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LCeh
03-20-2006, 07:56 PM
:lol: Sorry for the lameness, can't think of anything creative, I will change the name to something funnier when anything comes to mind. Suggestions are welcome. ;)

Anyway, I thought I would take the initiative to make this thread since the draw is out.



(1) FEDERER, Roger SUI v Bye
Qualifier v CLEMENT, Arnaud FRA
HORNA, Luis PER v MAYER, Florian GER
Bye v (27) HAAS, Tommy GER
(24) ANDREEV, Igor RUS v Bye
BRACCIALI, Daniele ITA v Qualifier
TURSUNOV, Dmitry RUS v Qualifier
Bye v (14) FERRERO, Juan Carlos ESP

(9) BLAKE, James USA v Bye
BERLOCQ, Carlos ARG v (WC) YOUNG, Donald USA
(WC) PHILIPPOUSSIS, Mark AUS v SANGUINETTI, Davide ITA
Bye v (23) NIEMINEN, Jarkko FIN
(32) CHELA, Juan Ignacio ARG v Bye
RUSEDSKI, Greg GBR v YOUZHNY, Mikhail RUS
VLIEGEN, Kristof BEL v PASHANSKI, Boris SCG
Bye v (8) GAUDIO, Gaston ARG

(4) RODDICK, Andy USA v Bye
PAVEL, Andrei ROM v MARTIN, Alberto ESP
SEPPI, Andreas ITA v SPADEA, Vincent USA
Bye v (31) VERDASCO, Fernando ESP
(17) HRBATY, Dominik SVK v Bye
Qualifier v SRICHAPHAN, Paradorn THA
SAFIN, Marat RUS v HENMAN, Tim GBR
Bye v (13) HEWITT, Lleyton AUS

(11) FERRER, David ESP v Bye
MONTANES, Albert ESP v Qualifier
LOPEZ, Feliciano ESP v (WC) KUZNETSOV, Alex USA
Bye v (19) GROSJEAN, Sebastien FRA
(29) ROCHUS, Olivier BEL v Bye
MULLER, Gilles LUX v MIRNYI, Max BLR
MATHIEU, Paul-Henri FRA v DJOKOVIC, Novak SG
Bye v (7) CORIA, Guillermo ARG

(5) DAVYDENKO, Nikolay RUS v Bye
Qualifier v Qualifier
Qualifier v (WC) QUERREY, Sam USA
Bye v (25) BAGHDATIS, Marcos CYP
(22) ANCIC, Mario CRO v Bye
MELZER, Jurgen AUT v Qualifier
SIMON, Gilles FRA v SERRA, Florent FRA
Bye v (12) GASQUET, Richard FRA

(15) STEPANEK, Radek CZE v Bye
MALISSE, Xavier BEL v (WC) LAPENTTI, Nicolas ECU
MASSU, Nicolas CHI v SLUITER, Raemon NED
Bye v (21) ROBREDO, Tommy ESP
(26) BERDYCH, Tomas CZE v Bye
ZIB, Tomas CZE v ACASUSO, Jose ARG
Qualifier v GOLDSTEIN, Paul USA
Bye v (3) NALBANDIAN, David ARG

(6) LJUBICIC, Ivan CRO v Bye
BJORKMAN, Jonas SWE v VIK, Robin CZE
Qualifier v Qualifier
Bye v (30) VOLANDRI, Filippo ITA
(20) GINEPRI, Robby USA v Bye
CARLSEN, Kenneth DEN v SAULNIER, Cyril FRA
ROCHUS, Christophe BEL v MOODIE, Wesley RSA
Bye v (10) AGASSI, Andre USA

(16) KIEFER, Nicolas GER v Bye
SANTORO, Fabrice FRA v KARLOVIC, Ivo CRO
MURRAY, Andy GBR v WAWRINKA, Stanislas SUI
Bye v (18) GONZALEZ, Fernando CHI
(28) MONFILS, Gael FRA v Bye
MONACO, Juan ARG v CALLERI, Agustin ARG
MOYA, Carlos ESP v HANESCU, Victor ROM
Bye v (2) NADAL, Rafael ESP

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Quite a tough draw. Roger probably will have to face Haas in his second match, which will be quite tough. Hopefully he can play well in this tournament as well.

Rogiman
03-20-2006, 08:08 PM
The "Go Roger, tank Miami" thread :D

Seriously, I think it'd be a good idea for him to lose early here, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's got similar thought about it.

nobama
03-20-2006, 08:26 PM
You're nuts if you think Roger will purpously tank in a TMS event where he is defending champion.

RogiFan88
03-20-2006, 08:33 PM
What a draw! Haas, Andreev. Blake, Nieminen...again! Pandy, Paradorn, Marat and Lleyt all in one section! In the bottom half, Murray vs. Wawrinka? That's crap! Davyd, Ancic, Baggy and Gasquet in another section -- more crap draw! Not liking it that much but whatEver...

From West Coast Whale to East Coast Dolphin...

World Beater
03-20-2006, 08:38 PM
nadal has a nice dirtballing section to contend with...i guess we will have to wait for canada to see nadal against the big boyz.

RogiFan88
03-20-2006, 08:41 PM
nadal has a nice dirtballing section to contend with...i guess we will have to wait for canada to see nadal against the big boyz.

Just what I was thinking altho I w love it if Fena could do the job... but he's had shoulder probs lately and hasn't done well this year so far.

Well, I will be at TMS TO for a few days anyway -- I enjoyed that R1 match betw. Rafa and Charly in Mtl last yr -- it was the best of the tourney. Charly could have won it but you know, he can be a little lazy at times... he let his little bro win the match and the title. :p No, really, great match and the crowd was more for Charly than for Rafa.

By the time Rafa plays Marat or Nalby, it will be on clay...

World Beater
03-20-2006, 09:30 PM
some ppl think that rafa's draw is hard

:haha:

I dont really know how one could think so, but ok.

NYCtennisfan
03-21-2006, 12:24 AM
Federer got one hell of a hard draw but that's par for the course. :)

Longshot
03-21-2006, 12:32 AM
:lol: Sorry for the lameness, can't think of anything creative, I will change the name to something funnier when anything comes to mind. Suggestions are welcome. ;)

hmmm, well Fed is going for the "Double Double", back to back in both Indian Wells and Miami...

Fergie
03-21-2006, 04:44 AM
Tough draw for Rogi :eek:

Good luck! :bounce:

bokehlicious
03-21-2006, 05:35 AM
What a damn tough draw for Rog :eek:

yanchr
03-21-2006, 09:29 AM
some ppl think that rafa's draw is hard

:haha:

I dont really know how one could think so, but ok.
I don't get why Nadal always gets a much better draw than all the other top guys while Roger always gets about the toughest...

This draw is ok for Roger methinks...I can accept whatever draw for Roger now :p

nobama
03-21-2006, 09:57 AM
Hey, if Roger goes deep or defends this tournament at least the Fed haters can't bitch and complain that he had a piss easy draw. No draw is easy in these MS events. And if Roger keeps up the form he had in the latter stages of IW I have more confidence in him being in the finals than Rafa. I mean will Miami really play that much slower than IW? I thought I read that IW was medium paced, definately slower than US Open courts.

bokehlicious
03-21-2006, 10:26 AM
Hey, if Roger goes deep or defends this tournament at least the Fed haters can't bitch and complain that he had a piss easy draw.

True, but on the other hand, they won't miss the occasion to bash Fed if he looses in early rounds... Their point will be that with a 'decent' draw, Roger can't win :rolleyes:

Mrs. B
03-21-2006, 11:00 AM
Do you think Bye will upset Roger this time? :lol:

bokehlicious
03-21-2006, 11:30 AM
Do you think Bye will upset Roger this time? :lol:

Bye has quite the same chance as anybody else on tour :o

Dirk
03-21-2006, 11:59 AM
Hey, if Roger goes deep or defends this tournament at least the Fed haters can't bitch and complain that he had a piss easy draw. No draw is easy in these MS events. And if Roger keeps up the form he had in the latter stages of IW I have more confidence in him being in the finals than Rafa. I mean will Miami really play that much slower than IW? I thought I read that IW was medium paced, definately slower than US Open courts.

The heat and humidity slow down Miami which is perfect because if Roger has to he can wear Nadal's ass down again like he did last year but I say Federer 4 sets in the final.

yanchr
03-21-2006, 12:03 PM
True, but on the other hand, they won't miss the occasion to bash Fed if he looses in early rounds... Their point will be that with a 'decent' draw, Roger can't win :rolleyes:
No matter what, they will just keep bashing bashing and bashing even if Roger keeps winning winning and winning... :rolleyes:

So Roger, just keep winning winning and winning, for me to enjoy their bashing bashing and bashing :D :D

avocadoe
03-21-2006, 12:06 PM
touhg draw, but Roger may prefer to just keep playing his best...no time for letdown...he'll have a few days rest no and then just a run to the final and double!!! I'm hopeful after seeing his level of play on Sunday last :)
Good Luck Roger!!!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Billabong
03-21-2006, 12:08 PM
Very tough draw, but Rogi can do it:yeah:! GOOOOO FEDDDDDD:bounce:!!!!!!!!!

Dirk
03-21-2006, 12:22 PM
I don't think it is that tough. He just has Haas and then maybe James in qrts but Roger will take care of him. Roger is really in the final in IMO and Nadal will not have a shot here. Roger is more adjusted to his game and can wear him down over 5 sets if needed. No worries here. I would rather have MC than Miami though.

RogiFan88
03-21-2006, 02:00 PM
No matter what, they will just keep bashing bashing and bashing even if Roger keeps winning winning and winning... :rolleyes:

So Roger, just keep winning winning and winning, for me to enjoy their bashing bashing and bashing :D :D

Look, whether Rogi wins or loses [early or in the final, no diff], the hatas will bash no matter what. Fed fans can't win and neither can Rogi so don't even attempt to reason w them since they've long since lost their marbles.
:p

Rogi is clearly more comfortable in IW than in Miami -- he had a tough 5-setter last year beating Rafa... barely and previously lost the F to AA -- before that, he never did anything of note. Plus the crowds aren't so friendly in Miami.

Rogi won IW, which was far more crucial for several reasons. ;)

Rogi, just do your best, whatever happens in Miami. ;)

Longshot
03-21-2006, 03:05 PM
I would rather have MC than Miami though.

Me too, and I would rather Rome to Hamburg as well. Both MC and Rome are far better predictors of success at RG than Hamburg. If Roger goes F - W - W - SF over these next four AMS tourneys, I'll be very happy going into RG. :)

SUKTUEN
03-21-2006, 03:13 PM
So Fast to Open this thread!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

ExpectedWinner
03-21-2006, 03:41 PM
Hey, if Roger goes deep or defends this tournament at least the Fed haters can't bitch and complain that he had a piss easy draw.


Who cares what cretins say. The fact is that he's played everybody in the top 50 (except for Serra and Tursunov) for the last couple of years and beat them all .

NYCtennisfan
03-21-2006, 04:12 PM
Look, whether Rogi wins or loses [early or in the final, no diff], the hatas will bash no matter what. Fed fans can't win and neither can Rogi so don't even attempt to reason w them since they've long since lost their marbles.

Yep.

The fact is that he's played everybody in the top 50 (except for Serra and Tursunov) for the last couple of years and beat them all .


This 2.5 year run against the top 10, top 20, top 50, is the greatest run in modern tennis history. All comers have been beaten repeated times and it has been amazing.

RonE
03-21-2006, 04:34 PM
The "Go Roger, tank Miami" thread :D

Seriously, I think it'd be a good idea for him to lose early here, and I wouldn't be surprised if he's got similar thought about it.

I have been saying this all along- I want Roger to go to Europe and prepare for the clay as early as possible, and be well enough rested to have a really good run at Monte Carlo where last year after doing the IW-Miami double he was jaded by the time he reached the clay.

I don't think, however, that he would have such similair thoughts Rogiman. After playing so well in IW he is on a roll so he would want to maintain his momentum especially against the best players.

RonE
03-21-2006, 04:36 PM
The heat and humidity slow down Miami which is perfect because if Roger has to he can wear Nadal's ass down again like he did last year but I say Federer 4 sets in the final.

Dude, you just love getting way ahead of yourself don't you ;)

Final is a long ways away and who says Roger and Rafa will play each other in the final? There are no absolute guarantees in tennis today.

prima donna
03-21-2006, 05:14 PM
Hopefully Roger's able to maintain his current form, otherwise he could be upset in an early round match.

Rogiman
03-21-2006, 05:40 PM
I have been saying this all along- I want Roger to go to Europe and prepare for the clay as early as possible, and be well enough rested to have a really good run at Monte Carlo where last year after doing the IW-Miami double he was jaded by the time he reached the clay.
Right on, dude!
Always trust the jewish brain - those non-jewish people have no idea about anything! :lol:

Dirk
03-21-2006, 05:56 PM
Roger has an extra week this year between Miami and MC so he could be in better form come clay season.

Dirk
03-21-2006, 05:59 PM
Dude, you just love getting way ahead of yourself don't you ;)

Final is a long ways away and who says Roger and Rafa will play each other in the final? There are no absolute guarantees in tennis today.

I will go one even further and predict that Nadal's heel will explode in the final during the 4th set with Roger after Roger grinds it down to dust. :devil:

HOW IS THAT??????????????????????? :wavey: :fiery: :p

Rogiman
03-21-2006, 06:01 PM
I will go one even further and predict that Nadal's heel will explode in the final during the 4th set with Roger after Roger grinds it down to dust. :devil:

HOW IS THAT??????????????????????? :wavey: :fiery: :p
I'm cumming :drool: :o

rofe
03-21-2006, 06:26 PM
I would love for Roger to tank Miami so that he can get more practise on clay before MC but reading his interview after the IW final, I am not sure he will tank it. He said that after losing Dubai he was very disappointed and getting down on himself, so he was very nervous getting into IW.

Roger has a very competitive nature as far as I can tell so he will play well even if he feels "relaxed" going into Miami.

He may not tank Miami but if he considers it a good venue for experimenting with new skills and in the process losing a match, that would be great too.

nobama
03-21-2006, 06:36 PM
I want Roger to do well on the dirt too, but if he's going to tank (which I know he won't) then he should just skip it all together. Roger took time off after AO, I don't think he'll be burned out by the time he get's to MC.

mangoes
03-21-2006, 07:04 PM
Roger is defending a lot of points in Miami, he needs to have a successful tournament. The fact of the matter is that Nadal is on his heel chasing that no. 1 ranking. I do not think for one second that Nadal is just interested in maintaining his no. 2 ranking. I also think Roger is very aware of this fact so tanking a tournament as important as a MS is not an option. Furthermore , as Mirkaland said, Roger took a significant break after AO and even after Miami, he will still have a bit of a break. So, I don't think it's wise to wish Roger an early loss in Miami.

If Roger loses early in Miami, it puts a bit more pressure on him to perform during the Clay season to earn back those points. It would be better if Roger goes into the clay season chasing Nadal with less pressure on his(Roger's) shoulders the way Nadal has attempted to chase him(Roger) as of late.

nobama
03-21-2006, 08:08 PM
Rafa has a lot of points to defend as well but if he would happen to win Miami and Roger goes out early there will be a lot of pressure on Roger to do well in MC. Rafa didn't play IW last year and this year he made SF so he picked up points there. Roger has enough pressure the way it is with people wondering if he can beat Rafa on the dirt or win a "Roger slam". During IW Roger said he was worried about how he would perform because he didn't have a lot of matches under his belt and said he wants to go into the clay season match tough.

Rogiman
03-21-2006, 08:11 PM
Roger is defending a lot of points in Miami, he needs to have a successful tournament. The fact of the matter is that Nadal is on his heel chasing that no. 1 ranking.
Some stats:
Even if Roger loses 1st round, AND Nadal wins the tourney, Nadal will only cut 150 points off the 2000+ gap between them right now.

That's because Nadal made the final last year, therefore he's got 350 points to defend.

mangoes
03-21-2006, 08:38 PM
EXCERPT

http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?page=notebook


Nadal on Federer's heels?
Thanks to Blake, Federer was unable to get his revenge on Nadal, who beat him in Dubai. While Federer still owns a commanding lead in the overall ATP rankings, Nadal has beaten him three out of the four times they have met. With the clay court season starting next month, Nadal could potentially close the gap.

The question: Can Nadal overtake Federer for the No. 1 ranking this year?


McEnroe: I would say no, it's not going to happen and I'll tell you why.


First, there's no doubt Nadal is a dominant clay court player, but you have to remember he won two Masters Series on clay and the French Open in 2005. He's going to have to be 100 percent to do that again, just to defend his points.


I clearly believe Nadal has a little bit of a psychological edge in the head-to-head matchups with Federer (three out of four, including twice on hard courts -- that's not a fluke.) Nadal is in Federer's head to some extent. To give Nadal a chance to be No. 1, he has to perform at a Grand Slam other than the French. He has to have a big result at Wimbledon or the U.S. Open, and quite honestly, Wimbledon is a long shot for him.


Before I can say this is a rivalry for No. 1, we need to see Nadal do something outside of the French. Obviously he's capable, but he hasn't done it yet.

Rogiman
03-21-2006, 08:41 PM
I clearly believe Nadal has a little bit of a psychological edge in the head-to-head matchups with Federer (three out of four, including twice on hard courts -- that's not a fluke.)
Sad but true :sobbing:

NYCtennisfan
03-21-2006, 08:55 PM
Some stats:
Even if Roger loses 1st round, AND Nadal wins the tourney, Nadal will only cut 150 points off the 2000+ gap between them right now.

That's because Nadal made the final last year, therefore he's got 350 points to defend.

Wrong. Fed would lose 500 points (495 to be exact), and if Nadal won the tournament, he would gain 150 points. That would be a total gain of 645 points for Nadal which would drastically shrink Fed's margin because Fed has two tournaments counting that Nadal didn't play in: TMC and the AO.

Let's say that Nadal had not been injured or whatever and had played these two tournaments. Let's say he won 3 round robin matches in Shanghai and lost in the SF, and made it into the F at the AO (both conservative estimates). He would right now only be about 1200 points behind which could easily dissappear if Nadal defends his clay points. So, while the margin looks big, there are some tournaments that could really turn around the rankings and IW was one of them. An early loss by Fed there and a Nadal win would've meant huge gains for Rafa.

Rogiman
03-21-2006, 09:11 PM
Right, my bad! :o

mangoes
03-21-2006, 09:24 PM
Winning Miami is important to Roger and let's hope he is successful in his defense of the title. Personally, I think it's not only important in terms of points, but also from a psycological perspective. Nadal is putting pressure on Roger and that Dubai final didn't help matters. Roger needs to stroll into the clay season being able to say to himself, "hey, with all the pressure he(Nadal) attempted to put on me, I defended, now, it's my turn to put pressure on him to defend his two." Should Roger go out early and Nadal win this tournament, it will rattle Roger and may make him doubt himself as he enters the clay season................while giving Nadal even more confidence.

In terms of points, should Roger lose Miami early and Nadal win the title, there will no longer be a 2000+ points to play with............in addition to this, should Nadal perform better at Wimbledon and the US Open, he will close the gap even more (and while some may laugh at Nadal, I do not think it is so farfetched to expect him to perform well at these events). Lastly, Nadal isn't defending any point at the Masters' cup, he can only gain, so that can close the gap even further and turn the year end no. 1 position into a bit of a fight..............

RogiFan88
03-21-2006, 10:56 PM
Rafa also won Barcelona, which is a 60-pointer [like Dubai] -- that's 300 ranking pts he has to defend -- that tourney is the week betw. MC and Roma.

Basically Rogi doesn't have a lot of time or margin to breathe this year and he still has the pressure to win Miami.

RogiFan88
03-21-2006, 11:01 PM
Dude, you just love getting way ahead of yourself don't you ;)

Final is a long ways away and who says Roger and Rafa will play each other in the final? There are no absolute guarantees in tennis today.


ABSOLUTELY! ;)

I'm bored of all those GM threads prognosticating Rogi/Rafa finals in every tournament... just about. :rolleyes: Ho hum...

rofe
03-21-2006, 11:38 PM
Like I said in my earlier post, Fed is ultra-competitive so like it or not, he will take Miami very seriously. I just wish he would use this big stage to experiment more with his game. Sampras was always #1 at the end of the year (and that is what counts) even if he would concede it to someone else briefly during the year and that is something Fed, I hope, realizes soon.

Seleshfan
03-21-2006, 11:50 PM
rogifan88. Who's the guy in your av?

nobama
03-22-2006, 12:36 AM
I can't ever see Roger willingly conceeding the #1 spot during the year. He just cares too much. And I think he loves everything that goes along with being #1. Sampras was never as dominant week in and week out as Roger is but I think he plain didn't care. He cared about the Slams and ending the year at #1. As long as Roger stays healthy and the motivation is there I can't see him turning into Sampras. The only real similarity I see is him knowing when he can play at 75% and still win and when he needs to raise his level and play ninja style tennis.

RogiFan88
03-22-2006, 02:05 AM
rogifan88. Who's the guy in your av?

He's in Melbourne right now... ;)

World Beater
03-22-2006, 02:21 AM
i dont understand why people think he needs to tank miami? He already had a nice rest after ausopen. his matches in IW werent particularly taxing except against rochus.

He has more than enough time to play well in miami, and then go to monte carlo. Everyone will be making the transition at the same time. Nadal, gaudio etc. So i dont think roger has to take extra time to work on his clay game. His game is fine, now he just has to execute his tactics.

last year he had the right game plan but did not execute, this year watch out.

I think we will see a much more determined federer this year. He has said he is preparing mentally for RG already!!!!! And rochey is coming early just for the clay season. Watch out!

nobama
03-22-2006, 02:31 AM
i dont understand why people think he needs to tank miami? He already had a nice rest after ausopen. his matches in IW werent particularly taxing except against rochus.

He has more than enough time to play well in miami, and then go to monte carlo. Everyone will be making the transition at the same time. Nadal, gaudio etc. So i dont think roger has to take extra time to work on his clay game. His game is fine, now he just has to execute his tactics.

last year he had the right game plan but did not execute, this year watch out.

I think we will see a much more determined federer this year. He has said he is preparing mentally for RG already!!!!! And rochey is coming early just for the clay season. Watch out!Tony was with him in IW, so I'm guessing he'll be in Miami too and stick around probably till afte Wimbledon when Roger usually takes a long break. You're right, three of his matches in IW lasted no more than an hour or so and the final against Blake wasn't that taxing either. Every tournament he plays his mindset is he's there to win the tournament as it should be. There's no point in showing up if you have no intention of trying to win the tournament.

mangoes
03-22-2006, 02:50 AM
Just Wondering: Is Roger playing Monte Carlo?

TenHound
03-22-2006, 04:14 AM
the reason people think he should tank Miami is 'cuz he won IW & wants to win Paris. And don't forget 'cuz after winning IW & Miami b2b last yr. he wiped out his feet w/serious plantar fasciitis. In fact, IW was the best I've seen him move since Houston in '04.

Further, even if we take a wildly optimistic best-case scenario & say he wins Miami & Paris, the pressure would be exhausting, and almost certainly adversely affect him @Wimby. Better to go back to Europe, stop home & rest for a few days, be under no direct mental pressure for a few extra weeks, hire a clay court practice partner perhaps (Tony can't run anymore tho I heard his strokes are still exc.) & get extra time in practicing on clay. (I even thght. it would make sense for him to go down to Latin America this winter & play a few of those. Sure they may have easy draws, but I think his chances for winning Paris increase if he spends Feb-June on clay, w/only a quick break for IW. Then he's thinking of clay, exclusively.)

Also, read Mats bit from Inside Tennis recently in which he said Roger needs to practice on the stuff for at least a month first. If he takes Miami seriously, he's going to be sufficiently tired when he gets to Europe, that by the time he's rested he won't have a month of good preparation.

But, those of you w/the poinnts argument are persuasive. It just significantly dents his chances @Paris, imho. :)

rofe
03-22-2006, 04:24 AM
Just Wondering: Is Roger playing Monte Carlo?

His clay schedule is the same as last year so the answer is yes.

TenHound
03-22-2006, 04:27 AM
Of course, he could pull out of/tank M-C. :) Is he playing Rome?

rofe
03-22-2006, 04:27 AM
I don't think Roger will be physically tired if he wins Miami - he is more likely to be mentally tired and I hope he has enough motivation to get through the gruelling clay season leading up to Paris so that he is well prepared (mentally and physically) to give it his all at the FO.

TenHound
03-22-2006, 04:32 AM
That's my point, Rofe - he may be mentally tired - and if he gives his all in Paris, how the hell will he win Wimby. I fear that by not going out early, after maybe a round or two - so there is Zero Mental Pressure - such that he'd only lose some points - he's risking the far more points rich Wimby by giving his all in Paris.

landoud
03-22-2006, 05:53 AM
good luck roger

NYCtennisfan
03-22-2006, 06:15 AM
Right, my bad!

I wish your scenario was the correct one. If that was the case, Miami wouldn't matter at all this year and Federer probably WOULD skip it.

Puschkin
03-22-2006, 06:24 AM
Like I said in my earlier post, Fed is ultra-competitive so like it or not, he will take Miami very seriously.

I totally agree. Without this competiteveness and the determination to win every single match and tournament he plays he would not be where he is now. Behind his friendly gentleman-like behaviour (or on top of it;)) Roger is deadly ambitious. That is at least my humble opinion. I like this attitude. Being nice (what ever he says about it :p ) only will not bring you to the very top.

BTW: Can one anyone remember if Roger ever withdrew during a match or pulled out of a tourney when it had already begun?

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 08:19 AM
Those who think he won't be physically tired if he wins Miami must remember the conditions in Miami are twice as taxing as in IW.

And the matches are tougher, too, due to the slow condition.
If anything, this is as close as a HC tournament get to a clay one, and it shows in the success people like Guga (although he's not a good example, because he's done well in all of the american TMS), Coria, Gonzales, Nadal and others have enjoyed there over the years.

Just have a look at Roger's last year's results:


R128 Bye, () N/A
R64 Rochus, Olivier (BEL ) 14 6-3 6-1
R32 Zabaleta, Mariano (ARG ) 51 6-2 5-7 6-3
R16 Ancic, Mario (CRO ) 13 6-3 4-6 6-4
Q Henman, Tim (GBR ) 21 6-4 6-2
S Agassi, Andre (USA ) 8 6-4 6-3
W Nadal, Rafael (ESP ) 6 2-6 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-3 6-1

Ancic and Nadal aside, can you think of any other HC tourney where Zabaleta could push Roger like that...?

This is a dirtballers' paradise.

Dirk
03-22-2006, 09:23 AM
Winning Miami is important to Roger and let's hope he is successful in his defense of the title. Personally, I think it's not only important in terms of points, but also from a psycological perspective. Nadal is putting pressure on Roger and that Dubai final didn't help matters. Roger needs to stroll into the clay season being able to say to himself, "hey, with all the pressure he(Nadal) attempted to put on me, I defended, now, it's my turn to put pressure on him to defend his two." Should Roger go out early and Nadal win this tournament, it will rattle Roger and may make him doubt himself as he enters the clay season................while giving Nadal even more confidence.

In terms of points, should Roger lose Miami early and Nadal win the title, there will no longer be a 2000+ points to play with............in addition to this, should Nadal perform better at Wimbledon and the US Open, he will close the gap even more (and while some may laugh at Nadal, I do not think it is so farfetched to expect him to perform well at these events). Lastly, Nadal isn't defending any point at the Masters' cup, he can only gain, so that can close the gap even further and turn the year end no. 1 position into a bit of a fight..............

Nadal has 2300 points to defend this clay season. MC, ROME, BARCELONA, RG. In the summer he has those two clay titles to defend that are worth over 500 put together. I think he might skip them and play a hardcourt event in the US before Canada. Canada he has 500 points, then he has 3rd points at USO, China Open points, 500 Madrid points therefore we shouldn't be cutting short just how huge it is for Nadal to not only defend his points but come up with enough outside of those events to give him more than Roger's.

I do agree with people who think that he should win Miami just to put pressure on Nadal now, let him experience what Roger has been experiencing for the past 2 years.

Dirk
03-22-2006, 09:26 AM
Those who think he won't be physically tired if he wins Miami must remember the conditions in Miami are twice as taxing as in IW.

And the matches are tougher, too, due to the slow condition.
If anything, this is as close as a HC tournament get to a clay one, and it shows in the success people like Guga (although he's not a good example, because he's done well in all of the american TMS), Coria, Gonzales, Nadal and others have enjoyed there over the years.

Just have a look at Roger's last year's results:


R128 Bye, () N/A
R64 Rochus, Olivier (BEL ) 14 6-3 6-1
R32 Zabaleta, Mariano (ARG ) 51 6-2 5-7 6-3
R16 Ancic, Mario (CRO ) 13 6-3 4-6 6-4
Q Henman, Tim (GBR ) 21 6-4 6-2
S Agassi, Andre (USA ) 8 6-4 6-3
W Nadal, Rafael (ESP ) 6 2-6 6-7(4) 7-6(5) 6-3 6-1

Ancic and Nadal aside, can you think of any other HC tourney where Zabaleta could push Roger like that...?

This is a dirtballers' paradise.

They are tougher but not enough to stop Roger. Let's not forget it was piggy who was on the verge of cramping in the final not Roger. Roger had the tougher matches too. Roger will keep his focus more often this year I bet. He wants to keep this title badly. I SO SO WANT IW AND MIAMI BACK TO BACK WINS. I don't think anyone has done that before. Time to set a new record.

nobama
03-22-2006, 11:28 AM
In order to win the French Roger might have to sacrifice Wimby. But then again it's Roger and nothing he does ceases to amaze me. So if anyone could win FO and Wimby in the same year it would be him.

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 11:33 AM
I, for one, would like him to win RG, even if that means losing at Wimby, with all the pride I take from his dominance on Grass.

In terms of career achievements methinks a RG title stands taller than 4 Wimbys in a row.

Dirk
03-22-2006, 11:41 AM
I, for one, would like him to win RG, even if that means losing at Wimby, with all the pride I take from his dominance on Grass.

I terms of career achievements methinks a RG title stands taller than 4 Wimbys in a row.

RG will hurt his Halle form but not his Wimbledon form. Roger will still have tons of time to practice on grass. He could lose early in Halle and stay there playing doubles or just being a practice partner for others left in the draw or he could go to Wimbledon early. Roger can have his cake and eat it too on this one.

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 11:55 AM
RG will hurt his Halle form but not his Wimbledon form. Roger will still have tons of time to practice on grass. He could lose early in Halle and stay there playing doubles or just being a practice partner for others left in the draw or he could go to Wimbledon early. Roger can have his cake and eat it too on this one.
With you it always looks like he's some comic-strip figure, capable of jumping from buildings and stuff... :lol:

I don't expect him to win RG, BTW ;)

bokehlicious
03-22-2006, 12:27 PM
With you it always looks like he's some comic-strip figure, capable of jumping from buildings and stuff... :lol:


He's a NINJA, isn't he ? :o :D

avocadoe
03-22-2006, 12:38 PM
i think Roger will alright, barring injury...the adrenalin high of winning will keep him going for a while. I mean he comes into Miami off a win, yes pressure, is on to continue to play well from the start, but he's had almost 5 days off before he starts. Then once in the tournament, he'll try to win it. If he can it will be a BIG boost to his confidance, and he will go positive into the next leg of the journey. How clay will work out is unknown, but he wants to give it his all, and he will. Should he fall short there, he'll win Wimby. Should he win RG, the high of that will carry him through Wimby :)

PamV
03-22-2006, 01:19 PM
You're nuts if you think Roger will purpously tank in a TMS event where he is defending champion.

Besides tanking Miami is not a guarantee to win MC or Rome.

PamV
03-22-2006, 01:21 PM
I, for one, would like him to win RG, even if that means losing at Wimby, with all the pride I take from his dominance on Grass.

In terms of career achievements methinks a RG title stands taller than 4 Wimbys in a row.

I'd rather have him win both RG and Wimby !

SUKTUEN
03-22-2006, 03:17 PM
so?

NYCtennisfan
03-22-2006, 03:21 PM
Besides tanking Miami is not a guarantee to win MC or Rome.

Exactly and this is why he won't be doing any tanking.

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 03:28 PM
I'd rather have him win both RG and Wimby !
I'd rather be a multi-millionaire, find a cure to cancer, be a rock star and win RG and Wimby myself.

Not gonna happen though.

nobama
03-22-2006, 05:48 PM
Hey last year he made it to the semis, lost to Nadal and still was able to win in Halle and Wimbledon. The pressure on him to win Wimbledon last year was huge because he lost SF at AO and FO. I don't think he'll win both either, but it's not impossible.

Everyone thinks Rafa will win every clay court event he plays this year. I wonder what the media will do if that doesn't happen? :o

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 06:08 PM
Hey last year he made it to the semis, lost to Nadal and still was able to win in Halle and Wimbledon. The pressure on him to win Wimbledon last year was huge because he lost SF at AO and FO. I don't think he'll win both either, but it's not impossible.

Hey, I don't think it's impossible, just very unlikely.
Like many say - if anyone's got a chance - it's Roger, but his is slim too, unfortunately.

Physically speaking - you're right, only one match makes the difference from last year and a possible RG-Wimby double, but for me every time he wins a Slam it's a miracle, even though I know he's the best by far, so expecting him to win two in the space of 3 weeks is a luxury I can't afford...

nobama
03-22-2006, 06:35 PM
Hey, I don't think it's impossible, just very unlikely.
Like many say - if anyone's got a chance - it's Roger, but his is slim too, unfortunately.

Physically speaking - you're right, only one match makes the difference from last year and a possible RG-Wimby double, but for me every time he wins a Slam it's a miracle, even though I know he's the best by far, so expecting him to win two in the space of 3 weeks is a luxury I can't afford...Then he's going to have to give up one for the other. But knowing how much he loves Wimbledon I can't ever see him going into a year NOT making that a priority. He may have no choice but we all know how much he loves that event.

rofe
03-22-2006, 06:35 PM
It will be interesting to see how Nadal manages intense media expectation and the defence of so many points during the clay season leading up to the FO and during the FO. On other surfaces, he has been able to deflect questions by repeating the same answer again and again, "Roger is the best player, one of the best in history, I have a lot to learn blah blah". He could of course continue to do that but there will be no letup from the media about how much better he is on clay.

Gulliver
03-22-2006, 07:28 PM
Actually, I am not looking beyond Federer's first match ;)
If he wins that, I shall focus on the next one.

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 07:59 PM
It will be interesting to see how Nadal manages intense media expectation and the defence of so many points during the clay season leading up to the FO and during the FO. On other surfaces, he has been able to deflect questions by repeating the same answer again and again, "Roger is the best player, one of the best in history, I have a lot to learn blah blah". He could of course continue to do that but there will be no letup from the media about how much better he is on clay.
The boy is the most mature teenager I've seen in my life, both physically and mentally.
There have been many occasions already where he proved tougher than anyone else on the tour under pressure, and his RG encounter with Gasquet last year just showed the huge mental and physical gap between him and his fellow young guns.

Seeing as he's also very kind (off court) and well educated, I think he's capable of carrying his media duties with ease.

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 08:46 PM
Miami 1st round, today :

C.Rochus def. W. Moodie 2:6 6:4 6:4

Bad flashbacks :o

Dirk
03-22-2006, 09:04 PM
He's a NINJA, isn't he ? :o :D

YES HE IS NNNNNNNNNIIIIIINNNNNNNJJJJJJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA :bounce:

Dirk
03-22-2006, 09:06 PM
The boy is the most mature teenager I've seen in my life, both physically and mentally.
There have been many occasions already where he proved tougher than anyone else on the tour under pressure, and his RG encounter with Gasquet last year just showed the huge mental and physical gap between him and his fellow young guns.

Seeing as he's also very kind (off court) and well educated, I think he's capable of carrying his media duties with ease.

Richard was not good in that match but Nadal was great there. It is hard to say, Nadal is not in the Roger's situation and expectations can get to people. Have to see how he deals with it but it doesn't matter as long as Roger plays him with focusing fully in the match.

mangoes
03-22-2006, 09:06 PM
The boy is the most mature teenager I've seen in my life, both physically and mentally.
There have been many occasions already where he proved tougher than anyone else on the tour under pressure, and his RG encounter with Gasquet last year just showed the huge mental and physical gap between him and his fellow young guns.

Seeing as he's also very kind (off court) and well educated, I think he's capable of carrying his media duties with ease.


Nadal is 19, the teenage years are basically over. Aren't they over at 18? There are many other 19 year olds that are just as mentally tough and gifted in different avenues of life. At 19, I was doing my senior year of college. Nadal is gifted in his field and has been raised to be confident about his abilities. It's no different than some of you guys online that are confident in your abilities to excel at a job at a young age vs other people your ages that would simply fail if placed in your positions. So, I agree with you rogiman, he will handle the pressure just fine..........

Nevertheless, I still think Roger is the better tennis player at this point, so, I want to see Roger win FO and I actually feel very good about his chances.

Rogiman
03-22-2006, 09:11 PM
Nadal is 19, the teenage years are basically over. Aren't they over at 18? It's pronounced nineteen, I thought teen is teen :shrug:There are many other 19 year olds that are just as mentally tough and gifted in different avenues of life. At 19, I was doing my senior year of college.Really...? :eek:
At 19 I had been a souldier for a year already, and not a truly gifted one :o

mangoes
03-22-2006, 09:12 PM
Then he's going to have to give up one for the other. But knowing how much he loves Wimbledon I can't ever see him going into a year NOT making that a priority. He may have no choice but we all know how much he loves that event.


Roger isn't really facing many obstacles on the grass, so it may not be so very hard for him to win FO and go on to win Wimbledon. I don't have as much confidence in him winning the US Open this year. I'm actually thinking Nadal will win it if Roger wins FO and Wimbledon.

Dirk
03-22-2006, 09:15 PM
Roger isn't really facing many obstacles on the grass, so it may not be so very hard for him to win FO and go on to win Wimbledon. I don't have as much confidence in him winning the US Open this year. I'm actually thinking Nadal will win it if Roger wins FO and Wimbledon.

:lol:

mangoes
03-22-2006, 09:17 PM
It's pronounced nineteen, I thought teen is teen :shrug:Really...? :eek:

Ok, forgive me in advance if this comes off a bit bitchy........someone at work is pissing me off...........but, I am quite aware of the 'teen' at the end of the word. What I am saying is that even though the word is spelt as such, the typical teenage years of a person are over at 18.

At 19 I had been a souldier for a year already, and not a truly gifted one :o

Are you a soldier by profession? Or was it your country's requirements that you were fulfilling? I'm not saying at 19 everyone should be gifted at everything, that's impossible. Some people are just finding themselves at 19. But if someone is already in his or her chosen career, it is quite possible the person is very gifted and mature.......

I just wanted to add, though, that there are downsides to having this level of responsibility at 19. If I had a choice, between Roger or Nadal's career progress, I'd choose Roger. I think Roger matured without pressure and that has been an asset in his ability to maintain such a high level of success over a long period of time. Even though he seems to be handling it very good, I'm sure Nadal is under a lot of pressure. I'm curious to see if he will have as much longevity as Roger at the top of the game...............personally, I doubt it.......

mangoes
03-22-2006, 09:19 PM
:lol:

Why are you laughing Dirk? At the prospect of Nadal winning the US Open? Well, I'm being generous and giving him one this year. I can't exactly be so arrogant as to say that Roger will win all 4..............and the prospect of someone other than Roger or Nadal winning a GS this year is just :rolleyes: in my book, but things can always change. I'm also saying that FO is Roger's this year.

Daniel
03-22-2006, 09:44 PM
Go Roger :D

TenHound
03-23-2006, 02:01 AM
Mangoes, Dirk might have been laughing at yr. statment that winning Paris & Wimby back to back "might not be so very hard".......I don't know how to do the laughing emoticons...so I'll just say in the style of you know who You Cannot Be Serious......

It was tough enough in Borg's day, but w/todays racquet technology & so many dirtball specialists, there's not enough time to recover mentally or physically bet. the two & still get in any grass court practice. (They should definitely add 1-2 wks. between the 2 to accomodate the new technology & makes it even vaguely feasible to win both.) Throw in Thuggy, who'll prob. go down as the greatest dirtballer in history.........nah "it won't be so very hard" at all....Chuckle, Groan!

TenHound
03-23-2006, 02:06 AM
I'm w/Rogiman on this, but somebody should start a thread just to weigh in on the probabilities of his winning both in the same yr. Or of winning even just FO...

SUKTUEN
03-23-2006, 02:25 AM
Roger not need to play the first round

mangoes
03-23-2006, 03:57 AM
Mangoes, Dirk might have been laughing at yr. statment that winning Paris & Wimby back to back "might not be so very hard".......I don't know how to do the laughing emoticons...so I'll just say in the style of you know who You Cannot Be Serious......

It was tough enough in Borg's day, but w/todays racquet technology & so many dirtball specialists, there's not enough time to recover mentally or physically bet. the two & still get in any grass court practice. (They should definitely add 1-2 wks. between the 2 to accomodate the new technology & makes it even vaguely feasible to win both.) Throw in Thuggy, who'll prob. go down as the greatest dirtballer in history.........nah "it won't be so very hard" at all....Chuckle, Groan!

I understand your point, but he may just do it :shrug: Last year, he made the SF and went on to win Wimbledon. He needed to win the SF and play one more match to get the FO. All I'm saying is that it's possible and it may not be as hard for him as we're thinking.............. His biggest obstacle for the FO is Nadal, and I still think Roger is capable of beating Nadal.

Rogiman
03-23-2006, 05:35 AM
Are you a soldier by profession? Or was it your country's requirements that you were fulfilling?
The latter :sad:
3 years.
Same with RonE, and any other Israeli.
you don't even get paid for that :o

lsy
03-23-2006, 06:54 AM
Only Miami, but I see the RG mood is already here ;)

Can't believe it's almost that "time" of the year again :scared:...I would love for him to win RG once in his career, even if that's on the expense of Wimby too. But of course if he can win both same year, then hell yeah!...wish it's as easy as it sounds on paper though.

As for Miami...no Rogi isn't going to tank it for sure. I can't picture him playing a master as the defending champion just for show :o

As for the title,

we have Rogiman "Unless you are going to beat piggy here, let's tank it"
for Mirkaland ":retard: Rogiman...why are you all obsess with Nadal?...players a/b/c/d/e/ can beat Nadal (repeat that for n times)..." (j/k Mirkaland :wavey: )
for me "GOOOOOOOOOOO ROGI ON CLAY!!! BRING ON RG!!!!!!!! What? This is Miami thread???"
for Ron "MIAMI, IW, MC, RG, I DON'T CARE!!! JUST BRING ME ROAST PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
for Dirk "NINNNNNNNJJJJJJJJJAAAAAAAAAAA in Miami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (just alternate Miami for any other tournaments in future)
or "Let's gooooooooo Rogi in Miami...boring? Fedtards forum, what you expect?"

:p

Sorry Levin...yeah still lame :lol:

RonE
03-23-2006, 11:33 AM
At 19 I had been a souldier for a year already, and not a truly gifted one :o

As long as some of the bullets you shot that strayed from their original target hit a wild pig or two, then there is hope for you yet! :D

RonE
03-23-2006, 11:36 AM
Only Miami, but I see the RG mood is already here ;)

Can't believe it's almost that "time" of the year again :scared:...I would love for him to win RG once in his career, even if that's on the expense of Wimby too. But of course if he can win both same year, then hell yeah!...wish it's as easy as it sounds on paper though.

As for Miami...no Rogi isn't going to tank it for sure. I can't picture him playing a master as the defending champion just for show :o

As for the title,

we have Rogiman "Unless you are going to beat piggy here, let's tank it"
for Mirkaland ":retard: Rogiman...why are you all obsess with Nadal?...players a/b/c/d/e/ can beat Nadal (repeat that for n times)..." (j/k Mirkaland :wavey: )
for me "GOOOOOOOOOOO ROGI ON CLAY!!! BRING ON RG!!!!!!!! What? This is Miami thread???"
for Ron "MIAMI, IW, MC, RG, I DON'T CARE!!! JUST BRING ME ROAST PIG!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
for Dirk "NINNNNNNNJJJJJJJJJAAAAAAAAAAA in Miami!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" (just alternate Miami for any other tournaments in future)
or "Let's gooooooooo Rogi in Miami...boring? Fedtards forum, what you expect?"

:p

Sorry Levin...yeah still lame :lol:

:spit: :haha: too good!!!! :worship:

*You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to lsy again.*

Dirk
03-23-2006, 01:50 PM
Why are you laughing Dirk? At the prospect of Nadal winning the US Open? Well, I'm being generous and giving him one this year. I can't exactly be so arrogant as to say that Roger will win all 4..............and the prospect of someone other than Roger or Nadal winning a GS this year is just :rolleyes: in my book, but things can always change. I'm also saying that FO is Roger's this year.

Roger might not win USO but I don't see Nadal winning it either. I could see Safin or someone else nabbing it. Rafa has much to prove at USO. I don't see him winning 3/5 sets and 7 matches at USO.

NYCtennisfan
03-23-2006, 04:17 PM
Roger might not win USO but I don't see Nadal winning it either. I could see Safin or someone else nabbing it. Rafa has much to prove at USO. I don't see him winning 3/5 sets and 7 matches at USO.

Last year I would agree, but Nadal continues to improve on hardcourts and he will continue to improve on fast hardcourts. I wouldn't count him out just yet.

nobama
03-23-2006, 05:31 PM
Last year I would agree, but Nadal continues to improve on hardcourts and he will continue to improve on fast hardcourts. I wouldn't count him out just yet.I wouldn't count anyone out. Rafa's not the only one improving either. I think it's way to early to tell who will be a contender for USO. Of course Roger will be the favorite (especially if he's still ranked #1) because he won it the past two years.

nobama
03-23-2006, 06:17 PM
I know this has nothing to do with Miami, but I saw on the ATP website stats that Roger is 31st in break points converted. :o Granted, he probably has more break point opportunities than anyone else, but still it's an embarrasing stat. The stat that really surprised me is second serve points won - Roger is 1st. :D He really needs to work on his bp conversions though. It's pretty sad when the likes of Justin Gimlestob, Paul Goldstein, Florian Mayer and Jiri Vanek have a higher break point conversion than Roger does. :o

Interesting though how for some of these stats (especially return stats) the dominant players aren't leading the stats. For instance Nadal doesn't make the top ten on any of the return of serve stats. Roger's not in the top 5.

ExpectedWinner
03-23-2006, 07:11 PM
Interesting though how for some of these stats (especially return stats) the dominant players aren't leading the stats. For instance Nadal doesn't make the top ten on any of the return of serve stats. Roger's not in the top 5.

It's too early. Nadal will appear on return stats after the clay season and some guys will improve their serving stats on grass.

nobama
03-24-2006, 04:31 AM
Someone on Roger's wesbite who saw him practice in Miami said this about his practice session:
As soon as they reallly started to hit the ball, this was what it sounded like: "Oh". "Wooowww." "Uggg!" "Oh my God, did you see that?" "That's beautiful". "I can't believe that". It was like listening to about 150 people watching fireworks or something. I could not BELIEVE the places the ball was falling, the form, the wrist snap -- I would describe the majority of Roger's winners as "CASUALLLY IMPOSSIBLE". Because it takes you by surprise how much he can do with seemingly so little effort!

We know it is just an illusion - but why can no one else create ANY kind of illusion on the court?? About 3 different times, the ball was struck with such pristine technique and placement and bounced so insultingly out of reach that both Robredo and the crowd laughed out really loud.I'm hopefull that this is a sign that he's feeling good and his game is 'on'. If Rogi continues to play like he did against Blake in IW I think he will go deep in this tournament.

mangoes
03-24-2006, 06:24 AM
The latter :sad:
3 years.
Same with RonE, and any other Israeli.
you don't even get paid for that :o

Oh ok, I didn't realize it was three years.......... If you don't get paid :eek: , I'm assuming it's not a full time job and you're able to have another job that pays or you're able to go to school while fulfilling your committment?? Do you agree with your country's mandatory policy about service in the army?

mangoes
03-24-2006, 06:27 AM
Someone on Roger's wesbite who saw him practice in Miami said this about his practice session:
I'm hopefull that this is a sign that he's feeling good and his game is 'on'. If Rogi continues to play like he did against Blake in IW I think he will go deep in this tournament.

That's great news Mirkaland. I'm so nervous for him :lol: :lol: I'm going to Miami on Saturday morning and I'm so excited. Unfortunately, I can't stay until the final because of work :sad:

SUKTUEN
03-24-2006, 06:35 AM
GO GO GO ~!!

Rogiman
03-24-2006, 08:54 AM
Oh ok, I didn't realize it was three years.......... If you don't get paid :eek: , I'm assuming it's not a full time job and you're able to have another job that pays or you're able to go to school while fulfilling your committment?? Do you agree with your country's mandatory policy about service in the army?
:lol:
No, it's a 24/7 job, with a weekend at home every couple of weeks on regular times and a week at home every month or so during operative occupation (Lebanon and such)...

Most Israelis don't attend universities before they're 23-24, I started at 22, which is considered to be extremely early :tape:

I can't agree or disagree with that policy since there's not much of a choice for us, seeing as our neighbours are not going to acknowledge our existence soon...

Velvetcat
03-24-2006, 11:53 AM
And don't forget 'cuz after winning IW & Miami b2b last yr. he wiped out his feet w/serious plantar fasciitis.
According to Roger he didn't suffer from this condition.

RogiFan88
03-24-2006, 12:11 PM
That's great news Mirkaland. I'm so nervous for him :lol: :lol: I'm going to Miami on Saturday morning and I'm so excited. Unfortunately, I can't stay until the final because of work :sad:

:cool: Don't forget to cheer on our Rogi vs. La Cle tomorrow!! Have fun! ;)

RonE
03-24-2006, 03:27 PM
Oh ok, I didn't realize it was three years.......... If you don't get paid :eek: , I'm assuming it's not a full time job and you're able to have another job that pays or you're able to go to school while fulfilling your committment?? Do you agree with your country's mandatory policy about service in the army?

While in the army you are not allowed to work unless you prove that your family cannot support you and you need to work to earn your living. The army will also help you and provide funding, housing.

As for this policy- as Rogiman said it is an inseparable part of life here. I wish of course it didn't have to be this way but the reality is, it is a matter of survival for us so it's a no brainer basically.

Besides, I can say for myself in hindsight if I could go back to when I was 18 and I had a choice, I would still go to the army. It gives you experience and teaches you responsibility very early on, and if you take the average Israeli at age 22 and compare them to say your average American, you will see the difference in maturity and perspective very clearly.

nobama
03-24-2006, 07:30 PM
This is the scoreline so far in the Rafa/Moya match. 6-2, 1-6 That looks like the scoreline of a WTA match. :haha: I'm sure Rafa will win in the end....but what if he were upset in R1? Oh my. :o:

nobama
03-24-2006, 07:36 PM
Rafa was broken 1st game of the third set. :eek:

mangoes
03-24-2006, 07:48 PM
This is shocking. Is he injured or something?

I suspect RonE is about to have a fantastic weekend.

nobama
03-24-2006, 08:02 PM
This is shocking. Is he injured or something?

I suspect RonE is about to have a fantastic weekend.Wow, I can't believe Rafa went down 1-6 1-6 in the second and third set. :eek: Now hopefully Roger doesn't have any brainfarts of his own. :o

mangoes
03-24-2006, 08:36 PM
Wow, I can't believe Rafa went down 1-6 1-6 in the second and third set. :eek: Now hopefully Roger doesn't have any brainfarts of his own. :o

I know, I was just thinking the same thing........... :lol:

nobama
03-24-2006, 08:45 PM
I guess this result shows that players know what they need to do to hurt Rafa. I think mentally it's different with Roger, but I still think overall he is the better player. Everybody knows exactly why Rafa gives him trouble. But if you asked people why Roger gives the rest of the field (excl Rafa) trouble, they couldn't come up with just one thing.

mangoes
03-24-2006, 09:03 PM
I think Roger wants to beat Nadal on his own terms using his own game. I don't think he wants to change his game to beat Nadal. But, I don't think Blake's style of play will have much impact on Nadal on a clay court. I am getting very excited about the clay season especially with the prospect of Roger playing all three tms. Roger seems to be really determined in his efforts for FO. Now, I hope, like you said Mirkaland, no brainfarts for Roger in Miami. Have a nice weekend :wavey:

RogiFan88
03-24-2006, 09:05 PM
Well, you know, in that great R1 match betw Charly and Rafa in MTL last summer -- it was such a hot humid day -- Charly could have won that match. He won the TB 7-0! "The best TB I ever played", joked Rafa! Nice revenge for Charly tho. Some interesting results so far this tourney... AA w/d [yay!], JuJu out, Tim beating the Oaf, now this huge upset... hope Rogi was taking note. ;)

RogiFan88
03-24-2006, 09:06 PM
Rogi s not change his game vs. Rafa...

nobama
03-24-2006, 09:42 PM
I don't think Roger should change his game to try and beat one player. He may have to tweak a few things, but I still think he has the game to beat Rafa.

Stevens Point
03-24-2006, 09:44 PM
Roger vs Clement, Saturday not before 3 PM local time! Does any online stream show this one?

TenHound
03-25-2006, 01:28 AM
Rofe had a great comment on Moya-Thuggy match thread in GM. "Man of the house has to win sometimes. Else too much friction :)

Move on nothing to see here."

Beyond that, it shows how seriously Thugs is taking Roger's challenge in Paris. Since he got to play his beloved mentor in his first match, it made for a perfect time to duck out & get back to Europe to rest up & start practicing for Paris. Roger would be wise to do likewise, but sticking around to pick up a few pts. first. Thuggy didn't play IW last yr, so he could substitute points w/out losing too too much.

nobama
03-25-2006, 03:11 AM
No way Rafa intentionally lost this match or doesn't care he's out of Miami. This was the one HC event everyone thought he'd perform the best at because of the slower surface. Just imagine if he and Roger had made the finals here and he beat Roger...what do you think Roger's mental state would be going into the clay court season? Yes, Rafa picked up points in IW but didn't he drop some clay court events that he played last year? Not sure how deep in those tournaments he went, but didn't he lose some points there?

Longshot
03-25-2006, 04:53 AM
Here's Rafa's Entry Rank Point situation.

Rafa's points from his best 18

Lapsed from 2005

Aus Open 150
Costa Do Sauipe 175
Acapulco 250

Remaining from 2005

Miami 350 (will fall out next rankings)
Monte Carlo 500
Barcelona 300
Rome 500
Roland Garros 1000
Wimby 35
Bastad 175
Stuttgart 250
Canada 500
Cinci 5
US Open 75
Beijing 175
Madrid 500

From 2006 wins

Marseilles 90 (not enough to make his best 18)
Dubai 300
Indian Wells 225
Miami 5 (will add into his next rankings)

Fed is defending 500 points in Miami himself. If Fed makes the semifinals or better, the gap between him and Nadal will increase.

LCeh
03-25-2006, 04:59 AM
Now that Roger is going to play his first match, I guess I will change the title. Still lame, but better than before I hope. Thanks to all those that contributed. ;)

Good luck on your first match Roger. :bounce:

landoud
03-25-2006, 04:59 AM
good luck Roger today

Nocko
03-25-2006, 11:20 AM
Good Luck Rogi! Stay healthy , focus well. It's tough road, but you can made it!! :D :D

Xristos
03-25-2006, 12:07 PM
How many more hours until we see the new look rogi??

avocadoe
03-25-2006, 01:42 PM
GOOD LUCK ROGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Billabong
03-25-2006, 02:22 PM
GOOOOOOOOOO FEDDDDDDDDDDD:bounce:!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 04:04 PM
GO, ROGI!!!

Like the title but is it hot there? Someone said it was kinda cold but I guess the weather is changeable at this time of year!

LCeh
03-25-2006, 04:53 PM
The Miami Heat is an NBA basketball team, but I think in the past years it's pretty humid and hot as well, so I thought the "pun" would apply here. ;)

I believe Roger's match is going to start in approximately 2 hours. Good luck! :bounce:

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 06:18 PM
Hey, we do NOT get the Miami FINAL on TSN btw... lovely! Just lovely... :mad: Ridiculous... :ras:

Bad enough I haven't seen IW SF betw Rafa and James nor yesterday's R2 Moya/Nadal match...

LCeh
03-25-2006, 06:46 PM
I hope they just haven't updated to April 2nd, so they didn't have the final listed. I guess we should check back tomorrow and see if they will change the schedule. Usually they show the final tape delayed even if they don't show it live... :tape:

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 07:06 PM
I've already checked the actual TV schedule until at least Tue and it's not there AT ALL...:sad:

fed4ever
03-25-2006, 07:49 PM
The final will be shown on CBS.

Here's TSN's TV schedule:

TSN (Canada)

Date Start (EST) End (EST) Notes
26-Mar 3:00 6:00 Tape Delay
27-Mar 0:30 2:00 Tape Delay
27-Mar 13:00 17:00 Live
28-Mar 3:30 5:30 Tape Delay
28-Mar 12:00 14:30 Live
29-Mar 0:30 2:00 Tape Delay
29-Mar 12:00 14:00 Live
30-Mar 3:30 5:30 Tape Delay
30-Mar 14:00 16:00 Live
31-Mar 0:00 2:00 Tape Delay
31-Mar 14:00 16:00 Live
1-Apr 0:30 2:00 Tape Delay
2-Apr 12:00 14:30 Live

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 08:30 PM
CBS? I forgot about that! -- LIVE? Noon?? Weird early time, just like IW... Thanks! ;)

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 08:31 PM
Anyway, Rogi up 62 and tied 2-all in 2nd. Clement's getting into this match now so Rogi better focus...

Haas up 60 on Horna and racing thru... :lol:

LCeh
03-25-2006, 08:40 PM
Thanks a lot for the info fed4ever. Glad to see that we will get the final. Hopefully Roger will make it there.

RogiFan, have you tried this (http://tvlistings2.zap2it.com/zipcode.asp?partner_id=national) site? This is normally pretty good for looking up tennis and other coverages.

EDIT: Weird, I did a tennis search and I found 0 results. That's odd, this has never happened before... :confused:

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 08:55 PM
I think I have... CBS, etc. are totally useless :rolleyes:!

Rogi 5-5 now and serving... getting tricky... HOPP, ROGI, just hold and break and win NOW!

Stevens Point
03-25-2006, 09:09 PM
ahh, 7 straight points in the tiebreak for Clemant??? I thought Roger was leading in the tiebreak 4-0...

nobama
03-25-2006, 09:11 PM
Roger better get his shit together otherwise he'll be going home like Nadal, Hewitt and Safin did. I'm a bit nervous about the third set because the frenchman is playing better right now. He had a lot fewer unforced errors that second set. Oh well, I just hope Roger can get back on track in the third and win this one. Go Rogi!

LCeh
03-25-2006, 09:13 PM
Roger lost 7 straight points in a TB? That's VERY uncharacteristic of him. I hope nothing is wrong....

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 09:15 PM
Oh, Rogi, honestly, why are you predictable in the 2nd set??

Rogi better just get his ass in gear in the 3rd and mow down La Cle... be merciless -- I sound like Dirk w his Ninja references... use your racquet as a samurai sword...

nobama
03-25-2006, 09:35 PM
The ESPN crew cracks me up the way they keep making excuses for Roger. At one point they even brought up the sun and shadows on the court. :lol: And then Mary Carillo's defense of Roger when he was bitching about the challenge (that never happened). It's obvious he's in a pissy mood because he shouldn't be in a third set. I wish they would tell it like it is. It's not like it's unusual for Roger to struggle early on in a tournament.

Stevens Point
03-25-2006, 09:37 PM
3 breaks up in the third,,, bagel coming?

nobama
03-25-2006, 09:37 PM
Oh, Rogi, honestly, why are you predictable in the 2nd set??

Rogi better just get his ass in gear in the 3rd and mow down La Cle... be merciless -- I sound like Dirk w his Ninja references... use your racquet as a samurai sword...We all know how Roger can be in the early rounds of a tournament. Look at all the good players that were sent packing after their first match - Rafa, Marat, Lleyton, Justine, Kim. As long as he gets through, that's all I care about. It just sucks he faces Haas in his second match.

RogiFan88
03-25-2006, 09:42 PM
Finally... Rogi d Clement 62 67(4) 60... just took a little longer than expected [maybe about an hour longer?] ;)

Now calm down, and regroup for Haas, cos he's going to be a LOT tougher. Better think of a strategy to get rid of him in straights.

Why is Rogi always so out-of-sorts in Miami???

Stevens Point
03-25-2006, 09:44 PM
Nice third set, Roger! But, he has more UEs than Clemant in the 6-0 third set? In this set, Clemant won 17 points (12 are from Roger's UEs)..

Anyway, congrats and viel viel Gluck vs Haas!!!

Sophie1030
03-25-2006, 09:45 PM
Well done! Roger! Come on! :bounce:

nobama
03-25-2006, 09:49 PM
Finally... Rogi d Clement 62 67(4) 60... just took a little longer than expected [maybe about an hour longer?] ;)

Now calm down, and regroup for Haas, cos he's going to be a LOT tougher. Better think of a strategy to get rid of him in straights.

Why is Rogi always so out-of-sorts in Miami???Um, he was out of sorts against Rochus in IW too but came through. At this point I don't care how he wins as long as he finds a way to do it. In IW he got progressively better as the tournament went on and played great tennis against Gasquet, Ljubicic and Blake. His form one day isn't necessarily indicitive of what his form will be the next. I'm sure he wasn't happy with his stats today but I'm sure he's relieved to be through (especially considering the likes of Rafa, Marat and Lleyton all went down) and have another chance.

stebs
03-25-2006, 09:51 PM
Why is Rogi always so out-of-sorts in Miami???

Rogi is always out of sorts everywhere, he can always step it up when he needs to as we saw in the third set.

I don't think this match is too bad, he cruised to the first set. Cruised to a TB and then was cruising to victory in it when suddenly Clement started playing great and Rogi suddenly found himslef in a third. He regrouped and cruised again.

peripheral
03-25-2006, 09:53 PM
The ESPN crew cracks me up the way they keep making excuses for Roger. At one point they even brought up the sun and shadows on the court. :lol: And then Mary Carillo's defense of Roger when he was bitching about the challenge (that never happened). It's obvious he's in a pissy mood because he shouldn't be in a third set. I wish they would tell it like it is. It's not like it's unusual for Roger to struggle early on in a tournament.

I think he had the right to be pissy about that challenge-that-never-was. Clement was too indecisive to actually make the challenge, then kept whinging on about it after both of them had walked to their chair. Either you make the challenge or you move on, otherwise it's just annoying.

Stevens Point
03-25-2006, 10:00 PM
How many more hours until we see the new look rogi??
the new look??
http://is.blick.ch/img/gen/v/3/HBv3slcA_Pxgen_r_450xA.jpg

makro120
03-25-2006, 10:00 PM
Wow, Federer likes bagels and he does it against great players! Here is the list of some players Federer has bagelled in his career:

This year:Kiefer, Haas, Blake, Clement, Baghdatis, Mayer

Some other great players:
Roddick, Hewitt (5 times on all surfaces, 3 different grand slams), Gaudio, Kuerten (on clay), Agassi, Coria, Nalbandian.

I guess when Federer is on no one can stop him. I would love to add Nadal to that list, we'll see about that.

nobama
03-25-2006, 10:06 PM
Rogi is always out of sorts everywhere, he can always step it up when he needs to as we saw in the third set.

I don't think this match is too bad, he cruised to the first set. Cruised to a TB and then was cruising to victory in it when suddenly Clement started playing great and Rogi suddenly found himslef in a third. He regrouped and cruised again.Well he was only broken once, so in that sense it wasn't a bad match. But he had a lot more UE's than Clement. Now maybe he doesn't care because he won the match anyway. I expect a different match against Haas, but doesn't mean he'll win. It just sucks he has to play such a high quality player in his second match of the tournament. :(

nobama
03-25-2006, 10:07 PM
Wow, Federer likes bagels and he does it against great players! Here is the list of some players Federer has bagelled in his career:

This year:Kiefer, Haas, Blake, Clement, Baghdatis, Mayer

Some other great players:
Roddick, Hewitt (5 times on all surfaces, 3 different grand slams), Gaudio, Kuerten (on clay), Agassi, Coria, Nalbandian.

I guess when Federer is on no one can stop him. I would love to add Nadal to that list, we'll see about that.Has Roger given out more bagles this year than anyone else?

makro120
03-25-2006, 10:12 PM
Has Roger given out more bagles this year than anyone else?

so far think so, Federer better watch out during clay season when Nadal wants a bagel at every oppurtnity he gets.

In 2004 he was the master in delivering the bagels, but in 2005 he got tired of bagels and had mercy for his opponents. That was until the tennis master cup when he started liking bagels again, specialy in the match against Gaudio he couldnt resist 2 tasteful bagels served in no time.

Rogiman
03-25-2006, 10:15 PM
:woohoo: 6th bagel of the season!

I wouldn't panic about the statistics line, those courts (under those conditions) practically play like dirt, and a negative winners/ue's ratio is to be expected.

MissMoJo
03-25-2006, 10:18 PM
:lol: @ Rogi asking Pmac after his matches at IW if his match was shown on t.v that day and looking confused if the answer was no, according to cliffy. Nice to know that Rogi echoes our frustrations

Rogiman
03-25-2006, 10:19 PM
Why is Rogi always so out-of-sorts in Miami???
Relatively speaking, you mean ;)

I'm almost sure he's got the best record in Miami (W+F) amongst active players right now in the tourney.

NYCtennisfan
03-25-2006, 10:42 PM
Federer's only problem today was that he was totally overconfident in that 2nd set and didn't do anything with the ball at all and expected Clement to make mistakes. Clement harldy made any mistakes and was able to completely control his serve games with the help of some errors by Fed.

On another note, Miami to my eyes is playing at least as fast if not faster than IW last week. This may change when more humid and "thick" conditions prevail, but right now, the court itself is not slower than IW. More aces have been hit and just as many winners in the early rounds.

Rogiman
03-25-2006, 10:48 PM
On another note, Miami to my eyes is playing at least as fast if not faster than IW last week. This may change when more humid and "thick" conditions prevail, but right now, the court itself is not slower than IW. More aces have been hit and just as many winners in the early rounds.
Alright then!
I assumed it played slow simply because the match lasted 2 hours, and included a 6:2 set and a bagel set, normally those take shorter, but I take your word for that :cool:

NYCtennisfan
03-25-2006, 10:50 PM
^Rogiman, it's really weird to see how slow the IW court has gotten because it wasn't always like that. It was like slothball this year, especially the first few days when the weather was not hot or dry.

Frankly, it's kind of dissapointing to basically see only about 6 or 7 tournaments with relatively fast courts all year. :(

Rogiman
03-25-2006, 11:08 PM
^Rogiman, it's really weird to see how slow the IW court has gotten because it wasn't always like that. It was like slothball this year, especially the first few days when the weather was not hot or dry.

Frankly, it's kind of dissapointing to basically see only about 6 or 7 tournaments with relatively fast courts all year. :(
The real sad aspect of this all to me is the disappearance of S&V tennis.

I know we've gone through this time and again, but I truly believe even the worst detractors of big serves and S&V wouldn't have hoped it would be taken to such an extreme.

I think about the players I used to watch in my childhood (back then in Israel we had one channel, but tennis was so big both in the country and abroad we've got quite a bit):
Becker vs. Edberg, Becker vs. Stich, then Sampras...
Now all you get is a bunch of Latinous Anonymous, all playing the same, digging in the dirt... :puke:

NYCtennisfan
03-25-2006, 11:38 PM
Yes, the changes in the game have basically made S & V tennis an anachronism. When your opponent can hit the ball for winners from 12 inches above the court, who is going to be coming into the net? Same thing when your opponent can now control the ball and hit winners from 10 fee behind the baseline with the new racquet technology. Combine this with slower balls and slower courts...it's just a losing proposition to come to the net unless you have just hit a huge serve or FH.

nobama
03-25-2006, 11:48 PM
So is Roger's deal with Wilson the first lifetime racquet deal for a player? Mary Carillo was talking about it on ESPN today and made it sound like it was. Although she loves Roger so much she makes everything about him seem amazing. :lol:

peripheral
03-25-2006, 11:52 PM
So is Roger's deal with Wilson the first lifetime racquet deal for a player? Mary Carillo was talking about it on ESPN today and made it sound like it was. Although she loves Roger so much she makes everything about him seem amazing. :lol:

:lol: yeah, she's such a blatant fangirl :p

nobama
03-26-2006, 12:04 AM
:lol: yeah, she's such a blatant fangirl :pIt's not quite as bad as that Simon dude on Eurosport, but close. I like her because she's not afraid to speak her mind (especially with the Williams sisters). But it's so obvious she's a Roger groupie it isn't even funny. And she's not a big fan of the challenge system...I wonder how much of that is because Roger isn't either.

NYCtennisfan
03-26-2006, 12:23 AM
Mary wasn't such a fangirl in last year's final against Nadal.

Xristos
03-26-2006, 12:42 AM
I dont know what to say about Rogis new shirt. I thought he will be wearong a crew agian. Its diffrent. Rogi hasnt wore a button shirt for a long time. Notice the no coller. I think it will grow on me eventually. They a going for a classiccal all white look for Rogi it seems.

Dirk
03-26-2006, 12:58 AM
Yes, the changes in the game have basically made S & V tennis an anachronism. When your opponent can hit the ball for winners from 12 inches above the court, who is going to be coming into the net? Same thing when your opponent can now control the ball and hit winners from 10 fee behind the baseline with the new racquet technology. Combine this with slower balls and slower courts...it's just a losing proposition to come to the net unless you have just hit a huge serve or FH.

approaches are the key along with athleticism, and great volley skills. Roger still should work on coming in more and doing more S/V on his first serve. His 2nd serve is so great that when he places it well he should come in too. You still need to have great passing skills and control and feel to hit those amazing new passes.

Dirk
03-26-2006, 12:59 AM
The real sad aspect of this all to me is the disappearance of S&V tennis.

I know we've gone through this time and again, but I truly believe even the worst detractors of big serves and S&V wouldn't have hoped it would be taken to such an extreme.

I think about the players I used to watch in my childhood (back then in Israel we had one channel, but tennis was so big both in the country and abroad we've got quite a bit):
Becker vs. Edberg, Becker vs. Stich, then Sampras...
Now all you get is a bunch of Latinous Anonymous, all playing the same, digging in the dirt... :puke:

I think they will start to move the other way soon and speed some more courts up. Oz should go back to grass next year.

Skyward
03-26-2006, 01:14 AM
Oz should go back to grass next year.

Keep dreaming, lol.

PaulieM
03-26-2006, 01:48 AM
:lol: @ Rogi asking Pmac after his matches at IW if his match was shown on t.v that day and looking confused if the answer was no, according to cliffy. Nice to know that Rogi echoes our frustrations
:lol: :worship: that's awesome.

nobama
03-26-2006, 03:13 AM
Mary wasn't such a fangirl in last year's final against Nadal.Well neither was I for the first 2 1/2 sets or so... :lol:

peripheral
03-26-2006, 03:31 AM
It's not quite as bad as that Simon dude on Eurosport, but close. I like her because she's not afraid to speak her mind (especially with the Williams sisters). But it's so obvious she's a Roger groupie it isn't even funny. And she's not a big fan of the challenge system...I wonder how much of that is because Roger isn't either.

:lol: She was really picking on Cliffy today, wasn't she? I almost felt sorry for the ol' guy :p

nobama
03-26-2006, 03:46 AM
:lol: She was really picking on Cliffy today, wasn't she? I almost felt sorry for the ol' guy :pYeah, she's going to make sure every one knows she doesn't like the challenge system....and that Roger Federer is skeptical too. She's gotta love the fact that she's against the challenge system and her fav player doesn't like it either.

SUKTUEN
03-26-2006, 03:02 PM
Well Done!!!!!!!!!!

Nocko
03-26-2006, 03:04 PM
Good Luck Roger vs. Haas. Stay healthy, relax and enjoy this tourny.

Focus well on 3rd Round. ;)

SUKTUEN
03-26-2006, 03:09 PM
good Luck Roger, when will Roger play?

oneandonlyhsn
03-27-2006, 12:27 AM
Allez Rogi :bounce: good luck

RogiFan88
03-27-2006, 02:45 AM
Rogi plays at 7.00 p.m. EST.

Most of my faves lost today: Nico, Fena, Carlos, Baggy but I don't mind Agustin or Ivan or Kolya... even Mario...

nobama
03-27-2006, 04:13 AM
Way to go Silvy for making front page news on Roger's website!

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=307

http://www.rogerfederer.com/data/img/0603_indianwells_sg_meetsilvy_3978.jpg

OFF COURT - AN AMAZING FAN-STORY


Silvana Galdi gets to meet Roger

"Working with the book for Roger's b-day was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had in my life. It was a moment of creativity and a moment to meet new people and find the real meaning of others. [remark: Silvy created a unique book for Roger's birthday]

December is xtmas time and also my b-day anniversary. Around the 15th I got a great surprise. The surprise of my life. Some printed pages that created a small booklet arrived in the mail. The booklet said "Dreams Do Come True, You are being sent on an all expense paid trip to Indian Wells and Miami." I could not react and maybe... thought it was a joke??? No, it was real. It was a present, from some of the friends I made while working on the book.

They got money together for my stay in both tournaments. Its unbelievable! They wanted me to see
Roger, because I never had the chance. Sometimes its hard to believe a friendship that started on an internet site can be so big and strong. I can say, I made 11 friends that are like sisters and have a golden heart. Those are things that happen at Roger's site. Those are things that start as a dream and sometimes, become reality....

I had less than 2 month to prepare everything So I had to get a passport, a visa, ask for my vacations.... and... 2 months later, after a BIG BIG run, I am here, in Indian Wells. Its unbelievable to be here, and see Roger live. Lots of us, fans, have no chance to see him playing live, and I was enjoying the beauty of his game only by TV for years.

I posted at Roger's site about my b-day gift. The reactions were so great. All the fans were happy for my trip. So I accepted to be the one that handles the famous Red Envelope. Finally 1 week ago I arrived to IW, the first tournament and with a BIG mission, to give the Red Envelope to Roger. Leslie and I arrived on the 9th in Indian Wells. The 10th of March, we saw Roger after an interview and he was walking signing autographs... and I came to him.. This is for you. He
smiled!. I introduced myself and we spoke for some minutes. Leslie took a picture and I did the same for her. The next day we saw him practicing with Tony and Yves. Again, after the practice, Roger went directly to a long row of fans and signed each of us an autograph. Incredible. I also could talk to him for some minutes. All the fans were happy!

On the 13th I went to my first match... ready to shout for my fave tennis person and player. With a red hat that says GO ROGER, A big argentine flag saying VAMOS ROGER and my name and country, and a Swiss shirt and Roger related shirts. I had the time of my life.. and I am still having it... writing reports to Roger fans, taking pics to share with them, rooting for Roger as loud as possible, to make up for all the years I could only shout at the TV, and spending some great time with my dear friend Leslie, her husband and meeting Roger fans all over the tennis center.

On the 24th I arrive to Miami and I'll meet some of the other people that helped to make my dream come true. We call ourselves the FED SISTERS. We are looking forward to having a great time there and meeting each other for the first time, rooting for Roger and letting our friendships grow and grow.

Thanks for making this dream a reality. Thanks to Leslie and Tommy, to my other FED SISTERS, to mom, and to Roger.

Hope to meet you soon..

Thanks for this unforgettable experience.



Silvana Daniela Galdi
Buenos Aires

Fergie
03-27-2006, 04:45 AM
Good luck Rogi! :bounce:

RonE
03-27-2006, 06:46 AM
Way to go Silvy for making front page news on Roger's website!

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=307

http://www.rogerfederer.com/data/img/0603_indianwells_sg_meetsilvy_3978.jpg

OFF COURT - AN AMAZING FAN-STORY


Silvana Galdi gets to meet Roger

"Working with the book for Roger's b-day was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had in my life. It was a moment of creativity and a moment to meet new people and find the real meaning of others. [remark: Silvy created a unique book for Roger's birthday]

December is xtmas time and also my b-day anniversary. Around the 15th I got a great surprise. The surprise of my life. Some printed pages that created a small booklet arrived in the mail. The booklet said "Dreams Do Come True, You are being sent on an all expense paid trip to Indian Wells and Miami." I could not react and maybe... thought it was a joke??? No, it was real. It was a present, from some of the friends I made while working on the book.

They got money together for my stay in both tournaments. Its unbelievable! They wanted me to see
Roger, because I never had the chance. Sometimes its hard to believe a friendship that started on an internet site can be so big and strong. I can say, I made 11 friends that are like sisters and have a golden heart. Those are things that happen at Roger's site. Those are things that start as a dream and sometimes, become reality....

I had less than 2 month to prepare everything So I had to get a passport, a visa, ask for my vacations.... and... 2 months later, after a BIG BIG run, I am here, in Indian Wells. Its unbelievable to be here, and see Roger live. Lots of us, fans, have no chance to see him playing live, and I was enjoying the beauty of his game only by TV for years.

I posted at Roger's site about my b-day gift. The reactions were so great. All the fans were happy for my trip. So I accepted to be the one that handles the famous Red Envelope. Finally 1 week ago I arrived to IW, the first tournament and with a BIG mission, to give the Red Envelope to Roger. Leslie and I arrived on the 9th in Indian Wells. The 10th of March, we saw Roger after an interview and he was walking signing autographs... and I came to him.. This is for you. He
smiled!. I introduced myself and we spoke for some minutes. Leslie took a picture and I did the same for her. The next day we saw him practicing with Tony and Yves. Again, after the practice, Roger went directly to a long row of fans and signed each of us an autograph. Incredible. I also could talk to him for some minutes. All the fans were happy!

On the 13th I went to my first match... ready to shout for my fave tennis person and player. With a red hat that says GO ROGER, A big argentine flag saying VAMOS ROGER and my name and country, and a Swiss shirt and Roger related shirts. I had the time of my life.. and I am still having it... writing reports to Roger fans, taking pics to share with them, rooting for Roger as loud as possible, to make up for all the years I could only shout at the TV, and spending some great time with my dear friend Leslie, her husband and meeting Roger fans all over the tennis center.

On the 24th I arrive to Miami and I'll meet some of the other people that helped to make my dream come true. We call ourselves the FED SISTERS. We are looking forward to having a great time there and meeting each other for the first time, rooting for Roger and letting our friendships grow and grow.

Thanks for making this dream a reality. Thanks to Leslie and Tommy, to my other FED SISTERS, to mom, and to Roger.

Hope to meet you soon..

Thanks for this unforgettable experience.



Silvana Daniela Galdi
Buenos Aires

Wow thats a beautiful story! Really touching

tonia9
03-27-2006, 06:56 AM
http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=307

http://www.rogerfederer.com/data/img/0603_indianwells_sg_meetsilvy_3978.jpg

OFF COURT - AN AMAZING FAN-STORY


Silvana Galdi gets to meet Roger

"Working with the book for Roger's b-day was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had in my life. It was a moment of creativity and a moment to meet new people and find the real meaning of others. [remark: Silvy created a unique book for Roger's birthday]

December is xtmas time and also my b-day anniversary. Around the 15th I got a great surprise. The surprise of my life. Some printed pages that created a small booklet arrived in the mail. The booklet said "Dreams Do Come True, You are being sent on an all expense paid trip to Indian Wells and Miami." I could not react and maybe... thought it was a joke??? No, it was real. It was a present, from some of the friends I made while working on the book.

They got money together for my stay in both tournaments. Its unbelievable! They wanted me to see
Roger, because I never had the chance. Sometimes its hard to believe a friendship that started on an internet site can be so big and strong. I can say, I made 11 friends that are like sisters and have a golden heart. Those are things that happen at Roger's site. Those are things that start as a dream and sometimes, become reality....

I had less than 2 month to prepare everything So I had to get a passport, a visa, ask for my vacations.... and... 2 months later, after a BIG BIG run, I am here, in Indian Wells. Its unbelievable to be here, and see Roger live. Lots of us, fans, have no chance to see him playing live, and I was enjoying the beauty of his game only by TV for years.

I posted at Roger's site about my b-day gift. The reactions were so great. All the fans were happy for my trip. So I accepted to be the one that handles the famous Red Envelope. Finally 1 week ago I arrived to IW, the first tournament and with a BIG mission, to give the Red Envelope to Roger. Leslie and I arrived on the 9th in Indian Wells. The 10th of March, we saw Roger after an interview and he was walking signing autographs... and I came to him.. This is for you. He
smiled!. I introduced myself and we spoke for some minutes. Leslie took a picture and I did the same for her. The next day we saw him practicing with Tony and Yves. Again, after the practice, Roger went directly to a long row of fans and signed each of us an autograph. Incredible. I also could talk to him for some minutes. All the fans were happy!

On the 13th I went to my first match... ready to shout for my fave tennis person and player. With a red hat that says GO ROGER, A big argentine flag saying VAMOS ROGER and my name and country, and a Swiss shirt and Roger related shirts. I had the time of my life.. and I am still having it... writing reports to Roger fans, taking pics to share with them, rooting for Roger as loud as possible, to make up for all the years I could only shout at the TV, and spending some great time with my dear friend Leslie, her husband and meeting Roger fans all over the tennis center.

On the 24th I arrive to Miami and I'll meet some of the other people that helped to make my dream come true. We call ourselves the FED SISTERS. We are looking forward to having a great time there and meeting each other for the first time, rooting for Roger and letting our friendships grow and grow.

Thanks for making this dream a reality. Thanks to Leslie and Tommy, to my other FED SISTERS, to mom, and to Roger.

Hope to meet you soon..

Thanks for this unforgettable experience.



Silvana Daniela Galdi
Buenos Aires

I had a big grin while I was reading this. Silvy :hug:

nobama
03-27-2006, 11:11 AM
Another post of a fan meeting in Miami on rf.com

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/fanzone/forum/topicview.cfm?uTopicID=13300&uPage=26

Puschkin
03-27-2006, 12:13 PM
Good luck tonight, Roger!

avocadoe
03-27-2006, 12:30 PM
Good Luck tonight Roger!!!!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

PaulieM
03-27-2006, 02:28 PM
good luck tonight rogi, hopefully i'll get my paper done in time to watch. :)

SUKTUEN
03-27-2006, 02:36 PM
SO GREAT TO YOU Silvy~!!!!! :eek: :eek:
GOOD LUCK Roger~!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship:

bokehlicious
03-27-2006, 02:55 PM
Good luck Roger and go through today !

NYCtennisfan
03-27-2006, 07:06 PM
What a great story Silvy.

oneandonlyhsn
03-27-2006, 07:42 PM
Good luck Rogi, please do some karate chop tonight http://yelims5.free.fr/Violence/Violence10.gif

RogiFan88
03-27-2006, 08:06 PM
Rogi just better do it in straights tonight... too many yukky guys winning today... in fact, has anyone worthy won -- OK, Blake.

HOPP, ROGI!! GO, ROGI!!! VAMOS, ROGELIO!!! FORZA, ROGERIO!!!

Daniel
03-27-2006, 08:38 PM
Vamos Roger. !!!! godo luck vs Haas :bounce:

nobama
03-27-2006, 10:53 PM
Rogi just better do it in straights tonight... too many yukky guys winning today... in fact, has anyone worthy won -- OK, Blake.

HOPP, ROGI!! GO, ROGI!!! VAMOS, ROGELIO!!! FORZA, ROGERIO!!!Yeah, Roddick won, but it was the serve that won it for him. That's why I have a hard time watching him. When his serve is on it's really boring because the points are really short, and once he gets into an extended rally he usually looses the point unless his opponent does something really retarded. I just hope Roger's on fire tonight. I want him to go for the kill straight away. And if he wins the coin toss I hope he elects to receive, not serve. Blake did that in IW and broke Roger on his first serve game.

onm684
03-27-2006, 11:06 PM
GOOOOOOOOO!!!! ROGER!!!!

nobama
03-27-2006, 11:39 PM
Phew...Finally! Typical that he can't easily serve out a set. :o Now just don't let up in the second set. You know Haas will shift into another gear, so no drifting off into dream land. Hopp Rogi!

bokehlicious
03-28-2006, 12:21 AM
Well done ninja !

nobama
03-28-2006, 12:22 AM
Way to go Roger!!! :worship: I didn't expect it to be that easy! I actually watched it with the sound turned down because the ESPN crew were so flat and boring. Obviously they were hoping for a more competitive match. I'm really glad about this win because the other day Haas was talking about how he thinks he can beat Roger. That's fine for him to feel that way (he wouldn't be playing if he didn't think that way) but it's not necessary to say it out loud. So I'm glad Roger crushed him. :devil:

LCeh
03-28-2006, 12:22 AM
6-1 6-3.

Good job Roger, glad to see he won quite comfortably. Hopefully he can keep this up. He will be facing Dmitry Tursunov in the next round. :bounce:

Billabong
03-28-2006, 12:23 AM
Awesome Roger, he was perfect tonight:yeah: Since IW, Rogi really elevated his level of play:D Continue Fed, GOOOOOOOOO:bounce:!!!!!!!

PaulieM
03-28-2006, 12:23 AM
rogi :bigclap: nice job, good luck against tursunov.:)

Stevens Point
03-28-2006, 12:28 AM
Roger! :D :D :D Nice win!!! But, I was scared when he fell on the ground in the 2nd set 5-3 Haas serving 0:15... In the slow motion it looked like he might have twisted his ankle, but I was glad when he stood and kept running,, eventually broke Haas' serve and won the match!! :)

NYCtennisfan
03-28-2006, 12:39 AM
Yes, it did look like he rolled his ankle, but didn't seem to show any lingering affects from it. Hope nothing comes of it.

Daniel
03-28-2006, 12:45 AM
Well done Roger!!!!

Good luck vs Tursunov :)

nobama
03-28-2006, 12:49 AM
RogiFan you got your straight sets win. And he had an easy time of it too. On court just a little over an hour. That's what we like. Unfortunately the fans there didn't.

Interesting how everyone is "hot" until the come up against Roger. :lol: I just hope he can keep this form up for the rest of the tournament. His vollying was especially good tonight.

Stevens Point
03-28-2006, 12:56 AM
Yes, it did look like he rolled his ankle, but didn't seem to show any lingering affects from it. Hope nothing comes of it.
It was scary when this happened, and it was THE right ankle... yes, we hope this fall was nothing!!
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20060328/capt.flkb41003280133.nasdaq_100_open_tennis_flkb41 0.jpg?x=380&y=241&sig=vX94bTrTuYWyU70OHsbWag-- http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20060328/capt.flkb40903280132.nasdaq_100_open_tennis_flkb40 9.jpg?x=380&y=253&sig=ToH22ymtsFnSQw8lTYZuag--

MissMoJo
03-28-2006, 01:05 AM
That was so good! :banana:
The fall was scary looking, but he laughed it off and seemed to be o.k. Go Rogi!

rofe
03-28-2006, 01:10 AM
RogiFan you got your straight sets win. And he had an easy time of it too. On court just a little over an hour. That's what we like. Unfortunately the fans there didn't.

Interesting how everyone is "hot" until the come up against Roger. :lol: I just hope he can keep this form up for the rest of the tournament. His vollying was especially good tonight.

Mirkaland, your Roger mini-video is giving me a headache. It was fine until yesterday but today it is like TV with the vertical sync damaged.

rofe
03-28-2006, 01:11 AM
I hope his ankle is ok. I hope it doesn't get stiff over this week. :scared:

It was scary when this happened, and it was THE right ankle... yes, we hope this fall was nothing!!
http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20060328/capt.flkb41003280133.nasdaq_100_open_tennis_flkb41 0.jpg?x=380&y=241&sig=vX94bTrTuYWyU70OHsbWag-- http://us.news3.yimg.com/us.i2.yimg.com/p/ap/20060328/capt.flkb40903280132.nasdaq_100_open_tennis_flkb40 9.jpg?x=380&y=253&sig=ToH22ymtsFnSQw8lTYZuag--

PaulieM
03-28-2006, 01:34 AM
ooh i hope his ankle is ok.:scared: :hug:

avocadoe
03-28-2006, 01:38 AM
beautiful match against Hass...hope the an :wavey: kle is really okay
Good Luck Roger!!!!!!!
:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

nobama
03-28-2006, 01:41 AM
I didn't see that point. Did Roger do something to his ankle? :unsure:

Whistleway
03-28-2006, 01:46 AM
Way to go Silvy for making front page news on Roger's website!

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=307

http://www.rogerfederer.com/data/img/0603_indianwells_sg_meetsilvy_3978.jpg

OFF COURT - AN AMAZING FAN-STORY


Silvana Galdi gets to meet Roger

"Working with the book for Roger's b-day was one of the most beautiful experiences I ever had in my life. It was a moment of creativity and a moment to meet new people and find the real meaning of others. [remark: Silvy created a unique book for Roger's birthday]

December is xtmas time and also my b-day anniversary. Around the 15th I got a great surprise. The surprise of my life. Some printed pages that created a small booklet arrived in the mail. The booklet said "Dreams Do Come True, You are being sent on an all expense paid trip to Indian Wells and Miami." I could not react and maybe... thought it was a joke??? No, it was real. It was a present, from some of the friends I made while working on the book.

They got money together for my stay in both tournaments. Its unbelievable! They wanted me to see
Roger, because I never had the chance. Sometimes its hard to believe a friendship that started on an internet site can be so big and strong. I can say, I made 11 friends that are like sisters and have a golden heart. Those are things that happen at Roger's site. Those are things that start as a dream and sometimes, become reality....

I had less than 2 month to prepare everything So I had to get a passport, a visa, ask for my vacations.... and... 2 months later, after a BIG BIG run, I am here, in Indian Wells. Its unbelievable to be here, and see Roger live. Lots of us, fans, have no chance to see him playing live, and I was enjoying the beauty of his game only by TV for years.

I posted at Roger's site about my b-day gift. The reactions were so great. All the fans were happy for my trip. So I accepted to be the one that handles the famous Red Envelope. Finally 1 week ago I arrived to IW, the first tournament and with a BIG mission, to give the Red Envelope to Roger. Leslie and I arrived on the 9th in Indian Wells. The 10th of March, we saw Roger after an interview and he was walking signing autographs... and I came to him.. This is for you. He
smiled!. I introduced myself and we spoke for some minutes. Leslie took a picture and I did the same for her. The next day we saw him practicing with Tony and Yves. Again, after the practice, Roger went directly to a long row of fans and signed each of us an autograph. Incredible. I also could talk to him for some minutes. All the fans were happy!

On the 13th I went to my first match... ready to shout for my fave tennis person and player. With a red hat that says GO ROGER, A big argentine flag saying VAMOS ROGER and my name and country, and a Swiss shirt and Roger related shirts. I had the time of my life.. and I am still having it... writing reports to Roger fans, taking pics to share with them, rooting for Roger as loud as possible, to make up for all the years I could only shout at the TV, and spending some great time with my dear friend Leslie, her husband and meeting Roger fans all over the tennis center.

On the 24th I arrive to Miami and I'll meet some of the other people that helped to make my dream come true. We call ourselves the FED SISTERS. We are looking forward to having a great time there and meeting each other for the first time, rooting for Roger and letting our friendships grow and grow.

Thanks for making this dream a reality. Thanks to Leslie and Tommy, to my other FED SISTERS, to mom, and to Roger.

Hope to meet you soon..

Thanks for this unforgettable experience.



Silvana Daniela Galdi
Buenos Aires

Wow. thanks for posting it. that is totally too sweet and she totally deserves it as being the greatest federer fan ever..

Whistleway
03-28-2006, 01:48 AM
Any comments on his ankle from the interview?
thanks.

nobama
03-28-2006, 01:56 AM
In case anyone didn't catch it (or doesn't have ESPN) Mary Carillo said Billie Jean King interviewed Roger and it will be in the June issue of Interview magazine. How cool is that. :cool:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 02:03 AM
:wavey: Some Rogi sound bytes from ATP:

RF interview 1 (http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/federer_miami6.mp3)

RF interview 2 (http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/federer_miami6.2.mp3)

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 02:05 AM
Rogi's interview:

Miami06 R3
R. FEDERER/T. Haas
6‑1, 6‑3
An interview with: ROGER FEDERER


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Things were clicking tonight, you would say?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I'm very happy with the match tonight. It was excellent. Not much to say, I but played good from the start, you know. Really thought I was hitting the ball well. Not missing much. When I attacked, you know, the shots I wanted to.

All in all, it was excellent.

Q. You had an early lead against him in Australia and let that slip away. Here you got up 6‑1, were you thinking about putting the nail in the coffin early?

ROGER FEDERER: Not really. To be honest, I never thought of the match from Australia. Never came to my mind. Before the match, okay, but not during.

So I just hoped, you know, to get off to a good start in the second set. I almost did, but he did well to hang in there early. I thought he played a little better in the second. He didn't make it so easy for me, but I thought I played well in the big points in the second set, whereas in the first set I had many more opportunities.

Q. Was that as well as you think you've played since Australia?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, Indian Wells was excellent, for this reason, it was about the same level. I played great against Ljubicic, Blake, Srichaphan, Gasquet. So this is not something new for me.

Q. Have you ever seen Tursunov play?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I know him from Juniors. We go back a long way. Even though he doesn't remember that he beat me in doubles, but we still have that open argument. I know I'm right (smiling).

But, yeah, I mean, I've seen him come up and about now the last couple years. I saw the match obviously with Henman in Wimbledon. That was a big show court and the possibility to really make an upset and he did.

He's a dangerous player, you know. Everybody knows it in the locker room. He hits really hard. You know, tough opponent, I think especially here.

Q. I understand you were interviewed by Billie Jean King for a magazine piece recently.

ROGER FEDERER: Yes.

Q. What was it like to spend time with her?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, a little bit different than, you know, by a normal journalist, I would say, because she's part of the history of tennis. It's always interesting to speak to people like them.

I absolutely enjoyed it because I've seen her on a few occasions, you know, at the AIDS foundation, you know, night with Elton John down in London during the Wimbledon tournament which I've attended twice, and she's been there every time. We obviously tend to speak to each other. It was nice to spend some more time together. I definitely enjoyed it, I hope she did, too.

Q. Did you get to ask her any questions?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, in the end when the interview was over, we sat down and spoke a little bit, which was interesting. It's always so interesting to speak to someone who comes from the same sport and did it already, everything, and now sort of sits on the sidelines, you know, and watches it. It was very nice.

Q. I would take you out of a tournament for a moment. On your birthday, you received a book made by your fans. Can you tell us something about it.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it was last year in the 8th of August, obviously, still the same birth date, yep (smiling). I came actually home from Switzerland after, you know, practice sessions in Dubai and I went to spend actually the birthday, you know, back home in Switzerland.

So I was there and my parents were there, many actually friends. I sort of had like a birthday party. You know, I got many presents from friends and also one from, you know, Sylvia from Argentina, which was very nice. She created this incredible book about everything about me and all my titles and a lot of information, also a nice letter from my doubles partner Yves who said some nice things about me. It was a big book and apparently she went through an incredible battle to create it. It meant a lot to me. I asked if we can sort of reprint it. But obviously the rights for pictures and everything, you know, it's not easy.

It's a unique piece and I'm the happy guy to have it. It's very nice.

Q. Did you get to know her?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, we saw each other for the first time in Indian Wells. Sometimes, you know, from time to time, practice sessions, we would just chat along. She's also here in Miami, so I hope she's having the time of her life.

Q. Just getting back to the match, when you go up against somebody like Haas who has given you a tough time in the past, five sets in Australia, do you find that you get yourself up even more to play somebody like him?

ROGER FEDERER: No, not really. I was feeling very unsure about today's match, to be honest. During warm‑up, you know, it was very windy. I thought, "God, this is gonna be maybe not a good day."

Anyway, ended up to be very good. But I had a bad feeling, you know, starting the match. Once I sort of, you know, got over the first two games, I started to feel like actually that today it couldn't be that bad.

But, no, I didn't get up for it like maybe you thought I would, but in the end what matters is how I play, and in the end I was very happy.

Q. Just going back again, just on the point of your birthday, what does somebody give Roger Federer, who's got everything, for a birthday present except a book of his life?

ROGER FEDERER: I'm happy with every present, to be honest. That's the beauty about surprises and presents, it doesn't need to be very expensive, you know. It can be a small thing that makes you very happy and very touching. That book, for instance, that definitely was.

Q. With regards to the wind, looking back a few years ago here, the match against Davydenko, you had problems with the wind. In Rome you had problems with Costa. You had some problems with the wind. How has that changed over the years, how have you adjusted?

ROGER FEDERER: I thought I was a horrible wind player, you know, I would say go back, really far back, five years ago, because I never felt comfortable. I always thought it was only disturbing me and everything.

So now I feel like it's a great challenge because it's tough, you know, to follow the ball in the wind and control the ball. You shank many more balls. It's got such a big effect, you know, in our matches, you know, because sometimes it comes from the side, sometimes from the back. I think it's similar like for the golf players. You can't just line up and hit the ball, you have to really play with it. The same in tennis. Every shot you hit, you think of it. It's not an easy thing to do.

I believe like now I can really take advantage of it actually.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports...
http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/news/2006/interviews/0327f.html

nobama
03-28-2006, 02:08 AM
Silvy gets a mention in Rogi's post match press conference. :D I loved this comment: :)

ROGER FEDERER: I'm happy with every present, to be honest. That's the beauty about surprises and presents, it doesn't need to be very expensive, you know. It can be a small thing that makes you very happy and very touching. That book, for instance, that definitely was.

Skyward
03-28-2006, 02:14 AM
Except for the scary fall it was a great match for Roger. He showed a little bit of everything from his arsenal. Please keep going!

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 02:19 AM
I won't be able to see this match IF they show it, until 3.30am... but more likely tomorrow morning when I wake up.

Daniel
03-28-2006, 03:09 AM
awww tthat is so sweet Roger :hearts: :kiss:

Silvy :hug: :clap2:

zoltan83
03-28-2006, 04:15 AM
Great interview from Roger :) And good victory against Haas :yeah:

landoud
03-28-2006, 04:31 AM
lucky you silvy

Mrs. B
03-28-2006, 07:49 AM
Silvy truly deserves it. Good karma for a good lady. :)

also good to see the Fed fans getting together there. Love also the other banner which says: Quiet, Genius at work! :yeah:

lsy
03-28-2006, 12:48 PM
wow what an experience it must have been for Silvy! Great story Silvy and what a nice bunch of Fed fans you'd met over in Rogi's site! I had said before that b'day book just looks like a really huge project and I'm glad all the efforts you'd put in was greatly appreciated, esp by the b'day boy himself ;)
Wonderful story indeed, thanks for sharing.

I only got to watch part of the 2nd set today, but I knew Rogi will come out on fire vs Haas today for some reason ;) Wish I got to watch that 6-1 set though...

I got a bit shock too when he fell and looked like he twisted his ankle, but he had this smile on his face and immediately got up running fine, so that shouldn't be a problem...I hope.

Keep rolling Rogi!

Nocko
03-28-2006, 01:14 PM
Silvy. :hug:

Nocko
03-28-2006, 01:16 PM
Good Luck Roger. Stay healthy, take care of yourself esp. your ancle. :angel:

Go Roger Go!

fightclubber
03-28-2006, 01:29 PM
Wow guys this is an amazing moment Im living
Roger is such a sweetheart and all \this is incredible
ESPN latin amrica did an interview with me and then my fed sis will appear too...and they filmed at the practise and .. other moments
Will be in sportscenter maybe today.. so latin amrica guys please tape it, need to see it
silvy

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 01:33 PM
What a weird schedule again -- still can't figure it out so I didn't realize that Rogi w play again today. All the more important that his ankle be OK for his match vs. Dimitry.

GO, ROGI!! Make it a quick disposal of this guy cos I only get 90 mns overnight... again... :rolleyes:

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 01:42 PM
Wow guys this is an amazing moment Im living
Roger is such a sweetheart and all \this is incredible
ESPN latin amrica did an interview with me and then my fed sis will appear too...and they filmed at the practise and .. other moments
Will be in sportscenter maybe today.. so latin amrica guys please tape it, need to see it
silvy


Silvy, that's fantastic!! Wish I got the ESPN Latin America coverage cos I want to see your interview!! QUE BIEN!! ;)

Billabong
03-28-2006, 02:30 PM
Wow Silvy that's awesome:banana: You're a celebrity now:D!!!

SUKTUEN
03-28-2006, 03:37 PM
Good Luck Roger !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MissMoJo
03-28-2006, 03:50 PM
Wow guys this is an amazing moment Im living
Roger is such a sweetheart and all \this is incredible
ESPN latin amrica did an interview with me and then my fed sis will appear too...and they filmed at the practise and .. other moments
Will be in sportscenter maybe today.. so latin amrica guys please tape it, need to see it
silvy
:D Congratulations :D
Hopp today Rogi!

SUKTUEN
03-28-2006, 03:55 PM
GOOOOOOOOOOOO

Fergie
03-28-2006, 04:32 PM
Wow guys this is an amazing moment Im living
Roger is such a sweetheart and all \this is incredible
ESPN latin amrica did an interview with me and then my fed sis will appear too...and they filmed at the practise and .. other moments
Will be in sportscenter maybe today.. so latin amrica guys please tape it, need to see it
silvy
I'll be watching SC the whole day! :D

And good luck Rogi! :bounce:

oneandonlyhsn
03-28-2006, 05:45 PM
Good luck Rogi, stay healthy and unleash the ninja once again http://yelims5.free.fr/Violence/Violence10.gif

RogiFan88
03-28-2006, 06:55 PM
GO, ROGI, GO!!!!!!!!

mezu
03-28-2006, 07:17 PM
Good luck against Tursunov Roger!
Try to beat him in straight sets......preferably 6-0 6-0......
and try to look stylish while doing it.
Hope I'm not asking for too much :devil:

Stevens Point
03-28-2006, 08:24 PM
Good luck Roger!!! just win it!!!

onm684
03-28-2006, 08:56 PM
Goog luck, Rogi! Focus!

GOOOOOOOOOO!! ROGER!!

TenHound
03-28-2006, 09:10 PM
He broke Tursonov last 2 service games in 1st set (6-3). Anyone watching match? Any reports? first set - 32 mins. Rog getting efficient in his dotage :) :)

TenHound
03-28-2006, 09:22 PM
He's broken in 2nd set, serving now up 4-2. Another routine day at the office for the Greatest...Now it's 5-2. 52 mins. on court, 20 mins. 2nd set so far :)

Won't help him w/patience problem.

PaulieM
03-28-2006, 09:34 PM
looked good from the part that i saw. good job rogi! :)

Stevens Point
03-28-2006, 09:38 PM
Congrats, Roger!! :yeah: and good luck in the next round!!

bokehlicious
03-28-2006, 09:40 PM
Nice win Roger :) keep on rolling...