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Roger's weird sleeping habit

tegan
04-12-2004, 09:30 PM
found this in an interview with Roger from feb. of this year.
didn't know if anyone else had seen it.
i'd say that's a pretty bizarre habit... :eek: wonder how Myrka gets any sleep??! :lol:

Bad sleeping habits:
"I've got this thing when I'm sleeping - you know - I don't know if I should say it, but I've this problem when I'm banging my head against the pillow, you know, I don't know what this is but I'm doing this since I'm a baby. If I'm lying on my stomach and I'm banging my head against the pillow. I really would like to know where and why and where it comes from - it's so embarrassing, so bad!"

[i'll be glad to paste the entire interview if anyone hasn't seen it] :wavey:

Billabong
04-12-2004, 09:34 PM
lol :lol:!

Neely
04-12-2004, 09:37 PM
never heard that before!

SUKTUEN
04-13-2004, 04:39 AM
I read i in a Chinese news.

yanchr
04-13-2004, 05:32 AM
I've heard it before. Funny... :D

wonder how Myrka gets any sleep??! :lol:

You'll never know and you'll never want to know ;)

Fedex
04-13-2004, 07:32 AM
:lol: Very interesting!!! Well now i know why Roger used to be a headcase :haha:

junekidd
04-13-2004, 09:53 AM
funny! lovely guy!:p

novanora
04-13-2004, 01:45 PM
I've heard it before. Funny... :D


You'll never know and you'll never want to know ;)
Oh, I am sure I have learned it first from u, Phoenix, right? What's that kind of sleeping habbit ?! I mean, can he keep good and enough sleeping in such a way? It is not good to his health, isn't it? Anyway, it's soooooo funny:lol:

novanora
04-13-2004, 01:47 PM
funny! lovely guy!:p
Wow, I think I have guessed out who you are......

WyveN
04-13-2004, 02:56 PM
:lol: Very interesting!!! Well now i know why Roger used to be a headcase :haha:

:haha:

junekidd
04-13-2004, 03:00 PM
Wow, I think I have guessed out who you are......

maybe u are right! but it seems somewhat mystreious to others! :p

tangerine_dream
04-13-2004, 03:20 PM
:lol: That's too funny! It could be an anxiety issue carried over from infancy.

Dirk
04-13-2004, 04:11 PM
This interview was done in 2000. He might not do that anymore.

tegan
04-13-2004, 06:49 PM
i suppose it could've 'gone away', but he says he's been doing it since he was a baby..... kinda don't think it would just go away...... :confused:

Dirk
04-14-2004, 01:20 AM
Maybe he gets himself tired by doing other things to go to sleep now... like sex. Hey its strange but all geniuses have quirks.

yanchr
04-14-2004, 07:14 AM
Oh, I am sure I have learned it first from u, Phoenix, right? What's that kind of sleeping habbit ?! I mean, can he keep good and enough sleeping in such a way? It is not good to his health, isn't it? Anyway, it's soooooo funny:lol:
yeah, it's me ;) I couldn't just keep it to myself when first read it coz it made me :lol: I guess the habit is more of an embarrassment than a problem of health :lol:

novanora
04-14-2004, 12:54 PM
yeah, it's me ;) I couldn't just keep it to myself when first read it coz it made me :lol: I guess the habit is more of an embarrassment than a problem of health :lol:
:lol::lol::lol: It's really funny, man! And I also remember the other interesting sleeping habbits of Roger you have mentioned:lol: So embarrassed!! I wonder what Mirka think of it.... :lol:

tegan
04-14-2004, 01:42 PM
i'm gonna go ahead and post the entire article for everyone....it's a bit long (but it's about Roger - so i doubt anyone will mind) ;)

The Roger Federer File


February 17, 2004

Tennis-X looks into the game and life of two-time Slam champ and tennis star Roger Federer: Birthdate: August 8, 1981
Birthplace: Basel, Switzerland
Residence: Oberwil, Switzerland
Turned Pro: 1998
Height: 6'1" (1.85m)
Weight: 177 (80kg)
Career Titles/Finals: 12/8
Current ATP Rank: 1








Roger Federer's Parents: Mother, Lynette is South African; Father, Robert is Swiss. The two met on a pharmaceutical business trip.

Being Baby Fed:
"I started playing at the age of three. I was playing soccer at the same time. At like 10 or 12 years old, I had to make a decision what I'm going to do now more than the other one. I had more success in tennis. Decided at 14 to go down to the National Tennis Center, but it was in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, I'm coming from the German. For me, it was very tough the first half of year. I wanted to go home. I was not happy. I was crying when I will to leave on Sunday. Then I went to the Orange Bowl, under 14. Came back, felt good, started to win matches. At 16, the tennis center changed to the part of Switzerland where they speak both languages. For the future, they can go in French-speaking schools and German. I decided to quit school at that time, at 16, because I felt like school was bothering me from my best tennis. I quit school and just went very quickly. I won a junior tournament and finished No. 1 in Juniors then. Also the change from Juniors to pros was not as tough."

Junior achievements: Finished No. 1 in 1998 after winning Wimbledon (d. Labadze) and reaching final at US Open (l. to Nalbandian).

Ditching the books at age 16:
"I told my parents I'm not in the mood to go to school anymore and I want to focus on tennis and they understood it but they said that if, in the next few years, you don't have any results, you go back to school. I actually stopped school at 16 so that was a pretty big risk for me because I didn't have any ATP ranking, maybe 800 or something, and in the juniors I was like 60 or something. Then I finished as No. 1 junior in the summer and everything was going my way because somehow I felt school was disturbing me of being 100% focused on tennis, that's why I actually quit school and then tennis went much better."

Choosing tennis over soccer as a kid:
"In tennis I had more success, and I was traveling international already. In tennis I felt like everything was in my control. In soccer I could blame it on the goalkeeper, I could blame it on whatever. In tennis I didn't have that problem. It was only myself to blame."

Tennis idols growing up: Boris Becker, Stefan Edberg and Pete Sampras.
"The way I see it, I've always admired players with one-handed backhands just because I also played one-handed. For me, Edberg was my first, Becker after. They were more like idols. Sampras was more like the favorite player later on. I never tried to copy anyone. I think that's what the kids also should know. You know, okay, some techniques are good, but maybe there's something else also than the technique that makes your favorite player win the match. This sometimes kids don't see. But still, it's nice to have an idol. I've always enjoyed that."

Going to a psychologist in juniors:
"I had that once when I was playing juniors because I was getting too upset, so I needed some help how to think about different stuff and how to get rid of that (feeling). Then I kind of worked on it myself."

Racquet throwing days revisited:
"I was throwing around my racquet like you probably don't imagine. Helicopters were flying all over. I mean, I was getting kicked out of practice sessions non-stop when I was 16. ... I don't know if I grew up a little bit. I realized that the racquet throwing didn't help my game because I was always getting very negative. I used to talk also much more. Now, I mean, I don't talk anymore. I'm just positive, you know. Also, of course, to play Center Court in front of a packed crowd, to play Pete Sampras, I don't know, doesn't make you scream, you know, throw racquets. I think that's pretty normal."

Playing Pistol Pete:
"I would like to say I'm lucky I played him one time. You know, that was always something I've always looked forward to, that I would get that chance. Better for me, it was Center Court in Wimbledon, plus I beat him in an unbelievable five-set match."

The Federer Gameface:
"I'm definitely a guy who is rather calm on the outside on the tennis court, but very emotional inside. I showed everything that was going on inside of myself at the presentation of the trophy in Wimbledon. ... You know, I'm happy when I make a good shot. But I always have my moments of disappointment when I miss. But for me I'm at a point where I don't need to show this. I need to keep my emotions under control. I have the feeling if I show too much, you know, it might hurt me for the next match. The emotion's left. I want to keep everything till the end. This is just the way I feel right now. It makes me feel good. I like the way I behave, myself. I think that is the most important."

Those insanely magical shots you hit:
"Yeah, more a few years ago, and just because everybody was talking about, 'How talented you are,' and, 'How easy it looks,' and you feel like you kind of have to live up to this and play the miracle shots, you know, the crowd-pleaser stuff. But I kind of stopped with that. All I want in the end is to win the match and not hit the best shot of the tournament, of the match. I kind of feel now that I know in what moment to play which shot. I think this is very important for my game. This is also why I can - I'm for over six months now in the Top 5. I think this is a big step for me mentally."

Hey coach: Federer has no coach at the moment after ending things with Peter Lundgren in December 2003, though he is working on the road with trainer Pavel Kovac.
"I feel good the way it's right now, otherwise I wouldn't perform like I'm doing. I'm definitely - especially after this result (winning the Australian Open) - not going to stress into something because it gives me kind of air and time to really think about what I want. At the same time I'm getting to know myself better, also what my needs are before a tournament. You know, I've always been taken care of with coaches. Maybe to be on my own a little bit does my game good. You know, in a way yes, and in a way it doesn't do me good because maybe I'm missing some advice. Maybe in the long run this could help me. Who knows."

Winning on the dirt:
"Even though I grew up playing on clay the whole time, indoors I was playing on the balloon on clay all winter long until I was 14. So, it's weird because when I came on the ATP Tour, I had 0-11 on clay. So I was like, 'This cannot be possible.' It was just I guess mentally on big points, on clay, you can just see more the weakness of your game, because you can massage the weakness I would say. On grass, it's two shots and it can be a little bit lucky or this and that. You guess and it works, you know. On the clay, you can't really guess and you have to work the point. So I was very disappointed in my clay court game before."

The Grand Slam:
"Impossible to answer. I have no idea. I've never been close to win the French Open or I would say the US Open. But now that I've played well at the Australian Open, I know I've got definitely a better chance also at the US Open. French Open gives me confidence knowing that I played finals in Rome, won Hamburg and won Munich. If that is enough to win a Grand Slam... I don't think so. I'll go step by step."

The talented Mr. Federer:
"I mean, 'talent,' it's very tough to describe. A lot of people love my game because I'm so relaxed on the court, and I play with touch. I play spin, slice, I come to the net. I play all over. But, I mean, it can also be a disadvantage. Some people don't understand. Yes, it can be a disadvantage, because I believe like a Hewitt, who has unbelievable fitness and mental toughness, for me this is also a talent, you know, but just in a different area of the game. So of course maybe I'm more relaxed out there on the court, but it doesn't mean you're going to win more matches."

Most wanted shot:
"I would like to have, you know, dropshot, this forehand dropshot all these Spaniards have. When they have this time, they just wait and wait and wait, in the end they play a dropshot. I could do it but I just don't have the confidence or I feel like, 'Oh, if I lose the point, I look so stupid.' So I don't even try these shots, you know. But sometimes it's good to do it just to mix it up."

The look:
"I think I'm kind of famous for wearing the red shirt and the white headband. So I stuck to it when I played from the fourth round on. It brought me luck once again. I'm happy about it."

The smell... of RF Fragrance:
"For the moment, we're just on the Swiss market. We're trying to get bigger there. Then we'll see if we go abroad. But we're trying to. You know, it's something we've done all ourselves. It's the Roger Federer fragrance. I helped a lot with it. It's something that means a lot to me. We'll see what happens."

Mr. Popularity:
"I'm very famous in Switzerland. Everywhere I go, people know me. That's obvious, you know. We're not such a big country, but I'm very, very famous over there. ... On holidays, you know. Like once I was in the Maldives. In Thailand I was also on some island and they knew me there. You know, it's just strange to be recognized."

No cash in tennis, no worries:
"The money for me is just a bonus you know because I love the game so much. It was always a dream for me to be a tennis pro and I always thought this money thing was like a bonus because when I came on the Tour and I lost first round and I got a couple of thousand dollars - that was for me just huge. I was not used to it. Now, sometimes when I see my bank account - my parents show me the latest and I am really surprised - you know, how much money I have already made. Of course I would play the game, it is not a question for me."

I'm a dreaming man:
"I'm a funny guy, I'm outgoing, you can have a lot of fun with me. I can hang out. On the bad side, I don't always listen to people because I'm dreaming too much and I have to ask them to repeat what they say."

Gal pal: Former WTA player Miroslava Vavrinec, who retired from the game in 2002 after a foot injury. The two met at the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
"It's important in a girlfriend to understand what I'm doing, that she likes me. I don't ask for too much, I want to get along well. I don't like to fight."

Bad sleeping habits:
"I've got this thing when I'm sleeping - you know - I don't know if I should say it, but I've this problem when I'm banging my head against the pillow, you know, I don't know what this is but I'm doing this since I'm a baby. If I'm lying on my stomach and I'm banging my head against the pillow. I really would like to know where and why and where it comes from - it's so embarrassing, so bad!"

Beer man:
"Not really. I'm not a beer fan. I drink other stuff."

Language skills:
"In school we had English and French. Then I went to the French-speaking part of Switzerland so I learned the French because I couldn't speak at all."

Off court hobbies: Sports, cards, sitting on the beach, playing cricket and ping pong.

On cricket: "I just really watch it just because it's relaxing, you know. I understand the rules. That's already something for a European. The other guys, all my friends, they don't understand the sport, so I got to switch. But that's fine."

Iker1
04-14-2004, 01:53 PM
LOL.Roger is so lovely.I can imagine baby Roger doing this.:angel:

tangerine_dream
04-14-2004, 07:52 PM
Thanks for posting that, tegan :wavey:

Racquet throwing days revisited:
"I was throwing around my racquet like you probably don't imagine. Helicopters were flying all over. I mean, I was getting kicked out of practice sessions non-stop when I was 16. ... I don't know if I grew up a little bit. I realized that the racquet throwing didn't help my game because I was always getting very negative. I used to talk also much more. Now, I mean, I don't talk anymore. I'm just positive, you know. Also, of course, to play Center Court in front of a packed crowd, to play Pete Sampras, I don't know, doesn't make you scream, you know, throw racquets. I think that's pretty normal."

Hahaha! :rolls: Once. Just ONCE, I'd like to see Roger regress into that racket-throwing brat I never saw. :devil: He gives off the impression of being so calm and unreadable that I think it would be funny to see him go ballistic on a bad call or something. :)

Fedex
04-14-2004, 09:34 PM
Thanks for posting that, tegan :wavey:



Hahaha! :rolls: Once. Just ONCE, I'd like to see Roger regress into that racket-throwing brat I never saw. :devil: He gives off the impression of being so calm and unreadable that I think it would be funny to see him go ballistic on a bad call or something. :)
Actually, he has thrown his raquet, smashed it recently. :devil: Against Henman at Paris, and AGAIN at Dubai this year :eek: Hard to imagine though. I couldent imagine Henman doing it, but hey how knows :confused:

lsy
04-15-2004, 09:05 AM
Most wanted shot:
"I would like to have, you know, dropshot, this forehand dropshot all these Spaniards have. When they have this time, they just wait and wait and wait, in the end they play a dropshot. I could do it but I just don't have the confidence or I feel like, 'Oh, if I lose the point, I look so stupid.' So I don't even try these shots, you know. But sometimes it's good to do it just to mix it up."



ya...I seldom see Rogi does the dropshot thing. We'll see if he'll have enough confidence to do this in anytime soon.

WyveN
04-15-2004, 10:31 AM
ya...I seldom see Rogi does the dropshot thing. We'll see if he'll have enough confidence to do this in anytime soon.

With Roger's racket control he shouldn't have much problems executing those shots particularly on clay. Hopefully he uses them as it is certainly a easy way to end a rally.

lsy
04-15-2004, 01:30 PM
With Roger's racket control he shouldn't have much problems executing those shots particularly on clay. Hopefully he uses them as it is certainly a easy way to end a rally.

Ya, I'll like to see him hit those shots. In this aspect, he should perharps learn from Andy :tape: , ignore how stupid it can look if he loses the point and just give it a go. Who knows as you say, with his ability he might turn that into another of his weapon.

novanora
04-15-2004, 02:20 PM
3k u, tegan!!! Great article. I am sure I have read it on a tennis website lol

The look:
"I think I'm kind of famous for wearing the red shirt and the white headband. So I stuck to it when I played from the fourth round on. It brought me luck once again. I'm happy about it."
So that's why people always say that Nike's red shirt and white headband are his lucky wearing?


Language skills:
"In school we had English and French. Then I went to the French-speaking part of Switzerland so I learned the French because I couldn't speak at all."
Hi, Phoenix, here mentioned his French. I guess you are right, his French is quite good now....


Off court hobbies: Sports, cards, sitting on the beach, playing cricket and ping pong.
Wow, we all see him playing cards on the computer, right;) interesting!
More interesting, Roger plays ping pong. Oh, I have never know that, just want to see him playing the table tennis.

junekidd
04-15-2004, 02:26 PM
oh! he played table tennis? he should come to china to play it with our players, it must be interesting!

novanora
04-15-2004, 02:36 PM
Well, I don't think his table tennis is as good as his tennis.....look at Coria......
But Roger is a smart guy, if he want to play it well, then he can manage it.;)

junekidd
04-15-2004, 02:50 PM
that's what I want him to do: defeat liuguoliang! I hate that man now! I believe rogi could do it as good as any other things!

novanora
04-15-2004, 03:58 PM
hey, sweetie, please don't say sth that depress our courtrymen.......:D I am a patriot...

yanchr
04-15-2004, 04:00 PM
Ya, I'll like to see him hit those shots. In this aspect, he should perharps learn from Andy :tape: , ignore how stupid it can look if he loses the point and just give it a go. Who knows as you say, with his ability he might turn that into another of his weapon.
When and where the hell does Roger look stupid in making shots even those he doesn't often use or not quite master though ;) I think his great hand and touch for the ball will help him make almost every shot into a weapon of his.

yanchr
04-15-2004, 04:04 PM
Hi, Phoenix, here mentioned his French. I guess you are right, his French is quite good now....
I said before he is a genius not only in tennis... ;)

More interesting, Roger plays ping pong. Oh, I have never know that, just want to see him playing the table tennis.
More information for you...Roger said he actually has interest in all the ball-related game :) I guess he plays table tennis better than me :p

novanora
04-15-2004, 04:08 PM
wow!! If ball-related game, I think snooker is so right to him;)

yanchr
04-15-2004, 04:16 PM
Don't know if what he meant about the ball-related game includes snooker or not
If you want to know, ask him yourself;)

tegan
04-15-2004, 06:09 PM
:wavey:

you are all very welcome for the article! i love reading (and sharing) anything i can find about Roger! can't think of a better subject to talk about... :drool:

Alessia
04-16-2004, 05:30 AM
wow!! If ball-related game, I think snooker is so right to him;)

I like snooker, but I can't bear the finals are composed of 31 sets!!!!