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SUKTUEN
09-26-2005, 03:30 PM
?????

Laura12
09-26-2005, 11:40 PM
:retard::smash:
????? Look we all get that you hate us Federer fans and think we are stupid trolls or something but why do you come in here and make stupid smiley symbols? Not getting the point of it. :confused:

nobama
09-27-2005, 01:45 AM
Yeah, can't you keep the crap in GM where it belongs. :smash:

Rommella
09-27-2005, 03:54 AM
Can somebody explain the comment of David Nalbandian re the difficulty of reading Roger's serve: "It's a very good technique. You can't see the top of the ball".

Did he mean that Roger hits the ball squarely on the surface facing him (i.e., Roger) and therefore the receiving player can only guess at how (i.e., pace, speed, etc.) the ball is coming at him than if, for example the ball was struck on the side? Or was something lost in translation given that English is not Nalbandian's mother tongue?

Am not a tennis player, only a spectator and fan, so am trying to understand what Nalbandian meant.

SUKTUEN
09-27-2005, 06:55 AM
What is that mean?

ClaycourtaZzZz.
09-27-2005, 08:20 AM
Yeah, can't you keep the crap in GM where it belongs. :smash:

:retard:

GM is Federer Forum#2:o

Stevens Point
09-27-2005, 09:15 AM
:retard::smash:
I have understood quite good what kind of person you are, just reading your posts in GM and so on.

This Roger forum is for fans of Roger. I know you don't like Federer and his fans. You said 99% of the Swiss fans are stupid. You raised some particular names and said they are idiots or so. This kind of stuff. I have read them all in GM. You have to know, eve83 is loved in here. She is also a member of MTF.

Of course you can come in here. But, if you post something here, please show some respect.

You asked us once if we could vote for you to become the moderator of Murray forum or something like that. I am sure you got some votes from us. I voted for you because you extra PMed me, asking me to do it. But, I now think you don't deserve to be a moderator or equal kind of anything, showing no respect to other players and fans of those players. I regret that I voted for you.

As I said, you can come in here anytime and make posts. But, please show respect.

Edit: I also found your :retard: smily from you in Wawrinka forum requesting thread. What are you trying to do? Just bothering people?

nobama
09-27-2005, 10:54 AM
I don't think you're stupid, I know it:retard:F*ck off and bother some other forum, kbye!

Laura12
09-27-2005, 10:56 AM
I don't think you're stupid, I know it:retard:
Yeah I feel really upset now that the great Federer_Express has declared that I am stupid. Everything he says is true and he is the smartest person ever. I guess I am just too stupid to understand his genius. :sad:

1sun
09-27-2005, 04:09 PM
lol, lay off fed man. or i will get princesa to post your pictures :devil: ;)

soonha
09-27-2005, 05:45 PM
Hey, Federer_Express! Do me a favor, would you? Please change your user name. I'm just afraid that other members in MTF would misunderstand you're a Federer fan.... :o

Laura12
09-27-2005, 11:13 PM
Hey, Federer_Express! Do me a favor, would you? Please change your user name. I'm just afraid that other members in MTF would misunderstand you're a Federer fan.... :o
He's trying to he just doesn't know how to. Wonder what his new username will be?

MissMoJo
09-27-2005, 11:25 PM
:retard::smash:
If it wasn't for the :smash:, :retard: and :ras: smilies, it would be impossible for this person to communicate. It's pretty appropriate since those smilies sum up the depth of his posts

PaulieM
09-28-2005, 12:08 AM
If it wasn't for the :smash:, :retard: and :ras: smilies, it would be impossible for this person to communicate. It's pretty appropriate since those smilies sum up the depth of his posts
:tape: definitely one of those posters where the ignore button comes in very handy.

soonha
09-28-2005, 12:12 AM
Wonder what his new username will be?
I guess...... "Don't_smash_me_cuz_I'm_retarded" after the smilies he likes most :retard: :smash: Or "Raspberry_king" :ras: ?

Laura12
09-28-2005, 12:30 AM
I guess...... "Don't_smash_me_cuz_I'm_retarded" after the smilies he likes most :retard: :smash: Or "Raspberry_king" :ras: ?
Lol. Yes that would be appropriate. And quite amusing.

LCeh
09-28-2005, 01:02 AM
:retard:

GM is Federer Forum#2:o

I am just curious here. So what were you trying to accomplish by posting in here? To turn the Fed forum to GM #2? :confused:

MissMoJo
09-28-2005, 01:09 AM
I am just curious here. So what were you trying to accomplish by posting in here? To turn the Fed forum to GM #2? :confused:
My guess is to dumb it down like he has non-tennis

Laura12
09-28-2005, 01:34 AM
My guess is to dumb it down like he has non-tennis
Either that or just to annoy us. Who knows?

Daniel
09-28-2005, 08:56 AM
Hey, Federer_Express! Do me a favor, would you? Please change your user name. I'm just afraid that other members in MTF would misunderstand you're a Federer fan.... :o

I thought he was a member of this forum ?? :confused:

Laura12
09-28-2005, 10:22 AM
I thought he was a member of this forum ?? :confused:
He is a member of mtf. At the time that Federer_Express registered he was a Federer fan. Then he decided that all Federer fans were stupid and that he was being a troll and decided to become a Murray fan and hate all Federer fans from that day on out. Now he is trying to change his username as people get confused as to whether or not he supports Roger.

SUKTUEN
09-28-2005, 04:18 PM
thanks

Laura12
09-28-2005, 10:01 PM
thanks
no problem ;)

PaulieM
09-28-2005, 10:41 PM
He is a member of mtf. At the time that Federer_Express registered he was a Federer fan. Then he decided that all Federer fans were stupid and that he was being a troll and decided to become a Murray fan and hate all Federer fans from that day on out. Now he is trying to change his username as people get confused as to whether or not he supports Roger.
well it's a good thing his loyalty to his favorite players is so strong :rolleyes:

Laura12
09-28-2005, 11:11 PM
well it's a good thing his loyalty to his favorite players is so strong :rolleyes:
I know, right. I bet that within in a year he will have decided that Murray sucks and that he only supported him because of the hype. :rolleyes:

SUKTUEN
09-29-2005, 09:01 AM
yes he is

SUKTUEN
10-01-2005, 04:57 PM
this one

ExpectedWinner
10-01-2005, 09:24 PM
It kinda sucks that he wins 99% of his matches, in Tennis you should lose at least 15% of your matches! I hate it how some of you went over the top with worshiping every single record, etc....



At least 15% ? Well, it might be true in your average world.

Is it acceptable for a surgeon to lose 15% of lives? No. Is it ok for a lawyer to lose 15% cases? No. Is it great for a taxi driver to be free of accident only 85% of the time? No.

In sports- a goaltender with 85% saving percentage is a horrible one, a gymnast/skater/diver/ski jumper missing 15% of elements/attempts is not a top 10 conteneder, and so on. Then why Federer with a great game and in prime time of his career "should" lose more than 15% of his matches?

As for supporting a winning player, I was lucky enough to discover RF 6 years ago. I liked his game then, and I like it now. He hasn't always been a world beater; there were a lot of doubting and frustration. He's paid his dues. I must admit it's satisfying to see a great talent living up to it's potential.

Laura12
10-02-2005, 12:46 AM
At least 15% ? Well, it might be true in your average world.

Is it acceptable for a surgeon to lose 15% of lives? No. Is it ok for a lawyer to lose 15% cases? No. Is it great for a taxi driver to be free of accident only 85% of the time? No.

In sports- a goaltender with 85% saving percentage is a horrible one, a gymnast/skater/diver/ski jumper missing 15% of elements/attempts is not a top 10 conteneder, and so on. Then why Federer with a great game and in prime time of his career "should" lose more than 15% of his matches?

As for supporting a winning player, I was lucky enough to discover RF 6 years ago. I liked his game then, and I like it now. He hasn't always been a world beater; there were a lot of doubting and frustration. He's paid his dues. I must admit it's satisfying to see a great talent living up to it's potential.

Thank you. :worship:

Nocko
10-02-2005, 02:25 AM
At least 15% ? Well, it might be true in your average world.

Is it acceptable for a surgeon to lose 15% of lives? No. Is it ok for a lawyer to lose 15% cases? No. Is it great for a taxi driver to be free of accident only 85% of the time? No.

In sports- a goaltender with 85% saving percentage is a horrible one, a gymnast/skater/diver/ski jumper missing 15% of elements/attempts is not a top 10 conteneder, and so on. Then why Federer with a great game and in prime time of his career "should" lose more than 15% of his matches?

As for supporting a winning player, I was lucky enough to discover RF 6 years ago. I liked his game then, and I like it now. He hasn't always been a world beater; there were a lot of doubting and frustration. He's paid his dues. I must admit it's satisfying to see a great talent living up to it's potential.

:worship: Good comment! :worship:

SUKTUEN
10-02-2005, 03:31 PM
thanks

soonha
10-11-2005, 07:31 PM
From tennis-x.com...

Mats Wilander speaking to Tennis Week on Rafael Nadal challenging Roger Federer:

"Nadal is a very talented player, but I am not sure I think Nadal will have a good chance (to challenge Federer for No.1) because the more he plays Roger, the more Federer's gonna learn how to play him and I guess that is Federer's strength: he adjusts so well to opponents and figures out how he has to play each opponent. I think where Federer differs is he is so talented physically, he can always work on his game and always improve stuff within his game. Federer can definitely improve his volley and he can definitely improve his serve. When you watch him, his serve and backhand are not always on all the time and I personally think he can improve his serve and backhand. Imagine if he even starts hitting his serve 10 mph harder how he will be even tougher to break than he already is now. Federer is one of those phenomenons and the question is how long can keep his mind into it to continue at this level? Will he get distracted or bored? I do hope guys will focus on beating him because it will be good for him and good for tennis. I personally don't like that he plays these smaller tournaments. Yes, it's great for those smaller cities that the world No. 1 comes to play, but I hope he doesn't burn out playing these smaller places."...

...words of wisdom :worship:

RogiFan88
10-11-2005, 09:13 PM
So Mats is now leaning towards the Fed is he??? How fickle he is... I'm sure Rogi knows that he will have to drop a smaller tourney here and there but he can't take too much time off or he will be "rusty". Yes, Rogi gets bored and distracted but never "unmotivated" if that's a word. I believe that the young guys, who are the real threats now in tennis [Rafa, Richard, etc.] are the ones to keep Rogi in check, testing and pushing him to keep his tennis sharp and in good shape. Rogi won't be able to wander off much vs. them. Right now Rogi and Rafa are pushing each other. It's far more competitive a "rivalry" than Rogi and Lleyt, Rogi and Pand, Rogi and Maratski or Rogi and Juankers. ;)

ExpectedWinner
10-11-2005, 09:33 PM
From tennis-x.com...

Mats Wilander speaking to Tennis Week on Rafael Nadal challenging Roger Federer:

"Nadal is a very talented player, but I am not sure I think Nadal will have a good chance (to challenge Federer for No.1) because the more he plays Roger, the more Federer's gonna learn how to play him and I guess that is Federer's strength: he adjusts so well to opponents and figures out how he has to play each opponent. I think where Federer differs is he is so talented physically, he can always work on his game and always improve stuff within his game. Federer can definitely improve his volley and he can definitely improve his serve. When you watch him, his serve and backhand are not always on all the time and I personally think he can improve his serve and backhand. Imagine if he even starts hitting his serve 10 mph harder how he will be even tougher to break than he already is now. Federer is one of those phenomenons and the question is how long can keep his mind into it to continue at this level? Will he get distracted or bored? I do hope guys will focus on beating him because it will be good for him and good for tennis. I personally don't like that he plays these smaller tournaments. Yes, it's great for those smaller cities that the world No. 1 comes to play, but I hope he doesn't burn out playing these smaller places."...

...words of wisdom :worship:

I agree with everything he said, except for I'm not sure that Federer and Nadal will play often. Yes, Federer will be there at Nadal's friendly surfaces (clay, rebound ace). But will Nadal reach final rounds on grass and fast hc? So far he's managed to escape.

Peter talked about adding mph on Roger's serve a couple of years ago. No improvements have been made so far. :sad:

LCeh
10-11-2005, 10:36 PM
The next question also had something to do with Roger as well. :)

Tennis Week: What do you think about Gasquet, who plays all-court tennis and has beaten Federer this year or one of your guys, Joachim Johansson, who serves so big he can beat anyone when he's on, as potential threats to Federer?

Mats Wilander: Johansson definitely has the game to beat Roger Federer if he's on and if he's healthy. I like Gasquet. I I like the way he plays and I think he needs to get a little more mentally focused because sometimes it looks like he goes through the motions, but he's young and can learn. I like Gasquet and Nadal and I think they are two healthy, young players who will be successful for some time. Monfils, I'm not really sure about. He's a guy who does have a big game and could challenge, but he is still so far away and I'm not sure if he is thinking he can do it himself. I like the way Andy Roddick plays and I think he should have more success against Federer, but Roger just seems to pick him apart. The strange thing with Lleyton Hewitt is that Hewitt wins matches one way, from the baseline, and he can beat most guys playing that way, but there is no way he can beat Federer that way. So if you are Lleyton Hewitt do you remodel your game and try to play every match like you're playing Federer? At some point, I suppose you have to try and maybe risk some earlier round losses because if he continues to play the way he is, he'll never win another major as long as he has to get through Federer to do it. I'm a little surprised that more of these guys don't try to do different things. I'm surprised that Andy Roddick doesn't try to do more with his game just because Roger Federer seems to be able to pick him apart now. If Andy Roddick would kick in his serve and come to the net more at least he could put pressure on Federer and send the statement that "I'm going to make you beat me, Roger." Because right now, Roger Federer makes these guys beat themselves. Federer is so quick and has so many shots that when he plays against Andy and against Agassi, they are not going to hit too many winners so it ends up being an unbelievable rally and Roger wins eight out of 10 of those unbelievable rallies. At some point, you have to do something different.

RogiFan88
10-12-2005, 01:05 AM
We have yet to see Rogi play PPim but it will probably happen next year after he comes back fr his surgery. Gasquet still needs to mature but there's plenty of time; he knows that he can beat Rogi and will still feel fairly confident that he will again. As for Monfils, he's got a lot to improve but is starting to show some promise.

Pandy, well, I thought he S&V vs. Lleyt in the Cincy SF and was successful enough to beat HIM so why didn't he try vs. Rogi in the F? Mats is surprised that these guys don't try to do different things vs. Rogi? It's because they can't. They simply do not have the variety of shot that Rogi possesses. It's not in their repertoire. They are basically baseliners, esp Hewitt and usually play the same way all the time on all surfaces, w little adjustment. That goes for most players, incl. Juanqui, Guille, Nalby, Marat...

Right now both Pandy and Lleyt are suffering fr a loss of confidence, not only vs. Rogi altho Lleyt did v well vs. him in USO SF but still failed to beat Rogi. Pandy is getting beaten by all and sundry. Confidence or lack thereof can make all the difference in one's success on the court. Look at Juanqui... he can barely get by R1 in any tourney. It's a little sad and now the younger guys are moving up the rankings and starting to take over.

Oh well, just my two cents' worth... ;)

nobama
10-12-2005, 01:42 AM
Andy did plenty of S&V during the Wimbledon final and still got his ass kicked. In fact he was at the net much more than Roger, but Roger won a higher % of points at net than Andy did.

nobama
10-12-2005, 01:50 AM
I agree with everything he said, except for I'm not sure that Federer and Nadal will play often. Yes, Federer will be there at Nadal's friendly surfaces (clay, rebound ace). But will Nadal reach final rounds on grass and fast hc? So far he's managed to escape.

Peter talked about adding mph on Roger's serve a couple of years ago. No improvements have been made so far. :sad:I agree with you about Nadal. He and Roger may not be "rivals" unless Rafa really improves his hard court and grass game or falls in the rankings to possibly play Roger before a final. We know Roger's records on hc and grass - there's more of a chance of him going deep in tournaments on these surfaces than Rafa. I mean he and his coach Tony are already playing down TMC because it's a fast surface.

As far as Roger's service speed....it hasn't prevented him from winning 10+ tournaments two years in a row including 5 grand slams. And he's beating Andre Agassi what now 8 or 9 times in a row? And many people consider Andre the best returner the game has ever produced. I think his second serve may be a weakness, but I think overall that's an underrated part of his game just because he doesn't have the speed of some of the other guys.

soonha
10-12-2005, 01:54 AM
So Mats is now leaning towards the Fed is he??? How fickle he is... I'm sure Rogi knows that he will have to drop a smaller tourney here and there but he can't take too much time off or he will be "rusty". Yes, Rogi gets bored and distracted but never "unmotivated" if that's a word. I believe that the young guys, who are the real threats now in tennis [Rafa, Richard, etc.] are the ones to keep Rogi in check, testing and pushing him to keep his tennis sharp and in good shape. Rogi won't be able to wander off much vs. them. Right now Rogi and Rafa are pushing each other. It's far more competitive a "rivalry" than Rogi and Lleyt, Rogi and Pand, Rogi and Maratski or Rogi and Juankers. ;)
I would say Rogi's the only rival is none other than himself at the moment. I still don't count Nadal or Gasquet as a huge threat or rivalry, at least in coming a couple of years, because they have a lot of things to be remained yet proven and learnt.

Speaking of Nadal, yes, this has been a great year for him. But in order to call a real "rivalry" between him and Rogi, he still needs to prove his ability to continue his run of this year and to challenge and beat Rogi AND other big guys on a regular basis esp. on HC in coming years. I think Nadal took advantages of the difference of favorite surfaces from Rogi, the "new face" factor and some lucks, e.g. relatively easy draws at HC TMS tournaments, this year. So it's very difficult for him to repeat this year's results esp. if he decides to play more HC tournaments.

I believe it's more important for Rogi to take care of his fitness and health(esp. considering his feet problem) and to concentrate more on bigger tournaments, even if the ranking points would be cut off a little because of giving up a few small tournaments.

nobama
10-12-2005, 02:05 AM
I believe it's more important for Rogi to take care of his fitness and health(esp. considering his feet problem) and to concentrate more on bigger tournaments, even if the ranking points would be cut off a little because of giving up a few small tournaments.I think Roger will do what his body tells him to. But I also honestly believe he plays some of these tournaments because he really likes the location/region/country. He's said on numerous occasions how much he likes Asia, the people the culture. So I'm not surprised he plays over there. Same thing with Dubai. He vacationed there this year after Wimbledon. I think he does a good job of managing his schedule and takes enough breaks not to burn out.

RogiFan88
10-12-2005, 02:09 AM
Yes, definitely Rogi needs to concentrate on his health, which he does, if he wants a nice long career.

I use the word "rivalry" loosely.

I agree Soonha, that players will learn Rafa's game, and the true test will be how well Rafa can defend his titles next year. If you look at our stats thread, I already posted Rogi's W-L in finals, w emphasis on the titles he's managed to defend from year to year.

;)

SUKTUEN
10-12-2005, 05:12 AM
GOD please bless Roger keep Health all the time~!!!

intikab
10-12-2005, 03:08 PM
I think his second serve may be a weakness, but I think overall that's an underrated part of his game just because he doesn't have the speed of some of the other guys.

Actually, the second serve is great. For two years in a row, Fed is #1 on ATP in %age of points won on second serve. It's the first serve that is more of a concern (relative to other great servers). He is winning "only" 77% of 1st serve points - compared to 81% for Roddick. Sampras, Krajicek, Goran etc also used to win above 80% consistently. Adding more mph to his first serve or adding more spin (like Sampras) will be very good. This will also help him more in saving breaking points. Right now, he is at 66% in break points saved, Roddick is at 71%.

ExpectedWinner
10-12-2005, 03:23 PM
As far as Roger's service speed....it hasn't prevented him from winning 10+ tournaments two years in a row including 5 grand slams. And he's beating Andre Agassi what now 8 or 9 times in a row? And many people consider Andre the best returner the game has ever produced. I think his second serve may be a weakness, but I think overall that's an underrated part of his game just because he doesn't have the speed of some of the other guys.

His serve is very good . But as he gets older, it will be more important to get some easy points from aces and/or weak replies for easy put aways at the net.

SUKTUEN
10-13-2005, 01:18 AM
OH MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDDD

Dirk
10-13-2005, 01:42 AM
Expected, Roger's serve is based on precison not pace. Pete never had the biggest serve but he had the same things Roger had which made his serve so tough. Roger will be fine.

SUKTUEN
10-13-2005, 06:13 AM
Roger 's serve is more smooth than Pete

the_natural
10-14-2005, 07:43 AM
Rogifan88 wheres that pic from?? Did she play doubles with him??

SUKTUEN
10-14-2005, 08:44 AM
What double?

onm684
10-23-2005, 08:32 AM
this press conference (http://www.masters-series-madrid.com/eng/news/NewsDetail_327.htm)is that from Rafa's comment on Roger after his victory semi on Madrid.

Q. Talking about this incredible year, you're adding more victories than Federer. If Federer is an alien, what are you?
Rafa: Well, maybe an exception. But Shanghai, I talked to him the other day, to Federer, he told me he was going to visit Shanghai.I hope him to be. It's better for us if he's there. 78 victories, but a few defeats, too.

Q. You were saying you spoke to Federer the other day. Was that on the telephone?
Rafa: Yeah, I spoke to him on the phone. I asked him how he was feeling with his ankle, he had a problem. He was wearing crutches still, but he hopes to be in Shanghai. He wishes to be there.

Q. Do you speak to him often or is that unusual?
Rafa: No, not often. Sometime as few times to congratulate him, for Wimbledon, for instance, the US Open, and right now I spoke to him during this Masters Series.

Q. This is interesting. It shows that although you're big rivals, you can have respect and consideration for each other?
Rafa: Yeah, besides, we have a good relationship. Federer, he's not only No. 1 and a great person; he's a man that's calm and quiet, good person. He's nice. That's the most important thing.


They has a good relationship. It's great. And Roger told to Rafa that he hopes to be in Shanghai. Let's believe him because he gives all to recover!!

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 02:45 PM
Nadal looks very like to talk to Roger,
I think Roger is not like Nadal as Nadal like him~

RogiFan88
10-23-2005, 03:34 PM
Rogifan88 wheres that pic from?? Did she play doubles with him??

what pic??

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 03:37 PM
which pic ?
can I help u ?

silverwhite
10-24-2005, 01:40 PM
"I will go home tomorrow and I will enjoy the evening as I did yesterday. I went out with Roger Federer and his girlfriend to an Italian restaurant at the Bahnhofstrasse. I like the Swiss speciality and probably I will try Raclette this evening."

(Excerpt from a Lindsay Davenport interview in Zurich)

Since Rogifan88 directed me to post it here. :p

SUKTUEN
10-24-2005, 01:56 PM
silverwhite thanks~~

Daniel
10-28-2005, 06:15 AM
thanks silverwhite :)

SUKTUEN
10-28-2005, 08:18 AM
Mirka is so good to Roger~

kjo
11-03-2005, 02:48 AM
From a Q and A w/ the Bryan brothers on the ATP website:

Among the players in the Top 10 right now, who is your favorite (or most admired, on or off the court) and why? Please exclude Andy because he is your pal. Thanks!
Henrybert Tantek
Caloocan City, Philippines
Mike: I like the way Roger Federer acts off the court. He's laid back and never gets too serious in the locker room; he loves telling jokes. He's loose before matches and I like that.

MissMoJo
11-03-2005, 02:59 AM
:D nice comment by mike (whichever one that is, since i don't know one from the other :shrug: :lol: )

SUKTUEN
11-03-2005, 05:19 AM
Roger is a funny guy always~! :haha:

R.Federer
11-16-2005, 06:48 PM
Davydenko admitted that his qualification had been eased considerably by injuries to Agassi and Rafael Nadal.

"Coming to Shanghai, it was supposed to be a tough group - but Agassi retired and Nadal didn't play any matches, so I get a chance to get into the semi-finals," said Davydenko.

"It's great for me because if you get some chance, you need to take it, but this surface is very difficult.

"If you don't concentrate you can get injured. For Federer it doesn't matter what surface he plays on. He can play on ice."

SUKTUEN
11-17-2005, 05:23 AM
"If you don't concentrate you can get injured. For Federer it doesn't matter what surface he plays on. He can play on ice."

GOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD!!!!!!!!!

MissMoJo
11-18-2005, 07:55 PM
This doesn't exactly fit in with this thread but i thought it was so cool, and cute :lol:
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=649040&postcount=10

RogiNie
11-19-2005, 11:17 AM
:cool:

Skyward
11-20-2005, 06:28 AM
Ivan Ljubicic

- He gets a lot from his sport, but he gives back a part of what it brings him. Federer, he's a great champion, but he's also a great man. If all guys of his level were acting his way, tennis would surely be more popular than today.

SUKTUEN
11-24-2005, 03:24 PM
Thanks

Nocko
11-25-2005, 12:54 AM
This doesn't exactly fit in with this thread but i thought it was so cool, and cute :lol:
http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/showpost.php?p=649040&postcount=10
:lol: Rogi!! :smooch:

kjo
12-01-2005, 03:32 AM
Lovely quote from Nadal in November 18th interview (thanks to VamosRafa at tenniswarehouse.com):

"How would you describe your relationship with Roger Federer?

Very good, extraordinary. He has always been a gentleman. Two years ago, when I still hadn't won anything to speak off, he told the people at Nike that I was going to be his great rival. Even so, there's never been the slightest friction between us; the opposite in fact. In Paris, during Roland Garros, my sister wanted to have her photo taken with him and Federer was charming, very pleasant, and chatted with her for quite a while. He is one of the best tennis players in history and his behaviour, in every sense, is to be admired."

RogiFan88
12-01-2005, 12:58 PM
Smart Maribel! ;)

SUKTUEN
12-03-2005, 08:21 AM
Good words this time Nadal~~ :smooch:

Stevens Point
01-02-2006, 12:25 AM
www.thecouriermail.news.com.au

No shaking Swiss from top spot
By Andrew McGarry
02jan06

AMERICAN James Blake says he sees no end in sight to Roger Federer's dominance of the men's game, describing the Swiss star as arguably the greatest player ever.

Blake, who has climbed back into the world's top 25 after a series of health scares and personal issues, including the death of his father to cancer, said he felt in great shape as he prepared to kick-start his season in the Adelaide International tournament.

Asked if 2006 could see a changing of the guard, Blake said he couldn't see it happening anytime soon.

"I would never, ever say that to Roger (Federer). I hope (the media) don't," Blake said.

"He's so good, I think tennis fans are going to be getting more and more excited as he gets closer to Pete Sampras' (Grand Slam) record."

Blake, who turned 26 last week and has played big matches against most of the game's top-ranked players, gave a glowing assessment of the world No.1's ability.

"I never played Pete (Sampras) in his prime," Blake said.

"(But) it's tough for me to imagine anyone playing better than Roger has played in the last couple of years."

Blake said he could not see anyone toppling Federer from the number one position "until he relents".

Blake, who lives in Tampa, Florida, took his ranking from 97 to inside the top 30 last season, winning the New Haven hardcourt tournament and the Stockholm title in the process. He also reached the quarter-finals of the US Open, beating Spanish sensation Rafael Nadal, before bowing out in an epic five-setter against Andre Agassi.

Blake is the No.5 seed in Adelaide, placed in the tougher top half of the draw which contains most of the main chances, including hometown hero and top seed Lleyton Hewitt. Blake has lost all six times he has played Hewitt, most notably a memorable clash at the US Open in 2001 where Hewitt questioned whether some close line calls had gone against him because the linespeople were African-American, like Blake.

However, Blake said yesterday that he would be happy to face Hewitt again, although he cautioned that that would not happen unless both players reached the semi-finals.

"We have a lot of history ... a couple of five-setters, and a couple of times he's got me pretty badly," Blake said.

"He's such a solid player ... it'll be good to see if I've improved a lot this (past) year."

Blake said he was more reserved on court, but he was happy for players like Hewitt to show their emotions.

"I don't worry about his antics - I just care about what happens at my end of the court," he said.

nobama
01-02-2006, 04:16 AM
I saw these comments from Blake. :cool:

SUKTUEN
01-02-2006, 01:40 PM
as my mind, Roger 's backhand better than Sampras~
but serve is Pete better ;)

RogiFan88
01-05-2006, 07:27 PM
What Tommy said in Doha [one day before meeting Rogi in the SF]:

Haas is looking forward to playing Federer, saying the match would be an important test before the Australian Open later this month.

"Facing a player of Roger's caliber gives you an idea where your game is," Haas said. "Obviously, he is one of the best players ever and also a great guy off the court."

Thanks, Tommy!

Oriental_Rain
01-06-2006, 03:37 AM
...and nice haircut too ;)

SUKTUEN
01-06-2006, 07:57 AM
Thanks, Tommy

I love your words~!

Federerthebest
01-10-2006, 09:13 PM
"AS the winner of the US Open and the season-ending WTA Championships, a former world No.1 and fresh from a crushing victory in her first match of the new year at the Sydney International, Kim Clijsters has as much claim as anyone to the vacant title of undisputed female tennis champion of the world.

But asked if she might be the one to seize the crown, the Belgian was almost diffident.

"I don't think in the women's tour there is a 'Ms Federer'," said Clijsters after mauling Na Li 6-3, 6-1 yesterday."

http://smh.com.au/news/tennis/race-to-be-first-among-equals/2006/01/10/1136863239262.html

SUKTUEN
01-11-2006, 06:27 AM
Love Clijsters ~!

tonia9
01-12-2006, 08:07 AM
January 12, 2006
Ivan Ljubicic after match with Roger.

"I always enjoy playing against him because I always learn something," said Ljubicic. "No matter how many times he beats you, you just have to love him, he is a really nice guy."

bokehlicious
01-12-2006, 08:16 AM
Nice words from Ljubo :worship:

^Sue^
01-12-2006, 08:38 AM
Hey, is Roger still be able to compete to defend his title????

MissMoJo
01-12-2006, 09:39 AM
January 12, 2006
Ivan Ljubicic after match with Roger.

"I always enjoy playing against him because I always learn something," said Ljubicic. "No matter how many times he beats you, you just have to love him, he is a really nice guy."
How sweet :p

RogiFan88
01-12-2006, 02:25 PM
I'm getting to like Ivan more and more...

Minnie
01-12-2006, 10:42 PM
".... and he's also a nice guy so you just can't hate him; no matter how much times he beats you, you just have to love him, he's a really nice guy."

If someone said something like this about me, I'd feel very proud (bit embarrassed, but proud all the same!)

SUKTUEN
01-13-2006, 01:26 AM
Ivan Love Roger?????

OK I love Ivan too~~~~ :devil: :devil:

ytben
01-13-2006, 01:36 AM
Tonia thanks for the quotes. That's very nice of Ivan to say that. All his fellow players always say the same thing about him, what a great guy he is :D

SUKTUEN
01-13-2006, 01:38 AM
Tonia thanks for the quotes. That's very nice of Ivan to say that. All his fellow players always say the same thing about him, what a great guy he is :D

yes, ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ~~~~ :devil:

PaulieM
01-21-2006, 08:10 PM
i just had to throw this one in:
cliff drysdale during the max match, talking about roger and what he said about his love for the game.
"oh roger he's a gift from the heavens, he really is" :lol: cliff would marry roger if he could.:tape:

MissMoJo
01-21-2006, 09:02 PM
i just had to throw this one in:
cliff drysdale during the max match, talking about roger and what he said about his love for the game.
"oh roger he's a gift from the heavens, he really is" :lol: cliff would marry roger if he could.:tape:
:rolls: i know, he sounded almost orgasmic :o But cliffy's just on the rebound because marat is m.i.a :angel:
btw, they remarked that max said that rogi and his family are the closest people to him on tour :) and that max had asked roger to be his bestman .I didn't know they were so very close :)

World Beater
01-21-2006, 09:10 PM
the praise for roger is deserved...but what is funny is when pmac starts gushing when federer puts an easy ball away...roger did nothing special...but just because he is roger, pmac sets his vibrator to max speed

PaulieM
01-21-2006, 09:28 PM
:rolls: i know, he sounded almost orgasmic :o But cliffy's just on the rebound because marat is m.i.a :angel:
btw, they remarked that max said that rogi and his family are the closest people to him on tour :) and that max had asked roger to be his bestman .I didn't know they were so very close :)
cliff sometimes does this little groan/moan thing after roger hits a great shot, it's like he's having an orgasm :tape: :o he cracks me up so much. :rolls:
but his love for marat is far beyond that for roger, he'd have his babies if he could.

robinhood
01-21-2006, 09:54 PM
the praise for roger is deserved...but what is funny is when pmac starts gushing when federer puts an easy ball away...roger did nothing special...but just because he is roger, pmac sets his vibrator to max speed

:haha:
So True!

robinhood
01-21-2006, 09:56 PM
cliff sometimes does this little groan/moan thing after roger hits a great shot, it's like he's having an orgasm :tape: :o he cracks me up so much. :rolls:
but his love for marat is far beyond that for roger, he'd have his babies if he could.

:haha: :haha:

nobama
01-21-2006, 10:13 PM
You think the ESPN crew are bad? Listen to the guys on Eurosport. 2004 TMC was embarrassing. After Roger beat Marat in the SF one of the announcers said "what a wonderful human being Roger Federer is", and when Roger got a bad call on match point the announcers kept going on about how well Roger was taking that call. It's like good grief, he's not the first player to get a bad call on an important point. It's not such a big deal that he just got on with it.

World Beater
01-21-2006, 10:26 PM
You think the ESPN crew are bad? Listen to the guys on Eurosport. 2004 TMC was embarrassing. After Roger beat Marat in the SF one of the announcers said "what a wonderful human being Roger Federer is", and when Roger got a bad call on match point the announcers kept going on about how well Roger was taking that call. It's like good grief, he's not the first player to get a bad call on an important point. It's not such a big deal that he just got on with it.


:haha:

i remember that one.

TenHound
01-22-2006, 01:04 AM
I don't agree - that bad call, was an obviously bad call on Match Point for christ sakes - during a tie-break. I was flabbergasted that Rog didn't take the time to even pitch a mini-fit - you know like 1% of a JMac fit..

Also, beyond a point I don't think it marks Roger as such a great guy. I think he takes it a step too far, so that it becomes a weakness that hurts him. For ex. in Paris last summer. He should have simply tossed his racquet in his bag & walked off court, when umpire refused to suspend the semi due to darkness after Roger, who has No history of lying or evading, said he could no longer see the ball. But Rog is such a "good guy" he just tossed the rest of the match instead to RN, since he couldn't play w/out being able to see the ball. Other guys have walked off the court. It's tricky drawing the line between being a good sport, and being docile. Here I think he went just a bit too far.

nobama
01-22-2006, 03:34 AM
Regarding RG, they were in the middle of the 4th set and even Nadal agreed had Roger won that set they would have suspended play. Roger didn't lose at RG because of darkness. And had he pitched a fit and walked off court people would've called him a big baby and said he only wanted play suspended because he was losing.

SUKTUEN
01-22-2006, 06:04 AM
oh

TenHound
01-22-2006, 07:02 AM
Roger would not have been criticized for walking off the court when he couldn't see. He has no history of ever pitching fits, or being a poor sport.

lsy
01-22-2006, 05:08 PM
From the MTF new hero ;) (well not really commenting on Rogi but I thought it was cute) :

Q. Can you remember the first time you did the through‑the‑legs service motion? Is it now instinctive? Are you thinking about it when you do it?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, it's just one ‑‑ like a routine. I don't even think about it. It comes along. The first time was the year I lost first round in Australian Open. I saw Federer do it. He did it just once in the match. That's when I went back, I start doing it. So it just came habit.

:lol:

I wish more young players will continue to model not only their tennis, but also the styles/behavious etc from Rogi...so one day when Rogi retires...I still can find shadow of him in the new comers :angel: ...(waiting perharps 20 years for Rogi's son might just be too long a wait for me :p )

Seriously though, I thought Marcos was returning Andy's serves very similar like how Rogi always does...I wonder has he been studying those Rogi/Andy tapes too? ;)

SUKTUEN
01-23-2006, 08:40 AM
I do not love this young guy , I love the black French boy more :worship:

MissMoJo
01-24-2006, 03:36 PM
Q. Did you watch Roger last night?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yep.

Q. What were your thoughts on that performance?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He won (smiling).

heh.

World Beater
01-24-2006, 04:03 PM
Q. Did you watch Roger last night?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yep.

Q. What were your thoughts on that performance?

DAVID NALBANDIAN: He won (smiling).

heh.

he was never one to praise roger, which is normal for a rival.

roger does not return the favor either. so its ok.

SUKTUEN
01-24-2006, 04:06 PM
GODDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD~!

Daniel
01-25-2006, 12:58 AM
Anyway, Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times asked Haas a fairly innocuous question after his five-set loss to Roger Federer last night, prompting Haas to go on a jag culiminating with this riff (sorry I can't link to the interview transcript; for some reason, it isn't available on the official AO website):


Everybody is, you know, talking about him {Federer} being maybe the greatest ever. He still has to do a couple of things, I think, in my mind, to be that. If you ask Jim Courier, I mean, that guy has his tongue up his {Federer’s} ass, I think . . . you know, the whole time when you actually listen to him {Courier} commentating or listen to him talk about Roger Federer. Sometimes makes me sick almost.

Now, I’ve got to admit that I think Haas makes a good point—about the Mighty Fed. I think it’s unwise to be throwing the “greatest ever” label around until a player has more of a track record. After all, it isn’t inconceivable that Nadal ends up dominating Roger (or even that Marat Safin gets a brain transplant and ends up winning his share of majors) in a career rivalry, is it?

What I don’t get though, is Haas going after Jim that way. It’s not like Courier is some loudmouth press pariah or pundit. He’s a recent world No. 1, and multiple Grand Slam champ. He’s worn the shoes flopping around on Tommy’s feet and filled them. He deserves a lot more respect than those comments contain.

PamV
01-25-2006, 01:13 AM
the praise for roger is deserved...but what is funny is when pmac starts gushing when federer puts an easy ball away...roger did nothing special...but just because he is roger, pmac sets his vibrator to max speed

PMac praises Nadal even more. I think he can't tell that a certain shot is an easy put away because he watches a lot of the American players his judgement is clouded.

nobama
01-25-2006, 04:41 AM
What I don’t get though, is Haas going after Jim that way. It’s not like Courier is some loudmouth press pariah or pundit. He’s a recent world No. 1, and multiple Grand Slam champ. He’s worn the shoes flopping around on Tommy’s feet and filled them. He deserves a lot more respect than those comments contain.Didn't Courier ask Haas in his previous match a personal question about a girlfriend or something, and then Haas asked Courier if he had a girlfriend. Couple that with the ass licking comment and you wonder if it has something to do with Courier's sexual preference and Haas getting in a little dig? :confused:

Seraphim
01-25-2006, 01:11 PM
I disagree with Hass.
Despite his praise at the end, there were just as many tongues in his ass before and after he was #2 in the world. And like Haas, Roddick, Sharapove, Kournikova, Safin, Blake, Gambill and a few others, 90% of that OVER praising was due to their LOOKS. Completely subjective and superficial.

The same cannot be said for Federer. We know what 90% of his OVER praising comes from. The OBJECTIVE. Tennis.

I also DO NOT agree with Roger having to do ANYTHING in MY book, or for that fact anyone elses book in order to BECOME a staple in men's tennis. The ONLY book that matters is Roger's. His rules about what it is he going to achieve, when he is going to do it, how long it will take him and whether it will mean ANYTHING at all is always and has always been up to Federer. Anyone who has the audacity to even conceive to a limit of who, what, why, when, and how Federer or ANY PLAYER needs a reality check.

If Hass felt like he wasn't being respected by the media, then he should've slighted the media. But to conceive what Fed still needs to do in HIS BOOK, was a slight against Roger.

Tell the media to stop asking stupid questions.

Tell the media that just because Fed had two great years, it doesn't mean that the rest of us are shitty.

Tell them they have no fucking right to put him or any other player in the draw, down, in order to praise Roger.

The same media who praised him didn't mind trying their best to make other players feel like they were ugly compaired to his looks and ranking when he was at the top. Like I said previously, Roddick, Safin, Sharapova, etc.

SUKTUEN
01-25-2006, 05:12 PM
thanks

World Beater
01-28-2006, 10:42 AM
haas has sour grapes...he's always had it.

anyways, the media asked federer about what haas said.

roger brushed it off calmly. i hope roger comes out and thrashes haas the next time they play. he needs to hand him some more bagel sets.

NYCtennisfan
01-29-2006, 02:23 AM
I disagree with Hass.
Despite his praise at the end, there were just as many tongues in his ass before and after he was #2 in the world. And like Haas, Roddick, Sharapove, Kournikova, Safin, Blake, Gambill and a few others, 90% of that OVER praising was due to their LOOKS. Completely subjective and superficial.

The same cannot be said for Federer. We know what 90% of his OVER praising comes from. The OBJECTIVE. Tennis.

I also DO NOT agree with Roger having to do ANYTHING in MY book, or for that fact anyone elses book in order to BECOME a staple in men's tennis. The ONLY book that matters is Roger's. His rules about what it is he going to achieve, when he is going to do it, how long it will take him and whether it will mean ANYTHING at all is always and has always been up to Federer. Anyone who has the audacity to even conceive to a limit of who, what, why, when, and how Federer or ANY PLAYER needs a reality check.

If Hass felt like he wasn't being respected by the media, then he should've slighted the media. But to conceive what Fed still needs to do in HIS BOOK, was a slight against Roger.

Tell the media to stop asking stupid questions.

Tell the media that just because Fed had two great years, it doesn't mean that the rest of us are shitty.

Tell them they have no fucking right to put him or any other player in the draw, down, in order to praise Roger.

The same media who praised him didn't mind trying their best to make other players feel like they were ugly compaired to his looks and ranking when he was at the top. Like I said previously, Roddick, Safin, Sharapova, etc.

Astute and excellent post.

PamV
01-29-2006, 02:37 AM
I disagree with Hass.
Despite his praise at the end, there were just as many tongues in his ass before and after he was #2 in the world. And like Haas, Roddick, Sharapove, Kournikova, Safin, Blake, Gambill and a few others, 90% of that OVER praising was due to their LOOKS. Completely subjective and superficial.

The same cannot be said for Federer. We know what 90% of his OVER praising comes from. The OBJECTIVE. Tennis.

I also DO NOT agree with Roger having to do ANYTHING in MY book, or for that fact anyone elses book in order to BECOME a staple in men's tennis. The ONLY book that matters is Roger's. His rules about what it is he going to achieve, when he is going to do it, how long it will take him and whether it will mean ANYTHING at all is always and has always been up to Federer. Anyone who has the audacity to even conceive to a limit of who, what, why, when, and how Federer or ANY PLAYER needs a reality check.

If Hass felt like he wasn't being respected by the media, then he should've slighted the media. But to conceive what Fed still needs to do in HIS BOOK, was a slight against Roger.

Tell the media to stop asking stupid questions.

Tell the media that just because Fed had two great years, it doesn't mean that the rest of us are shitty.

Tell them they have no fucking right to put him or any other player in the draw, down, in order to praise Roger.

The same media who praised him didn't mind trying their best to make other players feel like they were ugly compaired to his looks and ranking when he was at the top. Like I said previously, Roddick, Safin, Sharapova, etc.

Good points.

I have a feeling that a lot Haas' sour grape reaction stems from the fact that he gets less cute as the years go by and now with the short hair he doesn't even stand out in the crowd. He got a lot of attention for years just for his looks but now those days are about gone.

I think Roger already is a staple in men's tennis just based on what he's achieved up to now. For that matter Roddick who's achieved less is also a staple and will some day get into the Hall of Fame even if he never wins another major.

It seems odd of Haas to imply that the measure of who is the greatest has to be the number of majors won. People who know the history of tennis realize that major wins alone might not be the determining factor. Some would argue winning majors on all surfaces makes one greater. Others would argue that percentages of wins over top 10 opponents per year should also enter in to who is the greatest. I think it must annoy Roger to keep on hearing the comparisons and the talk of him being the greatest when his career is still only at the half way point. It seems like that kind of talk would make it hard to keep his head on straight and think clearly.

ExpectedWinner
01-29-2006, 02:41 AM
Good points.

I have a feeling that a lot Haas' sour grape reaction stems from the fact that he gets less cute as the years go by and now with the short hair he doesn't even stand out in the crowd. He got a lot of attention for years just for his looks but now those days are about gone.




:haha::haha::haha:

You can not be serious.

PamV
01-29-2006, 02:45 AM
From the MTF new hero ;) (well not really commenting on Rogi but I thought it was cute) :

Q. Can you remember the first time you did the through‑the‑legs service motion? Is it now instinctive? Are you thinking about it when you do it?

MARCOS BAGHDATIS: No, it's just one ‑‑ like a routine. I don't even think about it. It comes along. The first time was the year I lost first round in Australian Open. I saw Federer do it. He did it just once in the match. That's when I went back, I start doing it. So it just came habit.

:lol:

I wish more young players will continue to model not only their tennis, but also the styles/behavious etc from Rogi...so one day when Rogi retires...I still can find shadow of him in the new comers :angel: ...(waiting perharps 20 years for Rogi's son might just be too long a wait for me :p )

Seriously though, I thought Marcos was returning Andy's serves very similar like how Rogi always does...I wonder has he been studying those Rogi/Andy tapes too? ;)

When I first saw Marcos play they were saying his boyhood idol was Andre Agassi. Marcos plays with some tactics that Roger uses. That part is scary because it would make him a tougher opponent for Roger. However, it's fine when Marcos is playing other people to use Roger's tactics.

PamV
01-29-2006, 02:47 AM
:haha::haha::haha:

You can not be serious.

What part do you disagree with? I think Haas loved the attention he got over the years.....but that's dying down. He's not cute now is he? He's starting to look drained. His hair is awful.

ExpectedWinner
01-29-2006, 03:03 AM
What part do you disagree with? I think Haas loved the attention he got over the years.....but that's dying down. He's not cute now is he? He's starting to look drained. His hair is awful.

Sorry, I'm not an expert in male beauty. ;)

But his sour comments have nothing to do with his supposedly deteriorating looks. Leave this drama to WTA. :D

PamV
01-29-2006, 03:20 AM
Sorry, I'm not an expert in male beauty. ;)

But his sour comments have nothing to do with his supposedly deteriorating looks. Leave this drama to WTA. :D

You can't really be sure. A man or woman who is used to being treated like a sex symbol in their prime can later feel upset when no one cares any more. I am just guessing because after Haas started to fall in the ranks he still had a lot of attention from groupies which fed his ego. Now the groupies are probably gone so he's cranky.

If this isn't the case, then has Haas just always had a sour personality?

ExpectedWinner
01-29-2006, 04:02 AM
You can't really be sure. A man or woman who is used to being treated like a sex symbol in their prime can later feel upset when no one cares any more. I am just guessing because after Haas started to fall in the ranks he still had a lot of attention from groupies which fed his ego. Now the groupies are probably gone so he's cranky.

If this isn't the case, then has Haas just always had a sour personality?

To be a sex symbol worldwide and profit on it, you need to be a top player and win something big (exceptions-Kournikova,Kirilenko to the much lesser degree). As a number 40+ he doesn't fit into this role, no matter how trendy his haircut is.

He was supposed to be a new Boris Becker, but high expectations have never really materialized. Now, at 28, he probably realizes that not too much time left. That could cause some envy/bitterness. I'm sure his goal at this tournament was to beat Roger at least, no less( he's done it before). So, he was disappointed and let his frustration out. Besides, it must be annoying for the rest of the tour to listen endless praise for Roger 365 days a year. It's really premature to call him the best ever.

As for groupies, I don't think he suffers from the lack of attention, unless he's a bankrupt/total cretin/unable perform in bed. ;)

SUKTUEN
01-29-2006, 09:58 AM
I also really Want to listen to Andy talk about Roger!!!!

Andy~!Please Wake Up~!!!!!!!!!! :zzz: :tears:

RogiFan88
02-07-2006, 01:01 PM
I was wondering whether Rafa watched Rogi's AO F and what he thought about it, so here's finally an interesting Rafa interview today where he talks about watching Rogi win AO06 [I'll translate that part later]:

Nadal admite que ha estado más nervioso de lo habitual por la lesión

Rafa Nadal: "He llorado mucho por la lesión"
"Se piensa de todo, incluso que quizás no puedes volver a jugar a tenis"

"Mis padres han tenido mucha paciencia conmigo y se lo agradezco"

"Se me caían las lágrimas viendo llorar a Federer en Australia"*

"La eliminatoria de la Davis en Bielorrusia será muy difícil"

Ángel Rigueira / VIGENTE CAMPEÓN DE ROLAND GARROS Y Nº 2 MUNDIAL

07/02/06 03:00 h.Rafa Nadal se ha pasado cuatro meses sin competir. Durante la final que ganó a Ljubicic en Madrid, tras remontar dos sets en contra, sintió intensos dolores en el pie izquierdo. Alcanzó los vestuarios sin apenas poder pisar. Entonces, 23 de octubre, pensó que se debía al esfuerzo realizado, pero el problema físico derivó en un largo período de baja que cerrará el próximo día 13 cuando regrese al circuito profesional en el ATP de Marsella.

No pudo debutar en su primer Masters, viajó a Shanghai en balde, ni siquiera se desplazó esta temporada al Open de Australia y se perderá la primera eliminatoria de Copa Davis, el Bielorrusia-España, pero lo peor fue que durante muchos días el tenista tuvo que convivir con la incertidumbre del origen exacto del mal que provocaba el dolor, la inflamación del mismo pie que ya le había mantenido fuera de la pista durante casi cuatro meses por una fisura en el tercio externo del escafoides en la primavera de 2004. Superado el mal trago, su principal deseo es que las lesiones le dejen tranquilo. De recuperar el nivel físico y tenis ya se encargará él “trabajando duro día a día, entrenamiento a entrenamiento”.

¿La lesión ha quedado definitivamente atrás?

Siento algunas molestias después de entrenar pero el pie ya no se inflama tras los entrenamientos. Estoy contento porque se ha detectado el problema y se han puesto los medios para solucionarlo. Todavía no estoy al cien por cien para competir, pero sí a un nivel bastante bueno.

Han sido muchas las pruebas y consultas médicas. ¿Ya sabe con exactitud de qué lesión se ha tratado?

(Ríe). Una inflamación de todas las articulaciones que están al lado de la zona de la lesión del año pasado. Sentía mucho dolor cuando corría. Me han hecho unas plantillas nuevas, me han cambiado los puntos de apoyo del pie y parece que va bien porque las articulaciones ya no se inflaman y no siento tanto dolor.

¿Todavía le inquieta? ¿Tiene miedo a una recaída?

Sí que siento miedo, pero es normal después de haber pasado momentos tan difíciles. Cuando entreno, vigilo, y supongo que el miedo no desaparecerá hasta que haya disputado unos cuantos torneos.

Plantillas y zapatillas especiales aparte, ¿algún otro cambio importante para cuidar el pie?

Me he adelgazado un poco, aunque no mucho, pero por lo demás todo sigue igual que siempre.

¿Qué pasaba por su cabeza cuando no llegaba la solución? ¿Llegó a temer por su carrera?

Se piensa de todo, también que a lo mejor no puedes volver a jugar al tenis. He llorado muchas veces en casa, sobre todo cuando veía que no podía jugar, que no desaparecía el dolor. Dejaba de jugar unos días, volvía a probar pero de nuevo el dolor. Lo he pasado realmente mal. Lloré mucho, lo cual es bueno en según qué situaciones. Ahora que he vuelto a entrenar con intensidad sólo pienso en mejorar, con mucha ilusión.

En casa debían estar deseando que volviera jugar, se hace difícil imaginarle sin tenis de por medio.

No soy tan activo como en la pista, en casa soy mucho más tranquilo, aunque es cierto que no puedo estar sin hacer nada. Mi familia, sobre todo mis padres, han tenido mucha paciencia en estos momentos tan difíciles. Toni (su tío y entrenador) también lo ha pasado mal, pero han sido mis padres quienes lo han vivido de cerca, los que me han visto más nervioso de lo habitual. He tenido con ellos discusiones que en condiciones normales no hubieran existido. Me han aguantado, me han ayudado mucho y se lo agradezco muchísimo.

¿Cuándo lo ha pasado peor, ahora o con la lesión de 2004?

No lo sé, cuando compita lo sabré. En 2004 también fueron momentos difíciles, quizás fuera peor que ahora ya que eran los comienzos en el circuito. Esta vez me he perdido un Grand Slam, que puede perjudicar mi ránking a final de año, pero volveré a la competición siendo aún el nº 2 mundial. En cambio, en 2004 pasé de ser el 32º, jugando muy bien, al 70º cuando regresé, lo que psicológicamente es complicado.

¿Ha podido disfrutar de otras cosas al margen del tenis?

He podido sacarme el carnet de conducir, que ya tenía ganas. Estar con los amigos también me ha ayudado para distraerme y he jugado algo al golf. Cuando estás lesionado apenas dispones de tiempo libre. Le dedicas todo el día a la lesión. Por la mañana me iba a la piscina, después recuperación con Juanan Martorell (enfermero deportivo que le acompañará en los torneos) y por la tarde preparación física.

¿Y qué han hecho quienes le rodean para frenar sus ansias de jugar? A usted le tentó mucho la idea de acudir a Australia.

Sí que pensé en ir. No lo tenía muy claro, aunque me hicieron ver que no podía ser. En parte tenían razón y en parte, no. Quizás hubiera podido jugar, aunque seguramente sin hacer un buen resultado. No había entrenado al nivel suficiente para afrontar un torneo a cinco sets, con tanto calor. Era un riesgo innecesario también. Se decidió que no fuera y fue una decisión acertada.

En Melbourne ganó Roger Federer. ¿Qué sintió cuando le vio llorando desconsoladamente en la ceremonia de entrega de trofeos?**

Yo también me puse a llorar, me cayeron muchas lágrimas. Le ha costado mucho ganar el torneo, ha atravesado momentos complicados. Sé lo que es ganar un Grand Slam con toda la presión como la que yo tuve en Roland Garros. Sufres de repente una bajada de tensión, rompes a llorar y no te puedes controlar, como me pasó a mí en París y le pasó a Roger en Melbourne.

Rivales suyos como Hewitt o Roddick defraudaron. En cambio, surgió el chipriota Baghdatis.

A mí me ha ido bien que Hewitt y compañía no hicieran un buen resultado, pero seguro que acabarán estando arriba. Y, como Baghdatis, hay muchos que aprietan fuerte o que van saliendo. Están también Monfils, Djokovic, que acabará despuntando, Gasquet o Berdych. Hay muchos jóvenes de calidad, no paran de salir jugadores.

¿A usted también le sorprendió la explosión Baghdatis?

Sí porque no había hecho grandes cosas. Había demostrado que era un buen jugador en algún que otro partido, pero nada más. En Australia le he visto a un gran nivel, jugando de esa manera tendrá opciones de estar arriba.

¿Y usted dónde espera estar después de la lesión?

Lo primero que espero y deseo es no tener más dolores, no padecer lesiones. A partir de ahí, acabar entre los ochos primeros, ir al Masters, es el gran objetivo. Está más complicado porque he empezado más tarde y sé que tendré problemas al principio en los torneos.

¿Del número uno ni hablamos?

Después de lo que ha pasado, uno no puede ponerse metas tan altas. El nº 1 está prácticamente imposible, lo ocupa el mejor jugador de la historia (Federer). El objetivo más bien sería mantener el nº 2 actual, que será difícil. Aunque lo más importante de todo es seguir mejorando para estar preparado por si llega el momento de atacar el número uno mundial, pero es difícil.

En su calendario están los 'indoors' sobre rápida de Marsella y Rotterdam y los torneos sobre pista dura de Dubai, Indian Wells y Miami. ¿Está preparado por si vienen mal dadas al principio?

Soy consciente de que sufriré en los dos, tres o cuatro primeros partidos. Hay que mirar la parte positiva, si gano alguno de esos encuentros ya será bueno, incluso perdiendo pero alcanzando un nivel aceptable. En Marsella y Rotterdam, si me apuras, se puede perder incluso en primera ronda. Y a partir de aquí ya veremos. Aunque mi interés es intentar llegar con un buen nivel físico y de tenis a los Masters Series de Indian Wells (no jugó en 2005) y Miami (finalista el año pasado). Para ello voy a poner todo mi empeño día a día, entrenamiento a entrenamiento. Hay que aceptar con humildad que al principio será difícil. Si piensas que todo va a ser fácil, luego puedes desilusionarte con mayor facilidad. Recuperar el nivel necesitará su tiempo.

Hay gente, incluso Andre Agassi, que ha aprovechado su lesión para comentar que ellos ya habían advertido que estaba usted jugando muchos partidos o que su tenis era de demasiado desgaste. ¿Qué les diría usted?

Yo no quiero entrar en polémicas de ningún tipo. Cuando dicen cosas buenas de mí, agradecido, y cuando no, pues yo acepto todas las criticas. Sí que intentaré economizar mis esfuerzos en el juego, pero cada uno tiene su estilo de tenis propio y no lo puedes cambiar.

Ha llorado de impotencia e incertidumbre, se emocionó viendo a Federer levantar el trofeo de campeón del Open de Australia. ¿Cuántas lágrimas puede llegar a derramar si renueva título en Roland Garros?

Lloraría en cualquier torneo que ganase tras el torneo, el primero que cayera sería increíble. Lo he pasado mal y sería muy emocionante.

¿Cómo ve la eliminatoria de Copa Davis de España en Bielorrusia?

La eliminatoria será muy complicada, pero España tiene un equipo muy competitivo y confío en ellos. Si estoy en condiciones, estaré para lo que quiera el capitán en próximas eliminatorias. La Copa Davis me encanta.

http://www.elmundodeportivo.es/20060207/NOTICIA212015897.html

RogiFan88
02-07-2006, 02:30 PM
Rafa said:

*Tears fell from my eyes when I watched Federer cry in Australia

**In Melbourne Roger Federer won. What did you feel when you saw him crying [disconsolately] during the trophy ceremony?

I also started to cry and many tears came. It cost him a lot to win the tournament and he overcame difficult moments. all of a sudden a drop in tension then you burst out crying and you can't control yourself [like it happened to me in Paris] and it happened to Roger in Melbourne.


Rafa also said Baggy surprised him w his high level of play and said he can go far playing like he did in AO.


Rafa also said he wants to have no more pain or injuries and then end up in the top 8, go to the Masters [I think he means Shanghai] -- his main goal. He knows it will be tough for the first few tournaments cos he started late this year.

Talking about No 1: after what has happened [he means injuries] he can't set himself the goal of No 1. The No 1 is practically impossible and the best player in history, Federer, is the one who occupies that ranking. Rafa's goal is to stay No 2, which will be difficult. But the most important of all is to continue improving so that he will be prepared if/when it's time to "attack" the No 1 spot, which is difficult.

Rafa goes on to say that he could lose R1 in Marseille and Rotterdam... after that, we'll see... his goal is to arrive in I Wells and Miami at a good physical level. He knows it will take time to get back into it.

[I]Those are just some of the main points... haven't even read the beginning of this yet!

avocadoe
02-07-2006, 02:50 PM
thanks so sweet...and all the manly tears, part of the new wave, lol

SUKTUEN
02-07-2006, 02:57 PM
I cannot believe That~!!!!

Nadal Cry for Roger?????????? :eek:

nobama
02-07-2006, 05:58 PM
Rafa's goal is to be #2? :confused:

bokehlicious
02-07-2006, 06:44 PM
Rafa's goal is to be #2? :confused:

I guess with his foot problems he knows that defending all his victories will be very tough this year, so he'll fight mainly to retain his #2 far before thinking of catching #1. I read that he would have to change some technical aspects of his game (to prevent injuries), so he's mentally prepared to fall down a little in the rankings if necessary, but as he's a great fighter he will certainly come to the top again (admitting that he CAN change some technical aspects of his game).

Dirk
02-09-2006, 09:34 AM
Nadal and Roger are really close. I know that in itself means Nadal is a great guy off the court. Makes you wonder why Roger was never close with Andy. :devil: Rafa can change things in his game but like with anyone else it would cause him losses and it would change everything out there for his opponents. It will be tough for Nadal to have a long career with the physicality of his game.

NYCtennisfan
02-09-2006, 04:49 PM
Rafa is a class act.

His goal is #2 for this year because unless Federer's level completely drops off, Rafa will unlikely catch him as he has already spotted him such a huge lead by not playing the AO.

ExpectedWinner
02-09-2006, 06:11 PM
Rafa is a class act.

His goal is #2 for this year because unless Federer's level completely drops off, Rafa will unlikely catch him as he has already spotted him such a huge lead by not playing the AO.

Oh, please... He might be a class act and all that. But what he said is nothing but the old, good strategy of lowering expectations. He's coming back from the injury and has a gazillion points to defend on clay. Let's see what he'll be singing when FO is over. Don't forget that he has nothing to defend at IW, W, USO, Cinci, and Shanghai. Never ever believe that his goal (or anyone else's at the No2 position) is just to stay there.

nobama
02-10-2006, 12:54 AM
I can't believe any player's goal would be to come in second or be second best. Just like I don't believe Roger ever said he won't win RG as long as Rafa is around. #1 I don't think he believes that, but even if he did, he certainly wouldn't tell the public.

NYCtennisfan
02-10-2006, 03:42 AM
Oh, please... He might be a class act and all that. But what he said is nothing but the old, good strategy of lowering expectations. He's coming back from the injury and has a gazillion points to defend on clay. Let's see what he'll be singing when FO is over. Don't forget that he has nothing to defend at IW, W, USO, Cinci, and Shanghai. Never ever believe that his goal (or anyone else's at the No2 position) is just to stay there.

Of course his goal is to become #1, but he realizes that unless Roger's level drops drastically, he cannot catch up unless he has a series of head-to-head wins against Roger on grass and hard courts. If Rafa doesn't win everything like he did last year on the clay then he has no shot at all. It's an uphill climb for sure, especially after spotting Roger a lot of points at the AO.

CmonAussie
02-10-2006, 04:26 AM
Rafa's goal is to be #2? :confused:
:wavey:
Rafa simply stated that #2 was this year`s[2006] goal :cool: ,that`s realistic & a high mark to live up to.. Of course in the future [ie.2007~2010] I`m sure Rafa will do everything within his powers to get to #1 ;) .

Last year was almost a perfect year for Nadal~ in that he won 11-tournies from 12-finals :worship: ,I think it`s safe to say he exceeded his own expectations in 2005. Now he realises that Federer is looking pretty good in 2006 [already 2-titles including a GS]. Surely Nadal is assuming Federer will win Wimbledon again. So then Roger should end up with atleast 2-slams this year, unless Nadal can somehow defend RG & win USO too then realistically it`s going to be almost impossible to finish #1. There`s nothing wrong with setting realistic/yet high goals :angel: . For what it`s worth I think Nadal will probably get to #1 at some point in the next 3-4 years [not 2006 though].

SUKTUEN
02-10-2006, 04:52 AM
thanks

ExpectedWinner
02-10-2006, 04:35 PM
If Rafa doesn't win everything like he did last year on the clay then he has no shot at all. It's an uphill climb for sure, especially after spotting Roger a lot of points at the AO.

but he realizes that unless Roger's level drops drastically, he cannot catch up .


I agree that clay season will be crucial for him.

But he's absolutely not out of the race for the year No1, despite missing the AO. Have a look at the last year results- Nadal did very little in 2 out of 3 Slams and still had legitimate chances to take over the No1(at the end of the year) before the USO. Note that Federer's play did not sink low- *only* one GS and a bunch of other titles, including 4 TMS titles.

SUKTUEN
02-11-2006, 03:52 PM
Roger can Catch Up ~!!

I Believe him~!

stebs
02-11-2006, 03:56 PM
I agree that clay season will be crucial for him.

But he's absolutely not out of the race for the year No1, despite missing the AO. Have a look at the last year results- Nadal did very little in 2 out of 3 Slams and still had legitimate chances to take over the No1(at the end of the year) before the USO. Note that Federer's play did not sink low- *only* one GS and a bunch of other titles, including 4 TMS titles.

I think RG is soo important for Rafa, he must win it to have a realistic chance of catching Federer.

I find it difficult to see Rafa winning USO this yearm sure he may have a shot at going deep but I think there are still many players better than him on that surface.

SUKTUEN
02-11-2006, 03:59 PM
If Roger win RG this year, he will no go to RG again in the future~~

PaulieM
02-11-2006, 04:03 PM
I think RG is soo important for Rafa, he must win it to have a realistic chance of catching Federer.

I find it difficult to see Rafa winning USO this yearm sure he may have a shot at going deep but I think there are still many players better than him on that surface.
i agree. the clay season imo will be huge for him not because he can't improve a the other slams just in terms of confidence to be able to do it. last year he was able to go on to do so well for the rest of the year because he'd built such huge confidence. defending points will be much tougher, and if things don't go as well as he'd like on his favorite surface and he starts to lose a lot of points, it would be interesting to see how he'd react. :shrug:

SUKTUEN
02-11-2006, 04:16 PM
If Roger win Rg, I think Tony will be more and more famous

MariaV
02-19-2006, 11:22 AM
OK, I'm so sorry to disturb but I thought some 'mature' Rogi fans would like to read a TimesOnline article on Rafa & Rogelio 'love story'. ;) It's more on Rafa but you can skip the end of the article. ;)
Here (http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2094-2047141,00.html) the link to the article.
Don't get too mad at me. :wavey:

SUKTUEN
02-19-2006, 12:14 PM
THANKS

Seraphim
02-19-2006, 09:31 PM
I actually didn't like the article at all. I can read between the lines pretty damn well. It was more about nadal saving tennis from what federer has done and will probably continue to do to it. Which is destroy it. Bring it down. Put it in a state of despare.

I'm growing sick of the "lets raise him up and put him down" act as a means to a positive.

Good luck to both of them.

"And the ones on top won't make it stop, so convinced that they might fall" Lauryn Hill - Everything is Everything.

If only.

ExpectedWinner
02-19-2006, 09:59 PM
I can read between the lines pretty damn well.


:yeah:

If only more people had this ability( Sigh..)

Some naive souls believe everything they read and then they come up with boring essays about how gracious/honest/refreshing/mature/respectful, etc their favorite players are. In Russia we call such sentiments "pink snots".

SUKTUEN
02-20-2006, 03:21 PM
who said that?

MissMoJo
02-21-2006, 04:41 PM
I actually didn't like the article at all. I can read between the lines pretty damn well. It was more about nadal saving tennis from what federer has done and will probably continue to do to it. Which is destroy it. Bring it down. Put it in a state of despare.

I'm growing sick of the "lets raise him up and put him down" act as a means to a positive.

Good luck to both of them.

"And the ones on top won't make it stop, so convinced that they might fall" Lauryn Hill - Everything is Everything.

If only.
And the writer seems to want to give the impression that Roger is practically at Rafa's mercy on court:
Federer still shudders at the memory of a straight-sets defeat to 17-year-old Nadal on a balmy Florida night in March 2004. The Swiss concedes he should also have lost the Miami final a year later after he trailed by two sets.

“Whenever they walk out to play, you get the feeling Federer is more concerned about what Nadal might do than Nadal is worried about Federer.”

... The emotion he shared from opposing sides of the world with Federer will stay in his mind until the pair walk out on court together to continue their rivalry. But that, according to the young man from Majorca, is the moment compassion will cease.
:rolls: ok :rolleyes:

1sun
02-21-2006, 05:04 PM
very disappointed with that piece of press, the times is a very well respected paper too and my favorite for reading in general.

nobama
02-21-2006, 06:03 PM
Yeah, too bad not everyone can see through this tripe. This was also posted on Rogi's website and everyone there thought it was a great article. :rolleyes:

I don't believe for one second that Roger "shudders" at the loss to Nadal in Miami in 2004. I'm sure it's not somthing he thinks much about anymore. And did he ever say he should have lost to Nadal in Miami in 2005? I don't remember him using those words but maybe he did.

Anyway you need a good bs detector when reading some of these articles. Especially from the British and Aussie press. Because they tend to go overboard with some of their reporting. I remember last year when Roger lost to Gasquet in Monte Carlo the next day the London Times ran a story with the headline "Federer Floored by Gasquet's Brilliance". The headline makes it sound like he cleaned Roger's clock when in fact Roger had the match on his racquet but couldn't close it out.

SUKTUEN
02-22-2006, 04:03 AM
thanks :worship:

Corey Feldman
02-26-2006, 01:34 AM
very disappointed with that piece of press, the times is a very well respected paper too and my favorite for reading in general.if i didnt know any better id say that article was written by Adee-gee lol

TennisGrandSlam
02-26-2006, 03:58 AM
If Roger win Rg, I think Tony will be more and more famous


Tony is RG winner 1966 :cool:

Hope that he assists Roger to win RG 2006 (40 years after Roche's title)

SUKTUEN
02-26-2006, 02:52 PM
Really? Hope Roger can do it this year, if he not, it will be more diffcult in next year. :worship:

fed4ever
03-12-2006, 07:04 PM
From Agassi's interview at Indian Wells - commenting on how Nadal matches up with Roger, Roger's place in the game, and the evolution of tennis in general:


Q. So Nadal takes three out of four from Roger. (Inaudible)?

ANDRE AGASSI: Oh no absolutely. What's great to see is -- well, I think it would be nearly impossible for anybody to dominate in the nature that Roger has over the last few years. It's great to see that the one person that's probably closest to him is actually a difficult matchup for Roger. I mean Nadal can hit the one shot that everybody wishes they could hit to Roger, and that's the ball up and get it over his backhand side. I mean, that's not -- that's not brain surgery. Nobody likes it up here.

But it's unfortunately the only area that Roger doesn't actually hurt you with, being the lefty and playing with the spin he does. So it's great to see the matchup that lends for a rivalry that might continue for a long time.

Q. Seemed to say pretty much the same thing. He said it might be really a left -- or are there a couple other elements that Nadal has?

ANDRE AGASSI: Well, Nadal -- you've got to look at it -- you've got to look at the facts. I mean, Nadal is one of the fastest guys out there, one of the strongest guys out there. The fact that he's a lefty does pose the one possible possibility. I mean, if he's right-handed, Roger is winning that 10 out of 10 times because it's just hard to get that ball to Roger because he can move so well and hurt you in so many ways, you know.

But the left -- Nadal can hit the inside out forehand. If Roger doesn't do something with that, the next ball is way up to the backhand. Then when he slices it, he's slicing it to a guy who has a lot of wrist on his forehand, I mean, he can handle that. I hit that same shot to Roger, he slices it real short to my backhand. I've got to get in with two hands, dig it out, and hope I hit it in a certain spot or else he's going to hurt me with it.

But Nadal can get it over there and whip it any direction, so it's a matchup issue. I mean, that's what gives him the look at Roger so many times, you know. But I just don't believe there's anybody's out there that can put up the numbers Roger has put up over the last two and a half, three years.

Q. If Roger doesn't play anymore what would be his place in tennis history right now?

ANDRE AGASSI: The most, the biggest single greatest underachiever. If that doesn't speak to his talent, then I don't know what will.

Q. You said something really interesting just now about the way the game has evolved. As observers, we've seen all this happen. What's your perspective from the playing side? Has it made a difference to win more matches, the change in the way the game is played?

ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, absolutely. I think every sport you see the sport grow through a few similar lenses, you know. Everybody gets more athletic, more powerful, bigger, stronger, faster. So that's changed. Now, I mean, it's rare that I'll play anybody that's smaller than me. It's rare. If I play 15 matches maybe one out of 10, they're smarter than me.

But also, too, when you look at it, I think the strings have made a big difference in the game, you know. I mean we have strings now that really bite the ball which gives you that spin which means that you can really let go on your swings, and you can still control. It means you can hit harder with control.

Back in sort of the day, whatever decade you're talking about, you're looking at gut, you're looking at the synthetics that you had to worry about controlling pace, you know. You had to worry about the ball flying, you know. Now you're getting that spin so you can just hit everything, which means that guys can go out there and take their chances, which means that every match it's who's on that day, you know, because so many of them can do it.

So it used to be more crafty and all that where the better guys rise to the top more consistently. Now, at the end of the year, the best will rise to the top, but there are just a lot of things that can happen that are unpredictable.

NYCtennisfan
03-12-2006, 10:00 PM
Andre's knowledge of the game is second to none. I really hope he stays part of the game after his retirement via commentating and writing books. His press conferences since 1995 are ALWAYS full of tennis insight and not just a bunch of generalities.

Daniel
03-13-2006, 01:04 AM
nice interview Andre :)

ytben
03-13-2006, 03:25 PM
Great interview by Andre, very insightful! Thanks for posting it here!

tonia9
03-13-2006, 03:50 PM
Thanks fed4ever :)

It's your first post! Welcome :wavey:

SUKTUEN
03-14-2006, 03:06 PM
I think Sampras also support Roger's tennis style.

fed4ever
03-29-2006, 12:33 PM
Here are observations from Becker from Brad Gilbert's website. From Becker's era, Becker thinks only Sampras on grass and Edberg on fast indoor would be competitive with Federer.



3.28.2006 -

I was a little disappointed that we didn’t get a better rematch between Federer and Haas after the Australian Open. I spoke to Tommy’s coach before the match and one of the things he told me was that he wanted his guy to stay cool during the match. Tommy’s emotions got the better of him and he didn’t compete well. So much of tennis is between the ears. Fed played awesome last night. Before the match a lot of people thought that Haas had a good chance. I sat with Boris Becker for four games and he said that the only guys in his day that could have played with Fed were Sampras on grass on Edberg on a fast indoor court.

SUKTUEN
03-29-2006, 02:46 PM
Gilbert.................

fed4ever
03-30-2006, 12:20 PM
From an interview with Fabrice Santoro:


TM: Let's pass on to Marat Safin. You're his pet peeve (7 victories for 2 losses), but you also defeated twice the undeniable current N°1 Roger Federer, or lost after extraordinary matches. What does he inspire you today?
FS: There are a lot of players I have a lot of respect for. Guys like Sampras, Agassi, Becker, Connors...encounters that strike you. But Federer, yes. I'd like him to win 15 GSs. He's brought tennis to a level nobody had ever reached before him. It would only be justice that he reaches the greatest palmares. Take just all the best of before at their best- Federer is above. He's the best of the best.

TM: Talking about all those great players, who would be your ideal player, if you had to take all great shots of every one of them?
FS: Sampras's serve, Federer's forehand, Agassi's backhand, Rafter's volley, Federer's fitness and Federer's mental.

ToanNguyen
03-30-2006, 12:59 PM
From an interview with Fabrice Santoro:


TM: Let's pass on to Marat Safin. You're his pet peeve (7 victories for 2 losses), but you also defeated twice the undeniable current N°1 Roger Federer, or lost after extraordinary matches. What does he inspire you today?
FS: There are a lot of players I have a lot of respect for. Guys like Sampras, Agassi, Becker, Connors...encounters that strike you. But Federer, yes. I'd like him to win 15 GSs. He's brought tennis to a level nobody had ever reached before him. It would only be justice that he reaches the greatest palmares. Take just all the best of before at their best- Federer is above. He's the best of the best.

TM: Talking about all those great players, who would be your ideal player, if you had to take all great shots of every one of them?
FS: Sampras's serve, Federer's forehand, Agassi's backhand, Rafter's volley, Federer's fitness and Federer's mental.
Santoro, you are the MAN. Very nice things to say about Rogi. Good for you. I hope Roger will win 15 GSs. And he can do it too. Go ROGERRRRRRR.

Thanks for posting this, Fed4ever. It's nice

SUKTUEN
03-30-2006, 02:46 PM
Santoro~~~ :worship: :worship:

RogiFan88
03-30-2006, 05:03 PM
Is that Santoro interview fr the French Tennis Mag?

PaulieM
03-30-2006, 05:10 PM
From an interview with Fabrice Santoro:


TM: Let's pass on to Marat Safin. You're his pet peeve (7 victories for 2 losses), but you also defeated twice the undeniable current N°1 Roger Federer, or lost after extraordinary matches. What does he inspire you today?
FS: There are a lot of players I have a lot of respect for. Guys like Sampras, Agassi, Becker, Connors...encounters that strike you. But Federer, yes. I'd like him to win 15 GSs. He's brought tennis to a level nobody had ever reached before him. It would only be justice that he reaches the greatest palmares. Take just all the best of before at their best- Federer is above. He's the best of the best.

TM: Talking about all those great players, who would be your ideal player, if you had to take all great shots of every one of them?
FS: Sampras's serve, Federer's forehand, Agassi's backhand, Rafter's volley, Federer's fitness and Federer's mental.

fabs is a stud just like rogi. :hearts:

TenHound
03-30-2006, 05:50 PM
Does a jr. player count as a "player" for purposes of this thread? If so, a boy, Holden Seguso, playing jrs. in Miami, when asked what his long term goals were, said "To be number 2 in the world and wait for Federer to retire" :) :)

PaulieM
03-30-2006, 09:23 PM
Does a jr. player count as a "player" for purposes of this thread? If so, a boy, Holden Seguso, playing jrs. in Miami, when asked what his long term goals were, said "To be number 2 in the world and wait for Federer to retire" :) :)
:lol:

MissMoJo
03-31-2006, 04:29 AM
James on Roger at his post-match interview:

Q. Is there anything wrong with the guy? Is there anything at all wrong with him?

JAMES BLAKE: Man, he speaks too many languages. He was in here for too long. He was doing it in Swiss German, French, in English. I mean, pick one. Gosh (smiling).

No, I mean, I was hoping maybe I'd be better at him at the challenges, but we were both 0-for-1 tonight. I didn't even beat him in that.

I don't know. There's not many things I can say bad about him. That's another thing. He's like my brother, I think one of his good friends always had the classic line - he's the kind of guy you love to hate, but you just can't because he's too nice. He's one of those guys that everything comes so easy to him, you want to hate him, but then he goes and does something nice and is as classy as can be. He's too darn nice - another reason you can't hate him (smiling).

:)

TheMightyFed
03-31-2006, 08:19 AM
He's like my brother
This is what we expect from these great champs, behaving also like generous human beings. Thanks James :worship: :worship: :worship:

SUKTUEN
03-31-2006, 03:47 PM
Great James!!!! :worship:

PaulieM
03-31-2006, 04:32 PM
James on Roger at his post-match interview:

Q. Is there anything wrong with the guy? Is there anything at all wrong with him?

JAMES BLAKE: Man, he speaks too many languages. He was in here for too long. He was doing it in Swiss German, French, in English. I mean, pick one. Gosh (smiling).

No, I mean, I was hoping maybe I'd be better at him at the challenges, but we were both 0-for-1 tonight. I didn't even beat him in that.

I don't know. There's not many things I can say bad about him. That's another thing. He's like my brother, I think one of his good friends always had the classic line - he's the kind of guy you love to hate, but you just can't because he's too nice. He's one of those guys that everything comes so easy to him, you want to hate him, but then he goes and does something nice and is as classy as can be. He's too darn nice - another reason you can't hate him (smiling).

:)

JB :hearts:

intikab
03-31-2006, 05:12 PM
Nick Bollettieri - handicapping Fed-Blake QF on the nasdaq tournament website:

Federer is not from our planet. He is beyond anything you could even dream about. I find myself trying to outguess his moves, reactions and emotions. He has the ability to change gears without jolting the steady run of his machine. Federer’s challenge each day is to recognize and accept the determination and talent of every player he faces. They want to be the one to beat the very best player that has ever played the game.

lunahielo
03-31-2006, 05:58 PM
James is a classy man...I hope he keeps climbing higher and higher in the rankings.
Nick's comments are marvelous.............Wow.
luna

NYCtennisfan
03-31-2006, 06:12 PM
James Blake is pure class.

peripheral
04-01-2006, 12:46 AM
From Ivan Ljubicic's post-match interview after the Miami SF today:

Q. There are players on this tour who are essentially finesse players and there are players who are essentially power players, but you have a blend of both of those things. Where does that come from?

IVAN LJUBICIC: Well, I think it's a talent that you have to, you know, like what some guys have. Then you put hard work in it and, you know, that is the combination you're gonna get.

Roger is just like perfect combination of both. Because he's great worker, he is fantastic talent, so he is like always somebody who we are looking and like wishing that we are there. He's really like a guidance to me, like what my game can be, because we do play similar tennis. I use my serve a little bit more than he does, he probably return a lot better than I do, but when the ball, it's in play, we also both try to be aggressive off the baseline.

...

Q. James Blake was saying that it's almost like a basketball player who was playing Michael Jordan in the early '90s. To play against Federer, no matter what you do, you pull out your best shot, he just makes --

IVAN LJUBICIC: That's one thing that we all have in common. We play tennis and then we play against Roger and we lose (laughing).

At least there is one feeling that everybody feels the same except Roger, you know.

TenHound
04-01-2006, 01:29 AM
WOW - NICK B. CALLED ROGER THE VERY BEST EVER TO PLAY THE GAME...THAT'S HUGE...

TenHound
04-01-2006, 01:30 AM
Is it a given that he meant "in the Open Era", ie since Laver? Or was he including Laver?

lsy
04-01-2006, 03:25 AM
I don't know Rogi does it, it's probably easy to acknowledge his talents and skills all these but to keep hearing also other compliments of him being a nice guy from his peers (those he keeps beating on court day in and out) is quite sth to me, especially with his dominating form for past years. Hats off to Rogi.

In the meantime, you have to also admire these players, it's not easy to give compliments to the guy who constantly kick your ass...:lol: I guess they're all much classier and generous then probably the fans who will find any oppotunity and throw out "examples" of how Rogi not as nice as it seems or even funnier his "niceness" is a "cover up" for his "darkside" :haha: :cuckoo:

I may begin to like Rogi only coz of his tennis originally, but it's also nice to know he turns out to be a nice guy ;)

yanchr
04-01-2006, 07:17 AM
It struck to me that James was just pouring accolade to Roger all the way through his press conference :lol:

SUKTUEN
04-01-2006, 09:59 AM
many players after play with Roger also Like to make friends with Roger :D :wavey:

lsy
05-12-2006, 05:40 AM
Me think we need to bump many other threads to stop the "obsession" of Nadal's discussion taking over this forum :o ;)

From ToJo's blog (his may not be as funny as Dmitry, but I like him...very down to earth and it's a good change with different style with Dmitry too). I didn't realise his eyes injuries was that serious...:hug:

"I had a little panic attack before I went out to play tonight. I was watching Marat Safin's match in the locker room with Roger Federer and Tim Henman and the television started to play up. The lines were going up and down and then they weren't even straight. I asked Roger and Tim if it was the TV or my eyesight and they said "The TV is perfectly okay." Of course, they were just having a little fun at my expense."

:lol: Rogi and Tim are funny together...

"A lot of fans probably don't know just how loud and funny Roger can get. He has a really, really good sense of humor. People think of him as very quiet and calm but watching the Safin match he was screaming and yelling along with the rest of the players as the big Russian let a 6-1, 4-1 lead slip away against Ruben Ramriez-Hidalgo. I hope Roger controlled himself a little better when he met the Pope earlier in the day. Roger is also a genius with languages. He used to be coached by Peter Lundgren, so I can almost speak Swedish with him."

:lol:

SUKTUEN
05-12-2006, 06:17 AM
You mean Tim Herman?

bokehlicious
05-23-2006, 09:49 PM
"A nous Paris, 05.23.06"
Guy Forget

"I think that within the coming years Federer will remain ahead because technically the others remain weaker. Contrary to football where there's a fiew genius -Ronaldinho - Zidane- tennis has only one.

To the question "who's your fave player?"

Federer, I adore. He has a complete game but I think he has to play even more offensive in order to beat guys like Nadal."

"A nous Paris", ITV de Guy Forget:

[...]
"Je pense que dans les années a venir, Federer va rester devant car techniquement, les autres sont loin derrière lui. Autant dans le foot, on peut parler de plusieurs virtuose-Ronaldinho, Zidane- autant dans le tennis il n'y en a qu'un."

a la question "quel est votre joueur préféré?"

"Federer, j'adore.Il a un jeu complet mais il doit aller encore plus loin dans l'attaque et le jeu offensif pour battre un garçon comme Nadal".

RogiFan88
05-24-2006, 01:01 AM
Read my siggy! ;)

RogiFan88
05-24-2006, 01:03 AM
Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Tennis May 2006

What player on the men’s tour do you admire most these days?
“… But now I admire [Roger] Federer. He’s just such a complete player.”
;)

SUKTUEN
05-24-2006, 06:31 AM
thanks

lsy
05-26-2006, 03:53 PM
I just read this really nice article actually written by Max Mirnyi. Some really nice fan : Lianna :worship: translated it and posted in Rogi's site, thought some of you who haven't read it yet might like it as much as I did.

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/fanzone/forum/topicview.cfm?uTopicID=11640&uPage=60


"Roger meet that criterions for 100 %. He is simply the best. All his titles and victories don’t change him. Whatever happened in his life he is always the same – low – key, positive, open for other people, he is always ready to give his attention or listen to you."

"Unlike Hewitt, Nadal or Sampras it’s quite simple to know in which locker room is Roger now.You can hear him everywhere! Roger chats, argues or talks to someone about latest sport news. There is no wonder that his easy – going and very expressive character and very decent personality attract so much people.
But it’s only off – court. Believe me, no one wants to give him matches very easy! It’s very prestigious for every person to defeat N 1 in the world – so every time when Roger goes to court he has to prove his class and position.
Yes, it's very prestigious to defeat Federer but it will be very upsetting for me if Roger was N2 instead of N1.
Such person must be appreciated; all tennists must look and try to be like Roger."

"I’m very lucky that I can not only talk with him but also call him my friend, which I hope one day will come to my place – Minsk.
Max Mirny"

================================================== =

Wow...how nice of Max.

Reminds me of this :hearts:

http://i7.photobucket.com/albums/y299/lsy0816/Rogi/withmirnyibabygirl.jpg

SUKTUEN
05-26-2006, 04:05 PM
thankyou so much ~~~~

Mirny :wavey:

lunahielo
05-26-2006, 05:07 PM
Thanks, Isy

I like Max and always have. I think he, too, has a lot of class. :)

Skyward
05-26-2006, 06:24 PM
Thanks Isy!

Nice words from Max.

Of course, MTF dumbasses like Jogy know better. :mad: :o

SUKTUEN
05-27-2006, 05:59 PM
is that Roger is a good friend with Max?

etiage
05-28-2006, 01:04 AM
i don't post here much, but thought this is nice

not really by a tennis player or person and really about the sweet swinging albert pujols, but i agree with his assessment

He is Michael Jordan, Lawrence Taylor, Roger Federer - the next great thing, the closest step yet to perfection. - Bruce Jenkins, SF Chronicle

SUKTUEN
05-28-2006, 04:35 PM
every one love Roger

Minnie
05-28-2006, 11:47 PM
is that Roger is a good friend with Max?


Max and Roger are friends I believe - am I right in thinking they once played doubles together for a while?? Everytime I see Max play I always think of that photo of Roger holding Max's baby daughter ... very sweet.

faso
05-29-2006, 01:12 AM
diego hartfield about today's match: "Me puse feliz cuando me enteré que me tocaba jugar con Federer. Y sí, me sorprendí cuando me puse 3-0, pero sabía que no iba a durar mucho. No me engaño: era obvio que no iba a ganar, lo importante era disfrutarlo"

it's more or less( if anyone can do a better translation it'll be great): "i felt happy when i knew i was playing against federer. And yes, i was astonished when i was 3-0, but i knew that it wasnt goning to las much. I dont fool myself, it was obvious that i wasnt going to win, the important thing was to enjoy the match."

and: "Esto no me lo saca nunca más nadie. Voy a tener el vídeo, lo voy a tener, y algún día les voy a contar a mis nietos que jugué con el número uno del mundo"

"This is sonething no one will take away from me. I'll have the video, and some day i'll tell my grandsons that i played against the no. ! of the world."


source: lanacion. com

SUKTUEN
05-29-2006, 02:07 AM
Everytime I see Max play I always think of that photo of Roger holding Max's baby daughter ... very sweet.

Yes Yes Yes~~I remember that~! His baby is cute~ :devil:

NYCtennisfan
05-29-2006, 02:07 AM
Hartfield was having a lot of fun out there and played great, not backing down for a second during the first two sets.

SUKTUEN
05-29-2006, 02:09 AM
But I never watch a double match of Roger & Max

lsy
05-29-2006, 05:11 AM
From Nadal's blog :

"Roger Federer, who won the World Sportsman of the Year Award for the second year, was also at the same table. Everyone knows I like Roger. We speak to each other in English."

:haha:

These days it's more like "Everyone knows I like Roger......when I speak in English..."...j/k...:p

Honestly if that had come from Rogi...how many in MTF would have jumped on him saying he's the biggest hypocrite? ;)

lsy
05-29-2006, 05:55 AM
Diego Hartfield :

"I'd love him to win the tournament," Hartfield said. "He was my favorite player before, but when I found out I was playing him, he stopped being my favorite player."

:lol:...Now will you go back to cheer for him pls Diego ;)

Daniel
05-29-2006, 07:34 AM
:lol: @ Nadal's quote.

SUKTUEN
05-29-2006, 04:38 PM
Nadal~~his English is..... :rolleyes: :p :p

Minnie
05-29-2006, 09:03 PM
I feel there are a lot of fellow players who would rather see Roger win the FO than Nadal ... can't think why (oh yes I can!). I tried to watch Nadal's match with Soderling this evening but got so bored with his "scintillating" play that I turned it off and went back out to do some gardening instead.

yanchr
05-30-2006, 07:29 AM
I feel there are a lot of fellow players who would rather see Roger win the FO than Nadal ... can't think why (oh yes I can!). I tried to watch Nadal's match with Soderling this evening but got so bored with his "scintillating" play that I turned it off and went back out to do some gardening instead.
Gardening is definitely more fun than his tennis :lol:

SUKTUEN
05-30-2006, 10:00 AM
Max Love Roger~~ Blake Love Roger~~ Andy Love Roger~~

Nadal Love Roger~~Lubi Love Roger~~everybady Love Roger~~ :devil: :devil: :devil:

fed4ever
05-30-2006, 11:28 PM
Someone posted this interview with Nadal on another site. Unfortunately, it's in Spanish. However, the poster was kind enough to translate some excerpts:

http://www.elpais.es/articulo/deportes/Federer/mucho/completo/elegante/elppordep/20060530elpepidep_1/Tes/

"'...when I face him (Federer) I always have the feeling that he is better than me. He's more aggressive, volleys better, serves better, has more offensive resources... I have to take my game to its limit and be mentally strong. My only chance is to make him desperate, make him feel that he'll have to win the point several times, that he'll have to do more than against anyone else, and try to take him to a situation more extreme than what he is accustomed to. At that point, anything can happen. Until now I've been lucky to be better than him when reaching that particular point (or that he has missed more)."

"'...he is a great player on court and an excellent person outside of it. I have a good relationship with him, but for me it's easier because I'm beating him lately. But he is human. We have seen him throw his racquet, become angry when he is about to loose, against Nalbandian, against Almagro, against me in Montecarlo, when he threw a ball into the sea. He's got charachter. But he is number one. It's logical if he beats me."

"'...he is more complete and more elegant than me. He's got all the strokes. But he is also older. The key is trying to copy him. When someone does so well it has to be your reference to improve. He is also colder and doesn't show his emotions, specially when he wins. Maybe that's why he is so good. But I prefer to be more hot blooded, show more my emotions."

"'...I give myself 3 years to try and win it (Winbledon). To play well there you must have good sensations on the court, understand grass tennis. On clay you must have a very defined style of play. Not on grass. You must learn to move better, serve better, go forward or backwards...get used to sliding balls. I understand clay and concrete. I'm missing the grass. But when I retire, I want to have a calm conscience and know that I have done everything in my hand to play well there. It's a special tournament and I feel great about playing there."

"'I've never thrown a racquet to the floor. I've been tempted several times but I have always taken control of myself. My uncle Tony has educated me in that way since I was a kid.''

''I decided to play with my left hand because there was no other way. I was hitting with two hands both forehand and backhand, even changing hands for one hit or the other. He decided (Tony) that the time had come to use just one hand. He chose left because I also used left to play soccer. I accepted because I also thought it was the best choice. I felt comfortable.''

''My goal in life is to be happy. To have a little boat so I can fish and...little more. I don't need the best phone, nor the best computer, nothing of that. I don't need that.''

'''My main goal is to improve and feel happy. Right now I have few chances to become number one becaus I've had to compete agains the greatest player in history. In any other time I would already be number one because of the points I've earned. And that makes me feel great. But it is true that one day I would like to be number one.''

RogiFan88
05-31-2006, 12:09 AM
Yes, here's the original El Pais article:

"Federer es mucho más completo y elegante que yo"
MANEL SERRAS - París
EL PAÍS - Deportes - 30-05-2006

Cuando Rafael Nadal (Manacor, 3 de junio de 1986) explotó, en 2005, todo el mundo tuvo conciencia de que sería una estrella del firmamento tenístico. Ganó 11 títulos, entre ellos el de Roland Garros, y se situó como número dos mundial, tras el suizo Roger Federer, al que lleva ganando cuatro veces sucesivas, la última en Roma, donde salvó dos pelotas de partido. En París, donde ayer estableció en 54 el récord de triunfos consecutivos sobre tierra batida al imponerse al sueco Robin Soderling por 6-2, 7-5 y 6-1 -estaba igualado a 53 con el argentino Guillermo Vilas-, se espera de nuevo su duelo en la final. Pero a Nadal sus éxitos no le hacen perder de vista la realidad.

Pregunta. ¿Cómo consigue estar arriba y seguir tocando con los pies en el suelo?

Respuesta. Nunca he estado flotando. Si he ganado como si he perdido, mi discurso ha sido el mismo: trabajar cada día para que las cosas no se tuerzan. Es la única forma de lograrlo.

P. El año pasado ganó 11 torneos. Vuelve a estar en el camino.

R. No, no... Estoy en un camino muy bueno, pero no en el de ganar 11 torneos. No puedo quejarme. Nunca me habría imaginado que, a estas alturas, llevara ya cuatro títulos en los siete que he disputado y sólo hubiera perdido en la primera ronda una vez. Me parece increíble.

P. Es más difícil mantenerse que llegar. ¿Es su caso?

R. Todo es complicado, difícil. Cuando uno es el número dos, hay que trabajar mucho para defender los puntos y se juega con mucha presión. En cambio, cuando estás ascendiendo, todo parece venir de cara. No piensas tanto. Si eres joven, no te atenazan los nervios ni nada. Cuando estás arriba, vas de cabeza de serie. Si sabes utilizarlo

[el no enfrentarse al principio a los mejores], es difícil irse muy atrás.

P. ¿Nota ascendencia respecto a sus rivales? ¿Los intimida incluso antes de entrar en la pista?

R. Siempre voy con la intención de dar el ciento por ciento. Ellos lo saben y eso me ayuda. Me ven tan determinado que se desesperan.

P. ¿Influyó eso en Roma contra Federer? Estuvo 5-3 abajo en la quinta manga y seguía luchando.

R. Hice lo que siempre hago: luchar hasta el final. Cuando ves que delante tienes a alguien que no se rinde aunque le domines, dudas. Federer lo tuvo muy bien para ganarme. Y yo tuve la suerte de evitarlo.

P. ¿Pensó entonces en el récord de 53 victorias seguidas de Vilas que iba a igualar?

R. Sí. No era muy importante para mí, pero lo fui valorando según me acercaba a él. Cuesta lograrlo. Y, además, contra el número uno y en un masters series. No es sencillo ganar un masters series. Juan Carlos Ferrero, que fue número uno, lleva cuatro; Carlos Moyà, tres; Lleyton Hewitt, dos; Federer, el mejor de la historia, 11.

P. ¿Le gustan las estadísticas?

R. Sí. Me rijo por su lógica. Soy consciente de lo que supone ganar tantos partidos seguidos y me sorprende haberlo logrado. Siempre puedes tener un mal día. Miré mis resultados y verdaderamente sólo sufrí mucho en dos o tres. Eso significa que mantuve un gran nivel de concentración. Cuando surgieron los problemas, tuve suerte, pero también fui fuerte mentalmente.

P. ¿Piensa renovar el título parisiense?

R. Uno siempre tiene la ilusión. Pero las probabilidades de ganar son más pequeñas de lo que uno piensa. Haber ganado en Montecarlo, Barcelona y Roma me ayuda porque puedo afrontar Roland Garros con más tranquilidad, sabiendo que he sumado ya muchos puntos. Si lograra hacer un buen torneo, no digo ya ganar, debería pasar alguna catástrofe en la segunda parte del año para no acabarlo al menos entre los cuatro primeros.

P. ¿Visualiza ya la final contra Federer?

R. No. Casi nunca pienso en las finales hasta que lleguen. Sólo me preocupa mi próximo adversario. Pero hay demasiadas cosas incontrolables. Me haría ilusión jugar otra final contra Federer u otro. Pero es pronto para pensar en ello.

P. Todo indica que la pugna Nadal-Federer va a marcar una época. ¿Qué sensaciones le produce?

R. Cuando me enfrento a él, siempre tengo la sensación de que es mejor que yo. Juega más agresivo, tiene más facilidad en la volea, saca mejor, tiene más recursos para atacar... Tengo que jugar al límite y aguantar de cabeza. Mi única posibilidad es desesperarlo, que se dé cuenta de que deberá ganarme el punto varias veces, que deberá hacer algo más que ante otro, e intentar colocarlo en una situación más límite de aquéllas a las que está acostumbrado. Y, entonces, ya puede ocurrir cualquier cosa. Hasta ahora he tenido la suerte de estar mejor que él o de que él ha fallado llegado ese punto.

P. ¿Se está convirtiendo en la maldición de Federer?

R. No. Es un gran jugador en la pista y una persona excelente fuera de ella. Tengo buena relación con él, aunque para mí es más fácil porque le estoy ganando. Pero es humano. Le hemos visto tirar la raqueta, enfadarse cuando va a perder: contra Nalbandián; contra Almagro; contra mí, en Montecarlo, cuando tiró una bola al mar. Tiene carácter. Pero es el número uno. Lo lógico es que me gane.

P. ¿Qué le diferencia de él?

R. Es más completo y elegante que yo. Tiene todos los golpes. Pero también es mayor [8 de agosto de 1981] que yo. La cuestión es intentar copiarle. Cuando uno lo hace tan bien, hay que cogerle de referente y mejorar. También es más frío y expresa poco sus emociones, sobre todo cuando gana. Quizás por eso es tan bueno. Pero a mí me gusta jugar con un poco más de sangre, mostrar más mis sentimientos.

P. Parece preparado para ganar el Open de Australia e incluso el de Estados Unidos. ¿Y Wimbledon?

R. Me doy tres años para intentarlo. Para jugar bien allí hay que tener buenas sensaciones con la pista, entender el tenis sobre hierba. En la tierra hay que tener un estilo de juego muy definido. En ella, no. Debes aprender a moverte mejor, a correr mejor, a sacar mejor, a ir hacia adelante o hacia atrás..., acostumbrarte a las bolas deslizantes. Entiendo la tierra y el cemento. Me falta la hierba. Pero, cuando me retire, quiero tener la conciencia tranquila y saber que he hecho todo lo posible para jugar bien allí. Es un torneo especial y me ilusiona disputarlo cada año.

P. Comentó en el Trofeo Godó que agradece a sus padres que le recriminen las cosas que hace mal.

R. Cuando hago las cosas bien, ya lo sé. Cuando las hago mal, hay mucha gente a mi alrededor que no tiene confianza suficiente para decírmelo. No tienen la valentía de decirme: "¡Eh!, ¿adónde vas?". No se dan cuenta de que eres una persona como las demás. En cambio, a mis padres les da lo mismo que sea el segundo, el tercero o el 200º. Me tratan igual. Y se lo agradezco.

P. ¿Y no se enoja con ellos?

R. Evidentemente, como cualquier nin de 19 años. Cuando me dicen las cosas muchas veces, me cruzo. Soy orgulloso y me sale un pronto muy fuerte. Pero acabo viendo que el equivocado soy yo.

P. ¿Es cierto que nunca ha tirado una raqueta contra el suelo?

R. Nunca lo he hecho. He tenido la tentación varias veces, pero siempre me he controlado a tiempo. Desde pequeño, mi tío me ha educado así. No creo que cambie.

P. ¿Cómo se controla?

R. Muy pocas veces me enfado. Contra Federer, tras perder 7-6 en el primer set, llegué al tiebreak del segundo y se colocó 2-1. Entonces fallé una volea fácil en la red. Allí sí que estuve a punto de tirar la raqueta. Es lo que tenía más a mano. Pero me dije: "Aguanta". Si de pequeño la hubiera tirado, mi tío me habría sacado de la pista.

P. ¿Ha discutido con él?

R. Muchas veces. En mi etapa de formación era muy duro. Cuando iba al entrenamiento, me sentía casi acojonado. Ponía mucha intensidad en la preparación, me reñía mucho, estaba siempre encima de mí... Supongo que todo eso me ha ayudado a ser como soy y a tener tanto autocontrol.

P. ¿Por qué decidió hacerle jugar con la mano izquierda cuando tenía ocho o nueve años?

R. No quedaba otro remedio. Estaba jugando a dos manos tanto el drive como el revés, cambiando incluso de mano para un golpe y el otro. Decidió que había llegado el momento de jugar a una sola mano. Eligió la zurda porque yo jugaba al fútbol con la pierna izquierda. Lo acepté porque también a mi me pareció lo más acertado. Me sentí cómodo.

P. Cuando su tío le dice que sólo es el mejor pasando bolas sobre una red, ¿qué piensa?

R. Es una persona muy especial, que piensa mucho y que, si le escuchas, dice cosas que no son las habituales. Hay que hacerle caso.

P. ¿Se siente un poco privilegiado?

R. Me ha costado llegar donde estoy ahora. De pequeño, mis amigos iban a jugar tras el colegio y yo a entrenarme. Pero siempre me ha gustado el deporte: el fútbol, el tenis, el golf, el pádel... Eso me lo ponía más fácil. Sí, me siento un privilegiado por poder hacer lo que me gusta.

P. ¿Sus aspiraciones son tener un gran coche, una gran mansión?

R. Nada de eso. Vivo con mis padres, muy tranquilo. Tengo un KIA que me regaló la casa porque me patrocina. Y un Mercedes que gané en Stuttgart y que aún está allí. Mi ilusión es ser feliz. Tener un barco pequeño para poder ir a pescar y... poco más. Ni tener el mejor móvil, ni el mejor ordenador, ni nada de todo eso. No me hacen falta.

P. ¿Su aspiración es llegar a ser el número uno?

R. Mi primer objetivo es mejorar y sentirme feliz. Ahora mismo tengo pocas posibilidades de ser el número uno porque me ha tocado competir contra el mejor jugador de la historia. En cualquier otra época lo sería ya por la puntuación que tengo. Y eso me deja muy tranquilo. Pero es cierto que algún día me gustaría ser el número uno.

RogiFan88
05-31-2006, 12:19 AM
Here's another Spanish article:

Nadal: ‘Mi mayor sueño ahora es ganar Wimbledon’ < My biggest dream is to win Wimbledon [but then we always knew that was his big goal, even before RG]
Ángel Calleja
viernes, 26 mayo 2006

PALMA.- Rafael Nadal se ha marcado un nuevo hito que superar: ser el sucesor de Manolo Santana en la conquista de la hierba de Wimbledon. “Este es mi mayor sueño ahora”, ha confesado el manacorí sin pudor en París, justo cuando está a punto de comenzar el torneo de tierra batida por excelencia, Roland Garros, donde se estrenará en primera ronda con contra el sueco Robin Soderling, 49 del mundo.

El sorteo ha emparejado a Roger Federer con el francés Arnaud Climent, mientras que Nadal intentará conquistar la arena parisina por segunda vez, un hito que no se repite desde 2001 cuando lo consiguiese el brasileño Gustavo Kuerten.

Además el manacorí asegura en la entrevista concedida al diario Le Figaro que quiere acabar su carrera deportivo junto a su tío y entrenador, Toni Nadal, y apunta que su amigo Carlos Moyá “es mejor que yo cuando jugamos en la Play Station, aunque sólo porque el entrena más que yo”, bromea.

.- ¿Veremos al mismo Rafael Nadal que en el Roland Garros de 2005?
No quiero que la gente piense que soy arrogante, pero aunque gané no fue aquí donde hice mi mejor tenis. Estuve serio, concentrado mentalmente porque los torneos que había ganado antes me dieron la confianza para saber que podía ganar, pero en Roma lo hice mejor. La final de ese torneo ha sido una de las más espectaculares de mi vida.

.- ¿Cómo se puede ganar a Rafael Nadal?
Creo que es más fácil que uno me gane mentalmente que en lo físico. <I think that it's easier to beat me mentally than physically.

.- ¿Los partidos contra Federer son tus favoritos?
Contra él es especial porque es el número uno y el mejor de la Historia. Confía mucho en sí mismo, hace fácil lo difícil y sabe que es mejor que los demás. Siempre va un paso por delante de los demás a la hora de golpear la bola, y eso es particularmente difícil. La gente puede pensar que es más débil mentalmente, pero una persona que pierde cuatro partidos en todo un año no puede serlo. < Playing vs. him [Federer] is special because he is No 1 and the best in history. He believes [trusts] in himself, makes what is difficult look easy and knows that he is better than the rest. He is always one step ahead of the rest when he's about to hit the ball and that is particularly difficult. People may think he is mentally weak but someone who loses 4 matches in one year can't be.

.- La mayoría de los jugadores españoles le tiene horror a la hierba de Wimbledon, ¿cuál es tu caso? [the interviewer exaggerates a little here... ]
Roland Garros ya lo gané el año pasado. Mi mayor sueño ahora es ganar Wimbledon. En Londres alquilo una casa durante tres semanas con Feliciano López para prepararme. Sólo Manolo Santana tuvo éxito allí, y llegar a la final y que España lo haga en la del Mundial de fútbol sería perfecto. ¿Dónde hay que firmar para eso? Que me den el papel inmediatamente (bromea). < I already won RG last year. My biggest dream now is to win Wimbledon. [he's renting a house w Lopez in London for 3 wks to prepare] ...making the final there and Spain winning the World Cup w be perfect.

.- ¿Cambiarías alguna vez a Toni, tu tío y entrenador?
Comencé mi carrera con él y quiero acabarla con él, pero examinaría todas las soluciones antes de prescindir de él. A veces uno se cansa de que le digan lo mismo cada hora, pero si un jugador cambia de entrenador es más debido a sí mismo que a la persona que tiene al lado. Si sigo con él dentro de 7 o 10 años quizá desee escuchar otra cosa en otra etapa, pero quiero acabar mi carrera con él.

.- No te gusta perder, debe ser duro encajar que Moyá te gane a la Play Station.
Ja, ja, ja. Sí, es mejor que yo, pero sólo porque entrena más. Si uno compara las horas que paso yo allí con las que pasa él, yo soy comparativamente mejor, pero siempre me gana.
http://www.mallorcadiario.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=16227&Itemid=33

RogiFan88
05-31-2006, 12:34 AM
"Lo lógico es que me gane." it is logical that he beat me...

in another article, Rafa said sth similar: "Lo normal es que yo no gane..." it is normal that I not win...

IN another article they asked former Spanish champs who they think will win RG, Rafa or Rogi...
Orantes said Rafa s win it as he has no rivals;
Vilas agrees w Orantes and can't see anyone stopping Rafa, and for Rogi to win, too many things have to come together, even tho Rogi is getting closer;
Emilio Sanchez says Rafa;
Moya says there are 2 to choose fr altho there are other guys who could be a factor, "Federer ha dado un salto cualitativo en tierra, juega mejor tácticamente y ha demostrado, como en la final de Roma, que puede estar incluso a un nivel superior al de Rafa. Todo el mundo puede perder. Todo el mundo tiene un día malo." -- he said Rogi has made a big leap in Roma, plays better tactically and has shown in that final that he can even be at a higher level than Rafa. Everyone can lose. Everybody has a bad day. [I don't know if Carlos was talking about Rafa or Rogi there... ] ;);
Costa said it's difficult to pick betw Rogi and Rafa but has to say Rafa since he can adapt better on clay and is better physically altho Rogi is a little better technically;
Juanqui said Rafa could win if he plays well and says Rogi really wants to win after having lost so many times [to Rafa or at RG?, not sure], and says it's tough to pick one;

Of course, most chose Rafa -- es normal...

SUKTUEN
05-31-2006, 05:01 AM
German?????? :eek:

soonha
06-05-2006, 07:20 PM
Swedish tennis great Bjorn Borg, winner of five consecutive Wimbledon titles, rated himself among the world's top four players ever in an interview published Monday, the eve of his 50th birthday.

In an exclusive interview with Stockholm daily Expressen, Borg was asked to rate the world's top five players ever. After long consideration, he came up with four names: Rod Laver, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and himself, adding it was impossible to compare the quartet.

Borg said current world No. 1 Federer would likely master an old- fashioned wooden racquet unlike many other active top players.

"A player like Federer is the master of everything, he has no weaknesses," Borg said. :)

(http://www.playfuls.com/news_000000415_Swedish_Tennis_Great_Borg_Rates_Him self_Among_Top_Four.html)

lunahielo
06-05-2006, 07:43 PM
Thanks soonha and Bjorn :)
luna

Minnie
06-05-2006, 11:08 PM
I greatly admire Bjorn Borg for his achievement of winning the FO and Wimbledon back to back 4 times - something I don't think any other player has ever done and at a time when the grass was faster than it is now. Having watched tapes of his matches, I am awestruck by his lack of emotion and expressionless face under the most extreme pressure. No wonder his nickname was Iceborg. A true giant of the game has given a wonderful accolade to Roger by including him in his 4 all-time greats at a time when Roger's career is only half-way through. Thanks for posting that link soonha - I like Borg even more now!!

nobama
06-06-2006, 04:22 AM
Nice words from Borg. John McEnroe said this past weekend that Roger should've won that Roma final and when Ted Robinson asked him if Roger was the second best player on clay McEnroe basically said he was as good as Nadal - I think he said Nadal was #1 and Roger was #1a. It's funny because he hesitated a bit and I thought oh no is he going to say no? :lol: Obviously there was a lot he saw in that Roma final which made him think Roger can beat Nadal on clay.

SUKTUEN
06-06-2006, 04:53 PM
why McEnroe always change his words? :rolleyes: :p

Corey Feldman
06-14-2006, 12:57 AM
not sure this counts as a player but its our fave Uncle 'mafia' Toni ..

"Rafa being 6-1 against Roger is not a source of pride for me. I'm happy that Rafa won the tournament, but I would have liked that Federer could have won the Grand Slam, because I think he's a phenomenal player. For me, he is the player I enjoy watching the most."
-- Toni Nadal speaking with the International Herald Tribune.

:scratch: :o

oneandonlyhsn
06-14-2006, 01:03 AM
not sure this counts as a player but its our fave Uncle 'mafia' Toni ..

"Rafa being 6-1 against Roger is not a source of pride for me. I'm happy that Rafa won the tournament, but I would have liked that Federer could have won the Grand Slam, because I think he's a phenomenal player. For me, he is the player I enjoy watching the most."
-- Toni Nadal speaking with the International Herald Tribune.

:scratch: :o

:rolleyes: Yeah right, I dont believe a word he says

Federerhingis
06-14-2006, 02:13 AM
:rolleyes: Yeah right, I dont believe a word he says

I might be a skeptic but I find it awfully suspicious when a rivaling camp is so complimentary. Maybe it's just me? :shrug:

SUKTUEN
06-14-2006, 02:54 AM
"Rafa being 6-1 against Roger is not a source of pride for me. I'm happy that Rafa won the tournament, but I would have liked that Federer could have won the Grand Slam, because I think he's a phenomenal player. For me, he is the player I enjoy watching the most."
-- Toni Nadal speaking with the International Herald Tribune.

:rolleyes: :rolleyes:

landoud
06-14-2006, 09:16 AM
:rolleyes: Yeah right, I dont believe a word he says
ditto

nobama
06-14-2006, 10:24 AM
I might be a skeptic but I find it awfully suspicious when a rivaling camp is so complimentary. Maybe it's just me? :shrug:Especially the coach. I don't buy it.

rofe
06-14-2006, 02:48 PM
not sure this counts as a player but its our fave Uncle 'mafia' Toni ..

"Rafa being 6-1 against Roger is not a source of pride for me. I'm happy that Rafa won the tournament, but I would have liked that Federer could have won the Grand Slam, because I think he's a phenomenal player. For me, he is the player I enjoy watching the most."
-- Toni Nadal speaking with the International Herald Tribune.

:scratch: :o

It is called rubbing salt on one's wounds aka back-handed compliment. Nothing more to be said.

mangoes
06-14-2006, 02:57 PM
not sure this counts as a player but its our fave Uncle 'mafia' Toni ..

"Rafa being 6-1 against Roger is not a source of pride for me. I'm happy that Rafa won the tournament, but I would have liked that Federer could have won the Grand Slam, because I think he's a phenomenal player. For me, he is the player I enjoy watching the most."
-- Toni Nadal speaking with the International Herald Tribune.

:scratch: :o
:rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes: This man just doesn't stop.

SUKTUEN
06-14-2006, 04:02 PM
this unlce is just................

Oriental_Rain
06-15-2006, 05:20 AM
maybe he maent it :lol:

SUKTUEN
06-15-2006, 02:24 PM
maent???? What's that mean?

faso
06-16-2006, 09:42 AM
meant, i guess that he wanted to say the past form of mean

SUKTUEN
06-16-2006, 03:29 PM
oh, I understand now. thanks

soonha
06-17-2006, 10:09 PM
Goran Ivanisevic's comments on this year's Wimbledon favorites....

'So for me, the number-one favourite this year is Roger Federer, and the number two, which will surprise some people, is Mario Ancic.' Ancic is Croatian, but this is only part of the reason Ivanisevic is so keen on his chances. Many others have thought for some time that the tall, athletic Ancic has the game to win Wimbledon. Ivanisevic continues with his list of possible winners: 'Then you have David Nalbandian, Andy Roddick and Sebastien Grosjean - and I would put Tim in there also.' How about Rafael Nadal, the world's best player on clay? 'No.' Never? 'Maybe, but while Federer is alive, no. :lol: And I think Ancic is a much better player than him on a fast court.'

MissMoJo
06-17-2006, 11:59 PM
How about Rafael Nadal, the world's best player on clay? 'No.' Never? 'Maybe, but while Federer is alive, no. :lol: And I think Ancic is a much better player than him on a fast court.'
Goran :rolls:

SUKTUEN
06-18-2006, 10:06 AM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

ExpectedWinner
06-18-2006, 08:24 PM
Stop laughing. I'm not sure that Goran is aware of how different grass is now compared to his days. From what I saw in the first set with Hewitt, I was rather impressed. Granted Hewitt did not play that well, but... Nadal played agressively, especially on his bh side and on the returns, he did not have any movement problems, he served a couple of aces down the T, passed Hewitt mercilessly and even s&v a couple of times. I don't know if he can do it consistently in a 5 set match, but he has time on his side.
Even this year it'll take a big server/hitter to beat him, IMO.

For the first time I found him watchable for the entire set. Usually he hits a couple of good shots here and there, but most of the time I fight with the urgent desire to take a refrigerator break. Also, he was subdued; he did not use his usual antiques that I can't stand. May be he figured out that it'will not affect LH one bit or worse yet fire him up.

soonha
06-18-2006, 08:33 PM
Stop laughing. I'm not sure that Goran is aware of how different grass is now compared to his days. From what I saw in the first set with Hewitt, I was rather impressed. Granted Hewitt did not play that well, but... Nadal played agressively, especially on his bh side and on the returns, he did not have any movement problems, he served a couple of aces down the T, passed Hewitt mercilessly and even s&v a couple of times. I don't know if he can do it consistently in a 5 set match, but he has time on his side.
Even this year it'll take a big server/hitter to take him out, IMO.
You missed the point. What I highlighted on was not about whether Nadal can win the Wimbledon or not. He said, "while Federer is alive", not like "while Federer is around" or "while Federer is there" or "until Federer will retire", which I found funny.

ExpectedWinner
06-18-2006, 08:41 PM
You missed the point. What I highlighted on was not about whether Nadal can win the Wimbledon or not. He said, "while Federer is alive", not like "while Federer is around" or "while Federer is there" or "until Federer will retire", which I found funny.

Oh, well. English is not Goran's first language. For example, in Russian this expression means 'he can not win while Federer has something to say about it'(while he's around). That's why it doesn't sound too funny to me.

soonha
06-18-2006, 09:38 PM
Oh, well. English is not Goran's first language. For example, in Russian this expression means 'he can not win while Federer has something to say about it'(while he's around). That's why it doesn't sound too funny to me.
Sorry, I don't want to bug on you but I'm just curious and still don't get your point :scratch:. Mind if I ask what this "alive" expression at which we are laughing, has got to do with Nadal's chances to win Wimbledon? BTW, I'm sure that you know what the expression(while he is around) means in English. If Goran had used that expression, we could have argued about his comment. But he didn't. So I don't find any reason that the "alive" expression couldn't amuse ourselves, he meant or not.

ExpectedWinner
06-18-2006, 09:57 PM
Mind if I ask what this "alive" expression at which we are laughing, has got to do with Nadal's chances to win Wimbledon?

He talks about other guys chances at W, no?

In Russian "alive" expression means that someone can't do/have/achieve smth as long as the other person has powers to prevent it from happening. That's how I understand Goran's remark. :shrug:The other expression is "you'll have to step over my dead body". Both expressions don't mean that the person should be dead/alive literally.

What's your interpretation of Goran's quote?

Corey Feldman
06-19-2006, 12:25 AM
I think Goran was saying something like, even if Nadal made the final... he assumes he'd be playing Federer and would never beat Federer on grass to win wimby..

SUKTUEN
06-19-2006, 10:30 AM
thanks

soonha
06-19-2006, 11:48 PM
James Blake commenting on Roger at his interview after the final at Queen's. Such a classy guy. Also he mentioned about Roger's recent large amount of tennis, which in fact is a major concern for him in Wimbledon.
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Q. Who's the man to stop Roger Federer at Wimbledon this year?

JAMES BLAKE: Uhm, there's only 127 guys to choose from, and I can't think of one. You know, I'd like to say me. Lleyton's got a good chance. Andy's got a good chance. He's played him really close the last couple years. But how many has he won in a row now, 40? It's incredible, what he's doing. I mean, maybe Roger Federer is the only guy to stop him, I think. Because if he's playing well, I don't see any one of us stopping him. He needs to have a bad day, I think.

He's played a ton of tennis lately. That's maybe in the back of all of our minds, that he made it all the way through to the French Open final which he's never done before, then going straight to Halle and winning there, which he does every year. But just a lot of tennis.

So hopefully one of those matches he'll just, you know, kind of mentally not be totally there or just physically be a little worn down - something - and we could kind of take a shot at him.

But all that being said, Olivier Rochus had four matchpoints on him, so I guess he's human. We'll find out at Wimbledon. It's going to be exciting to see. We haven't had, since Sampras, a guy like this that's that big of a favorite I don't think at Wimbledon. It will be fun to see if he can continue his dominance like Pete did.


Q. Is it quite despairing he doesn't seem to have these lapses?

JAMES BLAKE: It's quite impressive. Everyone -- I think a lot of guys that are in the top 10 or top 20 have gone through phases where they've played some of their best tennis for a week, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, but then there's just one point where you kind of let down a little bit, and he never has that. It's amazing. It seems so easy to him and a lot of people will look at that and say, "Well, he's just more talented, or "He's just that good," or, "It's easy." I think people need to give him even more credit. It is not easy to do that. Now, knowing what it takes to get to the top 10, knowing what it takes to play at this level for more than just two or three months at a time, for him to be doing this for two and three years already and no sense of it stopping is just incredibly impressive to me.

I think he's gotten plenty of credit, but he deserves plenty more because it's not easy to do.

oneandonlyhsn
06-20-2006, 01:20 AM
James :worship: such a classy guy

Daniel
06-20-2006, 01:27 AM
James, always talking nice about Roger :)

Julia_Chelsea
06-20-2006, 11:06 AM
Roger is a king of tennis. He's very skilled and clever.
Although Rafa has beaten him most of their face, Roger is still number one.
Everybody knows that.
But, he have to win Roland Garros (of course in next year) if he doesn't want to be like Pete Samprass - great career but can't win RG. What a pity!

SUKTUEN
06-21-2006, 01:50 AM
Thanks Blake!!!!!

Congrat Nadal be the most high marks No.2~~ :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

Skyward
07-05-2006, 10:27 PM
From Bjorkman's interview:

" It's a dream come true to have opportunity to play Wimbledon semifinal against the best player in the world right now probably gonna be the best player ever. He's a good friend of mine. I practiced with him in Key Biscayne. Peter Lundgren came maybe when he was 16, 17, I practiced with him. Semi tanked on the practice. Thought, Jesus, what kid is this? Not really ready. I thought he would take the opportunity to practice with me and enjoy it. Then one year later, you see this unbelievably talented guy, mature guy, I think. He's just the perfect No. 1 we can have I think both on the court and off the court."

lunahielo
07-05-2006, 10:29 PM
Nice words from Bjorkman.
Very classy.

Thanks, Skyward :)

Corey Feldman
07-05-2006, 11:12 PM
From his former-grass court foe, Mario Ancic

"I thought sometimes I played some unbelievable shots.

"If I had written down the way I wanted to play, I would have done exactly that but and I was getting passed and he was hitting winners from nowhere.

"I tried the whole match, even at the end. I knew I was playing good tennis and I continued to search for solutions.

"There's not much you can say. He played unbelievable tennis. He was faultless."

From Nadal's new #1 fan, Mac the mouth

"Federer floats around the court like a ballet dancer and then comes up with the most incredible shots. The guy is awesome."

R.Federer
07-05-2006, 11:57 PM
lovely words
I'm so proud of our champion
From Bjorkman's interview:

" It's a dream come true to have opportunity to play Wimbledon semifinal against the best player in the world right now probably gonna be the best player ever. He's a good friend of mine. I practiced with him in Key Biscayne. Peter Lundgren came maybe when he was 16, 17, I practiced with him. Semi tanked on the practice. Thought, Jesus, what kid is this? Not really ready. I thought he would take the opportunity to practice with me and enjoy it. Then one year later, you see this unbelievably talented guy, mature guy, I think. He's just the perfect No. 1 we can have I think both on the court and off the court."

Federerhingis
07-06-2006, 03:42 AM
James Blake commenting on Roger at his interview after the final at Queen's. Such a classy guy. Also he mentioned about Roger's recent large amount of tennis, which in fact is a major concern for him in Wimbledon.
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Q. Who's the man to stop Roger Federer at Wimbledon this year?

JAMES BLAKE: Uhm, there's only 127 guys to choose from, and I can't think of one. You know, I'd like to say me. Lleyton's got a good chance. Andy's got a good chance. He's played him really close the last couple years. But how many has he won in a row now, 40? It's incredible, what he's doing. I mean, maybe Roger Federer is the only guy to stop him, I think. Because if he's playing well, I don't see any one of us stopping him. He needs to have a bad day, I think.

He's played a ton of tennis lately. That's maybe in the back of all of our minds, that he made it all the way through to the French Open final which he's never done before, then going straight to Halle and winning there, which he does every year. But just a lot of tennis.

So hopefully one of those matches he'll just, you know, kind of mentally not be totally there or just physically be a little worn down - something - and we could kind of take a shot at him.

But all that being said, Olivier Rochus had four matchpoints on him, so I guess he's human. We'll find out at Wimbledon. It's going to be exciting to see. We haven't had, since Sampras, a guy like this that's that big of a favorite I don't think at Wimbledon. It will be fun to see if he can continue his dominance like Pete did.


Q. Is it quite despairing he doesn't seem to have these lapses?

JAMES BLAKE: It's quite impressive. Everyone -- I think a lot of guys that are in the top 10 or top 20 have gone through phases where they've played some of their best tennis for a week, two weeks, three weeks, four weeks, but then there's just one point where you kind of let down a little bit, and he never has that. It's amazing. It seems so easy to him and a lot of people will look at that and say, "Well, he's just more talented, or "He's just that good," or, "It's easy." I think people need to give him even more credit. It is not easy to do that. Now, knowing what it takes to get to the top 10, knowing what it takes to play at this level for more than just two or three months at a time, for him to be doing this for two and three years already and no sense of it stopping is just incredibly impressive to me.

I think he's gotten plenty of credit, but he deserves plenty more because it's not easy to do.

I am not surprised Harvard is still making a good job out of their former alumni. :lol: James is just a class act and such a genuine fella.

SUKTUEN
07-06-2006, 05:11 AM
Thanks Guys who Love Roger as us~!

Mrs. B
07-06-2006, 07:13 AM
Mario Ancic:

“He is a completely different grasscourt player to 2002. It was much easier to be aggressive against him then. Now it’s very tough. If you attack, he passes you. If you stay back, he’s all over you. You have to be a man and say: ‘Well done, Roger, then put your head down and start work again.

RogiFan88
07-06-2006, 01:36 PM
Good boy, Mario! ;)

SUKTUEN
07-06-2006, 04:23 PM
Lovely Mario