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Old 12-06-2012, 08:00 PM   #1
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Default Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

Good luck to him I guess but he'll be nearly 35 - if he actually is still competitive by then it'll say a LOT about the state of the game and particularly the youngsters in that case. On the plus side he doesn't look likely to be threatened by any Swiss youngsters so he'd certainly qualify I'm sure...

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Roger Federer says he won't play as often in the next few years and hopes to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. The 31-year-old Federer says he'll be more mindful about the tournaments he plays in the future to make sure he can keep playing at a high level.

"I have to make sure that I take care of my schedule, of my body, of my mind," he said Thursday before an exhibition match with Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci. "Hopefully I can still stay on tour for many more years and hopefully play the Olympics here in three and a half years or so, so I have to look far ahead and not just the next six months."

Others in the exhibition include Maria Sharapova, Victoria Azarenka, Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Tommy Robredo and Tommy Haas. The Bryan brothers, Bob and Mike, are also participating. Federer has competed in four Olympics, winning gold in doubles at the 2008 Beijing Games and silver in singles at the London Games. The Swiss player said he'd love to make it to Rio in four years. "There is a lot of passion for sports here," said Federer, the winner of 17 Grand Slams. "It's a hot place to play tennis right now."

Federer, who ended the season No. 2, said this year was especially difficult for him because he was committed to the Davis Cup and London Games, which took him away from practice and his family. "I've played a lot of tennis. It's been a big challenge, especially with the Olympics and the Davis Cup this year," he said. "I found my way back to world No. 1 and it took a lot of sacrifices. I'd like to be home a little bit more often and in a relaxed fashion."

Still, he said it was a rewarding season. "I'm very happy that I'm still playing at a very high level," said Federer, who won six titles this year, including Wimbledon. "I had one of my best years on tour this year, and one of the most emotional ones, of course. Next year tournament victories will probably be more important than the rankings, that's why I need to make sure I practice a lot next year."

Federer played 21 tournaments in 2012, the most among the top four players. No. 1 Novak Djokovic played 18, No. 3 Andy Murray played 20 and Rafael Nadal, nursing a knee injury, played 18. "I'm not going to play 25 tournaments, but every tournament that I will be playing I'll be emotionally attached to it, because I either won there before or because I've been there many times or because I love the city or the country and the fans," he said. "Today, I've reached a point in my life that I can pick and choose where I want to play and how much I want to play."

One of the tournaments he left out of his 2013 schedule was Miami, the Masters event in March he has played since 1999 and won twice. "Miami was a tough decision for me," he said. "But I have to take some time off, first of all, but most importantly, I need to practice. This year I couldn't practice at all. Something had to go in the calendar and that was Miami, unfortunately." Federer said he thinks he will need two Grand Slams and five to eight titles in other tournaments to get back to No. 1. "It's difficult, but I'm happy to set that challenge and I'll give everything I have," he said.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:02 PM   #2
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

He'll still be top 60 and top 3 Swiss I think, and even if he's not (if he gets injured), he'll get a WC. It's just a matter of wanting to play even though you're not a Slam contender, which he likely won't be by then.

It'll kill his W-L ratio, but then again, I've always thought that was a shit way to judge greatness.
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Old 12-06-2012, 08:09 PM   #3
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

Agassi was competitive at that age. But the sport was much less physical than it is now. It's hard to tell now how he will be playing at that age. But I don't imagine Federer playing when he is ranked 54. As soon as he drops out of the TOP 10 he will retire.
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

do we really need a thread for something which is not a news at all ?

I agree with Just like Heaven when she's angry about such trolling threads with no real news and a big interpretation of a few words about Nadal, but it's the same about Federer

And Ash86 is an expert in such kind of trolling threads (even though that poster can also bring good news about Nadal especially)

he's in Brazil and that's certainly not the place and the moment where he will say "I will not play in Rio 2016"

if the goal is to discuss about when Fed will retire, there are already threads about it.
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

I agree with duong. Furthermore, the quote is - once again - off when it comes to number of tournaments played. Do anyone seriously think Nadal played as many tournaments as Djokovic this year? Every mandatory is counted, whether or not they turned up for it.
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do we really need a thread for something which is not a news at all ?

I agree with Just like Heaven when she's angry about such trolling threads with no real news and a big interpretation of a few words about Nadal, but it's the same about Federer

And Ash86 is an expert in such kind of trolling threads (even though that poster can also bring good news about Nadal especially)

he's in Brazil and that's certainly not the place and the moment where he will say "I will not play in Rio 2016"

if the goal is to discuss about when Fed will retire, there are already threads about it.
It's news because it's been reported by the NYTimes. And I have nothing against Fed - I said good luck to him if he wants to try. I actually admire the fact that he still clearly loves the game and doesn't seem like for one moment he's questioned that - that's not true for most other top players. If you think it's trolling, that's your opinion.
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

He can.
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

he will win the gold of course!

go roger!!
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It's news because it's been reported by the NYTimes. And I have nothing against Fed - I said good luck to him if he wants to try. I actually admire the fact that he still clearly loves the game and doesn't seem like for one moment he's questioned that - that's not true for most other top players. If you think it's trolling, that's your opinion.
my problem is not about Fed or not Fed : my problem is that I know that you're used to opening new threads like that when you see an article in the press with a seemingly sensational sentence like that but which is actually not a real news. It's something I've noted about you and which I think you can correct, as beside that, you're a good poster who can bring good infos.

And you're not the only one concerned : it's a general problem in this forum, and I especially mentioned that it has been a problem for Nadal in recent months that people opened threads like that (like the famous thread "Nadal will not compete in the Australian open" )

Just like Heaven makes totally differently from you : has a lot of infos but never creates a new thread about them, just keeps posting links on an existing thread ... (and at least once she should have done differently because it deserved a new thread ... and quite soon somebody actually created a new thread whereas she had already posted the info with the best source)

I think you should be able to realize when there are real news and not, because Fed has said that he thinks about playing until Rio 2016 in many interview answers before ... but still it's not at all certain that he can do it, that's what we will see (recently for instance I read that he said something like he thought "he still had 2 years on top-level").

It was just a remark on your way of doing things because I think you could do it another way (and actually I had the impression that you were more cautious about your favorite Nadal and managed to post in already existing threads)

the problem about creating a new thread is that it gives the impression that there's something really new, and it's clearly not the case here, NY times or not (if the NY Times had a full long analysing article on it it might deserve a thread ... or better a note in the "news and articles" thread in Fed's forum) ... and then it gives a pretext for trolling posts and conjectures of course
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my problem is not about Fed or not Fed : my problem is that I know that you're used to opening new threads like that when you see an article in the press with a seemingly sensational sentence like that but which is actually not a real news. It's something I've noted about you.

That's a problem for every player, and I especially mentioned that it has been a problem for Nadal in recent months that people opened threads like that.

Just like Heaven makes totally differently from you : has a lot of infos but never creates a new thread about them, just keeps writing on an existing thread ... (and at least once she should have done differently because it deserved a new thread ... and quite soon somebody actually created a new thread)

I think you should be able to realize when there are real news and not, because Fed has said that he thinks about playing until Rio 2016 in many interview answers before ... but still it's not at all certain that he can do it, that's what we will see (recently for instance I read that he said something like he thought he still had 2 years on top-level).

It was just a remark on your way of doing things because I think you could do it another way (and actually I had the impression that you were more cautious about your favorite Nadal and managed to post in already existing threads)

the problem about creating a new thread is that it gives the impression that there's something really new, and it's clearly not the case here, NY times or not (if the NY Times had a full long analysing article on it it might deserve a thread ... or better a note in the "news and articles" thread in Fed's forum)
Okay - sorry - point noted. Personally found it interesting as though he's said he wanted to play Rio 2016 before this seemed a bigger assessment of his long term plan for the next 4 years - the decision to skip Miami etc. Anyway it's not sensationalist in that it's not the first time he's said it but to me it's the first time I think he really believes it/actually is aiming for it rather than just putting off the press asking retirement questions.
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

Duong is absolutely right, this is very old news and maybe there is thread about it already.

Do you expect Roger (currently in Brazil) to say : "I won´t play in Brazil 2016 ?". That would be much thread worthy.
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Don't believe what Fed is talking. It's easier to say something like that when you are still at the top of the game. Once when he starts falling in rankings he'll be thinking differently. He isn't the guy who would be satisfied with being average, at the end neither one great champion hasn't been
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Default Re: Roger: "I want to play in Rio 2016"

What a surprise not
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