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keithchircop
05-05-2007, 12:22 AM
He is listed under "Heroes and Pioneers".

Roger Federer
By Rod Laver

The most impressive aspect of Roger Federer's ascendancy to the top of the tennis world is the way he carries himself as a champion. It's quite unusual. He just lets his racquet do the talking. There's no entourage at his beck and call. He doesn't have a bunch of coaches and trainers micromanaging everything he does. Roger has so much natural talent, they would just disrupt it if they muddled his mind. He exudes energy, and you just know he enjoys the camaraderie of all his competitors. Tennis had lost that positive vibe over the years. His game is so spectacular and graceful—I can't tell you how many times I've asked friends, "Did you see Roger's shot last week, the crosscourt winner he hit a zillion miles per hour?" He has this amazing knack for raising his game just a notch more than an opponent. He never gets rattled if he's down. You can only marvel.

Every time I speak to Roger, I sense no ego on his part. He asks me questions about how I prepared for big matches—Roger has a clear appreciation for the history of tennis. (Plus, these days, I should be the one peppering him with questions. He's the big star!) When you're talking to Roger, he makes you feel important—whether you're a fan, an opposing player or an old geezer like me. People often ask me if Roger, 25, is the greatest player of all time. Let's wait until the end of his career before making the "best ever" judgment. He should definitely be in every conversation. One thing is for sure: he's the best player of his time and one of the most admirable champions on the planet. That's certainly something worth crowing over. The beauty is, Roger Federer won't.

Laver, a Tennis Hall of Famer, is the only player to twice win four Grand Slam singles titles in a year.

Article can be found here --> http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/time100/article/0,28804,1595326_1615754_1615743,00.html

Fedexeon
05-05-2007, 12:40 AM
Nice one. He deserves it. =) He's in the cover of the Asia and Europe version but not the US version.

Elina
05-05-2007, 04:05 AM
Totally deserved honour for Roger. :D

slice bh compliment
05-05-2007, 01:14 PM
Who's the geezer who wrote that fluff piece?

[kidding]

Rod Laver. I think I love you.

Yeah, Roger's a peach. One day, maybe in like 2030 or 2040, will there be a champion like this for Roger or Pete to write about so glowingly?

abdjeter2
05-05-2007, 01:18 PM
great article.

Keifers
05-05-2007, 08:18 PM
Yeah, great article. Many thanks to the OP for posting it.

I'm very impressed with TIME, that they would get Rod Laver to write about Roger. Talk about getting the words from someone with impeccable cred!

And don't you think Laver was very pleased to do it? I do!!

I'm a lifelong lover of tennis and I thank both men for everything they bring to the sport.

keithchircop
05-06-2007, 12:07 AM
Yeah, great article. Many thanks to the OP for posting it.

I'm very impressed with TIME, that they would get Rod Laver to write about Roger. Talk about getting the words from someone with impeccable cred!

And don't you think Laver was very pleased to do it? I do!!

I'm a lifelong lover of tennis and I thank both men for everything they bring to the sport.

i'm not an op

vince916
05-06-2007, 12:17 AM
i'm not an op

op= original poster

You are the original poster of this thread.

keithchircop
05-06-2007, 12:27 AM
op= original poster

You are the original poster of this thread.

oh i thought it meant operator like in chatrooms. my bad.

helloworld
05-06-2007, 04:24 AM
The TIME 100 is a complete bull ****. A construction worker is in the list as well !! The only thing he did was helping an old geezer from getting hit by a train and he's in the top 100. LOL !!!

Shabazza
05-06-2007, 05:14 AM
This list as a whole is a joke. But Roger deserves to be mentioned and Laver writing an article about him is really nice.

KingOfTennis
05-06-2007, 06:07 AM
we love u federer~