The Undisputed Masterpiece of Federer and Laver

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  1. hoodjem

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    thanx great stuff
     
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    thanks for sharing
     
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    That is the definitve proof that Federer is a true tennis lover.Just look at his smile, even if beaten he knows he has gotten the greatest tennis lesson live in his life.
     
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    And any Federer hater over TT should come watch this.He is a true gentleman.Never seen a man smiling that big after being triple baggeled at a Wimbledon final...
     
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    The poem said it went to five sets.
     
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    Federer: "You played great. I've never seen such volleying."

    Laver: "Thanks. Oh, I was just a little bit lucky today. Wanna have a hit again tomorrow?"
     
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    Nice stuff. Both built their legacies in their own ways. Who would win? Maybe the man with the bigger arm and the bigger heart.
     
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    I thought it went to a tie-break in the 5th. Then when one of them (doesn't say which one) was getting ready to hit the winning smash, the ball stayed in the air and time stood still.

    Actually that smash was eventually hit and somebody did win, but all we're told is that Roger cried at the trophy presentation.

    Thanks a lot for sharing, beautiful stuff.
     
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    was it a continuation of the conversation both had at Melbourne airport in 2009'
     
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    If you watch the trophy presentation at the '69 US Open when Laver had just completed the Grand Slam, Laver is (as always) self-effacing and says rather sympathetically that Roche was unlucky because he (Laver) was playing well, and Roche had a bad day.
     
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    Good stuff.

    Federer cried after he won an AO final one year and also after he lost the final to Nadal a couple of years later. So it's open to ponder whether the tears mentioned in the poem are tears of joy or tears of despair.
     
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    Laver wasn´t in tears when he won any of his Gran Slams but he hinted some when he lost to Neale Fraser the 1960 final.He was 22.
     
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    Wow that's a great pic. :)
     
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    Federer would have killed Laver. Rod had no power or serve.
     
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    Rod was known for his power...among other things.
     
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    Yep. My present screen-saver.

    One thing I admire about Fed is that he never says stuff like: "I am so much better than Laver" or "the gamne has progressed so far, I would have blown Laver off the court".

    Instead, he shows great respect for Laver. If you watch the video, his mannerisms, facial expressions, and body langauage suggest that he is honored and thrilled to be saluted and mentioned alongside Laver. He seems moved to be honored as a worthy opponent of Laver.

    Fed knows how hard it is, and thus he repects true greatness.
     
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    Anyone else see Rod and Roger warming up before the exhibition match?
     
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    Did you ever hear the story Pete tells about warming up at Wimbledon with Laver, Rosewall, and Stolle?
     
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    yeah, like those balls that never shrugged??

    that is what he could teach Federer.

    If he feels intimidated by nadal...just imagine what intimidation Pancho Gonzales meant.
     
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    Another great one, Kiki. Hilarious!

    But I have no idea what is "shrugged" for a tennis ball?

    Bounced? Skidded?
     
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    I was beginning to get anxious since you did not do your correction on my posts for a long time...glad to know you are well.
     
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    ^^^I am pleased you are free of any anxiety.
     
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    Were Laver balls in proportion to his vertical size...or his left forearm?

    Feel free to discuss.
     
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    Yeah it was funny when Fed said to Laver "still got it" during one of the rallies :)
     
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    laver would make things happen on the court. federer is a bit more reluctant to take chances.

    I am going with the rocket. I think rod could have beat nadal as well. pete would have been tough.
     
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    ''Hitting with Rod Laver for me clearly is an absolute dream come true. It's in his arena as well, it's named after him and he deserves it so much,'' Federer said. ''While I was playing my racket was feeling extremely heavy. That means I was very nervous, which I really was.''

    ''What an honor it was for me,'' Federer said. ''And I'm very thankful that he was willing to do something like this because it's not normal in any way and that's why I really appreciate it.''
     
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    "Ken Rosewall's backhand would have been amazing.
    Lew Hoad's serve would have been great.
    Rod Laver had it all.
    So, of course, I always see myself losing those matches."

    --Roger Federer
     
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    too humble
     
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