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TheNatural

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good to see Roger having a great time hanging out with the goat in the iptl.

Roger Federer: For me, Pete is the greatest. He is my hero. Stefan Edbergh, Boris and Pete. He was my inspiration. Without Pete, I wouldn't have tried to chase his record. For me, he is the greatest everl
 

cc0509

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good to see Roger having a great time hanging out with the goat in the iptl.

Roger Federer: For me, Pete is the greatest. He is my hero. Stefan Edbergh, Boris and Pete. He was my inspiration. Without Pete, I wouldn't have tried to chase his record. For me, he is the greatest everl
I guess you must have missed how Sampras responded to that. :confused:


Pete Sampras: If you look at the numbers, Roger has been so dominant over the years, it's hard to compare anyone to Roger.

Pete Sampras: Roger was a very tough match for me. He moved great. When I played him, I knew he was special. I would do my best to impose my will...but he does everything great. There's not many holes in his game. He moves great, he serves well. He's the most dominant player I think I've ever seen. I was certainly the player of my time, but I wasn't as dominant as Roger I stopped at 31...he's 33...he almost became No 1 again. The hardest thing to do in sports is to get to No. 1 and stay at No. 1 and he has done it better than anybody else.
http://www.ndtv.com/article/india/ndtv-com-exclusive-india-questions-roger-federer-pete-sampras-632046?curl=1418195519
 
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Firstservingman

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good to see Roger having a great time hanging out with the goat in the iptl.

Roger Federer: For me, Pete is the greatest. He is my hero. Stefan Edbergh, Boris and Pete. He was my inspiration. Without Pete, I wouldn't have tried to chase his record. For me, he is the greatest everl
Interesting comments.
Pete has said the same about Federer though, don't forget.
 

TheNatural

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pame

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Won't those furniture get ruined if it rains or snows ? does he really need a 3 story home ?? I say this is over doing it.
1) First of all, what he needs or doesn't need is his own business?

2) It seems to cost a tad less expensive than Tiger Woods reputed $65 million dollar home

3) I believe it's 4 floors and as Fed explained to Ronnie Koenig in an interview in India, it's "flats" and not his "house"; they live in the top 2 flats and the bottom 2 are/will be rented out.

4) As for "overdoing it", I'm fairly sure he didn't stick up a bank or embezzle a company for his 300 odd million, so it's his to do as he pleases

Oh and the furniture will be just fine.. that's an enclosed, roofed and "walled" area - the walls of the structure are mainly glass in those areas
 
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clayqueen

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Starstruck John Bercow interviews his 'hero' Roger Federer and reveals he has watched the 'extraordinary athlete' 65 times this year alone

Commons Speaker was a guest editor on the BBC Radio Four Today show
Interviewed 'sporting hero' Roger Federer as part of Boxing Day broadcast
Mr Bercow revealed he had watched the star play 65 times this year alone

By JENNIFER SMITH FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 17:05, 26 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:15, 26 December 2014



Couldn't resist posting this pic from the article


This year has been testing for John Bercow.
Alongside a taxing day-job as Speaker of the House, the 51-year-old has been faced with the scandal of his wife kissing another man in public and her gallivanting around London hot-spots.

But the politician was afforded one treat to see out the year - an interview with his 'hero', tennis champion Roger Federer.

John Bercow interviewed his 'hero' Roger Federer for the Boxing Day BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
Taking a spot as a guest-editor of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Mr Bercow was given a whole five minutes to pick the athlete's brain during its Boxing Day broadcast.

Between serious questions about the tennis player's sporting success, the Speaker slipped in the fact that he had watched him 65 times this year, more than Federer's own mother, as pointed out by a BBC presenter.

Referring to Federer's comment that travelling the world is 'a lot of fun', Mr Bercow gushed: 'Maybe that concept demonstrates one of the differences between you and other great players, you don't see it as a burden to be borne.

'I've watched 65 of your matches this year and I always have the impression that you absolutely love it.'
Later in the interview he casually rolls off the champion's achievements, ('302 weeks as number one, 25 grand slams singles, 36, semi finals and and 43 quarter finals), before pleading: 'What explains that consistency of performance?'

The Speaker (pictured at Wimbledon this year) described Federer as 'the greatest player he had seen'

Modestly, Federer says his achievements were inspired by the greats before him, namely Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

Later, when asked by BBC presenter Mishal Husain when he believes his sporting idol will hang up his racquet, he protests: 'I don't see him declining.'
Sporting a Roger Federer hat, Mr Bercow, a former child tennis star himself, continues: 'I think the magnificent movement, the extraordinary stroicism and calm under pressure are something special and I think that for as long as Roger wants to play, lets's enjoy him.

'He's the greatest tennis player I've ever seen in my life.'
Despite his elation, listeners were quick to question how the politician had time throughout the year to attend 65 matches, missing only 20 played by the star this year.

'If John Bercow had time on his hands to attend 65 Federer matches in 2014 why do we need a commons speaker?' asked one Twitter user, while another observed: 'Busy speaker!'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887734/Starstruck-John-Bercow-interviews-hero-Roger-Federer-reveals-watched-extraordinary-athlete-65-times-year-alone.html#ixzz3N1i0JMjn
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Firstservingman

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Starstruck John Bercow interviews his 'hero' Roger Federer and reveals he has watched the 'extraordinary athlete' 65 times this year alone

Commons Speaker was a guest editor on the BBC Radio Four Today show
Interviewed 'sporting hero' Roger Federer as part of Boxing Day broadcast
Mr Bercow revealed he had watched the star play 65 times this year alone

By JENNIFER SMITH FOR MAILONLINE

PUBLISHED: 17:05, 26 December 2014 | UPDATED: 17:15, 26 December 2014



Couldn't resist posting this pic from the article


This year has been testing for John Bercow.
Alongside a taxing day-job as Speaker of the House, the 51-year-old has been faced with the scandal of his wife kissing another man in public and her gallivanting around London hot-spots.

But the politician was afforded one treat to see out the year - an interview with his 'hero', tennis champion Roger Federer.

John Bercow interviewed his 'hero' Roger Federer for the Boxing Day BBC Radio 4 Today Programme
Taking a spot as a guest-editor of BBC Radio 4's Today Programme, Mr Bercow was given a whole five minutes to pick the athlete's brain during its Boxing Day broadcast.

Between serious questions about the tennis player's sporting success, the Speaker slipped in the fact that he had watched him 65 times this year, more than Federer's own mother, as pointed out by a BBC presenter.

Referring to Federer's comment that travelling the world is 'a lot of fun', Mr Bercow gushed: 'Maybe that concept demonstrates one of the differences between you and other great players, you don't see it as a burden to be borne.

'I've watched 65 of your matches this year and I always have the impression that you absolutely love it.'
Later in the interview he casually rolls off the champion's achievements, ('302 weeks as number one, 25 grand slams singles, 36, semi finals and and 43 quarter finals), before pleading: 'What explains that consistency of performance?'

The Speaker (pictured at Wimbledon this year) described Federer as 'the greatest player he had seen'

Modestly, Federer says his achievements were inspired by the greats before him, namely Michael Jordan and Tiger Woods.

Later, when asked by BBC presenter Mishal Husain when he believes his sporting idol will hang up his racquet, he protests: 'I don't see him declining.'
Sporting a Roger Federer hat, Mr Bercow, a former child tennis star himself, continues: 'I think the magnificent movement, the extraordinary stroicism and calm under pressure are something special and I think that for as long as Roger wants to play, lets's enjoy him.

'He's the greatest tennis player I've ever seen in my life.'
Despite his elation, listeners were quick to question how the politician had time throughout the year to attend 65 matches, missing only 20 played by the star this year.

'If John Bercow had time on his hands to attend 65 Federer matches in 2014 why do we need a commons speaker?' asked one Twitter user, while another observed: 'Busy speaker!'.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2887734/Starstruck-John-Bercow-interviews-hero-Roger-Federer-reveals-watched-extraordinary-athlete-65-times-year-alone.html#ixzz3N1i0JMjn
Follow us: @MailOnline on Twitter | DailyMail on Facebook
Awesome.
As long as he is getting his job done properly too, then good for him!
I hear that Kevin Spacey is a Fed fan too!

It seems that these folks have good taste in tennis players. :)
 
The Daily Mail? They give that to passengers who die on a flight. Nobody is going to want to talk to a xenophobic idiot.

Sunglasses, vodka and tonic and the Daily Mail, slumped back in the chair.
 
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TMF

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After a career of fierce battle against Federer, Nadal, Safin, Hewitt and company, Nalbandian declared Federer the greatest in history.


David Nalbandian on Roger Federer: ´He is the Greatest in Tennis´ History´

He is a true champion. He is the best in history, no doubts about that. He demonstrated it on all surfaces. He has won everything. He only missed one thing, and now his name is written down on the Davis Cup as well. That really was one of the very few things Roger was missing in tennis. He keeps on playing incredible tennis, especially considering his age. Only now, that he is 33 years old, he is starting to face minor physical issues, but it's nothing too serious. That make him even more a great champion. It is very hard to compare him with other major sports' celebrities and champions, such as Maradona or Michael Jordan. I believe the confrontation to be impossible. Roger is the only one who played an individual sport, unlike the others. How can you compare them? Through talent, through results? You can't!
Some people got surprised by Roger's year, but I am not among those. To me, he keeps on playing basically the same way. The only difference is that before he used to succeed almost all the time, very easily, everything was just ordinary. Now he is slightly less consistent, but that's linked with the time passing by. I played against him for a long time, when we were younger. The match played in Shanghai's Masters in 2005, when I won, I remember it with pride because it led me to win the most prestigious title of my career. Regardless of the result, I had an incredible feeling. I shared the stage with the best of all time. Play against Roger always has an effect, it's unforgettable. What I lived and shared with him in tennis has been spectacular.
 

Bender

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I see little reason why this can't happen so long as he doesn't have to face Rafa.



C'mon Roger, prove you're the best!

Rafa is more prone to upsets than ever before unless he has another 2013-like season.

In which case, I think I should place my bets on Rafa's Wimbledon performance. I say he loses in the qualifiers.
 

Firstservingman

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Roger posted his partial schedule on Facebook about 5h ago from now.

23 Feb: Dubai
12 March: Indian Wells
12 April: Monte Carlo
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros
15 June: Halle
29 June: Wimbledon

Thoughts?

I think he needs to cut down on the clay tournaments at the very least.
I say he forgets Rome and tanks RG in the early rounds (as he has little to no chance of winning either), and instead prepares for Wimbledon.
Maybe forget MC too.

Also, where is Istanbul in the schedule?
 

Sabratha

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Roger posted his partial schedule on Facebook about 5h ago from now.

23 Feb: Dubai
12 March: Indian Wells
12 April: Monte Carlo
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros
15 June: Halle
29 June: Wimbledon

Thoughts?

I think he needs to cut down on the clay tournaments at the very least.
I say he forgets Rome and tanks RG in the early rounds (as he has little to no chance of winning either), and instead prepares for Wimbledon.
Maybe forget MC too.

Also, where is Istanbul in the schedule?
A huge break between Indian Wells and Monte Carlo, and also between Monte Carlo and Madrid. It doesn't sound good.. He should play a clay 250 or 500 just to get himself into the groove between both..
 
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Roger posted his partial schedule on Facebook about 5h ago from now.

23 Feb: Dubai
12 March: Indian Wells
12 April: Monte Carlo
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros
15 June: Halle
29 June: Wimbledon

Thoughts?

I think he needs to cut down on the clay tournaments at the very least.
I say he forgets Rome and tanks RG in the early rounds (as he has little to no chance of winning either), and instead prepares for Wimbledon.
Maybe forget MC too.

Also, where is Istanbul in the schedule?
Had to cut down. His body can't cope with the demand. Glad he isn't playing DC. Every year I would get p***ed at him skipping but now I am delighted.

Maybe skip a clay masters. Think he will drop Rome if he went deep in Madrid for example.

Also this thread is dead. We need an Octobrina :D
 
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Steve0904

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Roger posted his partial schedule on Facebook about 5h ago from now.

23 Feb: Dubai
12 March: Indian Wells
12 April: Monte Carlo
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros
15 June: Halle
29 June: Wimbledon

Thoughts?

I think he needs to cut down on the clay tournaments at the very least.
I say he forgets Rome and tanks RG in the early rounds (as he has little to no chance of winning either), and instead prepares for Wimbledon.
Maybe forget MC too.

Also, where is Istanbul in the schedule?
I like it. The only thing I would change is playing all 3 clay masters, but he might do that on a snap decision if he goes deep in one of them.
 

SpinToWin

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Had to cut down. His body can't cope with the demand. Glad he isn't playing DC. Every year I would get p***ed at him skipping but now I am delighted.

Maybe skip a clay masters. Think he will drop Rome if he went deep in Madrid for example.

Also this thread is dead. We need an Octobrina :D
God forbid, please no!
 
Roger posted his partial schedule on Facebook about 5h ago from now.

23 Feb: Dubai
12 March: Indian Wells
12 April: Monte Carlo
3 May: Madrid
10 May: Rome
24 May: Roland Garros
15 June: Halle
29 June: Wimbledon

Thoughts?

I think he needs to cut down on the clay tournaments at the very least.
I say he forgets Rome and tanks RG in the early rounds (as he has little to no chance of winning either), and instead prepares for Wimbledon.
Maybe forget MC too.

Also, where is Istanbul in the schedule?
I'd skip Madrid and replace it with Istanbul. That'd give better distribution of competitions and breaks. Also there's no need to play Madrid, since a clay tournament at that high elevation is a totally different animal than the sea level competitions. Why mess your rhythm there?
 
K

King Fed WW

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If you look at the comments on that Facebook Indian thing, there is so many angry/delighted comments from Pakistanis/Indians. There is only one reason he is holding that shirt, NIKE.

He will be supporting South Africa. :p

He needs to play in the Soccer Aid match after he retires.
He probably would.

Pics and Video of Roger Federer's Sunrise commercial ad, as new brand ambassador
:lol:

You will be busy, Roger has many endorsements.
 
K

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Roger Federer Seeks New Experiences to Sustain His Career



By CHRISTOPHER CLAREY MARCH 9, 2015 NEW YORK TIMES

With his 34th birthday approaching, Roger Federer is still chasing titles and big paydays like the exhibition he will play Tuesday night in Madison Square Garden. But he is also chasing novelty.

If he is fresh at an age when other champions have long gone stale, it is in part because he has made a concerted attempt to keep his approach fresh even if not every interested party likes the consequences.

Davis Cup? Been there, finally won that. Sign him out.

India? Istanbul? Never played there. Sign him up.

“The thing is I’ve been traveling for 20 years now, right?” he said last week. “I’ve had the chance to go to visit so many places over the years that I feel like at the back end, you’ve got to catch the places you’ve never been to.”



New York — where he will face Grigor Dimitrov in the BNP Paribas Showdown on Tuesday — hardly qualifies as a new destination. He has won five United States Opens in the city and knows its upscale sections well. He has navigated them most recently with his four children in tow, although they will remain in California this week as he makes the quick trip to New York before returning to play in Indian Wells, riding the momentum of beating Novak Djokovic in the Dubai final on Feb. 28.


That victory felt all the better to Federer after his surprise loss in the third round of the Australian Open to the Italian veteran Andreas Seppi.

“I was playing good, committed tennis again, which I wasn’t able to do in Australia against Seppi, for some reason,” said Federer, who served and attacked Djokovic effectively on the fast, outdoor hardcourt.

Tennis remains a family game, but Federer, the winner of a record 17 Grand Slam singles titles and still No. 2 in the rankings, is taking it to new levels on tour since the birth of his twins Leo and Lenny last year. His identical twin daughters, Charlene and Myla, will turn 6 in July.

“This trip was particularly brutal, because coming from Dubai was a 12-hour time change,” Federer said. “So the first night was unbelievable. One of my daughters slept from 8 to 12 and then didn’t sleep from midnight all the way through, and I was like, I can’t believe it.”

The traveling Federers manage it all with the help of several nannies. “We have a few just to make sure they don’t overwork as well and that we have a good vibe,” Federer said.

They also manage it now that Charlene and Myla are of school age, with the help of a kindergarten teacher who accompanies Federer and his wife, Mirka, on the road and instructs the girls most mornings in hotel rooms or other spaces converted into classrooms.

Federer said that the kindergarten teacher had a degree for teaching primary school and that the plan was for the girls to begin the equivalent of first grade on the road later in the year.

“It seems like the right thing to do, so we can all stay together,” Federer said. “I wasn’t sure if that was what I really wanted for the kids at the beginning, but I must say it keeps us together.


“The girls enjoy it, and I love being with my family, and so does Mirka. She loves being with me, so we get to see each other every single day, basically, and I think that’s more important than being apart from each other and them going to normal school at the moment. But things can change very quickly.”

Federer has not yet been called into class for show and tell.

“No, no, no,” he said, laughing. “But I like to take a peek sometimes, just to see how it’s going.”

Clearly, the new experiences are not restricted to the tennis court at this stage of Federer’s life, but the game itself remains a reliable source even if a court remains a rectangle with a net no matter what the time zone.

He played in India in December (for a seven-figure sum) as part of the inaugural International Premier Tennis League. And though he is skipping the Masters 1000 event in Miami this year because he wants to take an extended block of time for training, he has agreed to play in the new ATP Tour event in Istanbul, which will be held on clay from April 27 to May 3.

The appearance fee should again be lucrative, but Federer said that was not his primary motivation. He can earn such fees just about anywhere in the world.

“I had a lot of Turkish people in my class and in my soccer club when I grew up,” he said of his childhood in Basel, Switzerland. “I remember we had Turkey once as a subject in school. I was very intrigued and interested always by this country. And then when it came on the calendar, I saw when it was, and I was like: I can adjust my schedule accordingly. I can make this work, because I’d love to go there.

“I’ve heard so many great things about the city, like East meets West, Europe meets Asia, and all that stuff.”

Africa remains high on Federer’s wish list, and he said he had been seriously exploring the idea of an African exhibition tour — similar to the one he conducted in South American in 2012 — until his wife became pregnant with Leo and Lenny.

“I don’t know if I can still make it while I’m active,” Federer said. “But it still clearly would be great.”


Federer’s border-hopping curiosity did not extend to Liege, Belgium, where the Swiss team faced the host country without him last weekend in the first round of the Davis Cup.

In November, Federer played through back problems to clinch Switzerland’s first Davis Cup title and win one of the last remaining major trophies that he lacked.

He and Stan Wawrinka won on the road against the French in Lille on indoor clay with a record crowd of more than 27,000 in attendance. Federer said he was happy to have avoided his first painkilling injection.

“I was just praying I didn’t have to take it, and in the end I didn’t, which I was very relieved about,” he said. “I never had to take a shot in my life.”

But defending the title was never part of his plan, Federer said.

“The idea was to try to win it, hopefully, one time in my career,” he said. “That was the goal when I was 17, and it took me so long to do it, and maybe the joy was even bigger. I think you could see that.”


He and Wawrinka both declined to play in Liege, and the Swiss captain, Severin Luethi, who is also Federer’s coach, had to face Belgium with no player ranked in the top 300. The Swiss fell by the surprisingly close score of 3-2 on Sunday but lost just the same.

Federer has made no definitive announcement but is uncertain if he will play Davis Cup again.

“I think actually, in Switzerland, most of the people understand that I don’t play, because they feel that I deserve to not play after all these years,” he said. “I’ve put in a lot of effort, and I must say after the high in Lille with 27,000 people, is it ever going to be better than that? Maybe you want your last Davis Cup memory to be that and not somewhere else?”

What is clear is that Federer wants to make many more tennis memories elsewhere. Novelty is a big factor, but tradition still has its place. Ask him what experience he most wishes to have this year, and he does not mention visiting the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul.

“The big goal, if I could choose, would be to win Wimbledon,” he said. “And I guess in a dream world, become world No. 1 again.”
 
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