the jinx still stands :banghead:

SUKTUEN
06-06-2005, 03:38 PM
forget this thread