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Old 08-27-2012, 02:36 PM   #46
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Damn! WSJ forgot to ask Roger when he sold his soul to the devil.
WSJ forgets to ask that to all of the people they interview
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Old 08-27-2012, 02:39 PM   #47
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I just hope when his book is out it will be more like Agassi Open than Nadals Rafa.
wait, nadal has a book titled "rafa"? makes no sense as it should be titled "toni", after the guy who wrote it of course.
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I just hope when his book is out it will be more like Agassi Open than Nadals Rafa.
I read Open but not Rafa (not even sure it's been translated yet). Was Rafa too generic?

Also, I'm not sure Roger is the type to spill warts and all, like Agassi.
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This looks more and more like Federer forum lately. Anyways interesting read.
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wait, nadal has a book titled "rafa"? makes no sense as it should be titled "toni", after the guy who wrote it of course.
I haven't read the book, but I have heard about parts of it. Rafa does talk about Toni being almost a surrogate "tennis parent," who was really tough on him, (ie wouldn't let him celebrate victories as a kid, etc.)
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I haven't read the book, but I have heard about parts of it. Rafa does talk about Toni being almost a surrogate "tennis parent," who was really tough on him, (ie wouldn't let him celebrate victories as a kid, etc.)
I've read parts of the book. Funny part is his strategy for Fed - wait for him to miss - simple strategy, eh?
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'...look at this guy, he only rolls the ball into play, or he only goes for broke, I can’t stand this, today I’m not in the mood...’
Wait... so he lost some of his early matches not because his game wasn't good enough, but because his game was so much better than his opponents that he didn't have the motivation to compete against them?
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Wait... so he lost some of his early matches not because his game wasn't good enough, but because his game was so much better than his opponents that he didn't have the motivation to compete against them?
But I think frustration/dissatisfaction can do this to you. Thinking Marat Safin, who lost countless matches to players below his level.
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I haven't read the book, but I have heard about parts of it. Rafa does talk about Toni being almost a surrogate "tennis parent," who was really tough on him, (ie wouldn't let him celebrate victories as a kid, etc.)
I read it. It's a few hundred pages of a grown up multi millionairre sports superstar complaining about how tough his life is, and showing he has the mentality of a small child. Shades of Michael Jackson.
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I read it. It's a few hundred pages of a grown up multi millionairre sports superstar complaining about how tough his life is, and showing he has the mentality of a small child. Shades of Michael Jackson.
So just because he is a multi millionaire and a sports superstar his life couldn't be tough?
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Nice interview, balanced questions, candid answers.
Great read, thanks for posting!
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fed sounds so swiss, neutral, precise and classy, only without holes.
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So just because he is a multi millionaire and a sports superstar his life couldn't be tough?
You're missing the point. Everyone's life is tough. Everyone does not feel the need to complain about it though.
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