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shaoyu
11-20-2003, 07:13 PM
Hi, good to be here with Roger Fans ^_~
In view of Agassi's unstinting compliment at the 2003 Master Cup Houston, I would like to make a collection of players' comment on Roger. I'll try to put a few myself:

2001 Wimbledon Sampras Interview 07/02/2001: (excerpts)

Q. What emotions are playing out in your head now?
PETE SAMPRAS: Well, just very -- I'm very disappointed obviously. I lost to a really, really good player today. He played great. He's a great shot-maker. He won the big points.
I had my chances throughout the match, had a couple breakpoints there in the fifth. You know, he came up with some really good stuff at huge times. He played a great game to break me. I give him a lot of credit. He really played very well.

Q. As Centre Court debuts go, have you ever seen anyone quite so composed as that?
PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, he was very relaxed. His demeanor on the court is pretty similar to mine. He's pretty relaxed. Goes out and plays. Doesn't get too emotional, too many highs and lows.
He's got a great backhand, serves well. He's definitely got a good all-around court game. Doesn't have any holes in his game. Great athlete. I mean, he really played really well.
You know, just getting off the court, I'm disappointed, I mean, obviously. You know, I had a few chances. I felt like I had it at 4-All. Hit a good return. You know, wasn't to be. You know, I came up a little bit short.

Q. You said against Cowan that you didn't think you were going to lose the match, even when it got to 2-2. Did you feel like you were in danger, down 2-1 today? That is a big difference?
PETE SAMPRAS: Two sets to one?

Q. Yes.
PETE SAMPRAS: Yeah, I mean, I let it slip a little bit in the third set, missed that overhead. You know, I felt like I had pretty good control of the match in the third. He came up with some good stuff. You know, down two sets to one, the way he was playing, I knew it was an uphill battle. But I played a really, really good tiebreaker. I tied it up and played really well.
The fifth set, you know, we were both playing pretty solid, and he got the break. I mean, he really made me play on that last service game. But I can only know I had my chance there at 4-All in the breakpoint - backhand there, kind of hit it back to him.
You know, it's tough out there. And he definitely has got a great future. I mean, he's already proven that he's a great player. He's got a good chance to maybe go all the way.

...

Q. There are other Roger Federers out there, as you well know. Jim Courier says they're coming out of the woodwork, young players with a lot of talent. For you, do you now redouble your efforts, work even harder, or do you sit down sometime after the emotions have passed and start considering what you want to do in the future?
PETE SAMPRAS: Well, sure, there are a lot of young guys coming up, and Roger is one of them. But I think he's a little extra special than some of the other guys. I mean, he's got a really good all-around court game. You know, all I can try to do is rebound from kind of a disappointing year and get ready for the summer. It's going to take me a while to get over this one.
But just keep trying to work hard, do the training, put in the practise hours on the court, and hopefully I can have a good summer. Maybe The Open can be a little bit better than here. It's disappointing. It's a tough, tough loss, you know, to deal with.

...

Q. A decade ago you had a match against Lendl at Flushing Meadows that you had your breakthrough on, similar round I think, too. Did this match have that kind of feel, but you were on the other end of it?
PETE SAMPRAS: I mean, not really. That match -- no. I mean, I really haven't thought about that. You know, I lost to a talented player that's a great shot-maker, similar to the way I was when I was younger, and still today. He's got a great grass court game. He's got all the tools.

Q. You hit with Roger before. When he beat our guys in the Davis Cup, did you ask Todd or Jan-Michael about him at all?
PETE SAMPRAS: I've seen Roger play. I've practised with him. I had a pretty good idea of what he wanted to do out there. You know, he's got a good all-around court game. Doesn't have any holes. It's a little different when you compete against him. His serve, I couldn't really get ahold of. His shots, he was on. You know, I've seen him play enough over the years to kind of know what to expect.

...

Now you guys' turn ^_~

Mrs. B
11-20-2003, 09:13 PM
"He's doing everything great. He's a great mover, a
great striker of the ball off both sides. He's a factor from the back of the court and when he comes to the net," Agassi said. "His serve is very effective. He knows the game real well, knows court position."
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"I'd just like to congratulate Roger, not just for a great match today but great tennis all week. You deserve to win this tournament, and it's an inspiration to watch you move and play," Agassi said during the trophy presentation.
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"Everything needed to be right. That's really the only chance you have - if you're at your best," Agassi said. "Today he just took that away from me."

Mrs. B
11-20-2003, 09:26 PM
As Roddick put it after losing to Federer in the semifinals: "The guy has more natural flair and talent for the game than most -- I mean, than anybody really."
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"You kind of need to do a lot well," Roddick said. "He doesn't really have any big weaknesses."
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my fave quote: ;)

Q. How is Roger's level compared to when you played him at Wimbledon?

ANDY RODDICK: Pretty much the same. He kicked my ass then and he kicked my ass tonight.
So it was pretty similar (smiling).

:cool:

shaoyu
11-20-2003, 09:45 PM
February 2003 Rotterdam
Sjeng Schalken after his lost to Federer:

Sjeng Schalken: "I am mad with myself. The last time I played Federer, I had a pretty good feeling. This time he beat me too convincingly. His tennis was amazing. When you take a look at the last seven matches of Federer, he's been playing beautiful tennis. He beats everyone and it doesn't cost him energy. He plays so easily. Federer at this moment is a superman."

"I had to work a lot harder than Federer during the match. I was very disappointed about my service games, especially, my send serve. But when the serve was good, Federer returned with high forehand strokes and short slice backhands."

"At this moment, in my opinion, Roger is the best indoor player in the world."

Sjengster
11-20-2003, 10:56 PM
Not a surprise, Schalken seems to worship the ground Federer walks on more overtly than any other Top 20 player. Not that I mind given that those are my two favourite players, but he really is in awe of Fed at times - on the recent ATPTennis show they had soundbites from players about who was going to get no. 1 at the Masters Cup and he actually flat-out called himself a Federer fan. Still, why not with that head-to-head...

WyverN
11-21-2003, 05:24 AM
Not really the best attitude to be taking.........I am sure Schalken and Fed are going to play in some important matches and it wont really help Sjeng that he seems so scared of Fed

Sjengster
11-21-2003, 08:03 PM
What really won't help Schalken is that he doesn't have nearly enough game to trouble Federer. They've played four times this year on three different surfaces and Federer has won 10 straight sets in all - in Miami, Schalken threw down his racket in frustration at one point because he was doing nothing wrong but was still being beaten handily.

wcr
11-22-2003, 04:05 PM
Just logged on and noticed zero members active in this thread right now especially since there's between 35-50 people on the board. Well glad to find fans of Roger here. During YEC heard Cliff Drysdale and Mary Carillo trying to figure out who Federer plays like (how about himself?). Their conclusion was Rod Laver. Never watched Laver (before my time) but they likend RF to him because RL was equally strong with all shots ... not a single technical weakness to either man's game. A lot of folks seem discouraged when Roger doesn't play his Wimbledon/YEC level tennis every tournament. I don't have these expectations of RF at all. He's not Sampras, he's not Laver, he's Roger and I'm happy to watch him play at any level he choses. Just hope he's like playing the game a long time thus giving us a few years to watch some magical tennis.

MisterQ
12-31-2003, 10:09 PM
Nice comments from Agassi, Sampras, Roddick and Schalken! And all of them true.

I still remember that 2001 win over Sampras. Such a tight match, and Roger was so happy afterwards!

rogicomel
01-02-2004, 02:24 AM
Hi all, it's been a loooooooong time since I last logged in on the forums. It's good to be back. And to read those comments on the first day at work in the new year really brings smiles to my face. Rogi deserves the comments but I hope he'll remain as humble as he's always been.

Action Jackson
01-02-2004, 09:13 AM
Here are some more players comment taken from that article that I wrote up on general messages.

“Before I ever played him,” said James Blake, a Federer victim at the US Open, “I loved watching him play. His backhand is so smooth. And his demeanour on court is one of the best. He is very relaxed.”

Among the pros who reached for their hankies after the 22-year-old’s Wimbledon tour de force were none other than Kim Clijsters, the girlfriend of the guy who won it last year and no less a legend than Martina Navratilova. “The stuff he played in the last two matches,” raved Martina, “just phenomenal.”

“Obviously he is very talented. He can do everything.” Mused Philippoussis.

Marvelled the more effusive Roddick: “As far as talent goes, I don’t know if there’s anybody out there more talented.”

“Finally,” praised three-time champion Boris Becker, ‘you see a player with old grasscourt technique: he plays serve-and-volley tennis and plays the slice and doesn’t need the 140mph serve to succeed.

Doubles star Leander Paes observed:” He played flawless tennis, hit shots you saw Martina or McEnroe hit ... shots ahead of their time.”

“A phenomenally talented player,” Andre Agassi gushed before their round-robin encounter. “He has great firepower plus a great feel and flair for the game.”

This from Thomas Muster when asked about Federer. Do you think he’ll have success on clay?

Muster: If someone is playing well on hard courts and on grass, then they say, "Can he play well on clay?" If they play well on clay, they say, "Can he play well on hard courts."

He’s got great potential. He’s young. He’s going to have all the opportunities from a technical point of view. He could be a great player on all surfaces.

MisterQ
01-05-2004, 08:08 PM
Another recent nice comment from Andy Roddick:

Asked about his "early" Wimbledon exit, he exclaimed: "Early - a semi-final? I assure you I will have a lot of earlier exits than that.

"I felt I was playing well enough to have won Wimbledon, but that doesn't mean you will. There are a lot of guys who are rivals, but Roger Federer has to be the most talented player on the planet."

rogicomel
01-06-2004, 12:22 AM
Thanks MisterQ! Reading Roddick's comment really makes me smile...

WyverN
01-06-2004, 08:43 AM
When ferrero was asked about his main threats to his RG crown next year he mentioned Coria and Federer.

yanchr
01-06-2004, 09:21 AM
LOL
Roddick's comments are always so entertaining
I tend to like him a little bit...

MisterQ
01-11-2004, 06:41 PM
from Roddick's recent London Times interview:

Roddick, who often applauds opponents’ shots, is especially generous in his admiration for Federer, who beat him easily in the Wimbledon semi-finals, and again in the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston in November.

“Roger’s game is so complete,” says Roddick. “It comes so easy to him. He can make really good players look bad. He’s the most talented player in the world for sure, and he knows he can do almost whatever he wants. But his one problem is that he has the luxury of being bored sometimes, and that’s why he loses, while the rest of us lose because we’re struggling.”

Dirk
01-11-2004, 08:40 PM
Andy is right on in his statements. Roger needs to get it through his head that he must not let down as a competitor or he will be a very bored loser rather than being busy playing the next day. I hope he finally gets it through his skull. Roger seems to be smarter than he lets on but somestimes I wonder.

Fedex
01-11-2004, 08:49 PM
Completly agreed

tangerine_dream
01-12-2004, 07:56 PM
from Roddick's recent London Times interview:

Roddick, who often applauds opponents’ shots, is especially generous in his admiration for Federer, who beat him easily in the Wimbledon semi-finals, and again in the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston in November.

“Roger’s game is so complete,” says Roddick. “It comes so easy to him. He can make really good players look bad. He’s the most talented player in the world for sure, and he knows he can do almost whatever he wants. But his one problem is that he has the luxury of being bored sometimes, and that’s why he loses, while the rest of us lose because we’re struggling.”

Once again, Andy displays unusual grace and class from one so young (and American. Hee!). I just love this kid! Too bad some of the Fed fans here have to despise him for some reason. :sad:

Dirk
01-13-2004, 02:01 AM
Its all about that Montreal loss, but that was Roger's doing not Andy's. Can't feel sorry for someone who is up 4-2 and then just bombs away. :timebomb: Oh and I didn't appreciate the fat nose comment during the Andre match in the Cup dream. If your a Roger fan act like one. Now that is :sad:

Fedex
01-13-2004, 02:59 AM
Sorry, Tangerine but no one here despises Andy. I've already told you I have nothing against the guy, & i think he's a cool & well balanced guy, off the court. I mean I am American too, so I can support him sometimes. :)

lsy
01-13-2004, 03:10 AM
Good to read that Fedex. I hate to see any fed fans being labelled as "nasty" or "haters"...

What fat nose comments?

Dirk
01-13-2004, 03:54 AM
It was under the Agassi scores at the cup posting under Andre's section. Dream thinks fat nose federer couldn't draw a crowd like andre. The reason he can't do that is cause USTA doesn't care to promote those from other lands. I bet their pissed their factories couldn't crank out a Rogi. If Roger keeps doing great, he will be huge.

Fedex
01-13-2004, 04:04 AM
Yes, all the words you speak are true, unfortunatly it makes me embarrased to live in such a biased country, where they only promote american players.

MisterQ
01-13-2004, 04:11 AM
It's foolish to promote American players only, I agree 100%. And I think they are underestimating the American public when they say that they will only relate to other Americans. It's a little insulting actually.

Even Roger's name should be able to relate to --- it doesn't sound that "foreign."

But don't worry, I think if Roger continues to play like he did at Wimby and the Masters Cup, he will continue to turn heads. It will be a slow process, but I think he will become much better known.

MisterQ
01-13-2004, 04:14 AM
It was under the Agassi scores at the cup posting under Andre's section. Dream thinks fat nose federer couldn't draw a crowd like andre. The reason he can't do that is cause USTA doesn't care to promote those from other lands. I bet their pissed their factories couldn't crank out a Rogi. If Roger keeps doing great, he will be huge.

In all fairness, no nation could crank out a Rogi. He's one-of-a-kind -- Switzerland just got lucky to have him!

lsy
01-13-2004, 04:44 AM
Yeah, totally agree!!! I think it's normal to relate better to your country's players, but I don't see why you can't appreciate players from elsewhere. It's all about openness and I agree it's more the media/tournament promotors fault than the public.

and ya, I can only wish for someone like him in my country. But no problem, I can still enjoy watching Roger, and many other players regardless of wherever they're from. I don't have any problem relating to players who are thousands miles away, speak different languages or eat different food. Great game is what I need.

Oh, Tangerinedream, fat nose...that coming from you??? Pretty nasty too...

ytben
02-10-2004, 08:34 AM
Goran said this about Rogi in his latest interview:

"Today it's a different tennis, mostly based on power ... the player I like most is Roger Federer. He plays magic tennis and stands two steps in front of everybody"

Goran, can't wait for your come back. May your comeback be as successful as Marat's :kiss:

rogicomel
02-13-2004, 06:29 AM
Isy, do you feel like there's a chance to have someone like Rogi from our country? He is Roger Fed the Rare!!!

shina
02-13-2004, 08:25 AM
From The Australian last week: John McEnroe said about Roger "..the 21st century Pete Sampras. He's the most talented player I have ever had the pleasure of watching. I include my idol Rod Laver and Pete Sampras in that. He is one of the all-time shotmakers, If you had to pick one person who could do it (a calendar-year Grand Slam), it would be him. He has the capability of beating all players on all surfaces." and Guillermo Vilas said "He's capable because he has won all three big finals he has been in. That's what it takes to win a Grand Slam. He can pace himself in a match now and he has a fluctuation now rather than fall in the hole and stay there for a long time like he used to. He knows how to fix things with variation and it's like he goes on automatic pilot."

From Tennis Week: Stefan Edberg said "What I think is — if you have to put some players in different categories — I think you can put myself, Sampras and Federer in the same mold. We play — not exactly the same — but we do play similar. We all pretty much have got the goods. We sort of move well on the court and play similar with serve-and-volley. I was there. Maybe Sampras took over from me and now Federer will take over from Sampras.

I think Federer has the greatest game of all the young guys. It's a matter of if he wants to work hard enough and has enough motivation and has the mental discipline and if he does, then I think he has the game to stay at the top for years. I quite like the way Roger Federer is playing the game. He's playing some great tennis. He's got all the shots and I think he's going to be a great player going forward. If he can just get things right between the ears because that's sometimes the toughest part. But he's got the goods — there's no question he's got the game."

shina
02-13-2004, 08:32 AM
From The Globe and Mail: before Aussie Open final, Martina Navratilova said "Oh, Roger, I love to watch him play. I've been keeping my fingers crossed for him this tournament. He's just like an artist, and I like his demeanour as well. I'll pick Roger because I've picked him all the way. But Marat played awesome tennis [against Agassi] on Thursday."

From ESPN: MaliVai Washington wrote on his column "What endears so many people to Roger Federer is his great tennis ability and likeable personality. His classic game is a perfect match for his personal style. He's a throwback to the players of old who congratulated their opponents on a good shot, didn't question line calls and were modest in victory. You don't find those qualities often in players today, and that's probably why Federer will end up being one of the most admired No. 1 players -- by the fans and fellow players"

shina
02-13-2004, 08:45 AM
From Herald Sun: Pat Rafter rates Roger, "We've seen the emergence of Roger Federer. He is the greatest, most complete player I have seen. He's going to be awesome."

From Independent last December: Pete Sampras said "I really don't watch any tennis but I can imagine that [Roger] Federer has the most complete game. He is the one guy that can do everything. Roddick is a great player but Federer is more complete and will win multiple majors I would think."

Boris Becker said after Roger won Wimby "I think he may win many more Wimbledons, or even U.S. Opens or other Grand Slams. The future has come."

lsy
02-13-2004, 04:01 PM
Isy, do you feel like there's a chance to have someone like Rogi from our country? He is Roger Fed the Rare!!!

We can always wish, can't we? ;)

Can you imagine how big it will be if we do have someone like him? dream, dream, dream...

Thanks Shina for all those quotes, somehow I too believe it's not just his tennis talent but also his likeable personality that had invited so many compliments.

Doris Loeffel
02-13-2004, 05:07 PM
Shina thanks for all these coments...

.... and yes I'm pretty proud to live in Federerland right now ;)

Billabong
02-14-2004, 06:25 AM
Thanks for the quotes:)!

WyveN
02-17-2004, 07:36 AM
Goran Ivanisevic on Roger Federer: "Federer is a genius, he's got more
talent than (Pete) Sampras. I don't know if he'll win as much as Pete, but
potentially he's stronger."

RogiFan88
02-25-2004, 12:49 AM
A translation of what Arnaud Clement said about Rogi:

"Roger is cool :cool: , he's always a fun guy!"

Merci, Arnaud!

rogicomel
02-25-2004, 03:52 AM
Yep Isy, sure we can dream... well may be, who knows????????

lsy
02-26-2004, 04:37 AM
ya who knows...one day maybe. But you have any idea what's the current ranking of our best tennis player???

Tennis just isn't really popular here I would say,

rogicomel
02-26-2004, 07:11 AM
Hmmm.. no idea! I don't even know any professional players from our country! It's that bad!

MisterQ
03-12-2004, 01:25 AM
Ok, Andre has a little more to say about Fed in his interview at Indian Wells. Check out Audio Clip 5 (V) ;) from this link:

Andre comments on Fed (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/10/audio_rx.asp)

Dirk
03-12-2004, 03:11 AM
Andre is right on mark about it. Hewitt saying there is little difference between Roger and the rest of the field???????? Um Hewitt first of all you were number one because of Guga's hip injury, 2nd of all Roger does things out there you can only dream of. When Roger wants to win, he does it. Roger knows how to focus and think through problems now because of his 03 year. That was the last building block to him. He is also much more self-assured. In other words, Roger has finally faced his destiny.

lsy
03-12-2004, 09:42 AM
All these top players are competing against one another every tournament for the top spot, I don't think any of them will like to think they are distance away from the other. I think that should be the attitude for any competitive player who has the urge to be the top. So there's really nothing wrong for Hewitt to think that way. But I'm getting pretty tired of listening to his "putting all eggs into one basket and it paid off" explanation for last year non-action yet another time :tape:

Dirk
03-13-2004, 09:17 AM
Yeah and if someone brought Guga's hip injury hewitt would dismiss it like that. Yet he knows the truth deep down inside. Take a look at his eyes during his Oz match with Roger. He knew he was fucked and only a pray would save him.

tangerine_dream
03-13-2004, 07:15 PM
Thanks for that link, Mr Q. Andre rocks. :worship:

Was reading an Indian Wells news item and came across this nice quote by Andy Roddick (yes, that Andy! See, he's not so bad ;) ) on Roger:

"He has an awesome feel for the game. People didn't want to play him in the juniors because he would make them look foolish. He doesn't beat himself. Roger always had the game; he always has had the shots. Maybe he just tightened it up. I think that may be mental. But it's not a two-man race."

Dirk
03-13-2004, 10:13 PM
Andy can be bad, but I tend to give him the benefit of the doubt. He does a lot of good things that don't get noticed in the GM. I just don't like his tennis and his behavior at times. His coach is just a pure asshole. Great quote on Roger and very true.

Andre was sensible and true unlike Hewitt's crap.

lsy
03-14-2004, 04:18 AM
I just really want to say these coz I'd read many who critisize Rogi's fans who enjoy "bashing" Andy recently. I really don't understand where that came from? I hardly see the fans here even mention Andy in this forum (since I joined), heck not even in GM, actually not even in Rogi's official site. I mean look at who here had actually made so much of a comment in even the recent "famous 5 minutes tirade" thread of Andy though I think a lot really don't appreciate that type of behaviour? Or maybe some might misunderstood "comments/critics" as "bashing" sometimes?

Personally I might not enjoy Andy's game and behaviour on court, I really couldn't care less about others from him. But if there's his match on tv, I'll watch it just to try getting something out of his game that I might have missed...I too believe in giving people benefit of doubts.

Of course then there'll always be one or two bad eggs in the basket that lead people into easy and ignorant conclusion. Anyway, just thought of doing some justice to many nice and humble Rogi's fans here I'd met who are far away from the arrogant/bashing fans some had come to think them as.

jtipson
03-14-2004, 01:50 PM
Further comments from Andre during his interview on Saturday:

"You know, I don't view Roger similar to Pete. I mean, I'm dealing with subtleties out there. I find them to be different. I find Pete's serve to be much bigger, but Roger to be a better returner. I think Roger's a better groundstroker, but I think Pete's a better volleyer.
You know, when you sort of take X's and O's, you give some to this guy, some to this guy, at the end of the day it's champions against champions. Who knows how it's going to come out.
But I think he's a tremendous talent. I think he has a great game to watch. It's no surprise to me at all that he can win in today's game with his style. He does everything really good, and does a few things great. It's a great game.
He has a game that he can play from the back of the court and play with the best from back there. Then he has a game that, you know, if he plays a guy that doesn't quite return well, that chips the return, tends to back up, that he can come forward and sort of take him out of the equation.
He has a game that can sort of beat different guys different ways. That's what you need to win major tournaments. That's what you need to be at the top spot. And he definitely has that.
There's a lot of matches through the year, you know. There are going to be times you play guys, that if you make it harder on yourself than necessary, it takes its toll. And Roger has a great game to sort of avoid those days from happening. "

LCeh
03-15-2004, 01:57 AM
I think I can now officially call Andre a Rogi fan... ;)

lsy
03-16-2004, 05:48 AM
James Blake as classy as he always has something nice to say about Rogi :)

Quotes from his interview about Rogi :

"Q. If you had to pay some bucks to see any one player in tennis, who would that player be?
JAMES BLAKE: Right now, Roger Federer, for sure. He's incredible. He's taken out some incredible players in Pavel, Gonzalez, somehow making it look easy. There aren't many people that can do that. He's lost once this year. I think the only person he's lost to in the last maybe six months is Henman. That's just amazing. He's beaten top players, not so highly ranked players. He's beating everyone almost routine. Incredible, what he's doing.

Q. When you see the grace of his game, fluidity, what goes through your mind?
JAMES BLAKE: I hope he's on the other side of the draw.
No, it's just great to watch. Like you said, it's something that's worth paying to see. In my mind he's the most talented guy in the world. You know, there's so many things that go into being No. 1 in the world, not that I can speak from experience, but I think there's so many things, the mental game, fitness, the being confident enough to hit your shots when it gets close, the dealing with the pressure of being No. 1, everyone gunning for you, playing their best match against you. Right now he's handling that so well.
I don't think necessarily always the most talented player in the world is going to be No. 1. Right now I think he is. I think it's good for tennis to see such a graceful player, such a good sportsman at No. 1 in the world.

Q. In a way it's good he doesn't have a boomer serve?
JAMES BLAKE: Yeah. But the thing is, I think he does have a pretty big serve when he wants to hit it. He just mixes it up better than the other guys that have serves like his. He can hit it 130, then the next serve -- when I played him in the US Open, I think his fastest serve was around 130, 131, but his slowest first serve was about 88 miles an hour. He can hit that heavy kicker away, just pull you off the court. He hits it so well, you get breakpoint, you still feel at his mercy. You don't know what he's going to do because he can go anywhere with it.

yanchr
03-16-2004, 08:38 AM
Really nice words from James... and I also remember what credit he gave Roger after the defeat last year USO

I'll definitely pay to see Roger play if he is within reach ;) No question. Roger, hope sometime soon you'll do us a favour here

lsy
03-17-2004, 04:39 AM
Mardy had said quite a bit on Rogi in his interview, this is more on the "human" (as how Rogi likes to put it :) ) part :

Q. He was talking to us that some guys come up and talk to him in the locker room. He seemed to enjoy that. Have you had some banter, chatted at all?
MARDY FISH: Sure, yeah. He's a fun guy. You know, he never seems like he's down. He's a very approachable guy, that's for sure. He likes to joke around. He's always laughing and stuff. Yeah, he's very easy to joke around with

Mrs. B
03-17-2004, 07:09 AM
Q. When you see the grace of his game, fluidity, what goes through your mind?
JAMES BLAKE: I hope he's on the other side of the draw.
:lol:
great comments from both Jamie & Andre. :worship:

ytben
03-17-2004, 11:30 AM
yeah, James is very eloquent on all his interview. And it doesn't hurt that he is good looking also ;)

Thanks for posting those comments guys :kiss:

RogiFan88
03-17-2004, 02:44 PM
This is great to hear such nice words fr the other players about Rogi!

Lady
03-17-2004, 06:12 PM
Some compliments from Justine! :drool: I love them both so enjoy ;)

Q. Both you and Federer have only lost one match each this year. Do you watch him play?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: A lot, yeah.

Q. Do you appreciate his game?

JUSTINE HENIN-HARDENNE: Him and Agassi are my favorite players. I think I watch them a lot. I watched the match this afternoon. And I learned a lot of things. I'm very impressed the way Federer is playing right now. The confidence he got, I think now he is the best for sure. He's playing unbelievable tennis. He believes in himself.
It's going to be tough for the others, I mean, to come back on him in the ranking. I think that he's going to have a pretty good season if he keeps going on this way.

lsy
04-03-2004, 02:57 AM
I had watched few matches of Pavel lately and grew to like him. Funny guy too. Here's what he has to say about having to play Rogi so many times this year :

Q. Are you sick of seeing his name on your side of the draw?

ANDREI PAVEL: I get a lot of shit, I'm telling you that, from all the players. They always go, "Oh, okay, all right... This week," so...

But, you know, what can I do?

Q. Have you said anything meant to be funny to Roger when you pass him in the hallway?

ANDREI PAVEL: Of course. I always go like...(gesturing).

But, you know, I think -- you cannot write that (smiling).

Q. What does he say?

ANDREI PAVEL: He's a very cool guy. He's pretty, you know -- he laughs. I mean, I will do the same thing, I guess, you know.

I really like this quote from him lol :

Q. How old are your kids?

ANDREI PAVEL: My daughter, she's gonna be five in July. My son is gonna be two in June, so...

My wife, you don't want to know about (laughing).

:haha:

mrpenguin
04-12-2004, 03:46 PM
It might surprise you , but I don't think Andre is a good judge of
Roger's game, simply because Andre's game is very one-dimensional (Great though)

Although he did notice that Roger's a great returner , as himself

This is a great thread btw

mrpenguin
04-12-2004, 03:56 PM
Ex-player G. Forget after Federer defeated Clement in D.C:

"Federer served incredibly well and didn't give a chance to Arnaud (Clement).
He served like Sampras at his best.
"
(Translation from french sports magazine lequipe.fr)

Shadow
04-12-2004, 10:53 PM
Goran Ivanisevic:" I respect everybody, but there are only two guys that… there`s one genius, complete genius is Federer, who is different. And there`s another guy, but he is a lil bit more crazier, you know, is Safin. You know he is … Russian. Roddick is more power, he is only power. Federer is two steps in front of everybody, then is Safin and then is the rest, the rest of the guys."

Shadow
04-12-2004, 11:02 PM
MARAT SAFIN: But realistically, I'm happy. I'm satisfied. I don't want to push myself down because I lost a match against Federer. It's not like I played against a yo-yo, a guy who doesn't know how to play tennis. You know what I mean?
Let's give him some credit. He is a big player. He's No. 1 in the world, sorry to tell you (smiling).

Q. How good a player is he?
MARAT SAFIN: He is a great player. He has all the shots. He has volley, he has serve. He's most complete player on the tour.

Q. Can you compare him to Pete Sampras?
MARAT SAFIN: No. It's a little bit different story. Yeah, they have some kind of same things. But I think Federer, he has better -- he a little bit -- I don't want to take anything from Pete. I mean, mentally, he was the strongest player on the tour. He has the biggest serve in the world. He has an unbelievable forehand and very good hands in the volley. But sometimes he was missing a little bit the backhand.
So Roger, he has -- he has everything and a backhand. Probably he doesn't have enough volley like Pete Sampras. But he is really good. I mean, he can volley. It's a little bit different story.
But Pete, as you can see, he won 14 Grand Slams. And he has a really good -- he was really, really tough.

Teemuh
04-13-2004, 12:54 AM
John McEnroe: "This is a player to drool over, he has unlimited potential ..."

tangerine_dream
04-13-2004, 03:32 PM
Welcome Teemuh :wavey:

Teemuh
04-14-2004, 12:08 AM
Thanks, TD :)

Skyward
06-16-2004, 04:42 AM
I have not noiced it posted before.

From " Match pointers" by
Leif Shiras ( former touring pro)

" Federer is a shot- making geniuos, with hands touched by the tennis gods. Yet, let's not forget his feet. Federer's exceptional foorwork around the court blunted the big play of Safin( AO final). Federer's movement, both side to side and forward and backward, shrinks his half of the court. Safin must have felt like he was hitting into a matchbox. Federer's versatile one-handed backhand affords him an extraordinary array of spins and placements that Safin's two-hander at times seemed predictable ."

lsy
06-16-2004, 12:47 PM
Thanks Skyward :)

hitchhiker
06-16-2004, 12:53 PM
get some perspective

agassi: "playing federer is nothing like playing pete, pete you could play your best and know you have no chance". "pete has got the records on the board".

borg "federer and roddick are good but i feel roddick will dominate tennis"

Seraphim
06-16-2004, 01:16 PM
get some perspective

agassi: "playing federer is nothing like playing pete, pete you could play your best and know you have no chance". "pete has got the records on the board".


from what interview/article is this. I read it somewhere and can't remember.

mitalidas
06-16-2004, 02:10 PM
I would wager that this comment was made pre-Wimbledon 2003 and that Borg's views and comments are very different now

get some perspective

agassi: "playing federer is nothing like playing pete, pete you could play your best and know you have no chance". "pete has got the records on the board".

borg "federer and roddick are good but i feel roddick will dominate tennis"

Seraphim
06-16-2004, 02:55 PM
a missing quote and link. http://www.channelnewsasia.com/stories/afp_sports/view/88751/1/.html

AGASSI: "Federer has incredible, incredible ability, and a career of great achievement ahead of him.

Trolls Need Love Too
06-16-2004, 03:02 PM
From the BBC website.

Todd Martin believes Roger Federer has the game to surpass Pete Sampras.

Wimbledon champion Federer heads to SW19 looking to hold on to his title and claim a third Grand Slam crown, having won January's Australian Open.

But Martin urges caution in making comparisons with the seven-time Wimbledon champion - for now at least.

"It's going to be hard to ever compare somebody truly to Pete because of what he possessed in his mind," Martin told BBC Sport.

Such has been the Swiss player's form for much of the last 12 months that some experts, including John McEnroe, have hailed him the best player ever.

Martin remains adamant that Federer can only really be compared with Sampras when he starts winning "tournament upon tournament and major upon major".

However, he admits that a simple comparison between their respective games would favour Federer.

"If you take them out to the practice court and just examine what their skills are, what their level of athleticism is, Federer definitely has the potential to be better," said Martin.

"I think he's every bit the athlete that Pete was, possibly better.

"He's got a much better backhand than Pete had and probably a better forehand - as scary as that sounds.

Todd Martin
"Pete served way better than Roger does, but that's not to discredit what Roger can do with the serve. And they both volley very well, Pete probably a little bit better."

mitalidas
06-17-2004, 12:46 AM
Here is a 2000 (yes, as early as 2000) quote from Becker about Roger:

Boris BECKER said of FEDERER on Blick Online in Feb 2000:
Roger is one of the biggest tennis talents ever; if Roger continues to
develop like this, he's going to be one of the absolute top earners.'

source: (not my site)
http://www.geocities.com/federerfan/bio/

moonlight
06-18-2004, 04:53 PM
Krajicek says Federer too slick
Leo Schlink, in London, tennis
19jun04

FORMER Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek believes Roger Federer's superior athleticism will make it difficult for Lleyton Hewitt to regain the world No. 1 mantle.

The 1996 All-England Club victor, Krajicek predicts Federer will notch his sixth title of the season at Wimbledon after establishing "the same aura of invincibility that Pete Sampras used to have".

"In many ways, the Swiss is a more complete player," Krajicek, now retired, said. "Federer is also a wonderful athlete, which is a side of his game that is often overlooked.

"He is always in the right position and somehow it never looks as if he is running because, unlike smaller players, like Lleyton Hewitt or Guillermo Coria who need more steps to get to the ball, Federer gets there almost without you realising.

"His only weakness could be that sometimes things seem to come so easily.



:wavey: If you are interested in reading the full article, you can read it HERE (http://www.thecouriermail.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5936,9882614%255E10389,00.html)

RogiFan88
06-18-2004, 06:07 PM
Leave it to Boris to focus on money!!

Good observations fr Krajicek.

misyou25
06-18-2004, 06:20 PM
are all blind?????????? federer is so stupid!

Skyward
06-18-2004, 06:45 PM
are all blind?????????? federer is so stupid!

Consider the source... :lol: :lol: :lol:

mitalidas
06-18-2004, 07:40 PM
ditto
with the smiley face next to the Choker from last year's FO, what other vacuous statement could they make

are all blind?????????? federer is so stupid!

ytben
06-18-2004, 11:32 PM
Considering it is troll boom season, maybe we can petition to the webmaster for a new forum for misyou & hh so they have a place to discuss their love for Rogi instead of doing that here :rolleyes:

mitalidas
06-21-2004, 09:55 PM
Great read --- McEnroe on Roger today:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/3827877.stm
McEnroe: Federer can be the greatest

By John McEnroe
BBC Sport expert at Wimbledon

Roger Federer has the potential to be the best player who ever lived.

That might sound like a big thing to say, but I see him as having the ability to be that dominant.

Against Alex Bogdanovic on Monday he was never really tested.

It was a tough match-up for Alex and he hardly got himself into the sort of position to make Federer sweat.

Federer is filled with confidence at the moment. He's the reigning champion, he won the Australian Open and everything is going the way he wanted it.


His only shaky point all year was the French Open, but that doesn't change my opinion of him.

He's not up to the same level as Pete Sampras yet in terms of titles won, but he has every shot in the game, plus the power and calmness under pressure to back it up.

He's even inventing shots. That forehand half-volley he hits with power is a phenomenal shot - he makes it look too easy.

Every shot he hits looks easy, to be honest. He doesn't even seem to be trying.

I like all his shots but his forehand is my favourite.

He has so much variety with it. He can whip over it and win points from the baseline, or he can punch through it close to the net.

He has very quick feet, so he can get in position to play the shot he chooses, and his balance is perfect.

He can almost hold the ball on his racquet head because his wrists are so much stronger than the average person's. - use wrist more than average person.

Very few people can hit his kind of shot.

He's my pick to win Wimbledon - of course he is.

Tennis is just fun for him right now.

LCeh
06-21-2004, 10:09 PM
Interesting, didn't know about the wrist part. Thanks a lot for the article, Mitalidas.

But I guess it is normal seeing as how much spins he gets on the ball.

jtipson
06-21-2004, 10:40 PM
Great read --- McEnroe on Roger today


This was verbatim from the BBC's Wimbledon highlights program tonight. It's funny how they've got into the habit of publishing anything John says whilst in their employment :)

mitalidas
06-21-2004, 11:47 PM
This was verbatim from the BBC's Wimbledon highlights program tonight. It's funny how they've got into the habit of publishing anything John says whilst in their employment :)
I'm glad you mentioned that, I have to say it sounded like it was being written off the cuff, basically like someone was commentating rather than sit down and write a thoughtful article

btw- john wasn't covering on ESPN - so where was this telecast (anywhere that is shown in the US?)

rue
06-22-2004, 02:49 AM
John really believes in Federer and though he says people may think he is going over the top about him being the greatest ever it still is nice to hear someone believe in him as much as he does. He probably has more belief in him than Roger himself does on his own, but it is good to hear that. Only time will tell.

LCeh
06-24-2004, 01:09 AM
From Johnny Mac:

While Agassi has a future is calling the shots, McEnroe said he's enjoying watching Roger Federer hit the shots. The man who ended five-time Wimbledon champion's Bjorn Borg's reign on grass said Federer may be the most complete player he's seen.

"I like all his shots — he doesn't seem to have a weakness," McEnroe said of Federer. "If he has any weakness, they called this a weakness with Sampras at one time, it seems he's not sort of totally into it. That unflappability that can be genius when you're playing well can be called lackadaisical when he's not going well. There's no shot he hits that isn't well struck. He's got every shot imaginable."

And the Swiss stylist owns a few shots that are incomprehensible.

"What he can do is generate racquet head speed with his forehand, which very few players can do," McEnroe said. "Roddick hits his forehand as hard or harder and there's a couple guys out there that hit really hard forehands, but the speed at which he's able to move through the ball and hit it flat through the ball, but also get some spin is phenomenal. When he played Roddick last year, I think it was set point in the second set, he hit a half volley that was as hard as I've ever seen a half volley hit. It seemed to be totally effortless and he hit it with a phenomenal amount of pace. I didn't think that shot existed. That's not easy to invent a shot. Sampras was the last guy to do it with that scissor kick overhead. Pretty much all the shots are out there. He's got it all . He does have a chance to be one of the greatest players who ever lived, no doubt. He's got a chance to win a lot of major titles."

-------------------------------------------------

And you know, talking about spin, when I was watching Rogi's match against Alex this Monday, I could actually see, hear, and feel the spin off his forehands. It is so insane. I wish I will be seeing more of that.

SUKTUEN
06-24-2004, 02:41 AM
LCeh, great article ! ! Thanks a lot ! :worship:

lsy
06-24-2004, 05:05 AM
And you know, talking about spin, when I was watching Rogi's match against Alex this Monday, I could actually see, hear, and feel the spin off his forehands. It is so insane. I wish I will be seeing more of that.

:eek: I definitely have to tune up my tv volume in the next match ;)

But amazingly Rogi has made me pick up my tennis racquets again after few years break coz he made it seems so simple, easy and fun and just can't help feeling like hey, that's nice I want to play that shot too...yeah right, simple :haha: :o

LCeh
06-24-2004, 05:09 AM
I am serious. :p Like, the sound from his racket hitting the ball is just different.

lsy
06-24-2004, 05:52 AM
I am serious. :p Like, the sound from his racket hitting the ball is just different.

I know you're serious, I just really want to hear and feel that myself too ;)

Must watch this guy play live :)

ytben
06-24-2004, 10:01 AM
I want to hear and feel it too ;) Yeah, must watch him live. I am thinking to go to AO and Shanghai next year. Do you have any plan lsy & LCeh?

lsy
06-24-2004, 01:13 PM
I want to hear and feel it too ;) Yeah, must watch him live. I am thinking to go to AO and Shanghai next year. Do you have any plan lsy & LCeh?

I hope he's still going to the Bangkok Open in September. If he is, I'll try to go for sure, with Air Asia now, it's very cheap flying there besides I have many friends in Bangkok :)

I'll love to go back Melbourne for AO in maybe year after next, miss it there and Shanghai TMC will be in my plan too :)

But of course, at this moment, it's all just "plan" ;)

Shy
06-24-2004, 01:16 PM
Great to see so many good comments from others.

ytben
06-24-2004, 04:09 PM
I hope he's still going to the Bangkok Open in September. If he is, I'll try to go for sure, with Air Asia now, it's very cheap flying there besides I have many friends in Bangkok :)

I'll love to go back Melbourne for AO in maybe year after next, miss it there and Shanghai TMC will be in my plan too :)

But of course, at this moment, it's all just "plan" ;)

Yeah, mine is still a "plan" only too. I didn't know he is scheduled for Bangkok, since he didn't go there last year. If he is, well Bangkok will be in the "plan" also ;) .

LCeh
06-24-2004, 04:12 PM
I want to hear and feel it too ;) Yeah, must watch him live. I am thinking to go to AO and Shanghai next year. Do you have any plan lsy & LCeh?

I am planning to go to the Toronto TMS, since I live quite close to there.

Lindsayfan
06-28-2004, 08:25 PM
Lindsay Davenport on Roger:

But, I mean, as a tennis fan, I mean, you have to think Roger Federer is the most amazing thing to watch. I mean, the way he plays, the way he moves, the way he acts. I mean, if you were to mould a perfect tennis player, that would be him. I think he's incredible. Love to sit down and watch him play anybody. So I'm a huge fan of his and just his game overall.

I think Andy is great. He's a little bit on the ‑‑ he's not a rebel, but he has a little bit different personality than Roger, a little bit more amped up a lot of times, and the big serve. But, I mean, technically I would sit down and watch Federer all day long.

LCeh
06-28-2004, 08:26 PM
Lindsay :worship:

Skyward
06-28-2004, 08:42 PM
Lindsay Davenport on Roger:

But, I mean, as a tennis fan, I mean, you have to think Roger Federer is the most amazing thing to watch. I mean, the way he plays, the way he moves, the way he acts. I mean, if you were to mould a perfect tennis player, that would be him. I think he's incredible. Love to sit down and watch him play anybody. .

Hope american networks listen to Lindsay :lol:

LCeh
06-28-2004, 09:45 PM
Q. Do you remember breaking Federer here last year? You're the last guy to do it.

SJENG SCHALKEN: Well... I'm happy I don't meet him this year then.

Q. Do you remember that?

SJENG SCHALKEN: Yeah, it was in the third set. I was up 4‑1. But he broke me twice.

Q. How did you break him?

SJENG SCHALKEN: Just trying to go for the winners. So actually it was a little lucky.

Q. How tough is he to break?

SJENG SCHALKEN: Federer?

Q. Yes.

SJENG SCHALKEN: I think Federer and Roddick are tough to break. They don't give a lot away. They hit high percentage first serve. They can handle the pressure I give them, so they have also very good defense. Once I'm in the rally with them, it's not like, "Now I'm going to win." No, I still have to play really well to beat them.

Q. Even though they serve differently, one hits the big ball, and Federer's more of a precise server with not so much speed.

SJENG SCHALKEN: Well, the thing I had with Federer was the most trouble with his good defense. I couldn't make the winner. And the thing with Andy last three times, I had the feeling I was serving the whole match because he was just hitting four serves, winning, and then I was struggling to get my game in.

They are just slightly different. Andy is a little bit more power. Roger has a great defense.

Ketchup
06-29-2004, 01:18 AM
Thanks LCeh!!!

Fedex
06-29-2004, 01:39 AM
Lindsay!! :D :worship: Words of wisdom, from a true champion.

mitalidas
06-29-2004, 01:57 AM
Polite Rogi... found time for everyone including an interview with Al-Jazeera.
Excerpts here:

What a guy. Wimbledon can scarcely believe their luck in finding a 22-year-old champion and No 1 in the world who doesn't "eff" within range of a courtside microphone, wear a baseball cap turned adolescently backwards or turn up on the arm of Barbra Streisand. Neither his chest hair nor his bonking has become an issue. He attended a party with his girlfriend thrown by Sir Elton John. There is no greater accolade.

We seem to be dealing with a player who has the pulse rate of Bjorn Borg, the smoothness of Pete Sampras, the gentlemanliness of Bunny Austin and the hairspray of Chris Evert. It is not a bad combination.

He speaks three languages with tremendous adequacy and conducts press conferences in all of them. In fact, he conducts them in such earnest regularity that sometimes the men's tennis media coordinators wish he would just throw a hissy fit like the rest of them and let them get out in time for dinner.

At the French Open this year, despite his painful defeat, he insisted on satisfying every request for a word with him, including an interview with Al Jazeera.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml;sessionid=ZEIEWQS0C4YG5QFIQMGCM5WAVCBQU JVC?xml=/sport/2004/06/29/stmott29.xml&sSheet=/sport/2004/06/29/ixtenn.html&_requestid=27538

LCeh
06-29-2004, 03:40 AM
Thanks for the article mitalidas. Very kind words. :yeah:

Jazzy
06-29-2004, 03:45 AM
thanx mitalidas :)

RogiFan88
06-29-2004, 01:47 PM
Sjeng was practising w Rogi today!! He is a self-confessed "Federerfan"! Nice guy, I like him!

LCeh
06-29-2004, 08:31 PM
From Navratilova:

When he hits his forehand he can hook it so that he can go cross-court or down the line, tailing away from you because of all the topspin. He can hit a forehand cross-court so that it jumps at your body, which is effective on any surface but particularly on grass because it's almost as though he's inducing a bad bounce because he makes the ball jump differently and that's what his kick-serve does as well
He's got spin on everything, he's got a heavy slice that stays low, he can float the ball so that it stays low and just dies on the court so you have to create all the pace, or he can knife it so that it skids through. On his groundstrokes he can hit it harder or can hit a cross-court ball that looks like it's going to be no problem until it suddenly takes off in the other direction after it bounces.

Mrs. B
06-29-2004, 08:50 PM
Roddick on Roger... ;)

Q. When you see Roger Federer play on TV or if you're scouting, what impresses you the most?

ANDY RODDICK: Oh, I mean, he just does everything pretty well. But he hits shots that not a lot of other people even think of hitting. He's kind of ‑ or at least it seems ‑ I mean, he's kind of immune to pressure right now. You know, he just plays his game. He goes out. He makes you play every time. And, you know, mentally, he's very strong now.

Q. What makes grass such an advantageous surface for him?

ANDY RODDICK: Everything. I mean, he serves and volleys. His slice stays low. You know, he likes the ball down a little bit. So take your pick.

WyveN
06-30-2004, 12:26 AM
From Navratilova:

When he hits his forehand he can hook it so that he can go cross-court or down the line, tailing away from you because of all the topspin. He can hit a forehand cross-court so that it jumps at your body, which is effective on any surface but particularly on grass because it's almost as though he's inducing a bad bounce because he makes the ball jump differently and that's what his kick-serve does as well
He's got spin on everything, he's got a heavy slice that stays low, he can float the ball so that it stays low and just dies on the court so you have to create all the pace, or he can knife it so that it skids through. On his groundstrokes he can hit it harder or can hit a cross-court ball that looks like it's going to be no problem until it suddenly takes off in the other direction after it bounces.

What a great analysis of Roger's game

Looks like Andy is in awe as well lol

eleven
06-30-2004, 03:07 AM
Andy Roddick, on reval Roger Federer.
Australian Tennis, June 2004

"Roger has his groove, and I have my groove. I respect him as a person and have no ill will toward him. We kind of both do our thing and have mutual respect. I like the way he treats people. I've noticed that from afar. He doesn't act high-and-mighty at all."

Confident, aggresive, patient, relax, and do your best are the keys that you need to defeat Lleyton! You can handle it. Gooooooo!!!! Roger!!!

erico
06-30-2004, 06:15 AM
Here is what Martina Navratilova said about Roger in the "Guardian".


Another title beckons for Swiss magician who has it all

Martina Navratilova
Tuesday June 29, 2004
The Guardian

Every generation has its maestro and for me that's what Roger Federer has been during the last year. He's been magic to watch, partly because he makes it all look so easy and that's always a sign of a genius, to make everything you do seem effortless. He might not have been at his best against Ivo Karlovic yesterday but he still looked in complete control.

Federer could be one of the greatest players of all time, without question. He's certainly got the hands and the balance to be.

These days the modern rackets enable you to do far more with the ball than used to be possible - I know I'm doing things with the ball now that I wasn't able to do before. A lot of players wouldn't know what to do if you put a wooden racket in their hands, but Federer would still be a magician even with a wooden racket. He's got a very compact swing but he generates so much speed and while he doesn't look that strong, he has so much wrist action on the ball and gives it a little bit of extra spin.

Other guys are playing well against him, too, and he's making them look silly. Players have no idea what's coming because he can spin the ball this way and that; he can hit the ball flat; he can serve and volley, ghost in when you're not expecting him or he can stay back. He's got it all.

He's like Martina Hingis with more power and more spins. I don't know what it is about the Swiss, but they seem to produce some fantastic players.

I was lucky enough to play mixed doubles with him in Hong Kong at an exhibition in January this year. When they asked me if I wanted to play doubles with Roger, I asked, "great, how much do I have to pay you?". It was a real treat because he was simply a joy to be on the court with. Then he asked me to practise with him and I got to hit for 45 minutes just one on one, which was phenomenal because I really got to feel how he hits the ball.

When he hits his forehand he can hook it so that he can go cross-court or down the line, tailing away from you because of all the topspin. He can hit a forehand cross-court so that it jumps at your body, which is effective on any surface but particularly on grass because it's almost as though he's inducing a bad bounce because he makes the ball jump differently and that's what his kick-serve does as well.

He's got spin on everything, he's got a heavy slice that stays low, he can float the ball so that it stays low and just dies on the court so you have to create all the pace, or he can knife it so that it skids through. On his groundstrokes he can hit it harder or can hit a cross-court ball that looks like it's going to be no problem until it suddenly takes off in the other direction after it bounces.

Roger looks the part right now and I'm sensing that he is feeling inspired by coming back and defending his title at Wimbledon. It was obvious when he won last year how much it meant to him and how he feels about the place and that's important, because you really have to embrace everything about Wimbledon and grass if you want to succeed here. You could see that even when he beat Sampras in the 2001 quarter-finals. Now Pete has gone and Roger is the king - the man that everyone is trying to get close to.

Because he's a great guy and such a wonderful player, everyone is saying nice things about him but it's important not to buy into the hype about you. Roger has his feet on the ground and I'm sure he's not reading a line of what is written about him. I never read anything that anyone was saying about me, at least until I was out of the singles competition. While it was going on I only ever knew what was happening when the press asked me a question. Reading about yourself can't help you because one way or another it just ends up putting more pressure on you.

Of course Federer isn't the only contender here. Lleyton Hewitt it getting back to where he was and showed that yesterday by getting past Carlos Moya, who has given him trouble in the past but I don't see him beating Federer in their quarter-final. Everyone left in the draw knows that they are going to have to play a heck of a match against the world No1 and even then they will probably still lose. If he continues to play the way he has been, then I don't see anyone taking three sets off him at these championships.

Of course Federer still has things to learn because no one ever knows all that there is to know about the game, but he looks to me like he feels invincible right now. He's undoubtedly the player to beat.

Mrs. B
06-30-2004, 07:11 AM
that's a good writeup from Martina, the Elder. ;)

merci, erico.

yanchr
06-30-2004, 07:15 AM
Thank you all for the quotes and articles :hug:

I think Martina is too sure to think that Rogi is not reading a line of what is written about him. Actually I think Rogi reads them a lot and quite enjoy reading them just as me:lol:

WyveN
07-09-2004, 12:38 PM
ZURICH (Reuters) - The only thing that can stop Roger Federer (news) now is himself, former tennis champion Martina Hingis (news) said Monday a day after her Swiss countryman captured the Wimbledon (news - web sites) title for the second year in a row.

"At the moment, only he can beat himself -- although he has become very strong mentally," Hingis was quoted as saying in the Swiss daily Blick newspaper.

"Before the Wimbledon final I thought: 'If anyone can beat Roger then it's Andy Roddick (news).' But that was not the case."

The level-headed 22-year-old came back from a set down to beat world number two Roddick in four sets.

Swiss newspapers Monday carried page-sized pictures of Federer on the floor after winning the final and congratulated him for sticking to his motto of: "It is nice to be important but it is more important to be nice."

Hingis, herself a former Wimbledon, Australian and U.S. Open (news - web sites) champion, said Federer now had to make sure he stayed focused on his training and is prepared to "say no."

"The whole tennis world is after you -- fans, media, sponsors and tournaments. That takes up a lot of time," she said.

But Hingis, who was forced to quit tennis last year aged just 22 due to a series of ankle injuries, sounded confident that Federer would master that challenge.

"Roger is the most talented and the most complete player on the tour. One gets the feeling that he can always move up one gear when he needs to," Hingis added.

ytben
07-09-2004, 01:09 PM
Thanks for the article Wyv. Nice word from Martina.

Hingie
07-09-2004, 04:27 PM
Yes, there is something about those swiss players. Honestly, the talent that comes out of Switzerland is phenominal. They don't produce all out power players, but they produce gifted, intelligent, all around talented players like Hingis, Federer, and even Shnyder to a certain extent.

Ketchup
07-11-2004, 04:50 AM
Yeh i wish i was from Switerland then i would have a chance to be famous!!

Skyward
07-11-2004, 03:39 PM
"He is a great player," said Andreev. "Anyone who can win Wimbledon on grass one week and then come and win a tournament like this on clay a week later has to be the number one in the world. It is two completely different kinds of tennis."

ytben
07-12-2004, 03:05 AM
Nice word from Igor. I haven't seen him playing tennis yet, but heard many good words about him.

LCeh
08-05-2004, 10:06 PM
Tennis Week: Roddick and Federer seem to have what you and Pete had...

Jim Courier: (smiling) Well come on now, he's won one of seven — I beat Pete more than that (Sampras was 16-4 against Courier).

Tennis Week: Yeah, yeah. Is there anything you learned from playing Pete that Andy might be able to apply against Roger?

Jim Courier: Well, Andy's not alone in having a difficult time in beating Roger. Like Sampras, Roger has the ability to raise his game a couple of extra gears if necessary. And he's shown that in the biggest matches he's going to do that and that's a frustrating thing for a player to know that he's playing well and that he's only going to get a chance to play Roger in a final. When Roger is playing earlier in a tournament, he might be a little more vulnerable. It's that type of Sampras-like feeling, I think, for the guys now, I would guess. In my era, with Pete, you knew if he got to the quarters he was going to be very, very hard to beat.

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I agree with Jim. If Roger gets to the QF of a tournament, the title is probably his.

*M*
08-07-2004, 01:06 PM
Federer is the best - official:

http://www.atptennis.com/championstour/news/stories/algarve_preview2.asp

That's that then. :)

ytben
08-07-2004, 01:28 PM
Great quotes LCeh & *M*. Thanks! I always enjoy reading what others(especially tennis players) have to say about Rogi.

Official indeed ;)

LCeh
08-29-2004, 05:14 AM
A member at Rogi's board posted this about Lendl:

No matter how generous Lendl is about the modern generation's fitness and stroke repertoire, there is only one player who lights his fire. 'Roger Federer is the only guy I watch for his strokes. He is just beautiful. He can hit every single shot you could ever think of. John and Ilie [Nastase] were very talented but you always knew there were some shots they couldn't hit. Not with Federer. I would go and watch him practise, he's so good.'

mitalidas
08-29-2004, 08:40 AM
A member at Rogi's board posted this about Lendl:

No matter how generous Lendl is about the modern generation's fitness and stroke repertoire, there is only one player who lights his fire. 'Roger Federer is the only guy I watch for his strokes. He is just beautiful. He can hit every single shot you could ever think of. I would go and watch him practise, he's so good.'

I had goose bumps reading Lendl's comments! :secret:

LCeh
09-03-2004, 03:56 AM
By Nick Bollettieri:

Roger Federer is by far the best player on the planet right now. I witnessed his ability first hand during a practice session between one of my students, Tommy Haas, and him. With each and every ball and every single movement, his focus seemed almost unhuman during the two-hour workout. Federer's performance was that of a true champion.

I predict that Roger Federer has a strong possibility of becoming the greatest player in the history of tennis. For the first time, even the old timers won't argue that he wasn't around to face the best of the best, including Laver, Gonzalez, Sampras, Lendl and Kramer.

WyveN
09-03-2004, 08:39 AM
Nice comment Lceh, is that recent? Wasn't aware that Nick had a connection with Haas.

Daniel
09-03-2004, 08:42 AM
thanks Lcheh :)

ytben
09-03-2004, 08:43 AM
Should be a recent comment Wyv. The practice match mentioned there took place Friday last week I believe.

PerezRoldan
09-03-2004, 08:44 AM
Nice comment Lceh, is that recent? Wasn't aware that Nick had a connection with Haas.

That's a very comment I read the Lendl article, and the old-timers love the guy and it's hard not to.

Haas was coached by Nick for years, and he should have used inhuman instead of unhuman.

rogicomel
09-03-2004, 09:13 AM
Rogi's too good to be true!

Ooh how much i missed Rogi (havent been to this forums since last month!)

LCeh
09-03-2004, 04:19 PM
Yup, it was during this USO. I found that quote from the "Nick's pics" for Day 3. :)

Mrs. B
09-12-2004, 11:52 AM
Henman on the Fed:

"He's playing absolutely phenomenal tennis," Henman said. "From a fellow competitor's point of view, you're always trying to find a way to sort of counteract the way that he plays. It's so difficult to do, because he's so complete in, I think, every area. I feel fairly confident he'll show again tomorrow why he's the No. 1 right now."

Yoda
09-16-2004, 01:10 PM
"If you take Roddick's serve and Agassi's returns and my volleys and Hewitt's speed and tenacity, then you've probably got a good chance against Federer," said the 30-year-old Henman, who failed to reach the first Grand Slam final of his career. "That's a lot of people involved in one player."

jtipson
09-27-2004, 09:53 AM
From an interview with Goran Ivanisevic in the Independent:

Does he subscribe to the widespread view that Federer is destined to become the greatest tennis player of all time? "Yes," he says. "I hit with him when he was 15, during a tournament in Basle, and I knew then he would be good, but not this good. If he stays healthy, it will actually be a miracle if he doesn't win more Grand Slams than Pete [Sampras]. The way he picks his shots is unbelievable. He is fast, he has a great volley, a great serve, great backhand, great everything. If I was his coach, what can I tell him? He is a magician with a racket. Even when he is playing badly, which is rarely, he can still do things with his racket nobody else can do.

"I have played him twice, and lost both times. At Wimbledon this year I hit with him, because he was playing Bogdanovic and he wanted some practice with a leftie. I am much older but it was still an honour to practise with him. If I had a young player I was coaching I would take him first to watch Federer. But I would also take him to watch Henman, you know. The press in England is not fair to Henman. He is a great player. The way he plays volleys, he is like a professor of tennis."

Yoda
09-27-2004, 10:57 AM
:yeah: Nice one Goran

crimson
12-05-2004, 05:06 PM
Amelie Mauresmo on Roger:

Amélie Mauresmo n'a pas caché son admiration pour le Suisse Roger Federer. "Il a une sûreté hallucinante, une perfection technique incroyable et a connu une saison exceptionnelle. Je peux essayer de m'inspirer de ce qu'il fait", a-t-elle souhaité.

Translation (from Amelie's forum in WTAWorld, thread here http://www.wtaworld.com/showthread.php?t=142741):

Amélie Mauresmo did not hide her admiration for Switzerland Roger Federer . "He has an incredible assurance, an incredible technical perfection and knew one exceptional season. I can try to inspire to me by what he does ", she wished.

Amelie has always been one of my favourite WTA players; and it's nice to see her speaking highly of Roger too. :)

Daniel
12-06-2004, 05:38 AM
Well said Momo and Goran :hug:

Mrs. B
12-06-2004, 07:54 AM
Goran :yeah:

i hope Amelie wins a GS. :)

fightclubber
12-06-2004, 12:51 PM
NOT LONG AGO, GUILLERMO CORIA, SAID SOMEHTING LIKE: WELL, FEDERER IS ON A DIFFERENT LEVEL FROM THE REST OF THE TOP PLAYERS. :devil:

RonE
12-06-2004, 01:24 PM
Goran :yeah:

i hope Amelie wins a GS. :)

Yes so do I, but her brain just seems to melt when she reaches the later stages at the events :(

Daniel
12-07-2004, 05:01 AM
well i dont think she will win a GS, i like her but so far she tends to choke at the very crucial matches.

Action Jackson
12-28-2004, 04:50 AM
This was from Moya after playing him at TMC.

Q. Does he intimidate other players? You're old enough, you can go back to the days when Sampras was at his peak. Does he intimidate opponents in the same way Sampras did?

CARLOS MOYA: Well, I think maybe not as much as Sampras, Agassi, Becker, Edberg. But maybe it's because I was much younger than them. Now, I see things different. He's much younger than me. Also, that he talks to all the players, he's very nice guy. I'm not saying that the others are not nice, but they are different - they go, they do their own thing and that's it. Roger is a guy that you can talk to him and he talks to you, he says "hi" every day. So that makes him not as intimidating like maybe the other guys.

RogiNie
01-03-2005, 03:30 PM
I like the quote of Hewitt: 'Roger has really cleaned me up this year. I'll go back to the drawing board and hopefully I can get him next year'. HEHEHE :angel:

asotgod
01-18-2005, 09:11 PM
Rusedski on Federer in the AUSOPEN 2005.

Q. You're one of the better students of the game among the players. How do you measure how well Roger is playing right now?

GREG RUSEDSKI: I think he right now is playing better than anybody I've ever played, from Sampras to Agassi. I mean, in Doha, he wasn't even at full tilt yet and he was pretty phenomenal because there's not really a noticeable weakness. I think Pete had a better serve than Roger does, but Roger disguises it very well and builds the point. He can come forward, he can stay back.

I think Roger, if he continues the way he's playing now, can go down as maybe the greatest player to ever play the game. That's hard to say, considering I played most of my tennis during the Sampras era, which everybody said there's nobody that's going to come along and do what he accomplished.

Q. Is there anything that strikes you and makes you go "Wow"?

GREG RUSEDSKI: His backhand used to be a weakness; now it's a weapon. His return of serve, I think he's one of the best return‑of‑serve players in the world. And he can basically do everything.

I think the only way to come at Roger is to come at him and just serve and volley and try to knock him off the court with big serving and just try to come forward. But he's handling every sort of tennis at the moment extremely well.

Q. What about the mental side? That seemed to be a weakness years ago.

GREG RUSEDSKI: I don't think there's any weakness there. I've never seen a No. 1 so relaxed and so well‑liked by all the players. I think he's a great guy, a great world No. 1, a great ambassador for the game. I think the players have nothing but respect for him.

lunahielo
01-19-2005, 01:36 AM
Great article. :)
Thanks, asotgod~~

asotgod
01-19-2005, 04:34 AM
sure lunahielo. anytime. If Fed wins his match, he will face Nieminen who just trashed Scrichaphan.

Mrs. B
01-19-2005, 07:30 AM
wow, nice words from Greggy.

thanks, asotgod! :wavey:

SUKTUEN
01-19-2005, 09:17 AM
Thanks ~~
Roger is kind and cute to make pepole love him~~~~ :hug: :hug: :smooch:

Mrs. B
01-19-2005, 05:35 PM
Serena Williams: "I wish I could play like Roger Federer".

Mrs. B
01-19-2005, 05:45 PM
Marat Safin, arguably the second-most-talented man on tour calls Roger "a magician"; '04 French Open champ Gaston Gaudio calls him "a genius"; for Agassi he is "an inspiration".

Rod Laver, whose Grand Slam season in 1969 may well be the only one comparable with Federer's 2004, is no less awestruck. Federer's anticipation and court sense, Laver says, leave him wondering, match after match, How did he do that? "It's uncanny," Laver says. "He's never out of place. But you think, How can he never be out of place?"

babsi
01-19-2005, 06:12 PM
At Wimbledon,last year,Serena W. told a reporter,that she has to hury up after her match,to get out of the shower,because after her Roger is to play on center court and she does not want to miss the match,because he plays the most beautiful tennis.

I mean, Serena says alot of things that make your head spin,but she got up a notch on my list after that comment.

SUKTUEN
01-20-2005, 05:36 AM
Serena Williams: "I wish I could play like Roger Federer".

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

babsi
01-20-2005, 07:29 AM
Who woudn´t?

RogiNie
01-20-2005, 01:12 PM
Oh.. i just love that sort of quotes!!! :D

shina
01-22-2005, 09:03 AM
from http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/aus05/news/story?id=1972296

Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova acknowledged that she only watches tennis on television "when I'm feeling really, really bored." And if she does, it's nearly always men's matches.

"I always like exciting matches, I always loved when Agassi played Pete Sampras, I thought those were classic matches where the tennis is unbelievable. Obviously Roger (Federer) is playing out of his mind right now, you can never get bored watching him."

Colosseo
01-22-2005, 10:04 AM
"you can never get bored watching him"
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Yes, that's true!

;)

I have the same feeling!

papa_papped_a_lop
01-26-2005, 05:23 AM
Andre Agassi
Tuesday, January 25, 2005


Transcribed Interview

R. FEDERER/A. Agassi

6 3, 6 4, 6 4

An interview with:

ANDRE AGASSI

THE MODERATOR: First question.

Q. What was the most difficult thing?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I suppose I suppose the most difficult thing and frustrating thing was the only chance that I had was actually break back to get into the set. I mean, you give a guy like that a lead and, you know, he can stretch it pretty quick.
I wasn't picking up his serve well tonight. He served close to the lines, so you get a lot of free points there. You know, I mean, he just outplayed me. It was too good.

Q. Is this hard to swallow?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yep.

Q. Any consolation, I don't know if you heard him on court afterwards, he said he thought you played better from the back of the court than he did?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, I mean, only chance I have is backhand to backhand with him. But that's a small place to hit the ball to with a guy that moves that well. And when he's serving that well, it gets a lot of free points. So you just can't get the match on your terms. I mean, I would love to play my strength to his less than strength.

Q. Where would you put his level of play right now?
ANDRE AGASSI: Way better than mine tonight, way better than mine. That's a hard game to stop for many reasons. We've seen it for a while. I certainly didn't do anything to make a dent in that.

Q. What is the sort of difference between his game and the rest of everyone else's game, just in percentage terms?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, he does everything well and a lot of things great. I mean, his movement is probably the most underrated part of his game, and that's right up there with the best of them. His forehand is one of the biggest. His serve is very accurate, great hold game, gets a lot of balls back in the court in return games, puts pressure on you, plays with versatility, comes in, slice, high topspins and drives through the court. So there's a lot he does out there.
I mean, you know, I preferred him slicing to me, but he has other options.

Q. So what's your advice to his next couple of opponents?
ANDRE AGASSI: I would suggest that his next opponents don't look to me for advice. That would be my advice (smiling).

Q. Good Open for you?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yes, you know, it's disappointing. I've spent a lot of years coming down here and having some real memorable matches and leaving with the trophy, you know. But I wanted tonight to be memorable. But it's one I'd probably prefer to forget.

Q. What are you most disappointed about in your play tonight?
ANDRE AGASSI: You know, I don't know. I guess I sort of need some time to make sense of it. I wasn't yeah, I dropped my serve early in each set. I mean, you're just asking for pain. And I felt like I got what I deserved in that regard.
If he's serving down three, four breakpoints, just to not lose a set, it's a big difference than the position he was in, just sort of always up. I mean, that makes your job even tougher out there not that it's not tough enough.
So I was just disappointed with not executing good shots early in the sets to give myself sort of a chance to settle into the match. I never got my teeth into it. And when I don't get my teeth into a match, you know, I can look pretty ordinary.

Q. You've seen a lot of guys in your career. People are starting to talk about Roger as somebody who's going to be an all time great. Where do you place him right now in the experiences you have, Sampras, the end of Connors, Edberg, these kind of people, Becker? Where do you place him right now?
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, it's not something really that's fair to do, to compare sort of greats. Everybody brings to the table their own strengths and weaknesses and how they match up. There's a lot of times on given days.
But he plays the game beautifully. I mean, the expectation for him to be one of the greats is certainly understandable.

Q. Do you have any inkling right now whether you'll be back here next year?
ANDRE AGASSI: No. That would be my plan, but a year's a long time.

Q. With your weapons, what can you do to try to beat him in the next couple of months?
ANDRE AGASSI: Listen, I need to be controlling the points from the back of the court, which means I need to get the chance to do that, which means I need to get more returns in play. It means I need to serve a little bit better to start the rallies off.
You know, tonight I started off missing a lot of serves. When I lost my service games, couple careless errors, a lot had to do with the pressure he puts on you. You know it early in the set, you can't afford to make mistakes at the wrong time. So I got to get myself into the match and then make him feel my game.
But, you know, tonight tonight he was playing with a nice cushion, you know, and he's set. He's too good of a player for that.

Q. Would you say that on clay you'd have more chances against a player like him with a game which is probably slower or not?
ANDRE AGASSI: I don't know. You know, past few years on the clay haven't been terribly kind to me. I've done this a long time, and the clay seems to be the toughest as I get older.

Q. You've had to get your eye in against some pretty devastating servers over the years, not least in the last round. Where would his rate there? How difficult is it to pick and how much has it improved over the last, say, four or five times you've met him?
ANDRE AGASSI: No, his serve has improved dramatically. I'd say his movement and his serve probably are the two things that stand out to me as what has improved over the last couple years.
It's not just about the serve; it's about what you have to do with the return. You know, I mean, he has a great hold game. If you don't put that return in the right spot, he's going to punish you with the next one anyhow. So it's not just about the serve; it's sort of his all around versatility that makes it hard to break him.

Q. The hiccup at Kooyong, did that play into this at all? You missed time; you had the problem.
ANDRE AGASSI: Listen, I came in tonight with the full expectation of being at my best. While I can say the leadup to here had a few more curves than I would have preferred, getting through that was good for my spirits. I felt turning the corner to the second week I was now in position to hopefully start raising my game to the level that's necessary. And tonight I didn't do that, but mainly because of him.

Q. What's your upcoming schedule, what do you think?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, hard to say right now. You know, we're going to sort of you know me. I have to play it by ear and make some good decisions.
But my schedule at the moment is San Jose, Dubai, Palm Springs, Key Biscayne.

Q. His movement, is he surprising you where he shows up? Is that part of it? You think it's going to be somewhere and he's somewhere else.
ANDRE AGASSI: Well, he's got anticipation. But it's more about his ability to make a court a lot smaller. Because he can cover so well to the forehand, it really allows him to sort of stay at home in the backhand corner. So that backhand corner gets smaller and smaller, sort of dares you to hit it to that forehand. There's a lot of times you do and you're thinking that's a good idea, then a second later you're going, "Why did I do that?"

Q. He dares you?
ANDRE AGASSI: Yeah, because he can cover so quickly, and not just get there but do something when he gets there. A lot of guys move well, but if they're not really set to hit, they can't generate a lot that he can generate on the full stretch. So he leaves an impression on you if you leave any ball hanging pretty quickly. You know, you got to play one heck of a match right now to beat him.

Q. Do you think he'll win the tournament?
ANDRE AGASSI: It would be silly not to favor him. But, you know, that's why we're all here, right?

Q. Can you give us any insight into what your conversation with Patrick McEnroe, how it went?
ANDRE AGASSI: I haven't spoken to him yet. He sort of decided to leave it till after the tournament.

Q. You had a little conversation with Roger at the net. You say anything special there?
ANDRE AGASSI: No, I just congratulated him. I told him, "Too good and good luck." I hope he has good luck the rest of the way. No, he just said he enjoyed playing against me and hopes that happens more. I said, "That makes one of us."

Q. Was there a moment where you thought you cannot win the match anymore today?
ANDRE AGASSI: You know, you always leave room. Experience tells you that things can change quickly and you have to get your teeth into it. There's just I would have loved the opportunity to break, to be at 5 All and, you know, who knows how it can go from there. You get into a tiebreaker.
But there was still a lot I needed to establish. I knew I was a long ways away from that. But matches can always change.

babsi
01-26-2005, 06:55 AM
Thank you for posting the interiew :)

papa_papped_a_lop
01-29-2005, 01:08 AM
SERENA ON ROGER: -- Serena Williams is a big fan of Roger Federer and was a jangle of nerves watching him on TV.

Federer lost to Marat Safin on Thursday night in a four-hour semifinal featuring eight match points.

"I was dying," Williams said. "I couldn't watch at one more point. I turned (the channel) when Federer was down 5-2 in the fifth, and then I turned back, and I was like, `Oh, I hate to see him lose.' I turned back, and it was 6-all. I'm like, Oh, my God. But then I turned again because I couldn't bear to watch."

Williams sounded like a charter member of the Swiss star's fan club.

"I think he's an amazing athlete, just his ability is second to none," she said. "I learn so much from his game. He's just so smooth and so solid, effortless."

Still, Williams wasn't surprised Safin won.

"I've always wondered why he didn't win more Slams," she said. "It doesn't necessarily surprise me because Safin is very tall and very strong and he has the ability I think to be the best."

papa_papped_a_lop
01-29-2005, 01:11 AM
Thank you for posting the interiew :)
The pleasure is mine :)

Colosseo
01-29-2005, 02:17 AM
`Oh, I hate to see him lose.'
Yes, me 2

laselva
01-29-2005, 03:43 AM
Serena was a Roger fan??? :eek: I didn't know that.
Oh, I like her now. (Guess yertersay's defeat really toched me in a very personal way....)

Fedex
01-29-2005, 04:11 AM
SERENA ON ROGER: -- Serena Williams is a big fan of Roger Federer and was a jangle of nerves watching him on TV.

Federer lost to Marat Safin on Thursday night in a four-hour semifinal featuring eight match points.

"I was dying," Williams said. "I couldn't watch at one more point. I turned (the channel) when Federer was down 5-2 in the fifth, and then I turned back, and I was like, `Oh, I hate to see him lose.' I turned back, and it was 6-all. I'm like, Oh, my God. But then I turned again because I couldn't bear to watch."

Williams sounded like a charter member of the Swiss star's fan club.

"I think he's an amazing athlete, just his ability is second to none," she said. "I learn so much from his game. He's just so smooth and so solid, effortless."

Still, Williams wasn't surprised Safin won.

"I've always wondered why he didn't win more Slams," she said. "It doesn't necessarily surprise me because Safin is very tall and very strong and he has the ability I think to be the best."
Thanks for this, though I am still not a big Serena fan, but she has good taste.

robinhood
01-30-2005, 10:23 PM
Thanks for this, though I am still not a big Serena fan, but she has good taste.

Just not in fashion

RogiFan88
02-01-2005, 04:59 PM
Part of an article on Marat:

Now, Federer versus Safin could be the headliner in 2005. "I don't think anyone can dominate the men's game. ... These two guys are the best," Lundgren said.

He was talking about Federer and Safin. They also provided him with his top two moments in coaching: Federer's first Wimbledon title, in 2003, and Safin's Australian Open breakthrough Sunday.

"This is No. 2," he said.

Lundgren thought about it some more and offered a revision: "Maybe level with No. 1. Tied.

shaoyu
02-01-2005, 06:18 PM
Hmmm, no one can dominate? I would like that Roger proves Lundgren wrong.

RogiFan88
02-01-2005, 08:04 PM
"But also have to understand that I'm not playing against just a simple player. It's the No.1 in the world, Roger."

- Marat Safin, after beating Rogi in the SF of the AO05

Jimena
02-01-2005, 09:38 PM
"This is No. 2," he said.

Lundgren thought about it some more and offered a revision: "Maybe level with No. 1. Tied.

Liar.

:devil:

robinhood
02-02-2005, 12:05 AM
Now, Federer versus Safin could be the headliner in 2005. "I don't think anyone can dominate the men's game. ... These two guys are the best," Lundgren said.


If Marat beats Fed twice in a row in a convincing fashion, then maybe.

Daniel
02-02-2005, 09:58 AM
the headliner will be that Roger wins : RG, Wimbledon and USO in 2005.

lilianspring
02-02-2005, 11:23 AM
I don't know if I should paste these words here,just read these on the official website of Tim Henman.There he answered five questions from his fans every week,and this Monday there are two about our Rogi,here them are.

Do you think Roger Federer, Marat Safin, Lleyton Hewitt and Andy Roddick are breaking away from the rest of the players at the top of the game?
From: Gbenga
Tim says: “All four of the players you mention have been ranked number one in the world and all four have won Grand slam titles, so they are definitely an elite bunch. I think Roger is still in a league of his own at the moment – you only have to look at his record over the past year or so to realise that and it took something a bit special to get the better of him at the Australian Open. Marat has always been an exceptional talent and obviously he’s starting to make the most of it now and there’s no doubt that on his day he can beat anybody – as he proved in Melbourne. Lleyton has improved a lot in the last year or so and he’s always going to be difficult to beat, and Andy has such a big serve and forehand that he also has the ability to compete at the highest level. Rankings don’t lie; there’s no doubt that they are the best four players in the world at the moment but as to how much better than the rest only time will tell. However, they all made the semi-finals of the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston as well as the Australian Open so it would appear that they are dominating the scene at the moment and therefore it’s up to the rest of us to try and do something about that.”


and the other one is so funny,lol

Is there any chance you will team up to play doubles with Roger Federer in any tournaments this year?
From: Chris
Tim says: “Roger and I get on well and we often practice together so I’m sure it would certainly be an enjoyable experience, but Roger and I tend to concentrate on the singles events at the big tournaments so I can’t see it happening at any of the major events.”

ytben
02-02-2005, 12:29 PM
Thanks lilian for the quotes :D :kiss:

Rogi & Tim playing doubles, why not? ;) I would love to watch them playing doubles together

yanchr
02-02-2005, 12:30 PM
Liar.

:devil:
With his swollen and wet eyes still clear in my mind......

Well... :o

fightclubber
02-02-2005, 12:40 PM
Hey Guys: I was looking at Marast forum and I found this quote of fatter than ever PL.
Lundgren enjoys working with Safin. "He's very open, he confronts you," he said. "Roger was no problem, but he'd just suck it in whereas if Marat doesn't like to hear what I'm saying, he says so. But I'll tell him whether he likes it or not."
"He's a very interesting young man. He reads a lot, watches a lot of movies, he's always keeping himself busy. He knows everything about food, too - the guy's amazing and he's not yet 25. He's nice to autograph hunters, he's nice to everybody."

Anyone can "translate me" what he meant about Rogi? That with roger he could not go deeper in "some areas" where? what?

HELP

silvy :wavey:

babsi
02-02-2005, 03:05 PM
I can remember,that I´ve read a statment like that - he basiclly said,that Marat would responde directlyto suggestion,whereas Roger would listen to his idear and than come back to tell him ,if he like it.
So Marat is more spontanious and Roger likes to think about something first.
I don´t know,but I tell my kids allways to think first and than act - just seems the smarter way to do things.

babsi
02-02-2005, 03:17 PM
With his wet swollen eyes still clear in my mind.... yanchr

PL is putting his mouth where the money is - there are more like him :(

SUKTUEN
02-02-2005, 03:25 PM
I dislike Safin 's coach

lsy
02-02-2005, 04:25 PM
Now, Federer versus Safin could be the headliner in 2005. "I don't think anyone can dominate the men's game. ...

:ras: :ras:


"This is No. 2," he said.

Lundgren thought about it some more and offered a revision: "Maybe level with No. 1. Tied.

:ras: :ras: :ras:

.......
.......
.......yeah...still very sour :tape: :lol: I'm ashamed of myself :o

babsi
02-02-2005, 04:56 PM
Isy - still very sour - I´m ashamed of myself

I guess, if all of us, who are still very sour, would move in with you,your place would be pretty growed!

lsy
02-02-2005, 05:06 PM
I guess, if all of us, who are still very sour, would move in with you,your place would be pretty growed!

:lol: I would be glad if all of the Federer Express passengers will stop by my place...we can drink, eat, watch the match again and curse and swear in our own language and talk about many possible ways Rogi could have ended the match with different results :haha:

It's much more fun than me doing it on my own with friend thinking i'm :cuckoo:

RogiFan88
02-02-2005, 05:14 PM
Quote:
Lundgren enjoys working with Safin. "He's very open, he confronts you," he said. "Roger was no problem, but he'd just suck it in whereas if Marat doesn't like to hear what I'm saying, he says so. But I'll tell him whether he likes it or not."
"He's a very interesting young man. He reads a lot, watches a lot of movies, he's always keeping himself busy. He knows everything about food, too - the guy's amazing and he's not yet 25. He's nice to autograph hunters, he's nice to everybody."

Silvy, I'll try to translate into Spanish for you!

sierra91
02-02-2005, 05:41 PM
I sat a couple of boxes away from Roger's at the TMC semi-final and, right after the match, Lundgren came over and congratulated everyone in Roger's box. They chatted for a few minutes and all seemed to get along quite well. From what I have been able to gather, the split between Roger and Lundgren was much more amicable than the press has made it sound and was something the two had decided on quite a bit earlier in the year for a lot of reasons, including personal problems Lundgren was apparently having. We also stayed at the same hotel as Safin and his group. Lundgren was always quite nice to people ... not snotty or pretentious. I don't believe a coach makes someone into a champion who would not otherwise be, but it's hard to imagine that Lundgren didn't have a positive impact and that he deserves some credit for helping Roger achieve the success he has. I would be surprised if Roger had bad things to say about him but this is not something I've followed real closely and don't claim to be an expert. But I was pleasantly surprised and thought Lundgren was quite gracious in the way he congratulated Mirka and everyone else in Roger's box after that intense semifinal in Houston.

RogiFan88
02-02-2005, 06:28 PM
Sierra, I think you are right... I haven't heard or read any negative comments fr Rogi re: PL anywhere, not even in SUI.

Jimena
02-02-2005, 07:59 PM
Anyone can "translate me" what he meant about Rogi? That with roger he could not go deeper in "some areas" where? what?

HELP

silvy :wavey:

Hola Silvy!

Creo que lo que quiere decir es que Roger se guardaba las cosas para sí mismo, pero que Safin dice su opinión de primera intención, le guste lo que le digan o no…

:wavey:

RogiFan88
02-03-2005, 12:33 AM
Gracias, Jimena, por haber traducido esto para Silvy! [es que no tenia tiempo... demasiado trabajo!]

federer_roar
02-03-2005, 03:29 AM
I sat a couple of boxes away from Roger's at the TMC semi-final and, right after the match, Lundgren came over and congratulated everyone in Roger's box. They chatted for a few minutes and all seemed to get along quite well. From what I have been able to gather, the split between Roger and Lundgren was much more amicable than the press has made it sound and was something the two had decided on quite a bit earlier in the year for a lot of reasons, including personal problems Lundgren was apparently having. We also stayed at the same hotel as Safin and his group. Lundgren was always quite nice to people ... not snotty or pretentious. I don't believe a coach makes someone into a champion who would not otherwise be, but it's hard to imagine that Lundgren didn't have a positive impact and that he deserves some credit for helping Roger achieve the success he has. I would be surprised if Roger had bad things to say about him but this is not something I've followed real closely and don't claim to be an expert. But I was pleasantly surprised and thought Lundgren was quite gracious in the way he congratulated Mirka and everyone else in Roger's box after that intense semifinal in Houston.

Yeah PL said he was burned out and kept repeating the same things before parted from Roger. The article was posted somewhere in the main discussion board RG website.

federer_roar
02-03-2005, 03:37 AM
Here you go.

Posted: Mon Nov 22, 2004 7:49 pm Post subject:

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hi, in case you have not read , here is a bit about Peter Lundgren.

http://www.chron.com/cs/CDA/ssistory.mpl/sports/2912725

Knack for crafting champs
Coach faced divided loyalties in Federer vs. Safin
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle


Peter Lundgren admitted it was a different experience for him, one he never quite got his arms around. He felt strange watching Roger Federer play, hoping he would lose.


Not in a bad way, though, because both parties say they remain good friends. But the man Federer confronted in the Masters Cup semifinals is Lundgren's new project, and the best possible measuring stick for Marat Safin would be how well his revamped game — and attitude — could hold up against Federer's expected onslaught.

The world's No. 1 player and now two-time Masters Cup champion had, of course, reached the top after spending more than four years under Lundgren's wing.

"Lots of thoughts, lots of things going through my head," the burly, taciturn Swede said of sitting in the players' box and, for the first time, not being in Federer's corner. "But nothing bad, just lots of positives. It's very nice to have your ... my players on the court at the same time."

Lundgren, a 39-year-old former touring pro himself who once cracked the top 25 in the mid-1980s, coached Federer from the time he was a 17-year-old prospect with enormous talent but deficient focus and motivation on through his Masters Cup title a year ago. While that title gave fair warning of what was to come in 2004, it also marked the end of the fruitful Federer-Lundgren partnership, by mutual decree.

Federer told him he needed to hear a different message and Lundgren agreed, conceding he'd taken his protégé as far as he could.

"I was burned out," he said. "I was just saying the same thing and I didn't have anything new to offer Roger. I was stuck. I needed a break, to get new ideas."


New offer
Shortly after he and Federer parted ways, Safin's agent telephoned to ask him if he'd consider working with the temperamental but also immensely gifted Russian, who had crushed Pete Sampras in the 2000 U.S. Open final but accomplished little of note since. Lundgren was intrigued but not ready to take on the challenge.

"I told him to call me back in four months to see how I was feeling," Lundgren said. "He did, so Marat and I met and I decided to do it."

The relationship was formalized at the Italian Open in early May. Lundgren would be Safin's traveling mentor.

There would be no short-order miracles, however.

"It takes time to get to know a person," Lundgren said. "I just tried to calm him down and make small (changes) in his game. Marat wasn't having fun on the court. He was playing like a guy ranked top 30, top 50 even, and he wasn't happy with that.

"He told me he wanted to do something different with his life. He said, 'I'm wasting my time.' But he said, 'OK, I'll give it my best for the rest of the year.' Then he won a tournament and (tennis) was fun again. The fighting spirit was there again. It was a relief for him ... and me."


'A classic match'
After a first-round loss at the U.S. Open, Safin went on to win three titles and 24 of 28 matches before Federer halted his renaissance with Saturday's memorable encounter, which ended with a 20-18 tiebreaker.

"They pushed each other to the limit — a classic match," Lundgren said. "Somebody had to win and it was Roger. Roger was at a higher level early, but Marat hung in there. The margins were small. Marat knows he had a chance to beat him. Now, next year, he can try to catch him."

yanchr
02-03-2005, 04:58 AM
With his wet swollen eyes still clear in my mind.... yanchr

PL is putting his mouth where the money is - there are more like him :(
umm........ Don't say so. I don't believe PL is of that kind ;) Well, I'm trying to stay indifferent toward him now... :o :p

Mrs. B
02-03-2005, 08:14 AM
...also when Roger won the AO last year and got to no. 1 he got in touch with PL and thanked him.

:)

fightclubber
02-03-2005, 10:32 AM
Peter Lundgren admitted it was a different experience for him, one he never quite got his arms around. He felt strange watching Roger Federer play, hoping he would lose.
The world's No. 1 player and now two-time Masters Cup champion had, of course, reached the top after spending more than four years under Lundgren's wing. ...

thanks
Guess it shows a bit both sides. Anyway, with all the bad feelings about Roger lost, we forgot PL, guide Roger several years and we cannot hate the man, eh?

Thanks for the article. Silvy

Daniel
02-03-2005, 11:30 AM
Thanks sfor the articlke :D

SUKTUEN
02-03-2005, 01:54 PM
the near days many new said Roger is not success in this year~

I read that article you post is feel better ~~thankyou

crimson
02-03-2005, 04:23 PM
Thanks to sierra91, federer_roar and Mrs B for the articles and info on Rogi and PL's relationship. :)

I also remember at the A0 2004, one of the TV presenters on the BBC coverage said he knew PL personally, and knew that the split between him and Rogi had not been on bad terms, and that they were still friendly when they did see each other. :)

crimson
02-26-2005, 02:05 PM
Henri Leconte's comments on Roger from a recent BBC website interview:

Who is your favourite tennis player at the moment?

Roger Federer, for sure. He has a game that can play on all different surfaces. I think he has to learn how to play on clay, to slide - it's a really different technique. I do think that he can win the French Open. It's the only one that he hasn't won yet.

I think he has the game and also the mentality to win that Grand Slam title and then to beat the record of Pete Sampras.

*M*
02-27-2005, 01:24 AM
Here's a nice long interview of Marat Safin that a few folks were kind enough to translate. At the very end are a few short comments on Roger. I know some people call him an oaf, but I see a guy much more intelligent than that. I think he really struggles between enjoying life/not taking tennis too seriously, and taking his tennis seriously. I'm glad Roger doesn't seem to have that problem.

I think he has a lot of respect for Roger and his talent. That was evident by his reaction at the net after match point. I don't understand why some people are upset by his comment about knowing the "secret" to beating Roger. I bet it's true that most of the top players know what they should do be doing to maximize their chances of beating him. Knowing and executing are two different things, though, especially since Roger is so good at thwarting game plans. I think Marat is well aware that he still has to play his best tennis to even have a chance of beating Roger.

Anyway, here's the article (some portions have appeared on GM):

http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1268378&postcount=422


<snip>

ON FEDERER

- Is it real to take down Federer?
- Difficult. He's a universal player almost without any weaknesses. Maybe I'm stronger physically, but his feel of the ball is exceptional.

- Maybe throw Federer off balance with some small tricks?
- He's very nervous during matches, but he wouldn't show it. Tricks are not welcome among us - there are strict rules. Only mutual respect. Of course, sometimes a player can get out of line, but it's healed pretty fast.

- With fines?
- Not necessarily. The etiquette violator can get boycotted, that's worse.

- What did Federer say in your ear in Melbourne?

- Wished me happy birthday, wished luck. The usual. He's a polite man, although some others shake your hand after a loss but don't look you in the eyes. You need to learn how to lose. I learned.

- After Dubai, there's a DC tie against Chile in Moscow. What are your impressions?
- They're serious opponents, Olympics champions. They're training in Sweden. A lot will depend on conditions, on the surface that we'll choose.

- Any preferences?
The faster the better.

- Will you get revenge for Athens?
- I explained already: I try not to look back. It's better to look forward. That way there's a better chance to surprise yourself and the others.


Translated by Tanya & Maria V

SUKTUEN
02-27-2005, 08:18 AM
thanks :worship:

Daniel
02-28-2005, 07:50 AM
thanks M :D

lsy
03-12-2005, 07:58 AM
Vijay Amritraj :

Moving on to world tennis we ask him about his favourite player. "Roger Federer," says he and adds, "his style of playing is a throw-back to our era of tennis. It's hard to get away from a Federer."

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1045584.cms

ok...I forgave him for choosing Safin to win vs Rogi while commentating for starsports AO SF ;)

SUKTUEN
03-12-2005, 08:11 AM
:worship: thank

lsy
03-12-2005, 08:14 AM
From Marat's IW interview (full transcrip in link below)

http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/players/interviews/interviews/05_safin5.asp

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Q. What do you think about the rivalry between you and the other three in the Top 4 right now? Looks like it's starting to materialize into one of those kind of special rivalries amongst four guys.

MARAT SAFIN: Hopefully will become classics, you know. This is probably the goal of every generation. Of course, Roger , he made -- he put the tennis on the higher level, much higher level. So like basically three of us were behind him. We've been there for a long time already, and we adjusted to his game so basically we can compete with him.

Everybody who wants to be in this top five, in top group of tennis needs to adjust himself to Roger . So basically he's leading the group. But I think it's good for tennis because tennis improve -- has improved so much that any guy who is in top hundred can play great tennis.

Q. What have you done to adjust your game to Roger's ?

MARAT SAFIN: Improve a lot of things. Improve being more professional, being more consistent, I guess, was not my case, but I'm getting there. But I think everybody who wants to be there needs to be consistent throughout the year.

Of course, there are going to be ups and downs and nobody can avoid this. But especially has to be as close as possible.

Of course, I need to have a complete game to be able to compete at a top level.

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

Looks like Rogi played a part in this "new" Safin ;)

It's great that Rogi's pushing everybody to work harder, and himself included, that's how we get to see even better tennis :yeah:

mer
03-12-2005, 02:42 PM
From Marat's IW interview (full transcrip in link below)

http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/players/interviews/interviews/05_safin5.asp

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



Also from Marat's IW interview


"I don't know, Roger , how he's still playing. It gets to a point, for him it's even tougher because for him it's so, so simple, tennis, he wins all the Grand Slams he wants, whenever he wants. Okay, he had bad luck against me. But he's No. 1 in the world. So for him it should be boring playing tennis. People should admire him. To come back and back, come back to the tournaments and play, everybody wants to beat you, and you can't -- you almost touching the roof. You touch the roof. Is difficult to come back and play. "

SUKTUEN
03-13-2005, 04:58 AM
Roger you are the King!!!! :woohoo:

GO to fight for your glord!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Daniel
03-16-2005, 12:00 AM
Roger :clap2:

fightclubber
03-16-2005, 12:21 AM
I was watching Cnn sports, a Lindsay Davenport interview, and my english is not superb but they asked if she have to choose 2 males to see a game who will be:
And She said. Federer- Safin. I saw those 2 at the AO and was a great match, giving everything. So id choose those, too, again and again, some of the best tennis Ive seen
(im not quoting ok? Is what I remember and word are not the same ):worship:

Nocko
03-16-2005, 12:39 AM
Yes, Lindsay... :p
Actuary I already watch that AO SF 4 times even it's take 4& half hours. :o
We can see almost every elements of tennis. Incredable!! He lost but proved that he is the champion!! :hearts:

Go Roger,Go!! :bounce:

federer_roar
03-16-2005, 03:15 AM
Also from Marat's IW interview


"I don't know, Roger , how he's still playing. It gets to a point, for him it's even tougher because for him it's so, so simple, tennis, he wins all the Grand Slams he wants, whenever he wants. Okay, he had bad luck against me. But he's No. 1 in the world. So for him it should be boring playing tennis. People should admire him. To come back and back, come back to the tournaments and play, everybody wants to beat you, and you can't -- you almost touching the roof. You touch the roof. Is difficult to come back and play. "


Pls somebody tells me Roger won't be soften by this sort of comment, he won't get cocky and complacent.

Daniel
03-16-2005, 05:16 AM
I was watching Cnn sports, a Lindsay Davenport interview, and my english is not superb but they asked if she have to choose 2 males to see a game who will be:
And She said. Federer- Safin. I saw those 2 at the AO and was a great match, giving everything. So id choose those, too, again and again, some of the best tennis Ive seen
(im not quoting ok? Is what I remember and word are not the same ):worship:


It would help her if she learns from them and fgiht once she gets to another GS final.

SUKTUEN
03-16-2005, 02:44 PM
Roger is good~~ ;)

babsi
03-16-2005, 03:35 PM
I´m not going to watch the AO SF until Roger retiers - so hopfully for many more years - I mean, I love tennis,but not that mutch - every point leads strait to hell,yikes!!!!!!!!!!

Lindsey is nice :) but yes, like Amelie she needs to learn how to fight - you are right ,Daniel.



__________________________________________________ ______________________
Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

SUKTUEN
03-16-2005, 03:38 PM
Roger may be can break the record of Sampras won 7 times Wimby~ :devil:

RogiNie
03-17-2005, 06:35 PM
I´m not going to watch the AO SF until Roger retiers - so hopfully for many more years - I mean, I love tennis,but not that mutch - every point leads strait to hell,yikes!!!!!!!!!!

Lindsey is nice :) but yes, like Amelie she needs to learn how to fight - you are right ,Daniel.

I've never seen anything of the AO SF yet too.. I've only seen the pictures.. and that was bad enough.... ;)

SUKTUEN
03-18-2005, 02:41 PM
you can go to " Let's post more Roger great picture " will find them

Nocko
03-18-2005, 04:48 PM
I've never seen anything of the AO SF yet too.. I've only seen the pictures.. and that was bad enough.... ;)
Why not? I know it's too painful to watch but Rogi played so stoic, tried everything he could, and never,never give up. :zzz: Open your eyes from the bigining to the end. and share his pain and disapointment :sad: and his brave...It's first match I saw him lost. I dropped tears and love him much more deeply than before... :hug:

oops, I really need to sleep, but my eys open because big lough from 'Feet'threads!! :o
:zzz: see you :bigwave:

Nocko
03-18-2005, 04:52 PM
:eek: How did I put :zzz: during the comment about AO.... :o

RogiNie
03-19-2005, 12:35 PM
Why not? I know it's too painful to watch but Rogi played so stoic, tried everything he could, and never,never give up. :zzz: Open your eyes from the bigining to the end. and share his pain and disapointment :sad: and his brave...It's first match I saw him lost. I dropped tears and love him much more deeply than before... :hug:

oops, I really need to sleep, but my eys open because big lough from 'Feet'threads!! :o
:zzz: see you :bigwave:

well.. first of all I couldn't watch his match, because I was at school, and they never repeat his match.. so I only saw a few short summaries of the match.. But if I had the chance I think I will watch the match... ;)

and the 'feet'thread is addictive isn't it? :p

RogiNie
03-19-2005, 12:35 PM
:eek: How did I put :zzz: during the comment about AO.... :o

you were just to tired.. ;)

Nocko
03-19-2005, 12:42 PM
you were just to tired.. ;)
:worship: :worship: :worship:

and the 'feet'thread is addictive isn't it?
What addictive means?:confused: ...my poor English :o

RogiNie
03-19-2005, 12:54 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:


What addictive means?:confused: ...my poor English :o

addictive... well... the feetthread is addictive, because you can't stop reading it.. it's too funny etc.

lsy
03-19-2005, 02:00 PM
According to Maria Sharapova (bagels lover of the day :tape: :tape: ) Rogi is the Mr. Perfect...

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

Q. Roger Federer has been dominating the men's game. Do you enjoy watching him? Do you get inspired at all by watching his talent, the way he plays the game of tennis?

MARIA SHARAPOVA: Yeah, well, you know, it's like he's Mr. Perfect and nothing's going wrong for him at this point. But, yeah, he's so talented. He just plays so loose. It seems like he's playing without any effort, you know, plays always by instinct, I feel. It's great to see such a champion on the court and off the court, as well. Of course you admire people like that.

http://www.asapsports.com/tennis/2005paclife/031705MS.html

SUKTUEN
03-19-2005, 02:59 PM
According to Maria Sharapova (bagels lover of the day :tape: :tape: ) Rogi is the Mr. Perfect...



Really that!~ But I do not like her~~

Roger looks also do not like her~~ :rolleyes:

Daniel
03-22-2005, 11:01 PM
:lol: Roger maybe likes Masha, she is nice and beautuful

SUKTUEN
03-24-2005, 09:55 AM
Because Shav said Roger is short in Wimby 2004~~ :rolleyes:

crimson
03-24-2005, 07:47 PM
Thanks to jazz_girl for translating and posting these comments here (http://www.menstennisforums.com/showpost.php?p=1403867&postcount=999), and for letting me repost them on this thread. :)

Coria on Federer:

"Es un tipo sencillo, que vive relajado; creo que ése es uno de sus secretos. El respeto del circuito se lo ganó con sus triunfos y pienso que hoy está dos escalones por encima de todos. El resto jugamos para llegar a la final. Es más: creo que hoy los únicos que le pueden ganar son David (Nalbandian) y Safin. Creo que hoy ya está jugando del modo que lo hará en la temporada europea de polvo de ladrillo"

"He's a simple guy, he's always relaxed; I think that's one of his secrets. He won the respect in the circuit with his triumphs and I think that today, he's two steps above all. The rest of us play to get to the final. In fact: I think the only two guys that can beat him are David (Nalbandian) and Safin. I think today he's already playing like he's gonna do it in the clay season"

Talking about Federer, I was watching an interview with Vilas and he said that all the big Champions have secrets of the game, and that sometimes if a player shows that he has potentian and earns respect, a big champion can give him some times, and Vilas is sure that some of the big names gave some tips to Federer, because of the way he changed his game. He also said: "I'm almost sure it was Borg, especially because he doesn't want to answer that question"

SUKTUEN
03-25-2005, 09:15 AM
Oh~~~ :devil:

intikab
03-25-2005, 08:06 PM
Comments from Agassi and Roddick taken from articles about the 2005 Nasdaq Open at Key Biscane:
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As Roddick begins defense of his Nasdaq title this afternoon against left-handed Spaniard Fernando Verdasco, there is no grand plan for overcoming Federer, no one shot that Roddick feels he has to perfect to even the odds.

"You can't become obsessed with beating someone who is arguably the best that ever played," Roddick said.
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"There's probably not a department in his game that couldn't be considered the best in that department," Andre Agassi said. "You watch him play Hewitt and everybody marvels at Hewitt's speed, as well as myself. And you start to realize, `Is it possible Federer even moves better?'"

"Then you watch him play Andy [Roddick], and you go, `Andy has a big forehand. Is it possible Federer's forehand is the best in the game?' You watch him at the net, you watch him serve-volley somebody that doesn't return so well and you put him up there with the best in every department."

"You see him play from the ground against those that play from the ground for a living, and argue he does it better than anybody."

Agassi gives a dramatic pause.

"So he's good," he says.
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SUKTUEN
03-26-2005, 04:53 AM
"You see him play from the ground against those that play from the ground for a living, and argue he does it better than anybody."

Agassi gives a dramatic pause.

"So he's good," he says.



I love this Roger~~~ :D :D :D

Daniel
03-27-2005, 11:38 PM
nice words from Coria :hug:

SUKTUEN
03-28-2005, 02:16 AM
Are Coria is friend with Roger ? :devil:

marchen
03-28-2005, 06:17 AM
Lujubicic on Federer at Sunday's PC :

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Q. What is missing for you to win against Federer? I mean, obviously...

IVAN LJUBICIC: It's not up to me, really. I really don't feel like I am doing something wrong. It's really, Indian Wells, I played one of my best matches of my life. It's just that these tiebreaks, I mean, he played unbelievable ‑ some half‑volley winners, stretch passing shots winners. I mean, when it comes to really important moments, he is raising his game just unbelievable high.

And last three matches that we played, it was always really close. But, I mean, probably Rotterdam we played a good match; Dubai wasn't really great, we were both struggling, it was a little windy and the balls were flying a little bit. But Indian Wells we both played well. Obviously, I mean, if I raise my game, he's raising his game again. I just need, I don't know, little luck maybe or little lack of concentration from his side or something.

But really, it's not like I'm thinking about that when I go to sleep. I mean, if I lose this year only to Roger, I would sign right now (laughing). I mean, he is the best player in the world right now ‑ maybe in the history of tennis. So to lose to him close matches, for me, it's good. :worship:

TenHound
03-28-2005, 07:33 AM
When any poor soul thinks they can rival Roger, the Gods, always keeping out a watchful eye, intercede.

This just in from article in today's sun-sentinel.com - Ljub. has a gimpy knee!! (While on the subject, pls. everyone go read the article. When Ljub got out of the shower, his stuff was all over the place, rather than in his locker. He opened his locker, a tiny one at that, to discover, prankster/exhibitionist Michael Llodra squatting inside - Completely Naked. Said he wanted some of that winning energy!! (But he's stripped several times before @tournaments.)

P.S. Where are the post-match interviews posted for Miami?

marchen
03-28-2005, 02:38 PM
When any poor soul thinks they can rival Roger, the Gods, always keeping out a watchful eye, intercede.

This just in from article in today's sun-sentinel.com - Ljub. has a gimpy knee!! (While on the subject, pls. everyone go read the article. When Ljub got out of the shower, his stuff was all over the place, rather than in his locker. He opened his locker, a tiny one at that, to discover, prankster/exhibitionist Michael Llodra squatting inside - Completely Naked. Said he wanted some of that winning energy!! (But he's stripped several times before @tournaments.)

P.S. Where are the post-match interviews posted for Miami?


yeah, Ljubicic mentioned that in the interview, that was really funny. :p
you can find those interviews at the Minami Master offical website, under the "news" section.

SUKTUEN
03-29-2005, 08:32 AM
Roger terrbile today~~

how did the argentina said? :rolleyes:

RogiFan88
04-07-2005, 04:36 PM
This is what Gaston says of Rogi:

—Dame tus tres favoritos para Roland Garros.
—Coria me gusta, Nadal también, Federer... pero tendría que prepararlo bien. De los tres es el que menos me gusta. A Moyá y Cañas les va a ir bien seguro...

-Give me your 3 favourites for Roland Garros.
-I like Coria, also Nadal, Federer... but he w have to prepare well. Of the 3, he's the least one that I like. Moya and Canas will do well for sure.

The fact that Gaston actually includes Rogi in his top 3 to win RG is saying sth... esp fr the RG CHAMPION himself [and one who can definitely beat Rogi on clay altho Rogi beat him last yr in Hamburg in the first rd!].

jtipson
04-07-2005, 04:49 PM
There's a new article on Tim Henman's site where he talks about Roger (since Miami).

http://www.timhenman.org/NEWS/fullstory.sps?iNewsid=165190&itype=5883

Daniel
04-07-2005, 10:34 PM
This is what Gaston says of Rogi:

—Dame tus tres favoritos para Roland Garros.
—Coria me gusta, Nadal también, Federer... pero tendría que prepararlo bien. De los tres es el que menos me gusta. A Moyá y Cañas les va a ir bien seguro...

-Give me your 3 favourites for Roland Garros.
-I like Coria, also Nadal, Federer... but he w have to prepare well. Of the 3, he's the least one that I like. Moya and Canas will do well for sure.

The fact that Gaston actually includes Rogi in his top 3 to win RG is saying sth... esp fr the RG CHAMPION himself [and one who can definitely beat Rogi on clay altho Rogi beat him last yr in Hamburg in the first rd!].


mmmmm
I wouldnt even consider Gaudio to win again RG. Roger has more chances of winning than Gaston.

SUKTUEN
04-08-2005, 04:08 PM
Go Luck in RG Roger~~~ :worship:

Daniel
04-12-2005, 02:16 AM
don not forget to wish him good luck for MC first Suktuen :hug: ;)

SUKTUEN
04-12-2005, 04:49 PM
Yes ~`Daniel ~~~

Who is the sexy guy in your avarat?

TenHound
04-13-2005, 01:01 AM
"I'm not playing at the same level as last year," Coria said. "But I'm on the right track and a few more wins at Monte Carlo will help me get my confidence back."
Coria says the defending French Open champ Gaudio and the rising star Nadal are the ones to watch this year at Roland Garros, not world No. 1 Roger Federer.

"Nadal and Gaudio have everything you need to be good on clay," Coria said. "Federer can be dangerous but he needs to be more patient. It could be a bit complicated for him."

SUKTUEN
04-13-2005, 05:25 PM
I like the match of Hamung final 2004 with Coria

Daniel
04-15-2005, 03:09 AM
Yes ~`Daniel ~~~

Who is the sexy guy in your avarat?

His name Is Hugo :drool:

RogiFan88
04-20-2005, 06:50 PM
Gaston says of Rogi:

"Está claro que Federer está bastante más arriba que todos los demás en el ránking. Está un pasito más arriba que nosotros y es admirable la humildad que tiene para seguir luchando sabiendo que ha ganado todo. Viene a jugar un torneo de tierra como si fuese la final de Wimbledon y eso es admirable siendo él ya tan grande. Habría que imitarle un poco."

It's clear that Federer is much higher than all the rest in the ranking. He's a little step above us and it's admirable the humility he has to continue to battle knowing that he's won everything. He has come to play a clay tournament as if he were playing the final of Wimbledon and that is admirable him being already so great. I [or we] should imitate him a little.

Nice respect, Gaston! ;)

Stevens Point
04-20-2005, 07:12 PM
Gaston says of Rogi:

"Está claro que Federer está bastante más arriba que todos los demás en el ránking. Está un pasito más arriba que nosotros y es admirable la humildad que tiene para seguir luchando sabiendo que ha ganado todo. Viene a jugar un torneo de tierra como si fuese la final de Wimbledon y eso es admirable siendo él ya tan grande. Habría que imitarle un poco."

It's clear that Federer is much higher than all the rest in the ranking. He's a little step above us and it's admirable the humility he has to continue to battle knowing that he's won everything. He has come to play a clay tournament as if he were playing the final of Wimbledon and that is admirable him being already so great. I [or we] should imitate him a little.

Nice respect, Gaston! ;)
Thanks for sharing!! :)

Nocko
04-21-2005, 01:41 AM
Thank you RogiFan88, good coments from Guston. :worship:

SUKTUEN
04-21-2005, 04:54 AM
His name Is Hugo :drool:


Who is he ? A pop star ? :lick: :lick: :lick:

Daniel
04-22-2005, 03:05 AM
Who is he ? A pop star ? :lick: :lick: :lick:

He is a model :devil:

SUKTUEN
04-22-2005, 02:42 PM
then Daneil who is the sexy guy in your avarat ? :devil:

Kosm
05-08-2005, 05:19 PM
TM: What do you think of Roger Federer?
Marat Safin: He’s the most complete player I’ve ever seen. One of the best players of all time probably. He can do everything, but also he’s very tough mentally. He’s too good. He’s so good he forces us all to progress; he puts the general game level on a higher scale. He can play every shots, every possibilities. Even when he doesn’t play well ha has enough talent to hide it. In reality he makes light of the difficulties. We can sometimes play at his level, but it is extremely difficult to stay at this level for long. To do that we have to work hard, very hard.

translated by Damita

SUKTUEN
05-08-2005, 05:37 PM
Is Daneil here ?

RogiFan88
05-21-2005, 10:04 PM
Justine Henin-Hardenne:

"I think the dream of Carlos [Rodriguez, her coach] would be that I would be the same as Roger Federer but in women's tennis. I think I will never be as relaxed as Roger. I don't have words to explain how strong he is."

RogiFan88
05-21-2005, 11:05 PM
Rafa Nadal:

"Oh yes, Federer is the best player right now. He has all the shots - very good forehand, great backhand, he serves great and volleys so well too and his slice is so difficult when he attacks. No other player can do all that.”

Daniel
05-21-2005, 11:12 PM
Is Daneil here ?

yes :wavey:

SUKTUEN
05-22-2005, 10:09 AM
yes :wavey:

Oh my godness~!!!

Why you always has many sexy guy avarat ? :bounce: :hearts: :hearts: