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SUKTUEN
10-14-2007, 07:07 AM
thanks~~!

refero*fervens
10-14-2007, 02:35 PM
Comments from Wayne Arthurs :)

Mr Nice Guy

ROGER Federer might well be the best tennis player in history but he is also one of the nice guys of the sport, a fact noted by recently retired Australian Wayne Arthurs at the AAMI Classic launch. Arthurs said Federer was so nice it could scarcely be true. "He's just got everything, and the way he goes about it on and off the court, and he's just a great fella, which is kind of disappointing in a way, because he's so good on the court and all of a sudden he's in the locker room and he's says, 'Hi, how ya going?' and all this sort of stuff, and I'm thinking, 'Is there something bad about you or not?' It's sort of painful!"

http://www.theage.com.au/news/sport/hussler-the-one-that-got-away/2007/10/14/1192300599664.html

SUKTUEN
10-14-2007, 03:37 PM
thanks Wayne~~

saniapower
10-22-2007, 08:56 PM
Roger Federer keeps his cool at crucial moment. That's a Federer speciality. :) He is not a guy who gets carried away by the situation. He does not let the opportunity go by and instead grabs those by both hands. :shrug:

Eden
10-29-2007, 09:10 PM
Some words from Jarkko Nieminen:

"I've known him since he was 14 or 15. He's still the same person and he respects all the players and all the people.
"He's a great person off the court."

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/7066455.stm

SUKTUEN
10-30-2007, 02:11 PM
thanks Jarkko

Daniel
12-11-2007, 03:48 AM
by Jim Courier

Talking of which, Courier admitted Roger Federer’s achievements were not appreciated enough.

"I think that one thing people miss out on when they look at Federer’s dominance, is what he’s doing and just how devastatingly good he is. Because if he slipped for just a little bit, [Rafael] Nadal would beat him at Wimbledon or [Andy] Roddick would beat him and these other players would have three to four slams each but Federer has 12," he said.


Link: http://www.xpress4me.com/sport/uae/tennis/20004352.html

SUKTUEN
12-11-2007, 01:03 PM
Jim Courier
:worship:

Eden
12-17-2007, 02:47 PM
I translated some comments from Patty Schnyder:

There are experts who believe that 26years old Roger Federer is losing terrain physically comparing to the younger players.

It is impolite to believe that Roger won't be physically fit. That's just rubbish. It will maybe happen in a few years that his fitness coach will have to persuade him to do extra work so he won't abate. But right now he is far away from it.

Do you follow the mens tennis with Roger Federer intensive? And does it give you something how he presents himself on and off the court?

Sure. I get the feeling from watching him play that I do something in my game right automatically.

You learn from Roger?

Doubtlessly. I always have a good feeling when I have seen him play. Of course I know that I can't do the same as him. Not his speed-up or his footwork, but there are certain things where you feel good.

How difficult is it as a Swiss tennisstar to be in the shadow of such a superstar as Roger?

I can't complain. I'm so happy in my life and I hope for him that he feels the same with everything what is happening around him. I know him for a very long time and he is such a lovely guy. I say that despite all the success the coverage about our sports is to less in Switzerland. When you imagine that one day there will be Swiss players ranked between 20 and 40 - don't get me wrong, that's a great effort -, there might be no coverage at all. That's too bad because tennis is such a great sport.

**********

Es gibt Fachleute, die glauben ja auch beim 26-jährigen Roger Federer, er verliere punkto Physis jetzt schon an Terrain gegenüber den noch jüngeren.

Grundsätzlich ist es unverschämt, wenn jemand glaubt, Roger sei physisch bald nicht mehr auf der Höhe. Blödsinn. Das kommt vielleicht in ein paar Jahren, dass ihn sein Fitnesstrainer zu Extra-Schichten überreden muss, damit er nicht nachlässt. Aber jetzt ist er noch weit weg davon.

Verfolgen Sie auch das Männertennis mit Roger Federer intensiv? Und gibt das Ihnen etwas, wie er sich auf und neben dem Court präsentiert?

Sicher. Allein schon vom Zuschauen habe ich manchmal das Gefühl, dass auch ich vieles in meinem Spiel automatisch richtig mache.

Sie lernen von Roger?

Zweifellos. Ich habe immer ein gutes Gefühl, wenn ich ihn spielen gesehen habe. Klar weiss man, dass man nicht dasselbe kann wie er. Nicht seine Beschleunigung, auch nicht seine Beinarbeit. (lacht) Aber trotzdem gibt es gewisse Dinge, wo man sich gut fühlt.

Wie schwierig ist es, als Schweizer Tennisstar im Schatten eines Superstars wie Roger zu stehen?

Ich kann mich nicht beklagen. Ich bin so glücklich mit meinem Leben und hoffe für ihn wirklich, dass er es auch ist. Mit allem, was um ihn herum passiert. Ich kenne ihn schon ewig lange und er ist ein lieber Kerl. Ich hoffe, dass er es so will. Generell sage ich, dass in der Schweiz trotz aller Erfolge zu wenig über unseren Sport berichtet wird. Wenn man sich jetzt vorstellt, dass später einmal Schweizer Spieler zwischen Position 20 und 40 rumgurken – verstehen Sie mich nicht falsch, das ist immer noch toll –dann wird wohl gar nicht mehr berichtet. Das finde ich schade, weil es ein so schöner Sport ist.

http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/patty-wurden-ihnen-schon-drogen-angeboten-78700

nobama
12-18-2007, 11:08 AM
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=A1YourView&xml=/sport/2007/12/18/stsamp118.xml
Pete Sampras: Federer can take my records
By Mark Hodgkinson, tennis correspondent
17/12/2007

Sugar-coated, empty compliments from one celebrity to another might be the way things are done in nearby Hollywood, but there was no doubting that this was Mr Sincere talking tennis from his mansion in Beverly Hills. Such were the affectionate words from Pete Sampras that you would not be that surprised if he was a fully paid-up member of the Roger Federer Appreciation Society, right down to owning a cowbell or two.

From Beverly Hills to Basle, the admiration between tennis champions was obvious. Federer is collecting grand slam titles the way Maria Sharapova collects postage stamps - with enthusiasm. And so there is every chance that, in the 2008 season, Federer will equal Sampras' record of 14 slam titles. Possibly even break it. But don't expect Sampras to be grumpy about losing his record, about losing the place in history he spent all his life working to achieve. Sampras is pleased that the man tearing strips off his record is someone such as Federer. "Roger is going to make some history in 2008. The history books will soon all be his," Sampras said.

And 'Pistol Pete' did not hold back, claiming that the world had never seen anything like his friend Federer.

"What Roger has been doing the last three years or so has been nothing short of phenomenal - I think he has been the most dominant individual sportsman in the history of mankind. I can't think of anyone in an individual sport who has even got close to what Roger has done the last few years," Sampras said of the Swiss, who goes into next month's Australian Open with 12 majors to his name.

"But I don't think that Roger is at all comfortable with how great he is. Roger and I were talking about this a few weeks ago, the debate about who is the greatest tennis player in history, and he found the whole conversation really uncomfortable.

"Roger isn't playing tennis for the limelight, for the pat on the back and for the medal at the end of the race. He plays tennis because he loves tennis, and he is competitive when he gets out there on the court, but I don't think he's doing it for the praise and to be called the greatest. All he wants to do is get out there and play tennis, and that's what I love about Roger, that you can see he loves the game."

They became buddies during the 2007 season, with Federer popping round to hit a few balls on a court in Sampras' back garden in the spring. Unfortunately, history does not record whether Sampras' wife, the Hollywood actress Bridgette Wilson, served them homemade lemonade between games. Anyway, that was when the bond began, and in the autumn Federer and Sampras played a series of exhibition matches across Asia, a mini-tour which suggested that Sampras could possibly still be ranked in the world's top 10.

Sampras said: "When Roger came to my house, it was great. We had a hit for a few hours, played a few points, did some drills, and spoke about tennis, about the different generations. But it was probably only in Asia that I got to know him that well. We hung out a ton there, and there was a connection between us.

"Roger is such a great guy, and we had a lot of laughs over dinners. He is a funny guy, he likes his jokes, and is a bit of a prankster.

"I think that's a side of him which he likes to keep private. All those things that people do say about Roger, they are all true - he is a humble guy, he's down to earth. I love the way he handles himself. Tennis couldn't have a better ambassador."

On quitting the sport, Sampras must have thought his record was as safe as a Swiss bank vault. "Did I want my record to stand forever? Absolutely. Having the record was something I really strove for, and worked so hard for, but I really don't mind that it's someone like Roger breaking my record."

It was as recently as the 2002 US Open that Sampras won the last of his 14 slams. But Federer won his first major, the Wimbledon title, the following season, and has since established a strong-arm hold on men's tennis. Sampras said: "Roger's the favourite for the Australian Open, so that's 13, and he has a good chance of winning the French Open, even though he's never done that before, and so he could equal my record in Paris. And he could break it on Centre Court at Wimbledon, which would be something.

"If he doesn't win the French Open, then he will probably break it at the US Open.

"I don't think it's a shoo-in, and there is a lot more work for him to do, but I think he has a great chance of doing it in 2008. The story for the last few years has been Roger breaking all the records - during 2007, he beat the Jimmy Connors record for most consecutive weeks at No 1, and soon the grand slam record is going to be his as well. Soon all the records are going to be his, and I'm pleased for him. He is dominating the sport more than I ever did, more than anyone ever has."

Sampras said he could not think of a way to improve Federer's tennis. "Roger has got no holes in his game, he's got the whole package, and he rarely has an off-day, and even then he usually finds a way to win.

"Our games are different as I used to take more risks, so I probably had more off-days. There are a few players who have gone toe-to-toe with him, such as [Rafael] Nadal and [Novak] Djokovic, but Roger always seems to have something extra when it really matters, especially at the grand slams. He's got another gear."

In the 2008 season Federer could even achieve the 'Golden Slam' - all four majors plus Olympic gold. And Sampras thinks Federer, still only 26, could even reach 20 slams. "Once he breaks the record, it will be interesting to see whether he keeps the motivation and the hunger. I think he will, that he's going to keep on winning. I think he's going to win 17, 18, 19, or maybe 20 slams.

"When you are No 1 there are always people after you. You have to spend the whole time fending people off, and however great you are, it can be tough to maintain that. As great as Roger is, that's tough. I've been in that situation before, so I know what it's like. But I think there's definitely a chance that Roger will want to keep going until well into his 30s. He will feel it in his blood when it's time to go."

Does Sampras regard Federer as what Americans call the 'GOAT' (the Greatest Of All Time)? "It's difficult to say who is the greatest tennis player in history. The people who are usually mentioned are Roger, myself and Rod Laver, and I think it's probably one of us three.

"Roger's critics say that he can't be the greatest of all time unless he wins the French Open, but I don't think that's true.

"It's difficult to compare generations, as things have changed so much since Laver's day. Rod was my hero, and I have such great respect for what he did, but I remember him telling me once that he only had to start playing from the fourth round onwards. There's no way that's the case now, as you really have to turn it on from the first round onwards.

"I think there's a chance that people will look back on Roger as the greatest of all time." So says the sage in Beverly Hills.

Head to head
Pete Sampras
Record 14 grand slam titles
• Two Australian Open titles: (1994, 1997)
• Seven Wimbledon titles: (1993, 1994, 1995, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000)
• Five US Open titles: (1990, 1993, 1995, 1996, 2002)
Roger Federer
12 slams so far
• Three Australian Open titles: (2004, 2006, 2007)
• Five Wimbledon titles: (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
• Four US Open titles (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007)
The earliest that Federer could equal the record is at the 2008 French Open, and he could break the record at Wimbledon.

Monteque
12-18-2007, 12:19 PM
"But I don't think that Roger is at all comfortable with how great he is. Roger and I were talking about this a few weeks ago, the debate about who is the greatest tennis player in history, and he found the whole conversation really uncomfortable.

I don't think Federer is not comfortable with his greatness, but it's really uncomfortable if someone ordered to talk about himself let alone the "greatness". It's like saying "Yeah, I am the GOAT, hey Pete, you know what, now I'm the biggest thing in the history of tennis", nope, Fed wont do that.

SUKTUEN
12-18-2007, 01:03 PM
Pete~~~:worship:

nobama
12-18-2007, 01:18 PM
"But I don't think that Roger is at all comfortable with how great he is. Roger and I were talking about this a few weeks ago, the debate about who is the greatest tennis player in history, and he found the whole conversation really uncomfortable.

I don't think Federer is not comfortable with his greatness, but it's really uncomfortable if someone ordered to talk about himself let alone the "greatness". It's like saying "Yeah, I am the GOAT, hey Pete, you know what, now I'm the biggest thing in the history of tennis", nope, Fed wont do that.
I think he's uncomfortable talking about GOAT and all that because he's not there yet in terms of records, career not over yet, etc. Also because he knows that it's so hard to compare eras/generations.

SUKTUEN
12-18-2007, 01:32 PM
may be Pete will happy when Roger break his record.

soraya
12-18-2007, 04:05 PM
I don't really see these two being "friends."

shacklebolt
12-18-2007, 04:20 PM
I think he's uncomfortable talking about GOAT and all that because he's not there yet in terms of records, career not over yet, etc. Also because he knows that it's so hard to compare eras/generations.


You have to wonder about Pete. Roger has said many times, including in that wonderful interview he gave to Charlie Rose this year, that he wants to wait until his career is over before having that conversation. I mean, even with his career over, does Sampras sit around really discussing this? I can't imagine Andre Agassi doing something like this.

nobama
12-18-2007, 06:13 PM
I don't really see these two being "friends."
How would any of us know? A lot of people say Roger's friendship with Tiger isn't genuine either. But I'm not sure what they base that on other than the cynic in them thinks everything is spin and PR.

SUKTUEN
12-19-2007, 12:02 AM
I don't really see these two being "friends."

you means thay just be "friends" 'seemingly'?:p

Corey Feldman
12-19-2007, 12:30 AM
Petr Cech, the Chelsea goalkeeper, to name his favourite sportsman, for example, and he does not hesitate: "That has to be Roger Federer. He just keeps on winning and winning and winning. He is at the highest level and his consistency is amazing."

Monteque
12-19-2007, 10:14 AM
I think he's uncomfortable talking about GOAT and all that because he's not there yet in terms of records, career not over yet, etc. Also because he knows that it's so hard to compare eras/generations.

Yes, agreed. But for his generation, he is surely the GOAT. :)

RogiFan88
12-19-2007, 02:16 PM
Rogi can't be the GOAT for his generation... maybe the GOHE? ;)

SUKTUEN
12-19-2007, 02:39 PM
:yeah::yeah::yeah:

nobama
12-20-2007, 11:44 PM
This is why I take what Sampras says with a grain of salt. For every nice Roger comment there's the 'weak argument' crap. :rolleyes: I'm not sure exactly what years would be considered Sampras's "prime", but of the three players listed below Becker is really the only one I would consider a true peer of Pete's. And some might even disagree with that. Defining generations or eras isn't easy but I wouldn't consider Lendl or Edberg to be part of Pete's 'era'.

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2007/12/pete.html

Pete and Roger
Posted 12/20/2007 @ 4 :04 PM

http://tennisworld.typepad.com/photos/uncategorized/2007/12/20/phpbliawrpm.jpg
(pic is from when Roger hosted Sampras for a Thanksgiving dinner during their exho trip)

As most of you know, I met with Pete Sampras on Tuesday in Los Angeles, more or less wrapping up some loose ends for his autobiography, which will be available next summer, in time for the US Open, perhaps even Wimbledon. We have a good working draft that still needs some tweaking and revision, but the heavy lifting is done.

We did our work close by the handsome Christmas tree in Pete and Bridgette's living room - a gorgeous eight or nine foot tall scotch pine, strung with colored lights and nothing else (as of then). That's very Pete. Simple and understated.

Of course, Pete and I had to talk about the recent three-match exhibition series he played in Asia with Roger Federer. Most everyone who paid attention was mildly surprised to see that Pete actually won one of those matches (the last one), and many skeptics thought it must have been a bone thrown to Pete - or a ploy to hype their upcoming, March exhibition in Madison Square Garden.

The night they arrived in Seoul, Korea, for the first stop of the tour, Roger called Pete and asked what he was doing. When Pete said, "Nothing," Roger invited him up, just to hang out and talk - which they did. "It was a lot of fun," Pete said, "It's funny, but I don't think I ever did that once in my playing days - just called a guy to see if he wanted to hang out some. This was a different situation, but still. . . the whole exo tour had that nice feeling of camaraderie. We traveled together, we ate together, we got to know each other pretty well. Roger is an easy guy to talk to."

The core group on this tour consisted of Pete and his older brother and manager, Gus, Roger and Mirka and Roger's manager, Tony Godsick of IMG. Pete had prepared for the three-night stand extensively, hitting with Sam Querrey every other day for about two weeks. "It was about as hard as I've played in five years," he said. "I went full out, trying to get my body and rhythm right. I thought I needed to sharpen up my server and volley game. I didn't want to go out there and embarass myself."

Pete felt rusty and overanxious during the first match, in Seoul ("I was just trying to get my bearings"). He was more comfortable in the second meeting, at Kuala Lampur, where he lost six-and-six. And, as you know, he won the third and final match, at Venetian Macao. There have been a lot of rumors and dodgy claims flying around since that win, and I think it might be a good idea to go back and read the original news reports, complete with the quotes of both players, to see just what claims players were - and weren't - making. I'm still struck by the mutual respect in those quotes.

Partly for your benefit, then, I asked Pete, point-blank, in exactly these words: "So, how competitive was it?"

Pete replied: "We were both trying. Obviously I wasn't being light on him in any way, but I didn't feel that he was going light on me, either. One big factor in there was the courts were fast - really fast. And that really worked in my favor. In our third match, I felt that I was right there with him. My thing was to try to make it competitive, and his thing was. . . to win. Once we walked out and saw those big crowds and once the ball was in play, we were both pretty pumped. I felt we took it seriously - he seemed into it, from where I was standing. But then I know it was was an end-of-the-year thing for him, and obviously it was an exhibition."

According to Pete, the two men spent quite a bit of time talking about the men they had to play in their respective generations. In his era, Sampras had to contend with a greater range of styles than Federer does today: there were serve-and-volleyers like Stefan Edberg and Boris Becker, and baseliners like Ivan Lendl and Andre Agassi. TMF did say something interesting to Pete after the Macao match: He told him that it was hard to have to play someone who served and volleyed; it just wasn't a style Roger faced too often anymore.

Having faced so many different styles, and knowing what kind of ball those men hit - and what kind of a ball The Mighty Fed hits - Sampras came to the conclusion that the players of today are ill-equipped to beat Federer. Their styles are too similar, and they play right into TMF's hands. "How is a David Ferrer going to hurt Roger? Roger is just too good at what he does for those guys to have a shot. They can't match' his versatility, his shot making, or his movement. And they don't have enough power to contain him, or force him out of his comfort zone."

Pete was very impressed with Roger's game. His favorite Federer shot? "That little backhand flick he sometimes hits, when he's pressured or when he wants to up the pace a little," Sampras said. "That's a great shot."

Pete has this typically cut-to-the-chase analysis of the way he matches up with TMF: "Let's face it, when I play him, he's going to do what he does and I'm going to do what I do. It's not real complicated."

Pete didn't bother to flesh out that comment, and he didn't need to - not if you're capable of reading between the lines. I think what Pete is saying is that what he and Roger do is different. And because it's different, and both men are great champs, nothing is predictable and no outcome can be too surprising - not in theory, anyway. And, in this specific case, not when the match is played on a fast court that really plays into Pete's hands, and in a basic situation where there isn't a great deal for Roger to gain by playing as if his life depended on it.

I don't think these matches were at all meaningless, and at the same time I wouldn't read too much into them. In the end, I think they may have said a lot less about Pete and Roger than about the different way the game is played at the pro level now, as compared to Sampras's time.

soraya
12-21-2007, 03:42 AM
Pete has this typically cut-to-the-chase analysis of the way he matches up with TMF: "Let's face it, when I play him, he's going to do what he does and I'm going to do what I do. It's not real complicated."


What is this suppose to mean? what did he actually say? Maybe this is a "lost in translation" for me.

Total crap if he really believes that Fed was not holding back. Now American media and Mr Sampras think that Roger was playing to win? This reminds me of the famous..."the gap is closing." I watched all three exhibitions and in my opinion Roger was not trying hard at all. If they end up playing again, Fed should really show him when he means business.

nobama
12-21-2007, 10:04 AM
What is this suppose to mean? what did he actually say? Maybe this is a "lost in translation" for me.

Total crap if he really believes that Fed was not holding back. Now American media and Mr Sampras think that Roger was playing to win? This reminds me of the famous..."the gap is closing." I watched all three exhibitions and in my opinion Roger was not trying hard at all. If they end up playing again, Fed should really show him when he means business.
We'll never know for sure how much Roger was trying, but one thing's for sure Pete will keep telling himself, and anyone else who will listen, that Roger was trying, that the matches were competitive. The guy is delusional - so is Bodo (who just happens to be assisting Pete with his autobiography - hmmm, no favoratism there then...). I guess if it helps Pete sleep better at night thinking these matches were for real, then let him think that.

SUKTUEN
12-21-2007, 03:09 PM
how many years can Roger also stay NO.1? = =''

Rommella
01-07-2008, 10:42 AM
This one comes not from a player but from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger:

Arsene Wenger urges Arsenal to follow Federer
By Andrew Warshaw
Last Updated: 2:43am GMT 06/01/2008

...snip
Wenger will rest some of his senior squad members but has warned: the early rounds are potential pitfalls.

"It's a tricky game and our young players know what is expected of them," he said.

...snip
"I read an interview with Roger Federer who said that when he goes to a big tournament, he's always very apprehensive about the first rounds," said Wenger.

"In the quarter-final, he starts dreaming of winning. That's a good comparison with a cup-tie. In the early rounds you need to be really focussed."

SUKTUEN
01-07-2008, 01:07 PM
:worship:

Eden
01-09-2008, 08:22 PM
From Jim Courier:



Courier blames the tennis-circuit pressure for his decision to retire and believes it is even worse today.

"The lifestyle is very demanding mentally, physically and emotionally and the treadmill never stops,'' he says.

"Until the circuit really gets it together from a scheduling standpoint you'll see more athletes like Kim Clijsters (who retired at 24) leaving very early.

"That's why I tip my hat to a guy like Roger Federer who recognises that and schedules himself accordingly and does not overplay. He's thinking long-term.''

Source: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23027581-2902,00.html

stebs
01-09-2008, 09:46 PM
This is why I take what Sampras says with a grain of salt. For every nice Roger comment there's the 'weak argument' crap. :rolleyes: I'm not sure exactly what years would be considered Sampras's "prime", but of the three players listed below Becker is really the only one I would consider a true peer of Pete's. And some might even disagree with that. Defining generations or eras isn't easy but I wouldn't consider Lendl or Edberg to be part of Pete's 'era'.

It depends how you define era's but you can't have it both ways. If Lendl and Edberg are in Pete's era, then Agassi and Sampras are in Federer's era.

nobama
01-09-2008, 10:04 PM
It depends how you define era's but you can't have it both ways. If Lendl and Edberg are in Pete's era, then Agassi and Sampras are in Federer's era.
The guy that really pedals this crap is Peter Bodo over on his blog. Pete played against all these different styles and Roger only plays against boring baseliners. :zzz:

SUKTUEN
01-10-2008, 01:03 AM
Yes, Jim, Roger think in long term, he was plan about play in 2017 also~:p

Daniel
01-10-2008, 11:49 AM
Novak Djokovic in interview

link: http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKL0625756320080110

"I don't want to feel just a part of that rivalry, or what (the media) are making of my relationship with Roger," he said.

"I look at him as I look at every opponent in the world. Of course, all the credit is to him, all the respect, he is the best player in the world, but that doesn't matter any more.

"It used to be two years ago, when I got to the court with him, or with (Marat) Safin, big champions, I was just trying to play well and pretend to play good.

SUKTUEN
01-10-2008, 03:33 PM
Djov be more nice to Roger now~~:devil:

Daniel
01-14-2008, 06:36 PM
Lleyton Hewitt.

http://uk.reuters.com/article/tennisNews/idUKB40061920080113



The game's always changing," Hewitt told reporters on Sunday.

"Roger Federer's obviously the guy that's taken the game to a new level. You've got to look at little ways of improving your game to be able to match it with the best players.

"And being slightly a bit more aggressive and maybe not so predictable is maybe one way of doing that."

SUKTUEN
01-15-2008, 06:12 AM
will Roger play Hewitt again?

Eden
01-16-2008, 12:42 PM
Some words from Michael Stich after Rogers firstround match of the AO:


"He's the best in the world, but he is still trying to improve in every area. Look at how much work he is putting into trying to make his backhand a real weapon. He's the best backhand slicer in the game, but he's still trying to master the knife backhand too.

"That attitude of always trying to make yourself better, that's what makes him such a great champion.

"He keeps on doing that and nobody will get close to him on grass or hardcourts for a few years yet."

Source: http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/16012008/58/australian-open-stich-great-start-federer.html

SUKTUEN
01-16-2008, 01:19 PM
:worship:

Eden
01-16-2008, 11:06 PM
From Deuce magazine, Santoro is talking about Roger:

By JAMES BUDDELL
Published: January 10, 2008

“For me it is always tough. Pretty much everybody has an inferior record against Roger, but I feel honored to have played against him as I rate Roger the greatest player of all time. When I have played Roger, I have always attempted to concentrate play on his backhand wing and use my slice approaches to open up the angles of the court. I am proud of my two wins.”

didadida
01-17-2008, 03:12 AM
santoro :wavey:

SUKTUEN
01-17-2008, 03:56 PM
Q. How was that for you? Looked like a bit of fun.

FABRICE SANTORO: Yeah, a little too fast. Too fast (smiling).


Q. Pardon me?

FABRICE SANTORO: Too fast. Too quick.


Q. I guess as the game went on, there were some amusing moments prompted by yourself. What was your thinking behind that?

FABRICE SANTORO: It was a tough match for me, as you saw probably. So regarding the score, it was not easy to have fun, but I tried to have some.


Q. Pointing to the scoreboard at the end.

FABRICE SANTORO: Because the reality was pretty bad for me, yeah. It's okay (smiling).


Q. You're retiring at the end of the year?

FABRICE SANTORO: I don't know yet. I can't answer a hundred percent now.


Q. You're not a hundred percent?

FABRICE SANTORO: No, I can't be sure.


Q. What did you think of the reaction of the crowd today?

FABRICE SANTORO: It was great. I mean, it was great. They're maybe thinking it was my last match on this court, and this court is very special for me. I played three Grand Slam finals on this court. I played my only quarterfinal on this court. I played a Davis Cup final on this court. I beat the record today on this court, too.

So after 20 years on the tour, if I take my top 10 matches, there are at least five or six on this court.


Q. So it would be quite tough to say good‑bye then?

FABRICE SANTORO: I may be back (smiling).


Q. You've seen Roger through almost a decade now. How does his game this year compare with other times you've seen him?

FABRICE SANTORO: He's still working hard. He's still improving. It's tough to say, because he was a tremendous player the past four years, and I think he's a better player today. He's a better athlete, too. He's moving unbelievably well.

Everything looks easy to him. There is no space to play. There is no space to hit some aces because he's returning everything. He has time when he's attacking. He has time when he's on the defense, too. He has always time to play. He's never in a rush or anything. When he's coming to the net, there is no space to pass him.


Q. As somebody who appreciates tennis history, is there any part of you that just enjoys the chance to play him, even if it is so difficult to beat him?

FABRICE SANTORO: I'd love to play him once again. I'd love to.


Q. Because why, in particular?

FABRICE SANTORO: Because it's so beautiful, what he's doing. I mean, you can't imagine. I hit sometimes the best shot. I mean, in the past three weeks, I played very well.

I mean, I beat some good guys. I beat very tall guys, the American Isner, two days ago in straight sets, and I was playing very well. Last week I beat three guys. One was James Blake, which is one of the best players in the world.

In November I beat Roddick. I beat Djokovic. I mean, I'm able to play some good tennis against the top guys.

But today I feel like he's coming from somewhere else. I mean, I tried a few things. I mean, you can say that maybe I could hit stronger, maybe I can... But when you look a little bit at the stats, I missed four balls, four unforced errors in the match I did. He did 58 winners in 58 minutes almost (laughter).

So I served quite good. I was moving well. I was fit physically. I was hitting the ball well. And I won three games, so it's not much (smiling).


Q. Is this a frustrating feeling or is it just like, Just two or three guys can beat him?

FABRICE SANTORO: On hard court, indoor or grass, not many guys can do that bad with me. Not many guys. Maybe the only one, I think.

But I don't feel like I missed my match. I don't feel like I should have done this or this better. I tried to attack. But when you attack, he pass well. Forehand, backhand. Even when you have the first volley, the volley is turning so much, so it's tough to volley.

And when he was changing side, doesn't matter to him with the wind or against the wind. Doesn't matter. Maybe he doesn't know it was windy (smiling).


Q. When you play him, you said it's a nice feeling, besides the score. But isn't it better than to watch him?

FABRICE SANTORO: It's good. I mean, sure, I mean, I'd love to win a set, win the match, to win more games. But it was good to be out there. I mean, to be against him for the record.

And at my age, you can be able to play your match and appreciate your opponent, too. And I think I did both today. I was trying many things. I did quite a lot of ‑‑ I mean, some forehand, topspin forehand a few times. It didn't help.

I served quite good. Didn't help. And when I hit some unbelievable passing shots, there was no space. The only space was out of the court, but I'm not allowed to (laughter).

Everything is perfect. Everything, I mean.



:worship:Santoro uncle, thankyou~~~

clin
01-18-2008, 12:56 AM
Todd Woodbridge talking to Jack Kramer:

Todd Woodbridge

January 16, 2008 12:00am
IS ROGER Federer the best of all time? It's a hot topic at present.

I have always erred on the side of caution when asked who is the greatest. I think it is disrespectful to the champions of the past to compare.

Having played in a successful doubles partnership with Mark Woodforde, I understand what it is like to be compared.

Some say we were the best. Others liked John McEnroe and Peter Fleming. Look back further to John Newcombe and Tony Roche, but then don't forget Frank Sedgman and Ken McGregor, the only team to win a Grand Slam in doubles, and so the argument goes.

As I have too much respect for all the great teams before us, I think it fair to say that you can beat only whom you come up against at the time and leave it at that.

Yet recently I had reason to say Federer is the best singles player to have played the game.

Just before Christmas, I had the opportunity to interview American Jack Kramer about his life in tennis. A life that's included being a multiple grand slam winner, member of a winning Davis Cup team, a promoter, commentator and an official -- the father of professional tennis has covered every facet of the game.

For an hour and a half he gave me fascinating insights into the game.

Kramer, 86, was visiting Australia for the 45th time as a surprise guest at the 80th birthday celebrations of Sedgman.

Kramer was responsible for the professional game as we know it today. After winning the US and Wimbledon championships in 1947, he saw there was no future for himself in the amateur game.

With a young family to take care of, and no money in the game to support it, he had a vision to turn the game professional. He set about his idea at the beginning of the 1950s.

He signed Sedgman in 1953 to a 100-match series against Pancho Gonzales. In 1954 Lew Hoad signed up, followed by Ken Rosewall the next year.

It wasn't until 1969 when tennis became open that Kramer's vision became a reality. We in the current era have much to thank him for.

Nearing the end of our chat, I broached the subject of Federer and asked if he compared with the greats of Kramer's era.

Federer is tied with Roy Emerson on 12 grand slam titles and looks set to pass him on Sunday week. You would think Pete Sampras's record of 14 titles looks likely to tumble soon, too.

Having played against and watched every champion since the 1930s, I thought there was no one better credentialled than Kramer to answer the question.

Kramer said Don Budge, Gonzales or Hoad might have been the equal of Federer if they had been able to use Federer's racquet.

Yet he had never seen any player do more with a ball than Federer.

Federer, Kramer said, was the only player he had seen with the complete package; he is a fantastic offensive player, a super server and can play defence.

We all have our dream match-ups we would have loved to see play against each other in their prime.

Mine would be Rod Laver and Federer playing on Centre Court at Wimbledon.

Kramer's is Gonzales taking on Federer using the same racquets.

Kramer finished the interview by saying Federer was simply the best player he had seen play the game.

With credentials as good as his, who are we to argue?

clin
01-18-2008, 05:13 AM
Federer untouchable, says Safin

AFP

MELBOURNE, January 18: Russian Marat Safin, on his way home after a brief Australian Open sojourn, says nobody on the ATP Tour can catch Roger Federer.

Safin, who conquered Federer on the way to winning the 2005 Australian title, made his earliest exit from the season-opening Grand Slam in nine years when he was dumped in the second round by 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis on Thursday.

Baghdatis held off a spirited comeback from Safin to win a five-set thriller to set up a third round showdown with Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday.

Safin was dismissive of a question at his post-match press conference that if he had managed to squeeze past Baghdatis he had the game to master Federer later in the draw.

"I just lost to Baghdatis. We're not talking about Roger Federer. Roger Federer is a different level person, different level player," Safin said.

"The way he's moving right now, he's full of confidence after being the number one in the world and winning 12 Grand Slams for the past five years.

"So I guess with the confidence that he has I would play also the same way as Roger does."

Safin echoed the sentiment of Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, who took just three games off Federer in their second round meeting here on Thursday.

The 35-year-old Frenchman, playing in his record 62nd Grand Slam, believes the Swiss champion is a better player now than he has ever been.

"He's still working hard. He's still improving. It's tough to say because he was a tremendous player over the past four years, but I think he's a better player today and a better athlete," Santoro enthused.

"I feel like he's (Federer) coming from somewhere else." Safin spoke along the same lines when he said no one on the men's Tour could be compared with Federer.

"It's tough to compete against him and have to compare to him. He's the best by far, and he will be the best in tennis," the Russian said.

"I don't think anybody in here on ATP Tour can be compared to him." Safin, ranked 58 and a three-time Australian finalist, said he is not discouraged after losing so early in the tournament.

"I have to deal with that. The year is pretty long, so I'll have my chances, that's for sure," he said.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing.

bokehlicious
01-18-2008, 06:26 AM
This Safin is such a Fedtard :p

Daniel
01-18-2008, 08:01 AM
Well said Safin :hug: ;)

SUKTUEN
01-18-2008, 03:20 PM
:worship:

rofe
01-18-2008, 03:58 PM
Well considering that Fed completely demolished the guy that has given Safin nightmares and owns him in the H2H, I am not surprised about Safin's comments.

Federer untouchable, says Safin

AFP

MELBOURNE, January 18: Russian Marat Safin, on his way home after a brief Australian Open sojourn, says nobody on the ATP Tour can catch Roger Federer.

Safin, who conquered Federer on the way to winning the 2005 Australian title, made his earliest exit from the season-opening Grand Slam in nine years when he was dumped in the second round by 2006 finalist Marcos Baghdatis on Thursday.

Baghdatis held off a spirited comeback from Safin to win a five-set thriller to set up a third round showdown with Lleyton Hewitt on Saturday.

Safin was dismissive of a question at his post-match press conference that if he had managed to squeeze past Baghdatis he had the game to master Federer later in the draw.

"I just lost to Baghdatis. We're not talking about Roger Federer. Roger Federer is a different level person, different level player," Safin said.

"The way he's moving right now, he's full of confidence after being the number one in the world and winning 12 Grand Slams for the past five years.

"So I guess with the confidence that he has I would play also the same way as Roger does."

Safin echoed the sentiment of Frenchman Fabrice Santoro, who took just three games off Federer in their second round meeting here on Thursday.

The 35-year-old Frenchman, playing in his record 62nd Grand Slam, believes the Swiss champion is a better player now than he has ever been.

"He's still working hard. He's still improving. It's tough to say because he was a tremendous player over the past four years, but I think he's a better player today and a better athlete," Santoro enthused.

"I feel like he's (Federer) coming from somewhere else." Safin spoke along the same lines when he said no one on the men's Tour could be compared with Federer.

"It's tough to compete against him and have to compare to him. He's the best by far, and he will be the best in tennis," the Russian said.

"I don't think anybody in here on ATP Tour can be compared to him." Safin, ranked 58 and a three-time Australian finalist, said he is not discouraged after losing so early in the tournament.

"I have to deal with that. The year is pretty long, so I'll have my chances, that's for sure," he said.

"I'm happy with the way I'm playing.

SUKTUEN
01-19-2008, 05:38 PM
Tipsarevic said his strategy was simple.

"Be aggressive, and then try to make him work for the points that he's winning. "Against Roger it's so hard, because he's playing every point. Even when you're up like 40-0, the game is far, far from over.''

Eden
01-24-2008, 10:47 PM
From Patrick Rafter:


Q. What else has changed about the game?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think everyone is great athletes now, too. There was a time when you would look and say, I reckon I can beat him athletically, but not now. You got to be a great athlete.

Q. Do you ever look back and breathe a sigh of relief that Roger isn't...

PATRICK RAFTER: Roger was still in his nappies when I was playing him. It was great. He wants me to come back so he can beat me.

Q. Is the gap closing between Roger and the others?

PATRICK RAFTER: I think everyone has got to come to a time when things start closing up. But I don't know. Yeah, maybe. I don't know. You know, I think Roger will probably start doing really well again. Roger plays very well on all surfaces, and that's the great thing about his game.
But to me his strength lies from Wimbledon all the way through to the US Open. In saying that, I'd love to see him in the French Open. He's been so close so many times.

...

Q. Nappies or not you've beaten him three times. What advice would you give someone trying to...

PATRICK RAFTER: Oh, his game's changed completely since I played him. It's a different game, different player.

Q. He's lost a few games lately. What do people have to do to beat him?

PATRICK RAFTER: Where did he lose?

Q. Twice to Nalbandian.

PATRICK RAFTER: Oh, okay. End of the year is always a hard one as well to be up for, as well. I don't know. I don't know. I couldn't give anyone advice on how to beat Roger.

Source: http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/news/interviews/2008-01-24/200801241201151380271.html

SUKTUEN
01-25-2008, 01:40 AM
:worship:

Daniel
01-25-2008, 05:00 AM
Link: http://www.news.com.au/heraldsun/story/0,21985,23104639-11088,00.html

Mark Woodforde

"I just don't know how well Roger is playing just yet. But he's such a great champion.

"You'd probably still put your money on Roger to win, but I think Djokovic has a really good chance."

SUKTUEN
01-25-2008, 04:41 PM
thankyou~~

Daniel
01-28-2008, 07:37 AM
Novak Djokovic .

"I am sure he is going to come back in a big style, of course.

"He's still planning to be the best player in the world, so we all know how good he is. We are going to see a lot of him this year."


Link: http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/08/01/28/TENNIS_Australian_Djokovic.html

SUKTUEN
01-28-2008, 02:18 PM
thanks Novak~~:rolleyes:

lsy
01-28-2008, 02:25 PM
Novak Djokovic .

"I am sure he is going to come back in a big style, of course.

"He's still planning to be the best player in the world, so we all know how good he is. We are going to see a lot of him this year."


Link: http://www.sportinglife.com/tennis/news/story_get.cgi?STORY_NAME=tennis/08/01/28/TENNIS_Australian_Djokovic.html

Did he not get the memo from his mum?

"THE KING IS DEAD...LOVE LIVE THE NEW KING" :shrug: :lol:

SUKTUEN
01-28-2008, 02:39 PM
Did he not get the memo from his mum?

"THE KING IS DEAD...LOVE LIVE THE NEW KING" :shrug: :lol:

:armed::armed::armed:

Marcel Jordan
01-29-2008, 03:25 PM
:armed::armed::armed:

Wait till Djokovic starts feeling the pressure of being a top 3 player. No one is likely to last as long as Fed has.

soraya
02-01-2008, 12:55 AM
excerpt from Bodo's interview.


Andre's respect for Roger Federer hasn't dimmed since he left the tour. he told me:

"Fed has a strike zone that goes from the ankles above his head, but it also goes from just behind his body to a foot and a half in front. I had a strike zone from my ankles to my shoulders, but I always hit the ball just in front of me, and when it got behind me, I hit an entirely different kind of shot. The question is, can you teach what Fed does? The only thing I know for sure is that he’s making the game better."

SUKTUEN
02-01-2008, 03:16 PM
:worship:

Eden
02-11-2008, 04:06 PM
Chris Evert:

Although current men's world number one Roger Federer is yet to win a French Open title to boost his overall grand slam tally of 12, Evert brackets him among the three best players in history.
"Pete Sampras is already up there, along with Rod Laver, and I think you would have to put Roger Federer in there as well," she said.
"Those three would have to be the best ever and Pete never got really close to winning the French and Roger has so I would put Roger up there, definitely," added the American referring to Federer's two final appearances at Roland Garros

Source: http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-7299286,00.html

Federerhingis
02-11-2008, 10:38 PM
Wait till Djokovic starts feeling the pressure of being a top 3 player. No one is likely to last as long as Fed has.

Lets wait and see how he'l handle trying to defend all the points during the spring hard court swing. He'l probably defend most anyway since he's so good on hardcourts.

Federerhingis
02-11-2008, 10:39 PM
excerpt from Bodo's interview.


Andre's respect for Roger Federer hasn't dimmed since he left the tour. he told me:

"Fed has a strike zone that goes from the ankles above his head, but it also goes from just behind his body to a foot and a half in front. I had a strike zone from my ankles to my shoulders, but I always hit the ball just in front of me, and when it got behind me, I hit an entirely different kind of shot. The question is, can you teach what Fed does? The only thing I know for sure is that he’s making the game better."


When was this interview done?

SUKTUEN
02-12-2008, 03:29 PM
I just worry Roger will lost his confidence after AO. Hope he can rise up again!!

soraya
02-12-2008, 03:42 PM
When was this interview done?

I think right after AO, Bodo went to LV to interview Agassi. You can ceck on his blog.

Federerhingis
02-14-2008, 12:32 AM
I think right after AO, Bodo went to LV to interview Agassi. You can ceck on his blog.

Thank you. :wavey:

RogiFan88
02-14-2008, 01:54 AM
Chris Evert:



Source: http://sport.guardian.co.uk/breakingnews/feedstory/0,,-7299286,00.html

THANK YOU, CHRISSIE! [oh, and btw, you were smart to dump Jimbo way back when... :p ]

FSRteam
02-14-2008, 06:10 PM
I don't know if it has already been posted but here is what a guy, who is apparently in charge of the dallas challenger, reported on a converasation he had with stéphane bohli. Apparently federer sent text messages to bohli to wish him luck in dallas.
Here it is:

After the final, the hotel shuttle wasn't to arrive at the club for 45 minutes so I took Bohli to the hotel. Again, like I mentioned a couple of days ago, what a cool guy. We exchanged comments about the match, he showed me text messages from Federer during the week wishing him luck, told me about him losing in the last round of qualies at the AO, but staying an extra four days to be Rogers hitting partner.

From this page: http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=114883&page=51

FSRteam
02-17-2008, 10:34 AM
Here is another comment on federer from bohli during an interview for a swiss newspaper:

C'est important cela? Vaincre ses propres peurs? Les reconnaître pour être mieux ensuite?
Il y a quelque temps, j'ai reçu un coup de téléphone de Roger Federer. Il était au courant de mes problèmes - d'ailleurs il sait tout ce que nous autres faisons, il s'intéresse à nous -, il m'a dit: «Tu sais, la plupart de mes adversaires tremblent devant moi. Mais moi aussi il m'arrive de trembler parfois!» Quand un gars comme lui prend la peine de vous parler, quand ce genre de propos vient de lui, forcément, on écoute.

Translation:

Is this important? To overcome one's fears? To acknowledge them to feel better afterwards?
Not long ago, I got a call from Roger Federer. He was aware of my problems (fears to win) - by the way he knows everything we (swiss players) do, he cares about us -, he told me: «You know, most of my opponents shake when facing me. But I also happen to shake sometimes!» When a guy like him takes the time to talk to you, when this kind of words comes from him, obviously, you listen.

Source:
http://www.lematin.ch/pages/home/sports/tennis/sports_tennis__1?contenu=382501

SUKTUEN
02-17-2008, 12:10 PM
thanks!

Eden
02-18-2008, 02:12 PM
FSRteam, thanks for sharing the statements from Stephané Bohli. It's always especially nice to hear comments from the other Swiss players about Roger. Maybe the people who critize him for not playing the Davis Cup should listen to the opinions of the other Swiss guys who make pretty clear that Roger follows closely what they do and is there for them when they need an advice. I think all this is much more valuable than any participation in the DC themself.

Eden
02-18-2008, 02:13 PM
Franz Beckenbauer about Roger and winning the Laureus Award for the 4th time:

"He is an amazing sportsman and above that a most likeable person. He has without doubt deserved this award," Franz Beckenbauer (German football icon). "I always enjoy watching him play as his game is very harmonic".

SUKTUEN
02-18-2008, 02:31 PM
Roger!You are the Best of the Best!!!!!!!!:bounce::bounce::bounce:

Eden
02-19-2008, 05:43 PM
Pete Sampras:


But of course, one of the reasons people are keen to see Sampras take another shot at playing on tour is to see how today's players would react when facing a primarily serve-and-volley game. Sampras ponders the same thing himself -- maybe not enough to step up himself, but enough to quiz Federer on the topic when they hung out during their Asian exo swing. "We didn't talk that much about tennis but... I actually had a curious question. When he beat me at Wimbledon he served and volleyed, and I asked him, 'Why are you staying back now?," said Sampras. "He just said he was more comfortable staying back, that he wasn't comfortable coming in. I said 'Is the court slower and he said, 'No, it's not really slower, I've just figured out how I need to play on grass.'
"I think before he served and volleyed because he felt he had to, now he feels he's better than everyone just staying back. He doesn't need to worry himself about trying to come in. He can come in when he wants to, but nothing where he's trying to force himself to come in.
After all, the game that defeated Sampras also led Federer to lose to Mario Ancic in the first round the following year. "Because I guess after he beat he came back the next year and served and volleyed and lost, so I guess he didn't feel that comfortable coming in and he decided to stay back.
"It was a good decision," concluded Sampras, wryly.

Source: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/travelblogue/2008/02/san-jose-sampra.html

FSRteam
02-19-2008, 07:54 PM
FSRteam, thanks for sharing the statements from Stephané Bohli. It's always especially nice to hear comments from the other Swiss players about Roger. Maybe the people who critize him for not playing the Davis Cup should listen to the opinions of the other Swiss guys who make pretty clear that Roger follows closely what they do and is there for them when they need an advice. I think all this is much more valuable than any participation in the DC themself.

My pleasure :)

In fact stéphane also said the following about federer in his interview:

Justement, Roger Federer: il signe des contrats mirobolants, toi tu comptes chaque sous. Jaloux?
Sûrement pas! Il est numéro un mondial et... il n'y en a qu'un! Et s'il y a un joueur qui mérite de gagner tant d'argent, c'est bien lui. Je dis cela parce que si j'admire le «magicien» Federer, j'ai encore plus d'admiration pour l'être humain Federer. Maintenant, si injustice il devait y avoir, ce serait plutôt à l'encontre des joueurs classés entre le 150e et le 250e rang mondial. Ceux-là, oui, ils galèrent.

Translation:

Indeed, Roger Federer: he signs amazing contracts, and you have to count every coin that you make, jealous?
Certainly not! He is number one in the world and... there's only one! Moreover, if there is a player who deserves to earn so much money, it is clearly him. I say that because even though I admire the «magician» Federer, I admire even more the human being Federer. Now, if there is injustice, it is more against players ranked between ATP 150 and 250. Those players, yes, they have a hard time to make their living.

Same source: http://www.lematin.ch/pages/home/sports/tennis/sports_tennis__1?contenu=382501

SUKTUEN
02-20-2008, 12:24 AM
thanks for the Translation!!!

FSRteam
02-23-2008, 09:11 AM
thanks for the Translation!!!

You're welcome! :)

Daniel
03-05-2008, 08:47 AM
Djoker on Roger.

Federer's star on the wane, says Djokovic

NOVAK Djokovic, the 2008 Australian Open champion, insists Andy Murray's victory over Roger Federer was not only expected but was also a reflection of a greater belief among the top players on the ATP Tour that the Swiss world No1 is now vulnerable.

"Honestly, considering the results of this year, the style both players have and the speed of this court, I expected Murray to win," the third seeded Serb said after beating Croatia's Marin Cilic 6-4, 6-3 at the Dubai Championship yesterday. "I wasn't really too much surprised. I have to give him a lot of credit," Djokovic added.

"I don't think Roger likes it when he gets a lot of balls back, and obviously Murray has a great style, a great talent, he knows what to play in the moment. When the time is passing you learn more and more, especially ifyou play him, so I think after those results in the last couple of months, more players are believing they can win against him."

Murray came from behind to knock Federer, who was defending champion, out in the first round on Monday. The Scot is back in action in the second round today, when he faces Fernando Verdasco. Federer's criticism of Murray's style of play after Monday's match is perhaps an indication that he is clearly rattled by his latest defeat.

The last time the Swiss had failed to win a tournament within the first two months of a season was in 2000.

He has now suffered back-to-back losses for the second time in four months. His bid to retain his Australian Open title was derailed by Djokovic in the semi-finals.

"My expectations are not sky high at this point," said the 26-year-old, who has spent 214 consecutive weeks at the top of the rankings.




Source: http://thescotsman.scotsman.com/sport/Federer39s-star-on-the-.3842726.jp

SUKTUEN
03-05-2008, 02:28 PM
"I don't think Roger likes it when he gets a lot of balls back, and obviously Murray has a great style, a great talent, he knows what to play in the moment. When the time is passing you learn more and more, especially ifyou play him, so I think after those results in the last couple of months, more players are believing they can win against him."
:rolleyes:

Minnie
03-05-2008, 04:45 PM
I could almost visualise Joker biting his tonge to stop himself saying "... but of course I'm the greater talent with the greater style ... " :lol:

Thanks for posting Daniel.

Or Levy
03-05-2008, 05:40 PM
Djoko. God. Can you imagine him at number 1?

*shudder*

Sunset of Age
03-05-2008, 06:33 PM
Djoko. God. Can you imagine him at number 1?

*shudder*

Best way to put it: http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) http://www.freesmileys.org/smileys/sick001.gif (http://www.freesmileys.org) etc.

rofe
03-05-2008, 07:02 PM
Djoko. God. Can you imagine him at number 1?

*shudder*

I actually have no problem with him becoming #1 - if he does, he deserves it. I don't particularly like his game but I will survive. :)

Or Levy
03-05-2008, 08:37 PM
I just really don't want to get to the day where Roger and Djoko play a match and Nole has the little 1 next to his name and Roger has - I don't know - 3?

It may happen, it probably will happen - I just don't want it to be this year. It is too soon.

He better gain some major points (Um, 1000?) in IW and Miami.

SUKTUEN
03-06-2008, 02:36 AM
Wimbledon - Borg wants to see Fed break recordEurosport - Wed, 05 Mar 15:53:00 2008

EXCLUSIVE! Björn Borg hopes Roger Federer can break his record of five consecutive Wimbledon titles when he competes at the All England Tennis Club this summer.

Borg triumphed in the leafy South West London suburb from 1976 to 1980 and Swiss ace Federer will go one better if he makes it six in a row in July.

"We have won five straight Wimbledon titles each so if he took a sixth victory it would feel great," the Swedish legend told eurosport.se.

"I will come and see him play in London. I am happy for Roger's success, in London or anywhere else. He's a great guy and a fantastic player."

Borg explained he is pleased to see Australian Open champion Novak Djokovic and three-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal contesting for Grand Slams and pushing Federer for the world number one ranking.

"Federer is definitely one of [the greatest of all time]. But I also think that it's good for the sport that there are currently three top players," added Borg.

Borg is entering his last year on the Tour of Champions and after would like to take a more active role in Swedish tennis and help them become the force they once were.

"Up until now it hasn't fitted into my schedule but this sport truly is my passion," Borg said.

soraya
03-06-2008, 03:05 AM
"I don't think Roger likes it when he gets a lot of balls back

He is Djoke but he has point in that. Canas, Nadal, Djoko and now Murray all adopt the same tactics to play Roger by getting back more balls until they draw the mistake.

didadida
03-06-2008, 08:51 AM
BORG said to Eurosport thu,6th mar 2008

BORG:" we have won five staright wimbledon titles each so if he took a sixth victory it would feel great "

" i will come and see him play in London,i am happy for roger success ,in London or anywhere else.
he is a great guy and a fantastic player "

" Federer is denfinitely one of the greatest of all time.but i also think that it is good for the sport that there are currently three top players ".

SUKTUEN
03-06-2008, 01:17 PM
Borg thankyou so much for your kind to Roger!:worship::worship:

Daniel
03-12-2008, 08:55 AM
Sampras on thinking of playing Roger in Wimbledon.

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article3532349.ece

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent, in New York

Pete Sampras dropped the L word. “Maybe another in London,” the seven-times Wimbledon champion said after his exhibition match with Roger Federer in New York, as the five-times champion at SW19 nodded his approval. And where better to hold such a fantasy grass-court match than the supreme fantasy venue for all tennis dreamers?

New York had its moment the night before last and 19,000 disciples - Rupert Murdoch, Donald Trump and Tiger Woods included - went all weak at the knees and mushy over this collision of players with 26 grand-slam tournament titles between them; Sampras in ghostly Wimbledon white and Federer dressed head to toe in black. “Good against evil,” Sampras laughingly described it and, when the goody served for the match at 5-3 in the third set, you would have bet your house on the evil one getting a distinctly bloody nose.

The Sampras of old rarely faltered with the balls in his hand and the finishing line in sight, but when you have spent four years without competitive thrill as a routine adrenalin rush, the killer instinct diminishes and, although the 36-year-old was three times within two points of the match, he could not prevail. The final score - 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 to Federer.

It had been a remarkable evening, this NetJets Showdown, so labelled for the sponsoring private jet company in which the players - and probably half the crowd, given the finery on display - are stakeholders. The US Open apart, a city such as New York ought not to be starved of such high-octane tennis and that Madison Square Garden was so full its pips squeaked served only to reinforce the message that one misses the other.

Arlen Kantarian, the entrepreneurial head of the United States Tennis Association, who has done so much to enhance the Open's position as this city's leading sporting money-spinner, said that the match should not be labelled an “exhibition” for fear of driving off potential custom. He was happy to accept that he could not have been more wrong. And so, after a three-match series in the Far East in November and New York - Federer leads 3-1 - where next? Sampras can still play more than a bit, the second-serve aces, the reflex volleys, the slam dunks were there in all their glory, but he is retired, as he keeps pointing out.

He will come out to play so long as Federer is the man who asks him - and the No1's commitments are massive - and the venue is appealing. That's why his eyes brightened when talk shifted to a potential date in London, where they have celebrated their most marked sporting hours.

“Roger has more important things to worry about than playing me,” Sampras said. “That he is out here at all shows how special he is. I like the fun of these occasions, I didn't do fun when I was playing for real.”

From here, it is back to the real world for the Swiss, the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, California, where Federer will be favourite and Sampras may just pop in to have a look.

Daniel
03-12-2008, 08:55 AM
Sampras: Roger Federer still the one to beat
By Charlie Caroe and agencies

Roger Federer, who enjoyed a three-set victory over former World No 1 Pete Sampras at Madison Square Garden, has said he is motivated by his recent losses to re-cement his position at the top of the game.


World No 1s: Roger Federer is congratulated by Pete Sampras following his victory at Madison Square Garden
The Swiss player, who recently revealed he has been suffering from mononucleosis, said: "Honestly, losses like this motivate me more than anything.

"Trying to come back, trying to prove I'm still the one to beat. I just want to show I can do it over and over again.

"I love competing on centre courts all over the world. So many people are happy when I get there. It touches me. I love to practice more and more now.

"What I enjoy most are the matches, the pressure, the fans, centre court. I hope that's going to stay with me as long as possible."

It was the fourth exhibition match since November between Federer and Sampras but this one was the most special for world No 1.

He said: "It was like a dream come true for me. Playing my childhood hero here at the Garden. I had never played here. It was great. We had lots of fun."

"I felt great. Now, I really need more matches. It is nice to have been pushed to the brink."

Federer had to fight hard before prevailing 6-3, 6-7, 7-6 in two hours and 14 minutes.

Sampras, 36, backed Federer to regain his aura of invincibility following his semi-final loss to Novak Djokovic at the Australian Open and his more recent first round defeat to Andy Murray in Dubai.

He said: "In a lot of ways Roger has created this sort of monster of being unbeatable.

"If you lose a match here, lose a match there, people have the assumption he has lost his edge, lost his dominance. I don't look at it like that at all.

"He'll play Indian Wells and he'll play Miami (in two weeks) and do fine at those events. When it comes down to it at the big, big events, I think he'll be the guy standing with the trophy."

Despite his performance, the 36-year-old Sampras pushed aside any notion that he might attempt a comeback.

He said: "That's not for me anymore. I have no intention of coming back, not today, tomorrow, or ever."

Federer and Sampras reportedly earned $500,000 in appearance money for the match.

Source: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?view=DETAILS&grid=A1YourView&xml=/sport/2008/03/11/utfed111.xml

SUKTUEN
03-12-2008, 02:25 PM
Pete always trust Roger, may be Pete was be world NO.1 so he understand what is Roger need~~~

Rommella
03-23-2008, 06:59 AM
There's no transcript of the Nadal presser yet but got this from Steve Tignor's at tennis.com. Set in bold the part I liked.
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/thewrap/2008/03/iw-what-the-hel.html


Afterward, Nadal said he wasn’t injured, and that the timeout he took was for a pinched toe. He said he was tired, but what struck me was how cavalier he was about accepting Djokovic as a potential No. 1 this year: “I think he’s not better than Roger,” Nadal said of Djokovic, “but in the first part of the season he play better than [anyone], so going to be big chances for be No. 1 this year for sure. Why not?”

SUKTUEN
03-23-2008, 09:32 AM
thanks Nadal~~anyway~~~

didadida
03-28-2008, 09:47 AM
djokovic :mad:
whenever i play Roger or Rafa i learn something new,and obviously as the two most dominant players in the last couple of years they desreve the highest respect.this is what i have for them as a professional athlete,but as soon as he gets to the court its a different story :mad:

Rommella
03-28-2008, 12:56 PM
Excerpts from Andy Roddick's 27 March interview
http://www.sonyericssonopen.com/content/20080327231453.html

Defending Federer ...

Q. The top of men's tennis now is really interesting. I mean, Novak and Roger are like two complete opposites in the rivalry, and you have Nadal and you. Can you just talk about the top of men's tennis right now and how you fit in there?

ANDY RODDICK: Yes, I'm sure Roger would tell you he's probably not playing his best right now. I mean, I was really happy for Mardy last week, but I think I was as surprised as anyone, especially at the convincing score line. That being said, you know, I think Roger's earned the right for us to give him the benefit of the doubt.
...snip


Q. When somebody has been as dominant as Roger has been for so long, there is a tendency sometimes to jump to the conclusion rather quickly that he's a little bit more vulnerable when he goes to one of these things. Do you see him as anymore vulnerable than he was at the top of his game?

ANDY RODDICK: Like I said, I don't know that he's played his best so far this year. Would it surprise me if he came in and won a tournament? No. You know, I think he said it in Australia, and he put it very well, that he's created a bit of a monster for himself.
He was in the semis in an event and lost to a guy who is 3 in the world and who is legitimately probably been the second best player the last six months, and there's like an uproar, or like a huge thing.
That's just not him ‑‑ No. 3 guy beating a No. 1 guy in the semis of a Grand Slam isn't unprecedented by any means. It's just, you know, Roger has kind of created a monster where similar to Tiger Woods, where it's not really a story about the guy winning, it's about him losing last week to Ogilvie. Tiger lost, okay, but he's playing against 100‑some odd guys. I mean, it's him versus the field. In a way, I guess Roger would have to look at it as a backhanded compliment.
...snip


Q. What do you expect? When you're No. 1 and you do usually win tournaments, by the end of March you've already won a couple of titles, and he hasn't. Everyone's not going to sit there and say everything's normal in tennis.

ANDY RODDICK: No, and I'm not saying they should. It's a little different. Even when Pete was No. 1, he could lose a match and it would be fine. It wouldn't be a huge story. It would be, Sampras lost. But it wouldn't be, There is something a little different here, and I think you would agree with that. Just the way he's dominated, he has created a bit of a, like I said, a bit a monster that I know I haven't seen since I've been a tennis fan. Not just since I've been on tour, but since I've been a fan.
...snip


Q. Roger Federer said in response to a question last session that playing well in recent matches has helped his confidence come back. Now I think the top athletes, like Michael Jordan or Tiger, their confidence is, I suspect, what they find inside of them maybe deep down rather than the results of a particular game or whatever.

ANDY RODDICK: I would completely 100% disagree with you. [Blunt force trauma to journo's frontal lobe]


Q. Okay. So could you comment on that? [He's not getting it, Andy.]

ANDY RODDICK: Sure. The thing about an athlete, you know, Michael Jordan had his moments. When he first came back he lost the series to the Orlando Magic, where he was the go, and the ball got stolen from him with 40 seconds left.
You don't remember that because of how great he is normally. You're probably not going to remember this stretch in Roger's career ten years from now. Those great athletes have the benefit of retrospect now. You're only going to remember their really high moments, because that's what gets celebrated and gets etched in your mind.
The thing about being an athlete, every day you come to the office, you have to beat someone. It's not like being an actor, you have one movie, you're celebrated forever and you don't need to do anything and that's what you're remembered for.
As an athlete, you have to come every day and beat the guy across the net from you. If he's low in confidence and wins matches, I don't see how you say that's not going to help.
If you lose a couple matches in a row, that's going to affect you. I don't care if you're Albert Einstein at the Intelligence Olympics, it's going to affect you(smiling). [Blunt force trauma to journo's parietal lobe]


Q. What I mean is not just waiting until you have the results to get your confidence. [Arghh, journo's still not getting it.]

ANDY RODDICK: Okay, I have a question for you. [Blunt force trauma to journo's occipital lobe] Okay, now if you're a journalist and let's say your last couple of stories have been crappy, even if you have ten years of good stories behind you, it's going to weigh on you a little bit. You're going to have a little more pressure to make that next story really good. [Blunt force trauma to journo's temporal lobe] If you have a couple of good ones, that's going to make you feel a lot better about the crappy ones. It's no different being an athlete. You can't simulate in practice what it takes to win an actual tennis match in the moment. [Splat! The sound of journo's brain exploding]
You can't recreate the ball kids, the atmosphere, everything. The only thing that can get your confidence back ‑‑ and I can tell you because I had a confidence crisis a couple years ago ‑‑ nothing can recreate that feeling than actually going out and doing it.
I can make a million balls in practice. The only thing that will make you feel better is going out and actually performing it. It is a process to build it back up.
Granted, his confidence is going to be more ingrained in his mind than probably any player on tour. That being said, it's winning matches that helps make you feel better about the situation.


Q. If Roger's confidence is down a little bit and he's in a bit of a lull here, to what extent does that create an opportunity for you particularly in this tournament where you might face him?

ANDY RODDICK: Well, I got to get there, so it's not even relevant for me right now. You know, I think the only way Roger could have just an absolute crisis of confidence and he's still one of the best players in the world. There is no question about that. He's earned that right. He's still capable of playing terribly.
Kind of like Pete. Pete played terribly in all of 2002, came out and won the US Open. He's a special player. He's capable of that. Roger's that same sort of thing. No matter how much everyone's creating questions and whatever there is, he's still capable of coming out and winning this tennis tournament. I don't think anybody's going to dispute that, and that's what makes great players great.

didadida
03-28-2008, 01:04 PM
Andy :)

SUKTUEN
03-28-2008, 04:38 PM
Thankyou so so much Andy!!!:smooch::smooch:
I always love you too~~~~~:hug:

Eden
03-28-2008, 07:38 PM
Andy :hatoff:

Eden
03-29-2008, 10:35 AM
Rafael Nadal:


Q. Roger has had a difficult start to the season. Do you feel he's more vulnerable right now, or do you expect him to come back very hard?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, you know how difficult it is to play four years losing, three, four, matches, five in a row? Because if you are a player, you know that, no? So he didn't have a bad start of the year. He played semifinals in Australia. He played semifinals in Indian Wells.
He played in Dubai ‑‑ he has very bad luck because he played against Andy Murray in the first round, one of the top players of the world.
So I think any one day you have to lose some matches, no? But in a way it's very difficult to have the title that Roger have. It's not only the titles, it's the way when he win, no? You have to be always very strong mentally, and he do for the last years and he's still doing.
But the normal thing is lose any match, and maybe here, maybe in Monte‑Carlo, maybe in Rome, he's going to win another time. So you can't be every tournament and every moment at 100%.

Source: http://www.tennis-x.com/story/2008-03-28/j.php

didadida
03-29-2008, 11:15 AM
Rafa :smooch:
i like the respect between them :worship:

SUKTUEN
03-29-2008, 12:26 PM
Andy :hatoff:

:kiss::kiss:

Minnie
03-29-2008, 10:13 PM
Andy .... well said. Respect!

NYCtennisfan
03-29-2008, 10:17 PM
Roddick is right--nobody has had the expectations that Fed has had from such a young age. They threw GOAT around Pete only when he was near the end of his career and not even then as much as they do for Fed. Fed won Wimby 2003 and many people came out and said he was the most talented player they had ever seen and the guy was 21 years old.

mangoes
03-29-2008, 11:08 PM
Very nice interview words from Roddick......and rafa.

Sunset of Age
03-30-2008, 01:49 AM
Very nice interview words from Roddick......and rafa.

:worship: :worship: :worship: to BOTH of them! :D

SUKTUEN
03-30-2008, 08:39 AM
:worship: :worship: :worship: to BOTH of them! :D

I love Andy's more~~~;)

elessar
03-30-2008, 08:44 AM
Roddick is right--nobody has had the expectations that Fed has had from such a young age. They threw GOAT around Pete only when he was near the end of his career and not even then as much as they do for Fed. Fed won Wimby 2003 and many people came out and said he was the most talented player they had ever seen and the guy was 21 years old.
There's not much worse you can do to screw up the head of 20 year old tennis player :o I'm still amazed Roger managed to turn everything around after so long (relatively speaking). I'm waiting for journalists to understand how much pressure it puts on players to hype them to no heaven before they turn 20 (and I'm not even talking about before they turn 10 :help:)

Rommella
04-03-2008, 08:01 AM
Excerpted from Tom Perrotta's String Theory at tennis.com
http://tennisworld.typepad.com/string_theory/2008/04/twin-killing.html

From the Bryan twins

...snip

The twins said they love playing against top singles players.

"You want to play well for your doubles boys," Mike said. "You work on your doubles every day--they can't just jump in and take out the number one team. We're specializing in this and we feel like we have all the skills."

Roger Federer is the one singles player who presents a greater challenge. The Bryans played Federer and his occasional partner, Yves Allegro, in the first round in Canada last year. They won 7-6(7), 6-7(8), (10-7).

"He kind of goes through the motions a little bit, uses it as a practice session, but I think that day he played us, he wanted to beat us," Bob said.

The twins continued:

Mike: "Federer's the one guy, he comes over to the doubles and he's pretty darn tough."

Bob: "He would still need a few days to practice doubles."

Mike: "If he wanted to be number one, he'd still have to work out a little bit."

Bob: "For three days."


Them Bryans are Fedtards, aren't they?

SUKTUEN
04-03-2008, 02:38 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
04-04-2008, 09:28 PM
From Rafa's blog:


My father, uncle and all their friends went to see the match between Roddick and Federer. Talking about that, I followed the match on the internet before going for dinner. It is quite a surprise, although Andy is playing very good lately. He played really good in Dubai and it seems he is playing here at that same level.

I hope the media don't start "killing" Roger for this. He doesn't deserve it and he is really a great guy. I am sure he will win soon again.

http://www.tennis.com/tournaments/2008/sonyericsson/sonyericsson.aspx?id=123358

Sunset of Age
04-04-2008, 09:32 PM
From Rafa's blog:


Lovely quote, shows what a great guy Rafa actually is. He understands all too well how it feels to go through a titles draught and how it feels to deal with disappointments/loss of confidence/injuries/illness.

Wish some (:rolleyes:) of the 'fans' could show just a tiny bit of the mutual respect and graciousness that these guys apparently have for each other.

didadida
04-04-2008, 09:32 PM
From Rafa's blog:



http://www.tennis.com/tournaments/2008/sonyericsson/sonyericsson.aspx?id=123358

RAFA :wavey:

Oriental_Rain
04-05-2008, 01:03 AM
Wow the table has turned; I remember reading posts before from some people how much they dislike him with all his fakeness. Now Rafa is suddenly likeable to us--and now Djoko is the enemy :lol: Is it because Roger is now capabale of beating Rafa?

hey guys I have a silly question:
Since I dont come here often, what if someone called you a Fedtard, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

Sunset of Age
04-05-2008, 03:27 AM
Wow the table has turned; I remember reading posts before from some people how much they dislike him with all his fakeness. Now Rafa is suddenly likeable to us--and now Djoko is the enemy :lol: Is it because Roger is now capabale of beating Rafa?

hey guys I have a silly question:
Since I dont come here often, what if someone called you a Fedtard, is that a good thing or a bad thing?

It's quite simple. Raf, despite some of his on-court antics, has ALWAYS been a gracious guy, giving credits to all of his opponents. Djoko, on the other hand... :shrug:

To answer your second question: there are plenty of sillies around at GM who seem to think every fan of Federer is a *tard*. Just check around, and one 'might' find out that plenty of Fed fans are well capable of critizing him. To me, that's the difference to being a Tard or a Fan, as I never ever have believed in unconditional support to any a player. When my favs happen to F**K around, be sure I'll be able to point that out. :angel:

Oriental_Rain
04-05-2008, 04:55 AM
Thanks for pointing that out. I still got so much to learn from this place;)

Or Levy
04-05-2008, 06:04 AM
Poor Rafa, he was probably stuck with ATP TV as well :)

nobama
04-05-2008, 11:07 AM
Wow the table has turned; I remember reading posts before from some people how much they dislike him with all his fakeness. Now Rafa is suddenly likeable to us--and now Djoko is the enemy :lol: Is it because Roger is now capabale of beating Rafa?

hey guys I have a silly question:
Since I dont come here often, what if someone called you a Fedtard, is that a good thing or a bad thing?
I didn't like Nadal before and I still don't. I think he has respect for Roger that the Djoker doesn't so I commend him for that. But all these good things he's saying about Roger now....well considering the position he's in (probably win Miami, beating guys that have beaten him on hc in the past like Blake and Berdych, the clay season coming up) it's easy to be charitable with nice words for Roger. He knows soon enough he'll probably be #1. :)

As far as being a 'Fedtard'...depending on who it's coming from I wouldn't consider it a good thing. :lol:

Or Levy
04-05-2008, 12:48 PM
I think you are a bit harsh on Rafa, MY.

Roger wouldn't have treated and react to Rafa like he does if he thought Rafa was fake.

Shantal
04-05-2008, 12:58 PM
But all these good things he's saying about Roger now....well considering the position he's in (probably win Miami, beating guys that have beaten him on hc in the past like Blake and Berdych, the clay season coming up) it's easy to be charitable with nice words for Roger. He knows soon enough he'll probably be #1. :)

Yeah, considering Rafa has been saying such things since 2005, when he was several thousand points behind Roger, and hasn't stopped for the last three years, I'm sure that what you said is correct. No doubt about it. :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

SUKTUEN
04-05-2008, 03:42 PM
is Rafa really "friendly" to Roger?:p

Federerhingis
04-05-2008, 03:48 PM
I think you are a bit harsh on Rafa, MY.

Roger wouldn't have treated and react to Rafa like he does if he thought Rafa was fake.

Maybe he is genuine and is a nice guy, who knows? I have never met him, his parents are very annoying though. :rolleyes:

The Djokovic's that's another story, they are so classless really. :o

Supporting is one thing but what's with all the foolishness, yes the guy is good and is winnig big, it's no longer a novelty. ;)

SUKTUEN
04-05-2008, 04:19 PM
I know Nadal very less~~:(

Sunset of Age
04-05-2008, 07:12 PM
Maybe he is genuine and is a nice guy, who knows? I have never met him, his parents are very annoying though. :rolleyes:

The Djokovic's that's another story, they are so classless really. :o

Supporting is one thing but what's with all the foolishness, yes the guy is good and is winnig big, it's no longer a novelty. ;)

Nadal's parents annoying? Sorry, but they always appear to be rather classy to me - they don't appear at Raf's tournaments very often to start with, and when they are, they are usually keeping a low profile. Moreover, if there is ONE player's family member who very often applauds Raf's opponents for good shots, it's Rafa's uncle Toni... :shrug:

And indeed - why would Roger treat Rafa with so much egards if he didn't really think he's indeed a nice guy? And not just Roger... Rafa has been reported more than once being one of the friendliest guys on the tour. Must be some reason for that, no?

nobama
04-05-2008, 07:47 PM
And indeed - why would Roger treat Rafa with so much egards if he didn't really think he's indeed a nice guy? And not just Roger... Rafa has been reported more than once being one of the friendliest guys on the tour. Must be some reason for that, no?
I never said he wasn't a nice guy. I'm sure he is. I'm still not a fan though.

Sunset of Age
04-05-2008, 07:51 PM
I never said he wasn't a nice guy. I'm sure he is. I'm still not a fan though.

That's okay. :hug:

nobama
04-05-2008, 07:51 PM
I think you are a bit harsh on Rafa, MY.

Roger wouldn't have treated and react to Rafa like he does if he thought Rafa was fake.I'm not saying he's fake....just that I'm not ready to jump on the Nadal bandwagon because he's said some nice things about Roger. Andy Roddick has said nice things about Roger in the past, and even now during his 'slump'. I still don't like Roddick. Never will.

Federerhingis
04-05-2008, 07:52 PM
I never said he wasn't a nice guy. I'm sure he is. I'm still not a fan though.

I concur!

A fellow MTF poster told me he was not friendly and at the time I was not very happy with all his wins over Roger. :lol: So I took it that he was arrogant and full of himself.

His mother is a little too demonstrative for my cup of tea. :shrug:

He probably is a nice guy, but I don't see myself as a fan, I do respect him immensely. I cannot deny his talent and professionalism, the same goes for Henin. Talented but can't convert. :tape:

nobama
04-05-2008, 07:53 PM
That's okay. :hug:Thanks. :hug: I will say I'd take him any day over Djoker....and probably Duck too. :lol: I know Nadal would never accuse the chair ump of playing favorites because Roger's a nice guy. :rolleyes:

Federerhingis
04-05-2008, 07:55 PM
Thanks. :hug: I will say I'd take him any day over Djoker....and probably Duck too. :lol: I know Nadal would never accuse the chair ump of playing favorites because Roger's a nice guy. :rolleyes:


I guess we get too spoiled with Roger, boasts all the talent of the world and the guy is so humble and unbelievably human.

I completely agree, that Novak dude really unsettles me. I take Rafa over Novak any time, I am too neutral about Roddick, but I prefer him to Novak.

Sunset of Age
04-05-2008, 08:11 PM
I concur!

A fellow MTF poster told me he was not friendly and at the time I was not very happy with all his wins over Roger. :lol: So I took it that he was arrogant and full of himself.

His mother is a little too demonstrative for my cup of tea. :shrug:

Ana Maria barely ever visits his matches... and demonstrative? She's usually just as invisible as Xisca (who's barely ever there either) - if it wasn't for the occasional broadcaster zooming in on them, one wouldn't even know she/they is/are there.

Oh, and for Raf being 'not friendly' - I admit I sometimes take a peek at rogerfederer.com (for the nice piccies, yes :angel:) - and there was a report in the Miami-thread of two Roger fans, all dressed up in the Swiss colours and with 'Go Roger!' T-shirts, and they bumped into Rafa while being on the look out for Roger... asked him for his autograph and a picture, and guess what?
He smiled at their outfits and happily had that picture taken - with two fans of his RIVAL no less. Even chatted with them if I believe all of that report. The two Roger fans were very impressed with his kindness and friendly nature. Not too bad I'd say. ;)

Eden
04-06-2008, 12:47 PM
Wow the table has turned; I remember reading posts before from some people how much they dislike him with all his fakeness. Now Rafa is suddenly likeable to us--and now Djoko is the enemy :lol: Is it because Roger is now capabale of beating Rafa?


My impression is that the attitude towards Rafa started to change before Roger lost the first time to Novak. Rafa has been Roger's biggest rival for the last years and we all shouldn't forget that Rafa had been No. 1 in any other generation already with his achievements. I think that last years Wimbledon final was a key how a lot of Federer fans started to see Rafa in another light. Of course the outcome of the final helped a bit, but there was much respect for Rafa's performance in the final.

Maybe he is genuine and is a nice guy, who knows? I have never met him, his parents are very annoying though. :rolleyes:

The Djokovic's that's another story, they are so classless really. :o

Supporting is one thing but what's with all the foolishness, yes the guy is good and is winnig big, it's no longer a novelty. ;)

Luis, I think I have never really seen Rafa's parents in the public. Have they ever said something about Rafa's rivals on the tour? No.

It's one thing when a player criticises his opponents, but it's not right in my opinion when parents get involved in slagging off the other players on the tour, which was the case with Novak's parents. I can understand that they are proud of their son, but they would help him when they would be quiet instead of telling the people what tennis needs or not.


Ana Maria barely ever visits his matches... and demonstrative? She's usually just as invisible as Xisca (who's barely ever there either) - if it wasn't for the occasional broadcaster zooming in on them, one wouldn't even know she/they is/are there.

Oh, and for Raf being 'not friendly' - I admit I sometimes take a peek at rogerfederer.com (for the nice piccies, yes :angel:) - and there was a report in the Miami-thread of two Roger fans, all dressed up in the Swiss colours and with 'Go Roger!' T-shirts, and they bumped into Rafa while being on the look out for Roger... asked him for his autograph and a picture, and guess what?
He smiled at their outfits and happily had that picture taken - with two fans of his RIVAL no less. Even chatted with them if I believe all of that report. The two Roger fans were very impressed with his kindness and friendly nature. Not too bad I'd say. ;)

Eden
04-06-2008, 02:12 PM
From Rafa's pressconference after his victory against Berdych:


Q. Are you surprised that it's Andy and not Roger?

RAFAEL NADAL: Well, when you have one score, head to head like 14‑0, last 14 times, for sure it's surprise, but when you play against Roddick all the match depends on points.
So if you are not playing at your 100% and if he's serving well, he's playing well, he play some points important points well from the baseline, you have very difficult match.

Q. I think I read something on your blog that people shouldn't be too hard on Roger. Based on last night's match, don't say that something is wrong with Roger, that he played well. Can you talk a little bit about that?

RAFAEL NADAL: I think the people are speaking too much about Roger's moment. I think Roger is not in that moment, but, you know, it's very tough be all the time at 100%.
He has for last four or five years unbelievable records. Right now he's not doing bad. He's doing semifinals in Australia and semifinals Indian Wells. Here, quarterfinals.
For sure we are not ‑‑ for us, not normal watch Roger lose in these tournaments, but he's a human person. Anything can happen, because the levels always are very close. Roger has a special ability and always win the important matches and win in the difficult moments.
For that reason, I think it's not fair right now we speak bad about Roger.

SUKTUEN
04-06-2008, 02:13 PM
Andy Roddick has said nice things about Roger in the past, and even now during his 'slump'. I still don't like Roddick. Never will.


everyone have their cup of tea~~~

I like Andy~~;)

Federerhingis
04-06-2008, 10:29 PM
Ana Maria barely ever visits his matches... and demonstrative? She's usually just as invisible as Xisca (who's barely ever there either) - if it wasn't for the occasional broadcaster zooming in on them, one wouldn't even know she/they is/are there.

Oh, and for Raf being 'not friendly' - I admit I sometimes take a peek at rogerfederer.com (for the nice piccies, yes :angel:) - and there was a report in the Miami-thread of two Roger fans, all dressed up in the Swiss colours and with 'Go Roger!' T-shirts, and they bumped into Rafa while being on the look out for Roger... asked him for his autograph and a picture, and guess what?
He smiled at their outfits and happily had that picture taken - with two fans of his RIVAL no less. Even chatted with them if I believe all of that report. The two Roger fans were very impressed with his kindness and friendly nature. Not too bad I'd say. ;)

Well one of those few times they did zoom in on her if I remember correctly they were a little too routy and too demonstrative during the Roma Finals of '06, but I guess it's normal, parents cheering for their son which was about to lose his title.

I guess I am biased for the Federer's Lynette, is so dainty and humble like her son, Robert too is so discreet, though a little aloof, but that's normal for a successful Swiss scientist. He reminds me a little of my father, he is swiss too and their accents are similar. :p

That's just me I guess, I really can't judge Rafael, I don't know him personally, so I was misjudging him from the account of others. :o

Sunset of Age
04-06-2008, 11:49 PM
:hug:

Well one of those few times they did zoom in on her if I remember correctly they were a little too routy and too demonstrative during the Roma Finals of '06, but I guess it's normal, parents cheering for their son which was about to lose his title.

All I've ever seen from Raf's parents is just normal human behaviour towards a cherished child, trying to do his best... they are in fact very nice and humble people.
Raf asked his MUMMY to join him at the champions ball after winning the RG ' 95 title, and she just appeared to be a very nice lady indeed.

Remember Wimbly, both in 2006 and 2007? - Raf's parents were seated right behind Roger's, and they immediately congratulated Rogi's folks with the victory. Very nice people I'd say! :worship:

I guess I am biased for the Federer's Lynette, is so dainty and humble like her son, Robert too is so discreet, though a little aloof, but that's normal for a successful Swiss scientist. He reminds me a little of my father, he is swiss too and their accents are similar. :p

I agree, Rogi's parents appear to be very likeable and humble people.
Scientists, indeed.... :D

That's just me I guess, I really can't judge Rafael, I don't know him personally, so I was misjudging him from the account of others. :o

No prob, dear. I don't know him, or his parents, or anyone close to him personally either. But just judging from what I've been seeing the past couple of years, I can't otherwise conclude then that both Rafa, and his folks, are pretty classy and likeable people indeed. :cool:

SUKTUEN
04-07-2008, 12:59 AM
I agree, Rogi's parents appear to be very likeable and humble people.
Scientists, indeed.... :D

:inlove::inlove:

Eden
04-22-2008, 11:06 PM
Gustavo Kuerten during his interview after his match against Ljubicic in Monte Carlo:


Q. You were the last one to beat Roger Federer in Paris since Nadal. How did you make it? What do you think about the confrontation between Roger Federer and Nadal for three years? What is the evolution of the confrontation?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: No, I think to beat Federer, it's been really tough, especially last years. This year, him and either Nadal, they are losing a little bit more often. What I think it's more normal than before.
But it's tough to play him. I don't think there is a way or what you have to do. Just have to compete. Have to go out there. Somehow, if I think if you play three, four, five times, you going to have a shot in at least one or two times.
But these last three years, they been dominating a lot, especially Roger. And it's been a little bit unusual. So I think this year it's been more as I think it should be. And it's also a little bit more interesting for the game.

Q. How did you make it three years ago to beat Roger in three sets?

GUSTAVO KUERTEN: Yes, you know, I trying to compete with him. I think I played well. Since the first set, I was controlling the match and I had the lead. So I was able to put him in an uncomfortable position. I think that time was tough for me also 'cause I had a lot of problems still already in my leg, but I knew I had a chance if I did it in three or at least four sets.
So I believe a lot in the way I was playing, the tactics I was doing, and was working. So I was able to really play a solid game beginning to the end. At the end I really could control that match all the way through it. Probably was the last time I really played a great event.

SUKTUEN
04-23-2008, 02:19 AM
:worship:

Eden
05-07-2008, 03:07 PM
Guga again:

Kuerten also took time to praise the ATP's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: “I think Federer amazes me every day. He makes tennis look easy. I love watching Nadal too, because of his mental strength. He is a phenomenal player and has this mental power that is very very important.”

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/KUERTEN_NEWSCAST.asp

Sunset of Age
05-07-2008, 03:40 PM
Guga again:

Kuerten also took time to praise the ATP's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: “I think Federer amazes me every day. He makes tennis look easy. I love watching Nadal too, because of his mental strength. He is a phenomenal player and has this mental power that is very very important.”

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/KUERTEN_NEWSCAST.asp

Guga has good taste about which tennis players to praise. Well, no wonders here - he is a great fellow himself. :worship:

trickcy
05-07-2008, 04:15 PM
Guga again:

Kuerten also took time to praise the ATP's No. 1 and No. 2 players, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal: “I think Federer amazes me every day. He makes tennis look easy. I love watching Nadal too, because of his mental strength. He is a phenomenal player and has this mental power that is very very important.”

Source: http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/2008news/KUERTEN_NEWSCAST.asp

Nice to hear Guga's words :D

SUKTUEN
05-08-2008, 05:00 AM
Guga:worship:

Eden
05-10-2008, 12:13 PM
I translated some comments from Mats Wilander from German Eurosport:


What do you think of the final between Federer and Nadal in Monaco?

Mats Wilander: That Federer doesn't have any chance to beat Nadal. No, just kidding. The match should be a cause for Federer to continue to work on his game. He is still sitting in front of a puzzle and has all the parts to put it together, but there is always the same question: Can he do it quicker as Nadal? In Monte Carlo Federer played the same way as in the last years - and lost in the same way. The result is minor matter. Every time Nadal is playing with selfconfidence and the match is going to went his way.

Okay, Federer tried something more, but nothing radical different. He should try something new before the French Open, CHIP AND CHARGE for example. Has he ever tried this? Does he know how Nadal would react to dozens of passing shots? No! He should at least try it, even if he is going to give away a victory.

Can Jose Higueras help Federer?

Wilander: Higueras played the kind of game which Federer shouldn't do against Nadal. But it's true, he worked with Jim Courier who became a winner of the French Open. He can be a good motivator and advisor for Federer and help him to try out something new.

But we are always talking about what Federer can achieve. We shouldn't forget what superhuman things Nadal achieved. You just have to have a look at it: Out of 105 matches on clay he just lost 3, amongst them last years final in Hamburg and this week against Ferrero in Rome. That's unbelievable. To win 4 times in Monte Carlo and Barcelona, 3 times in Rome and 3 French Open titles. No one in the history of tennis has ever dominated a surface like this.

That is no less as extraordinary as the predominance of Federer during the last three or four years.

...

Have you ever talked to Toni Nadal about tactics?

No. The Nadals are friendly and polite people, but you can't reach them when it is going on the match.
I am always surprised how Federer is handling those huge crowds around him. It's incredible how many people are here in Rome to see him. But he is just terriffic. There probably won't ever be such a player as him on the tour - as strong and talented and so down to earth on the other hand.

If I had two wishes in tennis I would love to see Paul-Henri Mathieu winning his first Grand Slam title and Federer getting the French Open trophy and winning 15 more Slam titles...

Source: http://de.eurosport.yahoo.com/10052008/73/wilander-federer-sollte-experimentieren.html

SUKTUEN
05-10-2008, 03:16 PM
:worship:

trickcy
05-10-2008, 05:04 PM
That Federer doesn't have any chance to beat Nadal - Why do I get the feeling that he's not really joking? :tape:

It's nice that he says that he wants Fed to win RG and get more than 15.

:secret: atleast until RG, when he can continue with "Federer has no balls : Saga 3 " :o

Thanks for the article, Eden :wavey:

trickcy
05-20-2008, 05:35 AM
Chris Evert on Fed

Ford: What do you make of Roger Federer's season so far?
Evert: He just didn't have the time to really train hard. The illness had something to do with it. But if you look at past records, very often champions have a great four or five years and then they have a flat year. Players now know how to play them, they're not intimidated by them, they're not new any more and they have a couple losses and they don't believe in themselves as much. It's a normal kind of development when you're watching a No. 1 player. Any sort of adversity like this makes you take stock of your career and your game. OK, I've got to change a few things. Now that game isn't enough to dominate any more. So what do you do? You go into the gym, you work harder on coming to the net, you make some little changes, not major changes but little adjustments in your game. Since he hasn't had a successful first four months of the year, maybe he will peak in the summer. Maybe he'll use it to his advantage. He's human and it was bound to happen sooner or later. He wasn't fit at the beginning of year, and that's where he usually likes to make a strong stand and that sets the tone for the whole year. He's going to have to step it up for the summer.

Ford: Do you think working with Jose Higueras will help along those lines?
Evert: If nothing else, for motivation. Jose was a great clay-court player. I just don't know if there have to be as many changes physically as just mentally and in motivation. Federer, if he's going to do well this summer, he needs to want it even more than before. That desire has to come back again in greater force than it has in the past.



sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3402233

SUKTUEN
05-20-2008, 11:37 AM
:worship:

Eden
05-24-2008, 09:45 PM
Those comments from Andy Roddick were already posted by Mellow Yellow in the News thread, but I think it suits perfectly into this thread as well :)


I mentioned Roddick's basic respect for others earlier; that respect extends to rival like Roger Federer, whom he respects in a more basic and realistic way than you might expect from someone who's so often been thumped and denied moments of glory by Federer. This is not cursory, mail-it-in appreciation.

"Nothing has changed this year as far as what Roger can do with a racket in his hand," Andy said, when I asked if he felt that Federer is more vulnerable now than in the past. "If you have the theoretical big point to play and one guy to play it, you want the racket in his hand. And I know from experience that having to talk about a 'slump', or being asked if you're 'struggling' every single day takes its toll. It's impossible not to start thinking about that stuff.

"If Roger didn't have to hear or be asked about struggling, I don't think he'd give the idea a second thought. I honestly believe that. But how tough is it if you're playing a Masters Series final and, when you lose, people ask 'what's wrong?' It's quit a monster he's created for himself. Look, he gets to the semfinal of a Slam and loses to the guy who wins the tournament and people are talking about it with, almost with. . . disgust. I don't think Pete Sampras ever had to deal with that. Wimbledon was different, but Pete could lose to someone in Paris, or Melbourne, and nobody said much. Roger, the guy's won four or five Masters titles on clay, he gets it every time he loses a match. Roger is unlike anything we've ever seen in men's tennis."

Source: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2008/05/slate.html

:hatoff: to Andy for his words.

SUKTUEN
05-25-2008, 04:20 AM
Those comments from Andy Roddick were already posted by Mellow Yellow in the News thread, but I think it suits perfectly into this thread as well :)



Source: http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2008/05/slate.html

:hatoff: to Andy for his words.


Andy always support Roger, they are good friends~~:smooch:

NYCtennisfan
05-25-2008, 04:25 AM
What people expect of Federer is nothing like anything we have seen before. He was anointed as a possible GOAT after his first slam win and had definite press clippings about becoming the GOAT after his 4th slam win i.e. 2004 USO over Hewitt. Roddick is right about Pete being able to lose all the time (which Pete did) and not get questioned.

SUKTUEN
05-25-2008, 04:31 AM
and I think Andy know Roger's champion heart.
They know each other in very young.

Emmaloo
05-25-2008, 04:51 AM
This is true.

Andy and Roger have a lot of mutual respect and a fairly good friendship.

soraya
05-25-2008, 05:00 AM
What people expect of Federer is nothing like anything we have seen before. He was anointed as a possible GOAT after his first slam win and had definite press clippings about becoming the GOAT after his 4th slam win i.e. 2004 USO over Hewitt. Roddick is right about Pete being able to lose all the time (which Pete did) and not get questioned.
As he recently said, he created a monster. We all expect him to perform well each time he steps in the court.

SUKTUEN
05-25-2008, 03:59 PM
This is true.

Andy and Roger have a lot of mutual respect and a fairly good friendship.

yes, Andy and Roger always respect each other, I love them both!:D:D

didadida
05-27-2008, 08:35 PM
Thierry Henry

http://youtube.com/watch?v=m7Jbh3yP9h0

nobama
05-27-2008, 10:17 PM
What people expect of Federer is nothing like anything we have seen before. He was anointed as a possible GOAT after his first slam win and had definite press clippings about becoming the GOAT after his 4th slam win i.e. 2004 USO over Hewitt. Roddick is right about Pete being able to lose all the time (which Pete did) and not get questioned.And now we have Pete spouting his mouth off about Djoker. I'm sure he's secretly hoping Djoker prevents Roger from overtaking him in the slam department.

Emmaloo
05-28-2008, 12:46 AM
Of course he is. Tennis isn't going to forget Sampras, but it's a pride thing to have all those records. It can't be easy to sit back and watch Roger march through most of them.

SUKTUEN
05-28-2008, 01:57 AM
thanks for the link~~

Eden
06-04-2008, 11:51 AM
From an interview with Tony Pickard, the former coach of Stefan Edberg:


Do you believe — as some suggest — that Federer is slipping?

"Like all sportsmen they have a slight dip. He is not on a slide. Federer is a marvelous player. He is not slipping. That’s the media talking."

...

What does Roger Federer need to do to defeat Nadal on clay?

"I really don’t want to answer that because basically I know what’s wrong. It’s not right for me to make a comment about another professional. I personally believe there is something he does not do on a clay court. It took me a long time to convince Stefan that he could win the French Open and we came that close to winning it. I told him just do what you do best on the other surfaces and let’s give it a whack and lets have a go."

I then tried to catch Tony out and with a curve ball about Federer asking him: Do you think Roger changes his game when he plays Nadal. Quick as a flash he read my best shot and did not take the bait.

"I’m not going to answer that." Tony said.

This guy is cutting me up in his living room. My efforts to try and find the answer had been nullified with a grace and style from this gentleman. I try another approach, Tony, what tactics would you use against Nadal be on clay to win?

"The young man is unbelievable quick but he is very limited going forward and nobody tends to use the front of the court against him. They all tend to rally at the back of the court hoping he is going to make a mistake and the way he hits the ball he is not going to and I personally think if somebody learns to bring him up the court more (they will have a better chance)," Pickard says. "You are not going to get him to come to the net because he will come so far and retreat but if you use the front of the court so you can open the front of the court and not worry if it is a backhand or forehand. If you could slice it into an area wide so that he is so low that he has got to push it back that he cannot get over the ball but nobody plays like that anymore. On saying that, he is an animal on the court. But with the extreme grips of western and semi western the players can only scoop the ball if they try to slice the ball, it sits up. You need to knife the ball, when you slice. Somebody sometime will be brave enough to teach somebody to slice the ball and it will change the game again. I’m hoping and we will see attacking tennis. I don’t think Nadal will win Wimbledon this year. The player who could is Djokovic."

Source: http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6610753#top

SUKTUEN
06-04-2008, 04:33 PM
:worship:

trickcy
06-15-2008, 12:18 PM
Cliff Drysdale on Roger

I go back to the days of Pancho Gonzalez, who I played at Ellis Park ... and also the Lew Hoad era. Of all those, Roger has more talent than any other guy, including Laver, whom I played many times.

“It’s easy to say that if Roger doesn’t win the French, he’s not the all-time best, but I would point out he has been second-best in the world on clay the past four or so years and the best on every other surface.

“When you look at the number of matches he’s lost and compare this with matches lost by other contenders for the title of best-ever, he stands out. These days, you can’t duck any others, unlike the days of Jimmy Connors, John McEnroe and Ivan Lendl, when they met only in the Slams. It’s much, much harder to do what he’s done.”


On the eve of Wimbledon, he sticks his neck out in favour of Federer and Anna Sharapova, but only just.

“I lost a small wager on the French. Having seen what Federer did and how close he was to Rafael Nadal when the chips came down, I thought he would beat him, so I lost that one.

“I think Federer will do it again, but I don’t think it’s a done deal as in past years. Novak Djokovic and Nadal are threats. The thing is we have three guys who are such standouts compared to the rest. In past years, it’s usually been just a single guy.

SUKTUEN
06-15-2008, 04:07 PM
Come On Roger!!!

Eden
06-15-2008, 06:14 PM
From an interview with Mario Ancic:


Roger Federer had mono at the beginning of this year too. Do you think that's had anything to do with his slight drop off in form?

Mario: I don't think he's had too bad results to be honest. He's been in the finals in the French and the semis in Australia. Of course on the other hand people probably got used to him winning three slams a season. That was an unbelievable achievement and I think people got used to it a bit and started to think it was normal.

There's many good players and Federer had a much lighter type of mono and I'm happy that he did because that wouldn't have been nice if such a personality would have missed six months out of tennis.

Which of your fellow tennis players do you think has the best of each of the following shots?

Mario: Serve - Karlovic
Forehand - Gonzalez
Backhand - Federer
Volley - There's not too many to choose from! Tim Henman, is he still playing? It's tough to say with the volley because there's not too many who play it. Maybe Roger.

Source: http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/7449105.stm

Corey Feldman
06-15-2008, 06:26 PM
BH - Federer??? :D

Mario :hug:

soraya
06-15-2008, 09:34 PM
On the eve of Wimbledon, he sticks his neck out in favour of Federer and Anna Sharapova, but only just.


Anna Sharapova?:confused:

SUKTUEN
06-16-2008, 12:59 AM
Mario :worship:

trickcy
06-16-2008, 05:04 AM
Anna Sharapova?:confused:

That's what the article says.. I didn't bother correcting him :o
http://www.thetimes.co.za/PrintEditi...aspx?id=785074


Ancic is a fedtard, isn't he? Fed has the best backhand :lol:

trickcy
06-16-2008, 05:27 AM
Billie Jean King :

Q: Who do you like at Wimbledon this year?

A: (Rafael) Nadal and (Novak) Djokovic are playing better than a year ago. Djokovic won the Australian, he loves to perform, loves to being out there just like Nadal.

Federer is still the one to beat. He's a genius, probably the greatest player that's ever lived. He's such a great person, he's got a good soul, he's very aware of the world around him.

Q: What do you think of women playing an exhibition match like Roger Federer-Pete Sampras at Madison Square Garden? Perhaps Martina Navratilova and Steffi Graf could pack the house?

A: I'd hope so. Talk about two of the all-time greats, how could they not? That would be a good one. I'd just love to see them walk on the court together.

When Federer played Sampras it was fabulous, it was electric. It was sold out and everybody wanted to be seen, which I thought was pretty funny.
http://www.houmatoday.com/article/20080613/APS/806131141

didadida
06-16-2008, 06:46 AM
it`s from yesterday interview with Rafael Nadal/ Queen`s Club:

Q. Do you think somebody in Halle might have noticed your result today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for sure, no? We have very good relationship. For sure I think he's happy for me, and I am happy for him.

didadida
06-16-2008, 07:17 AM
here are some quotes from an interview with Tim Henman in Britain's Daily Telegraph.
---------------------------------------------------------------

Henman has taken a swipe at the notion that Federer's era could be coming to a messy end. "I think that's total crap," said Henman.

Rafael Nadal's thrashing of Federer in the French Open final provided a new twist to the Wimbledon build-up. And so has Nadal's tennis at Queen's Club. But Henman still considers Switzerland's world No 1 to be the favourite to win the golden cup at the All England Club, for what would be a record six in a row.

To Henman's mind, it should not be forgotten that Federer has not lost a match on the Wimbledon grass since 2002. Federer's last defeat at Wimbledon was half a generation ago.
Federer lost in the semi-finals of January's Australian Open to Novak Djokovic, so goes into next week's Wimbledon seeking his first grand slam title of the year.

"I think that this year's Wimbledon is going to be one of the most exciting in years, as there are so many different scenarios. But I still see Roger as the strong favourite, even after what happened at the French Open final. Nadal played some unbelievable tennis, but I think it's total crap for anyone to suggest that Roger losing to Nadal in Paris means that the Federer era is coming to an end," Henman, who retired last autumn, told The Daily Telegraph.

"How can people say that about Roger? He's still only 26, and he has reached so many grand slam semi-finals in a row, and won so many grand slam titles. He was ill in Australia at the start of the year with glandular fever, which affected his performance, and both Djokovic and Nadal played above their normal levels to beat him. Who do you think is going to finish the season as the world No 1? I believe that it's going to be Roger, and how can that be seen as a bad year? Roger was ill at the start of the year, but now he's fit and healthy again, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with his game," said Henman, an ambassador for HSBC, the official bank for Wimbledon.

Sunset of Age
06-16-2008, 07:47 AM
it`s from yesterday interview with Rafael Nadal/ Queen`s Club:

Q. Do you think somebody in Halle might have noticed your result today?
RAFAEL NADAL: Well, for sure, no? We have very good relationship. For sure I think he's happy for me, and I am happy for him.

Sweet. Lovely fellow. :inlove:
"Somebody in Halle", :lol:

nobama
06-16-2008, 10:51 AM
I'm so sick of this perceved "love fest" between the two of them. OK they're both respectful of each other. But it seemed to me Roger was a bit annoyed when every day in his post match press conferenecs he was asked about Nadal's results at Queens. I think one day he said something like "he's over there and I'm here". :lol:

Anyway Nadal has the ability to have is head up Roger's rear off court and then murder him on court (on clay at least). Roger doesn't have that same ability. That's where I think he has TOO much respect.

yanchr
06-16-2008, 01:17 PM
Mario: There's many good players and Federer had a much lighter type of mono and I'm happy that he did because that wouldn't have been nice if such a personality would have missed six months out of tennis.
Does Djoker's Dad know it better :scratch: such a shame that such a personality didn't miss out even one tournament :sad:
Backhand - Federer
:lol:

I guess when Ancic said this he had all Roger's passing shots against him in mind esp in Wimbledon :lol:

SUKTUEN
06-16-2008, 04:05 PM
:worship: thankyou for your support Tim!:worship:

Daniel
06-18-2008, 09:29 PM
Djokovic: Federer is struggling
By ROB HARRIS, Associated Press Writer

LONDON (AP)—Novak Djokovic thinks Roger Federer is vulnerable after a lopsided French Open loss and that he is one of several players who could end the Swiss star’s five-year reign at Wimbledon.

No. 3-ranked Djokovic beat Federer in the Australian Open semifinals en route to winning his first major title in January.

“Some things are changing. I think he’s a little bit shaken with that loss and mentally he has been struggling in the last couple of months,” Djokovic said Wednesday. “It’s normal to have ups and downs after four years of absolute dominance on the men’s tour.

“New names are coming, fresh talented players who believe more they can win against him and I am one of them,” Djokovic said. “Suddenly he is worried a little bit.”

The 21-year-old Djokovic will not let Sunday’s loss to No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the Queen’s Club final curb his ambitions at Wimbledon.

He is already relaxing in London, participating Wednesday in publicity event with London mayor Boris Johnson by the River Thames in the shadow of the British Parliament.

“Playing the Queen’s final gave me even more motivation to do well at Wimbledon,” Djokovic said. “The good thing about the sport now is that people are talking about more than two players. Of course Federer and Nadal still dominate, but coming to Wimbledon as a Grand Slam champion gives me much more reason to believe I can challenge the top two players … It’s a matter of mental ability if you can hold on.”

The Serbian player says loosening the grip of Federer and Nadal is advantageous for the sport.

“This year has been really interesting for tennis fans to see,” he said. “Roger has been losing more often and you can see some new faces coming up and winning the major titles.”

Nadal has lost the last two Wimbledon finals to Federer, but has gained confidence from winning his first grass-court title at Queen’s on the weekend.

Djokovic was forced to withdraw during last year’s Wimbledon semifinal against Nadal with a bad toe and a bothersome lower back.

“Nadal is very motivated to win the Wimbledon title this year, he’s been very close the last two years,” Djokovic said. “But I’m one of the players behind intending to make a surprise. I just have to behave normally and be aggressive.”

Link: http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_ylt=AlZagg1sIgN0UMsfGN20aBk4v7YF?slug=ap-wimbledon-djokovic&prov=ap&type=lgns

SUKTUEN
06-19-2008, 07:22 AM
Djover`~~:rolleyes:

tennis2tennis
06-19-2008, 11:21 AM
LONDON: Pete Sampras remains confident that Roger Federer will beat his record for most career Grand Slam singles titles.

In fact, Sampras plans to be sitting among Federer's most vocal supporters when he does win a 15th career major — even if that requires a lengthy flight to Melbourne, Australia.

Federer has 12 Grand Slam titles, two behind Sampras' record.

If Federer won a sixth straight Wimbledon title next month and a fifth consecutive U.S. Open title in September, he would be aiming for No. 15 at the Australian Open in January.

"There is a burning desire in Roger to break my record, and when he does it I would like to be there," Sampras said Thursday. "I said to Roger, 'Just make sure it's in New York or London. Australia is a long way to go. (But) if it worked out like that, I would fly there.'

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"I would just let him enjoy it as his moment but (I would want to be there) just to respect the record and what he was able to do and to just say, 'Congratulations.'"

Despite Federer's loss to No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal in the French Open final, Sampras is confident the Swiss star will bounce back at the All England Club.

"He's created this monster of winning so many tournaments and so many majors and doing it with ease," Sampras said in Sao Paulo, Brazil. "As great as Roger is, he's going to have his losses and his bad days. It's just human nature to go through some lulls."

That doesn't mean he has lost his edge, Sampras said.

"In the majors, he's still the guy that's most likely to win them," Sampras said. "He's lost a couple and, if anything, that'll do him some good. It'll get him going and fired up. He'll be just fine."

The 36-year-old Sampras was speaking from BlackRock Tour of Champions, where he makes his debut Thursday in Brazil against Thomas Muster.

But Sampras will find it hard not thinking of Wimbledon, which begins Monday, and where he captured half of his career majors.

"I think if I were to step back on that court at Wimbledon it would bring up a lot of emotion," Sampras said. "Just because of what the place meant to me and how big it was to the sport of tennis."

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Rommella
06-19-2008, 11:33 AM
http://ukpress.google.com/article/ALeqM5gY-62IQtQQ6te1SbVN9yiA9_wcew

A variation of the above article. Many thanks, Pete, for standing up for Roger.

SUKTUEN
06-19-2008, 03:14 PM
:worship:thanks Pete~~

Eden
06-23-2008, 08:47 PM
Don't write off Federer, says Becker

Monday , June 23, 2008

London, June 23: Triple Wimbledon champion Boris Becker believes fellow All England Club legend Bjorn Borg is wrong to write off Roger Federer's chances of a record sixth successive title in Wimbledon.
Borg has hinted that world number two Rafael Nadal, who demolished Federer to win a fourth successive French Open trophy, is poised to dethrone the Swiss great and become the first Spanish men's champion since 1966.

"I was surprised to hear Born Borg say Roger Federer was not his favorite to win Wimbledon this year, because in my mind it is very tough to go against a five-time champion," Becker told the Daily Telegraph.

"It might be true that the competition is closer – Rafael Nadal has clearly improved greatly on grass, while Novak Djokovic is the third player in the group - but I feel that with the history Roger has at Wimbledon, you don't bet against him in the same way that you don't bet against Nadal on clay."

Becker refuses to believe that Federer, who won just four games in his stunning Roland Garros defeat to Nadal, will be damaged by the loss.

"I don't believe it can have affected him psychologically. He always arrives at that tournament knowing that, on clay, Nadal is a little bit better, so I don't imagine mentally he is really hurt by it," said the German.

"As we have seen, Federer went to Halle to adapt to the grass and he won convincingly - not losing his serve once – so how can you argue with that? If anything, I think that he is more motivated this year because he knows that if he doesn't win Wimbledon, his No. 1 ranking is at stake."

Source: http://www.expressindia.com/latest-news/Dont-write-off-Federer-says-Becker/326481/

crude oil
06-24-2008, 12:53 AM
lol...becker standing up for federer. thats a new one.

he usually praises sampras at the expense of federer.

SUKTUEN
06-24-2008, 01:41 AM
:worship:

Monteque
06-24-2008, 10:40 AM
"I was surprised to hear Born Borg say Roger Federer was not his favorite to win Wimbledon this year, because in my mind it is very tough to go against a five-time champion," Becker told the Daily Telegraph.


same here:)

Sunset of Age
06-24-2008, 10:43 AM
Becker :yeah:

trickcy
06-24-2008, 04:39 PM
Don't write off Federer, says Becker

"I was surprised to hear Born Borg say Roger Federer was not his favorite to win Wimbledon this year, because in my mind it is very tough to go against a five-time champion," Becker told the Daily Telegraph.



same here:)


Roger was surprised too..:)

groundstroke
06-25-2008, 09:19 AM
No surprise to see Becker disagreeing with Borg.

SUKTUEN
06-25-2008, 02:48 PM
No surprise to see Becker disagreeing with Borg.


:confused:why Becker always disagree Borg?

Eden
06-29-2008, 06:02 PM
From Ana Ivanovic:

I am beginning to understand the pressure that Roger Federer must experience everytime he goes onto court. I admire him so much for the way he handles it. With time I am sure I will learn how to deal with the expectation that comes with being No.1.

Source: http://www.anaivanovic.com/?path=diary&detailpage=214

SUKTUEN
06-30-2008, 01:00 AM
Ana, you have many things need to learn.

EternalxJourney
06-30-2008, 01:06 AM
From Ana Ivanovic:

I am beginning to understand the pressure that Roger Federer must experience everytime he goes onto court. I admire him so much for the way he handles it. With time I am sure I will learn how to deal with the expectation that comes with being No.1.

Source: http://www.anaivanovic.com/?path=diary&detailpage=214

Uh-oh. Novak won't be happy hearing this.

SUKTUEN
06-30-2008, 01:09 AM
Uh-oh. Novak won't be happy hearing this.

Ana worship Roger very much~~~;)

didadida
06-30-2008, 08:27 AM
Uh-oh. Novak won't be happy hearing this.

:devil:

trickcy
07-02-2008, 04:56 AM
Virginia Wade was asked who her favourite player was on ACE
"Roger Federer is the greatest player, I think, except for Rod Laver, who was so great, Roger is do..I mean, I hate to see him lose a point"

SUKTUEN
07-02-2008, 08:51 AM
:worship:

Monteque
07-02-2008, 05:12 PM
Virginia Wade was asked who her favourite player was on ACE
"Roger Federer is the greatest player, I think, except for Rod Laver, who was so great, Roger is do..I mean, I hate to see him lose a point"

Wade is 101% right.:cool:

trickcy
07-02-2008, 05:48 PM
Wade is 101% right.:cool:

Immediately after that, Georgina Chang(who hosts ACE) says "I'm totally with you on that" :lol:

Federerhingis
07-02-2008, 10:23 PM
For some reason I never got a good vibe from Virginia. But I agree Laver and Roger will definitely remain permanent figures in the history of tennis. Laver of course is there already and I doubt any one will ever duplicate his two calendar slams. :worship:

trickcy
07-05-2008, 05:46 AM
From Rainer's presser

Q. How do you see the final going on Sunday?


RAINER SCHUETTLER: I mean, I don't know. Both playing extremely well. For me it's amazing how easy Roger makes it always look. I mean, I practiced with him here. He just seems that he's not even trying. And Rafa is the opposite. He's like so pumped and always there. Yeah, I don't know. I hope it will be a great final. I would like Roger to make the six in a row. We are friends, so it would be really nice. Rafa also, the way he played, would deserve it. For me, whoever wins will be a great champion.

SUKTUEN
07-05-2008, 06:58 AM
thanks~~

Eden
07-14-2008, 06:28 PM
Roger Federer lost the Wimbledon and French Open finals to Rafael Nadal, but to James Blake he's still the best player in tennis.

"I don't think this will change the fact that in history's recollection, Roger will end up being the greatest of all time, but it will show that he's human," Blake told Bloomberg Radio. "He's had a couple of hiccups. But for him, a couple of hiccups is two Grand Slam finals in a row."

Source: http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080712/SPT/807120373

Eden
07-14-2008, 09:23 PM
Federer 'deserved to make history'

Dmitry Tursunov flew from his native Moscow to Sacramento on Sunday and missed the epic men's singles final at Wimbledon.

"To be honest, I wanted Roger to win," said Tursunov, who lives in Folsom. "He deserved to make history. He was so close to reaching his dream, and not to do that must have been heartbreaking."

Tursunov, ranked 33rd in the world after reaching a career-high No. 20 in 2006, lost to Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in February in their only meeting. Tursunov is 0-2 against Federer, falling 6-3, 6-3 in 2006 and 6-3, 5-7, 6-0 later that year.

Tursunov hedged when asked which player is better. Nadal is 12-6 against Federer (9-1 on clay and 3-5 on grass and hard courts).

"Nadal physically is much more difficult to play," Tursunov said. "In terms of shotmaking ability, Roger is by far better.

"Rafael is by far the fittest player (in men's tennis). He can run fast, and he's incredibly persistent. He will chase down every ball. He's essentially a pit bull. Once he gets a grip on you, it's difficult to shake him off.

"Roger creates shots. He's an artist."

Source: http://www.sacbee.com/100/story/1075603.html

Sunset of Age
07-14-2008, 09:51 PM
^^ Very kind words from Dmitry. Nice to read!

nobama
07-14-2008, 11:18 PM
^^ Very kind words from Dmitry. Nice to read!Fits right in line with my thoughts about beautiful vs ugly tennis. :p

Minnie
07-15-2008, 12:31 AM
Nadal = Pit Bull. Great description and the reason I will never be a fan.

Sunset of Age
07-15-2008, 12:36 AM
Fits right in line with my thoughts about beautiful vs ugly tennis. :p

Nadal = Pit Bull. Great description and the reason I will never be a fan.

Well, as it now seems that everything I say over here at this forum is immediately being copied to elsewhere, I rather not further comment on your statements than to say that I honestly disagree. :p

crude oil
07-15-2008, 04:52 AM
beautiful, ugly...these are small consolations?u

Rafa is not given enough credit by tursunov. Yes federer is more elegant but rafa hit more amazing shots in wimbledon this year than federer. Federer was good with his fh and serve...thats it.

federer said it best "nobody would notice by pretty technique if i was playing on court 14".

Or Levy
07-15-2008, 07:29 AM
*hugs Dima*

Beautiful comment, I hope there isn't too much gloating going around the locker room right now.

nobama
07-15-2008, 10:54 AM
beautiful, ugly...these are small consolations?u

Rafa is not given enough credit by tursunov. Yes federer is more elegant but rafa hit more amazing shots in wimbledon this year than federer. Federer was good with his fh and serve...thats it.

federer said it best "nobody would notice by pretty technique if i was playing on court 14".
I guess it's a matter of opinion if amazing = beautiful. Yeah hitting a passing shot from 12 feet behind the baseline on grass is amazing, but I wouldn't call it beautiful. "Ugly" tennis can be amazing too. :p

SUKTUEN
07-15-2008, 04:08 PM
Jul 14, 2008 from Nation:

Q: You have a choice: marry Roger Federer or win Wimbledon - what's it going to be?

Tamarine Tanasugarn: Wow, that's a tough question. Maybe Roger [long pause] but nah, I don't think so. I'd rather go for the trophy. That would be a real dream come true.

Minnie
07-15-2008, 10:03 PM
Well, as it now seems that everything I say over here at this forum is immediately being copied to elsewhere, I rather not further comment on your statements than to say that I honestly disagree. :p

Of course you disagree ... you like Nadal and his game .. we don't. Simple.

Sunset of Age
07-15-2008, 11:29 PM
Of course you disagree ... you like Nadal and his game .. we don't. Simple.

Tell that to 'the Other Side'. They doubt my allegiances just as much as you folks do so over here. :angel:

crude oil
07-16-2008, 03:58 AM
I guess it's a matter of opinion if amazing = beautiful. Yeah hitting a passing shot from 12 feet behind the baseline on grass is amazing, but I wouldn't call it beautiful. "Ugly" tennis can be amazing too. :p

you know thats not the only thing rafa can do.

when it mattered most rafa smoked bh winners past federer when he was right on the baseline.

what did federer do all match long? He pushed the backhand like a &U33Y and returned like a granny. Nadal actually hit some fantastic return winners.

nadal was the one pushing federer from side to side all match long. It was only federer's serve that kept him in it. Nadal played much more aggressive than federer.

FedFan_2007
07-16-2008, 04:27 AM
Even with all the criticism last year, Fed won because he backhand was at least good. In 2006 it was sublime. Now it's just barely passable.

SUKTUEN
07-16-2008, 05:13 AM
Nadal's match is too boring, he waste too many time.

Exclusive
07-16-2008, 05:27 AM
After losing in the third round of Wimbledon to Bethanie Mattek, Marion Bartoli took some time off and hung out at the pool. But the tennis-aholic couldn't resist turning on the TV and watching both finals. She was devastated after her hero, Roger Federer, went down to Rafael Nadal in five sets.
"It was really a heartbreaker for me," she said. "I cried after it. I was so disappointed. I'm a Roger fan and when you are fan you want him to win. I thought he had the match in his hands and he let it slip. It was hard. Maybe it was harder for him, but it was hard for me as well. I was so stressed. Sometimes I couldn't watch it, it was so much pressure."

Was she happy at all for Nadal?

"No, not even a little bit."

Bartoli keeps close tabs on Federer and said that she heard that he was really depressed after the match, but the next day, he was laughing and on vacation.

"I think he recovered better than me because I was down for three days afterward," she said. "I think he's going to win the Olympics and US Open."
This made my morning. :lol:

trickcy
07-16-2008, 06:04 AM
This made my morning. :lol:

Thanks for posting this.
Bartoli is a fedtard :lol:

Sunset of Age
07-16-2008, 10:38 AM
Thanks for posting this.
Bartoli is a fedtard :lol:

She sure is... :lol:
BTW, quite a few of them ladies are, isn't that so?

I know Ana is a great fan of his as well at least.

nobama
07-16-2008, 11:01 AM
you know thats not the only thing rafa can do.

when it mattered most rafa smoked bh winners past federer when he was right on the baseline.

what did federer do all match long? He pushed the backhand like a &U33Y and returned like a granny. Nadal actually hit some fantastic return winners.

nadal was the one pushing federer from side to side all match long. It was only federer's serve that kept him in it. Nadal played much more aggressive than federer.
Huh? :confused: You must be talking about the 2007 final. If you're not I don't agree at all.

Or Levy
07-16-2008, 12:02 PM
She's beyond a fed fan, she's a true FedTard.

A bitter Fedtard! Like the rest of us! "No, not even a little bit"

Last year she was probably more sad about missing out on the chance to hang with Rog in the champion ball than losing in the Wimby finals...

refero*fervens
07-16-2008, 12:15 PM
:D Read that over on rf.com, thanks for posting here. Truly a big fan, Bartoli ;)



Last year she was probably more sad about missing out on the chance to hang with Rog in the champion ball than losing in the Wimby finals...

:lol:

SUKTUEN
07-16-2008, 03:15 PM
Ana like Roger very much~~~~ Jelena also Roger's fan~~:devil:

anon57
07-16-2008, 04:13 PM
:lol:Bartoli

FedFan_2007
07-16-2008, 06:10 PM
Nice to see that Bartoli is a serious FedTard.

jasmin
07-16-2008, 11:24 PM
After losing in the third round of Wimbledon to Bethanie Mattek, Marion Bartoli took some time off and hung out at the pool. But the tennis-aholic couldn't resist turning on the TV and watching both finals. She was devastated after her hero, Roger Federer, went down to Rafael Nadal in five sets.
"It was really a heartbreaker for me," she said. "I cried after it. I was so disappointed. I'm a Roger fan and when you are fan you want him to win. I thought he had the match in his hands and he let it slip. It was hard. Maybe it was harder for him, but it was hard for me as well. I was so stressed. Sometimes I couldn't watch it, it was so much pressure."

Was she happy at all for Nadal?

"No, not even a little bit."

Bartoli keeps close tabs on Federer and said that she heard that he was really depressed after the match, but the next day, he was laughing and on vacation.

"I think he recovered better than me because I was down for three days afterward," she said. "I think he's going to win the Olympics and US Open."

I love it. I had a bad feeling for Fed all year but not anymore for some reason.

FedFan_2007
07-17-2008, 02:47 AM
It seems WTA players are serious FedTards. Ana is also a FedTard.

FedFan_2007
07-17-2008, 02:47 AM
BTW, no WTAers are RafaTards... yet

Marek.
07-17-2008, 03:40 AM
you know thats not the only thing rafa can do.

when it mattered most rafa smoked bh winners past federer when he was right on the baseline.

what did federer do all match long? He pushed the backhand like a &U33Y and returned like a granny. Nadal actually hit some fantastic return winners.

nadal was the one pushing federer from side to side all match long. It was only federer's serve that kept him in it. Nadal played much more aggressive than federer.

I actually thought Nadal's BH was better in last years final. It was definitely better than Fed's bunt BH, but he did hit a lot of them out in big moments during the last three moments. That's why he runs around it whenever he gets the chance because his forehand will go in 99% of the time.

Fed's FH was great I thought and that kept him in the match more than the serve IMO. But you're not going to win with just two great shots. I think he needs to start hitting a loopy BH like Sampras did. It's an ugly shot, but it can neutralize a rally and give him time to get a FH.

He also needs to start attacking second serves every chance he gets. His first serve return isn't as good as it used to be and it won't get any better. Hopefully he realizes all of this.

marat_roger
07-17-2008, 03:46 AM
yeah Sveta is a Roger fan too :)

crude oil
07-17-2008, 05:11 AM
I actually thought Nadal's BH was better in last years final. It was definitely better than Fed's bunt BH, but he did hit a lot of them out in big moments during the last three moments. That's why he runs around it whenever he gets the chance because his forehand will go in 99% of the time.

Fed's FH was great I thought and that kept him in the match more than the serve IMO. But you're not going to win with just two great shots. I think he needs to start hitting a loopy BH like Sampras did. It's an ugly shot, but it can neutralize a rally and give him time to get a FH.

He also needs to start attacking second serves every chance he gets. His first serve return isn't as good as it used to be and it won't get any better. Hopefully he realizes all of this.

Federer's serve was present all match long. His fh came alive and was at its glorious best in the third and fourth sets. Federer was hitting his fh like a monster towards the end of the match which is why i think rafa's bh was that much more impressive this year compared to last year.

But the bottom line is that his serve was the constant variable throughout that kept him in it. At 0-40 in the third set, fed's serve came to rescue. The fh towards the end gave fed a chance to win the match but in the end his return was so crappy and his bh so predictable that he couldnt generate enough chances to break down nadal.

Federer's ROS of nadal has always basically been mediocre. Its just that before, he used to generate tons of bps and squander them...now, it seems that federer cannot even generate the bps anymore esp towards the end of the match in the final.

Rafa's bh might have looked more impressive last year but that was because federer's fh was crap until the 5th set. Rafa really pulled off some stunners this year when it seemed like fed got the groove on the fh which he had for the better part of the 3rd and 4th sets.

Its easy for us to say "federer should attack nadal's serve" but it isnt easy to do. There is a reason he is #2 in the world and it isnt because he's a bad matchup for fed. Agassi commented that nadal's serve had so much spin that he couldnt take it early and that he had to stay back and wait for the spin to dissipate before taking a crack.

Hitting a loopy bh esp something that resembled pete's is not an option. Nadal is not just a grinder. The guy can take advantage of short balls and balls that have no penetration through the court.

NYCtennisfan
07-17-2008, 09:57 AM
Federer's serve was present all match long. His fh came alive and was at its glorious best in the third and fourth sets. Federer was hitting his fh like a monster towards the end of the match which is why i think rafa's bh was that much more impressive this year compared to last year.

But the bottom line is that his serve was the constant variable throughout that kept him in it. At 0-40 in the third set, fed's serve came to rescue. The fh towards the end gave fed a chance to win the match but in the end his return was so crappy and his bh so predictable that he couldnt generate enough chances to break down nadal.

Federer's ROS of nadal has always basically been mediocre. Its just that before, he used to generate tons of bps and squander them...now, it seems that federer cannot even generate the bps anymore esp towards the end of the match in the final.

Rafa's bh might have looked more impressive last year but that was because federer's fh was crap until the 5th set. Rafa really pulled off some stunners this year when it seemed like fed got the groove on the fh which he had for the better part of the 3rd and 4th sets.

Its easy for us to say "federer should attack nadal's serve" but it isnt easy to do. There is a reason he is #2 in the world and it isnt because he's a bad matchup for fed. Agassi commented that nadal's serve had so much spin that he couldnt take it early and that he had to stay back and wait for the spin to dissipate before taking a crack.

Hitting a loopy bh esp something that resembled pete's is not an option. Nadal is not just a grinder. The guy can take advantage of short balls and balls that have no penetration through the court.

I would say that Federer's inside-out FH was really on especially during sets 3 and 4, but his off-FH, CC FH, and dtl FH weren't there at all. He hit very, very few good CC FH's during the entire match.

SUKTUEN
07-17-2008, 02:35 PM
Roger is a very very good man, he make many people love him.;)

Rommella
07-20-2008, 05:14 AM
BTW, no WTAers are RafaTards... yet

Serena is one, although she is also a FedTard at the same time. She said a few months back that there are only three players on the men's tour that she would not face on a tennis court -- Fed, Nadal and Santoro -- but the rest would be fair game.

Sunset of Age
07-20-2008, 12:59 PM
Serena is one, although she is also a FedTard at the same time. She said a few months back that there are only three players on the men's tour that she would not face on a tennis court -- Fed, Nadal and Santoro -- but the rest would be fair game.

I guess she was joking, there.

FedFan_2007
07-20-2008, 07:09 PM
Yeah Serena can really handle the rest of the top 100 men with ease... :rolleyes:

SUKTUEN
07-21-2008, 10:06 AM
Yeah Serena can really handle the rest of the top 100 men with ease... :rolleyes:

Really? except Roger?:devil:

Eden
07-21-2008, 06:30 PM
From an interview with Gaston Gaudio which was posted on GM today:

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showthread.php?t=128395


Ferrero is living proof of just how hard the circuit is. He was No.1 at the age of 23, and after that he couldn´t even get into the top ten again.

“Yes, and that that he works his butt off to return. That´s why Nadal´s case is so amazing, because when you see him play you say: he´s a great player, obviously, but he doesn´t do incredible things like Federer does, and even so all he wins is unbelievable.”

Federer, on the other hand, seems to play more easily.

“Yes, he´s something else. He has everything to be a champion. But in Nadal´s case, his tennis doesn´t seem to be all that special, and in the end he´s a genius.”

You used to play well against him. In fact, you´re the last player who beat him before he started to win everything (Buenos Aires, February 2005).

“Yes, but after that he always beat me well.”

Did you enjoy playing with him?

“When I was playing well I enjoyed playing with anyone. Also with Nadal. I felt that we had the same style. They were entertaining matches, because we gave each other´s game rhythm. Who I least liked playing with was the “Chino” Rios, I felt I would never be able to beat him. In fact, I never did. I couldn´t. I hated playing against him.”

And with Federer?

“Well, the same thing happens to me with Federer. Once in the Toronto Masters Series I was winning 4-2 in the fifth set, 15-40 on his serve. So he hit an ace, ace, ace. Bye-bye, end of match. That´s where you realized that the guy was something else, because when he had to play well, he played well. That´s why I say that Nadal is a genius, because in the critical moments of the Wimbledon final Federer played unbelievable tennis, and even so Nadal won.”

...

Which players did you get on well with?

“I got on well with Carlos Moya, the Spaniard. And, even though everybody got on badly with him, I got on very well with Hewitt. Also with Federer. In my opinion, the two best of the circuit, on a human level, are Guga Kuerten and Federer.
Guga is fantastic, always perfect with everybody.
And Federer is tops. He has everything, he is a star and a real good guy. We talk a lot. About all sorts of things, about football, about life. For example, in Paris he booked the Crillon Hotel (the best in town) for me, so we could be together. His girlfriend made the booking for me.”

didadida
07-21-2008, 07:25 PM
thanks a lot Doris

nobama
07-21-2008, 10:24 PM
Nice to know Ashley Harkleroad has good taste. :)


Q: And finally, who's hotter: Federer or Nadal?

A: That's another tough one. I've never been a huge fan of Nadal looks-wise; I'd probably go with Federer. The other thing with Federer is, he's so nice. He always—OK, maybe not always—talks to me when we're at an event. Last spring I had ovarian cyst surgery, and he was so sweet to me when he saw me, asking me how everything was. He's a great guy and yea, a little better looking than Nadal.

Sunset of Age
07-21-2008, 10:25 PM
Nice to know Ashley Harkleroad has good taste. :)

:haha:

nobama
07-21-2008, 10:31 PM
:haha:Yes I know. :lol: But hey....

Sunset of Age
07-21-2008, 10:35 PM
Yes I know. :lol: But hey....

Okay, seriously: It's of course very nice to know that Roger was so nice to her when she had that surgery. He's obviously a very kind and caring man. :hearts:

SUKTUEN
07-22-2008, 05:05 AM
:worship:

Eden
07-30-2008, 05:49 PM
Sveta: Federer's The Favorite, Nadal's The Best

By Tennis Week

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Elegance and exuberance collide in the ongoing rivalry between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Svetlana Kuznetsova is avid Federer fan, who appreciates his style of play, but believes Nadal is the the best player in the world despite his place behind the top-ranked Swiss in the rankings.

"I'm good with Rafa. Like I respect him. He's big fighter," Kuznetsova said. "But Roger has so many things in the court. He's so classic. I don't know. I just like his style."

The respect is mutual: Federer picked Kuznetsova as the favorite to win the French Open women's title in May. The fourth-ranked Russian believes Federer's flagging confidence — combined with the high standards he set for himself in reaching 10 consecutive major finals prior to his Australian Open semifinal setback to Novak Djokovic — are contributing factors to his struggles this season.

"I root for Roger, but I don't think he's in the best moment right now. He's a bit low in confidence," Kuznetsova said. "In this level, when you don't have confidence, it's very hard to play. And also he been struggling a lot. In January he had this infection (mono). It's hard. It's hard to stay on the top all the time. For me, he's one of the best players ever. It's very hard to maintain level all the years because we have extremely hard schedule and many tournaments and many pressure."

Source: http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6615002

trickcy
07-31-2008, 04:54 AM
Thanks a lot for posting that, Doris :)

SUKTUEN
07-31-2008, 06:01 AM
:worship::worship:

Daniel
08-01-2008, 07:13 AM
He might have been the greatest of all time, but Kramer said the best he had ever seen was Don Budge, and lists Ellsworth Vines, Lew Hoad, Pancho Gonzales, and, yes, probably Roger Federer in the same group.


Link: http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-briefing1-2008aug01,0,4695494.story

marat_roger
08-01-2008, 10:13 AM
Sveta :worship:

Rita
08-01-2008, 11:37 AM
:awww:Kuzzy

SUKTUEN
08-01-2008, 03:34 PM
Good Luck Roger in Beijing!!

Rommella
08-03-2008, 02:05 PM
Mardy ...:hug:


PILOT PEN TENNISTOURNAMENT DIARY MARDY FISH
Mardy Fish: Pilot Pen Diary

August 3, 2008

It has been almost a month since the epic Wimbledon final between Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, which was one of the greatest matches of all time. I watched almost the entire thing and was enthralled. It was great for the sport and had everyone around the world talking about tennis — not unusual in the rest of the world, but sometimes unusual in the United States, it seems.

Yet, with so much positive going on for the game right now, all that anyone in the tennis world seems to be able to talk about is the impending demise of world No. 1 Federer. The guy has a couple of bad weeks and people readily forget that he has reached the semifinals of the past 17 consecutive Grand Slams, has been world No. 1 for more than 225 weeks, and has amassed 55 career titles over the past eight years.

A couple of thoughts ...

First, Roger has set the bar so high that no mortal could keep up that pace. It just wasn't possible, although he certainly made it seem as though it was. I played the best tennis of my life against him in Indian Wells [Calif], and became the first American to beat him in years ... years!

Second, it speaks to how deep the talent is on the tour. He lost to Gilles Simon last week in Toronto. Who? Yeah, he's the guy that won the tournament in Indianapolis the week before, and is now ranked No. 14 in the world, but I am pretty sure most of you don't know, or didn't know, who he was before last week.

It's not that you should necessarily know who Simon is, but a lot of people around the world do. Unlike most U.S. sports that are played by the rest of the world, tennis is an international sport played by people in the U.S. The number of young rising stars around the world that are battling week in and week out on the junior circuit and challenger tours just to break into the world rankings is staggering. It seems that they take less time to develop than ever before, and all of a sudden there will be another 21-year-old Grand Slam champion just like Nadal.

I think good things lie ahead for Roger, and it will be interesting to see how he fares at the Olympics. This could be one of his last chances to claim a gold medal, which I consider one of the ultimate achievements in the sports world. ...snip ...

SUKTUEN
08-03-2008, 02:13 PM
thankyou so so much Mardy!!