There is no genius without the touch of cockiness.

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  1. peRFection

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    Roger Federer in press conference : When told that he's David Goffin's idol, Federer simply said : "it's happened before." :)

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  2. Legend of Borg

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    That's pretty arrogant.

    ******* to retire against Goffin, his successor.
     
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    haters will hate.
     
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  4. Rock Strongo

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    Goffin's better win now. I want to see players hate eachother and matches to turn into all-out wars with bodyshots and spitting.

    Edit: I may have to intertwine some logic in what I said. Basically, a comment like that tells the entire world that "nah, I don't want to play at 100% because then my idol might lose" and if you have that mentality, you could just forfeit instead.
     
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    No he didn't. he said:

    “Not the first time it happens,” Federer joked when told he’s Goffin’s idol. “It’s strange. I tell you that. It’s weird. It’s strange. It’s everything you can imagine. I’m happy to hear it, though. So it’s a big match obviously for him, and for me, too. It is a fourth round of a Grand Slam, after all, here in Paris where I know the Belgians, they like coming here and supporting their players like Justine and Kim in the past. I expect some Belgian fans to be there, too. Yeah, it’s gonna be unusual match for me, knowing that now.”

    http://www.tennis-x.com/xblog/2012-06-01/9741.php

    Btw the IMG stuff is the more interesting part of his presser.
     
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    Nadal version: "I must play very perfectly to win, no? It doesn't matter I win losing only cuatro games, no?"
     
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    Fantastic pic.

    10 Angels sang in glory when the GOAT hit that backhand.
     
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    Saying that a legendary player is your idol does not mean that you will go into the match to tank to your idol. Sampras was Federer's idol (WIM '01). Federer was Del Potro's idol(USO '09)....
     
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    Remember what Julian Reister said before he went up to play Federer? If the wall behind the press conference screen I'm sure klaxons would go off and it would flash "quitter" or "loser", QI-style.
     
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    Although he was a big fan of Sampras, Federer has always maintained that Becker and Edberg were his idols growing up. Also, I hope I can find the interview somewhere but he was asked specifically about Sampras being his idol and Roger said (I'm paraphrasing here), "Actually growing up I was a big fan of Becker and Edberg."

    Edit: On his official website he lists his idols as Edberg and Becker.

    http://www.rogerfederer.com/en/rogers.html
     
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    hahaha yeah. Julien Reister is a good guy though. I heard he was playing to fund his local tennis club so they did not shut down.

    I also think he did not play a bad match against Federer. He was putting up some resistance at times.
     
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    I would agree with that.
     
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    Well, you know what I mean. Great by Reister though!
     
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    That pic in the OP is amazing. The flowers and Fed's striking motion, man that's a good way to take a photo.
     
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    OP, that photo is magnificent.
     
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    Federer has always said Sampras is his idol.... as recently as 3 weeks ago when they asked him about getting back to #1

    http://www.7daysindubai.com/Roger-F...Pete-Sampras/story-16079141-detail/story.html

    However, Federer said: “I don’t need to beat every record Pete set, he’s my idol after all and I’m just happy I’m that close already. But it’s exciting times ahead for me. Winning so many tournaments and playing so well obviously I do believe I can win the Grand Slams.

    and in 2007 http://sports.espn.go.com/sports/tennis/news/story?id=3125171
    "I'm sort of surprised. This guy can play tennis, you know," Federer said after his loss, saying he wasn't embarrassed to lose to his idol.
    "It's been tough beating my idol the last two times," Federer said


    "Playing against Pete is obviously a big honor because I grew up idolizing Pete, his game, the way he pulled off shots on big points, his beautiful technique, the way he ran on court. Everything is perfect,"
    Federer said.

    He has enjoyed spending time with Sampras during the tour and hearing him share the ups and downs of his career.

    "It's been a great insight for me," Federer said.


    Same with Del Potro
    http://www.atpworldtour.com/Tennis/Players/Top-Players/Juan-Martin-Del-Potro.aspx
     
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    But it has happened before. Remember Monfils (and even Haas) at RG 09. Tomic also idolizes Roger.

    What do you guys expect. Half the ATP, and half the young guns must be idolizing or admiring (older ones) Roger. I suspect even Mahut really didn't want to beat Roger yesterday at some sub-conscious level.

    Do you guys think anyone admires or idolizes Nadal :):twisted:
     
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    The PC way of saying this is "Behind every great man is a great woman"
     
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    Verdasco was the last hope, until Madrid happened. :(
     
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    What is happening to tennis players? Idolizing players, get out of here.

    Really, if I were Goffin I would say, 'I am ready to beat Roger, hopefully Roger brings his A+ game and there are no excuses from his side after I win the match'.

    You need to get the crowd excited, pre-match hype, get the blood bowling of his opponent. Not some pathetic 'oh I idolize this man or that man.'

    Nobody cares about that.
     
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    :)

    10 chars ..
     
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    I am obviously not talking about compatriots, spouses, gf's etc.

    Has any non-Spanish player facing Nadal said that Nadal is his wife's favorite ? Has Wawrinka said that ? Has Tipsy or Troicki said that ? Has Soderling said that ?
     
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    Roger shaking in his boots at the thought of facing one of his few remaining fans. He must gift Goffin a set, to retain his loyalty, and let the fourth go past 5-5.
     
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    This would be true coming from an amateur. But these guys are professionals and days like this define their careers. So no. He will try his utmost.
     
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    Fed's draw is hard
     
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    Shouldn't it be the other way around in this case?
     
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    This guy lost in the locker room. No, in fact....he already lost while he was at home watching his "idol" on TV.
     
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    For me Sampras and Federer playing doubles is the Dream Team! :)
     
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  30. decades

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    How arrogant for Goffin to consider Fed his idol.
     
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    No. But Rafa idolizes Schiavone:)
     
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    my signature is arrogant to the max 100% :D
     
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    Only on TW will an innocuous sentence be turned into a hatefest.
     
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    Didn't federer once play a guy who was a huge federer fan and after that player lost the match, he said :

    "i kept hitting to ball to federers forehand just to watch it upclose and personal"

    LMAO
     
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    Yes, Devon Britton.
     
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    Please tell me you're joking.
     
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    Well, he actually said "His forehand is just crazy. It's so pretty. I tried to keep it away but sometimes I just hit it there just to see it". - USO 2009
     
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    Delpo also idolizes Roger, he said so many times.

    As for Nadal, Murray idolizes him.
     
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    Just great then that Nadal always draws Murray :D
     
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    Who cares, that guy was like 1000 in the world, and he got to play Federer, let him enjoy it. It wasn't even a tennismatch, it was just some exhibition, a vacation for the guy. He wasn't even good enough to be Roger's hitting partner in a warmup
     
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    That explains a lot. But so far his "I'm going to win a major being even more of a pusher than my idol" isn't paying off.
     
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    Such a shame considering that Rafa is such an aggressive player.
     
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    Well, true, Rafa can be aggressive at times: in his warm-up theatrics, his MTO drama, in his disdain for time restrictions; but it's in responding to the criticism that follows that behavior that the peerless defensive skills of Nadal and his acolytes shines brightest.
     
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    allez Goffin!
    i hope he won't tank/choke/etc
     
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    Lol? :twisted:
     
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    This. I don't know where you came from Colin, but I love you!
     
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    USO 2009

    Devon Britton.
     
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