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Rogi at Dubai

ytben
02-28-2004, 05:29 PM
Let's discuss Rogi at Dubai 2004 here folks. We haven't heard anything so it is safe to assume he didn't pull out I guess. From GM, they said Rogi will meet Marat on first round, Henman on third, and David next potentially :( When I read that, my reaction is "omg, AGAIN????" :(.

Anyway, good luck Rogi. Defend your title! LOL, I assume they will dress Rogi in the sheik getup again. I have seen the pic, and Rogi kinda looks like a sheik. He has that spanish/arabic looks methinks.

jtipson
02-28-2004, 05:36 PM
Yeah, I'm getting tired of these kind of draws. Give the guy a break!

1st: Safin
2nd: Bjorkman/Robredo
Qf: Henman
Sf: Nalbandian
Final: *just pick the worst person you can think of from the other side of the draw*

Sounds like a TMC/AO performance coming up :)

ytben
02-28-2004, 05:40 PM
yep, sounds like that will be the case. My gosh, at least no one will say he got and defend his no 1 the easy way.

yanchr
02-28-2004, 05:45 PM
Hi ytben My first reaction is the same 'Again?!!' No surprise, uh?:rolleyes: OK we should accept it...it is and will always be a fact that we should manage to deal with :rolleyes:

Maybe we should start a draw thread to post all draws Roger got and will get, to see how he is well taken care of by the tennis God :rolleyes:

Yet I'm in a way happy that Roger will meet Tim again and really it can't be any sooner :rolleyes: Another chance for Roger to get Tim off his back. Gooo Roger! Don't let us down again.

ytben
02-28-2004, 05:51 PM
LOL, love the :rolleyes: in your post yanchr. Well to meet Henman, he will have to get past Marat first. You never know with Marat, he can pull a super performance. I am sure Marat will want to take revenge for his AO loss. Anyway I only hope one of those two will win the title, Rogi preferably.

jtipson
02-28-2004, 05:55 PM
Maybe one of the other top seeds will have their fair share of these guys at the TMSes coming up. After all, Mssrs Hewitt, Henman and Nalbandian usually cause problems for Ferrero and Roddick too.

I'd like to see Andy attempt a draw like Roger's got this week. Bet he'll have a cakewalk in Scottsdale (although he can only earn 55 pts, so I don't really care).

ytben
02-28-2004, 06:01 PM
LOL, yeah I am sure nobody want to see Hewitt, Henman, and Nalbandian on their side of the draw. Those guys will draw blood if the top three is not on their top form.

jtipson
02-28-2004, 06:01 PM
Maybe we should start a draw thread to post all draws Roger got and will get, to see how he is well taken care of by the tennis God :rolleyes:


Haha! Yes, that would be quite good fun yanchr ;) Sometimes I wonder how he ever got to number one :eek:

Agree this should be the right time for him to beat Tim. As much as I like Henman, enough is certainly enough!

ytben
02-28-2004, 06:02 PM
Gosh, I am started to think somebody put a curse on Rogi or something. These kind of bad draws are really getting ridiculous. Non stop since Houston. It was like they were handpicked by Brad Gilbert :p. I don't remember his Paris draw.

yanchr
02-28-2004, 06:11 PM
Who did the curse :mad: :smash: :smash:

He got Tim ytben you can't have forgotten ;)

jtipson, his #1 is the most deserved, we've long said that ;)

jtipson
02-28-2004, 06:13 PM
Gosh, I am started to think somebody put a curse on Rogi or something. These kind of bad draws are really getting ridiculous. Non stop since Houston. It was like they were handpicked by Brad Gilbert :D. I don't remember his Paris draw.

Paris? Oh that was when he drew Henman in the quarters. Smashed racket count increased that day :(

I think Basel the previous week was ok. Nalbandian and Henman were both in other side of the draw (and even played each other!). But Roger put his back out and lost to Ljubicic...

In Madrid, he would have got Henman in the third round, but Tim lost to Mardy Fish in the first, so he was spared that problem. The other two didn't even play.

In Vienna, the draw was ok (from memory)...

In the USO, well, I remember freaking out when I saw that 4th round draw. And Cinci, same problem, same player :rolleyes:

Before that, I think things were ok. It's only since he won Wimbledon that it's been particularly difficult.

yanchr
02-28-2004, 06:20 PM
Before that, I think things were ok. It's only since he won Wimbledon that it's been particularly difficult.

Like so...
As I said, he has been under severe tests to see if he is a real champ. He showed us twice and will show us more for sure.
I just think he should be given a good break of that kinda draw...

ytben
02-28-2004, 06:31 PM
Agree yanchr. How many more times he needs to prove he deserve his #1 place? Not saying he can't get through the worst of draw, but seriously enough with the bad draw! :fiery:

ytben
02-28-2004, 06:32 PM
Thanks josie for refreshing my memory. Yeah, it seems the tennis god wants to test that whether Rogi can live up to his Wimbly champion title.

Mrs. B
02-28-2004, 07:48 PM
...you mean live up to being no. 1? damn draws, eh? :(


don't worry, yben. Roger always surprises us when we least expect it and lately he's really proved his worth.

i just hope the next meeting with Henman is the revenge match. only one left amongst his nemesis, oder?

looking forward to his match with Safin! hope Roger's fit again.

LCeh
02-28-2004, 08:06 PM
All I am hoping for is that Rogi will be 100% when he enters Dubai. As long as he is playing his best tennis, it doesn't matter who his opponent is. ;)

Dirk
02-28-2004, 08:38 PM
I am not worried. I just hope Roger is feeling well. He knows what he has to do to beat Tim. Roger will get him this time. Roger is smart enough to not get him. I am so sick and tired of people going well tim has the best volleys and this and that. Roger is only 22 and I bet Tim's volleys were no where near as good as Roger's at 22. Roger's S&V game will get stronger as time goes on. I think Roger if he gets passed Marat will be fine. David might not even make the semis so who knows.

RogiFan88
02-28-2004, 10:02 PM
Here we go again! I thought somehow being #1 gave you the privilege of slightly easier draws... not so today! Someone mentioned Pandy in Scottsdale and what "tough" draw he w face... yeah, right.

Anyhoo... we have to hope Rogi is fully fit and ready to beat Marat again... also, why do we assume that Tim will make it to meet Rogi? If he does, Rogi knows what he has to do... he's certainly had enough opportunities.

Re: S&V, remember that Sampras didn't start out as a S&Ver, so give Rogi some time to develop it... Tim's almost 30 and has that many more yrs of experience than Rogi.

Let's cheer loudly [since Doris isn't here].

HOPP, ROGI!!!

Defend your title!
;)

Of course Nalby is in Rogi's half also... how come he never plays Coria?? Weird...

lsy
02-29-2004, 06:43 AM
After sleeping through the anger for the night, I'll stop complaining about the draw now.

Go Rogi! Hope you're fit and well for this tournament!

rogicomel
02-29-2004, 07:39 AM
As sick and tired I am about the draws Rogi has got since the last four tournaments, I am taking it positively.

Rogi has got what it takes to beat his all the guys in his way to the final and that certainly includes Henman. I'm sure, he'll be more than motivated to prove that he can beat Henman this time round!


Gooooooooo Rogi!!!!!!!!!!!!

WyveN
02-29-2004, 07:44 AM
The funny thing is #1 and #2 seeds in theory have the same chance in the difficulty of a draw.
Compare Coria's draw this week to Rogers.
Or Ferreros in Rotterdam to Rogers.
Or even Roddicks in AO and Houston to Rogers

Action Jackson
02-29-2004, 07:46 AM
Dubai is a very good tournament and has a lot of tough players, that is why Roddick is hiding, so it won't be very easy for Roger to win it again and his old friend David is there as well.

No, this draw wasn't rigged and it wouldn't make sense to have their two biggest drawcards play in the 1st round.

Whose to say Henman and Roger will meet in this tournament? Anything can happen and when the next time it happens, then Roger better have this thinking cap on and change a few things to have a better performance against Tim.

Actually the bad draws aren't that bad, if Roger is good enough on the given day then he will win the matches. Though if he loses people will start making excuses about the tough draw, boo hoo.

lsy
02-29-2004, 07:56 AM
I thought you're always arguing against the idea thinking that given any good day, Rogi can win matches???

I don't think excuses will be made about the tough draw if he loses. The fact is that to blame on the draw for losses just doesn't make sense, especially coming from bunch of Rogi fans who so were thought as "Rogi can win as long as he play his best" So the only excuses will still be..."he loses coz he didn't play his best"

lsy
02-29-2004, 08:01 AM
ok, I forgot to put a smiley at the end of my sentence : :p George will probably know I was joking but just in case some didn't get that and start quoting me...

lsy
02-29-2004, 08:03 AM
The funny thing is #1 and #2 seeds in theory have the same chance in the difficulty of a draw.
Compare Coria's draw this week to Rogers.
Or Ferreros in Rotterdam to Rogers.
Or even Roddicks in AO and Houston to Rogers

First time it happens, it's funny; second time, it's frustrating; 3rd time??? Well...just accept it.

Action Jackson
02-29-2004, 08:09 AM
Isy, what I meant I was hope people don't make excuses because the draw was too tough that Roger lost, that is for Roddick fans and Dirk to make excuses.

lsy
02-29-2004, 08:26 AM
It will be stupid to blame tough draw for losses if at the same time the fans like to believe their favourite is the best...

Just like Rogi recent losses to Henman in Rotterdam, we can only be frustrated how he just couldnt overcome Henman. But when we start thinking that Rogi didn't win Rotterdam because he was unlucky enough to draw Tim...then that'll look pathetic and stupid imo.

So far as I had read, most are kind of happy that Rogi has another go to play vs Tim, but many are also frustrated to see either Safin or Rogi has to go in the first round.

"bad serves day"..."didn't serve his normal"..."serving % is not even 60 or 70"...this is what I normally hear/read if Andy losses. I just don't get it, why will people keep saying that if at the same time they're trying to establish that Andy is much more a player than just the serves?

WyveN
02-29-2004, 10:15 AM
Bad play excuses are normally valid as in most cases for a top player to be beaten, the top player usually wasn't playing their best - it is sort of like saying a top player was outplayed on the day.

What annoys me are the "tired", "injured", "distracted" excuses, they are pathetic and if a player takes the court then they certainly should not be used.

yanchr
02-29-2004, 10:35 AM
The funny thing is #1 and #2 seeds in theory have the same chance in the difficulty of a draw.
Compare Coria's draw this week to Rogers.
Or Ferreros in Rotterdam to Rogers.
Or even Roddicks in AO and Houston to Rogers

Roger seems always to grab a wrong ranking at the wrong time. I'm more referring to the rankings last year. For example, if he had seeded #3 instead of #2 last USO...etc. It's unforgivable to say that he should grab #3 instead of #2 then or #2 instead of #1 now, but I just can't help thinking of this odd thing...

As long as Roger takes part in a tourney, his counterpart regarding the seeding will be safe enough to go deep coz Roger will always be made to do him a good favor to take all the toughest opponents in his way... :o

yanchr
02-29-2004, 10:50 AM
Isy, what I meant I was hope people don't make excuses because the draw was too tough that Roger lost, that is for Roddick fans and Dirk to make excuses.
As far as I read we Roger fans rarely make excuses for his losses (OK maybe some do in your eyes but actually not that many). We do complain about the draw but when the match is on it's on with nothing to do with the draw. I think most of us are looking more for the inside of his game that caused his loss rather than make stupid excuses.

For this sake, never liked what JC said after the AO semi that if he'd been fully healthy he'd have beaten Roger...sth like that... :rolleyes:

lsy
02-29-2004, 01:30 PM
Well yanchr, I agree...in this forum, I actually seldom read any stupid excuses made by Rogi fans for his losses (but of course I haven't been here for very long) but I think (or hope) George in this case is referring generally rather than at Rogi fans.

shina
02-29-2004, 05:40 PM
What annoys me are the "tired", "injured", "distracted" excuses, they are pathetic and if a player takes the court then they certainly should not be used.

I can't help but thinking of Ferrero. Lately, he's always said that he's either injuried or tired after he lost his match. :rolleyes:

Roger's draw in Dubai is ridiculous, and it happened again and again, guess I have to learn to accept that.:banghead: Anyway, I hope Roger plays his best tennis and takes them all!

Fedex
02-29-2004, 06:23 PM
I think playing Marat in the 1st rd. will help him in the long run in this tournement. If he gets by Marat, he will be confident that he can, and WILL beat Henman. No one will stop David from reaching the semis, so atleast i know if Roger losses to Tim again, David will take care of him ;) I mean after all Serving & Volleying against David is just ridiculous, but Henman cant beat him from the baseline, so.. Better for Roger to finally beat Tim before Wimbledon.

RogiFan88
02-29-2004, 07:27 PM
But Rogi doesn't S&V vs. Nalby now... he didn't at the AO04 and it helped a lot! That's part of his strategy vs. Nalbers.

Well, if Rogi meets Tim, he'll just have to beat him... long overdue! :p

RogiFan88
02-29-2004, 07:46 PM
As far as I read we Roger fans rarely make excuses for his losses (OK maybe some do in your eyes but actually not that many). We do complain about the draw but when the match is on it's on with nothing to do with the draw. I think most of us are looking more for the inside of his game that caused his loss rather than make stupid excuses.

For this sake, never liked what JC said after the AO semi that if he'd been fully healthy he'd have beaten Roger...sth like that... :rolleyes:

Is that what Juanqui said? I don't remember... did he also say that after Rogi beat him in the SF of Roma last yr? Actually, I think Juanqui w have beaten Rogi then.

The best match betw Rogi and Juanqui was in Madrid SF last yr... they both played quite well and it was competitive -- but Juanqui was playing better.

Rogi, just give it your best! It w be great for Rogi to defend Dubai!

HOPP, ROGI!

Fedex
02-29-2004, 08:00 PM
I was actually refering to Henman. He S &V against David, and is terribly punished Like i said though, He cant beat David from the baseline. I actually think on the faster surfaces (grass, fast Hard court) especially grass, Roger will S & V alot more agaisnt David.The last 2 times they met were on slow Hard courts, so it was definatly smart to stay back on those. But i dont think he'll stay back as much on the faster surfaces

Action Jackson
02-29-2004, 10:27 PM
Isy, I was referring generally and not at Federer fans in general, but I can't stand poor excuses for when a player gets beaten, if they are that injured then they shouldn't be playing.

Dirk
02-29-2004, 11:38 PM
Oh please if Roger loses its not because of his draw. He is not Andy after all. Roger will lose because he didn't play well enough or was simply outplayed, just like most match situations. If Roger wasn't so well rounded then I would be worried but since he has the grandest game and greatest talent, I am not. :p I don't make excuses for bad draws. I have yet to make one. I kinda of like them for Roger as to test him, make him stronger. I actually got used to the Oz draw after the 1st few matches. I had a feeling Roger could win Oz with Hewitt and David in his path because he played them before and knew what to do. I am looking forward to Dubai with or without Roger going beyond the first rd. This week has been very good. Guga won his 20th title and Hrbaty (a pal of Roger's) is on fire. :bounce:

Fedex
03-01-2004, 12:33 AM
Shina, i love youre avater. Roger and Edberg with their wimbledon tropheys. You were a fan of Edberg too?? I used to love watching him play!

Action Jackson
03-01-2004, 01:38 AM
Thanks for that post Dirk it was coherent and fairly objective and yes Guga and Hrbaty winning made last week a very good week indeed.

Fedex
03-01-2004, 03:12 AM
Well, a win here Roger would be a nice gift, since my Birth day is on the 8th, and the final of Dubai is on the 7th.

Dirk
03-01-2004, 03:19 AM
Which cool players are playing in Scottsdale? Is Mexico this week? I wish all weekly events would finish so well. :bounce:

Action Jackson
03-01-2004, 04:05 AM
There a re few in Mexico, but I am not sure about Scottsdale dirk, then again who is cool in your eyes.

Most of the cool players will be in Dubai obviously.

Dirk
03-01-2004, 04:28 AM
Moya and Gaudio are in Mexico so I will follow that one. I hope Moya's foot is ok now and his ankle. I have a feeling he will have one of his best years. I am surprised Guga is not in Mexico nor Coria. Dubai has the best players this week. I am so happy for Hrbaty. I saw him play tennis circles around Andy at DC on clay. Then again anyone who has a what 7-2 record on Kafel is great. I really think he will make the final 8 unless he gets hurt. I hope he has a great masters.

Is Rainer in Scottsdale? I like him and he seems to be over his post season slump.

Action Jackson
03-01-2004, 04:34 AM
Rainer is in Dubai, he likes playing in the Middle East.

Guga needs the rest and it's good for him so he can prepare for IW.

Yes, Mexico does some good players well.

lsy
03-01-2004, 05:51 AM
...I am looking forward to Dubai with or without Roger going beyond the first rd. This week has been very good. Guga won his 20th title and Hrbaty (a pal of Roger's) is on fire. :bounce:

I agree. Of course I hope Rogi will defend his title, but it's true that there're many players that I like in Dubai :)

lsy
03-01-2004, 05:53 AM
Isy, I was referring generally and not at Federer fans in general, but I can't stand poor excuses for when a player gets beaten, if they are that injured then they shouldn't be playing.

Well, that's what I thought ;)

yanchr
03-01-2004, 07:29 AM
Is that what Juanqui said? I don't remember... did he also say that after Rogi beat him in the SF of Roma last yr? Actually, I think Juanqui w have beaten Rogi then.


Yes, he did. have no idea if he said so in Roma...
Maybe his poor English failed him? But I just don't like his words and tone. I agree that if he had been in full health the match would've been more close and tight, but to me the winner would still be Roger :p .

shina
03-01-2004, 11:40 AM
Shina, i love youre avater. Roger and Edberg with their wimbledon tropheys. You were a fan of Edberg too?? I used to love watching him play!

Thanks :) Edberg is my timeless hero, he's such an artist on court! :worship:
When he's retired, tennis wasn't so interesting no more. I'd been searching for another favorite player who can play as beautifully as Edberg did, then I found Roger and he is the one. Now tennis is exciting to me again :D

WyveN
03-01-2004, 12:55 PM
Is Rainer in Scottsdale? I like him and he seems to be over his post season slump.

Doesn't look like it. I like the guy but I expected him to fall apart after last year, probably not this rapidly though

jtipson
03-01-2004, 01:28 PM
No, Rainer *was* in Dubai. He's already lost.

lsy
03-01-2004, 04:11 PM
So Rogi is playing Safin at the night match tomorrow, can't wait!

Go Rogi!

yanchr
03-01-2004, 04:50 PM
Tim lost...

Oh no Tim at least you should give Roger a chance :rolleyes:

Go Roger tomorrow against Marat :)

lsy
03-01-2004, 05:09 PM
ya, not sure if I'm relieved or disappointed about Tim loss really...

but of course it doesn't really matter yet at this moment, Rogi is up vs a tough opponent tomorrow.

LCeh
03-01-2004, 08:55 PM
I think in the long run, it's better face Tim now then later. I mean, if he meets Tim in a slam, Rogi will probably more nervous playing a person he has never officially beaten yet due to Tim's retirement that game. But if he faces Tim now he probably is less worried and if he wins it would do him a lot of good when facing Tim in slams. But then again, Rogi probably won't face Tim in slams anyway. ;)

squirrel
03-01-2004, 09:14 PM
:wavey: henman lost to a qualifier. He can't save his ranking this way. too many problems with his mental fitness. It may happen again of course.

ytben
03-01-2004, 09:20 PM
Hi squirrel :wavey:

*knocks wood* let's hope so LCeh. But with the way Rogi's draw has been so far, I don't have confidence he will be able to avoid Tim in slam. I don't want Rogi to meet Tim in slam before ever beating him properly first. That'll be too much for my nerves. I am a tad disappointed since I have a good feeling Rogi may be able to break his ducks against Tim here.

Ok ok I'll stop looking too far ahead. Rogi will need to get past Marat first. Good luck Rogi, go defend your title! :bounce: Darn, I really really want to see this match.

squirrel
03-01-2004, 09:27 PM
I agree ytben: let's rogi get past Safin first. I can't see this match too... sobh

Billabong
03-01-2004, 11:10 PM
I think Rogi has good chances to win the tournament if he beats Safin tomorrow:)!

GO ROGI:D!!!

WyveN
03-01-2004, 11:44 PM
would prefer if Roger played Tim actually, win or lose with every match he will be closer to figuring out what he needs to do to handle Henmans game

rassklovn
03-02-2004, 01:35 AM
It looks like GWH was right and I hate saying, that many people were preoccupied with the thought that Roger was going to play Tim, it seems that some people forgot that both players had to win their matches.

It's not like the WTA where most matches have predictable results, and I would love Roger to win again, but there are no guarantees. I am not going to use that famous cliche about 1 match, ok that's enough.

lsy
03-02-2004, 02:36 AM
Hi Rassklovn,

I don't think people are assuming for sure that Rogi's gonna play Tim, but more like anticipating with anxiety especially with the thought of Rogi terrible 1-6 records vs Tim, including one very recently.

But of course as you said, it doesn't necesssarily mean they will meet. Tim is out now, and Rogi has a very tough job ahead today which everybody acknowledged since the draw was out.

lsy
03-02-2004, 02:38 AM
would prefer if Roger played Tim actually, win or lose with every match he will be closer to figuring out what he needs to do to handle Henmans game

Agreed totally.

ytben
03-02-2004, 04:40 AM
Hi rassklovn, as lsy said we are all just so anxious for Rogi to try to break his ducks against Tim asap. We are in no way discounting Marat(we're not that crazy/deluded ;) ), or Bjorkman/Robredo. We know how dangerous they can be, especially Marat. You should read us bitching and moaning at the start of this thread when we found out he will face Marat on first round.

Actually I had and still have doubt whether Rogi will reach QF(not sure how his form is or Marat's), but I have to admit I didn't think Tim will be out before the QF.

ytben
03-02-2004, 04:45 AM
Yeah, when I first found out the sucky draw, the only silver lining I saw is he may get a chance to face Tim again, which is great I thought.

rogicomel
03-02-2004, 07:56 AM
Go Rogi! No need to worry about Henman this time! He's been taken care by someone else already!

RogiFan88
03-02-2004, 01:20 PM
And Jarkko just got rid of Nalby in straights...

Wow, so far my faves have won: Feli, Tommy, Rafa [altho I like Max but I figured he w be tired this week], and I'm glad Misha beat Guille today, about time! Also Sjeng!

So... it's up to Rogi to win HIS match tonight... now that 2 ofhis nemeses are out of the way...


GO ROGI!!

yanchr
03-02-2004, 04:29 PM
The first post after Roger made his first official on-court appearance...Yes good news from there!

Sorry for Marat...

RogiFan88
03-02-2004, 04:32 PM
:D Rogi beat Maratski 76(2) 76(4) in a tight match! Poor Marat smashed a racquet...

Well, Rogi, it SHOULD be easier now but we'll see... just keep focussed and fight!!

VAMOS HOPP ALLEZ!

lsy
03-02-2004, 04:36 PM
phewww...at least he wasn't one of the seeds who fell through at the first round in this tournament.

Go Rogi for your second match!

ytben
03-02-2004, 05:36 PM
Good job Rogi, that was a close one! :D

WyveN
03-02-2004, 07:36 PM
the draw had opened up all of a sudden for him, with all the upsets its his tournament to lose now

RogiFan88
03-02-2004, 07:43 PM
Rogi beating Marat in R1

http://eur.news1.yimg.com/eur.yimg.com/xp/afp_photo/20040302/sge.pgr91.020304171319.photo00.default-302x384.jpg

http://fr.sports.yahoo.com/

Fedex
03-02-2004, 10:34 PM
Congrats Roger!!!! :D :banana: BETTER win this thing, now, the door is wide open with Henman, David :sad: and Coria out!!

Billabong
03-02-2004, 11:20 PM
YEAH well done ROGI:)!!!!!! Continue the good job:)!
GOOOOOOOO FED:)!!!

mitalidas
03-02-2004, 11:23 PM
hi everyone, saw this?

rogicomel
03-02-2004, 11:50 PM
Whoa! Rogi with a belly dancer! Don't get any closer Rogi! I'm warning you! He he he

btw, welcome mitalidas!

mitalidas
03-03-2004, 01:18 AM
hi rogicomel, thank you for all the fantastic pictures/news/info you post! Rogi Rocks! This summer when we go to Switzerland (my husband is Swiss), I will surely go to Oberwil! Yeah! Maybe get to see Mr. and Mrs Fed Express ... nice dreaming

Iker1
03-03-2004, 09:21 AM
Gongrats!

ytben
03-04-2004, 01:22 AM
Hi mitalidas :wavey: Maybe you can go to Gstaad when you visit Switzerland this summer, Rogi will play there I'm sure :D

Billabong
03-04-2004, 03:22 AM
I hope Roger wins tomorrow:)! GOOOO ROGI:)!!!

Action Jackson
03-04-2004, 08:18 AM
Roger has a 4-0 record over Robredo and the last 2 matches haven't been close, hopefully he doesn't take him lightly and he will progress.

I hope Pavel beats Zib, and it would be good if Pavel and Roger could meet again, and have a good match.

lsy
03-04-2004, 08:43 AM
I hope the fact that his draw seems to have opened up is not gonna make him lose the intensity. After all it's hard fought win vs Safin.

Go Rogi!

Just a off topic rant...I really don't get it, I hardly see any Rogi fans here who before each of his match confidently claim that Rogi's gonna win for sure...but why are we labelled as "arrogant and worse now as freaks???" Anyway, who cares.

Action Jackson
03-04-2004, 08:58 AM
Any fanbase has their share of fanatics, that can't be denied, but some people see what they want to see and through a few fanatics the rest get a bad name.

Isy, it's like this there are Roddick fans on MTF that I respect (Q and Jackson) the others well no comment. The problem is some people are hypersensitive to the failings of their fave plaYer and take it personally.

Action Jackson
03-04-2004, 08:59 AM
Isy I don't care if someone is an arrogant, can't back up their points in a logical manner and doesn't deal with constructive criticism, then for sure I will have fun with them.

lsy
03-04-2004, 09:18 AM
Any fanbase has their share of fanatics, that can't be denied, but some people see what they want to see and through a few fanatics the rest get a bad name.

Isy, it's like this there are Roddick fans on MTF that I respect (Q and Jackson) the others well no comment. The problem is some people are hypersensitive to the failings of their fave plaYer and take it personally.

I totally agree. Which is why I find it really stupid to group people together and give generalisation critics. If not, one BSRyan is enough to generalise all Andy fans as ignorant, arrogant and ridiculous. But anyway, everybody has their right to give comments. One who can generalise other group of fans as "braindead, freaks, no sense of humour" shows how "open minded" she/he is too. As the Chinese saying goes, this is just "50 steps laughing at 100 steps" (literally translfater hehe ;) )

Well I certainly enjoy your constant arguments/discussion with others in MTF. Some maybe because of the tennis knowledge, and some just for the fun of reading :p

Action Jackson
03-04-2004, 09:25 AM
Isy, I have had some good names thrown at me, if they are funny then I will laugh, as for constant arguments/discussion that is not true, I don't do it for the fun of it. I am all seriousness here.

Back to the topic Roger needs to maintain his focus and beat "big nose" Robredo and then go on his way to the quarters to help his title defence.

Iker1
03-04-2004, 09:34 AM
Hi,guys!Go Rogi!Show us your elegant demeanour. :wavey:

lsy
03-04-2004, 09:42 AM
I know you're all serious, but you also have your time of giving sacarstic/funny quotes which is fun to read, that's what I meant, Mr. serious.

hhmm...I think you meant big nose Rogi, right?

Rogi seems to have kicked off his habit of falling to dreams during matches, though still have the habit of switching his mind off while serving for match. But he does seem very focus in matches these days, well, who can afford to anyway? No opponents in mens tennis is any easy feat. One slip off the mind can probably cause the match.

Action Jackson
03-04-2004, 09:59 AM
That's right Isy, it's Mr.Serious to you? Roger should be alright in his match tonight, as long as he wins, actually it would be good for him to win a few matches the hard way, it will come in handy during the clay season.

lsy
03-04-2004, 10:19 AM
yes, I can't wait to for the clay season. I didn't get to watch many last year.

you're right, as long as he wins, tough matches can be good.

Billabong
03-04-2004, 10:48 AM
Fed plays tonight at 19:00 local time on Center court!
GOOOOOO FED:D!!!

Raquel
03-04-2004, 04:11 PM
Roger d. Tommy 6-3, 6-4 :)

Another great win! :bounce:

Good luck tomorrow Roger :D

lsy
03-04-2004, 04:16 PM
Well done Rogi!

Mrs. B
03-04-2004, 04:17 PM
Onwards to the quarters! :banana:

:D

yanchr
03-04-2004, 04:46 PM
ummmm...

Guess how many times we post our congrats and c'mon posts to Roger after each single match...at least one here...several in the tourney forum...;)

Just again
Go Roger!

RogiFan88
03-04-2004, 04:52 PM
:cool: Woo hoo, Rogi!! Tommy made you work a little for this win today, good for him!

Now to step it up for your QFs vs. Pavel or Zib.

GO, ROGI!!

Win this title!! :angel:

Mrs. B
03-04-2004, 05:23 PM
ummmm...

Guess how many times we post our congrats and c'mon posts to Roger after each single match...at least one here...several in the tourney forum...;)

Just again
Go Roger!

that's why we're a such a good bunch of Roger fans, yanchr! ;) we DO support him all over the boards, come rain or shine. lol

:umbrella:

yanchr
03-04-2004, 05:53 PM
LOL...

Yeah Mrs.B
Having said that, I'll never ever be stingy to extend my c'mons to him or get bored to any little bit degree. Actually I'm hoping Roger just gives us as many chances like this as possible. I mean the more the better...I'm getting greedy again :p really sorry for Roger ;)

ytben
03-04-2004, 06:35 PM
Good job Rogi! Good luck in the QF! :D

tangerine_dream
03-04-2004, 06:38 PM
Roger's clearly trying to contain his excitement. ;)

http://us.news2.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/ap/20040304/capt.xvr10403041827.dubai_tennis_xvr104.jpg

Roger Federer from Switzerland, celebrates after he defeated Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 during the quarterfinal of Dubai Tennis Championship Thursday March 4, 2004.

Billabong
03-04-2004, 07:30 PM
YEAH well done Rogi, continue! GOOOO FED:)!!! You can win this!!!

Raquel
03-04-2004, 09:32 PM
ummmm...

Guess how many times we post our congrats and c'mon posts to Roger after each single match...at least one here...several in the tourney forum...;)

Just again
Go Roger!

:D I posted the results and congrats on Roger's official board and then here about 10 seconds later :o

Good Luck Rogi :bounce:

rogicomel
03-04-2004, 11:25 PM
Gooooooooo Rogi!!!!
Good luck for the 1/4 final match

Action Jackson
03-05-2004, 01:26 AM
Pavel and Roger playing again. I don't care either way who wins too much but as long as it's a very high standard match and then I will be happy.

RogiFan88
03-05-2004, 02:33 AM
:)

Pavel will want revenge, so beware, Rogi!

GO, ROGI!!

Just beat him again and hopefully play Sjeng in the SF...

Rogi, defend your title in the desert!! ;)

tangerine_dream
03-05-2004, 02:35 AM
Federer saves the show and leaves Spaniard singing his praises

World No1 progresses to quarter-finals

Friday March 5, 2004
The Guardian

It is hard to believe Roger Federer was once virtually persona non grata here. This time he arrived with a billing as a player close to becoming an all-time great, bailed out the organisers by appearing at short notice at a local school and yesterday played the most sublime tennis to beat Spain's Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals.

After shocks which leave an unseeded player certain to contest the final the Wimbledon and Australian Open champion is not merely on course to become the first man to defend his Dubai Championships title successfully and maintain his lead over Andy Roddick at the top of the world rankings. It is his presence and his alone which is maintaining for the tournament the profile it expects as a $1m (£540,000) event.

It all illustrated how much has changed and how fast for the once profligate 22-year-old. Twelve months ago Federer was required to compete with suspended appearance money after allegations of insufficient effort the previous year. Now any notion of the Swiss not trying would need to be accompanied by evidence of his arms in a truss.

"If he can keep hard mentally, he will be one of the greatest," said Robredo, who produced one passing shot from 12 feet behind the baseline having galloped its full width, and played well enough to goad the world No1 into delivering his best.

Federer's attacking patterns had a more considered quality than Tim Henman's, the British No1 having lost in similar cool, slow conditions on the same court three days before. Despite the flamboyance of the Swiss player's game, he carefully picked his moments to move forward rather than swarming towards the net wherever possible.

"Sometimes I overhit or overplay just because I want to change things," said Federer. "I told myself to play simple and you will win. It's when I start messing around that I get into trouble."

The sixth of the eight seeds to go out was Paradorn Srichaphan, who was bursting to avenge a defeat by Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic in the quarter-finals of the Thai Open which reduced him to tears before his home crowd. But now he was cruelly beaten by an almost identical score, 7-6, 4-6, 7-5.

So frustrated was Srichaphan at dropping serve in the penultimate game that he bounced his racket, cracked the frame and received a code violation warning. He also sat arguing with the umpire at the change-over. Even the sporting Srichaphan errs occasionally.

lsy
03-05-2004, 04:32 AM
Nice article, Thanks!

Gooooo Rogi!!!

Fedex
03-05-2004, 04:59 AM
Go Rogi!! :banana: If he dosent ATLEAST make the final i will be pisse-d. I hope that Nadal and Lopez meet in the other semis. They could potientally be dangerous for Roger in the final

ytben
03-05-2004, 05:11 AM
Thanks T_D for the article. Yeah, I was saying on the other forum how weird that in a matter of only a month Rogi and Pavel will have faced each other three times. Hopefully three times won't be a charm for Andrei.

BTW has Rogi met with Rafa before? I want to see how their game will match up. Hopefully they can meet here. But one match a time, good luck Rogi against Pavel! Keep your focus, Andrei is dangerous. :bounce:

Action Jackson
03-05-2004, 05:16 AM
No, Rafa and Federer have never met.

Jazzy
03-05-2004, 07:14 AM
this will turn out to be a very interesting match!!

WyveN
03-05-2004, 07:36 AM
Poor Pavel, he seems to be playing good tennis but keeps running into roger early - roger needs to be careful, Pavel has the game to beat him if roger doesnt play well

RogiFan88
03-05-2004, 02:31 PM
No, Rafa and Federer have never met.

Neither have Rafa and Juanqui...

Hopefully Rogi and Rafa will meet before a Slam... yes, it w be an interesting matchup.

Aww... Rafa lost... but Feli beat Ivan!!!

OK, ROGI... win... :p

LCeh
03-05-2004, 05:05 PM
Roger beats Pavel 6:3 6:3 :)

tangerine_dream
03-05-2004, 08:42 PM
:banana:

http://us.news1.yimg.com/us.yimg.com/p/rids/20040305/i/r4274567661.jpg
World number one men's tennis player Roger Federer returns the ball to Romania's Andrei Pavel during the quarterfinal of the Dubai Open tournament at Dubai Tennis Stadium, March 5, 2004.

Billabong
03-05-2004, 09:13 PM
YEAH well done FED, now continue!!! GOOOOO tomorrow against Nieminen! GO FED:D!!!

Mrs. B
03-05-2004, 09:46 PM
funny that Eurosport would show the Scottsdale semis tomorrow instead of Dubai. But hey, it's tennis, better than no coverage! ;)

Trotzdem, Viel Glück, Roger!

Raquel
03-05-2004, 11:08 PM
Well done Rogi :) :D :banana:

Good luck tomorrow :bounce:

Fedex
03-05-2004, 11:48 PM
Rogi!!! :D :banana: :woohoo: Take this tourney, then take Miami or Indian Wells! I hope he meets Lopez in the final, could be a dangerous opponent, but i'd like to see them play again. I hope he meets Nadal soon as well. That would be an interesting contest

ytben
03-06-2004, 09:51 AM
Thanks GWH for the info. Aww poor Rafa, I was hoping he can get to his second final. But he'll have his many finals and trophys soon enough.

Good luck against Jarkko Rogi! :bounce: Please be careful, playing a lefty is tricky.

joy
03-06-2004, 11:42 AM
I really hope you win this tournament, Roger! Good luck against Jarko!
:wavey:

Action Jackson
03-06-2004, 11:52 AM
Come on Rogi, you have to beat two lefties now Jarkko first and I hope it's a good match by both with Roger winning.

Then if Rogi is successful take out Feli "I am So Beautiful Yet I Don't Have A Backhand" Lopez.

RogiFan88
03-06-2004, 01:03 PM
Rogi s know about playing lefties, he's played both Jarkko and Feli several times... yes, GW, I agree, just defend your title, ROGI!

VAMOS!!

Cheer for me... I won't be around during Rogi's match, guys.

GO, ROGZ!!

Feli's bh didn't prevent him fr winning tho... felicitaciones, Feli, your first final... too bad for Misha tho, I like him too...

lsy
03-06-2004, 01:30 PM
ya...Hope for a win today Rogi!

I wanna see the Mr. beautiful tennis vs Mr. beautiful final :p

shina
03-06-2004, 03:47 PM
7-6, 6-2 Yeah!!

Way to go Roger!!! Now go fight and win the title!

lsy
03-06-2004, 04:05 PM
yeah...we're on the way to a "beautiful" final :yippee:

Fedex
03-06-2004, 04:22 PM
Win this thing now!!! :bounce: :banana: :woohoo:
Lopez will be tough regardless of not having a bh. He's a Serve-Volleyer who has a big serve, so that could present some problems. he needs to return well, and pass well, while staying agressive and coming to net behind his own serve.

Mrs. B
03-06-2004, 05:03 PM
FEDERER: "The game was never over. I was down he deserved that first set, I thought he was the better player but I sneaked out of it. I'm really happy that for now the serve is saving me and feel much better on break points and hopefully it'll stay like this in the final."

FEDERER ON SUNDAY'S FINAL AGAINST LOPEZ (he's 2-0 lifetime against the Spaniard): "We played each other in Madrid last time and was lucky to beat him in a tough three-setter and beat him at Wimbledon that was really tough too."


HOPP, Roger! Go defend your title!!! :bounce:

ytben
03-06-2004, 05:30 PM
Thanks for the quote Mrs. B! :kiss:

:woohoo: good job Rogi. LOL, I am wondering if they will show up with similar clothes and accessories tomorrow? The spectator on the far back can get confused who's who :D

Good luck tomorrow Rogi. Another lefty, please be careful. Win your second title please! :bounce:

tangerine_dream
03-06-2004, 05:35 PM
Woooo! :woohoo: Roger! One more to go and it's yours! :banana:

http://images.sportsline.com/u/ap/photos/XVR107030612_lower.jpg
Switzerland's Roger Federer returns a ball to Jarkko Nieminen of Finland during the semifinal match at the Dubai Open tennis Tournament in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Saturday, March 6, 2004. Federer won 7-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/ Victor Romero)

MisterQ
03-06-2004, 05:39 PM
Good luck Rogi. Give him a taste of your backhand baseline lob volley! ;)

Fedex
03-06-2004, 05:44 PM
:lol: :lol:

Fedex
03-06-2004, 05:47 PM
Also, its really important for Roger to try and win ATLEAST 1 of the back-to-back TMS. He could lose his #1 spot, to Roddick or Ferrero, if he plays poorly there, or one of them wins it. Those 2 tourneys will be very important for him to perform well at, if he is to keep his #1 spot

ytben
03-06-2004, 06:27 PM
LOL MisterQ. Bah I want to see this match!

Hmmm, maybe one of the stat gurus here can let us know what Rogi need to do in the two TMSs to secure his #1? He's only defending first round at IW and 4th round at Nasdaq.

Mrs. B
03-06-2004, 09:20 PM
Thanks for the quote Mrs. B! :kiss:

:woohoo: good job Rogi. LOL, I am wondering if they will show up with similar clothes and accessories tomorrow? The spectator on the far back can get confused who's who :D


It'll be easy to tell them apart. Feli is the one wearing the sleeveless Nike shirt, and of course he's the lefty... ;)

RogiFan88
03-06-2004, 09:26 PM
That's true, Mrs. B. Rogi is too modest to wear the sleeveless T!!

Should be a good one... Rogi is ready for a tough match fr a confident Feli.

Feli's funny too:

It's not easy to play against Roger, he's the best player in the world. I told everybody two years ago that he would become number one. I just have to go on court and do the best I can and to put him in trouble.

;)

A tennis match of the pretty one vs. the beautiful one... ;)

Fedex
03-06-2004, 09:27 PM
But, god do they look alike though. Of course i'm sure you all remember the incedient where the trainer came out for Roger at Wimbledon and he went to the wrong player!! :eek: But of course, the big distinct difference would be the clothes, and which hand there holding there raquet in

RogiFan88
03-06-2004, 09:34 PM
:)
Lopez reaches first final but faces old foe Federer
By John Roberts in Dubai
07 March 2004

Feliciano Lopez, a Spanish Davis Cup player, will tonight play in his first ATP Tour final. He faces Roger Federer, the world No 1 and Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, who is attempting a defence of the Dubai Open.

The 22-year-old Lopez is no stranger to Federer. They met in the fourth round at Wimbledon last summer, when the Swiss had a back spasm and seemed in danger of having to retire. He recovered and prevailed, 7-6 6-4 6-4, going on to play consummate tennis and defeat Mark Philippoussis in the final. Lopez prefers to remember taking the opening set and pushing Federer to a tie-break in the second set before losing, 4-6 7-6 6-4, in the quarter-finals of the Madrid Masters last October.

Ranked No 32 and climbing, Lopez is already the highest- placed left-hander on the Tour, although he was not at his most impressive in defeating Mikhail Youzhny, of Russia, 6-4 4-6 6-4 in the first of yesterday's semi-finals, played in a temperature of 34C and 75 per cent humidity. Federer, the only seed left in the tournament, also had a testing time in more comfortable evening conditions before defeating Jarkko Nieminen, of Finland, another left-hander, 7-6 6-2.

Although Federer broke for 3-2 in the opening set as the 34th-ranked Nieminen was struggling for rhythm on his serve, the Finn startled the crowd by immediately breaking back to love. Federer twice served to stay in the set, at 4-5 and 5-6, and had to save three set-points in the tie-break, in which Nieminen recovered from 3-0 down.

Federer converted his first set-point with a breathtaking backhand cross-court pass to secure the shoot-out 9-7, but Nieminen deserved better after taking the game to his opponent, and was unlucky with some calls that went Federer's way. A sense that Nieminen's opportunity had passed heightened after he lost the first three games of the second set, and Federer once again became a class act.

Lopez's confidence wavered in his contest with Youzhny. A break in the third game was enough for him to take the opening set, but he became increasingly uncertain when the Russian started to serve with authority in the second set. Youzhny levelled the match with a break in the 10th game, Lopez driving long on the second set-point.

Although Lopez had three chances to break in the opening game of the final set, there was little evidence of his usual attacking game. He tried to outrally Youzhny from the baseline, giving his opponent the chance to approach the net and volley, which he did too often for Lopez's comfort.

It was not until the eighth game that Lopez recovered his nerve, with a backhand volley to hold serve and a triumphant shout of "Vamos!" That shot transformed Lopez from a player on the verge of ending his week indisappointment into a vibrant contender. He took the set's only break for 5-4, pressing Youzhny into hitting a forehand long, and served out the match after an hour and 57 minutes.

Born in Toledo, Lopez started to play tennis at the age of five. The family moved to Madrid, where he came under the wing of the Spanish Tennis Federation, who awarded him a scholarship to train at their academy in Barcelona and hit with the élite Spanish players.

Last July, Lopez won the Spanish National Championships, defeating the 17-year-old Rafael Nadal, a fellow left-hander, in the final.

Asked what he needed to improve in his game to threaten Federer, Lopez said: "I don't have time to improve anything. I'll just have to go with what I have this week and do my best."

http://sport.independent.co.uk/

Billabong
03-06-2004, 10:27 PM
Thanks for the article RF:)!!! Well done ROGI, now win this final!!!
GOOOOOOO FED:D!!!!!!!!

ytben
03-06-2004, 10:39 PM
Thanks for the article RF :kiss:

Ha, it will truly be a match of the beautiful and pretty one :D First time I saw Feli he was watching somebody else's match and the TV showed him. I thought he is a model or something only to later found out he is a tennis player too.

Oh I didn't realize Feli is wearing sleeveless T this year. Last year they both wore the same clothes, same bandannas, and ponytails :D.

jtipson
03-06-2004, 10:54 PM
Hmmm, maybe one of the stat gurus here can let us know what Rogi need to do in the two TMSs to secure his #1? He's only defending first round at IW and 4th round at Nasdaq.

Well, I'm not quite a stats guru, but here's my calcs.

Current status:
RF: 5080 (5170 if wins Dubai)
JCF: 4460
AR: 4335 (4390 if wins Scottsdale)

Defending Indian Wells:
RF: 35
JCF: 35
AR : 125

Since the difference between Federer and Ferrero is 620 points (710 if Roger wins tomorrow), number one is not at stake at IW. Roger can only lose 30 points (if he loses his first match), and Juan Carlos can only gain 465 if he wins. So the closest they can be is 125 apart.

By the way, for Roddick to get number two at IW, he needs to get to the semis, and outlast Ferrero by two rounds. It's more difficult if he doesn't win in Scottsdale, since he won't have so many points. Anyway, I digress.

For Miami, it's more difficult to tell at this point, because IW results will make a big difference. The defence is:
RF: 125
JCF: 35
AR: 35

Basically, this means Roger has to have about 580 points difference between him and Juan Carlos (or Andy) going into Miami to be sure of being number one afterwards. A reasonable result at either should ensure he stays at the top.

In any case he can't lose number one before the post-Miami rankings - he's guaranteed nine weeks up there.

LCeh
03-06-2004, 10:57 PM
Thanks for the analysis jtipson! Glad to hear nobody is close to overtake Rogi's #1 spot yet. :D

ytben
03-06-2004, 11:30 PM
Thanks jtipson! :kiss: That's exactly what I want to know. So Rogi's #1 is guaranteed in IW. Hopefully he will do well there so he doesn't have too much pressure in Miami.

Fedex
03-06-2004, 11:50 PM
Go Rogi!!! Defend youre title!!! :bounce: :bowdown: Interesting and helpful stats jtipson. Thanks

RogiFan88
03-07-2004, 02:17 AM
Thanks for the stats... good to see Rogi can hold onto #1 for 9 weeks cos Juanqui was #1 for 7 weeks, Maratski for 8 weeks [in 2000 probably when HE won 7 titles incl his USO]. Here's an interesting stat: Becker was only #1 for 12 weeks.

No matter what happens, let's just cheer on Rogi w those noisy Swiss fans in Dubai... Feli will have his Spanish supporters to cheer him on! Should be a cool match...

Saw some hilites on BBC tonight!! :angel:

Action Jackson
03-07-2004, 03:01 AM
Come on Roger, get those returns working and defend your Dubai title.

Dirk
03-07-2004, 03:40 AM
Yeah Roger you can do it. Pick Lopez apart. No hiccups and letdowns. :bounce: I don't want George to kill himself if you lose to Mr. Mirror.

Jazzy
03-07-2004, 06:19 AM
GOOD LUCK rogi & beat Lopez!!!!!! :worship:
hope he can take the title like last year!!!!!!!!

lsy
03-07-2004, 03:44 PM
Thanks for the point analysis jtipson!

Rogi, No.1 for at least 9 weeks...yeah!!! Seems like none of us had actually bothered counting the number of weeks rogi had been in No.1 so far, I'm just contented with his 2nd slam for the beginning of the year :)

ytben, who's the beautiful and who's the pretty? :scratch: I need to be clear so I don't cheer for the wrong one :p

lsy
03-07-2004, 03:49 PM
suddenly thought of if it's a match between Andre and Lopez, it'll be the match of "the bold and the beautiful" :haha:

ok I'll stop, dumb joke...

joy
03-07-2004, 05:16 PM
I thought it was funny, any how, good luck Roger. Beat that pretty boy!!

LCeh
03-07-2004, 06:25 PM
Rogi won! 4:6 6:1 6:2. :bounce:

Scared me when he lost the first set, but then he came back and won it! Too bad it wasn't broadcasted... :mad:

ytben
03-07-2004, 06:38 PM
:haha: lsy good one
:woohoo: good job Rogi, second title of the season.

ste
03-07-2004, 06:44 PM
:bounce: 2nd title 2004 :bounce:


..well done ROGER!!!! :worship: :clap2:

Mrs. B
03-07-2004, 06:52 PM
Supercalifragilistiexpialidocious!!!! :banana:

Dirk
03-07-2004, 07:05 PM
Our Ninja awoke and murdered Lopez. INCREDIBLE GAME RAISING ABILITY!!!!!!! :bounce:

RogiFan88
03-07-2004, 07:16 PM
:worship: First time any player defended their title in Dubai!!

Rogi, you are too cool!!

Good job by Feli -- he knows how to bother Rogi -- he'll win another time. Nice to see young Spaniards doing well [mind you, I wish Tommy and Alex could do better... ].

You have to ask who's the beautiful one?? Rogi, of course... :angel:

Now #1 for 5 weeks tomorrow!!

Mrs. B
03-07-2004, 07:16 PM
ATP 2004 Race leader Roger Federer became the first back-to-back champion at the Dubai Tennis Championships when he defeated Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday’s final. Federer improved to 16-1 on the season by claiming his second title of the year and 13th title of his career. The Swiss has won 21 of 22 matches dating back to his victory at Tennis Masters Cup Houston. :worship:

lucky 13, eh? ;)

Fedex
03-07-2004, 07:24 PM
:woohoo: :bounce: :banana:
Nice turnaround Rogi!!! :D
Now take 1 or both of the two TMS coming up!!

RogiFan88
03-07-2004, 07:29 PM
ATP 2004 Race leader Roger Federer became the first back-to-back champion at the Dubai Tennis Championships when he defeated Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday’s final. Federer improved to 16-1 on the season by claiming his second title of the year and 13th title of his career. The Swiss has won 21 of 22 matches dating back to his victory at Tennis Masters Cup Houston. :worship:

lucky 13, eh? ;)

Hee hee, I was thinking that too, Mrs. B.!

:cool: Rogi!! Nice stats... hope Rogi can hold on to #1 for at least another 3 weeks... ;)

Billabong
03-07-2004, 09:18 PM
YEAHHHH well done Fed:D!!!!!!!! Congrats, I'm so happy! Well done, now continue:)! GO ROGI:)!

rogicomel
03-07-2004, 11:34 PM
Gongratulations Rogi!!!!!!

I'm over the moon!

Keep it up!

RogiFan88
03-08-2004, 02:04 AM
Sunday March 7, 09:13 PM
Federer retains Dubai title

DUBAI (AFP) - World number one Roger Federer became the first man to successfully defend the Dubai Open title when he defeated unseeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 6-1, 6-2 in Sundays final.

The top seeded Swiss player claimed his second title of the year, after the Australian Open, and the 13th title of his career.


It also ensured that Federer would maintain a cushion of at least 400 points at the top of the world rankings over Juan Carlos Ferrero, and edge further ahead of the third-placed Andy Roddick, who lost in the semi-finals in Scottsdale.

But Federer was given a tough time for a set and a half by the 22-year-old left-hander who was playing in the first ATP final of his career and could now reach the top 20 for the first time.

The Wimbledon champion showed his growing maturity as he weathered a storm of tremendous attacking from Lopez, before taking control.

"I'm very happy - it's been a great week for me," said Federer. "He started really well and it was difficult to come back and I had to fight hard. I had a little more experience but I think he is definitely going to win his first title soon."

Federer made an indifferent start, and ultimately it was this which cost him the first set. He put a backhand volley wide, without being under great pressure, to go 30-40 down, and followed it with a forehand drive over-hit to lose his serve.

It did wonders for Lopez's confidence in his first ATP final, particularly after he managed to cling on to his first service game after a shaky couple of points.

Soon he was striking inside out forehands which had great speed and good disguise and put Federer under pressure almost every time he connected with them.

He also showed quickly that he could win points from the forecourt or the back with about equal facility.

When Federer got a dreadful call in the sixth game - a Lopez delivery on the sideline was so long that even the sporting Swiss player protested - it created the feeling that the fates were not aligned in his favour.

But he made a big attempt to break back in the eighth game. It had seven deuces and Lopez survived five break points, though he might not have survived the first had Federer not sliced a disappointing backhand down the line into the tramlines.

The other four however were superbly saved by Lopez, who was building up some assertive serving, especially to the backhand court, and beginning to move around as if he felt he could win.

When serving for the set he slipped to 30-40 down but retrieved it with a winning smash-forehand drive combination despite some wonderfully athletic defence by Federer.

But the match changed direction after four games of the second set. Lopez had a winning opportunity at the net and missed an open court to go break point down, and Federer converted it by working his way to the net and putting away his volley.

Soon it was 4-1 as Federer held and 5-1 as Lopez played an indifferent service game, with the mood of the match shifting markedly as well. Federer closed out the set easily and looked more relaxed.

He continued into the final set by applying steady pressure while ensuring Lopez played plenty of balls.

It paid dividends. From a medium paced ball the young Spaniard put an attacking forehand into the net to go 30-40 down, and from a quiet little rolled backhand Lopez volleyed into the net to drop serve again.

That put Federer 2-1 up, and soon he had a double break, this time gifted to him by an opponent who was starting to feel the pressure and was responding erratically.

In his next service game at 40-30 Lopez slashed a high forehand volley into the net from right on top of it, and followed it with a half volley wide and another missed forehand volley in his next two net attacks.

It ended the match as a contest. Lopez saved a match point in his next service game, but 22-year-old Federer closed out the match on his serve without fuss.

"I thought he might keep it up," said Federer.

"But I found a way of doing something different on my returns, especially in the ad (advantage) court. It helped me to have played a left-hander (Jarkko Nieminen) the day before.

"Defending the title is something else and it's always special to come from a set down."

Lopez, 22, said: "I think I was close today, but he got better and better and I got down on myself.

"I always play well against Roger and he always beats me. But I will get confidence from this."

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Action Jackson
03-08-2004, 02:06 AM
Thank goodness Roger won I didn't want him to lose to Lopez, but if he argued a call it must have been out by metres.

Move onto IW and do your best that's all anyone can ask.

Raquel
03-08-2004, 02:30 AM
Well done Rogi :woohoo: :bounce: :) :banana: :yeah:

Great fightback Roger :) and great recent record :D

LCeh
03-08-2004, 02:32 AM
Hey George, I hope Rogi will do well at IW too. But it's probably gonna be tough with so many top players out there. But I heard that Rogi won't play until the end of the first week, can anyone explain that to me? :)

lsy
03-08-2004, 03:58 AM
Rogi!!! :woohoo:

So excited for Rogi's second title of the year and man...doesn't Rogi look extremely happy too??? :yippee: In fact he said after the win : "this title is very high in his rankings"

Some of the quotes from the after match interview of both players :

Federer: "He definitely played good tennis and it was difficult to comeback against him especially to give him the lead like I did after I got broken in the very first game. I knew right away when I gave him that start it would be difficult. I had many, many chances to come back but I felt it (the match) could swing away so I was happy to change some things in the second set and from then on it went really well. I changed my return, because every time I had break chances on the "ad court" and every time I thought I played a good point but I lost it. So I had to take more risk."

"I thought he played unbelievable tennis in the first set and came up with some great shots, big power, great serving and he totally deserved the first set."

(How do you rate this win and title?) "Very high! Especially to comeback from a set down and to win, it's very difficult in general in tennis especially in the finals. I thought experience could play a role, and it did a little bit because he probably got a little frustrated. This (title) is very high in my rankings, defending title is something else than winning the first time."



Lopez: "Well I'm happy because I had a great week. I was playing so good especially at the beginning of the match. I was close today, I almost beat the best player in the world so I have to be happy."

"He (Federer) was returning my serve so good and then he served unbelievable in the second and third sets. He was getting better and better as the match went on but I was getting a little down as the match went on. The thing is, I was playing wonderful tennis in the first set but it's not easy to keep it going."

(What did you learn from this experience?) "Many things, I get confidence for the next tournament and then the experience, to play with Roger in a final. We have played three times and he has beaten me three times, I have always played good with him and I have always lost which means he is a very good player, he's the best player. This is a great experience. "

Action Jackson
03-08-2004, 04:08 AM
Lceh, the tournament doesn't start to Wednesday and the top 32 have a bye, so hence that is why he is playing later in the week.

Iker1
03-08-2004, 11:41 AM
Congrats and go,Rogi!

yanchr
03-08-2004, 01:49 PM
Roger :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

I know it's a little bit late to be here, but it's never late to congratulate my Roger and cheer for him! So far so good! 2 titles out of 3 official tourneys...16-1 in 2004...lead the champion race ranking by quite a mile...#1 already for 5 weeks and still much likely to go far...anymore can I ask for? :worship: :worship:

Now good luck in US Roger! You still have much to gain there. Take your form and mental strength. Hope you grab one of them, even both I'd like to see ;)

Take a good rest!

tangerine_dream
03-08-2004, 03:44 PM
Love yer smile, babe :yeah:

http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39931000/jpg/_39931171_fed_getty_203.jpg

Federer retains Dubai title

World number one Roger Federer became the first player to retain the Dubai Open when he came from a set down to defeat Feliciano Lopez 4-6 6-1 6-2.

The Australian Open champion started badly and after dropping his serve in the opening game, he failed to convert five break points at 4-3 down.

However Federer started to find his rhythm in the second set and broke twice to take the match into a decider.

Federer dominated the third set and dropped just four points on his serve.

The Swiss star afterwards paid tribute to his Spanish opponent, who impressed in his first ATP tour final.

"I really had to fight hard and I think Feliciano is definitely going to win his first title soon," said Federer.

"He started very well and it was really difficult for me to come back. I had a little more experience.

"He played unbelievable tennis, I thought.

"I played good tennis except for that first game, and he came up with some unbelievable shots, unbelievable power, great serving and he totally deserved that first set.

"This means very much to me, to come back from a set down in a final. I don't remember if I ever did this before.

"Except for that first game I thought I played a perfect match."

Lopez was positive despite the defeat, saying, "I'm happy because I played great tennis this week and I was close today against the best player in the world."

Billabong
03-08-2004, 11:10 PM
Thanks for the article Tangerine:)!

GO FED:D!!!!!!!!