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HighHopes
06-07-2009, 05:55 PM
Q: Who would be your ideal partner for mixed doubles?

Svetlana Kuznetsova: Roger Federer.

:lol: The WTA players are Fedtards :)
You mean fangirls? :p:lol:
Andy Roddick at his twitter (www.twitter.com/andyroddick):
:awww: I was just about to post that.

trickcy
06-07-2009, 06:16 PM
You mean fangirls? :p:lol:

:awww: I was just about to post that.

:lol: Yeah, fangirls would sum it up :lol:

Andy :hug: :D

trickcy
06-07-2009, 06:21 PM
Sampras calls Federer best ever


PARIS (AP) -- Pete Sampras says Roger Federer already earned the title of best tennis player in history, even before winning the French Open.

Sampras tells The Associated Press in a telephone interview from Los Angeles that he's happy for Federer, who won his first championship at Roland Garros on Sunday. It's Federer's 14th Grand Slam singles title, tying Sampras' record.

Says Sampras: "I'm sure he's going to go on and win a lot more."

Sampras retired after winning the 2002 U.S. Open.

Says Sampras: "Now that he's won in Paris, I think it just more solidifies his place in history as the greatest player that played the game, in my opinion."

Murraylicious
06-07-2009, 08:15 PM
What says Muzzah on Federer??

punk_chick
06-08-2009, 11:20 AM
Q. Tiger, Jim Furyk was made sure to let us know that he thanked us for beating you off, talking about how your swing's gone and all the rest of it. He said, great, now look at what I've got to deal with. Do you, when you hear of all this, is it extra motivation for you to say I can still be the guy that I was? And then just actually a totally separate question. Did you watch Roger Federer this morning?

TIGER WOODS: Sure.

Q. What was some reaction?

TIGER WOODS: Frustrating in the sense that I've -- coming off of what I came off of, I win one tournament and have four top tens or whatever it was, and excluding the Match Play, I had 18 straight top tens. That's not bad.

But people said, you know, you're not that good anymore. I'm pretty consistent. Just give me a little bit of time so I can work on my game. Now I'm able to start doing that. Able to work on the things -- I take so much joy out of practicing. That was the hardest part. I wasn't able to practice the way I used to. I usually hit a lot of golf balls, play a lot of holes, but I wasn't able to do that. Now I'm able to start doing that again.

As far as Roger, he was impressive to watch. Talked to him a little bit yesterday and a little this morning. It's just phenomenal just how he's moving again. He's not hurt. He was hurt for a while there. His back was bothering him, and then he had the whole mono thing last year and had to deal with that.

It's just truly remarkable when he gets it going. He just hits shots that nobody else can hit. It's fun to watch.

Q. Did you feel the emotion of him to finally break through?

TIGER WOODS: Absolutely no doubt. I was pulling for him. I was as nervous as can be for him. A couple times there, Soderling had break point in the third set. Roger is off a break, and I'm like don't lose this break. I was yelling at the TV, the whole deal.

You know, it's fun to watch your friends go out there and play and compete. I get just as nervous doing that because they're my friends.

:D

punk_chick
06-08-2009, 11:30 AM
"His win today at the French Open, tying Pete Sampras's record for major titles and the completion of a career grand slam firmly places him in a special place as the greatest player of all time," Billie Jean King told Reuters in an email.

"He has earned his place and he has proven he belongs. Roger is a champion for the ages."

SUKTUEN
06-08-2009, 02:17 PM
thanks Andy, thanks Tiger , Thanks Pete!!!

punk_chick
06-09-2009, 05:58 AM
Former Halle champion Tomas Berdych has spent a lot of time in front of his TV in the last couple of weeks.

"I watched a lot of matches of Roger Federer and crossed my fingers for him," he said.

"It was fantastic to see Roger finally win at Roland Garros in the final, I was with him all the way and played every shot alongside him," beamed Berdych.

"It was the one title to elude him and this one was special for him, maybe he will need a few days rest.

"It would be nice for the tournament if he came, but that has to be his decision. I am not sure I would come if I was in his shoes."

FedFan_2007
06-09-2009, 06:21 AM
Berdych - class guy despite that heartbreaking loss Rog dealt him this year.

refero*fervens
06-09-2009, 06:47 AM
:hatoff: To all the well-wishers...

Thanks for posting.

Tiger as a nervous fan :lol:
:D Berdych

Take a look, if you will, at the first couple of pages of this thread, started waaayyy back when in 2003...it's rather cool reading some of those prescient comments. Love it ;)

didadida
06-09-2009, 07:03 AM
More reactions to Roger Federer's victory:

Andy Roddick, on Twitter: "props to fed.... that[']s an unreal accomplishment and puts and end to the GOAT question in my humble opinion."

Tommy Haas (up two sets against Federer in the fourth round): "After the match, I obviously I felt a little -- not really regrets, I didn’t play a bad point there on break point. And you thought about 'wow, I’m so close to beating him'... But when I watched him celebrate yesterday and I saw all the historic moments and him now probably being the greatest ever, I don’t really have any regrets. I’m happy the way I played and happy I gave him such a tough battle. And that’s it."

Tomas Berdych, speaking to reporters at Halle: "Well, it’s fantastic. I was sitting almost every match and watching him on the way to the end to win the title. I was on his side. I think he really deserves to win the Grand Slam in Paris. I think now he’s already like a legend, winning everything. That is the best what he can do."

Jim Courier, writing on ChampionsSeriesTennis.com: "I think you can safely say that Roger has the best record of any player in the Open era but it is really impossible to compare it with any of the players prior to 1968... "He still has plenty of runway left to add to his record if he stays healthy. Looking at Open era achievements, you have to look at Laver's 1969 Grand Slam, Pete's 14 majors, Pete finishing the year ranked No. 1 for six straight years, Lendl reaching eight straight US Open finals, Roger's five straight Wimbledons and five straight US Opens (and still counting in Flushing) and Roger's semifinal or better streak at a major (also still counting)."

IOC President Jacques Rogge, speaking to AP: "I believe that arguably he is the best ever player in the world of all times... I sent him a letter this morning expressing the hope he would participate in Wimbledon at the Olympic tournament in 2012 in London

"I was extremely nervous and extremely tense in the last game of the third set. I think Roger was nervous too."

Reactions to Roger Federer's victory:

Rafael Nadal, in a telephone interview with Spanish journalists: "Federer is the one who deserves it the most."

Nadal said he did not watch the final -- "when I'm at home I don't often watch matches" -- but said he planned to text his congratulations to Federer. "Not now because he'll have 300 waiting for him."

Pete Sampras (now tied with Federer at 14 majors), speaking to ATPWorldTour.com: "I didn't think it would only take seven years to tie it. It feels like I'm in good company with Roger. If there was someone I would want to be tied with and maybe one day my record to be broken, I hoped it would be someone like Roger... now, I know it's a different sport, he might have his eyes on (Jack) Nicklaus' 18 Grand Slam record."

...to Tennis.com: "This puts him at the top, as the greatest player in my eyes. But you have to be fair to Nadal, too. Rafa's just in the beginning stages of his career, but he has a good record against Roger. So what happens in the next couple of years could be real interesting."

Tiger Woods (also now tied with Federer at 14 majors), speaking with reporters after winning the Memorial tournament: "He was impressive to watch. Talked to him a little bit yesterday and a little this morning. It's just phenomenal just how he's moving again. He's not hurt. He was hurt for a while there. His back was bothering him, and then he had the whole mono thing last year and had to deal with that. It's just truly remarkable when he gets it going. He just hits shots that nobody else can hit. It's fun to watch.

"I was pulling for him. I was as nervous as can be for him. A couple times there, Soderling had break point in the third set. Roger is up a break, and I'm like don't lose this break. I was yelling at the TV, the whole deal. You know, it's fun to watch your friends go out there and play and compete. I get just as nervous doing that because they're my friends.

Roy Emerson (one of the six other men to complete the career Slam), speaking to newjerseynewsroom.com: "I believe he is [the greatest]. Now that he’s won a major on all surfaces, you can’t really argue with it.

"I mean, it’s hard to say because you’re comparing different eras with different equipment, different styles, different conditions. But I think after [Sunday], he’s certainly made a really good case. What he’s done is a great achievement."

Roger Federer reacts to winning the French Open: "I've come a long way. To get it at the end as the last remaining Grand Slam, it's an incredible feeling. I'm, of course, very proud at this very moment... the waiting and the age definitely has a big impact on how important and how nice this victory actually is. It's been a long time coming, and I'm happy I got it today."

...on whether he felt it was his year: "Well, the way I won the match against [Jose] Acasuso and Tommy Haas gave me that feeling that this could be a good year. Then Rafa lost, and Djokovic had lost before that, so -- it didn't make much difference, but it allowed me to have greater hopes.

"But there were moments when I was so close to losing. I feel it's just like Agassi when he won in his days. It's not that we're lucky, but we need to use luck when it's there. When I look at how I practice so hard, thinking I'm doing all this for Paris, for Roland Garros, everything came in at the right time.

"Winning tight matches showed me that, yes, maybe this is the good year."

...on Rafael Nadal's loss: "I knew the day Rafa won't be in the finals, I will be there and I will win. I always knew and that I believed in it. That's exactly what happened. It's funny. I didn't hope for it, but I believed in it."

...on his strategy against Robin Soderling: "When I analyze the matches he played and when I saw how he won, I said, yes, he won against guys who were playing very far from the baseline... I have the feeling that the other opponents let him play too much. This is what I tried not to let him do."

....on the night before: "I was watching the two matches I played against Soderling in Madrid and in Paris, Bercy, here last year. I had the CDs to see what he does well and not that well to prepare. Then we talked about the match, and then I had dinner in my room with Mirka. You know, I didn't want to have a big group of people around me. I wanted to stay in my zone, in my comfort zone, and it worked out and I'm happy."

...on the (clothed) streaker running out on court: "First, I didn't know exactly what happened. All of a sudden I heard the crowd, and I looked over and he jumped over the fence or something. That gave me a fright, just like seeing him so close right away. The good thing is it happened before, you know, so that's why I guess I didn't panic. It happened in Wimbledon before when two guys ran out on the court, and once I think it was in Montreal when I lost to Roddick when I was playing for my No. 1 ranking in the third set.

"Normally they always kind of look at me and go, I'm so sorry I have to do this, because they have some sort of a reason for it, you know. I remember the English guy was actually quite funny. He looked at me and goes, 'I'm so sorry I have to do this.' I was like, 'Okay, just don't touch me,' you know.
"This guy, I don't know, he looked at me and I was not sure what he wanted. It seemed like he wanted to give me something. So I was actually okay, because I saw he wasn't pulling for anything stupid. It definitely felt uncomfortable once he came close to me. Looking back, it definitely threw me out of my rhythm a little bit."

...on what happens now: "I hope I can maintain records I have going at the moment, and I hope to break some other ones along the way. I hope to stay healthy, of course. That's most important. Because motivation and drive is not a problem for me it seems like. Then I think with the change coming in my life with the wife and baby, it's gonna be very exciting next few years."



Robin Soderling, on his best memory of the tournament: "I have so many. Of course beating Nadal. You know, it was a very nice for me. I think I made what was supposed to be impossible, to beat him on clay in best‑of‑five sets ‑‑ I mean, no one else has ever done it before and I finally made it. So I will remember that for a long time."

Roger Federer has completed the career Grand Slam and tied Pete Sampras' record of 14 Grand Slam victories, defeating Robin Soderling 6-1, 7-6(1), 6-4 to win the French Open.

"This could be the biggest win of my career," Federer said in French in a courtside interview. "Now I'll never hear again that I'll never win Roland Garros."

"Roger is a really worthy winner," said Soderling. "To me he's the best player in history."

The trophy was presented by Andre Agassi, who ten years ago also completed the career Slam by winning the French Open. "I'm so happy for you, man," Agassi told Federer during the presentation.

FedFan_2007
06-09-2009, 07:16 AM
The whole world is Fedtard :worship:

trickcy
06-09-2009, 08:30 AM
Former Halle champion Tomas Berdych has spent a lot of time in front of his TV in the last couple of weeks.

"I watched a lot of matches of Roger Federer and crossed my fingers for him," he said.

"It was fantastic to see Roger finally win at Roland Garros in the final, I was with him all the way and played every shot alongside him," beamed Berdych.

"It was the one title to elude him and this one was special for him, maybe he will need a few days rest.

"It would be nice for the tournament if he came, but that has to be his decision. I am not sure I would come if I was in his shoes."

Thomas :hearts: :hug:

The whole world is Fedtard :worship:
Yeah :bowdown: Except of course, for the bandwagoners ;)

punk_chick
06-09-2009, 10:43 AM
Tim Henman on Federer

"Roger is the best player of all time. Winning in Paris is his greatest achievement. He has equalled Sampras' 14 but he has also won the French. And I can see Roger winning a few more Grand Slams. I can't see the winner of Wimbledon coming from outside the top three but I'd make Roger favourite. It's amazing how many people were saying he's over the hill and wouldn't win another Slam," The Sun quoted Henman, as saying.

"Admittedly, he has not played as well as he has, but he is only 27. To come through this tournament in Paris, not to play his best but find a way to win, was incredible.

"He has made 15 of the last 16 finals. It is just off the charts.

"Last year, he got a lesson from Nadal at Wimbledon, the tournament he owned, but beat Andy at the US Open, lost to Nadal again in Australia, and has now come back and won the French."

Federer's wife Mirka is due to have their first child during Wimbledon and Henman says it could help the world No 2.

He said: "It will take away some of the pressure for Roger. A child puts things in perspective."

punk_chick
06-09-2009, 10:53 AM
Nadal said he did not watch the final -- "when I'm at home I don't often watch matches" -- but said he planned to text his congratulations to Federer. "Not now because he'll have 300 waiting for him."


seems like someone cant handle the truth about Federer finally winning the French Open!!!! :lol:

SUKTUEN
06-09-2009, 04:31 PM
He said: "It will take away some of the pressure for Roger. A child puts things in perspective."

thanks tim!!

Rita
06-10-2009, 06:03 PM
Ana Ivanovic, speaking to her official website, anaivanovic.com: "I was so happy for him... I was taking a flight on Sunday and I just arrived at the departure lounge during the final game. I saw the the last few points and then the trophy presentation. It was a very touching moment. I was crying a little bit even. I was so pleased for him."



Ajde!

Obey.my.dreamz
06-10-2009, 07:24 PM
i told u she's a fedtard ^^

SUKTUEN
06-11-2009, 03:53 PM
thanks Ana ~~~

Rita
06-14-2009, 06:11 PM
Stefanie Voegele

When you were growing up, who were your tennis idols?
SV: First there was Steffi Graf, then Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

If you could steal an aspect of another player's game, what would you choose?
SV: The legs of Roger Federer.

:lol:

Dini
06-14-2009, 06:44 PM
Stefanie Voegele

When you were growing up, who were your tennis idols?
SV: First there was Steffi Graf, then Roger Federer and Serena Williams.

If you could steal an aspect of another player's game, what would you choose?
SV: The legs of Roger Federer.

:lol:

:spit: :lol: :rolls:

SUKTUEN
06-15-2009, 03:14 PM
:worship:

Obey.my.dreamz
06-15-2009, 05:28 PM
ye,.he has great legs ,..i (as a man) can say that ;)

trickcy
06-16-2009, 11:25 AM
Margaret Court (Grand Slam 1970)

Q: Who is the best player today?
A: I have tremendous admiration for Roger Federer. Like so many other former champions, I was delighted to see him finally win the French Open last weekend to complete his set of majors. There is so much to respect: his focus, his competitiveness, his athletic ability. He is a credit to our sport, a true champion.

SUKTUEN
06-16-2009, 04:01 PM
:worship:

Rita
06-20-2009, 04:41 PM
Q. What will you miss most about Nadal's absence here as it relates to Federer?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: It's definitely unfortunate. I think unfortunate for him as an individual and as a big competitor to be missing a Grand Slam in which he had so many great memories. As an athlete, you know, I can definitely relate to that. Uhm, and as far as Federer's chances, I mean, even if Nadal is in the draw, his chances are pretty darn good. So, I mean, can't really that doesn't change too many things. I mean, what Federer wants to control, he'll control on the court.

Obey.my.dreamz
06-20-2009, 05:20 PM
ok, its time for :
omg why is there no more "Federer and sharapova - you're beautiful WATTS " video on youtube?

didadida
06-21-2009, 04:02 AM
Sharapova :eek:
i thought she is a fan of Djokovic

SUKTUEN
06-21-2009, 02:07 PM
I am not a fan of MARIA~~~~

tennis2tennis
06-21-2009, 02:38 PM
I am not a fan of MARIA~~~~


that make you, me dad, my law professor and my cat who keeps on (very violently) smacking herself against the closed glass garden doors every time maria grunts:)

Corey Feldman
06-21-2009, 02:45 PM
i think alot of ppl Liked Djokovic 2 years ago, including New York crowd

but we see how things change ;)

its his own fault

Rita
06-21-2009, 02:48 PM
Venus Williams on Roger Federer: "There are a million things he does great that other players can learn from. "

didadida
06-21-2009, 10:25 PM
so the Williams sisters are a fan of Roger :D

fnuf7
06-21-2009, 10:42 PM
I honestly can't think of another athlete at any time in history (I'm talking all sports here not just tennis) where the opponents & competitors so clearly liked & appreciated their "rival" & wanted him to do well. It says alot about Roger I think.

Oriental_Rain
06-22-2009, 02:17 AM
Couldnt agree more. I think his collegue are all delighted when he finall won the French. He's such a sweetheart:worship:

SUKTUEN
06-22-2009, 03:18 PM
:worship:

kanek
06-24-2009, 03:56 AM
so the Williams sisters are a fan of Roger :D

venus maybe, but serena .. She is hypocritical !!

Rita
06-26-2009, 06:55 PM
Q. How is playing Federer different from facing other players?
PHILIP KOHLSCHREIBER: It's tough. I mean, he always starts everything is looking so easy and smooth with him. But for the opponent, for example me today, I always felt the pressure so much that he's starting the matches very aggressive and put a lot of pressure. Yeah, I mean, it's always nice to play against him. It's a funny boy:spit:. It's always nice, so actually it's quite funny. Unfortunate that most of the time you gonna lose.

recessional
06-26-2009, 10:28 PM
lmao what are you saying, Kohli. :lol:

recessional
06-26-2009, 10:46 PM
...Much to the dismay of many female players, Mr. Federer married one of their own in April, former pro Mirka Vavrinec, and is officially off the market. “He was great eye candy,” says France’s Marion Bartoli, who took his picture off her wall after she heard the news.

:lol: did she think she actually had a chance then? :tape: But what does she mean "was"? He's still great eyecandy. :ras:

Laura Robson: "I was gonna wait outside so I could say hi [to Roger Federer], but he wouldn't know me - he'd probably be like..'stalker'."

:lol:

fnuf7
06-26-2009, 11:02 PM
venus maybe, but serena .. She is hypocritical !!

Have you seen the picture of Serena, I think at Halloween last year, dressed up as Roger in his Wimbledon cardigan (and not much else :tape: ). Suffice to say he definitely wore it better ;)

trickcy
06-27-2009, 10:18 AM
Q. How is playing Federer different from facing other players?
PHILIP KOHLSCHREIBER: It's tough. I mean, he always starts everything is looking so easy and smooth with him. But for the opponent, for example me today, I always felt the pressure so much that he's starting the matches very aggressive and put a lot of pressure. Yeah, I mean, it's always nice to play against him. It's a funny boy:spit:. It's always nice, so actually it's quite funny. Unfortunate that most of the time you gonna lose.
It's a funny boy :spit: :rolls: It's always nice, so it's quite funny :haha:
I like his intention though :awww:

:lol: did she think she actually had a chance then? :tape: But what does she mean "was"? He's still great eyecandy. :ras:

Exactly :ras:

Have you seen the picture of Serena, I think at Halloween last year, dressed up as Roger in his Wimbledon cardigan (and not much else :tape: ). Suffice to say he definitely wore it better ;)
Definitely :tape:
'I couldn't believe she wore it like that, If Fed has seen it, he's probably be like ":tape: :o I'm never giving her anything like that again :o"

Eden
06-27-2009, 02:52 PM
From an interview with Novak in the newest German tennismagazine:


Mr. Djokovic, did you watched the final of Paris?

A watched a few games on tv. I knew that Roger would win. He has so many variations in his game, short balls, slice. Söderling doesn’t feel comfortable with this. He likes it to stand far behind the baseline. Roger took him out of his comfort zone.

Everyone raves of Federer. Is the fact that he has now won all 4 Grand Slam tournaments something special for you as one of his rivals?

To be honest: I didn’t had any emotions. After all it was him who won and not me (grins). I can only say: Well done. It as a great success for him. He has deserved it and has shown that he is one of the best in the history of tennis.

One of the best or the best?

One of the best. You can’t compare tennis from 50 years ago with the game from today. Laver, McEnroe, Connors, Lendl. They played with wooden rackets and it was a different tennis: rhythm, speed, the whole circuit. Who knows how good these players would be today.

A lot of people had already written off Federer.

I didn’t, even when he didn’t played for a while on the highest level. Rafael Nadal has become more completed and started to play incredible tennis. Then there have been a few other players like me and Andy Murray who managed it to beat Federer. After 5 years of dominance it was normal that his performances would drop a bit. But he has always been the #2 in the world and not the #10.

They say your relationship to Federer isn’t the best.

That’s wrong. The media is exaggerating. We have a very fair relationship. We respect each other. Ok, we aren’t friends and don’t get out to eat dinner. We are colleagues, rivals. It’s difficult to be friends when you compete against each other on the court.

ezgi
06-27-2009, 03:22 PM
Ana :hug:

Q. Is there anything you can take from the male players in your game?

ANA IVANOVIC: Yesterday I watched Federer play. Uhm, I think I can learn a lot from him, just the way he plays on the grass. I think grass is such a specific surface, and you really have to understand it to do well. And this is the first year that I feel, you know, I'm sort of starting to use grass for my advantage, and, you know, try to work it.

Federer does that so good. So it was great to see that, and it give me encouragement that I'm actually in the right way.


Q. What are your thoughts in general about Roger Federer when you watch him play, knowing that he may be setting the record for all‑time majors won?

ANA IVANOVIC: It looks so easy when he steps on the court. It looks so easy, doesn't it? And I think he's such a great champion. I mean, I was so thrilled for him when he won French Open. I actually had little tears in my eyes when he was doing the speech. And I think he deserves it so much. And he worked so hard.

You know, he just goes out there, and when he steps on the court, you know, he's all about business. You know, it's so hard to get chance against him, especially on the grass, I think.

ezgi
06-27-2009, 03:41 PM
To be honest: I didn’t had any emotions. After all it was him who won and not me (grins). I can only say: Well done. It as a great success for him. He has deserved it and has shown that he is one of the best in the history of tennis.



Nole, you can be sure that never it will be you.;) You can see "career slam" just in your dreams.

SUKTUEN
06-27-2009, 04:05 PM
many players always talk about Roger, he is too popular!!;)

Dini
06-28-2009, 11:37 PM
Rennae Stubbs, a doubles player:

I have to say, a really nice moment today was walking onto the practice court and walking past a sitting Roger Federer, who was on the court right next to me. I walked by him and he said hi, which he does all the time. He is so sweet and I put my hand out and congratulated him on winning the French Open. He responded with thanks very much. I have played on this tour for 20 years and I have to say, he is without question one of the nicest and most genuinely classy guys you could ever meet.

:inlove: :inlove: :inlove:

crude oil
06-29-2009, 12:44 AM
when federer says "hi", all the girls swoon.

lmao

SUKTUEN
06-29-2009, 03:22 PM
when federer says "hi", all the girls swoon.

lmao

:devil: me too

Rommella
06-29-2009, 03:27 PM
From Serena's presser, 29 June:

... snip

Q. There's been some controversy about the Wimbledon playing committee perhaps picking players for their looks rather than their tennis talent on Centre Court. They are saying that good looks are a factor with who plays on Centre Court. What do you think about that as an extremely accomplished tennis player who should be on Centre Court?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Well, I think Roger's hot, but he's married, so...

... snip

SUKTUEN
06-29-2009, 03:45 PM
:devil::devil::devil:

didadida
07-03-2009, 04:31 PM
Q. Roger Federer just won his match. How much do the two of you talk about Roger Federer? How would you compare what you observe in Federer's game and the way he conducts himself?

VENUS WILLIAMS: Well, we don't talk about Roger too much. But obviously he conducts himself as all champions do. He's just a super champion.


Q. Serena, would you answer what you admire most when you watch Roger?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, you know, I like how he hates to lose.

SUKTUEN
07-04-2009, 04:24 PM
Q. Serena, would you answer what you admire most when you watch Roger?

SERENA WILLIAMS: Uhm, you know, I like how he hates to lose.


I like this`~

didadida
07-06-2009, 05:50 AM
Players
R Laver - 5 July 2009
Sunday, 5 July 2009


Q. How do you see the match going today?

ROD LAVER: Today? I'd have to say that Roger is certainly favored to win the tournament. You know, there's always a few thoughts that go, you know, through your mind about a Roddick serve. If he serves well, he could give Roger all he wants. And he's been serving well, so there's no reason he won't come out there. Once his serve's working well, the rest of his game is working well.

But Roger plays a lot of individual shots and can break down a player when you're in a final like that 'cause there's a lot of pressure out there.

But it should be a good match.


Q. What goes through your mind when you watch Roger Federer play?

ROD LAVER: I just see it's amazing what sort of shots he can come with from impossible positions. It's a great feeling of being able to watch the talent that he has and the opponents that he beats comfortably, where other players have such a tough time to beat a player like a Karlovic, any of the players that can't get his serve back, but how come Roger can do it?

You know, he's just naturally talented and can change where he has to change.


Q. In your mind, how significant is what Roger might achieve this afternoon with the 15th title?

ROD LAVER: Well, you know, it's an unbelievable effort to have 15 Grand Slam titles. And, of course, Pete Sampras has got 14, which was an unbelievable effort right there. And, you know, you've got to be in the game and enjoy the sport to be able to do something like this. You're not going to make, you know, the 12 or 13 events if you don't respect the game and enjoy it. It's a thrill for yourself to get out there and play. That's the one thing that Roger has that I think is admirable for tennis.

It's great that tennis has someone like Roger. We always look at Roger, he and Tiger Woods are good friends, fighting to see who can have the best number of Grand Slams in golf and tennis. So that rivalry ‑ different sport ‑ but they're good friends. That all helps the game of tennis.

Q. What is your sense of the value of conversations about the greatest ever in men's tennis in particular? Do you give that much thought? If so, where do you come down on that?

ROD LAVER: Yeah, no, I've always thought that you're the best in your era. That to me is a pretty good compliment to your game, to your tennis, over your career. You know, if Roger gets to 16, 17 Grand Slams, you know, people in the press are the ones that are wanting to say it: Who's the best over.

My thought is that if you're the best in your era, you know, and you probably don't even know who Bill Tilden is, but was he the best ever? I know that Bud Collins has seen the likes of Tilden play.

So, you know, it's hard for anyone I think to come out and say who's the best ever. It's like boxing. Who's the best ever in boxing? I don't know anybody's come up there. To me it's an era.


Q. Would you like to play Roger Federer? If you were playing against Roger, what would your strategy be?

ROD LAVER: No, I don't think I can answer that one. It's a different world, a wooden racquet against a composite racquet. The whole structure of the game has changed. You've seen old film clips of myself, various matches that we played. It's a different speed. You know, you've got to maneuver the ball around with a wooden racquet.

Today's game, when kids start off at age eight with this composite racquet, you know, they've got spin and control within a couple of years. My coach, Charlie Hollis, said it's going to take you two years to perfect a forehand, two years for a backhand, two years for a serve, you know. So when you get through all this, you've played enough tennis out there, you know, that was the attitude when I came along.

But today the players can perfect all this in like six months, and then it's a matter of how do you come along and beat that. You've got players now that are just coming out of the woodwork and winning and getting to semifinals and finals. You think, you know, how is this? But that's the way the game is being played today.


Q. If today's player had to play with a wooden racquet, do you see any of them playing without problems, comfortable, and others playing with difficulty?

ROD LAVER: I think they'd be shocked when they moved away from the other racquets. I think someone like Pete Sampras, because I played with him one day, and he broke a string in his racquet and didn't have another one. Someone said, I've got one for you. They gave him a wooden racquet. He started playing with it and was playing okay. He said he wasn't getting the speed off it, but he certainly had the timing. That tells you certain players can pull off.

I think anyone that has loops and flicks would have a trouble with it. Yeah, they certainly can learn from it. But it would take a while to get started.


Q. You practically invented the topspin lob. You're known for your versatility. Do you feel kind of a kinship as a tennis‑playing athlete with Roger in that regard?

ROD LAVER: No, I don't think so. You know, I certainly didn't know how to hit the ball flat. I had to put spin on the ball to control the ball. I wouldn't be able to play. Some of the players in my era, Roy Emerson, Ken Rosewall, Leu Hoad, they had nice stroke production, but you had to learn that type of stroke. I couldn't play that way. I put spin on my ball, my arm developed, I was able to control the ball.


Q. Pete versus Roger on grass here, how would you see that matchup?

ROD LAVER: Oh, boy. In some ways I think I might take Sampras, only because of his serve. He's got a big serve, volleying ability. He's a little more versatile when it comes to the power game.

You know, Roger, he certainly could get the ball at his feet. But to return a big serve like that, not many players are used to a person serving that hard and getting in close to the net and volleying with success. So I think it would be tough. That's a hypothetical thing, I think, of being able to say who's gonna do it. Depends who's in form that day.


Q. Do you think we've gone too far down the line now ever to having more grass court tennis? Is grass court tennis a thing of the past, apart from this month?

ROD LAVER: No, I'd agree that it's difficult to keep grass courts in good shape. Wimbledon is Wimbledon. I mean, that's a different game. This has been here forever and it's not gonna go anywhere. You know, Queen's Club, England certainly has some grass court tournaments. And the only one we have is at Newport, Rhode Island, in the Hall of Champions. There's a grass court event in the U.S. but there's nothing in Australia at all. I would say this is going to be the last event that will have grass.


Q. In terms of versatility that's needed to keep tennis alive in a sense, variety being the spice of life, if grass court tennis disappears, serve and volley disappears, it's going to be a sad day for the sport, isn't it?

ROD LAVER: I totally agree with you. And I hope that Wimbledon never loses the grass. I remember when we were coming up, certain players, they didn't play well on grass, so they hated it. So they would say, Get rid of this grass. Then some of you press people would write a big article, Why don't we get rid of the grass?

That's the thing, sometimes people get something in their heads. But, no, I can't see Wimbledon certainly leaving grass. I think variety in the game of tennis is slow courts, European clay courts. That game is totally different, and you have to cope with different speeds on court.

U.S. is on cement. Most times it's fairly quick cement. Well, the reason why some of the speeds come up is that the ball, when it hits the ground all the time, it's getting smaller and smaller.


Q. When did you receive your invite from the All England Club? Did you come first class?

ROD LAVER: I came over I guess it was business.


Q. Did you come with family or friends? The invite, was it just for you?

ROD LAVER: I have a friend that came with me.


Q. When did you receive the invite?

ROD LAVER: Oh, I've had invites from Tim Phillips for probably the last three years. But unfortunately I haven't been able to make it for a couple of years. But he wanted me to come in '68 for the first Open Wimbledon that I'd won, then '69. So it did turn out that I was able to be here for this year's.


Q. If you were describing Roger Federer to somebody who had never seen him play, how would you describe him?

ROD LAVER: I don't know. That's a tough one. You almost think about table tennis when you start thinking about the way Roger plays with the racquet, you know.

But I think watching Roger, I think the public should just watch his feet, just watch Roger and not the ball, and you'd see how great a player he is to pull off some of the shots. When he's half volleying winners off the baseline, you know, you just marvel at his ability to do that.

And I think that's the one thing a lot of players, a lot of the public don't do, is watch the player, they watch the ball. Keep your eyes on one player and you'll notice how much work they're doing and how they get to a Roddick serve. You'll see it's impossible. It's 136 miles an hour. How am I returning this?

To analyze his game is hard to. But he's got so many spins. He's coordinated and anticipates so well.


Q. Given what Roger has achieved over the last five or six years, are you somewhat surprised he hasn't achieved the Grand Slam of major titles?

ROD LAVER: Well, I certainly thought that Roger would be the odds on to repeat a Grand Slam in the same year. But it hasn't happened. You know, the Australian, the U.S. and Wimbledon was pretty easy for him when you look back at his career, winning three of each one. But Nadal came along and pushed him back.

So, you know, I think he would have won a Grand Slam if Rafa wasn't there.


Q. Is it still achievable now for him?

ROD LAVER: Yeah, I would have thought so. When I look back at the likes of a Rafa Nadal winning the Australian this year, he's already won four French, last year he won Wimbledon. So, you know, it's just one of those things. It all has to line up in a way that you have to be fortunate to play your best tennis at the right time. That's the way it is.


Q. There was a point when Roger sort of hit a rut and he was losing to players he normally had dominated, Nadal aside. As you watched him go through those struggles, did you feel at any point that he was sliding backward or did you chalk it up to the peaks and valleys ‑ having been through a long career yourself ‑ that players will invariably go through?

ROD LAVER: I think you go through those periods. I think a lot of people knew that he was ill down in Australia when he played, and you could see that he wasn't well. You see him with his head down, he's not up there ready with spirit to fight. You know he's down and he's out. Then through the U.S. circuit he was having trouble with his back. He mentioned when he was having trouble with a back, that affects your whole way you play, the way you're thinking about playing. And how do you practice very much when you're not easily going out there and enjoying the practice?

So it becomes a chore, and I think it was at that stage. But he's over that. Having won the French, he's so confident at this moment, for me I think he's certainly favored to win this particular tournament here.

Depends on how much he plays in the U.S. prior to the US Open.


Q. I was wondering how you view the advancements in the equipment in the game since you've retired, the racquets, the strings? Has this been to the detriment of the game or made it more exciting?

ROD LAVER: I guess exciting. It's tough when you look at people serving 20 and 30 aces in a match. I think the one I saw, Lleyton Hewitt playing I think Karlovic down at the French, and he served 52 aces and lost. It can't have been too much fun for the public to watch that, unless that's all you want to see, is aces.

Certainly the size of the racquet has made it easier to play. Now the guys have perfected how they use this particular racquet. That's one of the things, I think it's easy for the public to go out there and pick up a racquet and enjoy it.

But, you know, I think it's good. You see a lot more rallies. When we played, there was serve, volley, and go pick some more balls up and start again, 'cause in those years we didn't have ball‑boys very often. You had to get your own.

But that's the way changes happen. I think it's good that you've got a lot of rallies. When you're looking at Andy Murray playing, he's working a player out in his head how to slice, he's putting some topspin, he's slowing it up, he's speeding it up. And you can do that with a composite racquet, where you can't really do it so well with a wooden racquet.

SUKTUEN
07-06-2009, 03:09 PM
:worship:

duong
07-07-2009, 10:16 AM
Here are some comments yesterday in the French newspaper "L'Equipe" from French players who have met Federer now and in the past.
I hope my translation is not too bad :

JW Tsonga : "I remember as if it was yesterday the day when he beat Sampras in Wimbledon. I was playing the junior tournament. With my mates, we were like crazy in the dormitory. It was great because he had beaten the "great Sampras" playing serve-volley and return-volley. Now, when he enters the locker room, there's like a silence. There you feel that the boss has just come in. But in the meantime, Roger doesn't "give it". He's cool and he loves teasing us nicely."

Paul-Henri Mathieu : « Everybody says that, when he was young, he was unable to control on a court. It’s bloody true. I saw him often, in that age. In my eyes, his adult serenity now is a unique transformation in the history of sport. Everybody also says that he’s a very approachable person. Once again I confirm : he at once puts you at ease. One can only feel near to him. Everything’s easy with him. During last Roland-Garros, I wanted to make a pleasure for a friend and give him a memory from Roger after my match against him. He at once gave me his tee-shirt from the match. He’s like that, Roger. »

Arnaud Di Pasquale (beat Federer in the bronze medal match in Sydney Olympics 2000) : « Quite many people find Roger too "smooth". For me it’s the exact opposite, my picture is one of a very clowny guy, very much teasing but nice. When he was with Peter Lundgren, they made a huge mess in the locker-room ! They spoke loud, willingly, boxed against each other, provoked people … It was a competition who would be the silliest. When you had to concentrate in your own match, you’d better go elsewhere … This year in Madrid, a quarter of an hour before his semifinal against Del Potro, I was eating quietly in the players’ lounge. Roger saw me and immediately started to tease me. A Half-smile, he imitated my forehand, started to walk his bottom staying back, because I’m arched, etc. He still has an impish look, mischievousness deep inside him. »

Julien Jeanpierre (second in the world junior rankings in 1998 behind Federer) : « When Roger came in the juniors, everybody wanted to play against him. It meant a nearly certain victory. In the beginning he grumbled all the time. In German. As he also spoke French, one day I told him : « Shout in French, at least I’ll have a laugh. » One day, he beat me 6-3 6-2. After the match I told him « How is it that you don’t win more often ? You still have a very easy game. It’s simple for you, it’s serve and forehand and it’s done. » Three years ago, I met him in the players’ lounge in Roland-Garros, in the morning before his final against Nadal. He remembered my words and told me : « You told me serve and forehand, I will try. » He always has a great contact with us, the French. He always asks our news. It’s still nice, considering what he became. »

Olivier Delaitre (French player in the 90’s -talented but bad physical- for those who don’t know him) : « I remember beating him (6-4 6-4) in the qualifyings of the Australian Open in 2000. When we walked out of court, I told to a journalist « You see, I’ve just beaten the future world number 1. » I had a good nose, didn’t I ? In the end, I knew him very little as a player, as my carreer was ending when he arrived. But I mixed with him a little bit when I was working with Gael (Monfils) in the juniors. One day, in Roma, we met him, he was wearing a tracksuit with a big number 2. I told him : « this is not the right number » and he answered laughingly « It is, on clay, it’s the right number ».

Santoro : "When I played against him in the Australian Open 2008, I had sprained my finger during practice in the morning, and 10 minutes before coming on court, I was putting a pocket of ice on it, he tells me laughingly : "It starts quite badly for you" He's a lover of the game, he’s always very informed about what happens in tennis, he watches matches on TV, it’s his best protection by the way. During Wimbledon, he was watching the match between Cilic and Querrey and asked me what I thought about it, I was surprised that he was interested in that match to that point »

Grosjean : « This year, one hour before the final in Roland-Garros, I was in the locker-room with doctor Montalvan. I met Roger who was preparing there, and we spoke for 10 minutes. Frankly, I found him bloody relaxed. He asked me how I was and I gave him news about my shoulder. He took time to listen to my answers and wished me good luck. He was very natural, very relaxed … his attitude was in sharp contrast with this of Söderling. He was playing his first big final and we could feel that we should not go and speak with him … Roger I never felt him tense. Those guys, him or Nadal, I would really like to know what they have in mind in moments like that… »

SUKTUEN
07-07-2009, 02:12 PM
Tsonga :D:D

Rommella
07-07-2009, 06:30 PM
No wonder the French love him.

magnoliaewan
07-07-2009, 07:01 PM
I was just wondering if I'm the only one who gets the impression that Rod Laver doesn't like Roger very much. He's never really warmed up to him like some of the others have.

Rita
07-07-2009, 07:14 PM
yeah i think you're the only one :lol:

Minnie
07-07-2009, 09:09 PM
No idea how anyone could think Rod Laver doesn't like Roger! I've read nothing but great comments from Laver both about Fed's game and about him as a person. Is there anyone who doesn't like Roger - at least as person? If there is, I've never read about it.

magnoliaewan
07-07-2009, 10:45 PM
Okay sorry, maybe I didn't word that right. It's not "doesn't like", it's more of some sort of hesitation towards Roger. I just get that impression whenever I read his interviews about Roger. I guess he's just a hard customer and wants to see more before he's definitively sold. One example, in the above interview, when I read the question to pick between Pete Sampras or Roger, I immediately knew he would answer Pete Sampras and I was right. It's fine that he picks Sampras but that wasn't the only time he would pick the other person over Roger.

Yeah, so that's just my impression whenever I read his interviews but I guess no one else has that impression.

duong
07-08-2009, 08:20 AM
Okay sorry, maybe I didn't word that right. It's not "doesn't like", it's more of some sort of hesitation towards Roger. I just get that impression whenever I read his interviews about Roger. I guess he's just a hard customer and wants to see more before he's definitively sold. One example, in the above interview, when I read the question to pick between Pete Sampras or Roger, I immediately knew he would answer Pete Sampras and I was right. It's fine that he picks Sampras but that wasn't the only time he would pick the other person over Roger.

Yeah, so that's just my impression whenever I read his interviews but I guess no one else has that impression.

From everything I read he loves Roger : among the celebrities, he's one of those who sounds the most sincere about that.

But he's a fair man who takes some distance when he's asked some questions by the journalists.

I think it's fair.

Don't forget that the man himself has been considered as the "greatest of all times" (whereas he had been often beaten by Pancho Gonzales) then he knows how cheap and changing these judgments are. He has known many "greatest of all times" in his life ... and everytime probably the journalists wanted him to say it :lol: From what I read he believes that Federer is above the previous ones (at least above Sampras, probably Borg, because he says his period and Gonzales's period cannot be compared). But of course he keeps a little bit distance about that : it mustn't be pleasant to be every 10 years in front of journalists who whant him to say that :rolleyes: It's not pleasant to feel like a weathercock :lol:

About Federer-Sampras on grass, I think his judgment is also quite sensible : of course Pete has a huge serve on grass. And that's a huge advantage : see Roddick on sunday. And on the grass of the 90s, it was an even bigger advantage.

That doesn't change anything in the idea that Federer is greater than Sampras :shrug: There's no reason to take everything out of Sampras ;) Laver loves Federer, he seems to like Sampras very much too, and why not ? He also deserves a lot : don't fporget that Federer himself always says that he's "AMONG the greatest" ... and that he recalled on sunday that he was still one Wimbledon away from Sampras.

I think Laver is very fair ... and also one of the most sincere and loving persons when he speaks about Federer.

He just has some distance. He's quite an old man with a huge experience, has lived very different periods, and he can afford that distance.

trickcy
07-08-2009, 09:25 AM
Thanks a lot for posting that duong :wavey:

The French really do love Fed :hearts:

hilluis
07-08-2009, 11:09 AM
Okay sorry, maybe I didn't word that right. It's not "doesn't like", it's more of some sort of hesitation towards Roger. I just get that impression whenever I read his interviews about Roger. I guess he's just a hard customer and wants to see more before he's definitively sold. One example, in the above interview, when I read the question to pick between Pete Sampras or Roger, I immediately knew he would answer Pete Sampras and I was right. It's fine that he picks Sampras but that wasn't the only time he would pick the other person over Roger.

Yeah, so that's just my impression whenever I read his interviews but I guess no one else has that impression.

Actually, I have that impression too. He is complimentary about Roger but I seem to remember him being rather more effusive about Nadal in the past. He certainly doesnt gush. Maybe he isnt too keen on Roger's tears......

Federer&Hingis
07-08-2009, 01:20 PM
Thanks a lot ,duong

French players are very nice ;)

Minnie
07-08-2009, 01:50 PM
Good post duong and one I very much agree with. Laver has said that none of the players today could play with those old wooden racquets because they require much more finesse and touch. I'm sure I read that he feels the exception to this at the present time is Federer. Personally I do feel it unfair to compare eras ... there were some truly great players in the pre-modern era (not that I saw them) and I feel its not right to denigrate them by naming the GOAT which I feel is more about numbers than anything else. Its very fortunate that the present holder of most slams is also beautiful to watch, has some shots which defy imagination at times, and doesn't just bludgeon the ball as hard as he can.

I know some "old timers" who still think Laver was the best player ever and some others who even say that Lew Hoad was better than Rod Laver ... but I can't enter that argument!

SUKTUEN
07-08-2009, 02:32 PM
Roger always value everyone, so he has many people to support him.

trickcy
07-08-2009, 04:51 PM
I feel that Rod Laver has always seemed fond of Roger. Not gushing by any means, but I never got the impression that he didn't like Roger. In fact when he spoke about Roger asking him how he (Rod) felt during 68-69 years and all that, he sounded as if he was quite fond indeed :shrug: And he's as far as I can remember always seemed supporting and complimentary towards Roger.

duong
07-09-2009, 09:20 AM
He is complimentary about Roger but I seem to remember him being rather more effusive about Nadal in the past. He certainly doesnt gush. Maybe he isnt too keen on Roger's tears......

He has been effusive to Nadal, but imo he has been far more effusive to Federer :shrug:

Apart from not going too much in that all "Goat" story, I never read him running down Roger.

Eden
07-15-2009, 03:34 PM
From a short interview with Pierre Paganini for a German magazine:


Q: Is it difficult to motivate the worldbest player new after each victory?

P: Do you know what's decisive for his success?

Q: What?

P: In one second Roger is a patriarch, who knows 100% what he wants to have. And in the next moment he is like a child whose eyes sparkle before each new exercise and whose hunger to something new doesn't ever seem to be slaked. He is never tired of something.

nobama
07-15-2009, 06:01 PM
From a short interview with Pierre Paganini for a German magazine:
Thanks Doris. :) I love hearing this. Also Roger after Wimbledon said he can't just sit around at home so we know there's a good chance baby Fed will be travelling with him and he won't take too much time off the tour.

SUKTUEN
07-16-2009, 03:53 PM
:worship:

trickcy
07-24-2009, 05:50 AM
A summer in London is incomplete without a trip to the Centre Court at Wimbledon. Tendulkar, who grew up admiring John McEnroe, made an appearance at the Royal Box to watch Federer make history. "I am a huge Federer fan, so obviously I was backing Federer. But at the end I didn't want a loser there."

Tendulkar, who knows former champion Michael Schumacher and Australian Mark Webber on the Formula One circuit, hasn't had the chance to meet Federer. "I would love to say hello to him sometime somewhere," says Tendulkar.

Rita
07-24-2009, 02:31 PM
Andy Roddick's twitter message :lol:
andyroddick: "wimbledon womens champs in 2029-2040 .... the federer girls congrats to the new parents!"

so cute :hug:

Rommella
07-24-2009, 02:43 PM
Andy Roddick's twitter message :lol:
andyroddick: "wimbledon womens champs in 2029-2040 .... the federer girls congrats to the new parents!"

so cute :hug:

And the RF logo continues:

CharleneRF
MylaRF

trickcy
07-24-2009, 03:03 PM
Andy Roddick's twitter message :lol:
andyroddick: "wimbledon womens champs in 2029-2040 .... the federer girls congrats to the new parents!"

so cute :hug:

:awww: Andy :hug: :hug:
:lol: at the fact that the twins ( :woohoo: aren't twins awesome?) are barely a day old, and people all over the globe are planning their careers :p

And the RF logo continues:

CharleneRF
MylaRF
RF :hearts: :hearts:

neenah
07-24-2009, 03:43 PM
Amer Delic's twitter:

"Congrats to Mirka and Roger http://usat.me/?35736154"

Dini
07-24-2009, 04:47 PM
Delic and Roddick. :yeah:

Roddick is always so classy when it comes to congratulating Roger. :worship:

Corey Feldman
07-24-2009, 05:04 PM
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Dini
07-24-2009, 05:14 PM
Mike :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

It's some of his fans (BA) who have a major problem with accepting defeats, Roddick himself has been pretty nice to Feds. :p

SUKTUEN
07-24-2009, 05:44 PM
oh Andy I love you too~~
you are so sweet!!!!:kiss::kiss:

duong
07-27-2009, 01:19 PM
Mike :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha: :haha:

It's some of his fans (BA) who have a major problem with accepting defeats, Roddick himself has been pretty nice to Feds. :p

I think he also has problems for accepting his defeats, my God it's hard (see his face in Wimbledon ?),

but he likes and respects Roger as a person, he said it many times.

I wonder if they spoke after Wimbledon's final, I guess it's possible, even if it's not so easy and likely.

nobama
07-27-2009, 05:53 PM
I gotta say I'm so over this twitter craze, especially the attention on celebrities who use it. It's like big deal, who cares. :lol:

nobama
07-28-2009, 11:27 AM
So Pete was asked about Roger & the babies. He said he doesn't think it will change Roger's career. But then he made a quip that he didn't think Roger would be changing diapers at 4 in the morning. That he has help from his wife, parents, etc. OK maybe this just annoyed me because I'm female. And I'm sure when Roger's playing in a tournament he & his team will make sure, as much as possible, that the babies don't impact/affect his performance. BUT I would hope expect when Roger's not playing he would be doing his fair share, including late night feedings/diaper changes. If regular folks all over the world can work full time and raise children I think Roger can do the same. :rolleyes: And yeah I know he has the financial means to hire all the help he wants but I'll be quite disappointed if he farms out the raising of his kids to someone else.

timafi
07-28-2009, 12:31 PM
So Pete was asked about Roger & the babies. He said he doesn't think it will change Roger's career. But then he made a quip that he didn't think Roger would be changing diapers at 4 in the morning. That he has help from his wife, parents, etc. OK maybe this just annoyed me because I'm female. And I'm sure when Roger's playing in a tournament he & his team will make sure, as much as possible, that the babies don't impact/affect his performance. BUT I would hope expect when Roger's not playing he would be doing his fair share, including late night feedings/diaper changes. If regular folks all over the world can work full time and raise children I think Roger can do the same. :rolleyes: And yeah I know he has the financial means to hire all the help he wants but I'll be quite disappointed if he farms out the raising of his kids to someone else.


Mellow as much as Sampras bugs the hell out of me with his "I think I could beat Roger" and shit talks:lol: he is partly right.I mean we know Roger loooooves kids and I'm sure he has fallen in love with his little ones:awww: but let's face he's not gonna get up every day to change diapers because Roger needs to rest:shrug:.I don't expect to see Mirka on the road with him right away because the kiddies are still small :shrug:or we might see the whole Federer or Vavrinec clan(his parents or her parents)travel with them in the coming weeks:shrug:

rofe
07-28-2009, 01:06 PM
So Pete was asked about Roger & the babies. He said he doesn't think it will change Roger's career. But then he made a quip that he didn't think Roger would be changing diapers at 4 in the morning. That he has help from his wife, parents, etc. OK maybe this just annoyed me because I'm female. And I'm sure when Roger's playing in a tournament he & his team will make sure, as much as possible, that the babies don't impact/affect his performance. BUT I would hope expect when Roger's not playing he would be doing his fair share, including late night feedings/diaper changes. If regular folks all over the world can work full time and raise children I think Roger can do the same. :rolleyes: And yeah I know he has the financial means to hire all the help he wants but I'll be quite disappointed if he farms out the raising of his kids to someone else.

I don't think changing diapers is the yardstick for measuring one's success as a father. Both me and my wife considered that a necessary evil that could have been easily outsourced if we had the money. Now, if you say that Fed should interact and play with the twins whenever he has a chance then I agree with you.

Also, Roger is not normal with respect to tennis and a pro has to put in a lot of hard work to be as consistent as Roger. Roger definitely needs to spend more time on fitness training and practicing than people with a 9 to 5 job. Think of it as analogous to a business owner who has to think constantly of his business and work on it irrespective of the time of day. It doesn't mean that the business owner can't spend time away from his business but it definitely is much more taxing than a 9 to 5 job.

duong
07-28-2009, 01:09 PM
I mean we know Roger loooooves kids and I'm sure he has fallen in love with his little ones:awww: but let's face he's not gonna get up every day to change diapers because Roger needs to rest:shrug:.

I don't expect to see Mirka on the road with him right away because the kiddies are still small :shrug:or we might see the whole Federer or Vavrinec clan(his parents or her parents)travel with them in the coming weeks:shrug:

I agree.

Especially because they are twins and you know, raising twins is an awful job in the beginning.
They don't cry in the same time :lol:
I have friends who had twins, it's really more difficult than having one child.

In these conditions I don't think Federer will spend nearly all night with the babies, and practice 4 hours the next day,
as they have far enough money to have nurses, that's true.

Even Mirka I guess is probably glad to have the nurses'help :lol:

As for travelling, I don't know : they probably have to let them be used to that when they are very small : like that it will be easier later. But travelling by plane with two little twins my God can be awful :eek: Not more than 4-5 hours would be better I guess. Not to Melbourne for instance :lol:

duong
07-28-2009, 01:13 PM
Also, Roger is not normal with respect to tennis and a pro has to put in a lot of hard work to be as consistent as Roger. Roger definitely needs to spend more time on fitness training and practicing than people with a 9 to 5 job. Think of it as analogous to a business owner who has to think constantly of his business and work on it irrespective of the time of day. It doesn't mean that the business owner can't spend time away from his business but it definitely is much more taxing than a 9 to 5 job.

Most importantly that's not only intense but a very short carreer :
it's definitely something completely different from hardly any carreer

Minnie
07-28-2009, 02:28 PM
I gotta say I'm so over this twitter craze, especially the attention on celebrities who use it. It's like big deal, who cares. :lol:

Me too ... especially since a friend of ours joked that he reckons the 3 main sites (YouTube, Twitter + Facebook) will combine one day + call themselves YouTwitFace ...

fnuf7
07-28-2009, 03:33 PM
Most importantly that's not only intense but a very short carreer :
it's definitely something completely different from hardly any carreer

Indeed, for all we know his playing days could be over in a few short years (note: I'm saying "could" here, not "will" or "should" etc :p ) & after that he has all the time in the world to spend with his kids & family. Not saying of course that he should neglect them now whilst he's still playing but I think whilst they are very small & not in school etc yet, it will probably be quite easy to travel with them to various tournaments & still keep up somewhat the level of training & playing he has done the last few years.

Of course we also have no idea how fatherhood is actually truly going to affect him mentally with his game, will he be more motivated, less motivated? Want to spend more time with his kids instead of training? I know he's said before they were born he'll be more motivated (& I actually think he will be too) but you never know how you're going to react to a situation as massive as fatherhood, especially to twins, until you're in it, doing it. So I think a lot of how Roger the tennis player post-fatherhood plays out will be a matter of wait & see for us fans. See how he reacts to it, see how his tennis reacts to it, see how they plan & prepare looking after the kids whilst playing top level tennis...other players have done it & Roger is nothing if not well prepared for everything tennis-wise so I suspect all things will go well. :)

SUKTUEN
07-28-2009, 05:02 PM
I think Pete may be not know Roger as Andy, because Andy has many importnat times with Roger in his life.

nobama
07-28-2009, 06:17 PM
I don't think changing diapers is the yardstick for measuring one's success as a father. Both me and my wife considered that a necessary evil that could have been easily outsourced if we had the money. Now, if you say that Fed should interact and play with the twins whenever he has a chance then I agree with you.

Also, Roger is not normal with respect to tennis and a pro has to put in a lot of hard work to be as consistent as Roger. Roger definitely needs to spend more time on fitness training and practicing than people with a 9 to 5 job. Think of it as analogous to a business owner who has to think constantly of his business and work on it irrespective of the time of day. It doesn't mean that the business owner can't spend time away from his business but it definitely is much more taxing than a 9 to 5 job.
I guess I wasn't referring to diapers specifically. I know Roger is the ultimate professional and will do everything possible to help ensure he can compete at the highest level for many years to come. I just hate it when famous people outsource the raising of their children to someone else and I hope Roger and Mirka don't do that (I have no reason to believe they will).

nobama
07-28-2009, 06:18 PM
Of course we also have no idea how fatherhood is actually truly going to affect him mentally with his game, will he be more motivated, less motivated? Want to spend more time with his kids instead of training? I know he's said before they were born he'll be more motivated (& I actually think he will be too) but you never know how you're going to react to a situation as massive as fatherhood, especially to twins, until you're in it, doing it. So I think a lot of how Roger the tennis player post-fatherhood plays out will be a matter of wait & see for us fans. See how he reacts to it, see how his tennis reacts to it, see how they plan & prepare looking after the kids whilst playing top level tennis...other players have done it & Roger is nothing if not well prepared for everything tennis-wise so I suspect all things will go well. :)Agree with everything you said here. :worship:

Rommella
07-29-2009, 05:04 AM
Me too ... especially since a friend of ours joked that he reckons the 3 main sites (YouTube, Twitter + Facebook) will combine one day + call themselves YouTwitFace ...

:haha::bowdown:

SUKTUEN
07-29-2009, 02:53 PM
YouTwitFace ...:devil:

Rommella
07-31-2009, 07:52 AM
Edberg and Courier On Federer
http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/07/30/edberg-chang-and-courier-on-the-tremendous-nadal-federer-era/

... snip

The ATP’s Sportsmanship award, which he won five times, was renamed the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award in 1996. With Roger Federer recently winning it for the fifth consecutive time, Edberg “yoked” that the award needed a name change: “Maybe we should rename it, say ‘Roger, here it’s your turn.’ He’s just a tremendous guy and has done so much for the game. And you know the great thing about (the award) is that it’s voted by the players.”

... snip
“Roger in the locker room is I think pretty unique in terms of players of his stature. I have several friends who are still playing on tour full time. They talk about Roger minutes before he’s playing a grand slam semi final. They’ll still be there playing doubles, and he’ll be listening to their ipods and asking them what their favorite new songs are. And this is literally minutes before he’s going out to play a prime time semi final grand slam match. . .Roger just has this very light energy around him. He’s not a tortured artist by any means. He’s someone who loves being around the courts. Loves hanging around tennis, loves talking tennis, loves being in this world. And it’s this very special lightness of being [Jim channeling Kundera?]that I think the other players marvel at because he doesn’t show any mercy when he plays. But he knows how to make people feel comfortable around him. And for many, many years there were champions whose M.O. was to make everybody else uncomfortable. So it’s a very different energy that he brings to the table.“

... snip

SUKTUEN
07-31-2009, 03:02 PM
:worship:

Eden
08-15-2009, 01:39 PM
From an interview with David Nalbandian:



Q: How do you see the resurrection of Roger Federer?

D: I think that - and I said that for a couple of years - for me, Roger is the greatest of all time, because of what he achieved, regardless of not having managed to win Roland Garros and not having overtaken Sampras at that time, right? And now, this year, after having won Roland Garros and having overtaken Sampras, I think that there can be no doubt that he is the best in the history [of the sport]. I remember when Sampras was No.1, he was practically unbeatable at the Grand Slams. But at the other tournaments, he lost a lot of matches. At Roland Garros, he'd lose to players who were ranked 50 or 100 in the world. And I don't think Federer ever did something like that. During his best years, Federer lost two or three matches per season and that's really very, very difficult, something that not even Rafa can do. And for me, that put Federer in a place where sooner or later he would overtake Sampras, he would win Roland Garros. And, well, achieve everything that he has now achieved.

Q: You've always been special for Federer, eh... Whenever he gets asked what's a difficult match for him he says, 'for example, Nalbandian', doesn't he?

D: Well, but that's because of the history we've had since juniors, throughout our careers. The truth is that I take pride in the fact that a player like him, of his caliber, respects me as an opponent. Because he's a player who knows that walking on court, ready to play, he wins against almost everyone... Against just about everyone there is. And to get that kind of respect [from him] is nice. Another thing is to be, in terms of belonging to the same generation, part of the same group of players like Federer. I think that's good because he's a tennis player of the kind you're not likely to ever see again.


Source: http://vamosdavid.blogspot.com/

Rommella
08-15-2009, 01:43 PM
Awww, I am suddenly missing Nalbandian and those acutely angled backhands.

SUKTUEN
08-15-2009, 04:37 PM
thanks~~~

Dini
08-19-2009, 01:04 PM
Blake :inlove:

Different things motivate people. What do you think keeps a guy like Federer motivated and going?

JAMES BLAKE: Yeah, that’s tough for me to speak on. I can’t say I’ve really walked a mile in his shoes. I’ve never been the guy with a target on his back for the whole year for really now six, seven years. He’s just done some impressive things. I’m so happy that he’s such a great champion that we have to be an ambassador of our sport. He gives back to the community, is great for the fans. Just a genuinely nice guy.

Safin:

Q. You've had your motivational ups and downs in your career. What do you think keeps someone like Federer so motivated all the time?
MARAT SAFIN: Being a fanatic.

Q. About what?
MARAT SAFIN: About tennis. In a nice way. I think you have to really love what you're doing. You have to love it and you have to be a very great competitor, otherwise there is no -- I cannot understand him.
Even though he's on top of his game, and the tournaments he's got, he wanted to be the best of all-time, so he achieve. Obviously he gonna go for it and try to win a couple more. He's playing great tennis and he enjoys it on the court.
He's a player. He's a real player deep inside of him.

Q. More than a lot of other people that are playing?
MARAT SAFIN: Well, he has more ability than others. Maybe a lot other players. Like Murray, he's a player. You can see that he knows what he's doing on the court and he knows exactly at what moment what's he gonna do, and he reads the point pretty well.
Same. They're pretty similar to each other. Federer probably he has a nicer technique, but the rest is very similar to each other.

Q. But Murray is young 20s and Roger is 28.
MARAT SAFIN: That is what I'm saying. They love to play and participate in the game. It's like they enjoy the moment. They enjoy being on the court.
Some people, they have more stress and they're not really enjoying and they're not really having fun in the tough moments.
But them, they enjoy it. The tougher it is -- like Nadal, for example. Same thing.

SUKTUEN
08-19-2009, 03:38 PM
:worship:

Swiss Mountain
08-19-2009, 09:16 PM
Did you know Roger was finalist of the Junior USO 1998?

U.S. OPEN JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIPS
Flushing, New York - September 6-13, 1998

Boys
SINGLES
Finals-David Nalbandian/Argentina (10) defeated Roger Federer (4), 6-3,7-5

SUKTUEN
08-20-2009, 06:02 AM
I know that!

Rommella
08-22-2009, 12:33 PM
Justin Gimelstob tweeted: Federer just celebrated his win over Hewitt by breaking the pacman [sic] record in the players lounge!
about 14 hours ago from txt

Rommella
08-31-2009, 09:03 AM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6814804.ece

From The Sunday Times
August 30, 2009
Best and worst: Petr Korda

... snip

Who is the best player today?

About 10 years ago I was asked to do an article in the Czech press and pick out the next big star. I said Roger Federer was capable of winning three or four Grand Slam titles in a row and would possibly go on to become one of the game’s true greats. He has not let me down.

... snip

SUKTUEN
08-31-2009, 10:45 AM
:worship:

Rita
09-01-2009, 08:42 AM
Devin Britton

Q. You said a few things that his game was pretty out there and that it was also kind of scarey, but what are the two or three things that are the most astonishing things about Federer's game?
DEVIN BRITTON: I think he serves unbelievably well. You know, he places it well. I don't think a lot of people realize how big he serves. His forehand is just crazy :inlove:. I tried to keep it away, but sometimes I just hit it there just to see it :lol:. (Laughter.)
You know, it was everything he does is unbelievable.

Q. So you think you're going to have some bad dreams about that forehand?
DEVIN BRITTON: No, I'm going to have great dreams about it. It's so pretty, you know. Any dream about that would be good.

:lol:

Dini
09-01-2009, 12:02 PM
I'm firmly on Britton's bandwagon. :worship: :inlove: :hearts:

solowyn
09-01-2009, 02:00 PM
DEVIN BRITTON: I think he serves unbelievably well. You know, he places it well. I don't think a lot of people realize how big he serves. His forehand is just crazy :inlove:. I tried to keep it away, but sometimes I just hit it there just to see it :lol:. (Laughter.)
:haha: Awesome guy.

SUKTUEN
09-01-2009, 03:32 PM
Britton is a very young boy

Eden
09-02-2009, 02:21 PM
Agassi: Federer is the greatest

US OPEN
FLUSHING MEADOWS, NEW YORK (AUG 31 - SEPT 13)

ON a night when Andre Agassi was honoured at the US Open for his charity work, the retired eight-time Grand Slam champion hailed world number one Roger Federer as the greatest player in tennis history.

Agassi said he was delighted to see the Swiss superstar join Agassi in completing the career Grand Slam by capturing the French Open title in June and then win his career record 15th Slam singles title in July at Wimbledon.

“What he’s done in separating himself from the game should be recognised,” Agassi said. “The problem is it wasn’t being recognised if he didn’t win Paris. I thought once he did the discussion is over with.

“What started to become even more frustrating as I looked at Roger’s career for Roger is him having to win the 15th to somehow conclude, so for him just to remove that as some sort of possible thorn I think is right.”

It was 10 years ago on the red clay of Roland Garros when Agassi completed his career Slam by lifting the trophy in Paris, so he knew Federer’s joy at having secured a victory in all four Grand Slam events.

“It was just a pleasure to watch,” Agassi said. “It would have been a crime had he not ever won in Paris.”

Federer had lost to Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the French Open finals the past three years, missing a Grand Slam sweep in 2006 and 2007 as a result of the Paris loss each time, but finally broke through this year.

“He has been the second best clay courter for five years running,” Agassi said.

“He should have won four or five French Opens, if it wasn’t for one sort of freakish kid from Mallorca.

“He would have won possibly two Grand Slams, all four in the same year, two years in a row.”

Source: http://thestar.com.my/sports/story.asp?file=/2009/9/2/sports/4635823&sec=sports

tennis2tennis
09-02-2009, 02:25 PM
the weird thing is all the guys in the GOAT debate say Roger's the greatest....but the so-called tennis experts in the generl forum refuse to admit it like they know better than laver, roswell, sampras, bjorn, mcenroe, becker and agassi:rolleyes:

rofe
09-02-2009, 03:00 PM
the weird thing is all the guys in the GOAT debate say Roger's the greatest....but the so-called tennis experts in the generl forum refuse to admit it like they know better than laver, roswell, sampras, bjorn, mcenroe, becker and agassi:rolleyes:

Well Sampras backtracked from his Wimbly comments about Roger being the greatest by bringing up Roger's h2h with Nadal and neither Borg nor Laver committed to Roger being the greatest ever.

What matters to me personally is that he is one of the greatest players to ever play this game and that I can unequivocally say that he is better than Sampras now.

duong
09-03-2009, 09:05 AM
Well Sampras backtracked from his Wimbly comments about Roger being the greatest by bringing up Roger's h2h with Nadal and neither Borg nor Laver committed to Roger being the greatest ever.

What matters to me personally is that he is one of the greatest players to ever play this game and that I can unequivocally say that he is better than Sampras now.

the same for me -or a little bit more : I had thought he was better than Sampras for some time already, but the recent year put Federer ahead of Borg in my mind, which was still very close in my mind before.

In my opinion, Laver is now the only competitor in my mind, maybe Gonzales but some aspects play against him (Gonzales was quite a quick surfaces specialist, and he played a lot on these surfaces).

If I was completely honest, if I really had to choose, I would put Federer a little bit ahead of Laver for several reasons which are not still completely clear but which make their way.

You see that's the competition in my mind :lol:

timafi
09-03-2009, 02:10 PM
had it not been for Nadal against whom Roger kept on losing in Paris;Rog would have the grand slam twice in 2006-2007:shrug:

SUKTUEN
09-03-2009, 02:50 PM
:worship:

didadida
09-07-2009, 09:40 PM
Devin Britton

Q. You said a few things that his game was pretty out there and that it was also kind of scarey, but what are the two or three things that are the most astonishing things about Federer's game?
DEVIN BRITTON: I think he serves unbelievably well. You know, he places it well. I don't think a lot of people realize how big he serves. His forehand is just crazy :inlove:. I tried to keep it away, but sometimes I just hit it there just to see it :lol:. (Laughter.)
You know, it was everything he does is unbelievable.

Q. So you think you're going to have some bad dreams about that forehand?
DEVIN BRITTON: No, I'm going to have great dreams about it. It's so pretty, you know. Any dream about that would be good.

:lol:


:lol::lol::lol:

Corey Feldman
09-09-2009, 11:40 AM
Well Sampras backtracked from his Wimbly comments about Roger being the greatest by bringing up Roger's h2h with Nadal and neither Borg nor Laver committed to Roger being the greatest ever.

What matters to me personally is that he is one of the greatest players to ever play this game and that I can unequivocally say that he is better than Sampras now.exactly, opinion is one thing.. but stats on black & white is another - and they say Fed has won more GS's than Pete, Laver and Borg... so they can suck it if they dont like it.

Eden
09-10-2009, 10:19 AM
from Caroline Wozniacki:

Favorite Players To Watch: "I like watching Federer play."

Source: http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6639323

SUKTUEN
09-10-2009, 02:13 PM
Caroline thanks for your support to Roger!

Eden
09-26-2009, 11:52 AM
From Sven Groeneveld:


Tennis Week:Last question: you worked with Roger Federer when he was a junior. Did you envision him having the potential to become what he has become back then?

Sven Groeneveld: No. I would like to tell you I did. We always recognized his talent and his ability but we could never imagine him achieving what he has achieved and being one of the greatest, or maybe the greatest, player ever. I mean you recognize his ability, his presence and his on-court strength when he was playing back then, but there were also a lot of weaknesses at that time. But he has been able to to adjust and to learn and to grow. Individually, he is a unique person. But to see him where he is no, I mean it is unbelievable.

Source: http://www.tennisweek.com/news/fullstory.sps?inewsid=6640377#top

SUKTUEN
09-26-2009, 03:40 PM
:worship:

Roamed
09-26-2009, 05:07 PM
I don't know what anyone else felt about it but I thought this quote from Del Potro at the trophy ceremony was very sweet:

Del Potro: "One of my dreams is to win the US Open and one is to be like Roger. One is done but I will need to work hard to do the other."

Source: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12110_5560015,00.html

SUKTUEN
09-27-2009, 09:24 AM
Potro is a cute boy~~

ezgi
10-05-2009, 05:03 PM
It's not a player comment but i want to share this.:)

A memory of US Open 2009 for Turkish tennis player Marsel Ilhan;

One thing I remember clearly from the interview: Roger Federer was in the locker room, watching the scoreboard, and he noticed Ilhan's name. Discovering that he was the first player from Turkey ever in a major, Federer introduced himself and wished Ilhan good luck. Ilhan told me it was a highlight of his tournament experience.



http://tennisworld.typepad.com/tennisworld/2009/10/adieu-us-open.html

:worship:

Dini
10-05-2009, 05:20 PM
So sweet. :awww:

But I don't think Fed needs to introduce himself. :lol:

SUKTUEN
10-06-2009, 03:18 PM
Roger is a nice guy~~~

Dini
10-12-2009, 10:02 AM
http://yourvolleyssuck.wordpress.com/roger-federer-is-not-a-douche/

A summary of all that's been said about Roger. :worship:

Corey Feldman
10-12-2009, 01:30 PM
^^^

its nice but some of the butt kissing is just plain embaressing, some of them sound like they would throw a match if they played him.. they love him that much :o

and insane amount of Frenchies loving him :lol:

SUKTUEN
10-12-2009, 02:53 PM
:worship:

Dini
10-12-2009, 03:46 PM
http://blogs.browardpalmbeach.com/juice/2009/10/roger_federer_jesse_levine_boca.php

Levine remembers most of all "how down to earth (Federer) is and what an amazing champion of the game of tennis he is. He's such a normal guy that you can go up to him, give him a high-five and say, 'What's up?'

"I learned a lot, and I still keep in touch with him once in a while via e-mail. When I see him at tournaments, we sit down and talk. We've created a little friendship, which is nice."

:sobbing: :sobbing: :sobbing:

Sunset of Age
10-12-2009, 11:18 PM
http://yourvolleyssuck.wordpress.com/roger-federer-is-not-a-douche/

A summary of all that's been said about Roger. :worship:

A very nice summary indeed, but I just can't help but :rolleyes: at the comments about a certain main rival of his, as this article seems to suggest they're not genuine. Well, they are. ;)

nobama
10-12-2009, 11:37 PM
A very nice summary indeed, but I just can't help but :rolleyes: at the comments about a certain main rival of his, as this article seems to suggest they're not genuine. Well, they are. ;)Unfortunately you're right. :o

holagirl56
10-13-2009, 03:02 AM
A very nice summary indeed, but I just can't help but :rolleyes: at the comments about a certain main rival of his, as this article seems to suggest they're not genuine. Well, they are. ;)

I actually write the blog and I have no idea what you're referencing. If you could clarify that'd be great, just so I can clean up what I wrote; I tried to make it as concise as possible since it was getting extremely length, so I may have cut some stuff out that was important to getting my point across. :)

Sunset of Age
10-13-2009, 03:28 AM
I actually write the blog and I have no idea what you're referencing. If you could clarify that'd be great, just so I can clean up what I wrote; I tried to make it as concise as possible since it was getting extremely length, so I may have cut some stuff out that was important to getting my point across. :)

Well, I just very subtlely referenced to a Certain Main Rival of His, that guy whose Name Should Not Be Mentioned anywhere around This Particular Forum, even though both of the fellows have declared being a FRIEND of eachother. :rolleyes:

Whatever, I didn't mean to say anything nasty towards you, let that be clear. I just feel sad that it seems to be appropriate to name ANY friend of Roger's around here - and anywhere else - as long as that fellow's initials aren't R.N.
It just... saddens me. :rolleyes:

Yeah, I am one of those 'horrible' Fedal Fans. Can't help it.

No offense meant, whatsoever.

holagirl56
10-13-2009, 03:35 AM
Well, I just very subtlely referenced to a Certain Main Rival of His, that guy whose Name Should Not Be Mentioned anywhere around This Particular Forum, even though both of the fellows have declared being a FRIEND of eachother. :rolleyes:

Whatever, I didn't mean to say anything nasty towards you, let that be clear. I just feel sad that it seems to be appropriate to name ANY friend of Roger's around here - and anywhere else - as long as that fellow's initials aren't R.N.
It just... saddens me. :rolleyes:

Yeah, I am one of those 'horrible' Fedal Fans. Can't help it.

No offense meant, whatsoever.

Oh, I didn't take any offense from your comment, I just had no idea what you meant by me implying Rafa and Roger were not friends? Is that what you meant? I don't even know. :P (And which comment/quote is this?)

Personally, I like Rafa and think it's nice they're friends. Honestly though, my blog is mostly satirical (I make fun of a lot of players I'm fond of/amuse me, even Fed) and sometimes it's not very obvious. Oops. XD

Sunset of Age
10-13-2009, 03:44 AM
Oh, I didn't take any offense from your comment, I just had no idea what you meant by me implying Rafa and Roger were not friends? Is that what you meant? I don't even know. :P (And which comment/quote is this?)

I apologize. I've had some nasty experiences in the past on this forum, that in any case I mentioned Rafa in a positive sense, I got rewarded with ****, - and that might have made me a mite touchy about this matter. ;)

Personally, I like Rafa and think it's nice they're friends. Honestly though, my blog is mostly satirical (I make fun of a lot of players I'm fond of/amuse me, even Fed) and sometimes it's not very obvious. Oops. XD

:D :D :D - if I offended you in any way, I'm sorry. I mean that. I make fun of my favs as well and I know all too well how bad people take that kind of approach.
I'm just a mite touchy about nastiness towards Rafa, I see so much of that, and it makes me feel :sad: as I'm pretty sure Roger and Rafa LIKE each other by now. :)

I think it's just GORGEOUS the way Roger and Rafa get along with each other, despite being eachother's main rivals. I read that Rafa sent THREE congratulatory messages to Roger, with his RG victory, with his Wimbly victory, and with the birth of his baby girls. And Roger responded to each and every one of those. :worship:
These two guys get along pretty well with each other, so I'd think all of the nastiness and BS'ing among the respective fandoms should STOP by now. ;)

crude oil
10-13-2009, 04:40 AM
nice comments from delaitre, jean pierre and tsonga. funny guys those frenchies.

di pasquale. LOL.

Dini
10-13-2009, 10:54 AM
Roger and Rafa get on well but I don't think they're best buddies either. They have the respect for each other going and they congratulate each other when the occasion appears. I can't really see Fed inviting Rafa over for a movie night.

And it's OK to name Rafa's name in this forum FFS. Anyone who has a problem with his name being mentioned has some serious problems that need to be sorted out ASAP. :retard: As far as the rules of this forum go Rafa can even be discussed here as long as it's in the right context and it's relevant to Roger's matches/personality/off court activities.

I thought it was a lovely blog entry holagirl, and I enjoyed reading it all. The bit about his Tokyo blog was great too and I loved the touch of satire there. :yeah: :lol: Gotta love his bathroom comments. :tape: He's got some dry sense of humour and I miss him! :lol: :awww:

SUKTUEN
10-13-2009, 03:02 PM
I agree, Roger and Rafa very diffcult to be a real heart friends, they always fight for himself, that's can't help.

Sunset of Age
10-15-2009, 12:48 AM
Roger and Rafa get on well but I don't think they're best buddies either. They have the respect for each other going and they congratulate each other when the occasion appears. I can't really see Fed inviting Rafa over for a movie night.

Many folks who've actually seen them interact with each other have reported how completely relaxed and even giddy they get on with eachother together. Heavens, I've even seen it myself!
No, not 'best buddies' like 'pub friends', but they sure appreciate and even like eachother a lot. In all, all I'd want to say is that the mutual nastiness spit around by so-called 'tennis fans' is highly uncalled for. :rolleyes:

And it's OK to name Rafa's name in this forum FFS. Anyone who has a problem with his name being mentioned has some serious problems that need to be sorted out ASAP. :retard: As far as the rules of this forum go Rafa can even be discussed here as long as it's in the right context and it's relevant to Roger's matches/personality/off court activities.

I surely hope so. :hug:

I've seen TONS of nastiness bestowed on Raf on RF.com lately again, and I surely hope this nastiness won't spread out over here just the same. I think it's rather uncalled for - and apparently the mods at RF.com thought so as well as a lot of those silly hatred posts were deleted lately. Thanks for that.
Sorry folks.

kissakiss
10-19-2009, 11:17 PM
After winning the Shanghai Masters againt Nadal

Q. What's the difference for you playing Nadal and Federer?

NIKOLAY DAVYDENKO: Completely different games. Federer always have good serve, play fast. He didn't make so long rally. He just try to make winners, and you need always running with him. It's much more difficult.

Nadal always play long rally, a little bit more slow and you have always chance to control ball. You have always chance to play long line across, always fighting with him. That's was -- and he play -- yeah, that's was maybe I have more priority play against Nadal, winning, beat him.

Against Federer, if he very good feeling, have very good confidence, it's not so easy to beat him. If I have many chance like in Paris, Roland Garros, I play also good, but, you know, have always chance to win first, second or third set, but I didn't realize, because he was better after, you know, good concentration and did well job.

But really, I don't know if I play today against Federer what's can happen. (laughter.)

Really, it's a different situation, you know. I was really happy it was not Federer today. (laughter.)

SUKTUEN
10-20-2009, 02:08 PM
:devil::devil:Nikolay~~~

nobama
10-20-2009, 02:55 PM
I've seen TONS of nastiness bestowed on Raf on RF.com lately again, and I surely hope this nastiness won't spread out over here just the same. I think it's rather uncalled for - and apparently the mods at RF.com thought so as well as a lot of those silly hatred posts were deleted lately. Thanks for that.
Sorry folks.Well, I wouldn't expect a love fest for Nadal over there. :lol: Even if he and Roger get along and like each other doesn't mean their fans have to. :p I've never been to Nadal's website messageboard, but I have been to the fan site vamosbrigade and there are some pretty nasty things said about Roger over there for sure. So I'd say it goes both ways. ;)

Corey Feldman
10-20-2009, 03:02 PM
I've never been to Nadal's website messageboard, but I have been to the fan site vamosbrigade and there are some pretty nasty things said about Roger over there for sure. So I'd say it goes both ways. ;)ive wondered what would happen if you joined one of those Nadal fangirl/boy websites as a Fed fan... would they just kick you out?

Dini
10-20-2009, 03:07 PM
Not if you're in disguise Mike. :scratch:

And it definitely goes both ways. RF.com has its asslickers and worshippers but VB doesn't disappoint either. :worship: The bashing Fed and Nadal get in opposite forums is plentiful. ;)

nobama
10-20-2009, 05:52 PM
^^
Well I got kicked off of Bodo's blog and I wasn't posting as a Fed fan at all; in fact I hardly mentioned his name. I guess because I wasn't enough of a Nadal fangirl. :lol: You need to do some serious ass licking to get any love on that site.:lol:

Or Levy
10-21-2009, 12:56 PM
^^
Well I got kicked off of Bodo's blog and I wasn't posting as a Fed fan at all; in fact I hardly mentioned his name. I guess because I wasn't enough of a Nadal fangirl. :lol: You need to do some serious ass licking to get any love on that site.:lol:

Come on, MY. I post on Pete's blog all the time, as well as many, many RF fans. There are definitly more Roger fans there than Rafa fans.

SUKTUEN
10-21-2009, 03:06 PM
I also have a friends she love Roger and Rafa both~~

kissakiss
10-23-2009, 05:09 PM
MS = Marat safin

Some of your favorites?

MS: [Roger] Federer of course because he can do anything he wants with the ball. He makes you play all different kinds of shots, slices, high balls, slow balls, low balls, topspin—you cannot really get a grip on the ball, which makes it complicated. You are out of rhythm all the time.


.

SUKTUEN
10-23-2009, 05:36 PM
Marat , many fans will miss you~~

Dini
10-31-2009, 12:59 AM
Patty Schnyder: “Roger. He makes it look so easy. He comes up with it on the big points. He finds a way to beat almost everybody. He’s so impressive.”

Elena Dementieva: “Roger Federer. He’s the best ever. I like everything about him. The way he plays, the way he behaves on and off the court… he’s perfect. He’s the greatest player I have ever seen.”

Vera Zvonareva: “You can’t overlook Roger. He’s definitely one of my favorites. I also enjoy watching Davydenko play.”

Ana Ivanovic: “Roger Federer. I admire him very much, not only for his achievements, but for how he conducts himself on and off the court. I also like Nadal, and of course Novak because we have been friends for many years.”

Sabine Lisicki: “I’d go with Roger. I also like how Djokovic broke through two years ago, I enjoyed watching him. He changed the game, played differently… he is fun, too.”

Nadia Petrova: “Roger Federer. Every tennis player dreams to play like him. He’s such a great champion. And he also has the good looks!”


Read more: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/10/28/roger-federer-ranks-high-with-the-wta-ladies/#ixzz0VTFVRgSc
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution No Derivatives

SUKTUEN
10-31-2009, 12:19 PM
thanks

duong
11-03-2009, 05:31 PM
Read more: http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/10/28/roger-federer-ranks-high-with-the-wta-ladies/#ixzz0VTFVRgSc
Under Creative Commons License: Attribution No Derivatives

From your link I discovered what Chris Evert had said, and I didn't know she was such a fan of Federer's :

Isn’t there something about Federer that pulls at your heartstrings? I cry every time he loses a match, and I don’t even know the guy. (Laughs) There’s something so endearing about him as a person.”

http://www.gototennisblog.com/2009/05/19/chris-evert-on-roger-federer-i-cry-every-time-he-loses/#ixzz0VIUaeNlW

Sunset of Age
11-04-2009, 12:08 AM
Well, I wouldn't expect a love fest for Nadal over there. :lol: Even if he and Roger get along and like each other doesn't mean their fans have to. :p

:angel:, no that would be just a mite TOO much to ask for, no? :p
Even so, that doens't mean that Fedal fans deserve to bashed anywhere, now do they? ;)

I've never been to Nadal's website messageboard, but I have been to the fan site vamosbrigade and there are some pretty nasty things said about Roger over there for sure. So I'd say it goes both ways. ;)

It does. And don't even mention vb.com - if you want to know a genuine Stalker Site, just go over there. Horrendous. :tape: :tape: :tape:

Corey Feldman
11-04-2009, 12:25 AM
:lol:

Vamos Brigade are all the little silly girls crying about what is known as...

15 >>> 6 BABY!!

career Grand Slam!

Sunset of Age
11-04-2009, 12:30 AM
:lol:

Vamos Brigade are all the little silly girls crying about what is known as...

15 >>> 6 BABY!!

career Grand Slam!

Too sad to even comment on, I rest my case, Mikey. :angel:
But to be honest, rf.com isn't that much better I think. :tape:

nobama
11-04-2009, 05:09 AM
Too sad to even comment on, I rest my case, Mikey. :angel:
But to be honest, rf.com isn't that much better I think. :tape:OK I know I'm biased, but you cannot compare rf.com to vb. :o Quite honestly it's a pretty heavily monitored site, whereas anything goes on vb.

Dini
11-18-2009, 11:11 AM
Querrey heard from Roddick and Blake after the accident, but he was most excited about an e-mail from Federer wishing him well.

"That was the greatest," he said, smiling. "I was so happy. It made my day. It was almost worth it."

:awww: :awww: :awww:

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=4665179

Rita
11-23-2009, 11:12 AM
Safin on who is the Greatest Of All-Time
"Roger Federer is definitely the best tennis player of all-time," he began. "He is the perfect tennis player. Some players are great physically, some mentally, and others technically, Roger is all of them. He has no weaknesses. You can find flaws in [Andre] Agassi and Sampras, but Federer has none. He is the complete player. When I played against him I always had the feeling that I had to play the perfect match and still hope that he had a bad day."

www.atpworldtour.com/News/DEUCE-Tennis/DEUCE-Finals-2009/Marat-Safin.aspx

Lawl at he has no flaws :lol:

SUKTUEN
11-23-2009, 03:26 PM
thanks Marat!!!

Oriental_Rain
11-26-2009, 06:08 AM
Marat is such a Fedtard:lol:

Rita
11-29-2009, 07:15 PM
Peter Luczak
''I wouldn't have thought Federer would know a player like me, but before I was even on the council he'd always say hello,'' says Luczak, admiringly. ''And he's always checking people's results; he even knows results from Futures and Challengers. It's really impressive. He must get on the computer and check out everyone's results every week.''

Peter must be one of the very few who vote for Roger for the sportsmanship award :yeah:

dabeast
11-30-2009, 01:51 AM
^^^ imo, Fed is just like Jordan was. Jordan always liked to check up on the younger up-and-comers, always asking around on opinions and trivia on the future challengers who had potential. Always liked to be aware of the game on the whole. Fed's very alert on that kinda stuff.

SUKTUEN
11-30-2009, 01:37 PM
Peter Luczak ?

duong
11-30-2009, 06:06 PM
Peter Luczak ?

Australian player, but claycourt specialist, 30 years old, reached his best ranking this year (number 64)

if Federer looks at futures results, well he can know about Luczak who is far better than this level ! :lol:

SUKTUEN
12-01-2009, 02:08 PM
Australian player, but claycourt specialist, 30 years old, reached his best ranking this year (number 64)

if Federer looks at futures results, well he can know about Luczak who is far better than this level ! :lol:

oh~!!! Really???:eek:

Eden
12-03-2009, 09:42 PM
Stefan Edberg in a recent interview (I also posted it on GM):


Who is the best player today?

No hesitation: Roger Federer. In the same way Sampras was at his peak, Roger is the complete player and I was happy for him when he finally won the French Open this year. It was the only Grand Slam title that I didn’t win. Sampras, Becker, Connors and Newcombe suffered the same fate. Federer goes into every Grand Slam as the major contender and I can see that lasting for a while yet. Will things change now he is a father? I have no idea but from my experiences I know it didn’t get any easier when it came to focusing on my tennis when my daughter and then my son came along.


Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article6936119.ece

SUKTUEN
12-04-2009, 02:33 PM
:worship:

Eden
01-14-2010, 06:19 PM
I translated some comments from Stefan Koubek:

On the time with Roger in Dubai:

"The two weeks have been really interesting again. You can always learn something from the best player of all time. Whenever I have questions he gives me answers - and they are mostly very good."

On Roger's behaviour:

"The way how he deals with people around him is terrific. There are many people who have achieved way less, but are arrogant nevertheless."

Source: http://www.nachrichten.at/sport/tennis/sportnet;art106,319824

Eden
01-16-2010, 02:07 PM
Pat Cash questions Federer quality

By David Riccio

The Sunday Telegraph
January 17, 2010

PAT Cash has never been afraid to go where others fear to tread. The former Wimbledon champion once took to the stage with heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
When The Sunday Telegraph contacted the 44-year-old last week for his thoughts on the Australian Open, Cash was as honest and forthright as ever.

He declared the legacy of Swiss legend and world No 1 Roger Federer won't be known until he has weathered the storm he is set to face over the next three years. It's almost blasphemy in the world of tennis to question Federer's greatness, but that didn't deter Cash.

"The next couple of years is the only time he will have been challenged by more than one person," Cash said. "(Rafael) Nadal has a winning edge over him and he has it over him mentally, too.

"I think (Juan Martin) del Potro and Andy Murray are really troubling him lately and I just hope we haven't seen Federer peak when there weren't any challenges."

Pete Sampras, who saw Federer go past him at Wimbledon last year when he claimed his 15th Grand Slam title, was defined by his rivalry with Andre Agassi.

Before that, it was Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors. And in Cash's day, he battled the super Swedes, Mats Wilander and Stefan Edberg, and Ivan Lendl.

For much of his career, Federer was playing against history - trying to chase down Sampras's 14 Grand Slams. Now that he has got there, the rivals are real - and they are coming to get him.

"It doesn't really make it a fair indication of how good he really is if there hasn't been anyone really to challenge him," Cash said. "It will almost be a false impression of how good he really is.

"But I think over the next few years we'll see how good he really is. You've got to look at who you play. You can't just put a man in a boys' tournament and say, 'Wow, how good is he?'

"Because suddenly you drop another man in there and think, 'He's not as good as we thought he was'. And at the moment for me, that's what is still in question."

THE BATTLE

Federer has appeared in an unprecedented 21 Grand Slam finals and has reached the semi-finals or better of the past 22 major tournaments.

It is a record streak that spans five years. He also holds the record of reaching 10 consecutive Grand Slam finals and has appeared in 17 of the past 18. And the world No 1 has won 16 ATP Masters Series tournaments, one less than Agassi's record.

But, according to Cash, tennis fans should mark down the Australian Open of 2010 as the year the onslaught began. "Because it was a bit of a one-horse race, then a two-horse race for so long. But now I think this is a legitimate challenge there for Federer," Cash said.

"Federer really was in a league of his own for a while, partially because he's so good. He brought a different aspect to the game, but a lot of players have become accustomed to his style now and they have worked him out. "It's going to be not so easy for him any more.

"He's a sensational player and he'll continue to win big tournaments, for sure, but I don't see it as quite as freely. Nadal was injured last year, so you've got to say Federer had a bit of luck in the French Open.

"Federer's amazing because he's so fit. He stays in incredible shape all the time. There's no doubt his shot-making is one of the greatest of all time, if not the greatest. But it's easy to make shots when you're not playing against anybody of your standard.

"Now he's got other players of his standard, so, I think it will be a great challenge for him and hopefully he can stand up to it and stay fit as well."

THE RIVALS

In 2001, Cash lost a claycourt exhibition match to a then 15-year-old Nadal. He knows the Spaniard well and believes only a nagging knee injury robbed the world No 2 of solidifying the pressure on Federer.

But it's Argentine giant Juan Martin del Potro who really excites Cash. The former Australian Davis Cup hero suggested the world No 4 has the high-powered game to bring down Federer, just like he did in last year's US Open final.

"I think del Potro is a very, very good player. I heard he hurt himself this week so hopefully he'll be OK," Cash said. "I think he's a real superstar.

"I think Andy Murray is a real superstar, also (Novak) Djokovic has a lot of potential as well. He's a real danger player. So there's a handful now."

The new wave will get their crack at the master this week at the Australian Open. Last year, it was Nadal who brought down the Swiss maestro. This year, the world No 1 is facing an ambush.

Source: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/pat-cash-questions-federer-quality/story-e6frexni-1225820392000

tennis2tennis
01-16-2010, 02:27 PM
Cash is talking bullshit...

you can only be judged by your preformance against your contemporaies....(del potro, murray, djokovic et al ARE NOT HIS CONTEMPRARIES!!!) they're a younger generation!!!!

As I recall an ageing Sampras had a hard time handling roddick and hewitt for fucks sake; does that mean that Roddick and Hewitt are superior players to sampras; or that it shades his legacy????

and what the hell does he mean by i hope roger hasn't peaked before he's challanged...no you dumb fuck he's only getting challanged 'cause his through peaking!!!! 23, 24 year old roger would have fucked andy murray out of the tennis court!!!

i really hope when roger retires he doesn't turn into one of those dicks that get a kick out of bitching about superior younger generation!!!!

recessional
01-16-2010, 02:46 PM
:lol: :hug:

elessar
01-16-2010, 03:48 PM
Oh Pat Cash, you're right it isn't fair to judge how good Roger can be when he's at his peak, only at 28 can you take the real measure of a champion :hug: I'll always remember him for having cunningly noticed Roger had changed his service loop and his serve was going down the drain right before Wimby 07.

Rommella
01-16-2010, 04:05 PM
I think his comments say more about Pat Cash than they do Roger. In demonizing Fed's achievements, is he even aware that he's also dissing Hewitt, Safin, Roddick, Ferrero, Nalbandian, etc.? Pathetic one-slam wonder.

SUKTUEN
01-16-2010, 04:22 PM
:worship:

timafi
01-16-2010, 07:26 PM
Pat sounds bitter;angry and shall we say envious:shrug:

Corey Feldman
01-16-2010, 07:39 PM
this is the norm for Pat Cash, before every AO he says something he knows will bring him some publicity

Swiss Mountain
01-16-2010, 07:45 PM
"the legacy of Swiss legend and world No 1 Roger Federer won't be known"


"I think Andy Murray is a real superstar, also"

Roger is just shit, nothing special see.
But I love the "NOW"! NOW? ..."So there's a handful now" there is? because Delpo, Djoko just arrives, sure!

That interview was quite insulting, definitly and the guy is aging badly. odious and resentful.

SUKTUEN
01-17-2010, 03:47 AM
Pat Cash:rolleyes::rolleyes:

dabeast
01-17-2010, 09:19 AM
Pat Cash, what a bitter dickhead.

" But it's easy to make shots when you're not playing against anybody of your standard.

"Now he's got other players of his standard, so, I think it will be a great challenge for him and hopefully he can stand up to it and stay fit as well."

What the fuck is he on about? Prime Fed was in a league of his own, he outclassed the likes of Hewitt, Safin, Nalbandian, Roddick, Gonzalez, Davydenko, etc. all of who are much better players than the younger generation of "superstars" like Murray, Djoker, Del Potro, Simon etc.

It's called ageing, Cash, and Fed's decline is the reason his standard has dropped severely. 2005 Fed would obliterate someone like Del Potro or Djoke.

trickcy
01-17-2010, 03:33 PM
:lol: at Pat Cash.
DelPo, Djoko, Murray and even Nadal aren't of Roger's generation :hug:
Roger is more or less past his prime now, so to say that all the above mentioned players are at his standard now isn't really a compliment :hug:

Rita
01-21-2010, 09:18 AM
John Isner's week began well.
Strolling near the player cafe Sunday, he was stopped in his tracks by all-world Roger Federer, who extended a hand and congratulated the surging Isner on winning his first title Saturday at Auckland's Heineken Open. It probably made up for his bags not arriving from New Zealand on time.
"That was pretty cool," Isner, whose baby face counters his towering 6-foot-9 frame, told reporters. "I didn't really think he would even know, but he did. Anytime Roger can talk to you, let alone congratulate you, it's pretty neat."

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/blog/index?entryID=4838241&name=espntennis

recessional
01-21-2010, 09:20 AM
:inlove:

SUKTUEN
01-21-2010, 01:05 PM
:worship::worship:

trickcy
01-28-2010, 04:05 PM
Q. You said Graf is your favorite and Justine is your third favorite. Who is number two?

JIE ZHENG: Number two is Roger (laughter).

Q. You mentioned Roger Federer is your most favorite male player. He watches videotapes. How do you learn about tennis? How do you get the strategy?
JIE ZHENG: I watch the Roger play yesterday against Lleyton Hewitt. It's great match. He play unbelievable. I don't know how do you say? He can play fast, he can play slow. Yeah, I think he is big player on the tour right now, yeah.

Rita
01-28-2010, 06:59 PM
:inlove:

SUKTUEN
01-29-2010, 02:20 PM
JIE ZHENG~!! Thankyou so much!:worship::worship:

Corey Feldman
01-29-2010, 02:39 PM
China players are the best SUKTUEN, like you :worship:

oliverbwfc
01-30-2010, 01:38 PM
I know he's not technically a tennis player but this is from Lance Armstrong's twitter:

"Australian jetlag is doing to me what Roger Federer just did to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga." :lol:

SUKTUEN
01-30-2010, 02:55 PM
China players are the best SUKTUEN, like you :worship:

thankyou my dear~!!!:D

recessional
01-30-2010, 05:06 PM
from sveta's twitter, posted a few days ago:

(about the hewitt match)

guys went to watch Roger play ..i m not shure it was such a greate idea.. after yesterdays bad match i felt bad but now even worse...

Looking at Rogers game made me feel a new comer in tennis)))

(about the tsonga match)

Hope Roger makes it all the way today!


i love her. (plus her twitter background page is gorgeous.) :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

fnuf7
01-30-2010, 09:45 PM
from sveta's twitter, posted a few days ago:

(about the hewitt match)

guys went to watch Roger play ..i m not shure it was such a greate idea.. after yesterdays bad match i felt bad but now even worse...

Looking at Rogers game made me feel a new comer in tennis)))

(about the tsonga match)

Hope Roger makes it all the way today!


i love her. (plus her twitter background page is gorgeous.) :hearts: :hearts: :hearts:

Sveta is my favourite WTA player & I lvoe that she's a huge Roger fan (& so open & blatent about it) :D

KingSodaPop
01-31-2010, 05:47 AM
I would love to see Roger and Martina Hingis play the Hopman Cup one more time. I am so hoping she follows through on the hints of returning to the game this year. She is only a year older than Roger.

SUKTUEN
01-31-2010, 12:44 PM
Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Hallelujah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:worship::bounce::bounce:

Art&Soul
01-31-2010, 01:19 PM
I can cry like Federer, but its a shame I cant play like him

Good one Murray :yeah:

recessional
01-31-2010, 03:42 PM
andy :hug: :hug: :hug:

i used to dislike him quite a bit, actually. amazing what a couple of smiles at hopman cup and a teary speech can do, really. (not that i'm suddenly a fan... i've just warmed up a bit to him. that roar is still horrible, though. :scared:)

Obey.my.dreamz
01-31-2010, 04:51 PM
just heard this for the first time :

" y Jimmy Connors' statement: "In an era of specialists, you're either a clay court specialist, a grass court specialist, or a hard court specialist...or you're Roger Federer. "

Roamed
01-31-2010, 05:42 PM
Hope this is ok to post here! :) Anyway I can barely believe it, compliments from Pat Cash:

"THERE are ways of reaching a Grand Slam final that merit respect for perseverance and a never-say-die attitude. Then there are statements of intent that tell anybody who might have fostered a few doubts not to be so naively stupid. Roger Federer delivered just such a message when he produced a display of total control and absolute superiority to win through to today’s Australian Open final."

"Taking stock of what I saw in Federer’s straight sets annihilation of the big, tall and powerful Frenchman, I told myself to get real."

"Murray will go out with all these things in his game plan but they could well be useless against somebody who has one of the finest and most adaptable brains ever put to use on a tennis court. In addition, Federer is now hitting his forehand much harder than I’ve seen before, as the win over Tsonga proved. Just one word to describe it in my book: brutal."

"But this sport is all about timing and you are going to run into Roger Federer just as he has hit top form again."

Here's the rest:

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article7009588.ece

Fed Express
01-31-2010, 10:53 PM
Victoria Azarenka on her Twitter:

what an awesome match by federer! its a pure pleasure to watch him play!

SUKTUEN
02-01-2010, 12:56 PM
:worship::worship:

Roamed
02-20-2010, 01:09 AM
I hope these are OK to post.. :) I thought this one was kind of sweet because he sees Roger as the only one good enough to be rightfully dismissive:

"My game may not be as consistent as the best players' but, except for Federer, none of them can say: 'Great, I'm going to play Llodra.'"

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2010/02/19/sports/sports-uk-tennis-men-marseille.html

And this one from Leander Paes:

“In singles, it’s difficult to maintain the momentum year after year. That is why Roger Federer’s achievements are unparalleled in the current era. But in doubles, it’s more about skill and technique. It’s game where you need a lot of strategy. That’s why only a select few pairs dominate doubles.”

http://www.telegraphindia.com/1100216/jsp/sports/story_12110776.jsp

SUKTUEN
02-20-2010, 01:44 PM
:worship::worship:

Rita
03-01-2010, 03:45 PM
F. Gonzales recently said he received txt msgs from Roger wishing him well, after the earthquake.

:awww:

timafi
03-01-2010, 06:20 PM
F. Gonzales recently said he received txt msgs from Roger wishing him well, after the earthquake.

:awww:

that's our Rogi:)
Fernando:awww:hope your folks are ok buddy:hug:

Eden
03-01-2010, 07:19 PM
And then people wonder why Roger is so popular amongst the other players on the tour...

Hopefully all Chilean players and their families are ok.

Some comments from Lindsey Vonn:


Q&A with Lindsey Vonn, Olympic skier and 'Federer Freak'

The French Open final was the first time you attended a professional tennis match. What was that like?

The atmosphere was amazing. To see [Federer] play in one of his historic matches; it was just an amazing day.

During NBC’s coverage of the French Open final, Mary Carillo said you were a “Federer freak.” Is that an accurate description?

Well, she may be exaggerating a little bit. But he’s just amazing and definitely an inspiration to a lot of people and to professional athletes.

Do you remember the first time you saw Federer play?

Yes, he was playing Sampras at the U.S. Open. I was really impressed.

[Note from myself: Lindsey, do you mean Agassi's match against Roger at the USO or Sampras' match in Wimbledon against him? :p ]

You got to meet him after this year’s French Open final. What was your first impression when you met him?

I thought he was a lot taller. On TV, he looks a little bit skinny. You can’t really see his height. When I saw him in person, he really had a big presence. He had a much bigger presence than I was anticipating. He was a tall guy, had broad shoulders, and didn’t look small at all.

Did he know who you were?

He said he knew who I was, but I wasn’t sure if he was just saying that to be nice. But I got to meet him again after the final at Wimbledon, and he remembered me. I got to spend a little bit more time with him and his family [at] a little after-party at the Rolex suite in the stadium. It was funny because his whole family knew who I was. When we got to the party, his mom was like, “I know you.” I was like, “No, you don’t.” She’s like, “No, I do. You’re Lindsey Vonn, right?” It was so cool. They’re all pretty big ski fans. They wanted to take pictures with me. It was surreal for me. It was right before his daughters were born, so [his wife] Mirka was really pregnant. She was so nice.


So how does your husband feel about your obsession with Federer?

Well he’s obsessed, too, so it’s good. For me it’s more professional. I admire what he’s done in his career. It’s really inspiring to me. My husband just loves his tennis game. We’re equally fanatical about Federer.

As if I have to ask, who do you think is the G.O.A.T.?

It’s obvious. I loved Agassi when I was younger, but Roger is pretty much the real deal. He’s the full package. He’s not only one of the most successful tennis players of all time, but he’s also just a great guy, great character, great representative of tennis. I definitely think he’s the G.O.A.T.

Source: http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/thespin.aspx?articleid=3032&zoneid=8

recessional
03-01-2010, 09:54 PM
F. Gonzales recently said he received txt msgs from Roger wishing him well, after the earthquake.

:awww:

:awww: :awww: :awww:

SUKTUEN
03-02-2010, 01:15 PM
:confused:

.-Federers_Mate-.
03-04-2010, 05:48 AM
F. Gonzales recently said he received txt msgs from Roger wishing him well, after the earthquake.

:awww:
What A Legend !!!

.-Federers_Mate-.
03-04-2010, 05:50 AM
I don't know what anyone else felt about it but I thought this quote from Del Potro at the trophy ceremony was very sweet:

Del Potro: "One of my dreams is to win the US Open and one is to be like Roger. One is done but I will need to work hard to do the other."

Source: http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,12110_5560015,00.html

potro was lying hisw ay through this;) he hates roger

duong
03-04-2010, 07:42 AM
potro was lying hisw ay through this;) he hates roger

why do you say that ?

he has always been awfully nice about Roger, even in Roland-Garros last year before semifinal, he said a lot of nice words about Federer

.-Federers_Mate-.
03-04-2010, 09:35 AM
why do you say that ?

he has always been awfully nice about Roger, even in Roland-Garros last year before semifinal, he said a lot of nice words about Federer

i can tell ;)

duong
03-04-2010, 09:43 AM
i can tell ;)

I would be interested ;)

This thread is not only about players praising Roger :lol:

SUKTUEN
03-04-2010, 01:02 PM
I would be interested ;)

This thread is not only about players praising Roger :lol:

:D:D

blizzardtomato
03-19-2010, 04:30 PM
Daniel Nestor, double specialist: "people probably don't know the real guy inside the locker room. He jokes around with everyone, knows everyone's name, says hi to everyone and has time for everybody, which is the most important thing." "He's definitely someone who's very motivated -- surprisingly still motivated considering how much he's won," Nestor said. "He's so focused... he's the best player of all time." :cool: ;)

Eden
05-25-2010, 09:34 PM
Comment from Marco Chiudinelli in the Swiss press:



"Nobody knows me as well as Roger. He is one of the 4 people on who I can rely on all the time."

:)

lunahielo
05-26-2010, 10:23 AM
It's especially nice to hear Roger being praised by his peers! :)

SUKTUEN
05-26-2010, 02:46 PM
:devil:

Eden
05-30-2010, 11:41 AM
You can listen to some comments in this clip:

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SUKTUEN
05-30-2010, 02:19 PM
:worship::worship:

Midnight Ninja
06-05-2010, 06:24 AM
Not exactly players' comment but still worth a mention


I’ll never forget these three weeks. Everything has been incredible. My favourite part was being a ball boy for Roger Federer. He’s really nice. Sometimes he thanked us when we gave him the balls.

Source (http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/news/articles/2010-06-04/201006041275655119775.html)

SUKTUEN
06-05-2010, 01:52 PM
:worship:

Eden
06-14-2010, 05:15 PM
Jarkko Nieminen in his blog on his website:


I lost against Federer 6-4, 6-4 yesterday. If I have to lose against a player more than 10 times, let it be Roger Federer then. I told him after the match that I'll challenge him in paddle- or beach tennis... to get a win in some kind of form of tennis. Hopefully I'll get more chances to try that on the tennis court again in the future. Even though I had lost every time against Roger before, I went on the court to win the match, like any other match. If you don't believe you can win, you most likely end up losing.

...

When Roger plays well there is no room for even a single mistake. Like I already wrote, in the first set I felt I had good chances and even though there was only one break in the second set, I wasn't close to breaking him anymore as he started controlling the game more in that set. He started to serve really well with a high first serve percentage and then it obviously gets very difficult to break him. He also changed the tactics which made it hard for me to play my game.

There was room for improvement in my game but over all I was satisfied with my performance. I tried to do the right things but against the world's best player the result is just not as effective than against others.

Source: http://www.jarkkonieminen.fi/blog.php

Roamed
06-14-2010, 09:03 PM
From Sam Querrey:

I think guys are still going to fear him. He's still the most feared player at Wimbledon even though he lost today to Lleyton. Maybe he's lost a little bit of his game but he's still the greatest player ever and the defending Wimbledon champion and the guy that I'm definitely going to fear more than any player.

http://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/13062010/58/querrey-federer-man-beat-sw19.html

SUKTUEN
06-15-2010, 03:16 PM
:worship::worship:

Eden
06-17-2010, 08:28 PM
From Marco again in a printed article which I translated for the Marco forum here:


In the shadow of Federer

In every interview of mine Roger Federer also gets mentioned. I’m glad that I’m as #61 of the ranking not the #1 in Switzerland. Then only a few people would be interested in tennis.
During our youth Roger and me still got compared. Meanwhile everyone knows that it is nearly impossible to be as good as him. It’s an advantage for me to be a friend of Roger. He is the one who knows the most about tennis. And it is really pleasant to ask the best player in the world for an advice.

WESTFALEN-BLATT, 9th June, 2010

SUKTUEN
06-18-2010, 01:37 PM
:worship::worship:

didadida
06-21-2010, 06:44 PM
ALEJANDRO FALLA: Yeah, I think today is a special day for me in tennis, even if I lost that match. Nobody can say I was serving for the match against Federer. Many players would like to be on that situation.

didadida
06-21-2010, 06:46 PM
ALEJANDRO FALLA: Well, it always impress me because when he comes out on the court, everybody is shouting and screaming on him. Is because everybody knows what he's done in tennis.

didadida
06-21-2010, 06:48 PM
ALEJANDRO FALLA: Well, I knew I'm playing really well at this point of the year. And just sometimes bad luck. Everybody wants to play Federer. But three times in one month is a lot (smiling).

Roamed
06-21-2010, 07:09 PM
Falla was really complimentary and nice :) Would be very easy just to be grumpy after a match like that.

JamieOwen3
06-21-2010, 08:10 PM
what are the chances of there being a fan made video on youtube of alejandro with lady gaga's song :lol:

SUKTUEN
06-22-2010, 01:21 PM
:worship:

Eden
06-26-2010, 11:47 PM
Here is a short interview with 16 years old Austrian Junior player Dominic Thiem after practicing with Roger in Wimbledon:

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Sascha Bandermann (moderator): On the court in the background which gets watered now Roger Federer just practiced with Dominic Thiem. Here he is. Dominic, how has it been? Tell us a little bit about it.

Dominic: Of course I have been incredible nervous, but it turned out to be not that bad. When you hit the first balls you feel like your hand weights 20 kilograms more, but you get used to it after 5 minutes.

Sascha Bandermann: Did you get to talk to Roger? What did he said?

Dominic: Yes, afterwards. He talked about his junior time and asked about my one. He is totally down to earth and friendly.

Sascha Bandermann: Have you been surprised about this? I mean everyone is saying that Roger is so friendly and relaxed.

Dominic: Yes, everyone is saying it and therefore I expected it to be true.

Sascha Bandermann: Could you get used to practicing with the 16 times GS champion?

Dominic: Yes.

Sascha Bandermann: Have you already arranged something?

Dominic: No, but of course I get the opportunity as often as possible.

Sascha Bandermann: What do you think about it? Roger often does it and asks junior players from the junior tournament at GS to play with him and warm him up.

Dominic: It's great that he offers players like me such a chance to practice with him.

Sascha Bandermann: You are playing here in the juniors tournament. What do you expect?

Dominic: Everything is possible from winning the tournament or losing in the first round.

Sascha Bandermann: But after the practice with the huge champion you are surely better prepared. It's pretty obvious how much fun you had.

Sunset of Age
06-27-2010, 12:48 AM
^^ He's CUTE! :inlove: :)

lunahielo
06-27-2010, 12:50 AM
Nice, Doris....Thank you for translating. :hug: :hug:

SUKTUEN
06-27-2010, 05:17 AM
:worship::worship:

Eden
06-27-2010, 11:03 AM
^^ He's CUTE! :inlove: :)

He could be your son :p

Nice, Doris....Thank you for translating. :hug: :hug:

Your welcome Luna :hug:

I always find it interesting to hear or read what other people have to say about Roger :)

By the way, the guy who asked Dominic the questions is the German TV moderator who got to hit a few shots with Roger in Halle after the match against Falla. I haven't found a clip on youtube yet, there's only a clip on the homepage of the TV station where those scenes have been shot for and the clips on the side are only available for Germany.

Eden
07-03-2010, 12:21 PM
Did anyone catched the statement from McEnroe on the BBC regarding Roger's comments after the Berdych match? I only read about it in the Swiss media that he said that if people would criticize Roger that much for his comments he (McEnroe) would have deserved it to be sent to prison more than once :lol:

SUKTUEN
07-03-2010, 02:21 PM
Did anyone catched the statement from McEnroe on the BBC regarding Roger's comments after the Berdych match? I only read about it in the Swiss media that he said that if people would criticize Roger that much for his comments he (McEnroe) would have deserved it to be sent to prison more than once :lol:

really?:eek:

Eden
07-06-2010, 10:51 AM
Translation from something which Rafa had to say about Roger:


Although there is a certain language barrierr between them, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal get along excellent and have huge mutual respect for each other. So it’s no wonder that the Spaniard dissents all those who believe that Federer is on the descending branch: „That’s what people already said 2 years ago. And what happened then? Roger won the US Open, the French Open and in Wimbledon. He is strong and experience enough to get back to the top. It’s surely impossible to repeat what he has done in the last 7 years, especially as he already has played so many matches. He can’t be in 100% topform all the time, but Roger will come back strong – I’m sure about this.“

German source: http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/tennis/Es-gibt-wichtigere-Dinge-als-Tennis/story/10401760

SUKTUEN
07-06-2010, 01:38 PM
:worship::worship:

Roamed
07-06-2010, 06:03 PM
Great mutual respect between the two of them :worship:

Sunset of Age
07-06-2010, 10:19 PM
Translation from something which Rafa had to say about Roger:

German source: http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/sport/tennis/Es-gibt-wichtigere-Dinge-als-Tennis/story/10401760

:yeah: - it was to be expected. Didn't Roger defend Rafa at the end of 2009/beginning of 2010, when 'everybody' was writing him off, as well? :D

Great mutual respect between the two of them :worship:

Yep. Would be nice to see some of their fans follow their example, but I'm afraid that's just too much to ask... :rolleyes:

lunahielo
07-07-2010, 12:27 AM
OT. Hope you are feeling better, *Bonnie the Cat*~! :)

Sunset of Age
07-07-2010, 12:30 AM
OT. Hope you are feeling better, *Bonnie the Cat*~! :)

Hey thank you, Luna! :hug:
Yep it's getting better. :D

SUKTUEN
07-07-2010, 01:34 PM
:d

Roamed
07-10-2010, 01:10 PM
More from Rafa, via Bodo.. hope this is ok to post here :)

I don't want to leave you all without a little tennis today, so here's an anecdote relayed to me by my pal Alejandro Delmas, of the Spanish language Diario As. In his meeting with the Spanish press after his semifinal win, Rafael Nadal was asked what he would write about Roger Federer if he were a journalist.

"First," Rafa replied, "No way I would be a journalist."

He went on to say, "You guys have tried to kill Roger - often. But he's always come back and proved you wrong. So one thing I would not do is make the mistake of saying Roger is dead."