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Eden
01-22-2012, 10:24 PM
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Go to 2:37 in this clip and listen what Ivan has to say about Roger

Eden
01-22-2012, 10:29 PM
Kohlschreiber was also asked the same question about the greatest player of all time and he mentioned Roger as well and said that he would be a real gentleman outside the court :)

SUKTUEN
01-23-2012, 07:57 AM
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duong
01-25-2012, 04:30 PM
Some more from the prettiest and more sportive Fed's fangirls :

Lindsey Vonn : "I follow closely all of the matches (in the core of skiing season :eek: ). I'm convinced that Federer will beat Nadal tomorrow"

Le Matin (in French) (http://www.lematin.ch/sports/tennis/Lindsey-Vonn-Federer-battra-Nadal-demain/story/21463102)

From Mystique from TT :

Chris Evert : She was asked who would win the tournament and she answered "Federer." When asked what brought her to her choice, she explained, "Because I like him."

SUKTUEN
01-25-2012, 05:17 PM
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Eden
03-06-2012, 10:00 AM
Andy Roddick after the exho match at the Madison Square Garden:


“It was pretty clear that I’m obviously in Roger’s head and he didn’t quite know how to deal with it,” Roddick joked. “He’s not really good under pressure, as you saw in that tiebreaker. He has no idea how to play me, so I just capitalized on that.”

You can always count on Andy's humour :lol: :yeah:

mlrf11
03-06-2012, 10:48 AM
Andy is a great guy and he deserves more in theis moment. I hope hi's going back to his high level of tennis.

SUKTUEN
03-06-2012, 12:20 PM
Andy is a great guy and he deserves more in theis moment. I hope hi's going back to his high level of tennis.

I love Roddick too!!!:D

Eden
03-06-2012, 01:36 PM
Thomas Johansson:

RF has a strange impact in people. Even though he has won almost everything, you just want him to win even more! What a great guy!!!

Source: http://twitter.com/#!/TompaSthlmOpen

mlrf11
03-06-2012, 02:17 PM
Murray after losing the final in Dubai told that if there were more so fast surfaces RF would be #1 for many other yesr
I red the interview in talian and don't have the original words of AM

duong
03-06-2012, 02:59 PM
Murray after losing the final in Dubai told that if there were more so fast surfaces RF would be #1 for many other yesr
I red the interview in talian and don't have the original words of AM

Doris posted it on the Dubai thread :

I think that the indoor season and the surfaces like this one, I mean, if there was more tournaments on these courts, I think he could definitely be No. 1 in the world for the next few years. It really suits his game well. Just so many of the courts are so slow now.

final question of this interview :

http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=77934

mlrf11
03-06-2012, 03:03 PM
Thanks duong,
I remember I red it in some part: italian web sites / FB / MTF....

I usually read the articles in Italian because in English if they are too long for me is a little bit difficult be focused to read them all because I don't know it so well English and I read slowlier and I don't gett all at 100%.

SUKTUEN
03-07-2012, 01:44 PM
Thomas Johansson:

RF has a strange impact in people. Even though he has won almost everything, you just want him to win even more! What a great guy!!!

Source: http://twitter.com/#!/TompaSthlmOpen

:worship:

Eden
03-21-2012, 05:46 PM
I think this comment from Fabio Fognini can't be missed in here:

Fabio Fognini (http://twitter.com/#!/Fabio_Fogna) tweeted:

"Non c'e' ne Djoko,ne Rafa,ne Andy,ne tutti messi insieme che giochino come RE ROGER... Mi dispiace!!!"

Rough translation: "Not Djoko, not Rafa, not Andy, not all of them put together can play like KING ROGER... Sorry!!!"

:cool:

(Thanks to Mystique for the find :) )

mlrf11
03-21-2012, 06:01 PM
That's what some players and other man of other sport told about Roger after his victory in IW:

Valentino Rossi:
"Dopo 6 anni Federer riconquista Indian Wells,alla faccia di chi diceva che era finito.Grande Roger, punto di riferimento per tutti".
.........
"After 6 years Federer wins again Indian Wells, in the face of those who said that Roger was ended. A big point of reference for all."

:inlove: A big champion. A big head and tenacity. He is the RF of the MotoGP. He is an artist over his motorbike- I hope this year he comes back dominating the championship.



Fabio Fognini:
"Che Roger... Mamma mia!!! Che bello vederlo giocare...".
.........
Fabio Fognini:
"What Roger ... Mamma mia! ... How nice to see him play."



Mardy Fish:
"Ragazzi quanto è forte Roger".
.........
Mardy Fish:
"Guys how Roger is strong."



:worship: :angel:


Novak Djokovic:
"Congratulations to John Isner for breaking in top10 and having a great week, and also congratulations to Roger Federer for winning the BNP PARIBAS Open and winning another big trophy"

Novak is too cold :(

Corey Feldman
03-21-2012, 07:21 PM
Mark Philippoussis, who was Roger Federer's first Grand Slam final victim in the 2003 Wimbledon final, has paid tribute to the man who won the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells on Sunday.

"Federer's form doesn't surprise me one bit,” said Philippoussis. “He's so professional about everything. His whole schedule is organised around big events, he's so smart and always peaks at the right time.”

The Australian first played Federer in the Davis Cup in 2000 when the Swiss was just 18. Federer won 6-4, 7-6(3), 4-6, 6-4, and Philippoussis knew he was dealing with a special talent.

“When he first started off you could see how incredibly talented he was but his weakness was definitely his mental side,” said Philippoussis. “He would lose it a bit, and take the accelerator off in matches. But then in the Round of 16 at Wimbledon the year he won his first title, beating me in the final, he was a game away from retiring. He was down in the match and he shouldn't have won. He wasn't feeling physically great. he contemplated calling it a day but he hung in there, and went on to win the match and the title. And he built his career from there. Those are the matches that make your career."

SUKTUEN
03-22-2012, 03:29 PM
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paRFait-RF
03-22-2012, 05:49 PM
Oooh Fognini grazie!

Eden
03-22-2012, 09:25 PM
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SUKTUEN
03-23-2012, 10:09 AM
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Corey Feldman
03-23-2012, 08:48 PM
Tim :bowdown:

Eden
03-24-2012, 04:01 PM
Some statements by Stefan Edberg, Henri Leconte, Michael Stich, Marat Safin, Carlos Moya and Pat Cash

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/tennis/Nadal-ist-fitter-als-Federer/story/11124580?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter

Michael Stich got asked what he thinks about the worlds best players and how the season is going to go on.
He answered that there would always be the same 3 players ranked at the top for several years and that he doesn't expect any surprises there. Djokovic would have had a great start into the season and now Roger would be on a great run which would make things more open. Michael said he is looking forward to the next Grand Slams.
The journalist says that people would say about Roger that he is an older guy meanwhile and should retire soon. He asks Michael what he thinks about this. Michael answered that as long as Roger enjoys it to play he should continue and that the people who think that they have an opinion about this should care about their own life instead of those of others.
He got asked if Roger is still good enough to win a Grand Slam and says yes but even if he wouldn't be it would all be about having fun to play tennis. Michael mentions that Roger reached the SF of the AO and can always win in Wimbledon.

SUKTUEN
03-25-2012, 07:31 AM
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Eden
03-26-2012, 04:02 PM
Here's a translation of something which Carlos Moya said in an interview with Swiss media:

Did you expect that Roger Federer would react that impressive on the bitter loss to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open?

Well, Roger already played great before the Australian Open. He won 3 or 4 tournaments in a row at the end of the last year and was on a great run. Then there was that match against Rafa. At the Best of 5 - matches Nadal and Djokovic are currently the favorites due to their extraordinary fitness. They can be on the courts for a really long time which we have seen in the final they played.

What do you think about Federer's performance in Indian Wells?

I was very impressed how good he played there. How he beat Rafa impressed me. He really destroyed him. When Roger plays his best tennis he is still the best player. But the question is: How long can he keep up his level of play during a match?

You are refering to the Best of 5 matches again?

Exactly. Roger is nearly unbeatable in best of 3 matches because he can play on the highest level for 1 1/2 hours. It's more difficult for him at best of 5 matches. When you only slack off for 5 minutes the opponent - named Nadal and Djokovic - "kill" you. That is Roger's biggest problem.

Original source: http://sport.ch.sportalsports.com/sportch/generated/article/tennis/2012/03/25/20709000000.html

SUKTUEN
03-26-2012, 04:08 PM
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Corey Feldman
03-26-2012, 04:27 PM
those are big words from Nadal's biggest influence, Moya, about Fed :eek:

very honest

Rita
03-26-2012, 06:23 PM
:lol: nice sig

Eden
03-28-2012, 03:01 PM
From Andy Roddick:



Q. The crowd was roaring for you. Were you aware of that?

ANDY RODDICK: I don't know how much I don't know if it was all for me. At 15 30 I feel like they got really loud when I was trying to serve it out.
You know, as with any time you play Roger, he's developed such a fan base. And side story, I you know, you're around guys a lot, but The Garden event that we did three weeks ago was the first time Roger and I spent an entire day together doing stuff.
I'm amazed at the way he does every picture, every autograph. You know, I know what I deal with on a small scale, and it's not what he does.
So, you know, you start to have an understanding why people are so fanatical about him. You know, I think the crowd anywhere cheers for him.
And probably in the USA it would have pissed me off not too long ago, but I fully get it now after seeing the way he is and was three weeks ago. You know, I didn't think I could be more impressed with him, but I was really impressed with the way he went about his business for those couple days up there.

...

Q. Besides congratulations, did he say anything after the game?

ANDY RODDICK: Roger's great. He said, I'm happy for you. You deserved to win tonight. Good luck. Keep it going.
He said similar, something similar in the locker room before he left tonight. You know, he was really classy about it all.


Source: http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/News/Tennis/2012/Interview-Transcripts/Andy-Roddick-26-March.aspx

SUKTUEN
03-28-2012, 04:04 PM
I love Andy!!

Or Levy
04-10-2012, 08:20 PM
Andy Ram (Israeli top doubles player) gave a long interview today to Israeli TV, talked a little about Roger, hilarious stuff.

He talked about when he was 18 (He's like 31-32 today) he looked for someone to play doubles with, Roger was 17. He tells the following: "He had no BH, his volley sucked, he could only slice. We played dubs and lost, he killed the match. I was so frustrated, I told my coach that he's a terrible player and I'm never playing withi him again. A week afterwards he made Jr. AO Semis. Then took Wimby Jr. in singles and beat me in dubs final"

He also said he's something very special, he siad he's hilarious and prankster in the dressing room. Juvenile. So unlike what he is on court.

Fed_Ds
04-11-2012, 05:26 AM
Andy Ram (Israeli top doubles player) gave a long interview today to Israeli TV, talked a little about Roger, hilarious stuff.

He talked about when he was 18 (He's like 31-32 today) he looked for someone to play doubles with, Roger was 17. He tells the following: "He had no BH, his volley sucked, he could only slice. We played dubs and lost, he killed the match. I was so frustrated, I told my coach that he's a terrible player and I'm never playing withi him again. A week afterwards he made Jr. AO Semis. Then took Wimby Jr. in singles and beat me in dubs final"

He also said he's something very special, he siad he's hilarious and prankster in the dressing room. Juvenile. So unlike what he is on court.

:lol: that's awesome. Thanks.

SUKTUEN
04-12-2012, 04:45 PM
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Eden
04-19-2012, 12:01 AM
Guga :hearts: talking about Roger (from 0:30 on)

FsPZQ2VAdbo

:worship: :)

Mystique
04-19-2012, 06:23 AM
Guga :hearts: talking about Roger (from 0:30 on)

FsPZQ2VAdbo

:worship: :)


Guga :worship: What a guy, what a credit to the game he was. That smile :hearts:

SUKTUEN
04-19-2012, 02:49 PM
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Rita
04-19-2012, 06:18 PM
Andy Ram (Israeli top doubles player) gave a long interview today to Israeli TV, talked a little about Roger, hilarious stuff.

He had no BH, his volley sucked, he could only slice.

Seems legit.

Rita
04-19-2012, 06:20 PM
Guga :inlove: :hearts:

Fed_Ds
05-23-2012, 06:30 AM
Forgot to post this after their match in Rome:
Carlos Berlocq via his twitter
Sueño cumplido enfrentar a Roger en Roma jamás voy a olvidarlo.Me sentí muy bien y pude disfrutar cada punto,Roger juega a otro deporte.

A dream came true. I will never forget facing Roger in Rome. I felt really good and I enjoyed every point. Roger plays another sport.

read more about it on his website, if you speak Spanish :)
http://charlyberlocq.com/sueno-cumplido/

SUKTUEN
05-23-2012, 03:11 PM
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mlrf11
05-24-2012, 07:35 PM
This is not exactly a coment but how M (http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Gi/M/Marc-Gicquel.aspx)arc Gicquel (I don't know him, but he's #179 and best ranking 37) is dressed in RG speaks enough.
I find it funny and good to post here:

http://www.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/misc/f_05-24-Gicquel-Marc-02.jpg

http://www.rolandgarros.com/images/pics/misc/f_05-24-Gicquel-Marc-01.jpg

Kat_YYZ
05-24-2012, 08:13 PM
what's Marc gonna wear to the match if he draws Roger? :haha:

mlrf11
05-24-2012, 11:23 PM
what's Marc gonna wear to the match if he draws Roger? :haha:

Good question :devil:

Roamed
05-27-2012, 05:14 PM
Q: Are you jealous of another player and why?
Ljubicic: Roger (Federer), obviously. You can only dream of having his class and achievements. He’s my best friend but I’m still objective. He’s been incredibly successful and sometimes I tell him that he’s got too many trophies and that he should let me take a few of them off his hands (laughs).

http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2012-05-27/201205271338115174793.html

SUKTUEN
05-28-2012, 03:18 PM
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Rita
05-28-2012, 04:25 PM
Best friend? :spit:

mlrf11
05-28-2012, 05:07 PM
Best friend? :spit:

This is good to know :lol: :unsure: :spit:

duong
06-01-2012, 11:21 AM
Ljubicic had already said that Fed had been his best friend on the Tour since Thomas Johansson left it (which means that Johansson was even a better one).

Mahut made some funny comments saying that his main problem today will be to keep sure that his wife and physio are in his box and not in Roger's :lol: because both of them are huge fans of Federer's :

his physio always calls him "the Master" and his wife says that Fed has a lot of "class".

SUKTUEN
06-01-2012, 03:49 PM
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kissakiss
06-03-2012, 03:54 AM
Julien BENNETEAU (2012) - Road to Roland-Garros

If you could take a shot from a player.....

"The half volley from the baseline of Roger Federer......It's insane."


MOUabD7Obc0

kissakiss
06-03-2012, 03:57 AM
Who is the sexist on tour?

g8Y7A3Wrigs

SUKTUEN
06-03-2012, 02:35 PM
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Looner
06-05-2012, 02:16 PM
del Potro: "If I can't win this tournament, I want to see next Sunday, Roger with the trophy." :bowdown:

mlrf11
06-05-2012, 02:44 PM
del Potro: "If I can't win this tournament, I want to see next Sunday, Roger with the trophy." :bowdown:

:worship: Big good gigant :inlove:

SUKTUEN
06-05-2012, 02:59 PM
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paRFait-RF
06-05-2012, 07:24 PM
"del Potro: "If I can't win this tournament, I want to see next Sunday, Roger with the trophy."

Quote from RG 2009?

Midnight Ninja
06-05-2012, 07:48 PM
Julien BENNETEAU (2012) - Road to Roland-Garros

If you could take a shot from a player.....

"The half volley from the baseline of Roger Federer......It's insane."


MOUabD7Obc0

In the same video...

"What was your best match win" (or something like that)

"Against Roger at Bercy (referring to '09). To win against Roger Federer, in France, in Paris,....."

Looner
06-05-2012, 09:19 PM
"del Potro: "If I can't win this tournament, I want to see next Sunday, Roger with the trophy."

Quote from RG 2009?

I saw it on Twitter today so I am not sure when he said it.

Roamed
06-05-2012, 11:18 PM
"del Potro: "If I can't win this tournament, I want to see next Sunday, Roger with the trophy."

Quote from RG 2009?

Yep, definitely RG 2009.



Q: You’re going to face Federer in the semifinal. Quite a few players and tennis fans would like Roger to win this tournament because it’s the only Grand Slam he hasn’t won yet. Do you also feel that way, if you were to face him in the next round?

Juan Martin del Potro: We feel the pression of the fans, everybody want Roger to win this tournament. But if I can’t do - if I can’t win this tournament, I want to see next Sunday, Roger with the trophy.

SUKTUEN
06-06-2012, 02:49 PM
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mlrf11
06-19-2012, 04:53 PM
Nadal speaks speaks about the rivalry with Roger and he doesn't think that with Novak could be greaater.

Rafa Nadal: 'Always accept defeat. The challenges with Federer bigger that with Djokovic'

Rafa Nadal, after his triumph at Roland Garros, he returned to Mallorca to spend a few days off with friends. There is no time to get back on some topics such as the rivalry with Djokovic and Rafa if you ask "But one day the Spanish-Serb can overcome challenges as a fascination with those with Federer?", He replies: "Maybe. We'll see what happens in the coming years. We played all the final of Grand Slam tournaments and even an Olympic semi-final with Roger, but I played the game far more important. probably he is the best player in history, while Novak is a great tennis player. last year played in an incredible and perhaps it was the best tennis season ever. I am happy to compare myself with both Novak that with Roger. "


Rafa Nadal: ´ Accetto sempre la sconfitta. Le sfide con Federer superiori a quelle con Djokovic´

Rafa Nadal, dopo il trionfo al Roland Garros, ha fatto ritorno a Maiorca per trascorrere alcuni giorni di riposo in compagnia degli amici. Non è mancato il tempo per tornare su alcuni argomenti come quello della rivalità con Djokovic e se si chiede a Rafa " Ma un giorno le sfide spagnolo-serbe potranno superare come fascino quelle con Federer?", lui risponde: " Forse. Vedremo quello che accadrà nei prossimi anni. Abbiamo giocato tutte le finali dei tornei del Grande Slam e anche una semifinale Olimpica ma con Roger ho disputato delle partite ben più importanti. Probabilmente lui è il migliore giocatore della storia mentre Novak è un tennista fantastico. L'anno scorso ha giocato in maniera incredibile e forse è stata la migliore stagione tennistica di sempre. Sono felice di confrontarmi sia con Novak che con Roger."

http://www.tennisworlditalia.com/Rafa-Nadal--Accetto-sempre-la-sconfitta-Le-sfide-con-Federer-superiori-a-quelle-con-Djokovic-articolo9999.html

SUKTUEN
06-20-2012, 02:38 PM
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Eden
06-22-2012, 11:00 AM
Someone on RF.com posted the following translation of an interview with James Blake about Roger:



"What makes Federer a genius"

By Rémi Cape Verde, Thursday, June 21, 2012

http://www.welovetennis.fr/medias/images/DOSSIER%20GENERAL/Federer/Gazon/federer%20210612%20win.jpg

As part of our "Federer Project", the outcome of which is the release of a book on Roger Federer in the coming months, our reporter Vincent Grethen went to meet James Blake. The latter, formerly the number four player in the world, seemed to us to be a good choice to speak about the Swiss player. The two know each other well and have clashed 11 times on the court. Better, they like each other off the court. In this ode to what he called "best player of all time,", James Blake comes back to the features of his best opponent and what makes him a player ...apart.

James Blake advanced to 90th in the world today. This season he has a ratio of three wins, seven defeats. (link to being a new Dad with picture. http://www.welovetennis.fr/people/51154-james-blake-est-papa )

You've played 11 times in your career, is there a match you remember most?

It is clear that my best memory is my only victory against Roger. I had played a great match, in a great stadium, the Olympic Games ... He had beaten me so many times before, it was great to finally win when he took this competition very seriously and he was the favorite for the gold medal. I was very proud at the end. There are also other games that come to mind. The final of the Masters Cup in 2006. I played great all week, beat Davydenko, Nadal, Nalbandian ... When I reach that level, I feel I can beat anyone. But Roger showed me he was still one floor above. He played even better, it was incredible. The same year, when we played at the U.S. Open, I took a set. Then we played two very tight sets, where I got a chance to break. Yes, I felt really good on the court that day. I really thought I had the chance to win this encounter. In addition, I thought it was perhaps the last time I would have a chance to win a Grand Slam title. Finally, he beats me, then he wins the tournament ... Here, I tell myself he's the best player of all time.

You were using a specific strategy against him?

Facing him, everyone adopts the same strategy. We try our best to avoid his forehand which is his strong point. We try to stress his backhand ... But hey, he moves so well, it's hard to say that he has weaknesses. It was not simple, because he has the same type of game. Everyone is trying to control the exchange with our forehand, one is aggressive. On the other hand, he had a much more effective backhand. And much better footwork.

He really had no weaknesses?

Not really ... It is certain that his backhand was weaker than the forehand, but the difference was minimal. He had to work more on this, but I would not call it weak either. Again, he moves so well that it allows him to shift to his forehand.

And you remember your first match against him? In 2003? Did you already have the impression of seeing a different player in front of you?

Yes, I remember very well, it was also at the U.S. Open. I was surprised by this defeat (victory of Roger 6-3 7-6 (4) 6-3), because I played very good tennis at that time. I remember the tournament well because I was also very impressed by Nalbandian (Federer and Nalbandian played in the rounds before the quarter finals with a win for the Argentinian in four sets ). Very quickly, I saw in Roger a player who was going to become a star.

It was not frustrating to lose so many times against him?

If it's super frustrating, but, on the other hand, he plays so well that he pushes you to get better. He pushes you to work harder on lots of aspects of your game. You progress from week to week, you feel you can beat the best, then you end up facing him and he is always there, as strong. Inevitably, it challenges you and it makes you reflect on what you have to work on, to improve, to attain a higher level. It's always good to compete with the best and it is especially rewarding to get to beat them at least once. Defeats frustrating, but hey, what's the point of getting upset, to be frustrated ... He is so strong and he's really a great guy!

He is your favorite opponent?

(Laughter) No, because I like winning too. To play him so many times and lose so much, it's really hard to bear. My favorite opponent is the one I could beat occasionally. Afterwards, he remains my favorite opponent in the locker room. It is super good. He's really a great guy, who pays attention to others, kind and who is involved in the sport.

And indeed, in the locker room, how is he? He is one of your friends?

Yes, he's a great guy, cannot be more relaxed than him! It's impressive, he is super friendly. It is the attitude that I like to have too, when I am off the court. We had the opportunity to play several exhibition matches both, in Asia, in particular, and we took the opportunity to spend time together, talk, play tennis, to laugh, have fun .. He is undoubtedly a great ambassador for tennis.

Without Federer, you think you would have won more titles?

Oh yes, sure! I would have won more, but like many others I imagine. He won so many trophies and he would have earned even more if he had not lost against Nadal! After, it was often played in the finals twice in Masters 1000, Masters Cup once, not counting the matches in Grand Slam ... Yes, I think I would have a thicker track record. I even think I could have won a Grand Slam. But think about it, it is useless. To get excited, it's not the thing to do, it's not my style. I'm mostly happy with what I did and very proud of what I accomplished.

What impresses you most about him?

Be number one for so long, have the objectives he has, to fulfill them and keep this momentum for so many years ... This is awesome! I think psychologically it is very, very hard, getting up, going out to play every day in training, while keeping the same winning mentality. And see him play at this level at 30 years and still win, it's incredible. He is always so excited to win tournaments, the Masters 1000 and is still able to evolve at this level, with the same pressure.

You think he has changed tennis?

Each player, who was above the others, who have set the bar a little higher, changed tennis in his own way. Roger is one of them. He placed the bar very, very, very high, especially with the huge number of records in Grand Slams. He also changed tennis in the sense that he made it advance. Tennis requires a lot more effort than a decade ago and that's how it's going to continue in the next ten years. Players are faster, tougher, more powerful. The technique has improved. Federer was at the beginning of this new era of tennis. That's why it's unfair to compare it with Sampras, Agassi, Connors or Laver. The game is changing and he is part of this change.

He created new moves?

I do not know ... If he did, it means he is perfect. I think he has especially improved the shots of others. I think he managed to combine what is Agassi, solid behind his baseline, adding better footwork. He moves so well that it allows him to have a step ahead of his opponents. I do not think he created shots, he has especially improved them.

How do you explain he is still so strong?

It is especially a big mental strength. Many players in his position would have been tired and weary of what they do. But, he still loves what he does. He loves his sport. It's amazing, his talent and hard work never seem to run out and still work as hard as ever.

Roger has played a lot without a coach. How is it possible to win so much nevertheless?

Yes, it is quite surprising. I think a lot of players at the end of their careers, work on the circuit without a real coach. They are nearing the end, they need other things, they know the trick, its workings ... Having a coach is no longer as important or as vital as before. But Roger did it early, while he was at the top of his career. In my view, he knows so much tennis, he is so well prepared that he is able to do it alone.

How would you describe him? A monster, a genius, a magician?

A bit of everything! A monster, yes. But what he does on the court is genius. Frankly.

Between 2003 and 2008, you saw him grow?

He mostly played progressively more intelligently. He always had the talented backhand, but improved it from 2003. But you can imagine, I say he progressed when in 2003 he was already almost number one! It really shows how the game has progressed.

Do you have any anecdotes about him?

When I had problems in the neck, I was in the hospital in Rome, I received only one email from a player to get news. "Hi! I hope you are well and that you will recover quickly all your strength! "It was Roger.

Source: http://www.welovetennis.fr/interviews/51201-blake-ce-que-fait-federer-sur-le-court-releve-du-genie

SUKTUEN
06-22-2012, 07:10 PM
:worship::worship:

Roamed
06-23-2012, 01:01 PM
Very nice interview! You have to have pretty much no ego to give an interview entirely about another player, so it's very nice of James to do this :worship:

SUKTUEN
06-24-2012, 03:38 PM
:worship::worship:

Roamed
07-09-2012, 10:28 AM
Tweet from Feli: "The day Roger retires there will be a tremendous void. There will never be anyone like him, beyond the titles and records." :awww:

Fujee
07-09-2012, 01:07 PM
Always have loved that anecdote about Rogi emailing Blake a safe recovery in hospital :)

SUKTUEN
07-09-2012, 03:05 PM
Tweet from Feli: "The day Roger retires there will be a tremendous void. There will never be anyone like him, beyond the titles and records." :awww:

:worship::worship:

AntiTennis
07-09-2012, 11:33 PM
Tweet from Feli: "The day Roger retires there will be a tremendous void. There will never be anyone like him, beyond the titles and records." :awww:
Feli :yeah:

juninhOH
07-10-2012, 02:46 AM
man probably of interesting comments on federer after yesterday, too bad we cant have them all lol

duong
07-10-2012, 10:49 AM
In French sports newspaper "l'Equipe" today, there's a very nice and true quote from Mats Wilander (who usually says a tun of bullshits and changes them but still :lol: ) :

I insist on the fact that it's unbelievable that Roger has been able, after all he's done in his carreer, to keep that will and ambition. It's UN-BE-LIE-VA-BLE to still have that interest and passion to still become better, give his best, fight like crazy and obviously take the risk of the defeat, with all the pain that comes with it when one has given everything to avoid it. There also were his wife and twins in the box. Actually, there would be so many reasons for Federer not to imply as much as before, emotionally ! Which is different from the physique or technique, tactics or even the investment in practice. Here I speak of the pure and hard competition, the one which can hurt you a lot. And you can't win a grand slam if you're not implied 100% emotionally. Roger is, very obviously. How does he do with all there is around him in his life ? I have not the least idea, I've never been near to that state !


Another one : it's nothing new, he said that in the end of 2011, but I wanted to quote it because it comes from one of France's most respected former sportsmen, especially for his fair-play, attitude and knowledge of the sport, former world champion and still European record holder of the 400 m hurdles and now commentator for French TV : Stéphane Diagana.

If you had not been Stéphane Diagana, which sportsman would you have liked to be ?
There's only one left ... I would say a tennisman, like Roger Federer. I like him very much in his mental approach, it's the high "class". For him tennis is a permanent research field, and that's why he's been on top for so long. When you hear Rafael Nadal, it's the same : "I can still learn, I can play better"

duong
07-10-2012, 01:48 PM
Riccardo Piatti, Gasquet's coach and former Ljubicic's coach :

I wish that all of the people who said "Roger is finished" in the last two years would admit today that they were wrong. But I know they won't do it. One should always respect that player.

http://www.welovetennis.fr/federer/52470-piatti-veut-des-excuses

(Wilander could be recognized with his famous "he can beat Djokovic thanks to bad bounces" before the semi, but he can also be recognized for the opposite as always for him :lol: )

Corey Feldman
07-10-2012, 01:52 PM
Wilander really pisses me off thesedays

crack pipe smoking junkie

duong
07-10-2012, 02:20 PM
Nick Bollettieri (found in the comments here : http://blogs.tennis.com/thewrap/2012/07/keeping-tabs-july-9.html ) :


"Now you can see why Roger is my all-time No 1. Yesterday afternoon on Centre Court, Roger Federer showed why he is the greatest player in the history of the game...Now the No 1 player in the world rankings again, the No 1 player the world's ever seen. Seven Wimbledon titles and – know what? – don't stop counting yet. What makes the difference with Federer is that he has a bit – actually one hell of a lot – of everything. He's the all-round player. Add that to an intelligence and feel for the game and that's the complete package.... I cannot think of anybody who would be so unworried by losing the first set of a Slam final than Federer. This is one unruffled guy.... You've got to keep your cool, and nobody does that better than Roger Federer."

SUKTUEN
07-10-2012, 06:47 PM
:worship::worship:

AntiTennis
07-11-2012, 09:22 AM
David Nalbandian :awww::

It makes me happy that Roger has won Wimbledon again and has reached the record of Grand slam and the bigger quantity of weeks like #1. He deserves all record that exist . On grass he is very hard, I played against him in the All England last year and I suffered it. He knows very clear how to use the effects, the slice, how to play flat and he has a serve which adapts very good to the surface. But he is not the greatest only because his success in grass, but because he did it everywhere. I'm happy to have been contemporary with him, played against him in juniors and shared with him a lot of time on the court. It was a great advantage to me to meet him from childhood. I had a facility to find his weak point, which was his backhand, and put him in troubles. Of course then he perfected it and now he is what you see. The best of all.

Roamed
07-11-2012, 09:36 AM
That's so sweet :awww:

trickcy
07-11-2012, 02:33 PM
:awww: Nalby :inlove:

SUKTUEN
07-11-2012, 04:06 PM
David Nalbandian :awww::

It makes me happy that Roger has won Wimbledon again and has reached the record of Grand slam and the bigger quantity of weeks like #1. He deserves all record that exist . On grass he is very hard, I played against him in the All England last year and I suffered it. He knows very clear how to use the effects, the slice, how to play flat and he has a serve which adapts very good to the surface. But he is not the greatest only because his success in grass, but because he did it everywhere. I'm happy to have been contemporary with him, played against him in juniors and shared with him a lot of time on the court. It was a great advantage to me to meet him from childhood. I had a facility to find his weak point, which was his backhand, and put him in troubles. Of course then he perfected it and now he is what you see. The best of all.

:worship:

paRFait-RF
07-11-2012, 06:16 PM
Waaw NALBY! Thanks!

AntiTennis
07-11-2012, 11:46 PM
Found more:

From Feña(Fernando Gonzales):
"You've never seen a player as talented as him. Practically broke all records already. He is a great athlete and even more as a person, which is a major achievement. I met him in 1994 in the category juniors under 14 years, and at that age no one imagined that he would be one of the best ever. Between 16 and 23 years he had an impeccable career, which had never been seen before and forged what today is. For me, the most admirable is that he always has a motivation ahead".

Nicolas Massu:
"He is the best of the history, because of the titles of grand slam, weeks at #1 and because he is the most completed player I have ever seen. He plays good in every surface. He is a gentleman in and off court"

http://www.chile.com/secciones/ver_seccion/139118/gonzalez-y-massu-alaban-nuevo-hito-de-federer/ (it's in spanish..I translated it)

SUKTUEN
07-12-2012, 02:49 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
07-12-2012, 07:37 PM
Nalby :inlove: Gonzalez :inlove: Massu :) :awww:

From a German interview with Tommy Haas:

One sentence about Roger Federer. Have you already congratulated him on his 7th Wimbledon triumph?

Haas: I sent him a congratulation via textmessage. Roger is a good friend, a great guy and athlete and I suffered with him during his matches in Wimbledon. He has a fantastic team around him, his family and he understands it to fully concentrate on the big tournaments.
After the tournament in Halle we sat together with our families for a long time to have dinner. Not many people do something like this when you have just lost the final of a tournament.

AntiTennis
07-12-2012, 07:47 PM
Tommy! :awww::yeah:

viruzzz
07-12-2012, 09:38 PM
Nalby :inlove: Gonzalez :inlove: Massu :) :awww:

From a German interview with Tommy Haas:

One sentence about Roger Federer. Have you already congratulated him on his 7th Wimbledon triumph?

Haas: I sent him a congratulation via textmessage. Roger is a good friend, a great guy and athlete and I suffered with him during his matches in Wimbledon. He has a fantastic team around him, his family and he understands it to fully concentrate on the big tournaments.
After the tournament in Halle we sat together with our families for a long time to have dinner. Not many people do something like this when you have just lost the final of a tournament.

:lol:
Tommy, you legend.

SUKTUEN
07-13-2012, 02:32 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
07-15-2012, 11:08 PM
Goran Ivanisevic in a German interview during the tournament in Stuttgart:

This year Roger won Wimbledon again. Did you believe that he could do it again and what do you think about his 7th Wimbledon title?

It’s great. But with Roger you can always expect that he can win. He didn’t play an unbelievable tournament in the beginning but in the SF and F he just played the best tennis, especially in the last 2 sets against Murray. But that’s Roger, you know. He’s probably the best tennis player ever and the way he plays he can always win.

You would say he’s definitely the best? Because there are some who still argue if he’s really the best.

You can argue but he has all the records. You have Borg, Sampras, Laver and him but I think I would go with him.

Eden
07-15-2012, 11:12 PM
Some comments from Martina Hingis:



A year after she made waves in Switzerland and in the tennis world with the revelation that she had been asked by Roger Federer about coming out of retirement to play mixed doubles with him for Switzerland at the London Olympics, Martina Hingis seems content with where the year has taken her — even if that’s not to the Games.

Hingis, 31, and Federer, 30, ultimately agreed that it was in his interest to focus his energies on singles and on defending his 2008 gold medal in men’s doubles with his partner, Stanislas Wawrinka.

“I was kind of flattered that he asked me, but at the end we decided not to play,” Hingis said in an interview Thursday in Washington before a World Team Tennis match. Hingis and Federer reached the mutual decision during a phone call in November. It was at her visit to Washington for World Team Tennis in 2011 that Hingis first disclosed that she had been asked to consider a comeback by one of Federer’s coaches.

“I mean, I would have to get back into great shape, playing doubles or mixed doubles at the Grand Slams,” Hingis, who retired in 2007 and is now working as a coach for junior prospects in Paris, said of her reasons for not wanting to return to competition. “And him, having finished up the season so well, he had a great opportunity, his sights on getting back where he is today.

“He kind of felt that feeling, that tingling sensation that he had a chance. And you could see when he was winning those indoor events that he felt like, O.K., he beat Nadal, he beat Djokovic, so maybe he has his opportunities to do it at a Grand Slam. And now at Wimbledon it just all came back together. And wow, back to No. 1, and being able to have only 20 days in between, this is his chance to win the Olympics as well.

“So that’s what I said back then: ‘If I was your coach? I would tell you you have to focus on the singles.’

“He became No. 1, he won Wimbledon. So all his dreams, they got realized. And now having the pole position to win the Olympics, the one thing he hasn’t got yet, I think is a great opportunity.”

“I haven’t seen Roger in such fantastic shape in two and a half, three years, since the last time he won a Grand Slam,” Hingis said of her compatriot’s form during his Wimbledon title run. “I think the moment Nadal loses at a Grand Slam, he felt like this is his opportunity. I think mentally, Nadal, for him, is such a barrier, that once he lost he saw the draw open — and he’s not afraid of Djokovic. He never was, and I think every time he sees the opportunity to beat him. And although he didn’t a couple times — U.S. Open, match points — but he beat him last year. So I think he’s not afraid of someone like Djokovic, but Nadal is not his kind of player.

“But wow, the matches, the tennis he produced in the semifinals, finals. There’s not much to say. Wow. And I think also it helped him that the roof was closed, it felt more like playing indoors. Sometimes everything falls in place, and this was his year.”

Though the two ultimately decided against the potential Olympic partnership, Hingis seemed to have enjoyed the excitement surrounding the possibility that she and Federer might team up, calling the sudden attention and speculation “unbelievable.”

“I think both of us, we didn’t think that it’s going to be such an explosion, you know?” Hingis said. “The people kept asking me, ‘So, you’re playing with Federer?’ and all that, ‘That’s great! Wish you luck!’ And I’m like, ‘Well, we haven’t decided!’”

“Then when we decided not to play, everyone was like, ‘Aw, it would have been so great.’ But yeah, I loved that kind of positive attitude about it.”

But though she enjoyed the encouragement, it seemed Hingis was perhaps most daunted by the possibility of facing one particular opponent — Serena Williams, the Wimbledon champion, who may not enter the mixed doubles competition.

“Really, it’s for people who are out there right now,” she said of the Olympics. “If we had to face some team like, I don’t know, Serena and Roddick, or Serena and like one of the Bryan brothers — I mean, this is crazy! I mean, I would play with Roger, but I’m not the same player as when I was winning Grand Slams.”

Source: http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/14/after-comeback-speculation-hingis-is-happy-with-her-place-and-federers/

tripwires
07-16-2012, 05:40 AM
Love her comments on Nadal losing and opening up the draw for Roger. So true. :lol:

And yes, it would've been awesome if they'd decided to play mixed doubles. :sad:

SUKTUEN
07-16-2012, 11:11 AM
:worship::worship:

Roamed
07-25-2012, 12:32 AM
There's an interview with Berdy here where he says some nice things, unfortunately the translation is very iffy in places, maybe someone can clarify what he says:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.sport.cz%2Floh%2Ftenis%2Fclanek %2F430628-berdycha-ve-wimbledonu-proveril-djokovic-s-federerem-kvitovou-dusil-trener.html

"Nadal is not here, you will not find anyone better," smirking on Tuesday afternoon, twenty-six Berdych. Hour after noon, he joined the court number four, was against Roger Federer. "There is no better training. Can not often agree with Roger. Each has its the program. Now before the start of the tournament more days, so it is perhaps easier Agreement. And when it come out even two hours at a time, training is really nutritious. Priceless, "Stepanek described.

Sweat poured from him. In bright sunlight as the shirt had a bath in the pool. But when Federer left the court looking as if just emerged from a fashionable salon. Prohrábnul her hair, threw a bag over his shoulder. Did not have to change the shirt. "Classic," laughed Berdych. With coach we did joke that he had in Cincinnati, where the most hot and muggy awful tournament on the line, between sets takes only clean shirt from the requirement, "described the Czech tennis player.

(....)


With Federer recalled to Athens

With Federer have nothing nedarovali. When she began to play for points, led the Czech guy was 5:2 in gamma, but eventually came to the match tiebreak. More successful was Berdych, who several times before nodding appreciatively over precision strikes an opponent who rode in training at full speed. "Roger is an incredible plaything. Warm up from the last ball is able to play with a different spin. It is different from others. Djokovic is an excellent move, but his punches are similar to most players. Roger comes from a ball that just do not expect. He is the ball nicely, really goes to play tennis, "he said Berdych.

When you sat with Federer at regular intervals for rest, looked like two best friends. What a moment laughing, gesticulating. "Normally, this training to speak. My coach Tomas Krupa does not like it. But again, sometimes there are situations in which humans scattered more, "admitted Berdych content of the conversation and approached a world leader:" We did not talk about tennis. Rather, what we did in the interval. And we discussed the last Olympics, who won and who had a medal. Lightly we mentioned Athens, where I knocked Roger. But we both knew instinctively what it was, so we match our tackling and just remember who was in the finals and played for third place. "

Sunset of Age
07-25-2012, 12:50 AM
As bad as that translation is, it once again shows that the interactions between players (in this occasion, Tomas Berdych and Rodge) is a lot more friendly and understandingly than the ghastly hatred which occurs in between either of their fanbases all of time. :rolleyes:

duong
07-25-2012, 10:28 AM
Djokovic is an excellent move, but his punches are similar to most players. Roger comes from a ball that just do not expect.

That was my observation when I saw them play live.

I was a little bit disappointed by Djokovic live : he didn't look really different from the other players except that he executed better.

The two ones I saw who had really a different way to hit the ball were Federer ... and Murray. I didn't see Nadal but he surely is there as well.

Fed also had a very special movement.

I like Djokovic very much but I think that's also one of the reasons why he really has less aura among other players than Federer and Nadal, and I think these notes by Berdych illustrate that.

Corey Feldman
07-25-2012, 12:39 PM
Berdy trying to get into Fed's good books again?

what happened to "he's just makign excuses and i'm not voting him for Edberg award"

SUKTUEN
07-25-2012, 04:57 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
07-31-2012, 11:05 PM
There's a report about British player Heather Watson in one of Switzerland's newspapers today. They write that Roger's pressconference was scheduled before Roger's but that she wouldn't wait for him because she already saw him in the morning and talked to him whilst Roger was playing cards. She asked him if he would win and he said: "Of course!" :lol:

Heather confesses that she is a huge fan of Roger. "I love Roger Federer. He is just great and achieved so much in tennis. I really look up to him. He is one of my hero's."

She mentions that she already talked to Roger in Wimbledon and that this was the first time ever. "He came into the small room I was sitting in and watching the end of Serena's match. Roger said: Hello Heather, great job so far!
I was sitting there and asking myself how he could know about me. It was just cool that he knew what I was doing."

Source: http://www.20min.ch/olympia2012/internationalenews/story/Wie-Federer-eine-Bewunderin-happy-macht-28527726

Fujee
07-31-2012, 11:51 PM
Roger just loves tennis and has that rapport with everyone :)

Those comments and that story from Heather were testament to how much of a don Roger is.

Kat_YYZ
08-01-2012, 04:14 AM
Excerpt from an interview with Canadian women's player Eugenie Bouchard, who won Junior Wimbledon 2012:

Bouchard had already tasted Wimbledon gold last year when she won the girls’ doubles title, and was able to defend it this year, but the ensuing Wimbledon Ball for all the winners brought it own surprise. When asked if she attended, she replied excitedly.

“Of course, that’s the best part of Wimbledon! I did it the year before because I won the doubles, but this year, it was unbelievable. I talked to Roger [Federer] — actually talked to him for 5 minutes!”

When asked what the two conversed about, Bouchard was quick to paint the picture. Bouchard, along with the boys’ singles winner and fellow Canadian Filip Peliwo, were greeted by a friendly Federer who was more than willing to take a photo with them, congratulate them and talk about their future endeavors.

“Filip [Peliwo], who won the boy’s singles title, and I got a picture with Roger. He came up and we expected him to take a picture and leave. But we took the picture, and he [starting talking to us]. ‘Congrats, you guys. What’s next? What’s your pro ranking?’ He was asking about what we’re doing. And I told him I’m playing all these tournaments, and I’m No. 300. And he’s said, ‘When I won Junior Wimbledon, I was No. 300 as well.’ And I was like, ‘That’s a sign – it’s meant to be!’’

Not one to cut the story short, Bouchard went on to say how excited she was talking to him about his twin girls, as she is a twin herself.

“And then we talked about his twins because I’m a twin. I told him ‘I love your twins, they’re so cute. They’re always dressed the same!’ And he said, ‘If you don’t dress them the same, they’re going to fight!’ … We totally bonded over twins. It was amazing. He was the nicest guy. Serena left right after the ceremony on the stage, but Roger stuck around and took pictures with everyone.”

http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/archives/14510

:D

SUKTUEN
08-01-2012, 07:06 AM
:worship::worship:

AntiTennis
08-01-2012, 08:54 AM
awww Roger is very nice, thanks for the quotes. :D

mlrf11
08-01-2012, 11:16 AM
Excerpt from an interview with Canadian women's player Eugenie Bouchard, who won Junior Wimbledon 2012:



http://www.tennisgrandstand.com/archives/14510

:D

What a big person! Not only a champion.

kenneth79
08-01-2012, 03:55 PM
Seems as if these WTA players are fangirling Roger as much as the average rf.com member :o

Fed_Ds
08-02-2012, 06:32 AM
I like the part about the twins :D

Seems as if these WTA players are fangirling Roger as much as the average rf.com member :o

:cheerleader:

SUKTUEN
08-02-2012, 08:30 AM
:worship::worship:

duong
08-03-2012, 09:45 AM
a French olympic judo champion, Lucie Decosse, said she took her inspiration from Federer : the way he takes match after match rather than considering the whole day of competition. She says that because the judo competition is all in one day and then it's not an usual way of thinking in judo competitions but it actually helps thinking this way. She also said that she's always been inspired by sportsmen who can last for long. She said she would like to be the "Federer of judo" with a smile :lol: (she's Olympic, world and European champion)

SUKTUEN
08-04-2012, 08:19 AM
:worship::worship:

Eden
08-09-2012, 08:07 PM
Two For One: Partnering Federer In Doubles

By Richard Pagliaro

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

http://www.tennis.com/articles/articlefiles/19107-2012_8_8_FedBirthdayinside.jpg

On the practice court, players draft the designs for the games they aim to build. Then there are those creative souls who blow up blueprints.

It was on a practice court at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne where Jonas Björkman hit with the teenager whose eye-popping shots dazzled like the Art Deco structures dotting South Beach, but the kid's concentration could collapse as quickly as a sand castle party crashed by marauding waves.

Months earlier, a 17-year-old Roger Federer beat a pair of Argentine juniors named David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria in succession to win the Orange Bowl at Crandon Park, clinching the 1998 year-end junior No. 1 ranking. "That's the best serve I've faced in the juniors," Coria said after Federer's 7-5, 6-3 victory in the final. It was a transformative moment: The Swiss teenager celebrated, adopting a bleach-blonde hair style. Federer's hair had returned to its natural shade, but his head was still in flux when Björkman encountered him at practice that spring day in 1999.

"You could see he had such a massive game, but mentally he was pretty weak at that time," Björkman recalls. "But in one year, he developed so much. You saw him again as a 19-year-old and he was so mature and he had such a tremendous talent you knew he was going to be a phenomenal player."

Federer celebrates his 31st birthday today — weeks after regaining the world No. 1 ranking — looking like a man fully intent on enjoying his tennis golden years.

Perhaps the only experience as exhilarating as facing Federer in singles is partnering him in doubles. What does it feel like to play alongside an all-court improviser capable of hitting between the legs or over an opponent's head? We caught up with some of Federer's former doubles partners to find out.

The 17-time Grand Slam singles champion has played 199 doubles matches in his pro career, partnering 27 different men and a couple of women (Martina Hingis in Hopman Cup and wife Mirka in Hopman Cup and in life). Federer teammates have ranged from Grand Slam champions (Björkman, Lleyton Hewitt, Max Mirnyi, Marat Safin, Marc Rosset) to former junior opponents (Nicolas Escude and Andreas Vinciguerra) to a slew of Swiss friends and Davis Cup teammates, including Yves Allegro, George Bastl, Marco Chiudinelli and Michel Kratochvil.

Kratochvil, two years older than Federer, rose through the ranks with the ball boy from Basel. He recalls the young Federer as "very relaxed" both on and off the court, but says even those closest to him could not envision his evolution.

"I think everybody knew this boy had lots of talent, but when we were young, I don't think anyone could foresee that he could become No. 1 and the best ever," says Kratochvil, who now runs the Michel Kratochvil Tennis Academy. "I think it's a couple of key things that helped Roger reach his success. It was a lot of hard work — you cannot achieve anything without hard work — and Roger has an unbelievable talent. His whole genetic posture, the way he plays a variety of shots, the way he moves, the way he anticipates on court — it all makes him so special. And because of that style, Roger has not had very many injuries and that also gives him the possibilities to do shots that others cannot. I think those are all important reasons for his success."

Federer was still a few years from singles success when he embraced the doubles Beast. Max Mirnyi, "the Beast of Belarus", won three titles with Federer — Rotterdam and Moscow in 2002 and Key Biscayne in 2003 — the most titles of any Federer doubles partnership. But he wasn't exactly banking on Federer re-writing the record book back then.

"To be honest, there was no way I could have predicted that Roger would turn into a superstar and a legend of the game back then," Mirnyi says. "He had some effective shots, but he also had some flaws to his game, as is the case with many promising young players and older, established players as well.

"Playing with him was an absolute pleasure. Even though he was not yet a magician at the time of our partnership he already had plenty of tricks. He was starting to show us, his colleagues, the different dimension tennis could be played at."

While he was developing an all-court game, the young Federer was vulnerable to vets who could get to his backhand, which was not nearly as polished or penetrating as the multi-faceted shot it would become. Former Top 10 singles and doubles player, South African Wayne Ferreira, partnered Federer to the 2000 Wimbledon doubles quarterfinal and points to the work Federer did reconstructing his backhand with ex-coach Peter Lundgren as vital to his development.

"Being South African, as is Roger's mother, I knew him since he was younger and we practiced together a lot," Ferreira says. "As a teenager, he had a really good forehand and he moved extremely well. I remember early on, he had no topspin backhand — he only had the slice backhand. I beat him in singles only because I was able to hit my forehand to penetrate his backhand. So I knew from practicing with him, that Roger was very talented, but his backhand was a weakness. Working with Peter Lundgren, they realized they had to improve that shot and then he began to come over it. One he developed the topspin backhand, he was fantastic, the full package."

It would be overstating the case to suggest playing doubles was critical to Federer's all-court game. Certainly, doubles sharpens the serve and return through repetition and may have helped Federer refine the rough edges on the backhand and fine-tune his transition game. But some partners believe Federer, who was not above tossing his Pro Staff around in fits of frustration during his younger years, found refuge from immense expectation in singles and a relaxed state of mind playing doubles.


"I think the biggest positive playing doubles was to get away from the pressure as a youngster coming up and people saying you're gonna be the next Pete Sampras," says Björkman, with whom Federer won his first doubles title at the 2001 Rotterdam event. "Obviously, it must be pretty tough to go into every match with those expectations at such a young age. When you play doubles, it's a totally different game. It was a good way for him to get match practice and also be a little bit more relaxed on court. Hopefully, maybe he learned a bit from all of us he played with."

Mastering the mind game may have been as important as working on his net game.

"In my opinion, there was something within Roger himself, his inner psychological world and mental approach to the game that changed from when he began," Mirnyi says. "And then that made the difference in the player that we have all had the pleasure to watch over the last 10 years."

In the years since, Federer has returned to doubles, winning the 2008 gold in Beijing with Wawrinka and paying it forward in partnering lower-ranked Swiss players to give them experience, while several of his former doubles partners continue to follow his career, collectively sharing a similar birthday wish: That he continue playing.

"The most impressive thing to me is the way he has handled all of his success: He is still the same person he was when I met him years ago and he knows the importance of world No. 1," Björkman says. "What's really most remarkable is that you see him winning so much for so long yet every time he wins, like at Wimbledon, you see how genuinely happy he still is and how much he loves it. I don't think we have ever had such a good ambassador in the sport of tennis."

Source: http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/features.aspx?articleid=19107&zoneid=9

tripwires
08-10-2012, 06:20 AM
What a lovely article. Thanks Doris. :)

SUKTUEN
08-10-2012, 04:09 PM
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Eden
08-22-2012, 07:35 PM
Sebastian Kehl, team captain of Germany's football champion Borussia Dortmund, said the following about Roger in an interview with a Swiss newspaper:

Are there many perfectionists in football?

Every athletes who have a high level over several years have an absolute strength, a certain madness and greed. Recently I watched again the Wimbledon final between Roger Federer and Andy Murray. This man enthralles me. For how long he is steady meanwhile - and he had setbacks. Rafael Nadal appeared and everyone said: "Federer is over." But how he always stands up and still plays such a brilliant tennis - I can only admire this. There are athletes who are truly talented but it needs moch more to stay at the top for a very long time.

Original source:http://www.nzz.ch/aktuell/sport/uebersicht/federer-begeistert-mich-1.17506034

SUKTUEN
08-23-2012, 09:59 AM
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duong
08-28-2012, 03:56 PM
In interviews yesterday :

Q. One more thing about Roger Federer. You mentioned how hard it is to put together matches back to back. What sense of appreciation do you have for what Roger has been able to do in his career in terms of consistency and now that he's back to No. 1?

JOHN ISNER: Yeah, that's unbelievable. The closest I've come to winning a Grand Slam is one quarterfinal, and he's won 17 of them. It's hard to even put into context how great he is. His consistency is ‑‑ we might not ever see it again. You know, in my opinion he's the greatest of all time, and he's still doing it now. I don't see him slowing down any time soon, either. He's very gifted, that's for sure.



Q. You mentioned Roger being out there on center court. What do you think it says about him and his career that he's at the dominant stage he is at his age?

KIM CLIJSTERS: I mean, you know, Roger is a guy who's, you know, incredible. When you talk to him, his presence, he's always polite. He feels good within himself. You can tell. That doesn't mean that he never gets nervous or that he never plays well, but he knows how to handle it.
I think, you know, his off court presence is something it's great. I'm lucky that I know him from juniors. He's stayed the same. Maybe was a little bit more crazy back then, but he's still a fun, nice guy. He likes to joke around. That hasn't changed.
I think he's been No. 1, won so many Grand Slams, broken so many records, and he's always able and will always try and help out, take pictures. I think that is something that is incredible.
Career wise I think they were talking about it during the match as well with the way that he's played, just his style is something that so unique, and is also one of the reasons why he's had so few injuries.
That's something that just, for the sport, for the younger generation to look at, for a lot of kids out there, it's a learning process to just watch him play and kind of visualize to be like him, I think just like I did when I saw Steffi play or Monica Seles.
You pick up little details here and there and you try to be just like them a little bit.

Friday16
08-28-2012, 04:11 PM
And James Blake:

Q. Along those lines, do you have any theories on Federer as a parent, fountain of youth thing going on here?

JAMES BLAKE: The guy's a freak. He's so good. It's really incredible. I could spend another hour talking about the things I'm impressed with by him. His streak of quarterfinals, most people would have that an incredible streak just to play that many slams in a row, and he has to make it make quarterfinals or better. To do it at that level and not injure yourself is amazing. It's so easy to go out and roll your ankle or tear up your knee or for your back to be sore. For him not to do that is amazing. I think it shows how much work he probably puts in stretching, getting his body strong enough and physically ready to play all these slams. You know, he has the luxury of being able to pick and choose his tournaments. He obviously is pretty comfortable with his ranking and where he's sitting not needing to worry about that, but it's still really, really impressive. He focuses on the big picture and is always ready for these slams.

SUKTUEN
08-28-2012, 04:18 PM
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Eden
08-28-2012, 09:06 PM
Thanks a lot for sharing.

I always love to read such comments about Roger :)

Friday16
08-29-2012, 02:31 AM
Victoria Azarenka:

Q: Is there someone like that now, though, that you admire?

Azarenka: Well, I really admire Roger. I think he's a great athlete -- the best there's ever been. Not only on the court; I like how he is off the court. He's very professional all the time, and very respectful, which is one of two really good qualities to see in a top athlete.

SUKTUEN
08-29-2012, 07:28 AM
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Friday16
08-29-2012, 02:05 PM
Andy Roddick :

Q. What do you marvel at most about Roger's return to No. 1?

ANDY RODDICK: You know, I was never off the Roger bandwagon. I wasn't, you know. I was never ‑‑ I'm not surprised to see him back there. You know, it's not a story for me, because, you know, he never stopped being the greatest, you know. It's just a matter of who's got the hot hand. Novak was playing unbelievable last year. Roger was a little unfortunate in the match here last year and a couple of others. The fact that we can talk about his matches, kind of the negative ones on ‑‑ that we can all remember every one of them is a good thing, you know. (Laughter.) I mean, that's gotta tell you something about him.

Milos Raonic :

Q. What do you admire and respect most about Roger Federer as you consider his game all through his career and now that he's back to No. 1?

MILOS RAONIC: I think the most ‑‑ well, one thing is the way he plays. I think he's one of the most enjoyable players to watch. There's just such an ease to it. I think at the same time, that's why he has been able to come back to No. 1. That's why he has been able to stay healthy. There's a fluidity and an ease that everything he does looks very athletic and none of it really looks forced. I think it's helped his longevity as well; at the same time, it's helped him stay healthy and not really have any big problems. I think also a big thing is him you will find a lot of times where he's not playing well and he finds a way to win. Then he just gets better and better throughout the tournament. I think that's a big thing between him, Rafa especially, and as well as Novak the last period of time.


Almost all players have been asked questions about Roger in these days. :D

duong
08-29-2012, 02:13 PM
Almost all players have been asked questions about Roger in these days. :D

yes I also think it's part of the marketing of the US Open : the tournament has used Fed's picture a lot as well, clearly he's the one to sell the tournament this time, and that's also why he got his half playing first.

SUKTUEN
08-29-2012, 05:33 PM
thanks Andy!!:worship::worship:

barbadosan
08-29-2012, 05:47 PM
That article with his former doubles partners - really interesting and offered some windows into Fed's development. Enjoyed it

TigerTim
09-06-2012, 10:58 AM
http://straightsets.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/06/conversations-with-andy-murray-federer-always-seems-to-be-lurking/#more-30501

murray talks about federer

SUKTUEN
09-06-2012, 03:01 PM
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Shirogane
09-17-2012, 07:46 PM
Five best quotes from Andy Murray’s interview with Charlie Rose (http://tennis.si.com/2012/09/13/andy-murray-charlie-rose/)


• “[Roger Federer] plays with a very loose racket. So the tension of his racket is very low so he doesn’t need to swing as hard at the ball as some of the other guys because it comes off his racket a lot quicker. he plays very close to the baseline, he has very classical technique. He just looks good when he’s on the court.”

Fed_Ds
09-18-2012, 04:25 AM
^^ thanks!
Here's one from Haase from this Weekend:

Incredibly difficult. It’s the spin and speed he puts on the ball that stand out. I can hit a ball ten centimetres from his baseline and he gets it back deep into my court, with no trouble at all. When he hits the ball ten centimetres from my baseline, it’s a totally different shot and I’m barely able to keep the ball in play."
“It’s a joy to watch, really. Unless it’s you on the court.

SUKTUEN
09-18-2012, 02:23 PM
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duong
12-04-2012, 08:32 AM
Lindsey Vonn, multiple ski world champion, backs Roger for the "Sportsman of the year 2012" for Sports Illustrated :

There were plenty of people who wrote off Roger Federer once he turned 30. He had his kids, he had gotten married, he was going downhill as a tennis player. But this year he came back and had an incredible year. He won his seventh Wimbledon title, he passed Pete Sampras to become the record-holder for the most weeks spent at No. 1, and he won a silver medal at the Olympics. The way he keeps fighting back to dominate his sport personally inspires me, and that's why I'm choosing Roger as my Sportsman of the Year. I think he's legitimately one of the greatest athletes of all time.

You know, I've met a lot of athletes over the years, and plenty of arrogant athletes who either don't care to meet you or have any interest in what you have to say. But of all the athletes I've ever met, Roger is the kindest and most genuine. He really cares about people and what he's done with his foundation and his humanitarian efforts has been incredible. He's hard-working and extremely humble, but the thing I respect most about him is he's the same person every day whether he wins or loses. You just don't find many people like that in sports. The truth is, the greatest athletes in the world are just not that nice. I really feel he's in a league of his own there. He cares about being a role model and that kids can look up to him. I consider him a hero because I want to be like him. I want to be a good role model for kids, too.

I'm a Youth Olympics Games ambassador so I was at Wimbledon this summer when he beat Juan Martin del Potro in that incredible Olympic semifinal match. I talked to Roger after that match and I remember how he was just so tired. But he was the same as he always is. He asked me how my skiing was going and I was like, 'Don't talk about my skiing. Let's talk about how awesome you are.' He just smiled and laughed.

I'm a decent tennis player -- not great by any means -- but I've never asked to hit with Roger because honestly I'd just freak out. I'd be so nervous that I think I would choke and hit all the balls either into the net or off the court. But I've gotten a chance to watch him practice and he's so fluid on the court. There are a lot of great athletes, but there's something special about an athlete who makes it looks that effortless.

We did an interview together for a Swiss paper at the French Open this year and they asked Roger if he had ever skied with me. He said he was going to wait until he was done with his tennis to do it, but I think his girls (he and his wife Mirka have 3-year-old twins, Myla Rose and Charlene Riva) are going to start skiing soon. He knows I'm there for him if they want lessons as long as my kids one day get tennis lessons from him. I'm very cool with that tradeoff.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/magazine/sportsman/12/02/roger-federer-lindsey-vonn/index.html#ixzz2E4OO4uFA

SUKTUEN
12-04-2012, 01:02 PM
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FedererBulgaria
12-04-2012, 04:38 PM
love Vonn :worship: She is such a nice girl as well

tripwires
12-04-2012, 05:13 PM
Awww what a nice read. That pretty much sums up why I love Roger the way that I do.


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samanosuke
12-05-2012, 12:13 PM
don't know has somebody posted it . During WTF in Sky Sport studio Becker said that from current generation only Fed would be top player in his era. On sub-question " What's with Nadal and Djokovic " ? He said that these two don't have enough variety to succeed in '80 and '90

SUKTUEN
12-05-2012, 01:34 PM
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Eden
01-20-2013, 04:38 PM
I translated some statements from Mats Wilander from an interview from a Swiss newspaper:

"Roger Federer makes big mistake with the Davis Cup"

Q: How do you see Roger Federer's performances in Melbourne so far?

He became another player. He stays much closer to the baseline, pulls through nearly every backhand, forces, forces, forces. I think he does it because other players as Murray and Djokovic got stronger, maybe also Berdych. That's why Federer can't defend anymore like he did in the past. But it doesn't have to do with him but with his opponents.
He plays tennis like ping pong with many half-volleys. That he got more aggressive from the baseline doesn't mean that he goes to the net more often because he can't prepare the net attacks ideal this way. When you ask me he plays to fast at the moment. I would prefer it when he would vary more.

Did he do those changes deliberately?

For sure. It is probably the only way to beat the best players. I didn't liked it how he played last year at the French Open, especially in the SF against Djokovic. I don't like it when someone always plays the same when it doesn't go well for him. We expect a lot from Federer anyway. He should try something new after at least one hour when something doesn't work.

You have always been very critical with him. Do you think he is on the right way now?

I was maily critical after his matches against Rafael Nadal in Paris. I only criticize players who don't give their best, phsically, mentally and/or tactically. Physically Federer gives everything, mentally for the most time as well but tactically on clay against Nadal not at all. In some of their matches he played the same the whole time. But he got over that and tries something new against Nadal meanwhile and beats him sometimes. I'm a tennis analyst and not a Roger Federer fan. I'm not a fan of anyone only from tennis itself. I just want to see the best possible even though that is too much to ask for sometimes. When I see that the women tennis doesn't develop in the right direction I'm saying it. There is no Henin style anymore and no Mauresmo style.

Is the men tennis so much more multi-variant?

Yes but we can't allow that it is only power, power, power. Then we would never get to see another Roger Federer. And wouldn't this be a pity? It would be the worst day for tennis when someone would say: It is forbidden from now on to play with a OH backhand. But unfortunately meanwhile there is no room anymore for the Murray slice or the Federer slice. That is sad indeed. Murray only hit 3 slices here in one match.

Is tennis getting to monotonous?

It's crazy in which direction tennis is going to. I don't know if is has to do with the athleticism of the players, the physic of the game, the size of the court or the quality of the strings. And I also don't know what you can do against it. When you make the courts quicker you can't return the serves anymore. You would have to make the jumps of the balls more flat, that would be the formula. Like in London at the ATP World Tour Finals. Only there Federer is playing like I prefer him to see: deep, knife-sharp backhands, serve and volley, early taken balls. But something has to happen. How will the game look like then in 20 years? Everyone will stand inside the court and only bash.

Do you in retrospect think that you sometimes were to harsh with Federer?

The people who are close to the stars are sometimes a bit hesitant because they don't want to lose the trust. For them it is difficult to say: What on earth are you doing there? I'm not his coach. I see a faceless player with a one handed backhand who can't hit a high ball because it isn't possible. I think he accepts my criticism. I also find many things good which he does.

For example?

Engaging Paul Annacone. I don't want to say that Severin Lüthi won't be enough as a coach, I think he is a great one. But I like it that Roger got someone who teaches him to play serve and volley and chip and charge. That was the only one which Annacone could practice as a player himself. Federer's attitude is really impressive.

What do you expect from him in 2013? To get back to #1, a Grand Slam title, a relapse?

Major titles but not getting the #1. I was very surprised that he managed to get it once again because it wasn't his first aim. Or maybe it was as Sampras had 286 weeks as #1 and he wanted to go to 287 weeks. But he managed to do it and this is over now for him. I expect that he plays less and carefully thinks where he likes to play and where he plays well so that he can gain trust - Indian Wells yes, Miami no. The conditions for him there are difficult and he always plays terrible there so he should just skip it. I like it that skips tournaments as Abu Dhabi and Doha.

What's with Davis Cup which he also skips?

Davis Cup should be the first thing which he should add to his schedule. Everyone should do it. There are the majors and the Davis Cup and around those events the ATP tournaments should be integrated.

He says that the Davis Cup costs him to much time and energy and throws him back.

You can see it differently. I'm sure that Robin Söderling wouldn't have been #5 when he wouldn't have played Davis Cup. Maybe Djokovic wouldn't have been #1. They learned something in Davis Cup which you can't learn on the tour. It isn't to late for Federer to get something out from this event. I don't talk about popularity but from a kind of trust in your game, in your skills, that you are less afraid of losing. Huge Davis Cup matches can get you far. He makes a big mistake there. But of course it was a bad decision to play against the USA on a bad clay court in altitude (Switzerland lost 2012 in Fribourg 0:5). Maybe this has discouraged him a bit.

...

Federer is 31 and still top motivated. Are you surprised about this? You had enough before this age and made a 2 years break.

I have no idea how he manages to do it. And I also don't know how he is able to be at the top for such a long time. I recently talked to someone about the difference between him and Serena Williams. She was already ahead of her time when she was 18, 19 years old, in the way how she played, how hard she hit, how strong she served. Federer wasn't ahead of his time when he was 20 years old. He was a normal, good player. Now Serena is still ahead of her time. The other can't catch her with her power. But there are many men who are 10 years ahead of Federer in the direction which tennis is going. Kevin Anderson, Tomas Berdych: They hit and hit and hit. But he always finds something which he can hold on and is able to adjust 2 or 3 small things after losses so that he can win more major tournaments. Like now were he hits a half-volley with the forehand from the baseline. It is like he would play every ball as a service return.

Would you prefer him to see him play like in former times?

Like I said I would like to him more varing, that he runs into the court and back, attacking short balls when he can. Meanwhile he plays similiar as Djokovic: left, right, left, right. What I miss is not the dexterity because what he does know is probably more difficult as what he did in the past. But it isn't that nice to look at anymore.

Original source: http://bazonline.ch/sport/tennis/Beim-DavisCup-macht-Federer-einen-grossen-Fehler/story/12482262?comments=1

SUKTUEN
01-21-2013, 02:12 PM
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Eden
01-27-2013, 08:10 PM
Andre Agassi:



ANDRE Agassi believes tennis superstar Roger Federer must be ranked alongside the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Michael Jordan as one of the greatest athletes of all time.

...

Regardless what the future holds for Federer, Agassi says the 31-year-old's legacy as a sporting immortal is secure.

Himself a four-time Australian Open champion like Federer, Agassi said the brilliant Swiss belonged in with Nicklaus, Jordan and company as one of sport's greatest.

"I'm biased in a sense that I think that tennis is one of the most comprehensive sports when it comes to endurance, when it comes to athleticism, when it comes to speed, when it comes to eye-hand," Agassi said.

"It engages every part of what an athlete needs to be and I think the standard of athlete in tennis is finally now starting to make that recognised by people in other sports.

"So I am biased with what I think tennis brings to the table and I think what Roger's done in tennis is as commendable as what we've seen with Nicklaus in golf, or what we've seen with Jordan in basketball. The guy has single-handedly separated himself from a world-class field year after year after year in a way that's probably never been done."

Agassi, who was the sport's oldest world No 1, said he had long given up being surprised about anything Federer achieved and believed that even at almost 32 he was at the top of his game.

"I was ranked No 1 possibly even at 33," Agassi said. "When I was ranked No 1 at that age, I felt better than when I was 25. I felt like I was a better player.

"Given that, I would assume that Roger probably feels like a better player because he's smarter.

"He's dealing with tougher competition. He might not win like he used to. But he himself (now) would beat himself (from back then)."

Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tennis/federer-the-greatest-says-agassi/story-fnbe6xeb-1226563048942

manadrainer
01-27-2013, 10:09 PM
Andre Agassi:



Source: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/tennis/federer-the-greatest-says-agassi/story-fnbe6xeb-1226563048942

Nice interview. I don't think current Roger would beat 2006 Roger anyway.

SUKTUEN
01-28-2013, 02:30 PM
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Eden
04-15-2013, 09:10 PM
From an German interview with Andre Agassi:

Who is the best player of all time for you?

Federer. Without a doubt. Nobody has ever set himself that much apart from his opponents on the court.

Would you have a chance against him?

I don't think so. I have still played against him at the final of the USO 2005. I won a set - that's all that was possible.

SUKTUEN
04-16-2013, 02:57 PM
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Fed_Ds
05-21-2013, 05:19 AM
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BKo-dHiCcAM4MdL.jpg:large

then Mardy says
I don't know but I doubt it...

:lol:

https://twitter.com/MardyFish

SUKTUEN
05-21-2013, 03:35 PM
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mlrf11
05-21-2013, 03:47 PM
:lol:

https://twitter.com/MardyFish

Thanks to report this. Here you are the whole screen capture:

http://i.imgur.com/TTQEjTh.png

SUKTUEN
05-21-2013, 03:56 PM
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Fed_Ds
05-21-2013, 04:59 PM
^^ Grazie, Luna!

:worship::worship::worship:

I miss Andy so much, don't you SUK? :sad:

SUKTUEN
05-22-2013, 06:33 AM
^^ Grazie, Luna!



I miss Andy so much, don't you SUK? :sad:

of Course I miss him too~~my dear~:sad:

Eden
05-23-2013, 01:10 PM
Tommy Haas was guest in a German TV Show.
On the question about who he is friends with in tennis he named Roger and mentioned that he was recently in Zürich at Roger's new house to practice with him for a few days.
Tommy said that Roger is a great guy.
The TV host said then that he had the impression that Roger would have stayed normal in all the success he had and Tommy confirmed that.
He said that you would search for a way to say about Roger "I hate you" because he has won everything in tennis, 17 Grand Slam titles and would probably be the best player of all time but then you meet him and he is so friendly, normal and down-to-earth and just a great guy.
The TV host asks Tommy to invite Roger into the show as he wants to show him a few tricks in table tennis.

http://tvtotal.prosieben.de/tvtotal/videos/player/index.html?contentId=141422&initialTab=sendung&showId=1902-00

SUKTUEN
05-23-2013, 03:37 PM
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Eden
06-22-2013, 11:25 PM
There is an interview with Stan in Swiss media and I translated some of his comments about Roger:


Do you agree with the saying that Wawrinka is escaping the shadow of Roger Federer?

Let's say it this way: When I was in his shadow it was because Roger was that strong. Such a Tennis-God takes all the place in such a small country.
But the things changed a bit. Roger is winning a bit less as during his record times and for me everything is suddenly working very well.

You are 4 years younger than Roger. Is it your aim to overtake him in the rankings as long as he is still playing?

No, not at all. I have never thought about it. I don't have a problem with being #2 behind someone like Federer who broke all records.

How did your relationship to Federer develop since the victory at the Olympic Games in 2008?

Very good, we are still friends who have enormous respect for each other.
But we have our own careers, own families, own program.
We have contact even when we don't see each other.
When there is something to talk about we do it, even when we don't always have the same opinion.
But we always trust each other.

German source:

http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/ich-kann-sehr-gefaehrlich-werden-id2348199.html

Eden
06-23-2013, 12:02 AM
From an article about Tommy Haas:


It is intriguing then, this increasingly deep connection with the 31-year-old Federer, a temperamental, racket-smashing player in his youth who came to personify string-picking cool in his prime. There were times in the mid-2000s when Haas voiced weariness with the cult of Federer and the constant tributes to the beauty of his game. But the two men have become genuinely close in recent years, in part because of the friendship between Foster and Federer’s wife, Mirka, and in part because of their own generational and psychological commonalities.

They switch easily between German and English with friends and each other and had dinner together as recently as Wednesday night in London after Haas hitched a ride in Federer’s private jet from Germany earlier in the week.

“He’s got two young daughters, and I have a young daughter,” Haas said. “We get along really well, and you sort of get into this sort of understanding like this could be a friendship for life. And it’s nice to have that. You don’t have that with many other players on tour.”

“It’s fun being close to someone like that,” Haas added. “Because he’s obviously in many ways one of the greatest athletes of all time in my eyes.”


Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/sports/tennis/22iht-srwinet22.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=tw-share

kissakiss
06-23-2013, 03:52 AM
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2346191/Tim-Henman-I-knew-Roger-Federer-special-practised-together.html

Henman: I knew Federer was special ever since we practised together
By MIKE DICKSON
PUBLISHED: 21:52 GMT, 21 June 2013 | UPDATED: 21:52 GMT, 21 June 2013

Tim Henman has known Roger Federer since his teenage years and played him 13 times.

But to this day they are friends who meet up for family get-togethers when the seven-time Wimbledon champion is in the country.

‘We had the same manager and used to practise quite a bit together,’ says Henman.

‘I watched him develop from this volatile youngster to such a great player and I’ve been on the wrong end of some terrible beatings from him.’

Their first high-profile meeting was in the Wimbledon quarter-finals of 2001, when Henman prevailed in a tight four-setter two years before Federer lifted his first trophy at the All England Club.

‘I was playing my best at the time and just about got the better of him, but it was obvious he was on his way to the top. Actually, the thing I remember that year was practising with him at the US Open a couple of months afterwards

‘We played a full-on practice set and he beat me 6-1. I thought at the time, “This guy is playing a different sport to me”, I couldn’t live with him that day.’

By the time they met in the 2004 US Open semi-final, Federer was starting to gain a definite edge.

‘The score was 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 but it wasn’t even that close in reality,’ added Henman.

Their last meeting was in the final of the 2006 Japan Open in Tokyo and the scene in the locker room beforehand is used by Henman to illustrate how Federer remains unfazed.

‘My physio at the time had an Aussie Rules ball we used to throw to each other in the locker room before a match. Roger comes over from his side of the locker room and asks to join in and he’s messing about, trying to drop kick this thing and laughing.

I thought: “Wow, you’re really scared about playing me” ‘He is so laid back he is almost horizontal. I have been round to his house at Wimbledon during The Championships and on his day off he’s rolling around on the floor playing with his kids. You wonder if he really ought to be off doing something to focus on his tennis but that’s what works for him.

‘I am sure, whatever he chooses to do in life after tennis, he will make a success of it because there has always been much more to him than just tennis.’

SUKTUEN
06-23-2013, 02:20 PM
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neverlandneverflies
06-23-2013, 07:40 PM
I thought: “Wow, you’re really scared about playing me” ‘He is so laid back he is almost horizontal. I have been round to his house at Wimbledon during The Championships and on his day off he’s rolling around on the floor playing with his kids. You wonder if he really ought to be off doing something to focus on his tennis but that’s what works for him.
Wow this part is just so...indescribable. Roger really is something so special, as someone else said the longer he stays with tennis the better for this sport. :-)

alypen
06-23-2013, 11:49 PM
I've come to the conclusion over the 10 months I've been on this forum and reading about him that Roger's just a big kid at heart himself :)

And there were those stories about him playing with his kids and someone else's (was it Tommy Haas'?) before matches at RG the other week.

SUKTUEN
06-24-2013, 03:25 PM
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niff
06-24-2013, 08:52 PM
From an article about Tommy Haas:




Source:

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/06/22/sports/tennis/22iht-srwinet22.html?pagewanted=1&_r=1&smid=tw-share

:inlove: Their bromance is amazing.

Eden
06-30-2013, 11:43 AM
There is an interview with Tommy Haas in Swiss media and I thought it would be interesting to translate what he said about Roger in there:

You are a good friend of Roger Federer. Do you remember the first time you met him?

It was at his ATP debut in Gstaad in 1998. I should have played against Roger but I had to withdraw.
I was sick and had to throw up the whole night.
I really saw him then at the Olympic Games in 2000 when he and Mirka got together.
We were both supposed to be the hopes in tennis for the future and played against each other for the first time in the SF. A few weeks later he beat me for the first time in Basel and I saw what he was capable of.

How did the acquaintanceship turn into a friendship?

We always liked each other in a way. In 2007 my fiancée Sara came into my life. She didn't knew anything about tennis and who Roger is. Sara then got to know Mirka and they got along very well and we went out to have dinner more often. That's how a friendship developed.

What do you think about the couple Roger and Mirka?

Those two are made for each other. They are both very warm-hearted and always humorous. You are always having fun with them.
Also the three girls are always have a good time together. The twins are only one year older as our Valentina.

Are there crazy common experiences?

Of course, just in every friendship. But I won't get into details here. It stays private.

Who do you admire more: The person Federer or the player Federer?

The personality is always more important. Roger is a great guy. As a player I see tennis as one of the most difficult sports and that's why I can just take my hat off to Roger. What he achieved is cream of the crop. He is probably one of the biggest athletes of all time. Absolutely phenonemal.

Federer also wants to play until 35. Has he already asked you for advice?

He doesn't need to. He has a good team around him. It is deciding that the body keeps up and that he is still able to enjoy the life out of the suitcase. I don't see a reason for him to quit and his early loss here doesn't change anything. But when Roger won't be successful one day and notice how he becomes more slowly and that the younger players are pressing it might look different. There are many players who are on the tour in order to win a few matches here and there but that won't be enough for someone like Roger. He still wants to win Grand Slam titles.

Does he have more Grand Slam titles in him?

He has 17 now and 20 sounds nice. Maybe this is a goal which he has set himself. But he will surely also be contented with one more title.

Original source: http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/mit-roger-mirka-hat-man-immer-spass-id2355957.html

SUKTUEN
06-30-2013, 03:14 PM
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Eden
09-04-2013, 11:24 PM
Henri Leconte:



(Sir) Roger Federer


Let’s talk about Roger Federer, the man who holds all the records. 17 Grand Slam titles are among his very long list of achievements ... A world of it’s own!


This exceptional player with his impressive talent, the tennis dream everybody wants to copy. His unique, distinctive style. His play is so good and beautiful to look at. You get the impression that he is playing his best tennis, and it 's terrible when he misses simple shots.


Roger is an exceptional player not only because of his own play, because of his charisma and aura, too.


Never a bad word, always with respect to his opponents even in difficult situations. I've never seen him angry in a match or he was hiding it very well. That is his strength and it was his strength that now left him at the U.S. Open.


Roger is simply world class. The way he moves on court, just fabulous, his outfits always accurate, an absolute dream come true.


So, when Mr. Roger Federer loses a match or is not playing so well, then you can hear voices now saying that his career is over or he would be too old. These guys slightly forget what he has achieved in his incredible career. In addition to that we are talking about the world No. 7 in the current ATP rankings!


The behavior and comments towards him are irreverent and very unfair. The problem is that everyone is used to it that he always wins. If he is not winning, which is more than normal, criticism comes from those who prayed beforehand that he would win.


Roger Federer is an incredible player with his normal problems, physical or psychological. He is like you and me except for one difference: HE is a true champion.


It is a dream when he comes on court. He will remain in our memories as the one who has perfected various tennis strokes. He takes e.g. a volley with ease and plays the ball through the legs. Everything seems to be easy for him.


We respect Roger Federer for all his work and sacrifice. Thanks to Roger tennis got more popular and addictive – a new dimension in tennis.


Another incredible player: Rafael Nadal. Crazy matches we’ve experienced mid-2000. Roland Garros and Wimbledon –epic fights between the two we were have been allowed to witness.


I can not and don’t want to imagine that ends his career now. This year is definitely the worst season for him. He will respond, it may not remain so. I have tremendous confidence in him.


His dream is to take part at the next Olympics, not to mention the Davis Cup.


Roger, do not grieve, please do us a favor and fight back. You have nothing more to prove yourself, do not listen to those idiots who say that you were at the end of your career.


You're the best in the world – with all due respect for Novak, Rafa, Andy and the others.



We believe in you.


Go Roger!



Source: http://www.henri-leconte.com/en/blog

timafi
09-04-2013, 11:41 PM
considering Henri is known for saying the dumbest things :help: that was shocking of him :speakles: and beautiful too :bowdown:

SUKTUEN
09-05-2013, 03:34 PM
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Eden
09-05-2013, 07:50 PM
...

For the first time in Wawrinka’s 35 career Grand Slam appearances, he has advanced further in the draw than his countryman Federer. It is the culmination of a year in which Wawrinka has climbed while Federer has faltered.

Wawrinka convincingly won his fourth-round match Tuesday, beating No. 5 Tomas Berdych in four sets.

“I feel this year for sure many things changed for me, and unfortunately Roger is not playing that great in this year, so that’s why it changed a little bit,” Wawrinka said. “But for me, Roger is a great, great friend, first, and he’s the best player ever on the tour so far. I just hope that he will come back stronger. I am playing great, I am the last Swiss guy, but I wish he was still playing, because I like when we play good in the same tournaments.”

Wawrinka said that having a giant of the sport on his side had been helpful.

“A lot of people for many years tell me, ‘Oh, you’re not lucky to have Roger in the same generation,’ ” Wawrinka said. “I always say no. I take the positives.”

He added: “When I arrived, I was young, so for sure I was a little bit behind him. For myself, as a shy guy, it was better. And then I had the chance to practice so many times with the No. 1 player, to have advice from him, to play Davis Cup, to play Olympics. So I can only be thankful for him, that’s for sure.”

Wawrinka and Federer won a gold medal in doubles for Switzerland at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Even in low moments, like the days since Federer’s defeat in this tournament, the two have remained in touch with text messages.

Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/sports/tennis/wawrinka-blossoms-as-federer-his-friend-and-countryman-falters.html?ref=tennis

alypen
09-06-2013, 12:03 AM
Ah, that's nice. I'm wondering whether Roger texted him after today's performance.

SUKTUEN
09-06-2013, 04:35 PM
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Eden
09-08-2013, 11:56 AM
Ah, that's nice. I'm wondering whether Roger texted him after today's performance.

Stan said the following in his press conference after the Murray match:


Q. You mention Roger and how he's helped you through your career. Have you had any communication with him?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Yeah, he text me just after the match, yeah.

Q. What did he say?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: Private things. You don't want to know.

Q. Did he give you any advice?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: He told me congrats, that's for sure.

I think it's nice that he kept it for himself what Roger wrote to him :yeah:

Not everything has to be told to the media.


Stan also got asked in the press conference after the SF about Roger:



Q. With how this year and this tournament have gone, what do you think of the future for you and the future for Roger on the court?

STANISLAS WAWRINKA: For me right now I am quite happy about my present, so I'm just trying to I need to see how it's gonna be the end of the year, because still have some big tournament. I need to see how my relation with Magnus will continue and how we're gonna deal with that. I'm quite positive about my game in general and my future. About Roger, I'm sure it's a tough year for him. I'm sure next year is going to be much more better because he still have the game, he still is a great champion. I'm sure he need to adapt a few things in his calendar or in his game, but he will find a way how to come back.

SUKTUEN
09-08-2013, 02:37 PM
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timafi
09-08-2013, 06:21 PM
well he's right about Roger needing to make drastic changes in his game and I want to congratulate Stan on quite frankly a spectacular year for him;this partnership with Magnus has been very fruitful and I hope he takes plenty of solace in realizing that this is the best he's ever played and that he's still has a few years left in him and that he can play great :hatoff:

SUKTUEN
09-09-2013, 03:05 PM
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Eden
09-21-2013, 08:30 PM
'Enjoy watching Federer while we can'

Former British No. 1 Tim Henman insists Roger Federer still has plenty more to give and has called on fans to back the Swiss.

Federer has struggled in 2013 with only one trophy to his name and early exits at Wimbledon and the US Open, leading many to suggest the record 17-time grand slam champion may call it quits sooner rather than later.

However, Henman has hit out at those suggestions and believes the 32-year-old will bounce back.

"A lot of people question Roger and ask 'is he going to retire soon?'" Henman told the Metro.

"But I think we should just enjoy watching him while we can. He's the best player that has ever lived and it's going to be a long time before we see another player like him."

Federer has slipped to fifth in the world rankings, but was as low as seventh not so long ago. Henman though says the greatest player of all-time cannot be disregarded in future events.

"Roger is 32 now and it doesn't get any easier to bounce back," Henman said.

"However, he's won so many titles and has so much experience, it's far too early to be writing somebody like that off. He hasn't had the best year but he's still motivated and he loves playing the game. He'll be back soon."

Quote: http://www.espn.co.uk/tennis/sport/story/240145.html

SUKTUEN
09-22-2013, 03:16 PM
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timafi
09-22-2013, 06:48 PM
preach Tim :hatoff:

Fed_Ds
10-08-2013, 03:40 AM
Martina Navritolova on Roger

http://www.tennisnow.com/News/10-Questions-with-Martina-Navratilova.aspx

As someone who played long after what some would have called your prime, do you sympathize with what Roger Federer is facing now from his critics and the media who think he should hang it up?

I don’t think people want to see champions have a slow [downward] spiral. I kind of went through it in a way. When you dominate as much as I did or as Roger did, anything less than that seems to be a step back. As long as he thinks he can still win a Slam, I would be the last person to say stop. If he thinks he can do it, and if he enjoys it, that’s all that matters. You just can’t believe the naysayers. I would have stopped back in the 70s if I believed what people were saying about me. I would have never had the 80s. The ball doesn’t know how old you are. If he can stay healthy and enjoy it, keep playing. We love to see him play.



Ze Zhang: I learned a lot from Federer

http://sports.cntv.cn/2013/10/07/ARTI1381155010781149.shtml

Zhang's words ( edited google translation)


Ze Zhang expressed that he benefits from the opportunity of partnering with Federer: "We have always trained together these few days. He would take the initiative to invite me to train with him. He is the king, but he is so kind amiable. Our off-court interaction is very good. I learn from him the professionalism. Today I made a few mistakes at the net. He encouraged me to keep at it (net play). That made me feel better and play better.”

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thanks to rf.commers for posting

SUKTUEN
10-08-2013, 02:45 PM
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Elizabeth
10-18-2013, 06:41 AM
I hope this interesting page is both relevant and OK to copy. Not Players, but 2 well known Authors comment on Roger:

J M Coetzee opens up about his life in letters to Paul Auster

Reclusive South African writer reveals admiration for tennis star Roger Federer
CHARLIE COOPER 
FRIDAY 22 MARCH 2013

J M Coetzee, the notoriously publicity-shy Nobel Prize-winning author, has made an art of revealing almost nothing about his life. But now the South African novelist has surprised critics by revealing his profound, almost obsessive respect for an unlikely figure – the Swiss tennis star Roger Federer.

One of literature’s great recluses, the South African writer rarely submits to being interviewed but has granted a glimpse into his daily musings in an exchange of correspondence with the American author Paul Auster, to be published as a book in the UK in May.

Revealing himself as an armchair sports fan, Coetzee describes Federer’s best tennis as “something like the human ideal made visible” and says the experience of watching him play is “very much like my response to masterworks of art”.

The two authors, who met in February 2008 and decided to embark on an epistolary friendship to “strike sparks off each other”, corresponded via post and fax for three years, covering topics as diverse as philosophy, friendship, the financial crisis and their shared love for the “guilty pleasure” of watching sport.

In one letter, dated 19 March 2009, Coetzee writes: “Like you, I think that watching sport on television is mostly a waste of time. But there are moments that are not a waste of time, as would, for example, crop up now and again in the glory days of Roger Federer.
“I scrutinise such moments, revisiting them in memory – Federer playing a crosscourt backhand volley, for instance.”

Explaining that he would go through three phases of thought when watching Federer play, Coetzee writes: “One starts by envying Federer, one moves from there to admiring him and one ends up neither envying him or admiring him but exalted at the revelation of what a human being – a being like oneself – can do.”

Coetzee, the author of Dusklands and Disgrace, won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 2003 and has twice won the Booker Prize. He failed to collect either of his Bookers and is a jealous guardian of his private life – making the details revealed in the new book Here and Now: Letters 2008-2011, all the more tantalising for critics.

Few, however, would have expected Coetzee – described by one fellow writer as having laughed only once in a decade of acquaintance – to have displayed such powerful feelings for a tennis player.

His correspondence with Auster, the author of the absurdist novel The Book of Illusions, also reveals an admiration for cricket. “I was absorbed, I was emotionally involved, I tore myself away only reluctantly,” he writes of a five-day game between Australia and South Africa. But Coetzee, who now lives in Adelaide, Australia, is also affected by pangs of guilt at watching sport: “Why waste my time slumped in front of the television screen watching young men at play? For, I concede, it is a waste of time. I have an experience... but it does me no good that I can detect. I learn nothing. I come away with nothing.” He suggests to Auster that the appeal of sport has to do with a human “need for heroes”.

The two authors had been reading each other’s works for years but only met in February 2008, when Coetzee suggested the letter-writing exercise. Although outwardly different in their writing – Auster is known for his dark, philosophical texts and enthusiastic embrace of public life, while Coetzee has been described as a “sceptic… and uncompromising moralist” – the pair found common ground on many topics. On Federer, especially, they are in perfect alignment. “I am in total accord with you,” Auster writes of the seven-time Wimbledon champion. “Awe at the fact that a fellow human being is accomplishing such things.”

SUKTUEN
10-18-2013, 02:41 PM
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Eden
10-30-2013, 11:43 PM
Some comments from Stan:




...

When you are the world No 8 and one of the game's outstanding players, you might think it galling to be described perennially as your nation's No 2, forever in the shadow of your fellow countryman. For Stanislas Wawrinka, however, playing second fiddle to Roger Federer has never been a problem.


"To be Swiss No 2 after Roger is still amazing," Wawrinka said. "He's a special tennis player, the best player ever. He has won everything. He's in a different league, on a different level. I'm No 2 in Switzerland, but I feel like No 1, because he is just in a league of his own."

...

"I think this year a lot of things have changed – especially in Switzerland but also in the tennis world," Wawrinka said. "I was the last Swiss player at the US Open and everyone in Switzerland was watching. I feel good with my position. I'm enjoying what I'm doing.

"People in Switzerland are supporting me much more than they did in the past. That's normal. When you have Roger winning everything then people think it's normal to win a Grand Slam – and it's not. When you have someone who has won 17 Grand Slam titles then they think it's nothing when someone reaches the semi-finals of a Masters 1000."

Wawrinka said that having Federer as a fellow countryman had often helped him. "When I arrived in professional tennis I was quite shy," he said. "It was good for me to be in his shadow a little bit. I could just go about my career without having as much pressure.

"He's a close friend. He was already top 10, top six when I arrived. Then he was No 1 for many years. I've had the chance to practise more than 200 times with the No 1 player in the world. I've played Davis Cup and the Olympics with him.

"He always told me that if I needed to ask him anything about tennis I could always call him. And I did. When I arrived he helped me a lot with playing in Grand Slams, about coping with pressure, about playing the best players."

Source:

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/stanislas-wawrinka-finally-emerges-from-roger-federers-shadow-8906508.html

Eden
11-01-2013, 10:30 PM
RFyDelpoFan! ‏@PequeFederer

Q:"So Juan, Federer is back?"

A:"When he left us?"

:)

Kat_YYZ
11-01-2013, 11:46 PM
Svetlana Kuznetsova ‏@SvetlanaK27 6h
Rogerrrrrr!!!
:)

SUKTUEN
11-02-2013, 03:53 PM
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Eden
11-04-2013, 07:40 PM
ATP World Tour Finals: Tim Henman warns against writing off Roger Federer

The former world number one has been urged to retire in some quarters

Tim Henman has hit out at the critics calling on Roger Federer to hang up his racquet.

The Swiss will hope to end what has been his worst season for a decade on a high at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London this week.

It is a tournament Federer has won a record six times but it would be a brave call to back him to make that seven.

The 32-year-old has won only one title this year, made one grand slam semi-final, and for a long time looked like he may not be at the O2 Arena.

Federer has also had to listen to people inside and outside tennis speculating on whether he should retire rather than risk tarnishing his phenomenal record.

Federer has always said he would like to play on until at least the Rio Olympics in 2016, and Henman sees no reason why his old friend should stop.

The former British number one told Press Association Sport: "It's definitely been harder for him but that's the reality when you're 32.

"When he was working with (former coach) Paul Annacone I used to speak to Paul quite a lot and he was always incredibly positive about Roger's work ethic.

"When you still have that level of ability and you've achieved what he has, it would be foolish to write him off just yet.

"He still has a massive passion for the game. You realise when you get older that it's not a real job and you've got to make the most of it.

"For people to even speculate or suggest that he should retire is ridiculous. He's earned the right to play for as long as he wants, and while he's still enjoying it then why not."

...

Source: http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/atp-world-tour-finals-tim-henman-warns-against-writing-off-roger-federer-8920268.html

SUKTUEN
11-05-2013, 01:32 PM
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Fed_Ds
11-10-2013, 02:29 AM
http://24.media.tumblr.com/6ac1bb14dd321d4069a7c8617349dd36/tumblr_mw0onhvHYq1rneruso1_500.jpg

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BYpcErQCQAEx9-B.jpg:large

Chris Evert ‏@ChrissieEvert 9h
Sooooo happy for @rogerfederer!!!!!

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Litotes
11-10-2013, 05:59 AM
Nice :yeah:

SUKTUEN
11-10-2013, 01:52 PM
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Eden
11-20-2013, 01:05 PM
More from Chris Evert :angel:

24 times Grand Slam champion Chris Evert has declared her love for Mr. Tennis Roger Federer as she claims that the 32 year old winner of seven Wimbledon trophies has been one of the biggest sources of inspiration to his sons. She said: “Why do I love him? I don’t know, I just love him. There is something about Roger which just tugs at the heartstrings. I don’t know what it is, I can’t say exactly, but he gets to me. Maybe it’s because one of my sons idolises Roger, and I can see similarities between the two. It’s almost as though Roger could be my son. I’ve been in this game for more than 40 years, and there has never been a player who has made me as emotional as Roger has, not even close. And I’m not the only one. I have sometimes looked around when Roger is on court, and seen that others were affected in the same way. There would be a whole bunch of us getting choked up.”

She added: “I’ve never been as emotional watching a tennis match as I have done after Roger has lost. This may sound strange, but his losses affect me much more than my own defeats. I was watching him play Tommy Robredo in the fourth round of this year’s US Open, and I had to walk away. I could see that Roger was going to lose, and I just couldn’t watch any more. I didn’t want to feel what I was going to feel. And his defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky, in the second round of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, wasn’t that awful? It’s the defeats at grand slams that affected me the most. Roger is a special breed – some of those defeats just rolled off his back, but I never found them easy to take. And I haven’t really spent that time with the guy. I hardly know him. I’m not a stalker, I promise you.”

Source: http://www.tennisearth.com/news/tennisNews/Chris-Evert-I-love-Roger-Federer-220115.htm

Litotes
11-20-2013, 01:08 PM
Chris Evert is not a 24 times Grand Slam champion. 18 singles or 21 if you include doubles. They're confusing her with Margaret Court, I guess. But great comment nonetheless :)

SUKTUEN
11-20-2013, 02:27 PM
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Eden
11-25-2013, 05:16 PM
From Ilie Nastase:

“I wish people wouldn’t say that Federer has to retire. I think Federer should play for as long as he wants. I don’t agree with those people who say that you should retire when you are past your absolute best or prime. No, Federer doesn’t have to prove anything. Federer can play to 60 if he wants to. If he wants to carry on playing, no one is going to say, ‘no, we don’t want Federer to play’. He is going to retire when he feels like it. I don’t think that he has to retire just because he is no longer the world number one. That happens to everybody, as you can’t stay as the world number one forever. He retires whenever. Federer said something interesting once. He said that he was watching Rod Laver, and me, and he said he was trying to copy us and to be like us. And that’s a great compliment for us.”

Source: http://www.thetennisspace.com/ilie-nastase-exclusive-federer-can-play-until-hes-60/

SUKTUEN
11-26-2013, 01:46 PM
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Monkey D. Rufy
11-26-2013, 08:57 PM
Sampras: I'm impressed Federer travels with his kids

Pete Sampras spoke to The Tennis Space about Roger Federer travelling on tour with his wife Mirka and their twin daughters:

“I’m impressed that he has carried on travelling with his children. To be a father, and a husband, and a tennis player, all at the same time, and on the road, that’s very hard. I don’t know I would have been able to pull it off, but Roger always looks as though he has a good situation on the road with his wife and his kids. I don’t know if I would have had the patience with my kids. I think I would have wanted to have been in a different hotel room to my kids, but Roger is able to handle it well. He wants his wife and kids with him everywhere, and that is great. Maybe I was just a different breed to Roger. I just don’t know if I could have done everything on the road, as Roger does.
“We both have two kids and we talk about that. I’m interested to hear how he travels with his kids. I was never in that position. It’s obviously hard enough work to be looking after two kids at home, but when you’re travelling with them, that’s going to take up even more time and energy, even if you have help with nannies.”



Pete Sampras spoke to The Tennis Space about Roger Federer being “a prankster”:

“He’s obviously very serious on the court. You walk into a press conference, and you still have your game face on. But once the cameras are off, Roger is very light-hearted. He loves practical jokes, and he loves laughing. He’s just a normal guy. When you’re playing and competing, you’ve got your game face on; it’s only when you hop in the car and head back to the hotel that you’re done with your day. I’ve always found him very easy to be around, and all-round good guy. We were travelling in Asia in 2007 on an exhibition tour and I thought to myself, ‘this guy is like he’s in high school’. I’m slightly embarrassed to be telling you this but he would come up and blow in your ear or scream in your ear. He did it to his trainer a few times, and I thought they looked like a couple of kids from high school. That’s sort of a silly story, but it tells you about his light-hearted attitude. He loves talking and laughing. He’s just a down-to-earth guy.

“I first became friends with Roger during that tour. I didn’t know Roger that well before then. On the first day, we were both shy, and we weren’t really sure how to act around each other, but once we got past that, it was great, and we realised that our personalities are similar. Roger is a bit of a prankster – that’s a side to people that people don’t tend to see. With modern technology, it’s easy to stay in touch with Roger. We email and text and call. It’s become a good friendship, and I’m sure we’ll stay in touch after Roger stops playing.”

Monkey D. Rufy
11-26-2013, 08:57 PM
:worship::worship::worship::worship:

Cloren
11-27-2013, 03:24 AM
Nice comments :yeah:

SUKTUEN
11-27-2013, 01:57 PM
:bigclap::bigclap:

Fed_Ds
11-28-2013, 03:46 AM
More from Chris Evert :angel:

24 times Grand Slam champion Chris Evert has declared her love for Mr. Tennis Roger Federer as she claims that the 32 year old winner of seven Wimbledon trophies has been one of the biggest sources of inspiration to his sons. She said: “Why do I love him? I don’t know, I just love him. There is something about Roger which just tugs at the heartstrings. I don’t know what it is, I can’t say exactly, but he gets to me. Maybe it’s because one of my sons idolises Roger, and I can see similarities between the two. It’s almost as though Roger could be my son. I’ve been in this game for more than 40 years, and there has never been a player who has made me as emotional as Roger has, not even close. And I’m not the only one. I have sometimes looked around when Roger is on court, and seen that others were affected in the same way. There would be a whole bunch of us getting choked up.”

She added: “I’ve never been as emotional watching a tennis match as I have done after Roger has lost. This may sound strange, but his losses affect me much more than my own defeats. I was watching him play Tommy Robredo in the fourth round of this year’s US Open, and I had to walk away. I could see that Roger was going to lose, and I just couldn’t watch any more. I didn’t want to feel what I was going to feel. And his defeat to Sergiy Stakhovsky, in the second round of this year’s Wimbledon Championships, wasn’t that awful? It’s the defeats at grand slams that affected me the most. Roger is a special breed – some of those defeats just rolled off his back, but I never found them easy to take. And I haven’t really spent that time with the guy. I hardly know him. I’m not a stalker, I promise you.”

Source: http://www.tennisearth.com/news/tennisNews/Chris-Evert-I-love-Roger-Federer-220115.htm


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http://norogernoparty.tumblr.com/post/68320752460/chris-evert-why-do-i-love-him

Fed_Ds
11-28-2013, 03:49 AM
Pete Sampras spoke to The Tennis Space about Roger Federer being “a prankster”:

I’m slightly embarrassed to be telling you this but he would come up and blow in your ear or scream in your ear.”

:spit: Pranksterer :lol:

SUKTUEN
11-28-2013, 01:41 PM
:worship::worship:

Fed_Ds
12-09-2013, 11:36 PM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/8c0af664bca4e213960d13a28e7637e4/tumblr_mxgchcYzjN1rp2ui6o1_500.jpg
http://24.media.tumblr.com/a119928eeefd0405553e931d7beac9bf/tumblr_mxgchcYzjN1rp2ui6o2_400.jpg

Eugenie BouchardVerified account
‏@geniebouchard
My favourite kind of fitness...on the beach! pic.twitter.com/KliQCdz8k1

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ba6X1zyIAAAaE1f.jpg:large

http://twitter.com/geniebouchard/status/409431567032147969

She's wearing an RF cap

SUKTUEN
12-10-2013, 03:16 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
12-28-2013, 01:46 PM
From Feliciano Lopez ahead of the Brisbane tournament:


“He’s basically the best player in history. He means a lot for us, for the players, for the world of tennis and for sport in general. He’s one of those people who makes the sport something very special,” Lopez said.

“I think people here in Brisbane have a very good opportunity to see Roger live because he’s 32 and he will probably play one or two more years, so I think people must be very happy to have Roger here.”

http://www.brisbaneinternational.com.au/2013/12/lopez-on-a-mission-in-brisbane

SUKTUEN
12-28-2013, 02:15 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
01-01-2014, 12:56 PM
Nicholas Mahut in l'Equipe:

To be honest, I was more tense about my doubles match (with Federer) than my singles.(laughs). And when I called my wife this morning, she didn't know whom I was playing in singles, but she told me "make sure you win your doubles!" Playing with Roger, it's something I've never even considered. To start with, I was supposed to play with Adrian (Mannarino), but when Severin Lüthi asked me if I wanted to team up with Roger, Adrian was sympathetic and said "go for it".

As soon as I got on court, there was such excitement. And Roger told me that he keeps playing partly to experience this kind of atmosphere. He feels the passion, the energy, and he likes it. After, even when you play against him it's special, but playing with him is incredible, fabulous. Sometimes, I just watched him a bit because he hits shots that really don't exist.

He put me at ease before the match. We talked tennis, but he fooled around too. After, on the court, we exchanged opinions a lot. He refocussed me only once. I missed a shot and I dropped my racquet. He said then: "Stay with me, stay with me!" I told myself: "Uh-oh, I'd better pull myself together quickly!"

Source: http://www.twitlonger.com/show/n_1rvb03c

SUKTUEN
01-01-2014, 02:37 PM
:worship::worship:

Joey Tribbiani
01-03-2014, 07:17 PM
Amazing, just amazing.

Fed_Ds
01-08-2014, 11:06 PM
Nick Kyrgios
https://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/418314886649618432


http://25.media.tumblr.com/642b751a3aaebd6252749e527a10a042/tumblr_mz3l7eVM871sz6cszo1_500.png

http://25.media.tumblr.com/d40dae4dc2d876ebb16bb39b07a485a9/tumblr_mz33jdVevl1qg8wtqo2_250.gif
http://24.media.tumblr.com/75bbfcb0cc6aafc28f725d6c36a42567/tumblr_mz33jdVevl1qg8wtqo4_250.gif
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http://24.media.tumblr.com/a47a08cd7d5c26f5c84ff68ea99b6aaf/tumblr_mz33jdVevl1qg8wtqo1_250.gif
http://valentin-stocker.tumblr.com/post/72658461577

:haha:

SUKTUEN
01-09-2014, 02:22 PM
:devil::devil:

Eden
01-10-2014, 10:40 PM
Roger is such a dork :hearts:

Eden
01-10-2014, 10:43 PM
Tim Henman:


Let's enjoy Federer till the time he leaves

...

On Federer's retirement:

The question is when is the right time. I don't know that, you don't know that. I don't think even he knows that. The most important thing is he loves what he is doing. For me, before the US Open I told my coach Paul Annacone I'm not enjoying this. My job is my hobby. He said that if you are not enjoying it, you shouldn't do it. As a tennis fan, it frustrates me when people keep talking about Roger Federer's retirement. He is going to stop one day. He is the best player that has ever lived. So we should enjoy watching him play. Instead of talking about his retirement, we should encourage him playing.

...

Who is the greatest?

In my opinion it is Federer. It's difficult to compare eras. If you get Rod Laver playing today and gave him graphite rackets and modern training techniques, he would be a great player, no doubt. But you can't compare Laver playing with wooden rackets and Nadal playing like he is playing on clay. Having said that, if you look at the numbers and the all-surface record won with such style and grace, Federer is my man. He has won 17 (Grand Slams), can you beat that?

Source: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/sports/tennis/interviews/Lets-enjoy-Federer-till-the-time-he-leaves-Henman/articleshow/28608034.cms

Kat_YYZ
01-11-2014, 09:32 AM
Sergiy Stakhovsky ‏@Stako_tennis 47m
Beat this twitters!! @rogerfederer in the car..and I am in passenger seat😳..thanks for lift Roger👍
pic.twitter.com/YLUQgUPdVu
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bdr6h0YCYAE7N2N.jpg

SUKTUEN
01-11-2014, 03:23 PM
:worship::worship::worship:

Fed_Ds
01-11-2014, 07:00 PM
Sergiy Stakhovsky ‏@Stako_tennis 47m
Beat this twitters!! @rogerfederer in the car..and I am in passenger seat😳..thanks for lift Roger👍
pic.twitter.com/YLUQgUPdVu
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Bdr6h0YCYAE7N2N.jpg

Giving a ride to the guy who knocked you out at Wimbledon. What a guy!

T.C
01-11-2014, 11:42 PM
Giving a ride to the guy who knocked you out at Wimbledon. What a guy!

Yeah, hate to admit it but I would have made him walk. :devil:

alypen
01-12-2014, 12:55 AM
Giving a ride to the guy who knocked you out at Wimbledon. What a guy!

My thoughts exactly.

Unless, of course, he used the opportunity to practise some sort of subliminal psychological effect on Stakh ...


Actually, the return to fanboying after the comments he made after winning that match is a little ... icky.

Kat_YYZ
01-25-2014, 12:00 PM
British wheelchair tennis player Andy Lapthorne:

andy lapthorne ‏@lapstar11 Jan 24
Federer just showed the class act he is comes into the locker room and asks me how I got on and wished me a safe journey even after a loss

SUKTUEN
01-25-2014, 03:22 PM
:worship::worship:

Kat_YYZ
01-26-2014, 03:47 PM
another wheelchair tennis player:

lucy shuker ‏@lucy_shuker 16h
Home time. But first a picture with @rogerfederer #tennislegend pic.twitter.com/9sdurqtgvY
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Be3JaGkCQAAP-xM.jpg

(Roger, why are you wearing Rafa's pants? :o)

SUKTUEN
01-27-2014, 02:27 PM
:worship::worship:

Fed_Ds
01-29-2014, 11:13 PM
https://24.media.tumblr.com/33e541e06940124d77a8e2917ebbb5a0/tumblr_n060w6QveG1rixg1ko1_250.gif

Elena Vesnina :D
https://31.media.tumblr.com/14ec28bc58c080a4b6c31a2b689ae38a/tumblr_n060w6QveG1rixg1ko2_250.gif

Laura Robson :D
https://24.media.tumblr.com/db0ed1f1223796ccf736741702454af8/tumblr_n060w6QveG1rixg1ko5_250.gif

http://salmousha.tumblr.com/post/74939156861

SUKTUEN
01-30-2014, 03:13 PM
:worship::worship:

niff
02-01-2014, 06:21 AM
http://25.media.tumblr.com/d40dae4dc2d876ebb16bb39b07a485a9/tumblr_mz33jdVevl1qg8wtqo2_250.gif
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http://24.media.tumblr.com/a47a08cd7d5c26f5c84ff68ea99b6aaf/tumblr_mz33jdVevl1qg8wtqo1_250.gif
http://valentin-stocker.tumblr.com/post/72658461577

:haha:
Omg Jo :rolls: Poor Rog :lol:

SUKTUEN
02-01-2014, 03:23 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
03-09-2014, 11:29 AM
Billie Jean King ‏@BillieJeanKing 10 h

@rogerfederer -you are beautiful inside and out.Way to go and keep going for!!!!

SUKTUEN
03-09-2014, 03:01 PM
:bounce::bounce:

Eden
06-21-2014, 06:40 PM
From Falla's presser after the Halle F:

Q: Before you joined Roger on the bench. What was the topic of the discussion?

FALLA: He was asking me, what I was going to play next. I told him I will drive to s’Hertogenbosch tonight and play there. He asked me who I play there and I told him I’ll play Melzer in the first round. He was telling me he’s going to Wimbledon, he’s going to get some practice. He’s just a very nice guy, he’s an amazing player, he’s an inspiration for every tennis player and not just for the tennis but for the kind of person he is.

Q: Were you nervous at the beginning considering that was one of the first finals in that atmosphere in this stadium or was it more of a motivation?

FALLA: What I see when I play Roger is how people love him when he walks on the court. It’s just amazing how the crowd makes him feel. So, you feel that a little bit but when you start warming up … Maybe the first or second time when I played him I was more nervous. But now I’m kind of used to it because we’ve played a lot of times. So, it doesn’t make me nervous.


On Twitter:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BqR9cbaCEAANpd4.jpg:large

Después de la final. Gran persona Roger. @rogerfederer

SUKTUEN
06-22-2014, 02:44 PM
:hearts::hearts:

Eden
06-24-2014, 06:50 PM
Tomas Berdych in a Q&A with Wimbledon Facebook:

Which current player do you respect most?

TB: Roger Federer

:)

samanosuke
07-03-2014, 03:47 PM
at 2:03 Groth repeats Tsonga's words from a year or so back


PayE573A3vA

SUKTUEN
07-04-2014, 03:42 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
07-04-2014, 07:54 PM
Great comments from Andy Roddick :yeah:

FRk0hn8EBFs

Eden
07-04-2014, 09:01 PM
German footballer Toni Kroos on Twitter:



What a Day !!! Sieg gegen Frankreich. Halbfinale !!! Dirk verlängert in Dallas ! Roger zieht ins Finale von Wimbledon ein ! What a Day !!!

(Translation: Victory against France. SF!! Dirk (Nowitzki) renews in Dallas!! Roger reaches the Final of Wimbledon)

samanosuke
07-04-2014, 09:56 PM
German footballer Toni Kroos on Twitter:



(Translation: Victory against France. SF!! Dirk (Nowitzki) renews in Dallas!! Roger reaches the Final of Wimbledon)

He is so humble, forgot to mention he signed for Goat football club :inlove:


PS doubt Dirk is that happy, heard he got short for few bucks :lol:

samanosuke
07-04-2014, 09:58 PM
Great comments from Andy Roddick :yeah:

FRk0hn8EBFs

btw when Roddick's thought start? 40+ minutes is too long for my taste, only if he spent all 40 on Fed :lol:

Eden
07-04-2014, 10:11 PM
btw when Roddick's thought start? 40+ minutes is too long for my taste, only if he spent all 40 on Fed :lol:

I haven't listened to everything yet to be honest but at 2:40 Andy starts talking about Wimbledon and at 7:00 he mentions Roger for the first time :)

SUKTUEN
07-05-2014, 03:39 PM
Great comments from Andy Roddick :yeah:

FRk0hn8EBFs

:worship::worship:

EternalxJourney
07-06-2014, 04:01 AM
Great comments from Andy Roddick :yeah:

FRk0hn8EBFs

Andy said some really nice things about Roger, most of which we already know. He said he not only respects Roger's on court achievements he also admires the way Roger carries himself off the court, such as waiting for his turn to use the machines at the gym and not pull rank, cleaning after himself, knowing everyone's name at the facility, etc.

Andy also personally congratulated Roger on the birth of his twins via text.

Eden
07-11-2014, 05:17 PM
Boris Becker:


"Roger Federer is the G.O.A.T. He Showed it Again"

...

It was incredible to have 4 Wimbledon champions in the locker room at the same time, I think it's a first!" said Boris to the media referring to the Wimbledon final, as himself and Stefan Edberg were both present for the final in London, "Roger Federer has already won Wimbledon 7 times and has been World No.1 for a very long time. He didn't really need another title, he is the greatest of all time and I have a lot of respect and admiration for him. With his comeback in the 4th set, he showed clearly why he deserves the G.O.A.T. status. He loves to compete and he is a great ambassador for tennis. Kids should take as an example what he did in his career, and how he managed to overcome complicated situations, as he did against Novak in the final in London".

Source: http://www.tennisworldusa.org/Boris-Becker-Roger-Federer-is-the-GOAT-He-Showed-it-Again-articolo19064.html

SUKTUEN
07-12-2014, 04:27 PM
:worship::worship::worship:

Eden
07-21-2014, 10:48 PM
From Leonardo Mayer:


Who were the players you looked up to and admired growing up?

My idol is Roger Federer. I've watched him for a long time. Hopefully before he retires he can give me a tennis lesson at a tournament (laughs). I hope to face him sometime and enjoy him on court.

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/07/29/First-Time-Spotlight-Hamburg-Mayer.aspx

SUKTUEN
07-22-2014, 03:56 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
11-05-2014, 01:02 PM
Andy Roddick:


“What Roger has done this year is incredible, but am I really surprised? No. I know first-hand what he is capable of,” said American Roddick, the 2003 US Open winner and three-time Wimbledon finalist.


“For me Roger Federer is still ahead in the greatest-ever debate, with Rafael Nadal second. People talk about their head-to-head being the determining factor, but I can’t comprehend a single match-up being the deciding factor. Wayne Ferreira won a lot of matches against Pete Sampras. That didn’t make him even close to being as good, and it didn’t affect the history of Pete.

“It’s about total wins at major tournaments, not an individual match-up, in my mind. If Rafa were to tie with Roger and win 17 major titles then you would go to the head-to-head, and then it would be in favour of Rafa. In its most simplistic state, while Roger has more major titles than Rafa, Roger is the greater player. Major championships are what define our sport.

“Roger will be No2 in the world this year, maybe even No1 and yet some people won’t consider it a successful season because he hasn’t won a grand slam. That’s ridiculous. I know how hard it is.”

Source: http://www.cityam.com/1415153059/roddick-why-murray-should-fear-federer-still-greatest-all-time

SUKTUEN
11-05-2014, 02:04 PM
Andy I love you!!

alypen
11-07-2014, 12:03 AM
From Leonardo Mayer:

Source: http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2014/07/29/First-Time-Spotlight-Hamburg-Mayer.aspx

Well, I hope he enjoyed the lesson to some extent, anyway.

Think I must have missed that one last time around!

Pablo23
11-07-2014, 12:15 AM
From Tommy Haas' video interview, there are some things on Roger.

?v=R_LZ7ewzQhc

(not a transcript, I'm typing this next from memory)

on who is the GOAT. His answer was a bit reluctant, but he thinks Roger has a good shot at it (specially if he keeps going like this)

When he was asked about coaching another player, Roger was his first answer (but he doesn't seem to need it very much, haha.)

and when asked about Doubles, if he'd like to play with Roger again, he said yes, definitely, that he'd really like to (and see if they can win a match together next time :lol: ). Hopefully Halle next year, if the comeback's going well, we can see them giving it another shot.

SUKTUEN
11-07-2014, 04:15 PM
:worship::worship:

Fed_Ds
11-07-2014, 07:20 PM
here is Nick Kyrgios Q& A on twitter

Nicholas KyrgiosVerified account
‏@NickKyrgios
“@Felipe_W_G: @NickKyrgios Describe @rogerfederer in one word #AskNK”

GOAT

Nicholas Kyrgios @NickKyrgios · Oct 27
“@6love6loveGSM: @NickKyrgios person you would most like to play doubles with?”

Feds


Nicholas Kyrgios @NickKyrgios · Oct 27
“@happyslamtennis: @NickKyrgios who's your favourite superhero?”

Roger Federer?!

http://twitter.com/NickKyrgios/status/526657292297453568

love this guy:inlove:

Eden
11-08-2014, 01:30 PM
Greg Rusedski on why Roger is the GOAT

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/tennis/rogerfederer/11213994/Greg-Rusedski-three-reasons-why-Roger-Federer-is-the-greatest-tennis-player-ever.html

SUKTUEN
11-08-2014, 03:10 PM
:worship::worship:

barbadosan
12-17-2014, 08:42 PM
Thanasi Kokkinakis @TKokkinakis
·
Dec 16

It's been unreal training with the legend @rogerfederer the last couple weeks. Learnt a lot, he's a unbelievable player and better bloke!

the_kokk1: He's a legend on court but even better as a bloke off court.

With all the lads after the trip. Thanks again to @rogerfederer Severin and his team #dubai #offseason #hustle

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/B5BzmYMCEAIsLlO.jpg

juninhOH
12-26-2014, 01:47 AM
is that thomaz bellucci in the middle?

Kat_YYZ
12-26-2014, 05:37 AM
is that thomaz bellucci in the middle?

no, I think that's Kokkinankis