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BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
I think the 2 days rest between 1R and 2R for Fedr is good for him. His tournament is basically a 6-rounds tournament now in case he gets that far ;).
Roger said to Courier and Ted Robinson that he specifically asked for a Sunday start and was happy then to have two days off. Then he added that once the Wednesday match was over, then "only five more matches, kind of like a Masters 1000 event, but with BO5 format." So when Zverev plays his first match on Wednesday, Roger will (hopefully) have completed two matches. That's great considering his age, possible weather delays next week and avoiding the hell that Rome turned out to be with the rain/scheduling.
 

MeatTornado

Legend
Roger said to Courier and Ted Robinson that he specifically asked for a Sunday start and was happy then to have two days off. Then he added that once the Wednesday match was over, then "only five more matches, kind of like a Masters 1000 event, but with BO5 format." So when Zverev plays his first match on Wednesday, Roger will (hopefully) have completed two matches. That's great considering his age, possible weather delays next week and avoiding the hell that Rome turned out to be with the rain/scheduling.
Wow, you beat me to it by about 4 seconds.
 

Gary Duane

G.O.A.T.
I don't recall any occasions where he retired during a match, either. The last walk over before Rome this year was against Djokovic at WTF a few years ago. Prior to that, I don't know when he retired since he turned 20. Maybe never. And I really hope he doesn't have a cold.
I don't remember what I ate for dinner a week ago, or last night, but according to my data he has never retired. I believe he has been involved in 20 retirements, but always by his opponent. Dolgopolov has the dubious honor of having done that twice.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
I don't remember what I ate for dinner a week ago, or last night, but according to my data he has never retired. I believe he has been involved in 20 retirements, but always by his opponent. Dolgopolov has the dubious honor of having done that twice.
On the flip side, there's Federer. What more can we say about the all-time Slam king? He won two majors in 2017 and finished No. 2 in the world. But his winning numbers aside, perhaps the most impressive stat of them all might be the one most overlooked: He has never retired from a match in his 20 years navigating the tennis tour. While Federer has withdrawn in between rounds three times, in 1,382 matches on tour, he has never retired.

http://www.espn.com/tennis/story/_/id/21586057/tennis-failure-complete-numbers-rate-withdrawals-retirements-atp-tour
Haha! This is an article from 2017, so I believe Federer still is yet to retire during a match. Including Tsitsipas walkover, that's just 4 W/O in more than 20 years. Truly remarkable stat.
 

chjtennis

G.O.A.T.
It's pretty close to the definition of an iron man, isn't it? This guy just does not like to quit.
Indeed. One aspect that's often overlooked when talking about the greatness of Federer. It's no secret that combined with his good genes, his smooth style is enabling him to do this. Also, he plays and finishes his matches when he is not well, even if he loses. Again, that's a mental strength side that often gets overlooked and that might also be due to his desire to return the favor to the fans.
 

Rogfan

Semi-Pro
So what Delpo is wearing is what Roger would be wearing had he stayed with Nike? Pretty awful design. Is it what he was referring to along the lines of ‘like something being run over by a truck’?
 

MasturB

Legend
I think the French does the best job of spreading who gets what courts.

But I'd be shocked if they don't put Roger on Chatrier for every match he plays this tournament.
Well the bottom half of the draw is not as stacked in Rafa's quarter.

Chatrier usually has 2 mens and 2 womens matches on schedule per day.

Have to think Rafa v. Goffin and Rog v. Berretini are locks. Even if Tsonga beats Nishikori he wouldn't have a big named or seeded opponent in R3 so Rog and Rafa likely get those two slots on Chatrier. If it were Tsonga's last tournament then I think Fred would get bumped to Lenglen for his Berretini match.
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
A Swiss journalist : "I am amazed by the strong attachment of France to Roger Federer. The taste of style, beauty, elegance, maybe ... I have the impression that the French public was waiting for him even more than we hoped he would play Roland one day. When we see what happens with Nadal, I'm not sure that the identification here is done on the winner figure, the superman. I may be extrapolating, but I wonder if the failures of Federer, especially against the one who embodies his exact opposite, which represents strength and brutality, have not made him even more sympathetic."
 

MeatTornado

Legend
A Swiss journalist : "I am amazed by the strong attachment of France to Roger Federer. The taste of style, beauty, elegance, maybe ... I have the impression that the French public was waiting for him even more than we hoped he would play Roland one day. When we see what happens with Nadal, I'm not sure that the identification here is done on the winner figure, the superman. I may be extrapolating, but I wonder if the failures of Federer, especially against the one who embodies his exact opposite, which represents strength and brutality, have not made him even more sympathetic."
The guy's the most beloved player everywhere he walks on this earth. It's definitely not in particular in France because of failures there.
 

underground

G.O.A.T.
I think the French does the best job of spreading who gets what courts.

But I'd be shocked if they don't put Roger on Chatrier for every match he plays this tournament.
The French has actually stuck to their policy of everybody plays on Chatrier and Lenglen over the years, more so than Wimbledon who basically broke that rule with Fed and Murray in 2016. Let’s see what they do here.
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
A Swiss journalist : "I am amazed by the strong attachment of France to Roger Federer. The taste of style, beauty, elegance, maybe ... I have the impression that the French public was waiting for him even more than we hoped he would play Roland one day. When we see what happens with Nadal, I'm not sure that the identification here is done on the winner figure, the superman. I may be extrapolating, but I wonder if the failures of Federer, especially against the one who embodies his exact opposite, which represents strength and brutality, have not made him even more sympathetic."
 

Otacon

Hall of Fame
Other than the fact that there's an extra buzz for him this year due to being gone for 3 years, I don't see how it's different from anywhere else.
Look man, I lived in France, I watch French TV channels and I read their press on a daily basis. It's by far the most passionate country about tennis and Roger embodies everything they love about sports. No country comes close.
 

MeatTornado

Legend
Look man, I lived in France, I watch French TV channels and I read their press on a daily basis. It's by far the most passionate country about tennis and Roger embodies everything they love about sports. No country comes close.
Seems like a bold statement to make unless you've lived everywhere. But I've lived in the same area my whole life, so I guess you'd know better than me.
 
Federer: so Rafa, I have a question if we meet in the semi finals, what if I..

Rafa: that is a lot of matches you have to win

Fed: yeah yeah, I know, but what if I..

Rafa: on Clay...

Fed: yes, I know, but if we do meet in the semi fin...

Rafa: your 37 Rog

Fed: fine, I was going to give you a walk-over in exchange for a wimbledon walk-over, but forget it, I will make sure we play 4 sets

Rafa: Toni! Fed is being mean again!

Fed: tattle-teller...
 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Fedr. ~38yo with a "young spirit", resulting in 2019 peak-Fedr. ;)


The proof!:

Bonus icing on the cake:

Fedr was in a good mood. His reasoning about the outfit was similar to what I thought, that Fedr wanted something different this time around instead of 'safe' colors. Safe colors are nice, but can get a bit stale when overdone, so mixing it up is fun sometimes ;).:

:happydevil::


F E D R:

 

oldmanfan

Hall of Fame
Big3, after 2R.

games played:
Nadl = 49
Djokr = 54
Fedr = 57

time spent:
Djokr: 189 minutes
Fedr: 197 minutes
Nadl: 246 minutes

It's not always about how many games played. ;)

Let's hope for another similar SS win for Fedr in 3R. 8-B
 

sbengte

G.O.A.T.
The guy's the most beloved player everywhere he walks on this earth. It's definitely not in particular in France because of failures there.
If the French love him so much, the least they could do is rig draws for him like the USO does for Nadal. If anything, they seem to rig draws FOR Nadal and against Federer similar to the USO.
 
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