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asotgod
02-23-2005, 11:22 PM
Think Roger needs to go back to the way he played Safin early on in their careers, sort of like Santoro does, hopefully him and Roach work something out.

Good point, WyveN. I dont know why Roger is trying to roll the ball back too much when playing Safin. A good mix of that is good but not all the time especially when the topspin backhand of Roger is usually not deep enough. It gives Safin the opportunity to tail off. Like you said, I believe a good mixture of slices and variation of pace on the backhand to set up his forehand as the finisher will do him good against Safin. That will neutralize Safin's power. Roger should make Safin play to his own style not Safin's.

Dirk
02-23-2005, 11:26 PM
Asotogod it was the foot blisters not his BH that cost him that match. Roger can deepen his shots at will so it's not a problem. Short approaches to the net, well that is something that he must correct but give him a tough loss or two from it and he will improve. :)

TenHound
02-24-2005, 02:25 AM
You ask What Roger has to do to get Respect? He has Awe - that'll due in any millenium. As for fighting - he fights the way Picasso fights. Next to him Raffy, the little thug w/his muscles & hairy armpits hanging out, looks like a little Nazi w/a can of spray paint in the Master's Atelier. And JJ looks like something they should build a tent for just outside the grounds proper & put water ballons on the walls to see how many he can break w/his shots.

Don't get caught up in the metaphors of know nothings - my $.02.

But back to the issue of what Peter told Marat. Specifically, say, where Roger serves on break point. That sort of thing needs to be changed. I'm uncertain how difficult that is. RonE, Dirk, etc., any thoughts?

I also disagree w/those of you worried about Paris now. Let's see how he does @IW first. Wimbldedon is his center of gravity. He's not going to endanger that until he's absolutely confident he's on top of his game. If he pushes things @Paris too far, he could endanger Wimby, then get beaten by Marat @NYC & end up w/nothing. By Paris last yr., he already had 2 Masters Titles. Let's see how that goes first.

Also, PMac & Mary C. said clay isn't clay isn't clay. Specifically Hamburg clay isn't Paris clay. He had no trouble on the first, beating Coria in the final, but he was slipping a lot in Paris. Houston imported Paris clay for the players to practice. I would think if he was interested in winning Paris, he'd play Houston that yr. to get used to it.

Skyward
02-24-2005, 02:42 AM
I would think if he was interested in winning Paris, he'd play Houston that yr. to get used to it.


Houston is played on green clay, isn't it?

TenHound
02-24-2005, 04:01 AM
@Skyward, my source for that is the ESPN team.

Daniel
02-24-2005, 04:27 AM
thanks for the article sguys :)

RonE
02-24-2005, 06:39 AM
But back to the issue of what Peter told Marat. Specifically, say, where Roger serves on break point. That sort of thing needs to be changed. I'm uncertain how difficult that is. RonE, Dirk, etc., any thoughts?


Well sometimes in pressure situations old habits are tough to break and maybe if the confidence to change your shot is not quite there on a certain point, then you wouldn't want to try doing it on a breakpoint of all things. But this actually surprised me a little to tell you the truth since Federer does quite well what Sampras used to do- always toss the ball up in the same way for each serve and then in the last second decide which direction he will go, wether to kick, slice or just hit flat.

Many people thought Sampras had the best serve because of his power but that wasn't the case at all- it was that element of disguise which kept his opponents guessing and off balance. Looking at Roger he does have a tendency to go out wide on the ad court and lately in his matches I haven't seen him use the one down the T as often. Also in the Marat match he tried to serve out wide on the deuce court and was missing a lot of those serves. The times that he wasn't it was in Marat's swing zone on the FH which many of which were punished.

Having said that, let's not forget the foot blister may have had some affect on him in that department causing too much pain for him to be able to hit the down the T serve when recovering from it. I will watch his matches more closely now to try and analyse where he hits the majority of his serves.

babsi
02-24-2005, 08:06 AM
TenHound - thanks for asking that question,wondered about ,that myself :)

Thank you,Ron for the answer :) :)
as for the foot blisters - I can´t imagen how he managed to play at all - it´s so awfully painful to even walk for a short time,no matter how good you cover them up!


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rogertooogood
02-24-2005, 11:08 AM
Well sometimes in pressure situations old habits are tough to break and maybe if the confidence to change your shot is not quite there on a certain point, then you wouldn't want to try doing it on a breakpoint of all things. But this actually surprised me a little to tell you the truth since Federer does quite well what Sampras used to do- always toss the ball up in the same way for each serve and then in the last second decide which direction he will go, wether to kick, slice or just hit flat.

Many people thought Sampras had the best serve because of his power but that wasn't the case at all- it was that element of disguise which kept his opponents guessing and off balance. Looking at Roger he does have a tendency to go out wide on the ad court and lately in his matches I haven't seen him use the one down the T as often. Also in the Marat match he tried to serve out wide on the deuce court and was missing a lot of those serves. The times that he wasn't it was in Marat's swing zone on the FH which many of which were punished.

Having said that, let's not forget the foot blister may have had some affect on him in that department causing too much pain for him to be able to hit the down the T serve when recovering from it. I will watch his matches more closely now to try and analyse where he hits the majority of his serves.

I do think Federer can serve out wide in the ad court alot, as that is his favourite serve;I can't see that as an advantge for commentators also point this out. What I do seriously consider is that the blister and playing Marat must have affected enough for him to go to the serve more often. In the match versus Agassi however, he made great use of the T serve.

fightclubber
02-24-2005, 11:21 AM
In the match versus Agassi however, he made great use of the T serve.

WOW, I was surprise that day. Guess his service was working 100 percent, T, wide out, I remember he place some NON ACES that could be ACES.
That was a rare game to me, Roger winning the points so easily, ANDY PANDY style. I love the way Roger constructs the points. He is fabricating them step but step, of course theres more chances to loose that points that a well placed service... but a combination of both , like Agassi game, with a bit more of constructed points... (santoro AO) we can add a bit of the s&v with susuki (AO) and... supreme! Wow Im quoting AO... He really played well. I know the blisters had a lot to do with his defeat. Im agrred with Dirk (or RonE).
Guess Rog had a great start this year.
IMO....
Silvy

yanchr
02-24-2005, 01:51 PM
Some very good posts guys :worship:

Maybe Peter really knows where Roger is gonna serve on break points and Marat may take advantage of that, but I think it actually depends on how Roger is serving himself. It's a different story between you know where he's gonna serve and you hit it back effectively. So I believe the blister kept him from serving as he'd like to to the degree that maybe we hadn't expected

Dirk
02-24-2005, 01:54 PM
Peter knew because of his foot blisters. Peter could read Roger's serve better than anyone but still it was down to the wire. Foot blisters and Roger's choke allowed Saffy to pass through. If Saffy wins next meeting then we have a rivarly. If not the media types will have to go back to their drawing boards.

Puschkin
02-24-2005, 01:56 PM
There is still too much occupation with this AO semifinal, it is history;)

RogiFan88
02-24-2005, 02:37 PM
"I would think if he was interested in winning Paris, he'd play Houston that yr. to get used to it."

I w suggest Rogi play Barcelona where the REAL competition is.

SUKTUEN
02-24-2005, 04:07 PM
thanks :worship:

fightclubber
02-24-2005, 06:18 PM
STARS FOR STARS



February 24, 2005
ATP, Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to Stage Joint Awards Ceremony at Four Seasons Hotel Miami

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http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/150x200/awards_trophy.jpgThe Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and ATP will for the first time ever host a combined awards ceremony to honor its finest players and tournaments at a new event called Stars for Stars – A Celebration of Tennis Excellence. Four Seasons Hotel Miami, in association with NetJets, will host the event on March 22, 2005 on the eve of the NASDAQ-100 Open. The evening’s activities will be highlighted by the 2004 Pro Tennis Choice Awards Presented by Waterford Crystal. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour will announce its 2004 Player of the Year Award, certain to be one of the most anticipated announcements of the evening. The nominees are Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Anastasia Myskina and Maria Sharapova. Doubles Team of the Year, Most Improved Player, Newcomer of the Year and Comeback Player of the Year awards also will be announced during the awards ceremony.

ATP and its premium partner Mercedes-Benz will present Roger Federer with its 2004 Player of the Year Award that honors the winner of the INDESIT ATP Race. Federer also is a nominee for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award along with Carlos Moya, Paradorn Srichaphan and Sargis Sargsian. Other ATP awards include the prestigious Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year. The popular Fans’ Favorite Award Presented by RICOH, as voted by visitors to ATPtennis.com, will also be announced.

Top players along with tennis dignitaries and children participating in First Serve will present the Waterford Crystal trophies. The Tennis Channel will film a behind-the-scenes special about “Stars for Stars” to be aired at a later date. The luxurious setting for the evening will be the Four Seasons Hotel Miami, which rises 70 stories above Brickell Avenue to dominate the city's sparkling skyline.

“I am absolutely thrilled that the ATP, Mercedes-Benz and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour have chosen Miami and the Four Seasons Hotel Miami as hosts for this event,” says Butch Buchholz, chairman of First Serve and NASDAQ-100 Open. “Tennis has some of the most recognized athletes in the world and we will showcase our sports finest athletes in an absolutely beautiful setting here, all for a worthy cause supported by players and forward-thinking organizations such as NetJets, the private aviation choice of many top-ranked tennis players. It’s wonderful that the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and ATP are working closely together on joint initiatives, and we’re all happy to be part of what we hope will be the start of a great tradition here in Miami.”

Mrs. B
02-24-2005, 08:16 PM
That's just great news that Roger will be honored as the 2004 Player of the Year! :)

hope he gets the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award too. ;)

RogiFan88
02-24-2005, 09:52 PM
Federer Fights Off Match Points To Beat Ferrero In Dubai Thriller
Photo By Paul Zimmer By Sarah Alvanipour
02/25/2005

Roger Federer rode down the Rotterdam's River Maas and he's soared high in the sky trading shots with Andre Agassi on a helipad almost 700 feet above Dubai, but lately Federer hasn't had to travel too far to find his fill of thrills. For the third straight match, the top-ranked Swiss was forced to a third-set tiebreaker before finding new life in tennis' version of sudden death.

The defending Dubai champion fought off two match points in the third-set tiebreak to squeeze out a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 victory over Juan Carlos Ferrero in a second-round battle between the current and former No. 1 players at the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open.

Living on the edge of elimination, Federer rallied from a one-set deficit for the third consecutive time. He nearly bottomed out against Czech qualifier Ivo Minar in the opening round of this tournament before rallying from a 1-3 deficit in the decisive set to earn a draining 6-7(5), 6-3, 7-6(5) victory. That triumph came three days after he held off Ivan Ljubicic, 5-7, 7-5, 7-6(5) to claim his 15th consecutive final victory and take the Rotterdam title on Sunday.

The top-seeded Federer will face Mikhail Youzhny for a spot in Saturday's semifinals. The seventh-seeded Russian, who stopped Thomas Johansson in the first round, beat Germany's Rainer Schuettler, 7-5, 6-4, in his second-round match. Federer has dropped just two sets in rolling to a 5-0 career record against Youzhny.

Neither rain nor Ferrero could stop Federer tonight from winning what was in his words "a fantastic match against a fantastic opponent in front of a fantastic crowd."

Shortly after 11 p.m. local time, the two hour plus match came to a conclusion with an unreturned serve off of Federer’s racquet, ending a thrilling three-set encounter between the two Grand Slam champions.

Adjusting to outdoor conditions in Dubai after spending the past week indoors in Rotterdam has proved problematic for Federer, who has found the balls to be less obedient.

"It’s just that the ball flies a lot more here in Dubai than it does indoors in Rotterdam," Federer said.
" The way I was feeling and playing, I wasn’t that comfortable."

Former French Open champion Ferrero has played tough matches with Federer in the past. Federer had won four of the pair's seven prior meetings, including a 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 victory in their last meeting in at the 2004 Australian Open semifinals.

Federer applied immediate pressure in the opening game of the final set, hitting forcing forehands to earn two break points, but Ferrero steadied himself on serve and saved both break points to hold for 1-0. Federer followed with an emphatic four-ace game to even the set. Two games later, an erratic Federer committed a series of unforced errors to drop serve and hand Ferrero a 3-1 lead.

Continuing to go for his shots, Federer played periods of hit and miss tennis, alternating winners with errors. Though he could not find a rhythm in the early stages of the set, Federer strung together enough strong shots to break back on a Ferrer double fault before holding to level the set at 4-4.

The pair stayed on serve into the tiebreak. Federer, who has more firepower on his serve, found himself facing two match points before prevailing.

Although pegged as a clay-court specialist by some, Ferrero, who displayed shades of the player he was when he reached the 2003 U.S. Open final, came out storming in the first set, breaking Federer in his opening service game and holding onto the lead to capture the first set 6-4. Deep ground stokes off of both sides as well as a slew of unforced errors from his opponent provided a boost of confidence for the man who has helped Spain claim two Davis Cup championships, but was slowed by injury and illness for much of last season.

Fortunes reversed in the second set when Federer came back to lead by one break and carry the second set 6-3, but Ferrero kept up appearances in the third and led by a break before the Swiss stylist came back in vintage Federer fashion. In what was a see-saw battle, the two exchanged heavy ground strokes and even traded volleys, unfamiliar territory for Ferrero, staying even despite having break point opportunities, sending the match to yet another decisive tie-break, the third Federer has had to face in as many matches.

With pressure piled onto the shoulders of the top seed, who was serving from behind, the Spaniard ripped forehands including a blistering service return winner to earn two match points. But in the blink of an eye, Federer went from match point down to being one point away from the quarterfinals.

A solid serve to Ferrero’s forehand at 7-6 in the breaker never came back across the net, allowing the defending champion to continue his bid for a third consecutive title in Dubai.

An outstanding effort from the former world No. 1 was acknowledged by both an appreciative crowd as well as his opponent as he left the court.

Federer admitted that the match was a bit too close for comfort.

"He plays good. He should have won the match, I think," Federer said. "He was up a break in the third and he had match points before me, but I am the one standing here as the winner."

Explaining the stoic sense of calm he showed in saving two match points, Federer simply said with a smile: "Smooth outside, panic on the inside,"

Though he has dominated quarterfinal opponent Youzhny in their head-to-head series, Federer said he expects another tough encounter, stating he has an ongoing bet with a friend that awards him $20 for each third set tiebreak he wins and therefore hopes for yet another chance to win one tomorrow night.

In other second-round results, third-seeded Tim Henman defeated Igor Andreev, 7-6(5), 6-1 and eighth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic edged Fernando Verdasco, 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(8).

For the latest results, please visit the Dubai Tennis Championships web site.

Tennis Week.com contributing writer Sarah Alvanipour is a free-lance writer based in Houston, Texas. Her last story for Tennis Week magazine was "Doping For Dummies".
http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/

TenHound
02-25-2005, 01:14 AM
Thanks Ron. I agree about the blister problem - I simply think it was both - if he takes care of both he'll win. Also, disguise is most under-rated part of his game, speaking as an amateur who'd position their body differently depending on whether I was going up the T or out wide..... Best article I ever read about him/it was one by Richard Williams, the Great Guardian (ex-)sportswriter that's prob. still on their site, written I think after his 1st Wimby title, in which he discussed Roger's magic in terms of his wrist - a wrist I worry about Marat's power injuring. MNav. also mentioned that it's all controlled by his wrist & that's why he's able to effect such great disguise on his groundies.

Roger does have tendency to go out wide w/high kick serve on adcourt. He relies on that for freebies - either not returned, or feebly so setting up easy winner. Recall his Hewitt matches. We knew going in that Marat would be a tough opponent precisely 'cuz he'd take that away - he's only one who can even muscle it down the line for winners.

Billabong
02-25-2005, 01:29 AM
Thanks for the articles:yeah:

Cute Babi
02-25-2005, 01:46 AM
Thanks for the article

SUKTUEN
02-25-2005, 05:56 PM
Thankyou so much~~ :wavey:

avocadoe
02-25-2005, 11:45 PM
Cute Babi...who is in your avatar with Roger???

Billabong
02-25-2005, 11:49 PM
Great avatar:yeah:

Cute Babi
02-25-2005, 11:55 PM
Cute Babi...who is in your avatar with Roger???


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*M*
02-26-2005, 02:15 AM
More on the helipad hit:


Tennis on top of the world
By Ahmed Abbas Rizvi

25 February 2005


DUBAI — Andre Agassi has traversed the globe, travelled to the most amazing and unusual places in the world and played tennis at some of the most atypical and remarkable venues. And so too Roger Federer.

But having a hit on a 415 square metre helipad, suspended 211 metres from the ground? That’s extraordinary.

“Yeah, that has to top it all,” said an excited Agassi.

“It definitely was the most exciting tennis square anywhere in the world,” echoed Federer. “Unfortunate, it’s not there all the time,” he laughed.

The two, amongst tennis’ greatest of all times, couldn’t resist the temptation to have a friendly knock on the helipad of Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel. And they had many tales to tell.

Memorable moment

“I had a real strong sense that it was going to be a memorable moment for me when we were sort of going up there, because it is quiet a special place,” said Agassi.

“And then it’s just a lot of fun to sort of do it with the number one player of another generation. It was just a great feeling,” the American added.

“It was quiet an experience,” added Federer. “I havenít seen the pictures yet and I definitely want to see that,” he said excitedly.

“That was a lot of, lot of fun,” the Swiss added.

They had a ball hitting competition as well on the world’s highest tennis court.

“What happened was we decided to hit a ball up there from the helipad into the sea. The first time we had no clue where it landed,” revealed Federer.

“So he lied down and I lied down because that was the only chance to see where the hit was going to go.

“His actually crossed the bridge below. Mine went into the water. I hit better than him, so that was good,” boasted Federer with a laugh.

Agassi’s hit failed to make it to the sea? “Yeah, it hit the rock and bounced over onto the bridge,” said Federer. “At least, that’s what he claims,” he laughed.

“They encouraged me to hit one down into the water but nobody had the wind figured out,” protested Agassi.

“I hit it as far as I could but! Just glad I didn’t hurt anybody,” he shrugged.

Was there a protective net around the edge of the helipad? “I think calling it a net would be generous,” remarked Agassi. “It was a sort of a change in texture there. So yeah, you could run just right off it you felt like it,” the Las Vegan added.

And how was the weather up there — windy?

“No, actually it was quiet calm, good conditions to play,” said Federer to another round of laughter. “The bounce was low!”

And the court? “The surface was good too, similar to grass — synthetic grass court. So right away, I felt at home,” said a smiling Federer.

But who won the match, asked a curious scribe.

“I was clearly the winner,” laughed Agassi. “I had a big advantage because Roger was scared of heights.”

So that makes Agassi one-up before they meet in the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championship.

Don’t get serious, just a joke.

Cute Babi
02-26-2005, 03:47 AM
That is funny :haha:

raphael
02-26-2005, 04:40 AM
Khaleej Times Online >> News >> SPORTS
I am still the best, says Federer
By Ahmed Abbas Rizvi

26 February 2005



DUBAI — Greatness knows itself. One look at Roger Federer and you know the truth of that maxim.


Dare suggest that his loss to Marat Safin in the Australian Open semifinals and three consecutive third set tie-breaks could be because the rest are catching up, and he looks up at you hurt.

“You wouldn’t like to say that because I have the feeling I haven’t been playing well but still coming through,” the ‘Basel Dazzler’ said after his latest escape, a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Dubai Tennis Championships Men’s Open on Thursday night, when he survived two match points to enter the quarterfinals.

“I am winning the crucial points so that shows I am at the top of my game when I have to be,” he added.

And then, as if to challenge the rest, he said: “We will see at the big occasions if they are close or not. I am still by far the number one player in the world.”

To even suggest that the amazing Swiss’ powers are on the wane would be incredulous, if not blasphemous.

Hear it when past master John McEnroe tells you Federer has “a chance to be one of the greatest players to ever live.”

Believe it when Lleyton Hewitt says “Roger has raised the bar for us over the last 18 months. Does he have any weaknesses? I don’t think so. We’ll all just have to work harder.”

McEnroe should know. Hewitt should know: He lost six straight to Federer in 2004, none of them particularly close.

Federer finds himself astride the men’s tennis world that he has pounded into a lopsided shape favouring himself. The Safin loss at the Australian is just an aberration.

He is 33-1 in his last 34 matches, and the past season has given him divine bragging rights.

The Swiss, blessed with prodigious talent and unflappable playing style, went 18-0 during 2004 against so-called peers in the Top 10. He lost just six matches in 2004 while winning 74, thus batting .925, the highest winning percentage since Ivan Lendl’s .925 in 1986 and John McEnroe’s .965 in 1984.

He won 11 titles in 2004, the most since Thomas Muster racked up a dozen in 1995. And he has won every one of his last 15 finals.

So what’s with this Safin “secret” to beat Federer?

“You know, he knows so many secrets, it’s amazing: He knows everything,” laughed Federer, when reminded of the Russian’s boast that he knows the secret of beating the Swiss. “No, I am just joking. He is a good guy.

“Ferrero said he has a secret, Hewitt knows a secret, Safin knows a secret — they all know it. But I am still on top,” the Swiss replied.

But then, what is the secret of stopping the ‘Fed Ex’?

“You shouldn’t ask me, you should ask them,” he said. “I have no clue how to beat myself.

“Jeez, I am such a good player,” he added with a laugh. On a more serious note, he added: “It all depends on your form on the day. Of course I cannot expect that every time I play a Top 10 player, I am going to beat him. I think they know that.”

But surely, there must be some chinks in the armour?

“My backhand and my returns at times,” he revealed. “Some days it could be your volleys, sometimes your quickness on the court lets you down — It all depends upon your form on the day.

“But my backhand has always been bad,” he added, with a sheepish grin.

And yes, the defeat to Safin in the Australian Open semifinal had also got him thinking.

“It was on my mind till just before the tournament in Rotterdam,” he revealed. “I was not sure how I am going to cope with this defeat because it hadn’t happened since the Olympics. That was quiet a while ago.

Good start

“In Rotterdam, the start was good and I ended up winning the tournament. So that’s (the Safin loss) forgotten and it’s good.”

The three tight wins — the Rotterdam final and two matches here — have only added to Federer’s confidence.

“I am so happy to have won the last three close ones,” he said. “There was one close one before that I lost and that was a rough one against Safin (at the Australian Open).

“So I am happy to have now overcome this again. When I get into tie-break in the third set, I am not thinking about the Safin match.”

The Safin match couldn’t have bothered him for long anyway. Because Federer’s mind is always on winning — not just the Majors, but every tournament he participates him.

“When I come to a tournament, I am here to win it; I am here to do well and not just to participate,” he said.

He understands that some players use certain tournaments for practice purpose. But not him.

“It’s easy to practice around a tournament. All the players are here, the setup is perfect,” he said. “At home, sometimes it can be tough to find the right sparring partner.

“For the ladies, it’s different. They can hit with a guy. But we are already the best out there, so we cannot just go and hit with anybody. We need somebody who, at least, can handle our rhythm. So for this reason, sometimes players come to a tournament and take it as a preparation for the next week. But I don’t like to look at it this way,” he asserted. “Every tournament counts for me; it is not just the Slams.”

Such hunger, if he can keep it burning, will someday surely see Federer eclipse Pete Sampras’ monumental record of 14 singles majors, accomplished in 13 seasons between 1990 and 2002. Sampras had won five majors at age 23. Federer, 23, has won four.

Neither Lendl nor McEnroe won three majors in one year as Federer did in 2004 (Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open). Mats Wilander did it in 1988, but failed in the Masters, losing in the round-robin.

Of the game’s big five (the majors plus the Masters), Federer won four in 2004. In 2005, he has missed out on the Australian Open.

That will surely have made him hungrier, as McEnroe warned.

“Federer’s the kind of guy that as soon as he lost at Australia, he was setting his sights on the French Open (which begins in May),” McEnroe said.

“He’s the sort of guy that immediately starts looking toward the next major.

“The loss will make him hungrier. I think it will motivate him even more. And that’s a scary thing for the rest of the field.”

Scary? For the rest of the field maybe. For the rest, it would be a pleasure.

FEDERER’S REIGN

By Our Sports Reporter

DUBAI — In 2004, the Swiss superstar compiled one of best seasons in nearly two decades, capturing an ATP-best 11 titles in as many finals, including three Grand Slam and three ATP Masters Series victories.

His 11 titles in 2004 were most by a year-end No. 1 since Ivan Lendl won 11 in 1985 and his .925 match winning percentage was highest since Lendl compiled same mark in 1986.

In last two years has compiled an 18-2 record in finals after going 4-6 previous three years.

Became first player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a season and fourth player overall in Open Era to win at least three in a year (Connors won three in 1974, Laver won four in 1969).

Became first player in Open Era to win his first four Grand Slam finals.

In 2004, his staggering statistics included an 18-0 record against Top 10 opponents (23-0 going back to ‘03 TMC in Houston), defeating every member of year-end Top 10.

He has established an Open Era record by winning 15 consecutive finals (going back to 2003), surpassing mark held by Hall-of-Famers Borg and McEnroe, who won 12 straight finals.

In 2004, he became first player to win multiple titles on clay, grass and hard courts in a season and first since Borg in 1979 to win consecutive titles on those surfaces.

Compiled winning streaks of 10-more four different times in 2004, including a career-best 23 in a row from June 7-August 1.

PERSONAL FILES

Began playing tennis at age eight.

Mother, Lynette, is South African and father, Robert, is Swiss and they met on a business trip (they both worked for a pharmaceutical company).

Has one sister Diana, who is two years older.

Idol growing up was Boris Becker and favorite player was Pete Sampras

Enjoys sitting on the beach, playing cards and table tennis, is a fervent fan of hometown soccer team FC Basel.

Named 2003 “Swiss of the Year” by his country’s TV audience.

In 2003, initiated Roger Federer Foundation which supports disadvantaged children in South Africa and promotes sport for young people.

Enjoys being an ambassador for global promotion of tennis and is inspired by the cultural diversity of the world.

In November 2004, was on hand at United Nations in New York to announce 2005 as “International Year of Sport and Physical Education” with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.












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Dirk
02-26-2005, 04:55 AM
Thanks for the article. Roger is funny. They all have a secret yet it looks like the need a back up secret. May I suggest they use Safin's "hope Roger gets foot blisters" tactic.

Mrs. B
02-26-2005, 05:06 AM
Roger's words might be taken out of context again and we'll never see the end of "Roger is arrogant and boastful" over at you know where... ;)

Dirk
02-26-2005, 05:07 AM
Mrs. B so what? They hate Roger anyways and most of them are just jealous because Their players can't say the same things.

Mrs. B
02-26-2005, 05:12 AM
betcha that title "i am still the best" will be scrutinized under the microscope--- field day for the haters! :lol:

Dirk
02-26-2005, 05:13 AM
HOW DARE ROGER SAY THAT!!!!!!!!! :fiery: WHAT HE IS STILL NUMBER ONE???????? I DON'T CARE HOW DARE HE SAYS SOMETHING LIKE THAT!!!!!!!!! :fiery:

We can expect a lot of that from the GM ones.

Daniel
02-26-2005, 07:05 AM
thnaks for the articles :)

RonE
02-26-2005, 09:40 AM
Roger's words might be taken out of context again and we'll never see the end of "Roger is arrogant and boastful" over at you know where... ;)

I was thinking the same thing the second I saw the article :lol:

Rommella
02-26-2005, 11:01 AM
Better to be honest than resort to false modesty. It would seem that Roger was being facetious at times in the interview though -- which only shows that he's not the arrogant ass that others paint him out to be.

loveit
02-26-2005, 11:22 AM
Better to be honest than resort to false modesty. It would seem that Roger was being facetious at times in the interview though -- which only shows that he's not the arrogant ass that others paint him out to be.


Ditto

lsy
02-26-2005, 01:23 PM
So what’s with this Safin “secret” to beat Federer?

“You know, he knows so many secrets, it’s amazing: He knows everything,” laughed Federer, when reminded of the Russian’s boast that he knows the secret of beating the Swiss. “No, I am just joking. He is a good guy.

:haha:

Rogi does seem to like Safin a lot, always talk about him being a good guy


“My backhand and my returns at times,” he revealed. “Some days it could be your volleys, sometimes your quickness on the court lets you down — It all depends upon your form on the day.

“But my backhand has always been bad,” he added, with a sheepish grin.

:haha:

I'm really glad to hear he sounded much more cheerful here, was worried those tight matches will take a toll on him mentally.

Eva, Rogi doesn't need to say anything, just the way he looks at his opponents, the way he smirked at a winner hit, or the way he walks...so ARROGANT!!! Only all the Fed freaks here can't see it :p

SUKTUEN
02-26-2005, 04:53 PM
oh~~~thanks~~ Roger look happy after the match today~~

mitalidas
02-26-2005, 06:12 PM
I am still the best, says Federer
By Ahmed Abbas Rizvi

26 February 2005

DUBAI — Greatness knows itself. One look at Roger Federer and you know the truth of that maxim.

Dare suggest that his loss to Marat Safin in the Australian Open semifinals and three consecutive third set tie-breaks could be because the rest are catching up, and he looks up at you hurt.

“You wouldn’t like to say that because I have the feeling I haven’t been playing well but still coming through,” the ‘Basel Dazzler’ said after his latest escape, a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (6) win over Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Dubai Tennis Championships Men’s Open on Thursday night, when he survived two match points to enter the quarterfinals.

“I am winning the crucial points so that shows I am at the top of my game when I have to be,” he added.

And then, as if to challenge the rest, he said: “We will see at the big occasions if they are close or not. I am still by far the number one player in the world.”

To even suggest that the amazing Swiss’ powers are on the wane would be incredulous, if not blasphemous.

Hear it when past master John McEnroe tells you Federer has “a chance to be one of the greatest players to ever live.”

Believe it when Lleyton Hewitt says “Roger has raised the bar for us over the last 18 months. Does he have any weaknesses? I don’t think so. We’ll all just have to work harder.”

McEnroe should know. Hewitt should know: He lost six straight to Federer in 2004, none of them particularly close.

Federer finds himself astride the men’s tennis world that he has pounded into a lopsided shape favouring himself. The Safin loss at the Australian is just an aberration.

He is 33-1 in his last 34 matches, and the past season has given him divine bragging rights.

The Swiss, blessed with prodigious talent and unflappable playing style, went 18-0 during 2004 against so-called peers in the Top 10. He lost just six matches in 2004 while winning 74, thus batting .925, the highest winning percentage since Ivan Lendl’s .925 in 1986 and John McEnroe’s .965 in 1984.

He won 11 titles in 2004, the most since Thomas Muster racked up a dozen in 1995. And he has won every one of his last 15 finals.

So what’s with this Safin “secret” to beat Federer?

“You know, he knows so many secrets, it’s amazing: He knows everything,” laughed Federer, when reminded of the Russian’s boast that he knows the secret of beating the Swiss. “No, I am just joking. He is a good guy.

“Ferrero said he has a secret, Hewitt knows a secret, Safin knows a secret — they all know it. But I am still on top,” the Swiss replied.

But then, what is the secret of stopping the ‘Fed Ex’?

“You shouldn’t ask me, you should ask them,” he said. “I have no clue how to beat myself.

“Jeez, I am such a good player,” he added with a laugh. On a more serious note, he added: “It all depends on your form on the day. Of course I cannot expect that every time I play a Top 10 player, I am going to beat him. I think they know that.”

But surely, there must be some chinks in the armour?

“My backhand and my returns at times,” he revealed. “Some days it could be your volleys, sometimes your quickness on the court lets you down — It all depends upon your form on the day.

“But my backhand has always been bad,” he added, with a sheepish grin.

And yes, the defeat to Safin in the Australian Open semifinal had also got him thinking.

“It was on my mind till just before the tournament in Rotterdam,” he revealed. “I was not sure how I am going to cope with this defeat because it hadn’t happened since the Olympics. That was quiet a while ago.

Good start

“In Rotterdam, the start was good and I ended up winning the tournament. So that’s (the Safin loss) forgotten and it’s good.”

The three tight wins — the Rotterdam final and two matches here — have only added to Federer’s confidence.

“I am so happy to have won the last three close ones,” he said. “There was one close one before that I lost and that was a rough one against Safin (at the Australian Open).

“So I am happy to have now overcome this again. When I get into tie-break in the third set, I am not thinking about the Safin match.”

The Safin match couldn’t have bothered him for long anyway. Because Federer’s mind is always on winning — not just the Majors, but every tournament he participates him.

“When I come to a tournament, I am here to win it; I am here to do well and not just to participate,” he said.

He understands that some players use certain tournaments for practice purpose. But not him.

“It’s easy to practice around a tournament. All the players are here, the setup is perfect,” he said. “At home, sometimes it can be tough to find the right sparring partner.

“For the ladies, it’s different. They can hit with a guy. But we are already the best out there, so we cannot just go and hit with anybody. We need somebody who, at least, can handle our rhythm. So for this reason, sometimes players come to a tournament and take it as a preparation for the next week. But I don’t like to look at it this way,” he asserted. “Every tournament counts for me; it is not just the Slams.”

Such hunger, if he can keep it burning, will someday surely see Federer eclipse Pete Sampras’ monumental record of 14 singles majors, accomplished in 13 seasons between 1990 and 2002. Sampras had won five majors at age 23. Federer, 23, has won four.

Neither Lendl nor McEnroe won three majors in one year as Federer did in 2004 (Australian Open, Wimbledon, and US Open). Mats Wilander did it in 1988, but failed in the Masters, losing in the round-robin.

Of the game’s big five (the majors plus the Masters), Federer won four in 2004. In 2005, he has missed out on the Australian Open.

That will surely have made him hungrier, as McEnroe warned.

“Federer’s the kind of guy that as soon as he lost at Australia, he was setting his sights on the French Open (which begins in May),” McEnroe said.

“He’s the sort of guy that immediately starts looking toward the next major.

“The loss will make him hungrier. I think it will motivate him even more. And that’s a scary thing for the rest of the field.”

Scary? For the rest of the field maybe. For the rest, it would be a pleasure.

FEDERER’S REIGN

By Our Sports Reporter

DUBAI — In 2004, the Swiss superstar compiled one of best seasons in nearly two decades, capturing an ATP-best 11 titles in as many finals, including three Grand Slam and three ATP Masters Series victories.

His 11 titles in 2004 were most by a year-end No. 1 since Ivan Lendl won 11 in 1985 and his .925 match winning percentage was highest since Lendl compiled same mark in 1986.

In last two years has compiled an 18-2 record in finals after going 4-6 previous three years.

Became first player since Mats Wilander in 1988 to win three Grand Slam titles in a season and fourth player overall in Open Era to win at least three in a year (Connors won three in 1974, Laver won four in 1969).

Became first player in Open Era to win his first four Grand Slam finals.

In 2004, his staggering statistics included an 18-0 record against Top 10 opponents (23-0 going back to ‘03 TMC in Houston), defeating every member of year-end Top 10.

He has established an Open Era record by winning 15 consecutive finals (going back to 2003), surpassing mark held by Hall-of-Famers Borg and McEnroe, who won 12 straight finals.

In 2004, he became first player to win multiple titles on clay, grass and hard courts in a season and first since Borg in 1979 to win consecutive titles on those surfaces.

Compiled winning streaks of 10-more four different times in 2004, including a career-best 23 in a row from June 7-August 1.

PERSONAL FILES

Began playing tennis at age eight.

Mother, Lynette, is South African and father, Robert, is Swiss and they met on a business trip (they both worked for a pharmaceutical company).

Has one sister Diana, who is two years older.

Idol growing up was Boris Becker and favorite player was Pete Sampras

Enjoys sitting on the beach, playing cards and table tennis, is a fervent fan of hometown soccer team FC Basel.

Named 2003 “Swiss of the Year” by his country’s TV audience.

In 2003, initiated Roger Federer Foundation which supports disadvantaged children in South Africa and promotes sport for young people.

Enjoys being an ambassador for global promotion of tennis and is inspired by the cultural diversity of the world.

In November 2004, was on hand at United Nations in New York to announce 2005 as “International Year of Sport and Physical Education” with UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Mrs. B
02-26-2005, 07:07 PM
mitalidas, Raphael has already posted this on the other page. ;)

*M*
02-27-2005, 12:06 AM
From ESPN's site. Note the title of the article has virtually nothing to do with the content of it. :)


Ljubicic beats Spaniard Robredo

Reuters

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates -- Roger Federer claimed a 6-3, 6-1 victory over a shell-shocked Andre Agassi on Saturday to reach the final of the Dubai Open.

Having failed to show his best form throughout the week, including during his 6-3, 7-5 quarterfinal victory over Mikhail Youzhny earlier in the day, the Swiss world No. 1 was virtually unplayable, tying up the match in just 51 minutes.

"It was an incredible match for me," Federer said. "I'm very, very happy of course. I didn't expect anything like this today because the way I was playing in the early round matches I was really struggling with my rhythm.

"I thought against Agassi it was going to be extremely hard, and the fact I was able to pull off such a magnificent match is very special to me."

Hitting winners almost at will, he surpassed even his own high standards during the match, at one point scurrying back and hitting a lob that landed right on the baseline to leave even Federer shaking his head in wonder.

"That was unbelievable," the Swiss said. "It was one of the best shots in my life. You try to scramble everything back if possible, but I thought it was lost and just tried to get the right angle on the ball.

"And it finished for a winner. I don't know what happened. I've got to see a replay. I stretched to the limit and lucked to the limit.

"I know I'm very good at maybe bringing back some impossible balls. I know I can get them back because I can really twist my wrist, but in a match, on a point like this against Andre, it's a different story."

In a highly entertaining match which showcased placement rather than power, it was Agassi who made the steadier start, holding a break point at 1-1 that was saved by Federer with a service winner.

Federer then reduced his errors and games went comfortably with serve until 4-3, when Federer broke Agassi to love and took the opening set by winning 12 of the last 13 points.

Agassi found his back against the wall as Federer continued his momentum into the second set, dropping his serve when Federer hit a winning pass on his second break point after Agassi had saved the first with a second serve ace.

After Federer had earned a further break to lead 3-0 Agassi moved into containment mode, but had no chance of turning the match around. Finally, he ended his frustrated challenge with a whimper, dropping the final game to love and finishing with a double-fault.

"I've seen him play that way before. I'm not surprised," Agassi said. "He picked up his level, and he was just too good in the second set. To lose my serve a second time in the second set, it was an incredible game that he played.

"I could have made some more second serve returns and some points in the first set. I could have made a few less errors, but it was much more him out there tonight. But in tennis you have to do it every time, and I'll make him do it again soon."

If he is still playing next year, Agassi says he will return to Dubai.

"It's been an incredible week and it's taught me a lot," he said. "For somebody to dream it, to believe it and then to go out and make it happen, that's an incredible thing to see.

"Here in Dubai they have that vision and that passion to execute something that others might not ever even dare to dream. To see it first-hand is remarkable. And that's not to mention the cultures that live peacefully together. It's the way the world is meant to be.

"The one message I'll take from here is, come to the Middle East before you form any opinions."

Federer, the twice defending champion, will play eighth seed Ivan Ljubicic in the final, after the Croatian defeated fifth seeded Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-4, 6-3.

It was the 20th victory of the year for Ljubicic, who has now reached four finals this year, and a remarkable three finals in the last three weeks.

Ljubicic was previously beaten by Federer in both Doha and last week in Rotterdam after leading the final set tiebreak 4-2, with his other loss coming against Joachim Johansson in Marseille.

*M*
02-27-2005, 02:34 AM
The MSNBC page has a video of Andre and Roger on the helipad. I don't know -- Roger said the conditions were calm (maybe he was joking), but it looks pretty windy up there to me!

http://msnbc.msn.com/id/3032986/

Art&Soul
02-27-2005, 03:27 AM
Thanks for the article, *M*. Watching his shot again today, i just realize he could do it by his exceptional tennis instinct with incredible speed which are rare in tennis today!

SUKTUEN
02-27-2005, 08:21 AM
:worship: thanks

yanchr
02-27-2005, 11:58 AM
I am still the best, says Federer
By Ahmed Abbas Rizvi
And then, as if to challenge the rest, he said: “We will see at the big occasions if they are close or not. I am still by far the number one player in the world.”
“Ferrero said he has a secret, Hewitt knows a secret, Safin knows a secret — they all know it. But I am still on top,” the Swiss replied.
“Jeez, I am such a good player,” he added with a laugh.
These will be taken out as the proof of his arrogance by some who loves to stir things up....

I love what Roger had to say :angel:

Thanks for all the great articles :wavey:

fightclubber
02-28-2005, 05:33 AM
DUBAI DUTY FREE MEN'S OPEN


FEBRUARY 27, 2005
Three-Peat Federer Claims 25th Career Title in Dubai

© Getty Images
http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/federer_dubai_trophy.jpgRoger Federer claimed his 25th career title and clinched his 16th consecutive win in a final when he defeated Croatian Ivan Ljubicic 6-1, 6-7(6), 6-3 in the final of the Dubai Duty Free Men's Open. The 2 hr., 16 min. victory was Federer’s third consecutive Dubai title.

Federer defeated Ljubicic in a final for the second time in two weeks (Rotterdam) and for the third time this year, having also taken out the Croatian in the Middle East in the first week of the year in the Doha final.

Federer improved to 20-1 on the season, his only loss coming to Marat Safin in the semifinals of the Australian Open.

Since last year’s US Open Federer has won six of the seven tournaments he has contested and won 37 of 38 matches played.

Federer’s 16 consecutive final victories is an Open Era record. Bjorn Borg and John McEnroe each won 12 consecutive titles.

Federer has won 21 titles in the past 25 months, dating back to Marseille in February 2003. He is 25-8 lifetime in ATP finals.

Beginning with his undefeated run to the Tennis Masters Cup title in 2003, Federer has amassed a stunning 99-7 match record.

In Dubai Federer survived consecutive third-set tie-breaks against qualifier Ivo Minar in the first round and Juan Carlos Ferrero in the second round (when he saved two match points).

Federer converted five of seven break point opportunities; Ljubicic broke Federer twice from seven opportunities.

Ljubicic, who finished runner-up for the fourth time in six tournaments (Doha, Marseille, Rotterdam) is 20-6 on the year and remains on track to top his career-best 37-24 season in 2004.

Ljubicic saved one match point against Fernando Verdasco in the second round.

In the doubles final Martin Damm and Radek Stepanek won their fourth title in their seventh appearance as a team when they defeated Jonas Bjorkman and Fabrice Santoro 6-2, 6-4. The Czechs, who also won the Marseille title earlier in the year, are 22-3 lifetime as a team.

WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID

Federer: “I tried to keep ahead in the match. I felt if I didn't get double breaks it would be trouble and it was. With a set and 3-1 I was a little surprised, as I wanted a good start. He came back and then I kicked ahead at the end. In the second (set) I had a match point, he caught me in the second set tie-break and at the end it was a real dog fight.”

“This week I felt I had a couple of second chances, match points down against Ferrero, 7-6 in the third in the first round and now I sit here as the winner.”

“I've been here to Dubai many times for leisure, it's a special place and I love coming here. I'll be looking around for some property; it interests me.”

Ljubicic: “The first set I was loose and it went quickly. The second set, I told myself to relax and regroup. I then came back when I was down and the third set, he showed when he needs to play well he can turn it up and plays well. I had chances: I was up 40-love in an early game in the third but against Roger even if your up 40-love he still keeps the pressure on you.”

“The last two weeks I've had some chances so this gives me a lot of confidence. If I play a final every week, I will be very happy. Tonight's match makes me feel like I'm closer to beating him. The crowds were great, usually I don't have crowds on my side but here it's been fantastic. Here, the crowds like me.” Damm: "This is the best tennis we played all week, in fact as a pair, this is the best we've ever played. We put pressure on them from the first point and it was great to play doubles before the singles final, as the stadium was full and a great atmosphere. It is my 31st title and it's great to keep winning tournaments."

Stepanek: "We've played seven tournaments together and tonight's match was the best we've ever played. Out of the seven times we've played, we have now won four titles and one semi-final and if we get the chance, I'd love to play more with Martin."

Daniel
02-28-2005, 07:53 AM
Thansk Silvy,

so Roger will have a mansion there soon :) maybe he should get a property for his fans here :o

*M*
02-28-2005, 02:07 PM
Did anyone here watch the WTA Championships? They kept playing a commercial for the Dubai (Duty Free!) tournament, with all the female players saying "I love Dubai!" Maybe now they should do one for the men with Roger, Andre and Ivan all going "I love Dubai!" I got sick of the women's commercial, but I doubt I'd get sick of one with Roger in it!

SUKTUEN
02-28-2005, 04:20 PM
:worship: thankyou so much

Cute Babi
02-28-2005, 04:51 PM
These will be taken out as the proof of his arrogance by some who loves to stir things up....

I love what Roger had to say :angel:

Thanks for all the great articles :wavey:

You are right ... .and someone already did ... on Rogi's site ...

*M*
02-28-2005, 05:20 PM
These will be taken out as the proof of his arrogance by some who loves to stir things up....

I love what Roger had to say :angel:

Thanks for all the great articles :wavey:
Well, Roger does need to be more careful. The more successful you are, the more you're scrutinized. He says some things in this article too that can be taken the wrong way.


The ‘Basel Dazzler’ at his very best
By Ahmed Abbas Rizvi

28 February 2005

DUBAI — Roger Federer has played some sublime tennis over the past year and a half, and some unbelievable matches. And when he claims he has played “magnificent” in a match, you really got to feel sorry for the guy on the other side of the net.

And that’s the way most felt on Saturday night.

There was a tinge of sadness in the stands as Andre Agassi walked out shell-shocked, humbled 6-3, 6-1 by the ‘Basel Dazzler’ in just 51 minutes. At the same time, their senses were aroused by the tennis Federer produced.

“Today was an incredible match for me. I am very, very happy of course,” said the World No.1, after getting the better of Agassi for the sixth consecutive time.

“I didn’t expect anything like this because I was struggling with my rhythm,” he admitted. “I thought it would be extremely hard against Agassi, but I pulled off.

“That’s a magnificent match I played and it will be very special to me.”

There was one particular shot that will stay in the memory of all those present, even after Federer is long gone from the court and amongst the immortals of tennis.

It was the sort of “I-was-there” moment and left even the Swiss himself shaking his head in wonder. Words can do no justice, but to describe — he ran back and then hit a lob with his back to the net that landed right on the baseline. It gave him his second break of the second set, putting him ahead 3-0 and virtually sealing the fate of the match.

“That was unbelievable. What can I say — it is one of my best shots in my life,” said Federer. “You try that in practice and in matches you try to scramble back everything possible.

“I thought it was lost. I just tried to get the right angle on the ball and just send it back but it finished for a winner. I don’t know what happened. I’ve got to see the replays,” he added modestly.

“I know I am very good at bringing back maybe some impossible balls and I do that in practice. But in a match, on a point like this against Andre it’s a different feeling.”

The Swiss is surprised though at his statistics against Agassi. He has not lost to the American since the 2002 Miami finals; he has won six on the trot since then, and all with a level of comfort.

“I am definitely surprised myself that I could win the last six,” said Federer.

“I am a different player now. When I played him (Agassi) in 1998, I was a boy so he was toying with me,” the Swiss said, when asked the reasons for his dominance of the American. “But now, I am a better player; stronger mentally and physically.

“I was just struggling with his rhythm in the beginning; I just couldn’t handle it. But now, because I have become much more match-tough, I would say I can hang with him. And this makes the difference.”

The stands were overwhelmingly for Agassi. But Federer wasn’t too perturbed.

“I thought it was fantastic atmosphere out there, and I thought it was equal,” he said. “Some of the fans were, of course, screaming a little louder for Andre because as soon as they saw him slipping down in the scores, they wanted to be back even.

“Just when they felt that he would be catching the plane soon, they really wanted him to be still in the tournament. And I totally understand that. He’s been great for the tournament and he has done a lot of stuff to promote the tournament.

“So, of course, it was a pity to see him go out. But I thought it was a fantastic match and I have never experienced an atmosphere like this on centre court in Dubai. It definitely gives a lot of hope for the future of the tournament,” he added. Federer’s conquest of Agassi set him up for a title-clash with Croatian Ivan Ljubicic last night — the third time they faced-off in a final this year after Doha and Rotterdam.

“He just doesn’t go away that guy,” joked Federer, who won both time against Ljubicic, and leads the Croat 5-3 going into the final.

“He’s just been great; he’s been beating some good players and he has been doing that consistently.”

And when someone suggested Federer-Agassi deserved to be a final, the Swiss was quick to add that the two best players were in the final.

“I have played many matches before which people believe should have been a final,” he said. “But I don’t believe in that. I believe the best are in the final. Ljubicic and me are now in the finals and we got to battle it out.”

There could be little battle though considering past evidence. The Swiss has been unbeaten in finals the last 15 times he has been there. And winning close matches over the past week has added to his confidence.

“In the last few matches when I was struggling with my rhythm, I showed that I could raise my game when it is important,” the Swiss said.

“I am definitely the best frontrunner in the game. Once I am up, I hardly ever slip. But it has shown that coming back from behind is also a forte of mine. That’s a lot more difficult and it is not going to be every match.”

Asked to name his favourite matches of all time, the Swiss singled out his duels with Australian Lleyton Hewitt at the 2004 US Open and American legend Pete Sampras at Wimbledon 2001.

“My favourite match, playing well, was the one against Hewitt at the US Open (2004 final). I thought I was just unbelievable. I expected a tough match and then it turned out the way it was. So that was unbelievable,” revealed Federer, who won that match 6-0, 7-6, 6-0.

“Also, one of my most memorable matches was the one against Sampras at Wimbledon (2001) 7-5 in the fifth set. Of course, then I went on to win the title,” added the Swiss.

In 2001, Federer ended the reign of Pistol Pete at Wimbledon, beating the seven-time champion 7-6 5-7 6-4 6-7 7-5 in the fourth round. Sampras, gunning for his fifth straight title, which would have equalled Bjorn Borg’s record, was silenced in a five-set thriller by a composed teenager with a tantalising array of shots.

Sampras, before this loss, had not lost at Wimbledon in a 31-match streak stretching back to July 1996.

RogiFan88
02-28-2005, 06:57 PM
I think that Rogi is still a little naive about interviews and doesn't realize til it's too late that some journalists are trying to bait him and he, being so honest, falls into the trap. He is probably better off saying LESS rather than more to pls them.

RogiFan88
02-28-2005, 07:12 PM
i'm waiting to see how many fed is arrogant threads pop up in gm!

mitalidas
02-28-2005, 08:34 PM
werthem, the idiot is back. choking on last week's ("roger's not a fighter" words)

Another Sunday, another title for our Player of the Week, Roger Federer. The Swiss Mister won the Dubai Tennis Championships in the United Arab Emirates, beating Ivan Ljubicic (again) in the final 6-1, 6-7, 6-3. Federer won his 16th straight final. Not bad for a guy who lacks mettle. (Joking. More on Federer below.)

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Federer won't grind and scratch? He doesn't relish the fight? You can find many examples of him grinding out wins -- take the three setter over Ljubicic and his first-round match in Dubai against a nobody when he wasn't "feeling it." Meanwhile, Roddick's reputation as a battler has suffered since the Davis Cup final and his cave job in the Aussie Open semifinals. Would you accept a let on this subject.
-- Robert, Norfolk, Va.

I kindly accept your gracious offer of a let. I question Federer's taste for battle and multiple times in the span of the next few days, he staves off match points and wins matches in third-set tiebreakers. Multiple times, Catamounts! He also wins two titles. Yes, lots of readers roasted me for that one. Rachael Wong of Honolulu wrote: "Do you think Federer could be purposely playing to third-set tiebreakers to create tight situations for his own improvement? Or, are you the friend who bet him $20 for every match he wins in a third-set tiebreaker?"

I could grumpily point out that winning tight matches in medium-level events in February isn't exactly the acid test for proving you're endowed with the proverbial heart of a lion. But we won't do that. Instead we will concede these recent wins are impressive. Other top players would have folded their tents saying, "Why dirty my hands at these lesser events?" It shows real character that the world No. 1 -- having already collected his appearance booty and not really in need of the rankings points -- would dig sufficiently deep to pull out these past few matches. (Then again, maybe he was motivated by his status in the Champions Race. Joking.)

My assessment wasn't only based on results. Even talking to Federer, you definitely come away with the sense he likes things to be tidy. Whereas Steffi Graf and Monica Seles and even Pete Sampras (see: Corretja, Alex, circa '96) played those tight games and big points like their very salvation was riding on the outcome, I don't get the sense Federer relishes the "fight" of a tennis match. But again, these recent "gut-check" wins suggest otherwise. So good for him. If he can keep it up his game will officially be impeccable.

rogertooogood
02-28-2005, 08:40 PM
I think that Rogi is still a little naive about interviews and doesn't realize til it's too late that some journalists are trying to bait him and he, being so honest, falls into the trap. He is probably better off saying LESS rather than more to pls them.

I half to say that I completley disagree with your statement, due to the fact that Roger is simply speaking the truth. More to the point from reading several of his interviews, I take Roger, although without a complete school education, an intelligent individual aware of the ongoings around him, for I not only judge him on his many virtuoso performances with a tennis racquet.

RogiFan88
02-28-2005, 09:01 PM
we agree that rogi is honest and speaks the truth ;)

rogertooogood
02-28-2005, 09:32 PM
;) agreed

RonE
02-28-2005, 09:33 PM
I don't get the sense Federer relishes the "fight" of a tennis match. But again, these recent "gut-check" wins suggest otherwise. So good for him. If he can keep it up his game will officially be impeccable.

Oh thank you so much, how generous of you Mr. Wormhole. Idiot :rolleyes:

raphael
03-01-2005, 12:49 AM
Tennis mailbag, with CNN's Candy Reid
Sunday, February 27, 2005 Posted: 1118 GMT (1918 HKT)




MORE OF YOUR QUESTIONS
• Tennis Mailbag, February 9

(CNN) -- Do you have a question about tennis for World Sport Anchor Candy Reid? E-mail candy@cnn.com.

Q. Who do you think are the top 5 players of all time -- men and women? Omar El Hageen Omar.

A. great question for a dinner debate! Here we go in order:

Men:

1. Pete Sampras -- 14 Grand Slams (but of course no French Open title)
2. Rod Laver -- the Australian was the first tennis millionaire
3. Bjorn Borg -- Mr. Cool -- a brilliant tactician, will be remembered for his duels with McEnroe.
4. John McEnroe -- talent out of every pore with his half-volley being the best in the game.
5. Roger Federer -- 4 majors to his name already and plenty more to come. The complete player.

Women:

1. Martina Navratilova -- she's won all the big ones in singles, doubles and mixed, and is still going strong at 48.
2. Steffi Graf -- the best athlete the game has ever seen -- and what about that forehand!
3. Billie-Jean King - 39 Grand Slam titles -- a legend.
4. Maureen Connolly -- she may have been little but her game certainly wasn't.
5. Chris Evert -- that double-handed backhand helped her win 18 Grand Slams and if it hadn't been for Navratilova, she would have won many more.

TenHound
03-01-2005, 01:13 AM
He doesn't fight a-hole, he's an artist. It's a different sensibility- apparently alien & too refined for you. Perhaps you might prefer going back to slugging beer & watching basketball, or Aussie rules football when you're down that way next Jan. For the rest of us, we'll slip on our silk Roger Robes & enter into the trance reserved for the finest virtuoso music recitals & RogBall.

To reiterate a previous point Ron, there's definitely a job out there for you!!!

SUKTUEN
03-01-2005, 05:10 AM
Yes~~ May be Roger is a little bit proud, but I think he will be come clam down after Dubai 's champion~~

Daniel
03-01-2005, 07:11 AM
thnaks M for the interview :D

Dirk
03-01-2005, 11:53 AM
Jon if you told that Bulllshit to Roger after he willed his way to a win over Lopez when he was suffering from a blocked back he would probably have kicked your fucking piece of shit ass. :fiery: This guy needs to be fired.

Puschkin
03-01-2005, 11:58 AM
i'm waiting to see how many fed is arrogant threads pop up in gm!


I know I will be in a minority :p I think he IS arrogant at occasions, but it suits him well. I hate false modesty and as long as the words match the deeds, this is perfectly fine for me.

federer_roar
03-01-2005, 01:45 PM
I know I will be in a minority :p I think he IS arrogant at occasions, but it suits him well. I hate false modesty and as long as the words match the deeds, this is perfectly fine for me.

Ditto Pushkin.As much as I love him, I feel he does sound cocky sometimes. It's not a big deal comparing to what he has achieved. Whoever follows his actions constantly will say he IS awesome. Those don't know him will mostly find him arrogant if only by reading those interviews. But he's not there to please everybody. I agree with *M* that he certainly can be more delicate when handling those interviews with medias. It'll do him no harm. :)

avocadoe
03-01-2005, 02:01 PM
i think roger hears himself as he speaks, is self reflective, and usually offers in the same interview both healthy self regard, cockiness, in part to tease the medai, and genuine reality assessment. He is a very intelligent man, and plays with his questioners whne he wants.

SUKTUEN
03-01-2005, 03:54 PM
I am so exitcing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roger answer my question in his site~~~~ :bounce: :bounce:

babsi
03-01-2005, 05:09 PM
I don´t recall who said the following,but to me it is sound atwise

-if telling the truth means, to be rude against somebody - tell the truth
-if telling the truth will hurt somebody - lie

Roger isn´t hurting anybody - he is a pro talking bussiness - of course you have to able to take it the same way you dish it out!



__________________________________________________ ______________________
Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

Cute Babi
03-01-2005, 05:20 PM
I am so exitcing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roger answer my question in his site~~~~ :bounce: :bounce:

Really that is nice which one is yours ??? :eek:

mitalidas
03-01-2005, 05:38 PM
i think roger hears himself as he speaks, is self reflective, and usually offers in the same interview both healthy self regard, cockiness, in part to tease the medai, and genuine reality assessment. He is a very intelligent man, and plays with his questioners whne he wants.

I generally agree with you, but if we cant "hear" him or "see" him, its hard to know the context and sometimes it comes across in a way that people don't like.

For example, today he says (referring to Davis cup):

I hope for them they can win because it will be quite extraordinary to win a match without me because I've always been there," said Federer.


He is right of course, but it can sound a little vain to those who dont know our Rog much

RogiFan88
03-01-2005, 09:24 PM
Without Rogi in DC team, the other Swiss players can have their chance to shine! So...

HOPP, SCHWEIZ!!

federer_roar
03-02-2005, 12:30 AM
I am so exitcing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Roger answer my question in his site~~~~ :bounce: :bounce:

dear, :wavey: what's your question?

fightclubber
03-02-2005, 03:33 AM
dear, :wavey: what's your question?
On the chocolate thread, Suktuen says it was the one of chocolate and roger answered white... and milk?? sorry do not remember well

silvy

federer_roar
03-02-2005, 03:50 AM
On the chocolate thread, Suktuen says it was the one of chocolate and roger answered white... and milk?? sorry do not remember well

silvy

Thanks Silvy. I saw your question's answered. Why can't I think of anything to ask? :confused:

reiko
03-02-2005, 12:15 PM
Hi, dear Roger fans!

I guess almost all of you have seen this "Roger and Agassi playing high in the sky (Dubai)" and maybe have a link to the clip. But just in case not let me post the link:
http://multimedia.terra.es/ficha/fichavideo.cfm?i=22254&a=29308

lsy
03-02-2005, 01:27 PM
I don´t recall who said the following,but to me it is sound atwise

-if telling the truth means, to be rude against somebody - tell the truth
-if telling the truth will hurt somebody - lie

Roger isn´t hurting anybody - he is a pro talking bussiness - of course you have to able to take it the same way you dish it out!



:yeah:

If he's so arrogant and full of himself, we wouldn't keep hearing his peers talking about how nice he is. It's that simple for me.

Thanks for the clip reiko :D

SUKTUEN
03-02-2005, 02:43 PM
My question is ~~~:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:


In your wonderful country you make wonderful chocolate. Which chocolate do you like most?
I love white chocolate and milk chocolate.

marchen
03-02-2005, 03:10 PM
Without Rogi in DC team, the other Swiss players can have their chance to shine! So...

HOPP, SCHWEIZ!!
I still can't understand why Roger make the decision not to play for his country. Switzerland will probably be knocked out from the World Group without Roger. How do the Swiss public react to this? :confused: :confused:

Doris Loeffel
03-02-2005, 03:28 PM
Well as I mentioned before should Switzerland lose (which might be likely but hey I have faith in "our" guys so who knwos what's going to happen ;) ) - Roger will play again to keep the team in the world group.

raphael
03-02-2005, 03:29 PM
World tennis champion tours Port Elizabeth

Jack Milner | Port Elizabeth, South Africa



02 March 2005 03:05

World number one tennis player Roger Federer toured Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, visiting the Imbewu Community Volunteers, which he sponsors.

This was the Swiss-based player's first opportunity to meet the organisation's workers, and many of the children he has sponsored for the past year.

Federer arrived in Port Elizabeth with his girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec; his father, Robert; and his mother, Lynette, who was born in South Africa.

Imbewu is a joint community development project between South Africa and Switzerland in which volunteers from both countries work to assist local youths to be actively involved in the community.

Federer sponsors a group of children from Soweto-on-Sea, one of the poorest and most crime-ridden communities in the Port Elizabeth area.

First stop for Federer was the Empilweni hospital in New Brighton, which deals predominantly with tuberculosis patients. Of the 27 children in the hospital, eight are HIV-positive and four are orphans.

"I have not been in a hospital in my life and to witness children suffering was very emotional for me," said Federer.

He became involved in the project through his mother.

The group then was taken on a tour of Soweto-on-Sea, which culminated in a stopover at the Ndzondelero Secondary School. As the minibus pulled up, it was greeted by 17 drum majorettes, attired in white-and-turquoise outfits, and a school band of eight drums and two bugles.

School principal Mnkwazo Grootboom welcomed Federer and thanked him for his financial assistance.

"Your gesture of looking after these children is welcomed not only by myself and staff, but by the community and the whole of South Africa. We are honoured to be visited by a person of your calibre."

Federer subsequently joined the group of youngsters in a game of soccer and handed over some T-shirts and balls.

From there, the party moved on to the Mvisisano Primary School where a formal ceremony took place that included a welcome by the school choir, a series of speeches and an exchanging of gifts.

A tree was later planted in Federer's honour.

"I know they follow my career and I hope when they see the tree they will think of me and it will motivate them. I know I will think of them whenever I am not doing well and they will give me some inspiration," said Federer.

He then moved on to the home of one of the children he is sponsoring, where he was introduced to the child's grandmother.

"She probably doesn't know who I am and it really doesn't matter. All I hope is that I can make some difference in their lives." -- Sapa

SUKTUEN
03-02-2005, 03:36 PM
THANKS~~~ :worship:

marchen
03-02-2005, 03:57 PM
Roger's site has posted serveral pics about his visit in S Africa.

fightclubber
03-02-2005, 03:58 PM
THANKS RAPHAEL:worship:

babsi
03-02-2005, 04:22 PM
Thanks RAPHAEL and marchen :) :)









__________________________________________________ ______________________
Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

Mrs. B
03-02-2005, 06:02 PM
Salamat, Raffy, thanks, marchen! :wavey:

RogiFan88
03-02-2005, 06:31 PM
Thanks, guys! I was just about to read the article and look at the pix at Rogi's site!

RogiFan88
03-02-2005, 06:33 PM
I'm curious also.

Rogi's not the first top player not to play DC... he made the right decision considering his position as the top player. Besides, SUI doesn't always win even when Rogi does play.

Who knows, SUI can defeat NED. Nothing's impossible. The Dutch guys aren't exactly playing well right now, even w Sjeng coming back.

RogiNie
03-02-2005, 07:23 PM
well it's not impossible.. the Dutch aren't really good now and I have just seen on tv that both Schalken and Sluiter had a small injury...
If Roger was playing for Switzerland, i would be for Sui, but now.. I think i'm on the dutch side :) although for me it doesn't really matter who'll win

Nymeria
03-02-2005, 07:40 PM
Nienke you should be on the Swiss side! :p

I'm really wondering how it'll be, I don't think the Dutch team is that good at the moment. So hopefully Switzerland will beat us.

RogiNie
03-02-2005, 07:46 PM
Nienke you should be on the Swiss side! :p

I'm really wondering how it'll be, I don't think the Dutch team is that good at the moment. So hopefully Switzerland will beat us.

:p deserter! you should be on our side :p and I will not mourn when the Dutch lose.. but i'm not on the Swiss side :p

Nymeria
03-02-2005, 08:07 PM
:p deserter! you should be on our side :p and I will not mourn when the Dutch lose.. but i'm not on the Swiss side :p


:angel: for me it's exactly the other way round. I wouldn't complain if it means another weekend with toptennis on tv (if Holland would win), but I prefer my favs to win :) (and I'm thinking of buying tickets for the next DC-tie if Switzerland wins)

Mrs. B
03-02-2005, 08:41 PM
Roger in South Africa:

http://www2.sfdrs.ch/sport/spak_sendung.php

mitalidas
03-02-2005, 09:28 PM
more at ATP:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/federer_charity.asp

tennischick
03-03-2005, 02:36 AM
World tennis champion tours Port Elizabeth

World number one tennis player Roger Federer toured Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, visiting the Imbewu Community Volunteers, which he sponsors.

This was the Swiss-based player's first opportunity to meet the organisation's workers, and many of the children he has sponsored for the past year.

Federer arrived in Port Elizabeth with his girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec; his father, Robert; and his mother, Lynette, who was born in South Africa.

Imbewu is a joint community development project between South Africa and Switzerland in which volunteers from both countries work to assist local youths to be actively involved in the community.

Federer sponsors a group of children from Soweto-on-Sea, one of the poorest and most crime-ridden communities in the Port Elizabeth area.

First stop for Federer was the Empilweni hospital in New Brighton, which deals predominantly with tuberculosis patients. Of the 27 children in the hospital, eight are HIV-positive and four are orphans.

"I have not been in a hospital in my life and to witness children suffering was very emotional for me," said Federer.

He became involved in the project through his mother.

The group then was taken on a tour of Soweto-on-Sea, which culminated in a stopover at the Ndzondelero Secondary School. As the minibus pulled up, it was greeted by 17 drum majorettes, attired in white-and-turquoise outfits, and a school band of eight drums and two bugles.

School principal Mnkwazo Grootboom welcomed Federer and thanked him for his financial assistance.

"Your gesture of looking after these children is welcomed not only by myself and staff, but by the community and the whole of South Africa. We are honoured to be visited by a person of your calibre."

Federer subsequently joined the group of youngsters in a game of soccer and handed over some T-shirts and balls.

From there, the party moved on to the Mvisisano Primary School where a formal ceremony took place that included a welcome by the school choir, a series of speeches and an exchanging of gifts.

A tree was later planted in Federer's honour.

"I know they follow my career and I hope when they see the tree they will think of me and it will motivate them. I know I will think of them whenever I am not doing well and they will give me some inspiration," said Federer.

He then moved on to the home of one of the children he is sponsoring, where he was introduced to the child's grandmother.

"She probably doesn't know who I am and it really doesn't matter. All I hope is that I can make some difference in their lives." -- Sapa

http://www.mg.co.za/articlePage.aspx?articleid=198722&area=/breaking_news/breaking_news__sport/

Billabong
03-03-2005, 02:54 AM
Thanks for the article:)!

Puschkin
03-03-2005, 09:03 AM
A brief summary in English::

The article mentions Roger's visit to his foundation in South Africa, says that he will stay a few days in Switzerland and go to IW on Monday. Then it elaborates on the (rather bleak) Swiss perspectives in DC including some unprecise indications that Roger does not feel comfortable with the Swiss DC environment and some questions about Marc Rosset as DC-captain.


http://www.nzz.ch/2005/03/03/sp/articleCMXLO.html

Meister passt - Gesellen gefordert
Schweizer Davis-Cup-Team tritt aus dem Schatten Federers

Roger Federer denkt nicht nur an Spitzensport: Nach seinem Sieg in Dubai besuchte er Kinder in den Townships bei Port Elizabeth in Südafrika, die Hilfe nötig haben.


Im Einzelsport Tennis hat der Davis-Cup als ältester Mannschaftswettbewerb nicht immer einen leichten Stand. In Brasilien setzte die einheimische Justiz auf Druck der vom Star Gustavo Kuerten geführten Spieler den Präsidenten des Verbands wegen Unregelmässigkeiten in der Amtsführung ab, nachdem das unzufriedene Personal den Wettbewerb 2004 boykottiert hatte. In der Schweiz wird zwar nicht zu so drastischen Massnahmen gegriffen, doch fehlt vor dem Spiel von Swiss Tennis in Freiburg gegen die Niederlande ab Freitag erstmals seit sechs Jahren Roger Federer. Die (Kunst-)Pause des Weltbesten bewirkt, dass im Schweizer Team die sportlichen Karten neu gemischt werden. Gleichzeitig tritt das Kader aus dem langen Schatten Federers und macht ein Umfeld sichtbar, in dem sich nicht alle Schläger in der idealen Balance befinden.

Nach drei Jahren endlich Heimvorteil
Seit 1995 hält sich die Schweiz im Davis-Cup im Kreis der 16 besten Verbände in der Weltgruppe - ein Achtungserfolg. Länder mit verbriefter Tennis-Kultur wie Deutschland, Italien oder England sind in der Europazone in der tieferen Klasse. Die Schweiz profitiert seit langem davon, in gestaffelter Folge einen einzelnen Botschafter oder ein Duo in der erweiterten Weltspitze zu wissen. Ab 1976 erhielt Pionier Heinz Günthardt Sukkurs durch Roland Stadler. 1982 debütierte Jakob Hlasek, acht Jahre später Marc Rosset. Dieses Doppel führte die Schweiz 1992 in Forth Worth in den ersten Final gegen die USA. Darauf folgte die Ära von Roger Federer. Der Basler profilierte sich schnell als einer der am meisten belastbaren Teamspieler. Er gewann zuletzt 16 von 18 Einzeln. Nur der Australier Hewitt im Vorjahr in Melbourne über fünf Sätze sowie der Franzose Escudé 2001 in Neuenburg zwangen Federer zuletzt in die Knie. Dank Federer erwarb Swiss Tennis rasch neuen Ruhm, kommerziell einzig dadurch getrübt, während dreier Jahre ständig auswärts antreten zu müssen. Ironie der Los-Regie: Heuer kennt die Schweiz Heimvorteil gegen die Niederlande, im Fall eines Erfolgs erneut gegen den Gegner Spanien.

So weit ist es aber noch lange nicht. An der Saane stehen Captain Marc Rosset, Stanislas Wawrinka (ATP-Nummer 118), Ivo Heuberger (132), Marco Chiudinelli (150) und George Bastl (177) zur Verfügung, im Doppel der Walliser Yves Allegro (38). Denkbar, dass im Einzel der Waadtländer Wawrinka und der Basler Chiudinelli, der Schweizer Aufsteiger des Vorjahrs, ihre Premieren feiern werden auf dem Belag Rebound Ace Synpave. Es fehlt wegen Ermüdungsfraktur am Bein Michel Kratochvil (ATP 178). Beim Berner wurde vor Monaten eine chronische Allergie festgestellt. Der Spieler muss auf strikte Ernährung umstellen.

Persönliche Malheurs verdarben im Schweizer Team selten die Laune. Ausnahmekönner Federer sicherte den zählbaren Erfolg in der Regel im Alleingang. Im Anschluss an die letzten Swiss Indoors gab er den Verzicht auf die erste Runde 2005 bekannt. Die Begründung, sich auf die Herkulesaufgabe zu konzentrieren, den Lead im internationalen Ranking zu verteidigen, ist nachvollziehbar. Federer pausiert nach einem Abstecher (für seine Stiftung) nach Südafrika in Oberwil und wird am Montag nach Indian Wells ans erste Masters Series der Saison abfliegen. Seine Absenz führt zu einem Novum: Erstmals seit einem Vierteljahrhundert spielt die Schweiz im Davis-Cup ohne einen Mann aus den Top 100. Wenn auch Tour und Teamwettbewerb verschiedenen Gesetzen unterworfen sind, liegt es auf der Hand, dass die Schweiz ohne Federers Substanz Mühe bekunden wird, die Klasse zu halten.

Im Glanz Federers hat sich im zweiten Rang zuletzt eine falsche Selbstsicherheit breit gemacht. Indizien der sportlichen Stagnation an der Spitze der Schweizer sind beileibe nicht neu. Als die Schweiz 2001 in Neuenburg gegen Frankreich antrat, figurierten (mit Federer) vier Mann in den Top 100. Die Hierarchie (lies: das Fehlen einer tauglichen Nummer 2) dürfte Federers Verzichtsentscheid mitbeeinflusst haben, denn nach dem Standard des Stars kennt der nur ein Ziel: Den Davis-Cup subito gewinnen, einmal wenigstens. Federer taktierte in der Öffentlichkeitsarbeit politisch geschickt. Er verlor kein Wort über das Umfeld, das nicht mehr in allen Belangen seinen Vorstellungen entspricht. Dem Basler ist es dabei spielerisch so lang wie breit, wer als Captain auf dem Stuhl der Schweiz sitzt. Nachdem Federer seinerzeit den finalen Gong in der Amtszeit Jakob Hlaseks ausgelöst hatte, ist seine Lust begrenzt, erneut Personalpolitik zu machen.

Rosset nicht unumstritten
Captain ist Marc Rosset, einer der ganz Grossen des Schweizer Tennis. Der Olympiasieger von 1992 ist eine Persönlichkeit, die fasziniert, viele oft auch verwirrt. Im Zweckverband auf Zeit schimmern Antipathien zwischen Romandie und Deutschschweizern sporadisch wieder durch. Die Installierung des Chefcoachs Ivo Werner im Team, eines Tschechen mit deutschem Pass, stand nie zuoberst auf dem Wunschzettels Rossets, der sich ins Schaufenster begab mit der Fürsprache für den neuen Davis-Cup-Vermarkter Grand Chelem. Mit dieser 2004 für drei Jahre beauftragten Agentur aus Morges ist der Genfer eng verbunden. Die Zusammenarbeit zwischen Agentur und Verband verläuft ordentlich, aber nicht berauschend. Im Vorfeld von Komitee-Wahlen wird intern bei Swiss Tennis offen darüber gesprochen, sich von der Grand Chelem zu trennen, den Davis-Cup unter eigene Kontrolle zu bringen.

Die Station Freiburg birgt kommerziell mindestens eine Unbekannte. Niemand weiss genau, wie gut sich das Stadion (4300 Plätze im Forum) füllen wird. Vor dem Match erschien im Schweizer Magazin «Smash» nicht eine einzige Seite Werbung. Mit dem Eishockeyklub Fribourg-Gottéron, in der Zähringer-Stadt der Platzhirsch, fand zwecks Cross-Marketing keine Kontaktaufnahme statt. Werbliche Aktionen im Umfeld eines 2004 spät gegründeten Supporter-Klubs wirken phasenweise etwas spröde. Meister Federer ist im Schweizer Tennis nicht nur für Asse, sondern auch fürs Marketing zuständig.

tschaeggy
03-03-2005, 11:13 AM
Danke, Puschkin :)

raphael
03-03-2005, 02:07 PM
Federer a fair Ferreira fan
03/03/2005 15:36 - (SA)


Johannesburg - When Roger Federer was growing up in Basel, Switzerland, one of his favourite tennis players was Wayne Ferreira.

In fact, when he had the opportunity to be a ball boy on court when Ferreira played in Basel, it was a special moment for the current world number one.

"At that time my idols were Stefan Edberg, Boris Becker and Wayne, particularly because he was from South Africa," said Federer on Wednesday.

"So it was very exciting for me to ball boy for him at the time." But as he progressed through his career, Federer found himself once again on court with Ferreira, this time as his doubles partner.

"It was great to finally play together with him and we played very well."

Federer actually regarded Ferreira to some extent as his mentor on the tour.

The South African, who is currently a member of the Davis Cup team to play Germany at the Standard Bank Arena this weekend, remembers the incident well.

"Obviously when he was a ball boy I had no idea who he was. But when he started coming up and we became acquainted, Roger showed me a picture of me playing with him as the ball boy," said Ferreira.

"We were actually pretty friendly on the tour," he added.

Federer has been in Port Elizabeth to support the Imbewu Community Volunteers in South Africa, of which he is a major benefactor.

SUKTUEN
03-03-2005, 02:19 PM
thanks :worship:

fightclubber
03-03-2005, 03:54 PM
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Federer, who regained his INDESIT ATP 2005 Race lead after winning the title in Dubai (http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/dubai_sunday.asp) for the third time, also is working with the ATP Foundation to assemble an all-star cast of ATP players for a special charity exhibition (http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/plo_tsunami_event.asp) that will include Andre Agassi, Marat Safin and Andy Roddick among others during the Pacific Life Open on March 11. For tickets, call 1-800-999-1585 (in U.S.) or log onto PacificLifeOpen.com (http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/).

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Cute Babi
03-03-2005, 04:26 PM
thanks for posting it Silvy .... But I don't thing I will put bid ... I don't the money for it

mitalidas
03-03-2005, 04:35 PM
Hey everyone

ATP finally updated some pictures of some players!
Look at Roger, they picked the awesome one from TMC

http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=federer

babsi
03-03-2005, 04:54 PM
Danke and thank you,everyone :)





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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

TenHound
03-04-2005, 12:44 AM
How about having our own "Deuce Caption Contest" as suggested by FightClubber's Link? I vote for "Sho' is a bitch finding a safe place to play tennis in a country where the elite steal all the money."

Nocko
03-04-2005, 01:50 AM
Hey everyone

ATP finally updated some pictures of some players!
Look at Roger, they picked the awesome one from TMC

http://www.atptennis.com/en/players/playerprofiles/default2.asp?playersearch=federer


Yes, Roger's new photo is muuuuch better than before. :yeah:


:wavey: :wavey: Nice to meet you, I'm Nocko. ;) :wavey: :wavey:

Cute Babi
03-04-2005, 02:37 AM
The new picture is much better ... :inlove:

SUKTUEN
03-04-2005, 06:52 AM
yessssssssssssssssssss

SUKTUEN
03-04-2005, 06:52 AM
yessssssssssssssssssss GOOD LOOKING

TheMightyFed
03-04-2005, 02:37 PM
Have a look at this very good website: http://www.rodgeur.ch
Ok it's in French but I push the guy to get an English version.
There is a live chat to talk about Rogi, in English, and it's very complete overall... ;)

babsi
03-04-2005, 03:42 PM
Thanks for the link,mdhubert :)
keep on pushing - hope he is close to the edge,ready to jump!




__________________________________________________ ______________________Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

Daniel
03-04-2005, 08:58 PM
I posted some abotu Roger in SA in the Roger chat. i hope he had a good time here :hug:

Daniel
03-05-2005, 03:06 AM
Federer's absence leaves Swiss facing defeat

Fri Mar 4, 4:20 PM ET World Sports - AFP



FRIBOURG, Switzerland (AFP) - World number one Roger Federer's decision to skip the opening skirmishes of the Davis Cup came back to haunt Switzerland when they fell 2-0 down to the Netherlands in their opening World Group clash.


AFP/EQ IMAGES Photo



Peter Wessels edged out former French Open (news - web sites) junior champion Stanislas Wawrinka 7-6 (14/12), 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (9/7), 6-4 in almost four hours after Sjeng Schalken had edged Marco Chiudinelli in another tight encounter 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2.


That too lasted the best part of four hours.


Federer, with three titles under his belt already in 2005, had decided to skip the opening round of the Davis Cup to prepare for the two Masters tournaments in Indian Wells and Key Biscayne later this month.


Schalken had to battle to get on top of Swiss rookie Chiudinelli, ranked a modest 150.


In the first set, he was broken twice but broke back to 2-2 and 5-5 before Schalken clinched the set in the tiebreak with a brilliant forehand passing shot.


The 23-year-old Swiss remained unfazed and got an early break in the first game and hung on to win the second set.


In the third set, it was once again the experienced Dutch player, who broke to lead 3-1 and then serve out the set. Schalken stayed focused although he had to be treated by the physiotherapist several times during changeovers.


Schalken kept the upper hand early on in the fourth set. But Chiudinelli relied on a high percentage of first serves at that stage to remain in the match as he saved five break points in total with service winners.


The former world number 11, who was the more consistent of the two players, remained in the driving seat and finally broke for 5-3. Chiudinelli once again showed his fighting spirit, broke back at 5-4 and eventually got the set by winning 16 of the last 17 points of the set.


In the fifth set, Schalken prevailed quite comfortably and was able to celebrate his 20th win in 33 Davis Cup matches after 3 hours, 56 minutes.


"In the first set, my backhand was much shorter than usual," said Schalken.


"Only in the middle of the second set, did I figure out that it was a problem in the lower back. I am very happy that the physiotherapist has been able to put it back into place and I think from that moment, I was the better player."


Chiudinelli said he was sorry to have let the home crowd down.


"It was an unbelievable feeling to play in front of such a fantastic and supporting crowd," said the rookie.


"I am very happy with the way I played but also very disappointed that I couldn't give my country this win."

loveit
03-05-2005, 03:33 AM
:yeah:

If he's so arrogant and full of himself, we wouldn't keep hearing his peers talking about how nice he is. It's that simple for me.

Thanks for the clip reiko :D

I totally agree with you Isy. I understand he is one of the most well liked players on the tour.

Daniel
03-05-2005, 03:52 AM
He must be a nice person otherwise players and people around him would be badmouthing him all the time.

SUKTUEN
03-05-2005, 08:45 AM
thanks :worship:

*M*
03-08-2005, 01:39 PM
Let's all root for Rogi! :yeah:

Federer, Armstrong, Phelps in line for sporting Oscars
Tue Mar 8, 2005 10:59 AM ET

LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) - Six-times Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong and men's tennis number one Roger Federer were nominated on Tuesday for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award.


The pair will be up against American swimmer Michael Phelps, Moroccan athlete Hicham El Guerrouj, MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi of Italy and Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, the organisers said in a statement.

Phelps won six gold and two bronze medals at the Athens Games where he broke his own world record in the 400 metres individual medley. El Guerrouj completed the first 1,500-5,000 Olympic double since Paavo Nurmi at the 1924 Paris Games.

Athletes Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia, Briton Kelly Holmes and Carolina Kluft of Sweden are in the frame for the women's title, along with Wimbledon tennis champion Maria Sharapova, Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam and Dutch cyclist Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel.

Pole vaulter Isinbayeva set her seventh world record of 2004 while winning the Olympic gold medal in Athens, where Holmes clinched an unexpected 800-1,500 metres double.

Kluft won the Olympic heptathlon title, Sorenstam lifted her seventh major title at the LPGA Championship and Zijlaard-van Moorsel, at 34, captured her fourth Olympic gold in the individual time trial.

Soccer has two nominees for the team award with Greece, who were upset winners at Euro 2004, and Portuguese club Porto who clinched the European Champions League.

Also in the running are Formula One champions Ferrari, baseball's World Series winners the Boston Red Sox, Olympic men's basketball champions Argentina and Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup golf team.

Forty sports personalities will also choose the best alternative and comeback sports people of 2004, and the best newcomer, from a shortlist for the "sporting Oscars" drawn up by more than 500 journalists from 82 countries. The winners will be announced on May 16 in Estoril, Portugal.

SUKTUEN
03-08-2005, 01:52 PM
thanks

RogiFan88
03-09-2005, 12:24 AM
i can't see rogi winning the laureus w lance [again... boring] and phelps but mostly el guerrouj, who could win for sentimental reasons...

RogiFan88
03-09-2005, 12:56 AM
http://www.laureus.com/awards/nominees/2005/federer.php

Roger Federer (Switzerland) - Tennis


The year 2004 saw Roger Federer become the dominant force in world tennis. He completed arguably the most spectacular 12 months by a tennis player in the open era, becoming the first man since 1988 to win three out of four Grand Slam events in the same calendar year, winning the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. He also won Wimbledon in 2003, becoming the first Swiss to do so. Now 24, Federer established himself as indisputable World No.1, winning 11 times in 2004, the best performance in almost 20 years, and he is unbeaten in his last 15 finals, a record in the open era.

Federer began the year winning the Australian Open for the first time, defeating Marat Safin in the final. He then defended his Wimbledon crown, using his skills and finesse to overcome Andy Roddick's power game. By winning the Gstaad tournament on clay and the Toronto Masters on hardcourt shortly after the grass of Wimbledon, he completed a rare triple of consecutive tournament victories on three different surfaces. In September, he beat Lleyton Hewitt in straight sets in the most one-sided final in the 120 year history of the US Open and he finished the year taking the Tennis Masters Cup at Houston for the second time in a row.

With a win-loss record of 74-6 and 11 tournament wins, the year 2004 belonged to Federer. What makes it an even more remarkable achievement is that he did it without a coach, relying solely on his fitness trainer Pierre Paganini and physiotherapist Pavel Kovac.

Federer was also nominated in 2004 for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year Award, but lost out to Michael Schumacher.

Gallery

lunahielo
03-09-2005, 01:02 AM
Thanks, RogiFan................... :)

SUKTUEN
03-09-2005, 06:14 AM
thankyou~~~

*M*
03-09-2005, 01:40 PM
Is anybody here going to the Nasdaq-100? I am (can't wait)! I have a feeling these cutouts are the closest I'll ever get to having my picture taken with Roger.

http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=12560&bannerregion=

Coffee With Champions
By Tennis Week
03/08/2005

Roger Federer, Serena Williams, Andy Roddick and Maria Sharapova have been hitting the malls and hanging out at Bed Bath and Beyond and Starbucks' all over South Florida. The four Grand Slam champions aren't double-dating, shopping for sheets, moonlighting for minimum wage or swallowing shots of espresso for a caffeine-fueled group practice-session frenzy.

The championship quartet are quietly spending time posing for photos with fans and silently watching shoppers come and go and while they may seem subdued, the players are all busy out on the town preparing for this month's Nasdaq-100 Open on Key Biscayne. Despite their smiles they all look flat.

As part of the NASDAQ-100 Open’s efforts to "Own the Town" during the month of March, life-size photos of defending champions Williams and Roddick, plus Wimbledon winners Sharapova and Federer promoting the NASDAQ-100 Open are popping up all over South Florida. Fans are having their pictures taken with these lifesize tennis stars from Lincoln Road to Aventura Mall to Boca Raton to Palm Beach Gardens.

"South Florida is a busy place during March with so much to do, which makes for a very competitive landscape for events," said Tournament Director Adam Barrett. "In taking an ‘Own the Town’ approach, and working with our sponsors, we aim to bring the NASDAQ-100 Open into the forefront as a preferred destination for both tennis fans and for people who are looking for an entertaining way to spend a day.”

Look for at least one of these six-foot stand-alone photos, along with posters promoting the NASDAQ-100 Open, which will be held March 23rd–April 3rd at the Crandon Park Tennis Center on Key Biscayne, in 89 Starbucks locations in Miami-Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and surrounding cities as far west as Naples and North to Jupiter.

The life-size photos of Sharapova and Williams will also make appearances in 23 Bed, Bath & Beyond shops in South Florida as well as the Lan Airlines terminal in Miami International Airport.

As the tournament nears, the "life-size" replicas will make appearances in tennis clubs, gyms, restaurants and other south Florida locations. Olympic gold medallist Nicolas Massu hit the Crandon Park courts — not in cardboard cutout form, but in the flesh — for a practice session last week. To see the photo, please click this Massu at Nasdaq-100 Open (http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/news/photos/photo21431.html) link.

The NASDAQ-100 Open is one of nine ATP Masters Series events on the ATP calendar, a top tier event on the Sony Ericsson WTA TOUR calendar, and features the top men's and women's tennis players in the world. In 2004, Andy Roddick defeated Guillermo Coria to win for the first time in Miami. Serena Williams returned from injury to defend her title and win her third consecutive NASDAQ-100 Open championship. For ticket information, call (305) 442-3367 or visit the website at Nasdaq-100Open.com (http://www.nasdaq-100open.com/).

SUKTUEN
03-09-2005, 01:44 PM
The tickets of TMC in china also very expensie~~ :banghead:

Nocko
03-09-2005, 01:59 PM
The tickets of TMC in china also very expensie~~ :banghead:

Oh, how much is it??? :scratch: I'm thinking of going to TMC,上海 . ;)

SUKTUEN
03-09-2005, 02:02 PM
Quat final $ 2200 one match ~ Semi $4200 one match

Final the first line $ 10080 / each :mad: :mad: :mad:

Nocko
03-09-2005, 02:45 PM
Quat final $ 2200 one match ~ Semi $4200 one match

Final the first line $ 10080 / each :mad: :mad: :mad:


:speakles: :speakles: :mad: :mad: :mad: :fiery: :fiery: :armed: :ras: :ras:


:crying2: .....Maybe I won't be able to go .....:crying2:

SUKTUEN
03-09-2005, 02:47 PM
:o ME TOO ~~ watch Starsport is our choice~~ :o :o

babsi
03-09-2005, 02:59 PM
Wow, how expensive :(
that´s ridiculos - let´s hope there are enough riche tennis fans,if not, there will be only riche folks without a clue - that would be too bad :(




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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

SUKTUEN
03-09-2005, 03:02 PM
THE FINAL first to four line site was Sell all out!!!!!

Nocko
03-09-2005, 03:14 PM
THE FINAL first to four line site was Sell all out!!!!!

:ras: :ras: :ras: Maybe they have some reasonable seats for ordinary people....?? :shrug:

marchen
03-09-2005, 03:28 PM
Quat final $ 2200 one match ~ Semi $4200 one match

Final the first line $ 10080 / each :mad: :mad: :mad:

The prices for the front seats are always outrageous.I remember the front seats for Tennis MasterCup Final in Houston costed around $1000USD? but $10080...it's approximately $1200USD, wow... :eek: :eek:
But the stadium in Shanghai has 15000 seats, I hope the general tickets price will be reasonable. But I haven't heard of the announcement yet. :confused:
But I'm determined to go to Shanghai :( have to start saving money la.

federer_roar
03-10-2005, 09:21 AM
Quat final $ 2200 one match ~ Semi $4200 one match

Final the first line $ 10080 / each :mad: :mad: :mad:

Suk :wavey: is the price in Chinese RMB? Even though, it's still ridiculously pricey. I hope there are some reasonable price seats as well. :mad:

RonE
03-10-2005, 09:48 AM
10,000 clams for a match???????? :eek: :eek: :eek:

SUKTUEN
03-10-2005, 11:01 AM
yes~~ the VIP room $10080 each site~~ :mad: :mad:

Puschkin
03-10-2005, 11:08 AM
You'll have to sit further up! Real tennis fans hardly ever sit in VIP-boxes ;)

Nocko
03-10-2005, 11:08 AM
yes~~ the VIP room $10080 each site~~ :mad: :mad:
SUKTUEN, how about other seats ? we are not VIP... :p
and I'm confused by $ :confused: .. is that US$?

SUKTUEN
03-10-2005, 11:44 AM
Yes~You are right~~

I can ask the price for you all~~ :worship: :worship: :worship:

RonE
03-10-2005, 02:08 PM
yes~~ the VIP room $10080 each site~~ :mad: :mad:

Ah ok, now it makes sense! You gave us all quite a scare :)

yanchr
03-10-2005, 02:10 PM
The average price for TMC Shanghai is quite reasonable I think. For example, the package tickets meaning watching all matches including the doubles total 4800, 3000 and 2200 RMB respectively with different seats. The seats of the tickets for 4800 are just behind the VIP box.

For every single day, the prices varies from 280 to 680 RMB (880? I can't remember) on the days before the semis. Tickets for the last two days are more expensive like 1380 or sth.

It's at least reasonable for me ;)

RonE
03-10-2005, 02:18 PM
I just checked the exchange rates and 4,800 RMB are about U.S. $580. For good seats for all matches in an event like TMC that is not too unreasonable considering it costs something like $400 for good seats to see the U.S. Open final.

Still, a bit on the steep end for your average joe :rolleyes:

SUKTUEN
03-10-2005, 04:29 PM
The price is very different for the list I see~~ :eek: :eek: :eek:

But I watch the match of Roger in HK 2004 the final is $ 680 ;)

fightclubber
03-10-2005, 07:46 PM
Thats somehting I do not like about tennis
Its so elitistic ( is this a right word?) Mean mostly think for people with lots of money. So all the efforts of people like Roger to make tennis a popular sport and promote it worth nothing while tennis authorities want to make its a high class thing.
For Davis Cup, in argentina, they sold the abonemment 3 days. No one could buy tickets for one day ( or good seats, maybe only popular). Who has money to buy all days at that cost ? Only rich people.
So Im quite angry about this thing.
Why do you have to be rich or have agood position to enjoy tennis in good seats?

Sorry... but is what I feel:sad:

SUKTUEN
03-11-2005, 11:36 AM
Oh dear!! ~~ Silvy~~~

Tennis is a expensive sport~~ that's true~~ :shrug:

RogiNie
03-11-2005, 06:53 PM
yeah... that's very annoying sylvie! :hug:
hope you can see a lot of matches although!

Daniel
03-11-2005, 11:38 PM
Federer, Armstrong, Phelps nominated for Laureus World Sportsman of Year



Six-time Tour de France cycling champion Lance Armstrong and men's tennis number one Roger Federer were nominated on Tuesday for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award.

The pair will be up against American swimmer Michael Phelps, Moroccan athlete Hicham El Guerrouj, MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi of Italy and Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher, the organisers said in a statement.

Phelps won six gold and two bronze medals at the Athens Games where he broke his own world record in the 400 metres individual medley. El Guerrouj completed the first 1,500-5,000 Olympic doublesince Paavo Nurmi at the 1924 Paris Games.

Athletes Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia, Briton Kelly Holmes and Carolina Kluft of Sweden are in the frame for the women's title, along with Wimbledon tennis champion Maria Sharapova,Swedish golfer Annika Sorenstam and Dutch cyclist Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel.

Pole vaulter Isinbayeva set her seventh world record of 2004 while winning the Olympic gold medal in Athens, where Holmes clinched an unexpected 800-1,500 metres double.

Kluft won the Olympic heptathlon title, Sorenstam lifted her seventh major title at the LPGA Championship and Zijlaard-van Moorsel, at 34, captured her fourth Olympic gold in the individualtime trial.

Soccer has two nominees for the team award with Greece, who were upset winners at Euro 2004, and Portuguese club Porto who clinched the European Champions League.

Also in the running are Formula One champions Ferrari,baseball's World Series winners the Boston Red Sox, Olympic men's basketball champions Argentina and Europe's triumphant Ryder Cup golf team.

Forty sports personalities will also choose the best alternative and comeback sports people of 2004, and the best newcomer, from a shortlist for the "sporting Oscars" drawn up by more than 500 journalists from 82 countries and regions.

The winners will be announced on May 16 in Estoril, Portugal.

Source: Xinhua

Daniel
03-11-2005, 11:38 PM
VC Bet say they are satisfied to lay world number one Roger Federer at 5/6 for the Pacific Life Open.

The firm's tennis man Paul Moody believes that the Swiss maestro has shown one or two signs of vulnerability since succumbing to Marat Safin in the Australian Open final.

"While still an odds-on shot in every tournament he plays he's only just a shade of odds-on at 5/6 this week after the initial part of the year has shown him to have some dents in his invincibility.

"Despite only Safin having beaten him since year he has come uncomfortably close to defeats by Ivan Ljubicic, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Ivo Minar in recent weeks.

"At 5/6 I wont be afraid to take him on for a while."

In-form Ljubicic has been seeded in Federer's quarter of the Indian Wells draw.

"The dangerous Croat once again looms as an early threat in his section and after embarrassing both Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi at home in the Davis Cup I'm sure he will be fancying his chances of taking the ultimate scalp if that match materialises again."

Moody said that he will be closely monitoring Aussie Open champ Safin's progress.

"Safin hasn't been in sparkling form since winning in Australia but will be another looking for an improved performance at this level. He is scheduled to meet Federer in the semis but I'd like to see how he fares in his first couple of matches before taking a view there."

Moody said that Juan Carlos Ferrero could be this week's dark horse.

"The Spaniard had two match points against Federer in Dubai and looked to be back to his best. I won't be looking to lay him here and his form should be a major pointer for the clay season ahead."

fightclubber
03-12-2005, 06:29 AM
Federer heads tsunami fundraiser
From correspondents in Indian Wells, California
March 12, 2005

THE lighter side of the ATP and WTA Tour was on display today as Swiss superstar Roger Federer led a star-studded exhibition to raise money for Asian tsunami victims.

The ATP All-Star Rally for Relief raised $US18,300 ($23,135) for UNICEF from a series of exhibition tiebreak matches at the Indian Wells WTA and ATP Masters Series tournament.

"To get the top 10 players all committed to tonight is fantastic," Federer said. "How often do you see the top 10 players on the same court for two hours?

"It is for a good cause and it should even go beyond tonight."

Besides world No.1 Federer, other participants included 2005 Australian Open champion Marat Safin, Americans Andy Roddick and Andre Agassi, Tim Henman, Guillermo Coria and Thai tennis star Paradorn Srichaphan.

WTA players Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Amelie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchova also took part.

The cause was a serious one, but the mood on the court was amusing and humorous as the players joked amongst each other and played to the crowd.

Safin stole the show in his tiebreaker against Roddick. The Russian prankster put on a display of trick shots and kept the crowd of 6000 entertained with a string of one-liners.

Clijsters, Dementieva, Mauresmo and Hantuchova traded in their racquets for running shoes and acted as ball girls for the Roddick/Safin match.

Clijsters smiled and joked with Hantuchova until she froze when having to face Roddick's serve from the ball-girl position at the back of the court. More money is expected to be added to the fund once the proceeds from tickets sales are counted, organisers said.

Agence France-Presse

http://foxsports.news.com.au/story/0,8659,12525211-23210,00.html

fightclubber
03-12-2005, 06:31 AM
Tsunami Emergency Relief

March 11 , 2005
Fun and Funds at All-Star Exhibition

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/photos/180X250/safin_tsunami.jpg The ATP All-Star Rally for Relief raised $18,282.76 for UNICEF, a figure that does not include revenue from ticket sales from Friday's special night at the Pacific Life Open.

In an unprecedented show of support from the world's greatest players, stars from both the ATP circuit and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour put on a crowd-pleasing show to raise funds and awareness. The event launched a new global partnership called ACE (Assisting Children Everywhere) aimed at harnessing the power of tennis to help ensure the health, education and protection of children everywhere.

The UNICEF-ATP partnership will focus on fundraising and advocacy. Among the first joint initiatives will be a campaign to raise money for global child immunization programs.

“I cannot think of a better way for UNICEF and the ATP to begin their partnership,” said Anne-Marie Grey, UNICEF Chief, International & Corporate Alliances Private Sector Division.

“The gesture of the all world's top tennis players to donate their time, energy and enthusiasm for this event and cause was extremely impressive. We also applaud the generosity of the Pacific Life Open fans for providing this tremendous benefit to the world's most vulnerable children.”

ATP players participating were Roger Federer, who hosted the ATP Foundation event, Lleyton Hewitt, Andy Roddick, Marat Safin, Carlos Moya, Andre Agassi, David Nalbandian, Guillermo Coria, Paradorn Srichaphan and Tim Henman. Sony Ericsson WTA Tour players who played and also helped pass UNICEF buckets through the crowd to collect funds were Kim Clijsters, Elena Dementieva, Amelie Mauresmo and Daniela Hantuchova. Lindsay Davenport, Taylor Dent and Lisa Raymond also raised funds for UNICEF at a pre-event gathering at the Indian Wells Village Stage.

About UNICEF For nearly 60 years UNICEF has been the world's leader for children, working on the ground in 158 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world's largest provider of vaccines for poor countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, quality basic education for all boys and girls, access to clean water and sanitation, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of governments, businesses, foundations and individuals, and through our National Committees for UNICEF we sell greeting cards and other products that help advance humanity.


http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/houston_tsunami.asp

Daniel
03-12-2005, 07:19 AM
Thanks Silvy :)

lsy
03-12-2005, 07:50 AM
An old article but quite a detail lot about Rogi's visit to SA recently.
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Federer meets his beneficiaries in PE
By Jack Milner

Number one ranked tennis player Roger Federer believes that "children are the future of the world" and he is determined to play a role in ensuring that some of them at least, have a better future themselves.

As a result, the Roger Federer Foundation was formed in December 2003 and one of its beneficiaries is the Imbewu Community of Volunteers in South Africa.

On Wednesday, the Swiss-based player came to Port Elizabeth to meet the staff of the organisation and get a first-hand look at the work of Imbewu, a joint South African and Swiss community development project.

Volunteers from both countries assist local youths to be actively involved in the community. Federer is a sponsor of 30 children from Soweto-on-Sea, one of the poorest and most crime-ridden communities in the Port Elizabeth area.

"It is important that they get a good education because children are the future of the world," said Federer. "Many athletes realise how lucky they are and that there is a need to put something back into the community.

"I also believe sport can make a difference in their lives because when you play sport, you can put all your troubles behind you, even if it's just for an hour."

Federer was accompanied by his girlfriend, Mirka Vavrinec, and his parents, Robert and Lynette. Federer's mother is from South Africa and she was instrumental in the tennis player getting involved with Imbewu.

The first port of call for the group was the Empilweni Hospital in New Brighton, which deals specifically with victims of tuberculosis. Of the 27 children in the hospital, eight are HIV-positive and four are orphans. "I go so rarely into a hospital and to see children in that state was very emotional for me," said Federer.

From there, Federer was taken on a tour of Brighton-on-Sea, an area covered with the shacks of informal settlement. "I have seen these areas from a distance but being right there is totally different.

"Despite their poverty, the people were so friendly and relaxed and I was happy to see that."

When the mini-bus pulled up outside Ndzondelo Secondary School, it was greeted by a group of 17 drum majorettes, smartly attired in white and turquoise outfits, as well as a school band which combined eight drums of various sizes and two bugles. What they lacked in variation they certainly made up for in rhythm.

School principal, Mnkwazo Grootboom, welcomed Federer and thanked him for his assistance.

"Your gesture of looking after these children is welcomed not only by myself and the staff, but by the community and the whole of South Africa. We are honoured to be visited by a person of your calibre."

Next stop was the Mvisiswano Primary School where a formal ceremony took place. Federer was welcomed by the school choir and after a minute's silence as a tribute to Ray Mhlaba and Jean-Louis Saisselin, the Swiss founder of Imbewu, both of whom died recently. There were a number of speeches, gifts were exchanged, a cluster of coloured balloons was released and Federer planted a tree in the school grounds.

"I was amazed about how much they knew about my career and I hope that when they look at the tree they will think of me and it will motivate them. This experience has certainly helped me as a human being and I will think of them when I am not doing very well," said Federer.

He then visited the grandmother of one of the children whom he is sponsoring. "Does she know who I am?" asked Federer. When the woman shook her head, Federer responded: "it's okay if she doesn't."

However, when the interpreter explained about his tennis career, the old lady nodded saying she had seen him on television. In the house were a couple of her very young grandchildren and Federer added: "maybe one day I can support the small children as well".

During the course of the day, Federer played soccer with the kids and basketball at the local club, but no tennis. "I love all sports and it's not important if they don't play tennis, as long as they play something.

"With the World Cup coming here in 2010 it's probably more important that they play soccer."

The final stop was at a local shebeen, where Federer and his family were treated to some local cuisine and traditional dancing. "I enjoyed the music. It was very loud, very hot and very African."

At the end of his whirlwind tour, Federer said that after seeing how the project was progressing he feels good about what he is doing. "I'm just amazed to see how happy the kids were to see me even if they didn't know who I was. I think it's good that they know that they have someone behind them, someone who believes in them." - Sapa

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Good on Rogi. It's one thing for the rich to just give money, but whole other thing to actually care enough to personally pay them a visit :hug:

SUKTUEN
03-12-2005, 08:10 AM
Thankyou so much~~ :worship:

fightclubber
03-14-2005, 02:32 AM
INTERVIEW 13 MARCH AFTER DEF FISH+ FROM INDIA WELLS SITE
An interview with:



ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Mr. Federer.

Q. Seemed to have more trouble with the conditions today than Mardy.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it was strong winds out there, you know, especially in the second set. That made it more difficult to play because we started actually with just a slight breeze. It was actually nice to play in. It was easy to serve from the one end. You know, the other end was against the wind, against the sun, so that was tough. But then the real wind really picked up and it was tough from then on to really get some good rallies going.

But I was always ahead. Made it easy. So I'm happy with that first-round match.

Q. Do you feel well-rested after the layoff?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes, of course. No, I feel good. I'm here with my conditioner trainer. We've been working out. I feel absolutely ready for this American trip. So that's good to know prior to these events. Now that I'm through to the second round, it kind of gives you time to think about how your game was and you can improve from here.

Q. How do you feel your game was today?

ROGER FEDERER: I thought it was good, you know. Consistent. Always ahead of things, and that's exactly what I wanted because Mardy can be a dangerous player. I think if you give him the lead, you know, he can serve his way through sets. I didn't allow that. I returned well, kept him on the back foot. Passed well on a few occasions.

I had a feeling, you know, on the defensive side, as on the offensive, there were some good things.

Q. In general this year, are you playing as well as you want to play?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, yeah, definitely. Definitely, yeah. I mean, I've won many, many matches this season. I mean, some closer, some very easily, you know, like the first week of the year where I didn't lose a service game.

I'm playing well. So that's good.

Q. How do you feel the Tsunami appeal event went? It allowed the public to see you guys in a different light.

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, definitely. I had a blast out there that night. I really had the feeling you got to see everyone's personality stronger than ever, you know. Because during a match, you get kind of ideas, but, you know, he has to act right so he doesn't get warnings. So he doesn't - how should I say - towards the opponent and everything, he's all right and fair.

But, you know, that night, you know, you can do whatever you like. You know, you can joke around with your opponent. You can really play with the crowd. That was very nice and interesting to see. It was fun especially not to be sidelined to the other great players, joke around. No, it was extremely fun.

Q. You have so many titles to defend now. Is it more motivating for you to come to tournaments where you have to defend a title or to a tournament that you haven't won? What's more of a challenge?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, you know, in a way I go into tournaments with pressure anyway because the weeks where I have nothing to defend, I feel like, "Oh, this is a big chance, you know, to kind of get some points." Then I win it, like let's say in Rotterdam. I arrive in Dubai, I'm like, "Oh, here I've got to defend." It's always kind of the same story in the end. You prepare well and try your best. Winning so many titles the last let's say two years, it just helps when you come back to a place where you've played well - for instance here.

I felt right away when I got on the courts, you know, on the practice courts, and also today on the match court, you know, I felt good right away. Movement was good. Just get the feel quicker than at other places.

Q. That was a nice gesture of you to stay on the court today and hit with the guys in the wheelchairs. Why did you do it?

ROGER FEDERER: Why? There's no - how do you say - 'you got to do it, otherwise we'll fine you' or anything. It was just that I'd been asked. They said, "It will be after your match. If you want to stay, you can do that?"

I said, "Yeah, it's no problem to play another tiebreaker."

That was fun. You get to show yourself, you know, another side, than when you're playing and concentrating during the match. Maybe it's, you know -- I hope it's kind of a dream come true for the players in the wheelchair. And for the fans, you know, it's also interesting to see how we can also actually play tennis together. It's a lot of fun.

Q. Learn a few new shots?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, he passed me on a few occasions. The one backhand over-the-head there. It was quite interesting. I'll have to go and ask him how he did that.

Q. Back to the tournaments for this year, do you think at all about dominating the tour as you did last year?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, the start is -- yeah, I have high hopes. It looks very good. I've only lost one match, won three tournaments, including Kooyong, since the semis of the Australian Open. So this start to the season is kind of more than I expected. Of course, I hoped to maybe win the Australian Open. But, you know, under the circumstances I think I did very well.

You know, I think we'll really see after these two events, you know, Indian Wells and Miami, how I'm really shaping up, if I'm still No. 1 in the race and all those sort of things. But so far I have the feeling that the chances are there, you know, to repeat the season like I did last year.

babsi
03-14-2005, 06:41 AM
Thank you,Silvy and Isy - great articles :) :)





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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

SUKTUEN
03-14-2005, 11:25 AM
:worship: :worship: thanks!!!!!!!! :worship: :worship:

Nocko
03-14-2005, 12:20 PM
:worship: Thank you Silvy~~~it's fan to read :hearts: ...Now I can't weit to see his match, but it's impossible until SF. Usually your threads are the first informations.. Thanks !! :worship: :worship:

Art&Soul
03-14-2005, 12:23 PM
Federer cruises past Fish

Patti Myers
The Desert Sun
March 14, 2005
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INDIAN WELLS - It was a walk in the park, a day at the beach and another Sunday drive toward a title for world No. 1 Roger Federer. :cool:
The 23-year old Swiss made it look that easy against American Mardy Fish in a 6-3, 6-3 victory Sunday afternoon at the Pacific Life Open. It was Federer's fifth consecutive victory against the 23-year-old American who has yet to win a set against Federer since 2003 Wimbledon.

"I thought it was good out there, very consistent," said Federer the defending champ here at Indian Wells Tennis Garden and the winner of three of four events already this season, including Doha, Rotterdam and Dubai (he lost in the semifinals at the Australian Open). "Always ahead of things and that's exactly what I wanted because Mardy can be a dangerous player. You give him the lead, he can serve his way through sets."

Federer didn't allow that to happen. He returned well and kept Fish on his back foot. While Fish earned a higher percentage (70 percent) on first serve points, Federer posted 67. However, it was Federer's second serve that was almost twice as effective as Fish (75 percent to 39). Federer finished with 15 unforced errors, while Fish had 22.

Fish's downfall was double faults with five, while Federer, who said the windy conditions aided his service game, had none.

"It was strong winds, especially in the second set,'' he said "That started to make it more difficult to play because we actually started with just a nice breeze. It was easy to serve from the one end. But I was always ahead and it made it easy."

It's been an easy course for Federer since he landed at No. 1 and stayed there for the past 59 weeks. Opponents agree he's raised the bar and it's been a climb for them. :)

"I don't think too many out there think they can beat him,'' said Fish, who last fell to Federer, the defending champ here, in the Round of 16 last year.

No. 2 Marat Safin added that players, even those ranked among the Top 10, are attempting to adjust their game to compete with him.

"Everybody (who) wants to be in this top five, in the top group of tennis, needs to adjust himself to Roger,'' said Safin, who beat Jarkko Nieminen 4-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Sunday.

Federer says scheduling plays a major part in his success.

"I absolutely feel ready for the American trip,'' said Federer, who skipped the Davis Cup because it would have him go from indoor to outdoor play too quickly. "That's good to know prior to these events. Now that I'm through the second round, it kind of gives you time to think about your game and how you can improve from there. I plan very very carefully. You've got to be confident, especially in my position, to plan. I always to try to cut it down to two in a row, max three in a row. And that's been working for me."

He says following his stop in Indian Wells, then in Miami, he reassess where he stands with his game and in the race. His is confident, however, for another record season.

"It looks very good,'' he said. "I've only lost one match since the semis at the Australian Open. So this start to the season is kind of more than I expected. So far, I have the feeling that the chances are there to repeat the season like I did last year." :angel:

Puschkin
03-14-2005, 12:29 PM
quoting
Patti Myers
The Desert Sun
March 14, 2005

He says following his stop in Indian Wells, then in Miami, he reassess where he stands with his game and in the race.


Yes, and the reassessment should include some thinking about RG ;)

SUKTUEN
03-14-2005, 03:06 PM
Thanks Art :worship:

lunahielo
03-14-2005, 03:31 PM
Thanks........

reiko
03-14-2005, 08:41 PM
Hey, have you seen this already?
Short video clip of the UNICEF exhibition at IW:
http://tv.reuters.co.uk/ifr_main.jsp?st=1110835866876&rf=bm&mp=WMP&wmp=1&rm=1&cpf=true&fr=011205_020206_2bb514x10167e71e57xw437b&rdm=224280.54734090046
Look in the "Life!" category.

ERRATA
It was All-Star Rally for Relief (for UNICEF) exhibition at IW.

Nocko
03-15-2005, 01:34 AM
:wavey: Hello reiko! :wavey: Thank you so much~~~ :worship:

reiko
03-15-2005, 02:30 PM
Hi, Nocko. Kon-nichiwa :wavey:

reiko
03-15-2005, 02:55 PM
You guys might have seen this, too, but here's another exhibition video:
http://www.unicef.org/about/partnerships/index_25540.html

SUKTUEN
03-15-2005, 02:59 PM
Thankyou so much~!!!! :worship: :worship:

Nocko
03-15-2005, 03:30 PM
Thank you Reiko~~ :worship:

babsi
03-15-2005, 03:40 PM
Thanks,Reiko :)











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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

SUKTUEN
03-15-2005, 03:46 PM
HI Babsi~~

Daniel
03-16-2005, 12:01 AM
Hi Suktuen :)

Daniel
03-16-2005, 03:10 AM
INDIAN WELLS, Calif. (AP) -- No. 1 Roger Federer and No. 2 Lleyton Hewitt won in straight sets Tuesday to advance in the Pacific Life Open.

Federer, winning for the 22nd time in 23 matches this year, defeated Gilles Muller 6-3, 6-2 to move into the fourth round.



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Hewitt had a slightly more difficult time, beating Michael Llodra 6-2, 7-6 (3).

On the women's side, former No. 1 Kim Clijsters continued her comeback from a wrist injury by defeating Evgenia Linetskaya 6-2, 6-1 in their fourth-round match. No. 5 Elena Dementieva advanced with a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Tatiana Golovin.

Federer, the men's defending champion, said he took his usual approach to the match against Muller -- believing it was going to be a tough one.

"When I go into a match, that's what I think about, even though maybe I'm the big favorite and my opponent hasn't played many of the big matches on big courts around the world," Federer said.

Although Muller was no match for the 23-year-old Swiss star, the 21-year-old player from Luxembourg is considered one on the rise. The left-hander vaulted from 189th to No. 68 in the rankings last year. He was the world's No. 1 junior in 2001.

Hewitt, the Indian Wells champion in 2002 and 2003, was knocked out in the third round by Juan Ignacio Chela last year. Hewitt has won 21 of the 26 matches he's played in the desert tournament.

He was generally pleased with his play against Llodra.

"The first set I was in total control, so there wasn't a whole heap of pressure serving out the first set," Hewitt said. "The second set, obviously I played a good tiebreak. He definitely picked up his game, though, in the second set."

Copyright 2004 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

fightclubber
03-16-2005, 05:18 AM
An interview with:



ROGER FEDERER

Q. You won in two sets but it seems you had to work for it.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, you know, that's my -- when I go into a match, that's what I think about, you know, it's going to be a tough one, even though maybe I'm the big favorite and my opponent hasn't played many of the big matches on big courts around the world.

But I thought I had the match under control all the time, you know. Maybe the match took longer for 6-3, 6-2 than it usually does, but that's because I missed I think many chances and we had a couple of long games on his serve and my serve. That was the reason.

But I always felt in total control. That's what I was hoping for.

Q. You have a variety in your game. Many players today think the only way to really grow their game is to stay back. How did you get into that mode where you had options in this game?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I had the feeling with the one-handed backhand you almost have to mix it up because the double-handed backhands, they're so consistent, just more consistent than the one-handed backhand. You don't want to go into the backhand cross-court rallies with them. This way you have to mix it up and sometimes shorten up the points, like Llodra did against Hewitt today. You've just got to take chances.

I've learned the game this way. I've always tried to build it up around my serve and my forehand. You know, if I'm really playing well, I have many opportunities to really come to the net. So I'm happy I have this option because maybe in the long run this is going to help me out to have a longer career.

Q. Is this next round kind of worrisome to you? I saw the match at the Olympics, Berdych seems to hit every line. Ljubicic has had a couple finals. Is this a little different this early in a tournament to look up and see that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's not that early. After all, early is first, second round. It's really the third. I've spent time on center court. I'm used to the conditions. I'm feeling well, two quite comfortable matches for me so far. Now I would say I'm ready for a player of this caliber, you know. I would have been ready also before that, but there maybe I wouldn't have known exactly mentally am I feeling that well to beat these guys right now on the day. I think now I'm more secure if I would have to play them.

I mean, I favor Ljubicic for tonight's match, you know, just because he's been winning many more matches than Berdych. But no matter what for me, I will get a tougher opponent. So it will be interesting for me my next round match tomorrow.

Q. How important are the rivalries in tennis? Which ones did you follow when you were a kid?

ROGER FEDERER: Becker and Edberg. This was my favorite.

Q. How about sort of the importance to the game, how important it is? Seems like we have them now a little bit.

ROGER FEDERER: The rivalries? I think it's just important that your favorite player makes it as far as possible in every tournament, you know, that he comes through to the finals, you know, that you gets I would say the TV time for the ones that look up to them. That's what Becker was. He was always playing well at maybe the most important tournament. Wimbledon, for instance, I would watch that the most, the most closely. He was always there. Maybe that's one of the reasons why he was one of my favorite players. He's from Germany. I'm from Switzerland. We're neighbors. I think that made a difference for me, you know, him being my favorite player.

Q. What makes a great rivalry?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, you've got to play each other often on the big matches. I don't know if a rivalry you need one time the one wins, one time the other wins. I'm not sure about that. I just think you've got to play each other often on the big matches, like I said.

That's what we've been doing, the Masters Cup, Australian Open. The ones I played in the last Grand Slam finals I won was Marat, Andy and Lleyton. So that's definitely a good sign for the future.

Q. Besides playing frequently, what are the other elements that makes a compelling rivalry?

ROGER FEDERER: You have to write good stories. You have to help us out, as well. I think marketing, you know. You've got to do it. Otherwise the fans won't even know that we have a tournament in the city. Everybody has to play according to the same rules, otherwise it's just not going to work.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports
from IW P Life site

ytben
03-16-2005, 05:33 AM
Silvy, thank you so much for the interview :kiss:

babsi
03-16-2005, 06:53 AM
Good morning, everyone :)

Nice and sunny spring weather hear in the middle of Germany :)

Thank you, Silvy - for the interview :)



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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

SUKTUEN
03-16-2005, 02:42 PM
thankyou :worship:

Puschkin
03-17-2005, 08:35 AM
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/players/interviews/interviews/05_FEDERER10.asp
Post match Interview: IW 4th round

An interview with:


ROGER FEDERER

Q. Did you enjoy the match? What do you think of the quality of the match?

ROGER FEDERER: Hmm, what can I say? I think this was definitely one of the best matches I've played against him this year, very clear. I felt good off the baseline, solid on the serve. Just only got one chance really to break him.

Missed a few, maybe to get a few more breakpoints. He kept the pressure on. Definitely won the crucial points in the end in the breaker. That made the difference today.

But, you know, it's kind of a very different match today. It was kind of cold, in a huge stadium. Even though people are there, it feels kind of empty. It was kind of a quiet atmosphere.

But you have to be top of your game, especially against him. You know it's such an important match, if you're looking ahead of this summer, you don't want to lose suddenly after winning three times against him.

I'm very happy and relieved that I won in two.

Q. Are you sensing you made a really big change somewhere mentally, came to a point of maturity or realization?

ROGER FEDERER: Very clear, yes. And I think the ones, you know, who followed me for enough time, they see the difference, and when it happened about, how it came along. I just have the feeling that I dig much deeper than I used to. Especially also being a set down, you know, doesn't bother me any more.

I know, you know, you need here now two sets to win, that's what I'm aiming for. Q. What makes him a tough player? He's pretty serious, pretty calm on the court?

ROGER FEDERER: He's very secure, you know, he seems. Doesn't really look like he's going to panic at all. That is definitely a sign of a good poker face, you know. He's got a great first serve. He can serve all four sides, you know, which makes it hard to return. You know, for some I would say his second serve also is tough. You know, he gets up very high. Just seems like he's not missing as much as he used to, you know. He's playing tougher points. That makes him a good player now.

I think he will be a tough guy to beat, you know, this year and hopefully for the future as well for him.

Q. The two guys who have given you the most trouble this year are out of the tournament now, Ljubicic and Safin. You go into your next three matches, you've beaten the players routinely. How do you get to the point tonight where you were yelling c'mon to get the inner fire going?

ROGER FEDERER: I'll be struggling for tomorrow's motivation, that's for sure (smiling).

No, really, I'm so motivated for this tournament; I really like it very much. I want to defend this title, you know, to play good on the big points like tonight, that really makes me feel great. So I'll fall asleep nice and easily tonight. Just have to make sure I'm ready for tomorrow.

He's been playing great, you know, my opponent I'm facing. Just because maybe I've beaten them in the past doesn't mean tomorrow's going to be the same way. If Ljubicic and Safin are out, for me it doesn't change anything for me in the draw. There's still so many great players. The best are through. That's just the way it is. If the draw would have been different, you know, maybe just a few other ones would have been there.

It's the way it is. I'm looking forward because now it's getting really interesting.

Q. Have you been paying attention to Kiefer's results in this tournament. Steamrolled some pretty good players.

ROGER FEDERER: I'm surprised in a way, yeah, because it's so consistent and, like you said, against good players. I've only seen the results. I've seen him in the locker, but I haven't seen one serve. I don't even know how he plays any more (smiling).

We'll see tomorrow.

Q. What is the most satisfying aspect about playing and dominating the way you're doing now?

ROGER FEDERER: You win more often, so that's a lot of fun. Get a lot of fans around the world. Seem to please many people. That's nice. But also that finally maybe the hard work is paying off. I think that's what every other great player says once he gets to the top. It's the same for me. And now it's about maintaining that.

I love being No. 1 in the world, being in these big?occasion matches, playing center court basically every match I play now. That's just unbelievable fun. You cannot imagine.

ytben
03-17-2005, 08:46 AM
Thanks for the interview Puschkin :kiss:

Puschkin
03-17-2005, 09:17 AM
http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/news/new_archive/05_wednesday_federer.asp

Federer Denies Ljubicic For Fourth Time in '05

Roger Federer says he loves being world number one and when he was asked what the most satisfying thing was about his level of play, he smiled and said simply: "Winning." (as an answer to the question what makes Roger tick ;) )

"Seems to please many people and that's nice," said Federer. "But also that finally maybe the hard work is paying off. I think that's what every other great player says once he gets to the top. It's the same for me. And now it's about maintaining that."

The defending champion at the Pacific Life Open scored his fourth win this year over Ivan Ljubicic and like the other three matches, this one was also close, it was 7-6, 7-6. However Federer said he was not nervous or concerned as he was last month in Dubai when he lost the second set to the Croat.

"I think this was definitely one of the best matches I've played against him this year, very clear," said Federer. "You have to be top of your game, especially against him. You know it's such an important match, if you're looking ahead of this summer, you don't want to lose suddenly after winning three times against him. I'm very happy and relieved that I won in two."

Art&Soul
03-17-2005, 12:35 PM
Thanks for posting these Puschkin :) Love his confidence :D

babsi
03-17-2005, 12:43 PM
Thanks,Puschkin :)
That´s the difference,you play to win and not to avoid a loss!

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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

Nocko
03-17-2005, 12:49 PM
Thanks,Puschkin :)
That´s the difference,you play to win and not to avoid a loss!

:yeah:

SUKTUEN
03-17-2005, 02:56 PM
Thankyou :clap2: :clap2:

Puschkin
03-18-2005, 06:30 AM
;) http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/players/interviews/interviews/05_FEDERER11.asp

Post Match Interview, IW, QF

An interview with:


ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Roger.

Q. Did you feel shocked after the first game?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, he played an unbelievable game. Maybe I didn't serve that great. You know, I missed three serves. But that normally doesn't make you lose a game the way I did.

But I expected a tough match because, you know, the way he won his matches, I really thought he's going to play extremely aggressive and that's going to make me work extremely hard, especially on the concentration side. You know, when he started like this, I got a little scared almost.

But right away I calmed down after I broke him back. Then things, you know, got smoother. I got into the match. That was important because, I mean, he missed an easy shot there at 30-All which normally he wouldn't. That kind of maybe changed a bit the momentum of the match.

Q. You played him a lot over the years, lost to him the first couple of times, but you've beat him the last three times. Do you feel like you've finally started to figure him out?

ROGER FEDERER: The matches I lost were always tough and tight. Played him several times on grass. Indoors, as well. I really played him on all surfaces, the second time here. But somehow, you know, in the beginning of my career, my game didn't really match up maybe too well with him because he really runs very well. I would maybe panic quite quickly. From the baseline, I always had the feeling against double-handed players, I wasn't the better player. Now I can turn it around.

I feel very good off the baseline. I'm playing the right shots at the right time. I think that makes a difference. Also my serve has improved so much over the years, this also has made a difference.

But again, next match can be different. For the moment I'm feeling good when I play against Kiefer.

Q. You didn't have a very good game when you served at 5-3 in the first. You reacted immediately the game after. Can you tell us how you manage to forget that kind of accident?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, it was -- it was a very disappointing game for me, to give away a game like this at 5-3, I wasn't happy. But, I don't know, I had the feeling that on his serve, I was reading it well, getting back a lot of his first serves especially. The second serve is usually never as big of a problem against anybody. I had the feeling if I get off to a good start, I could break him immediately, and I did. Played a great shot on set point.

Again, you know, the reaction was good. That's what you've got to keep on doing. I always love to stay ahead. If I can do that, I'm a better player.

Q. You cooled off a pretty hot player today. Where is your level right now? Can you sort of assess where you are?

ROGER FEDERER: I am so far very good. (and they will call him arrogant again ;) ) You know, I haven't lost a set. That is always something good. You know saved energy. I've been really playing well. You know, sometimes you win matches, if you're No. 1 in the world, you still don't feel very happy. But this week has been very good. I like the surface.

Last night against Ljubicic I think maybe was my best match so far. But also tonight, you know, there was a solid performance needed, you know, to get through because he's been playing well. If he gets off to a really good start, he almost had, it might have been tough to beat him.

But turned it around quickly and changed things. So I'm looking forward to the next match because that is going to be a tough one. I've only played him one time and lost. So try to change that. You know, now semifinals, don't like to lose those.

Q. Where was that?

ROGER FEDERER: Toronto a couple years ago, in the heat (smiling).

Q. Last night's match was such a high-level match. The stadium was a third full, it wasn't as loud as it could have been. Were you disappointed there weren't more people out to see that match?

ROGER FEDERER: It was very cold. Many people also left after the first set, which is a little bit disappointing to see. But I understand, you know, it's cold. Maybe there's kids there, elder people who maybe usually go to bed earlier, I don't know. But it's a huge stadium. We should not forget that. You cannot expect that for every match 15,000 people are there when it's so cold, you know.

But I don't know. I thought it was okay. Tonight already many more people stayed. I think it was because of the conditions last night.

fightclubber
03-18-2005, 06:39 AM
Thanks a lot
:worship: :worship:

ytben
03-18-2005, 08:50 AM
Thanks a lot Puschkin :kiss:

Yoda
03-18-2005, 08:58 AM
Cheers Puschkin :yeah:

babsi
03-18-2005, 12:09 PM
Thank you, Puschkin :)

If the people in and around Inian Wells are anything like the folks in Minnesota - they will not stay up past there bed time - come what might :(


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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

avocadoe
03-18-2005, 12:18 PM
espn showed a couple of points from his match against Ivan the night before and wow he was flying. Go Roger....nice win, 2 more, thanks in advance :)

Nocko
03-18-2005, 12:28 PM
THANKS! :worship:

SUKTUEN
03-18-2005, 02:44 PM
Thanks :worship: :worship: :wavey:

Daniel
03-19-2005, 12:52 AM
thanks :)

Daniel
03-19-2005, 05:12 AM
Top Billing is a program where the yshow all the nice things you canget with money, in ter o of hosing and parties, etc so when i watch it i feel depresssed that i dont have any otf that :p anyways, Roger appeared last thursday there talking about his "mansion" somewehere i n South Africa.

This Week on Top Billing ...
17 March 2005 WHAT'S ON:
A soulful songstress visit our shores
Roger Federer puts down South African roots


This Week on Top Billing ...
Roger Federer at Pezula WHAT'S ON:
High above the cliffs along the garden route near Knysna, Pezula Private Estate has recently been voted one of the most environmentally successful developments in the world. Developed into a resort and championship golf course, its exclusive location and facilities have attracted the world’s number one tennis player, Roger Federer. He’s selected a prime piece of land and plans to build a luxury home with unparalleled views.

info by topbilling.com

Art&Soul
03-19-2005, 08:49 AM
Quiet, reserved Federer is more than a typical tennis star
By Jerry Green / The Detroit News

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. -- Most of them are extra tall and wear their hair to their shoulders. The men and the women, both. They speak Russian or Spanish or German as their first language, though the grunts when they hit the tennis balls are identical in any language. They are young, rich, well traveled and terribly pampered.

When the sun shines -- as it usually does here in the California desert -- the athletes are shaded during the rest intervals beneath umbrellas wielded by scurrying youngsters with their own lofty aspirations.

From this collection of athletic aristocrats, Roger Federer has emerged to become the champion of the tennis set. He is genuine, and his game is pure, and he stands in at a normal 6-foot-1.

Federer, in the past year, has become the most dominant athlete in sports. I think of Tiger Woods when he was hot and blistered every golf course. This Federer guy, at age 23, is hotter. :angel:

He is as hot as Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe and Jimmy Connors were -- combined -- during the boom years of tennis. He is as hot as Pete Sampras was when the sport dipped into its decline. As hot as Rod Laver generations ago. As hot as Boris Becker when he arrived with sudden thunder, diving and tumbling and winning at Wimbledon.

"The most talented player I ever laid eyes on," McEnroe often has said publicly to journalists.

And as we all know, John sometimes is prone to dipping into the tart, critical, sarcastic commentary about athletes in the sport he once popularized in America.

Similar to McEnroe? Roger Federer is hardly a John McEnroe. On the court, his body language is well below the demonstrative level displayed by the angry young tennis athletes of years ago. Off the court, to this first-time viewer, he seems quiet and self-effacing.

But he is a championship tennis player. Wimbledon two years ago. Australian, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open last year. Three-quarters of the grand slam in 2004, just like Connors 30 years before. McEnroe never did that. Borg and Sampras never did that. No men's singles player had won three grand slam events in the same year since Mats Wilander in 1988.

And in America, Federer still is woefully under-publicized. He remains relatively unknown except to those who relish the sport so much that they attend matches dressed as wannabees in their own tennis costumes.

Once he broke through at Wimbledon in July of 2003, all of it has been quite simple for Federer. Sort of.

"When I go into a match, that's what I think about, that it's going to be a tough one even though I'm a big favorite," Federer said this week as he dominated another tournament on his championship tour around the world.

He had just rubbed out another opponent, Gilles Muller from Luxembourg, in the Pacific Life Open at the pristine Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The score was 6-3, 6-2. Federer felt he had been challenged -- and perhaps he was.

"I had the match under control all the time," Federer said. "Maybe the match took longer than it usually does. I took too many chances. We had a couple of long games."

Very simple, an account of another crush job.

Roger from Switzerland, playing in his powder-blue shorts and matching tennis shoes, wearing his white headband with the Nike swoosh, and ferociously swinging his red-and-white racquet with the Wilson W etched onto the strings.

These international athletes have become human billboards for American sporting goods purveyors.

Observed from high above the deep purple Stadium 1 Court of the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, Federer displays a tennis game that combines power with deftness and the ability to chase down shots. On the occasional point, he forces himself to dive onto the hard court surface. Something out of Boris Becker.

"You almost have to mix it up, you know?" Federer would say after his victory.

He wows the crowd with a backhand winning shot into a corner. His one-handed backhand, he says proudly later, shunning the two-fisted style now used by most of these tennis vagabonds.

He lambastes his strokes from the backcourt, then wins a set with a drop shot from near the net.

From my perch, Federer reminds me of a crafty pitcher. His serve is clocked at 121 miles an hour, then an ace at 126 miles per -- and then he breaks it up with a twisting first serve clocked at slow-motion 90.

Similar to McEnroe?

There was an obvious bad call the other day. Federer pointed to the where Muller's serve had landed -- out.

Federer muttered a word or two.

After his victory, he discussed his language skills.

"English, French and German," he said, hesitating, then continuing, "Swiss German and some Italian."

What he muttered when he was dismayed was in English.

"Anything," he said.

Becker was the player Federer watched when he was a lad learning tennis in the Swiss city of Basel. Federer would watch as the TV flicked the signal in from Wimbledon in the 1980s.

"He was always there," Federer said. "He was my favorite player. He was from Germany, I'm from Switzerland, you know, we're neighbors."

Federer is 24-1 in his matches this early in 2005. He has already won three tournaments -- the Doha, Rotterdam and Dubai events -- while trotting the globe. He plays today in the semifinals of the Pacific Life Open, a tournament he won last year along with his three grand slam victories.

But it takes four to win the grand slam. And Federer is not destined to win the grand slam this year as Laver did in 1969. Federer missed out by losing in the French last year. His solitary loss this year was in the Australian to Marat Safin, from the Russian contingent.

Some year, the grand slam -- the Australian, French, Wimbledon and the U.S. Opens in succession - will be won again, in one calendar year.

And Roger Federer is just 23, only recently emerged -- and hot. The most talented player John McEnroe ever laid eyes on!

Good article :wavey:

yanchr
03-19-2005, 09:45 AM
Good article :yeah: Thanks Art :)

babsi
03-19-2005, 11:29 AM
Could anyone write a nicer article :) Thank you,Art :)



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Here comes the rain again,falling from the star - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

Nocko
03-19-2005, 12:20 PM
Yeah, it's lovery report. thank you, Art! :hug:

RogiFan88
03-19-2005, 01:00 PM
:wavey:
March 18, 2005
DEUCE Magazine Exclusive Preview

Roger Federer: The Making of a Global Ambassador
by Mark Mathabane

http://www.atptennis.com/shared/graphics/deuce_cover_the_one.jpg

From DEUCE, Spring 2005:
There's little doubt that Roger Federer, blessed with one of the most complete games in tennis history, and possessing a mental toughness so demoralizing to his opponents that it enables him to effortlessly, so it seems, snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, has the potential to become the best player of all-time. It's a potential certified by the keen eyes of such legends as Rod Laver and John McEnroe. More important, it's a potential that has already yielded a remarkable harvest. Since turning professional in 1998, the 24-year-old superstar from Oberwil, Switzerland, has achieved and solidified the ATP World No. 1 ranking, bagged four Grand Slam titles, captured 25 singles titles and garnered an astonishing 16 consecutive finals wins on all surfaces on which the game is played.

But little is known about Roger's other important potential. It's one that, if cultivated with as much passion as he's done his near flawless shot-making, is capable of transforming him into one of the game's most effective global ambassadors. This potential in Roger is best illustrated by revealing the human being behind the superstar. That's what I sought to do when, shortly before the beginning of the Pacific Life Open, I asked him to talk about why he's inspired by the different cultures of the world, and why he feels compelled to use his fame to make a difference in the lives of the poor and less fortunate. He eagerly obliged. “I always enjoy talking this way,” he said, flashing a smile that illumined his playful brown eyes, “instead of always about my tennis.”

Roger began talking fervently about a trip he'd recently made to South Africa, a country where I, and his mother Lynette, were born and raised, incredibly, only about a mile or so apart. But because of apartheid, a political system that mandated the strict segregation of the races, we grew up in circumstances so vastly different we might as well have been denizens of separate planets. Apartheid led Lynette to leave South Africa in 1973 for Switzerland, where Roger was born in Basel on August 8, 1981; it also drove me in 1978, at age 18, to search for freedom and opportunity in America, when Stan Smith, the 1971 Wimbledon champion, helped me get a tennis scholarship.

Roger pointed out that he'd visited South Africa with his parents many times as a child during the apartheid era: to see relatives, to go on safari, and to visit Cape Town, one of the loveliest cities in the world. But he admitted that he'd never been to ghettos like the one I grew up in. Yes, he'd seen the teeming and squalid shacks without running water or electricity from a distance, and he wondered what kind of people lived in such awful places, what their lives were really like, and how they survived.

On his latest visit he found out. Through the 1-year-old Roger Federer Foundation, which has partnered with Imbewu (a Xhosa word for “seed”), an organization of Swiss and South African volunteers, he journeyed to New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. It is one of the most impoverished and overcrowded ghettos in South Africa, where violence, disease and AIDS are maiming and killing countless lives, and where it's not uncommon to see children scavenging for food at garbage dumps to stay alive, like I used to do growing up in a shack in Alexandra, a one-square-mile Johannesburg ghetto which now has a population of more than 500,000 people. The partnership provides 30 children in three schools with uniforms, stationery and two meals a day. In addition, Roger's foundation pays the salaries of three full-time social workers at the local Imbewu.

http://www.atptennis.com

RogiNie
03-19-2005, 01:49 PM
thanx for the articles Art & Rogifan!!

SUKTUEN
03-19-2005, 03:16 PM
Roger is so Handsome in the cover~~!! :inlove: :inlove:

Raquel
03-19-2005, 03:58 PM
Pete Sampras talking about Roger :)

http://www.eurosport.co.uk/home/pages/v4/l2/s57/sport_lng2_spo57_sto662798.shtml

Sampras: "Federer can match my dominance"

Seven-times Wimbledon champion Pete Sampras believes Roger Federer could match his long stint as the world's dominant player. Federer's haul of three majors wins this year - taking his overall tally to four - has prompted suggestions that he could eventually surpass the American's record haul of 14.

"I think so, yes," Sampras, 33, who retired two years ago after beating Andre Agassi to win the U.S. Open, told French sports daily l'Equipe on Wednesday.

"Of course, he can have an off day in a big tournament and be surprised but over the whole season, he is head and shoulders above the others."

"He is the best athlete, the one who moves best on court. What's impressive is that he can play at the highest level without using too much energy while his main rivals use a considerable amount," added Sampras, of the 23-year-old Swiss.

SAME TEMPERAMENT

Sampras said the two had much in common. "There are plenty of similarities. We have the same temperament, the same way of making it look easy.

"He can do just about anything he wants with a racket and he dominates everybody as I did several years before."

Federer, like Sampras, has yet to win the French Open, though, and it may prove just as difficult a mountain to climb.

"There are really so many clay-court specialists who are capable of hitting it heavy from the back of the court that it will be the biggest challenge of his career."

Sampras thinks his fortunes at Roland Garros could have improved if he had tried a racket with a bigger head, which would have given him more power off the slow surface.

"I was really used to mine and I never dared (change). I was too stubborn. I was scared of losing control, that it would take me too long to master it."

Sampras said he had barely picked up a tennis racket of any kind since his epic victory over Agassi at Flushing Meadows crowned his dazzling career.

"There was a little clinic organised by Paul Annacone (his former coach) near here about six months ago. I hit for about 10 minutes."

Sampras, who finished year-end world number one a record six times from 1993 to 1998, said he has no yearning to return to the game on a more regular basis.

"Not at all. I'm offered quite a few opportunities on the seniors tour or exhibitions but it is too early for me, much too early."

He added: "I'm not sick of a sport which made my fortune and my fame. But I am tired of tennis, it was all-consuming. All those years spent winning and keeping my place as number one; it was an enormous stress.

"During my career I never had a really good night's sleep. That all finished at once (after retiring). I started to go to sleep without the least worry in my head, without telling myself that the next day I would have to catch a plane or play a very hard match."

Sampras said he now devoted his time to his wife Bridget and son Christian. He has also found a new sporting passion - poker.

"It's a game that I really like and play quite regularly. When I come to Las Vegas, I can play for six hours in a row. Especially if I'm winning."

SUKTUEN
03-19-2005, 04:22 PM
thankyou~~~ :D

fightclubber
03-19-2005, 06:13 PM
tHANKS TO YOU rOGIFAN i GOT MY NEW AVATAR!
GRACIAS !

babsi
03-19-2005, 06:14 PM
THANK YOU :) :)
RogiFan and Raquel :) :)



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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

fightclubber
03-20-2005, 01:40 AM
federer interview after def cañas from http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/en/players/interviews/interviews/05_federer13.asp

ROGER FEDERER

Q. Is there any part of your game that you're not happy with right now, that you're uncomfortable with?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I'm very happy the way I'm playing. You know, I had to actually fight to actually really play well today. He was giving me a hard time. I had a few tough couple of games. You know, once I got through that, my rhythm really started to pick up and I started to play better.

So very happy the way the match ended. That's very promising for tomorrow.

Q. You have been compared to many of the great players, both in the recent and distant past. Which comparison means the most to you or is the most accurate to you?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, there were so many. If I'm compared with, you know, players who have done great things or great attitude or something like that, that is nice for me, you know. But I'm who I am. I'm not trying to be like somebody else. I think every individual should have their own careers, you know. I think nobody has got the same character, you know, so I'll be remembered as myself, not that I've been compared to somebody else.

Q. You went through when you were younger. You looked across the net and there was Pete Sampras. Now you look across the net, do you sense these guys are intimidated, "This is Roger Federer"?

ROGER FEDERER: No, not yet. Still too young for that (smiling). Pete was 29 or 30 when I looked over to the net. That's intimidating. But 23-year-old, you know, maybe not quite yet.

Q. People talk about your game, how creative it is, how easily and graceful you play. It almost seems sometimes that the mental aspect of your game doesn't get accolades or attention. You seem to never lose control. You always seem to be on.

ROGER FEDERER: If you don't talk about it, you know, it's always a good sign for me. Because it's the same with my footwork or my mental part of the game, we don't talk about it much. But the players I face, they know that they don't just have to watch out for my forehand or my serve on big points.

I think in the end, you've got to feel comfortable with yourself. I have a strong belief that I'm doing the things right, you know, working the right way. I think just this, you know, by itself makes me a better player. I can rely on so many strengths, you know, because if something doesn't go right, maybe a shot, I can compensate with different strengths in my game. I think that's what makes me extremely tough to beat, at the moment especially.

Q. Roger, historically people in your position have raised the level of tennis with opponents who are working really hard to beat you and unseat you. Have you seen some indication that players are getting better playing you and forcing you to stay up?

ROGER FEDERER: I get a sense that maybe some players have changed a little bit their games playing against me, or the way they're entering the matches, they might just not play the way you expect them to play. So I see that sometimes.

But most of the times when it gets tough, the matches, you know, they return to their basic game, and this is when I can still play my own game. For them I think it's tough to switch sometimes. But that's just a feeling I have. I might be wrong. I wouldn't be surprised if, you know, players work harder than ever just to try to catch up.

Q. Can you be more specific? How are they changing their games to play you?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I'm not quite sure. It's just a feeling I have. I cannot be that precise. But maybe they would serve and volley more, they would play more aggressive, more safe, you know. Totally depends on the day. Example, with Roddick, the way he played at the Wimbledon finals, I haven't ever seen him play that aggressive. Then the same actually in Toronto. Then when I played him in Bangkok, it was already very different. He's tried to change things up, but they didn't work. They can always in the future.

Q. Can you talk about your potential opponents tomorrow, Lleyton and Andy.

ROGER FEDERER: What can I say? They're playing right now. That's another exciting match. It's going to be an exciting final no matter who wins. But for me, this is a 50/50 match, even though they play so different. It's quite amazing.

I give a little edge here to Andy here in America. He's playing on home soil. You never underestimate that. But might be wrong. It seems like they're playing well. We have been consistent the last couple of months. So, again, this tournament, Marat's maybe the only one missing or so that he messed up, so they're here. That really shows how consistent they are.

Q. Would you like to see all the Masters Series finals be best-of-five sets to give it that different situation to other tournaments? Some are, some aren't, some change.

ROGER FEDERER: I'm just not a big fan of being controlled by TV. They say, "We've got three hours. Best-of-five." "We have two hours, best-of-three." I just believe it should be the same in all Masters Series finals, no matter if it's best-of-five or best-of-three.

Q. To make it special, it should be best-of-five in the finals?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, it definitely makes it more special. Look how tough it is to bounce back from a final in Rome and go play Hamburg two days later. I mean, you're traveling the following day. So that just makes it very hard to say. The same thing, in my eyes, Grand Slams. It's an open five-setter at the end of all Grand Slams except at the US Open, where it's a tiebreaker. I don't understand those rules either.

FastScripts by ASAP Sports

onm684
03-20-2005, 05:10 AM
Roger is so Handsome in the cover~~!! :inlove: :inlove:
I agree with you.
Thank you, Rogifan.:worship: I love the cover.
He is so cool! :hearts:

SUKTUEN
03-20-2005, 06:39 AM
I will to bye the maginzine~~ :D

RogiFan88
03-20-2005, 09:47 PM
Pacific Life Open News

Federer Fantastic in Final
The genius that is Roger Federer was on display for all to pay homage to. The world number one claimed his second consecutive Pacific Life Open by defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-4, 6-4 in one hour 52 minutes.

The returns that Federer played almost defied imagination. Glorious winners were struck from every corner of the court. Balls were flicked over the net and landed dead. He would stride the width of the court and crack a return down the line or cross court with such ease.

Hewitt didn't play his best tennis, he was missing some bread and butter shots but very often returns that he did play would have been winners against every other player, however against Swiss precision they were coming back at him as winners. It was phenomenal.

But if this final was to be remembered for one thing it would be the point in the third game of the second set. Hewitt was serving and down break point. The two men became engaged in a rally that saw the ball sent side to side and back and forth. Lobs were chased down and volleys were salvaged from an opponent's shoelaces.

Hewitt finally won the point and in hitting the last return stumbled and was left sitting on the court. The point with about 40 strokes was over and the crowd rose in unison like a tidal wave at its peak. For a minute there was a standing ovation. Points like that need to be bottled and savored.

As does the brilliance of Roger Federer.

fightclubber
03-20-2005, 11:14 PM
roger interview after def hewitt


INTERVIEWS

An interview with:



ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Roger Federer.

Q. Where are you going to put that trophy?

ROGER FEDERER: Not sure. Not sure if I get it actually. It's so big. I don't know how it is for traveling.

Q. Did you get the other one?

ROGER FEDERER: Not that I know. You get the Masters Series shield, Waterford Crystal. I guess this is for the pictures, that's my feeling.

Q. You're playing so well right now. What drives or motivates you to continue on from where you are right now?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. I have no problem for motivation, of course. It's always been my dream to be the best, really. Now I am, so I'm enjoying it. The more victories you can get, the better you feel.

I'm very happy with this week. You know, I've been playing great tennis. Didn't lose a set. It really shows. I mean, I don't want to say I bounced back after Dubai, because I won that event, but I was really struggling with the rhythm over there. It was tough. You know, back-to-back tournaments, Rotterdam and Dubai, I really needed a break. South Africa was very important. You can see it here. It paid off.

Very happy it did. Now I'm looking forward to Miami, of course.

Q. It seems like, except for Safin, you don't have any great rivals right now. You've beaten Lleyton seven times in a row. He's only won two out of 27. He's a guy a couple years ago you had trouble. When you go out against the elite players, motivation-wise, what gets you going?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't quite agree it's only Marat, you know, he's got a chance just because he beat me last time. I have a great record against him, as well. Don't forget that, please (smiling).

I think Lleyton wasn't at his best today. I felt that very clearly, very quickly, as well. I was definitely using that to my advantage. So who knows, if Lleyton would have been better off today, it would have been a very different match, I think.

I have great respect for him, playing all the way through the match, because I really had the feeling he was hurting, and he had to change up his game to actually have a slight chance today, and he did. That's a lot of credit to him. You know, he's a great, great fighter. I like playing him.

Q. Do you know about his toe?

ROGER FEDERER: I haven't seen it, but I know about it, yeah. I didn't know it was the toe during the match, but I saw he was struggling, something with his foot or his leg. I don't know, that's maybe also something I'm good about. I see very quickly when my opponent has got some sort of a problem.

It definitely changed the setup to the match, you know, because normally against him, you really want to go -- he wants to get into the long rallies with me, make you work extremely hard. Then he had times again when he's just teeing off, and that's not the Lleyton I know. I got that feeling very quickly, and I just had to really focus on my serve.

Q. Was it early in the first set?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. Midway through the first set, I started feeling like he's got some sort of a problem.

Q. People have been very quick to talk about Grand Slams, greatest player. You've defrayed that pretty well. 17 tournaments in a row, a record by some margin, that has to be a record that means something.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, all the finals in a row, that's fantastic. I didn't have a great record in the beginning of my career in finals. I lost more than winning them. I remember I had a good record in Juniors, as well. I was very disappointed to have a bad one in the beginning of my pro career.

Somehow I turned it around. Of course, now more and more I start thinking about it. It puts pressure on yourself. Plus, you know, always the last couple of finals I've played, except the Ljubicic finals, many other Top 10 players, like Marat, Andy and Lleyton, that added another pressure on top of it because I had such a great record against Top 10 players, and I still have. Today I was playing for a lot of things. To come through, it's very special, especially the first Masters Series of the year.

Q. Are you slightly disappointed not to have won that point, being a perfectionist?

ROGER FEDERER: I'm happy I lost it. No, it was a great point, one of my best in my life. During a final against Lleyton, you know, that is fantastic. That it ended up the way it did, it was a winner from his or my racquet, whatever, was great. That it didn't finish off in an error, I think that made it special. It was also a breakpoint, adding on top of it. We were both tired I think after that rally.

Q. The reaction of the crowd?

ROGER FEDERER: It was good. Standing ovation. It's fantastic. That was an unbelievable point.

Q. Do you realize during playing the point that it's an unbelievable one? Do you have two things in your mind, playing the point and realizing at the same time it's not a point like the other one? During the point, do you realize it's not a normal point, or you're so focused?

ROGER FEDERER: It started off normal, you know, just a regular rally, backhand cross-court, a couple of good shots. Crowd got into it. He starts dropshotting. You're like, "Okay, this is getting interesting." He gives me the lob. I just run back and I hope I stay in the rally. Hit a good lob. He gets an unbelievable angle on his, kind of an overhead. This is when you really know, "This is my chance to win the point." It starts all over again. You have to run back.

I really got surprised the way I got the second one back, back towards the net. I really knew on the last forehand on the run, "This is my last chance because I'm not coming back after this forehand." It was a 50/50 chance for him, and he took the right side. I hit it well. He could have missed it. He did well. That was a fantastic point, a lot of fun.

Q. Playing with your back to the net, was that your --

ROGER FEDERER: He was moving backward. I had to put the ball over quick enough to get it low. I was surprised with the result. I know I can play that shot, so...

Q. Everything going so perfectly right now. Obviously you're avoiding the question about the Grand Slam records. Is there any unfinished business before you start focusing on breaking some Slams?

ROGER FEDERER: No, for me every tournament is important. Of course, Grand Slams are the big stage. But for me this tournament is huge, as well. Then you have tournaments close to your heart. Other ones you want to win. So definitely it would be nice, you know, to win the French and complete I would say the Grand Slam. But to get the chance to win all four in a row, you know, let's say in one year, you have to wait another few months.

That maybe, you know, is good that we don't talk about that too much. That is not something I'm really aiming for, to break somebody's record on Grand Slams. If it happens, it's extraordinary. But if it doesn't, you know, I still believe I'm having a good career so far, still far away from actually hanging up the racquet against the wall and walking away from tennis.

Still got a lot of tennis left in me. I just hope I'm still healthy. Then I can maybe break a couple of records, we'll see.

Q. What records are out there that impress you?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, like what Borg did at Wimbledon, how many times Pete finished No. 1 in the world, yeah. The best of the best, so.

Q. Are there any that you'd like to have a chance to chase?

ROGER FEDERER: No, not really, no.

Q. Does Andre's record of winning all four slams on four different surfaces, how impressive is that? Is that something you'd like to achieve?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think the way he did it was quite amazing. You know, he never thought he will win Wimbledon with his game, because by then you had the big servers. I think it was his first Grand Slam he won, so that's unbelievable. And in the end where everybody thought it was over, he came back and won the French, being down two sets to love. Kind of maybe a little bit of a surprise to him as well that he actually won all four. But he did well by doing it.

It really is something for the history books, you know, if you can win all four because you have so many - how should I say - experts on all surfaces, maybe except the grass really because we hardly ever play on it. But it's so tough to win always on clay or just on the hard courts. The conditions also make it tough, you know, to win them all. Sometimes just luck on one tournament, you've won it, and you never have to think about it again. Some, it never seems like it's going to happen. We'll see at the end.

onm684
03-20-2005, 11:20 PM
Thank you, Silvy.

Yoda
03-20-2005, 11:31 PM
Cheers Silvy ;)

raphael
03-21-2005, 03:39 AM
March 20, 2005

Heroes' Heroes: Roger Federer, Wimbledon champion and world No 1, on Boris Becker



TEARS and Wimbledon finals: I guess for me, after failing to keep a grip on my emotions as Sue Barker interviewed me minutes after collecting my first title on Centre Court, the two will be forever linked. Yet I’m informed by my parents that I was crying about the outcome of a previous final 15 years before my 2003 triumph. The reason? My first sporting hero, Boris Becker, had been beaten.
To a six-year-old, defeat all seemed so tragic. How was I to know that Becker would go on to win his third Wimbledon title a year later? Or that he would also collect the champion’s trophies at the Australian Open twice and the US Open? Or that five-and-a- half years after he first threw himself to victory on that most beautiful of tennis lawns, he would finally become the world’s No 1 ranked tennis player? I hadn’t even started playing tennis back then, but I knew that where I came from, Boris was everybody’s favourite player.



As I became more knowledgeable about tennis, I came to appreciate the man who beat my hero was another great player. Stefan Edberg was a wonderful stylist of the art of serve and volley and one of the most fluent athletes ever to play the game. Friends tried to persuade me that Edberg’s game was classier than Becker’s and more akin to my style. If I wanted a hero, it should be the Swede whose kicked serve and backhand were supreme. I understood what they were saying and did not need any prompting to respect Edberg. Nevertheless, Becker was still the man for me.

Look at the way he took the sport by surprise. He was just 17 when he won that first title in 1985. But Becker’s game was immense. It was the era of ‘Boom Boom’ and nobody was able to stand in his way.

With my home town of Basel situated on the Rhine, it’s hardly surprising that the German influence is strong, and the more I became aware of tennis, the more Becker’s fame struck me. Then, as indeed now, he had an immense presence whenever you saw him on the television. Not just playing tennis, but even being interviewed, he seemed to fill up the screen and look every inch a star. He played in the same way, he did everything big and must have been so intimidating to play against.

I have confronted him only once on the court, in an exhibition match for charity in Geneva 18 months ago. It was an ambition fulfilled, although I had already got to know him a little. To be told he admires my tennis is a boost and I feel touched that he says so many nice things about me.

I am not alone when I say that Wimbledon is the most special place in tennis for me. Although I revere the feats of Pete Sampras in winning seven years out of eight as a magnificent achievement, it is the memory of those three consecutive Becker finals with Edberg that set my imagination racing and put me on course to where I am today

babsi
03-21-2005, 11:18 AM
Thank you, RogiFan,Silvy and raphael :) :) :)



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Here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Billie Joe Armstrong)

RogiNie
03-21-2005, 01:49 PM
thanx for the articles :worship:

RonE
03-21-2005, 01:59 PM
Thank you so much for the interviews and that bit about Becker was really touching to read :)

ytben
03-22-2005, 03:09 AM
Thank you so much for the article Raphael. The article seems written by Rogi himself? :eek: :D For which publication was it, just curious.

raphael
03-22-2005, 03:57 AM
no. it was an interview written in first person.

WyveN
03-22-2005, 05:38 AM
thanks for all the articles, that one about becker was very interesting

Mrs. B
03-22-2005, 07:31 AM
thanks! :wavey:

raphael
03-22-2005, 08:49 AM
Tennis: Federer's dominance has opponents scratching their heads


INDIAN WELLS, United States : After he turned pro in 1998, Roger Federer fretted about his poor track record in finals.

But with a remarkable run of 17 consecutive wins in finals he has appeared in, the only thing the world number one worries about these days is setting new records.



"I didn't have a great record in the beginning of my career in finals. I lost more than I won," said the Swiss superstar who beat Lleyton Hewitt in the final of the Indian Wells Masters Series event on Sunday.

"I remember I had a good record in finals in juniors. I was very disappointed to have a bad one in the beginning of my pro career.

"Somehow I turned it around. To come through here is very special, especially in my first Masters Series of the year."

Indeed, Federer earned his seventh title in his last eight tournaments dating back to the US Open.

When Marat Safin upset Federer to win the Australian earlier this year it sparked talk of a rivalry among the top four players in the world -- Federer, Safin, Hewitt and Andy Roddick.

But the 23-year-old Federer showed once again on Sunday just how huge the gap is by dismantling No 2 Hewitt in straight sets.

A bewildered Hewitt could only stand on centre court and scratch his head after losing to Federer for the seventh straight time, including the 2004 US Open final.

"It is not like he's doing something freaky out there," Australian Hewitt said.

"If you want to be the best player in the world you've got to look at where the benchmark is and he's set it pretty high right at the moment."

American tennis fans have finally started to warm up to Federer and are coming to realize his Tiger Woods-like dominance is something to marvel at.

He and Hewitt were given a standing ovation by the Indian Wells crowd after a stunning 45-shot rally in which the point was eventually won by the Aussie.

"You don't normally get a standing ovation," Hewitt said. "Maybe after you win a Davis Cup final or something. Not normally after a point, especially when both of you are not from America."

Still Federer was perplexed by the sight of a near empty main Indian Wells stadium when he beat red-hot Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in two tiebreakers in a night match.

"Many people left after the first set which is a little bit disappointing to see," Federer said. "It was kind of a quiet atmosphere. It was cold. Maybe there is kids there, elder people who usually go to bed earlier. I don't know.

"It is a huge stadium. Even though there are people there it feels kind of empty."

Federer is so dominant that his opponents are having to raise the level of their games and working harder than ever to try and beat him.

"I sense that some players have changed a bit when they play me," Federer said. "They would serve and volley more or play more aggressive or more safe.

"An example is Roddick, the way he played at the Wimbledon finals. I haven't seen him be that aggressive. Then the same in Toronto and in Bangkok. It was always very different. He's tried to change things up but they didn't work. For them I think it is tough to switch."

Federer is a master at taking players out of their comfort zones, forcing them to panic in tight situations.

"I went for it a little bit more than I probably had to," Hewitt said of the Indian Wells final. "He makes you go for that little bit extra every time because he really does cut off the angles extremely well."

Up next for Federer is the ATP Masters Series tournament in Key Biscayne, Florida this week where he has been seeded first. Roddick is the next highest seed after Hewitt withdrew with a foot injury.

Asked if there is any unfinished business to take care of this year besides defending the 11 titles he won last year, Federer said he looks forward to the challenge of playing in the French Open which begins May 23.

"You have tournaments close to your heart," Federer said. "Other ones you want to win. Definitely it would be nice to win the French and complete, I would say, the Grand Slam. This is not something I am really aiming at to break somebody's record on Grand Slams. If it happens, it's extraordinary. But if it doesn't I still believe I'm having a good career so far. I am still far away from hanging the racquet against the wall and walking away from tennis.

"I just hope I stay healthy. Then maybe I can break a couple of records, we will see."

gph05

- AFP

babsi
03-22-2005, 09:42 AM
Thank you, silvy and raphael :) :)



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here comes the rain again,falling from the stars - drenched in my pain again,becoming who we are (Bilie Joe Armstrong)

RogiNie
03-22-2005, 01:13 PM
thanx raphael!

Nocko
03-22-2005, 01:45 PM
:worship: raphael :worship:

SUKTUEN
03-22-2005, 02:09 PM
:worship: ;) :worship: :worship: thanks

Mrs. B
03-22-2005, 05:48 PM
:banana:

Federer is "The One"

Roger Federer will be presented with the 2004 Player of the Year Award when he is honored among the game's finest players and tournaments at a new event called Stars for Stars – A Celebration of Tennis Excellence on the eve of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami on March 22. Federer is also a nominee for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and popular Fans' Favorite Award Presented by RICOH, as voted by visitors to ATPtennis.com. Award nominees. Federer successfully defended his Pacific Life Open title on Sunday, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. The win marked his 17th consecutive in a final and propelled him passed $15 million in career earnings.


from the atp website

Mrs. B
03-22-2005, 05:51 PM
partial article. subscribe! :p

Roger Federer: The Making of a Global Ambassador
by Mark Mathabane

From DEUCE, Spring 2005:
There's little doubt that Roger Federer, blessed with one of the most complete games in tennis history, and possessing a mental toughness so demoralizing to his opponents that it enables him to effortlessly, so it seems, snatch victory from the jaws of defeat, has the potential to become the best player of all-time. It's a potential certified by the keen eyes of such legends as Rod Laver and John McEnroe. More important, it's a potential that has already yielded a remarkable harvest. Since turning professional in 1998, the 24-year-old superstar from Oberwil, Switzerland, has achieved and solidified the ATP World No. 1 ranking, bagged four Grand Slam titles, captured 25 singles titles and garnered an astonishing 16 consecutive finals wins on all surfaces on which the game is played.

But little is known about Roger's other important potential. It's one that, if cultivated with as much passion as he's done his near flawless shot-making, is capable of transforming him into one of the game's most effective global ambassadors. This potential in Roger is best illustrated by revealing the human being behind the superstar. That's what I sought to do when, shortly before the beginning of the Pacific Life Open, I asked him to talk about why he's inspired by the different cultures of the world, and why he feels compelled to use his fame to make a difference in the lives of the poor and less fortunate. He eagerly obliged. “I always enjoy talking this way,” he said, flashing a smile that illumined his playful brown eyes, “instead of always about my tennis.”

Roger began talking fervently about a trip he'd recently made to South Africa, a country where I, and his mother Lynette, were born and raised, incredibly, only about a mile or so apart. But because of apartheid, a political system that mandated the strict segregation of the races, we grew up in circumstances so vastly different we might as well have been denizens of separate planets. Apartheid led Lynette to leave South Africa in 1973 for Switzerland, where Roger was born in Basel on August 8, 1981; it also drove me in 1978, at age 18, to search for freedom and opportunity in America, when Stan Smith, the 1971 Wimbledon champion, helped me get a tennis scholarship.

Roger pointed out that he'd visited South Africa with his parents many times as a child during the apartheid era: to see relatives, to go on safari, and to visit Cape Town, one of the loveliest cities in the world. But he admitted that he'd never been to ghettos like the one I grew up in. Yes, he'd seen the teeming and squalid shacks without running water or electricity from a distance, and he wondered what kind of people lived in such awful places, what their lives were really like, and how they survived.

On his latest visit he found out. Through the 1-year-old Roger Federer Foundation, which has partnered with Imbewu (a Xhosa word for “seed”), an organization of Swiss and South African volunteers, he journeyed to New Brighton, Port Elizabeth. It is one of the most impoverished and overcrowded ghettos in South Africa, where violence, disease and AIDS are maiming and killing countless lives, and where it's not uncommon to see children scavenging for food at garbage dumps to stay alive, like I used to do growing up in a shack in Alexandra, a one-square-mile Johannesburg ghetto which now has a population of more than 500,000 people. The partnership provides 30 children in three schools with uniforms, stationery and two meals a day. In addition, Roger's foundation pays the salaries of three full-time social workers at the local Imbewu.

RogiNie
03-22-2005, 07:10 PM
thanx Bebop! :bounce:

*M*
03-22-2005, 07:22 PM
:banana:

Federer is "The One"
Should we start referring to him as "Neo"? Maybe he really does see things in slow motion. I bet he can dodge bullets, too! :)

Daniel
03-22-2005, 10:52 PM
Federer lies in wait for Henman

I was disappointed with my last match in Indian Wells but I've got a chance to make amends

Tim Henman has been handed a tricky draw for the Nasdaq-100 Open in Miami, which begins on Wednesday.
The 30-year-old could face world number one Roger Federer in the last eight of the year's second Masters Series event.

The British number one, seeded sixth, has a bye in the first round before taking on former world number 11 Sjeng Schalken or Argentina's Juan Monaco.

Greg Rusedski will face a qualifier in round one before a potential meeting with Sweden's Thomas Johansson.

Henman admits he must get to grips with the difficult conditions if he is to make progress in Miami.

Temperatures are expected to soar to over 30C during the tournament.

MIAMI TOP SEEDS
1. Roger Federer
2. Andy Roddick
3. Marat Safin
4. Guillermo Coria
5. Carlos Moya
6. Tim Henman
7. Gaston Gaudio
8. David Nalbandian
POSSIBLE QUARTER-FINALS
Federer v Henman
Coria v Gaudio
Nalbandian v Safin
Moya v Roddick

"It's very challenging playing in Miami because of the heat and humidity, which is a tough combination," said Henman.

"It can also be very windy so I need to have a realistic expectation of how cleanly I should be hitting the ball."

Henman's world ranking slipped one place to seventh after he fell to Guillermo Canas in the quarter-finals of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells.

However, the 30-year-old could move up again if he can better last year's second-round appearance in Miami.

"I was a bit disappointed with my last match in Indian Wells," Henman told his official website.

"But I'm fortunate that I've got a chance to make amends in another Masters Series event so soon afterwards.

Unfortunately I feel Federer is going to win. I say unfortunately because I think his dominance is getting so boring

From Dl
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"I've still got a few days to work on my game before I play and I'm hoping to make the most of that time to be in the best possible shape by the time my first match rolls around."

Federer, fresh from his victory in Indian Wells on Sunday, awaits the winner of the first-round match between big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic and a qualifier.

World number two Lleyton Hewitt, beaten by Federer in the Indian Wells final, has pulled out of the tournament because of a toe injury.

TenHound
03-22-2005, 11:57 PM
It would be nice if the clown who wrote the article for the new ATP public relations rag Deuce did he homework. Idiotboy, Roger is not 24, he's 23 thank you very much. He was born in Aug '81........so he's just barely 23-1/2.

Shy
03-23-2005, 12:16 AM
It would be nice if the clown who wrote the article for the new ATP public relations rag Deuce did he homework. Idiotboy, Roger is not 24, he's 23 thank you very much. He was born in Aug '81........so he's just barely 23-1/2.
Sometimes, I forget that he is only 23.

fightclubber
03-23-2005, 01:25 AM
:banana:

Federer is "The One"

Roger Federer will be presented with the 2004 Player of the Year Award when he is honored among the game's finest players and tournaments at a new event called Stars for Stars – A Celebration of Tennis Excellence on the eve of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami on March 22. Federer is also a nominee for the Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award and popular Fans' Favorite Award Presented by RICOH, as voted by visitors to ATPtennis.com. Award nominees. Federer successfully defended his Pacific Life Open title on Sunday, defeating Lleyton Hewitt 6-2, 6-4, 6-4. The win marked his 17th consecutive in a final and propelled him passed $15 million in career earnings.


from the atp website
couldnt find any news about this yet. Maybe the ceremony is held now? No tv coverage here... maybe we will see it on the next atp programm
??
silvy

fightclubber
03-23-2005, 01:41 AM
ATP Masters Series-Miami Preview: Fearing Federer


Posted on March 22, 2005

http://www.tennis-x.com/images/players/federer_press2.jpgSwaggering Federer Attempts First Masters Series-Miami Win

Lleyton Hewitt is out with a bad toe, but Andre Agassi is back with a healed toe. Marat Safin is trying to shake off a bad week in Indian Wells, while Mark Philippoussis is trying to shake a bad 15 months. Roger Federer, just to check in, is still playing tennis like a man among boys.

Thus things get underway tomorrow at the Nasdaq-100 Open, the Masters Series-Miami, which save for Hewitt features the majority of the players in the Top 75 on the ATP Rankings, and then some. Ninety-six players (with qualifiers and wildcards) take to the court this week, but all eyes will be on Federer, who at this rate could clinch the year-end No. 1 ranking by May -- or was it decided before play kicked off in January?

So dominant has the all-court game of the Swiss been over the first three months of the year, with four titles, most recently last week at the MS-Indian Wells, that for chasers Andy Roddick, Hewitt, and Marat Safin, the No. 2 ranking is now the top prize in men's tennis for 2005.
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Safin remains the last player to beat Federer, in January at the Australian Open, but the Swiss says the big Russian does not necessarily head the challengers.

"I don't quite agree it's only Marat, you know, he's got a chance just because he beat me last time," Federer said.

With confidence bordering on arrogance, the Swiss is of late taking a page out of Serena Williams' book, quick to remind that he has beaten Safin in six of their eight meetings.

"I have a great record against him, as well," Federer says with a smile. "Don't forget that, please."

You almost expect the Swiss to launch into an explanation of what a great actor and fashion designer he is.

But back to the tennis, Federer has been dominant with four titles already through mid-March.

Need more? After last year's record season with three slam titles, in 2005 Federer is off to a personal-best 26-1 start, and is 42-1 since the 2004 Olympics.

More? Federer has won three of the past four ATP Masters Series tournaments he has contested, and an Open Era-record 17 consecutive tournament finals.

"No mas!" as they would say in Miami.

"All the finals in a row, that's fantastic," Federer said. "I didn't have a great record in the beginning of my career in finals. I lost more than winning them. I remember I had a good record in juniors, as well. I was very disappointed to have a bad one in the beginning of my pro career. Somehow I turned it around. Of course, now more and more I start thinking about it. It puts pressure on yourself."

This week in Miami the world No. 1 will feel the pressure as has been granted a draw that is by no means easy, with potential land mines in his two opening matches before facing either Tommy Haas, Mario "Baby Goran" Ancic or Mardy Fish in the round of 16, not to mention Tim Henman (who handed Club Fed one of his few losses in 2004) or Joachim "The Jackhammer" Johansson in the quarterfinals.

Here is the quarter-by-quarter breakdown for version 2005 of the Masters Series-Miami:

Top Quarter
Seeds: (1) Roger Federer, (6) Tim Henman, (10) Joachim Johansson, (16) Tommy Haas, (18) Mario Ancic, (23) Radek Stepanek, (28) Juan Ignacio Chela, (30) Paradorn Srichaphan
Floaters: Ivo Karlovic, Mardy Fish, Julien Benneteau, Juan Monaco

A few potential challenges for Federer as mentioned above, with huge-serving "Dr." Ivo Karlovic likely in his opener (all the seeds receive first-round byes) and then No. 30 seed Paradorn "The Thai Fighter" Srichaphan before meeting the big boys in either Haas or Ancic (or Fish, who as they say, is "due"). Henman, the second-highest seed in the quarter, could be up against it from the start in an opener against Argentine Army member Juan "The Principality" Monaco, who last year in Miami upset Joachim "The Jackhammer" Johansson and Guga Kuerten. Other opening-round matches of note in the section are Fish vs. a qualifier (winner to face (16) Haas), French comer Julien "United Colors of" Benneteau vs. Sargis "Sarge" Sargsian (winner to get a gift vs. (23) Stepanek), and undercooked American wildcard "The" Donald Young vs. a qualifier (winner to face (28) Juan Ignacio "The Spitting Snake" Chela). If "The Jackhammer" Johansson has healed from his shoulder problems of late, the big-serving Swede would be a tester for Club Fed in the quarters.

Second Quarter
Seeds: (4) Guillermo Coria, (7) Gaston Gaudio, (9) Andre Agassi, (15) Fernando Gonzalez, (19) Feliciano Lopez, (22) Nicolas Kiefer, (27) Sebastien Grosjean, (31) Taylor Dent
Floaters: Florian Mayer, Mark Philippoussis, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Tomas Berdych

Agassi, Gonzalez and Dent are salivating at their chances here, with the Argentines Gaudio and the recovering-from-injury Coria not scaring anyone. Dent and Coria should meet in the third round, with Gaudio granted a cake walk at least until a fourth-round confrontation with Agassi or Feliciano "F-Lo" Lopez. Opening-round match-ups to watch for are (22) Kiefer vs. Florian "Oscar" Mayer in an all-German (if Mayer can bypass a qualifier in his opener), wildcard car-crash Mark Philippoussis vs. a qualifier (winner to face (15) Fernando "Gonzo" Gonzalez), (9) Agassi in a potential second-rounder vs. the confidence-riding Paul-Henri Mathieu who has tested the American in both their meetings, and (19) F-Lo vs. Tomas "I Beat Federer in '04" Berdych in a potential second-rounder. If Agassi's toe is truly healed, the American doesn't face a whole lot of resistance in reaching the quarterfinals versus likely opponents Dent or Gonzalez.

Third Quarter
Seeds: (3) Marat Safin, (8) David Nalbandian, (11) Guillermo Canas, (14) Nikolay Davydenko, (17) Mikhail Youzhny, (20) Andrei Pavel, (26) Dominik Hrbaty, (32) Xavier Malisse
Floaters: Jurgen Melzer, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Gael Monfils, Thomas Enqvist

Perhaps the weakest quarter, a couple players could go for the steal depending on which Marat Safin and which David Nalbandian show up. Safin won the Australian, then bombed out in the first round at Dubai and early at Indian Wells, claiming he played his "worst match ever." Nalbandian likewise did well at the Australian but then lost early at Marseille, Rotterdam and Indian Wells, where he was pasted by Nicolas Kiefer. Safin has a safe opener against the too-streaky Irakli "Freak Show" Labadze, who is apparently in the midst of passing a kidney stone (ouch) or the struggling-with-injury Younes El Aynaoui. Nalbandian on the other hand has a tricky opener against giant-killer Jurgen "Tuna" Melzer. Other openers to look for are the former No. 1 Ferrero vs. American wildcard Brendan Evans (winner to face (11) Canas), wildcard Gael "Force" Monfils vs. Michael Llodra in an all-French struggle (winner to face (14) Davydenko), and a big-hitting conflict when Swedish veteran Thomas Enqvist squares off against Korean net-rusher Hyung-Taik Lee (winner to face (17) Youzhny). Anything goes in this section, with Safin's draw a soft one against the off-kilter Dominik "The Dominator" Hrbaty in the third round, then Russian counterparts Davydenko or Youzhny in the fourth before a likely quarterfinal against Nalbandian or Canas.

Bottom Quarter
Seeds: (2) Andy Roddick, (5) Carlos Moya, (12) Tommy Robredo, (13) Ivan Ljubicic, (21) Vince Spadea, (24) Jiri Novak, (25) Thomas Johansson, (29) Rafael Nadal
Floaters: James Blake, Greg Rusedski, Max Mirnyi, Rainer Schuettler, Fernando Verdasco

As a player, this is the section of the draw you didn't want to land in. Two former No. 1s in Roddick and Moya, three former slam champs, five former slam finalists, and a big bald Croatian with a lot of confidence. Roddick's opener could be against Fernando "Hot Sauce" Verdasco, who he barely edged in three sets last week in Indian Wells, if the Spaniard can get by Peter "Nuclear" Wessels in his opener. Moya's road is no easier with a likely opener against the hungry hard-hitting James Blake, and "Grinning" Greg Rusedski or (25) T.Johansson waiting in the next round. The hot-handed Ljubicic has a cushy draw, with (21) Spadea the first resistance in the third round, and a potential Davis Cup rematch with Roddick in the fourth round. Other openers to look for are Max "The Beast" Mirnyi vs. Jonas Bjorkman in a veteran battle (winner to face (12) Robredo), and potential seeded openers in (29) Rafael "The Prodigy" Nadal vs. Rainer "He's So 2003" Schuettler, and (21) "Vincenzo" Spadea vs. Robby "Baby Courier" Ginepri in an all-American "C"-squad match-up. If Roddick can get by the firepower of Nadal and Ljubicic, a repeat of last week's Indian Wells stunner against Moya could be in the making in the quarterfinals.

In last year's final Roddick captured his third career Masters Series win after Argentina's Guillermo
Coria retired during the best-of-five-set final with a back injury with the American leading 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-1.

Returning champions this week in Miami are Roddick (2004) and the six-time champ Agassi (2003-01,'96-95,'90). Defending the doubles title will be Zimbabwe's Wayne Black and Kevin Ullyett, who last year upset Jonas Bjorkman and Todd Woodbridge in the final.

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Lleyton Hewitt has pulled from the Masters Series-Miami with a toe injury, while Andre Agassi, who pulled from the MS-Indian Wells with a toe injury, is expected to play...Players of note fighting it out in the qualifying in Miami early this week include top-seeded Kenneth Carlsen, No. 2 Christophe "The Roach" Rochus, No. 19 Jan-Mike Gambill, Nicolas Lapentti, Justin "Time" Gimelstob, wildcard Alex Kuznetsov, wildcard Todd Reid, No. 16 Giovanni "Little L" Lapentti, unseeded Canadian Frank "You Can" Dancevic, No. 20 Ivo "I Dated Hingis" Heuberger, and No. 24 Arnaud Clement. Upsets on day one in the Miami men's qualifying were Salzenstein d. (19) Gambill, Suzuki d. (22) Saretta, Daniele "Choppin'" Bracciali d. (16) G.Lapentti, Seppi d. (8) Massa, Bogomolov d. (23) Carraz, Karanusic d. (10) Ulihrach, and Summerer d. (18) Ascione...The LA Times Bill Dwyre on Indian Wells: "An event like this can be hit by heat (last year), wind (this year) and rain (any year). It can have its anticipation balloon deflated as quickly as a Venus Williams sore knee or an Andre Agassi sore toe. It can get its star players into the spotlight at the times and places it wants and have them stink out the place (see Maria Sharapova, 0-6, 0-6) or be so dominating they are boring (see Federer, almost any match)." Huh? Time to go back to covering baseball...According to the AP: "Anna Kournikova and her parents have settled their dispute regarding the ownership of a $5 million waterfront home in Miami Beach, the attorney for the tennis star's parents said. Sergei and Alla Kournikova sued their daughter in Miami-Dade Circuit Court last year, saying they wanted money for their share of the house that they alleged Anna Kournikova took over. Anna Kournikova filed a countersuit shortly afterward, seeking to remove her parents' names from the deed. Each of the Kournikovas is still listed as an owner of the property, according to county records viewed Monday. "Everybody is pleased with the result of the settlement," said David Leacock, the parents' attorney. "The settlement itself is confidential."" One big happy dysfunctional family once again...The South Florida Sun-Sentinel's Charlie "The Brick" Bricker, busting his hump at his Miami home event days before it gets underway, with the low-down on 15-year-old wildcard Anna Tatishvili: "I asked her if she was nervous with just a couple of days to go before she plays her first regular WTA Tour event. 'No, no. It's great. I'm really excited,' she exclaimed. She has such a beautiful, childlike smile. This wasn't one of those trained replies. I believed her. Another bright South Florida day, another tennis ingenue. They're everywhere these days in women's tennis, and mostly with eastern European names. But this one, from Georgia, carries a special imprimatur. She's being personally trained by Chris Evert."

Daniel
03-23-2005, 02:07 AM
Thaanks silvy :D

RogiFan88
03-23-2005, 02:26 AM
STARS FOR STARS
March 22, 2005
Federer, Sharapova Shine at Stars for Stars

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Miami, Florida, U.S.A.— World No. 1 Roger Federer and Wimbledon champion Maria Sharapova each received three awards tonight at the inaugural joint ATP and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour awards ceremony. Tennis’ finest players and tournaments were honored at Stars for Stars – A Celebration of Tennis Excellence, an event presented by the ATP, Mercedes-Benz and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour.

The 2004 Pro Tennis Choice Awards Presented by Waterford Crystal featured 19 awards won by 14 different players. Michael Barkann served as emcee, entertaining the 300-plus guests, with ATP CEO Mark Miles and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Chairman and CEO Larry Scott on hand to welcome the crowd and present the top awards.

Sharapova won the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Player of the Year honors and WTAtour.com users voted her as their Fans’ Favorite. Additionally, Sharapova’s peers and the media voted her the Most Improved Player of 2004. The 17-year-old Russian claimed four titles, including her first career Grand Slam at Wimbledon and the season-ending championships.

Federer dominated the ATP awards as he did the 2004 season when he won 11 titles, including three Grand Slams, the Tennis Masters Cup and three ATP Masters Series titles. The Swiss was named the 2004 Player of the Year and also won the Fans’ Favorite Award Presented by RICOH, an award selected by fans of ATPtennis.com. Federer also was voted by his fellow players as the Stefan Edberg Sportsman of the Year, an award he received Tuesday from Todd Martin, a two-time winner of the award.

In a special presentation by renowned author Mark Mathabane, the South African native presented Andy Roddick with the Arthur Ashe Humanitarian of the Year Award. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s Diamond Aces Award went to Anastasia Myskina.

Comeback Player of the Year honors went to Serena Williams and Tommy Haas, while the ATP Most Improved honor went to big-serving Swede Joachim Johansson. French teen Tatiana Golovin and 21-year-old German Florian Mayer were named the Newcomers of the Year. The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Sportsmanship Award went to World No. 1 Lindsay Davenport while Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez were named Doubles Team of the Year. Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor earned the ATP Doubles Team of the Year honors.

The NASDAQ-100 Open was named the ATP Masters Series tournament of the year, while the Dubai Duty Free Men’s Open was voted the best International Series Gold tournament. The Synsam Swedish Open in Bastad and the U.S. Men’s Claycourt Championships in Houston shared the top honor as the best International Series tournaments, as voted by players.

The ATP’s Ron Bookman Media Excellence Award was presented to The Tennis Channel, which continues to showcase tennis to a growing subscriber base. The network, which last week announced a multiyear affiliation with Comcast Cable, the leading cable operator in the United States, was on hand filming a behind-the-scenes special about Stars for Stars that will air on April 10.

The awards program, hosted by the Four Seasons Hotel Miami in association with NetJets, benefited First Serve, an organization that empowers young people by providing local tennis facilities and schools with a life skills program that promotes positive values, healthy habits and education through the game of tennis. The 2010 goal is to offer First Serve programming in 100 major cities throughout the world to more than 500,000 children who otherwise would not have these opportunities. First Serve children presented the Waterford Crystal trophies during the ceremonies.

http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2005/awards_release2.asp

RogiFan88
03-23-2005, 02:29 AM
Player of the Year: Roger Federer

In 2004 Roger Federer became only the fourth man to win three Open Era Grand Slam titles in a year. He captured 11 titles, including the Tennis Masters Cup and three ATP Masters Series titles. From June until August he strung together an ATP-best 23-match winning streak, and by September he had secured victory in the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race. The Swiss went 18-0 against Top 10 opposition, defeating every member at least once.

Player of the Year
Roger Federer

Doubles Team
Mark Knowles & Daniel Nestor

Most Improved Player
Joachim Johansson

Newcomer
Florian Mayer

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
Roger Federer

Comeback Player
Tommy Haas

Fans' Favorite Award Presented by RICOH
Roger Federer

Arthur Ashe Humanitarian
Andy Roddick

Ron Bookman
Media Excellence
The Tennis Channel

Tournaments of the Year
ATP Masters Series
Miami

International Series Gold
Dubai

International Series
Houston & Bastad

First Title
Antony Dupuis
Rafael Nadal
Joachim Johansson
Vincent Spadea
Fernando Verdasco
Filippo Volandri
Santiago Ventura
Michael Llodra
Ricardo Mello
Tomas Berdych
Robin Soderling
Jerome Haehnel
Feliciano Lopez

Fifth Title
Guillermo Canas
Paradorn Srichaphan
Dominik Hrbaty
Nicolas Massu

15th Title
Carlos Moya
Andy Roddick

20th Title
Roger Federer
Lleyton Hewitt
Gustavo Kuerten

http://www.atptennis.com/en/insidetheatp/atpawards/default_2005.asp

Check the link for more stuff!

fightclubber
03-23-2005, 02:40 AM
tHANKS A LOT

Im so happy for roger.
I was looking for info and nothing and less on tv, have you seen something?

silvy:worship:

moonlight
03-23-2005, 02:44 AM
Thanks RogiFan :D :yeah:

Daniel
03-23-2005, 02:44 AM
One more award for our Roger :hug: :hearts: Well done and also congrat to Myskina :yeah:

fightclubber
03-23-2005, 03:43 AM
MIAMI (Ticker) -- Roger Federer will be receiving his Player of the Year honors prior to the start of the Nasdaq-100 Open on Wednesday. He is hoping that it won't be the only trophy he is leaving South Florida with.

Federer, the most dominant player in the sport, and Australian Open champion Serena Williams headline a deep and talented field at the $6.56 million event.

On the heels of his 17th straight successful finals appearance, Federer begins his quest for one of the few titles that has eluded him over the last few years. A remarkable 26-1 in 2005 and 100-7 since the start of the 2004 season, Federer had won 97 of his last 109 sets and is 12-1 in his last 13 matches against top-10 opponents.

In order to win here, Federer will have to dethrone defending champion and part-time Florida resident Andy Roddick. Lleyton Hewitt was slated to be the No. 2 seed behind Federer but the reigning Australian Open champion and the only man to beat Federer this year was forced to withdraw due to a toe injury.(WOW GUESS THIS PERSON WAS DRUNK WHEN WRITTING THIS!!!!!!!!!);)

Roddick moves up a seed and may get the chance to exorcise a measure of revenge as Davis Cup nemeses Rafael Nadal of Spain and Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic are in his half of the draw.

Roddick beat Argentina's Guillermo Coria in the finals here last year, when Coria was forced to retire with a back injury while trailing, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-1.

Roddick recorded his first ATP match win here in 2000.

While Hewitt is out with a toe injury, Andre Agassi's toe is healed enough for him to compete at one of his favorite events. A six-time champion here, Agassi had been bothered by an inflamed toe on his left foot.

Agassi, who knocked off Federer in the finals here in 2002, won this event in 1990, 1995-96 and 2001-03.

On the women's side, 18 of sport's top 20 players will be in action. But this has been a favorite stop for Williams, who has won here each of the last three years.

The third seed, Williams is 32-4 here. She has appeared in four finals and last year made a successful return from an eight month injury layoff here last year, becoming just the first player besides five-time champion Steffi Graf to win the event three times in a row.

Williams earned her seventh Grand Slam title in Melbourne, surviving three match points in her semifinal matchup with Maria Sharapova.

Williams beat top seed Lindsay Davenport in the finals of the Australian Open. The top-seeded player in the world, Davenport and Jennifer Capriati are the only two top-20 players bypassing the event.

Williams, who has a first-round bye, faces the winner of the match between Vera Douchevina and Emilie Loit.

Amelie Mauresmo of France is the top seed. In September, Mauresmo became the first French player, male or female, to hold the world No.1 ranking. Mauresmo earned her 16th career title earlier this year but has played here just once in the last five years, reaching the fourth round in 2003.

Sharapova, the reigning Wimbledon champion from Russia, is the No. 2 seed. Sharapova already has titles in Tokyo and Doha this year.

The 12-day event at the Tennis Center at Crandon Park in Miami is one of nine ATP Masters Series and a top tier event on the WTA Tour.

© 2004 SportsTicker Enterprises, LP

lsy
03-23-2005, 04:03 AM
Player of the Year
Roger Federer

Stefan Edberg Sportsmanship Award
Roger Federer

Fans' Favorite Award Presented by RICOH
Roger Federer


Rogi!!! I didn't expect him to win all three of them!

Player of the year : goes without saying
Sportsmanship award : voted by other players
Fan's favourite award : voted by fans all over the world

No matter how some like to portray him as arrogant and boring, can't attract fans (no personality, not good looking blah), obviously he's still well liked by his peers and fans :hug:

I'm really happy for him and truly hope that he'll continue to stay who he is, work hard and live up to his potential :yeah:

WAY TO GO ROGI!!!

Daniel
03-23-2005, 04:35 AM
I think only stupid people will consider Roger an arrogant person , he is full of confidence :D

yanchr
03-23-2005, 04:53 AM
WOW Roger :bigclap::banana: Congratulations :bounce::bounce: All three in pocket :D

Facts speak louder than words :woohoo: Roger is pretty well loved :D

Nocko
03-23-2005, 11:01 AM
Player of the year : goes without saying
Sportsmanship award : voted by other players
Fan's favourite award : voted by fans all over the world
Thanks for the nice articles. :worship:
First one, no doubt rogi win. :yeah: But other two..... mean not only that Rogi is the No.1 but other players & tennis fans have huge respect for him. How nice it is. :angel: Congratulations Roger, many people love you! :hug:

*M*
03-23-2005, 11:06 AM
Player of the year : goes without saying
Sportsmanship award : voted by other players
Fan's favourite award : voted by fans all over the world

No matter how some like to portray him as arrogant and boring, can't attract fans (no personality, not good looking blah), obviously he's still well liked by his peers and fans :hug:Well said! It's so nice to see him get the recognition and appreciation he has so richly earned. Congrats Roger!:bigclap:

I wonder if ESPN will allow him to win the ESPY this year. :devil:

avocadoe
03-23-2005, 01:36 PM
woohoo, especially the fan favorite...that's us and more of us!!!

avocadoe
03-23-2005, 01:38 PM
lol drunk sport's writer

marchen
03-23-2005, 03:12 PM
ATP Masters Series-Miami Preview: Fearing Federer


With confidence bordering on arrogance, the Swiss is of late taking a page out of Serena Williams' book, quick to remind that he has beaten Safin in six of their eight meetings.

"I have a great record against him, as well," Federer says with a smile. "Don't forget that, please."

You almost expect the Swiss to launch into an explanation of what a great actor and fashion designer he is.
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:mad: how on earth can anyone compare rogi with that fashion designer?

casillas_girl
03-23-2005, 04:36 PM
Hey guys,
have u already seen this video of the Tsunami charity matches,
with Roger, Mrat and many other players!!! :clap2:
It's really funny!!! :lol:

This is the Link: http://www.atptennis.com/en/tvshow/?AssetID=798

Mrs. B
03-23-2005, 04:47 PM
yes, i saw that, nice to see the guys (& girls) have fun for a good cause! :yeah:

RogiNie
03-23-2005, 05:28 PM
thanx for all the articles! :worship:

raphael
03-23-2005, 09:36 PM
fashion designer= the writer was referring to serena wiliams