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Old 04-26-2013, 03:40 AM   #2041
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I just translated this little article from Italian:
http://curiosidisport.com/2013/05/14...roger-federer/
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An evening with Roger Federer


Elegant, relaxed, smiling. Roger Federer is at ease everywhere. On the training field of the Foro ( where the italian open takes place) as on the little court on a roof garden in Via Veneto (one of the most famous and expensive streets in Rome), in the unusual role of the umpire of Claudia Gerini (Italian actress). 'Well', I have to admit that playing tennis in high heels is not easy, well done."
Rome meanwhile, offers the best with a velvety summery afternoon . "look - Roger continues - I'm a very strict chair umpire , so try to put the ball inside the lines."


Yesterday evening the face of Moet & Chandon, tonight on the field against his friend Potito Starace for his debut in the tournament: same ease. In addition, Roger is a really special host: lots of joking around - about golf, that interests him but gives him back pain - about the twins, disappointed because this year dad did not bring home Madrid's trophy
like last year - and a smile for everyone. Not the fake smile for a "corporate" evening, nor good humor imposed by marketing, but rather the authenticity and the immediacy of a friend with whom you can exchange a few words, an impression, a curiosity.


With Rome and Italy after all, Federer has a special feeling. When he comes round here he always has a reserved table at Taverna Trilussa, in Trastevere, He has a lot of memories tied to our peninsula. It is no coincidence, perhaps, that his first major win in a tournament was in Milan. And his memories also extend to other nooks made in Italy.
"Even as a junior I have participated in many tournaments here, and I have always enjoyed it. I have fond memories of Genoa, Camogli and that place where I spent a week trying to find a sandy beach, and instead I found one made of rocks: a bit hard for my taste. Could that have been the cause of the back pain I have today ? ». And he laughs. The bad mood of the past days is gone, maybe thanks to the charm of the roman May. And the two lost finals at the Foro, the 2003 one against Felix Mantilla,
and the 2006 one, weren't too painful after all. The absence of his name on the gold book of the tournament is like a tear in the tuxedo. But he is not resigned.


"It 's true, I've never won here - the Genius smiles - but I still remember being a... forehand away from beating Nadal in the final, in 2006. Who knows maybe this year is the good one. After all, I grew up on clay. And in the meantime I won at Roland Garros: When you succeed there you feel you can win anywhere on clay."
The years go by for everyone, even for heroes. Roger will turn 32 in August, the twins take up space and time in the talent's life. This year he is still without a win, just a semi-final in Australia and one in Dubai. not much, for a legend. And the clay is not easy to tame for a thirtysomething: In Madrid, we remind him, things didn't go very well last week.


"It 's true, I was out of shape, but here it's another thing. I'll tell you something: it never happens to me to play poorly for two consecutive tournaments. I have not played a lot this year, maybe someone criticizes me because I'm not often seen around, but I'm still here to win, I assure you. " Such determination, such optimism. "Maybe it's because I'm happy to play against my friend Potito, a great person. I phoned him a few days ago, we joked, I asked him why he had won the challenger of Naples and not that of Rome. My Italian is not that great, but with him - he adds changing from english to Italian- parlo solo italiano ( I speak only Italian). And so I'm happy to play against my friend from Naples."
Roger, one of us.
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thanks bluesoleil for translating that!
I didn't know him and Potito were friends
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Peter Haas, father of Tommy Haas, was interviewed for an upcoming book called "Facing Federer" which will be available during the USO this year.

Here is what he has to say about Roger:

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Peter Haas (Father of Tommy Haas): “I know Roger very well. Tommy trains with him sometimes in Switzerland and other places. I’m a total, big-time Federer fan. Basically speaking, Tommy plays just like Roger, they both have the same old school backhand. That automatically makes me a Federer fan. They basically have the same basic type of game from an aesthetic point of view.”

What is your first memory of Roger Federer?

Peter Haas: “It’s kind of a funny story. About approximately 12 or 13 years ago down in Miami, South Beach, Ocean Drive. I was walking down the sidewalk. Back then, Tommy wore a bit of a ponytail in the back. So I saw him and said, ‘Tommy! Tommy!’ This frickin’ guy wouldn’t turn around. I was thinking: What are you, like deaf?! And it happened to be Roger Federer, who was sitting there with his coach Peter Lundgren [smiles].”

You’ve obviously gotten to know Roger, can you share a memory or anecdote that may capture his essence?

Peter Haas: “I know Roger through Tommy. I am very friendly with Mirka. From tennis coaching I know her for ten years before she met Roger at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. I’ve never seen a tennis player – and I’ve met many athletes and champions from all professions throughout Tommy’s entire career – as a person and a complete athlete, Roger is so friendly, so cordial, so open with people. With zero arrogance. The hair on my arm is almost standing up right now. What I’m saying, in essence, it’s almost unbelievable that this type of person exists. He’s such a pure, class act. In other words, he’s humble. Yet he does not need to be.”

Is it hard for your son to play such a close friend like Federer?

Peter Haas: “On the court, they’re always going to be fierce competitors. They each have to fight for themselves to win the match. But once the match is over, they’re friends. But when it comes to the match they have to be warriors and gladiators. And they accept each other’s performance. It’s a lot easier for Tommy to accept to lose to Federer, or win, and Federer is the same way if he loses against Tommy. Federer is man enough to say: Hey I lost to Tommy, I lost to a great player. In a nutshell, it’s respect.”
Source: http://www.tennis-prose.com/articles...-book-excerpt/
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Source: http://www.tennis-prose.com/articles...-book-excerpt/
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Uh-oh. Make sure that doesn't get out into GM, or we'll never hear the last of it.
@ the comments under that article, though.

thanks for posting it here.
I love that Roger and Tommy are BFFs and their families get along great!
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ROGER SIGNS ON FOR ‘ASK ME ANYTHING’
by ATP Staff | 23.05.2013

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Roger Federer will answer fans' questions online.
Fans will have a chance to go one-on-one with Roger Federer when he becomes the biggest sports star to host an “Ask Me Anything” Q&A session on the social news site Reddit on Friday at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

On Reddit, the community up votes the most popular questions submitted by fans around the world, ensuring that the most interesting questions will be put to the 17-time Grand Slam champion.

Federer will be following in the footsteps of Barack Obama and Bill Gates, whose sessions have been up-voted as the top AMAs of all-time by Reddit users, as well as personalities ranging from Stephen Colbert and Manu Ginobli to Psy and Bill Nye the Science Guy.

ATPWorldTour.com and ATP social media channels will link to the AMA from around 1 p.m. EDT Friday, when a direct link to the thread is available.

http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Ten...eddit-AMA.aspx
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The questions and Answers from Reddit AMA
http://www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comment...tennis_player/

What’s your opinion about moving up to a 95 sq in racquet like most of the ATP?
I've been testing rackets for the last 10 years and have also tested 95 sq so who knows. Maybe one day. I'm always open for changes. The real challenge is finding a time in the calendar year where i have enough time to test it out and get comfortable.
Do you follow any of the nutritional/training advances that players like Djokovic have adopted in recent years? (pressure chamber, low carb diet)
It's important to do everything in moderation. I live a really healthy lifestyle already. As an athlete I do spend a lot of time to make sure i'm eating the right things at the right time but as I get older I definitely and paying more attention to my nutrition. Sleep is always important. So is treatment.

Are you ever planning on bringing back Darth Federer? Fans love the all black night outfit.
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-4sM_qBhal1...th+federer.jpg
I really loved that outfit. Under the lights in NYC. All black. That was awesome. No plans yet to bring it back yet.. but we'll see.

Thank you Roger, I've always hoped that you would do an AMA! First, I want to congratulate you on having such a beautiful family and being an amazing family man as well as an amazing athlete. Second, what are your thoughts on restructuring the tennis season to allow for a slightly longer grass court season and possibly having a Masters 1000 event before Wimbledon?
Thanks LogelFedelel.
The Tour is adding a week of grass before Wimbledon starting in 2015. Who knows, maybe one day we'll have a Masters 1000. I clearly would love more tournaments on grass
Let's not forget 3 of the 4 grand slams used to be on grass.

Did you really hit that can off that guy's head?
It takes a lot of practice. Kids, I wouldn't try that at home

Dear Roger, if there was one rule of tennis you could alter, what would it be?
A rule that would only let ME serve from the service line. Whenever I want. Seems fair to me
On a serious note: we should get some more Best of 5 set finals back (like at the ATP World Tour finals).

If you could play doubles with one player living or dead who would it be and why?
My three choices would be John McEnroe, Stefan Edberg, and Rod Laver. From a historical perspective it would be really fun to play doubles with them as they are all legends.

How do you keep your hair so perfect?
I really don't. I fight it every day like everybody else. But thanks.

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ich wuerd scho sage jo, mir sind generell so erzoge um genau und korrekt z'si. ich bi dr meinig es isch sogar e qualitaet vo uns.
Do you think precision flows through the blood of most Swiss?
I would say yes, we are generally raised to be correct. In my opinion, it is a quality of us.

You and Rafa filmed a commercial advertising charity matches. In this clip, you could not hold your laughter at all. The same thing happened when Pedro Pinto interviewed you for CNN International. Is spanish your Achilles Heel?
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It's funny I actually spoke to Rafa yesterday about that commercial. We had a close moment again yesterday at a Nike appearance. He insists it must have been because of his spanish accent. He couldn't start a sentence without me already cracking up. It was a hilarious 5min for all of us.

Hey roger, I played against you in a Netjets tournament/exhibition a couple of years back, where you then played against Rafael Nadal. Just wanted to say hi, and see how you are doing? We sat on the table next to you at the luncheon, and I still have all my autographed hats and shirts from you. I just wanted to say that I thought it was so admirable that you let my grandma win the point against you, without making it seem that way. She's your biggest fan, and that made her so happy! You're a good guy.
Thanks trikskier. Please say hi to your grandma for me.

Hi Roger, big fan!
Which of your grand slam titles has meant the most to you?

My first one. It was a dream come true.

Federer! What are your thoughts on the decline of the one-handed backhand? Do most players play with two-handed just because it is more consistent and powerful?
I would love to see more one-handed backhands but the trend is clearly going 2-handers because we see more baseline tennis.

What is your reaction to this?http://i.imgur.com/URbuicA.gif
For you baseball fans out there: Strike 1.

Yooo what are the differences between Paul Annacone and Severin Luthi's coaching? Do they give you different kinds of advice/strategy or are they on the same wavelength? (p.s. I'm willing to sell my twitter handle @goderer to you for £30m dude check it)
For me it's really important that they get along.. which is definitely the case.
We have a great chemistry and they compliment each other. Paul has great experience on Tour as a player and coach, which is invaluable. And Severin has known me and my game for such a long. So the two together are a great combo.

What are your thoughts regarding doping in the game of tennis?
As far as doping is concerned: it should be a huge priority. The sport of tennis needs to lead by example and be the most serious and tough on doping.

What are some of your pre-match rituals?
Arrive on time at the courts. Pretty crucial so I don't miss my match.
Warmup and hit for 30min.
Go for lunch or dinner. A light meal (pasta, for instance)
Get my ankles taped.
Stretch.
Warm up and match time.

How much do you squat?
I'm not sure actually. I'll pay attention next time.

Hi there! How do you deal with nerves before a match? Is there anything special, or is it all training? Or perhaps something else?
Funny enough I could be more nervous about a 2nd round match than a finals match from time to time. Just because you have more doubts on certain days. Unexplainable really. But of course when the big matches roll around you have tendency to be more anxious. I don't really have any specific routines other than having my normal pre-match routine which helps me get comfortable and focused.

Hey Roger, just wanted to say that I'm a huge fan of yours. One of the best things I've ever read about you has to be David Foster Wallace's piece for the NY Times. Have you ever read it? If so what did you think of the way he characterized you?
I have read it. The thing that struck me is that I only spent 20min with him in the ATP office at Wimbledon, and he was able to produce such a comprehensive piece.

¡Hi Roger! Someday you will come to Mexico? here are many fans who love you! please! :")
Thanks Fer_Alvarez. I was there in the mid 90's for Juniors and I'd love to come back. We're actually having discussions about coming in December. Stay tuned!

Hi Roger! It's unbelievable the kinds of records you've set: most weeks spent at number 1, most grand slams, and many more. My question is: at this point in your career, are there any records or achievements that you still really want? We know you're going to keep playing because you love the sport, but is there anything specific you want to achieve? Highest number of Wimbledon championships, for example?
There are some great new CD's out that I haven't bought yet. But in terms of tennis records:
Any record is welcome. 8 Wimbledon would be great. I'd also love to win another ATP World Tour final.
And getting back to World #1

In every picture I see of you, you are looking directly at the ball through the strings and your hitting arm is perfectly straight. No other pro in the world does this as well as you. Here is an example I put together of you doing this compared to Murray, Djokovic, and Nadal (picture album) http://imgur.com/a/yNzX1#0 My question is, is there a way I can copy this technique?
seeing the pictures are really interesting. funny enough I don't think consciously about looking directly at the ball, but I guess you're right. it's just habits and the way I was taught to play tennis.
What strings do you use and at what tension?
22 kilos tension

What was your toughest match ever?
• Hewitt in Davis Cup 03.
• Del Potro in Olympics 2012.
• Roddick Wimbledon 09.
• Nalbandian 05 World Tour Finals, final.
• Rafa Wimbledon 2008. One of the great matches I've been apart of.

Hey Roger! I'm a big fan of watching you play! Since players like you, Nadal, or Djokovic have all started off as young players, what advice do you have for young tennis players who have dreams of going professional?
Take up Football. No just kidding.
1 You have to enjoy what you're doing.
It's not always easy but it sure is a whole lot of fun traveling the world, meeting people, learning different cultures and playing against other great people and players. For that, you need to work really hard and play tough and fair. And learn from your losses and your disappointments and make sure you don't look back with regrets.

Hey Roger just wanted to say thanks for everything you have done for the sport of tennis and I will be rooting for you at Roland Garros. Also, that new Wilson commercial turned out great! My sister said she had so much fun participating.
Awesome! Glad you liked it. I loved it too.

What other sports do you play, and how often do you get a chance to play them?
I love to play squash, to ski, soccer/football, table tennis
When I stop playing tennis, I'd love to learn how to ice skate so that I can play some hockey as it's one of my favorite sports to watch.

What do you think is the biggest plus about Switzerland, besides the flag?
It's one of the most beautiful countries I've ever seen. So worthwhile to visit. And the people are very accepting and genuine. I also like the fact that there are so many different languages. In such a small country, we have an incredible amount of diversity and influences from abroad. Also, great chocolate. Mountains. Cheese. Rivers. Lakes. Pretty much everything. Just move there.

How do you do that between the legs shot without hitting yourself in a very painful place?
Nothing bad ever happened. So i'll keep doing it

Mr. Federer, I need help with my serve. Do you have any tips for a beginner trying to improve?
Make sure you focus on your ball toss so it's always in the same place. Keep your elbow up. Just try to mirror throwing something.

Roger, if you had an upcoming match against a 2007 Roger Federer, what would your strategy be to win and how do you think you would fare?
Well first, I hope I'm a better player today than I was back then. I feel like I'm a more complete player today. Although my game hasn't changed much, my experience would allow me fewer mistakes and the ability to deal with challenges a little bit easier.

How many cows do you own now?
Unfortunately they both have left us

Roger, you are one of my favourite tennis players, if not my absolute favourite ! What kind of music does a man of your calibre listen to ?
It all started for me in Dance & Techno. Then i moved over to Rock. Now i'm all over the place.



Hey Rog. Can I call you Rog?
yes.

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