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Rogi in Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami!

Billabong
03-22-2004, 11:52 AM
Here's the Nasdaq-100 Open thread!

Last year, Rogi lost to Costa in the quarters! This year he'll have the chance to surpass this result:D!

GOOOOOOOO FED:D!!!!!!

jtipson
03-22-2004, 04:28 PM
Just over an hour until the draw, and I'm wondering what nice presents it will throw up this week. Not so worried for Roger anymore given recent form and events, though he does have a 50% chance of getting Nalbandian or Henman in the quarters.

Let's hope they have some pity on Andrei Pavel though and don't put him anywhere near the top of the table.

yanchr
03-22-2004, 04:34 PM
yeah we don't have to care much about the draw. Roger will take care of the draw no matter who is there.


Let's hope they have some pity on Andrei Pavel though and don't put him anywhere near the top of the table.

:lol:

so true so true

Billabong
03-23-2004, 12:02 AM
lol jtipson;)!

WyveN
03-23-2004, 07:27 AM
well he gets Hewitt/Henman in quarters again or Pavel lol

Nadal/Goran/Escude in 3rd round could be tough

Probably Kucera or Novak in 4th round

Doesn't seem much excitement about this tournament from Federer fans lol

yanchr
03-23-2004, 09:01 AM
Doesn't seem much excitement about this tournament from Federer fans lol
yeah, we are bored with his seemingly endless boring victory one after another ..no? ;)

Dirk
03-23-2004, 11:57 AM
I'm still writing up this Ninja Mission so I am kinda of drained.

Billabong
03-23-2004, 01:11 PM
I'm waiting for some great matches coming up:)!

Blaze
03-23-2004, 02:14 PM
Good Luck Rogi in Nasdaq.

P.S. Is the Nasdaq site a financial or tennis site. For a minute I thought some of the players were brokers.

vene
03-23-2004, 02:33 PM
I think the nasdaq-100 sponsors it. I get to it thru the ATP site, there's a link on the main page

lsy
03-23-2004, 03:18 PM
Doesn't seem much excitement about this tournament from Federer fans lol

Just need to catch up on sleep after a week of early morning :)

I'm excited, I haven't seen him playing any of those opponents before quarters except Novak.

Billabong
03-24-2004, 12:14 AM
Do you know if Rogi is tired after last week :confused:??

LCeh
03-24-2004, 12:18 AM
I don't think so, because he said that 1 week of rest should be more than enough to prepare for another tournament

Billabong
03-24-2004, 12:19 AM
I see;)! Thanks LCeh! I hope he'll be fully ready, he'll face some tough opposition again this week!!!

LCeh
03-24-2004, 12:20 AM
Hopefully I am not wrong, but I have a lot of confidence that he is gonna win again. ;)

Billabong
03-24-2004, 01:07 AM
I remember when he lost to Agassi in the finals 2 years ago, I saw the match and it was a great one! But the Rogi of 2004 is way better than the one in 2002, so he certainly has great chances to win it this year:D!

GOOOOO FED:D!!!!!!!!

lsy
03-24-2004, 03:43 AM
Does anybody know if Rogi is playing double here? I hope he is.

yanchr
03-24-2004, 05:22 AM
lsy, I think he is. Pls correct me if I'm wrong.

Hopefully I am not wrong, but I have a lot of confidence that he is gonna win again. ;)

I just can't keep this idea from popping up in my mind, but no..let's not be too commanding and miles ahead of ourselves... ;)

lsy
03-24-2004, 05:37 AM
Thanks yanchr, where did you get that news from? Anyway I think he should, Davis cup coming up after Miami.

yanchr
03-24-2004, 06:18 AM
Just the reason you listed below ;)
Not sure actually. Hope he won't be worn out. That DC quauter final against France is again all on him. oh no...

Billabong
03-24-2004, 12:46 PM
Just the reason you listed below ;)
Not sure actually. Hope he won't be worn out. That DC quauter final against France is again all on him. oh no...

Hhhhmmm that will be tough, France will want desperately to get revenge.. I hope Fed will be fit and ready:)!
GOOOOOO FED:D!!!!!!

yanchr
03-24-2004, 02:34 PM
Yeah Billabong, it will be very tough for Roger's Swiss...
But still it's too early to already worry about that :)

ytben
03-24-2004, 03:25 PM
When is Rogi's first match in Miami? BTW I haven't seen RogiFan lately. I want to ask her whether she has been seeing some Fedex trucks lately to find out about Rogi's prospect in Miami. Her foresights has been right on the mark so far ;)

mitalidas
03-25-2004, 02:50 PM
Hi everyone,
I find the nasdaq-site very difficult to get around --- I can't find the TV schedule for instance. Anyone know when/if they'll be on air?

Billabong
03-25-2004, 11:42 PM
What is the H2H of Rogi against Davydenko??

LCeh
03-25-2004, 11:46 PM
1-0 I believe.

Billabong
03-25-2004, 11:49 PM
Thanks LCeh:D!!!

Sjengster
03-26-2004, 12:16 AM
I remember hearing about this match on Eurosportnews, it was in the second round of Milan 2002 when Federer was defending champion and it took him over three hours to finally beat Davydenko 6-3, 6-7, 7-5. Of course Federer's improved by miles, but Davydenko's also a better player than he was back then. He likes consistent pace to hit hard with, so slice and dice is on the menu methinks.

lsy
03-26-2004, 10:23 AM
Sounds like a fun match, too bad not going to see it.

If Rogi manages to pass this round, it will another fun one be it Goran or Rafael. I like to see who Mirka will be cheering for, I remembered reading somewhere that Goran was her idol :) and Rafael...wow I'm glad I finaly get to watch him play, and best of all playing against Rogi!!!

Billabong
03-26-2004, 12:58 PM
Mirka will enjoy her next matches:)!!!

Raquel
03-26-2004, 04:22 PM
:bounce: Good Luck Roger! :bounce:

tangerine_dream
03-26-2004, 05:35 PM
*yawn* :yawn:

You know what? Come wake me up when Roger actually loses a match. At this point that would be more earth-shattering than him winning. ;)

Go Roger :banana:

lsy
03-26-2004, 05:57 PM
Why not just try cheering against Rogi from now onwards, tangerine? Maybe that can actually keep you awake during his matches ;)

tangerine_dream
03-26-2004, 06:08 PM
It's not his matches that bore me, Lsy, it's one player winning everything that does. Even if this were Andy or Andre (my other faves), I'd say the same thing.

I believe that top players need to be challenged. Roger *needs* the competition. I'm afraid that if he starts to get complacent with his rivals, he might start getting lazy and not playing his best. Right now, it looks like Andre Agassi is the only one who can actually offer him a real match.

I don't want Roger to lose, I just want everybody else to step up their playing! :lol:

Dirk
03-26-2004, 06:11 PM
They can't Dream, ROGER IS GOD!!!!!!! :worship: We all know what happens to mortals who defy the gods. :devil:

lsy
03-26-2004, 06:15 PM
It's not his matches that bore me, Lsy, it's one player winning everything that does. Even if this were Andy or Andre (my other faves), I'd say the same thing.

I believe that top players need to be challenged. Roger *needs* the competition. I'm afraid that if he starts to get complacent with his rivals, he might start getting lazy and not playing his best. Right now, it looks like Andre Agassi is the only one who can actually offer him a real match.

I don't want Roger to lose, I just want everybody else to step up their playing! :lol:

I know what you meant, I was just joking. But I'm not worry, I think there're plenty of competition out there for him, I'm just not convinced that he's anywhere near unbeatable as yet.

Dirk, I see you're going back to your "controversial" self again ;)

rogicomel
03-27-2004, 12:47 AM
Hmmm.... Mirka looks like needs to wait for a matchup between his idol and his boyfriend becoz it won't take place this year in Miami.

yanchr
03-27-2004, 01:45 AM
Oh, a little surprised that Roger skipped the double...in view of that DC is just coming in sight

Dirk
03-27-2004, 03:21 AM
Come on Ninja!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

Mrs. B
03-27-2004, 08:41 AM
Oh, a little surprised that Roger skipped the double...in view of that DC is just coming in sight

he did? hmmm, prolly starting to feel the heat in Miami. ;)

Billabong
03-27-2004, 03:35 PM
Rogi plays today during the day session:)!
GOOOOOOOO FED!!!!!!!!!

ytben
03-27-2004, 03:59 PM
Good luck Rogi :bounce:

Mrs. B
03-27-2004, 04:03 PM
Yes, good luck, Roger! HOPP!!!! :bounce:

yanchr
03-27-2004, 04:16 PM
he did? hmmm, prolly starting to feel the heat in Miami. ;)
Don't get to see him in the doubles draw while Allegro is parting with someone else. Is it a sign that Roger is expecting another title here? ;)

Go Roger!

ytben
03-28-2004, 01:41 AM
Phewwwww, that's wayyyyy too close for comfort. But glad Rogi is through to the third round :D :D. This tournie doesn't need another upset, there are too many already. Hopes it will be easier in the next round.

Rogi haven't had such a close match where he came from behind on the final set in a while, have he?

WyveN
03-28-2004, 03:21 AM
No but he had a extremely hard 3rd set against AA last week which probably helped
Will really need to pick up his game to beat Nadal though

Blaze
03-28-2004, 03:25 AM
This match really brought me from on cloud nine back to earth :eek:

Hope he can raise his game (as he did against Henman) tomorrow against Nadal.

LCeh
03-28-2004, 03:29 AM
This matvh really brought me from on cloud nine back to earth :eek:

Hope he can raise his game (as he did against Henman) tomorrow against Nadal.

:lol:

Yeah, it was a tough match. I am glad though, this would hopefully be a wake-up call for him so that he will be better prepared mentally tomorrow.

lsy
03-28-2004, 03:48 AM
I'm actually more than glad Rogi pull off a win when it seemed like he had missed practice for few days.

LCeh, why would you think it's a wake up call for him? It's not like Rogi will go in each match thinking he will win in comfortable straight sets or underestimate any of his opponents, right? :)

Fedex
03-28-2004, 04:54 AM
Roger is going to need to stop making all the errors, and play much better at the net than he did today. Roger was a pathetic: 12 of 24 at net today. :( That needs definite improvement against Nadal. ;)

Dirk
03-28-2004, 06:34 AM
I just read Roger has a cold and was not able to practice for a few days. I hope he will be able to win tomorrow. The point is he won today. He came back and won the last 5 game out of 6 in the 3rd set. Roger is mentally strong but when your ill there is only so much you can do. I am not sure about him winning tomorrow if he is sick. I hope so but.....

Fedex
03-28-2004, 06:45 AM
Well, i understand now. If he had a cold, thats good enough for me. I'm just torn up by the fact that David is still out with injury :sad:

Daniel
03-28-2004, 07:33 AM
Good luck!!!! :bounce: :worship: :yeah: :kiss:

yanchr
03-28-2004, 07:35 AM
Read his interview just now. Before actually got no idea that he was ill and missed few days practice. That partly explained why he was in trouble today. Hope he can get over it as soon as possible. Health is always above all while chances are always there. You lose this one then you can go for the next. So good luck to him tomorrow and be sure not to overdo himself first of all.

yanchr
03-28-2004, 07:47 AM
Q. What did you say to yourself at 3-1 in the third that changed everything?

ROGER FEDERER: ……………… No mistakes, tried to move and at least hold your own serve so you don't get down two breaks. But you got to hope on mistakes from the opponent.

I like these words. Roger is smart not to be too eager to chase too much under such a condition, which is a great attitude methinks.

ytben
03-28-2004, 08:53 AM
Yeah, I also didn't realize he was ill until I read his post match interview :awww:. Hopes he has recovered fully. Good luck tomorrow against Rafa, Rogi! :bounce:

Mrs. B
03-28-2004, 02:05 PM
2 weeks of playing under the desert sun took a toll on his body. He suffered from sunstroke in IW, and on that Sunday evening that he left after beating Henman, he already felt the symptoms of fever. He was nauseaus and felt rheumatic pains. Then he had to go to cold Portland, Oregon, to fulfill commitments with his sponsor, Nike. On the flight to Miami he was feeling bad he even missed his flight and had to stay overnight in airport hotel. In Miami he met with his sponsor, Wilson. Monday to Thursday, he was really not feeling well, but he says he's recuperating slowly.
That probably explains why he's decided not to play doubles with Yves Allegro, and it's still not definite if they're playing together in Lausanne as Marc Rosset might decide in the last minute to play doubles with him.

well here's to a speedy recovery, we want to see you fit and healthy!

and good luck against Nadal!

Billabong
03-28-2004, 02:10 PM
GOOOOOOO ROGIIIII:D!!!!!!!!!!!

Mrs. B
03-28-2004, 02:13 PM
Don't get to see him in the doubles draw while Allegro is parting with someone else. Is it a sign that Roger is expecting another title here? ;)

Go Roger!
eh, voila! that explains everything, Yanchr. His body was not into the task to play doubles as well. Yves is playing with the South African, Robbie König.

Take care, Roger! We really want to see you in good shape till the rest of the season!

lsy
03-28-2004, 03:25 PM
Poor Rogi...:sad: I guess he had underestimated the sun rather than the opponents ;) . He kept saying the sun in IW was ok and nothing.

Where did you get those news, Mrs. B?

If he's still not feeling well, perharps he should just forget about Miami. He's still got 10,000 people waiting to see him take out France back home next week, including Mrs. B :)

yanchr
03-28-2004, 03:39 PM
2 weeks of playing under the desert sun took a toll on his body. He suffered from sunstroke in IW, and on that Sunday evening that he left after beating Henman, he already felt the symptoms of fever. He was nauseaus and felt rheumatic pains. Then he had to go to cold Portland, Oregon, to fulfill commitments with his sponsor, Nike. On the flight to Miami he was feeling bad he even missed his flight and had to stay overnight in airport hotel. In Miami he met with his sponsor, Wilson. Monday to Thursday, he was really not feeling well, but he says he's recuperating slowly.
That probably explains why he's decided not to play doubles with Yves Allegro, and it's still not definite if they're playing together in Lausanne as Marc Rosset might decide in the last minute to play doubles with him.

Thanks Mrs.B for all the details :) Never expected that kinda serious.
Roger, pls take good care of yourself for your own good as well as for all your fans'. Hope you get better tomorrow against Nadal.

Mrs. B
03-28-2004, 03:39 PM
44°C is really hot for any Swiss! ;)

it was in today's papers here, lsy. This guy, Rene Stauffer, follows him all over and he's a good sports writer. yesterday they also showed him on local tv doing things with Nike.

funny, cuz i did write something on his site that he should just skip Miami and have a good rest. and yes, everyone here, me included, are waiting to see him & the others take France in Lausanne! ;)

lsy
03-28-2004, 03:55 PM
Ya, I would imagine so...that's why I'm surprise how he kept saying the heat doesn't bother him :)

He will know what to do I'm sure. You must be getting all excited about the DC tie next week huh, Mrs. B? ;)

Hi yanchr :wavey:

Mrs. B
03-28-2004, 04:08 PM
You must be getting all excited about the DC tie next week huh, Mrs. B? ;)


can't wait! :banana:

lsy
03-28-2004, 04:12 PM
Remember to cheer loud for us :)

I'm glad Rogi is playing the night match, not so hot I hope.

My coverage is now showing Coria v Chela, I hope they will show the Rogi match too. Unbelievable coverage they have for both IW and Miami.

yanchr
03-28-2004, 04:36 PM
Hi lsy
I just checked the espnstar TV schedule...really unbelievable...but not for me :(
Anyway will get to see Roger live tomorrow morning :bounce:
just hope he won't get any worse...any result is just acceptable for me

lsy
03-28-2004, 04:40 PM
You in any part of Asia too, yanchr?

yanchr
03-28-2004, 04:53 PM
yeah ;) but not as lucky as you
anyway it doesn't obstruct our cheering for Roger :)

lsy
03-28-2004, 04:58 PM
yeah ;) but not as lucky as you
anyway it doesn't obstruct our cheering for Roger :)

Of course not, at least I know someone here is watching the match in the same time zone as me :)

yeah, the coverage is great but the timing is terrible. I'm going to bed soon, hope to catch Rogi's match in the morning. Goodnight :wavey:

yanchr
03-28-2004, 05:03 PM
Talking about the timing...oh..I just have been short of sleep for quite some period...

night :) have to be up early to get Roger tomorrow :)

lsy
03-28-2004, 05:04 PM
ya, you really should be in bed now too...it's LATE!!!

yanchr
03-28-2004, 05:06 PM
LOL
yes absolutely, and you kinda the same ;)

lsy
03-28-2004, 05:17 PM
But I'm now curious to see who's gonna win, Coria or Chela. Shouldn't have switched on the tv :banghead:

yanchr
03-28-2004, 05:21 PM
:lol: No one has the charm to make me stick to his match so late into the night, except Roger...Roger, just any time is OK ;)

lsy
03-28-2004, 05:24 PM
and you're still around...bad, really bad

yanchr
03-28-2004, 05:29 PM
No, this time never be back again for sure ;) until Roger's match maybe ;)
Enjoy your tennis TV lsy and not to stay up too late which may cost you Roger's match several hours later...;)

lsy
03-28-2004, 05:33 PM
won't be a problem, I think that match should be around 9am my time here, so no worries :)

But I'm seriously going to bed now too. You're right, I really don't care enough of either Coria/Chela to stay up that late.

mitalidas
03-28-2004, 07:56 PM
with pavel taking out hewitt, i think its really in roger's hands to get through to the finals (probably need to take out coria in the semis). the only real test i think will be tonight's match with nadal.... i feel freaky worried about tonight's!!!!

Billabong
03-28-2004, 09:06 PM
I'll be there tonight for live scores:D!
I really hope Fed wins:)!!!

GOOOOOOOO FED:D!!!!!!!!!

vene
03-29-2004, 03:05 AM
Poor Rogi! I don't think he is feeling well- he had the cold and the flu, and he's just lost the 1st set against Nadal. I wish Rogi all the best!

ytben
03-29-2004, 03:30 AM
Rogi :sad: :sad: Congrats to Rafa!

calimero
03-29-2004, 03:32 AM
HE had lost already, but Rafa played great you know... Roger wasnt on his best, but I think he will recover now for the davisc up meeting.....
I hope Nadal will beat Gonzo... but than I hope Pavel can make it...
Its pity Rogi, but I can live with it....We still love you! 4-ever!

Billabong
03-29-2004, 03:35 AM
This will be an occasion for Rogi to take some rest and prepare for DC:)! He fought tonight, but Nadal really played a perfect match!

GO FED:D!!!

lsy
03-29-2004, 03:38 AM
Rafael was really really good and at such young age, amazing!

This is the first time I had seen a player making Rogi looks rather helpless out there :(

Hope he can now take a rest and be all prepared for Davis cup.

ytben
03-29-2004, 03:50 AM
Yeah, rest up Rogi :hug: and be ready for DC. You don't want to disappoint Mrs. B ;)

LCeh
03-29-2004, 03:51 AM
I don't know how Roger was feeling, but to be honest, I definitely think he was sick out there. Even though I am sure he will not mention it in his post game interview, being sick affects a person more than you can see from a stat sheet. It slows you down, takes out your accuracy, your confidence, even if you don't make errors, your shots are weaker and easier to hit winners on.

And to be honest, I don't get why everyone is making such a big deal out of this. I am pretty sure Roger was sick, and Nadal was playing great. If Nadal beats a Federer at great form, that's something special. But beating a 70-80% player is not something THAT special, I mean, even though he is #1.

I don't think I am bitter, but I just think people are over-reacting. I might be totally wrong, but I still think it was a great win for Nadal, and that is that, not like some "victory to be remembered for a life-time".

But it was a great run from Roger, and I can't complain. I hope he gets well soon. :(

ytben
03-29-2004, 03:53 AM
I think Rogi was not used to playing a lefty, especially with such heavy strokes like Rafa. And Rogi didn't look like his usual aggressive self imo.
Yeah lsy, it is rather heartbreaking to see Rogi so helpless out there, never thought will see such thing happened :sad:

faboozadoo15
03-29-2004, 03:55 AM
i agree completely with lceh
however, i always think its a big deal when the #1 player loses to someone young and hyped.

get well soon rogi!

great win nadal, a few more upsets would do u well ;)

Dirk
03-29-2004, 03:59 AM
I've seen Roger look helpless before but never when he was in form. Nadal I take my hat off to him.

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:01 AM
LCeh, probably Rogi wasn't as quick and sharp as he can be today. But I can understand how it's very special for Rafael coz he did play a fantastic match. We all know how Rogi had been able to pull off a win lately even if he was only playing a fraction of his talent somehow, but today Rafael totally didn't allow Rogi to get into the match, that's what make it special I think.

It's just the same as how everybody is making a big deal with Rogi's performance lately (look at those threads in GM : Can rogi win it all? Can he dominate? etc etc etc). So I guess a loss such as this will be seen as big deal from some for sure too. It's a tough loss to swallow, but that's all parts and parcel of sports. At least Rogi was looking good even after the loss, warm handshake to Rafael and waving to crowd before leaving the court :)

LCeh
03-29-2004, 04:04 AM
Thanks lsy for the insights. I didn't watch the match, so I guess I shouldn't really have commented.

LCeh
03-29-2004, 04:08 AM
Actually, now that I think of it, what would I be feeling if I was Nadal?

I don't know, if I know that I am beating someone that's not 100%, especially a #1, I would think "Thank god for this opportunity", because there is a certainly timing involved that helped it. If Roger wasn't sick, then this win would definitely means a lot to Nadal, but I don't think even Nadal himself would consider this VERY special because he was winning over a sick player, however, something that was sure was that he played great.

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:09 AM
I think Rogi was not used to playing a lefty, especially with such heavy strokes like Rafa. And Rogi didn't look like his usual aggressive self imo.
Yeah lsy, it is rather heartbreaking to see Rogi so helpless out there, never thought will see such thing happened :sad:

ya, pretty heartbreaking :) but I was happy to see Rogi wasn't feeling too down after that loss as I had said.

You probably wouldn't want to watch it, LCeh unless you're interested to see how good Rafael is ;), what impressed me most of this young guy is that he totally didn't show any nerves throughout the whole match. He just played his game, able to hold serves confidently after breaking Rogi, able to serve his match out nicely, that's some quality even many more older and experienced players can't do. But I'm definitely looking forward to a re-match between these two.

yanchr
03-29-2004, 04:14 AM
Hi lsy
Though I have prepared myself for Roger's loss today, I just couldn't help being disappointed. Roger's aftermatch look was a little help to me. I guess he was less upset than me. :) Roger had to be tired...Nadal was playing great I had to admit, but control the match from beginning to end? umm...I kept my reservation.

The only good thing is that I can get full sleep since and needn't stay up late from now, though I actually would love to.

ytben
03-29-2004, 04:16 AM
Yeah, that's the only saving grace I thought that Rogi himself didn't look too down after the lost. He still smiled and waved warmly to the crowds. I think Rogi knows he will lose after the break of serve in the second set, considering he hasn't had any break chances at all on Rafa's serve.

Rafa did played very very well, kudos to him. His FH was amazing! Agree lsy, looking forward to rematch of these two, of course preferable with different end result ;)

tangerine_dream
03-29-2004, 04:25 AM
The only way anyone can beat Roger is if he's half-dead on the court. ;)

Lsy, you're so lucky you actually saw the match. I don't think ESPN will be playing it for us here in the states. :(

Feel better Roger! :banana:

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:25 AM
Hi lsy
Though I have prepared myself for Roger's loss today, I just couldn't help being disappointed. Roger's aftermatch look was a little help to me. I guess he was less upset than me. :) Roger had to be tired...Nadal was playing great I had to admit, but control the match from beginning to end? umm...I kept my reservation.

The only good thing is that I can get full sleep since and needn't stay up late from now, though I actually would love to.

haha...ya that's the only thing to be happy about ;)

Well, everybody sees the match differently I'm sure, so no problem :) and yes ytben, I'm sure Rogi will be eager to play Rafael again.

And LCeh, let's stop analysing if the win should be so special to Rafael, from what I saw, he was delighted and extremely happy. So I would think it's special to him.

ytben
03-29-2004, 04:27 AM
The only good thing is that I can get full sleep since and needn't stay up late from now, though I actually would love to.

:lol: Great minds think alike, I also thought the exact same thing after the loss.

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:28 AM
The only way anyone can beat Roger is if he's half-dead on the court. ;)

Lsy, you're so lucky you actually saw the match. I don't think ESPN will be playing it for us here in the states. :(

Feel better Roger! :banana:

I wouldn't consider myself that luckly today really, tangerine ;) . I think the same for ytben and yanchr :)

LCeh
03-29-2004, 04:28 AM
Yeah, I guess I am bitter of the fact that I will not be seeing Roger tomorrow, which is when my coverage begins... :(

Get well soon Roger!

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:32 AM
:lol: Great minds think alike, I also thought the exact same thing after the loss.

see...we're so good in comforting ourselves ;)

Don't worry, LCeh. There'll be plenty more chances :)

yanchr
03-29-2004, 04:33 AM
lsy, to tell the truth, today is the first time I saw Roger LIVE after his AO final..and the result...
Anyway I think it's OK for me, not more upset than his some worse losses last year and this year's loss to Tim.

Toppu
03-29-2004, 04:36 AM
well, I woke up at the right time but experienced something sad because young Rafael outplayed Rogi in straight sets. I couldn't believe it he played so well that Roger had no idea how to stop him.

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:37 AM
oh really, yanchr? I guess than it will be more heartbreaking for you. I saw all his matches in IW live so though still extremely disappointed but felt like can't ask for too much.

yanchr
03-29-2004, 04:42 AM
Right we can't ask for too much. Roger is still great despite today's loss.
Roger, take care! We are all waiting for more of your performances later. I still have firm belief in him.

Dirk
03-29-2004, 06:23 AM
Roger has beaten some players when they were not feeling well so I guess this helps make up for it. Roger just seemed sub-par today and Nadal played great. I hope Roger rips him a good one on clay.

Mrs. B
03-29-2004, 09:14 AM
i dreamt that Roger lost :(...hmmm, somehow i'm not surprised, and Roger did have praises for Nadal's game even before he played him.

I saw Nadal during the Swiss Indoors in Basel, where he played doubles with Tommy Robredo, and when he played singles against Feli Lopez. Hubby and i sat just on the side of the court so you could really feel the intensity and this "Fetus", as Becca fondly calls him, is really a player to watch. He hits well on both wings and is fast. Those legs, man. You'd think he was a football player! It was just a matter of time that he got his breakthrough, and today was his day. Big win over a no. 1. But credit and congratulations to Rafa, he will be around and will give anyone a run for their dinero!
Roger, you've had a great month, now at least you can have a few days rest in Basel and get ready for DC. It's beautiful spring weather here so hope you'll recuperate in no time! Drink lots of tea and eat loads of Basler Leckerli!!! ;)

lsy
03-29-2004, 10:19 AM
One young and humble, the other on top of the world yet down to earth to fully acknowledge a tough loss to a teenager :)

Sunday, March 28, 2004

Young Spaniard surprises Federer

By Cynthia Faulkner
ESPN.com

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. -- Some players, if they were still recovering from the flu, would use that as an excuse for being upset by a 17-year-old, no matter how talented the kid is. Not Roger Federer.




The world's No. 1 player lost and although he said he didn't quite play his game, he still made no excuses for the 6-3, 6-3 loss to Rafael Nadal on Sunday night at the Tennis Masters Series-Miami.


"I felt the match maybe kind of went his way and, you know, he hit some really incredible shots," Federer said.


In a match that lasted only an hour and nine minutes, Nadal became the first teen-ager to defeat a No. 1 player since Andy Roddick defeated then No. 1 Gustavo Kuerten at the Tennis Masters Series-Montreal in August 2001. Nadal is only the second man this year to defeat Federer, other than Tim Henman.


Only the day before, Federer compared Nadal to himself.


"I think he's a very quiet guy and confident on the court. I felt the same way at his age."


Federer says the left-handed forehand is Nadal's biggest weapon along with his all-court speed, but Nadal also has great will.


"He's a different character on the court (than myself)," Federer said. "He relies much more on his fighting spirit, like Lleyton (Hewitt) does a little bit."


Federer went through a similar breakthrough victory against Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001. However, Federer said he'd grown up idolizing Sampras.


"He's got different idols, I think," Federer said. "I think he's kind of a little bit shy, you know, on court. He looks at me as an incredible, great player, you know. I just felt more of a respect level than nerve."


"If a player like me plays at a very, very good level and a top player like Roger doesn't play his best tennis, I can win," Nadal said. "But, sure, I'm really, really happy."


As if you couldn't tell when he leaped into the air with a joyous fist pump on match point.


"I played almost perfect tennis today because I was playing inside the court, dominating the exchanges and pressing him, so he couldn't play his game," Nadal said. "I served extremely well today, probably never served like this in my life."


Bragging? Sure. But the stats back him up. His first-serve points percentage was 79 compared to Federer's 61. Federer never even saw a break point chance.


Nadal is a 6-foot, 165-pound lefty, who uses his tree-trunk legs to drive him across the court to hit groundstrokes with such power, they often tip past the tape. In fact at the U.S. Open, Younes El Aynaoui good-naturedly shook his finger at him when yet another ball dribbled over.


At the same time, Nadal has incredible touch at the net, which explains, in part, why he was nearly perfect at the net, winning 13 of 14 points, while Federer was 8-of-17 at the net. Federer said he didn't come forward often enough, but that Nadal also factored in.


"It's definitely got something to do with his game, as well," Federer said. "He didn't allow me to. That's the way he played."


This from the man who up until this loss not only had 23-2 record for the year but also had only dropped seven sets.


Nadal, nicknamed "Rafa" by his countrymen, is from Manacor, Spain. When Nadal was five, his uncle, Toni Nadal, put a racket in his hand. He's still his coach, although he wasn't here for this victory. Jofre Porta, who usually coaches Carlos Moya, was filling in, although Nadal said he spoke to his uncle before the match. Another uncle, Miguel Angel Nadal, was a soccer player for FC Barcelona, Real Madrid and the Spanish national team.


Nadal grew up playing on clay, and that's where he earned his first two victories against top-10 players, defeating fellow Spaniards Albert Costa in Monte Carlo and Moya in Hamburg. Nadal's defeat of Federer was his first against a top-10 player on a hard court.


In addition to playing well on hard courts and clay, Nadal is no slouch on grass. He reached the third round at Wimbledon, just missing the opportunity to become the second-youngest player to reach the men's singles round of 16 in the Open Era. Bjorn Borg holds the record.


At the U.S. Open, he lost the third-set tiebreak to El Aynaoui. He said at the time he just didn't believe he could win.


"This year, I have much more confidence and I know that I can play at that level, that I belong to the higher level of players."


Neverthelesss, he is still just a teen-ager. During an interview last week, a reporter caused him to blush when she caught him oogling Svetlana Kuznetsova.


But underneath is a young man growing in confidence with each new victory, as evidenced by his assurance about the next round against Chilean Fernando Gonzalez, who beat Nadal in their only previous meeting.


"It was the first time that I played against somebody who hit the ball so hard," Nadal said. "I think tomorrow is going to be different because now I'm used to these kind of players."


So far, they're not used to him.


"You never know what he will do next because he's very unpredictable," Federer said. "He will suddenly take a lot of risks. That's what he sometimes did and surprised me."


Cynthia Faulkner is the tennis editor at ESPN.com.

ytben
03-29-2004, 11:19 AM
thanks for the article lsy :kiss: Rafa sounds so mature for 17 years old, especially when I compared to myself when I was 17 years old, which was a long time ago :p

Billabong
03-29-2004, 12:11 PM
Thanks for the great article lsy:D!

Mrs. B
03-29-2004, 12:30 PM
Those tree-trunk legs! lol lsy, that's exactly what i meant about those strong legs of his! :lol:

Teremah Kasi for posting the article here. ;)

WyveN
03-29-2004, 12:49 PM
Yes it is dissapointing to see Roger lose but don't get upset afterall......

1) Better Roger experienced Nadal for the first time now instead of say Wimbledon 2nd round ;) I am sure he will be more prepared next time

2) Last time someone beat Roger, he followed it up with 2 titles

3) More time to rest and practice for DC

4) Roger has had a AMAZING season so far, irregardless of this loss

jtipson
03-29-2004, 01:09 PM
Yes it is dissapointing to see Roger lose but don't get upset afterall......

2) Last time someone beat Roger, he followed it up with 2 titles


Yeah, that's true...in fact, both the last two times he lost (to Henners), he went on to win his next two tournaments.

yanchr
03-29-2004, 02:22 PM
1) Better Roger experienced Nadal for the first time now instead of say Wimbledon 2nd round ;) I am sure he will be more prepared next time
Talking about Wimbly...from what I saw this morning, it's urgent that Roger should definitely improve his s&v game. He was playing s&v sooooo crappy. Except for a few great shots from Nadal, he made many stupid errors over the net most himself. It was a long long way from his last Wimbly show. I'm supposing that he is just playing baseline way too much and lost some touch for s&v. I'm worrying about that. Not only this match but the last one and some other recent ones...

2) Last time someone beat Roger, he followed it up with 2 titles
Let's say this time it works again. :)

yanchr
03-29-2004, 02:24 PM
Thanks for the article lsy. Both are classy guys, esp our Roger ;)

lsy
03-29-2004, 02:41 PM
Thanks for the article lsy. Both are classy guys, esp our Roger ;)

Hi yanchr, feeling better already? Rogi seems pretty relax in his interview, making lots of jokes. Haha...obviously you only have eyes for Rogi :)

ya, Mrs. B, I notice Rafael thighs too...and he's quite huge for a 17 years old I would say.

WvyerN has a way to make all of us feel better I guess :)

lsy
03-29-2004, 02:46 PM
thanks for the article lsy :kiss: Rafa sounds so mature for 17 years old, especially when I compared to myself when I was 17 years old, which was a long time ago :p

ytben, let's not remind ourselves how old we all are ;)

yanchr, Rogi's net play did suck quite badly today. Another thing I noted was that he was being forced quite far out of the baseline. I rarely see Rogi having to play his game that far out.

They were showing a replay just now but I can barely watch it again :sad:

yanchr
03-29-2004, 03:06 PM
No lsy ...it's unbearble to watch it again...how dare you...

I think that Roger's illness did affect his move on court his hitting speed and his power of hitting and thus the quality of the shots, plus that Nadal was full of strength in his hit, you see, there were several times that the ball just stayed in the net...maybe that's why Roger played far behind the baseline.

yanchr
03-29-2004, 03:11 PM
Hi yanchr, feeling better already? Rogi seems pretty relax in his interview, making lots of jokes. Haha...obviously you only have eyes for Rogi :)

Roger's attitude and cute smile really are some medicine for me ;) so if he is OK(actually he is for sure), then what on earth are we worrying about?

You didn't get "both" in my post? I did have eyes on that 17-year-old kid ;) Seriously he is the guy to watch out.

lsy
03-29-2004, 03:39 PM
I guess the loss really didn't hit him that bad looking at how relax he seems to be in the interview. Hopefully that means you're right, he's just not himself today. I wanted to watch the match again to see what I had missed, but as I said I could barely watch it...

I can't help laughing at the reporter who asked him to wear a cap next time lol :

Q. Do you think the heat stroke that you got in Indian Wells, although you've got a thick head of black hair, do you think of wearing a cap in those conditions perhaps next time?

ROGER FEDERER: It's a good point which I thought about. But it's really the first time I've experienced something like this. I've played in some heat in my career.

So, I mean, I'll try to continue playing the way I did. If I will get it a second time, then I'll put even more thoughts into it (laughter)... and start playing with a cap, thanks to you (laughter).

"thick head of black hair"...hahaha

yanchr
03-29-2004, 03:46 PM
yeah That's funny...and many other funny things there actually...so look like Roger is so relaxed there, joking around and the interview pic...I was supposing he just won the match hehe
Maybe the loss already was not in his mind after he gets up tomorrow ;) He is more a forgetful guy than maybe most of us are

moonbuggy
03-29-2004, 03:49 PM
he will bounce back and win his nxt tounie :bounce::bounce::bounce:

lsy
03-29-2004, 03:53 PM
yeah That's funny...and many other funny things there actually...so look like Roger is so relaxed there, joking around and the interview pic...I was supposing he just won the match hehe
Maybe the loss already was not in his mind after he gets up tomorrow ;) He is more a forgetful guy than maybe most of us are

ya, remember his bang the head on the pillow thing? Maybe that's the whole purpose :p hey where did you get to see the interview pic?

Hi moonbuggy :wavey:

yanchr
03-29-2004, 03:59 PM
haha how funny to connect this to his embarrassing habit :D Maybe you are right who knows...wondering if I just try that myself LOL

the pics:
http://www.eqimages.ch/CMDB/

click sport on the right side and then Roger Federer
You must enjoy them :)

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:05 PM
ah...that website, ya I haven't been there for some time but yes they always have some great pictures, thanks!

btw, when are they going to give out the ATP fan's favourite award to Rogi? Or maybe they didn't expect Rogi to be leaving so soon lol...

yanchr
03-29-2004, 04:10 PM
You are welcome lsy :) The award is his no one can steal it. don't worry though ;)
Oh, just remember that he said he had no idea when to leave US. Maybe he is waiting for it?

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:17 PM
ya, he's definitely not leaving till he gets his award lol

Nice pictures as always. He's so clean shaven these days :)

I'm watching Todd Reid/Calleri now. I saw Hewitt vs Pavel, and I don't know what's wrong with Hewitt these days, just not like his old fighting usual self but Pavel was very good. Guess what, I'm really hoping Paradorn to win this tournament now that Rogi is out, otherwise let it be Pavel :)

yanchr
03-29-2004, 04:35 PM
He's so clean shaven these days --------------That made him look more relaxed and energetic there, indeed giving me a feeling that he would be good out there today at first....Forget it ;)

Oh lsy, you are again staying up late watching some other tennis hehehe
Give poor Pavel a chance here where he won't have his nightmare again :)

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:40 PM
haha...you're still so bitter, go go bang your head on the pillow now that'll make you feel better.

No, I'm doing one hundred things at the same time...so what you just gave up on Miami totally now? ;)

yanchr
03-29-2004, 04:46 PM
I'm just not that forgetful ;)
Ok, believe it or not, it's totally past tense for me now. Actually it was already sth old sth happened yesterday :)

You are pushing me away? Ok here I go...;)

Seriously, I should leave now. Tomorrow will have sth important to do.
Bye lsy :wavey:

lsy
03-29-2004, 04:48 PM
Bye and good night, yanchr :)

Billabong
03-30-2004, 12:46 PM
:wavey:

Raquel
03-30-2004, 03:09 PM
:sad: Roger, tough loss but a great run of tournaments this year :)

Good Luck in your next event :bounce:

RogiFan88
04-01-2004, 05:10 PM
:wavey:

Too bad for Rogi losing in the 3rd rd of Miami... but he was not well and it obviously affected his game.

Great showing for Rafa tho... I DO like him and hope he does well in the DC vs. Holland in Palma.

Both guys are cool... enjoyed reading their comments on each other!!

Rogi has played more and won more than anyone else this year so he needs to rest up and get better... we want him healthy, esp for DC and for the upcoming clay season!

Take care of yourself, Rogi dear! :angel:

If only we got coverage of the DC...