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***The Dubai Tennis Championship 2006***

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fightclubber
02-21-2006, 09:51 AM
Well guys, Time to start to cheer and post Dubai stuff here!
Lets hope our boy have a great tournament after the AO and well deserved rest!
go roger go!


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bokehlicious
02-21-2006, 09:58 AM
http://img443.imageshack.us/img443/8308/cooltext84110976os.gif

avocadoe
02-21-2006, 01:06 PM
Good Luck Roger
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

SUKTUEN
02-21-2006, 02:05 PM
So Early for open this title. :D

RogiFan88
02-21-2006, 03:17 PM
GO, ROGI, GO!!!

TTC showing SFs and F!!

Nocko
02-21-2006, 03:54 PM
Thanks Silvy! :hug:

:dance: I can't wait~! :woohoo:

Good Luck Rogi!!
Enjoy this tourny and grab the title again!!

RonE
02-21-2006, 04:16 PM
Good luck Roger!!!! You may need to roast some swine so be on your toes :armed:

And thank you once again Silvy for creating another cheering thread, help lead our boy to another victory :worship:

lunahielo
02-21-2006, 04:28 PM
Once more~~~Thank you, Silvy for starting this thread!! :hug:

Allez Rogi!

MissMoJo
02-21-2006, 04:32 PM
Go Rogi! :banana:

1sun
02-21-2006, 05:06 PM
when does the tournie start(the mens)?

landoud
02-21-2006, 07:07 PM
Good Luck Roger

landoud
02-21-2006, 07:08 PM
when does the tournie start(the mens)?
i guess 27th feb

fightclubber
02-21-2006, 11:27 PM
when does the tournie start(the mens)?

Next monday.. maybe our boy is already there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VAMOS ROGER

Fergie
02-22-2006, 12:51 AM
Go Rogi, take your title again! :yeah:

fedsfan1
02-22-2006, 03:40 AM
:worship: VAMOS ROGER!!!!! :worship:

SUKTUEN
02-22-2006, 03:58 AM
GO Roger~!!!!!!!!!~~~ :devil: :devil: :devil: :devil:

knoxy
02-22-2006, 01:44 PM
Wishin you lots of luck Roger to make it No.4 in Dubai.

SUKTUEN
02-22-2006, 02:31 PM
Yes~~!!! Win this title 4 times~!!!!!!!!!!!

Art&Soul
02-23-2006, 05:48 AM
Hopp ROGI, show your best and make us happy :)

landoud
02-23-2006, 06:51 AM
goooooooooooo roger

SUKTUEN
02-23-2006, 02:47 PM
Hopp ROGI, show your best and make us happy :)
YEAH YEAH YEAH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Fedex
02-23-2006, 11:23 PM
Good luck Roger :) :yeah:

Oriental_Rain
02-24-2006, 03:41 AM
GOD BLESS YOU ROG

SUKTUEN
02-24-2006, 03:55 AM
what is the date~~~ :confused:

Stevens Point
02-25-2006, 01:03 PM
Oh, he is meeting his fellow Swiss Stan in the first round... I have a mixed feeling on this... Good luck to both!

Fergie
02-25-2006, 02:01 PM
I don't like this 1st round :sad:

Good luck Rogi! :yeah:

bokehlicious
02-25-2006, 02:15 PM
I don't like it either :mad: good luck to Roger, but whether he has to lose in Dubai, I'd prefer that to happen against Stan than anybody else in the draw.

Doris Loeffel
02-25-2006, 02:20 PM
Ah what a shame that they have to play each other in the first round!!

As much as I like Stan - my heart sill goes for Roger...

Minnie
02-25-2006, 02:22 PM
Ah what a shame that they have to play each other in the first round!!

As much as I like Stan - my heart sill goes for Roger...

Doris - you beat me to it - exactly what I was going to say. Good luck to both of them - but especially Roger!

SUKTUEN
02-25-2006, 03:48 PM
Who will play with Roger?

MissMoJo
02-25-2006, 04:30 PM
Good luck Rogi!

lunahielo
02-25-2006, 04:41 PM
Allez Rogi!! :bounce:

Daniel
02-25-2006, 05:02 PM
Good luck vs Stan

Vamos Roger :kiss: :worship:

lucashg
02-25-2006, 05:16 PM
I love Dubai, it's my favorites' property! Justine won the women's tournament so Roger has to win the men's once again! Vamos Roger :D

I don't like that he has to play Stan in the first round either, but these things happen in packed tournaments! Good luck, Rogi! First two rounds shouldn't be so tough, but from Berdych on things look more complicated. Hope he's well and playing his best!

landoud
02-25-2006, 05:48 PM
goooooo rogelio... win it once more

Gulliver
02-25-2006, 10:19 PM
What a fascinating draw, not seen one quite like it before, with so many tricky match ups in both 1st and 2nd rounds for virtually everyone. Quite a mix of those who've played recently and those who haven't for one reason or another. Ripe for upsets, IMO.

Fergie
02-25-2006, 11:44 PM
First two rounds shouldn't be so tough, but from Berdych on things look more complicated. Hope he's well and playing his best!
Berdych isn't in his top right now ;)

yanchr
02-26-2006, 07:16 AM
Make it 4th Roger! Will cheer for your first tournament from down under ;)

SUKTUEN
02-26-2006, 02:49 PM
Roger GOOOOOOOOOOOOO~!

tonia9
02-26-2006, 06:23 PM
Good luck Roger!!

stebs
02-26-2006, 06:40 PM
Good lcuk Roger.

Daniel
02-26-2006, 10:54 PM
Roger i am happy you play this week :D

veyonce
02-27-2006, 03:37 AM
http://www.gulfnews.com/indepth/dubaitennis/main_story/10021834.html
French Open success is Federer's goal
By Alaric Gomes, Staff Reporter
Published: 02/27/2006 12:00 AM (UAE)

Dubai: Winning the French Open title is Roger Federer's main goal.

The Swiss world No 1, who is here to defend his Dubai Open title for the fourth consecutive time, said, "Keeping my place at the top as the number one is a big priority for me. But winning the French Open is not only important this year, but for the rest of my life."

Though just 25, Federer has been hailed as one of the best ever to play the game. During his brief career the Swiss star has a collection of 35 singles and seven doubles titles.

But the French Open continues to elude him. Federer bowed out to Spanish sensation Nadal in the semifinals last year. Incidentally, Nadal is seeded No 2 in Dubai.

However, rarely does Federer allow the pressure to get the better of him. "Every tournament I go to now, the pressure is always high. I'm sort of used to it," he admitted.

"But once I get on to the court, I only think about the first round. It is only after the quarterfinals or the semifinals that I start thinking about the title." Asked what he expected in his quest for a fourth straight title here, Federer said: "There are no easy players on the Tour. All are tough and everybody is dangerous."

Federer felt that his break from the circuit has refreshed him for tougher battles ahead.

"I've had a break and a one-week holiday after the Australian Open. It's nice to have some time off, and hopefully this break will pay off this week."

The world's best player was also pleased with the return of some of the best players, including Nadal, Marat Safin, Agassi on the men's Tour and Martina Hingis on the women's Tour.

"Her (Hingis's) return means a lot to women's tennis and to Switzerland. There are many young players who look at her as a role model.

"I enjoy seeing players back and healthy on the court. I didn't enjoy it when I was injured."

Federer was also pleased with the prospect of two local players the UAE's Omar Behroozian and Kuwait's Mohammad Al Gareeb playing each other in the first round. The winner faces Federer in the second round. "It will be great for them to find out who is better. I'm sure it will be good fun for everyone and for the tournament," Federer said.

LCeh
02-27-2006, 03:41 AM
I think this is the first time Roger has openly said that French Open is one of his top priority, ie more important than AO/USO. He always put Wimbledon up there, but this is the first time he has listed FO with it too. Hopefully he can really pull it off this year.

Anyhow, good luck Roger in Dubai, and make it 4 in a row. :)

RogiFan88
02-27-2006, 03:54 AM
Veyonce, thanks for the article! ;)

GO, ROGI!! Nice to see you back on the tour! We missed you!! ;)

SUKTUEN
02-27-2006, 07:11 AM
Roger will Play his Friend~!!!

GO Roger~!

SUKTUEN
02-27-2006, 07:11 AM
Roger will Play his Friend~!!!

GO Roger~!

RogiFan88
02-27-2006, 01:49 PM
Yay, finally Rogi's back so time to cheer for him in Dubai!!! ;)

[didn't matter I was too busy cheering on my Team Canada in Torino!]

RogiFan88
02-27-2006, 01:55 PM
Tuesday OOP

Centre Court
Matches start at 2:00 PM

Nikolay Davydenko(RUS) - Marat Safin(RUS)
Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) - Dominik Hrbaty(SVK)

Starting at 7:00 PM

Roger Federer(SUI) - Stanislas Wawrinka(SUI)
Paul-Henri Mathieu (FRA) - Rafael Nadal(ESP)
__________________

Nocko
02-27-2006, 03:49 PM
:eek: Federer/Aregro 6-1,6-7,6-7 Knowls/Nester(1)
Almost!!!!!! But well done.

Hopp Swiss!

Nocko
02-27-2006, 03:51 PM
Good Luck Roger!! :banana:

lucashg
02-27-2006, 05:03 PM
I didn't even know Roger was playing doubles. They lost, but feeding a breadstick in the #1 seeded doubles team was a good effort. I hope him and Allegro can team up more times this year (Hamburg, Halle, Tokyo, Basel) and be sharp for the DC tie. :p

Good luck tomorrow, Roger!

nobama
02-27-2006, 05:41 PM
Well he got some match practice in at least. Too bad for Allegro though. I didn't know they played three sets in doubles. I thought it was 2 sets and a super tie break? :confused:

Fergie
02-27-2006, 10:47 PM
Good luck Rogi! :bounce:

ste
02-28-2006, 12:03 PM
Good luck Hero :bounce:

nobama
02-28-2006, 12:45 PM
Good luck Roger! :bounce:

lunahielo
02-28-2006, 12:55 PM
Gooooooooooooooooooooooooo Rogi :bounce:

knoxy
02-28-2006, 01:51 PM
Well he got some match practice in at least. Too bad for Allegro though. I didn't know they played three sets in doubles. I thought it was 2 sets and a super tie break? :confused:

It was just the two sets then the super tie breaker to decide the match.
The final score was: 1-6, 7-6(4), 10-6 (Match tie break) .

sierra91
02-28-2006, 02:13 PM
Anyone able to get live streams?

onm684
02-28-2006, 02:46 PM
Anyone able to get live streams?

http://www.tipex.sk/index.php?site=scoreboard

Fergie
02-28-2006, 02:48 PM
Tough first set ... Go Rogi!!! :bounce:

SUKTUEN
02-28-2006, 02:58 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO~!!!

RogiFan88
02-28-2006, 03:31 PM
Yeah and people think it's easy to beat Stan... 76(3) so far...

RogiFan88
02-28-2006, 03:33 PM
...and he won 63 in the 2nd... not THAT easy a match but good prep for the rest of his matches this week! Rogi got broken several times.

I see Marat d Davyd 46 62 62... now for Rafa vs. P-HM!

bokehlicious
02-28-2006, 03:36 PM
Well done Roger anyway !!

NYCtennisfan
02-28-2006, 04:06 PM
First match back is always difficult, but Fed needs to work on getting his serve in order. Getting broken several times in a set is not good stuff on a hardcourt. Hopefully he will improve from here on out.

RogiFan88
02-28-2006, 04:16 PM
Check out this live-streaming link for Rogi's match

http://planet.nana.co.il/livetv/gdtv.asx

Sophie1030
02-28-2006, 04:33 PM
Well done! Roger! Go! :bounce:

RonE
02-28-2006, 05:39 PM
Good to see him back with a win :D

Hopefully the time off will have done him good and the ankle is not bothering him anymore. Who is next up?

nobama
02-28-2006, 05:42 PM
First match back is always difficult, but Fed needs to work on getting his serve in order. Getting broken several times in a set is not good stuff on a hardcourt. Hopefully he will improve from here on out.I agree, but I expected him to be rusty first match back after layoff. Next match should be easier and hopefully he can start to get into a groove. Really can't complain about a straight sets win, no matter how ugly.

RogiFan88
02-28-2006, 05:51 PM
Yes, let's hope so, Ron -- I want Rogi to be 100% healthy for the clay season, which will be gruelling -- I somehow feel that his tough AO run was a sort of prep for it -- he had to battle out some matches and that's what you have to do at RG in order to win it. Very few players have been able to win it without playing tough 5-setters -- so far only Rafa and Charly come to mind -- the rest had at least one tough 5-setter to win it. Hope Rogi will be well-prepared for such battles on the red clay of Paris! ;)

tonia9
02-28-2006, 05:52 PM
Who is next up?

Mohammed El Ghareeb

1sun
02-28-2006, 07:00 PM
roger cant afford to have anymore of these long lay offs. he'll lose alot of form as already show and eventually it wont come back.

malgoska
02-28-2006, 07:24 PM
:worship:

lunahielo
02-28-2006, 07:42 PM
I think he played just as well as he wanted to play! IMO :)

Good job, Rogi!

ExpectedWinner
02-28-2006, 07:58 PM
Very few players have been able to win it without playing tough 5-setters -- so far only Rafa and Charly come to mind -- the rest had at least one tough 5-setter to win it;)

Who is Charly? Check out Kafelnikov's scores in 1996, LOL. He couldn't ask for the better draw and weather that year though.

ExpectedWinner
02-28-2006, 08:04 PM
roger cant afford to have anymore of these long lay offs. he'll lose alot of form as already show and eventually it wont come back.

He's middle aged by tennis standards and it's very important to have breaks and to take care of the body. He's not going to forget how to play tennis during his breaks. At this point keeping/improving the fitness level is more important than playing a lot of matches. Besides, the very busy time on 3 different surfaces( March-June) with 5 TMS and 2 GS is coming up.

And eventually all things come to the end.

nobama
02-28-2006, 08:10 PM
roger cant afford to have anymore of these long lay offs. he'll lose alot of form as already show and eventually it wont come back.You want him to be dead tired by the time RG rolls around? Winning Dubai is not important. So I figure he can use Dubai to get match practice in. He shouldn't be bothered in his next round and who knows after that the rust might be shaken off and he's back to his normal self. I have no problem with him taking breaks. He knows his body better than any of us do.

RogiFan88
02-28-2006, 08:16 PM
Who is Charly? Check out Kafelnikov's scores in 1996, LOL. He couldn't ask for the better draw and weather that year though.

Charly? He's the "talent guy" acc. to my fave Spaniard Corretja. ;) "He" took RG vs. Alex in 98 and then Alex took the YEC in Hannover that same year vs. "him". ;)

Yevy, I was never a fan of his so not familiar w his exploits exc that he has RG and AO -- yep, I checked it out!

Another RG champ who avoided the 5-setter was Sergi Bruguera in 1994. Of course, he also won in 93 but it took him 5 sets to defeat Courier in the F. I just remember that in 94 he and Arantxa won RG - a great year w two Armada players! ;)

Still, Arantxa is THE best Spanish player ever w her 3 RGs and one USO, many Fed Cups and even an Olympic medal. Rafa is most like her of all the Spanish players.

bokehlicious
02-28-2006, 08:45 PM
roger cant afford to have anymore of these long lay offs. he'll lose alot of form as already show and eventually it wont come back.

First of all he has to take care about his health (ankle problems), his form is just a question of time.

bokehlicious
02-28-2006, 08:58 PM
post match interview

http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/federer_dubai2.WMA

RogiFan88
02-28-2006, 09:16 PM
El Aynaoui just w/d fr Dubai so Rafa gets a w/over tomorrow. Marat loses his dbles partner also.

Fergie
02-28-2006, 10:17 PM
Well done Rogi! :yeah:

avocadoe
03-01-2006, 12:25 AM
Good luck tomorrow Roger
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

avocadoe
03-01-2006, 12:28 AM
post match interview

http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/federer_dubai2.WMA
thanks for the interview. He sounds so good and close like in my study :)

NYCtennisfan
03-01-2006, 12:51 AM
One thing I have noticed about Roger is that against players he knows he can break any time he wants, he usually doesn't serve as well. Against tougher servers, his level of concentration on serve is higher and the games are cleaner. He knew after the first break that he could break Stan at will and proceeded to do so.

Of course, that kind of stuff is not going to work against a Nadal.

TenHound
03-01-2006, 03:23 AM
From the looks of things in Australia, his feet are not well. The less he plays the better. Also, don't forget Switzerland has indoor clay courts, so he may have been practicing for Paris. (Or are their indoor courts hard, and outdoor summer courts clay?)

landoud
03-01-2006, 05:59 AM
good luck today fedex

bokehlicious
03-01-2006, 07:27 AM
Also, don't forget Switzerland has indoor clay courts, so he may have been practicing for Paris. (Or are their indoor courts hard, and outdoor summer courts clay?)

There are some indoor clay courts in Switzerland indeed (as hard courts too).

Oriental_Rain
03-01-2006, 08:14 AM
right on Roger :woohoo:

Billabong
03-01-2006, 11:44 AM
First set tiebreak Fed-Al Ghareeb... Rogi just broke back when Al Ghareeb was serving for the set at 5-4:eek:..

1-1 in the tiebreak

Billabong
03-01-2006, 11:53 AM
Fed 7-6(5), was leading 6-2 though in tb, almost blew it:o This is tough, Al Ghareeb is very aggressive on all his shots!!!

Rogiman
03-01-2006, 12:21 PM
I know it's tough, being in Roger's position, and I remember very well how rough his first couple of rounds were last year in Dubai, but I'm afarid these first couple of rounds have been enough an indication of his current form, or lack of, for this matter.

I guess he's mentally tired, which is to be expected after the last couple of seasons.

I expect him to be taken out in the next round, I mean - yesterday's freaky second set was somehow explicable, against a respectable opponent like Stan, but today against that Al Jazeera guy - and the break points conversion - OMG... :tape:

Billabong
03-01-2006, 12:32 PM
Federer def. Al Ghareeb 7-6(5), 6-4:yeah:
Tough match for Fed, but I think Al Ghareeb showed he was a way better player than a 440th in the world, he played awesome today, served great and was aggressive all the time! Rogi got broken only once (much better than yesterday), but his break point conversion was atrocious, so he'll definitely have to play better if he wants to win this tournament:)! Normally he's able to do it:yeah:!

GOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDD:bounce:!!!!!!!!!

RogiFan88
03-01-2006, 12:37 PM
Seb, bp conversion atrocious... not what I want to hear at all cos he'll need to improve that vs. Berdych plus his serve -- hope THAT was better!

Rogi struggling every match, every tourney, too much pressure on him -- also pressure that he places on himself trying to win this title again... as long as he makes the SF, I'll be happy.

Marat out and lucky Rafa already thru to QF -- it was Marat who needed the w/over, not Rafa but I'm not at all surprised Marat lost -- esp to ORochus, his bete noire!!

Watch out, Rogi, Berdych most likely up for you next.

When will Rogi ever play his beautiful, clean tennis again??

bokehlicious
03-01-2006, 12:37 PM
Job done Roger

Sophie1030
03-01-2006, 12:58 PM
Congrats! Roger! Come on! :bounce:

Dirk
03-01-2006, 01:36 PM
Roger will get better. He just had a tough time reading the serve. He is becoming more Ninja like.

SUKTUEN
03-01-2006, 01:54 PM
Who Roger play next match~~~

dewolv
03-01-2006, 01:57 PM
robin vik,czech rep.He knocked out Berdych in 3 sets
BTW,Fed has never played Vik before.

avocadoe
03-01-2006, 02:19 PM
Struggling Roger...well, good luck against Vik!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

landoud
03-01-2006, 02:33 PM
Roger will get better. He just had a tough time reading the serve. He is becoming more Ninja like.
i hope so

RogiFan88
03-01-2006, 04:32 PM
Let's hope Rogi has at least seen Vik play before. Did Vik/Wawrinka win their dbles today?

nobama
03-01-2006, 04:35 PM
Roger had trouble in Dubai last year too didn't he? And we all know the troubles he had in Cincy last year after a long lay off. I don't know what much can be done about it because Roger will take time off to try and rest the body and mind, but the pressure will always be there and he more than likely will come back rusty. I'm sure he won't always be so lucky and one of these times he's going to lose a match like this. But I guess we just need to be glad he won and hope he improves as the tournament goes on.

1sun
03-01-2006, 08:22 PM
oh roger..........just lose before the final please, a beating from nadal will do your confidence no good.

RogiFan88
03-01-2006, 08:23 PM
Looks like Vic/Wawrinka lost their dbles and Hanley/Ullyett got a w/o in their QF match cos Lopez/Nadal w/drew -- Feli shoulder injury...

1sun
03-01-2006, 08:25 PM
Roger had trouble in Dubai last year too didn't he? And we all know the troubles he had in Cincy last year after a long lay off. I don't know what much can be done about it because Roger will take time off to try and rest the body and mind, but the pressure will always be there and he more than likely will come back rusty. I'm sure he won't always be so lucky and one of these times he's going to lose a match like this. But I guess we just need to be glad he won and hope he improves as the tournament goes on.
he struggled against very good players, not players ranked in the 400ths, there is just no excuse for that. i mean come on, stop thinking about the past. the presence is what matters and he needs to sort out his form quick time.

RonE
03-01-2006, 09:33 PM
he struggled against very good players, not players ranked in the 400ths, there is just no excuse for that. i mean come on, stop thinking about the past. the presence is what matters and he needs to sort out his form quick time.

Did you see the match? This guy was bombing amazing serves hitting deep forceful groundstrokes. Yes, Federer at his very best would have made the scoreline look better, but come on, playing the way he was Al-Ghareeb would have been a tough nut to crack for any other player.

nobama
03-01-2006, 10:29 PM
oh roger..........just lose before the final please, a beating from nadal will do your confidence no good.Do you have to be so damn pessimistic? And why are you assuming Nadal will be in the final?

nobama
03-01-2006, 10:31 PM
Did you see the match? This guy was bombing amazing serves hitting deep forceful groundstrokes. Yes, Federer at his very best would have made the scoreline look better, but come on, playing the way he was Al-Ghareeb would have been a tough nut to crack for any other player.I didn't see the match but someone posted stats on rf.com ad aside from the miserable bp conversion (I think it was 2/16 :o ) Roger's stats weren't bad.

Minnie
03-01-2006, 10:45 PM
Do you have to be so damn pessimistic? And why are you assuming Nadal will be in the final?

Timbo is going to take Nadal out in the 3rd round - well, I can dream can't I? I would just love for this to happen for Tim's sake more than anything else.

RogiFan88
03-01-2006, 10:56 PM
Well, they've never played each other -- there's always the element of surprise and Tim is not your average tennis player. ;) S be very interesting!

Minnie
03-01-2006, 11:13 PM
I had an idea they'd never played - thanks for confirming! If only I could see this match .... but perhaps for the sake of my blood pressure, its better that I don't! You're absolutely right - Tim is not your average player - though from the flak he gets here from some of the fans + media, you'd think he was Hopeless Henman!

Nocko
03-02-2006, 01:48 AM
I didn't see the match but someone posted stats on rf.com ad aside from the miserable bp conversion (I think it was 2/16 :o ) Roger's stats weren't bad.
I think we complained many times about Rogi's bp conversions last year.
It's a kind of normal Rogi... :p

Nocko
03-02-2006, 01:50 AM
Good Luck Roger!!!!! :banana: :banana: :banana:

1sun
03-02-2006, 06:43 AM
Do you have to be so damn pessimistic? And why are you assuming Nadal will be in the final?
whos going to stop him? timmy?lol

landoud
03-02-2006, 07:40 AM
good luck today Roger

RonE
03-02-2006, 12:41 PM
whos going to stop him? timmy?lol

Apparently not, but hey no worries. Even if they do end up playing in the final and Roger loses- so what? I believe Roger needs to pay Nadal as often as possible and the more he plays him, the better he will fair against him. So even were Roger to lose to him a few times- never mind, he is a good enough player to eventually find a way to beat him.

RogiFan88
03-02-2006, 01:54 PM
:)

GO, ROGI!! Let's win this one easily today!

Youzhny and Nadal already thru to the SF.

RogiFan88
03-02-2006, 02:46 PM
Rogi so far 63 01...

RogiFan88
03-02-2006, 03:10 PM
YES, Rogi d Vik 63 62! Finally, an easy match!

Alright, Rogi, two more to win if you want to be a 4-time champ in Dubai.

Youzhny for the SF and you-know-who in the F.

SUKTUEN
03-02-2006, 03:16 PM
when will Roger play next match?

Nocko
03-02-2006, 03:19 PM
Well done!!

Bp conversions :eek: 67%,
1st serve 71%

:D :D :D :D :D

Relax, sleep well. Good Luck in SF. :hug:

Dirk
03-02-2006, 03:21 PM
YES, Rogi d Vik 63 62! Finally, an easy match!

Alright, Rogi, two more to win if you want to be a 4-time champ in Dubai.

Youzhny for the SF and you-know-who in the F.

Yes and don't lose your mind for a minute with Nadal. FOCUS, FIGHT, AND KILL THAT IS WAY OF THE NINJA :)

SUKTUEN
03-02-2006, 03:22 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Rogiman
03-02-2006, 03:29 PM
Great.
The downside again is the slow start - Nadal plays such a primitive game that he's got very little thinking to do and usually plays the same from start to finish - Roger can't afford to start slowly on his serve, cause he's not gonna hit 4 aces in a row against the neandertal.

Dirk
03-02-2006, 03:39 PM
Great.
The downside again is the slow start - Nadal plays such a primitive game that he's got very little thinking to do and usually plays the same from start to finish - Roger can't afford to start slowly on his serve, cause he's not gonna hit 4 aces in a row against the neandertal.

This is why he needs to S/V more on his first serve. I hope he rips Nadal apart but first Mikhail. I am worried about Roger's increasingly slow starts too.

RogiFan88
03-02-2006, 04:14 PM
67% bp conversions? that's pretty good for ROGI! He's improving!!

Sophie1030
03-02-2006, 04:27 PM
Good job! Roger! Go! :bounce:

bokehlicious
03-02-2006, 04:48 PM
Well done ninja, good luck in the semis !

nobama
03-02-2006, 05:59 PM
:worship: Well done Rogi!

nobama
03-02-2006, 06:05 PM
You guys worry to much and worry too much about Nadal. Let's worry about Nadal if/when he and Roger both make the finals. The last thing the Ninja haters out there need is to see Roger fans worried about him playing Nadal.

bokehlicious
03-02-2006, 06:08 PM
The last thing the Ninja haters out there need is to see Roger fans worried about him playing Nadal.

True ! :)

avocadoe
03-02-2006, 08:09 PM
How you do it, Roger!!!!!
Good Luck in the semis!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

tonia9
03-02-2006, 09:39 PM
Really nice score! :)

Good luck Roger!!

rofe
03-02-2006, 10:23 PM
You guys worry to much and worry too much about Nadal. Let's worry about Nadal if/when he and Roger both make the finals. The last thing the Ninja haters out there need is to see Roger fans worried about him playing Nadal.

I am not worried. In fact, the more times Fed plays Nadal the better I will feel about his chances at the FO. I don't mind Fed losing to Nadal in the finals at Dubai as long as it makes him hungry to get the H2H at par at the right moment.

It is obvious to me that Fed gets quite nervous when he plays Nadal. I want him to get over it before the FO if he has any chance of doing well there.

nobama
03-02-2006, 10:31 PM
I am not worried. In fact, the more times Fed plays Nadal the better I will feel about his chances at the FO. I don't mind Fed losing to Nadal in the finals at Dubai as long as it makes him hungry to get the H2H at par at the right moment.

It is obvious to me that Fed gets quite nervous when he plays Nadal. I want him to get over it before the FO if he has any chance of doing well there.Why do you think he will lose to Nadal if they both make the finals in Dubai?

Raquel
03-02-2006, 10:33 PM
Hopp Rogi :hearts:
Good luck in the SF :)

Fergie
03-02-2006, 10:53 PM
Finally an easy match for Rogi, well done! :yeah:

Good luck vs Misha! :bounce:

lunahielo
03-02-2006, 11:11 PM
Good luck tomorrow, Rogi! :)

robrulz5
03-03-2006, 04:37 AM
Roger should win!

veyonce
03-03-2006, 04:53 AM
Emirates Today ePaper
3 March 2006
Ahmed Abbas Rizvi Sports Reporter

From Rafa's interview:
The Spanish dynamo believes he is not far from his best and is looking forward to a “great” match with Roger Federer in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open.

The Spaniard, however, still has one more hurdle to cross before he can engage the Swiss tomorrow in a match that all of Dubai is waiting for.

But the world No 2 said: “If I stay 100 per cent, and if I can play at the same intensity, my best is not too far. I have a really tough semi-final and I just want to concentrate on that and play my best. But I would love to play him [Federer] in the final in Dubai – it will be a really big match.”

“I enjoy playing him. And if I am playing him here, it means I am in the final which is very important. For sure I would love to play him all the time – because normally it would mean I am in the final.”

SUCH A BIG STAR
Nadal is just one of the few players to have a good record against Federer – he has won two of three. But the Spaniard is a huge fan of the Swiss world No 1 – he believes Federer is the greatest sportsman in the world at the moment. “Federer is not just a great player, but a great person,” says Nadal. “It is not always the case when you are such a big star.”

“He is one of the best tennis players in history. I think he is the best sportsperson in the world at the moment if you look at the difference between the No 1 and No 2. Sometimes I send him messages – like when he won the Wimbledon, US Open and Australia. So we have a very good relationship and there is no problem at all.” Federer leads the ATP Rankings with 6,725 points and Nadal is in second with 4,455 – and the Spaniard admits, very bluntly, that he has no chance of displacing the Swiss from the top. “I am far… very, very far,” he says.

When reminded that Federer has to defend a lot of points over the coming weeks, Nadal is quick to quip: “And me? This week, Acapulco win, then Miami final, Monte Carlo champion, Barcelona champion, French Open champion… what do you think?” he laughs.

Federer is relaxed and ready to hit best form

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Roger Federer reckons he is still not playing at his best, but he feels “it is all coming together”.

The world No1, who struggled with his rhythm in the first two rounds of the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open, looked a lot more comfortable as he beat Robin Vik 6-3, 6-2 to cruise into the semi-finals.

And the Swiss ace said: “I am not sure if I am playing much better, but I am feeling more relaxed now. I know how to play again and I know how to serve again – all of it is coming together now. It took a couple of matches to get that feeling back.” The highlight of the match was the four consecutive aces that Federer served when facing two break points in the first set.

“It is nice to have a good serve sometimes,” he said in jest. “I wish I could do that all the time.”

“It is nice, it happened at 15-40 down. I had it one time I think against David Nalbandian in Australia. It was 5-5 in the first and I was serving at 15-40. So I like it, yeah.” The Swiss ace, who was the champion in Doha and the Aus tralian Open, is now 15-0 in 2006 and is also unbeaten in the Middle East in 27 matches. The 24-year-old is seeking his fourth consecutive title in Dubai and faces Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the semi-final today (2pm).

“He is a tough opponent,” said Federer. “I have had some tough matches with him and also a couple of easy ones.”

“In practise, he has been beating me many times. I know he can play exceptional tennis – it is a very all-round, aggressive style of play. I think this surface suits him.”

“I had a tricky day match against him here [in Dubai, which Federer won 6-3, 7-5] in the quarters last year.”

“It is going to be another day match and so it is going to be quick conditions. I will have to try to adapt to those conditions because I have been playing in the night.” Federer has a 6-0 record against Youzhny but he believes the 23-year-old Russian has the game to win a big tournament.

“He has a good all-round game, but maybe he is missing that little bit – something very dangerous. But he is very unpredictable and he mixes it up very well. If everything comes together for him, he can win a big tournament.”

yanchr
03-03-2006, 10:23 AM
Roger, now that you are in the final, you are not allowed to lose to Nadal !!!

Gooooooooooo

bokehlicious
03-03-2006, 10:28 AM
Yeah Roger, please don't lose to the Spanish kid now. Kick his arse !

Rogiman
03-03-2006, 10:33 AM
Looks like Roger is his old self now, and that includes the slow starts and messing around on his serve in the 1st set :lol:

Usually I'm the first one to admit the expectation are too high, but when it comes to Nadal I just can't stand the thought of Roger losing to someone playing a game that for me means everything I hate about present time's tennis.

Go Roger, beat the shit out of this grunting Chimpanzee.

TennisGrandSlam
03-03-2006, 10:34 AM
Yeah Roger, please don't lose to the Spanish kid now. Kick his arse !


Must be :cool:

Roger must maintain his ranking points adavntage over Nadal !

16 streaking winning

56 streaking winning in Hardcourt

ATP Race Points : 292 now

nobama
03-03-2006, 11:20 AM
Well done Roger. :worship:

Puschkin
03-03-2006, 11:50 AM
Believe it or not, I prefer Nadal as an opponent. But whoever it is, good luck tomorrow.

avocadoe
03-03-2006, 12:02 PM
good win Roger
hope the final is at a time I can watch
Good luck!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

RonE
03-03-2006, 12:03 PM
I am not worried. In fact, the more times Fed plays Nadal the better I will feel about his chances at the FO. I don't mind Fed losing to Nadal in the finals at Dubai as long as it makes him hungry to get the H2H at par at the right moment.

It is obvious to me that Fed gets quite nervous when he plays Nadal. I want him to get over it before the FO if he has any chance of doing well there.

I am with you on this 100% and I believe that the more he plays Nadal the more he will apadt to him, even if he does end up losing a few more times.

bokehlicious
03-03-2006, 12:34 PM
Believe it or not, I prefer Nadal as an opponent. But whoever it is, good luck tomorrow.

Ditto! And as Ron pointed out, the more Roger will play Rafa the more he'll adapt to his game and that couldn't be bad before their hypothetical FO final :)

Minnie
03-03-2006, 12:43 PM
[QUOTE=Rogiman]Looks like Roger is his old self now, and that includes the slow starts and messing around on his serve in the 1st set :lol:

Usually I'm the first one to admit the expectation are too high, but when it comes to Nadal I just can't stand the thought of Roger losing to someone playing a game that for me means everything I hate about present time's tennis.

Rogiman - you put my thoughts into words! I cheer any opponent who plays Nadal - though when I watch him being interviewed, I can't help warming to him a bit. But his game is just plug ugly.

landoud
03-03-2006, 12:43 PM
good luck tomorrow in the final

Sophie1030
03-03-2006, 01:06 PM
Congrats! Roger! Show your perfect tennis! Come on! :bounce:

RogiFan88
03-03-2006, 02:47 PM
Well an easy win as predicted but then it s be vs. Youzhny. But unless a miracle happens and Rainer beats Rafa, Rogi will face Rafa in the Final so he has to be sharp! It will be a good test for him -- it's been far too long a wait for Rogi's revenge match. I said I w be satisfied w Rogi making the SF... now that he's into the Final, he has to win it but it will be a monumental test. Let's see if he can pass it!

GO, ROGI! Your toughest final so far... vs. the toughest competitor and opponent on the tour.

Nocko
03-03-2006, 02:53 PM
Good Luck Rogi in tomorrow.

MissMoJo
03-03-2006, 05:39 PM
Good Luck Rogi, even the h2h tomorrow

nobama
03-03-2006, 05:49 PM
But why wouldn't it be a monumental test for Rafa too? :shrug: I'm sick of all this BS that Rafa just has to show up but Roger has to be playing the most amazing tennis of his life to maybe squeak out a three set victory. I'm not suggesting it's going to be an easy win for Roger or that Rafa can't beat him, but geez the way people talk you'd think Rafa was the one with 7 slams and a record of 114-4 since the Athens Olympics.

oneandonlyhsn
03-03-2006, 06:17 PM
But why wouldn't it be a monumental test for Rafa too? :shrug: I'm sick of all this BS that Rafa just has to show up but Roger has to be playing the most amazing tennis of his life to maybe squeak out a three set victory. I'm not suggesting it's going to be an easy win for Roger or that Rafa can't beat him, but geez the way people talk you'd think Rafa was the one with 7 slams and a record of 114-4 since the Athens Olympics.

Ditto :worship:

Good luck Rogi :bigclap:

tonia9
03-03-2006, 06:28 PM
Good luck Roger!! :bounce:

Skyward
03-03-2006, 06:35 PM
Good luck Roger!

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LCeh
03-04-2006, 12:39 AM
Good luck Roger. Just play at your best and you should be fine. :)

Mirkaland, I agree with what you said, but I think the reason that us fans are worried when Roger plays Nadal is that Roger seems to make uncharacteristic mistakes when he plays him. Usually when he plays well, he can keep it up, or at least pick it back up even if he drops his level. But against Nadal, he seems to make errors that don't usually happen against other players. I think if you had to pick a player that could put seeds of doubt in Roger's mind, it's Nadal.

Hopefully he can pull off a win tomorrow to give him the confidence that he needs to beat him on a consistent basis.

RogiFan88
03-04-2006, 01:29 AM
ROGI, show us your No 1 tennis vs. Rafa tomorrow!!

I won't be around to even follow the scores online -- when I return, I'll be dying to see the results! ;)

GO, ROGI, REVENGE!!!!!!!!!

Dirk
03-04-2006, 02:10 AM
Roger just play as cleanly as you can and adapt to his game within the first set so you can win it. COME ON NINJA WIN IT!!!!!!!!!!

mangoes
03-04-2006, 03:19 AM
Good Luck tomorrow Roger. I'll admit to being worried. I'm having flashbacks of FO. But, I'm going to say a prayer for Roger. I hope he plays a great match tomorrow.

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:22 AM
But why wouldn't it be a monumental test for Rafa too? :shrug: I'm sick of all this BS that Rafa just has to show up but Roger has to be playing the most amazing tennis of his life to maybe squeak out a three set victory. I'm not suggesting it's going to be an easy win for Roger or that Rafa can't beat him, but geez the way people talk you'd think Rafa was the one with 7 slams and a record of 114-4 since the Athens Olympics.

I don't think Rogifan actually say it wouldn't be a monumental test for Rafa too, did she? I haven't read here too much but who here had said that Rafa just need to show up to win vs Rogi? That sounds like from few idiots in GM than posters here to me.

It would be a test for Rogi and it's Fed forum, I don't see why is there a problem to share the worries with other fellow fans. There are fans who dislikes worrying/negatives stuff, but there are also others who like to share their worries/concern with fellow fans who all care about Rogi. As long as it's neither of too extreme, I don't see a problem with it? ;)

I agree with LCeh. From all 3 times Rogi played Rafa, he had difficulties and I don't have problem acknowledging that. While I do believe that Rogi will win esp on this surface, there's no need to pretend that there isn't any worries to go with it :shrug:

You don't have to be a player who had as many slams in his pocket to be the one whose playing style will cause trouble to. That I know too ;)

GOOOOOOOOOOOOO ROGI!!! Just play your tennis, don't get frustrated and be patient, you will prevail!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Dirk
03-04-2006, 05:11 AM
I don't think Rogifan actually say it wouldn't be a monumental test for Rafa too, did she? I haven't read here too much but who here had said that Rafa just need to show up to win vs Rogi? That sounds like from few idiots in GM than posters here to me.

It would be a test for Rogi and it's Fed forum, I don't see why is there a problem to share the worries with other fellow fans. There are fans who dislikes worrying/negatives stuff, but there are also others who like to share their worries/concern with fellow fans who all care about Rogi. As long as it's neither of too extreme, I don't see a problem with it? ;)

I agree with LCeh. From all 3 times Rogi played Rafa, he had difficulties and I don't have problem acknowledging that. While I do believe that Rogi will win esp on this surface, there's no need to pretend that there isn't any worries to go with it :shrug:

You don't have to be a player who had as many slams in his pocket to be the one whose playing style will cause trouble to. That I know too ;)

GOOOOOOOOOOOOO ROGI!!! Just play your tennis, don't get frustrated and be patient, you will prevail!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

YES LOTS OF S/V AND CHIP AND CHARGE ON HIS SERVE AND HIT FLAT DEEP BALLS THEN GO FOR ANGLES. ATTACK HIM AND NEVER LET UP!!!!!!!

landoud
03-04-2006, 06:48 AM
gooooo roger

SUKTUEN
03-04-2006, 08:28 AM
GOOOOOOOOOOOO ROGER!!!! :devil:

Art&Soul
03-04-2006, 10:11 AM
Be focus and you will be the champion today, ROGEEEEEEEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Stevens Point
03-04-2006, 10:15 AM
Good luck, Roger against Nadal!! I hope our wishing him reaches him in Dubai!! :bounce:

Nocko
03-04-2006, 01:44 PM
Good Luck Roger, just show your tennis. :kiss:

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:29 PM
COME ON ROGI!!!

DON'T LET LOOSE NOW!!!

COME ON!!!

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:30 PM
BREAK BACK NOW ROGI!!!

COME ON!!!

:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:34 PM
COME ON ROGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

KEEP TRYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:37 PM
It's ok Rogi, come back strong now 3rd set!

YOU CAN WIN THIS!!!

LCeh
03-04-2006, 03:39 PM
Come on Roger, don't be down a break already. FIGHT!

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:41 PM
Rogi...now come on, you're not going to lose this match like this are you???

NO WAY!!!

FIGHT BREAK BACK NOW!!!

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:46 PM
COME ON ROGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!

BREAK HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Please focus and DON'T play like a retard like you did in RG!!!!!!

COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 03:48 PM
Hope Roger can pick it up here. Desperately needs a hold down 0-2 in the 3rd.

LCeh
03-04-2006, 03:50 PM
He held. Now he's got to get the break back.

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:53 PM
Please break now Rogi...please don't let him have another win over you!

He can win this but he just kept letting Nadal getting into his head it seems???

Why???

Bagelicious
03-04-2006, 03:54 PM
Nice, he got the break!

LCeh
03-04-2006, 03:54 PM
ROGER BROKE BACK!! :woohoo:

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 03:54 PM
He broke back.

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:54 PM
YES YES YES YES YES YES!!!!!!

Good on Rogi!!!!!! Now keep going!!!!!!!!!!!!

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:55 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

HOLD NOW ROGI!!!!!! COME ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LCeh
03-04-2006, 03:56 PM
YES, easy hold for Roger. Please keep this up...

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:57 PM
:bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

JUST KEEP GOING ROGI!!!!!!

WE KNOW YOU CAN WIN THIS!!!!!!!!

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 03:57 PM
C'mon Rogi C'mon

lsy
03-04-2006, 03:59 PM
yes COME ON ROGI COME ON!!!

Bagelicious
03-04-2006, 03:59 PM
Watching livescore is so depressing. Was his hold as easy as that? If you're actually watching the match - has he upped the level of his game?

Go Roger!

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 04:01 PM
It is depressing watching the scoreboard. Frustrating too, when Rogi is losing.

yanchr
03-04-2006, 04:01 PM
Come on Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:02 PM
Watching livescore is so depressing. Was his hold as easy as that? If you're actually watching the match - has he upped the level of his game?

Go Roger!

Yeah it's really frustrating to follow sb when matches get tight :o

COME ON ROGI!!!!!!

EASY HOLD HERE PLS!!!!!!

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:03 PM
Good now we have many here cheering for Rogi!!! :lol:

COME ON ROGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

yanchr
03-04-2006, 04:04 PM
BREAK BREAK BREAK

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 04:04 PM
Roger up 4-3 in the 3rd. This is where he lost the second. These next two service games are going to be critical.

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 04:05 PM
C'mon Rogi you can do it c'mon. I hate not seeing the match

LCeh
03-04-2006, 04:07 PM
4-3, 0-15... this is the chance Roger..

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:07 PM
Roger up 4-3 in the 3rd. This is where he lost the second. These next two service games are going to be critical.

:o :o :o :tape: :tape: :tape:

He's not going to make same mistake here!!!

COME ON ROGI!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 04:07 PM
C'mon Rogi break break

LCeh
03-04-2006, 04:09 PM
4-4.

Easy hold please. :tape:

yanchr
03-04-2006, 04:09 PM
Hold here Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:09 PM
PLS HOLD NOW ROGI...PLS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Bagelicious
03-04-2006, 04:10 PM
AAAARGH! I only have livescore, but it's still too painful to watch!
Come on Roger, hold this game!

Gah 15-15

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 04:10 PM
Hold Roger plz hold

Bagelicious
03-04-2006, 04:11 PM
Crap, 15-30 Nadal.

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 04:12 PM
Roger c'mon dont throw this away plz hold

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 04:12 PM
:tears:

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:12 PM
oh God Rogi...

You're not doing this to us again are you???

COME ON NOW...YOU JUST CAN'T FUCK UP LIKE THIS???

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:14 PM
UNFXXKINGBELIEVABLE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 04:14 PM
I dont understand what he is doing

Bagelicious
03-04-2006, 04:15 PM
NNNNNNNNNOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO !

It's over now.....

oneandonlyhsn
03-04-2006, 04:16 PM
Its over See you later guys I'll probably be gone for the next few months :kiss: Rogi :sobbing:

yanchr
03-04-2006, 04:22 PM
sigh...this is unbelievable...this is shit....Roger, how could you

nobama
03-04-2006, 04:22 PM
Too bad Rogi. I can't feel to bad because it was a really well played match from both guys. Roger just had a couple sloppy service games that decided the match. But hey, he can't win all the time. All I know is these two guys are the best in mens tennis by a mile.

disturb3d
03-04-2006, 04:25 PM
Aww boo hoo. Mr. Federer got spanked by porky.
Let's all have a collective cry.

prima donna
03-04-2006, 04:25 PM
Don't really know what to say, there's nothing to say.

So disappointed.

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 04:25 PM
:sad:

I wish Roger could have won this, but I am happy that there is someone to push him. There are certainly worse matches to lose than a Dubai final, so let's hope he takes this as additional motivation for the next time they play.

lsy
03-04-2006, 04:26 PM
Nothing to say except he deserves to lose.

I am not going to hide but am really angry with him, not coz he lost but how he lost it...similar like RG. Just how he suddenly lost that service game in 3rd set when was holding easily before was simply......sigh...

Now go back and relook at the match Rogi. Try again next time.

NYCtennisfan
03-04-2006, 04:31 PM
I didn't get to see this. What happend to Roger in those critical serve games. Did he just get nervous? He rolled in every service game but 4. He lost 20 points on serve and 15 of them in 4 service games.

Also, what did Roger stop doing that allowed Rafa to get back into it? Or what did Rafa do?

mangoes
03-04-2006, 04:31 PM
I'm so disappointed and slightly angry, no, very angry at Roger. Hopefully, this will not be repeated at IW and Miami. The first set was simply beautiful tennis from Roger..........beautiful.

mangoes
03-04-2006, 04:32 PM
I didn't get to see this. What happend to Roger in those critical serve games. Did he just get nervous? He rolled in every service game but 4. He lost 20 points on serve and 15 of them in 4 service games.

Also, what did Roger stop doing that allowed Rafa to get back into it? Or what did Rafa do?


Rafa just held on to serve, tried to stay with Roger, and didn't have mental lapses....................

MissMoJo
03-04-2006, 04:34 PM
ughhh...always the tease too, plays great for a set 1/2 and looks like he has control, then........:confused: please just let this be a build up to Rogi's revenge on his way to the FO title :p

NYCtennisfan
03-04-2006, 04:35 PM
^Mangoes, I meant technically...was there a definite change in strategy. It seemed from the live scoring thread that Roger didn't come to net as much?

mangoes
03-04-2006, 04:39 PM
^Mangoes, I meant technically...was there a definite change in strategy. It seemed from the live scoring thread that Roger didn't come to net as much?


No, in my opinion. Roger played sloppy and made some rediculous unforced errors in two critical games. But, I'm not a tennis expert, so hopefully one of the better tennis posters can give you a better analysis..... :lol: I just felt like Roger handed this to Rafa. And I'm not angry at Rafa. Congrats to him. He showed mental strength and hung in there.

Rogiman
03-04-2006, 04:39 PM
Too bad Rogi. I can't feel to bad because it was a really well played match from both guys. Roger just had a couple sloppy service games that decided the match. But hey, he can't win all the time. All I know is these two guys are the best in mens tennis by a mile.
No body expects him to win all the time, but those sloppy service games were mental lapses, and I can't accept the fact that the best player in the world by far becomes a pussy in clutch situation because he's intimidated by a FUCKING 19 YEAR OLD BABY!

If he stepped on court on a given day and just threw balles into the net I'd say: "well, you can't win everyday, everyone's due to have bad days", but today wasn't a bad day!
He lost it mentally against someone to whom he must not show mental weaknesses, and this match is going to prove crucial for their future encounters.

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 04:39 PM
I want to know this too. It seems pretty clear that Nadal won the important points. Was Nadal simply playing with more intensity? Roger's no slouch when it comes to big points as a rule.

Nocko
03-04-2006, 04:43 PM
Only Rogi can get over this problem. This time he failed. Sure he try to work hard and improve himself. I don't know if he can do it soon coz this kind of problem is toughest one. I hope Rogi will try, try, try and find the way.

BTW, many of here said that the best thing is Rogi plays to Rafa coz he need to get used to it and this is good practice etc..., didn't you? :p I think they meet many times this year. It's tough road to Rogi... Go Roger Go, stay healthy and try hard!! Good Luck Champion! :angel:

mangoes
03-04-2006, 04:45 PM
I want to know this too. It seems pretty clear that Nadal won the important points. Was Nadal simply playing with more intensity?

No, not in my opinion. Roger just simply had a mental lapse. Heck, when Roger lost that crucial game in the second set, I think even Rafa looked surprised.

Dirk
03-04-2006, 04:48 PM
Roger has been mentally iffy in the past and he paid for it here. I hope that will change him, because he is the best player and one of the strongest players mentally. He just needs to keep his head on and focus on playing cleanly as possible against Nadal. I have nothing but respect for what Nadal did today.

Sjengster
03-04-2006, 04:48 PM
First serves dried up, forehands went out - much the same as what happened in patches at the AO, except that his opponents there weren't good enough to take advantage of their chances. It's amazing that someone can hold three consecutive service games to love, win 12 service points in a row, and then crumble at the decisive moment. And if we want to talk about playing the big points well, you know what happened at 4-4, 30-30? A missed first serve from Federer, and then Nadal hit a forehand return winner off the second, which was just begging to be spanked. He knows when to step it up and suddenly be more aggressive, where Federer is perpetually oscillating between offensive and defensive modes.

I'm not going to post in GM, it's not as bad as I feared but there's still so much crap flying around as you would expect. I just have to say a big thumbs-up to Eurosport, who made me miss the entire first set in favour of the riveting pleasures of handball, then screwed up the sound on the feed so that every shout of encouragement from the crowd and every grunt from Nadal sounded like an hysterical sheep. So I really don't know what Federer did so well in the opener to win it so easily, but I sure as hell know what happened after that.

Dirk
03-04-2006, 04:50 PM
First serves dried up, forehands went out - much the same as what happened in patches at the AO, except that his opponents there weren't good enough to take advantage of their chances. It's amazing that someone can hold three consecutive service games to love, win 12 service points in a row, and then crumble at the decisive moment. And if we want to talk about playing the big points well, you know what happened at 4-4, 30-30? A missed first serve from Federer, and then Nadal hit a forehand return winner off the second, which was just begging to be spanked. He knows when to step it up and suddenly be more aggressive, where Federer is perpetually oscillating between offensive and defensive modes.

I'm not going to post in GM, it's not as bad as I feared but there's still so much crap flying around as you would expect. I just have to say a big thumbs-up to Eurosport, who made me miss the entire first set in favour of the riveting pleasures of handball, then screwed up the sound on the feed so that every shout of encouragement from the crowd and every grunt from Nadal sounded like an hysterical sheep. So I really don't know what Federer did so well in the opener to win it so easily, but I sure as hell know what happened after that.

It would help if Roger would rip more of Nadal's serve with his BH. Roger should win IW, even with Nadal there. At least there he can try to wear Nadal again physically like he did at Miami. Nadal coming back after four months deserves huge respect for this win and I hope this will cause Roger to tighten up his tactics and his mind out there.

mangoes
03-04-2006, 04:51 PM
So I really don't know what Federer did so well in the opener to win it so easily, but I sure as hell know what happened after that.

Roger played beautiful tennis in that first set. Heck, I think he played at near 100%.......... I just smiled throughout the first set.

mangoes
03-04-2006, 04:53 PM
I hope this will cause Roger to tighten up his tactics and his mind out there.

Agree, I hope this loss has the same effect on Roger. And, I also agree, Rafa is to be congratulated.

nobama
03-04-2006, 04:54 PM
Jesus people why the harshness. I can understand being dissappointed that Roger didn't win, but being angry? Good grief, it's a tennis match. He's not going to win every one he plays. I thought both guys played really well and yes Roger had his chances, but Rafa hung in there and did what he needed to do. So kudos to Rafa, and on to IW where hopefully Roger will have a threepeat. :)

Minnie
03-04-2006, 04:54 PM
I didn't see this match and I didn't even follow the livescores as I was afraid my prediction of Nadal taking this match would be right. I thought Nadal would win for the reasons that Sjengster's post at 5.48pm outlines. What is causing these mental lapses? Is it pressure, weight of expectation? Rogi, in spite of his world domination, has always struck me as being slightly vulnerable emotionally - actually, its one of the reasons I'm a fan!

ste
03-04-2006, 04:56 PM
why did he had to loose this... ???

don't wanna have this Nadal in the same way as there was once this Nalby.... PLEASE!!!

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 04:58 PM
Thanks Sjengster. That's disappointing, but at least he can work on that. I was afraid that Nadal was simply outclassing him in the longer rallies and forcing the error. And it's also good to hear that he played so well in the first set. I think it's clear that he came to play expecting a tough one. Still surprised he lost the final game to love. He's a better fighter than that.

Sjengster
03-04-2006, 04:59 PM
Well, it's not all mental - it's a very tough match-up, and obviously when the rhythm of the points changes as it did in the second set, to longer physical rallies, Nadal is the superior player. But still, it can't be a coincidence that it happened at 4-4 in both the second and third sets. As for whether attacking the net is a good idea, that is exactly what he did three times in a row at 4-4 in the second, and he lost the point every time. Sometimes he hits these ludicrous forehand approaches with spin that just sit up begging to be hit for a winner, or rather dipped down at his feet for Nadal to pass off the next shot.

Sjengster
03-04-2006, 05:02 PM
Thanks Sjengster. That's disappointing, but at least he can work on that. I was afraid that Nadal was simply outclassing him in the longer rallies and forcing the error. And it's also good to hear that he played so well in the first set. I think it's clear that he came to play expecting a tough one. Still surprised he lost the final game to love. He's a better fighter than that.

On one of the points in that final game, Nadal came into the net and under pressure hit a volley that just touched the sideline, Federer had to run a long way to his left to hit a backhand pass on the run, and as it went on its way to being a clean winner it clipped the netcord and bounced out. To me that just summed up my entire feeling from watching the match, although I'm not saying Nadal won just because he got lucky.

MissMoJo
03-04-2006, 05:03 PM
I expected the lapse in the 2nd, but i was surprised that he was still out of it by the final set. That was frustrating. The upside is that all these nearlytheres should pay off eventually, hopefully soon and in a big way.
Rogi, in spite of his world domination, has always struck me as being slightly vulnerable emotionally
yeah

nobama
03-04-2006, 05:05 PM
I didn't see this match and I didn't even follow the livescores as I was afraid my prediction of Nadal taking this match would be right. I thought Nadal would win for the reasons that Sjengster's post at 5.48pm outlines. What is causing these mental lapses? Is it pressure, weight of expectation? Rogi, in spite of his world domination, has always struck me as being slightly vulnerable emotionally - actually, its one of the reasons I'm a fan!Yes there were some mental lapses in this match, but God, Roger's human. It can happen, it will happen. Yes it's frustrating because he had his chances and for the most part was playing very well. But I'm learning to get over the losses quickly and move on because otherwise it's just no fun. I'd be more bummed if he had played poorly from start to finish, but this match prooved to me that he does know what to do with Nadal, he just can't afford any mental lapses or sloppy service games.

Watching them play today just proves that they are by far the best players out there by a mile. Anyone else out there today (except maybe an in-form Safin) would've had their ass handed to them in a hurry.

lsy
03-04-2006, 05:07 PM
Thanks Sjengster. Good thing is in the bigger tournaments they play, it will be best of 5 and more chances for Rogi to "rectify" those mental lapses ;) I agree with Dirk, Nadal does deserves lots of respect for winning this. Amazing mental strength.

Just keep trying Rogi :hug:

Jesus people why the harshness. I can understand being dissappointed that Roger didn't win, but being angry? Good grief, it's a tennis match. He's not going to win every one he plays. I thought both guys played really well and yes Roger had his chances, but Rafa hung in there and did what he needed to do. So kudos to Rafa, and on to IW where hopefully Roger will have a threepeat. :)

Geez...Do you always need to tell the people here how they should feel?

So what if we are angry? We will be back cheering for him the moment he starts playing next time and no nobody here thinks he has to win ALL matches as Rogiman said, else most of us would have deserted him for long time ago.

I just don't see why is there a need to hide how we really feel after watching a match, esp the one we really care about with the fellow fans here who all support and care about him.

You are the one who should really lighten up with what's being said here.

Sjengster
03-04-2006, 05:21 PM
When you put it into perspective, 16-1 is not exactly a bad start to the year, and I wouldn't have swapped a win in Dubai here for a loss at the AO as happened this time a year ago. It's purely a question of who he lost to, rather than the fact that he lost - it is significant, and it isn't a coincidence. It's funny you know, just like Rogiman I was expecting him to come out and lose his opening service game (as happened in Miami and at RG last year) and struggle early on, instead of which he blitzes through the opening three games of the match. Early in the second set my commentators were harping on about how supreme and unplayable he had been at the start, and I thought to myself, "Well, unfortunately they don't play best of one on the ATP Tour, do they?" Playing lights-out tennis for half an hour/45 minutes is no good if you can't sustain a decent level and then produce that same brilliant tennis in the crucial stages of the match.

landoud
03-04-2006, 05:42 PM
he played great today but hard luck.... i'm sure he can get the tittle back next year

Brianna
03-04-2006, 05:49 PM
It's a disappointing loss but life goes on. Roger has made a great start to the year winning the Australian Open. There is still alot of tennis to be played. Let's not get down on Roger for losing one match.

Mechlan
03-04-2006, 06:02 PM
Frankly, I think it's unrealistic to expect him to play fantastic tennis consistently in a best-of-3 (let alone best-of-5) set match. It's going to be a combination of playing well at the important times as well as playing the level one notch below his absolute best that he needs to use to figure out what strategy to use to effectively bother Nadal and not allow him to play his game. He's been very successful at that with other players, so i'm hoping he can accomplish the same against Nadal.

1sun
03-04-2006, 06:26 PM
what i can say? roger tried his best but his mind let him down. i was pleased he played well for a large part of the match but messed up when it counts. Just remember that first set, its in your hands everytime you play. good effort and well done for the week.