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Anyone else find it creepy..

Perfection
02-06-2007, 09:31 PM
.. how Roger's face never really seems to change when he hits the ball? :scared: Every picture that I've seen of him usually shows him with a perfectly content, unstressed expression on his face.

http://external.cache.el-mundo.net/elmundodeporte/especiales/2006/01/openaustralia/ellos/img/federer.jpg
http://external.cache.el-mundo.net/elmundodeporte/especiales/2005/11/masters_shanghai/maestros/img/federer.jpg

It just creeps me out a bit. :eek:

guga2120
02-06-2007, 09:35 PM
thats because hes not human.:)

artlinkletter
02-06-2007, 09:36 PM
Would you prefer if he pulled these expressions?:tape:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39476000/jpg/_39476107_dent_200x245gi.jpg
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/sl_price/06/20/dispatch.one/p1_dent_si.jpg
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40762000/jpg/_40762932_dent.jpg

Perfection
02-06-2007, 09:38 PM
Would you prefer if he pulled these expressions?:tape:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39476000/jpg/_39476107_dent_200x245gi.jpg
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/sl_price/06/20/dispatch.one/p1_dent_si.jpg
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40762000/jpg/_40762932_dent.jpg

:haha: :wavey:

scoobs
02-06-2007, 09:41 PM
To be fair, he doesn't always look totally serene - you can see the effort sometimes:

http://www.cbc.ca/cp/sports/061114/s111444.jpg

http://www.noelkingsley.com/blog/archives/roger-federer-switzerland_11.jpg

http://img.dailymail.co.uk/i/pix/2006/07/federerGETTY070706_228x250.jpg


I think inevitably he plays best when he's relaxed and when he's relaxed the face doesn't show as much exertion. And so much of his power is based on timing rather than brute force.

artlinkletter
02-06-2007, 09:44 PM
It still fascinates me, the way he watches the ball hit his racquet and doesn't immediately move his eyes to where the ball is going, but rather, keeps it in place. You can really tell by watching those slo-mo videos they often play during the AusOpen.

Allez
02-06-2007, 10:25 PM
scoobsuk those aren't very good pictures to illustrate what you're trying to say :lol: If that is physical exertion then Rogi surely does it in a very serene manner to say the least ;)

scoobs
02-06-2007, 10:29 PM
well he always keeps his mouth closed when exerting himself unlike some players who open their mouths.

you'll find very few pics of him with gob wide open mid-swing.

alias
02-06-2007, 10:32 PM
Would you prefer if he pulled these expressions?:tape:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39476000/jpg/_39476107_dent_200x245gi.jpg
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/sl_price/06/20/dispatch.one/p1_dent_si.jpg
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40762000/jpg/_40762932_dent.jpg

:haha: :scared:

Allez
02-06-2007, 10:33 PM
well he always keeps his mouth closed when exerting himself unlike some players who open their mouths.

you'll find very few pics of him with gob wide open mid-swing.

It's not just the mouth. Look at the eyes :eek: :eek: :eek: Totally calm.

Pea
02-06-2007, 10:34 PM
Would you prefer if he pulled these expressions?:tape:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39476000/jpg/_39476107_dent_200x245gi.jpg
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/sl_price/06/20/dispatch.one/p1_dent_si.jpg
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40762000/jpg/_40762932_dent.jpg

You're so wrong for doing that.:tape:

scoobs
02-06-2007, 10:36 PM
The eyes are calm in that they're not excessively wide open, yes.

But you can see in the tautness of the muscles around the mouth how he is exerting himself as he winds up for the shot.

MisterQ
02-06-2007, 10:47 PM
I can just see Roche cheering him on.

"Come on Roger, move your face!"

calvinhobbes
02-06-2007, 10:50 PM
Anyone can see the tremendous concentration in every blow, which doesn´t allow any deviation of energy towards the face or the left arm. This facial expression is so familiar with Myron´s Discobolus. Pure plastic art.

Allez
02-06-2007, 10:53 PM
The eyes are calm in that they're not excessively wide open, yes.

But you can see in the tautness of the muscles around the mouth how he is exerting himself as he winds up for the shot.
Still not vastly different to the 1st picture posted on this thread. Surely you can do better than that ? :wavey: The eyes usually tell the whole story. If you start pulling faces, the eyes must respond...Not so in these pictures. I'm sure someone will have a picture which shows more than just a little tightness around the edges of his mouth ;)

scoobs
02-06-2007, 10:56 PM
You could always look for some examples yourself... :)

Naranoc
02-06-2007, 10:56 PM
Eh, something like this? :scratch:
They all look the same.. :unsure:

Mistaflava
02-06-2007, 10:56 PM
Tremendous concentration, zero intensity....

ReservoirCat
02-06-2007, 11:04 PM
Would you prefer if he pulled these expressions?:tape:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/media/images/39476000/jpg/_39476107_dent_200x245gi.jpg
http://i.a.cnn.net/si/2005/writers/sl_price/06/20/dispatch.one/p1_dent_si.jpg
http://newsimg.bbc.co.uk/media/images/40762000/jpg/_40762932_dent.jpg

:eek:

The sights you see when you haven't got a gun...

deliveryman
02-06-2007, 11:08 PM
ROFL @ the Dent pictures.

hahaha oh man that was great

swisstruffles
02-06-2007, 11:17 PM
roger is one of few players whose face remains normal' when hes player. ie his mouth isn't fully showing all his teeth (eg. gonzalez), or contorted in some weirdo shape (eg. hewitt) or doesnt grunt (eg. sharapova).
maybe that shows that the other facial expressions arent necessary to play well! haha~

blueskye
02-06-2007, 11:26 PM
I've noticed that about Roger too, I guess it comes natural to him or it is something he has learned to control from a young age. Tursunov barely makes an expression either when he's playing. BTW :scared: at the Dent pictures.

Jlee
02-06-2007, 11:45 PM
That's part of the reason why he looks so smooth. His shots appear effortless.

Allure
02-06-2007, 11:51 PM
He says he thinks of football games or sports when he plays.:p

R.Federer
02-06-2007, 11:57 PM
He reserves his crazy looks for the big moments

Tennis Fool
02-07-2007, 12:27 AM
Esquimaux used to have an avatar of Taylor serving. He put in vampire teeth :lol:

federated
02-07-2007, 02:07 AM
The eyes are calm in that they're not excessively wide open, yes.

But you can see in the tautness of the muscles around the mouth how he is exerting himself as he winds up for the shot.

totally. I also think it's his "game face." He's said before that he like to look calm and untroubled to mess with the heads of his opponents. man, I love the strategies the players use to get into their adversaries' heads. Love rafa's boxing warm up and sprint, hewitt's staredowns (though not hewitt) and blake's strut. Could do without roddick's though.

kobulingam
02-07-2007, 02:09 AM
.. how Roger's face never really seems to change when he hits the ball? :scared: Every picture that I've seen of him usually shows him with a perfectly content, unstressed expression on his face.

It just creeps me out a bit. :eek:

This is the reason why he'll stay near peak level until after his 30th birthday. He doesn't expend much physical, mental or emotional energy through the year.

For example, in a slam he saves mental/emotional energy in the early rounds. He doesn't CONCENTRATE 100% on every point in the early rounds, which can tire someone out a lot. He also doesn't play many long tough 5 setters.

And every shot is fluid - he doesn't muscle it. He creates power/pace by using timing and fluidity in his shots. You don't see him sliding on hardcourts or flying all over the place to reach for shots. If he knows he can reach a ball, but would have to slide or fall down to get to it, he just lets it go by him. He uses anticipation and a quick start to get to balls.

Add it all up and Federer should be playing at a high level for many years (unless the extraordinary happens...).

sondraj06
02-07-2007, 02:10 AM
.. how Roger's face never really seems to change when he hits the ball? :scared: Every picture that I've seen of him usually shows him with a perfectly content, unstressed expression on his face.

http://external.cache.el-mundo.net/elmundodeporte/especiales/2006/01/openaustralia/ellos/img/federer.jpg
http://external.cache.el-mundo.net/elmundodeporte/especiales/2005/11/masters_shanghai/maestros/img/federer.jpg

It just creeps me out a bit. :eek:


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MisterQ
02-07-2007, 02:47 AM
This is the reason why he'll stay near peak level until after his 30th birthday. He doesn't expend much physical, mental or emotional energy through the year.


It will also keep his face wrinkle-free and youthful. Is Oil of Olay still sponsoring tennis players?

Metis
02-07-2007, 02:56 AM
It will also keep his face wrinkle-free and youthful. Is Oil of Olay still sponsoring tennis players?

:haha:

MisterQ :worship:

atheneglaukopis
02-07-2007, 03:10 AM
He says he thinks of football games or sports when he plays.:pBut we all know he really thinks of Rafa, Andy, Marat...that's why he always has this look of inner contentment. ;)

Polikarpov
02-07-2007, 04:40 AM
Dent looks possessed! Especially in the third pic. You can barely see his eyes!

Magus13
02-07-2007, 04:59 AM
So lets review the wonderful and insighful threads over the past ten days:
-Fed is arrogant
-Does not praise God
-Has terrible competition
-Looks creepy when hitting a shot
-Is unpatriotic
-Is too direct with the press
-Admits he wants to play a a high level for the next five years
-Upsets of Gonzo's Coach

Amazing threads. These are the types of in depth topics that we have come to love and expect here at the MTF. Great job guys.

Tennis-Engineer
02-07-2007, 08:37 AM
:lol: Do you like to see Roger in this condition? ;)

scoobs
02-07-2007, 08:56 AM
I'd be upset too if someone has stuck a tennis racquet right through the back of my head... :)