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Wolbo
06-11-2007, 02:48 AM
Just read that Federer will not play in Halle to prevent possible injury.

That's another 225 ranking points gone and will not help in his preparation for Wimbledon. He did not mention if he will now play in Nottingham or Rosmalen instead.

Not good news.

zapvor
06-11-2007, 02:50 AM
link please?

Zaragoza
06-11-2007, 02:50 AM
http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=569

zapvor
06-11-2007, 02:54 AM
http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers/news/newsdetail.cfm?uNewsID=569

wow that was fast! thanks:)

Buuurnz
06-11-2007, 02:55 AM
no good news...will he win wimbledon if he doesnt win Halle?

Pro Staff Pete
06-11-2007, 02:55 AM
Hmm.. interesting.. maybe he'll play in Nottingham or Rosmalen?

Fedfan4life
06-11-2007, 03:01 AM
That's somewhat of a good news too. He won Hamburg, reached the FO final then he'll be fresh for wimbledon. Nadal took a week off before the french too because of his long clay court season.

caulcano
06-11-2007, 03:02 AM
no good news...will he win wimbledon if he doesnt win Halle?

IMO, it doesn't look good. I don't think he'll play Nottingham or Rosmalen. Which means he'll be less prepared than he's ever been as a returning champion. I see an upset on the cards at Wimb. :-(

tennis_hand
06-11-2007, 03:03 AM
i wonder too. will he play any warmup event?

SgtJohn
06-11-2007, 03:46 AM
IMO, it doesn't look good. I don't think he'll play Nottingham or Rosmalen. Which means he'll be less prepared than he's ever been as a returning champion. I see an upset on the cards at Wimb. :-(

The clay season is over guys, Federer is an all-time great on grass, and I don't think a preparation tournament agains such grasscourters as Davydenko or Nalbandian was going to change anything. I'm not saying Roger has a total lock on Wimbledon, but should a meltdown occur, the cause will be mental struggle or an incredible match by an opponent. Playing Halle or not isn't going to change anything about either one...

FarFed
06-11-2007, 03:49 AM
I think it's a good decision. He was pushed too hard last year at Halle, considering that, it makes sense to refrain from playing when it hurts.

a guy
06-11-2007, 03:52 AM
LOL nottingham. He'll double bagel everyone.

Rhino
06-11-2007, 03:55 AM
hmmm, I think he's just so disappointed by his loss in Paris that he needs a few days to himself. He looked devistated after Sundays match.
I can't see how it would 'prevent injury' any more than last year, the two finals were almost the same length, both just over 3 hours.
Also having to play Rochus on grass, who's probably been praticing on grass all of last week, is a risky match coming straight off the clay. He had some close calls last year - 8 tiebreaks in 5 matches - while he was adjusting to grass.
A first round loss in Halle would just confound his misery right now.
I doubt he'll play at Nottingham though... can you imagine Federer at the little Nottingham tourney? I will definitely travel to see that!!

War, Safin!
06-11-2007, 04:11 AM
A first round loss in Halle would just confound his misery right now.
I doubt he'll play at Nottingham though... can you imagine Federer at the little Nottingham tourney? I will definitely travel to see that!!
It's about 10 minutes walk from where I live.
I play tennis there every week!

tintin
06-11-2007, 04:19 AM
he'll be fresher come Wimbledon
good idea Roger.
it's easier to adjust from clay to grass than grass to clay

lambielspins
06-11-2007, 04:43 AM
That is incredibly stupid on his part. The rankings include a "best of 5 remaining tournaments". He only typically plays 5 and he has already skipped 1 he typically plays-Doha and now this. So he is already cutting himself down out of not even playing 5 remaining tournaments after the Masters to losing points. Then again the way he played the French Open final it is obvious he doesnt care about winning anymore, so I am not surprised he does not care about the #1 ranking either. Success is not important to him anymore apparently.

laurie
06-11-2007, 05:11 AM
This is interesting because Federer took 6 weeks off after the Australian Open this year - something I brought up in a thread earlier this year asking whether Federer is underprepared.

After mid January he didn't play again until March in Dubai which he won but not easily. He then lost early in both Indian Wells and Miami, plus he lost early in Rome.

Federer hasn't played a lot of Tennis this year. He cannot be fatigued physically so it has to be mental fatigue.

This will make it a very interesting Wimbledon. How will the opposition (not too much on grass these days for sure!) react over the next few weeks?

David L
06-11-2007, 05:23 AM
no good news...will he win wimbledon if he doesnt win Halle?He won the Australian this year without playing an event beforehand. Also, Borg used to play Wimbledon straight after the French, without playing any grass tournaments in between.

Andres
06-11-2007, 05:29 AM
The clay season is over guys, Federer is an all-time great on grass, and I don't think a preparation tournament agains such grasscourters as Davydenko or Nalbandian was going to change anything. I'm not saying Roger has a total lock on Wimbledon, but should a meltdown occur, the cause will be mental struggle or an incredible match by an opponent. Playing Halle or not isn't going to change anything about either one...
Grasscourters as Davydenko. Nalbandian has a Wimbledon final, and had good results on grass, for a change ;)

Andres
06-11-2007, 05:31 AM
That is incredibly stupid on his part. The rankings include a "best of 5 remaining tournaments". He only typically plays 5 and he has already skipped 1 he typically plays-Doha and now this. So he is already cutting himself down out of not even playing 5 remaining tournaments after the Masters to losing points. Then again the way he played the French Open final it is obvious he doesnt care about winning anymore, so I am not surprised he does not care about the #1 ranking either. Success is not important to him anymore apparently.
Didn't he skip Basel last year? Maybe he can play it again this year

PS: No, I'm not sure about this. I'll check it on the website.

laurie
06-11-2007, 05:31 AM
He played 4 matches at Kuyong before the Aussie Open, which is a good competitive practice session even if it doesn't count for any points on the ATP computer.

War, Safin!
06-11-2007, 05:35 AM
Maybe he'll do a 'Borg' and find somewhere like the Cumberland Lawn tennis club to practice on?

babolat15
06-11-2007, 05:39 AM
Maybe the mental pressure is too much, and he will retire

johnny ballgame
06-11-2007, 06:34 AM
Maybe he'll do a 'Borg' and find somewhere like the Cumberland Lawn tennis club to practice on?

I know of some courts he can practice on... the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club. Seriously, exactly when are players allowed to show up at a slam and start practicing?

David L
06-11-2007, 06:50 AM
He played 4 matches at Kuyong before the Aussie Open, which is a good competitive practice session even if it doesn't count for any points on the ATP computer.Yes, that's true, forgot about that. Even so, no law says a preliminary tournament must be entered into before a Grandslam. Look at Borg. The Australian also comes after the end of season break so it may take a little longer to get into things, whereas now we are in the middle of the season. Federer has already had recent experience playing in competition at the French, so he does'nt need to get used to playing in front of crowds again. Also, we're talking about Federer here, he's very experienced and knows what works for him. He just needs to get some good practice in, with practice sets. Now is more a case of getting used to the grass. Who knows, he may enter something else, but I don't think it will take him that long to adapt. I think it's a good idea to rest some, so he'll be fresh at Wimbledon.

ACE of Hearts
06-11-2007, 06:55 AM
Give me a break, this guy is a natural on grass.He will get practice time next week when he flies to london.I am sure he knows what he is doing.Wimbledon is his crown jewel and he wouldnt sacrifice it!!!!

armand
06-11-2007, 07:05 AM
Is Federer pulling a Borg?

nickarnold2000
06-11-2007, 07:53 AM
He's got 2 weeks before Wim right? So, he rests and practices this week and plays a warmup tourny next week - no problem. I regularily play on clay and although it's soft the long rallies are really tough on the body; he's being smart.

Tchocky
06-11-2007, 09:17 AM
Sportsbooks are still taking wagers on his match with Rochus. Money is coming in on Rochus.

tomahawk
06-11-2007, 09:20 AM
After playing two 3 hr matches on clay, plus all of the mental strain of Roland Garros, he needed a break to get away from it all. I'm sure he'll be ok come next week.

Feña14
06-11-2007, 09:33 AM
Crikey, I hope he does play at Nottingham!!

I've got tickets to the quarters and the semi's and then tickets for centre court at Wimbledon on the first day so I could get to see him 3 times in the space of a few days!

It would be good practice for him as there is some good grass courters turning up as usual. Gasquet, Tursunov, Grosjean, Johansson and alot of very good serve & volleyers, maybe Henman and Murray might turn up aswell.

War, Safin!
06-11-2007, 09:37 AM
Crikey, I hope he does play at Nottingham!!

I've got tickets to the quarters and the semi's and then tickets for centre court at Wimbledon on the first day so I could get to see him 3 times in the space of a few days!

It would be good practice for him as there is some good grass courters turning up as usual. Gasquet, Tursunov, Grosjean, Johansson and alot of very good serve & volleyers, maybe Henman and Murray might turn up aswell.
I called the box-office today and his name is down on the list - but in no way confirmed.
If he does play, this could be one of the following that are left:
four qualifiers; three wild cards; two special exempts.

Ronaldo
06-11-2007, 09:40 AM
Rafa has retired Roger, its over

Heavy Metal Tennis Star
06-11-2007, 09:43 AM
Federer won the ao without dropping a set and he didnt have no warm up tourney, so wimby is his best surfaces, so 5peat.

forzainter
06-11-2007, 09:59 AM
Federer won the ao without dropping a set and he didnt have no warm up tourney, so wimby is his best surfaces, so 5peat.

but he did, he played the warmup tournament with roddick ect

Feña14
06-11-2007, 10:45 AM
I called the box-office today and his name is down on the list - but in no way confirmed.
If he does play, this could be one of the following that are left:
four qualifiers; three wild cards; two special exempts.

Wow! That's amazing news.

Roger in Nottingham, that would be like Ronaldo moving to Torquay United or something lol.

ACE of Hearts
06-11-2007, 10:50 AM
How about Roger entering the boodles challenge, that would be a first,lol.

gsquicksilver
06-11-2007, 11:05 AM
IMO, it doesn't look good. I don't think he'll play Nottingham or Rosmalen. Which means he'll be less prepared than he's ever been as a returning champion. I see an upset on the cards at Wimb. :-(

yoohoo, sampras, wild card time!!! :D

VGP
06-11-2007, 11:12 AM
I read that too....I was looking forward to the first round matchup between Federer and O. Rochus.

Maybe he was nervous to play Olivier......he did get pushed 6-7(2) 7-6(11) 7-6(5) at Halle last year.

Olivier is one of the few guys on tour that's not afraid of Federer.

ACE of Hearts
06-11-2007, 11:30 AM
Fed struggled through Halle last year because of fatigue issues.Nervous to play Rochus?No way, i think he wants to prevent injury.

Ronaldo
06-11-2007, 11:35 AM
Wow! That's amazing news.

Roger in Nottingham, that would be like Ronaldo moving to Torquay United or something lol.

Torquay United can afford Ronaldo, but can they feed him?

LarougeNY
06-11-2007, 11:36 AM
Didn't he skip Basel last year? Maybe he can play it again this year

PS: No, I'm not sure about this. I'll check it on the website.

He played basel last year, almost got beaten by Srichapan, and ended up beating gonzo in the final. Its a hardcourt event though, after wimbledon.

Hopefully he gets the rest he needs and wins wimby for a five peat.

VGP
06-11-2007, 11:36 AM
I was kinda poking fun about O. Rochus. But he did play Federer very close the last three times they played. He doesn't want to risk injury because Olivier would play him hard right out of the gates after Roland Garros.

Olivier did grow up playing against Federer and teamed up with him in junior dubs. He doesn't suffer from the intimidation factor that some guys show against Fed.

rfprse
06-11-2007, 11:53 AM
He looked flat & tired at least last two, three matches.
Maybe it was from the mental pressure, but not playing this week seems a wise choice in terms of conditioning in general.
However, it's puzzling how he'll prepare for the Wimbledon.
Doesn't he still need some match play on grass?

tennishead93
06-11-2007, 12:04 PM
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooo

my fantasy team!!!!!!

Feña14
06-11-2007, 12:13 PM
nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo ooooooo

my fantasy team!!!!!!

I thought it didn't start until Wimbledon?

I hope it doesn't anyway! I'd of wasted a few players if it has started this week :(

fastdunn
06-11-2007, 12:13 PM
In the only year Sampras didn't win Wimbledon (in 1996?) during
his 8 year domination on grass, he skipped a warm-up AFAIK.

J-man
06-11-2007, 12:15 PM
Wow that's to bad. Is he planning on playing any other warm up tournments

Heavy Metal Tennis Star
06-11-2007, 12:16 PM
but he did, he played the warmup tournament with roddick ect

that doesnt count, because that was only an exhibition, roddicks win over roger there isint counted anywhere.

Virtuous
06-11-2007, 12:28 PM
Federer takes break after defeat

http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/6740397.stm

Roger Federer has pulled out of the Gerry Weber Open after his French Open final loss to Rafael Nadal.

The Swiss star, who has won the last four tournaments in Halle, was beaten 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4 at Roland Garros.

"In an attempt to prevent injury after the long final in Paris, I cannot defend my title," he told his website.

Among those to make progress on day one in Halle were third seed James Blake, eighth seed Marcos Baghdatis and fourth seed Tomas Berdych.

Federer's four wins in the German grass-court tournament have all preceded similar success at Wimbledon, which gets under way on 25 June.


Sunday's defeat ruined Federer's hopes of capturing a first French Open and becoming only the third man to hold all four Grand Slam crowns at the same time.

Thigh trouble and general fatigue were cited as reasons for his decision to take a short break.

Tournament director Ralf Weber said: "We were informed that he had been bothered by adductor problems in the final against Nadal and that he does not want to take any risks.

"He will return to Zurich, take a few days off, get treatment and then travel to London."

Federer is likely to be fined £20,320 under standard ATP rules if he does not undertake a medical in Halle before Wednesday.

Nadal_Freak
06-11-2007, 12:49 PM
Federer making excuses again. Typical.

VGP
06-11-2007, 01:15 PM
Federer said later on that he had a hip problem that showed up during his match against Volandri at Monaco. Something that he didn't expect to happen.

Maybe it's cropping up again and wants some rest. If he does have a problem, he's trying not to have it get worse and then lose his whole grass court season.

Moose Malloy
06-11-2007, 01:24 PM
guys, its pretty rare for FO finalists(or winners for that matter) to play the week after the French. I was shocked Federer played Halle last year, you could tell by his comments there last year(his trainer told him not to play) he probably wasn't going to come back if he was in the French final again this year.

He's not injured, just exhausted. Most are after playing a Grand Slam final.

federerfanatic
06-11-2007, 01:28 PM
guys, its pretty rare for FO finalists(or winners for that matter) to play the week after the French. I was shocked Federer played Halle last year, you could tell by his comments there last year(his trainer told him not to play) he probably wasn't going to come back if he was in the French final again this year.

He's not injured, just exhausted. Most are after playing a Grand Slam final.


Are you forgetting that Nadal is playing Queens.

Virtuous
06-11-2007, 01:28 PM
Federer making excuses again. Typical.
No. He's offering an explanation for withdrawal for a tournament he's committed himself to year after year, and will probably take a medical to prove it. Making excuses would be moaning about *** pain in the post match interview after being bounced in straight sets, or how much your feet hurt, or how mentally fatigued you are or....well, nv. I'm sure you're all too familiar with those typical excuses.

tlm
06-11-2007, 01:30 PM
He is to busy crying over getting his butt whooped.

edberg505
06-11-2007, 01:33 PM
Federer making excuses again. Typical.

Oh you mean like Nadal did after he got beat like a circus monkey by Gonzo in the AO. The truth is we don't really know if there is a injury or not. We just have to take their word for it.

Moose Malloy
06-11-2007, 01:41 PM
Are you forgetting that Nadal is playing Queens.

Yeah & I was surprised he played it last year as well. Its pretty rare for FO winners to play this week. Plus there are other grasscourt events next week, so taking this week off doesn't mean he can't get matches in.

federerfanatic
06-11-2007, 01:43 PM
Yeah & I was surprised he played it last year as well. Its pretty rare for FO winners to play this week. Plus there are other grasscourt events next week, so taking this week off doesn't mean he can't get matches in.

Well it didnt seem to hurt him(Nadal) last year, but perhaps only since he wasnt able to finish the event with an "injury".

The schedules and ranking systems of both the WTA and ATP are ridiculous though. Except for grand slams, players should not be expected to play back to back weeks, no matter how much the tour may think that is a boost to popularity. Yet many times they are, with Hamburg right after Rome; Cincinnati right after Canada, Queens and Halle right after the French. As well the multiple events is not raising interest, both the WTA and ATP are struggling for the interest levels they used to have anyway. There should only be the 4 slams, maybe 5 or 6 Masters for men/tier 1 events for women, and then they should only be expected to play another 3 or 4 events for 13 events, those ranked high enough to continually get into the Masters or tier 1s that is. 13 events a year should be the standard the ranking system calls for, not 19+ events.

WillAlwaysLoveYouTennis
06-11-2007, 02:03 PM
Then again the way he played the French Open final it is obvious he doesnt care about winning anymore, so I am not surprised he does not care about the #1 ranking either. Success is not important to him anymore apparently.


Fail seriously to see how that is obvious. But have to laugh at the delivery.

pow
06-11-2007, 02:15 PM
He played basel last year, almost got beaten by Srichapan, and ended up beating gonzo in the final. Its a hardcourt event though, after wimbledon.

Hopefully he gets the rest he needs and wins wimby for a five peat.

Yeah I remember this, it was his first time winning at his hometown right?

jman
06-12-2007, 12:32 AM
When Federer was with Roche, I remember him saying that he needed Roche for the clay court season only. Apparently Roche couldn't make the trip to Wimbledon, and Federer wasn not bothered by that.
It just goes to show how much confidence he has with his grass court tennis. He is the favourite and probably the best grass courter we have seen in a while. He only lost 1 set last time to Nadal.

tenniko
06-12-2007, 01:23 AM
everyone who says federer is making an excuse and etc,

sure, he may be citing a possible injury as an excuse, or he might have a real problem that's bothering him, however, just want to note that if you play that much grueling clay tennis as roger or nadal did, and loses an emotional/important final, it takes a lot out of you.

nadal is playing at queens, yes. but mind you, he's still young. agassi and sampras in their golden days limited their playing season to perform at their peak. roger probably is aging a little and getting a little bit more tired (maybe just a little bit).

i don't know if most people here have played best of 5 (or even 3) sets for about two weeks straight. even at recreational level (not to mention the pro level), it takes a lot out of you.

there's no talent for overcoming fatigue and aging.