Nice gesture by Roger Federer in Hamburg

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  1. simi

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    Was getting ready for work and had The Tennis Channel on in the background. They just showed an excerpt of Roger Federer, with the tournament director, on center court in Hamburg explaining to the crowd why he withdrew from the tournament.

    He spoke in German and there was not a translation, but the TTC commentator said that Roger said that he had a very exhausting semi-final and final in Roma and that he wasn't able to compete at the level he wanted. A class act by one of our sport's ambassadors.
     
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  2. croatian sensation

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    Same thing Nadal did a year ago in Umag...he wasn't able to play cause of his knee.. came to Umag, explained to people why he can't play, and stayed the whole day, watching even one of Moya's matches.
     
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  3. Buuurnz

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    great guy this roger federer isnt he?:)
     
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  4. zhuk

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    Agassi did it.

    :-|

    Go Ivan!
     
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  5. byealmeens

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    Federer is a class act. Always will be.... And yes, it is great to see that Nadal is as well, especially for someone as young as he is.
     
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  6. diegaa

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    Well, i dont believe that acting like that can be considered as a "class act". Many top players get extra $$ for playing the tourneys, no matter the outcome of his matches. If any player in this position dont do that, his benefits gonna be lower.. And dont say those player dont need the extra $$, i know they dont: thats their job.
     
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    The ATP doesnt allow guarantees for the TMS or the Grand Slams.
     
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    if i remember right - a class act woud be like pat rafter - he (if im not mistaken) would return the $$$ money they give the top players, if he did not play well in a tournament .
     
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    Rafter was indeed a class act. But I only think he did that once when he played so horribly bad (almost got double bageled) or something that he felt compeled to return his appearance fees.
     
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    Roger, u r the man!!!
     
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  11. diegaa

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    I didnt know that. But still I dont consider that act as a non-interested one. I can think many more reasons and none of them is altruistic. IMO, it´s just the right thing to do.
     
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  12. vive le beau jeu !

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    he (at least) did that when he lost to clement in the 1st round at lyon in 1997.
    (i need to check the info but i think gasquet also did it in marseille this year... after losing to... clement !)

    that's very nice of them... although being a kind of (a bit) "humiliating" for their opponent ! :rolleyes:
     
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    is that a hippo?
     
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  14. vive le beau jeu !

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    yes it is !
    ... having a relaxing bath ;)
     
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    Now, is it really so nice? The public has to be disappointed, when the top player - without apparent injury - steps out of the tournament, even if he gives a nice speech. What do you make with Coria, who also had a long, even longer exhausting Rome final last year, and played at Hamburg, losing to Federer there. He took the risk to be beaten.
     
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  16. pound cat

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    A really classy thing for Federer to do would be for once say these words "He played better than I did to-day, that's why I lost"

    Instead of

    1) Uncle Toni was coaching during the match (loss to Nadal Rome))

    2) I had a blister (sf loss to Safin AO 05) in an interview 4 months after the match. I thinik he did say something about Safin playing well at the post-match interview, but then later changed his mind about how it really happened.
     
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  17. shawn1122

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    I think Federer has gotten sick of saying Nadal played well and Nadal has gotten sick of saying Federer has played well.
     
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    Yessah, yessah. Fed just learned how to play the "nicy-nice" game.
    Most of it is just for show. :mad:
     
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    They were talking about Federer's blisters and foot problem before the Safin match even started lmao!
     
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  20. pound cat

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    Not in the ESPN broadcast I watched of the AO semi
     
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    "Yon Cassius is an honourable man"

    Did Cassius play tennis? LOL
     
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    But Brutus says that Caesar was ambitious, and Brutus is an honorable man.

    Point is, why dontcha give Federer a break. Like I said, battle gets to ya sometimes. Doesn't mean you're a cheater or a selfish pig. Both didn't have their best day. So what. Honest people realize that we are all stupid sometimes. Most likely Federer pointed to what he thought was the right mark.
     
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  23. BreakPoint

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    Really? When?

    If you're referring to the Pacific Life Open last year, Agassi was already playing in the tournament and withdrew from the semis, so he was already there. He did not travel all the way to a tournament that he was not even playing in, like Federer just did, just to make a speech to his fans.
     
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  24. Hal

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    Agassi was in the 2006 Nasdaq 100 draw but did not play. I was there to see him practice the day before his first round. Unfortunately (my wife was quite disapointed), his back was hurting and he did not play in the tournament. We were notified the day of his first round match (as we entered the grounds) that he would not be playing. Instead Roddick/Genepri played Coria/Manrique a doubles match on the stadium court. The speculation was that Agassi knew he wasn't going to play before he ever showed up to the tournament. He just made the appearance at the practice court to satisfy the sponsors by making it look like he was still in the draw.
     
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    You can't expect a player to play 3 weeks in a row after making the finals of the last two events!

    He'd only get two day break between events!
     
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    And isn't that the definition of a "Class Act": doing the right thing(s)?
     
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    mmno. A class act would be going beyond just the right thing. But again, thats my opinion.
    Do you really believe that Fed went there just for the fans?? cmon now...
     
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  28. Tennis_Goodness

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    Federe goes out of his way and has done things many number 1's before him didn't do.

    He was the only non american tennis player to send James Blake a get well card when he was in the hospital. The players and people around tennis know how great of a guy Federer is. That's why they always talk good about him.
     
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  29. MsPiggy

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    The Roger Federer Foundation says it all.
     
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  30. Roger is Boring

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    this gesture is overrated. lots of players do this and germany isnt far from switzerland so its not like he's going out of his way.
    federer is no class act hes just trying to oneup on nadal in the press.but nadal exposed him to be the arrogant jerk that he really is and nobody but his blind fanboys buys into his act anymore.
     
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  31. MsPiggy

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    Roger is Boring: You either have class or you don't and Roger definitely has it. Why would Roger want to work on impressing people ? He has already proven that he is the best (READ: NO#1 in the WORLD, not #2).
     
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  32. VamosRafa

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    Rafa was in Hamburg, too. But it was right that Roger made the public gestures.
     
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    I dont blame Federer and Nadal for not playing in Hamburg. After finishing a 5 hour final i wouldnt want to compete in another masters the next day.
     
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