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TenHound
10-23-2005, 09:03 AM
No one said DEFINTELY NEEDS SURGERY - what was said & has caused concern is that Doctors Have Not Ruled Out Surgery.

So, 10-14 day countdown began on Oct. 12...we've hit the 10day mark.

Daniel
10-23-2005, 09:51 AM
Yep lets wit and see what happens

Get well soon Roger :hug:

nobama
10-23-2005, 10:38 AM
No one said DEFINTELY NEEDS SURGERY - what was said & has caused concern is that Doctors Have Not Ruled Out Surgery.

So, 10-14 day countdown began on Oct. 12...we've hit the 10day mark.Roger and his doctors have made no comments regarding surgery, not sure where you're getting that from. There was a "rumor" posted on another website about his injury being more serious, but nothing from him or his doctors.

nobama
10-23-2005, 10:41 AM
People here seem to be over-worried and impatient.

If his doctors said he would need a 10-14 days rest, it meant his injury was not so serous. Thus it made sense to me that he withdrew only from Madrid and Basel, not from Paris(I'm pretty sure he will pull out of it anyhow).

If his injury would be significant and more severe than mild, the doctors should have ordered a longer rest(at least 4 weeks) or surgery in the first place because, needless to say, the ankle ligaments are so important for athletes that under-diagnosis and -treatment would mean the end of their careers.

On the other hand, it's totally natural that there are no comments from him or his team. Isn't it just about 10 days past when the news of his injury reported? I mean it's too early to tell something about the condition of his ankle at this moment. IMO, his ankle will be re-evaluated by doctors within next week and decided on if and when he will be able to play. Of course he'd have to take a rest for extra 1-2 weeks if healing is poor, or at the worst scenario, actually undergo surgery if something unexpected happens, which however seems highly unlikely.

I don't have any idea where the source of this "rumor" is and whether it is reliable. But remember that a similar rumor was spreading around when he was off after Wimbledon because of plantar fasciitis. At that time some of media people reported that his foot injury was a more serious one than announced, which of course was proven wrong by him winning Cinci and USO back-to-back right after the rest. I think that Rogi is just a cautious guy who saves words until everything comes clear to him. But it seems that people and esp. media often misunderstand his silence as "hiding something (bad or serious)".

At the moment nothing has changed since he injured, hasn't it? Then it means there are no extra things to be worried about. Let's be patient and just hope him to get well soon. :yeah:

nobama
10-23-2005, 10:41 AM
Rafa basically called Rogi to congratulate him on Wimbledon and USO and to see how he was doing.

It's possible that Rafa, after he wins Madrid tomorrow, will decide not to play Basel and Paris as he won't really need to -- and rest his knees so he can be fully fit to win Shanghai. ;)He hasn't won Madrid, yet. ;)

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 03:53 PM
pray for Roger every day~~~

a girl 13
10-23-2005, 03:54 PM
pray for Roger every day~~~

Me too :sad: :sad: :sad:

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 03:59 PM
Me too :sad: :sad: :sad:
GOD MY LORD , PLEAE save Roger ~!!

Please~!! GOD~!! PLEASE give healthy to Roger!!

PLEASE MY LORD~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

Skyward
10-23-2005, 04:01 PM
IHis doctors also said, "he may also be ruled out of the Paris Masters, which starts on October 31, but can be fit to defend the season-ending Masters Cup event in Shanghai". (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20051012:MTFH94 848_2005-10-12_22-23-13_L12133204:1)

Thanks soonha. I've missed this part. I'll try to stay patient and calm. For some reason it's been harder than ever before.

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 04:07 PM
do all friends read Nadal 's interview talk about Roger today?

a girl 13
10-23-2005, 04:08 PM
[. His doctors also said, "he may also be ruled out of the Paris Masters, which starts on October 31, but can be fit to defend the season-ending Masters Cup event in Shanghai". (http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20051012:MTFH94 848_2005-10-12_22-23-13_L12133204:1)[/QUOTE]


That article was from twelve days ago. I hope that the next news ( from roger) is exactly the same. I HOPE THAT SO MUCH. PLEASE GOD GIVE ROGER HEALTH :mad: :sad: :mad: :sad: :mad: :sad:

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 04:10 PM
[QUOTE=a girl 13I HOPE THAT SO MUCH. PLEASE GOD GIVE ROGER HEALTH :mad: :sad: :mad: :sad: :mad: :sad:[/QUOTE]

We pray for Roger together~!

GOD PLEASE HELP Roger~!!! :worship: :worship:

a girl 13
10-23-2005, 04:21 PM
We pray for Roger together~!

GOD PLEASE HELP Roger~!!! :worship: :worship:


PLEASE GOD GIVE ROGER HOPE
HEALTH
LOVE
AND WISH HIM A SPEEDEY RECOVERY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
:p :p :p :p :p :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 04:24 PM
contuied to pray everyday~!

RogiFan88
10-23-2005, 04:31 PM
:lol: Isn't it a little late for congratulations? :rolleyes: I think it's safe to say that he called to find out how good his chances are for grabbing the no1 spot in the near future.

That's exactly what I was thinking... actually to judge whether he can afford to skip Basel and/or Paris :p ;)

SUKTUEN
10-23-2005, 04:39 PM
the interview of nadal has a chinese translat

silverwhite
10-23-2005, 06:01 PM
"I will go home tomorrow and I will enjoy the evening as I did yesterday. I went out with Roger Federer and his girlfriend to an Italian restaurant at the Bahnhofstrasse. I like the Swiss speciality and probably I will try Raclette this evening."

(Excerpt from a Lindsay Davenport interview in Zurich)



Wow. Roger is a really classy guy. He actually respects the WTA players (eg. saying that he cheers for Serena and Venus, sending Kim a congratulatory SMS after the USO) unlike some other ATP scums. :D

RogiFan88
10-23-2005, 07:15 PM
"I will go home tomorrow and I will enjoy the evening as I did yesterday. I went out with Roger Federer and his girlfriend to an Italian restaurant at the Bahnhofstrasse. I like the Swiss speciality and probably I will try Raclette this evening."

(Excerpt from a Lindsay Davenport interview in Zurich)



Wow. Roger is a really classy guy. He actually respects the WTA players (eg. saying that he cheers for Serena and Venus, sending Kim a congratulatory SMS after the USO) unlike some other ATP scums. :D

:cool: Can you post this in the thread: good things other players say about Rogi. Thanks!! ;)

NYCtennisfan
10-23-2005, 09:30 PM
Roger is all class. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that he might the classiest champion the ATP tour has had in the last 20-30 years.

Stevens Point
10-23-2005, 10:06 PM
"I will go home tomorrow and I will enjoy the evening as I did yesterday. I went out with Roger Federer and his girlfriend to an Italian restaurant at the Bahnhofstrasse. I like the Swiss speciality and probably I will try Raclette this evening."

(Excerpt from a Lindsay Davenport interview in Zurich)



Wow. Roger is a really classy guy. He actually respects the WTA players (eg. saying that he cheers for Serena and Venus, sending Kim a congratulatory SMS after the USO) unlike some other ATP scums. :D
I am wondering if there is an Italian restaurant at the Bahnhofstrasse... :scratch:

(I live in Zurich.)

Minnie
10-23-2005, 11:02 PM
Roger is all class. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that he might the classiest champion the ATP tour has had in the last 20-30 years.


:yeah: I often think how lucky tennis is to have Roger as its World No 1 - and it made me sad to read an article on "brands" and tennis players in the current ACE magazine where it came across to me that the "powers that be" (mostly American I regret to say) seemed to think it would be much better (for them) if Nadal was No 1. According to them, Roger just hasn't caught the public's imagination over there. I find that hard to believe from the number of posts I see on this forum (and on his website) from US fans, but still. He may not have caught "corporate" America's imagination, but he certainly has with real tennis fans and lots of girls. Even an elderly female relative of mine (68) thinks Rog is a "bit of all right" and very sexy!

MissMoJo
10-23-2005, 11:04 PM
Roger is all class. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to say that he might the classiest champion the ATP tour has had in the last 20-30 years.
Indeed. *sigh* it's championship sunday, and i miss roger :awww:

PaulieM
10-23-2005, 11:47 PM
:yeah: I often think how lucky tennis is to have Roger as its World No 1 - and it made me sad to read an article on "brands" and tennis players in the current ACE magazine where it came across to me that the "powers that be" (mostly American I regret to say) seemed to think it would be much better (for them) if Nadal was No 1. According to them, Roger just hasn't caught the public's imagination over there. I find that hard to believe from the number of posts I see on this forum (and on his website) from US fans, but still. He may not have caught "corporate" America's imagination, but he certainly has with real tennis fans and lots of girls. Even an elderly female relative of mine (68) thinks Rog is a "bit of all right" and very sexy!
i know what you mean. i get frustrated hearing people talk about how the game needs more personalities and roger isn't exciting enough of a personality. these people seem to think having a personality that captures the public entails fist pumping away and acting up on court. so many people don't seem to appreciate what the sport has in roger, not only is he an increadible player but he seems like a truly nice and classy guy who cares a lot about the sport. i think if people tried harder, there would be a lot to gain from promoting him more.

RogiFan88
10-24-2005, 12:25 AM
I guess there's no room in this world for a "truly nice and classy guy" any more and that's a pity.

nobama
10-24-2005, 12:39 AM
That's exactly what I was thinking... actually to judge whether he can afford to skip Basel and/or Paris :p ;)Hopefully his body will tell him he needs to skip both tournaments and he'll listen to his body. He's got nothing left to prove. And he doesn't need to be superman.

nobama
10-24-2005, 12:50 AM
OK if Roger was out having dinner with Lindsay in Zurich then I feel better. He must be feeling OK to do that. What a nice guy.

TenHound
10-24-2005, 02:42 AM
NYCTennisFan, who did you have in mind 20-30 yrs ago? Laver was longer ago than that, and I can't think of anyone who comes close to the all around Magnificence of Roger.

Lest anyone here have any residual respect for the punks that run tennis here...well..let's just say this...Steve Tignor poobah @Tennis Mag (I think) calls Roger "Mr. Sickeningly Perfect". Also, remember the Am. Empire hasn't completely collapsed yet, so it tries to breed guys that are violent, ugly & macho by the legion. They watch male corporate sports to get their testosterone flowing, not in lieu of schlepping to the Art Museum. They drink beer, rather than fine wine w/their sports. (Roger when is yr. line of wines coming out darling? And silk robes?) The industry is peopled by guys psyched to peddle that garbage. Roger, thank Goddess, doesn't fit that mold. They don't want Beauty, they want ugliness & violence w/out guilt. It makes them "feel like men". Pathetic...I know....Hence they know how to "sell" Thuggy. They can prob. even sell him to the degenerates that watch Thugball (aka "football") on Sundays.

kjo
10-24-2005, 02:48 AM
Cute story which I hadn't seen before (from The Independant -sport.independent.co.uk/tennis/article321774.ece):

After defeating Federer at the French Open, Nadal wanted to practise with Federer at Wimbledon, but was too shy to ask. He approached Vittorio Selmi, the ATP's head of player liaison to make the request on his behalf. Selimi told Nadal to go ahead and ask, but then explained the situation to Federer.

One day, when Nadal was in the players' lounge, Federer walked in and said to Selmi in a loud voice: "Do you know why this guy doesn't want to practise with me?" Nadal blushed.

The pair did not get to hit together, because Nadal lost in the second round, but a bond was established.

TenHound
10-24-2005, 03:22 AM
That's a very cute story, but why would Roger practice w/his rival? Or am I missing something?

TenHound
10-24-2005, 03:39 AM
Just read Independent story. While I take a back seat to no one in disliking Thuggy's tennis & his on court persona, that story made him seem passably decent off court. If he admirers Roger, he can't be all bad!! In fact, I stopped by to note that he has actually called Roger several times - he called him after Wimby & NYC to congratulate him on his victories. That's downright decent. Does anyone know if it's a common occurrence between rivals on guys tour, or is that an indicator that he still feels like a lonely little boy on the men's tour?

NYCtennisfan
10-24-2005, 07:22 AM
NYCTennisFan, who did you have in mind 20-30 yrs ago? Laver was longer ago than that, and I can't think of anyone who comes close to the all around Magnificence of Roger.

Laver was playing 30 years ago, but I was really thinking of the great Arthur Ashe. Federer is right up there with the likes of those two.

TenHound
10-24-2005, 08:38 AM
I agree. I was a ball kid for Ashe - and Billie Jean Moffett. Ashe was wonderful. Laver I didn't know at all, but as a child I idolized the Aussies, then in the form mostly of Emerson, which was doubtless Laver's legacy.

I hope you caught the photo from Silvy of Roger at his birthday party. It was so telling that he chose to wear a classic tennis sweater...Bets that he's the only player on tour to even own one of them?

nobama
10-24-2005, 12:08 PM
That's a very cute story, but why would Roger practice w/his rival? Or am I missing something?Nadal is his rival on grass? :haha:

nobama
10-24-2005, 12:09 PM
Just read Independent story. While I take a back seat to no one in disliking Thuggy's tennis & his on court persona, that story made him seem passably decent off court. If he admirers Roger, he can't be all bad!! In fact, I stopped by to note that he has actually called Roger several times - he called him after Wimby & NYC to congratulate him on his victories. That's downright decent. Does anyone know if it's a common occurrence between rivals on guys tour, or is that an indicator that he still feels like a lonely little boy on the men's tour?You have to wonder what the likes of McEnroe and Connors think of this. The complete opposite of how it was in their day.

SUKTUEN
10-24-2005, 02:57 PM
thankyou

Minnie
10-24-2005, 03:38 PM
That Independent story made me go "aaahhh" (again)! I also intensely dislike Nadal's game but off court he does come across as the exact opposite of what he's like on court. And as for Roger ... well, he's just toooo nice for his own good sometimes!

SUKTUEN
10-24-2005, 03:45 PM
does Roger said everything about his leg?

NYCtennisfan
10-25-2005, 12:09 AM
I agree. I was a ball kid for Ashe - and Billie Jean Moffett. Ashe was wonderful. Laver I didn't know at all, but as a child I idolized the Aussies, then in the form mostly of Emerson, which was doubtless Laver's legacy.

Wow! You have to tell us some interesting stories then.:)

Billabong
10-25-2005, 03:42 AM
still no news... But I feel like if the injury was really terrible, he would have already withdrawn from Paris, and this is not the case... If he hasn't withdrawn already, it's probably because he still feels he has a chance to compete there, no? And if he feels that way, his chances to be healthy for TMC are pretty good, no:)? Sorry, I just want to convince myself that he'll be 100% for TMC, because I reaaaally wish he'll be there and win it for a 3rd straight time;):hug:!

RogiFan88
10-25-2005, 04:20 AM
Hi Seb! I'm just waiting another couple of days for Rogi's official news.

SUKTUEN
10-25-2005, 08:15 AM
Just waiting and praying~~~~ :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

yanchr
10-25-2005, 10:46 AM
still no news... But I feel like if the injury was really terrible, he would have already withdrawn from Paris, and this is not the case... If he hasn't withdrawn already, it's probably because he still feels he has a chance to compete there, no? And if he feels that way, his chances to be healthy for TMC are pretty good, no:)? Sorry, I just want to convince myself that he'll be 100% for TMC, because I reaaaally wish he'll be there and win it for a 3rd straight time;):hug:!
I perfectly understand you Seb. All the rumors are killing me these days. But I will just stop trying to find positive things to convince myself that he will be in Shanghai so that I can watch him play in person. Instead, just waiting patiently and praying hard ... :wavey:

MissMoJo
10-25-2005, 03:55 PM
http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/fanzone/forum/topicview.cfm?uTopicID=11376&uPage=7
I suppose those of you who visit rf.com have already read this, nothing definitive though:
Received a message from Eve, who's working at the Basel Tournament as we speak. She says there are no sightings of Roger as yet, but also added that the rumours are rife there also about his injury being 'pretty bad'.

Considering he is still walking with the aid of crutches (mentioned by Rafa in his post-match interview) I would think it most unlikely that he'll play Shanghai and to be honest with you I'd rather he didn't compete if he's not in tip-top shape, which I don't think he will be. There's obviously a glimmer of hope on his part, otherwise he would have made an announcement by now, but somehow I don't think it will be long before he does withdraw from the year-end Tournament - sad though it will be.

Thank goodness he's achieved all he wanted in 2005 (retaining his no. 1 position - and winning Wimbledon for a 3rd time) plus the 11 other titles and US Grand Slam - and let's face it, if he had to get injured at some time in the season, then he timed that perfectly as well! (Well.....I'm trying to look on the bright side here - trying to find a positive out of a negative!).

If he doesn't play for the rest of the year then we're all going to miss him like mad, I know - but just think what we have to look forward to in 2006 - a fully fit Roger and another chance for him to show the World what a truly great champion he is.

Hugs
Carol
:D :D :D

Carol Crowe
10-25-2005, 04:15 PM
:yeah: I often think how lucky tennis is to have Roger as its World No 1 - and it made me sad to read an article on "brands" and tennis players in the current ACE magazine where it came across to me that the "powers that be" (mostly American I regret to say) seemed to think it would be much better (for them) if Nadal was No 1. According to them, Roger just hasn't caught the public's imagination over there. I find that hard to believe from the number of posts I see on this forum (and on his website) from US fans, but still. He may not have caught "corporate" America's imagination, but he certainly has with real tennis fans and lots of girls. Even an elderly female relative of mine (68) thinks Rog is a "bit of all right" and very sexy!

So agree with everything you said Minnie and it's true that you only have to look at the amount of postings on this Forum alone to see how much more popular Roger is than most of the other players.....and particularly Nadal. I don't often post here (I'm mostly on the rf.com website), but I do visit from time to time and always find the posters here very informative - and at times very amusing!! I noticed also that someone quoted me today from the rf.com site on an update from Basel. I must say it did depress me a little when I received Eve's message last night about the injury rumours. Let's just hope it's all speculation and that we'll have some positive news to report within the next few days. I'm off to Basel myself on Thursday (I've got tix for the last 3 days), so even though Roger won't be playing, I'm still hoping he'll maybe show up for the Final at least!

SUKTUEN
10-25-2005, 04:45 PM
Thankyou

PaulieM
10-25-2005, 04:53 PM
That Independent story made me go "aaahhh" (again)! I also intensely dislike Nadal's game but off court he does come across as the exact opposite of what he's like on court. And as for Roger ... well, he's just toooo nice for his own good sometimes!
i might have missed where this was posted but can i have a link to this article that everyone is talking about? thanks. :)

SUKTUEN
10-25-2005, 04:55 PM
I am worry for Roger so much~~

peteslamz
10-25-2005, 06:19 PM
I found this ariticle from the GM:

Roger visited Rafa in Basel's Hotel
http://www.marca.com/edicion/marca/...llo/578465.html

They say this English traslation was from Google:

Two dry and discreet blows sound in the door of room 449 of a luxurious hotel of Basel. Rafael Nadal, number two of world-wide tennis, opens the door "Hello, Rafa", Roger Federer says to him. "Eh...! Hello, how plows you " it's English in the original article, How are you? , Nadal answers, almost without thinking that it in front of has him to number one of the world. Federer, recovering of an injury and in its first day without muletas, had decided to give a surprise to its young rival, the man with whom the dominion of world-wide tennis is distributed. Nadal had arrived one hour before at Basel to have supper with people in charge of the local match, to which it had to resign by a tendinitis in the knees. "Roger called to me by telephone and it asked to me where Rafa lodged", Vittorio Selmi explained, ' tour manager' of the ATP "Cuando I said the hotel to him, I do not doubt ': ' I go for alla ' ' ". Federer lives in Basel, which facilitated the encounter, although are not many the sports in which the number one maintains a so open and frank relation with its more direct rival. The Swiss is the unquestionable leader of tennis, but Nadal, after one season remarkable, equals its eleven titles in 2005. The Spanish had at night gained of Sunday the Masters Series of Madrid, one of the most important successes of his race. In the short while its telephone vibrated, marking the arrival of a SMS. "Hello, man! Rafa, good tennis and Madrid! Many contentment Rogelio you ". The phrase, one mescolanza of Italian Spanish and, had been written by Federer to congratulate to the Spanish by its triumph in Madrid. Nadal usually calls ' number unó or ' Rogelió to Federer, and the Swiss adopted the nickname willingly. Zidane and... Shanghai the contact renewed at night of Monday. Both could not talk beyond 20 minutes, because Nadal had to fulfill its commitments with the match. But Federer had time to ask details on lived the previous week in Madrid. "He was very hard, saw me lost during almost all the party", confessed in more than acceptable English a Spanish the Swiss to him. Federer took off a slipper and it showed Nadal the state to him of his ankle, enough inflation still after the distension of ligaments that suffered ten days ago. And there was an inescapable subject: soccer. Federer was once again lamented of not to have been able to play in Madrid and to delay his dreamed encounter about ídolo soccer of its youth, the French Zinedine Zidane. "You are going to go to Shanghai", Nadal asked. Federer sonrio ': "I am doing everything what I can. The week that comes I will begin to run a little, and soon I will try to play tennis ". There was no time for more. Nadal left sudden flight towards the supper - where it left a great impression, speaking English with more soltura than in his press conferences -, and Federer remained having supper in the hotel. It was already the midnight when they returned to cross itself, one course to the bed, the other towards his house. New greeting and the new crossed desires of luck: the one and the two want to follow their conversation in Shanghai.

nobama
10-25-2005, 07:32 PM
Someone posted a mini-translation on Roger's website:

In essence, the article says is that Roger called the ATP at the Basel tournament and asked where Rafa was staying. He was told he was in room 449 of a luxury hotel in Basel. So Roger went over there, and knocked on the hotel door. Rafa opened it, and Roger said, "Hola." Rafa was quite surprised.

Apparently Rafa calls Roger "Rogelio."

They visited for 20 minutes, but then Rafa had to leave to comply with tournament commitments. Fed asked him details about the Madrid tournament, and Rafa said, "It was very hard. I almost lost the match." They spoke in English.

Fed took off his shoe and showed Rafa his ankle. It is still swollen, but he told Rafa he is doing everything he can to be ready for Shanghai. He said that next week, he will begin to run a little and then will try to play tennis.

Then they talked about soccer. Fed said he was very sorry not to go to Madrid and that he wanted to see Zidane.

Rafa left for dinner, and Fed stayed to have dinner in the hotel. Apparently they saw each other again when Rafa returned to the hotel. As Fed left, they vowed to continue their discussion in Shanghai.

Billabong
10-25-2005, 09:33 PM
So it's pretty certain he'll withdraw from Paris, but there are good chances he'll be fit for Shanghai:)! I'm glad there is progress with the injury and that he believes in his chances to be ready for Shanghai:D!

fightclubber
10-25-2005, 10:01 PM
He wont play Paris.. I,m pretty possitive for a good source.
Silvy

Mrs. B
10-25-2005, 10:06 PM
Rogelio will be guesting on Swiss tv's sports program on Sunday which starts at 6:10 pm

NYCtennisfan
10-26-2005, 12:28 AM
Sounds like we will get to see Roger in China. Yes!

lunahielo
10-26-2005, 02:14 AM
Thanks for the article peteslamz~
What a cute translation by Google. :)
At least we know (or so the article says) he's off of the crutches!!
It's sounding betterer!
Rogelió ~~ Sweet!!

nobama
10-26-2005, 02:25 AM
Rogelio will be guesting on Swiss tv's sports program on Sunday which starts at 6:10 pmWhich TV station? TSR or SF DRS or something else?

veyonce
10-26-2005, 02:46 AM
Hi all, credits to nou.amic of vr.com for translating the article, it's so nice to see Roger and Rafa have a friendship off court and good rivalry too!! Think maybe Roger and Rafa can have a go at Playstation in Shanghai.. lol...

http://www.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/2005/10/25/tenis/1130258688.html
SURPRISE VISIT FROM THE # 1 FOR THE SPANIARD

Nadal asked Federer: "Are you going to Shanghai?"

SEBASTIÁN FEST (DPA/ELMUNDO.ES)

Basel (Switzerland) - Two sharp but discreet knocks on the door of room 449 in a luxury hotel in Basel. Rafael Nadal, world number two, opens the door. "Hola, Rafa!" Roger Federer says to him. "Eh...! Hola, how are you?" replies Nadal, almost unable to believe that it is the world number one whom is there.

Federer, recovering from an injury and on his first day without crutches, had decided to pay a surprise visit to his young rival, the man with whom he shares the domination of world tennis. Nadal had arrived in Basel an hour earlier to dine with the organisers of the local tournament, from which he had to retire because of tendinitis in his knees.

"Roger phoned me and asked me where Rafa was staying," explained Vittorio Selmi, the ATP tour manager. When I told him which hotel, he said right off: 'I'm on my way there'. "

Federer lives in Basel, which made the meeting easier, although there are not many sports where the number one has such an open frank relationship with his closest rival. The Swiss is the indisputable leader but Nadal, after a marvellous season, has equalled his eleven titles in 2005.

The Spaniard had just won the Masters Series Madrid on Sunday night, one of the most important victories in his career, when his phone vibrated signalling that he had a SMS. "Hola, hombre! Rafa, bueno tenis y Madrid! Muchos contento Rogelio por te". The message in a mixture of Spanish and Italian had been written by Federer to congratulate the Spaniard for his triumph in Madrid. Nadal is in the habit of calling Federer "número uno" or Rogelio, and the Swiss has obviously taken the nickname well.

Contact was resumed on Monday night. They were not able to talk for more than twenty minutes because Nadal had tournament obligations to complete. But Federer had time to ask him about how things had gone the previous week in Madrid. "It was very hard, I thought I was going to lose for most of the match," the Spaniard confessed to the Swiss in more than acceptable English.

Federer took off his shoe and showed Nadal the state of his ankle, still very swollen after the torn ligaments he suffered ten days ago. There was one topic that could not be forgotten - football! Federer once again lamented the fact that he had not been able to play in Madrid and had had to postpone his long awaited meeting with his childhood idol the Frenchman Zinedine Zidane.

"Are you going to go to Shanghai?" Nadal asked. Federer smiled: "I'm doing all I can. Next week I'll start to run a little, and then I'll try to play some tennis." "There is a glimmer of hope," said Selmi, thinking of the Masters Cup that begins November 13.

There was no time for any more. Nadal dashed off to the dinner - where he left a great impression speaking English much more fluently than he does in his press conferences - and Federer stayed and dined at the hotel. It was midnight when they met again, one on the way to bed and the other on the way home. They greeted one another again and once again wished each other good luck: the number one and the number two want to continue their conversation in Shanghai.

nobama
10-26-2005, 02:53 AM
So why is Roger on the cover of Blick? Is this something bad? :confused:

http://a.blick.ch/img/gen/Z/A/HBZA2Utr_Pxgen_r_180xA.jpg

Sex-Yacht-Brüder – Wie viel wusste der Vater von Rogers Freundin?
Fieser Poker um Federer

Die Sex-Yacht-Brüder – Reingelegter Professor
Sie missbrauchten Federer für ihr Online-Pokerspiel

fightclubber
10-26-2005, 02:57 AM
its about Mirka???????????????
I think is like a scandal or somthing...

Silvy

fightclubber
10-26-2005, 03:07 AM
more nasty poker around federer,

Sex yacht brothers - like much the father of Rogers girfriend?

The Sex yacht brothers - pure-put professor Sie Federer for their on-line poker game abused
is what says..in bad translation, some german may help?

PaulieM
10-26-2005, 03:56 AM
So why is Roger on the cover of Blick? Is this something bad? :confused:

http://a.blick.ch/img/gen/Z/A/HBZA2Utr_Pxgen_r_180xA.jpg

Sex-Yacht-Brüder – Wie viel wusste der Vater von Rogers Freundin?
Fieser Poker um Federer

Die Sex-Yacht-Brüder – Reingelegter Professor
Sie missbrauchten Federer für ihr Online-Pokerspiel
don't remember much of my german but here's what i can tell:
sex-yacht- brothers- how much does the father of roger's girlfriend know? not sure about the 2nd part, something about online poker. no idea what it's all about :shrug:

nobama
10-26-2005, 04:06 AM
I hope it's nothing bad to do with Roger. :unsure:

RogiFan88
10-26-2005, 04:12 AM
post it in the German section of the Rogi forum

lucashg
10-26-2005, 05:12 AM
I hope it's nothing bad to do with Roger. :unsure:

:confused:
Hm, it's weird. I hope there's a translation and some more to this rather obscure article (as of now).]

:unsure:

SUKTUEN
10-26-2005, 06:55 AM
Roger go to the hotel meet Nadal ~!!!

Stevens Point
10-26-2005, 07:56 AM
Hmm, I will buy this news paper today and read... I don't think it is anything bad because other trusting Swiss news sources haven't said anything.

tschaeggy
10-26-2005, 08:38 AM
Yesterday i could deliver the Red Envelope to Lynette Federer, she will pass it to Roger :)
I got all your mails from Ste, we put them together in the RE.

SUKTUEN
10-26-2005, 09:40 AM
tschaeggy long time no see~!!! :wavey:

Do you add my words to Roger ? :worship: :worship: :worship:

yanchr
10-26-2005, 09:41 AM
Glad to hear it. Thanks tschaeggy :D

SUKTUEN
10-26-2005, 09:42 AM
yanchr what did you say to Roger ?

yanchr
10-26-2005, 09:46 AM
yanchr what did you say to Roger ?
Get well soon stuff...As for others, I'd love to keep it secret ;)

SUKTUEN
10-26-2005, 10:13 AM
OK, never mind

avocadoe
10-26-2005, 01:39 PM
aha, glad the red envelope was delivered!

RogiFan88
10-26-2005, 02:29 PM
no, no bad stuff happening w Rogi -- Blick just USED his pic to sell papers... has to do w Mirka's Dad... [why is this thing in GM anyway???]

Thanks for delivering the RE to Lynette for us!!

nobama
10-26-2005, 04:18 PM
no, no bad stuff happening w Rogi -- Blick just USED his pic to sell papers... has to do w Mirka's Dad... [why is this thing in GM anyway???]

Thanks for delivering the RE to Lynette for us!!I thought maybe someone could translate. I was a bit worried that it involved our Rogelio. But I'm glad it doesn't. Hope it's nothing bad about Mirka's dad. :sad:

Stevens Point
10-26-2005, 04:49 PM
I thought maybe someone could translate. I was a bit worried that it involved our Rogelio. But I'm glad it doesn't. Hope it's nothing bad about Mirka's dad. :sad:
I read the article today. (I spent 1.80 CHF for this article... :o ) It is nothing wrong about Roger and Mirka. A company misused Roger's name to make money and sent this guy from Sex Yacht Brothers (I don't know what they are, but seems they are bad) to Mirka's dad's company... Mirka's dad is some kind of president in that company... It seems he, Mr. Miroslav Vavrinec, is resigning from his position if he discovered this background story is true. Or maybe he has already resigned as the article says he was this president till yesterday...

Mr. Vavrinec... :sad:

bokehlicious
10-26-2005, 05:16 PM
I read the article today. (I spent 1.80 CHF for this article... :o ) It is nothing wrong about Roger and Mirka. A company misused Roger's name to make money and sent this guy from Sex Yacht Brothers (I don't know what they are, but seems they are bad) to Mirka's dad's company... Mirka's dad is some kind of president in that company... It seems he, Mr. Miroslav Vavrinec, is resigning from his position if he discovered this background story is true. Or maybe he has already resigned as the article says he was this president till yesterday...

Mr. Vavrinec... :sad:

Poor, should have been in the 20 Minuten :)

Btw, thanks for the report ;)

veyonce
10-26-2005, 06:39 PM
World No. 1 and 2 withdraw from Paris Masters!!!

Federer and Nadal among high-profile absentees from Paris
Wed 26 Oct, 6:27 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer and French Open champion Rafael Nadal are among five players who have pulled out next week's Paris Masters, organisers said on Wednesday.

Switzerland's Federer, winner of four 11 titles in 2005 including four Masters Series events, is sidelined with a torn ligament in his right ankle.

Spaniard Nadal, who captured his 11th trophy of the year on Sunday at the Madrid Masters, is nursing a knee injury.

Other high profile absentees include defending champion Marat Safin, with a strained tendon in his knee, Andre Agassi and former French Open winner Carlos Moya.

The sixth-ranked Agassi has opted to miss the event for personal reasons.

Organisers said Lleyton Hewitt's participation also remains in doubt and if the Australian misses the event, Andy Roddick will be the only top six player in the field.

Italians Filippo Volandri and Davide Sanguinetti, Frenchman Gael Monfils, Chili's Nicolas Massu and Andrei Pavel of Romania will replace the absent players in the draw.

MissMoJo
10-26-2005, 06:57 PM
Not surprising that Rogi won't play Paris. Shanghai is what i'm anxious to know the status of

nobama
10-26-2005, 07:01 PM
I read the article today. (I spent 1.80 CHF for this article... :o ) It is nothing wrong about Roger and Mirka. A company misused Roger's name to make money and sent this guy from Sex Yacht Brothers (I don't know what they are, but seems they are bad) to Mirka's dad's company... Mirka's dad is some kind of president in that company... It seems he, Mr. Miroslav Vavrinec, is resigning from his position if he discovered this background story is true. Or maybe he has already resigned as the article says he was this president till yesterday...

Mr. Vavrinec... :sad:Confusing...so did Mirka's dad do something wrong? Or why is he resigning? :confused:

Stevens Point
10-26-2005, 08:12 PM
Poor, should have been in the 20 Minuten :)

Btw, thanks for the report ;)
20 Minuten is my favorite news paper! I don't feel good when I didn't read it for the day...

RogiFan88
10-26-2005, 08:15 PM
Official news fr the Paris site:

26/10 - 19h10
Paris-Bercy in brief

New withdrawals, new main draw entrances and Amélie Mauresmo to carry out the draw: get the latest news from Paris-Bercy.

The 20th BNP Paribas Masters tournament, which begins on Saturday 29th October on the courts of the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, has suffered five new withdrawals. They are the Swiss Roger Federer (torn right ankle ligament), Spain’s Rafael Nadal (tendonitis of the knee), the Russian Marat Safin (tendonitis of the knee), the American Andre Agassi (personal reasons), and the Spaniard Carlos Moya (injured right shoulder).

These withdrawals mean that Filippo Volandri (ITA), Gael Monfils (FRA), Davide Sanguinetti (ITA), Nicolas Massu (CHI) and Andrei Pavel (ROM) will now be included in the main draw for the BNP Paribas Masters 2005.

The Australian Lleyton Hewitt, meanwhile, has still not confirmed his participation to the organisers.

From the French perspective, Gael Monfils now joins Sebastien Grosjean in the main draw for the Parisian autumn tournament. Their numbers should soon be swelled by other French players benefiting from wildcards (due to be announced very shortly), while in the event of any further withdrawals, the next in line for entry to the tournament proper is Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Amelie Mauresmo to perform draw

French number one Amelie Mauresmo, currently taking it easy after a particularly packed season, is to carry out the draw for the BNP Paribas Masters 2005.

She will do so in the presence of the Chairman of the French Tennis Federation, Christian Bîmes, and Baudouin Prot, the BNP Paribas Chairman, on Friday 28th October at 18:00.
http://www.fft.fr/bnpparibasmasters/

Stevens Point
10-26-2005, 08:26 PM
Confusing...so did Mirka's dad do something wrong? Or why is he resigning? :confused:
Well, I didn't understand much from the news paper. For me I find this case confusing as well. I don't know if anyone lost money unwillingly, but I think those guys wanted to make unfair money using Roger's name and Mirka's father. It seems he let this problem guy into the members of his company... He said, he didn't know anything about all of this at all. Sorry, i can't explain it well.

SUKTUEN
10-27-2005, 07:37 AM
thankyou

1sun
10-27-2005, 04:31 PM
hey, i havent been on mtf for ages and i cant be bothered to go through all the pages, so could anyone tell me whats up with roger? when will he be able to train again?walk?play tennis? also if anything else has been happening? very much appreciate any info.cheers.

nobama
10-27-2005, 06:50 PM
hey, i havent been on mtf for ages and i cant be bothered to go through all the pages, so could anyone tell me whats up with roger? when will he be able to train again?walk?play tennis? also if anything else has been happening? very much appreciate any info.cheers.No Paris, Shanghi is still up in the air.

Stevens Point
10-27-2005, 09:02 PM
For people in Switzerland

Roger Federer Calender'06 is available now in Book stores, stationer's shops, and kiosks. It costs 29 CHF. For international people, you can buy it on Roger's website, as you might all know.

You can also win, if you have a luck, one of 5 Roger calenders. You send a SMS to number 2020, with keyword FEDERER followed by your name and address.

Stevens Point
10-27-2005, 09:11 PM
According to the article I just posted in the Geman thread, Roger will appear in front of the fans in the stadium before the Final on Sunday. He will be honored there for his winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

Minnie
10-27-2005, 11:13 PM
According to the article I just posted in the Geman thread, Roger will appear in front of the fans in the stadium before the Final on Sunday. He will be honored there for his winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.

Thanks for this info Ste ... no doubt all his Swiss fans will be so pleased to see him again ... (shame we can't see it here in UK!). Plse keep us updated on what Rogi has to say - I'm sure you will. :wavey:

SUKTUEN
10-28-2005, 03:36 AM
I will order it in Roger's site at Nov 9 :D

nobama
10-28-2005, 04:09 AM
According to the article I just posted in the Geman thread, Roger will appear in front of the fans in the stadium before the Final on Sunday. He will be honored there for his winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.Finally we'll get a good look at him and the injury (or at least some people will). I'm sure he'll get a very warm reception.

Oriental_Rain
10-28-2005, 04:45 AM
good I miss the bloke eh

SUKTUEN
10-28-2005, 06:57 AM
Roger get well soon~!!!

SUKTUEN
10-28-2005, 06:58 AM
Roger get well soon~!!! :D

Daniel
10-28-2005, 07:22 AM
Federer, Safin still nursing injuries
Posted: Thursday October 27, 2005 3:08AM; Updated: Thursday October 27, 2005 3:08AM

PARIS (AP) -- Top-ranked Roger Federer and defending champion Marat Safin have withdrawn from the Paris Masters because of injury.

Federer has a torn ligament in his right ankle. Two-time Grand Slam champion Safin has tendinitis in his left knee.




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Andre Agassi, former French Open champion Carlos Moya and French Open winner Rafael Nadal also have pulled out of the indoor tournament, which begins Monday at the Bercy arena.

Agassi withdrew for personal reasons, Moya has an injured right shoulder and Nadal has tendinitis, organizers said Wednesday.

Lleyton Hewitt has yet to confirm whether he will play.

The withdrawals mean Filippo Volandri, Gael Monfils, Davide Sanguinetti, Nicolas Massu and Andrei Pavel will go into the main draw.

Billabong
10-28-2005, 07:25 AM
I hope the injury is healing well:) If he can start to run this week without pain, then it looks good:) He can also play tennis with an appropriate taping:)

yanchr
10-28-2005, 08:56 AM
According to the article I just posted in the Geman thread, Roger will appear in front of the fans in the stadium before the Final on Sunday. He will be honored there for his winning Laureus Sportsman of the Year Award.
Thanks SP for this info :wavey: At least there is something Roger can do to make up a little bit for the disappointment of his home crowd. I'm happy for Basle fans :D I'm sure we will hear sth from Roger himself at that time. Hope it's sth encouraging. Pls update us our Swiss friends :wavey:

SUKTUEN
10-28-2005, 09:10 AM
thanks

Chiiko
10-28-2005, 06:05 PM
Roger is Ok now.
He visited a doctor,Mohamed Khalifa in Salzburg on last Monday.
The medical treatment by Khalifa was almost like a miracle for Roger.
After then Roger didn't need a crutsch and he decisided the entry in Shanghai. :clap2:

http://www.salzburg.com/sn/05/10/27/artikel/1789485.html

Nocko
10-28-2005, 06:14 PM
:woohoo: :banana: :crazy: :yeah:
But Rogi, take care , don't push yourself too much. :hug: :hug:

Thanks for your information about such good news!

MissMoJo
10-28-2005, 06:34 PM
Roger is Ok now.
He visited a doctor,Mohamed Khalifa in Salzburg on last Monday.
The medical treatment by Khalifa was almost like a miracle for Roger.
After then Roger didn't need a crutsch and he decisided the entry in Shanghai. :clap2:

http://www.salzburg.com/sn/05/10/27/artikel/1789485.html
does it say what the treatment was:confused:

lunahielo
10-28-2005, 06:50 PM
This is great news...
Thanks~
luna

Chiiko
10-28-2005, 06:51 PM
does it say what the treatment was:confused:


It says "manual methodology", but I have no idea how it is. :confused:

tonia9
10-28-2005, 07:07 PM
Fabulous news!
Thank you so much


Dr Khalifa :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

MissMoJo
10-28-2005, 07:36 PM
It says "manual methodology", but I have no idea how it is. :confused:
Sounds like a massage :lol: oh well, whatever works :D
This is great :yippee: hope he'll be able to play his best

PaulieM
10-28-2005, 10:55 PM
good to hear, hope this miracle "manual methodology" aka massage :unsure: is working and we get our lovely rogi back, healthy and ready to kick some ass. :)

Minnie
10-28-2005, 11:12 PM
Hey! This is great news to read! As long as he's 100% fit, that's all I care about.

Chiiko
10-28-2005, 11:19 PM
Now I give you the english translation of whole article

Miracle healer cures

After a treatment with Mohamed Khalifa in Salzburg Swiss Roger Federer can begin the training for the Tennis-Masters.
Alexander Bischof Salzburg (SN). The institut for manual methodology in Hallein city made
the current number one of the Tennis Worldranking List, Roger Federer, decide the participation to Masters with the best eight players of the season in Schanghai (starting from 13 November). “I had already noticed the entry in the Chinese metropolis, but after one and a half hour treatment with Mohamed Khalifa. I am now extremely optimistic that I can defend the titles of Masters”, said the Swiss, who is the absolute number one in the world tennis at present.

After a heavy bone injury in the right leg (ligament torn, capsul injury), which Federer suffered in the training on 12 October in his homeland Allschwil in Switzerland,
the Saisondominator had to cancel all the tournament.
Although Federer began immediately the intensive Physiotherapy after his injury,
Actually he could not get better.After the short trip to Salzburg nice Swiss, who is far from the arogant behavior as a star, had got some confident again after the frustlation weeks. “The participation to Masters is very important.This season, which passed by sensationally for me with the victories in Wimbledon and in US open, I want to finish with Heighlight”
said the 24 years old Swiss, and he will go to Hallein for taking one more check.
Khalifa has accomplished a miracle. “Before his treatment I could go only with crutches, without them I could leave Salzburg ” the Wimbledonwinner emphasized.

Federer wanted to say “thank you” not only to the miracle healer from Hallein, but also his both friends Stefan Koubek and Frank Schreier who came in contact with Khalifa.
"Stefan has found out in the tournament in Basel that Roger still has big problems with his injury. Then he has asked me whether it was not possible to receive at short notice an appointment ", told the Halleiner SBC’s generalmanager Schreier. Now since Monday Federer is painless again, the ankle joint is stable and the first training after the injury on the Tenniscourt ran well. The Swiss tennis gentleman is ready to defend the title, which he won in Houston last year, in Shanghai (beside Federer are also qualified Australian Lleyton Hewitt, Jung star of Spain Rafael Nadal, the American Andy Roddick and Australian Open champion Marat Safin from Russia)

http://www.salzburg.com/sn/05/10/27/artikel/1789485.html

Stevens Point
10-28-2005, 11:25 PM
Very nice to hear! :yeah:

Billabong
10-29-2005, 04:55 AM
Awesome news:woohoo: Suktuen's prayers brought us good news:banana:!!!

Fergie
10-29-2005, 05:17 AM
Finally good news!!! :D

yanchr
10-29-2005, 06:04 AM
Thanks so much :worship: That is great news :bounce: Sounds a bit miraculous...:p

SUKTUEN
10-29-2005, 11:43 AM
thanks

Billabong
10-29-2005, 02:17 PM
These news are confirmed in Blick:) :banana:

SUKTUEN
10-29-2005, 04:46 PM
Safin is not go to Shanghai, I worry about Roger~

Nocko
10-29-2005, 04:55 PM
Safin is not go to Shanghai, I worry about Roger~
Safin :eek: Really?

SUKTUEN
10-29-2005, 05:30 PM
yes, Safin leg is un recover

RonE
10-29-2005, 06:08 PM
Now since Monday Federer is painless again, the ankle joint is stable and the first training after the injury on the Tenniscourt ran well.

This is great news :D :D :D :D

If he has already started practicing again free of pain and moving well things are not as bad as they seemed :bounce:

As for Safin, I stated in GM he has only himself to blame for not participating in Shanghai- he played in Wimbledon when he shouldn't have, he postponed the surgery when he should have gotten it out of the way and he tried to come back way too soon in Cincinnati again against doctor's orders.

I just hope Roger really is better and that he doesn't cause himself further injury by trying to play too soon. Torn ligaments take time to heal. But as long as he is fine and there will be no further repercussions its on to Shanghai where it will be time to sizzle some pork chops!!! :banana: ;)

sierra91
10-29-2005, 06:47 PM
I just hope Roger really is better and that he doesn't cause himself further injury by trying to play too soon. Torn ligaments take time to heal. Maybe I worry too much, but I found this article a little scary, especially with all the problems he's had this year with his feet. If the ligaments aren't completely healed, all it would take to reinjure is one wrong twist of the ankle. As much as I'd like him to play Shanghai, which isn't nearly as much as he wants to, I hope he won't take any chances and is taking the long view. I'm probably worrying for nothing as Roger seems in the past to have made such good decisions, but what can I say ... I'm very nervous right now. :unsure:

RonE
10-29-2005, 07:30 PM
Maybe I worry too much, but I found this article a little scary, especially with all the problems he's had this year with his feet. If the ligaments aren't completely healed, all it would take to reinjure is one wrong twist of the ankle. As much as I'd like him to play Shanghai, which isn't nearly as much as he wants to, I hope he won't take any chances and is taking the long view. I'm probably worrying for nothing as Roger seems in the past to have made such good decisions, but what can I say ... I'm very nervous right now. :unsure:

Yes. I must admit I was a bit skeptical about the part in which Roger said he walked into the physician's place on crutches and walked out normally. A little bit fishy :confused:

But if he feels well and can move and play without feeling any pain or doing further damage then let's go!!!

Skyward
10-29-2005, 09:39 PM
I don't care how or who cured him. The main thing is that his pain is gone.

gephera
10-29-2005, 10:04 PM
hello....

Anybody here knows if Eurosport will broadcast Shanghai Open? Cause I have heard some bad news that it will not.... :unsure:
I think it is so unfair if ESP really will not show this... because it have shown this every year... on the basis of my records of course....
I really don't want this to happen... because I haven't seen Rogi since the US Open and do I really have to wait till the AO ? :sad: :confused:

And by the way... sorry for this little off topic :angel: :rolleyes:

nobama
10-29-2005, 11:47 PM
Here's an interesting video of Roger....click on theh Federer Inc. link.

http://businessweek.feedroom.com/iframeset.jsp?ord=121147

nobama
10-29-2005, 11:48 PM
hello....

Anybody here knows if Eurosport will broadcast Shanghai Open? Cause I have heard some bad news that it will not.... :unsure:
I think it is so unfair if ESP really will not show this... because it have shown this every year... on the basis of my records of course....
I really don't want this to happen... because I haven't seen Rogi since the US Open and do I really have to wait till the AO ? :sad: :confused:

And by the way... sorry for this little off topic :angel: :rolleyes: I think Sky Sports has the rights to Shanghai.

Chiiko
10-29-2005, 11:58 PM
I've found another article about Roger.



BASEL - Roger Federer (24) has put his crutches in the corner.
Thanks to the healer Mohamed Khalifa. The chances for Masters are intact again. The timetable for Shanghai is right!

What Blick already reported in the extra issue yesterday, has been confirmed: Roger Federer, who suffered a torn ligament on the 12th October, took up the services of Mohamed Khalifa. This is explaination by a Swiss patient who sat with Federer in the waiting room, and is a close friend of the doctor.

The world number 1 went in the Austrian Hallein (near Salzburg) on Sunday evening, spent the night there and went to the practise of the Egyptian on the Monday morning.
It is obvious the treatment of this famous healer is efficacious.
Federer has come with crutches and has gone without them, confirms Mr.S., the close friend of the doctor. Khalifa has stimulated the selfhealing process.
After his return in Switzerland Federer called up him on Wednesday again and told ”actually it’s getting better". Now he is more optimistic for the master participation.
Federers friend,Stefan Koubek who had failed in Basel in the 2 Quali round, made the contact with the doctor. Federer asked the advice to Koubek, the Austrian left-hander who had been treated successfully by Khalifa in autumn 2004, He mediated.
How the man will do with his curative hands, appeared this week.
Yesterday the Italian skier Kristian Ghedina was treated by Khalifa, after he had to break off the training in Tignes because of back pains. Ghedina had an appointment with the pope on the 24th October because the pope blessed him. Now the Egyptian had to help...
Federer spent the last two days in the Bernese Oberland in the sulphur spa-cure, and will probably appear on Sunday in the Swiss Indoors and tell about his prospect of Masters in the sports panorama on SF1 on the same day .


http://www.blick.ch/sport/tennis/artikel27265

Chiiko
10-30-2005, 12:01 AM
Federer spent the last two days in the Bernese Oberland in the sulphur spa-cure, and will probably appear on Sunday in the Swiss Indoors and tell about his prospect of Masters in the sports panorama on SF1 on the same day .

Tomorrow we can hear from Roger finally. :)

MissMoJo
10-30-2005, 12:27 AM
:) looking forward to it

TenHound
10-30-2005, 01:28 AM
I'm interested in the process as well as the result, so any more details on that are appreciated. Sounds all very interesting. (By contrast it sounds like Safin is afflicted w/a severely conflicted decision making process regarding his knee. ) He certainly can't afford to do anything to put AO at risk!! I still hate to see him go & play beneath his best & get trashed....so I'm ambivalent!

RonE
10-30-2005, 07:08 AM
Federer has come with crutches and has gone without them

This part bugs me I must say- especially since this nobody knows who this close friend of the doctor is :shrug:

And if this is the case how come there is no information on the matter on Rogi's website? Are they still in a wait and lets see situation?

oneandonlyhsn
10-30-2005, 08:10 AM
I just want him back on my screen dammit I miss him :sad:

Chiiko
10-30-2005, 08:18 AM
This part bugs me I must say- especially since this nobody knows who this close friend of the doctor is :shrug:

And if this is the case how come there is no information on the matter on Rogi's website? Are they still in a wait and lets see situation?

I thinks "Mr.S" means Mr.Schreier.
After the TV-programm of SF1 his official site will surely say something.
NOT too scepitical, please. :)

Stevens Point
10-30-2005, 11:55 AM
I am also wondering why major Swiss media sources, such as TSR and SFDRS, haven't said anything about his trip to Salzburg. Only Blick, which is considered to be the same kind of German "Bild" and Britain's "The Sun", reported it...

Anyway, he will appear in front of the public this afternoon and tonight.

Chiiko
10-30-2005, 12:27 PM
I am also wondering why major Swiss media sources, such as TSR and SFDRS, haven't said anything about his trip to Salzburg. Only Blick, which is considered to be the same kind of German "Bild" and Britain's "The Sun", reported it...

Anyway, he will appear in front of the public this afternoon and tonight.

>TSR
This is a french site. Salzburg is not so far from the German-speaking area of Switzerland. The source of this information might be in Austrian side.

>SFDRS
In this evening they have the TV-programm with Roger.
They don't need to say something abut him before that, I surppose.

Stevens Point
10-30-2005, 01:18 PM
>TSR
This is a french site. Salzburg is not so far from the German-speaking area of Switzerland. The source of this information might be in Austrian side.

>SFDRS
In this evening they have the TV-programm with Roger.
They don't need to say something abut him before that, I surppose.
Well, TSR is still a leading Swiss media. It is capable of dealing with the language barrier. Roger's current condition is a hot topic to tell. I don't doubt that his heeling process went well with this man in Salzburg, but the media is too quiet for this. I just wonder. Is it just an Austrian topic which didn't spread to the world?

As long as I checked, Blick is the only source which talked about it. No word on it in Basler Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 20minuten, etc, and also this Swiss-French version of Blick, Le Matin. And also the international leading souces like CNN and Reuters have no word to say about this topic.

Stevens Point
10-30-2005, 01:58 PM
Roger appeared in front of the Basel crowd prior to the Final. He was wearing a nice dark suit and walked in with his own feet without any aid. He was welcomed by the huge applause and a standing ovation. The tournament directer presented him a trophy, honoring his win of Laureus Sportsman of the Year award.

They didn't show it live, but just a recorded part of it. Those of us who were there might tell us what he might have said there.

Chiiko
10-30-2005, 02:02 PM
Well, TSR is still a leading Swiss media. It is capable of dealing with the language barrier. Roger's current condition is a hot topic to tell. I don't doubt that his heeling process went well with this man in Salzburg, but the media is too quiet for this. I just wonder. Is it just an Austrian topic which didn't spread to the world?

As long as I checked, Blick is the only source which talked about it. No word on it in Basler Zeitung, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 20minuten, etc, and also this Swiss-French version of Blick, Le Matin. And also the international leading souces like CNN and Reuters have no word to say about this topic.

I've found this news in Salzburger Nachrichten at first.

ttp://www.salzburg.com/sn/05/10/27/artikel/1789485.html

But beside this local news-site I could not find the any article about Roger in other Austrian Newssites like "der Standard" or "Kurier".
I think many people of the famous media know already this news, but they are just waiting the official anouncement of Roger, and keeping quiet about it.
Such major medias have too big influence and it is good for them to keep quiet.

Dirk
10-30-2005, 02:04 PM
Glad to know that Roger is getting better. He should see who ever he needs to (besides the devil) and pay what ever he has to in order to be healed up.

Chiiko
10-30-2005, 02:07 PM
Roger appeared in front of the Basel crowd prior to the Final. He was wearing a nice dark suit and walked in with his own feet without any aid. He was welcomed by the huge applause and a standing ovation. The tournament directer presented him a trophy, honoring his win of Laureus Sportsman of the Year award.

They didn't show it live, but just a recorded part of it. Those of us who were there might tell us what he might have said there.

Wowww, we are looking forward what Roger will say in TV-programm tonight. ;)

Chiiko
10-30-2005, 02:45 PM
I've found this article in BBC Web-site.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/tennis/4390500.stm

Chiiko
10-30-2005, 03:25 PM
I've seen Roger just now in Eurosport.
He wore a nice black suit and was smiling, of course without the crutches.
Ohhhh so cute he is!!!! :hearts:
His condition is now OK, he hopes two more weeks is enough long for the good preparation to Shanghai.

SUKTUEN
10-30-2005, 03:35 PM
:D Roger looks Great~~!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :D

Thankyou My GOD :worship: :worship: :worship:

nobama
10-30-2005, 03:52 PM
Telebasel has a live stream on the net....maybe we'll see some of Roger on there?

mms://livestream.telebasel.ch/telebasel

SUKTUEN
10-30-2005, 04:01 PM
mirkaland thankyou!~~ :worship:

nobama
10-30-2005, 04:46 PM
Glad to know that Roger is getting better. He should see who ever he needs to (besides the devil) and pay what ever he has to in order to be healed up.Well TMC is what, two weeks away now? He doesn't have much more time to 'wait and see'. I hope he's not saying he's optimistic just for the fans when he knows he won't be able to compete.

SUKTUEN
10-30-2005, 04:48 PM
may be hewitt will not go too

Minnie
10-30-2005, 04:54 PM
Well TMC is what, two weeks away now? He doesn't have much more time to 'wait and see'. I hope he's not saying he's optimistic just for the fans when he knows he won't be able to compete.

I think there is the even the tiniest doubt about the ankle, Rogi should not play this tournament. Ligament injuries are too tricky to take chances with. My guess is that he will wait up until the last moment to decide.... it must be heartbreaking for him - but 2006 is another season.

SUKTUEN
10-30-2005, 04:57 PM
I know he need rest, But if Shanghai no him~~~

MY GODDDDDDDDDDDDD

Minnie
10-30-2005, 05:11 PM
Suktuen - I hope he'll be at Shanghai but ONLY if he's 100% and there are absolutely no risks for further damage to that ankle. My REAL worry is that he may try to come back too soon.

nobama
10-30-2005, 05:16 PM
I think there is the even the tiniest doubt about the ankle, Rogi should not play this tournament. Ligament injuries are too tricky to take chances with. My guess is that he will wait up until the last moment to decide.... it must be heartbreaking for him - but 2006 is another season.But he has to get some practice in. He's not going to show up in Shanghai without having stepped on a tennis court in over a month. We saw what happened in Cincy when he hadn't played for 6 weeks. I think he's got to decide in the next week what his plans are. Someone on rf.com mentioned Rogelio said today his mother and sister would be with him in Shanghai. So I wonder if that means he'll go there whether he competes or not?

But if he doesn't play how boring will TMC be this year? Marat is out, Lleyton is most likely out, Agassi probably won't make the trip. There will be a cloud hanging over the tournament if Rogelio's not there.

nobama
10-30-2005, 05:18 PM
Suktuen - I hope he'll be at Shanghai but ONLY if he's 100% and there are absolutely no risks for further damage to that ankle. My REAL worry is that he may try to come back too soon.Hopefully he's smarter than that. But obviously TMC is very important to him and it would be very hard to end the year at #1 but not be able to compete in the year-end championships.

Stevens Point
10-30-2005, 05:39 PM
He spoke in front of the TV camera.

About the injury and Shanghai. He said he is able to jog. He is regarding the current condition as positive, but he will be careful about deciding to play in Shanghai. He said he will be in Shanghai, but playing in the tournament is still a question. If he decides not to play, he said he would have holidays then.

About the Davis Cup vs Australia. He hasn't decided yet. He said He would carefully plan his schedule. But, he would like to play at home representing his home country. His biggest goal is to stay as No.1

He will come back in the studio shortly later.

onm684
10-30-2005, 06:27 PM
He spoke in front of the TV camera.

About the injury and Shanghai. He said he is able to jog. He is regarding the current condition as positive, but he will be careful about deciding to play in Shanghai. He said he will be in Shanghai, but playing in the tournament is still a question. If he decides not to play, he said he would have holidays then.Thanks, Stevens. I think that his remark is good faith. Because he walks without crutches only one week ago.
I was relieved to hear that he will be careful about deciding to play in Shanghai.
Of course, I prefer that he play in Shanghai because I have some tickets of the TMC.
But I hope that he decide right choice for his career.

I send more healing energy (/・_-)☆*+:*+:*+:*+:*+:*+:*+:*+:*+: to Roger!!

Stevens Point
10-30-2005, 07:47 PM
He spoke in front of the TV camera.

About the injury and Shanghai. He said he is able to jog. He is regarding the current condition as positive, but he will be careful about deciding to play in Shanghai. He said he will be in Shanghai, but playing in the tournament is still a question. If he decides not to play, he said he would have holidays then.

About the Davis Cup vs Australia. He hasn't decided yet. He said He would carefully plan his schedule. But, he would like to play at home representing his home country. His biggest goal is to stay as No.1

He will come back in the studio shortly later.
Maybe I should post the video links in the other video thread, but since I have already written about this talk show, I post them here.

The first part is about Swiss Indoors Basel, his hope for Shanghai, and Davis Cup.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/sport_20051030_182110.rm (high)
http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/sport_20051030_182110.rm (low)

The 2nd part includes Roger's choices of his top 3 points this year, his trips to many places of the world, "get well" messages from Goran Ivanisevic, Pat Cash, and John Mac, Roger Federer Foundation, and more.

http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/sport_20051030_185655_Federer2.rm (high)
http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/sport_20051030_185655_Federer2.rm (low)

Federer Foundation in South Africa
http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/sport_20051030_191028_FedererFoundation.rm (high)
http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/sport_20051030_191028_FedererFoundation.rm (low)

It was really great to see this program. They had a nice program for Roger. :) Also it was nice to see how the audiences welcomed him (standing ovation and waves). :)

Roger's choices of his best 3 points this year (so far)

1. vs Agassi in Dubai http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/te_federer_doha.rm
2. vs Nadal at French Open
3. vs Suzuki at Australian Open

PaulieM
10-30-2005, 08:00 PM
thanks so much for all the info everyone! :) it's good to finally here something from roger himself. it's nice to hear that he's feeling optimistic, i miss him a lot and although i would love to see him play in shanghai the most important thing is to make sure he's 100% fit again and not to push himself too much and put his 2006 season at risk. i hope he keeps getting better, he'll definitely be continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. :hug:

RogiNie
10-30-2005, 08:06 PM
thanks yukio, great videos :hug: Roger smiles so cute :)

nobama
10-30-2005, 08:16 PM
Thanks for the video, SP! Roger looks so hot in his jeans and black jacket (is it suede or velvet?). :hearts: Mirka looks really nice too.

Do you know is there a way to capture some of these shots and save them as photos?

gephera
10-30-2005, 08:17 PM
Unfortunately can't see them:(

Stevens Point
10-30-2005, 08:36 PM
Thanks for the video, SP! Roger looks so hot in his jeans and black jacket (is it suede or velvet?). :hearts: Mirka looks really nice too.

Do you know is there a way to capture some of these shots and save them as photos?
:D your welcome!

Unfortunately I can't do that as well, even though I want to. A special software is required??

Does anyone else can help?

Stevens Point
10-30-2005, 08:38 PM
Unfortunately can't see them:(
Make sure you have RealPlayer. Even though you do have it, you may need to have the latest version of it to view the video. :)

gephera
10-30-2005, 08:56 PM
Make sure you have RealPlayer. Even though you do have it, you may need to have the latest version of it to view the video. :)

I do have it... but there's a problem with it as I can't open it.... And also I am not the administrator of this computer and I can't do anything without logged in as an administrator..... but I try to work things out in a short run and then I will enjoy the videos what you have sent :)

But I have seen the pics of the ceremony and Roger looks just so handsome :inlove:
Hope he will play in Shanghai and defend his title..... Even though I can't see him on TV because Eurosport will not broadcast it :sad: but I am surely going to follow the scoreboard through the internet.... :)

TenHound
10-31-2005, 01:32 AM
Thanks Ste. for the update. I can't see the video either. I'm glad he's being so careful. It doesn't sound like he'll play, or should. I would imagine it could take another month to get into top form. Plus he had no offseason last year, which caused him to have injured feet at the beginning of this year. But Damn, I miss him. Haven't seen him since NYC final @beg. of September...Grrrrrr...but if his first concern is staying #1, vacation, practice & being in Top Form for AO are the key issues... For him to play & reinjure himself could risk AO & hence his chance to stay #1.

But he gives up beating JMac's record this year. Plus no one has ever won Year Ends 3 Consecutive Years...

Serious Decision...

oneandonlyhsn
10-31-2005, 05:25 AM
Roger looked so overwhelemd and shy from the crowd response. I dont think he realizes just how cool he really is :hearts:

Its so good to finally see him, he looks so handsome :inlove:

Puschkin
10-31-2005, 07:09 AM
It was really great to see this program. They had a nice program for Roger. :) Also it was nice to see how the audiences welcomed him (standing ovation and waves). :)


Thanks for these links. My impression is that he seemed quite positive about his injury, but that he would be wise enough not to force it if he won't be ready in Shanghai. He said he would go there and decide on the spot.

In the video, I liked in particular the part when he selected his three best points and spoke about the cheering crowd in Paris, a memory came to life again.

Chiiko
10-31-2005, 10:54 AM
Look now Roger's announcement in his official Web-site!
Thank you soooooo much Roger.
Oh, it's nice to hear that you can play tennis again.

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=228

:bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap: :bigclap:

nobama
10-31-2005, 12:33 PM
This is very positive news! :) I saw the video of him on SF1 last night and he seemed very happy and in good spirits. Of course not playing at TMC isn't the end of the world. The fact that he's going to start hitting balls again is a good sign. I know people are worried about him rushing it. But he never did tell us much about just what kind of injury it was, so maybe it wasn't as serious as we all thought (a lot of it based on a "rumor" that he might need surgery). Or maybe he'll start practicing and and find out that it is too soon. Who knows. But I have a much better feeling than I did a week or two ago.

Tsr has an interview with Roger on their website.

http://www.tsr.ch/tsr/index.html?siteSect=800000

avocadoe
10-31-2005, 12:49 PM
That was great, thanks Steven's Point, really enjoyed seeing and hearing Roger although not speaking German kept comprehension low, lol. Still and all he looks well and vital and happy to see him :)

nobama
10-31-2005, 02:39 PM
From Roger's website:

Roger's official fanclub will be launched tomorrow afternoon. At the event, held in Basel, the club will present its activities and goals to the media. Roger will also be present in order to answer questions and reveal the fanclub's logo.

Very cool. :cool: So is anyone from the board going to be there?

SUKTUEN
10-31-2005, 03:31 PM
thankyou~!!!!!!!!!!!!

tschaeggy
10-31-2005, 04:48 PM
From Roger's website:

Roger's official fanclub will be launched tomorrow afternoon. At the event, held in Basel, the club will present its activities and goals to the media. Roger will also be present in order to answer questions and reveal the fanclub's logo.

Very cool. :cool: So is anyone from the board going to be there?

yep, i will be there :banana: :banana: :banana:
and Doris, Mrs.B, Eve83; some others from rf.com too :)

nobama
10-31-2005, 07:17 PM
yep, i will be there :banana: :banana: :banana:
and Doris, Mrs.B, Eve83; some others from rf.com too :)So you'll maybe get to meet Roger then? Boo hoo...no fair. :sad:

Minnie
10-31-2005, 09:39 PM
Hopefully he's smarter than that. But obviously TMC is very important to him and it would be very hard to end the year at #1 but not be able to compete in the year-end championships.

Ive only just caught up with the "new" news tonight and am v glad that the injury is at last progressing. No matter how important TMC is to Roger, from what he said on his website, it sounds to me as though he's not going to take any risks. Unfortunately, with ligament injuries, you just can't afford to.

Thanks for those who posted TV links - I'll have a look at them when I have more time. :wavey:

Nocko
11-01-2005, 01:03 AM
Thank you very much for all info and video links, esp. Stevens and Chiiko. :worship:
Rogi looks so nice and positive but also looks a bit uneasy because he still not sure about coming tourneys. Poor Rogi! Get completely well!!!
TV program was nice. Look! His choice of this years best! one of them is vs Suauki!! :D And I like Rogi's reaction at the beginning of the program. a little bit shy, so cute. :kiss:

I send more healing energy like onm!
BEAM====(^_-)-☆====☆===☆==☆=☆----ROGI :hug:

nobama
11-01-2005, 05:27 AM
Someone posted in GM from a Chinese website that Roger will arrive in Shanghai this coming Sunday. He could be the first player to arrive there. I'm praying hard that his preparation goes well and he's able to play. http://computer-ease.com/emoticon/51.gif

TenHound
11-01-2005, 07:57 AM
Would Everyone stop by MTF & vote in Most liked & least liked player polls. roger is barely ahead of Safin in first & ~#10 in least liked. Didn't see many votes from Roger's appreciators. Interesting that Nadal is wayy up in Top 5 of Least Liked Players :)

TenHound
11-01-2005, 07:58 AM
Clarification: It's not a poll per se. You list your Top 10 Most liked Active Players & similarly Most Disliked.

tschaeggy
11-01-2005, 10:14 AM
So you'll maybe get to meet Roger then? Boo hoo...no fair. :sad:

I know, it's not fair for all who can't be there with Roger, i will think of you all and try to take as many pics as i can! And i'm sure all others will do same.

yanchr
11-01-2005, 01:46 PM
Someone posted in GM from a Chinese website that Roger will arrive in Shanghai this coming Sunday. He could be the first player to arrive there. I'm praying hard that his preparation goes well and he's able to play. http://computer-ease.com/emoticon/51.gif
Yes, it is confirmed and he will be the first one to arrive in Shanghai. He has several commercial commitments to accomplish besides the hopeful matches.

Praying hard...

yanchr
11-01-2005, 01:48 PM
BTW, I will bring another RE to him in Shanghai. So anyone who wants to say sth to Roger, PM me here or email to: iluvry@hotmail.com

Fergie
11-01-2005, 02:24 PM
From Roger's website

MESSAGE TO MY FANS

Dear Fans

I would like to inform you that I feel a lot better. I am extremely glad to be walking again normally and even jogging gently after having been on crutches for two weeks.

At first I was really concerned about being fit again for Shanghai. After making some promising progress these last days I am happy to say that I am a lot more positive about my participation at the Masters Cup. I will be hitting balls again these coming days –which is great news since I haven’t been able to play tennis for almost a month now!

What I can say today is that I will definitely be travelling to Shanghai. I’ll just enjoy the time there as a spectator in case my injury should still be bothering me then. But in the meantime I will most certainly do all I can to get back into shape to defend my title in Shanghai. The tournament is, after all, one of my most important goals this year and the perfect event to finish a great season.

Kind regards
Roger

RogiFan88
11-01-2005, 02:32 PM
Nadal will be going to Shanghai early as well, probably about the time Rogi will be there. ;)

yanchr
11-01-2005, 02:59 PM
Nadal will be going to Shanghai early as well, probably about the time Rogi will be there. ;)
He will be in Shanghai on Nov 7. :p

peteslamz
11-01-2005, 03:07 PM
This was posted on the GM:

Translated roughly from Sina.com.cn from Chinese as follows:

Quoting Brad Drewett, as of today (Nov. 1) neither TMC Shanghai or the ATP has recieved official withdrawal from Safin himself. Safin has booked hotel room at Hilton Shanghai from Nov. 11. He will show up to promote some brand and the TMC in Shanghai regardless.

Federer, Safin, Roddick and Agassi have asked TMC for help with their China entry visa. Roger Federer will arrive in Shanghai this coming Sunday (Nov. 6). TMC in Shanghai also disclosed other players' estimated date of arrival:

Nov. 7: Nadal, Agassi
Nov. 9: Hewitt, Roddick

(sina.com.cn is the official TMC Chinese website partner.)

nobama
11-01-2005, 04:14 PM
Nadal will be going to Shanghai early as well, probably about the time Rogi will be there. ;)What's the ;) for? I don't think there's a competition about who shows up first. :confused:

SUKTUEN
11-01-2005, 05:50 PM
Thanks

nobama
11-01-2005, 07:07 PM
Here's some audio posted on drs3 website. I wish I could hear it now, but I'm at work and am not allowed to stream media over internet. :sad: Will have to listen when I get home.

http://www.drs.ch/drs3.html

Billabong
11-01-2005, 08:45 PM
That's positive news:) Chances that he'll play in Shanghai look very good:)

Daniel
11-01-2005, 09:36 PM
World number one Roger Federer hopes to have recovered from a foot injury in time for next month's season-ending Masters Cup. "My foot is finally feeling a little better and I've been off crutches for almost a week now," Federer told crowd before the final of the Swiss Indoor tournament on Sunday.



Federer ends storybook run

"The countdown is obviously running with just two weeks to go until Shanghai but I hope it works out.

The 24-year-old Swiss tore a ligament in his right foot during a training session earlier this month, forcing him to miss the Madrid Masters as well as his home tournament in Basel.

The six-times major championship winner has also withdrawn from next week's Masters Series event in Paris. The Masters Cup is from 13-20 November.

Federer was honoured for winning the Laureus Sportsman of the Year award in the centre court ceremony

TenHound
11-02-2005, 03:42 AM
I don't expect him to play - "his foot is feeling a little better" - not hopeful. There's a new system of fining players. No fine if they cancel, as long as they show up. If they don't show, then fined. That's really serious fraud. If they cancel, you know not to buy tickets. Now they have us suckered. Day before tournament starts, you find out who is playing. We are Screwed. Ugly Foul Disgusting...Hate these Bastards. Who the hell wants to watch Year Ends w/out Roger, Safin, AA, Moya, Henman...so it's AR & maybe RN. Wowweee zowee...not my tv. Grrrrrr......A Longgg wait from NYC to AO to see Roger...time to go tape shopping!! :)

lsy
11-03-2005, 07:40 AM
Roger's choices of his best 3 points this year (so far)

1. vs Agassi in Dubai http://real.xobix.ch/ramgen/sfdrs/vod/sport/450k/te_federer_doha.rm
2. vs Nadal at French Open
3. vs Suzuki at Australian Open

I remembered really clearly that 1 and 3 points but hardly that 2 one :o ....see Rogi's much better person than I am, even a painful loss like that he remembered something good out of it...unlike me, all I could remembered were all those service faults and into the net shots he hit throughout that match :tape:

Thanks Stevens for all these videos, I so need to get my PC work so I can watch all these.

Please get well Rogi, I will like nothing but seeing you healthy and back on court playing that tennis we all so enjoy to watch...I miss him a lot :sad:

Billabong
11-03-2005, 02:17 PM
I'm confident Rogi will be fit for TMC:) I hope there is progress everyday, now I think he has started to train?

RogiFan88
11-03-2005, 02:52 PM
I don't think I can bring myself to watch that pitiful RG05 SF... Rogi played so badly, so nervously and w obvious fear of Rafa... and he STILL hasn't had the chance to redeem himself nor to wreak revenge, which he must do in convincing fashion! He can't just almost beat Rafa, he has to do so the way he beats other top players. Well, he might get the chance in Shanghai, if he's up to it physically. If he's not fully fit, best to w/d -- the last thing I want is for Rogi to have a setback.

MissMoJo
11-03-2005, 03:56 PM
Good news guys :D
http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/newsArticle.aspx?type=tennisNews&storyID=URI:urn:newsml:reuters.com:20051103:MTFH98 160_2005-11-03_15-31-14_L03439082:1

Fit-again Federer confirms Masters defence
Thu Nov 3, 2005 3:31 PM GMT171
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By Ossian Shine

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer said on Thursday he was fit to defend his season-ending Masters Cup title after recovering from an ankle injury.

The Swiss will be overwhelming favourite for the final event of the men's tennis season at Shanghai's Qi Zhong Stadium from November 13-20.

"A few weeks ago I was not sure how quickly my ankle would recover but now I am on the court and playing again," Federer said.

"I go to Shanghai with a fresh mind and really look forward to defending the title."

The twice champion, who defeated Lleyton Hewitt in the 2004 final and Andre Agassi in the 2003 final, will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in the ATP finale.

Last year in Houston, Federer was undefeated and improved his record at the event to 13-1.

Federer clinched the year-end world number one ranking in Bangkok earlier this month and carries a 77-3 match record in 2005.

SAFIN'S DISAPPOINTMENT

Despite missing the final three weeks of the regular season, he still won 11 titles (tied with Rafael Nadal).

Federer also became the first man since 1938 to win both Wimbledon and US Open titles in consecutive years and extended his unbeaten record in finals to 24 matches -- a streak dating back to October 2003.

Federer will be joined in Shanghai by Spaniard Nadal, Andy Roddick, twice former champion Lleyton Hewitt, Andre Agassi and Guillermo Coria.

Coria's qualification was confirmed on Thursday after Australian Open champion Marat Safin announced his withdrawal with a knee injury.

Safin's season has been hampered by a ligament tear in his left knee, forcing him to miss nearly four months of the ATP season. Since Wimbledon he has played in only one tournament.

"Unfortunately I will not be able to play in the Tennis Masters Cup because of my knee injury," said Safin.

"I am very disappointed because the Tennis Masters Cup is the culmination of the tennis season. I was looking forward to playing in Shanghai, I have had good results in China and I like playing there."

The remaining spots in the elite eight-men field will be determined this week at the Paris Masters.

RogiNie
11-03-2005, 04:01 PM
great :bounce:

SUKTUEN
11-03-2005, 04:05 PM
Thankyou

RogiFan88
11-03-2005, 04:16 PM
Federer fit to defend Masters Cup

Roger Federer will be fit to defend his Masters Cup title in Shanghai after recovering from an ankle injury.
The world number one had been a major doubt after missing the final three weeks of the regular season with a torn ankle ligament.

"A few weeks ago I was not sure how quickly my ankle would recover but now I am on the court and playing again," said Federer.

"I go to Shanghai with a fresh mind and look forward to defending the title."

Marat Safin confirmed on Wednesday that he will not play in Shanghai because of injury.

QUALIFIED FOR SHANGHAI
1. Roger Federer
2. Rafael Nadal
3. Andy Roddick
4. Lleyton Hewitt
- Marat Safin*
5. Andre Agassi
* Safin has withdrawn

The Russian stated on his website last week that a knee problem would rule him out and he has now informed the ATP.

Safin has agreed to travel to Shanghai for the tournament, which begins on 13 Novemeber, for promotional duties.

Rafael Nadal, Lleyton Hewitt and Andre Agassi all have injury worries, leaving Andy Roddick the only qualified player without any fitness concerns.

Agassi has been inactive since losing the US Open final to Federer, and a suspect back means it remains uncertain whether he will play.

Hewitt could miss the event either to attend the birth of his first child or because of an ongoing toe injury.

Story from BBC SPORT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport1/hi/tennis/4390500.stm
Published: 2005/11/03 15:48:55 GMT
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SUKTUEN
11-03-2005, 04:16 PM
thanks RogiFan88

nobama
11-03-2005, 06:40 PM
I don't think I can bring myself to watch that pitiful RG05 SF... Rogi played so badly, so nervously and w obvious fear of Rafa... and he STILL hasn't had the chance to redeem himself nor to wreak revenge, which he must do in convincing fashion! He can't just almost beat Rafa, he has to do so the way he beats other top players. Well, he might get the chance in Shanghai, if he's up to it physically. If he's not fully fit, best to w/d -- the last thing I want is for Rogi to have a setback.How do you know Rafa's going to go far enough in Shanghai to even play Rogi?

RogiFan88
11-03-2005, 08:18 PM
I don't, but you tell me who will knock out Rafa if they're in his team: Davydorko? Coria? AA? Hewitt?? Pandy? Nalby? Puerta? Gaudio? or even Gonzalez?

They could meet in the SF.

I don't know if either Rafa or Rogi will meet -- we have to wait and see for ourselves just how fit they are [same goes w AA or Lleyton]. ;)

NYCtennisfan
11-03-2005, 08:53 PM
Out of all the contestants, only Roddick, Ivan, Hewitt (if he plays), Agassi (if he plays), and Federer can beat Nadal. Fed won't be in his group. I don't think Hewitt will be there or Agassi. That leaves Roddick and Ivan and probably one of them will be in his group. That means he will almost certainly make it to the SF round.

french-guru
11-03-2005, 10:54 PM
We really don't know if Roger is really fit to face Nadal, but I would think that he will try to fight as hard as he can, but eventhough, the tournament is less than two weeks and I am frightened that Roger doesn't have enough time to train, especially with his foot injury. I am very worried right now! :sad: I mean do you think he will go far in the tournament?!

Anyways! I am very happy to hear that he is doing alright :)

asotgod
11-04-2005, 01:09 AM
You guys need to calm down about this Nadal issue. The RG2005 match was somewhat painful and some of you have already expressed some fears about the way Roger played. If anything, it was prove to me that he just needs to play his game (there is no need for any special game plan against Nadal). I personally think he came in with some weird gameplan and tried to stick to it. Then, when he had lost the 3rd set, he began the fourth trying to just play his game, but was missing so many easy sitters especially on the forehand. He said he had a problem with the light, but I dont consider that an excuse. He still lost. Conditions were the same for both players.

However, I am tired of this fear of Nadal, even among Roger's fans. Come on y'all, Nadal's game forces errors from opponents but I am persuaded Roger does know best now not to play the push game with Nadal. He just needs to play his game and go for his shots. If Nadal is able to withstand the barrage of winners and keep getting the balls back, then we say too good. But it's not as if Roger has been effectively aggressive and consistent in his attack. His game is good enough to take Nadal out in straights as far as I am concerned.

Although Roger has performed better this year result wise, I just dont think he is as agressive as he was last year. There has been too much defense. Maybe it is because of injuries or just because there really is no competition for him, but he just needs to play his game. There is no need trying to continually play to Nadal's backhand for example when a good shot to the forehand will win the points. He just needs to play his all-round game, and that will be enough to take out Nadal. I am not much of a fan of Roger trying to hit back a backhand topspin against a heavy forehand for Nadal. I think he can mix up with his slices (even prefer use of slices more often to counteract the heavy topspin, especially down the line) a great deal and get a great set up for his forehand. I also think he needs to attack Nadal's serves and stop chipping balls back into play on returns, especially the second serves. Lastly, I think he needs to play a lot of S & V in most, if not all, his service games to cut out the angles on the returns from Nadal. Roger just has to want to win and he will be fine. He has to make Nadal work for his points. A number of times Roger will be up on Nadal's service game and just throw in two or three errors.

In all fairness, Nadal stepped up this year, but there needs to be more matches before this level of uneasiness people are showing about Nadal, as though his game is above disruption. If anything, he will be figured out soon. The game has to be taken to him and he has to be forced to move away from the baseline (his comfort zone) with good angles. That's just it.

Here is hoping they do meet in the TMC, preferably in the final. I am not sure both can make it that far. It depends on a lot of things, but if they do, then we can silence all these talks and fears about playing Nadal. I dont think there is any reason to fear him, even though I admire some of his qualities as a player and respect all he has achieved.

nobama
11-04-2005, 01:25 AM
You guys need to calm down about this Nadal issue. :worship: Can we repost this many many times...because I don't think people can hear it enough. I don't think anyone is invincible. I don't know why some here think Nadal is.

TenHound
11-04-2005, 01:56 AM
Who knows what about the Surface?

Don't they put 1 & 2 in opposite groups, then draw for the rest? So, we'd only know now that Thugs won't be in Roger's group...Or am I missing something? (Damn motley crew this yr....)

Also, anyone know if espn is going to be nuts enough to broadcast it Live, making it impossible to see anyway/

french-guru
11-04-2005, 02:18 AM
:worship: Can we repost this many many times...because I don't think people can hear it enough. I don't think anyone is invincible. I don't know why some here think Nadal is.

all I am worried about is that I don't know if Roger will be able to play well with his recent injury not being , i guess I may say 'completely recuperated'?
If he plays roughly then his foot will probably hurt again or will be worse.

fightclubber
11-04-2005, 02:20 AM
Who knows what about the Surface?

Don't they put 1 & 2 in opposite groups, then draw for the rest? So, we'd only know now that Thugs won't be in Roger's group...Or am I missing something? (Damn motley crew this yr....)

Also, anyone know if espn is going to be nuts enough to broadcast it Live, making it impossible to see anyway/
we will have it live in south america, so guess maybe Usa, too.
I read an article about Toni Nadal complaining about the surface that is too fast ands will benefit only players with a big serve.. and from the " regular group" the surface may benefit more Federer. I guess he even asked to change the surface and ATP directors said they had a contract for a year and is the same kind of surface used.. in one tournament... do not rememebr which one. Then they will hear the players coments about the surface in case to re new it.
Seems Toni passed a bit the limits... in my humble opinion.
Silvy

RogiFan88
11-04-2005, 02:27 AM
I agree, Silvy, about Toni. He just playing mindgames.

Billabong
11-04-2005, 03:07 AM
Rogi:woohoo:!!!!!!!!!!! Great news:yeah:!

nobama
11-04-2005, 03:20 AM
I agree, Silvy, about Toni. He just playing mindgames.And he said that Rogi and Lleyton have complained about this surface....when was that? I don't remembe Rogi saying anything about the surface in Shanghai. :shrug:

Fergie
11-04-2005, 03:48 AM
I guess he even asked to change the surface and ATP directors said they had a contract for a year and is the same kind of surface used.. in one tournament... do not rememebr which one.
Paris ;)

And Tony said that Rogi doesn't like the surface because will favor the big servers ... I really don't believe in Tony's word because Rogi doesn't have problems with them, just ask Andy! :lol:

MissMoJo
11-04-2005, 05:31 AM
The rafa frenzy/craze/fearfactor whatever you want to call it it, is natural imo. Whenever a player makes a breakthrough on the tour, everyone gets excited, even more so with rafa because of his age and him challenging for #1. Sometimes this can manifest itself as overreaction; fans and the media are especially susceptible to it. Eventually the fervor will die down, and things will balance themselves out. Regarding shanghai, the only thing to be concerned about is that rogi is fit and able to play to the best of his abilities. He'll need to be whether he plays nadal, ljubicic, roddick ....his only competition is not nadal, and i really don't see that RG semi as being that much of indicator of how all their future matches will play out. I can't wait to see him play again, and of course hope he'll make it 3 consecutive tmcs :D (it would fit perfectly with the 3 wimby titles :p )

SUKTUEN
11-04-2005, 06:21 AM
thanks~!

peteslamz
11-04-2005, 06:34 PM
MSN released its list of the top 10 most feared athletes (from rf.com)

Ten most feared people in sports


Halloween's almost here. With the holiday comes its usual partners in crime — the old lady in the neighborhood who gives out pennies instead of candy, the creepy dude who works at the costume shop and your "cool" friend who goes dressed as "himself/herself."

Attached to Oct. 31 is also an element of fright. Ghosts, witches and sounds of Dracula — that's Halloween at its purest. Toss in some candy corn, and you have one of America's most beloved holidays. But, at its core, the "scary" feeling you get walking into a haunted house is what Halloween's all about. Frankenstein, Wolfman and Napoleon Dynamite outfits send shivers down the spine.
The world of sports has its share of scary figures as well. No, not scary in the sense that they are curly-haired freaks that dance to Jamiroquai and own pet alpacas named Tina. But, rather, scary in the sense that you would not want to face them under any circumstances one-on-one. They keep their competitors up at night, dreading the thought of a potential head-to-head showdown. In the spirit of Halloween, light the jack-o-lanterns; put the candy in the bowl, and buckle up. Here is the unofficial "10 Most Feared People in Sports" list for 2005:


10. Phil Ivey
Sport: Poker

Career Highlights: As a 23-year-old kid, Ivey won his first World Series of Poker Bracelet, defeating legends Phil Hellmuth and Amarillo Slim in a Pot-Limit Omaha tournament in 2000. In 2002, he won three WSOP bracelets in a year, tying a record held by only Hellmuth and poker great Ted Forrest. Ivey, reluctantly known as the "Tiger Woods of Poker", has also won several tournaments on the World Poker Tour circuit.

So, why are his opponents scared of him? Ivey is young, hip and unflappable. He has the idolization of those younger than him and the respect of his elders. Michael Craig describes Ivey in his sensational new book The Professor, The Banker and the Suicide King as a competitor with, "aggressive style, outer cool and a habit of dominating tournaments with multiple wins." No silly sunglasses, no gimmicks — Ivey is just all business, all the time. In a heads-up game of poker, Phil Ivey is likely the last person you'd want to see staring at you from across the felt table.


9. Roger Federer
Sport: Men's Tennis

Career Highlights: Only 24, Federer has already notched six career Grand Slam victories, 33 singles tournament titles and seven doubles tournament wins. He's won at Wimbledon three years in a row. In the first 10 months of this year alone, he made $5,317,018 in prize money.

So, why are his opponents scared of him? Federer is not only the best tennis player alive — but he's quite possibly the greatest ever. And, oh yeah, let us reiterate — he's only 24. His forehand is one of the best in the game; his backhand is widely regarded as unstoppable, and his serve is nearly flawless. Always stoic, Federer shows little emotion in dismantling his opponents weekend after weekend, tournament after tournament. Just ask Andy Roddick. The American has a career record of 1-9 versus the Swiss tennis star. To be certain, there's never been a question as to where Roger Federer's "mojo" is.


8. Reggie Bush
Sport: College Football

Career Highlights: The USC running back is one of the most dynamic players in college football. Over his three-year career, Bush has produced touchdowns via rushing, receiving, kickoff returning, punt returning and passing. A Heisman Trophy finalist in 2004, he's the odds-on-favorite to win the award this year. His 160 yards rushing, three touchdowns and controversial "push" of Matt Leinart in this season's epic USC-Notre Dame game only helped those chances.

So, why are his opponents scared of him? You've got to feel terrible for any and all defensive backs on the other side of the field when USC's on offense. If Bush doesn't run past you, the 200-pound machine is going to run over you. Described as half Barry Sanders, half LaDainian Tomlinson (how's that for a compliment?), he's rushed for more than 100 yards in all but one game this year. Trying to tackle Bush in the open field — that's one nightmarish task. Trying to catch up to him once he's blown by you, well, that's pretty much impossible.


7. Rafer Alston, aka Skip 2 My Lou
Sport: Basketball

Career Highlights: A 5-year NBA veteran out of Fresno State, Alston has hit clutch shots (ie. Miami vs. Dallas, 2004), served as a reliable guard off the bench and ranked as high as eighth in 3-point field goals made in a season (2003-04).

So, why are his opponents scared of him? Because Rafer Alston will make you look like a fool. One of the flashiest ball handlers to ever play the game, Alston is a veteran of the And 1 tour. Known for his signature moves and ability to make the ball look like it's attached by a string to his hand, Skip 2 My Lou is one of the most storied names in streetball lore. His moves have been made legendary through And 1's mix tapes and the ESPN2 program Streetball.

Alston's presence on the playground was described in the June 13th issue of Sports Illustrated. Alexander Wolff writes, "At one point, Skip uses an Isiah rollback dribble to shake loose for a three-pointer; elsewhere, at the end of a break, he unfurls a Gervinesque finger roll. Even his nickname has a nursery-rhyme innocence. (Rucker man-on-the-mike Duke Tango coined it, shouting out 'Skip, skip, skip to my Lou!' after Alston embarked on an exuberant, high-stepping gallivant in the open floor, an example of which is a high point of Volume One.) Berger and Gilbert love a Reebok commercial featuring a fictional Chicago playground legend named Lamar Mundane, and an And1 TV ad based on the Skip footage paid homage to that sensibility: A fence-side spectator describes Alston as being "soft as medicated cotton, tender as a mother's prayer and cold as a pimp's heart."

Now, imagine trying to cover the guy one-on-one.


6. Takeru Kobayashi
Sport: Competitive Eating


Career Highlights: The five-time winner of the Nathan's Famous frankfurter eating contest held each Fourth of July at Coney Island in Brooklyn, New York. In 2004, he broke a contest record, eating 59 hot dogs in 12 minutes. In 2002, he won Fox's Glutton Bowl 1, and in 2003, he just barely lost to a Kodiak bear in a hot dog eating contest on Fox's Man vs. Beast program.

So, why are his opponents scared of him? Have you seen this guy?! Only 131 pounds, Kobayashi is an eating machine. The legend of the sport (and yes, this is a sport!) uses the innovative "Solomon Method" technique when digesting his dogs. A master of the eating style, Koboyashi breaks each hot dog in two, then stuffs both halves in his mouth at once. NFL great William "Refrigerator" Perry tried taking a stab at Koboyashi in 2003 but failed miserably. The 1985 Super Bowl star ate four hot dogs in the competition; Kobayashi had 44 1/2


5. Jeanette Lee aka "The Black Widow"
Sport: Pool

Career Highlights: One of the world's top-ranked pool players, Jeanette Lee received the WPBA Sportsperson of the Year Award in 1998 and was nominated for the award in '95 and '97. She's won a gold medal for the USA at the 2001 Akita World Games in Japan, the '03 Ladies Tournament of Champions and the '04 Ladies Trick Shot Championship.

So, why are her opponents so scared of her? When you think of your average pool player, an overweight guy in overalls singing George Thorogood tunes at the local bar probably comes to mind. Jeanette Lee offers a somewhat different vision. Nevertheless, she's just as horrifying a sight for her competitors. "The Black Widow" is all business and widely considered the most famous pool player in the world. It's not just because of her stunning looks, though. As her website explains, "Jeanette's nickname is 'The Black Widow' because of her known ability to devour opponents, along with her custom of wearing only black during tournaments." Devour opponents? Yikes.


4. Ed Hochuli
Sport: Professional Football

Career Highlights: One of the most distinguished referees in the NFL, Hochuli has officiated in several big games: Super Bowl XXXII in San Diego, the 2003 AFC championship game and a Sunday night football game this season in Mexico City, Mexico. He's also the head of the NFL Referees Association.

So, why are his opponents so scared of him? No players mess with this guy. No "three blind mice" jokes, no complaints, nothing. They can't — the dude's bigger than half of them! Hochuli is likely the most jacked up ref/umpire in sports history. He's also one of the most respected. When he's not calling holding penalties and flashing his signature left-handed first-down signal, Hochuli is an active guy in the community and a grandfather of five. He also has a law degree from the University of Arizona. Insert your own clever "laying down the law" joke here __________.


3. Inzaman-ul-Haq
Sport: Cricket

Career Highlights: Pakistan's team captain is considered one of the greatest batsmen in the world. In 1992, he scored 60 in 37 balls against New Zealand in the semifinal of the World Cup to almost single-handedly win the match for his national squad. He also scored the 12th highest score by a batsman (329) against New Zealand in Lehore for a Test match in 2001-02.

So, why are his opponents so scared of him? Inzaman is an absolute giant in the cricket world. After a win over England in 2000, teammate Waqar Younis said of Inzaman-ul-Haq, "We worked really hard. Especially Inzy; he's probably the best player in the world at the moment." But, Inzy's style is quite unique. Not exactly the symbol for fitness in the sport, the hefty batsman is known for a surprisingly soft touch. Think David Ortiz as a slap singles hitter. Nearly impossible to get out, the thought of Inzaman-ul-Haq keeps opposing bowlers up late at night.


2. Johnathan Wendel, aka "Fatal1ty"
Sport: Video Games

Career Highlights: A member of the Cyberathlete Professional League (yes, this exists) since 1999, Wendel won two world Quake III championships in a month, earning him a total of $44,000. According to his website, "(Wendel) presently reigns as the only three-time CPL Champion of the Year, winning each annual title in a different game, a feat never before accomplished." Cool.

So, why are his opponents so scared of him? Believe it or not, there are thousands of professional video game players around the globe. Known as "cyberathletes," these characters earn hundreds of thousands of dollars a year doing for a living what hungover college kids do on Sunday mornings for fun. Wendel, whose "handle" is "Fatal1ty," is the nastiest one of all. In an October 10th article in Business Week, we learn, "In this new world, Johnathan Wendel is the undisputed star. Over a period of five years, he has won more tournaments and pulled in more prize money than any other player, a total that has now topped $350,000. Girl gamers buzz about him at matches, like a group of Swedish players in Barcelona this summer. And boys idolize him. "He's so good," says Iisakki "Beam" Ahonen, an up-and-coming 17-year-old Finn player. 'I want to be like him — to travel and compete in tournaments and make a living at it.'" He's pretty much the Matt Leinart/Derek Jeter/Jason from Laguna Beach of the video-game world. Girls want him, and guys want to be him. And yet, no one wants to face him one-on-one.


1. Mike Tyson
Sport: Boxing

Career Highlights: A former WBA, IBF and WBC heavyweight champion, Tyson notched 44 knockouts over a 20-year career. At age 20, he knocked out Trevor Berbick to become the youngest WBC heavyweight titleholder of all time. In 2003, he was named by Ring Magazine at No. 16 among its 100 Greatest Punchers of All Time List.

So, why are his opponents so scared of him? Sure, Tyson retired on June 11 after an embarrassing loss to no-name Danny Williams. And yes, his best days are long behind him. But, regardless of that, he's still No. 1 on this list. Why? Because after he bit Evander Holyfield's ear off in the summer of 1997, Tyson ensured his permanent place in this spot for the next 200 years. Think about it. Is there any amount of money that would convince you to get in the ring with this guy?

NYCtennisfan
11-04-2005, 09:18 PM
I'm not sure if Mike Tyson is feared by anyone anymore.

Billabong
11-04-2005, 10:19 PM
lol;)

french-guru
11-04-2005, 11:24 PM
Just in case, :tape: keep yor ears away from

TenHound
11-05-2005, 04:03 AM
Players should have no say about the surface, other than it being Flat & Safe. And the color being conducive to good play. etc. (Those Athens courts were hideous - I felt like I was on a sailboat just watching it. It's no surprise the results were so random.) This is Not a National Tournament. Anyway, for a kid who has been on tour for one year, they should keep their mouths shut, and perhaps Thugs should work on his serve. This just makes him look bad. It's not like Hewitt having huge pressure of Aus. to win the AO in the tradition of past Aussie greats, and them designing a surface that doesn't suit his game, as he claimed. But even that was probably just discharging his anxiety & setting up scapegoats in advance. No way he's a match for Roger, or Safin the Real!

Billabong
11-05-2005, 02:58 PM
Roger still has 1 full week left to get 100% in shape:)

french-guru
11-05-2005, 03:25 PM
I really hope he gets in good shape by the time the tournament commences

SUKTUEN
11-05-2005, 04:11 PM
Ten most feared people in sports
I love it~!!! Thanks~!

Roger is No. 9 ? :devil:

Sjengster
11-06-2005, 07:23 PM
Players should have no say about the surface, other than it being Flat & Safe. And the color being conducive to good play. etc. (Those Athens courts were hideous - I felt like I was on a sailboat just watching it. It's no surprise the results were so random.)

Ah, so that explains it! And Massu comes from Vina del Mar, which is of course beside the sea! It all makes sense now...

:rolleyes:

Skyward
11-06-2005, 08:40 PM
Ah, so that explains it! And Massu comes from Vina del Mar, which is of course beside the sea! It all makes sense now...

:rolleyes:

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almouchie
11-06-2005, 08:50 PM
i dont want to sound nasty but i dont want federer to be at 100% back in shanghai
i want someone else ( wish it could have been safin) would step up to the plate & make tennis a little more competitive again
roger is having no real competition _ safin has been out for a long while & the others just dont have enough to bother him
i read roger is training again _ i am not if he will be 100 for shanghai but he will go anyhow

Skyward
11-06-2005, 09:03 PM
i dont want to sound nasty but i dont want federer to be at 100% back in shanghai


Whatever, but don't you think it's the wrong place to post it? Go to the GM; Jogy and Co. will embrace you.

RogiFan88
11-06-2005, 09:27 PM
Whatever, but don't you think it's the wrong place to post it? Go to the GM; Jogy and Co. will embrace you.

You tell him, Skyward! :devil:

Rafa's "no competition"??? :p

Oriental_Rain
11-07-2005, 04:16 AM
:topic:hey guys sorry bout this silly question but I dunno where to put it...
its abt Mirka's name. Miroslava Vavrinec sounds like a Slovak name to me, is she Slovak?:confused:

NYCtennisfan
11-07-2005, 04:37 AM
i dont want to sound nasty but i dont want federer to be at 100% back in shanghai
i want someone else ( wish it could have been safin) would step up to the plate & make tennis a little more competitive again
roger is having no real competition _ safin has been out for a long while & the others just dont have enough to bother him
i read roger is training again _ i am not if he will be 100 for shanghai but he will go anyhow

What?

In any case, Nadal IS real competition. Any other year he would either be #1 or be challenging for it at the TMC.

lsy
11-07-2005, 12:59 PM
i want someone else ( wish it could have been safin) would step up to the plate & make tennis a little more competitive again
roger is having no real competition _ safin has been out for a long while & the others just dont have enough to bother him

:lol: Did you just fall asleep for a year and woke up thinking it's still year 2004?


i read roger is training again _ i am not if he will be 100 for shanghai but he will go anyhow

Don't worry, I'm sure he's just there in Shanghai visiting panda in the zoo...go back to sleep, everything will be ok when you get up the next time :hug:

SUKTUEN
11-07-2005, 03:28 PM
Many articles of Roger today!!

Daniel
11-08-2005, 09:44 PM
By Jon Wertheim

For all the relentless winning Roger Federer did in 2005 -- to date, his record this year is a preposterous 77-3 -- one of his more telling moments came in defeat. In a gripping semifinal match at the Australian Open, Federer was down match point to Russia's Marat Safin. Reaching to retrieve a shot, Federer lost his footing and fell to the court. Safin lined up an easy, final winner, and, from his knees, Federer dejectedly tossed his racket toward the ball. For a split second, neither Safin nor the capacity crowd erupted. Instead, they froze for a split second and watched. To them, it was hardly impossible that Federer could somehow find a way to retrieve a shot without a racket in his hands. Such is the level of expectation for his magic.

Federer would rebound from that loss and lay claim to 11 titles on the year, including successful defenses at Wimbledon and the U.S. Open. Along the way he rendered the rest of the field foils. There is a collective realization on the ATP Tour that, until Federer retires, everyone is playing for second place. Lleyton Hewitt -- not usually one to make concessions -- conceded after losing to Federer for the ninth straight time: "There's no doubt that Roger has taken it to a new level and everyone else is trying to play catch-up." Or as Nicolas Kiefer put it matter-of-factly, "We play on earth, but he he's playing on another planet."

As for rest of the tennis salon, we have long exhausted superlatives to characterize Federer's brilliance. (Roger, Roget. Roget, Roger.) Broadcasters have given up trying to describe the indescribable and simply laugh an incredulous laugh when Federer reels off one of his you-gotta-be-kidding-me winners. Most fans have the reaction of my seatmate one hot afternoon in Cincinnati, who, during a changeover, whipped out his cell phone and told a friend, "You just gotta see this guy. I can't explain it. He's just un-friggin-believable."

Raw numbers don't do justice to Federer's artistry and versatility, nor to the fact that the next person he antagonizes will be the first. But consider: at a time when men's tennis has never been more competitive Federer has won five of the last eight Majors. For the second straight year, he won titles on every major surface. Perhaps the most impressive streak in sports at the moment, he is undefeated in his last 24 tournament finals.

Contrary's to Kiefer's assertion, Federer does play on this planet. All over it, in fact, from Melbourne to Miami to Monte Carlo to the Middle East. He's based in Switzerland. His charitable foundation is based in South Africa. Being a global icon -- literally a citizen of the world -- doesn't always work in his favor. If, by accident of birth, Federer were from Spokane or Syracuse, is there any doubt he would reside in the same sports celebrity wing as Tiger or Shaq? If he played a full season in Atlanta or Dallas, is there any doubt he doesn't win this award?

As it stands, he gets my vote. And sooner or later, he'll be made in the U.S.A.

Daniel
11-08-2005, 09:51 PM
Roger Federer successfully defended his Wimbledon and U.S. Open titles and won nine tour crowns including four Masters Series from 14 tournaments in 2005. The world number one and two-times Masters Cup champion has won 77 matches and lost on three occasions this season.




ROGER FEDERER (Switzerland)

Born:Basel, Switzerland, on 8 August 1981

Professional:Since 1998

Career Singles Titles:33

Career Prize Money:$19,412,573

Highest World Ranking:No 1 (first attained on 2 February 2004)

2005 Win-Loss:77-3

Career Win-Loss:387-119

Another successful season for Roger Federer, assured him of the year-end number one ranking for a second consecutive year by early August.

Federer opened his season with the Doha title prior to the Australian Open. The 24-year-old failed to defend his Melbourne title, losing a thrilling semi-final to eventual champion Marat Safin 5-7 6-4 5-7 7-6 (8-6) 9-7.

The Swiss won his next four events, Rotterdam, Dubai and Masters Series in Indian Well and Miami, before losing to France's Richard Gasquet in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals.

Federer gained his revenge three weeks later, with a 6-3 7-5 7-6 (7-4) victory over Gasquet in the Hamburg Masters final.

Arriving in Paris, Federer looked confident and relaxed with former French Open champion and Australian coach Tony Roche in tow.

In one of the most eagerly-awaited matches of 2005, eventual winner Rafael Nadal ended Federer's run 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-3 at the semi-final stage.

Federer became a three times champion at Halle and Wimbledon with a crushing 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-4 demonstration of grass-court expertise against American Andy Roddick in the SW19 final.

The world champion added the Cincinnati Masters title prior to a successful defence of his U.S. Open title over Andre Agassi 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7-1) 6-1 in the championship match.

Federer then returned to help Switzerland's cause for a place in the 2006 World Group, with victory over Great Britain in September's play-offs.

Title No 11 came in Bangkok over Britain's Andrew Murray. Since 11 October Federer has been sidelined with a right ankle sprain.

Daniel
11-08-2005, 09:55 PM
The Times' Rankings
Times staff writer Lisa Dillman's men's and women's tennis rankings:


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1. Roger Federer — Film of late 2004: Facing Federer. Film of late 2005: My Right Foot.

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2. Rafael Nadal — Last Spaniard to win season-ender, Alex Corretja in 1998.

3. Ivan Ljubicic — Losing back-to-back five-set finals in Masters Series could be eventual trivia stumper.

4. Andre Agassi — Runner-up three times in season finale, champion in 1990.

5. Andy Roddick — Did the road to Shanghai hit a deep pothole with back injury in Paris event?

6. Guillermo Coria/Gaston Gaudio — Introducing one-fourth of the singles field in Shanghai.

7. Thomas Berdych — Who will have a better 2006? Berdych or his beloved Detroit Red Wings?

8. Lleyton Hewitt — Soon-to-be-father won't be in season finale for the first time in five years.

9. Romania — Memo to players. Ask Croatians how to beat Americans in Southern California.

10. Shanghai — Attendance questions? Cross fingers and keep chanting Federer and Nadal.

Daniel
11-08-2005, 09:58 PM
."...From the Roger Federer website: "The awards for the 'Men of the Year 2005' were given in several categories at a major gala in Munich yesterday evening. Roger was amongst the nominees as an athlete. It was another successful evening for Roger -- as he received the award in the category 'international,' even competing with Pope Benedikt XVI. "That is almost absurd," Roger said. "Roger Federer and the Pope -- I'd say you cannot quite compare the two, he's a lot more important than me," he straightened out. Receiving the award from the hands of Boris Becker who called him "the most congenial person I know" certainly was special for Roger. It had been the seventh time that the readers of 'GQ' magazine chose their 'Men of the Year' together with a prominent jury."...

Daniel
11-08-2005, 10:01 PM
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Editor: Dan Washburn Publisher: Gothamist November 08, 2005
Roll out the red carpet (and x-ray machine) for Federer
The Hilton Shanghai looked less like a hotel and more like an airport when Shanghaiist visited last night. Set up in the foyer was an x-ray machine exactly like the ones you find at Pudong or any other international airport, and each guest who entered the hotel was asked to put their luggage on the conveyor belt for a security check. Unlike when we travel home from China for a holiday, Shanghaiist wasn’t harbouring 400 DVDs and 10 Xiangyang watches in our bag, so we had nothing to be nervous about.

And we’re guessing that calming the nerves is what this security arrangement’s all about. The nerves of Roger Federer, that is. The Swiss number one jetted into Shanghai on Sunday for a week of preparation for the 2005 Masters Cup at the Qizhong Tennis Centre. And since we’re pretty sure he and the other qualifiers are staying at the Hilton (the official hotel of the event), we’re assuming that the high-profile nature of these guests is the reason for the safety measures.

Mind you, the field for the event is getting less and less “high profile” by the day. Marat Safin has already withdrawn, and word is that both Andy Roddick and Lleyton Hewitt will join the Russian on the sidelines. Organisers are no doubt praying that Federer’s suspect ankle holds up or the Masters Cup might be hoisted in the air by a Davydenko or Ljubicic. Never heard of them! (Though we don’t profess to following the ATP race very closely this year …)

The big question, however, is this: which of the Masters qualifiers is going to seize the opportunity to evoke the famous “cucumber in foil” scene from Spinal Tap when they go through the security check at the Hilton? If Nalbandian makes the final eight, our money’s on him. For no reason in particular.

Also spotted around town: giant tennis balls on Huaihai Lu (pictured).

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NYCtennisfan
11-08-2005, 10:07 PM
For all the relentless winning Roger Federer did in 2005 -- to date, his record this year is a preposterous 77-3 -- one of his more telling moments came in defeat. In a gripping semifinal match at the Australian Open, Federer was down match point to Russia's Marat Safin. Reaching to retrieve a shot, Federer lost his footing and fell to the court. Safin lined up an easy, final winner, and, from his knees, Federer dejectedly tossed his racket toward the ball. For a split second, neither Safin nor the capacity crowd erupted. Instead, they froze for a split second and watched. To them, it was hardly impossible that Federer could somehow find a way to retrieve a shot without a racket in his hands. Such is the level of expectation for his magic.

That's a very good description. The entire crowd was stunned and couldn't believe for a second or two that Federer could be defeated.

SUKTUEN
11-09-2005, 12:55 PM
thankyou

peteslamz
11-10-2005, 04:47 PM
:topic:hey guys sorry bout this silly question but I dunno where to put it...
its abt Mirka's name. Miroslava Vavrinec sounds like a Slovak name to me, is she Slovak?:confused:


Yup. She was born in Slovakia but migrated to Switzerland when she was 2.

juanpablo18
11-10-2005, 05:49 PM
Theres a possibility that federer withdraw from Shangai??
he is with a lot of phisical problems.

a girl 13
11-10-2005, 05:56 PM
Theres a possibility that federer withdraw from Shangai??
he is with a lot of phisical problems.


Physical problems ? What for physical problems?

SUKTUEN
11-11-2005, 03:33 AM
OH MY GOD~!!!! NO~!!!! :eek: :eek:
Please~!!! :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown: :bowdown:

Roger Please Play the match~!!!! :bigcry:

Puschkin
11-11-2005, 06:50 AM
It seems as if some of you missed that. It was posted on rf.com yesterday.

http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=232

The draw for the Masters Cup, which will begin held in Shanghai as from November 13, was carried out yesterday. Roger is in the 'Red Group' and will play Argentina's Guillermo Coria, Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic
(finalist at the Masters Series of Paris-Bercy last Sunday) as well as Argentina's David Nalbandian.

Roger feels confident that he will be able to compete after having played his first intense points today in preparation.
Groups:

Red Group: Roger Federer (SUI), Guillermo Coria
(ARG), Ivan Ljubicic (CRO), David Nalbandian (ARG)

Gold Group: Rafael Nadal (ESP), Andre Agassi (USA),
Nikolay Davydenko (RUS), Gaston Gaudio (ARG)

MissMoJo
11-11-2005, 07:08 AM
Can't wait :D especially since the yec is mind numbling boring :yawn: Hopp Rogi! :bounce:

SUKTUEN
11-12-2005, 01:42 PM
you are boring?

I am too busy~

Stevens Point
11-12-2005, 10:33 PM
www.cnn.com/international (Reuters)

Confident Federer plays Nalbandian

Saturday, November 12, 2005 Posted: 1613 GMT (0013 HKT)

SHANGHAI, China (Reuters) -- Roger Federer, who has won the last two Masters Cups, is confident he has recovered fully from the ankle injury he sustained in mid-October.

"I am a very positive person and I knew that if something went wrong I would miss Shanghai," said the world number one at Saturday's opening ceremony.

Swiss Federer begins his campaign against eighth-ranked Argentine David Nalbandian first match on Sunday.

"I had to make sure I was very careful with my ankle. But now I see no risk whatsoever," added Federer.

"It's not like one week ago when the ligament was totally out of position. It's holding up to professional tennis so I'm not really concerned."

Even though he was confident enough about his fitness, Federer was less assured about his title chances.

"My expectations are quite low,":unsure: he said. "I just hope I can play a good match (on Sunday).

"I've been working on my match fitness and I gave everything I could to be ready for this tournament in terms of preparation.

"I've never lost a round-robin match so it's important to me. I've qualified for the Masters Cup four years in a row, it's always been a great experience and it definitely helped me make a move in the rankings."

Federer has lost only once in 14 Masters Cup matches.

He has won 11 titles in 2005 including the U.S. Open and Wimbledon crowns.

The Swiss has already clinched the year-end world number one ranking after a 77-3 match record in 2005.

In the second encounter on the opening day of the tournament on Sunday, Croatia's Davis Cup hero Ivan Ljubicic takes on fourth seed Guillermo Coria of Argentina.

Billabong
11-12-2005, 10:43 PM
That's nice to see Rogi has recovered from the injury:) We can understand why his expectations are low, without having the perfect preparation for this tournament, but I'm sure he'll give his 100% to win:) He knows how important this first match is:D! GO FED:banana:!!!

TenHound
11-12-2005, 11:11 PM
Out of curiosity, does anyone know what happens if a player withdraws with injury after play begins? Do they put in Alternate who gets whatever record previous player had, if still in round robin play? Else, if rr play over, opponent would win in usual walkover.

Stevens Point
11-13-2005, 08:59 AM
Federer Wins Masters Cup Opener

By Bill Scott

Roger Federer was forced into a rare fightback Sunday to save his near-perfect record at the Tennis Masters Cup, overcoming Argentine David Nalbandian, 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 to open his title defense in the Red Group.

The Shanghai match was the first in six weeks for Switzerland's Federer, who has already clinched the world No. 1 year-end ranking for the second year in succession. He last competed in Bangkok, winning his 11th title of the season on October 2.

The 24-year-old admitted to moments of fear before coming through.

"I was mentally ready for a two-sets defeat," admitted the Swiss winner of the last two editions of the TMC when it as played in Houston.

"I haven't been in this situation very often the last couple of years, it's always difficult to come out of it. I really hoped that he would give me one opportunity - he did, and I took it."

Federer is chasing a third consecutive finale title - a feat last achieved by Ivan Lendl in 1985-87.

Federer (currently 78-3) will tie John McEnroe's Open Era record (winning percentage) of 82-3 if he goes onto become the undefeated champion.

The Swiss is building upon an imposing 14-1 record at the Masters Cup, with his only loss came to Lleyton Hewitt in the Shanghai 2002 semifinals.

Federer overcame the effects of the ankle ligament injury scare which threatened to keep him off the court at the Qi Zhong tennis center, which still put him out of ATP action for six weeks.

The top seed won six of the last seven games against Nalbandian in an heroic recovery from 1-3 down in the third set, finishing off victory with a service winner.

Federer looked as formidable - if match-short - in his ninth career meeting with Nalbandian, who has now lost the pair's last four after winning the first five.

The Swiss top seed escaped trouble, saving three break points in the third game, holding for 2-1. He then broke the South American for 4-2 on his way to collecting the opening set in 33 minutes.

Eighth seed Nalbandian, one of few players with a winning career record (5-4) against Federer, levelled at a set each, but couldn't hold his nerve in the face of a Federer fightback in the third.

It took 1 hour, 49 minutes to put Federer through in a group which also includes Croatian Ivan Ljubicic and former French Open champion Gaston Gaudio, playing later on opening day.

"I was getting a little bit, not frustrated but, disappointed, playing such a good opening set, and then having all my chances in the second set," said Federer .

"In the end, standing 1-3 down, I was just getting a little bit worried. But now that's in the past, so it's great."

In 2004 and 2005 Federer has not lost to any player in the TMC field other than world No. 2 Rafael Nadal. Top seeds are 26-0 in finals in 2005.

"I haven't played for seven weeks, so I know that I maybe keep missing too many returns," said Federer, whose mother and sister watched his winning effort before later travelling on to South Africa.

"Occasionally I miss a shot or two more than maybe I usually do. But that is for me not really a concern. Maybe it's even good it was a three-setter so I really got to get even more match play.

"I'm very sure that the next match will be better and the same again then for the third match. To start with a win in my group, that's definitely a cushion great to have."

TenHound
11-13-2005, 09:36 AM
Sounds like Roger's about as confident of beating Ljub, as I am - he speaks of having this win as a cushion....Too bad he can't play Coria next, giving him more match play & his ankle more rest before taking on the Big Guy who could win it all, unless Roger miraculously rebounds into form in next 48hrs. I really don't want to see him lose again this yr :( but it wouldn't surprise me to have an AA-Ljub final.

1sun
11-13-2005, 12:07 PM
Out of curiosity, does anyone know what happens if a player withdraws with injury after play begins? Do they put in Alternate who gets whatever record previous player had, if still in round robin play? Else, if rr play over, opponent would win in usual walkover.
thats always baffled me

NYCtennisfan
11-13-2005, 06:54 PM
Originally Posted by TenHound
Out of curiosity, does anyone know what happens if a player withdraws with injury after play begins? Do they put in Alternate who gets whatever record previous player had, if still in round robin play? Else, if rr play over, opponent would win in usual walkover.

After play begins, the alternate does not inherit the record of the replacee. The opponent simply gets a win and the alternate probably has no chance of advancing to the SF's but has a chance at picking up some cash and some ranking points.

RogiFan88
11-13-2005, 07:38 PM
Edgy Federer wins Shanghai opener
World number one Roger Federer began his quest for a third successive Masters Cup title with victory over David Nalbandian in Shanghai.
Federer, playing his first match for six weeks following an ankle injury, came through 6-3 2-6 6-4 in the futuristic Qi Zhong Stadium.

Ivan Ljubicic beat Guillermo Coria 6-2 6-3 in Sunday's second red group match.

The gold group of Rafael Nadal, Andre Agassi, Gaston Gaudio and Nikolai Davydenko begins on Monday.

After fighting back from 0-40 in the third game the understandably rusty Federer looked on course for a quick win when he broke in game six and took the first set.

RED GROUP
Roger Federer
Guillermo Coria
Ivan Ljubicic
David Nalbandian

But Nalbandian, who had been planning a fishing holiday before being called up as a replacement, won 16 of 19 points as he stormed through the second.

And the inspired Argentine broke again to go 3-1 up in the decider and seemingly close on a shock win.

I don't see myself winning too many matches on this surface - it's like playing on ice
Guillermo Coria

Federer had other ideas, however, and reeled off five of the last six games to take the match.

"I took the opportunity he gave me," said Federer. "I had no expectations. I was mentally ready for a two-sets defeat.

"This is one of the better moments in my career. To come back from the worst injury I've ever had and to win a match at the Masters Cup is very special for me."

GOLD GROUP
Rafael Nadal
Andre Agassi
Nikolay Davydenko
Gaston Gaudio

He added: "I was just getting a little bit worried but the more matches I play... maybe it's even good it was a three-setter so I really got to get even more match play.

"I will play better. I'm very sure the next match will be better. To start with a win in my group, that's definitely a great cushion to have."

The second match of the day always looked like being one-sided as Ljubicic's recent indoor form has been as good as Coria's has been poor.

So it proved as the Croatian sealed his 19th win in 23 indoor matches with an ace.

"I think I played a great match," said Ljubicic. "Especially in the first set, everything went my way.

"My goal is to qualify for the semi-finals. I have two more matches to go. Perhaps if I win one, I can go through."

Coria admitted: "I don't see myself winning too many matches on this surface - it's like playing on ice."

Story from BBC SPORT:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/go/pr/fr/-/sport1/hi/tennis/4424282.stm
Published: 2005/11/13 07:05:47 GMT
© BBC MMV

1sun
11-13-2005, 07:40 PM
cheers ny