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Old 06-26-2012, 02:58 PM   #1756
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“I have had a couple of people come up to me and say ‘Hi, Nadal’s gonna kick your ass next time around.’ And I’m like ‘Oh really, great, thank you.’

"That’s maybe happened to me twice over a 15-year career. So I’m just saying I think tennis fans are very cool and relaxed.”[/b]
I guess Start da Game and Topspindoctor got to Roger already.
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Federer, agent starting firm

By Daniel Kaplan, Staff Writer

Roger Federer and his longtime agent, Tony Godsick, are in the process of forming their own sports agency, financial and tennis sources said, a move that would make the Swiss star one of the few athletes still near the top of his game to go into that line of business.

Godsick represented Federer for more than six years at IMG before Godsick and Federer in May parted ways with the company after their contracts ended. Godsick did not reply for comment last week.

Tennis sources said Godsick’s credential at Wimbledon, which is entering its second week and which Federer has won six times, lists him as being with RF Management.

It’s unclear precisely what role Federer will play in the new firm, though it is not unprecedented for an active, star athlete to take a management and equity role in an agency. Oscar De La Hoya formed Golden Boy Promotions to stage and promote fights, including his own. Mark McCormack’s first client at IMG, Arnold Palmer, owned 10 percent of the firm until McCormack’s estate sold the company to Forstmann Little in 2004.

“Tony has had an outstanding record at IMG as a strong and positive agent for Roger, so it would certainly be natural for him to start his own thing with Roger,” said Donald Dell, group president of Lagardère Unlimited. Dell started his own firm in 1972 with tennis greats Stan Smith and Arthur Ashe, though they were only clients, not equity holders. The firm ultimately became ProServ.

Godsick, who resides in Cleveland, is best known for his work with Federer, but his past clients have included players Tommy Haas and Lindsay Davenport, as well.

Federer earns $40 million to $50 million annually, most of that in off-court endorsement deals. The fees for those contracts still flow to IMG, so revenue for the new group would come initially from any new deals and exhibitions for Federer.

Sources said Godsick has sought investment money and is believed to have brought on board partners. That activity would suggest that Godsick’s vision must be greater than just representing a few tennis players, said Colin Smeeton of PR Partners, which represents Shaquille O’Neal and other athletes. Otherwise, Smeeton said, Federer could just bankroll the operation.

“If Tony is bringing in outside investors, he is trying to build a sizable practice,” said Smeeton, who worked in tennis as an agent before joining PR Partners’ predecessor company in 2006. “Federer could be a case study of an athlete who had a really great career who wants to get into management.”

Sports leagues prevent active players from owning parts of representation agencies, so examples are found only in individual sports, and rarely so if there. Several years ago, Wayne Ferreira, a former midtier ATP player, tried to start his own firm but did not succeed.

If Federer succeeds, it could be, as Smeeton said, a template for how stars can stay active in the game once their careers are over. While Federer, 30, has said he wants to play a few more years, he is likely closer to the end of his career than the beginning.
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well I just hope it won't be a distraction. I know he needs to have something to do after tennis, but he is still playing. And if they sign other athletes, and those people get caught in some scandals (doping, DUI, sexual assault charges, Tiger Woods-type stuff) it'd be even worse. Roger's always kept things so drama-free around himself.

didn't they bug him about some stuff regarding that former IMG CEO betting on tennis matches?
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well I just hope it won't be a distraction. I know he needs to have something to do after tennis, but he is still playing. And if they sign other athletes, and those people get caught in some scandals (doping, DUI, sexual assault charges, Tiger Woods-type stuff) it'd be even worse. Roger's always kept things so drama-free around himself.

didn't they bug him about some stuff regarding that former IMG CEO betting on tennis matches?
Well I think we're probably a long way off from all that. My guess is Tony is a good friend and Roger wanted to stick with him. Plus Ted Fortsmann is no longer around so Roger probably doesn't have a great connection to IMG anymore. And he might think of it as a good business opportunity. Though I can't see him letting it take up a lot of his time while he's still on tour.
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I think there is no reason to worry about the time it will cost. It will probably just be an investment and a way to reduce fees on his endorsement deals, instead of paying all IMG he can now just pay Tony and some additional cheaper guys. His name will also serve the company well (he will be promoting his own investment in a way). And Tony will probably still be able to do for him all that he always did for him.

Good for Tony and good for Roger, all tough there is a risk like any investment but Roger can probably afford to lose millions without getting in to money trouble
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Roger Federer's return to glory

July 8, 2012

By Greg Garber | ESPN.com

WIMBLEDON, England -- Andy Murray was idling along to a routine service hold Sunday when Roger Federer suddenly, delightfully morphed into virtuoso, human-highlight mode.

The deciding game of this year's final at the All England Club -- the sixth of the third set -- required 10 deuces and ran approximately 19 minutes. Covering the court with delicate, whisper-quiet footwork, he confounded Murray with an array of lobs, powerful forehands and backhand slices -- plus a spectacular forehand half-volley from the baseline that dropped for a winner. Federer converted his sixth break point of the game with a sweet forehand winner.

In short, Federer channeled his super-cool, vintage self, circa 2005 or 2006, and pummeled Murray 4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4. And when he fell to the grass on Centre Court, and the tears flooded his eyes, it was the first time in several hours that Federer seemed human.

Federer, who turns 31 in August, won his record-tying seventh Wimbledon title, joining Pete Sampras (1993-2000) and William Renshaw (1981-1989). It increased his record total to 17 major titles, and this one might wind up distancing him forever from Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic.

How did it feel to hold the gold trophy again?

"Feels nice," Federer said. "Like it's never left me. I've obviously gone through some struggles as well. So this one comes at the right time in my life, as any Grand Slam victory does. "It's amazing. It equals me with Pete Sampras, who's my hero. It just feels amazing."

This ends a fallow period of nine consecutive majors without a title and ends the discussion of whether or not Federer and his cranky back would ever win another Grand Slam singles championship. When the ATP World Tour rankings are updated Monday, Federer will be the No. 1-ranked player for the first time in three years.

Remarkably, he is the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title since Andre Agassi won the 2003 Australian Open. Federer referenced his two near-misses last year, up two sets on both Jo-Wilfried Tsonga here and Djokovic at the U.S. Open.

"I never stopped playing," Federer said. "It all came together. It's a magical moment for me."

And so Murray, the 25-year-old from Dunblane, Scotland, who had never won a set in three previous major finals, will not be the first male British champion here since Fred Perry in 1936. The buzz Murray generated over here the past two days is difficult to overstate. Omens, described by an overheated British media, were everywhere.

"I didn't read the papers to be quite honest," Federer said. "He's done well over the years. He'll win at least one Grand Slam. This is what I hope for Andy."

On Saturday night, Jonathan Marray, a journeyman from Sheffield, partnered with Frederik Nielsen in doubles to become the first British man since 1936 to win an All England title. Also Saturday, on the seventh stage of the Tour de France, Bradley Wiggins became only the fifth British man to wear the yellow jersey. No wonder Centre Court tickets were going in excess of 25,000 pounds and the BBC was predicting a national audience of 20 million. More impressive, Kate and Pippa Middleton were in attendance.

In recent years, Murray has been recognized as a technically superb player, but he's also a bit of a perfectionist. He hates to hit shots that miss, and as a result, he has the maddening habit of putting the ball in the center of the court -- even when an opening presents itself. Ivan Lendl has spent a great deal of time trying to get Murray to go for his shots, particularly his forehand. Lendl's $500,000 job, essentially, is to put some mean in Murray.

With Federer serving at 4-all in the first set, Murray finally ripped one. He had struggled to hold his previous serve, saving two break points in a four-deuce game, and now both players were advancing toward net. Murray sent a forehand right at Federer's head and the Swiss champion, wide-eyed, barely yanked himself out of the way. The ball appeared to graze his shoulder, and in Murray's box Lendl had to be happy, for he was (in)famous for hitting opponents.

When Federer sent another unforced forehand into the net, Murray had broken him for the second time in the set. He confidently served it out and the Centre Crowd jumped to its feet. Murray had won his first set ever in a major final.

There were chances in the second set, but Murray did not take them. Just when it looked like they were headed into a tiebreaker, Federer struck swiftly, almost quietly. Playing two of the best points of the match, Federer outmaneuvered Murray with some crazy stuff -- the last stroke an exquisite backhand drop volley that leveled the match.

The only thing that could add to the drama? The inevitable rain delay, which came with Federer serving at 1-all. Since the roof over Centre Court was open, it took about 40 minutes before the players came back to complete the first Wimbledon final ever played inside.

That was when Federer returned to his everlasting glory. Murray played the right way, took his chances -- and still couldn't beat him.

When Murray, emotionally overcome, took the on-court microphone, he made several false starts before he quipped, "Getting closer." Later he added, "Roger's 30 now, and he's not bad for a 30-year-old. He played a great tournament and showed what fight he has left in him. Congratulations, you deserve it."

A decade ago, Paul Annacone helped guide Pete Sampras to his 14th and final Grand Slam singles title at the 2002 U.S. Open. Sampras, who had just turned 31, beat Andre Agassi in the final and never played another competitive match. For nearly two years now, Annacone has been coaching Federer; until Sunday they had yet to win a major together.

Federer, who turns 31 in August, has already passed Sampras -- he now has a record 17 major titles -- but he has been aching to put it out of reach. This tournament, considering his age and his affinity for grass, looked like his best chance.

"That's what a lot of people are thinking," Annacone reflected Thursday, before Federer beat Djokovic to reach the final. "But he never talks about it. He's a lot like Pete. I've never seen him hit the panic button.

"He loves the atmosphere here. His record is superlative. He feels like there's an opportunity at every Slam. He's making lots of semis -- it's not like he's crashing out in the first round. If he's not in the final, people project all kinds of calamitous pontifications."

Although Sampras was weary of the day-to-day grind at the end, Federer seems to revel in it.

"He really enjoys competing," Annacone said. "It's hard for people to understand that he loves the life he's living. When you're happy and healthy and that good at what you do, you can still achieve monumental stuff. And it all still feels very normal.

"Whether he wins here or at the Olympics or at the U.S. Open, he's just not going to say, 'That's it. I'm done.'"

Federer, when asked if he was a better player today than five years ago, concurred.

"I hope so," he said. "God, I've practiced so much that I -- you don't want to be worse five years later. I feel I have a great game today. I know how hard it is to pull off those great shots, and I know how easy it is to miss, so I'm more aware of these things.

"But I'm so happy I'm at the age I am right now because I had such a great run and I know there's still more possible. I'm at a much more stable place in my life. Yeah, I wouldn't want anything to change."

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Federer's historic, redemptive win proves his place in tennis history

WIMBLEDON, England

The end of a Grand Slam event always has this sad, goodbye feel -- workers wheeling crates, once-clattering rooms deserted, mounds of paper waiting for the cleaning crew -- but Sunday night at the All England Club was like a circus tent deflating. Two weeks of rain, botched predictions and national angst had left everyone hollow-eyed. Only the Happy Warrior seemed eager to keep going.

"Guys, no more," his agent, Tony Godsick, said as Roger Federer, after a TV interview, sat signing autographs for the crew. But a man kept handing him paper to sign, and Federer scribbled on. Godsick threw up his hands. "Okay: How about ten more?" he said. Three hours had passed since Federer's historic and redemptive win over a gutted Andy Murray, 6-4, 7-5, 6-3, 6-4, in the 2012 Wimbledon final, and the champion still had four TV studios to visit, with autographs to sign, more pictures to pose for, more congratulations to accept.

"And then the Wimbledon Ball...." Godsick said.

Federer grinned. "Dancing with Serena, baby!" he said.

Yes: You'd be happy, too, if, with just one win, you could collect a seventh Wimbledon title to equal the record of your idol, Pete Sampras, return to No. 1 and tie Sampras' record there of 286 weeks -- and, just a month shy of 31, end a 2 1/2-year major title drought to quiet all those who declared you done. But the fact is, no tennis great has ever worn the crown more easily, nor endured for so long the tour's ravaging toll with less wear.

"It's like I'm on the court with a 22-year old kid," said Federer's coach, Paul Annacone, who worked with Sampras before he retired at 31. "When you have that, it's more fun to be around -- and it makes his fuel tank much more full than most people his age. Because he enjoys it.

"Roger's much more in the middle of his career at almost 31 than Pete was at 31. He loves the life; his life is the road. He loves tennis, he loves who he's become. Pete at that age was a little bit tired and had achieved what he wanted. It's kind of an endless youth."

Winning can, of course, make anyone look young. But Annacone has been singing this tune since he started working with Federer in July 2010, and kept it up even as Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic passed him in the rankings and big matches kept slipping away. A year ago in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, Federer squandered a two-sets-to-none lead to lose to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Then, in the semifinals of the 2012 U.S. Open, Federer was serving at 5-3 in the fifth with two match points when Djokovic stunned him with a blistering forehand to stay alive. Federer went on to lose and then snappishly dismiss Djokovic's daring, seemingly oblivious to his own decline.

But, in fact, Federer said, walking down the hall of the Wimbledon broadcast center Sunday, that loss led him to question himself like few others. "In the moment itself? It's terrible," he said. "Oh my, God: Are you kidding me? That was tough, because you think you actually did everything right, you shouldn't be now explaining the loss. You should be preparing for the finals. But you automatically have to do it somehow, and I had six weeks to digest it and think about it.

"But I see it the way I hope Andy sees it as well, with this victory: That it's the beginning of something, not just the end of something. Fortunately I'm very positive in the way I do think and believe and understand the situation. I never stopped believing."

It showed Sunday. Plenty of Englishmen yelled, "We love you, Roger", when play began on Centre Court, but with all Great Britain urging him to become their first Wimbledon titlist in 76 years, Murray seemed more than ready to make his name. He broke Federer to open the match, showed no nerves in winning the first set. The sun shined, Federer's serve seemed vulnerable, and the two men were playing perfectly even when Federer held serve to take a 6-5 lead in the second. And then, over the lip of the stadium, a black cloud hove into view.

The wind began to swirl, and London weather, British dread and all the nation's failed tennis ghosts began to rise. With Murray serving at 30-all, Federer ended a 17-stroke rally at the net, with a sliced drop-volley that hit the place like a time-capsule from 2006; a lunging Murray sent his lob just long. Now it was break point, with an even longer exchange ending the same way: Federer at net, slicing another untouchably soft backhand volley. Suddenly, he looked ten years younger.

"Those two points he played were absolutely ridiculous," said former British No. 1 Greg Rusedski. "Two of the best points I've ever seen in my life."

Then, naturally, with Federer leading at 1-1, 40-0 in the third, came the rain. Wimbledon's powers-that-be decided to close its $150 million roof for the first time ever during a men's final, which may well have saved the match for Sunday's telecasts but doomed Murray for good. Federer, one of the two best grass court players ever, hadn't lost indoors since 2010. When the players returned after a 40-minute break, raindrops pelted the white shield above: Fred Perry knocking. With no glare or gusts to disturb him, Federer began to glide, a legend under glass.

"You knew, from over the years, that at any stage Federer could just put it into a gear that no one could live with," said former British No. 1 John Lloyd. "And Murray couldn't live with him."

He tried. The two exchanged blows and break points and game points -- ten deuces in all -- in an epic 20-minute game with Murray serving at 2-3 in the third, but his seams were beginning to show. While Federer danced alone in his personal ballroom, Murray spent the game falling twice, grabbing his crotch, panting and snarling, and after all that sent a backhand long to be broken. Just before Murray cracked another forehand out to send Federer up, 5-2, a voice rang out: "Come on, Andy, enough of the gallant loser! Win it for Britain...."

But it was over. Afterward, Murray, who hadn't won a set in his previous three major finals, croaked, "I'm getting closer!", then sobbed endearingly on court. "I've been there," said Federer, who sobbed himself after losing to Nadal at the '09 Australian Open. He tried to comfort Murray, in between his own tears. Federer stared up at his box: His twin daughters, Myla and Charlene, three this month, were watching daddy lift the sport's most prized trophy for the first time.

"It's not just a great moment in my career, but life," Federer said. "As a parent and a father, it's quite incredible."

And it wasn't as easy as it looked. Intent on playing more aggressively, Federer had also beefed up his schedule in the quest to return to No. 1; despite losses this year to Nadal in Melbourne and Djokovic in Paris, he'd had enough tour wins the last six months to feel he was near a major breakthrough. At Wimbledon he became unusually dialed in: After surviving an achy back and a five-set hiccup against Julien Benneteau in the third round here, he hit a wondrous serving stride and began to roll, avoiding any talk of history and records.

"There was so much on the line that I tried to block out so badly," Federer told his BBC interviewer. "Because I did lose a couple of really difficult matches in the last year and a half I just tried to focus point to point. It's terrible to think that way, but then when it all happens, it crashes down on you and you're exhausted and happy."

Then he stood up, signed autographs, headed down to the next studio. A loser to Djokovic in six of their previous seven matches, Federer met him here in the semis and crushed him in four. It wasn't, he insists, personal. "It's part of the whole process and improving more," Federer said. That stuff doesn't fuel me -- having to beat him again and proving it to the world. I don't see it that way at all."

Finally he left the broadcast center, and stepped outside into the rain. Centre Court loomed a few hundred feet away. Federer's sneakers squished on the slick tiles; workers hauling equipment stood aside to stare. This Wimbledon gives him 17 majors in all, six more than his archrival, Nadal: A nice cushion in the great race the two run but rarely admit. On Sunday, Federer just might have put the greatest-of-all-time title out of reach for good.

"Do I care?" he said. "I guess I do, because I'd be lying if told you I don't care at all. But for me it's the same thing as the Novak loss and trying to beat him. Rafa has an amazing career, we have two such separate lives and worlds and things we do and the way we do them. He'll anyway be a legend and a great champion, so for me if he does beat my record it almost doesn't matter. Because I did things he can never do. He did things that I can never do. It's the moments that live and the memories that are with me that are most important."

Still, he was asked, it's nice to widen the gap?

"Yeah," Federer said, smiling. "If you like."

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sent the SI one around, thanks!!!!
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has anyone got the transcript of his interview after the final
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