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Federer defeats Nalbandian: 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. Grand Slam in SF for Roge this year!

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 01:19 AM
First two sets reasonably close. After losing 2nd set, david has no interest, no game, plays errors from all parts of court. Crowd is not interested. Talking, eating, walking, BAD CROWD. NO ENERGY.

Head to head improves for Roge, 3-5. david narrowly escaped a bagel in the third set. Three in a row for Roge from 2004 onwards.
On to hewitt! Allez Roge!

Flibbertigibbet
09-09-2005, 01:22 AM
Ahem - 6-2, 6-4, 6-1. :)

PaulieM
09-09-2005, 01:23 AM
GOOD JOB ROGER!!! :bigclap:

Nathy
09-09-2005, 01:23 AM
Well done Champ :yeah: :worship:

Federerhingis
09-09-2005, 01:24 AM
WHO SENT WHO PACKING? NOW I DIDNT THINK SO!!!!!!!!!! :yeah:

Fergie
09-09-2005, 01:26 AM
Great job Roger!!! :banana:

Cya David!!! :D

lucashg
09-09-2005, 01:28 AM
Good job, Rogi!

The first set was just bad tennis, from both of them. In the second, the quality was much better and the 4 games Fed won in a row to win he had some amazing shots, as throughout the whole of the 3rd, but then Nalbandian just wasn't the same. I'm surprised and kinda pissed he wasn't bagelled there. It would've been 10 games in a row for Roger :mad: :p

But the important thing is that Roger is in the SFs and that he's improving his H2H against his most famous nemesis. Win the whole thing now, Roger!

Corey Feldman
09-09-2005, 01:29 AM
AWESOME ROGER :rocker2:
6-2 6-4 6-1 over the argie, a good old fashioned whooping..
your next Hewitt

Federerhingis
09-09-2005, 01:32 AM
Good job, Rogi!

The first set was just bad tennis, from both of them. In the second, the quality was much better and the 4 games Fed won in a row to win he had some amazing shots, as throughout the whole of the 3rd, but then Nalbandian just wasn't the same. I'm surprised and kinda pissed he wasn't bagelled there. It would've been 10 games in a row for Roger :mad: :p

But the important thing is that Roger is in the SFs and that he's improving his H2H against his most famous nemesis. Win the whole thing now, Roger!


You know, he must of ran out of cream cheese, otherwise he would have had those bagels he loves so much. :yeah:

Bilbo
09-09-2005, 01:32 AM
Federer hasn't impressed me. His best days are behind him (2004).

oneandonlyhsn
09-09-2005, 01:33 AM
Roger :banana: for the whooping

David :banghead: this was 1 of the matches that I was so excited about

DDrago2
09-09-2005, 01:33 AM
A walk in the park for Federer - he could as well go mawing the garden, it would take more of him

Nalbandian was helpless, even when he had a lead in second set there was never the feeling he can do it. It was worse than with Hewwit. Federer must have thought: "This Nalby is a joke, I would have to put more effort almost with any other top 50 player around".

So bye bye Nalby... you are just another average Roger's customer now.

Billy Moonshine
09-09-2005, 01:35 AM
Thank heavens he didnt get bagelled!
Please dont let every match Rogi wins from now be a whipping, please!!! I have a feeling it's going to be so.

jazz_girl
09-09-2005, 01:36 AM
The first two sets were pretty good, especially the second one. But there's absolutly nothing you can do if you don't have a decent serve. David was much more confortable returning Federer's services than having to serve himself. :mad: I expected something a bit better, but Roger's in an other level.

mangoes
09-09-2005, 01:36 AM
I felt like Roger made a statement to Hewitt and Agassi tonight...........sorry David had to be the messanger...............but, if they thought he was playing badly like we have been saying, he just sent them a "head up".
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DDrago2
09-09-2005, 01:36 AM
Federer hasn't impressed me. His best days are behind him (2004).

You have to be joking. Noone can do nothing to him these days. His game is more mature then ever. It is true that it was more passionate and beautifull to watch before, though.

I think that Roger is only going to go more strong and mature and other players will have no means of competing with him. It will be all Federer years to come.

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 01:38 AM
david only won only one easy match against Roge (2002), when he had winning streak of 5-0. All others were tight matches, TB, or final sets. But when Roge has improved his body and strength and mental toughness, david advantage over Roge is not there any more. And as Roge wins more and more and becomes stronger mentally, it will be even more difficult for david to get back

nkhera1
09-09-2005, 01:39 AM
You have to be joking. Noone can do nothing to him these days. His game is more mature then ever. It is true that it was more passionate and beautifull to watch before, though.

I think that Roger is only going to go more strong and mature and other players will have no means of competing with him. It will be all Federer years to come.

He is using a thing called sarcasm.



As for Fed this was a great win for him and I see him having a pretty easy time winning this whole tournament.

Flibbertigibbet
09-09-2005, 01:40 AM
Federer hasn't impressed me. His best days are behind him (2004).

:lol: :clap2:

yanchr
09-09-2005, 01:46 AM
Roger played OK, some brilliance in the 2nd and the 3rd but Nalby played too many errors and his serve is really too weak to compete with Roger, esp when Roger is serving pretty decently like today. The gap between them is definitely bigger than last time they played. We can see how Roger has improved thest two year since then when he clinched No1 ranking.

I can see Roger run away with the title now, with both matches relatively easy...

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 01:47 AM
The first two sets were pretty good, especially the second one. But there's absolutly nothing you can do if you don't have a decent serve. David was much more confortable returning Federer's services than having to serve himself. :mad: I expected something a bit better, but Roger's in an other level. That is exactly the correct thing. david could not pull himself out of difficutl situations with aces or big serves. Roge helped himself to aces and unreturneds almost each time. this has got to be discouraging for david

One question- why has david not improved his serve? It would make him more complete no?

NYCtennisfan
09-09-2005, 01:48 AM
The first two sets were pretty good, especially the second one. But there's absolutly nothing you can do if you don't have a decent serve. David was much more confortable returning Federer's services than having to serve himself. I expected something a bit better, but Roger's in an other level.

This is so true. EVery time that Nalby served, Fed had a chance to break and he himself thought that he could break at will. As for Nalby's return, it wasn't that good tonight but credit has to go to some really good deep 2nd serves by Fed. Fed only served at 54% but still held comfortably.

Sjengster
09-09-2005, 01:49 AM
Federer came out playing rather sluggishly, I think he was a little fortunate that Nalbandian was equally sluggish in his first couple of service games. The opening break of serve reminded me so much of their 2003 matches, but then Naba played two rather poor service games with some cheap errors and a lack of effective serves. But Federer certainly earned the breakthrough in the second set, that 30-shot rally to get to setpoint summed up his performance: greater consistency and determination in the exchanges than he showed back in 2003, much better defending (because Nalbandian was arguably dictating much of the play from the baseline, Federer had to stretch to retrieve his shots off both wings), good use of off-pace balls and slices to make life uncomfortable for Dave, and then the sudden injection of pace with the forehand to hit the winning shot.

This is one of those matches where the scoreline is deceptive - Federer had to work hard to get an easy result, if you see what I mean. Nalbandian still returns his serve better than just about anyone, he got absolutely burned on his second serve when he didn't make enough first balls, but fortunately he did get them in at the crucial moments. Dave did run out of ideas a little towards the end though, a couple of serve-volley plays that weren't the right tactic and perhaps a lack of fight in the third set. Federer still had to be disciplined to get to that stage, though, and all credit to him for that.

Art&Soul
09-09-2005, 01:58 AM
ROGI did not play his best tennis but still beat Nalby comfortably :) COOL, i love you more when you keep winning ROGI ;) Nalby is going to be another Hewitt for ROGER :p

megadeth
09-09-2005, 01:59 AM
do you think starting slowly is actually part of his game plan?

he starts every tourney slowly then picks it up in the end game

same way with each match - starts slowly in the frist set, then gets rollin' after a few games

seems to me that he knows how to pace himself and use his energy wisely. that's why he's not always spent by the time the finals come along...

+alonso
09-09-2005, 02:01 AM
Congrats Fed :banana:
Sorry Nalb :sad:

Jennay
09-09-2005, 02:01 AM
David :sad:

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 02:19 AM
do you think starting slowly is actually part of his game plan?

he starts every tourney slowly then picks it up in the end game

seems to me that he knows how to pace himself and use his energy wisely. that's why he's not always spent by the time the finals come along...


You are correct it seems. But it is also possible that he "knows" he will win the earlier rounds if it is with player he has good record with. So maybe he under-estimates them, and they come with their best and then it goes tight even though he will win it in the end.

But it is not to be under estimated, that physical stamina at the end of 2nd week is important. And, Roge has done well to keep his time on court minimum. Only one set lost so far. Allez!

silverwhite
09-09-2005, 02:20 AM
David. Oh well... :sad:

Doris Loeffel
09-09-2005, 02:20 AM
I was soooo nervous before this match and that Roger lost his first service game didn't help to calm me down. But when he broke back right away I just new he's going to win - even though there were still some lapses in his game. But compared to the Kiwi match it was far better!!

Well done Roger!!
Now good luck against Hewitt!

AgassiFan
09-09-2005, 02:21 AM
A walk in the park for Federer - he could as well go mawing the garden, it would take more of him

Nalbandian was helpless, even when he had a lead in second set there was never the feeling he can do it. It was worse than with Hewwit. Federer must have thought: "This Nalby is a joke, I would have to put more effort almost with any other top 50 player around".

So bye bye Nalby... you are just another average Roger's customer now.


Still rememer WyveN hyping Nalbandian to high heavens last year.

Aussies... :rolleyes:

nobama
09-09-2005, 02:29 AM
how cool is this. :cool:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a377/jsnash/roger_camera.jpg
ROGER FEDERER during the US Open 2005. Federer said, " Sure, I'll do a picture, just let me take it...' which he did, at arms length. Result was one happy lady fan. When the 1st one didn't turn out right he snapped another one.

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 02:33 AM
That is you mirkaland?

PaulieM
09-09-2005, 02:37 AM
Federer came out playing rather sluggishly, I think he was a little fortunate that Nalbandian was equally sluggish in his first couple of service games. The opening break of serve reminded me so much of their 2003 matches, but then Naba played two rather poor service games with some cheap errors and a lack of effective serves. But Federer certainly earned the breakthrough in the second set, that 30-shot rally to get to setpoint summed up his performance: greater consistency and determination in the exchanges than he showed back in 2003, much better defending (because Nalbandian was arguably dictating much of the play from the baseline, Federer had to stretch to retrieve his shots off both wings), good use of off-pace balls and slices to make life uncomfortable for Dave, and then the sudden injection of pace with the forehand to hit the winning shot.

This is one of those matches where the scoreline is deceptive - Federer had to work hard to get an easy result, if you see what I mean. Nalbandian still returns his serve better than just about anyone, he got absolutely burned on his second serve when he didn't make enough first balls, but fortunately he did get them in at the crucial moments. Dave did run out of ideas a little towards the end though, a couple of serve-volley plays that weren't the right tactic and perhaps a lack of fight in the third set. Federer still had to be disciplined to get to that stage, though, and all credit to him for that.

:yeah:

nobama
09-09-2005, 02:37 AM
That is you mirkaland?No.

MissMoJo
09-09-2005, 02:40 AM
how cool is this. :cool:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a377/jsnash/roger_camera.jpg
ROGER FEDERER during the US Open 2005. Federer said, " Sure, I'll do a picture, just let me take it...' which he did, at arms length. Result was one happy lady fan. When the 1st one didn't turn out right he snapped another one.
very :D. Congrats Rogi, best of luck in the semis :banana:

Corey Feldman
09-09-2005, 02:47 AM
The Champ

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 03:16 AM
And here is david's interview. He blames his serve (correctly)

THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Roger was really tough tonight. Did you just run out of ideas towards the end there?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: No, I think he play much better than me today. I didn't serve good, so that was big important thing. I couldn't find my game. I couldn't win any free points with the serve. That's complicate all the time the match.

Q. On the final point of the second set, were you ready for the force of that drive at you at the net?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: The last point of the second?

Q. Set, yes, breakpoint. The volley.
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Oh, the volley?

Q. Yeah.
DAVID NALBANDIAN: I was thinking if I take the racquet away or not so...

Q. You were thinking maybe it might go out?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, a little bit.

Q. When he's playing like this, Federer, when he's like this, can anybody beat him? Does Hewitt have much of a chance when he's like this?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: You never know. Today I think he play much better than the other days. But I don't know he's somebody to better than another one. Of course somebody is better than another one. Federer today is one step up from the other guys, but always when you go out to the court you have a chance to win. So you never know what's gonna happen.
But of course when he's playing like, it's very tough to beat him.

Q. What could you do, I mean, that you didn't do? What can you do when he's playing like this?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Just held serve better.

Q. Do you find it surprising, he's played 44 matches on hard courts and lost just once.
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Who?

Q. Roger.
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Okay.

Q. But to go out every day and play at a high level, how difficult is that, without really having a bad day?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Well, it's tough. When he play good, it's very tough. You know, he have a very good serve. You can't see the (top?) of the ball, it's good. It's difficult to return. His forehand is very good. He improve so much the backhand.
So when he play like this, it's really tough to beat him. Right now that's why he's No. 1 in the world and he lose just a few matches during the year.

Q. But can you imagine how difficult it is to go out match after match after match and stay at a mentally high level without thinking, "I'll just relax a little bit today"?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, he's doing very good. I don't know. He looks like he didn't relax a little bit in any moment. Against me, against nobody. So that's why he is No. 1 and he have so many points difference from the No. 2.

Q. When you played, can you go back when you played him in Juniors here and you won, can you tell us what he was like then compared to what he's like now in terms of his development.
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Impossible to compare.

Q. He got so much better?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah, he's playing much of course he's playing much better.

Q. Before the match, Roger said that he would like to play you because he's got an inferior record against you. Did you kind of feel coming into the match that he was saving his best tennis for you?
DAVID NALBANDIAN: Yeah. I thought that he is gonna play better than the other days, and he do a very good job.

asotgod
09-09-2005, 03:20 AM
Nalbandian speaks about Roger's serve disguise which makes it a little harder to tell where it was going, although I think he did return them better than most of Roger's opponents would.

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 03:22 AM
Nalbandian speaks about Roger's serve disguise which makes it a little harder to tell where it was going, although I think he did return them better than most of Roger's opponents would have. Second serves yes, first serves no great returns, but some good ones.
It is annoying to see journalists focus the question on the opponent, rather than ask david about david

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 03:27 AM
And Roge's interview is also up. Roger Federer
Thursday, September 8, 2005


Transcribed Interview






R. FEDERER/D. Nalbandian

6 2, 6 4, 6 1

An interview with:


ROGER FEDERER


THE MODERATOR: Questions, please.

Q. Roger, you were quoted in a tennis article this morning, "You have to work on your forearm, your footwork and mental part." My question to you is what do you do to work on your footwork?
ROGER FEDERER: Oh, I think it's about keeping it up, you know. If you don't work on it, you're going to start losing it.

Q. How do you work on it?
ROGER FEDERER: On my footwork?

Q. Yeah, what do you do?
ROGER FEDERER: You mean specific? Anything. I do a lot of stuff on the court, say movements with let's say a medicine ball or put hats around the court, you know.

Q. Then what do you do?
ROGER FEDERER: You should call up my conditioning trainer. He knows better than me.

I work on everything. I think you can see it on the body of the tennis players, we're not like sprinters or marathon men. We're sort of in between, you know. So you need to be strong, we need to lift weights, we need to do be good in endurance, we need to be good in we need to be explosive as well. We have to work on all sort of things.

Q. That looked tonight like another one of those matches which emphasizes how much of a hold you have on some of your nearest rivals. Does it feel like that to you on court winning as comfortably as you did tonight?
ROGER FEDERER: No. I was more just particularly happy that I really played well, you know. Because the first round here was great, you know. The next three were close matches, you know. I wasn't happy to see that, you know. I mean "close," still straight sets some of them, but still I had the feeling they were tricky players. Especially against Kiefer, I think I was really under pressure. To come out and play a match again quite dominant is a great feeling, especially heading into the semis.

Q. You're 183 17. What happened after the first round defeat in Roland Garros that made you decide to change your career from the way you've been playing?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, you're talking about the Horna match, right?

Q. Yeah, first round of Roland Garros. Since then you're 183 17.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I was rather angry with myself after losing in the first round at the French because people were putting me as one of the big favorites for the tournament. I was overconfident, to be honest, on that particular match. I lost the first set, was in shock, and tried to react and lost in a tiebreaker second set. After that, it was too late, you know, to react.

I remember when I lost the first set, I told myself, for me it would be impossible to come back in this match, and if I do, I still have six matches to play. I totally broke down mentally. (EDIT: What a difference a year made mentally) After that, I got a lot of criticism also, especially from Swiss press, you know, because they're the closest to me. They were saying, "Will he ever win a Grand Slam or anything?"

That, for me, was hard. So I just ignored everybody and went back to business and won Wimbledon after that. That really got it underway.
But for me, that was quite a shock lost there against Horna. I'm happy I reacted.

Q. Would you say that was the most important loss of your career?
ROGER FEDERER: Could be, yeah. I would say so.

Q. You've obviously got this record against Lleyton in the last 18 months that's quite impressive. Do you expect that he will come and play as he has been playing you, which is mainly defensive, and hope that you make some mistakes, or are you expecting him to do something very different? Have you been watching him in this tournament where he's trying to hit more winners and be more aggressive? Are you expecting something different from him?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, a little bit. But not totally different. I don't think we can also afford to do that, to totally change our games just because of a particular opponent you play. He's good enough with his base, you know, to beat me on a day when I'm not on.

But the thing is, I've always been playing so well against him over the last few years now. So I don't think he'll change much. If he does, I would feel it, that he would play maybe little bit more aggressive. But again, you know, that's also maybe a hard thing to do.

So I expect him playing the same way like he did the last few times.

Q. When you play someone like Nalbandian, who gave you so much trouble in the earlier years of your career, does that give you an extra incentive to come to the court with your A game?
ROGER FEDERER: In a way it does, yeah. I mean, I felt that early in the match, obviously, when I got broken. I felt I was a little tense going into the match because I knew the record I had against him, but it's more just getting him giving him a taste of what he gave me, you know, in the beginning when we played (smiling). I kind of like that.

Q. You said you stayed up late and watched the Agassi Blake match last night. Do you try to avoid dramatic matches like that when you take the court yourself?
ROGER FEDERER: It's nice to be in them, but you learn a lot about what kind of player you are, what kind of person you are, because you go through so many how you say emotional moments. You're winning, you're losing, it's just back and forth.

Watching this, I was my pulse was just like (pounding his chest). I couldn't believe it, how the match turned out, because it was looking so one sided.

It's definitely nice to play them, but I almost prefer to watch them, to be honest.

Q. Is that one of the best matches you've watched? What was your feeling? Obviously, you didn't turn it off until 1:30 in the morning?
ROGER FEDERER: It's not that late for me. I always go to bed around 2 or 3 in the morning. So for me, that was perfect timing, you know (smiling). (No Wonder he doesn't like the morning scheduled matches)

No, I've seen some great ones, you know, but this was great because it was, you know, I would say so late in the night, you know, night session, two great players, two Americans in America, you know. It's just many things that need to be in place.

And the way they pushed each other, the quality of the tennis stayed great till the end, where there was hardly any errors anymore. The quality of the game, I thought, was extraordinary as well.

Q. How about the spirit of the match?
ROGER FEDERER: Meaning?

Q. The spirit in which it was played, the way they treated each other.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, it's the normal thing, isn't it? I mean, they both have a respect for each other, and I think you saw that during the match and after the match. I didn't expect anything else, you know, because they're two class players and I would be in shock if it would have been different.

Q. Why do you think Agassi won? What did he do to come back like that?
ROGER FEDERER: In my eyes, James gave it away, so...

James should have locked it up many times. But happens, you know. It's for him also first time he's in this position, and obviously against Andre it doesn't make it easier.

But Andre did incredibly well to come back, that's for sure. And staying cool, you know, all the way through, that was incredible. But I thought James had him and let it go.

Q. Lleyton has a losing streak against you. What effect do you think that has had on him mentally?
ROGER FEDERER: I hope it has a big effect (smiling). I know he's so tough. And maybe now that he's a married man and getting a baby, maybe that's going to help him to be a little bit more relaxed and maybe it's not everything just to beat me. I think he's definitely put himself into positions all the time. If he beats me, right away he's in contention for No. 1 in the world or he can win a big tournament again.

I've been standing in his way and I think he knows that. The more chances he'll get, the more chances there are that he's also going to beat me. That we'll see on Saturday again.

Q. I have an impression that a significance difference between you and other players is when they hit bad shots they tend to get down on themselves. That perpetuates bad playing. When you hit a bad shot, it doesn't seem to bother you at all. Am I right about that? Doesn't seem to bother you.
ROGER FEDERER: Well, so so, huh (smiling)? I'm not happy when I miss a shot, let's put it that way.

Q. Doesn't last. Seems to go away.
ROGER FEDERER: No, I mean, I remember how I used to be, so I changed that up, thank God, you know. I see things much more different now. So when I miss a shot, for me, it's not the end of the world. I try not to miss, but, after all, belongs to tennis to miss shots.

I don't try to put myself down after I miss the shot, but it can get frustrating at times as well for me.

Q. How important is it to you personally or how important has it been over the last couple years to show the guys who used to beat you regularly Nalbandian, Agassi, Hewitt that you're an improved player and someone that can dominate them?
ROGER FEDERER: For me it was I think most important to just beat them once, so at least I could look at the draw a little bit more relaxed. Where before I would look at the draw and go, "I hope this guy's not in my section and this guy's not there, and I hope they lose," you know, these sort of things.

Now I look at it very relaxed. I go like, you know, "No matter who's in the draw, I just want to win my matches," you know. Because you can have a very mental effect on you if you know that let's say Nalbandian is coming your way. If you have a horrible record against him, you might even lose earlier, trying not to play him, or you want to play so well to be ready for that match because you know he's not going to lose. For me, that was just important.

I think a big turnaround was the Aussie Open one and a half years ago, and also the Masters just before that when I was in the group with Agassi, Ferrero and Nalbandian. I had bad records against all of them and I beat all of them. That gave me really a lot of confidence.

Q. Were you in touch with Tony Roche at all? You struggled a couple times in this tournament. You weren't too happy.
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, we've been in touch, yeah. Not much, but we've been in touch, yeah.

Q. Anything that he sort of helped you with or suggested?
ROGER FEDERER: No, not really, because the one time I called him, I asked him if he saw the match, he said he didn't see the match so (laughter)...

It was more about how do you feel, I told him how I felt. He said try this and that. Just little details.
But I'll definitely call him now.

Q. You said you would look at the draw. Players come in here all the time, say, "I never look at the draw, I look at my next match." When you hear that, do you believe it? Does everybody look ahead in the draw? Does everybody actually really look around?
ROGER FEDERER: My feeling tells me you can almost not avoid looking at the draw, you run down the draw and it gets stuck in your mind, doesn't it, who's in your section. I think that's bluffing yourself a little bit, in a way.
I always have the feeling I look maybe just a bracket of the next three matches, at the most, whoever. I know maybe that Hewitt will be in the semis, let's say, but that for me is so far away for him and for me that I don't even think about that.

I just go, "Let's say, okay, I see Olivier Rochus is my first seed." This is the section I look at. I don't even know that maybe Moya is there in the beginning, I would start to realize that later on.

Q. When you say you don't expect Lleyton to change something up, he's lost eight straight times playing this way. He must surely not want it to be number nine, make number nine here. Do you think if you were him, you would change something?
ROGER FEDERER: He could, you know. But then again he could even run into the knife more brutally (laughter). I don't know. I don't know.

Q. There's blood everywhere either way, huh?
ROGER FEDERER: Might be if he changes it up (smiling).

I don't know. He's got Roger Rasheed in his corner. They'll make up their mind how they think they should play me. He knows he's not far away. I know if I'm not on top of my game, I'm losing to Lleyton, and he knows that. I expect a tough match.

Q. It was pretty brutal here 12 months ago when you played. Looking back on that final, what was the one real key to winning that match so convincingly in your mind?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, ridiculous first set. After that, I knew that there was going to be the time where I got a battle to win, and the key was obviously the second set. I was up a break and he came back, and I stayed calm all the way through. And I knew if I get through that second set, he might get a little down on himself. I didn't I had the feeling I wasn't playing all that great the beginning of the third, but I was just so consistent, so focused, suddenly I was up 3 Love, 4 Love and everything was just going too quick, even for me.

I don't know how in the world I did it, you know, because I was really nervous before the finals. I was expecting like, "Oh, no, Hewitt, he won here before, I never have. Night session, he'll love this."
So it was, I don't know how in the world I did it, but it happened, and I'm happy about it.

Q. I know you said that you felt Blake gave that match away. But when you were watching last night, Agassi, were you thinking at all, "Here's a guy who's 35, playing in front of a crowd, and if I happen to play him in the final, maybe he does have some type of special level where he could really push me and possibly beat me"?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, well, it's still quite far away in my eyes, you know. For me, I expected him being in the semis after looking at the draw now. Okay, it's incredible what he achieved now in the last match coming back from two sets to love because that's not the ordinary results.

But still I'm concerned about Lleyton right now. Especially if I'm in the semis, I don't look further than the semis. Beforehand, okay, maybe one or two rounds. But this, here, I cannot.

For me, Agassi is the favorite, you know, heading into the Ginepri match, so I expect him to be in the finals. But, again, Robby has been playing great. I had a rough one with him in Cincinnati, so I give him a chance.

o far the draw was good for Agassi. He took advantage of it. He's a good enough player. I'm not surprised he's there. Obviously, with the crowd, that's always going to help in your home country. Even against an American, he has the backup from the fans, which I think is normal, because he's been around for so long. Obviously, if we are playing, you're not only playing him, but the fans as well.

Q. You'll probably play the first semifinal on Saturday. Would you prefer it that way? Agassi is the big draw, plays the later match. Would you feel good about that?
ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I would be happy about that. Last year I played second, after Lleyton, and obviously, you know, if things go bad or bad, I mean, bad is out, but not so good and you win in a tough match, you obviously will be maybe hard to recuperate.

I think we're fit enough to bounce back.

Q. How does it figure into your thinking that last year at this tournament the only player who really gave you a match was Agassi, you went five sets. It was close. How does that figure into your thinking given that you think that Agassi is probably going to be a final round opponent if you reach the final?
ROGER FEDERER: Well, I mean, for me, when he enters a tournament, he's on top of his game; otherwise, he's not going to enter it, right?

So I think, he, again, showed that here. It was a pity to see him play the way he did at the French Open, in pain. Obviously, if he enters the US Open or Montreal or LA, you know he's going to be on top of the game, and he's showed it. And especially in the States, he's even harder to beat.

He gave me a rough match last year. For me, that was no surprise. I mean, obviously we had to stop and come back, and the conditions were a joke, you know, the next day in the wind. So it was pure luck.
So thank God I was up two sets to one, otherwise I think I would have lost, because I consider him one of the best players in the wind we've ever seen maybe.

Q. I guess what my question really is, how do you think your games have changed relatively since last year? Do you think he's better and you're better?
ROGER FEDERER: No, we're the same still, I think. I don't feel a big difference.

NYCtennisfan
09-09-2005, 03:37 AM
Nalbandian pointed out how different Fed's BH is now compared to only 2 years ago. Nalbandian could depend on an error plus a weak sitter in just about every service game from the Fed Bh in the old days but now he doesn't get it. He has to go out nad win the games wihtout getting help from weak balls from Fed or outright errors.

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 03:40 AM
I am still trying to get an answer to : why is that david will not invest in improving his serve? He is still young and there is nothing fixed about it. He had 0 ace and 6 DF and Roge has 11 aces and 0 DF. At least one set worth of points to Roge right there. Now you add Roge's superior FH and equal BH and equal speed. It is obvious that david will not be able to compete. I do not understand why david does not work more on his serve

NYCtennisfan
09-09-2005, 03:44 AM
Fed is the first person to make it to the SF in all of the slams since Lendl did it in 86 and in 87.

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 03:46 AM
Yes, this is also quite a worthy accomplishment although as someone correctly points out: not quite the slam people had in mind!

Compared to best rivals, nadal and marat, this is a very good record for Roge.
They have not done well in more than 1 slam (leyton is the next best, reaching Final, and two SF and did not play in Pari)

Seleshfan
09-09-2005, 03:48 AM
Thank you R.Federer for posting the interview.

Scotso
09-09-2005, 04:13 AM
As expected, really. Who knows why Federer ever lost to Nalbandian, but I don't think it will ever happen again.

Art&Soul
09-09-2005, 04:25 AM
how cool is this. :cool:

http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a377/jsnash/roger_camera.jpg
ROGER FEDERER during the US Open 2005. Federer said, " Sure, I'll do a picture, just let me take it...' which he did, at arms length. Result was one happy lady fan. When the 1st one didn't turn out right he snapped another one.

The pic is so nice, Thanks Mirkaland for posting it, ROGI is so cute and classy as always :)

Björki
09-09-2005, 05:37 AM
David :sad:
congrats to Roger :clap2:

Rafa = Fed Killa
09-09-2005, 05:39 AM
David :mad:
Should have at least tired him out for Hewitt.

Carlita
09-09-2005, 05:39 AM
:yeah: Yay Rogi!! :D

landoud
09-09-2005, 06:08 AM
expected win ... unexpected result

BlackSilver
09-09-2005, 06:48 AM
Federer played a brilliant match from a tactical and technical point of view. Couldn't have been better against Nalbandian. Brilliant

Mechlan
09-09-2005, 08:49 AM
David. :sad: Wish it was closer. So much talent, just need to get that mind in shape.

Roger stepped up today. Good to see, though bad news for Lleyton. Hopefully we'll see a more competitive match than last year's final.

alexito
09-09-2005, 09:34 AM
nalbandian is loserrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Rex
09-09-2005, 10:09 AM
allez federer- well done now lets get rid of hewitt and his gob.

User id 7816
09-09-2005, 10:59 AM
David :shrug:

WF4EVER
09-09-2005, 12:05 PM
As usual a nice interview from Roger;I really enjoyed reading it. I was especially drawn to his coments on the Blake/Agassi match which I totally agree with, and amused by his referral to the 'knife' when talking about Hewitt.

I know exactly whathe means which is what I thought in the last two matches against Roddick. Andy wants to change things up but he gets too scared, afraid that if his new tactic doesn't work he'll lose. I just hope what ROger says about always expecting a tough match is true because I think in order to win this title for the second time he'll have to win two of those.

WF4EVER
09-09-2005, 12:15 PM
On another note, I really hate to listen to John McEnroe commentate on Roger's matches and any match involving an American. I've watched the Ginepri/Coria match on ESPN Deportes, the Agassi/Blake match on mute and the Federer/Nalby matchon mute.

I got the distinct impression that he wanted Nalby to beat Federer and of course we know why: so that Andre has a better chance of winning the USO. I am so sick of Agassi also that it's not even funny. I've never been a fan of his becuase I couldn't stand the way the American commentators would remind us how fit he is and if he's losing they always ask how long the other player can keep it up. I find them insulting to say the least.

John said he was disappointed, like the fans, in the match last night. If it had been Agassi winning that easily he would have been reminding us how old he is, how fit he is, yada yada yada. I really can't stand them. Forget Ted, he's just an ass, who uses so much inflectin when he's talking that it's like he's reading a fucking story to a bunch of eager kids.

Roger's the No. 1 player in the world and has been for a while. All he has done in his matches is demonstrate that: that he is there to win whether he's not at his best or not, but the disappointment in his voice as the match winded down did not have to be articulated because everyone knows he wants Agassi to win.

Castafiore
09-09-2005, 12:31 PM
John MacEnroe is usually a commentator who can look beyond his own national borders.

He has been VERY complimentary about Roger so I don't really see what the problem is.
Judging by the comments and by the match-up statistics between the two players, people were hoping for a tighter match and that could be a reason why John said he was disappointed by this. (just a guess)

nobama
09-09-2005, 12:43 PM
John MacEnroe is usually a commentator who can look beyond his own national borders.

He has been VERY complimentary about Roger so I don't really see what the problem is.
Judging by the comments and by the match-up statistics between the two players, people were hoping for a tighter match and that could be a reason why John said he was disappointed by this. (just a guess)I agree with your reasoning. It was a boring match in the sense that Nalbandian for the most part looked like crap out there. Even though he broke Roger a couple times you always had the feeling Roger would break back. I'm sure the crowd was hoping for something a bit more exciting.

Geniey2g
09-09-2005, 12:47 PM
your next Hewitt
Muahahahahha!! :devil:
*rubs hands together with glee*

darnyelb
09-09-2005, 12:54 PM
Great Fed interview...

My question - I missed some of the on-court interview they aired on CBS after the match. Apparently Roger said something that sounded arrogant (not intentionally, but probably a language reason) that riled the crowd, but I missed it. Anyone know what Roger said?

onewoman74
09-09-2005, 01:09 PM
something to the affect it's good to have two Americans in the semis, since it doesn't happen to often...then a few boos from the crowd...Johnny Mac and Ted talked about the language issues and how Fed didn't meant to make it sound so arrogant.

I thought it was funny, but that's just me...

Experimentee
09-09-2005, 01:51 PM
Not the best tennis from both players, especially David played very bad. The result was never in doubt, even when Roger was down a break in the first two sets, I felt that he would win in straight. His matches are becoming very predictable.

R.Federer
09-09-2005, 02:02 PM
On another note, I really hate to listen to John McEnroe commentate on Roger's matches and any match involving an American.

I got the distinct impression that he wanted Nalby to beat Federer and of course we know why: so that Andre has a better chance of winning the USO.

John said he was disappointed, like the fans, in the match last night. If it had been Agassi winning that easily he would have been reminding us how old he is, how fit he is, yada yada yada. I really can't stand them.


I have also thought this. I think John McEnroe is aware he needs to come across impartial in his commentating, but he finds it very difficult to mask his love for agassi/ lack of respect for hewitt/ admiration, but not wanting Roge to win, etc.

It reminds me of his commentating during the Sampras days, when he desperately wanted agassi to beat Sampras (a lot to do with being ignored by Pete for Davis Cup, which he then captained). I remember Pete's last Finals win at Wimbledon, there was a huge trace of excitement when Rafter was up 4-1 on serve in the second set tiebreak, and the resignation in the voice when Pete then went up two breaks in the final set. He said "ah, well, now an insurance break in hand. Well we know where this is going" with a note of sadness.

Raquel
09-09-2005, 02:31 PM
Well done Roger :yeah:

lunahielo
09-09-2005, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by onewoman74
something to the affect it's good to have two Americans in the semis, since it doesn't happen to often...then a few boos from the crowd...Johnny Mac and Ted talked about the language issues and how Fed didn't meant to make it sound so arrogant.
He said~~when talking about having two Americans in the semis~~"You'd better enjoy it"~~~when he perhaps should have used the word 'hope' (I hope you enjoy it)
instead of 'better'~~~obviously a language issue.
He looked surprised when the crowd booed.

Irish
09-10-2005, 01:00 AM
Congratulations Roger!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :bounce: :bounce: :bounce:

Thought it would be closer but I am truly happy. :D :D :D

Yes, Roger meant the comment about two Americans playing as a compliment but the crowd misunderstood it. :sad:

flyingmachine
09-10-2005, 01:05 AM
:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana:

NYCtennisfan
09-10-2005, 02:17 AM
On another note, I really hate to listen to John McEnroe commentate on Roger's matches and any match involving an American. I've watched the Ginepri/Coria match on ESPN Deportes, the Agassi/Blake match on mute and the Federer/Nalby matchon mute.

I got the distinct impression that he wanted Nalby to beat Federer and of course we know why: so that Andre has a better chance of winning the USO. I am so sick of Agassi also that it's not even funny. I've never been a fan of his becuase I couldn't stand the way the American commentators would remind us how fit he is and if he's losing they always ask how long the other player can keep it up. I find them insulting to say the least.

John said he was disappointed, like the fans, in the match last night. If it had been Agassi winning that easily he would have been reminding us how old he is, how fit he is, yada yada yada. I really can't stand them. Forget Ted, he's just an ass, who uses so much inflectin when he's talking that it's like he's reading a fucking story to a bunch of eager kids.

Roger's the No. 1 player in the world and has been for a while. All he has done in his matches is demonstrate that: that he is there to win whether he's not at his best or not, but the disappointment in his voice as the match winded down did not have to be articulated because everyone knows he wants Agassi to win.

Good points. JMac's cheering for Andre has been a bit much this USO but I can understand what he is doing. He is hyping Andre one last time and I can't really blame him.

Your point about if Andre dismantled Nalby like Federer did is spot on.