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******* The Championships, Wimbledon 2005: The Return Of The King *******

Daniel
06-05-2005, 09:32 PM
Good luck Roger. Lets forget your mental lapse at RG ,thids is grass, you love this tournament so please win the title for third time in a row :worship: :kiss:

:D

Daniel
06-05-2005, 09:32 PM
Federer Gunning for Third Wimbledon Win


©Getty Images

Thursday, 12 May, 2005


Would-be usurpers be warned. Roger Federer has two clear objectives for 2005. “My top priority is to retain my Wimbledon title” said the two-time defending champion during his winning run at Indian Wells in March. “And I want to stay No. 1 in the world” he added. On the evidence so far, there seems every likelihood that the 23-year-old Swiss superstar will achieve both.

Before the end of April Federer had won five of the seven tournaments he had contested and had stood at match point in both the matches he lost. Before the middle of May Federer had won six of the eight tournaments he had contested and had stood at match point in both the matches he lost. True champions hate to lose and Federer knew that he could have - perhaps should have - found a way to win them both.

Marat Safin’s lunging backhand lob that had landed on the baseline to deny Federer a place in the Australian Open final where, 12 months earlier, he had beaten the Russian for the title, was a shot in a million. Federer’s attempt to hit a winner by firing the ball between his legs as he raced towards the back fence would have been a shot in a billion. But the ball was caught by the net band and rebounded his side of the net. “I still felt like I was going to win” he said ruefully “but Marat played some great tennis after that”.

Against Richard Gasquet in the quarter-finals in Monte Carlo, Federer missed the line with a fierce forehand to the youngster’s backhand that would have sealed the fate of the remarkable French teenager. Unfortunately for Federer the 18-year-old saved two more match points and then proceeded to reel off some spectacular backhands to claim a famous victory. “On that match point I should have gone the other side, to his forehand, but I only missed it by just a little bit, you know” said the smiling Federer.

For a man who has been pulling rabbits out of the hat all year those were painful moments. Speaking about his ability to conjure a victory when not playing at his best, Federer said “I dig much deeper now. Being a set down doesn’t bother me like it used to. Before I would get frustrated and totally change up my game and would be in a sort of panic mode. That doesn’t happen any more”.

Winning, of course, breeds confidence but it is not only a mental issue. He is stronger too. For the physical improvement he can thank Pierre Paganini, his trainer at home, and Pavel Kovak who travels with him on the road. Pavel can always be seen sitting courtside alongside Federer’s girlfriend Miroslava Varinek. “Mirka” also takes care of the tedious daily details of life on the Tour giving Roger the time and space to concentrate on his tennis and his training. “I think finally all the hard work is paying off. Because I’ve improved physically I can fight through tough matches where before I would have had to change my game” says Federer.

Now it is others who have to make changes as they attempt to derail the Federer Express. By common consent Federer is the most gifted player on the planet, potentially the most complete player of all time. Old timers like Rod Laver and Charlie Pasarell are full of praise for Federer’s extraordinary talents. “I don’t think I could have beaten him” said Laver modestly - though most of us believe that the great double Grand Slam champion would have been Federer’s equal if given the same competitive opportunities using modern equipment. Indian Wells tournament chairman Pasarell is simply in awe of the man. “I’ve never seen a talent like his. It’s ridiculous what he can do with a racket” he said after seeing Federer successfully retain his title.

Even his present challengers are ready to admit that Federer is in a class of his own. “I’ve never seen as complete a player” said Safin. “He can do it all and he has so many options”.

Young Rafael Nadal, the 18-year-old Spaniard who was two points away from scoring a repeat victory over the world No. 1 in Miami last month, was equally forthright. “Oh yes, Federer is the best player right now. He has all the shots - very good forehand, great backhand, he serves great and volleys so well too and his slice is so difficult when he attacks. No other player can do all that”.

Nadal might have added that Federer can also cover the court like a gazelle, can pluck aces out of the air on important points like rabbits out of a hat and has the reflexes of a Formula One driver.

Barring accidents, then, Roger Federer will be the overwhelming favourite to win a third consecutive Wimbledon title. He makes no secret of the fact that he would like to equal Pete Sampras’ four in a row and Bjorn Borg’s five. Yet he is conscious how fragile the life of a tennis champion can be now that the game has become so demanding physically. That is why he did not make himself available for the early rounds of the Davis Cup this year. “I just felt that I had to skip Davis Cup and play my schedule till after Wimbledon without any bad experiences, you know, no risk from injuries from playing too much”.

Even with a lighter schedule Federer's 41 winning matches in 2005, which include a revenge win over Gasquet in the Hamburg final, have already taken their toll. Injuries to both feet (he is suffering from plantar fascitis - inflamation of the tendons under the foot) prevented him from competing in Rome and raised doubts about his ability to sustain a winning run over seven rounds of five-set matches at the French Open.

Although he has never been past the quarter-finals in Paris, Federer will still start as the official favourite. As Andy Roddick said “Wherever he plays, regardless of the surface, Federer will start as favourite. He has raised the bar. The rest of us are trying to catch him”. It will be fascinating these next few weeks to see if anyone can.

Lady Natalia
06-05-2005, 10:15 PM
A third Championship and 5-0 in GS finals; it's Roger's destiny this July. And with some added luck, a repeat at Flushing Meadows and 6-0 in GS finals.

Daniel
06-05-2005, 10:18 PM
A third Championship and 5-0 in GS finals; it's Roger's destiny this July. And with some added luck, a repeat at Flushing Meadows and 6-0 in GS finals.

*hopes it comes true* :)

Lady Natalia
06-05-2005, 10:19 PM
Daniel who is that gorgeous guy in you avatar??

Daniel
06-05-2005, 10:20 PM
Daniel who is that gorgeous guy in you avatar??

He is model named Andreo :drool:

Lady Natalia
06-05-2005, 10:21 PM
He is model named Andreo :drool:

Yes, yes, yes. I drool for him. :drool:

Daniel
06-05-2005, 10:28 PM
The Return of The King

maybe I should add that to the title of the thread :)

Nathy
06-05-2005, 10:39 PM
maybe I should add that to the title of the thread :)

Yeah do add it!! :bigclap:

soonha
06-05-2005, 11:01 PM
Yeah, Daniel. You should. Don't you think it's a great idea?

And I made some poster for our King.

:bowdown: :bowdown: The Return of The King!!! :bowdown: :bowdown:

Lady Natalia
06-05-2005, 11:02 PM
Is it true that if Roger wins this year that he will receive the life-size trophy, instead of the mini one?

Nathy
06-05-2005, 11:06 PM
Soonha: :lol: :lol: :lol: :haha: :haha: :haha: Well done :bigclap:

Lady: hmmm I don't know...

lunahielo
06-06-2005, 12:05 AM
Originally posted by Lady Natalia
Is it true that if Roger wins this year that he will receive the life-size trophy, instead of the mini one?

I think that's right.

Nathy
06-06-2005, 12:12 AM
The title ruuuuuuuuuules like this :banana:

Lady Natalia
06-06-2005, 12:52 AM
I love the title! It's very regal!

robinhood
06-06-2005, 01:31 AM
Yeah, Daniel. You should. Don't you think it's a great idea?

And I made some poster for our King.

:bowdown: :bowdown: The Return of The King!!! :bowdown: :bowdown:

:haha: :haha: :haha:
:worship: :worship:

RonE
06-06-2005, 05:21 AM
:eek: Daniel, what are you doing???????? Silvy is the one who starts these threads!

Just kidding :hug: ;)

Good luck Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Daniel
06-06-2005, 05:47 AM
:eek: Daniel, what are you doing???????? Silvy is the one who starts these threads!

Just kidding :hug: ;)

Good luck Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad:








Rone :hug: :kiss: :smooch: :D :worship:

Minnie
06-06-2005, 07:53 AM
Love title of this thread... The Return of the King is my favourite film and Rog is my favourite tennis player!

jtipson
06-06-2005, 10:17 AM
Is it true that if Roger wins this year that he will receive the life-size trophy, instead of the mini one?

Well he won't get the *actual* trophy, they're gonna need that in the future. Did all the other three-time winners get a full-size replica then?

babsi
06-06-2005, 10:53 AM
Good Luck Roger - make it a tripple :) :) :)

ytben
06-06-2005, 12:38 PM
Soonha :lol: :lol: Great job there with the pic! Hahahaha Aragorn is my fave character in LOTR, so fitting to see ROgi as Aragorn.

GOOD LUCK ROGI!!! Please do a hat-trick! :bounce: Can't be too early for this sort of things.

Minnie
06-06-2005, 01:39 PM
Aragorn is my fav in LOTR too - reminds me of Rogi ... brave, fearless and ... gentle.

TimoRinrin
06-06-2005, 01:43 PM
Please do a hat-trick!!
Tell the world you are the real King!!!

Shabazza
06-06-2005, 01:45 PM
"The Return Of The King" is definitely a fitting titel for Roger coming back to where it all started :worship: :yeah:
First Halle then Wimbly both 3 times in a row - that would be sooo great, can't wait to see it comming true... :bounce:

Lady Natalia
06-06-2005, 01:46 PM
The Swiss occupation continues...

SUKTUEN
06-06-2005, 03:16 PM
Yeah, Daniel. You should. Don't you think it's a great idea?

And I made some poster for our King.

:bowdown: :bowdown: The Return of The King!!! :bowdown: :bowdown:


HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA~!!!!! :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

I LOVE IT~!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :lol:

Nathy
06-06-2005, 05:00 PM
Yes as ytben and Minnie Aragorn's my fav character too... and Roger is my God.. I love them both! GOOOOOOOO ROOOOOGIIIIII

soonha
06-06-2005, 05:10 PM
I think <the Return of the King> is a perfect title for Roger at the Wimbledon. The title was just poped up out of my head while I was reading this thread.

Thanks, Daniel, for having my idea add to the title of the thread :hug:

"Put aside the ranger, Become who you were born to be!"
- a line from the novel ROTK

The Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite as a novel as well as a movie, and Aragorn is my favorite character :kiss: He reminds me of Rogi in many ways: humble, gentle, quiet, calm, strong-willed, warm-hearted..........tall, dark, and handsome. :angel: :angel: :angel:

Top of all, they both are the Kings!!! :bowdown:

Besides, Tony Roche also reminds me of Gandalf the Wizard ;) and

Pavel Kovac(Rogi's physio)=Samwise (you can figure)
Nadal=Pippin (too frisky on the court :p )
Safin=Gimli (temperamental, complaining and excusing himself all the time :o )
Hewitt=Boromir (looking dismal and a little arrogant)
Roddick=Cave Troll (only power, no brain sorry, Roddick fans)
Brad Gilbert=Saruman (last year, but this year he's no one)
...... ;) ;) ;)

Nocko
06-06-2005, 05:18 PM
Good title!!! :bigclap:

soonha , nice avatar!! It's perfect for Wimby!!!! :hatoff:


GOOD LUCK, KING ROGER!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

soonha
06-06-2005, 08:16 PM
Good title!!! :bigclap:

soonha , nice avatar!! It's perfect for Wimby!!!! :hatoff:


GOOD LUCK, KING ROGER!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:
Thank you, Nocko.:hug:

Nathy
06-06-2005, 10:48 PM
I think <the Return of the King> is a perfect title for Roger at the Wimbledon. The title was just poped up out of my head while I was reading this thread.

Thanks, Daniel, for having my idea add to the title of the thread :hug:

"Put aside the ranger, Become who you were born to be!"
- a line from the novel ROTK

The Lord of the Rings is one of my all-time favorite as a novel as well as a movie, and Aragorn is my favorite character :kiss: He remain me of Rogi in many ways: humble, gentle, quiet, calm, strong-willed, warm-hearted..........tall, dark, and handsome. :angel: :angel: :angel:

Top of all, they both are the Kings!!! :bowdown:

Besides, Tony Roche also remain me of Gandalf the Wizard ;) and

Pavel Kovac(Rogi's physio)=Samwise (you can figure)
Nadal=Pippin (too frisky on the court :p )
Safin=Gimli (temperamental, complaining and excusing himself all the time :o )
Hewitt=Boromir (looking dismal and a little arrogant)
Roddick=Cave Troll (only power sorry, Roddick fans)
Brad Gilbert=Saruman (last year, but this year he's no one)
...... ;) ;) ;)

Aragorn OMG He is ssoooooooo :hearts:

And Roger is soooooooooo :hearts:

:p

I agree with you with your comparison between characters and players/trainers :bigclap: Well done!!!

Stevens Point
06-06-2005, 11:26 PM
Many of you became Roger fan thanks to this event.... Thanks, Schweizer Fernsehen.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/050521_FedSamp2003.rm

Nathy
06-06-2005, 11:49 PM
Many of you became Roger fan thanks to this event.... Thanks, Schweizer Fernsehen.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/050521_FedSamp2003.rm

:sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: :sad: Wooooooooooooooonderful!!! Thank you so much Stevens Point :smooch: :smooch: What a beautiful match!!! THANKS :hug:

lunahielo
06-06-2005, 11:59 PM
soonha. beautiful avatar!
Nice RoTK- -tennis comparisons........................... :)

Let's get grass season started right, Your Highness~ Good Luck!

Lady Natalia
06-07-2005, 01:52 AM
Many of you became Roger fan thanks to this event.... Thanks, Schweizer Fernsehen.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/050521_FedSamp2003.rm

Thank you for this link. I remember sitting down and watching this entire match. This is when I feel in love with Roger. Thank you for bring back good memories. :kiss:

Nocko
06-07-2005, 02:16 AM
Thank you very much, Stevens. I didn't see that match before. so beautiful! and Rogi looks very young. :hearts:

soonha
06-07-2005, 02:17 AM
Many of you became Roger fan thanks to this event.... Thanks, Schweizer Fernsehen.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/050521_FedSamp2003.rm
Sweet 19!!! :hearts: :hearts: :hearts: . Soooooo cuuuuuuuuute :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

Then he was a young little prince, now he is the King.

God save the King! :bowdown:

RogersGirl
06-07-2005, 02:34 AM
GOOD LUCK ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE YOU AND WISH YOU NOTHING BUT SUCCESS AT WIMBLEDON!!!!!! YOU OWN THAT COURT, SHOW THEM WHOSE BOSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! DOWN WITH THE FUCKING CLAY, LONG LIVE GRASS hehe

Shabazza
06-07-2005, 08:09 AM
Many of you became Roger fan thanks to this event.... Thanks, Schweizer Fernsehen.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/050521_FedSamp2003.rm
thank you so much stevens point :yeah: - this brings back memories, a big :hug: to you

Stevens Point
06-07-2005, 10:13 AM
Your welcome! :D and hi everyone! :wavey:
People still talk about this vs Sampras match. Roger's sensational win against "then King" Pete Sampras on the center court of Wimbledon was certainly a meaningful one for Roger and many of tennis fans, and this was only a great overture of Roger's wonderful opera in Wimbledon. The stroy continues this year!!! As I said before, Roger won so many hearts of fans after defeating Sampras. So, I thought it is a nice idea to bring this event back to people's memory, because I also think it all started here for Roger and Wimbledon.

SUKTUEN
06-07-2005, 04:00 PM
Thankyou so much for the link~! :worship: :wavey:

Doris Loeffel
06-09-2005, 04:08 PM
Well never too early to wish Roger good luck for his task to trepeat!!

allleeezzz Roger go for that third Wimby title!!

Good luck, viu Glück, bonne chance!!

SUKTUEN
06-09-2005, 04:11 PM
Roger GO GO GO!!!! :bigclap: :bigclap: :woohoo:

The King GO GO GO~~!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

RogiFan88
06-09-2005, 04:45 PM
OK, here's my article:

Federer relishing first taste of real thing
By Sally Jones
(Filed: 30/03/2005)

World No 1 Roger Federer has revealed a novel element to his preparations for the defence of his Wimbledon title in June; a visit to Hampton Court for his first taste of real tennis, the royal, ancient and utterly dignified forerunner of that Johnny-come-lately game played amid huge hype and razzamatazz on the lawns of the All England Club each summer.

On June 15, just five days before the start of The Championships, while most of his rivals will be fine tuning their games on grass in Nottingham or Holland, Federer, with a little help from former world champion Chris Ronaldson, will be manhandling a heavy, asymmetric wooden racket, thrashing solid, handmade balls over a drooping net and off the walls and wooden porches called penthouses as he attempts to master the all-important cut stroke plus arcane specialities like the giraffe, the boomerang and the railroad serve.

Once he has absorbed the rudiments, the Swiss, partnering BBC sports presenter John Inverdale, will take on Ronaldson, the Hampton Court head professional and jeweller Neil Duckworth, both experienced players, in a doubles.

The session was originally designed as a promotional appearance for Federer's watch sponsor, Maurice Lacroix, the traditional Zurich-based firm which signed him as their brand ambassador last year.

Federer, whose defeat by Marat Safin in the semi-finals of the Australian Open in January ended an extraordinary 26-match winning streak, is adamant that his visit to Hampton Court is far more than just another corporate beano.

"I am fascinated by the history of tennis and learning about the old champions so I'm really looking forward to trying the historic game that gave us modern-day lawn tennis," he enthused. "I've always refused to play in the typical pro-am tennis events that many sponsors organise as I feel it's easy to lose your competitive edge if you're not playing seriously, but this is different. To play this subtle, challenging game at Hampton Court, the most famous real tennis court in the world, and learn from the most influential of all the modern-day players should be an amazing experience.''

Several former champions have also tried their hand at the ancient game, among them Stan Smith, the Woodies [Todd Woodbridge and Mark Woodforde], Martina Navratilova and even Gabriela Sabatini, in full Edwardian tennis gear.

The world real tennis champion, Robert Fahey, a charismatic Aussie, was once a junior international and Tasmanian Open lawn tennis champion who gave Pat Rafter a run for his money. Though unlike his counterparts in the modern game, for whom a million is just loose change, even on a good year he would be hard put to clear £100,000.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/

SUKTUEN
06-09-2005, 04:53 PM
thanks

Daniel
06-09-2005, 09:56 PM
Good luck Roger, this year coming into Wimbledon Roger is 10 - 2 in GS. The best result has been semis in both the AO and RG and in both times lost to the eventual Champion. time to win a m ajor Roger and to silence the critics.

SUKTUEN
06-10-2005, 01:58 PM
Please take 8 times Wimby champion !!!!

Minnie
06-10-2005, 11:17 PM
Re: Hampton Court Palace Real Tennis Exhibition Match

I found out today from people at Hampton Court that this is by invitation only (mine must still be in the post then!). It will, however, be shown on BBC television during Wimbledon fortnight ... but haven't found out exactly when.

SUKTUEN
06-11-2005, 03:49 PM
starsport will show the Wimby match start in first round

Daniel
06-12-2005, 12:55 AM
Thanks Rogifan :D :D

SUKTUEN
06-12-2005, 09:59 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO for grass~!!

ytben
06-12-2005, 06:02 PM
Good luck in your Wimbly hattrick quest Rogi :bounce:

RogiFan88
06-12-2005, 06:37 PM
Rogi will be at Wimby on Tue.

RogiFan88
06-12-2005, 06:37 PM
Hewitt's Grand ambition to challenge the Swiss supremacy
By Ronald Atkin
12 June 2005

For someone with the fierce competitive juices of Lleyton Hewitt, second is never the place to be. Second, however, is where the 24-year-old Australian finds himself in the tennis rankings, toiling in the slipstream of Roger Federer, and he readily acknowledges that is where he belongs.

For someone who topped those rankings for 75 weeks, the youngest No 1 ever, Hewitt concedes that second-best "sticks in the throat a little bit," but insists, "Right now Roger is the No 1 player and there's no point in saying I am when I'm not." However, Hewitt wants to get one thing straight: "That doesn't mean I'm playing worse than when I was No 1. It's just that Roger has taken the game to a new level. You've got to try and keep working on your game, try to become a better player. When you look at [Andre] Agassi and see he has been in the top five, top 10, for so many years when the game keeps getting better and better, it is pretty amazing."

What is equally amazing is that reclaiming the No 1 ranking is no longer Hewitt's burning ambition. "Now, winning Grand Slam events means a lot more to me." Accordingly, his playing schedule is planned these days around the sport's four majors and the other competition so close to his heart, the Davis Cup and Australia's involvement in it.

It is Hewitt's love of Cup and country which saw his ranking slip to 17 two years ago, as he cut back on tournament commitments in a bid (a successful one) to see Australia win the grand old trophy again. The memory makes him smile. "A lot of people were writing about how bad I was playing, but I only played half as many tournaments as anyone else and was still able to beat people like Federer and [Juan Carlos] Ferrero in Davis Cup at the end of the year. So I wasn't struggling that much."

There have been struggles this year, though, against injury. Hewitt arrived in London a week ago not having played a competitive match since mid-March. He sustained toe damage at the Indian Wells Masters Series event, where he lost the final to Federer, and while in rehabilitation suffered a further bizarre accident at the new home in Sydney he shares with his bride-to-be, Australian soap actress Bec Cartwright, slipping while descending a polished staircase in stockinged feet and cracking two ribs.

So, having opted to take a month's break after the Australian Open in order to prepare for the Davis Cup tie against Austria and to finalise plans for his wedding this summer, Hewitt finds himself short of match practice after Friday's abrupt dismissal in the Stella Artois quarter-finals by Ivo Karlovic, his first-round nemesis at Wimbledon two years ago. But there is, he insists, no question mark against his fitness with Wimbledon a week away. "My fitness is something that's never going to let me down." Nor, he claims, will his concentration and discipline. "That's all part of my game, something I've always had. Mentally, I know the game as well as anyone. In big, tough situations I don't choose the wrong option that many times".

The tough matches of the past few days at the Stella (a tournament he won three straight years from 2000-02) have come in handy at what he claims is "one of my favourite times of the year" because of his growing affection for Wimbledon. "The more you go back the more you love it," he says. "The aura gets to you, seeing the names of all the past champions. People said I wasn't big enough to do well on grass, or that I should serve and volley more. I just said 'stuff it, I'm going to play my game and make it work'." This he did so well that Wimbledon capitulated to the Hewitt style in 2002.

Now, while admitting that Federer is favourite to clock up a third straight victory at the All England Club, he says: "I've got a pretty good chance of getting through to the second week and then anything can happen. That's the key at Wimbledon, trying to survive the first week. The guys I've lost to in my last few finals, Marat [Safin] in the Aussie Open and Roger in most of the others, have had to play some pretty scary tennis to beat me. In all those matches I've played good tennis.

"It's taken a hell of a player to beat me every time. I would like to get a little bit better by the time Wimbledon starts, but the longer I stay in it the better I'll get throughout the tournament. Come next Monday I'll be ready to go."

Next month Hewitt will marry Bec, otherwise Hayley Smith in the Australian programme Home and Away, and a baby is due in October. The whirlwind, showbiz nature of the romance following his abrupt termination of his engagement to Kim Clijsters last November startled the tennis world, but he is adamant that neither the comparison with the Beckhams nor fatherhood is likely to nudge him from his chosen path. "Tennis is my job and my attitude to the game won't change. In fact, in a lot of ways, marriage and a baby will put tennis in perspective more.

"Any time I step on court I'll be competitive, don't worry about that. That's just me and it's not going to change whether I'm a father or not. I'm not half-hearted at anything, it's just not me."
http://sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/

soonha
06-12-2005, 06:39 PM
Now, the Wimbledon.......the one that we as well as Roger counts the most.

Go and Show who is the KING, Roger!!! :yeah:

Send Safin, Roddick, Hewitt, Nadal, or anyone else to the Alps and Have Juliette:kiss: show them what the Life on Grass is like!!!

:woohoo: :woohoo: :woohoo:

RogiFan88
06-12-2005, 06:40 PM
Going into Wimby, Rogi is 51-3!

RogiFan88
06-12-2005, 06:40 PM
Federer wins 20th straight ATP final
Associated Press
6/12/2005 10:52:21 AM

HALLE, Germany (AP) - Roger Federer figured Sunday's final against Australian Open champion Marat Safin would be a lot easier than it turned out to be.

Safin makes no secret of his dislike for grass courts, where he has recorded some terrible results, but he surprised the top-ranked Swiss with one of his best matches ever on the surface in a 6-4, 6-7 (6), 6-4 loss at the Gerry Weber Open.

"It was difficult, tougher than I thought against Marat on grass, which isn't exactly his favourite surface," Federer said. "But I feel great, it's exactly how I want to feel heading into Wimbledon."

Federer, who also won the last two tournaments at Halle, captured his 20th straight ATP final and 29th straight match on grass. He will be looking for his third straight title at Wimbledon, which starts June 20.

Sunday's win, which was worth $116,000 US, was his 29th career title.

"My 29th title and my 29th win on grass - that fits perfectly," Federer said. "It's a shame I don't get a chance to celebrate, but everything has to take a back seat to tennis."

The two players traded early breaks in the first set, the only time the second-seeded Russian would accomplish that against Federer. Then Safin threw away the set at 5-4 with two forehands that sailed long.

Federer jumped for joy at the end of the two-hour match against Safin, who repeatedly slammed his racket and screamed at the referee as he wasted several chances to break Federer's serve.

"But it was still a great match," Safin said. "I don't know the last time I played such great tennis. It was probably my best match ever on grass."

Each time the fifth-ranked Russian had a chance to break serve on the fast grass court, Federer responded with a hard serve or volley in a match that had 10,000 spectators cheering on a centre court built to be an exact replica of Wimbledon.

The Swiss star's last loss on grass was in June 2002 against Mario Ancic of Croatia in the first round at Wimbledon. Sweden's Bjorn Borg holds the record for consecutive grass wins in the Open era with 41.

Federer's finals streak started in Vienna in 2003, and his record this year is 51-3.

The 6-foot-4 Safin said it's a disadvantage to play on grass being so tall. The two-time Grand Slam winner, who also owns the 2000 U.S. Open title, reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon in 2001, but hasn't lasted beyond the second round in four other appearances.

"I hope to do well at Wimbledon," Safin said. "I played the best player in the world and I came close to beating him. You have to believe in yourself on grass."

The Russian had never reached a grass final before.

Safin, who will see a doctor Monday about a left knee injury that has plagued him for two months, said he is considering skipping Russia's next Davis Cup tie, which starts two weeks after Wimbledon.
http://www.tsn.ca/tennis/news_story.asp?ID=127738&hubName=tennis

I see that Marat has changed his view on grass...

Nathy
06-12-2005, 07:03 PM
the youngest No 1 ever, Hewitt concedes that second-best "sticks in the throat a little bit," but insists, "Right now Roger is the No 1 player and there's no point in saying I am when I'm not." However, Hewitt wants to get one thing straight: "That doesn't mean I'm playing worse than when I was No 1. It's just that Roger has taken the game to a new level. You've got to try and keep working on your game, try to become a better player. When you look at [Andre] Agassi and see he has been in the top five, top 10, for so many years when the game keeps getting better and better, it is pretty amazing."


Gooooood Booooooy :yeah:

Shabazza
06-12-2005, 09:37 PM
nice interviews RogiFan :)

Art&Soul
06-13-2005, 01:31 AM
ALezzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz ROGI, go for hat-trick Wimbledon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :angel:

RogiFan88
06-13-2005, 02:45 AM
June 13, 2005
Federer returns to SW19 with restored confidence
From Chris Bowers in Halle, Germany

IF THERE were any doubts at the end of last week that Roger Federer was not quite the same force that won Wimbledon in the past two years, the 23-year-old Swiss banished them with a superb display in a Gerry Weber Open blessed with tennis of the highest quality.
Federer’s 6-4, 6-7, 6-4 triumph over Marat Safin is of lower profile than the last two matches the men played — Safin’s five-set victory in the Australian Open semi-finals and Federer’s win on a 20-18 tie-break at November’s Tennis Masters Cup — but the quality was at times every bit as good.

Three successive points at the beginning of the second set would have graced any DVD collection of the most exquisite rallies, as would countless others. The players clearly bring out the best in each other, but, in their first match on grass, the force always seemed to lie with Federer at the crucial moments.

“Marat returns very well and serves well on any surface, and that’s why he’s so dangerous,” Federer said. “You saw it on the serve, how much pace he gets and it makes it hard to return. I really thought I did a good job today. It’s been a good performance all week long, and that’s what you want to feel heading in to Wimbledon.”

After ten minutes Safin could have been forgiven for aiming solely to avoid defeat within the hour. Federer’s 3-0 lead was a mini-masterclass, but a loose service game at 3-1 allowed Safin to break back, only for the Russian to play two loose points at 5-4 down that gave Federer the set.

When Federer got embroiled in a long chat with Romano Grillotti, the umpire, at 3-3 in the second set, Safin was getting under the world No 1’s skin. Yet the four break points the Russian had in the second set all went begging, and he eventually took the set on an 8-6 tie-break.

It was Safin who used up his nervous energy in conversation with Grillotti at the beginning of the third set, and Federer seized on the distraction to break for 2-1. Safin was returning sufficiently well for the match to be far from over, but Federer, whose serving was vastly better from earlier in the week, never gave Safin the sniff of a break point and the Swiss won his third successive Halle title as a backhand from Safin drifted long.

Federer has not lost in 20 finals since 2003 and extended his winning streak on grass to 29 matches, although he is still short of Bjorn Borg’s record of 41 victories from 1976 to 1980.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,5205-1651978,00.html

Lady Natalia
06-13-2005, 02:46 AM
Thank you for that article..Rogifan

RogiFan88
06-13-2005, 02:49 AM
Wimbledon, but less common
By Sally Jones
Published: June 10 2005 15:02 | Last updated: June 10 2005 15:02

World champion Roger Federer steps on to the court, racket in hand, to face his opponent. If you are picturing Wimbledon, think again: on Wednesday Federer will make his debut in the historic game of real tennis at London’s Hampton Court.

Although the sport is the forerunner of lawn tennis, he will find himself in
unfamiliar surroundings; real tennis is played in a high-walled, covered court, with asymmetric wooden rackets and a felt covered cork ball. The court dates from 1625 and many eminent figures, from Charles I, who was responsible for its construction, to the Earl of Wessex, a current member of the club, have played there.

Federer is not just looking for a challenge. His appearance is part of a promotion for his sponsor Maurice Lacroix, the Swiss watch manufacturer. Because real tennis is emerging as a potent commercial tool. With the cost of sponsorship and corporate hospitality for major league sports increasingly beyond the budget of all but the most affluent, growing numbers of companies are choosing the off-beat charms of ‘realers’ as an intriguing and affordable alternative.

Corporate hospitality packages can include not just the run of the mill champagne reception but an opportunity for clients to test their skills. Federer rarely participates in pro-am events but at Lacroix’s function some of the guests will have the chance to face both him and former world champion Chris Ronaldson. Needless to say, this sort of hands-on entertainment is not on offer at Wimbledon.

Federer may well find himself hooked, as I did when invited to give it a try on a reporting assignment in the mid-1980s. I had gone to Hampton Court to interview world singles finalist Lesley Ronaldson and, with only an hour before my next job, explained I hadn’t time to try the game myself. Luckily for me, Lesley insisted I hit a couple of balls. At first the game seemed utterly bizarre, with heavy balls that spun unpredictably off the walls or skidded along the polished stone floor. But suddenly I lunged at the ball and (by pure chance) cut it hard and low into the corner for a winner.

It was irresistible, the real tennis equivalent of a hole in one. I cancelled my next job, stayed at Hampton for the rest of the day and signed up for lessons at my local club. Seven years later I won the world championship at Bordeaux. But I was already aware it was my last realistic chance of the crown as the rising stars were improving fast, making the game far more athletic and explosive.

A new breed of professional player has come into the game, attracted partly by the increasingly generous salaries on offer. As Lesley Ronaldson, now director of Events 2000 Unlimited, which specialises in real tennis corporate hospitality, explains, its success as a marketing tool is leading to changes: “The extra money means the professionals are starting to be paid decent prize money, raising standards across the board.”

In earlier centuries, most real tennis professionals lived hand to mouth, relying on gambling to augment their incomes. The 19th-century Oxford pro “Duck-Legged Jem” played one wager match on horseback and took on beginners using a bottle on a stick instead of a racket. As recently as the 1980s, my first coach, Brian Church, would (nerve-wrackingly) bet the week’s housekeeping on the outcome of my matches, having first plied my opponent with champagne and a big lunch.

These days a top player such as world champion Robert Fahey, a former
Tasmanian Open Champion at lawn tennis, can earn up to £100,000 a year.

Fahey is the undisputed star of the international circuit, which now includes Britain, America, Australia and France. His highly physical style and rivalry with fellow lawn tennis convert Tim Chisholm, the US number one, and British stars Ruaraidh Gunn and Nick Wood guarantees a sell-out wherever he plays.

New courts have been built in the US, Australia and the UK. And after decades of cutting the cucumber sandwiches and watching from draughty galleries women are now allowed to play. Female professionals, such as new world champion Charlotte Cornwallis, are busy encouraging the up and coming teenage stars.

But not all are enthusiastic about the game’s rising profile. Some of the old guard – elderly Wykehamists and Harrovians in yellowing flannels – hark back to the days of genteel amateurism and the forelock-tugging deference of yore.

As one remarked crossly during a recent public schools championship: “It’s not like the old days. I used to be able to go round to m’club, walk on court and play whenever I liked. Now it takes my secretary half the morning to get me a court in three weeks’ time.”

http://news.ft.com/cms/s/df32cb60-d9b7-11d9-b071-00000e2511c8.html

RogiFan88
06-13-2005, 02:50 AM
Absolute Winners: Armani, Federer and The Man From Del Monte

This week sees Absolute Models & Actors Ltd providing models for a special event by one of the biggest names in the fashion world: Armani.

Absolute are also working with the BBC this week, supplying fashion models for a prestigious VIP event held at Hampton Court Palace hosted by one of the world’s greatest tennis players, Roger Federer.

New additions to Absolute’s books this week include "The Man From Del Monte" himself: actor, singer, presenter and raconteur Brian Jackson. Absolute are also delighted to welcome Adam, a close-up magician with a superb reputation: "I have never encountered such a unique performer in all my years in this industry," says Sophie Sheriff of Main Line Events. "I continue to be amazed by his talent. Adam’s presence enhances every event he attends. He has a truly remarkable gift."

07 June 2005
http://www.londonlaunch.com/newsArticle.asp?retid=36&newsID=679

SUKTUEN
06-13-2005, 06:37 AM
thanks for the articles

fedsfan1
06-13-2005, 12:49 PM
Thanks Rogifan for all the info!!! :)

Daniel
06-16-2005, 03:40 AM
Thanks Rogifan :D