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Lily
08-17-2002, 01:36 AM
TD Waterhouse Cup Adds Another Top 10 Player

By Matt Ciesluk
matt@alantaylor.com

August 14, 2002


COMMACK, N.Y., August 12, 2002 _ Roger Federer, currently No. 10 in the ATP Champions Race, accepted a wild card and will be part of the 48-player main field of the TD Waterhouse Cup presented by Roslyn Savings Bank (www.tdwaterhousecup.com), it was announced today by Kari Mutscheller, tournament director. The men¹s professional tennis tournament will be held August 17-25 at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack.

Federer, a winner of a pair of ATP titles this year, will make his debut on Long Island and will be joined by 13-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras, No. 9 and defending TD Waterhouse Cup champion Tommy Haas and two-time French Open runner-up and 2002 Roland Garros semifinalist Alex Corretja. Other top players committed are: two-time 2002 tournament champions Younes El Aynaoui (No. 17) and Davide Sanguinetti, 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek and ¹97 US Open finalist Greg Rusedski.

Three additional main draw and six qualifying wild cards are allotted to the Long Island event, and will be announced prior to the qualifying tournament, which begins Saturday, August 17.

The Swiss star, who turned 21 last week, has posted solid results on the hard courts this year, which included a win at Sydney, runner-up at Miami, quarters at Rotterdam (The Netherlands) and fourth round at the Australian Open. Federer also captured a title at Hamburg on clay (beating No. 2 Marat Safin in the final) and was a finalist at Milan (carpet).

Also earning direct entry into the tournament are: Jonas Bjorkman (SWE), Julien Boutter (FRA), Agustin Calleri (ARG), Juan Ignacio Chela (ARG), Arnaud Clement (FRA), Thomas Enqvist (SWE), Jan-Michael Gambill (USA), Jerome Golmard (FRA), Dominik Hrbaty (SVK), Nicolas Kiefer (GER), Stefan Koubek (AUT), Nicolas Lapentti (ECU), Felix Mantilla (ESP), Alberto Martin (ESP), Fernando Meligeni (BRA), Albert Montanes (ESP), Jarkko Nieminen (FIN), Andrei Pavel (ROM), Olivier Rochus (BEL), Andre Sa (BRA), David Sanchez (ESP), Fabrice Santoro (FRA), Rainer Schuettler (GER), Paradorn Srichaphan (THA), Bohdan Ulihrach (CZE), Jan Vacek (CZE), Adrian Voinea (ROM), Mikhail Youzhny (RUS) and Marlano Zabaleta (ARG).

About the TD Waterhouse Cup

The TD Waterhouse Cup presented by Roslyn Savings Bank is Long Island¹s premier sporting event. An International Series Event on the ATP, the TD Waterhouse Cup, in its 22nd year, offers the finest men¹s tennis played anywhere in the world. The tournament runs from August 17-25, 2002 at the Hamlet Golf and Country Club in Commack, L.I. For tickets, family events or volunteer information call (516) 876-0400 or visit the web site at www.tdwaterhousecup.com. Single session tickets are also available through Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com).

Mrs. B
08-17-2002, 03:23 PM
Thanx Lily, for these articles.

Good luck to Roger!!!

Lily
08-17-2002, 09:08 PM
Hi Mrs. B! :)

In case you missed it...


05/10/02

Questions for Roger Federer


Richard: How close do you feel you are to reaching your maximum potential as a player?

RF: I still feel like I can improve in a lot of areas. I'm working hard every day, so I hope that in two or three years I will be able to reach my potential.


Sean: With your increasingly potent game, do you feel like you can be a legitimate threat on all surfaces?

RF: Last year I played really well on the clay, this year I'm struggling a little bit. Okay, this year I beat Kafelnikov and Safin in Russia on clay, which is not bad, but still I haven't got my game together on clay. But on grass, outdoor hard courts and indoors I really feel comfortable. I guess it's just a matter of time on the clay. I don't play a lot of events, and when I do play it's at the bigger tournaments, where you get diffucult draws right from the start, so it's tough. But I really see myself playing well on all surfaces.

Arlinda: What is your favorite city and tournament, and why?

RF: I like Sydney, the city is very nice. I also like Rome because of the history. Miami because of the weather and the life over there is like three cities in one - you've' got down town in the city and South Beach. The organization is always nice, but you can't always ask for too much. As for the tournament, I guess Basel, my home tournament, and Wimbledon.

Vishal: Among the current players, who do you respect the most?

RF: I still respect Pete Sampras the most, as he was always one of my favorite players. Even though he's not winning that many tournaments any more, I still think he was the best for so long. Okay, maybe not now because there are so many players around that it's tough. But for me he is still the man to respect the most.

Helena: Not many top singles players play doubles. How do you feel doubles has helped your serve and volley game over the years and do you plan to carry on playing doubles?

RF: I don't know if it's helped my serve and volley game, but I've been playing a lot of doubles lately from Rotterdam to Miami, then in Monte Carlo with Max Mirnyi and here in Rome I've played with Tim Henman, and had some very good results. I was struggling a little bit with my confidence for a while in singles and got it back in doubles. I really enjoy playing doubles, I'm probably one of the highest ranked singles players playing doubles next to Yevgeny Kafelnikov so, I just enjoy having a partner, chat with him on the court and see what he thinks of the game of tennis and see what strategies he uses in different situations and I prefer playing doubles than practice. It's good fun.

Samantha: I know the Swiss are famous for many things. What is your favorite thing about Switzerland?

RF: I like the fact that everything is very clean, it's very organized, the mountains are beautiful. The weather's pretty good actually - in the winter you have the snow, in summer you have the sun quite often, so I just love going back there and I hope to stay there for the rest of my life. I get to spend a lot of time there and I go back quite often. It's easier if you're European than if you're American or Australian to get home.

Catt: If you were stuck on a desert island, what's the one thing you would take with you and why?

RF: I would take more than one thing. My friends, my family, my girlfriend. People that I really like.

Lourdes: What is your favorite music?

RF: I like to listen to rock and techno trance. I'm kind of all over a little bit. I like AC/DC, but on the techno side, there's so much.


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Mrs. B
08-17-2002, 10:11 PM
Thanks, Lily...:)

Lily
08-18-2002, 01:33 PM
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Mrs. B
08-18-2002, 01:54 PM
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Lily
08-18-2002, 08:49 PM
Men's Look Forward: Week of August 19
Posted on 8/18/2002 at 1:28 PM

Men's Look Forward: Long Island

Talk about backing off!

Last week at Indianapolis and Washington, there were two 56-draw tournaments: 112 men in action, with a total of more than a million and a half dollars in prize money. This week, 48 men will play for less than a third of that amount of cash.

And even that is an upgrade from last year. In 2001, Long Island was a 32-draw event. This year, it's gone to the 48-draw, sixteen-seeds-get-byes format. This even though it means giving people such as Stefan Koubek and Agustin Calleri byes. But it does mean that 16 more players get in that one last U. S. Open warmup. It appears that this is the smallest event on the ATP calendar with more than 32 players. (We can't guarantee that, because the calendar is always changing -- indeed, at the start of the year, Long Island was still listed as a 32-draw.)

The real irony, though, is how little difference it all makes. After all, the U. S. Open is going to pretty well overshadow any effects of this tournament -- especially since defending champion Tommy Haas is the only Top Ten player present; the #2 is Roger Federer, now down to #13. Defending finalist Pete Sampras, Alex Corretja, and Younes El Aynaoui round out the list of Top 20 players in the field.

Of course, that could be good news for some of the big names in the field: Tommy Haas, trying to get back on track after his long absence. He is the defending champion, and this is a good surface for him. (The flip side, of course, is his bad arm, which is getting steadily worse. He may have to choose between survival here and survival at the U. S. Open.) Pete Sampras, last year's finalist, has had most of his success lately on hardcourts; this is his one real chance to tune up for the U. S. Open. And tune up he needs to; while his #17 ranking is fairly safe this because he has a big point lead, he also has almost exactly half his points to defend at Long Island and the U. S. Open. Bad results at both could leave him around #35.

And then there is Roger Federer, who really needs to figure out what's wrong and start fixing it. He effectively blew off the summer, and it didn't cost him too much because he didn't have anything to defend. But he needs to get serious again now.

With the seeds all getting byes, there isn't much to say about first round matches. We'd pick only a half a dozen as noteworthy. Biggest of all, perhaps, is Richard Krajicek vs. Dominik Hrbaty. Krajicek has been doing pretty well in his comeback, but he's coming to his biggest test yet: The U. S. Open, his first Slam not on grass.

Also interesting is Paradorn Srichaphan vs. Fernando Meligeni, who last week faced Marcelo Rios in consecutive round and both gave him stern tests. Srichaphan is more of a hardcourt player, but he makes more mistakes than he should. Which is just what Meligeni likes to see.

Then there is Wayne Arthurs vs. Adrian Voinea. You know perfectly well what to expect from Arthurs. And Voinea likes upsetting players like that. This is a fairly neutral surface. It could be close.

Guillermo Coria will be taking on Jonas Bjorkman in another contrast of styles. Bjorkman's best hope to win is to get to net. But Coria will be happy enough to pass him.

Big serves will be the rule as Jan-Michael Gambill faces Julien Boutter. Gambill has the better groundstrokes -- but if Boutter can ride his serve to net, he can really hurt the slow-footed Gambill.

And just for pure contrast, how about big, strong Mardy Fish versus small, quick Olivier Rochus? If Rochus can beat Marat Safin, he can beat Fish. But he doesn't win those big ones all that often....

Come the second round, with everyone in play, we get a rather more varied list. Some of the more interesting prospects:

(4) El Aynaoui vs. Krajicek. Stylistic contrast to the limit: Clay-loving baseliner El Aynaoui vs. grass-loving netrusher Krajicek.

Srichaphan vs. (8) Lapentti. Srichaphan just had a spectacular result at Washington, and he likes this surface better than Lapentti. Though there is the question of how much gas he has left.

(5) Corretja vs. Arthurs. The clear advantage here is to Corretja, but if ever there has been a year for Arthurs to win this match-up, it's this. And it's another nice contrast in styles.

Coria (or Bjorkman) vs. (3) Sampras. Again, the stylistic contrast. Plus, if Coria comes through, youth versus experience.

(7) Chela vs. Golmard. Golmard is just back, but he seems to becoming back strong -- and he likes the surface better.

Gambill or Boutter vs. (12) Koubek. Um, you sure you didn't mean to seed Gambill, ATP? On this surface, either Gambill or Boutter would seem a match for Koubek.

Mantilla (or Massu) vs. (2) Federer. Mantilla's been a giant-killer this summer. And Federer isn't much of a giant right now....

The Rankings. We already mentioned that this event doesn't affect things much. The rankings after Long Island will be used to seed only three events: Tashkent, Bucharest, and Salvador. A few of the guys who are here may play those events -- but they will be few. (After all, that means playing four weeks straight if not more.)

In any case, the rankings are such that few top players have much on the line. Tommy Haas failed to make #2 at Indianapolis, but he's a strong enough #3 that his ranking is not in danger. Pete Sampras also should be safe at #17. Roger Federer could move up a little, but he has enough in his Optional Five that he'll have to do pretty well -- and pretty well is exactly what he hasn't been doing lately. Younes El Aynaoui also has his optional five full; he isn't going anywhere. Corretja can increase his point total -- but he's so far behind Sampras that he's unlikely to move above his current ranking. Thomas Johansson was a semifinalist last year, and he isn't playing because of injury. That might cost him a spot. That may be the only movement in the Top 15. There will, of course, be movement below #25 -- but that's almost impossible to predict.

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Mrs. B
08-18-2002, 11:18 PM
I really hope Roger does better in this tournament, it will boost his confidence for the USOpen.

Hopp, Roger!!!!

ILR
08-18-2002, 11:29 PM
u checked ur PMs Mrs.B?

Mrs. B
08-19-2002, 12:20 AM
Yep. Talk to u later, i'm going to bed, me eyes are all droopy......
Goodnight, luv!

Lily
08-19-2002, 09:13 PM
August 19, 2002
Haas, Federer and Sampras Lead Long Island's Lineup
Top seed Tommy Haas will be aiming to defend his title. Last year, he defeated Pete Sampras in the final.


ATP Champions Race 2002 Update: Top seed Tommy Haas will be attempting to move closer to the frontrunners this week. The defending champion is currently 38 points behind Juan Carlos Ferrero in 7th position, and, with a best fifth of 3, a successful defense this week could see him within one point of the Spaniard. Roger Federer, currently in 11th position, also could move up with a good run this week. With a best fifth result of 8, Federer will need to reach the quarterfinals to gain ground on Guillermo Canas, who lies three points above him, and Andy Roddick in 9th spot.

2001 Final: Tommy Haas captured his second ATP title of the year after defeating Pete Sampras in a three-set final. It was the German's third career title and only his second victory over Sampras in six career meetings at the time (since met at 2002 Tennis Masters Toronto, Haas winning in three sets and now has won last three).

Former Champions in Draw (1): 1 - Tommy Haas (2001)
Former Finalists in Draw (3): 1 - Alex Corretja (2000 - l. to Magnus Norman) 1 - Felix Mantilla (1998 - l. to Patrick Rafter) 1 - Pete Sampras (2001 - l. to Tommy Haas)

First Round Highlights: Richard Krajicek (NED) vs. Dominik Hrbaty (SVK). Krajicek leads 1-0. Krajicek, returning to form after a 20 month lay-off throughout 2001 and much of 2002, reached the quarterfinals at Wimbledon in only his second tournament after undergoing elbow surgery and then advanced to the third round at the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters in Cincinnati. The 30-year-old from Rotterdam came within two points of reaching the final in Long Island two years ago before eventually losing to Magnus Norman in a third-set tie-break. Hrbaty has never progressed beyond the first round in Long Island (0-3). After finishing the year at No. 17 in 2000, Hrbaty will be looking to reach his first final since Auckland in January 2001. He has a 14-20 record this year. The top 16 seeds all have first round byes.

Potential Matches to Watch Out For: (13)Greg Rusedski vs. (WC/2)Roger Federer in third round. Rusedski is in form after his title run in Indianapolis. Federer is looking for his first match win since reaching 2nd RD in Gstaad and may have to overcome Indianapolis finalist Felix Mantilla in round two. (15)Fabrice Santoro vs. (3)Pete Sampras in third round. Sampras leads series 4-3 after winning their last two encounters in Indian Wells in 2001 and 2002. Both matches went three sets.

2002 ATP Winners in Draw (8): 3 - Younes El Aynaoui, 2 - Alex Corretja, Roger Federer, Greg Rusedski, 1 - Jonas Bjorkman, Juan Ignacio Chela, Nicolas Lapentti, Fabrice Santoro.

Tournament Trends: Since the tournament began in 1990, the winner or finalist has reached the final the following year on five occasions: Stefan Edberg (W 90, F 91), Ivan Lendl (W 91, F 92), Yevgeny Kafelnikov (W 94-95), Patrick Rafter (F 97, W 98), Magnus Norman (W 99-2000).

atptennis.com

Lily
08-19-2002, 11:20 PM
All Top 104 Men Enter 2002 US Open

8/19/2002 -- The USTA announced that the top 104 ranked men in the world have entered the 2002 US Open Tennis Championships. The 2002 US Open will be played August 26 - September 8 at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y. The US Open Men's Singles Championship, with the winner receiving a record $900,000, is presented by Lincoln.

Leading the list of entries is defending US Open champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia, the No. 1-ranked player on the ATP Entry System. Hewitt, who finished 2001 as the youngest player ever to earn the year-end No. 1 ranking, won his second Grand Slam singles title at Wimbledon this summer. He is followed by No. 2-ranked Marat Safin of Russia, the 2000 US Open singles champion.

Andre Agassi of Las Vegas, Andy Roddick of Boca Raton, Fla., and Pete Sampras of Los Angeles are the highest-ranked American entries. Agassi, ranked sixth on the entry list, won US Open titles in 1994 and 1999. Roddick, ranked No.12, reached the quarterfinals of his second US Open last year, where he lost in five sets to eventual champion Hewitt. No. 16 Sampras, runner-up for each of the past two years, owns a record 13 Grand Slam singles titles, including US Open championships in 1990, 1993, 1995 and 1996.

In all, there are 12 entrants who have won Grand Slam singles titles in their careers. Other entries with Grand Slam singles titles include: reigning Olympic champion and former French and Australian Open champion Yevgeny Kafelnikov of Russia; reigning French Open champion Albert Costa of Spain; three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten of Brazil; reigning Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson of Sweden; 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya of Spain; 1997 and 1998 US Open champion Patrick Rafter of Australia; 1996 Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands; and 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang of Mercer Island, Wash. Rafter was automatically included on the initial entry list with a 52-week ranking of No. 31, but officially withdrew from the event on July 22 due to his current sabbatical from the game.

Other notable entries include No. 3 Tommy Haas of Germany, No. 4 Tim Henman of Great Britain, No. 8 Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain and No. 10 Roger Federer of Switzerland.

Two players with special protected rankings due to injury -- No. 37 Krajicek and No. 76 Harel Levy of Israel _ have entered the tournament.

Other American men who received direct entry into this year's tournament include No. 32 James Blake of Tampa, Fla., No. 47 Todd Martin of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., No. 54 Jan-Michael Gambill of Spokane, Wash., No. 74 Taylor Dent of Newport Beach, Calif., No. 78 Vince Spadea of Boca Raton, Fla., No. 91 Jeff Morrison of Tampa, Fla., and No. 100 Robby Ginepri of Marietta, Ga.

Chang, No. 102 on the ATP Entry System, was the 104th and last player accepted directly into the men's field of 128. Sixteen more players will gain entry through the US Open qualifying rounds, August 20-23, while the remaining eight spots are wild card entries awarded by the USTA.

The rankings from the 42-day ATP Tour Entry System as of July 15 are used to determine entry into the US Open. The US Open draw will take place August 21.

Tickets for the US Open are available through usopen.org, by calling Ticketmaster at 866-OPEN-TIX, at all Ticketmaster outlets, and at the USTA National Tennis Center box office in Flushing, N.Y. The 2002 US Open will take place at the USTA National Tennis Center Monday, August 26, through Sunday, September 8. The 2002 qualifying tournament will take place August 20-23, with free admission. American Express is the official card of the US Open.

The USTA owns and operates the US Open and selects and supports the teams representing the United States in Davis Cup, Fed Cup, and the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The USTA is the national governing body for the sport of tennis in America, and is a non-profit organization with more than 660,000 members. It invests all its resources to promote and develop the growth of tennis, from the grass roots to the professional levels. For more information on the USTA, log on to usta.com.

Lily
08-22-2002, 06:13 AM
Knowing what Rogi has been through the past few weeks and even the past few months, for him to have even gone out there tonight and played a match says a lot about him.

Right now I think we can all understand how difficult it must be for him to concentrate on tennis.


Chilean Nicolas Massu upset second seed Roger Federer 6-7(1), 6-1, 6-3. Federer has lost in the opening round in four of his past five tournaments and has slipped to 11th in the ATP Champions Race.

Roger Federer: "I've lost all confidence lately. I feel like I'm missing energy. I started the year well - I made the Top 10 for the first time and won (Tennis Masters Series) Hamburg, but after that it's mainly been downhill, and I really can't explain why."

atptennis.com

:(

ILR
08-22-2002, 10:49 AM
Aw I feel really sad right now.:( I just wish him the best always XxXx

Mrs. B
08-22-2002, 03:01 PM
Poor Roger!!!

These are hard times...hope he recovers soon. I hope that he'll take off and just get away from all of these, then reemerge when he's mentally stable. Perhaps this is what he needs at this point.:sad: :sad: :sad:

Lily
08-23-2002, 11:32 AM
no news.....no articles.....just trying to keep the spirits up....trying

I know, we could all get into a circle, roast some marshmellows and sing Kum-ba-ya (or however its spelled). And then we could talk about all the things we like about Rogi. I'm sure he would appreciate that. Just something....:) :(

Mrs. B
08-24-2002, 09:57 PM
Hi, RogiFan!!!

Good to see you here, finally!

Yeah, Lily...i like your idea....

bethbrasil
08-24-2002, 11:09 PM
In the site of ROGI in Yahoo, they began to do that, however me still nor I put my opinion. It won't also be worth anything, because I adore everything in ROGI. SAW..... DOESN'T HAVE GRACE!!!!!!!!!
My dear friends that I want to ask to you are that you ask for the all of the angels that pass close to you to give a force for ROGI, for him to reacquire that super confidence.
Millions of kisses, affection and a lot of supporter for OUR CAMPEÃO FEDERER EXPRESS. BETH:wavey: :kiss: :kiss: :angel: :angel: :angel: :angel: :bounce: :bounce: :bounce: :hearts: :hearts:

bethbrasil
08-24-2002, 11:10 PM
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bethbrasil
08-24-2002, 11:13 PM
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Mrs. B
08-25-2002, 10:49 PM
Sports Illustrated senior writer Jon Wertheim peers into his crystal ball to reveal the fate of the top 16 men' seeds for the U.S. Open.
MEN'S REPORT

1. Lleyton Hewitt: Ordinarily, one would think his bush-league feud with the ATP would detract from his focus, but this is a player who uses discord as fuel. Even so, he has a brutal draw that likely has him facing James Blake in Round 3, Richard Krajicek in Round 4 and Andre Agassi in the semis.

2. Marat Safin: Where is his head? The answer is the difference between running the table and falling to Nicolas Kiefer in his first match.

3. Tommy Haas: He's due for a breakout and men's tennis is due for a human-interest story to compete with the women's. How's this? With his parents still recovering from a harrowing motorcycle accident, übertalented Tommy Boy finds extra motivation to win his first Slam. The tender shoulder is a concern, though.

4. Yevgeny Kafelnikov: A good argument for subjective seeding. "Why? Man" tends to bring his A game to majors, but let's face facts: He has lost three straight matches coming in and he hasn't won more than two rounds at a Slam this year.

5. Tim Henman: Has the game, but does he have the bloody bottles? Crumpet of a draw has him playing no top-50 opponent until Round 3.

6. Andre Agassi: After a chart-topping early spring, the hits have been few and far between for Dr. 'Dre. Couldn't ask for a better draw. At least until he faces Carlos Moya in Round 4.

7. Juan Carlos Ferrero: The King can play on the hard stuff, but a nasty draw has him facing giant-killer Wayne Arthurs off the bat.

8. Albert Costa: Weird Al has disappeared since winning the French. Plus, he has a 4-7 career record in Queens.

9. Carlos Moya: Cincy winner has some momentum. If his body holds up, look for him in the second week. Fourth-rounder against Agassi could be hermosa.

10. Sebastien Grosjean: Footspeed and consistency should serve him well on concrete, but his act has never played particularly well at Flushing Meadows.

11. Andy Roddick: Despite cracking the top 10, there's a nagging sense that Roddick has backslid this year, mostly because of his mediocre Slam results. A good performance here would erase this perception, and his draw certainly cooperates. Helmets should be required for his second-rounder against Taylor Dent. If Roddick wins that one (and he should), look out.

12. Thomas Johannson: Aussie Open champ withdrew because of a right-arm injury.

13. Roger Federer: Overdue for a good showing at a Slam. One of the tour's bright lights, he hasn't won a solitary set at a Slam since Australia and is still grieving for his mentor, Peter Carter, tragically killed in an auto accident last month.

14. Jiri Novak: Often overlooked but often reaches second week. Still, we can't help think Richard Krajicek gets him in Round 1.

15. Guillermo Cañas: Pulled out with a stress fracture in his right wrist.

16. David Nalbandian: Nalbandian the Andean has gone Costa on us since Wimbledon. Little reason to expect a reemergence anytime soon.

17. Pete Sampras: Your eyes aren't deceiving you: The greatest ever is seeded lower than someone named Nalbandian. But as he puts it, "You have to remember who I am and where I'm playing. ... The U.S. Open is where you shine and that is where I hope to shine." Uh, OK.

bethbrasil
08-26-2002, 03:28 AM
Thank you very much for the information Mrs B.
It is a coherent and factual analysis of the reality. Millions of kisses. Beth:wavey: :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:




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Lily
08-27-2002, 05:22 AM
Good form
No. 13 Federer Beats Vanek in Four Sets
by_Laura Andriani
Monday, August 26, 2002
Roger Federer moved on after his first round win over the Czech Republic's Jiri Vanek on Monday. The four-set match, which lasted 126 minutes, did not go as easily as the Suisse player might have planned. Ultimately though, Federer prevailed, taking Vanek 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. Federer showed unmatched force, with 12 winners in the first set, as opposed to Vanek's single winner. Federer also converted three of three break points to quickly seize the first set.
Although Vanek averaged a faster first serve than Federer throughout the match, he was barely able to take control of the most crucial points. Vanek improved his play in the second set, taking three games from Federer, but ultimately Federer prevailed again, using 13 winners and his killer serve.
Vanek showed another sign of hope in the third set, winning the first three games. Federer's serve seemed to trail off during that set, as he won merely 33% of his service points. Vanek and Federer then both took a game each, before Vanek finally won the third set, 6-3.
The fourth set saw both Federer and Vanek struggling. As the score leveled off at 5-5, Federer kicked up his match play, taking the last two games, and winning with a final score of 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Federer, the No. 13 seed in the main draw, will go on to play two-time semifinalist Michael Chang in the second round.
USO

Lily
08-27-2002, 06:34 AM
why do they make things so difficult??? I was going to get his interview at the site but they only have it on video and i dont have realplayer. So if someone does and can get it, that would be much appreciated. :D I dont know why they cant just have all the players interviews on transcripts :confused:

Anyway, so I went over to asapsports.com/tennis cause i felt like reading something from him and I found this which has nothing to do with the USO but i thought i'd put it here anyway :)

June 17, 2002

ATP Teleconference

ROGER FEDERER

GREG SHARKO: Good afternoon and evening for some of you. Thank you for joining in today's conference call with Roger Federer, who joins us from 's-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, where he is the No. 2 seed in the Ordina Open. Earlier this afternoon Roger advanced to the second round with a 6-2, 7-5 win over Richard Krajicek. This year Roger's enjoying the best season of his career with titles in Sydney and Tennis Masters - Hamburg and runner-up finishes in Milan and the NASDAQ -100 Open in Miami. He's No. 4 in this week's ATP Champions Race and No. 9 on the ATP entry system. Last year at Wimbledon, Roger broke Pete Sampras' 31-match winning streak at the All England Club with a five-set victory in the Round of 16 en route to the quarterfinals. The seeds were just announced earlier this evening in London, and Roger will be No. 8 going in to next week's Championships. So at this time, we'll open up calls.

Q. Roger, could you just talk a little bit about going back to Wimbledon this year after, you know, such a great victory there against Pete, and just how special it's going to be for you going back.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, I've always been -- I'm looking forward every year again to go back to Wimbledon. And this year is kind of special to me because I've played my matches now on Centre Court, which was always my dream. And, plus, with that nice experience from last year beating Pete, I'm very happy to come back. And, yeah, I'm one of the favorites. Hopefully I can play well.

Q. At this point in your career, particularly on grass at Wimbledon, do you feel like, you know, you're a favorite to win just about every major?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, grass court is a tough surface, you know. I mean, sometimes the matches get decided just on a few big points. So I just really hope that I can win the first few rounds, then I can find my way into the tournament. But I've played already well the last week in Halle, and also this week again I'm playing another lead-up tournament for Wimbledon just to have enough grass court matches for the tournament. I feel like I have a good chance of winning, but there's just so many players out there which also want to win so it's going to be very tough to win.

Q. I wanted to ask you, again, not to make too much of the Pete match last year, but when you beat him, a lot of people sort of said, "Hey, who's this Roger Federer guy?" Even before that, you'd had some success. But what did that match do for you - I don't know - either confidence-wise, or even just to validate the fact that you are somebody to watch on this tour?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's true a little bit what you say, I was little bit unknown. I mean, I guess in Europe I was quite known because I had some results. But I think that gave me kind of the international breakthrough last year in Wimbledon, and it was just huge for my confidence. I mean, unluckily, I was injured right after that match - or actually during that match. I was already injured coming in to Wimbledon, but I was playing with painkillers and all this. So I had to sit out for like a month to the US Open. So when I came to the US Open, I really felt like I was more known, especially in the States, because I beat you guys in the Davis Cup and then I beat Pete in Wimbledon. So, I mean, for me it helped me a lot just, as you said, for press and my -- everybody knows me better now than before.

Q. Just to follow up a little bit on that now, when you go to a tournament these days, people expect you to be up there in the semifinals, finals, that type of thing. Is there a lot more pressure on you now than maybe this time last year when you could sort of sneak in there a little bit and do damage?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's always, I think, the same story. I put the pressure on myself. It's never -- I never feel like I have pressure from somebody, like I really have to play well. I just feel like I have to perform, you know? But now I always feel better when I'm in a favorite's position where I know I can win almost every tournament I go to now. So it's better when I know I'm not the underdog, and this actually helps. So that's why also I think I'm playing much better this year than years before.

Q. I just want to ask you, when you were 14 and you left home to go to the tennis center, whose idea was that, and how hard was it for you to tear yourself away from home and do something drastic like that?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, what happened was I got -- had the idea once to go. Actually, I think my parents asked me when I was like maybe 13. I said, "No, no, no, no, I want to stay at home," and all this. But then I saw a tape again like maybe a half a year or a year later, and suddenly I got interested. I told the press that I'm actually quite interested to go there. My parents read it through the press. And we started talking about it, we looked at the positive sides and the negative sides. And I went to play there and they thought I was -- had quite some talent, so they took me. And that's actually how I went. It actually was almost my decision, just my parents helped me with the decision a little bit.

Q. Pretty lonely, though, when you got there?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes, in the beginning. The first six months were very tough because I'm from the German-speaking part and I couldn't speak French, so I didn't have any friends down there. I was in a family which was very nice to me, but I didn't have any success. It was very tough in the beginning. But then I got to know all the players and the coaches and everybody down there, the language also. That helped me a lot. Actually, still now. I can speak three languages perfectly and that helps a lot.

Q. I wanted to ask you if you thought, especially this year, that it was possible for someone to win Wimbledon from the baseline after quite a long time of serve-and-volley domination, and whether indeed that somebody could be Lleyton Hewitt? What do you think of his chances, and generally winning from the baseline?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I definitely think that the conditions are getting slower just in general for tennis, because they want to see more rallies. So I can see in the future that a guy like Hewitt can definitely win Wimbledon - if not this year already. Because I give actually Lleyton and Agassi also a very good chance of winning. So, yeah, I mean, he won at Queen's one more time, so I think he's playing well. I think not only on grass, he's a favorite on any surface. So I could pick him for any Grand Slam, he could win it, so... But, how do you say, the challenge is very big from so many players right now and it's going to be tough. But I give Lleyton a good chance of winning Wimbledon, again, this year.

Q. Do you think that your seeding, No. 8, is fair? Where did you expect to be placed?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, actually, I had no idea how they were doing the seeding in Wimbledon this year. I just know it's different than the other Grand Slams. I think the seeding is quite fair, what they do. I think they take it over the last year or two on the grass court results, the points you have, and they add it and then you get your total points. I think that's very fair. Yeah, 8th seed is, I think, very good so far.

Q. Secondly, you talked about some of the international press you received after beating Pete and the positive things that happened. Did your life change at all in a negative sense where people started bothering you a little bit more and sort of invade your privacy?

ROGER FEDERER: I always get more attention now than before - especially in Switzerland, in my home city. All over Switzerland people knoow me almost everywhere I go. So I don't quite look at it that it's annoying. I think it's a good thing that -- for me, it's just important that I'm well-liked in my country, also just around the world. So I don't see this as a negative thing. I haven't had actually very bad , how do you say, experiences.

GREG SHARKO: Just to inform you guys, the way the seeding procedure worked, what Wimbledon did, they took the entry system ranking points as of today's ranking, and they added 100% points earned for all grass court tournaments in the last 12 months. Then they also added 75% points earned for best grass court event in the 12 months before that. So that's the criteria that went in to the seeding process.

Q. I was just wondering, how hard is it for you, people keep looking at you as one guy that everybody expects to break through with a Slam win, how hard is it to play so well, say, up until the French and then to have sort of that early exit and get yourself jacked back up for Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, yeah, I get the feeling also a little bit that people are really expecting me to break through in a Grand Slam now - very soon. So, I mean, I'm also putting the pressure on myself. I thought I had a very good chance in Australia to do really well. Unfortunately, I couldn't make the matchpoint against Tommy Haas. Now French Open was a tough one for me. I think Roddick played really well. I was still little bit tired from Hamburg. But what I'm very happy about this year already is I made a breakthrough on the Masters Series, which I always thought was very important to do well there because everybody's playing and they have to play. I really hope now this year either in Wimbledon or US Open I can make a breakthrough. This is also what I'm expecting from myself also really.

Q. You did so well at, like you said before, at last year's US Open. It seemed like, you know, you got really hot. Seemed like you were going to ride that through to the later stages of the tournament, then you ran into another really hot player. Does that just speak to the depth of the tour?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, in the moment, I think it's at an unbelievable high level right now because -- or maybe it's also because it's not really somebody totally dominating, you know, even though Lleyton is quite a bit in front. But I still think there's a lot of players who can beat him, you know? It's not like maybe the years before. I actually quite look at this as something very interesting, and I'm actually enjoying the time. I hope that -- it's like a few young players like Roddick, myself, Ferrero, Safin, Hewitt, I hope really that I can be one of these five players that can really make it to the top in the future. I'm looking forward to a good challenge.

Q. I just wanted to ask about the length of the grass court season, whether you thought just having a sort of three-week season gave you enough time to adjust in time for Wimbledon.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think somebody from Wimbledon came up and spoke to me in Monte-Carlo and they asked me just what I thought about a one week longer grass courts. I mean, I had to say that of course I think it would be better to have a longer grass court season because it's kind of a really short season, you know? I mean, you play one tournament, you lose first round, and then you don't play the next week and you're already in Wimbledon. So I told him that I would like to have a longer grass court season, but at the same time I have to protect the Swiss tournament in Gstaad which is the week after Wimbledon. It's actually worthwhile thinking about having one more week of grass, I think. Otherwise, the season looks really short to me.

Q. Also, I just wanted to ask, with so many players missing this year, particularly the two finalists from last year, does that help your chances?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think now it's a lot of players - again, like five to ten players - who can really win this Wimbledon or are major favorites. As you said, I mean, Rafter is not playing, Ivanisevic is not playing, the both finalists from last year. So that obviously helps myself and other players for the possibility to win. But, I mean, we'll see who can take the chance and win it so...

Q. You were known for having a pretty firey personality when you were a junior coming up. Can you just talk about, I guess, how difficult you actually were back then and maybe the process of calming down over the years.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, when I was very young, when I started playing tennis -- well, I started very early, when I was three years old. But I was always swearing around the court and throwing my racquet - but really bad. So, I mean, my parents felt embarrassed and they would tell me to stop because they said they wouldn't come with me to tournaments anymore. So I had to kind of settle down. But this actually took me until I was maybe 19, maybe one or two years ago, which I really started to make improvements. Before I would still, like, complain on every point I would lose and all this stuff. So I don't now how I got over it. I kind of thought like I'm losing too much energy by always getting upset with myself. And now I'm totally calm. I got very good press at the French and Wimbledon for my behavior on the court. Yeah, but now I have to almost watch out that I'm not too calm sometimes on the court.

Q. I wanted to ask you a little bit about, you were talking a few minutes ago about how they're sort of wide open this year. Is it odd not to be mentioning Pete's name as the favorite? Until last year, until you ended his streak, he was sort of always the one people expected to win. Have times changed a lot?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I've seen Pete play now in Halle last week. Obviously, he's still struggling a little bit because he hasn't had too many matches this year. But I still think he's for sure one of the guys to beat, even though he's maybe not a favorite like he was last year - just because he didn't win, you know, last year. But Pete is so dangerous on grass. I mean, the draws in a Grand Slam are much bigger, so he can play against less good players, you know? So he can find himself into the tournament, then he's going to be in the quarterfinals or semifinals again. This is when it's getting very dangerous. So I still give him a very good chance of playing really well or winning even the tournament.

Q. Could you talk, Roger, about your relationship with your coach and what sort of positive things he brings to the equation.

ROGER FEDERER: Well, I've known him for maybe four years now - three, four years now. I've been traveling with him privately for maybe a little bit over two years. Well, it's going really well, as we can see with the results. For me, it's just important also that the coach for me is at the same time also a very good friend. I spend with him a lot of time, I go with him to dinner every night. We call even each other when we have time off. So this really shows how good friends we are. Plus, he was a player before. He tries to teach me what I shouldn't do, you know, because he did some mistakes maybe in his career before. So he just wants me to not to do it. And he has helped me a lot over the -- since we working together. It's going well. I'm happy to have him as a coach.

Q. I see in the ATP Media Guide that you're a big fan of pro wrestling. Does he share your love of that sport, too?

ROGER FEDERER: Actually, I was actually a big fan when I was young. Always with my friends I would watch. Now, because I'm traveling so much, we hardly get the channel to watch it. But after, for a little bit. My coach, he doesn't like it at all so...

Q. Who was your favorite wrestler when you were younger and were able to watch it?

ROGER FEDERER: I always liked The Undertaker a little bit. Now I like The Rock a lot. But I hardly see the guys. So it's tough to follow it up.

GREG SHARKO: Any other follow-ups? (No response). Roger, thanks again for joining us. Good luck the rest of the week and, of course, at the Championships beginning next week.

ROGER FEDERER: Okay. See you all, bye-bye.

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Mrs. B
08-27-2002, 08:19 AM
Yeah, Lily, at other Grand Slam sites they usually have the interviews written down (or both video). But maybe they didn't have time to type it, yet, with so many players to interview? ;)
But your resourcefulness is fully aprreciated here, and the other interview was good, even if a bit 'old'. (I think i already read that one somewhere) Candid, but he's definitely no blockhead, on the contrary, i'm jealous he speaks so many languages fluently. Wow...

Mrs. B
08-27-2002, 10:51 AM
Tennis-Federer express back on track with first round win

By Steve Keating

NEW YORK, Aug 26 (Reuters) - After the Australian Open it appeared only a matter of time before Roger Federer would claim his first grand slam title.

But when the U.S. Open began on Monday, the talented Swiss was just trying to win his first grand slam match in eight months.

A season that has been unravelling like a cheap racket took a small positive turn for Federer as he battled his way into the second round of the year's final grand slam with a tense 6-1 6-3 4-6 7-5 win over Czech Jiri Vanek.

While a broad smile broke across Federer's face when he cracked backhand cross-court winner to clinch his first hardcourt win of the season, the 13th seed was extremely critical of his performance.

"I advanced to the second round but I don't really see much positive out of this match," said Federer, who produced seven double faults and more unforced errors than his Czech opponent.

"I didn't feel very good.

"The only thing that really helps right now is to win a few matches because lately I haven't been winning at all."

PROMISING TALENT

Promoted as one of the sport's promising young talents, Federer began the year looking as if he might challenge Australia's Lleyton Hewitt for the number one spot.

A victory in Sydney followed by final appearances in Milan and Miami and a Masters Series win in Hamburg over Marat Safin elevated the 21-year-old Swiss to a career high number eight in the world rankings.

But a first round exit at the French Open followed by another at Wimbledon has sent Federer into a tailspin that he has yet to pull out of.

Before arriving at Flushing Meadows, his only victory since Wimbledon was a first round win on home clay in Gstaad followed by opening round collapses at Master Series stops in Toronto and Cincinnati.

Federer has also been dealing with the tragic death of mentor and Swiss Davis Cup coach Peter Carter, who was killed in a car crash earlier this month.

"I still don't feel great," said Federer. "What has happened outside of tennis and also on the tennis today wasn't that great.

"I'm playing more safe.

"Sometimes you try to play too safe and you miss. And my footwork is not right on like it use to be because the confidence is missing."

08/26/02 18:04 ET

ILR
08-30-2002, 03:30 PM
just a little something from the US Open and it seems like his confidence is growing! :D

R. FEDERER/M. Chang
6-3, 6-1, 6-3

MODERATOR: Questions for Roger.

Q. You really showed your full arsenal tonight, brought out everything. Do you think you played a lot better than your first-round match?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, it's a different match. You know, the first one was very little confidence, different opponent. You know, against Michael, you always get into the rally because his second serve is not very good, so you can kind of put it into play, you know, quite easy.
For me, obviously it's quite convenient because either I can chip and charge sometimes on big points or I can just play deep and then get into the point, you know.
From the baseline with him I feel like he can't really hit a winner against me, I can always run them down. I don't put too much pressure on myself to hit the winner right away. I know even if he attacks me, it's not so, so dangerous maybe like somebody else.
But, yeah, I'm happy the way it went today. Very good one and a half sets, two sets. For a while, it was very, very good.

Q. Confidence rising?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, definitely. Also, I mean, I hit some really good shots today which helps, makes me feel good, you know, when I hit some good shots.

Q. New feeling after a while?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah. I mean, it was a pity in that third set that the ball was called in, which was called good, because really then I felt like I was playing my best. That kind of got me down. I was like very disappointed that the umpire didn't see that. I mean, I can't believe he missed it really.

Mrs. B
08-30-2002, 04:57 PM
Well done, my lil Cheshire Cat!!!!

Now let's cross our fingers that he pulls through the 3rd round...

Lily
09-01-2002, 04:33 AM
08/31/2002

Roger Federer
R. FEDERER/X. Malisse
MODERATOR: Questions.
Q. Coming into the tournament here, obviously you weren't in the best of form. Is there something specific that's turned around for you here at the US Open?
ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I mean, I was not playing very well at all lately. That's why for me it was just important to win that first-round match, you know, just to get the sensation of winning again.
That was a difficult match for me. I didn't play very well. I got a little nervous in the end. Went to a fourth set. That first match was very important to get me back in the rhythm.
Against Chang I played a really good match. Today also, I could feel that I'm kind of back. It feels very good.
Q. What did you feel was different out there when you were on the court from a couple of matches ago? Is it your confidence?
ROGER FEDERER: A little bit confidence, for sure, yes. Otherwise today, even though I lost the first set, I was just staying positive out there, trying to come back strong the second set. That worked really well.
I felt mentally I was very good already against Chang. Compared to the first-round match, I was still very, very negative, very down on myself, very disappointed quickly.
So now in the last two matches, I really felt like this is how I can play, should play, and I am playing. That was a nice feeling today.
Q. How far do you feel from your best level, the level you had at the beginning of the year?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, it's tough to say, but I think I'm not so far away. I'm playing well. I still think maybe I can do a few things better. I don't know. He also hit some good shots, you know, in the right moments.
I'm actually very happy right now. I really have to look match for match because I just don't have enough matches under my belt to look further in the draw. The next round match will be against a friend, no matter who wins. It will be a special match for me.
Q. You had a bit of a slide towards the end of 2001, then you bounced back. Can you compare sort of the feeling then to now? Do you feel like you're getting into that sort of red hot form or is it different?
ROGER FEDERER: It is different because last year I came back from injury in Wimbledon, I didn't play till the US Open. I came here, played the fourth round. But I was still hurting a little bit with my groin. That took me like until maybe I would say Basel, until it really went away. Basel was I think the second to the last tournament of the season. I never really got enough matches and enough confidence to play well in the indoors. That was disappointing because I think I still had a chance, a small chance obviously, for the Masters. In the end, I had no chance because I just couldn't get my rhythm.
This year other things have happened outside of the court. I lost a lot of confidence. Wimbledon this year was for me a tough tournament. That didn't help.
(Note: this is a partial transcript)

Mrs. B
07-06-2003, 06:18 PM
:)

The Swiss Scent of Success





© EPA

Sunday, July 6, 2003



Conducting a breathtaking master class in the art of grass court tennis, Roger Federer became the first Swiss man to win a Wimbledon Singles title when he defeated Australian Mark Philippoussis, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in one hour 56 minutes. It was an occasion when sheer all-round skill and grace was too much for the sort of raw power which has frequently won the day previously on Centre Court.

Philippoussis came into the final having walloped 164 aces in his previous six matches in The Championships. Today he was able to add just 14 to that tally, as his big game was blunted and ultimately destroyed by the player John McEnroe believes is the best to emerge in men's tennis for 10 years.

Federer celebrated his 21st birthday last August, but he came of age in tennis terms today with an exhibition to match the brilliance of his semi-final win over Andy Roddick. In those two contests Federer overcame two of the best servers in the sport.

Martina Hingis won the Ladies' Singles title for Switzerland in 1997, but on the men's side Federer's victory is the crowning tennis achievement for that country, eclipsing Marc Rosset's gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

This was Federer's fifth appearance at Wimbledon; three times he has made an ignominious first round exit. He made the quarter-finals in 2001, when he caught the world's attention by halting the winning sequence of defending champion Pete Sampras with a five-set upset on Centre Court.

Today, on that same court, Federer burst into tears as he thanked the Swiss supporters who had flocked to London over the weekend to cheer him on. In the competitors' box his coach, Peter Lundgren, was also crying.

Perhaps the tears should have been shed by Philippoussis. Fancied by many to blow away his Swiss opponent with huge serving, the Australian was frustrated at every turn. In fact, Federer outgunned Philippoussis in aces, 21 to 14. Fatally, the 'Scud' did not manage to reach break point on the Federer serve, and got to deuce once just once.

It was a stupendous display from Federer; in the first set he dropped just six points on serve, including one in the tiebreak. In the second set Philippoussis scraped another six points against the Swiss man’s serve, and it was the same in the third. It was as good a display of the art of serving as one is likely to see.

The exchanges were frequently brutal in their intensity and extended rallies were rare, especially in the first set as they exchanged games and moved inexorably towards a tiebreak. Along the way, Philippoussis unleashed the biggest ace of the match, at 138mph, but a double-fault in the tiebreak gave Federer two set points. On the first one, Federer struck a forehand wide, but on the second Philippoussis' mistimed forehand service return sailed yards out of court.

Philippoussis was downcast and was immediately punished again, dropping serve in the opening game of the second set. This game demonstrated, perhaps more than any other, the genius of Federer. He opened the door with a top spun forehand pass and moved to break point with a stunning cross-court forehand which was too accurate even for the giant wingspan of the Australian at the net. The bemused Aussie then snatched at a Federer backhand and netted the volley.

Federer broke again for a 3-0 lead as Philippoussis' resolve wilted. The Swiss found himself up two sets to love after 71 minutes.

In the third set Philippoussis fought off a break point in the third game, assisted by an overrule from umpire Gerry Armstrong which awarded the Australian an ace instead of what would have been a double-fault and loss of service. Replays showed that the overrule was correct; chalk did indeed fly.

It was of little use. Philippoussis got to deuce in the next game but the tide was now flowing strongly in Federer's favour. At 5-5 Philippoussis saved two break points to earn himself another tiebreak opportunity, only to drop the opening point in that, too, by netting a backhand.

Federer surged to a 6-1 lead, and five championship points. The Australian saved two of them but then netted a backhand return. Switzerland had a new hero.



Written by Ronald Atkin

Mrs. B
07-06-2003, 06:33 PM
Roger Federer - 2003 Gentlemen's Singles Champion


Sunday, July 6, 2003



Roger Federer




Roger Federer - 2003 Gentlemen's Singles Champion
Sunday, July 6, 2003


R. FEDERER/M. Philippoussis

7-6, 6-2, 7-6

MODERATOR: Ladies and gentlemen, we'll start off with English questions for the Wimbledon Champion, please.

Q. How does the reality live up to the dream?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, you know, like I said on the court, for me this is the best ever, you know. It was my most important match in my life, you know, and already the semifinal was maybe the most important.

So that I didn't lose a set, you know, in these two matches and played so well and I kept my level up, you know, is just absolute dream.

And then in the end, you know, to lift the trophy is something you don't expect, you know. But when it happens, it's, for me, very tough with the emotions.

Q. The tears, Roger, where did they come from? What was going through your mind?

ROGER FEDERER: They come from Switzerland (laughter).

No, I don't know, I've cried, you know, a few times on big occasions. Somehow, in the first moment, I don't think I will, but then I just can't keep, you know, keep it like this.

So, you know, as I said, this tournament means so much to me, and I've had great experiences in '98 junior victory, then 2001 when I beat Sampras, and now this, you know.

So this is just something for me what I cannot understand yet, you know. Because it's just -- it's too good.

Q. Is there anybody you'd like to dedicate this victory to?

ROGER FEDERER: You guys know each other, huh? (Laughter).

I would like to just thank everybody who has always helped me, you know. I don't want to give this to one person because this is -- it's too big of a victory. And everybody who has helped me throughout my career, you know, going from coaches to friends to condition trainers to stringers to masseurs, just everybody who has been involved in my game. I would like to -- you know, this is something back to them also, you know.

But in the end, you know, it's also my victory and I enjoy it as much as I can.

Q. In Poland we have two major tournaments in coastal towns. Juan Carlos Ferrero is coming this year. Will you come, too?

ROGER FEDERER: Where is it? Excuse me.

Q. In Poland.

ROGER FEDERER: No, I'm not thinking about it yet, you know (laughter).

Q. You will be most welcome.

ROGER FEDERER: Okay, thank you. But you've got to send me an invitation, I don't know (smiling).

Q. You just won the most important tournament in the world. This undoubtedly wipes out some of the disappointments of the last couple years, tournaments you've gone far in, a Masters tournament you lost to Hewitt, Al Costa. At any time in the last two years, when those disappointments came along, was there any self-doubt that you would ever arrive at this moment?

ROGER FEDERER: Uhm... Doubt, you know, there is no guarantee for nothing, you know. And, you know, I was -- I knew I had the game, you know. And, for me, it was somehow first important that I could prove it maybe on the smaller events. This is also really where I picked up, you know. I won titles - now, you know, a lot. It's already my fifth this year. I thought, "This is gonna bring me far in the Grand Slams, you know, just to play a lot of matches and to play a lot of finals," because finals is different -- it's just different, you know, mentally.

So I've always believed, but then in the end when it happens, you know, you don't think that it is possible, you know. But now it has happened, and I guess I'm just gonna have some time, you know, to look back and just enjoy this moment.

Q. You talked about beating Pete Sampras. Do you think now you can emulate him at Wimbledon?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, this is, you know, one of his seven, you know. I'm so far away, you know. I'm just happy, you know, to be on the board, you know. It's so nice, if I look at all the players who have won here, you know, a lot have been idols to me. Just to be on the board with Borg and these people, it's just nice, you know, to be a part of history at Wimbledon, you know - and in Grand Slams in general, you know.

And, you know, it's incredible.

Q. Was there any specific thought that triggered your emotion at the end? You seemed happy and controlled, then you seemed to have felt a rush of emotion. Was it just an accumulation of things or just a particular thought?

ROGER FEDERER: You know, when he hits the passing -- the return, you think, "Oh, it's gonna be a tough volley, you know," then it stays in the net, you know.

And you don't really know what to do in the first moment, you know? I just knew I'm gonna go down on the floor, you know, and enjoy it, you know, and see what happens, you know.

Maybe - hopefully - I don't cry, you know, but... (Laughter).

It's kind of difficult in such a big match and in such an unbelievable stadium, you know, where the people are so nice.

Q. I just wondered if you saw somebody or something went through your mind that actually meant you'd lost the battle? It's not a battle to win, anyway, but when your emotion came, did one particular thought come into your head, or did you see something or think something?

ROGER FEDERER: What did I think about? You know, it's just I cannot believe it, you know? This is really what went through my mind the first moment when I sat down on my chair, then just quick flashback. You don't have much time, you know.

But in the first moment, you know...

Then you see the trophy, you know, and it's so beautiful. Gold. You know, you don't have golden trophies very often (laughter). Just the way, you know, when you look at it and when you hold it, is something you've always dreamed of.

So right then, you feel like, you know, "Am I dreaming? This is true right now?" You know.

Q. You're still very young, but you must have read and heard so many times commentators say that, you know, "Your nerve is gone on the big occasion," "When are you going to break through on the big occasion?" Do you feel, as well as the great sort of joy, do you feel a sense of relief that now you've shown everybody, "Yes, I can win one of the big ones"?

ROGER FEDERER: Yes, I said this already when I won my quarters almost, when I won my semis, and now after I won my finals. I proved it to everybody, you know.

It is a big relief to me because there was pressure from all the sides, you know, also from myself. I wanted to do better in Slams, you know.

But it just -- I guess you need a little luck, you know, like I had with my back, and kind of sneak through that round, you know.

So when I was playing that round, I didn't think, you know, I'd ever hold a trophy. So one week -- not even a week later, I'm holding it. So it's very tough still for me to just think it.

Q. I know you didn't want to pick out anybody in particular to dedicate it to, but the memory of Peter Carter, could you talk about him and what he did for you?

ROGER FEDERER: I mean, he's definitely included, you know. He's been one of my most important people in my career. So definitely also he's included in this circle, you know. That's for sure, you know.

And I guess we would have had a big party together, you know, if he was still here.

Q. You said at the moment of your triumph when you were sitting down you were flashing back. What were you flashing back on?

ROGER FEDERER: How is it to be in the finals, you know, and win in straight sets. And, you know, it's just totally different feeling. I was very nervous when I walked on the court, you know. It was different.

And after just -- because you live during the match, and you have strong emotions, you know, but you don't want to get too overexcited, you know. My body's totally flat now, you know. I cannot move anymore. I'm totally exhausted, just because of the tension out there, you know.

"I really hope that I can do this in three," you know, after I won the second set.

Q. How much trouble were you in in the match against Lopez?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, I was... Did you see the match or not?

Q. No, not all of it.

ROGER FEDERER: I'm telling you, go and get a tape, because... (Laughter).

Because I was really -- I was really in big pain, you know. I was struggling to serve, I was struggling to return. I couldn't even really sit down because I was hurting so much. Then I called the trainer after two games and he gave me painkillers, he gave me a massage on my back, you know, with warm cream.

And I told myself, "If this continues for a few more games, and I realized that this guy was just kicking my ass, it's not worth playing," you know.

But somehow I stayed in the match and it got a little bit better. Then I kind of won that first set, which was important.

Q. With the Swiss winning the America's Cup, now you've won Wimbledon, what's left for you?

ROGER FEDERER: The end, what is that?

Q. The Swiss have won the America's Cup. You've won Wimbledon. What's next for the Swiss?

ROGER FEDERER: Hmm... You know, yeah, I also believe that Swiss sports is doing well, you know. They've proved it.

At one stage I was thinking about, you know, America's Cup actually because I saw them and, you know, they were 3-love ahead and everybody said they were racing away, you know. Same with me, when I was up two sets to love, I thought, "Just take it, you know, and race away, you know..." (Smiling).

Tennis in Switzerland, I think, is doing quite well. I've only helped this by winning this title.

Q. How will you celebrate tonight?

ROGER FEDERER: How? There's a lot of friends here, family members as well, and we gonna go to the official dinner, something I've always wanted to do. Because in '98, when I won the Juniors I was invited, but we decided, Peter Carter and myself, we said, "Oh, I got my first wildcard in Gstaad, I know I got to prepare well."

So I still regret that, you know, in a way. But now that's okay because I can live through that official dinner again.

Q. It must disappoint you Peter Carter isn't here to witness this?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, for sure. But I hope he sees it from somewhere, you know...

would be a dream.

Q. Must be a tremendous thing to win a Grand Slam at any stage. Is there something special, do you think, that the first one has come here?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, yeah, you know. People were always asking me, because I'm an all-around player that can play on any surface - I've won this year alone already titles on all surfaces, you know - so people were asking me, "Which Grand Slam do you think you have the best chance," you know.

After the loss of last year, I started saying, "You know, maybe Australian Open and US Open, I don't know."

Now, to win Wimbledon as a first Grand Slam, you know, obviously now I don't hope it's gonna be my last, you know, but it is, it's definitely for me the best one to win. I'm so happy.

Q. You've won Wimbledon, which is a pretty good tournament. But when are you ever going to win Basel?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah (laughter). I haven't won that one yet, huh? Maybe this year, who knows (smiling).

Nina
07-06-2003, 07:20 PM
thanks a lot for the interview :)

Mrs. B
07-06-2003, 09:49 PM
Serve and volley

Federer's finesse offers new hope for old order
Posted: Sunday July 06, 2003 1:39 PM



LONDON (Reuters) -- Wimbledon champion Roger Federer restored the tradition of serve and volley tennis at the All England Club on Sunday.

A year after Lleyton Hewitt stormed to the title without hitting a single volley winner against fellow baseliner David Nalbandian, Federer displayed his sublime skills from the net to become the first Swiss man to lift a Grand Slam title.

The fact that Federer's victim, Australian Mark Philippoussis, was also an exponent of attacking net play must have come as a relief to the organizers of the event, who had been accused of slowing down the slick surface.

"I enjoy watching myself play my game because it's so different. I hope you guys also enjoyed it," an emotional Federer told the Centre Court crowd after he had treated them to an exhibition of style and finesse in his 7-6, 6-2, 7-6 victory.

Despite Pete Sampras' winning seven Wimbledon titles between 1993 and 2000, serve and volley has been a dying art form over the past decade. Nine of the world's top 10 players prefer to do battle from the back of the court.

Last year's final at the grass-court Grand Slam between two baseliners, the first since Bjorn Borg beat Jimmy Connors in the 1978 title match, had the purists lamenting the future of the sport.

Three-time Wimbledon winner Boris Becker was one of a host of former champions so concerned by the lack of volleyers in the modern game that they sent a letter to the sports' ruling body this week calling for a reduction in the size of racket heads.

But Federer and Philippoussis laid to rest fears that the premier grass-court event was being hijacked wholesale by the baseliners.

"Finally you see a player with old technique; he plays the serve and volley tennis and plays the slice and doesn't need the 140 mph serve to succeed," Becker said while commenting on Federer's artistry on Sunday.

From the moment Federer rushed to the net on the first point of the match, he dished out a class in old-school tennis to Philippoussis.

With his deft touches and acute angled volleys -- he even hit one from just inside the baseline -- the 21-year-old ripped apart Philippoussis's Wimbledon dreams in one hour and 56 minutes.

"He's one of the great players out there," said the vanquished Australian, who matched his opponent with 20 points won at the net.

"He's a competent serve and volleyer and showed today that he can do everything on the court."

As world No. 5 Federer, fell to his knees in his moment of triumph, he had the traditionalists cheering around the world once again.

TennisHack
07-06-2003, 10:06 PM
Q. The tears, Roger, where did they come from?

ROGER FEDERER: They come from Switzerland (laughter).

Aww!

Mrs. B
07-06-2003, 10:24 PM
Tears At Fed Time





© EPA

Sunday, July 6, 2003


Roger Federer dedicated his Wimbledon victory today to "everyone who has helped me".

The 21-year-old Swiss defeated Mark Philippoussis from Australia, 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3), in one hour and 56 minutes on Centre Court before falling to his knees and bursting into tears. Emotion overcame the fourth seed at the mention of his support group. Coach Peter Lundgren and girlfriend Miroslava Vavrinek were in the guest box, friends were elsewhere in the crowd while the late Peter Carter, who also coached Federer, was in the new champion's mind.

Federer said: "Peter has been one of the most important people in my career. I guess we would have had a big party together if he was still here.I hope he sees it from somewhere. It would be a dream.

"When I won Junior wimbledon in 1998 I was invited to the official dinner but Peter and myself decided I had to prepare for a tournament in Switzerland at Gstaad instead. I still regret that but it is okay because I can go to the official dinner this year.

"Peter is definitely included in the group of people I want to thank. But I don't want to give this to one person because this is too big of a victory. I would like to thank everyone who has helped throughout my career from coaches to friends to condition trainers to stringers to masseurs. This is something for them."

It was a dream come true. He said: "I just couldn't believe it. I didn't really know what to do in the first moment. I thought maybe I won't cry but it is kind of difficult in such a big match and in such an unbelievable stadium where the people are so nice.

"Then you see the trophy and it is so beautiful. Gold. You don't see gold trophies very often. You look at it, hold it. It is something you've always dreamed of. So you feel 'am I dreaming?'"

Three-times champion Boris Becker said after the victory that Federer would win many more Wimbledons, with the inference that the Swiss could try to emulate his idol Pete Sampras's run of seven victories. He said: "This is one of his seven. I'm just happy to be on the board, to be part of history at Wimbledon. It's incredible."




Written by Mike Donovan

Mrs. B
07-06-2003, 10:50 PM
*sigh* i can't stop. lol :D

Federer Dominates in Wimbledon Final
By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY


LONDON, July 6 — As he walked through the entrance to Center Court for the most important match of his life, Roger Federer, like all the would-be champions before him, passed under the words of Rudyard Kipling:

If you can meet with triumph and disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same

Though he is only 21, Federer does not have much more to learn about Wimbledon. He proved that conclusively and beautifully over the last two weeks by hitting winners under great pressure from the backcourt and the frontcourt and many other grassy places in between. But he still has more to learn about meeting Kipling's challenge.

When he met with tennis disaster on Center Court here a year ago by being upset in the very first round to Mario Ancic, Federer walked, dry-eyed, to the net and shook the young Croatian's hand. When he met with tennis triumph on the same famous stretch of lawn today by beating Mark Philippoussis in straight sets in the final without allowing the Australian the professional courtesy of a break point, he dropped to his knees, thrust his arms in the air and was soon sobbing in his chair after shaking the bigger but not better man's hand.

There would be more tears when Federer made his comments to the crowd, more tears when he held up the trophy that he had watched others hold up on television when he was growing up near the lovely Swiss city of Basel.

But then why should that be surprising? Federer has an artist's touch on a tennis court: be it made of French clay, Australian rubber, American cement or English grass. Why shouldn't he have a sensitive soul, as well?

"I've cried a few times on big occasions," he said after his 7-6 (7-5), 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) victory put an end to discussion of his inability to rise to the biggest occasions. "Somehow in the first moment, I don't think I will, but then I just can't keep it like this. This tournament means so much to me."

He won his first title in 1998 by winning the junior event. He made his first headlines here in 2001 by beating seven-time champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round on Center Court. Now, after playing two of the better back-to-back matches imaginable, he has won his first Grand Slam singles title here, too.

But one suspects that Federer may also end up meaning a lot to Wimbledon. He might not be the 17-year-old symbol of a nation like Boris Becker was when he won the title; he might not exude the Nordic mystery of Borg or have the Big Apple mouth of John McEnroe. But there is something magnetic about his tennis: an attractive blend of smooth moving and creative thinking; of tact and force that has the potential to cut across borders.

But then he has already broken down barriers in his small, occasionally fractious country: growing up in the German-speaking part of the country but moving to the French-speaking section to train in his early teens and learning that language, too, despite being mocked for his accents. He speaks English well, too.

The French sportswriter Philippe Bouin of L'Equipe, who has seen many Wimbledons and champions, thinks Federer is a mix of Sampras and the telegenic Frenchman Henri Leconte. Sampras had the same innate grace in motion and self-contained presence; Leconte had the same ability to generate great velocity with a rapier-like flash of his racket.

"Oh, this is, you know, just one of his seven; I'm so far away," Federer said of Sampras. "I'm just happy to be on the board. It's so nice if I look at all the players who have won here. A lot have been idols to me. Just to be on the board with Borg and these people, it's just nice to be a part of history at Wimbledon and in Grand Slams in general."

The unseeded Philippoussis has yet to carve out the same sort of place for himself, although he did lead Australia to the Davis Cup title in 1999. But his presence on Center Court today was a reflection of a doggedness that many of his former coaches might not have suspected he possessed. The big, athletic Australian has always had the talent and the power, but he had to fight through three knee injuries to finally make it into a Wimbledon final. Though he beat No. 1-ranked Andre Agassi in the fourth round here in five sets and survived a five-set struggle in the quarterfinals against Alexander Popp, he could not find a way to push Federer out of his wide comfort zone.

"Obviously, he is very talented; he can do everything," Philippoussis said. "On the court, he's comfortable with serve and volleying, as he showed today. So simple, you know, when you have a great day. Everything looks great. Everything's perfect. So he definitely deserved today."

This final had a similar plot line to Federer's remarkable victory over Andy Roddick in the semifinals: It turned for good in the first-set tiebreaker.

Neither Philippoussis nor Federer had a break point in the opening 12 games, but Philippoussis cracked first in the tiebreaker: going for a typically monstrous second serve and double faulting to go down 4-6. He saved the first set point with a first serve that Federer could not handle, but he could not save the second: running around a backhand and blasting a forehand into the net.

Riding the wave, Federer won the next three games to take command of the second set, and though Philippoussis's resistance stiffened again in the third, he faltered again under Federer's pressure in the tiebreaker to fall behind 1-6.

By then, it seemed clear to everybody except Philippoussis that Federer was going to get his hands on the bigger trophy, and though the Australian won the next two points, he could not win the third: hitting a backhand return into the net that deprived the Swiss star of his balance and his composure.

dagmar7
09-14-2003, 01:06 PM
I thought you all might enjoy this article about Roger and his commitment to Davis Cup.

Federer has Swiss mountain to climb
By Linda Pearce
September 14, 2003
The Sun-Herald


"Roger Federer. He's supposed to be the next great player," the cover of an American tennis magazine announced before Wimbledon this year. "So what's he waiting for?"

The championships, as it happens. Federer's answer was so convincing in his defeats of Andy Roddick and Mark Philippoussis that the tennis world unanimously hailed its next superstar.

At last, a performance worthy of his sublime talent. Finally, evidence that the signs of genius recognised long ago by his Australian mentor, the late Peter Carter, were genuine. Yet it is significant, and this week pertinent, that for all the grand slam failures that preceded Federer's momentous coming-of-age, the pressures of Davis Cup play had not proved equally burdensome.

As a 17-year-old in 1999, Federer struggled in his first two ties, before upstaging Philippoussis to open the first round in Zurich the following year. After Federer combined with Lorenzo Manta to take the doubles, it took fellow teenager Lleyton Hewitt four sets in the reverse singles to force a live fifth rubber won by a hobbling Philippoussis in what would be his last tie for three years.

Since then, Federer has won 12 of his 13 Davis Cup singles matches, and lost only one set in the past nine. Like Hewitt, he is always willing and available, usually playing doubles as well. Indeed, so keen is Federer that he admitted post-Roddick and pre-Philippoussis at Wimbledon in July that "I'm thinking a little bit already about that upcoming match in Davis Cup, you know".

Now, with that golden Wimbledon trophy sitting on his shelf in Basel, he is thinking about it a lot. For a semi-final that starts at Rod Laver Arena on Friday, the world No.3 arrived on Thursday, more than two days before the Australian No.1.

"I came here early to join the team and just get used to the conditions," he said, stressing, too, his Lleyton-like commitment to national duty.

"That's why I'm playing for my country; that's why I'm coming here early to prepare, and I just enjoy playing in a team because it can get quite lonely sometimes on the tour.

"Here you are together, reunion, with a team, with players and coaches and I really enjoy it. So I'm proud to play for Switzerland."

Swiss captain and Federer's sometime doubles partner Marc Rosset is thrilled to have him, for with Federer - and a doubles assistant - lies the only realistic chance of an upset and historic second finals appearance. For all that Martina Hingis achieved, Rosset and Jakob Hlasek had been Switzerland's most successful male tennis players.

The land-locked country of banks, watches and clocks has won the America's Cup, and adores ice hockey and skiing, but two of its biggest sports stars are athlete Andre Bucher and orienteerer Simone Luder.

And now there is Federer, the second child of Robert, a chemical technician, and Lynette, a native South African, who introduced their only son to tennis at the age of eight. In no time he was hurling racquets about and behaving badly, which is hard to imagine these days, for there are few more relaxed or pleasant players in the game.

Indeed, one of the few times he has lost control of his emotions was during the Wimbledon presentation, when his blubbering set off a chain reaction that included Martina Navratilova and Kim Clijsters while they sat watching from the locker room preparing to play doubles finals.

The tears were not what Federer had wanted, but were nothing he could help.

"I knew I had the game, you know," he said afterwards. "I always believed."

Even so, the expectation is that, with the pressure valve unscrewed, the full force of his majestic talents will now be unleashed. Never mind that at Flushing Meadows recently the pre-tournament favourite suffered a fifth successive loss to his Argentinian nemesis, David Nalbandian, in the round of 16.

Federer is still the only player to have won a title on every surface this year and is generally considered the best equipped of the emerging generation to win all four grand slam titles.

"The guy has everything, but he can still improve everything," says his coach, Peter Lundgren.

Thirty Swiss journalists are expected in town this week for the Davis Cup tie between Australia and, effectively, Federer. Yet if Wimbledon was any guide, and he is truly the next great player, the wait has been worthwhile.

Mrs. B
09-14-2003, 03:21 PM
thanks for this, Dagmar! :wavey:

Doris Loeffel
09-15-2003, 09:55 AM
yeap really nice one!!

Mrs. B
09-21-2003, 07:54 PM
Looking Out For #2...

Tennis: Davis-Cup - Die Suche nach der Nummer Zwei
Die knappe Niederlage gegen Australien hat die Diskussion über die Nummer 2 im Schweizer Davis-Cup-Team neu entfacht. Gegen einen Konkurrenten mit zwei Einzelspielern aus der Weltklasse ist ein Roger Federer auf die Dauer zu wenig.
Die Suche nach einer valablen Nummer 2 gestaltet sich äusserst schwierig. Michel Kratochvil ist ein weiteres Mal durchgefallen. Der Auftritt gegen Lleyton Hewitt hat die Limiten des Berners erneut aufgedeckt.

Gleichwohl dürfte wegen Mangels an Alternativen bis auf Weiteres kein Weg am Ostermundiger vorbei führen. Captain Marc Rosset traut sich vernünftigerweise im Herbst seiner Karriere zu Recht keine Einsätze in Davis-Cup-Einzeln mehr zu und stellt sich mittlerweile sogar fürs Doppel in Frage.

George Bastl spielt wie Yves Allegro in den Überlegungen Rossets wohl höchstens in Bezug aufs Doppel eine Rolle. Ivo Heuberger, der sich wie Bastl selbst in Challenger-Turnieren schwer tut, scheint für höhere (Einzel-)Aufgaben ebenfalls nicht bereit zu sein.

Bliebe Stanislas Wawrinka. Dem Waadtländer Youngster mit polnischen Wurzeln, der in Melbourne erstmals Davis-Cup-Luft schnupperte, muss sicher noch Zeit eingeräumt werden. Wenn seine Entwicklung so weiter verläuft wie in dieser Saison, könnte der 18-Jährige aber schon bald zum Thema werden.

Das Geld, mit dem das Team dem French-Open-Sieger der Junioren den Flug nach Australien berappt hat, dürfte jedenfalls gut angelegt sein.

Trotz der aktuellen Umstände im Team darf die Schweizer Vertretung im Davis Cup nicht auf Roger Federer beschränkt werden. Im sportlichen Bereich mag dies zutreffen, aber für den Baselbieter ist das Team mehr als nur eine "Gruppe seiner Angestellten", wie es in der vergangenen Woche in Melbourne oft überspitzt formuliert worden ist.

Federer betont immer wieder, wie wichtig ihm die Entourage sei und wie wohl er sich innerhalb der Gruppe fühle. Dass dies keine leeren Worte und Anstandsfloskeln sind, zeigt der Wimbledon-Sieger immer wieder aufs Neue.

Nur ein zufriedener Federer ist fähig, Mal für Mal im Davis Cup dem immensen Druck standzuhalten und Topleistungen am Laufmeter abzuliefern.

Dass dies in Melbourne nicht geklappt hat, war besonders ärgerlich, zumal der Final in der BernArena nicht nur den Spielern, sondern auch dem Verband Swiss Tennis sehr gelegen gekommen wäre -- nicht nur aus sportlicher, sondern auch aus finanzieller Sicht.

Aus der dreitägigen Veranstaltung im Heimstadion des SC Bern hätte mit einem Gewinn von 1,2 bis 1,5 Millionen Franken gerechnet werden können. Das Geld wäre bei Swiss Tennis höchst willkommen gewesen, zumal allein die Davis-Cup-Begegnungen in diesem Jahr in Holland, Frankreich und jetzt Australien ein Loch von 280 000 Franken in die Verbandskasse gerissen haben.

star
09-22-2003, 02:43 AM
It would be nice if one of the youngsters was groomed. But surely Kratochvil is better than Wawrinka.

Mrs. B
09-22-2003, 09:17 AM
Heinz Gunthardt was saying on the sports news last night that perhaps Wawrinka should practice more with Roger, the exposure and experience would help him much.

But only time will tell if he can be player #2 for future DC matches.

I saw parts of Michel's match last Friday and he wasn't bad, i thought his groundstrokes were much better, but of course against someone like Hewitt you have to maintain your consistency.

tangerine_dream
01-04-2004, 06:14 AM
Federer takes aim at Roddick
BY CHARLES BRICKER
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - (KRT) - It's one day before the start of the 2004 tennis season, and Roger Federer is in no hurry to whack that first serve.

For the first time since his first full pro season in 2000, he is not scheduled to play a warmup tournament before the Australian Open. He's neither scheduled into Doha, Qatar, which begins Monday, nor into Sydney, which starts its seven-day run a week later, ending a day before the start of the tour's first Grand Slam.

In addition, Federer still is without a coach, having jettisoned happy-go-lucky Peter Lundgren late last season, though he still has not satisfactorily explained why. About all he has confessed to is that, "I've been thinking about it some time."

Federer, who won the Masters and finished the year at No. 2, is not the first player to dump a coach after hitting or nearly hitting the top. Marcelo Rios once excused Larry Stefanki, who had helped him get to No. 1, and Lleyton Hewitt two years ago fired fellow Aussie Darren Cahill after reaching No. 1.

Despite his best year, in which he won his first Slam (Wimbledon) and the Masters and recorded a 78-17 record, Federer could be searching for someone to drive him harder physically. The corpulent Lundgren is an excellent teacher of the game, but he's never left people with the impression that a high fitness level is No. 1 on his agenda.

Certainly, Federer looks fit and has an excellent record in three-set matches (33-8 in 2003). But since he beat Pete Sampras at Wimbledon in 2001 in a five-set gripper, he has lost his past four five-set matches, including three in 2003 (Aussie Open to David Nalbandian; Gstaad to Jiri Novak; Davis Cup to Hewitt).

No one who has met Lundgren wanted to see him fired. He's affable, knowledgeable and a great tour character. But this may be yet another signal that Federer is determined to push Andy Roddick out of the No. 1 spot, and Roddick vs. Federer has the stuff to become a great, long-lasting rivalry.

They met three times last season, all in semifinals, with Federer winning at Wimbledon, Roddick at the Masters event in Montreal and Federer again at the Masters Championships at Houston. Federer leads overall 5-1.

Federer isn't scheduled to play until the Aussie Open (Jan. 19-Feb. 1), but he could take a wild card into Sydney if he changes his mind.

The rest of the top 10:

No. 1 Roddick, of Boca Raton, opens this week at Doha; No. 3 Juan Carlos Ferrero will start at the Aussie Open; No. 4 Andre Agassi will start at the Open, though he'll play some exhibitions before the Slam; No. 5 Guillermo Coria was to start at Doha but has pulled an abductor muscle in his leg and is out for a couple of weeks; No. 6 Rainer Schuettler plays Doha; No. 7 Carlos Moya goes to Chennai, India, which begins this week; No. 8 Nalbandian plays Adelaide, which also begins this week; No. 9 Mark Philippoussis and No. 10 Sebastien Grosjean of Boca play Doha.

On the men's side:

_Two players coming back from injury have exceptional games. One is Tommy Haas, who has been off with shoulder problems more than a year. The other is Guillermo Canas, the gritty Argentine whose wrist injury finished him early in 2003. Haas is 3-0 against Roddick.

_Tim Henman began to recover his lost game late last season, has split with Stefanki and now is working part-time with former Pete Sampras coach Paul Annacone. He's one of the last of the serve-and-volley players.

_Philippoussis' runner-up finish at Wimbledon showed he has found a fitness formula that will keep him out of rehab for a long stretch of time. With his big game, he still has Grand Slam title potential.

_Young Americans to watch: No. 20 Mardy Fish of Tampa, No. 30 Robby Ginepri of Marietta, Ga., and No. 33 Taylor Dent of Newport Beach, Calif.

faboozadoo15
01-04-2004, 06:02 PM
hmm never thought of the fitness drive as a reason why roger ended things with peter... but then again, isn't that what his fitness trainer is for :confused: i think it's best explained by "he needed change." it's pretty simple. peter may have stopped pushing roger in different directions, and that's what he needs. it's almost admirable that roger recognizes this considering how easily the game comes to him.

anyway-- all the best of luck in 04'.

why isn't he playing sydney? i've never really liked how it's 3 straight weeks in the blistering heat, but it's a little odd with how full of a schedule he plays that this one isn't included. oh well, he's got hong kong...

tangerine_dream
01-09-2004, 04:42 AM
Yet another tennis legend is creaming his pants over Federer. There's some nice quotes here you can add to the Player Comments on Roger thread.

Now...who's left that hasn't jumped on the Fed bandwagon yet? ;)

Rafter Rates Roger No. 1

By Richard Pagliaro
01/09/2004

Former No. 1 Patrick Rafter knows what it takes to reach the top of tennis. And though Roger Federer is second in the world to top-ranked Andy Roddick, the retired Rafter rates Federer's authoritative all-court attack as second to none.

"We've seen the emergence of Roger Federer," Rafter told reporters. "He is the greatest, most complete player I have seen. He's going to be awesome. Obviously Lleyton (Hewitt) winning Wimbledon, too."

The 31-year-old Rafter made his return to tournament tennis at the AAPT Championships in Adelaide serving doubles duty with his long-time friend Joshua Eagle. The pair won the first set before dropping a 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 decision to Vince Spadea and Mark Merklein.

It was Rafter's first meaningful match since December of 2001 when he teamed with Lleyton Hewitt in a losing doubles effort against Frenchmen Fabrice Santoro and Cedric Pioline as France stunned host Australia, 3-2, to claim the 2001 Davis Cup championship. Rafter will renew his partnership with Eagle in the doubles draw of the Australian Open later this month.

In the two years he's been away, Rafter said the speed of shots and pace of play has dramatically increased.

"Even over the past two years, everyone's hitting it harder," Rafter said. "I'm glad I'm not playing any more. This is as far as I go. As long as I'm playing a bit of golf and a bit of tennis, I'm enjoying myself. Just walking around the courts here, seeing how hard the guys are hitting the ball. I know a lot of the guys are using this type of string called Big Banger, or something like that. It's a string that allows them to hit it very, very hard, and the ball sort of drops into the court all of the time. It's a string that creates a lot of spin."

Last January, Rafter announced his official retirement from tennis, concluding a career that saw him claim consecutive U.S. Open crowns, advance to the Wimbledon final two straight years (2000 and 2001), reach the No. 1 rank on July 26th, 1999 and capture 11 career titles.

The man whose relentless serve-and-volley style, good-natured disposition and self-deprecating sense of humor made him one of Australia’s most popular public figures — he was selected Australian Of the Year two years ago — said he had lost his desire to compete on the pro circuit. Chronic shoulder and arm injuries restricted Rafter's schedule in the final year of his career and contributed to his decision to retire. Since then, Rafter has rarely appeared at many tennis events, focusing on his family life with long-time girlfriend Lara Feltham and the couple's 17-month-old son, Joshua.

Though he came up slightly short in realizing two of his tennis dreams — winning a Davis Cup championship and a Wimbledon crown — Rafter said he called it quits without any real regrets.

"I just found there were so many other great players out there. You have had to beat so many good players to win a Grand Slam," Rafter said. "I had that opportunity (to win Wimbledon) against Goran (Ivanisevic), anyway, when Pete (Sampras) wasn't even there. I've had my opportunities and the ball didn't fall exactly where I needed it to fall. Pete was a great player, no doubting that, but in the last few years, he wasn't the same player he was the years before. There were a lot of windows there."

The windows were open, but the door is closed on a complete comeback. Though he is playing doubles at the Australian Open with Eagle, Rafter ruled out a complete return to tennis.

He exuded extraordinary effort every time he took the court and even in defeat, Rafter was an admirable adversary to opponents. In the aftermath of his heartbreaking 6-3, 3-6, 6-3, 2-6, 9-7 loss to Ivanisevic in the 2001 Wimbledon final that left the colorful Croatian weeping in exhilaration, Rafter was characteristically classy.

"It was one of those matches that could have gone either way," said Rafter. "It went Goran's way today. Someone had to lose and I was the loser again. I'm a culprit of writing Goran off a few years ago, but he proved everyone wrong. He played great tennis. He is a deserving champion."

In addition to succumbing to chronic shoulder strain, Rafter admits that the persistent pressure to produce victories suffocated his psyche and played a part in his decision to depart.

"I was actually starting to lose my nerve a little bit as well," Rafter conceded. "I wasn't enjoying all the expectation and pressure on me before matches, whereas before I used to really enjoy it and it was good fun to go out there.That side of things really caught up with me. I didn't enjoy the feeling of waiting to go on to court."

The two-time U.S. Open champion said he spent much of his final season feeling the obligation to succeed was oppressive to his play. His shoulder pain diminished his serve and the pressure deterred his nerve.

"It was pretty well the whole of the last year I played," Rafter said. "And I did find it hard at smaller tournaments when you had incentive (appearance money) to go to these tournaments and they're expecting you to win every match and you could come up against someone like Vince Spadea right now and not knowing exactly if you're gonna win or not, regardless of who it is. And if you lose, you just feel like you've let the tournament down, let yourself down and all those pressures sort of compounded throughout the last year that I played. At Davis Cup matches, too, I started really getting nervous all well. The whole pressure was on you to win and I didn't handle that as well as I could have."

Widely respected for his sportsmanship and class on the court — Rafter reversed a line call against himself in a second-set tiebreaker against Andrei Cherkasov at Adelaide in 1997 that virtually handed the Russian the match — the affable Aussie was one of the most popular players with fellow pros. American James Blake credited Rafter’s encouraging comments after beating Blake in the third round of Cincinnati in 2001 ("Now do you believe you can beat me? Because you can," Blake recalled Rafter saying during the post-match handshake) for instilling confidence in him.

The third youngest of nine children, the Queensland, Australia native began playing tennis at the age of five with his father Jim and three older brothers. Though he was small for his age, Rafter was a relentless net rusher from the very start of his junior career. During the early stages of his teenage years, Rafter was routinely routed by other Australian juniors and contemplated quitting tennis for a while.

"For a couple of years when I was 14 to 16; those couple of years I could hardly win a match (after) being one of the best players in Australia as a 13-year-old," Rafter recalled. "Many times I thought of giving it away then. Everyone was too strong for me then. I was a late bloomer."

He turned pro in 1991, but wasn’t exactly an instant winner. Rafter refined his game playing Challengers, lower-level ATP events and an abundance of doubles matches. He beat South African Wayne Ferreira to win his first career ATP singles title at Manchester in 1994. Injuries slowed Rafter’s progress in 1995 and 1996, but he responded by reaching six finals and winning his first career Grand Slam at the U.S. Open in 1997.

He successfully defended his title the next year with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0 triumph over compatriot Mark Philippoussis and donated half of his champion’s check to charity for the second consecutive year.

His risk-taking style made him a popular player for fans and Rafter’s sense of adventure wasn’t confined to the tennis court: he tried bungee cord jumping, rides motorbikes and spends some of his spare time surfing.

The pony-tail, which later gave way to a buzz cut, scraggly beard and ever-present face paint of zinc oxide were Rafter trademarks as well as his penchant for saying "Sorry, Mate" after catching his errant service toss. It was Rafter’s sense of fair play and politeness to fellow pros, ball kids, fans and members of the media that made him unique. During his last appearance at the U.S. Open, Rafter routinely stood outside the practice courts for a half hour signing autographs for fans.
Fans will undoubtedly line up to see Rafter's signature shots at the Australian Open later this month.

Dirk
01-09-2004, 06:44 AM
Roger's choking is responsible for his Hewitt DC loss. Gstaad was right after Wimbly so come on he wasn't going to win there. Roger's body has been getting stronger and stronger. I do hope he will find someone who will make him better mentally. Roger is so so close to being perfect.

tangerine_dream
01-12-2004, 08:52 PM
Well, this kinda explains why some Fed fans are so nasty when it comes to other players. ;) Check this article out. (btw, in my opinion, the Match of the Year to beat will always be the Roddick vs. Al Anayoui match at AO. Why? Because it wasn't one-sided the way Fed's two brilliant matches (Wimby and Houston) were.) Other than that, I agree with the writer.

It Doesn't Hurt So Much
Dilip D'Souza - January 12, 2004

One-sided matches in tennis, or any sport, are rarely interesting to watch. So why the widespread delight among tennis watchers over Roger Federer's demolition jobs on Andy Roddick and Mark Phillippousis to win Wimbledon last year? Or his stellar play as he crushed Andre Agassi to win the Grand Slam Cup in November, capping a week of sensational play?

Simple: because Federer played incandescent tennis, in some ways tennis reminiscent of years gone by. And when you're watching incandescence, the steamrolling doesn't matter. Ask a tennis junkie to pick ten favourite matches from the last couple of decades, and I will bet at least one, maybe two, matches like that -- one-way all the way -- will make her list.

Well, one certainly makes my list. (None of Federer's, though they are close).

That's because of what went into that match. Tot it up. Two players who are, at the time, clearly the best in the world and playing that way, playing their best against each other. Two players with completely contrasting styles of play. Not just in the way they approach the game, but also in how they look while playing. One is all brutal power; solid, heavy shots hit with great strength from anywhere on the court; an admirably efficient, muscular game, but with not a thing elegant or attractive in it. The other has power too, but also grace and finesse; gazelle to his opponent's bull, he seems not so much to run about the court as to glide swiftly.

And when the gazelle wins -- not just wins, but pounds the bull into submission -- and you've seen it happen, you know you've watched something special indeed. Tennis at its sublime and athletic best; tennis of a quality, style and elan that players reach only once or twice in a lifetime. And because one of the two has reached it this day, you don't mind, don't even notice, that their match turns into a one-sided rout.

So it was when Stefan Edberg faced off against Jim Courier in the final of the 1991 US Open. Courier made a name for himself with his dedication, work ethic and consistency -- these were things in him that any player should admire and emulate. But admirable as those qualities were, he had possibly the world's ugliest strokes: in particular, a forehand that looked like a baseball batter's wild swing at a pitch. Yet you knew he could stand there all day and belt that ugly thing out, time after numbing time, a metronome with a Head Pro. Truly, Courier was a clubber. World-class, but a clubber.

Edberg, on entirely the other hand, defined tennis elegance. It began with his serve, a thing of beauty. Not a lot of speed in it, but the man could kick it, angle it, swing it, and all with the same smooth, handsome action. Just as smooth, he would follow it in to the net, moving effortlessly into place to put away the volley. He had a silken quality to his game that, when he was on, made him not just the best player in the world to watch, but the best player, period. The extraordinary thing was, his elegance had everything to do with the levels he could reach. When he played like that, you would back Edberg to beat anyone among his contemporaries, and many either side of him as well.

That day in New York, Courier came up against that Edberg. Courier had had a splendid tournament, and must have known he was playing close to his best tennis. Only, that day it was not good enough by several miles. Edberg touched perfection right away, and, astonishingly, got better as the match went on. The sign of that -- though of course by then Courier was probably demoralized too -- was the score in the third set: 6-0.

Yes, three quick sets, 6-2, 6-4, and an exclamation point 6-0. Edberg*dominated from the opening shots. He served magnificently, returned better, prowled the court, camped at the net and let not one pounded Courier special get past that sweetly angled racket. In fact I almost like to think Courier wasn't actually demoralized at the end. When you're losing to such artistry, maybe it doesn't hurt so much.

Courier had his revenge -- he beat Edberg in the next two Australian Open finals -- but that did not lessen the lustre of this Edberg performance, this Edberg masterclass. And though Edberg stayed at the top of the game for a few more years -- he defended that US Open title in 1992, playing several stirring matches on the way -- he never reached this height again.

The 1991 mangling of Courier saw a great player at his peak. Edberg himself considers it his best match. Nobody in tennis could have stayed with him that day; certainly nobody in tennis could have beaten him. Hell, nobody in tennis could play this gorgeous, scintillant tennis.

Every now and then, tennis sees a performance like that. In 2003, Federer turned in a few. He may not yet be in Edberg's class, but Federer's game is so attractive because it is a throwback to times when elegance, finesse and grace had a place in tennis.

One of those times, of course, came when the most exquisite artist of them all roamed the courts. The 1984 Wimbledon final saw John McEnroe at the sort of peak Edberg climbed in 1991. In that match, he was similarly destructive -- elegant and breathtakingly creative, therefore destructive*-- of Jimmy Connors. Two years earlier, Connors had ground out a fizzing, contentious, blood-and-glory five-set title victory over McEnroe. But this time, there would be no repeat. Three quick sets, all sweet timing and velvet wrists, and Connors was left to wonder what whispering beast had trampled him into the lush grass.

Connors, oddly enough, figures in another of the kind of matches I'm writing about, again at the Wimbledon final. This was 1975. Across the net was Arthur Ashe, and again, this was a Connors loss.

Using strokes struck so hard you feared for the ball, yet struck with demonic accuracy, Connors had dominated Wimbledon, and tennis, for two years. So in 1975, only a fool would have bet against Connors defending his 1974 Wimbledon title. In 1975, Ashe was that fool.

Ashe had decided a few things that year: he was the best player without a Wimbledon title and it was time to win, he had figured out the way to beat Connors, and he was going to do both. With fierce, single-minded concentration, he played a game foreign to his own feared power, a game that had Connors befuddled. All caress, placement and touch, Ashe ran
through the first two sets, 6-1, 6-1.

Still, this was Wimbledon, this was Connors. Pumping his fists in fury, flinging everything into his shots, Connors willed himself back into the match, taking the third set 7-5 and charging to a 3-0 lead in the fourth. But this day, Ashe could not, would not, be denied. He kept knocking, stuck firmly to his game plan, then suddenly swept past his man, closing out the fourth, and the match, 6-4.

As the writer Richard Evans observed, Ashe managed to 'dismantle the powerfully welded structure of Connors' game as a skilled engineer might defuse a bomb.' What's left to say?

And curiously, Ashe-Connors '75 brings us full circle to Edberg-Courier '91. For one thing, it was Ashe who identified the moment of the '91 match, the point that summed it all up: one more fine Courier shot that got him just nowhere. With Edberg serving at 4-4, 15-30 in the second set, Courier had a small opening. In The New York Times, Ashe wrote:

Edberg spun in a second serve to Courier's two-handed backhand, which he nailed crosscourt. From knee-high level, Edberg deftly side-spun a backhand volley just inside Courier's forehand sideline for a clean winner. Courier just smiled the smile of resignation. ... It was [his] last stand. He didn't win another game.

For another thing, that 1991 US Open will forever be remembered not for Edberg's lights-out display in the final, but for Connors. At 39, an age when other stars begin fading from the veteran's circuit, Jimbo made a run to the semifinals. On the way, he pulled out two five-set, old-time,*come-from-behind, four-and-a-half hour, rip-roaring wins, over Patrick ('the other') McEnroe and Aaron Krickstein, both well over a decade younger. In the semis, Connors ran into Courier, whose blistering firepower proved too much to handle. Still, it was indisputably Connors' tournament. Edberg only laid on the icing.

And yet, perhaps that's the way to best remember that match. Icing.

URL for this article:
http://www.rediff.com//news/2004/jan/12dilip.htm

lsy
01-13-2004, 03:57 AM
Nice article. I enjoyed watching one sided matches if it's brilliant tennis. Honestly I became Fed's loyal fan after that wimbledon semi performance.

I believe it's normal to be bias, but not nice to be nasty, similarly being over-defensive or sensitive about negative things being said about your favouriate players.

Fedex
01-13-2004, 04:37 AM
I did as well. I mean if its the sort of thrashing that Federer does & not the Hewitt/Roddick thrashing, than its one beautiful thing to watch. I have been a Fan of him for a while(i think since his match vs. Sampras wimbly 2001) but after his semi & finals appearance, I followed his results much more carefully

lsy
01-13-2004, 04:44 AM
It's Roger who brought me back to tennis and to my delight, discovering the depth of men's tennis at this moment. So I owe him for that :)

tangerine_dream
01-13-2004, 06:45 PM
Favourite Federer takes care of business
By Linda Pearce
January 14, 2004

Australian Open men's favourite Roger Federer will enter the year's first grand slam tournament without a coach. Federer has not yet replaced Peter Lundgren, who was surprisingly sacked after Federer's victory in November's Masters Cup.

The split came despite Federer finishing the season at No. 2 and winning his first major singles title at Wimbledon, among seven for the year.

The unconventional self-coaching arrangement reduces his Melbourne Park entourage to an unnamed friend, physiotherapist Pavel Kovac and Federer's partner Mirka Vavrinec, a former women's tour player who handles Federer's off-court affairs.

"I'm taking care of myself these next few weeks," said Federer, who today plays Swede Thomas Johansson on the opening day of the Kooyong International tournament. "It's difficult. It's a change, you've got to get used to it and got to be well organised, but I think I'm going to get through that.

"I'm definitely looking around - I'm just 22 years old, so I still think I can get some tips and advice from my game. I'm far away from being perfect, so I'm looking around, but I don't want to rush into something and as soon as the time is right, I will let you guys know."

Federer spent the brief off-season at home in Switzerland, relishing the extra week's break provided by the slightly delayed start to the tennis year, before travelling to Melbourne via a brief Hong Kong exhibition.

Andre Agassi, meanwhile, is following the same trusty route that has left him unbeaten at the Australian Open since 1999. The 33-year-old is on a 21-match streak at Melbourne Park, having failed to lift the trophy only in 2002, when he withdrew on the eve of the tournament because of a wrist injury.

Agassi rates the two hardcourt majors as his best chances of a ninth grand slam singles title. "(The Australian's) been the grand slam that I've had most success in, it's an environment I enjoy playing in," he said.

This year, Agassi is travelling with his three-month-old daughter Jaz, as well as son Jaden and wife Stephanie Graf, and he said the family expansion was proving challenging.

"Going from one to two is like going from one to 10," he quipped.

"When you have one, you have two people focused on this, and when you have two it's like I can't sort of run and hide when things get tough. I'm not convinced I'm handling it."

Younes El Aynaoui, who, with Andy Roddick, played the match-of-the-year at the 2003 Open, is experiencing more serious difficulties. The Moroccan veteran rates himself only 50-50 to contest this year's event. He has plantar fasciatis inflammation at the base of his foot, and has been forced to withdraw from the Kooyong warm-up.

"I am in good hands here in Australia with intensive treatment and I still hope I will be able to participate in the Open next week," El Aynaoui said.

"Every time I wake up in the morning, it's a surprise . . . But I'm still thinking positive that with the treatment I receive every day . . . I will be ready to go.

El Aynaoui's replacement is Johansson, the former Australian Open winner who reached the quarter-finals of his comeback event in Adelaide last week. Johansson, who required knee surgery last February, had not played since the end of 2002.

It was also announced that Pat Rafter and Josh Eagle would play a doubles exhibition match at Kooyong on Saturday.


This story was found at: http://www.theage.com.au/articles/2004/01/13/1073877828180.html

ytben
01-15-2004, 10:58 PM
Hey guys, the Ask Roger section in Rogi's official webpage has been updated. Check it out, have some nice inisghts in it. Here's the link:
http://www.rogerfederer.com/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=19&page=1

rogicomel
01-16-2004, 12:45 AM
I'm far away from being perfect, so I'm looking around, but I don't want to rush into something and as soon as the time is right, I will let you guys know."



It's good to see that Rogi still thinks he's far away form being perfect. It'll make him work harder.

rogicomel
01-16-2004, 12:52 AM
It's Roger who brought me back to tennis and to my delight, discovering the depth of men's tennis at this moment. So I owe him for that :)


Isy, we both owe him. I never thought I would become a tennis fan again had it not becoz of him!

lsy
01-16-2004, 03:44 AM
yeah rogicomel :D ? I'm almost pretty sure we're from the same country too..."comel" huh? ;) Are we the only few roger's fans here though? I know none of friends follow tennis :(

But yeah owe it all to Roger, so he will have my support always!!! :)

Goonergal
01-16-2004, 02:52 PM
Hello :wavey:

I don't come here, so I didn't know where to post this :o I'm not sure if anyone has seen it, but Roger did an interview for Eurosport on the photohoot for men's magazine GQ. It was an interview with him & then one together with Mirka which was really sweet :hearts: They were saying how they have moved into a new house and she was saying how nice and senstive Roger is :) And, that sometimes she has to be careful becasue he is so sensitive ;) They asked her what players she liked past & present: and she said in the past Martina Nav and now of course Roger ;) And, then Roger told her not to forget Goran, because she loves him more than the tennis :lol: He also said that they were a very romantic couple, always doing sweet things for each other :) Sorry, if all this stuff has already been posted :o If anyone want sto know anymore just let me know :)

Cilla :wavey:

jtipson
01-16-2004, 05:57 PM
Thanks Cilla, I saw the show on Eurosport this afternoon, and it was great - love his new haircut!

There were some new videos (I think from the show) on the ES site earlier today, but I can't find them now, if they re-appear, I'll put up the link.

lsy
01-16-2004, 06:11 PM
Thanks cilla for the news...new haircut??? Really? ya, pls put up the link if you have it Jtipson :D

Another piece of good news : Roger was awarded Player of the year 2003 by ITWF :clap2: :

http://www.atptennis.com/en/newsandscores/news/2004/atpinsider2.asp

Well done!

Mrs. B
01-16-2004, 06:12 PM
:wavey:

Thanks, Cilla!

they ARE a sweet couple. i've seen that with my own eyes when Roger played an exhibition here in Bern. He's affectionate with her even in public. When he won the Swiss Sportsman of the Year award, he kissed Mirka before he went up to the stage.

:hearts:

RogiFan88
01-16-2004, 07:34 PM
Hello :wavey:

I don't come here, so I didn't know where to post this :o I'm not sure if anyone has seen it, but Roger did an interview for Eurosport on the photohoot for men's magazine GQ. It was an interview with him & then one together with Mirka which was really sweet :hearts: They were saying how they have moved into a new house and she was saying how nice and senstive Roger is :) And, that sometimes she has to be careful becasue he is so sensitive ;) They asked her what players she liked past & present: and she said in the past Martina Nav and now of course Roger ;) And, then Roger told her not to forget Goran, because she loves him more than the tennis :lol: He also said that they were a very romantic couple, always doing sweet things for each other :) Sorry, if all this stuff has already been posted :o If anyone want sto know anymore just let me know :)

Cilla :wavey:

Thanks, Cilla! We appreciate it! Come here as often as you like w Rogi news or photos!! :D

Can't wait for that GQ mag -- w it be UK one, or German or US?? There are so many!!

Rogi's such a sweetie!! Aww.... :angel: :smooch:

[what happened to the kissy smilies?]

Hagar
01-16-2004, 10:27 PM
Hello :wavey:

I don't come here, so I didn't know where to post this :o I'm not sure if anyone has seen it, but Roger did an interview for Eurosport on the photohoot for men's magazine GQ. It was an interview with him & then one together with Mirka which was really sweet :hearts: They were saying how they have moved into a new house and she was saying how nice and senstive Roger is :) And, that sometimes she has to be careful becasue he is so sensitive ;) They asked her what players she liked past & present: and she said in the past Martina Nav and now of course Roger ;) And, then Roger told her not to forget Goran, because she loves him more than the tennis :lol: He also said that they were a very romantic couple, always doing sweet things for each other :) Sorry, if all this stuff has already been posted :o If anyone want sto know anymore just let me know :)

Cilla :wavey:

OH YEAH!!! I saw this interview on Eurosport and Roger is such a sweetie. And so handsome! It hurts my eyes to watch this guy; it's just too much!

ytben
01-17-2004, 05:57 AM
Thanks Cilla for the news :). Any piccies of the new haircut? Yeah Hagar I agree Rogi looks yummy! I admit when I first saw him I thought he is only nice looking, but the more I see him the better he looks! :inlove:

Jazzy
01-17-2004, 08:57 AM
hee hee, ytben, u should try writing love poems, songs or something like that 1 day!!!

SUKTUEN
01-17-2004, 12:48 PM
:eek: Roger 's new haircut???????????????? :eek:

:worship: PLEASE POST THE PICTURE!!!!!!!!!! :worship:

Iza
01-17-2004, 08:32 PM
i saw that thing on eurosport 2! i just loved it! his hair looked so funny! he & mirka were extremely sweet! ;)

jtipson
01-17-2004, 10:13 PM
There's 2 minutes of the interview on Eurosport's site: http://www.eurosport.co.uk/home/pages/V3/L2/S57/sport_Lng2_Spo57.shtml

This is only the link to the Tennis page (sorry, but I can't seem to copy the direct link to the video), so just look for the video link with the text "FEDERER: No. 1 isn't main goal". Currently this is just under the Nadal article.

Going to see if I can locate a German version....

ytben
01-18-2004, 05:17 AM
haha jazzy, maybe I will! But I am prone to be super cheesy so maybe this is not a good idea.

jtipson thank you for the link!!! :kiss:

Dirk
01-19-2004, 05:08 AM
He didn't shorten his hair. So he will still look like a Ninja. :bounce: Moving in and living together before marriage??? Oh boy, I just hope this relationship works out since he is banking so much on it, because if it doesn't fragile Roger will go into a tailspin. Young, in love and naive, what a deadly combination for a career.

SUKTUEN
01-19-2004, 04:56 PM
please more bless for Roger and Mirka. :)

We all love them.

Doris Loeffel
01-19-2004, 05:38 PM
Moving in and living together before marriage???

That's pretty normal here - that when you've been together for so long that at one point you decide to pay only one appartement instead of two ;)

RogiFan88
01-19-2004, 09:33 PM
Dirk, you act as tho you've never heard of such a practice! :eek: FYI, couples have been doing this for ages... :p

Dirk
01-20-2004, 03:16 AM
Yeah and stats show more of those relationships fail then marriages. As long as it doesn't fuck up his head I don't care. I just hope if Mirka gets knocked up Roger does the right thing and marries her unlike my other favorite player Rafter. :rolleyes:

Dirk
01-20-2004, 05:19 AM
THE MODERATOR: First question for Roger.

Q. Very competent start. Must feel nice to get into the groove so early?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I'm happy to have started well. Straight sets in the first round is a good start. The beginning was a little bit, you know, tentative, the way I played. But after I started to go more for my shots, and I also volleyed well today, served well. So overall, I'm really happy the way it started.

Q. Are you happy with the Australian Open so early in the calendar, or would you like to move it further into the season?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, you know, it's difficult to say. I would say there's a lot of upsets that can happen here just because some players are just not a hundred percent ready yet or let's say they focus for later on in the season.

But the Australian Open stays as important as Wimbledon and the French Open and the US Open to me. In my eyes, you know, if they push it two weeks later or earlier, doesn't really matter because I'm ready for this event.

Q. Were you at all worried today with the temperature being so high? Did you think they would close the roof?

ROGER FEDERER: No. I just saw Vodafone started with its roof closed, I think. I didn't understand why, but it was very hot in the beginning. The wind was also hot because the last few days the wind was cooler. But then the clouds came, and the problem was over, so...

Q. Must have been relieved not to have to play a fourth set in that heat?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, as I said, afterwards, after one set already, the clouds came in and it got much cooler. At that point, if it's four sets, it wouldn't have been a problem.

Q. The gift you got there is from the ITWA. Another gift you got after Wimbledon, I'm wondering how the cow is, how it's doing? Is everything fine back in Switzerland?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, yeah, she's fine. Not too much news lately from her. So I guess that's fine.

Q. Still alive?

ROGER FEDERER: She's still alive. Otherwise, I think I would know (laughter). I think she's good. That's most important.

Q. Who were your tennis heroes growing up? What did you learn from them? What could youngsters learn from your game?

ROGER FEDERER: The way I see it, I've always admired players with one-handed backhands just because I also played one-handed. For me, Edberg was my first, Becker after. They were more like idols. Sampras was more like the favorite player later on.

I never tried to copy anyone. I think that's what the kids also should know. You know, okay, some techniques are good, but maybe there's something else also than the technique that makes your favorite player win the match. This sometimes kids don't see.

But still, it's nice to have an idol. I've always enjoyed that.

Q. Pat Cash has expressed some concern about you not having a coach, that you can't get the very best out of yourself if you don't have one. What is your own view at the moment, starting with a Grand Slam without one?

ROGER FEDERER: You know, I'm happy. You know, everybody seen today on the court that I was feeling good and playing well, that was a good sign. I know it's difficult to start the season without a coach. But that was my decision. It was something I thought about a long time. You know, it's not something I came up after Houston, it was something that was already going on for half a year or something.

So what Pat Cash really says, you know, I don't really care.

Q. Was it a distraction?

ROGER FEDERER: I didn't read the article. People just told me. I cannot believe what he says. Everything he said is not true. I don't even know Pat Cash. As long as I don't really know him, I can't take it seriously because he doesn't know me then in that case.

I know what is true and what is not true. What he is saying is definitely not right. It's not fair.

Q. So at the moment you're quite happy the way things are going without a coach? If one comes along, fine, but if not...

ROGER FEDERER: As I said, I'm looking for a coach. I'm trying to make the right decisions. But I don't want to stress into something. So it's going to take probably for sure another few weeks and months to see what happens. And I've decided coming here to Australia without a coach, so it's normal people keep asking me, wondering who's going to be the next guy. But I still don't know.

Like this, people know what's going on. That's all I can say.

Q. Do you think it's quite daunting to take you on, given you are the Wimbledon Champion, everybody is telling you how good you are? For a coach, it's a pretty heavy role.

ROGER FEDERER: I think it's a good challenge for any coach to work with me. I'm different maybe than other guys. First of all, you got to get to know each other a little bit and feel that you can get along well over, you know, 20, 30 weeks a year. That's not too easy.

So it's going to be interesting to see what happens (smiling).

Q. Have you had any applications?

ROGER FEDERER: Which means? You mean offers?

Q. Somebody has volunteered to be your coach or suggested themselves as your coach.

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, of course. I wouldn't say a lot. I didn't know what to expect, you know, how many people are going to call or write, whatever. But there have been people asking. You know, it's good to see. At least somebody wants to work with me (smiling).

Q. Have you talked to Tim Henman about being without a coach at all?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I haven't spoken to him.

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lsy
01-20-2004, 06:32 AM
Always straightforward and honest answers from Roger :)

What's it with pat cash and his trash talks on the players, really? :confused:

Dirk
01-20-2004, 06:37 AM
Pat does have big mouth but on this one I think its really concern. we all are concerned and don't think Roger can do great here and win it without a coach. He has trouble staying with it mentality even with a coach. I am worried but I am hoping for the best.

lsy
01-20-2004, 06:52 AM
True about the coachless issue Dirk. Though I think he also talked about mirka having too much influence, and doubting rogi had enough training during off season. As Roger said, that having come from someone who didn't even know him sounds pretty "trashy" to me.

Well anyway not like it's any big deal to Roger or any other players.

Dirk
01-20-2004, 07:29 AM
Yeah I think your right. Roger did train very well. Be great for him to win Oz and prove us all wrong. I love Roger but I would need days to pick my jaw up if Roger won Oz with his draw and without a coach. I'm glad Roger's mom is his manager. It is not wise to have your girlfriend with her hand in the cookie jar. Still I trust Roger to make the wise choices, but when pussy is on a man's mind, the odds are against it. :rolls:

Jazzy
01-20-2004, 10:16 AM
hee hee lol Dirk!!!! yeh, i agree, why should they critize his g/f he no's wats he's doing!!!!

Dirk
01-22-2004, 08:46 AM
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Tennis-Open-Hungry Federer cruises into third round

By Alastair Himmer

MELBOURNE, Jan 22 (Reuters) - A hungrier Roger Federer outclassed American qualifier Jeff Morrison 6-2 6-3 6-4 to reach the third round of the Australian Open on Thursday.

Looking sharp in the Melbourne heat, Wimbledon champion Federer wrapped up the first set with an amazing reflex volley and continued to dominate his 156th-ranked opponent, despite never fully extending himself.

"I know I can win this tournament. Before, you know, I would have been happy with the quarters or the semis," said Federer, who won his first grand slam title in London last year.

"I guess I'm more hungry...I know now what it takes to win a slam. I expect more of myself."

The stylish Swiss has been in terrific form since losing to Andre Agassi at the Kooyong warm-up event last week and demonstrated his title credentials with another sublime performance.

"The conditions suit me. My game also has been solid so far," said the 22-year-old Federer, who has yet to progress beyond the fourth round at the Open in four previous visits.

Federer, who won an ATP tour-best seven titles in 2003 following his victory at the prestigious Masters Cup, faces local wildcard Todd Reid -- ranked 146 places below him -- in the third round.

Although the Australian beat Sargis Sargsian of Armenia 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-7 6-4 in a marathon second round match, Federer predicted a shorter match at the weekend.

"He'll come out fresh against me... he's got nothing to lose," said Federer, playing his first grand slam event since splitting from Swedish coach Peter Lundgren last month.

"But they were rallying a lot. That's not going to happen against me too much."

I am glad Roger believes he can win and wants it. He has the right attitude and he can win it. GO NINJA GO SWISSSASIN!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

Billabong
01-22-2004, 11:57 AM
Thanks for the article:)!

Well done Roger, now continue!!! GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!

RogiFan88
01-22-2004, 05:01 PM
True about the coachless issue Dirk. Though I think he also talked about mirka having too much influence, and doubting rogi had enough training during off season. As Roger said, that having come from someone who didn't even know him sounds pretty "trashy" to me.

Well anyway not like it's any big deal to Roger or any other players.

yep, thus my moniker: Pat Trash [he's been dishing it out for years! :rolleyes: ]

Dirk
01-24-2004, 05:52 AM
NINJA!!!!!!!!!! IS IN THE 2ND WEEK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

COME ON NINJAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :crazy:

His match was pretty clean with Todd especially after the first set.

Jazzy
01-24-2004, 07:37 AM
great win for rogi!!!! he faces either Hewitt or Nadal !!

jtipson
02-01-2004, 11:27 PM
Roger did train very well. Be great for him to win Oz and prove us all wrong. I love Roger but I would need days to pick my jaw up if Roger won Oz with his draw and without a coach.

Dirk, just remembered what you'd said prior to the AO! I hope it doesn't take too long to pick your jaw up ;) Mine's on the floor too after those last 2 weeks!

Dirk
02-01-2004, 11:33 PM
Oh shit I wrote that? Ok get the feeding tube out. I am in trouble. :rolls:

Iker1
02-02-2004, 04:38 PM
Thanks for all the articles!

shina
02-15-2004, 01:31 PM
Just wanna post a pic of Roger's new haircut on Eurosport interview that ppl were talking about..

Kody
02-15-2004, 07:13 PM
thanks for posting the pic shina! Rogers new haircut looks real nice :)

SUKTUEN
02-16-2004, 11:28 AM
OH ! ! ! !

:hearts: VERY HANDSOME ROGER !!!! :hearts:

:worship: THANKS FOR THE PIC !!!!! :worship:

tori-amos
02-16-2004, 12:34 PM
lala~~gorgeous!!!
he looks pretty nice^^

jtipson
02-16-2004, 01:27 PM
The Eurosport interview was during a photoshoot for GQ, so if you want to see more pics, get the March 2004 German version of GQ....

ytben
02-17-2004, 12:42 AM
I don't think we get the German version here :(. Can anybody who get it post the summary of the article here please? Any piccies will be most appreciated too :)

RogiFan88
02-17-2004, 03:41 AM
Josie, Doris saw that German GQ and said there aren't any pix of Rogi modelling fashions... I'm confused... he's not in the UK Mar GQ, is he?? We still only have the German Feb GQ so I'm still waiting to check... :p

Mrs. B
02-17-2004, 08:24 AM
The Eurosport interview was during a photoshoot for GQ, so if you want to see more pics, get the March 2004 German version of GQ....

Hi, Jo! ;)

there's a two-page interview of Roger, (with his caricature) that's all, but no pics.

ytben
02-17-2004, 08:31 AM
Thanks Mrs. B for the heads up :D. Anything new/interesting that we can learn from that interview?

jtipson
02-17-2004, 08:54 AM
Thanks Mrs B. Well I haven't been able to see it either, but it's a shame if none of the pics made it <sad>, guess I just assumed they would. Still would be interested in reading the article though (especially in German!).

Mrs. B
02-17-2004, 03:06 PM
the pics should come out in the ides of March, in the next issue of GQ Style.

i'll post the interview here...in a while. ;)

jtipson
02-17-2004, 03:36 PM
Sorry Mrs B, I didn't mean I wanted you to type it all out! I'll see if I can get hold of one, there are a few available on ebay I see....

RogiFan88
02-17-2004, 04:08 PM
the pics should come out in the ides of March, in the next issue of GQ Style.

i'll post the interview here...in a while. ;)

What is GQ Style?? Is that a separate mag or just in the April issue?? This GQ biz is confusing me... :p

I still have to wait about 3 wks min for my Marz issue... :rolleyes:

Mrs. B
02-17-2004, 04:43 PM
Sorry Mrs B, I didn't mean I wanted you to type it all out! I'll see if I can get hold of one, there are a few available on ebay I see....

but i did type it, i'm just a slow typist, esp. with German words, but it's worth sharing here, ;) don't let me do the translating though, i'm even slower with that!

(btw, the GQ Style is another mag!)

“Jeztz bist du der Grösste”

interview by Robert Kittel

Der Schweizer Tennischampion ROGER FEDERER über Selbstüberschätzung, den Abend vor einem Finale und seine Kuh

Seitdem der 22-jahrige Basler im vergangenen Jahr als erster Schweizer Wimbledon gewonnen hat, wollen es Medien und Menschen plötzlich ganz genau wissen: Wie lautet die Aussprache seines Vornamens, wie viele Sekunden sind zwischen dem Matchball im Finale und der ersten Träne vergangen? Acht Sekunden, und weil seine Mutter aus SüdAfrika stammt, heisst er Rodscher, nicht Roschee. Die Schweizer nennen ihn aber ohnehin lieber „Mäga-Star“. Als es zum Interview in Zürich erscheint, landet trotzdem kein Hubschrauber mit Bodyguards, Federer kommt in Begleitung seiner Freundin Mirka und isst Pasta aus Plastikschalen. *how cool is that? no bodyguards, and eating pasta in a plastic bowl...

°Muss ein Tennisprofi nicht aufpassen, was er isst?

Schon. Deswegen essen wir ja Pasta. Früher war ich reiner Vegetarier. Seit einem Jahr esse ich wieder mehr Fleisch. Früher hab ich öfter verloren als heute. Also bleibe ich beim Fleisch.

°Sie waren, heisst es, auch mal ein guter Fussballer. Warum haben Sie das Feld gewechselt?

Also, mit 12, 13 Jahren habe ich in der Tat noch sehr viel Fussball gespielt – gar nicht so schlecht. Aber Fussball ist eine Mannschaftssportart. Beim Tennis ist man für sich selbst verantwortlich. Das ist ein riesiger Vorteil. Man arbeitet an seinen eigenen Fehlern, ohne von seinem Team abhängig zu sein.

°Sind fitte Tennisprofis fitter als fitte Fussballer?

Hm, gute Frage. Habe ich mir noch nie gestellt. Fussballer müssen ja nicht jeden Tag ran und wenn sie spielen, dann nur 90 Minuten, mit Verlängerung 120. Aber wir Tennisspieler stehen zum Teil jeden Tag für mindestens zwei Stunden auf den Platz. Bei Fünfsatzmatches auch drei oder vier Stunden.

°Mit Puste und Muskeln allein ist Wimbledon nicht zu gewinnen. Sondern?

Ich habe hart trainiert, klar, was sonst. Und: Ich hatte 2001, also zwei Jahre vor meinem Sieg, in ebendiesem Turnier den siebenmaligen Wimbledon-Sieger Pete Sampras im Viertelfinale geschlagen und dachte damals: „Mensch, jjeztz bist du der Grösste“. Dann habe ich zwei Tage spater gegen Tim Henman deutlich verloren. Das war etwas, woran ich arbeiten musste. Einem Grossen aus dem Turnier zu werfen, reicht nicht. Man muss mit solchen Erfolgen richtig umgehen können. Ich glaube, ohne diese Erfahrung hätte ich auch im vergangenen Jahr nicht gewonnen.

°Wie sieht der Abend aus vor dem bedeutendsten Tennisfinale der Welt?

Ich habe damals mit meinem Coach und meiner Freundin eine Wohnung direkt in Wimbledon gemietet und wir haben versucht, alles so normal wie möglich zu gestalten. Ein paar Freunde von mir sind extra nach London gereist. Dann haben wir zu Hause Pasta gekocht, ich habe viel Wasser getrunken, mich ein wenig erholt. Massage, frische Luft und dann früh ins Bett. Ich bin sogar relativ schnell eingeschlafen. Das ist leider nicht immer so vor einem wichtigen Spiel.

°Björn Borg, der fünffache Wimbledon-Sieger, hat gesagt, er denke im Match immer nur an den nächsten Punkt, nie daran, was passieren könnte, wenn er einen Satz verliert. Sind Sie auch so gestrickt?

Man versucht es. Aber es klappt nicht unbedingt immer. Zumindest mir nicht und den anderen Jungs auf der Tour, die ich so kenne. Natürlich erwischt man sich dabei, wie man an die Preisverleihung denkt oder wie man möglicherweise jubeln wird, wenn das Spiel aus ist. Ich glaube, im Wimbledon habe ich mich aber ganz gut unter Kontrolle gehabt. Vielleicht war ich auch aufgeregt, um an den Kniefall zu denken oder an die Millionen von Zuschauern. Bei meinem Masters-Sieg gegen Andre Agassi im November habe ich dagegen in der Regenpause durchaus ein paar Mal an den Pokal gedacht.

°Wie sehr hat Wimbledon Ihr Leben verändert?

Wie es immer so schön heisst: Es war wie in einem Film. Du bist noch damit beschäftigt, so einen Erfolg zu realisieren, und plötzlich interressiert sich alle Welt für dich. Ich weiss noch, wie der Veranstalter des Turniers von Gstaad, das im Anschluss an Wimbledon stattfand, alles versucht hat, um mich rechzeitig in die Schweiz zu bekommen.

°Hat er Sie mit den Helikopter abgeholt?

Nein. Aber fast. Bernie Ecclestone, der ja einen Teil seiner Zeit in Gstaad verbringt, hat spontan angeboten, einen seiner zwei Privatjet zur Verfügung zu stellen. Dann stellte sich aber heraus, dass beide irgendwo im Einsatz waren. Am Ende bin ich mit einem anderen Privatflugzeug abgeholt worden, weil ich sonst mein Match verpasst hätte. Das war schon ein sensationelles Gefühl, ja, das war es.

°Jeztz sind Sie in der Welt des Glamours angekommen. Klasse?

Ja, toll – und nein. Ich finde dieses Leben schon ganz interessant, aber ich bin auf dem Boden geblieben, glaube ich jedenfalls. Meine Freundin und ich wohnen in einer unspektakulären Wohnung nahe meiner Heimatstadt Basel, innerhalb Europas fliege ich Economy, spiele immer noch lieber Tennis, als mich auf Preisverleihungen zu zeigen, und meine Sammlung an Autos können Sie an zwei Fingern abzählen – sie besteht aus einem gewonnenen Cabrio und einem gekauften Sportwagen. Ich muss aber zugeben, in den Gstaader Bergen besitze ich eine sehr luxuriöse Kuh.

°Entschuldigung Sie, Herr Federer, ich habe gerade Kuh verstanden.


Kuh, ja, Sie haben richtig gehört. Diese Kuh haben sie mir nach dem Wimbledon-Sieg geschenkt. Sie heisst Juliette uns ist wunderschön. Juliette war schon auf einer Modenschau für Kühe und da ist sie mit einem Roger-Federer Stirnband um den Kopf aufgetreten. :lol:

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RogiFan88
02-17-2004, 05:00 PM
Thanks, Mrs. B. GQ Style, I doubt we get that one here but I'll keep an eye out! That's the one I really want. Rogi comme modele... :angel:

jtipson
02-17-2004, 05:15 PM
Thanks very much for typing all that Mrs B, quite funny interview in places. Looks like it did go to his head a bit when he beat Pete, didn't it? Oh well, at least he got over that pretty quick.

And I had no idea he was a veggie up until a year ago! Wow.

PS Enjoying the biscuits, by the way - did you get my email?

Mrs. B
02-17-2004, 05:24 PM
yes i did. thanks. yum yum! :lick:

Doris Loeffel
02-17-2004, 06:04 PM
all right i'm sure I'm going to miss Arobics one again but I just have to translate it for ya....


Now you are the greatest

interview by Robert Kittel

The swiss tennischampion roger Federer about - ooopppssss already took my english dictionary home - Selbstüberschätzung = hmmm what would that be to juge oneself higer than you actualy are oh well hope you guys get it anyway ;) the evening befor a final and his cow

Since the 22year old Balser won Wimbledon as the first swiss last year the media and the people whant to know it exactly: How do you spell his hristian name, how many seconds where there between the Matchball in the final and the first tear? Eight seconds and becouse his mother is from South Africa he's called Rodscher (the english way) and not Roschee (the french way). The swiss prefere to call him "Mega-Star" anyway. When he turned up to the interview in Zürich, despite it there was no helicopter landing with bodyguards around, Federer arrives with his girlfriend Mirka and eats pasta from a plasticcontainer.

Doesn't have a tennisprofessional have to take care what he's eating??

Sure. That's why we'r eating Pasta. Earlier I was a vegeterian. For a year I've been eating more meat again. Earlier I lost more often than today. Therefore I stick to the meat.

You were, they say, also a good soccer player once. Why did you change the field?

Right with 12, 13 years I did in fact play a lot of soccer - not that bad. But Soccer is a team sport. In tennis I'm responsible for my own. That's an huge advantage. One's working on its own mistakes without beeing - abhänging there I miss the dictionary again ;) hmmm having to relay on a team I guess would be the best ;).

Are fit tennisplayers fitter than fit soccerplayers?

Hmmm good question. Never asked thatone myself. Soccerplayer don't need to play every day and when they play it's only for 90 minutes, 120 with the prolongation. But we soccerplayers are sometimes standing each day for at least two hours on the court. With 5 set matches even 3 or 4 hours.

With breath and muscels alone Wimbledon can't be won. But?

I had been training hard, sure what else. And: I've in 2001, two years before my win, in this very tournament beaten the seven time Wimbledon Champion Pete Sampras in the quarters (pssst Roger it was in the Round of 16 but we'll forgive you this mistake ;) ) and been thinking then: "Man now you are the greatest" Then two days later I lost to Tim Henman pretty clear. That was something I had to work on. To kick a big one out of a tournement isn't enough. One has to be able to deal with such succes the right way. I believe without this experience I wouldn't have won last year.

What does the evening before the most important tennisfinal of the world look like?

I've hired then together with my Coach and my girlfriend an appartement direcly in Wimbledon and we tried to make everything as normal as possible. Som friends of mine came especially to Londen. Then we've been cooking Pasta at home, I've been drinking a lot of water and relaxed a little bitt. Massage, fresh air and went to bed early. I even slept pretty quick. Unfortunately that's not always the case before an important match.

Björn Borg, the 5 time Wombledon winner said, that during a match he's only thinking about the next point, never on about what could happen when he loses a set. Can you do this as well?

One's trying it. But it's not always working. At least not with me and not with the other guys I kow on the tour either. Of course one get cought how one thinks about the trophy ceremony or how one is going to celebrate when the game is oer. I think in Wimbledon I had myself pretty good under control. Maybe I was also nerous to think about the kneefall or about athe milions of spectators. At my Masters win against Andre Agassi in November at the other hand during the rain delay I was thinking a few times about the trophy.

How much has wimbledon changed your life?

Like it's always said so nice: It was like in a film. Your still busy to realise your success and all of a sudden the whole world is interrested in you. I still remember how the organiser of the tournament in Gstaad, which followed just after Wimbledon, tried everything to get me back to Switzerland in time.

Did he fetsh you with an helicopter?

No. But almost. Bernie Ecclestone, who spends part of his time in Gstaad, offered spontanos to provide one of his two privatjets. But then both of them have already been occupied somewhere else. at the end I flew to Switzerland with an other privatplane, otherwise I would have missed my match. That's been a sensetional feeling yeah it was.

Now you have arrived in the world of glamour. Great?
yes great - and no. I find this life quit interesting, but I stayed on earth I believe at least. My girlfriend and I are living in an unspectacular appartement near my hometown Basel. within Europe I fly economy and I still prefere to play tennis than to show up at price giving ceremonies and my collections of cars you can count on two fingers - it contains from a won Cabrio - yes we know the one from Munic last year ;) - and a bought sportscar - don't we know that one too ;). But I have to admitt that in the mountains of Gstaad I own a very luxory cow.

Excuse me Mr. Federer did I just hear cow?

Cow yes. You did hear right. This cow they gave me after my Wimbledon win. She's called Juliette and is very beautiful. Juliette was already one a fashion show for cows and there she turned up with a Roger-Federer bandana around her head!! :lol: :lol: wish there would be a pic of that hehehe

ytben
02-18-2004, 01:24 AM
Mrs. B and Doris, thank you!!!! :worship: :worship:
I as a two-fingers typist certainly appreciate you typed the whole thing here ;)
Maybe we can post it in the pressclippings thread in Rogi's website too.

ytben
02-18-2004, 01:27 AM
omg, dies laughing.....:lol: :lol:

Is Rogi serious? Juliette really wore a bandanna like Rogi???

lsy
02-18-2004, 09:25 AM
Thanks Mrs. B and Doris :kiss:

:haha: :haha: fashion show for cow??? For real?

Doris Loeffel
02-18-2004, 11:19 AM
Yeap there are fashin shows for cows - among farmers they are pretty popular in Switzerland.

WyveN
02-18-2004, 12:16 PM
thanks for the articles
roger cow comments were very funny

rogicomel
02-19-2004, 02:21 AM
No bodyguards, and eating pasta in a plastic bowl????

That shows that despite all the success and achievements, Rogi is still very much 'uno di noi' and we love him for it!

WyveN
02-19-2004, 02:24 AM
Incredible that he still flys economy class lol

RogiFan88
02-19-2004, 03:26 AM
No bodyguards, and eating pasta in a plastic bowl????

That shows that despite all the success and achievements, Rogi is still very much 'uno di noi' and we love him for it!

Si, e vero, rogicomel! Rogi is truly down-to-earth kinda guy... not bigheaded like some. Yep, and that's why we LOVE him!! Don't you adore his sense of humour?!!! He's a riot! And he and Mirka live in an ordinary-ish apartment. They had Max and Xenia over for a week when the guys trained together before the AO... neat!! Max is also a really nice guy... met him at TMS Madrid in 2002.

Dirk
02-19-2004, 04:55 AM
Great interview. I hope Roger is happy flying cheapy and doesn't get stuck between two fat fucks and is able to take his weapons with him (racquets) . LOL That is great that his cow is modeling his Nike gear. I am sure his apartment is not flashy since he doesn't spend too much time there since he is so busy traveling and playing. Nice to hear everything in well in Roger's life. :D

yanchr
02-19-2004, 05:13 AM
:lol: at the interview :lol:

I'd badly like to see the pic of the cow wearing Roger-Federer bandana. :worship: ......*stretch my imagination*

Roger is still like a boy living by, no bodyguard, no luxurious house-well not to mention a luxurious cow ;) -even fly economy class :eek: :eek: I love this plain boy. ;)

lsy
02-19-2004, 05:40 AM
ordinary guy with extraordinary talents...

I saw this top 10 bath/spa (or something) on discovery channel, and the "Whey bath gastaad" (can't really remember the name) in gastaad was on one of the top list with the outdoor milk bath surrounding with mountains, greeneries (really breathtaking) and also many cows who look exactly like Juliette!!! They all look the same :haha: , I wonder if Juliette was among of them there?

ytben
02-19-2004, 06:56 AM
lsy, Juliette looks different. She is wearing Roger Federer bandanna, remember ;)

Dirk
02-19-2004, 08:01 AM
If only she was faster she could be Ninja's getaway partner. :devil:

ytben
02-19-2004, 08:39 AM
:lol: :lol: what a picture you painted there Dirk. Rogi riding Juliette trying to make an escape with a mob hot on their trail. Of course both are wearing Roger Federer bandanna :lol: :lol:

yanchr
02-19-2004, 10:06 AM
:haha: :haha:

Dirk, remember to give Juliette her role in your next Ninja Mission. How Roger manages to escape the kill with Juliette being his getaway partner would be desperately admirable :lol:

WyveN
02-19-2004, 12:51 PM
I dont know if this has been posted before....

http://www.tennis-x.com/fun/federerfile.php

Terrific website with a lot of roger thoughts on just about everything

RogiFan88
02-19-2004, 02:51 PM
ordinary guy with extraordinary talents...

I saw this top 10 bath/spa (or something) on discovery channel, and the "Whey bath gastaad" (can't really remember the name) in gastaad was on one of the top list with the outdoor milk bath surrounding with mountains, greeneries (really breathtaking) and also many cows who look exactly like Juliette!!! They all look the same :haha: , I wonder if Juliette was among of them there?

Here's the famous milkbath in Gstaad! Alex and Albert had one and were drinking some milky cocktail too! Alex, always a favourite there!! HE milked a cow in 2001 and got his cheese in 2002! So maybe Rogi will get his cheese this year!!

http://www.swissopengstaad.com/de/galerie/2002/off/off18.jpg

Alex won Gstaad for the third time in 2002!!
http://www.swissopengstaad.com/de/galerie/2002/on/on39.jpg

This is what Rogi was doing that year [remember he was afraid of dogs then... being a KatzenTyp!]:

http://www.swissopengstaad.com/de/galerie/2002/off/off14.jpg

http://www.swissopengstaad.com/de/galerie/index_2002_off.html

RogiFan88
02-19-2004, 02:54 PM
Here's the famous luxury cow herself [not a flattering view mind... ]!!

http://www.swissopengstaad.com/de/galerie/2003/on/on22.jpg

http://www.swissopengstaad.com/

lsy
02-19-2004, 03:38 PM
yes...Rogifan! Thanks for that picture...that's the bath I saw on tv :yippee: but there were also many juliette like cows around staring at those people taking their bath, it was hilarious :lol:

oh yeah...ytben you're right :haha: how could I not thought of that? well then I guess I didn't see her on tv ;)

Thanks for the link wyvern, many rogi's fans on his site find the head banging on pillow things really weird :haha:

Dirk
02-19-2004, 04:39 PM
INTERVIEW-Wanted Federer coach to make the best even better
By Pritha Sarkar, Reuters

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands, Feb 19 (Reuters) - Roger Federer has not done too badly going solo.

Since splitting with his coach in December, he has clambered to the top of the world rankings unaided and clinched a second grand slam crown along the way.

So why change a winning formula?

It is not that the solitary Swiss, who last month clinched his first Australian Open title, thinks he doesn't need a coach but rather that he's prepared to wait for the right one to come along.

A Sergeant-Major mentor doesn't interest him -- he just wants a nice guy.

"I've got to get along with the guy," Federer told Reuters in an interview during the World Indoor Tournament in Rotterdam.

"I'm definitely looking around but I honestly don't have a clue who's going to be my new coach.

"I need someone who can bring new things to my game and improve it. I've also got to see what experience he has but still there is no guarantee he's the right guy for me.

"I will have a trial period... and if things work out, then I'll hire him as my coach.

"But I'll definitely be on my own for the next few weeks."

The 22-year-old split with long-term mentor Peter Lundgren over two months ago -- he said at the time that he needed "new impetus" -- and has been on the lookout for a replacement since.

During his tenure, former Swedish pro Lundgren had steered Federer from a ranking of 30 to two in the world. He also guided the Swiss all-court player to the Wimbledon title last July.

NO POACHING

His successor will certainly have a lot to live up to.

"A coach can bring a lot to your game as you don't see your match the same way as someone else would," said Federer.

"But for the moment, travelling without a coach also helps me to figure out more things about my game and get to know what I need."

One thing Federer is adamant about is that he will not poach a fellow professional's mentor.

"It would be like approaching the girlfriend of another guy and asking her to go out with me... no I wouldn't do that," Federer laughed.

Having taken his time to climb to the peak of the tennis mountain, Federer plans to enjoy the view from the top for as long as possible.

The stylish Swiss had been touted as a future number one from the moment he ended Pete Sampras's 31-match winning streak in the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2001.

It took him another 30 months to achieve the feat and now, playing in his first ATP event with his newly-acquired status, the Australian Open and Wimbledon champion is savouring the moment.

"Mentally your attitude does change when you become world number one," he said.

"It's a different feeling because you are looked at more than ever before.

"Time is more important than it used to be, which does put me under stress sometimes because there is more interest in my life. But the rest of your life shouldn't change even if you are number one.

"I know I can't be number one forever but I really like this position... I've found a lot of motivation over the last few weeks and now want to stay here as long as I can."

Called a genius by 2001 Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic earlier this week and unbeaten in ATP events since last October, Federer's current form suggests he will face little trouble in maintaining his supremacy. With or without any extra help.


02/19/04 11:16 ET

ytben
02-19-2004, 07:22 PM
Thanks DIrk for the article. Guess the Daren Cahill gossip is just a gossip then since Rogi adamantly said he won't do any coach poaching.

ytben
02-19-2004, 07:24 PM
Here's the famous luxury cow herself [not a flattering view mind... ]!!

not a flattering view indeed :o (Sorry Juliette, backside is just not a good view of us female kind :lol: )

ytben
02-19-2004, 07:31 PM
BTW Alex looks yummy in his milkbath :hearts: Wow, the spa looks so good. But must cost a fortune to go there.

RogiFan88
02-19-2004, 07:47 PM
BTW Alex looks yummy in his milkbath :hearts: Wow, the spa looks so good. But must cost a fortune to go there.

Yeah, Gstaad is one of those luxury ski resorts -- everything is v expensive... but I'd LOVE to go to the tournament one day!

LOL Ytben re: Juliette's backside!!!

I love Alex and his sense of humour -- he's quite a neat guy, speaks several languages, comes fr a COOL place, has done quite well in his career even without his RG title... he has done some cool ads on Spanish TV too, for L'Oreal, Danone yogurt [hey, like Rogi and Emmi!]...

RogiFan88
02-20-2004, 03:59 AM
read this:

ABN AMRO world tennis tournament
History says Henman can stop the Federer express
Henman has psychological advantage in quarter-final encounter
Stephen Bierley
Friday February 20, 2004
The Guardian
Henman: psychological advantage
Roger Federer, the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion, has recently dispelled and dispatched most of those players he previously regarded as his bêtes noires, notably Andre Agassi, Lleyton Hewitt and the Argentinian David Nalbandian.
Today, in the quarter-finals of the grandly named ABN AMRO world tennis tournament, the Swiss world No1 takes on one of his last major obstacles - Tim Henman.

The two have played each other six times since 1999, with Henman winning them all save for a fourth-round match in Key Biscayne two years ago when he was forced to pull out with neck problems after losing the first set. Their most recent meeting was in Paris last autumn when Henman defeated Federer 7-6, 6-1 in the quarter-finals of the Paris Indoor Open, and then went on to win the title, his first major trophy.

That loss turned out to be Federer's last. He went on to win the end-of-season Tennis Masters Cup, followed by the Australian Open title and yesterday he extended his unbeaten competitive run to 16, including the Davis Cup, with a 7-6, 7-5 victory over Romania's Andrei Pavel, the man Henman defeated in the Paris Open final.

Henman had rather less difficulty reaching the last eight with a 6-2, 6-4 win over the young Czech qualifier Tomas Cakl who he had never played before. "I watched him a bit against Jonas Bjorkman so I had a pretty good idea as to how he was going to try and play me," said Henman. "But one of the main things I've been working on this year is concentrating much more on my game plan and letting my opponent worry about me. I feel very comfortable doing that and today was another good example of it working well. I feel if I can execute my game plan well I can trouble anybody, especially indoors."

Whether this confidence extends to troubling Federer will be discovered today. History is on Henman's side, for he has beaten the Swiss three times indoors and twice in front of Federer's home crowd in Basle, including the 2001 final. Yet, since losing to Henman in Paris, Federer has established himself as the world's leading player.

It will be imperative that Henman makes a good start, just as he did yesterday against Cakl: "After that it was a lot easier for me to control the match." As usual there were moments when Henman stuttered, but generally he was always in control, as he would have expected to be against the inexperienced Czech.

Paul Annacone, the former coach of Pete Sampras, and now working part-time with Henman, has been encouraging the 29-year-old British No1 to remain positive at all times, although all the old Henman failings reared up during the third round of the Australian Open. Leading 4-1 in the fifth set against Argentina's Guillermo Canas, Henman lost ignominiously.

Immediately after winning the Australian Open, Federer led Switzerland to a 3-2 Davis Cup first round victory over Romania, winning the decisive rubber against Pavel.

http://sport.guardian.co.uk/

I think losing to Tim in the Basel01 Final was what did it to Rogi... that was the 2nd time he lost that final... 2 yrs in a row... he was crying during the ceremony!

Cakl and Pavel, hardly the same level of player! :rolleyes:

It's time for ROGI to do the deed vs. Tim -- it's NOW or NEVER!! [I said that for Paris-Bercy03 too!!]

Rogi has to be mentally strong and keep down his UEs and reverse the tables...

GO, ROGI!! ;)

yanchr
02-20-2004, 07:02 AM
Thanks Dirk and RogiFan for the articles.

Guess the Daren Cahill gossip is just a gossip then since Rogi adamantly said he won't do any coach poaching.

Yeah that's what I'm thinking about. And the analogy with the girlfriend thing made me laugh. :D Roger is a gentleman ;)

Doris Loeffel
02-20-2004, 10:01 AM
Thanks for the info guys

One just has to like Roger beeing on the top but still pretty easy going. please stay like this Roger!!

RogiFan88
02-21-2004, 02:15 PM
:sad: Bad news... Rogi's pulled out of Marseille w an undisclosed injury!! NO!!! Poor Rogi... what does this mean about his points and entry ranking then?? Hope he gets better and is OK for Dubai. :sad:

No details yet... maybe someone can bring us up to date...

tori-amos
02-21-2004, 03:02 PM
just saw this from eurosport...hopefully the injuries are not serious...
bless him......get well soon!


Federer out of Marseille

World number one Roger Federer has pulled out of the Marseille Open next week because of injury, organisers said on Saturday. Federer, the Australian Open champion, was the top seed in the tournament, which also features Russian Marat Safin and Spaniard Juan-Carlos Ferrero.


"I have several injuries. I have pain in my right foot, another in my shoulder since the Australian Open and also a general weariness," said Federer.

"Had it been a decisive game in the Davis Cup I would have played. But I'm not in shape to defend my title here and am not interested in losing in the first or second round."

yanchr
02-21-2004, 04:02 PM
I think it's good for Roger to pull out. He needs time to adjust and recover esp mentally
And maybe he also needs time to accept the fact that he is not born to win, which was neglected for some period of time, including some fans
I'm back to reality now

Dirk
02-21-2004, 04:32 PM
Uh no. He pulled out because he has been injuried. Pretty sick to think he needs this for an ego check. Just because fans clamor about his talent doesn't mean we think he is unbeatable. Us Roger fans seem to always be labeled arrogant when we point out the obvious regarding Roger.

jtipson
02-21-2004, 04:56 PM
I reckon he was likely to pull out of Marseille anyway, because if he had won in Rotterdam, the points would not have counted very much. Probably just tired with some little niggles. Other players do this all the time (compare Andy after the US Open last autumn).

yanchr
02-21-2004, 04:56 PM
I'm always saying that Roger will lose somewhere for sure. But when it actually came, it's just not easy to swallow it. That's all. Guess to some degree, same with Roger.

I see that only you Dirk are labeled as arrogant ;) It's OK. Never mind. The truth is always there. :cool:

jtipson
02-21-2004, 04:58 PM
By the way, he doesn't actually lose any points this week. Next week he'll shed 240, because his Dubai win comes off, and it gets replaced with his 60 points from Rotterdam, so he'll be down to 4930.

ytben
02-21-2004, 06:42 PM
Thanks josie for the points update and RF & tori for the news. Rogi :awww:, please rest up :zzz:, take as much time as you need to recover :hug:
I am quite glad actually he pulled out. He needs rest me thinks. His schedule is so packed since beginning of the season. I want him to be on full health in Indian Wells.

Billabong
02-21-2004, 08:54 PM
Rogi has a lot of points to win in Indian Wells and in Miami, so I hope he'll be fully ready and healthy for those important tournaments:)!!!

GOOOOOOOOO FED!!!

Jazzy
02-22-2004, 04:01 AM
Yeh, hope is fit & healthy enough to regain pionts in Indian Wells and in Miami!

Dirk
02-22-2004, 11:02 AM
I don't mind being labelled arrogant. I don't hold back my faith and love for Roger and my happiness over his success. :worship: Since Roger has become such a great player with so many great results people tend to harbor hate over that. Just you wait yanch, Ninja hunt is going to be coming to a GM near you real soon.

lsy
02-22-2004, 01:44 PM
I hope Rogi takes a good rest and comes out fresh. The arrogance comment only irritates me when it comes from others who are as bias (if not more) and also make excuses for their favourite losses but are blind enough to think Rogi's fans are worse off in that aspect...haha...funny.

But anyway all I care is for Rogi to take a good rest and comes out fresh for his next tournament. Go Rogi!!!

yanchr
02-22-2004, 04:22 PM
I don't mind being labelled arrogant. I don't hold back my faith and love for Roger and my happiness over his success. :worship: Since Roger has become such a great player with so many great results people tend to harbor hate over that. Just you wait yanch, Ninja hunt is going to be coming to a GM near you real soon.

Good for you :worship: and keep it :worship: *serious*

I don't mind if there should be such a thread going on. It'd just show how good Roger is and how lucky to be a Roger fan :angel:

Actually I've come across quite some negative words or to say even evil curse on Roger on other sites. Even as reserved and calm as I am, I can't help being :mad: at first. But I dismissed them a good laugh then coz all I sensed was envy.

What I care is simply Roger...

Dirk
02-22-2004, 09:41 PM
Funny Yanchr Roger is so nice and classy (apart from the occasionally raqcuet breaking) but he will still be disliked. People will still not like his game, only because he could and might be so dominate. I think maybe his injury is what made him so impatient against Tim because he didn't want to be out there feeling the pain so he decided to just try to rush and end points too quickly. I didn't see the match but I am sure he did some great things here and there. Shame JC was too tired to come through in the end. He fought very very hard though. :sad:

Billabong
02-23-2004, 02:39 AM
GO Rogi, you'll have soon the occasion to win a lot of points:)!

GOOOO FED!!!!!!:)!

rogicomel
02-24-2004, 02:46 AM
Yep! Rogi deserves this rest as we were worried with the idea of playing 4 tournament in 4 weeks!

Praying for his quick recovery! Get well soon, Rogi!

WyveN
02-24-2004, 03:18 AM
Roger has certainly become despised by a few after sweeping through the Masters & Aus Open and the rejoicing that he finally lost at Rotterdem (not only on this site) is rather amusing.
I am confident after this rest Roger will come back better then ever

Billabong
02-24-2004, 03:19 AM
rogicomel, what are his next scheduled tournaments:)?

RogiFan88
02-24-2004, 04:05 AM
Billabong, Rogi hopes to be well enough to play Dubai next week, as he's the defending champ, then on to I Wells and Miami, and after that, DC QF!!

rogicomel
02-24-2004, 09:13 AM
Yep Billabong! He has to defend his title in Dubai and then off to the US for two TMS events (all in three straight weeks) so this short rest will benefit him, we hope!

Billabong
02-24-2004, 12:07 PM
Oh I forgot about DC!!!
Thanks for the infos guys:)!

Dirk
02-28-2004, 02:46 PM
Roger only won a match at Wells last year so let's hope he does really well this year. Miami he made the qrts so I hope he will make the semis there or win the event. :devil: I just hope he is feeling well because then he can focus on the sport and play great.

RogiFan88
02-28-2004, 11:14 PM
That w be great, Dirk... if Rogi wins his first and 2nd rds, that will be better than 2003 and he will gain pts. My wish is for him to win Miami! I'd like Juanqui to win I Wells -- Corretja won that one! Juanqui needs a title this yr!! Too many losses in finals, esp to Lleyton. :rolleyes:

Go, ROGI, go!!

You going to Miami this yr, Dirk??

Dirk
02-29-2004, 12:48 AM
Nope, but some time I will see an Tennis Event again. JC fought hard to make it to that final. Hewitt won't get him the next time.

RogiFan88
02-29-2004, 02:27 AM
I hope not! It w be nice for Juanqui to take Lleyton's I Wells title fr him this yr!

tangerine_dream
03-13-2004, 08:20 PM
Great article on Roger in the LA Times today. :yeah:

There's No Painting Him in One Corner

Federer, whose backhand is like brushwork, isn't buying into No. 1 hype or the need to have a coach.

By Lisa Dillman
Times Staff Writer
March 13, 2004

The passing shot launched by his practice partner and Swiss Davis Cup teammate whizzed perilously close to his face, but Roger Federer didn't take umbrage the other day during their hitting session at the La Quinta Club and Resort.

"I'll remember," he told Yves Allegro, delivering a playful warning.

Of course, no one needs to tell the reigning Wimbledon and Australian Open champion not to have a cow.

He has one.

The famous Juliette has become part of the rich Federer lore, right along with his aesthetically pleasing one-handed backhand. She was given to him by organizers of the Swiss Open in Gstaad just after he'd won at Wimbledon and, quite frankly, people are intrigued by the cow. Federer, in his charming manner, enjoys discussing Juliette.

"I think it's a great story," said Federer, who is here for the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells. "It was such a great surprise. People like animals. I'm a Swiss. We have the most beautiful cows in the world. I have two cows now because she had a baby."

Federer is still considering names for the calf — and making the most of Juliette.

"I went up to Gstaad and got some milk and cheese from her and had a fondue," he said of his recent visit. "When I saw her, she was there, all big and tired…. It's strange because I'm so happy to see her, but she … "

She is … well, a cow, and not the least impressed by two Slam victories and his No. 1 ranking.

Federer, though, who has won 21 of his last 22 matches and is 16-1 in 2004, has noticed a significant change since he became No. 1 at the Australian Open.

People have shifted their assessments of him.

"When I play, if I'm playing good, they think I'm playing great," he said. "If I'm playing bad, it's not that bad. Because you're No 1 in the world, it always looks good. But that's not how it is."

Winning has a way of covering faults, and Federer is not alone in noticing that.

"It's funny, the more matches I win, the better-looking I get," said U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, smiling.

With Roddick, 21, and Federer, 22, combining to win the last three Slams, the temptation is to reduce the competitive balance on the tour to a two-man show.

They are in opposite halves of the draw at this tournament, with Federer seeded first and Roddick third, and both are scheduled to play their first matches Sunday.

"It's not a two-man race at this point," said Roddick, who is 1-5 against Federer. "I think Roger's established himself as the top player by going through and winning in Australia. But I think there are too many other players to make it just a two- or three-man race."

Former U.S. Open and Wimbledon champion Lleyton Hewitt of Australia said Federer was not that far ahead of the pack, but Andre Agassi noted that Federer had won two of the four Slam tournaments.

Said Roddick: "Roger's always had the game. He's always had the shots, always been able to do everything on the court. I think he's just maybe tightened it up. You don't see him having those weird second-round, third-round losses that you can't really explain."

It all came together at Wimbledon, where he did not lose serve in his final two matches. Federer sobbed during the trophy presentation and joked about it the other day.

"A lot of crying in the papers," he said.

The tears did not flow after the Australian Open, though he achieved a modern-day rarity by winning without a coach. Federer, who split with Peter Lundgren in December, is operating fine without one and has no immediate plans to fill the position.

"If I'm in the mood to hit five hours, I'm going to go hit five," Federer said. "If I'm only in the mood for half an hour, I only go half an hour. I know what I need and what I don't need. That is something I've improved in the last few years. That's what made me No. 1."

Federer remains equally pragmatic about his goals.

"I'm not a guy who is going to go chasing [Grand Slams]," he said. "That's not how I look at things. For me, it's about titles and it's about keeping my ranking."

It's hard to believe the collected Federer had a temper on the court as a youngster.

"He didn't like to lose," said his mother Lynette in a telephone interview from her native South Africa. "He'd disappear into the cloakroom and cry. We'd try to calm him down and tell him it's not the end of the world. If you don't like to lose, do something about it and improve."

She said he was fond of setting limits as a child, whether it was with a teacher, a coach or teasing his older sister.

"Still do," he said.

"It could drive people crazy," Lynette said. "He had such endurance. It was a game he could play."

And it has been better than almost anyone else's of late. Which is why the man for all surfaces finds himself fielding questions about the most improbable feat, a calendar Grand Slam.

"People ask me because I'm the only one who has a chance [this year]," Federer said. "I think it's almost impossible. Obviously, it's possible, but the field of men's game is so open. Winning one slam is an unbelievable effort in these times.

"I set myself more realistic goals. About this, I could speak if I won three and I'm in the quarters of the fourth. Then I can start thinking, 'I've got a chance.' So far away. So many hours of tennis."

Find this article is at:
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-federer13mar13,1,6614475.story?coll=la-headlines-sports

Mrs. B
03-13-2004, 08:27 PM
thanks for this, tangy.

Dirk
03-13-2004, 11:09 PM
Thanks. Amazing article. I'm glad Roger cares about the entire tour and not just slams. Music to tournament director's ears. YOUR A GREAT NUMBER ONE ROGI!!!!!!!! :worship: :bounce:

lsy
03-14-2004, 05:24 AM
"I went up to Gstaad and got some milk and cheese from her and had a fondue," he said of his recent visit. "When I saw her, she was there, all big and tired…. It's strange because I'm so happy to see her, but she … "

She is … well, a cow, and not the least impressed by two Slam victories and his No. 1 ranking"

:haha: :haha: :haha: and funny Dana (in Rogi's site) said obviously the journalist didn't read the SA Juliette report... :rolls:

RogiFan88
03-14-2004, 05:31 PM
Thanks for the article!

Billabong
03-14-2004, 09:44 PM
Thanks Tangerine:)!

tangerine_dream
03-16-2004, 05:26 AM
I'm glad to see some big American newspapers finally giving some ink and exposure to Roger. :yeah:

Low-key Federer on top of world
By Greg Boeck, USA TODAY

INDIAN WELLS, Calif. — Tennis star Roger Federer is inarguably the most recognized person in Switzerland — the Michael Jordan of his homeland. In the USA, different story.

Take this tennis-enlightened California venue, site of the Pacific Life Open this week. A security guard who didn't recognize Federer denied him entrance to the players' locker room because he couldn't produce his credential following a practice session.

Without a peep, Federer searched futilely for his identification in his tennis bag before he was rescued by a friend who informed the guard that this was the No. 1-ranked player in the world.

Federer calmly collected himself and entered. "He was only doing his job," Federer says.

He is a different breed of 21st-century athlete. His entourage? Occasionally Federer brings his fitness trainer, Pierre Paganini, and physio-therapist, Pavel Kovac, on the road; his girlfriend of four years, Mirka Vavrinec, is his publicist; and his parents, Robert and Lynette, are his agents.

"I'm very in-house," Federer says.

He has no coach after splitting with Peter Lundgren in December, looking for a change.

There is no bulging ego. But Federer does have game. Big-time game.

"He doesn't have any holes," says the USA's Andy Roddick, the third-ranked player.

Federer, 22, also has a sense of style. Check out the fashionable ponytail he wraps in a headband when he plays.

"He has the stuff," says Ann Morford, among a group of mostly female admirers who gathered to watch Federer practice at La Quinta Resort and Tennis Club before the tournament started.

Inside tennis circles, he's known almost reverentially as The Natural and has a shot at The Slam, winning Wimbledon and the Australian, French and U.S. Opens in the same calendar year.

To some, Federer is the anointed "next Pete Sampras." Only drop the "next," please.

"I don't want to be the next Pete Sampras," says Federer, who grew up admiring the games of Sampras and Boris Becker. "I just want to be Roger Federer and be as good as I can be and not chase somebody else."

At the moment, he's the chasee.

Federer made his move last year, after failing to meet others' lofty expectations as the game's new rising star upon turning pro in 1998. He ended his disappointing 0-for-16 streak in Grand Slam events with a victory at Wimbledon — the first Swiss to win — that brought tears to his eyes.

He capped a career-best season with his first U.S. title, at the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston where he beat then-No. 1 Roddick in the final, and kicked off 2004 with his second Slam win, in the Australian Open, that catapulted him to No. 1. He's the first Swiss to ascend to that ranking.

Federer, with two match wins at the Pacific Life Open, is 18-1 this year as he goes for his 14th career title.

This refreshing talent with the easy smile and engaging personality remains largely an unknown star in this country, largely because he's not American but partly because his down-to-earth character appears as solid as his out-of-this-world game.

"He's solid, but does he have the charisma to catch America's attention? I don't think he does," says Chris Harris, a tennis fan from Carlsbad, Calif., who watched Federer practice last week.

Some things you should know about Roger Federer:

The Natural

Federer, an old-school throwback who isn't in love with the new-school power game, is the most versatile player in tennis.

"He has a game that can sort of beat different guys different ways," Andre Agassi says. "He does everything really good, and a few things really great."

Federer has a one-handed backhand and a forehand that is a technical marvel. He can slice and serve-and-volley and now has the mental toughness to back it all up. He acknowledges he was "mentally weak," perhaps overwhelmed by high expectations in the past. But he conquered that last year.

"It was getting to my head after the (first-round exit in the) French Open last year," he says. "It was the way I lost. I thought, 'Geez, (the media), take it easy on me. I need some time. Don't expect me to win Grand Slams right away. Leave me alone.' I was trying to tell people, 'Listen I know I have a little bit of a problem with Grand Slams.'

"Not anymore."

The Slam

Only two men in history have accomplished the feat: American Don Budge in 1938 and Australian Rod Laver in 1962 and 1969.

Federer can challenge on clay at the French Open, on grass at Wimbledon and on hardcourts at the Australian Open and U.S. Open, but he says winning The Slam is not his goal.

"It's like chasing 14 Grand Slam wins (Sampras' record haul). Almost impossible," Federer says.

Then he smiles. "But I will try."

The cow

Swiss tennis officials presented Federer with a unique gift after his breakthrough Wimbledon win last year at a ceremonyin Gstaad attended by almost 5,000: a1,760-pound milking cow. He named her Juliette.

She's on a farm in Gstaad, where cows almost outnumber the 2,000 residents. She already has given Federer milk and cheese.

"She's got a baby girl now," says Federer, who visited Juliette at her farm two weeks ago.

He says he'll name the calf when the Davis Cup quarterfinals are played in Switzerland next month.

The Man

Federer has won almost $9 million on tour since 1998 and has embraced life at the top, but friends and opponents say he hasn't changed.

"He's the same guy he was 10 years ago," says fellow countryman, former roommate and sometimes doubles partner Ives Allegro. "He still remembers where he came from."

Federer owns two convertibles but still lives in a flat in the town where he grew up, Basel — 1 mile from his parents.

The military

Nothing is settled yet, but Federer and the Swiss Defense Ministry are working out a deal that will allow him to fulfill his national service by serving in the civil protection force.

It's a sensitive issue. Swiss men under 34 are required to fulfill national service. Most men in the army spend five months in basic training and up to three weeks a year in annual training. Civil protection duty can be much shorter.

"Some people say sports people like me should do (military service), others say, 'Leave him alone,' " Federer says. "They know and I know it's difficult for me to do. We're trying to find a solution that is best for both."

The girlfriend

Federer and Vavrinec met as teammates during the Sydney Olympics in 2000 and have been inseparable since. There are no engagement plans at the moment.

"We're having good times together," he says.

Vavrinec, 26, who was born in Slovakia but moved to Switzerland when she was 2, was a pro tennis player before a foot problem ended her career two years ago.

The perfume

Federer, with his girlfriend and a Swiss associate, launched his fragrance, "RF-RogerFederer," with the slogan "Feel the touch" last July. It's in most stores in Switzerland and doing well enough for Federer to consider going worldwide.

"I'm very proud of it," he says. "It's something totally different from tennis. It just needs time."

Deodorant, aftershave, shower gel and perfume make up the line; the package of four costs $120.

Find this article at:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2004-03-15-federer-focus_x.htm

http://images.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/_photos/2004-03-15-federer-inside.jpg

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WyveN
03-16-2004, 05:49 AM
thanks tangy

i would be so embarassed if i was the security guard that wouldnt let himt through, its kind of funny imagining roger searching through his bags for I.D LOL

lsy
03-16-2004, 07:05 AM
Thanks for the article.

They really should start recognising Rogi :) and to Chris Harris - the tennis fan :bigwave: : Rogi has all the charisma, both on and off court (I mean who else on tour has a cow and calf to boast about :p )

So now we all know it's a baby girl...

yanchr
03-16-2004, 08:48 AM
Roger has no charisma? umm..maybe to some Americans, but to me Roger has outstanding charisma all round ;) Chris's taste doesn't go with most of us here ;)

Thanks tangy for the articles. All are great ones.

WyveN
03-16-2004, 12:01 PM
Perhaps Roger doesn't have charisma that appeals to the general American public (see Andy Roddick) but he has plenty of charisma

RogiFan88
03-16-2004, 03:07 PM
Thanks for that article!!

tangerine_dream
03-16-2004, 04:01 PM
You're welcome peeps. :dance:

I can understand how some people might find Federer "boring" or lacking in charisma, but I personally don't. He's definitely got a gleem of edginess to his game (and his looks) that I find very appealing. I'm more a fan of power games but Roger is the kind of all court player I'd wished Pete Sampras had been (talk about boring :zzz: Petey)

RogiFan88
03-16-2004, 04:26 PM
I don't know what's supposedly boring about Rogi's game or personality... and I don't agree when people say he's like Borg... the ICE MAN...

Anyway, who cares what they think and say...

RogiFan88
03-16-2004, 04:27 PM
and he's NOT like Pete at all in character... ho hum... Pete may have been the true dominator but he sure turned me off tennis at the time... to my detriment cos I missed the coming of Rafter...

lsy
03-16-2004, 04:42 PM
I don't know what's supposedly boring about Rogi's game or personality... and I don't agree when people say he's like Borg... the ICE MAN...

Anyway, who cares what they think and say...

Some fans just need players to swear, shout, argue, throw racquets on court for excitement and intensity I guess, that's normal in sports ;) so Rogi hardly fits into that profile to be "charismatic" (thank god though... :) )

BUT I personally find it hard to understand anybody who claims his tennis as boring :)

Liver
03-16-2004, 05:13 PM
Roger, not charismatic? That is so wrong. I think he's very stylish. He seems to have a dry sense of humour and that's great.
His tennis is not boring. It's just because it's so effortless. You think he's doing nothing because he rarely looks like he has to work hard and then suddenly the point is over and he has made another great shot. Americans in general love flash instead of understated class, but with more titles he'll become more recognized and the average tennis fan will know his very distinctive look. I, also, didn't love Pete's tennis after awhile. It became serve, net, serve, net, with the occasional forehand shot. It's funny, lots of people didn't think he was charismatic either.

Mrs. B
03-16-2004, 06:18 PM
Danke, tangy! good one.

hmmm, saw Juliette and calf today. Big Mama sat there looking very very bored and very tired, the little one is too shy. But she'll probably get used to it, she's a celebrity now. ;) At the moment she's nameless, but the guy tending her said she'll be brought to Lausanne and a name will be given. Did u know Juliet produces about 40 liters of milk a day? That's a lot of cheese supply for Roger!

more Roger fans! welcome, liver. :wavey:

Mrs. B
03-16-2004, 07:19 PM
here she is, the little shy one with no name till Easter...

joy
03-16-2004, 07:23 PM
I like Federer, and I don't think he's boring at all, the guy is just really good and a sweet guy.
But I'm getting sick and tired of people dissing Pete all the time. I loved him, I really did, and I loved watching him play. He was a teriffic player, probably the best ever, but somehow people never found that enough, because he was so boring... Well excuse him for winning all the time, what was he supposed to do? Loose, so people would find him ecxiting again? The idea is really ridicilous and it makes me a bit scared for Federer. People seem to like him now, but I'm sure that will change once he starts to dominate the sport. It's only a matter of time before people find him just as boring as Pete. Because you can win, but not to much, you might take the excitement out of the sport... For me, watching Pete win 14 slams was exciting enough, it may have been boring to watch for some people...Those people can relax, I don't think you'll ever see someone win 14 slams again in the near future...

LCeh
03-16-2004, 07:51 PM
Wow, that is such a beautiful calf.

lsy
03-17-2004, 01:01 AM
Hi Liver and Joy :wavey:

Joy, though I didn't live through the Pete era, I can sort of understand your frustrations but don't worry his amazing records definitely already go down the history as one if not the greatest. Look at the fact that each time the tennis watchers saw a great newcomer, he's always being compared to Pete...I guess that says it all.

Mrs. B...wow, are you the first ever to get a shot of the cute nameless calf??? But why is she all brown when I remember her mummy Juliette being mostly white??? :confused:

I hope Rogi gives her a good name, she's so cute :) Thanks for the picture!!!

Liver
03-17-2004, 03:45 AM
Oh yeah, I forgot to say hello. That was my first post!!

It's hilarious about Juliette and her calf. I wasn't a huge fan of Roger's until after he got her. I remember enjoying watching the match against Sampras at Wimbledon and immediately liking him. I'd look for him in the papers after that, but he kind of slumped for a bit. Then, after his W win, and especially after seeing the papers with him and Juliette, well, I became a huge fan. You've got to have a neat sense of humour to always talk about your cow and now your calf in such a way.

As for Pete, yes, I got a bit bored by him in his later years, but I still liked him a lot and he was my favourite for quite a long time. Even so, I always admired his ability to come up with the big shots when it counted. I think that is what I liked most about him...that, and his nose. Yes, I loved Pete's nose.

I only hope they show Roger on tv soon here. I miss the heady days of daily tennis from the AO.

Dirk
03-17-2004, 03:58 AM
Damn that calf is huge. She is what two weeks old? :eek: Mrs. B did you find the dad?

yanchr
03-17-2004, 04:50 AM
Yeah the calf is :eek: Juliette is really something ;)

Mrs. B
03-17-2004, 10:30 AM
Mrs. B...wow, are you the first ever to get a shot of the cute nameless calf??? But why is she all brown when I remember her mummy Juliette being mostly white??? :confused:

I hope Rogi gives her a good name, she's so cute :) Thanks for the picture!!!

i think little 'Mo looks a lot like big Ma. These breeds are called Simmentaler, with their brown and white shades, and they're from this area. The organizers of Allianz Swiss Open bought Juliette from a farmer and presented it to Roger after his historic Wimby win. very Swiss! They actually find it amusing why everyone suddenly would be interested in a cow.
*edit: sorry u can only click on the pix :(

ytben
03-17-2004, 12:27 PM
lol, yeah they do look so much alike. But then again all cows look the same to me :lol:

Thanks for the piccies Mrs. B :kiss: What a cutie. I assume the fur will fall off as she gets older?

Mrs. B
03-17-2004, 12:37 PM
lol, yeah they do look so much alike. But then again all cows look the same to me :lol:

Thanks for the piccies Mrs. B :kiss: What a cutie. I assume the fur will fall off as she gets older?

haven't got a clue if they fall off, but it was really soft when i touched her, but she's really too shy!

here's what the dad would prolly look like, check the massive guy on the right...

lsy
03-17-2004, 06:01 PM
lol, yeah they do look so much alike. But then again all cows look the same to me :lol:



well yeah ytben, that's true.

Rogi, Mirka, Juliette, nameless calf and the mysterious dad should also take a picture perfect family photo like Andre's :)

tangerine_dream
03-17-2004, 06:04 PM
Is Roger and Co. sponsoring a competition back home to name the calf? He should. :bounce:

Blaze
03-17-2004, 06:11 PM
Me thinks Juliette and her calf are getting more media publicity than some tour players :smooch:

Mrs. B
03-17-2004, 06:12 PM
Rogi, Mirka, Juliette, nameless calf and the mysterious dad should also take a picture perfect family photo like Andre's :)

:lol:

how come i'm suddenly thinking of Gary Larson? lol!

LCeh
03-17-2004, 06:17 PM
well yeah ytben, that's true.

Rogi, Mirka, Juliette, nameless calf and the mysterious dad should also take a picture perfect family photo like Andre's :)

:haha: That would be great. I wonder what Rogi is gonna call the calf though...

lsy
03-17-2004, 06:28 PM
:lol:

how come i'm suddenly thinking of Gary Larson? lol!

lol...

glad you all like my idea. Ok that'll be my message to Rogi in the next red envelope :lol:

yanchr
03-18-2004, 04:35 AM
Ok that'll be my message to Rogi in the next red envelope :lol:

:lol: I'm already seeing the funny look and good laughters of Roger when he gets it. :lol:

tangerine_dream
03-18-2004, 11:04 PM
:haha: Did you guys see this article yet? From tennis.x ....

Federer Filling Boring No. 1 Niche Vacated by Sampras
By*Richard Vach

Sitting through a Roger Federer post-match press conference, there are times you want to shake him to see if he has a pulse -- either that, or you marvel at the thoughtful insight and wit levied by the new ruler of men's tennis. Attending to the various pressures of the No. 1 ranking on his own terms, Club Fed's cool demeanor reminds one of another laid-back former No. 1.

"I think I'm living a very exciting life right now," Federer says.

While American serving machine Andy Roddick speaks of his appearance on Saturday Night Live, dating singer/actress Mandy Moore, and parachuting out of airplanes with coach Brad Gilbert, the Swiss tells of quiet dinners with his girlfriend and checking in on his cow, Juliette, a gift from the ATP Gstaad event last year upon winning the title. Only ardent American tennis fans would recognize Federer on the street, which is fine by the Swiss.

"What is my goal in my life?" Federer said. "It's not to be walking down New York City and everybody starts screaming. It's not my goal in life. What I'm doing is enjoying tennis. And if, you know, people enjoy watching me, you know, that is for me more important than anything else. I have very many people coming up to me, you know, where I'm staying around this week, which come to me and say, 'I love your game. My son admires you. You're his favorite player.' These are the things I enjoy hearing.

"What it takes to be a superstar in the States, I don't know what it takes because I'm not from here. Only different people could help me to do that." Hello, ATP media machine?

The situation is similar to another former No. 1 who preferred to let his racquet do the talking, and thought that the artistry of winning titles was plenty enough to give back to fans and the game. Federer's view echoes that of the man he is supposed to "replace," with fans pegging the all-court Swiss as the "next Pete Sampras."

"But I don't want to be the next Pete Sampras, I want to be Roger Federer," says the Swiss.

Federer's popularity in his home country is immense, and he has been referred to as the "Michael Jordan of Switzerland" on more than one occasion. Even more quiet and reserved when he first emerged on tour in the late 1990's, Club Fed has slowly loosened up, and while appearing reserved to fans, he has become one of the more popular and likable players in the locker room.

"He's a fun guy," said American Mardy Fish, who Federer pasted 6-4, 6-1 in the early rounds at Indian Wells. "You know, he never seems like he's down. He's a very approachable guy, that's for sure. He likes to joke around. He's always laughing and stuff. Yeah, he's very easy to joke around with."

And while the No. 1 mantle, gained this past January, has forced him even further into the spotlight, it remains to be seen whether the private Swiss will take an overtly pro-active role in furthering the game, or like Sampras, keep the public at arm's length and just opt to watch some Lakers game at home on TV.

"I want to enjoy this moment while I'm No. 1 as much as I can, you know, meet a lot of people, you know, experience, take it with me for also after tennis," Federer says. "This is for me really what I've been working for hard. And obviously now that I've, you know, won Slams and become No. 1 in the world, it's trying to stay where I am and obviously reach the same emotions like I did in Wimbledon."

Those emotions involved breaking down with tears of joy during the Wimbledon trophy presentation, endearing him to fans worldwide who had been waiting for the Swiss to get "over the hump," to win that first slam and become the confident player behind the raw talent. Federer then went on to win the year-ending Masters Cup and finish the year at No. 2, just points behind year-end No. 1 Andy Roddick.

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

After claiming the top shelf spot during the first month of 2004, Fed has had to deal with a new level of popularity, if not in the U.S., then globally.

"The media side -- before I thought I was already doing a lot, but that was mostly in Switzerland," Federer said. "Now the whole international press is also chasing me. That's just things you're not used to before. Maybe not speaking in the interviews in your proper language also maybe makes it a little bit difficult for me sometimes. Everywhere I go, people recognize me more often now. That sometimes is tough."
Even before Andy Roddick won the 2003 US Open and catapulted to No. 1, American fans and the tennis media had dubbed him "the future of American tennis," a weighty proposition at best, and a whole hell of a lot of pressure at worst. Roddick has since slumped to No. 3 on the ATP Rankings. Juan Carlos Ferrero, who with Roddick and Federer comprised the "Three Kings" in their race for the 2003 year-end No. 1 ranking, has also since fallen by the wayside, besieged by injuries and poor play after a long 2003 season took its toll.

Now Federer, after already winning at the Australian Open and Dubai this year, is looking to put his foot down and put even more distance between himself and the No. 1 contenders, threatening to make 2004 a one-man race. The Swiss' on-court game has blossomed, but it remains to be seen if his off-court persona will be embraced by Americans as it has in Europe. Tennis in the U.S. can use all the help it can get in the way of personalities, and Federer is the first to plead his own case.

"I'm a funny guy, I'm outgoing, you can have a lot of fun with me," Federer said. "I can hang out."

So here you have a No. 1 player who is misunderstood, but rarin' to go. Where are the Jay Leno and David Letterman appearances, the magazine photo spreads, the candy bars named after the Swiss? Don't they make chocolate there or something? Time for the ATP to take a break from handing out nandrolone and get Federer in a Taco Bell commercial -- there's a new tennis personality to be marketed, a guy who can hang out.

Mrs. B
03-18-2004, 11:17 PM
merci vielmal!

Shy
03-19-2004, 05:15 PM
Why do they keep asking why Roger isn't as popular as Andy or Andre in the US? It is like asking why Andy and Andre aren't as popular as Roger in Switzerland. I think that Roger is gaining a lot of attention in the US, and it seem that media are a little in denial about it that is why they kept asking that question.

vene
03-20-2004, 04:10 PM
Why do they keep asking why Roger isn't as popular as Andy or Andre in the US? It is like asking why Andy and Andre aren't as popular as Roger in Switzerland. I think that Roger is gaining a lot of attention in the US, and it seem that media are a little in denial about it that is why they kept asking that question.
I agree, Roger is getting more and more popular. I and a # of my friends are now die-hard Roger fanatics. It's just a matter of time as he keeps winning. And it's good for the sport. I lost interest in tennis over the last few years, and he got me very interested again.
Here's an article from Tennisweek:

Federer Faces Agassi In IW Semifinal Showdown


Photo By Cynthia Lum By Ronald Green
03/19/2004

The searing sun spurred temperatures into the 90s, but a focused Roger Federer was still working overtime in the desert. The swift stroke of the Swiss stylist's right hand drew a sizeable crowd at the Pacific Life Open this week. Fans weren't witnessing Federer's signature shot — they were waiting for his signature.

The top-ranked Federer faced a long line of fans waiting in line for his autograph and patiently signed for 40 minutes — 10 minutes more than originally scheduled.

"I saw how long the line was. I said, 'I'll do it 10 minutes more if not everybody has their autograph,' because I think those things are very important for tennis," Federer said. "Here they almost prefer to do photos than take the autograph. But I have to say it was nice, nice because people are nice here. They're patient. I like to do it, especially when it's well-organized. If it's hectic, then I cannot sign properly."

The autograph session was symbolic of Federer's standing in the sport he dominates — the Wimbledon winner is drawing a crowd making his mark on tennis while secure in his spot at the head of the pack.

"I go out there every match with the same attitude: that this will be a difficult match, try your best, fight hard and hopefully you can win," Federer said. "Handle yourself correctly out there, kind of enjoy it. That's what I'm doing."

He continues to script another successful season. The man with the most complete game in tennis has been the sport's most dominant performer, producing a 20-1 record on the season and winning tournament titles at the Australian Open and Dubai.

Now, Federer will face his toughest test of the tournament when he takes on fifth-seeded Andre Agassi in a semifinal showdown between two players who have yet to surrender a set in this event.

The eight-time Grand Slam champion holds the current No. 1 in high regard.

"The guy has been playing spectacular tennis, especially this year, even towards the end of last year," Agassi said of Federer. "His game has a lot of weapons. You know, I'm just going to have to hit my shots. I mean, sort of handling my ball is going to be different than handling another guy's ball. With us we all hit the ball differently. So I'm hoping I can present some problems for him. And that's the game plan."

Agassi has won three of his five matches with Federer, but the 22-year-old Swiss scored successive wins in their last meetings, edging Agassi 6-7, 6-3, 7-6 in a classic match that opened the 2003 Tennis Masters Cup in Houston before beating him again with a comprehensive 6-3, 6-0, 6-4 triumph in the Tennis Masters Cup final.

In Agassi's three victories over Federer he was able to effectively exploit Federer's backhand by alternating acute, short-angled backhands with deeper biting backhands to open the court. But a more mature Federer has no apparent holes in his game and has been more adept in all phases of the game than any other player on the planet during the past year. Watch the forehand exchanges between the pair in this match as the man with the more consistent forehand may well have the edge.

"He's obviously playing really confidently," Agassi said. "I certainly look forward to the challenge of playing the guy who's by far playing the best this year."

The 33-year-old Agassi displayed both patient play from the baseline and well-timed trips to the net in his 6-4, 7-5 quarterfinal conquest of Guillermo Coria, perhaps the fastest player on the ATP Tour. Federer is also one of the game's best movers who transitional skills from defense to offense are unparalleled in the game. Agassi will again need to supplement his standard baseline attack with the occasional approaches to net against Federer, who hits as well on the run as anyone.

The unerring accuracy of Federer's serve when he's in a groove has prompted Agassi to compare it to Pete Sampras' serve and Federer shares Sampras' ability to play all-court tennis.

The vast variety of Federer's game will require Agassi to play a near-flawless match to advance to the final.

"He's the kind of guy that can really win a lot of Slams based on the fact that his game has the ability to be played different ways," Agassi said. "When he plays somebody that is great from the back of the court, but doesn't return that well, he just serves volleys. When he plays somebody that returns well and is more aggressive, he can just tighten things up and make a guy play from the back of the court. He can play with a lot of spin. He can hit through the court. He can play low slices if somebody struggles with the ball low. So basically he just plays the game superbly. That's just full credit to his ability."

Mrs. B
03-22-2004, 12:05 PM
the interview after winning IW:

Q. I wanted to ask you also, in Rotterdam you lost, was there bad water, terrible food? How could you lose?
ROGER FEDERER: No, Tim played a great match. You know, the surface was lower bounce which suits Tim's slice very much. I felt a little bit tired, missed a lot of chances. He totally deserved that victory.
You know, today I always had to watch out from the first ball on I hit. I just had to make sure I served really well today, put pressure on his own serve.

Q. He said he felt the variation in your serve caused him enormous problems.
ROGER FEDERER: I felt that, too.

Q. Is that as well as you've served against him?
ROGER FEDERER: I didn't think I served any different to the last few times against him, but the difference was I didn't double-fault today. I told myself, it's important, I'd rather make him hit some good approach shots and good returns than just to get away from him, then he would feel the pressure just by his presence, knowing he would come to the net.
I think then I started to feel good in the middle of the game. Then, you know, the confidence was my way.

Q. Five unforced errors in a final of this magnitude. Quite a memorable performance, isn't it?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, but five unforced errors is tough because, you know, it always looks like it's a forced error if you make one against Tim. He keeps rushing you. I mean, definitely it's a great match I've played today.
This was one of my goals for the season, to win Masters Series. I'm happy I won the first one because last year I couldn't win any. I lost in the finals in Rome, and now to win this one against Tim is especially nice.

Q. Justine Henin-Hardenne said she's able to pass up Miami. Do you wish you had that choice or do you still feel pretty refreshed? Do you wish you had the option to skip Miami?
ROGER FEDERER: I'm surprised she doesn't play it because to me it seems like there is enough days to prepare for Miami again. I'm going to go there, for sure, that's all I can say. I think Miami's one of the nicest events of the year, as well, same as this one. It's definitely a pity for the women's game she's missing out.

Q. When you broke the first time, particularly reaching that dropshot, almost seemed to be the turning point psychologically in the game.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I think it was one tough call at 15-All already against him, this one serve he hit. Then at 15-30, I hit that unbelievable pickup of that dropshot. I was very, very surprised I made that one. That was, looking back, a very important point, yeah. Otherwise, I don't think I would have broken him.

Q. Two points later he got a chance to put a volley away.
ROGER FEDERER: I think that one he felt the pressure. I passed him once already. I got to the dropshot. Maybe he felt he had to do something more or play a little safe, I don't know. Suddenly, you know, he missed that volley. It was good for me. Like this, the match started perfectly for me, what I wished for.

Q. You didn't give him a chance. He said so. He was helpless. That's his word. Have you played that well against a really good player, Top 10?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I thought I've showed a few times that I played well against top players. But against Tim, it's just a different game overall just because he keeps coming at you, and you cannot actually find that rhythm from the baseline when you're looking for. You feel like you're going to hit the normal backhand, then suddenly he's standing at the net hitting a volley. That kind of always makes you look at the ball and on the other side of the net to see where Tim is standing.
It makes it extremely difficult. But I'm very pleased the way it went today.

Q. Going into Houston last year, Masters Cup, you had had lots of problems with Andre, Lleyton, Tim. Since that time now you've gotten victories over all of them. What does that say about yourself and your game?
ROGER FEDERER: I think, like you said, Houston was very important for me because I had problems beating Agassi, Hewitt, Nalbandian. Roddick I never knew also. I beat him again after he beat me in Montreal.
For me, that was like an unbelievable turning point in my career. I knew how to beat all these guys. Same as Ferrero, as well, I had my difficulties with him, as well. But now beating all these guys, Hewitt at the Australian Open, and now Tim here finally, I feel like now there's not many guys left who have really an edge on me. I think this is very important for the rest of the season.

Q. Are you actually able to relax while you're playing a final?
ROGER FEDERER: Not today.

Q. You looked totally relaxed.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, maybe, but every time I went up to serve my first point of the games, I was hoping not to be down Love-15 like I was the first three service games. This is maybe where he missed his chance a little bit. Three times in a row, he had Love-15.
You know, even though I was up a break, when he made that volley on the line, for me to go up double break, I was just hoping for that volley to go out. To be a double break, that would have been basically the match. I still have to fight, try to keep my serve maybe one more time instead of twice.
But, you know, that's just the way it is against Tim.

Q. There were times against Agassi when TV showed you, a real crunch time, you were smiling, et cetera. Obviously, you do feel you're right on top of your form, your game, at the moment?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I'm very, very confident. I think also in moments where I know it's not going my way, like yesterday in the first set, I don't see any point for me to panic. I think that makes me much stronger now than it used to. At the same time, just knowing what I'm able to do, what I'm not able to do. I know my possibilities and my limits. I think that is very important to my game.

Q. Often in the media we hear you're the one who is going to take over the game. Does that create for you a pressure or is that motivation for you?
ROGER FEDERER: I mean, I don't feel any extra pressure because everybody will try to beat me, I will try to beat everybody. I don't see it like, you know, if I don't win, like if I would lose here in the finals or if I would lose here in the second round, that then everything has broken down, what I have achieved.
No, I don't feel pressure. I'm really just enjoying the moment right now.

Q. Have you tested all the limits of your game yet or do you still feel like there's a lot of progress for you to make?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I think what I would really like to improve is my serve-and-volley game, but it's just very difficult these days with the conditions, you know, slow, the players, they return so well. Not only do they return well, but they're good also off the second shot, the passing shot.
But the important thing is that I serve and volley well at Wimbledon, and that is most important, because without serve and volleying I think there it will be difficult for me to win. So right now I'm playing a lot from the baseline. That's something to get easier points and quicker points which might save you energy not only for the rest of the season, rest of the match, but also for the rest of your career.

Q. Is your next major goal Roland Garros, to have a good result there this time?
ROGER FEDERER: No. My goal is Miami, then Davis Cup. You know, all this Grand Slam talk, it's not disturbing, but this is not a goal I set for myself this year when I was practicing in Switzerland in December, that I want to win the Grand Slam. I think it's the wrong way to look at tennis right now.

Q. Justine thought this is one of the hottest conditions she ever played in. Did you feel the same?
ROGER FEDERER: I would say, it's strange here, if you sit still, really the sun gets to you. I don't know, if you keep moving, you feel the wind, then you get two minutes in the shade after every two games, I kind of get enough time to get away from the heat.
For me, humidity is much worse than this. I mean, every body's different.

Q. How are you going to celebrate this?
ROGER FEDERER: What shall I do? Start dancing (laughter)? :lol:

Q. Do you have any plans, go for dinner?
ROGER FEDERER: No, I'm leaving tonight. I'll probably celebrate when I'm in Miami, when all the traveling is over.
:)

lsy
03-24-2004, 05:34 AM
News about Thailand Open :

Dent, Moya to play in Thailand Open

Published on Mar 24, 2004


[TENNIS] Defending Thailand Open champion Taylor Dent and world No 6 Carlos Moya are two of the worldclass players who will be contesting the US$ 555,000 (Bt21.9 million) 2004 Thailand Open at Muang Thong Thani from September 25 to October 3.

Brian Marcar, the managing director of BEC Tero Entertainment, the organisers of the richest tennis tournament in Asia, revealed yesterday that as well as Thai star Paradorn Srichaphan, titleholder Dent and the Spaniard Moya will battle it out for the trophy in Asia’s premier tennis competition.

He said there is also a strong possibility that world No 1 Roger Federer, who won the season opening Australian Open, and American heartthrob Andy Roddick, who made a last minute withdrawal from the tournament last year, might also play in this year’s tournament.

“Dent and Moya are two worldclass players who have accepted our invitations. Now I’m negotiating with Federer and Roddick’s agents. I will bring the world’s No 1 tennis player no matter how much the appearance fee costs,” he said.

However, last year Thailand Open’s finalist Juan Carlos Ferrero will skip the 2004 edition because of his high appearance fee.

Meanwhile, BECTero appointed Indian tennis legend Vijay Amritraj as a tournament ambassador for the Thailand Open for five years.

“I’m very glad to return Thailand again. I aim to continue promoting this event worldwide. Hopefully I’ll be a good representative for this event,” said Amritraj, a former Asian No 1. “I’ll promote not only the tennis tournament, but Thailand also. Paradorn and I’ll join together to tell the world about the Thailand open,” he added.

...I hope they do manage to bring Rogi to Thailand, besides Rogi has included the tournament in his schedule. My chance of seeing him live this year!!!

Billabong
03-24-2004, 12:47 PM
That would be cool to see Rogi in Thailand:)!

yanchr
03-24-2004, 02:46 PM
lsy, good luck to you to finally see Roger LIVE!

Hope my chance will soon be coming in sight :)

lsy
03-24-2004, 03:00 PM
Thanks yanchr! Rogi has no other choice but to just come to Thailand Open!!!

Guess what? Rogi won the ATP fans' favourite!!! Wow...I'm surprised really!!!

ytben
03-24-2004, 03:16 PM
Yeah I am really surprised too :D :D I thought Marat or Andy will win, I guess I let the crap spouted by the US Media about how boring Rogi is get into my head.
When is Thai Open btw?

lsy
03-24-2004, 03:20 PM
September.

wanna come too, ytben?

ytben
03-24-2004, 03:21 PM
Maybe ;) I just moved to Asia last week actually(hence my limited internet access) and will be in the area on September.

Blaze
03-24-2004, 03:22 PM
I'm happy Roger won fan favorite because I would have been disappointed after voting more that 25 times.(On different computers, school and work :p )

lsy
03-24-2004, 03:24 PM
Maybe ;) I just moved to Asia last week actually(hence my limited internet access) and will be in the area on September.

oh really? Maybe I ask where?

well, maybe we can go chase down Rogi together ;)

no...I'm too "old" for that I just want to watch his beautiful tennis live.

lsy
03-24-2004, 03:26 PM
I'm happy Roger won fan favorite because I would have been disappointed after voting more that 25 times.(On different computers, school and work :p )

oh so Rogi does have fan like you Blaze...I was thinking that he won't win coz he probably don't have many fans who's gonna be that "crazy" ;)

I did my part, I voted once :)

ytben
03-24-2004, 03:30 PM
lol Blaze, you make me feel bad for only voting once. I am a bad fan I guess :p

lsy, very close to you actually. I moved to Jakarta, my family is there. lol, you can never be too old to chase Rogi. After all Rogi embodied beautiful tennis, so we can just say we chase beautiful tennis so we don't feel so bad ;)

lsy
03-24-2004, 03:35 PM
lol Blaze, you make me feel bad for only voting once. I am a bad fan I guess :p

lsy, very close to you actually. I moved to Jakarta, my family is there. lol, you can never be too old to chase Rogi. After all Rogi embodied beautiful tennis, so we can just say we chase beautiful tennis so we don't feel so bad ;)

See...that's why I'm spending time in a tennis board, none of my friends understand why would I want to go bangkok for some tennis tournament :mad:

Good to be back home with families I guess :)

ytben
03-24-2004, 03:45 PM
lol, I can just imagine the expression on my family and friend's face when I said I want to go to Bangkok to watch tennis. I am also the lone tennis fan in my family and friend's circle. I am still working extra hard to brainwash my sister though, I replay my IW tapes of Rogi's matches religiously for her. But I guess it kinda backfired since she kinda resent I hijacked the TV & VCR most of the time :D

lsy
03-24-2004, 03:54 PM
lol, I can just imagine the expression on my family and friend's face when I said I want to go to Bangkok to watch tennis. I am also the lone tennis fan in my family and friend's circle. I am still working extra hard to brainwash my sister though, I replay my IW tapes of Rogi's matches religiously for her. But I guess it kinda backfired since she kinda resent I hijacked the TV & VCR most of the time :D

I think you should start with the wimby 03 matches instead, that's when I was a fed-fan converted. Maybe that will do it for your sis ;)

Looks like many of us are the lonely tennis freaks among our friends :(

yanchr
03-24-2004, 04:12 PM
Thanks yanchr! Rogi has no other choice but to just come to Thailand Open!!!

:lol:

Listen Roger, here's an order for you :smoke:

yanchr
03-24-2004, 04:19 PM
I'm really excited :D :D :D
Also didn't expect that. didn't predict who it would be, but simply not think it actually would be our Roger :music: :music: :music:

I'm happy Roger won fan favorite because I would have been disappointed after voting more that 25 times.(On different computers, school and work :p )

You also made me a bad fan :worship: I just voted only once. :o But if most of who voted for Roger voted only once, the result turns out really fair there :) See how good Roger is :angel:

lsy
03-24-2004, 04:25 PM
:lol:

Listen Roger, here's an order for you :smoke:

well, you know that's my 3rd message to Rogi in the next red envelope. Guess what my 2nd one is? To nominate GWH be the next coach for Rogi because of his insightful advice on how to beat Tim :bowdown:, I'm suspecting that Rogi might be lurking around here :haha:

yanchr
03-24-2004, 04:35 PM
well, you know that's my 3rd message to Rogi in the next red envelope. Guess what my 2nd one is? To nominate GWH be the next coach for Rogi because of his insightful advice on how to beat Tim :bowdown:, I'm suspecting that Rogi might be lurking around here :haha:

:lol: :lol:
I know your first one...take a family pic with both Juliette and the calf (a name nomination maybe :lol: ) The second one...I guess Roger will be scared :scared: :lol:

lsy
03-24-2004, 04:45 PM
:lol: :lol:
I know your first one...take a family pic with both Juliette and the calf (a name nomination maybe :lol: ) The second one...I guess Roger will be scared :scared: :lol:

Ya, Rogi might be too sensitive and vulnerable to handle GWH :lol:

yanchr
03-24-2004, 05:05 PM
Roger is still a little boy and might cry into tears when fathered by GWH :haha:

Roger, go away from him :bolt:

Sorry GWH if I'm being every bit offensive ;)

lsy
03-24-2004, 05:27 PM
Roger is still a little boy and might cry into tears when fathered by GWH :haha:

Roger, go away from him :bolt:

Sorry GWH if I'm being every bit offensive ;)

well I think GWH is still ok, can you imagine if it's Rebecca? :scared: :bolt: man...she's tough but in a very funny way :lol: (j/k, Rebecca if you do lurk around here :) )

ok, I think we had hijacked this thread and it's totally :topic: now.

Bed time for me, bye :wavey:

yanchr
03-24-2004, 05:39 PM
well I think GWH is still ok, can you imagine if it's Rebecca? :scared: :bolt: man...she's tough but in a very funny way :lol: (j/k, Rebecca if you do lurk around here :) )


:help:
:lol:


:wavey:

Billabong
03-24-2004, 08:27 PM
Congrats Rogi for the award:D!!!

Pink Panther
03-25-2004, 11:48 PM
Have any of you listened to Roger's latest Davis Cup Interview (http://www.daviscup.com/shared/medialibrary/audio/mp3/DC_2733_mp3.MP3) about the upcoming home tie with France?

lsy
03-26-2004, 04:51 AM
Thanks Pink Panther. Good one.

WyveN
03-26-2004, 06:39 AM
thanks for the link!

yanchr
03-26-2004, 08:07 AM
Thanks Pink Panther.

Roger is always telling his heart.

LCeh
04-14-2004, 02:10 AM
This is a very old article, but I enjoyed reading it. Not sure if it's been posted before, but it's just wonderful to know that the calm and cool Roger is also very emotional when the time is right... ;)

This is right after Wimbledon:

The morning after, Roger Federer had a few regrets.

Yesterday, over an early breakfast of orange juice and newsprint at his rented house in Wimbledon, the men's champion confessed that he was a touch embarrassed about Sunday's crying game.

This sensitive young man had sunk to his knees, legs weakened by emotion, when he became the first Swiss winner of a men's Grand Slam title, just too smart for Mark Philippoussis.

Later he was bawling like a baby, the eyes scrunched up with tears. It resulted in the headline "Roger Blubberer", which at least caused him to smile while relaxing at his garden table yesterday.

"Looking back, I wonder why I did this to myself. There was a little too much emotion," he said. "There are too many tears in the papers. I wish there were a few more of me holding the trophy, but all the pictures show me crying.

"It was something that I couldn't control. It was nice to share this, that all those people knew how I felt."

He has broken down after winning previous tournaments and when he beat Pete Sampras at Wimbledon two years ago. "But I wouldn't put myself down as a softie," said Federer, who now tops the Champions Race and is at a career-high third in the entry rankings.

Although he did the junior double in 1998, the Champions' Dinner at the Savoy was his first knees-up here. He turned down an invitation then because he had been handed a wild card to his first ATP Tour event, in Gstaad, Switzerland.

And in a sweet piece of symmetry, Federer jetted home to honour commitments at the same tournament, a claycourt event that the locals call "the Wimbledon of the Alps".

"Now I'm not just a tennis player," Federer said. "I guess I'm a bit of a celebrity, too. My star sign is Leo and we like being the centre of attention. Pete Sampras is a Leo, too."

His girlfriend, Miroslava Vavrinec - a former tennis player herself - handles his publicity. He is also guided by his parents - "but in a very nice way", assures Boris Becker. They stay in the shadows, not even sitting in the players' box on Sunday.

So, asked to fluff out his celebrity profile, Federer said that he liked "having nice dinners with my friends, sitting on the beach" and he plays cricket and "ping-pong". The media guide, though, lists his hobbies as deep-sea fishing and watching American pro-wrestling.

"Oh, God," he said. "I went deep-sea fishing in South Africa once and spent seven hours being seasick. I wish they would take that out of the handbook, same as the wrestling. I used to watch that when I was younger, but not any more."

Federer is also friends with several of the FC Basle squad. Manager Christian Gross has invited the tennis player, who sees himself as a striker, to come to training. Federer, though, is scared of injury.

"I don't want to fool around and be average," Federer said. "I have to set new goals."

rogicomel
04-14-2004, 08:23 AM
Thanks LCeh for the article. Any article on Rogi is timeless-- just like his game!

novanora
04-14-2004, 02:18 PM
Wow, thank u LCeh! Nice article! Sth about Roger is really precious memory, isn't it;)

Alessia
04-15-2004, 01:21 AM
:help:
:lol:


:wavey:

My god!

:devil:

Dirk
05-04-2004, 02:59 PM
Tennis-Federer eases past Bjorkman at Rome Masters

ROME, May 4 (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer eased into the second round of the Rome Masters on Tuesday, beating Sweden's Jonas Bjorkman 7-6 (7-4) 6-3.

The Swiss, who finished runner-up on the clay courts of the Italian capital last year, created four break points in a tight first set. However, he could not convert any of them and had to rely on unforced errors to snatch the tie-break.

He was less wasteful in the second set. A whipped crosscourt backhand pass in the sixth game gave Federer two break points and he converted the first when Bjorkman pushed a forehand into the tramlines.

Federer held his own serve comfortably to preserve his perfect record against the Swede.

"I'm very happy to win in the first round even though it wasn't a great match. The was a lot of wind out there today and the court was a little slippery," Federer said.

"I think I've got to improve a lot of things because in the next round I'm playing (2002 French Open champion Albert) Costa, who is very good on clay.

"I'm playing in a doubles match this afternoon so maybe that will be a good chance to improve some things."


05/04/04 08:58 ET

moonlight
05-05-2004, 08:09 PM
Practice will make perfect for faltering Federer - from channelnewsasia

ROME : World number one Roger Federer believes practice will make perfect following his shock second round exit at the Rome Masters.

Federer, the number one seed, took the first set against Spaniard Albert Costa, only to lose 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 to the 2002 French Open champion on Wednesday.

Playing in his first clay court match of the year and with Roland Garros less than three weeks away, Federer said it was time to go back to the drawing board to iron out the mistakes that cost him a place in the last 16 at the Foro Italico.

"I'm not happy with my serve, my return and sometimes my forehand - even though that is my biggest weapon," said the Swiss 22-year-old, the Australian Open champion.

"Very simply, I have to go on the practice courts. Because I haven't been playing well in practice, I haven't performed well in matches.

"The only thing that will bring my confidence back is to practice. Hopefully I will be ready for the French Open later this month, because so far I am not really happy with my game."

Federer refused to blame his rusty performance on the three week break he took following Switzerland's Davis Cup quarter-final against France.

"Everybody has been talking about me taking time off, but I think people are being too dramatic about this defeat," said the reigning Wimbledon champion.

"I cannot change anything but this is not a disaster, because I know how tough the clay court season is for me.

"This was an open match. Albert is a very good player and I think we should respect his game a little more."

Federer was upset at being whistled by sections of the Rome crowd after his poor showing against clay court specialist Costa.

"It shows a lack of respect because I ran for every ball for over two hours, and I myself am disappointed that I lost," he said.

"You know, I didn't get any applause, nothing. All I can say is I always give 100 per cent and it's a pity to see such reactions."

RogiFan88
05-05-2004, 08:41 PM
Thanks for this article, gives us some hope for Rogi -- glad to see he's already changing his attitude! Good boy, Rog!

tschaeggy
05-05-2004, 10:01 PM
thanks moonlight :) now we are looking forwarth to hamburg, hoping for better results! rogi has time to do a good training, to get more confidence in his game (so i hope and not to :banghead: himself). in the interview he sounds good: listen to http://www.atptennis.com/en/common/TrackItA.asp?file=http://wm.atptennis-global.speedera.net/wm.atptennis-global/federer_rome3.wma . sanpo postet it on the rogerfederer.com site! (thanks :yeah: )

Billabong
05-05-2004, 10:33 PM
thanks for the article, I agree with Rogi :worship:!

tangerine_dream
05-06-2004, 02:23 AM
I found this at the Roland Garros website.....

Federer out to conquer Paris jinx
By*Benjamin Waldbaum
Thursday, April 29, 2004

The world number one fell at the first hurdle at the last two French Opens. Does that mean Roger Federer has a mental block when it comes to playing in Paris? Unlikely. Since last year’s shock first round exit, the Swiss superstar has conquered virtually all his demons, and is no doubt looking forward to putting his painful Parisian past behind him. And on current form, who would bet against him adding Roland Garros to his growing list of Grand Slam titles?


On Monday 26 May 2003, the crowd at the Philippe-Chatrier court looked on in amazement as Roger Federer capitulated to Peru’s Luis Horna. That shock defeat, coming after the previous year’s loss to Hicham Arazi, meant Federer tasted first-round elimination for the second successive time at Roland Garros. The defeat to Horna was particularly unexpected, since Federer had arrived in Paris as one of the favourites for the title following impressive wins in Marseille, DubaÔ, and Munich, and a runner-up spot in the Tennis Masters in Rome. No-one could have predicted that Basle’s finest son would collapse in straight-sets (7/6, 6/2/ 7/6) in the very first round.

"I spoke about it long and hard with my coach (Peter Lundgren),” he later told Centre Court magazine, “and I realised that mentally, I was jaded. I was in great shape physically, but I needed some time to get over the disappointment. Losing in the first round of a Grand Slam hit me hard."

In hindsight, the shock seems to have acted as a catalyst for Federer. He resolved to cut out the concentration lapses that were undermining his undeniable talent, and his play since then has frequently come close to perfection. Just a few days after his sorry departure from the French Open, he won on grass at Halle and, of course, a month later romped to his first ever Grand Slam title at Wimbledon, dropping just one set on the way. Before the season was out, he also triumphed in Vienna and, memorably, in the Houston Masters Cup, where he cruised past Andre Agassi (twice, once in the final), Juan Carlos Ferrero, David Nalbandian, and Andy Roddick.

The Hamburg precedent

A change of coach in the off-season has, if anything, improved his game even further. He tore into the 2004 season by winning the Australian Open in Melbourne and becoming world no.1 for the first time. Hot on the heels of Melbourne came victories in Dubai and at the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells. The question now is whether he can carry this success over to clay, and to Roland Garros in particular.

In theory, his varied, attacking game and flawless physique mean he should be capable of rivalling anybody on the surface. He did reach the quarter-finals of the French Open as far back as 2001 remember and, one year prior to that, won the first ATP Masters Series event of his career by outplaying Marat Safin (6/1, 6/3, 6/4) on the clay courts of Hamburg.

So we know he can play on clay, but one question still remains: will he arrive in Paris worn out from his hectic schedule since the start of the season? Because he keeps on winning, Federer has had less recovery time than anyone else, and while Switzerland were no doubt grateful that he played in two recent Davis Cup matches, Roger’s body would probably have preferred to rest. Federer, though, seems acutely aware of his body’s limits and has planned accordingly. He has chosen to give the Tennis Masters Monte Carlo a miss to preserve himself for Roland Garros, meaning the only action he will see between now and the French Open will be the Rome and Hamburg ATP Masters events.

His fitness should not be a worry then, but Federer’s chances of going all the way may well depend on the draw and the weather. Avoiding the big clay court specialists early on will surely help him gather momentum, while a bit of last year’s scorching sun would make for fast courts that would suit this Swiss craftsman just fine. Whatever happens, watching Federer try to break his jinx promises to be one of the most fascinating aspects of the 74th edition of the French Open.

moonlight
05-06-2004, 02:57 AM
thank you very much for the article, tangerine ;)

Break the jinx, Roger! You can do it!
Hopp Rogi :bounce:

Devotee
05-06-2004, 06:13 AM
What type of ring did Mirka have on the ring finger of her left hand?
(if you saw her in the stands during the Costa match)

lsy
05-06-2004, 06:24 AM
Thanks for the articles, guys :)

Good to see that Roger knows what he should do now is to practice, practice and practice. Clearly he also knows it will be a tough clay season for him. Great!

yanchr
05-06-2004, 07:57 AM
Hope it's not too late Roger...I still have faith in you.
Don't play some points like that again.
Now practice practice and practice! You know better what you should do.

WyveN
05-06-2004, 09:57 AM
Incredibly Roger only has 2 more clay tournaments to play, guess he really did take it easy this year.

lsy
05-06-2004, 10:07 AM
Incredibly Roger only has 2 more clay tournaments to play, guess he really did take it easy this year.

I'm thinking that might depend how it goes in hamburg. If he *cough cough ahem* crashed out *cough ahemm* earlier there, he might decide to play one or 2 more tournaments before going to FO. Is that possible though?

WyveN
05-06-2004, 11:52 AM
I'm thinking that might depend how it goes in hamburg. If he *cough cough ahem* crashed out *cough ahemm* earlier there, he might decide to play one or 2 more tournaments before going to FO. Is that possible though?

pretty sure its to late to enter the world team cup in germany

only options would be St Poelten in Austria which has a fairly weak field or a tournament in Morocco. Probably more beneficial to just practice in France and get used to the courts though.

moonlight
05-06-2004, 12:47 PM
2004 TELECOM ITALIA MASTERS
ROME, ITALY

May 5, 2004

A. COSTA/R. Federer
3-6, 6-3, 6-2

ROGER FEDERER

THE MODERATOR: Questions for Roger.

Q. You seemed to start very well the match, much better than yesterday, and then suddenly things turned around in the second set. What happened?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I missed my chances really, I thought, you know, early in the first set a little bit, but also the same at the start of the second. I knew it will be a tough match, you know. I played really aggressive in the beginning; it worked well. And, you know, also volleyed some great shots, which, you know, which kept me holding my serve. So I was trying to play as good as I could in the second also, but he got into the game, he got the break and started to feel how he should play me. That's what cost me the match in the end.

Q. At the end you seemed to be little bit in a rush. Were you losing confidence or control or what?

ROGER FEDERER: No, it was just tough match, you know, for me. I tried everything I could. He didn't miss any easy returns anymore. He didn't give me much. It was up to me to really do something extra; not him. He knew what he had to do. I was trying to find out what I had to change, and that was difficult. I missed my chance when I came back in the third. The one long, tough rally cost me the set and the match in the end. But that's a pity because up until then, I thought I was playing okay, you know. Still, I was missing many, many shots, but I knew that would happen in the beginning of the clay court season.

Q. What does your coach, Mr. Federer, say you have to do now?

ROGER FEDERER: Go on the practice courts, very simple. Because I haven't been playing well in practice, haven't been playing good in the matches. So all that's going to bring my confidence up is to practice what I thought was terrible today, and that's what I'm going to do. Hopefully, I'll be ready for the French, because so far I'm not really happy with my game.

Q. What was terrible in your mind?

ROGER FEDERER: Oh, too many things. I'm not happy with my serve, my return, my forehand sometimes, even though, you know, obviously it's my biggest weapon. But the movement also, at the same time. I feel I'm not quite where I should be, maybe. And, you know, I knew Rome will be a tough challenge for me. It's a huge tournament, great players, you know - Costa, everybody knows how good, how strong he is on clay. Just, yeah, couldn't get through this one. It was too tough.

Q. What changes do you think you will have to make in your play before France?

ROGER FEDERER: Not much. The game plan is all right. You know, I know how I have to play on clay, you know. But the thing is just what I want to do, I can't really do it the way I want. Obviously, the opponent has something to do with it, but at the same time, you know, it's also little bit of lack of confidence because clay courts -- the clay plays differently than the rest. I just have to, you know, go on the practice courts and really do drills. And hopefully then, you know, I'll feel better on certain shots.

Q. It's just a problem of confidence, do you think?

ROGER FEDERER: I don't know. If you can tell me the answer, tell me. But I have to go on the practice courts, that's all I can tell you.

Q. Is this the down side of having to take a break, almost a forced break, on the Tour?

ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, definitely, you know, I didn't play my best, but I think my opponent, he played well. I think people are looking at this as too dramatic, you know. I think this is an open match on any surface. I lost to him in Miami a year ago on hard court, and here I lose to him again. So I think he's a very good player, and I think we should also respect his game a little more. Because everybody's talking about me having a break, of being ready and missing too many shots, and I think that's not what we should be talking about. I hope, you know, I'm ready for the French Open and for Hamburg next week, that I'll play better. I cannot change anything. For me, it's not a disaster, because I knew how tough the clay court season is for me. And that's it, there's no more to say about this subject really.

Q. This morning in Athens, several bombs went off. Let me ask you something. You and the others who are going to the Olympics, the athletes going there, are you worried about the security problem?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, the security is as tough as never before, right, so... I also hope the stadium will be there in time so that there is an Olympics. But, obviously, that's something not very good. I hope they can control it a little better. But what can I say? It's not good news.

Q. You're not questioning whether it's safe for you to participate at the moment? Is that too premature?

ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I mean, he just told me what happened. So, I mean, obviously , it's not a good thing and I don't know what to really think about it because I don't know how bad it is. We have a lot of problems in the world right now, so it's not the only one. Yeah, I mean, obviously makes you consider it a little bit more, yeah.

Q. A few years ago Sampras lost here and the crowd was whistling him because they thought he wasn't trying. Today, you had also some whistles. What is your reaction when something like that happens? Do you think it's unfair? Do you think they don't understand?

ROGER FEDERER: Well, for me, it's no respect, because I try to run after every ball for over two hours, and I'm disappointed in myself that I lost. You know, I don't get any applause, nothing. When I maybe leave the court, there is some whistles. That is not, you know, very funny. But, you know, the people, they think what is right, you know, but I know it's wrong so... All I can say is I try every time 100 percent, and it's a pity to see such reactions.

End of FastScripts….

lsy
05-06-2004, 03:03 PM
Thanks moonlight :)

WyverN, I'm not so convince though by just practicing himself is effecive enough comparing to real match experience. Nevertheless, we'll see how it goes in hamburg. Does anybody have any idea how did he go with the doubles in rome?

RogiFan88
05-06-2004, 03:52 PM
I also noticed Mirka's ring -- never saw it before but it doesn't look like an engagement ring if that's what you're wondering.

I also agree that Rogi needs REAL matchplay but I don't think he s enter St Poelten cos that w upset his sched of leaving one week open before each slam, as he did last yr.

He knows what he has to do and will do his best in Hamburg I'm sure... he must also learn to cope w wet weather tho... it bothered him yesterday and ruined his first rd match vs. Arazi in RG02...

Looks like Rogi has already started to think more positively now... good boy, Rogi!!

Rogi definitely does NOT have the RG title on his agenda but if he HAPPENS to get a favourable draw, pretty good weather and be in the zone, despite all those strong players on clay, of which there are many and many of whom beat Rogi, even on a faster surface, then sure, why not him? I believe Rogi can win RG one day. It's just not a priority for him this year. I think he is more concerned about defending Wimby first, which is the right decision.

If he can't win Hamburg again, then he can always shoot for his Gstaad on clay. And he will of course aim to win BASEL this year, THE home tourney he cherishes the most!

SO... HOPP ROGI!!

FORZA ROGI and YVES!!

Glad to see Moya and Safin won today... VAMOS TOMMY R!!! Pls stop la pioggia... managgia!!

LCeh
05-14-2004, 03:27 AM
From TennisWeek:

Tennis Week: Do you see Andre playing another year or two? Or given the fact he hasn't won a title in a year if he didn't win one this year do you think this could be it for him? He still seems to give so much.

Nick Bollettieri: You know and I know that Andre is such a role model that as long as Andre thinks he can keep on winning, then Andre will continue playing. I think what happens today, to win a Grand Slam today, you have to get some free points from your serve. And if you don't get some free points against Federer and guys like that, then it's awful tough to win a Grand Slam no matter how dedicated and how physically fit Andre Agassi is. He wins most of these matches because of his return of serve and because of his physical fitness. And of course, he knows how to win. But when you get to these young, top guys, who perhaps win a lot of free points off their serve and you're giving up 10 to 12 years, then it makes it a little tough for Andre. But nobody competes better and if anybody can do it at 34 years old it would be Agassi.

Tennis Week: Do you see anyone out there now who can challenge Federer long-term for No. 1? Or do you think Federer will reign at No. 1 for as long as he wants to be there?

Nick Bollettieri: I believe that Federer can reign a long time. The problem with being No. 1 is that you can't slip up for a minute just like he slipped up at Nasdaq. He was fortunate to get through the first round before losing to Nadal at Nasdaq. But when you're No. 1 and you have to stay there for 100 weeks or 200 weeks that means you have to compete against yourself like Pete Sampras did. And only a few people can compete against themselves each and every day to remain No. 1. No one knows (if Federer can do that), but the thing about Federer is that there's a lot of other damn good tennis players out there as well. I mean, the men's tour is very, very deep. So the pressure on Federer is he can't let up for one second. Now, the ladies tour now that's become a little weak again. Remember, last year, the year before, you had 10, 12, 15, 20 ladies (who were competitive). But right now, you've got 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80 men who can be competitive. So by God, to be No. 1 you gotta bust your ass every single day. So you can't let up for one second. That's the penalty of being the best in the world. I think Andre said it well about Federer. He said: "The guy does everything well." He glides well, he moves well, he serves well. You know he just has no weakness and he's beginning to volley more. But the big problem you have of being No. 1 is you can't let up for one second because every player out there wants to say: "I beat the No. 1 man in the world." It's like Tommy Haas this weekend beating Roddick. You know, you get extra adrenaline when you play the best guy! You know Tiger Woods made everybody play the best golf. So he created Mickelson to be the best No. 2 in the world. Look what Venus and Serena did. They forced Justine Henin-Hardenne and Clijsters to go to the damn gym to get better, right?

http://www.sportsmediainc.com/tennisweek/index.cfm?func=showarticle&newsid=10819

rogicomel
05-14-2004, 04:11 AM
He wasn't feeling well at Miami so it's understandable he had to struggle in his first match and then stumble to Nadal in the next round.

Anyway, thanks LCeh for the article.

Dirk
05-16-2004, 05:30 PM
ATTENTION ALL USA RABID ROGER FANS!!!!!!!!!

ESPN WILL AIR AT 3:00 AM MONDAY A HIGHLIGHTED VERSION OF THIS FINAL!!! GUESS WHO THE HOSTS ARE!!!!!!!!!!! LUKE AND MALI AND THEY ARE RABID ROGI FANS!!!!!!!!!!!! I JUST WONDER WHO WILL DROOL FIRST!!!!!!!!!! :bounce:

Blaze
05-16-2004, 05:43 PM
I live in the Us and just noticed that also. I don't know if i should stay up till 3 or wake up to watch it. But would it have killed ESPN or ESPN2 to show this during the morning when they are showing all those repeat of Sportscenter? I mean they show the same version of sportscenter from 6:00am to 12 noon. one hour of tennis won't hurt anyone.

Dirk
05-16-2004, 05:48 PM
Its. 3:30 am. Correction.

Dirk
06-07-2004, 07:00 PM
Home > Sports > Tennis > Reuters > Report

Federer eyes another Halle-Wimbledon double

June 07, 2004 21:18 IST

World number one Roger Federer said he hoped to use this week's Halle Open as a springboard to capturing a second straight Wimbledon crown.
Federer, 22, who begins his Halle title defence on Tuesday, went on to win a first Wimbledon championship after defeating Germany's Nicolas Kiefer in straight sets in the final of the German grasscourt tournament last year.

"It will be one of the biggest challenges of my career to stay unbeaten again in both grass tournaments," the Basel-born Swiss said at a news conference. "But I think it's possible."

Federer's Halle victory in 2003 helped him recover from defeat in the first round of the French Open and paved the way for his ascent of the world rankings as he chalked up victories at Wimbledon and in the Australian Open.

"I discovered energy and a new level of concentration here last year," the Swiss said. "I really had to fight in the first few rounds but it was vital for me to know that I could still win important matches."

Federer said local favourite Tim Henman would pose one of his biggest threats at the two-week Wimbledon championships, which start on June 21.

Grass specialist Henman surprised at Roland Garros this year by reaching the semi-finals after Federer lost in straight sets in the third round to Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten.

At this year's Halle event, which has total prize money of 791,750 euros ($975,300), Kiefer and Dutchman Martin Verkerk would be his main rivals, Federer predicted.

The Swiss is seeded number one and will play Sweden's Thomas Johansson in the first round on Tuesday. Federer has beaten Johansson, 87th in the ATP world rankings, four times out of four although they have not played on grass.

Germany's Rainer Schuettler is seeded two with Verkerk at four and Russia's Marat Safin at five.

LCeh
06-07-2004, 07:04 PM
Thanks for posting the article Dirk! :) :worship:

"It will be one of the biggest challenges of my career to stay unbeaten again in both grass tournaments," the Basel-born Swiss said at a news conference. "But I think it's possible."

That's what I like to hear. He didn't have this confidence on clay, glad to see that he thinks he can be unbeaten again this year! :D