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Old 06-11-2008, 11:40 PM   #151
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Q: Was it easier than you expected?
FEDERER: Well, yes, especially in the end it was excellent. He served very well, in the first four games there was nothing really I could. I had one break point, I guessed left, he went right. It was unfortunate. But otherwise the way I played from the beginning really, my reaction was good, my movement was good, my serving was excellent. I even tried out a few things when I was up 30 or 40 love on my serve which was good as well. So, Iím very happy with my first round performance.

Q: Does it feel great to be back on grass?
FEDERER: Yes, it feels natural. I feel natural on clay as well. Hard court is a little bit brutal because of the change it hurts. But grass and clay are smooth surfaces. I find actually pleasure and a kick out of waiting for my chance because sometimes it can be pretty frustrating. You are losing to love and there is nothing you can do because the guy is just serving to big. You just have to wait for your time to come. I like that. Thatís maybe one of the reasons Iím so successful on grass.

Q: Why was today so different from last time you were here?
FEDERER: Last time I won in two sets the first round. It was similar circumstances. I arrived, played for one and a half hours, then just warmed up and off we went. The only thing was that from the second round on all I had was three setters. I had a very difficult draw as well. This year, my next round opponent Iíve never played him. He can be pretty steady on grass, so I have to make sure I figure him out early. After that the draw looks pretty tough again. Iíve been successful here the last few years and I fell Iím doing well. But on grass you never know, you have to go point by point. You canít go game by game. Itís a tricky surface.

Q: How important is it mentally to be back on track quickly with a win?
FEDERER: For me there is two ways. Either you donít play this tournament and then you get away from everything. You arrive in Wimbledon and nobody asks questions, or you donít do many press conferences. And few days before Wimbledon starts, people want to know about Wimbledon not about Paris anymore. Or you come here and you face the press for a day about Paris. After that your last match is a grass court match and not a clay court match. Itís very smooth actually. Itís not a time where you lose so much energy thinking about what happened. Itís really no problem. Either way works fine. This is a way of gaining even more confidence and a better feeling about next week in Wimbledon.

Q: This is probably the best first round match youíve ever played here?
FEDERER: I agree. I was never in trouble on my own service game. I returned pretty well against a big server. I reacted very well at some times. I was able to put him under pressure. I could have even maybe broken him one more time with a forehand pass. I thought I was able to dominate him enough which came as a surprise because he was playing really well. He was playing aggressive, putting me under pressure. So, I thought it was going to be something like a 7:6, 6:4 if things went great. So, a 4 and 2 is quite a surprise.
Thank you dear Donna. Even Roger thought he would have struggled a little more adjusting to the grass, eventhough it's his favorite surface.
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:46 PM   #152
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Absolutely, that's why Venus, Serena and Davenport have been so successful at Wimbledon with first strike tennis, Sampras made a living of that, barring he had a very good first volley, with that huge serve most of his volleys looked easy.
not to mention that grass is a shotmaking surface, and federer is the shotmaker of all shotmakers.
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Old 06-12-2008, 01:08 AM   #153
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not to mention that grass is a shotmaking surface, and federer is the shotmaker of all shotmakers.
I believe it was Martina Navratilova that said this year Roger wouldn't win RG because he has too many options in his game. Tennis.com writer Steve Tignor said something similar a while back. Basically saying that Roger's game was too beautiful for clay. I must admit I get more chills watching Roger play on grass than any other surface, even though my overall preference is hard court tennis.
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I must admit I get more chills watching Roger play on grass than any other surface, even though my overall preference is hard court tennis.
I had chills yesterday watching several of his passing shots. Absolutely beautiful
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Wasn't it Mary carillo also who said Roger was "being punished for his versatility"

I gotta say I love this explanation : why is Roger losing to Rafa all the time on clay ?
Because he's too good

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Old 06-12-2008, 01:44 AM   #156
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Wasn't it Mary carillo also who said Roger was "being punished for his versatility"

I gotta say I love this explanation : why is Roger losing to Rafa all the time on clay ?
Because he's too good

Well any way you put it or describe the guy, he's special aint he.
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Wasn't it Mary carillo also who said Roger was "being punished for his versatility"

I gotta say I love this explanation : why is Roger losing to Rafa all the time on clay ?
Because he's too good

Hey it's true. Beautiful tennis is NOT played on red dirt!
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Old 06-12-2008, 02:13 AM   #158
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Well any way you put it or describe the guy, he's special aint he.
That he is I'm hoping he's gonna show how "special" he is by starting to win big tournaments this year

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Hey it's true. Beautiful tennis is NOT played on red dirt!
Truer words were never spoken

Some highlights of the match I posted in the chat thread ;
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I LOVE GRASSSSSSSSSSS!!!

Allez Roger!!!!!
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Wasn't it Mary carillo also who said Roger was "being punished for his versatility"

I gotta say I love this explanation : why is Roger losing to Rafa all the time on clay ?
Because he's too good

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Hey it's true. Beautiful tennis is NOT played on red dirt!
Agree! Well said.

I just love Grass!
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