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Federer Dubai press conference

SLICK
02-26-2006, 10:58 AM
Excerpts from Roger's press conference is now available on WWW.Inside-tennis.net

SLICK
02-26-2006, 11:24 AM
Judging by Roger's comments it sounds like he really rates and respects his compatriot Stan who he plays in round 1. Think they played in Rotterdam last year which Fedex won 6-1 6-4.

stebs
02-26-2006, 11:26 AM
Judging by Roger's comments it sounds like he really rates and respects his compatriot Stan who he plays in round 1. Think they played in Rotterdam last year which Fedex won 6-1 6-4.

Wawrinka has a lot of talent, on a good day he could push Roger but I doubt he will give him serious problems.

Mechlan
02-26-2006, 11:26 AM
"My priority is to protect my number 1 ranking, win Wimbledon and also the French. Anyone who knows me will know how much the French means to me as I have not yet won it."

I like hearing that. Still sounds like he's putting a lot of pressure on himself though. Hope he can take a step back and relax a bit.

SLICK
02-26-2006, 11:43 AM
This time last year he said he was not making the French a priority, but he is far more serious about it this year, which is good. That loss to Nadal was like a wake up call. He needs to assert his authority over the Spaniard NOW at RG.

stebs
02-26-2006, 11:53 AM
This time last year he said he was not making the French a priority, but he is far more serious about it this year, which is good. That loss to Nadal was like a wake up call. He needs to assert his authority over the Spaniard NOW at RG.

I'm not sure he has any authority over Nadal on clay. He can win a match but it is a tall order to beat Rafa on clay.

nermo
02-26-2006, 12:14 PM
Nice conference :)
Go Fed. :yeah:

Wonder how far would Safin go too. It's really nice to have them back on track.

SLICK
02-26-2006, 12:20 PM
I'm not sure he has any authority over Nadal on clay. He can win a match but it is a tall order to beat Rafa on clay.
We shall see. It would be great if they could play each other in at least one clay court Masters Series i.e Monte Carlo, Rome or Hamburg before RG as a foretaste as it were.

WF4EVER
02-26-2006, 01:44 PM
I'm not sure he has any authority over Nadal on clay. He can win a match but it is a tall order to beat Rafa on clay.

He only needs to win one match against Nadal on clay.

SLICK
02-26-2006, 02:38 PM
Roger wants the French so bad this year, on par with retaining Wimbledon i think.

mandoura
02-26-2006, 02:44 PM
He only needs to win one match against Nadal on clay.

Yes and, who knows, maybe he will not even need one win and someone else will do it for him. ;)

Jordanjames
02-26-2006, 02:49 PM
Nadal isn't God..Nadal is just a tennis player..that had a hot streak last year at the French Open. And I am not convinced that Nadal is even a real contender. In the past teenagers have had a hot streaks like Medvedev..and so on...and they failed to deliver the year after their impressive results. I am not saying Nadal can't duplicate his success of last year. However, this year is the hard part. Can Nadal follow up the amazing success of last year? And can Nadal beat the REAL TOP PLAYERS on a consistent basis? I have not seen Nadal beat Hewitt or Safin yet nor Roddick..this is what i want to see..I want to see how Nadal matches against the best players...

Andre♥
02-26-2006, 02:52 PM
Roger is best player in any surface, including clay. But this is the surface where he can lose, but I don't think Nadal can beat him in RG two years in a row. There's only one man that has potential to beat Federer in RG this year. His name is Marat Safin, but I don't think he will be fit enough to beat Federer already at RG. Coria and Gaudio are really crap right now. Nabaldian always chokes in the final matches of a Grand Slam. Agassi won't play RG. Roddick and Hewitt are jokes in clay. Ferrero, Moya and Kuerten are history. Acasuso can't play great for two weeks in a row and he lacks experience. Gasquet will have the pressure and he's too young. Ljubicic and Davydenko can do something, but I can't see them beating Federer in a Grand Slam final.

So, or we have a big surprise (Ferrer, Robredo, Baghdatis again, Monfils) or Federer will finally win RG.

And of course, Federer will win Dubai again. :cool:

Castafiore
02-26-2006, 02:53 PM
Are you guys talking about RG or Dubai here? Isn't it a bit too early to get nervous about Roland Garros?

Let's just focus on this next tournament and let Nadal and Federer have a couple of tournaments on clay under their belt and only then can we talk reasonably about their chances.

For now: DUBAI, hard court.

Dirk
02-26-2006, 02:54 PM
YES GO NINJA KICK ASS AT DUBAI THEN IW THEN TANK MIAMI SO YOU CAN PREPARE AND WIN MC TO TAKE THE PISS OUT OF THE HATAS!!!!!!! :rocker2:

Andre♥
02-26-2006, 02:55 PM
Are you guys talking about RG or Dubai here?

Let's just focus on this next tournament and let Nadal and Federer have a couple of tournaments on clay under their belt and only then can we talk reasonably about their chances.

For now: DUBAI, hard court.

Federer wins. End of discussion.

We only talk about RG because that's the only big tournament where Federer can lose without being injured.

Andre♥
02-26-2006, 02:56 PM
Btw Dubai is indoor or outdoor?

I can't remember... :banghead:

NATAS81
02-26-2006, 02:58 PM
Roger is best player in any surface, including clay. But this is the surface where he can lose, but I don't think Nadal can beat him in RG two years in a row. There's only one man that has potential to beat Federer in RG this year. His name is Marat Safin, but I don't think he will be fit enough to beat Federer already at RG. :
That is some good stuff you're :smoke:

You must be rooming with Safin, yes?

BTW - Dubai is outdoor

Jordanjames
02-26-2006, 02:59 PM
Dubai is outdoor they are playing at the same site where the women just wrapped up their event in Dubai.

Andre♥
02-26-2006, 03:02 PM
That is some good stuff you're :smoke:

You must be rooming with Safin, yes?

BTW - Dubai is outdoor

Talking about potential, Safin is as good as Federer. But Federer reached in potential but Safin didn't. I've seen Safin playing amazing matches in clay. But yes, I love Safin. :)

Allez
02-26-2006, 03:02 PM
I do hope Federer can win RG, but the Nadal factor is not something that can easily be brushed aside. The guy is the best player on the dirt right now. He's more likely to reach the final than Roger. However, should they both get that far, then I would say it's a 50-50 split. Also, with Federer being so vocal about his ambitions this year, what will happen to his confidence if he does not win the French ? How will he go into his Wimbledon title defence with both a career grand slam and a calender grand slam dream shattered when he thought he had the best chance (with Nadal and Safin just coming back and the clay court specialists underperforming ?).

NATAS81
02-26-2006, 03:06 PM
Talking about potential, Safin is as good as Federer. But Federer reached in potential but Safin didn't. I've seen Safin playing amazing matches in clay. But yes, I love Safin. :)
No offense but Nadal is the best on clay. You'd have to be a fool to believe otherwise. Federer might be more talented, but Nadal will chase everything down.

Nobody has dominated a section of clay tournaments the way Nadal has last year, and given his early age I say he will bag at least five RG titles before he throws em up.

But yes, as we saw last year, if Safin can manage to get matches to five sets he's got the endurance to put people under pressure and squeeze out wins.

Even Marat's closest fans are second guessing his fitness right now, but luckily for him he's got the time and space necessary to get back to where he needs to be in time for RG.

star
02-26-2006, 03:08 PM
He only needs to win one match against Nadal on clay.

Really? So, a win over Nadal at Hamburg would suffice? :lol:

gusman890
02-26-2006, 03:32 PM
a win at hamgburg, would be awesome for federer's confidence going to RG, because then he believes he can compete with these guys on clay, including nadal

prima donna
02-26-2006, 04:32 PM
Wawrinka has a lot of talent, on a good day he could push Roger but I doubt he will give him serious problems.

:worship: :worship: :worship:

Great stuff, players in the Top 10 can't push Roger on their best day... but... .... wow ... I won't even bother saying it... great stuff .... love people that just love to see their own words across a screen.

stebs
02-26-2006, 04:45 PM
:worship: :worship: :worship:

Great stuff, players in the Top 10 can't push Roger on their best day.

Yes they can. Pushing is not the same as defeating. You need to learn what words mean before you start typing.

stebs
02-26-2006, 04:46 PM
a win at hamgburg, would be awesome for federer's confidence going to RG, because then he believes he can compete with these guys on clay, including nadal

This is true but he already knows he can beat everyone but Nadal on clay, he already beaten all the other clay courters on clay. It is just Nadal.

almouchie
02-26-2006, 04:49 PM
must be great watching all those players coming for this event, Dubai puts on a great event every year.
sure looks like a competitive field, federer will have 3 contenders Agassi, NAdal & Safin
hope all 3 are fit & healthy
its too early to discuss clay & RG this year .
wait to see how all those players fair from now till the masters on clay

prima donna
02-26-2006, 04:50 PM
Yes they can. Pushing is not the same as defeating. You need to learn what words mean before you start typing.

Lleyton Hewitt gets double bageled.

Pushing, sure.

Roddick, routine straight sets.

Sure, pushing.

He has handled each player easily, pushing would be 5 troubled sets (i.e Tommy Haas in Australia) ...

Marat routinely pushes Roger, even in straight set defeats, 7 6 7 6 is pushing ....

Relax here and take a seat, once again, don't write checks that you can't cash... little guy.

Allez
02-26-2006, 04:55 PM
Davydenko and Baghdatis also (unexpectedly) pushed him. I don't expect Stan to play at that level. Roger can do everything he does, but much much better.

stebs
02-26-2006, 04:59 PM
Lleyton Hewitt gets double bageled.

Pushing, sure.

Roddick, routine straight sets.

Sure, pushing.

He has handled each player easily, pushing would be 5 troubled sets (i.e Tommy Haas in Australia) ...

Marat routinely pushes Roger, even in straight set defeats, 7 6 7 6 is pushing ....

Relax here and take a seat, once again, don't write checks that you can't cash... little guy.


Once again you didn't think before pressing send and wrote a load of worthless rubbish.

I didn't say every top 10 player pushes him and I think you are correct that Roddick's game plays into Rogers hands and it is only easy victorys but do you honestly think when Hewitt got double bagelled by Fed he was playing well??

When Hewitt has played well against Fed lately we have seen 4 tight sets. That is pushing in my book. If we have different interpretations of the word that is fine.

I can easily see Wawrinka making Roger step up into a gear he would rather not have to use. Monfils made him do it in Doha the other month and I could see Wawrinka playing that well easily.

stebs
02-26-2006, 05:00 PM
... little guy.

Your an idiot :rolleyes:

prima donna
02-26-2006, 05:03 PM
Once again you didn't think before pressing send and wrote a load of worthless rubbish.

I didn't say every top 10 player pushes him and I think you are correct that Roddick's game plays into Rogers hands and it is only easy victorys but do you honestly think when Hewitt got double bagelled by Fed he was playing well??

When Hewitt has played well against Fed lately we have seen 4 tight sets. That is pushing in my book. If we have different interpretations of the word that is fine.

I can easily see Wawrinka making Roger step up into a gear he would rather not have to use. Monfils made him do it in Doha the other month and I could see Wawrinka playing that well easily.

How about this ?

We start a poll, how many people believe Roger needs his best tennis to beat Wawrinka, that'll decide it. Also, within this process conserving large quantities of time and effort.

Roger Federer needs his best tennis to beat Wawrinka, you just wait and see ... he'll be pushed. Big.

stebs
02-26-2006, 05:07 PM
How about this ?

We start a poll, how many people believe Roger needs his best tennis to beat Wawrinka, that'll decide it. Also, within this process conserving large quantities of time and effort.

Roger Federer needs his best tennis to beat Wawrinka, you just wait and see ... he'll be pushed. Big.

Stop trying to twist my words around, it is a lame way to try and argue your point. I never said Riger would need his best tennis.

I'll reiterate what I said for you shall I? you don;t seem to understand.

'If Wawrinka plays well Roger will have to play at a higher level than he would prefer to play at to win the match'.

:) God, It's like explaining gravity to a six year old.

prima donna
02-26-2006, 05:15 PM
Stop trying to twist my words around, it is a lame way to try and argue your point. I never said Riger would need his best tennis.

I'll reiterate what I said for you shall I? you don;t seem to understand.

'If Wawrinka plays well Roger will have to play at a higher level than he would prefer to play at to win the match'.

:) God, It's like explaining gravity to a six year old.

Seems you're incapable of understanding a few small details.

Who said that Roger would allow Wawrinka to play his best tennis ? Part of being il maestro, is toying with opponents and causing them to play their worst tennis, while you play your best tennis.

All this "rubbish" (maybe you'll understand that terminology) says, is that basically, if Wawrinka plays the best match of his career tomorrow Roger may need to pull out some amazing shots in a tie break. Wow.

If there were no such thing as war.
If Marat Safin had his head on straight.
If there wasn't global warming.
If, If, If ... you fly off the deep end and come up with impossible theories ....

Even with his best tennis, unless Roger's rhythm was sloppy, he'd still probably lost 1 and 2.

NYCtennisfan
02-26-2006, 05:28 PM
Interesting...this is the first time I have ever heard roger talk about RG being a priority. I think winning the AO (and Nadal not playing it and gaining no points) did that for him; he doesn't have to concern himself as much with winning these smaller tournaments to protect his rankings.

stebs
02-26-2006, 05:30 PM
Seems you're incapable of understanding a few small details.

Who said that Roger would allow Wawrinka to play his best tennis ? Part of being il maestro, is toying with opponents and causing them to play their worst tennis, while you play your best tennis.

No-one did, I'm not saying Wawrinka will play his best tennis, only what will happen if he does.

All this "rubbish" (maybe you'll understand that terminology) says, is that basically, if Wawrinka plays the best match of his career tomorrow Roger may need to pull out some amazing shots in a tie break. Wow.

That is being pushed. Sure, Roger can deal with being pushed and can do it again and your correct it isn't a big deal but it's still the truth big deal or not.

If there were no such thing as war.
If Marat Safin had his head on straight.
If there wasn't global warming.
If, If, If ... you fly off the deep end and come up with impossible theories ....

:rolleyes: Wawrinka playing his best tennis is not an "impossible theory" it could well happen, of course it is more likely he won't but he might.

Even with his best tennis, unless Roger's rhythm was sloppy, he'd still probably lost 1 and 2.

You think he'd lose 1 and 2 if he was playing his best tennis??? :rolleyes:
That's just ridiculous tbh.

stebs
02-26-2006, 05:31 PM
I think winning the AO (and Nadal not playing it and gaining no points) did that for him; he doesn't have to concern himself as much with winning these smaller tournaments to protect his rankings.

Yep, that's why he didn't play Rotterdam, he would of done if he hadn't won the AO.

rofe
02-26-2006, 06:10 PM
Roger will beat Stani but he does tend to get pushed by people who have played him since his formative years. For example, lately Ollie has pushed Federer even though one would think that Federer should win his matches fairly easily. Even if Stani plays out of his mind he will fare just like Davy at the AO. I don't think that he has the belief that he can beat Fed.

rofe
02-26-2006, 06:13 PM
I think it is good that he has the confidence to talk about the FO even though clay season hasn't started yet. I expected him to talk about the FO after his performance in a couple of clay tournaments.

I just hope he doesn't put too much pressure upon himself like he did at the AO.

World Beater
02-26-2006, 07:15 PM
Seems you're incapable of understanding a few small details.

Who said that Roger would allow Wawrinka to play his best tennis ? Part of being il maestro, is toying with opponents and causing them to play their worst tennis, while you play your best tennis.

All this "rubbish" (maybe you'll understand that terminology) says, is that basically, if Wawrinka plays the best match of his career tomorrow Roger may need to pull out some amazing shots in a tie break. Wow.

If there were no such thing as war.
If Marat Safin had his head on straight.
If there wasn't global warming.
If, If, If ... you fly off the deep end and come up with impossible theories ....

Even with his best tennis, unless Roger's rhythm was sloppy, he'd still probably lost 1 and 2.

really. its quite simple. if wawa plays well and fed isnt at a good level, it could be a tight two sets. similar to the monfils match. you need to lay off the crack and stop being so belligerent all the time.

prima donna
02-26-2006, 08:19 PM
really. its quite simple. if wawa plays well and fed isnt at a good level, it could be a tight two sets. similar to the monfils match. you need to lay off the crack and stop being so belligerent all the time.

Nothing but class and intellect exhibited here. Jokes revolving around crack... a serious epidemic in the U.S. :rolleyes:

stebs
02-26-2006, 08:55 PM
Jokes revolving around crack... a serious epidemic in the U.S. :rolleyes:

Responding to posts with offensive comments about peoples countries is a great way to get friends PD :rolleyes:

atheneglaukopis
02-26-2006, 09:38 PM
Did he miss Marat Safin? "Miss is the wrong word."

Yes, when he made it to the AO semis, he was thinking, "Dang, I wish Safin were here :sad:." That's why he cried during the ceremony.

Daniel
02-26-2006, 10:27 PM
Roger :)

SLICK
02-27-2006, 04:26 AM
Roger :)
Roger prefers his girlfriend to Marat it seems. ;)

Allez
02-27-2006, 07:01 AM
Allez Roger! :worship::worship::worship::worship:

landoud
02-27-2006, 07:05 AM
:eek: missing Marat !!!! :eek: :eek:

World Beater
02-27-2006, 07:29 AM
Nothing but class and intellect exhibited here. Jokes revolving around crack... a serious epidemic in the U.S. :rolleyes:

who said it was a joke? Somebody needs to learn how to read. You are truly an embodiment of intelligence, responding only to the most insignificant of details in my post. I thought you were mildly amusing before, and still find you good for a laugh. Keep it up. :wavey:

World Beater
02-27-2006, 07:32 AM
Oh, judging from his posts, I'm quite sure the boy isn't here to make friends. :haha:

no he's here to engage in intelligent discussion. :eek:

veyonce
02-27-2006, 07:38 AM
From: Emirates Today ePaper
27.2.2006
Federer happy to take on the returning stars
AHMED ABBAS RIZVI SPORTS

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Roger Federer is happy to see Marat Safin return from a long injury lay-off.
The Swiss played one of the most memorable matches of all time against Safin – in the 2005 Australian Open semi-final and the Russian won 5-7, 6-4, 5-7, 7-6, 9-7.

Russian Safin has been walking wounded since then. He has played just one tournament in the last five months of 2005 and his ranking has slipped to No51.

But Safin is making a return to the tour now and opens his campaign in the Men’s Open tomorrow against fellow Russian Nikolay Davydenko.

Federer could meet Safin in the quarter-final and said: “We had a couple of good matches in a row.

“So both of us were hoping for a few more matches, but unfortunately that is how it goes.

“I don’t think missing would be the right word – you miss somebody else like your girlfriend! But I do enjoy seeing him back and healthy. I am never happy to see guys injured, like it was the case with many players at the beginning of this year.

“I am happy to see Andre Agassi and Rafael Nadal have come back to the tour, healthy and playing. I didn’t enjoy it when I was injured, so I hope it doesn’t happen to anyone.” Federer is also delighted with the return of Martina Hingis, who lost in the quarter-finals of the Women’s Open to Maria Sharapova. “To be honest, I was a little bit surprised by how well she is actually playing,” said Federer.

“But that again shows what a great player she is and what a great competitor. After seeing her play, I have no doubt that she will be very high ranked at the end of the year. I have always said I enjoyed watching her and now finally she is back and I can watch her again. I don’t know if it is going to be enough to win the big tournaments, but I think she is right up there to upset anybody.” Federer, who has been the Dubai champion for the last three years, meets fellow Swiss Stanislas Wawrinka in the opening round tomorrow. In the second round, he will meet the winner of the Gulf derby between the UAE’s Omar Bahrouzyan and Kuwaiti Mohammed Al Ghareeb, who play the second match of the evening today.

“I think I had a hit with one of them [Omar Bahrouzyan] last year,’ said Federer. “So I think I will have a little bit of an idea about him. I think it is great for both of them and the tournament that they are playing each other in the first round instead of some big names straight up.” Federer is feeling refreshed after a break at home following his win in the Australian Open.

He broke down after beating Marcos Baghdatis and said: “It was very hard on me mentally. I guess that is why I was emotional after the match.”